By Florence Anthony
Although sources claimed First Lady Michelle Obama and daughters Sasha and Malia were not going to be meeting with ailing South African hero Nelson Mandela while visiting the country, leading to speculation that the former President’s condition must be grave, they did meet. It was fabulous.
Actress Nia Long and professional basketball player Ime Udoka have confirmed they are expecting their first child together. The couple told People Magazine: “This is the most exciting time in our lives. Words can’t explain how thrilled we are by the new addition to our family. We feel truly blessed and appreciate all the well wishes and progress.”
Aretha Franklin is back with her new album, “A Woman Falling Out of Love,” a new tour and a new wardrobe. However, the Queen of Soul suffered a minor setback in her Dallas hotel suite when she accidently stumbled over her Jimmy Choo shoe, which wrapped around her left index toe, which she said “hurt like heck for a minute but seemed to subside.” However, the pain returned, so, Aretha made a pit stop at Community North Hospital in Indianapolis, where an x-ray revealed Ms. Franklin’s left index toe was fractured. In true trouper fashion, she exclaimed:”I’m so gratified it wasn’t my right piano peddle foot. I have a gig on July 27th at the Jones Beach Theatre in New York!”
TV Host, Best Selling Author and Radio Personality, Bertice Berry’s new book “A Year To Wellness and Other Weight Loss Secrets,” tells how she lost 150 pounds in one year with no gimmicks. In the tome, Berry shares her personal struggle with illness and obesity and her remarkable transformation to a fit and healthy lifestyle. Says Bertice: “When I first set out to write this book, I was angry and still raging about the $56 billion dollar weight loss industry and all their gimmicks, potions, surgeries and pills.
Film Life, Inc., announced that the grand-prize winners of its 15th Annual American Black Film Festival (ABFF) Star Project are Tiffany D. Hobbs of Dallas and Sheaun McKinney from Los Angeles. Sponsored by NBC Universal, the program is an international acting competition designed to spotlight emerging multi-cultural talent. The two grand prize winners will receive all-expense-paid trips to Miami, Florida to this year’s ABFF Convention from July 6-9.