By Florence Anthony
According to the Chicago Sun Times, Oprah Winfrey took good pal Rosie O’Donnell to her favorite eatery RL last week and was joined by her OWN Network’s president Sheri Salata and Erik Logan. Rosie was gracious to the staff and fondly greeted everyone.
Holywood hottie Ryan Gosling who stars opposite funnyman Steve Carell in the upcoming romantic comedy “Crazy Stupid Love” opening this Friday is apparently a huge animal lover. Sources say Gosling attended the Warner Brothers movie press junket at New York’s Ritz Carlton Hotel with his dog, George, a mutt. Apparently, Gosling was very professional during his interview, but between takes, he took every opportunity to give his dog a pat and some love.
The lovely Rosario Dawson, best known for her roles in blockbusters such as “Men In Black II” and “Rent,” is also a social and environmental activist. Dawson will be honored for his work in this area with the 2011 AD COLOR Industry Coalition All-Star Award. The event will also honor Spike Lee and Bill Cosby this September at the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles. Past AD COLOR All-Stars include Queen Latifah and Earvin “Magic” Johnson.
Blackcelebkids.com is reporting that Lauryn Hill welcomed another son. “Mother and baby are fine,” said a source, adding that the family had a small scare because the baby was born with his umbilical cord around his neck. Awhile back, Lauryn’s boyfriend, Rohan Marley, the father of her other five children, tweeted that he wasn’t the new baby’s dad. He has since taken those tweets down.
In the early morning hours of July 23, my dear friend, confidante and play brother, Ronald “Butch” Lewis, suffered a massive heart attack that took him to glory. He was 65 years old. In fact, on June 30, Butch had just thrown a three-day extravaganza to celebrate his milestone birthday at the Delaware Beach house where he crossed over. A flamboyant and brilliant businessman, Butch was one of the top promoters that the boxing world ever saw. Everyone always looked forward to seeing him in his trademark tuxedo with no shirt on ringside. Butch’s career in boxing started when he met Joe Frazier. Butch’s dad owned a car dealership in Philadelphia where Butch worked and he met Joe there. From there, he began to promote and signed up Leon and Michael Spinks when they both won gold medals in the 1976 Olympics. Soon after, Butch promoted the Muhammad Ali/Leon Spinks fight in New Orleans where Leon beat Ali to become the youngest Heavyweight Champion of the world. In 1988, Butch made history when he promoted the Mike Tyson/Michael Spinks fight and negotiated a $13.5 million dollar pay day for Michael. From boxing, Butch moved into the entertainment world, producing movies, television shows, forming a record label and entering into a joint talent management venture with IMG Worldwide. Butch is survived by his children, grandchildren, sisters and brother and many friends. I owe a lot of my career to Butch. He invested money to get my magazine Gladiator off the ground and was instrumental in my being hired by the New York Post, where I worked for almost a decade. Farewell my friend. Thank you for being in my life. As an angel, may you continue to do all the good work in heaven that you did on earth.