ABOVE PHOTO: Taraji P. Henson
By Florence Anthony
Taraji P. Henson, Tracee Ellis Ross, Tasha and Sidra Smith, Larry Wilmore, Jenifer Lewis and more attended the 19th American Black Film Festival held June 11-14 in New York City. As one of the presenting sponsors, Cadillac hosted a Media Luncheon, a Cadillac Conversations Brunch, the Hot In Hollywood Panel of young artists who included Lance Gross and “Power’s” Naturi Naughton, as well as the Best of The ABFF Awards Ceremony. Actress Jenifer Lewis received the 2015 ABFF Career Achievement Award and the gorgeous Lisa Arrindel Anderson won the Grand Jury Award for Best Actor for her role in The Sin Seer. ………
Style icon Marlo Hampton, the celebrated fashion maverick on Bravo’s “Real Housewives of Atlanta” and “I Dream of NeNe – The Wedding,” has now added another feather to her fedora with the debut of ‘The Art of Style’, a premiere seminar series showing budget conscious shoppers how to empower their wardrobes and their lives. “The Art of Style” seminars are catching fire as the second one held in Atlanta on June 6 was standing room only. In attendance were celebrity hairstylist and host of Bravo’s “Fashion Queens,” Miss Lawrence along with fashion stylists, Jason Bowlin and Cara Kneer, from “Atlanta and Co.”……….
MegaFest, the nation’s largest inspirational family festival, announced Tyler Perry’s new stage play, “Madea on the Run,” will make a tour stop in Dallas during the five-day experience slated for August 19-23. The play will be in the arena at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center on Friday, August 21. Ticket prices range between $45 and $75 and are on sale at Ticketmaster. “Madea always makes us laugh while teaching valuable lessons that we remember long afterwards,” Bishop T.D. Jakes said. “We are excited to welcome Tyler Perry back to MegaFest. Tyler is a friend and constant supporter of ours. We are happy to extend this platform to his fan base knowing that MegaFest attendees will enjoy this hilarious play.”………..
Mike Tyson was among the foreign celebrities on hand June 13 at the opening ceremony of the Shanghai International Film Festival. Jackie Chan and Fan Bingbing were among the biggest local names. Iron Mike has a guest appearance in the upcoming Chinese Martial Arts Film Ip Man 3. ……….
Beyonce’ has moved her touring business from ICM Partners to CAA, The Hollywood Reporter has exclusively learned. She will remain with ICM for acting. The superstar would be an instant signature client for any agency, and her partial departure is a blow for ICM, whose music department is one of its strengths. Her 2014 “On the Run” stadium tour with her husband, Jay Z, grossed more than $100 million in ticket sales over 19 North American dates……..