By Florence Anthony
He may hail from Motown, but, after being honored at the Apollo Theater’s sixth Annual Spring Gala on Monday night, Stevie Wonder is a son of Harlem. After receiving his award from Tony Bennett and doing an impromptu duet of “For Once In My Life” with the legendary crooner, Wonder’s performance got off to a rocky start when he couldn’t find his ear phones. A stagehand came out to assist him and after digging around in his jacket and trousers, found them stuck in Wonder’s waistband. Stevie told the audience: “They were stuck in my booty” and then put on a spectacular concert that ended in a jam session of “Sign, Sealed and Delivered” with ?uestlove on the drums, Paul Schaefer on the organ, Chick Correa on the acoustic piano, Ray Chew on the keyboards, Bobbi Humphrois on the flute, Stevie on the harmonica and keyboards, and Doug E. Fresh providing a human beat. The performance moved over to the tented after-party on 126th Street where Stevie performed along with DJ Nice until midnight when the lights came on. Stevie said he wasn’t ready to shut it down, but all good things must come to an end and the party was over. The everning’s other two awardees were Reginald Van Lee and Revlon CEO Ronald Perelman. Celebs celebrating Stevie included Spike Lee, The Reverend Al Sharpton, Phylicia Rashad, Anika Noni Rose, Robert DeNiro and Grace Hightower, Leon, Wyclef Jean, Take Six and Sherri Shepherd.
The Game star Tia Mowry was feted to a baby shower on June 11 at the London Hotel in West Hollywood, California. Tia’s newlywed twin sister Tamera and several of Tia’s costars from “The Game” munched on mini cupcakes and a red velvet cake from E’s Bake Shop. Tia and her husband, actor, Cory Hardrict, are expecting a baby boy next month. The couple received gift baskets and plush toys from Petit Tresor and a nursing cover from Bebe Au Lait.
After joining Rihanna onstage for two songs during her concert at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec last weekend, Drake and Rihanna enjoyed a very friendly couple of days. The coosome twosome attended the Formula One Race tigether in Montreal. They also attended a private party and had dinner together the same evening.
Sources close to the cast of VH1’s “Basketball Wives” tell TMZ that Meeka Claxton and Tami Roman got into a nightclub slugfest in Rome, Italy. The source says the “ladies” have been on frigid terms for months now – all because Tami has repeatedly accused Meeka of creating animosity between the girls on the show. Sources say a full on brawl broke out…..and ended with Tami punching Meeka right in the face. No one was seriously injured in the fight – – but the two were promptly escorted out of the club by security. I used to be very friendly with Tami when she was married to Kenny Anderson. I always thought she was a wonderful and very positive young woman. I really wish she would calm down her temper. After all, she has two lovely daughters to set an example for.
Kim Kardashian and New Jersey Nets center Kris Humphries reportedly registered for wedding gifts at the pricey Geary’s in Beverly Hills. Their list of gifts they would like to be purchased include a $6500 Lalique Tourbillon Black Vasem the Baccarat Missouri Candy Bowl for $375 and for their friends wit regularwallets, an Osiris Butter Spreader for $43.