With Michelle and Barack Obama, US Senator for Illinois, and Leontyne Price
ONE WORD, OPRAH! Only Oprah could have orchestrated such an amazing once in a lifetime event. A Bridge to Now… A Celebration for ‘Remarkable Women during Remarkable Times’ was a 3 day event called simply by her as LEGENDS WEEKEND, May 13-15, 2005 in Santa Barbara, where she has a home. It was a weekend to honor those women who came before us and has made it possible for us women now to reap the benefit of their strength, determination and pure survival. 25 women were honored and here are their names… Dr. Maya Angelou, Shirley Caesar, Diahann Carroll, Elizabeth Catlett, Ruby Dee, Katharine Dunham, Roberta Flack, Aretha Franklin, Nikki Giovanni, Dr. Dorothy Height, Lena Horne, Coretta Scott King, Gladys Knight, Patti Labelle, Dr. Toni Morrison, Rosa Parks, Leontyne Price, Della Reese, Diana Ross, Naomi Sims, Tina Turner,Cicely Tyson, Alice Walker, Dionne Warwick and Nancy Wilson. Thank you Oprah for inviting me to be part of this historical celebration.
On the steps of the State Supreme Courthouse
VANITY FAIR/ TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL TRIBECA Film Festival celebrated the festival’s 4th year by hosting the famous Vanity Fair dinner at Church Street. Actors/actresses, musicians, directors, models, moguls, politicians and all sorts attend this fabulous event as it celebrated the opening of the festival and reminding people what a national treasure actor Robert De Niro is for New Yorkers as he is the founder of the festival and a true believer of the greatness of our beloved city. From all the movies showcased at the festival my favorite was Mad Hot Ballroom, which is a documentary about public school students competing in a city wide ballroom dancing! Check it out if you haven’t seen as it is truly irresistible.
With the cover girls, Susan Taylor, Monique, Fantasia, Angela Bassett and Alicia Keys
WOW! ESSENCE CELEBRATES 35 YEARS. The Beautiful Ones… 35 of the Most Remarkable Women in the World, and yours truly made it. Cover girls… me, Susan Taylor, Monique, Fantasia, Angela Bassett and Alicia Keys. What a celebration of sisterhood it was… we laughed, we cried, we sang, we danced and we gossiped. I remember my first Essence cover at the age of 20 and that is when I knew I have finally arrived.It surely is a beautiful sight for sore eyes… black women from diverse backgrounds being celebrated for their beauty, brains, talent and sheer power. Baby, we all have a come a long way.