My favorite celebrity photographer, Derek Blanks unveiled his new and improved website last weekend during an event hosted by NeNe Leakes of the Atlanta Housewives. The event was held at 595 North Friday evening and the walls were ablaze with Derek’s masterpieces.? From Jennifer Hudson to Monica…From Akon to Usher and from T.I. to David Banner. Derek has shot them all.
I managed to arrive LATE and without my memory card in my camera!? The life of a blogger… *sigh* but I love Derek so much that I prepared a lil montage video from the event in his honor. Check it out below:
Shouts out to Derek’s assistant, Robert Ector and make-up artist Toni Acey!
Derek’s photography is nothing less than spectacular and he’s well known for turning images into art. I’m still saving my pennies for my Alter Ego photoshoot (and currently taking donations!) but you can hit up Derek at his new site, DBlanks.com to view his work and/or to contact him for your next shoot.
CLICK HERE to view photos from this event and more in the gallery.
D. Woods and Mika Means were spotted partying it up at Luckie Food Lounge Wednesday night. Mika, who you may recognize as part of The Girls Club, will be performing live at Onyx Friday evening and her highly anticipated album is coming soon. I’m not quite sure what D.’s doing right now though. She’s being a bit tight lipped about her activities but word is she’s working on a series of mix-tapes dubbed ?Independence Day.? The first one is due out next month, and others will follow throughout 2009. Most of us believe that she’ll be returning to Danity Kane during Making the Band 4, Season 3 but she told me that’s not the case and that she is working as a talent agent of sorts by assisting up and coming artists.? I’ll just have to take her word for it for now.
I think I’m feeling some kinda way about Mika calling me “Kimberly”…but at least she got the site name right! 😆 Check the VIDEO GALLERY to see more of us ackin a fool in the club you may even run across the full footage of D. Woods and Gyant from SOHH doing the single ladies dance! Also peep the trailer for the upcoming season of MTB4 under the cut…with or without D. Woods? We’ll see…:
Luckie Food Lounge is always off the chain on Wednesday’s but last night Block Ent’s Gorilla Zoe‘s birthday bash had the spot almost poppin at the seams! As you read this, I’m probably still recuperating from all the bottle poppin.? So in the meantime, please enjoy a mini montage of Zoe’s festivities below:
Prophetess Juanita Bynum held her 50th birthday bash last Friday night at the Georgian Ballroom in the Biltmore Hotel. All that ghettofabuless-ness was going on downstairs as I was upstairs in the same building during the B.o.B. listening party. I have never seen so many church folks in one place…well except at church. 😆 I bet you’re wondering why Juanita’s wearing that dayum wedding dress aren’t you? Well…apparently she explained to Essence that for her 50th birthday she was gonna face her fears and do things a bit differently:
One of the greatest moments of my life was the day that I married. That day was supposed to be the defining moment of my life when I would show the world that I had stepped into my womanhood. It was always the original intention of my dress and I refused to let it not be because it was made for me. So I wore it because I felt like someone had robbed me of that right. I waited so many years to walk in it and I wanted to give the dress the honor for which it had been made. My father told me to always face your fears head-on, and since this was the dress that is connected to the incident for which the whole world remembered me, I said that if I’m going to cross over I have to go back and stand in the same place.
In case you’re wondering, Bynum’s dress is the same one worn in her $1.2 million dollar wedding to Thomas Weeks, the same dude who beat her down in a parking lot then said he was the abused spouse. *sigh* Anway…the dress, valued at $65,000, is adorned with Swarovski crystals and took nine months to make. Bynum says she had to alter it since she’s lost 2 dress sizes since the wedding. She also made her own skirt to celebrate her half a century on earth. The front of the skirt consisted of photos of her; the right side of the skirt had photos of her mom; and the left and back were of her dad.? Photos below:
Of course the flix are still trickling in and I would be remiss if I didn’t post a few pics of the Atlanta Housewives at the 2009 Trumpet Awards. Lisa Wu-Hartwell and Ed Hartwell will forever hold the title of cutest couple. They look so good together! Sheree was doin what she does best and DeShawn was flying solo.
DeShawn Snow….is that WEBSTER chillin in the background??? Oh My! 😯
Keyshia Cole and WNBA star Lisa Leslie were just two of the flawless celebs spotted at the 17th Annual Trumpet Awards in Atlanta last night. Old school legends like Tina Marie and En Vogue as well as A-town staples like Q (of 112), Bobby Valentino, Sean Garrett, Chris Tucker and Raven-Symone also graced the red carpet.
Check out the flix below:
Producer Sean Garrett & Comedian Chris Tucker
Raven-Symone is such a beautiful girl! You betta work B*tch!
The Divas of EnVogue are still doin their thang!
Surprised? Me too.
I never thought they’d be able to mend fences but times is hard and money is tight!