*What a great day!
Let’s begin with the wonderful 365Black Awards presented by McDonald’s.
First of all, let’s talk about these phenomenal kids doing true service to mankind. Since it’s Essence weekend and it’s all about the ladies, teenage anti-violence activist Mary Pat Hector is the Shirley Chisolm of this generation. That girl is passionate about her cause and is really making a difference through her leadership as the national director of the National Action Network Youth Move. And Right up there with her is Tony Hansberry, II, who was 14 when he invented a revolutionary medical procedure that surgeons use today to save women’s lives.
Chaka Khan looked fabulous in all red on the red carpet. Also very handsome couple Tamia and Grant Hill are just adorable to watch. It’s like seeing Cinderalla and her Prince Charming on the red carpet.
Throughout the day of course there were tons of events, including the Convention Center hoorah. It was amazing.
CocaCola hosted a dance off and the U.S. Army sponsored a Cupid Shuffle step off with none other than the Lafayette, Louisiana born Cupid.
Ford had the house on fire with celebrity appearances including Mary J. Blige, Vivan Green, and Luke James.
Of course the evening was awesome with an exclusive dinner with some of Ford’s top execs, including Pamela Alexander, director of community development and Felicia Fields, Ford’s VP.
With women and education as top priorities, Alexander explained exclusively that Ford is passionate about investing in inner city youth and helping them to be successful in school and beyond.
Now we can’t talk about the festival without highlighting some of the great performances at the concert. Opening with the Pointer Sisters, Keyshia Cole, and Trey Songz, the evenings main stage performances turned out to be on the milder side of great. The real party was happening in the Superlounges with performances by Goapele in the Ford Lounge and Marsha Ambrosius in the McDonald’s lounge.
Now, D’Angleo got on stage with a purpose, although the crowd gave mixed reactions. Yes he is still sexy, but a little older and thicker. He rocked the stage with a Jimmy Hendrix feel kind of mix, but he didn’t sing “Brown Sugar.” Disappointing. Overall, though, his act was certainly a refreshing one for some, and confusing for others. He sort of stuggled in the beginning, and um, we couldn’t understand most of the lyrics. Its was like his teeth were sewn shut and he had a few drinks before the show.
But yeah, other than that, it was cool.
Uncle Charlie Wilson wrapped up the show with a little old school for ya ears.
The afterparty scene was crackin’ to no end. Kevin Hart hosted an exclusive event at The Saint Hotel on Canal.
Today is another fun day of hot events. It’ll kick off with a most amazing (anticipating) Verizon SuperLife Graduation with Chaka Khan. June Ambrose is to make an appearance at Saks Fifth Avenue as well.
Saturday night’s performances at the Superdome include Tank, Mary Mary, Ledisi, Kevin Hart, and Mary J. Blige.