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Roland Martin and Vanessa Bell Calloway

*LOS ANGELES – It only made sense that Roland Martin, host of Washington Watch and a social media aficionado, would use only technology to invite friends to a private dinner party at the Los Angeles home of actress Vanessa Bell Calloway.

The “digital list” of attendees – culled from Martin’s cell phone – included Elise Neal, Jesse Williams, Tracey Edmonds, Salli Richardson, Sheryl Lee Ralph, Tatyana Ali, Judge Greg Mathis, Robinne Lee, Dondre Whitfield, Tanika Ray, Chris Spencer, Jackee Harry, Bill Duke, Sonja Norwood, Erica Campbell of Mary Mary and  Judge Kevin Ross. Also attending the soiree was comedian Michael ColyarEURweb’s Lee Bailey, author Janice Littlejohn, publicist/manager Lynn Jeter and a host of entertainment and media executives.

“I grew up in Houston where my family would throw get-togethers just for the fun of it, so this party is what I like to do when I come out to the west coast; I simply do not have enough time to do lunch with everybody,” said the man of the night, Roland Martin. “There’s no rhyme or reason to it. I simply sent out a text message on Thursday and here we are!”

Guests dined on a gourmet meal prepared completely by Calloway. The menu featured slow roasted chicken, “Killer Shrimp” in spicy champagne and garlic sauce, Korean BBQ, fried cat fish, coconut rice, potato salad, grilled mixed veggies, and a mixed greens salad with candied pecans and goat cheese in a raspberry vinaigrette dressing.

Martin thanked Calloway who was gracious enough to open her home and host the party.

“I enjoy hosting people and cooking for family and friends,” said Calloway. “I’m getting a chance to meet some new people tonight. It has been my pleasure to help Roland celebrate community and fellowship.”

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Party guests: Tatyana Ali, Tracey Edmonds and Salli Richardson.

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Erica Campbell of Mary Mary

Mari Morrow, Roland Martin, Elise Neal and Bill Duke.

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Party guests Sheryl Lee Ralph and Tanika Ray

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Roland can’t contain his excitement in the midst of Jackee’ Harry and Vanessa Bell Calloway

Photo credit: Nu Vision Media, courtesy The FrontPage Firm


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