photo by Brittney M. Walker
*Over the weekend we caught up heartthrob and Brooklyn native Rob Riley, known for “Bourne Legacy” and VHI’s “Hit the Floor.”
We ran into him during Rooftop 3100’s Annual Toy Drive in Los Angeles, where he told us about his latest work, the holidays, and what he wants for Christmas.
Aiden Laser Cut Gold Booties by Michael Kors $195
*When it comes down to it, the shoes make the outfit sing. We ladies spend so much time from our hair and make up and picking out the right outfit. But if the shoes ain’t poppin’, the whole look falls to pieces.
So we picked out a few stylish boots to bring all of your holiday preparation together.
From Michael Kors to Jeffrey Campbell, there’s bound to be something you fall in love with.
Macramade by Sergio Rossi $915
Shimmy by Jeffrey Campbell $275
Gold Snake Skin Shoe Boots by River Island $140
Stock (Sequin) by Aldo $104
Blondeau by Aldo $87
Taye Diggs attends ‘The Best Man Holiday’ screening at Chelsea Bow Tie Cinemas on November 11, 2013 in New York City
*Spending the holidays with grown folks definitely has its advantages, as the characters of Universal’s “The Best Man Holiday” can attest to. But co-star Taye Diggs says there’s absolutely nothing like having little ones around this time of the year.
“Now I got my own little boy, and there’s just that level of enjoyment and excitement that comes with having a baby,” said Diggs of his son Walker Nathaniel Diggs, who at 4-years-old is not quite a baby anymore.
Walker Nathaniel Diggs as a “Zombie Michael Jackson” for Halloween
During interviews for the film last week, Diggs – alongside “The Best Man Holiday” co-star Sanaa Lathan, explains what his Halloween was like this year with Walker.
“The Best Man Holiday” opens nationwide on Friday, Nov. 14. Watch the trailer below.
*President Barack Obama didn’t forget about those celebrating Kwanzaa this year.
He and his wonderful wife Michelle released a special holiday message for all the black folk observing the week-long journey through African American history and culture:
Michelle and I extend our warm thoughts and best wishes to all those celebrating Kwanzaa this holiday season. Today marks the first day of the week-long celebration of African-American history and culture through the seven principles of Kwanzaa: unity, self determination, collective work and responsibility, cooperative economics, purpose, creativity, and faith.
To many, Kwanzaa serves as a time of reflection–taking lessons learned from our past and looking forward to a more promising tomorrow. It reminds us that though there is much to be thankful for we must recommit ourselves to building a country where all Americans have the opportunity to achieve their dreams.
As families across America light the Kinara today in the spirit of unity, our family extends our prayers and well wishes during this season.
Kwanzaa recognizes seven principles: unity, self determination, collective work and responsibility, cooperative economics, purpose, creativity, and faith.
Kwanzaa was first celebrated in 1966 and is observed by an estimated 2 million Americans.
*The Obama family upgraded their level of entertainment for TNT’s annual ‘Christmas in Washington’ special.
The holiday concert attended Sunday by President Barack Obama and his family, included some non-traditional entertainment this year: a performance by South Korean rapper and Internet sensation PSY.
Other performers at the charity concert included Diana Ross (who had nursed a recent foot injury), Demi Lovato, “American Idol” winner Scotty McCreery and Megan Hilty, star of the NBC musical drama “Smash.”
Hosted by, Conan, the 31st annual concert is scheduled to air Dec. 21 on TNT.
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*This holiday season on “LIVE” with Kelly and Michael, new host and football legend Michael Strahan and award-winning actress Sofia Vergara will take part in the ninth annual St. Jude Thanks and Giving campaign.
The event will be a celebration of thanks for healthy children and families; and will also serve as an opportunity to give to hospitalized kids.
Beginning Thanksgiving week, Marlo Thomas, National Outreach Director for St. Jude, will welcome Hollywood’s elite to join in on the giving.
“Hanging out with the children and being a part of the St. Jude Thanks and Giving campaign is a highlight of my year,” said Michael Strahan. “St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is a remarkable place – it takes on the hardest cases and no family ever pays St. Jude for anything. I challenge all my fans to support St. Jude this holiday season and beyond to help give these kids another chance to celebrate life.”
The national television spots will air on network and cable television broadcasts, as well as online, in both English and Spanish. Celebrities will also be featured in a 60-second movie trailer that will appear in theatres nationwide – including Regal Entertainment Group, Cinemark, Carmike Cinemas, among others – as well as on American Airlines and Delta Air Lines flights. All of the spots, as well as exclusive behind-the-scenes footage, will debut at stjude.org on Nov. 16.
Sofia, a cancer survivor also commented that being a part of the event this year is “humbling and inspiring.”
Since 2004, the campaign has raised more than $312 million for cancer cure research.