Showing posts with label NEWS. Show all posts
Showing posts with label NEWS. Show all posts

Monday, February 26, 2018


Holly Robinson Peete

Holly Robinson Peete was in pure fashion when she was photographed the other day heading into The BUILD SERIES in New York City.

Sunday, February 25, 2018


Lori Stokes

Ellen Burstyn

Ellen Burstyn and Lori Stokes looked fantastic at the Special Screening of HBO's Notes From The Field at MoMA recently in New York City.


Billie Jean King

Tennis Legend Billie Jean King was photographed at The 2018 Athena Film Festival Battle of the Sexes at Barnard College today in New York City.


The Battle of Fort Donelson

Washington, D.C. – Volunteers of all ages and abilities can give back to their country, get out of the house, and honor their heritage by joining the Civil War Trust on Saturday, April 7, for Park Day 2018. Park Day is an annual hands-on preservation event to help maintain America’s battlefields and historic sites. And with 156 sites in 34 states and the District of Columbia signed up to participate so far, this year’s Park Day will be the largest ever.

2018’s diverse group of Park Day sites gives volunteers many options for locations, specific projects and historical background. In recent years, the Civil War Trust has expanded Park Day to include Revolutionary War and War of 1812 sites. Now, participants from Sharpsburg, Md., to Modesto, Calif. – and Perryville, Ky., to Princeton, N.J. – will have the opportunity to help keep America’s hallowed grounds and outdoor classrooms looking their best.

“Park Day volunteers are critically important to historic sites that must balance basic maintenance needs with limited budgets and small staffs,” Civil War Trust President James Lighthizer said. “Visitors really do notice the difference after our legions of volunteers pitch in and clean up!”

Since 1996, thousands of community-minded citizens – including Boy and Girl Scouts, Rotarians, Lions Club members, church groups, ROTC units, youth groups and many others – have taken part in Park Day. Activities can include building trails, raking leaves, painting signs, putting up fences and contributing to site interpretation. In addition to the satisfaction that volunteer work brings, participants receive official Park Day T-shirts, and may have the chance to hear a local historian describe people and events of the past at their site.

In 2017, 138 sites throughout the country held Park Day events, with the help of nearly 6,000 volunteers who donated more than 24,000 man-hours of effort. Every freshly painted fence or newly planted tree makes each place better prepared for the visitors who will come this year to learn more about their national heritage.

The Civil War Trust is a national nonprofit land preservation organization devoted to the protection of America’s hallowed battlegrounds. It saves the battlefields of the Civil War, the Revolutionary War and War of 1812, and educates the public about their importance in forging the nation we are today. To date, the Trust has preserved over 48,000 acres of battlefield land in 24 states. Learn more at

Photo Courtesy Of: Civil War Trust / Library Of Congress 


Mo'Nique On The View

Mo'Nique explains why she called for a Netflix boycott over what she says was "gender bias and color bias": "When [Netflix] says ... 'Mo'Nique is a legend, too.' Well if I'm a legend, why wouldn't I get what the legends are getting?"

Mo'Nique tells her side of the story that damaged her reputation: "For 8 years, my family has suffered, and my career has suffered, because ... I would not allow those entities to ... bully me."

Photo Courtesy Of: ABC / Disney


Heather Graham

Heather Graham looked fantastic when she was photographed the other day at THE BUILD SERIES in New York City on a rainy afternoon.


Waitress On Broadway

The producers of Broadway’s smash Waitress announced that they will celebrate National Women’s History Month at the show by hosting a month-long campaign in March. As the first Broadway musical with an all-female creative team, the production will celebrate women through a variety of efforts including post-show talkbacks centered around women-centric themes, educational social campaigns, and fundraising efforts benefitting the National Women’s History Museum in Washington D.C. (

“The National Women’s History Museum is proud to support the trailblazing women of Waitress,” said Board Chair Susan D. Whiting. “We are grateful for their support to help us create a world where everyone learns the full value of women through women's history inspiring them to see there are no obstacles to becoming whatever they want to be.”

Each week in March, Waitress will host a notable woman (or group of women) to participate in a post-show talkback from the stage. The discussion will explore topics connecting the notable achievements of the guest panelists and the themes of this ground-breaking production.

Additionally, the show’s in-house pie concession will feature a Lemon Empowerment Pie for the month and portion of those proceeds will benefit the museum as well.

A Prizeo campaign to benefit the museum will launch in March and bids will be accepted through the end of the month.

Waitress tells the story of Jenna, an expert pie maker in a small town, who dreams of a way out of her loveless marriage. A baking contest in a nearby county and the town’s new doctor may offer her a chance at a new life, while her fellow waitresses offer their own recipes to happiness. But Jenna must find the courage and strength within herself to rebuild her life. This American musical celebrates friendship, motherhood, and the magic of a well-made pie.

Waitress opened April 24, 2016 at Broadway’s Brooks Atkinson Theatre (256 West 47th Street). Based upon the 2007 motion picture written by Adrienne Shelly, Waitress is the first Broadway musical in history to have four women in the four top creative team spots, with a book by Jessie Nelson, a score by six-time Grammy Award-nominated singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles, choreography by Lorin Latarro and direction by Tony Award-winner Diane Paulus.

Waitress is now in its second smash year on Broadway and on a national tour. Tickets for the Broadway production are available at Ticketmaster at 877-250-2929, online at or at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre box office, 256 West 47th Street.

Waitress is produced on Broadway by Barry and Fran Weissler and Norton and Elayne Herrick.

About the National Women's History Museum

Founded in 1996, the National Women’s History, a nonpartisan, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, has researched, collected and exhibited the contributions of women to the social, cultural, economic and political life of our nation in the context of our collective history. The Museum uses innovative and engaging means including an interactive website, online and physical exhibits, educational programs, live presentations, social media and other outreach efforts to communicate the breadth of American women's experiences and accomplishments to reach the widest possible audience. Through these efforts and its future physical presence, the Museum serves as a guiding light to inspire people regardless of gender, class, race or culture to move into the future with respect, equal confidence, greater partnership and opportunity.

Photo Courtesy Of: Boneau Bryan Brown / Jeremy Daniels

Friday, February 23, 2018


J.J. Abrams

J.J. Abrams was photographed at The 2018 Athena Film Festival Awards Ceremony at Barnard College yesterday in New York City.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018


The View Talks Gun Violence

Hot Topics: Youth across the country mobilize for gun control

"It's their lives at risk!" Sunny Hostin says. "They're growing up in this mass shooting age ... why can't the grown ups do something about this?"

"Young people taking to the streets changes things," Goldberg says. "People can make change happen — and it's a good thing to have folks do it!"

"The people who are ... at risk are the ones who take to the streets," Joy Behar says, recalling protests against the war in Vietnam: "There was an actual threat, and I think that's what these kids are responding to..."

Courtesy Of: ABC / Disney



Clare-Hope Ashitey

Clare-Hope Ashitey was photographed at The BUILD SERIES yesterday in New York City.

Saturday, February 17, 2018


James Edstrom & National Enquirer's Mike Walker

Richard Johnson With Mike Walker & Geraldo Rivera

We are hearing today from several friends that National Enquirer legend Mike Walker has died.

Mike Walker came from the old time school of Gossip reporting. Mike checked his facts and hit the streets to get a story. When you made a deal with Mike, there were no contracts, no paper work, there was just a handshake or a agreement on the phone and Mike Walker kept his word. 

Mike Walker had a book signing a while back and afterwords a few of us went out to dinner at Bobby Vans in Times Square.  We had a fun evening talking old times and gossip. In the 80's and 90's I was on many television shows with Mike Walker. It was always such fun listening to his style of reporting that only Mike could deliver. RIP MIKE WALKER!

Friday, February 16, 2018


WABC'S Rita Cosby Gets Mesmerized By Kreskin

NEW YORK ― “Astounding.” “Flabbergasting.” “Incredible.”

Kreskin is a friend of mine and I have seen his talents privately many times. Kreskin is really "AMAZING".

These are just some of the adjectives guaranteed to be flying around New York City in the Spring when THE AMAZING KRESKIN debuts his off-Broadway production, “The Amazing Kreskin LIVE” Thursday, April 12 at Theatre Row – Lion Theatre, 410 W. 42nd St., NYC 10036. Tickets, at $37.25 & $52.25, on sale Thursday, Feb. 22 at or by phone at 212-239-6200.

The three-week residency will showcase the legendary mentalist’s you-gotta-see-‘em-to-believe-‘em abilities as a reader of people’s thoughts which have mesmerized — and yes, amazed — fans of all ages around the world for some six decades. Marvel as Kreskin ascertains the suit and value of cards selected randomly by audience members. Watch in wonder as he displays his unprecedented mental powers by reciting information written in secret by those in attendance.

And, of course, Kreskin will climax each performance of “The Amazing Kreskin LIVE” with his signature piece, in which he requests that his check be hidden somewhere in the venue. If he fails to find it, he will forfeit that show’s fee.

To confirm the legitimacy of this and his other awesome feats of psychic literacy, Kreskin continues to offer $100,000 to anyone who can empirically prove he employs paid secret assistants or confederates in any phase of his act. Not surprisingly, the bounty never has been claimed.

As for the upcoming off-Broadway run, Kreskin counts it among his numerous career highlights (which include late-night TV stints with Jimmy Fallon and David Letterman, as well as 88 appearances on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, and his own hit TV series, The Amazing World of Kreskin).

“I’ve spent my entire adult life travelling the world performing for presidents, kings and the elite of dozens of nations, but never have I been more excited about an engagement than this one,” says Kreskin. “To have the opportunity to perform for New York audiences on an extended basis is one of the great honors and privileges of my career.”

WHAT: “The Amazing Kreskin LIVE” starring THE AMAZING KRESKIN

WHERE: Theatre Row – Lion Theatre, 410 W. 42nd St., New York, NY 10036

WHEN: April 12 through April 28, 2018

Show times: 7:30 p.m., Wednesday-Sunday

TICKETS: $37.25 & $52.25 on sale Thursday, Feb. 22 at or by calling 212-239-6200. More info at

Thursday, February 15, 2018


Story By: Lieba Nesis

Jean Shafiroff And Zang Toi

Malaysian designer Zang Toi, 56, held his fashion show this week at Pier 59 studios. 

Zang, who was awarded a knighthood by the Sultan of Kelantan in 1997 and given the title of "Datuk" by the King of Malaysia in 2013 is a darling of the New York social set for both his incredible accomplishments and his winning demeanor. Toi is a graduate of Parsons School of Design and opened his own atelier in 1989 with a modest collection of sarongs, suits and dresses. He has since dressed Sharon Stone, Meg Ryan, Jean Shafiroff, Ivana Trump, Patti Labelle and many other luminaries. His clothing is available in the couture department at Nordstrom, fine specialty boutiques and at his store on 1046 Lexington Avenue. Zang is an original and he spreads goodwill wherever he goes. 

On The Runway

The highlight of fashion week was attending his show because of the cool elegance he executed so effortlessly. Zang said that his collection was inspired by the palazzos and monuments of Rome and his clothing looked straight out of the movie "The Garden of the Finzi-Continis." The 32 looks presented covered the gamut from demure greys to bright oranges and pinks; this was signature Zang-beginning the show with more businesslike attire and escalating the excitement with one red carpet look after another.

The opening look featured a royal mink sculpted coat with a cashmere charcoal jumpsuit-I rarely see fur at a Zang collection and I liked what I saw. The royal mink placed on the collar and sleeves of the cashmere grey suits were perfection. I was beginning to think I was at a Dennis Basso presentation. Zang even had a model carrying a knapsack and featured girls with red and pink tights with matching sleeves and hats-a possible indication that Zang was targeting a younger market. The Andrea Bocelli music accompaniment was divine transporting the audience to a garden in Rome. When the embroidered capes and floral gowns came down the runway the transformation was complete. 

Creativity abounded, with colored beading presented on the back of tights and a backward diamond necklace adorning a model's neck-Zang wasn't missing a trick. Zang knows his colors and this year he used them to tremendous effect with bright silk florals and caped dresses in pink and orange hanging impeccably on the models who walked languidly down the runway. The black floral silk gown was nothing short of extraordinary and when these looks were accompanied by floral hats and lavish trains the drama was palpable. One of the model's orange wigs blended seamlessly with the color of the floral hat-a fun touch. The men were equally regal but I was missing dancer Cory Stearns who usually graces the runway. 

Concluding the show was a princess look of real hand appliqued red and orange silk bouquet flowers adorning the hat and skirt of the model. While Zang's specialty is undoubtedly dramatic capes with embroidered detail and jeweled collars this collection manifested a proficiency in furs and suits. In January 2018 style star Lupita Nyong'o attended the "Black Panther" premiere in a purple Versace dress with a gold jeweled collar and belt that had the name Zang written all over it-when Versace is copying your designs they must be pretty extraordinary.

Photo Courtesy Of: Patrick McMullan / Shafiroff Collection

Wednesday, February 14, 2018


NY Daily News Cover

With donations from the NRA to President Donald Trump, we will never see the end to mass shootings. Tomorrow's New York Daily News cover say's it all. When will it all stop?

Looking at the photos of parents devastated, no one can imagine the loss of a child. A child that you sent to school to learn, a child that had it's whole life ahead. We are sure Donald Trump will have some outlandish excuse on why this happened. Sad to say, how would Donald Trump feel if this was his children or grandchildren. I am sure he would be talking gun control then!

I spoke to a neighbor, her nephew goes to that school. He alleged the school was told by other students over a year ago about Nikolas Cruz and did nothing. We will see.

At least 17 people are reportedly dead and 15 injured after a shooter opened fire in a South Florida high school on Wednesday afternoon.

Police have identified the suspect as Nikolas Cruz.

A suspect is in custody following a shooting at a South Florida high school on Wednesday in which at least 17 people were killed and 15 others wounded, officials said.

The suspect has been identified as Nikolas Cruz, The Associated Press reported, confirming the name students previously cited to local media.


Jimmy Van Bramer Hate Letter

Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer got a gay hate letter this week. In this day and age there are still crazies out there that refuse to let us all live in peace. As much as I disagree with Jimmy's in-action here in Hunters Point South on problems that we have, I find a letter like this just disgusting. 

I lived through the GAY BASHING in New York City in the 70's and 80's. I grew up being called names all through High School. One thing I realized as I got older, most of the GAY HATERS were closet cases themselves. Years later the same people that bullied me for being gay in High School, I would see in the gay clubs. Some were even married and had wives. 

In the 70's and 80's GAY BASHING was the thing to do. Straights would come to the Village and beat up innocent people for no reason. I had friends that ended up in the hospital. With someone like Donald Trump in the White House, GAY BASHING seems to be coming back in fashion. We will not stand for this anymore. We will not go backwards. 

So the coward that sent Jimmy Van Bramer this letter, I urge you to contact me. By the time I am done, you will be sliding home on your ass. I bet you like it too!

P.S. I love Corey Johnson's Gayness. He's going to do great things for this city.

Jimmy's Comments On Twitter: Got this homophobic letter yesterday. A reminder of the importance of openly #LGBT elected officials incl @CoreyinNYC who is also attacked by this coward. This happens often. Progress has been made, but it’s always important to be #out, #loud and #proud. #Love = #QueensValues


Spinning Man

Evan Birch (Guy Pearce) is a family man and esteemed professor at a distinguished college, where his charm and reputation have made his philosophy class very popular. When a female student named Hannah goes missing, Evan's previous off-campus dalliances make his wife (Minnie Driver) question his alibi. Gruff police Detective Malloy (Pierce Brosnan) has even more reason to be suspicious when crucial evidence makes Evan the prime suspect in Hannah's disappearance. Suddenly, the questions Evan faces aren't merely academic - they're a matter of life or death.

Director Simon Kaijser's taut and twisty SPINNING MAN, a gripping examination of crime, punishment and conscience, stars Guy Pearce (L.A. Confidential, Memento, The King's Speech), Pierce Brosnan (No Escape, The Ghost Writer, GoldenEye), Minnie Driver (Grosse Point Blank, Good Will Hunting, TV's Speechless), Jamie Kennedy (The Scream series, Ghost Whisperer) and Clark Gregg (The Avengers, Agents of S.H.I.E.LD.). It also features newcomers Odeya Rush (Lady Bird), Alexandra Shipp (X-Men: Apocalypse, Straight Outta Compton), and Freya Tingley (Once Upon a Time).

Catch it in theaters and on demand April 6, 2018!

Cast: Guy Pearce, Pierce Brosnan, Minnie Driver, Jamie Kennedy
Directed by: Simon Kaijser
Written by: Matt Aldrich
Produced by: Keith Arnold, p.g.a. & Ellen Wander, p.g.a.
Genre: Mystery Thriller
Rating: R
Distributor: Lionsgate Premiere


Zosia Mamet

Zosia Mamet was all smiles when she was photographed visiting AOL BUILD SERIES yesterday in New York City.

Zosia Russell Mamet has appeared in television series including Mad Men, United States of Tara and Parenthood and as Shoshanna Shapiro on the HBO original series Girls.

Saturday, February 10, 2018


Afiya Bennett

Debbie Harry

Pop icon Debbie Harry and Afiya Bennett, were photographed at Woman’s Day Annual Red Dress Awards at Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City.

Saturday, February 03, 2018


Rand Paul On The View

Sen. Rand Paul talks attack by neighbor, GOP baseball shooting, and release of GOP memo.

On attack by neighbor in November.

Sen. Paul discussed the horrific attack that left him with a punctured lung and multiple fractured ribs: 

"I didn't know how badly I was hurt in the beginning ... I couldn't sit up — I had to have help sitting up for the first four or five weeks."

On GOP baseball practice shooting

"People think sometimes because we're Republicans or Democrats ... somehow it's ok to want violence towards each other — and it's not!"

On releasing secret GOP memo

Sen. Paul says he's "absolutely" in favor of releasing the controversial GOP memo: "We need more sunshine and we need more oversight."

Sen. Paul on partisanship of intelligence agencies: "I think maybe the FBI should do their job, but maybe be a little quieter during election season so they don't influence elections one way or the other."

Photo Courtesy Of: ABC / Disney