Showing posts with label ROLONDA WATTS. Show all posts
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Friday, August 17, 2018


Aretha Franklin

I do not know what to say about Aretha Franklin. I photographed her so many times over the years. 

I remember her on The Rolonda Watts show. We filmed a cooking segment and drank champagne backstage. We had so much fun. Then there were the parties at Denise Rich's penthouse overlooking Central Park. I remember one night just laughing up a storm with Aretha. I have so many memories and they are good memories. RIP Aretha!

Thursday, March 01, 2018


Countdown To The Oscars

For the first time, ABC presents “Countdown to the Oscars, Live!” an unprecedented three-hour special, live from the red carpet. This ultimate guide to Hollywood’s biggest night prepares viewers for the highly anticipated 90th Oscars, revisits unforgettable moments from Oscars past and features a first look inside the new Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences museum. “Good Morning America” weekend anchor and “The View” co-host Paula Faris and ABC News Correspondent Chris Connelly host this new special, live from the red carpet. “Countdown to the Oscars, Live!” airs Sunday, March 4 (1:00–4:00 p.m. EST/10:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m. PST), on The ABC Television Network.

Sunday’s broadcast features EGOT winner, member of the Board of Governors and four-time host of the Oscars Whoopi Goldberg’s exclusive interview with chairman and chief executive officer of The Walt Disney Company and museum campaign chair Robert A. Iger discussing the new Academy Museum and the 90th Oscars. Goldberg also brings viewers a first look inside the new museum and visits the Academy Film Archive which is full of treasured Hollywood memorabilia.

Faris and Connelly will be joined by special contributors editorial director of People and Entertainment Weekly Jess Cagle, The Hollywood Reporter TV editor Marisa Guthrie, actor and writer Robert Wuhl, TV and radio personality Rolonda Watts, fashion expert Joe Zee and stylist to stars Sophie Lopez.

“Countdown to the Oscars, Live!” is executive produced by Danielle Rossen, Michaela Dowd, David Perozzi and Peri Muldofsky and directed by Danielle Rossen and David Distinti on behalf of ABC News’ Lincoln Square Productions.

In addition, "Oscars Opening Ceremony: Live From The Red Carpet," the only official Oscars opening ceremony coverage with exclusive access to the red carpet in the final hour leading up to the awards show, airs Sunday, March 4, at 6:30 p.m. EST/ 3:30 p.m. PST on The ABC Television Network. This 90-minute special is hosted by “Good Morning America” co-anchor Michael Strahan, star of ABC’s “The Goldbergs” Wendi McLendon-Covey, “The View” co-host Sara Haines, Vanity Fair executive West Coast editor Krista Smith and IMDb special correspondent Dave Karger.

The 90th Oscars will be held on Sunday, March 4, at the Dolby Theatre® at Hollywood & Highland Center® in Hollywood, and will be broadcast live on The ABC Television Network at 8 p.m. EST/5 p.m. PST. “The Oscars,” produced by Michael De Luca and Jennifer Todd and hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, will also be televised in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.


ABC News’ Lincoln Square Productions produces original content for broadcast, cable and digital distribution specializing in compelling ways to tell fact-based stories, including ABC’s “What Would You Do?, “In An Instant,” John Ridley’s critically acclaimed documentary on the LA Riots “Let It Fall,” the “Madoff” miniseries starring Richard Dreyfuss and the “Oscars Opening Ceremony: Live From the Red Carpet,” Investigation Discovery’s “Barbara Walters Presents,” as well as documentary programming for a wide array of partners, including PBS, Discovery Communications and A & E Networks. Lincoln Square Productions is wholly owned by the American Broadcasting Companies, Inc. The headquarters are located in New York City’s Lincoln Square neighborhood.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009


The Maya Angelou Center For Health Equity
Present Cocktails & Conversations With

Edward Callaghan And Rolonda Watts

Dr. Maya Angelou

The elegant cafĂ© at tony Saks Fifth Avenue was not filled with weary shoppers but an elegant crowd of the Black elite to hear the legendary Dr. Maya Angelou speak and a most distinguished panel of leading educators, doctors and activists for change on a subject dear to her heart, the growing disparity in health care for minorities.Dr. Angelou is one of the most renowned and influential voices of our time. Hailed as a global renaissance woman, Dr. Angelou is a celebrated poet, memoirist, novelist, educator, dramatist, producer, actress, historian, filmmaker, and civil rights activist. So the opportunity to sit in conversation with this woman of extraordinary talents made this one very hot ticket.Following cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, journalist, writer and actress Rolonda Watts the evening’s emcee welcomed guests to the conversation with her “Auntie Maya”. "Ro" as her friends call her was sporting a new blonde hairdo and commented that she "almost didn’t get here as I had to walk through Saks' shoe department which is so big it has its own zip code".The topic for the evening’s discussion was “What does health care equity mean to you and how do you plan to change, agent or promote health equity. In addition to Dr. Angelou, other panelists include Dr. Thomas DuBose, Chair for Internal Medicine, Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center; Michele Ebanks, President, Essence Magazine; Dr. Angela Diaz, Vice Chair of Pediatrics & Director, Adolescent Health Center Mount Sinai; and Marc Morial, President/CEO, National Urban League .In a brief musical interlude internationally famed Irish singer Red Hurley raised the roof with a powerful rendition of “Peace in the Valley”The Maya Angelou Center for Health Equity at Wake Forest University School of Medicine is addressing one of the most compelling demographic trends in modern American history—the increasing diversity of the U.S. population. By 2050, the country will be split almost evenly between non-Hispanic Whites and all other minority groups. Initially focused on African Americans, Hispanics/Latinos, and American Indians, the expertise developed at the Angelou Center will position it as a key national resource to reduce the gap in health disparities for an increasingly diverse society. A number of shocking facts were brought up in the discussion including: the gap between blacks and whites in (age-adjusted) death rate from all causes has decreased only slightly from 1950 to 2000. Minority adults and children are less likely than whites to have a usual source of health care; Some minority adults have a higher mortality rate than whites due to heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and cancer; The incidence of some communicable diseases, especially HIV/AIDS, is higher among some minority groups; and Minorities tend to receive lower-quality health care than whites even when insurance status, income, age, and severity of conditions are comparable.Among the stellar crowd were Dr. Velma Watts and her husband Rolond Watts former Chair Fine Arts at Wake Forest; Morgan Stanley powerhouse Carla Harris, Carol Becker, Edward Callaghan, Turquoise Erving, Cliff Love, Tyrone Smith and scores more helping to raise funds for the Maya Angelou Center for Health Equity.
Photos By: Ann Watt

Sunday, October 04, 2009


Maya Angelou

Literary great Maya Angelou is not ill as several websites are reporting. She wasn’t hospitalized last night in LA. But a certain website, which seems to be the standard for breaking stories these days, got this wrong. In an update on the story the site says that “Angelou is alive and well in St. Louis today and heading off to New York City for the next 2-3 weeks.” In fact if you would like to see this grand lady, she will be in the Big Apple November 4th at Saks Fifth Avenue @ 50th street. The event will take place from 5:30-7:30 and the requested donation is $5oo.oo and will benefit The Maya Angelou Center For Health Equity. If fact our own Rolonda Watts will be the moderator.
Photos By: Sara De Boer/Walter McBride/Retna

Tuesday, June 24, 2008



Click Above To View 'Return To Babylon'


For all the people that remember the hit television talk show Rolonda, staring Rolonda Watts, I thought you might like to see what the actress is up too lately. Rolonda stars as Josephine Baker in the silent film, "Return to Babylon," directed by Alex Monty Canawati. The independent film will be released this year ! RETURN TO BABYLON is a feature film shot in chaplinesque "silent movie" format. The film focuses on the Hollywood scandals and tragedies that rocked the nation in the teens and 1920s. Other stars include, MARIA CONCHITA ALONSO as "Mexican Spitfire" Lupe Velez along with TIPPI 'The Birds' HEDREN as the studio boss. JENNIFER TILLY is 'IT' girl Clara Bow and DEBI MAZAR is Gloria Swanson. IONE SKYE is the "Doomed Starlet" Virginia Rappe. Watching the clip above and see what film used to be about.

Saturday, February 09, 2008


The Black Broadcast Legends

As a kick-off to Black History Month, celebrating the achievements and talent of Black Broadcast Legends at the Apollo Theatre and the unveiling of the 2008 Faces of Black History poster. The 2008 honorees are Black Broadcast Legends who have impacted the black community through their achievements and positive examples. Local and network news anchors and reporters from ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, MSG, WB 11, NJN, Fox, Court TV, and MY9 news talent as well. This years honorees include Pat Battle, Maurice DuBois, Malvin Russell Goode, Greg Gumbel, Walt Clyde Frazier, Soledad O’Brien, Anthony Johnson, Belinda Morton-Caraballo, Randall Pinkston, Byron Pitts, Carl T. Rowan, Sheila Stainback, Lori Stokes, Marian Etoile Watson, Rolonda Watts and Lynne White.

Dana Tyler and Rolonda Watts