Friday, August 27, 2010
VANESSA WILLIAMS AND DAUGHTER SASHA 10 YEARS OLD
DAVID OTUNGA AND SON DAVID JR. DAVID IS JENNIFER HUDSON'S FIANCE
WANDA SYKES AND WIFE NICKY
SOLANGE KNOWLES AND SON
ANGELA SIMMONS AND SISTER MILEY SIMMONS 3 YEARS OLD
USHER OUT WITH HIS SONS
NIA LONG AND SONG MASSAI
LL COOL J, MOM, DAUGHTER AND WIFE
RIHANNA AND LITTLE BROTHER
BLAIR UNDERWOOD AND HIS SONS (IN YELLOW SHIRTS)
Blair Underwood will play the U.S. President on NBC's drama pilot "The Event."
"The Event" is a thriller chronicled from multiple points of view that centers on Sean (Jason Ritter), a regular man fighting his way through the mysterious circumstances of a conspiracy to assassinate the U.S. president (Underwood).
The recently-elected President, originally envisioned as "a poised Hispanic JFK," is described as smart, honest, confident and doing a good job at hiding his relative inexperience. He is a family man and a man of faith who truly wants to do good.
"The Event" was first conceived by writer Nick Wauters a few years ago, before Barack Obama's 2008 election as the U.S.' first black president.
Underwood, who is about the same age as Obama, was a supporter of the former Illinois Senator in his presidential campaign and spoke at several Obama rallies.
This is the second black president on a major U.S. TV series following Dennis Haysbert's turn on the first season of Fox's "24."
Underwood, repped by ICM and Thruline, most recently co-starred on ABC's "Dirty Sexy Money" and has recurred on CBS' "The New Adventures of Old Christine."
LIL KIM (KIM JONES) AND HER COUSIN KATRISE JONES SALON OWNER OF SALON SE SWA TOOK A PHOTO SHOOT TOGETHER. KATRISE OWNS SEVERAL HAIR SALONS IN NORTH CAROLINA AND LIL KIM IS CO-OWNER AND THEY PLAN ON OPENING SEVERAL AFFORDABLE SALONS IN GEORGIA AS WELL AS OTHER CITIES.
SERENA WILLIAMS HASN’T HAD A CHANCE to take a breather since her professional debut in 1995. Lately, it seems the tennis star is always busy doing something: winning tournaments, building schools in Kenya or guest-starring on television shows. So while the surgery on her right foot that had her spending most of the summer recovering was unfortunate, she admits it also gave her some much-needed time to relax.
“I can actually use the recovery time,” Williams says. “I’m so active trying to produce television shows now, writing and playing tennis—and on top of that, winning Grand Slams—that it’s good for me to just have some time off. At first I dreaded it, but I’m sleeping a lot, which is good, and I’m being babied.”
Confident that she’ll be fully recovered by the fall, Williams, 28, has used this respite to establish a time frame for all the things she wants to accomplish off the court. “A year from now, I see myself trying to compete and win Grand Slams, but maybe not playing such a full schedule so I can focus on the other things in my life, like doing more in show business,” she says.
Williams is already becoming an old hand in the entertainment business: She has guest-starred on ER and Law & Order and done voice-over work for several animated series. Last year she starred in a hilariously irreverent commercial for Tampax, in which she argues with Mother Nature about the “bad blood” between them. The spoof allowed Serena’s fans to finally see something she hadn’t been able to showcase on the tennis court—her sense of humor.
“Everyone who knows me knows I’m always the life of the party and the joker,” Williams says. “It was fun to do the Tampax ad because people got to see that side of me. When I’m on the court, people don’t get to see that I’m not one of the most serious people in the world.” (Her sense of humor about being the first active pro female athlete to appear in a feminine hygiene ad is completely spot-on: “Tampons, I love them. They’re the world’s best invention.”)
Williams isn’t afraid to turn her deep, throaty laugh around on herself, especially when she looks back at some of the more outrageous decisions she’s made outfit-wise both on and off the court. “I like to look back at everything and be like, ‘Damn, I wore that and I don’t regret it.’ I’m the first person to make fun of myself and say, ‘What I wore was hideous; what was I thinking?’ One day I can tell my kids, ‘Mom was a hot mess!’”
That said, her next project will be behind the camera. Williams, who was raised a Jehovah’s Witness, believes there’s a lack of morals and positivity on television these days—a hole she’s hoping to fill as a producer of several reality television programs with an affirmative bent. “I just want to promote some good things and stay positive,” says the three-time US Open champ.
That ideal extends into charity work as well, including a school-building project in Matooni, Kenya, a three-hour drive outside the capital, Nairobi. She has already built two schools in the impoverished area that has no running water and a desperate need for other basic services. She hopes to build another one within the next year. “It was the best thing I’ve ever done,” says Williams. “I always said winning all those Grand Slams was a dream, but when I opened my school in Kenya, that was the best feeling in the world because I was helping people who had almost nothing.”
Her most recent school contains special services for children who are hearing-impaired, a segment of the population that’s routinely ignored and abused in Africa. “We gave them computers donated by Hewlett-Packard, and one of the kids came up to me crying and said, ‘Now I can finally tell everyone what’s on my mind,’” Williams remembers.
The little boy, who has probably never watched a tennis match in his life, looked up to Williams the way millions of young girls around the world do—as a role model, a position she accepts with the utmost responsibility. “I feel like my job, more than anything, is to be a good Christian,” she says. “I’ve been known to make mistakes and because I do live in the public eye, it can be hard, but I’m living my life as best I can.”
Friday, August 20, 2010
WENT TO THE BEACH AGAIN THIS WEEK. WANTED TO TAKE OFF AND NOT COME BACK. TOOK MY DAUGHTER TO THE WATERPARK AND SAT IN THE TUBE ON THE LAZY RIVER AND WENT AROUND IN CIRCLES. ATE ITALIAN ICE AND NACHOS WITH CHEESE, CRAB DIP AND POTATOE SALAD UNTIL I WAS SATISFIED.