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February 2010



Keep the party going with The Black Eyed Peas following their performance in Philadelphia on Wednesday March 3rd at Voyeur Nightclub.

This exclusive after party will be hosted by members of The Black Eyed Peas where the official BACARDI E.N.D. World tour
cocktail will be… featured. This appearance will include a special dj set by members of the Black Eyed Peas.

OPENING DJ FOR THIS EVENT AT VOYEUR (I guess Questlove is off from Jimmy Fallon that night)


3rd Annual Philadelphia Fashion Week produced by FBH Entertainment

A little snowacaine didn’t stop the 3rd Annual FBH Philadelphia Fashion Week‘s opening night VIP party at Banana Republic at Broad & Walnut Streets last night. You will recall that we covered the 2nd annual event that was held inside City Hall’s Courtyard in 2008, A spectacular event the likes of which Philadelphia had never seen. Since that period another Philadelphia Fashion Week has taken place which Philly Chit Chat covered last October with lots of fashions produced by CMK Entertainment. Can this City handle two Fashion Weeks, absolutely as both are unique in their own right and produced by fashionista’s that have a passion for presenting cutting edge, eye catching fashion with a purpose.
Kerry Scott, co-founder of FBH Phila Fashion Week welcomes guests consisting of Models, Designers, Stylists, and the who’s who of fashion celebrities and press, to the black Tie and diamond opening night party. Cheryl Ann Wadlington, Creative Director of Evoluer Image Co gave an inspirational speech. FBH one of the fastest growing modeling and entertainment companies in the Philadelphia area, was organized four years ago to serve underprivileged youth by providing a gateway to those who envision themselves working in the fashion industry. FBH provides free workshops in acting, modeling, dancing and make-up applications. FBH-The Agency also provides access and networking to some of the most talented hair stylists, runway coaches, event coordinators, photographers, fashion models and designers. Most notably, FBH has and continues to produce crowd-pleasing and exciting fashion events such as their Philadelphia Fashion Week runway shows. In addition to showcasing the latest fashion collection, a portion of the proceeds from Philadelphia Fashion Week 2010 will be donated to The Evoluer House ( for at-risk teenage girls.
The weekend shows will be held at the Crane Arts Building located 1400 N American Street in the exciting and vibrant part of Philadelphia’s Northern Liberties section. Both Friday and Saturday night admission is $35, or both nights can be yours for $60
Mervinson Lopuz, Wilhelmina Pa/Felipe Mgt and Allison Minto, Wilhelmenia Pa

Liz Thompson and Will Ball. Will tells me that the Philadelphia office of Wilhelmina Models will be opening in early spring. Their offices are almost ready in Conshohocken. Currently they are looking for interns who would be interested in assisting them.
Tish Bracy touches up a FBH fashion model. FBH Entertainment has a crew of their own models. I love the concept of FBH which is exposing talent to the fashion world that they might not have had a leg up in for whatever the reason. Although this girl wouldn’t have a had a problem she’s beautiful.
Genevieve Manzoni wearing a strapless dress her model brother created. (Couldn’t find anything on line that gave me more info on the line, sorry.)
Our friends from Omega Optical, Tracy and Steve Davis. They cringe whenever I see them and ask where my glasses are, usually in my pocket. I can see fine, except when driving. Check them out they have a shot in the Comcast Bldg in the retail area.

Francella and Sophie from Banana Republic. Francella tells me she’s a folding specialist and Sophie is BR’s top seller.
Kevin recently stated in an interview that the androgynous look is back in, the masculine but still feminine, I think dark colors are back in, the black, leather, zippers, and crazy stuff. [Laughs]
Kerry says: A lot of detail is in right now, the baggy sweaters and such. I also think by you coming to PFW you’re going to be shocked by some of the stuff these designers come up with. I tell people it’s definitely something you have to experience. Seeing it on film and seeing pictures are all one thing and in the magazines, but it’s nothing like seeing it up close. You appreciate things much more when you see it up close, those things that the camera doesn’t capture, such as the detail, the movement of the garments coming down the runway. It motivates people.

Stephanie cain, Zineman Furs Fashion Specialist with Ron and Julie Wilch.
Howard Verrlin, Kathleen Raub and Jinous Kazemi, Millesime a home and design boutique located at the Piazza in Northern Liberties.
Two FBH Models looking forward to wearing hawt clothes are Donte Wikins and Devon Stubbs. Donte says he can see just fine wearing his sunglasses inside the store. You know how that’s my pet peeve, as I always get that song stuck in my head when I see it. I wear my sunglasses at night, so I can, so I can seeeeee

La Dolce
Looking to model: and inquire about how to join.

Carla Clarkson, Marki Starr Hair Studio, Ra’Chelle Rogers, Phila-sophy PR
A shot of mine was in Michael Klein’s INQLING’s column Sunday. You might not realize, but my photos are usually published at least weekly in his column.


Dancing With The Philadelphia Stars to benefit Sickle Cell Anemia 4/18/10

Last year a young up and coming Megan Smith Principle of Brownstone PR, had an idea. She wanted to bring the excitement of the popular ABC TV show “Dancing with the Stars” to Philadelphia, and she wanted to tie it in as a charity fundraiser to bring awareness and support to a disease that has affected her family and friends she has known, Sickle Cell Anemia. She created Dancing With The Philadelphia Stars, and it was a smashing success. Jimmy “Style” Contreras and Audrey Julienne doing the “Quick Step” at last year’s contest. The list of this years contestant’s is below with tidbits of each person. Here’s Megan with the March issue of Black Enterprise which features an article about successful African Americans and it includes a story about Megan. Congrats girl!! (We were at Parc celebrating)One dance floor. Nine notable Philadelphians. Winner takes all. On Sunday, April 18, 2010, 5:00pm-10:00pm at the Hyatt Regency at Penns Landing, guests will assemble for the 2nd Annual Dancing With The Philadelphia Stars – presented by Brownstone PR and benefiting the Sickle Cell Disease Association of America, Philadelphia/Delaware Valley!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY Brian Freedman, Noted Food & Wine writer, Wine Educator and Consultant; you are one of the contestant’s in the 2nd Annual Dancing With The Philadelphia Stars. Brian and his wife Steffi Freedman reside in Center City and are very instrumental in a charity that I mentioned last night and one I am involved in, Donors are Heroes – The Party being held 4/16

Jason Evenchik, Owner of TIME, Vintage Wine Bar, and Bar. Jason was an instrumental part of the revitilization of the Midtown Village 13th Street corridor, opening his latest project Bar right around the corner on Sansom, just last month. There’s a great Drew Lazor article which appeared in the City Paper 8/2/06 here:
Dorothy Johnson-Speight, founder of Mothers in Charge

is an advocacy and support organization for families affected by violence. Dorothy Johnson-Speight’s 24 year old son was murdered over a parking space in December 2001.
The mission of Mothers In Charge is violence prevention, education and intervention for youth, young adults, families and community organizations. In addition, Mothers In Charge works with elected officials on legislation to support safe neighborhoods and communities for children and families and collaborates with community and faith based organizations.

On the far right: Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds-Brown (L-R Kelly Boyd, Sen. Larry Farnese and DA Seth Williams).
Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown is dedicated to enriching the lives of Philadelphia residents by “Putting People First.” As an educator, community activist, political leader and concerned parent, her focus and commitment to help others defined her work prior to her election to Philadelphia City Council. Next week an organization that she founded will be having their event at the same location as the Philly Dancing with the Stars will be held.
Friday March 5, 2010
Celebration of Moxie Women
Hyatt Regency Philadelphia at Penn’s Landing
201 South Columbia Boulevard (at Dock Street)
Philadelphia, PA 19106
for ticket info: CMW@LeaveIt2Mia – Sen Larry Farnese you’ll recall attended last year’s event. I thought maybe to check it out in case he wanted to hoof it out this year, but that will not be the case, instead I hear he’s set to be a judge. (Maybe a foreshadowing of the future?)
Public television cooking show host Christina Pirello is the woman who put the fun back into healthy cooking. In one of her books, Christina Cooks she’s responded to the hundreds of questions that her viewers and readers have put to her over the years-with lots of sound, sane advice, hints, tips and techniques-plus loads of great recipes for scrumptious, healthy meals with a Mediterranean flair.
Charitable entrepreneur Dana Spain, with Center City District’s Michelle Shannon at a recent Nicole Miller fundraiser. Dana Spain is the founder and President of Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society (PAWS), the city’s largest rescue partner which operates an adoption center and a public low-cost vaccination and spay/neuter clinic. She also sits on the boards of the Philadelphia Police Department Foundation, AND she’s going to be dancing in the Dancing With The Philadelphia Stars
G-N Kang, co-host of Wired 96.5’s Chio in the Morning and a player on the newly formed Philadelphia Lingerie Football team Here’s G-N’s take on her upcoming star turn on the Dancing With The Philadelphia Stars on her blog
I have to laugh as she starts out by saying she doesn’t consider herself being a star, which is ironic as this was the very first photo I took of her when I moved back to Philly from NYC where I did cover peeps who would be considered a star. Anyway, having read about her in the gossip columns and listening to her on the radio, I bee lined to her when I saw her at an event and got her to pose for this “fashion shot” cause as far as Philly is concerned she’s a celebrity I tried to convince her. The photo was picked up by a national blog about radio chicks.
AAhh baby you’re a star to me. Sabrina Tamburino Thorne. Do I need to say anything more. First of all Sabrina is one of the most vivasious, fun women in Philly, full of life, active and sweet as can be. And did I mention charitable, she and her giving husband attend many charity events where their money makes a difference in peoples live. Now that’s a star to me. Plus she’s fun to photograph in a Kim Kardashian kinda way.
Maxx Stoyanoff-Williams, lead singer/MC, of Black Landlord. According to Suite 101, Black Landlord’s first full-length album “Addicted to Distraction” fuses funky big-band brass with Motown soul and Hip-Hop. The result: an eclectic musical tirade.
Making a special appearance last year’s winner Erin Elmore who will perform a little number and hand over the title to the 2010 winner of Philadelphia Dancing with the Stars.
The purpose behind Dancing With The Philadelphia Stars is to not only recognize over 25 years of extraordinary service by SCDAA/PDVC, but also assist in raising money to fund Sickle Cell education and programs, and shine the spotlight on a genetic disease that exists in staggeringly high numbers in the African American and Hispanic communities.
Tickets are $90. The official event site will also launch this Monday, March 1. In the meantime, be sure to follow at and friend us on Facebook “Dancing With The Philadelphia Stars” for all updates!

Here is a list of the Dance participants: Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds-Brown Christina Pirello, Emmy Award-winning host of the television series Christina Cooks! Dana Spain, Founder and President of the Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) Dorothy Johnson-Speight, founder of Mothers in Charge G-N Kang, co-host of Wired 96.5’s Chio in the Morning Sabrina Tamburino Thorne, Finance & Budget Coordinator at GPTMC Brian Freedman, Noted Food & Wine writer, Wine Educator and Consultant Jason Evenchik, Owner of TIME, Vintage Wine Bar, and Bar Maxx Stoyanoff-Williams, lead singer/MC, of Black Landlord