Honoring Eric Von Zip

Yvonne Delaney Mitchell | 9/12/2012, 8:35 p.m.

Apologies go out to our very own Dr. Gerald Deas, who personally gave me an invitation to the Labor Day weekend art exhibition opening of "How Great Thou Art," featuring the bronze, clay, wood and metal sculptures of JA'CO. I was so sorry to have missed the exhibit, as I am sure the event was positively breathtaking. Not all is lost though, as you can visit the artist's website for visuals of his work at www.krop.com/studio5k. Interesting.

Looking absolutely fabulous at the third annual Diversity Affluence Brunch & Awards were B. Smith and her husband, Dan Gasby. The event, held at the Sag Harbor restaurant bearing B. Smith's name, honored three distinguished leaders in the area of civil rights activism, minority business and media entrepreneurship, and the advancement of diversity. Respectively they are Marc Morial, CEO, National Urban League; Donna Byrd, publisher, TheRoot.com; and Laurence Boschetto, CEO and president, Draftfcb. The event was sponsored by Baume & Mercier, JPMorgan Chase, Draftfcb and Belvedere Vodka. So naturally, each honoree received a Baume & Mercier watch and the guests drank Belvedere Vodka. No, JPMorgan didn't hand out checks--shucks!

Enjoying the fun were Dale Mason Cochran; style icon Shala Monroque; philanthropist Sherry Bronfman; entertainment attorney Kojo Bentil; Steven Board, executive director of 100 Black Men of America Inc.; Susan Taylor, former editor-in-chief of Essence magazine; designer Kevin Michael Barba; and Justin Troy of the New York Giants, just to name a few.

Fear and anxiety. They make us do things we would never in our right minds do. Listening to our first lady of the United States of America, I learned something we can all do to help when times of despair and hopelessness descend upon us. Rely on your values--on decency, dignity, integrity, honesty and doing the right thing.

Fear and anxiety makes us shut down. Refuse to shut down, open up, allow yourself to breathe, to trust, to stop and think. Before you know it, it will be Election Day. Now is the time to make sure you and everyone you know is registered to vote.

As our President Barack Obama has advised, together we can get through the hard economic times and help our country to grow rich in opportunity for everyone. In the spirit of the Republicans, you're on your own. The choice is yours; choose wisely.

Until next week ... kisses.