Wearing a Rhea Costa dress and Giuseppe Zanotti shoes, Paula Patton hit the red carpet with her husband, Robin Thicke, at last week’s premiere of the No. 4 movie in the country, “Baggage Claim,” at Regal Cinema in Los Angeles. The actress stars in the flick as a woman who embarks on a 30-day, 30,000-mile expedition to charm a potential suitor into becoming her fiancé. Jill Scott, Boris Kodjoe and Derek Luke also star in the David Talbert flick.
It’s the 13th season of Roz Nixon’s Great Women in Music celebrating phenomenal women. The monthlong New York City festival of jazz, blues and soul kicked off on Sept. 24 with a salute to Robin Richie, producer and host of “Imagine That,” a multi-faceted cable talk show that has aired for 15 seasons and has featured some of the most memorable names in music, theater and sports. Next up for GWIM is the honoring of the Rev. Dr. Theresa G. Oliver and Mt. Zion Christian Methodist Episcopal Church, 1148 Elder Ave. in the Bronx, with a special award to Toni M. Carter on Oct. 6 at 11 a.m. On Oct. 7, GWIM will celebrate Birdland with a show by Maxine Linehan at 7 p.m. The celebrating of the famed jazz club continues on Oct. 8 and 9 with performances by Karrin Allyson at 8:30 and 11:30 p.m. Great Women in Music is sponsored by Well Care, Fabulous by Roz and Black Opal.
According to TMZ, Mary J. Blige is firing back at Vision Entertainment Worldwide, which sued her for bailing on a concert last December for $145,000, which was her advance. In her countersuit, Blige says that if anybody breached the contract, it was Vision Entertainment Worldwide, because the company failed to provide first-class air travel for her and her crew because that’s what an artist of her stature requires.
Blige has no plans to return the $145,000. In fact, she is demanding that the company pay her the balance of the deal, which is another $105,000.
Meanwhile, legal documents filed shows that TD Bank reached a settlement with Blige’s Foundation for the Advancement of Women Now and reduced her debt from $322,000 to around $125,000. The settlement has the group paying back $15,000 immediately and then making 12 installment payments of $9,166.
In keeping with its 65-year commitment to enriching, sustaining and ensuring the culture and economic survival of African-Americans and persons of African descent, the Greater New York Chapter of the Links Inc. will host a special reception and preview of the exhibition “Rising Up: Hale Woodruff’s Murals at Talladega College” on Monday, Oct. 7. The reception will take place at New York University’s Silver Center at 6 p.m., followed by a preview of the exhibition at 80 WSE Gallery at NYU Steinhardt. The event is co-hosted by NYU-Poly School of Engineering.
As if earning a guaranteed $41.5 million in his recent fight against Saul “Canelo” Alvarez wasn’t enough, Floyd Mayweather Jr. also received a nice gift from the MGM Grand, a $1.4 million Bugatti, one of the most expensive cars in the world. In my novel “Deadly Stuff Players,” which hits bookstores on Nov. 19, there is a gang called the Bugatti Blades. All of them drive Bugattis.