The Cosmopolitan Review

Yvonne Delaney Mitchell | 9/19/2013, 1:38 p.m.

This time, N’Kenge was spotted at Ed’s Chowder House, located in the Empire Hotel, at a Fashion Week luncheon that was hosted by Cygalle Healing Spa and producer-director Jennifer Howard Kessler from the Robert Evans Company. All part of Fashion Week festivities.

Also very much a part of the festivities was Audrey Smaltz, who personally oversaw the dressing of models at the Academy of Art fashion show. That Smaltz, she never lets you down.

Brenda Simmons enjoyed herself immensely and looked smashing in aqua, which seems to be the color of the season, at the Southampton Historical Museum’s annual Late Summer Cocktail Party, held at the restored former home of Capt. Albert Rogers on Meeting House Lane in Southampton, N.Y. Guests mingled on the sprawling lawns before viewing the museum’s current exhibition, “Fabulous Fish: Sculptures by John Rist Jr. Rist,” Rist, who was born and raised in Southampton, is an owner of Herbert & Rist Liquor Store on Jobs Lane.

Not to be outdone or undone, Harlem in the Hamptons continues to take the East End by storm. If you don’t believe me, just ask Glenn Hunter, Harry Banks, Beryl Banks, Jackie Vaughn, honoree Helen Marshall, Suzan Johnson Cook and Gladys Barnes, all of whom were there to represent in all of their glory.

Word just came in that Black Street will host their second annual Black Tie Awards Ceremony on Sept. 21. The invite reads, “Black Street, for its second year, will conduct an awards ceremony like none other in the Black community. Black Street will choose two finalists from 25 categories to go on the awards ceremony. The award recipients with the highest amount of votes within each category will be named at the ceremony. We will also honor prominent and renowned individuals who have utilized their platforms to cater to our community! The evening will consist of an elaborate cocktail hour, entertainment, our awards ceremony and a VIP dinner for our elite and celebrity guests!” 

The chosen honorees are the Rev. Al Sharpton; Grammy Award-winning producer Bryan Michael Cox; Michael Skolnik, political director for Russell Simmons and co-president of; BET commentator and celebrity image activist Michaela Angela Davis; and Arva Rice, CEO and president of New York Urban League. There will also be a Trayvon Martin tribute by actor Omari Hardwick. The host for the evening will be MTV host, relationship expert and plus-size fashion designer Shanda Freeman. For more information, contact Lexine Emille at If you ever wondered what is hip, now is your chance to find out.

Until next week … kisses