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Cosmopolitan Review April 3-9, 2014

Yvonne Delaney Mitchell | 4/3/2014, 11:18 a.m.

The whipping winds of March finally gave way to a gentler wind, which blew in April showers. This month promises to be busy with all of the upcoming religious holidays, Easter, daffodils and tulips.


A car pulled up in front of the Goodwill store and while I was standing nearby waiting for the bus, I couldn’t help but notice the car’s occupant unload several huge bags of clothing that were obviously for donation. Seems as though somebody has been doing some serious spring cleaning. What an inspiration.


Hostess with the mostess Deidre Tate, the lovely daughter of Bob Tate, celebrated her own birthday with a bash at Gran Piatto D’oro. D.J. Frank “Birthday Boy” Nitti celebrated his, hers and theirs as he rocked the box as Allen George, Cytia Fontenette, Derrick Dover, Ebony Graham, Glenn Gilliam, Joby Smith, Kenny Ferracho, Nicole Brock, Sally Stewart and the legendary Chris Washington were also celebrating. There was a special live performance by Chris Turner with a late night performance by Robbie “Base” Tate-Brickle and Foe Boyz, and they partied. A happy birthday shout-out also goes to Sophonia Dickens Carter and Paula Battle, even though they weren’t at the party.


Having his own party is Hugh Masekela, who will celebrate his 75th with a retrospective extravaganza. The noted South African trumpeter, flugelhornist, composer and lyricist, who is well-known across several continents, will perform at Jazz at Lincoln Center on April 4-5. Bassist Fana Zulu, keyboardist Randal Skippers, bass guitarist Abednigo Sibongiseni Zulu, guitarist Cameron John Ward, drummer Lee-Roy Sauls and long-time percussionist Francis Fuster will join Masekela onstage to play songs from various stages of his illustrious career. Paul Simon will be a special guest for the April 4 performance only.

Masekela’s unique style combines his passion for American jazz with his deep roots in the Zulu folklore. The Mbaqanga Township Dance Band, who will also be performing with Masekela, is part of a musical tribute to his homeland, from which he was exiled for 30 years, between 1960 and 1990. The U.S. tour is dedicated to the memory of his dear friend Nelson Mandela. For more interesting Masekela information, visit hughmasekela.co.za.


This just in: Orchestra and front mezzanine seats for “Motown the Musical” are just $89 when you use code ABC123 for performances now through May 22. Restrictions may apply, so visit www.motownthemusical.com, call 877–250–2929 or go to the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre box office (205 W. 46th St.) for ticket information. Speaking of the website, it’s a fun site with facts, figures and what else 7music. Log on to sign up for the “Motown” newsletter and enjoy.


The Grand Ballroom of the Plaza Hotel was all aglow as the New York City Mission Society hosted its annual Champions for Children Gala this year and all of the stars came out. In attendance was former New York City Mayor David Dinkins, Maria Orango, Matthew Mamak and Lloyd Brown, just to name a few.

Goldman, Sachs & Co. Partner Valentino D. Carlotti was honored with the Champions for Children Award for his leadership and support of youth organizations. Also honored were esteemed philanthropist and humanitarian Jean Shafiroff with the Dina Merrill Hartley Public Service Award, as well as the founders and leaders of the Sisulu-Walker Charter School of Harlem for being the first charter school to open in the state of New York.