Cosmopolitan Review August 21-27, 2014

By YVONNE DELANEY MITCHELL | 8/21/2014, 2:33 p.m.

These are the dog days of August, when everybody, no matter what your station in life, has to just slow down, cool down and back down from the everyday grind. Whether it’s ’tini time or Miller time, it’s time to hook up your favorite playlist, sit back and relax. It’s summertime fun to see everyone pitching in at the cookout or in the kitchen, or taking turns watching the kids, watching the game or putting their feet up. 

So here I am, sitting on the stoop, with iPad in hand, enjoying an early–evening breeze, and then someone, somewhere, plays the best, the very best, of the Whispers, loud and clear on the MP3 Harmon Kardon hookup. OMG! Oh, and followed by, could it be—Oh my, it is!—Luther Vandross’ “Wait for Love.”

For those of you who remember the Hi-Five quintet, they’re back. The group, which has regrouped, still maintains its familiar sound, but has added a dash of maturity. According to group member Bill Covington, “We wanted to give our fans a familiar sound yet more mature, but still the familiar Hi-Five delivery.” The Band’s first major comeback appearance recently took place on the TV One series “UnSung,” where they connected live with viewers on Twitter. Their new LP, entitled “Hi-Five the EP,” on the Bronx Most Wanted Entertainment label, is available on iTunes or through other selected digital media.

Get-well wishes go out to Shirley Cuevas, who came down with a bout of seriously not feeling well, which sidelined her trip to Martha’s Vineyard. Her friends at the Inkwell miss her so much. She had plans to celebrate her birthday on the beach and stay straight through Labor Day. Our hearts go out to you, Shirley. Coming up to the Vineyard late this year will be Valerie Dargen, Edith Matthews and the rest of the crew, who will stay a little past Labor Day. Usually joining them is Father Daryl James, rector of Grace Episcopal Church, located in Jamaica, Queens. However, as of today, Father James is in parts of the world unknown and could show up at any moment. The one person who is not on the Vineyard is C.J., for the first in 66 years. He knows the island so well that he worked in the information booth, located right in the middle of town, helping visitors find their way around. For all of those who know and love him, C.J. is at his home in North Carolina, being waited on hand and foot by his grandchildren.

Congratulations to Roger and Myrna, who celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a big shindig. More than 100 well-wishers poured onto the grounds of their Martha’s Vineyard home, where the passed-around appetizers, which included mini-lobster rolls and sliders, were scrumptious, and the champagne flowed from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. A huge white tent was erected, in case it rained, which it didn’t, or for those who wanted to sit in the shade in case it was too sunny, which it was.

Happy birthday, Ethel Bascome Sarjent, Shaheed from the Bronx, Tony Jones, Hugh Simmons and Lenny Williams; musicians Hank Jones, Hank Mobley, Jackie McClen and Miles Davis; author James Baldwin; and our fearless leader, President Obama, who all celebrate birthdays during the sun’s transition through Leo.

You will be glad to know that motorcyclists from everywhere, who gathered to ride their hogs cross-country in participation of Kiehl’s 5th Annual LifeRide for amfAR, have completed their run. After the New York City finish, the hardy group was feted with a bash hosted by Mary J. Blige, who, along with amfAR CEO Kevin Robert Frost, happily accepted the $170,000 donation that was raised during the 11-day run. Kiehl’s, through its adventurous and philanthropic spirit, embarks on this venture to heighten awareness and raise funds for amfAR, still a very important organization in the fight against AIDS.

For those who just can’t wait for the fall season of “Scandal” to begin, you can now shop for “Scandal” items online, so you will be ready for Olivia Pope in Olivia Pope style. The Limited Scandal collection is available on The Limited website and at the store’s various mall outlets, with selections ranging in price from $48 to $250. According to the show’s star, Kerry Washington, who just had her first baby in April, “People who love the look of this show can now step into this world in a way that is affordable and accessible, because not everybody can afford to have the clothes they see on the show.” Washington was very involved in every aspect of the design production, so expect the collection to be hot.

Until next week ... kisses.