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Dionne Warwick, Whitney Houston inducted into NJ Hall of Fame

Florence Anthony | 1/23/2014, 12:53 p.m.
Florence Anthony

New couple alert! It looks like “12 Years a Slave” darling Lupita Nyong’o may be dating hot hunk Jared Leto. At the Critics’ Choice Awards at the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, Calif., on Jan. 16, Leto made his way over to her across the room. Both Nyong’o and Leto picked up Best Supporting Role awards that night, Nyong’o for her role in “12 Years a Slave” and Leto for his role as a transsexual in “Dallas Buyers Club.”

Leto was snapped looking very smitten with Nyong’o at the LAFCA Awards, and on Dec. 2, the coosome twosome were photographed together on the red carpet of the Gotham Awards. Nyong’o also posted a picture of her introducing Leto to a friend on her Instagram at the Golden Globes. Yours truly will be watching these two.

Dionne Warwick and her cousin Whitney Houston, who died in 2012, were inducted into the New Jersey Hall of Fame last week. Cissy Houston and Patricia Houston, Whitney Houston’s mother and sister-in-law respectively, accepted the award on her behalf. The talented ladies were among 13 notable figures who rounded out the 2013 class, which includes Grover Cleveland, Celia Cruz, Joe Piscopo and Jersey Joe Walcott.

It’s Super Bowl XLVIII weekend in New York City. As part of the Super Bowl celebrations, on Friday, Jan. 31 at the Apollo Theater, “Friday Night in Harlem” will take place. It is a mega-concert that will pay tribute to jazz legend Duke Ellington, with featured performances by the Manhattan School of Music Swing Jazz Orchestra and special guest performances by NEA Jazz Masters Cecil Bridgewater and Arturo O’Farrill.

The First Corinthian Baptist Church Mass Choir will also perform, joined by legendary singer-songwriter Valerie Simpson of Ashford and Simpson, who will also receive the first Whitney Houston Living Legend Award.

The following afternoon, Saturday, Feb. 1, Prefunc, the herbal hangover supplement whose motto is “Party Hard. Recover Easy,” will present a private, invitation-only Super Bowl media soiree at the Cafe On Broadway in Midtown Manhattan, not far from Super Bowl Boulevard. The incredibly exclusive event will feature an open bar, appetizers and A-list journalists, along with world-class athletes and celebrities.

The 22nd annual African-American Children’s Book Fair will be held on Saturday, Feb. 1 from 1-3 p.m. at Community College of Philadelphia, located at 17 Spring Garden St. in Philadelphia. The event is free and open to the public. Over 20 nationally known best-selling authors and illustrators, including Ilyasah Shabazz, Christopher Farley, Paula Young Shelton and Tameka Fryer Brown, will participate. Many have won the American Library Association’s Coretta Scott King Award. These authors and illustrators have produced some of the best books of our generation.