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Cosmopolitan Review June 19- June 25, 2014

Yvonne Delaney Mitchell | 6/19/2014, 11:58 a.m.

The Rev. James A. Forbes Jr. and Bettye Franks Forbes will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary as they renew their vows along with dozens of couples who have been previously married by the reverend. The anniversary coincides with the 35th anniversary of the Ebony Ecumenical Ensemble, led by Bettye Forbes. James Forbes, who is the senior minister emeritus of the famed Riverside Church, the distinguished Harry Emerson Fosdick professor at Union Theological Seminary and the president and founder of the Healing of the Nations Foundation, is also a nationally known pastor, professor and spiritual leader.

Bettye Forbes has been a choral director in churches, public schools and universities for over 50 years. In 1979, during the reopening of the renovated James Memorial Chapel of the Union Theological Seminary, she formed the Ebony Ecumenical Ensemble. The ensemble is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to “preserve, promote and perform the music of the African-American religious experience through spirituals, anthems, hymns and gospels.”

The event, which took place at Riverside Church, began with a private champagne reception with hors d’oeuvres. That was followed by words of wisdom for sustaining quality marriages from nationally acclaimed marriage counselors Drs. Harville Hendrix and Helen Hunt.

Bettye Forbes presented the Ebony Ecumenical Ensemble in its 35th anniversary concert, and the evening concluded with a reception in the South Hall of the church for wedding cake and light refreshments.

James Forbes, who married over 75 couples during his tenure as senior minister of the Riverside Church, invited those whom he married as honored guests of the evening, along with honorary co-chairs William M. Lewis Jr. and Carol Sutton Lewis, as well as Edward T. Lewis and Carolyn Wright Lewis, Bill and Judith Suzanne Moyers Nelson A. Rockefeller Jr. and Amy Taylor Rockefeller, and board members of the Riverside Church. In lieu of gifts, James and Bettye Forbes ask that you make a legacy gift to the Ebony Ecumenical Ensemble at www.theebonyee.com.

Vera Moore Cosmetics is celebrating the opening of 50-plus stores with a celebratory gathering at the Duane Reade Look Boutique at 51st Street at Rockefeller Center on Thursday, June 19, 1-8 p.m.

Vera Moore has been at the helm of the cosmetic line for a number of years, building a line of cosmetics for women of all shades and colors. Featured prominently in the Duane Reade Look Boutique at select stores throughout the city, she has now reached a milestone, as the brand has become a makeup favorite, with its varied selection of beauty products. Beauty consultants and makeup artists will be on hand to recommend a proper skincare regimen, seasonal colors and the perfect foundation for you. Have food, meet others and receive a Vera Moore Cosmetics swag bag with your purchase of $50.

Guests recently enjoyed an evening with comedian and TV personality D.L. Hughley. The evening featured a cocktail reception, followed by a seated dinner, compliments of the Evelyn Douglin Center for Serving People In Need (EDCSPIN), who celebrated the annual Vision and Voice Gala: “Renewal Through Respite, Empowering Individuals in Need.” Held at the trendy City Winery, the gala raised money to support one of their many programs, as well as raise awareness of the organization itself.