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A.R.T./New York to honor S. Epatha Merkerson

Florence Anthony | 3/30/2017, 12:29 p.m.
According to reports, the divorce judgement of Phaedra Parks and her estranged husband, Apollo Nida, was reversed by a judge.
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According to reports, the divorce judgement of Phaedra Parks and her estranged husband, Apollo Nida, was reversed by a judge. “It’s very confusing why a man who is engaged and enjoys frequent visits with his fiancée would work so aggressively to avoid ending his marriage,” Park’s rep, Steve Honig, told Us Weekly. However, he said Parks is reviewing her options with her attorney to determine the most efficient path toward ending the marriage so she can move forward and focus on raising “strong, healthy and happy children.” Sources say the judge had problems with Nida’s name being misspelled and was worried that the jailed fraudster was led to believe he would attend future divorce hearings from behind bars, which was reportedly never an option.

Ford Motor Company returned as Presenting Sponsor of the 13th Annual NAACP Hollywood Bureau Symposium, entitled “Pictures, Power, Progress, Pathway to Inclusion.” Angela Polk, program manager, Community Development, Ford Motor Company, presented a check for $10,000 to Emmy Award winning journalist Shaun Robinson’s S.H.A.U.N. Foundation for Girls at the 13th annual Hollywood Bureau Symposium. The foundation empowers young women through grants to support STEM education, the arts and healthy lifestyle choices.

View co-host Whoopi Goldberg is one of the co-chairs for the A.R.T./New York honoring of S. Epatha Merkerson at their spring gala, which will be held Monday, April 3, at Tribeca Rooftop in New York City. The evening will also include an A.R.T.-created original mini-musical in tribute to the award-winning actress called, “S. Epatha Merkerson: The Musical!” Merkerson has won critical acclaim for her work in theater, television and film. She is best known for her portrayal of Lieutenant Anita Van Buren on NBC’s “Law and Order,” and she currently stars as hospital administrator Sharon Goodwin on the NBC series “Chicago Med.”

March 24, word on the curb is rap mogul Jay Z took his three favorite ladies, his wife Beyoncé, 5-year-old daughter, Blue Ivy, and mother, Gloria Carter, out to lunch at Gjelina restaurant in Venice Beach, Calif. Eyewitnesses at the posh eatery report the Carters made a grand entrance as their motorcade pulled up in front of the establishment. Beyoncé was first to exit one of three Cadillac Escalades. Her husband rolled up right behind her in a Tesla, accompanied by his mom. The Carters dined in the back of the restaurant for around an hour before security guards escorted them back to their vehicles. From there, the superstar crew headed to the offices of Def Jam Records, where they picked up a female friend and drove off into the California sun.