Funeral services for singer Vesta Williams will be held at West Angeles Church of God in Christ in Los Angeles on Tuesday, Oct. 4. Further details will be furnished by the family. The R&B great, who brought us hits like “Congratulations,” was found dead in her El Segundo, Calif., hotel room on Sept. 22 after apparently dying in her sleep. While both TMZ and ABC News reported there were prescription pill bottles on the scene, the cause of death is unknown pending an autopsy. Williams was staying at the hotel while in transition to a new home. She was 53.
According to the Chicago Sun-Times, several days before President Barack Obama arrived in Los Angeles and West Hollywood, Calif., on Sept. 26 for a fundraiser and town hall meeting, the windows and a glass door of his Westside L.A. campaign office were shattered. Meanwhile, Lady Gaga was among the guests at a Silicon Valley fundraiser for the president. The intimate gathering was held under a tent in the yard of Facebook CEO Sheryl Sandberg on Sept. 25.
Great Women in Music and the friends of legendary Harlem entrepreneur and businesswoman Shirley Scott will honor and celebrate her accomplishments on Monday, Oct. 3 at Creole Supper Club, 2167 Third Ave. at 118th Street in Harlem. This auspicious event, which starts at 5:30 p.m., will mark Scott’s many years of professional accomplishments as her continuous entrepreneurial spirit takes its victory lap.
As previously reported, Jay-Z, a part owner of the New Jersey Nets, revealed that his team will be known as the Brooklyn Nets when they move to the borough in 2012.
HollywoodLife.com has received exclusive information that Jay-Z wants Kim Kardashian’s new husband, Kris Humphries, to play for the team in order to boost up the star posse. Sources say Jay-Z is trying to turn the new Brooklyn stadium into the Staples Center of the East Coast-a haven for celebrity buzz.
Fifteen-year-old pop and dance music singing sensation Devon Brooke is set to release her highly anticipated Fortified Records debut CD, “This is My Time,” featuring the chart climbing hit single, “Heartbeat.” Says Devon’s label head, Fortified Records’ Paul Pontillo: “She’s one of the greatest young voices in the industry. Her ability to project her life into her music is like no other.”