According to the Atlanta Journal, Gwinnett County authorities are seeking information to help explain the accidental death of Atlanta R&B singer Natina Reed of the female group Blaque, who was struck and killed late Oct. 26 while standing in a roadway just north of Lillburn, Georgia.
Gwinnett County police would like to speak to “anyone who might have information about anything that could help us determine why she was there, anything to help us understand how this came together,” said police spokesman Sgt. Rick Long. The driver, who was not immediately identified, was not expected to be charged. Investigators were still trying to determine why Reed was in the roadway and whether she was crossing or walking alongside of it.
Aside from the group Blaque, Reed was also known for her role in the hit film “Bring It On,” which also starred Gabrielle Union.
Speaking of Gabrielle Union … He may be an extremely successful Hollywood A-lister, but Will Smith hasn’t forgotten his roots. The Oscar nominee gave Gabby a surprise when he rapped at a party in Miami celebrating her 40th birthday on Oct. 27. Will grabbed the microphone alongside Doug E. Fresh, and the pair put on quite the show for the excited crowd. Gabrielle rushed over to give Will a hug to say thank you. The pair starred together in “Bad Boys II.” Her boyfriend, Miami Heat superstar Dwayne Wade, was also on hand.
Knox Gallery, located at 129 W. 129th St. in Harlem, is pleased to announce the opening of “Art Takes Seoul,” a collaborative exhibition featuring the work of Knox Gallery’s resident artist, the talented and gifted Mira Gandy, and, the play “Seoul for Sale in NYC,” written and performed by Korean-American playwright Akrun Claiborne. The opening reception and play are Nov. 1 from 6 to 9 p.m.
Mellody Hobson, an African-American finance executive and the girlfriend of iconic filmmaker George Lucas, has been named the new chairman of Dreamworks Animation. The news comes as a surprise, as the former chairman, Roger Enrico, stepped down without notice. Hobson is currently the president of Ariel Investments, a company that manages more than $3 billion in assets.
Dhonna Harris-Goodale, noted musical theater, film and television actress, has joined the cast of “S.S. Nirvana,” portraying the role of Madame Royale. The performance will take place on Saturday, Nov. 3, at 5:30 p.m. at Birdland, 315 W. 44th St. Tickets are $35 with a $10 food or drink minimum. Call 212-581-3080 for more information. Meanwhile, the fabulous Ms. Goodale’s new television show on TLC, “Four Houses: Over the Top Holiday Decorators,” starts airing in the beginning of December and runs for six weeks. She has several projects currently running on TV, such as BET’s news program with T.J. Holmes, “Don’t Sleep.” A quadruple-threat talent, Dhonna also has prints and commercials running, as well as co-starring in the Broadway-bound play by Diane Harris, “Why Old Ladies Cry at Weddings.”