R&B star Usher Raymond and his ex-wife Tameka Raymond’s 5-year-old son Usher Raymond V was reportedly rushed to the hospital on Aug. 5 after nearly drowning in the family swimming pool. The singer was not home at the time when the incident occurred around 6 p.m.
Usher’s son was reportedly playing in the pool when he saw a toy at the bottom and went to dive for it. That’s when reports say Usher V got his arm stuck in the drain. Neither his aunt nor the maid could get him out. Two men who were working in the house then came out and rescued the boy. He was immediately given CPR and raced to the hospital.
According to Hollywoodlife.com, Usher made it home and was able to ride in the ambulance with his son. Sources say that doctors claim he will be “OK.” This comes just one year after Usher’s stepson Kile Glover, 11, was killed in a boating accident. Our prayers go out for the complete recovery of Usher V.
I got a chance to spend 48 marvelous hours in Las Vegas last week with celebrity stylist Larry Sims. Smooth N’ Shine announced its new line of products for natural hair, Go Pro Curls with Larry Sims, which was developed in conjunction with the “mane man” to Queen Latifah, Christina Milian, Wanda Sykes and more fabulous divas.
Members of the media were treated to a wonderful gift bag that included some of his clients’ favorite treats, including Sweet Tarts, which Kerry Washington loves; strawberry Bubblicious, a favorite of Queen Latifah’s; and Tamar Braxton’s coveted Blow Pops. I also had a whirlwind schedule that included traveling around Sin City in a 23-seater Hummer limousine filled with pink champagne to dinner at Lavo seeing the “Michael Jackson One” Cirque Du Soleil show, going on a dessert tour and dancing at popular club 1Oak. And of course, we were treated to new hairstyles using Go Pro Curls products Frothie Shampoo, Curl-Licious Mist, Gelle Parfait and Butter Bouncin’.
Said Sims: “So many of my clients have naturally curly hair, so creating this line was an obvious choice. It was important for me to create a line just for my girls with curls.”
Tongues are wagging that disgraced New York City mayoral hopeful Anthony Weiner has hired Judy Smith, the real-life crisis PR-inspiration for the hit ABC drama “Scandal,” to counsel him through his sexting scandal. According to the Hollywood Reporter, Smith was supposed to co-host an intimate luncheon on July 24 at the Hotel Bel-Air to celebrate money manager and DreamWorks Animation Board Chair Mellody Hobson’s recent marriage to George Lucas. But she had to miss it at the last minute to counsel the former Queens congressman. A who’s who of Black Hollywood still came out to toast Hobson, including “Sparkle” producer Debra Martin Chase, producer Mara Brock Akil and BET Programming Director Tamara Gregory.
On Aug. 5, stars such as Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon, Fantasia, Lenny Kravitz and “The Haves and the Have Nots” star Tika Sumpter gathered on the red carpet at the Ziegfeld Theatre for the New York premiere of Lee Daniels’ “The Butler.” Oprah Winfrey, who stars in the film, attended alongside her longtime beau Stedman Graham, director Lee Daniels and the flick’s lead actor, Forest Whitaker, who portrays White House butler Cecil Gains in the historical drama. Whitaker’s wife, Keisha, wore a Badgley Mischka Couture gown from the fall-winter 2013 collection.
Producer-director-filmmaker Ron Elliot has added author to his long list of credits with his new novel “The Lost Book of Rap.” An Air Force Gulf War veteran, Elliot is the managing director at Little Feet Production, a boutique film production company that specializes in content creation that is equipped with several high-end cameras and post-production equipment. “The Lost Book of Rap” is set in 1988 and tells the story of young Charisma Coy, who believes she can bring back her father, who left her family home and became the greatest rapper of all time. This book is a winner.