Johnny Kemp, beloved singer of the 1988 hit “Just Got Paid,” died April 16 in Jamaica while in the country to join the Tom Joyner cruise. The married father of two was 55.
According to sources, Kemp never actually made it to the ship. He was denied at customs because he told them he was “coming to work” but didn’t have a visa and had to remain in Jamaica until they booked a flight to get him home to New York. He was found dead at the resort where he was staying.
Kemp started his singing career as a teenager in the Bahamas before moving to New York in 1979. “Just Got Paid” received a nomination for Best R&B Song at the 31st Grammy Awards in 1989. Kemp’s hits include “Just Another Lover” and “Dancin’ With Myself” off his “Secrets of Flying” album.
Prolific “Virula: Renaissance Outlaw” author Roy Albert Andrade took a night off from his busy schedule to attend Oscar De La Hoya’s “LA Fight Club” night at the Belasco Theater. The boxing legend-turned-promoter was very happy to meet Andrade. Not only did he pose for a photo with him, but also he promptly endorsed Andrade’s second book. De La Hoya says he got the idea for “LA Fight Club” from “Fight Club,” the 1999 cult classic book-turned-movie that was filmed around Los Angeles. The fighters are all up-and-comers from the City of Angels. After the bouts end, the ring transforms into a nightclub.
Congrats to Kimora Lee Simmons and her husband, billionaire banker Tim Leissner. They are the proud parents of new baby boy, Wolfe Lee Leissner. “We are filled with joy, adoration and gratitude as we celebrate the birth of our son,” said the couple in a statement.
Mom and baby are doing just fine after the delivery. This is Lee’s first child with Leissner. She has three other children, Ming and Aoki, from her marriage to Russell Simmons and Kenzo, whose father is Djimon Hounsou.
The lovely Mary Wilson of the Supremes served as hostess for Figure Skating in Harlem’s 10th annual “Skating With the Stars” gala April 13 at 583 Park Ave. The evening honored women’s champion Gloria Steinem, Olympic gold medalist Evan Lysacek and Feld Entertainment’s Nicole, Alana and Juliette Feld. Notable attendees included philanthropist Jean Shafiroff, designer B. Michael, Marcus Samuelsson, Ivanka Trump, Bevy Smith, Vera Wang and Tamara Tunie. The event raised over $900,000 for Figure Skating in Harlem’s program.
The Greater Harlem Chamber of Commerce will explore issues concerning health care in urban communities encompassing Obamacare, prescription drugs, women’s health discussions, health care insurance and even stress reduction with Tai Chi at the fifth annual National Health Conference Thursday, April 23 through Sunday, April 26. The National Urban Health Conference is sponsored by Emblem Health, Metro Plus, Carver Bank, Capital One Bank, Touro School of Pharmacy, Harlem Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation and the office of Rep. Charles Rangel. All events are free and open to the public, but space is limited.