Cynthia Erivo will perform at the Oscars Governors Ball (233016)
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This weekend the movie “Harriet” opens about the life of Harriet Tubman. The role of a lifetime went to Grammy, Emmy and Tony Award winner Cynthia Erivo, who is already receiving Oscar buzz for her performance. Calling it the greatest honor of her career, Erivo says she hopes to make African Americans proud playing the Underground Railroad conductor called Moses who never lost a soul on 19 dangerous missions. “Be free or die” was her motto. Good luck at the box office Cynthia!

Singer, songwriter and actress Indira Khan will perform live at The Velvet Note in Alpharetta, Georgia on Sunday, Nov. 24. Indira Khan is a seasoned performer whose talents come from legendary lineage; she is the daughter of soul icon Chaka Khan. Indira was introduced to the music industry in her teens as a member of the ’90s girl group Pretty in Pink. Khan also travels the world as part of the Daughters of Soul Tour. She also portrayed her mother in the TV One movie “Love Under New Management: The Miki Howard Story.”

Tongues are wagging that Jo Jo Simmons is a married man now. The “Growing Up Hip Hop” star, who is the eldest son of Run DMC icon Reverend Run, tied the knot with his longtime love and baby mama Tanice, on Oct. 27 in New Jersey. The newlyweds celebrated with a posh reception that was decorated with a heart-shaped ice sculpture. During an episode of “Growing Up Hip Hop” in August of 2018, Jo Jo proposed to Tanice after dating for eight years. The bride and groom’s toddler daughter, Mia Kaylee, also participated in the nuptials.

The season to give is upon us. On Saturday, Nov. 2, orchestrated by Roz Nixon Entertainment, the Ella Nixon Toy & Gift Drive, (now in its fifth season), will host its second Ladies Who Lunch for Charity event at the Russian Samovar restaurant in New York City. The Ella Nixon Drive not only works to secure a happy holiday for those in need, but it also serves to encourage others to create their own fundraising events. Once again, psychologist to the stars, Dr. Jeff Gardere will serve as master of ceremonies. Honorees include Manhattan Borough President the Honorable Gale Brewer, Cherry Baldwin of CherryKids, Lucina Clarke, founder of My Time Inc., and Harlemena Owens, president and founder of AWCWA. Sponsors include Chanel, Kendra Scott and Miss Jessie Hair Care. For ticket information email