Organizers of the Omni-American Future Project, a visionary initiative committed to fighting racism and anti-Semitism and strengthening unity through music and the power of culture, will host its second annual awards ceremony: Straight Ahead: An Omni-American Future, Fighting Bigotry Together. Convening a host of notables, musicians, community leaders and thinkers for an unforgettable evening, the ceremony will be held for the first time at the historic Minton’s Playhouse/Cecil’s in Harlem on Monday, Nov. 28. “While some have put the focus on diverseness, we at the Omni-American Future Project are building upon the legacy of cooperation between and among Black Americans and Jewish Americans in jazz and the Civil Rights movement,” said event co-host Greg Thomas.
“Different World” alum Sinbad’s family posted a photo of him on Nov. 21 on social media, re-learning to walk in physical therapy, with a donation page for fans who would like to help with his medical costs, reports People. Two years ago, the 66-year-old entertainer suffered an ischemic stroke. Insurance does not reportedly cover the complete costs for his therapy, so the family set up the donation to help with medical expenses “to help provide for Sinbad’s care and help him continue to fight the battle.”
Blair Underwood announced that he is engaged to Josie Hart, who has been his friend for 41 years, on the red carpet of the 50th International Emmys 2022, which took place Nov. 21 in New York City. Underwood posted on Twitter that his personal highlight of the night was posing with Hart. Said Underwood, “None of us would ever know where God will guide our paths. She’s had my back since before I ever became an actor. When a 41-year friendship slaps you in the back of the head and blossoms into romance, you stand up, pay attention and step forward in gratitude.” In May 2021, the actor announced his divorce from his wife of 27 years, Desiree DaCosta.
It was a “Glow of Love” within the Aloft Hotel-Harlem on Nov. 17, as Roz Live and Friends celebrated the multi-faceted life of the late lyricist/producer Wayne Garfield. Guests dined on delicious food from Jacob Restaurant, as well as from Chef James Rosebud. The band played Garfield’s legendary tunes under the musical direction of Daryl Johnson. Notable attendees included Debbie Burrell from the original Broadway cast of “Dream Girls” and Black Spectrum Theatre founder Carl Clay. With his music, the evening showcased the wondrous story of Garfield’s achievements from his early days as a member of the Voices of East Harlem to the many hit tunes he wrote that were covered by artists including Luther Vandross, Aretha Franklin and Janet Jackson. City Council member Kristin Richardson Jordan of the 9th District co-sponsored the tribute, which was topped off with champagne for everyone provided by award-winning musician Roy Ayers.