NYC Gay Pride Parade 2014, A Family Affair

20140629_113321xLaverne Cox from Orange Is The New Black hit TV show served as this year’s Grand Marshall. Naturally, we took a selfie. She once waited on me at the Union Square Coffee Shop. And now look at her, a world renowned celebrity in her own right. Stay blessed Laverne! Not to be out done, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio donned on his very own rainbow tie complete with a flag in hand. He marched the entire parade route with his lovely wife  Chirlane McCray and daughter in super hot pants. This would be the Mayor’s first Pride March. I have been covering this event for quite sometime now and I must say he would be the first Mayor that would leave is usually heavy security group to reach out to spectators standing by to say hello, get a few high fives and take selfies! A true people’s mayor that I hope would one day consider running for the highest office of the land in Washington DC. Lord knows, I would certainly vote for him!

As expected, the event had no shortage of corporate sponsors on huge floats which included Citibank, Wholefoods, Delta, Yahoo, Google, Macy’s, and all manner of banks, just to name a few. It just keeps getting bigger and bigger each year! Some people also made it a family affair by bringing their kids to take in the show. This year, the event went over by an hour which resulted in me loosing my VIP press pass to attend the after party, Dance On The Pier to see Demi Lovato perform. Media check in was closed by 630 and I got there shortly after 7 when the parade ended. Oh well, I guess until next year. Needless to say, I had a great time making new friends and capturing the images featured below. Click on the images to see a larger version. For a more comprehensive and “explicit” coverage, follow my Facebook page where they will start to appear throughout the week.

PS: Do not mistake the fine looking police officer shown below for a person in costume. His name is Dominic, one of New York’s finest who worked long hard hours getting the streets ready from 7am till midnight after cleanup! He does look hot though…wink! Ladies, you’re welcome! 🙂

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Fashion: Pearls & Drapes

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Donald Sterling’s New Black Girlfriend

Well, well, well…look whose hand got caught in the chocolate cookie jar again! It’s the disgraced infamous racist Donald Sterling with yet another black girl. You know what they say, once you go black you never go back. Oh dear oh dear. Let’s hope he’s learned his lesson this time to keep his mouth shut! He obviously likes them a little mocha, mixed, light skinned. So, out with V.Stiviano and in comes…

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New York To Finally Legalize Marijuana!

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All you pot heads can now rejoice…well almost!

According to Time magazine:

New York was on the cusp of becoming the latest state to legalize marijuana for medical purposes Friday.

The state Senate passed a bill that would limit consumption to edibles, pills, and oils—prohibiting the smoking or sale of actual marijuana plants. Gov. Andrew Cuomo is expected to sign the bill, which passed the Senate 49 to 10 after state leaders announced a legislative compromise Thursday.

“This legislation strikes the right balance,” Cuomo said in statement Thursday when the compromise was first reached. “Medical marijuana has the capacity to do a lot of good for a lot of people who are in pain and suffering, and are in desperate need of a treatment that will provide some relief. At the same time, medical marijuana is a difficult issue because there are risks to public health and safety that have to be averted. I believe this bill is the right balance, and I commend the members of the Legislature who worked so hard on this measure.”

New York will be the 23rd state to legalize medical marijuana, according to the New York Daily News.

The state Department of Health will be charged with the regulation and licensing of medical marijuana manufacturers and distributors. The bill will place a seven-cent tax on marijuana sales.

New York has been rallying and protesting for this action to take place for years now. I myself even covered such protest this year and last despite not being a user but simply for the cause. Well, I guess this is a step in the right direction to just get on with it!

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Lupita Nyong’o Lands Vogue Cover, Ist Muslim

Actress Sarah Michelle Gellar famously declared to cancel her Vogue magazine subscription when Kim Kardashian graced the cover of the fashion bible few months ago. I guess it’s safe to say she can resume her subscription now that Hollywood’s current reigning star Lupita Nyong’o has landed the July cover, her first! Coming to think of it, that makes Lupita the first Muslim to land Vogue and become the first woman of color for Lancome! All of these coming in just in time for Ramadan which starts end of June. Matzoltov Lupita! This is your time! Live it! 🙂

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Supporting Chris Noth At RAN Eco Rock

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There’s no better way to spend a Monday night than in the company of good people and great laughs. Fashion Editor Chong Cha and I attended the Rainforest Action Network (RAN) Eco Rock annual charity event hosted by Chris Noth (Sex & The City, The Good Wife) for Shoeholics magazine. The magazine was a proud co-sponsor. One of the owners of The Cutting Room was kind enough to give us a grand tour of the breathtaking venue. The event was a success! Judging by the series of pictures below, we had loads of fun taking it easy with Venue owners Steve Walter & Ken Pliska, Actors Holt McCallany, Jim Gaffigan & Chris Noth. You can learn more about RAN at Ran.org

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Fashionably Green For The World Cup

20140616_095706xsmlFashionably taking one for the team today. In a full World Cup spirit. All dolled up to take in the much anticipated match between Iran and Nigeria at the World Cup today. Yes, they’re worth the effort. Now I’m starting to regret why I didn’t just board the plane to see it live in Brazil. I was there 3 years ago. Oh well, the local pub will do for now. Of course, you can tell which team I’m rooting for by the green and white color hint in my attire! Fingers crossed. 🙂

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Hare Krishna Festival In NYC

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Just about every religion and groups organizes parades and festivals in New York and the Hare Krishnas were no exception today. I was just on 5th Avenue by chance when I heard the hypnotic chanting and it didn’t take me long before I too started dancing, snapping pictures with my smartphone and following the parade procession. I do love their music! Namaste! 🙂

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Halle Berry To Pay $16,000 In Child Support

I can just imagine some divorced man battling child custody with their wealthy exes across the world celebrating this news, on Aubry taking on for the “team”. People usually hear of men paying up and not the women who are usually seen as using the kids as a meal ticket. Well, this time it’s model Gabriel. It worked against Halle Berry in this case.

A Los Angeles court has ordered Halle Berry to pay her ex-boyfriend Gabriel Aubry $16,000 per month to support their six-year-old daughter Nahla. The sum will be paid until the little girl turns 19 or graduates from high school – whichever comes first. The Oscar-winning actress must handover $115,000 in back payments and $300,000 to cover his legal costs. According to court documents the couple share custody of Nahla, while Gabriel, a French-Canadian model, is often seen taking Nahla to school. Halle will pay her daughter’s tuition but healthcare costs will be split.

Since the couple split in 2010, Halle Berry has since found love again with her current husband Olivier Martinez. They tied the knot in his native France on July 13, 2013 and Halle gave birth to their son, Maceo, a few months later at the age of 47.

Initially, when the relationship ended, the break up seemed amicable. Montreal-born Gabriel even released a statement saying: “Halle is, and will forever be, one of the most special and beautiful people that I have ever known and I am certain that we will continue to have only love and respect for one another.”

Sadly, they soon became locked in a difficult custory battle, centering on Halle’s wish to move their child to France. Then in 2012, Gabriel and Olivier had a fight outside the X-Men star’s home.

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Celebrating The Wrap Dress With Diane von Furstenberg

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Diane von Furstenberg

Just about every Diane Von Furstenberg wrap dress collector in NYC showed up at Bergdorf Goodman earlier this evening to help the iconic designer celebrate 40 years of the wrap dress. I attended the event with one of Shoeholics magazine editor Chong Cha. Guests included the always friendly and lovely first lady of Bergdorf Goodman herself, Linda Fargo. Considering I just only started collecting as of last week, I was in my element meeting other collectors at the party. I posted about the acquisition here and where you could get one. The party was the appropriate place to see someone else in the same exact dress since it was afterall in honor of the designer. It was inevitable. The reason would be because the very same chain link print I wore was first released in 1972 and happens to be one of Diane’s favorites which she herself wore for the brand’s first advertisement campaign in the 70s. The same print is also a favorite of Michelle Obama. So I was glad I wore it in Diane’s honor. At the party, there were at least 7 cameras rolling, capturing every merriment. It’s to air later this coming fall. I made some new friends, got an autographed copy of “The Wrap” book  and already eying my next Diane von Furstenberg piece to add to my growing collection. Happy 40th Diane! Congrats! 🙂

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