RHOA Kenya Moore Donates to Alma Mater

Kenya Moore holding up that phat check to DPSF image courtesy of Instagram

Kenya Moore may be many things, but a woman of her word is sho nuff one of them. If you recall seven months ago, during the temper fueled “Real Housewives of Atlanta” reunion special, the twirl queen and Nene “moneybags” Leakes hesitantly agreed to donate to their favorite charities. And to prove how deep Nene’s pocketbook is she pledged to match Kenya’s donation to her fave charity as a peace offering for acting ratchet at a Kenya Moore-endorsed charity event.

Well, hunni, Kenya has officially signed, sealed annnddd delivered the $20K to the Detroit Public Schools Foundation. The org confirmed the donation last week.

No word on when Nene is dropping her check in the mail…

FUNDRAISER FIASCO: What You Can Learn from Real Housewives of Atlanta’s Saving Our Daughters Charity Event

Nene giving her infamous speech to supporters of Saving Our Daughters, while Kenya looks on.  Image Credit: LoveBScott.com

Nene giving her infamous speech to supporters of Saving Our Daughters, while Kenya looks on.
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Saving our Daughters is one charity on the lips of reality stars from “The Real Housewives of Atlanta,” but not for the disturbing mashup of an “Eyes Wide Shut”-themed fundraiser Kenya Moore concocted, or her Black Swan on steroids face mask, it’s the ill-conceived planning on Kenya’s part in not notifying the guest of honor: Ms. Nene “Imma rich bitch” Leakes of the fundraiser.

Apparently e-vites and word of mouth mentions don’t make for an exclusive guest list. But they do create a scene where Rich Bitch Leakes saunters into the freaky deek fundraiser in a sleeveless liquid dress with a raging pout that would make Posh Spice envious. And a silver tongue to match to give the shortest passive-aggressive speech in history. So much for putting on a good face for charity, despite it being “one of many she supports.”

And the lesson here? well, there’s several:

  • If a fundraiser/party is in someone’s honor, the first invite or call should go to them.
  • Never throw away your receipts, they may come in handy when you least expect it.
  • Don’t let your emotions get the best of you; be clever enough to turn shade into shine for yourself.
  • Finally, don’t forget the charity’s purpose and influence over others.

IFYOUBL==KED: “In the House” actress Maia Campbell has joined the Saving Our Daughters charity this month. The actress hopes to share her experiences as an addict to help other young women recover.

Don’t you love a comeback story?

National Rockin’ Red Day for Heart Disease Prevention & HIV/AIDS Awareness

Pull out your your rouge blouse, cherry button up sweater or scarlet turtleneck dress cause’ its rockin red Friday, ladies. All you have to do to back two good causes is play ‘lady in red’ for the day. Real Housewives of Atlanta star Nene Leakes took it one step farther by kicking off New York Fashion Week with Red Dress Heart Truth show.

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The glam-mom strutted down the catwalk rocking a Dolce & Gabbana off-the-shoulder dress to benefit the Go Red for Women/The Heart Truth Red Dress Collection Fashion show to support awareness for the No. 1 killer of women in the U.S.: heart disease. The American Association of Heart Disease sponsored the annual Go Red Movement to sound the alarm on this health issue.

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True Blood vampress Rutina Wesley dressed up in a Max Azria candy-stripper peek-a-boo halter dress as she sashayed down the runway in support of a life-saving cause.

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Broadway and TV actress Anika Noni Rose flaunted Pamela Rolland off-the-shoulder mesh cherry dress as she danced down the cakewalk. Anika lent her voice to the official Go Red for Women video “The Common Thread.”

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Actress and wife of Laurence Fishburne, Gina Torres werked it on the runway wearing Marchesa sweetheart ruffled gown.

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American Heart Association Volunteer Star Jones was a speaker at the show last night (nice cherry trench, esquire). She is also a survivor of heart disease. In 2010 the attorney/talk show host learned she had heart disease and had to have open heart surgery to repair a valve. After surgery she did 360º  lifestyle change with diet and exercise.

There is another important cause we need to grab our red cloaks for. It’s National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. Remember 11-year-old HIV/AIDS activist Hydeia Broadbent? The little girl with the hoop through her nose that was lecturing us all on prevention against HIV/AIDS. Well, she’s all grown up and still speaking on the important topic of HIV/AIDS in the Black community. Hydeia is on a college tour urging survivors, activists and supporters not to forget today’s meaning.

Photo Credit: Hydeia Broadbent IG

Photo Credit: Hydeia Broadbent IG

IF YOU BL==KED: Who wants to meet Magic Johnson’s wife? Well, if you live in or around Topanga, CA you’re in luck. Cookie Johnson will be at Neiman Marcus tomorrow (1pm-5pm) to promote her new spring line CJ Truth Collection that includes T-shirts with “Faith,” “Truth,” “Grace,” “Hope” stamped on front and jeans that benefit the Magic Johnson Foundation’s HIV/AIDS initiative. Happy Shopping!!!

Please  learn more about the Go Red Movement and National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day.

Let’s support these necessary causes and look fab doing it. Happy Friday, y’all.

Kelly Rowland and Monica Promote Domestic Violence Prevention month

Sports Illustrated 2013

Sports Illustrated 2013

If you’re anything like me, your eyes were glued to both the TV screen and newspaper headlines this week for the latest developments in the Oscar Pistorius murder case. It’s still hard to believe that the man shivering and weeping in a small court room in South Africa is the same guy  I was cheering for five months ago at the London Olympics as the first double amputee to compete with able-bodied runners in the 400M race. Despite his last place finish, I admired his courage and stamina for making Olympic history, and living up to the nickname ‘Blade Runner’ with his carbon fiber blades that pierced the track. Fast forward to today where I imagined he would be prepping for his Olympic comeback in 2016, not a court case where he is suspected of premeditated murder charges against his girlfriend.

Nor could I envision the stoic, yet focused CBS 2 anchorman Rob Morrison having a history of domestic violence that dates back to 2003. The New York Daily News reports today that Morrison’s wife made repeated calls to cops to complain about her husband’s drunken abuse that involved choking her until she became unconscious.

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And the list goes on and on and on. Yet, the shock and surprise remain the same. Violence against women has always been an issue whispered about with a shake of the head, but never publicly scrutinized or condemned by the media or within the abuser’s community. However, no one could turn a blind eye towards wild child Rihanna’s rekindled romance with former abuser Chris Brown. Rihanna explained her reasoning in Rolling Stone:

I decided it was more important for me to be happy. I wasn’t going to let anybody’s opinion get in the way of that. Even if it’s a mistake, it’s my mistake.

I think everyone gave the pop diva the side eye for that comment. Not just because she chose to go back with her abuser, but, at her naivety to think her actions wouldn”t have ripple affects on the millions of fans that worship her. Which is surprising considering her 2009 interview with Diane Sawyer; Rihanna admitted she couldn’t live with the fact that someone in a similar situation getting killed because they chose to follow her example of reuniting with their abuser.

A mistake that resulted in 1,336 domestic violence deaths in 2010, 82 percent of those deaths were women, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Domestic Violence is an ongoing cycle that we hear about nearly, on a daily basis but very few calls for action are being made. The re-authorization of The Violence Against Women Act (landmark legislation that is a buffer against domestic assault) is still locked in limbo waiting for the House’s approval, which was ordinarily supported by both parties in Washington.

House Speaker John Boehner says the House “will act in a timely fashion in some way.”

R & B superstars Monica, Kelly Rowland and rap legend MC Lyte saw the need to get involved and will participate in a PSA that helps young girls coping with abusive relationships. The PSA is part of the Yell Campaign Initiative hosted by Saving Our Daughters. In an MTV interview Kelly said it was important to address this issue head on.

I wanted to use my voice to save young girls. This domestic violence thing has gotten so out of control. As I travel around the world for IHMG (I Heart My Girlfriends, an empowerment group Kelly founded), I meet so many young girls who openly admit to being abused and they are so young…my heart breaks. We have to take a stand against this and let young girls know that this is wrong and try to break some of the silence about domestic violence.

Even Ms. NeNe “I”m Rich, Bitch” Leakes wanted to support the cause by participating in a Celebrity Price is Right Match held this week. Leakes was a victim of domestic violence and is also a supporter of Saving Our Daughters that aims to develop programs that aim to empower women against bullying, date abuse, hate crimes and violence.