GIRL’S DAY!! Angela Simmons Hosts Girls Empowerment Day for New Jersey Teens

Photo Credit: Angela Simmons Instagram

Photo Credit: Angela Simmons Instagram

No boys allowed!! That was probably the sign hanging from the door at the Boys and Girls Club in Jersey City, NJ earlier this week. Angela Simmons, daughter of Rev Run of Run DMC, hosted her second annual GirlTalk Takeover that invades Jeerzy’s most famous club in America. The socialite and fashion designer created the community initiative, alongside Kerri Levine, a real estate exec, to bombard young girls with positive images and role models.

Angela described the importance of allowing tweens and teens be queens for the day to The Star-Ledger:

Impressionable young girls are not receiving the right messages or being exposed to positive influences, particularly through the media. GIRLTALK #takeover fills this void by creating an entertaining event in a comfortable setting with role models and professionals delivering important messages to encourage the girls’ full potential and help shape them for a healthy and creative future.

The day long events– for gals aged 8 to 16– feature mini makeovers; manis and professional makeup artists to beautify the girls. Followed by tips on rocking the runway for the future models in the house. Next up is health and fitness activities. Somewhere Michelle is giving her thumbs up. And rounding out the empowerment sesh is a lecture about healthy eating by a chef (have no doubt there were snacks of the healthy and no-so-nutritious variety). But nothing tops the dance party that turned into a tutorial for Angela on the latest teen dance moves.

“The Real” host Adrienne Bailon made a surprise guest appearance to give an encouraging talk to the ladies. And couldn’t pass up a group shot with kiddies.

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Let’s cross our fingers that Angela will take this project on the road to other towns. It is greatly needed…

Russell Simmons’ 14th Annual Art for Life Gala

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Russell Simmons brought out a bevy of stars on Saturday for his annual Art for Life Gala that raised $1.5 million for arts education, which has been sorely lacking in our schools these days, geared towards at risk youth. Russell works with his brothers: Rev Run and Danny Simmons, an artist in his own right, (check him out)  to develop opportunities for young ones to  showcase their artwork in galleries around Manhattan and Brooklyn, as well as in public schools. RUSH Philanthropic Foundation boasts that it caters to 2,500 kids annually with their programs.

Not to shabby, Mr. Simmons, so it’s only fitting that the event get a major upgrade. Mission Accomplished. To cater to a larger guest list. The Art for Life Gala was held in a Field of Dreams. Well, actually, Fairview Farms in Bridgehampton, but you guys know what I mean.

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Anyhoo, the stars were shining extra bright to raise awareness for the arts.

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Anthony Anderson pointed out what must have been a very lovely crowd.

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Danny Simmons looking extra sharp made an appearance.

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Tyler Perry was honored at the event.

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Soledad O’Brien hosted the event…While Rick Ross, Maxwell and Estelle rocked the mic.

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A lucky friend of mine who attended the gala, actually hijacked Estelle’s performance. Good thing Estelle likes to share the stage with an American boy.

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But nothing beats this epic photo of Rick Ross and Russell Simmons’ two daughters. There are no words…

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Fun Times had by all!!