Iman Hosts Alvin Ailey Opening Night Gala Benefit; Welcomes New Artistic Director Robert Battle; John Legend Performs

Beautiful gown alert! (L-R) Alicia Blythewood, Ashley NYC, Pamela Joyner

(L-R)artist Gina P. Nelson, Ashley NYC, former Alvin Ailey dancer Phil Thomas
Alvin Ailey's new Artistic Director Robert Battle

It was my first Alvin & Ailey performance and the powerful dancing, accompanied with majestic music, was spectacular! First Lady Michelle Obama was an honorary chair, and I was heartbroken that she was unable to attend. Supermodel Iman also guest chaired the event. John Legend gave a magnificent performance while he sang and played the piano, with a dancer joining him. One dance performance was played to classical music; another to jazz, and my personal favorite was to Black church music. This was new Artistic Director Robert Battle inaugural event. Following the opening night performance at New York City Center was the dinner gala at the Hyatt Hotel. It sure was an immaculate set up! And unlike other dinner events which could be a bit unexciting, this dinner surrounded a large dance floor! How could they expect us to enjoy some of the most talented dancers in the world and not feel inspired to dance ourselves? I sure did have a good time!

Love the bow ties! (L-R) Wayne Christie, Thomas Parkins, Ashley NYC, Lyndon Mackenzie, Joe Risico

Supermodel Iman looked stunning! Her elegant gown was the same color as the curtain, lovely

(L-R) Jessye Norman, Board Chari Joan Weill

Alvin Ailey dancers on the dance floor following dinner

After dinner dancing!

Natasha Bedingfield Performs @ UNICEF Snowflake Ball

Natasha Bedingfield gave an amazing performance!

actress Zoe Kravitz has great style!

actress Angie Harmon looked like a supermodel all glammed up!

The annual UNICEF Snowflake Ball brought out many celebrities and philanthropists to support better lives for children around the world in third world countries. Sharon Taylor accepted the Spirit of Compassion Award on of behalf of Mark B. Grier of Prudnetial. The Audrey Hepburn Humanitarian Award went to Ken Hayami, Executive Director/Secretary General, Japan Committee for UNICEF.
Natasha Bedingfield performed three songs, including one of my favorite songs, ‘Unwritten’. Young People's Chorus of New York City also blessed the crowd with singing

UNICEF employees, volunteers and gala guests having drinks across the street after event

Girl Power! Alicia Blythewood (L), Pamela Joyner (2nd from L), Deb Shriver (3rd from R), Dayle Haddon (2nd from R)

Ranjana Kahn wearing a fabulous dress made by her fashion designer husband Naeem Kahn

Senior Vice President of Prudential Financial Sharon Taylor accepts award

Ken Hayami accepts award

President and CEO, U.S. Fund for UNICEF Caryl Stern


LaTanya & Samuel L. Jackson and Grace Hightower & Robert De Niro Honored at The Metropolitan's 2nd Multicultural Gala

w/ honorees LaTanya Richardson Jackson & Samuel L. Jackson
(L-R) Ashley NYC, actress Lynn Whitfeild, Farhana Begum
w/ TV personality Lala Anthony
Robert and Grace Hightower De Niro accept their award

w/ Donna Williams (Audience Development Officer of the Metropolitan Museum of Art)

Donna Williams, Audience Development Officer of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, tells Ashley and New York: "
The Multicultural Audience Development initiative here at the museum is very
important because it makes all the cultures come together under one roof. We’re
very lucky that we so have so many different beautiful cultures represented. We
have over eighteen different cultures. This is a place where you can be educated
about art without anyone telling you anything and you can learn through history,
we’re just so pleased that people come here and that they’re inspired by our
beautiful artwork and we want to do even more of it. Every day we work very
hard, so be a part of our Met family"
LaTayna Richardson Jackson tells Ashley and New York:
"It is important that people of all cultures become a part of a museum which
we contribute so heavily to. And so I encourage everyone to come out and support
this museum because we financially support it without your tax dollars"

(L-R) attorney Shannon Hales, supermodel Tyson Beckford, Ashley NYC

(L-R) Pamela Harrison, Umberto, Cindy Bryant, Ashley NYC, Melody Curry, Aretha Owusu, Coreen Simpson, Melvin Murry

w/ philanthropist Sherry Bronfman
(L-R) Ashley NYC, attorney Shannon Hales, Deb C.
w/ Felicity Tsikiwa (Vice-Chair of the Metropolitan's College Group)
Awardee Cai Guo-Qiang's family
w/ designer Priya Scroggins
(L-R) Ashley NYC, Sade Lythcott (CEO of National Black Theatre), Irina Lazar
w/ Dexter Phillip ( CEO of cosmetic company Dex New York)

Spencer Means
w/ Ty Stone-Adams (Macy's)

(L-R) Ashley NYC, Kevin Gray (CEO of GFS Investments), Farhana Begum