Diversity Affluence Hamptons Brunch 2014 (PICS)

Diversity Affluence made magic happen again in the Hamptons during the 5th Annual Diversity Affluence Brunch. Founder and CEO, Andrea Hoffman curated an elite group of Royaltons™, multicultural affluent consumers, business influencers & innovators, at Harlow East in Sag Harbor, NY (formerly B. Smith’s).  The brunch celebrated 5 individuals who are examples of what’s possible for current and future generations. “This year’s theme, Unsung Leaders in Technology, Innovation and Social Impact is among my firms new efforts to bring awareness to these accomplished but under the radar high impact leaders” explains Hoffman.

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This year’s honorees reflected the changing face from board seats to the C-Suite. They included: Professor James I. Cash Ph.D.–James E. Robison Professor & Sr. Associate Dean, Emeritus Harvard Business School (board member of GE, Walmart, Chubb and former Microsoft board member), Marian Croak PhDSVP of AT&T (holds 180 technology patents), Chinedu Echeruo–Inventor of HopStop (sold to Apple), well as Freada Kapor Klein PhD of Level Playing Field Institute, and Mitch Kapor of Kapor Capital (Creator of Lotus 1-2-3).

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Magic Johnson, Common and Debra Lee Pay It Forward

Talk about a chance of a lifetime!  What kid (or adult for that matter) hasn’t dreamed of what it would be like to spend a day with their sports hero, or favorite rapper?!

I had a chance to hear Magic Johnson speak – a year or so ago – when he became an investor in Vibe Holdings.  It was a huge affair that was a who’s who of business, entertainment and publishing.  I could have filled up my notebook and packed it up after the introductory video that spanned Magic’s basketball career and showcased his business ventures across the globe – everything from movie theaters and Starbucks locations to the great work he does through the Magic Johnson Foundation.  If that wasn’t enough, he got up and spoke to the group!  He was mesmerizing and inspiring!  What I wouldn’t give to get a chance to pick that man’s brain!

Pay It Forward

Well, four lucky young people are going to get a chance to do just that.  In partnership with the United Negro College Fund, Coca-Cola “Pay It Forward” program will afford four 16-21 year olds will get an apprenticeship experience in business, music and media and entertainment.  This apprenticeship will be with one of three extraordinary celebrity history makers: Magic Johnson, President & CEO Magic Johnson Enterprises – and basketball legend; Debra Lee, Chairman & CEO BET Networks; Common, Hip-Hop Artist and Founder of Common Ground Foundation.

Over the course of this summer, they will get career guidance and job shadowing!  As I speak (type), I’m swooning over the thought! And, filled with such excitement for the world of opportunity that is going to open for those selected.  The magnitude of this opportunity in the lives of these youth doesn’t go unnoticed by the mentors. Read The Rest

Stars Align for UNCF (Usher, Anthony Anderson, Steve Harvey, Tracee Ellis Ross and more)

This past Sunday, January 27, Actor-comedian Anthony Anderson hosted the UNCF An Evening of Stars® Educating our Future Presented by Target.  The event aired on BET focused attention on the need for more African American college graduates and the work that UNCF does to get students to and through college.

The show featured Grammy-Award winner and founder of the New Look Foundation, Usher Raymond, who presented a four-year college scholarship to Milwaukee, Wisconsin high school senior, Ammon Lyle.  Other stars in attendance included Steve Harvey, Kevin Hart and Chaka Khan who presented scholarships to deserving college and college-bound students.

Usher presents full scholarship to UNCF scholar, Ammon Lyle(Photo: Mark Davis/Getty Images for BET)

Usher presents full scholarship to UNCF scholar, Ammon Lyle
(Photo: Mark Davis/Getty Images for BET)

There was a star studded list of performers and presenters  – Chaka Khan , Yolanda Adams , Charlie Wilson , Keyshia Cole , Trey Songz, Tyrese Gibson , Melanie Fiona , Eric Benet, Tracee Ellis Ross , Keenan  Ivory Wayans and many more. Read The Rest

Haute Carpet Looks at the UNCF Evening of Stars

On Sunday, January 27th, the stars hit the red carpet of the 33rd Annual UNCF: An Evening of Stars Gala that aired on BET.

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