It was a great weekend all around, with Sunday turning out to be just as much fun as Saturday night.
Y’all know how proud I get when I see sistahs in Hollywood doing the damn thang, so it was extra special being gathered with such an extraordinary group who’ve worked really hard to make names for themselves.
There was excellent conversation all around, with lots of serious talk, fluffy talk, chitter-chatter, giggling, gut-busting laughter, and hardcore chowing down (the food there is KA-RAZY, ya’ll). It was nothing but us girls (except for the photographer), and the group included quite a nice mix, from beautiful living legend Natalie Cole, to the marvelous (wonderfully candid, funny,and straight-from-the-hip) actress LaTanya Richardson (who, of course y’all know, is married to the great Samuel L. Jackson), to the sharp and witty Cynthia Garrett, to the very dynamic Lyn Talbert, to Prince’s awesome new protege’, Támar…
…to the very talented and lovely Sanaa Lathan to fashionistas/trendsetters Jennifer Theard McHenry and Shikiri Hightower Johnson (who have that fabulous boutique in Santa Monica, Golden Butterfly, loaded with all the shoes your heart desires; they’re at 1210A Montana Avenue, so if you’re in this area, you’d better scoot on over!!).
We all just wanted to toast Shaun, show her how much we love her, and make sure she had a good time, which she definitely seemed to.
Queen Latifah was sitting one table over with her own group. She dropped by our table to say hello. Yeah. It was that kind of gathering. Just full of lovely surprises.
What was even cooler was that LaTanya Richardson (who is a total hoot)…
…and I got to talking about, of all things, Snakes On A Plane (!!!). I told her about all my posts regarding the movie and she was sure she’d not only read The Lo Zone before (she recognized the name at once), but was also certain Sam had read it, too!! (She said he’s always reading what’s out on the internet.) Okay, how cool is that? I told her I’d e-mail her the links to all the posts I’ve done on him and the movie (and I did), so if there’s anything out there he hasn’t seen yet he can check it out.
It was quite a gathering, quite a day.
This weekend was a refreshing break after the weeks of intense nose-to-the-grind work I’ve been doing. But now it’s back to the grind…
*Thanks again to Lyn Talbert for letting me snap some pics with her digital camera and share some of the ones she took because, like I said, the camera on my brand new phone (which I thought would be pretty decent) is obviously a piece of merde.