TLAM2 actor Romany Malco visited three Detroit-based organizations for at-risk youth over the weekend. Get deets about his trip inside and find out what Swizz Beatz did for a few lucky folks at a Harlem neighborhood fish spot.
Recently, "Last Vegas" actor Romany Malco reached out to his fans on social media and asked them to suggest places he could visit in Detroit to speak to at-risk youth. Well....Detroit answered his call. According to the Detroit Free Press, Romany's post got 4,500 likes, 1,000 comments and nearly 1,700 shares. Based on residents' suggestions, he visited Covenant House Michigan, Boys Hope Girls Hope and Wolverine Human Services.
During a interview with the Free Press, Romany opened up about spending several hours at the three sites and speaking to the youth he encountered.
“It was a blessing,” Malco said to the Free Press after visiting Covenant House. “I did not expect it to become as big of a deal as it is, but I think Detroit is a hotspot right now. I think there’s an awareness here that goes beyond Detroit. What I realized by doing this is, I can raise money for these people. I can raise money for each one of these organizations. What’s next is creating the infrastructure, applying the links to the right places and heightening awareness.”
Romany (shown above with teens from Covenant House) thanked all of his fans and followers on Facebook for their suggestions and for helping him get out his message.
"DETROIT was a huge success. You and I DID THIS! Thanks to everyone who helped point me in the right direction. Though I was not able to take all of your suggestions, I will most definitely be back. I love these kids. I met with the following three organizations (see below). The kids seemed grateful, open and receptive to my message. I was especially touched and look forward to doing more."
Good stuff. We love to see celebs making a effort to uplift the community!
And here's another good deed....
Good deeds for the neighborhood go a long way.
Late Saturday night, patrons of El Puerto Seafood and Fish Market (a 24hr spot 125th street in Harlem) were treated to dinner by Showtime himself!
Swizz Beatz and his dapper crew (all the fellas in suits) walked in and Swizz picked up the tab for EVERYBODY. He posted a pic of the thrilled patrons saying "125th vibes fish spot I love my people everything on me #blessings Harlem 125th vibes fish spot I love my people ,everything on me #blessings Harlem"
We wonder if anyone upgraded their 3 piece w/fries to salmon and crab once they realized they were being "blessed."
Photos via Romnay Malco's Twitter/Instagram/Swizz Beatz's IG/Katrease Stafford/Detroit Free Press
Rush Philanthropic hosted its 15th annual “Art for Life” gala in the Hamptons on Saturday with Soledad O'Brien, Gayle King, Star Jones and more. See pics inside.....
On Saturday, Russell Simmons and Rush Philanthropic hosted their 15th annual “Art for Life” at Fairview Farms in Water Mill, New York. The celeb-filled fundraiser, sponsored by Cadillac and General Motors, brought out a few of our faves. Including those ridiculously cute kiddies of Kimora's.
The Simmons family made quite the entrance. TheYBF.com attended the event. And though Russell's ex Kimora Lee wasn't in attendance like usual, she made a $1 Million dollar donation. Guess her new husband said her money can be there...but she doesn't need to be...
Angela attended in a summery peach Balenciaga dress that she paired with metallic pumps by Saint Laurent. Loves it.
JoJo looked a little disheveled....but he's a "Simmons." He can do that....we guess.
Rick Ross showed off his much smaller figure at Art For Life.
Aoki Lee (wearing Alice and Olivia) brought her bestie Lauren.
Ming (also wearing Alice And Olivia) smiled for our camera.
Star Jones served as honorary co-chair of the event.
Soledad O'Brien rocked an all black look to serve as emcee for the evening.
TV personality Janell Snowden picked out a fab summer look. She rocked a BCBG skirt, a YSL Clutch and a Top Shop bustier. Cute.
WEEN Co-founder Valeisha Butterfield Jones looked stunning in a BCBG Max Azria canary dress and a Dolce & Gabbana clutch.
Gayle King, rocking canary yellow as well, posed with Tina Cooper.
DJ Kiss kept it summery and fresh in a Fendi dress and white Alexander Wang shoes.
Guests were treated to a performance from Naughty By Nature.
Rap vet Kurtis Blow performed. And yes, dude is STILL break dancing.
And Doug E. Fresh had the crowd on 100.
Russell and Soledad and the kiddies posed it up with the Rush Philanthropic scholarship recipients.
And Russell's brother Danny Simmons, Star Jones and Tangie Murray were also there as usual for the big annual event.
Bobby Brown returned to the stage with New Edition last night while Kerry Washington and the "Scandal" crew had their first table read of the season. See their pics inside and watch Tony-winner Audra McDonald reveal how she bounced back from a suicide attempt.
Last night in Detroit, New Edition hit the stage at "Chene Park" as part of their tour across North America.
Bobby Brown made a triumphant return to the stage after a brief absence due to a medical issue. A source told TheYBF.com that at the end of his solo set, Bobby yelled "I'm Bobby bitches" and dropped the mic before walking off stage.
Ralph's solo set included his hit "Sensitivity."
Johnny Gill performed his hits "My, My, My" and "Rub You The Right Way."
And of course, BBD hit the stage for "Do Me" and "Poison."
Watch Bobby perform "Tenderoni" here:
"Scandal" creator Shonda Rhimes tweeted pics from the set. This was the cast's first week back to begin season 4.
Kerry, joined by co-star Joshua Malina, sat for a table read of the first episode of the season, titled "Randy, Red, Superfreak and Julia.”
Are you excited about the show's return?
In tv news....
Six-time Tony winner and star of "Private Practice" star Audra McDonald sat down with ABC NEWS Popcorn series where she talked candidly about a past suicide attempt. She explained that the "attempt" happened during a time of depression. 'When I was [in college] at Juilliard, I had a suicide attempt. I tried to slit my wrist.'
Audra went on to credit the school with helping her put her life back together. 'When someone is suicidal, one of the first things you have to do is to protect them from themselves. They had a mental-health facilitator there, a therapist there, and they checked me into a mental-health hospital, where I was for a month, and got me the help I needed.'