The Wrap-Up! Usher In Bloom, Khadeen Ellis Links Up With the Second Gentleman and More

Khadeen Ellis and Second Gentleman Douglas Emhoff Chat Reproductive Freedom at Morehouse

This week in Atlanta, the Second Gentleman spearheaded a crucial event centered on reproductive freedom, engaging with students from Morehouse College. Among the esteemed guests was Khadeen Ellis, who shared her poignant insights on Black Maternal Health, shedding light on the urgent need for improved healthcare for Black mothers. Ellis’s advocacy underscores a vital aspect of reproductive rights—ensuring equitable and compassionate care for all mothers, particularly within marginalized communities. Her voice, amplified through events like these, serves as a catalyst for meaningful change and heightened awareness of the challenges faced by Black women in maternal healthcare.

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Image: courtesy of The Biden Harris Campaign.

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Image: courtesy of The Biden Harris Campaign.

Usher Hosts an Exclusive Met Gala After Party With Black Hollywood in Bloom

Usher hosted a Secret Garden Party after the Met Gala at The Terrace and Outdoor Gardens inside The Times Square EDITION in New York City. Transformed into an opulent, lush garden space with fresh greenery, florals and over-the-top topiary, a nod to the Met Gala theme, The Garden of Time, the exclusive fete featured a live DJ set by D-Nice, along with drinks, dancing and a glitzy array of entertainment and VIP guests. Naomi Campbell, Janelle Monae, Erykah Badu, Dwyane Wade, Gabrielle Union, Michele Lamy, Taraji P Henson Winnie Harlow and more were among the A-list crowd in attendance.

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Gabrielle Union and Usher. Image: Gilbert Flores for Getty Images.
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Usher and D-Nice. Image: Gilbert Flores for Getty Images.

Freeform’s Royal Rules of Ohio Twenty-Somethings Take to Harlem for a Private Dinner

Thelma, Nana and Brenda Agyekum at Teranga in Harlem, New York. Image: Disney/Soul Brother.

Thelma, Nana and Brenda Agyekum, the stars of Royal Rules of Ohio, hosted a private dinner party at Teranga inside the Africa Center in Harlem, New York. The docuseries follows the three Ghanaian sisters—royal descendants of two of the most wealthy and powerful Ghanaian kingdoms—as they navigate their twenties in Columbus, Ohio. Royal Rules of Ohio premieres May 15, 2024, on Freeform.

EmPowerHER NYC Champions Black Women’s Success in Business

Kyle Anfernee and guests at EmPowerHER NYC.
Kyle Anfernee and guests at EmPowerHER NYC. Image: Samuel Joseph.

EmPowerHER NYC, spearheaded by Kyle Anfernee of The Neighborhood Talk and Malika Manning Marketing, launched with a powerful inaugural event designed to fuel the success of Black women in business. The event featured expert-led panels and celebrated figures like Amber Sabathia, Jeanine McLean, Pinky Cole, Janell Stephens, Janeisha John, Ameenha Lee and more.

Attendees left armed with knowledge of branding and the power of networking, along with the skills to overcome industry obstacles. A celebratory dinner honored inspiring figures in the community. Sponsored by Zeus Network, Camille Rose and Cream of Nature, EmPowerHER NYC promises to be a driving force in creating a strong support network, access to resources and a sense of community to empower Black women in their entrepreneurial journeys.

Updated: May 10, 2024 — 6:03 pm