Tuesday, June 12, 2012


Photos by Ma'atology

People arriving to the event

TV personality Janae (who was looking quite fab) interviews this couple who was one of the best dressed of the nite even with this guy's pink shirt, he was able to pull it off.

Attendees in the lobby area.

There were vendors at the event.

Members of the Epiphany Boutique on the red carpet and its designer, Miss Louise (second from left) and her halter top ensem was one of the stand outs.

Event promoter Lisa West

This young lady in the middle's summer dress ensem was a comforting look.

This couple was one of the best dressed couples and actually the gent was the standout with his of white sandal shoe.

Models and reps from Ola Style

The Harrises

Tracy Tunsia

The Hennings looked nice in white and she looked stunning in her one shoulder dress.

Event co-promoter Dano Johnson of Hella Fly Promotions was dapper in his swag white threads.

Johnson getting interviewed

Ms Woody

Two ladies from NV Styles including socialite Spoil Danielle (third from left in a J Marie original) brought some flair in their styles.

An attendee 

There were many ladies who wore white outfits with black heels.

Same with this sista who was giving serious height to the red carpet.

Co-promoter King Kerry of Hella Fly Promotions and his date at the event were one of the stylish couples of the nite.

Kerry gets interviewed

Couple Mr Dwight and Miss Beverly

Reps from Lash Loft. Of the group, the sista with the lime green stood out in her club style ensem.


A couple who attended

Some attendees going into one of the "space travel" elevators to the ceremony.

The event headquarters

The flourescent lit Crown Royal Bar

Fashionista and designer Ola, who featured her Ola Style fashions in a fashion show that nite,  was a knockout in her Ola Style original. Here, she's posed with singer Bradd Young who performed that nite.


Below are some of the items that were part of the event's silent auction

There's Sheryl Rogers in her well coiffed  funky brown fro and  uniquely patterned top. Here she's posed with her barber.
There's B Free Paparazzi photographer Nicholas Powell and attendee.

There's painter Tony Arts creating a live painting that nite.
Former St Louis Rams player and current sports anchor Roland Williams interviews public relations manager Cillah Hall.

The host of the evening was KMJM personality Selena J who looked stunning in a ruffled line dress.

First up was an inspiring poem from poet/rap artist Corey Black
100 Black Men;s Mellve Shaheed spoke about  his
surviving prostate cancer.

President of the Board of Alderman Lewis Reed walked on stage to present a Proclamation for the nite

Reed presents event producer Orlando Watson of Rockhouse Entertainment (who was bar none the best dressed gent at the event)

Watson brought up his family up on stage as he talks about his mission with the event and his mother who is battling lung cancer.

KMJM personality/community affairs director Arika Parr talks about the project, Sister Strut,  the cancer walk  involving women of color.

Ola introduces her Ola Style fashion show


Some of Ola Style fashions that was up for auction that nite.

Health guru/nutritionist Shawn Stevenson gave a speech on the Four Pillars of preventing cancer.

Selena J speaks with four survivors of cancer who told briefly their stories.  Here, John Parker talks about his surviving testicular cancer twice. Also on stage were Ola (thyroid),  Shaheed (prostate) and Marguerite Gray (three time survivor of brain, utrine and cervical cancer).

Ola smiles to the OUTCAM with Selena J with her award given to those who survived cancer.

The survivors with Selena J.

Below is Tony Arts creating a live painting as Maxwell's "Pretty Wings" played .

The masterpiece.

Co-host Cedric Cobb presided over the live auction of items which included:

The "Pretty Wings" painting which went for $200 and was bought by...

This couple

Other packages included a Night at Lola for a Party of 8  and MLB and NBA All Star Packages.

Aloha on stage with her band, Fresh Air.

Aloha was one of the very few to take a risk with her white ensem with a colorful bustier and a shorts emsem and killer shoes! here she performs with her producer, Bradd Young on the inspiring song, "Im A survivor" which morphed into the cover, "Turn Your Lights Down Low."

Aloha and Young singin up the Lauryn Hill/Bob Marley tune.

Aloha in close up.

Aloha also performed with her label mate rapper Vega Heartbreak  on the song, "What Are You Waiting For." She also sang other original songs, "Real Love Hotel," a remix to Lil Wayne's "How To Love" and her cover of Rihanna, "Cheers To That"

Her killer shoes!

During Aloha's performance we got Selena J in pose in her ensem.

A high angle shot of the event

One of the walk through areas.

Last up was headliner Carl Thomas, who's from Aurora, Ill. He started his set with his song, "Can't Believe."

He next performed his newest single, "Don;t Kiss Me" from his latest CD, Conquer

He next sang, "Summer Rain."

A couple getting their slow dance on during Thomas' set.

Thomas in the moment.

The fans was into the R&B star. He also shared a moment with the crowd when he said that his baby sister is two years in remission from breast cancer.

The ladies were all engaged in his performance.

He also performed "So Emotional" and his big hit, "I Wish."

A long shot of Thomas on stage

Event creator Watson and his son, Orlando Jr thanks the crowd for attending as Selena J looked on. 

NOTE: It looked like about 200 to 300 people attended this year's event and was definitely an improvement from last year with more emphasis on educating the crowd about cancer and ways of preventing the disease. It was less of a party this this time and definitely not suited for the club crowd. It was a grown up event, and the added silent auction added even more class to this event. The venue also added to the elegance to the event (It was the first time that an event such as this one has ever been done at The Planetarium). About the time that headliner Carl Thomas made it to the stage (around 15 minutes before midnite) most of the crowd had exited which was unfortunate. Its creator, Orlando Watson also mentioned that nite that he was going to take I Am A SURVIVOR to different cities as well.  

As far as the fashions, the women dressed more clubby than after five and there were only a certain few who    were either glammed it up or added a unique flair to their outfits. The guys were dressed more casual , less the suit and ties. But what was up with those who didnt wear white at all??? We are just sayin! 



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