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The Social Scene: Dreams Moving Forward Inauguration Gala Brings Out Hollywood and Society Elite

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THE SOCIAL SCENE


Dreams Moving Forward Inauguration Gala Brings Out Hollywood and Society Elite

Where were you when America’s first Black President was sworn in for the second time?
 
I was at home wrapped up in my warmest of blankets watching it on CNN. The night before, however, I was running around with Hollywood and DC society elite at The Dream Moving Forward Inaugural Gala. In my highest of heels so as not to be dwarfed by Omorosa, I joined several hundred guests at the Howard Theater for a night of celebration and reflection.
 
President Obama was officially sworn into office on January 20th, the day after Civil Rights leader and preeminent dreamer Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday. That evening The Sovereignty Group hosted the gala to commemorate the significance of the two men’s lives. Guests spanned several generations, representing the spectrum of Dr. King and President Obama’s efforts and accomplishments.
 
Along with the hosts and performers like Angela Bassett, Boris Kodje, Patti LaBelle, Elle Varner, Rock Newman, Rep. Bobby Rush (1st District-Illinois), Rep. Yvette D. Clarke (11th District-NY), and Dr. Joanne Martin of the National Great Blacks in Wax Museum, many active supporters of his campaign including actor and friend Hill Harper were in attendance to see Dr. King’s vision become reality through Obama’s second term in office.
 
“We’ve been friends for over 20 years and it feels great seeing him make history,” actor and activist Hill Harper told B. Couleur after speaking with the crowd. “I’m not surprised how far he’s come; he worked hard then and he works hard now. [President Obama] is the leader this country has needed for a long time.” 
 
A portion of the proceeds from the event were given to The Memorial Fund for the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Monument and the African American Civil War Memorial Museum.
 
Seen + Heard 
 
President and CEO of the National Great Blacks in Wax Museum Dr. Joanne M. Martin seated front and center in a gorgeous beaded periwinkle colored frock. Dr. Martin and her team were present to unveil the wax figures of President Barack Obama, Medgar Evers, and Dr. Dorothy Height.
 
Model Tyson Beckford in what appears to be the newest trend in black tie dress wear: brocade coat and velvet footwear. He was one of many men wearing some variation of this ensemble. He was the only one who brought a matching model.
 
Comedian Michael Colyar in a fabulous fur and the best of spirits. Television personality and Howard University alum Omorosa Manigualt acting as correspondent interviewing celebs as they arrived on the red carpet.
 
A very svelte and ageless Angela Basset hosting the event with Real Husbands of Hollywood star Boris Kodjoe. New artist Elle Varner snapping pictures like a fangirl with diva Patti Labelle who sang her signature tune Somewhere Over the Rainbow. Speaking of Miss Patti, if you haven’t seen her sing live put that on your Bucket List.
 
President Barack Obama’s pal Hill Harper rushed home to get some shut eye so he could be up early the next morning for the swearing in ceremony.