Salters Scene: BET Honors 2014

Aretha Franklin and Smokey Robinson

Aretha Franklin and Smokey Robinson

The BET Honors 2014 airs Monday February 24th on BET.  This year’s honorees are  The Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin, Motown Records Founder Berry Gordy, American Express CEO & Chairman  Ken Chenault, Visual Artist Carrie Mae Weems and Entertainment Trailblazer Ice Cube.  Held at the Warner Theater in Washington, D.C.  the Actor and Comedian Wayne Brady put his talents on display as the host of this extravaganza.

 Ken Chenault

Ken Chenault

Big names in music performed to help pay tribute to this year’s honorees – Mariah Carey – and the much talked about low cut dress, Tamar Braxton, Janelle Monae, the legendary Smokey Robinson, Karen Clark Sheard, Jennifer Hudson and The Queen of Soul herself-Aretha Franklin touched the stage.

Tamar Braxton

Tamar Braxton

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There are a number of highlights throughout the show.  It was a moment for Hip Hop when Christopher “Ludacris” Bridges presented the Entertainment Award to O’Shea “Ice Cube” Jackson.  Ice Cube has come from the days of N.W.A. to producing and acting in box office hits like Ride Along.  Cube expressed his appreciation for the award and appreciation for his wife during his acceptance speech.

Ice Cube

Ice Cube

Salters Scene: Black Girls Rock! 2013

Queen Latifah

Queen Latifah

On Sunday November 3, BET premieres Black Girls Rock! 2013. The organization founded by DJ Beverly Bond, provides mentorship for Black girls and pays tribute to Black woman and girls who have a positive impact on the community through an annual awards show.

Marian Wright Edelman

Marian Wright Edelman

This year’s show, hosted by Actresses Regina King and Tracee Ellis Ross, will honor the legendary singer Patti Labelle (Living Legend Award), hip-hop pioneer Queen Latifah (Rock Star Award), esteemed writer and producer Mara Brock Akil (Shot Caller Award), tennis icon and entrepreneur Venus Williams (Star Power Award ), community organizer Ameena Matthews (Community Activist Award), ground-breaking ballet dancer Misty Copeland (Young, Gifted & Black Award), and children’s rights activist Marian Wright Edelman (Social Humanitarian Award).

Some of the presenters and performs are recording artists Marsha Ambrosius, Jennifer Hudson, Sevyn Streeter, Actress Nia Long, Actress Tatyana Ali, TV Personality La Anthony, and broadcast journalist Soledad O’Brien.

Sevyn Streeter

Sevyn Streeter

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Additionally, Black Girls Rock! likes to highlight the next generation of young ladies who are Making A Difference (the MAD Girls). The MAD Girls being recognized this year are Brooklyn Wright who is passionate about litter prevention, Mary Pat Hector the founder of Youth Action USA and Ty-Licia Hooker Founder of Summer Success and Leadership Academy.

 Mary-Pat-Hector


Mary-Pat-Hector

When the night starts with a PInk Carpet with all of these names, you know it’s going to be a big night.

Sponsored Love: Salters Scene, The Well (Contest)

One of the newest spots to open in New York City is The Well. The brainchild of Managing Partners Shay Vishawadia and Josh Richolt, the Well is located in Brooklyn two blocks away from the L Train Meserole Street stop. Continue Reading →

Salters Scene: NYC Red Hook Summer Movie Premiere

Spike Lee and son

Spike Lee’s new joint NYC Red Hook Summer opens in theaters on Friday August 10th. The movie premiered at the DGA Theater in Manhattan on Monday night. Continue Reading →

Salters Scene: Hearts of Gold 15th Annual Gala

b. michael, Tamara Tunie, Deborah Koenigsberg and Gregory Generet

The Hearts of Gold 15thAnnual Gala-Arabian Nights, took place at the Metropolitan Pavilion on a beautiful Thursday night in November. The festive evening, complete with belly dancing, a silent auction and fashion show was hosted by Law & Order SVU – Actor, Producer and Director Tamara Tunie. Continue Reading →

Salters Scene: Waterford “Live A Crystal Life” With Julianne Moore

Pierre deVillemejane and Julianne Moore

The Chelsea located Center 548 space was the site for the exclusive Waterford “Live A Crystal Life” with actress Julianne Moore. Continue Reading →

Salters Scene: Wiz Khalifa And Special Guests at SummerStage

By Derrick Salters

Last week the hottest ticket in town was the sold out Wiz Khalifa (above) show at Central Park’s Summer Stage, July 25th. After days of 3 digit heat and non stop rain Monday afternoon, the temperature dropped and the rain subsided right around show time.

Not too long after My Last, it was time for the main event. Wiz Kahlifa, sportin’ a Run DMC hat, hit the stage around 8:30 to the delight of the New York crowd. Amber Rose (see second photo), one of Wiz Kahlifa’s biggest supporters, found a spot on the side of the stage to enjoy the set. Kahlifa put on a good show at Summer Stage performing hits from his Rollin Papers release.Two of the biggest songs of the night were the heavy radio rotation Roll Up and the classic anthem Black and Yellow. You could hear people screaming the hook outside the venue!

Chevy Woods

It was definitely a night about being young, having fun and pursuing your passion.

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Salters Scene: Shop For A Cause At Tracy Reese

Jocelyn Taylor, Tracy Reese and Reggie Canal

By Derrick Salters

Despite the snow falling Wednesday January 26th, folks trooped to the West Village Tracy Reese Flagship Store to support Shop for a Cause.Proceeds from stored items purchased will go to Akyson: A Vision Forward for Haiti. Continue Reading →

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Salters Scene: African American Day

Photography and text By Derrick Salters for HW

On a gorgeous Sunday afternoon, the 39th Annual African American Day Parade kicked off on 111th and Adam Clayton Powell Avenue. With Governor David Paterson, Comptroller William Thompson, Assemblyman, Keith L.T. Wright among others leading the way, the Harlem parade was on its way to being a nice celebration of Black positive achievement.WBLS held down their own float, the NAACP had a strong presence and countless other organizations played a part. Continue Reading →

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