B everywhere...

Head to Young, Black and Fabulous to check out my review of Mya's new album, Liberation!

B adorned and appreciated!

The B-Life would like to congratulate Boutique Finesse on their one-year anniversary. It's been a year full of style, grace and accessorizing!

(Past Event)

The ladies of Hourglass Events did what they do best, and threw a glamorous celebration!

Forces unite: Jen - The B-Life, Carla - Boutique Finesse, Claire - The Fashion Bomb.

Snap shots of all the fly guys and gals.

And the winner is...?

Here are a few more pics from the party. Thanks to all those who came out to show their support!

B inspired...

"Greatness occurs when your children love you, when your critics respect you and when you have peace of mind." ~ Quincy Jones


B out in NYC...This Weekend!

There's a lot going on this weekend, so where will you find the time?
Take a peak at what's going on in NYC...

What: Dining for Darfur
When: Sunday April 29th
Where: All over NYC, and a few other select cities
Why: You can dine at top restaurants like Nobu, Ono and BLT Prime, and have 5% of the proceeds donated to help initiatives in Darfur and Chad.
Info: Click here for a list of participating restaurants.

What: PJ Morton Band NYC album release party
When: Friday April 27th
Where: Joe's Pub
Why: Because you need to be on this bandwagon...PJ has a cult following, and now you have the chance to see what all the hype is about!

What: Hourglass Events presents - Boutique Finesse Anniversary Party
When: Saturday Aprl 28th
Where: Loft NYC
Why: It's a free celebration of fly style and glamorous people. Oh, and The-B-Life and The Fashion Bomb will be in the house too. Did I mention it's free?
RSVP: Click here

What: Breaking Into Television Seminar
When: Saturday April 28th
Where: The Apollo Theater
Why: MTV's Sway and producers from top networks will share their experiences in the TV business and give you ideas on how to break in. ("If it's free it's fro me!)
Registration: Click here, then follow the links.

What: Coffee & Tea Festival - NYC
When: April 28th & 29th
Where: Metropolitan Pavillion (125 W. 28th St.)
Why: Because there's more to life than Starbucks.
More info: Click here

What: Billion Dollar Babes Sample Sale
When: April 27th-29th
Where: The Altman Building (135 W. 18th St. - btw. 6th & 7th)
Why: It's the perfect introduction to sample sales. Check out frocks from Alvin Valley, T Bags, Black Halo, and more!
More info: Click here

What: The Art of Shopping Sample Sale
When: April 27th-29th
Where: 72 Greene St.
Why: It's a denim fest with Hudson, 575's, True Religion and more!
More info: Click here

What: Monet Exhibit
When: April 27th - june 15th
Where: Wildenstein & Company (19 E. 64th St.)
Why: With over 60 works from both public and private collections, it's well worth the $10 admission fee ($5 for students)!
More info: Click here


B together...

This week in NYC, Baileys hosted an evening Get Together with John Legend and friends at the ultra chic Tenjune. Upon entering, you couldn't escape over indulging from the flood of Baileys served in edible dark chocolate shot glasses, brownies, and mini cheeseburgers.
Take a look at some pics from the event below.

The tour is still on and it may be hitting a city near you!

Don't forget to drink responsibly!


B a princess...

It's a whole new world now that Walt Disney Pictures is making a movie centered around a black princess! "The Frog Princess", also know as "The Princess and the Frog" is set in 1920's New Orleans and will star none other than "Dreamgirls" lesser-known star, Anika Noni Rose.

B has a film career and case full of Grammys, J-Hud has a reality TV legacy and an Oscar, so it's only fair that this Broadway star gets immortalized with the magic of Disney.

Word has it that mega-stars like Tyra Banks, J-Hud, and Akicia Keys were up for the role. Those are also great choices...should I start drawing up contracts for Sony, Warner Bros., and Paramount? There's room for everyone!

But we have to give props to Disney for making this long-overdo film during a time when blacks have been largely discredited, insulted and downright ignored by public figures. It's about time that we had a something positive to relish in, even if it's animated and one-dimensional. After the last few years of Katrina, Imus, and Kramer, we could certainly use a fairy tale ending.

Congrats to Anika! This will be one to remember!


B hooked up...

Fellas, are you having a little trouble in the love department, or simply willing to go out on a limb? Well ESSENCE wants to hook you up! The ultimate authority in all-things that inspire the modern, urban woman (a.k.a. the black woman's bible) is doing a new feature called 30 Dates in 30 Days. 30 Dates will run in the magazine and online, so you can't be shy. You also have to be between the ages of 25 to 40, and live in the NY Tri-State Area.

Although ESSENCE will pay for your date in full, you can't be a slouch. I've seen some of the ladies who attended the casting, and they were on point. Long hair, short hair, lawyers, account executives...they covered the gamut, but they all had their ish together.

To RSVP for the May 15th casting, send an email to 30dates@essence.com by May 11th. Make sure to include: name, age, occupation (please have a job), city, state, and a short description of what makes you a great date.

Click here for more info.


B revived...

The other weekend, we patronized Harlem's Revival Restaurant and Bar. Considering our venture was somewhat random, there's a chance that uptowners might be sleeping on this establishment.

The carefully appointed colors and bold choices give the ambiance is cheery feel without being corny. It has an industrial vibe, a la Cirque de Soleil.

The oxymoronic spacious booths with white table cloths make this dining experience unique. You can be comfortable wearing sweats while being served as if you're at a 5-star restaurant.

As we waited for the entire party to arrive, our server sensed we were hungry and brought us a complimentary round of drinks. It was a punch, like the kind you get when you check into a hotel in the Caribbean (a melange of cranberry, orange and pineapple juice).
If only more people realized that good service goes a long way!

Last but not least, the food was on point too! This blackened catfish with seafood rice was the popular choice of the day for good reason.

The next time you're uptown, check out Revival. They also have a great space you can rent out for a small-medium party, a mixer or a larger dinner party.

Bon Apetite!

B inspired...

"Champions aren't made in gyms. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them--a desire, a dream, a vision. They have to have last-minute stamina, they have to be a little faster, they have to have the skill and the will. But the will must be stronger than the skill."
~Muhammed Ali


B on Diddy's team...

My boy over at King Magazine Online told me about a job posting for Diddy's new personal assistant. I couldn't let this go without sharing.
Want to help Diddy moisturize the situation and maintain his sexy? If so, this might be the job for you!

Prominent busy Chairman of an entertainment giant is seeking a top-notch experienced polished Personal Assistant to coordinate the Chairman's business, social and personal affairs. This role involves handling business and personal tasks at the Chairman's office and multiple homes (NY, FL & GA). Serve as a personal liaison between the Chairman and his family. It is imperative that the Assistant has the sophistication to communicate effectively with people at all levels of management and handle highly confidential matters. Due to the Chairman's extremely busy schedule, the Assistant needs to be accessible on weekends and evenings to handle ongoing activities.

Job Summary:
· Ensure that all personal aspects of Chairman's life are covered, including tight scheduling (keep him on time); anticipate his needs in order to ensure that all the information he requires is always at hand. Interact with industry executives and talent; manage/maintain personal calendar. Secure personal supplies. Responsible for Chairman's personal expenses. Manage expenditures & petty cash. Handle personal projects. Prepare correspondence, when required, consistent with general direction from Chairman and Chief of Staff.

· Respond expeditiously to diverse assignments and take responsibility for projects from beginning to end. Consistently operate with a sense of urgency while not losing sight of the details!

· This is a TRUE on-call 24/7 position.

· Will travel nationally and internationally; coordinate with Wardrobe Manager to pack clothing selection for business and personal trips.
· No task is too small. Candidate must have "whatever it takes" attitude.

· Ideal candidate will have a minimum of (3) years experience with a well-known businessman and/or senior level executive (CEO, Chairman).

· TYPE A Personality

· Commitment to excellence. Unwavering loyalty. Team player; consistently sharing and communicating information.

· Reliable, trustworthy, flexible- CONFIDENTIALITY A MUST. Always operate with discretion.

· Outstanding computer skills are required including but not limited to proficiency in MS Word, Excel, Power Point, Blackberry, IPOD and the Internet

· Able to maintain composure in an extremely fast paced, entrepreneurial/creative fluid environment.

· Exceptional interpersonal skills; must be charismatic and have ability to communicate respectfully with all walks of life.

· Possess impeccable attention to detail; outstanding time management skills; work quickly and efficiently.

· Able to work under tight deadlines; remain aware of shifting priorities; anticipate last "second" changes. Always have a plan B in place.

· Self-managed; skilled at managing a high volume of work and deciphering what's immediate from what can wait.

· Manage tasks and projects to successful outcomes; communicate and coordinate.
· Must be highly-connected in NY (knowledge of the top restaurants, nightclubs, and best chefs) and if uncertain MUST have the resources in place to find out.

· Must be able to travel internationally. Must possess a valid driver's license. Bilingual preferred but not necessary.

Marilyn Van Alstyne
Human Resources
(212) 381.2069 (fax)

B out in NYC...This Weekend!

It's officially Spring, and now we have the weather to prove it! You no longer have an excuse for ordering in and having a netflix night. Here's a sample of what's going on in NYC this weekend. At the very least, grab brunch with friends or window-shop in Soho.

The point is..b out!

What: Simple & Sexy Fridays (w/ Joe!)
When: Friday, April 20 (10p-until)
Where: Strata
Why: It's Friday, and you just got paid...
What: The 27th New York International Orchid Show
When: April 20-21 (9a-9p); 22 (9a-5p)
Where: Rockefeller Center
Why: All things pretty...
More info: Click here

What: ThreeKINGS Spring Fever
When: Sat. April 21 (10p-4a)
Where: Frank's
Why: 'Cause they know how to throw a party.
RSVP: events@threekingsnyc.com

What: Citigroup National Urban League Financial Education
Topic: $$ Management: Saving & Investing
- Difference between Saving and Investing
- Saving and Investing Products
- Introduction to Investments and Financial Planning
When: Saturday April 21
Where: Contact Diana (below) for more info
Why: "Money, power, respect..."
To participate: Call (212) 926-8000 EXT. 147 or send a fax to DIANA COLEMAN (212) 283-4948. Please include your name, telephone number, fax number, and complete address.

What: The New York Relays - NY State High School Track Meet
When: April 20 (4-9p) & 21 (9a-7p)
Where: Randall's Island Ichan Stadium
Why: A HS track meet is such a throw back to the good 'ole days.
More info: Click here

What: Bruce Bruce at Comix
When: April 20 & 21 (Shows at 8:00p & 10:30p)
Where: Comix - 353 W. 14th (East of 9th Ave.)
Why: Who needs Zoloft, when you can have a good laugh?