Thursday is the New Friday: About Last Night The NABJ is in town, Someone’s Bday, Where the hot parties were last night…
Thursday is the new Friday, it really is and it’s been that way for awhile. Thursday is like the weekend for folks that live in Philadelphia. The weekend brings the bridge and tunnel crowds so they can sleep in on the weekend, but Thursday nights belongs to Philadelphian’s cause there’s not much traveling to get to enough sleep before work on Friday. And that’s why I love going out on Thursday’s to see where it’s going on.
I started my day out at Fox 29’s Good Day Philadelphia. I am so excited to be working there. #1 I now have a broader audience to get the good word out, on charity and their events and who was there. My goal has always been to promote the good going on in Philly, and having the three media components of Philly Mag, Good Day and PhillyChitChat I think I have it covered. At Philly Mag I will be writing an extensive column once a week of an event, then throughout the week I they will be publishing One Shots which are fun notable shots I take in my travels. Fox 29 Good Day I’m gonna tell you the scoop about who went where, what were they doing and who were they with, all fun stuff not down and dirty for me. Like last night James van der Beek ate at a.kitchen with the whole family. He was playing with his little girl and they were all laughing. So sweet. (Thanks to a reader for that tip.) Then with PhillyChitChat I’ll be covering everything else from random pictures to events, to celebs. Thank you so much for your support. Also big apologies to the folks I need to write back. I will this week coming up.
The National Association of Black Journalists convention is in town. So much fun, joy, support education going on with the convention. I’ll write more on it next week. After I left a full day of the convention, which by the way I forgot to get myself credentialed, but just blended in with the crowd to gain entrance into some of the events so I could promote them which is ironic by the way. And thanks to you, the 2 people (writer who I admire, and PR peep) who tried with a passionate plea on my behalf saying you don’t know who this guy is you can’t issue him a pass. Well they said they knew who I was but still couldn’t go against the late policy because in Philly they over issued credentials. That was probably one of the sweetest things anyone has ever done for me. I’ll still be covering it cause my readers need to know about this very important event that’s happening right now in our City. (By the way can someone get me a credential for tonights party at Electric Factory.) NBC’s Monique Braxton and Fox 29’s Shenielle Jones
After the convention I ran over to Sampan and met Laura Burkhardt to catch up. We ran into Laura Kim, who used to be the manager there. She’s traveled to Japan since we last saw her. She looks fab. Both these ladies are doing separate creative services which will be a big assist to us all.
Laura got to try the Smore’s which I told you about the other night. For $9 you get 3 of these delicious treats.
On our way out we ran into Karen Gross and Brett Silver. Brett is the father of social photos in Philadelphia, although he never did a diary version like Philly Chit Chat. He was and is still so generous in his knowledge and has been helpful. Yesterday he gave me a crash course on advertising and how to approach it. Another hat I’m going to have to wear shortly. Cabaret singer Karen Gross has another show coming up 10/28 at the Tin Angel. It’s going to be called Black Cat Cabaret and will also costar Doogie Horner, astand-up comedian, writer, and graphic designer. He was a semifinalist on America’s plus Jeremy Dyen, stellar pianist/singer/songwriter who performs with the likes of John Legend, G-Love and Mutlu
After a bit Brett tells me that our mutual friend Ashley Cook, Phlare Magazine
was over at Time. So we headed there to find Ashley with sister Ali Cook and beau Alex Jackson
Then I headed over to Del Frisco’s to see who was about. What I found was the NW University Alumni Party at Del Frisco’s which is part of NABJ Convention- Del Frisco’s of Philadelphia. General Manager: Rich Furino, Emerald Morro, Tony Payton Jr., Syan Rhodes (Reporter WESH Orlando) , Adrienne Samuels, Sr Editor of Ebony Magazine. Shelton Mercer III – Did you see my coverage of the NABJ events today on Fox 29’s Good Day?
Upstairs I ran into movers and shakers. Tony Rufo, Drew Milstein and Tommy Domalski. Of course I sat down and had dinner with them, I get to hear the most fascinating stories of the future of Philadelphia.
Then it was on to Table 31 for Ladies Night Out andCarol Tamburino’s Birthday Party. Happy Birthday Carol!!
Upstairs I ran into Brynne Ashton, Arthur Kade (have you seen his new direction) and Lauren Richmond. I got to tell her where her friends the van der Beek’s ate dinner tonight. (Someone had tipped me off while they were actually in the restaurant, but I passed on shooting them as I didn’t want to spoil their night. They’re kinda media shy. I think only Alicia Vitarelli from ABC6 got an interview and that’s because she showed up during filming.)
Kristin Foote, Sabrina Tamburino-Thorne, Carol Tamburino and Sharon Coia
Then it was off to Whisper. Denethia Durgin and Stephanie Morrison who I forgot to send to Fox Good Day this morning. Sorry girls I slipped. Stop me next time.
It was packed for the NABJ Sports Task Force Party
a great time was had by all
Including my buds from ABC6 Niki Hawkins and Shirleen Alicott and friends
The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) provides quality programs and services to and advocates on behalf of black journalists worldwide
My beautiful bud The Philadelphia Inquirer’s Fashion Writer Elizabeth Wellington as I left Whisper at 2AM to get my beauty sleep and to hopefully rid myself of the migraine I had since I woke up. I hope I was pleasant to everyone even though I was in pain, but I felt I had to go out there were stories out there that needed to be told. See you on Twitter @iphillychitchat and follow my associates @Good_Day_Philly and @PhillyMag too.