Philly Gossip: Bad Mama Jama’s Alex Holley, Nadia Wright Maransky, Dr. Ruth, Sheryl Lee Ralph, Kijafa Vick and Susie Celek

Alex Holley has been missing from Fox29’s Good Day Philly for the better part of last week

 as she was taping a special with Fox 5 DC’s Annie Yu and Kevin McCarthy called AKA Top 15 of 2015. The special will showcase the 3 journalists discussing 15 of the most talked about, pop culture events of the year. This week Alex is somewhere else, and I’m sworn to secrecy. She’ll be back later this week. Don’t get nervous she’s not going anywhere. Good Day is being helmed by Lauren Johnson and Mike Jerrick this week.

Columnist Ernest Owens with Sheryl Lee Ralph in NYC Friday afternoon at Equality Pa’s soiree during the Pa Society Weekend. Equality Pa honored Ralph for her work on behalf of the LGBTQ Community.

 Bebashi held their 30th Anniversary Gala at Ben Ballroom on Friday night. Bebashi honored thirty leading public figures who have made important contributions to the fight against HIV/AIDS, and other health disparities – that have plagued the underserved minority community of Philadelphia including Sheryl Lee Ralph (yes she can be at two places at once), here with husband Sen. Vincent Hughes and singer El Debarge, who entertained the crowd with oldies but goodies, and a few new tunes.

 Congrats to Rev Lorina Marshall Blake who was also honored at the Bebashi event, she’s here with Sheila and Mike Hess. Check out this article on our new City Rep

This generations influencers Evan Solomon, Brandon Morrison, Lynsie Solomon and Stacey Kracher in NYC for the weekend at the PA Society.

 This happened last week

 Happy Birthday Kijafa Vick celebrated with her friends in Miami
Philly in the house Julie Lesicki, Carmena Ayo-Davies and Angela Perfetto

 Happy birthday Nadia Wright Maransky who was super surprised at her birthday party Friday night at Frank Bradley’s. (I couldn’t make it but thanks to Jill Rizen for capturing this moment.)
 Fierce Pierce is recovering nicely after breaking his angle in a gymnastics accident a few weeks back. Here’s a piece he appeared in in Men’s Health in November.
 Susie Celek’s got herself an agent and is making moves, movies and now in a music video with Benton Blount, Country Music Singer and Season 10 of America’s Got Talent finalist.

  The 14-year-old with the “voice of an angel” who wowed the world during Pope Francis’s papal visit with his last-minute a cappella performance of “Pie Jesu” is making big moves.  Bobby Hill walked the red carpet last week at School of Rock Broadway opening in NYC, this week he performed for Fox & Friends in NYC. Seems he’s left the Keystone State Boychoir and has set out on his own. Next up touring South America starting tomorrow. Then January 23 he’ll be back in Philly performing with the Philadelphia Orchestra at the Academy Ball and comedian Martin Short. I’ll be there with Alex Holley on my arm as my date. TICKETS
Shady McCoy stopped by Del Frisco’s over the weekend, no word on whether he had the mayor cut up his steak for him. 

 Sincerely Syreeta stopped by the Patterson Leader Ball on Tuesday night at the Independence Visitor Cetner. It’s a young leadership event, the next generation. It’s always held on the same night as the Pa Societies Gala at the Waldorf in NYC
Earlier in the week, Syreeta was honored at the Phila Association of Black Journalist with the “Bad Mama Jama Award”


Talking about Bad Mama Jama’s – Come meet Dr. Ruth at the Walnut Street Theater and then enjoy an on stage interview with Dr. Ruth conducted by Jeniece Armstrong .