Tuesday, July 9, 2013

PRINCE gives impromptu After Party Concert at City Winery

I had the opportunity to attend the impromptu concert given by PRINCE recently at City Winery.  PRINCE was the entertainment at the reception ceremony of Melody Hobson and George Lucas in Chicago earlier that evening - and secretly decided to give an unbelievable after reception concert.
The intimate sold out crowd of 500 Prince fans danced until 4:00am
 It was amazing!


Dionne Williams featured on FOX News to give opinion on Paul Deen controversy

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"I think that it will take some time, but as long as people know that she's learned from the destructive words that she used are hurtful and people understand that she's on the path of understanding, I think people will forgive," says Dionne Williams, CEO of D. Williams Public Relations Group.

Paula Deen a world renowned chef well known for her southern style of cooking on Food Network. Deen has recently been in the media for a recent lawsuit against her, were she stated that she used racial slur referencing to African Americans.

Dionne Williams was able to voice her thoughts about the situation on FOX News Channel 32.
Click the link below to see the actual video:


On June 28th 2013 The Musical Arts Institute had their 2nd Annual Gala Performance featuring Grammy Award winning keyboard legend, George Duke. Joining him will be Grammy Awarding winning saxophonist, Kirk Whalum . Bassist, Michael Manson also perform and serving as host for the evening. The best in Jazz, R&B, and Gospel music performed.

Kirk Whalum and MAI Student 

Michael Manson on guitar. 

Michael Mason, Kirk Whalum, and Band 

The crowd enjoying the performance. 

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Emerge! Fashion Runway Show

On September 11, EMERGE! Fashion Runway Show, one of the leading platforms for emerging designers to showcase their collection, presents six different designers with undeniable talent to be recognized with doors opening promptly at 6:00pm for Red Carpet | VIP Reception and 7:00pm for the Awards Program and Fashion Show. The evening is by invite only and provides up-and-coming designers with an opportunity to propel themselves into the spotlight. Guests will range from retail buyers, fashion influencers, top fashion editors, tastemakers, socialites and more.

Featured EMERGE! Designers will include:

Berny Martin, Catou Designs - Founded by designer Berny Martin, Catou is a retail clothing design and manufacturing company. The business was established in an effort to provide innovation, creativity, vision and artistic elegance through fashion. Catou, designs and manufactures business clothing for those who desire a look that is clean and chic. Catou’s line of business wear for men and women has incorporated the participation and management of various fashion shows and high-profile events. Edgy and elegant, flirty and sophisticated, Catou clothing makes a statement. www.catouwear.com

India de Beaufort, Ballyhoo – India de Beaufort is currently a series regular on ABC Family’s “Jane By Design.” She plays 'India Jourdain' a lead designer at a high-end fashion label. During her stint on the fashion based show, India designed and made a collection of four pieces for her character, one of which was featured on the ABC Family series. India landed her first series at the age of 15, in the BAFTA nominated "The Basil Brush Show" for the BBC. Although India's main profession is theatrical, her formal education was in fashion at Esher College, Surrey, UK. Showing talent for art and design at a young age, India has been watched closely and mentored by world renowned Tony Award winning set and costume designer, Tim Goodchild. 'Ballyhoo' is inspired by her love of all things period, all things Parisian and her cherished and ever-growing collection of Vintage and Antique clothing. Notable acting credits include; "Run, Fatboy, Run" - directed by David Schwimmer, the lead female role in Comedy Central's "Krod Mandoon and the Flaming Sword of Fire" and a recurring role on the CW's "One Tree Hill" among others. www.Indiadebeaufort.com

Arefeh Mansouri of Arefeh Fashion - Arefeh Mansouri's career began in Montreal, Canada, born in Tehran, Iran she immigrated to Canada at 16 years of age. During her early years, Mansouri displayed great interest and aptitude in painting, already an accomplished painter, she soon realized where her true passions lie. This led her to a career in Fashion and Costume Design. She began her studies of Fashion at Montreal's LaSalle College. Subsequently, she launched a women's sportswear line until she was offered a position in Milan, Italy as head designer for an Italian clothing Firm. In 2007 she relaunched her line in the United States with a specific focus on Couture Wedding and Evening wear. In addition, she began pursuing her passion for costume design. Her designs are featured in major Hollywood productions. Arefeh Mansouri is a member of Academy of Television Arts & Sciences as a Costume Designer. www.arefehfashion.com

Franklin Rowe – Franklin Rowe International – Bronx-born Franklin Rowe attended the LaGuardia high school of music and arts with notable graduates as Dianne Carroll, Billy Dee Williams, Kurtis Blow and Nate Adderly. Shortly after his graduation from high school he was awarded a full scholarship to NYC Park Avenue prestigious Traphagen School of Design, founded in the 1920s by Ethel Traphagen, a designer credited for introducing shorts and pants to American Women's Fashion. Franklin took the lead in black fashion design by combining the rich vibrant African American history with Euro-elegant sensibilities by illustrating the combined influences it’s hadsince the dawn of time through the present with a cool and chic offering, bursting with subtle shadings of color to bright combinations in chiffon and silks as well as a knock out collection of intricately designed leathers made bold yet ready to wear. Franklin has a long list of celebrityclientele as well as major corporate executives. His unique gift and expertise in design is in arguably a chance to visitfashion legacy as it moves forward.

Taneasha Prunty of Gidi Designs – Taneasha started designing at a young age after watching her mother as a seamstress growing up. Taneasha created Gidi’s Designs, Gidi's vision is to create looks that walk the fine line between classic sophistication and modernism while still implementing an element of surprise. Rather than entertaining the latest fads or trends Gidi focuses more on a lasting signature look. When wearing any of Gidi's designs the unique individuality that is expected when buying an eveningwear garment is maintained while offering timeless class. www.gidionline.com

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

2012 N'Digo Scholarship Gala Featuring Aretha Franklin

N'Digo Foundation held their annual Scholarship Gala with musical performances by the legendary Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin with performances from singing sensation group,The Impressions. The Gala was held to award graduating high school students with college scholarships as well as to honor iconic music. Publisher/Editor In Chief of N'Digo Hermene D. Hartman and News Anchor Art Norman hosted the show. Here are some pictures that captured this amazing event. D. Williams PR group managed this great event.
Hermene Hartman and Art Norman hosted

2012 N'Digo Scholarship recipients 
Pastor Charles Jenkins and Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church performed 'Awesome'
Comedian John Slocomb impersonating Rev. Jesse Jackson  

The Impressions performed

Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin performed

Check out the live performance of 'Skylark' in the video below. 

Michelle Boone with Dept. of Cultural Affairs presents Proclamation to Aretha  
The show was absolutely amazing! We had to celebrate the eventful evening with music and dancing!

Musical Arts Institute Presents First Annual Benefit Concert Gala

Al Jarreau performs
The Musical Arts Institute hosted its First Annual Benefit Concert Gala. This amazing event highlighted the work of the Musical Arts Institute where they provide students access to a culturally rich training environment to pursue individual musical interest. The benefit brought the smooth sounds with a live performance from legendary performer Al Jarreau, Jazz saxophonist Gerald Albright and respected jazz bassists Michael Manson. Be sure to visit their website www.musicalartsgala.org for more information about the event. Take a look at some of the pictures from the evening.

Jazz Bassist Michael Manson

Jazz Saxophonist Gerald Albright 

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Regina Taylor’s gospel musical sensation returns to the Goodman, promising audiences a joyful good time.   JUNE 29th - August 5th  

When Chicago-born Yolanda is sent down South after the death of her brother, she finds strength in the tales of the wise women who surround her—and the powerful rituals connected to their dazzling hats. This jubilant musical traces the roots of Gospel through contemporary hip hop, fusing rich storytelling with abundant “hattitude” into a stirring coming-of-age tale. Crowns is a not-to-be-missed celebration of song, dance, cultural history—and glamorous headwear.

It will showcase an incredible cast which includes Pauletta Washington (Denzel's wife), the dynamic Felicia P. Fields, the incredible E. Faye Butler and Shari Addison of Sunday's Best

 Pauletta Washington

Felicia Fields