Sheryl Lee Ralph held her annual “DIVAS Simply Singing” event in LA and Yours Truly was on the scene! The fundraiser for HIV/AIDS prevention and awareness was held at The Taglyan Cultural Center and featured performances by Kenny Lattimore, Rahsaan Patterson, Jennifer Holliday, Todrick Hall, Rhyon Brown and more!
An acronym for “Divinely Inspired Victoriously Aware,” The D.I.V.A. Foundation is a national not-for-profit 501c(3) charitable organization founded Ralph in 1990 as a memorial to the many friends she lost to HIV/AIDS as an original company member of “Dreamgirls” on Broadway.
The event also included an appearance from Wanda Sykes but I missed her. Here’s another lesson I’ve learned in LA… get the SHOT! Wanda was actually the first to arrive but she walked past the carpet and announced she would return. Needless to say… she never made it back. Going forward I will start shooting as soon as I see who I want. No more waiting for the right time… there is no such thing in LA.
I also missed or didn’t see Jenifer Lewis who was suppose to have a book signing. Her new book is called “The Mother of Black Hollywood” and available on AMAZON.
I wasn’t able to stay for the show but check out all the fun red carpet pics with The Braxtons, comedian Luenell, Shar Johnson and of course… the DIVA! SLR was simply AMAZING & so much fun!