Thursday, May 10, 2012

My Red Carpet Encounter with Toni Braxton!!

Grammy Award winning singer Toni Braxton

This past Tuesday May 8th, I had the pleasure of attending the 10th Annual Ailey At The Apollo Spring Gala Benefit. I rarely ever make the trek to Harlem but it was well worth the commute to see the incredible Ailey dancers. The night was extra special for me cause this was my first time seeing the dancers onstage!
The historic Apollo Theater
The one-night only performances by the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, The Ailey School and Ailey Campers in the Apollo were nothing short of spectacular. I got goosebumps all over my body watching the dancers onstage.

Current Artistic Director Robert Battle is doing incredible work at the dance theatre, I implore you to watch the dance troupe if you ever get the opportunity.
I caught up with songstress Toni Braxton  before the onstage performances  on the red carpet. When she stepped into the press area she took my breath away! The "Heat" singer  is sizzling hot. At age 44 Toni can give chicks half her age a run for their money!
Snapped on my iPhone- Toni werkin it!
I introduced myself to Toni and dived right in to my one question. Prior to Toni B's arrival her publicist had gently reminded me, that I could ask one question only related to the event.  They were rushing to get in Toni in before the performances, so I expected my encounter would be brief! So here's what I asked the iconic singer:
Makho Ndlovu: How did you get involved with the organization?
Toni Braxton: My publicist called me up and told me about this wonderful charitable event for kids. I love kids and I’m always doing charity events! When I heard about how people  are giving back by helping children with sponsoring and showing them their craft in an effort to  help them become better at it, I had to get involved with the organization. When I was growing up I didn’t get that,  so for me church was my only avenue. In today’s world children I think it's great that children have other outlets in school or  organizations to express themselves"
Honorary chair Toni Braxton  with Robert Battle and Judith Jamison
I snuck in one more question to Toni before she walked away. I just had to ask!
Makho Ndlovu: Since we were in Harlem, do you have any favorite places to hang out or kick it? 
Toni Braxton :   I love many restaurants in the area. Although I do have a special love for soul food and Caribbean food"

And just like that she  was whisked away into the the theatre to watch the performances. Red carpet encounters can be so short at times!

Before I left the red carpet I also spotted Kemberly Richardson, a reporter from WABC 7 here in NYC!
Kemberly Richardson
 How stylish is her jacket? I LOVED IT!!

Gala proceeds for the event support The Ailey School’s Scholarship Program, for promising young students who would otherwise be unable to pursue professional training, and Ailey Arts In Education & Community Programs, which annually serve more than 100,000 young people, including AileyCam. How cool is that? 



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