Sunday, August 24, 2008

NAIJAS AT BEIJING 2008 PLUS ESTELLE'S PRETTY PLEASE VIDEO

Nigeria picked up bronze and silver medals at the 2008 Olympic games in Beijing, China...thanks to Miss Blessing Okagbare, Chika Yagazie Chukwumerije, Franca Idoko, Gloria Kemasuode, Halimat Ismaila, and Oludamola Osayomi. According to ThisDay, "The medals, both bronze, were won in the long jump and by the 4x100m women’s relay team." Quite impressive, huh?



Nigeria did not leave the events empty handed at all because we walked away with 4 Olympic medals. Here's to Victor Obinna, Peter Odemwingie, and Ebenezer Alijore for giving it their all during the final match against Argentina!

Kenya scooped up 14 medals from track and field (5 Gold; 5 Silver; 4 Bronze). Congrats to gold medalists Wilfred Bungei, Alfred Kirwa Yego, and Samuel Kamau Wanjiru!




Ethiopia was awarded with 7 medals (4 gold, 1 silver, 2 bronze). Congrats to Track & Field stars Kenenisa Bekele, Tsegay Kebede, Eliud Kipchoge, and Edwin Cheruiyot Soi!



Togo's Benjamin Boukpeti and his yummy biceps picked up a bronze medal at the men's K1 kayak slalom. The medal would become the only one awarded to Togo. Congrats!



Mbango Etone's female triple jump performance won Cameroon a gold medal...Congrats!




For a complete list of all Olympic winners, visit NBCOLYMPICS.COM. 2012 London!

Photo credits: AP/Reuters

Boris Kodjoe dropped by Wendy Williams' successful FOX daytime show to talk about his daughter Sophia who has Spina Bifida.






Boris and his wife Nicole Ari Parker announced plans to raise $1.88 million dollars for children with Spina Bifida. Check out this open letter Boris and Nicole wrote in support of their cause:


We hope you are well. We are writing this letter to share with you a most personal issue and ask for your help. As some of you already heard, our little Sophie was diagnosed at birth with Spina Bifida, the most common birth defect in the US, affecting the brain and/or spine in an average of eight babies a day. Degrees of severity vary from quadriplegic children with major brain damage and spinal injuries to cases of neurogenic bladders or even lesser issues.

We were blessed with a miracle child and spared of the more severe symptoms, but Sophie’s spastic bladder still forces us to catheterize her every three hours, day and night, to avoid pressure build up in her bladder and urine backflow into her kidneys. But frequent catheterization causes urinary tract infections, which are then battled with strong antibiotics, which in turn attack stomach flora and cellular balance, cause bowel issues, and that leads to more infections.


Read the rest of the open letter over at Black Celeb Kids.

Megalyn Echikunwoke in a little black dress attended Barack Obama's "Black & White" gala last week. Don't you love Megalyn's wrap dress? Well I did some digging around for her look for less...





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Photo credits: WIREIMAGE, VARIETY via The Black Hollywood Files.

Estelle recently debut her latest music video for "Pretty Please." The video is loaded with cameos from Aubrey O'Day, Jackie Long, and Taraji P. Henson. Check it out...





Damn, Jackie, lol! Estelle may have her eyes on this certain someone.

For those FG2BH readers within the tri-state area, do come out to the Apollo theater to support the 2008 Beyond The Tears: Humanitarian Awards!




Via the press release:

The 2008 Beyond The Tears Humanitarian Awards honorees includes; Princess Florence Ita Giwa of Nigeria's Bakassi Peninsular, celebrated R&B music icon and HIV/AIDS activist Patti Labelle, Chief Owelle Rochas Okorocha, President/ Founder Rochas Foundation and President of Red Cross Nigeria, Regan Hofmann, Editor-in-Chief of Poz Magazine, youth activist Ravin Lopez and Kengwa Kapampa of the African Health Care Foundation Zambia. The event will be hosted by Nollywood movie stars Stephanie Okereke, Francis Duru, Ini Edo and fashion model Nnenna Agba - made popular by America's Next Top Model.

Special guests include Excellencies Maureen Mwanawasa, First Lady of Zambia and Patience Good Luck Jonathan, Second Lady of Nigeria. Also expected are Nollywood Actors Nkem Owoh (Osuofia), RMD, Zeb Ejiro, Okurame Ejiro, and others.

Heating up the Apollo stage will be live performances by Nollywood actress and singer Patience Ozokwor, popularly known as “Mama G", R&B and Jazz vocalist Alyson Williams, actor and singer William Erickson, Nigerian-American singer Kolourz, critically acclaimed, nationally syndicated radio producer/host and singer Angela McKenzie, and Nigerian comedian Jude Away Away. Following the awards presentation will be a special after party. [CONTINUE READING...]

Tickets - $25 to $50 via The Apollo box office at (212) 531-5305, and TICKETMASTER.COM

Thoughts/rants:
So the other day while rearranging my CD collection, I stumbled across my copy of Brian McKnight's "Anytime" record. Hard to believe this record is 10 years old. I thought I'll share with you all my FAVORITE track from this album...press play to check it out.





Doesn't this sound just make you want to daydream about that special someone?!

I simply love this MJ GIF made by a devoted ONTD member, don't you agree?

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As you know I'm a HUGE romance novel reader. I couldn't put up Altonya Washington's latest novel, "Rival's Desire." Caesar and Vivian were constantly at one another's throats. It's a good end of the summer read!

disclaimer: all of my thoughts/rants are meant in good humor!

Two Nigerian couples close to my heart recently celebrated their one year wedding anniversaries! Congrats to Uchechi and Udo!



Congrats to Tochukwu & Carol!


Here's to many, many, MANY more!

Photo credits: ECHINWE

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1 comment:

wienna said...

Congrats to the couple.