CAA/Blackhouse Dinner For Reggie!
Black achievement in Hollywood really isn’t recognized, let alone celebrated as much as you think it is. It’s usually a fight for respect from white institutions and maybe a well intended but poorly executed tribute from black institutions. So when Blackhouse (and black film support organization) and CAA (my new agency) came together to throw this incredibly nice event for me, it was shocking just because it happened. One of the attendees, one of the highest ranking black executives in music, told me he was totally inspired because “this NEVER happens”.
Verdine White of Earth Wind and Fire, Congresswoman Maxine Waters, me, Ali LeRoi, creator/producer of ARE WE THERE YET? and many other fine entertainments. Thanks for the classy picture Ali!
Congresswoman Waters is originally from St. Louis. My mom used to go roller skating with her sisters.
Old friends and new: So nice to meet Jordin Sparks, who is as sweet as she is lovely and talented; and my old and dear friends Terry and Rebecca Crews. Terry is one of the hardest working men in Hollywood but his positive spirit is the same as it was when he was working as a security guard.
Me giving thanks to everyone who attended. The best part? My mother got a standing ovation!