Ladies were donning audacious hats and men we dapper from head to toe during the inaugural Connections 2 independence (C2i) Kentucky Derby fundraiser held at Warehouse Winery in St. Louis Park. The event that featured a hat contest, silent auction, fashion show and casino games, attracted a who's who of corporate honchos and area socialites and already has people anticipating next year's event. C2i executive director, Jessica Rogers coordinated the affair with proceeds going to benefit C2i, an organization that seeks to prepare and empower youth in foster care. Here are a few scenes from the party.
Gugu Mbatha-Raw The "Belle" Interview with Kam Williams
Born in Oxford, England on June 30, 1983, Gugu Mbatha-Raw trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London. Her first professional role was as Celia in an open air production of Shakespeare's "As You Like It." Gugu subsequently landed roles at Manchester's Royal Exchange Theatre where she performed the title roles of Cleopatra in "Antony and Cleopatra" and Juliet in "Romeo and Juliet," the latter opposite Andrew "Spider-Man" Garfield.
“Vanishing Pearls: The Oystermen of Pointe a la Hache
On April 20, 2010, the Deepwater Horizon, a drilling rig owned and operated by British Petroleum (BP), exploded, spilling over 50 million barrels of oil in the Gulf of Mexico before it was finally capped weeks later. In June, President Obama announced that the company had set aside $20 billion in cash designated to help those deleteriously affected by the ecological disaster.
For more than 25 years, every Sunday and Monday, Dr. Mambo's Combo has been bringing the soul and funk to the Bunker's stage. On a recent Sunday the Combo was in rare form (meaning they were even better than their usual outstanding selves). Must have been the many stars who came to check them out -- and sit in. An Aesthetically Speaking photographer caught a few of the faces in the crowd.
18th C. Biopic Revisits Life of Ex-Slave Raised as Aristocrat
Born in the West Indies in 1761, Dido Belle (Gugu Mbatha-Raw) was the product of the taboo union of Mary Belle, an African slave, and John Lindsay (Matthew Goode), a British ship captain. Upon Mary's death, the concerned father brought his 8 year-old daughter to England to see whether his well-heeled aunt and uncle might be willing to take her in.