A guest at former president Barack Obama’s 60th birthday bash said he was forced to delete Instagram photos he posted of himself at the star-studded event in Martha’s Vineyard on Aug. 7. Rapper Trap Beckham and his manager, TJ Chapman posted Instagram photos of the food and decor at the event, but the pictures were later deleted under the event’s photography ban. Guests at the party included Jay Z and Beyoncé, Gayle King, Dwayne Wade & Gabrielle Union and Chrissy Teigen & John Legend, who performed along with HER, Common, and Erykah Badu. DJ Nice deejayed and Rev Al Sharpton gave the invocation. Meanwhile, sources claim that Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi was among many guests originally invited who became uninvited when the guest list was cut back due to an uptick of coronavirus cases as the result of the Delta variant.
Voza Rivers, co-founder of Harlem’s New Heritage Theatre Group (est. 1964) and Ricardo Khan co-founder of New Brunswick NJ Crossroads Theatre (est. 1978) join together in applauding the announcement that two of our long term collaborators, Irene Gandy and Woodie King Jr, will be receiving the 2020 Tony Honors for Excellence in Theatre. Gandy is the only Black female press agent member of ATPAM (Association of Theatrical Press Agents and Managers) for over 50 years. Working with Producer Jeffrey Richards for over three decades, she is a Tony Award-winning Broadway producer for The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess and was a producer for Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill starring Audra MacDonald. The Tony Awards, presented by the Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing, will host a multi-platform celebration on Sunday, Sept. 26.