On Nov. 5, Ericka Pittman, a vice president atÂ Blue Flame Agency (a Sean Combs Enterprises company) and co-star on Bravo TV’sÂ â€œThe Singles Project,â€Â hosted a book launch dinner for actor/director Bill Duke’s newest homage to black women, Dark Girls. Who’s who of entertainment, business and media gathered atÂ Philippe ChowÂ restaurant in New York City.
Guests included hip-hop star Trina, music industry entrepreneur and TV starÂ Yandy Smith, Â real estate entrepreneurÂ Meeka Claxton, music artist and “Laâ€™s Full Court Lifeâ€ co-star Po Johnson, Dr.Â Lee Gause (also of “The Singles Project”); PYNK magazine publisherÂ Mecca Moore; senior director of strategic planning, human resources & business operationsÂ at Blue Flame,Â Marilyn Van Alstyne; Janell Hazelwood, associate managing editor of digital at Black Enterprise; Len Burnett,
CO-CEO, Group Publisher at Uptown Media Group; legal professional and “The Single’s Project” co-starÂ Onika McLean; and Imani Ellis, communications coordinator at Bravo TV.
Featuring cocktails by Ciroc, the event highlighted Dukes’ book which includes insights from entertainment, arts, media and fashion leaders such as Academy Award-winning actressÂ Lupita Nyongâ€™o, actress Vanessa Williams,Â TV host Sheryl Underwood,Â Hollywood vetÂ Loretta Devine,Â Web publisher and founder ofChicRebellionTV Elayne Fluker and more. The book features work by photojournalistÂ Barron Claiborne, and Shelia Moses adds a narrative that inspires and empowers.