After Dark: Dinner with Soledad O'Brien

Soledad O'Brien Dinner
ESSENCE.COM Jul, 28, 2010

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Lifestyle expert Bevy Smith and AMBI hosted a “Dinner with Bevy” in honor of CNN anchor Soledad O’Brien’s education foundation, The Soledad O’Brien and Brad Raymond Family Foundation.

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The chic cocktail room at the Crosby Street Hotel where Lifestyle expert Bevy Smith and AMBI hosted a “Dinner with Bevy” in honor of CNN anchor Soledad O’Brien’s education foundation, The Soledad O’Brien and Brad Raymond Family Foundation.

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Dinner was held inside the Lafayette Room at the Crosby Street Hotel in Soho.

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Guests toasted O’Brien with Moet Rose.

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CNN legal expert Sunny Hostin and Dr. Steve Perry attend “Dinner with Bevy” in honor of CNN anchor Soledad O’Brien’s education foundation.

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CNN’s Soledad O’Brien and Geraldine Moriba attend “Dinner with Bevy” in honor of O’Brien’s education foundation.

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Former ESSENCE Fashion and Beauty Director Mikki Taylor was also there to honor CNN anchor Soledad O’Brien’s educational efforts.

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Bevy Smith with Deena Singleton (AMBI) and Johnson & Johnson president Stefano Curti.

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Lifestyle expert Bevy Smith and AMBI hosted a “Dinner with Bevy” in honor of CNN anchor Soledad O’Brien’s education foundation, The Soledad O’Brien and Brad Raymond Family Foundation.

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“I don’t think most people realize the impact that she’s making in the lives of our youth,” said activist Malaak Compton Rock of her friend, Soledad O’Brien. “It’s something that she does from her heart.”

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Bevy Smith with Kim Bondy and CNN’s Geraldine Moriba.

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“Soledad is such a brilliant and powerful advocate of truth and justice in her journalism,” said Studio Museum in Harlem director Thelma Golden (right). “She’s not only taking the path towards presenting, but also helping to educate.”

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“What I find especially compelling about Soledad is she’s not just writing the stories people think should be written, said educator Dr. Steve Perry, pictured here with actor Anthony Mackie (right). “She’s writing the stories that she believes in and she uses her position to create a dialogue within the community.”

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Breshan Shaw Bradley and Johnson & Johnson president Stefano Curti attend “Dinner with Bevy” in honor of Soledad O’Brien’s education foundation.

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The menu at “Dinner with Bevy” in honor of CNN anchor Soledad O’Brien’s education foundation, The Soledad O’Brien and Brad Raymond Family Foundation.

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O’Brien’s close friend Kim Bondy was the first to tell her about a young Hurricane Katrina survivor needing financial assistance to continue her education.

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Style expert Jorge Ramon, Leslie Dreibelbis (AMBI) and the Wall Street Journal’s Ray Smith attend “Dinner with Bevy” in honor of Soledad O’Brien’s education foundation.

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Soledad O’Brien and Lola Ogunnaike share a laugh during cocktail hour.

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The hostess with the mostest. Lifestyle expert Bevy Smith and CNN anchor Soledad O’Brien during cocktail hour.

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Lifestyle expert/philanthropist Tai Beauchamp and CNN correspondent Lola Ogunnaike.

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Lifestyle expert/philanthropist Tai Beauchamp came to honor O’Brien.

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The dinner table was adorned with flowers from The Elegant Thrifter.

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“I think what she and her husband have done with their foundation just speaks to the type of person that she is,” said VH1 VJ Janelle Snowden. “It’s rare to find a person who has all that she has and still maintains such a focus on giving back.”

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Lifestyle expert Bevy Smith and AMBI hosted a “Dinner with Bevy” in honor of CNN anchor Soledad O’Brien’s education foundation, The Soledad O’Brien and Brad Raymond Family Foundation.

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Jewelry designer Monique Pean also came to honor O’Brien’s educational foundation.

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Taylor and Compton-Rock during cocktail hour.

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Lifestyle expert Bevy Smith and AMBI hosted a “Dinner with Bevy” in honor of CNN anchor Soledad O’Brien’s education foundation, The Soledad O’Brien and Brad Raymond Family Foundation.

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CNN legal expert Sunny Hostin.

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Deena Singleton from AMBI was also on hand to honor Soledad O’Brien’s foundation.

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“Soledad is an amazing and selfless person,” said CNN correspondent Lola Ogunnaike. “It doesn’t amaze me that she has a foundation that’s near and dear to heart.”

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Lifestyle expert Bevy Smith and AMBI hosted a “Dinner with Bevy” in honor of CNN anchor Soledad O’Brien’s education foundation, The Soledad O’Brien and Brad Raymond Family Foundation.

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Businesswoman and lawyer Anthony McCrary Anthony came to celebrate O’Brien.

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“She is first and foremost, a friend,” said Malaak Compton-Rock of O’Brien.

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O’Brien spoke about her commitment to education.

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Host Bevy Smith makes a speech before dinner.

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