A Night Celebrating Cookie Johnson

A Night Celebrating Cookie Johnson
ESSENCE.COM Jan, 19, 2010

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Actress Regina King arrives, rocking her thigh-highs boots.

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Vanessa Bell Calloway shows off her CJ by Cookie Johnson jeans as she arrives to the party with her husband, Tony.

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Natalie Cole arrives at Cookie Johnson’s surprise birthday party.

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Samuel L. Jackson and his wife, LaTanya Richardson, came through to celebrate with Cookie.

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Michael Strahan and Nicole Murphy pose for the camera before making their way to the dance floor.

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Super-producer Jimmy Jam arrives with his wife, Lisa.

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Comedian Bill Bellamy arrives to the party with his wife, Kristen.

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Salli Richardson-Whitfield and Dondre Whitfield arrive at Cookie Johnson’s surprise party.

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Cookie and Magic take a break from the dance floor to pose with actor Lammon Rucker.

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Teena starts off strong with “I Need Your Lovin’.”

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Teena Marie blesses the crowd with “Lovergirl,” before sharing the mic with Johnny Gill for “Fire & Desire.”

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Teena Marie’s nephew, Michael Wilson, serenades Cookie Johnson. Auntie Teena taught him well.

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Jeffrey Osborne, sounding as smooth as ever.

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Osborne made sure to bless the crowd with “You Should be Mine.” Magic even joined in on the chorus, “Can you woo, woo, woo?”

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Cheryl Lynn is joined by her background singer for “If This World Were Mine.”

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Cookie & Magic embrace for a slow dance.

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Cookie and Magic on the dance floor…her shoes were off by the end of the night.

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Eddie Levert performs solo, but does the O’Jays justice with “For the Love of Money.”

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Levert grooves as he sings the O’Jays’ classic, “Love Train.”

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Charlie Wilson performs The Gap Band classic, “Burn Rubber.”

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Charlie Wilson sings the classic ballad, “Yearning For Your Love.”

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Frankie Beverly and Maze kick off their nine-song set with “Laid Back Girl.”

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Frankie Beverly serenades a smiling Cookie Johnson.

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Holly and her husband, Rodney, pose alongside Boris Kodjoe and Eriq LaSalle.

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Cookie & Magic pose alongside Regina King & Malcolm-Jamal Warner.

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The Peetes and the Whitfields enjoy the festivities.

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Cookie poses alongside party guests Marvet Britto, Kim Porter and friend.

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Cookie gets a birthday hug from Natalie Cole.

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Sheryl Lee Ralph smiles for the camera at Cookie’s surprise party.

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Sheryl Lee Ralph, Teena Marie and Vanessa Williams pose alongside Smokey Robinson and his wife, Frances.

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Cookie and Magic show off her strawberry-laden cake.