Essential Viewing

Essential Viewing

It’s Friday and it’s time to rewind by looking at the week in pictures. Have a glance at Ray J, LeBron James and Michelle Obama celebrating their birthdays. Also take a look at all the Golden Globe and BET Honors action. To cap it off, take a peek at the Obamas hosting the first state dinner of the year…

Tank, Pebbles, Musiq Soulchild

Tank, Perri “Pebbles” Reid and Musiq Soulchild were all on hand for the ESSENCE Music Festival 2011 Sponsor Summit at The Red Rooster.

Diahann Carroll

Diahann Carroll attended the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Hall of Fame Committee’s 20th Annual Induction Gala in Beverly, Hills.

Nicki Minaj

Nicki Minaj made her way to London this week. She’s out promoting “Pink Friday.”

Soledad O’Brian

CNN’s Soledad O’Brien attended the ESSENCE Music Festival 2011 Sponsor Summit at Red Rooster.

Ray J and Brandy

Ray J and Brandy were all decked out to celebrate Ray J’s 30th Birthday.

Keleena Richard and Dawn Richard

Kaleena Richard and Dawn Richard looked oh-so fashionable at they arrived at BBC Maida Vale Studios in London.


Rihanna was seen sporting a new ‘dowhen she arrived at the Las Palmas Nightclub in Hollywood.

Vanessa Williams

Vanessa Williams looked simply chic at the premiere of ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 3.’ Vanessa wore a kimono sleeve jumpsuit with waist tie from the Catherine Malandrino collection.

Jennifer Hudson

Jennifer Hudson, Bob Iger and Tom Staggs celebrated the new Disney cruise ship in Florida.

Sherri Sheperd

Sherri Sheperd celebrated Betty White’s 89th birthday. See her showing off her new engagement ring!

Nia Long and Bria Murphy

Nia Long passed the torch onto Bria Murphy as the new global brand ambassador of Dark and Lovely.

First Couple

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama had a dinner date this week.

LeBron James and Dwyane Wade

LeBron James and Dwyane Wade let loose at Lebron’s 29th birthday in Miami.

Snaa Lathan

Sanaa Lathan arrived at the 2011 InStyle/Warner Brothers Golden Globes Party in a purple number. Love that color on her skin!

Rutina Wesley

“True Blood” star Rutina Wesley looked fabulous in orange at HBO’s Post 2011 Golden Globe Awards Party.

Jennifer Lopez and L.A. Reid

Jennifer Lopez and Antonio ‘L.A.’ Reid arrived at the FOX 2011 Golden Globes after party. Jennifer always brings her fashion A-game to red carpet events.

Blair Underwood and Desiree DaCosta

Blair Underwood and Desiree DaCosta were all smiles at a Golden Globe party.

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Gabourey Sidibe

Gabourey Sidibe put her on best gown for the 68th Annual Golden Globe Awards.

Alicia Keys

Alicia Keys presented “Black Swan” during the Golden Globes. She looked stunning on stage.

Amber Riley

In head to toe sequence, Amber Riley arrived to the Golden Globes in an asymmetrical silver gown. “Glee” won Best Comedy TV series.

Halle Berry

Halle Berry rocked the red carpet in her corseted black mini dress with chiffon overlay. Halle was nominated for Best Actress for her latest film, “Frankie & Alice,” but did not win.

Vanessa Williams

Vanessa Williams wore a sexy sequenced one-shoulder gown at the Golden Globes. She never ages!

Mary J. Blige

Mary J. Blige showed her Asian fans a little love this week. See her on stage in Korea.

Anika Noni Rose

Anika Noni Rose attended the 4th Annual BET Honors.

Gabrielle Union

As the host of the BET Honors, Gabrielle Union didn’t disappoint. She had over eight wardrobe changes — truly putting on a show.

Cicely Tyson

The legendary Cicely Tyson was honored at this year’s BET Honors.

Nicole Ari Parker and Boris Kodjoe

Nicole Ari Parker and Boris Kodjoe danced the night away at the Hennessy BET Honors Party.

Iman and Zulekha Haywood

Glamazon, Iman and Zulekha Haywood walked the red carpet in their fiercest gowns for the 4th Annual BET Awards. Iman was honored for fashion career and charity.

Hill Harper

Hill Harper and his mother attended at the Hennessy BET Honors Party.


Ledisi put on a show at the 12th Annual BMI Trailblazers of Gospel Awards Luncheon this week.

Keri Hilson and LaLa Vazquez

Keri Hilson and LaLa Vazquez looked beautiful at the 16th Annual Critics’ Choice Movie Awards in Los Angeles, California.

The Obamas

Check out the First Family singing happy birthday to Michelle Obama who turned 47 this week!

Sasha Obama

Sasha Obama stood with other kids as she waited for Chinese President Hu Jintao at the State Arrival ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House.

The First Couple

The President and First Lady patiently stood as they waited to greet Chinese President Hu Jintao for the first White House State Dinner of the year.

Michelle Obama

Mrs. Obama wowed the crowd with her Asian-inspired silk organaza Alexander McQueen gown at this week’s state dinner.