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NYC’s Fashion Elite Gather for the Premiere of OWN’s “Love in the City;” “For Better or Worse” Tonight @ 9pm



The cast of ‘Love in the City’ and Bethann Hardison are all smiles at the Mondrian Soho in New York

(NEW YORK) April 9, 2014 – Last night, some of New York’s fashion elite gathered to celebrate OWN’s new reality series “Love in the City,” which stars real life friends Kiyah WrightBershan ShawChenoa Maxwell and Tiffany Jones. Sponsored by Clairol, the event was held at the chic Mondrian Soho Penthouse and welcomed an esteemed collection of VIPs and tastemakers who enjoyed a fabulous dining experience and cosmopolitan-inspired martinis. Attending the elegant evening was an assembly of who’s who in entertainment, media, beauty and fashion including legendary model and fashion activist Bethann HardisonChef Roble, model Sessilee Lopez, Elle Varner (recording artist), Mona Scott-Young (Monami Entertainment), Angela Yee (Power 105’s “The Breakfast Club”), fashion designer Samantha Black, Marvet BrittoUrsula Stephen (Celebrity Hairstylist), Felicia Walker Benson (Bergdorf Goodman), Arianna Davis (O, the Oprah Magazine), Channing Hargrove (Glam Media), Nicole Chapoteau (Allure), Rajni Jacques (Glamour), Nikki Ogunnaike (Glamour.com),  Kahlana Barfield (In Style), Yolanda Sangweni (Essence.com), Marielle Bobo and Ericka Goodman (Ebony), Monique Taylor (The Wendy Show), Demetria Lucas and Geneva Thomas (“Blood, Sweat & Heels”), Charreah Jackson (Essence), Charlene Dance (Global Marketing Director, Strength of Nature) Rae Holliday (Stuff Fly People Like) and Tai Beauchamp. Also in attendance were “Love in the City” producers Rob Lee and D’Angela Proctor from Core Media as well as OWN reps Jessica Boyer and Terry Danuser.

Following dinner and networking, guests previewed the premiere episode of “Love in the City,” followed by an insightful Q&A hosted by Claire Sulmers, founder and editor of The Fashion Bomb Daily.


Photos: Stephen Knight

Bershan, Kiyah, Tiffany & Chenoa (l-r), the cast of “Love in the City” working the red carpet for Oprah.com


Legendary journalist, Flo Anthony (left); Recording artist Elle Varner and Claire Sulmers

of The Fashion Bomb Daily (center); Executive producer of “Love in the City,” D’Angela Proctor (right)


Celebrity hairstylist, Ursula Stephen with Felicia Walker Benson from Bergdorf (left); D’Angela Proctor, Mona Scott-Young & Charlene Dance … aka #MOGULS (right)

Elle Varner making sure Rae Holliday is on point (left); Ready! Snap that picture with Rae & Sessilee Lopez (right)


Demetria Lucas with Chef Roble (left); Juicy Magazine’s Talia Smart Young (center);

Styleblazer’s Danielle Kwateng (right)


Felicia Walker Benson, Tai Beauchamp & Isoul Harris (left); Designer Samantha Black (right)


Marvett Britto captures a perfect moment (left); while Chef Roble, Bethann Hardison

& Sessilee Lopez make a priceless one (right)

 Brande Victorian of Madame Niore (left); Arianna Davis of O Magazine & Channing Hargrove of Glam Media (right)

Ebony.com’s Melanie Martin & Glamour.com’s Nikki Ogunnaike (left); InStyle Ambassador Tai Beauchamp & InStyle Beauty Director, Kahlana Barfield (right)


 Geneva Thomas & Demetria Lucas from Bravo’s “Blood, Sweat & Heels” (left);

REVOLT TV host, Sharon Carpenter pops in on The Breakfast Club’s Angela Yee & Mona Scott-Young (right)


Rachaell Davis of Bossip (left); Elle Varner poses with Demetria Lucas, Bershan Shaw, Kiyah Wright, Chef Roble, Chenoa Maxwell & Sessilee Lopez (right)

If there was an award for most inspirational person in the room, it would have gone to Bethann Hardison who is pictured here with Charlene Dance (left); and Shante Bacon (right)


A room full of movers and shakers networking and enjoying the atmosphere


Speaking of rooms, this one was set up like no other. Have you ever seen couture centerpieces like these?

The La Damme De La Fete table (left); The stiletto table (right)


The empire state table (left); Cocktails! (right)

 The catch a cab in central park table (left); The golden apple tree table (right)

 Bellinis (center); and delectable treats from Tres Chic (left & right)


Add in a little mood lighting and you’re set!

The crowd watches the first episode of “Love in the City” (left); introduced by Rob Lee & D’Angela Proctor


Elle Varner (left); and Rae Holliday (right) both have some questions for the ladies

after seeing the first episode of “Love in the City”

Chef Roble takes his turn asking a question during the Q&A session

Perfect photo opps for Felicia Walker Benson (left); and Tai Beauchamp & Q Love Bug (right)

Kiyah Wright with Jason Rembert & Ursula Stephen (left);

Apparently, Bethann Hardison will have you in stitches! Just ask Tiffany (right)

The ladies found their custom cupcakes! (left); Tiffany says you are what you eat … (right)

 What a wonderful night!

“Love in the City” premieres Saturday, April 12th at 10PM ET/PT on OWN.

Visit the show online at




Click below to watch the sizzle reel


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Dotted Line (Orange)



Written, directed and executive produced by Tyler Perry, “For Better of Worse” centers on Angela Williams (Tasha Smith, “Why Did I Get Married Too?,” “Couples Retreat”), the owner of a successful beauty salon, and her husband of 13 years, Marcus (Michael Jai White, “Why Did I Get Married Too?,” “Spawn”).  Marcus is a former professional football player who has recently partnered with Richard Ellington (Kent Faulcon, “American Beauty”) and Joseph Jetson (Jason Olive, “Raising Helen”) on a new sports news program called “C-Sports Now.”  Marcus’s business relationship with Richard and Joseph is complicated, however, by the fact that Richard is dating Keisha (Kiki Haynes, “Nora’s Hair Salon”), Marcus’s ex-girlfriend and the mother of his teenage daughter.  In addition, Joseph’s girlfriend, successful real estate agent Leslie (Crystle Stewart, Miss USA 2008), is Angela’s best friend.  More often than not, the couples find it impossible to keep their business and private lives from mingling.


***Click below for a look at what you can expect this season!***

Tune in to OWN TONIGHT at 9PM|8PMC for the Season Premiere of “For Better Or Worse.”





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