What’s your big idea? Daymond John will be listening
By STELLA FOSTER firstname.lastname@example.org February 27, 2012 9:30PM
Updated: March 29, 2012 8:08AM
H EY! HEY! ENTREPRENEURS: THE very wealthy Daymond (FUBU) John, one of the hosts of ABC’s popular weekly “Shark Tank” show, will be the special guest at the “N’Digo Business Shark Breakfast” March 16 at the Chase Auditorium. John, who made millions from his FUBU clothing line, will be interviewed by N’Digo mag’s Hermene Hartman and six lucky business people will be selected out of the $125 ticket-holders to present their business projects to John, as well as to business teams from Wal-Mart and JP Morgan Chase. To be a possible contestant, submit business info to email@example.com by March 7. For tickets: ndigosharks.eventbrite.com
I MUST ADMIT, Sunday’s 84th Annual Academy Awards show was one of the best I’ve seen in a few years thanks to talented and creative funnyman Billy Crystal.The evening was fast-paced,
and the only misstep or bleep during the show was when co-director T.J. Martin got so excited when his documentary “Undefeated” won that he was bleeped probably because he said a few words not suitable for a family show. The Washington University graduate also is the first African American to win an Academy Award for directing a full-length film. Hmmmmmmm! How sad that it has taken 84 years for this achievement considering there are so many talented minority filmmakers and directors.
Congrats to all the deserving winners including supporting actress Oscar winner Octavia Spencer for “The Help” and to the iconic Meryl Streep, who won best actress for “The Iron Lady.” I didn’t see the silent film “The Artist,” which garnered five Oscars including for best actor Jean Dujardin. But given the excerpts I did see, I will remain silent!
THE FASHION SHOW on the red carpet wasn’t so hot this year, and most gowns were borderline boring, especially brilliant actress Viola (“The Help”) Davis’ green Vera Wang, and actress Melissa (“Bridesmaids”) McCarthy’s mauve dress looked like a bedazzled tent, and presenter Emma Stone’s red gown with a bow was blah! blah! And “Fashion Police” commentator Kelly Osbourne has a lot of nerve judging anyone’s clothes.
George Clooney’s date, the statuesque Stacy Keibler, killed it in her gold Marchesa gown, and so did the fabulous Jennifer Lopez and Cameron Diaz in their pastel numbers. (On the red carpet, George made a not-so-nice tall joke about Keibler needing to watch out for low flying planes . . . is the serial-dater tiring of her already?) Angelina Jolie was elegant in black, but she could have kept that boney leg under wraps. The handsome studmuffins included Christian Bale, Tom Cruise and Chris Rock.
A LOCAL OSCARS ANGLE: Premier Chicago tailor Maurice Hood custom tailored the tuxedos worn by Brandon Oldenburg and William Joyce, who won an Oscar in the best animated short film category. Hood also designs for Benny the Bull.
ROSIE O’DONNELL will be on WLS-Channel 7’s “Windy City Live” Tuesday and discuss her upcoming interview with Patti Blagojevich, which airs Wednesday on the OWN network .EDUCATION NEWS:
Chicago Public Schools CEO Jean-Claude Brizard speaking Tuesday at the Union League Club luncheon. Brizard that same evening will speak at the NABJ’s Education Forum at Columbia College at 6 p.m. . . . The grand opening of the first-ever Ben Carson Reading Room is March 2 at the Charles Gates Dawes Elementary School. The room is in partnership with the renown pediatric neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson’s Carson Scholars Fund and the Advocate Christ Medical Center.
THE HOLOCAUST MUSEUM & Education Center’s annual Humanitarian awards dinner is March 6 at the Hyatt Regency. The awardees are JMB Realty’s Neil Bluhm, McDonald’s Don Thompson, Northern Trust Bank’s Rick Waddell and community leader Michael Rubinstein. Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates is the speaker.
STATE’s attorney Anita Alvarez presents the annual C.F. Stradford awards to Rev. Willie Barrow and Judge Michael Brown at Parkway Ballroom Tuesday .
THE HOT Delivery Point band at M Lounge Wednesday.
THE BIRTHDAY FOLKS: State Rep. LaShawn Ford, Ken Karlson, Don Rashid and WGN radio’s Leslie Keiling. On Wednesday: Actor Dennis Farina.Well, that’s Stella in the City!