Gabrielle Union dishes on Dwyane Wade, movies at Wade’s World Foundation
Stella’s column WITH STELLA FOSTER firstname.lastname@example.org August 30, 2011 2:22AM
Dwyane Wade & Gabrielle Union | Amie Hana photo
Updated: November 20, 2011 2:21AM
I ATTENDED THE Miami Heat’s Dwyane Wade’s benefit dinner at Trump Tower Friday evening for his Wade’s World Foundation. The evening was fun and fabulous and was co-hosted by WFLD-Channel 32’s Corey McPherrin and WLS-Channel 7’s “Windy City Live” host Val Warner. The awesome pop violinist Lee England Jr. had the house rockin’ and poppin’. Wade’s beautiful and talented sweetheart, actress Gabrielle Union (“Cadillac Records,” “Daddy’s Little Girls”), was looking elegant and was very charming. I asked her what movies she’s working on.
“I just finished filming Steve Harvey’s ‘Act Like a Lady’ in Los Angeles and coming out next April; also, ‘Good Deeds,’ a Tyler Perry film starring Tyler, Thandie Newton and model Beverly Johnson coming out Feb. 24. Tyler is also directing,” said Union. “I will be in ‘Family Tree’ starring John [‘Mad Men’] Slattery and Jena [‘Cold Mountain’] Malone out next year. And ‘Miss Dial’ with Robinne [‘Seven Pounds’] Lee, Hill [‘CSI: NY’] Harper and Dule [‘Psych’] Hill out later this year.”
I asked her with all those films going on how do she and Dwyane, a Chicago native, find time to see each other. “We do a lot of flying back and forth,” she said. She also said she loves my sis, Jamie Foster Brown, publisher of Sister2Sister magazine. I thanked her for taking the time to update this columnist, who is also a fan.
Wade’s Miami Heat teammate Udonis Haslem flew in to support his friend. Dwyane’s sister, Tragil Wade, is the president of the foundation and, though under the weather, spoke eloquently about the evening’s awardees. The NBA All-Star weekend auction item went for a whopping $20,000.
THE MTV VIDEO Music Awards Sunday night in L.A. was basically very entertaining. The highlight of the evening for me was R&B artist Chris Brown’s “Beautiful People” performance, which included his flying high in the air and doing acrobatics over the heads of an amazed and enthusiastic crowd, thanks to a sturdy harness. . . . I was not impressed with Lady Gaga, who was dressed like a man and acted like a man. Hey, keep to your name, Lady, and act like one
. . . after all you were born that way! . . . And that multitalented Bruno Mars is just too fine and his tribute to the late singer Amy Winehouse was touching! . . . Katy Perry’s dumb, yellow, cheese cube-shaped hat . . . was just dumb, and I’m sure the folks seated behind her wanted to knock it off, but she did win video of the year for “Firework” . . . Rapper Lil’ Wayne is super-rich . . . but he is also super nasty and that bleeper button sure got a workout, and that ain’t cool. . . . Happy that Jay-Z and Beyonce are expecting their first cute kid. . . . Nicky Minaj’s outfit put the T in tacky.
SPEAKING OUT: WMAQ-Channel 5’s Stefan Holt keynotes the Columbia College “Links Summer Program” graduation ceremony Wednesday . . . Frank Clark, CEO/chairman of ComEd, speaks to students at the Southland College Prep Charter H.S. in Richton Park Wednesday.
CHICAGO FASHION designer Borris Powell, who won the Oscar Awards Designer Challenge, will be the featured designer at the New York Fashion Week “Emerge” runway show Sept. 13. The event is produced by Chicago’s D. Williams PR Group. For more information, go to emergefashionnyc.com.
BITING NEWS: Gov. Bill Haslan of Tennessee dined at Benny’s Chop House. . . . Last week, singer LeAnn Rimes and hubby Eddie Cibrian lunched at Tavern on Rush and on a separate evening, Michael Jordan and crew were on the patio chillin’ just days before he was spotted lunching with pals at his newly opened Michael Jordan Steakhouse.
THE CHICAGO “Soul Train 40th Anniversary Labor Day” concert is Monday at Millennium Park with special guest Don Cornelius, the host and founder of the legendary dance show.
TOP EDUCATOR and founder of the Urban Prep Academies, Tim King, is one of five finalists in the country selected for the GQ magazine’s “Better Men Better World Search” contest with the winner to be announced in October in New York. A $10,000 donation will go to that deserving male’s favorite charity along with a feature in the mag. The public has until Sept. 21 to vote at thegentlemensfund.com/bmbw.
RESTAURANT stuff: The Italiasia eatery in the Holiday Inn Mart Plaza is the “best of both worlds,” so visit and enjoy, says congenial manager Marshall Carter. . . . The Chicago Prime Steakhouse in Schaumburg is offering free food and entertainment at their “Complimentary Guest Appreciation Pig Roast” Sept. 2.
CAKE & CANDLES: Cameron Diaz, Belle Allen and belated to Zoe Warner, who turned 9. Wednesday: WGN-Channel 9’s Robert Jordan, Richard Gere, Itzhak Perlman and Mark Edward Wilows.Well, that’s Stella in the City!