>4th of July with John Hope Bryant and Operation HOPE

>I enjoyed every second at the 4th of July Celebration at Bryant Park, hosted by my dear friend John Hope Bryant and Operation HOPE. John posted pictures from the event on his blog Monday. Yes, I am in some of the pictures; I’ve been told over the years that I seem to avoid the camera at events- but you will see that I was there and having a blast…besides, Guy Green the awesome photographer (and friend of John Bryant) skillfully captured me when I didn’t even know he was around.

It was a great turnout with over 100 guests, 35 of those invited were incoming freshmen from  Morehouse College, who this year will be distinguished, “Morehouse Men”. You will also notice some familiar faces such as the incredible Ambassador Andrew Young and his amazing wife, Carolyn Young, and some of their family members and close friends; Martin Luther King III and his awesome wife Arndrea Young, along with their beautiful daughter, Yolanda; Elder Bernice King, Ms. Christine King Farris (the sister of the late, great Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.), Chris Tucker, and many more.

John Bryant called on the highly talented Leon Timbo, Chantae Cann, and bandmates to bless us with their soul-stirring voices and music throughout the day. Something else that stirred our soul was the food that was served. It was amazing. We had ribs, teriyaki chicken burgers, macaroni and cheese, pasta salad, and more tasty morsels. Everyone wanted to know how the caterer, David DeCuir made his tasty mango iced tea… I can still taste it! 

In the pictures be sure to check out John Bryant’s mother, she is beyond incredible. This woman is amazing, beautiful, intelligent, gifted, poised, humble, graceful, has a great sense of humor, and a smile and laugh that makes you feel good all over. There’s a reason why women like her look and act 20 years younger- they live and breathe the essence of life and good living. They are too blessed to be stressed. Spend time with Ms. Juanita Smith and you will see where her son got some of his wisdom, spark, pizzazz and good looks.

I was glad that my sister Alexandra, my cousin Princess, and my friend Ericka came to the BBQ. Ericka even brought her nephew Marcus and my two youngest Godson’s (who had plenty of fun playing and receiving compliments on how adorable they are).

Great music, great food, great people…what a great day it was! Check it out for yourself at http://www.johnhopebryant.com/john_hope_bryant_/2010/08/memories-and-images-from-4th-of-july-in-bryant-park-2010.html#more


Copyright 2010. Natasha L. Foreman. All Rights Reserved. 


John Hope Bryant


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