Ice-T’s Annual Birthday Bash 2013

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Tara and Hi 5’s Treston Irby.

Friday February 15th was the annual Aquarius Boyz Birthday Bash, AKA Ice-T’s (Law and Order SVU, Ice and Coco) star-studded birthday party. The event, a huge success in past years, however, had a few hiccups this go-round.

Originally to be held at Manhattan’s Flat Iron Hotel, the venue was changed last minute due to an overwhelming number of ticketed and invited guests. The party was moved to the Yotel located on 10th Ave. The swanky modern space seemed to have it all, except good lighting, resulting in dark photos and videos for much of the gathered press.

Tara with Glam Fairy's Sharie Manon.

Tara with Glam Fairy’s Sharie Manon.

The black tie event had a purple theme. Many of the women in attendance, like Glam Fairy’s Sharie Manon, Briella Calafiore, and Jessica Romano, wore gowns that were or accented with violet. Jerseylicious’s Tracy Dimarco, however, had another color she needed to wear. The buxom beauty “rehearsed” for her August wedding in a white satin mermaid gown adorned with gold jewels. “I’m really excited,” she gushed about her upcoming nuptuals, and disclosed that she plans “to be pregnant next year.”

Back in the VIP lounge we spent some time hanging out with musical act Hi Five who were waiting to perform. Treston Irby of the group told us about their new single Favorite Girl and their tribute video for Sandy Hook Elementary.We wrote the song before the incident, ” Irby divulged, “but, since the lyrical content was powerful we felt that it could bring some healing to all the families affiliated with the tragedy… The song (You Never Know) is on iTunes. All the proceeds go to the families of Sandy Hook Elementary through the United Way.”

http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/you-never-know-single/id591250854

We spotted a few more famous faces that evening including Ramona Rizzo and Karen Gravano of Mobwives, singer Tweet, and actor Stephen Baldwin. However we never saw headliners Ice T, Coco, or Wendy Williams, who we heard from a source all showed up well past midnight. There was a disturbance during the evening when an unidentified man got into an argument with Ice T’s manager Mickey Bentson’s daughter and X Factor’s Lyric 145. Lyric’s rep says that her client was defending her friend when things got physical, and it was after this incident that Ice T, Coco, and Wendy arrived, however another source told us she was there and never saw them.

What do you think? Would Ice T really be a no-show at his own party?

Reality of Fashion, Reality of AIDS 2013

With Ramona Rizzo (Mob Wives)

With Ramona Rizzo (Mob Wives)

On Saturday, February 9th, a crowd of enthusiastic fashion and reality television fans gathered at the Altman Building on the lower West Side of Manhattan for the first ever annual Reality of Fashion, Reality of AIDS show. The show, coordinated by Monique Tatum, spotlighted original designs by Dominique Auxilly, modelled by reality stars from Bravo, Style, MTV, UPN and VH1.

“There are over 300,000 people infected in the U.S who don’t know,” said Tatum as she addressed the crowd. Tatum, who lost her own father to HIV/AIDS when she was just 12, is hoping to spread the message that testing is imperative. Between Auxilly’s designs, models paraded up and down the runway in T-shirts that prominently displayed the statistic.

Introducing the show was former America’s Next Top Model contestant Kim Stolz. “Runway, if you remember from the show, runway wasn’t my thing, which is why I’m not walking tonight,” Stolz teased as she wore a black and ivory Auxilly creation.

The first model to walk was another ANTM personality, supermodel Janice Dickinson who looked stunning in a dress appliqued with layers of tan chiffon. She was the first in a parade of larger than life personalities from shows like Mobwives, Real Housewives, Jersey Shore, and more.

Some surprises of the night were Jersey Shore’s Deena Cortese who looked stunning. She’s appeared to have lost some weight and gained a whole lot of confidence. On the other side of the scale, Tracy Dimarco of Jerseylicious looked curvier than when we last spotted her at the Mobwive’s premiere party. She confidently rocked her curves making everyone cheer. Causing the biggest stir was Lil’ Kim who got a standing ovation (seated behind RHONJ’s Jennifer Dalton- Kim’s BFF- we were in her “cheering section”). Most memorable was one star who tripped on her way back in (check the videotape).

NOTE: This video was a spur of the moment decision, so we didn’t have the proper equipment to give you the best footage. We promise to bring you higher quality video reports in the future!

The show was very well done, despite a long delay in its start. Doors opened at 7:30 pm but it wasn’t until after 9 that everyone was ready to rock ‘n roll. Speaking of rock ‘n roll, the music was on point. During Kelly Clarkson’s Catch My Breath I had my own epiphany. Being at a NYFW show has been a lifelong dream of mine. I paused, took it all in, and caught that breath.

All said and done though the most important aspect of Reality of Fashion/Reality of AIDS was the cause as reiterated post show by RHONY’s Alex McCord:

The thing is that, with so many causes and diseases and conditions that plead for attention, people can’t just think that because there are drugs (there’s a cure). There’s actually no cure for AIDS… One of the things that [Monique Tatum] keeps impressing (on us) is that awareness is key because AIDS can be managed and people need to remember that.”

Funds from ticket sales will benefit Broadway Cares. In addition more donations will be made via an auction of Auxilly’s designs from the show. For more information visit http://www.realityontherunway.com.

The event was sponsored by Beautiful Planning Marketing & PR (BPMPR), EFFY Jewelry, AIRWORKS Compressors Corp, Lamik Beauty, Lozo’s Virgin Hair, MVC Productions Management, Sign Expo,Amoy Couture Hair, Time Frozen Photography, The JW Essex Marriot Hotel, Dre
Productions, Hatch Creative Studio, Cherwin and Cherwin Auctioneers, Pulsd,
St. Moritz Security Services, Draude Inc, and Arter Clothing

The Reality of FASHION 2013

Source: Realityontherunway.com

Source: Realityontherunway.com

TBB loves attending events featuring reality TV stars, so, of course we are super pumped for an event featuring over a dozen reality stars walking down the runway!  That’s right!  On February 9, TBB will cover the FIRST annual “The Reality of FASHION the Reality of Aids” runway show in NYC!  The event’s goal is to “… raise funds, increase awareness, and work to end [Aids]…”  TBBReality is excited to bring event coverage to you, but, if you will be in NYC, why just take our word for it?  Our loyal readers can attend with a reduced ticket price! Go to the link below and use PROMO CODE TBBreality25  to receive a 25% discount on all ticket purchases!  A portion of the ticket sales goes towards AIDS research, and you can be a part of the action, just like us!  Here’s the current celebrity line-up for the event:

Lil Kim- The Apprentice, Dancing With the Stars

Michelle Money- The Bachelor, The Bachelor Pad

Courtney Robertson- The Bachelor

Janice Dickinson- America’s Next Top Model

Brittany Brower- America’s Next Top Model

Keenyah Hill- America’s Next Top Model

Malaysia Pargo- Basketball Wives L.A.

Nikki Rae Walker- Big Rich Texas

Briella Calafiore- Glam Fairy

Jessica Romano- Glam Fairy

Tiffany “New York” Pollard- I Love New York

Tracy DiMarco- Jerseylicious

Deena Nicole Cortese- Jersey Shore

Ramona Rizzo- Mob Wives

Sheree Whitfield- The Real Housewives of Atlanta

Alex McCord- The Real Housewives of New York, Couples Therapy

Ramona Singer- The Real Housewives of New York

Elizabeth Vashisht- “Tough Love” New Orleans

Does this interest you?  So many stars in just one night!  If you want to attend, head over to:
http://www.realityontherunway.com and use our code TBBreality25 to receive 25% off ANY ticket purchase!