Salute to Diahann Carroll and Cheryl Boone Isaacs


Saying It With Flowers – A Glamorous Salute to Diahann Carroll and Cheryl Boone Isaacs



Diahann Carroll and Cheryl Boone Isaacs were honored Oct. 19 at “House of Flowers,” a gala dinner titled for Carroll’s first Broadway play of the same name.

Top producers Tracey Edmonds and Debra Martin Chase co-chaired the evening, held at Edmonds’ home to celebrate the two trailblazers in the entertainment industry. Carroll is the first African-American actress to star in her own prime-time television series, “Julia;” Boone Isaacs is the first African-American president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

There for festivities were 60 high-powered women of color, primarily from the worlds of media and entertainment. In addition to co-host Edmonds, producer of “New In Town,” “Good Luck Chuck” and “College Hill,” and co-host Martin Chase, producer of “The Cheetah Girls,” “Princess Diaries” and “Sparkle,” guests included actors Angela Bassett, Regina King, LaTanya Richardson Jackson, Shaun Robinson, Debbie Allen, Beverly Johnson, Anika Noni Rose, Pauletta Washington and Lynn Whitfield; producers Crystal McCrary-Anthony, Suzanne de Passe and Jeanine Sherman-Barrios; author Susan Fales-Hill; BET’s chief executive Debra Lee; and Vanessa Morrison, president of Fox Animation Studios.

More were Essence editor-In-chief Vanessa Bush; talent manager Dolores Robinson; publisher Linda Johnson Rice; chief executive of Johnson Publishing Desiree Rodgers; Marva Smalls of Nickelodeon/ Viacom, US representative to the UN Crystal Nix Hines; Oscar publicist Toni Thompson; and others.

Event producers Shauna Bain Smith and Andre Wells conceived the glamorous floral tribute.


Top photo:  A salute to Diahann Carroll and Cheryl Boone Isaacs at the House of Flowers dinner (photo, Earl Gipson for Events by Andre Wells)

Second photo: Regina King, left, and Debra Martin Chase at the House of Flowers salute to Diahann Carroll and Cheryl Boone Isaacs (photo, Earl Gipson for Events by Andre Wells)

Third photo: Front row, from left, Diahann Carroll, event creator Shauna Bain Smith, Dolores Robinson and Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs;  second row, from left, event co-host Tracey Edmonds, Lynn Whitfield, Ryan Tarpley, event co-host Debra Martin Chase, House of Flowers designer and co-producer Andre Wells and model Beverly Johnson. (photo, Earl Gipson for Events by Andre Wells)




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Salute to Diahann Carroll and Cheryl Boone Isaacs

Published Oct. 23, 2013 – Society News LA