A fall engagement party for actress/author Victoria Rowell and her artist fiancé Radcliffe Bailey will take place Oct. 11 in Atlanta at the residence of Coca Cola Executive Vicki Palmer and her businessman husband John Palmer. Rowell, former star of CBS soap “The Young and the Restless,” was introduced to Bailey through actress LaTanya Richardson Jackson last year at the National Black Arts Festival in Atlanta. Bailey is a celebrated artist represented by the Jack Shainman Gallery of New York and collected by over 25 museums. Their nuptials will take place next summer in New Hampshire.
“Lincoln Heights,” the critically acclaimed ABC Family network drama, will feature a special guest appearance from NBA star Baron Davis. In the Oct. 14 episode, titled “Number One With A Bullet,” Eddie accidentally puts Tay in danger when he tries to stop a robbery which brings back memories from Eddie’s past. “Lincoln Heights,” currently in its third season, airs Tuesdays at 8 p.m.
Johnny J & TuPac Shakur in undated photo (via ThugLifeArmy.com)
*ThugLifeArmy.com is reporting that rap music producer/songwriter Johnny Jackson, better known in hip hop circles as “Johnny J,” committed suicide on Oct. 3 in the Los Angeles County Jail. According to reports, the former rapper jumped off a tier in the jail while behind bars on a DUI charge. Johnny J, a native of Juárez, Mexico, is best known for his production on Tupac Shakur’s albums “All Eyez on Me” and “Me Against the World.” He also worked on Candyman’s biggest hit, “Knockin’ Boots.” Johnny is survived by his wife and two children.
*The Black Hollywood Education and Resource Center (BHERC) hosts the 15th Annual African American Film Marketplace and S.E. Manly Short Film Showcase October 23-27, in Hollywood. Friday’s Opening Night Reception (Oct. 24) will honor Regina Jones, Founder and Publisher of Soul Magazine (Lifetime Achievement Award): Actor and Humanitarian, William Allen Young (President’s Award): Veteran Producer, Charles Floyd Johnson (Ivan Dixon Award of Achievement): Community Activist and Watts Coffee House Owner, Desiree Edwards (Community Service Award): Acclaimed Animator, Lyndon Barrois (Award of Excellence) and Corporate Executive, Gloria Pualani (Corporate Partner Award). For complete information visit www.BHERC.org or call (310) 284-3170.