On Friday, December 6, 2013 I had the honor of attending the BET Network celebration for the season premiere of “Being Mary Jane”, the popular series starring actresses Gabrielle Union and Lisa Vidal. It was held at the uber trendy Mokai lounge in South Beach during Miami’s Art Basel weekend. The event was very unique as it turned into an overall appreciation for the supporters of the show!
Ever since the movie premiered on BET on July 2,2013 to over 4 million viewers, there was hope amongst fans that this movie could be turned into a weekly series. Fans got their wish. BET’s first original scripted drama will debut on Jan 7,2014 at 10 pm.
The elegant, talented and down to earth actress and star of the show, Gabrielle Union was in attendance and mingled freely with other attendees. She graciously took her time to meet and take pictures with those who asked.
She said : “We are really excited for you guys to enjoy our baby as much as we do. It’s important to myself and Lisa Vidal as a Latina and a black woman to show our authentic self. Us helping one another, us supporting each other, us loving each other, us having conflict and us resolving that conflict compassionately and respectfully.”
CEO of BET Networks, Debra Lee was also at the fete. She spoke with invited guests and stated : “Gabrielle Union is beautifully flawed, and we are all Mary Jane. We all have aspects of her life and we’ve all been there and we’ve all done that and it really relates to our lives. I want to tell you how excited the BET network is about this show, how committed we are to it. We are so proud to have it on BET networks.”
Celebrities and patrons also had the opportunity to purchase art from artist Alonzo Adams. All proceeds from the art sales were to benefit Tracy Mourning’s Honeyshine Foundation.
Small bites were presented by Dwayne Wade’s personal chef since 2005, Richard Ingraham. This was truly a night to remember.
Be sure to tune in to the premiere of the series and Follow @BeingMaryJane1 #BMJ #BeingMaryJane !
‘Lovely’ Leslie Heigh ~ Follow @IJust_LoveThis #SobeSavvy
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