To kick off his huge debut on Wednesday, mogul Magic Johnson hosted a star studded event at Cipriani’s 42nd St. in NYC for his brand new network ASPIRE.
We’ve got the celebs who made the list of the hot event.
The network combines a unique mix of original and groundbreaking programming aimed at African-American viewers. The network will launch with inaugural distribution partners Comcast and Time Warner Cable.
Joining the network as hosts of its primetime programming blocks are award-winning actor Laurence Fishburne, who will host “Groundbreaking Movies”; actor and comedian Jonathan Slocumb (Meet the Browns, “The Steve Harvey Show”), host of “Groundbreaking Comedies”; Actor Omari Hardwick (Sparkle, I Will Follow), host of ASPiRE’s first original series, “ABFF Independent”; and Grammy Award®-winning musician Esperanza Spalding, host of “Groundbreaking Music.”
Actress Tika Sumpter and June Ambrose partied it up together.
June rocked a cutsy grey floral frock and sparkling heels. And made nice with Rocsi.
Tika posed with some friends in a gold bandage dress.
Russell Simmons made a beeline–of course–to Miss Universe Leila Lopes.
She looked gorge in a beaded and sparkling cocktail dress.
Eric Benet made his way to the event…after rolling out of bed apparently.
Model Jessica White rocked her shades and a slit-detailed jumpsuit for the ocassion:
I think the red hair is growing on us.
New Edition took the stage as the entertainment for the night.
Former “Apprentice” star Kwame Jackson was there.
Actress Lynn Whitfiled made a colorful appearance in this dress. Her face looks softer these days….
VH1′s Janelle Snowden and Dr. Michelle Callahan partied it up.
BJ Coleman snapped a pic with Natalie Cole. She’s still battling several debilitating illnesses so it’s good to see her out and about.
Erica Reid was there.
And actor Omari Hardwick–who has a role on the new network–was there to support of course.
Fab times for Magic & wife Cookie.
Check out New Edition performing (sans Bobby) for last night’s big event:
And Mr. Johnson dishing on what to expect from his new network:
In case you didn’t know….this is BIG. And necessary. Congrats to Magic Johnson!
Pics: Twitter/Rolling Out
s/o to The YBF