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A weekend remembering the King of PopA weekend remembering the King of Pop

Rohn Padmore’s Red Carpet Suite celebrating the BET Awards was one of the first events to pay respects to the King of Pop, Michael Jackson. Elyse Glickman was there


ON JUNE 25, the untimely death of Michael Jackson took the world by surprise, and along with it, the producers of the BET Awards’ telecast and the many ancillary events taking place before and after. While the official July memorial service for ‘the King of Pop’ will forever be remembered as a landmark event of dignity and restrained reverence, Rohn Padmore’s Red Carpet Gift Suite celebrating the BET Awards, which took place on the two days that followed Jackson’s passing, ultimately gave artists the opportunity to connect and pay respects to the ultimate “American idol”, whose artistic achievements made their successes possible.

At the colourful hideaway El Tres Inn, event co-pilots Stacy Broff and Rohn Padmore offered artists and other guests a tasteful sensory feast that incorporated quenching cocktails (Shot Pak treats, Comisario Tequila and Pave Liqueur), fresh BBQed Mexican and Soul Food delights and a fun mix of sparkly designer togs the King of Pop himself would have liked, including Parish Nation Clothing, Rebel Spirit Clothing, Pastry Shoes, Tree Shurts and Superfresh Clothing. A couple of smooth rides from American Classic Cars completed the weekend’s ambiance.

As Jackson’s classic hits and instrumentals from pianist David Sides alternately filled the room, Padmore tipped his hat to philanthropy by treating five women from Project Fresh Start of the New Image Shelter Organization, to a day of beauty with complimentary makeovers and a new wardrobe of products offered at the gift suite. Make-up artists Janelle Walker and Kandee Johnson, with products donated by Larenim Mineral Make-Up, offered these special VIPs a new face with which to view the world. Following their make-overs, health and wellness expert Brenda Underwood armed them with some great clean living tips and LA Body Points Mobile Spa gave them a literal hand with rejuvenating massages.

‘This event was very special to me because, during this time of uncertainty, we look to our celebrities as role models and I believe that responsible change has to start with ourselves,’ said Padmore. ‘By giving back to those who are truly in need as well as celebrating the hard work and accomplishments of those who entertain us makes perfect sense to me. Everyone deserves to feel special and know that there is no shame in asking for help or letting someone help you. It’s even more special to me because our first day of the gift suite is my birthday, and I can’t think of a better way to spend it than helping to make these women look and feel beautiful.’ •


Elyse Glickman is west coast editor of Lucire.


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