Jackie Emerson, Dayo Okeyeni, Willow Shields, some of your favorite Capitol stylists from The Hunger Games, and I were in Chicago last weekend for Creation Entertainment's Fiction2Film first ever Hunger Games convention. Jackie and I did a panel together. We met fans who had traveled from as far away as London, and we even got to dance with them at the party Saturday night. I had so much fun! I also got to see Gene Varnado, the creative director behind the "Future President" PSA I did for Boeing to raise funds for The Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial in Washington, D.C. He lives in Chicago and was able to come by with his family.
Here I am with Bulali (left) and Nomawethu (right).
It's been a busy week! After saying goodbye to Big Ben, the Corinthia hotel and all the out-of-this-world fun at Collectormania in England, I flew to New York to attend Ubuntu Education Fund's gala, which was held on June 6 at Roseland Ballroom. (Thanks to Burberry for this purple dress, and to my mom for styling me - she thought these strappy gold Adrienne Vittadini shoes would work.) The turn-out was humongous, and so were the donations. I am so happy to be a part of this important cause, which I talked to Teen Vogue about. What was most exciting was that I was able to meet face-to-face some of the many amazing people who help make Ubuntu Ubuntu: founder Jacob Lief, the organizers Charlotte Renfield-Miller and Kabibi M'Poko-and last but not least, Nomowethu and Bulali. Nomawethu is a counselor at Ubuntu in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, and Bulali is a "scholar" who has benefited from Ubuntu's health and education resources. We first met the day before the gala and got to know each other. ...