January 22nd, 2013
Celebrity Style, On the Scene
On the Scene: The BET Inaugural Ball
By Faith

Stars kept the inauguration parties going and BET helped by throwing its very own Inaugural Ball at the Smithsonian American Art Museum & National Portrait Gallery. The ladies and gents slipped into their finest for the occasion to celebrate President Barack Obama’s second term.

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Let’s see how the night’s looks measured up!


Gabrielle Union looked like royalty at the ball in a purple asymmetric neckline gown. Hot!


Kenya Moore was definitely “gone with the wind fabulous” in a white strapless gown. One of my favorite looks of the night!


Tyson Beckford has been going bold of late hasn’t he? He wore a black and silver printed tuxedo jacket, white ruffle shirt, and a red pocket square.


Red lips gave a pop of color to Rocsi Diaz’s muted lace gown.


Boris Kodjoe was the best-dressed man of the night in a simple black and white tux. I mean seriously: why is he so handsome?


His wife, Nicole Ari Parker, opted for luscious curls and BCBGMAXAZRIA’s Anna Gown.


All-black was the move for Tatyana Ali in a cap-sleeve number with a plunging v-neckline. A little drab no?


Hosea Sanchez’s tailoring was on point, but I’m a little confused as to why he didn’t just throw on a matching ensemble and make it easy for himself!


I think AJ Calloway needs to get in touch with Hosea’s tailor…his suit was great, but needed a bit of fixing.


Shaun Robinson opted for a one-shoulder black and gold gown for the night.


Kenny Lattimore showed the guys how it was done in black and white.


Pinstripes and not so flattering colorblocking rounded out Jermaine Dupri’s look. It’s nice to see him out and about, but I’m not sure what’s going on with all of these conflicting hues!


Of course BET Networks Chairman and CEO Debra Lee wouldn’t miss the party! She was on-trend in a burgundy velvet gown.


Bridget Kelly mixed textures at the ball in black and olive. I would have loved to see her opt for a more glamorous look: this is a little too casual for the occasion.


Wilmer Valderrama looked a little stoic, but I think his suit was just fine!


A one-shoulder draped dress and black patent ankle-strap pumps were spotted on MC Lyte who looked great! I loved her red lips which uplifted her simple, yet polished ensemble.


Last, but not least was the graceful Mikki Taylor who was the lady in red in a strapless fan bodice gown. I live for her elegance and other worldly beauty knowledge!

That’s all folks! Any looks from the night catch your eye?

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24 Responses to “On the Scene: The BET Inaugural Ball”

  1. meh..no one stood out to me.

    SB: if BET had an inaugural ball, why wasn’t it shown last night? or any inaugural programming for that matter? Still trying to understand why they were showing roots all day lol

  2. Marsha D says:

    The men look far better than the women…only one who had it going on was Shaun Robinson imo.

  3. Kia says:

    Tatyana looks like she’s wearing a summer dress… JD pants look too short, and his tie is disheveled.
    I want Shaun to get a new hairstyle so sick of it! Rocsi’s dress is matronly. Kenya looks gorgeous !

  4. Kia says:

    Totally missed Bridget, looks like she visiting 106 and park to drop off a video…

  5. meekaG says:

    What is Wilder Valderrama doing at the BET Inaugural Ball? I wasn’t expecting to see him lol with his cute self.

  6. meekaG says:

    I just noticed his name is not Wilder its Wilmer.

  7. Shalanda says:

    Does Rocsi ever smile? Lol. She alway looks unhappy. Nicole curls are too blunt looking. Layers would have been better. Other than that, I liked everyone’s look.

  8. Kenya could have made her look a 10 had she worn some jewels. Why is Nicole Ari Parker looking all swole??? Is she expecting?

  9. Sabrina says:

    Bridget could have done better.

  10. Annoyingly Right says:

    All the women on this post looked like acceptables messes.

  11. DomDom says:

    Rocsi looks short as hell in that dress

  12. Dom says:

    Gabby looks pretty. Shaun Robinson gets to attend the most glamorous events and always manages to look boring at every single one.

  13. Melly Mels says:

    Boris Kodjoe is one gorgeous man…. but yeah evryone looked nice nothing spectacular

  14. DIVA says:

    Mikki would want to wear bangs going forward….smh

  15. SHAQ NICHOLE says:

    Tatyana style always seems to be a bit off to me. Debra lee though o_O

  16. Kishonda says:

    Boring…I thought MC Lyte’s makeup was beautiful!! Mikki…beautiful red but yes..bangs would have been better.

  17. Jax says:

    Am I the only one that dislikes the particular lace print on Bridget’s top?? It’s so basic looking…

  18. Izhause says:

    Lawd Tyson looks like Ray Ray and them..just no with that Sands Hotel Jacket on ! Chapstick please Ty Ty. AJ Kenny and Boris Hi..Jermaine Bye.

  19. CanV says:

    Am I the only one who thought Gabby looked amazing??? She looked FLAWLESS and her skin looked like a silky chocolate bar.

  20. Mely B says:

    Boris & Kenny – gorgeous maleness!

    Shaun & MC Lyte look great.

    Nicole Ari – that wig should be burned. I DK why she wore that thing when her own hair is so beautiful.

  21. Archel says:

    I just want to point out that Hosea legally changed his name to CHanchez. The fact that you wrote Sanchez is only an ode to how stupid HE is for that ridiculousness.

    Nicole Ari Parker lookin like Boris Kodjoe’s mother.

  22. Krystel says:

    A bit boring….

  23. Hunnykelow says:


  24. Jei says:

    Gabby looks gorg!

    Boris, oh Boris..lawd that man is handsome. Kudos to Boris & Kenny. They stood out to me.

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