July 18, 2014 at 1:00 am

Society confidential: Tyler Perry draws cheers at Expo

Tyler Perry with Janice Cosby at a special meet and greet. (Monica Morgan)

Tyler talk

More than 6,000 women flocked to Cobo Center on Saturday to see actor/writer/director Tyler Perry discuss his triumph over poverty, early failures and of course, his pal Oprah, as keynote speaker at the Radio One Detroit Women’s Empowerment Expo. There were a few times when the crowd cheered so long that Perry, dressed in a sports coat, crisp white shirt and jeans, had to stop it, “or we’re going to be here for a long time,” he said. One reveal: Perry has a new series coming soon to the OWN Network that he promises will “blow your socks off.” Afterward, a few guests were whisked to a secret location for a meet-and-greet. “When we were introduced, he thanked me for sponsoring, asked if this was my real hair color and how old was I,” said Janice Cosby of St. John Providence Health System, a sponsor. “He said, ‘I can’t believe how young women look these days.” The cast of TV One’s “R&B Divas: LA” also stopped by to get photos and selfies with Perry.

Gary Quackenbush Fundraiser

Help for Detroit from such high-wattage stars as Madonna is welcome, but when Detroit musicians are in need, their fel­low players have alwaysstepped up. That tradition continues with a Sept. 6 fundraiser for SRC guitarist Gary
Quackenbush, who’s been battling medical and financial woes. The event will take place at Club 54 in Sterling Heights (16 ˝ Mile and Van Dyke). Scott Morgan of the Rationals will emcee, Dick Wagner Band, Ray Goodman of the SRC, the Reefer Men and Frijid Pink will perform, and there will be a rock and sports memorabilia auction. To donate for the auction, contact Doug Podell via dpodell@greatermediadetroit.com.

Party in the Park

Psychologist and former Highland Park City Councilmember June Ridley hosted an old-fashioned wang-dang-doodle in the backyard of her Highland Park home June 11, “7/11,” in honor of her birthday. The guest list included a vast coterie of friends; her postal carrier and garbage collector, as well as doctors, lawyers and lots of judges. The entertainment included deejay Stacey “Hotwaxx” Hale, accompanied by a violinist, a cellist, and a flautist, with raspy vocals from Sky Covington. Even the birthday cake had a special flair — consisting of dozens of cupcakes frosted together to make a big “M” for Ridley’s alma mater. “7/11 was truly a humbling experience for me this year,” Ridley said. “I am truly blessed to have so many wonderful friends.”

Prince in the buff

During a break in the All-Star game, Detroit Tigers Miguel Cabrero, Max Scherzer, Ian Kinsler and Victor Martinez were joking around on MLB Networks’ “Intentional Talk” about that Prince Fielder nudie ESPN cover. “I saw him naked for two years,” Miggy said. “Highly questionable,” Scherzer laughed. Baseball’s Giancarlo Stanton also did it. “Stanton, that’s one thing, he’s chiseled to the tee. But Prince? Sorry Prince,” Scherzer said.


June Ridley's '7/11' Michigan birthday party cupcakes. (June Ridley)