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Love is in the air

One of Metro Detroit’s most eligible bachelors, celebrated attorney Jeffrey Abood, just announced his engagement to Joelle Aoun at a festive cocktail party at Crave Ferndale last week. The two were brought together on a blind date early last summer, and for the most part, have been together every day since. “When I first saw her, I was blown away,” Abood said. “She’s so beautiful.” And if that weren’t enough, the lovely Aoun happens to be an OB/GYN, specializing in minimally invasive gynecologic and robotic surgery at Henry Ford Health System. Abood’s credentials are pretty impressive, too — he’s one of the American Society of Legal Advocates’ Top 40 lawyers under 40; voted Best Divorce Lawyer for two years in a row by Hour Magazine (in addition to being on the city magazine’s Best Dressed List), and is a member of the Birmingham Bloomfield Chamber Board of Directors. Abood and Aoun will tie the knot at the tony Townsend Hotel in July.

A shout-out from Tyra Banks

Noted local photographer Bre’Ann White got an inspiring surprise the second day of the new year when she discovered that former supermodel Tyra Banks posted one of Bre’Ann’s fashion photos on her Instagram page. It’s a striking photograph of aspiring 13-year-old Battle Creek model Michaella Cuykendall, who wants to be an architect, but loves modeling. “Michaella’s look is unbelievable,” said Bre’Ann, who has photographed many national models, as well as actor Idris Elba. “I tagged Tyra on several photos that I took. When she posted this one, it blew me away.” Tyra’s post said: “Starting off my new year with a post of beauty that is unique, original, not a cookie cutter. Sometimes scrolling through IG unearths such loveliness as this.” Within the first few days of the post, it received nearly 70,000 “likes.”

Native launches book on historic black colleges

Native Detroiter and award-winning journalist Ron Stodghill came home during the holidays to connect with friends and family and to introduce his new book, “Where Everybody Looks Like Me: At the Crossroads of America’s Black Colleges and Culture.” The book is an account of the forces that threaten America’s historic black colleges and universities. It also addresses how leaders nationwide are struggling to keep these institutions alive. Stodghill has worked for the New York Times, Time Magazine, Business Week and Savoy, for which he was editor in chief. He launched the book during an intimate gathering of family and friends in downtown Detroit at a highly anticipated restaurant that is still under construction called Savannahblue. The book is published by HarperCollins. Savannahblue is expected to open in the next few weeks.

The Golds lending celebs auto show bling

That Gold family is always thinking of something more to promote their flourishing American Jewelry and Loan business. Here’s the latest: Calling all local celebs who want to get blinged out for any special red carpet events during the NAIAS. Yep, Les or Seth Gold will hook you up with the loan of a watch, cufflinks, earrings, necklaces or whatever you want to wear. Hmmm. Wouldn’t happen to have a Patek Philippe Platinum, would you?

Chuck Bennett is the creator of the Social D. See TheSocialD.com.

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