It only made sense that Roland Martin, host of Washington Watch and a social media aficionado, would use only technology to invite friends to a private dinner party at the Los Angeles home of actress Vanessa Bell Calloway. The “digital list” of attendees – culled from Martin’s cell phone – included Elise Neal, Jesse Williams, Tracey Edmonds, Salli Richardson, Sheryl Lee Ralph, Tatyana Ali, Judge Greg Mathis, Robinne Lee, Dondre Whitfield, Tanika Ray, Chris Spencer, Jackee Harry, Bill Duke, Sonja Norwood, Erica Campbell of Mary Mary, Judge Kevin Ross and a host of entertainment and media executives.
If you are scratching your head a bit to place the name with a face. Take a look at this flashback shot from Coming to America starring Eddie Murphy.
Roland Martin shares, “I grew up in Houston where my family would throw get-togethers just for the fun of it, so this party is what I like to do when I come out to the west coast; I simply do not have enough time to do lunch with everybody,” said Martin. “There’s no rhyme or reason to it. I simply sent out a text message on Thursday and here we are!”
Guests dined on a gourmet meal prepared completely by Calloway. The menu featured slow roasted chicken, “Killer Shrimp” in spicy champagne and garlic sauce, Korean BBQ (photographed below). Click here to see more photos of the celebs and the food.