RICHARD JOHNSON: Hip hop icon Ice-T, wife Coco host Southampton Barbie bash for charity

Ice-T and his wife Coco jumped on Barbie’s pink bandwagon — for a good cause.


The couple hosted the Barbie & Ken Rosé Soirée charity event at the Bentley Hotel in Southampton on Saturday.

Coco told me, “I’ve always been obsessed with everything Barbie, and of course with the color pink.”


Ice-T added, “Even though I don’t look much like Ken, my wife Coco is my real-life Barbie.”

The event benefited Smiles Through Cars, whose founder Josh Aryeh has been dressing up as Batman and visiting sick kids in Ferraris and Maseratis to put smiles on their faces for the last 15 years.

Chef Meze provided food at the event.

Coco loves the doll so much she’s been Barbie-brainwashing her daughter Chanel, 7, long before “Barbie” became the summer’s biggest movie

“Barbie was a theme for my daughter’s birthday we had a couple years ago,” she confided.


Jay Mohr looked more like a zombie than a human being when he lost a role on “The Walking Dead.”

On an upcoming episode of The SDR Show with Ralph Sutton, Mohr reveals for the first time how he fumbled the part.


While discussing his time in rehab, Mohr said he had auditioned for “The Walking Dead” and got the job.

Actor/comedian Jay Mohr.

But when the producers did a Zoom call with Jay just to wrap things up, he was wasted.

Mohr said, “Do you know how high you have to be to have 14 executives on a Zoom call unanimously say ‘holy sh**, this would have been a disaster, and we’re out.’”

Getting sober has worked nicely. Having dated Los Angeles Lakers owner Jeanie Buss for five years, the couple got engaged in December.


Joaquin Phoenix is starring in Ridley Scott’s upcoming biopic “Napoleon,” due out on Nov. 22.


The movie, which is already garnering Oscar buzz for Phoenix, co-stars Vanessa Kirby as Josephine. The film looks back on Napoleon’s rise from French solider to emperor.

Scott told Variety about Phoenix, “If something bothers him, he’ll let you know. He made ‘Napoleon’ special by constantly questioning.”

Joaquin Phoenix

Deep-pocketed fans of Napoleon Bonaparte can buy his personal footbath for $24,000, his plate warmer for $14,000, or his camel saddle, used in one of his Egyptian campaigns, for $20,000 from M.S. Rau in New Orleans.

Also for sale is a diamond necklace, bracelet, and tiara for a cool $1.25 million that Napoleon gave — not to his beloved Josephine — but to one of his mistresses.


Fashion models have long been too blond and too skinny, but progress is being made.


EPN Fashion Week power couple Magdaline (Maggie) and Hubert Charles Delany are determined to “be the change” needed in the industry. EPN stands for Entrepreneurs and Professionals Network.

Diversity will be front-and-center on the catwalks at their shows on Sept. 9 at the Leman Ballroom at 41 Broad St. in the Financial District, with a lineup of designers from the U.S., India, Cameroon and Kazakhstan showcasing their collections.

The star will be Liberian-born Korto Momolu, of Season 20 of “Project Runway,” with her “Ink and Ivory” collection.

In the fashion world, “I seldom come across others like myself,” Korto noted.

“As a result, I feel a sense of responsibility to ensure that my presence is not just visible, but that my entire cultural background is represented at all times.”



Steven Maglio introduced a very special guest at his “Not Just Sinatra” show who was in the audience at The Cutting Room and had just finished eating his dinner.

Maglio said, “Well he’s not just a special guest, he is one of the owners of this joint.”

Actor Chris Noth

So Chris Noth got up on stage with his own hand mic and they did a duet on two Sinatra classics, “I’ve Got You Under My Skin” and “Angel Eyes.”

The SRO crowd went wild for the performance by the “Sex and the City” star, whose career was derailed by sexual assault allegations in 2021.

My source said, “Chris had a great time, really enjoyed himself.”



Mark Kostabi just opened a major show of his paintings in an opulent baroque church in the hilltop town of Cingoli, Italy.

The gorgeous church, called Santo Spirito, had never hosted a contemporary art exhibition before.

Mark Kostabi

The artist said: “I don’t practice organized religion, but I am spiritual. Living half the year in Rome, I mainly go to church to admire the paintings of Caravaggio and Raphael, who inspired my 1990 painting, ‘Use Your Illusion,’ which became the the 1991 Guns N’ Roses album cover, thanks to Axl Rose’s passion for art.”

Included in the exhibition is Kostabi’s painting “Go with the Flow” which sold for $180,000 at Park West Gallery.

“It’s always been my dream to see my art in a baroque church — like Caravaggio’s paintings.” Kostabi said. “Now my dream has come true.”



Out & About … Comedian D’yan Forest, who has worked with Jerry Seinfeld and the late Joan Rivers, will perform at Sticks and Stones in Southampton on Sept 2 … How Britney Spears can hold her soon to be ex-husband Sam Asghari to their prenup was the hot topic of conversation at Mediterranean restaurant White Olive between attorneys Martha Cohen Stine and Harriet Newman Cohen, who have done the divorces of Laurence Fishburne and former Gov. Andrew Cuomo … Park Ave. plastic surgeon Dr. Lyle Leipziger talking to a group of UES ladies at La Goulue about the correct use of fillers to avoid looking like a puffed up Madonna.

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