By Olivia Scheck
MANHATTAN — The country's most prominent black artists and political figures gathered in New York last night for the 12th annual Keepers Of The Dream Awards.
Bill Cosby, Jesse Jackson, the Rev. Al Sharpton, Wyclef Jean, The Roots and Mariah Carey were among the famous names in attendance at the ceremony, which was held at the Sheraton Hotel in Midtown West. Mayor Michael Bloomberg also joined the crowd, along with Sens. Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand.
Across town, Katherine Heigl, who recently left her role on ABC's "Grey's Anatomy," showed off her new jet-black hair on the red carpet of the Plaza Hotel.
She was joined by fashion designer Isaac Mizrahi and a bow-tied canine for the 13th Annual ASPCA Bergh Ball. One assumes no animals were harmed in the coloring of Heigl's formerly platinum locks.
Back on the West Side, another New York high-fashion designer got a foothold in the mainstream.
Zac Posen, a SoHo native, brought his red carpet looks to the American masses, as he launched a line designed for the ubiquitous national retailer, Target.
Actresses Michelle Trachtenberg, Mena Suvari, Selma Blair, Claire Danes, Maggie Gylenhaal and Parker Posey were there to support the designer, who is known for dressing the city's hottest starlets and socialites.
The launch, which was celebrated with a 24-hour pop up shop dedicated to Posen's new creations, was advertised throughout the city.
Eager shoppers can stop by the stand at 481 Eighth Ave. at 34th Street until 11 p.m.