I was saddened to hear the other day that 64 year old, B Smith, has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. She has been suffering with the illness for over 4 years.
Barbara Smith (B Smith), born August 24, 1949 is a restaurateur, model, author and television host.
She was one of the first black models to grace the cover of Mademoiselle, in July 1976.
She had a syndicated television show called B Smith with Style which I watched religiously! "Whatever you do, do it with style" was her signature sign off after each episode. She was very much like a black Martha Stewart and I still have a copy of her 1995 book, 'B. Smith’s Entertaining and Cooking for Friends,’ on my coffee table.
B Smith sells a collection of home goods through Bed Bath & Beyond, acts in off-Broadway shows and co-hosts a weekly SiriusXM Radio program called the “B. Smith and ‘Thank You Dan’ Show.”
She also has several restaurants. I dined at her Washington DC Union Station restaurant in 2004. After almost 20 years, it has recently closed but she has 2 that remain, one in NYC and the other in Sag Harbor NY.
A CBS interview will air June 15 on “CBS Sunday Morning.” When the network’s medical correspondent, Jon LaPook, talked to Smith, she didn’t know the month, date or year. With tears welling in her eyes, she told LaPook, “Things like that make me very sad.”
excerpt from CBS interview
I'll be watching. Hope you will be too.