Kevin Powell — the MTV Real World vet and former Vibe writer — is running for a Brooklyn congressional seat, hoping to unseat the thirteen-term incumbent, Ed Towns. But he realizes he’s lacking a First Lady for the tenth district. “I’m married to my campaign,” he said at Vibe’s fifteenth-anniversary party, on August 12. “That’s the only thing I’m dating right now.” Not that he doesn’t have a dream girl. “Anika Noni Rose is beautiful,” he said. “I hope she’s here tonight,” Powell continued. “I’ve got a crush on her. Put that out there.” The Dreamgirls star recently ended her run in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof on Broadway. “I’d make a nice escort to the Academy Awards,” he said. “Please quote me on that.” Alas, Rose didn’t make it. —Bennett Marcus and Helin Jung
“This election was lost by the Democrats,” he says.