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Catching up with Ruben Studdard at Atlanta’s Real Men Cook event

PHOTO CREDITS: Rodney Ho/rho@ajc.com

PHOTO CREDITS: Rodney Ho/rho@ajc.com

Event manager Diane Larche asked me at the last second to be a “celebrity taster” at the 21st annual Real Men Cook event Sunday, which provided funds for several charities including the Ruben Studdard Foundation. That meant a Ruben Studdard appearance, which made it an easy yes for me.

The event, held on Father’s Day, draws thousands to the Georgia Railroad Depot. Other participants include Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.), Sam Crenshaw of WXIA-TV, Jovita Moore and John Bachman of WSB-TV, Chef Jamika from “Next Food Network Star,” Jason Ellis from “Hell’s Kitchen” and Roger Bobb, supervising producer at Tyler Perry Studios.

I haven’t seen Ruben since the fall of 2008, before he started his vegan diet. He has since lost 100 pounds. He didn’t have time to actually cook, unfortunately, but arrived in time to sing a couple of songs (”I Surrender All,” “I Need An Angel”), sounding great as always, then set aside a couple of minutes to talk backstage. I also met his wife Surata Zuri McCants, who he met a few years ago at a Wal-Mart CD signing I also attended off Howell Mill Road.

I told him I was disappointed his tour with Clay Aiken didn’t hit Atlanta, but he said he hopes to have a second leg in the fall that does include the city.

I would have liked a bit more time with Ruben but this wasn’t an idyllic set up for that.

His charity foundation provides monies to support arts in education.

And here he is singing gloriously, “I Surrender All”:

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110 comments Add your comment

JTesla

June 22nd, 2010
9:30 am

Imagine how ugly it could have been if Neg had the same passion for Adam, at the end of last year, that he has for Crystal this year?

The Negster

June 22nd, 2010
9:43 am

JT, I may be passionate about Crystal but I’m not completely unhinged!

Rosita

June 22nd, 2010
9:46 am

Neg, that might be a matter of opinion.
I’m just sayin’!

Rosita

June 22nd, 2010
9:47 am

Oops, Rosie stepping way back in line now! ;-)

The Negster

June 22nd, 2010
9:51 am

Neg, that might be a matter of opinion. I’m just sayin’!

Touche, Rosie. :)

Nana

June 22nd, 2010
10:37 am

Neg and Rosita, you two are a hoot!!!!! Keep the banter going. See it’s little things like this in life that keeps a smile on your face.

D, I’m sending you lots of wishes and hugs for Maggie. Positive thoughts all the way! :)

Rickster

June 22nd, 2010
10:48 am

Dont’cha just LOVE the off-season?? :-)

Rodney Ho

June 22nd, 2010
10:53 am

You can move the banter to the new blog entry! I’m going to be in DC the next few days and will miss Kellie Pickler opening for Rascal Flatts Sunday evening. Bummer!

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Guzzo

June 23rd, 2010
9:38 pm

Couldn’t you give the man a microphone if you were going to interview him?