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Judge Penny Tunes Up at Image Awards

February 10, 2009 6:12 PM

“Family Court With Judge Penny’s” Penny Brown Reynolds took a break from the bench to deliver the benediction at the NAACP Image Awards luncheon on Feb. 7.

Judge Penny

Promoting a message of giving thanks, Ms. Reynolds read the third verse of James Weldon Johnson’s “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” also known as “The Negro National Hymn.”

She said she still considers herself a courtroom judge rather than a television personality, so her strut down the red carpet was something new for her.

NAACP Image Awards nominees also attended the breakfast, including “Grey’s Anatomy’s” Chandra Wilson, “Ugly Betty’s” Vanessa Williams and “American Idol’s” Randy Jackson, who introduced Ms. Reynolds at the luncheon.

Seated next to her at the breakfast was Motown singer Thelma Houston. Ms. Reynolds said she didn’t recognize Ms. Houston at first, and used her BlackBerry to Google her name.

“I clicked on a link for her name expecting information,” she said, “but ‘Don’t Leave Me This Way’ started playing.”

“Don't Leave” was Ms. Houston’s big 1977 disco hit. Ms. Reynolds said they both laughed off the embarrassing moment and began singing an impromptu duet of the song.

—Andrew Krukowski

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