Gloria James kicks off the All-Star experience with the House of Glo fashion show at the State Theater in Cleveland (photos)

CLEVELAND, Ohio — LeBron James isn’t the only James taking part in events during NBA All-Star Weekend in Cleveland.

The perennial All-Star’s mother, Gloria, started it All Star Experience Friday at the State Theater in Playhouse Square, hosting The House of Glo fashion show celebrating black designers. The show featured models of all ages, including children and teens, as well as adults. Famous stylist J. Bolin was featured as the lead designer.

The show also included a performance by Central State University’s Marching Marauders just before intermission which had the crowd dancing. Central State is the only historically black college or university in Ohio.

The All-Star Experience is a weekend-long event series hosted by Gloria James and produced by Cleveland native Alaina Holloway-Carpenter of VZN Strategy Group, according to a press release.

“All-Star Experience Weekend is my way of saying thank you to the best fans in the country, to the village that has supported me, and to give back to my community,” Gloria James said in the statement. “It’s only so often that this type of celebration comes to town, so I wanted to organize this experience to make sure the whole family could be a part of the magic happening in the city.”

In addition to the fashion show, Ms. James will donate coats to the Akron community in partnership with Daniels Leather of New York. And, on Sunday, she will host a single mom brunch with single moms from the Cleveland and Akron areas.

At the end of the Friday show, James was escorted onto the stage by LeBron to thank the crowd for supporting her work as Vice President of the LeBron James Family Foundation.

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