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In honor of Rei Kawakobo/Commes des Garcons

Monday night’s annual celebration of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute’s Met Gala 2017 marked one of the highlights of New York City’s spring time festivities.

Often marked by some of the most daring and albeit stunning gowns and silhouettes; everyone remembers Rihanna at the 2015 Gala, Beyonce’s latex gown at last year’s red carpet and who could forget Kim K at 2013’s event; the annual Gala serves as one of the museum’s biggest fundraising events and is typically the grand opening of the annual design exhibit.

Golden Globes 2017

Last night one of the biggest nights in Hollywood kicked off this year’s award season in grand style. The 74th Annual Golden Globe Awards, put on by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association and Dick Clark Productions, honored some of the best film, music and American Television.

Billboard Awards 2016

Last night musicians and celebrities alike gathered the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada for the annual Billboard Music Awards ceremony. The evening hosted by rapper Ludacris and Singer Ciara was a momentous occasion for many with rapper, The Week’nd earning the most nominations with twenty nods and pop superstar Britney Spears receiving the Billboard Millennium Award.

Academy Awards 2016

Last night, the 88th annual Academy Awards presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences kicked off at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood, California. The ceremony hosted by actor/comedian Chris Rock honored the best films of 2015.giphy (10)

Much like the ceremony last year, this year’s show has been plagued with complaints about the Academy’s lack of diversity in it’s panel of judges and nominees, prompting many actors to opt out of the evening’s festivities, including one of the night’s honorees, screenwriter, director/producer Spike Lee.

47th Annual NAACP Awards

Black Excellence was on full display this past weekend at the 2016 National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Image Awards which took place at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in California,U.S.A.

The evening, hosted by Anthony Anderson and narrated by Cree Summers, honored outstanding people of color in films, music, books and television shows and several of Hollywood’s most famous faces were given the highest honors this year.

But before the night’s festivities kicked into full swing the nominees and guests graced the red carpet. It seems the who’s who of Black entertainment was out in their numbers. Here are some of the amazing stunners.

Also in attendance;

Weren’t they all so dapper?

Here were the night’s big winners:

Entertainer of the Year: Michael B. Jordan
Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture: Michael B. Jordan, Creed
Outstanding Motion Picture: Straight Outta Compton
Outstanding Drama Series: Empire
Outstanding Comedy Series: Black-ish
Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series: Terrence Howard, Empire
Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series: Taraji P. Henson, Empire
Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series: Tracee Ellis Ross, Black-ish
Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture: Sanaa Lathan, The Perfect Guy
President’s Award: John Legend
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series: Mike Epps, Survivor’s Remorse
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series: Marsai Martin, Black-ish
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series: Joe Morton, Scandal

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series: Regina King, American Crime
Outstanding Writing in a Drama Series: Mara Brack Ali, Jameal Turner, Keli Goff, Being Mary Jane, Sparrow
Outstanding Writing in a Motion Picture (Television): Lawrence Hill, Clement Virgo, The Book of Negroes
Outstanding Writing in a Motion Picture (Film): Ryan Coogler, Aaron Covington, Creed
Outstanding Directing in a Comedy Series: Don Cheadle, House of Lies, The Urge to Save Humanity is Almost Always a False Front for the Urge to Rule
Outstanding Directing in a Drama Series: John Ridley, American Crime
Outstanding Directing in a Motion Picture (Television): Dee Rees, Bessie
Outstanding Directing in a Motion Picture (Film): Ryan Coogler, Creed
Outstanding Character Voice-Over Performance (Television or Film): Loretta Devine, Doc McStuffins
Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series: Anthony Anderson, Black-ish
Outstanding Host in a News, Talk, Reality, or Variety Program (Series or Special) – Individual or Ensemble: Steve Harvey, Family Feud
Outstanding Talk Series: The Talk
Outstanding Reality Program/Reality Competition Series: Welcome to Sweetie Pie’s
Outstanding Variety (Series or Special): Family Feud
Outstanding Children’s Program: Doc McStuffins
Outstanding TV-Movie, Miniseries or Dramatic Special: The Wiz Live!
Outstanding Actor in a TV-Movie, Miniseries or Dramatic Special: David Alan Grier, The Wiz Live!

Some of the highlights of the evening:

  • Taraji’s Speech – We don’t need to ask for acceptance from anybody. We are enough.
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Recipients of the Chairman’s Award
  • John Legend along with Jussie Smollet and 6 others received the Chairman’s Award and the crooner had these thoughts to share during his tribute and recipient speech.
  • The Chairman’s Award honorees’ Black Power Stance. The list which included the University of Missouri’s Concerned Student 1950 Collective, and Brittany “Bree” Newsome, the activist and filmmaker who scaled a flagpole and took down the Confederate flag outside the South Carolina Capitol, marked the importance of the recipients’ work for the upliftment and betterment of their community.
  • Nominees With Attitude – Host Anthony Anderson known for his comedic genius put his spin on the rap group N.W.A.’s famous “Straight Outta Compton” track to discuss the snubbing of diversity by broader Hollywood.
  • Alice Smith’s rendition of “Glory” brought the house down.

Happy Black History Month. Congratulations to the this years honorees. Keep up the good work guys.

Hugs and Sunshine,

Livi.

Images from: Getty and E!Online

Festival Season

     With Festival season having kicked off earlier this year in March with the South by SouthWest Music Festival the anticipation for another summer of music, fun and free spirited revelry has begun. The last two weekends have only added to the angst in the wake of one of the largest festivals of the season, Coachella, kicking off with record turn outs and amazing performances.

     Feeding off of energy of the recently ended festival that has kicked both the fashion and music worlds into high gear let’s take a look at some of the other greatly anticipated festivals to come this summer!

     The New Orleans Jazz Festival neworleans_jazzfest_header_20151

     One of the most diverse concert series, the festival will feature twelve stages that will host performers such as Elton John, The Who, Keith Urban, Pitbull, T.I. Jimmy Cliff, Anthony Hamilton, The O’jays, John Legend and Estelle as well as artists from across every genre. Not only will the festival be home to exceptional showcases but also Louisiana’s own unique culture. This lineup does not sound like one to be missed.

The Roots Picnic revo_onsalenowinfo

     With featured artists the roots, fellow hip-hop and rap performers such as A$AP Rocky, Erykah Badu, The Weekend and Afrika Bambaataa join in celebrating the culture that raised generations in the City of Brotherly Love.

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      With performances by Drake, The Black Keys, Lana Del Ray, Florence + the Machines, Björk, The Districts and Echosmith, this three day festival of non-stop parties and excitement in the heart of New York City will be one for the books. Will you be booking your tickets?

The New York City Parks Foundation Summer Stage Concert Series

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     Usually one of the most anticipated free concert series for city dwellers like myself. The annual summer series has seen the likes of Janelle Monae, John Legend, Kes and the Band and several other international artists from across the music world bless the city’s parks. I am especially excited to see what’s in store for this summer. *fingers crossed.

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     Taking over the MetLife Stadium with explosive performances by Chris Brown, Trey Songz, Big Sean, Fabolous, Meek Mill and Omarion. Music by Funk Master Flex and Ebro as well as Festival stage performances by Travi$ Scott, B.o.B, Joey Bada$$, DeJ Loaf and Teyana Taylor. The Festival village will feature street art, grafitti booths and cooling stations amongst other attractions to add to what is boasted to be the most epic night in hip hop.

Bonnaroo – June 11th – 14th (Manchester, TN)

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     For the free-spirited adventurers this music festival features arts, music, dancing, open air and nature to the tune of artists like Earth, Wind and Fire, Billy Joel, Childish Gambino, SZA and Mumford and Sons.

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     And across the pond from June 24th to the 28th the British version of Coachella kicks into full swing drawing celebrity crowds to rival those on our side of the Atlantic. The bill markets the series as a series of electronic, indie, pop and rock music. Started the day after the death of Jimi Hendrix in 1970, Glastonbury is the largest greenfield festival in the world with the grounds encompassing eight and a half miles and big ticket acts like the Foo Fighters and Lionel Richie for starts. Sounds like good fun!

Essence Music Festival – July 2nd – 5thstd_header_2015

      One of the largest Music festivals, the Essence Music festival is not just about the music but also the gathering of thousands of African Americans and fans of the festival for a celebration of culture mingled with the history and essence of New Orleans. Be on the look out for repeat performers Erykah Badu, India Arie, Mary J Blige, Doug E Fresh and Common as well as a new generation of artists like Elle Varner, Kendrick Lamar and music Veterans Missy Elliot, Tweet, Usher, Tank and the Bangas and Raheem Devaughn. Besides the festivals performers some of the country’s top Djs will also be spinning at the hottest events of the season, so you don’t want to miss out!

Lollapalooza – July 31st -Aug.2nd (Chicago, IL)
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      Taking place in Chicago’s Grant Park this amazing festival hosts a multitude of artists ranging from Paul McCartney and Sam Smith to Metallica, The Weekend, Kid Cudi, Kaskade, Of Monsters and Men, Tyler the Creator, FKA Twigs and Charli XCX. This is an ultimate summer line up for music fans everywhere. Keep an ear out for any further announcements to the already burgeoning list of hit-makers set to grace the stage. Seems like it will be a great one!

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     A local Brooklyn Music festival taking place in late August the newly started series has seen popularity on par with Governor’s Ball. Featuring artists like ?uestlove, Theophilus London, The Coup, The Skins, D’Angelo and Alice Smith the festival draws crowds from everywhere not just for the festivities but the eclectic fashions and cultural attractions and displays. I’m looking forward to hearing what’s in store for this year’s weekend and the wonderful festivities in store.

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     For the first time since it’s inception the concert series will be featured on both the east and the west coast with headliners like Kanye West rotating nights. Alongside Kanye other fellow musicians Big Daddy Kane, DJ Mustard, Pharell Williams, Rita Ora, Cypress Hill, and John Mayer amongst others will hit the Made in America stage. So for a final round up of all things music before heading into Labor Day, how does this series sound?

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     Head on back to the Big Apple to close out the summer festival fun on Labor Day weekend with the ultimate EDM dance party housed on Randall’s Island…also home of summer’s Governor’s Ball. The series promises the best on electronic dance music and the most outrageous party experience – hop on over to the official site to take a look at last year’s gallery! Stay tuned for the official line up news.

     Be Sure to mark your calenders – and get your tickets early because we all know it sucks reading about all the great things that we missed on the blogs! Hope to see you all there.

     p.s. I am also patiently awaiting the release of this year’s Martin Luther King Jr. Concert series line-up. Looking back at last year’s performers like Anthony Hamilton, and Gyptian with special guest Maxi Priest just makes me giddy with excitement.