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The Best of the amfAR Gala Cannes 2017

Each year during the Cannes Film festival guests of the festival, including donors, researchers and celebrity spokesmen for the organization gather for the one of the big ticket festival items, the annual AmfAR Gala, one of the largest charitable events of the year. 

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

NEw Ye@r Craziness

And just like that the first month of the year is already over! OMG can you even believe it? I’m still over here signing 2015 and it’s already been a MONTH! yeep!

So as we rolling into the shortest month of the year – rejoice, it’s a leap year guys – let’s take a look back at some of the crazy awesomeness that was January 2016.

Intstagram

I haven’t really been very active on here lately. But here’s a quick round up of some of the things I thought were worth sharing.

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At the start of this year I promised to work on growing my blog. So in an effort to do so, I took the time to share more of the things I was truly passionate about by creating better content and even made time to celebrate a few milestones with you guys, including a an updated facade and all new features.15ca42cbd18011fc6a16c2b79f9e7f54.jpg

This month marked 1 year since I started blogging and to mark the occasion I created an extra special #FunFactFriday.

Also added to the line up were new features, #WorkItWednesday, Go.See.Do., and Ready.Set.Record.

Some of the Months top posts: A run down of some of the top shows this awards season, 42nd Annual People’s Choice Awards, 2016 Golden Globe Awards, 22nd Screen Actors Guild Awards and the Martin Luther King Jr. tribute.

These are just some of the exciting things coming with the new year. Stay posted for more exciting features and content.

Happenings Around Town

Winter Storm Jonas swept through New York City and shut things down last weekend and for some, this was the perfect excuse for a mini winter staycation. Most parks and streets became winter playgrounds for kids and adults alike.

Broadway Week is still underway this week with 2-for-1 tickets to some of Broadways biggest hits until February 5th, get your tickets, here.

Also worth the buzz is the return of the bi-annual New York City Restaurant Week which also still running until February 5th, so if you’ve wanted to do a fancy, romantic dinner now would be the chance to do it. Check out the full list, here.

TV

It has been a big year in television with attention focusing on On Demand services like Amazon Tv, Netflix and Hulu, whose Original pieces have dominated the ratings and awards alike. I think Cable companies should be getting worried – maybe even thinking about following in the footsteps of HBO, because the competition is real!

Also all new shows and seasons premiered over the winter break:

Zoe Ever After (Season 1- BET), Angel From Hell (Season 1), Lucifer (Season 1 – FX), Agent Carter (season 2 – ABC), Hit the Floor (Season 3 – VH1), Younger (Season 2 – TvLand), X-Files (Season 10), Shameless (Season 6)

and Mid-season returns of Code Black, Chicago Med, Fire & PD, Super Girl, Scorpion, Law & Order SVU, and Suits.

Music

New releases from Macklemore, Kanye West, Sia and Rihanna.

Also Lady Gaga confirms that her new album is in the works and should be released this year.

Festival Season is fast approaching and in anticipation the line-ups for Coachella and Governor’s Ball have already been released.

Media

  • In tribute to Martin Luther King Jr. Black Hollywood teamed up with civil rights groups to host a day of rememberance and celebration with performance pieces of some of the works of the greats.
  • In juxtaposition, the Oscar Nominations were announced and in another unsurprising turn there we no Black actors/actresses nominated, ironically Black films were nominated however it was their non-Black writers, producers. etc. who were the nominees, resulting in a call for boycotts by several Black Hollywood names including this year’s honoree, director Spike Lee.
  • In contrast Black Films had a major field day at the Sundance Film festival. Nate Parker in particular won big for his project, with sale of “Birth of A Nation” to Fox Searchlight for $17.5 million.
  • Women had a wonderful year in print as well as exampled by Elle‘s Women in Television February Covers, Essence Magazine #BlackGirlMagic Triple threat covers.snapshot-harry-belafonte-zendaya-jesse-williams-ebony-magazine-fbd1-900x1200.jpg
  • Ebony Magazine also marked the start of the year with a pivotal December/January cover featuring some of the prominent voices in today’s civil rights and social justice movement.

Health

The month of January features some extremely important health initiatives, most of which I covered in some capacity on the blog.

  • Blood Donation Month was featured in one of the month’s #FunFactFridays
  • Cervical Health Awareness Month and Glaucoma Awareness Month were both featured in the Health Section of this month’s Weekly Rewinds.
  • January is also Birth Defect Prevention Month, which raises awareness about the importance of prenatal care in order to ensure happy, healthy babies.

Tech

  • Twitter users can now view Periscope without ever leaving the app, and Twitter stocks spike with rumors of News Corp – yes that one- interest in acquisition;
  • Travel to Iceland and Europe just got better with WOW international’s flights for under $200, founded by a former Silicon Valley exec. GTY_twitter_kab_141119_16x9_992
  • You can now learn how to code on your smart phone. Forbes has recently released an exclusive list of 15 useful apps to help you learn design and coding on your smartphone.

Fashion

  • Grace Coddington will step into a new role at American Vogue which allow the fashion maven more freedom.
  • America Apparel is finally moving forward after wrapping up their court case with their former CEO last week.
  • Maureen Chiquet, one of the very few female CEOs of a fashion house has left Chanel;
  • Barbie gets a makeover that has been long over due. Young girls can now have the Barbie of their choice that looks like them in every way they choose! Great job Mattel!
  • Better get to saving those loose pennies because Birkins and other luxury leather bags are now worth more than their weight in gold. Literally.

News

  • There seems to be a major crisis in some of the country’s states. In a 1st world country, there are citizens who have become sick from the water coming from their taps and while many know of the Flint, Michigan, situation it is also being reported that the same issue is being faced by citizens in St. Joseph, Louisiana! This really makes you wonder what’s really going on in these states. Hmmm?? *serious side eye.*
  • Germany’s Angela Merkel has mad it clear, Syrian refugees are to return home once the war is over.BITACORA-ZIKA-2
  • The mosquito borne virus, Zika, which has afflicted South American countries like Brazil, where the virus has been linked to increased cases of microcephaly in new borns, has been popping in cities here state side, with an increasing number of cases being diagnosed every week. The virus has the potential to cause a pandemic as scientists warn that it is likely to afflict countries with the Aedes mosquito population, including the Caribbean.

Shopping

Banana Republic – Take an extra 50% off sale, *exclusively online.

J.Crew – Take an extra 40 – 60% off Sale. code: SHOPNOW

Nasty Gal – Take an additional 30% off Sale. *No code needed

New York & Company – 40% off everything

Express – 50% off clearance

Around the Web

  • The Smithsonian’s Black History Museum is set to receive a $10 million gift from philanthropist David Rubenstein, who will also be loaning the museum, which i set to open this September, two documents signed by President Abraham Lincoln: the 13th Amendment and the Emancipation Proclamation.
  • Human Trafficking Awareness Day was this past January 11th and underscored some of the scary and mind-boggling facts about one of the world’s largest illegal trades.
  • FLOTUS Michelle Obama celebrated her 52nd birthday this month;
  • Some of the world’s oldest fossils were found in Kenya, read more about it last week’s Weekly Rewind.
  • North Korea has manufactured alcohol that will leave you without a raging headache no matter how much you drink, this is according to reports from the state’s newspaper, The Pyongyang Times.

A Look Ahead

  • The countdown is on for the Fall/Winter 2016 New York Fashion Week, which begins on February 11th – 18th.
  • February 2nd is Ground Hog day! Here’s to hoping Spring is on it’s way – if this week’s weather is any sign, things are looking great.
  • February is National Black History Month and I am beyond excited!
  • The Target x Who What Wear collections finally in stores this February!
  • The mid-season return of the TGIT line-up – bring on Viola, Kerry and Ellen! Woo!

Hope you all have an amazing month. Stay warm.

Hugs and Sunshine,

Livi.

Black Girls Rock!

BET Ad for the 2015 Black Girls Rock Award show

Last Night, BET network aired the 2015 Black Girls Rock!™ awards hosted by actresses Regina King, the voice of Cartoon Network’s, Riley and Huey of The Boondocks, and Tracee Ellis Ross of ABC’s Blackish. The star-studded event was held in honor of the evenings celebrants to pay respects for the continued work and dedication to showing women and girls of color that it is possible to be successful and empowered.