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.
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.
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.
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.
This month marked 1 year since I started blogging and to mark the occasion I created an extra special #FunFactFriday.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The month of January features some extremely important health initiatives, most of which I covered in some capacity on the blog.
January is also Birth Defect Prevention Month, which raises awareness about the importance of prenatal care in order to ensure happy, healthy babies.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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!
Last night, marked the celebration of the 73rd annual Golden Globe Awards. The award show held at the The Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, California was broadcast live and honored the best in film and American television for the year 2015. Hosted by British comedian Ricky Gervais nominees and their guests were entertained by uncanny and witty – sometimes albeit crass humor by the entertainer as well as many of the presenters.
But before the nominees got to enjoy their evening of dining and hob-knobbing with their industry counterparts they took to the red carpet in their numbers and in awesome splendor. Here are some of my favorites of the evening.
Let’s not forget the evening’s gentlemen who were mighty dapper themselves;
For some it was a family affair;
Or a glitzy date night;
And then the evening began, but not without some shockers:
Rosie Huntington-Whitely is engaged to British actor – official hulligan, bad guy – Jason Stratham. Take a peak at the sparkler that sparked all the buzz;
On Demand Tv Dominated -Three out of four nominations in the Best Drama Series category are from on-line streaming services Netflix (Mr Robot and Narcos) and Amazon Prime, (Outlander).
Returning online returning favorites across the various categories; Orange is the New Black, House of Cards, Transparent; was also markedly increased. (not really a shocker)
America Ferrera and Eva Longoria started some hollywood buzz of their own – the ladies had a little fun with the media mixing up their names during their presenters’ speech:
“Hi, I’m Eva Longoria, not Eva Mendes.”
“And hi, I’m America Ferrera, not Gina Rodriguez.”
Two big face offs between some of Hollywood’s greats – Helen Mirren vs. Kate Winslet – two of Britain’s best-loved actresses have been nominated in the Best Actress: Motion Picture category for their performances of characters based on real people, whilst Eddie Redmayne vs. Leonardo Di Caprio went head to head in the Best Actor: Motion Picture category. Other nominees in the categories are: for Best Actress: Motion Picture – Jane Fonda, for Youth, Jennifer Jason Lee, for The Hateful Eight and The Danish Girl’s Alicia Vikander; and for Best Actor: Motion Picture – Bryan Cranston, for Trumbo; Michael Fassbender, for Jobs; and Will Smith, for the forthcoming The American Can.
BFFs Amy Schumer and J-Law were reunited on stage as presenters, some what disappointed not identically styled by Dior. Lol.
Denzel Washington receives Cecil B. DeMille Award which honors extraordinary contributions to the entertainment world. He was joined on stage by his wife and 3 of his 4 kids. Making him the third black actor to receive the prestigious DeMille Award.
Taraji P Henson becomes third woman to win the award for Best Actress in a TV Drama – and in true Cookie fashion she gave cookies to everyone – her treat. After waiting 20 years for the honor she was not going to be rushed in her acceptance speech either.
And now, the full round up of all of the night’s winners:
Best actor in a TV series, comedy Jeffrey Tambor, “Transparent” (Amazon)
Aziz Ansari, “Master of None” (Netflix)
Rob Lowe, “The Grinder” (Fox)
Patrick Stewart, “Blunt Talk” (Starz)
Gael Garcia Bernal, “Mozart in the Jungle” (Amazon)
Best screenplay — motion picture “Spotlight” Aaron Sorkin, “Steve Jobs”
“The Hateful Eight”
“The Big Short”
Best supporting actor in a motion picture Sylvester Stallone, “Creed”
Idris Elba, “Beasts of No Nation”
Mark Rylance, “Bridge of Spies”
Michael Shannon, “99 Homes”
Paul Dano, “Love and Mercy”
Best animated feature film “Anomalisa” “Inside Out”
“The Good Dinosaur”
“Shaun the Sheep Movie”
“The Peanuts Movie”
Best actor in a motion picture comedy/musical Matt Damon, “The Martian”
Steve Carell, “The Big Short”
Al Pacino, “Danny Collins”
Mark Ruffalo, “Infinitely Polar Bear”
Christian Bale, “The Big Short”
Best actor in a TV series, drama Liev Schreiber, “Ray Donovan” (Showtime)
Wagner Moura, “Narcos” (Netflix)
Bob Odenkirk, “Better Call Saul” (AMC)
Rami Malek, “Mr. Robot” (USA) Jon Hamm, “Mad Men” (AMC)
Best original score — motion picture “Carol”
“The Danish Girl”
“The Revenant” Ennio Morricone, “The Hateful Eight”
Best supporting actor in a series, limited series or TV movie Damian Lewis, “Wolf Hall” (CBS) Christian Slater, “Mr. Robot” (USA)
Alan Cumming, “The Good Wife” (CBS)
Ben Mendelsohn, “Bloodline” (Netflix)
Tobias Menzies, “Outlander” (Starz)
Best actor in a TV movie or limited series Oscar Isaac, “Show Me a Hero” (HBO)
Patrick Wilson, “Fargo” (FX)
Idris Elba, “Luther” (BBC America)
David Oyelowo, “Nightingale” (HBO)
Mark Rylance, “Wolf Hall” (PBS)
Best TV movie or limited series “Fargo” (FX)
“American Crime” (ABC)
“American Horror Story: Hotel” (FX) “Wolf Hall” (PBS)
“Flesh and Bone” (Starz)
Best TV series, comedy “Orange is the New Black” (Netflix)
“Silicon Valley” (HBO)
“Casual” (Hulu) “Mozart in the Jungle” (Amazon)
Best actress in a TV series, comedy Julia Louis-Dreyfus, “Veep” (HBO)
Gina Rodriguez, “Jane the Virgin” (CW)
Lily Tomlin, “Grace & Frankie” (Netflix)
Jamie Lee Curtis, “Scream Queens” (Fox) Rachel Bloom, “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” (CW)
Best supporting actress in a series, limited series or TV movie Regina King, “American Crime” (ABC)
Uzo Aduba, “Orange is the New Black” (Netflix)
Joanne Froggatt, “Downton Abbey” (PBS) Maura Tierney, “The Affair” (Showtime)
Judith Light, “Transparent” (Amazon)
Best supporting actress in a motion picture Kate Winslet, “Steve Jobs”
Jennifer Jason Leigh, “The Hateful Eight”
Jane Fonda, “Youth”
Alicia Vikander, “Ex Machina”
Helen Mirren, “Trumbo”
Best motion picture, drama “Spotlight”
“Carol” “The Revenant”
“Mad Max: Fury Road”
Best motion picture comedy/musical “Joy” “The Martian”
“The Big Short”
Best actor in a motion picture, drama Leonardo DiCaprio, “The Revenant”
Eddie Redmayne, “The Danish Girl”
Michael Fassbender, “Steve Jobs”
Will Smith, “Concussion”
Bryan Cranston, “Trumbo”
Best actress in a motion picture, drama Brie Larson, “Room”
Saoirse Ronan, “Brooklyn”
Cate Blanchett, “Carol”
Alicia Vikander, “The Danish Girl”
Rooney Mara, “Carol”
Best actress in a motion picture comedy/musical Jennifer Lawrence, “Joy”
Amy Schumer, “Trainwreck”
Lily Tomlin, “Grandma”
Melissa McCarthy, “Spy”
Maggie Smith, “The Lady in the Van”
Best director — motion picture Ridley Scott, “The Martian” Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, “The Revenant”
Tom McCarthy, “Spotlight”
Todd Haynes, “Carol”
George Miller, “Mad Max: Fury Road”
Best original song “One Kind of Love,” “Love & Mercy”
“Simple Song #3,” “Youth”
“See You Again,” “Furious 7” -Wiz Khalifa
“Love Me Like You Do,” “50 Shades of Grey” “Writing’s on the Wall,” “Spectre” – Sam Smith
Best foreign language film “Son of Saul”
“Brand New Testament”
Best TV series, drama “Empire” (Fox) “Mr. Robot” (USA)
“Game of Thrones” (HBO)
Best actress in a TV series, drama Taraji P. Henson, “Empire” (Fox)
Viola Davis, “How to Get Away With Murder” (ABC)
Robin Wright, “House of Cards” (Netflix)
Caitriona Balfe, “Outlander” (Starz)
Eva Green, “Penny Dreadful” (Showtime)
Best actress in a TV movie or limited series Queen Latifah, “Bessie” (HBO)
Felicity Huffman, “American Crime” (ABC) Lady Gaga, “American Horror Story: Hotel” (FX)
Sarah Hay, “Flesh and Bone” (Starz)
Kirsten Dunst, “Fargo” (FX)
Hope you guys enjoyed this recap. Are you looking for the SAG Awards later on this month? I know I am.