J-Lo, HBC, Jerry Washington and more!
It’s always fun to discover new fashion favorites, and it looks like Lily James is gonna be my new jam! The Cinderella star hit up allll of the red carpets this week and wore some really gorgeous pieces. This Balenciaga gown is one of my favorites. And Kerry Washington (who delivered this crazy amazing speech that you must watch) and Shonda Rhimes also looked gorgeous at the GLAAD Media Awards. Peep the gallery for more!
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"If we let the gov't start to legislate love in our lifetime, who do you think is next?"
Scandal star Kerry Washington was awarded the Vanguard Award at the GLAAD Media Awards here in Los Angeles, CA last night and she delivered a stirring and very powerful acceptance speech on the support of same-sex marriage in this country. At one point, in particular, she spoke directly to “Black people today [that tell her] that they don’t ‘believe’ in gay marriage” to make a poignant point about “legislating love” … she said:
So when black people today tell me that they don’t ‘believe’ in gay marriage (pause), the first thing that I say is please don’t let anybody try to get you to vote against your own best interests by feeding you messages of hate. And then I say, you know people used to say stuff like that about you and your love. And if we let the government start to legislate love in our lifetime, who do you think is next? We can’t say that we believe in each others’ fundamental humanity and then turn a blind eye to the reality of each others existence and the truth of each others hearts. We must be allies. And we must be allies in this business because to be represented is to be humanized. And as long as anyone, anywhere is being made to feel less human, our very definition of humanity is at stake and we are all vulnerable.
Thank you, Kerry. Very well said. After you click through the gallery presented here to see photos from last night’s GLAAD event, click below to watch Kerry Washington deliver her Vanguard Award acceptance speech in full and be inspired. More »
With a special intro by 'Empire' star Jussie Smollett
Mariah Carey was a featured performer at the Human Rights Campaign gala that took place here in LA over the weekend and as you can hear above, she sang the heck out of her hit song Hero for the assembled audience. Mimi was introduced on stage by Empire star Jussie Smollett and after she had a little chat with the audience, she sang a really beautiful rendition of Hero. Click the embed above to see video of Mimi‘s chat and performance (but watch quickly, this video may get pulled offline). Then click below to see a cute photo of Mariah and Jussie posing for a photo together at the HRC gala this weekend. More »
"I accept your Mayor’s generous gift ... Join Cobra!"
Cobra Commander, the cartoony leader of the terrorist organization Cobra from the ’80s cartoon GI Joe, was presented with a key to the city of Springfield, IL by Mayor J. Michael Houston this week in celebration of the upcoming GI Joe Collectors’ Convention that will take place there next month. This fun little publicity stunt was meant to draw attention to the fact that this GI Joe convention will take place April 9-12 and I love it entirely. Having just watched the animated GI Joe: The Movie (1987) on the big screen just a few days ago, I am still on a GI Joe high so this little photo opp is really fun, I think. Click below to see the official photo of Mayor Houston presenting Cobra Commander with a key to his city and read the accompanying press release. More »
Slayage from Emma, Lupita, Rebel, and more!
This year’s Academy Awards red carpet was one of my favorites. The celebrities came out in true Hollywood glam, and Felicity Jones is still my pick for best dressed… I think. The Elle Style Awards also went down, and some of my favorites (like Jourdan Dunn and Rebel Wilson) looked really amazing. Peep the gallery for more!
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Inspiring, offensive, or both?
I woke up to headlines that both praised and problematized Patricia Arquette‘s feminist speech after her well-deserved Best Supporting Actress Academy Award win for Boyhood. While many (most notably, Meryl Streep) praised the actress for demanding equal pay for women, others noted that both on stage and backstage, Arquette casually dismissed other movements (like those for black rights and LGBTQ rights) as separate from the feminist movement. I LOVE what she said about and for women, but I definitely took issue with her call for blacks and LGBTQ to fight more for women, because women have been fighting for these issues all along. One good argument states that these kinds of speeches are the reasons black women were ESPECIALLY opposed to the feminist movement for so long—because black rights were seen as a separate issue. It’s complicated, but I love the dialogues/interpretations I see happening (definitely read THIS take on it, by Luvvie), and want to hear what you all think. Click inside for more!
'Boyhood' takes home only one Oscar
Yesterday our YATNB discussion centered on Oscar predictions. While I thought Birdman might take home Best Picture, I was not expecting so many other big wins for the movie last night. I really thought Richard Linklater would get Best Director, but Alejandro González Iñárritu took home that honor. I decided not to watch the live event last night, but I’d love to hear what you all thought of the show. Did Neil Patrick Harris deliver? I hear he did a Birdman scene, so I’ll be looking for that soon. Were there any big surprises for you? Any speeches that made you cry? Click inside to check out the winners!
Kirk Cameron is the Biggest Loser
Last month we learned which horrible films released in the last year were nominated for the 35th annual Golden Raspberry Awards and last night, the Razzies were handed out in
grand fashion at their annual awards ceremony in Hollywood, CA. As you may recall, Transformers: Age of Extinction managed to garner the most nominations but it turns out that the absolutely atrocious movie Kirk Cameron Saves Christmas was the biggest winner of the night. Of course, at the Razzie Awards the biggest winner is the biggest loser so … I’d say, the Golden Raspberry Awards really got it absolutely right this year :D More »
Love, love, love.
Probably the most disappointing thing for me last night during the Grammy Awards was watching Kanye West perform Only One. It actually hurt my feelings to be so bored by something he was doing (and it’s sad that, on a night when we could’ve been talking about another dope performance, we’re talking about another Yeezy rant instead). Luckily, Sia, Maddie Ziegler, and Kristen Wiig actually came through with Chandelier and delivered a performance that I couldn’t look away from. Some people who are not as obsessed with Wiig as I am did not recognize her right away (or at all), but as soon as I saw her I knew the performance was going to be hilarious and brilliant. It was. There were so many performances last night (I loved the opening with AC/DC, and the tribute to Selma at the end), but this was my favorite. Can’t wait to hear what you guys think! Did they win the night, or what?
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Plus some great looks from Hannah Simone & the "HTGAWM" ladies
Y’all know I love Kerry Washington, but I have to say that I’m not always 100% sold on her red carpet choices. However, I really loved what she wore to last night’s NAACP Image Awards. All that red—agh. So gorgeous. And she was joined by Scandal co-stars Katie Lowes and Joe Morton. Some of the ladies from How To Get Away With Murder were also in attendance, along with Gabrielle Union, Tracee Ellis Ross, and a host of other big talents. But my favorite look of the night had to be (BOW DOWN Gugu Mbatha-Raw‘s. That yellow on her, and her hair up in natural curls—gorgeous! Peep the gallery for more!
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