Her Last Laugh
In 1984, Vanessa Williams became the first Black woman to win the Miss America beauty pageant, which was notable in and of itself, but it was only after she was forced to resign her title that her fame (or infamy) really took off. Williams was forced to step down as reigning Miss America after nude photos she had posed for years prior had come to light in Hustler magazine. For many years, Vanessa felt the stigma of that embarrassment but went on to find fame and fortune as a pop singer, as an actress and as a Broadway performer. This month, more than 30 years after she won the Miss America crown back in ’84, Vanessa will return to the pageant as its main judge. What a difference 3 decades make. More »
With special guest stars Justin Bieber, Katy Perry & Beyoncé
LOL! Remember back in July when we saw that hilarious parody video that a fan put together that imagined a conversation between Nicki Minaj, Taylor Swift and others about their silly Twitter beef stemming from the MTV Video Music Awards nominations? Well, the same genius fan put together a new parody video that features Nicki Minaj, Miley Cyrus and others conversing about their new beef from the VMAs itself. With special guest appearances by Justin Bieber, Katy Perry and — of course — Beyoncé, this new parody video is must see … as it will surely make your life better. Please enjoy.
"I do fight for artists, but in that fight I somehow was disrespectful to artists."
Before you watch the above video, I implore to click inside and watch the Video Vanguard clip that shows all the reasons why Kanye West earned this award at last night’s MTV VMAs. He earned it. And I absolutely love every bit of his acceptance speech. Which is not a “rant.” So please don’t be lazy and ignorant and call it that. If you watch closely, West has to literally swallow his tears before giving this speech—he was emotional and honest. Which is how I like my Kanye West. Peep both videos for more, and click inside for a transcript of his acceptance speech.
The problem was the contradiction. The contradiction is I do fight for artists, but in that fight I somehow was disrespectful to artists.
Last week we learned that Mariah Carey was finally selected to receive her very own, WAY overdue star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and just a short time ago, she made an in-person appearance on Hollywood Blvd. for the unveiling of her star. Mimi was joined by friends but it was her twin children Monroe and Moroccan Scott (A.K.A. Dem Babies) that truly stole the show. Click through the gallery to see photos from Mimi‘s WoF ceremony earlier today in Hollywood and then click below to watch cute video of Mariah‘s son Moroccan Scott crawling all over her as she tried to pose for photos with her star. More »
An overdue Star is born
The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce announced Monday that pop star Mariah Carey will be honored with her very own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. In spite of the fact that Mariah has reigned for years as one of the most successful recording artists of all time, it has taken this long for her to be honored with a star on the Walk of Fame. Mariah took to social media to share her excitement at the honor and to thank her fans, her Lambs, for helping her achieve this award. Click below to read what she had to say to fans and then learn more details about Mimi‘s latest achievement. More »
Congratulations are in order for actor Paul Rudd because yesterday he was honored with his very own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Timed to coincide with the release of his new superhero movie Ant-Man, in theaters on July 17, Rudd was celebrated with a ceremony attended by his family and friends — including actors Michael Douglas and Adam Scott — as well as a horde of fans. Paul‘s star has been placed very near the El Capitan Theater on Hollywood Blvd. so folks who head there to see Ant-Man when it opens will be able to check out his shiny new star on the Walk of Fame. In his speech at the ceremony, Paul quipped: “I remember being a kid and walking this boulevard and reading the names and thinking about what so many other millions of people thought about, which is, ‘Who’s that? The fact that millions of people are going to be able to now see me and ask that same question … is humbling beyond belief.” Haha. I just love him. Altho he has starred in many great films, I will always love him as Josh in Clueless — forever and always. I am so happy to see his success grow with each passing year. Much love and many congrats to Paul on his new star. AND GO SEE ANT-MAN WHEN IT OPENS ON JULY 17 :D
If you ever came anywhere near this blog back in 2012, there was one movie that I physically could not stop talking about—Jacques Audiard‘s Rust and Bone. It remains one of my favorite movies of all time, and I’m still not talking to any of you who haven’t seen it yet. So you can imagine my excitement when I found out that the director took home the top prize at the Cannes Film Festival for his latest work, Dheepan.
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 »