"There is no shame in black beauty"
Lupita Nyong’o was on hand at the Essence magazine Black Women in Hollywood Luncheon here in LA yesterday to collect an award for her stunning performance in her Oscar-nominated film 12 Years a Slave. On her official Instagram profile, Lupita shared a couple of really great photos with her fans — including a group shot she took with Sleepy Hollow star Nicole Beharie and Orange is the New Black stars Danielle Brooks (Taystee!) and Samira Wiley (Poussay!!!) … which, to a TV geek like myself, sent me into ecstatic conniption fits. In person, Lupita delivered a powerfully emotional speech that spoke not only about her gratitude for winning an award but spoke to a larger theme about “black beauty”. Her speech is definitely worth your time, please read it in full below. More »
Macklemore Publicly Declared That Kendrick Should Have Won...
Ever since I was a little girl I knew the Grammy Awards were not “for” me, AKA my favorite artists/rappers never won, were often not even nominated. Yet every year I still tune in and still get all disappointed when certain artists win and certain artists lose. It’s ridiculous! I’m ridiculous! Or am I? Am I ridiculous for legitimately being outraged that– yup, I’m just gonna go ahead and say it– a couple of white boys (who look like a lot of fun, and certainly have some cool tracks, and no their race isn’t the reason I’m mad, and at the same time I can’t help but see it as related on some level to their immense popularity at these awards shows… and yes, I also understand that they are popular for other reasons, but I stand by my original reference to them) swept the rap category when they were up against the likes of Jay Z, Kanye West, and Kendrick THE GOD Lamar? Am I ridiculous right now? Or is it ridiculous that I have to wait for the BET Awards or the friggen Soul Train Awards to see someone like Kendrick win a bunch of awards (and if you saw his performance last night you know that he deserves to win ALL of the awards, for everything, everywhere)? So yeah. I enjoyed the 2014 Grammys, and I am very happy that Kendrick was (at least) nominated, but it speaks VOLUMES about the Academy that Macklemore & Ryan Lewis (great guys, I’m sure) swept the rap categories. It speaks volumes, and then again, it says nothing new at all. So, um. Yeah. Feel free to rant with me or against me after you check out the winners inside!
[UPDATE]: Macklemore has spoken. And I now love Macklemore.
OMG, I was not ready for this look! I totally missed the SAG Awards last night, but my girl Samantha tweeted me about Kerry Washington and OMGeeez I am losing it. A crop top?! With a baby bump?! I’m sorry but… she wins. She wins at this maternity fashion game. This custom Prada ensemble was paired with Christian Louboutin Pigalace pointy pumps. I friggen love that she dared to go where no pregnant woman should, technically go… LOL. She looks great, and it looks like she had fun. Tell me, what do you think of this look? You love it, right? Because Kerry can do no wrong, right? Exactly. I know. I also included some other pics of her at a SAG Awards party. She’s adorable.
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There Were Other Arrivals? WHAT Other Arrivals?!
If you follow me on Twitter or Instagram you know exactly when and why I lost my mind last night. I was watching the red carpet arrivals at the 2014 Golden Globe Awards when it happened. It. Happened. Granted, we’ve kinda seen Kerry Washington‘s baby bump before, but last night it was so official, I just lost it. She. Looked. Effing. Amazing. And sooo pregnant in the face, LOL! I legit felt like my big sister was pregnant or something and I just couldn’t believe it was real. Kerry wore a custom-made Balenciaga gown and I thought it fit her so perfectly. I know a lot of other women looked great last night but I only had eyes for Kerry. Hopefully, her hubby Nnamdi makes it to the next show… on her arm, cradling that bump, lol. Peep the gallery for more!
UPDATE: AGH! HERE is a photo of Nnamdi at an after party with Kerry! AGH! The love is real!
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They Win At All Things
So, I was not really looking forward to the 2014 Golden Globe Awards because I’ve seen so few of the nominated films (I stuck with a lot of little indie flicks this year) I knew I was just going to be kicking myself the whole time for not having seen all these movies, lol! However, I did tune in for another reason– Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. And I was not disappointed. I was lit’rally ROFLMAO during their opening monologue and I had such a blast tweeting with a few of you last night. I think my favorite parts had to be their little bit with Julia Dreyfus, and the hilarious jokes about George Clooney, Jonah Hill, and 12 Years A Slave. OMG and when you hear Tina say “I am the Captain now,” you will diiieee. I don’t wanna give too much away, so peep the video for more!
And click inside for one epic Vine from Tina and Amy, inspired by PITNBr Alecia!
She basically called Disney a "gender bigot"ed anti-Semite
Okay, so, Meryl Streep was asked to introduce and say a few nice things about Emma Thompson at the National Board of Review Dinner in NYC, NY this week for her portrayal of P.L. Travers in the film Saving Mr. Banks. Over the course of her tribute to Thompson, Streep said some really unflattering things about Walt Disney, I think in an effort to celebrate Emma‘s excellent portrayal of Travers who stood up to Disney for 20 years despite being a “lowly woman”. Meryl really dragged Walt like crazy. She accused him of hating women and of being an anti-Semite. Yikes. Click below to learn more about Meryl‘s tribute to Emma Thompson and attack on Walt Disney. More »
And the Contenders are ...
It is almost time for the official nominations for the 2014 Golden Raspberry Awards to be announced because today we learn which films and actors are up for consideration for Razzie noms this year. The Golden Raspberry Awards, as you may know, are the anti-Academy Awards and are handed out for the worst performances in film each year. The official nominations have yet to be whittled down just yet but members of the Razzies voting academy (which you can join for $40 HERE) have been sent this year’s list of contenders for nomination. Click below to see which films and actors are up for nomination for Razzie awards this year and see if your fave horrible movie/actor made the cut. More »
Actor Johnny Depp made a surprise appearance at the 2013 BFI London Film Festival Awards over the weekend (where actor Christopher Lee was honored for being an all-around bad ass) and as you can see in the photo below, he showed off a shocking new hair’do. Johnny went and bleached his hair blonde … er, or as close to blonde as possible. Depp, his yellow hair and Lee all posed for a photo at the awards ceremony … check out the oddly awkward photo below. More »
Win, Win, Win!
No, seriously. I’m kinda drooling right now. The 2013 Emmy Awards fashion was on point last night! Did you guys love these gowns or what?! Kerry Washington in Marchesa, Claire Danes in Armani Privé, Tina Fey and her (insaaaane body) in Narciso Rodriguez, Kate Mara in J. Mendel (P.S. hella folks were rocking J. Mendel last night), Alyson Hannigan in Marchesa. Oh, and January Jones in Givenchy— aghhhh! Leslie Mann and Aubrey Plaza both had these kinda risky looks that I really liked too. Umma leave it up to y’all to discuss the Lena Dunham situation.
I cannot pick a favorite… but… if I had to… maybe. Claire Danes in Armani Privé. Like Kerry Washington, she went for this ethereal look, and I thought it was just stunning.
P.S. Was anybody else really into Jon Hamm‘s beard? What? No? Okay, cool. Me neither.
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'Cory was a beautiful soul. He was not perfect...'
As I mentioned earlier, I didn’t get to watch all of the Emmy Awards last night, but I caught many of the heartfelt tributes to actors who passed away this year. Jean Stapleton and James Gandolfini were among those honored, and Jane Lynch delivered the tribute to Cory Monteith. She used the moment to talk about her love for Cory, and also tied in his struggle with addiction into her speech. Check out the video above, and if you can’t watch now, click inside for the transcription.