Just in! BET Red Carpet Photos!

See who wore it best and why Nicki Minaj was wearing a sweater like she was in the North Pole while everyone else seemed mad-hot and moist.
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Flashing Lights for the Week of 6/6/11!

Who’s been making the rounds this week? Check out these glam gathering, fun fundraisers and party central hot shots! Everyone from Thandie Newton, to Rosie Perez and Kerri Washington have been front and center at some of the hottest parties around town.

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Just In! “Pariah” Cast Photos

Just in are exclusive photos from WireImages’ Portrait Gallery at the Sundance  Film Festival starring the cast of Pariah, a by director Dee Rees. There’s still time to catch them at the festival with screenings on January 26 and 28th, 2011! Find out more at Sundance 2011!

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Flashing Lights! Week of Glam Gatherings – 12/08/10

Who’s been making the rounds this week? Check out these glam gathering, fun fundraisers and party central hot shots!

Everyone from Halle Berry, to Rosie Perez and Anika Noni Rose have been front and center at some of the hottest parties around town.

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Just In! 2010 MOBO Awards Red Carpet from the U.K.

One of the hottest urban music awards shows in Europe (if not the only one!) will be showcasing a bevy of talent from both sides of the pond tonight in the United Kingdom!

If you’re not familiar with the MOBO’s, according to their site it was:

“Launched in 1996, by founder and CEO Kanya King, the MOBO Awards were the first Awards show in Europe to celebrate urban music. In our 14 year history, the MOBO Awards have, undoubtedly, played an instrumental role in elevating black music and culture to mainstream popular status in the UK.

The Awards continue to attract the largest prime time multicultural audience and boast broadcast access to over 250 million people, due in no small part to the fact that MOBO has played host to the music industry’s finest, witnessing jaw-dropping performances from the cream of both UK and international talent. Over the years A-list artists have included: Janet Jackson, Dionne Warwick, Justin Timberlake, Tina Turner, Jay- Z, LL Cool J, Amy Winehouse, Dizzee Rascal, Estelle, Usher and John Legend to name but a few.”

So check out their just-in Red Carpet pics and see if the stars are just as bright across the pond!

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Whitney Performs; Fences Opens; Tribeca Premieres; and More!

April has been a busy month for film premieres, events and glam gatherings! From the opening of the late-August Wilson’s drama “Fences,” starring Viola Davis and Denzel Washington, to Whitney’s shaky comeback, we have the latest photos of the latest glam gatherings!

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Madea is the Only Black “Woman” That Can Open a Film?

“…when you think about a black woman who can open a film, I mean they will green-light the film because of her presence in the film — you know there’s only one person, and that’s Madea.”

Atlanta, Georgia’s, online publication “Rolling Out” wrote an insightful article about the dearth of roles for Black women in film. Of course the article was highlighting the Black Women in Film (formerly, Black Women Film Project) luncheon featuring some of Hollywood’s leading Black actresses in film and television. The article outlined a number of concerns with the roles of Black women –something the IBWFF has also been highlighting for years.

The rub was to promote how much work there is in Atlanta, as well as how much Tyler Perry’s films and studio have impacted roles for African Americans. Personally, my mother’s family has been in Atlanta for over four generations, so I always took for Black achievement and success for granted –i.e., it was something you did, not something you undermined, like in many urban centers.

For many African Americans, Atlanta is a burgeoning, Black metropolis for actors and performers. Tyler Perry’s studio is another example of ingenuity, need fulfillment and entrepreneurship, in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds. Sadly, the strength, purpose and vision of the luncheon was cut short by the closing statement by Roger Bobb, executive vice president of Tyler Perry Studios. After actress Terri Vaughn’s impassioned plea about roles for Black women in Hollywood, and after outlining the impact of such a worthy luncheon, one small statement seemed to dismiss and undermine everything that was just presented.

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The statement?

“…(W)hen you think about a black woman who can open a film, I mean they will green-light the film because of her presence in the film — you know there’s only one person, and that’s Madea.”

Wow. Did he just state that a Black man dressed as a Black woman is the only “Black woman” who can open a film?

Tyler Perry as Madea

Oh, but he did add, “Now you do have some exceptions — Halle Berry and Queen Latifah. But after that, the list goes way down.” Goes down? Goes down to what? Zoe Saldana? Angela Bassett? Gabrielle Union? Alicia Keys? Beyonce? Mo’Nique?

I respect the work (and jobs) that Tyler Perry Studios provides; however, I wish that Mr. Bobb had edited his words more carefully, especially considering that he just attended a luncheon where Black women in film were discussed for over an hour and a half.

Maybe he was taken out of context, who knows? But please, Black women in film are “dissed” enough… we don’t need to be dissed at our own events.

Read the article: http://www.rollingout.com/insiderohome/ro-today/8882-are-black-women-blackballed-in-hollywood-insiders-sound-off.html

Who Rocked the Oscars? Take the Poll!

There’s something to be said for Oscar(tm) fashions… the competition is usually fiercer than the actual award ceremony!

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Sisters came out in glamorous and fabulous dresses that were sophisticated, tasteful, and beautifully structured. When it comes to the Oscars(tm), Black actresses seemed to have a more flavorful flair than some of their peers –good or bad.

In 2002, Halle Berry set the standard for dreamy, higher end couture that made all of the press notice that we are gorgeous, too!

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This year was a standout year, and curvy sisters ruled the runway!

Unlike the unflattering, shapeless, and drab plus-size dresses of the past, these actresses found a happy medium in the plus-size realm.

What was the trend?

Flowing trains! It seemed like almost every actress had a clueless actor stepping all over her dress, including the gorgeous George Clooney fumbling over her royal highness’ train, Queen Latifah. During the Red Carpet event, E! Channel’s Ryan Seacrest pulled Queen over for an impromptu interview. Less than 30-seconds into the interview, George Clooney stepped and tugged on her train like some tipsy frat boy. All ended well when Clooney profusely apologized and was genuinely clueless to the latest Oscar(tm) dress trend.

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The other trends ranged from soft, muted pastels and ombres, to an on-going favorite of bright, rich, jewel-tones –which look fabulous on darker skin tones!

Judge for yourself! Who rocked it?

Congratulations to Mo’Nique

It was a long and arduous road for comedienne and actress Mo’Nique. Many in Hollywood dismissed her as a comedic actress in “low-budget” movies that only appealed to a small, niche audience.

Even when she won the Golden Globes, the only thing the media could talk about were her unshaven legs –which is not so unusually in the Black community, but apparently it’s close to patricide in other communities.

[picappgallerysingle id=”8198416″] Facebook and Twitter have been all a flutter about the Best Supporting Actress race. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences even acquiesced to the masses and dropped last year’s Best Supporting Actrtess winner, Penelope Cruz, into the race for the awful “Nine”! Nine? Really?

Industry insiders were positive that Mo’Nique wouldn’t get the award, even though the Golden Globes are a good indicator of Oscar(tm) wins –and losses.

What was the fallout about?

Some speculate that it was the celebrity backing of the film that turned some people off. However, if it hadn’t been for the backing of multi-gazillionaires Tyler Perry and Oprah Winfrey, according to Tyler Perry at last night’s Oscars(tm), “…they thought it would go straight to DVD.”

Mo’Nique said it best during her acceptance speech: “First, I would like to thank the Academy for showing that it can be about the performance and not the politics. ”

[picappgallerysingle id=”7787866″] Mo’Nique, in an usually appearance of understatement, was royal, regal and classy, in addressing her peers and the detractors.

Will her win translate to new, non-comedic roles? Will she find more leading actor doors opened for her in Hollywood. The future will determine how Hollywood handles her unconventional earthiness and authenticity, especially in such a plastic-focused industry.

[picappgallerysingle id=”8198011″] Is Hollywood ready to return to the rawness of reality, and to shirk the glossy, Stepford Wife look of their leading ladies? Hopefully so.

But it is Mo’Nique’s decision to figure out how she will work her new found fame and success. She will determine what is best for herself, her family and her future.

All that to say, Congratulations, Mo’Nique!

Mo’Nique’s Acceptance Speech:

First, I would like to thank the Academy for showing that it can be about the performance and not the politics.

I want to thank Miss Hattie McDaniel for enduring all that she had to so that I would not have to.

Tyler Perry and Oprah Winfrey because you touched it, the whole world saw it.

Ricky Anderson, our attorney of Anderson & Smith, thank you for your hard work.

My entire BET family, my Precious family, thank you so much.

To my amazing husband Sidney, thank you for showing me that sometimes you have to forego doing what’s popular in order to do what’s right.

And baby, you were so right.

God bless us all.

Momma’s Hip Hop Kitchen presents Back to Our Roots!

Momma’s Hip Hop Kitchen (MHHK) is a multifaceted hip hop event designed to showcase women artists, especially women of color. MHHK serves as a social justice community-organizing platform that educates and empowers women of color on issues that impact their lives, including HIV/AIDS and reproductive justice. Our mission is to create a dynamic interactive exchange and safe space for all women of color to express themselves through their art.

Invitation From the Event Organizers:

MHHK Volume 3, Back to Our Roots, will be honoring International Women’s Month by bringing together educators, students, environmentalists, djs, emcees, b-girls, poets, visual artists, dancers, healers, pastors, organizers and activists to collectively express our solidarity with women’s rights!
We hope that you can join us at this free and family-friendly event. Local organizations and businesses focused on these and/or related issues are encouraged to participate by tabling or simply attending.
When: Saturday, March 6th, 2010 @ the Hostos Center for Arts and Culture 450 Grand Concourse (at 149th St.) Bronx, NY (Main Theater)

Time: 2-5pm

This event is FREE and open to all ages.

For more information about the event, please visit our website @ http://www.mhhk.org or email hiphopkitchen[at] gmail.com. Organizations interested in tabling can register at http://mhhk.org/vol32010/tablingapplicatipr/

2010 Glam Parties Around Town!

Between the Golden Globes, VH1’s launch party for “Let’s Talk About Pep,” and singer Estelle’s birthday party, people have been celebrating the new year right! Check out these activities!

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Two Top Grossing Films Feature Black Women

Well, people said it couldn’t be done. After Halle Berry’s Oscar(r) win in 2002, people questioned if it was just a fluke, and if a Black woman could get movie-goers into the theaters.

[picappgallerysingle id=”7403564″ align=”center”]After the summer success of PRECIOUS, two more films have exploded stereotypes and myths about Black women and their place in film.

[picappgallerysingle id=”7132203″]Granted, one movie completely masks the fact that it is a Black woman (AVATAR), but the other actively promotes the fact that she’s a “first,” that is, THE PRINCESS AND THE FROG which features Disney’s first Black princess in their loooooong line of princess-like films. (Yes, we’ve had American Indian, Chinese, Middle-Eastern, et al.)

[picappgallerysingle id=”7058013″]THE PRINCESS AND THE FROG (starring Broadway and DREAMGIRLS star Anika Noni Rose) grossed $44+ M, with an opening weekend of $12.2M. AVATAR (starring Zoe Saldana as the lead alien and love-interest) grossed and opened at $73M.

Wake up, Hollywood. Black women are ready for you…are you ready for us?

Looking for Talent!! Conscious female rappers/artists/dancers/poets, etc…

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DISCLAIMER: This event is NOT sponsored or hosted by the IBWFF. This is a re-post. As with any audition or casting call announcement, you are strongly encouraged to use your best judgment in attending an audition or casting call. It is your responsibility to contact local authorities if you suspect illegal activities, exploitation or violence from the hosts, attendees or other parties in attendance
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DEADLINES:
**PLEASE APPLY BY JANUARY 5TH, 2010 FOR SPECIAL CONSIDERATION**
**LAST DAY TO APPLY IS JAN. 12TH, 2010**

Are you a FEMALE MC with a slick flow, crazy style, and great stage presence? Or are you a FEMALE VISUAL ARTIST, SPOKEN WORD POET, or DANCER? Are you also politically conscious and inspire others through your work?

If so please apply for Momma’s Hip Hop Kitchen, Vol. 3: Back To Our Roots, Environmental Justice, Education Equality

We are looking for conscious female rappers/artists/dancers/poets, etc… Who are interested in performing on:
Saturday March 6th, 2010
at Hostos Community College
in the Bronx
for
Momma’s Hip Hop Kitchen, Vol. 3: Back To Our Roots, Environmental Justice, Education Equality

If interested please apply by:

  1. Going online to www.mhhk.org
  2. Click on “Vol. 3: 2010”
  3. On the left hand side of the page you will see the link “Participant Application
  4. Click that link, and apply!

Please email hiphopkitchen@nullgmail.com if you have any questions

**PLEASE APPLY BY JANUARY 5TH, 2010 FOR SPECIAL CONSIDERATION**
**LAST DAY TO APPLY IS JAN. 12TH, 2010**

Description of the Event:
Momma’s Hip Hop Kitchen Volume 3, Back to Our Roots, will be honoring International Women’s Month by shedding light and creating awareness on Environmental Injustices and Educational Inequalities and their impact on women of color.
Momma’s Hip Hop Kitchen will bring together women of color educators, students, environmentalists, djs, emcees, b-girls, poets, visual artists, dancers, healers, pastors, organizers and activists. We will come together through a hip hop showcase to express our solidarity with women’s rights!

The South Bronx is a community that has been in constant resistance, seeking justice in education and the environment. It is a community resisting pollution, asthma, toxic wasteland, and budget cuts for art, music, and gym programs. It is a community that lacks access to healthy fruits and vegetables, adequate health care and after school programs. The South Bronx’s need for reproductive and sexual health education is highly reflected in its high levels of HIV/AIDS and sexually transmitted infections.
In place of access to healthy alternatives, the South Bronx has an over abundance of jails and prisons.

However, the South Bronx is not lost. It has experienced a period of healing through leadership guided by community organizations and collectives. This leadership has lead to the creation of new parks, food co-ops, recycling programs, and successful cultural community centers. We have won many amazing victories as a community!
Join us as we fuse our energy, our politics, our ancestry, our traditions, art, song and dance into a brew for Environmental Justice and Education Equality.

Turn Up the Heat and Let the Soul Simmer, as We Stir this Soup for the Hip Hop Soul!

SAVE THE DATE

Momma’s Hip Hop Kitchen, Vol. 3: Back To Our Roots, Environmental Justice, Education Equality
When: Saturday, March 6th, 2010
Where: The Hostos Center for Arts and Culture
450 Grand Concourse (at 149th St.) Bronx, NY
(Main Theater)
Time: TBA (most likely 2-5pm)
This event is FREE and open to all ages.
for more information about the event, please
visit our website @ http://www.mhhk.org
or email hiphopkitchen@nullgmail.com

Kathleen Adams and Lah Tere, Founders of Momma’s Hip Hop Kitchen

Momma’s Hip Hop Kitchen (MHHK) is a multifaceted hip hop event designed to showcase women artists, especially women of color. MHHK serves as a social justice community-organizing platform that educates and empowers women of color on issues that impact their lives, including HIV/AIDS and reproductive justice. Our mission is to create a dynamic interactive exchange and safe space for all women of color to express themselves through their art.

Dreamgirls Opens at the Apollo Theater

The legendary Apollo Theater is presenting a limited engagement of the revival of “Dreamgirls.” Turned into a major motion picture starring Oscar Award-winning actress Jennifer Hudson, Beyonce Knowles, and the voice of the upcoming Disney film “The Fairy Princess,” Anika Noni Rose.

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The musical garnered major attention in 1981 when it debuted on Broadway and starred Sheryl Lee Ralph, Loretta Devine, Jennifer Holliday, Phylicia (Ayers-Allen) Rashad, and others, who went on to star in film and television. The musical gained even more attention from the powerhouse performance of Jennifer Holliday and the signature song, “And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going.” The opening night saw such luminaries as “Dreamgirls” alumna Sheryl Lee Ralph, director George Lucas, and others. You can still purchase tickets if you’re in Manhattan on or before December 12 (http://www.apollotheater.org/calendar.htm)!

Janet Jackson’s American Music Awards After Party

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Miss Jackson –Janet, if you’re nasty– is back! After the stunning and untimely passing of her closest brother, Michael “King of Pop” Jackson, she’s been the sane and professional face of the Jackson Family.

Her performance at the MTV Video Music Awards stunned audience members who may have forgotten why she reigned the top of the charts and dance floor for many years, and proved herself as a consummate professional.

Many have tried to dethrone her while her rival Madonna gets skinnier and crazier, only to become Lady Gaga. Miss Janet is an incredible performer with real women curves, and a talent that leaves Britney-wannabes in the dust.

Well, Miss Jackson threw herself an “I’m Back!” party after the American Music Awards called “The Number Ones.”

Check out the blinding bling and beauty of some of the best performers and actors around today!

Alicia Keys’ Black Ball brings out the stars

Singer, activist, and actress brought out the stars to shine for a worthy cause. She hosted the 6th Annual Black Ball to benefit the AIDS organization Keep a Child Alive. No star was left unseen. Check out the gorgeous pics, especially of the ravishing Halle Berry –replete with her signature pixie cut! (Thank you, Halle, for returning to the cut that set you apart from everyone else!)

Bella Italia… Sisters rock Milan Fashion Week!

Which Janet Jackson outfit rocked it for you?

Spotted throughout Milan were Janet Jackson, fashion mainstay Naomi Campbell and runway rocking Chanel Iman.

Janet looks fresh and ready to re-enter the entertainment world, as she was spotted at the fashion show of two icons: Georgio Armani and Versace.

Ms. Jackson went from slinky to nice girl, as she wore fresh taupe colors in a preppy ensemble that included menswear-inspired trousers.