#TeamLupita We WON!!!

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Lupita Nyong’o has found her way into our hearts not only as a bonafide fashionista and this seasons “It” girl, the Yale graduate can now add Oscar winner to her list of accomplishments. Lupita won in the best supporting actress category for her portrayal as Patsey in 12 Years A Slave.

Nyong’o was breathtaking on the red carpet with her custom made Prada gown in a beautiful shade that she referred to as Nairobi blue indicating that the hue reminded her of her native Kenyan home.

If you were not already in love with Lupita for her graciousness and savvy fashion sense, her acceptance speech definitely would win you over . “Thank you for putting me in this position. It has been the joy of my life. When I look down at this golden statue, may it remind me and every little child that no matter where you’re from, your dreams are valid.”

Congrats Lupita!!!

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Jumping the Broom- Paula Patton Get the Look!

Paula Patton is a certifiable MILF and this Mama’s Day she stars in the highly anticipated movie Jumping the Broom- I had the distinct pleasure of previewing the movie on Valentine’s Day and trust me when I tell you this is the perfect film for you and mom!

Paula Patton plays the breathtakingly beautiful Sabrina Watson from an upper middle class family and she is set to marry the thoroughly delectable Laz Alonso who hails from the other side of the tracks. The entire film unfolds during the couple’s wedding weekend which takes place on the uber upper crust Martha’s Vineyard. The ensemble class also includes Loretta Divine, Angela Bassett and Meagan Good. Trust me when I tell you that mama won’t be disappointed when you treat her to this film on Sunday!

Paula Patton Movie Premier- Get the look:

Sam Fine created the beautiful neutral look for Paula Patton for the LA Premier of the movie- here’s an overview of her gorgeous look:

SKIN: I began dabbing COVERGIRL Queen Collection Natural Hue Concealer in Light directly underneath her eyes, closest to the lashline to highlight and conceal. Then, I used my fingers to apply COVERGIRL Queen Collection Natural Hue Liquid Makeup to unify varied tones and give her skin a flawless, yet natural-looking finish. After applying foundation and setting with powder, I used COVERGIRL Queen Collection Natural Hue Mineral Bronzer in Light Bronze to add luminosity and dimension to the skin. I often suggest using bronzer as blush, but this time I opted for a pop of color using COVERGIRL Cheekers Blush in Classic Pink.

EYES: I decided to go for a clean eye and well-defined eyebrow. Whenever I address brows, I always begin by using COVERGIRL Professional Natural Lash Clear Mascara to groom the brow and hold it in place. Then, I gently stroke pencil through the brow with a pencil a shade lighter than the hair, so it never looks drawn on. I played up Paula’s eyes using liner and lots of mascara. I used COVERGIRL LineExact Liquid Liner in Very Black to draw a fine line that wasn’t overly dramatic, then added a few coats of COVERGIRL LashBlast Fusion Mascara to upper lashes to make eyes appear “lifted”.


LIPS: Lastly, I chose COVERGIRL Queen Collection Lip Color in PowderPuff Pink to complete this feminine, fresh look.

Beyonce Illuminates in The City of Lights

Beyonce flaunts her beautiful gams from high atop a balcony of the Ritz Carlton Paris for a recent photo shoot for Harpers Bazaar.  Bee rocks a smoky eye like nobody’s business and she looks stunning as she apparently had an opportunity to mix business with pleasure during her European visit as the star visited Euro-Disney while in Paris.

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Beyonce to release new project this summer

Apparently the self-imposed hiatus for our beloved Beyonce is coming to an end as she has been hard at work on a new CD.

Earlier this month the bootylicious one appeared in Roberto Cavalli drag in what appeared to be either a photo shoot for her upcoming album cover or a video; well music industry insiders are indicating that after hearing 6 preliminary tracks from her latest project that her work is “groundbreaking”. Sony Music head Denis Handlin indicated that “she has gone to another level”.

I for one will be willing to fork up my money for her latest offering- how about you?

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Beyonce in Blackface- L’Officiel Magazine Cover

I love Beyonce, I really do… I admire her hustle, her ability to continuously stay paid and on the tip of everyone’s tongue.

For the upcoming March issue of L’Officiel, the beauty graces not only the cover in celebration of the magazines 90th birthday but the bootylicious one also appears in Black face in a spread which honors Fela Kuti, the Nigerian born musician. The theme apparently for the spread was “African Queen”.

The photos beg the question bold art, or miscalculated misstep for B?

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Mo’Nique Announces 2011 Oscar Nominations

The list of the 2011 Oscar Nominees was announced by Bmore native Mo’Nique and I have to say she looked absolutely gorgeous!

The complete list of nominees is below:

Best Picture

“Black Swan,” Mike Medavoy, Brian Oliver and Scott Franklin, Producers

“The Fighter” David Hoberman, Todd Lieberman and Mark Wahlberg, Producers

“Inception,” Emma Thomas and Christopher Nolan, Producers

“The Kids Are All Right,” Gary Gilbert, Jeffrey Levy-Hinte and Celine Rattray, Producers

“The King’s Speech,” Iain Canning, Emile Sherman and Gareth Unwin, Producers

“127 Hours,” Christian Colson, Danny Boyle and John Smithson, Producers

“The Social Network,” Scott Rudin, Dana Brunetti, Michael De Luca and Ceán, Producers

“Toy Story 3″ Darla K. Anderson, Producer

“True Grit” Scott Rudin, Ethan Coen and Joel Coen, Producers

“Winter’s Bone” Anne Rosellini and Alix Madigan-Yorkin, Producers

Actor in a Leading Role

Javier Bardem in “Biutiful”

Jeff Bridges in “True Grit”

Jesse Eisenberg in “The Social Network”

Colin Firth in “The King’s Speech”

James Franco in “127 Hours”

Actor in a Supporting Role

Christian Bale in “The Fighter”

John Hawkes in “Winter’s Bone”

Jeremy Renner in “The Town”

Mark Ruffalo in “The Kids Are All Right”

Geoffrey Rush in “The King’s Speech”

Actress in a Leading Role

Annette Bening in “The Kids Are All Right”

Nicole Kidman in “Rabbit Hole”

Jennifer Lawrence in “Winter’s Bone”

Natalie Portman in “Black Swan”

Michelle Williams in “Blue Valentine”

Actress in a Supporting Role

Amy Adams in “The Fighter”

Helena Bonham Carter in “The King’s Speech”

Melissa Leo in “The Fighter”

Hailee Steinfeld in “True Grit”

Jacki Weaver in “Animal Kingdom”

Animated Feature Film

“How to Train Your Dragon” Chris Sanders and Dean DeBlois

“The Illusionist” Sylvain Chomet

“Toy Story 3″ Lee Unkrich

Art Direction

“Alice in Wonderland”

“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1″

“Inception”

“The King’s Speech”

“True Grit”

Cinematography

“Black Swan,” Matthew Libatique

“Inception,” Wally Pfister

“The King’s Speech,” Danny Cohen

“The Social Network,” Jeff Cronenweth

“True Grit,” Roger Deakins

Costume Design

“Alice in Wonderland,” Colleen Atwood

“I Am Love,” Antonella Cannarozzi

“The King’s Speech,” Jenny Beavan

“The Tempest,” Sandy Powell

“True Grit” Mary Zophres

Directing

“Black Swan,” Darren Aronofsky

“The Fighter,” David O. Russell

“The King’s Speech,” Tom Hooper

“The Social Network,” David Fincher

“True Grit,” Joel Coen and Ethan Coen

Documentary (Feature)

“Exit through the Gift Shop,” Banksy and Jaimie D’Cruz

“Gasland,” Josh Fox and Trish Adlesic

“Inside Job,” Charles Ferguson and Audrey Marrs

“Restrepo,” Tim Hetherington and Sebastian Junger

“Waste Land,” Lucy Walker and Angus Aynsley

Documentary (Short Subject)

“Killing in the Name”

“Poster Girl”

“Strangers No More”

“Sun Come Up”

“The Warriors of Qiugang”

Film Editing

“Black Swan”

“The Fighter”

“The King’s Speech”

“127 Hours”

“The Social Network”

Foreign Language Film

“Biutiful,” Mexico

“Dogtooth,” Greece

“In a Better World,” Denmark

“Incendies,” Canada

“Outside the Law (Hors-la-loi),” Algeria

Makeup

“Barney’s Version,” Adrien Morot

“The Way Back,” Edouard F. Henriques, Gregory Funk and Yolanda Toussieng

“The Wolfman,” Rick Baker and Dave Elsey

Music (Original Score)

“How to Train Your Dragon,” John Powell

“Inception,” Hans Zimmer

“The King’s Speech,” Alexandre Desplat

“127 Hours,” A.R. Rahman

“The Social Network,” Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross

Music (Original Song)

“Coming Home” from “Country Strong,” Music and Lyric by Tom Douglas, Troy Verges and Hillary Lindsey

“I See the Light” from “Tangled,” Music by Alan Menken Lyric by Glenn Slater

“If I Rise” from “127 Hours,” Music by A.R. Rahman Lyric by Dido and Rollo Armstrong

“We Belong Together” from “Toy Story 3,” Music and Lyric by Randy Newman

Short Film (Animated)

“Day & Night,” Teddy Newton

“The Gruffalo,” Jakob Schuh and Max Lang

“Let’s Pollute,” Geefwee Boedoe

“The Lost Thing,” Shaun Tan and Andrew Ruhemann

“Madagascar, carnet de voyage (Madagascar, a Journey Diary)” Bastien Dubois

Short Film (Live Action)

“The Confession,” Tanel Toom

“The Crush,” Michael Creagh

“God of Love,” Luke Matheny

“Na Wewe,” Ivan Goldschmidt

“Wish 143,” Ian Barnes and Samantha Waite

Sound Editing

“Inception,” Richard King

“Toy Story 3,” Tom Myers and Michael Silvers

“Tron: Legacy,” Gwendolyn Yates Whittle and Addison Teague

“True Grit,” Skip Lievsay and Craig Berkey

“Unstoppable,” Mark P. Stoeckinger

Sound Mixing

“Inception,” Lora Hirschberg, Gary A. Rizzo and Ed Novick

“The King’s Speech,” Paul Hamblin, Martin Jensen and John Midgley

“Salt,” Jeffrey J. Haboush, Greg P. Russell, Scott Millan and William Sarokin

“The Social Network,” Ren Klyce, David Parker, Michael Semanick and Mark Weingarten

“True Grit,” Skip Lievsay, Craig Berkey, Greg Orloff and Peter F. Kurland

Visual Effects

“Alice in Wonderland,” Ken Ralston, David Schaub, Carey Villegas and Sean Phillips

“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1,” Tim Burke, John Richardson, Christian Manz and Nicolas Aithadi

“Hereafter,” Michael Owens, Bryan Grill, Stephan Trojanski and Joe Farrell

“Inception,” Paul Franklin, Chris Corbould, Andrew Lockley and Peter Bebb

“Iron Man 2,” Janek Sirrs, Ben Snow, Ged Wright and Daniel Sudick

Writing (Adapted Screenplay)

“127 Hours,” Screenplay by Danny Boyle & Simon Beaufoy

“The Social Network,” Screenplay by Aaron Sorkin

“Toy Story 3,” Screenplay by Michael Arndt; Story by John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton and Lee Unkrich

“True Grit,” Written for the screen by Joel Coen & Ethan Coen

“Winter’s Bone,” Adapted for the screen by Debra Granik & Anne Rosellini

Writing (Original Screenplay)

“Another Year,” Written by Mike Leigh

“The Fighter,” Screenplay by Scott Silver and Paul Tamasy & Eric Johnson; Story by Keith Dorrington & Paul Tamasy & Eric Johnson

“Inception,” Written by Christopher Nolan

“The Kids Are All Right,” Written by Lisa Cholodenko & Stuart Blumberg

“The King’s Speech,” Screenplay by David Seidler

The Fashion Show Premieres Tonight

The first season of Bravo’s Fashion Show was on my radar, but I rarely tuned in and midway through the season literally forgot about the show. However the second installment of the show has true star power and features bona fide fashion icon Iman as one of the judges.

I have long since loved the Somalia beauty as she blazed trails in the fashion industry with her unique grace and beauty. In fact, the first poster I EVER purchased was not of some crooning teen heartthrob, no Iman graced my walls as a symbol of black beauty and fashion greatness. Harpers Bazaar’s Laura Brown and designer extraordinaire Isaac Mizrahi round out season two of The Fashion Show panel of judges.

Check out the complete bios of contestants and judges here

The Fashion Show premieres on Bravo at 10pm tonight

Happy Birthday Ebony Magazine!

Ebony magazine is celebrating 65 years of fabulousness. Created in 1945 by Johnson Publishing Company the magazine was modeled after Life Magazine. Published by John Johnson the magazine has traditionally focused on highlighting the accomplishments of African American celebrities, politicians and tastemakers. Amy Dubois Barnett currently serves as the editor in chief of the magazine and I can honestly say I have seen a tremendous re-birth of cool since she has been at the helm.

The November issue of the magazine just recently hit newsstands and trust me when I tell you this issue is a must have. All grey everything is the theme for the cover with Taraji P. Henson, Mary J. Blige, Samuel Jackson and Usher grace the cover of the anniversary issue, however it’s the iconic images of some of our favorite celebrities as doppelgangers of past covers that make this issue a collector’s item.

Mary J. Blige as Diana Ross is simply breathtaking….

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VH1′s inside look "Football Wives"

On the heels of the uber successful VH1 Basketball Wives, VH1 is premiering a new show following the wives (or in some instances girlfriends) of the NFL’s most popular players. “Football Wives” is set deep in the heart of football country, Dallas, Texas and the show is sure to bring some of the special brand of drama that we have come to know and love from VH1’s dramatic ‘reality’ programming.

The wives include:

* Chanita Foster, married to George Foster, tackle, UFL
* Pilar Sanders, married to Deion Sanders, all-pro cornerback, retired
* Amanda Davis married to Leonard Davis, guard, Dallas
* Brittany Pigrenet, girlfriend of David Buehler, kicker, Dallas
* Dawn Neufeld, married to Ryan Neufeld, tight end, UFL
* Melani Ismail, married to Rocket Ismail, receiver, retired
* Erin McBriar, married to Mat McBriar, punter, Dallas
* Mercedes Nelson ex-girlfriend of a star player, Dallas

The show premiers on Sunday, October 24th at 10:30, however the premiere episode is already available online.
Football Wives premier episode

Willow Smith- Whip My Hair Video

okay folks, this video is truly EVERYTHING.   Somewhere in the wings, Jada and Will are smiling like the proud parents they should be and of course- whipping their hair back and forth!

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