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Last Night In NYC: OUT Magazine and Cadillac Honored Emil Wilbekin with “Master Of Style” Award

Last night, OUT Magazine and Cadillac feted honoree Emil Wilbekin as the 2017 Master of Style. Wilbekin is a distinguished journalist and founder of Native Son, a movement created to inspire and empower Black gay men to foster fellowship, affirmation, and celebration. Embodying the spirit of Cadillac, Emil and Native Son continue to defy expectations and seek innovation by building a platform to help create visibility of Black gay men and to control the narrative around their lives, history, and culture.

Celebrities including Bevy Smith and Ty Hunter as well as EJ Johnson (on behalf of Belvedere) joined Wilbekin to celebrate the annual event. Additional guests included presenters Dustin Ross, Charles Harbison, and Memsor Kamarake.

Photos: Getty

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Sundance 2017: John Singleton, Common, Malinda Williams & more

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The Blackhouse Foundation continued with their 2017 Sundance event line-up on Sunday, hosting a discussion about black masculinity featuring Oscar winner and activist Common discussing the bridge of social activism and art, and The Making of Burning Sands. The Campaign for Black Male Achievement and Blackhouse were the event sponsors.

“An artist’s duty is to reflect the times” Nina Simone. In 2017, the time for artists to stand up against injustice and speak truth to power is more important than ever. In the age of #BlackLivesMatter, artists have a social responsibility to use their art forms as tools of resistance and leverage their platforms to spotlight the most pressing issues of our time.

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Award-Winning Rapper, Actor and Producer Common and Burning Sands Filmmaker Gerard McMurray conversation was centered on the intersection of arts and activism. McMurray was also the director and producer for 2013’s Fruitvale Station. The panel was moderated by Franklin Leonard, Founder of The Black List.

The Blackhouse Foundation, an organization whose mission is to create a community for black content creators, is in its 10th year at Sundance.


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John SingletonMalinda WilliamsYvonne Orji and Bevy Smith were among the partygoers at last night’s Sundance 2017 kickoff soiree at The Blackhouse.

Filmmakers and industry insiders packed into the Blackhouse’s Sundance headquarters and jammed to the sounds of Grammy-nominated DJ/producer Vikter DuplaixSTARZ and Morgan Stanley were the sponsors of the evening’s festivities.

Attendees mixed and mingled while enjoying wine and hors d’oeuvres, but the Blackhouse’s co-founder, Brickson Diamond, made it clear that while having a good time is important, Blackhouse means serious business, “It’s not about a party. It’s about the mission of expanding access and opportunity. It’s about getting our stories told, distributed and our artists heard again and again.”

The Blackhouse Foundation, an organization whose mission is to create a community for black content creators, is in its 10th year at Sundance and will be at the 2017 festival from January 20-23. Programming highlights this year include a conversation with Grammy-and-Oscar-winner John Legend and Jurnee Smollett-Bell about the upcoming season of Underground, and a discussion about black masculinity featuring Oscar winner and activist Common and sponsored by the Campaign for Black Male Achievement.

ABOUT THE BLACKHOUSE FOUNDATION

The Blackhouse Foundation works to expand opportunities for Black content creators by providing pathways to opportunities within film, television, digital and emerging platforms. Blackhouse provides opportunities for minority creative to learn about the financial, production, marketing and distribution resources that will raise the profile of their content, while also providing participants with a nucleus for continuing support, community and education.

KEEP UP WITH THE BLACK HOUSE!

Website: http://www.theblackhouse.org
Twitter: @the_blackhouse
Facebook: The Blackhouse Foundation

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Last Night In NYC: WE tv Celebrates Premiere Of New Legal Docu-series ‘Sisters in Law’

"NEW YORK, NEW YORK - MARCH 23: (L-R) Jolanda Jones, Monique Chantelle Sparks, Tiye Tarita Foley, Rhonda Hunter, Vivian R. King, and Juanita Jackson attend as WE tv hosts exclusive premiere screening for new series "Sisters in Law" on March 23, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by D Dipasupil/Getty Images for WE tv)"
“NEW YORK, NEW YORK – MARCH 23: (L-R) Jolanda Jones, Monique Chantelle Sparks, Tiye Tarita Foley, Rhonda Hunter, Vivian R. King, and Juanita Jackson attend as WE tv hosts exclusive premiere screening for new series “Sisters in Law” on March 23, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by D Dipasupil/Getty Images for WE tv)”

WE tv has another hit on their hands! If the first episode of their 8 episode new docu-series Sisters in Law is any indication of what to expect, get ready for a weekly dose of law and order with a helping of shade.

Last night, We tv along with the Association of Black Women Attorneys (ABWA), celebrated the premiere of its latest show Sisters in Law. Held at the Museum of Art & Design, invited guests included New York tastemakers and media treated to a cocktail reception followed by a screening of the first episode. After the screening cast members Jolanda JonesJuanita JacksonRhonda WillsVivian KingMonique Sparks, and Tiye Foley participated in a Q&A session moderated by TV and radio host, Jacque Reid.

"NEW YORK, NEW YORK - MARCH 23: (L-R) Jacque Reid Vivian R. King, Juanita Jackson, Jolanda Jones, Tiye Tarita Foley, Rhonda Hunter and Monique Chantelle Sparks speak onstage as WE tv hosts exclusive premiere screening for new series "Sisters in Law" on March 23, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by D Dipasupil/Getty Images for WE tv)"

Attendees included Naturi Naughton, TV/Radio personality Bevy Smith, Elle Varner, Judge Lauren Lake of Paternity Court, as well as reality stars Yandy Smith and Boogie Dash.

"WE tv Hosts Exclusive Premiere Screening For New Series "Sisters In Law""

Sisters in Law follows a group of six talented female black attorneys in Houston as they tackle some of the toughest cases in Texas. In spite of being in a field dominated by men – who are predominately white – these black women have risen through the ranks propelled by their relentless need to achieve justice for their clients. Bonded by their immense passion for law, their gender, and their race over the years they’ve established a close-knit professional and social group. With egos the size of Texas, they at times find themselves at odds as they juggle their careers, families, political aspirations, and social calendars; struggling to remain united in the face of fierce competition — under intense pressure to succeed.

Sisters in Law premieres tonight on We tv at 10 p.m. ET/PT and trust us you want to tune it. If you won’t take our word for it, watch the first look trailer below. If you’d like to check out more pictures from the evening hit the gallery below and remember stay fly!

 

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FLY NEWS: Bevy Smith Featured In The New York Times …

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We absolutely LOVE when our favorite Fly guys and girls make FLY headlines worthy of national attention. It’s so inspiring, and gives us just one more motivational push to move forward towards our goals. Who do you ask has inspired us this time? None other than our favorite Hosts/Fashionista, Bevy Smith

Aunty Bevy has been featured in the New York Times in a piece about people who host IRL’s also known as In Real Life dinner parties and actually make residual income by prompting and guiding others to make valuable connections all the while maintaining and making valuable connections themselves. The article dives into the many reasons why these talented dot connectors do what they do.

According to The New York Times;

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“There is a market for this because people have lost the fine art of conversation,” said Bevy Smith, the creator of Dinner With Bevy. “People are so busy trying to network, they forget about connecting.” Ms. Smith beams when she meets someone new. “Why, hello!” she purred to a waiter at Red Rooster Harlem one recent Friday. He smiled, captivated by his customer. Ms. Smith oozes natural charm, which makes her the belle of the ball at the invitation-only dinners she organizes for a high-end clientele.

Her 86,300 Twitter followers (and fans of “Fashion Queens,” a show on Bravo she is a host of) revel in her good humor. Born in Harlem, Ms. Smith knows many people employed in glamorous industries, having worked in fashion advertising at Rolling Stone and Vibe.

For her events, she insists on a sit-down meal. “A lot of times I got pushback from clients saying: ‘This is a lot of money. Why don’t we do a cocktail party?’ ” she said. “I say, ‘Well, no, because a cocktail party means transient conversation.’ ” At a dinner party guests have three hours to connect. “You only have an hour at a cocktail party,” she said.

For the 2012 Oscars she hosted a dinner sponsored by Target for the singer Pharrell Williams at the Chateau Marmont. The same year, Belvedere Vodka sponsored a party at Tiny’s and the Bar Upstairs in TriBeCa. Ms. Smith sat Misty Copeland, a ballerina for the American Ballet Theater, next to the filmmaker and culture critic Nelson George. He is now making a documentary about Ms. Copeland’s life.

How amazing is that? And how amazing is Bevy?

You can read the rest of the article Here.

-Stay Fly!

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Last Night In NYC: Luke James, Bevy Smith, Bridget Kelly & More Help Launch REVOLT TV’s ‘HELLO Harlem’ Series for Boys & Girls Club…

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Last night in NYC, over 500 VIPs in business, philanthropy and entertainment gathered at the Studio Museum in Harlem to celebrate the red carpet launch of REVOLT TV’s community initiative, “HELLO Harlem” – a summer series to benefit the Boys and Girls Club of Harlem (BGCH).

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[Last Night In NYC] The Legendary Damon Gives the Lenox Lounge a Farewell to Remember

 

After 73 years, the legendary Lenox Lounge, home to such artists as Billie Holiday, Miles Davis, Frank Sinatra, and John Coltrane, will be closing its doors for the last time this winter. In honor of the club, The Legendary Damon threw a spectacular farewell/holiday party in the lounge’s iconic Zebra Room On Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012.

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[Last Night In NYC] NY VIPs Gather for a Special Evening with Iyanla Vanzant

Recently, some of New York’s most influential women attended a private dinner and screening of the new OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network series “Iyanla: Fix My Life,” starring life coach and best-selling author Iyanla Vanzant.

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[Fly-LIGHTS] Bevy Smith, June Ambrose, Denise Vasi, Keisha Knight Pulliam, Lisa Raye, Michelle Williams & Lance Gross Spotted in these ESSENCE Streets …

Some of our favorite FLY celebrities were potted out and about in Baton Rouge for the 2012 Essence Music Festival! First up was our favorite style maven and Auntie, Bevy Smith, in a floral print dress with pink over tones and pink peep toes, Bevy Looked Stunning!

Next up, was Fly Celebrity Stylist, June Ambrose, who also rocked a floral print dress with an amazing pair of python heel-less platforms!

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The beautiful Denise Vasi of Single Ladies fame …

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Looked stunning in a floral print skirt, white blazer and yellow heels …. we see this floral print trend is taking over the Summer!

Actress, Keisha Knight Pulliam looked amazing in a white button up, shorts and a dope pair of colorful Christian Louboutin heels.

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You know Lisa Raye has nothing else to offer except a good white ensemble. I rock with her consistency … I’m positive that she bleeds white blood.

 Michelle Williams Tried it in this metallic gold jumper. Her ode to the solid gold dancers was definitely a #Fail tho

She made up for it in this turquoise number for another Essence event, she washed away her sins with this one.

And Lance Gross is an absolute G for rockin’ the Brooklyn Summer uniform to the events, he’s dead wrong for pairing camo with that flag, but so is half of Brooklyn.

-Stay Fly!

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[Video] NY City Shaper Bevy Smith and the Range Rover Evoque | Land Rover USA

We are blessed to have such great friends here at SFPL! Step into style maven, NY’s top socialite Bevy Smith and the king behind the biggest magazine, Mickey Boardman aka Mr. Mickey, as they discuss what it means to have unique style.

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[We LIKE] The Doe Fund …

Recently, Style Maven and friend of the Fly people, Bevy Smith introduced us on to a wonderful organization called The Doe Fund. The Doe Fund is an amazing human services agency that aids in providing paid work; workforce development and job placement; transitional, supportive, and permanent housing; drug testing and counseling; and comprehensive social and educational services for 1,000 people every day.
Headquartered in New York City, The Doe Fund is a $50 million, multi-disciplinary human services agency services individuals who were once homeless or incarcerated.
The “men in blue”  (as they are called ) are implemented into the organization’s flagship program, Ready, Willing & Able, and can be seen cleaning 150 miles of New York City streets every day, rain or shine. This paid transitional work is the first step they take toward self-sufficiency, and they complete Ready, Willing & Able with full-time, permanent employment, apartments of their own, and their sobriety.
This is not only Amazing, but it’s definitely Stuff Fly People Like.
The organization recently teamed up with MTV to have a concert which celebrated their graduates achievements.  Sway of MTV was the host and  Old School acts like Rob Base performed in addition to NY’s #1 DJ, Funk Master who controlled the wheels of steel. At the event I caught up with Founder and President, George T. McDonald to get a gist of the inspiration to create such a wonderful program.

Rae – Tell me a little bit about what’s happening her tonight?

Mr. McDondald – The Doe Fund is our signature program Ready, Willing, and Able, is celebrating
all the graduates that we’ve had over the past 22 years and we have about 1200
folks here and we’re going to have some entertainment and some fun.

Why is important for the Doe Fund to do an event like this that celebrates
the graduates?

It’s important to point out to them that they represent the best of what America
has to offer. They’ve gone on and overcome adversity and horrible situations in
their lives and yet have turned it around to productive, tax paying embers of society,
parents to their children, hard-working men and women that we all should be proud
of.

Explain the importance of a second chance because what this program does
is give a lot of people a second chance that would not usually have.

The program sometimes gives a person who goes through our program a second
chance and a third chance, so I don’t know that it’s exactly second chances that
people have. We provide an oppourtunity to people hereto for have not had it. They
take advantage of it and they prosper to it. That’s the second chance. Its their first
chance to access what America has to offer, the most to everybody else.

Organizations like this one cannot coexist without your help. To learn more, visit www.doe.org.

-Stay Fly!