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Fly Events: Essence’s 2018 ‘Street Style Festival’

Thousands of fashionistas and style influencers converged at Duggal Greenhouse in Brooklyn for the return of the 2018 ESSENCE Street Style Festival—the non-stop celebration highlighting style, culture and community. Hosted by Insecure star and comedienne Amanda Seales, attendees enjoyed a variety of experiences, including an awards ceremony honoring songstress/style maven Kelis and fashion influencer Kellie Brown for their impact and legacy in the fashion world. The celebration featured curated conversations with Dapper Dan, Tristan Wilds and Trevor Jackson along with exciting performances from songstress/dancer/model/actress Teyana Taylor, Afropop sensation Yemi Alade and DJ’s Jasmine Solano and Olivia Dope.

The new indoor/outdoor format also allowed the crowd to enjoy a variety of curated experiences, including: a robust vendor marketplace showcasing more African-American entrepreneurs than ever before (including vendors from ESSENCE Marché, the new digital beauty, fashion and lifestyle e-commerce destination for Black women); a fun-filled Kidzone; a Street Style fashion show showcasing a host of the local fashionistas who bring the hottest looks from the catwalk to life on the city sidewalks every day; delicious eats and refreshing beverages; and so much more.

Launched in 2014, the ESSENCE Street Style Festival was created to provide a space where the fashion elite, style influencers, and everyday fashionistas can come to celebrate the unique influence Black women have on all facets of fashion, style and beauty during NYFW.

Sponsors for the 2018 event include: Coca-Cola, Macy’s, Nike and Shea Moisture. For more details, visit www.essence.com/streetstyle2018.

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Last Night In NYC: ESSENCE’s 9th Annual Black Women in Music Honors Missy Elliott

The Lincoln Motor Company was the exclusive automotive sponsor for ESSENCE’s 9th Annual Black Women in Music event in New York City at the Highline Ballroom this past week. This year’s event celebrated GRAMMY® award-winning rapper, singer, and producer Missy Elliott. During the event, recording artists Rapsody and Leikeli47 performed amazing tributes to Missy performing her hit songs, “Hot Boyz” and “She’s a B****”. Media mogul Mona Scott Young presented Missy with the Visionary Award and introduced a surprise guest, the legendary Janet Jackson, who shared a heartfelt hand-written speech with the crowd.

Celebrity arrivals, including Naturi Naughton, Lil’ Mo and Beyonce’s stylist, Ty Hunter posed on the red carpet alongside the all-new Lincoln Navigator. The 2018 Navigator was just awarded prestigious “Truck of the Year” honors at the 2018 North American International Auto Show, the country’s largest, most influential auto show. Other celebrities in attendance included rapper T.I., Slick Rick, Remy Ma, Janelle Monae, MC Lyte, June Ambrose and Tracklib ambassador Erick Sermon, who attended the event with his daughter. Civil rights activists Tarana Burke and Kaia Burke were also in attendance.

Following Black Women in Music, Lincoln Motor Company held their exclusive Lincoln “First Listen” media dinner at The Dream Hotel in downtown, NYC. R&B star Marsha Ambrosius performed to a room full of esteemed journalists and executives including Jennifer Edwards, Multicultural Communications Manager at Ford and Lincoln and Raj Register, Head of Cross Brand Strategy and Growth Audience Communications at Ford and Lincoln.

Lincoln’s First Listen series featuring songstress and hit-writer Marsha Ambrosius, proves the brand remains committed to the arts. The series previews upcoming music from rising and established musicians from behind the wheel of a Lincoln vehicle through the Revel sound system.

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Entertainment

Essence To Honor Janelle Monae, Issae Rae, Yara Shahidi and Aja Naomi at The 10th Annual Black Women In Hollywood Gala

Time Inc.’s (NYSE:TIME) Essence, the preeminent brand for African-American women, will commemorate the 10th anniversary of its esteemed Black Women in Hollywood Awards—the annual Oscar-week celebration at the forefront of spotlighting Hollywood’s most creative and accomplished visionaries. Shifting from a daytime luncheon to a resplendent evening gala for the first time, the red carpet ceremony will be held at the Beverly Wilshire in Beverly Hills, CA, on Thursday, February 23, 2017.

The Awards & Gala will honor Hollywood’s “Next Generation”—young women who are excelling and elevating their crafts—including triple-threat actress/musician/entertainer Janelle Monáe (Breakthrough Award); groundbreaking actress/writer/producer Issa Rae (Vanguard Award); standout actress Aja Naomi King (Lincoln Shining Star Award); and dynamic actress Yara Shahidi (Generation Next). Actress/Producer Gabrielle Union will serve as the program’s host.

“For the past decade, the “Essence Black Women in Hollywood Awards have paid homage to our modern image-makers—both in front of the camera and behind the scenes,” said Essence Editor-in-Chief Vanessa K. De Luca. “This past year has been an exceptional one for diversity in film and television, and with the incredible contributions of Janelle, Issa, Aja and Yara, it is fitting that our 10th anniversary will honor the future of Hollywood and its continued steps on the path to inclusion.”

Also for the first time, internationally acclaimed visual artist and filmmaker Mickalene Thomas will be infusing the event with her elaborate imagery celebrating the power of female beauty as a facet of women’s empowerment.

Since its inception in 2008, the “Essence Black Women in Hollywood Awards have honored some of the most cherished figures in the industry, including Oprah Winfrey, Lupita Nyong’o, Ava DuVernay, Halle Berry, Viola Davis, Jada Pinkett-Smith, Angela Bassett, Queen Latifah, Naomie Harris, Octavia Spencer, Taraji P. Henson, Jennifer Hudson, Zoe Saldana, Alfre Woodard, Regina King, Gabrielle Union, Tracee Ellis Ross, Debbie Allen, Nina Shaw, Mary J. Blige, Gabourey Sidibe, Quvenzhané Wallis, Jurnee Smollett, Ruby Dee, Diahann Carroll, Cicely Tyson, Loretta Devine, Mara Brock Akil, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Ruth E. Carter, Nina Shaw, Gina Prince-Bythewood and Suzanne de Passe.

As a highlight of Oscar week, this elegant awards celebration has hosted many of Hollywood’s elite, including Chris Rock, Tom Cruise, Will Smith, Amy Adams, Emma Stone, Samuel L. Jackson, Forest Whitaker, James Cameron, Terrence Howard and Laurence Fishburne, among many others.

Stay tuned to Essence.com for highlights and behind-the-scenes access to the “Essence Black Women in Hollywood Awards & Gala.” Follow them on Twitter and Instagram @essence #BlackWomeninHollywood. Join in the discussion on Facebook.

The gala is presented by The Lincoln Motor Company and sponsored by AT&T, Coca-Cola, Colgate Optic White, GEICO, L’Oréal Paris, Planned Parenthood Federation of America and Walmart.

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Entertainment

Erykah Badu To Be Honored at Essence’s 8th Annual ‘Black Women In Music’ 2017

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Time Inc.’s (NYSE:TIME) Essence, the preeminent brand for African-American women, will host its highly anticipated 8th annual “Black Women in Music”—an official GRAMMY Week event—on Thursday, February 9, in Los Angeles. The invitation-only soiree will salute the year’s extraordinary GRAMMY nominees and fête four-time GRAMMY winner Erykah Badu on the 20th anniversary of her groundbreaking debut album, “Baduizm.” The evening will also feature a performance by Roc Nation management artist Tiwa Savage, an award-winning Nigerian singer-songwriter making an indelible impact in the U.S.

“From the time that she first hit the scene with her album ‘Baduizm,’ we all fell in love with the genius that is Erykah Badu. It is only fitting that we honor the accomplishments of our neo-soul queen, whose remarkable artistry still moves us 20 years later,” said Essence Editor-in-Chief Vanessa De Luca. “We congratulate Erykah on her incredible career, as well as all of this year’s GRAMMY nominees, who share their amazing gifts with the world.”

“Our collaboration with The Recording Academy® underscores the mission of our ‘Black Women in Music’ platform,” said Essence President Michelle Ebanks. “Essence, like the GRAMMYs, has always been at the forefront of recognizing the genius of so many artists and influencers—from iconic legends to the next generation’s rising stars, like Tiwa Savage. We also applaud our event sponsor, Lincoln, for returning once again to support the vision of this event.”

“We’re closely aligned with the inspiration behind the ‘Black Women in Music’ event that helps bring a highly talented group of artists together through the power of music,” said Evan Greene, chief marketing officer of The Recording Academy. “The Recording Academy has always strived to recognize and celebrate diversity within the music industry.”

Established in 2010, ESSENCE ‘Black Women in Music’ has heralded the accomplishments of both emerging and established artists and influencers during GRAMMY week. Previous celebrants include GRAMMY Award winners Jill Scott, Mary J. Blige, Kelly Rowland and Janelle Monáe, GRAMMY Award nominees Solange and Andra Day, as well as music industry veteran Sylvia Rhone and singer/songwriters Lianne La Havas and Emeli Sandé.

The 2017 ESSENCE ‘Black Women in Music’ event is sponsored by Lincoln. Stay tuned to Essence.com for highlights and behind-the-scenes access. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram@essence #BlackWomeninMusic. Join in the discussion on Facebook.

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Last Night In NYC: “STAR” Shines at VIP Screening

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This week, FOX continued its promo tour of screenings for the upcoming series STARco-created by Lee Daniels and Tom Donaghy.

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On Wednesday, FOX teamed up with ASCAP Urban to present a special screening and holiday showcase at Helen Mills Event Space in New York City. Over 200 press and influencers attended the swanky affair, which was hosted by media personality Gia Peppers and featured performances by recording artists Solo Woods, Topaz Jones and Liana Banks. DJ Max October provided sounds all night as attendees mixed and mingled in the sparkly gold-decorated space. Special guests included Mona Scott-Young, Keith Clinkscales, Len Burnett and media reps from The YBF, ESSENCE, The Root, BET, StuffFlyPeopleLike, NBC News, Complex and more.

Don’t miss the special preview of “STAR” airing Wednesday, December 14 on FOX after the fall finale EMPIRE at 8PM ET/PT.

“Like” STAR on Facebook at facebook.com/STARonFOX. Follow the series on Twitter @STAR and join the discussion by using #Star. See photos and videos on Instagram by following @STARonFOX.

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We Love: Essence Debuts #BlackGirlMagic Issue For Black History Month

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In celebration of Black History Month Essence magazine announced their first #BlackGirlMagic issue. The aptly named issue aims to highlight trailblazing women of color who are shaping the future. #BlackGirlMagic’s Class of 2016 cover stars include actresses Teyonah Parris of Chi-Raq and Yara Shadidi of Black-ish, alongside activist Johnetta “Netta” Elzie.

“Being a part of this reemergence of a movement both pro-diversity and pro-woman is the best part of being a black girl,” 16-year-old Shahidi told Essence.

Other notable women of color being honored as part of Essence’s “Class of 2016” include Aja Naomi King, Bree Newsome, Willow Smith, Zendaya, and Quvenzhane Wallis. These amazing women are being recognized for they have accomplished in their respective fields. The issue hits newsstands everywhere Friday, Jan. 8th.

Source: Essence

By: Arlene Danna

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Entertainment

Turn Up Your Sexy: Fifty Shades of Sexy with Niecy Nash + Essence [Video]

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“Create! Watch! Delete! Repeat!” is the advice that Niecy Nash is giving to you ladies who want to make a steamy flick with your man to spice things up in the bedroom! Teaming up with Essence to bring you “Turning Up Your Sexy,” Niecy lets us in on a few bedroom secrets just in time for Valentine’s Day.

 

Sexy lingerie, a naughty school girl or a dominatrix, check out these sexy tips on how to take things up a notch to get your man super excited about Valentine’s Day:

 

 

Don’t forget to catch the sexiest film of 2015, Fifty Shades of Grey in theaters this Friday!

 

-Stay FLY

[FLY Girl Cherri]

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[Fly-LIGHTs & Pics] Fly Girl, KeKe Palmer Covers Essence

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Fly girl, KeKe Palmer flawlessly faces the January 2015 issue of Essence Magazine.

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SFPL Tunes: Jaheim ft. Cynthia Bailey, LisaRaye & Vivica A. Fox – “Age Ain’t A Factor” [Video]

Jaheim simply hasn’t lost his musical touch. The soulful crooner is back with a jawn dedicated to timeless black beauty entitled “Age Ain’t A Factor”.

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[Fly-LIGHTs] Lil’ SCrappy And Erica Dixon Cover Rolling Out & Jilly From Philly Covers Essence…

  ‘So Is you gonna marry a N-gga’?

 

I mean, that’s what he SAID to Erica when he proposed to her, and now the newly engaged couple are covering the latest issue of Rolling Out Magazine.