Miss Teen USA Struggles with Diversity as Winner Tweets N-Word

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Miss TeenUSAMiss Teen USA had been enjoying a healthy amount of good press after announcing they would discontinue the swimsuit segment of the competition. This year, contestants wore colorful athletic gear instead.

But Saturday night when the top five finalists were introduced at the Venetian in Las Vegas, it was hard to ignore what they had in common. Continue reading “Miss Teen USA Struggles with Diversity as Winner Tweets N-Word”

Viola Davis Receives Hate Tweets By General Hospital Actress

There will be a few among you that will always hate you for speaking the truth. Viola Davis made history on Sunday night when she became the first black woman to win Best Actress Emmy Award. However, one person was not a fan of Viola Davis‘ Emmys acceptance speech. Soap star Nancy Lee Grahn wrote a series of tweets on Sunday, Sept. 20, ripping Davis’ emotional, winning moment onstage during the 67th Primetime Emmy Awards.

“I wish I loved #ViolaDavis Speech,” wrote Grahn, 57, who’s best known for her portrayal as Alexis Cassadine on General Hospital. “But I thought she should have let @shondarhimes write it.”

Grahn then took to her verified Twitter account and railed against Davis. “Im a f–king actress for 40 yrs. None of us get respect or opportunity we deserve. Emmys not venue 4 racial opportunity. ALL women belittled,” she wrote in a now-deleted tweet that was captured by BuzzFeed.


The soap star even suggested that Davis hasn’t experienced discrimination in Hollywood. “I think she’s the bees knees but she’s elite of TV performers,” she tweeted to a fan. “Brilliant as she is. She has never been discriminated against.”

After receiving immediate backlash from the Internet, Grahn issued an apology. “I never mean to diminish her accomplishment. I wish I could get her roles. She is a goddess. I want equality 4 ALL women, not just actors,” she wrote. “I apologize 2 anyone who I offended. I’m women advocate since I became one. After reading responses, I hear u and my tweet was badly phrased.”

She followed up with a lengthier apology. “I apologize for my earlier tweets and now realize I need to check my own privilege,” Grahn wrote. “My intention was not to take this historic and important moment from Viola Davis or other women of color but I realize that my intention doesn’t matter here because that is what I ended up doing. I learned a lot tonight and I admit that there are still some things I don’t understand but I am trying to and will let this be a learning experience for me.”

Davis, 50, reduced the audience to tears after becoming the first black woman ever to win the Emmy for Best Lead Actress in a Drama Series. “The only thing that separates women of color from anyone else is simply opportunity. You cannot win an Emmy for roles that are simply not there,” the How to Get Away With Murder actress said as she received a standing ovation. “So here’s to all the writers, the awesome people — people who have redefined what it means to be beautiful, to be sexy, to be a leading woman, to be black.”

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Drake Gets 12 BET Hip-Hop Awards Nominations

Rapper Drake attends an NBA basketball game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Toronto Raptors Sunday, Nov. 30, 2014, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
Rapper Drake attends an NBA basketball game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Toronto Raptors Sunday, Nov. 30, 2014, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

It’s been ten years since the first BET Hip-Hop Awards launched in Atlanta, Georgia. The event has been a fixture in the urban music scene in Atlanta.  Snoop Dogg will once again host the award show while for the second year in a row Drake got the most nominations.

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Taraji P Henson Empire Actress Nominated for Emmy

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tphenson Taraji P Henson has been nominated for a Daytime Emmy Awards, for Lead Actress in a Drama Series. Taraji P. Henson can currently be seen as the hugely popular character Cookie Lyon on the hit Fox series Empire, a role which netted her the 2015 Critic’s Choice Television Award for Best Actress in a drama series.

Henson previously played “Yvette” in Bad Boy, “Shug” in Hustle and Flow, and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role of “Queenie” in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. She portrayed “Tiffany Rubin” in the true life inspired Lifetime movie Taken From Me: The Tiffany Rubin Story. Henson also played the role of alcoholic singer “April” in Tyler Perry’s I Can Do Bad All By Myself and has made regular appearances on Eli Stone, The Cleveland Show, Boston Legal and CSI. Henson played “B’Ella” in Larry Crowne and starred as “Joss Carter” on Person of Interest. More about the movie at the official Taken From Me: The Tiffany Rubin Story site


Anthony Anderson is nominated for Lead Actor in a Comedy Series, for his role ABC’s black-ish. Anthony Anderson is a writer, on the sitcom, and also starred in his own sitcom, All About the Andersons, as well as the Fox sitcom The Bernie Mac Show during the fifth and final season of the show.

Queen Latifiah and Don Cheadle were also nominated this morning.

See Full list Nominations: http://www.emmys.com/awards/nominees-winners


BET Awards Red Carpet Winners and Performances

2015 BET Awards was full of excitement, comedy, and great performances. Some notable appearances included Rihanna, who has been missing for almost a decade on BET. Also in attendance was Floyd Mayweather, and Diddy who missed his step, and fell on stage.

The show did not disappoint. Janet Jackson received the Icon award, and radio personality Tom Joyner was recognized as the Humanitarian of the Year.

Ultimate Icon, Music Dance Visual Award: Janet Jackson
Humanitarian Award: Tom Joyner
Best New Artist: Sam Smith
Best Female Hip-Hop Artist: Nicki Minaj
Best Male Hip-Hop Artist: Kendrick Lamar
Best Female R&B/Pop Artist: Beyoncé
Best Male R&B/Pop Artist: Chris Brown
Best International Act UK: Stormzy
Best International Act Africa: Stonebwoy
Best Group: Rae Sremmurd
Best Collaboration: Common & John Legend, “Glory”
Best Actress: Taraji P. Henson
Best Actor: Terrence Howard
Youngstars Award: Mo’ne Davis
Best Movie:Selma
Best Gospel Artist: Lecrae
Video of the Year: Beyoncé, “7/11″
Video Director of the Year: Beyoncé, Ed Burke & Todd Tourso
Sportswoman of the Year: Serena Williams
Sportsman of the Year: Stephen Curry
Coca-Cola Viewers’ Choice Award: Nicki Minaj f/ Drake, Lil’ Wayne & Chris Brown, “Only”
Centric Award: The Weeknd, “Earned It”
Fandemonium Award: Chris Brown
Lifetime Achievement Award: Smokey Robinson

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Red Carpet Pics


Janet Jackson Tribute: Ciara Jason Derulo, Tinashe
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Grammy Celebration Coast to Coast

Sir Paul Mc Cartney rocks on at 2015 Grammy Awards in LA

Rolling Stone reports: Sir Paul Mc Cartney showed some moves onstage with Kanye and Rihanna, but his best dancing actually occurred earlier in the evening, when he grooved to Jeff Lynne’s (really great) run-through of “Evil Woman.” Macca rose from his seat, clapping and singing along, then worked a lithe little shimmy into the mix before noticing the camera in front of his face, throwing his hands in the air in mock apology and promptly taking his seat. It was a great moment, and not just because it was nice to see someone other than Taylor Swift have a good time at the Grammys. Unlike, say, Pharrell at last year’s show, Paul was considerate enough to think about whoever was sitting directly behind him.

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 On the East Coast 

FIU Caribbean Student Association VP Keith Liu and guest at Miami Grammy Viewing Party

The Miami Grammy Viewing Party included  Grammy award winner, Mariana Vega, President of the Florida Grammy Pro Chapter, Melanie Masterson – Local DJ Kat Lane (Hits 97.3).

Dj Kane Miami Hits 97.3
Grammy Award Winner- Mariana Vega

Guests enjoyed live performances and viewing of the Grammy Awards telecast throughout the Coconut Grove venue.


Also in attendance were Local Producer and musician, Motiff (@motiffmusic). Local music producer under Eclectic Muse,Gabriel Pulido, Grammy board member and music video producer, Veronica “Milcho” Milchorena, Producer for Showmobile, Katherine Soffia, Producer for Pitch Velvet Productions, Simon Gomez, President and Founder of Innergy Media Group, Olga Pérez Díez.

List of 2015 Grammy Winners 

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Trumpet Awards Red Carpet and Behind the Scene

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The 2015 Trumpet Awards 

Cathy Hughes Founder of TV One invites you to attend the 2015 Trumpet Awards

The 2015 Trumpet Awards will air on February 21,2015, on TV One cable television network. The red carpet and behind the scenes coverage by the Caribbean Media Network USA, includes photos and videos of the 2015 honorees, including Jamie Fox, Janelle Monae, and the Isley Brothers.

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Big Winners at the BET Awards

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Robin Thicke performs at 2014 BET Awards

It was a night full of electrifying performances, emotional speeches and unforgettable moments at the “BET Awards” ’14 — also known as the “Black World Cup,” according to hilarious host Chris Rock — which aired live from the Nokia Theatre at L.A. LIVE on Sunday, June 29.

Pharrell Williams and Missy Elliott :BET Awards 2014
Pharrell Williams and Missy Elliott :BET Awards 2014

Pharrell Williams opened the show with an energetic rendition of “Come Get It Bae” surrounded by a bevy of cheerleaders, and was joined by surprise performer and fellow Virginia native, the amazing Missy Elliott, who brought the crowd to their feet to “Pass That Dutch.” Williams became a familiar face on the stage after winning both “Best Male R&B/Pop Artist” and “Video of the Year,” and again coming on to present music icon Lionel Richie with the Lifetime Achievement Award. Young Money and Beyoncé took home the most trophies with three awards, as did acclaimed film “12 Years A Slave” which swept the film award categories. Pharrell Williams and August Alsina each won two awards.

The tribute to Richie included a presentation of classics “Hello” and “Still” by John Legend and a pulsating rendition of “Brick House” by Ledisi. Just before Richie came on stage to accept his award, Yolanda Adams delivered a soulful, inspired performance of “Jesus Is Love,” bringing the crowd to its feet (and some to tears!) and prompting Richie to admit he was “glad [he] sang the song first.” Richie showed off his own skills when he sat at the piano and serenaded the audience with “Easy,” then got the crowd dancing along to “All Night Long.”

Chris Brown made a triumphant return to the “BET Awards” stage that drew a standing ovation. He proved he hasn’t missed a beat delivering an incredible performance of “Loyal,” which was amped up even more with appearances by Lil Wayne, Tyga and Travis Barker.

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Best Female R&B/Pop Artist


Best Male R&B/Pop Artist

Pharrell Williams

Best Group

Young Money

Best Collaboration

Beyoncé f/ JAY Z — Drunk In Love

Best Male Hip Hop Artist


Best Female Hip Hop Artist

Nicki Minaj

Video of the Year

Pharrell Williams — Happy

Video Director of the Year

Hype Williams

Best New Artist

August Alsina

Best Gospel Artist

Tamela Mann

Best Actress

Lupita Nyong’o

Best Actor

Chiwetel Ejiofor

YoungStars Award

KeKe Palmer

Best Movie

12 Years a Slave

Subway Sportswoman of the Year

Serena Williams

Subway Sportsman of the Year

Kevin Durant

Coca-Cola Viewers’ Choice Award

August Alsina f/ Trinidad Jame$ – I Luv This

Centric Award

Jhené Aiko — The Worst

Best International Act: Africa

Davido (Nigeria)

Best International Act: UK

Krept & Konan

FANdemonium Award

Shooting and Stabbing BET Awards Weekend


A fatal shooting and a separate stabbing at unsanctioned parties celebrating Sunday’s BET Awards cast a shadow over the event, where top superstars like Lil Wayne, Chris Rock and others were set to mark the best in black entertainment.

One person was killed and five injured in two separate incidents ahead of the show at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live, Los Angeles police said. The events were “unauthorized and unaffiliated with the BET Awards,” BET said in a statement.

“The network and all organizers will continue to maintain a safe environment for all planned activities,” the statement said.

The death and four of the injuries followed gunfire early Sunday at a restaurant, Officer Drake Madison said. Separately, a man was stabbed in the stomach Saturday night at a nightclub.

The violence could change the mood at the ceremony.

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TMZ Reports: The incident occurred at around 2:30 AM PT Monday at Supper Club. Someone fired a shot outside the club. One eyewitness tells TMZ the shooter was aiming at the Game’s car … although that does not appear to be the case. Another witness says the shot was fired in the air.

We’re told no one was hit.

A witness says the man in the white T-shirt had a gun in his right hand at the time of the shooting and was running from the area where shots were fired.

A number of rappers were inside the club following the BET awards, including Game, Meek Mill, T-Pain, and Busta Rhymes.

The shooter got away and cops are on the hunt. TMZ has obtained video of the shooter, but you do not see his full body.

Rihanna Naked on Red Carpet for CFDA


Bajan singer Rihanna shocked e veryone by showing up naked to the 2014 CFDA Fashion Awards at the Lincoln Center in New York on Monday, June 2. Rihanna turned heads and dropped jaws in a see-through, leave-nothing-to-the-imagination fishnet gown by designer Adam Selman.Rihanna-at-CFD-Fashion4-SPL

Rihanna accessorized her garment with a pink fur shrug and diamond jewelry courtesy of Jacob & Co. She did not offer any apologies for her attention-seeking behavior. She also took home the Fashion Icon Award!  Click to see Pictures below! 

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Caribbean Americans Celebrated in Atlanta


Puerto Rican native Tina Hart, left, and Dr. Karen Godette from Guyana runs the Oncology department at prestigious Emory University Hospital in Midtown Atlanta
Puerto Rican native Tina Hart, left, and Dr. Karen Godette from Guyana runs the Oncology department at prestigious Emory University Hospital in Midtown Atlanta

The 2014 Caribbean American Mover and Shakers Networking Series, was hosted at Caribbean-owned Stir It Up Restaurant in Midtown Atlanta, on May 22, 2014. The event, hosted by the Caribbean Media Network , is an annual recognition of Caribbean Americans in metro Atlanta. The event was sponsored by Grace Foods , Modern Dental, and the USVI Department of Tourism. 

The event was attended by  Atlanta’s tastemakers, media hotshots, and Atlanta corporate industry professionals.The night’s festivities was co-hosted by none other than television and film producer Roger Bobb  and Dr. Heavenly Kimes of Bravo TV’s hit reality show “Married to Medicine”.  Dr. Kimes graciously hosted the event on short notice, for cast mate Lisa Nicole Cloud, who was out of town on business. 

Roger Bobb and Dr Heavenly at Caribbean American Movers and Shakers Atlanta
Roger Bobb and Dr Heavenly at Caribbean American Movers and Shakers Atlanta

Bobb and Kimes recognized those from the Caribbean and parts of Latin America who have made indelible marks on the Capital of the New South.

Consul General Bahamas: Randy Rolle
Consul General Bahamas: Randy Rolle

In attendance was the President of the Caribbean Tourism Organization Sylma- Bramble Brown, President of Taste of Atlanta Dale De Sena, Southern Division President of Home Depot Ann Marie Campbell, President of Panton Capital Holdings Dr. David Panton, Atlanta City Council Man CT Martin, VP of the U.S.V.I. Legislature Samuel Sanesand other distinguished guests. 

Producer Princess Banton of the Real Housewives of Atlanta.
Producer Princess Banton of the Real Housewives of Atlanta.

Atlanta Daily Journal reports: Media maven Princess Dalton-Lofters summed up the sentiments and prestige of the Caribbean Amercicans honorees on hand — a woman who achieved great success in the male-dominated industry by creating and producing the “Real Housewives of Atlanta.”

“I’m a little overwhelmed. I was born in Jamaica and raised in Canada and now living in the U.S. The one thing that I do wanna say is that it is definitely … being born in Jamaica, being West Indian, has made me who I am,” she said. “I was raised with a certain set of values and mores and was built to make it in this industry. Growing up in Jamaica and then Canada and my parents being West Indian, they instilled in me to be who I wanted to be and to do what I wanted to do. And those who know me understand that I do not take ‘no’ for an answer, or that ‘can’t’ is something that I never embraced. I always embraced dreaming big and going after your goals.

“And I got a lot of ‘no’s’ along the way, and it took that drive in me that I attribute to be me being Jamaican and West Indian to make it in this industry. And for someone like me who has made it, I just encourage young women to follow their dreams (and) never, never, never take ‘no’ for an answer and to always go after what you want,” Dalton-Lofters continued. “Because, believe me, if you can dream it, it will happen.”


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When a Hookup Goes Wrong! BET wins over B Scott


It seems that BET has won the case,brought forth by blogger B Scott. It was apparent that B Scott was given a unique opportunity to be a style correspondent  for the BET Awards  Red Carpet in June of 2013.  Although, guidelines of the dress code was not relayed to BScott, BET who has a large Christian following on Sunday’s, removed him of the set and simply asked him to change his attire, to a more conservative suit.   Hence, the moment when all the drama began about race and gender came into to play, although BET was giving him a unique opportunity in front of millions of viewers.

 Scott has claimed that his original outfit, a flowing tunic, flowing hair, heels and makeup, were all approved by BET in advance. However, after appearing in only one segment of the show, BET pulled Scott from the air and forced him to change to a more masculine outfit.

After filing a lawsuit against the network back in August, things seemed to be moving in Scott’s favor when emails from BET’s president, Stephen Hill, and his staff showed them making disparaging remarks about Scott’s appearance and even trying to cover up the scandal by making him the villain.

But according to TMZ, a judge recently ruled in BET’s favor and dismissed Scott’s lawsuit. The judge ruled that BET has the First Amendment right to control their shows, including the appearance of their hosts, as they see fit.

“It disheartens me that the message sent today wasn’t a message of acceptance, but rather it’s acceptable to discriminate against transgender individuals on the basis of their gender identity and expression,” Scott told TMZ.

Despite the loss in court, B. Scott’s lawyer plans to appeal the case.

MADD FACTOR: Although BET handled the situation, in a less than professional manner with the back and forth emails. It is clear the judge saw what I saw at the event. BScott change of clothing was effective, professional, and reflected the tone of the show. It is a BET production, not BScott production, hence the verdict.  WARNING:BET be very careful who you’ll hire! 

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Director Steve Mcqueen Makes Oscar History

Steve McQueen

Caribbean Briton-born director of ’12 Years A Slave,’ Steve McQueen had every reason to celebrate Sunday night at the Oscar’s as he had made history, becoming the first black director to win the film industry’s top honor in the 86 years of the Academy Awards. McQueen may not have won the director honor but alas the film picked up the night’s top honor, ‘Best Picture of the Year,’ sending the man born to a Grenadian father and Trinidadian mother and the entire cast into celebration and making him the first black director to win the top honor in the history of the Academy.


He jumped up and down on the stage after nervously thanking those who made it possible Sunday night.

McQueen dedicated the award to all former slaves and the thousands who are still enslaved around the world today. And he took the opportunity to thank his mom, who stood up and waved in the audience.

Everyone deserves not just to survive, but to live. This is the most important legacy of Solomon Northup. I dedicate this award to all the people who have endured slavery, and the 21 million people who still suffer slavery today.

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Oscar Crashes Twitter and Celebrates Diversity

ellen Degeneres Oscar
ellen Degeneres Oscar
Ellen DeGeneres Twitter picture crashes Twitter 2.5 million retweets

The 2014 Oscar awards has been one of the most watched and tweeted events in several years. Host Ellen DeGeneres created unique moments, including the above picture which was re-tweeted over 2 million times, which crashed twitter. One of Ellen’s funniest line throughout the night was about Jennifer Lawrence who fell again , this time on the red carpet.  The Best Dress  couple award goes to Will Smith and Jada Picket Smith.  

Will and Jada Smith at 2014 Oscar

The big wins was for Gravity which won 7 gold men this year. The Original Song  category which nominated  “Happy” by Pharell Williams, was won by “Let It Go” Frozen.  This year’s awards also celebrated diversity , with two Oscar wins for “12 years a Slave”, for Best Film and Best Supporting actress.

Lupita Nuyugo
Lupita Nyong’o: Best Supporting actress

SEE SOME PICTURES.. [fb_embed_post href=”http://facebook.com/madnesslive/” width=”550″/]   THE WINNERS ARE… Best picture “12 Years a Slave” — WINNER “American Hustle” “Captain Phillips” “Dallas Buyers Club” “Gravity” “Her” “Nebraska” “Philomena” “The Wolf of Wall Street” Actor in a leading role Christian Bale – “American Hustle” Bruce Dern – “Nebraska” Leonardo DiCaprio – “The Wolf of Wall Street Chiwetel Ejiofor – “12 Years a Slave” Matthew McConaughey – “Dallas Buyers Club” — WINNER Actor in a supporting role Barkhad Abdi – “Captain Phillips” Bradley Cooper – “American Hustle” Michael Fassbender – “12 Years a Slave” Jonah Hill – “The Wolf of Wall Street” Jared Leto – “Dallas Buyers Club” — WINNER Actress in a leading role Amy Adams – “American Hustle” Cate Blanchett – “Blue Jasmine” — WINNER Sandra Bullock – “Gravity” Judi Dench – “Philomena” Meryl Streep – “August: Osage County” Actress in a supporting role Sally Hawkins – “Blue Jasmine” Jennifer Lawrence – “American Hustle” Lupita Nyong’o – “12 Years a Slave” — WINNER Julia Roberts – “August: Osage County” June Squibb – “Nebraska” Directing Alfonso Cuaron – “Gravity” — WINNER Steve McQueen – “12 Years a Slave” Alexander Payne – “Nebraska” David O. Russell – “American Hustle” Martin Scorsese – “The Wolf of Wall Street” Writing (adapted screenplay)“12 Years A Slave” – John Ridley — WINNER “Before Midnight” – Richard Linklater, Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke “Captain Phillips” – Billy Ray “Philomena” – Steve Coogan and Jeff Pope “The Wolf of Wall Street” – Terence Winter Writing (original screenplay) “American Hustle” – Eric Warren Singer and David O. Russell “Blue Jasmine” – Woody Allen “Dallas Buyers Club” – Craig Borten and Melisa Wallack “Her” – Spike Jonze — WINNER “Nebraska” – Bob Nelson Animated feature film “The Croods” “Despicable Me 2” “Ernest & Celestine” “Frozen” — WINNER “The Wind Rises” Documentary (feature) “The Act of Killing” “Cutie and the Boxer” “Dirty Wars” “The Square” “20 Feet From Stardom” — WINNER Music (original song) “Happy” – “Despicable Me 2” – Pharrell Williams “Let it Go” – “Frozen” – Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez — WINNER “Ordinary Love” – “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom” – U2, lyrics by Paul Hewson, aka Bono “The Moon Song” – “Her” – music by Karen O, lyrics by Karen O and Spike Jonze Music (original score) “The Book Thief” – John Williams “Gravity” Steven Price — WINNER “Her” – William Butler and Owen Pallett “Philomena” – Alexandre Desplat “Saving Mr. Banks” – Thomas Newman Visual effects “Gravity” — WINNER “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” “Iron Man 3” “The Lone Ranger” “Star Trek Into Darkness” Cinematography “The Grandmaster” “Gravity” — WINNER “Inside Llewyn Davis” “Nebraska” “Prisoners” Costume design “12 Years a Slave” “American Hustle” “The Grandmaster” “The Great Gatsby” — WINNER “The Invisible Woman” Makeup and hairstyling “Dallas Buyers Club” — WINNER “Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa” “The Lone Ranger” Film editing “12 Years a Slave” “American Hustle” “Captain Phillips” “Dallas Buyers Club” “Gravity” — WINNER Documentary (short subject) “CaveDigger” “Facing Fear” “Karama Has No Walls” “The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life” — WINNER “Prison Terminal: The Last Days of Private Jack Hall” Foreign language film “The Broken Circle Breakdown” – Belgium “The Great Beauty” – Italy — WINNER “The Hunt” – Denmark “The Missing Picture” – Cambodia “Omar” – Palestine Short film (live action) “Aquel No Era Yo (That Wasn’t Me)” “Avant Que De Tout Perdre (Just before Losing Everything)” “Helium” — WINNER “Pitaako Mun Kaikki Hoitaa? (Do I Have to Take Care of Everything?)” “The Voorman Problem” Short film (animated) “Feral” “Get a Horse!” “Mr. Hublot” — WINNER “Possessions” “Room on the Broom” Production design “12 Years a Slave” “American Hustle” “Gravity” “The Great Gatsby” — WINNER “Her” Sound editing “All Is Lost” “Captain Phillips” “Gravity” — WINNER “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” “Lone Survivor” Sound mixing “Captain Phillips” “Gravity” — WINNER “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” “Inside Llewyn Davis” “Lone Survivor”

NAACP Awards Highlights and Winners

Karry Washington, Naacp awards


Scandal star Kerry Washington was glowing at the 45th NAACP Image Awards presented by TV One at Pasadena Civic Auditorium on Saturday, February 22 in Pasadena, California. The red carpet included a Whos Who of  Black Star Power. 12 Years a Slave took top honors at the 45th annual NAACP Image Awards, where Kevin Hart was named entertainer of the year.


Lupita Nyong’o took home the first honor of the telecast for her work in 12 Years a SlaveSteve McQueen won top directing honors and John Ridley took home writing honors for the slavery drama. Nyong’o praised Oprah Winfrey, whom she beat out for the supporting actress award, calling it “a deep, deep honor to be holding this trophy.”


Angela Bassett took outstanding motion picture actress for Black Nativity, and Forest Whitaker won outstanding motion picture actor for Lee Daniels’ The Butler

On the television side, LL Cool J won outstanding actor in a drama series for CBS’ NCIS: Los Angeles and Kerry Washington won outstanding drama series actress for ABC’sScandal, which also took outstanding drama series. BET’s Real Husbands of Hollywood won outstanding comedy series, with the show’s Kevin Hart winning acting honors.

Winfrey delivered a heartfelt tribute to late South African President Nelson Mandela midway through the ceremony.

Source Hollywood Reporter 

The Winners are listed below…

Kevin D. Johnson (Johnson Media Inc.)
Outstanding Literary Work – Poetry

“Turn Me Loose: The Unghosting of Medgar Evers” – Frank X Walker (University of Georgia Press) (WINNER)
“Chasing Utopia: A Hybrid” – Nikki Giovanni (HarperCollins, William Morrow)
“Hum” – Jamaal May (Alice James Books)
“The Cineaste: Poems” – A. Van Jordan (W.W. Norton & Company, Inc.)
“The Collected Poems of Ai” – Ai (W.W. Norton & Company, Inc.)

Outstanding Literary Work – Children
“Nelson Mandela” – Kadir Nelson (HarperCollins Children’s Books/Katherine TegenBooks) (WINNER)
“I’m A Pretty Little Black Girl!” – Betty K. Bynum (Author), Claire Armstrong-Parod (Illustrator) (Dream Title Publishing)
“Knock Knock: My Dad’s Dream for Me” – Daniel Beaty (Author), Bryan Collier (Illustrator) (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers)
“Martin & Mahalia: His Words, Her Song” – Andrea Davis Pinkney (Author), Brian Pinkney (Illustrator) (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers)
“You Never Heard of Willie Mays?!” – Jonah Winter (Author), Terry Widener (Illustrator) (RH Childrens Books; Schwartz & Wade)

Outstanding Literary Work – Youth/Teens

“Courage Has No Color, The True Story of the Triple Nickles: America’s First Black Paratroopers” – Tanya Lee
Stone (Candlewick Press) (WINNER)

“God’s Graffiti: Inspiring Stories for Teens” – Romal Tune (Judson Press)
“Invasion” – Walter Dean Myers (Scholastic Press/Scholastic)
“Raising the Bar” – Gabrielle Douglas (Zondervan)
“Serafina’s Promise: A Novel In Verse” – Ann E. Burg (Scholastic Press/Scholastic)


Outstanding Documentary – (Theatrical)

“Free Angela and All Political Prisoners” (Codeblack Films/Lionsgate) (WINNER)
“20 Feet from Stardom” (Tremolo & Gil Friesen Productions)
“Call Me Kuchu” (Lindy Hop Pictures LLC)
“Girl Rising” (The Documentary Group)
“The New Black” (Promised Land Film)

Outstanding Documentary – (Television)

“Richard Pryor: Omit the Logic ” (Showtime) (WINNER)
“Beyoncé: Life Is But a Dream” (HBO)
“Dark Girls” (OWN)
“Venus Vs.” (ESPN)
“Whoopi Goldberg Presents Moms Mabley” (HBO)


Oscar Nominees Night Hosted by Bing and Hollywood Reporter

Oscar Nominee Hosted by Bing and Hollywood Reporter 


The 2014 Award Season is in full swing in Hollywood. On Monday night Bing partnered with The Hollywood Reporter to celebrate this year’s Oscar nominees at their annual Nominees Night event held at Spago in LA.

Leonardo DiCaprio and David O. Russell attend The Hollywood Reporter Nominees Night at Spago in Beverly Hills, CA on Monday, February 10, 2014 (Alex J. Berliner / ABImages)
Leonardo DiCaprio and David O. Russell attend The Hollywood Reporter Nominees Night at Spago in Beverly Hills, CA on Monday, February 10, 2014 (Alex J. Berliner / ABImages)

Guests at this special night included Leonardo DiCaprioLupita N’yongo, Jared Leto, Julie Delpy, Ethan Hawke, Steve CooganBarkhad AbdiCloris LeachmanHarvey WeinsteinPiers MorganRoss MatthewsEllen Page andSpike Jonze along with a performance from Cee-Lo Green. 

The Hollywood Reporter Nominees Night at Spago in Beverly Hills, CA on Monday, February 10, 2014 (Alex J. Berliner/ABImages)

 The Oscar Nominees Have Spoken- Wolf Of Wall Street, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Cate Blanchett were the front runners amongst the talent walking the red carpet to win Best Movie, Best Actor, and Best Actress respectively.

  • Life Imitating Art? – Philomena Lee whose life was made into the Oscar nominated Philomena, showed her support for the movie by choosing Philomena as Best Movie and Judi Dench as Best Actress.
  • Julie Delpy & Ethan Hawke arrived together with Ethan’s daughter Maya. When Julie went to choose the winner for Best Actor she was stumped saying  “everybody was too good this year!”
  • Jared Leto came in support of his movie Dallas Buyers Club wearing a cowboy hat which he took off like a true gentleman when he went inside. When it came time to choose who he thought would win Best Movie, he supported his film.
  • Director David O. Russell showed overwhelming support of his film as he stayed at the voting booth for a few minutes and kept picking American HustleAmy Adams, and Christian Bale making sure every vote was counted.
 Credit Sunshine Sachs|Hollywood Reporter|Bing

Beyonce Covers US weekly

Beyonce covers US Weekly , Madd News

Beyonce covers US Weekly , Madd News

The Beyonce Knowles-Carter covers US Weekly magazine’s annual ‘The Grammy Issue’. The 33-year-old singer was slammed by outraged readers of UK’s Metro newspaper who viewed he ” Drunk In Love” strip tease performance during the 2014 Grammy Awards. The newspaper’s headline referred to Beyonce as a ‘whore,’ which angered Beyonce’s fans in teh United States.

A British newspaper shocked readers with a headline that referred to lounge singer Beyonce as a whore’. The UK’s Metro newspaper quoted outraged parents who dubbed Beyonce a ‘whore’ for her disrespectful performance during the 2014 Grammy Awards on Sunday.



Miami Grammy Viewing Party Brings The Heat

DJ Zog Power 96
Miami Grammy Party
Singer Shannon”Let the Music Play” and her Manager-Pic Credit:Augustus Laurencin

The 2014 Grammy Awards was viewed by over 5 million people, and throughout the nation, various Grammy affiliate offices hosting viewing parties. Miami Grammy Viewing Party brought the exotic heat of the  city. Musicians, managers, and artists from all genres attended the special event.  Singer Songwriter Shannon with the 80’s hit “Let The Music Play” was in attendance , along with a long list of A list party guest from the Latin Music industry, which included a Latin GRAMMY®-nominated artist Leslie Cartaya.

IMG_5164The atmosphere of the event was stylish, contemporary and simply “Miami”, which included a touch of  Latin flair.  Food and beverage was sponsored by Remy Martin, and D’Paella and Crepemaker. The guest watched the big moments of the 2014 Grammy event, including Beyonce Drunk in Love opening with Jay Z, the red carpet arrivals, and signature performances from Robin Thicke, Kendrick Lamar, and many more. Music  was provided by DJ Zog (Power 96).

DJ Zog
DJ Zog






Best Dress Couple John Legend and wife Chrissy


Beyonce and Lorde back stage at 2014 Grammy awards
Beyonce and Lorde back stage at 2014 Grammy awards
Beyonce at the 2014 Grammy awards
Beyonce at the 2014 Grammy awards
Jay Z Sippy cup for Blu Ivy
Jay Z Sippy cup for Blu Ivy
Pharrell Williams Hat from 400 years ago
Pharrell Williams Hat from 400 years ago!! lol
Madonna and son on red Carpet Grammy Awards 2014
Madonna and son on red Carpet Grammy Awards 2014
Taylor Swift at Grammy Awards 2014
Taylor Swift at Grammy Awards 2014
Alicia Keys at 2014 Grammy Awards
Alicia Keys at 2014 Grammy Awards
Katie Perry at Grammy Awards
Katie Perry at Grammy Awards
Best Dress Couple John Legend and wife Chrissy
Best Dress Couple John Legend and wife Chrissy
Wiz Khalifa and Amber Rose on Red Carpet
Wiz Khalifa and Amber Rose on Red Carpet GRammy Awards