I had no idea that young actress Zendaya Coleman was being ridiculed about her locs. I thought she looked beautiful on the Oscars red carpet. Sadly, America is still catching up with the idea of beautiful, and with all of the tremendous gains of Black actresses on the screen recently, one would think her hair would be a non-issue. Talkshow host Giuliana Rancic made an insensitive comment regarding her look: 
"I feel like she smells like patchouli oil and weed.”

<< Facepalm. >>

Zendaya expressed her disappointment eloquently last night:

Zoe Saldana won the Oscars red carpet hands-down (sorry Jennifer!). 

There is just something about this stunning blush-colored dress, elegant draping, and overall flattering silhouette that makes this dress just the right amount of sexy and glam. I loved the neutrals that everyone was wearing and it gave the evening a lighter, softer feel away from the heaviness of recent awards shows. The other winners were Oprah, director Ava Duvernay, and Lupita Nyong'o's Vanity Fair afterparty gown.  

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I'll get right to it. Since Ledisi is not dead, hospitalized, or otherwise incapacitated, I *still* do not get why Beyoncé got up there to sing the Mahalia Jackson classic, Precious Lord, Take My Hand, that Ledisi portrayed in the movie Selma. If you saw the movie, you remember how heart-wretching and powerful her voice sounded, even as she sang with a cracked voice over a telephone line to Dr. King. So to have Beyoncé swoop in, and do a pop-ified rendition, when she played no part in the movie whatsoever, was truly disheartening. Especially since she instead decided to do a song for the mainstream and highly publicized slop of a movie, 50 Shades of Gray. But this is the music industry, and what is fair is not always what is done. Thankfully, Ledisi offered a graceful response to this BS:

Here is Ledisi's beautiful rendition:

To steal someone else's shine for personal aggrandizement is just disgusting and immature. Common and John Legend deserve an equal roasting for kowtowing to this diva when the rightful, more qualified singer should have performed that song. Thankfully, most people with a brain could see through the f*ckery. 

 As for Kanye, that stunt queen did what he does best, but luckily, Beck is a grown man, not a teenaged girl, so Kanye sat his behind back down.

 There were but a few looks that I actually liked from this show.

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This awards show seemed to sparkle just a bit more than others. Maybe it was because it has been, and continues to be a great time in movies and television for Black actors (Who else is addicted to #HTGAWM, #EmpireFox, #ScandalABC,   & #BMJ?). I enjoyed just about everyone's look son the red carpet, but my favorite of all? Angela Bassett. I mean, can I have what she's having?

Director Ava Duvernay accepting her trophy for Selma

Taraji P. Henson accepts her award for Entertainer of the Year

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