Month: May 2015 (Page 1 of 2)

5 Swimsuits To Crave Right Now

Look the bomb by the poolside, with bold colors, funky prints and sexy cutouts.

Shan One Piece, $325

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Clover Canyon Belted one piece, $265

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Aztec Cutout Swimsuit, $68

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Mara Hoffman Cutout Swimsuit, $255

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Norma Kamali wrap halter suit, $350

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Danielle Brooks in Broadway’s The Color Purple

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Congrats are in order for Danielle Brooks. The actress, who plays Tastee on the Netflix series Orange Is The New Black, will be starring alongside Jennifer Hudson to play the role of Sofia. Oprah Winfrey made the role of Sofia famous in the classic 1985 film adaptation. I wish Danielle the best!

Ciara Reps Cavalli’s Fall-Winter 2015 Line

Ciara is winning right now. New partner, new album, and now the face of luxury designer Roberto Cavalli. The stunning images were shot by Francesco Carrozzini. Indulge.

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Cannes and a Cause: amfAR Gala 2015

AmfAR hosted it’s 22nd annual Cinema Against AIDS fundraiser on Thursday in Cap d’Antibes, France. The star-studded affair not only brings the stunners to the red carpet, but more importantly raises funds for AIDS research. The next gala will be in New York in June, and tickets start at $1,500.

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CAP D'ANTIBES, FRANCE - MAY 21:  Actress Eva Longoria attends amfAR's 22nd Cinema Against AIDS Gala, Presented By Bold Films And Harry Winston at Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc on May 21, 2015 in Cap d'Antibes, France.  (Photo by Tristan Fewings/Getty Images)

CAP D’ANTIBES, FRANCE – MAY 21: Actress Eva Longoria attends amfAR’s 22nd Cinema Against AIDS Gala, Presented By Bold Films And Harry Winston at Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc on May 21, 2015 in Cap d’Antibes, France. (Photo by Tristan Fewings/Getty Images)

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Zoe Kravitz for GQ

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It’s so much work, but let’s be real: I’m not doing this for the money.

-Zoe Kravitz on her privileged place in entertainment

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CelebStyle: FKA Twigs Playful geometry


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Can I just say how much I LOVE this wonderfully colorful tunic and pant set?  Someone with a bold personality and a taste for artistic statement could easily pull this off.

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This MSGM skirt allows you to play with shapes while giving the eye an opportunity to breathe; a white or single-color shirt would be an amazing duo.

Skirt, MSGM, $756

The Argument Against Honorary Degrees

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Forgive my shade, but it seems these days as if Universities are handing out Doctorates like the Grammy’s are handing out golden statues. Most recently rapper Kanye West got his PhD from the Art Institute of Chicago, while rapper Common received his from Winston-Salem University. I don’t hate these rappers; in fact I think they are two of the most ingenious talents in music, and their efforts should duly be applauded. And they have, with Common winning the Oscar for best song in a motion picture for the movie Selma. But entertainers they are, and entertainment awards are what they should receive.

As a college graduate, I can attest the years of late night studying, cramming, thumb lacerations from exacto-knives (and you thought art school was fun!), and writing 40 page papers on a weekly basis – for ONE class. No doubt, these artists made many sacrifices to their craft, and they have been rewarded for their efforts with all kinds of awards. Must they also take degrees too? 

For these artists to receive a degree, simply for who they are, is a slap in the face to all the students who have spent upwards of 12 years hitting the books, and maintaining grades and scholarships. They did the time, and they earned that stamped piece of parchment. Why can’t entertainers be required to do even a single class before being given yet another award to add to their collection?

Schools can and should court attention to their campuses by attracting individuals whose ideals fall in line with that of the school’s. And if they want to, they can even give a commendation to their chosen entertainer. But after that, if they have not set foot in a classroom, they they should not receive anything resembling time spent at a University. Reward those who worked for it, and leave the ego stroking for benefit galas.

When Celebs Get Involved #Ferguson #Baltimore

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On Sunday, journalist Dream Hampton let it slip, perhaps on purpose, that the Carters had donated thousands of dollars towards the movements in Ferguson and Baltimore. And while I find it commendable, I’ve wondered if they would ever issue a statement on their own, when so many have marched, protested, and vocalized, before dissent became popular and won Oscars. After all, many other singers and actors have boldly stepped out and voiced their opinion in highly publicized events, but arguably, those celebs’ shine is considerably dimmer.

When it comes to politics, high profile celebrities are damned if they do, and damned if they don’t speak out on hot button events that make national headlines. It seems, at least from my observation, that a celebrity will only come out in solidarity with a movement once the majority of the public agrees that there has been any wrongdoing. While I tend to think that said celebrities do this more out of fear for their corporate sponsors, I wonder if they truly do feel a certain way, but keep quiet because of the celebrity curse that seems to trivialize very monumental events. It’s a double-edged sword, and so we get celebrity action masked with a veil of timidity.

I welcome any and all attention and contributions to the cause that will help shed light to put an end to systematic police-state brutality. But I also feel that you have to be all in, or not in at all.

The Hotness: Ancient Greek Sandals

Because White Hot is everything right now. Fly away with these beauties. 0469644390364 Sandals, $125, Saks

Lavish Body: Danielle Brooks for Glamour Magazine

 THIS is confidence.

Now that I am blessed to be that reflection I was once looking for, I’m making a promise to speak out for that little girl that I used to be. – Actress Danielle Brooks

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