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Lavish Legends: Etta James

Etta James 1/25/38- 1/20/12

Happy Birthday Ms. James. While most of us will remember Etta James as the epitome of soulful jazz, whose distinctive sound could never be duplicated, I also remember her
as a voluptuous, stylish sister. Etta had sass, but also showed an inconspicuous class when appropriate. Younger would-be divas could learn a thing or two.

(Top) Who says sequins are only for weekends? Add an oversized neutral sweater to tone down the look. 

Nothing says sex appeal like a form fitting little black dress.

Update a funky paisley shirt with a pair of fitted, dark denim jeans 

Etro Paisly Shirt, $470

A vintage inspired pair of earrings gives character to an otherwise ordinary outfit. 
A great shade of red lipstick is always in style.

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The Big O: Oprah’s Style Evolution

Everyone is talking about Oprah’s final two shows airing May 23rd, with whispers of a long list of Who’s Who in the entertainment industry givig the media queen her official send off. The latest issue of O, which hit newsstands yesterday, May 17th, features a rundown of Oprahs fashion hits and misses over the years, with commentary by O Magazine Creative Director Adam Glassman and Oprah’s show stylist for the past six years, Kelly Hurliman.

Wardrobe hit: Celine red suit

Adam Glassman: “That is my all-time favorite! It was from Michael Kors’s last collection for Celine. Oprah wore it for the season premiere in 2004, the Pontiac giveaway.

Kelly Hurliman: “Gayle and the producer came to us right before the show started and said, ‘We don’t think she should war that. It’s not fun enough. Oprah said, ‘I love this suit, it’s the right look, I’m not changing.’ She knew everyone in the audience would be receiving a key ring with a red bow. When that picture was shown around the world, of her sitting on top of the car in the red suit, it was brilliant.”

Wardrobe miss: Long yellow jersey dress (“Schmatte”)

Oprah WinfreyAdam Glassman: “And then there was the infamous ‘after-school outfit.’ Between tapings she always put on something really comfortable. But instead of sweatpants, this time it was a long dress.”

Kelly Hurliman: “She felt cute in her schmatte and wanted to know why she couldn’t do the next show that way. ‘I’m comfortable I feel like me.’”

Vintage Lavish Movies: Black Orpheus

Lately, I’ve been getting more into the classic cinema of yesteryear via the Turner Classic Movies channel. So, it was an absolute treat to see that they were airing a movie that I’d wanted to see for years:

After being mesmerized by the beauty of Antonio Carlos Jobim’s bossa nova and the magic of Rio de Janeiro, I was swept away by the modern retelling of the Greek legend of Orpheus and Eurydice. A tale of love discovered and lost, the Marcel Camus-directed movie captured one of
film’s greatest pairings, Breno Mello and Marpessa Dawn:

What struck me most about this movie were the simple ways that love was expressed. Whether it was a tune that was played on a guitar or playful banter amongst lovers, beauty was revealed – thus creating a timelessly stunning flick. I highly recommend that you add this to your movie collection or Netflx queue. Until then, do enjoy the trailer:

One Fab Chic: Queen Latifah

Queen Latifah is Cover Girl perfect at a GMA Concert Performance in July.

I didn’t know whether to put rapstress Dana Owens aka Queen Latifah into the One Fab Chic category or the Legends category, so I put her in both. This empowering diva came on the scene demanding respect with Ladies First, and reminded us to respect ourselves with UNITY. Divas like Queen Latifah allowed allowed younger rappers like Lil Kim and Foxy Brown to explosively express their feminine sexuality in a public forum.

Latifah has matured gracefully, and I love it. Her experimentation with Jazz, and her movie roles have allowed a larger audience to truly experience what the formerly trouble star has to offer. And she’s stepped up her fashion to match her growth as a woman. From enlightened and Afrocentric, to femme-ganster, to confident, radiant woman, she has become a style inspiration for curvy women.

I actually just heard Latifah’s new single People on the radio yesterday, and I expected nothing less– a positive song, without cursing, and a strong message. That’s my idea of One Fab Chic.

Guilty As Sin: Dr Conrad Murray

Dr. Murray releases a statement-via YouTube

Publicly-convicted physician to Michael Jackson, Dr. Conrad Murray, made his first video statement since the unfortunate passing of the icon in late June. The doc, as we all know by now, has been accused of injecting Michael with a fatal dose of drugs that lead to his cardiac arrest, leaving behind a lot of unanswered questions by Michael’s family, fans, and the police. In this video Murray claims that he fears for his life, and doesn’t use his email. If he trying to get a sympathy vote, it won’t be coming from the public any time soon Watch below:

Rashied Ali, Musician, Died

Artwork by Jason Das

Free-jazz drummer Rashied Ali died on Wednesday (August 12, 2009) at Bellevue Hospital in New York of a blood clot in his lung. He was 76. The musician played alongside John Coltrane in the saxaphonist’s group in the 1960’s. Ali was featured on the “Meditations” and “Interstellar Space” albums in the 60’s.

Below is an international clip, but Ali is speaking over subtitles:

Ali Rashied and his Quintet

Director John Hughes Dies

John Hughes passed away in Manhattan on Thursday August 6, 2009.

The titan of teen angst movies passed away from a heart attack yesterday. Movies like The Breakfast Club, Pretty in Pink and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off are some of my favorite ’80s movies. I can still watch them and laugh my ass off! Tidbit: Hughes also penned the screenplay for Jennifer Lopez’s Maid in Manhattan. First Michael Jackson, now John Hughes? Where has my childhood gone?! Below are some clips from the cult classics.

The Breakfast Club
Lmao, at the $31,000 salary!

Pretty in Pink
Ah, True 80’s style!

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

Two Covers: Two Icons

Two covers seemed like the sensible thing to do, given the passing of two major American icons on the same day,” said editor in chief Graydon Carter.

Images via WWD.

I read somewhere that Farrah Fawcett was the victim of the Overshadowed Deaths Club. But Vanity Fait does both Michael Jackson and Farrah Fawcett style justice by featuring them on their own separate covers for their September issue. Images below:

The Michael Effect

Michael Jackson has undoubtedly influenced pop and rap artists, and I find myself jamming to the rhythms that have the Michael foundation. Here are some of my favorites:

LL Cool J, Hey Love
Sample: The Lady In My Life

SWV, Love Will Be Right Here
Sample: Human Nature

and from the same sample, one of my all time favorite songs:

Nas, It Aint Hard To Tell

Kanye West, The Good Life
Sample: Pretty Young Thing
Good Life-KanYe West T-Pain

Jay-Z, Izzo
Sample: I Want You Back

Tupac, Letter To My Unborn Child
Sample: Liberian Girl

Let’s Celebrate Michael Jackson

By now, I’m sure that you’ve heard that we’ve lost one of the most extraordinary entertainers of all time earlier this afternoon. However, I refuse to mourn, for Michael Joseph Jackson wouldn’t have wanted us to be sorrowful.

Instead, I choose to celebrate the greatness that was and is the King of Pop. Thus, I’d love you all to join me in celebrating the best that he offered to us over many of our lifetimes:

No tears, just joy at the wonderful gift of music that he shared with the world through the best of his tunes.

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