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Watch Official Trailer for ‘Styling Hollywood’ (VIDEO)

Check out the official trailer for Netflix’s new show Styling Hollywood featuring power couple Jason Bolden and Adair Curtis.

The unscripted series follows the in-demand celebrity stylist and his interior designer husband as they run their lifestyle company JSN STUDIO while balancing marriage and life’s ups and downs. With their talented crew of colorful employees, watch as they curate “Black Girl Magic” for some of Hollywood’s biggest stars including Taraji P. Henson, Gabrielle Union, Eve, and Ava DuVernay (featured in the above photo).

Styling Hollywood is produced by Kingdom Reign Entertainment and ITV America.  Carlos King, David George and Jordana Hochman serve as executive producers with Angela Rae Berg serving as executive producer and showrunner.

Styling Hollywood: Season 1 launches globally on Netflix August 30, 2019.

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COVER GIRL: Taraji P. Henson covers ‘INSTYLE’ for January 2019 (VIDEO)

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

Oscar-nominated actress Tararji P. Henson is showing us who’s the BOSS in the January 2019 issue of INSTYLE Magazine. The Empire diva is giving us her best “Mary Tyler Moore” impression while wearing some stylish “throwback” fashions.

“Woooooohooooooo!!!! ON STANDS NOW!!! THANK YOU @laurabrown99 and the ENTIRE @instylemagazine crew for this amazing shoot. I have ALWAYS wanted to throw my beret up in the air so care free #MaryTylerMoore style in the streets of NY!!!! I have done it on my own before but no one cared 😩😂😂😂. THIS TIME IT IS A COVER and I get to share with y’all,” said Henson on her Instagram page.

INSTYLE comes out just in time for Henson to promote her upcoming romantic comedy What Men Want. Check out the video below where she dishes about that, collecting her coins and much more.

See all of her photos below:

Photo Credits: Instagram/Taraji P. Henson

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Watch Trailer for ‘Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami’ (VIDEO)

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The “original” Queen of Shock—GRACE JONES is the subject of a new documentary that will be arriving in theaters on Friday, April 13 titled Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami. 

Larger than life, wild, scary and androgynous – Miss Grace Jones plays all these parts. Yet here we also discover her as a lover, daughter, mother, sister and even grandmother, as she submits herself to our gaze and allows us to understand what constitutes her mask. The stage is where her most extreme embodiments are realized and her theatrical imagination lets loose: this is where the musical of her life is played out.

The film includes Grace’s unique performances singing iconic hits such as “Slave To The Rhythm,” “Pull Up To The Bumper,” as well as the more recent autobiographical tracks “Williams’ Bloods” and “Hurricane.” These personal songs also link to Grace’s family life, as the film takes us on a holiday road trip across Jamaica, where her family roots and the story of her traumatic childhood are uncovered.

In Jamaican patois, ‘Bloodlight’ is the red light that illuminates when an artist is recording and ‘Bami’ means bread, the substance of daily life. Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami weaves together the layers of Grace Jones’ public and private life, as she moves effortlessly between different facets: she is gypsy, artist and partying hedonist, warm and funny but also a fierce and tenacious businesswoman.

The performance continues to move thematically though the film, with “Love Is The Drug” acting like an aria, bringing the film to its final and most touching scenes. This is a Grace we have not seen before, someone who reminds us of what it is to dare to be truly alive.

Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami is directed by Sophie Fiennes.

Photo Credits: ThePeoplesMovies.com + YouTube.com

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#UPFRONT feat. Pearl Cleage, Edmond Newton & the Sposato Brothers (AUDIO)

Written by | Ray Cornelius

This past weekend’s UPFRONT was lit! It featured Project Runway All-Star and Atlanta based fashion designer Edmond Newton. He stopped by the studios to discuss appearing on Season 6 of the show and his plans to release a book based on his experience.

American Idol stars Julian and Milo Sposato were in town and stopped by to chat about appearing on the new season of the show.  The twins are also releasing a new album and shared some of that music with us. The project is a mixture of their musical loves — Jazz, Pop, Soul and Rock.

Literary icon Pearl Cleage was also in the studio to discuss her two-one act plays that are showing now through April 15 at the Southwest Arts Center. Ms. Cleage also opened up about mounting a new production with the Alliance Theatre in 2019 and much more.

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Watch Trailer for ‘The Gospel According to André’ (VIDEO)

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“You can be aristocratic without having been born into an aristocratic family…” ~ André Leon Talley

Magnolia Pictures has teamed up with Magnet Releasing for the upcoming documentary on fashion maven André Leon Talley titled The Gospel According to André. It opens in select theaters nationwide on April 27.

The Gospel According to André chronicles the life and career of the former Vogue magazine editor-at-large and one of the fashion industry’s and New York culture’s most influential icons. Beginning his career at Andy Warhol’s Factory in the 1970s before climbing the ranks of the New York fashion editorial world, Talley made a lasting impact by pushing to include African-American models and designers in such major publications as Women’s Wear Daily, W, and Vogue magazine. Today, his judgment is sought by top designers, stylists, and celebrity clientele.

The Gospel According to André features such fashion luminaries as Anna Wintour, Marc Jacobs, Tom Ford, Valentino and Manolo Blahnik testifying to André’s gifts. The film also traces his journey with rich archival footage that summons multiple eras of stylish and outlandish clothing.

Check it out below:

Photo Credits: YouTube.com/The Gospel According to André

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Kim Kimble names Diana Ross, Beyoncé & Michelle Obama among her ‘Top Hair Divas’

Written by | Ray Cornelius

If you’ve ever wondered who inspires celebrity hairstylist—Kim Kimble—well look no further. I recently caught up with the reality show star and chatted with her about the women whose locs give her life!  The list wasn’t given in any particular order but it includes a wide range of hair mavens from the iconic Madam C.J. Walker to the #LITAF Issa Rae.

Kimble has worked with a number of celebrities throughout her twenty plus year career including Oprah WinfreyMary J. Blige, Kelly Rowland, Brandy and the late Whitney Houston. She’s also worked her magic on such films sets as Double PlatinumDreamgirls, Sparkle, Cadillac Records, B*A*P*S and Beyoncé‘s Lemonade.

Her most recent work is seen in Ava DuVernay‘s epic Disney adventure, A Wrinkle in Time, where she designed all of the hair and wigs for the film.  She talked exclusively to UPFRONT earlier this month about the project and much more.

Check out Kimble’s list of “Top 7 Hair Divas” below:

1. Madam C.J. Walker 

“I have to pay homage to Madam C.J. Walker just because. For me it wasn’t so much about her hair as it was her impact on the hair industry.”

2. Diana Ross

“Miss Ross always brings BIG, FABULOUS hair!”

3. Michelle Obama

“She’s a pretty incredible person and she gives you ‘First Lady’ hair.”

4. Beyoncé 

“She’s been a BIG impact on today’s hair and fashion!”

5. Issa Rae

“Issa is part of that new generation of hair. I love that she came out with natural hair.”

6. Josephine Baker

“If you wanna go way back in fashion, I would say Josephine Baker with that cool finger wave. It was sexy!”

7. Tina Turner

“I kinda hit the 80s with Diana Ross but you gotta mention Tina Turner when she came out with her ‘What’s Love Gotta Do With It’ hair.

Who are your favorite hair divas?

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Mary J. Blige for EBONY’S March Issue #QueenMother [PHOTOS]

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Check out the reigning queen of hip hop soul—Mary J. Blige—for EBONY Magazine’s March Issue. The two-time Oscar nominated actress and songwriter is watching the throne on the new cover with fashion’s selected by ANTM judge Law Roach and her signature blond tresses by celebrity hairstylist Larry Sims.

“She is a classy street chick who wore torn jeans and a baseball caps. All of a sudden— with the flick of a mascara wand and swipe of a lip liner 💄— she could transform into a glam cover girl” 😭 That’s Our Mary,” says EBONY on Instagram.

Look for Mary to star in the new Netflix movie The Umbrella Academy. She’ll be portraying Cha-Cha, a ruthless and unorthodox hit woman who travels through time to kill assigned targets. Even though she has a few gripes about the bureaucracy of her employers, this job is her life.

Blige will also be headlining with Janet Jackson this summer at ESSENCE Fest.

See more images of her majesty below that were shot by Dennis Leupold:

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Greenleaf’s Kim Hawthorne hosts Pop-Up Shop for Regal Wraps [PHOTOS]

Written by | Ray Cornelius

Greenleaf actress Kim Hawthorne hosted a special Pop-Up Shop for her new fashion accessory line Regal WrapTM on Saturday afternoon and yours truly was there to capture a few images.  The event took place at the Coco + Mishca Boutique located in the Modern Mystic store in Atlanta’s trendy Ponce City Market.

According to Hawthorn’s website, the Regal WrapTM was created for women on the go who needed a faster and easier way to wrap their heads.

“Whenever I would post a picture of myself on social media wearing a head wrap, my friends would comment that they wish they could tie a head wrap or that theirs never look good when they do. I thought, ‘Hmm… What if I could design a head wrap that goes on as easily as a hat?’ A ready-to wear head wrap. Because let’s face it: ‘We got stuff to do!’ I ordered a sewing machine on Overstock, taught myself how to sew, and the rest is history.”

The Regal WrapTM  comes in a variety of different colors and designs.

Check out more photos below + a video from Kim:

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Janelle Monáe stars in Jordan Peele’s ‘Noir Town’ for W Magazine [PHOTOS]

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Janelle Monáe and Jordan Peele are having way too much fun in this amazing spread for W Magazine. The Get Out director and Oscar nominee has teamed up with the Grammy nominated starlet for a retelling of Alfred Hitchcock classics through fashion titled Noir Town.

The project features Monáe as a private investigator and photographer searching for clues to a murder only to find out that she may very well be the suspect. The closer she gets to discovering the killer, the more she sees a darker side of herself. Each image features the Hidden Figures actress in Vertigo inspired looks from Michael Kors, Valentino, Burberry, Gorgio Armani, Dsquared2 and more.

“I didn’t want the Hitchcock heroine,” explained Peele. “I wanted the Hitchcock hero. That way, we can reclaim this movie that we never got to see. The fear of gender and race robs us of beautiful pieces of film.”

The shoot comes on the heels of Monáe announcing a new album as well as the release of her new single, “Dirty Computer.” The untitled project will be debut this spring and will be accompanied by a narrative film. CONGRATS JANELLE!

Check out more images below:

Photo Credits: Collier Schorr for W Magazine

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‘Black Panther’ Cast covers new issues of ESSENCE [PHOTOS]

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WAKANDA FOREVER!

The amazing cast of Marvel’s Black Panther rocks several covers for ESSENCE Magazine.  The film’s star—Chadwick Boseman—truly embodies King T’Challa on a solo cover and then appears on another one with his brothers – Forest Whitaker, Michael B. Jordan and Daniel Kaluuya. The last cover features the divas of the movie – Angela Bassett, Lupita Nyong’o, Letitia Wright and Danai Gurira. They all look absolutely stunning in these beautifully shot images by Dennis Leupold.

“The idea of creating a scenario where you’re seeing very powerful, empowered Africans is really thrilling to me, something my heart, soul, and spirit yearned to see,” said actress Danai Gurira, who plays Okoye, head of the Dora Milaje, a powerful all-female army of bodyguards.

See all of the fabulous covers below:

ESSENCE featuring the cast of Black Panther hits newsstands on February 23.

Black Panther opens in theaters this Friday, February 16.

Photo Credits: Dennis Leupold

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Michael B. Jordan for ‘The Wall Street Journal’ [PHOTOS]

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NAACP Image Award-winning actor Michael B. Jordan is just one of the many stars covering the February edition of The Wall Street Journal Magazine. The in-demand actor comes clean about his relationship status as well as starring as the villain (Erik Killmonger) in the highly anticipated Marvel movie, “The Black Panther.”

2018 is already starting out with a bang for Jordan. He was featured in Jay Z‘s Ava DuVernay directed “Family Feud” video. He is also starring in HBO’s “Fahrenheit 451” as well as “Just Mercy,” “Creed 2” “Wrong Answer” and the TV series “Raising Dion.”

He is also flexing his directing muscles with the film adaptation of “The Stars Beneath Our Feet” and the OWN coming-of-age series with Moonlight’s Tarrell Alvin McCraney.  It’s no wonder the magazine’s theme is “Talents and Legends” because Jordan is well on his way to becoming the latter.

Check out a few of MBJ’s sepia-toned images below

Photo Credits: EthanJamesGreen for The Wall Street Journal

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‘Project Runway’ Model Liris Crosse releases new book ‘Make The World Your Runway’

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If you watched this last season of “Project Runway,” then you should be familiar with the beauty and the bold runway moves of plus-size model Liris Crosse.

Known amongst her peers as “The Naomi Campbell of Plus,” Crosse has been breaking down barriers in fashion and style for quite some time now. She has appeared in campaigns for Lane Bryant and Ashley Stewart and has rocked catwalks during NYC Full Figured Fashion Week and British Plus Size Fashion Weekend to name a few.

Her new book, “Make the World Your Runway,” is telling her story while encouraging fans to live their best life. According to her website, the book “offers readers top model secrets, tips and tools for the everyday woman to stand up and stand out to make the world a runway.”

See a few tips below:

Preparation for your shining moments: When it’s your time to shine you can’t get ready, you have to be ready.
Poise: How to stand in graceful elegance even under lifes pressures.
Posture: It’s more than having your head up and shoulders back. It’s a state of being aligned with your dreams and goals.
Presence: How to activate your essence so you are a magnificently memorable wherever you go! And much much more!

Click here to order your copy!

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WATCH Super Trailer for ‘America’s Next Top Model – Season 24’ (VIDEO)

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TYRA BANKS is back with a vengeance in this new super trailer for “America’s Next Top Model.” After stepping away, the iconic supermodel returns and is ready to take a new crop of girls to next level fierceness.

As previously reported, this season has no limits and will celebrate women of all shapes, sizes, colors, and ages too. Also returning are last seaon’s judges Drew Elliott, Law Roach and Ashley Graham, alongside an ensemble of new experts and a whole new set of prizes with Los Angeles as their backdrop.  

2018 also marks the 15th anniversary of “America’s Next Top Model,” making it “the most successful and longest-running reality series in history.”

YOU GO TYRA! 

Check it out below and tell us what you think:

“America’s Next Top Model” returns

Tuesday, January 9 at 9 p.m. on VH1

Photo Credits: YouTube

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Black Panther’s Danai Gurira covers ROGUE Magazine [PHOTOS]

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Award winning TV, film and stage  actress—Danai Gurira—is just one of the many famous faces covering the Winter edition of ROGUE Magazine.

Inside, Gurira dishes about her leading role as Michonne on AMC’s hugely popular series, “The Walking Dead” and well as her highly anticipated role in “Black Panther” along with Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan and Lupita Nyong’o.

She also talks about her incredible journey as an activist and artist trying to diversify the industry and much more!

“Thank you @roguemagazine for this cover! Really enjoyed the shoot,” said Gurira on her Instagram page.

Check out her stunning images below and tell us what you think:

ROGUE featuring Danai Gurira hits stands on 1/15/18

Photo Credits: ROGUE Magazine