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FOX’s ‘EMPIRE’ & Saks Fifth Avenue Team Up To Bring Hit Drama’s Iconic Style To Life

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FOX’s record-breaking drama EMPIRE and Saks Fifth Avenue announced today an exclusive partnership to bring the highly covetable fashion inspired by the #1 broadcast entertainment series to life. EMPIRE and Saks Fifth Avenue’s multi-platform collections will be available in-store, online and on-screen and will celebrate the hit drama’s dynamic, buzzworthy fashion timed to the series’ second season premiere in September.

The partnership will feature curated collections from luxury fashion brands that represent the hit drama’s glamorous aesthetic including fine jewelry from Alexis Bittar, women’s ready-to-wear from Cushnie et Ochs, men’s and women’s footwear from Jimmy Choo and handbags and accessories from MCM.

Exclusive EMPIRE-curated windows will be on display at Saks Fifth Avenue’s New York and Beverly Hills flagships from September 10 through October 7. EMPIRE actor Trai Byers will also be featured on the cover of Saks Fifth Avenue’s fall magalog in Saks Fifth Avenue Collection’s Fabric #1.

“This unprecedented partnership with Saks Fifth Avenue, Alexis Bittar, Cushnie et Ochs, Jimmy Choo and MCM celebrates EMPIRE’s mark on the fashion world,” says Jeffrey Godsick, President, Twentieth Century Fox Consumer Products. “The influence EMPIRE has had on so many aspects of popular culture proves it has the ingredients to become a stand-alone fashion brand.”

“The lines between fashion and entertainment are intersecting,” said Marc Metrick, President Saks Fifth Avenue. “Harnessing this moment is a key underpinning to our strategy as it brings energy and uniqueness to the shopping experience at Saks.”

Items from each designer will be curated to create an EMPIRE collection available at select Saks Fifth Avenue stores nationwide and saks.com. The EMPIRE looks will also be available online at each brand’s website and stand-alone retail locations.

In addition, Saks will host a September launch event in New York and men’s luxury made-to-measure suiting events throughout September and October at locations in New York, Beverly Hills, Chicago, Boston, Houston, Bal Harbour, San Francisco and Atlanta. For more information, please visit saks.com.

Having taken TV audiences by storm in its record-setting first season, EMPIRE returns as the No. 1 series on broadcast television. A drama about a family dynasty, set within the world of music, glamour, danger and power, EMPIRE shattered ratings records every week in its debut season; spawned hit records “Drip Drop” and “You’re So Beautiful”; and made Cookie Lyon a household name.

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ABOUT EMPIRE
From Imagine Television in association with 20th Century Fox Television, the series was created by Academy Award nominee Lee Daniels and Emmy Award winner Danny Strong, and is executive-produced by Daniels, Strong, Academy Award- and Emmy Award-winning producer Brian Grazer, Ilene Chaiken and Francie Calfo. “Like” EMPIRE on Facebook at EmpireFOX. Follow the series on Twitter @EmpireFOX and join the discussion using #empire. See photos and videos on Instagram by following @EmpireFOX.

ABOUT SAKS FIFTH AVENUE
Saks Fifth Avenue, one of the world’s pre-eminent specialty retailers, is renowned for its superlative American and international designer collections, its expertly edited assortment of handbags, shoes, jewelry, cosmetics and gifts, and the first-rate fashion expertise and exemplary client service of its Associates. As part of the Hudson’s Bay Company brand portfolio, Saks operates 39 full-line stores in 22 states, five international licensed stores and saks.com, the company’s online store.

 

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Kerry Washington and Olivia Wilde Among Lead Hosts For The 2015 Global Citizen Festival

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Global Citizen has announced the lead hosts of the 2015 Global Citizen Festival, and Kerry Washington and Olivia Wilde are among the A-list celebrities. Rounding our the list are Stephen Colbert, CHIME FOR CHANGE co-founder Salma Hayek Pinault, Deborra-Lee and Hugh Jackman. The festival is presented by Gucci and CHIME FOR CHANGE. The free-ticketed concert, headlined by Pearl Jam, Beyonce, Ed Sheeran and Coldplay, will take place on the Great Lawn of New York’s Central Park on September 26, 2015.

As the lead hosts of the Festival, Stephen Colbert, Salma Hayek Pinault, Deborra-Lee and Hugh Jackman, Kerry Washington and Olivia Wilde will encourage fans and friends to get involved with the Global Citizen movement and help end extreme poverty by 2030. Each host is committed to encouraging actions on GlobalCitizen.org, where fans can participate in the latest Action Journey and enter the draw to win a pair of tickets to the Festival.

Since the headliner announcement of the 2015 Global Citizen Festival in early July, nearly half a million actions have been taken on behalf of the world’s poor. Today’s official host announcement coincides with the next Action Journey release, where global citizens will champion the importance of improving universal access to education, especially for girls and women. Global citizens will be asked to send a voice message to Prime Minister Erna Solberg of Norway, encouraging her to attend the 2015 Global Citizen Festival and make a commitment to universal education. Hugh Evans, CEO of The Global Poverty Project, will be meeting with the Prime Minister next week where he will personally deliver these messages.

MSNBC returns as a media partner of the Global Citizen Festival for the second year. Willie Geist, Janet Mock, Thomas Roberts and Alex Wagner will host the simulcast of the full concert from 4-10 p.m. ET on MSNBC and MSNBC.com live from Central Park. The YouTube livestream will be hosted by AsapSCIENCE and Matthew Santoro on youtube.com/globalcitizen, presented by T-Mobile.Tamron Hall will host NBC’s one-hour television special of the event, produced by director and screenwriter Richard Curtis, to air onSunday, September 27. A one-hour special of the Festival will also air on BBC One in the UK on Monday, September 28 and will be distributed globally through BBC Worldwide. The Festival will be produced by Emmy Award-winning producer, Ken Ehrlich (Grammy Awards). An audio feed of the concert will also be simulcast live on the “Global Citizen Radio” digital station on iHeartRadio, iHeartMedia’s industry-leading digital radio service, making this the fourth year that iHeartMedia has partnered with Global Citizen in support of the Festival. Audio from the Festival will also be digitally streamed on innovative music and entertainment platform, Tidal.com. The Festival will be produced by Emmy Award-winning producer, Ken Ehrlich (Grammy Awards).

Said Stephen Colbert, “I am honored and thrilled to join Global Citizen in urging world leaders to commit to ending extreme poverty. Finally, all that U.N. traffic will have a purpose!”

“We can’t wait to stand with these awesome artists, co-hosts, and thousands of global citizens in Central Park this September as we call on our leaders to end the injustice that is extreme poverty,” said Deborra-Lee and Hugh Jackman. “The Global Citizen movement is proof that when we come together and raise our voices, our leaders pay attention.”

Kerry Washington said, “I am very excited to be a part of the Global Citizen Festival and to join in this movement calling for an end to extreme poverty so that our future generations can live in a more just and equal world.”

“Over the last four years the Global Citizen Festival has achieved real and meaningful impact for those in need around the world. I’m excited to join everyone again this year to show what we can achieve when our energy is focused in the right place,” said Olivia Wilde.

“We are so grateful for the support of these world-class artists and activists,” said Hugh Evans, CEO, The Global Poverty Project. “Ending extreme poverty is a long-term commitment for global citizens around the world. With the help of these individuals to inspire and motivate our movement brings us a step closer to realizing the Global Goals.”

Said YouTube star Matt Santoro, “I’m incredibly excited to be hosting this year’s festival. The Global Citizen project is something I am very passionate about, and it is the perfect way to involve my audience in a movement that is making a difference worldwide!”

“We are honored to be a part of Global Citizen,” said AsapSCIENCE. “It is important that we embrace our global community and urge world leaders to fight poverty, embrace equality and create a more sustainable world for everyone. We can’t wait to be surrounded by people who share this common goal and have worked hard to create a positive change in the world!”

In July, Global Citizen announced a new partnership with Gucci and the CHIME FOR CHANGE campaign to build a community of people who want to learn about and take action on the biggest challenges faced by girls and women. CHIME FOR CHANGE was founded by Gucci in 2013 to raise funds and awareness for girls and women’s equality.  Led by co-founders Beyonce Knowles-Carterand Salma Hayek Pinault, the campaign has joined forces with Global Citizen to promote education, health and justice for girls and women around the world.

“As a global citizen and co-founder of CHIME FOR CHANGE, I am honored to co-host the 2015 Global Citizen Festival,” said Salma Hayek Pinault.  “Empowering girls and women is a key step toward ending extreme poverty, and I am proud to be a part of this historic moment where we will raise our voices together to create real change for girls and women around the world.”

In coordination with Global Citizen, CHIME FOR CHANGE and Salma Hayek Pinault are encouraging supporters to “CHIME for Education” through a recently launched Crowdrise campaign that supports girls’ and women’s education efforts around the world. By donating to CHIME for Education, fans will be entered to win two VIP tickets to this year’s Global Citizen Festival.

To find out more information and support the campaign, visit https://www.crowdrise.com/CHIME.

Presenting partner Gucci and CHIME FOR CHANGE join proud core partners of the Festival: Citi, Unilever, YouTube, TIDAL, Google, iHeartRadio, Clear Channel Outdoor, MSNBC, New York City Department of Parks & Recreation, H&M, and T- Mobile. Supporting partners are BBC Worldwide, Universal Music Group Distribution, Pratt Foundation, Waislitz Foundation, The Huffington Post, Milk Studios, RYOT and Riot House.

Citi has been a proud partner of the Global Citizen Festival since inception four years ago, and Citi credit cardmembers enjoy exclusive access to VIP offers and ticket pricing.

People everywhere are invited to sign-up, take actions, and enter the prize draws for free tickets. In total, 48,000 free tickets to the Festival will be given out to Global Citizens. Once fans complete an Action Journey on globalcitizenfestival.com, they can enter to win free tickets. Ticket draws will occur throughout the summer and fans will be notified via Global Citizen when they have been selected.

ABOUT GLOBAL CITIZEN

Global Citizen is a content and campaigning platform where people can learn about and take action on the world’s biggest issues. Global Citizen works in partnership with and supports some of the most effective organizations working to end extreme poverty. Committed to providing the most interesting stories, effective actions and powerful campaigns, Global Citizen aims to unlock the power of every individual to play his or her part in the movement to end extreme poverty in the next 15 years.

Global Citizen has partnered with leading organizations for the 2015 Global Citizen Festival, including: action/2015, CARE, Concern Worldwide U.S., The Earth Institute, Every Woman Every Child, Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, The Global Partnership for Education, Global Polio Eradication Initiative, Heifer International, The Hunger Project, Kiva, The ONE Campaign, Opportunity International, Oxfam, Pencils of Promise, RESULTS, Save the Children Action Network, The United Nations Foundation, UNICEF, USA for UNHCR, WaterAid, World Bank Group, World Vision and Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council.

ABOUT THE GLOBAL POVERTY PROJECT

The Global Poverty Project is a registered 501(c)(3) international non-profit organization whose mission is to end extreme poverty by 2030. The advocacy organization works in partnership with other NGOs, business leaders, world leaders and global citizens in its efforts to build the largest movement of people taking actions and calling on governments to support policies that would significantly impact the world’s poor. The Global Poverty Project organizes massive global campaigns including Live Below the Line and the annual Global Citizen Festival as catalysts in this movement. Over the last four years, global citizens have nearly 3 million actions in the fight against extreme poverty. These actions have resulted in 87 commitments and policy announcements, including cash commitments valued at US $18.3 billion. The Global Poverty Project has offices in New York, Canada, UK and Australia. For more information, visit globalpovertyproject.org.

ABOUT CHIME FOR CHANGE

CHIME FOR CHANGE, founded by Gucci in 2013, is a global campaign to convene, unite and strengthen the voices speaking out for girls and women around the world, with a focus on using innovative approaches to raise funds and awareness for Education, Health and Justice projects. Through the power of crowdfunding, CHIME FOR CHANGE has funded more than 400 projects in 86 countries through 144 non-profit partners reaching hundreds of thousands of girls and women. CHIME FOR CHANGE co-Founders Salma Hayek Pinault and Beyonce Knowles-Carter continue to lead the coalition of partners who support the campaign.  Founding Partners include the Kering Foundation, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Facebook, Hearst Magazines and Catapult. Strategic Partners include P&G Prestige, Twitter and Kellogg’s Special K. The CHIME FOR CHANGE Advisory Board includes Hafsat Abiola, Muna AbuSulayman,Valerie Amos, Humaira Bachal, Jimmie Briggs, Gordon and Sarah Brown, Lydia Cacho, David Carey, Minh Dang, Juliet de Baubigny,Waris Dirie, Carolyn Everson, Helene Gayle, Leymah Gbowee, Yasmeen Hassan, Hung Huang, Arianna Huffington, Musimbi Kanyoro,Alicia Keys, John Legend, Lee Young-Ae, Madonna, Pat Mitchell, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Alyse Nelson, Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy,Francois-Henri Pinault, Julia Roberts, Jill Sheffield, Alison Smale, Jada Pinkett Smith, Peter Soer, Caryl Stern, Meryl Streep, the Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Mpho Tutu, Monique Villa and Yang Lan.

ABOUT THE GLOBAL GOALS CAMPAIGN AND RADIO EVERYONE

In September 2015, at the United Nations General Assembly, New York, 193 world leaders will adopt a series of ambitious targets to end extreme poverty, fight inequalities and tackle climate change for everyone by 2030. The Global Goals campaign is a global collaborative effort to ensure that these goals are world famous and that they are successfully acted upon. In order to make the goals famous Project Everyone, the brainchild of Richard Curtis is on a mission to get the goals to 7 billion people in the 7 days after they are adopted. Radio Everyone forms one part of that ambition, alongside the World’s Largest Lesson and the World’s First Global Cinema Ad.

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The 30th Annual Great Sports Legends Dinner To Honor Ray Lewis, Karl Malone, And More

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The Buoniconti Fund to Cure Paralysis will honor a group of prominent Sports Legends and Honorees when it hosts its 30th Annual Great Sports Legends Dinner at the Waldorf Astoria on Tuesday, October 6, 2015. The annual event, hosted by NFL Hall of Famer Nick Buoniconti and his son Marc, and chaired by Mark Dalton, raises funds to support the ground-breaking spinal cord injury research done by researchers at The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis – the world’s most comprehensive spinal cord injury research center, which is based at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. NBC News Icon Tom Brokaw will serve as Master of Ceremonies and the event will feature live performances by The Beach Boys and The Pointer Sisters.

The 2015 Great Sports Legends include Jorge Posada, Karl Malone, Ray Lewis, John Stockton, Michelle Kwan, Victor Espinoza, Jennifer Capriati and Chip Ganassi. Honorees for the evening include Gloria and Emilio Estefan who will receive The Buoniconti Fund Inspiration Award, and Humanitarian Award recipients Orianne and Phil Collins.

The celebration assembles sports legends, celebrities, philanthropic icons and corporate leaders to support the efforts of The Buoniconti Fund Board of Directors and numerous longtime benefactors.

The 2015 Great Sports Legends include:

Jorge Posada – Former catcher for 17 seasons with the New York Yankees and a five-time World Series champion.
Karl Malone – Nicknamed “The Mailman,” Malone is a NBA Hall of Famer, two-time NBA Most Valuable Player and was a power forward for 18 seasons in the NBA with the Utah Jazz and Los Angeles Lakers.
Ray Lewis – Lewis is a future Hall of Famer and is considered one of the greatest ever to play middle linebacker in the NFL. He played his entire 17-year career for the Baltimore Ravens, was Defensive Player of the Year in 2000 and 2003 and two-time Super Bowl Champion.
John Stockton – Stockton is a two-time Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame inductee, and is regarded as one of the best point guards of all time. He holds the NBA records for most career assists and steals and played his entire career as a point guard for the Utah Jazz.
Michelle Kwan – Widely considered one of the greatest figure skaters of all time, Kwan is a two-time (1998 and 2002) Olympic medalist, a five-time (1996, 1998, 2000, 2001 and 2003) World champion and a nine-time (1996, 1998–2005) U.S. champion (tied for the all-time record).
Victor Espinoza – The first jockey in history to enter the Belmont Stakes with a third opportunity to win the Triple Crown, finally winning that elusive honor this year on American Pharaoh, becoming the oldest jockey and first Hispanic jockey to win the award.
Jennifer Capriati – A former World No. 1 professional tennis player and International Tennis Hall of Fame member, Capriati won three women’s singles championships in Grand Slam tournaments and a Gold Medal at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics.
Chip Ganassi – A former American racing driver, Ganassi is the owner and CEO of Chip Ganassi Racing, which operates teams on the IndyCar Series, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, and Tudor United SportsCar Championship. He has been involved with the North American auto racing scene for more than 30 years and is considered one of the most successful as well as most innovative owners.
Honorees for the evening include:

The Buoniconti Fund Inspiration Award Recipients, Gloria and Emilio Estefan– Twenty-six-time GRAMMY® Award-winning power couple Emilio and Gloria Estefan, whose highly-anticipated biographical musical On Your Feet! starts performances on Broadway October 5, will receive this year’s Buoniconti Fund Inspiration Award. One of the most celebrated couples in music, Gloria and Emilio Estefan know the importance of giving back to the community founded the Gloria Estefan Foundation, aimed at reaching those who struggle outside the safeguards of society by promoting good health, education, and cultural development. Following her own brush with paralysis Gloria teamed up with The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis in 1994 and served as the capital campaign director of The Miami Project’s new building campaign that raised more than $40 million.
Humanitarian Award Recipients, Orianne and Phil Collins– Phil Collins is one of the most successful songwriters and performers of all time. Collins had dozens of hit albums and singles in the UK and the US between 1976 and 2010, either as a solo artist or with Genesis. He is one of the most successful pop and adult contemporary singers of the 1980s and beyond. Phil and Orianne are co-founder of the Little Dreams Foundation (LDF), an international charity which fulfills the dreams of young aspiring talents without financial means to achieve their goals. The LDF helps children thrive by supporting them with personalized training and supervision in music, arts and sports by godparent mentors, providing them with optimal opportunity for success, and potentially advance toward a professional career in the field of their true passion. In order to reach its mission, LDF is helped by numerous godparents, sponsors and technical advisors. Orianne is a jewelry designer and philanthropist and serves as chairman of the Little Dreams Foundation.
“For 30 years The Miami Project has provided real hope to those living with paralysis. Today there is tangible evidence through our groundbreaking clinical trials that a cure for paralysis is within our grasp,” said Nick Buoniconti, Founder of The Buoniconti Fund. “Paralysis does not discriminate, a spinal cord injury can happen to anyone at any time, so we must continue to raise awareness and funds to support research that will ultimately lead to a cure for paralysis. We are honored that so many legendary athletes and influential figures continue to help us stand up for those who cannot.”

Our “Legend Alumni” and Honorees include Muhammad Ali, Willie Mays, Earvin “Magic” Johnson, Tony Hawk, Cal Ripken, Jr., Gloria Estefan, Jack Nicklaus, Wayne Gretzky, George Foreman, Julio Iglesias, Helio Castroneves, Troy Aikman, Joe DiMaggio, Mario Andretti, Joe Namath, Pedro Martinez, Hakeem Olajuwon, Dan Marino, Mike Piazza, Pat Riley, Grant Hill, Bill Cowher, Kelly Slater, Joe Torre and many other athletes and heroes who recognize that paralyzing injuries can and do occur in the pursuit of athletic careers and everyday lives.

The 30th anniversary event is expected to sell out and raise millions of dollars for the spinal cord injury research programs at The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis. Since its inception in 1985, the Great Sports Legends Dinner has honored more than 300 sports legends and honorees and has raised more than $100 million for The Miami Project’s spinal cord injury research programs. The Buoniconti Fund to Cure Paralysis, through the research efforts of The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis, is committed to finding a cure for paralysis resulting from spinal cord injury and to seeing millions worldwide walk again.

About The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis and The Buoniconti Fund: In 1985, Barth A. Green, M.D. and NFL Hall of Fame linebacker Nick Buoniconti helped found The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis after Nick’s son, Marc, sustained a spinal cord injury during a college football game. Today, The Miami Project is the world’s most comprehensive spinal cord injury (SCI) research center, and a designated Center of Excellence at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. The Miami Project’s international team includes more than 300 scientists, researchers, clinicians and support staff who take innovative approaches to the challenges of brain and spinal cord injury. Committed to finding a cure for paralysis resulting from spinal cord injury and to seeing millions worldwide walk again, the Buoniconti family established The Buoniconti Fund to Cure Paralysis in 1992, a non-profit organization devoted to assisting The Miami Project achieve its national and international goals.

The Miami Project’s Christine E. Lynn Clinical Trials Initiative is designed to take discoveries found to be successful in laboratory studies and fast track them to human studies. The Miami Project team currently has five FDA approved SCI clinical trials underway. Our FDA approved Schwann cell transplantation trial, the only one of its kind in the world, is changing the spinal cord injury field and sets an important foundation for future Miami Project cell replacement therapies.

Miami Project researchers are conducting or participating in more than eighteen clinical trials for spinal cord and brain injuries, and have more than a dozen clinical research studies underway. Because of our clinical and research expertise, The Miami Project is confident that we have the knowledge and resolve to initiate additional clinical trials that will help us continue to responsibly and safely take these important steps into humans.

For more information, please visit: www.thebuonicontifund.com.

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Taraji P. Henson Stuns on Red Carpet at American Black Film Festival

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Taraji P. Henson was a red carpet stunner at the 2015 American Black Film Festival opening night, which kicked off on Thursday, June 11 at the SVA Theater in New York. The “Empire” actress represented as the 2015 ABFF ambassador, and brought the thunder to the red carpet in her red dress.

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The African Black Film festival is a four-day event dedicated to showcasing excellence in film and television content by and about people of African descent.

“I want to thank Jeff Friday and everyone at ABFF for the honor of serving as your 2015 ambassador. It is a privilege to join my fellow filmmakers to celebrate and support Black artists and the artistry that resides in all of us” Henson said.

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The Mindy Project finds new home at Hulu

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Director, Actress, and Executive Producer Mindy Kaling has found a new home for The Mindy Project.

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After its departure from Fox, the Kaling comedy has found a new home at Hulu. The terms of the deal and premiere date were not immediately disclosed, but it is a go. Universal Television, the studio that makes The Mindy Project, began talks with Hulu immediately after Fox passed on a fourth season.

Hulu announced on Friday that it has ordered a fourth season of The Mindy Project that will total 26 episodes — making the comedy part of its original programming slate, and future seasons a possibility.

“I am thrilled The Mindy Project has found a new home on Hulu, where so many of our fans are already watching the show. It’s such an exciting place to be,” Kaling said in a statement.

Universal Television, the studio that makes The Mindy Project, began talks with Hulu immediately after Fox passed on a fourth season.

Mindy has been a beloved member of the Hulu family, so this deal is a natural extension of our relationship,” said Craig Erwich, senior vice-president and head of content for Hulu, in a statement. “With so many of her fans already catching up and tuning in to the series on Hulu, we know her millions of fans will be eager to find out what Mindy has in store for the next chapter.”

Universal Television’s executive vice-president Bela Bajaria said in a statement: “We are excited about our partnership with Hulu and look forward to sharing our amazing comedy with the show’s many loyal fans for seasons to come.”

 

 

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Regina King, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, & OITNB Cast Will be Honored at Essence’s Annual Black Women in Hollywood Luncheon

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The eighth annual “Black Women in Hollywood” luncheon is set to take place Feb. 19 at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills. Essence’s Editor-In-Chief Vanessa K. De Luca and Shaun Robinson from Access Hollywood announced this year’s honorees Wednesday via an online press conference.

“Orange Is The New Black” stars Uzo Aduba, Vicky Jeudy, Danielle Brooks, Lorraine Toussaint, Samira Wiley, Adrienne C. Moore and Laverne Cox will receive the Vanguard award, and Ruth E. Carter will be honored with the Visionary Award.

Regina King will receive The Fierce & Fearless Award, while Gugu Mbatha-Raw will receive the Lincoln Breakthrough of the Year Award.

The Essence Black Women in Hollywood luncheon recognizes the extraordinary achievements of trailblazing women in film and television.

Past honorees include: Oprah Winfrey, Lupita Nyong’o, Ava DuVernay, Halle Berry, Viola Davis, Jada Pinkett-Smith, Angela Bassett, Queen Latifah, Taraji P. Henson, Ruby Dee, Diahann Carroll, Cicely Tyson, Mara Brock-Akil, Gina Prince-Bythewood and Suzanne de Passe, among others.

“The past year has been a game-changer for women in Hollywood. We are creating, performing and calling the shots,” De Luca stated in a press release. “By recognizing our leading ladies both in front of and behind the camera, Essence Black Women in Hollywood illuminates the ‘power of our presence,” noted Michelle Ebanks, Essence president.

“Essence embodies the diversity of our stories, and Black Women in Hollywood allows us to honor fresh and innovative storytelling, as well as groundbreaking portrayals,” added Ebanks. “This year we are proudly honoring seven brilliant actresses from the original hit series “Orange is the New Black”; a critically-acclaimed actress Gugu Mbatha-Raw; an accomplished performer and director with a career spanning three decades Regina King; and an inspirational creative talent Ruth E. Carter.”

Fans can gain exclusive access to the Black Women in Hollywood luncheon by visiting Essence.com. The site, which will feature highlights and a look inside will also live stream red-carpet happenings and interviews with the stars at 11:00 a.m. PST/2:00 p.m. EST and re-air at 6 p.m. PST/9 p.m. EST.

Essence celebrates its 45th anniversary this year and according to the release, the event will commemorate the magazine’s annual Hollywood issue (March), which will hit newsstands on Feb. 13th.

 

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Broadcast Film Critics Association Host Celebration of Black Cinema (Red Carpet Arrivals)

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The Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA) hosted a Celebration of Black Cinema at the House of Blues last night. The evening included special performances by Darlene Love, Merry Clayton, Lisa Fischer and Judith Hill, from the critically-acclaimed documentary ’20 Feet From Stardom.’ Actress Bresha Webb, Dawnn Lewis and other stars were present at the House of Blues Sunset Strip on in West Hollywood.

The star-studded event celebrated this year in black cinema, and highlighted the unprecedented and historic flood of acclaimed films this year.

The even incorporated remarks given from prominent members of the black community.

BFCA member Shawn Edwards, a film critic at Fox 4 Kansas City and the founder of the website “I Love Black Movies,” conceived the original idea for the event.

This year more than 40 notable films and documentaries have opened, primarily written, directed and/or produced by black men and women, along with so many others featuring notable lead and supporting performances by black actors and actresses, the Association noted.

BFCA President Joey Berlin and KTLA’s Sam Rubin were Co-Executive Producers of the event.

 

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