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Debbie Allen to be honored at 2016 Black Women in Hollywood Event

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LAS VEGAS - SEPTEMBER 24: Actress and choreographer Debbie Allen arrives at the screening of ''Fame'' at the Paris Las Vegas September 24, 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The film opens nationwide in the United States on September 25. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images for Harrah's)

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Icon Debbie Allen is being honored with the Legend award at the upcoming Black Women in Hollywood extravaganza, according to a report released by ESSENCE earlier today.

Debbie is a three-time Emmy Award-winning choreographer/director, dancer, actress, singer, author, and television producer. She had built up a solid reputation in Hollywood as a go-to powerhouse. She frequently works with programs to support the Arts and is a member of the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities. Debbie is the co-owner and founder of the Debbie Allen Dance Academy in Los Angeles. In 1997 Debbie worked alongside Steven Spielberg as one of the director’s for Amistad. She played herself in the remake of the TV show Fame. She has continued directing for television including episodes of Grey’s Anatomy, That’s So Raven, and the Lifetime movie biopic The Fantasia Barrino Story: Life Is Not a Fairy Tale. She has also worked as a director on the American sitcoms “Girlfriends” and “Everybody Hates Chris”. Since 2007, Debbie has been a frequent judge on the FOX reality dance competition, “So You Think You Can Dance.”

Debbie has been honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Women in Radio and Television. In 1991, she received her star on the Hollywood walk of Fame for her achievements in television.

Other honorees include entertainment attorney Nina Shaw, who will be presented with the Lincoln Power award and Black-ish star Tracee Ellis Ross, who will scoop up the Fierce & Fearless award.

In a climate where the conversation surrounding the roles, contributions and recognition of African-Americans in Hollywood is heavily charged, ESSENCE Editor-in-Chief Vanessa K. De Luca points out the importance of the event, the magazine said.

“We are delighted to continue the tradition of honoring exceptionally talented women who are making significant contributions as creators and performers in Hollywood. At a time when the conversation about diversity in Hollywood remains prevalent, recognizing the indomitable power and presence of Tracee Ellis Ross, Debbie Allen and Nina Shaw at our annual Black Women in Hollywood Luncheon embraces an inclusive and diverse Hollywood community.”

The Black star power doesn’t end with the phenomenal honorees! The event will also feature appearances by Oprah Winfrey, Shonda Rhimes, Nick Cannon, Ryan Coogler and Zendaya to name a few.

Fans can get full access to the event by tuning into the live stream on ESSENCE.com starting at 12:15 p.m. PT/3:15 p.m ET on February 25.

 

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Adele says Donald Trump does not have permission to use her music

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Superstar singer Adele has not given permission for her music to be used by Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.

CNN reported that Adele asked the campaign to stop using her songs.

“Adele has not given permission for her music to be used for any political campaigning,” an Adele representative said in a statement. “We have no further comment.”

Trump has used Adele’s “Skyfall” and “Rolling in the Deep” before and during rallies.

Throughout his presidential campaign,  Trump has used a number of popular songs at rallies.

He previously used Aerosmith’s “Dream On.”

Lead singer Steven Tyler made it clear that he didn’t want his band’s song used, sending the Trump campaign a cease-and-desist letter.

The letter said in part that Trump does “not have our client’s permission to use ‘Dream On'” and that using the song “gives the false impression that he is connected with or endorses Mr. Trump’s presidential bid.”

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Nate Parker Wins Big at 2016 Sundance Film Festival

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“The Birth of a Nation,” Nate Parker’s directorial debut, which premiered at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival won several Awards Saturday night in Park City, Utah. According to ABC News, the film received a standing ovation during its screening. The film is centered on the true story of how slave Nat Turner led a rebellion in 1831.

Fox Searchlight announced Tuesday it won a record-making bidding war to acquire the film’s worldwide distribution rights. The studio expects to release the project by Parker, who also wrote, produced and starred in the film, later this year.

“The Birth of Nation” marks the fourth time a film has won the top categories — the Audience Award and the Grand Jury Prize — at Sundance. The film now joins the likes of others such as the 2013 film “Fruitvale Station,” the 2014 film “Whiplash” and the 2015 film “Me and Earl and the Dying Girl.”

 

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2016 Sundance Film Festival Winners Announced

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Here are the winners for the 2016 Sundance Film Festival Awards:

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Audience Award
Birth Of A Nation
Nate Parker

Grand Jury Prize
Birth Of A Nation
Nate Parker

Directing
Daniel Scheinert, Daniel Kwan
Swiss Army Man

Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award
Chad Hartigan
Morris From America

Special Jury Award – Individual Performance
Melanie Lynskey
The Intervention

Special Jury Award – Individual Performance
Craig Robinson
Morris from America

Special Jury Award – Breakthrough Performance
Joe Seo
Spa Night

Special Jury Award
As You Are
Miles Joris-Peyrafitte

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Grand Jury Prize
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Elyse Steinberg, Josh Kriegman

Audience Award
Jim: The James Foley Story
Brian Oakes

Directing
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Special Jury Award – Vérité Filmmaking
The Bad Kids
Keith Fulton, Lou Pepe

Special Jury Award – Writing
Kate Plays Christine
Robert Greene

Special Jury Award – Social Impact Filmmaking
Trapped
Dawn Porter

NEXT Audience Award
First Girl I Loved
Kerem Sanga

WORLD CINEMA DRAMATIC

Audience Award
Between Sea and Land / Colombia
Directors: Manolo Cruz, Carlos del Castillo

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Sand Storm / Israel
Director: Elite Zexer

Directing Award
Belgica / Belgium-France-Netherlands
Felix van Groeningen

Special Jury Award – Unique Vision and Design
The Lure / Poland
Director: Agnieszka Smoczynska

Special Jury Award – Screenwriting
Mi Amiga Del Parque / Argentina-Uruguay
Screenwriters: Inés Bortagaray, Ana Katz

Special Jury Award – Acting
Vicky Hernandéz, Manolo Cruz
Between Sea and Land / Colombia

WORLD CINEMA DOCUMENTARY

Grand Jury Prize
Sonita / Germany-Iran-Swizerland
Rokhsareh Ghaem Maghami

Directing
All These Sleepless Nights / Poland
Michal Marczak

Special Jury Award – Best Editing
We Are X / UK-U.S.-Japan
Editors: Mako Kamitsuna, John Maringouin

Special Jury Award – Best Cinematography
The Land Of The Enlightened / Belgium
DP: Pieter-Jan De Pue

Special Jury Award – Best Debut Feature
When Two Worlds Collide / Peru
Directors: Mathew Orzel, Heidi Brandenburg

Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film Prize
Embrace of the Serpent<
Directed by Ciro Guerra

SHORT FILM PRIZES

Short Film Grand Jury Prize
Thunder Road / U.S.
Director and screenwriter: Jim Cummings

Short Film Jury Award: U.S. Fiction
The Procedure / U.S.
Director and screenwriter: Calvin Lee Reeder

Short Film Jury Award: International Fiction
Maman(s) / France
Director and screenwriter: Maïmouna Doucouré

Short Film Jury Award: Non-fiction
Bacon & God’s Wrath / Canada
Director: Sol Friedman

Short Film Jury Award: Animation
Edmond / UK
Director and screenwriter: Nina Gantz

Short Film Special Jury Award for Outstanding Performance
Grace Glowicki
Her Friend Adam

Short Film Special Jury Award for Best Direction
Peacock / Czech Republic
Director: Ondrej Hudecek, Screenwriters: Jan Smutny, Ondrej Hudecek

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LL Cool J Attends The 20th Annual Art Directors Guild Awards in Beverly Hills

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LL Cool J attends the 20th Annual Art Directors Guild Excellence In Production Design Awards held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Sunday, Jan. 31, 2016, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)

LL Cool J attends the 20th Annual Art Directors Guild Excellence in Production Design Awards held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Sunday. The lip sync battle host wore an all black ensemble on the red carpet. This is an exciting time for the actor/rapper who just received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

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LL is set to host the upcoming 58th Annual Grammy Awards. See more LL pictures below..

The Art Directors Guild (IATSE Local 800) represents 2,300 members who work throughout the United States, Canada and the rest of the world in film, television and theater as Production Designers, Art Directors, Assistant Art Directors; Scenic, Title and Graphic Artists; Illustrators and Matte Artists; Set Designers and Model Makers; and Previs Artists. Established in 1937, the ADG’s ongoing activities include a Film Society, an annual Awards Banquet, a creative/technology community (5D: The Future of Immersive Design), a bimonthly craft magazine (Perspective); and extensive technology-training programs, figure drawing and other creative workshops and year-round Gallery 800 art exhibitions.

The Guild’s Online Directory/Website Resource is at www.adg.org.

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Playboy To Celebrate Its Newly Redesigned Magazine With Exclusive Star-Studded Event In San Francisco During SuperBowl 50

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Playboy magazine’s March 2016 issue, the magazine’s first non-nude version, will make its official consumer debut with an exclusive, star-studded party in San Francisco during pro-football’s biggest weekend of the year.

The Playboy Party, always one of the weekend’s most buzzed-about events, will celebrate the future of Playboy and its newly redesigned magazine on Friday, February 5, 2016 in a transformed space within Lot A of AT&T Park.  Celebrities, athletes, and VIP guests will enjoy a DJ set by ALESSO as they mingle with 24 Playboy Playmates in Bunny Costume.  Event sponsors include Dodge and EFFEN® Vodka, with water provided by AQUAhydrate and energy by Red Bull.

Guests will arrive at the party through a time portal tunnel that takes them on a visual journey of the history of Playboy and auto sponsor Dodge.  Once inside, they will be some of the first consumers to receive copies of Playboy‘s March issue (on newsstands Friday, February 12) via an Instagram activated vending machine encouraging them to “post for a peek” of the much-hyped and newly redesigned magazine.

Specialty cocktails and bottle service by EFFEN® Vodka will be available throughout the night, along with a host of surprise elements for guests, courtesy of the brand.  Attendees will also have the chance to sample a menu of unique libations expertly made with EFFEN® Vodka, EFFEN® Black Cherry Vodka and EFFEN® Cucumber Vodka as part of a Molecular Mixology Bar curated by San Francisco cocktail den Benjamin Cooper.  A selection of sweet and savory cuisine from some of the city’s most notable food trucks, including Mozzeria, El Sur, Curveball and Pacific Puffs, will be available to guests throughout the night.

Additionally, an interactive hologram experience, featuring the Dodge 2016 Charger SRT Hellcat and 2016 Challenger SRT Hellcat, will be on display at the high-profile bash.  The powerful Hellcat duo will be part of an installation where guests can walk up to a larger-than-life animated Hellcat as it snarls, prowls, lurks, and growls while standing guard near the actual Dodge Hellcat vehicles.  The Dodge 2015 Viper GTS will also be on display at the event’s red carpet entrance.

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Notable attendees at The Playboy Party in years past have included Bradley Cooper, Anna Farris, Kanye West, Gabrielle Union, Aaron Rodgers, Jon Hamm, Maria Menounos, Neil Patrick Harris, Aaron Paul, Jamie Foxx, Tony Romo, Jessica Szohr, Usher, Chris Evans, Jamie Chung, Kellan Lutz, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Shaquille O’Neal, Nelly, David Arquette, Estelle, LMFAO, Rascal Flatts, Kyle Busch, Nick Cannon, Laura Prepon, Alyssa Milano, Jeremy Piven, Evander Holyfield, Chad Jones, and Marshall Faulk.

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Legendary Actress Jane Fonda Honored with Coolidge Award

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Actress Jane Fonda receives the 2016 Coolidge Award at Coolidge Corner Theatre on January 31, 2016 in Brookline, Massachusetts.

In addition to her dynamic acting career, Fonda is also known as a bestselling author (My Life So Far, Being a Teen, Prime Time) and a passionate social change activist. Since her early anti-war activity in the 1960s, which has continued through the past half century, Fonda has also advocated for environmentalism, the feminist movement, and teen health and empowerment. She is a co-founder and board member (along with Gloria Steinem and Robin Morgan) of Women’s Media Center, a nonprofit organization committed to ensuring that women are well-represented at all levels in the media. Additionally, she is a co-founder and board member of Georgia Campaign for Adolescent Power and Potential (GCAPP), the Jane Fonda Center at Emory University, and the Thomasville Community Resource Center. All three community-based organizations serve youth and families in the areas of health and education.

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Queen Latifah Wins The SAG Award For Bessie

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HBO had to have known what they were doing when they cast triple threat Dana Owens [Queen Latifah] as the star of the successful show “BESSIE.”

Queen Latifah’s very successful career has spanned several decades. The popular rapper/actress and former talk show host won top honors at the 22nd Annual SAG Awards in Los Angeles on Saturday. To add to her mantle will be the award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries for her role as Bessie Smith in the HBO hit.

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No Shortage of Diversity at 2016 SAG Awards

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The Screen Actors Guild [SAG] Awards brought out an array of actors from many different types of programs and movies. The red carpet was filled with a variety of talent and one things for sure, in light of the Oscar diversity controversy, there was no shortage of diversity at the 2016 SAG Awards.

Some of the big winners of the night were Idris Elba, Queen Latifah, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Viola Davis.

From the cast of Straight Outta Compton to Orange is the New Black, we saw groups, individuals, actors, producers, writers, and directors who ‘shined’ at the annual event. We would like to say that there were no losers, as it is truly an honor to be nominated during awards season. Congratulations to all of the nominees and winners.

See below to see who took home a statue…or two! 

THEATRICAL MOTION PICTURES

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
WINNER: LEONARDO DiCAPRIO / Hugh Glass – “THE REVENANT” (20th Century Fox)

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
WINNER: BRIE LARSON / Ma – “ROOM” (A24)

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
WINNER: IDRIS ELBA / Commandant – “BEASTS OF NO NATION” (Netflix)

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role
WINNER: ALICIA VIKANDER / Gerda Wegener – “THE DANISH GIRL” (Focus Features)

 

Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture

WINNER: SPOTLIGHT (Open Road Films)
BILLY CRUDUP / Eric MacLeish
BRIAN D’ARCY JAMES / Matty Carroll
MICHAEL KEATON / Walter “Robby” Robinson
RACHEL McADAMS / Sacha Pfeiffer
MARK RUFFALO / Michael Rezendes
LIEV SCHREIBER / Marty Baron
JOHN SLATTERY / Ben Bradlee, Jr.
STANLEY TUCCI / Mitchell Garabedian

 

TELEVISION PROGRAMS

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries
WINNER: IDRIS ELBA / DCI John Luther – “LUTHER” (BBC America)

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries
WINNER: QUEEN LATIFAH / Bessie Smith – “BESSIE” (HBO)

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series
WINNER: KEVIN SPACEY / Francis Underwood – “HOUSE OF CARDS” (Netflix)

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series
WINNER: VIOLA DAVIS / Annalise Keating – “HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER” (ABC)

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series
WINNER: JEFFREY TAMBOR / Maura Pfefferman – “TRANSPARENT” (Amazon)

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series
WINNER: UZO ADUBA / Suzanne “Crazy Eyes” Warren – “ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK” (Netflix)

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
WINNER: DOWNTON ABBEY (Masterpiece/PBS)
HUGH BONNEVILLE / Robert, Earl of Grantham
LAURA CARMICHAEL / Lady Edith Crawley
JIM CARTER / Mr. Carson
RAQUEL CASSIDY / Baxter
BRENDAN COYLE / Mr. Bates
TOM CULLEN / Anthony Gillingham
MICHELLE DOCKERY / Lady Mary Crawley
KEVIN DOYLE / Mr. Molesley
JOANNE FROGGATT / Anna Bates
LILY JAMES / Lady Rose
ROBERT JAMES-COLLIER / Thomas Barrow
ALLEN LEECH / Tom Branson
PHYLLIS LOGAN / Mrs. Hughes
ELIZABETH McGOVERN / Cora, Countess of Grantham
SOPHIE McSHERA / Daisy
LESLEY NICOL / Mrs. Patmore
JULIAN OVENDEN / Charles Blake
DAVID ROBB / Dr. Clarkson
MAGGIE SMITH / Violet, Dowager Countess of Grantham
PENELOPE WILTON / Isobel Crawley

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series

WINNER: ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK (Netflix)
UZO ADUBA / Suzanne “Crazy Eyes” Warren
MIKE BIRBIGLIA / Danny Pearson
MARSHA STEPHANIE BLAKE / Berdie Rogers
DANIELLE BROOKS / Tasha “Taystee” Jefferson
LAVERNE COX / Sophia Burset
JACKIE CRUZ / Marisol “Flaca” Gonzales
CATHERINE CURTIN / Wanda Bell
LEA DELARIA / Carrie “Big Boo” Black
BETH FOWLER / Sister Jane Ingalls
JOEL MARSH GARLAND / Scott O’Neill
KIMIKO GLENN / Brook Soso
ANNIE GOLDEN / Norma Romano
DIANE GUERRERO / Maritza Ramos
MICHAEL J. HARNEY / Sam Healy
VICKY JEUDY / Janae Watson
SELENIS LEYVA / Gloria Mendoza
TARYN MANNING / Tiffany “Pennsatucky” Doggett
ADRIENNE C. MOORE / Black Cindy
KATE MULGREW / Galina “Red” Reznikov
EMMA MYLES / Leanne Taylor
MATT PETERS / Joel Luschek
LORI PETTY / Lolly Whitehill
JESSICA PIMENTEL / Maria Ruiz
DASCHA POLANCO / Dayanara Diaz
LAURA PREPON / Alex Vause
ELIZABETH RODRIGUEZ / Aleida Diaz
RUBY ROSE / Stella Carlin
NICK SANDOW / Joe Caputo
ABIGAIL SAVAGE / Gina
TAYLOR SCHILLING / Piper Chapman
CONSTANCE SHULMAN / Yoga Jones
DALE SOULES / Frieda
YAEL STONE / Lorna Morello
SAMIRA WILEY / Poussey Washington

 

SAG AWARDS HONORS FOR STUNT ENSEMBLES

Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture
WINNER: “MAD MAX: FURY ROAD” (Warner Bros. Pictures)

Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Comedy or Drama Series
WINNER: “GAME OF THRONES” (HBO)
52nd Annual SAG Life Achievement Award
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