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Time Inc.’s Sports Illustrated Pays Tribute To Muhammad Ali

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Last night, Sports Illustrated, a Time Inc. (NYSE: TIME) brand, dedicated its Sportsman of the Year Award to Muhammad Ali, renaming it the Sports Illustrated Muhammad Ali Legacy Award. The dedication ceremony took place in Louisville, KY on October 1 at the Muhammad Ali Center in front of a crowd of 300 VIPS including Mr. Ali, his wife Lonnie and family, former world heavyweight boxing champions George Foreman and Larry Holmes, Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer, and NBA all-time great Shaquille O’Neal. George Foreman, famed SI writer Bill Nack, and Lonnie Ali were among the featured speakers.

Lonnie Ali said, “I am very thankful to [Sports Illustrated] for having the wherewithal to realize that this was a legacy and to name this award after him… I’m really anxious to see and to applaud those who come after him that receive this award.”

Foreman said, “This is a great honor not only for Muhammad Ali but it’s a great honor for the sport of boxing…. Sports Illustrated is recognizing a guy that not only loved boxing but he loved Sports Illustrated. If you would see Muhammad with anything in his pocket, his money was always gone but he had a Sports Illustrated… It’s good for the sport and this honor is great for us…. This is the greatest man I’ve ever met in my life, I get excited in my heart every time I met him…Congratulations, Sports Illustrated, congratulations, Muhammad Ali, God bless you.”

In 2008, Sports Illustrated instituted the Legacy Award and only two individuals have been selected by the SI editorial team to receive the honor. Eunice Kennedy Shriver, founder and driving force behind the Special Olympics, was the inaugural honoree, with her son Bobby accepting the award in her honor during the annual Sportsman of the Year ceremony. In 2014, Earvin (Magic) Johnson was honored for his two decades as an entrepreneur, philanthropist and social and political activist. He also accepted the honor at the annual Sportsman event, where he was commended by President Bill Clinton and NBA commissioner Adam Silver.

Ali appeared on this week’s cover of Sports Illustrated, marking the 39th time he was featured on the cover:

SOURCE Time Inc.

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AFI Latin American Film Fest

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The AFI Latin American Film Festival showcases the best in cinema from Latin America with the inclusion of films from Spain and Portugal.

Now in its 26th year, the AFI Latin American Film Festival showcases the best filmmaking from Latin America and, with the inclusion of films from Spain and Portugal, celebrates Ibero-American cultural connections. This year’s selection of films will once again include numerous international film festival favorites, award winners, local box office hits and debut works by promising new talents.

One of Washington’s top cultural events, the festival will run from September 17 to October 7, 2015. It’s your chance to watch outstanding movies, mingle with filmmakers and also enjoy Latin food and wine at weekly happy hours and embassy-hosted events. Early announcements– representing about half of this year’s exciting film lineup– are posted on the website



AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center, 8633 Colesville Road, Silver Spring, MD

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Bishop T.D. Jakes’ MegaFest 2015 Announces Sponsors

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MegaFest 2015, the five-day inspirational family festival hosted by Bishop T.D. Jakes and slated for Aug. 19-23 in Dallas, is proud to announce its supporting sponsors. Each sponsor is supporting MegaFest in its own customized way. Local, National and International Companies are supporting the Inspirational Family Festival.

MegaFest brings together four of Bishop T.D. Jakes’ most popular events – ManPower, Woman Thou Art Loosed, MegaYouth presents Fire Code, and MegaKidz presents Destiny World. In addition, this year’s MegaFest will host the second International Faith & Family Film Festival, Tyler Perry’s Madea on the Run, A Time to Laugh comedy show and a variety of empowerment sessions. The festival is expected to draw more than 85,000 people this year to events at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center, American Airlines Center and the Omni Hotel.

“MegaFest is about bringing people together to celebrate family, friends and faith, so that we can return to our homes as refreshed, better people,” Jakes said. “We could not give people this opportunity without the support of our sponsors. We appreciate their support and look forward to the festivities.”

Many of the sponsors, including Prudential and The Coca-Cola Company, will be sponsoring individual sessions throughout MegaFest. Coca-Cola will sponsor the Women Entrepreneurs in the 21st Century and Strategies for Navigating Your Success sessions and Prudential will sponsor The Dream Giver, BOSS Panel, Financial Session and manCODE sessions.

The following companies are supporting MegaFest:


  Kymm’s Creation  

Advanced Beauty 

  Liberty Tax  

American Heart Association 


Black Enterprise 

  Methodist Hospital

Blue Cross Blue Shield 


Cadillac of Arlington 

  NIV Live  

Children’s Health 


Christian Mingle 

  Parkland Hospital  

The Coca-Cola Company 



  Ramsey Personalities 

CORE Institute 

  State Farm

D3 Entertainment 

  St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital  

D CEO Magazine 


Dallas County Judges 

  Texas Health Resources 

Dallas CVB 

  Trinity Broadcasting Network  

Dallas Mavericks 


Entertainment Cruise LLC 


Essence Magazine 

  Wells Fargo

HD Encore 

  Women’s Food Service Forum 

Heart & Soul 


Home Depot 

  Worlds of Wow

JD Reservations 


Johnson Publishing, publishers of
Ebony, Jet and Fashion Fair 

NIVLive will also debut the new T.D. Jakes Ministries Official Mobile app that includes the NIV Bible and NIV Audio Bible, including additional downloads and bonus materials that may be accessed within the T.D. Jakes app.

About MegaFest
Since its inception in 2004, MegaFest has been a meeting place for diverse audiences from Atlanta, Ga., to Johannesburg, South Africa, and has reached nearly 1 million people.  This year’s list of events includes Woman Thou Are Loosed, ManPower, MegaYouth presents Fire Code, and MegaKidz presents Destiny World.

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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, 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 live from Central Park. The YouTube livestream will be hosted by AsapSCIENCE and Matthew Santoro on, 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, 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

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, 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.


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.


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


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.


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.

SOURCE Global Poverty Project

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Afro-Latino Festival to be held in New York July 10-12

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Afro-Latino Festival kicks off in New York July 10-12

The Afro-Latino Festival provides you with a selection of the best bands and artists of Africa, Southern America, the Caribbeans and Southern Europe.

The 3rd Annual Afro-Latino Festival will run from Friday, July 10 thru Sunday, July 12 and will include film screenings, culinary presentations, cultural performances and art exhibitions. The festival starts Friday with an awards presentation, performances, and a cocktail reception to be held in Harlem, N.Y.

The festival celebrates the contributions that people of African, Latin-American and Caribbean cultures have made to New York City and the world as a whole. The purpose of the festival is to showcase the important issues pertinent to the Afro-Latino community by providing a platform to showcase community leaders, entrepreneurs, and a diverse mix of performers.

Visit Afro-Latino Festival to learn more.

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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.

The 19th Annual American Black Film Festival opens with New York's Premiere of "Dope"at The SVA Theater in New York City Featuring: Taraji P. Henson Where: New York City, New York, United States When: 11 Jun 2015 Credit: Alberto Reyes/

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Jussie Smollett goes green for a great cause

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Jussie Smollett is everywhere!

The ‘Empire’ Star, was looking oh-so-hot at the 19th Annual Golden Green Millennium Awards last night in Century City. Smollett, who was s speaker at the event, looked sleek in all black. [see pictures below]

Smollett was in good company. Other celebrities in attendance included Ed O’Neill, and Stevie Wonder. Global Green USA’s CEO, Dr. Les McCabe,welcomed environmental luminaries, and supporters. “We were so honored and humbled to celebrate the significant accomplishments of all our honorees at the 19th Annual Millennium Awards,” said Dr. McCabe. “Thanks to the hundreds of supporters who attended the event, Global Green will be able to continue its significant work to create climate resilient communities in Los Angeles, New Orleans and in cities across the country that have healthier and greener homes, schools and buildings. This would also have not been possible without our supporters who included, Turf Terminators, Energy Upgrade California, VEEV and Mobile Cause among others.”

Smollett presented the award for human rights legend to Bishop Desmond Tutu – International Environmental Leadership Award (televised acceptance speech). Other awards handed out included performing artist Prince Ea –; Entertainment Industry Environmental Leadership Award for his breakout music video “Sorry”; which has been viewed over 64 million times on YouTube and is helping engage a new generation in the fight against climate change; Daniel Weiss and Yaniv Tepper, Co-founders, Angeleno Group – Corporate Environmental Leadership Award for their impact investing in the renewable energy sector; Judd Malkin and Neil Bluhm, Founders, JMB Realty – Green Building Leadership Award for their commitment to building energy efficient buildings accepted by Sarah Shaw; Dr. Vandana Shiva – Individual Environmental Leadership Award, for her tireless work in promoting sustainability across the globe, Energy Upgrade California – California Environmental Leadership Award for the initiative’s pioneering efforts in reducing energy consumption; Ibrahim AlHusseini  General Partner, Full Cycle Energy Fund – Environmental Community Leadership Award, for his fund’s work in nurturing entrepreneurs and technologies in the renewable energy sector.

Guest musical performance by American Idol and The Voice contestant Adam Lasher.


The Millennium Awards were established in 1996 to recognize and herald those whose lives and livelihood embody Global Green USA’s mission of “fostering a global value shift toward a sustainable and secure future.” The Awards were designed to honor individuals, companies and organizations who recognize the connection between humankind and nature, to celebrate their success and inspire others. They are presented annually in Los Angeles.


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Global Green USA is dedicated to helping the people, places, and the planet in need through catalytic projects, transformative policy, and cutting-edge research. Global Green USA’s signature programs include greening affordable housing, schools, neighborhoods, and cities as well as rebuilding communities — such as New Orleans and areas of New York and New Jersey — that have suffered from the impacts of climate change, sea level rise, and environmental degradation. Global Green USA is the U.S. affiliate of Green Cross International, which was founded by President Mikhail Gorbachev in 1993 to foster a global value shift toward a sustainable and secure future.

For more information, visit

SOURCE: Global Green

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Holly Robinson Peete Receives Helping Hand Award

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Holly Robinson Peete was incredibly humbled to receive the “Helping Hand” award from the Steve & Marjorie Harvey Foundation at their 5th Annual Gala on May 16, 2015 for her work with the HollyRod Foundation which she co-founded 17 years ago with her husband Rodney Peete.

Held at the Hilton Chicago, the evening was co-hosted by Tamron Hall, co-host of NBC’s Today Show, along with Steve’s daughter Karli Harvey. With a packed house of more than 400 guests and supporters, over $1 million was raised to support SMHF’s important work serving young adults through mentorship programs: Steve Harvey Mentoring Program for Young Menand Girls Who Rule the World.

Holly was in extremely good company as three other incredible individuals were honored as well: basketball great Dwyane Wade and his sister Tragil (Wade’s World Foundation), business leaders John W. Rogers, Jr., Chairman, CEO and Chief Executive Officer of Ariel Investments, LLC and Alex B. Cummings, Chief Administrative Officer of The Coca-Cola Company.



Holly says, “Being recognized for my service to the Parkinson’s and autism communities is wonderful in itself so imagine how awestruck I was when my 17 year old son RJ – the son I was told would never say ‘I love you’ – stood on the stage and called me his “hero” for “never giving up” on him. What mother could hold back her tears? Not this mother, and as I looked around the room, there wasn’t a dry eye in the room, not even Dwyane Wade’s!”


“Our sincerest thanks to Steve and Marjorie Harvey for the Helping Hands award and congratulations to Dwyane, Tragil, John, and Alex on their awards!” -HollyRod




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On Sunday, February 15th, 2015, LATF (LA TV FILM) hosted the very first annual Hollywood Beauty Awards, honoring the real heroes of the red carpet and benefiting Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.

K-EARTH 101’s radio star Lisa Stanley emceed the beautiful black-tie event at the legendary Fonda Theatre in Hollywood. The HBAs bring long overdue recognition, appreciation and applause to the creative artisans, craftsman and miracle workers who, not only create, sculpt and hone a star’s public persona, but infuse their every red carpet appearance, photo-shoot and even the quickest paparazzi shot, with a little bit of that special Hollywood glamour. Celebrity Makeup Artists, Hairstylists, Photographers, etc. From the studio to the red carpet and back again, they are the artists who paint the town beautiful and make Hollywood one of the most talked about cities in the world.

Oscar winning actress, Jane Fonda presented an Outstanding Achievement Award for Makeup to Bernadine M. Anderson, the first African-American woman to break into the Local 706. Ms. Fonda and Ms. Anderson reunited decades later, after working together for eight years on award-winning films. The distinguished, Sir Patrick Stewart (“Star Trek,” “X-Men”) gave a heart-felt speech, honoring Hollywood makeup royalty, Michael Westmore. Mr. Westmore worked on “Star Trek” for its entire 18 year run. In one of the most touching moments of the night, the vibrant Jenifer Lewis (“Black-ish,” “Think Like A Man Too”) impromptu sang “His Eye On The Sparrow” to Hairstyling honoree, Julia L. Walker, with whom she worked on films such as, “Sister Act” and “The Temptations.” Actress, Bai Ling presented Martin Samuel (“Pirates of the Caribbean,” “Evita”) with the Outstanding Achievement in Hairstyling Award, whom she worked with on “Wild Wild West.” One of the most famous celebrity photographers, Harry Langdon, who’s shot countless superstars, was presented with the Outstanding Achievement In Photography Award by Golden Globe nominated actress, Morgan Fairchild (“Flamingo Road,” “Friends”).

Hit recording-artist, Tommy Roe (“Dizzy,” “Sheila”) presented The Timeless Beauty Award to Barbara Eden (“I Dream of Jeanie,” “Harper Valley PTA”). Greg Finley (“The Flash”), Graham Patrick Martin (“TNT’s Major Crimes”) presented The New Beauty Award to Meagan Tandy (MTV’s “Teen Wolf”), Virginia Gardner (“Project Almanac”), Constance Wu (ABC’s “Fresh Off The Boat”)

Dayna Devon (“Extra), Nia Peeples (“Pretty Little Liars,” “The Young And The Restless”) and Carla Gonzalez (Miss United Nation International) announced the winners in each competing category.

Three established nominees COMPETED in the honoree categories of hair, makeup and photography).


Autumn Moultrie (WINNER)
Carola Gonzalez
Shannon Pezzetta

Thuy Pham (WINNER)
Gregory Arlt (WINNER)
Billy B.

Marcia Hamilton (WINNER)
Rhonda O’Neal
Vanessa Heshima Sims

Lea Journo (WINNER)
Sean James
Stephanie Hobgood

Emmanuelle Choussy (WINNER)
Alberto Tolot
Lionel Deluy


Michele Elyzabeth, CEO of LATF & President of the 1st HOLLYWOOD BEAUTY AWARDS stated, “It was a memorable night. I was impressed with the mega-stars who joined us to celebrate the architects of beauty. I look forward to next year and building the HBAs into LA Beauty Week.”

Pamela Price, Vice President of LATF & Executive Producer of the 1st HOLLYWOOD BEAUTY AWARDS stated, “I knew that this would be a success but I was truly touched by the gratitude and heartfelt speeches from the honorees and nominees.”

Otis Stokes, President of LATF, Producer.

Deborah Bauer, Special Projects Director.

LATF (LA TV FILM) is a daily news site and monthly online magazine, covering entertainment and  lifestyle content worldwide, from beauty to fashion, film, TV, music, travel, etc. “No gossip, just news.”


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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 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.