Watch @maryjblige, @kerrywashington and @TherealTaraji Groove It Out In New @AppleMusic Commercial Directed by @AVAETC [VIDEO]September 20th, 2015 by Christen
How much black girl magic does it take to convince you that Apple Music is the next big thing in streaming? Apple is banking on four to be that magic number. Earlier tonight, Apple Music debuted a super cute and nostalgic commercial that set Twitter and Facebook ablaze.
You know just how much fun it is to hang out with your girls and listen to music, now imagine that excitement multiplied by TEN! That’s how wild it would be if Mary J. Blige, Kerry Washington and Taraji P. Henson showed up at your door for a fun girls night in. Now imagine if the evening was orchestrated and captured by acclaimed director Ava Duvernay and you’ve got Apple Music’s vision loud and clear.
Check out the amazing ode to #BlackGirlMagic and ode to a good old fashioned girls night in via Apple Music below.
— Apple Music (@AppleMusic) September 21, 2015
What do you think? Is a commercial starring your favorite girlfriends (in your head) enough to make you want to shell out $9.99/month in Apple Music service? Sound off below!
Yesterday, Samsung hosted a range of fashion tastemakers to unveil the Galaxy S6 Edge+. Hosted by model Bella Hadid and iconic fashion photographer Steven Klein the event at the Samsung Galaxy Studio in Soho also elebrated the launch of Samsung’s fall Lookbook featuring the brand new Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ and Samsung Galaxy Note5. The Lookbook, which was shot by Steven and features Bella Hadid and model Xiao Wen Chu, is themed after different emotions and beautifully portrays the fusion of technology X fashion in a high-end, editorial way.
The Galaxy S6 Edge+ blends form and function with industry leading features, including: the best screen technology, the most advanced camera for high quality photos and videos, the latest fast wireless and wired charging, and an incredibly powerful processor. With increased 4GB RAM, both smartphones offer the most powerful capacity and processing power on the market, enabling users to enjoy more seamless multi-tasking, keep up with messages, post updates to social networks faster, and enjoy graphic-heavy games without suffering lag time.
When asked about his inspiration behind the lookbook, Klein replied, “Some people think of technology as impersonal, but it is actually highly personal and emotional. Technology, like Samsung’s, connects people like never before. It’s this sense of connection that inspired us to highlight the range of emotions that even something as simple as a text message, photo or phone call can evoke”
As showcased through this lookbook, the fashion and technology worlds are more inextricably intertwined than ever before. Both industries emulate impact and inspire the other, further developing this increasing synergy between these great two cultural forces. Through the creation of this lookbook, Samsung continues its long history of bringing fashion and technology together through innovative collaborations and fashion-forward technology. To view Samsung’s fall Lookbook, you can download a PDF version here.
Galaxy S6 Edge+ Stand Out Features
MUST READ: Move Over Periscope, Meerkat and Blab… Samsung + YouTube Just Upped The Live Broadcasting Ante!
Thinking about getting your hands on the New S6 Edge+ soon? Share your comments below!
Available on most wireless carriers globally August 21st the Galaxy S6 Edge+ has 32GB or 64GB storage options available in White Pearl, Black Sapphire, Gold Platinum and Silver Titanium.
For more info visit Samsung.com
Are you ready for a Power Twitter party unlike any other?!?
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you (like most of America) have been watching this summer’s hottest show on TV – Power starring Omari Hardwick and 50 Cent on Starz. Each Saturday we’ve been blown away by the drama and scandal that follows James “Ghost” St. Patrick during his quest to transform his drug business into a legitimate nightlife empire.
This Saturday, we’re fired up and ready for the anticipated season finale of Power and there’s so much left to be answered. Will Ghost and Angela have their happy ending? Will Kanan & Dre get the best of Ghost? What about Tasha? All of these questions will be answered and more during our Power Twitter Party and Digital Sorority will be right there tweeting all the juicy goodness LIVE!
Join Digital Sorority and Rosa Regale on Twitter for a Twitter party like no other! Filled with plenty of trivia, live commentary and Rosa Regale gift packs this #PowerTV #RosaWatchParty is one you don’t want to miss!
A twitter party is only as fun when you’re tweeting with your favorite Power starz and super fans too, right? Catch up and keep up with the action with some of our favorite #PowerTV commentators below:
@Power_Starz | @OmariHardwick | @JosephSikora4 | @CKAgbohOfficial | @NaturiNaughton
@HelloBeautiful | @MadameNoire
Follow @DigitalSorority @KelaWalker @GorgeousInGrey and @DivasandDorks for all the fun and join us Saturday, August 15th at 9pm for the #PowerTV #RosaWatchParty.
<BONUS> Before the #PowerTV Finale and #RosaWatchParty at 9pm on Twitter BLAB with @DigitalSorority and chat all things Omari, Curtis and Power. Using Google Chrome, Log onto Blab.IM at 8pm and take the open seat with us! http://bit.ly/PowerBlab
Continuing Summer fun in style – Essence and Lincoln Motor Company teamed up to surprise three lucky winners a celebrity-inspired experience of a lifetime! Lincoln Motor Company has re-enginered what luxury looks and feels like with the 2016 Lincoln MKX. As a luxe crossover with a touch of chic technology appeal, driving the 2016 Lincoln MKX this summer in Atlanta, NYC and Washington DC was an experience that I’ll never forget! Check out the Journey Through The City Series in DC with Lincoln below.
Washington DC is one of my favorite cities to explore history, culture and art. It’s known for amazing museums, breathtaking architecture and more around every corner just waiting to be captured in film. So of course it’s the next stop on the Lincoln Journey The City adventure!
Check out some of our fun and discover our surprise celebrity guest while being chauffeured in the all new 2016 Lincoln MKX in Washington DC below.
How cool is it that renown celeb photographer Derek Blanks joined in on the fun? Chances are, you’ve seen many of his amazing work in the pages of Essence on Bravo’s Real Housewives of Atlanta and more! Check out more of his amazing photography at dblanks.com. If you’re ever in the DMV and looking for an amazing photographer – you don’t want to miss the chance to work with Tania Stewart (find more of her work on composedimages.zenfolio.com)
Want to see more? Stay tuned to DivasandDorks.com to discover the celebrity fun in ATL soon. For more information on the Lincoln MKX visit Lincoln.com and get connected on social media with @LincolnMotorCo on Twitter, Facebook and Instagramtoday!
This post is sponsored by REELZ; however, all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.
It’s a Wednesday night and I found myself watching old comedies and writing (as I usually do…) To my surprise, I find myself crackin up aloud well after midnight while watching one of my favorite childhood movies starring Robin Williams, as “Mrs. Doubtfire”. (Back then, men in drag was absolutely comical – today, its as normal as every Tuesday.)
The crazy antics this dad went through just to see his kids was not only comical, but also enlightening to see the lengths that a man would go – to be a father for his kids. Clearly, kids in single family homes thought this was a fairytale – but I digress.
As hard as I laughed, its still kinda surreal that it was only one year ago that we lost the amazing comedian and actor Robin Williams at the age of 63. From Mork and Mindy to Good Will Hunting, Robin touched many of our hearts. If you’ve watched any of his movies, you’ll notice just how much you connect with the comedian and like me, understand why even after a year, it’s so hard to say goodbye.
“I just want to know one thing. Are your kids well-behaved? Or do they need like, a few light slams every now and then?” – Daniel Hillard/ Mrs. Doubtfire, Mrs. Doubtfire
What I’ve learned from the life and death of Robin Williams in quotes…
“You’re only given a little spark of madness. You mustn’t lose it.”
“No matter what people tell you, words and ideas can change the world.”
“I’m history! No, I’m mythology! Nah, I don’t care what I am; I’m free hee!” – Genie, Aladdin
How do you remember Robin’s career? Was it Aladdin, Happy Feet, Mrs. Doubtfire, or Patch Adams? Maybe it’s all of them! Share your favorite memory or story of the late great comedian and tune in to discover more about his life and death this weekend on Reelz! Watch Autopsy: Robin Williams special on August 8th at 10PM ET/7PM PT.
For the first time ever, Samsung brought the always entertaining Samsung Galaxy Experience to the 2015 ESSENCE Festival.
The Samsung Galaxy Experience served as a hub of activity celebrating entertainment and music with special performances, appearances and more. Celebrities like Kelly Rowland and Mary J. Blige stopped by to talk new shows, the importance of staying connected though music and their favorite ESSENCE Festival experiences with hosts like Angela Simmons, Dana Blair and Adrienne Bailon.
Close to half a million festival fans visited the Samsung Galaxy Experience at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center to get hands on with Samsung’s full suite of products including the Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge. Many fans were excited to check out the extensive line of Samsung products and see how the features could benefit their everyday lives. Check out a quick introduction to the Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge here.
While at the Galaxy Experience, festival attendees engaged with products in a variety of interactive experiences and enjoyed the immersive world of virtual reality using the Samsung Gear VR – powered by the new Galaxy S6. Samsung’s Gear VR is the first consumer-grade virtual reality available for purchase. Guests checked out a 360° immersive world of virtual reality using the Samsung Gear VR – Powered by the new Samsung Galaxy S6, discover new music and the latest online videos through Samsung Milk Music and Samsung Milk Video. Festival fans also indulged in complimentary Nail Art, Galaxy Virtual Shots using the Samsung Galaxy S6, and more.
ESSENCE Festival fans got the chance to tap to win Friday and Saturday for the chance to win tickets to an exclusive Samsung screening of MARY J BLIGE: THE LONDON SESSIONS in the Convention Center Screening Room. Winners who attend the screening will also had the opportunity to win a Samsung VIP package to Mary J Blige’s Main Stage performance and meet her on stage the Superdome on Sunday evening.
Throughout the festival it paid to be a Samsung Galaxy smartphone owner. With sweet upgrades and super prize packs festival goers got the exclusive ESSENCE Festival treatment and Samsung will surely be a highlight of ESSENCE Fest experiences for years to come!
The My Black Is Beautiful Movement Continues With Laurieann Gibson, Sevyn Streeter & More #MBIB #AllTogetherBeautifulJuly 9th, 2015 by Christen
As part of its long-standing commitment to touch and improve the lives of African-American women, Procter & Gamble (P&G) was proud to be a major sponsor of the 2015 ESSENCE Festival for the eighth straight year. This year, P&G’s My Black is Beautiful inspires women to celebrate and share their All Together Beautiful message during the 2015 ESSENCE Festival and beyond by providing signature experiences with its partner brands, CoverGirl Queen Collection, Pantene and more!
What does confidence mean to you? To me, it means the ability to walk into a room full of people with my head held high and begin dancing, like no one’s watching. Confidence is what the My Black Is Beautiful movement is all about. (And that dancing like no one’s watching part, it actually happened… but I’ll get to that later.)
Kicking off their weekend of fun, MBIB hosted an exclusive influencer dinner with guests including Laurieann Gibson, Raheem Devaughn and performances by Sevyn Streeter and Amber Riley.
Getting in the groove with celebrity choreographer Laurieann Gibson.
Kindred the Family Soul
Sevyn Streeter and Digital Sorority
In addition to celebrating the goal of reaching and empowering over 3 Million young women and girls to embrace their beauty from within, the My Black Is Beautiful campaign also lead Essence Fest as the epicenter of self-love, beauty and entertainment.
BlogXilla and Vanessa James hanging with the Digital Sorority crew
Amber Riley and Raheem DeVaughn
Photo credit: Chris Mitchell
Friday launched the MBIB Digital Sorority Social Newsroom Takeover with Kela, Ty and I hosting celebrity interviews and revealing #AllTogetherBeautiful moments from Essence Festival in New Orleans. We got the chance to chat all things beautiful with Essence Fest celebs, plus get a few beauty makeovers and touch ups of our own from the fabulous beauty baronesses from the My Black Is Beautiful team.
Digital Sorority talks being #AllTogetherBeautiful in the MBIB Social Newsroom.
Kela Walker of KelasKloset.com cracking up inside the MBIB Social Newsroom
It’s only befitting that I got the chance to sit down with celebrity choreographer – Lauriann Gibson and discuss her favorite My Black Is Beautiful moments, why she partnered with MBIB and who she finds inspiration from. (Check out the video HERE.) We also chatted about my impromptu dance session where your’s truly had a dance party solo! *LOL*
Essence Fest may be over, but you can still enjoy the celebration by reliving all the fun at the My Black is Beautiful booth and check out the amazing makeovers, live music, celebrity meet-and-greets, and more on social media using #MBIB and #AllTogetherBeautiful. For more information about My Black is Beautiful, visit www.myblackisbeautiful.com and follow on facebook.com/MBIB, Instagram (@MBIB) and Twitter (@MBIB), using hashtags #MBIB and #AllTogetherBeautiful.
Kevin Hart kicked off an epic Essence Fest weekend here in New Orleans, celebrating a sold out super dome What Now tour concert, a 3-year partnership with Verizon Wireless and today he celebrates his 36th birthday!
I caught up with Terrence J and Kevin Hart at the grand opening of the Verizon Live Experience booth at Essence Festival, where Kevin shares his thoughts on the moment he realized he’s achieving his life long dreams. Hart sat down with E News! correspondent and actor Terrence J to discuss some upcoming projects and how his fans have played a role in his success.
“I now understand that the one thing that people need and that we love is laughter. That’s the one thing that puts everybody together. That’s the one thing that takes any worry away. I provide that…I’m thankful, I’m blessed, but more importantly, I’m apart of a group — the fans that are doing this with me. We’re making history together.”
“It’s not just a Kevin Hart thing.” Looking onto the audience Hart continued. “You guys have been riding with me for so long so as I grow I share the success with my fans.”
Check out the exclusive chat with Kevin Hart below:
Kevin Hart officially opened the Verizon booth during a ribbon-cutting ceremony and welcomed fans with an exclusive meet and greet plus activations, games, prizes and more kicking off the 3-day Essence Festival weekend.
Verizon Wireless is all about keeping you connected to capture, share and relive your favorite moments from Essence Fest weekend forever. I’ve been keeping up with all of Kevin Hart’s behind the scenes fun on Periscope (If you haven’t watched yet, you’re missing out!) To keep up with all the Essence Fest fun and Verizon Live moments, stay connected by checking out #VerizonLive online!
If you missed one of the biggest entertainment shows the year, don’t worry – we’ve got the single greatest moment from the show that will make you feel like you were front and center live from the BET Awards in LA. The performance, celebrating the label’s 20th anniversary, featured Lil’ Kim, 112, Mase, Faith Evans, French Montana, as well as verses from the late Notorious B.I.G.
Check out the biggest performance of the year below!
I mean, I had a full on nostalgia moment and completely relived summer of 2007 thanks to this performance!
“I thought I told you that we won’t stop,” – Diddy (well said, Puff, well said indeed.)
Could we actually see an official Bad Boy Anniversary reunion tour in the making? I’m here for it!
BET Awards 2015 — the Biggest Night in Entertainment — is EXPLODING LIVE hosted by Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis Ross. With stars like Janet Jackson, Chris Brown, Nicki Minaj, Kendrick Lamar, Fetty Wap, Charlie Wilson, Janelle Mon`ae, The Weeknd and Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Smokey Robinson—all took entertainment to a whole new level.
Did you watch the show? Share your favorite BET Awards moments from the show in the comments section below.
Just in time for the season finale of the critically acclaimed hit drama “The Good Wife”, I caught up with style guru, Dryel advocate and “The Good Wife” costume designer – Dan Lawson to discuss his life of fashion, designing the stylish TV moments and more. Check out my interview with Dan below…
At what age & what moment did you discover your love of fashion & style?
Well, I studied costume designer in college. Then, of course, one gets out of school and starts questioning everything. But I absolutely knew costume design was my calling when I saw the Merchant/Ivory film, “A Room With a View”. I was truly moved by the story that the clothing told in that movie. I was such a nerd, I even wrote the costume designer to say how much I loved her work. Of course, she didn’t write back, but I knew that was what I wanted to do nonetheless.
“Fashion” really came into play later when I started working in television on such shows as “One Life To Live”, “Lipstick Jungle”, “Kings”, and of course, “The Good Wife”. TGW in particular was the perfect marriage of costume design and fashion for me.
How do you use technology to achieve day-to-day accomplishments in the fashion field?
Computer is key! Research, correspondence, budget keeping, script work – everything goes through the computer. TGW tries to be as green as we can. So we do a lot through the computer. Even pattern making can now happen on the computer.
There are other technologies that we use as well. Instead of dry-cleaning all the time, we use Dryel. Some of our vendors use amazing machines to create our own fabrics. Superior irons like Rowenta that work incredibly well on clothes.
What are your favorite social media/fashion apps that you’re currently using?
I like Twitter. I like to keep a finger on the pulse of what’s happening out there at any given moment. Instagram is wonderful for research.
What’s a typical day in the life for Dan like?
VERY LONG!! I usually start by getting up at 5 and getting to set by 6:30 for a 7 AM call. I work with the actors on their costumes for the day and make sure everyone looks the way I want them to before they go to set. My team also checks/dresses the background actors. Once the first scene is up and running, I usually have to go to my office in the wardrobe space at the studio for fittings with new actors.
While we are shooting the current episode, I also have to prep the next episode. So in between checking actors before they go to set and fittings, I read the new script, break it down, research, shop, and work on roughing in the new episode’s wardrobe. There are usually at least 3 meetings that I have to attend during the 6 or 7 day prep for a new episode – the initial meeting on the episode (called a concept meeting), my costume meeting with the director/producer, and finally the production meeting where we go over all the nuts and bolts before we start shooting.
The day starts to wind down around 7. Our show tries to stick to a 12 hour shoot day. Sometimes it’s longer and every once in a while it’s shorter. Of course, if there is anything out of the ordinary with an episode, that takes extra time to handle.
We have long days Monday through Friday, but weekends are usually ours. Although, if a new script comes in or there is a rewrite, I have to deal with it on my day off. Episodic TV is a big machine and one has to stay in front of the work. It’s like waiting tables, once you’re in the weeds it’s usually too late to salvage the situation.
How do you keep the clothes you work with on set looking their best?
Our actors at TGW wear a lot of clothes as well as wearing the same outfit for days. Quite often they will have to wear a costume until the end of the day on day and then the first thing again in the morning. Everything gets steamed or ironed daily. We always run a lint roller over the clothing. We check for any small repairs that might need to happen. We check the buttons to make sure they are tight and perky – nothing worse than a drooping button on a suit, blouse or coat. Using the proper hanger is also very important. I usually like to have pants hang long rather than folded over a hanger to avoid creases right at the knee. We will also turn garments inside out to allow them to get air to the inside which helps freshen them up. We depill the knits. We also dry-clean but try to dry-clean as little as possible since the process can be quite wearing to clothing. We use Dryel a lot in the dryer to remove daily grime from all day wearing or stains. We also use it for freshening up blouses, dress shirts, skirts. It’s a great product too for rejuvenating vintage pieces or already worn pieces we pick up from the second-hand stores.
If you could only pack 5 items in your fashion survival kit, what would they be?
Female: the perfect skirt (pencil or “A”); a versatile blouse; a well-heeled pump that is comfortable (not an easy thing to find, but well worth the effort of looking!); a nicely maintained bag – not a backpack; a simple, elegant earring that goes with everything
Male: a well fitting suit; a white dress shirt with a nice crisp collar; a good leather belt; a classic dress shoe that is comfortable; and, like the ladies, a nicely maintained bag – not a backpack.
Want to keep up with Daniel Lawson, costume designer of The Good Wife. Follow him @GoodWifeFashion on Twitter and discover Dryel At-Home Dry Cleaner at retailers like Walmart and Target plus get social and connect with Dryel on Facebook and Pinterest today.