In celebration of the Los Angeles Auto Show, celebrity and automotive style came together as Best Man Holiday actress Nia Long hosts an “Evening of Style” with Lincoln Motor Company.
The event, which took place at Hollywood’s Siren Studios, played host to the celebration of art, design and culture as well as the all-new 2015 Lincoln MKC small premium utility vehicle. The “Evening of Style” was hosted by actress Nia Long and guest attendees including friend Daphne Wayans, Zena Foster, Kel Mitchell, Pooch Hall and many more. Additionally, Lincoln MKC Brand Manager Jeff Reid also held an in depth discussion moderated by Automotive Rhythms president and publisher Kimatni D. Rawlins.
The actress gushed about her love of luxury, from enjoying good chocolates, designer shoes and spa treatments – as well as dished on her upcoming film project “The Single Moms club” celebrating a journey that she’s closely familiar with, being a single mom herself. Nia Long also shared her love of the new Lincoln MKC, noting the unique ambient lighting inside made her last minute makeup touch up “a breeze”. The 2015 Lincoln MKC was originally introduced last week at a private NYC media event (check out the video from DivasDriveInHeels) and has garnered attention as a standout at the Los Angeles Auto Show.
Check out more red carpet photos and the behind the scenes video on DivasDriveInHeels.com soon.
Fifteen years later, Lance, Harper, Jordan, Shelby and the entire gang is back together for an unforgettable holiday that fans soon won’t forget. Starring an all-star cast including, Taye Diggs, Nia Long, Morris Chestnut and more, the sequel revisits our favorite friends & the very different paths that has brought them back together for the holiday season. The Best Man Holiday hits theaters Friday – but thanks to Universal pictures, I got the chance to check out the highly anticipated sequel earlier this week as part of The Best Man Holiday Girlfriends Night Out campaign. I even scored a super cute Best Man Holiday gift set includes a super luxe throw blanket, “The Best Man Holiday” soundtrack, the original “The Best Man” on DVD & cute tees for my girls!
If you loved The Best Man years ago, you’ll undoubtedly enjoy the entire gang reunited for The Best Man Holiday. Without giving too much away, let’s just say that that you’ll laugh, cry and be so emotionally invested in the film that you may just consider naming your future kid after one of characters. Let’s face it – they’re real-life friends in our heads anyways! Everything from love, friendships, kids and sexting is covered in the film and NOTHING is off – limits!
Check out this exclusive behind-the-scenes clip below.
Disclosure: This post was compensated in part by Universal pictures – all thoughts and opinions included are my own.
While promoting season six of “RHOA”, Kenya Moore and Cynthia Bailey spoke to ABC radio about whether it’s appropriate for a woman to text a married man. The scenario will appear as a storyline on an upcoming episode of the Bravo show when Kenya is confronted about texting Apollo, the husband of her nemisis Phaedra Parks. Here’s what the ladies told ABC:
Why Kenya Doesn’t Feel Bad About Texting Apollo:
“I am like an open book. I don’t try to hide things so if I was texting in response to [him] texting me first I don’t see how that’s a problem, especially when they were not inappropriate texts.”
Cynthia Bailey Chimed In and Doesn’t Think the Situation is Right:
“If you don’t have that kind of relationship with the wife, I think it’s completely inappropriate to have a text relationship with someone’s husband. I don’t think that Kenya would text [my husband] Peter [Bailey] inappropriately for any reason. I think that she respects me and I think she respects him and I don’t think that she would do that.”
Does Kenya have a point? Or should she have never responded–whether the texts were inappropriate or not?
Remember this? Last season Kenya and Apollo got a little too comfy horse-playing at the pool. If they think this is okay, who knows what really went down via text message.
Viewers will get the see the entire scenario play out this season on RHOA, Sundays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Bravo. Will you be watching?
Everyone knows that Duane Reade is your friendly, neighborhood pharmacy for all your heath-related needs. But did you know that they also offer convenient flu shots as well? New York is known for unpredictable winter weather that requires New Yorkers to remain protected at all times. No one knows about being protected better than New York Giants’ Defensive Tackle Shaun Rogers, who stopped by the 72nd Street Duane Reade location to promote healthy living, preventative healthcare and flu vaccinations.
Wondering if you should get vaccinated?
Everyone who is at least 6 months of age should get a flu vaccine this season not only to protect yourself but also as protection against the flu to more people. While everyone should get a flu vaccine this season, it’s especially important for some people to get vaccinated.
Those people include the following:
- People who are at high risk of developing serious complications (like pneumonia) if they get sick with the flu.
- People who have certain medical conditions including asthma, diabetes, and chronic lung disease.
- Pregnant women.
- People younger than 5 years (and especially those younger than 2), and people 65 years and older.
Getting vaccinated is quick and easy at Duane Reade. Each Duane Reade pharmacist goes through an extensive training program to be able to provide immunization services for you and your family.
Check out how fans lined up to meet the NFL superstar, get autographs and vaccinations here. If you’re unsure if you need vaccination, a complete list of eligibility information is available at People Who Are at High Risk of Developing Flu-Related Complications. Duane Reade makes it easy to get vaccinated and keep healthy this season. To find a Duane Reade pharmacy near you and get your vaccine visit them online and connect with them immediately on Twitter and Facebook today.
Gladiator fever is in high and just when you couldn’t get enough of Kerry Washington on the red carpet and movies, Essence Magazine has the golden girl in full glory on it’s November issue. In celebration of Kerry’s return to ABC this Thursday night for Season 3 of “Scandal” she talks about her role as Olivia Pope and why she has more impact on America then we think.
“They are allowing an educated, intelligent, powerful, complicated, human, flawed, multidimensional Black woman into their homes. They’re not walking past her on the street, they’re not trying to avoid engaging her, they’re not ignoring her and pretending she’s somebody else’s family and somebody else’s problem…” - Kerry Washington
Shonda Rhimes, the brilliant creator behind it all, says Washington “is truly dedicated to making Olivia a real person. She adds layers and depth and a soul to Olivia.” No doubt that’s what keeps Washington’s 8.5 million die-hard fans, or Gladiators, coming back for more every Thursday at 10pm. But we wanted to know how similar Kerry Washington and Olivia Pope really are.
In the Essence Magazine feature “Olivia Vs. Kerry,” writer Denene Millner asks the 36-year-old what divides the artist from the muse. Washington says, “Olivia has three [fashion] modes: Work Olivia, Black-Tie Gala Olivia and At Home Olivia… My fashion is more eclectic: There’s Going to Work Kerry, which is gym clothes and Nike kicks. That’s the Bronx girl. There’s also Red Carpet Kerry and Out to Dinner With Friends Kerry.”
On what a Girls’ Night Out for Olivia would be, Washington says “it would involve a lot of wine.” For her, “I drink maybe twice a year. I would be with my three best friends from high school or my girlfriends from the show.”
ESSENCE’s November issue hits newsstands on October 10th.
Jennifer Lopez For Verizon
Over the weekend Jennifer Lopez partnered with Verizon Wireless for the annual “My Fabulous Quince” essay contest. Thousands of girls from across the country entered for a chance to win a celebrity style session with Jennifer Lopez and the Super Quince party of their dreams. Fortunately for “My Fabulous Quince” grand prize winner Alyssa Linares, she experienced the ultimate technology and style makeover compliments of Verizon Wireless. Alyssa was flown to Los Angeles to meet Jennifer Lopez as her celebrity Quince style guide plus Blackberry Z10 smartphones and Verizon Wireless gift cards.
Jennifer Lopez meets up withVerizon’s My Fabulous Quince Contest winner Alyssa Linares to give her a personal styling session on Saturday.
“Congrats Alyssa Linares the @myfabulous15 winner! Excited for our Quince styling session tomorrow w/ @VerizonWireless! #MFQ2013,” the 44-year-old entertainer tweeted the day before.
It’s where the opulence of the city meets countryside and where the elite go to relax, it’s the Hamptons and this past weekend, it was the host of 14th Annual Art For Life Gala. Hosted by Russell Simmons’ the 14th Annual Art For Life Gala: “A Field of Dreams” took place at Fairview Farms in Bridgehampton with a variety of honored guests and supporters including Star Jones, Melanie Fiona, Anthony Anderson, Angela Simmons, Nicole Murphy, Michael Strahan and more.
Hana Nitsche and Russell Simmons attend the Russell Simmons 14th Annual Art For Life Benefit at Fairview Farms.
Melanie Fiona and Maxwell attend the 14th Annual Art For Life Gala: A Field Of Dreams at Fairview Farms.
Nicole Murphy and attend the 14th Annual Art For Life Gala: A Field Of Dreams at Fairview Farms.
Rick Ross and Kevin Liles attend the 14th Annual Art For Life Gala: A Field Of Dreams at Fairview Farms.
Maxwell performs at the 14th Annual Art For Life Gala: A Field Of Dreams at Fairview Farms.
Special honorees included Walter Mosely, Tyler Perry and the evening concluded with special performances by Estelle, Rick Ross and Maxwell. It was undoubtedly a memorable Hamptons weekend that’ll extend the fun well into the summer pending Fall. How? How would you like to spend time with Sarah Jessica Parker, Magic Johnson, Robin Thicke and more? The Art For Life charity auction is extended until August 7th and offers you a chance to bid and win on amazing experiences while benefitingRush Philanthropic Arts Foundation art programs in urban schools.
The opulent evening was powered by the Cadillac ATS – for a look at my entire #HamptonsATS weekend check out DivasDriveInHeels.com.
SCANDAL: Kerry Washington’s As Olivia Pope Returns Early on BET
If you’re anything like me, you’ve been sulking all summer long for lack of earth-shattering programming on television. Just yesterday, I had a Scandal itch that just couldn’t be scratched and the fact that I had to wait until Fall programming began had me feeling as hopeless. Lucky for me and self-proclaimed Gladiators alike - BET has officially gained rights to air ABC’s hit drama Scandal and repeat episodes of the first two seasons will start playing on the network this summer.
Once season three of the political series begins this fall, the network will also air new episodes eight days after they premiere on ABC. If Scandalcontinues to run beyond season three, BET will have permission to show those episodes as well.
“We’re thrilled to be joining forces with ABC in airing this dynamic series,” BET chairman Debra Lee told Hollywood Reporter. “Scandal is a cultural phenomenon that has resonated with viewers for the past two seasons and we’re excited to be part of it’s continued journey.”
BET will kick things off with a Scandalmarathon this August.
What happens when celebrities, international entertainers and tourists from all over invade the city of New Orleans… it becomes the most epic Essence Music Festival experience ever! Over 540,000 attendees from around the globe descended upon New Orleans this Fourth of July weekend for the 19th annual ESSENCE Festival, making 2013 the largest in the event’s 19 year history. (It’s no wonder why Priceline.com has listed New Orleans, LA the most searched destination for 4th of July Weekend!)
The epic weekend included:
The All-New ESSENCE Family Reunion Day hosting more than 55,000 people in Woldenberg Park featuring empowerment panels, family-friendly games and activities, exciting musical guests, delicious food from New Orleans’ best barbecue vendors, cooking competitions, fireworks and exciting musical guests.
First-ever partnership with MSNBC to broadcast live throughout the weekend from the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, featuring shows PoliticsNation and Melissa Harris Perry, among others.
First official ESSENCE Festival App garnered 14,500 downloads and tripled ESSENCE mobile consumption throughout the weekend. Plus, ESSENCE Festival was trending across social media, e.g. close to 50,000 Instagram posts and more than 24,000 uses of #essencefest on Twitter
An incredible performance by Beyonce to a packed Superdome stadium to close out the Festival, plus headliners Maxwell, New Edition, Charlie Wilson, Brandy, Jill Scott, Janelle Monae, Trey Songz, Keyshia Cole and many others – comprising more than 50 R&B, pop, and soul artists across 5 stages each night at the Superdome.
One of music’s biggest weekends has come to a close, but the excitement is still going strong! Check out some of our favorite celebrity moments, performances and candids of Essence Music Festival Weekend below…
Photos via Essence.com
Sponsors of the 2013 ESSENCE Festival™ include presenting sponsor Coca-Cola and major sponsors Ford, McDonald’s, My Black Is Beautiful, StateFarm, Verizon and Walmart as well as official sponsors MSNBC, Coors Light, TV One and Visa Prepaid.
Did you check out the Essence Music Festival weekend fun in New Orleans or online? Share some of your favorite moments below!