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NYFW: DVF Spring 2015 Gingham Prints, Pops Of Color and Naomi Campbell

September 8th, 2014 by Christen Rochon

If there’s one show I look forward to witnessing every season, it has to be the DVF collection by Diane Von Furstenburg herself.  Always filled with statement pieces for the everyday woman, this collection houses much much than the iconic wrap dress – and that’s where the anticipation builds year after year.  Who knew this season’s off-site show would house such stylish moments with gingham, the legendary Pat McGrath, fashion’s newest “IT-GIRL” Kendall Jenner and fashion icon Naomi Campbell.

 

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Legendary makeup guru, Pat McGrath sharing her favorite beauty tips for the DVF model looks.

 

 

My DVF fashion fun began hours before the show with lead stylist Orlando Pita (for CHI Haircare) & Beauty Guru Pat McGrath.  Throughout the sea of beautiful models laughing, snapping selfies and getting their finishing touches on hair, nails and makeup – a commanding, yet motherly  voice arises “Orlando, Orlando!”  and in walks Diane Von Furstenburg herself.

 

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Diane and lead hair stylist Orlando Pita share a moment before the show.

 

After a few moments of praise, Diane and her team rushed to the the runway in preparation for the show rehearsal.  One by one, the models dressed in bright and bold golds, blues and greens walked the runway for final approval before the big show.

 

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An impromptu photo shoot keeps the models busy while waiting for the rehearsal to begin…

 

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Lined up and ready to go, the models await their turn to rock the runway during rehearsal.

 

 

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A look of bold colors, mixed prints and no shortage of separates in the DVF Spring 2015 collection

 

 

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Who doesn’t love DVF printed gingham bags and matching heels?

 

Once the show began, everyone was all abuzz about Kendall Jenner walking in the show, but it wasn’t until the showstopper herself – Naomi Campbell walked the runway that upped the anti on what could be considered a great Spring show.

 

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Kendall Jenner struts down the runway in this monochromatic DVF frock…

 

 

 

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Naomi Campbell shocked guests as the surprise show-stopping model gracing the DVF runway.

 

 

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The legend Diane Von Furstenberg appears for her ovation after the finale of her show.

 

Filled with bra tops, baby doll dresses and plenty of leg-worthy frocks to go around, this DVF collection is definitely more vacation friendly than office friendly, but hey that’s what makes DVF so great right?  I mean, we have more than enough wrap dresses to go around so this collection is a welcomed suite of fun fashions for any woman to enjoy next spring!

 

Check out more looks from the DVF Spring 2015 collection below.

 

 

What do you think?  Do you love the collection, adore Naomi Campbell or think Kendall Jenner looked stellar?  Share your thoughts below.

 

 

MTV Video Music Awards: Celebrity Best In Fashion And Show Moments

August 25th, 2014 by Christen Rochon

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The MTV Video Music Awards have come and gone, but not without an air of controversy, ratchetness and omnipotent Bey sightings.  If you’re like me and endured this year’s show in hopes of seeing Beyonce accept the coveted MTV Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award, then you know it was all worth it.   There were a few highlights of the VMA’s last night, and I’ve sprinkled a few of Beyonce’s opening act moments for your enjoyment below.

 

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Ariana Grande, Jesse J and Nicki Minaj kicked off the show with a medley of hits, Ariana Grande’s (aka Big Sean’s new boo) performed followed by a scandalous and booty-filled “Anaconda” performance by Nicki Minaj and then the heavily awaited performance of Jesse J’s “Bang Bang”.

 

The first award of the night went to Katy Perry (ft. Juicy J) for “Dark Horse” and then a few performance, awkward comedic monologues and epic crowd reaction side-eyes (Gwen Stefani and J.Lo – I’m looking at you…)

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2014 MTV Video Music Awards - Show

 

Even Taylor Swift got into the action performing “Shake it off” from her new album “1989″ and Iggy Azelea and Rita Ora’s rendition of “Black Widow” had the crowd on it’s feet.

 

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But nothing equalled to the moment we all waited for, the arrival of Beyonce’s earth-shaking and emotionally moving Video Vanguard Award performance.  Performing every single song from her self-titled album, Beyonce’ sang, danced and gave fans the best performance of the show.  Check out just a few award-winning moments from last night’s Video Music Awards below.

 

 

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Best Video With a Social Message:
Beyonce – “Pretty Hurts”

Best Cinematography:
Beyonce – “Pretty Hurts”

 

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Best Collaboration:
Beyonce ft. JAY Z – “Drunk In Love”

 

Of course the night wouldn’t be complete without Jay Z and baby Blue presenting the Video Vanguard Award to a tear-filled Beyonce following her mega performance.  It was by far, my favorite moment of the show!

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What were your favorite moments from last night’s MTV Video Music Awards?  Share your favorite and twitter worthy moments below.

 

 

 

 

 

Ford Celebrates ESSENCE Fest With Sevyn Streeter And Mustang Giveaway #FordUp

July 10th, 2014 by Christen Rochon

 

You can’t mention then 20th Anniversary ESSENCE Festival without mentioning Ford Motor Company.  The automaker took over New Orleans throughout the entire ESSENCE Fest weekend!

 Ford Celebrates Essence Ford Ride And Drive

 

As the automotive-exclusive sponsor for the sixth-consecutive year, Ford activated on-site at the Earnest N. Memorial Convention Center providing fun giveaways including the chance to win the keys to the all-new 2015 Ford Mustang in addition to continuing its support of breast cancer awareness within the community.

 

As a premiere sponsor of the weekend, Ford partnered with SiriusXM Satellite radio for a live broadcast with celebrities all weekend long.  Ford also took R&B Songstress Sevyn Streeter on a road to ESSENCE Fest journey celebrating her birthday weekend with dinner and a live streamed power-packed performance from the ESSENCE Festival Ford Superlounge.

 

Ford Celebrates Essence fest with Sevyn Streeter

 

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Ford Celebrates Essence fest with Sevyn Streeter

 

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Ford celebrates ESSENCE Festival with Sevyn Streeter and dinner in New Orleans.

 

If that wasn’t enough, Ford’s philanthropic arm was in full swing donating $20,000 to ESSENCE Communications for local community use, a million-dollar donation to the African American Smithsonian Museum in Washington DC and a 2015 Ford Mustang giveaway to an ESSENCE Fest attendee.

MUST READ:  Escape To New Orleans in the Ford Escape (TREME’)

 

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Ford celebrates ESSENCE festival with a huge million dollar announcement at the SiriusXM satellite radio broadcast.

 

This past weekend, I got the chance to get behind the wheel of the 2014 Ford Mustang in New Orleans, check out my ride and drive experience below.

Ford Celebrates Essence fest with Ride and drives

 

 

Discover more of how Ford celebrates ESSENCE Festival all weekend long below…

 

photos by Chris Mitchell / CME 3000 / DivasandDorks

McDonald’s 365 Black Awards Honors Iyanla Vanzant, Will Packer And More

July 9th, 2014 by Christen Rochon

An annual staple to ESSENCE Festival weekend, the McDonald’s 365Black Awards are given annually to salute outstanding individuals who are committed to making positive contributions that strengthen the African-American community.  This year’s event was hosted by actor/television host Terrence ‘J’ Jenkins and actress Tika Sumpter and was held in conjunction with ESSENCE Festival™ presented by Coca-Cola®.

 

 

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McDonald’s 365 Black Awards hosted by Terrance Jenkins.

 

Notable community leaders, celebrities and entertainers were out in full force at this year’s McDonald’s 365Black Awards, held during ESSENCE Festival weekend at the New Orleans Theater in the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center.

 

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McDonald’s 365 Black Awards honoree Iyanla Vanzant.

 

They were joined by a full house of spectators who converged to salute this year’s recipients of the distinguished award, including civil rights activist the Rev. Al Sharpton; film producer Will Packer; music executive Kevin Liles; inspirational leader Iyanla Vanzant; former NFL athlete Dhani Jones; and McDonald’s owner/operator Henry Coaxum. Additionally, artist Skyler Grey and entrepreneur Gabrielle Jordan Williams were recognized alongside this lineup with the first-ever McDonald’s 365Black Community Choice Youth Award.

 

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“We commend all of this year’s honorees for their diligent service and dedication to bettering our communities,” said Rob Jackson, McDonald’s U.S. marketing director. “We are proud to continue this tradition of recognition and are grateful for the contributions of all 365Black Awards honorees, both past and present.”

 

I caught up with Terrance Jenkins, Will Packer, Kevin Liles and more on the McDonald’s Golden Carpet.  Check out our special correspondent and what the honorees had to say about ESSENCE Festival, The McDonald’s 365 Black Awards and more below…

 


R&B recording artist and New Orleans’ own Ledisi opened the show and got the crowd in the mood for the soulful sounds of Pastor Kim Burrell, Tank, Leela James, Jazmine Sullivan, Kierra Sheard and Mali Music. Singer/actress Michelle Williams, veteran radio personality Tom Joyner, news correspondent Soledad O’Brien, film director Warrington Hudlin, actress Naturi Naughton and news correspondent Nischelle Turner were among celebrities on hand to present the illustrious awards.

 

 

 

Watch the McDonald’s 365 Black Awards broadcast August 10 at 10 p.m. EDT/9 p.m on BET®. The awards ceremony will also air on CENTRIC on August 17 at 11 p.m. EDT/10 p.m. CDT. You can also follow @McDScene on Twitter for commentary on the awards and join the conversation using #365BlackAwards.

 

photos by Chris Mitchell / CME 3000 / DivasandDorks

My Black Is Beautiful Moments With The Braxtons, Lisa Nichols and More

July 7th, 2014 by Christen Rochon
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Thousands of women wait in line for their chance for makeovers and more inside of the My Black Is Beautiful Booth.

 

The 20th Annual ESSENCE Festival attracted a record-breaking 550,000 attendees from around the world to New Orleans this Fourth of July weekend, making it the largest attended ESSENCE Fest weekend in history. As part of its long-standing commitment to touch and improve the lives of African-American women, Procter & Gamble (P&G) is proud to be a title sponsor of the 2014 ESSENCE Festival for the seventh straight year. This year, P&G’s My Black is Beautiful inspired women to celebrate and share their “Beauty In Action” during the 2014 ESSENCE Festival and beyond by providing signature experiences with its partner brands, CoverGirl® Queen Collection, Pantene®, Clairol® Professional, Olay®, Gain®, Bounty®, Charmin® and Puffs®.

 

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I got the best braided undo ever inside of the My Black Is Beautiful ESSENCEFest booth. Thanks Sparkles Hair and MBIB!

During the day, the My Black is Beautiful booth was the epicenter of excitement as men and women enjoyed fun makeovers, live music, celebrity meet-and-greets with The Braxtons, Mali Music, Lisa Nichols plus many more. Guests also got to meet the six newly crowned 2014 “MBIB” Ambassadors who were on hand throughout the weekend to motivate, excite and galvanize attendees to affect positive change in their local community.

 

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Newly crowned My Black is Beautiful Ambassadors inside of The My Black Is Beautiful ESSENCE Fest booth.

 

 

The My Black Is Beautiful – Beauty in Action dinner was a powerful evening of music, inspiration and conversation.  Led by empowerment leader Lisa Nichols and WE TV stars – The Braxtons, guests were encouraged to change the way we view and discuss beauty to our family, peers, sisters and future generations.  Mali Music performed “Beautiful” off of his latest project “Mali Is…” and guests left charged to celebrate their “Beauty In Action” each and everyday.

 

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Gain Ambassadors – The Braxtons pose during their arrival at the Beauty In Action dinner reception.

 

 

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The Braxtons pose with Lisa Nichols at The Beauty In Action dinner.

 

 

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Journalists Danielle Young and Audrey Bernard pose for a Gain Fresh moment…

 

For more information about My Black is Beautiful, visit www.myblackisbeautiful.com and follow the conversation on facebook.com/MBIB, Instagram (@MBIB) and Twitter (@MBIB), using hashtags #MBIB and #BIAJourney.

 

 

 

 

photos by Chris Mitchell / CME 3000 / DivasandDorks

Get Ready For Essence Fest 20th Anniversary In New Orleans

July 3rd, 2014 by Christen Rochon

Summer music festival season is in full swing! Your favorite artist tour schedules have been announced and after a horrid winter, you’re ready to make this the best outdoor summer ever! I’ve kicked off my summer festival experience in a way unlike I have ever done before camping out a few weeks ago at Firefly Music Festival, but nothing compares to the excitement and anticipation for the 20th Anniversary of the Essence Music Festival (currently known as Essence Fest 2014). 

GUESS WHO’S HEADED BACK TO THE BIG EASY?”

Thanks to the official Essence Fest 2014 sponsors McDonald’s, Procter & Gamble, Verizon Wireless and Ford, I’ve been invited to get an inside look and exclusive experience of this historical summer event and I’ll be taking you along for the ride!  Stay tuned to DivasandDorks.com, DivasDriveInHeels.com for exclusive celebrity interviews, concert performances and more ALL WEEKEND LONG!

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From insider beauty secrets for summer from beauty guru Sam Fine, to talking powerful networking with Verizon and Morris Chesnut (I’ll even get some time with the electric lady herself, Janelle Monae to talk Cover Girl status & opening for his purple majesty – Prince!) For all things Essence Fest related, follow the fun online via #EssenceFest and click back here often for updated photos, videos and posts all weekend long!

Must-Have Apps Actor Lance Gross Can’t Live Without #VZWBuzz

June 30th, 2014 by Christen Rochon

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Whether he’s working on the set of NBC’s “Crisis,” or starring in big screen dramas like “Temptation,” Lance Gross is quite busy these days. We recently caught up with the Verizon Potential of Us influencer, and he told us the top five apps he can’t live without:

  • Instagram — In this business, I meet a lot of great people and travel to beautiful places. I love posting pictures of the people I’ve met and places I’ve visited along the way.

 

  • iTunes — I don’t know where I’d be without my music. iTunes gives me easy access to my favorite songs at all times. There’s nothing like sitting back and listening to some tunes after a long day.

 

  • Vine — I love to watch videos on Vine. It’s amazing what people can do in six seconds.

 

  • Flight Tracking App — I’m always traveling, so having flight information in the palm of my hand is convenient. This flight tracking app allows me to manage my trips, check flight statuses and choose travel preferences.

 

  • Photo Editor — I’m an avid photographer. With tools that allow me to fix red eyes or add effects to my photos, this app is a one-stop shop for picture editing.

 

What are some of your favorite must-have apps?  Share your favorites in the comments below.

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BET Awards 2014: Fashion Hits, Misses and Award Winners

June 30th, 2014 by Fashion Staff

The BET Awards show, broadcast live from the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles, culminated a weekend-long BET Experience. Today’s hottest performers took the stage during the awards presentation, and BET honored singers, actors, actresses, and athletes with awards during the entertainment packed show, hosted by the very funny, Chris Rock.

Did you miss the BET Awards fashions last night in Los Angeles?  Celebrities walked the red carpet, ki-ki’d and worked their best red carpet looks Sunday night.  Check out our favorite fashion hits, misses and complete list of award winners below.

 

COMPLETE LIST OF WINNERS

Best Group: Young Money

Best Male R&B/Pop Artist: Pharrell Williams

Best Female R&B/Pop Artist: Beyonce

Best Collaboration: Beyonce featuring Jay Z, “Drunk In Love”

Subway Sportsman of the Year: Kevin Durant

Subway Sportswoman of the Year: Serena Williams

 

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BET Awards 2014 Gabrielle Union

Regina Hall

 

 

 

BET Awards 2014 Kerry Washington

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Stephen Bishop

 

[MUST READ:   BET Awards Red Carpet Trends: Brights, Whites & Blues]

 

Video of the Year: Pharrell Williams, “Happy”

Video Director of the Year: Hype Williams

Best Male Hip Hop Artist: Drake

Best Gospel Artist: Tamela Mann

Best New Artist: August Alsina

 

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August Alsina

 

 

BET Awards 2014 Lionel Richie

Lionel Richie

 

 

BET Awards 2014 John Legend

John Legend

 

 

Charli Baltimore

Charli Baltimore

 

 

BET Awards 2014 Sevyn Streeter

Sevyn Streeter

 

Best Female Hip Hop Artist: Nicki Minaj

Best Movie: “12 Years a Slave”

Best Actor: Chiwetel Ejiofor

Best Actress: Lupita Nyong’o

YoungStars Award: Keke Palmer

 

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KeKe Palmer

 

 

BET Awards 2014 Nadia Buari

Nadia Buari

 

 

BET Awards 2014 Karrueche Tran

Karrueche Tran

 

Who were your favorite dressed stars on the red carpet?

Iconic Maya Angelou Moments That Will Inspire You Forever

May 28th, 2014 by Christen Rochon

 

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An iconic National Treasure has passed away.  Maya Angelou was a woman that inspired and influenced writers, actors and world-leaders throughout her illustrious 86-years on earth and will continue to inspire us for many years to come.

Angelou was the author of 30 books, including her most popular novel, “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.” She was also credited with a list of plays and movies, and was Hollywood’s first female African-American director. She was one of the most honored writers of her generation. Some of her biggest awards included the Presidential Medal of Arts in 2000, the Lincoln Medal in 2008 and the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2010.

Remember the Phenomenal Woman with the iconic Maya Angelou moments that will inspire you forever below.

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“If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.”

- Maya Angelou 

 


“I’m grateful for being here, for being able to think, for being able to see, for being able to taste, for appreciating love – for knowing that it exists in a world so rife with vulgarity, with brutality and violence, and yet love exists. I’m grateful to know that it exists.”

- Maya Angelou

 

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“I’ve learned that you shouldn’t go through life with a catcher’s mitt on both hands; you need to be able to throw something back.”
- Maya Angelou
Iconic Maya ANgelou

During her travels abroad, Angelou befriended Malcolm X when he visited Ghana in May 1964. The two wrote to each other frequently upon his return to the United States.

 

“My life has been one great big joke, a dance that’s walked a song that’s spoke, I laugh so hard I almost choke when I think about myself.”
– Maya Angelou
 

 

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RIP Maya Angelou

 

 

What are your favorite Maya Angelou moments?  How has she influenced or inspired you?  Share your favorite memories below.

Apple To Buy Beats Brand Making Dr. Dre $3 Billion Dollars Richer

May 9th, 2014 by Tech Staff

Screw healthy water, owning a basketball team or even a tv network… 50 Cent, Jay Z and Diddy’s got nothing on the baller plane as Dr. Dre.  Apparently, Apple is this close to buying up the Beats brand – which wold make Dr. Dre a BILLIONAIRE.  Find out how much he could make off the acquisition below.

According to TMZ,  Dr. Dre could be days away from being the first rapper turned BILLIONAIRE … thanks to a mega-deal for Apple to snatch up his Beats Electronics brand.

Apple will reportedly buy Beats for a whopping $3.2 BILLION — and since Dre and Interscope honcho Jimmy Iovine created the brand … it’s a safe bet they will walk away with a huge chunk of that cash.

Apple To Buy Beats

Dre and Jimmy started the brand back in 2008 with headphones — but now they’re also making bank off speakers, car audio systems, and a streaming service.

The deal could close next week … and would be Apple’s biggest acquisition ever.

Dre came in #2 on Forbes’ most recent list of hip hop’s wealthiest artists — with a net worth of $550 million … while Diddy was #1 at $700 million.

It’s still unclear what Apple will do with Beats, but its focus seems to be on the company’s new music streaming service rather than its popular headphones and speakers. We may also see Beats Audio technology integrated into Macs and iOS devices in the same way that it has in HP laptops and smartphones from HTC.

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