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.
Five Celebs I’d Like To See Rocking The Apple Watch…And Five That Already Have It! (Are You Jealous Yet?)April 22nd, 2015 by Christen
It’s no secret that Apple “seeds” in the form of watches have been popping up on your favorite celebrities EVERYWHERE! Personally, I feel taunted (I mean, we’re all “celebrities” in our own reich – so where the heck is our Apple Watch already?!? *SIGHS*).
Beyonce seen in the ultra exclusive gold link Apple Watch
Just in case you have been under a rock (and not obsessing over #AppleWatch on Instagram) – the latest batch of Apple watch celebrities rocking the exclusive time piece, has the internet all a stir, and I’m looking confused – like why? Artists like Beyonce, Karl Lagafield, Katy Perry and Drake have all been seen wearing the coveted Apple Watch, but unless this watch promises that you’ll be an amazing singer or designer – I don’t see a valid point in these celebrity seedings at all.
Anna Winter Wearing The Apple Watch During London Fashion Week
Fast forward to the celebrities that are currently on the go, making miracles happen everyday. (And by miracles, I mean juggling crazy schedules while constantly innovating and disrupting the normal standards of “celebrity” – no shade to Queen Bey) but let’s talk about the celebrities that I’d like learn from, discover the latest and greatest that have the same influence if not more.
(Hey Apple, if you’re listening) check out the five celebrities I’d like to see rocking the Apple Watch below…
Oprah – I’m just saying… Oprah owns and operates a television network, magazine and still finds the time to executive produce and star in movies! If there’s anyone that could teach us a thing or two about time management on the Apple Watch and the art of getting things done – it would be Lady O. (What I wouldn’t give to see what apps she’s obsessing over right about now!) #YouGetAWatchYouGetAWatchYouGetAWatch
Mark Zuckerberg – Speaking of apps, if the King of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg was spotted with an Apple Watch, I’d instantly think two things. One, the Facebook app for Apple Watch would be the BIZNESS and two, Facebook has figured out a how to make money on Apple Watch users (making everyone that owned one INCLUDING your favorite celebrities – an unofficial and unpaid employee!) #PimpinAintEasy!
Diddy – If you’ve ever believed in vampires or day walkers, might I present to you rap-mogul and Revolt TV Chairman, Sean “Diddy” Combs. This man, manages to operate on level 10, 24hours-a-day! Not only does he oversee Revolt TV, but he still has time to host events across the country (nightly), make music, make cameos in other artists’ music videos and inspire and overshare on social media! #TakeDatTakeDat
LeBron James – I’m completely shocked that an Apple seed hasn’t found it’s way to sports superstar LeBron James, I mean, isn’t the sole foundation of the watch fitness-related? (Let’s face it, the Apple Watch really just an upgraded fitness band when it’s all said and done.) I’d like to see a pro athlete sporting the watch and demonstrating how it can enhance the athlete in all of us. #ImTakingMyTalentsToGalaxyGear
Jared from Subway – Yes, that Jared. One does not simply think he’s lost the weight equivalent to 12 Kindergarten students by eating a 6″ chicken teriyaki from Subway. Jared was on that super workout plan (and I need receipts!) Apple, toss this guy a watch and lets see how Jared really gets down in the gym. #YouAintGotTheAnswersSubway
Just my humble musings and ill-educated thoughts, but these are the aspirational celebrities I’d like to see in the latest tech that’ll have impact on my buying decisions. What about you? Which celebrity would you like to see in the new Apple Watch? Why? Share your thoughts below!
This weekend Verizon x REVOLT TV joined forces for NBA All Star weekend NYC to bring some of the biggest names in music together for an exclusive and unforgettable concert experience. The concert was the foundation of the REVOLT TV nationally televised special combining top performances with compelling stories of NBA athletes and their connections to music and technology. Uniting Verizon’s use of innovative technology with the revolutionary brand that is REVOLT, Verizon kicked off an immersive atmosphere connecting with consumers’ passion for music during an epic music moment in NYC.
The “Above the Rim” show featured explosive performances by Elle Varner, Bridgette Kelly, Questlove, Raekwon and more! I got the chance to catch up with my favorite performers backstage before the show to talk everything from technology to All Star Weekend survival and so much more!
Check out the Above The Rim experience:
Did you check out the NBA All Star Weekend excitement this weekend? What were your favorite moments of the weekend? Share your thoughts below.
The stars aligned and brought the best vocal talents to the main stage GRAMMY Weekend in Los Angeles as the BET Music Matters showcase. Featuring GRAMMY nominees Mali Music, Luke James, Antonique Smith along with Avery Wilson and special guest Kierra Sheard – the annual showcase kicked off the biggest weekend in music at H.O.M.E (House of Music and Entertainment) in Beverly Hills.
Kierra Sheard and Lelah Hathaway attended the BET Music Matters Grammy Showcase
Kevin McDowell, Debra Lee and Martin Ludlow attended the BET Music Matters Grammy Showcase
GRAMMY nominated – Antonique Smith performed at the BET Music Matters Grammy Showcase
Mali Music performed at the BET Music Matters Grammy Showcase
Jazmine Sullivan performed at the BET Music Matters Grammy Showcase
BET Music Matters initiative highlights emerging new artists by showcasing their talents through live performances including monthly showcases and the Music Matters Tour. Music Matters has helped propel the careers of artists such as Kendrick Lamar, Marsha Ambrosius, Miguel, J. Cole, K. Michelle, Melanie Fiona, Estelle, Elle Varner, Eric Roberson, Big K.R.I.T., Emeli Sande’, Luke James, Stalley, Mali Music, Astro and more.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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…)
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.
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.
Best Video With a Social Message:
Beyonce – “Pretty Hurts”
Beyonce – “Pretty Hurts”
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!
What were your favorite moments from last night’s MTV Video Music Awards? Share your favorite and twitter worthy moments below.