As one of the entertainment industry’s preeminent ceremonies, leading up to the Academy Awards, ESSENCE and Lincoln honored African-American women who are pushing the limits, raising the bar and breaking through barriers in both film and television with the ESSENCE Black Women in Hollywood award luncheon.
Honoree Debbie Allen, Chris Rock alongside Lincoln’s multicultural communications manager Raj Register and Michelle Eubanks from ESSENCE share a moment before the luncheon begins.
“Grey’s Anatomy” “Scandal” and “How To Get Away With Murder” producer Shonda Rhimes arrived in a daisy-inspired dress, with matching golden-hued shoes to match.
Zendaya served on the scene and introducing honorees in a burgundy Thakoon silk dot robe and jumpsuit, pairing it with some white pumps.
Nicole Ari Parker and Boris Kodjoe posed and served up a hot dish of black love on the red carpet.
Held at the famed Beverly Wilshire Hotel – this year’s theme “The Power of our Presence” celebrated some of the most extraordinary African-American women in film and television.
Kelly Rowland stunned the red carpet in a beautiful blouse and buttery colored pants.
Erica Campbell styled beautifully in a scuba-styled ensemble.
Actress Garcelle Beauvais graced the red carpet and added to the celebration of black excellence above and beyond.
[Flashback Friday] 5th Annual Essence Black Women in Hollywood Luncheon Presented by Lincoln
Honorees included powerhouse actress Tracee Ellis Ross (Fierce & Fearless Award); multi-talented producer, director and actress Debbie Allen (Legend Award); and entertainment attorney Nina Shaw (Lincoln Power Award).
Powerhouse Entertainment Attorney – Nina Shaw.
The 2016 ESSENCE Black Women in Hollywood Awards will air Saturday, February 27 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on OWN. Want to get behind the scenes looks at more celebs, fashion and fun? Follow @DivasandDorks on Instagram and Snapchat to see some of my favorite moments. Also get social with Lincoln and @EssenceMag and follow all the selfies, instavideos and more via #BlackWomenInHollywood today!
You’ve waited all summer, and now the Lyons are loose! Luscious, Cookie, Jamal, Hakeem and Andre are back at it again and season two promises to be filled with more excitement than ever before. Empire Season Two is just around the corner and thanks to Lincoln Motor Company, select vips, fans and journalists got the chance to experience the EMPIRE Season Two Premiere in NYC.
Cast members Taraji P. Henson, Terrance Howard, Jussie Smolett and more graced the stage inside NYC’s illustrious Carnegie Hall where guests were treated to an exclusive sneak peek at EMPIRE Season Two premiere episode on the big screen. Following the screening, Director Lee Daniels and the entire cast spoke about character development and just how they landed the role of their dreams on the Fox hit show!
Of course an EMPIRE NYC Premiere party wouldn’t be the same without a huge musical performance of “You’re So Beautiful…” by Jussie Smolett and Yazz. With major star power, music and more. This season promises to be the biggest yet!
Also this season, Lincoln’s latest lineup of vehicles will be integrated throughout the show including the all-new Lincoln MKX, which will be featured in Episode 6 airing early-mid November.
Lincoln has a longstanding relationship with Fox and has extended that partnership with EMPIRE for a second season in a row as automotive exclusive sponsor. EMPIRE serves as an additional platform to communicate Lincoln’s new and exciting Lincoln product portfolio including a new class-exclusive Revel sound system on show like EMPIRE, which is built around music.
Check out more exclusive photos from the celebrity-studded EMPIRE NYC premiere below.
EMPIRE returns Wednesday, September 23rd 9/8c on FOX – Are you ready?
In April, New Yorkers and festivalgoers gathered at the Tribeca Film Festival to celebrate Frank Sinatra‘s centennial at a special event: “Sinatra at 100: Film & Music in collaboration with The Lincoln Motor Company.”
The performances include reimagined Sinatra classics, such as “Luck Be A Lady” and “New York, New York,” sung by Brandon Flowers, NE-YO, Lea DeLaria and Alice Smith.
TFF: Sinatra at 100,” is a free app, from Lincoln, Tribeca and Immersive Media and available via the App Store and Google Play on IOS and Android platforms for mobile and tablet devices available now.
The 360-degree content can be optimally viewed using a virtual reality headset compatible with smartphone. “This free app serves as an example of Lincoln’s commitment to personal service, giving viewers the luxury of choosing when and where they enjoy the performance,” said John Emmert, Lincoln group marketing manager. “Viewers will feel like they are experiencing the Sinatra tribute first-hand, creating a personalized experience from the comfort of their home — a key piece of the Lincoln Black Label experience.”
Featuring exclusive performances by The Killers’ Brandon Flowers, Lea DeLaria, Alice Smith and NE-YO, as well as intimate behind-the-scenes footage, the app recreates an unforgettable night of entertainment allowing viewers to feel as if they were there at Spring Studios, singing along to re-imagined Sinatra classics like “Come Fly with Me” and “New York, New York.”
Tribeca and Lincoln are making this once-in-a-lifetime experience available to audiences across the country through both 360° and traditional viewing options with tracks from the concert and behind the scenes footage available on the app and YouTube360.
TFF: Sinatra at 100 is also available on YouTube’s main 360 channel and on Lincoln’s YouTube channel. Sinatra fans, music lovers, New Yorkers and film fans can unlock the experience and enjoy the Chairman of the Board’s amazing hits over and over again.
Who knows if this virtual music experience will be a trend among unique music activations, but if there are other concerts in the works, sign me up – cause there’s nothing better than enjoying a concert from the comfort of your own home.
Would you like to experience superstar musical performances from an app or through an immersive 360-degree experience? Share your thoughts below!
Lincoln Motor Company has re-enginered what luxury looks and feels like with the 2015 Lincoln MKC and Lincoln MKC Black Label. As a luxe crossover with a touch of chic technology appeal, driving the 2015 Lincoln MKC this Spring in both Detroit and Dallas was an experience that I’ll never forget!
From the dramatic HID headlamps (which are more visible than conventional headlamps) and the full-length LED tail lamps it’s easy to instantly see how the Lincoln MKC makes beautiful accessories, necessities. Inside, comfort goes beyond just leg room. The spacious interior is streamlined and graceful with controls at your fingertips – like the push-button-shift transmission – seamlessly integrated into the instrument panel (which can often confuse the first time driver, but it’s definitely a welcomed upgrade to your typical push-to-start ignition buttons.)
The journey starts here. With all of your connections made effortlessly. Say a command and stay in touch without taking your hands off the wheel. Or touch the signature 8″ color screen to have your favorite song from the playlist on your MP3 player piped through your vehicle speakers. No matter where you’re going or what you have going on, here, the lines of communication are always open.
There’s re-engineering what luxury looks and drives like and then there’s creating a mark of luxurious distinction – and that’s what the 2015 Lincoln MKC Black Label entails. The Black Label collection of Lincoln vehicles aren’t just an upgraded vehicle with premium leather, wood and other materials – it’s a completely upgrading vehicle owning experience. Including a premium extended warranty, curated at-your-service dining experiences, complementary wash/detailing services and more!
The Lincoln Black Label collection of vehicles (Lincoln MKZ / Lincoln MKC) come in a variety of styles inspired by natural and renewable resources. Drawing their inspiration from scents, sounds, fashion, food performing arts and orchestra, the Lincoln Black Label designers created four distinct design themes. Each style offers a different aesthetic or theme based on colors, textures, patterns and natural woods. Modern Heritage is a contemporary twist on the classic elegance that defines Lincoln. Indulgence exudes the rich allure of luxurious chocolate. Oasis is a retreat to a desert resort, or the sands of a tropical paradise. Center Stage dramatically reflects the excitement of the curtain rising on the opening night of a theatre performance.
During my drive, I selected the Lincoln MKC Center Stage edition during a recent drive in Dallas, Texas and needless to say, the Black Label experience was definitely an upgraded one.
Inspired equally by the fashion world and the theater district, this interior is for those with a flair for the dramatic. The Jet Black leather interior with Foxfire Red Alcantara® accents captures the excitement of standing center stage, while onyx wood (MKZ) and black striped wood (MKC) add a lush texture to this undeniably stylish design.
Equipped with specially selected Venetian leather. (Only 1% of rawhide skins are selected). Known for it’s lightly finished texture, Venetian leathers in ebony are form-fitted to the interior, wrapping the seats, steering wheels and door armrests and also creatively stitched in subtle accent and perforation patterns to complement the overall vehicle theme.
Specialty Black Stripe reconstructed wood infused with layers of veneer, creating dramatic stripes both accent and enhance the design of the Lincoln MKC beyond imagination.
The Lincoln MKC Center Stage is undoubtedly a showstopper. Inspired by the worlds of theatre and fashion, the Lincoln Black Label Center Stage theme is for those with a taste for the dramatic and definitely for those who want a vehicle that is a stylish extension of their personality!
Black Label was designed to offer a specialized customer experience and with an introduction like Black Label at Home across the U.S. I’m sure this is Hello that prospective buyers will never forget. For more information on the 2015 Lincoln MKC and MKC Black Label visit Lincoln.com.
A few weeks ago, I received an amazing invitation for an experience of a lifetime compliments of Lincoln Motor Company. Excited for a weekend introduction to the all new Lincoln MKC, I embarked on a cross-country journey to Santa Barbara, California with a very special invited guest… my mother.
Sure I’ve gone on family vacations with my mother, siblings, nieces and nephews – but never have I journeyed on a first-class travel experience like this with my mother before. A luxurious retreat at the Belmond El Encanto, a technologically advanced drive up the coast in the new Lincoln MKC coupled with moments of relaxing and reflecting in lavender fields and more filled our days of bonding and exploring while visiting California together for the first time.
First stop in beautiful Santa Barbara, our first west coast road trip to the beautiful Clairmont Lavender Farm in Los Olivos, CA. During our experience at the Clairmont Lavender Farm, my mom and I walked the fragrant lavender fields, sipped on lavender lemonade and basked in the beauty of the Lincoln MKC with interior designer, Dillon Blanski .
Next stop, a sweet date with mom at Birkholm’s Bakery & Cafe in Solvang, CA. Known for a striking resemblance to small towns found in Denmark, this Danish bakery found in the middle of the tourist attraction of Solvang offered mom and I a great afternoon of delicious treats in a unique town that we’ll never forget.
[Must Read: Five Ways To Live Like A Danish Native In Solvang]
Final stop of the Lincoln MKC experience, Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club in Santa Barbara, CA. Established in 1911, the Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club is the third oldest polo facility in the United States and is world renowned for its four lush polo fields and international outdoor competition.
Want to see more of our mother/daughter Santa Barbara adventure? Discover more from behind the wheel of our unique Lincoln MKC experience on the auto channel, DivasDriveInHeels.com and check out the stories behind our entire travel adventure on DivasOnDestinations.com. Thanks Lincoln Motor Company for a life changing experience that this mother-daughter duo will never forget.
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.
Lincoln Uptown Journey Series
“Life is a journey, not a destination.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
Earlier this week, Lincoln Motor Company and Uptown Magazine took Los Angeles on a journey of self-discovery, acceptance and celebration kicking off the Lincoln Uptown Journey series at the Beverly Hills Hilton hotel. Hosted by media personality Bevy Smith, the networking and panel event highlighted the different journeys within the arts of clothier/designer Woody Wilson, TV/Music Powerhouse Carmen Murray and TV/Film producer Mara Brock Akil.
The Lincon Uptown Journey series will make several U.S. stops including Houston, Atlanta and Washington D.C later this year highlighting the journeys of tastemakers and trailblazers that we’ve come to know and love.
The rebranding of the All New Lincoln MKZ served as a constant reminder of what everyone in the room searched for, the rediscovery of their own journey and path towards greatness. To learn more about the event and the Lincoln MKZ visit DivasDriveInHeels.com.
Photos via Lincoln Motor Co.
Thanksgiving is here and what’s better than ice cream and apple pie after stuffed turkey and mashed potatoes? You guessed right; A movie. This November encompased some incredible films with breaking records in the box office and top list celebrities to ensure the attraction. Here’s a top five list of must-see movies this holiday weekend.
1. Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part II
Coming in as number one on the box office chart after its first weekend’s release, the highly anticipated finale to a five part film brought the rivalry “Team Jacob vs. Team Edward” to an end. Now Team Bieber can continue to prevail. Breaking Dawn Part II, directed by Bill Condon, presents Kristen Stewart, Robert Patterson and Taylor Lautner on screen for one final time.
Steven Spielberg’s narrative feature about president Abraham Lincoln, starring Daniel Day-Lewis, proves its relevance by making the number two spot in the box office for its second weekend in theatres. Hopefully you and the family are fans of the 16th U.S. President because there are two hours and thirty nine minutes of him in store.
Sony Pictures’ movie, Skyfall is appearing in theatres for its second weekend and holding the third spot in the box office. Directed by Sam Mendes and starring lead actor Daniel Craig, Skyfall is the last film of the series for Judi Dench who played the character M. If you’re interested in some good ol’ fashioned action, deaths, and interracial love this is definitely the movie for your holiday weekend!
4. Wreck it Ralph
Can we ever get enough of Disney movies? Disney Studios has done it again with the light-hearted film, Wreck It Ralph. A story of heriosim and happinness about an arcade game player who is tired of playing the assigned game and decides to stop playing to explore other games. After its third weekend in theatres, Wreck It Ralph is holding on to fourth place in the Box Office. Check this movie out during the holidays with the entire family and all are guaranteed to be entertained.
Make sure you don’t drink and drive during the holiday! …and certainly don’t drink and fly a plane. Paramount’s drama, starring Denzel Washington is about a well seasoned pilot suffering from alcohol abuse who during flight magically lands a crashing plane saving many lives. This is definitely a must-see including great actors like Don Cheadle and John Goodman. Flight is in its third weekend holding on to the number five spot in the box office.
Grab one of these, popcorn, and the rest of the crew for a gauranteed good ending to a great holiday. Let us know which November box office chart topper was your favorite below. No worries you can thank us for the list later… Happy holidays!
We are hours away from being consumed with one of the biggest fashion event of the year, New York Fashion Week, where the spring collections will take the main stage at Lincoln Center. In the spirit of fashion week we decided to take a look at some of the best shoes to hit the runway last Feburary when the fall 2012 collections were revealed.
Some of our favorite sole designs included…
Nicholas Kirkwood for Prabal Gurung: The pony hair back and geometric platform sealed the deal for this shoe being on of the best for the Fall Season.
Rodarte: Its nothing better that a visually interesting shoe. These Rodarte booties will definitley get you noticed with the unique print featured front and center on this shoe.
Proenza Schouler: Another great bootie with more of a mascline edge with a touch of houndstooth.
Altuzarra: These boots were made for strutting, so give a little kick these your fine thigh high Altuzarra Boots.
Which pair of these fashionable heels suite your fall fashion fancy?
Images Courtsey of: fashionbombdaily.com & style.com
New York Fashion week is finally upon us! We’ve already given you the low-down rules for Fashion’s Night Out, so it’s only right that we get you prepared for New York Fashion Week by avoiding these fashionable no-no’s during New York’s most fashionable week of the year. From what to wear, where to be and what to have, these NYFW faux pas are not to miss rules that’ll keep you fashionably in check all fashion week long.
10. “Wearing too many trends at once!” – Designer/Stylist Rachel Zoe
9. “Nothing screams novice like looking like a mannequin from a dept store window. Keep your NYFW wardrobe simple, chic, comfortable & stylish. Don’t over do it.” – Publicist Jameka Whitten JSWMedia.com
8. “Not wearing correct foundation garments. (Spanx, proper bra, not showing panties) Get it right and get it tight.” Blogger – Merli Estime MissMerliNYC.com
7. “I don’t believe in fashion faux pas. I’m all for experiment and seeing what works for the individual. Taking risks is better than playing it safe where fashion is concerned.” – Designer – Monika Chiang
6. “Not having business cards. I hate when I ask someone for a card and they don’t have one. It’s a MUST during NYFW!” – Blogger Monroe Steele FashionSteeleNY.com
5. “Everyone is entitled to their own sense of personal style, but no one should ever wear pit stains!” – Publisher, Bridgette E. West Charlotte Style Magazine
4. “Never wear your new heels during fashion week. They’ll last one show and you’ll be the girl we talk about, tip toein’ about under the tents.” – Blogger Ty Brown GorgeousinGrey.com
3. “Leave the flip flops and walking shoes AT HOME!” – model / producer Catherine Peoples
2. “Don’t try blending in by being too “on trend” incorporate what you like with a new twist!” – Blogger Kaitlyn Pierce Blog-Trends.com
1. “…A lack of confidence!” – Designer Max Azria of BCBGMAXAZRIA
What’s your number 1 fashion faux pas? Are there any NYFW fashion faux pas not covered on this list? Let us know below…