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  • Narciso Rodriguez, Rita Moreno, Thalía & More Attend 2014 Vanidades Icons of Style Awards

    Vanidades celebrated the Annual Icons of Style Gala honoring Narciso Rodriguez, Rita Moreno, Thalía this week.

    Presented by United Airlines, Moet & Chandon Champagne and Wittnauer the event was held at Mandarin Oriental. VIP guests we spotted included Selenis Leyva of “Orange is the New Black,” Dascha Polanco of “Orange is the New Black,” Kelly Rutherford, Catherine Malandrino, Maria Cornejo, Jackie Blanco, Nick Loeb, Mari Ichaso, Vogue Editor at Large Candy Pratts Price, philanthropist and fashion industry notable Yaz Hernandez, stylist and makeup Artist Alexa Rodulfo, Shoe designer and 2012 Vanidades Icons of Style Winner Edmundo Castillo, Designer and Vanidades Icons of Style for Fashion Design 2013 Carlos Campos, El Gordo y la Flaca Host Lili Estefan, El Gordo y la Flaca Host Raul de Molina,Designer and Vanidades Icons of Style for Fashion Design 2012 Nicolas Felizola, Designer Alvin Valley, Emerging Designer and 2011 Vanidades Icons of Style Winner Fabiola Arias, “In the Heights” Producer Lin Manuel Miranda, and Miss Dominican Republic US 2014 Massiel Peguero, to name a few.

    We spoke with designer Narciso Rodriguez on the red carpet. 

    What do you do when New York Fashion Week is finally over?

    Collapse, we usually work for a month, six weeks, everyday, night and day, stressful hours so when you’re finished, you just need to sit down. I had a weekend, and we got right back on it, we had sales, and a new fragrance yesterday, which was a huge event, and preparing the next collection.
    When you design a collection, what is your goal?
    Lately the goals have been changing, I want to create pieces that are desirable and covetable, and create things for women, no matter what age or body type says, “I want that” and “I love that” and “I need that.” I think those are the things that designers create that are the most influential because they create the most emotion.
    There’s been a shift in fashion from aspiration to more attainable, why do you think that is happening?
    Fashion and the beauty of fashion is that it’s always shifting, sometimes its for the young, sometimes its more elegant, older women, sometimes its for the ladies, more attainable, sometimes aspirational, but its always exciting. That’s the part of fashion that we all love.
    What’s one thing that completes a woman’s outfit? 
    Her personality.
    We also spoke with Roselyn Sánchez.
    What does this award mean to you?
    It means so much, I’m a fan of the magazine, Vanidades, they’ve been so good to me through the years, I’ve done the cover like four times, I hosted this event last year, and now I’m honored at the event, so I’m just happy to be here, and for people to appreciate my work.
    Upcoming projects?
    I’m working on “Devious Maids” doing the third season, and the second season of Familia En Venta in Spanish, and do a movie before the end of the year, and getting ready for my triathalon and my charity.

     We also spoke with Lili Estefan.

    Who are some of your style icons?

    I think as women, I think we have done an incredible job, women like Eva Longoria, since years ago, I can think, Roslyn Sanchez, Thalia, so many friends of mine, I’m so proud of them for things that they’ve done. They’re so humble, they’re still very powerful and they’re still good people. You talk to them, they don’t mind supporting what you’re doing. I love them
    What makes you proud to be Latina?
    I think for us, the family is the most important thing in the world. Time and space now is very different from years ago when our grandmother used to tell you, “You can’t work, you gotta take care of the children.” Now is very different and women now, we have to do it all. We multitask for everything. Half of us is doing a good job, and half of us is getting divorced. Half of us is really trying to go through what you have to go through to really make it. When you get to be a grandmother, look back and say, “I did it.” I don’t know how, but I kept my family together. I think that’s what life is all about.It’s solving the equation. People give up too fast and too soon. You have to solve the equation. It takes time, and a lot of good to say “I’m going to stay here, I’m going to fight, until I get it right.” That’s what you have to do.That makes me proud, Latinas do that a lot.
    Check out the full list of honorees below:

    Chef Douglas Rodriguez – Icon of Style Award for Excellence in Lifestyles presented byPaquito D’Rivera

    Arlenis Sosa – Icon of Style Award for Fashion Modeling & Humanitarianism presented byEdmundo Castillo

    Domingo Zapata – Icon of Style Award for the Arts presented by Kelly Rutherford

    David Villa – Icon of Style Award for Sports presented by Luis Omar Tapia

    Roselyn Sanchez – ‘Mujer Vanidades’ Award presented by Jackie Blanco

    Diego Boneta – Icon of Style Award for Film & TV as an Emerging Actor presented by Raul de Molina

    Thalía – Icon of Style Award for Music & Entertainment presented by Mari Ichaso

    Narciso Rodriguez – Iconic Man of Style Award presented by Candy Pratts-Price

    Rita Moreno – Iconic Woman of Style Lifetime Achievement Award presented by Lin Manuel Miranda

     

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    -Vivian Chen

  • Film Review: Epix Presents ‘Forgotton Four: The Integration Of Pro Football’

    The Forgotten Four is a documentary presented by Epix that talks about the stories of four courageous civil rights pioneers, Woody Strode, Kenny Washington, Bill Willis, and Marion Motley, who paved the way for the African American community in terms of football and sports as a whole.

    Executive producer Wes Smith and producer Ross Greenburg have created a film that talks about a part of football history that has gone unnoticed for so long and is something that is essential to our nation’s history.  The film Forgotten Four talks about the integration of African Americans in professional football and brings an untold story to life, something that many feel should have been done years earlier.

    The film starts off with talking about America during its post-civil war stage where segregation was in full swing.  Although it talked about the segregated water fountains and bathrooms, which is something people have seen stories and pictures, what this film brings to the table that very few films have done before was that it included gruesome details, such as African Americans being lynched and tortured, to really show the horrific truth of the segregation time period.  This then set the tone for the entire movie saying that although we have learned that African Americans had a rough life during this time, in actuality, it was much, much worse.  Although the film did focus partly on the harsh quality of life of the African American community, it then shifted gears to the greatness and perseverance of the four heroes of the film.  What this film did well was it really depicted how hard these players needed to work to be recognized like how Woody Strode trained by doing 1000 pushups, 1000 sit ups, 1000 knee ups, and more exercises along those lines on a daily basis.

    At this time, if you were an African American, you had to be the best of the best to even be considered to play for any team, and from what was shown from this film, it was clear that these four players were the absolute best of the best.  However, even though these players were very good, they had to face adversities like getting death threats, having to face with racist football higher ups, still having to deal with the struggles of segregation, having to overcome the discrimination  of the fans of the game as well as the discrimination of their own team, and at the same time, not upset the general population.  Each African American athlete at this time had to carry the burden of race with them, not only having to ensure their success but ensure the success of their community.

    Overall, this film was very inspiring as well as eye opening.  The most interesting tidbit to take away from this movie and something that should really be reflected on was the fact that these four players played professional football before Jackie Robinson even started his baseball career.  To think that the stories of these four incredible players has been left untold for such a long time is mind boggling to say the very least.  As a whole, this documentary allows for the opportunity for the audience to really appreciate how far the African American community has come.  Although there is still much more work left to be done, the Forgotten Four is a film that will leave an impression on you for a long, long time.

    The film will premiere on EPIX September 23rd at 8pm ET/PT.

    -Vinesh Vora

  • Robin Thicke, Jamie Foxx, Jason Derulo & Diddy Attend Richie Akiva’s Birthday Celebration

    Known for his epic birthday parties across the nation, nightlife mogul Richie Akiva kicked off his birthday celebrations in Los Angeles for the first time on Thursday night at 1OAK LA on the Sunset Strip!

    In true Akiva fashion, the evening was a “one-of-a-kind” party hosted by good friend and Grammy Award winner Jamie Foxx with friends Robin Thicke, Ashton Kutcher, Diddy and Jason Derulo also in attendance. Adding to the already star-studded night, Robin Thicke, Jason Derulo and Diddy surprised guests when they jumped on stage for impromptu performances of their hit songs. Later in the evening, Foxx presented Akiva with a birthday cake and bottles of Ace of Spades champagne as he lead the room in singing “Happy Birthday.”

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    Photo Credit: Christopher Polk, Getty Images

  • TV Land Hosts Special ‘Younger’ Screening In New York

    Stars Sutton Foster, Debi Mazar, Nico Tortorella and Miriam Shor attended a special advanced screening of TV Land’s “Younger” at Soho House in New York.

    After a very posh breakfast, we had a pleasure of seeing “Younger”, TV Land’s new comedy coming out in January 2015. Younger is what we would all like to feel like, especially as we get older.  Most of us can identify with Liza, a single mom played by Sutton Foster who is literally trying to pick up where she left off fifteen years ago. With a little help from her lesbian friend Maggie, played by Debi Mazar, she manages to successfully portray herself as a 26 year old.  She changes her appearance, attitude and goes out with a younger man.  She even gets a mean boss that treats her like a teenager.

    We had a moment to chat with Sutton about her latest role. When asked how she prepared and if going out with a younger guy for the sake of research was mandatory she smiled. She said she enjoys wearing “younger people’s clothes” and is inspired to experiment. Patricia Field is a costume consultant on the show and her distinguished vision is quite noticeable. Sutton noted that she has become very close with Hilary Duff who plays Jennifer.  She said her character Liza feels protective of Jennifer because she is close to her daughter’s age. There are plenty of heartwarming, silly scenes made for Millennials. The first big lesson you will learn? If you still have an AOL account, switch!

     

    -Tijana Ibrahimovic

     

  • Sam Smith Performs At ‘Art Of Pixel’ Gala

    LG hosted their “Art of the Pixel” Powered by LG Ultra HD 4K and OLED TV awards last night at the beautiful Gotham Hall using the rotund space as a backdrop for their gorgeously animated projections.

    The company set up projectors to create a seamless 360 degree display on the round ceiling of the hall to showcase the finalist’s designs as well as other masterful pieces of contemporary art, such as Van Gogh’s Night Sky.  The ambiance was set with a live trio of string instruments to supplement the classical music flowing out of the venue’s surround sound speakers. The black tie event was star studded, with Sarah Jessica Parker, Neil Patrick Harris, Kevin Spacey, and Sam Smith in attendance. LG executives as well as top tech and art enthusiasts joined to congratulate the nine finalists from the top art schools in the United States. The event was hosted by LG executive, David Vanderwaal, head of marketing of LG USA.

    Neil Patrick Harris hosted the award ceremony, awarding the winner, John Summerson, for his piece, “Painting From Life” and the runner-up, Joseph Bui. The winner took home a prize and a $50,000 grant for his school, Pacific Northwest College of Art to support its art education programs. The runner-up was also awarded a prize and $25,000 grant for his school, Pratt Institute. All nine finalists took home an LG 34-inch Ultra Wide HD monitor to further their creativity. A three course dinner was served as guests mingled with others at their assigned tables. Throughout the dinner, LG debuted and demonstrated their new 66- and 77-inch 4K Ultra HD TV with OLED technology and a curve to create an immersive experience for the user. To top off the fantastic night, LG invited Sam Smith to perform a private concert for the guests, ending the night with his hit single, Stay with Me. 

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    -Vivian Chen

  • Keyshia Cole Was Arrested For Fighting Another Woman At Birdman’s House

    According to TMZ, Keyshia Cole spent her Friday morning in jail for allegedly assaulting a girl that stayed at her reported boyfriend, Birdman‘s house. Via the story, Cole appeared at the Cash Money CEO’s condo in West L.A., where security let her upstairs to find another woman in the condo. Once spotted, the “I Shoulda Cheated” singer attacked the woman, leaving scratches all over her face and arms. Almost immediately, police were called leading to Cole being arrested and held on $46,000 bail — which she cleared.

     

  • Film Review: ‘This Is Where I Leave You’ Starring Tina Fey, Jason Bateman & More!

    Directed by Shawn Levy and written by Jonathan Tropper, “This Is Wher I Leave You,” out today stars Jason Bateman, Tina Fey, Adam Driver, Rose Byrne, Corey Stoll, Kathryn Hahn, Connie Britton, Timothy Olyphant, Dax Shepard, and Jane Fonda.

    I’ll get this out of the way right off the bat: This Is Where I Leave You isn’t the best movie in the world. It’s not the best movie to cover family drama. It’s not the best movie with an ensemble cast. There are times the movie tries to shuffle around with too many subplots and too many sub-genres and it just gets messy and frustrating. With such a talented cast, it’s a bit sad really that This Is Where I Leave You isn’t a much better movie. Shawn Levy takes a step back from his usual family films to tackle something that’s both heavy and lighthearted at the same time to mixed success. But I will say this — This Is Where I Leave You is enjoyable, charming, heartbreaking, and it really does have some legitimately funny moments.

     

    The Altman family is dysfunctional…there’s no better word to really describe them. Judd (Bateman) is the most successful of the four. He’s married with a great job and a great life in New York…until he finds his wife, Quinn (Abigail Spencer) sleeping with his boss Wade (Shepard) and then it all comes crashing down. Wendy (Fey) is married with two children but is usually found with a drink in her hand most of the time. Paul (Stoll) is the oldest and most responsible of the four. He runs the family business and is married to Alice (Hahn), but the two have been unsuccessful at trying to have children. Phillip (Driver) is the youngest and most immature and gets by on his charm and charisma. Hilary (Fonda) is the matriarch of the Altman household and is a celebrity psychologist whose most successful book was a guide to raising children based off the experiences of her family.

     

    So what brings everyone back home? The death of a father. And with his last wish, he wanted the whole family to sit Shiva. So for seven days, the children are grounded and stuck in their childhood home. Each of the children comes back home bringing their secrets and surprises while also running into the past they ran away from. Judd still hasn’t told his family (aside from Wendy) about his divorce from Quinn, but finds himself spending time with his high school flame, Penny (Byrne). Wendy see her ex-boyfriend, Horry (Olyphant), who still loves across the street with his mother due to an accident that brings back feelings of guilt for Wendy. Phillip returns home to surprise everyone with his new fiancee, Tracy (Britton). The Altman’s aren’t a close family and it doesn’t seem like they particularly like each other much — but they are family and they do love each other.

     

    With so many actors and actresses, it’s tough to single out every performance in This Is Where I Leave You. And that’s a shame since the performances were easily the best part of the movie and what will keep audiences hooked in. It’s expected that Bateman, Fey, and Fonda will hold their own and obviously lead the movie. Although I do want to see that the chemistry between the three clearly was exceptional. But the biggest surprise of the movie was Adam Driver. Known more for his role in Girls, it’s easy to see why he’s becoming one of the most in-demand actors working. Driver is charming, charismatic, and full of energy in a role that seemed to be created just for him.

     

    Maybe there were too many characters to try and center on in the movie. Maybe 103 minutes just wasn’t enough time to give the source material the proper justice it deserved. Or it’s possible that the subject matter was maybe too mature for Shawn Levy to get a full grasp on. I can’t really pinpoint what exactly felt off about This Is Where I Leave You. For all of its faults, I just couldn’t help myself but to enjoy the movie. As someone with a large family, I completely understand the whole dysfunctionality that comes with family. With all of that being said, it’s easy to enjoy This Is Where I Leave You, but an enjoyable movie doesn’t always equal a good movie.

    -Joshua Kaye

  • Film Review: ‘The Maze Runner’

    “The Maze Runner” is a suspense filled action movie that keeps the audience on the edge of their seat for the entire duration of the film.

    The film started out with a snapshot into the world of “The Maze Runner,” with all the missing pieces of the story. As time progressed, these details were revealed to form a more cohesive and comprehensive story. Thomas, the main character, who is sent into this land in the middle of the maze, is startled and confused about his and everyone else’s purpose inside this mystical maze. He questions everything that the makeshift society has created and explores the maze for himself and breaks away from the norms. Doing so, he offsets a whirlwind of events that leave the society inside the maze hanging by a thread.

    The way that the movie is set up keeps the audiences intrigued the whole way through, with its action packed suspense. The finale of the film created more suspense with mystique for a potential sequel since the book is part one of a trilogy. The characters are well-developed with their own distinct voice and being, carried out by spectacular actors. Much of the supporting cast featured up and coming actors who proved themselves on the big screen. These actors supported Thomas, Dylan O’Brien’s character throughout the movie. These actors put together a spectacular show that left us exciting for the next installment of this series.

    The film is now playing.

    -Vivian Chen

  • T.I. Releases the Tracklist for “Paperwork: The Motion Picture”

    T.I. reveals the tracklist and cover art for his deluxe edition of Paperwork: The Motion Picture

    Just last month T.I. revealed the artwork for his upcoming album Paperwork: The Motion Picture. Today he’s let go some more information and returns with the official tracklist and deluxe edition cover art. The album features Young Thug, Jeezy, Nipsey Hussle, Pharrell, Chris Brown, Iggy Azalea, Lil Boosie, Trae Tha Truth, The-Dream, Rick Ross and more. Pretty much every song has a feature with the exception of two tracks. Tip is dropping his Hustle Gang G.D.O.D 2 mixtape later today, the album drops on October 21. Take a look at the cover art and tracklist below and let us know your thoughts. Were all these features necessary?

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    1. King
    2. G’ Shit (Feat. Jeezy & WatchTheDuck)
    3. About the Money (Feat. Young Thug)
    4. New National Anthem (Feat. Skylar Grey)
    5. Oh Yeah (Feat. Pharrell)
    6. Private Show (Feat. Chris Brown)
    7. No Mediocre (Feat. Iggy Azalea)
    8. Jet Fuel (Feat. Boosie Badazz)
    9. Paperwork (Feat. Pharrell)
    10. Stay (Feat. Victoria Monet)
    11. About My Issue (Feat. Victoria Monet & Nipsey Hussle)
    12. At Ya’ Own Risk (Feat. Usher)
    13. On Doe, On Phil (Feat. Trae Tha Truth)
    14. Light Em Up (RIP Doe B) (Feat. Pharrell & WatchTheDuck)
    15. Let Your Heart Go (Break My Soul) (Feat. The-Dream)
    16. Sugar Cane
    17. I Don’t Know
    18. You Can Tell How I Walk (Feat. Rick Ross)

  • Watch Jennifer Lopez’s Video for “Booty” featuring Iggy Azalea

    Anaconda what?

    Jennifer Lopez releases the very sexy visual for her song “Booty” featuring Iggy Azalea. It’s pretty hard to focus on anything else as the video plays, the lyrics, or anything else that’s going on around you for that matter. With legs and plenty of assets from J-Lo and Iggy the video already has 5 + million views. Director Hype Williams is pure genius as J-Lo and Iggy show the world how to really flaunt that extra cushion some women carry around on their backsides. Lopez’s A.K.A. is available now. Watch the video (several times) above and let us know your thoughts.

     

 
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