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Saturday, September 30, 2017

Steez Report : 2017 Emmys Edition

The Primetime Emmys every year offers the Best Dressed in the entertainment industry! This year was no different. Our top pick is WestWolrd Actress Tessa Thomspon in a multicolored dressed that just flowed beatifully on red carpet. Another winner and our best dressed couple is Being Mary Jane Actress Gabrielle Union and her NBA star hubby Dwayne Wade. 

2017 Emmys Recap

Best Comedy:Veep” (HBO)

Best Drama:The Handmaid’s Tale” (Hulu)

Best Limited Series: “Big Little Lies” (HBO)

Best Actress, Comedy: Julia Louis-Dreyfus, “Veep” (HBO)
Best Actor, Comedy: Donald Glover, “Atlanta” (FX)

Best Actress, Drama: Elisabeth Moss, “The Handmaid’s Tale” (Hulu)

Best Actor, Drama: Sterling K. Brown, “This Is Us” (NBC)

Best Actress, Limited Series or TV Movie: Nicole Kidman, “Big Little Lies” (HBO)

Best Actor, Limited Series or TV Movie: Riz Ahmed, “The Night Of” (HBO)

Television Movie: “Black Mirror: San Junipero” (Netflix)
Supporting Actor, Drama: John Lithgow, “The Crown” (Netflix)

Supporting Actress, Drama: Ann Dowd, “The Handmaid’s Tale” (Hulu)

Supporting Actor, Comedy: Alec Baldwin, “Saturday Night Live” (NBC)

Supporting Actress, Comedy: Kate McKinnon, “Saturday Night Live” (NBC)

Supporting Actor, Limited Series or Movie: Alexander Skarsgard, “Big Little Lies” (HBO)

Supporting Actress, Limited Series or a Movie: Laura Dern, “Big Little Lies” (HBO)

Variety Sketch Series: “Saturday Night Live” (NBC)

Directing for a Comedy Series: Donald Glover, “Atlanta” (“B.A.N.”) (FX)

Variety Talk Series: “Last Week Tonight With John Oliver” (HBO)

Reality Competition Program: “The Voice” (NBC)

Writing for a Comedy Series: Aziz Ansari and Lena Waithe, “Master of None” (“Thanksgiving”) (Netflix)

Writing for a Drama Series: Bruce Miller, “The Handmaid’s Tale” (“Offred (Pilot)”) (Hulu)

Writing for a Limited Series, Movie or Drama: Charlie Brooker, “Black Mirror: San Junipero” (Netflix)

Directing for a Drama Series: Reed Morano, “The Handmaid’s Tale” (“Offred (Pilot)”) (Hulu)

Directing For a Limited Series: Jean-Marc Vallée, “Big Little Lies” (HBO)

Directing for a Variety Series: Don Roy King, “Saturday Night Live” (“Host: Jimmy Fallon”)

Writing for a Variety Series: “Last Week Tonight With John Oliver” (HBO)

Saturday, September 23, 2017

VH1 Hip Hop Honors Recap

DJ Khaled at the VH1 Hip Hop Honors photo by Evan Jackson

 VH1 Hip Hop Honors was held at the Parmount Studios in Los Angeles, California September 17th and the stars we are out. Waiting in line I saw Da Brat, soon Mr. So So Def himself Producer Extrordinaire Jermaine Dupri stepped in the building. VH1 Love & Hip Hop Alums mingled with Hip Hop Royalty crowded on to the red carpet. The Red Carpet was transformed into a time capsule of the mid 1980s where the birthplace of Hip Hop lived, New York. Adorned with graffiti, bodegas, street posts with stickers, and classic New York stoop steps. It only felt right that Hip Hop titans like DJ Khaled, The LOX - Jadakiss, Style P, and Sheek Louch, and Mobb Deep's Havoc walked through the red carpet. Taking in the moment I saw that VH1 had turned into a 90's Block Party. Right off the bat you had Missy Elliot shutting it down. Her performance made you wish for those bombastic music videos that defined 90's Hip Hop. 

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Tis' The Style Season: SoulSlayze + The Movement LA Fashion Show

Model Zarriya Walks In KWatersFashionGGI Designs With Designer Kisha Waters At The SoulSlayze Fashion Show Photo by Monty Images

The Fall Style Season kicked off September 16th at the SoulSlayze + The Movement LA Fashion Show! Held at the esteemed 1010 Rooftop in Los Angeles, Claifornia this incredible event was helmed by Fashion Mogul Kisha Waters. I knew this would be a stellar event based off of the last time Young, Bold, And Regal sat with Kisha for a sit down interview. As a Creative Director of LUXE Kurves Magazine, an accomplished Stylist, and  Designer of KWatersFashionGGI - Kisha has been carefully planning this Fashion Show for months along with the team at #TheMovementLA. I entered the Rooftop and the night was already lit with attendees stuntin' in their best style, models perfecting their runway walk, staff preparing the goodie bags with fashion treats, and designers putting the final touches on their designs.

As the night eased in the DJ kept the place bumpin' with classic Hip Hop cuts and the Red Carpet grew ever so crowded. The pre-festivities lead into the main fashion show. In between each design we were provided with one of the splashiest, quite literally, performances of the night coming from B. Slade who decided to do a backwards descent into the pool. The crowd was wowed by his performance as well as his antics. The standout designs of the night came from Kisha Waters and her KWatersFashionGGI line. She wasn't giving any secrets to her new line and now I knew why. It was bold, it was daring, it was different. Coming out in dramatic fashion Model Jovanna Honey had a beautiful arrogance to her walk that was so fitting for Kisha's design. Wearing a sheer gold top and a gold sheer dress the theme could of easily been Black Is Beautiful, Black Is Gold. Followed by her was the Model Zarriya who's look wasn't only unique her walk was confident, you can feel she belonged there. While taking photos I noticed, her mother cheering her on - that was a moment for sure. It pays off to Walk In Your Royalty, just ask Zarriya. In a mad rush, the fashion show had ended on  such an outstanding note. Kisha hand in hand with her models. The SoulSlayze + The Movement LA Fashion Show was an exciting introduction to this Style Season. Filled with fashionistas looking to highlight their fits,to first time attendees of a fashion show looking to get a taste of the industry, to eager designers desiring the love from the crowd it was all there that night. We are looking forward to the next fashion show this season and only hope it can be as great as this one.

Photos By Evan Jackson

Photos by Monty Images

Sunday, September 17, 2017

2017 Primetime Emmys Preview

by Arlissa Norman
The 2017 Primetime Emmys are almost underway and there has been no shortage of press surrounding what the Television Academy got right... or wrong this year. But with new hit shows like Stranger Things and Atlanta up against category veterans like House of Cards and Black-ish, I think we can all agree that this year is shaping up to be one of the most competitive Emmy seasons in years.

And here at Young, Bold, and Regal, we're especially excited to see that some of our personal favorites have made the list. Tune in now as we countdown the top 5 things we're looking forward to seeing at the 2017 Emmys.

 Who Will Win Best Drama Series?
The Category for Best Drama Series may be the toughest of the night with five of the seven slots occupied by new shows. So who will come out on top?  It could be The Handmaid's Tale. The Hulu original has made a splashy debut with 13 total nominations including one for our girl Samira Wiley for Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series. Or will it be Netflix's break out hit, Stranger Things. With it's amazing cast and suspense filled storyline, the sci-fi thriller has already become a cult favorite after just one season. And we can't forget to mention NBC's This is Us, the heartfelt drama has had us all in our feelings as we tuned-in each week to laugh and cry (mostly cry) along with the Pearson Family. Honestly, I wish the Academy luck because between those 3 alone, I can't decide who I want to see take home the prize more! 

 Sterling K Brown for Best Actor in Drama Series
But what I do know is that I would love to see Sterling K Brown of This Is Us win for Best Actor in a Drama Series. Sterling plays Randall Pearson a black kid who was adopted by a white family. Season 1 chronicles Randall's experiences from childhood to adulthood. And after tragically losing his adoptive Father at a young age, Sterling's character takes us on an emotional roller coaster as he finally establishes a relationship with his biological father only to have it come to the same tragic end.

Sterling absolutely deserves the recognition for his outstanding performance.

 Donald Glover
While we are on the topic of outstanding performers, we have to talk about the multi-talented, Actor, Writer, Director, and ex-Rapper, Donald Glover. His hit comedy series Atlanta, follows two cousins on the come up of the Atlanta rap scene. Already in 2017, Donald has won the Golden Globe for his role as Earnest 'Earn' Marks and is now Emmy nominated in the categories of Best Comedy Series, Best Actor in a Comedy Series, Best Writing for Comedy Series, and Best Directing for Comedy Series.

I mean all I can say is that this dude is crazy talented and there is no way he is going home empty handed.

Tracee Ellis Ross for Best Actress in Comedy Series
Another comedienne hoping to go home with a golden statuette or two is our absolute fav, Tracee Ellis Ross. Nominated for her role as 'Bow' in ABC's Black-ish, this Queen has been killin' the game all year long. One of only five Black women to ever be nominated in her category, Tracee is well aware of the historical significance of her nomination.

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Only one Black woman as ever won and we're hoping that Tracee will be the second.

13th for Best Documentary or Non-Fiction Special
And speaking of historical significance we would be remised if we failed to acknowledge the powerful piece of work that is 13th. Directed by Ava DuVernay, this thought-provoking documentary features scholars, activists, and politicians as they analyze the criminalization of African Americans and the U.S. prison boom.

Spotlighting the injustices of the modern prison system and its connection to the 13th Amendment, this documentary has ignited a new dialogue surrounding a long-standing issue. With a total of 8 total nominations,13th deserves every single one.

Monday, September 4, 2017

2017 Dream Girl Luncheon

A beautiful occasion presented it's self with the 2017 Dream Girl Luncheon commencing on a Saturday morning. I had learned about the event from the red carpet host for the Dream Girl Luncheon, Actress Ciera Payton.The Dream Girl Luncheon celebrates women in the community and their philanthropic contributions as well as celebrating how they've dedicated their careers to empowering women. Weather it be through charitable organization's such as Actress Ciera Payton's non-profit Michael's Daughter or women & men being in a position to 'Dream Big' and foster that idea this was a ceremony for them. On the red carpet with my Young, Bold, And Regal Correspondent Ashley Allen leaned over and whispered in my ear "This is an amazing event!". It certainly was, with so much love and appreciation in the room you could not walk away from this event with out a feeling of mass gratitude. So far all the women who do get overlooked for their contributions then the Dream Girl Luncheon can be your home base. Every year they have a women of the year honoree, the network of women and their efforts are so strong you'll walk away with so much, and more importantly this is a type of event where you will be inspired the second you arrive to the moment you leave. 

Interview With Honoree Actor Chike Okonwko

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