How Rihanna’s Hairstylist Created Her Chic NAACP Image Awards Ponytail — Photos

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Allure spoke to Rihanna’s stylist, Yusef Williams, who gave details on how he created her long, mid-height ponytail with some truly gorgeous details. Here are the products and techniques he used to style the look she wore to accept the President’s Award.

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Jill Scott Had Every Celebrity Singing Along During NAACP Image Awards Performance

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Singer Jill Scott captivated the audience during Saturday night’s NAACP Image Awards.

Introduced by Tamron Hall, Scott performed a medley that included “The Way” and “Do You Remember,” looking radiant on stage at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium.

The singer brought stars like Cynthia Erivo, Sterling K. Brown, Ryan Michelle Bathe, and Tracee Ellis Ross to their feet during her performance, with the audience swaying and singing along to every lyric.

The awards ceremony was full of entertainment’s best and brightest stars, who walked the red carpet in eye-catching attire and glam hair and makeup.

Many winners were announced prior to the show, including Black-ish actress Marsai Martin, Beyoncé, and Blue Ivy, who won her first-ever NAACP Image Award for “Brown Skin Girl.”

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NAACP Image Awards 2020: Best Celebrity Manicures, Nail Art — Photos

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The stars’ talented manicurists and nail artists dreamt up colorful, sparkling, chicly simple sets on every imaginable length and shape. Didn’t feel like squinting to see the manicures? No worries — we were more than happy to get you the closeups. Scroll down and enjoy the prettiest, boldest, and most creative manicures of the 2020 NAACP Image Awards.

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The Best Looks From The From The 51st NAACP Image Awards

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This evening, Black Hollywood gathered together in Los Angeles, California to celebrate the 51st NAACP Image Awards. While many may consider awards season “over,” the NAACP red carpet was another reminder that there’s always an event for celebrities that calls for glam.

Tonight, our favorite A-listers like Lizzo, Angela Basset and, Tracee Ellis Ross stepped on the carpet in glammed-out looks. Every day we celebrate Black Excellence at ESSENCE but, award shows like the NAACP gives black entertainers a safe space to be uplifted while usually being isolated at other awards shows throughout the year.

Check out our favorite fashion moments from the 51st NAACP Image Awards below.

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The Best Beauty Looks From The 51st NAACP Image Awards

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The 51st NAACP Image Awards will air live tonight in a two hour special onBET at 8 PM. The celebration honoring the outstanding achievements of people of color in the arts will be hosted by five-time NAACP Image Award recipient, Anthony Anderson.

The ceremony will include performances by H.E.R and Jill Scott, and of course, consist of astar-studded red carpet.

Celebrities have already begun to pile in the Pasadena Civic Center Auditorium in California for this year’s event, donning beauty looks that are the essence of black excellence.

Check out the must-see hair and makeup looks in the gallery below.

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NAACP Image Awards 2020: Best Celebrity Hair, Makeup, and Beauty Looks — Photos

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While the NAACP Image Awards stand out from other award shows with its specific mission, it also fits right into award-show season with some of the most incredible hair and makeup looks you’ll see all year from celebrities like Lizzo, Tracee Ellis Ross, and Regina King.

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After Confusion And Lineup Changes, Lovers & Friends Festival Is Confirmed

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Twitter descended into chaos earlier this week after it was announced that stars like Lauryn Hill, Usher, Megan Thee Stallion, and Summer Walker would appear at Goldenvoice’s Lovers & Friends Festival on Friday, May 8.

Many remained uncertain about the validity of the festival after Lil Kim, Mase, and Twista took to social media to state that they would not be involved with the event.

However, Goldenvoice later confirmed to Variety that the festival is actually happening, “Our festival is 100% confirmed. Lineups are always subject to change.”

And things have changed. The event has added a second date, May 9, and the festival’s lineup has seen a few adjustments.

Following a discussion with Snoop Dogg, Lil Kim confirmed her appearance, tweeting on Thursday, “THE CHECK HAS CLEARED🙌🏼💸 Thank Uncle @SnoopDogg guys cause if it wasn’t for him this would not be happening but y’all know how much I love Cali and Uncle Snoop. See y’all May 9th, 2020!”

THE CHECK HAS CLEARED🙌🏼💸 Thank Uncle @SnoopDogg guys cause if it wasn’t for him this would not be happening but y’all know how much I love Cali and Uncle Snoop. See ya’ll May 9th, 2020! Tickets on sale TOMORROW‼ pic.twitter.com/R2m7vr3azS

— Lil’ Kim (@LilKim) February 20, 2020

And Twista later confirmed he’ll be hitting the stage at the festival as well.

Billboard reports that Doja Cat, Akon, Donell Jones, and Mya have been added to the initial Friday lineup, while Megan Thee Stallion, Monica, Next, and Ginuwine will now appear May 9.

Tickets for both dates have already sold out but those hoping to attend can join the waitlist at loversandfriendsfest.com.

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Gigi and Bella Hadid, Kendall Jenner, and Kaia Gerber Got Bangs for Versace — Photos

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At Versace’s Fall/Winter 2020 fashion show at Milan Fashion Week, both Gigi and Bella Hadid wore fringe that dipped down from their deeply parted ponytails. Kaia Gerber had more sparse pieces barely covering her forehead, and Kendall Jenner’s were the longest bangs of the bunch

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See This Exhibit Before It Goes: Black Girl Magic is on Display at The Met

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No one loves us, like us.

Black girls don’t regularly see themselves celebrated in mainstream spaces dedicated to the fine arts. In fact, the idea of walking into one of the world’s largest and most acclaimed art museums located on Manhattan’s affluent Upper East Side and seeing us on display, living unapologetically in our many colorful layers, from getting our hair flat ironed at the salon with a Biscuitville cup in the background to being a guest at a family birthday party where plastic cups are meticulously filled with ginger ale seems farfetched; even in 2020. And yet, that is just what you’ll find at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Pen, Lens & Soul: The Story of The Beautiful Project, on display until February 24.

“Damola” (2019) by Avery Patterson reveals black girlhood as an intimate and vibrant rite of passage. Credit: The Beautiful Project

Located within the Ruth and Harold D. Uris Center for Education at The Met, Pen, Lens & Soul includes a moving collection of photographs taken by girls ages 8 to 15 and a video installation “Dear Black Girl,” directed by Cristin Stephens. There’s even a sisterhood creed including the powerful prose, “I am determined to abandon jealously when it comes to you because you are me and when you receive, so do I. I recognize that my smile holds you up. My kind, sincere words encourage you to jump believing the net will appear.”

Photographer Jamaica Gilmer, the founder and executive director of The Beautiful Project, explains her dedication to those talented young shutterbugs who contributed to the exhibit, “When we had interns I would do my [photography] trainings anywhere, including my home and backyard.” The Howard University grad and mother of two told The New York Times, “We do this not to convince the world to see Black girls and women as dignified. We do this because we want to constantly acknowledge and see our own dignity.”

Founded in 2004, The Beautiful Project is a Durham, North Carolina–based collective of Black creatives and educators who encourage Black girls and women to be the caretakers of their images and needs in a safe space. Through writing, photography and programming, The Beautiful Project embraces Black girls within a loving community. Members of The Beautiful Project amplify the voices of Black girls and women, encouraging them to own conversations that are often about them but without them.

Credit: The Beautiful Project

Gratitude to Gilmer for helping to fill a void that many of us had, even unconsciously. A void filled with a desire to be seen, heard and respected simply for being us. Because representation matters and it especially matters for Black girls and women.

Pen, Lens & Soul is on display at The Met until February 24. More information about the exhibit including ticket details can be found here.

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Bill Signed Into Law Makes Go-go The Official Music Of D.C.

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Go-go music is now the official sound of D.C.

Mayor Muriel Bowser signed a bill into law on Wednesday making go-go the official music of the nation’s capital. Celebrating the moment, Bowser said during a rally, “Today, we’re going to let the world know that go-go is D.C.”

The news comes a year at the #DontMuteDC movement began, which was sparked when residents near a Metro PCS vendor complained about the store blasting go-go music.

The bill was introduced by D.C. council member Kenyan R. McDuffie in June, McDuffie called go-go “the very fabric of the city’s cultural and artistic expression.”

“To me, and so many other native Washingtonians, Go-go music has become so much more than just a musical genre,” the councilman said. “Designating Go-go the official music of the city signals to those who have been here and to those who continue to move here, that this music represents the lived experiences of native Washingtonians. It codifies into law that Go-Go will never be muted in the District of Columbia.”

#DCproud to officially have signed into law Go-Go as the OFFICIAL music of the District of Columbia. 🖊 Go-Go is the heartbeat of the District. Its rhythm gives life to our cultural soul.#DontMuteDC pic.twitter.com/QPVeUMRcqq

— Mayor Muriel Bowser (@MayorBowser) February 20, 2020

After signing the bill into law, Mayor Bowser tweeted, “Go-Go is the heartbeat of the District. Its rhythm gives life to our cultural soul.”

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