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Viola Davis Covers ESSENCE [October ’13]



Viola Davis looks radiant on the October issue of ESSENCE magazine.

The Help star  chats it up with the editor about staying true to herself and love. She even reveals that her husband, Julius Tennon, was a gift from God after He answered her prayers.

On the type of man she wanted:

“I asked for a husband who was emotionally available, someone who was older, someone who maybe had a family before,” she says. “I like older men. Someone from the South. Someone who loves God more than he loves himself.”
On her prayers being answered soon after:
“I met my husband three and a half weeks later. “On one our first dates, he took me to church.”


On why she no longer wears wigs:
“I had to defend myself as an artist, but I found myself defending myself as a dark-skinned black woman in front of people who did not know my life,” she says. “I took my wig off because I no longer wanted to apologize for who I am.”

This issue of Essence is on newsstands today!

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Ellen DeGeneres to Host 2014 Oscars



After months of wondering, who would host the 2014 Oscars, someone has been chosen. None other than Ellen DeGeneres will host the awards show.

Academy Awards producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron announced the news on Friday.

“We are thrilled to have Ellen DeGeneres host the Oscars,” said Zadan and Meron in a statement. “As a longtime friend, we had always hoped to find a project for us to do together, and nothing could be more exciting than teaming up to do the Oscars. There are few stars today who have Ellen’s gift for comedy, with her great warmth and humanity. She is beloved everywhere, and we expect that the audience at the Dolby Theater, and in homes around the globe, will be as excited by this news as we are.”

And DeGeneres seems to be excited as well.

“I am so excited to be hosting the Oscars for the second time. You know what they say—the third time’s the charm,” she said in a statement.


Single Artwork: Lady Gaga “Applause”


Womens Wear Daily got the exclusive single artwork for Lady Gaga‘s song, “Applause.”

“I want to know. What do you see?” asks Lady Gaga.

The image in question is the cover of Gaga’s new single “Applause,” which is the lead single from her forthcoming album ARTPOP.

The photo of Gaga was shot by Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin.

According to WWD, “the photograph is colorful, emotional and theatrical, capturing Gaga with a Pierrot-esque face, her rainbow of makeup artfully smeared and her hair covered under a head wrap. ”

When asked to explain the image, Gaga replied, “I need to get your reading first,” she says. “Otherwise it’s not art.”

ARTPOP hits stores on November 11.

Original ‘Project Runway’ Winner Jay McCarroll Named Fashion Ambassador of Hamilton Mall


Original winner of Project RunwayJay McCarroll has been named Fashion Ambassador for Hamilton Mall for 2013 and 2014.

McCarroll will be hosting several events at the Hamilton Mall, beginning in August with the “Battle of the Runways,” aimed at back-to-school fashions. He will be designing a special T-shirt exclusively for Hamilton Mall, and will be writing an interactive column, “Ask Jay,” in the mall’s monthly newsletter.

MCCarroll’s first official appearance will be Friday, June 28, when he will be meeting and greeting shoppers at Never Too Spoiled, Hamilton Mall’s exclusive carrier of his amazing designs.

“This is an awesome opportunity for me,” said McCarroll, whose vast line of Apparel and Accessories products also is in the midst of a major expansion, including a fun and colorful line of socks. “I am really looking forward to being a part of the mall’s expansion and in taking the mall’s image to the next level. It really is going to be a special shopping destination for the area.”

He continues,“I love that Hamilton Mall has a very eclectic mix of shops. It offers an array of well-known international chain stores sharing the same space with some really great independent specialty shops. This makes for a very unique shopping experience. “

“This is indeed a very inspiring time for the Hamilton Mall,” says McCarroll, who also studied at the London College of Fashion. “I fully understand the concept of growing a brand and as the brand grows, more and more thrilling opportunities present themselves. I am very much looking forward to that exhilarating growth. I have seen the expansion plans and all I can say is, ‘Wow!’ Hamilton Mall really is ‘Making Waves!’”

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