What She Should Have Worn: Olga Kurylenko

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Olga Kurylenko has become something of a fashion darling over the last few years, people can’t wait to see what she’s going to wear next and some of the biggest names in fashion are vying to dress her. But that’s naturally what happens when someone has great style, and Olga is no exception, this French beauty has been seen in everything from a yellow gown covered in flower petals to a Valentino confection made of black leather and lace. But like all those who like to take style chances, sometimes they get it wrong. During Paris Fashion Week, Olga attended the Jean-Paul Gaultier show in a navy blue tulle skirt, black jacket, and black pumps. While the dark colors were beautiful against Olga’s dark hair and porcelain skin, there was just too much going on, and Olga seemed to get lost in the outfit. The skirt was a little too long, and the jacket looked like it may have been a size or two too big, completely overwhelming her gorgeous figure. Olga would have been better off choosing a shorter hem that would have shown off her amazing legs, and a cropped jacket with shorter sleeves that would have elongated her, making her appear taller. The part that Olga did get right were her black pumps and blue pendant necklace, they complete the look without making it look overdone.

Written by: Audrey Bonfig who received her B.A. in English and French from The Ohio State University in 2012 and is currently pursuing her M.S. in journalism at Ohio University. Her dream job is to be a writer for a fashion magazine, eventually working her way up to editor. When not keeping up-do-date on the latest trends, she enjoys Victorian novels, Tudor history, and Asian horror films.  She describes her personal style as “classic,” but always with a little bit of irony thrown in to keep things interesting! You can follow Audrey’s blog, “The Renaissance Chick.”

Black Hollywood History

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Celebrities in Black Hollywood are on fire! This talented class of artists continue to perfect their craft and fight for recognition among their peers.  African Americans undoubtedly contribute their creativity to the entertainment of the world. But, before modern day superstars there were great musicians and actors that paved the way – making it possible for us to enjoy the sensations we all know as household names. Cheers to African American entertainment greats in music, television, and film!

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Music

Before musical icons such as Beyonce, Whitney Houston, and Michael Jackson topped the charts there were a host of African American artists who paved the way with their music talents. We may be used to these aformentioned artists toping the charts but when Rock & Roll, Jazz, and Blues were king artists such as The Platters broke racial barriers as the first to reach the #1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 for their song “Smoke Gets in Your Eyes” in 1958.  Proceeding them were the Mills Brothers “Paper Doll” in 1943 as the first African AMerican artists to hit #1 on the Billboard charts and in 1950 Nat King Cole become the first African American solo singer to have a #1 hit on the Billboard charts for his song, “Mona Lisa.”
Perhaps the biggest accolade of any musician, is a Grammy win. Though modern day couple Beyonce and hubby Jay Z are two of the leading African Americans with the most Grammy wins, in 1959 Ella Fitzgerald and Count Basie became the first African-American Grammy Award winners. Ella won Best Female Vocal Performance for “But Not For Me” and Best Individual Jazz Performance for “Ella Swings Lightly.” For his role as a musical composer in the film Duke won two Grammys for Best Sound Track Album – Background Score from a motion picture and Best Musical Composition.
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Television

Many of us love leading ladies such as Kerry Washington and Gabrielle Union of Scandal and Being Mary Jane respectively. Their shows and talent have won accolades during this award season but before HD, DVR, and Internet television, African American actors paved the way for these lovelies to shine on the silver screen.  In 1939, Ethel Waters became the first African to star in her own television show, The Ethel Waters Show which aired on NBC.  Bob Howard was the first African American to star in a regularly scheduled network television series, The Bob Howard Show in 1948. That same year Amanda Randolph starred in the television show, The Laytons. Several years later, before his widely known success on The Cosby Show, Bill Cosby became the first African American to star in a network drama, I Spy, for which he would later be the first African American male to be nominated for and win a Primetime Emmy Award.

As a television actor, winning an Emmy is a golden moment where you are recognized by peers for your talent and artistry. Before Halle Berry, Lauretta Divine, and even Bill Cosby won their awards, African American actors proceeding them paved the way. Notably, Diahann Carroll was the first African American to be nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Continued Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Comedy Series in 1969. She was nominated for her role in Julia in which she became the first African American to play lead in a role outside of being a domestic. She won a Golden Globe for this same performance. Later, in 1979 Ester Rolle became the first African American and person to win an Emmy Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Miniseries.

Film

2013 marked an incredible year for Black films such as Fruitvale Station, 12 Years a Slave, and Mandella. Before big time actors such as Denzel Washington, Will Smith, Idris Elba, and Halle Berry commanded millions of dollars for their Blockbuster and award winning films, African American cinema stars years before led the way. Ethel Waters was a prominent actress with roles in such films as Pinky. Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee led the way for power couple movie stars like Will and Jada with their decades of film success. Remarkably, not only have African American actors blazed trails in their roles in front of the camera but also behind the scene. Before independent directors such as newcomer Ryan Coogler, or veterans such as John Singleton, and Spike Lee there was Oscar Micheaux. Widely credited as the first African American director, Micheaux made his cinematic debut with the silent film production of his famed book, Homesteaders in 1919. Before there was Tyler Perry Studios, Oscar founded the  Micheaux Film and Book Company to independently produce his own feature films and books.

The success of a movie star is crystalized by recognition from the Academy Award. Denzel Washington and Halle Berry  both made history with their 2001 Oscar wins. Before these greats were African American actors whose performances demanded the attention and recognition of the Academy.  In 1940, Hattie McDaniel was the first African American to win an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress in her role in the 1939 classic film, Gone with the Wind. In 1954 Dorothy Dandridge became the first African American women to be nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress for her role in Carmen Jones. Halle Berry would later win an Emmy, Golden Globe, and Screen Actors Guild Award for her role as Dorothy Dandridge. Sidney Poitier won an Academy Award for Best Actor in 1964 for his role in Lilies of the Field. During Denzel Washington’s own Oscar acceptance speech he stated about Poitier, “I’ll always be following in your footsteps, there is nothing I would rather do.”

Golden Globes 2014 Best Dressed

Ahh- award season is here, the Golden Globes being a perfect start. Whether you are pleased with the winners or a little disappointed that your favorites didn’t get a globe this year one thing is for sure “oohing” & “ahhing” over the red-carpet styles is a must.

The Winners for Best Dressed goes too…

For starters the always-hilarious Tina Fey & Amy Poehler looked amazing, Tina wearing Carolina Herrera & Amy in Stella McCartney.

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Zooey Daschanel in Oscar de la Renta takes us back to another era; from the beaded gown to the accessories is vintage perfection.

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Caitlin FitzGerald in Emelia Wickstead. The cut and color of this dress definitely stands out from the rest along with the pop of orange in her heels gives her a modern and flirty look.

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Cate Blanchett in Armani, this gown is flawless. The shoulder details and all over lace make for a slightly avant-garde and classy look.

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Emma Roberts in a very sophisticated Lanvin gown. The cut of this dress was perfection from the neckline to the flared bottom paired with turquoise earrings finished off the look.

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Michelle Dockery in Oscar de la Renta, the details in the dress are adorable and the slight high-low cut and gives her an elegant ball gown appeal.

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We hope you all enjoyed watching and are left feeling inspired. Share with us your favorite looks of the night just below!

Written by: Sydney Cologie dream “job” is doing PR for a fashion magazine or retail company. She enjoy reading my horoscope and am often spilling hot coffee on myself. Inspired by city life, swing sets, and oversized sweaters the world is her oyster. Making up new words & watching cartoons are just a few of her favorite pastimes along with buying unnecessary calendars and dreaming of owning a kitten.

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