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Getting older doesn’t mean the only benefit is getting wiser. All it takes is a scroll through social media to spot the seniors who are consistently on point with their fashion and beauty choices. Aging gracefully and stylishly is an option. (And we all know “Black don’t crack!”) Get inspired by these snatched celebs over 60 who slay us all daily.
Raven-Symoné Didn’t Love “The Wiz Live!” But You Probably Already Knew That: “I Miss The Original People”
I’m sure you already heard from Veronica Wells that The Wiz Live! gave most who watched it quite a bit of life. The songs, the dancing, the costumes–it exceeded the expectations of most The Wiz fans who tuned in.
Except for one. And you already know who you can count on to be that voice of dissent.
The ladies of The View briefly discussed the few people/trolls who took issue with the production having an all-Black cast, but before talking about that, they shared their opinions of the show. Raven-Symoné was the only one who wasn’t crazy about it. After Candace Cameron Bure had said that she thought the performances were “fantastic,” Symoné responded with “I’m a little different,” before going on to say that nothing could beat “the originals,” as she called Diana Ross and Michael Jackson.
“I have such a high bar in standard for The Wiz, being that it was Diana Ross, Michael Jackson and Stephanie Mills, that when I went into it I was like, ‘Let’s go!’ And then I just…I miss Michael. I miss Diana.”
When asked if she was saying she was disappointed with the live show, Symoné said, “I’m not going to say that word out loud,” and remarked that “I just miss the people that originated those roles.”
She continued, “It’s a hard act to follow. I loved the costumes, and I thought the singing on certain new songs and old songs were great, but on an overall, I just want to say, I miss the original people.”
But you know Twitter wasn’t having any of what Symoné was trying to serve. Those who enjoyed the show had to remind her that the live production was not based on the 1978 film, but on the Broadway play, which came to the Majestic Theater in 1975 (but started in Baltimore in 1974). So no, sis, Diana Ross, and Michael Jackson weren’t “the originals” after all.
You know Symoné just has to be the one who doesn’t like something everyone else (i.e., Black folks) rave about. But in an interesting plot twist, she did shut down those who said that the cast being full of Black people is racist.
“But can we bring up the fact that there were no Black people in the original Wizard of Oz. That’s why it was created!”
Now and then I see flickers of hope in Symoné, that she hasn’t completely gone over to the dark side. But for the most part, I think we’ve all come to the conclusion that her foray into trolldom will be a long-term thing.
What did you think of The Wiz Live!? Do you agree with Symoné or were you as impressed as we were by the live NBC production?
Moms, when else can you rock big hair, tons of sequins, and disco makeup? Ok, besides the PTA meeting…
Go all out in this stunning Diana Ross Halloween costume and follow Refinery29’s super helpful tutorial!
Enter: actress and singer Amber Stevens-West. (Perhaps you remember her as Ashleigh on Greek?)
The 22 Jump Street star put herself in the very capable hands of makeup artist Sutan Amrull to transform into Diana Ross — right in front of their camera. Inspired by this iconic photo of Diana by Harry Langdon (circa 1970), the theme is disco: big earrings, big wigs, and big eyes.
Watch the video for Halloween costume inspiration via these awesome makeup tips:
For the outfit, glamour was always important to Diana and we hear that she even planned to be a fashion designer before the music thing took off. In the early days of The Supremes—long before Motown started supplying couture gowns—Diana was the one who designed and made the dresses, supervised the hair and makeup, and created the overall high-fashion look that was the group’s signature.
You can to complete the glam look with:
1. A gold beaded gown. This is a great dress, all the more so because it actually looks like something from the 60s.
2. A Diana Ross hair. If your own hair won’t do, wig it.
3. Big statement earrings. They have to stand out with the hair.
Zendaya Coleman is Mane Addicts’ latest mane muse, a picture-heavy feature where selected models channel hair icons.
The multifaceted 19-year-old has only been on the scene for a short period of time, but she’s been slaying the entertainment industry with her acting skills, fresh fashion and banging beauty choices. In particular, Coleman has been one to confidently rock various hairstyles ranging from cute, cropped pixie cuts to long-flowing extensions to her natural curls.
For the mane muse shoot, Zendaya portrays several decades of beauty, channeling some of our favorite hair icons. “Zendaya is fearless. She’s a creator’s dream,” said celebrity hairstylist, Larry Sims, who executed the hair looks for the shoot.
One of Coleman’s most notable looks from the shoot pays homage to awe-striking icon Grace Jones. “It was an old style, a high top fade. It was an homage to the era Zendaya grew up in. She’s so in tune with what’s new, what’s fashion, but the high top fade is so left from what she’s done before, Sims explained.
Zendaya’s funky flair for fashion shined bright in her portrait that was inspired by popstress Cher. “We wanted to create the bone straight, parted down the middle, chic vibe. It could be described as a modern day Janis Joplin. We kind of did a version of this at the AMA’s a few years back when she wore an all-white ensemble, but we haven’t revisited it for quite a few years,” said Sims.
In the last shot, Zendaya striked a pose in a floral print trouser suit giving Diana Ross and Brooke Shields vibes. To create this volumious look, Larry cut two wigs to create the big and wild shape giving a Ross and Shields tease. “I used color spray in Zendaya’s hair to blend them with the wigs,” Sims dished. “We teased it with the height and just went there! Threw a little wind on it and it was good to go!”
Upon completion of the shoot, the beauty-obsessed website asked the budding starlet what advice she would give teens who want to experiment with their looks. Coleman offered, “Go for it! With beauty and fashion, I think everyone should just try to create their own. Don’t try to fit into a mold that doesn’t exist. We each have our own form of beauty, and that’s really special.”
Well said, Zendaya!
The 2015 MTV Video Music Awards is right around the corner, and if the promos are any indications, the show is probably going to one of the most talked about television events of the summer. The VMAs are where both big moments happen and stars are made. Let’s take a look at 15 of the most epic VMA moments, ever.
When I first saw the news that Tracee Ellis Ross was remaking her mother’s “Work That Body” video. I thought she was doing so just because her mother is so amazing and she wants to, in some respects, follow in her footsteps.
And while that’s a part of it, there’s a deeper meaning behind why she chose this particular video from Mama Ross’ catalog.
She explained in a short essay on her website.
I decided to recreate my Mom’s Work That Body video from 1981 as a fun experiment and a surprise for my mama! And ODE to her! While she has so, so many incredible moments to choose from, this one had an impact on me. At first I wasn’t sure why, but in true “Tracee” fashion I became a little obsessed. I like to study these things until I am clear about what I’m seeing, what it’s making me feel, and why.
I am keenly aware of how we as women (and most specifically women of color) are presented and portrayed in media and how we present ourselves. And here was my mama from almost 30 years ago on the surface doing something that often snags me in videos today but why did I feel differently about it?
Of course it’s fun to watch because its my mom looking stupid gorgeous (she was 36 and already had 3 kids -Rhonda, Chudney and I- by the time she shot this!! I mean, WHAT?!??!?!) and it’s a celebration of music and style and the 80’s. But, there is something more.
I was watching and thinking: why does watching this woman dancing around in barely any clothes with her tush to the camera make me feel joyful and empowered when the same kind of image in most music videos today doesn’t give me that feeling? I know this is my mom… so obviously I’m projecting a connection and I know it was a different time, it was the 80’s. But still, it didn’t feel like she was dancing as a presentation of herself or like she was offering up her bits, which I feel like most videos are these days. Often in today’s images (moving and still), we are being objectified or we objectifying ourselves. I think it is meant to be an empowered act, a reclaiming of our bodies. But that is not always what it feels like to me. I am not intending to judge, just exploring with curiosity.
And then it hit me: My mom felt whole and connected …and in her body in this video. I have spoken before about encouraging women to shift our gaze from how we are seen to how we are seeing and, more important, feeling. And I saw a woman feeling joyful in herself as a whole being; she didn’t seem to be presenting her ass or saying look at all the ways I can make myself look appealing to YOU. She seems to be saying, “this is ME feeling good and I am strong and sexy and joyful in ME”!
So, I decided to recreate the video and try to feel the joy of being in my body while offering up tribute to my glorious mother. Hope you have as much fun watching it as I did recreating it, but most of all I hope it inspires you to find and be in the joy of your own body!
We’re all here for a little body positivity. And I think the discussion about empowering body images rather than demeaning ones, simply for the pleasure of men.
Peep the recreation in the video below.
Mahogany came out a little bit before my time. Still, I had always heard so much talk about how classic the piece was. And since the film is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, I decided to see what all the hype was about. If we’re being honest here, it’s far from classic film. Still, the movie is iconic, in several ways, for several reasons. So in honor of its anniversary and the doors it opened for other Black actresses and directors, we’re sharing a few secrets you might not have known.
A lot of people get excited about the Grammys, which are airing this Sunday on CBS. But considering the many people whose work was or has been snubbed for deserved awards, we’ll just be tuning in to watch performances and talk about them with you. Since the very talented individuals on this list didn’t win Grammys when they were nominated, we won’t hold our breath believing that true talent will beat out popularity.
Here are 10 artists we were surprised to find out never won a Grammy.
While Berry was given the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1984, the rock and roll pioneer never won a Grammy beforehand or after.
Tracee Ellis Ross has truly paved her own way. So much so, that it’s sometimes easy to forget that she’s the daughter of iconic singer Diana Ross. During a recent Q&A with the New York Times, the “black-ish” actress opened up about life in the Ross household, why she refuses to adapt to Hollywood and her signature ‘fro. Check out some highlights from her interview below.
On how and why “black-ish” scenes are scheduled around her hair:
“I play a doctor, so my hair has to be back when I’m in scrubs. I wouldn’t be at the hospital with my natural big hair out, so I usually have a bun. They try to schedule a lot of those scenes in the same day, so we don’t have to go from having my hair out to having it in. You can’t go from a bun to out and expect to look gorgeous.”
On her reference for natural hair growing up:
“For me, it was my mom, first and foremost. She is always saying to me, ‘The bigger the better.’”
On how women respond to her natural hair:
“Women are asked to put forward, to a certain extent, a mask. And for black women, that has taken on greater significance, because the standard of beauty has not necessarily had the space for different definitions of beauty. I’m trying to find my own version of what makes me feel beautiful.”
On growing up close to Hollywood and why she doesn’t try to adapt:
“I don’t know. I just really strongly promote pushing against this culture of perfection. I mean, I’m sorry, for me, Spanx don’t feel good. I’ve tried one of those waist-trainer things on — that hurt like the bejesus. I could barely get it closed, and I bought the size bigger than they said I should buy. I mean, this [expletive] hurt. I couldn’t wear it for longer than 10 minutes. People are sleeping in them!”
On being raised by Diana Ross:
“Well, my mom was very glamorous, but that was her work world. Our home was filled with beautiful things. My mom had beautiful clothes; my mom is elegant; my mom is glamorous. But my mom is also really real, and I grew up with a mother who had babies crawling on her head and spitting up on her when she was wearing gorgeous, expensive things, and it was never an issue.”
Read Tracee’s full interview here.
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Ashlee Simpson’s coming out … she wants the world to know … that Diana Ross is her mother-in-law — so she’s legally taking her name, or she’s trying to anyway.
Here’s the deal — yes, Ashlee married Diana’s son Evan Ross back in August, but legally his name is Evan Naess … his father’s last name. Now, Evan and Ashlee want to leap into Rossville together.
They’ve filed a request to change their last names to Ross-Naess. Why the switch? They are expecting their first child, but since they already have the same last name — Naess — that can’t be it.
Read more about Ashlee Simpson and her mother in law Diana Ross at TMZ.com