Sandra Oh one of our hosts for the evening in looks stunning.
Sandra Oh one of our hosts for the evening in looks stunning.
“Thank you, Reese. In 1964, I was a little girl sitting on the linoleum floor of my mother’s house in Milwaukee watching Anne Bancroft present the Oscar for best actor at the 36th Academy Awards. She opened the envelope and said five words that literally made history:” The winner is Sidney Poitier.” Up to the stage came the most elegant man I ever remembered. His tie was white, his skin was black—and he was being celebrated. I’d never seen a black man being celebrated like that. I tried many, many times to explain what a moment like that means to a little girl, a kid watching from the cheap seats as my mom came through the door bone tired from cleaning other people’s houses. But all I can do is quote and say that the explanation in Sidney’s performance in Lilies of the Field: “Amen, amen, amen, amen.”
In 1982, Sidney received the Cecil B. DeMille award right here at the Golden Globes and it is not lost on me that at this moment, there are some little girls watching as I become the first black woman to be given this same award. It is an honor—it is an honor and it is a privilege to share the evening with all of them and also with the incredible men and women who have inspired me, who challenged me, who sustained me and made my journey to this stage possible. Dennis Swanson who took a chance on me for A.M. Chicago. Saw me on the show and said to Steven Spielberg, she’s Sophia in ‘The Color Purple.’ Gayle who’s been a friend and Stedman who’s been my rock.
I want to thank the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. We know the press is under siege these days. We also know it’s the insatiable dedication to uncovering the absolute truth that keeps us from turning a blind eye to corruption and to injustice. To—to tyrants and victims, and secrets and lies. I want to say that I value the press more than ever before as we try to navigate these complicated times, which brings me to this: what I know for sure is that speaking your truth is the most powerful tool we all have. And I’m especially proud and inspired by all the women who have felt strong enough and empowered enough to speak up and share their personal stories. Each of us in this room are celebrated because of the stories that we tell, and this year we became the story.
But it’s not just a story affecting the entertainment industry. It’s one that transcends any culture, geography, race, religion, politics, or workplace. So I want tonight to express gratitude to all the women who have endured years of abuse and assault because they, like my mother, had children to feed and bills to pay and dreams to pursue. They’re the women whose names we’ll never know. They are domestic workers and farm workers. They are working in factories and they work in restaurants and they’re in academia, engineering, medicine, and science. They’re part of the world of tech and politics and business. They’re our athletes in the Olympics and they’re our soldiers in the military.
And there’s someone else, Recy Taylor, a name I know and I think you should know, too. In 1944, Recy Taylor was a young wife and mother walking home from a church service she’d attended in Abbeville, Alabama, when she was abducted by six armed white men, raped, and left blindfolded by the side of the road coming home from church. They threatened to kill her if she ever told anyone, but her story was reported to the NAACP where a young worker by the name of Rosa Parks became the lead investigator on her case and together they sought justice. But justice wasn’t an option in the era of Jim Crow. The men who tried to destroy her were never persecuted. Recy Taylor died ten days ago, just shy of her 98th birthday. She lived as we all have lived, too many years in a culture broken by brutally powerful men. For too long, women have not been heard or believed if they dare speak the truth to the power of those men. But their time is up. Their time is up.
Their time is up. And I just hope—I just hope that Recy Taylor died knowing that her truth, like the truth of so many other women who were tormented in those years, and even now tormented, goes marching on. It was somewhere in Rosa Parks’ heart almost 11 years later, when she made the decision to stay seated on that bus in Montgomery, and it’s here with every woman who chooses to say, “Me too.” And every man—every man who chooses to listen.
In my career, what I’ve always tried my best to do, whether on television or through film, is to say something about how men and women really behave. To say how we experience shame, how we love and how we rage, how we fail, how we retreat, persevere, and how we overcome. I’ve interviewed and portrayed people who’ve withstood some of the ugliest things life can throw at you, but the one quality all of them seem to share is an ability to maintain hope for a brighter morning, even during our darkest nights. So I want all the girls watching here, now, to know that a new day is on the horizon! And when that new day finally dawns, it will be because of a lot of magnificent women, many of whom are right here in this room tonight, and some pretty phenomenal men, fighting hard to make sure that they become the leaders who take us to the time when nobody ever has to say ‘Me too’ again.” Oprah Winfrey
I know for sure love wins every time. Thank you for inspiring all of us.
Andrea Price #beachiebeautyapproved
Day two of our llblognotaconf we start off with continental breakfast in the poolside meeting room with an amazing view. We were given our itinerary for the day, Carrie Thiess the owner shared the wonderful story of how Hofsas House is now celebrating 70 years. Read more here.
After the wonderful stories of Hofsas House, the next panel successful writing & partnerships workshop taught us a bit about asking the right public relations agencies for business. The best thing we could have done of our blog is take this sitting. Kelly had some pretty great insights on how you should have your pitch letters ready to send out your current travel dates to different pr companies you wish to work with in order to get great assignments. She also mentioned that when asking for the work that its stickily business. Dress the part, ask lots of questions. Be sure that the company you’re potentially working for be in a position to give you more work. Take great photo’s of the sponsoring property and if you need anything or have an issue address it with the head person in charge. So many other tips were shared in the workshop that were valuable and it was a delight to be in the room. As our workshop came to a close, we headed out to a place called Carmel Belle for lunch.
Carmel Belle is a small cafe down the way that has light bits from sandwiches to salads and specialty drinks. The spread was really nice, the people were happy to be there and the love of food brought us all together.
Everything was really good, and very thoughtful. A special thank you to Carmel Belle for their hospitality. Enjoy more delectable photos from our lunch. This trip was sponsored all opinions are my own.
A shout out to our organizer Padma Media from the Lifestyle Bloggers Collective and to the sponsors of this event thank you.
Los Angeles , CA – Join the conversation on Thursday, March 23, 2017 with Founder & Political Strategist Kenya T. Parham, alongside known Rapper, Actor, and Activist, David Banner,NBC BLK Host & The Hollywood Reporter Commentator Jarrett Hill , Shavone Charles, Head of Global Music & Youth Culture Communications at Instagram and VH1 Host & Access Hollywood Correspondent Nina Parker for the 3rd installment of Parlay: An Urban Think Tank On Civic Engagement at Baldwin Hills Crenshaw on the Macy’s Bridge.
The powerful discussion will feature stakeholders that elevate the discourse about how best to leverage social influence to amass lasting political power in the Black community, and discuss the resources paramount to Black thrival in 2017 & beyond! 400+ Millennial & Gen-X influencers of color expected to be in attendance, vendors, soundtrack mixed live by DJ Malski, interactive photo booth & delicious eats from local farm-to-table minority owned eateries. Parlay: LIVE will be streamed on Facebook Live on Parlay’s facebook page (fb.com/weparlay).
RSVP is required: CLICK THIS LINK TO RSVP
Parlay is seeking to reframe the narrative around civic engagement in the Black community. Take their poll here → https://goo.gl/forms/YQyz251UU7Zw4kNg1
Be sure to check out there website for more information. Take part in the discussion. #beachiebeautyapproved
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Its my favorite time of year, the 18th Annual Newport Beach Film Festival is back. I do have to admit I must beat my record of 24 films to at least 30 this year. With over 300 films in the archive I cannot wait to indulge in the festivities.
Celebrated as one of the leading lifestyle film festivals in the United States, the Newport Beach Film Festival seeks to bring to Southern California the best of classic and contemporary film making from around the world. Committed to enlightening the public with a first-class international film program, a forum for cultural understanding and enriching educational opportunities, the NBFF showcases a diverse collection of studio and independent films from around the globe. Come out to see what the love of film is all about. Be sure to pick up your tickets in advance. For shows, dates and times. Visit their website. www.NewportBeachFilmFest.com
Watch the trailer for an in-depth view of whats to come. Newport Beach Film Festival
A special Thank you to the Newport Beach Film Festival for the invite. #beachiebeautyapproved
Keep on dancing (KOD) was founded by Bo Gao in Beijing, China with mission of aspiring people to dance. It was introduced in China and South Korea in order to create a movement that spread the world over. This April experience dancers from USA, China, Korea, Japan, Russia, France, Canada & Germany compete for their chance to win $100,000. Dance is coming to California with the best in the business. Be sure to check out all teams when they come to town.
Teams from 8 countries will battle with styles like hip hop. breaking, pop & locking with special guests Busta Ryhmes, WC, Just Blaze Fingazz, Rosco, McJin, SeanRhee, hosted by BMIKEROB and more.
The finals is going down April 8th at the Honda Center in Anaheim, CA. Get your tickets here www.wkod.com
Hope to see you there. #beachiebeautyapproved