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Ellah and her Walk on Fame

By Carolina Benjumea Rúa

From beauty queen, to reality star, to the leading role in a soap opera, Stellah Nantumbwe, more known as Ellah, has made a name for herself and has made her way to stardom.

With a succesfull TV show that airs on NTV, the former Miss Uganda has trascended and left her beauty peagent days behind to become part of Uganda’s entertainment business. A normal day in her life is on set filming her tv series, Second Chance, that has been running for the last seven months and where she plays the role of Isabel, “it’s been an amazing opportunity and it’s such a high energy environment… I’m so happy to say we have overwhelming support from the viewers and are currently the most watched show on prime time”, she said.

A big show and big success bring along a public image that sometimes is hard to control, even for herself, and is a problem that most of celebrities have to deal with, scandals and most of all, lies and false rumors, what’s her way to stay away from it? Like Ellah said, she prefers keeping her private life in private, but that doesn’t keep people away from making up all kind of crazy stories about her, “I’m always dating, engaged or married to people without my knowledge… I try not to let it bother me too much”. But what about Seya’s son? The latest gossip is that she is dating him, is that rumor truth? According to Ellah it is totally false “I’m not dating Seya’s son. If I ever truly feel the need to share that part of my life with the public, I’d do it on my social media platforms or through my management team”.

However that much popularity comes also with big responsabilites, not everyone has the chance to be in the media everyday, and not everyone has been able to create a strong and powerful voice like celebrities do. Recently we have seen many celebrities involved in organizations and movements that promotes good causes, whether is political, environmental, feminism or other matters, they are using their voice to make a change in the world. When it comes to Ellah she believes that celebrities are obligated to stand for something, “when you’re in the public eye people look up to you, sometimes your opinion can inspire movements. I think if you have been blessed enough to lead, lead with a purpose”.

Ellah assures that the reality of her life might be a little too different than what she has to project in her job or to the public, saying that normally she is very shy, even if it doesn’t seem like she is, and she prefers having a close circle of friends around her, and has no intentions to change that, and with a really loud laugh she also admitted she likes to dance in her free time. In entertainment business might be a little bit tricky to find a balance in life, what’s her key to do that? “a strong support system to keep you levelled”she answered, her mom as her number one fan and her family that have always supported her through her career.

Her childhood dream became truth in 2013 when she was crowned Miss Uganda, and this was also the beginning of her promising career. Beauty pageants have been criticized over the years and have been scrutinized by several organizations claiming that these contests have created false stereotypes for women. An article called “Beauty pageants are embarrassing – even if you name the right winner” written by Jessica Valenti and published by www.theguardian.com says: “The pageants themselves – in addition to the explicitly vacuous swimsuit competition – have policies and rules that make clear women’s worth is very much dependent on her sexuality and ability to perform a narrow model of proper femininity”.

But Ellah, as a former contestant and as someone who lived in her own skin this experience, has a different point of view about it stating “I don’t think beauty pageants only focus on looks; brains and intellect are just as important, that´s why a winner is chosen solely on their ability to answer a question. Beauty with a purpose is the slogan… is a platform to help others”. Being crowned beauty queen comes with a really big responsabilites , specially because they become the international representation of the country, so is also a way to show all the wonders and good things their country has. As the face of Uganda she claims that she would love showing to the world the people of her country, their happiness and adventurous spirit. The diverse eco system and the wildlife the country has, “Uganda is truly the Pearl of África”.

When it comes to goals, she hasn’t stopped dreaming yet, she is still working everyday on new projects and new purposes; we might see her in the future with her own clothing brand, or experiencing new opportunities in other countries. One thing she is sure about is that right now she feels genuinly happy to be doing what she loves.

Recap of Critics’ Choice Awards 2016

 
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Rosie Huntington-Whiteley (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)

“SPOTLIGHT” NAMED BEST PICTURE AT

21ST ANNUAL CRITICS’ CHOICE AWARDS

“MAD MAX: FURY ROAD” LANDS NINE AWARDS

“FARGO” LEADS TELEVISION RECIPIENTS WITH FOUR AWARDS

 

(Los Angeles, CA – January 17, 2016) – The Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA) and Broadcast Television Journalists Association (BTJA) announced the winners of the 21st Annual Critics’ Choice Awards tonight, live from the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica. The show aired on A&E, Lifetime and LMN at 8PM ET/ 5PM PT and was hosted by actor and comedian T.J. Miller.

The 21st Annual Critics' Choice Awards - Backstage And Audience

 

SANTA MONICA, CA - JANUARY 17:  Amy Schumer and  Host T. J. Miller attend the 21st Annual Critics' Choice Awards at Barker Hangar on January 17, 2016 in Santa Monica, California.  (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)

“Spotlight” was named Best Picture and garnered two additional wins including Best Acting Ensemble and Best Original Screenplay. “Mad Max: Fury Road,” the most nominated film of the evening, won nine awards including Best Director for George Miller, Best Production Design for Colin Gibson, Best Editing for Margaret Sixel, Best Costume Design for Jenny Beavan, Best Hair & Makeup, Best Visual Effects, Best Action Movie, Tom Hardy for Best Actor in an Action Movie, and Charlize Theron for Best Actress in an Action Movie.

 

Leonardo DiCaprio was named Best Actor for his turn in “The Revenant,” while Brie Larson took home the Best Actress trophy for her role in “Room”. In the supporting categories, Sylvester Stallone won for his return as the iconic Rocky Balboa in “Creed,” and Alicia Vikander was recognized for her work in “The Danish Girl”.

 

Nominated for eight awards, the most of any series, Fargo (FX Networks) took home four trophies including Best Movie Made for Television or Limited Series. Kirsten Dunst won for Best Actress in a Movie Made for Television or Limited Series, Jesse Plemons for Best Supporting Actor in a Movie Made for Television or Limited Series, and Jean Smart for Best Supporting Actress in a Movie Made for Television or Limited Series. Mr. Robot (USA) followed close behind with three wins for Best Drama Series, Best Actor in a Drama Series (Rami Malek), and Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series (Christian Slater). Master of None (Netflix) won for Best Comedy Series.

The 21st Annual Critics' Choice Awards - Press Room

SANTA MONICA, CA - JANUARY 17: Actress Kirsten Dunst, winner of Best Actress in a Movie/Limited Series for 'Fargo', poses in the press room during the 21st Annual Critics' Choice Awards at Barker Hangar on January 17, 2016 in Santa Monica, California.  (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

 

As announced previously, Amy Schumer received the “Critics’ Choice MVP Award” celebrating her acclaimed work on both television and film, which was presented to the actress, writer and producer by Judd Apatow. J.J. Abrams presented the “Critics’ Choice Genius Award” to Industrial Light & Magic (ILM), which was recognized for its 40 years of revolutionizing filmmaking.

 

“The Critics' Choice Awards” are bestowed annually by the BFCA and BTJA to honor the finest in cinematic and television achievement. The BFCA is the largest film critics' organization in the United States and Canada, representing more than 300 television, radio and online critics. BFCA members are the primary source of information for today's film-going public. BTJA is the collective voice of almost 100 journalists who regularly cover television for TV viewers, radio listeners and online audiences. Historically, the “Critics' Choice Awards” are the most accurate predictor of the Academy Award nominations.

The 21st Annual Critics' Choice Awards - Red CarpetSANTA MONICA, CA - JANUARY 17:  Rachel McAdams attends the 21st Annual Critics' Choice Awards at Barker Hangar on January 17, 2016 in Santa Monica, California.  (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)

 

 

A&E Networks partnered with the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA) and the Broadcast Television Journalists Association (BTJA) to become the exclusive home to the 2015 “Critics' Choice Movie Awards” and “Critics' Choice Television Awards.”  That partnership continues in 2016, with the newly formatted three-hour ceremony that brings together both sets of accolades, and for years to come.

 

“The 21st Annual Critics’ Choice Awards” were produced by Bob Bain Productions and Berlin Entertainment.  BFCA/BTJA are represented by WME and Dan Black of Greenberg Traurig.

 

About BFCA/BTJA

The Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA) is the largest film critics organization in the United States and Canada, representing more than 300 television, radio and online critics. The Broadcast Television Journalists Association (BTJA) is a partner organization made up of TV, radio and Internet journalists who cover television on a regular basis. For more information, visit: www.CriticsChoice.com

 

About A&E

Now reaching more than 96 million homes, A&E is the home to quality original content that inspires and challenges audiences to BE ORIGINAL. A&E offers a diverse mix of uniquely immersive entertainment ranging from the network’s original scripted series, including “Bates Motel” and “Damien” to signature non-fiction franchises, including “Duck Dynasty,” “Wahlburgers” and “Storage Wars.” The A&E website is located at aetv.com. Follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/aetv and Facebook at facebook.com/AETV. For more press information and photography, please visit us at press.aenetworks.com.

 

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WINNERS OF THE 21ST ANNUAL CRITICS’ CHOICE AWARDS

FILM:

BEST PICTURE – “Spotlight”

 

BEST ACTOR – Leonardo DiCaprio, “The Revenant”

 

BEST ACTRESS – Brie Larson, “Room”

 

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR – Sylvester Stallone, “Creed”

The 21st Annual Critics' Choice Awards - Press Room

SANTA MONICA, CA - JANUARY 17:  Actor Sylvester Stallone, winner of Best Supporting Actor for 'Creed', poses in the press room during the 21st Annual Critics' Choice Awards at Barker Hangar on January 17, 2016 in Santa Monica, California.  (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

 

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS – Alicia Vikander, “The Danish Girl”

 

BEST YOUNG ACTOR/ACTRESS – Jacob Tremblay, “Room”

The 21st Annual Critics' Choice Awards - Press Room

SANTA MONICA, CA - JANUARY 17:  Actor Jacob Tremblay, winner of Best Young Actor for 'Room', poses in the press room during the 21st Annual Critics' Choice Awards at Barker Hangar on January 17, 2016 in Santa Monica, California.  (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

 

BEST ACTING ENSEMBLE – “Spotlight”

 

BEST DIRECTOR – George Miller, “Mad Max: Fury Road”

 

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY – Josh Singer and Tom McCarthy, “Spotlight”

 

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY – Charles Randolph and Adam McKay, “The Big Short”

 

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY – Emmanuel Lubezki, “The Revenant”

 

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN – Colin Gibson, “Mad Max: Fury Road”

 

BEST EDITING – Margaret Sixel, “Mad Max: Fury Road”

 

BEST COSTUME DESIGN – Jenny Beavan, “Mad Max: Fury Road”

 

BEST HAIR & MAKEUP – “Mad Max: Fury Road”

 

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS – “Mad Max: Fury Road”

 

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE – “Inside Out”

 

BEST ACTION MOVIE – “Mad Max: Fury Road”

 

BEST ACTOR IN AN ACTION MOVIE – Tom Hardy, “Mad Max: Fury Road”

 

BEST ACTRESS IN AN ACTION MOVIE – Charlize Theron, “Mad Max: Fury Road”

 

 

BEST COMEDY – “The Big Short”

 

BEST ACTOR IN A COMEDY – Christian Bale, “The Big Short”

 

BEST ACTRESS IN A COMEDY – Amy Schumer, “Trainwreck”

 

BEST SCI-FI/HORROR MOVIE – “Ex Machina”

 

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM – “Son of Saul”

 

BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE – “Amy”

 

BEST SONG – “See You Again”, Charlie Puth and Wiz Khalifa, “Furious 7”

 

BEST SCORE – Ennio Morricone, “The Hateful Eight”

 

TELEVISION:

BEST ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES – Jeffrey Tambor, Transparent, Amazon

 

BEST ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES – Rami Malek, Mr. Robot, USA

The 21st Annual Critics' Choice Awards - Press Room

 

SANTA MONICA, CA - JANUARY 17:  Actor Rami Malek, winner of Best Actor in a Drama Series for 'Mr. Robot', poses in the press room during the 21st Annual Critics' Choice Awards at Barker Hangar on January 17, 2016 in Santa Monica, California.  (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

BEST ACTOR IN A MOVIE MADE FOR TELEVISION OR LIMITED SERIES – Idris Elba, Luther, BBC America

 

BEST ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES – Rachel Bloom, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, The CW

 

BEST ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES – Carrie Coon, The Leftovers, HBO

 

BEST ACTRESS IN A MOVIE MADE FOR TELEVISION OR LIMITED SERIES – Kirsten Dunst, Fargo, FX Networks

 

BEST COMEDY SERIESMaster of None, Netflix

 

BEST DRAMA SERIESMr. Robot, USA

 

BEST GUEST ACTOR/ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES – Timothy Olyphant, The Grinder, Fox

 

BEST GUEST ACTOR/ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES – Margo Martindale, The Good Wife, CBS

 

BEST MOVIE MADE FOR TELEVISION OR LIMITED SERIESFargo, FX Networks

 

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES – Andre Braugher, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Fox

 

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES – Christian Slater, Mr. Robot, USA

 

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A MOVIE MADE FOR TELEVISION OR LIMITED SERIES – Jesse Plemons, Fargo, FX Networks

 

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES – Mayim Bialik, The Big Bang Theory, CBS

The 21st Annual Critics' Choice Awards - Press RoomSANTA MONICA, CA - JANUARY 17:  Actress Mayim Bialik, winner of Best Supporting Actress for 'The Big Bang Theory', poses in the press room during the 21st Annual Critics' Choice Awards at Barker Hangar on January 17, 2016 in Santa Monica, California.  (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

 

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES – Constance Zimmer, UnREAL, Lifetime

 

The 21st Annual Critics' Choice Awards - Press Room

ANUARY 17:  Actress Constance Zimmer, winner of Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for 'UnREAL', poses in the press room during the 21st Annual Critics' Choice Awards at Barker Hangar on January 17, 2016 in Santa Monica, California.  (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A MOVIE MADE FOR TELEVISION OR LIMITED SERIES – Jean Smart, Fargo, FX Networks

 

BEST ANIMATION SERIESBoJack Horseman, Netflix

 

BEST REALITY SHOW – COMPETITIONThe Voice, NBC

 

BEST REALITY SHOW HOST – James Lipton, Inside the Actors Studio, Bravo

 

BEST STRUCTURED REALITY SHOWShark Tank, ABC

 

BEST TALK SHOWLast Week Tonight with John Oliver, HBO

 

BEST UNSTRUCTURED REALITY SHOWAnthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown, CNN

 

 

WINNERS BY PICTURE FOR THE 21st ANNUAL CRITICS’ CHOICE AWARDS

 

AMY (1)

Best Documentary Feature

 

THE BIG SHORT (3)

Best Adapted Screenplay – Charles Randolph and Adam McKay

Best Comedy

Best Actor in a Comedy – Christian Bale

 

CREED (1)

Best Supporting Actor – Sylvester Stallone

 

THE DANISH GIRL (1)

Best Supporting Actress – Alicia Vikander

 

EX MACHINA (1)

Best Sci-Fi/Horror Movie

 

FURIOUS 7 (1)

Best Song – “See You Again”, Charlie Puth and Wiz Khalifa

 

THE HATEFUL EIGHT (1)

Best Score – Ennio Morricone

 

INSIDE OUT (1)

Best Animated Feature

 

MAD MAX: FURY ROAD (9)

Best Director – George Miller

Best Production Design – Colin Gibson

Best Editing – Margaret Sixel

Best Costume Design – Jenny Beavan

Best Hair & Makeup

Best Visual Effects

Best Action Movie

Best Actor in an Action Movie – Tom Hardy

Best Actress in an Action Movie – Charlize Theron

 

THE REVENANT (2)

Best Actor – Leonardo DiCaprio

Best Cinematography – Emmanuel Lubezki

 

ROOM (2)

Best Actress – Brie Larson

Best Young Actor/Actress – Jacob Tremblay

 

SPOTLIGHT (3)

Best Picture

Best Acting Ensemble

Best Original Screenplay – Josh Singer and Tom McCarthy

 

TRAINWRECK (1)

Best Actress in a Comedy – Amy Schumer

The 21st Annual Critics' Choice Awards - Backstage And Audience

SANTA MONICA, CA - JANUARY 17:  Judd Apatow and Amy Schumer attend the 21st Annual Critics' Choice Awards at Barker Hangar on January 17, 2016 in Santa Monica, California.  (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)

SON OF SAUL (1)

Best Foreign Language Film

 

 

WINNERS BY PROGRAM FOR THE 21st ANNUAL CRITICS’ CHOICE AWARDS

 

ANTHONY BOURDAIN: PARTS UNKNOWN – CNN (1)

Best Unstructured Reality Show

 

THE BIG BANG THEORY – CBS (1)

Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series – Mayim Bialik

 

BOJACK HORSEMAN – Netflix (1)

Best Animation Series

 

BROOKLYN NINE-NINE – Fox (1)

Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series – Andre Braugher

 

CRAZY EX-GIRLFRIEND – The CW (1)

Best Actress in a Comedy Series – Rachel Bloom

 

FARGO – FX Networks (4)

Best Actress in a Movie Made for Television or Limited Series – Kirsten Dunst

Best Movie Made for Television or Limited Series

Best Supporting Actor in a Movie Made for Television or Limited Series – Jesse Plemons

Best Supporting Actress in a Movie Made for Television or Limited Series – Jean Smart

 

THE GOOD WIFE – CBS (1)

Best Guest Actor/Actress in a Drama Series – Margo Martindale

 

THE GRINDER – Fox (1)

Best Guest Actor/Actress in a Comedy Series – Timothy Olyphant

 

INSIDE THE ACTORS STUDIO – Bravo (1)

Best Reality Show Host – James Lipton

 

LAST WEEK TONIGHT WITH JOHN OLIVER – HBO (1)

Best Talk Show

 

THE LEFTOVERS – HBO (1)

Best Actress in a Drama Series – Carrie Coon

 

LUTHER - BBC America (1)

Best Actor in a Movie Made for Television or Limited Series

 

MASTER OF NONE – Netflix (1)

Best Comedy Series

 

  1. ROBOT – USA (3)

Best Actor in a Drama Series – Rami Malek

Best Drama Series

Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series – Christian Slater

 

SHARK TANK – ABC (1)

Best Structured Reality Show

 

TRANSPARENT – Amazon (1)

Best Actor in a Comedy Series – Jeffrey Tambor

 

UNREAL – Lifetime (1)

Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series – Constance Zimmer

 

THE VOICE – NBC (1)

Best Reality Show – Competition

 

 

WINNERS BY NETWORK FOR THE 21st ANNUAL CRITICS’ CHOICE AWARDS

 

ABC – 1

Amazon – 1

BBC America – 1

Bravo – 1

CBS – 2

CNN – 1

Fox – 2

FX Networks – 4

HBO – 2

Lifetime – 1

NBC – 1

Netflix – 2

The CW – 1

USA – 3

The 21st Annual Critics' Choice Awards - Arrivals

SANTA MONICA, CA - JANUARY 17:  Actress Saoirse Ronan attends the 21st Annual Critics' Choice Awards at Barker Hangar on January 17, 2016 in Santa Monica, California.  (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images) The 21st Annual Critics' Choice Awards - Backstage And Audience

JANUARY 17:  Leslie Mann,  Judd Apatow, Lily Tomlin and Amy Schumer attend the 21st Annual Critics' Choice Awards at Barker Hangar on January 17, 2016 in Santa Monica, California.  (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
The 21st Annual Critics' Choice Awards - Red Carpet

SANTA MONICA, CA - JANUARY 17:  Rachel McAdams attends the 21st Annual Critics' Choice Awards at Barker Hangar on January 17, 2016 in Santa Monica, California.  (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)

The 21st Annual Critics' Choice Awards - Red Carpet

SANTA MONICA, CA - JANUARY 17:  Luciana Barroso and Matt Damon attend the 21st Annual Critics' Choice Awards at Barker Hangar on January 17, 2016 in Santa Monica, California.  (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)

The 21st Annual Critics' Choice Awards - Red Carpet

 

 

 

SANTA MONICA, CA - JANUARY 17: (L-R) Actors Matt Damon, Justin Theroux, Jennifer Aniston and Luciana Barroso attend the 21st Annual Critics' Choice Awards at Barker Hangar on January 17, 2016 in Santa Monica, California.  (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for The Critics' Choice Awards) The 21st Annual Critics' Choice Awards - Red Carpet

SANTA MONICA, CA - JANUARY 17:  Actress Kate Beckinsale attends the 21st Annual Critics' Choice Awards at Barker Hangar on January 17, 2016 in Santa Monica, California.  (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for The Critics' Choice Awards) The 21st Annual Critics' Choice Awards - Press Room

SANTA MONICA, CA - JANUARY 17: Actress Kirsten Dunst, winner of Best Actress in a Movie/Limited Series for 'Fargo', poses in the press room during the 21st Annual Critics' Choice Awards at Barker Hangar on January 17, 2016 in Santa Monica, California.  (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)



The 21st Annual Critics' Choice Awards - Backstage And Audience

 

 

SANTA MONICA, CA - JANUARY 17:  Actors Sibi Blazic and  Christian Bale attend the 21st Annual Critics' Choice Awards at Barker Hangar on January 17, 2016 in Santa Monica, California.  (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for The Critics' Choice Awards)

The 21st Annual Critics' Choice Awards - Red Carpet

SANTA MONICA, CA - JANUARY 17:  Amy Schumer attends the 21st Annual Critics' Choice Awards at Barker Hangar on January 17, 2016 in Santa Monica, California.  (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)

The 21st Annual Critics' Choice Awards - Red Carpet

SANTA MONICA, CA - JANUARY 17:  Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux attend the 21st Annual Critics' Choice Awards at Barker Hangar on January 17, 2016 in Santa Monica, California.  (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)

The 21st Annual Critics' Choice Awards - Red Carpet

SANTA MONICA, CA - JANUARY 17:  Hayden Panettiere attends the 21st Annual Critics' Choice Awards at Barker Hangar on January 17, 2016 in Santa Monica, California.  (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)

The 21st Annual Critics' Choice Awards - Backstage And Audience

SANTA MONICA, CA - JANUARY 17:  Actor Jacob Tremplay poses with "BB-8" from "Star Wars" during the 21st Annual Critics' Choice Awards at Barker Hangar on January 17, 2016 in Santa Monica, California.  (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)

The 21st Annual Critics' Choice Awards - Backstage And Audience

SANTA MONICA, CA - JANUARY 17:  Actresses Amy Schumer (L) and Helen Mirren attend the 21st Annual Critics' Choice Awards at Barker Hangar on January 17, 2016 in Santa Monica, California.  (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)

The 21st Annual Critics' Choice Awards - Backstage And Audience

SANTA MONICA, CA - JANUARY 17:  Liv Tyler and Orlando Bloom attend the 21st Annual Critics' Choice Awards at Barker Hangar on January 17, 2016 in Santa Monica, California.  (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)

The 21st Annual Critics' Choice Awards - Backstage And Audience

SANTA MONICA, CA - JANUARY 17:  Justin Theroux, Will Forte and Jennifer Aniston attend the 21st Annual Critics' Choice Awards at Barker Hangar on January 17, 2016 in Santa Monica, California.  (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)

 

 

 

 

The 21st Annual Critics' Choice Awards - Red Carpet

SANTA MONICA, CA - JANUARY 17:  Tracee Ellis Ross  attends the 21st Annual Critics' Choice Awards at Barker Hangar on January 17, 2016 in Santa Monica, California.  (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)

The 21st Annual Critics' Choice Awards - Red Carpet

SANTA MONICA, CA - JANUARY 17:  Gina Rodriguez  attends the 21st Annual Critics' Choice Awards at Barker Hangar on January 17, 2016 in Santa Monica, California.  (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)

The 21st Annual Critics' Choice Awards - Backstage And Audience

SANTA MONICA, CA - JANUARY 17:  Sharon Stone attends the 21st Annual Critics' Choice Awards at Barker Hangar on January 17, 2016 in Santa Monica, California.  (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)

The 21st Annual Critics' Choice Awards - Press Room

SANTA MONICA, CA - JANUARY 17:  Host T. J. Miller  poses in the press room during the 21st Annual Critics' Choice Awards at Barker Hangar on January 17, 2016 in Santa Monica, California.  (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)


The 21st Annual Critics' Choice Awards - Red Carpet

SANTA MONICA, CA - JANUARY 17:  Actress Melissa McCarthy attends the 21st Annual Critics' Choice Awards at Barker Hangar on January 17, 2016 in Santa Monica, California.  (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)

 

 

 

The 21st Annual Critics' Choice Awards - Red Carpet

SANTA MONICA, CA - JANUARY 17:  Alicia Vikander  attends the 21st Annual Critics' Choice Awards at Barker Hangar on January 17, 2016 in Santa Monica, California.  (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)

The 21st Annual Critics' Choice Awards - Backstage And Audience

 

 

SANTA MONICA, CA - JANUARY 17:  Actress Sharon Stone (L) takes a selfie with actor Fred Savage during the 21st Annual Critics' Choice Awards at Barker Hangar on January 17, 2016 in Santa Monica, California.  (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
The 21st Annual Critics' Choice Awards - Red Carpet

SANTA MONICA, CA - JANUARY 17:  Liv Tyler attends the 21st Annual Critics' Choice Awards at Barker Hangar on January 17, 2016 in Santa Monica, California.  (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)

The 21st Annual Critics' Choice Awards - Red Carpet

SANTA MONICA, CA - JANUARY 17:  Actor O'Shea Jackson Jr. attends the 21st Annual Critics' Choice Awards at Barker Hangar on January 17, 2016 in Santa Monica, California.  (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)

The 21st Annual Critics' Choice Awards - Red Carpet

 

SANTA MONICA, CA - JANUARY 17:  Actress Mayim Bialik attends the 21st Annual Critics' Choice Awards at Barker Hangar on January 17, 2016 in Santa Monica, California.  (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)

The 21st Annual Critics' Choice Awards - Backstage And Audience

SANTA MONICA, CA - JANUARY 17:  Actor Jacob Tremblay (L) and host T. J. Miller attend the 21st Annual Critics' Choice Awards at Barker Hangar on January 17, 2016 in Santa Monica, California.  (Photo by Michael Kovac/Getty Images for The Critics' Choice Awards)

The 21st Annual Critics' Choice Awards - Red Carpet

SANTA MONICA, CA - JANUARY 17:  Carrie Coon  attends the 21st Annual Critics' Choice Awards at Barker Hangar on January 17, 2016 in Santa Monica, California.  (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)


The 21st Annual Critics' Choice Awards - Red Carpet

SANTA MONICA, CA - JANUARY 17:   Damian Lewis attends the 21st Annual Critics' Choice Awards at Barker Hangar on January 17, 2016 in Santa Monica, California.  (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)

The 21st Annual Critics' Choice Awards - Red Carpet

SANTA MONICA, CA - JANUARY 17:  Actors Josh Peck (L) and John Stamos attend the 21st Annual Critics' Choice Awards at Barker Hangar on January 17, 2016 in Santa Monica, California.  (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)

The 21st Annual Critics' Choice Awards - Red Carpet

 

SANTA MONICA, CA - JANUARY 17:  (L-R) Gina Rodriguez, Reggie Watts and James Corden attend the 21st Annual Critics' Choice Awards at Barker Hangar on January 17, 2016 in Santa Monica, California.  (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)

 

24th Street Theatre re-opens ‘Man Covets Bird’ in 2016

Run of six additional Sunday matinees kicks off on Valentine’s Day

WHAT:
Man Covets Bird — 24th Street Theatre brings back its critically acclaimed production (Los Angeles Times “Critics Choice,” KCRW's “Top 5 of 2015“ list, LA Observed “20 Highlights of LA Theater in 2015” and Bitter Lemons “Best of 2015”) for six Sundays in 2016. Kicking off on Valentines Day at 3 pm, this unique love story for the modern family is an irresistible mix of storytelling, live music and animation that will enchant kids — and deeply touch adults. “Because it’s a liberating thing to talk publicly about things you’re only supposed to think privately.” Theater for all audiences: to be shared by parents and kids ages 7 and up. (Please scroll all the way down to view downloadable photos.)

CRITICS CHOICE… charming… winsome performances” — Margaret Gray, Los Angeles Times

DON’T MISS IT… [one of the] ‘TOP 5 PRODUCTIONS OF 2015’… 24th Street’s production is as sophisticated as the script.”— Anthony Byrnes, KCRW

PERFECTLY POLISHED… [one of] 20 HIGHLIGHTS OF THEATER IN 2015… winsomely line-drawn video by Matthew G. Hill and exquisite original music and musical direction by Leeav Sofer.” — Don Shirley, LA Observed

BEST OF LOS ANGELES THEATER 2015…a tremendously imaginative offering that got better the second time I saw it, and the music and singing was exquisite.” — Colin Mitchell,Bitter Lemons

LOS ANGELES THEATRES BEST OF 2015… A simple but haunting musical…one of the gems in the crown of L.A. theatre” — Ernest Kearney, The Tvolution

MAGICAL… this is one show that has taken flight and soars” — Sylvie Drake, Cultural Weekly

EXTRAORDINARY… breathtaking moments both beautiful and poignant” — Ellen Dostal, BroadwayWorld.

70 MINUTES OF ENCHANTMENT AND WONDER.” — Evan Henerson, Curtain Up

PURE JOY… Serious exuberant theatre of the highest caliber” — Paul Myrvold’s Theatre Notes

MAGICALLY INSPIRATIONAL… captures both the heart and mind” — Dink O’Neal, Arts In LA

WHO:
• Written by Finegan Kruckemeyer
• Based on an original concept by Andy Packer
• Directed by Debbie Devine
• Starring Andrew Huber and Leeav Sofer
• Original music composed by Leeav Sofer
• Presented by LAb24, 24th Street Theatre’s resident experimental theater company

WHEN:
Feb. 14 – March 20:
• Sundays at 3 p.m.: Feb. 14, 21, 28; March 6, 13, 20

WHERE:
24th Street Theatre
1117 West 24th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90007-1725

HOW:
www.24thstreet.org
• Join us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/24thSt
• Follow us on Twitter: @24thSt
• YouTube: www.youtube.com/user/24thStreetTheatre

TICKETS:
• Adults: $24
• Under 18: $10
• Seniors, Students and Teachers: $15
• North University Park residents (with ID): $2.40

PARKING:
Secure lot on the southwest corner of 24th and Hoover: $5

PHOTOS:
Click on the images below to link to high resolution photos, or email lucy@lucypr.com to request jpegs.

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A Celebration of Music, Fashion, and Culture.

Berkeley Underground, 2284 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley
21+, 10pm-2am
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Sound Innovations by:

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DJ Quantum (Headhunters Crew)

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Rocking Nu Breaks, Soul, Party Jams, House, Future Funk
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Experience Melange 2014

Dear Friends,

Happy New Year's Eve!
Thanks for all the love this year.
For those of you that missed Melange 2014, here is your chance to experience the magic of Mélange 2014:

MELANGE 2014: GLOBAL FASHION LEADERS UNITE IN SAN FRANCISCO TO ADVOCATE DIVERISTY IN FASHION

Photo by Herm Pugay, Model Cory Wade Hindorff, Designs by Punk Kouture and Glynneth B Jewelry

(San Francisco, CA) – Designers, celebrities, performers and garments traveled from Brazil, Sweden, France, LA, NYC, and more to participate in San Francisco’s annual fashion showcase, Melange 2014. Celebrity designers, including Punk Kouture, who has designed for Rihanna & Nicki Minaj, as well as international designers, such as Peruvian Varignia Garcia, ventured to San Francisco to support the empowerment of a more diverse image of beauty and talent in the fashion industry.

 Photo by PicsbyMoe, Designer is Punk Kouture

Over 600 community leaders and local residents attended Melange 2014 to spectate this global celebration of diversity and human rights. Special guests & opening speakers for the show included diverse leaders of the Bay Area, including: Rev. Theon Johnson III and Karen Oliveto from the civil rights leading Glide Church; Jenn Kurrie, the President of Junior League of San Francisco, a woman’s leadership & community service organization; and Gil Padia, the Board Chair of Academy of Friends, which organizes one of the largest charity galas for HIV/AIDS resources in the Bay Area.

Photo by Herm Pugay, Designer is VC Couture
The show opened with an awards ceremony, hosted by Katiti Kironde, the first African American woman on the cover of Glamour and Harvard entrepreneur, as well as Cory Wade Hindorff, LGBT activist and finalist of America’s Next Top Model. Cory was honored with Model of the Year Award, and at Melange 2014, he took the runway by storm modeling for designer Punk Kouture. Cory’s look consisted of a jeweled, red plaid hat, fashion forward denim, glittered pants, and a top with black lace sleeves and a torso highlighting the iconic flag of Great Britain. Punk Kouture described his line as “18th century meets punk,” which is exactly what he delivered from head to toe.

Photo by Create Love Studio, Celebrities Laganja & the Barbies

Other award recipients included: Laganja Estranja, from RuPaul’s Drag Race receiving Performer of the Year Award; Bobby Lando, Stylist of the Year Award for his work with Iggy Azalea and Lady Gaga; Alessandra Senna from Brazil for International Fashion Ambassador Award; Chewy Jang, for Entrepreneur of the Year Award; and Charlie Robs, from Paris for Student Designer Award. VC Couture, a local Bay Area African American designer who has work featured in Vogue and Cosmo, was also awarded the Bay Area Designer Award.

 

Makeup designs by Sephora were featured on a total of 18+ designers on the Melange catwalk, including the world runway premiere of elemoon. Elemoon founder, Jing Zhou, flew out from NYC to attend Melange and showcase the technology innovation at Melange 2014. Elemoon has been worn by celebrities such as Lea Michele. VLADO Footwear was the official footwear sponsor of Melange 2014. Other celebrity designers included Natalia Fedner, who designed for Jennifer Lopez and Shakira, and the legendary music and film celebrity designer, Glynneth B Jewelry. 100+ local models participated in the show alongside other celebrity guests, including the Barbies Addiction, who have worked with Miley Cyrus and Selena Gomez, as well as Chapkins Dance Company from So You Think You Can Dance.

Photo by Herm Pugay, Designer is Heveanly Lines

This year, Melange also pioneered its first international show in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The show showcased Melange’s concept of diversity and fashion integration into a celebration of life and self-expression, led by Cristina Ribeiro, the President of Melange Brazil and Creative Director of Melange 2014. Talia Romano, COO of Melange, explains, “Melange partnering with Rio de Janeiro City Hall and participating in the coming together of 32 countries for the pre-World Cup 2014 festivities in Brazil was exciting and such an honor. Brazil is a melting pot and with the World Cup there, it was an enormous opportunity in an ideal and timely environment for celebrating culture, diversity, unity, and self-love Melange style. These several shows combined a medley of art forms for spectacular, festival-like shows that provide a unique experience for the audience that is relatable and unifying in celebrating the enrichment that diversity and tolerance brings to society.”

 

The Melange concept continues to grow worldwide each year as it promotes the empowerment of the LGBT, Black, Asian and Latino community members to participate in the changing perception of health and social behavior by showcasing an image of beauty that is reflective of the rich diversity of modern society.

 

 

 

MELANGE 2014: PARTICIPATING ARTISTS

 

Melange 2014 Designers

  • Agota Hodi (Local Designer)
  • Alessandra Senna (International Designer)
  • Blaze of Sweden (International Designer)
  • Charlie Robs (Designer from Paris, E-Fashion Awards)
  • Chona Pike (Local Designer)
  • Elemoon (Celebrity Designer who has designed for Lea Michele)
  • Glynneth B Jewelry (Celebrity Designer who has designed for Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, and more)
  • Heavenly Lines (Local Designer)
  • Kids Dream (Children’s Designer)
  • La Belle Moi (Local Designer)
  • Lando Couture (Celebrity Designer who has designed for Lady Gaga)
  • Natalia Fedner (Celebrity Designer who has designed for Shakira, Jennifer Lopez, and more)
  • Marise Oliveira (Local Designer)
  • Patricia Ayala (Designer from Australia)
  • Punk Kouture (Celebrity Designer who has designed for Rhianna, Nicki Minaj, and more)
  • Shazaam Costumes (Local Designer)
  • Synesthesia Muse: Luminous Firefly Dress 2.0 (Technology Fashion Designer)
  • Varignia Garcia (Designer from Peru)
  • VC Couture (Bay Area Designer Award)
  • VLADO Footwear (Footwear Sponsor)

 

Melange 2014 Celebrity Performers

  • Cory Wade-Hindorff (America’s Next Top Model)
  • Katiti Kironde (First African American Woman on the cover of Glamour Magazine)
  • Laganja Estranja (RuPaul’s Drag Race)
  • Barbies Addiction (Danced for Miley Cyrus & Selena Gomez)
  • Marielle Mulligan (International Performer)
  • Adam Roth (American Idol)
  • Chapkins Dance Company (So You Think You Can Dance?)
  • Vidal Ekechukwu (Entrepreneur from Harvard Innovation Lab & CEO of Hottspot)
  • Scarlett Lash (International Model)
  • Brian Cory (International Model)
  • Sweet HayaH (Celebrity Band)
  • Thomas Goward (Danced for Beyoncé & Usher)
  • Nina Sawant (Aerial Artist and Stilt Performer)
  • Dilpreet Virk ( United Nations World 2014)
  • Adriel Diaz (Singing Performer)
  • Ladidi Garba (Singer)
  • Luis Paul Canales (International Performer)
  • Saya (Singer)

 

Melange 2014 Celebrity Stylists

  • Bobby Lando: Worked with such artists as Iggy Azalea, Lady Gaga, and Nicki Minaj
  • Shae Lynn: Stylist and shopper for Betsey Johnson at the age of 17
  • Minh Tran: Styled for Louis Vuitton USA, Mercedes Benz Fashion Week
  • Ana de Alencar Pint: Styled Jean Paul Gaultier in Mélange 2013

 

Sponsors and Partners:

VLADO Footwear (Official Footwear Sponsor), Be That Kid Productions (Official Mélange Kids Sponsor), Couture Press (Celebrity Partner and Fashion Director), Hottspot (Video Editor), Sephora (Makeup), Paul Mitchell The School East Bay (Hair), Blue Pill Productions (Video Sponsor), Waitman Gobble Photography (Brazil & Photography Sponsor), Creative Industry Group (Celebrity Partner), iCu the Network (Promotions & Casting), iCu Beauty (Hair & Makeup Staffing – Jasmine Edwards), Daniel Rita (Hair Director), VIP Socialite (VIP Partner), Boogie Lights Entertainment (LED Set Sponsor), Chic Metropolitan Magazine (Official Media Sponsor), Royal Management (Promotional Partner), UpOut (Promotional Partner), Gazillion Fund (Promotional Partner), Wayne Serrano (Photography), Rainbow Chefs (Promotional Partner), ModaVive (Rehearsal Sponsor), Southern New Hampshire University (Academic Partner), Creative Edge Arts (Josh Edgerly - Official Program Designer), and more.

 

Performing This Weekend November 21st- Semaj The Poet

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