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Actor Chadwick Boseman at the Los Angeles World Premiere of Marvel Studios BLACK PANTHER at Dolby Theatre on January 29, 2018 in Hollywood, California.
The Hollywood Black Panther premiere brings out black film glitterati in full force
To rousing cheers and standing ovations from glamorous stars, the long-awaited film arrives
9:15 AMHOLLYWOOD, California Director Ryan Coogler stood onstage next to Marvel film executives, microphone in hand, and introduced his cast ofBlack Pantherone by one. He could barely get his first welcoming words out before audience members leaped to their feet to give him a standing ovation the first of several throughout the night at the films world premiere at Hollywoods Dolby Theatre an event almost unheard of, even at a place designed to celebrate such an accomplishment.
No one knew as he was bringing out his cast whether this film was any good. What they did know was that this wasa moment. When Sterling K. Brown stood onstage after his introduction, he raised one fist in the air with the kind of conviction that OlympiansTommie Smith and John Carlosdid on the Olympic podium in Mexico City almost 50 years ago. It was yet another moment when the crowd erupted into applause, and again, the first credit had yet to roll for the film. But this was a celebration. And most of black Hollywood, along with notable Hollywood dignitaries, was there to witness.
There was no bad seat in the Dolby Theatre. On the main floor, people such asJamie FoxxDonald GloverKendrick Lamar, Snoop Dogg, Janelle Mone, Reggie Hudlin, Lena Waithe,Usher, Yara Shahidi, Elizabeth Banks and George Lucas sat among the films stars, who includedChadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan,Lupita Nyongo, Danai Gurira, Daniel Kaluuya, Letitia Wright, Winston Duke, Angela Bassett,Forest Whitakerand Andy Serkis.
Lupita Nyongo attends the Los Angeles premiere of Black Panther at Dolby Theatre on Jan. 29 in Hollywood, California.
Up in the mezzanine sat notables such as director Ava DuVernay and actors such as Tessa Thompson, Issa Rae,David Oyelowo, and many, many others who all gathered to watch the film theyd been waiting years for.
ABlack Pantherfeature film was announced more than three years ago, on Oct. 28, 2014, and since then an ever-growing fan base has been waiting with bated breath for the world premiere. The films arrival has been the subject of hilarious memes, Twitter polls and Facebook status updates, all backed up by impressive presales from Fandango. Deadline reported that after tickets went on sale Monday night,Black Pantheris already outstrippingCaptain America: Civil WarasFandangos best-selling MCU [Marvel Cinematic Universe] title in the first 24 hours of presales.Captain America: Civil Warkicked off the opening of summer 2016 during the first weekend of May with $179M.
Finally, that day is here for the lucky ones. Fans crowded the red carpet before the Dolby Theatre on Monday night just to get a glimpse of the cast (and their famous admirers) as they posed and did celebratory victory laps. As per usual, with a film of this magnitude, mobile phones were bagged and placed into security bags before anyone was allowed inside. Last time a Hollywood theater was this jam-packed, there was surely a lightsaber involved. This crowd, of course, is most certainly the blackest premiere crowd for a film of this magnitude.
A rousing cheer went up in the theater just as the lights were dimmed, and by the time Cooglers epic story of the Black Panthers homeland, the fictional African country of Wakanda, was done, the applause and cheers were even greater. Its a moment, and its a moment that was witnessed by some of the biggest giants in the industry.
Were not allowed to offer up plot points or spoilers fans wouldnt want that anyway! until an official review embargo is lifted: Its set for Feb. 6 at noon EST, but we can tell you that the film is quite magical. And very authentically black both in nuanced ways, and overtly and, importantly, its very, very good. It falls right in line with what weve come to expect from Marvel productions.
And as the even luckier ones who attended the screening poured into the Hollywood Roosevelt across the street, wrists draped in hot pink bands signaling they had entrance into the intimate after-party, the celebration continued. Directors F. Gary Gray and John Singleton and producerKenya Barriswere among the crowd feasting on turkey meatballs, mac n cheese and sweet potato fries as tunes by Mary J. Blige, Chubb Rock, Bobby Brown and Bruno Mars soundtracked the night.
A long line of well-wishers greeted Coogler most of his family from his hometown of Oakland, California, were there and Nyongo at one point entertained a crowd under a tent while bopping toCardi Bs Bodak Yellow.
By the time Frankie Beverly and Mazes Before I Let Go dropped, the party felt every bit of a backyard boogie. Folks such as Meagan Good and her studio executive husband DeVon Franklin were among the last to trickle out as the after-party came to a close around 1:30 a.m. And even then, no one really wanted to go home and end the night.
The film will finally be released on Feb. 16, in the thick of Black History Month, and just about everyone in attendance is eager to see how well the film will be received by a large, general-interest viewing audience. But if Monday nights premiere was any indication? Well, in the words of a Kendrick Lamar song that felt every bit a theme of the nights festivities, we gon be alright.
NEW YORK, NY JANUARY 28: Recording artist Kendrick Lamar accepts award for Best Rap Album onstage during the 60th Annual GRAMMY Awards at Madison Square Garden on January 28, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
Grammys: Bruno Mars and Kendrick Lamar win big; Jay-Z and SZA are shut out
What is it about hip-hop and rap music and Grammys?
9:53 AMTheres much so much take away from the 60th Annual Grammy Awards. Here are the most obvious elephants in the room.
Kendrick Lamars run continues. We said it before, butLamarsDAMN.good yearhas no end in sight. He started Sunday nights Grammys off via one of the best (Dave Chapelle) intros in recent memory, brought out U2, and left Madison Square Garden last night with five Grammys including rap album of the year and best rap/sung performance with Rihanna for their Loyalty. While it seemsDAMN.the album has bumped Lamar up from rap superstar to Lamar the hip-hop pop culture kingpin, he once again lost out in the album of the year category the third time thats happened. And with a catalog that includes generation-defining records such asgood kid, m.A.A.d city,To Pimp a ButterflyandDAMN., youre left to wonder what, if anything, Compton, Californias, son has to do to, especially considering the massive goodwillDAMN. has produced. But with a nationwide tour on the horizon and theBlack Panthersoundtrack, serving as the Black Hippy album we never got, at least the start of 2018 is looking quite massive for hip-hops young legend.
Jay-Z and SZA shut out.They entered the night with a total of 13 nominations. And maybe that was a sign of bad luck off the rip. BothJay-Zand SZA left Madison Square Garden without any hardware. Before the show,Jay again acknowledged his storied and infamous historywith musics biggest night. His groundbreaking4:44though wasnt recognized in any category. Likewise, SZA, the most nominated woman of last nights festivities, left empty-handed. It was a euphoric year for the first lady of TDE. Fueled by records such as Love Galore featuring Travis Scott, and The Weekend, her debut project,Ctrlis a commercial and critical success. SZA did, however, give a rousing performance of her standout Broken Clocks, seemed to highlight a disappointing night. Remember last year, when Rihanna also failed to receive a Grammy after droppingthe best album of that year and of her career thus far?And: Wildly Despacito, Khalid and Cardi B were shut out, too. A weird night for musics biggest night.
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All hail King Bruno. I said the album would be importantwell over a year ago. Turns out I was wrong. It wasveryimportant. Its like you started the wave a long time ago, said Jeremy Reeves, one-fourth of The Stereotypes, the production creatives who helped write the now Grammy-winning Thats What I like. And for some reason its still growing. But thats the roar and its like, Yo, Bruno really took it all the way there from the studio to the world. Its a crazy feeling. Simply put, Bruno Mars is a legend in real time who walked away with six Grammys last night. While names like Lamar and Jay-Z absolutely deserved to win the nights most coveted honor in album of the year, lets not front like Bruno Mars didnt release one of the most important albums of 2017, and did so only using nine songs. From 24K Magic to the aforementioned Thats What I Like to even the updated Finesse with Cardi B, his music impacts nearly every corner of the population and not in a corny way that comes off as if hes trying too hard. Hell have a Las Vegas residency in 10 years performing these very songs and future hits.
Awaken, My Love! Childish Gambino
Despacito Luis FonsiDaddy YankeefeaturingJustin Bieber
Despacito Ramn Ayala, Justin Bieber, Jason Poo Bear Boyd, Erika Ender, Luis Fonsi & Marty James Garton, songwriters (Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee Featuring Justin Bieber)
4:44 Shawn Carter & Dion Wilson, songwriters (Jay-Z)
Issues Benny Blanco, Mikkel Storleer Eriksen, Tor Erik Hermansen, Julia Michaels & Justin Drew Tranter, songwriters (Julia Michaels)
1- Alessia Caracciolo, Sir Robert Bryson Hall II, Arjun Ivatury & Khalid Robinson, songwriters (Logic Featuring Alessia Cara & Khalid)
Thats What I Like Christopher Brody Brown, James Fauntleroy, Philip Lawrence, Bruno Mars, Ray Charles McCullough II, Jeremy Reeves, Ray Romulus & Jonathan Yip, songwriters (Bruno Mars) WINNER
Shape Of You Ed Sheeran WINNER
Bambro Koyo Ganda Bonobo Featuring Innov Gnawa
Andromeda Gorillaz Featuring DRAM
Tonite LCD Soundsystem WINNER
Line Of Sight Odesza Featuring Wynne & Mansionair
Get You Daniel Caesar Featuring Kali Uchis
Thats What I Like Bruno Mars WINNER
Laugh And Move On The Baylor Project
Redbone Childish Gambino WINNER
What Im Feelin Anthony Hamilton Featuring The Hamiltones
First Began PJ Morton, songwriter (PJ Morton)
Location Alfredo Gonzalez, Olatunji Ige, Samuel David Jiminez, Christopher McClenney, Khalid Robinson & Joshua Scruggs, songwriters (Khalid)
Redbone Donald Glover & Ludwig Goransson, songwriters (Childish Gambino)
Supermodel Tyran Donaldson, Terrence Henderson, Greg Landfair Jr., Solana Rowe & Pharrell Williams, songwriters (SZA)
Thats What I Like Christopher Brody Brown, James Fauntleroy, Philip Lawrence, Bruno Mars, Ray Charles McCullough II, Jeremy Reeves, Ray Romulus & Jonathan Yip, songwriters (Bruno Mars) WINNER
Awaken, My Love! Childish Gambino
HUMBLE. Kendrick Lamar WINNER
Bad And Boujee Migos Featuring Lil Uzi Vert
Crew Goldlink Featuring Brent Faiyaz & Shy Glizzy
Family Feud Jay-Z Featuring Beyonc
LOYALTY. Kendrick Lamar featuring Rihanna WINNER
Love Galore SZA Featuring Travis Scott
Bodak Yellow Dieuson Octave, Klenord Raphael, Shaftizm, Jordan Thorpe, Washpoppin & J White, songwriters (Cardi B)
Chase Me Judah Bauer, Brian Burton, Hector Delgado, Jaime Meline, Antwan Patton, Michael Render, Russell Simins & Jon Spencer, songwriters (Danger Mouse Featuring Run The Jewels & Big Boi)
HUMBLE. Duckworth, Asheton Hogan & M. Williams II, songwriters (Kendrick Lamar) WINNER
Sassy Gabouer & M. Evans, songwriters (Rapsody)
The Story Of O.J. Shawn Carter & Dion Wilson, songwriters (Jay-Z)
Cant Remember Why Sara Caswell, soloist
Dance Of Shiva Billy Childs, soloist
Whisper Not Fred Hersch, soloist
Miles Beyond John McLaughlin, soloist WINNER
Porter Plays Porter Randy Porter Trio With Nancy King
Dreams and Daggers Ccile McLorin Salvant WINNER
Bringin It Christian McBride Big Band WINNER
Homecoming Vince Mendoza & WDR Big Band Cologne
Whispers on the Wind Chuck Owen and The Jazz Surge
Hybrido From Rio To Wayne Shorter Antonio Adolfo
Outra Coisa The Music Of Moacir Santos Anat Cohen & Marcello Gonçalves
You Deserve It JJ Hairston & Youthful Praise Featuring Bishop Cortez Vaughn
Never Have To Be Alone CeCe Winans WINNER
Crossover: Live From Music City Travis Greene
Amar Y Vivir En Vivo Desde La Ciudad De Mxico, 2017 La Santa Cecilia
Musas (Un Homenaje Al Folclore Latinoamericano En Manos De Los Macorinos) Natalia Lafourcade
Ni Diablo Ni Santo Julin lvarez Y Su Norteño Banda
Arriero Somos Versiones Acsticas Aida Cuevas WINNER
Zapateando En El Norte Humberto Novoa, producer (Various Artists)
Salsa Big Band Rubn Blades Con Roberto Delgado & Orquesta WINNER
Killer Diller Blues Alabama Shakes WINNER
Let My Mother Live Blind Boys of Alabama
Arkansas Farmboy Glen Campbell
I Never Cared For You Alison Krauss
Stony Hill Damian Jr. Gong Marley WINNER
Shaka Zulu Revisited: 30th Anniversary Celebration Ladysmith Black Mambazo WINNER
The Age Of Spin & Deep In The Heart Of Texas Dave Chappelle WINNER
Arthur Q. Smith: The Trouble With The Truth Wayne Bledsoe & Bradley Reeves, album notes writers (Various Artists)
Big Bend Killing: The Appalachian Ballad Tradition Ted Olson, album notes writer (Various Artists)
The Complete Piano Works Of Scott Joplin Bryan S. Wright, album notes writer (Richard Dowling)
Edouard-Lon Scott De Martinville, Inventor of Sound Recording: A Bicentennial Tribute David Giovannoni, album notes writer (Various Artists)
Live At The Whisky A Go Go: The Complete Recordings Lynell George, album notes writer (Otis Redding) WINNER
Washington Phillips And His Manzarene Dreams Michael Corcoran, album notes writer (Washington Phillips)
Cant Let You Go (Louie Vega Roots Mix) Louie Vega, remixer (Loleatta Holloway)
Funk O De Funk (SMLE Remix) SMLE, remixers (Bobby Rush)
Undercover (Adventure Club Remix) Leighton James & Christian Srigley, remixers (Kehlani)
A Violent Noise (Four Tet Remix) Four Tet, remixer (The xx)
You Move (Latroit Remix) Dennis White, remixer (Depeche Mode) WINNER
Humble. Kendrick Lamar WINNER
1- Logic Featuring Alessia Cara & Khalid
One More Time With Feeling Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
Kevin Durant 35 of the Golden State Warriors reacts during the game against the San Antonio Spurs during Game Three of the Western Conference Finals of the 2017 NBA Playoffs on May 20, 2017 at the AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas.
Durant reaches out to vet who got hit when ball flew into stands
Longtime Warriors fan got a signed pair of sneakers from KD
7:29 AMOAKLAND, California After a painful chance introduction, Joseph Franzia was all smiles while holding a signed pair of Kevin Durant sneakers near the Golden State Warriors locker room late Saturday night while waiting for the very apologetic NBA All-Star.
Durant punched a basketball high into the air during his shooting workout before a 109-105 win over the Boston Celtics on Saturday night. The wayward basketball flew into the stands behind the visiting bench and hit an unsuspecting, glasses-wearing Franzia in the nose while he was sitting next to his wife, Marilyn. Franzia suffered a cut on his face. Noticing a commotion where the ball landed, Durant immediately left the floor and ran to the stands to check on Franzia.
I punched the ball up in the air pregame and it kind of hit him on his head a little bit, Durant said. We talked it out. I went there right after it happened and he said, You better win the damn game. And I knew he was all right after that.
Marilyn Franzia had to tell her dazed husband to look up to see that Durant was there to check on him after he got hit with the ball. Arena personnel, medical personnel and police came to the scene to make sure Franzia was OK. Durant apologized profusely and had his security guard check in with Franzia later.
The Vietnam veteran thought he affected Durant more than vice versa. Durant entered the Celtics game averaging 26 points, but finished with 20 points in a victory that included a 49-point performance from his teammate Stephen Curry.
It hurt. It surprised me. It hit on me. I think I threw off his game. He had 20. That is why I felt bad about it, said Franzia, who has been a Warriors fan since the 1970s.
After the game, Durants security guard brought Franzia and his wife to a private hallway near the Warriors locker room and gave him pair of signed Durant shoes. Durant would later exchange pleasantries with the Franzias before he talked to the media.
I got a chance to meet him and his wife. Great people. Glad he enjoyed the game and glad he is all right, Durant said.
Franzia is the president of Classic Wines of California. In 1973, Joseph, Fred and John Franzia founded the family-owned Bronco Wine Company, which sells wines in more than 90 countries worldwide and the United States.
I invited him to drink some wine with me, Joseph Franzia said.
Said Marilyn Franzia: And the wine is great.
NEW YORK, NY JANUARY 25: Black Thought backstage at Roots Jam Sessions 2018
Grammy weekend is about fun, but also about musics ability to change the world
I liken these days to the Harlem Renaissance that sort of artistic revolution. Black Thought
12:59 PMBlack Thought, the legendary rapper and front man for the equally legendaryRoots crew, takes a break from discussing his hometown Philadelphia Eagles. Like most people in a Gramercy Theater VIP section during the wee hours, the Super Bowl is a hot topic. But Black Thought soon starts talking about musics Super Bowl the Grammys, in particular, musics role in a documenting this period of life. Its a conversation that has been a constant theme of Grammy weekend realizing the moment and embracing generational responsibility.
Twenty years from now it would be dope to be able to say the arts, and not only music, but theater and visual art and literature had a renaissance, Black Thought said as the final performances of The Roots Jam Sessions rage on a floor above. Id love to bring a new awareness to every medium. I liken these days to the Harlem Renaissance that sort of artistic revolution.
For fellow Roots brethren, multi-instrumentalistJames Poyser, the magnitude of the moment for music, for him, has roots (pun intended) in the troubled yet transformative 1960s. That era turned Motown into a musical religion and made names such as James Brown, Otis Redding andNina Simonesynonymous and vital components of the black American experience. The music that gave you hope. The music that inspired you to fight these battles. Im hoping the same thing happens in this era, Poyser said. We know whats going on with you-know-who and everything else thats going on. We need music to feed our souls.
Hours earlier, at the red carpet day party thrown by theAmerican Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP), the songwriting organization made up of more than 650,000 writers, composers and music publishers, the conversation was much the same. Drinks flowed like the Nile at New Yorks Standard High Line as DJ D-Nice soundtracked a breathtaking view of the Hudson. Selfies nearly outnumbered hugs and laughs. But tones shifted to a more prideful, even stern demeanor when people spoke individually.
Were soldiers. Were pioneers. We made it through a crazy couple of [months, years] for the world. Yet and still, music is thriving. I feel better than ever, said ASCAP senior vice president of membershipNicole George-Middleton. Despite it all, we persevered. We made things happen.
Representing the full palette of emotions is important as well thats the message from production team/Grammy nomineesandRay Charles McCollough II, are half of the collective that co-produced Bruno Mars Thats What I Like. They stress thatstepping back and finding peace amid the turmoilis a part of life. Its such a serious time in history The music we made with Bruno is like a break from the seriousness. You need the breath, said McCollough. Reeves followed up, Not everyone is gonna watch a suspense movie. You gotta throw some comedy in there sometimes. Not that this music is funny, but it releases those endorphins that make you feel good.
Shortly before returning to the stage (after Big K.R.I.T.s performance) Black Thought was still optimistic. The world, at times, is difficult to stomach. The headlines that populate phones, websites and televisions is daunting. And also draining. But for Black Thought, its easier to make change to than complain about the symptoms. The time is now. Sometimes we take the day today for granted. Itll be dope to look back a quarter-century from now to look back and say this was when the tipping point of the greatness thats about to come began.
NYC January 26: Takeoff, Quavo and Offset attend the Migos collection launch at Bloomingdales 59th Street Store on January 26, 2018
Photo by Andrew Toth/Getty Images for Bravado
Migos don their CRWN in exclusive, intimate interview
As Grammy weekend heats up, the rap supergroup basks in success while respecting the grind
10:29 AMWe the young kings of hip-hop right now, said Quavo. He was laughing, and playful. Yet serious.
Their new album,Culture II, had hit all streaming services less than 24 hours before. The 24-track double album boasts verses and production fromDrake2 Chainz, 21 Savage,Big Sean, Metro Boomin, Mike Dean,Kanye Westand more. The group is up for two Grammys Sunday night: best rap album, 2017sCulture, and best rap performance by a duo or group for the monster hit Bad and Boujee. But it made a weird kind of sense that the first time Migos (whosespoke onCulture II,it would be in an intimate setting.
Elliott Wilson,Tidals editorial director of hip-hop content, revived his famed CRWN interview series Friday night with Quavo, Offset and Takeoff before an energetic crowd of just 100 people. The nearly hourlong sit-down, which included impromptu questions from the audience, spanned an array of topics: Quavo and Offsets decisions to do separate projects (and Takeoffs impending solo efforts),management company Quality Controls influence on their glow-up, their connection to Joe Budden (I never looked up to Joe Budden, Quavo said, sarcastically), reuniting with Drake for the first time since Versace, and how the trio got both the iconic Nicki Minaj and Offsets superstar fianceCardi B(who is also nominated for two Bodak Yellow Grammys) on Motorsport. The girl power, said Quavo, was just so strong.
Yessir! Offset followed up, drawing applause and laughter from the audience and Offset and Cardis relationship of course quickly became a provocative topic. We just stay focused on our craft. I always tell her, You gotta stay on they a, Set said. To keep giving it to em Cardi is a star.
Migos is a rare superstar conglomerate in an era where groups as opposed to solo artists arent trained to thrive. They said a number of times that loyalty is what keeps them together. And dont get [us] wrapped up in that mumble rap bulls-, said Quavo. Defiantly, he followed up: We really do this.
Jonelle Procope and Dapper Dan attend Apollo Theaters Pre-Grammy Uptown Luncheon at The Apollo Theater on January 26, 2018 in New York City.
Its showtime: The Apollo welcomes the Grammys back to New York
Fat Joe, Doug E. Fresh, Elle Varner Harlems iconic theater hosts an artist-studded luncheon
One doesnt just see Harlem, New York. YoufeelHarlem. YousmellHarlem. Youvibewith Harlem. From the backseat of a Lyft, you pass the stalwarts of the community the Duane Reade pharmacies,General Grant Houses, the countless delis many of which will sell you a delicious chopped cheese sandwich if youre hip on how to order them.Black Pantherpromotional posters adorn nearly every bus stop, it seems. Even as the gentrification of the Harlem becomes, the spirit of Malcolm X lives on in the creative, cultural and social melting pot where he stood as a titan on its street corners, and died as an icon.
Theres not many things more authentically Harlem than West 125th Street and Frederick Douglass Boulevard dubbed the cultural heartbeat of the city. And with the Grammys back in New York for the first time since 2003, the iconic Apollo Theater hosted a luncheon in celebration. When you do something special in New York, you feel the vibration, said pioneering hip-hop artistDoug E. Freshsaid on the red carpet. Im glad they decided to do this at the Apollo. Its Harlem.I am Harlem.
Also in attendance is five-time Grammy-nominatedFat JoeRotimi, current Grammy nomineesThe HamiltonesDapper Dan, the Grammy-nominatedElle Varnerand many more. These creative professionals understand the Apollos place in black culture, and know about the legends who stood on the stage not 50 feet from the red carpet. I wish I wouldve seen Lauryn Hill. They booed her, said singer andPowercast member Rotimi. Then 10-15 years later seeing shes one of the greatest of all time, thats the ultimate story.
Aretha, Varner said without hesitation about who she wishes shed seen, live at the Apollo. Absolutely.
An Apollo institution himself, Doug E. Fresh flips the script. Me and Stevie Wonder was here one night.Thatwas crazy!
The energy was one of reverence. With celebrities and Harlem luminaries scattered through the stage and carpet, the collective perspective was one of privilege and respect. The best night in the Apollo was when Ice Cube first came here, Fat Joe said from the stage. We gotta protect this. This our home.
Singers Janet Jackson, left, and Missy Elliott attend the ninth annual Essence Black Women in Music event at the Highline Ballroom on Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018, in New York.
Janet Jackson surprises Essence award winner Missy Elliott
The 9th Annual Black Women in Music event sets off a week of Grammy festivities
10:09 AMThe vibe was old-school glamorous New York last night for the Essence 9th Annual Black Women in Music event. Missy Elliott was honored at the jam-packed Highline Ballroom, and phones were in the air as none other than Janet Jackson surprised Elliott with a truly emotional speech, and presentation of the award.
Some rhyme, some rap, some act, some choreograph, some write hit songs, some create whole new sounds, said Jackson. Some women are able to make [their] mark insomeof these fields. But theres only one woman who has made her mark in all of these fieldsNot only have you made your mark, but shes done so with boldness and courage.Love & Hip Hopempresario Mona Scott-Young also spoke on behalf of her client and friend Elliott.
The drinks were flowing as luminaries such as Grammy-nominee Rapsody, as well as the Grammy-nominated Janelle Monae, Remy Ma and T.I. toasted Elliotts creativity and 1990s dominance. Also enjoying the evening: Epic Records president Sylvia Rhone, Atlantic Records Chairman/COO Julie Greenwald, and BET Chairman/CEO Debra Lee. I wouldnt wanna be any other color but black, Missy Elliott said, award in hand. Theres something about our DNA that cant be taught, it comes from a different place.