Diane von Furstenberg Receives International Rescue Committee Freedom Award

Diane von Furstenberg was recognized by the International Rescue Committee on Thursday evening with the organization’s Freedom Award at its annual gala, the Rescue Dinner. The designer visited refugees in June at the IRC’s offices in Alexandria, Greece, where she met IRC staff members and Syrian refugees, who were recovering from traumas experienced on their journeys while trying to reunite with their families in Northern Europe.
Earlier this week, von Furstenberg visited the New York Resettlement Office to participate in a refugee business development workshop, where she met with a Congolese woman who is committed to starting an ice cream business.
The IRC notes they award the Freedom Award to “individuals who have made extraordinary contributions in support of refugees, and who have championed the cause of liberty, individual freedom and dignity. Diane von Furstenberg, a legend in the fashion industry, is a dedicated philanthropist and an outspoken advocate for vulnerable people.”
It has previously been awarded to the likes of Michael Bloomberg, Sen. John McCain, George Soros, Kofi Annan, Madeleine Albright and Winston Churchill.

Diane von Furstenberg at the IRC office in Greece. 

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Experts’ award picks: Will LeBron’s move to L.A. lead to an MVP?

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Taylor Swift Breaks Whitney Houston’s American Music Award Record After Winning 2018 Artist Of The Year

Taylor Swift made history at the 2018 American Music Awards on Tuesday, snagging 22 total awards through the years at the show and officially making her the most decorated artist ever!


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‘M*A*S*H’ star Alan Alda to get lifetime achievement award

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Cronenberg receives Venice Lifetime achievement award

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Second Edition of Green Carpet Fashion Award by Chopard to be Unveiled in Venice

MILAN – The second edition of the Green Carpet Fashion Awards, Italia, will be once again held at the La Scala theater — this year on Sept. 23 — and organizers Camera Nazionale della Moda Italiana, Eco-Age and Chopard will unveil this year’s trophy on Saturday in Venice during the city’s Film Festival.
In accordance with Chopard’s commitment to produce all its watches and jewelry in ethical gold starting in July, the statuette is crafted from Fairmined-certified ethical gold.
“Once again we are delighted to be able to have the opportunity to work with The Green Carpet Fashion Awards, Italia for this year’s ceremony,” said Caroline Scheufele, copresident and artistic director of Chopard, as the awards “are closely aligned” with the company’s values of sustainability and the “celebration of the artisans involved in all levels of our supply chains.”
The trophy represents a woman, whose long braid is produced in Fairmined-certified ethical gold. “Draped in a long robe made of aluminum to lend a lighter touch, the silhouette of this noble 21st-century heroine evokes the models sketched by fashion designers,” stated the company. “She appears surrounded by a halo, borne by a thermoformed Plexiglas cape featuring engravings evoking a golden apple tree.”
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Zalo Receives XBIZ Europa Award Nom for Product Packaging

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Nasstoys ‘Touch The Wave’ Wins StorErotica Award

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Larry Nassar Survivors Join Hands on Stage at 2018 ESPYs for Courage Award

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Lena Waithe Thanked The Creators Of ‘Shade’ In Her Trailblazer Award Speech — Seriously

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Talk about a “Larger Than Life” surprise! Backstreet Boys won a 2018 CMT Award, and no one is more shocked than they are. The guys took home the honors with Florida Georgia Line for their collaboration on the BSB classic “Everybody” – so who’s ready for Backstreet to go full country?


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U.S. author Jacqueline Woodson receives 2018 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award

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Ivor Novello award winners talk the music industry

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Topco Sales Receives 7 StorErotica Award Nominations

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Martin Scorsese receives honorary award in Cannes

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Doc Johnson Wins 2018 Adultex Award for Main Squeeze Line

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Natalie Portman Breaks Her Silence On Skipping Israeli Award Ceremony

Actress Natalie Portman has snubbed a prestigious prize known as the “Jewish Nobel,” saying she did not want her attendance to be seen as an endorsement of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.


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Adam Pally Escorted Offstage For Trashing Terrible Award Show While He Presented

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Jason Aldean Emotionally Accepts Entertainer Of The Year Award At 2018 ACMs

Jason Aldean paid tribute to the victims of the Route 91 Harvest Festival as he accepted Entertainer of the Year on Sunday at the 53rd annual Academy of Country Music Awards. 


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NHL Award Watch: New leaders in Hart, Selke, Norris and more

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Justin Bieber to Skip Grammys, And All Award Shows, Until New Album’s Complete

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2018 Oscar Award Frontrunners: Who Is Likely To Win Big?

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Pipedream’s Rob Phaneuf Wins XBIZ Exec Award for Business Development Executive of the Year

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Sheeran and Dua Lipa Brit Award nods

Breakout star Dua Lipa is the most nominated artist up for a Brit Award in a list that includes Ed Sheeran, former One Direction star Liam Payne and Grime MC Stormzy. Jayson Mansaray reports.


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Oprah Winfrey Brings Down The House With Cecil B. DeMille Award Acceptance Speech

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Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee & Bruno Mars Lead iHeart Radio Award Nominations

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Designer Michael Costello Says Black Dresses Wanted for Award Season Protests

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Yohji Yamamoto Receives Design for Asia Lifetime Achievement Award

HONG KONG — “Let me say, I think I’m a good dressmaker, but I’m not a very good talker,” said Yohji Yamomoto.
The Japanese designer was in Hong Kong at the Design for Asia gala dinner Friday night to accept a lifetime achievement award. Dressed in all black, he tipped his signature hat onstage as he collected the accolade, given to a figure who has demonstrated “visionary shaping designs across a variety of fields, and who uses design to educate and promote wider use of design in society.”
Although the 74-year-old designer has been a celebrated figure for many years — best known for his dark and avant-garde tailoring — he shared that the night held extra special meaning for him.
“In my long career, in design, architecture, [I’ve been to] so many parties, this is the very first time that I have such a warm feeling, I really appreciate this. Please let me become your family,” he said.
In 2011, Yamamoto received the Commander of the Order of Arts and Letters, the highest honor in arts and culture in France, where he has shown his collections since 1981.
The night also honored hotelier Adrian Zecha, the founder of the Aman resorts and a new affordable luxury hotel

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Beyoncé Surprises Colin Kaepernick With The Sports Illustrated Muhammad Ali Legacy Award

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Selena Gomez Tearfully Accepts Billboard’s 2017 Woman of the Year Award With Francia Raisa

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The Dubai Design and Fashion Council and Vogue Arabia Award Fashion Prizes

DUBAI — The Dubai Design and Fashion Council and Vogue Arabia awarded three designers from the region the Fashion Prize earlier this week, an annual award going to the top talent from the Middle East. The designers represent three different categories: ready-to-wear, fine jewelry and accessories. The winners were chosen by a panel that included designer Reem Acra, Aquazzura creative director Edgardo Osorio, DDFC chief executive officer Jazia Aldanhani and Vogue Arabia editor in chief Manuel Arnaut.
“It’s wonderful to discover such promising new talent in the region,” said Osorio. Accra, who is on the board of the council, said: “The DDFC Vogue Fashion Prize is so important for the region. It empowers the new generation of designers.”
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Palestinian designer Faissal El-Malak grew up between Montreal and Qatar and studied in Paris before settling in Dubai. His work is rooted in his search for identity. “Both sides of my family are Palestinian refugees,” he said. “My identity was only based on ideas and memories of my grandparents. I didn’t have anything tangible until I discovered traditionally hand embroidered cushions and dresses that my mother had. That was the first time I had something that related to my identity.”
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2017 MTV Europe Music Award: Top nominations

The 2017 MTV Europe Music Award is set to be held at the Wembley Arena in London, U.K., on Nov. 12. We look at the top nominations.
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Woolmark Co. Joins Forces With the Fashion Tech Lab for Innovation Award

WOOLMARK POWERS UP: As the bonds between fashion and technology get stronger, the Woolmark Co. has partnered with the Fashion Tech Lab for a new prize.
Twelve finalists that will be chosen for the Innovation Award powered by Fashion Tech Lab, which will be given to the collection with the most innovative and creative wool fabrication, process or development. The honor is tied to the Woolmark Co.’s International Woolmark Prize. The winner will also exemplify the most exciting approach to help reduce its social and environmental footprint.
Woolmark partnered with Fashion Tech Lab to try to bridge the gap between new technologies, sustainable innovations and luxury fashion and to educate and empower finalists through a dedicated mentorship program. The Woolmark Co.’s managing director Stuart McCullough said, “The ultimate aim of this exciting partnership is to give these 12 finalists — our future ambassadors — the best opportunity to enhance their business through innovation and sustainable processes, so they can meet the discerning needs of tomorrow’s customer. As the award continues to evolve, our aim is to encourage designers to think beyond today and embrace future technologies, which will ultimately provide a positive impact for tomorrow.”
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Wonderlust Wins Erotix Award at eroFame

Held each year, the EroFame B2B convention in Hanover, Germany draws industry crowds from around the world with showcases products, and also provides an opportunity for the EAN and eLine teams to hand out Erotix Awards.
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Emmy Award winners talk Trump backstage

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Morgan Freeman To Receive SAG Life Achievement Award

Morgan Freeman will receive the SAG Life Achievement Award at next year’s Screen Actors Guild Awards ceremony.


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VMAs 2017: Pink To Be Honored With The Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award

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Reebok President Lobbies for Academy Award for Best Fitness Trainer

REEBOK’S ACADEMY EFFORT: With “Wonder Woman’s” Gal Gadot, “Baby Driver’s” Ansel Elgort and “Atomic Blonde’s” Charlize Theron earning strong reviews for their chiseled physiques this summer, it’s not surprising that Reebok is appealing to the Academy of Motion Pictures and Sciences to create an Oscar for best fitness trainer.
In an open letter to academy president John Bailey posted Wednesday afternoon, Reebok president Matt O’Toole noted that the best scenes and storylines often require “amazing physical transformations” thanks to a small field of expert trainers.
While uber-fit overhauls aren’t exactly new (as Sylvester Stallone, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Jennifer Lawrence can attest) the C-suite lobbying is an unprecedented tactic. O’Toole notes that for the last 36 years the Academy has handed out Best Makeup and Hairstyling awards. And he made reference to the fact that sound mixers have been recognized by the Academy since 1930. “Why not also reward the people who keep our role models in peak condition?” he wrote.
Reebok wasted no time in reaching out to Bailey, a cinematographer in his own right, who was voted in to head up the academy Tuesday night. But reached Wednesday afternoon, a spokesman for the organization said he was unfamiliar with the

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Eldorado’s Elevate U Wins StorErotica Award

Eldorado’s Elevate U has received the StorErotica award for “Marketing Campaign of the Year.”
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AdultToyMegastore.co.nz Nominated for ‘Top Shop’ Award

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Nick Knight to Receive British Fashion Award

KNIGHT’S SHINING ACCOLADE: The British Fashion Council will honor Nick Knight with the Isabella Blow Award For Fashion Creator at the British Fashion Awards later this month.
Knight will receive his award for his work as a fashion and documentary photographer. From the publication of his first book, “Skinheads,” published by Omnibus Press in 1982, Knight went on to collaborate with fashion designers including Alexander McQueen, John Galliano and Yohji Yamamoto and an advertising clientele that includes Calvin Klein, Christian Dior, Lancôme, Swarovski, Tom Ford and Yves Saint Laurent. He has worked with a number of editorials for publications including Another Magazine, i-D, Vogue, V and W. Knight launched SHOWstudio in 2000 as a digital platform for fashion film in November 2000 and has worked with a plethora of filmmakers, artists, writers and figures. He has directed award-winning videos for Bjork, Lady Gaga and Kanye West. Knight’s work has been exhibited at the International Center of Photography, the Gagosian Gallery, Tate Modern and the Victoria & Albert Museum.
Named after the late British fashion editor, the Isabella Blow Award For Fashion Creator honors a British stylist, makeup artist, photographer, art director or producer. The annual event will take place at the London Coliseum on Nov. 23.
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Caitlyn Jenner’s Glamour Women of the Year 2015 Award Acceptance Speech

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American Voices: NASA To Award Best Uses Of Martian Rock

NASA has announced an open call for civilians to submit their ideas on how to turn Mars’ abundance of basalt rock into building material, fuel, or other tools astronauts can use throughout their stay on the planet so as to lower the cost of launching supplies from Earth, a contest that will award $ 10,000 to the best proposal. What do you think?




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Viola Davis Is First Black Lead Actress To Win Emmy Award [VIDEO]

Well it’s about time. Tonight (Sept. 20), Viola Davis became the first Black lead actress to win an Emmy award for her performance on ABC’s How To Get Away With Murder

Davis started her moving acceptance speech by quoting Harriet Tubman.

“In my mind, I see a line. And over that line I see green fields and lovely glowers and beautiful white women with their arms stretched out to me over that line,” she said. “I can’t seem to get over that line.”

She added, “The only thing that separates women of color from anything else is opportunity,” to a round of applause.

Davis beat out actresses including Taraji P. Henson (Empire) and Claire Danes (Homeland).

Also winning an Emmy award tonight was Uzo Aduba for her portrayal of “Crazy Eyes” on Orange Is The New Black.

Needless to say, the Internet reacted with plenty of celebrities giving their kudos. See below and on the flip.

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Eric Church, Little Big Town and Miranda Lambert lead all nominees at this year’s 49th CMA Awards. Church is nominated for Entertainer of the Year for the first time ever, squaring off against Luke Bryan, Garth Brooks, Lambert and Kenny Chesney, as well as Male Vocalist of the Year, Single of the Year for “Talladega,” Song of the Year.
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Zurich Film Festival: Arnold Schwarzenegger to Receive Golden Icon Award


The star of the ‘Terminator’ franchise will present his new film, ‘Maggie’ at the Zurich fest.

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Zurich Film Festival: Christoph Waltz to Head Filmmaker Award Jury


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Venice Film Festival: Jonathan Demme to Receive Visionary Award


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Berlin Film Fest’s Wieland Speck to Receive Busan’s Korean Cinema Award


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Victoria Justice Presents Teen Choice Award To Her ‘Doppelgänger’ Nina Dobrev

In case you needed proof that Victoria Justice and Nina Dobrev are two different people, both actresses were in the same place at the same time at the Teen Choice Awards on Sunday Night. 

Justice, 22, presented Dobrev, 26, with the award for Choice TV Actress, Sci-Fi/Fantasy for her role on “The Vampire Diaries,”and introduced her as “my doppelgänger, Nina Dobrev.” 

Dobrev hugged her lookalike, and after removing an oversized pair of fangs from her mouth, she gave an emotional speech thanking fans for the award. 

“As this chapter of my life comes to an end, I look back on it with a grateful heart and a big smile,” she told the crowd. “Just like my character Elena, I started this show as a young girl. … These were six incredible years I’ve had the pleasure of spending with all of you guys.”

Dobrev announced in April that she would be leaving “The Vampire Diaries” after the show’s Season 6 finale in May

 

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D.L. Hughley Slanders Caitlyn Jenner & Her ESPYS Award [VIDEO]

The 2015 ESPYs will be one to remember for years, mainly because Caitlyn Jenner stole the show by taking home the Arthur Ashe Courage Award.

Not everyone agrees with the athlete formerly known as Bruce Jenner’s newfound social role for fame and D.L. Hughley is one of them. The comedian turned political pundit shared his thoughts with TMZ on the situation and they were as candid as they come.

D.L. Hughley thinks it’s absurd the legacy of Arthur Ashe lives on in Caitlyn Jenner, who simply “put on a dress.”

Hughley was in NYC Thursday and was as clear as he could be … it’s a travesty that the ESPYs passed over Lauren Hill (the college basketball player who passed away this year from cancer) in favor of Caitlyn.

The comedian didn’t stop there, trashing the way Jenner looks, comparing her to a Robin Williams character.

And D.L.’s incredulous that members of the media dare to describe Serena Williams as man-like when, as he puts it, Caitlyn looks like a P.E. teacher.

“In a Mrs. Doubtfire type of way.” Bruh…

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OTB Receives Legal Award

BRAVE BATTLE: OTB, the parent company of Maison Martin Margiela, Diesel, Viktor & Rolf and Staff International, was granted the Legal Department of the Year Award in the field intellectual property during the third Top Legal Corporate Counsel Awards in Milan on Wednesday.
The event recognizes and rewards excellence in the areas of tax and legal matters of about 100 Italian and multinational companies in the financial and industrial sectors. A jury, composed of industry-related consultants and lawyers, acknowledged OTB for its fight in defending intellectual property.
OTB has initiated numerous actions to protect the group’s own brands and to combat counterfeiting. This included a lawsuit in New York against 83 Web sites that were selling fakes, the removal of 296 Web sites and the delisting of 19,000 Google URLs.
“We are very proud of this award that recognizes our ongoing commitment to protect our brands – the most precious thing we have – on all international markets,” said Riccardo Stilli, chief executive officer of OTB.

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There’s been some serious backlash to ESPN’s decision to honor Caitlyn Jenner with the Arthur Ashe Courage Award, but that doesn’t bother ESPY Awards host Joel McHale.

The comedian and host of “The Soup” told HuffPost Live on Wednesday that he’s been asked a lot about Jenner’s award in the run-up to the ESPYs, which will air July 15, and he only has words of support for the Olympic legend and new transgender icon.

“There’s no time limit, I don’t think, on when you’ve accomplished something athletically for this award. Obviously it’s very controversial. People have very strong opinions about Caitlyn Jenner. But I think being the most famous American decathlete is a massive achievement, and there’s no doubt — some people don’t think it, but I think it’s courageous what she did,” McHale said.

And controversy aside, McHale added that he’s got more pressing concerns about his own job at the ESPYs.

“People are constantly asking me, ‘So, what do you think of [the award]?’ I’m like, ‘I didn’t decide this. I’m hosting the show. I’m just hoping the jokes land. That’s all I care about,'” he said.

Watch the full HuffPost Live conversation with Joel McHale here.

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By Steve Schonberg; Video Producer: Meredith Ganzman

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On Sunday, June 7, famed Broadway actress and fan favorite, Kelli O’Hara (who I profiled here, last year) was finally recognized by the Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing for her remarkable contributions to the stage, taking home her very first TONY Award following a total of six nominations over several years.

In the weeks leading up, fans took to social media with a fervor, debating who exactly should win for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical. Many were in “Camp Kristin” for Chenoweth’s outstanding performance as Lily Garland in the Roundabout Theatre Company’s revival of On The 20th Century. Others rooted for theater legend Chita Rivera and her performance as Claire Zachanassian in Kander and Ebb’s final musical, The Visit (which Rivera has said will likely be her final role on Broadway).

However, the support for O’Hara was fierce, and her fans were ultimately vindicated on TONY night as she received the award for her stunning and complex performance as Anna Leonowens in the Lincoln Center revival of The King and I.

Weeks before the TONY Awards, our team at Center On The Aisle (#COTA – the website I run in addition to contributing here on The Huffington Post) was also split, but peace came by acknowledging exactly what this incredible recognition represents. All three of these women were frontrunners, and deserved to win for different reasons. However, if the TONY Awards have a weakness, it’s that other than its Lifetime Achievement awards, they celebrate only a single performance–not the performer’s body of work and total contribution to the art form.

Realizing this, our team did a little research and found out that this year did not just bring Kelli her sixth nomination, her performance in The King and I marked a total of 15 years on Broadway, and her 10th Broadway show.

To acknowledge this, the #COTA team (with the help of a special celebrity guest included in the video below!) decided to take matters into our own hands and recognize Kelli O’Hara for all of these incredible performances (whether she won the TONY Award or not), which collectively have made her one of the most recognizable and talented actresses on stage today.

Check out the video below to see me present Kelli with Center On The Aisle’s first ever award, titled “Our Leading Lady.”

Steve Schonberg is the editor-in-chief of www.centerontheaisle.com.

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It could not be more fitting that Caitlyn Jenner will be receiving the Arthur Ashe Award for Courage at this year’s ESPYs, as the internet continues to both praise and debate what it means to have a beloved Olympian come out as a trans woman. I can’t help but smile thinking about how apropos and fitting it is that Caitlyn receives this award.

Growing up as a black person in this country, Arthur Ashe was always a role model for me. An outspoken, talented and smart black man who confronted the inequality in our world. Silence is violence, and those who speak up not only spark change, but go down in history as leaders for future generations to look up to and aspire to be. Black kids, much like trans kids need adult leaders telling them that there is a life meant to be lived.

Camera, Arthur Ashe’s daughter, is my oldest and closest friend. When I came out years ago as gay, she didn’t bat an eye. Years later when I came out as trans, the exact same occurred. Our friendship has not only withstood the test of time, but also been tightly bound by unequivocal acceptance. Knowing now, as a happily out trans person, that Caitlyn is being given an award in her father’s name is truly love and advocacy coming beautifully full circle. As the young black kid who admired her father, words can’t express what it feels, as a young black trans man to see an out and proud trans woman receive an award in his name. We are all truly so much more alike than we will ever know and when we take the time to connect the dots, we are so much closer to those who seemed the farthest.

Arthur Ashe became a tennis megastar, in a time when Apartheid still existed, a time where no black man before him (or after him) had won a Grand Slam, and a time when our country was still reeling from decades of segregation.

The fight for LGBTQ equality has always mirrored in many ways, the movements prompted by racial disparity. As we approach an age where gay rights are no longer being seen as a radical fight but instead a humane and righteous step for our country, transgender folks often find themselves left out of the rally cry.

Slowly the media has begun to embrace those who are transgender as equals. Granted, those we do see are often flawless and gorgeous examples of femininity, the presence of Janet Mock and Laverne Cox in the mainstream is incredibly important for trans visibility.

Caitlyn Jenner was setting world records in the world of track and field whilst Ashe was crushing his competition in the tennis world. We didn’t know then that the former was a trans woman, or that the latter would lose his life to AIDS, another crushing common bond shared with many in the trans community, as black transgender women have the highest percentage of new HIV-positive test results.

Our country has seen the bloodshed of far too many blacks just as our country has seen the bloodshed of far too many trans people. When we put into place systems of hate and continually perpetuate them with wrongful facts in the media what often results is the loss of lives and the erasure of groups of people. This is why we need the Arthur Ashe’s of the world, this is why we need the Caitlyn Jenners.

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The “Harvard rejection letter” that went viral earlier this week? Yeah, it’s fake. But you should still read it.

Molly McGaan, the letter’s author and a student at Francis W. Parker School in Chicago, wrote the cheeky piece of satire for her school’s humor publication, “Citizen Poke,” and it viral — for obvious, hilarious reasons:

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The letter purported to come from the Harvard College Office of Admissions and Financial Aid. It regretfully informs Ms. McGaan her application, which rested on a solid foundation of “proficiency in ‘dank memes’” and a respectable level of “$ wagg moneyyyy,” wouldn’t be enough to earn admission despite a solid GPA and test scores.

“We also suggest obtaining recommendation letters from teachers or trusted mentors,” the letter advises, “not ‘my #4 side ho Derek’ or Chief Keef, who submitted a picture of a dinosaur drawn in crayon on a rolling paper.”

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“I’ve had a lot of friends … really stressed out about college admissions,” McGaan said, “and I just wanted to make some people smile.”

She said she never expected the letter to resonate so much outside of her friend group. But it clearly has, racking up millions of views across Reddit, Tumblr, Facebook, and elsewhere since she posted it to the Citizen Poke Facebook page on Tuesday.

“To me it was just this very juvenile little joke that I wrote,” she added. “I couldn’t believe it got picked up so fast. I write this magazine at my school, and the most amount of ‘likes’ [a story has had on Facebook] before this was about four.”

The 18-year-old has actually applied to Harvard, and is slightly concerned the tongue-in-cheek letter may harm her admissions odds. School officials told The Boston Globe they have indeed seen McGaan’s handiwork, but declined to comment further.

“People legitimately think it’s real, which is so bizarre to me.” McGaan told the Globe. “It’s just so insane.”

McGaan doesn’t expect to hear back from Harvard for another couple weeks. Thankfully, the stress of admissions season doesn’t seem to have affected her sense of humor:



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Question: What do science fiction, fantasy and horror have in common? Answer: they are the genres honored annually, for the past four decades, by the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films.

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On June 26th, actors, filmmakers, and a whole host of other entertainment professionals and artisans will gather in Burbank, CA, to celebrate their capacity to engage you in intergalactic war, have you hobnobbing with kings, dragons, hobbits, and zombies, transform you into some alternate life form, get you chewing your fingernails down to little nubs, or simply scare the pants off of you … and do it all with your unequivocal, enthusiastic consent!

To the uninitiated, this could sound like a whole lot of fanfare and purple prose … in which case, may I suggest you take a few days and immerse yourself in some of the films and television shows which are on the Academy’s slate for its coveted Saturn Award. Some of these include: Gravity, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Pacific Rim, Game of Thrones, Falling Skies, Carrie, The Conjuring, The Place Beyond The Pines, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., The Blacklist, and Under The Dome.

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The lineup of directors, actors, and actresses is no less impressive, including such luminaries as J.J. Abrams, Alfonso Cuaron, Kevin Bacon, James Spader, Peter Jackson, Guillermo del Toro, Jessica Lang, Halle Barry, Sandra Bullock, Emma Thompson, Mia Wasikowska, George Clooney, Ben Kinglsey, Harrison Ford, Bill Nighy (I have a particular soft spot for him!), and Scarlett Johansson.

The complete list of nominees can be found on the Academy’s website.

Honoring entertainment industry greats from both television and the silver screen, from studio productions as well as independents, the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films takes its nomination cues from the public. Yes, nominators and voters must be members, but the Academy’s membership is still open to the public, thereby affording fans the opportunity to voice their opinions and be champions for their heroes. In addition to that, members get to attend about 130 screenings and numerous special events each year.

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The Academy was founded four decades ago by a man who adored the genres which, with each new film, pushed the envelope right over the edge and stretched the imagination beyond its breaking point so it could transport its fans into worlds and experiences so extraordinary, that they all but defied definition or explanation.

Fearing that those genres, particularly horror, might never garner the attention they deserved from the Oscars, Emmys, and Golden Globes, Dr. Donald A. Reed founded the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films. He wanted the films he felt so passionate about, and all the people and faces behind them, to receive the recognition they so richly deserved. And now they do.

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Thanks to the efforts of Dr. Reed, the Academy’s Award Ceremony is now celebrating its 40th anniversary, with a list of past honorees as brilliant as that of any Academy red carpet, including Vincent Price, Rock Hudson, Lon Chaney Jr., Leonard Nimoy, Steven Spielberg, Burgess Meredith, Nicholas Cage, George Lucas, James Cameron, Peter Bogdanovich, Rod Serling, Robert Downey Jr., Boris Karloff, Nathan Fillion, Mel Brooks, Gene Roddenberry, Ray Bradbury, and Frank Darabont.

(Darabont I especially enjoyed when met him at the 2009 Saturn Awards ceremony … spending about 15 or 20 minutes talking about, of all things, fuel cells, hydrogen generation, and alternative energy! Of course … what else would you discuss with a three-time Oscar-nominated director at a film and television award show?!)

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I recently had the opportunity to speak with Robert Holguin, the Academy’s CEO and president. Through his efforts over the past several years, the independent filmmaking community’s contribution to the entertainment industry is now an integral part of the annual Saturn Awards event, accounting for approx. 40 percent of the nominees. “There’s a lot of talent that can be found in independent film,” he told me, “Because they have more freedom to work outside the box, they can bring something to the screen that’s more original.”

And if anything is likely to have a good shot at being original, it’s something in the Sci-Fi, Fantasy, or Horror genres. Who could ever forget Jack Nicholson’s terrifying and incomparable “Here’s Johnny!” in The Shining? And, as Holguin also pointed out, “Who would have ever thought a show about zombies could be so successful?”

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Clearly, the public has gone way beyond ‘ready for it’; they are demanding it – greater quantities, higher quality, superior intellect, and further and further out of the box each year. Isn’t that just fantastic!

(Photos, top to bottom: Saturn statuettes, Frank Darabont and Guillermo del Toro, Rod Serling, Leonard Nimoy, Mel Brooks, Steven Spielberg. All photos: Saturn Awards Archives)

Pamela S. K. Glasner is a published author and a filmmaker. Learn more about Ms. Glasner at http://www.starjackentertainment.com/ and on Facebook.

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