Jorja Smith named as Dior’s new make-up ambassador

Jorja Smith wants to use her role as Dior’s new global make-up ambassador to celebrate and give representation to mixed-race girls.The British songstress, who earned a Grammy Award nomination for Best New Artist in 2019, announced that she has teamed u…

Jorja Smith wants to use her role as Dior’s new global make-up ambassador to celebrate and give representation to mixed-race girls.

The British songstress, who earned a Grammy Award nomination for Best New Artist in 2019, announced that she has teamed up with the French luxury brand for the role on Monday (29Apr19).

During an interview for her cover feature in the June edition of Elle U.K. magazine, Jorja who has previously worked with the likes of Drake, Kendrick Lamar and Stormzy, shared that she hopes to use the position to champion mixed-race beauty.

“It’s a new face and it’s also a natural face. I mean, I wear make-up, but I haven’t done anything to my face,” she told the publication. “I’ve always looked like this – for young mixed-race girls at school to see me and be like, ‘Oh – I look like her!'”

The Let Me Down hitmaker went on to share the magazine cover on her Instagram account, and gushed that she’s “so excited” about the prestigious gig.

“Little 14-year-old J would not have even thought about this while stealing my mom’s mascaras!” the 21-year-old wrote in the caption of the post.

Despite admitting that she enjoys working out and experimenting with make-up, Jorja also confessed to the publication that, to her, beauty isn’t necessarily about aesthetics, and that it’s more about being “comfortable” in your own skin.

“It’s being comfortable in your skin and knowing that your imperfections make you perfect. You have to realise that you’ve got flaws and they’re fine – they just make you who you are,” she smiled.

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Miguel makes political statement with controversial Nipsey Hussle T-shirt

Miguel has sparked controversy after the star wore a T-shirt suggesting that U.S. President Donald Trump should have been killed instead of Nipsey Hussle.The Adorn hitmaker debuted the statement shirt in a clip posted to his Instagram page, which showe…

Miguel has sparked controversy after the star wore a T-shirt suggesting that U.S. President Donald Trump should have been killed instead of Nipsey Hussle.

The Adorn hitmaker debuted the statement shirt in a clip posted to his Instagram page, which showed him wearing the plain white T-shirt which bore the words “How Nipsey before Trump?”.

He teamed the top with black pants and accessorised the look with a pair of white-framed sunglasses and a simple gold chain around his neck.

The R&B star since removed the post, but The Blast reported that Miguel, full name Miguel Pimentel, was also seen wearing the outfit at Coachella over the weekend (13-14Apr19)

Miguel has spoken candidly in the past about his distaste for President Trump, and has slammed his treatment of Mexico and his decision to build a border wall to keep immigrants away from the United States.

Nipsey Hussle, 33, was shot and killed on 31 March near his clothing store Marathon Clothing Company in Los Angeles, California.

The star was later memorialised at a service at The Staples Center last week with the likes of Stevie Wonder, Barack Obama and Kendrick Lamar all paying tribute.

Following news of the rapper’s passing, Miguel took to Instagram to share his sadness and send his love to the star’s family and friends.

“Heavy. Sending nothing but love and condolences to Nipsey’s family, friends, Lauren, loved ones,” he posted. “Man had a lot of positive things he was working on for his community and overall consciousness not to mention always solid energy when we crossed paths. S**t is wild we’re the same age. Heart breaking.”

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Oscars show to include all Best Song performances after backlash

The 2019 Oscars show will include performances of all tunes nominated in the Best Original Song category after all.According to editors at Variety, officials at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences originally planned to only include performa…

The 2019 Oscars show will include performances of all tunes nominated in the Best Original Song category after all.

According to editors at Variety, officials at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences originally planned to only include performances of two nominated songs during the telecast on 24 February (19), with those tracks reported to be Shallow from A Star Is Born and All The Stars from Black Panther.

As recently as last week (ends27Jan19), representatives for the other nominees in the category – Diane Warren’s I’ll Fight from documentary RBG, When a Cowboy Trades His Spurs for Wings from The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, and The Place Where Lost Things Go from Mary Poppins Returns – were told there wasn’t “enough time” for them to be included.

However, sources have now told the film publication that there will renditions of all songs at the ceremony even though some may only be in “truncated, 90-second form”.

On Thursday, an Academy spokesperson took to Twitter to confirm that Jennifer Hudson has been tapped to sing I’ll Fight during the show, while The Place Where Lost Things Go will be performed by a “surprise special guest”.

That means a performance of When a Cowboy Trades His Spurs for Wings, penned by David Rawlings and Gillian Welch, is the only song not yet officially confirmed for the Oscars telecast. The song was originally performed by Willie Watson and Tim Blake Nelson.

Lady Gaga, who has also been nominated in the Best Actress category for A Star Is Born, is expected to sing Shallow, while Kendrick Lamar and SZA are lined-up for All the Stars. Meanwhile, fans have speculated that it is most likely that Emily Blunt will make an appearance during The Place Where Lost Things Go, which was written by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman.

The news comes as the 2019 Oscars is still without a host, with Kevin Hart pulling out of the role in December after homophobic messages he posted on Twitter in the past re-emerged online. The last time the Academy Awards went host-less was 1989.

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Kendrick Lamar and Lady Gaga make Oscars shortlist for Best Original Song

Kendrick Lamar and SZA’s All the Stars hit from Black Panther and Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper’s A Star Is Born duet Shallow have made the Oscars shortlist for Best Original Song. The contenders in nine categories for the 2019 Academy Awards were rele…

Kendrick Lamar and SZA’s All the Stars hit from Black Panther and Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper’s A Star Is Born duet Shallow have made the Oscars shortlist for Best Original Song.

The contenders in nine categories for the 2019 Academy Awards were released all together on Monday evening (17Dec18) for the first time in the ceremony’s history, as Academy members prepare to vote again to narrow down the lists ahead of the main nominations announcement on 22 January (19).

Also among the 15 hopefuls for Best Original Song are Dolly Parton’s Girl In The Movies from Dumplin’, Thom Yorke’s Suspirium from Suspiria, and superproducer Mark Ronson’s Keep Reachin’ for the Quincy Jones documentary, Quincy. The Brit also co-wrote Shallow with Gaga.

The rest of the music featured in Black Panther has earned the project a mention for Best Original Score, currently facing off with work featured in Avengers: Infinity War, Crazy Rich Asians, The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, BlacKkKlansman, and Mary Poppins Returns, alongside many others.

Meanwhile, another closely-watched race is that of Best Foreign Language Film, with Alfonso Cuaron’s critically-acclaimed Roma gaining a spot in the top nine for Mexico. Germany’s entry Never Look Away by Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, Hirokazu Kore-eda’s Shoplifters for Japan, Paweł Pawlikowski’s Cold War for Poland, and Burning by Lee Chang-dong for South Korea have scored a place in the nine-strong shortlist, too. The final winner will be chosen from the six finalists unveiled next month.

Semifinalists were also announced in categories of Documentary Feature, Documentary Short, Visual Effects, Makeup/Hairstyling, Live Action Short, and Animated Short.

The 91st Oscars will take place at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood on 24 February (19).

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Kendrick Lamar: ‘I want to be the villain in Black Panther sequel’

Kendrick Lamar is keen to star as the villain if a sequel to Black Panther moves forward. Michael B. Jordan played Killmonger in the superhero blockbuster, but his character (spoiler alert) met his demise in the end. The movie is having a record-break…

Kendrick Lamar is keen to star as the villain if a sequel to Black Panther moves forward.

Michael B. Jordan played Killmonger in the superhero blockbuster, but his character (spoiler alert) met his demise in the end. The movie is having a record-breaking run in the theatres and Lamar reveals if movie bosses order up a second film he is eager to appear in it.

“I really enjoy Killmonger’s character, just off the simple fact that he was a villain but he came with some real (talk)…,” he tells BBC Radio 1. “He was a villain but he was loved and misunderstood. So if I could, I’d play a Killmonger for sure.”

If Kendrick does want to appear in the film, which features a predominantly black cast, he does have a connection to the movie after producing its soundtrack.

“Not even talking about the music – just the movie and the cast and the director – I think it’s something that not only stands within its moment but stands within time,” he says. “We’re talking about timeless films and things that are going to curate after this film. When we got to the music, I just wanted to make sure that I could complement that and be a part of (it) in the best way I could.”

Together with his Top Dawg Entertainment label boss, Anthony ‘Top Dawg’ Tiffith, and producer Soundwave, Kendrick recruited artists including The Weeknd, Khalid, SZA, Future, Schoolboy Q, 2 Chainz, and James Blake to work on the soundtrack while he was on tour.

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Kendrick Lamar: ‘Designing shoes is like making music’

Kendrick Lamar has compared the creation of his latest Nike sneaker line with the process he follows when making music.The 30-year-old hosted an NBA All-Star Weekend event in Downtown Los Angeles on Saturday (17Feb18), where he unveiled his recent Nike…

Kendrick Lamar has compared the creation of his latest Nike sneaker line with the process he follows when making music.

The 30-year-old hosted an NBA All-Star Weekend event in Downtown Los Angeles on Saturday (17Feb18), where he unveiled his recent Nike collaboration, the Kendrick Lamar x Nike Cortez Kenny II collection.

When asked how designing footwear compares to crafting hit songs like Humble, the rapper divulged that he viewed the two as similar processes.

“It’s almost like the same process for me… a lot of detail,” Kendrick shared at the sports gathering, reports Billboard. “I like to have every little nick and nack counter or apart from each other, so people can appreciate that.”

The songwriter, who bagged four Grammys at this year’s ceremony, went on to describe his sneaker line as having “a classic L.A. feel” and also shared that his collaboration with the sportswear brand was inspired by teenagers.

“Being in their shoes, I was once in a place where they were at — a lot of dreams and aspirations,” he mused. “Looking at them and wondering where I want to go, and I can see that vibe and I can see they have a lot of energy for walking out here. That’s something I respect.”

The Damn record maker disclosed that Nike Air Max “97 and the 95s” are his shoes of choice, and additionally opened up about his desire to take his writing talents to the film industry one day.

He also revealed that he is his biggest critic when creating music and footwear.

“I got to be comfortable with it 100 per cent. I got to feel good about it. I got to feel like I can wear something on the daily and something I can listen to on the daily,” he stated. “Then, give it out to the world, and hopefully they feel the same.”

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Kendrick Lamar jumped at opportunity to produce Black Panther soundtrack

Rapper Kendrick Lamar immediately volunteered his services to oversee the soundtrack for Marvel blockbuster Black Panther after he was granted a special preview by director Ryan Coogler. The Creed filmmaker reveals he had been planning to work with Ke…

Rapper Kendrick Lamar immediately volunteered his services to oversee the soundtrack for Marvel blockbuster Black Panther after he was granted a special preview by director Ryan Coogler.

The Creed filmmaker reveals he had been planning to work with Kendrick for some time, and when he initially approached the Grammy winner last spring (Apr17) about contributing to the Black Panther project, Coogler only envisioned the hip-hop star offering up a few tunes.

However, allowing the musician to view early cuts of the movie was enough to convince Kendrick to be more heavily involved, taking on the role of producer and co-curator, as his excitement for the superhero movie grew.

“At first, he was just going to do a few songs for the film,” Ryan explained to NPR.org. “Then he came in and watched quite a bit of the movie, and the next thing I know, they were booking a studio and they were going at it.”

Together with his Top Dawg Entertainment label boss, Anthony ‘Top Dawg’ Tiffith, and producer Soundwave, Kendrick recruited artists including The Weeknd, Khalid, SZA, Future, Schoolboy Q, 2 Chainz, and James Blake to work on the soundtrack while he was on tour, and the finished product was perfect for Coogler’s movie, which already had an instrumental score by composer Ludwig Goransson.

“Hats off to him (Kendrick) and his production team – they made some really great songs that we got placed in there,” Ryan shared. “And hats off to Soundwave, who’s producing, and Ludwig, who was able to manipulate the score to incorporate some of those songs and weave them in and out of the orchestral stuff that he was already doing. I can’t wait for people to hear the music on that album, man.”

Fans will get to enjoy the Black Panther soundtrack when it drops on Friday (09Feb18), ahead of the movie’s release next week (begs12Feb18), starring Chadwick Boseman as the titular superhero.

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