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Congratulations Lupita Nyong’o!!!

In Daily Chronicles, Daily Musings on January 16, 2014 at 12:33 pm

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Lupita Nygong’o just received an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress. Congratulations, Lupita! This young lady is certainly going places, and to top it all off, she is stunning!! Did you see that red dress at the Golden Globes! In the photo above, yellow truly becomes her, don’t you think? No matter what Lupita wears she looks gorgeous.

The beautiful and talented actress from 12 Years A Slave has truly made her mark on the film world. Let’s stay tuned to see what she does next.  I hope she takes home that well deserved Oscar.

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Lupita Nygong'o, Maylana's Chronicles #maylanachronicles, Maylana's Closet, #maylanascloset, Beauty, #Beauty, Fashion, #Fashion

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All  photos via Google Images

Happy Birthday Ella…

In Daily Musings on April 25, 2013 at 6:53 pm

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The original First Lady of Jazz, would have celebrated her 96th birthday today.  Happy birthday Ella, you brought so much soulful rhythm to the world.   Ella Jane Fitzgerald was a true jazz legend

I love today’s Google Doodle, celebrating her birthday.

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 To learn more about the life of Ella Fitzgerald click here

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Irving Penn, Photographer Extraordinaire…

In Daily Musings on January 11, 2013 at 2:54 pm

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I’ve always loved the photography of Irving Penn. I love to admire the black and white sharpness of most of his work; the poses of his subjects against a white or grey background. Everything is sharp and angular.  For me, the one of Miles Davis above, captures it all;  the darkness of his skin against the whites of his nails, makes for such a strong and powerful image. Irving Penn was able to capture the heart and soul of this complicated and spirited musician.

You really cannot mistake a Irving Penn photograph for any other. He was one of the top photographers of his time.  Irving Penn photographed his first cover for Vogue magazine in 1943 and continued to work at the magazine throughout his career, shooting covers, portraits, still life, fashion, and photographic essays. Irving Penn passed away in 2009 at the age of 92.

Here is a small collection of some of my favourites.

Irving Penn Fashion Photography

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I hope you have an amazing weekend, I’m finally going to start packing for my trip to London on Tuesday, it’s time to move everything I’m taking, from the sofa to the suitcase!

 LL

All images obtained via Google

“A Coward’s Dream” ~ An Indie To See!!

In Daily Musings on December 4, 2012 at 8:36 am

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About a month ago, I was honoured to be invited to the premiere screening of the independent movie “A Cowards Dream”.  A moving docudrama about how domestic violence starts and unfortunately ends. This gem of a movie was written, produced and directed by Dysco SwagisBack Jackson {don’t you just love that pen name} and Cellus Davis. This well crafted movie was created on a small budget with love, insight, and taste.

The movie follows Tina and Mark and how their perfect relationship suddenly turns into a horror movie. It shows how easily domestic violence starts and why so many women {and men} never report their abuse.

This could have been a dark feature because of the subject matter, but with great taste, humour was gently interjected to lighten the mood. Without giving the plot away, you will never look at whipped cream the same again; those who have seen the movie, know exactly what I’m talking about. Kudos to the actors who literally donated their talent to help make this movie happen.

Due to really high demand, there will now be a second showing of “A Coward’s Way” being shown on Thursday, December 6, at the Magic Johnson Theaters, 800 Shoppers Way, Largo, Maryland 20774.  You can purchase tickets here.  This will be the final screening for this highly praised and powerful movie.

This issue is close to the heart of Dysco; due to the tragic event of a family member, he is petitioning for Domestic Violence Month to be moved from October to May.  Because October is also Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which is another very important issue, Domestic Violence Month is being overshadowed.  It would be great if we could all help him make this move happen.  Dysco needs 25,000 signatures just to get started, we can do this!!!  Domestic Violence is a huge issue here in the United States.  To learn more on how to help click here

Dysco & Cellus deserve to be on their way to the Sundance film festival, lets help get them there. If you see no other indie this year {which is nearly over}, go and see this one, you’ll be glad you did, don’t just hear about it, BE THERE TO SUPPORT THEM!!

LL

Another Star Dims…

In Daily Musings on May 17, 2012 at 1:08 pm

 

While going through my daily news feeds, there was the headline… Donna Summer died today from cancer… Wow!  With Chuck Brown just yesterday, and now Ms. Summer, I feel like all the true artists are passing away to sing in that glorious choir in the sky.  In my opinion, Donna Summer was one of the best singer/songwriters along with Ashford & Simpson; and many others of that era. 

I remember getting ready for  school and hearing MacArthur park on the radio in the mornings; that song may have been my first exposure to Donna Summer back home in England (so long ago, I don’t remember now :-))  Donna was given the crown and title “Queen of Disco” a very much deserved title in her heyday.  When you think of disco, you think of Donna Summer.  God bless her and may she rest in peace.

Below are a few of my favourite tracks.  

 

On The Radio: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q33MM5JGzGM&feature=related

Bad Girls http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iXgcbnmd6qg&feature=related (loved this one!)

Love To Love You Baby: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UPXizlnS7go&feature=related

Women’s Anthem “She Works For The Money” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4DsNn1NzxJ8&feature=related

MacArthur Park http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n3rEzI0PtPA (I never understood who left the cake out in the rain… Why did they?)