Princess Diana 20 years later

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Where were you on August 31, 1997?

Today marks the 20th anniversary since Diana, Princess of Wales, passed away following a car accident in Paris, along with her boyfriend Dodi Fayed and driver.

The world went into total shock when they heard the news and tried to come to terms with the sudden passing of “the People’s Princess,” and many still grieve her loss.

Her presence and legacy continues to live on through her sons, Princes William and Harry, and her grandchildren Prince George and Princess Charlotte.

❤️We love you and miss you Princess Diana❤️

RIP

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Happy Birthday Michael Jackson!

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Tuesday marks what would have been Michael Jackson’s 59th birthday.

The “King of Pop” was born on August 29, 1958 in Gary, Indiana.

Before and since his passing in June 2009, Jackson has paved the way for pop music, and continues to influence many artists and fans throughout the world.

Happy Birthday Michael!

We love you. We miss you.

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Below are some his greatest hit songs. Enjoy!

Remembering Aaliyah 16 years later

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Aaliyah in NY, May 2001
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August 25.

A date that is still and will always be difficult for the fans of the late R&B singer and actress Aaliyah, who passed away 16 years ago today.

On Saturday, August 25, 2001, not too long after wrapping the shoot for her music video “Rock the Boat” in the Bahamas, Aaliyah and seven members of her entourage boarded a twin-engine Cessna 402B to take them back home to the United States. The plane crashed shortly after takeoff.

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Aaliyah in 2001
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At just 22 years old, Aaliyah made achievements that only a few would make in a lifetime. She had three multi-platinum albums, a number of hit singles and starred in two films, with other projects lined up. We can’t help but think where she would be now in her life and career if she were still alive.

Aaliyah blossomed in front of our very eyes for seven years, from a tomboy teen into an elegant and confident woman. She was a beautiful person, inside and out, and lit up a room with her radiant smile.  She truly was “one in a million.”

RIP Aaliyah

We love you.

We miss you.

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And let us not forget the ones who left this earth with Aaliyah on that August day: Eric Forman, Anthony Dodd, Scott Gallin, Keith Wallace, Christopher Maldonado, Douglas Kratz, Gina Smith and Louis Morales III

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Aaliyah For MAC collection is finally coming next summer

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Although Friday marks 16 years since her sudden and untimely passing, joyous news has come the day before  MAC Cosmetics will create a makeup collection in honor of Aaliyah which is set to hit store shelves in Summer 2018.

“Aaliyah is truly one in a million — an unstoppable icon whose groundbreaking work in R&B music and film inspires us all, wrote MAC in a video Instagram post on Thursday. “Today we join her countless fans in celebrating her with the announcement of the M·A·C Aaliyah collection. You made it happen! Stay tuned in 2018.”

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Aaliyah in 2001 ©Hamish Brown

Jennifer Risinger launched a petition in 2015, as well as social media accounts, calling for MAC to produce a line inspired by the late singer and actress, who was also a fan of the makeup company. “Mac Cosmetics, We want an ‪”Aaliyah for Mac Limited Edition Collection. ‪‪Aaliyah stands for Mac’s mission of “All ages, All races, All sexes,” Risinger stated.

“She was a risk taker, innovator, edgy, street but sweet, & R and B’s Princess. She continues to influence today’s mainstream artist & people around the world still love and celebrate her life and music every year… Our ‪mission‬ is simple, we want her legacy to continue and be reintroduced through a collection with Mac Cosmetics.”

Although the brand was eager to respond to her fans on whether the collection would become a reality, MAC had to wait on the approval of Aaliyah’s family.

In a statement to Fashionista, Catherine Bomboy Dougherty, MAC’s Senior Vice President of Global Communications had this to say: “There is a certain something about each of our collaborators that inspires MAC — with Aaliyah it was the incredible passion from her fans that was everywhere we turned. We admire Aaliyah because she was a not only an exceptionally talented artist, but a risk-taker and innovator who still influences the worlds of music, fashion and beauty. She continues to be a role model whose legacy inspires us all to follow our hearts. We are honored the family trusted MAC to bring Aaliyah and her fans’ vision to life. We made a lot of people really happy today and that feels good.”

Similarly, MAC announced in July 2015 that they would create a Selena-inspired collection (following a fan petition in 2014), which made it’s debut in October 2016. The line was so successful, selling out within seconds, it had a relaunch online in December 2016.

There’s no doubt that Aaliyah x MAC will be a hot sellout as well.

We love you Aaliyah!

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‘Dirty Dancing’ turns 30!

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Dirty Dancing turned 30 years old on Monday!

The romantic drama dance film, starring Jennifer Grey as Frances “Baby” Houseman and Patrick Swayze as dance instructor Johnny Castle, premiered on August 21, 1987. It became an instant hit, becoming one of the highest-grossing movies of 1987, and is a pop culture classic.

The song, “(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life,” which plays during the final dance scene, and is easily the most memorable moment of the film, won an Oscar and Golden for Best Original Song, as well as  Grammy for Best Pop Performance by a Duo.

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Happy 75th Anniversary Bambi!

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Bambi celebrated his diamond anniversary on Monday.

Walt Disney’s fifth full-length animated film was released in theaters on August 21, 1942. It was re-released in theaters six other times: 1947, 1957, 1966, 1975, 1982, and 1988.

In honor of its 75th anniversary, Bambi was added and released as part of the Walt Disney Signature Collection on digital and Blu-ray/DVD/digital combo on May 23, 2017 and June 6, 2017, respectively.

Happy anniversary Bambi! 75 never looked so good!

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Denzel Washington returns to Broadway this Spring

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Award-winning actor Denzel Washington will make his return to Broadway this spring in The Iceman Cometh.

Written by playwright Eugene O’Neill, the play is expected to begin March 22 at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre for a 14-week run.

Featured in two plays prior, Washington made his Broadway debut in 1988 with Checkmates and has returned to Broadway several times since.

In 2005, he appeared as Brutus in the revival of William Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar. He starred in the revival of August Wilson’s Fences in 2010 alongside Viola Davis, in which they both received Tony awards for their performances, and the two also starred in the film adaptation of the play. His last stint on Broadway came in the 2014 revival of Lorraine Hansberrry’s A Raisin in the Sun.

The Iceman Cometh will be directed by Tony-award winning director George C. Wolfe and produced by Scott Rudin.

 

Radio City Rockettes kicks off holiday season with ‘Christmas in August’

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Photo: Shannon Mayo (myself)

The Radio City Rockettes shut down Sixth Avenue Thursday morning to help spread some Christmas cheer in the middle of August!

The annual “Christmas in August” took place outside of Radio City Music Hall at 11am with the world famous dancing troupe performing one of their numbers from the Radio City Christmas Spectacular, “New York at Christmas,” to kick off the 2017 holiday season.

Santa Claus, who came all the way from the North Pole, made an appearance on top of the music hall’s marquee to help introduce the show-stopping event along with 95.5 PLJ on-air host John Foxx.

The Radio City Christmas Spectacular will run from Nov. 10 through Jan. 1, 2018. Tickets are on sale now. For more information, head over to the Radio City Music Hall box office or rockettes.com/christmas.

Watch the performance below!