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Miles Joris-Peyrafitte talks “As You Are”

For his debut feature, director Miles Joris-Peyrafitte went back to 1994 to explore adolescent isolation and confusion

Foreign Oscar contenders denounce ‘fanaticism’ in U.S.

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (Reuters) - The directors of all five Oscar-nominated foreign language films on Friday denounced what they called a "climate of fanaticism and nationalism" in the United States and elsewhere, and dedicated their Academy Award to the cause of unity and free expression.

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“Nashville” loses star with devastating goodbye

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Kanye West is eyeing yet another business venture

These ‘La La Land’ Songwriters Are Also Behind Your Latest Broadway Obsession

Before a shower of Academy Awards rain down upon all those associated with “La La Land” on Sunday, let’s take a moment to remember that two of the film’s nominees are also responsible for the biggest musical theater hit of the year.

Years before Mia and Sebastian danced among the stars, composers Benj Pasek and Justin Paul were already beinghailed as the heirs to Rodgers and Hammerstein. With the debut of their celebrated new musical “Dear Evan Hansen,” currently playing at the Music Box Theatre in New York City, Pasek and Paul are poised to become the premier songwriting team working today.

The two first met during their freshman year at the University of Michigan where they were both studying musical theater. Bonding over the shared embarrassment of being the two worst dancers in a ballet class, Pasek and Paul soon turned their attention to writing songs. After a transformative apprenticeship with “Avenue Q”co-creator Robert Lopez, the duo began developing an impressive resume filled with musical adaptations of movies like “Dogfight” and “A Christmas Story.”

But it was “Dear Evan Hansen” that catapulted Pasek and Paul into the upper echelon of the musical theater community. Starring Ben Platt of “Pitch Perfect” as the anxious teenage depressive boy next door, “Dear Evan Hansen” has all the trappings of a hit modern musical. After a classmate he barely knew commits suicide, high schooler Evan (Platt) inserts himself into the lives of the deceased’s family, as he struggles with his own demons and self-confidence. The irresistibly catchy ballads pair well with the story of a teenager grappling with his place in the world, as big themes of love and loss are boiled down to a fiercely relatable level.

As the “Dear Evan Hansen” team was preparing for the show’s Broadway debut, the two already had their eye on another project: Damien Chazelle’s “La La Land.” In a pitch to the director,Pasek and Paul wrote the proposed lyrics for the song“City of Stars,” which garnered the duo a Golden Globe award earlier this year and is nominated for an Academy Award. Chazelle was immediately impressed, describing the duo as a “goldmine,” and the rest is award show history.

Although “La La Land” and “Dear Evan Hansen” have little in common thematically― one is consumed by nostalgia, while the other is decidedly forward-thinking ― in Pasek and Paul’s eyes, the two productions do share a connection.

Speaking with The New York Times in November, Pasek said, “I think we’re attracted to material that’s hopeful and messy, and in that mess, there’s an attempt at getting at truth.”

Get to know Pasek and Paul a little better in the interview below.

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Stalked stars

These celebrities have all had chilling encounters with obsessed fans

19 Reasons Your Obsession With Dev Patel Is Justified

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We need to talk about Dev Patel.

The 26-year-old British Indian actor could walk away with the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his rolein “Lion.”In the film, Dev plays Saroo Brierley, a man desperately searching for his family in India after being separated from them at the age of 5.

It’s a great, fiery performance that deserves recognition in and of itself, but there’s another reason we’re rooting for him. Just read this tweet:

REMINDER: A whole generation has never seen an Asian actor win an Oscar... that could change next Sunday if Dev Patel won... would be great

— Nerdy Asians (@NerdyAsians) February 17, 2017

That is a huge deal.On-screen representation matters, and it’s especially important for Asian actors. According to a 2016 diversity study,Asian actors nabbed only 3.9 percent of speaking roles in film ― a stark contrast from the 73.7 percent white actors receive.

That’s not the only reason we’repulling for Dev to win an Oscar, though. Below, a few reasons why we’re obsessed with the “Lion” actor:

—Before receiving all this Oscar buzz for “Lion,” Dev was in 2008’s massive hit “Slumdog Millionaire” and was equally amazing in that. Remember when he danced like this and low-key stole your heart?

—He was also great on HBO’s “The Newsroom,” playing a blogger and the office’s resident computer geek.

—He was super cute back then, of course.

—But right around the time of “The Newsroom,” something begin to change. Our nerdy-cute pretend boyfriend started to grow into his looks in a major way. It’s like one day the hair gods smiled down at Dev and said, “Hey, ‘Slumdog’ guy, it’s time to grow out that hair and drive everyone crazy with lust for your locks.”

And grow it out he did. The swooshy-hair era began and nothing has been the same since. Dev has pretty much blossomed into full babe mode now.

Then and now: Dev Patel shot by BAFTA in 2009 and 2017 . (L) @ellisparrinder (R) @gregwilliamsphotography . #DevPatel #tbt #throwbackthursday #BAFTAs

A post shared by BAFTA (@bafta) on Feb 23, 2017 at 4:42am PST

Woah, right?

—Those curls.

Seriously, THOSE CURLS.

—And dat smile.

—He also has an beautiful, classical profile. And the beard is good, too. (Let’s give credit where credit is due, guys.)

—He’s so good at posing for photo shoots,his side hustle should be modeling. (But please don’t stop acting, Dev.)

dev patel has been busy collecting awards & still made time to do this guardian photoshoot...

— Nerdy Asians (@NerdyAsians) February 16, 2017

—Then there’s his accent. Dev pulls off a pretty convincing Aussie accent in “Lion,” but his real-life British lilt will melt your heart.

Dev Patel calls meeting his real-life 'Lion' character "the most terrifying thing I've ever been through." #Oscars

— Hollywood Reporter (@THR) February 24, 2017

Sigh. Please never stop touching your hair.

—All awards season long, Dev has been a big booster of Sunny Pawar, the adorable 8-year-old who plays the younger version of his character in “Lion.”

Like, he literally boosts him up:

Sunny very impressively carries the first half of “Lion” all by himself and Dev gives him credit for that every chance he gets.

“He’s so incredible in this film, and I share this nomination with him in a big way,” Dev told the Los Angeles Times recently.

Don’t pretend you weren’t deeply affected by the cuteness of their introduction of“Lion” at the Golden Globes.

Dev Patel and Sunny Pawar introduce a clip from @LionMovie, which is nominated for Best Motion Picture - Drama. #GoldenGlobes

— Golden Globe Awards (@goldenglobes) January 9, 2017

All I want is Dev Patel and Sunny Pawar's Golden Globes' Lion introduction on repeat for eternity

— Gabrielle Micco (@gabriellemicco) January 9, 2017

Same, girl, same.

—Who’s he taking to the Oscars? Apparently, his mom, Anita. “That’s her moment,” he told the LA Times.“I’m her guest.”

D’aww. Here they are at a 2009 British awards party.

Gotta love a man who respects his mama.

this gif of Dev Patel being overwhelmed by his success/thanking his mother is my love language

— BORK BORK (@priya_ebooks) February 19, 2017

—We also want him to win because we’re positive he’d be so humble and bashful during his acceptance speech. Just look at how he reacted to his name being called for his SAG award nomination. (He won!)

—And in spite of all the Oscar buzz surrounding him, Dev realizes we’re living in politically tumultuous times and there’s weightier things happening in the world right now. Here’s whathe told the LA Timeson the SAG Awards red carpet:

“At times like this, you’re constantly questioning what you’re doing at awards like this or promoting a movie. It feels so pointless. I look to the people around me and they remind me the message of this film, of the art we’re trying to inject into the world right now. It’s about unification,” he added.“When I think about that, it makes me have a little bit more strength.”

—Oh, and another thing: He’s an animal lover. (Dev + doggo = happy us. And loud squee-ing noises,to be honest.)

goodnight to dev patel

— ㅤ (@nighcrawIer) February 9, 2017

—On another shallow note,boy fills out a suit quite well.

—And in case you were wondering, he has a mean street-style game, too.

—We’re in good company in our Dev devotion. Ellen DeGeneres gave himthe title of“Sexiest Man Alive”when he visited the show back in January. So well deserved, even if Dev was like, “Aw, shucks, me?”

And his “Lion” co-star Nicole Kidmanrecognizes his swag as well.

Watch out, Keith Urban.

— Heck, even his ex-girlfriend and “Slumdog Millionaire” co-star Freida Pinto gave him props on Instagram for his Best Supporting Actor Oscar nom.

So proud of you, Dev! A fine example of what hardwork, focus, humility and crazy amazing talent rewards one with .Long time coming, so well deserved! @lionmov @theacademy #Oscars2017 #OscarNominations2017 #bestactorinasupportingrole

A post shared by Freida Pinto (@freidapinto) on Jan 24, 2017 at 9:39am PST

So clearly, he’s best supporting ex-boyfriend, too.

Now would be a good time to mention what a ridiculously good-looking couple they were a few years back.

So pretty.

—Lastly, Dev’s work on “Lion” didn’t end when he was done filming.He’s been busy promoting#LionHeart, a social impact campaign which will provide financial support to the over 11 million children who live on the streets of India. Here’s our boy asking people to contribute:

In conclusion, Dev Patel is a super talented actor and a stand-up guy with amazing hair.

Cheers to you,Dev. We’re pulling for you and your epic curls Sunday night!

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The Story Behind That Photo Of Leo Texting After His Oscar Win

It took Leonardo DiCaprio five nominations to win an Oscar and one photo to prove he was chill about it.

You remember the one: Leo, seated away from the crowd at the Vanity Fair party, head bent over a phone while his Oscar sits on the floor between his legs. Just a casual night out in an Armani tux.

Evidence of an A-lister acting normal after scoring Hollywood’s biggest prize is made for online vitality, and the Leo photo didn’t disappoint. Even Oscar winners need to text their buddies, right?

Jeff Vespa, a veteran celebrity photographer who used to work for Warner Bros. and New Line Cinema, was the lucky person to snap the picture. Vepsa has captured Hollywood events since shooting the “Bulworth” premiere in 1998. On that fateful Oscar night last year, he spotted DiCaprio in a corner,an entourage flanking him. Vespa asked to grab the Best Actor winner for a few posed shots,to which his publicist responded, “No problem, just give him a minute.”

Vespa noticed DiCaprio set his Oscar on the floor, which struck him as interesting. Who would let go of their coveted little gold man? “That alone is crazy,” he said. “You just don’t see that.” And then, like the parting of the Red Sea, the crowd surrounding DiCaprio dispersed, leaving the actor typing on his phone. There was Vespa’s moment. He seized it. “Literally after, I saw the people move back in front of him, obscuring the view,” Vespa said.

So goes the clamor of post-Oscar photographs. Vepsa is a key figure in that scene,having co-founded WireImage, the entertainment platform that Getty Images acquired in 2007. Vespa has shot the Governors Ball and the Vanity Fair party ― two illustrious Oscar galas ― for more than a decade.Having befriended many celebrities and their publicists throughout his tenure, which includes serving as official photographer of the Sundance and Toronto film festivals, Vespa has captured defining backstage moments now lodged in the Oscars’ glitzy history.

“My life is lived in a matter of seconds,” Vespa said. Miss an unlikely interaction or the shimmer of a winner’s golden statues, and that’s that.

For the time time in years, Vespa will sit out Sunday’s Oscars.He directed his first film last year, the historical drama “Amre,” so Vespa is stepping away from certain photographic duties to embrace the other side of Hollywood. Soon, the photographer could become the photographed.

In the meantime, The Huffington Post has a gallery of Vespa’s celebrity images over the years.

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A Quick Guide To This Year’s Oscar Best Picture Nominees

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The battle for Best Picture at the 89th annual Academy Awards is stacked with incredible performances from some of Hollywood’s best. With films like “La La Land,” “Moonlight” and “Hidden Figures” all competing for the industry’s top prize on Sunday, you might find it tough to choose which movie to root for. But don’t worry ― we’ve got you covered.

To help you decide which nominee deserves your support, we compared past fan favorite films with this year’s nominees. And don’t forget to tune in to the Oscars this Sunday to see which film takes home the golden statue!

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Watch Beyoncé’s Stunning 20-Year Evolution In This 20-Second GIF

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A new GIF, created by the people behind the website, features 20 years of Beyonc looks, one each year from 1997 to 2017. And it’s pretty remarkable, especially considering Bey has been a staple in pop culture for two full decades now.

Beyonce is 35-years-old and was only 15 when Destiny’s Child landed a record deal with Columbia Records in 1997.

“From a social standpoint, she hasn’t missed a step over the years,” a rep from told HuffPost. “She... continues to just expand her star power consistently by being a great performer and putting out good music.”

Plus, it’s also tons of fun to see all of the phases and styles she’s had over the years.We mean, she’s gone from this:

To this:

And now this:

And this:

It’s been a pleasure to see her grow and evolve.Here’s to 20 more years, B!

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Sidney Poitier And Denzel Washington’s Longstanding Connection Is About More Than Oscars

Denzel Washington has always admired the historic achievements of Sidney Poitier. This year Washington made some history of his own by becoming the only African-African actor to land seven Oscar nominations, and is on the verge of becoming the first black actor to win three Academy Awards.

Washington has often referred to Poitier as a mentor, and said that the actor was instrumental to his own career trajectory.

In a 2010 discussion with TimesTalks, Washington credited Poitier for advising him to be prudent about his selection of movie roles, specifically referencing a offer he got in 1986 to star in film he referred to as “The N****r They Couldn’t Kill.”

“I called Sidney and told him ‘man they are offering me $600,000 to play the ‘N****r They Couldn’t Kill,’” Washington recalled. “And he told me, ‘I’m not going to tell you what to do. But I will tell you this, the first, two, three or four films you do in this business will dictate how you are perceived.’ He didn’t tell me what to do, I give him credit for that. So I turned it down and 6 months later I got ‘Cry Freedom’ and got an Oscar nomination.”

With the help of Poitier’s sage advice, Washington has evolved into one of Hollywood’s most bankable actors.

Poitier’s daughter, Beverly Poitier-Henderson, sees Washington’s long relationship with her father ―the two actors initially met in 1982 during Washington’s role in the off-Broadway production “A Soldier’s Play” ― as having a indirect impact on the increasing diversity and inclusion in Hollywood.

“Denzel has climbed that hill and he’s very instrumental in helping others come after him, that my father was very keen of as well,” Beverly Poitier-Hendersontold The Huffington Post. “He [Poitier] would be the only black person on the set sometimes. He would inquire as to why there weren’t any black people working the set, all of that kind of stuff. So he helped open up not just the field of acting, but the movie industry in general.”

In 2002 the actors shared a monumental Oscar momentwhen Poitier won the Honorary Award, while Washington and Halle Berry took home the awards for Best Actor and Best Actress. The trio’s triumphant win marked the first time in Oscar history that three black actors dominated the ceremony’s top three categories.

In a 2008 interview, Poitier reflected on the significance of Washington winning Best Actor 38 years after he hadbroke barriers in the same category.

“It represented progress. It represented dimensionalizing of the film industry. It meant the embracing of a kind of democracy that had been very long in maturing,” Poitier said. “It was an example of the persistence and the effort, and determination of young people of color...It was a spectacle evening. I paid then, and I pay now a great respect to Denzel Washington. He has been a quintessential element in the finest of all American actors.

Poitier continued: “[Washington] had taken the concept of African-Americans in films to a place where I couldn’t, I didn’t. And he has taken it there with the same kind of integrity that I tried to articulate. So I thank him for that.”

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Before He Disappeared, Richard Simmons Was A Beacon Of Hope To Thousands Of Fans

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Upon hearing the name “Richard Simmons,” you’re likely reminded of a handful of things: the hair, the outfits, the dancing.

Yet none of these associations― these bits of iconography connected to Simmons and his exercise legacy ― speak to the multifaceted and goodhearted person Simmons truly is.

Dan Taberski’s podcast, Missing Richard Simmons, is attempting to change that.

“Missing Richard Simmons” launched earlier this month, asking viewers a simple question:What happened to Richard Simmons? The exercise sensation has seemingly fallen off the face of the earth in the last few years, abandoning his workout classes, devotees and, most unfortunately, his friends. The public intrigue behind this question, percolating for the past three years, has driven the podcast to the top of iTunes’ charts.

Taberski, as he explains in the podcast,was friendly with Simmons ― he regularly attended his Los Angeles classes and has, on occasion, visited Simmons’ home. After a bit of digging, Taberski found that potentially thousands of others had established similar relationships.

In short, Simmons was this bubbly, friendly guy who would prolong going to the hospital for an injury just to take a photo with a fan. He’d make daily calls to someone he’d met one time, who lived across the country, just to check in on them. He’d drive elderly fans to classes when they couldn’t make the trip at night.

So, how does someone who gives the world so much goodness decide to make a complete 180 and disappear? I talked to Taberski on the phone about his endeavor to find Simmons and what drove him to embark on this podcast.

“I think there’s a lot of answers to that,” Taberski explained. “I am extremely worried. I am concerned. I do think something’s going on. I don’t know what it is. I don’t mean to get grim here ― I’m hoping everything’s great. I’m hoping at the end of this process Richard and I reconnect and get to talk and he gets to go live the life he wants. I hope the hundreds of people who loved him and are his friends and don’t understand what’s going on, that they get an answer too. I hope that’s what happens.”

He took a pause before elaborating further.

“There are countless stories of celebrities who just want to be left alone,” he added, “and people have thought there’s something wrong [when there’s not]. But then there are others where you hear about the horrible ending that they’ve had. I’m not saying that’s what’s going to happen to him ... He’s not just retired. He’s not just taking time off. He’s not still working behind the scenes to continue the work he’s been doing for the past 40 years. That’s all been abandoned and [his management and publicist] are not acknowledging that. There’s something scary about this that I think is worth pursuing.”

The thing about Simmons that Taberski kept coming back to in our discussion was his empathy. Simmons had seemingly boundless amounts of it. According to Taberski, Simmons would wake up at 4 a.m., spending his morning calling up to 50 people a day who “were isolated, alone and lived in the middle of nowhere.” They might have been experiencing problems with their weight, health, self-esteem or levels of happiness. Simmons would listen to their stories and “give to them just empathy ― for free!”

“He did that for a decade,” Taberski said. “He helped thousands, if not tens of thousands, of people with that empathy.”

One can imagine how much effort it takes to be present for so many individuals; how much energy it must take to forge those bonds. In light of this, I asked Taberski if he felt that Richard owed us (the podcast listeners, his friends, etc.)his presence now.

“We’re not owed anything. Straight up,” Taberski replied. “Richard Simmons owes us nothing ... I have a feeling that Richard Simmons is isolated and alone and needs some empathy. I think, and how I see this project, this is a chance for us to return that favor. Sometimes, that requires being a little pushy, but sometimes the best friends are the pushy ones. It comes from love. And I hope he sees it that way.”

Taberski explained that Simmons’ intense relationships with people are what help make the podcast so much deeper than just finding out what he’s been up to.

“This isn’t just Richard Simmons’ story,” he said. “This isn’t a story about a celebrity and the fans who miss him. This is also about people who know him and miss him. This is their story, too.”

Taberski said that just as Simmons gave so much to these people, they gave something to him in return. And the general concern for Richard is one that stems from “sheer love, respect and confusion.”

“There’s not a vindictiveness, no one’s like, ‘That asshole!’ It comes from a complicated place, but it comes from a place where people really feel for him and want him to be OK,” Taberski said. “I just want to understand. I feel like what I’m doing is what I hope I’d do for any friend. If they’re doing something weird, you push it a little bit to make sure they’re OK. I envy his ability to connect with people ... I really think he’s a superhero in that sense. It astounds me how giving he is to other beings.”

According to Taberski, the podcast is currently planning to roll out only six episodes, despite his ability to talk about Simmons “until he turns blue.” And he wants everyone to know that his plea to Simmons at the end of each episode to reach out and get in touch with him is genuine.

“There’s no secret like, ‘We know how it ends!’ and we’re just playing coy. This is an open investigation. And ‘investigation’ sounds so serious. But this is an open-ended project,” he said. “I want this to create enough of a ripple that it moves Richard to respond. Just a phone call or something. I’m trying to get his attention. That’s the end goal right now. We don’t know how it ends.”

When I asked Taberski if he’s hoping for a Richard Simmons renaissance at the end of all of this, he said that no, he wasn’t. Instead, he’s hoping for Richard to find peace.

“I don’t feel like [Richard] has it now,” he concluded. “I don’t feel like anyone who knows him has it now. It’s a sinking feeling that I’m just not quite willing to put aside yet.”

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This 13-Year-Old Raised Money For Over 800 People To See ‘Hidden Figures’

At only 13 years old, aspiring astronaut and devoted “Hidden Figures” fan Taylor Richardson is leading quite the philanthropic cause.

Earlier this week, Richardson was deemed GoFundMe’s February “Hero of the Month” after raising $17,000 through the fundraising website for people throughout the nation to go see the hit movie. “Hidden Figures” is centered around three black women mathematicians who played a pivotal role in sending the first American into space.

“I hope [the movie] inspires them to know they can do anything they put their mind to,” Richardson told The Huffington Post earlier this week.

Thus far, Richardson and her mother have given over 800 people the opportunity to attend a free screening of the movie (with snacks) and ― for a number of them ― receive theHidden Figures book.

Richardson said her initial infatuation with “Hidden Figures” came after her regal experience attending The White House Hidden Figures in Space Exploration event in December where the movie was screened.

“It shows me that women, and especially African-American women, can do anything a guy can do and anything a white male can do,” she said of the movie.

Richardson said her initiative to send people to free screenings initially targeted young girls, but she and her mother later decided to broaden the audience.

“We wanted to have other groups see not just what three black women did, but just to know [of our]contributions,” Richardson’s mother said.

While the two know the movie won’t compel everyone to aspire towards having a career in space, like it has with Richardson,they hope that through the Hidden Figures books, kids will at least be able to develop a heightened interest in literacy, something Richardson has regularly been working towards in her community.

When she was nine years old, Richardson said she encountered a young boy at a hospital who didn’t have easy access to books. After that, she decided to hold broke drives in her hometown in his honor called “Taylor Takes Flight With A Book.”

To date, Richardson has collected and donated over 5,000 books in Jacksonville and read to over 300 children.

She’s also worked on an anti-bullying campaign with the CEOs of Florida First Coast YMCA and Girl Scouts of Gateway Council.

But Richardson’s philanthropic trajectory isn’t what’s made her mother most proud: it’s her resilience.

“I tell people all the time: what makes me most proud of Taylor is not what you hear and all these success stories, but how she handles her failures,” her mother told HuffPost.

But the persevering spirit of Richardson ― who was bullied, held back in the second grade and once struggled with literacy ― can best captured in the way she turned around her ADHD diagnosis.

“She calls ADHD: Abundantly Different Happily Divine,” her mother said.“I hope I live to see her go Mars.”

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Vionnet’s birds of paradise fly in Milan palazzo

MILAN (Reuters) - Fashion house Vionnet unveiled an airy and colorful collection inspired by birds of paradise in the brand's first fashion show in Milan following its decision to switch from the Paris catwalks.

How to watch the 2017 Oscars

The Academy Awards will bring 2017’s awards season to an end Sunday evening, so don’t miss out

11 Times The Oscars Honored White Actors For Playing People Of Color

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has made strides to become more diverse in recent years, but there’s a long road ahead to make up for the organization’s long legacy of exclusion.

Throughout its 90-year history, the Academy has not onlyfailed to recognize the talent of many actors and actresses of colorbut awardedwhitewashed roles in the industry.

Hollywood has consistently given diverse roles to white actorsover the years; in fact, quite recentlyTilda Swinton was cast as a Tibetan monkin 2016’s “Doctor Strange.”And the Oscars haven’t helped alleviate this long-standing issue by rewarding this kind of whitewashing.

Several notable white actors have been nominated for an Oscar for portraying people of color through the years. Many of them have actually won.

Take a look at 11 times the academy has nominated actors for blackface, brownface and yellowface.

Jennifer Connelly, “A Beautiful Mind”

Jennifer Connelly portrayed Alicia, the wife of mathematician John Nash in2001’s“A Beautiful Mind.”In real-life, Alicia Nash (born Alicia Lard) was Salvadorian.The actress, who has no Latin American roots, won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for the role.

William Hurt, “Kiss of the Spider Woman”

In “Kiss of the Spider Woman,”William Hurt plays Luis Molina, a queer South American prisoner. The film was adapted from Argentine author Manuel Puig’s novel of the same name. Hurt, a white man who doesn’t identify as LGBTQ or Latino, won an Oscar for Best Actor for the role in 1985.

Linda Hunt, “The Year of Living Dangerously”

Actress Linda Hunt won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress in 1983 for portraying Billy Kwan in “The Year of Living Dangerously.” In the film, Kwan is a Chinese-Australian male photographer with dwarfismworking in Jakarta, Indonesia.

Laurence Olivier, “Othello”

Shakespeare’s “Othello”is a Christian Moor, who is often portrayed as having a dark-complexion. Legendary British actor Laurence Olivier wore blackface when he portrayed Othello in the 1965 film version. The actor was nominated by The Academy in the Best Actor category for the role.

George Chakiris, “West Side Story”

Greek-American actor George Chakiris portrayed Bernardo, leader of the Puerto Rican gang The Sharks in “West Side Story.”He, as well as other white actors portraying Latino characters in the film, darkened their complexion with make-up. Chakiris won an Oscar in the Best Supporting Actor category for the role.

Hugh Griffith, “Ben-Hur”

Hugh Griffith portrayed Sheik Ilderim, an Arab character who owns the horses Judah ends up using in his chariot race, in 1959’s “Ben-Hur.”The British actor won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actorfor this role.

Spencer Tracy, “The Old Man and the Sea”

Fans of Ernest Hemingway’s novelThe Old Man and the Seamight recall the book’s titular character is a Cuban fisherman. But in the 1958 film adaptation of the novel, Spencer Tracy was given the titular role. The actor, who is not Latino, was nominated for an Oscar in the Best Actor category for his role.

Yul Brynner, “The King and I”

Yul Brynner, who is mainly of Russian descent, starred as the King of Siam (present-day Thailand) in the 1956 musical“The King and I.”The actor won an Oscarin the Best Actor category for the role.

Marlon Brando, “Viva Zapata!”

Hollywood brought the story of Mexican revolutionary Emiliano Zapata to life in the 1952 film “Viva Zapata!”The titular role went to Marlon Brando, who is not Latino. The actor was nominated for an Oscar in the Best Actor category for the role.

Luise Rainer, “The Good Earth”

“The Good Earth”is a 1937 film based on the historical novel of the same name, its story focuses on a family of Chinese farmers. Actress Luise Rainer wore yellowface to portray O-Lan, one of the film’s protagonists, and she tookhome an Oscar for Best Actress for the role.

Gale Sondergaard, “Anna and the King of Siam”

Gale Sondergaard portrayed Lady Thiang, the king’s head wife, in “Anna and the King of Siam.” The actress, who is not of Asian descent, was nominated for the role in the The Academy’s Best Supporting Actress category.

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The Essence Women In Hollywood Event Was Full Of Black Girl Magic

Essence magazine held its 10th Annual Black Women in Hollywood Awards in Beverly Hills on Thursday night, where four black women were honored for their contributions to the entertainment industry.

Among the nominees were Aja Naomi King of “How to Get Away With Murder”, Yara Shahidi of "Black-ish", Janelle Monae of "Hidden Figures" and Issa Rae of "Insecure." The four women each took the stage to accept their awards at the Beverly Wiltshire Four Seasons, where guests in attendance included Gabrielle Union, Tina Knowles, Cynthia Erivo and Viola Davis.

The event will air on March 5 on OWN, but until then, check out some of the beauties who attended below:

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How Demi Lovato Is Using Her Voice To Elevate Mental Health

Demi Lovato is the poster child for mental health advocacy.

The “Body Say” singer has been forthright about her bipolar diagnosis and addictionfor years, establishing herself as an outspoken champion for the cause.Now she’s hoping to step back from the mental health spotlight a bit and use her platform to elevate the stories of others, starting with a new documentary.

“It’s important for me to open up a new chapter in my life,” she told The Huffington Post. “I’ve shared a lot about my past and my experiences with my mental health condition and it’s important that now it’s about other people. I want to raise their voice as well.”

Today we are premiering Beyond Silence, a #BeVocalSpeakUp documentary that shows how the power of one voice can inspire and help so many others. We follow three different people –Jeff, Lauren and Lloyd – whose lives have changed by speaking up for mental health. Watch the documentary at and help us spread the word!

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Lovato’s getting her start with“Beyond Silence,” a film that follows three people who learned to live well with their own mental health conditions. Rather than being on camera, Lovato is the executive producer ― a role that’s entirely new for her.

“These stories really stick out to me,” she said of the documentary. “I’m very excited that people are going to be able to hear about their journeys.”

The film is a project ofBe Vocal: Speak Up For Mental Health, a campaign Lovato’s been involved with since it was started in 2015 by the National Alliance for Mental Illness, the Jed Foundation, Mental Health America, the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance and the National Council for Behavioral Health. Through Be Vocal, which focuses on starting conversations about mental health, Lovato shared about her treatment for bipolar disorder and even went to Capitol Hill to campaign for better mental health reform in America.

Even though the singer is now working to promote other people’s experiences over her own, she doesn’t intend to let her own voice completely fade. Lovato knows that she can’t step away from the advocacy podium entirely ― and she doesn’t want to.

“It feels great to be a role model for this cause because I’m just being myself,” she said. “There’s no burden. As an advocate it’s something that I’m passionate about.”

She also hopes that by continuing to talk about her own experiences, it encourages others to do the same ― or, at the very least, seek support. This is particularly true when it comes to professional treatment, which Lovato says helps immensely with her own psychological wellness.

“The biggest surprise for me is how many people are afraid to talk about mental health,” she said. “Therapy is something everyone should try. I think that whether you have a mental health condition or not it’s good to talk to somebody ― especially someone who is a licensed professional.”

I think that whether you have a mental health condition or not it’s good to talk to somebody ― especially someone who is a licensed professional.”
Demi Lovato

Approximately one in five American adults will experience a mental health condition in a given year. It’s not uncommon, then, for people to need treatment to manage those issues. But research suggests stigma and poor misconceptions about mental health often stand in the way, preventing people from seeking the professional care they deserve.

Lovato’s advocacy can help change that in significant ways. Experts say that celebrity testimonies can help chip away at the negative stereotypes attached to mental health conditions. It also tells the world that a person with a psychological disorder can not only manage it, but thrive in spite of it.

“When celebrities are willing to be open about their mental health challenges it helps to convey that people can be successful ― and even famous ― and have mental health issues,” Victor Schwartz, the chief medical officer of the Jed Foundation, told HuffPost. “Speaking up about these issues makes it clear that mental health conditions are all around and are not anything to be ashamed of.”

Ultimately, Lovato hopes that talking about mental health and lending her status to others who want to share their stories will prove that wellbeing is a holistic issue. The brain, she stresses, is a critical part of your body, after all.

“Wellness is not just about being happy,” she said. “It’s about taking care of yourself and maintaining a balanced lifestyle. Taking care of your mental health is just as important as your physical health.”

Head over to Be Vocal to see the documentary and check out the mental health panel above hosted in partnership with HuffPost, in which Lovato and the cast talk more about psychological wellbeing.

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The World Of Cosplay Is Filled With Black Joy

Thispieceby Talynn Kel originally appeared onThe Establishment, an independent multimedia site founded and run by women.

On this day of #28DaysOfBlackCosplay, an online celebration of Black people in the cosplay community, I find myself thinking back to the days when I first learned about DragonCon.

Immediately upon hearing about the annual conference featuring people dressing up as characters from movies, TV, and comic books, I knew I wanted to be get involved. I spent a year deciding on my costumes and getting my shit together so I could be a part of the spectacle. I wasn’t concerned about my size, my color, or what people would think of me, mainly because I didn’t know that going in costume made me an interactive part of the convention. I didn’t realize that any of that mattered.

I didn’t know that I would be openly rejected because of my brown skin or my size. Or that people wouldn’t be able to recognize my character because I wasn’t white. I didn’t realize that a smaller woman in a bikini would always erase my visibility. I didn’t know that my being there was an act of protest…but I learned.

I didn’t know that my being there was an act of protest.

As cosplay has grown in popularity and visibility, I’ve heard more stories of people being sidelined for being a POC, fat, or differently abled. To protect myself from that, I’ve learned to surround myself with diverse people who love cosplay and geek life as much as, if not more than, I do. Over the years, I’ve watched every one of them grow in different ways as they engaged in this passion.

It’s a passion we’ve been told is a waste of time  —  that we‘ve been mocked for doing. But we see, feel, and live the difference it’s made in our lives.

We create and share our Black joy in this community. We do it and we love it for a plethora of reasons. When we don’t find what we need, we construct it ourselves, developing the cosplay scene we want to exist in. Even if it’s just small pockets of monochromatic space, we bring color, fire, and life as we build the cosplay experience we desire.

We create and share our Black joy in this community.

Being in Atlanta has helped me connect with a spectacular geek community. From tailors and prop fabricators to stylists, photographers, and fun-loving artists, I am now part of a group of creatives who each bring their distinctive personalities to the hobby. Atlanta is where I learned cosplay existed, where I built my community, and where I continue to enjoy and grow in this hobby.

Here’s a look at some of the people who keep my love for this creative and dynamic scene growing.

Cosplay as truth.

AMP Cosplay

Dru Phillips, of AMP Cosplay, is an accomplished photographer who has a fun and beautiful approach to cosplay: Treat it like fashion photography. This approach works well for him, and makes his work stand out. He was producing high-quality, beautiful cosplay images back when people were still treating it like a side hobby.

Dru’s love of cosplay grew from his passion for comics and drawing, which led him to photography. It was while earning his BA in illustration that he realized he wanted to change his focus and pursue photography. Now, Dru works as a full-time photographer, enabling him to combine his love of the medium with his love of comic art.

For Dru, cosplay exposes a deeper, often more joyous and authentic side of the people who participate.

For Dru, cosplay exposes a deeper, often more joyous and authentic side of the people who participate. From the care people take in choosing a character to the effort and attention cosplayers take in creating their vision, he seeks to capture the passion people have in making a full fashion garment from scratch. Revealing this depth that is, ironically, only visible when people are striving to look like someone else is a curious phenomenon that he feels compelled to share.

Dru is not only a creative force behind the camera. He’s been known to don a unitard and bring his love for the craft in front of the camera as he embodies some of his favorite characters. You can see his full portfolio of work here.

Cosplay as style.

Barr Foxx Cosplay

One of the least understood aspects of cosplay is that it requires style. And whatever that style is, it needs to be intrinsic. It’s that special something that one personally brings to their cosplay — not the exact replica of the costume, but that which makes the costume meaningful to them.

While many people, myself included, had to learn this, JaBarr of Barr Foxx cosplay seemed to understand it instantly.

When you look through JaBarr’s portfolio on his Facebook page, you see that yes, his cosplay is immaculate, but he also keeps personal aspects of himself in his representation of the character. Although creating an exact replica is impressive, our humanity is what gives these characters life. JaBarr modifies his costumes to ensure that he melds with his character, rather than erasing himself to be someone else. In fact, this is one of the things he discusses as a cosplay panelist at conventions.

Cosplay requires style. And whatever that style is, it needs to be intrinsic.

His approach to cosplay is no doubt influenced by his behind-the-scenes work in television and film. He’s worked in casting, writing, editing, and most recently, production with The Edit Factor. As such, he knows how to work with lighting and angles to get the best shot. He often steps out of his role as cosplayer to direct portions of the photo shoots to maximize the impact of both the photographer’s and cosplayer’s work. As a result, his cosplay has been featured in Cosplay in America Volume 2, on the Marvel homepage, and in various articles spotlighting cosplayers to watch.

Cosplay as family.

DeAnna Cooper

Sometimes you meet people at conventions and they become like family. While they aren’t in the spotlight demanding any attention, you always expect to see them at the con, and it feels like something is missing when you don’t. DeAnna Cooper is one of those people.

A veteran cosplayer and congoer, DeAnna Cooper has been on the scene for 15 years. Drawn to the hobby through her love of anime, DeAnna’s first cosplay was a hentai school girl uniform. Since then, she’s regularly been spotted at conventions across the country, dressed as characters from comics, movies, television, and anime . . . some recognizable, and others original creations.

For DeAnna, cosplay is a very personal endeavor. She’s developed a cosplay family made up of people she’s met and her actual relatives. If you encounter her at a convention, expect to meet some member of her cosplay family because she keeps them close to her. In fact, she can be found participating in group shoots, such as her Conan the Barbarian shoot, with some of her cosplay family. One of her favorite cosplay is Ryomou Shemei from Battle Vixens because of the close bonds she made both creating and wearing it.

Cosplay as creation.

Dean’s Lyst

Cosplay is a creative art. It is the ability to recreate, and sometimes actually physically create, clothing and items that only exist as art on a page. Many times, biology and physics are not considered when comic artists create these costumes, yet for cosplay, someone must breathe life into those images and make them a wearable reality.

For cosplay, someone must breathe life into images and make them a wearable reality.

That’s where Walter, owner and operator of Dean’s Lyst, comes in. The physics of cosplay is a complicated arena, but he makes it look painless. This is quite the feat considering that he’d never made or sewn anything prior to 2007, when he bought his first cosplay. By 2013, he was making his cosplays from scratch. And now, in 2017, Walter takes cosplay commissions, builds his own props, and continues to pose for the camera as a cosplay model. Some of his most notable cosplays are Asgardian Storm, Aqualad, and Falcon.

Cosplay as Black geek love.

Dr. Law’s Photolab

DragonCon is all things cosplay, and many of the people on this list met because of their love of the convention. This is true for the team of Dr. Law’s Photolab. Leigh Willis, Jeffrey Hall, and Latoya Simmons bonded over their love of geek life and decided to take on a larger role in the DragonCon photography scene.

Leigh has always had a love for photography, but it was a hobby that he fell out of doing until he attended his first DragonCon. A lifelong geek, Leigh found himself overwhelmed by the artistry of cosplay. He promised himself that he would bring his camera to capture the embodiment of characters he’d only seen in the pages of comic books. Over time, he began participating in DragonCon’s large group shoots, and this year he served as lead photographer at the 2nd Annual Black Geeks of DragonCon photoshoot.

“As a photographer, I could hear the comments other photographers made about Black cosplayers. I had a front row seat to the comments and exclusion. I knew I had the power to change that and that’s what I try to do — I focus on giving love to the Black cosplayers and cosplayers of color.”

Jeff, a Photoshop lover, was happy to feed his inner geek alongside Leigh. Acting as the team’s second photographer, Jeff is able to capture much of the overwhelming cosplay magic at DragonCon. After the convention, he works his Photoshop magic on the images, adding hyperreality and recreating the drama of the comic art form.

The third member is Latoya Simmons. You’ll learn more about her in the next entry.

Cosplay as connection.

Latoya Simmons

Latoya created her first cosplay, Marvel’s Monet St. Croix, with her friend, Dwayne Woodard. The duo used the process to reconnect and reminisce while participating in a fun, artistic endeavor. Despite his recent passing, she continues the art to pay homage to her love of fandom and as a tribute to her friend. It also allows her to work with other creatives, like fashion designer Mikos Laron.

Since that first outing, Latoya’s been steadily bumping up her cosplay skills — not that she ever needed to. Drawn to cosplaying women characters of color, Latoya has cosplayed Akasha from Queen of the Damned, Black Panther’s sister, Shuri, and Marvel’s Roma. In 2016, Latoya unveiled her Moana cosplay.

As creative director of Dr. Law’s Photolab, Latoya is responsible for creating, researching, and managing the fantastical aspects of cosplay photoshoots. Her role includes reaching out to cosplayers, developing concepts for photo shoots, and cosplay modeling.

Cosplay as therapy.

Ebeneezer Grinch

Let’s be honest. Real life is often boring. The monotony, the routine, the same shit different day that we can all experience. For Ebeneezer Grinch, aka Sheridan, cosplay is a way to escape that tedium. It provides an outlet to be silly and creative. It also provides a fun and safe opportunity to temporarily embody other characters by learning some of the mannerisms and thought patterns of others.

Sheridan began cosplaying in 2012, when he first dressed as Scarecrow from DC Comics. Since then, he has cosplayed DC’s Black Mask and Hugo Strange, as well as Marvel’s Dr. Doom. His need to create has expanded past the cosplay arena and into creating custom decoupage shoes, usually with comic themes. For him, the freedom to create is everything, and it keeps him grounded when everything feels like it’s falling apart.

Cosplay as party time.

Larry Luvvs Cosplay

Forget all the giving back and being an inspiration. Planning, creating, and wearing cosplay is just fun. Taking pictures is fun. Strategizing poses, photo shoots, shopping, styling, socializing  —  it’s all fun as hell. And DragonCon, the convention where many of us were introduced to cosplay, is a four-day, 24-hour party. And Larry is there for the party. In fact, you may have seen him smiling while dressed as stoic Luke Cage, villainous Black Adam, or ever uptight Icon.

If it’s not fun, why bother?

Since childhood, Larry has seen himself as a superhero. As an adult, Larry busts his behind styling and creating the cosplay he envisions. That could require everything from doing research on the character, to creating and painting certain pieces of the costume, to working out the logistics of group cosplays. But ultimately, it’s a good time wrapped in the persona of a character he admires, which is primarily why any of us do it.

If it’s not fun, why bother?

Cosplay as confidence.

Randy Harlock Jamison II

As much as we say cosplay is for everyone, sometimes it takes that push for us to believe it. This was the case with Randy, who has been an avid con-goer for years but only began cosplaying in 2013. A friend suggested he cosplay Wilson Fisk, aka Kingpin.

“I’ve wanted to cosplay for years. I never thought I was good enough to do it. Too short, too fat, etc. Then, one day a friend suggested I do Kingpin. After thinking about it I thought, ‘fuck it, he’s right’ and I cosplayed Kingpin.”

Since then, he’s smashed the game both as Kingpin and his now infamous Thulsa Doom, a cosplay that’s won him free nights at hotels and earned international notice. Randy is now iconic in the cosplay world. He’s expanded his repertoire to include cosplays from his favorite movies and ‘80s cartoons. Most recently, Randy’s cosplayed Venger from Dungeons and Dragons and Ja-Kal of Mummies Alive.

And to think, he didn’t think he was good enough to cosplay. Now he’s owning the game.

Cosplay as art.

Shattered Images

Cosplay can be as much about art as engineering, something Dwight Dunbar of Shattered Images knows well. He has a background in 3D animation, which has been instrumental in his endeavors to build cosplay armor. For years, he’s leveled up his cosplay skills, building full Iron Man suits.

Dwight isn’t limited to foam armor; he builds helmets, wings, goggles, and a multitude of props for himself and other cosplayers. He is known for his attention to detail when it comes to bringing his cosplays to life. He’s drawn to complex cosplay pieces that challenge his skillset. Some of his past costumes include Archangel, Black Manta, and Ultron.

Cosplay can be as much about art as engineering.

These days, he’s transitioning his love of design to creating statues and action figures using 3D printing technologies. His goal: to create new 3D art for the fandoms he loves.

Cosplay as engineering.

Thrill Builds

On more than one occasion I’ve heard Tanya say that if the world had been different, she would be an engineer. We don’t like to admit that racism and sexism can dramatically influence our career decisions, but they do. Thrill Builds creator, Tanya, loves how cosplay provides her the opportunity to do applied engineering in ways that are interesting and fun for her.

Tanya has attended DragonCon since its inception in 1987. For a long time, she was a fabric-only person, but in 2014, she created her first armor cosplay — a Pacific Rim drive suit. Armor building opened an entire new world for her, as she learned to use 3D modeling software to build wearable armor. Tanya also livestreams her work on her Thrill Builds Twitch channel a couple of times a week. If you are looking for someone who shares your love of building, she’s a great resource.

“I love the process of creating my costumes and am constantly amazed at the things other people are able to conceptualize and create. I encourage anyone who is interested to participate in whatever manner they find most enjoyable. At the same time, I really think everyone should try to build something at least once. I hear a lot of ‘Oh, I could never do that. I wouldn’t know where to start.’ The internet is bursting with information, just try it. You might surprise yourself and discover a new passion.”

Cosplay as everything.

Last, but not least, me, TaLynn Kel

For me, cosplay is everything. It’s my friends and family. It’s helped with my confidence. It’s art, creativity, fandom, engineering, connection, style, and a party. When I started this, I had no idea the impact it would have on my life — the relationships it would forge and the way it would strengthen my voice. Cosplay gave me back a piece of myself that I sacrificed in my bid for independence and survival. It gave me a fun reason to keep earning that paycheck.

Cosplay is another form of my personal truth. It gives voice to aspects of myself that often have no place in society. It gives me a way to express my creativity, rage, love, fear, and pain in visible, yet protected ways. It has helped me shape a community of peers who not only enjoy the same activity, but also strive to make it as safe and acceptable as possible for anyone who wants to participate. We know how it feels to not fit, so we try to make a place for others to feel free to be who they are. And if they don’t fit here, we hope they learn that they can create the spaces they need for themselves.

Cosplay gives voice to aspects of myself that often have no place in society.

We are not all one thing. And none of us bring the same things to cosplay. The fact that we are different, doing our art our way, strengthens the entire cosplay community. There truly is room for everyone who wants to be here, and all I want is for more people to recognize, understand, and work to expand that idea.

We are not cosplay diversity. We are the norm.

Conventions where you are most likely to see us:

The Atlanta Science Fiction and Fantasy Expo in Atlanta, GA on March 11–12, 2017

MomoCon in Atlanta, GA on May 25–28, 2017

HeroesCon in Charlotte, North Carolina on June 16–18, 2017

BlerdCon in Washington DC on June 30 — July 2, 2017

San Diego Comic Con in San Diego, CA on July 20–23, 2017

DragonCon in Atlanta, GA on September 1–4, 2017

Anime Weekend Atlanta in Atlanta, GA on September 28 — October 1, 2017

Universal Fan Con in Baltimore, MD, planned for April 2018

The State of Black Science Fiction Convention in Atlanta, GA in June 2018

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This 7-Year-Old And Her Mom Have Nailed The Disney Dress-Up Game

Camillia Courts and her daughter, Layla, take dress-up very seriously.

For more than two years, Courts, a photographer, has taken photos of Layla dressed as Disney characters, mostly princesses. It all started in December 2014 after a family trip to Disneyland’s Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique. Courts bought a dress for Layla and wanted to get a photo of her in it “while it was still in pristine condition” to share on Facebook.

Family and friends loved the photo so much that Courts and Layla turned dressing up into a hobby, and now the mom-daughter cosplay team have more than 14,000 followers on Instagram.

Courts originally bought all the costumes for Layla to transform into Disney’s most beloved characters. Now, she or a local seamstress makes them so that they’re more accurate and so Layla can put her own twist on them.The creative mom takes the photos in their town in British Columbia, Canada, and sometimes switches out the backgrounds to perfect that magical look.

While many of Layla’s photos show her dressed like Disney princesses like Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty and Rapunzel, the 7-year-old has also done her best impressions of Rowena Ravenclaw from Harry Potter and Violet from “The Incredibles.” She’s dressed as Princess Leia and BB-8 from the “Star Wars” films, too.

Courts participates in the costume action sometimes, though she prefers the villains to the heroes.

“Every once in a while I like to get in on the fun, and I think being the villain is way more fun than wearing the crown,” she said. “I have a fantastic makeup artist named Missy MacKintosh who has transformed me into Maleficent [from “Sleeping Beauty”], The Evil Queen [from “Snow White] and my favorite, Ursula [from “The Little Mermaid”].

Layla’s favorite Disney princesses are Ariel from “The Little Mermaid,” Belle from “Beauty and the Beast,” Jasmine from “Aladdin” and “Moana.” Her favorite photo shoot so far has been “The Little Mermaid” project she did in which she dressed as Ariel and her mom dressed as the villain Ursula.

“I think that’s because she liked seeing me all purple!” Courts told HuffPost.

Courts said photographing Layla in costume has been “an incredible and unique opportunity” to document her daughter growing up, and has shown her how much Layla has grown in the last two years. The experience has also given Layla more confidence.

“She’s a very shy child and I see her light up when she gets into costume,” Courts said. “She’s gained a lot of confidence since we started the project and has really come out of her shell.”

Courts and Layla work together to choose ideas, costumes and accessories, making it a fun experience for both of them.

“It’s really very special and even if she wanted to quit tomorrow, I will look back on how much fun we had playing dress-up,” Courts said. “It’s truly been magical.”

See more of Layla’s cosplay work below and at Disney Inspired Photo on Instagram. Check out more of Courts’ photography work on Facebook.

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Taylor Talks About That Brutal Two-On-One And Diversity On ‘The Bachelor’

Taylor Nolan, a 23-year-old mental health counselor from Seattle, seemed to click with Nick Viall early in this season of “The Bachelor.” Soon, however, she got swept up in a bitter feud with sometime house villain Corinne Olympios ― and, after getting sent on a two-on-one date in the bayou near New Orleans with Corinne, Taylor was sent home. (Corinne is one of four remaining women vying for Nick’s hand.)

In a few tense moments that aired between the rivals, Taylor said Corinne lacked in maturity and emotional intelligence ― judgments that many viewers found condescending at best ― while Corinne lambasted Taylor as a “dumb bitch” who, she claimed, no one else among the bachelorettes liked.


Now safely off the air ― at least until the “Women Tell All” reunion episode ― Taylor caught up with HuffPost’s Here to Make Friends podcast about how the conflict played out, her connection with Nick, the franchise’s diversity problem, and her dramatic two-on-one date. Here are a few highlights:

On moments from the show that make her cringe now:

“The first thing that I said that I definitely cringed at ― because I tried very hard to make sure I wasn’t labeling, I wasn’t personalizing things, and I can’t tell if it was a splice or if it was really just, I had reached the end of my rope ― and I said “She’s a manipulative bitch.” And I was like, oh, Taylor, no ... I didn’t like that I said that.

“The other really cringeworthy thing was hearing Corinne say, “I can’t believe she’s a mental health counselor, and that people would go to you for advice.” Hearing things about my professionalism, that wasn’t part of the show and who I was in that environment, definitely hit a nerve for me.”

On the diversity problem of the “Bachelor” franchise:

“For me, I’m half-black half-white, and that was something I’ve had to face some adversity on and struggle with my own identity in terms of my race and my culture, but I think it is disappointing that we have to have this conversation about race on this show that has such a national platform. But I think they’re definitely going in the right direction now, and I think Rachel is a fantastic pick to be the person to break this cycle of whiteness on the show ... There were some seasons where it was literally a full-white cast.

“I think this show in some ways reflects society, and in some ways can try to lead society in a different direction ... I think Rachel being the Bachelorette is definitely a new direction of pushing society in a different way.”

On how race played into her own “Bachelor” experience:

“Reflecting on my two-on-one and talking with some previous cast members and cast members from my season, one thing I found super interesting was that, in struggling with my racial identity growing up, Corinne definitely reminded me of those girls in middle school and high school who would make fun of me or bully me for being part black. I found it so ironic that of course I end up on a two-on-one, directly compared to a woman who is white and has had a very privileged life. It really put things in perspective for me, looking back.”

On Rachel as Bachelorette:

“My initial thought as I left was definitely that Rachel was going to be the next Bachelorette. I think all of us were kind of pulling for her and hoping it was going to be her.”

For more from Taylor on her experience on “The Bachelor,” and life after the show, check out HuffPost’s “Here To Make Friends” podcast below:

Do people love “The Bachelor,” “The Bachelorette” and “Bachelor in Paradise,” or do they love to hate these shows? It’s unclear. But here at “Here to Make Friends,”we both love and love to hate them — and we love to snarkily dissect each episode in vivid detail. Podcast edited by Nick Offenberg.

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Guy Asks Protesters Where He Should Pick Up His Check For Protesting

Donald Trump and his administration are telling the country that the Americans protesting him are being paid to do so. But if that’s true, some protestors are left wondering, “Where the f**k is our money??”

Dylan of Seriously TV went to one such protest to ask demonstrators where he should pick up his checks.

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Leslie Jones Turns Her Internet Hack Lemons Into Comedy Lemonade

AsLeslie Jonesknows all too well, laughter is the best revenge.

The “Saturday Night Live” star addressed thehack of her personal websitelast year during what sounded like an uproarious stand-up set at Caroline’s comedy club in New York City on Thursday night.

Following her casting in the “Ghostbusters” reboot, Jones has been the target of vicious online attacks,partly engineered by former Breitbart senior editorMilo Yiannopoulos, which drove her off social media for a time. Attention reached a fever pitch when anonymous hackers released Jones’ nude photos and private information, including her passport and a driver’s license, over the internet.

But the comedian didn’t seem too fazed about the breach of privacy during her stand-up set, recalling the specific experience of readying friends and family to see your nude selfies.

“Now I got to explain this to my aunties,” Jones said. “They old, and they from civil rights. They just now getting computers.”

“She was like, ‘Was it the Klu’s Klux Klan?’” Jones continued, imitating the voice of her relative. “I didn’t raise you like that.”

Taking the glass half-full approach, Jones joked that the hackers actually did her a favor by spreading these explicit images far and wide, revealing that she laughed when the photos were first posted.

“They don’t understand how many people I’ve actually tried to show that to,” she said.“You really just helped a sister out. Thank you for the distribution.”

Jones also joked about Yiannopoulos, who recently saw his book deal with Simon & Schuster cancalled a controversial recording of the writer seemingly defending pedophilia, encouraging her followers not to give him any more attention than necessary.

Sticking to her word, the actress didn’t mention Yiannopoulos by name on Thursday, but she did extend some wise words to the women in the audience who might encounter a Milo-type in the future.

“Own your craziness,” she said. “All women are like me now. We make our own money.”

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This Is What The Academy Awards Looked Like In 1997

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With the 89th annual Academy Awards just a few days away, let us once again pay homage to the show’s past.

Today, we’re strolling down memory lane all the way back to the 1997 ceremony, when Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman (wearing that oh-so-memorable chartreuse Galliano gown) walked the carpet hand-in-hand and Felicity Huffman sported some trendy round sunglasses.

In terms of awards, Geoffrey Rush and Frances McDormand took home the night’s top acting honors for their roles in “Shine” and “Fargo,” respectively.The ceremony’s biggest award ― Best Picture ― went to “The English Patient,” and its director, Anthony Minghella, took home the statue for directing.

Below are some highlights from the ‘97 ceremony.The nostalgia is real.

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Oscars so divided: Hollywood still struggles with race

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - On their way to this year's Oscars, Dev Patel searched for his Indian roots, Denzel Washington wrestled with racism as an angry African-American patriarch and Octavia Spencer became a top black female mathematician.

Iranian-American space experts to step in for Farhadi at Oscars

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Iranian director Asghar Farhadi has chosen an Iranian-American female engineer and a former NASA scientist to represent his film "The Salesman" at Sunday's Oscar ceremony, which he is boycotting in protest over U.S. President Donald Trump's crackdown on immigration.

Please Do Not Take Medical Advice From Goop

Gwyneth Paltrow’s lifestyle website, Goop, has enviable fashion, travel and home design spreads. But when it comes to health and wellness, the site sometimes goes off the deep end.

Most recently, Goop advocated adding iodine supplements to your wellness regimen, which could actually interfere with thyroid function and be dangerous for some people.

The post was further misguided because it emphasized iodine deficiency, which is very rare in the United States and developed countries (presumably Goop’s readership, yes?). After all,iodine is added to table salt and part of our standard diets. And even if you cut down on salt consumption, that’s all right, too: Salt is just one small way we get iodine from what we eat. What’s more, the article attests that iodine “supports your immune system in fending off invaders” when it’s real purpose is to support the thyroid in the production of hormones.

Who might have suggested such a thing?Goop’s source is self-described“medical medium,” Anthony William. According to William’s website biography, he was“born with the unique ability to converse with a high-level spirit who provides him with extraordinarily accurate health information that’s often far ahead of its time.”

In other words, a ghost gives him tips on wellbeing. A GHOST.

It goes without saying,William is not a doctor and trained physicians have called his claims nonsensicaland inaccurate.

But we can’t exactly blame William. We blame his ghost ― and Goop, because this is hardly the site’s first foray into fringe and potentially dangerous wellness tips.

A representative for Goop declined to comment for this story but stressed that each post features a health disclaimer and that these recommendations are not necessarily endorsed by Paltrow or the site. One wonders, in that case, why these health claims arepublishedon a site bearing Paltrow’s name.

Here are some other things you should probably avoid― and remember, you should always discuss any health or wellness regimen with your doctor.

You don’t need to...
Stick a stone in your vagina.

Recently the site suggested readers shell outbetween $55 and $66for a jade egg to insert in their vagina to increase “chi, orgasms, vaginal muscle tone, hormonal balance, and feminine energy in general.” And when you’re done with it, “wrap the egg in silk ... and store it on an altar ― it should take a sacred place in your life.”

Seriously, don’t do this.

“There is no evidence at all to suggest that [jade eggs]may help, and it carries potential harms, including vaginal infection and trauma,” Maria Isabel Rodriguez,an assistant professor in the department of obstetrics and gynecology at Oregon Health & Science University, previously told The Huffington Post.

Worry about a parasite for no reason.

Just reading Goop’s article, “You Probably Have A Parasite,” will make you itch. The piece outlines the frequency of parasite infections and touches on what can happen if you have one.

There’s a chance an ailment could be a result of the microscopic critters, but many of the most common symptoms Goop’s expert cites as evidence of parasitic infections ― such as bad breath, diarrhea and constipation ― could be caused by any number of things.

And if you really do have a parasite, you’ll need more than goat’s milk, which is what the article’s expert recommends, to cure it. Dietary updates will be necessary, however so will a visit to the doctor and most likely a prescription medication as well.

The disclaimer at the foot of the article, which Goop includes on all its health stories, says it all:

The views expressed in this article intend to highlight alternative studies and induce conversation...This article is not, nor is it intended to be, a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment, and should never be relied upon for specific medical advice.

Basically? If you feel something is wrong, head to your doctor before you head to conclusions.

Insert a Bluetooth pod in your vagina.

Goop says to blame the French because this idea originated there, but we blame Goop for completely misinterpreting it.

Meet Elvie. It’s a $199 tampon-like device you insert,connect to Bluetooth and then feel the pulse while you play accompanying games on your phone. The gadget claims to increase the strength of pelvic muscles,for a better bladder, bowel control and even sex.

But the truth is that you don’t need to spend $200 to keep pelvic muscles strong.You can do Kegel exercises for free, which scientists say can effectively strengthen the uterus, rectum, small intestine and help with incontinence.

And yes, the French medical system considers pelvic floor health an important component of the physical therapy the country provides new mothersafter childbirth. But of course, French pelvic floor therapy is supervised by a medical professional, covered by insurance and specifically for those who have just delivered a baby.

Buy a $300 bronze shower head “for health.”

Goop calls this $295 shower head a “detox essential” and “must for healthy living.”

Their claim? That your regular shower headaccumulates mold and bacteriaover time, which can give you a shower-induced sickness known as nontuberculous-mycobacteria (translation: a condition that may causesevere cough, fatigue and even weight loss).

But that’s a load of goop, according to Steven Holland, a distinguished investigator with the National Institutes of Health and an expert on the topic.

Holland told HuffPost earlier this year that your shower head is not any more likely to carry this bacteria than the water in your tap, the soil on the ground or the water that splashes off the pavement after it rains.

Goop has a big platform that they could be using to educate people with science-backed health information ― not ghost stories.

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Country star Eric Church has a message for ticket scalpers

The average ticket in his “Holdin’ My Own” tour sold face value for $60, but professional scalpers were getting as much as $900

This ‘Bachelorette’ Just Wants A Good Dog As A Husband

This is one twisted “Bachelorette” parody.

Patti wants to find her soulmate at a dog show ― among the four-legged contestants. While our intrepid lonely heart seems to be looking for love in all the wrong places, not to mention with the wrong species, at least she’s willing to put herself out there.

Just remember what happens when you lie down with dogs, “Barkchelorette.”

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Judge allows a second accuser to testify at Cosby sex assault trial

(Reuters) - A judge ruled on Friday that a second woman who said comedian Bill Cosby sexually assaulted her would be allowed to testify at his upcoming trial in Pennsylvania on charges he sexually assaulted a former employee of Temple University.

Colbert’s Response To Trump Revoking Trans Bathroom Rights Is ‘Golden’

The Trump administration issued an order this week that would repeal an Obama administration policy allowing transgender students to use the bathroom that corresponds to their sexual identities.

It’s a decision that could cause irreparable harm to trans students, so regardless of where he’s supposed to go to the bathroom, Stephen Colbert took a dump on President Donald Trump.

“We should’ve seen this coming because if there’s one thing Trump is famous for, it’s telling people where to pee,” said Colbert, referring to the unsubstantiated (but hilarious) claim that Trump had prostitutes perform a “golden shower” in front of him.

Colbert continued ripping on the Trump administration, pointing out that the president was previously in favor of trans bathroom rights. When asked on the campaign trail if Caitlyn Jennercould use whatever bathroom she wanted at Trump Tower, the president said, “That is correct.”

“Which is good,” added Colbert, “Because I’m guessing right now a lot of trans people would love to take a dump in Trump’s lobby.”

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Emma Thompson won’t take part in short ‘Love Actually’ sequel

LONDON (Reuters) - Actress Emma Thompson has said she is not taking part in a short "Love Actually" sequel for Britain's Comic Relief charity appeal because it is "too soon" to reprise her role in the romantic comedy after the death last year of co-star Alan Rickman.

Jack Black Calls On Hollywood To ‘Talk More S**t’ About Trump At The Oscars

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Jack Black, for one, hopes to see a repeat ofthat powerful Golden Globes speechduringthe Oscars on Sunday.

“Is Meryl Streep in the audience tonight?” Black asked an audience of celebrities at a benefit concert in Los Angeles on Thursday night, warming up the crowd before diving into a song from “School of Rock.”

“I just hope she wins the Oscar and talks some more s**t about that asshole,” he added, with a reference to PresidentDonald Trumpthat prompted cheers. The group assembled at Los Angeles’ No Name included director Paul Haggis, musicians Moby and Jenny Lewis, and actors Jeff Bridges, Rita Wilson and Jeremy Renner,per The Hollywood Reporter.

He added:“So, if she doesn’t win, to the winners in here, I hope you do the same, ya know?”

Now this: Jack Black applauds Meryl Streep's courageous @goldenglobes speech, hopes she wins Oscar, goes after @POTUS again.

— Chris Gardner (@chrissgardner) February 24, 2017

“A lot of people say, ‘Oh, that’s just liberals patting themselves on the back,’” Black said about the reaction to Streep’s comments, which inspired a couple tweets from the president himself.

“I don’t agree. I thought it took balls. Thought she was very brave. I was very inspired by it. To get up there and tell the truth about the president of the United States in front of a billion people — that takes courage, and it’s very inspiring.”

Others in Hollywood wholeheartedly agreed.

While host Jimmy Kimmel doesn’t seem keen on making a grand political statement, we can’t know what to expect from the night’s biggest winners.

The Oscars will kick off with red carpet coverage on Sunday, Feb. 26, at 7 p.m. ET on ABC.

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