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Essence Fest 2014

by Susan Ross on July 3, 2014

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Tomorrow, Essence is back, bringing Prince, Mary J. Blige, Lionel Richie and more with it. Held every year over the Fourth of July weekend every year New Orleans, Essence Fest brings some of the best acts in the world to the Mercedes-Benz Superdome and surrounding area in the heart of the summer heat. On Friday, July 4, the show gets started with Prince and Nile Rodgers on the Mainstage. Eve, Estelle, Greta Prince and King will be featured in the Superlounge, along with Leela James, Naughy by Nature and the First Lady of R&B, Stephanie Mills.

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Saturday, July 5 brings back Scene cover girl Mary J. Blige, Jill Scott, Ledisi and Tank on the Mainstage, which will also borrow The Roots from Jimmy Fallon’s Tonight Show. New Orleans’ own Big Sam’s Funky Nation will be joined in the Superlounge by Doug E. Fresh, Kourtney Hart, Liv Warfield, Marsha Ambrosius, Michelle Williams and PJ Morton.

The blockrocking lineup of Sunday, July 6 will feature R&B artist – and country-crossover artist – Lionel Richie, the beautiful Erykah Badu, Charlie Wilson and Tamar Braxton. Sewing up Sunday in the Superlounge will be Amel Larriuex, August Alsina, Elle Varner, K. Michelle, The Pinettes, Daheem Davaughn, Robert Glasper, Sebastian Mikael and Sevyn Streeter.

Speakers already lined up for this year include Bishop TD Jakes, Iyanla Vanzant, Yolanda Adams, Donnie McClurkin, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, Mayor Aja Brown, the always entertaining Congresswoman Maxine Waters and recently revealed mob informant Rev. Al Sharpton. For a fully updated lineup of singers and speakers, and to purchase tickets for the three-day event, visit the official website at

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TRAILER: Dominic West Has ‘Pride’

by Arthur Vandelay on July 2, 2014

A group of gay and lesbian activists set out to help raise money for the families of miners on strike in the upcoming film Pride. Set in the UK in 1984, the group is far from ordinary, facing many challenges on their quest. The Union is ashamed to accept their donation, so the group road trips to a mining village in the heart of Wales to give their appropriation in person.

This inspiring true story follows triumph and disappointment during a difficult period in history. Director Matthew Warchus has already received much praise for this work. The cast features an amazing ensemble of British talent, including Bill Nighy, Dominic West, Imelda Staunton, Paddy Considine, Andrew Scott, George Mackay and Freddie Fox. Pride has yet to set a U.S. release date, but is slated to open in theaters September 12th in the UK.

Source: Deadline


New Orleans Fashion Week – Schedule of Events

by Catie Ragusa on September 18, 2013


The countdown to New Orleans Fashions week has begun! Saturday, September 28 through Friday, October 4 will be filled with fashion shows, workshops and other social events, highlighting the upcoming seasons’ top trends. Here is a schedule of NOLAFW’s 2013 events!

Saturday, September 28:

10am – 12pmWorkshop: Basic Pattern Making
International House Hotel: Teutonia Cosmo Room, 221
Camp Street

10am – 4pm – Workshop: Fashion Photography with Greg Miles – Creating a Successful Editorial Story

1pm – 3pm – Workshop: Flats and Specs – Communicating Your Design
International House Hotel: Teutonia Cosmo Room, 221
Camp Street

1pm – 5pm – Shop Your City Day
Various Local Retailers

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“Live Original”

by Ainsley Beeman on September 10, 2013

Waterfowl, ducks in particular, have always been a topic of conversation in the bayous of Louisiana but now the verbiage has migrated from coast to coast! Thanks to Duck Dynasty’s Robertson family, bandanas and unruly facial hair has become a trend accepted in places as prestigious as the White House. Camouflage has indeed made a comeback, filling magazines and blogs everywhere as one of this year’s fall fashion necessities and a glass of tea is the hot new accessory for a red carpet event.


While most would say that the reality TV hype has something to do with it, I believe it’s a deeper longing within society to embrace what Sadie Robertson, daughter of Willie and Korie Robertson, so boldly displayed while walking the runway during NYC’s fashion week as she and many other accomplished young women modeled the “Sadie Robertson Live Original Collection” by Sherri Hill.

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It doesn’t take long watching Sadie on TV to realize she truly embodies what it means to “Live Original.” Yes, her natural beauty and eye-catching smile, including dimples to die for, are enough to make any designer desire to have Sadie sport their latest fashions. Certainly there are many beautiful young women in this world but what makes Sadie different? Perhaps it’s all found in the upper right hand corner of her fashion line logo…her heart.


You see, one can dress up pretty any day, believing that everyday is a fashion show, but at some point the heart will be revealed. In reality, when you combine pretty and a heart of gold… you get stunning… you get authentic beauty….you get Sadie Robertson.


So congrats Sherri Hill in finding a gem…. Sadie Rob, you were absolutely beautiful and your sweet smile was a breath of fresh air… Thanks for living original! Believing the best is yet to come for you…

Sadie Robertson and Sherri Hill

Sherri Hill is an American fashion designer and businesswoman who specializes in formal eveningwear. Hill gained recognition in the world of pageantry when various Miss America, Miss USA and Miss Universe contestants won in gowns she had designed. Many of her dresses have been featured on red carpet events by members of young Hollywood and continue to fill the dreams of young women everywhere as their dream prom dress. The “Sadie Robertson Live Original Collection” by Sherri Hill features a line of modest ball gowns and formal wear with a sophisticated retro flair.

Watch Sadie walk in NYC’s Mercedes Benz Fashion Week for a glimpse inside the “Sadie Robertson Live Original Collection” by Sherri Hill.

And be sure to check out Sadie’s new “I Am Different” YouTube show airing on Monday nights.


Inspired by the true story of a White House butler named Eugene Allen, Lee Daniels’ The Butler is backed by a star-studded cast. Allen served eight US presidents over the course of more than thirty years.

Among the film’s cast members are Forest Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey, Mariah Carrey and Robin Williams. The clip above offers a glimpse into the cast’s preparation for their sensitive roles, and what the Civil Rights Movement means to them personally.

The stars admit that some of their inspiration came from fictional sources, but much of the inspiration for their roles came from true events, portraying real people during the Civil Rights Movement. A man who witnessed US history firsthand, Cecil Gaines (Whitaker) represents someone who experienced real historical events from both inside and outside the White House. Filmed in New Orleans, Lee Daniels’ The Butler hits theaters tomorrow night.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter


Los Angeles Film Festival 2012 Winners

by Morgan Charlesworth

Film Independent is the non-profit arts organization that presents the Los Angeles Film Festival and Spirit Awards.  This year’s festival ran from June 14-June 24. The winners were announced this past Sunday. In the category of Best Performance in the Narrative Competition the award went to Wendell Pierce, Emory Cohen, E.J. Bonilla and Aja Naomi King for their performances in […]

Photos from the ‘Beasts of the Southern Wild’ New Orleans Premiere

by Elizabeth Glauser

Take a look at photos from the Beasts of the Southern Wild New Orleans premiere. Photos by Kelli Binnings. Click below to see more photos from the premiere of Beasts of the Southern Wild…

‘Beasts of the Southern Wild’ premieres in New Orleans

by Elizabeth Glauser

Congratulations to Beasts of the Southern Wild for their successful New Orleans premiere. The Scene Team was very proud to be a part of Monday night’s premiere, which garnered tons of local and national press for the Southern fairy tale film. Cast and crew, the majority of which were Louisiana natives, gathered at the historic Joy Theater, walking the […]

New clip from ‘Beasts of the Southern Wild’

by Morgan Charlesworth

Scene Magazine will be hosting the premiere for Beasts of the Southern Wild in New Orleans next week. “Stay Right Here” is a clip from the film that was shot in Louisiana. It was directed by Benh Zeitlin and stars  Quvenzhané Wallis, Dwight Henry and Levy Easterly.  Quvenzhané Wallis stars as Hushpuppy, a six year old girl, who prepares for the […]