Hollywood veteran and Oscar-winning actor Robert de Niro, denounced U.S. President, Donald Trump during the live television broadcast of the Tony Awards ceremony on Sunday.
De Niro appeared on stage at New York’s Radio City Music Hall to introduce rocker and Tony Awards performer Bruce Springsteen.
“I’m gonna say one thing. Fuck Trump,” De Niro said, without any preamble.
With the audience of theater actors, directors and producers shrieking and rising to their feet in applause, De Niro said: “It’s no longer down with Trump. It’s fuck Trump.”
He did not elaborate on his comment and switched immediately to a prepared introduction of Springsteen.
“Bruce, you can rock the house like nobody else,” De Niro said. “And even more important in these perilous times, you rock the vote, always fighting for, in your own words, Truth, transparency, and integrity in government. Boy, do we need that now.”
The expletive, known as the F-word, was bleeped by the CBS network for millions of television watchers at home.
However, it was heard by those in the audience and journalists covering the awards show, which honours the best of Broadway theater, and it quickly became the top trending item on Twitter.
De Niro is one of the most respected actors in the United States with two Oscar wins for “Raging Bull” and “The Godfather: Part II.”
“Mr. De Niro’s comments were unscripted and unexpected,” CBS said in a statement. “The offensive language was deleted from the broadcast.”
The White House did not immediately return a request for comment.
De Niro, a noted liberal, has been increasingly critical of Trump, a Republican, at smaller show-business events, but none have the high profile and audience of the Tony Awards.
The Tony Awards show was seen by some six million Americans last year.
Finding (and refining) personal style can be a struggle; we’re the first to admit it. We’ve all been there at least once, if not multiple times, as we gaze into our closet full of clothes and need something for the post-graduation to professional transition (so, platform sandals don’t work in office?), landing the big promotion we’ve worked so hard for, or dressing after having a baby (suddenly all those dry clean only silk blouses aren’t so practical).
Regardless of what life throws at us, it’s important to be able to adapt while still maintaining a style that is all our own.
And why exactly is this important? The impact of personal style goes far beyond making a good first impression; great style is also about approaching each day with confidence, and the ability to feel legitimately beautiful in what we are wearing. Believe it or not, the right wardrobe can make a difference in that department.
In terms of your wardrobe, we want you to really know what you like, understand what looks good on you, and how to shop. So when you find the right piece to add to your closet you exclaim, “This is so me!“So, we enlisted the help of one of the most stylish women we know, Jamie Krell. Her advice is budget-friendly, and she’s an on-air style expert. You remember her from E! News, The View, Access Hollywood, and The Today Show, right? Read on for Jamie’s tips for finding your personal style, one that is all your own.
1. SEEK INSPIRATION
Jot down the names of your favorite style icons and do a bit of research via Pinterest, Google, or Instagram to gather inspiration from their looks. Maybe you gravitate towards Jenn Aniston’s minimal/clean look, but with a dose of Lauren Conrad’s femininity, and a side of Alexa Chung’s hipster-chic aesthetic. Pulling different types of inspiration from several sources is a great way to figure out what you like and dislike.
Homework assignment: Make a Pinterest board titled “Personal Style Inspiration.” (Tip: It can be a secret board!) Create a list of your five favorite celebs or bloggers, do a quick search on each of them, and pin the images and outfits that most resonate with you. Finished? Now, write down all the elements they have in common. Chances are, the characteristics you write down most frequently are the ones you most relate to, and the vibe that makes you the most comfortable. Why is this important? When you feel comfortable, you look and feel your best!
2. CLEAN UP & CLEAN OUT
Take a good, long look at your closet and the pieces you already own. Toss what you haven’t worn in the last year so
you can start fresh. Then you can begin to rebuild and refine your wardrobe with a style that truly reflects where you are in your life and career. And if you waver between the keep pile and donate? Err on the side of placing it in the donate pile. The more you trust your gut, the faster the process will go.
Homework assignment: Start here, with these these closet cleanout tips. Then, find a few trash bags, a sharpie (and maybe a friend and wine!). Label the bags donate, trash, and sell and get sorting! A good closet cleanse will allow you to feel ready to become the true you, in terms of personal style. You’ll be amazed at how easy it is to get dressed when you have only a few spot-on options, instead of unnecessary clothing clutter! Plus, you can invest in quality new pieces with the money you make selling your old threads (more on that here).
3. SHOP SMARTER
I remember starting my first job at E! two weeks after I graduated college. I was terrified! The thing that scared me
the most wasn’t whether or not I would fail, it was mostly doubts about my wardrobe (truth)! How would I be able to dress trendy enough to fit in? Especially on a Ramen noodle budget? I thought the answer was money, but I didn’t have much expendable income to spend on clothes because I was a production assistant (otherwise known as the bottom of the totem pole). So I learned to experiment with the latest fashion trends the smart way—I would hunt for trendy deals at discount places like TJ Maxx and Forever 21. I would only splurge on staple pieces: leather boots, a great handbag, a nice coat. Plus, with a little extra attention (i.e. check the hems, test the zippers), it’s easy tell which cheap items will last and which items are just, you know, cheap.
Homework assignment: Next time you go shopping, revisit your Pinterest inspiration board first. Likely there are certain items themes, and specific items you’ll need to re-create the looks you admire. Make a list of the items you don’t already have, and take it with you (or just keep it next to your computer while shopping online). Stick to your list so you won’t be tempted to stray and pick up another impulse buy. If you only purchase to fill the holes in your wardrobe, you’ll build a great selection of clothes much faster.
4. TAKE YOUR LIFESTYLE & GOALS INTO CONSIDERATION
The perfect wardrobe should not only represent your vision and creativity, but also be tailored to your lifestyle.
Consider the persona you want to present to the world. You want your style to reflect your personality, but it also has to make sense in your field of work, your overall lifestyle, the city you live in and aligned with your long-term goals. Do you want a better job? Are you trying to make it in a particular industry? Think about adding a few sharp and appropriate professional pieces for interviews in that line of work. Or if you want to work in fashion, add more on-trend pieces (but don’t spend too much, as they’ll go out of style quickly!). If your work environment is casual, you may want to purchase more knits and jeans.
Homework assignment: Write down all the different situations you’re in during a given week—be it work, parties, dinners with friends or significant others, lounging, special occasions, the gym, and so on. Now, revisit this list whenever it’s time to clean out your closet, or shop for new clothes. If an item doesn’t check multiple boxes, it’s probably not worth your money. The key is to find pieces that can mix, match, and crossover from one category to another. For example, a great soft t-shirt to wear to the gym can also be worn with jeans and a blazer or tucked into a party skirt. Shop smart!
5. YOUR DRESS SIZE DOESN’T MATTER…BUT CONFIDENCE DOES!
No one can see what the size tag reads on the inside of your dress (and truthfully, no one cares!). The focus should
not be about fitting into the smallest size possible. And admittedly, who hasn’t taken two different sizes into the dressing room, secretly praying it’s the smallest one that fits? It happens to the best of us. But please, get out of that squeeze-into-the-smallest-size mindset, because a number shouldn’t make you confident—how you feel in your own skin does. And when you feel your best, you stand taller, smile wider, and people will notice. Or as Diane von Furstenberg put it, “Confidence. If you have it, you can make anything look good.” So wear what makes you feel confident!
6. ASK FOR HELP
When you’re serious about your skin, you see a dermatologist. When you want the perfect photos on your wedding day, you enlist the help of a professional photographer. The same goes for style! Don’t be afraid to enlist the help of a professional. Remember, you don’t need to pay for a personal stylist—visit a department store or your favorite boutique and ask for advice and opinions from the sales associates and stylists. They know what they’re doing! Tip: you may need help customizing the fit of your clothes from a tailor. Why does Kate Middleton look so chic in just jeans and a blazer? Because they fit her impeccably. Seeking the help of a professional tailor ensures that each item you own shows off all your best assets!
7. STOCK UP ON ACCESSORIES
Accessories are, without a doubt, the easiest way to pull any look together regardless of the vibe you want to achieve. You can update jeans and a white t-shirt with a bold necklace or pair layered, delicate jewelry with a dress for a more feminine feel. A cool ear cuff or stacked rings can give you an instant edge, and pearls can make you look polished and lady-like in an instant. Add a patterned scarf, opt for edgy ankle booties instead of your normal black pumps, or pull out a bright clutch to add more personality.
8. TRUST YOUR INSTINCTS AND BE AUTHENTIC
The single most important thing when developing your style is to be true to yourself. Don’t focus on the size or the designer label (this will only hinder your creativity!). Continue to experiment with different patterns, textures, accessories, and shoes. It all boils down to feeling good in your own skin—your style should reflect and celebrate your life, your individuality, and personality. Own your style, be proud of it, and embrace fashion as a way to express who you are and who you want to be.
I remember being told at E! that I “dressed for the job I wanted, not for the job I had” and I always remember that moment. I stayed true to my taste and what I felt best in, and people noticed. Trust your gut, because something that makes you feel confident and beautiful never goes out of style.
Comments across various social media platforms have continue hitting Nigerian model, Chika Lann, after she claimed that signature hairstyle cost N40 million.
Lann, who made the claim during media chat, stated that she that her hair in several long strands of woollen threads strung together to form a ‘basket like’ shape, said that the sytle cost several millions of Naira if she was not exaggerating.
.The top model and fashion enthusiast added that she loves to showcase her unique personality and thus, and that her personality could be difficult to understand.
She said, “I have been asked on several occasions about this question. Sometimes is not really easy to understand my personality.
“Talking about my hairstyle, this hairstyle is worth 40 million”
“I love to be unique. Because when you look around you will see that everyone style look alike and I am the kind of person that can spend any kind of money.
“I can go through any kind of stress or inconveniences just to stand out from the crowd,” Lann added.
Her claim was met with skepticism and clap backs from some Nigerians on social media, especially Instagram, who argued that the hair could not cost so much.
A social media commentator wrote, “She said 40 million, so till she defines the currency, we would say it’s just nothing.”
Another Tallyenzo said, “40 naira or 40 million, because its thread that I see.”
Another one @Anike_fabrics wrote, “We are sorry, we are not fighting you. On behalf of fellow Nigerians, 40 million what? Thank you.”
However, Lann shared a video on Friday, in response to the criticisms reiterating that the hair actually cost N40 million.
She dispelled the notion that she was hard on drugs for claiming that the hair cost that much, stressing that she was in her right senses when she grated the interview.
Mix reactions among Nigerians have trailed pop star, David Adeleke , popularly called Davido, $5,000 the renowned singer pledged to support a Rwandan music school, the gesture of which did not go down with some his in mate back home in Nigeria.
Against party’s opposition the kindness, the music star fans commended him for the generous act though advised Davido to extend gesture to music schools established by Nigerians.
Majority were of view that that those with interest in music could be sponsored by Nigerian artistes in music school to curb social vices.
One of them, a Nigerian flutist, Omatshola Iseli, popularly known as “Tee Mac”, said that such an act of generosity was not supposed to be publicized and that the donor should have done it quietly without bringing it into public limelight.’’
Iseli said that celebrities as public figures should be more concerned about giving back to the society just as Davido had done and that they should try to minimise how members of the public sing their praises due to their generosity.
“As celebrities, we need to give back to the society depending on how buoyant we are but this must be done without publicity.
“And I believe such will be appreciated more by God, as Davido has tried,” he said.
Another one, folklore musician, Ayo Orobiyi, popularly called “Adunni Nefrettiti” said that Davido’s generosity was a beautiful development for the Rwandan music industry and the African nations musical industry was below acceptable standard when compared with music produced by other African countries.
She said that the school should channel the donation to the right direction for the improvement of the Rwandan music industry so that arties that it would be able to pace up with the qualities of music produced in Nigeria and some other African countries.
“This is a good development coming from one of us in Nigeria.
“I believe he must have observed that Rwanda needed such help more than Nigeria because their music is nothing to be compared with ours,” she said.
For Nigerian reggae musician, Austin Peters, known as “King Wadada” Nigerian artistes who were financially buoyant should start to demonstrate such generous act to music schools in the country and that the Davido’s gesture to Rwanda was a testimony that Nigerian youths could also be assisted in enrolling in Nigerian music schools.
According to him, musicians can train the less privileged Nigerian youths who are interested in becoming musicians by sponsoring them in music schools.
Wadada said that this would curb the crime rates and other atrocities engaged in by youths.
“ Davido has tried so far; aside the pledge to the Rwandan music school, he has created a niche for himself and this is highly commendable.
“ I will call on other Nigerian artistes to emulate him but this time such assistance must be for music schools in Nigeria.
“There are many youths who will appreciate being trained in the music school as a way to further their career in singing.
“Such youths can be sponsored in music schools and we will discover that crime rates and some other social vices will be minimised,” he said.
Peters also advised Nigerian musicians to ensure that the contents of their music were edifying to the souls of the listeners and serve as tools for behavioural change.
“Our music should be capable of achieving positive results, changing the negative behaviour of people to the positive.
“Let us change the societal problems through our songs,” he said.
The Nigerian Government has commended trio of Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of EbonyLife TV, Mo Abudu, Chimamanda Adichie and Nollywood star, Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde, after they were honored recently, with the global stage, describing the three women great ambassadors of Nigeria.
Through Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, who issued statement issued in Abuja on Sunday, it said the three honorees are iconic women in the Creative Industry who have brought great honour not only to themselves, their families and their industry, but also to the country.
The government described the women as well deserved listing of Mo Abudu, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of EbonyLife TV, and Nollywood star Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde among the top 50 women ”who are doing extraordinary things on the worldwide stage” by Variety magazine, a weekly American entertainment magazine.
It said that the already well-adorned cap of Adichie has been further festooned after her novel, Americanah, was listed in the New York Times’ list of 15 remarkable books by women that are ”shaping the way we read and write fiction in the 21st century”.
He said the women are role models whose achievements will inspire a generation of young Nigerians to also do extraordinary things.
”Of more importance is the fact that these women’s achievements have transcended gender, nationality or race, placing them on the rarefied class of global, timeless achievers,” the Minister said.
He said the great honours bestowed on the women will further focus world attention on the nation’s burgeoning Creative Industry, thus placing it on the right pedestal to take the world by storm.
Nigerian pop star, Olamide Adedeji, populalarly called ‘Baddo,’ and his baby mama, Adebukunmi Suleiman, have step further their older time relationship with the musical star proposing to his long standing girlfriend and mother of his son.
The love birds have been together since 2011 and have had a son Maximilaino Adedeji, born in 2015.
However, Baddo announced the proposal on Snapchat on Friday, hours after the young artist sent his lady birthday wishes on same platform.
The YBNL boss was said to have bent on his knee before Aisha as he proposed to her birthday on Thursday which coincidentally was marked International Women’s Day with the theme: “Press for Progress”.
Olamide wrote: “My senior wife… Oya we have a wedding to plan.”
Olamide, who raps mostly in Yoruba, has been described as ‘the voice of the ghetto’.
The Bariga born artist recently released a seven minutes visual to his hit song ‘Science Student’ amidst controversies surrounding the message of the song.
He recently bagged the ‘Listeners choice’ award at the just concluded Sound city MVP awards.
Olamide came into limelight in 2011 with his debut album ‘Rapsodi’ before starting his label ‘YBNL’ in 2012.
The Nigerian musical star, Ayo Balogun, popular called Wizkid, has been announced would make his debut at popular Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival popular known as Coachella in Indio, California.
However, Coachella is one of the largest, most famous, and most profitable music festivals in the United States and all over the world and with 2017 edition of the festival been attended by 250,000 people and grossed $114.6 million.
Wizkid who is one of Nigeria’s biggest exports, confirmed his participation through tweeter on yesterday.
“We taking the African culture to Coachella BTW and am bringing out everybody”.
The “Soco” crooner will be performing along sides international acts such as The Weekend, Beyoncé, and Eminem.
Other artists on performance list includes; Black Coffee, Jorja Smith, Migos, Cardi B, Jidenna, Tyler the Creator.
Meanwhile, `Daddy Yo’, Wizkid’s 2017 hit song is part of the soundtrack for British-Nigerian actor John Boyega’s new film, ‘Pacific Rim Uprising’.
‘Pacific Rim Uprising’, is an upcoming American science fiction and action film set for release on March 23.
The film is co-produced by Boyega; written and directed by Steven DeKnight in his feature film directorial debut.
US pop star Lady Gaga Saturday announced she had cancelled the last 10 shows of the European leg of her world tour due to severe pain.
In a statement posted on Twitter, the Grammy award-winning singer told fans she that has cancelled the tour due devastation but said the decision to cancel the dates on her Joanne World Tour, her fifth headlining tour, was “beyond her control.”
“My medical team is supporting the decision for me to recover at home,” she said.
“I need to put myself and my well-being first,” she added.
Shows affected include dates in London, Paris and Berlin, as well as Stockholm, Zurich and Copenhagen.
Dates in Cologne, Germany and Manchester, England were also halted.
It comes after the “Born This Way” singer cancelled another show in Rio de Janeiro in September after being hospitalized, also due to severe pain.
Lady Gaga, who shot to global fame in 2008 with her hit debut single “Just Dance,” has previously revealed she suffers from the chronic pain condition fibromyalgia.
According to a post by Mayo Clinic, Fibromyalgia is a disorder characterized by widespread musculoskeletal pain accompanied by fatigue, sleep, memory and mood issues.
“Researchers believe that fibromyalgia amplifies painful sensations by affecting the way your brain processes pain signals.
“Symptoms sometimes begin after a physical trauma, surgery, infection or significant psychological stress. In other cases, symptoms gradually accumulate over time with no single triggering event.
“Women are more likely to develop fibromyalgia than are men. Many people who have fibromyalgia also have tension headaches, temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders, irritable bowel syndrome, anxiety and depression.
“While there is no cure for fibromyalgia, a variety of medications can help control symptoms. Exercise, relaxation and stress-reduction measures also may help”, Mayo Clinic wrote.
Nigerian Popular Rapper, Olamide Adedeji, who is known as Baddo on stage, has lost his mother reported to had passed away few hours after he celebrated his son’s birthday
The YBNL Boss, announced his mother death through his Instagram account where he wrote: ” Orisa bi Iya ko si laiye ( No god like a mother in the world), and with black, symbol to indicateher transition.
However, The “science student” crooner, had earlier penned a birthday message to his son, saying; ‘Happy birthday from Dad, your best pal’.
About four hours after, he post himself and his mom on Social media, on Instagram, where the announcement generated over 7,000 sympathetic comments by midnight.
Some fans expressed their condolence to the popular musician, with one liners: ‘Stay strong brother’, one fan said.
“Stay strong brother … God got you, said inxsprince. Orisa bi iya ooo, may her soul rest in perfect peace, stay strong bro, what a coincidence, another person wrote, with the name _banksmj”