Hollywood star Yara Shahidi dazzles on the SAG red carpet

Yara Shahidi arrives for the 24th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at the Shrine Exposition Center on January 21, 2018, in Los Angeles, California. (AFP)
Updated 22 January 2018
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Hollywood star Yara Shahidi dazzles on the SAG red carpet

DUBAI: All eyes were on 17-year-old star Yara Shahidi as she stepped out at the 24th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards in a sophisticated black jumpsuit — and she even got a special nod of approval from the likes of Vogue magazine.
The Iranian-American TV actress turned heads in a sleek, custom-made Ralph Lauren outfit when she took to the red carpet at Sunday night’s event in Los Angeles’ Shrine Auditorium.
She garnered praise from Vogue, which said she “simmered with disco-worthy drama.” Shahidi completed her look with Jimmy Choo platforms and Tiffany & Co. jewelry chosen by stylist Jason Bolden.
Before the show, she tweeted out a message of appreciation to the Ralph Lauren design house, saying “thank you for making the jumpsuit of my dreams.”
The “Black-ish” star, who now has her own spin off series called “Grown-ish,” was nominated for the Outstanding Television Comedy Ensemble award along with her cast mates at the ceremony, but lost out to the cast of “Veep.”
Shahidi is likely not disheartened, however, as she is set to head off to Harvard University to study sociology and African-American studies this year. She even revealed that former First Lady Michelle Obama wrote her a recommendation letter during the college application process — an endorsement that made headlines around the world last March.
The star is well-known for her stance against the proposed US immigration ban that caused uproar last year and shared a message on her social media accounts at the time saying: “If my baba was stuck in an airport because of a Muslim ban 39 years ago, he would have never fallen in love with my mama. I would not exist and I wouldn’t have two amazing brothers.”
She has been vocal about her Iranian-African-American heritage and even called herself “a proud Black Iranian.”


Destiny’s designers: Kelly Rowland, Beyoncé don Arab gowns at charity event

Kelly Rowland wearing Yousef Al-Jasmi. (AFP)
Updated 15 October 2018
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Destiny’s designers: Kelly Rowland, Beyoncé don Arab gowns at charity event

DUBAI: Kelly Rowland and Beyoncé both chose Middle East-based designers for their trip down the red carpet at a charity event last week.

The superstars attended the City of Hope Gala in Santa Monica, California, wearing floor-length gowns by designers from Kuwait and Lebanon.

For her part, Rowland chose a glittering, rose gold gown by Kuwaiti designer Yousef Al-Jasmi, with a high collar and slit at the back. She accented the figure-hugging dress with a pair of dazzling earrings and slicked-back hair.

Meanwhile, Beyoncé chose a black velvet jacket by Lebanese label Elie Saab. The belted piece featured embellishments on the shoulder and a plunging neckline and is from the label’s Autumn/Winter 2016 collection.

Beyoncé paid homage to a high-profile music executive being honored at a charity event to raise money for cancer research, The Associated Press reported.

The singer’s vocals soared as she performed three ballads including her 2009 smash hit “Halo” and “Ava Maria” after saluting the character of Warner/Chappell Music Publishing CEO Jon Platt at the City of Hope gala near Los Angeles on Thursday night. She took the stage following her husband, Jay Z, who presented Platt with the Spirit of Life award during a charity event that raised more than $6 million.

“Most people lead with their ego, but you lead with your heart,” Beyoncé said Platt, who will soon be leaving his position at Warner/Chappell to take on the top role at Sony/ATV, the top publishing company in the music business.

“You have touched so many lives, mine included,” she added.

Jay Z called Platt the “Obama of the music industry.” The music executive is known for signing publishing deals with Jay Z, Usher, Kanye West and Snoop Dogg. His roster of songwriters at Warner/Chappell includes Lil Wayne, Bruno Mars and Timbaland.

Both Beyoncé and Jay Z appeared at the black-tie charity event after the couple wrapped up their On The Run II tour about a week ago.

“I can’t think of anyone more deserving of this award than my brother, Jon Platt,” Jay Z told more than 1,000 attendees. “He’s known as ‘Big Jon’ and he has a beautiful soul.”

City of Hope is a treatment center for cancer, diabetes and other life-threatening diseases as the Music, Film and Entertainment Industry Group has raised more than $118 million in 45 years. The award is the group’s highest honor recognizing those that have helped further music, film and entertainment.

Previous Spirit of Life award recipients include Quincy Jones, Clive Davis, Irving Azoff and Mo Ostin.

Music mogul Diddy, singer Usher, former NBA player Chauncey Billups and some of Platt’s family members took part in a video dedicated to the music executive. Platt’s oldest son, Jonathan Platt, was diagnosed with diabetes.