She wouldn't be Mariah Carey if she wasn't extra. Go inside for flicks of her Hollywood hand and footprint ceremony, plus Solange and Tamika Mallory's GLAMOUR magazine covers inside...
Mariah Carey is a diva, so it was no surprise she decided to wear a pair of Christian Louboutins for her hand and footprint ceremony held at the world famous TCL Chinese Theater in Hollywood.
The R&B divas hand and footprints will forever be stamped in Hollywood, so of course she had to rock some red bottoms for the special event. Yep, she got cement on her Loubs, but when money isn’t a thing who cares. Chick has a closet the size of most houses filled with name brand shoes.
"They [the shoes] weren't the most comfortable," she told ET. "But I'll always remember what they were for."
The Grammy Award winner called the ceremony a dream come true as she was honored for her musical contributions. "Oh my god, please! I'm just happy. I'm honored to be here,” Mariah said. "This is like a childhood dream. It's awesome."
“I've seen pictures of the moment, and this is like, the real version of it, being here, so it's a nice thing," she added.
Mariah's bestie Lee Daniels was there to show his support and shower his friend with praise.
And y'all know a diva aint removing a Red Bottom to step in some cement...
GLAMOUR magazine released its annual Women of the Year list and it includes three worthy YBF ladies.
Solange, Women’s March co-chair/activist Tamika Mallory and U.S. congresswoman Maxine Waters all made the list. And why wouldn’t they? They’re big advocates for women’s rights on the frontlines fighting every day for the generation coming up behind them.
Solange opened up about her album Cranes In The Sky being a bold declaration of blackness past and present and how being in New Orleans inspired her Grammy Award winning work of art.
“While I worked on the album on-and-off for three years, at one point, I spent three months writing songs in Patoutville, Louisiana, about two hours from New Orleans, where the popu¬la¬tion is, like, 300 people. There’s such a rich regional culture there—a sense of pride, tradition and resilience. It inspired me in such a powerful way. We worked in a house on a sugar plantation, and I’ll never forget feeling the closest I could possibly feel to my ancestors, to my lineage. It put me in a constant state of reflection. I really wanted to reclaim and change the narrative—whether it was people challenging who wrote what on my album, whether it was about some editor commenting on my hair in a story or someone feeling like they were entitled to space in my life. I needed to unfold, reveal and discover my truth.”
‘I want young people to know that not only should they speak up for themselves, but sometimes they have to make demands,’ she says. ‘I want young people to feel comfortable in their own skin, to like themselves and to be able to present themselves—whenever and wherever they need to.’”
It began, as many things like this do, in small ways. After November 8, the day the first woman to secure a major-party nomi¬nation for the presidency bested her opponent by nearly 3 million votes yet was denied the Oval Office, women as varied as Hawaiian grandmother and lawyer Teresa Shook and Brooklyn fashion executive Bob Bland urged friends on Facebook to protest on Inauguration Day. Soon Shook and Bland joined forces, attracting the attention of thousands who were angry that voters had elected a race-baiting white man hostile to issues like reproductive rights, civil rights, and fair pay.
“The morning after the election, I was with my daughter at a hotel in Philly, where we’d been getting out the vote,” remembers Sarah Sophie Flicker, who became the strategic adviser and national organizer for the Women’s March. “She had knocked on more than 600 doors; I wanted her to feel like her work had meant something. Three days later I was holding my first resistance meeting at my house with over 100 people.”
WE ARE #GLAMOURWOMENOFTHEYEAR!!! Building the Women's March required the sacrifices of many women. We gave up our free time, our work outside of the march, our sleep and some of our sanity. Women's March was and is a leader-full movement and I am so glad all of us are being recognized. #GlamourGirls #Glamour #Honored #Blessed #Amazed #Godsplanisgreater
By early January there were more than two dozen organizers for the national committee: women of all ages, ethnicities, religions, locations, sexualities, and occupations; artists, chefs, community organizers, attorneys. And there were four cochairs: Tamika D. Mallory, Linda Sarsour, Carmen Perez, and Bland. These women, and hundreds around the country, put most everything else in their lives on hold, working around the clock to build websites and marketing materials and, most of all, to make sure intersectionality was a feature, not a bug.
In the months since January 21, women have continued to protest: against the Muslim travel ban; in favor of pay equity; against the NRA. It was women who made the majority of calls to Congress to defeat efforts to overturn Obamacare, and the number of women seeking political office has reached an all-time high. And the group the national organizers began—Women’s March—launched a convention in Detroit in late October, at which thousands of women plotted the future of the resistance.
Kudos to these ladies!
Speaking of Tamika...
American Airlines has responded to the NAACP after they put out a warning to black passengers to STOP patronizing with the company. The warning stems from women’s activist Tamika Mallory was kicked off an American Airline flight after a dispute over her seat.
American Airlines CEO Doug Parker wrote a memo to employees, writing:
Dear Fellow Team Members,
Of all the really important things our team members do – and that list is long – bringing people together is at the top. We fly over borders, walls and stereotypes to connect people from different races, religions, nationalities, economic backgrounds and sexual orientations. We make the world a smaller, more inclusive place. And we do it professionally and safely every day for more than 500,000 customers across five continents.
So, we were disappointed to learn of a travel advisory issued by the NAACP regarding American Airlines. The mission statement of the NAACP states that it “seeks to remove all barriers of racial discrimination.” That’s a mission that the people of American Airlines endorse and facilitate every day – we do not and will not tolerate discrimination of any kind. We have reached out to the NAACP and are eager to meet with them to listen to their issues and concerns.
As we work through this in concert with the NAACP, please keep doing the great and noble work you always do: treat our customers and each other with respect; connect diverse groups of people with each other and allow them to see the world; make the world a smaller and more open place; and do it professionally and safely.
Still no apology. Hmph.