According to reports, the Adele love fest for Beyoncé didn’t end when the Grammys went off the air. The “Hello” singer was photographed holding the two pieces of the Grammy trophy after breaking it to give one-half to Beyoncé. Meanwhile, Beyoncé’s sister Solange, who picked up her own Grammy for Best R&B Performance, hinted at a future Grammys boycott in a post on Twitter, saying that the telecast “suffers from cultural bias and general nerve damage.” Solange wrote, “Adele is a great artist, but come on, Beyoncé made a timeless masterpiece.” Congrats to Solange on her Grammy win!
On Feb. 8 at the Taglyan Complex, Yours Truly was the guest of Nissan Diversity as the eighth annual African American Film Critics Association Awards kicked off Hollywood’s busy weekend, which included the Grammys and the NAACP Image Awards. Featuring a salute to the legacy of Sidney Poitier’s “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner,” the evening honored the who’s who of the African-American film and TV community. Some of the hot moments of the night included Sanaa Lathan revealing that “back in the day,” all the women used to call “Moonlight” and “Hidden Figures” actor Mahershala Ali “Hershey Bar,” as the actress, along with Nissan Director of Diversity and Inclusion Jeffrey Webster announced that Ali won Best Supporting Actor for “Moonlight.” “Boyz n the Hood” director John Singleton presented the Best Director Award to newcomer, “Moonlight” director Barry Jenkins. Janelle Monáe won the Breakout Performance Award for her role in “Moonlight.” The eloquent Monáe, who also stars in “Hidden Figures,” told the crowd, “Moonlight was my first film. I was so nervous. It is no small thing to have the affirmation of your tribe.”
All new episodes of “For Peete’s Sake,” the comedic yet highly intimate docu-series following the lives of actress Holly Robinson Peete, her husband and former NFL quarterback Rodney Peete and their family will return to OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network Saturday, Feb. 18, at 10 p.m., ET/PT. In a revealing new season, Holly and Rodney find themselves balancing it all among troubling headlines highlighting deteriorating police-community relations, and deep fears of raising sons Robinson, Roman and R.J. in the current climate.
The Harlem Fine Arts Show knows its diverse, eclectic and well-heeled patrons are always in search of the best of everything. HFAS runs Feb. 16-19 at Riverside Church in Harlem. Premier Bay area jazz/classical vocalist Denise Young will perform during the opening reception Feb. 16. Beauty authority and influencer Mikki Taylor will host the third event in the “TalkingBEAUTY” brunch series Saturday, Feb. 18, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Chicago’s Barbara Bates has dressed trendsetters for more than 30 years, including Oprah Winfrey, Charles Oakley and Michael Jordan. The fabulous designer will bring her latest collection, “Real Women Wear Barbara Bates,” to the Harlem Fine Arts Show on Saturday, Feb. 18, at 6:45 p.m.