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Gabourey Sidibe To Headline Body Positivity Event ‘theCURVYcon’ During NYFW

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Back for its fourth year during New York Fashion Week, theCURVYcon will be held from September 6th through the 8th and headlined by actress Gabourey Sidibe. For those who are unaware, theCURVYcon is a three-day event that brings plus size brands, fashionistas, shopaholics, bloggers and YouTubers into one space to celebrate body positivity with a lineup of panels and workshops.

The ‘Empire’ actress is set to give a keynote fireside chat at the convention, moderated by the event’s founders, Chαstity Garner Valentine and CeCe Olisa. Joining will also be WWE Superstar Nia Jax, alongside WWE and Total Divas stars Nikki and Brie Bella.

“TheCurvyCon’s goal is to uplift women in a way that will stick with them for the rest of the year,” Garner and Olisa told Yahoo Lifestyle. “Gabourey Sidibe and Nia Jax have conquered their spaces in spite of what the norms are for their industries, showing our attendees they did not let their size dictate their accomplishments. They have both dominated their industries and opened the door for other women and young girls to pursue their goals in these spaces. We are so proud to have these two forces to be a part of theCurvyCon.”

According to Nylon, convention-goers can even have the chance to strut their stuff on the runway. For the first time ever, TheCurvyCon is hosting an open casting call to be part of NYFW.

Gabourey Sidibe Draws Inspiration From Nina Simone’s ‘Four Women’ For Powerful Film

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Gabourey Sidibe emerged into the Hollywood with her Oscar nominated role in Precious, where she played the title character. Now, a certified starlet with a recurring role on Fox’s ‘Empire’ and a top selling memoir “This Is Just My Face: Try Not to Stare” Sidibe continues to use her talents to tell important stories.  Her new film The Tale Of Four. 

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Recognizing the importance of portraying narratives that typically do not get the spotlight they deserve, Sidibe amplifies voices of margianlized people. The Tale Of Four shares the complex stories of four black women resisting America’s brutal realities, fighting against colorism, domestic violence,  police brutality, mass incarceration and more. The film debuted at the Nantucket Film Festival and hosts the talent of r&b singer Ledisi, Aisha Hinds and Empire co-star Jussie Smollet and more.

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“Four Women” a prolific song written by the legendary Nina Simone tells the story of four black women archetypes represantative of stereotypes placed on black women. Though decades old, the harsh realities vocalized in “Four Women” still echo today. The stories of Saffronia, Sarah, Peaches and Sweet Thing remain relevant in the current social and political climate.

As black women continue to battle sexual assualt, objectification, mistreatment and more,  we remain on the frontlines in the war for justice and equality while bearing the scars of centuries of racism, sexism and misogyny.

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“It’s so important for people like me to get behind the camera…I know that we’re called minorities but there’s no f*ng way there are less of us than there are of them. We’re called minorities because we matter minorly. The way we matter is minor to the way they matter… Atlanta and Insecure, those are my favorite shows. We out here winning all the Emmys. Don’t say we don’t exist. We’re not a fad. We’re not going anywhere and we are snatching the gold right out of your hand.” says Sidibe in an interview with Refinery29.

Produced by Shatterbox Anthology powered by Refinery29, The Tale Of Four makes up a small segment of a larger goal. In total, 12 short films were created by various directors, writers and creatives who are all women.

Watch The Tale Of Four below:

 

 

Gabourey Sidibe Covers April Issue of Nylon Magazine

Actress Gabourey Sidibe covers the latest issue of Nylon Magazine, where she talks about undergoing weight-loss surgery and much more.

During the interview, the 33-year-old revealed she had undergone laproscopic bariatric surgery after she was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes.

She details her weight and other personal struggles in her memoir This Is Just My Face: Try Not to Stare, which is set for release in May.

Sidibe told Nylon her father used to call her “Fatso” and beat her as a child. She said she was bullied in school and bullied people herself, “because it hurt.” She talked about how she used to battle bulimia and suffer from panic attacks and depression.

After her surgery, her appetite decreased. “You don’t get to talk about my body if you like it or not; it’s my body,” she says.

“And yeah, I have been struggling with weight my entire life. I realize that as long as I have a body, it will be a struggle.”

Get a complete insight on Gabourey Sidibe’s interview with Nylon by clicking here here.

Vanity Fair To Release “Hollywood 2014” With More Color Than Ever

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For the past 20 years staple magazine Vanity Fair has compiled a list of celebrated actors for that year and featured them in a large scale, usually elaborate, cover spread. Vanity Fair has also come under attack for notoriously leaving out significant actors of color from their spread and primarily focusing on white actors. This was made most evident from the hotly discussed cover from 2010 (pictured below) which featured actresses such as Kristen Stewart, Amanda Seyfried, Emma Stone and Anna Kendrick. All of these young ladies are talented and had big years, however Vanity Fair managed to leave out actresses such as Gabourey Sidibe, Zoe Saldana and Freida Pinto who also had huge success that year. 

The backlash that followed was loud and far-reaching every year since- Vanity Fair has slowly but surely added more and more actors of color to their line-up. This year however, Vanity Fair might have struck gold with their line-up as everyone seems to be very pleased, not only with the actors and actresses chosen but also with the amazing photography undertaken by the legendary Annie Leibovitz.

This year’s spread isn’t only dedicated to up and coming Hollywood performers but also to the actor’s who’ve helped make the previous year’s film endeavors the monumental success they were. The list is as follows:  Oscar nominees Julia Roberts (August: Osage County), Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave), Jared Leto (Dallas Buyers Club), and Lupita Nyong’o (12 Years a Slave), as well as Idris Elba (Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom), George Clooney (Gravity), Michael B. Jordan (Fruitvale Station), Naomie Harris (Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom), Brie Larson (Short Term 12), Chadwick Boseman (42), Margot Robbie (The Wolf of Wall Street), and Léa Seydoux (Blue Is the Warmest Color).

Right now this edition is available for download on your mobile devices such as ipad/mini, kindle, nook, and other tablets and will be on stands February 11. How do you guys feel about this year’s cover? Anybody they overlooked?