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Sunday, February 12, 2017

Red Carpet Fashion + Full List of Winners: 2017 Grammy Award Ceremony

Tonight, the 2017 Grammy Award Ceremony was live from Los Angeles! Check out these eye-catching red carpet looks! Beyonce crooned in style- but no jumping or backflips (#SafetybeforeEntertainment :-) )

And....CONGRATS to tonight's big winner Adele! Did you hear her speech? She's part of the B-Hive!

Adele

Katy Perry

J-Lo

Solange

Rihanna

Demi Lovato

Tinashe

Taraji Henson

Carrie Underwood and Kelsea Ballerini

Chrissy Teigen


Lady Gaga
Celine Dion

Jidenna

Laverne Cox

Leah Michele

Charlie XCX

Kat Graham

Nick Jonas

Mya

Tori Kelly

Camila Cabello

Heidi Klum

Keith Urban

2 Chains

Rick Ross

Kristin Cavallari

Girl Crush

Carrie Underwood

Chance the Rapper

Jason Derulo

Anthony Hamilton

Diana Gordon

Sophie Blem


Elle King

Kaya Jones

Guilianna Rancic
John Legend

Paulina Rubio

FULL LIST OF WINNERS

Album of the Year
Adele, 25
Beyoncé, Lemonade
Justin Bieber, Purpose
Drake, Views
Sturgill Simpson, A Sailor’s Guide to Earth
Song of the Year
Beyoncé, “Formation”
Adele, “Hello”
Mike Posner, “I Took a Pill in Ibiza”
Justin Bieber, “Love Yourself”
Lukas Graham, “7 Years”
Record of the Year
Adele, “Hello”
Beyoncé, “Formation”
Lukas Graham, “7 Years”
Rihanna feat. Drake, “Work”
Twenty One Pilots, “Stressed Out”
Best New Artist
Kelsea Ballerini
Chance the Rapper
Maren Morris
The Chainsmokers
Anderson .Paak
Best Pop Solo Performance
Adele, “Hello”
Beyoncé, “Hold Up”
Justin Bieber, “Love Yourself”
Kelly Clarkson, “Piece by Piece” (Idol Version)
Ariana Grande, “Dangerous Woman”
Best Pop Duo/Group Performance
The Chainsmokers feat. Halsey, “Closer”
Lukas Graham, “7 Years”
Rihanna feat. Drake, “Work”
Sia feat. Sean Paul, “Cheap Thrills”
Twenty One Pilots, “Stressed Out”
Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album
Andrea Bocelli, Cinema
Bob Dylan, Fallen Angels
Josh Groban, Stages Live
Willie Nelson, Summertime: Willie Nelson Sings Gershwin
Barbra Streisand, Encore: Movie Partners Sing Broadway
Best Pop Vocal Album
Adele, 25
Justin Bieber, Purpose
Ariana Grande, Dangerous Woman
Demi Lovato, Confident
Sia, This Is Acting
Best Dance Recording
Bob Moses, “Tearing Me Up”
The Chainsmokers feat. Daya, “Don’t Let Me Down”
Flume feat. Kai, “Never Be Like You”
Riton feat. Kah-Lo, “Rinse & Repeat”
Sofi Tukker, “Drinkee”
Best Dance/Electronic Album
Flume, Skin
Jean-Michel Jarre, Electronica 1: The Time Machine
Tycho, Epoch
Underworld, Barbara, Barbara, We Face a Shining Future
Louie Vega, Louie Vega Starring…XXVIII
Best Rap Performance
Chance the Rapper featuring Lil Wayne & 2 Chainz, “No Problem” 
Desiigner, “Panda” 
Drake featuring The Throne, “Pop Style”
Fat Joe & Remy Ma feat. French Montana & Infared, “All the Way Up”
ScHoolboy Q feat. Kanye West, “THat Part”
Best Rap/Sung Performance
Beyoncé feat. Kendrick Lamar, “Freedom”
Drake, “Hotline Bling”
D.R.A.M. feat. Lil Yachty, “Broccoli”
Kanye West feat. Chance the Rapper, Kelly Price, Kirk Franklin, and The-Dream, “Ultralight Beam”
Kanye West feat. Rihanna, “Famous”
Best Rap Song
Joseph Cartagena, Edward Davadi, Shandel Green, Karim Kharbouch, Andre Christopher Lyon, Reminisce Mackie & Marcello Valenzano, songwriters (Fat Joe & Remy Ma feat. French Montana & Infared), “All the Way Up”
Chancelor Bennett, Ross Birchard, Ernest Brown, Andrew Dawson, Kasseem Dean, Mike Dean, Noah Goldstein, Kejuan Muchita, Patrick Reynolds, Kanye West & Cydel Young, songwriters (Kanye West feat. Rihanna), “Famous”
Aubrey Graham & Paul Jefferies, songwriters (Drake), “Hotline Bling”
Chancelor Bennett, Dwayne Carter & Tauheed Epps, songwriters (Chance the Rapper feat. Lil Wayne & 2 Chainz), “No Problem”
Chancelor Bennett, Kasseem Dean, Mike Dean, Kirk Franklin, Noah Goldstein, Samuel Griesemer, Terius Nash, Jerome Potter, Kelly Price, Nico “Donnie Trumpet” 
Segal, Derek Watkins, Kanye West & Cydel Young, songwriters (Kanye West feat. Chance the Rapper, Kelly Price, Kirk Franklin & The-Dream), “Ultralight Beam”
Best Rap Album
Chance the Rapper, Coloring Book
De La Soul, and the Anonymous Nobody…DJ Khaled, Major KeyDrake, ViewsScHoolboy Q, Blank Face LPKanye West, The Life of Pablo
Best Country Solo Performance
Brandy Clark, “Love Can Go to Hell”
Miranda Lambert, “Vice”
Maren Morris, “My Church”
Carrie Underwood, “Church Bells”
Keith Urban, “Blue Ain’t Your Color”
Best Country Duo/Group Performance
Dierks Bentley feat. Elle King, “Different for Girls”
Brothers Osborne, “21 Summer”
Kenny Chesney & P!nk, “Setting the World on Fire”
Pentatonix feat. Dolly Parton, “Jolene”
Chris Young with Cassadee Pope, “Think of You”
Best Country Song
Clint Lagerberg, Hillary Lindsey, & Steven Lee Olsen; “Blue Ain’t Your Color”
Sean Douglas, Thomas Rhett & Joe Spargur; “Die a Happy Man”
Lori McKenna; “Humble and Kind”
busbee & Maren Morris; “My Church”
Miranda Lambert, Shane McAnally & Josh Osborne; “Vice”
Best Country Album
Brandy Clark, Big Day in a Small Town
Loretta Lynn, Full Circle
Maren Morris, Hero
Sturgill Simpson, A Sailor’s Guide to Earth
Keith Urban, Ripcord
Best Rock Performance
Alabama Shakes, “Joe (Live From Austin City Limits)”
Beyoncé feat. Jack White, “Don’t Hurt Yourself”
David Bowie, “Blackstar”
Disturbed, “The Sound of Silence (Live on Conan)” 
Twenty One Pilots, “Heathens”
Best Metal Performance
Baroness, “Shock Me”
Gojira, “Silvera”
Korn, “Rotting in Vain”
Megadeth, “Dystopia”
Periphery, “The Price Is Wrong”
Best Rock Song
David Bowie, songwriter (David Bowie), “Blackstar”
Radiohead songwriters (Radiohead), “Burn the Witch”
James Hetfield & Lars Ulrich, songwriters (Metallica), “Hardwired”
Tyler Joseph, songwriter (Twenty One Pilots), “Heathens”
Rich Meyer, Ryan Meyer & Johnny Stevens, songwriters (Highly Suspect), “My Name Is Human”
Best Rock Album
Blink-182, California
Cage the Elephant, Tell Me I’m Pretty
Gojira, MagmaPanic! 
at the Disco, Death of a Bachelor
Weezer, Weezer
Best Alternative Music Album
Bon Iver, 22, A Million
David Bowie, Blackstar
PJ Harvey, The Hope Six Demolition Project 
Iggy Pop, Post Pop Depression
Radiohead, A Moon Shaped Pool
Best R&B Performance
BJ the Chicago Kid, “Turnin’ Me Up”
Ro James, “Permission”
Musiq Soulchild, “I Do”
Rihanna, “Needed Me”
Solange, “Cranes in the Sky”
Best Traditional R&B PerformanceWilliam Bell, “The Three of Me”
BJ the Chicago Kid, “Woman’s World”
Fantasia, “Sleeping With the One I Love”
Lalah Hathaway, “Angel”
Jill Scott, “Can’t Wait”
Best R&B Song
J. Brathwaite, Aubrey Graham & Noah Shebib; “Come See Me”
Michael Hernandez & Bryson Tiller; “Exchange”
Jeff Bhasker, Robyn Fenty, John-Nathan Glass & Natalia Noemi; “Kiss It Better”
Hod David & Musze; “Lake by the Ocean”
Magnus August Høiberg, Benjamin Levin & Daystar Peterson; “Luv”
Best Urban Contemporary Album
Beyoncé, Lemonade
Gallant, Ology
King, We Are King
Anderson .Paak, Malibu
Rihanna, Anti
Best R&B Album
BJ the Chicago Kid, In My Mind
Lalah Hathaway, Lalah Hathaway Live
Terrace Martin, Velvet Portraits
Mint Condition, Healing Season
Mya, Smoove Jones
Best Music Video
Beyoncé, “Formation”
Leon Bridges, “River”
Coldplay, “Up & Up”
Jamie xx, “Gosh”
OK Go, “Upside Down & Inside Out”
Best Music Film
Steve Aoki; I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead
(The Beatles); The Beatles: Eight Days a Week -The Touring Years
Beyoncé; Lemonade
Yo-Yo Ma & The Silk Road Ensemble; The Music of Strangers
(Various Artists); American Saturday Night: Live from the Grand Ole Opry
Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media
Various Artists, Amy
Miles Davis & Various Artists, Miles Ahead
Various Artists, Straight Outta Compton 
Various Artists, Suicide Squad (Collector’s Edition) 
Various Artists, Vinyl: The Essentials (Season 1)
Best Score/Soundtrack for Visual Media
Thomas Newman, composer, Bridge of SpiesEnnio Morricone, composer, Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight
Alva Noto & Ryuichi Sakamoto, composers, The Revenant
John Williams, composer, Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Kyle Dixon & Michael Stein, composers, Stranger Things Volume 1
Kyle Dixon & Michael Stein, composers, Stranger Things Volume 2
Best Song Written for Visual Media
Max Martin, Shellback & Justin Timberlake; “Can’t Stop the Feeling!”
Tyler Joseph;“Heathens”
Oscar Holter, Max Martin, P!nk & Shellback; “Just Like Fire”
Shamann Cooke, Sonny Moore & William Roberts; “Purple Lamborghini”
Mikkel S. Eriksen, Sia Furler & Tor Erik Hermansen; “Try Everything”
Peter Gabriel; “The Veil”
Best Spoken Word Album
Amy Schumer, The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo
Carol Burnett, In Such Good Company: Eleven Years of Laughter, Mayhem, and Fun in the Sandbox
Patti Smith, M Train
Tom DeSavia, John Doe, Scott Sherratt & Dan Zitt, producers, Under the Big Black Sun: A Personal History of L.A. Punk (Joe Doe with Tom DeSavia)
Elvis Costello, Unfaithful Music & Disappearing Ink
Best Comedy Album
David Cross, ...America…Great…
Margaret Cho, Maerican Myth
Tig Notaro, Boyish Girl Interrupted
Amy Schumer, Live at the Apollo
Patton Oswalt, Talking Over Clapping
Best Musical Theater Album
Bright Star (Original Broadway Cast)
The Color Purple (New Broadway Cast)
Fiddler on the Roof (Original West End Cast)
Waitress (Original Broadway Cast)

Stay Inspired.....
NwaVic

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Sources: BuzzfeedVulture

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Faithful Leaping


leap of faith
noun
  1. an act of believing in or attempting something whose existence or outcome cannot be proved.

2016 started out slow....but pregnant all the same with plans and schedules. Personally, I was still getting used to living away from family but I was grateful that a 3-hour flight was all it took when I missed them. Professionally, I was at a highly-revered law firm. I was a bit unhappy but apparently, what I was experiencing was not novel to lawyers in my position (young, foreign, black, DC-accustomed, female attorneys in a big law firm run and filled with old, white, Texan, male lawyers.) So, I could weather the storms. Every experienced attorney I told had the same reaction, "Oh, that. But they're paying you well right?"

Apparently, my horrific experiences had long been accepted as the norm. The longer I stayed, the unhappier I got. Each day became a drag and I found myself constantly dwelling. I would wake up in the morning and drag myself out of bed thinking "ugh, its another day at THAT office." Don't get me wrong, I liked the work and my co-workers.  I was learning so much about practicing law in a new state and growing professionally. But everything else just seemed like manual labour. 

No matter how strongly I held onto my desire to stay, I was constantly being pushed from within. Because I was not sure where I was being pushed to,  I started applying to other positions. Then came the interviews. But with every interview and/or offer came either a roadblock or an overwhelming feeling that I was jumping from frying pan to fire. 

By the beginning of the summer, I was exhausted. Emotionally, physically, and psychologically....It's so amazing how one dysfunctional part of your life can spill over and affect everything else. It felt like the deck of cards I had so clearly assembled was shuffling on its own. 
For someone who seems to have a lot of answers, I didn't know what my next step should be. For a moment, it felt like a life crisis. Except that psychologist Carl Jung only recognized the "mid-life" crisis. So what is my 20-something-year-old mind wandering about? I'm sure I'm not alone in my constant life assessment. Sometimes it's refreshing. Other times, it's flat-out frustrating.   I had spent so much time taking stock of my life....Goals...achievements...failures...flaws... I forgot the two important steps I ADVISE others to take: (1) To count the blessings I had, and (2) To tell God how I wanted Him to expand those blessings. 

It really all boils down to control. I've been taught over and over again that I have no control over my life's course. God has always been like my life's panel beater, always there to beat me into shape. And when I forget what He's taught me, but then ever present to bless me again, sometimes making up for derailing me in the first place. 

If you have the fear of God in you, your life moves onto better heights when you relinquish control  of your life to the plan God has for you. When God decides to move you, trust me, you feel it. If you are attentive, you will hear it.  By September, I not only could feel and hear the next step, I was being pushed to a direction I could decipher. It was scary because even though this direction was one I had often dreamed about, I had envisioned it differently. I wasn't "supposed" to be pushed to it. Besides, it was very bad timing. Among other chaotic things that were happening in my life, my father-in-law had barely passed away a couple of months before and we had just returned from the burial in Nigeria. I was about learn AGAIN that God's timing DOES NOT have to align with ours.
I was sitting on hot plate but a little tiny weeny part of me was justifying and internalizing the burns.   I wanted to move from Point A to Point B, and the only vehicle I was being pushed into was unknown territory....an untraveled jump over a deep lagoon. WHAT IF I FALL? 
I prayed and prayed, but God wasn't giving me any alternatives. "Take the leap, Ral. I got you. Where's your faith?", I heard over and over again, even in my dreams. It's amazing how when God decides its time to move, He clears the path. I hesitantly started planning and with every move I made, it seemed like someone or something had come before me and done it. For example, when I tried to register an EIN number, it appeared that I already had one on file under "NwaVic Law Firm". Till today, I don't remember creating it. 

So, I quit. And on October 10, 2016, I took that leap of faith and opened my own law firm. It felt like stretching my hands wide and jumping off a cliff. But it was a blessed jump that has been nothing but rewarding.

It's been only a few months but it's been quite a journey.  The caliber of lessons I have learned in the past 3 months is much more than I can say for the 5+ years I spent practicing as an "Associate Attorney".  It has been a blessing....there's so much more to this story....and I will tell. 

If there is something in your life that is causing you staleness and unhappiness.....stop dwelling. Tell God. Have faith. Then, Leap.

Stay Inspired,
NwaVic

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Red Carpet Fashion + Complete List of Winners: 2017 Golden Globe Awards

 Happy New Year!

As is tradition, the stars came out to shine at the 74th Golden Globe Awards ceremony. Here are some of the stunning red carpet looks and the full list of winners!

Oh, and special shoutout to Tracee Ellis Ross on her first Golden Globe for her stellar performance in Black-ish!

Traces Ellis Ross
Sofia Vergara in Zuhair Murad
Blake Lively

Drew Barrymore in Zuhair Murad

Nicole Kidman in Zuhair Murad


SJP makes a "Vera Wang" statement
Nicole Kidman in Alexander McQueen
Nicole and her husband Keith Urban
Kristin Cavallari
Felicity Jones in Gucci 
Sienna Miller 
Kerry Washington
Janelle Monae
Eddie Redmayne
Game of Thrones actress Sophie Turner

Heidi Klum
Julia Louis-Dreyfus
Naomi Harris
Thandie Newton 
Emma Stone
John Travolta and wife Kelly Preston
Justin Timberlake and wife Jessica Biel
Carrie Underwood
Game of Thrones' Gwendoline Christie 
Anna Kendrick
Tom Hiddleston

Casey Affleck
Chris Pine
Angela Bassett
Chrissy Teigen 
Naomi Campbell 
Elsa Pataky
Gillian Anderson
Lily Collins in Zuhair Murad 
Jessica Biel
Zoe Saldana
Nashville's Connie Britton 
Claire Foy in Erdem
Karrueche Tran 
Natalie Portman with hubby Benjamin Milliepied 
Emily Ratajkowski

This is Us star Chrissy Metz
Reese Witherspoon in Atelier Versace
How to Get Away with Murder's Viola Davis
Keri Russell
Mandy Moore
Evan Rachel Wood
Kristen Bell

Octavia Spencer
Sarah Paulson
Hailee Steinfield in Vera Wang 
Giuliana Rancic

Olivia Culpo
Octavia Spencer
Regina King
Ruth Negga 
Priyanka Chopra

Movies

Best picture, drama: “Moonlight”
Best picture, comedy or musical: “La La Land”
Actress, drama: Isabelle Huppert, “Elle”
Actor, drama: Casey Affleck, “Manchester by the Sea”
Actress, comedy or musical: Emma Stone, “La La Land”
Actor, comedy or musical: Ryan Gosling, “La La Land”
Supporting actress: Viola Davis, “Fences”
Supporting actor: Aaron Taylor-Johnson, “Nocturnal Animals”
Director: Damien Chazelle, “La La Land”
Screenplay: Damien Chazelle, “La La Land”
Animated film: “Zootopia”
Foreign language film: “Elle” (France)
Original score: Justin Hurwitz, “La La Land”
Original song: “City of Stars,” “La La Land”

Television

Best series, drama: “The Crown,” Netflix
Best series, comedy or musical: “Atlanta,” FX
Best television movie or mini-series: “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story,” FX
Actress, mini-series or television movie: Sarah Paulson, “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story”
Actor, mini-series or television movie: Tom Hiddleston, “The Night Manager”
Actress, drama: Claire Foy, “The Crown”
Actor, drama: Billy Bob Thornton, “Goliath”
Actress, comedy or musical: Tracee Ellis Ross, “black-ish”
Actor, comedy or musical: Donald Glover, “Atlanta”
Supporting actress: Olivia Colman, “The Night Manager”
Supporting actor: Hugh Laurie, “The Night Manager”
Stay Inspired.....
NwaVic

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Sources: NYtimes and DailyMail


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