2017 Oscar Winners

Best Actor in a Supporting Role 

Moonlight

Mahershala Ali 



Best MakeUp and Haistyling 

Suicide Squad

Alessandro Bertolazzi, Giorgio Gregorini and Christopher Nelson 



Best Costume Design

Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them

Colleen Atwood



Best Documentary Feature

OJ Made In America

Director Ezra Edelman 

Best Sound Editing

Arrival 

Sylvain Bellemare



Best Sound Mixing

Hacksaw Ridge

Kevin O’Connell, Andy Wright, Robert Mackenzie and Peter Grace



Best Actress In A Supporting Role
Fences

Viola Davis



Best Foriegn Language Film

The Salesman 

Asghar Farhadi



Best Animated Short Film

Piper

Alan Barillano and Marc Sondheimer 



Best Animated Feature Film

Zootopia 

Bryon Howard, Rich Moore and Clark Spencer



Best Production Design

LaLa Land

Producer: David Wasco

Set Decoration: Sandy Reynolds-Wasco



Best Visual Effect

Jungle Book

Robert Legato, Adam Valdez, Andrew R. Jones and Dan Lemmon 



Best Film Editing 

Hacksaw Ridge

John Gilbert 



Best Documentary Short

The White Helmets

 Orlando Von Einsiedel and Joanna Natasegara



Best Short Film Live Action

Sing

Kristof Deak and Anna Udvardy 



Best Cinematography 

LaLa Land 

Linus Sandgren 



Best Original Score

LaLa Land 

Justin Hurwitz



Best Original Song

LaLa Land “City of Stars”

Music By Justin Hurwitz

Lyric by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul



Best Original Screenplay 

Manchester By The Sea

Written by Kenneth Lonergan 



Best Adapted Screenplay 

Moonlight

Screenplay by Barry Jenkins

Story by Tarell Alvin McCraney 



Best Actress In A Leading Role 

LaLa Land 

Emma Stone 



Best Picture

Moonlight 

Adele Romanski, Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner 

(Because I Love You) Chapter 8: Mixed Signals


OMAR

Omar yelled, “Did you hear me the first time?”
I couldn’t speak, looking at the phone then back at Omar. I decided in that moment, to cut the conversation short whispering, “I’ll call you back”. Quickly I hung up the phone, then looked over at Omar. I thought to myself, I can play this in two ways, I can play the victim card or I could play the asshole. I grappled with the decision for a few seconds. I choose the asshole, “don’t look at me like that”, I said dismissing his presents, walking around him to the living room. He turned around and followed me, grabbing my arm to stop me,”So our conversation yesterday meant nothing?”. I pulled my hand out of his grip looking him, “You must’ve lost your goddamn mind, Don’t ever grab me again”, I said perjecting my voice. Omar threw his hands up in the air, then slowly stepped back.


CHRISTINA

I continue to walk to the living room and sat down on the couch. I looked over at Omar, who was still looking at me.

“It’s fine with me, if you don’t want to follow our agreement, I will gladly continue what I’m doing”, Omar said with a smile. He then walks to the back to the bedroom. I could hear moving around from the living room. I didn’t pay him any attention. I remained in the living room, a lot of thoughts roaming through my head. I don’t want to lose Omar, but I don’t know if I’m ready to lose Trey either. Omar made his way back into the kitchen. Grabbing his jacket on the chair, right before he put his hand on the door he looks over at me once more and says, “I’ll let myself out”. At this point my head was down in my hands. As I heard the door open, I popped up and ran to the door; closing it before Omar even fully opened it, “You’re not being fair”, I said as my eyes began to water. 

“What do you mean I’m not being fair? I gave you an option. You told me that you were going to handle it, and you didn’t, so explain to me how I’m not being fair?”, Omar said waiting for me to respond.

“It’s not that easy for me”, I reply looking down feeling ashamed to look him in the eye.

Omar replied sarcastically grabbing the door again to open it, “Well it’s not that easy for me either”.

I push the door close once more then responded, “You’re just saying that because I said it, I’m not saying it’s hard to leave Trey just because but you know damn well that you’re saying that you can’t stop messing with Victoria just to be an asshole. Unlike you I don’t throw my feelings around anywhere”.

Omar getting tired of the back-and-forth and finally said, “Christina what are you saying to me?”

I said with tears running down my face, ” l don’t know, I really just don’t know”.

“Well when you figure it out you let me know, but until then you can’t tell me who I can and can’t see”, Omar grab the door once more and this time he left slammed the door behind him. I said in the same spot by the door for at least five minutes.

I don’t know how I’ve gotten to this place. This place of loneliness. It’s so dark and quiet here. No matter how hard I try to find the light the dark continues to turn the switch.

For a couple of days I stayed in the house in complete silence. I’m sure by now, I have many missed calls but I really had no interest in talking to anyone. I couldn’t even tell my best friend about what I was dealing with, because we are dealing with the same guy. Anyone else I could possibly talk to about it, would tell me what I didn’t need to hear. Laying in my bed I close my eyes and thought to myself, who do you want? Is it Omar or is it Trey? I kept repeating those same lines in my head over and over again, hoping to get the answer that I needed.

As I was in my own thoughts, I heard the doorbell ring. Hoping that the person would go away so I could remained in my bed. Once I realize the person wasn’t going to leave. I got up out of my bed and walk to the door when I looked out of the peep hole, it was Victoria. All I could think to myself was, “this is not the person I want to see you right now”. I actually feel bad for those thoughts in mind but I couldn’t help it. She had gotten tangled up in a love triangle without even asking for it. I open the door and there she was standing there with a bottle of wine in her hand.

“I have been calling and texting you, but you haven’t been answering, thought you might need some of this”, she said as she out of the bottle of wine.

She walked into the apartment and I close the door behind her. She walked into the kitchen and put the bottle down on the kitchen counter then looked back at me, that was right behind her.

“So what’s going on and why the hell do you look like this?”‘, she said awaiting my response looking me up and down.

I didn’t say anything I just grabbed the bottle opener out of the first drawer and begin opening the wine bottle.

“Please don’t tell me this is about Trey again?”, she asked still awaiting for me to respond.

I still remain quiet grabbing two glasses out of the cabinet and began pouring the wine. Then simply handed one glass to Victoria and walking into the living room. I sat down on the couch with the wine glass in hand, finally taking a sip. Victoria hurried over to the couch, sitting next to me eager to know what I was going to say next, “So it is about Trey?”, she asked to bring her wine.

“Yeah it’s about him”, I said sipping my wine once more.

“What did he do now?”, she said waiting for me to respond.

“I don’t know, he just doesn’t know what he wants. One minute he wants to be in a committed relationship the next minute he wants to be single, I can’t deal with his flip-floppy ways”, I said frustrated taking another sip.

“You have to tell him it’s over, I know it’s going to be hard but its the right thing to do. You can’t keep putting yourself through this. He’s not worth it, no man is worth it”, she informed me.

I loved all the words Victoria’s feeding me, but is better said than done. I really need to look inside myself and be strong.

Victoria turn to look at me and held my hand ,”I do have something to tell you, I don’t think you’re going to be very happy about it”. I see that she was honestly worried about what I would think so I just asked, “what’s wrong?”. She was still silent trying to figure out how to make the words come out. I held her hand, then nodded my head for her to continue to speak. She finally spoke, “Omar asked me to move in with him?”. Was I losing my mind? Did she just say Omar wants her to move in with him? Are you fucking serious right now? Why would he do that? I try my hardest not to let any tears fall from my eyes. I can’t believe him. He’s really trying to hurt me, and he’s doing a damn good job.
To Be Continued…

Women’s March in Washington, DC


The women’s March was held this past Saturday in Washington an in other states and countries. The people that attended this March was determined to make a statement and they did. 

They covered the streets all over D.C. I was excited to actually see the passion all of these individuals had. It was uplifting. I respect and commend all the people that organized it and attended. You did a wonderful thing. 

I was also happy to talk to the wonderful people that were so warm and welcoming. Take a look at the little, that I got to record of the crowd. 

Happy Birthday MLK!!! Do we strive for greatness as MLK did???


Happy Martin Luther King Jr. Day, today has me thinking about a lot of things that has been going on in our society. A lot of things in particular that people brush aside and don’t pay attention to, in depth. Martin Luther King Jr. was a man that fought for what he believed was right with peace. He fought with the idea that all men are created equal. He made it possible for people of color to be able to get a job in the same workplace as a Caucasian person, to get an education in the same school and be able to go to the same bathrooms and restaurants. He did all the things that a lot of people now, could never imagine themselves doing. He put himself in harms way for the greater good of an entire group of people. He was dedicated and passionate about his fight for a better life for everyone and no matter how much people try to knock him down he still fought until the day he died. 

So my question for everyone is, what are you going to fight for? Fighting doesn’t mean  that you have to march or that you have to protest. Fighting means that no matter what someone tries to do to stop you from succeeding you will prove them wrong. That you will not allow anyone to stop you from doing anything that you want to do because of the color of your skin. Martin Luther King Jr. fought for your right to fight. To be able to have the same opportunities as other people. Though sometimes opportunities are not always the same for everyone but because you are a human being no one can stop you from fighting. Everyone has a different fight, some people are fighting for that perfect job that they want, or fighting for that education that they’ve dreamed of or having small businesses that they’ve always wanted. Whatever your fight is you need to concur it. Martin Luther King Jr. could do it, so you can too.

Also remember that your fight is not only for you but everyone like you that is trying to accomplish the same things. Your fight can give someone that feels that they are incapable of success the courage to try. Just like Martin Luther King Junior fight not for yourself but everyone like you.

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

5 Ways To Build Self Confidence

Domonique gives five ways, she feels, that can help someone build their self confidence. This video was really important to Domonique she has a very strong belief in people understanding the importance of have confidence. Confidence is something a lot of people believe that they have under control and sometimes they really don’t. It takes one digging deep within to find who they are and how they feel about themselves. 

Attached below is the full video. Watch and tell us what you think. Do you think her five ways are valid? If so like this post and if not write us telling us what you believe she missed. 

Hope you enjoy the video!