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Green Carpet Fashion Awards Unite Fashion and Entertainment in Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - MARCH 09: (L-R) Livia Giuggioli Firth, Tom Ford, and Cate Blanchett attend the Green Carpet Fashion Awards 2023 on March 09, 2023 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Stefanie Keenan/Getty Images for Green Carpet Fashion Awards)

Los Angeles, CA (March 10th, 2023) – Cate Blanchett, Tom Ford, Naomi Campbell, Alicia Silverstone, Annie Lennox, Jodie Turner-Smith, Jerry Hall, Simu Liu, Mike D, Trudie Styler, Simone Ashley, Georgia May Jagger, Rafferty Law, Heidi Klum, Amber Valletta, Petra Němcová, Maria Carla Boscono, amongst others, walked the interactive carpet at this year’s Green Carpet Fashion Awards at NeueHouse Hollywood. The annual awards celebrated positive forces in fashion and entertainment, championing interconnected cultural change and the most inspiring efforts that drive it. The GCFA 2023 is co-chaired by Simone Ashley, Cate Blanchett, Quannah Chasinghorse, Viola Davis, Tom Ford, Salma Hayek and Simu Liu.

The 2023 Green Carpet Fashion Awards celebrated six cultural archetype honors that are crucial to collective transformation in any community; two special honors in fashion and entertainment and, closing the night, a special recognition of fourteen female leaders, for their inspirational activism, understanding and interplay between environmental action, civil rights, equality, global feminism and building a better collective future.

Receiving the GCFA honors on March 9th in Los Angeles:

Sônia Guajajara, Minister of Indigenous Peoples of Brazil: The Healer, presented by Leonardo DiCaprio –

“Minister Guajajara’s pivotal role within President Lula’s government gives her even greater responsibility and an unprecedented opportunity for impact. Although the task ahead is undoubtedly daunting – in Minister Guajajara’s words, “the fight for mother earth is the mother of all fights” – her strong leadership position coupled with her commitment and tenacity fills me with boundless hope that she will rise to the occasion yet again.” – Leonardo DiCaprio

Tom Ford: The Visionary, presented by Trudie Styler –
“I started the Plastic Innovation Prize three years ago with a harrowing fear that the world our children would inherit would no longer be a livable one,” said Ford. “I wanted to be a part of the solution, not be an arbiter of the problem. Watching the brilliant minds within this competition has given me extraordinary hope in making the impossible possible.” – Tom Ford

Alicia Silverstone: The GCFA Integrity Honour, presented by Quannah Chasinghorse –
“The more we speak up and say no to what we know is not helping the earth, the animals or the people, the more we will see change. And if we accept what we know is wrong…just because it’s what everyone else is doing, we won’t ever change.” – Alicia Silverstone

Edward Enninful, Editor-in-Chief of British Vogue: The GCFA Game Changer, presented by Jodie Turner-Smith –
“I have always endeavoured to use my platform to champion causes that hopefully leave this world a better place than how we found it. It’s been my life’s mission to spotlight, improve and drive the stories of the underrepresented. The progress we have made as a culture and fashion community in recent years has been fantastic, but we can do more. We must do more.” – Edward Enninful

The Young Leaders, presented by singer, songwriter and humanitarian Annie Lennox –
“As a long-term activist, ‘Global Feminist,’ and founder of ‘The Circle’ NGO, it encourages and inspires me SO much to see a new generation of brilliant young women rising up to address solutions to the countless challenges facing women and girls everywhere around the world. I’m hugely grateful to the GCFA for giving them this wonderful platform to shine a light upon their essential and exemplary work. This is what Global Feminism is all about! Sisters – doin’ it for themselves!!” – Annie Lennox

Young Leaders included: Quannah Chasinghorse, Model and Indigenous Activist. Nalleli Cobo, Climate Justice Activist. Wawa Gatheru, Kenyan-Amercian environmental activist. Helena Gualinga, Ecuadorian Human Rights and Environmental Activist. Vee Kathivu, Girls Education Activist. Sophia Kianni, Iranian-American Climate Activist and Member of the United Nations Secretary-Generals Youth Advisory Group. Vanessa Nakate, Ugandan Environmental Activist and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador. Mary Maker, South Sudanese Refugee and UNHCR Goodwill AmbassadorLeah Thomas, Founder of Intersectional Environmentalist, Diandra Marizet, Exec Director of Intersectional Environmentalist. Aditi Mayer, Climate and Labor Rights Activist. Dominique Palmer, Climate Justice Activist. Maya Penn, CEO of Maya’s Ideas, and Tori Tsui, Climate Activist.

Plus, Gucci: The Futurist, presented by Pokimane; Gabriela Hearst: The Sage, presented by Mike D; Eric Liedtke + Tara Moss, Co-Founders of Unless Collective: The Rebel, presented by Simu Liuand Andreas Kronthaler, Creative Director of Vivienne Westwood: The Messenger, accepted on his behalf by Cora Corré and presented by Jerry Hall.

Kelly Rowland Set To Executive Produce and Star in Lifetime’s” Merry Liddle Christmas Vacation”


The Liddles are back!  Lifetime is in development with the fourth installment of the Merry Liddle Christmas movies franchise, Merry Liddle Christmas Vacation set to premiere as a tentpole movie for 2023’s It’s a Wonderful Lifetime holiday slate.  Kelly Rowland returns to executive produce and star as Jacquie, who gave birth to twins in 2021’s Merry Liddle Christmas Baby. This new Liddle movie will follow the family as they head on a family vacation for the holidays. Production is set to begin later this year.

“We are so ecstatic for the next movie of this fantastic holiday movie franchise and keep the story of the Liddles going,” said EVP, Scripted Content, Tanya Lopez. “People have fallen in love with this family, and we are thrilled to continue to evolve their story with our incredible partner and star Kelly Rowland.”

“The Liddle Christmas story has literally become a big part of my own family’s Christmas. I love sitting with my family and friends to watch the films, and I am always happy to get back on set with these amazing actors who have become family,” says Kelly. “To wear two hats as executive producer and actress is always challenging and exciting. I cannot wait for everyone to see the next beautiful adventure.”

This holiday season, the Liddle family is back together again, and ready to spend the holidays at a beautiful resort. Hoping to create new Christmas traditions, the Liddles are gathered to celebrate Jacquie and Tyler’s wedding anniversary and the twins’ birthday. But their holiday vacation is far from paradise with tensions mounting with Jacquie (Kelly Rowland) feeling Tyler is prioritizing his work over their family. Meanwhile Treena and Julian struggle to balance time with each other as Kiara and Chris navigate raising Kiara’s son.  Marchelle and Wade are determined to keep Liddle Christmas traditions alive, even far from their homes, and despite the chaos of the season, the Liddles find a deeper understanding of each other, and all their small blessings complete their big Liddle family.

Merry Liddle Christmas Vacation is produced by MarVista Entertainment for Lifetime. Kelly Rowland, Larry Grimaldi, Ani Kevork, Hannah Pillemer, Fernando Szew and Loretha Jones will serve as executive producers. The script is written by Andrea Stevens and King Hassan and a search is underway for a director. 

“TLC Forever” Documentary Special on Lifetime and A&E on June 3


Known for their powerful and award-winning documentary storytelling, Lifetime and A&E will simulcast the new two-hour documentary TLC Forever, chronicling the journey of the top-selling American female group of all time who led the way with their music, message, and their style. The special documents the revolutionary group that broke boundaries, influenced an entire generation and survived against all odds as T-Boz and Chilli tell their story for the first time in a feature documentary. TLC Forever is directed by Matthew Kay and is executive-produced by Academy Award-winning and Emmy Award-winning director Roger Ross Williams (The Apollo) and his production company with Emmy® Award-winning producer Geoff Martz, One Story Up. TLC Forever will simulcast on Lifetime and A&E on Saturday, June 3rd at 8pm ET/PT.

Formed in Atlanta, Georgia in 1990, TLC consisted of Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins, Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes and Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas. Having sold over 85 million records worldwide, the group enjoyed success, scoring nine top-ten hits and winning over 35 major awards including Video of the Year Award for “Waterfalls” Billboard Hot 100, including four number-one singles “Creep”, “Waterfalls”, “No Scrubs”, and “Unpretty”. Accolades include nine top-ten hits, four career Grammy® Awards, five MTV Video Music Awards, and five Soul Train Music Awards.

However the glow of success was accompanied by darkness, controversy and tragedy, as TLC balanced worldwide fame and massive notoriety against internal fallouts, external attacks, bankruptcy, and illness. When Left Eye died tragically in 2002, the group faced not only immense pain and an uncertain future but also felt abandoned by the entertainment industry despite iconic achievements. Against all odds and through all the struggles, the group persevered with courage, love and unity, forging a new path to success, including launching a new tour slated for summer 2023. 

Williams’ recent work includes HBO’s The Apollo, which won an Emmy® in 2020 for Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Special, Emmy-nominated VR Experience Travelling While Black, and Academy Award-nominated and Emmy® Award-winning Life, Animated. Williams was the first African American director to win an Academy Award for his film Music By Prudence

Kay is an award-winning British documentary director, who over the past decade, has directed and shot a variety of projects for broadcasters such as BBC and platforms like Netflix. Most recently, his documentary Little Miss Sumo was acquired by Netflix. 

TLC Forever is produced by One Story Up and Lauren Fulton for Lifetime and A&E Network. Executive producers for One Story Up are Roger Ross Williams and Geoff Martz. Executive producers for TLC are Tionne Watkins, Rozonda Thomas, Bill Diggins for Diggit Entertainment Group and Rick Krim. Executive Producers for A+E Networks are Elaine Frontain Bryant and Brad Abramson. 

Janet Jackson’s Second Documentary, “Janet Jackson: Family First” Greenlit by Lifetime and A&E


With “Janet Jackson.” ranking as cable’s #1 documentary of 2022 and seen by 21 million viewers, Lifetime and A&E today announced they have greenlit a continuation of the extraordinary and historic story of Janet Jackson. Janet Jackson: Family First will chronicle the legendary singer, songwriter, producer, author, actor, philanthropist and global icon as she embarks on her 2023 “Together Again” tour, and her collaboration with brother Randy Jackson to reunite the family band after 40 years since their last performance. Janet Jackson: Family First continues the captivating and critically lauded story from 2022’s most talked-about documentary Janet Jackson. with the next chapter in Janet’s journey, in her own words and experiences with an exclusive, intimate, and honest look at her life, family, and legendary artistry.

The documentary will follow the 2023 “Together Again” tour, which will celebrate Janet Jackson’s 50th anniversary in entertainment and spotlight the milestones for two of Jackson’s most critically acclaimed albums – 25 years of “The Velvet Rope”, and 30 years of “janet.”

Janet Jackson: Family First” is currently filming and will simulcast on Lifetime and A&E, with the release to be announced. It is being produced by Workerbee (a Banijay UK company).

Of the new documentary, executive producer Janet Jackson said, “I was touched by the love and support from the wonderful fans who enjoyed the documentary last year. I am excited to continue to share my story, and welcome fans into my life and the ‘Together Again’ tour. Thank you for your never-ending support, and I hope you enjoy the next chapter.”

Executive producer Randy Jackson said, “In this next chapter in the documentary, Janet and I are thrilled to welcome viewers on the road with us as we embark on the ‘Together Again’ tour, celebrating the milestone of 50 years of Janet’s career with fans across the country. We look forward to the continued partnership with Lifetime and A&E, and to sharing our family with viewers.”

Janet Jackson is one of the most influential entertainers of the modern era. Her music has won her 5 GRAMMY® Awards, 2 Emmy Awards, a Golden Globe Award, a nomination for an Academy Award along with dozens of American Music Awards, MTV Video Music Awards and Billboard Music Awards. She has received accolades as an actress as well including the NAACP Best Supporting Actor award. Janet is a published author, dancer, businessperson, philanthropist and one of biggest-selling artists in popular music history. With sales of over 180 million records worldwide, Janet Jackson stands as one of the best-selling artists of all time with a string of hits that have left an indelible impression on pop culture. She is the record holder for the biggest selling debut tour in history and is the first woman to debut in the Top 10 of the Hot 100 charts. She also stands as one of only four artists to have a #1 album for four successive decades alongside Barbra Streisand, Bruce Springsteen and U2. Even today she continues to make an undeniable impact. In 2018, her last single, “Made for Now” with Daddy Yankee, released by her own Rhythm Nation Records, hit #1 on the Dance Clubs Songs chart making it her 20th single on the chart in the span of her career. In 2019, she was inducted the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame alongside her brothers and in that same year her critically acclaimed Las Vegas residency, “Metamorphosis” closed out to record breaking ticket sales with only 18 dates at the Park MGM’s Park Theater. As reported by Billboard Boxscore, the legendary singer, dancer, songwriter, producer, and actress is among the biggest Vegas performers of this decade, ahead of Celine Dion (2011), Britney Spears (2013) and the Backstreet Boys (2017). Her critically acclaimed and award winning documentary “Janet Jackson.” brought in over 20 million viewers in one week.

On February 4, 2021, Janet Jackson’s iconic mega platinum-selling third album Control turned 35. The album also returned to the top of the charts, hitting #1 on the Apple Top 40 US Pop Album chart. Led by five chart- busting hit singles — “What Have You Done for Me Lately,” “Nasty,” “Control,” “When I Think Of You,” —with their complementary, tightly choreographed music videos — and “Let’s Wait Awhile,” Control became Jackson’s first No. 1 Pop album. The album also made Billboard chart history for having the longest continuous run on the Hot 100 with singles from one album, ultimately tallying a remarkable 65 consecutive weeks from that perch. To date, Control has sold more than 10 million copies worldwide.

Janet Jackson: Family First is directed by Ben Hirsch. It is produced for Lifetime and A&E by Workerbee. AEC (Associated Entertainment Corporation) are co-producers. Janet Jackson and Randy Jackson are executive producers. Rick Murray is executive producer for Workerbee. Brie Miranda Bryant is executive producer for A&E Network.

Keyshia Cole to Executive Produce and Star In The Lifetime Biopic,”Keyshia Cole: This Is My Story”


Multiple Grammy® award nominee Keyshia Cole (Keyshia Cole: The Way It Is) will executive produce and make her acting debut, playing herself, in a new Lifetime biopic following her early days in Oakland honing her musical talents to her rise to a multi-platinum selling recording artist and television personality, to her complicated yet warmhearted relationship with her mother Frankie Lons played by Debbi Morgan (All My Children). Premiering Saturday, June 24 as part of Lifetime’s celebration of Black Music Month at 8p/7c, Keyshia Cole: This is My Story is directed by D’Angela Proctor (Line Sisters) and Manu Boyer (Girl in the Basement) and features a new song recorded by the singer/songwriter titled Forever is a Thing. Ron Fair, Keyshia Cole’s long-standing A&R and music collaborator supervised the music and Grammy Award winner Warryn Campbell composed the original score.

Keyshia Cole: This Is My Story joins Lifetime’s roster of highly successful musical biopics including Robin Roberts Presents: MahaliaPatsy & Loretta, The Clark Sisters: First Ladies of Gospel, Toni Braxton: Unbreak My Heart, Whitney and Life is Not a Fairytale: The Fantasia Barrino Story.

“This is a story of a daughter’s love for her mother and although my heart remains broken from her untimely passing I am honored to be sharing it with the world,” said Cole. “Playing the role of myself was a unique opportunity to re-live special moments in my life that also gave me the chance to process her loss in ways I did not expect. I miss her every day and even though she is not here, her presence was felt throughout this film. Mom, I love you.”

Born in Oakland, California, Keyshia Cole was raised in a single parent household by her adoring mother Frankie (Morgan) but at the age of two, Keyshia was placed into foster care due to Frankie’s struggle with substance abuse. Keyshia was then adopted by her foster parents, Leon (Joseph C. Phillips) and Yvonne Coles (Tonia Jackson) and as a teen, Keyshia traveled to Los Angeles multiple times to pursue her dreams of becoming a singer, even providing background vocals for MC Hammer. Her path into a music career put her at odds with Leon and Yvonne, who kicked her out when she didn’t follow their rules. Left to fend for herself, Keyshia’s voice saved her from her nomadic lifestyle and she eventually returned to Los Angeles where at the age of 21, she was signed to A&M Records by Grammy award nominated producer and music executive Ron Fair. Keyshia went on to become a multiple-award winning, chart-topping artist who fused R&B and Hip Hop. As her star began to rise, Keyshia was still faced with traumas of not knowing who her biological father was but found family again when she was reunited with Frankie and sisters Neffe (Cindi Davis) and Elite (Brittney Level). Despite the success of her music and hit television shows following her life as an artist, mother, wife and daughter, Keyshia struggled to keep Frankie in rehab and tragically, her worst fear became a reality when she lost her to an accidental opioid overdose in 2021 on Frankie’s 61st birthday. Keyshia ColeThis is My Story is a story of childhood trauma, tragedy, complexity of love and overcoming obstacles to become the best version of oneself. The movie is dedicated in honor and memory of Frankie.

Keyshia ColeThis is My Story is produced for Lifetime by Swirl Films and Big Dreams. Executive producers are Eric Tomosunas, Leslie Greif, D’Angela Proctor and Keyshia Cole. Co-Executive Producer is Ron Fair. D’Angela Proctor and Manu Boyer direct from a script written by Angelica Cheri.

FABUcam Concert Series: Mary J. Blige


Watch the view from our FABUcam of Mary J. Blige’s live performance at the 2017 Cincinnati Music Festival!

FABUcam Concert Series: Megan Thee Stallion


Watch rising rap superstar Megan Thee Stallion perform during Karl Kani’s fashion show during the 2019 BET Experience!

FABUcam Concert Series: The Weeknd


The Weeknd makes a tour stop in Kansas City during their Starboy World Tour!

James Fortune and Monica Release New Single, “Trusting God”


Stellar Award Winner, James Fortune releases a new single in collaboration with R&B songstress Monica, titled “Trusting God.” The song is a new inspirational and motivational record to keep God’s people focused on his promise. The collaboration comes over a decade after their Grammy-nominated song “Hold On” alongside Fred Hammond. The melodic track can be downloaded and streamed anywhere music is sold.

James Fortune’s latest album My Life was nominated for Outstanding Gospel/Christian Album at the 54th annual NAACP Image Awards.

For more information on James Fortune, follow him on social media using the handle @mrjamesfortune.

FABUtainment Interviews Gospel Artist Isaac Carree


FABUtainment interviews gospel artist Isaac Carree at the Black Music & Entertainment Walk of Fame red carpet in Atlanta. The 2023 inductees are Danny Glover, Dr. Bobby Jones, and Ambassador Andrew Young.

Hosted by FABUtainment Atlanta correspondent Sharita B.