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Holiday Destinations of Influential Women

8 Dream Holiday Destinations of Influential Women

Everybody needs to get away from time to time. And the rich and powerful are no exception! In fact, the stress and responsibility of holding an influential position and being constantly in the public eye can make the idea of a holiday even more appealing.

MyLateDeals has researched where the world’s most powerful women choose to go when they finally get a chance to let off some steam.

Queen Elizabeth II

You might think being the longest-reigning Queen of England would be an easy ride. But while Her Majesty may not have to worry about paying the bills each month, she has dealt admirably with personal trauma and national crises over the past seven decades – and remained adored by the national and international public the whole time.

Of course, no British royal is short of a holiday home or two. For Queen Elizabeth, 50,000 acres of moors, forests, and farmland at Balmoral Castle in Scotland provide both privacy and fresh air away from London life.

“I think Granny is the most happy there,” revealed Princess Eugenie a few years back. “I think she really, really loves the Highlands.”

Madonna

The Queen of Pop is the best selling female recording artist of all time and her influence on today’s music culture is inestimable. But rising to the top of the industry wasn’t easy – especially in the sexist atmosphere of the 1980s: “I’m tough, I’m ambitious and I know exactly what I want,” explains Madge. “If that makes me a bitch, okay.”

Madonna may be the archetypal urban woman, but when it’s time to get away nothing less than paradise will do. Soneva Fushi, an idyllic island in the Maldives, is the artist’s “definition of heaven – [a place for] riding bikes in the moonlight and watching movies under a starlit sky.”

With visitors able to reserve their own stretch of sun-baked sand far from the 24-hour news cycle, Soneva Fushi is a place where Madonna needn’t worry about reading, or becoming, hot gossip.

Oprah Winfrey

Talk show host, motivational speaker, philanthropist… president? Such are Oprah Winfrey’s levels of empathy and talent, it’s impossible to rule out quite what she’ll do next. And that’s just what you see on the surface: Winfrey’s business acumen is so sharp that they even teach college courses about it.

Like the Queen of England, Winfrey has an impressive property portfolio and holiday homes to spare. Her first choice destination is her ranch on Maui, Hawaii, where landscape and spirituality walk hand-in-hand: “The real substance and value of being in Hawaii is the unspoken “spirit” of the people and the surroundings,” she writes. “Hawaiians understand that the soul of the land is what matters.”

And what does a talk show host talk about on her time off? “We chat, laugh and rate the sunsets according to their magnificence.”

Pink

While her closest competitors embraced the hyper-sexualisation of early-noughties pop culture, Pink showed the world that it’s possible to stay true to who you are and still make a success of yourself. She has been a true ‘mainstream alternative’ in an age of mass production.

The singer and songwriter finds escape through a vastly different culture: that of the Indonesian island of Bali. She relaxes and has fun with her kids by attending cooking classes, chilling on the beach, and taking in traditional dance and music shows.

“Thank you to the people and the ocean and the energy of Bali,” Pink effuses on Instagram. “We love you.”

Beyoncé

They say the way to Carnegie hall is practice. For Beyoncé, building the stamina to blast stadium audiences with her formidable voice was apparently a matter of running around the block singing at the top of her voice by way of ‘working out’ in her youth. Her talent and hard work have won her 22 Grammy awards and a unique position in 21st-century western culture.

It’s Europe for Beyoncé and hubby Jay-Z when they want a break from the intensity of American living. The French Riviera (including Monaco, Cannes, and St. Tropez) may not be as remote as Bali or Soneva Fushi, but combining the deluxe privacy of a mega-yacht with the bustle and glamour of dining out along the Côte d’Azur seems to do it for the Knowleses.

Meghan Markle

Markle has brought a touch of reality to the royal family, and is becoming an important ambassador not just in diplomatic circles but between everyday people and the British elite. But even before she wooed Prince Harry, sixth in line to the throne, Markle was celebrated both for her acting and for her political activism.

So it’s no wonder her downtime with Harry is often spent in Africa, the continent where the couple pursue a great deal of charitable work. They keep things relatively real at the £580/night Mapula Lodge in Okavango Delta, Botswana, where thatched huts and outdoor showers overlook a stunning lagoon.

“I managed to persuade her to come and join me in Botswana,” said Harry of one of their early ‘dates.’ “We camped out with each other under the stars.”

Michelle Obama

‘First Lady’ was never a title that Michelle Obama was going to accept lightly. The Princeton and Harvard graduate worked as a lawyer and in prominent government positions before cutting back to raise her daughters and become an ambassador for human dignity and justice alongside her husband.

Obama’s holiday plans are as unpretentious as you would expect. Every year, she and her family arrive on the island of Martha’s Vineyard, where the Obamas cycle, play tennis, eat ice-cream, and spend quality time with their dogs, Sunny and Bo.

It’s more about wholesomeness than glamour – but you can be sure Obama returns to her daily routine refreshed and inspired.

Serena Williams

Some say Williams is the greatest female tennis player of all time. But the consensus errs towards her in fact being the greatest athlete of all time, regardless of gender. An astonishing 23 Grand Slam titles – including winning the Australian Open while two months pregnant – would be inspirational enough even if you didn’t consider the extent to which she’s set herself ahead of her rivals and the adversity she’s overcome to get there.

Romantic Rome is Williams’ destination of choice. She met her husband there while breakfasting with friends at the Cavalieri Hotel in 2015; he proposed to her on the same spot a year later.

As she told Traveller: “Rome is one of my favourite cities in the world! It’s such a magical place and I have so many wonderful memories there.”

Want to know which holiday destination is right for you? MyLateDeals has created  a quiz to determine which holiday and inspirational woman you have the most in common with, so prepare to find out.

EBONY Magazine Reveals Annual EBONY Power 100 List

EBONY magazine, the authentic perspective on the African-American community, has announced its annual EBONY Power 100 List, celebrating those whose work and heroism continue to inspire and influence society. For more than 30 years, the EBONY Power 100 List has been curated by the editors of EBONY magazine and its staff, and is determined by the work, accomplishments and influential reach of each of the honorees.

The past year has been an epic period of accomplishment and triumph for the African-American community. Black Panther became a cultural phenomenon that swept the globe, becoming the biggest-grossing movie directed by a Black filmmaker; social activist Tarana Burke continued to represent #MeToo movement as a global icon for victims of sexual harassment throughout the world; and several African-American lawmakers across the country made history, among them London Breed, the first Black female LGBT mayor.

The 2018 EBONY Power 100 List recognizes the most influential and inspiring from the African-American community in the following eight categories: “Community Crusaders,” “Disruptors,” “Entertainment & Arts,” “Entrepreneurs,” “Innovators,” “MVPs,” “Power Players” and the coveted “Women Up.”  The complete EBONY Power 100 List for this year can be viewed here — https://www.ebony.com/power100-2018

“We are delighted to announce this year’s coveted EBONY Power 100 List of exemplary honorees,” says EBONY Media Operations CEO Michael Gibson. “Each year, we select the most outstanding individuals and prolific leaders who represent today’s African-American community and excellence in their respective fields. Over the past year we have witnessed pioneers from Hollywood, professional athletes from numerous sports, politicians and lawmakers throughout the country, business leaders from close-knit neighborhoods and heroic community activists all emerge as trailblazers and firebrands, each of whom who has made a significant impact on a national or international scale. In 2020, we will be celebrating the 75th anniversary of EBONY magazine, and we look forward to this year’s pre-cursor of what will be a momentous occasion. I would like to congratulate all our 2018 Power 100 honorees.”

Former President and First Lady Barack and Michelle Obama lead the Entertainment & Arts category, with a focus on Mrs. Obama’s book tour for her new memoir, Becoming. Barry Jenkins, director of the Academy Award-winning Moonlight and the upcoming film If Beale Street Could Talk, is also being honored in the Entertainment & Arts category for his achievements in the film industry. Tony Award-winning actor Billy Porter is another Entertainment & Arts honoree for his role in the television series Pose. Other notables being honored in the Entertainment & Arts category include the cast of Black Panther, and rappers Cardi B, Drake and Travis Scott. Athletes being honored in the MVPs category include Houston Rockets guard James Harden, Golden State Warriors guard Steph Curry and professional WWE wrestler Thaddeus Bullard aka WWE Superstar Titus O’Neil.

2018 EBONY Power 100 List also includes politicians and lawmakers who made the news over the past year. These include Stacey Abrams, the first Black Georgia Democratic gubernatorial nominee (honored in The Disruptors category); Andrew Gillum, Mayor of Tallahassee and the first Black candidate for governor of Florida (honored in Disruptors category); Keisha Lance Bottoms, the second Black female mayor of Atlanta (honored in the Women Up category); and London Breed, the first Black female LGBT mayor of San Francisco (also honored in the Women Up category).

Other honorees run the gamut of industry, community activism and more. Tarana Burke needs no introduction as an African-American civil rights activist from The Bronx who achieved global acclaim after starting the #MeToo movement. Tarana will be recognized in the Community Crusaders category. Rosalind Brewer will be recognized in the Women Up category as the first African-American woman to the hold the position as Group President and Chief Operating Officer at Starbucks. Stacey D. Stewart, President, March of Dimes, will be recognized in the Disruptors category as the first African-American female president to lead the charitable organization. Junior Flip Kids, recognized in the Entrepreneurs category, is a company made up of six schoolchildren aged 7 to 13 years old, who met with Oprah Winfrey before starting their business to transform distressed properties into renovated single-family homes in Washington D.C, and Maryland. Cheryl “Action” Jackson will be recognized in the Community Crusaders category for Minnie’s Pantry, an organization that has provided over 6 million meals to families in need.

Honorees are recognized each year at the EBONY Power 100 Gala, presented by Nationwide. The event will take place this year Nov. 30 in Los Angeles at the Beverly Hilton. During the gala, the prestigious EBONY Power 100 Award recipients will be recognized for their contributions to business and industry.

“Nationwide is pleased to once again partner with Ebony magazine to honor and celebrate this year’s distinguished Ebony Power 100 honorees,” says Nationwide Chief Administrative Officer Gale V. King. “Congratulations to these men and women for leading extraordinary lives — for making a difference in their chosen fields – and being a force for good. We look forward to celebrating their accomplishments and contributions at the November gala.”

OTR II

By Vaughn Lowery

Last night concluded the Los Angeles leg of OTRII tour, featuring Beyoncé and Jay-Z.

DJ Khaled opened up for the Carters alongside of special guests – Tyga, Tank, YG and Ella Mai. With thousands of screaming fans, Bey and her husband transformed the Rose Bowl into an iconic night to commemorate. Massive LED screens, scores of dancers coupled with pyrotechnics and a state-of-the-art sound system commanded one of the most powerful performances of our lifetime. No wonder the show (earlier this year) has been decorated by both Michelle and Barack Obama’s presence as well as the Kardashians and Oprah. ‘Apeshit‘ off of their latest collaboration Everything is Love was a crowd favorite as Bey spits some serious bars with her epic flow which rivals some of today’s top lyricists.

With less than 8 shows left, you may want to consider making arrangements to see this landmark presentation at on of its last stops.

If anything to witness the bright smiles of 11 high school students who will receive one $100,000 scholarships (per city) from both the BeyGOOD and Shawn Carter foundations.

Remaining OTR II tour dates.

Beyoncé, Jay-Z, 360 magazine

Beyoncé, 360 magazine

Beyoncé, 360 magazine

*Photos courtesy of Frank Micellotta

UTA Signs Common In All Areas

United Talent Agency (UTA) is proud to announce it now represents multi-award-winning artist, actor, activist and producer, Common in all areas worldwide.
Common’s work in the critically acclaimed film Selma earned him an Academy Award, a Grammy Award, a Golden Globe Awardand a Critics’ Choice Award for his single, Glory, featuring John Legend. He most recently was nominated for an Academy Award, a Grammy Award and a Critics’ Choice Award for his song, Stand Up For Something, which he co-wrote alongside Diane Warren. Throughout his career, he has been nominated for 20 Grammy Awards, winning three of them and an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor.
Common co-founded Freedom Road Productions with his longtime manager Derek Dudley. Freedom Road executive produced the critically-acclaimed Showtime series, The Chi and has many projects slated for 2019. On the music front, he recently formed the hip hop supergroup, August Greene, a collaboration with producers Robert Glasper and Karriem Riggins. The trio took home a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics for their song, Letter to the Free.
Common is widely known for his commitment to philanthropy and activism and is the founder of the Common Ground Foundation, a non-profit that seeks to empower underprivileged youth to be strong citizens of the world. Common joined musician Andra Day in performing their Oscar and Grammy-nominated track, Stand Up For Something, at the March For Our Lives anti-gun violence rally in Washington, D.C. He is also a part of the Recording Academy’s newly formed Diversity Task Force led by former Chief of Staff to Michelle Obama, Tina Tchen.
Additionally, Common has appeared in multiple roles in both major films and television series. His previous features include John Wick: Chapter 2 alongside Keanu Reeves, Selma with David Oyelowo, Suicide Squad alongside Will Smith, Viola Davis, and Margot Robbie and Barbershop: The Next Cut with Ice Cube. On the television side, he has appeared in The Chi,The Mindy Project, and The Simpsons. Common has a busy Fall with two major studio projects set for release; Warner BrosSmallfoot and the highly-anticipated Fox film, The Hate U Give. His film Three Seconds is set for release in early 2019.
Common continues to be represented by manager Derek Dudley and legally by David Fox of Myman Greenspan Fox.
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JADAGRACE

JADAGRACE PREMIERES “MY RULES” MUSIC VIDEO ONREFINERY29

Releases New “My Rules” Remix Bundle At All Digital Retailers Today

 

Yesterday, 18-year-old Jadagrace exclusively premiered the official music video for her buzzing new single “My Rules” on Refinery29. About the song, Refinery29 writes,“QUOTE.


Watch it HERE.


Weaving together an eye-catching narrative, the cinematic visual perfectly complements the single’s swinging groove, sultry soul, and empowering message. It adds another dimension to “My Rules”and illuminates the multi-faceted power of Jadagrace.

It’s a big day for the songstress as she also releases the “My Rules” – Remix Bundle at all digital retailers via Capitol Music Group. Get it HERE.

Sought-after remixer Colin Callahan expands the sonic palette of the original with the dance floor-ready energy of the “Future House Remix” and “Future Bass Remix.” Jadagrace‘s music seamlessly steps into a new arena altogether with these remixes.

Right now, the artist is hard at work on her full-length debut-due out in 2018. Stay tuned for more news soon.

Updating timeless Motown soul with 21st century sass, Jadagrace arrived with a style of her own on 2017’s My Rules EP. Straight out of the gate, she earned the praise of Pop CrushJust Jared, Jr.The Daily Shuffle, and more. Quietly building a buzz, she brings a new groove to pop music. Simultaneously, she stands out as an unforgettable presence on-screen whose credits span everything fromTerminator: Salvation alongside Christian Bale and her television series, The Jadagrace Show. During 2016, she also found herself in good company alongside Kelly ClarksonChloe x HalleMissy ElliottLea MicheleJanelle MonáeKelly Rowland and Zendaya on “This Is For My Girls,” the anthem for Michelle Obama‘s “Let Girls Learn” initiative.

 

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OBAMAS RECOGNIZE LAFW SS18

​LA​ ​Fashion​ ​Week​ ​(​LAFW​)​ ​will​ ​be​ ​hosting​ ​its​ ​2018 Spring/Summer​ ​runway​ ​presentations​ ​October​ ​4th​ ​through​ ​the​ ​8th​ ​at​ ​the​ ​luxurious​ ​Alexandria Ballrooms​ ​in​ ​the​ ​heart​ ​of​ ​Downtown​ ​LA.​ ​In​ ​partnership​ ​with​ ​Vogue​ ​International,​ STYLE & SOCIETY Magazine, and​ ​​Destination​ ​Luxury​,​ ​the​ ​LAFW​ ​SS18​ ​event​ ​will​ ​feature​ ​nearly​ ​20​ ​award-winning​ ​designers and​ ​artists​ ​from​ ​Los​ ​Angeles​ ​and​ ​around​ ​the​ ​world.

Praised​ ​for​ ​“raising​ ​awareness​ ​of​ ​cultural​ ​diversity​ ​and​ ​creativity​ ​in​ ​the​ ​United​ ​States,”​ ​Executive Producer,​ ​Arthur​ ​T.​ ​Chipman​ ​and​ ​the​ ​LA​ ​Fashion​ ​Week​ ​Team​ ​were​ ​recently​ ​recognized​ ​by​ ​the honorable​ ​Office​ ​of​ ​Michelle​ ​&​ ​Barack​ ​Obama​ ​for​ ​being​ ​innovators​ ​in​ ​the​ ​industry.

“LA​ ​is​ ​going​ ​through​ ​a​ ​cultural​ ​renaissance​ ​and​ ​we​ ​are​ ​excited​ ​to​ ​be​ ​a​ ​driving​ ​force​ ​behind​ ​its development​ ​into​ ​the​ ​premier​ ​hub​ ​for​ ​fashion,​ ​art,​ ​design​ ​and​ ​entertainment,”​ ​says​ ​Arthur Chipman,​ ​the​ ​Executive​ ​Producer​ ​at​ ​LAFW.​ ​“Our​ ​city​ ​is​ ​surging​ ​with​ ​energy​ ​and​ ​artistic​ ​talent, and​ ​we​ ​cannot​ ​wait​ ​to​ ​unveil​ ​this​ ​season’s​ ​offerings​ ​as​ ​we​ ​kick​ ​off​ ​our​ ​event​ ​this​ ​October.”

LA​ ​Fashion​ ​Week​​ ​aims​ ​to​ ​be​ ​a​ ​divergent​ ​crossroads​ ​of​ ​both​ ​distinct​ ​California​ ​&​ ​International labels​ ​&​ ​Artists.​ ​​Georgian​ ​designer​ ​​Lela​ ​Eloshi​​ ​signifies​ ​elegance​ ​&​ ​confidence,​ ​making​ ​her U.S.​ ​debut.​ ​In​ ​contrast,​ ​Indonesian​ ​designer​ ​​Rinda​ ​Salmun​,​ ​known​ ​for​ ​her​ ​contemporary​ ​take on​ ​infusing​ ​elements​ ​from​ ​nature​ ​into​ ​her​ ​high-end​ ​looks,​ ​returns​ ​to​ ​LAFW​ ​for​ ​her​ ​second season.​ ​In​ ​addition,​ ​LA-based​ ​artists​ ​such​ ​as​ ​​Bryan​ ​Yazzie​​ ​known​ ​for​ ​his​ ​cutting​ ​edge​ ​use​ ​of fluorescent​ ​visuals,​ ​and​ ​pop​ ​art​ ​pioneer​ ​​Rolland​ ​Berry​​ ​will​ ​both​ ​be​ ​displaying​ ​their​ ​latest​ ​work.

LAFW​ ​designers​ ​represent​ ​the​ ​ever-changing​ ​landscape​ ​of​ ​fashion​ ​as​ ​experimental​ ​artists​ ​like LA-based​ ​brands​ ​​Radka​ ​Salcmannova​,​ ​​George​ ​Styler​,​ ​​ ​and​ ​Amsterdam-based​ ​design​ ​duo MaryMe-JimmyPaul​.​ ​A​ ​stunning​ ​array​ ​of​ ​international​ ​labels​ ​such​ ​as​ ​​Asava​ ​Group​,​ ​​Milin​,​ ​and Jeffry​ ​Tan​​ ​will​ ​also​ ​be​ ​there​ ​to​ ​leave​ ​audiences​ ​in​ ​awe.​ ​Other​ ​contemporary​ ​participants​ ​include heavy-hitting​ ​global​ ​streetwear​ ​brand​ ​​Issue​ ​Thailand​,​ ​​Sav​ ​Lavin​,​ ​and​ ​​B-YO​.

The​ ​Official​ ​Fashion​ ​Week​ ​of​ ​Los​ ​Angeles​ ​as​ ​declared​ ​by​ ​Mayor​ ​Eric​ ​Garcetti,​ ​LAFW​ ​has established​ ​itself​ ​as​ ​LA’s​ ​most​ ​esteemed​ ​fashion​ ​event,​ ​maintaining​ ​the​ ​support​ ​of​ ​the​ ​city​ ​of Los​ ​Angeles​ ​and​ ​California​ ​State​ ​Senator,​ ​Ben​ ​Allen.​ ​Featured​ ​SS18​ ​season’s​ ​partners​ ​include Kiss​ ​Cosmetics​,​ ​​Swarovski,​​ ​​Living​ ​Proof​ ​Hair​ ​Care​,​ ​​Passion​ ​Roses​,​ ​​The​ ​Royal​ ​Thai​ ​Consulate​, and​ ​​The​ ​Indonesian​ ​Consulate​​ ​of​ ​Los​ ​Angeles.

LAFW​ ​SS18​ ​commences​ ​with​ ​its​ ​Opening​ ​Night​ ​Gala​ ​on​ ​October​ ​4th,​ ​2017.
For​ ​a​ ​full​ ​roster​ ​of​ ​designers​ ​please​ ​visit​​ ​​www.lafw.net​​ ​or​ ​email​ ​​media@lafw.net​​ ​for​ ​more​ ​info.

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