Angela Bassett

The American Black Film Institute Pays Tribute to Angela Bassett as the People’s Icon at their 2017 Oscar Week Gala

Academy Award nominated actress, Angela Bassett, will be honored with the Reel Icon award by the American Black Film Institute at their annual “New, Next, Now Legend” Oscar Week gala for her iconic roles and career achievement as one of cinemas all-time favorite actors, in a poll conducted by American Black Film Institute.

The event will be held at the fabulous Prestons-over-Hollywood at the Hollywood Loews Hotel on Friday, February 24, 2017 and once again brings together actors, producers, writer/directors and top executives, as they celebrate and highlight the years’ accomplishments amid the backdrop of Hollywood’s most glamorous weekend.

ABFI’s theme for the evening “New, Next, Now, Legend” reflects its mission to preserve the cinematic legacy of African American films and films of the global black experience, while nurturing its current crop of emerging talented writers, directors and artists who give voice to the continued enhancement of the black experience on film.

“We are excited to bring the excitement and camaraderie of our previous Oscar festivities among industry professionals to Prestons-over-Hollywood, where we can pay well-deserved tribute to an iconic and well respected artist such as Angela Bassett, while fortifying partnerships, old and new, which is always the order of the day at the ABFI gala,” said American Black Film Institute Executive Director Gordon Kenney.

The ultra-chic venue which boasts a glass-enclosed wall-to-wall view of the iconic Hollywood sign and the Hollywood Hills, says it’s delighted to host Hollywood’s elite, in such an exclusive and elegant space, where the venues festivities at this time of year are normally reserved strictly for the Academy and its events.

With the theme, “New, Next, Now, Legend,” other artists receiving awards include rising star of Survivor’s Remorse and Independence Day 2, Jessie T. Usher, HBO breakout star Issa Rae, creator and executive Producer of HBO’s hit “Insecure,” Golden Globe nominated director Barry Jenkins, Moonlight’s Naomie Harris, and emerging screen talent Janelle Monae, whose turns in both “Hidden Figures” and “Moonlight” have been garnering critical praise, as a rising screen talent worth watching.

The American Black Film institute is a non-profit cinematic arts foundation, whose goal is to preserve and promote the legacy of diverse stories of people of color on film, while enhancing their financial viability and broadening their success.   With Academy Awards weekend as the backdrop, and a new crop of stars on the rise, the word is out that the 2017 ABFI gala promises to be among the events not to be missed. www.americanblackfilminstitute.org.

Natalie Eau de Parfum

Crafting Beauty produces ‘Natalie’ Eau de Parfum, a fragrant tribute to iconic actress Natalie Wood

To celebrate their talented mother Natalie Wood, Natasha Gregson Wagner and Courtney Wagner have created a fragrance inspired by a scent the actress wore for most of her life. The perfume was developed by the luxury private label and packaging expert Crafting Beauty and French fragrance house Mane.

The story started a long time ago, when child-actress Natalie Wood met movie legend Barbara Stanwyck while filming the movie “The Bride Wore Boots”. She immediately fell in love with Ms. Stanwyck’s perfume, and the actress generously gave Natalie a bottle as a gift. From that day on, Natalie Wood always wore the perfume, which became her signature scent.

Natasha Gregson Wagner and her sister were indelibly marked by their mother’s scent, which is still powerfully present in their sensory memories of childhood. Motivated by their deep appreciation and admiration for their mother’s style, the sisters knew they wanted to create a sophisticated, feminine fragrance with a signature note of gardenia. Natasha said: “We put a lot of love and attention into the making of this perfume, and it is our wish that you love it as much as we do”.

With offices in Paris and New York, Crafting Beauty provides a full service approach, from concept through design, production, to the delivery of finished products, ready to sell. The firm, founded in 2010 by François Damide, developed the decoration of the bottle, as well as the packaging, based on the ideas and vision of Natasha. To portray the image of a glamourous and elegant woman, Crafting Beauty chose a French weighty glass flacon, enclosed in a romantic soft-touch box. The 50ml bottle is a little curved cube featuring a heavy base, and topped with a transparent “diamond” cap. The final personal touch is the reproduction of Natalie Wood’s actual signature, appearing in gold on the bottle.

The fragrance, created by Claude Dir, master perfumer at Mane, is made of pure distilled essential oils and high-quality raw ingredients.  The top notes are a heady blend of freesia, neroli, bigarade zest and rose. The heart notes are composed of lush gardenia, wrapped with orange flower, narcissus, jasmine and hyacinth. The base notes include fresh vanilla harmonies, soft woods and sheer musk.

The perfume is available exclusively on www.nataliefragrance.com and will be launched in the spring at selected specialty and independent stores around the world.