The Women in Entertainment Empowerment Network is honoring a group of individuals for their role in raising global awareness and empowering women.
On November 16, the Sixth Annual WEEN Awards will celebrate the achievements of rap legend Lil Kim, G.O.O.D. Music signee Teyana Taylor, veteran actress Meagan Good, Black-ish star Yara Shahidi, and others.
“For nearly a decade, WEEN has served as a conduit for change, providing education, mentorship and empowerment for young women across the nation. The Sixth Annual WEEN Awards will underscore our commitment to women and girls with a focus on social justice,” states WEEN Co-Founder and CEO, Valeisha Butterfield Jones.
The full list of honorees at the Sixth Annual WEEN Awards:
Meagan Good (Actress) – Women’s Empowerment Award Ethiopia Habtemariam (President of Motown Records) – Music Maverick Award Lil’ Kim (Entertainer) – WEEN Icon Award Geneva Reed-Veal (Mother of Sandra Bland) – Social Justice Award Yara Shahidi (Actress) – TV & Film Empowerment Award Dia Simms (President of Sean Combs Wines & Spirits) – Corporate Leadership Award Teyana Taylor (Actress and Singer) – Mission Award Elaine Welteroth (Editor, Teen Vogue) – Editorial Excellence Award
Tickets for the event can be purchased at www.weenonline.org.
Proceeds from the WEEN Awards will support the expansion of the organization’s The WEEN Academy; a six-week entertainment industry boot camp for young women ages 18-22.
Posted on 13 Nov 2016 by LilKimZone
Lil' Kim's Iconic Debut Album "Hard Core" Turns Twenty
Lil' Kim's classic 2x platinum solo debut album "Hard Core" that changed female rap forever was released twenty years ago today, on Nov 12, 1996.
Posted on 12 Nov 2016 by LilKimZone
Vogue: 20 Years Later, the Hard Core Style of Rapper Lil’ Kim Is Still Everything
It’s the perch that launched a hip-hop revolution. Sprawled on all fours atop a fur rug, back arched, and sheathed in a sheer lace top, was rapper Lil’ Kim, then a newcomer on the scene. A fire crackled behind her, a bottle of Champagne chilled beside her, and as the Brooklynite stared down the camera, it was clear the pint-size dynamo was just as hard core as the bold typeface of her racy debut 1996 album proclaimed.
From her ravenous sexual appetite to the insatiable pleasure she took in designer fashion, Lil’ Kim—née Kimberly Jones—brought about a wild, feminine, and intentional style to the hyper-masculine rap game, the likes of which had never been seen before. In a single breath, the MC and Notorious B.I.G. protégé rapped furiously about her love of Armani suits, “Chanel 9 boots,” and a sex-positive bed partner. She draped herself in floor-length furs, Versace logomania ensembles, and in “bra[s] all see through.” Kim’s lethal combination of style and bravado would propel Hard Core to the top of the charts, the debut album going platinum twice and becoming an instant classic.
Kim raised eyebrows, but her risk-taking and luxurious approach to fashion also made her a designer muse. Marc Jacobs, Donatella Versace, and Giorgio Armani all clamored to dress the rapper, and she reinvented their designs in a refreshing and audacious way in turn. “Ghetto fabulous” is the term that gets thrown around a lot when it comes to the way Kim mixed street culture and luxury fashion in her “Crush On You” and “No Time” videos. But it’s also a bit reductive, considering Kim was more of a harbinger, ushering a brazen look that, 20 years later, continues to dazzle on Instagram timelines, Tumblr feeds, and concert stages everywhere.
Above, on the eve of Hard Core’s 20th anniversary, a look back at Lil’ Kim’s unbridled glamour.
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