[Pics] The NAACP Image Awards Red Carpet Was Waaay Better Than the Grammys….

The Grammys continued to prove its irrelevance this year by giving Adele’s 25 Album of the Year over Beyonce’s stunning concept album Lemonade. And while the award show, held Sunday, gave us many moments to talk about (Beyonce, pregnant with twins and killing her performance, Busta Rhymes calling Trump ‘Agent Orange’) the NAACP Image Awards, held a day before, actually had the superior red carpet. Check out these looks…

Teyonah Parris is giving us straight up glamour and gorgeousness.

Janelle Monae is giving us futuristic beauty.

Chloe and Halle are out here looking like chic, melanated Disney princesses.

Issa Rae is giving us color and side bun.

YAS Yara! Giving us chic ‘Little House on the Prarie.’

Tracee Ellis Ross rarely ever misses on the red carpet. She’s at it again…

We posted about Ta’Rhonda Jones’ glow up yesterday. Just absolute gorgeousness.

YAAAS Andra Day! Giving us that 60s realness.

We LOVE Octavia Spencer’s take on a tux.

Meanwhile at the Grammys….

Struggle fashion vs Black excellence…

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17 thoughts on “[Pics] The NAACP Image Awards Red Carpet Was Waaay Better Than the Grammys….

  1. The article has an unsettling undertone of hate thinly masked as black pride. I’m not sure why it was even necessary to discredit Adele (who praised Beyonce at the Grammy’s) as an artist when the article was about…fashion? And the contrast in couture is slanted so much that you fail to show Beyonce’s slayage at the Grammy’s to perpetuate the hate. The article seems rushed (including grammatical errors) without clear direction. Was it racial, political, fashion, or something else? I don’t know, but BGLH, this article is disappointing.

    • Hey, so I wrote the article. I didn’t discredit Adele… I literally pointed out what she herself noted: that she was not deserving of AOTY, Beyonce was. I didn’t take the time to put the entire Grammys red carpet into the post, but a lot of the looks were downright disappointing. I am literally, right now, working on an article about Beyonce’s Grammys performance, so that’s coming in a few minutes. And finally, yes there is an element of racial pride here. For years many people have shunned black awards shows as being the ‘less legitimate’ or ‘less superior’ equivalent of mainstream shows (Grammys, Oscars, etc.) I’ve seen it in my 9 years of blogging. Often the red carpets at black shows (BET Awards, NAACP) are either boring, underattended, ratchet or feel like a clear afterthought. For the first time in a long time, the NAACP Awards Red Carpet was absolutely lit, with A-list/heavy hitter attendance and a lot of obvious pride. I think it’s an interesting juxtaposition to the Grammys where almost every black artist (except for Chance the Rapper) experienced snubs of some kind.

      • Hello, Leila. I would have enjoyed that type of explanation and passion when you wrote the article. Unfortunately, I’ve noted the attempt to make your argument more valid by your omitting your description of Adele’s album 25 as “boring-***” in the opening of the article. So yes, you did try to discredit Adele by referring to her album in a derogatory way. And yes, I thank you for changing that. Also, in no way did I expect you to put the entire Grammy’s red carpet in the post as a contrast, but the three chosen…the slant was too real. One is Adele, an obvious diss we previously discussed. Even the first reply to the article, “loves Adele’s look at the Grammy’s”. Adele’s dress is far from “struggle fashion”. Then, CeeLo: he can be gold at the Grammy’s, but he’s black all day long so that really doesn’t work with the “struggle fashion vs. black excellence” comparison if race is the issue. Now, I will give you Lady Gaga as a miss. We’ve seen her do much better. Also, the “almost every black artist” snubs? I still feel like you’re referring to Beyonce not winning AOTY because I thought Solange’s Grammy was well deserved (Or does it only count as a snub when the competition is not the same color?). In conclusion, Leila, racial pride must not be coupled with racial hate. That marriage leads to, and has lead to, racial demise. You have a forum that is powerful because it is taken by many as truth. Please use it wisely. Thank you.

        • I could post 10 more examples from the Grammys that show that the fashion just wasn’t there by comparison. I honestly thought Adele’s dress was ugly, so… maybe that’s just a matter of opinion? YES I am referring to Beyonce not winning AOTY, lol! It’s currently being written about on blogs and news sites far and wide because it is such a major snub. I want to point out again that Adele herself acknowledged this! (And kudos to her for being honest about that.) Rihanna was also snubbed. She lost in all 8 of the categories she was nominated in. We can agree to disagree re: your thoughts on racial pride. I really don’t see anything I posted here as racial hate. I do think the Grammys are increasingly irrelevant (and many black artists have said this themselves, Google Frank Ocean’s recent statement) and I do think part of that irrelevance is the unwillingness to truly support and celebrate black art. I do think it’s great that black folks seem to be supporting their own awards shows. Thanks for the kind words about the platform. I understand that it is powerful, but I also think it’s important that we can say how we feel here, and debate and discuss (as we are doing now.) Thanks for the feedback on everything!

          • As a longtime reader and supporter, I applaud BGLH on responding at all, and then to also be so courteous.
            Idk what Jae is expecting in terms of impartiality, considering this is a Black blog, about Black life and style, written and started by Black women. Black, Blackity, Blackity, Black.
            I am by no means segregationist, but Black people, especially Black women, need our own safe spaces. And yes, we tend to have to fight our urges to be inclusive in such spaces, I believe because of our inherent sense of fairness and desire to promote the kind of inclusivity we are overwhelmingly denied.
            Idk if Jae is Black, but shame on him/her for trying to muzzle or dilute the BGLH voice.
            It’s only, ONLY, on Black blogs that all these other races come out of the woodwork to insert themselves as if that perspective and rhetoric doesn’t exist on a bajillion other platforms. And I scream whenever I see Black people defending inclusivity when it’s at the detriment of our own spaces.
            In the same way that BGLH creates the kind of environment to allow the kind of dialogue where Jae can be critical, I feel it is my equal luxury to come to BGLH’s defense (and to some degree to be critical of Jae’s criticism)
            I read all kinds of blogs about all sorts of things. On Korean life/style blogs, Chinese life/style blogs, Indian life/style blogs, I don’t see “outsiders” (for lack of a better word) saying such things in the comments like “Hey Korean/Chinese/Indian blogger/site owner, your perspective is too Korean/Chinese/Indian, I feel you need to be more impartial and inclusive with [insert non-target demographic]”
            Again, that isn’t to say our spaces are not welcoming, because Jae’s comment exists to disprove that entire line of thinking, but they are clearly and unapologetically OURS, in the same way “others” make their spaces.
            Sites like Curly Nikki exist, I believe, to avoid the waves made by people like Jae. CN is a good site, and I’m not knocking her approach. But I DO think Black women are often inclusive and pacifist to our collective detriment.
            I applaud BGLH’s unapologetic Blackness, its willingness to take a firm position, to have a perspective, to not be afraid to make mistakes (or correct them!), to welcome dialogue, and to create and host dope @$$ content!

            On another note, I thought Adele’s dress was hideous. And while I like songs on 25 and think she’s an amazing vocalist, 25 didn’t hold a CANDLE to Lemonade. Idk that you could even accuse me of bias considering the obvious differences in terms of pop culture coopting of Lemonade or sales or buzz it’s still generating. But if Jae (or people in that camp) wants to say all of these reasoned views I have are entirely because of my bias as a Black woman, I couldn’t disagree too loudly as I too am unapologetically Black.

    • Jae girl or man I don’t know you are anonymous, white folks don’t need you crying white tears for them they can do it themselves. In case you missed it this is a black space centered on black folks. And yes Beyonce was snubbed at the grammys, Adele boring ass album wasn’t lit.Did you tip Leyla for her labor on this piece? did you offer to edit for free since you are so concerned with typos? I just don’t get coming onto a thread to reprimand a black woman who is doing so much work for us,on her site no less. She was gracious enough to respond to your trifling and ridiculous concerns. You don’t like it move on. I bet you not on other threads reprimanding the many think pieces on why Beyonce ain’t all that, and there are alot of those. How about you be mad about upholding white mediocrity over black excellence.

        • I have to agree with Jae on this one. Why not just write an article about black excellence. All of the beautiful black people that you referenced in the article would still be stunning on their own and did not need to be juxtaposed with the 3 celebs that are experiencing the “fashion struggle”. The problem with picking these celebs that you referenced from the Grammy’s is that you are cherry picking people to prove a biased point. If you wanted to be fair I’m sure that you could have also found 10 well dress celebs at the Grammy’s. I do agree that the Grammy’s do disappoint when it comes to giving our celebs of color the due that they deserve, but that could have been very different article and you could have slayed. Instead what I got was them vs us. We have worth even when not compared to our white counterparts.

          • Dear Kris (Incognito Jae?),
            Clearly you’re a bit of an Adele Stan. That’s cool.
            But if it was “us v. them” why would Ceelo be included in the Them Camp?
            Every article has a perspective, even the ones that try their hardest to be impartial. What’s wrong with a lil bias when this is the perspective? Also, news flash: fashion taste is subjective. therefore inherently biased! Same for musical taste.

            Another Black woman tired of Black people crying White Tears for White people

            p.s- I don’t know that you could prove it to me, but I side eye your “Blackness”
            Follow-up questions:
            Are your adoptive parents White?
            Is your biological mother White?
            Did you grow up in the suburbs?
            Did you attend PWIs?

    • STOP trying to dictate what black women can talk about in OUR own spaces. Go to Jezebel or something with that nonsense. That status quo upholding, kumbaya garbage only works in (spoiler alert) white people’s favor, and you KNOW that. It’s been literally hundreds of years that black people have been made to feel like we’re subhuman, and black women are STILL having to deal with those views, so we WILL celebrate ourselves and you WILL deal!

  2. Thank you Leila and the entire team of Black girl long hair for centering blackness and doing it unapologetically, I apologise for spelling your name incorrectly, no edit options, lol.

  3. Am I to assume your race or gender by the name you penned? Should I assume you feel yourself as inadequate because you failed to capitalize “kerisha”? No, I won’t and I don’t. I am a black woman and proudly adorn my hue everyday. I would encourage you to digest the comments Leila (that’s how she spells her name) and I had back and forth. We didn’t have to discredit each others opinions or result to name calling because we happen to not agree on a (that’s one) subject. That is the hate you brought. Is an opinion only valid when it agrees with the popular vote? Hmmm… I’ll let the words from Queen Bey resound as my sign-off: “Always stay gracious. Best revenge is your paper.” Thank you.

    • exactly where was I name calling? I said what I said what I said. plenty of spaces where you can maybe attempt to get a cookie from white folks for reprimanding a black woman on her own God damn page. I got her name spelled correctly. see above, thanks again you editing skills are on point.I repeat you are not going to get any cookies from white folks stop.

      • Jae may be a troll. Save your breath. In one post praising she and the editor didn’t have to discredit each other, in another claiming name-calling and acting butt hurt because she couldn’t competently rebut the validity of your post.

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