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Young, Black, and Fabulous

NEW GIG: Taraji P. Henson Named 2015 Ambassador Of American Black Film Festival (ABFF)

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Big news for Taraji P. Henson!  As if her compete takeover of primetmime television wasn't enough, the YBF chick has just added a prominent title to her plate.  Find out about Taraji's new gig inside...

The 19th annual American Black Film Festival is headed back to New York City this summer, and "Empire" star Taraji P. Henson has been named as the festival's official Celebrity Ambassador.

Taraji is set to bring her star power (and sprinkle her 'Cookie' glitter) all around the HBO, TVOne, and Cadillac-sponsored festival, which takes place June 11-14, 2015 at the New York Hilton, AMC Empire 25 and the historic Ziegfeld Theater.

The TV and movie star said about her new gig:

“I want to thank Jeff Friday and everyone at ABFF for the honor of serving as your 2015 Ambassador. It is a privilege to join my fellow filmmakers to celebrate and support Black artists and the artistry that resides in all of us.”

ABFF Founder Jeff Friday said, “I have a great deal of admiration and respect for Taraji. She is one of the industry's finest actors and has a true sense of community; allowing others to stand in her light. We are extremely pleased to have her as our 2015 Ambassador.”

And that's not all.  We, here at TheYBF.com, are proud to announce that we will serve as Media Sponsor for the 2015 ABFF!  We'll be on the scene throughout the festival, and will also serve as a judge for both the standup comedy competition and a film submission competition.

Follow this link: http://www.abff.com/festival-passes/ and enter code YBF2015 at checkout for a 10% discount on ABFF passes, including passes for all the celeb-packed events!

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We hope to see you there!  Follow all the updates at ABFF.com and here on TheYBF.com and @TheYBFDaily!

 

Photos: Getty

WORKING MOM: Paula Patton HEADS To "GMA" To Support "Working" Women As Brand Ambassador For Ellen Tracy

Paula Patton appeared on "GMA" this morning in support of working women around the globe and to promote her latest Ellen Tracy campaign. See pics inside... 

Warcraft star and mommy of Julian Fuego (whom she shares with soon-to-be ex husband Robin Thicke) Paula Patton was spotted in Times Square this morning, rocking a tan fur-trimmed trench coat straight from the Ellen Tracy collection. (You can cop it for yourself over at Edited In Chic!)

She was heading into "GMA" for an early morning chat about her fashion campaign for Ellen Tracy and her upcoming documentary Women Hyphenated (a part of their global initiative).

In honor of Ellen Tracy's 65th anniversary, Paula spoke about the company's global initiative to commemorate women’s contributions during a previous interview saying

"As I continue to evolve in my life, I felt like Ellen Tracy was a natural partnership. The clothes are timeless, flattering and wearable from morning to night. I am also very proud that as part of my work with Ellen Tracy, I will be able to highlight and bring much deserved and necessary attention to women of all backgrounds who shape the world every day.”

While championing working women (and her upcoming films), Paula also talked with Robin Roberts -- in a white version of her fave Ellen Tracy peplum dress and colorful Louboutins -- about the Ellen Tracy Spring 2015 Campaign and Collection Launch party that she's hosting tonight. In other Paula news, she's nabbed the lead role in the upcoming ABC series "Runner." 

So...it looks that Paula will be a frequent guest on ABC platforms in the future.  Welcome back!

 



Photos via Splash

Willow Smith Poses For CR Fashion Book's Spring Edition, Says "I Just Want To Have Dreads & Embrace My Full Self"

Fourteen-year-old Willow Smith poses for the spring edition of CR Fashion Book.  Check out Willow's couture pieces inside and see what she says about her ever-changing look.

Willow Smith posed for CF Fashion Book's Issue 6, the publication founded by former editor-in-chief of Vogue Paris Carine Roitfeld, where she modeled couture pieces from Lisa Eisner in a pictorial shot by Bjorn Iooss. Inside the issue (available March 5th), Willow opens up about her ever-changing style saying, "I just want to have dreads. I want to embrace my full self, as natural as I can be."

She also discusses "Willow 2.0" - which the mag calls 'the part of herself that evades definition'. "I think my look changes all of the time and right now it's a bit more messy, kind of grungy."

 

See the gorgeous pics below:

 

Willow fans can also check out her EP which she dropped on her Soundcloud account earlier this year called Interdimensional Tesseract.

 

 

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Photos via Bjorn Iooss/CW

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