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Makeup Maven Sam Fine Puts on Shoes

Renowned makeup artist Sam Fine, whose celebrity clients Tyra Banks, Halle Berry, Naomi Campbell, Patti Labelle, Vanessa L. Williams and others testify to his being a leading light among women of color, is at the pinnacle of his profession. Once at a pinnacle, of course, one wants to start expanding boundaries.

That's the idea behind the Chicago native's newly launched collaboration with the Brazilian footwear company Cavage: Who better, the reasoning goes, to predict and pick shoe colors that will match makeup trends for the coming Fall/Winter 2010 fashion season?

Fine's "Sunshine" line of Cavage flats debuted last night at DEX New York, on West 30th Street in the fashion district. The multifaceted makeup/photography/hair studio served as the setting for Fine and  Cavage's introduction of a stylish line, with an equally multifaceted, multihued and multilingual multitude of fashionistas and industry professionals in attendance.

The distinctive touches at the event were:

• A startlingly realistic trompe l'oeil of a cake by the art-pastry firm Cakes by Manny

• Two boutique brands of drink — the Louisville, Ky.-based Rhythm Liqueur, a 70 proof citrus liquor infused with caffeine, ginseng, taurine, damiana and B vitamins; and Izze, a fruit juice concentrate-sweetened soda that originated in Boulder, Colo, in 2002, and successful enough to have been purchased for a reported $75 million from PepsiCo in 2006

Fine, whose work has appeared on the covers and pages of Cosmopolitan, Harper's Bazaar, Essence, Vibe and Marie Claire and was chosen as the first African-American spokesperson for Revlon and Covergirl Cosmetics, mingled with the crowd and spoke with the press.

Following the photos below, watch an exclusive video of Sam Fine answering questions on fashion trends for fall.










Photos and videos by: Frank Lovece
Interviewer: Maitland McDonagh

Emergency Benefit Concert for Haiti

Emergency Benefit Concert for Haiti 4 Nights, Jan 20th–25th, 2010 is being held at City Winery, 155 Varick Street, New York City. The SoHo winery/restaurant is hosting a series of Emergency Benefit Concerts to raise $100,000 in four nights to help the victims of Haiti’s catastrophic earthquake.


Patti Smith, Swell Season, Josh Ritter, Lewis Black, Vernon Reid and Corey Glover of Living Colour, the Young People's Choir of New York City, Rosanne Cash , Yo La Tengo, Marshall Crenshaw, John Wesley Harding, Brian Stokes Mitchell and many others

City Winery CEO and founder Michael Dorf has reached out to musicians and artists to donate their time and talents to assist in the relief efforts in the devastated nation. No country in the Western Hemisphere has been battered more than Haiti in the last 500 years—the nearly complete annihilation of its native population over two decades, a brutal slave regime, ongoing foreign military interventions over hundreds of years, brutal dictatorships supported by western powers, blockades of aid and more recently, devastating natural disasters from hurricanes to this latest earthquake.  

Haitians are strong and resilient people—theirs is the first country in the world to establish an independent republic led by former slaves. The devastation writ large by the earthquake will persist for generations, but by acting today in concert, everyone can make a difference in how that recovery proceeds. The artists confirmed have all donated their time and talent so that the citizens of Haiti can rebuild and reshape their future.

100% of funds raided from this benefit will be directed Doctors Without Borders, Partnership in Health and to the Emergency Mobile Hospitals initiative administered by the United Nations.  The cost of a ticket is a charitable donation and is tax deductible as allowed by law.

Big Hearted Donor Tickets for $200 100% Donated  - 100% Tax Deductible.
(includes a bottle of City Winery wine signed by every artist appearing each night.)

Schedule So Far:

01/20 9pm - $75  Patti Smith, The Swell Season, John Wesley Harding, Carolina Chocolate Drops, Yo La Tengo, Young People’s Choir of New York City, Joshua Bell

01/21 9pm - $50  Lewis Black, Willie Nile, Vernon Reid & Corey Glover of Living Colour, Rich Pagano & The Sugarcane Cups, Marshall Crenshaw

01/24 8pm - $50  Rosanne Cash, Madeleine Peyroux, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Tambou Combo, BETTY

01/25 8pm - $20  20 Indie artists: Vienna Teng, Amber Rubarth, Ari Hest, Alex Berger, Nate Campany and many more.

For further information and concert updates, visit

Emergency Benefit Concert for Haiti
Jan 20th – 25, 2010

City Winery
155 Varick Street
New York City



Round One of the 2014 Oscar Predictions

As 2013 races to a close, it's time for the first round of Oscar predictions. 2013 started with a whimper with a truly slumping spring season that moved into a relatively disappointing summer slate of blockbusters (at least from a critical perspective). But the fall season hopes to make up for any inadequacies of the rest of the year with a lump sum of certifiably great films. Although some of my predicted contenders have yet to see the light of day, there are now enough pieces in play to make a fair judgement as to what may and may not make the cut come the year's end. Come join us to discuss our first round of 2014's Oscar predictions.

I've personally only seen a few of the big contenders for Best Picture (Gravity, Dallas Buyers Club, Captain Phillips), some have played their way through the festival circuit (Inside Llewyn Davis, Saving Mr. Banks, 12 Years a Slave, Inside Llewyn Davis) and the remainder have yet to be seen at all (The Wolf of Wall Street, American Hustle, The Monuments Men). But even for these unknown qualities, all you have to do is look at the talent and directors and a shoe-in is the rule rather than the exception.

Read more: Round One of the 2014 Oscar...

Peter Christian Hall Wants YOU To Sell "American Fever"

american fever coverThe latest novel from author/filmmaker Peter Christian Hall is American Fever: A Tale of Romance & Pestilence. It follows a blogger in New York writing about the world five years after a devastating bird-flu pandemic had laid waste to much of the United States.

And now YOU get to help him sell the book!

Publisher Arterial Witness is offering a $1,000 prize to the filmmaker that can create a 73-second video trailer for American Fever that also uses an original song by Gang of Four’s legendary guitarist, composer, and producer, Andy Gill.

The contest is embracing the rise of crowdsourced projects and taking an almost egalitarian approach to advertising.

Hall said in his email, “There’s a world of enterprising talent out there in film schools and tiny production companies — scouring magazines, websites, and the great DSLR blogs -- itching to make an fast impact with great images.”

In an age when a book can start off as a fan-fiction for a popular series about vampires and be launched to literary stardom (as in British author E. L. James with her 2011 hit erotic novel Fifty Shades of Grey), the world is taking a new approach to the creation and selling of books.

Some would question this approach, but I find that since the story is told through blog posts that this is an appropriate means of conveyance for the story. In a way, it’s a continuation of the narrative themes laid down in Bram Stoker's Dracula, a story told through journal entries and news articles.

To learn more, go to or

And American Fever is actually already available to read online for free at

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