Pharrell Williams on Art and Life in Trump’s America: “It Is Time to Galvanize”
Before his film Roxanne Roxanne storms Sundance, we caught up with the musician-slash-producer with the golden touch. Unlike some of his colleagues in the entertainment industry, Pharrell Williams did not boycott the 2016 Oscars ceremony over its lack of non-white nominees. But in the year since, he has deepened his efforts at bringing films featuring black actors to life—and to the big screen.
Williams began this campaign via his production company, i am OTHER, in 2015, with the stylish, 90s-obsessed teen-heist dramady Dope, which premiered at Sundance that year. This year, he has been a vocal production force—a non-silent partner, if you will—behind the major hit Hidden Figures. And this weekend, at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival, we will see the Acura-sponsored premiere of Roxanne Roxanne, a buzzy film about the 80s New York hip-hop scene and a female rapper who helped inspire the epic “Roxanne Wars,” as well as a slew of answer records.
Solange hit the town on Sunday following the Oscars. The “Losing You” singer shimmered in a yellow dress while attending Vanity Fair’s annual Oscar Party hosted by Graydon Carter at the Sunset Tower in West Hollywood. She mingled with Oscars’ leading ladies including Jennifer Hudson, Halle Berry, Jennifer Lawrence, and Anne Hathaway. The star-studded affair also drew Robin Thicke, who stepped out with his wife Paula Patton. John Legend brought his fiancée Chrissy Teigen, and Oscar winner Jamie Foxx escorted his 19-year-old daughter Corinne, who was excited to meet Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe. “All my childhood dreams come true,” she tweeted.
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