Inside RHOP Star Candiace Dillard’s Romantic, ‘Incredible’ D.C. Wedding: ‘It Was Like a Dream’

Candiace Dillard really didn’t want to cry. And then she saw Chris Bassett’s eyes across the room.

The Real Housewives of Potomac star was doing her best to control her emotions on Saturday as she prepared to wed Bassett in front of 260 friends and family at the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium in Washington, D.C. But as strong as she was, nothing prepared her for the moment she started walking down the aisle and locked eyes with her soon-to-be husband.

“When they opened the doors, I only saw him,” Dillard tells PEOPLE exclusively. “I was connected to Chris’ eyes. And he was crying, so I was weeping. There’s an ugly cry moment where I had to stop and scrunch up my face. To be walking towards the man who is going to be your husband? That was such a powerful and incredible feeling.”

“That is what I will always remember, looking in his eyes,” she continues. “It felt so comfortable and so right and so ‘This is where I’m supposed to be.’ And I was so overwhelmed by that feeling, and the look of the room, and seeing all the people around us. It was like a dream.”

Dillard and Bassett’s nuptials were a long time coming for the pair, who met while working at a restaurant together in D.C. and dated for nearly two years before he proposed in May 2017.

Their wedding planning was captured for the RHOP cameras, and while some of the tougher moments made for compelling TV, the final affair was smooth sailing.

“Everything was perfect — we were just blown away by it all,” Dillard says of the affair, which was designed by Strawberry Milk Events on her theme of “cosmopolitan sophistication with a touch of southern class.”

For the ceremony, the grand Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium was decked out with a mirrored walkway, boxes of white roses, floating chandeliers and a custom-made gold mirror arbor, flanked with cascading flowers by Edge Floral Event Design.

“They just showed out,” she says. “They got my vision perfectly. As far as the look and the aesthetic of the venue, I wouldn’t have done anything differently.”

Cocktail hour and a reception followed, with a feast of hors d’oeuvres and a seated dinner from Spilled Milk Catering that included lamb chops, a summer watermelon salad, short ribs and a sea bass with dill — an option that referenced their wedding hashtag.

As for the raspberry almond wedding cake? That was from ButterCream Bakeshop.

“The food was friggin’ amazing,” Dillard, a former Miss United States, recalls. “Delicious. The presentation was art deco, a little victorian — it matched all the themes I wanted in the wedding. And the cake was so, so good. We got nothing but great feedback from our guests on the food. So mission accomplished.”

Music from We the Fix and DJ Tryfe kept the guests moving. “We definitely danced the night away,” Dillard says. “I had a good sweat going on so I know I danced. My feet are still in shambles, so my body is telling me I had a good time.”

There were speeches throughout the night too, including ones from her dad and stepdad (who both walked her down the aisle) and one from Dillard’s mom. Bassett’s two best men, his brother his best friend, also gave speeches. “I wish we had maybe an extra hour at the reception, because all the speeches were amazing. I didn’t want them to stop,” Dillard says.

But of course, it was all about Dillard’s dress — or, in this case, dresses. Both were custom designed by New York designer Karen Sabag, who worked closely with Dillard over an eight-month period to craft the perfect look.

For the ceremony and reception, Dillard wore a flowing ballgown, its imprinted pearl cream silk organza draped over a fitted corset and continuing onto a skirt of 70 yards. Soft and dramatic at the same time, the gown was finished with two French bows on the shoulders, beaded (by hand) with 80 yards of Swarovski crystals. A clean, long cathedral vail — pinned into her soft curls — finished the look, with a blusher till the floor.

“That dress was everything I wanted it to be and then some,” Dillard says. “I knew I wanted a ballgown and I tried on several, but they just weren’t doing it. But Karen made it happen. It had the perfect drop-waist bodice, because when you’re a short girl wearing a ballgown, you have to be careful about it cutting you off on the wrong lines. And it was so light. It looked heavy, but I was really able to dance and jump around and move in it. I loved it.”  

A a second dress — a halter with cold shoulder sleeves and a mini poof skirt in a metallic flower sequence fabric — made its debut at the afterparty.

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Now that the wedding is behind them, Dillard and Bassett — a restaurateur and father of three — have a honeymoon to plan. They’ve got some time, the two not planning on heading out on the getaway until January, when they can get some good vacation time scheduled.

“We’re thinking either Greece or Dubai, though we’ve also gotten some good suggestions in the Amalfi coast and Thailand,” Dillard explains. “What’s important for us in a honeymoon destination is that we’re able to immerse ourselves in a culture. Not just the food and the libations, but also being around the people and watching how those countries live. So all those places check those boxes.”

And in the meantime, they’ll be reminiscing about their big day for years to come.

“It feels so crazy,” Dillard says. “As soon as Chris and I walked back down the aisle together, the first thing I said to him was, ‘Can we do it again?’ And that’s how I feel about it now. I’ll remember it forever.”

The Real Housewives of Potomac airs Sundays (8 p.m. ET) on Bravo.

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The Incredible Hulk is the Most Underrated MCU Movie

Marvel’s The Incredible Hulk hits its tenth anniversary this week, as the film was originally released on June 13, 2008. So we figured it was time to take a look back at the movie and see how it stands up against its current reputation.

When people rank the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) movies, as they so often do, one of the films that typically ends up near the bottom of the list is Louis Leterrier’s The Incredible Hulk. At a glance it’s easy to see why. It stars Edward Norton, an actor whose work was swiftly overshadowed by his replacement, Mark Ruffalo. It’s a gloomy movie that treats its hero like a Universal Monster, instead of one of the quippy, positive character development-centric adventure flicks that the MCU movies eventually became.

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Jason Momoa Details His Incredible Love Story with ‘Queen’ Lisa Bonet


Everyone remembers pining over their first celebrity crush — but when you’re Jason Momoa, you actually marry yours.

During an appearance on The Late Late Show with James Corden on Thursday, the Justice League star opened up about his relationship with his longtime love, Lisa Bonet.

Last month, Momoa, 38, and Bonet, 49, wed in an intimate celebration. Although it was assumed that the couple, who share daughter Lola, 10, and son Nakoa-Wolf, 8, married in 2007, they officially tied the knot just weeks ago, a source confirmed to PEOPLE.

“Finally, man,” Momoa said with a laugh, showing off his ring and wedding present — a necklace that took four years to carve — to host James Corden.

“Ever since I was like, 8 years old and I saw her on the TV, I was like, ‘Mommy, I want that one,’ ” he said. “I’m like, ‘I’m going to stalk you for the rest of my life and I’m going to get you.’ ”

“I’m a full-fledged stalker,” he joked. “I didn’t tell her that until we had two babies, otherwise, I’d be creepy and weird. But yeah, just always wanted to meet her. She was a queen, always.”

Momoa and Bonet met in 2005 at a jazz club in New York City through mutual friends.

“We just happened to be in the right place at the right time,” he said. “I actually had dreaded my hair for her. I had dreadlocks, she had dreadlocks. I literally turned around and I see her and she goes, ‘I’m Lisa.’ I turned around to my friend and I . I had f—ing fireworks going off inside, man. I convinced her to take me home, because I was living in a hotel.”

The two shared a meal at Cafe 101 that night.

“We sat down, she ordered a Guinness, and that was it,” he said. “I beyond love Guinness. We had Guinness and grits, and the rest is history.”

Momoa is also stepdad to Bonet’s daughter, Zoë Kravitz, whom the insider told PEOPLE attended the recent nuptials.

On Thursday, Kravitz, 28, shared an adorable photo of her and Momoa.

“Love you papabear,” she captioned the shot.

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Charlize Theron, Brie Larson Attend Porter’s Incredible Women Gala 2017

Porter, Net-a-porter’s print magazine, on Wednesday held its second annual Incredible Women Gala at NeueHouse West Hollywood, in association with Estée Lauder. Hosted by editor in chief Lucy Yeomans and Universal chairman Donna Langley, the event drew Charlize Theron, Brie Larson, Elizabeth Banks, Mary J. Blige, Melanie Griffith, Raquel Welch, Kate Bosworth and more.
The Incredible Women list, now in its third year, grew out of a cover line on Porter’s first issue. It has since spawned a talk series that began with Christy Turlington Burns in 2014 and has included American Ballet Theater principal dancer Misty Copeland, film director Sofia Coppola and Serpentine chief executive officer Yana Peel. The first gala was held last year in London at the V&A Museum.
Partnering with Langley, who was profiled in the magazine in the past, made sense since this year’s list of 50 women was focused on the entertainment industry. The timing of this year’s gala comes when women in the industry have banded together in support of speaking out against sexual harassment. The magazine commissioned women including Copeland, Larson and the organizers of the Women’s March, Tamika Mallory and Bob Bland, to write open letters touching upon crucial issues facing women in

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Porter Magazine Brings Incredible Women Series to U.S.

Porter magazine is bringing its Incredible Women List of 50 entries, which was published last month in its winter issue, to life with two events in the U.S. Tonight editor in chief Lucy Yeomans will host a question-and-answer with Misty Copeland, who was featured on the list, in New York and on Nov. 1 the magazine’s second annual Incredible Woman Gala will take place in Los Angeles at NeueHouse, hosted by Yeomans and Donna Langley, chairman of Universal Pictures. Both events are done in partnership with Estée Lauder.
The talk with Copeland is the fourth in Porter’s series, which previously featured Serpentine chief executive officer Yana Peel, conservationist Saba Douglas-Hamilton, and film director Sofia Coppola. Last year’s gala was held at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, and instead of staging a typical awards show, Yeomans enlisted a company called Letter’s Live to create a performance element in which Natalia Vodianova, Christiane Amanpour and Florence Welch read letters Patti Smith, Martha Gellhorn and Tina Fey. This year’s gala will feature a similar performance aspect. “We look to celebrate women who in the past year have done something to affect positive change for women either in their field, industry or the

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One of Pablo Escobar’s Former Mansions Has Been Turned Into an Incredible Hotel

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Here Are 25 Incredible Photos Of Celebrities Partying at Studio 54

Getting into Studio 54 in the 1970s was a nearly impossible endeavor. Marc Benecke, doorman for the disco club, would stand on a stepping stool and select club candidates from the crowd. He compared this process to “mixing a salad.” Nevertheless, “54” lured celebrities, socialites, athletes, and artists from around the globe. Andy Warhol once said, “The key of the success of Studio 54 is that it’s a dictatorship at the door and a democracy on the dance floor.” For the 40th anniversary of the club’s opening, we’re giving you a peek at the lucky few (celebrities, of course) who actually made it inside.

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Twitter Turned An Old Photo Of Meryl Streep Into An Incredible Meme

Meryl Streep is an Oscar-winning actress and, according to Twitter, a great singer.

It all started with a photo taken in 2015. The “Florence Foster Jenkins” star was snapped cheering on the late Debbie Reynolds as she received a lifetime-achievement award at the 2015 Screen Actors Guild Awards.

The photo has inexplicably gone through a renaissance in the past few days and has become a Twitter meme. A meme that involves Streep yelling a song lyric.

Someone even made a @MerylMemes account, solely dedicated to these musically-themed jokes:

Thank goodness for Twitter and Meryl Streep.

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Everything You Need to Know About Charlize Theron’s Incredible Oscar Earrings

Charlize Theron stepped out on the 89th annual Academy Awards red carpet on Sunday wearing a floor-length metallic Dior Haute Couture gown — and quite the statement jewelry. The actress, who is presenting during the ceremony, was dripping in diamond accessories by Chopard. Her look included diamond drop earrings from the brand’s “Garden of Kalahari Collection,” which are set in 18-karat white gold and feature a total of 59.9 carats worth of diamonds. She also wore two diamond rings from Chopard’s “High Jewelry Collection.” She quite literally shined.
Theron won an Academy Award for her lead role in “Monster” in 2004. She was the first South African actress to win an Oscar for Best Actress.
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Woman Upstages Her Own Proposal With Incredible Half-Court Shot

A surprise marriage proposal usually takes the cake, but one woman stole the show before her boyfriend even popped the question. 

Erin Tobin was selected to participate in a Dunkin’ Donuts half-court shot promotion during Thursday night’s Siena Saints men’s basketball game at the Times Union Center in Albany, New York.

Tobin’s boyfriend, Steve Duckett, set up the scenario with the help of Dunkin’ Donuts and Siena Athletics so he could propose to her mid-court. He hid in the Dunkin’ Donuts mascot while the Siena alumna got ready.

Before Duckett revealed himself and popped the question, Tobin sank a half-court basket and the crowd went wild. The proposal turned out to be the cherry on top of an already awesome night.

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Gulping Gargoyles, J.K. Rowling Looked Incredible At The BAFTAs

J.K. Rowling took a break from owning trolls on Twitter to owning the BAFTAs red carpet on Sunday. 

The author looked straight-up magical in a long-sleeved, fitted maroon gown with a thigh-high slit. 

She paired the gown with purple pumps, a sparkly clutch and some serious statement earrings. 

“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” took home an award for best production design, but we’d say Rowling herself won the award for best selfie of the night, posing with “Beasts” star Eddie Redmayne and Emma Stone.

Swoon. So much to obsess over, so little time. Check out the rest of the looks from the show: 

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Watch Keith Urban’s Incredible Tribute To The Artists We Lost In 2016

The world of music lost some of its greatest voices in 2016. 

In the final moments of the year, country music star Keith Urban payed tribute to some of those legendary entertainers with a medley of songs from Leonard Cohen, Glenn Frey, David Bowie, Merle Haggard and Prince

He was joined on stage by his wife, actress Nicole Kidman, during the event, which was broadcast on CNN.

Check out his emotional tribute above. 

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Johnny is a little boy who was just diagnosed with Autism. He has dreams of playing professional basketball one day in the National Basketball Association. He often fantasizes over those dreams when he practices basketball. His main dream is to make the game winning shot in the NBA finals at the end of a basketball game to give his team the NBA championship. Johnny was a socially awkward boy in school with very few friends. Most of the kids made fun of him or bullied him due to the characteristics he had because of Autism. When Johnny was younger this did not bother him much but as he begins to get older it starts to impact him on deeper levels. One thing that was always constant for him in his life was basketball. Whether he was shooting hoops at home in his driveway, shooting free throws at the local park, or trying to play basketball with the other kids who were bigger than he was at recess Johnny always had a basketball in his hand. Johnny had planned on trying out for the elementary school basketball team in the fifth grade. He was excited about the possibility of playing on a real basketball team where he might have the chance to be a super star. He worked hard and spent countless hours each summer shooting hoops because he wanted to make that team. In book I of “The Incredible Shot: An Autistic Dream” we will follow Johnny’s story as he is diagnosed with Autism. After a grueling diagnostic process, Johnny’s parents decide to take him to Chuckie Cheese as a reward for cooperating with the doctors and counselors who helped diagnose him. Johnny loves pizza and his favorite video arcade game happened to be at Chuckie Cheese. It was a basketball game where kids were allowed to shoot hoops. Johnny had his eyes on two prizes this day. He wanted to win the NBA championship for the San Antonio Spurs and he wanted to win a grand prize from Chuckie Cheese. He had his eyes on a big furry basketball that he could play with around the house. Read book I to see if Johnny can acc

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‘Sex And The City’ Author Lists Her Incredible NYC Apartment

The Greenwich Village home of Candace Bushnell, creator of the newspaper columns that inspired the popular “Sex and the City” series, may have found a buyer. 

Bushnell listed the property at $ 2.6 million, and the real estate agency has labeled the home as in contract. Bushnell previously listed the pre-war apartment in 2012 for $ 2.8 million; it did not sell at that time.

The one-bedroom, one-and-a-half bath apartment is located at 45 East 9th Street, just a few blocks away from Washington Square Park. The building has a doorman, and the apartment has a wood-burning fireplace and tons of beautiful, natural light. There’s also a great room with a built-in bookcase, spacious dining room and a washer and dryer. 

But best of all, the new owner will be able to imagine living in Bushnell’s shoes, writing about love, sex, friendship and more.

All photos sourced from a listing on StreetEasy.  

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The Incredible Ways Art Is Helping Charleston Unite After Church Massacre

Early last week, a few artists painted murals on the walls of a warehouse around a vacant lot in Charleston, South Carolina, preparing for a celebration intended to fill the neglected space with sunlight, art and joy.

Then they learned about the racist attack at Emanuel AME Church, a historic black institution, that killed nine residents of their city.

Reeling from shock and sorrow, leaders of the community arts nonprofit organizing the event had to decide whether to cancel festivities planned for the solstice. It was a clear choice, Enough Pie executive director Cathryn Zommer told The Huffington Post.

“We felt that more than ever, the community needed to come together,” Zommer said. They added a vigil with candle lighting, songs and prayer. Artists made changes to their pieces. On Saturday, people gathered for an experience that mixed joy with sorrow, surrounded by art.

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In the week since the shootings, many other Charleston residents have expressed their emotions in powerful and creative ways, from thousands of people joining hands in a unity chain to making handmade signs honoring the victims.

“People use creativity to make sense of all of this. They use the arts to express these deep emotions of sorrow and pain and loss,” Zommer said. “The arts can do that. They can help us heal.”

From designers and dancers in Charleston’s tight-knit creative community to musicians who live hundreds of miles away, artists have addressed the killings. Their work, below, shows how art helps us survive and strengthen amid tragedy.

Artists used their craft to honor victims, and to grieve.

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Jia Sung

Jia Sung, a recent graduate of Rhode Island Institute of Design, said painting watercolors of each victim was her way of mourning.

It is primarily a process of grieving, trying to externalize the hurt. I didn’t know what else to do, really. Taking the time to do those portraits, and spend those moments of intimacy with each person was my own laying flowers. It was my own small gesture of tenderness in the face of violence.

They illustrated the muddied pain that follows tragedy, in the flood of grief, anger and glimmers of hope.

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HuffPost created this artistic take to remind Charleston and beyond that #BlackLivesMatter.

Their work helped spread the victims’ names and stories far and wide.

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Scott “Panhandle Slim” Stanton has painted each of the nine victims, sharing snippets of their rich lives.

I started this series with Rev. Sen. Clementa Pinckney and ended with Ethel Lance. One preached the word from the pulpit of Emanuel AME church and he worked hard to keep his congregation’s soul clean. One worked in the Emanuel AME and she worked hard to keep the entire sanctuary clean and she preached the word too. What an amazing group of people these 9 people are.

Some turned to the past to find insight into the present.

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Painter Mario Robinson is represented by a Charleston gallery and visits the city often. In 2010, he painted “Sixteen Broad Street,” a portrait of a boy he met in Charleston.

I told him I’d buy a rose if he would be kind enough to pose for a quick sketch. He agreed and after a few minutes, his eyes began to wander as potential patrons walked by us. I realized that he was counting the sales he was losing by posing for me. I reluctantly aborted the sketch and opted for a photograph. His demeanor sums up the entire experience. When I look at this portrait today, I wonder what his life is like as a young man. We are living in tumultuous times and there’s no guarantee that he will be treated as a harmless preteen, in search of a few extra dollars.

Children too young to understand the killings use art to help cope.

Before 7-year-old Madeleine made this drawing, she kept asking her mother questions, WCIV reported. “Why is the world full of broken people?” asked the girl, who lives in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina.

Art gives solace to those who need it because they are old enough to understand.

Kris Manning

In Kris Manning’s “Our Unified Heart,” a bunch of nondescript white umbrellas become a silvery, sunlit heart. Manning created her public sculpture at the Unity Music and Arts festival, which she organized last weekend to support her music education nonprofit. They instead will donate funds to the victims’ fund.

“When the tears of our community are falling, we unite and together we create shelter from the storm with love,” Manning said.

Some illustrated the history of hatred that fed the killings.

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Charleston artist Mark Avery’s illustration of protesters in Marion Square was infused with his city’s legacy of racial oppression.

Last night as I walked with my black brothers and sisters, we took over the streets that our ancestors built. Rattling the houses that our people built, our voices spoke power on the forever, “Holy City.” Activists from around the country came together at Marion Square to get our black people to unify and stand up for the black community in Charleston, and spoke nothing but facts about the psychological and systematic downfall of black people not only in Charleston, but around the nation. We are tired of forgiving these animals that kill our brothers, sisters, uncles, grandmas, aunts, grandpas, and even children. Here in Charleston, black people are the roots of the roots, so tell me who is, has, and still to the day, “taking over our land”? We need to really wake up and recondition our daily lives, until we do, our people will continue to perish on the land that we built, from the ground up.

Others took a closer look at the historic church, where the killings occurred.

In a moment when there is too much to feel and no words that seem right, poets have done justice to the unspeakable.

“Because I would rather hang a black cloth on a flag pole / than give the Confederate flag another glimpse of the sun,” Charleston poet Marcus Amaker writes in “Black Cloth.”

South Carolina poet laureate Marjory Wentworth wrote “Holy City” for Charleston’s Post and Courier. She reads it in a video for the BBC: “As bells in the spires call across the wounded Charleston sky, we close our eyes and listen to the same stillness ringing in our hearts, holding on to one another, like brothers, like sisters, because we know that wherever there is love, there is God.”

A dance performance demonstrates emotion, strength and collaboration.

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Charleston Characters Dance Co. member Megan Joanna Pue danced at Enough Pie’s solstice event with other women in her troupe.

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Some designers made simple graphics that resonated widely on social media, putting Charleston into the thoughts and timelines of people all over.


The night Craig Evans found out about the shooting, he couldn’t sleep. Feeling helpless, he created the “Charlestrong” image, posted it to social media and finally went to bed. He woke up to an onslaught of messages.

I have been contacted by so many people saying how much they loved it and even thanking me for capturing a certain sentiment. The craziest moment was when I received an email from one of the track teammates of Sharonda Coleman-Singleton (one of the victims) telling me how much it meant to her and said it had touched her. That blew me away and made me happy beyond belief. I truly can’t believe my little design had such a huge impact on people.

Evan’s company, Y’allsome, is selling shirts and posters with the design. Profit will go to the Mother Emanuel Hope Fund.

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Buff Ross

When Charleston designer Buff Ross saw that his image had begun to spread on Facebook, he made a poster-sized version that included a link to donate to the victims and the church, free for anyone to use.

Our streets here famously flood as our alluvial geographic nature continually pulls us back into the swampy miasma of our history. The flooding is something we all share and contend with here in Charleston. However on this brutally hot and dry morning the city felt flooded with tears. At least that was how I processed it and envisioned the image. … I truly believe that one of the unintended but beautiful consequences of social media is its power for collective grieving.

Others around the country called for change with songs and symbols.

Milwaukee musician Peter Mulvey wrote a song pleading for South Carolina to remove its Confederate flag and asked friends to make their own version. Dozens have since recorded it, including Ani DeFranco, who pays tribute to victim Tywanza Sanders.

Many local artists, struggling with the same grief as fellow Charleston residents, are making work specifically for their city.

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Charleston artist Tim Hussey’s mural-turned-memorial is vibrant and colorful, but intended to address “hidden class and race struggle in the city.”

“We all know there is a huge gap between the ‘haves’ and ‘have nots’ here, but have no idea how to address it without having to move out of our comfort zone and leave the ‘celebration’ of everyday Charleston,” Hussey said. “Well, it’s not a celebration for everyone.”

After the killings, Hussey added the silhouette of a man with nine tears to the piece, entitled “Oh No Not Us.” He collaged notes from a nearby church’s old ledger to emphasize “the personal and humanness of this tragedy.”

Musicians and artists are using their work to inspire generosity in others.

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Gallery Robert Lange Studios is organizing a silent auction that has received 100 donations so far, including Anne Darby Parker’s “Unity of Nine.”

Earlier this week, a few thousand people attended a sold-out music benefit put on by Charleston’s Pour House. The 25 bands that played helped raise more than $ 30,000 for Emanuel AME and the victims.


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On makeshift canvases, people in Charleston have revealed hopeful visions of the future.

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Artistic offerings are just one way Charleston has rejected the hate that spurred a man to kill nine churchgoers who had been kind to him.

The actions of many in Charleston echo the Rev. Clementa Pinckney’s call in April to “resurrect and revive love, compassion and tenderness.” Pinckney was among those slain.

Enough Pie’s Zommer knew Pinckney through the interfaith group Contemplative Alliance. She choked up as she called Pinckney a “sacred activist of the highest order.”

“We’re trying to move forward with the recognition that love is really what does unite us, and we find that creativity is an incredible way of showing love for this world and for life,” Zommer said. “Reverend Pinckney says it best when he says, ‘Only love can conquer hate.'”

#holycityheartproject #charlestonstrong

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Art, Science And Style Converge In Incredible Bacteria-Laced Fabric Art

Are you looking for that little je ne sais quois to spruce up your winter wardrobe? How about taking a hint from your middle school biology class and incorporating some bacterial colonies into your look?

But truly, this project is incredible. Experimental bio-design firm Studio Natsai Audrey has crafted a line of silk scarves, mixing principles of biology, craft and design, and offering a potential solution to the rampant pollution in the textile industry. It’s called “The Fold” and is the brainchild of studio founder Natsai Audrey Chieza.

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“Can biological systems co-author with design and craft to generate new technologies that offer a sustainable material paradigm?” This was the challenge Chieza set out to solve as she combined art, science and style in a radical new way. She began by folding each scarf in an origami-like pattern until it fits inside a petri dish, then introducing a non-pathogenic bacteria called Streptomyces to produce the pigment.

The results are an array of stunning mirrored prints that morph and shift as pigment secreted by bacteria diffuses through layers of inoculated silk habotai,” reads a statement from project’s website. “Long after the peak of microbial activity is reached, a fine silk palimpsest serves as a record of what it was to live, then die, in seven days.”

The scarves are just the beginning. Chieza hopes to eventually create a whole collection of garments, each documenting the life cycle of a different bacterial colony. The innovative idea will hopefully bring us one step closer to a future bio-revolution, in which design and science work hand-in-hand to yield environmentally friendly (and oh-so beautiful) results. Basically, bacteria is all the rage this season.

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Kutiman’s Incredible YouTube Musician Mashup Is Better Than The Sum Of Its Parts

Israeli mashup master and music producer Kutiman is back with an incredible new video entitled “GIVE IT UP.”

Kutiman, whose real name is Ophir Kutiel, has layered and edited together several YouTube video recordings from different amateur musicians to create an entirely new song that’s both groovy and awe-inspiring. The mashup takes parts of a 6-year-old girl’s improvised piano piece in the key of G minor, combines them with another woman’s stunning, silky vocals, and mixes in trombone, saxophone, drums, bass, violin, synth, cello, bassoon and guitar.

The result is a perfect blend of jazz, soul, classical, rock and jam band.

“GIVE IT UP” is a tease for Kutiman’s upcoming album “Thru-You Too,” out on Oct. 1. The album follows up on his highly acclaimed 2009 project Thru-You, a similar collage of sonic odds and ends that Time magazine included in its list of the year’s 50 best inventions.

To see more of Kutiman’s mashups, check out his YouTube page and watch “GIVE IT UP” above.

You won’t be disappointed.
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The Most Incredible Photos From The 2014 World Cup

The colors. The passion. The pageantry. The goals.

There’s nothing like the FIFA World Cup, and these are the dramatic images that prove no other sporting event has this kind of impact. Some of the world’s best news photographers have descended upon Brazil alongside the world’s best soccer players, and their work has captured just how big, how magical — and how controversial — this year’s tournament has become already.

Check out these incredible scenes from across Brazil and around the world as the World Cup gets underway, from the good, to the bad, to the protests:
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Incredible Visual History Of Music Festivals Remind Us Why We Love Summer

“Everything looks better in black and white,” Paul Simon once mused. The music legend had a point — life tends to look better through a monochromatic filter, one that subtly hides the world’s flaws and accentuates its beauty. The many shades of gray can turn even the most mundane of memories into stunning portraits, making a simple Sunday in the park look like a still from a retro film set.

Such is the case, we learned, with music festival photography of yore. Dive into the photographic archives of Woodstock and Newport Jazz Festival, and you’ll find image after image of ecstatic fandom frozen in time. From men in suits fawning over bands of the 1960s to hippies in headgear losing their minds to jam bands in the 1970s, the layers of black and white film transform what might have been a crowded, odorous weekend of debauchery and heat exhaustion into an Eden-like experience.

In honor of the ceremonial ushering in of summer known as Memorial Day Weekend, we’ve compiled a selection of our favorite vintage music snapshots in a photographic history of summer festivals. We started with black and white and made our way to the colored and more contemporary, proving photography has a timeless place in our visual and audio history. Go ahead, ogle these photos and remember why you do love music festivals.

1956 — Newport Jazz Festival (Newport, Rhode Island)


(Photo by Paul Hoeffler/Redferns)


(Photo by Paul Hoeffler/Redferns)

1958 — Newport Jazz Festival (Newport, Rhode Island)


(Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)

1964 — Newport Folk Festival (Newport, Rhode Island)


Bob Dylan and Joan Baez (Photo by Douglas R. Gilbert/Redferns)


Pete Seeger and Willie Dixon (Photo by Gai Terrell/Redferns)

1967 — Monterey International Pop Music Festival (Monterey, California)


Jimi Hendrix (Photo by Ed Caraeff/Getty Images)


Ravi Shankar (Photo by Don Nelson/Fotos International/Getty Images)

1969 — Woodstock (Bethel, New York)


(Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)


(Photo by Paul DeMaria/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)



1970 — Newport Folk Festival (Newport, Rhode Island)

newport folk festival

(Photo by Gai Terrell/Redferns)

1977 — Newport Folk Festival (Newport, Rhode Island)

newport folk festival

Blood Sweat and Tears (Photo by Tom Copi/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)

1989 — New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival (New Orleans, Louisiana)

jazz fest new orleans

Rita Coolidge (AP Photo/Judi Bottoni)

1993 — Lollapalooza (New Jersey)


(Photo by Steve Eichner/Getty Images)

1993 — Lollapalooza (Vancouver, Canada)


(Photo by Ebet Roberts/Redferns)

1994 — Woodstock (Saugerties, New York)


(AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)


(AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

1994 — Lollapalooza (Randall’s Island, New York)


(Photo by Ebet Roberts/Redferns)

1995 — New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival (New Orleans, Louisiana)

jazz fest new orleans

(AP Photo/Burt Steel)

1998 — Lilith Fair (Mountain View, California)


Eykah Badu (Photo by Tim Mosenfelder/ImageDirect)

lilith fair

(Photo by Tim Mosenfelder/Getty Images)

2007 — Rock the Bells (Randall’s Island, New York)


(Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images)

2007 — Electric Daisy Carnival (Las Vegas, Nevada)


(Photo by Michael Tullberg/Getty Images)

2010 — Lilith Fair (Tinley Park, Illinois)


Nancy Wilson of the band Heart. (Photo by David Bergman/Getty Images)

2011 — Electric Daisy Carnival (Las Vegas, Nevada)


(Photo by Denise Truscello/WireImage)

2012 — Bonnaroo (Manchester, Tennessee)


(Photo by C. Taylor Crothers/FilmMagic)

2012 — Coachella (Indio, California)


(Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Coachella)


Singer Pelle Almqvist of The Hives. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Coachella)

2013 — Bonnaroo (Manchester, Tennessee)


Solange performs at the 2013 Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival. (Photo by FilmMagic/FilmMagic)

2014 — Coachella (Indio, California)


(Photo by Mark Davis/Getty Images for Coachella)

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Moms, Human Or Not, Are Incredible! And These 6 Videos Prove It

Mothers are incredible. They do so much for their children. As if bringing them into this world wasn’t enough, they also love them, feed them, clean them and make sure they survive to adulthood. And it’s not just human mothers who dedicate themselves to their young. Here is a tribute to non-human mothers and all that they do!

Animal moms come in all shapes and sizes … and species. And they love their babies, despite any, er, apparent differences.

Take this mama cat, for example, who abducted three newly hatched ducklings on a farm in Ireland, not to eat them, as her owners feared, but instead to mother them! Read the rest of this incredible story here.

In the end, even cats and dogs know that our differences are only skin, or fur, deep, and a mother’s love overcomes all obstacles. Take Coco and Hope, for example. Hope, a Shih Tzu puppy, was rejected by her mother, but thankfully, a Siamese cat named Coco was willing to adopt the little dog. Read more about Hope and Coco here.

Mothers are there for their little ones from the first moment they open their eyes, just ask this polar bear mom. Read the full story here.

Let’s face it, moms put up with a lot. Thankfully, they endure rambunctious little ones with grace and patientce. Like this mom whose cubs can’t seem to give her a moment’s peace. Read more about the fuzzy family here.

Moms, even elephant moms, are always there to help their babies out of a tough spot. Read about this mama rescuing her calf here.

And, most importantly, we know that moms will do anything to protect their young. Take, Bella, the mama horse who literally stood between her baby, Butterscotch, and the flames and falling debris of the burning barn they were trapped in. It’s an incredible story, but then again, are we really surprised? Moms are AMAZING. Read their full story here.

Plus, check out this bonus video about the top 10 moms in the animal kingdom, and read the full story here.

Happy Mother’s Day to all you moms out there, human or otherwise!

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