In a dazzling display of glitz, glamour, and giving back, the 3rd annual Hollywood Unlocked Impact Awards took center stage at the renowned Beverly Hilton hotel.
On Friday, June 2, 2023, POPSUGAR hosted a fabulous return to the Play/Ground for a ‘perfect day off’ at Los Angeles’ Row DTLA. In honor of this year’s theme, the all-day event was filled with unique activations highlighting fitness, wellness, and self-care from sponsors Revlon, Ninja Blast, SweeTARTS, and more.
The day’s ‘Wake Up Call’ kicked off the event as Peleton’s celebrity fitness guru Cody Rigsby sat down with POPSUGAR executive editor Jada Gomez to discuss all things fitness. Rigsby also shared the inside scoop on his morning routine and what his own perfect day off looks like.
Feeling fresh and ready to take on the day, attendees explored the POPSUGAR Fitness Studio, where they could break a sweat with sessions led by A-List trainers: The Sculpt Society Workout with Founder Megan Roup and Katy Schuele Scanlan, The Greatest HIITS with Raneir Pollard, and Twerk It Out with Kaleila Jordan.
Worked up a sweat? POPSUGAR’s got it covered. After their chosen session, attendees moved through the plentiful self-care activations around the venue. Revlon’s Beauty Bar provided mini makeovers, how-tos, and tips from makeup artists on-site. Guests were sent home with full-size products from Revlon after immortalizing their new look in a 360-degree photobooth.
The Zen Zone treated attendees to a relaxing spa moment with featured activities like a nail art session from M.A.D. Nails and Morgan A. Dixon (nail artist from TNT’s Claws), a B12 energy boost from Drip Hydration, a Theragun massage, reiki energy healing, and a mini facial complete with traditional Chinese medicine practices like gua sha and ear seeds.
Guests made a stop at the Sample Station and left with a bag full of the latest in beauty, hair, and skincare before heading over to the booths for more fun. Some of the all-day festivities included a skincare consultation with Dr. Courtney Rubin and Fig. 1, a test run on the Hydrow smart running machine with Paralympian Dani Hansen, and a cosmic reading with astrologer Graham Breitenstein.
For those wanting to show off their talents, attendees were invited to create their own shibori-dyed textiles, make their own Lush bath bomb, and style their hair with flair from Lucky Locks Hair Sparkles.
Vendors on-site featured The Shop by Pattern Brands, URBN Pizza, B’ivrit, Coolhaus, Daily Crunch, Angie’s BOOMCHICKAPOP, LesserEvil, Sweety Ice Cream, POSSIBLE, Can Do, YES BAR, Hippeas, Open Water, Heywell, FUL, Pop & Bottle, De La Calle Tepache, Health-Ade Kombucha, and Sanzo.
Guests were given a chance to mingle while indulging in sweet treats and adult beverages during the Play/Ground’s social hour, Sugar Rush Presented by SweeTARTS. Top-tier music curator AMRIT was there to pump up the vibes in preparation for the day’s grand finale.
Closing out the festivities, special musical guest Chlöe took to the stage for an intimate three-song performance with selections from her debut solo album. Dressed in a sheer bodysuit, a navy blue leather cape, and platform heels, Chlöe kicked off her performance with single, “Have Mercy” and had guests dancing in their seat.
To wrap up the evening, Chlöe sat down with POPSUGAR associate editor Kelsey Garcia, where she shared with the crowd details of her album, creative process, music inspirations, and of course, what her own perfect day off looks like.
The Peacock original film Praise This includes a star-studded cast with singer Chloe Bailey as it’s leading lady. Praise This follows a young, troubled Sam (Chloe Bailey) as she is sent to live with her eccentric cousin Jess (Anjelika Washington) in Atlanta. While trying to adjust to her new normal, Sam learns about Jess’s favorite past time: singing in her church’s praise team.
Comedian Druski, rapper Quavo and BET’s Sistas star Crystal Renee Hayslett are a few of the standout performances in the film. There’s comedy, drama, romance and a whole lot of singing. What more could you ask for in a musical comedy?
Hayslett plays Natalie, P.G.’s wife and the church’s First Lady. And the pastor of this church is played by none other than Tristan Mack Wilds but goes by P.G. (Pastor Goodman) in the film. A newly devoted Christian with a rough past, P.G. doesn’t let his unconventional appearance (P.G. is covered in tattoos from the neck down) nor the opinions of society stop him from serving his community.
Tristan has graced the screen in a number of films and TV shows including his most well-known role as Dixon in the CW’s teen drama 90210. From having a recurring role in HBO’s The Wire to appearing alongside Adele in the music video for her 2015 hit “Hello”, Tristan’s career has taken him to places one could only dream of going.
We sat down with Tristan to talk more about his character, what it was like filming in Atlanta and which late rapper helped him channel his inner pastor.
Watch the trailer for Praise This below.
07-16-2022- Music Hall of Williamsburg had the pleasure of hosting Epic Records own DDG. The Michigan native headlined a rather intimate show that gave those in attendance a chance to not only witness his versatility but also a real chance to connect with what he referred to as his day ones.
The show kicked off with Baby Rich, an upcoming Alabama artist who recently dropped a single called “Simon Says”. Even though Baby Rich is new to the music industry- it was clear that he has an immense amount of talent. While his time on stage was brief, he made the most of his time on stage.
Following Baby Rich, was Paidway. T.O. The Pontiac ,Michigan native performed his newest single “Okay,Okay” along with some of his older material that those in attendance seem to really resonate with as Paidway. T.O. is also DDG’s cousin and along with his music has a real following within the YouTube community.
The headliner, DDG, hit the stage around 930 as the crowd huddled around the stage in anticipation. As the lights went dark and DDG entered through the side door all that was visible was his diamond chain and watch reflecting in the dark- the climatic entrance was foreshadowing what was to come.
DDG, has been in the headlines for boxing and making the most of his YouTube endeavors, however as he began running through his catalog of music it was clear that he has a real talent for headlining. As he had a song for almost every occasion, quickly showing those that were not familiar with his music that he is more than you would expect.
It did not take long for those in attendance to erupt as DDG performed his breakout hit “Moonwalking in Calabasas”- the 2021 certified platinum song caught his day one fans in a fluster, as towards the end of his set DDG even allowed one of his fans to come on stage with him to perform the song on the stipulation that the fan had to know the song word for word.
As the fan got on stage, he did not disappoint as his immediate energy caught everyone by surprise- DDG included. Shortly after the fan spit verse word for word DDG congratulated him and thanked everyone for coming out.
After leaving fans with a few burning questions, Grown-ish season 3 is back as the Cal U gang gears up for the second half of their chaotic junior year.