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Radio Facts: Playboy is continuing its 60th anniversary festivities in New York City by once again throwing one of the most exclusive parties in town during football's biggest weekend. The Playboy Party will take place at The Bud Light Hotel Lounge (Pier 86, 46th & 12th Avenue) on Friday, January 31, beginning at midnight. Celebrities, athletes, and VIP guests will enjoy music by dj Irie and a special live performance by Nelly and Friends during what promises to be one of the Big Apple's most talked about parties of the weekend. An invite-only group of partygoers will mingle with Playboy Playmates wearing traditional Bunny Costumes in a transformed space that both celebrates the magazine's 60-year history and incorporates themed elements from a variety of sponsors. In addition to title sponsor Bud Light, event sponsors include A&E Network (for season two of the hit series "Bates Motel," premiering March 3), HISTORY (promoting season two of its hit scripted series "VIKINGS," which debuts Thursday, February 27), MINI USA, Buffalo David Bitton, and Jean Paul Gaultier. Guests will enter the party through a "Bates Motel" themed check-in area and receive a pair of polarized sunglasses that, when worn inside, will offer a voyeuristic look into the "Bates Motel" on display. They'll continue on to a raised "VIKINGS" ice bar in the center of the party where they can enjoy drinks at large, communal tables outfitted with fur blankets while listening to music from a surprise opening dj presented by Buffalo David Bitton. Partygoers will also get a taste of Playboy's heritage when they escape through a facade designed to look like the original Playboy Club London on Park Lane. Once inside, they'll experience today's Playboy Club London complete with gaming tables where they can win chips redeemable for Playboy and MINI USA prizing. MINI will also take guests through the ages by featuring a 2000 Mini Classic "Final Edition" and the all new third generation MINI Hardtop (available in spring 2014) in this area. Last year's Playboy party in New Orleans featured a special performance by B.o.B and Trombone Shorty. Celebrities, musicians and athletes in attendance at the Playboy party in years past include Bradley Cooper, Anna Farris, Kanye West, Gabrielle Union, Aaron Rodgers, Jon Hamm, Maria Menounos, Neil Patrick Harris, Tony Romo, Jessica Szohr, Usher, Chris Evans, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Shaquille O'Neal, David Arquette, LMFAO, Rascall Flatts, Kyle Busch, Nick Cannon, Alyssa Milano, Jeremy Piven, Adrian Peterson and Marshall Faulk.
Radio Facts: ESSENCE announced plans to spotlight remarkable moments and performers in film and television with its eagerly anticipated 7th annual Black Women in Hollywood Luncheon, including a special celebration of Black Men in Hollywood: A Year in Film. Black Women in Hollywood will return to the Beverly Hills Hotel on Feb. 27, 2014 to recognize the outstanding achievements of trailblazing women in film and television. The event will honor three of the year's most impactful and inspiring talents, both in front of the camera and behind-the-scenes, with the premier African-American female brand's esteemed Black Women in Hollywood Award: Lupita Nyong'o (Best Breakthrough Performance); Cheryl Boone Isaacs (Trailblazer Award) and Ava DuVernay (Visionary Award). In recognition of the 50th Anniversary of the signing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the event will also pay tribute to legendary performers, who were Champions of the Civil Rights Movement: Diahann Carroll, Nichelle Nichols, Jim Brown, Denise Nicholas and Clarence Williams III, among others. Black Men in Hollywood: A Year in Film -- created to spotlight the actors who represented many of the most compelling and outstanding performances in 2013 -- will be a celebratory dinner hosted by Tracee Ellis Ross on Feb. 26, 2014 in Los Angeles. "2013 was an extraordinary year of breakthroughs in Hollywood, with the naming of Cheryl Boone Isaacs as the first African-American president of The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, the emergence of gifted actor Lupita Nyong'o as a rising star, Ava DuVernay's Sundance, Spirit and Tribeca award wins, and the prominence of African-American leading men who created roles that displayed our diversity and humanity," said Essence Editor-in-Chief, Vanessa K. Bush. "During the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Essence remains committed to honoring excellence in media both in front of and behind the camera." Black Women in Hollywood commemorates Essence magazine's annual Hollywood issue (March), which will be available on newsstands on February 7. ESSENCE.com is giving fans exclusive access to the style and substance of Black Women in Hollywood by live streaming all the red-carpet action, including interviews with the stars, starting at 11:30 a.m. PST/2:30 p.m. EST and re-airing that evening at 6 p.m. PST/9 p.m. EST. Since its inception in 2008, the Essence Black Women in Hollywood event has honored some of the most cherished figures in the industry, including: Oprah Winfrey, Octavia Spencer, Pam Grier, Halle Berry, Jada Pinkett-Smith, Angela Bassett, Queen Latifah, Alfre Woodard, Taraji P. Henson, Viola Davis, Jennifer Hudson, Zoe Saldana, Mary J. Blige, Gabourey Sidibe, Quvenzhane Wallace, Jurnee Smollett, Ruby Dee, Diahann Carroll, Cicely Tyson, Loretta Devine, Naomie Harris, Gabrielle Union, Mara Brock-Akil, Gina Prince-Bythewood, and Suzanne de Passe. As a highlight of Oscar week, this elegant luncheon has hosted much of Hollywood's elite, including Tom Cruise, Will Smith, Amy Adams, Emma Stone, Samuel L. Jackson, Forest Whitaker, James Cameron, Terrence Howard, and Laurence Fishburne, among many others.