Essential Viewing

Essential Viewing
ESSENCE.COM Nov, 23, 2010

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President Obama was playing basketball with friends and family Friday when one of his opponents accidentally elbowed him in the upper lip, causing the President to get 12 stitches. Ouch!

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The First Lady and her two daughters are delivered the White House Christmas tree — a 18 1/2 foot Douglas fir — by horse and buggy. Tis the season!

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Kanye West performed on a colorful float at the 84th Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City. His latest album “My Beautiful, Twisted Dark Fantasy” dropped this Monday to rave reviews.

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Keri Hilson looks pretty in pink at the New York City Thanksgiving Day Parade.

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Our favorite dancing queen Brandy waves to the crowds at the 91st Annual Thanksgiving Day Parade in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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The President gave back to those less fortunate this Thanksgiving. Here, he packs and distributes bags of food to area residents, with the help of his daughter Sasha.

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First Lady Michelle Obama and daughter Malia hand out food to the needy in Washington, DC.

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On Thanksgiving night, Nicki Minaj performed at the Hot 97 Thanksgiving concert at Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City. Knaye West, Keyshia Cole and Drake all came out to support her and her debut album.

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Like most Americans, Beyonce made her way through the airports this week. Most if us dress a little more casual, though…

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As part of the annual tradition, the President, standing alongside his lovely daughters, pardoned a turkey the day before Thanksgiving. That’s a lucky bird!

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Matching bags — now, that’s a sign of true friendship. Monica and Khloe Kardashian attend a Lakers game to root for Khloe’s hubby.

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Jay-Z performs on stage at Mt. Smart Stadium in Auckland, New Zealand. It must be hard to be far from home during the holidays.

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Vivica Fox stopped by the ESSENCE office on November 23 to film a PSA for “It Gets Better.”

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Mariah Carey performed songs from her new holiday album on the TV special “Mariah Carey: Merry Christmas to You.” It’s starting to feel a lot like Christmas.

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How cute. Garcelle Beauvais and her adorable sons Jax and Jaid attend the Gucci Children’s Collection event in Beverly Hills, California.

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Halle Berry and Olivier Martinez walk a friend’s child in NYC. Practicing?

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Halle Berry takes the stage the 2010 CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute in Los Angeles, California. That dress is stunning.

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Muhammad Ali and Lionel Richie attend an intimate evening with David Foster and Friends in support of organ donor awareness in Toronto, Canada. We’d like to plant a smooch on the G.O.A.T as well…

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Dwayne Johnson stands before his muscle car at the “Faster” Los Angeles premiere.

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Ciara performs at the Summerbeatz Music Festival in Perth, Australia.

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Tichina Arnold stopped by the ESSENCE office on November 22. Love those boots!

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What a moment! Beyonce Knowles and Mary J. Blige at the launch of Lorraine Schwartz’s 2BHAPPY jewelry collection in New York City. We love the black and white effect as well.

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Miss Tina looks absolutely fab at the launch of Lorraine Schwartz’s 2BHAPPY jewelry collection in New York City. Work it!

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Keri Hilson and Ne-Yo smile for the camera at the ‘Ne-Yo and Friends’ event in Hollywood promoting Ne-Yo’s new album “Libra Scale.”

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Young Willow Smith’s outfit caused a bit of an uproar in the fashion community, as an English designer declared it a rip-off of his work. Either way, we think she looks cute as can be.

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There’s no topping this. Jada Pinkett Smith looked stunning in her custom-made Emilio Pucci gown at the 2010 American Music Awards.

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Usher is handsome as ever in his tougher-than-leather getup at the AMAs.

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Rihanna heats up the red carpet at the AMAs with this scarlet see-through dress and her crimson curly hair. RiRi won the Best R&B/Soul Female Award.

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Looking good girl! Jennifer Hudson attends the Happy Hearts Fund’s Land of Dreams in New York City.

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