Rei Kawakubo to Be Presented With Isamu Noguchi Award

Rei Kawakubo will receive the 2019 Isamu Noguchi Award from the Noguchi Museum.
The award, which will be presented at the museum’s annual benefit on May 2, is given to individuals who share Isamu Noguchi’s spirit of innovation, global consciousness and commitment to East-West cultural exchange.
Kawakubo, founder of Comme des Garçons and cofounder of Dover Street Market, is also involved in graphic design, advertising and interiors for her businesses, which she considers to be inextricable components of her aesthetic vision. Her work has appeared in several exhibitions, including a solo exhibition at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in 2017, which was only the second monographic show awarded to a living designer by The Met. This year marks the 50th anniversary of Comme des Garçons.
According to The Museum, “Rei Kawakubo has consistently defied notions not only of beauty, but also of what fashion can be, at once confounding our expectations for clothing — and like Noguchi — challenging the idea that design and art are inherently different endeavors.”
Kawakubo received the Fashion Group International Award in 1986 and the Excellence in Design Award from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design in 2000. In 1993, she was named a Chevalier in the Order of

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Stella McCartney, Christopher Raeburn Among Winners of Inaugural CO10 Sustainability Award

GREEN MACHINES: Stella McCartney, Christopher Raeburn and Bottletop are among the 10 fashion businesses that have been awarded the inaugural CO10 Leadership Award, which recognizes companies that put sustainability at their core.
The award is presented by Common Objective, a network that connects more than 10,000 professionals in the fashion, retail and textile industries to share knowledge and best sustainability practices. It will be awarded virtually in the spirit of sustainability.
The other winners are Osklen, Indigenous, Outland Denim, Mayamiko, Sonica Sarna Design, Ethical Apparel Africa and The Rajlakshmi Cotton Mills.
“The industry has seen an incredible amount of traction over the past year, from increased consumer demand and government engagement, to the abundance of new entrants that focus on sustainability,” said Harold Tillman, former chairman of the British Fashion Council.
He added that the overall CO Leadership Awards are aimed at creating a milestone moment for fashion to champion innovators.
A panel of judges, including representatives from Farfetch, Kering and Vivienne Westwood, selected the 10 winners.
The winners were chosen based on their ability to marry sustainability strategies with commercial ones. The key criteria, according to organizers, were mission, business model, products and services, impact, sustainability roadmap and communication strategy.
Not only will the 10 brands be

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2019 Academy Award Winners

2019 Academy Award Winners

Who needs a host? Queen got all the big stars on their feet as the 91st Academy Awards show got underway, everyone singing along to a medley of We Will Rock You / We Are the Champions. From there, the awards were presented at a brisk pace; Green Book was named Best Picture, and took home two other Oscars besides, but Bohemian Rhapsody topped all other films in sheer numbers, receiving four Academy Awards in all.

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Music’s biggest night is going down Sunday at the Staples Center in Los Angeles — but you’ll only see a small portion of the winners when the Grammy Awards 2019 telecast airs at 8 p.m. on CBS. The bulk of the 61st annual golden gramophones are being awarded right now. Early pre-broadcast winners include Hugh…
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Kaiser Permanente Moanalua Medical Center Receives Women’s Choice Award for Excellence in Bariatric Surgery

HONOLULU — For the fourth straight year, Kaiser Permanente Moanalua Medical Center has been recognized as one of America’s Best Hospitals for Bariatric Surgery by the Women’s Choice Award®. Presented by WomenCertified Inc., this evidence-based designation scored Moanalua Medical Center in the top 8 percent of 4,797 U.S. hospitals reviewed.

The America’s Best Hospitals for Bariatric Surgery award is given to hospitals recognized by the American College of Surgeons and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery. To be eligible for consideration, hospitals must be accredited by the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program, which indicates the highest standards for patient safety and quality care in the treatment of severe obesity. The award also takes into account patient safety data from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, and patient recommendation ratings from the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems survey.

“Nearly 24 percent of Hawaii’s adult population is obese, living with an increased risk of developing diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, arthritis and obesity-related cancer,” said Peggy Latare, MD, co-chief of the bariatric surgery department at Kaiser Permanente Hawaii. “Our bariatric team focuses on offering high-quality, integrated care and support that includes surgery, medication and meal replacements to treat obesity and its many associated risks, as well as education and resources that help patients improve their overall health and quality of life.” Kaiser Permanente Hawaii members who are interested in these services can call 808-432-7830.

America’s Best Hospitals for Bariatric Surgery combines national accreditations, HCAHPS survey results and hospital outcome scores with primary research about women’s health care preferences. It is the only award recognizing excellence in bariatric surgery based on robust criteria that consider female patient satisfaction and clinical excellence.


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The Women’s Choice Award sets the standard for helping women to make smarter choices for themselves and their families. The company and its awards identify the brands, products and services that are most recommended and trusted by women. The Women’s Choice Award is the only evidence-based quality designation that drives consumer and patient appreciation through education, empowerment and validation. Additionally, they recognize those that deliver a recommendation-worthy customer experience. Visit www.WomensChoiceAward.com to learn more.

About Kaiser Permanente
Kaiser Permanente is committed to helping shape the future of health care. We are recognized as one of America’s leading health care providers and not-for-profit health plans. Founded in 1945, Kaiser Permanente has a mission to provide high-quality, affordable health care services and to improve the health of our members and the communities we serve. We currently serve more than 12.2 million members in eight states and the District of Columbia. Care for members and patients is focused on their total health and guided by their personal Permanente Medical Group physicians, specialists and team of caregivers. Our expert and caring medical teams are empowered and supported by industry-leading technology advances and tools for health promotion, disease prevention, state-of-the-art care delivery and world-class chronic disease management. Kaiser Permanente is dedicated to care innovations, clinical research, health education and the support of community health. For more information, go to kp.org/share.

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Glenn Close Wins Best Actress SAG Award For ‘The Wife’ After ‘Fatal Attraction’ Reunion With Michael Douglas

Glenn Close and Michael Douglas presented last night at the Screen Actors Guild Awards (SAG Awards) shortly before she accepted the best actress award for The Wife. It was a fascinating Fatal Attraction reunion and highlighted how things in Hollywood are beginning to shift for older actors. Douglas and Close took the nation by storm with the psychological thriller that showed Close as a dangerous and unhinged jilted, woman who couldn’t let Douglas go after the two had a casual affair. Seeing the two present together reinforced how roles are not only opening for older actors and actresses but how well-received they are. Michael Douglas and Alan Arkin were both nominated for their performances in the Netflix series The Kominsky Method.

Glenn Close is a seven-time Academy Award-nominated actress yet hasn’t won the Oscar yet. Fans are hoping this year proves to be the time Close brings the gold statue home. After many wins this award season, things are looking up for Close and there are high expectations she wins.

To date, Close has won the Broadcast Film Critics’ Association Award, Golden Globe, SAG Award, Palm Springs International Film Festival Award, Satellite Award, the Capri Actress Award, Hollywood Film Award, New Mexico Film Critics’ Award, and the San Diego Film Critics’ Society Award.

There is no doubt that winning the Oscar for her role as Joan Castleman would be a career-defining moment for Close and her fans.

During Glenn Close’s acceptance speech for winning the best actress SAG award, she made some remarks about the importance of making eye connection through films.

You may hear her speech in the video player below.

“I… one of the most powerful things that we have as human beings are two eyes looking into two eyes, and film is the only art form that allows us the close-up, and it substitutes for real life, two eyes looking into two eyes. And I think we have to remember how powerful that is in a world that is consumed with different size screens; that the power that we have are two human eyes looking into two other eyes. That will give us empathy and understanding.”

Glenn Close is known for her remarkable characters and performances and it’s no wonder why she reaches so many people. With her focus and emphasis on creating empathy through storytelling, there is no doubt that she truly is a master of her craft.

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Community Partners Award Honors Kaiser Permanente Southern California

Community Partners recently presented an Albert R. Rodriguez Civic Legacy Honor in Los Angeles to Kaiser Permanente Southern California in recognition of its strong partnership and community health work with the organization. Inspired by Community Partners’ late co-founder, the award acknowledges spirited dedication to ethical integrity, public accountability, and fiscal prudence.

Community Partners offers expert guidance and essential services to help launch and grow creative solutions to community challenges in Southern California. Kaiser Permanente has proudly collaborated with the nonprofit for the past decade on various projects, including:

Roberta Tinajero, community health manager, Kaiser Permanente Southern California, accepted the award for Kaiser Permanente at Community Partners’ annual holiday event in December 2018. Tinajero praised the support and guidance of Community Partners’ staff, emphasizing that “Community Partners has taught us what true resident and youth involvement is all about.”

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Tolu Coker Awarded Fashion Scout’s Merit Award

GOLDEN TICKET: London-based designer Tolu Coker has been awarded Fashion Scout’s Merit Award. Coker will be granted 20,000 pounds, which will go toward expanding her business, and a fully sponsored runway show under the Fashion Scout program taking place during London Fashion Week, which runs from Feb. 14 to 19.
Previous winners of the award include Phoebe English, David Koma, Katie Roberts-Wood of Roberts|Wood and Eudon Choi.
“It came as a surprise to hear that I’ve won but also a challenge preparing for a debut show because I’m a one-woman band. It’s such an honor and it’s come at such an important time because storytelling is such an integral part of my brand,” the designer said.
Coker’s label champions sustainability — she is known for using upcycled denim, leather and recycled plastic scraps in her collection, which features bold embroidery and textures.
She has already racked up a roster of high-profile clients, with the likes of Rihanna, Demi Lovato and Emili Sandé wearing her pieces.
“Tolu’s brand was an easy decision for the judging panel to award Merit to, due to her originality and exciting concept of implementing past generations and dual cultures into her work,” said Martyn Roberts, founder and creative director of Fashion Scout.

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Kaiser Permanente Moanalua Medical Center Receives Women’s Choice Award for Cancer Care

HONOLULU — For the second consecutive year, Kaiser Permanente Moanalua Medical Center has been named one of America’s Best Hospitals for Cancer Care by the Women’s Choice Award®. This evidence-based designation places Moanalua Medical Center in the top 9 percent of 4,797 U.S. hospitals offering cancer care services.

The America’s Best Hospitals for Cancer Care award is based on criteria such as the comprehensiveness of diagnostic and treatment services offered, low rates of infection compared to the national average, national accreditations, and female patient satisfaction and preference ratings on the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) survey.

Kaiser Permanente’s multidisciplinary, team-based approach focuses on all stages of cancer care, from prevention through treatment. The organization holds an annual Cancer Screening and Prevention Fair where medical specialists and counselors provide screening and lifestyle education to hundreds of attendees. Kaiser Permanente also recognizes that women have specialized health care needs. Moanalua Medical Center’s cancer care services include a breast care clinic, which provides cancer patients with a coordinated team made up of oncologists, geneticists, radiologists, surgeons and support staff who provide comprehensive care under one roof.

“Every year, thousands of people in Hawaii receive a cancer diagnosis,” said Jennifer Carney, MD, chief of oncology and hematology at Kaiser Permanente Hawaii. “Getting that news is never easy. We strive to provide coordinated care that takes into account our patients’ total picture of health so we can deliver safer, more effective care that is also more convenient for our members. We’re grateful to be able to make a difference in the lives of our many members, who survive cancer every year.”

In 2016, Kaiser Permanente Hawaii was ranked first in the state on breast and colorectal cancer screenings by the National Committee for Quality Assurance, a national quality assurance organization. In 2017, Moanalua Medical Center received a 3-year accreditation, the longest available, from the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer (ACS CoC) based on quality measures including early diagnosis, cancer staging, optimal treatment, rehabilitation and end-of-life care.


About the Women’s Choice Award®
The Women’s Choice Award sets the standard for helping women to make smarter choices for themselves and their families. The company and its awards identify the brands, products and services that are most recommended and trusted by women. The Women’s Choice Award is the only evidence-based quality designation that drives consumer and patient appreciation through education, empowerment and validation. Additionally, they recognize those that deliver a recommendation-worthy customer experience. Visit www.WomensChoiceAward.com to learn more.

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Kaiser Permanente is committed to helping shape the future of health care. We are recognized as one of America’s leading health care providers and not-for-profit health plans. Founded in 1945, Kaiser Permanente has a mission to provide high-quality, affordable health care services and to improve the health of our members and the communities we serve. We currently serve more than 12.2 million members in eight states and the District of Columbia. Care for members and patients is focused on their total health and guided by their personal Permanente Medical Group physicians, specialists and team of caregivers. Our expert and caring medical teams are empowered and supported by industry-leading technology advances and tools for health promotion, disease prevention, state-of-the-art care delivery and world-class chronic disease management. Kaiser Permanente is dedicated to care innovations, clinical research, health education and the support of community health. For more information, go to kp.org/share.

 

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‘The Favourite’ Leads BAFTA Award Nominations

'The Favourite' Leads BAFTA Award Nominations

Commonly referred to as the British equivalent of the Academy Awards, the nominations for the 72nd British Film Awards have now been announced. This year, The Favourite led all contenders, with nominations in 12 categories, including Best Film and Outstanding British Film. Olivia Colman (pictured above), Rachel Weisz and Emma Stone were all nominated for their exquisite performances.

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Jeff Bridges To Be Honored With Cecil B DeMille Award At Golden Globes

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) announced that veteran actor Jeff Bridges will be honored with the Cecil B deMille award.

The highly-acclaimed actor of such legendary films as Crazy Heart, The Big Lebowski, True Grit, and The Fabulous Baker Boys will accept the honor at the 76th annual Golden Globe awards ceremony, to be held on January 6.

Announcing the award, HFPA President Mehe
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‘A Star Is Born’ Leads Screen Actors Guild Award Nominations

'A Star Is Born' Leads Screen Actors Guild Award Nominations

A Star Is Born led the film nominees for the 25th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards. The guild aims to recognize outstanding individual performances, as well as cast and ensemble performances in both film and television, and has often been a good indicator of possible Academy Award nominees.

The awards are presented by SAG-AFTRA, which represents more than 160,000 media artists in the news and entertainment business. Bradley Cooper, Lady Gaga and Sam Elliott received individual…

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2019 Golden Globe Award Nominations: ‘Vice’ and ‘The Favourite’ Lead All as ‘Black Panther’ Makes History

2019 Golden Globe Award Nominations: 'Vice' and 'The Favourite' Lead All as 'Black Panther' Makes History

The nominees for the 76th Golden Globe Awards were announced this morning in Hollywood, bringing the best in movies and television from 2018 to the forefront of awards sea-son. We already learned this week that Sandra Oh and Andy Samberg will host the awards ceremony when it's televised on NBC on January 6, 2019. Oh will be the first Asian woman to host a major awards show.

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The First Woman Soccer Player of the Year Was Asked to Twerk on Stage After Receiving Her Award

One of the most prestigious soccer awards ceremonies in the world sparked outrage Monday night when the first-ever women’s soccer player of the year was asked to twerk on stage by a male presenter.

Norwegian striker Ada Hegerberg, 23, had just accepted her trophy when the presenter, Martin Solveig, a DJ and producer, asked her in French if “she could twerk”. Visibly irritated, Hegerberg declined. With an abrupt “no,” she turned and left.

Hegerberg had just been crowned the first ever recipient of the Women’s Ballon D’or – an annual soccer award that until this year only recognized the best male player in the world. Hegerberg was the leading scorer with 15 goals as her team, Lyon, won the Champions League for the third year in a row.

France Football has awarded the Ballon d’Or to a male player every year since 1956, but this is the first year there has been a women’s award.

Before Solveig’s intervention, Hegerberg thanked all who had helped her to the achievement.

“I want to say thanks to my team-mates because this would not have been possible without them, my coach or our president Jean-Michel Aulas,” Hegerberg said.

“I also want to thank France Football. This is a huge step for women’s football.”

But what should have been a celebratory and historic evening quickly descended into awkwardness and uncomfortable silence. Soccer, like many sports, has a problem with sexism. Solveig’s comments were met with stunned silence in the audience. The ceremony, which took place in Paris, appeared to be cut short after the incident.

In a video posted to Twitter shortly after, Solveig said “he [hadn’t] wanted to offend anyone,” and that the question, intended as a joke, had been misconstrued.

In an interview with the BBC later on Monday, Hegerberg sought to play down the moment.

“He came to me afterwards and was really sad that it went that way. I didn’t really think about it at the time to be honest. I didn’t really consider it a sexual harassment or anything in the moment.

“I was just happy to do the dance and win the Ballon d’Or to be honest. I will have a glass of champagne when I get back,” she said.

On the same night, Luka Modric, who lead Croatia to their first ever World Cup Final and won an unprecedented third Champions League trophy with Spanish club Real Madrid, was named the world’s best male player. Cristiano Ronaldo, who has won the Ballon D’or five times – a record he shares with Barcelona striker Lionel Messi – placed a distant 5th.

It was the first time in ten years that neither player has won the award.

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Film News Roundup: Palm Springs Film Festival Honors ‘Green Book’ With Vanguard Award

In today’s film news roundup, “Green Book” gets a festival honor, the Make-Up Artists and Hair Stylists Guild names lifetime achievement winners, and indies “Tyger Tyger” and “Sons of the Cross” are heading into production. HONORS The Palm Springs International Film Festival will present the drama “Green Book” with the Vanguard Award at its annual […]

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‘We the Animals’ leads Spirit Award nominations

The film about three biracial brothers gets five nods, while Glenn Close, Joaquin Phoenix and others are up for gongs at the Independent Spirit Awards, the annual honors given to Hollywood’s lower-budget movies. Rough cut (no reporter narration).


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Mert and Marcus to Receive Isabella Blow Award for Fashion Creator

SNAP IT UP: Photography duo Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott will receive the Isabella Blow Award for Fashion Creator at The Fashion Awards in London, according to the British Fashion Council. They will be recognized at the ceremony on Dec. 10 at the Royal Albert Hall.
The photographers are best known for their bold and digitally augmented photographs spanning more than 24 years. They have worked with brands such as Givenchy, Miu Miu, Versace and Calvin Klein, and celebrities including Angelina Jolie, Lady Gaga, Madonna and Rihanna.
The Isabella Blow Award for Fashion Creator acknowledges innovators and creatives and their contributions to the industry. Previous winners include makeup artist Pat McGrath, Nick Knight and Louise Wilson.
The BFC has been releasing names of recipients and nominees of a few of their awards, including Kaia Gerber, Brianna Capozzi and Mr. Bags for New Wave: Creatives. Martine Rose, J.W. Anderson, Burberry and Simone Rocha are also in the running for other accolades.

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China Bars Dissident From Accepting U.S. Human Rights Award

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A pro-democracy activist from Hong Kong has been barred from traveling to the United States to receive a major human rights award, according to court documents reviewed by The Daily Beast.

Joshua Wong, who led major student protests against Beijing in 2014, was sentenced in January to three months in prison for his role leading the demonstrations.

He is appealing the conviction, and out on bail. As a condition of his bail, Wong surrendered his passport to the court. Documents show the court has denied his request to travel to the United States to receive the Lantos prize, an award from an American foundation honoring former House Foreign Affairs Committee chair Tom Lantos. Prior recipients of the prize include Hillary Clinton, the Dalai Lama, and Elie Wiesel. Wong, whose activist work was the subject of a 2017 Netflix documentary, would have accepted the award in Washington next month had he been able to travel.

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Designer Carla Fernández to Receive Miami Award

MIAMI HONOR: Talk about stirring the political pot. A Mexican woman has become the first fashion designer to receive DesignMiami fair’s Visionary Award. Carla Fernández will accept the honor in tandem with her husband, visual artist and designer Pedro Reyes, during Miami Art Week in December. Speaking from their home in Mexico City, she wasn’t aware of the distinction, but was elated that fashion is getting its due. “People think of fashion as superficial, but the boundaries of what’s considered art, design and fashion have to change,” said Fernández.
Beyond their marital status, the couple comes as a unit a lot these days for their shared, recurring themes of political protest, social justice and helping out the little guy. Their anthropological practices were another impetus for their first museum exhibit, “Double Agents,” which is on view at the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art through Feb. 3. During DesignMiami, one of their booths will disseminate information on global migration and split proceeds from the sale of limited-edition tunics, ponchos and totes between indigenous communities and migrant children separated from their parents. Linen and cotton pieces are printed with a text-based map of the Americas that documents first nations. The original, large-scale map, their

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Diane von Furstenberg Receives International Rescue Committee Freedom Award

Diane von Furstenberg was recognized by the International Rescue Committee on Thursday evening with the organization’s Freedom Award at its annual gala, the Rescue Dinner. The designer visited refugees in June at the IRC’s offices in Alexandria, Greece, where she met IRC staff members and Syrian refugees, who were recovering from traumas experienced on their journeys while trying to reunite with their families in Northern Europe.
Earlier this week, von Furstenberg visited the New York Resettlement Office to participate in a refugee business development workshop, where she met with a Congolese woman who is committed to starting an ice cream business.
The IRC notes they award the Freedom Award to “individuals who have made extraordinary contributions in support of refugees, and who have championed the cause of liberty, individual freedom and dignity. Diane von Furstenberg, a legend in the fashion industry, is a dedicated philanthropist and an outspoken advocate for vulnerable people.”
It has previously been awarded to the likes of Michael Bloomberg, Sen. John McCain, George Soros, Kofi Annan, Madeleine Albright and Winston Churchill.

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Victoria Beckham to Receive the Fashion Icon Award at the 2018 E! People’s Choice Awards

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Queen Latifah ‘Unable To Accept’ Award For Personal Reasons

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Queen Latifah is “unable to accept” an award named for a pioneering opera singer, citing personal reasons.

The Marian Anderson Award made the announcement on its website. The organization wasn’t more explicit, and Queen Latifah’s spokeswoman did not immediately return an email Friday.

The award is given in Philadelphia to critically acclaimed artists for their humanitarian work. Anderson was the first black singer to perform at the Metropolitan Opera.

Past winners have included Oprah Winfrey, Maya Angelou and Quincy Jones.

Born Dana Owens, Queen Latifah won a Grammy for her 1994 album “Black Reign” and earned an Oscar nomination for her role in 2002’s “Chicago.”

The organization says its Nov. 20 awards gala will be rescheduled, and it “hopes to honor Queen Latifah in the future.”

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