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The contributions of Delaware creatives take the spotlight at this Oscars party

Four First State entrepreneurs in filmmaking, music, fashion and makeup artistry will be honored.

Clockwise: Eleeseia McFashion Wells, Sara Crawford, Maya Belardo and Jet Phynx. (Courtesy photos)
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The Oscars are coming this weekend. How can we make it about Delaware?

The Delaware Oscars Party is returning for a second year, this time at Goldey-Beacom College. The event will not only celebrate the Academy’s nominees and winners, it will also honor four Delaware creative entrepreneurs whose contributions to film, music and art are enhancing the First State.

The honorees are:

  • Jet Phynx — A filmmaker with almost 20 years in the entertainment industry, Phynx worked in New York and California with artists including Lady Gaga before starting his namesake film company in Wilmington. Last August, he launched The Dirty Popcorn Festival, Delaware’s first Black Film Festival.
  • Sara Crawford — A fine artist, curator, stylist and director of The Women’s Business Center at True Access Capital, her work combines art, fashion and empowerment for women entrepreneurs, including the H.E.R (Helping Entrepreneur Rise) business plan competition.
  • Maya Belardo — At just 17, jazz singer Belardo headlined the 2016 Clifford Brown Jazz Festival. She continues to both perform and share her favorite artists with the “Maya Belardo Presents” series in partnership with the Wilmington Library.
  • Eleeseia McFashion Wells — In her 10+ years in the makeup industry, Wells has applied her cosmetics talent to a host of political figures, executives, reality stars and celebrities. Born in California, she is proudly based in the Greater Delaware area.

“I decided to use the biggest night in Hollywood as my springboard to honor the creatives in this state,” organizer Porsha Greene said. “I may not be originally from here, but I live here now and I strive to make a difference and give people their flowers while they still can smell them. I selected these four because I see them moving constantly, making moves and guess what? They are getting stuff done!”

The event itself will feature a red carpet, Oscars photo booth, Oscar night trivia, cocktails, a special guest DJ and an Oscars watch party.


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