Thursday, September 12, 2019

FEELING BLUE

ANGELA BASSETT COVERS NEW BEAUTY MAGAZINE

This article first appeared in the Fall 2019 issue of NewBeauty. When Angela Bassett arrives to our cover shoot, she does the unthinkable: she shows up early. There are no airs—she got ready at-home with her loyal glam squad—there are no requests, besides a black coffee, and there is, thankfully, no drama, even though the rest of us are scrambling to finish prep. “I’m ready when you are,” the 61-year-old says, taking a deep, almost meditative-like breath as she steps in front of the camera, bringing that same energy she projects on the big screen to a still photo shoot. To say she is busy is an understatement: Besides being a mom to 13-year-old twins Bronwyn and Slater with husband Courtney B. Vance, there’s tomorrow’s flight to Berlin to start filming Gunpowder Milkshake, a female-driven action film Bassett says will be “strong and powerful for women.” There was also last weekend’s talk as a spokesperson for the American Heart Association. Soon, there will be her sort of start-of-fall, back-to-the-grind regular gig of Fox’s 9-1-1, what she refers to as “a feature film every week.” And then there is her first Netflix film, Otherhood, featuring Felicity Huffman and Patricia Arquette, available now. “Which child am I most passionate about work-wise? All of them. But this one [Otherhood] is special because it hits on my mother’s birthday and we filmed it in New York—is there anything better? “But you never know…” she trails. “Of course, you do this kind of work and you hope that there is an audience of people—hopefully a diverse audience who’ll get a chance to see you, who’ll come to know you and appreciate your work and become fans and all of that, but you never know who will like it or how it will turn out.” A surprising admission for one of Hollywood’s most celebrated actresses, maybe, but Bassett readily admits she feels as if she’s continually striving to grow and get herself out there when it comes to her career. “Of course, when they say, ‘I wrote this for you,’ it’s such a tremendous boost to anyone’s confidence, but it’s all about faith—you don’t know if a project will fly or if it will fail. You always go into it with the highest of hopes and expectations, but you never know what is going to capture the hearts. You want to go in with the greatest of intentions and come away with great experiences and wonderful relationships made. So you say ‘yes.’ It’s important to say ‘yes.’”

DEAR LIFE

HELLO I KNOW IT'S BEEN A MINUTE SINCE I BLOGGED LIFE GOT IN THE WAY. I LOVE BLOGGING BUT I HAVE SO MUCH THAT I'M TRYING TO ACCOMPLISH. NEED TO FINISH THAT BOOK AND EXPAND MY JEWELRY LINE BUT SOME HOW I ALWAYS COMEBACK EVEN IF IT'S JUST FOR A SHORT SEASON. BLOGGING REQUIRES DAILY COMMITMENT I MAY NOT HAVE AT THE MOMENT BUT I PLAN ON RETURNING STAY TUNED FOR THE NEXT BLOG POST.

BAD BOYS 4 LIFE TRAILER

Ride together. Die together BAD BOYS 4 LIFE IN THEATERS JANUARY 17, 2020. GREAT TO SEE MARTIN LAWRENCE AND WILL SMITH BACK TOGETHER. Marcus Burnett is now a police inspector and Mike Lowery is in a midlife crisis. They unite again when an Albanian mercenary, whose brother they killed, promises them an important bonus.

CONGRESSIONAL BLACK CAUCUS - ALC 2019

The Annual Legislative Conference (ALC) is the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation's leading policy conference on issues impacting African Americans and the global black community. From September 11-15, 2019 in Washington, DC, join thought leaders, legislators, grassroots organizers, influencers and celebrities at the 2019 ALC! Come support CBCF's mission, network, and engage in dynamic policy sessions and challenging discussions. THROWBACK PICTURES WHEN PRESIDENT OBAMA WAS JUST ELECTED PRESIDENT AND SPOKE AT PHEONIX DINNER AT THE CONGRESSIONAL BLACK CAUCUS DINNER HIS SPEECHES WERE ALWAYS INSPIRING. PRESIDENT OBAMA WE MISS YOU ALOT.

DANIELLE BROOKS COVERS SHAPE MAGAZINE

Famous for her role in Orange is the new black, 29-Year old Danielle Brooks shared with Shape Magazine how she is using her influence to promote body positivity as she stars on the digital cover of the its September issue. Read excerpts from her interview: On using her influence to promote body positivity: “I began to realize the impact of my voice when the first season of Orange Is the New Black dropped. I started to see girls use my red-carpet looks as inspiration for their prom dresses. I began to see my interview quotes on social media. I realized that I could be what I wished for as a young girl, for someone else. I wanted someone in the industry, who I felt was a reflection of me, to scream from the mountaintops, ‘I love my body! I can accomplish whatever I want in the exact body God created me to be in!” On breaking down barriers: “This opportunity to be on [the digital cover of] Shape is a pretty big deal to me. I feel like the world has built these invisible bullets to bully us in telling us who we’re supposed to be and what we’re supposed to look like. And I’ve always had this desire to prove people wrong to say that this body that I’m in is enough. Now that I’m about to be a mother, it means even more to make sure that this human being I’m going to bring into the world knows that they are enough.” On creating joy for yourself and others: “When you let your light shine, it not only gives others the permission to do the same but opens up a world of unknown opportunities and joys for you as well.” Read more of the interview on Shape.com

HAIR ENVY

I LOVE NATURALISTAS. A WOMAN'S HAIR IS A SYMBOL OF FEMININITY. NATURALISTAS REPRESENT BEAUTY AND GLORY.

BE WHO YOU ARE

HARRIET

ONE OF THE BADASS WOMEN TO EVER WALK THE EARTH. WHEN I SAY I CAN'T WAIT TO SEE THIS I AM BEYOND EXCITED. Based on the thrilling and inspirational life of an iconic American freedom fighter, HARRIET tells the extraordinary tale of Harriet Tubman's escape from slavery and transformation into one of America’s greatest heroes. Her courage, ingenuity, and tenacity freed hundreds of slaves and changed the course of history.

SAMM HENSHAW - CHURCH FT EARTHGANG

I LOVE THIS CATCHY SONG BY SAMM HENSHAW IT'S CHURCH WITH AN ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT VIBE.

Friday, August 24, 2018

BEAUTIFULLY BROKEN

THE CAST OF BEAUTIFUALLY BROKEN ACTOR BENJAMIN ONYANGO, SINGER/SONGWRITER CECE WINAN, MICHAEL W. SMITH AND JOHN BERRY CECE WINAN ACTORS CAITLIN NICOL-THOMAS AND EMILY C HAHN BEAUTIFUALLY BROKEN IS A WONDERFUL FAITH BASED MOVIE. PLEASE MAKE TIME TO GO AND SEE THIS INSPIRING FILM AND TAKE THE FAMILY AND FRIENDS. WE NEED MORE FILMS LIKE THIS.

LIVING SINGLE TURNS 25

Iconic 90s sitcom LIVING SINGLE turns 25 this month and TV One is celebrating the milestone with a MEGA MARATHON! Starting Friday, August 24 at and running through Sunday, August 26, at 5 a.m. ET, the marathon will begin and end with the first and final episodes of the series to include all 118 episodes in sequential order. Khadijah, Synclaire, RĂ©gine, Max, Kyle and Overton came onto the television scene and literally changed the game as characters in one of the first sitcoms to explore modern urban life through the stories of this hip, upwardly mobile circle of African American neighbors and friends on prime-time television. Every night, beginning Friday, August 24 at 7/8 pm ET, TV One viewers can rediscover their favorite tv crew of Brooklyn strivers and celebrate Living Single’s silver anniversary in a Mega Marathon will feature fun facts and trivia questions to test fans’ knowledge of the popular series’ five-year run. The celebration will continue off-air on tvone.tv where viewers can find recent interviews with the cast, featuring Kim Fields, Kim Coles, TC Carson and John Hinton, and connect with them on social media (@TVOne) where viewers can join the conversation using the hashtag #LIVINGSINGLE25 and #MEGAMARATHON.

VACATION

WE ALL NEED A VACATION LET'S TRY OUT BEST TO ENJOY OURSELVES FOR AT LEAST A COUPLE OF DAYS EVEN IF IT'S A STAYCATION OR SOMEWHERE FAR AND EXOTIC.

GREENLEAF NEW SEASON COMING SOON

Greenleaf first look at season 3 Greenleaf season 3 Trailer As the illusion of their 'perfect' marriage falters, will the bishop and Lady Mae's secrets come to light? The new season of 'Greenleaf' kicks off with a two-night season premiere event on Tuesday, August 28, and Wednesday, August 29, at 10 p.m. ET/PT. For more on #Greenleaf, visit http://bit.ly/2lebCTz Check Out Greenleaf on iTunes: http://bit.ly/28TKXn0 Find OWN on TV at http://www.oprah.com/FindOWN #OWNTV #Greenleaf #LynnWhitfield SUBSCRIBE: http://bit.ly/1vqD1PN Download the Watch OWN App: http://bit.ly/2hr1nX2 Download the OWN Bold Moves App: http://bit.ly/2hglOIa About Greenleaf: The original drama series Greenleaf from award-winning writer/producer Craig Wright takes viewers into the unscrupulous world of the Greenleaf family and their sprawling Memphis megachurch, where scandalous secrets and lies are as numerous as the faithful. Born of the church, the Greenleaf family love and care for each other, but beneath the surface lies a den of iniquity—greed, adultery, sibling rivalry and conflicting values—that threatens to tear apart the very core of their faith that holds them together. Official Trailer: “Greenleaf” Season 3 | Greenleaf | Oprah Winfrey Network http://www.youtube.com/user/OWN

Friday, August 17, 2018

JANET JACKSON X DADDY YANKEE - MADE FOR NOW VIDEO

https://www.janetjackson.com/ THIS NEW VIDEO IS A COLORFUL EXPRESS ION AFRICAN DANCE, AFROBEATS, DANCEHALL WITH A NYC VIBE LOVE THIS TRIBUTE FOR THE CULTURE. Janet Jackson returns to late-night television for the first time in 14 years with a debut performance of "Made for Now" with Daddy Yankee for the Tonight Show audience.