Monday, February 8, 2016
Just in time for Black History Month, Tonya Bolden uncovers a relatively unknown black history fact about a young girl who grew up in Oklahoma. “Searching For Sarah Rector:The Richest Black Girl in America,” tells the true story of 12-year-old Sarah Rector who became the richest black girl in 1914. “Oil Made Pickaninny Rich – Oklahoma Girl With $15,000 A Month Gets Many Proposals – Four White Men in Germany Want to Marry the Negro Child That They Might Share Her Fortune, ” was a headline that appeared in The Kansas City Star on January 15, 1914, which was followed by even more headlines about Rector. BIDDY MASON How Did This Former Slave Become The Wealthiest Black Woman In Los Angeles? In 1872, Mason, along with her son-in-law Charles Owens, founded and financed the city’s first Black church, the First African Methodist Episcopal Church. Mason donated the land the church was built on. By the late 1800’s, Mason’s land was just one block from the city’s main financial district, and Mason had become the wealthiest Black woman in the entire city. Mason eventually accumulated a fortune of nearly $300,000, becoming a known philanthropist by feeding and sheltering the poor, giving prisoners at the local jail gifts, and founding an elementary school for Black children. Mason died January 15, 1891 at the age of 73. She was buried in an unmarked grave. Fittingly, a marker was placed on her grave in 1988 by Mayor Tom Bradley, the first Black mayor of Los Angeles. I LOVE BLACK HISTORY MONTH. I CELEBRATE BLACK HISTORY YEAR ROUND. WHEN YOU ARE RAISING A CHILD I FEEL THAT IT'S IMPORTANT TO TALK HISTORY AND CULTURE AT ALL TIMES AND NOT WAIT FOR ONE MONTH OUT OF THE YEAR. A LOT OF DIFFERENT CULTURES KNOW THERE HISTORY AND WE SHOULD TOO. WHAT I LOVE ABOUT BLACK HISTORY MONTH ARE THE CELEBRATIONS. THE BLACK MOVIES THAT I LOVE TO WATCH OVER AND OVER. THE LITTLE KNOW BLACK HISTORY FACTS THAT OFTEN GETS OVERLOOKED. BELIEVE ME THERE ARE A LOT OF STORIES ABOUT AFRICAN AMERICANS THAT WE HAVE NEVER EVEN HEARD OF ABOUT THE MANY CONTRIBUTIONS OF AFRICAN AMERICANS. LET'S CELEBRATE BLACK HISTORY EVERYDAY
Friday, February 5, 2016
Essence Magazine revealed it’s Hollywood March issue with none other than Chris Rock on the cover. The cover is extremely special since it marked the first time Rock covered the magazine in it’s history. To keep the spotlight on the ongoing conversation of the Oscars and black women in Hollywood, Rock went on to share why he stands strongly behind employing women of color in films. ““I’ve never done a movie, any movie, the silliest movie, where someone, some studio person hasn’t gone, ‘Does the girl have to be Black?’ It happens every time,” he says. “Black women get paid less than everybody in Hollywood. Everybody’s talking about Jennifer Lawrence. Talk to Gabrielle Union. If you want to hear stories, talk to Nia Long. Talk to Kerry Washington. They would love to get to Jennifer Lawrence’s place, or just be treated with the same amount of respect.” So what has he done about the disparity? “I think everything I’ve ever done has had a significant role for a Black or brown woman. I refuse not to,” he says. “I’ve never gone into battle without a Black woman, you know, a movie battle. With Tichina Arnold in Everybody Hates Chris, I had to fight for Tichina. I’m not even going to tell you who the network wanted. She’s literally as good as Tina Fey or Julia Louis-Dreyfus or any of these chicks. They’re like, ‘Tichina who’?’” ” Now for his talks on the Oscars, Rock went on to say you never know what may happen. “I’m going to do my best…It could go horribly wrong. Don’t ever think that it can’t. That’s when it goes wrong—when you don’t think there’s any chance of it going wrong. If you know it won’t, it probably won’t.,” he told Essence.
Thursday, January 14, 2016
iT'S BEEN A WHILE AND I MISSED YOU ALL. tIME HAS REALLY GOTTEN AWAY FROM ME. BUT LIFE GETS COMPLICATED. MY GOAL THIS YEAR IS TO BLOG MORE FOR YOU AND FOR MYSELF AS WELL. I FIND BLOGGING VERY FULFILLING AND I REALLY APPRECIATE THE POSITIVE FEEDBACK. AS SOMEONE WHO LIKES TO KNOW EXACTLY WHERE I'M GOING AT ALL TIMES IT DOESN'T FEEL COMFORTABLE TO ME TO NOT KNOW WHAT'S GOING TO HAPPEN. SO THIS PHRASE SPEAKS TO ME "NOT ALL WHO WONDER ARE LOST."
I AM ENJOYING SEEING VIOLA DAVIS ON TWO MAGAZINE COVERS. READ THE JANUARY ISSUES OF INSTYLE AND ELLE MAGAZINE FOR GREAT INTERVIEWS ON WHAT'S ON VIOLA'S MIND CONCERNING WOMANHOOD. January's InStyle Reveals Viola Davis Is Nothing Like Annalise Keating (And We Love Her for That!) In Elle MAGAZINE SHE STATES SOME HARD FACTS: We've been fed a whole slew of lies about women. [By TV standards] if you are anywhere above a size two, you're not having sex. You don't have sexual thoughts. You may not even have a vagina. And if you're of a certain age, you're off the table.
Wednesday, December 23, 2015
ERYKAH BADU IS MY MUSE SOMEONE THAN IS INSPIRED AND LOOKED UPON WITH ADMIRATION. SHE IS EVERY WOMAN, HER MUSIC IS DESCRIBED AS ALTERNATIVE, R & B, NEOSOUL, CONTEMPORARY. HER VIBE IS SPIRITUAL, ORGANIC AND REAL. ERYKAH BADU IS DESCRIBED AS MOTHER FIRST, ARTIST, PRODUCER, DJ, DOULA, HOLISTIC HEALER AND MANY MORE. SHE HANDLES ALL OF HERSELVES WELL WITH HER WICKED HUMOR AND HONESTY.
Actress Tamera Mowry-Housley looks fabulous for the holiday cover issue of Mini magazine! What is even cuter is the photos she took with her adorable daughter Ariah! Housely is the mother of two amazing kiddies too! She has a son named Aden who is 3-years old and baby girl Ariah is 5 months old!
Friday, December 11, 2015
Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings are an American funk/soul band signed to Daptone Records. They are spearheads of a revivalist movement that aims to capture the essence of funk/soul music as it was at its height in the mid-1960s to mid-1970s. Sharon Jones & Dap Kings latest Album is titled Holiday Soul Party.
The stars seem to hold the key to John Boyega's future. When he was just 19 years old, the South London native strode into theaters like a proto-Denzel Washington in Attack the Block, director Joe Cornish's aliens-invade-a-London-project cult thriller. After a sojourn to television for Fox's 24: Live Another Day miniseries, and supporting roles in films like 2013's Nigeria-set drama Half of a Yellow Sun and Imperial Dreams (which won the Audience Award at 2014's Sundance Film Festival), Boyega finds himself at the center of a galaxy far, far away in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Currently living in Los Angeles, Boyega has no real idea what's in store for him when J.J. Abrams' sequel invades theaters — even though he's been working with Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill, all of whom saw their life turned upside down when Star Wars first hit screens in 1977. "This is the first Star Wars movie in the age of social media, and it's a different path," says Boyega the day after the final Force Awakens trailer premiered (along with the Instagram video of him going nuts over it). "The stories they've shared, … I've been able to pick out a few things that are beneficial, but in terms of direct advice none of them have given any." I'm sure there's a contractually obligated answer to this question, but were you a Star Wars fan as a kid? (Laughs.) What kind of contract would that be? Absolutely. Yeah, definitely I was. Did your parents get your love for Star Wars? No. My parents are not interested in Star Wars whatsoever. They're only interested in The Force Awakens. In terms of the rest, they're like, "OK, cool, but you're not in it." They're all about stakes. I've always been a fan, especially of the extended universe, like the comic books, the games. I had watched all the movies before being cast. I was fully aware of what Star Wars was. I didn't have to get an update. The lead is being played by a black man wielding a lightsaber. Their first Jedi, like their first president, is black. Is that a responsibility you thought of before going into it? No. (Pauses.) I am 23, so I don't have information about the way the world works when it comes to different mentalities. What I'm being exposed to now is new. I'm not the ordinary when it comes to this stuff. To me, going into a Star Wars film, having a responsibility to the world — I feel like if I thought about that my audition would not have been great. I would have been crying and making speeches halfway through the audition. For me, I went in as an actor. That has always been the main fixation. Whatever inspiration anyone draws from that is absolutely fantastic. It's always good to feel like you're involved in anything positive. In terms of my approach to Star Wars the main fixation to me was the role, the story and making sure Star Wars is honored in a very respectable way. What's been the most surreal part of the ride so far? I think just watching the trailers, for me. That's surreal. It doesn't get realer than that. We went to Comic-Con, met the fans, but watching the actual content is ridiculous. I've never seen myself in that kind of format before — in a movie that is probably the biggest movie of all time. It's a culture. It's like a religion for some people. It's like, it's so crazy to see yourself heavily involved in it. Last question. Do you still have your lightsaber? Let me go to my room. I have one, two, three, four, five lightsabers. Wait, there's one on the floor. Six lightsabers. Lightsabers I'm going to give away to certain people when I see them. Do you have one you keep somewhere safe? One that's important just to you? There is one that is open to just swing around a few seconds when I walk around the house. Just in case. Read more of the article in Hollywood reporter November 2015 issue.
Friday, October 16, 2015
ACTRESS HOLLY ROBINSON PEETE TOOK HER THREE KIDS TO RIHANNA'S ALBUM COVER VIEWING, RODNEY, RYAN AND ROBINSON. CHILHOOD ACTRESS KIM FIELDS IS THE NEWEST ADDITION TO HOUSEWIVES OF ATLANTA. FIELDS IS BEST KNOWN AS CHILDHOOD ACTRESS FROM FACTS OF LIFE AND LIVING SINGLE. TERRENCE HOWARD AND SON QIRIN TAMERA MOWRY HOUSELY AND NEWBORN DAUGHTER ARIAH, SON ADEN AND HUSBAND ADAM. TAMERA'S DAUGHTER ARIAH TIA MOWRY AND SON CREE USHER AND SONS USHER RAYMOND, AND NAYVID
Her resume includes works like the Venus Williams documentary Venus Vs, the Sundance-winning Middle of Nowhere, and the 2014 Oscar-winning Selma. Inside, the former celebrity publicist talks about her upcoming series, Queen Sugar, on OWN, the film she’s writing starring her good friend David Oyelowo, and her myriad of other projects – including her own distribution company to get more Black films into theaters. “There’s a generation of filmmakers of color and women whose primary concern is that no one will see their work,” DuVernay said of the relaunch of distribution company ARRAY. “And that is a huge barrier. They’re asking, ‘Why make something if no one will see it?” The other Women in Hollywood covers feature Amy Schumer, Mia Farrow, Salma Hayek, Carey Mulligan, Alicia Vickander, Kate Winslet and Dakota Johnson.