Friday, August 26, 2011
TAMERA MOWRY THE ONE WITH THE MOLE AND THE ONE WHO RECENTLY GOT MARRIED COVERS REGARD MAGAZINE. SHE SHOWS HER EDGIER SIDE IN THIS PHOTOSHOOT. HER SISTER TIA RECENTLY HAD A SON.
Tamera Mowry Shows Off Sexier Side for Regard Magazine
The twin is a new woman after marrying the man of her dreams.
By Kimberly Walker
Posted: 08/22/2011 03:00 PM EDT
Filed Under Tamera Mowry, Tia Mowry, The Game
The newly married Tamera Mowry looks smoking hot in the latest issue of Regard. The actress and twin of The Game's Tia Mowry showed off her sensual side by baring a little skin for the cover of the mag.
Tamera posed for a number of “come hither” looks that will definitely help reinvent the actress, who’s interested in doing more dramatic roles.
The sexy sister says her hubby gets the credit for her daring looks. “I guess it was always there,” she remarks of her alluring shots. “Being married just pulled it out of me. I have this renewed strength and confidence.”
Overjoyed to be a new wife, Tamera couldn’t help but gush over her life. “I have an amazing support system in my husband. He is seriously my number one fan! Sometimes he believes in me more than I believe in myself. Plus, he always says how beautiful I am in my most rawest moments.
The glammed up star also revealed a few of her favorite designers. “I love Alice & Olivia, Rachel Roy and Diane Von Furstenberg.”
Work it, Tamera. You can catch both twins on their Style network reality series Tia & Tamera Take 2, Mondays at 8/9c.
(Photo: Regard Magazine)
MY HUSBAND HAS DECIDED TO REINVENT HIMSELF BY ENROLLING IN COLLEGE AND MAJORING IN ARCHITECT. SO WE ARE ALWAYS LOOKING AT DESIGN ELEMENTS AND HOMES. HE WANTS TO EXPAND HIS REAL ESTATE LICENSE AND DO MORE THAN JUST SELL HOMES. I LOVE LOOKING AT PICTURES OF BEAUTIFUL HOMES MY GOAL IS TO BUILD A HOME WITH A GREAT VIEW PREFERABLY WATER.
BY ROGER EBERT / March 8, 2011
Cast & Credits
Maye Salli Richardson-Whitfield
Fran Michole White
Amanda Beverly Todd
Raven Dijon Talton
Tiffany Tracie Thoms
Troy Omari Hardwick
AFFRM presents a film written and directed by Ava DuVernay. Running time: 83 minutes. No MPAA rating. Opening March 18 at River East.
"I Will Follow" doesn't tell a story so much as try to understand a woman. Through her, we can find insights into the ways we deal with death. In one way or another, every emotion in this wonderful independent film is one I've experienced myself. Grief, of course. But also anger, loneliness, confusion and a sense of lost direction. Above all, urgent conversations you have in your own mind with someone who is no longer alive. How many people, now dead, have you wanted to ask questions you should have asked when they were alive?
The film takes place during one day in a home in Topanga Canyon, just a short drive north of Los Angeles but with a sort of woodsy feeling. This is where a woman named Amanda (Beverly Todd) spent the last year of her life. She had breast cancer, she refused chemo, she wanted to die on her own terms in her own house, and died not long ago. We spend the day with her favorite niece, Maye (Salli Richardson-Whitfield), who lived with her for that last year.
Maye feels as if she's taking her next step into thin air. Amanda was a powerful and charismatic woman, a recording session drummer for rock-and-roll and jazz groups. Maye has had success as a makeup artist in Hollywood, but it was her aunt who seemed glamorous and enchanting above everyone else. Now Maye is left behind.
The film opens with an argument with the movers. There's that tension you feel when someone touches anything left behind by a dead person, and it's like they're killing them just a little more. To help her pack up things, Maye has her nephew Raven (Dijon Talton), who is distracted, annoyed, unhelpful. People come by the house all day: two guys from the Goodwill, a woman repairman from the satellite company, a neighbor. All of these small roles are cast and written to create characters who are small but very human.
The key visitor is Amanda's daughter and Raven's mother, Fran (Michole White). Through her, we get an insight into Raven's attitude toward his grandmother. Fran always believed Maye was her mother's favorite. At the end, it was Maye that Amanda chose to live with, Maye who nursed her, Maye who supported Amanda's desire to die at home without chemo. Fran blames Maye for Amanda's death — or at least for it coming so soon.
We're familiar with the five stages of grief. Denial, Anger, Bargaining, Depression and Acceptance. Are there also stages of mourning? One of them might be Blame. We feel it's wrong for a person to die, and we want someone or something to blame. It must be someone's fault. By living with Amanda and sharing her feelings, Maye has accepted her death. But as her daughter, Fran feels closed out and blames the “favorite niece.” A lifetime of resentment wells up in a powerful scene between the two women.
What is particularly human about "I Will Follow," which was written and directed by Ava DuVernay, a documentarian making her first feature, is that she understands why Fran feels that way. There's no attempt to make Maye the good character and Fran the bad one. They both have valid reasons for their emotions. And all the people who pass through the house that day (there are about 12) come from feelings we understand and perhaps have shared. One who particularly struck me was the neighbor, maybe contemplating his own mortality, who didn't know Amanda that well. They apparently talked only over the fence. It's clear to me that as they talked about their gardens and the pleasant weather, they shared unspoken feelings that they were comrades in the process of leaving life. Another important visitor is Troy (Omari Hardwick), Maye's sorta boyfriend. As they speak, we understand instinctively their fondness and also a certain reserve; these two don't easily give away their hearts.
Beverly Todd, a beautiful woman who has been in countless movies and TV shows since the late 1960s, has an important presence here in many flashbacks, some of them dreamy or fragmented, as Amanda. She easily evokes the magic Maye must have felt, and that gives weight to the present-day scenes. For Salli Richardson-Whitfield, the role of Maye is a great performance, as she embodies emotions the script wisely doesn't spell out. “I Will Follow” is an invitation to empathy. It can't have a traditional three-act structure, because every life closes in death, and only supporting characters are left on stage at the end. What goes unsaid, but not thought, is that we will all pass this way eventually.
Amanda's family is African-American. The neighbor and some of the visitors are white. Why do I mention race? I wasn't going to. This is a universal story about universal emotions. Maybe I mention it because this is the kind of film black filmmakers are rarely able to get made these days, offering roles for actors who remind us here of their gifts.
THERE WERE A LOT OF RUMORS GOING AROUND ON TUESDAY THAT SHOOK THE ENTERTAINMENT WORLD THAT WILL AND JADA SMITH HAD SEPARATED. THESE SO CALLED POPULAR NEWS VENUES AND CELEBRATED BLOGS EVEN HINTED THAT SOMETHING WAS WRONG WITH THE MARRIAGE. I REFUSED TO BELEIVE THAT HIS GOLDEN HOLLYWOOD COUPLE WERE HEADING TO SPLITSVILLE. THEN AN ACTUAL EARTHQUAKE DID COME TO THE DC/MD/VA AREA AND SHOOK EVERYONE UP. THEN THIER SON TREY POSTED ON TWITTER:
“Did #WillandJada split? No they did NOT split ! False information,” Trey said on Twitter on Tuesday.
“Although we are reluctant to respond to these types of press reports, the rumors circulating about our relationship are completely false,” the Smiths followed with a joint statement. “We are still together, and our marriage is intact.”
THE SMITHS HAVE BEE MARRIED FOR 13 YEARS THE SAME AMOUNT OF YEARS I HAVE BEEN MARRIED AND I DO CELEBRATE BLACK LOVE IT STILL EXIST.
TREY SMITH A RECENT HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATE IS THE OLDEST SON ON WILL SMITH. TREY WAS BORN DURING WILL SMITHS FIRST MARRIAGE WHEN HE WAS DOING THE TV SHOW FRESH PRINCE OF BEL AIR. HE IS QUITE HANDSOME HE WAS THE FIRST TO POST A TWITTER REPLY ABOUT HIS DADS MARRIAGE SEPARATION NOT BEING TRUE.
When your sister is one of the greatest tennis players of all time, it can be difficult to get together with her for a little family time. When both you and your sister are world-caliber tennis stars—Olympic gold medalists and past US Open champions—it is nearly impossible. But when Venus, 31, and Serena, 29, find that time, it is filled with silliness and laughter, an easy, familial banter as quick as their on-court volleys. As the US Open approaches, both women are keen to hoist another trophy at center court in Arthur Ashe Stadium while at the same time laying the groundwork for their post-tennis careers, including college degrees, charity initiatives, an interior design company, fashion collections and the rightful ownership of a little dog named Harold—or is that Jerry?
VENUS WILLIAMS: Tell me about your summer—your wonderful comeback at Wimbledon, and how you feel leading up to the Open.
SERENA WILLIAMS: I’ve been working out a lot since the summer and was really disappointed at Wimbledon, even though I shouldn’t have been. I felt like I should be really happy, but I am never really happy unless I’m on the top. Ever since then, I dedicated myself to working out, practicing more and just trying to do the right things on the court. I had to get serious about my fitness because I have taken so much time off, I almost forgot how to play.
What is your outfit going to look like at the US Open? I know you have been wearing a lot of lace, like you did at Paris last year and at Wimbledon this year. It has influenced my Home Shopping Network collection; we had a tremendous amount of lace. So what is the next trend?
VW: The US Open this year is all about the little black dress, and I always put zippers in my dresses, so there will be a zipper down the back. Because I don’t ever wear black in the daytime, it will be opposing colors. Last year there were three different styles; this year it will be simple because it is just one, but in different colors.
SW: Are you ever going to redo the Wimbledon outfit? That one was probably my favorite.
VW: That’s interesting, because I think people either loved that one or they hated it. I loved the idea, but when it actually got made, I really didn’t want to wear it. I didn’t even like it until you said you loved it, and then I felt confident to wear it.
SW: Will Harold, your dog, be coming to the Open?
VW: [Laughs] I’m glad you said Harold, my dog.
SW: Also known as Jerry, my dog.
VW: Harold always comes to the Open, but he doesn’t know it’s a tennis tournament. He’s just there for the nap. Tell me some of your first memories at the Open.
SW: I remember Pete Sampras playing in 1990; I was watching on television, and I remember that was the first year he won a Grand Slam. He was really young, and they were talking about how good he was going to be. He was wearing such short shorts; they were almost like a bikini. [Laughs]
VW: Did you think Pete was cute?
SW: I definitely thought Pete was very handsome, but around 1996 I thought he was really hot—but I also think everybody is hot, so I don’t know if that is saying much. I think the most random people are really hot. And the first thing I remember about me playing the Open was obviously you playing the Open.
VW: I knew it! I knew you were going to say that!
SW: You got to the finals, and honestly, I was so happy. Every match I lived and died. I wasn’t cute at the time—I really was going through an extremely awkward period in my life, to my dismay when I watched the film. My best memory was when you were playing Sandrine Testud: You were running out of position at this backhand cross-court for the winner, and it was the shot that changed the match. The next match, you did it again against Irina Spîrlea, and I just remember thinking I was going to have a heart attack. And I remember my failure in doubles. [Laughs]
VW: Did you imagine that two years later you would hold the cup?
SW: Never in my wildest dreams would I have imagined that. Never. However—this is really weird—I knew when I went to play in 1999, I felt that I was going to win even before the tournament started.
What is your favorite match at the US Open?
VW: That is the hardest one, because I always feel like every match helps you with the next one. I remember I played Anke Huber in ’97, and that is when I got smarter. I started mixing up my shots, and I understood how to raise the ball. That was a huge win. I also remember playing Martina Hingis in the semis one year; I was down 3-5 and I remember thinking as I got up from the changer, ‘It is now or never.’ It was such a calm thought, and I immediately started attacking and won the match. That was probably one of my best moments, because who is that calm when you are down in the match in the third set?
Let’s talk about the Hamptons. I know you have been there a little more than I have. What are your favorite places?
SW: I really have fun there. I stay with Russell Simmons, and we just hang out. I went to the White Party once, but now all of that stuff happens around the US Open, so I can never go. It is a great place to go to if you want to relax, be chill; it is the total opposite of big-city but, at the same time, extremely happening.
Outside of tennis, I know you have your clothes and then you have your interior design. How are you able to stay focused and go to school and do some of my schoolwork?
VW: I just want to say for the record, I will not be doing any of your schoolwork. I think what keeps me motivated is that I truly love everything I do. I absolutely love design; I love learning. My ultimate goal is to get an MBA; hopefully, it will happen for me in the next four years. As far as V Starr Interiors, this has been a big year for us. We got our first hotel client, and we worked with Howard University to do their gym.
What about you? Everywhere I go, people either ask me to tell you that they bought something from you, or they assume that I am you and tell me how much they love you.
SW: [Laughs] HSN is probably the hardest thing I do, because you have to talk for hours nonstop, and I am not a big talker. But I feel really blessed that I have that opportunity.
VW: Let me tell you about my new thing. I know it sounds ridiculous, but my new thing is floral arrangements—with faux flowers.
VW: I have always loved florals, so recently, I bought some faux flowers and some vases and fillers and got busy making arrangements for the house. They look gorgeous.
Tell me about the fun things you are going to do this summer.
SW: I definitely plan on hanging out with you and going to school, but I really want to go to Paris for a month.
VW: My dream is to go to Thailand; I have talked about it every year and I never do it. My plan is to hang out at a local dive and dance, get some school in and do some new things for V Starr. Actually, I am going to be starting some new charity events for V Starr.
Speaking of, how is the Serena Williams Foundation going?
SW: We have opened two schools in Africa, and we are trying to open a third. We are raising money and sending kids to college here in the United States, because college is so expensive.
VW: I have a proposition for you: I think we should start our own tour and hit cities that haven’t seen us before—like, say, Shreveport, where dad is from, and we can raise money for our charities.
SW: That would be good. Would it be like The Williams Sisters Tour though? Because if it’s like that, I wouldn’t want to go. [Ed note: The tour was a charity event from 2004 to 2006 that benefited Ronald McDonald House; Venus won seven of the nine matches.]
VW: I have done a lot of tough things in my life, and nothing was tougher than that.
Friday, August 19, 2011
MY DAY AT THE BEACH ARE ALWAYS RELAXING SITTING AND WATCHING THE SUN GO DOWN THE FRESH AIR AND THE WATER CALMS MY FRAZZLE NERVES. THIS WAS A GOOD DAY I TRIED TO GET A PICTURE OF AS MUCH OF THE WATER AS I COULD BUT MY FEET GOT IN THE WAY.