The latest news out this week on Malcolm D. Lee‘s sequel to the classic ’90s romcom The Best Man is sure to make fans happy: the entire cast is on board for part deux.
A press release issued by Universal Pictures on Thursday stated:
“After nearly 15 years apart, Taye Diggs (television’s Private Practice), Nia Long (Big Momma’s House), Morris Chestnut (Kick-Ass 2), Harold Perrineau (Zero Dark Thirty), Terrence Howard (Hustle & Flow), Sanaa Lathan (Contagion), Monica Calhoun (Love & Basketball), Melissa De Sousa (Miss Congeniality) and Regina Hall (Scary Movie franchise) reprise their career-launching roles in the next chapter to the film that ushered in a new era of comedy. When the college friends finally reunite over the Christmas holidays, they will discover just how easy it is for long-forgotten rivalries and romances to be ignite.”
With all the players set and a release date confirmed (Nov. 15, 2013), production on the film is expected to begin in the very near future.
Martin Luther King III, the son of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., his wife Arndrea, his daughter Yolanda Renee attended a Martin Luther King Day ceremony at the MLK Memorial in Washington on January 20th:
Dignitaries and celebrities participated in a wreath-laying ceremony at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial on the National Mall. The Rev. Al Sharpton, Martin Luther King III, the Rev. Jesse Jackson, comedian Dick Gregory and actors Jamie Foxx and Chris Tucker were among those who attended Sunday’s event.
Foxx told a crowd that packed the memorial that this is a “spectacular time” for African-Americans.
Sharpton called the weekend an “intersection of history,” with the nation’s first black president taking the oath of office for a second term the same weekend as the federal holiday commemorating King’s life. Sharpton says there was a time when no one believed the country would have either a black president or a federal holiday for a black civil rights leader (Source).
Photos: Washington Post
For a second time, Jason Wu has designed Mrs. O's inaugural ball gown. In some sense, it's bit of a surprise. If there's one way to describe the first lady's style, it's diverse. Over the past four years, Mrs. O has worn more than 50 designers, and that's a conservative count. While Jason Wu has remained consistently in the mix - most recently, Mrs. O has worn pieces from the designer's Miss Wu line - new names have emerged too. When polled last week, 10% of you thought Mrs. O would wear Jason Wu for this occasion. This choice indicates a lasting affinity for the designer, and a connection between Wu and Mrs. O that takes on new, even greater status.
As for the dress: the cut of the gown highlights Mrs. O's enviable arms, shoulders and back. The color reads power, and provides an energetic shift away from the subdued hues of the weekend. The lightness and movement of the fabric connotes an easy femininity. All in all, a winning combination.
Per a White House official via the pool report: "The first lady is wearing a custom Jason Wu ruby colored chiffon and velvet gown, shoes by Jimmy Choo, and a handmade diamond embellished ring by jewelry designer Kimberly McDonald. At the end of the inaugural festivities, the outfit and accompanying accessories will go to the National Archives." Of note, I believe the "embellished ring" is incorporated into the neckline of the dress, per the sketch below.
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