Tuesday, March 24, 2015
Friday, March 20, 2015
Welcome to the Nation’s Greatest Springtime Celebration! Each year, the National Cherry Blossom Festival celebrates spring in Washington, DC, the gift of the cherry blossom trees, and the enduring friendship between the people of the United States and Japan. The Festival produces and coordinates daily events featuring diverse and creative programming promoting traditional and contemporary arts and culture, natural beauty, and community spirit. Events are primarily free and open to the public. The Cherry Blossom Festival is March 20 - April 12, 2015.
Lupita Nyong’o Is The Ultimate Lady In Red For Paris Match » By Anna Quintana | March 10, 2015 4:00 pm Tags: Lupita Nyong'o 0 Comments Photo: Paris Match Just when you thought Lupita Nyong’o couldn’t get any hotter, she proves us wrong. Called the “sun of Hollywood,” Paris Match Magazine interviewed the “12 Years a Slave” star right after her Oscar dress fiasco, and talked to the Oscar winner about her new campaign with Lancôme, her childhood in Kenya and being one of the biggest stars in Hollywood. In the magazine, Nyong’o poses for a photo in a red dress, with Times Square as the backdrop and looks every bit the movie star. The original article is in French, but not all is lost in translation (thanks Google!). Some of the highlights of the story included when Nyong’o spoke about her insecurities growing up in Kenya, and not always thinking she was beautiful. When asked about joining the Lancôme club of Kate Winslet, Julia Roberts and Penelope Cruz as the first African American ambassador, the 32-year-old spoke about the importance of diversity in beauty and being inspired by Sudanese model Alek Wek. Of course, the Yale graduate was compared to President Obama, another famous Kenyan American, who Nyong’o met last year at the Correspondents’ Dinner in Washington D.C. And despite her success, Nyong’o admits to missing her anonymity, and being to stop and listen to musicians on the streets of New York, but she wouldn’t trade the freedom to choose her roles.
Tuesday, March 17, 2015
Queen Latifah's dynamic portrayal of "Bessie" will premiere on May 16. The film, written and directed by Dee Rees who also gave us Pariah, follows the life of legendary Bessie Smith "Empress of Blues." The film also stars Mo'Nique, Khandi Alexander, Charles S. Dutton, Mike Epps and Tika Sumpter. From the trailer it's sure to offer lots of drama, incredible costumes, and, of course, incredible music. Check out the teaser trailer above for a glimpse of Bessie's meteoric rise to fame and the subsequent drama and heartbreak through the gilded '20s and harsher '30s.
After becoming a wife and mother last year, Kelly Rowland has dealt with a tough loss in the midst of her road to happiness. Check out the singer and her new family's official ESSENCE cover and more inside... After the tragic passing of her mother, Doris Garrison, this past December Kelly's joy of becoming a new mom and new wife were definitely clouded by the sad occasion. But with the support of her husband, family and friends, she has found the grace to go on. She tells ESSENCE magazine in her April 2015 cover story, “My road to happiness hasn’t been an easy one. It hasn’t been peachy all the time, but I am so, so happy…” But Kelly's taking her new roles quote seriously saying, "My priority is my husband first," she says, laughing. "That's how the baby got there."
Friday, March 13, 2015
The Foreign Exchange is an R&B/electronica/hip hop duo consisting of the American rapper/singer Phonte Coleman and the Dutch record producer Nicolay. I REALLY AM FEELING THIS GROUP WHILE NOT A HOUSEHOLD NAME THEY HAVE 3 ALBUMS WITH SOME REALLY GOOD MUSIC.
Eric Benet and family Wife Maniela, little Amoura Luna and Lucia and India KEVIN HART AND CHILDREN HEAVEN AND HENDRIX SPKIE LEE AND CHILDREN JACKSON AND SATCHEL WYCLEF JEAN AND DAUGHTER ANGELINA COMMON & DAUGHTER OMOYE ASSATA LYNN WILLOW SMITH AND THE CARTERS (BEYONCE AND JAYZ) SNOOP DOG AND FAMILY
“Blackbird” is a personal, controversial, and inspiring story that introduces two up- and coming actors – Julian Walker and Kevin Allesee.”Blackbird” tells the story of seventeen-year-old Randy (Julian Walker), a devout Christian who tries very hard to be a good person. Since his father (Isaiah Washington) left, Randy takes care of his emotionally disturbed mother (Mo’Nique), sings lead in the church choir and is the kind of friend all of his classmates can depend on. As strong as he seems on the outside, Randy is hiding a secret inner struggle – a denial of his true self. It is not until he opens himself up to love that he discovers that becoming a man means accepting who you really are. “I am truly proud to bring this amazing film to the big screen,” said Oscar-winning actress Mo’Nique who is an executive producer for the film.”Blackbird” is about a young man in Mississippi coming to terms with his sexuality. It’s an incredibly inspiring story that beautifully tells the journey of life, love, family and finding one’s truth through a myriad of personal triumphs, strength and acceptance. Read more at http://www.eurweb.com/2015/02/umc-acquires-blackbird-starring-monique-and-isaiah-washington/#fpwGOf9cR57VWiYp.99
MICHELLE OBAMA CHALLENGES ELLEN TO DANCE HER LATEST HEALTHY LIFESTYLE INITIATIVE AS PART OF THE LETS MOVE CHALLENGE. The First Lady was promoting her newest healthy lifestyle initiative as part of the Let’s Move campaign It takes a lot of guts to challenge Ellen Degeneres to dance, but first lady Michelle Obama did just that during her fourth appearance on the comedian’s daytime talk show. Obama promoted her #GimmeFive campaign — an Let’s Move initiative that challenges people to give her five ways they are leading a healthy life — and challenged Degeneres to learn the new Gimme Five dance, in the process.