Thursday, February 11, 2016
VIOLA DAVIS HAS WON TWO TONYS AND AN EMMY. I LOVE HER AS AMANDA WALLER IN HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER. HER NEXT PROJECT IS DC'S SUICIDE SQUAD. GUGU MBATHA-RAW WAS RECENTLY SEEN IN CONCUSSION STARRING WILL SMITH. SHE REALLY CAPTURED US IN BELLE. BELLE WAS REALLY IMPORTANT IN HELPING TO ABOLISH SLAVERY IN ENGLAND. LUPITA HAS WON AND ACADEMY AWARD. SHE RECENTLY APPEARED IN GEORGE LUCUS' $1.961 BILLION FILM STARS WARS. THIS IS HER SECOND TIME APPEARING ON THE COVER OF VANITY FAIR HOLLYWOOD EDITION.
Monday, February 8, 2016
LENNY KRAVITZ, EX WIFE LISA BONET AND DAUGHTER ZOE KRAVITZ BEYONCE AND MARIAH ATTEND A BENEFIT FOR THE HEARTVIEW GLOBAL FOUNDATION. MARLON WAYANS AND KIDS SHAW AND AMAI AND FIFTY SHADES OF BLACK PREMIERE TARAJI AND BOO NFL BALLER KELVIN HAYDEN LISA BONET (47) AND DAUGHTER ZOE KRAVITZ(27) POSE FOR A CALVIN KLIEN AD IDRIS ELBA AND DAUGHTER ISAN. DEWAYNE JOHNSON AND DAUGHTER
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
SINGER DANCER JODY WATLEY AND HER MOTHER ROSE AND DAUGHTER LAUREN As one third of the seminal R&B/pop trio Shalamar, whose rich, distinctive harmonies propelled the group to stardom, Ms. Watley was the femme anchor for what was so unique a sonic blast that the British music press coined the term “the Shalamar sound.” But the classic Shalamar sound actually had two acts. The second was the one most people are familiar with, but the first featured the underrated Gerald Brown before he left the group. (He’s the one singing co-lead on the group’s first mainstream hit “Take That to The Bank.”) Jody Watley is a GRAMMY Award Winning Pop/R&B innovative music maker, songwriter, producer and style-forging pioneer in music, video, dance and fashion as recognized in VOGUE, VOGUE Italia, Harper’s Bazaar, Rolling Stone, Essence and Vanity Fair in addition to being named one of People Magazine’s Most Beautiful People. Watley has the distinction of being included in the first celebrity driven ad campaigns “Individuals of Style” for GAP and the famed “A Face Is Like a Work of Art” for LA Eyeworks. Watley established the trend of high fashion, mixed with street chic, and individuality raising the bar for the next generation of young black Pop/R&B artists decades before the industry would embrace cross marketing and branding in the mainstream.
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.