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You are Definitely One in a Million: RIP Sweet Aaliyah

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“Your love is a one in a million, it goes on and on and on, You give me a really good feeling, all day long” ~Aaliyah

The Princess of R n B was definitely a one in a million.  Only 22 years old when she departed this Earth.  She had some banging albums and songs that will make you fall in love all over again.  You will never be forgotten! RIP baby girl! Here are some of Aaliyah’s hottest hits on her albums.  

We Need a Resolution

Are you that Somebody

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Rock the Boat

One in a Million

Age Aint Nothin but a Number

Back N Forth

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Don’t Be Insecure!

When I tell you that watching Insecure was the best thing that happened to me, I was definitely telling the truth!  Everyone always kept talking about it but I never really payed it any mind.  Then I took it upon myself to get HBO and catch up on the first two seasons which took me exactly two days to watch!I was addicted after that and I definitely was looking forward to the new season!

 

Issa Rae, writer and executive director of the hit comedy series “Insecure” was first aired in 2016.  Since the show has taken off, she has won two Global Globe awards and been nominated for an Emmy Award.  Issa created her first you tube series called “Awkward Black Girl” which got the attention from people and media.  Season 3 of “Insecure” was renewed last year and it’s on it’s second episode of the new season.  This comedy series is not just any regular TV series you would normally watch on TV, but it’s about a black girl who is still trying to find herself even in insecure situations; relationships preferably.   Sometimes you may feel awkward at times and question yourself if the risk is even worth it.  Issa is the main star and I can say she definitely has a way with works and acting ability because she can make you laugh in a heartbeat!  The theme for this season is “Know Better! Do Better!”

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If you aren’t woke on this show, then I need you to not sleep on it.  Missed the first two seasons? Don’t worry, you can watch them on the HBO app or on Demand.  Insecure comes on every Sunday at 10:30 pm on HBO.

 

 

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The ‘Queen of Soul’ Aretha Franklin has Passed Away at the age of 76

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The Queen of Soul who has touched many hearts and lives has passed away earlier this morning at the age of 76.  Aretha Franklin was a very private person so a lot of people didn’t know she was battling with cancer for awhile.  During the last stages of life which media said she was “gravely ill” was on hospice home care surrounded by family and loved ones.

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How can you forget a sweet soul and history when it came to her music and lyrics!  Some of fans favorites are “Respect,” “Freedom,” “Chain of Fools,” A Natural Woman,” “Son of a Preacher Man,” and more!  Aretha Franklin will definitely be missed but never forgotten in our hearts!

 

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‘Luke Cage’ Actor Elijah Boothe talks about His Journey as an Actor and Next Moves

Marvel’s Luke Cage Actor, Elijah Boothe is no stranger when it comes to the acting field.  His breakout in the acting industry came in 2016.  He has acted alongside Moonlight Actor Mahershala Ali and others.  Elijah has earned significant parts in movies and tv series such as “Golden Boy,” “Coin Heist,” “Are We There Yet (the tv series), and “Blue Bloods” Besides acting, Elijah has been featured in international magazines such as Vogue, WWD and W Magazine.

 

How did you get started in the acting business? Did you go to school for it?

 

      I sort of fell into the business at the age of 10 when I auditioned for The Lion King on Broadway and I’ve been doing it ever since.

 

Let’s talk about your character “Young Cottonmouth” on Luke Cage.  How did you land the role?

 

       The audition process for me was very short actually. Of course, anything Marvel is super confidential, so I had no idea that it was Luke Cage initially. Casting called me in to read once, and the rest is history.

Were there any amazing people you met on set while filming?

Absolutely! Both the cast and crew were a blast to work with. Cheo Hadari Coker (Creator), Jeph Loeb (Producer), Akela Cooper (Producer), and Andy Goddard (Director) were all amazing to work with! They gave me full reign to create who I wanted Young Cottonmouth to be which was amazing. Also getting to work with the legendary Alfre Woodard, Latanya Jackson, and share the same character as Oscar Award Winner Mahershala Ali was mind blowing. I made sure to be a sponge and soak up all the knowledge I could from these veterans.

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What keeps you motivated and inspired doing what you love doing the most?

 

         So many things but mainly my test and trials. My supporters definitely keep me going as well.

 

Out of all the films and tv shows you have been a part of, which ones has been your favorite and why?

 

I loved working on A Rainy Day In New York with Selena Gomez and Timothee Chalamet. I also had a blast working on Golden Boy on CBS with Greg Berlanti. Everyone was so amazing and gave me so much knowledge that I still carry with me to this day.

 

Do you have any upcoming projects coming up that you are able to discuss?

 

           I start filming a new series soon called The Line Up alongside Isaiah Washington and La La Anthony. The Line Up is a story about various women who use their street smarts, wit, and sexual energy to dominate men. The women in this story know how to use what they have to get them what they want, and that’s money, power, and respect. I play Crit on the show.

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Where do you see yourself five years from now? Ten years from now?

 

            Honestly, I just want to tell real stories that evoke change and inspire. I definitely see myself directing, writing, and producing very soon.

 

If you weren’t an actor, what would you be doing?

 

           If I wasn’t acting I would definitely be singing full time. I grew up singing in the church so music will always be my first love.

 

Are you a big Marvel fan? If so, what are some of your favorite characters and movies?

 

         I’m obsessed with Marvel which is why I freaked out when I found out I got the role on Luke Cage! WAKANDA FOREVER! Black Panther is definitely my favorite character of all time.

 

What’s next for Elijah Boothe?

 

       I’ll be releasing my EP at the end of the year produced by Knxwledge

 

How can your readers connect with you? Social media links? Imdb link?

 

        You can reach me on Instagram @ElijahBoothe

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Taraji P. Henson Launches Foundation to Bring Awareness for Mental Health and to Honor her Dad

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Actress Taraji P. Henson just launched a new foundation called “The Boris Henson Foundation” in honor of her late father that passed away in 2006 due to liver cancer.  But the main reason why Henson is doing this is to increase awareness for mental health among the black community.  

Her father also suffered with mental health so Henson wanted to do something revolving around that.  He was also a Vietnam veteran who suffered through various of things; being homeless was one of them.  Henson named the foundation (BLHF) after her dad is because of his unconditional love.  The foundation will launch a special fundraiser called “Taraji’s Boutique of Hope” which will be held on September 22nd in Beverly Hills.  The goal of the fundraiser is to raise funds to provide resources to increase mental health support in urban schools. 

 

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I’ll Take the ‘Popular Category’ for $200 Alex!

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Every year when the Academy Oscars come around, lots of people are trying to figure out which category movies, actresses and actors should be placed in as well as directors and writers.  It’s a very big deal in case you didn’t know especially in the film industry.  Imagine an actor or actress who has worked their butt off for the last couple of years as what they do and not get nominated.  Well let me rephrase that, it’s not all about who doesn’t gets nominated, because in the end, every actor, actress, director and writer are winners! 

 

But let’s talk about the new category that has had some people in anger and talking.  The Oscars decided to add a new category to the list and that is the “most popular picture”  Seriously what do you guys feel about that new category being added?  Do you think that it is fair since they already have “Best picture” category added? There has been a lot of great movies so far this year with Black Panther kicking the numbers straight out the ball park with the gross numbers they have been receiving.  Ryan Coogler definitely deserves an Oscar for this movie!  

According to http://www.vulture.com, here are some of the top good movies so far in 2018:

  1. Black Panther
  2. Paddington 2
  3. The First Purge
  4. Blockers
  5. Isle of Dogs
  6. Annihilation 
  7. Leave No Trace
  8. Love after Love
  9. Sorry to Bother You
  10. Won’t You Be My Neighbor? 

Other movies that appeared on other sites such as ‘Rotten Tomatoes’ and ‘Parade’ had some of the same movie adding “A Quiet Place” “Love Simon” and “The Incredibles 2”

 

So the next Oscar should be very exciting especially with the new category.

 

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Possible Cosmetics is all about Possibilities

Beauty is in the eye who believes.  If you have a dream, then go for it!  As for Renata Eileena, she has made her mark as the owner and founder of Possible Cosmetics.  

Renata has always had a keen eye for beauty and fashion, so that wasn’t nothing new walking in the footsteps of her business.   The name “Possible Cosmetics” came from a gospel song called “All things are possible”

“It kind of embodied me. I came this far,” states Renata

Possible Cosmetics is four years old and is birthing all different types of new looks.  She is the only black owned cosmetic line at the second largest mall in America called King of Prussia.  

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“I decided to go to the mall to see about a kiosk.  I only had samples with me.  The guy that was helping me decided to drop the price.  He saw my vision,” stated Eileena

Everybody and their mama has a cosmetic line, but one thing that Possible Cosmetics offers is the educational piece.  the line even offers a book that teaches how to start your own cosmetic line.  Some of the best sellers are the Ruby Red and the Velvet Lipstick.  So ladies if you are ever looking for some new colors in your life to add to your collection, take a peak at Possible Cosmetics.  

“I am trying to build a digital brand as well.  I always say do what you are good at.  I was born for this” stated Eileena

Everyone has their favorite part of their business.  I asked Renata what her favorite part of her business is and this is what she had to say:

“My customers!  They keep me going.  I’m always getting positive feedback such as the quality of the product and the fast service”

Possible Cosmetics is already in two stores in Philidelphia.  Sometimes funding isn’t enough to get into bigger stores, but one monkey isn’t about to stop Renata’s show.  Some of her products are locates in stores such as “My BFF Closet” which is a big boutique and “Nikko’s Jewelry Box”  Online stores are the biggest market yet!  New projects that she is currently working on is the Possible Academy to push more educational pieces.  Also there will be a beauty expo starting May 25th that will be held in California.  
“I want to move and grow the line.  I also want a center for entrepreneurs for black children.  I want to teach about loans, credit, etc.  You have to keep walking, keep working, and keep praying.  God gave me a vision” 

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You can visit Possible Cosmetics at http://www.possiblecosmetics.com 

First African American Headliner at Coachella: Beychella Makes History!

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Coachella had some very talented performers, but nothing topped what Queen Bey brought to the table.  With two hours of performing time and several outfit changes (including nail polish changes), her performance wasn’t just any regular performance at a Grammy Awards show or BET Awards show, but a lesson on cultural pop culture.  If you haven’t seen the performance, you are really missing out on history in the making. Let’s get started on her performance in different categories.  

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The Intro: Crazy in Love

Have you ever been to a homecoming at a HBCU and the everyone couldn’t wait for the bands to perform?  That’s how the intro felt like.  Beyonce came in wearing a very distinct black and gold long chic outfit that represented the leader.  It’s like a band director type of thing that left the crowd speechless walking in and the band wearing yellow shirts with her initials on it.  “BK” 

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While the band performed and the dancers were lit, Queen Bey had enough time to change into her second outfit which displayed the yellow and black sweat shirt and cut up jeans and make shorts with her white boots with fringes on them.  One thing I can honestly say about Beyonce is that she doesn’t need to go all out on her fashion wardrobe to prove a point.  Every outfit she puts together fits her and her taste in fashion.  Get ready for a work out because if you ever watched a step show with the ladies stepping, it is like a work out every time.  Beyonce’s dancers strutted their stuff showing off their potential and moves and long legs I may add stepping with power. Then when Beyonce joined in, it was a wrap!  You can tell that these ladies practiced the routine for about a year prior to the show because their legs almost touched their heads!  This was definitely a performance to see! 

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The Reunion:

 

If you are a true Beyonce fan, then you should already know that her career got started in the group Destiny’s Child that includes Beyonce Knowles, Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams.  The reunion of Destiny’s Child on stage singing some of their hottest singles such as “Say My Name” and “Soldier” really took us back to the early 200’s! It is great to see the popular girl group come together as one and perform at Coachella.  What were some of your favorite songs by Destiny’s Child?  Mine are from The Writings on the Wall; first album: Say My Name, Bills, Bills, Bills, Bug-a-Boo, Jumpin, Jumpin and Sweet Sixteen.  

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Jay-Z and Bey: Stronger than Ever!

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I love this couple!! They bring so much life when performing and despite some personal issues between the two, they have bounced back stronger than ever and still are great!  On Beyonce’s album: B-Day, she performed one of her songs called “Deja-vu” where it features Jay-Z on the track. I always admire when the two of them performs together because it truly brings life!  They are a prime example of what real love is!  You bounce back from every difficult situation and stay true to the marriage and love.  With the parents of three beautiful children, I am definitely rooting for this couple!  Beyonce changes again to another sexy, but classy outfit with her name on the front.  It’s Bey’s world and we are living in it.  

 

I am my Sister’s Keeper!

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This picture is life and everything!  I thought it was very cool to have Solange performing with Beyonce the last few minutes of her set to the song “Get Me Bodied” also on the B-Day Album.  These sisters were really twerking it out giving you a work-out watching them perform.  Solange was looking very chic in her black two-piece and blonde wig.  

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They were definitely the talk of the show as a dancing duet together spreading that sisterly love.  

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Also on Solange’s performance, Beyonce danced with Solange.  This is one of the sweetest moments ever and will always be cherished in Beychella History!  And once again, you can see that Beyonce has changed up her wardrobe again and adding a black hat to complete her outfit.  

Bey giving us a Fashionista Show!

 Olivier Rousteing is the designer for Beyonce’s five outfit changes during this year’s Coachella performance.  

Which one was your favorite outfit?

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Was Blac Chyna Wrong for Her Actions at Six Flags?

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The news with Blac Chyna and 18-year old boyfriend YBN Almighty Jay is surfing and eating the internet sites like crazy! Of course by now, I hope you all have seen the video of Blac Chyna’s rant and out-of-character rant at Six Flags while enjoying herself with her kids and boyfriend.  I’m not going to repeat what happened; you can simply visit http://www.tmz.com to read the detailed story.  But yoooo, really?? I understand trying to protect your children from danger and harm and yes that’s totally fine, but when you get buck-wild and show your “ghetto” side, it can be very messy. Now hear me correctly that I felt Blac Chyna was only trying to protect Dream, but it turned almost into a deadly scene.  If you don’t want people touching your kids, just simply tell them “Please don’t touch my child or children” in a nice respectful way.  But nahhhhh, Blac Chyna decided to show her ghetto side and tried to “swing” the baby stroller at the victim (who is 18 years old and came forward)  I mean by watching the video, the girl did called Blac Chyna a hood rat and that’s what sparked a fuel in Blac Chyna to go beat her butt!  So the real question is, “Is Blac Chyna in the wrong for checking the random chick about touching her daughter without permission?” In these days and times, you don’t touch NOBODY’S child unless you have permission to do so!  But the whole stroller situation was a bit insane, because now new news has been confirmed that  a stroller company she was collaborating with called “Momiie” has now been terminated according to The Hollywood Unlocked website.  After the stroller incident used as a weapon was the final last straw and pulled the plug with Blac Chyna.  SMH.  First her sex tape was leaked and now this! When will it be over?  Not only to mention that her EX Rob Kardashian wants to take her to court and try to reduce child custody for Dream.  A lot of people agreed that Blac Chyna should have handled the situation in a better way.  It would have made things a lot better in my opinion.  

Then to have your boyfriend try to jump in and allegedy punched the victim in the face? (according to the 18-year old known as Sexxii Lexxii on Twitter)

 

So Rob is thinking about having some rules for Blac Chyna and her boyfriends she has that they aren’t allowed to be introduced to the kids unless the relationship has been solid for at least six months.  I totally agree with that new solution.  

 

 

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So after doing some more research of the story of Blac Chyna and the stroller incident, I come across this video that now the victim has CHANGED up her story when she talked to TMZ! We got the official receipts and the exact words of this victim claiming “she slapped the Dog S*** out of Blac Chyna!” I’m not sure if Blac Chyna should sue this young chick but now I’m wondering why she changed up her story? Lawwddd, I’m getting stressed reading all this mess Blac Chyna has stirred up and not to mention, her young boo thang is caught in the middle defending his boo no matter what the wrong she has done.

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Hustle and Soul Recap: I’m Back Bishes!!!

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“Can somebody please turn off the heat, because it’s flamming in this kitchen! If you can’t stand the heat, stay out of the kitchen!”  

Whew! The new season of Hustle and Soul is Flamming sky high and has officially broke the thermometer!  The Pink Tea Cup located in Brooklyn, New York is ran by Lawrence which is the Owner and CEO and it’s lovely staff, Ana, Thandi, the twins Dominic and Stefen, Sana and now the new bartender, Cola.  Besides the great food and hospitality, the drama is very public at the popular restaurant and everyone can feel the heat front and center.  It’s like sitting in the audience at the Jerry Springer show because you never know when a fight is about to break out.  But the drama has still rolled over to the new season and Lawrence has gotten himself into a bit of a love triangle I should say.  Okay so Ana is the “baby mama” of their son and has been together for about seven years.  Seven long years of staying together and not married. That’s the question I would like to know, “Why didn’t Lawrence pop the question since they already acting like husband and wife?”  The ladies must really love Lawrence because the now floor manager and once general manager has a thing for him and it’s more besides business.  Ana took her in when Thandi didn’t have anywhere else to stay and she was actually the one that brought her to the Pink Tea Cup to work!  Sounds like pure betrayal to me and now she’s after Lawrence for good.  I want to know why Lawrence couldn’t committ to Ana long enough so none of the nonsense didn’t have to happen.  

Like the saying goes, you can’t mix business and pleasure and that is exactly what Lawrence is doing.  He got these ladies all sprunged, especially Thandi.  I mean that’s Ana’s ex, but she is still the baby mama with more power.  Ana and Thandi never really got along for some reason at the Pink Tea cup because Thandi felt some type of way.  Maybe she wanted what Ana has, even Lawrence.  Last season when Candice (former bartender) was working there, her and Lawrence got into a huge arguement and Candice broke a lot of the glasses at the bar.  That was a very hard time for Lawrence and Thandi hung around claiming she would always be there for Lawrence.  He was crying and all and laid on Thandi’s chest for comfort.  I guess Thandi used that moment and ran with it because now she already done told Ana that her and Lawrence are a couple who apparently is sleeping together. Yes, he admitted that to Ana when he moved out of their place.  He really is in the dog house for sure and has dug a deeper hole for his grave.  Of course Ana did leave the Pink Tea Cup last season, but guess what?  She gave it some thought and is now back there and yes she took Thandi’s position as the General Manager; she took it back right from under her nose.  So now Thandi is back to being floor manager.  The expression on her face was PRICELESS! You sleeping with Ana’s ex knowing that they have a son together and you still don’t care?  I don’t feel sorry for Thandi at all from this point on!  She has no respect for Ana whatsoever.  

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Lawrence did admitted to Ana that he wants his family back.  What do yall think? Should Ana take him back and try to work things out after all?  I’m just not sure if Thandi’s heart and soul can take it if they ever got back together, but it’s really not her decision to make that call.  A girl got to learn how to stay in her lane for real.  But when Ana holds her first staff meeting after coming back and regaining her position as GM, I could feel that Thandi felt threatned and insulted.  Now Candice on the other hand did get fired from the Pink Tea Cup because of the incident last season and was working at another bar.  Sana and Candice were extremely close while working together and decides to pay Candice a little visit to see if she would consider coming back to the restaurant.  The twins has something up their sleeves trying to get Candice and Lawrence to sit down and talk one-on-one by telling both Candice and Lawrence that they wanted to apologize.  Although it was a big set-up, they eventually talked it out and both of them apologized. Now as far as Candice coming back to the restaurant, that’s going to add more drama on top of the old drama because Ana doesn’t like her. 

 

All-White Affair: The Big Surprise

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If you watched the first season of Hustle and Soul, then you know Lawrence is big for surprises.  He always has something up his sleeve.  But this surprise will blow everyone away!  The big surprise everyone at The Pink Teacup has been waiting for is…….*drum roll please*……..The new Pink Teacup in MIAMI!!!! That’s right, there will be a second restaurant on the beach!  And guess who will be the owner of it? It’s ANA!  That was always her dream to own her own restaurant in Miami.  Way to go Lawrence making boss moves!  And that means Thandi will be running the one in Brooklyn.  So if Ana is in Miami, that means no more drama…for now.  But I’m curious though, will this be a good idea since Lawrence is in love with both Thandi and Ana?  Or should he just choose which restaurant to stick with? Honestly I thought it was a proposal all-white affair.  Oh well, Ana was very happy and I haven’t seen her that happy all last season long.  She deserves it!  But why is the new bartender Coca saying that Lawrence will be having different hoes in different area codes? Lol, lawd she’s a mess already.  

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So Lawrence thought it would be a good idea for both Ana and Candice to meet up to hash things out since they both had a lot of drama.  I’m not sure about the social media beef they had going on about Ana’s son, but Ana was really heated by that.  They didn’t have much of a conversation, because next thing you know, Ana done ran up on Candice and popped her on the face..the end!  OMG! Ana done put them paws on Candice.  Until next Thursday catch a new recap on what happened with Ana and Candice and will Candice be considering working at the Pink Teacup after all?  

 

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