Supermodel, mogul and flat out fierce are titles that a lot of women would like to boast. Tyra Banks has been blessed enough to carry each one, but the title she has looked forward to being called for years is mommy. During an episode of her show FabLife, Ty-Ty shared her frustration with conceiving children and her journey to motherhood.
Either the “big booty, big boobies, big everything” trend is ending or confidence is rising. I hope it’s the latter. Reality stars K. Michelle and Erica Mena are just a few of the women who previously admitted to cosmetic surgery but are now downgrading or removing their enhancements all together. Both ladies are venturing out beyond reality TV and building their brands in their respective areas of interest. Apparently, their enhancements have been more of a distraction than asset recently.
It’s never too late to grow and make positive changes. Actress/reality star Countess Vaughn has decided that freeing herself and burying the hatchet on old beef with her former Moesha co-star, singer Brandy, is a step towards the personal progress she wants to make in her life. Today she posted an emotional apology to Brandy via her Instagram page.
Taraji P. Henson isn’t the only black woman serving power in November 2015’s issue of Essence. Next month’s issue of the magazine also features 29 incredible black women who contribute to the success of President Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama and the Obama administration.
The ladies who gathered for a photo shoot in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building include young staffers 23 year old Jordan Metoyer, Assistant to the Deputy Director and Senior Advisor to the Office of Management & Budget Director, 27 year old Desiree Barnes, Press Assistant and Senior Wrangler and 27 year old Chynna Clayton, Michelle Obama’s Special Assistant and Trip Director. They all share a common trait, says Clayton, “The White House is composed of people who are passionate about the country.”
Tempest Walker, Rankin Street Productions and Black Noise Media have joined forces to celebrate the life and legacy of one of the most iconic entertainers of this century, the incomparable Tina Turner. The musical stage production, “Be Tina: A Tina Turner Tribute” is an array of dance and live musical performances covering some of Tina Turner’s greatest hits including “What’s Love Got to Do With It”, “Proud Mary” and “When the Heart Ache is Over.” “Be Tina” features a diverse cast consisting of a five-piece band, three dancers and Tempest Walker, who will star as Tina Turner. I chatted with Tempest recently and she gave me the scoop on everything that is “BE Tina”. Check out our chat below.
In a time where blacks are being killed at the hands of authorities at an astronomical rate and the hashtag #blacklivesmatters reigns supreme, it’s impossible not to feel the discord between America and black people….but not our culture. Also moving at an astronomical rate is what some are calling “cultural rape” and the rise of culture vultures who only look to take from black culture while failing to appreciate or credit it for the trends that white America grab ahold of every day. From hair styles to facial features, it’s impossible not to notice America’s obsession with black culture. But that isn’t the problem. What bothers most of us is the misappropriation and lack of attribution.
Can we say relationship goals? Hollywood couple Boris Kodjoe and Nicole Ari Parker are scorching hot on the cover of the upcoming summer lust issue of Kontrol Magazine. After 10 years of marriage in an industry filled with breakups to makeups and high profile divorces, Boris and Nicole have managed to keep their flame burning and the drama to a minimum. In their Kontrol Magazine cover story, the couple dished on how their friendship provided a foundation for their relationship and the pressure to stay together. Catch a few excerpts and sexy flicks below.
Although the disparity between Black lives and non-black lives taken by law enforcement has been an issue for some time, 2014 was a year that catapulted the issue onto the world’s stage. Demonstrations took place around the globe protesting the killing of unarmed Blacks by law enforcement across the United States. New movements were formed, spearheaded by everyday people who before 2014 would have never considered themselves activists. One of those movements was Naturals4Change. I spoke with the founder of Naturals4Change, Natasha Gaspard, and we discussed the marriage between natural hair advocates and those who believe black lives matter.
“We are not the sum of our worst moment” — Katy Parson
In the wee hours of the morning yesterday, the world lost one of its many heroes, Marion Barry, Jr. Barry came to national prominence as mayor of the nation’s capital. The first prominent civil rights activist to become chief executive of a major American city, Barry was a savvy politician. After moving from Mississippi to Washington, DC in 1965 to manage it’s local Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee office, he became heavily involved in coordinating peaceful street demonstrations as well as a boycott to protest bus fare increases. At the time, over half of the population of Washington D.C. was black, and they had no political representation. Barry wanted to change that. He made an immediate impact in the community organizing a “mancott” of the bus system when the owner decided to raise prices from 20 to 25 cents and serving as the leader of the Free D.C. Movement.
Most people spend their lives trying to achieve stability. Going to college to get a degree that will lead to that all too important 9-5 job that will give you the security to start and support your family one day. Duane Myko had done just that. He had played by the rules until one day he decided to change them altogether. What sparked that change? His desire to positively affect a generation that no one seemed to understand.