Next year’s Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day celebration for many will probably include a visit to the movie theater. FOX 2000 Pictures is set to release “Hidden Figures”, a film about a group of black women in the 1960’s who provided NASA with important data needed to launch the program’s first successful space missions. The film that will star Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monae, follows Katherine Johnson (Henson), a brilliant black mathematician who, along with her colleagues Dorothy Vaughn (Spencer) and Mary Jackson (Monae), collectively known as “human computers” as they assist in the successful launch and safe return of astronaut John Glenn into space.
“There’s only one September issue, and there’s only one Beyonce.” -Vogue
Anyone who knows fashion knows the significance of covering the September issue of Vogue magazine. Fall is the biggest fashion season of the year and the September issue has to be everything! So who better to grace the cover of the biggest magazine issue of 2015 but the Queen herself, Beyonce Knowles-Carter! Arguably one of the most influential entertainers of our time, Beyonce is stunning on the coveted cover in a sexy lace assemble and natural make-up.
“The most powerful thing about her persona is the unabashed pleasure she takes in her own body: its beauty, its power, its versatility,” the magazine said in the cover story.
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.
If you were a teenage girl in the 90’s or 2000’s the odds are you read Omar Tyree’s novel, Flyy Girl, a dozen times. You probably wanted to be the sassy but classy, “all about the money” teenage Tracy Ellison and made sure you copped the two sequels to see how the diva tackled adulthood. If so, you’ll be happy to know that the classic trilogy is being adapted to film. The film will follow an adult Tracy Ellison, now a businesswoman, obsessed with the material world, before falling into a cycle of gratuitous sex and heartbreak. Sanaa Lathan will star as Tracy and also executive produce the film.
Chris Brown has had his share of downs but now he is only interested in focusing on moving onward and upward. He is on the promo trail for his new album “X”. During his recent interview with Big Boi’s Neighborhood he talked about putting the past behind him, the lessons he learned from his jail stint and he even dished a little on his relationship with Karrueche. Check out a few excerpts below.
Just because other people don’t see you talent or appeal doesn’t make it any less valuable. Sometimes it means you were meant to take your journey on a road less traveled. Getting someone to publish her first novel was difficult but April Sheris took that as a challenge to start her own publishing company. Since then her entrepreneurial spirit has taken her to even greater heights. I caught up with the author turned publisher and she shared how she jump started her career as an author, how she gives back and a few tidbits on getting your work published. Read more below.
In life, sometimes your most painful periods are when you grow the most…from your darkest moments come your brightest hours. Roses grow through concrete and caterpillars transform into beautiful butterflies. Author Latoya A. Benson can attest to that. I caught up with the businesswoman turned author and she shared how her personal journey led her to want to inspire others to look within, how she stays motivated and the most important lesson she learned from her journey. Check out our interview below.
If you’re anything like me you look forward to grabbing your favorite magazine in the grocery store checkout line. If so, you won’t be finding a JET Magazine among the mags for much longer. As of June 2014, the magazine will move to a digital format delivered through its website and a paid subscription app. The only print issue you will find will be