DEADLY DISPATCH

DEADLY DISPATCH stars Tamala Jones, DomiNque Perry, and Rapper, Bone Crusher. The film chronicles the tragic murder of Shawn, a well-liked owner of a struggling car service company. Tiffany (Jones) is a local salon owner and Shawn’s longtime, high-school best friend who becomes intertwined in the complex circumstances surrounding his death. Unsatisfied with the police’s classification of the case being a “robbery gone wrong,” Tiffany becomes suspicious of Shawn’s grieving widow Amber (Perry). Motivated to find out what really happened to her friend that fateful day, Tiffany embarks on a quest that will not only endanger her marriage, but her life as well. Will she be able to come to terms with a deep secret shared between her and Shawn while seeking justice?

Deadly Dispatch is a part of TV One’s true crime series month of Love, Lies and Murder.

DEADLY DISPATCH PREMIERES SUNDAY, JULY 28 AT 8 PM ON TV ONE!

THE 50TH NAACP AWARDS RECAP

BY: KIMBERLY ALSUP

The NAACP Image Awards was a fantastic good time and always great celebrating what people of color bring to the table. The wins began at the non-televised dinner held at The Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, CA and then continued on to the live show at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, CA.

Among the wins, the biggest went to Black Panther, individually as well as collectively. Chadwick Boseman, Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture. Michael B. Jordan, Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture. Danai Gurira, Outstanding Supporting Actress in in a Motion Picture. Ryan Coogler, Outstanding Directing in a Motion Picture. Ryan Coogler and Joe Robert Cole, Outstanding Writing in a Motion Picture. Letitia Wright, Outstanding Breakthrough Performance in a Motion Picture. Outstanding Soundtrack/Complilation. Outstanding Ensemble Cast in a Motion Picture. And finally, Outstanding Motion Picture. Way to go team. Such a phenomenal movie that deserves all the recognition it has received.

Black-ish was also among big winners for the night including Outstanding Comedy Series. Power took home the Outstanding Drama Series. Maxine Waters who received the Chariman’s Award gave us a thorough lesson in political affairs, while Jay-Z was honored with the Presidents Award and Beyonce’ took home Entertainer of the Year. It was a great night.

If you missed any of the action check out the replay on TV One.

NANCY VUU S/S ’19

BY: KIMBERLY ALSUP

On Saturday, October 13 Nancy Vuu, a luxury fashion designer and The House of Vuu Foundation hosted an exclusive fashion show during Fashion Week in LA.

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The exquisite affair was held at a Beverly Hills mansion owned by Zac Eglit of The Address. Several of LA’s elite and out of town guests flocked to the estate to view Nancy Vuu, latest collection for the Spring/Summer ’19. The intricate details of each garment left you wanting more. From flowers to frill it is a definite must see collection.

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Nancy Vuu decided that she would use her fashion platform to uplift for a good cause. As a mother of four, Nancy had a vision while she was at church to raise awareness and to encourage the fight against child sex trafficking. It is of the utmost importance for Nancy to use her fashion shows for good. For her everyone can appreciate some form of fashion, the expression, individuality, style or just all over beauty and she tries to capture all types of support through fashion and the causes that she believes in.

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ABOUT NANCY VUU:
Nancy is a designer that hails from the Bay Area of California. Her first show for LA Fashion Week 2014 was an instant success and landed Nancy many high-profile clients including royalty. She has dressed celebrities and athletes for many shows and red carpets. Vuu has also been featured in Glamour Magazine, Harper’s Bazaar, ELLE Magazine, and VOGUE Italia, as well as many notable fashion blogs.

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“We believe that every person is Fashioned for LOVE & GREATNESS. “
– Nancy Vuu

ABOUT THE HOUSE OF VUU FOUNDATION:
To empower both women & children to recognize that every individual, regardless of their circumstance, is unique, beautiful and wonderfully fashioned. By doing so, we believe that this will create a culture shift that will enable them to embrace and walk into their full identity.

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Please visit The House of Vuu Foundation at https://www.nancyvuu.com /house-of-vuu-foundation for more information.

Also, visit Unicef to find out how you can help end the child sex trafficking. https://www.unicef.org/

Pieces: JAZMINE SULLIVAN

BY: KIMBERLY ALSUP

On Saturday, October 6, Color Creative’s music division, The Peak, presented “pieces,” an intimate evening of live songs and the stories that inspire them. For the first installment, Jazmine Sullivan graced the stage and took us behind the lyrics of some of her most popular songs. It was a great night of feels and great music. Thanks, Issa Rae and Lyft for such a great experience.

TRACEE ELLIS ROSS ON ICONS, IDOLS + INFLUENCERS

BY: KIMBERLY ALSUP

Tracee Ellis Ross opens up to Chris Spencer about her challenges with self-esteem during a very candid interview tonight on Aspire at 730 pm.

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One would think that why would she have problems with self-esteem because she is a Diana Ross’ daughter but when you think about it, it would make her more prone to self-esteem problems with a superstar mother. Tracee breaks down her constant challenges with self-esteem and self-worth.

“Insecurity and self-doubt is a part of daily life and I’m a human being that has a vulnerable soul, and I do risky things in my career so that crops up all the time,” says Ross. “I think loving yourself is a daily activity that requires compassion and kindness, and it’s something I’ve learned how to do.”

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Tracee finds help in seeking counsel from those that are closest to her. It is so important to have a tribe, those that you can turn to when you are at your lowest with no judgment. Without a tribe, you will not make it in this life, especially not in the entertainment industry. I have found this out first hand.

“Those are moments when I lean into other people – into my friends, those that can love me when I can’t love myself,” says Ross. “When I’m experiencing shame I share that with other people and they can hold space and sort of mirror back the larger truth of the experience than just what you’re seeing and feeling.”

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A lot of times when you are sitting in silence by yourself, in those times thoughts will definitely creep into your mind and make you think you aren’t enough or such.

“When you are left with the self that you are, sometimes there are things that make you feel like you’re less than or not enough,” Ross declares. “And when left in the privacy of our own minds and between the ears, it can be a dangerous neighborhood in there.”

Make sure that you tune into this very intimate real conversation with this phenomenal inspiring woman.

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To find out where you can watch Aspire TV in your area, visit http://www.aspire.tv/cdm.

THE BOBBY BROWN STORY PREMIERE

BY: KIMBERLY ALSUP

It was a star-studded affair at the Paramount Studios Theatre on Wednesday night as we celebrated Bobby Brown during the private screening of The Bobby Brown Story that will air on BET on September 4th and 5th.

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The Bobby Brown Story comes from Abdul Williams, the same writer from The New Edition Story. Having seen the first episode this will definitely be another classic that we will watch for years to come. Bobby Brown who was very hands-on with the project wanted to show us a side of him that we did not know before. While watching you can feel the authenticity bleeding from the screen as each actor brings everything they have to each character.

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Woody McClain who played Bobby Brown in The New Edition Story and now The Bobby Brown Story dug deep for his inner Bobby. Gabrielle Dennis plays Whitney like no other. She truly embodies the character. At the premiere, I asked her where she pulled from and she said that she prayed each day before going on set and felt that Whitney was with her every step of the way.

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Learned so much that I didn’t know from this film about Bobby.  He truly told the story his way. Brilliant casting by Robi Reed to get all of this dynamic talent and brilliant directing by Kiel Adrian Scott to pull out the best from these actors.

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Make sure you tune in on September 4th and 5th at 9 pm on BET to see this dynamic story. Check out our exclusive interviews with some of the cast below.

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LIVING SINGLE CELEBRATES 25 YEARS!

BY: KIMBERLY ALSUP

So many shows came out of the 90’s. There were a plethora of great Black shows that we still binge watch today, and thanks to Netflix, Hulu, and reruns on television a brand-new generation is exposed to the greatness that was 90’s television.

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Living Single premiered in 1993 and lasted five seasons. In a 90’s kind of world, we were glad we had our girls. Khadijah, Synclaire, Regine, and Maxine were the friends that we could relate to, who we wanted to hang with, chill with, laugh with, and do life with. Soon after Living Single premiered a new show Friends premiered on NBC and took the spotlight away and lasted for 10 years and left Living Single into the background.

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“When Friends came out, we knew we had already been doing that. It was one of those things where there was a guy called Warren Littlefield who used to run NBC, and they him when all the new shows came out if there was any show you could have, which one would it be? And he said Living Single and he created Friends.”
-Queen Latifah

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But as we celebrate 25 years since its premiere, a ​reboot is in the works.

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Kim Coles talked about how she envisions her character Synclaire James-Jones these years later, “Listen we always said that Synclaire and Overton were going to have twins, Syncloverton and Overclaire. I would love to see them now.”

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Queen Latifah hopes to be involved as a producer for the reboot. Though the idea is still up in the air, the six actors that created magic back then continue to figure out which method and platform would be best to deliver the content.

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TV One is celebrating Living Single’s 25 years on Friday from the first episode to the last with exclusive interviews with the cast starting at 6 pm.

GIRLS WHO BRUNCH TOUR

BY: KIMBERLY ALSUP

On May 27, 2018, I had the opportunity to attend the Girls Who Brunch Tour Tutus and Tennis Shoes Gala. This was my first introduction to this amazing organization and I have to say it exceeded my expectations. Personally, I have a heart for teenage girls and to be able to be in the room with such strong women and girls was refreshing. Watching the girls have so much fun in a safe environment was a sight to see.

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Girls from across the country gathered at the Southern Exchange Ballrooms in Atlanta, GA. Emceed by Philanthropist, Producer, and NY Times Best-Selling Erotic Author Zane, and included performances by Neyo’s sister Nikki Lorraine, Amya Roxxstar, and the Mako Girls. The evening concluded with the presentation of certificates for the Girls Who Brunch Tour Ambassadors.

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ABOUT GIRLS WHO BRUNCH TOUR:

The purpose of Girls Who Brunch Tour is to cultivate, inspire and empower at-risk girls between the ages of 9-17 years old. They provide tools needed for literacy, education, life skills and health & wellness to help girls become leaders in their communities.

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Through the Ambassador Recognition Program, teachers, counselors, parents, and mentors recommend girls who maintain a good GPA, display exceptional leadership qualities and perform community service. Each tour is facilitated by Ambassadors and Women who are considered leaders in their community.

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Inspired by Black Girls Rock, Girls Who Brunch wants to be an outlet to display the achievements and the true definition of Girl Power nationwide. They have committed themselves to a National Tour to promote education, literacy, and self-esteem in the inner cities of America.

ABOUT THE FOUNDER:

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Ni’cola Mitchell is a best-selling author and has been featured in Black Enterprise as one of the 5-Follow Worthy Bloggers to Watch. She joined the literary scene with one main objective: To Stimulate Your Mind, One Word At A Time. Through her independent publishing company NCM Publishing, she published numerous titles which have been featured on various best-selling lists throughout the country. She started Girls Who Brunch out of a need to help at-risk girls that would be lost if they didn’t have anyone step in. Being an at-risk girl was all too familiar to her because she too was at-risk at a certain time in her life. On the tour, Ni’cola aims to bring well-known people in the community for the girls to see, speak to and look up to.

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Girls Who Brunch is always seeking donations to continue to assist these girls across the country.

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​Please visit their website to donate and volunteer for this great organization that is changing the lives of our girls. (www.girlswhobrunchtour.com)

The Home Depot’s “Retool Your School”

BY: KIMBERLY ALSUP


The cast of A Different World: Jasmine Guy, Kadeem Hardison, Cree Summer and Darryl Bell as well as actor Laz Alonso gathered at The Home Depot Store Support Center on Monday, April 30, in Atlanta to help announce nine HBCU’s who have won $360,000 for on-campus renovations as part of The Home Depot’s Retool Your School Campus Improvement Grant.

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The Program Mission
The Home Depot strives to give back to our nation’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities what they have so generously given to the communities they are a part of. A strong foundation. Renewed purpose. Distinctive character, with support from The Home Depot, the grants awarded from the Retool Your School program gives schools an opportunity to make upgrades to their campuses.

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Program History
In its 9th year, they have 81% HBCU participation, 490 Grants have been awarded, 4,418 volunteer hours logged, 1.8 million in Grants and 17.2 Million votes.

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It was like old times when the cast took the stage with moderator Gil Robertson. Lots of laughs filled the stage as they answered how they didn’t really know how much of an impact this show had on young people wanting to attend HBCU’s. Cree Summer and Darryl Bell did not know about HBCU’s until they started filming the show. For me watching A Different World was what I thought college would be like and made me want to go to college even more. I didn’t attend an HBCU, however, I wish I had, because it definitely had an impact on my life.

MARVEL’S BLACK PANTHER

BY: KIMBERLY ALSUP

Black Panther coming to theatres is like when Barack Obama became President. As a community we needed this film, we need this win. For it to premiere during Black History Month is an even bigger win. We deserve so much more for the culture, but Black Panther is a big deal.

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Black Panther will give all shades of Black people an opportunity to see themselves become the center of the most fantabulous movie from Marvel. I’m not sure if White America knows the magnitude and the effect it will have and will continue to have for years to come. To have celebrated Change in 2008 only to have it taken away by 2017, by a white supremacist at that, a film filled with all this Black excellence is something that everyone in America should celebrate. The fact that we have to say that America should celebrate this film, and we are still celebrating firsts in the Black community says something about the society we live in. Yes, we know this is a fictional story about fictional characters, but once those lights go off in the theatre it’s our moment, it’s our time to escape from what is currently going on in society, challenges, and any stress we may be going through. Once those credits roll and the lights come back on we will exit Wakanda and return to reality.

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Black Panther first hit the comic book pages in 1966 by Stan Lee (writer) and Jack Kirby (artist). The original Black Panther was in a slinky suit with claws and ears and ran with the Fantastic Four in Wakanda, powered by a mystery metal, vibranium. In decades since the original concept, Black Panther has undergone a variety of costume changes, some under filmmaker Reginald Hudlin, and recently, author Ta-Nenisi Coates.

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Black Panther was first introduced on screen in 2016 in Marvel’s Avengers: Civil War where he appeared alongside Iron Man, Spiderman, and Captain America. Written by Ryan Coogler and Joe Robert Cole, Black Panther brings the story to the present, sketching his past and looks to the future. Directing will be done by Ryan Coogler as well, who directed Creed and gave the Rocky series an African-American feel with a champion played by Michael B. Jordan. For Black Panther, Coogler reunites with Michael B. Jordan yet again and some former crew members including Rachel Morrison, the Director of Photography on his first film, Fruitvale Station.

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Black Panther is the first time that a major studio has greenlit a Black superhero movie with an African-American director and a primarily Black cast. The all-star cast begins with the title role played by Chadwick Boseman, my honey dip Michael B. Jordan plays the villain. Academy Award Winners Forest Whitaker and Lupita Nyong’o, Academy Award nominees Angela Bassett and Daniel Kaluuya, and Emmy award-winning Sterling K. Brown round out the amazing cast.

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“I think progress comes in ebbs and flows. I hope things continue to open up. As more content gets made, more opportunities like ours can come about for folks. But, you’ve got to put your foot on the gas when it comes to that or things can go back to where they were.” – Ryan Coogler

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“Representation matters. It is a powerful and important thing for people to know they are seen and to see themselves reflected in our films and the stories we tell. In terms of gender diversity, we’ve done very well. When it comes to diversity reflecting color and ethnicity, I’d say yes, you will see more.”
-Alan Horn, Chairman of Walt Disney Studios, which owns Marvel.

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Ryan Coogler visited Africa before he began shooting Black Panther for the first time.

“I have to go if I’m making this movie. I’m not qualified just because I look like this.”

“For me, in retrospect. I realized a lot of what I deal with as an artist is with themes of identity. I think it’s something common among African-Americans. For us, we’ve got a strange circumstance in terms of our view of ourselves.”

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When Coogler was asked if he thought a White director could have done this film.

“Well, it’s possible for them to make it. It could be yes. Would they have his perspective? Probably not. It wouldn’t be nuanced in the same way because they wouldn’t have the same conflict. They don’t have the African-American conflict that exists. Whether you’re conscious or not, you have an ancestry that is very hard to trace.”

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Playing Black Panther Chadwick Boseman had to enter a boot camp to understand the character physically and emotionally. He worked with a dialect coach to perfect a South African accent, and he took a DNA test to learn his own origins.

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“To be a part of this project and to really be the main example of that representation on this scale, it’s a cool feeling. You’re very proud. You’re really very honored to be a part of that storytelling, that history-making. At the same time, in the back of your mind, there’s a pressure to make sure it’s successful so we can see more projects like this.”

Michael B. Jordan on playing a villain:

“For me, this is a chance for me to go furthest away from who I am. Erik Killmonger is really dark, even though you empathize with him and understand his point of view. I think that the greatest villains are the ones where you can see their point of view. This character took me to a dark place. I can’t really go through all I went through to get into it because I want to keep that close to me. But, it stuck with me afterwards.”

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What Jordan wants the audience to take away from the film:

“I think it’s something for everybody there’s a love element, there are pride elements, there’s a family element, there’s an identity element that I think everybody can relate to. I just hope people take all of those things wrapped in one. It’s an all-Black cast for the most part, and it’s set in Africa, but it’s universal in so many ways to everybody around the world, so I feel like it’s something that everybody can take something from. There’s a bit of wish fulfillment and fantasy and action to it. It’s a well-rounded movie, I feel like everybody’s gonna enjoy.”

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I am excited about this film. It has already surpassed box office numbers in pre-sales.

MAKE SURE YOU GET OUT AND SEE THIS DYNAMIC FILM. OPENING 2/15/18.