TRACY OLIVER TALKS ‘LITTLE’ AT WGA SCREENING.

BY: KIMBERLY ALSUP

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Monday night, WGAW Speaker Series: In Her Words held a screening of LITTLE with writer Tracy Oliver. After the movie a conversation and Q&A with Tracy Oliver shed light on the film, what it’s like having a 14-year old Marsai Martin as her boss, and her overall writing process. A great informative conversation.

Tracy also stayed after to speak with everyone, gave amazing advice and insight, and take pictures. Her future projects include a play on the film, First Wives Club and Clueless. Excited to see what else she has up her sleeve.

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If you haven’t seen LITTLE yet, run and go see it. I have seen it twice and it was just as good the second time.

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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.

NEW ALADDIN TRAILER

BY: KIMBERLY ALSUP

A new trailer for Aladdin has dropped and this time we get to see the Genie played by Will Smith in full swing. Best part is seeing Abu on Aladdin’s leg.

Check it out below.

 

NAACP IMAGE AWARD NOMINATIONS

 BY: KIMBERLY ALSUP

The NAACP Award nominations are in and HBO and Netflix lead with 22 and 20 Nominations in the Television categories. Marvel leads with 13 nominations in Film categories. RCA leads with 11 nominations in the music categories. The nominees were announced on February 13, 2019 at a press conference. Winners will be announced live during a Two-Hour live special on TV One on Saturday, March 30, 2019 in Los Angles, California.

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“With TV One as our partner for the 50th Anniversary of the NAACP Image Awards, we are delighted to have a platform to showcase artists and individuals of color and celebrate their talents and contributions.” – NAACP President Derrick Johnson.

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In its 50th year, The NAACP Image Awards is the foremost multicultural awards show celebrating the accomplishments of people of color in the fields of television, music, literature and film, and also honors individuals or groups who promote social justice through creative endeavors.

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In addition to the standard awards categories, our favorite auntie Congresswoman Maxine Waters will be honored with the NAACP Chairman of the Year Award which is given to individuals who demonstrate exemplary public service and use their platforms to create agents of change.

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ALADDIN REIMAGINED

BY: KIMBERLY ALSUP

A new Aladdin film is coming our way on May 24, 2019. The first teaser of the film was released in October 2018, and it just let the Genie out but we never saw who the Genie was, but with the new trailer that debuted during the Grammys last night shows Will Smith as the Genie. Will Smith has always told us that he was the Genie but we never saw him, so in a cute Instagram post he let it be known that he told us.

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This is a remake from the beloved film that debuted in 1992. Will Smith reprises the role of the Genie that was originally played by Robin Williams. When asked how his version differs from Williams he said:

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“There’s a little bit less mimicking — there’s a James Brown piece that we do but a little bit less mimicking. The thing that will be the major addition from me playing the Genie is the hip-hop base. I think that’ll be fun for people. I think it’ll stand out as unique even in the Disney world. There hasn’t been a lot of that hip-hop flavor in Disney history!”

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Aladdin is directed by Guy Ritchie and stars Mena Massoud as Aladdin, Naomi Scott as Jasmine and Will Smith as the Genie. Super excited about this remake because I loved the original, even saw it in the theatre, yeah, I am truly dating myself with that. But, so glad that a new generation will be exposed to the greatness that is Aladdin. I am just hoping that it lives up to the phenomenal that it was back then.

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In theatres May 24, 2019.

SPIN-OFFS ARE WHERE IT’S AT

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Freeform renews two of our favorites. Grown-ish, the spin-off from Black-ish created by Kenya Barris. Also, Good Trouble, the spin-off from The Fosters.

Catch both of them on Freeform and the Freeform app.

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/

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.

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)