The 12th Annual George Lopez Celebrity Golf Classic Cinco de Mayo Party

BY: KIMBERLY ALSUP

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On May 5, George Lopez hosted a Cinco de Mayo party for his 12th Annual Celebrity Golf Classic for his Foundation.

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George Lopez created the foundation after in 2005 when he himself needed a transplant which was graciously given by his wife. The mission for the foundation is to create positive, permanent change for underprivileged children, adults and military families confronting challenges in education and health, as well as increasing community awareness about kidney disease and organ donation.

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“I am thankful for the kidney transplant I received in 2005, which has allowed me to pursue my two passions – playing golf and giving back to others less fortunate.” – George Lopez

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Each year his family and friends come together for the Celebrity Golf Classic to help raise awareness for kidney disease. Such a great fun event that brings awareness to a disease that affects some many people.

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In June, the foundation hosts a camp for children affected by kidney disease. Within this camp the children will experience a week-long summer session at a medical specialty camp for children that will learn new strategies of medical self-care, increase their self-confidence, and build supportive friendships with peers who have the same medical conditions.

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Everyone has someone in their life that has been affected by this disease, I know that I do. If you want to donate to this great organization you can via their website georgelopezfoundation.org.

‘WHEN THEY SEE US’ Drops Official Trailer

 BY: KIMBERLY ALSUP

30 years ago, today a woman was raped in Central Park and five teenagers of color were framed for it.

Netflix has just release the full trailer for Ava DuVernay’s “When They See Us” a four-part series about the wrongly convicted Central Park Five.

Based on the true case of five teenagers of color, labeled the Central Park Five, who were convicted of a rape they did not commit, the show follows the young men (Antron McCray, Kevin Richardson, Yusef Salaam, Raymond Santana and Korey Wise) in the spring of 1989 when they are first questioned about the brutal assault of a Caucasian female jogger in New York’s Central Park. The later part of the series will also see them as men, spanning 25 years and highlighting their exoneration in 2002 and the settlement they reached with the city of New York in 2014.

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The series stars Michael K. Williams, Vera Farmiga, John Leguizamo, Felicity Huffman, Niecy Nash, Blair Underwood, Christopher Jackson, Joshua Jackson, Omar J. Dorsey, Adepero Oduye, Famke Janssen, Aurora Perrineau, William Sadler, Jharrel Jerome, Jovan Adepo, Aunjanue Ellis, Kylie Bunbury, Marsha Stephanie Blake, Storm Reid, Dascha Polanco, Chris Chalk, Freddy Miyares, Justin Cunningham, Ethan Herisse, Caleel Harris, Marquis Rodriguez and Asante Blackk.

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“When They See Us” launches on Netflix on May 31.

FILM REVIEW: THE BEST OF ENEMIES

BY: KIMBERLY ALSUP

So, went to an advanced screening of The Best of Enemies. After the screening, there was a conversation with one of the stars of the film, Taraji P. Henson and the writer/director/producer Robin Bissell.

The true story of the unlikely relationship between Ann Atwater, an outspoken civil rights activist, and C.P. Ellis, a local Ku Klux Klan leader. During the racially charged summer of 1971, Atwater and Ellis come together to co-chair a community summit on the desegregation of schools in Durham, N.C. The ensuing debate and battle soon lead to surprising revelations that change both of their lives forever.

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Let me start off and say that Taraji did a good job on this film and in this role. But, to be honest this was yet another “White Savior” film and it is clear that it was written by a White man. The movie was longer than it should have and spent too much time telling a one-sided story. The character arc was never developed for Ann Atwater, unless you read the back story on your own for her you did not know she was an activist. She was painted as a poor Black woman who just spoke up for her community. The only thing that you knew about her family is that she had a daughter that we didn’t see her interact with a lot. No back story or anything. But what you did get a lot of was C.P. Ellis and his back story. They spent a lot of time building his character, his family, and how he ticked. We knew that he had kids and a wife, the classic American family, while they painted Ann as a Black woman with a broken family because we didn’t know where her daughter’s father was. His wife, played by Anne Heche was instrumental in showing the human side of this KKK President and what led him to join. Showing that he had a bad, sad life and he was just looking to belong to something. Way to humanize a white supremacist and diminish what Ann was trying to do in the community back then. Thanks, but we don’t need a savior.

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Why do White writers always tell these stories from one point of view, it would be helpful to have a Black person during the writing process to have it balanced. The problem with Hollywood is they think these types of movies support the Black community when it does the exact opposite. But let me step off my soapbox and hope that in the future these stories are told from both perspectives and not just the one. But shout out to them for at least bring awareness to the story that people did not know that much about.

The Best of Enemies stars Taraji P. Henson and Sam Rockwell and premieres in theaters on April 5.

BIG REINVENTED WITH ‘LITTLE’

BY: KIMBERLY ALSUP

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Had a chance to see Little at an early screening. LITTLE is a hilarious ride from beginning to end. If you didn’t know that Regina Hall was funny then get ready for the ride. Yes, in general Regina plays the siddity uppity type but this time she brings comedy to it. Combine that with the comedic timing of Issa Rae and Marsai Martin and you have a winning combination. I foresee this will be another win for superstar producer Will Packer and a win for Marsai Martin who is the youngest executive producer with this film.

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Jordan is a take no-prisoners boss who makes her assistant and employees life a living hell on a regular basis. She faces an unexpected threat when a kid wishes that she was little. Her life and career turn upside down when she magically transforms into a 13-year old version of herself.

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Little is the Freaky Friday for the Black community. Story by Tracy Oliver and directed by Tina Gordon, Little takes us on a ride of exploring and dealing with emotions and feelings that Jordan never dealt with in the past. It takes her back to the time when she felt helpless and felt unwanted. Children can be cruel which lead to her hard exterior and the inability to let anyone in for fear of being hurt again. Once Jordan was forced to be a 13-year old again she discovered that things had not changed and children were still cruel. But, it was when she took her power back and befriended the kids that were similar to her as a child that she realized she had a do over and showed them it was okay to be different. Little is a reminder to deal with our emotions and feelings before they fester and get out of control, and to be the best version of ourselves.

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This movie has a phenomenal cast whose chemistry makes the movie work. Little starts off with Jordan being awakened in her penthouse apartment in Atlanta by her latest invention for her successful tech company, Home Girl which is similar to Amazon’s Alexa and voiced by no other than Black-ish star and funny girl Tracee Ellis Ross. Early on we discover Jordan’s love interest played by Luke James and are treated to a sexy dance performance from him. Singing and dancing, yes to both. Speaking of Luke James, let’s talk about the other eye candy in this movie, Justin Hartley, from This is Us. I was right with little Jordan when she said “you feel what I’m feeling.” Rounding out the cast is Tone Bell who is Issa Rae’s character, April biggest supporter and JD McCrary who gives an incredible performance at the school talent show while Jordan is little. Let me also shout the amazing wardrobe department, fire throughout the movie.

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This is a definite see and will be an instant classic that people will watch over and over.

Little opens in theaters on April 12 everywhere.

WHEN THEY SEE US – NETFLIX

BY: KIMBERLY ALSUP

Ava DuVernay’s upcoming limited series on the brutal crime and false accusations of five teenagers that shocked NYC and the nation 30 years ago will be available to stream on Netflix on May 31. The four-part series formerly known as The Central Park Five will now be called When They See Us released an explosive trailer this morning. Just the title alone is powerful. For the many Black deaths that has spawned the Black Lives Matter movement, for the many false accusations of people of color over the years, When They See Us is a very fitting title.

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With this series Korey, Antron, Raymond, Kevin and Yusef get to tell their story of young people of color unjustly handled by the criminal justice system.

For those that are unfamiliar with the case, these five teens, four Black and one Hispanic were apprehended in connection to the assault and brutal rape of Trisha Meili, a White female jogger on the night of April 19, 1989. Before the trial began, the FBI tested the DNA of the rape kit and found that it did not match any of the boys but as fitting as the title suggests they were in the park so they must have done it, right? Regardless of the evidence to clear them the teens were convicted in 1990. In 2002, Matias Reyes, a convicted murder and serial rapist serving a life sentence in prison confessed to the crime and DNA evidence confirmed that he was indeed the attacker on the night in question. However, Reyes was not prosecuted for the rape and murder due to statute of limitations expiring by the time of his confession.

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The teens now men convictions were overturned in 2002. In 2003, they sued the City of New York for malicious prosecution, racial discrimination, and emotional distress. The city refused to settle for over a decade until new Mayor Bill de Blasio took office and supported the settlement, the city settled the case for $41 million in 2014 and their names were finally cleared.

This whole case and what’s happening in society has me singing the old Michael Jackson song “They Don’t Care About Us”.

Written and Directed by Ava DuVernay. This series will go beyond 1989 and what happened after.

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The series stars Emmy Award® Nominee Michael K. Williams, Academy Award® Nominee Vera Farmiga, Emmy Award® Winner John Leguizamo, Academy Award® Nominee and Emmy Award® Winner Felicity Huffman, Emmy Award® Nominee Niecy Nash, Emmy Award® Winner and two-time Golden Globe Nominee Blair Underwood, Emmy Award® and Grammy Award® Winner and Tony Award® Nominee Christopher Jackson, Joshua Jackson, Omar Dorsey, Adepero Oduye, Famke Janssen, Aurora Perrineau, William Sadler, Jharrel Jerome, Jovan Adepo, Aunjanue Ellis, Kylie Bunbury, Marsha Stephanie Blake, Storm Reid, Chris Chalk, Freddy Miyares, Justin Cunningham, Ethan Herisse, Caleel Harris, Marquis Rodriguez, and Asante Blackk.

Thank you Ava for continuing to expose the injustice of people of color.

THE HATE YOU GIVE Q&A

BY: KIMBERLY ALSUP

Had the opportunity to attend the screening of The Hate You Give to celebrate the film’s release on DVD, Blu-Ray and all digital platforms. This film gives an opportunity to start the conversation on race with those in your family, community and your friends. This film had me laughing and crying, but it also provoked feelings on how this could be changed and what we as a community can do to change the narrative. After the screening there was a great Q&A with Russell Hornsby and moderated by CNN commentator Symone Sanders. In these Trump days it is important to have this conversation and show your kids how to conduct themselves out on these streets because it will get real, real quick and then what.

If you have not seen this amazing film directed by George Tillman Jr. make sure you buy it or stream it wherever you get your movies.

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/

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.

THE STEVE HARVEY MENTORING PROGRAM 2018 CAMP

BY: KIMBERLY ALSUP

On Father’s Day weekend, I had the opportunity to visit The Steve Harvey Mentoring Camp at The Rock Ranch in The Rock, GA, founded by the late S. Truett Cathy of Chick-fil-A.

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The 10th Annual Camp kicked off on Thursday when over 200 fatherless teens arrived from as far as California and as close as right here in Atlanta. This four-day camp is the largest youth mentoring program offered by The Steve & Marjorie Harvey Foundation.

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While the boys settled into camp, Steve Harvey gathered the single mothers for dinner to speak to them about what will happen over the weekend as well as advice on how to raise boys without fathers an encouraging them.

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The Mentoring Camp are interactive programs that include workshops that focus on manhood, personal responsibility, dream building and the importance of nutrition & physical fitness. They are also introduced to positive role models who are leaders in business, their communities, entertainment and the military.

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The boys participated in a variety of activities while at the Ranch, including fishing and zip lining. Some of the teens had never experienced a camp like this, and had never been fishing or participated in any other the activities.

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During the camp, the mothers participated in The Single Mother’s Enrichment Summit sponsored by Ashley Stewart and hosted by Editor-at-Large of Essence Magazine, Mikki Taylor. This summit offered mothers discussions and educational sessions on family, wellness, finances, college, homeownership, and the keys to raising productive young men.

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Special guests during the camp and the summit included Grammy-Award winning singer and producer Anthony Hamilton, Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, Cynthia Bailey, Kristina “Zane” Robert and more.

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Sponsored by Chick-Fil-A, Google, Coca-Cola, Morgan Stanley, Luster Products, Neiman Marcus, Fremantle Media, Mercedes Benz, Choice Hotels, US Fish & Wildlife, Peachtree Tents, and Global Sales.

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If you have a fatherless teen or know of a teen that could benefit from this, I suggest you fill out an application to attend in 2019. It is a life changing experience of these young men, and most of them have come back to give back to the next generation.

http://www.harveyfoundation.com

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)