Monthly Archives February 2020

Ryan Michelle Bathe Joins ‘All Rise’ Season 1 Starring Simone Missick

Actress Ryan Michelle Bathe, who just slayed her NAACP Image Awards look, is set to join Simone Missick in a recurring role on CBS, All Rise.

Ryan Michelle Bathe

According to Deadline, Bathe will play Rachel Audubon, a “brilliant and fearless, hi-profile, take-no-prisoners litigation attorney whose charm is her superpower.” She’s also a “rare trial lawyer” who can alternate between both civil and criminal law as well as a chief legal correspondent for cable news networks.

She has known Lola (Missick) since undergrad at Howard University and got to know Mark (Bethel) at UCLA where he, Lola and Rachel became a trio during their law school days.

All Rise 
follows the chaotic, hopeful and sometimes absurd lives of its judges, prosecutors and public defenders, as they work with bailiffs, clerks and cops to get justice for the people of Los Angeles amidst a flawed legal process. Among them is newly appointed Judge Lola Carmichael (Missick), a highly regarded and impressive deputy district attorney who doesn’t intend to sit back on the bench in her new role, but instead leans in, immediately pushing the boundaries and challenging the expectations of what a judge can be. The series also stars Bethel, Marg Helgenberger, Jessica Camacho, J. Alex Brinson, Lindsay Mendez and Ruthie Ann Miles.

Rep. James Clyburn Endorses Joe Biden For President Ahead Of SC Primary

Rep. James Clyburn, aka the “Godfather” of South Carolina politics has endorsed former VP Joe Biden for President.

Rep. James Clyburn

“I can think of no one better suited, better prepared, I can think of no one with the integrity, no one more committed to the fundamental principles that make this country what it is than my good friend,” said Clyburn, appearing with Biden at an event in North Charleston.

In his endorsement speech, which moved Biden to tears, the congressman invoked his late wife Emily who died last fall, saying that there was no leader she loved more than Biden, whom he’d gotten to know decades earlier through his work during the civil rights movement.

“I know Joe. We know Joe. But most importantly, Joe knows us.”

South Carolina cast their votes on Saturday.

Ciara Covers Fault Magazine: She’s All About Spreading Love!

Mommy to be, Ciara is the cover story for Fault Magazine’s 31st Issue. Inside the publication, CiCi talks spreading love and inspiration in this new era of her life.


This era of my career is all about spreading love and inspiration, CiCi shared with the publication. I am so fortunate to have been given this platform and I want it to stand for something in the long-run. I kicked off this era by Leveling Up! I starting my own record label, Beauty Marks Entertainment, and now own my masters after 15 years in the business. I want to be an inspiration to other young people out there to follow their dreams and never give up. Fans can expect more music and even more dancing!


She even talked about getting her “gang gang” together for her latest single “Melanin.”

Melanin was written and produced by my friend Ester Dean. When she played it for me I immediately knew I wanted to get my ‘girl gang’ together and celebrate the diverse beauty that makes up the tapestry of women of colour. Each girl brings a unique vibe to the song and it was cool to showcase the many talents of actresses like Lupita (aka Troublemaker) and LaLa. 

Watch: The Lovebirds Trailer Starring Issa Rae & Kumail Nanjiani

Issa Rae and Kumail Nanjiani try to clear their names and find the criminal responsible for a murder in The Lovebirds trailer.

The Lovebirds trailer

The film follows Jibran (Nanjiani) and Leilani (Rae) as they experience a defining moment in their relationship when they are unintentionally embroiled in a bizarre crime. As their journey to clear their names takes them from one extreme – and hilarious – circumstance to the next, they must figure out how they, and their relationship, can survive the night.

Anna Camp, Paul Sparks, Kyle Bornheimer and Moses Storm also star in the film, which was directed by Michael Showalter.

In theaters April 3rd.

RHOA Star Cynthia Bailey Celebrates 53rd Birthday At The Bailey Wine Cellar

Bravo’s RHOA star Cynthia Bailey celebrated her 53rd birthday at her Wine Cellar in Atlanta with family, close friends. and two birthday cakes!

Celebrity photographer Freddy O walked in with a cake decorated with white icing and two gorgeous red roses on top.

The celebration, which was invite only (she sent out an impromptu text) was very laid back. The RHOA star wore a black leather dress that she paired with a crossover Louis Vuitton shoulder bag, and black tennis shoes on her feet. Love It!!!!!

She posted a couple of videos on her IG account. In one of the videos, Cynthia blew out the candles on a cake covered in slick chocolate frosting, with her wine collection serving as the backdrop.

The supermodel’s fiance Mike Hill also posted a dope message to his bride to be to celebrate her birthday.

As the years increase, so does the size of her heart. She’s truly a special woman and so I hope you’ll join me in celebrating her day. It’s her birthday but she’s also the gift. That’s why I can’t imagine life without her. God’s will I’ll never have to.

I just love Black love!!!!

cynthia bailey

Watch: “Self Made” Trailer Starring Octavia Spencer As Madam C.J. Walker

Self Made: inspired by the life of Madam C.J. Walker official trailer has been released by Netflix.

Madam C.J. Walker

Octavia Spencer stars in the eight-episode Netflix biographical series as Walker, an American entrepreneur, philanthropist, and a political and social activist who was considered the wealthiest African-American businesswoman and wealthiest self-made woman in America at the time of her death in 1919. She made a meteoric rise from poverty by developing and marketing a line of cosmetics and hair care products specifically for black women, which we see in the trailer for Self Made. It’s interesting to see the humble beginnings of the black hair care industry, which is now a billion-dollar business. Still, as we see in the trailer, it is difficult for her to overcome the prejudice and racism facing her at every turn as her business takes off.

The Netflix limited series. premieres March 20th on the streaming service.

Jasmine Cephas Jones Debuting New EP “Blue Bird” March 3rd

Actress and singer Jasmine Cephas Jones upcoming EP “Blue Bird,” addresses some of the challenging emotions that individuals face as they attempt to find their own voice in a world that makes it difficult to stay true to oneself.

Jasmine Cephas Jones

“Writing Blue Bird gave me strength, courage, and power from my own words and melodies in a time when I needed it the most,” the Grammy winner shared with PEOPLE. “I hope this piece of music helps people understand that it’s okay to be yourself and to know that you are capable of finding your own power and inner strength.”

Her new music depicts her journey throughout life and her ability to conquer the struggles that came her way.

The EP will include her songs “Heaven (Intro),” “Wild Thing,” “Moonlight,” “Gone Girl,” “Little Bird” and “Alice.”

My Sister Shares Her Adoption Journey “I am a true believer…”

For those of you who may not know, I have a younger sister named Toni Minter who lives in Texas with her family. On Tuesday, Feb. 25th she along with her husband Anthony adopted two awesome little girls.

I asked her to share her adoption journey with our readers….


I am a true believer in “faith” “fate” and “destiny”. I have lived by the rule, that things are meant to be. My husband and I married in 2006. I was already a mother to 1 and we had experienced the loss of our first child years prior. Over the next 10 years we tried unsuccessfully to have another child. After buying our first home we decided there was enough room in our home and hearts to expand again. Together we decided to adopt through foster care. Months of paperwork, prayer, and preparation and we were finally licensed. More months passed. In early 2019 we saw a picture of two young girls. They were older but it didn’t matter. They had my heart at first sight. I knew they were mine.


Unfortunately we were not selected to become their parents and so we sadly moved on. Our adoption agency came back to us to see if we were still interested in the girls but we had already decided to adopt a teen boy. Then the boy changed his mind about adoption and we were back to square one. Feeling beat, I was reluctant to try again. Our rockstar agent was determined and made a few calls on our behalf. Our girls were still available. Weeks later we were visiting them in Houston and soon they were coming to live with us for good. The same day they came to live with us I had a miscarriage (we didn’t know we were pregnant).The loss was hard but I wasn’t alone. I had my girls that helped me get out of my depression and move forward. They were depending on me.

During the 6 months they were with us I’ve learned how to do hair (I only had a son), patience is a virtue, that tablets are the bomb, and to take advantage of the quiet moments. I am a dance mom and I like it.I am grateful to my family that prayed for us and those that inspired our journey. This is just the beginning and I can’t wait for more adventures for my family of 5.

To learn more about adopting a child(ren) visit

Check It: Beyonce and J.Lo Rock Kobe & Gianna Bryant Nail Bling

Beyonce and J.Lo both rocked Kobe and Gianna Bryant nail bling to honor the father and daughter duo as they attended the memorial service for the two Monday at the Staples Center.

J.Lo posted the above photo on her Instagram account with the caption “24 & 2” Bey showed off her nail art during rehearsals for her opening performance during Kobe’s memorial.

She began to perform “XO” before stopping to address the crowd of mourners.

“I’m here because I love Kobe and this was one of his favorite songs,” Beyoncé said. “So I wanna start that over, but I want us to do it all together. And I want you to sing it so loud he can hear the love.”

Afterward, she performed an emotional rendition of “Halo” with a full band wearing all white.

Niecy Nash Turns 50 With The Dopest Birthday Message Ever!

Our girl Niecy Nash turned 50 over the weekend and celebrated by posting some dope pic’s that included her apple bottom, a snippet of Maya Angelou’s Phenomenal Woman poem, and most importantly a transparent message that deserves a round of applause!

Tipping my hat to all those who don’t run from the truth or hide their pain.

Niecy Nash

To those who have had to begin again over and over… I see you. I love. I am you. We got this! Taking my 50th trip around the sun happier than I’ve ever been!

The actress also spent her birthday weekend celebrating her NAACP Image Award win for her role as Delores Wise in Netflix’s When They See Us. Niecy played the mother of teenager Korey Wise, who went to prison for 11 years for a crime he did not commit.

Happy Birthday Niecy We Love You Too and We See You!!!!!!!!


The Ladies Of Black-ish Killed Their NAACP Image Awards Red Carpet Looks

The ladies of ABC’s Black-ish, Yara Shahidi and Marsai Martin looked freakin amazing on the red carpet Saturday night for the 51st annual NAACP Image Awards.

Yara rocked a Gucci fall/winter 2019 ready to wear mini dress that she accessorized with  Double G Platform Sandals ($890.00) also by Gucci, and Cartier Yellow Gold Panthera Rings. Styled by one of my fav’s Jason Bolden.

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Me at parties….?

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En route ⭐️ #naacpimageawards

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When yo momma fly matches yo fly…….

Marsai Martin, who took home to awards for her role as Diane Johnson in the comedy series wore a white Ermanno Scervino high/ low gown from the brands SS20 RTW collection. She was styled by Jason Rembert.


The show also won for outstanding comedy series, and host Anthony Anderson won for outstanding actor in a comedy series and Tracee Ellis Ross for outstanding actress. Deon Cole took home an award for outstanding supporting actor.

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“I’m glad to be a part of this ever growing chorus of Black women owning our own legacy.”