Monthly Archives February 2020

Kerry Washington Covers The March Issue Of Instyle Magazine

My girl Kerry Washington is the cover story for the March Issue of Instyle Magazine.

“Enjoy not being good at something because that’s how you get better at it.”

Inside the publication, Kerry talks about the new found sisterhood that’s going on in Hollywood, that I am loving, along with her style choices for this shoot.

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Carolina Herrera dress. Tiffany & Co. necklace, bracelet, and rings. Photo by Sebastian Faena.

“One of the biggest gifts of my life came out of Time’s Up,” she says, citing how the birth of the movement was a turning point. Previously, actresses existed in isolation from one another. “We were told, ‘That one is difficult, and that one is crazy, and that one is unreliable.’ We’d been told these untruths because oftentimes you are the only woman in the room. Those labels would get filtered to us about each other.”

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Richard Quinn jumpsuit with cape. Tiffany & Co. necklace and rings. Photo by Sebastian Faena.

 “We are really pouring into each other,” Washington says of Hollywood’s current synergistic state. “We became a sisterhood in the industry across different roles and, in particular, with fellow actresses. We are so invested now, and we understand each other.”

Louis Vuitton dress and brooch. Chopard earrings. Photo by Sebastian Faena.

“I’m doing a project with two co-producers who are Black men, and it’s a different kind of safety. In a room full of women, I still have to translate my Blackness, in a way,” she says. “In these rooms there is another kind of safety that comes from speaking to the same cultural, racial identity.”

Issa Rae Covers “Who What Wear” February Issue

Issa Rae and her Chanel earrings look amazing on the cover of Who What Wear magazines February Issue.

Issa Rae
PHOTO: TAYLOR RAINBOLT; STYLING: MARY KATRANTZOU DRESS; CHANEL EARRINGS

I don’t want anybody to be able to put me in a box.

Issa, who stars in The Photograph (in theaters now) talked about her latest role as Mae Morton, the estranged daughter of a famous photographer, who falls in love with the journalist assigned to cover her late mother.

“I think people are just expecting me to be funny, and the character just lost her mom, so she’s going through it. Obviously, there are elements of humor within the movie, but that’s not the driving part of the character, which is new for me because I do lean on humor. It’s been a defense mechanism for a lot of my life. That’s my go-to, I guess, because my comfort zone is humor. So to not be able to lean on that in this film was interesting.”

DeVon Franklin Shares Valentine’s Advice For Single’s On Tamron Hall Show

Movie exec, author and preacher, DeVon Franklin was on on the Tamron Hall show Friday, Feb. 14th and the movie exec talked about love, relationships and how to enjoy Valentine’s Day when you’re single.

DeVon Franklin

Since it was Valentine’s Day, Tamron first asked DeVon about the pressures of celebrating love with his wife Meagan Good, who he’ll been married to for 8 years come June.

Then Tam asked the author of The Truth About Men to share his advice for singles on Valentine’s Day.

“Here is the reality, If you’re single, you’re whole! Singleness is not a disease. So, I believe if you’re single on Valentine’s Day and you want love, be the love that you want to see! If you don’t have a Valentine’s, be your own Valentine’s.”

Jamal and Gizelle Bryant With The Word On The Street This Valentine’s Day

Jamal and Gizelle Bryant are the word on the street this Valentine’s Day!

No need to ask you heard about us! – Beyonce voice

The couple, who have been quietly dating again for about a year now made it Instagram official on Valentine’s Day, with dope T-shirts and a caption that deserves an Oscar.

Y’all better stop reading those blogs!! ??tell @gizellebryant I need that money. LOL Headed to teach class on the principles of CO parenting. Know your role…flip the script! Don’t do it for the gram! Don’t treat life like a show it’ll impact your family’s reality!

I’m so here for them! They belong together! Reconciliation and forgiveness is a beautiful thing!

Jamal and Gizelle Bryant

Watch: David and Tamela Mann “Ups & Downs” Official Music Video

David and Tamela Mann are stepping in the name of love in their first official music video together.

The couple, who have been together for over 20 years released the video just in time for Valentine’s Day.

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In the video the Mann’s can be seen dressed in all white as they stepped to their single “Ups & Downs” from their Us Against the World album.

The video was produced by David & Tamela’s daughters TIa and Porcia and their son David Jr. can be seen on the one’s and two’s during the party scene.

Check out “Ups and Downs’ below and Happy Valentine’s Day everyone!

Watch: Charlie Wilson “Forever Valentine” Official Music Video

Charlie Wilson is celebrating love with the release of his official music video for his romantic new song “Forever Valentine.”

In the video, Wilson who is seen officiating a wedding celebrates all the seasons of love.

Charlie Wilson

The single was co-written and co-produced by Bruno Mars and Grammy-winning producers The Stereotypes.

Bruno shared of the collaboration on Instagram, “The world could use a little love right about now and who better to bring it to you than one of the greatest of all time. Uncle @imcharliewilson. I had the Honor to produce and sing a little background for him with my Bro’s @stereotypestv and @dmile85.”

PICS: Issa Rae and Lakeith Stanfield “The Photograph” NYC Premiere

Actress Issa Rae and Lakeith Stanfield walked the carpet at the NYC premiere of their Valentine’s weekend movie “The Photograph.”

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Issa looked amazing on the red carpet in an off-the-shoulder yellow gown. In the film she plays Mae, an art curator, who is  the estranged daughter of a famous photographer who falls in love with the journalist ( Stanfield ) assigned to cover her late mother.

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Producer Will Packer and Director Stella Meghie posed on the carpet at the premiere which was held at the SVA Theater.

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Actress Chante Adams, comedian Lil Rel and former Miss America Nia Franklin.

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The Photograph is in theaters now.

Jennifer Hudson to perform Kobe Bryant tribute at NBA All-Star Game

Jennifer Hudson is headed home to Chicago for NBA All-Star weekend to perform a tribute to Kobe Bryant, the NBA has announced.


Another Chicago native, Chaka Khan, has been tapped to sing the national anthem at the game, while Chance The Rapper, Lil Wayne, DJ Khaled and Quavo of the group Migos are slated for the halftime show.

Also, Dwayne Wade and Common, who are also from The Chi are scheduled to announce the lineup as well as judge the slam dunk contest, along with former Chicago Bulls star Scottie Pippen. No word yet on if Michael Jordan is headed back to the Madhouse on Madison aka the United Center where the all star game will be played on Sunday.

Jennifer Lopez Launches New Shoe Collection At DSW

The Pulse of NYC…The Heat Of Miami..The Glamour of LA.. A Collection Inspired By An Icon!

Jennifer Lopez has a deal with COACH, GUESS, Versace, and now Jenny from the block is launching her own shoe line at DSW.

J.Lo announced the news on social media Thursday morning.

I’m so excited to announce the launch of JLO JENNIFER LOPEZ­, my new footwear collection designed by me and sold only at @DSW ? Head to http://DSW.com/jlo and sign-up to shop the collection early and enter for a chance to hang with me!

Some styles will be available on March 9th, but the full collection will be available on March 16th, according to the website.

Jennifer Lopez

According to Bloomberg News, Lopez and DSW are forming a joint venture, which represents a step beyond the licensing deals that celebrities are typically involved in. It will give Lopez the chance to earn shares in the company based off of her products’ performance. The deal is structured in a way that puts no cap on how many shares Lopez can own — so if the project pays off, the entertainer could end up becoming an important stakeholder.

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Naturi Naughton Attends Luncheon To Empower Cleveland Girls

POWER actress, Naturi Naughton was in Cleveland over the weekend to speak at the Saving Our Daughters Celebrate of Excellence Luncheon.

Naturi spoke to hundreds of girls (Cinderella’s) at the Crowne Plaza Playhouse, using her role on POWER to positively impact the girls’ self-esteem and self-worth within their communities.

 “Some of the girls at this luncheon may be experiencing bullying and not feeling that they are not good in enough, but I’m here to let them know they are beautiful”.

Naughton, who is a mother to 3yr. old daughter Zuri, acts as an ambassador and Board Trustee for Saving Our Daughters, which works with girls from multicultural backgrounds across the country, focusing on theater, film and television to help them to overcome the many obstacles they face growing up: bullying (cyber, gossip, face-to-face), dating abuse, domestic violence and other esteem slayers.

Credit: Saving Our Daughters


Boris Kodjoe and Nicole Ari Parker’s Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas

Boris Kodjoe and Nicole Ari Parker are sharing their top presents for a love-filled Valentine Day.

From candles to disposable underwear, the Hollywood duo, who met on the set of Showtime’s Soul Food, got us covered!

Among their gift suggestions they shared exclusively with E!, is KOFIT, their health and fitness app. The family-minded app requires just five minutes of your day and includes a variety of workouts, nutrition tips and meditation.

Boris Kodjoe and Nicole Ari Parker

For Him: A World of Alfa Gift Card:

“Whether your friends could use a custom tux or business suit, a gift card for World of Alfa always fits the bill,” Boris suggested. “I love their design features and the fact that I can get a high quality custom suit for under $500.”

Also on their list list is Nicole’s head wrap, candles from Lomar Farms, disposable underwear, and MeMo Paris perfume line at Bergdorf Goodman.