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Music Video Flashback: SWV "Weak"

In Music Video Flashback, SWV on June 30, 2011 at 7:14 pm

“Weak” has to be my all time favorite song from this group.  The record is from their 1st album “It’s About Time” which made it’s debut in 1992. “Weak” hit number one on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1993 for two weeks and is one of SWV’s biggest hits. It’s been a long time since we’ve heard from a talented group of women displaying true R&B but I’m still cross my fingers for a reunion album from these ladies!  Take a blast to the past and reminisce with me (plus video of the group singing live in 1993)…


Jada Pinkett Smith Talks Family Sacrifices

In Inspiration, Interviews, Jada Pinkett Smith; Family, magazine cover on June 30, 2011 at 6:48 pm
In the August issue of Redbrook Magazine, Jada Pinkett Smith opens up about her appreciation and love for husband Will Smith,  raising their determined and famous children, Willow and Jaden and her multitude of blessings. 
Continue on to see more…

Jada speaks on putting her family first:
“I had to make choices. Believe me, I would still be on the road with my band, Wicked Wisdom, and making as many movies as I can a year, and doing all sorts of other things if I didn’t have the responsibility of a family. But I have children with their own talents and dreams, and I know I have to be standing next to them for that journey.”

“This is Jaden and Trey watching Will and me doing one of the last episodes of Oprah from another room in the studio. I hope those cupcakes weren’t their lunch!”
“Before Willow shot her ‘Rockstar’ video, she was like, ‘Mommy, I don’t know if I can do this.’ So I was telling her there, ‘Sweetie, you can do this!’ She’s my little drama queen.”
“That’s a late night on the set of HawthoRNe with me, Will, and [costar] Marc Anthony going over one of the season’s first scripts. Will is a ‘ghost producer’ on the show.”
On raising her children in Hollywood:

“Let me tell you what I fear most: Them growing up like I did, in a house with drugs in a war zone, where if I walked out my door I could be shot. Hollywood ain’t nothing compared to that! Growing up in the streets of Baltimore, or the streets of Philly where Will grew up — I’d rather have my kids here. It still makes me nervous that they’re part of something that isn’t totally real, but it’s up to Will and me to teach them what’s real and what’s not.”

“That’s Willow playing the piano when we were all in Madrid before the Justin Bieber concert.”
“Jackie Chan [Jaden’s Karate Kid costar] is such a kind and special person, and he was so good to Jaden.”
“We’re in Oslo, Norway, in the hotel room before we presented President Obama with the Nobel Peace Prize in 2009.”

See more pics from the article here.
(via Redbrook)






Music Video: Beyoncè: ‘Run the World’ Alternatve Version

In Beyonce, Music Video on June 30, 2011 at 4:57 pm
Beyonce has released an alternate version of her single “Run The World” for her studio album “4”.  There’s a little less dancing in this version but we still like it!

Which version do you like more?

Update! Tia Morwy-Hardrict & Husband Welcome Their Baby Boy!

In Tia Mowry on June 30, 2011 at 12:20 am
Congratulations to new mommy and The Game star Tia Mowry- Hardrict!  Yesterday, Tia gave birth to a healthy baby boy in a LA hospital.  

Tia’s husband, Cory Hardrict, tweeted a picture of himself at the hospital saying “God is great!”:
*Update: The baby’s name is Cree Taylor Hardrict*

Congratulations to the couple!

Iconic Quote: Alex Wek

In Alex Wek, Inspiration, Quotes on June 30, 2011 at 12:01 am
“I have no problem with whatever the next big look is.  Just don’y try and tell me that only one look is beautiful.”- Alex Wek

Vita Coco & Rihanna Launch National Campaign For Coconut Water

In Rihanna on June 29, 2011 at 11:49 pm
Today, Rihanna launched an ad campaign for VITA COCO, 100% coconut water.  It case you didn’t know, coconut water is full of electrolytes which can be beneficial for athletes. 

See more pics after the break…

Madonna is also an investor in the company.

Iconic Style: Orange Mania!!!

In fashion on June 29, 2011 at 11:30 pm
With so many vivid and bold colors this season, many celebs have been spotted rocking orange, a beautiful hue that brightens the skin.  Take a look at Kelly Rowland, Jennifere Aniston, Rihanna and Kim Kardashian sporting various shades of this energy boosting color!

Orange Mania

Sanaa Lathan Chats It Up with Life and Times

In Sanaa Lathan; Interviews on June 28, 2011 at 1:16 pm
New York born actress Sanaa Lathan is one of the most dazzling and admirable ladies in Hollywood.  With a starring role in classic box office hits like Something New, Love & Basketball and The Family Preys, she has given us one great performance after another!  Recently, the NAACP Image Award nominee sat with Life and Times about her role in the highly talked about play, Meet Vera Stark by Pulitzer Prize winner Lynn Nottage and more…

On taking on the role of Vera Stark:
It’s one of the things that terrified me about accepting the role and yet it was also one of the things that really made me want to do it. I believe that when you’re scared, that’s when you gotta jump in and go for it, because that’s how you grow. Vera ages from 28 to 68 during the play and at 68 she’s kind of a drunk. It’s a delicious, juicy role that I get to sink my teeth into and play every night on stage. Our theater is about 300 seats and I love the vibe you get with that kind of a smaller house. You feel like you’re having a conversation with the audience, which is wonderful.”

On making history come alive on stage:
 “Well, for starters, I think the hair and costume people do a beautiful job. And Lynn Nottage had so much research material that she provided us with. The first act is set in the 1930s, so we watched a lot of pre-Code screwball comedies. And then in the second half there are two different periods, 2003—which I’m not in—and the 1970s, which takes place on a Mike Douglas-type talk show. So we watched a lot of YouTube clips of old variety talk shows featuring all those classic diva stars, from Bette Davis to Lucille Ball to Eartha Kitt. And, you know, the play is actually a comedy. Lynn gets her point across through humor; people are laughing during the whole thing and I love that. The play deals with racial stereotypes and the struggles of black actors in Hollywood through the years and she delivers that message with such a sharp comic punch that it really lands. You’re laughing and then you’re like “Wow—this is kind of sad.”

Most rewarding part of doing the play:
“What makes Vera Stark special to me is that it honors all of these black actresses who have not gotten their due. So the play is not only artistically and acting-wise a great challenge, it’s also a chance to honor women like Theresa Harris, Hattie McDaniel and Nina Mae McKinney. There’s a deeper resonance to playing this character for me, because these women’s lives are part of American film history.”

On the 10 year classic Love and Basketball:
“People come up to me everyday and say “I watch Love & Basketball over and over.” What I love about that is that it means the movie is providing something that they’re craving. It’s great to be able to watch a movie and have it give you a feeling that you need in your life.”

What’s on Sanaa’s IPod:
“I’m listening to Adele’s 21, Chris Brown, Musiq Soulchild and I just bought the new Lady Gaga album. And I love Beyonce’s “1+1.” It just gives me the chills.”

The full interview is here.
You can also catch Sanaa as the voice of Donna Tubbs on the comical TV show The Cleveland Show.

(Via Life and Times)

Music Video: Ledisi "Pieces Of Me"

In Ledisi, Music Video on June 28, 2011 at 12:14 pm
Ledisi’s “Pieces Of Me” is one of my favorite songs of the moment.  
With lyrics like, ” People just don’t know what I’m about, They haven’t seen what’s there behind my smile,
There’s so much more of me I’m showin out”, this song is a perfect anthem for today’s everyday woman.
See the viedo next…

Iconic Read: The Wealth Cure by Hill Harper

In Books, Hill Harper on June 28, 2011 at 12:09 pm
Excerpt from Amazon:

Hill Harper is uniquely poised to guide readers through tough times and offers bestselling advice for reaping the rewards of a truly happy life. With The Wealth Cure, he does more than that: He presents a revolutionary new definition of wealth, motivating readers to not only build financial security but to also achieve wealth in every aspect of their lives.

Read more after the break…

Using his own journey as a parable, Harper inspires the reader to evaluate their values while explaining the importance of laying a sound financial foundation and how to recognize the worth of your relationships and increase the value of your interactions with the people in your life. Drawing on his personal recollections and true stories from family and friends, Harper helps readers begin to see money not as a goal but as a tool that provides freedom for following their passions. The keys include investing in yourself, tapping the resources you need, and taking responsibility for how those resources are used.

The book is available for sale August 23rd but you can per order your copy today!!!