A Raisin in the Sun: A Broadway Revival

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Denzel Washington is riveting as Walter Lee Younger in this recent revival of the classic play, A Raisin in the Sun, written by Lorraine Hansberry. A tribute to the past it is running in the famous Ethel Barrymore Theater in New York City nearly 55 years after its debut in the same theater. The story is based on a black family living in the poor south side of Chicago in the 1950s, whose hopes and dreams are wrapped around a large sum of insurance money inherited after the death of the family’s patriarch.

It can be said that a man doesn’t feel like a man until he’s able to take care of his family in a way the he sees fit. Leading a cast full of complex performances, Washington seems to capture this sentiment as he conveys the in depth struggles Walter Lee has about his manhood. Despite being nearly 20 years the character’s senior, Washington is able to give a credible and dichotomous performance of a man who is desperately clinging onto a sense of idealism that has been crippled with bitterness after years of constant disappointment.

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LaTanya Richardson Jackson reels you in as matriarch, Lena Younger. A staple on Broadway stages, Jackson commands the audience’s attention as she masterfully balances Lena’s proclivity to use wit as a means of getting her point across with her ability to offer her frank assessments of life. Oscar-nominated Sophie Okonedo gives a brilliant performance as Walter Lee’s aloof wife, Ruth, who is so focused on tending to the needs of others, that she forgets to tend to her own.

Another Broadway regular, Anika Noni Rose, is excellent as Walter Lee’s precocious and ambitious younger sister Beneatha Younger. Rose leads her character through an identity crisis as she attempts to combat the rising cynicism that seemingly tries to suffocate her in the same way that it does her brother. Rounding out the outstanding cast in supporting roles are Sean Patrick Thomas (as African national, Joseph Asagai), Bryce Clyde Jenkins (as Walter Lee’s 10 year-old son, Travis) and Jason Dirden (as black elite George Murchison).

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Anticipating the arrival of their windfall, members of the Younger family have conflicting ideas on what to do with it. Walter Lee ambitiously wants to use the money to start his own business as the owner of a liquor store. Beneatha, wrought by her own ambitions, has dreams of becoming a doctor. Lena and Ruth both share the idea of purchasing a modest house they can call their own. As the family struggles with this dilemma, Lorraine Hansberry is able to demonstrate the complexities that come with being poor and black in America. Although this classic is based off a family living in the 1950s, it is still relevant for some black families today who deal with issues of race, class, cultural and personal identity.

A Raisin in the Sun, starring Oscar winner Denzel Washington, is playing at the Ethel Barrymore Theater until June 15, 2014. For tickets visit this website

Tamara Jenkins is a real Jersey girl. She’s independent, opinionated, and loves her sports. When she’s not watching her favorite teams, she’s reading, practicing yoga or working on a few books she hopes will get published one day. She also may or may not be training for a 5k race. With a belief that life is what you make of it, Tamara doesn’t merely want to survive life; she wants to live it.

The Black and White Affair

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Sunday, August 25th, The Black and White Affair –  fashion show, concert, and after party – was held at Grooves Houston!  The night was was co-hosted by Houston’s very own Mehgan James of the Bad Girls Club alongside the comedic Chicago Power 92.3 DJ! Wearing a black body suit with a sheer cut-out, Mehgan definitely heated up the night! Houston Rockets were also in the building showing H-Town love! The fashion show included the garb of talented local designers Choisi Couture, Tailored Boutique, Bella Craze,  Tossed Up Threads, and  Jackie Oh – from sexy metallic form-fitting dresses, to a hot pink romper, and fur-hooded vests making this affair a fashion forward extravagenza!

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The crowd was entertained by haute music artists and a comedian whose quirky relationship advice was definitely relatable and funny! The DJ also made sure to turn up the party with a mix of musical genres that made all the girls feel like they “Run The World!” Jewelry, hair, and makeup sponsors were present providing the beauty tips for every contemporary, professional stylista! Houston bred, Lamik Beauty was the official makeup sponsor. Of courses, fashionistas stepped out in style – with their trendy abodes and banging shoes, these ladies could have rocked the runway themselves! The Black and White Affair was a sexy, fun, and unique Houston experience!

Curly Cartel Makeup Mania!

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The Curly Cartel has conquered the natural hair game, showing women the beauty in going all natural and embracing the ascetics of their culture. The founders Miss Dunnie O and Ms. JGray, of Image is Everything PR, challenge women to let go of the norms of society and to embrace their uniqueness. In doing so, they have unknowingly created a movement – to be natural, beautiful, and empowering in your own skin.

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Last saturday these ladies made the crossover to makeup with their First Annual Curly Cartel Makeup Mania, hosted by Ms. Bella Graham at The Makeup Mix in Burbank, California. The event featured makeup and beauty samples, yummy cupcakes from Eb’s Delites, covered strawberries by Strawberry Kouture, and Haute Baubles debuted her exclusive handmade jewelry.

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Giveaways, samplings, music, and LIVE tutorials from makeup artist and beauty gurus:  Kiahs Kinard, Beauty by Zahry, Amara Reyal, and youtube blogger UloveMegz, kept things light and fun. The beauty gurus gave demonstrations of their specialties and secret tricks to creating the perfect face from contouring, eye shadow, and of course taming those bushy brows. A huge success in encouraging woman of all colors, shapes and backgrounds to embrace both their inner and outer beauty. Be sure to look out for more from the ladies of Curly Cartel!

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Facet Fashion Show

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Facet Studios kicked off the BET Weekend as they presented their first ever Facet Fashion Show. Facet Studios is known for their high fashion studio photography. Hundreds of fashion seeking spectators showed up in their finest threads to see this seasons new up and coming couture swimwear and lingerie collections.

The guest list, included a mix of talented artist, writers, models, actors. To name a few: the Host of BET’s “The Mykie Report”, Miss Mykie sporting her two piece outfit designed by Kachi Designs, Stephanie Allen of “Shop NBC”, Writer of NBC “Crisis” Moronike Balogun styled in a summer gown by “ANGL”, and Mr. Sexy himself,  actor/model  Shemar Moore.  This All White affair was hosted by actor/model Rikki Dee and Terrence Terrell on the roof top of Hollywood hotspot Siren Studios.

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The show starred fashion collections from: Venao, Tamasia Sade, Classy yet Sassy, Just Be You, ONNY, Jaylene Crawley, Fame Forever, The Joi of Summer, Cherry on Top, and Pretty Posh Intimate Apparel. Needless to say every piece on the runway was one of a kind – each piece designed for the versatile woman. Whether you’re strolling down the Santa Monica boardwalk, or marking your footprint on the Caribbean seas, this fashion show had it all.  The models glazed the runway with confidence as they showed off the erotic pieces, and their sexy curves. Who was responsible for glamorizing these beauties glossy lips anf perfect eyelashes you might ask – none other than Toni and Guy and Showgirls Cosmetics.

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This amazing show full of entertainment, fashion, and luxury was produced by Miss Dunnie and Ms.JGray!

Be on the look out for more from Facet Studios in the near future!

The Curly Cartel

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There is something to the unique spirit of one who possesses vision in an unforeseen manner. The Curly Cartel was a simple concept turned movement for the everyday woman – to empower and support her along this journey we call life.

Starting off with conventional careers, it was the adventure of entrepreneurship that brought these women together. Dunnie of Miss Dunnie O, and Ms. JGray of Image Is Everything PR, met over a friendly twitter message and decided to use their talents to foster an environment of acceptance and ingenuity, by building a community known as the Curly Cartel!

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Earning their honorary team natural badges by no longer conforming to the social expectations, they found freedom in being themselves. “There are enough people in the world who will like you for who you are,” says Miss Dunnie O. And understanding and identifying who you are, states Ms. JGray, is the key to loving yourself.

The unification of any community not only creates an inveterate bound but more importantly a support system that leaves room for the unimaginable to occur. As Miss Dunnie O and Ms. JGray are members of historically rival sororities, it speaks to their personal sense of integrity that not only a partnership but a friendship was cultivated from a simple, “Hello.” While a competitive edge is a necessity to endure the stagnate moments entrepreneurship evokes, they will tell you “open lines of communication” and that little word you learned in kindergarten, “teamwork,” are tools to achieving success.

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The cornerstone of the Curly Cartel is found in the honesty of the motto, “You define your own beauty” – a beauty that flows inside out. We women today live our lives in front of a mirror, counting our wrinkles, practicing our smile, sucking it in here and there – trying to find the perfect angle for the perfect photograph. There is a wound that needs to be healed in all of us. It is in these unfortunate similarities that we must found ourselves, recognizing that each and every one of us are more than enough.

Hair was only the premise of the Curly Cartel – it’s about beauty, nutrition, fitness, an overall healthy lifestyle that encourages women to embrace all facets of the self, in its most natural form.

So what’s next for the mysterious and luscious Curly Cartel? Well in just 29 days the launch of their website will officially introduce the world to the Curly Cartel’s community of naturalistas. Also be on the lookout for their upcoming event where Miss Dunnie O and Ms. JGray have teamed up in organizing the sexy yet classy Facet Swimwear & Lingerie Fashion Show. Oh, and a little birdie told us that another Curly Cartel is on the horizon – this time wellness in its entirety is the focus!

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