Actor George Lott Hits The Big Screen in Universal Pictures “Little” Starring Marsai Martin, Issa Rae, and Regina Hall. 

Interview by Tianna Sheree

VEU– Give a short introduction for those who may not be familiar with you. 
I’m a George Lott,  Actor, Artist, Writer, & CEO of #T8FLIGHT Entertainment. I am from the “itty bitty” Plant City, Florida.


VEU: How did you start your journey in acting? 
I started in The Drama club in school growing up which introduced me to theatre. I’ve done numerous of stage plays…but there was something that attracted me about TV/FILM so I moved to Atlanta to break into the industry.


VEU– You are easy to find in anything you do. Describe your style in 3 words? 
Peculiar Original Fearless


VEU– Did you enjoy working with the cast of your new movie LITTLE? What did you learn from the experience?
I had an amazing time while I was on set. I learned to always be prepared..you never know when an opportunity may come. I was originally brought to set as a “Featured Extra” but the director Tina Gordon Chism saw something in me…she put me on the spot,  I delivered and she upgraded me..and I became apart of the cast. 


VEU– Who is your favorite person to work with so far?
The Director, Tina Gordon Chism…her energy was amazing!! it was an honor to see a beautiful black Queen running the set. I had never seen it before…Black Girl Magic. ….also I cant pick just 1 lol….I have to give a special s/o to Marsai Martin…she pitched the movie at 11 years old..3 years later it happens… not only is she starring in it…but she’s a Executive producer…and is now the youngest executive producer in Hollywood!! 


VEU– Name some people on your bucket list to work with? 

Will Smith, Angela Bassett ,Viola Davis, Sandra Bullock, Meryl Streep, Jamie Foxx, and  Denzel Washington 


VEU– What Actor do you admire the most? 
Will Smith All dayyyy….I grew up watching him..I relate to him in so many ways…I’m naturally goofy and like to make people feel good.
I have my heart set on being in Bad Boys 3..someway some how. 


VEU– It is often said that creating is healing. How does working as an Actor your spirit?
It allows me to be transparent…and dig deep within myself…and if there is anything I wasnt aware that I subliminally dealing with..I’m forced to address it. As an actor you cant tell someone else’s story…unless you stand in your Truth. 


VEU– What encouraging words do you have for others entering your field?
Jump….and build the parachute on the way down. You have what it takes..but it’s going to take everything you got. 

VEU- Anything else you would like the world to know?
I’m a dope photographer….I shoot headshots for other actors. And I also do brand consulting for those in the Entertainment business looking to make a name for themselves 

Actor Alphonso Jackson Brings the Drama to CW’s BLACKLIGHTING Season 2″

Interviewed by Tianna Sheree

How did you start your journey in acting? 
While attending high school in Bridgeport Connecticut, we had a substitute teacher who was an aspiring actor. That teacher’s name was Michael Jai White. As his career began to unfold, it made me consider that there were other possibility for brothers in the hood besides rapping, sports & being on the other side of the law. Around 10 years after that, I auditioned for & booked a few roles in New York. My employer relocated me to Atlanta in 2009 & in 2011 I shot my first project as a co-lead in a Studio 11 short film entitled “The Promise” which was co-directed by LisaRaye McCoy, who along with actor Mel Jackson, featured in the short. That experience is what gave me the confidence to continue.


What character do you play on The CWs Black Lighting? 
My character’s current alias is Slim, but he started off on season 1 as a lieutenant for the 100.


Do you relate to your character?
I can absolutely relate to Slim. Slim has done a lot of dirty work to climb the ladder of the 100. He started as a runner, who was eventually promoted to lieutenant. From lieutenant, he worked his way up to Capo. Stay tuned, because Slim may be working his way up again!


What is it like working with an amazing cast?
Phenomenal! Not only are you working with some great talent, but you’re learning as you watch them in action. Also I must say, the crew is top notch!


Were you familiar with the Black Lightning comics?
There weren’t many black super heroes to admire back when I was growing up, so he was one of a few that me & my friends could pretend to be as kids.


What is one role you would love a chance at playing?
Definitely the Pharaoh Akhenaten, the African King Memnom or an action film like Predator where I can give an alien/monster this work!!


What actor do you admire? 
I can’t just name one to be honest. Michael Jai White, Lawrence Fishburn, Samuel Jackson, Morgan Freeman, Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Ed Norton, Terry Cruz, Matt Damon, Jim Carrey, Denzel Washington, Forest Whitaker, John Travolta, Bill Murray, Joe Peshi, Robert DeNiro, Steve Martin, Dwayne Johnson, Cress Williams, William Catlett…..those are just SOME of the actors I admire….my list of actors I admire is just as extensive!


It is often said that creating is healing. How does being an actor heal your spirit?
Acting forces you to step outside of your own personal experience to explore the what if’s & ebbs & flows of an alternate persona. Not only can that be gratifying at times, but it also makes you reach down deep into your core in order to find out who your character is & during that process, you can also learn about yourself.


What encouraging words do you have for inspiring actors?
Belief is the 1st tool in your toolbox for success. Next is DO THE WORK! Study your character, learn your character so you can do whatever is necessary to bring that character to life. Also, hard work is not just exclusive to being in front of the camera. Take your health seriously. Lastly, be PROFESSIONAL. That includes set etiquette, being reliable & being personable. These things go a long way in this industry.


What else can we look forward for you?
There is a lot on deck for me in 2019! NDA’s limit what I can share, but what I can say is stay tuned & I will drop hints when the time comes! IG: @aqenatenIMDB & Facebook: Alphonso A’Qen-Aten JacksonWebsite: www.aqenaten.com


Anything else you would like the world to know?
I’ve been locked up, I’ve been homeless, I’ve been hopeless, I have been my own worse enemy for more times than I can count. But in addition to all that, I’m also a father, a fighter, a role model & dammit, I’m a King who will not rest until I achieve my goals!

Tyler Perry Pays For Walmart Customer Layaways This Holiday Season

Written By Aysha Chaudhry

Tyler Perry upholds his reputation as a notable philanthropist with his latest act of generosity. The entertainment star announced on his Instagram on Thursday that he had paid for all of the items that customers had on layaway at two different Walmart locations in Atlanta, Georgia. 

In the Instagram video, Perry said, “I know it’s hard times and a lot of people are struggling, I’m just really really grateful to be able to be in a situation to do this. So God bless you. Go get your stuff.” It was reported that Perry covered layaway balances for approximately 1,500 people, totaling $434,000. 

In such trying times, it’s great to see those we look up to making a difference, especially during the holiday season.

Michelle Obama’s Book Sells 1.4 Million Copies in Seven Days

The former First Lady Michelle Obama is still winning even after her tenure with her husband at the White House . Crown Publishing told The Associated Press on Wednesday that Michelle Obama’s memoir “Becoming” has sold more than 1.4 million copies in print and digital formats in the U.S. and Canada in the seven days since it was released Nov. 13.

Her book sold more than 725,000 copies on its first day, making it one of 2018 biggest debuts. Crown also stated that “Becoming” is currently the No. 1 adult nonfiction title in the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Holland, Spain, Denmark and Finland. 200,000 copies have been sold in Germany, prompting a second printing of 100,000 copies.

Salute to Mrs.Obama and congratulations to all of her current and future success.

David Banner Talks About His Role in New Film “Never Heard,” and Gives Inspiring Words For the Next Generation

David Banner is well known not only for his musician talents, but his acting abilities as well. We had the chance to speak to the entertainer about his role in the new film “Never Heard,” along with leaving I

Listen to the full audio interview below

Description of Film:
Aaron Davis (Banner) is accused of murder and incarcerated for a crime he swears that he did not commit. His son Jalen (Miller) is forced to grow up on the streets of Los Angeles without the guidance of a father and primarily raised by his mother Shala (Givens) and Grandmother Camilla (Karen Abercrombie). Jalen finds his life at risk after his friend Diggy (Talton) decides to partner with one of the biggest drug dealers in the city leaving a large debt to be recouped. Everything seems to turn around when Aaron is reminded to put his faith in God first and use the power of prayer to help solve his problems. Will Aaron find a way to prove his innocence and save his son’s life before it is too late?
“I think this movie will really resonate with many families worldwide,” director Josh Webber said. “In life, we are constantly faced with choices and each choice you make has their own set of consequences. Never Heard teaches us that sometimes we may make the wrong choice yet it is never too late to change your course and find the righteous path.”

Listen to the Full Interview Below. Interviewed by Alex Jordan

Social media info for the film: @NeverHeardFilm #NeverHeardMovie @DavidBannerLikesPictures
Link to purchase tickets for the film: fathomevents.com
Never Heard Movie Trailer SEE LINK HERE

Fran Drescher “The Nanny” is Making a Comeback with Cardi B’s Help

Written by Samantha Skinner

Many of the outfits that you would find in the 90’s television show, The Nanny, are starting to come out in the clothing catalogs for this year. Those tight leopard prints and the changes that might have seemed long gone, are back to stay.

Micro-mini skirts and blazers are also a must-have, but who is behind this force when it comes to the fashion industry and those changes being made? Who is the one that is fueling the fire and bringing the 90’s Nanny look back?

While Fran’s wardrobe seems to have been hitting the catalogs, even the 90’s has brought back some of the old favorites on the runway. Versace dug up a bright yellow plaid outfit that seemed to get the attention of everyone involved.

Speaking with Cardi B, there plans to be a lot more going on behind the scenes. Not only with the outfits that are going to be shown off, but in a reboot of the series.

Many think that Cardi B would be “fine” as Fran’s daughter, though this is just speculation, though some of us cannot wait to see if this mix up is going to happen.

Don’t you worry though, Cardi B and Fran are going to dress for success if it does, and Cardi will make sure that there are no mishaps in the dressing room of what should and should not be on the set. Since they both have pretty awesome fashion sense.

There is a lot more to this story, one that is developing, but for the excitement of the Nanny in all of us 90’s lovers, you can be sure that the styles are still going to be “to die fah, ladies!”

It might just be the comeback sitcom on television that we have all been waiting for!

 

11- Year-Old Kai Ture’ Talks About Her Role in New Film “The Hate You Give”

At 11 years old, Kai Ture‘ is already an established actor and creative force.
Acting since the age of 7, Kai Ture‘ got her big break as an extra on OWN/Tyler Perry’s “If Loving You Is Wrong...” series during season 1 of the production. Once the series was renewed for season 2, Kai Ture‘ was bumped to the principal recurring role of “Tenesha”.
Since that time, Kai Ture‘s career has expanded to include credits for appearing in television shows and films such as the “Vampire Diaries” (2015), “Good Behavior” (2017), “Faith Under Fire” (2018) and “Bad Dad Rehab” (2016).
This year, Kai Ture‘ is set to appear in an unprecedented amount of releases for an actor her age. Among her list of upcoming productions are the critically acclaimed “An Actor Prepares” starring Jeremy Irons (August 2018), “Nappily Ever After” starring Sanaa Lathan (September 2018), “The Hate You Give” starring Amandla Stenberg (October 2018) and “Troup Zero” starring Viola Davis (2019).
We spoke to the young actress about her new role and upcoming projects.

VEU- Tell us how you got started in the entertainment field :

I asked my parents for a year to put me into acting.  I had my first audition and booked it at the age of 7.  I was initially a featured extra in Tyler Perry’s If Loving You is Wrong.  I played the daughter of a principal character.  For season two, he bumped me up to a recurring role!  Thankfully, I have been working since that time.
VEU- In the new movie “The Hate You Give,” you play the role of Young Star. Tell us about that.
I was so excited when I found out that I booked the role.  Starr is such a strong and powerful character.  I really wanted to do my part in bringing this wonderfully written story to life.  One of my scenes, “The Talk”, was really intense.  Russell Hornsby is an amazing actor so he was able to tap into our true emotions.  This movie is great!  I am so happy to be a part of it.
VEU- Did this role have any resemblance to your actual life?
I think that this role resembles the life of many African Americans.  I hope that the audience leaves with a better understanding of how these types of stories affect the entire community.
VEU-How do you balance being ab 11-year-old entertainer, and your school/ social life ?
My mom does a really great job at making sure that I still have time to hangout with my friends.  I have had some of the same friends for a very long time.  They support me in my projects but then we just go back to having fun!
VEU- What upcoming projects are you working on?
I just filmed a movie called Troupe Zero slated for release in 2019.  It stars Viola Davis, Mike Epps, Allison Janey, and McKenna Grace.  There were so many kids on set and we had a blast!
VEU- What advice do you had for other young people that want to get into the entertainment field?
Submit and Forget!!  You will hear no way more that you will hear yes!  Work on your craft so when the time comes you will be ready

Raheem Devaughn Talks on His New Album, Evolution As An Artist, and Mental Health

In the midst of his now decade-long steady climb to international R&B notoriety and prominence, he’s been the singers’ singer a consummate ladies’ man, the fellas’ fella an the “go to” modern-day  R&B /soul crooner  with sensibilities simultaneously grounded in the past and the present.
RAHEEM DEVAUGHN has been many things to contemporary music culture and his ever-expanding core audience, for which he’s amassed a combination of prestigious award honors/nominations and multiple chart-topping releases.  “There’s a lot of talk about ‘King of R&B’ and ‘King of Soul,” but I’ve got enough music for the next ten years,” says the three-time Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter.  “I literally have enough music for the decade to release. If I stopped recording now and said I wouldn’t record for five years, I’ve got enough music for ten. So I can’t wait, because I’m just warming up.”  Hence, on this soul-steeped occasion of his sixth highly-anticipated full-length release, we’ll officially proclaim it as the Decade of a Love King.
We got the opportunity to the speak to with the music artist and talk about his new album, his evolution as an artist, and mental health. Listen below. Interviewed by Tianna Maxon. 

Chance The Rapper Donates $1Million To Improve Mental Health Services in Chicago

The conversation of mental health is slowly making its way into mainstream media, with more celebrities doing their part to break the stigma attached to it. Music artist Chance the Rapper has pledged $1Million to the mental health services in Chicago, reported by ABC 7 Chicago. He made the announcement during his second annual summit for his non profit organization SocialWorks , which was live streamed during Twitter.
Called “My State of Mind,” the initiative will serve as a mental health resource for Chicagoans. “We need a new space to get information on how they feel and where they can go,” the rapper stated. No stranger to giving back to his community, Chance also donated $1 million to the Chicago Public Schools last year. “This year, 20 more schools will get $100K,” Chance said. “We will be upping the game in terms of equity, in terms of what is rightfully yours. Principals, teachers, we got your back.”
Mental health is one of the least talked about topics, but one of the most important for our society to start embracing.

Kelly Rowland Partners Up With T.J. Maxx to Deliver This Message to Aspiring Women

Written By Salina Jivani

When you think of T.J. Maxx, you imagine everything from home goods to stylish clothes— and then some. So does Kelly Rowland, singer, author and TV personality famously known for her work with the 90s group Destiny’s Child.

“I remember so many personal style moments that T.J. Maxx was a part of,” she reminisces.

But today, the star is building a completely new relationship on uncharted territory with the retail store—that of a mentor for the store’s Maxx You Project.

Now in its second year, the project is all about helping empower women to become emboldened individuals who embrace their individuality instead of filtering their true selves to feel accepted by society.

Offering special seminars, workshops and online classes, the program encourages women to share their ideas, engage in important discussions and connect with mentors and professionals in various fields across the country. Most of all, it enables them to build each other up and derive strength from one another.

Rowlands involvement in the program as a mentor comes in wake of several other stars and celebrities who’ve participated before her, such as Debra Messing and Whitney Miller.

Beyond thrilled to be a part of such a project, Rowland speaks enthusiastically of her sentiments when she was first asked to join in the initiative. ““I was like—YES, we’re doing this… and of course with Destiny’s Child being pro-women and proud feminists; this was definitely going to happen.”

As an inspiring woman with many accomplishments under her belt, Rowland is excited to help spark motivation and excellence within other women through the nation. And for those who admire her and strive to follow in her footsteps, she offers sound advice: “Choose something you’re passionate about,” she says. “Don’t do it for fame or followers, or the hopes of somebody that you like or think is cute. Do it for you and be drenched in it. Make sure there’s only one you.”