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.”

Michelle Williams Lands New Reality Show on OWN

Written By Aysha Chaudhry

Michelle Williams is ready to open up about her life and relationship on her upcoming reality show. But, maybe more importantly, the series will also showcase her journey through mental health issues and working toward bettering herself.

The singer’s reality show, which will premiere on OWN Network, is titled Chad Loves Michelle. The soon-to-be married couple are not only the stars of the show, but also are co-executive producers.

Since Williams and her fiancé Chad Johnson, who is a pastor and professional sports chaplain, have had most of their relationship be one over long distance, the show will highlight their intensive couples counseling to prepare them for married life. It will also tackle Williams’s battle with overcoming depression.

 

Congrats to Michelle and we can’t wait to watch!

8 Celebrities Who Have Successfully Plunged into Entrepreneurship

Becoming a business owner is not as simple as it sounds. Just ask any successful business person and you’ll see that it takes a whole lot of grit, patience, business sense and even a good dose of luck to turn entrepreneurship dreams into reality. And through it all, you have to battle that pesky little question constantly niggling the back of your mind: Am I really cut out for this?  

The good news is, feeling scared or apprehensive when you first set out to open up a business is totally normal. You could be a highly talented digital specialist, cook, web designer, or (fill in the blank), but running a business centered around your specialty is another beast in itself because it means you’ll be doing less of the labor you’ve worked so hard to become skilled at and more of the managing and oversight, which may be qualifications you don’t necessarily have.  

If you’re a would-be or going-to-be business owner who’s questioning your ability to domineer the reigns of a business, you’re not alone—lots of first timers experience the jitters when it comes time to put their money and talents where their mouth is. But several thousand others with no business experience whatsoever take the leap into entrepreneurship each year—and go on to make a raving success of themselves.

Take celebrities for example, artists who spend years, even decades perfecting their artistic talents for a living—people who you would expect to be least likely to know the first thing about running a business operation. Surprisingly, many of them have ventured beyond the confines and comfort of those talents to dapple in entrepreneurship—and succeeded.  

So if you’re still not sure you’d be a great businessperson per say, because you’ve never run a business before or don’t know the first thing about what a P&L is (or even what it stands for!), shake off your worries and get ready to draw inspiration from our list of successful entrepreneur celebrities. If they can figure it out, surely you can too!

Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen

These twins took the 90s by storm with their adorable appearances in the then-hit TV show, Full House. But today, they’re still not a forgotten sensation, having left their imprint on their own lines of fashion and even makeup brands since 2006, when most people their age were still trying to figure out college.

Jay-Z

One of the most prominent names in rap and hip-hop, Jay-Z, also known as Shawn Carter, is an entrepreneur too. As a co-founder of Roc-A-Fella empire, the artist’s company has its hands in everything from movies to clothing. Additionally, he owns a music streaming service called Tidal.

Victoria Beckham

If you know Victoria Beckham, it’s probably because you were around when she was rocking the stage as a Spice Girl, a major British singing group. Known for her talent and beauty, Victoria branched out into entrepreneurship in 2009, when she launched her own boutique. Today, her brand is known throughout the U.K. and across the globe.

Lebron James

He may be known for his prowess on the basketball court, but player Lebron James has taken his passion for sports to another level with his side hustle as an entrepreneur who’s launched his very own sports marketing business. James just proves that if you love doing something, stick to it…and then find unique, out-of-the-box ways to make money off it.

Jessica Alba

This beauty is most known for her appearance in movies like Fantastic Four, but it didn’t take long for her to sprout her entrepreneurial wings and take the world by storm through her all-natural product line, Honest Company, specifically designed for babies. This brand is a raging success because it boasts using only the most natural ingredients in its line of baby products.  

Jessica Simpson

When you think of someone who’s branched out beyond just their artistic talents and done it all, Jessica Simpson fits the bill. Actress, singer and reality TV star are just a few of the titles this starlet has held. But beyond that, she’s also started her own shoe line, not to mention her own clothing and cosmetics lines, diving head first into entrepreneurship.

Jennifer Aniston

This popular blue-eyed, blonde haired Friends actor is more than just a sought-after onscreen beauty known for her amazing acting. She’s also co-owner of Living Proof, a hair care company, proving once and for all that you don’t have to be master of just one trade to find success in others.

George Clooney

America’s heartthrob from his early appearances on the smash-hit series ER, Clooney is just as talented offscreen as he is on. Aside from stealing the hearts of women across America, the actor once owned his own tequila company and sold it in 2017 for just around $1 billion, proving that even those not skilled in the trade of business can make lucrative business moves.

As you kick start your own entrepreneurship dreams and look to fuel your confidence at times when every hurdle seems insurmountable, whip out this list of your favorite celebrities. Yes, they may have the celebrity status and bundles of money that you don’t, but some of the world’s most famous entrepreneurs were dirt poor unknowns and still went on to succeed (see our article “How 9 all-time famous entrepreneurs went from rags to riches)—so don’t let that deter you. Instead, focus on the fact that these celebrities, like you, didn’t necessarily come from a business background, but they still succeeded in the name of business—and you can too.  

Amazon’s Jeff Bezos and Wife Create Fund To Fight Homelessness

Named the richest man in modern history, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and his wife MacKenzie recently launched the $2 Billion “Bezos Day One Fund” to help combat homelessness, and assistance with early childhood education. In a statement Bezos tweeted on Thursday September 13th, he stated that the fund will issue annual leadership awards to organizations “doing compassionate, needle-moving work to provide shelter and hunger support to address the immediate needs of young families. There will also be full scholarships for Montessori-inspired preschools in “underserved” communities.”

Charitable giving and fighting homelessness is nothing new for Jeff Bezos and the Amazon company. Earlier this year, The Washington Post owner partnered Amazon with Mary’s Place, a Seattle nonprofit, to build a permanent homeless shelter in its headquarters. Amazon customers have been able to order items from the Mary’s Place’s wishlist on the site, since 2016. They also previously helped the nonprofit temporarily house 200 homeless people.

The Bezos family also recently donated $10 million to With Honor, which is a nonpartisan organization focused on boosting the number of veterans in politics. The couple donated one third of the organizations $30 million funding goal, to help elect a minimum of 30 American military veterans in November.

 

 

Why Married To Medicine Star and Entrepreneur Genise Shelton Is Dedicated To Living a Healthy Life: Her Story

Written by Genise Shelton

I’d like to begin by telling you a story. About eighteen years ago, an African American woman in Chicago was living the somewhat typical life of an American married woman.  Some would say that she was living the American dream.  She and her husband owned their own home.  His income was sufficient to take care of the family so she didn’t have to work outside of the home.

She was a homemaker and she was good at it. Taking care of her husband and children was her full-time job and she put everything she had into it.  Her oldest daughter was away at college.  The four youngest were at home, including a one-year old.  The woman’s days were long and filled with all the duties that are required of a wife and mother…dozens of loads of laundry each week, changing diapers, running errands, caring for her husband, cooking meals, cleaning, checking homework etc. In addition to these duties, the woman had to look after her mother. Although her mother lived in her own home, she required some help due to an illness. But overall, life was pretty good for the woman, until 2003.  That’s when everything began to change.

In February, the woman’s brother died of a stroke.  In August, her mother passed away and in September her husband left her for another woman all in the same year.  After her mother’s death, the woman moved herself and her children into her mom’s home, while her husband and mistress took over the family home.

In addition to fulfilling all the duties required of her, she had to find a way to put food on the table now.  She had to go to work. This was especially difficult since she possessed very few marketable skills and little-to-no job training.  Eventually, she found work at UPS during the night shift.  She had no choice but to leave her baby at home with her other children because she simply couldn’t afford daycare.

The job only paid $9 an hour and obviously wasn’t enough to take care of her four children.  The financial pressure was too much for her to bear, so her oldest daughter began to send money home to help with bills and food.  Her daughter also drove her car to Chicago and left it with her mother to make it easier for her to get to work. During this transition, the mother was under a great deal of stress and worry…not just because she was working a low paying job and caring for the kids.  She also had to begin caring for her aunt, who was childless and had developed a serious illness.

And just as it is with many mothers, this woman was so consumed with taking care of her family that she failed to take care of her own needs. After all, that’s what most mothers do…. especially African American woman.  She was in survival mode and didn’t have the energy or the wherewithal to do anything other than to make sure that she took care of her responsibility to others. Unfortunately, the woman’s choice to neglect her health had far reaching consequences that she never expected.

One day in 2006, while talking to her oldest daughter on the telephone, her speech began to slur and she became confused.  The daughter became alarmed and insisted that her mother call 911. By the time the mother was taken to the emergency room, she had suffered a major stroke and a huge pulmonary embolism.  Her condition was so dire, she spent several months in the hospital.  The effects of the stroke left her partially paralyzed, very weak on the right side and unable to walk.  At the age of just 48 years old, this woman no longer was a caregiver. Instead, she became the one who had to be cared for. This story is very tragic, but it is more than that to me. It is personal.  You see, the woman that had the stroke is my mother and I was the daughter who was away at college.

These devastating life altering events led to my passion of health and fitness.  I began to educate myself and found that my own risk factors for obesity, high blood pressure and stroke are very high.  As I thought about my family members; my mother, father, brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles, cousins…all are obese!

I had seen what high blood pressure could do to a person.  After all, my mother had never been treated for it because she refused to go to the doctor. And since she didn’t go to the doctor, her condition went undetected. High blood pressure caused my mother’s stroke.

I also saw what havoc obesity could wreck on an individual.  My youngest brother was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure at the age of 12.  My mother refused to curb his overeating habits due to her misguided guilt over the dissolution of her marriage and her now disability.  She didn’t understand that she was not helping my brother by refusing to insist upon a healthy lifestyle.

I was determined to change this generational curse of obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes and strokes that haunted my family. I began to read everything I could about living a healthy lifestyle.  I began to eliminate various foods from my family’s diet and incorporate those foods that promoted health. We hired a personal trainer and he began pushing us to meet our goals of fitness.  Most weeks, I worked out 3 to 4 times a week.  However, my goals quickly changed when I saw my trainer’s girlfriend, who was a figure fitness competitor. When I saw her, I made a promise to myself that I was going to look just like her one day.

From that point, I began to train to be a competitor.  Working out went from 3 or 4 times a week to 6 to 7 days a week.  Instead of working out for an hour, my workouts were at least 2 hrs. Since I was small, my regimen was primarily weight lifting, hit cardio, and a strict diet. I placed second in my first all natural fitness competition.  I won 1stplace and overall in my 2ndfitness competition, which promoted me to professional status where I received my pro card as a Pro Bikini Fitness Competitor!

So when I walk that stage competing, winning a trophy isn’t the most important thing for me…what’s most important, is the commitment, discipline and determination that my kids see in me to live a healthier lifestyle in return a long fulfilling life. My prayer is that through competing I can break my generational curse for the future of my children’s children and their children.

For those who do not know my story, I have a blended family. My husband’s former wife died from a rare cancer and left behind three small children. I told my husband that I was dedicated to making sure that we were healthy so that, if possible, our children didn’t have to suffer through losing another parent to illness. I hope that my story inspires you to become a better and healthier you!

Genise N. Shelton