Actress, Writer and Producer Terri J. Vaughn Covers VEU Magazine

Actress, Writer and Producer Terri J. Vaughn covers the May/June 2018 issue of VEU Magazine. Interviewed by Tianna Maxon, Mrs. Vaughn shared with us how she broke into the entertainment industry many years ago, landing her long term role on the “Steve Harvey Show,” starting her own production company, new podcast show, and more. She also shared with us one of the secrets to maintaining longevity in this industry.

Also featured in this issue is upcoming Chicago rapper King Jak, custom men’s wedding suit designer Miguel Wilson, former TV star turned entrepreneur LaTangela Newsome, Colour U Cosmetics founder Karen Stallings, and more. You can also find articles on the latest fashion trends, utilizing the universe to improve your life, and incorporating Moringa into your diet.

Click here to read more from this issue. Digital and print copies are both available.

Beyonce’ Announces Donation to HBCUs One Day After Historic Coachella Performance

Written By Aysha Chaudhry

Beyoncé didn’t even let the dust settle from her historical Coachella performance before announcing she will be giving $100,000 to four black colleges.

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past week, Beyoncé made history as being the first black woman to headline Coachella. During her two hour-long set, she brought out her sister Solange, Michelle Williams and Kelly Rowland to perform hits from the Destiny’s Child years, and even Jay-Z. She also honored HBCU culture and step culture with some of her acts, but she didn’t stop at just paying homage through performances.

On Monday, the singer announced she will donate six figures in scholarships through her Homecoming Scholars Awards Program. The four lucky HBCUs are Xavier, Wilberforce, Tuskegee and Bethune-Cookman.

A portion of the press release from the singer’s website stated:

“One winner from each school will receive $25K for the 2018-2019 academic year for study in various fields. This is the second year for a scholars program created by Beyoncé.

The Formation Scholars Awards Program, a merit scholarship program was established in April 2017 in celebration of the one-year anniversary of LEMONADE, Beyoncé’s critically-acclaimed and globally-lauded 2016 visual album. The Formation Scholars awards encouraged and supported young women who are bold, creative, conscious, confident and unafraid to think outside of the box. The Homecoming Scholars Award Program for 2018-2019 will expand to all qualifying students at the four universities, regardless of gender. The disciplines will include literature, creative arts, African- American studies, science, education, business, communications, social sciences, computer science and engineering. All applicants must maintain a 3.5 GPA or above. All finalists and winners will be selected by the universities. Winners will be announced this summer.”

How the Royal Wedding Will Benefit The Less Fortunate

Written by Aysha Chaudhry

You don’t have to be tuned in to all-things Royal Family to know Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s engagement is historical for many reasons. But one company is ensuring that this wedding will also be benefitting the Windsor city homeless, who are often displaced during such royal events. For Richer, For Poorer is the non-profit brand behind the genius idea of creating beautiful memorabilia to commemorate the newest royal couple, with funds from each sale going to purchase toiletries and other useful items for the homeless. Then there are higher-priced items, like the Commemorative Plate (£5,000), that will provide the funds with just one sale to take someone off the streets for an entire year. To learn more about For Richer, For Poorer and their gratuitous initiative, head over to forricherforpoorer.org.

Chance The Rapper to Deliver Commencement Speech at Dillard University

Written By Aysha Chaudhry

It looks like we can add graduation speaker to Chance the Rapper’s already long list of accomplishments. The 24 year-old Grammy-award winning artist just announced that he will be delivering the commencement address at graduation for Dillard University in New Orleans. The Dillard president, Dr. Walter M. Kimbrough (aka the Hip-Hop Prez) teaches a class on ethics and hip-hop. Choosing Chance, who is renowned for his charitable initiatives, including his own foundation Social Works, seemed like a easy decision. The rapper’s extensive accomplishments as a social activist rival his groundbreaking achievements as a musician, which includes becoming the first streaming-only artist to win a Grammy. Not to mention, he still has never signed with a major record label.

We are sure that Chance’s speech will be one the students at Dillard will never forget!

 

Stephen Curry and Brita Team Up to Make Schools Safer

Written By Aysha Chaudhry

When we think of providing the essentials to schools to ensure students are receiving the best care possible, we don’t often think of clean water as one of those things. Contaminated water is just one of the burdens underfunded school systems have to deal with, but Brita® and Steph Curry, the Golden State Warriors point guard, are stepping in to provide a long-term solution. In collaboration with the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, the water company and the two-time NBA MVP are pledging funds from each sale of a LongLast™ filter to providing Brita Hydration Stations to schools. These water stations help filter out lead and other harmful chemicals that may be in the schools water, and one filter can replace over 18,000 standard water bottles. Kudos to Steph and the Brita®  team for dedicating themselves to help provide a safer environment for the next generation!

DJ Khaled has Some Words on Asahd’s Success

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Written By Aysha Chaudhry

Ever since DJ Khaled’s son, Asahd, was born, the music mogul has set up the young tot for success. And now, Khaled is attributing all that hard work and accomplishment to his son!

“I told my son the other day, ‘What you’ve accomplished in one year took me 42 years,’” Khaled told Ocean Drive magazine. “You’re a boss. You’re self-made. You’re the greatest that ever did it. You can be anything you want to be,” he continued.

Those kinds of words of wisdom are what helped launch the producer’s name into mainstream media a few years ago on Snapchat. Then after the birth of his son, Khaled wasted no time in sharing all of that success. His next album, Grateful, had Asahd not only on the cover but listed as one of the executive producers. Time and time again, Khaled gushes about how his son inspires him and how his family travels with him no matter where he goes. Talk about family goals!

Turner Classic Movies will Honor Cicely Tyson with Ceremony

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Written By Aysha Chaudhry

Cicely Tyson has had an astounding career spanning her lifetime, but now she can add another accolade to her long list. The Tony and Emmy-winning actress will be honored by Turner Classic Movies with a hand and footprint ceremony in recognition of her film career. The upcoming TCM ceremony will run at the same time as the TCM Classic Film Festival in Hollywood on April 27th.

Tyson is no stranger to awards. This newest recognition comes on top of her 2015 Kennedy Center Award and 2016 Presidential Medal of Freedom for her decades-long work championing civil liberties causes. One of Tyson’s more recent roles is that of Annalise Keating’s mother in Shonda Rhimes’s acclaimed How to Get Away with Murder.

The Instagram Model Who Isn’t Real Takes Over the Internet

Written By Aysha Chaudhry

We know when we go on Instagram that there are going to be pictures that aren’t real. Many of the people we see on social media are “fake” in some way, as in having tons of Photoshop, editing and filters. Shudu, who boasts over 65k followers on Instagram, takes it to a whole new level. In fact, she’s not a real person at all. She was created by a London photographer, Cameron-James Wilson.

As Shudu’s page rose to popularity, people began to question if she was too perfect, since she looks to have absolutely no flaws. Since being outed, Wilson has updated Shudu’s Instagram bio to read, “World’s First Digital Supermodel.” While stunningly beautiful, Wilson’s decision to create her because of “the big movement with dark-skinned models” is very problematic. Many social media users have asked the question as to why he wouldn’t just commission a dark-skinned model for his shoots instead of just creating one. Also, his thoughts imply, in a sense, that black people are trendy, which dangerously strips away their humanity.

What are your thoughts on Shudu?

Here Are 3 of Our Favorite Women Directors

Written By Aysha Chaudhry

Woman directors have been taking over Hollywood the last few years and 2018 shows no signs of slowing either. Here we highlight three of our favorites that have made a big impact on the industry:

1. Patty Jenkins – Wonder Woman (2017) – Jenkins set records as Wonder Woman became the highest grossing film directed by a woman, surpassing Mamma Mia! Jenkins has already signed on to direct the sequel to our favorite female superhero film.

2. Ava DuVernay – 13th (2016) – DuVernay has been making waves in Hollywood as a director for a while. 2014’s Selma earned her the title of being the first black female director to be nominated for a Golden Globe. 2016’s 13th, a daunting look into the American prison system, made waves with its Netflix debut and earned an acclaimed 97% on Rotten Tomatoes.

3. Angelina Jolie – First They Killed My Father (2017) – While a talented actress, Jolie has solidified herself as a talented director as well. Jolie’s movies usually have a strong political message, i.e. In the Land of Blood and Honey and Unbroken, and First They Killed My Father is no exception. It’s been said that the movie is her best work as a director yet, and has already won her some awards.

Big thanks to these women for help forging a path for other woman directors. It will be interesting to see what these women tackle next in the years ahead!

Actor Julian Brittano Partners With International Association of Women on New Venture To Honor Women

Julian Brittano is not only a rising actor on the move, but an activist and voice for various cause based organizations for women. We spoke with him about his new partnership with IAW ( formerly NAPW,) along with taking a deeper look into the man in front of the lens.

Most fans know you from being apart of the “Greenleaf” show cast, which is produced by Oprah Winfrey. What were you doing before acting, and how did you get started.

I owned a club and restaurant in Virginia. Fortunately for me, I ended up having to be shut down. It messed me up for a little while, but I bounced back. I was alone one day and came to a place of clarity within myself of who I am. So the path began from there starting as a background actor for two weeks to landing on Greenleaf.

As a previous club owner and entrepreneur, how did that experience prepare you for life as an entertainer on the big screen?

Well, on the big screen and tv it is my responsibility to (entertain)engage the viewer, and have them connect to the story. So I’m able to use all of my life experiences as an entrepreneur and club owner, which has allowed me to connect and interact with many different types of cultures and lifestyles.

We know that preparation is key with anything you want to do in life. What are some things you do to prepare your each role you take on?

First I like to look at the overall vibe of the story/ agenda. Once the main characters are identified, then I imagine how my role assists in the story.

Touching a little more on entrepreneurship, what are some things you learned about overcoming failure, being persistent and consistent?

My perspective on failure is simply another opportunity to perfect ones ability to handle a given situation. We all have differentiated learning. So each consistent and persistent attempt at something allows you to learn every aspect of your business, which is a core value of being an entrepreneur.

You seem to have a deep connection working with various women’s organizations. Tell us about your experience with them, and your connection to these organizations as a young male.

As a man that was raised by strong minded women, I was privey first hand to their perspectives and views on different social issues. I’ve also been blessed to have some close female friends that confide in me. With that said, when I realized I had a platform that I can help open up conversation amongst the community by stepping into a gap that most would run from. I’m learning more and more each day that I lend my support and time to help the women empowerment movement.

Speaking of women’s organizations, Tell us about your new partnership with IAW ( formerly NAPW), and was it so important for you partner with them in particular.

They offer a valuable resource of collective networks amongst women of three generations due to the commonality of entrepreneurship and business. I feel like partnering with groups like IAW in particular adds a component to my SOW (Save Our Women) initiative. Which at the end of the day thats is why RTB is a great platform for all women to come together, celebrate and learn from one another.

What are some of the goals that you hope to accomplish through your partnership with this organization?

I would like to see more balance in our society at large between men and women. I also am believing that this will serve as a platform that other male supporters can join in and assist.

What are 3 things your fans don’t know about you that you want them to know?

1. I play multiple music instruments.
2. I used to be 320lbs at one point. But thru dedication and patience, I dropped down to 240lbs, now Veggie Life is what I enjoy.
3. I can only come up with 2.

What advice do you have for upcoming actors and importance of having patience on your way to the top?

You must be patient as well as equally aware of YOUR timing. Not what other people expect or intend for you. Know your own intentions, and why you want to attain certain levels of success. Many people want it all for the fame and popularity. I say, that will all be there if you commit yourself to serving humanity first with your gifts and talents.