Slim Thug & The BossLife Foundation Held The 2019 BossLife Ball Celebrating Business Leaders!

Slim Thug and the BossLife Foundation hosted the 6th annual BossLife Ball on the evening of January 20, 2019 at The Post Oak Hotel. The BossLife Ball  was created in 2013 to celebrate local and national entrepreneurs, leaders, and those that are excelling in the community. This event  is also to raise funds for  community initiatives, scholarships, and toy drives for local kids in Houston. The 2018 BossLife Ball supported the BossLife Foundation’s efforts to give away a home to a family who lost their home during Hurricane Harvey!

Honoree, Justin Martin of Ijustgothit.com and his wife, Shannon Martin
Slim Thug

The evening started with a star studded red carpet experience hosted by Isiah Carey of The Isiah Factor on Fox 26 which consisted of the 2019 honorees, sponsors, and familiar faces such as Houston’s own Mayor Sylvester Turner, comedian/ artist Lil Duval, TV Johnny, Chamillionaire, Former Miami Dolphins player Alphonso Roundtree, Television Hostess Julissa Bermudez,  Singer Tobe Nwigwe, Justin Martin of IJustGotHit.com, and a host of others.

2019 Honorees:

Lilly’s Kloset

Justin Martin of Ijustgothit.com<http://ijustgothit.com/>

Sascha Stone Guttfreund of Score more / Festival extraordinaire

Turkey Leg Hut

Percy “King”  Creuzot of Frenchy’s Chicken
Shanquita Greggs of Shan Simply scents
Omar Garcia of Fence Geeks
Chamillionaire

Title Sponsors:

Justin Martin, Attorney and Founder of the Godsey Martin Law Firm & ijustgothit.com<http://ijustgothit.com/>

Central Houston Automotive Group

Active Athlete

The Post Oak Hotel

Texas Auto Trim

Ciroc

Remy

Bella Smiles, Dr. Indian Gibson

Deleon Tequila

Aloft Houston Galleria

All Photography by Stixx Williams

Chamillionaire

Ashlee A. Of OWN TV “Ready To Love” Show Talks Acting, Entrepreneurship and More

Photo from Ashlee A. Instagram page

“Ready to Love” was a new dating series that premiered in October 2018, from film producer Will Packer, on OWN TV. It was a journey of real-life dating interactions of successful African American men and women in the 30’s and 40’s, who were looking for authentic love and relationships.

On the day of the season finale in December 2018, we had the pleasure of speaking with cast member Ashlee about her role on the show, upcoming business endeavors, and more. Watch the full interview below.

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.

Actor Darrick Watkins Joins The Cast Of Boomerang- Executive Produced by Halle Berry and Lena Waithe

Interviewed by Tianna Sheree

VEU: How did you start your journey in acting?

Okay so when I first had the idea of becoming an actor I was younger, I believe in middle school. I actually talked my self out of doing it because I felt that it was an unreachable goal. I was like “nobody is going to be the next Denzel ” so I let it go. After I experienced more of life, I had a new perspective of it. I told my self that I could do anything that I wanted to do. So a little over a year ago I told myself that I’m going to go into acting. It was a crash course of learning what’s what, where to study, getting signed, etc. After creating, working on my craft, working on different projects, and just learning from other good actors I’ve built a pretty solid foundation to start off my career. Within my first year of acting I found myself signed, on TV shows, commercials, and other films. It’s a great feeling to achieve or progress at something you love and all I can say is that I’m blessed and cant wait to see what happens next in my career.

VEU: What character will you be playing in this new edition of the classic Boomerang on BET?

In the new show Boomerang I will be playing the role of Devonte Jenkins. He is pretty much the guy your mom warned you about.

VEU: Do you relate to your character?

Devonte is a character that I am becoming very familiar with. In real life I’m not a Devonte, but in the acting world a lot of my roles have been a version of him. Devonte is what you call a “F Boy” far from who I am, but always fun to play.

VEU: What is it like working with Executives Producers Hallie Berry and Lena Waithe

Just to be on a project with both of those names attached is amazing. I’m such a fan of Lena and the shows she creates, so I know the audience is going to love the show. Halle Berry was an original cast member of the film and just having her on it gives it a special feel. Like c’mon its Halle Berry.

VEU: What is your favorite part about the original?

Eddie Murphy was for sure. His character was just so cool to me. I watched the movie a couple of years ago and enjoyed the film and Marcus’s journey from start to finish. After that I went on an Eddie Murphy binge spree on Netflix.

VEU: What actor do you admire?

WILL SMITH. I can talk about Will all day. Everyone that knows me, knows Will is my favorite. The way that he grabs your attention and makes you feel everything he’s going through. I’ve probably cried on way more Will Smith movies than I should have haha. One day I hope I can touch an audience the way Will does. LEGEND.

VEU: It is often said that creating is healing. How does being an actor heal your spirit?

Acting and creating gives me freedom. Freedom to express my thoughts or feelings anyway I want and when you can take that freedom and turn it into something powerful. No better feeling.

VEU: What encouraging words do you have for inspiring actors?

Just do it. Every actor that I spoke to when trying to find my way all said the same thing, just do it. You are only capable of what you see in your mind. Dont limit yourself. “You dont need validation to say that you are an actor, live as one and that you will be”, words from my friend Sam Adegoke. His words helped a lot and I hope it will help the next person. Who knows you might be the next person answering questions about your acting and giving advice to other aspiring actors. Always Believe.

VEU: What else can we look forward for you?

The new show on BET starts in February, keep an eye out for Devonte. I also have some pretty big projects of my own coming 2019. Directing Debut, a feature film and more. Dont want to speak to much on everything just yet but 2019 will be big.

VEU: Where can we learn more about you ?

You can find me on Instagram and all other social media @DarrickWatkinsJr

VEU: Anything else you would like the world to know?

I am currently making my parents proud.

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.

Healthy Eating For Healthy Mental with Chef Patrick


I chose this dish for the omega-3 fish oil that is in the salmon that is good for mental health and docosahexaenoic acid which are well known for their heart health and skin benefits. However, fish oil also has an incredible impact on the brain, especially when it comes to mild memory loss and depression. When we consume whole grain and beans and green vegetable such as a black kale is good to improve mental health and memory.
Heirloom tomato and avocado multigrain toast
1 slice multigrain bread
1 heirloom tomato
1 avocado
Candid Walnut
Fresh basil
Salt and pepper
Brush the multigrain bread with a little bit of olive oil sprinkle salt and pepper. Put it in your oven or toaster to toast just a little bit, once plated then put your crushed avocado on the toast, dice the heirloom tomato and put it on top of avocado, not too much salt and pepper, then and candied walnut along with two fresh basil leaves and enjoy.
Jerk salmon
8 ounce portion salmon (skin on)
Sprinkle salt and pepper to taste
1 ounce walkerswood jerk seasoning
1 ounce olive oil
Marinate your salmon with salt and pepper and olive oil. Then rub the jerk seasoning all over the salmon put inside a refrigerator to marinate for 1 hour, remove from refrigerator and put on your grill at medium 3 minutes on both sides until cook medium. if you don’t have a grill do it in the skillet on your stove and cook medium on both sides.
Black eyed peas and kale
1 lb. black eyed peas (dry)
2 Tbsp olive oil
1 onion
3 cloves garlic
1/2 bunch celery
1 tsp oregano
1/2 Tbsp smoked paprika
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
Freshly cracked pepper
1 bay leaf
6 cups vegetable broth
12 oz. black kale
The night before, place the black eyed peas in a large bowl or container and fill with cool water (there should be at least three times as much water as peas). Allow the peas to soak overnight in the refrigerator.
When you’re ready to begin cooking, add the olive oil to a large pot. Dice the onion, mince the garlic, and slice the celery. Add the onion, garlic, and celery to the pot and sauté over medium heat until the onions are transparent. Drain the soaked peas in a colander and rinse them with cool water. Add the rinsed peas to the pot with the vegetables. Also add the oregano, smoked paprika, cayenne pepper, some freshly cracked pepper (about 20 cranks of a pepper mill), bay leaf, and vegetable broth. Stir to combine. Add a lid to the pot, turn the heat up to high, and bring the pot to a boil. Once it reaches a boil, turn the heat down to low, and allow it to simmer for 1 hour. After one hour of simmering, the black eyed peas should be tender. Add the greens to the pot and stir them in until wilted. Smash some of the peas against the side of the pot as you stir to help thicken the liquid. Turn the heat up to medium to bring the pot back up to a simmer, and allow the peas and greens to simmer for 30 minutes more, without a lid. After simmering for 30 minutes, the greens should be tender and the peas should have broken down further and thickened the liquid even more. Taste the peas and add salt to your liking (I added about 3/4 tsp, but the amount needed will depend on the salt content of your vegetable broth).

About Chef Patrick
Chef Wenford Patrick Simpson is notorious for his flavorful fusion of Caribbean spices and American Southern cooking with a unique flair. The Jamaican born culinary talent kick started his professional career as a high school intern at Club Caribbean hotel where he was offered a job immediately after graduating and soon after he worked in kitchens all over the island, predominantly at resorts. Since then, he has relocated to the United States and has been affiliated with upscale hotspots BB King’s in New York City, Highline Ballroom Blue Note, as well as Sony Hall, and has cooked for some very famous names including former presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama.


Chef Patrick faced many struggles related to food scarcity as a youth, and this time in his life led to a great appreciation for spices in general and inspired him to make a line of cooking flavorings and other accessories. As a brand ambassador for Walkerswood Caribbean Foods, the chef has had the opportunity to travel and network. Not only can he throw down in the kitchen, Chef Patrick also specializes in ice sculpture carving, culinary writing, and in the spotlight as host of TEMPO network’s Cook-Up with Chef Patrick. His expanding empire includes a world-renowned motivational tour to schools, colleges, and career institutes to speak to the youth and students of all ages, plus plans for a culinary school to launch in Jamaica in February 2019.

Healthy Eating For Healthy Mental with Chef India Fiasco


Salmon with Spinach and Brown Rice
Under 15 Minute Meal
Makes: 4-6 Servings
Eating healthy plays a major role in mental health. A healthy diet not only creates a longer lifespan but also helps how you mentally function on a day-to-day basis. Eating healthy can be a big challenge to many, but it is a vital aspect of our overall mental and physical health. For example, a single three-ounce serving of wild salmon has more omega-3 fatty acids than just about any other type of seafood. Furthermore, omega-3 fatty acids can help stabilize your mood and even make you more agreeable. Research has proven that Omega 3s also help reduce the risk of heart disease. In the near future we have to take accountability of what we are feeding our mind, body and soul and use that to teach others on how to live a healthy lifestyle.
Ingredients

1 Wild Caught Salmon, cut into filets

2 Tsp of Organic Olive Oil

1 Minced Garlic Clove

¼ Tsp Salt

¼ Tsp Pepper

1 Tsp Parsley

2 Tsp Lemon Juice

1 Pack of Fresh Spinach

1 Box of Brown Rice

Lemon & Lime Wedges

Directions 

1. Preheat Oven (350).

2. Rub salmon filets with 2 tsp oil; sprinkle with seasonings listed. Place salmon on a baking tray that has non-stick oil drizzled on pan. Once placed on pain, pour the 2 tsp of lemon juice. Place the salmon in the oven and let bake for about 10-15 minutes or until the fish begins to flake easily with a fork.
3. In a large skillet, heat remaining oil over medium heat. Add garlic; cook for about 15-30 seconds. Stir in spinach until wilted. Add salt and pepper and squeeze the lemon wedges over the mixture.
4. In a saucepan, bring water to boil. Add rice and cook.
About Chef India
20 year old, India Williams,  never could have imagined going to the doctor one day and shorty after coming back in for her test results, she was diagnosed with Transverse Myelitis. She got it from a vaccine given to her  from a previous doctor, who injected her wrong. She was paralyzed for 4 months and now 3 years later she has to be tested for multiple sclerosis. However, India has not let this get her down!
While , she was being aided with gaining her strength back, India taught herself how to cook and built a amazing clientele while in college. She also realized how much money her parents were giving the school for meal plans and knew cooking at home would be a more cost friendly alternative. Creating meal plans, created a huge clientele while paying her way through college to be a pilot.
 
Now, adding “Chef India Fiasco” , to her name, this amazing self-taught, 20 year old culinary chef working her way to the top as a college student, one dish at a time. 

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