Thursday, February 27, 2014

Da Brat Ordered To PAY $3.7 Million To NFL Cheerleader

According to TheYBF, Da Brat, aka Shawntae Harris, is going to have to pay $3.7 million to the NFL cheerleader she hit in the head with a glass bottle back in 2007 in an Atlanta nightclub.  Brat served 2.5 years of her 3-year sentence after pleading guilty to aggravated assault and was released from prison in 2011. The Atlanta Falcons cheerleader sued Da Brat in 2009 while she was still incarcerated. The jury took the cheerleader’s side and granted her a hefty pay out to the tune of $3.7 million.  According to TMZ, Da Brat is responsible for causing the victim permanent facial scarring, neurological impairment, and severe mental pain.

Sidebar: My first interview was with Da Brat.

ESSENCE and Tyler Perry's Black Men in Hollywood Event

On Wednesday, February 26, Tyler Perry and ESSENCE hosted a star-studded affair to celebrate a spectacular year for Black men on the silver screen reports Essence.com.  The event applauded the work of Spike Lee, Malcolm Lee (The Best Man), Tyler Perry and Sidney Poitier—who received the evening's Legend award. 

Guillermo Diaz Talks 'SCANDAL'

The Oscars Will Be Live Streamed for First Time Ever

According to Mashable, ABC will live stream the 86th Academy Awards online and on mobile via the network's Watch ABC app, which has offered live streamed and on-demand content since launching in May.  This will be the first time the Oscars are available through a live stream, although people who opt to watch online and on mobile instead of their televisions still must have TV subscription service to access the live feed of the ceremony and pre-show.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Viola Davis To Topline ABC Drama Pilot ‘How To Get Away’ Produced By Shonda Rhimes

According to Deadline, Viola Davis (The Help, Doubt) is set as the lead of ABC‘s drama pilot How To Get Away With Murder, from ABC Studios and Shondaland. This marks the first series regular role in a decade for the two-time Oscar-nominated actress. In making her foray into pilot season, Davis joins her Help co-star Octavia Spencer, who recently signed on to star in Fox drama pilot The Red Band Society. Written by Peter Nowalk, How To Get Away is described as a sexy, suspense-driven legal thriller that centers on ambitious law students and their brilliant and mysterious criminal defense professor (Davis) who become entangled in a murder plot that could rock their entire university and change the course of their lives. Nowalk is executive producing alongside Shonda Rhimes and Betsy Beers. This is the second consecutive drama pilot in which Rhimes has booked an A-list black actress for the lead, following Scandal and Kerry Washington. Davis, previously recurred on Law & Order and The United States Of Tara. She recently wrapped production on the indie Lila & Eve, opposite Jennifer Lopez, which was produced by Davis’ JuVee Prods. shingle.

Sidebar: I hope this is another hit for Shonda Rhimes and Viola Davis.  Check out our interview with Viola Davis at a charity event by Halle Berry below.

Richard Brooks Talks BET's 'Being Mary Jane'

Tamar Braxton Honors Berry Gordy on BET Honors [VIDEO]

"Braxton's Family Values" star and R&B singer, Tamar, tackled two Diana Ross favorites with ease. Before singing she said that she and her sisters used to argue about who would get to be Miss Diana Ross. "Tonight she wins," Tamar said before moving into her sexy, poised covers that were a part of the Berry Gordy tribute.  

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Jennifer Hudson Honors Aretha Franklin on BET Honors [VIDEO]

Jennifer Hudson wins the crowd by performing Aretha Franklin songs: "Rock Steady," "You Better Think," "Respect," "Daydreaming," "Natural Woman"

The audience received a noticeable energy boost when Jennifer Hudson was called to the stage for the Aretha Franklin tribute. Jennifer had the longest set of the night, performing a mini concert of some of Aretha's biggest hits. Jennifer was phenomenal.

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Black History: Rebecca Lee Crumpler

Today in Black history we celebrate a woman in medicine.  Rebecca Lee Crumpler was the first African American woman who attained a Medical Degree on February 24, 1864.  She was born in 1833, and she worked from 1852-1860 as a nurse in Massachusetts. She graduated from the New England Female Medical College (later merged with Boston University), even after hesitation by the staff to grant her the degree because of her skin color. She focused primarily on caring for women, children, and the poor. Dr. Crumpler moved to Virginia to provide medical care to freed slaves, who endured severe racism post-Civil War and lacked access to medical care.

Monday, February 24, 2014

Will Ferrell-Kevin Hart Comedy 'Get Hard' Lands Release Date

According to THR, Get Hard, a comedy starring Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart, has been slated for release on March 27, 2015.  Directed by Etan Cohen (Men In Black 3 writer), the film follows an innocent man who is convicted of a crime and prepares for prison with help from the man who washes his car.  The script was written by Ian Roberts and Jay Martel, who are executive producers on Comedy Central’s Key & Peele.  Ferrell and Adam McKay are producing via their Gary Sanchez banner.  The March 27 release date puts the comedy up against Neil Blomkamp's sci-fi actioner Chappie and Fox's The Penguins of Madagascar.

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Studio Q Host Quencie and Studio Q Producer Tam
In the second episode of Studio Q's Weekly Radio Podcast Host, Quencie (@quencie) and producer, Tam (@4evertam) review 'The Real House Wives of Atlanta', 'SWV Finale', 'BBW LA' Premiere & 'Raising Whitley'.  We also talked about the NAACP Image Award winners, Don B Welch's 'The Divorce' Premiere, and Jimmy Fallon's first week with Will Smith as his first guest.

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Spike Lee CONFIRMS "School Daze" Sequel, Script Completed

According to TheYBF, director/writer Spike Lee has confirmed that a script for the sequel to "School Daze" has been completed 25 years later. "School Daze" was loosely based on Spike Lee's experiences at Atlanta's Morehouse College, Spelman College and Clark Atlanta University.  And it set the landscape for what every one who watched the movie expected to experience once they got to college.  The story follows a clash between fraternity and sorority members at a historically black college during homecoming weekend. The movie also touched on issues within the African-American community, such as intra-racism related to skin tone and hair quality.
Spike Lee revealed to Black&Sexy TV:
“I had the script for ‘School Daze.  But, what people have to understand is that it’s a contemporary version. So it’s the same school, Mission College, 25 years later,” explained Lee. “Hopefully I can get Laurence Fishburne to play Dap. He’ll be the president now of the school. And we would deal with issues around Historically Black Colleges today.”
Spike says the sequel will examine the same issues young college students faced in the late 80s and will also touch on new issues students face in college today, such as homophia and pledging a fraternity/sorority.

Sidebar: I loved this movie!  It would be fun to see how a sequel would turn out.  This is a classic though so please bring it Spike. 

Robin Thicke and Paula Patton Separate

According to People, Robin Thicke and Paula Patton Separate.  "We will always love each other and be best friends, however, we have mutually decided to separate at this time," the couple tell PEOPLE on Monday in an exclusive statement. The pair, who first met when Thicke was 14, have been married since 2005 and welcomed son Julian Fuego in April 2010. The singer, 36, long had been very expressive about his marriage to the actress, 38, saying last fall, "We're pretty sure we've loved each other for a few lives." Although there were rumors floating of a pending separation, Thicke recently described their relationship as "the greatest love of the century, and the most functional, dysfunctional marriage in Hollywood."  Robin Thicke and Paula Patton were last seen together at the 2014 Grammy Awards

Sidebar: I was wondering how long she was going to let him do whatever he wanted. Good for you Paula.

Michelle Obama Still In Love (Beyonce Drunk in Love Parody)

Sunday, February 23, 2014

NAACP Image Awards 2014: Full list of winners

The winners of the 45th NAACP Image Awards were announced on Feb. 22 and included the likes of "12 Years A Slave" actress Lupita Nyong'o, ABC's "Scandal" and its star, Kerry Washington.  Check out the full list of winners below:

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Don B. Welch's 'The Divorce' Red Carpet Film Premiere [VIDEO]


Cast photo of Don B. Welch's 'The Divorce'

Studio Q attended the film premiere of Don B. Welch's 'The Divorce' on February 19, 2014, at the Barnsdall Gallery Theatre in Los Angeles, CA.   This film stars Dawnn Lewis, Vanessa Bell Calloway, Tatyana Ali, Angell Conwell, Judy Pace, Freda Payne, Jonelle Allen, Rylan Williams, Tammi Mac, and Keith Burke.  

Many celebrities were in attendance to show their support for Don.  Some include: Loretta Devine (Grey's Anatomy), Richard Brooks (Being Mary Jane), Will Smith Sr., Ernest Thomas (What's Happening), and many more.  

Studio Q spoke with cast members and invited guests about the film, as well as working with Don.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Jet Skier Found GUILTY in Usher's Stepson's Death

The verdict is in on the man accused of killing Usher's 11-year old stepson, Kile -- GUILTY.

According to TMZ, Jeffrey Hubbard was arrested last March for running over the boy with a jet ski on a Georgia lake in 2012.

As reported, Kile Glover, the son of Usher's ex-wife Tameka - suffered severe brain injuries when Hubbard's jet ski collided with Kile, who was on an inner tube that was being towed behind another boat.  Kile was vacationing with his father, Ryan Glover, at the time of the accident.

In all, Hubbard was convicted on five counts, including homicide by vessel, reckless operation and unlawful operation of a personal watercraft.

Vanessa Williams Heads Back To Broadway In 'After Midnight' [VIDEO]

Vanessa Williams heads back to Broadway in 'After Midnight'.  According to the Huffington Post, the actress, singer and former Miss America watched the matinee performance of "After Midnight" on Wednesday and then broke it to the cast backstage that she has signed up for a stint in the Broadway show celebrating Duke Ellington's years at the Cotton Club nightclub.  "It's an honor to jump in. It's a well-oiled machine, up and running and I think it'll be a perfect fit," Williams said afterward. She signed on before ever seeing the show and says it was an "easy, easy" decision to jump in.  Williams, who next month turns 51, will start as a guest vocalist on April 1 and end May 11, replacing Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds and Toni Braxton, who in turn replaced k.d. lang. Lang took over from Fantasia Barrino, who originated the part at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre.  The high energy show, directed and choreographed by Warren Carlyle, features two dozen musical numbers that showcase dance, jazz, tap or singing backed by 17 musicians from Jazz at Lincoln Center.

Williams, the former "Desperate Housewives" star, will be called on to sing four songs, including "Stormy Weather," ''I Can't Give You Anything But Love" and "I've Got the World on a String." She said she enjoyed the music of that era when she was in the TV movie "Stompin' at the Savoy" in 1992.
What can people expect? "It'll be me," she said flirtatiously. "It won't be k.d. lang. It'll be me. The people that know me know what I bring. I love the music and it's our history. This is the music of African-Americans in New York."
The actress and singer has never recorded the four songs in the show and especially looks forward to the chance to make "Stormy Weather" her own. "Lena Horn is such an icon for me and her performance is emblazoned in my mind," she said. "To be able to do my version is phenomenal."
A three-time Emmy Award-nominated actress in "Ugly Betty," Williams has appeared on Broadway in "Into the Woods," ''Kiss of the Spider-Woman" and "Sondheim on Sondheim." Last year, she starred opposite Cicely Tyson and Cuba Gooding Jr. in "The Trip to Bountiful," which she just made into a film.
Williams also has been nominated for 11 Grammy Awards and has had pop hits with "Save the Best For Last," ''Dreamin,'" and "Colors of the Wind." She also wrote a memoir with her mother titled "You Have No Idea."
A few months ago, Studio Q caught up with Vanessa Williams at the 23rd Annual NAACP Theater Awards.  She was being honored with the Trailblazer Award.  Check out the interview below.

Black History: Mary McLeod Bethune

In 1904, Mary McLeod Bethune did something that was almost unheard of in American society at that time. She began a school for young African American girls in Daytona, Florida. That school would eventually flourish and merge with a boys’ school to become Bethune-Cookman University.  Mary McLeod Bethune is also remembered for her innovative work in Civil Rights, including acting as a presidential adviser to a number of our country’s leaders.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Beyonce Performs ‘XO’ At The 2014 BRIT Awards [VIDEO]

Beyonce stunned the crowd at the Brit Awards on Feb. 19, surprising them with the first TV performance of her new hit song ‘XO.’

According to HollywoodLife.comBeyonce hit the stage at London’s O2 Arena looking like a full-on mermaid in a floor-length, shiny green gown, and stuck to the basics as she belted out her hit “XO” — a song that clearly seems to be an ode to Jay Z!

It was a great move for Beyonce, who was performing “XO” for the very first time in front of a live, televised audience. She didn’t go for theatrics in the performance (minus those fireworks), instead relying on her voice and hypnotic stage presence to sell her latest hit. Of course, the gown — which also featured cut-out mesh sleeves — also told a pretty sexy story.
Bey’s BRITs performance was actually supposed to be kept secret, and was only revealed earlier in the day when host James Carden shared the news on BBC Radio.
Check out the performance below:

Black History: Dr. Patricia E. Bath

Dr. Patricia. E. Bath (1949–) invented a method of eye surgery that has helped many blind people to see.
Fast Fact: Dr. Bath has been nominated to the National Inventors Hall of Fame. 

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Fallon's 'Tonight' Debut Draws 11.3 Million Viewers

According to AOL, Jimmy Fallon's start as host of "The Tonight Show" is a ratings winner for NBC.  Nielsen company figures released Tuesday show 11.3 million people tuned in to watch Fallon's New York debut on Monday night.  It was the second-biggest audience for "Tonight" since May 2009, when Jay Leno stepped down for Conan O'Brien's brief run as host.  Fallon's "Tonight" debut fell short of the 14.6 million who tuned in Feb. 6 to see Leno sign off, again, after 22 years as host in Burbank.  Enjoying a post-Winter Olympics time slot, Fallon drew 2 million-plus viewers more than O'Brien's June 2009 "Tonight" opening audience of nearly 9.2 million.  NBC says Fallon's "Tonight" debut, with guests Will Smith and U2, was up 71 percent over his Feb. 6 "Late Night" farewell's audience of 6.6 million.

‘Rupaul’s Drag Race’ Renewed For Season 7

According to Deadline, a week before the Season 6 premiere of Rupaul’s Drag Race, Logo TV has greenlit the hit reality series for a seventh season. Auditions begin this week for Logo TV’s highest-rated series. Also, starting today the first episode of Season 6 (sans the elimination) will be available exclusively on the new Logo TV app. RuPaul’s Drag Race is produced by World of Wonder Prods with Fenton Bailey, Randy Barbato, Tom Campbell, Mandy Salangsang, Steven Corfe and RuPaul Charles executive producing.

Miki Howard Releases New Single 'Panther' Featuring Too $hort

Miki Howard drops her first single 'Panther' Featuring Too $hort! She's one of the first R&B Divas with a career that spans over two decades.  Many of your favorite hits like, 'Come Share My Love', 'Love Under New Management', 'Imagination' and classics like 'Good Morning Heartbreak' come from this legend.   Check out Miki's new single above.  It is taken from her upcoming album "Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blues" hitting iTunes June 17, 2014.

Sidebar: We love us some Miki Howard 'round here. We were privileged to hear this song a few weeks back and fell in love with it. Hope you guys like it too. Check out a few interviews we've done with Miki below. She's as real as they come!

Charles S. Dutton Joins Cast of 'Midnight Rider'

According to Deadline, Charles S. Dutton has joined the cast of the Gregg Allman biopic Midnight Rider. He will play Chank Middleton, a longtime friend of Allman (William Hurt). Based on Allman’s Autobiography My Cross To Bear, the pic will be directed by Randall Miller and scored by T Bone Burnett. Dutton’s recent credits include Longmire, Zero Hour and American Horror Story. He is repped by Greene & Associates and Lighthouse Entertainment.

Sidebar: Who remembers Rock? Loved that show.

Mary Mary's Manager Gets Shut Down at Dinner

"Evolution of Hip-Hop Dancing" (w/ Jimmy Fallon & Will Smith)

Black History: Elijah McCoy

Elijah McCoy (1843–1929) invented an oil-dripping cup for trains.
Fast Fact: Other inventors tried to copy McCoy's oil-dripping cup. But none of the other cups worked as well as his, so customers started asking for "the real McCoy." That's where the expression comes from.

Kim Kardashian, Robert De Niro and Lady Gaga Among ‘Tonight Show’ Surprise Guests

According to Variety, Jimmy Fallon collected on his $100 bet now that he’s the host of The Tonight Show.  Robert De Niro, Lady Gaga, Seth Rogen, Kim Kardashian, Mike Tyson and Joe Namath were among the surprise guests.

Sidebar: Looks like is off to an amazing start! #WOW

Monday, February 17, 2014

Black History: Cathy Hughes

Cathy Hughes, Founder and Chairperson of Radio One, Inc is a pioneer in business, media and entrepeneurship in America and the black community. In 1979, Hughes launched RadioOne, which since then has become the largest radio broadcast network in the United States with 69 stations in 22 cities. In 2004, she was also behind the launch of TVOne, a dynamic addition to the extensive media company she had started over 20 years earlier. She was once named Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year and has continued to be involved in presenting and producing broadcast programs for her company throughout her three decades in the industry.

Sidebar: I met Cathy Hughes back when I was a senior at Clark Atlanta University. I forget why she came to our campus. I met he with her because she was former college roommates with one of our Communications Deans and somehow I convinced the dean that I needed a meeting. I remember excitedly showing Ms. Hughes my reel. She watched and said your 99% there. Hmmm I wonder if I ever found that 1 % I was missing. Lol! So proud of all of her success. She's a pioneer!

Charlamagne Responds to Kanye West's Rant

Octavia Spencer to Star in Fox's 'Red Band Society'

According to THR, The Help's Octavia Spencer has been tapped to star in the network's remake of acclaimed Spanish series Red Band Society.  Red Band Society is described as a dark dramedy that focuses on the daily lives of a group of teenagers living in a hospital who become unlikely friends.

K. Michelle Releases 'Still No F*cks' Mixtape

K. Michelle Releases 'Still No F*cks' Mixtape, hosted by DJ Sense, the 26-track mixtape is the perfect compilation of songs that capture her around the way girl mentality ("F*ck You"), vulnerability ("We All Try") sensitivity ("Pain Killa"), humor ("Justin Bieber" ft. Jeff Robinson), and vocal prowess. The music on this project is---dare we say---better than the music found on her major label debut Rebellious Soul.  Still No F*cks Given is the sequel to 2012's well received 0 F*cks Given, that garnered over one million downloads.

Listen and download K. Michelle's new mixtape below: 

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Studio Q Host Quencie and Studio Q Producer Tam
In the first episode of Studio Q's Weekly Radio Podcast in 2014 host, Quencie (@quencie) and Studio Q producer Tam (@4evertam) review Kevin Hart's latest movie About Last Night, give their opinions about the latest reality shows and share our behind the scenes experience of some of our recent celebrity interviews at the NAACP nominations luncheonLike, Share and Subscribe to Studio Q!

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Man Found Guilty After Killing Black Teen For Playing Loud Music

According to BlackNews.com, Michael Dunn, the man who shot and killed 17-year-old Jordan Davis after a heated argument between the two over loud music in Jacksonville, Florida, was recently found guilty on three counts of 2nd-degree murder and one count of throwing a deadly missile.

NBA All-Star Game: Pharrell Williams Performs With Diddy, Snoop Dogg Before Tipoff (Video)

According to THR, Pharrell Williams continued his yearlong hot streak with a hits-laden, crowd-dazzling performance at the NBA All-Star Game on Sunday night at New Orleans Arena.

The Little Known Black History Fact: Martin and Coretta

According to Black America Web, Martin L. King and Coretta Scott met by phone in 1952 at the urging of a friend, Ms. Mary Powell. Coretta Scott from Heiberger, Alabama was studying music at the New England Conservatory. She had been raised in a household that stressed education; her mother even bought a school bus to make sure Coretta and the other black kids got to school everyday. Martin was a grad student and recent pledge of Alphi Phi Alpha Fraternity at Boston University.  The couple bonded over talks of racial injustice, which impressed the future civil rights leader. While she admits to not feeling ready to be married when they met, and Martin was, the couple was betrothed by Rev. Martin Luther King, Sr. in the Scott’s backyard, June 18, 1953. By no means was it a small wedding. According to the New York Times, there were 350 guests at the wedding of Martin Luther and Coretta Scott King.  Alabama was still very segregated in 1953 and denied the newlyweds a room in the local hotels of Marion. With the help of friends, Mr. and Mrs. Martin Luther King Jr. spent their wedding night in the back room of a funeral parlor. Five years later they took a second honeymoon in Mexico. In I May Not Get There With You, by Michael Dyson, Coretta said ”When we get in an argument, usually he just stops talking.”
The Kings would have four children: Yolanda Denise born in 1955, Martin Luther III in 1957, Dexter Scott in 1961, and Bernice Albertine in 1963.Coretta Scott King was a woman who had known the ways of a strong female backbone in the home. Her mother, Bernice McMurry Scott, was not only the school bus driver, but she served in the community with the Eastern Star Organization, and helped her husband with his business. Coretta served the local chapter of the NAACP in college along with her college’s Race Relations and Civil Liberties Committees. When her husband was in the height of the civil rights movement, Coretta insisted on helping more out in the field although her husband wanted her in the home with the children.  After his passing in 1968,widow King took over as a leader of the movement to continue her husband’s legacy and stand up for her own beliefs. She helped with the Poor People’s Campaign that same year and brought the King Center for Nonviolent Social Change. It was also the work of Mrs. King to see that her husband received one of the highest honors in America: a national holiday.

Meagan Good To Star In New Sci-Fi Drama 'Babylon Fields'

According to Shadow and Act couple of years after the network canceled Deception, the star of that short-lived drama series, Meagan Good, is returning to NBC to star in a new sci-fi drama pilot titled Babylon Fields.

Sunday, February 16, 2014

About Last Night Takes 2nd Place at The Box Office

According to USA Today, the '80s returned to theaters this weekend, but they were no match for a 70-year-old toy.  The Lego Movie held off a raft of 1980s remakes over the Valentine's Day weekend, crossing the $100 million mark in only 10 days to become the biggest movies of the young year.  Lego snapped up $48.8 million, according to studio estimates from Rentrak, giving the animated comedy its second consecutive box-office crown. Lego has built up $129.1 million in two weekends.  Still, audiences found love for Valentine's Day weekend redos, led by Kevin Hart's About Last Night, which took second place with $29 million.  The debut met most analysts' expectations, and gave Hart his second big debut following his cop comedy Ride Along, which opened to $41.5 million in January.  Ray Subers of Box Office Mojo credits distributor Sony Pictures for an aggressive marketing campaign that "features Kevin Hart, who is undoubtedly a box-office draw following the success of last month's Ride Along."  The remake of the 1986 comedy with Rob Lowe and Demi Moore was a hit with critics and audiences. More than three-fourths of the nation's reviewers recommended the movie, says Rotten Tomatoes. Moviegoers were more smitten, giving the film an A-minus, according to pollsters CinemaScore.

Sidebar: Great job Kevin!!!!! We went to see About Last Night on Friday and will review it for you live! Tune in today at 3:30 PM today as my producer and I come to you live for our first Studio Q Podcast of 2014. Click Here and join us to listen.

Today in Black History

Today in Black History Joe Frazier knocked out Jimmy Ellis in the second round of their New York fight and became the world heavyweight boxing champion in 1970.

How Celeb Moms Teach Their Kids About Black History

"What I did with my older son Massai (pictured) is take him to the Martin Luther King museum. It was absolutely amazing. They hear speeches, they teach the kids about his mission, his walk of peace and his involvement with the Civil Rights Movement. I explained to Massai that he has to be 10 times better, smarter, more focused, to always take the high road, and to always be the leader, not a follower. My mom is an artist, so I've got tons of Black art. We watch a lot of movies. I think for me it's a combination of sharing with Massai my favorite things about Black history — whether it's musical, film or historical, and try to bring it back around and relate it to how it's affecting his life right now. We read a lot. We're reading Frederick Douglass's autobiography together. We started reading Native Son too." (Source: Essence)

  "Obviously Roc and Roe are only 1 1/2-years-old so they are very influenced by what they are around. We have a plethora of heirlooms and family photographs throughout our homes that are on the walls, in the bedrooms—everywhere. They are growing up with the faces of their ancestors surrounding them. We have an incredible story to share with them when they are old enough to understand. When I was pregnant and performing in Washington, D.C., I whispered in First Lady Michelle Obama's ear that I was having twins, and she whispered in the President's ear and told him. They were the first people to know this news. I am eternally proud and I know that my babies will be too."
"Our history and culture are very important to both me and my family. I am always excited to teach Cree about our culture. My favorite way is reading books like Who Is Rosa Parks? and Who Is Martin Luther King? to him. Both of these include pictures, which is a huge plus!"
 "We teach [our son] Kevin to be proud of his heritage by showing him how proud we [his parents] are of our heritage. One of the fun ways we bring Black history into our home is by preparing certain foods for specific occasions. For example, we eat black-eyed peas and collard greens on January 1 for good luck. Other ways also include having our home filled with pictures of family members, displaying a red, black and green flag and having a home library filled with interesting books on African-Americans."
"We have so many children's books on everyone from Medgar Evers to Jackie Robinson. We also celebrate Kwanzaa and we discuss our ancestors’ sacrifices and triumphs very specifically. The kids speak of their own ancestors, like their great-grandfather who wrote for a Negro newspaper in Philadelphia and their grandfather, also a writer, who helped launch Sesame Street. The kids learn more about their cultural history during those seven days than they do all year in school. We also make annual trips to places that celebrate and tangibly teach Black history like the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, Tennessee, and the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in Cincinnati, Ohio."
"With my 2-year-old son Joshua, it seems like we’re living Black history. For example, he was just learning how to speak during this last presidential election. So one of his first words was 'Obama!' Now every time he sees a Black man in a suit, he asks, 'Obama?' Since he's only 2, I'm breaking him in slowly, by singing old Negro spirituals as lullabies. Once he is of age, a few of the things I will do with him to ensure he is well-rounded will be to take him to Africa as my parents did for me, watch Roots with him, and visit two of my favorite places in Detroit: the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History and Hitsville U.S.A., home of the Motown Museum."
 "My husband and I let our daughter Lauren (pictured) know that there are many influential Black people in addition to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. However, Dr. King was one of the greatest leaders who ever lived. He was a peacemaker who worked towards getting brown faces, white faces and yellow faces equal rights and opportunities. We also taught our 5-year-old a Dr. King quote: 'One should not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.'"
One of the first things I taught my girls was our Black national anthem, 'Lift Every Voice.' I’ve always loved that song, so while driving in the car when they were small, that would be the song that we would sing. I did this until they learned it word for word. When both of my girls where in the second grade, I did a one-woman show for their class as Bessie Coleman, the first African-American female pilot. I dressed up like her and I spoke to the class in her voice and shared her life story with them. They were riveted! After my performance I taught the class 'Lift Every Voice' and passed out a pamphlet that I made of African-American firsts. It was great seeing little children of all colors sing our anthem. We are also Black art collectors, so all my girls ever saw were images of Black people all around our home."
 "Our 11-year-old daughter Parker (dressed as Shirley Chisholm) receives a substantial serving of African-American history. When we visited Florida on our annual family vacation, my father-in-law, who is a retired professor of African-American literature, told all of the grandkids about Zora Neale Hurston, quoted her work from memory, and organized a trip to Eatonville. I recently asked Parker when she has learned the most about Black history. She enthusiastically answered, 'When I did my Shirley Chisholm project in fourth grade!' She researched Chisholm by reading about her and watching a documentary film. She visited various locations in Brooklyn where Chisholm worked and studied. She used this research to write a report, make an art piece honoring Chisholm, and then memorized a portion of one of Chisholm’s speeches and delivered it before her school at an assembly."
 "For me, teaching my son Tron about his history is just like I teach him about everything else. Everything starts with conversations so that it doesn't seem so much like teaching; it’s just having a conversation about how things were and how they are now. I think if kids see people they can know that are doing great things and see people in their family that are successful, that's what leaves the biggest impression on them. I make sure Tron is introduced to successful people of all backgrounds and jobs so that he sees that people who look like him can and have been able to accomplish anything they set their minds to. I think seeing Barack Obama in office while he is a teenager has left a big impression on him and many other children and taught them to be proud of their heritage."
 "From the time Taylor came into this world, I have been answering questions about stoplights, peanut butter, lotions and things that are tied to our history as a people. As a former teacher, I incorporated these answers during everyday life experiences. Children remember history better when it is practical and fits into the motion of their lives. As an African-American who has seen history being made in my lifetime, I tell my daughter on a daily basis that she is loved, wanted and appreciated because being proud of your history starts with being proud of yourself."
 We teach Jeffrey through books specifically dealing with African-American figures in our history. We point out the historical contributions they have had on society."

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Michael Ealy Announces He Has a Son

According to Essence, Michael Ealy surprised Steve Harvey, and the world, by announcing that he is a dad. During an appearance on Harvey's daytime talk show yesterday, the About Last Night actor revealed that he and wife Khatira Rafiqzada are parents, reports Madame Noire writer Victoria Uwamarogie.  "You've been married for about a year now, right?" Harvey asked Ealy during a segment about the movie. "You see kids in the future?" "We have a son," replied Ealy, adding that the boy's name is Elijah. Co-star Regina Hall shared that Elijah is a "beautiful little boy."  The famously private actor—who didn't mention his son's age—added that he couldn't understand why "people announce the birth of their children."Ealy and Rafiqzada had been together for almost four years when they secretly tied the knot in October 2012.  Congrats to Michael and Khatira!