It’s official. Selma director Ava Duvernay has been tapped to direct Marvel’s upcoming ‘Black Panther’ film.
I thought it was common knowledge that people…ESPECIALLY strangers aren’t allowed to touch Black women’s hair. Well that’s not entirely true…mainly strangers. But the point is, Black people don’t like being petted by people who are obviously fascinated with their hair. It’s weird. And apparently the other day, talented filmmaker Ava Duvernay had to set the record straight.
Ava Duvernay, an award winning screen-writer and director best known for her box office hit, Selma has always spoken very openly about the lack of diversity in film. Today, the talented director turned Twitter, the popular social platform into her own personal forum, calling for change in the film industry.
John Legend has gained much respect over the years for his artistry. The award winning singer/song writer never disappoints when it comes to his music. Recently, Legend has used his platform to speak out against police brutality, and has been very vocal about racial tensions in America. Now, stepping in to an Executive Producer role, Johnny boy is taking things a step further with a new film that will be airing on HBO on May 18th.
“Saying we rock is a response to our neglect.” That’s a quote from #BlackGirlsRock founder and executive director Ms. Beverly Bond. Bond, a visionary and social innovator has changed the game in more ways than one. Noted as one of the most influential DJ’s and trendsetters of our time, Bond is now taking the world by storm by empowering not only Black youth, but also Black women with BGR!. In 2010, Beverly Bond partnered with BET to share her BLACK GIRLS ROCK! vision with the rest of the world, and last night, we had the pleasure of taking part in the experience! Here are my top 10 moments that ROCKED from BGR!
Yesterday I covered Day 1 of the Black Women Film Network Summit, and today, I’m going to cover Day 2! What an awesome experience! Although I enjoyed both of the days, I think Day 2 was definitely my favorite.
I started the day by stopping by the “Master Class” featuring actress Charity Jordan of the movie Selma. She talked about what it meant to be a person of color in the TV and film industry, but especially a WOMAN of color. She gave us a lot of great advice, and we even did some cool acting exercises to break the ice.
For me, her greatest piece of advice was, “If you’re in it for the money, get out now.” I think she made a good point about finding your passion. Your passion is something that you’d do for free. Money is always good, but if that is your only motivation, then it isn’t for you!
She went on to tell a funny story about the first time she hung out with Oprah. She said she had a blast…so much so that she ended up taking a fork and a piece of toilet paper from home as a souvenir! Ha!
After that, it was time for the Red Carpet, and honey, it was a sight to see! I ran into Real Housewife Kandi Burruss, Todd Tucker, Farrah Franklin (former member of Destiny’s Child), V Bozeman, Robbi Reed, Evelyn Mims, Latavia Roberson, V 103’s Ryan & Kysha Cameron, Will Packer and more!
After everyone hit the red carpet, we sat down for lunch, award presentations, and an awesome performance from the stunning V Bozeman. I think my favorite part of the luncheon was hearing Shante Bacon, founder of 135th Street Agency speak. That, along with Jaunice Sills, director of programming and promo planning at Revolt. These two women were both so young, so accomplished, and still so humble. And it’s always a pleasure to see Saptosa Foster, who is a PR extraordinaire! It was great to witness!
We also got to view movie trailers from some up and coming Black filmmakers. Truly inspirational! And can I just say that the host, comedian Jonathan Slocumb was a HIT?!
I met a lot of awesome people, and can’t wait for the next one. I’m convinced that #BWFNSummit16 will be even better than this one!
Oh. The Oscars. What a wonderful love/hate relationship we have. There’s so much to say, and so little time. But I am going to try and do my BEST to fit everything in, and to hopefully, be nowhere near as boring as the actual show. Here goes!
In case you didn’t know, The Essence Black Women in Hollywood Awards will air on OWN on February 21st at 10 PM EST.
Via Essence President Michelle Ebanks:
“Together with OWN, we are proud to extend the reach of the ‘Essence Black Women in Hollywood Awards’ and share this important recognition of our leading ladies who are creating, performing and calling the shots. Over the past seven years, Essence has celebrated the power of our presence in Hollywood, and this first-time television special is certain to broaden the conversation around images in media, personal inspiration and empowerment for women around the world.”
Today, these phenomenal women gathered together to walk the red carpet, do interviews, and of course, enjoy the Awards and each other! Check out this EPIC selfie. Look at all this Black woman EXCELLENCE! See any faces you recognize? I can’t wait to tune in and give you guys a recap!
In case you missed it, Beyonce performed at the Grammys Sunday night. It wasn’t her usual “big to do.” There was no leotard or flashing lights..no booty poppin or sequins. If I remember correctly, she even kept the fan blowing to a minimum. But what Beyonce DID do was take us to church. Bey sang “Take My Hand, Precious Lord”, a song featured in the Blockbuster film “Selma.” And she sang it WELL. But I gotta say-the performance was underwhelming. This performance was a prime example of why sometimes, Beyonce just needs to take a backseat and let Jesus take the wheel.
Welcome to the wonderful world of whitewashing. Have a seat. Pour a drink. You’ll be here for a while. Maybe until the year 2090…or so…depends on what happens..