Happy National Best Friends Day: My Fav 5 Actress BFF’s

Cree Summer & Lisa Bonet

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Cree & Lisa Bonet Starred on the early 90s hit tv show “A Different World” (now streaming on NETFLIX) as well as Cree is Zoe Kravitz (Lisa’s Daughter) God Mother.

“I always say to people, I’d much rather walk into a room with Lisa than by myself. She helps me get my strut on (laughs), you know what I mean? It makes me feel more powerful.”-Cree Summer

Jada Pinkett-Smith & Queen Latifah

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Jada and Queen rocked our worlds with their strong roles in the fiery box off hit 1996 “Set It off” as well as Queen being one of the very first people to know about Jada’s early relationship with Will Smith!

Sanaa Lathan & Gabriel Union

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This BFF duo starred opposite of each other in the 2000 Hit “Love and Basketball” and have been connected ever since!

Adrienne Bailon & Julissa Bermudez 

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Best Friend Girl Duo both The Big Apple City ,NYC, have been friends since they both entered the entertainment industry at a very young age! Adrienne & Julissa also had a hit reality show called “Empire Girls” a few year ago!

Tasha Smith & Elisabeth Rohm

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Web series Wednesday’s: Issa Rae Presents “Fundamental”

  Christopher McMullen better known as Seth Brundle was born and raised in Carson,California.Seth  knew he had a passion for style  since a child but choose to go to Morehouse college in Atlanta to study marketing and pr. Upon Graduation seth returned to Los Angeles to work as an PR executive but soon realized he must return to his passion of fashion and quit his job to be a professional stylist! Seth has worked with celebrities such as Faith,Teyana Taylor,Rudy Gay, Kevin McCall and more but fashion isn’t the end for seth’s passions in life! Seth also has an ongoing love affair with cooking and fitness. Seth was on Issa Rae’s channel in the  Butter and Brown series but now has his own solo series called Fundamental ! Below is Seth’s first episode and its pretty intriguing!

‘FUNDAMENTAL’ is a lifestyle series centered around Seth Brundle’s career in Fashion, his love of cooking and personal journey with Fitness!

Creative Projects To Fund: Afro-Iran -The Unknown Minority Photo Book

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Mahdi Eshaei is a 25 year old  German-Iranian photographer and designer based in Germany. Eshaei studied design at the Faculty of Design at the University of Applied Sciences Darmstadt.Mahdi has stumbled upon a fascinating group of african descendent people in Iran that were unknown to him and many others until he went to southern Iran to a soccer match. The experience of seeing a black or African featured man that spoke Persian and was a born Iranian sparked the search and the creative project to document these rare beautiful group of people of his culture! Mahdi has a an idea and book that will live on for centuries but he needs everyone help to raise about 12 thousand  dollars By June 13th! 

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Afro-Iran shows a side of Iran, which is widely unknown even to Iranians: a minority of people who influenced the culture of a whole region by continuing their African heritage with their clothing style, their music, their dance and their oral traditions and rituals. I set out to the Hormozgan Province in the Persian Gulf to shed some light on this part of Iran, which is home to the descendants of enslaved people and traders from Africa.

  ‘Afro-Iran’ reveals details documenting a centuries-long history of a community, which is often overlooked in Iran’s history, but which has even shaped the culture in Southern Iran.

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Twitter: @Mahdi_Eshaei

http://www.mahdi-eshaei.com

Event Recap:CREATIVE SOCIETY OF CT’s Majestic Mixer

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Creative Society of Connecticut took a giant leap forward three weeks ago and opened their  exclusive creative arts secret event series up public! In fall 2014, CSCT hosted their 1st event that resulted in a great outcome of new connections and new inspiration. For their first public event  that  took place on Saturday, April 25th, 2015 at the beautiful  305 Knowlton Studios in Bridgeport, CT ,themed as the Majestic Mixer! The mixer consisted of  live art demonstrations by William Corprew (@80Gramz) and Olivia Nyguen (@Fiyabomb) , poetry by Kimolee  Eryn (@kimoleeryn)& Tea Montgomery (@Teamontgomery), Author Talk from Johnnie Bird (@johnniebirdIII), and an enlightening financial talk by Sigmund Morriar. 

Creative Society of Connecticut is a networking organization, of collective artistic practices, that hosts uniquely-themed events.CSCT helps to connect creative & local businesses by fostering new collaborative relationships. It is a meeting place of influencers in the art, music, film, fashion, and media industries.CSCT’s vision is to create a social gathering available for creative minds to engage in conversation, collaborate and network while sharing knowledge and resources of information.

Check out the performances in a video below and pictures from this cultural experience that is growing in the artsy city of Bridgeport,CT

 

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CSCT Founders and Artist

(Nicole Carson, Thyda Korn ,80 Gramz, FiyaB0mb, Ninja Nay,Akiya Mcknight)

 

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(FiyaBomb’s Art Work)

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(All Photos by @djxink & @lcuevas)

CSCT is planning their next event  installment for August 2015 but will be collaborating with other creatives and organizations to bring you a variety of mini events in June and July so stay tuned!If you would like to be added to CSCT mailing list email them at the email listed below.

 

www.facebook.com/creativesocietyofCT.

Instagram : @CreativeSocietyCT

Email:Creativesociety203@gmail.com

Creative Projects To Fund:House of June is serving us “Fried Ice Cream” with their feature film!

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The brilliant imaginative  women over at House of June, an independent art film house based in ATL, have launched their first feature film fundraising campaign via Indie GoGo. Headed by Amber Bournett (“the lens”), Ebony Blanding (“the pen”) and Tempest Roque (“the producer”) this campaign will run through May 30, 2015 with a goal of raising $58,000. HOJ plans to serve us up a flavorful film of young mavericks, encapsulated within a tale of Atlanta summertime’s vibrant adventures and Catch-22s called “Fried Ice Cream”!

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“FRIED ICECREAM”‘s  concept visual Do The Summer Thing is here below

FRIED ICECREAM follows AKEEBAH & SLOAN, two mix-matched peas in a pod living and finding self in the summer solstice of inner-city Atlanta. Faced with ultimatums by their parental figures and Sallie Mae to work summer jobs to afford their last semester in college, they arbitrarily become ice- cream truck drivers in West End Atlanta. Quirky adventures ensue when their entrepreneurial spirits become hallucinogenic.

This project is for all the women and men who feel like their characters aren’t being represented accurately on-screen and by supporting this film the range of image and perception of brown people complexities will be forever redefined! Drop these trail blazing women in Film/Art a few coins below!

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/fried-icecream

Twitter: @thehouseofjune

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/HOUSEOFJUNE

Instagram: http://instagram.com/thehouseofjune

YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/THEHOUSEOFJUNE

Website: http://www.thehouseofjune.com

Interviews I Love:Full Ava Duvernay TFF 2015 Interview curated by Q-Tip

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Musician and Actor Q-Tip sat down to speak with the most iconic female director and writers that our generations has ever seen, Miss Ava Duvernay, at the prominent SVA theater for the Tribeca Film Fest last Wednesday. Ava and Q-tip met merely minutes before the interview started but it appeared as if the two were connected or friends because the flow of the interview was so seamless. Ava and Q-tip reminisced on when Ava first connected with her passion of film, her love for hip hop and how she plans to be a director directing with her cane into her older years in life!

Here are my favorite quotes from Ava that resonated with me and that I believe will resonate with many people out there..

“Don’t ask for permission”

“It’s not possible for anyone to stop me from making films it’s not in the realm of possibilities”

“Just get started”

Creative Projects To Fund : The Last Black Man in San Francisco

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San Francisco,California  has a history of Music such as Jazz, Art,Authors and many different mediums of creativity. Beginning around the 1920’s -1940’s a vast amount of African- Americans migrated to the west coast post world war I and II.Many of these african americans came from the deep south and mid west great plain states. San Francisco was pegged the Harlem of the west coast during the migration of these african americans because of the creative careers and artsy energy they brought to the area. African-Americans highly populated  neighborhoods such as the Fillmore District, Western Addition, and the Bayview District. These areas were once between 40% -95% black in 1970 but sadly there are only less than 8% African- Americans still reside in san francisco.The rapid and vast decline of this community in San Francisco is quite appalling and many want to know why?

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Jimmie Fails,born and bred, San Francisco African-American male can tell us a few reason why in his new film The Last black Man in San Francisco. Fails through his life story can give people a perspective about feeling alienated and left out in his rapidly changing hometown with the help of  fails child hood friend and documentarian,Joe Talbot.

The duo have already shot a concept trailer with no resources just skills and a few people who were willing to lend their talents to them.The Last Black Man in San Francisco must raise 50k by June 3rd in order to be made into a feature- length film but this can only happen with the help of all of you out there! The film has already been deemed groundbreaking and is highly supported by San Francisco International Film Fest and San Francisco Black film Fest!

But this isn’t just a story for black people or for people who lost their homes..It’s a universal story for anybody that feels like an outsider in their hometown.-Jimmie Fails

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/joeandjimmie/last-black-man-in-san-francisco

Webseries Wednesdays: Coming Home Series ..A Tale of a woman who’s dating an Incarcerated man

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If you are child who had incarcerated males in your family then you may have had experiences of the  long rides to state prisons far from the city, talks through a glass, or hugs over a steel table and the excitement  women in your family had when she got to see her love (boyfriend,husband,finance,child father) chained and shackled like a slave. The things you might not have seen was that woman’s side of  the story once she decided to leave or go experience new things in life. Considering there over a million african american men incarcerated this story line is well overdue .For the people who don’t understand or lack the empathy  now have a chance to get a glimpse until the life of the women who stand by these incarcerated men.The Coming Home web series  created by Brittany Coleman  journeys with Mahogany played by Brittney Coleman and how she tries to remain faithful and all the many other struggles she is faced with while her Boyfriend serves time in prison .Coming Home is also a mirror for women to evaluate their own lives of why and how they are coping with this experience of dating a man in prison.Brittney and writer Duane Sequira are working on season 2. The Full first season 6 episodes  are available now!

Episode 1

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The Creator of Coming Home ,Brittney Coleman, started acting with her sister in a library as a past time. She studied Theater from middles school through college and graduated  honors from Lehman College a Bachelors of Arts in Theater.

Watch All Episodes Here

http:/https://www.youtube.com/user/DopeEgoTv

http://www.Facebook.com/DopeEgoTvTwitter:

http://www.Twitter.com/ComingHome_Tv

http://www.Instagram.com/ComingHome_Tv

Web series Wednesdays: London based series “Housemates”

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Web series Wednesdays maybe my most favorite segment I have on shesvintage.com  because this segment allows me to research,discover and learn from web content all over the world that I might not have ever acquired the chance in the physical daily meetings with people.This week I discovered a very comedic, milennial-ish, british  all black women british cast called Housemates. Housemates  meaning roommates is a  cross between the american hit 90’s and 2000’s shows Girlfriends and Living Single. As we dive into the world of Mya, Chenayi, Jade, Michelle and Zara issues can arise in a house full of women high strung off estrogen and uncertainties that quarter life crisis brings. The series is produced written and directed  by Monique Needham. The first episode premiered  March 18th 2015  on BWNG TV via their YouTube channel and the second episode premiers tonight.Watch episode 1 below

 

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Twitter @itsmissneeks

Instagram:@brotherswithnogame 

 Twitter: @thebwng

Recap: An evening with The Phenomenal Women Panel

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For those who are unaware March is deemed as Women’s History Month or as I like to say The Future of Women Month. This Women’s History month I was especially excited to kick off with a special event coordinated by Martine Senecal of MaRouge Publicity and Synques Jefferson of Murder She Wrote © who  joined together to create an afternoon to bring together women from all walks of life, a day to hear the stories of how they’ve overcome and still overcoming the struggles faced each day within the societies they call home. The Phenomenal Women Panel was  held Sunday March 1, 2015 3:00PM to 6:00PM at the Bridgeport BHive 285 Fairfield Ave, Bridgeport, CT.

The Panel of five extraordinary women ranging from Naturopathic doctor,Licensed clinician , motivational speaker/health activist and more warmed the room with their love,endurance and courage. These women spoke to faces who are lost, some who are struggling to keep going and those who have been broken by life but all desire to do greater things. The phenomenal Panel event is amongst the very few positive in the Bridgeport,CT area and I saw how the gathering of all these women and young girls gave that special spark into the eyes of every attendee including myself.

Phenomenal Women Panel Event also included some pretty awesome women owned businesses such as  Emily Cortes:  Good Spirits (Homemade Natural Skin Care),  Jennifer Ceuvas:  SHE Inspires (T-shirts and bows), Rahisha Bivens (Infinity Scarves/Artwork), Melanie Hickson:  The Brownie Factory (Organic Gluten Free Dessert), Mary Stewart:  Blue Wing Couture (Accessory Line), Janelle Gordon:  JFearon (Jewelry), Alicia Cobb:  Art Simplicated (Artwork), Shasha Cadet: Shakeology (Fitness). Not to mention a literal Tear Jerking performance by singer ,Kaeli Roselle , who sang a cover of Jazmine Sullivan’s emotional ballad Masterpiece.

I wish  every sunday could consist of gathered  women talking,sharing stories, discussing dreams.  Positive connections and experiences amongst women are vital for us to succeed especially in the Minority communities. I see beauty in this event and it my request that the phenomenal women panel will become an annual staple in Connecticut .I will keep all updated if the universe will allow it!

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(Beautiful Women Attendees)

 

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Events Coordinators Synques (Murder She Wrote Brand) & Martine Senecal (Marouge PR)

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(Emily Cortes of Good Spirits)

 

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(Myself & Synques)

 

 

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(Shasha Cadet of Shakeology)

(All Photos Courtesy of Ninja Nay ©)

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