*Rosie Perez is one of those actresses in the industry that can tell it like it is. Beginning her acting career on a Brooklyn stoop with Spike Lee, she’s brought flavor, fire and fierce to femininity in the film industry.
Now she’s the face of Pine Sol’s Women Rise Above It movement to empower women all over the country, encouraging them to share their stories of how they rose above adversity.
*It’s about time someone recognizes the beautiful women overflowing in Africa.
Tyra Banks is pioneering her reality show in the Motherland with “Africa’s Next Top Model.”
The expansion is the fourth branch of her highly successful franchise. And so far, Tyra’s tapped Nigerian model Oluchi Onweagba Orlandi to serve as the host and co-producer.
By Brittney M. Walker
*Brooklyn is a haven for some of the most creative people in the world.
Though it’s just a matter of opinion, hip hop greats like the Notorious B.I.G. and Jay-Z, both hailing from the indomitable BK, are some of the most lyrical artists ever to bless our eardrums.
But also there’s Spike Lee, Wesley Snipes, and so many others who have set their foundation in this creative space, whether they’ve migrated to the city or were born and raised.
*Raising a child God dropped in her lap suddenly has changed the way Kym Whitley looks at life, love, and family forever.
The comedienne is the star of new OWN docu-series, “Raising Whitley,” where she and her menagerie of friends band together to raise a baby.
When Kym signed up to mentor a troubled young girl, she never imagined herself becoming a mother in an instant. After her mentee gave birth to a little baby boy, she quickly gave the deuces to the maternity ward and left the child for Kym to raise.
*Iconic leader and former wife of the late Nelson Mandela is in some financial trouble.
A South African magistrate ordered Winnie Mandela to sell her possessions, including scores of paintings, sculptures and a silver tea set to pay off her debts, according to recent court documents.
*The skin color of a popular comic book character may change in 2015. According to TheWrap, Michael B. Jordan (“Chronicle”) is currently contending to play the role of the Human Torch in the upcoming film “Fantastic Four.”
If he does score it, it’ll be a rare role for an African American actor in a major franchise.