*In honor of 2013 being the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, Wells Fargo is honoring the progress of African Americans through a partnership with the Kinsey Collection, an assemblage of historical art from founders Bernard and Shirley Kinsey.
Lauren London, star of BET’s “The Game,” was chosen to narrate a promo spot for the initiative. [Scroll down to watch.]
In the clip, London muses over the importance of speaking up during moments of injustice and introduces the Kinsey family, who started the Kinsey Collection, whose treasured pieces of history and art commemorate the artistic, historic, and cultural contributions and progress of African Americans prior to and following the Emancipation Proclamation.
Wells Fargo worked closely with the Kinsey family to create an experience that will last through December 2013.
*Wells Fargo & Company joins forces with a few of the most recognizable faces in black entertainment for an interactive campaign to extend its year-long celebratory tour featuring The Kinsey Collection: Shared Treasures of Bernard and Shirley Kinsey – Where Art and History Intersect.
The collection will highlight African American art and artifacts dating back to their experiences from the 1600’s to present. Among the notable faces were celebrities Jordin Sparks, Lauren London, Lance Gross and Talib Kweli who serves as curators in the four-part short film series “Untold Stories: Our Inspired History.” The series showcases narrations of specific times in history represented by artifacts in the Kinsey Collection. The series can be viewed online at www.youtube.com/wellsfargo. The are urging fans to log on and join the conversation to share their own untold stories via Twitter using the hashtag #KinseyUntold
“Wells Fargo’s primary goal in collaborating with the Kinsey family to bring this collection to audiences across the country was to create an opportunity for others to engage in dialogue around the rich history of African Americans.” says Lisa Frison, African American segment manager, “The Untold Stories campaign is an exciting extension of this partnership, and an innovative way to continue the discussion about the significant contributions of African Americans.”
Each celebrity curator will be featured in the series in order to educate the audience about the impact of African American history on modern life. In one video, Lance Gross describes the trials faced by Josiah Walls, an early African American statesmen in the 41st and 42nd Congress. Another features Jordin Sparks sharing the accomplishments of a young Phillis Wheatley, the first African American woman poet to be published.
“The Kinsey Collection strives to give our ancestors a voice, name and personality, enabling the viewer to understand the challenges, obstacles, triumphs and extraordinary sacrifice of African Americans who’ve greatly contributed to the success of this country,” said Bernard Kinsey, “We are delighted to join with Wells Fargo in honoring the 150th Anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation by sharing this collection with national audiences.”
For more information or details on the “Untold Stories: Our Inspired History” campaign, visit www.wellsfargo.com/kinseycollection.
The glam gods called and answered, prepping folk for the BET Awards Weekend.
Blogger Necole Bitchie, Actress Lauren London, Reality Star Miss Quad, Blogger Jasmine BRAND
Hosted by actress Lauren London and celebrity blogger Necole Bitchie, the ‘Beauty Is Love’ lounge included guests receiving blowouts provided by Clairol Professional beauty teams and celebrity hair stylist Larry Sims, makeup applications with AJ Crimson Beauty products, lashes by celebrity lash guru Ja’Maal Buster, and manicures by Superstar Nail Lacquer, in addition to product demonstrations from Indique Hair and Muze Hair. Jasmine BRAND was in attendance and spotted celebs Maia Wright Campbell, reality star Toya Wright, Monyetta Shaw, rapper/actress Lil Mama, ‘Married to Medicine’s’ Quad Webb-Lunceford, TV personality Alesha Renee, celebrity stylist Olari Swank, fellow bloggers Freddy-O, Tami of TalkingWithTami.com and Jason Lee of IAmJasonLee.com. Peep some of the photos.
Toya Wright, Jamaal Buster, Monyetta Shaw
Reality Star Malaysi, Actress Lauren London
For more photos of Lauren London’s Beauty event, visit theJasmineBrand.com.
Regina King, Lauren London
Black Hollywood’s acting elite showed up this week for for BET Networks Los Angeles Upfront event. Held in Beverly Hills, BET’s Debra Lee and Stephen G. Hill were present, along with folk like Kevin Hart, Duane Martin, Tony Rock, Regina King, Wendy Raquel Robinson, Regina King and Bill Belamy.
Tony Rock, Duane Martin, Kevin Hart
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*“The Game” has it’s faithful following, but the cast has been through some major changes.
Lauren London, who is new to the cast with Jay Ellis, is a bit nervous about how the audience will receive her.
“I didn’t know how big of a role my character was gonna play in the audition. I actually just thought I was gonna be, like, you know, somewhat like a guest starring role,” Lauren told EURweb associate CNikky. “The scene that I auditioned for was hilarious. I remember going and watching the scene and really just being into the character, not knowing how big of a role it was gonna turn into.”
Lauren’s face is typically seen on the big screen. So it’s a change for everyone involved.
Despite her nerves, being a part of the central cast was an opportunity she couldn’t miss out on.
“When they came to me with the offer of course I was like, ‘Yes!’” Lauren said. “It’s such a big show on a cable network and just for black television period. And it was a comedy and I hadn’t done that. So all these things lined up and it just made me want to do it.”
She’ll make her big “The Game” debut on Tuesday as a former child star.
Watch it on BET.
*Oh yes, another interesting black film is in the making.
The film adaptation of David E. Talbert’s “Baggage Claim” gets going as sexy heartthrobs Taye Diggs, Morris Chestnut, Trey Songz, Lauren London, Tia Mowry and Djimon Honsou battle it out for a part in the flick.
Also, according to Humor Mill, Jill Scott and J Cole allegedly won a part in the project, based on Talbert’s take of a flight attendant with only thirty days and thirty thousand miles to find her soul mate.
Also cast in the movie is Paula Patton, Derek Luke, and Octavia Spencer.
Check out the synopsis for “Baggage Claim”:
“Pledging to keep herself from being the oldest and the only woman in her entire family never to wed, Montana embarks on a thirty-day, thirty-thousand-mile expedition to charm a potential suitor into becoming her fiancé. Whom will she choose? Damon Diesel, a P. Diddy wannabe; Reverend Curtis P. Merewether, pastor of Greater House of Deliverance, Tabernacle of Praise, Worship, and Miracles; pompous attorney-turned-councilman Langston Jefferson Battle III; or Quinton Jamison, a multimillionaire who’s twenty years her senior?”