(Singer/Chef) Kelis & (Actress) Loretta Devine August 21st
(Comedian/Actor) Dave Chappelle August 24th
(Actor) Blair Underwood August 25th
(Actress Keke Palmer) & (Singer/Songwriter) Valerie Simpson August 26th
PHOTO CREDIT: DENNIS LEUPOLD
Brief excerpt from cover story written by: Shantell E. Jaimson
For three seasons, the pair has graced our television screens on the hit ABC comedy black-ish. This quirky yet hilarious couple has navigated several real-life instances related to Blacks in America, from teenage sex to police brutality.
In 30 minutes, the entire cast, crew and its producers manage to reel us in with humor but also make us think. Each minute counts, and due to Ross and Anderson’s magnetic chemistry, they effortlessly hold the attention of millions each week.
That’s why choosing them for our September issue cover story made sense. They just … fit, much like the chemistry they possess, naturally.
To read more about cover story visit website: http://www.ebony.com/entertainment-culture/september-anthony-anderson-tracee-ellis-ross#axzz4q4JjqC1p
A force to be reckoned with, #VIVAGLAM spokeswoman Taraji P. Henson is back with two new ways to exude confidence and flaunt panache – a sultry copper Lipstick and a lavish golden-bronze Lipglass. Coming Soon!!
Visit Website: http://www.maccosmetics.com/
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Halle Berry August 14th
Anthony Anderson August 15th
Angela Bassett August 16th
Malcolm Jamal Warner August 18th
Photo Credit: Ben Duggan @duggangram
Video Direction/Editing : William Sikora III @iamsikora @sikoraent
Cinematography: Hayssam Bazzi @hayssambazzi & Michael Sikora @mrmellowman
Creative Direction: Michael Mann @michael.mann @akixmann
Fashion: Michael Mann @michael.mann & Tyler Jacob @tylerjacobmusic
MUA: Gaby Torell @makeupartistgaby
Hair: Dr. Kari Williams @drkariwill
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Featured Photo: Torrei Hart alongside her daughter & inspiration behind hair care line Heaven Hart!
Featured Photo: Torrei Hart
Featured Photo: Torrei Hart along with her son Hendrix Hart
Brief excerpt from Essence Magazine story written by: Abiola Abrams
The natural beauty is also an actress, producer, mom and now, a beauty entrepreneur. She’s partnered with Nzuri to create the brand new natural hair care line, Heavenly Hart by Nzuri, and it’s inspired by her daughter Heaven.
Torrei worked closely with Nzuri CEO and co-founder, hair loss specialist and chief trichologist Leola Anifowoshe to create products for both hair loss and hair growth.
My new haircare line Heavenly Hart was inspired by and named after my daughter. Heaven is her first name, her middle name is Leigh and then, of course, Hart. So, it actually came from her. With me being a mom and having a daughter, who’s not only a Black daughter but she’s a chocolate girl, too. I want her to feel empowered and have that sense of, “This is who God made me. I am beautiful no matter what.”
Shop the Heavenly Hart natural hair care line visit website: https://nzurihaircare.com
To read more of this story visit Essence website: http://www.essence.com/torrei-hart-launches-new-natural-hair-care-line-products
Today is all about spotlighting some amazing women in the natural hair company. My last blog post feature was Ms. Toya Boxley-Bradley CEO/Creator of Sweet T’s Beauty. In this post I would like everyone to get to know Carmella Williams aka Carmella Marie. Carmella Williams hails from Youngstown, OH. A few years back I while as a freshly new natural I attended 1 of many natural hair meetups hosted by none other than “It’s A Natural Thang”. Carmella was one of the many vendors there I walked to her table & inquired about her products. She was so warm & welcoming we hit it off instantly. During that time her biggest seller was called “Hair Crack”. Which sadly I never had the opportunity to use because it had so many rave reviews. Nevertheless we stayed in contact via social media as well as other later meetup events here in the City of Pittsburgh.
In essence, in my previous post we just celebrated another success summer natural hair meetup as of July 8th 2017. Carmella had missed a few past events but once I knew she would be at this particular event I couldn’t wait to see her. In addition, I was able to purchase some of her “Deep Conditioner” which my hair is in desperate need of. All things considered during the summer months heat and humidity is not a naturals best friend. To say nothing of this week as I prep for a much-needed “Wash Day” I would more than likely drench my hair with Carmella Marie’s ” Deep Conditioner” In fact, this product smells so good it’s mixed with Honey Hibiscus formulated for dry & frizzy hair. This product does not contain any Parabens, Mineral Oil, Silicone or Petroleum.
Featured pics Demetria J. & Carmella Marie
Below is a full list of her products:
B3 Natural Hair Cream
M2 Moisture Mist
Alabama Mix: Creamy Cleanser & Natural Conditioner
If you are ever in the Youngstown, OH area be sure to check out her “Let’s Talk Hair: “The Mane Event” for Ohio Naturals Saturday, September 30 at 11 AM – 5 PM
Shop & Visit the website: https://carmellamarie.com
Like on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CarmellaMarie30/
Follow on Instagram: @carmellamarie30 @letstalkhair30
Today I wanted to share yet another post about 1 of my many favorite black owned brands by the name of Sweet T’s Beauty. One week ago all naturals in the City of Pittsburgh attended the hottest summer natural hair meetup hosted by “It’s A Natural Thang”. The event was a huge smash as if you didn’t already know. Every season I get to see all my female entrepreneurs advertising their new expansions of their brand. Sweet T’s Beauty introduced a new clay face mask called “Dead Sea Face Mask”. For someone like myself whom have battled Acne most of my life , I’m always eager to try new organic products for my skin. Ceo/Creator Toya Boxley-Bradley insisted that I try her new product. Well needless to say she didn’t have to twist my arm I was already on broad. Dealing with a combination skin type (normal/oily/dry/sensitive) I have to be careful of the products I add to my skin that doesn’t care any form of irritation. The problem areas are my cheeks which in the featured pics below you can see the dark marks/hyper pigmentation in my skin. Also from my long battle with Acne my pores are enlarged.
Meanwhile, another issue my skin becomes immune to products over time. As a result my skin will continue to break out therefore I have to switch products quite often. Not to mention I’ve been using “Neutrogena” for a very long time as I previously stated my skin is basically over it. (Laughs). The new product line I’ve recently purchased is “Simple” which is great for the sensitivity of my skin. In addition I haven’t used any form of clay masks in years. Generally speaking my skin care regiment must be strategic & disciplined. With some research I will list below details of how my daily regiment will be:
As shown above the full details of what my daily skin care lifestyle would be is really nothing new. I know some of you whom may read this will think this is a lot to handle. Taking good care of your skin is the most important thing you should practice everyday. Just like it’s important to exercise as well as eat right, caring for your skin is much required. Given these points, applying a clay mask weekly is going to give me the results I’m looking for. I’ve already sampled the clay mask by “Sweet T’s Beauty” & I really like it. The tingling sensation on my face let me further know the product was working it’s magic. In the long run, I would love to do a YouTube tutorial on how the product works.
Demetria J. & Toya Boxley-Bradley(CEO/Creator of Sweet T’s Beauty)
Lastly not only has Toya created a clay face mask there is another extension of her brand that includes the fellas. Yes fellas there is a new men’s line called “ Kings Selection Grooming Pudding”. This line includes: “Grooming Pudding, Beard Mist” & soon to come “Shaving Cream & Body Lotion”.
Be sure to shop & visit the website: https://www.SweetTsBeauty.com
“Like” on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sweettsbeauty/
Follow on Instgram: @sweettsbeauty
Brief excerpt from cover interview written by Danielle Kwateng-Clark:
Idris Elba has found his purpose behind the camera. Obviously, he’s fantastic in front of it, but his directorial debut in Yardie will show where his true passion lies. As our August 2017 cover star, the actor talks about his upcoming films, jammed packed schedule and love life.
Set to star in six projects this year —including Thor: Ragnarok and the fifth season of Luther— the 44-year-old was so busy, his photo shoot had to be completed in Thailand where he was training for a Muay Thai match.
“Yardie is quite a semi-famous bit of English literature about a small-time pastor who comes from Jamaica and ends up embroiled in [avenging his brother’s death],” he shares about his directorial debut film. “It’s set in the late seventies, early eighties, a hotbed of Jamaican culture in London, but then crack cocaine arrives.”
To read more visit website: http://www.essence.com/celebrity/idris-elba-essence-august-2017-cover
August 2017 issue of ESSENCE Magazine, on newsstands Friday, July 14.
The hottest summer natural hair meetup in the City of Pittsburgh is here:
$15 At the Door
Doors open at 11:30 a.m.
Vendors Inquire: Vendwithiant@gmail.com
It’s the event you’ve been waiting for all year! The premiere natural hair meetup of the year is here, Saturday, July 8th 2017 at AlphaLab Gear!
You’ll be greeted at the door with a special gift from our sponsor Carmella Marie! Drink specials will be on deck. Selecta will be on the wheels and your favorite vendors will be in the house!
Of course you will learn about keeping your hair and scalp in optimal condition if you engage in physical activity and easy DIY loc styles for every length!
We’ll top off the afternoon with our show celebrating natural hair, fashion and music, Loose, Loc’d , Reggae!
I’m always excited to attend “It’s A Natural Thang” meetups every season. I will be in attendance, eager to see/connect with all my favorite black-owned vendors as well as sharing products. See you there!
Photo Credits: Maury Philips, Alberto Rodriguez (Getty Images) & Rex Shutterstock
Photo Credit: Boo George
Stylist: Sara Fernandez Castro
Hair: David Harborrow
MUA: Florrie White
June 25th marks the 8th Anniversary the world lost one of the biggest influences & entertainer that has ever graced the stage. Michael Jackson meant so much to so many people around the world. He has blessed us with so much timeless hits from Thriller, Bad, Man In The Mirror, Billie Jean, Remember The Time, Dirty Diana, Give Into Me, Black Or White and much more. I remember getting the call from a former boss saying he passed away. My first response was like “Michael Jackson who???”. As a young girl growing up in the 80’s Michael was my first love in music. In the same fashion I had so many Michael Jackson items for instance: T-Shirts, Doll, View Master, Books, Albums, Posters everything. I remember watching Motown 25 with my mom when he first introduced the “Moonwalk”. Both myself & my mom was super excited to witness history in the making. Consequently I wasn’t too thrilled about that “Thriller” video, needless to say scared me to death. I took down all my posters after that. (laughs)
Michael commanded the status at an early age & captivated his audience up until his untimely death. Micheal will always be special to me my favorite Album will always be “Thriller” because that’s wear it all started for me. Moreover he was just a beautiful man, every one of us has something about ourselves that we are insecure of. No matter how many surgeries were performed I still thought he was amazing. As I’m writing this blog post currently listening to “Lady In My Life”. Words can’t describe how this song still moves me like I just heard for the first time as a little girl. It’s very unfortunate of all the anguish he endured during his career. The man gave so much of himself as well as his fortune to help children just people who were in need.
Michael Joseph Jackson will always be remembered as one of the greatest entertainers in the world. There will never be another one like him. Rest well MJJ!!
For more from Tracee, pick up the July/August issue of Redbook on newsstands June 27.
The most exciting thing has manifested itself today. Before I get into the celebration of a yet another milestone and/or goal attained. I’ve been setting small challenges for the Instagram page. Thinking back to when the journey began, there were so many ideas going in my head so much so I had no real direction. The last memory of followers I had in the fall of 2016 was around 560 something. As a result I began to focus wholeheartedly on the vision for my brand. Later linked up with an awesome brand developer & the rest is history. Not mention my brand developer made me set 30/60/90 day goals that I wanted to reach. In the same fashion most of the goals I put in place for each set dates were accomplished early on. Generally speaking one of my few 90 days goals was to reach 5000 followers. June 19th, 2017 5000 followers became a reality.
Every thing I’ve set my mind and focus to has blessed me abundantly. Needless to say when you mind your own business and/or stay in the lane God has set out just for you, the impossible becomes possible. Consequently I’m more inspired/motivated more than ever before. I feel like I’m just getting started. Content is everything for my brand in order to be set apart from other bloggers whom may be in the same niche` of related topics. Moreover the next step is to get my website developed by August. As well as advertising more of myself in my fashion related posts via the social media sites.
Pending challenge currently is to learn the gist of YouTube. I haven’t posted a video in a good month or so which I find to be my greatest hurdle. Some of the content posted that’s has been posted thus far is ok but not what I feel like it could be. YouTube can be very intimidating I still only have like “35” subscribers” (laughing) not going to allow it to beat me. There is too much determination running through my veins to be defeated. So far this year has been moving along in all the right places. I haven’t been truly happy in some time now but I feel a restoration is happening. Reaping my harvest at this very moment.
In addition, a little recognition wouldn’t hurt my brand either. In the long run I would like “Rockstarr Naturally” to be the next information highway for brands that are up & coming. Whether it’s fashion related, naturally made organic skincare and/or hair care. Equally important I would like “Rockstarr Naturally” to be a catalyst to introduce new bloggers to be featured as guest blogger set for once the website is launch. In the voice of Plies “Can you hear me now bihhh…..” stay tuned!!!!
Photo Credit: Warwick Saint
Brief excerpt from cover story written by Danielle Kwateng-Clark:
The Will Packer-produced comedy stars Jada Pinkett Smith, Queen Latifah, Regina Hall and Tiffany Haddish as the group travels to New Orleans for ESSENCE Festival. And needless to say, with a cast like this, the girls have the time of their lives. From weed-laced edibles and nightclubs to swinging across Bourbon Street and making out with Kofi Siriboe, the ladies have so much fun that the audience will feel like they too are in the Big Easy.
“Because of our history in this country and how we’ve been labeled, I think we, as Black women, tend to be a little hard on ourselves,” Pinkett-Smith told ESSENCE about letting go and having fun in the July 2017 issue.
July 2017 issue of ESSENCE Magazine, on newsstands Friday, June 16, and head out and see Girls Trip on July 21.
Photo Credit: Fidel Gonzalez
Set Manager: Joshua L Mcintyre
Retouching: Elena Pyzhikova
Using: Mola Softlight Modifiers
Interview: Erika Lee
Assistant: Kami Tafoya
Hair: Frank Galasso
MUA: Scott Barnes
Nails: Shirlee Ann Kerr
Fashion: Glam Vintage ( Michelle “Mitch” Phillips)
Be sure to check out Vanessa Williams’ new show “Daytime Divas” on Vh1 Mondays at 10EST.
PHOTO CREDIT: GETTY IMAGES
Photo Credits: Blair Devereaux @pbd Allen Cooley @allencooley Nathan Percy @npearcypics Will Kennedy @imagesbykennedy
Stylists: Julian R Lark @julianlark
Assistant Stylists: Brandon Foster @thefosterkidd Blonde Hair’d Girl @blondehairdgirl Stylenutcase SHINGO @imsoshingo TrueStar @truestar247
Hair: Andrea Powe @msandreapowe Design Essentials @designessentials Brandy Wells @salonharajuku1 Leatha La’Slay @lecreations LaKenya Morris @sheis_lakenyamorris The Renegade Companies Jason Scott @hair_artbyj Danie @_danified
MUA’s: Jayson Glenn @jglenn_com Noorfaced @noorface REVEL by Julian Lark @revelbyjl Beauty Architect @beautyarchitect Mimi Johnson @mimijonline
Wardrobe: Haus of Falenci’ago @hofalenciago Trista Blake @tristanblakecollection Gucci @gucci Meow & Barks Boutique @meowandbarksboutique Cupcake Mafia T’s @cupcakemafia TheIvyShowroom @theivyshowroom Anne Fontaine @annefontaine
Creative Director: R K Jackson @therkj
Visit Kontrol Magazine’s website: http://www.kontrolmag.com/
Heavy D. would’ve turned “50” years old today!!!
So today is majorly a big deal celebrating 3 years blogging. Like every year this day always come as a surprise. In the same fashion, so happy with everything than I have accomplished thus far with my work. Some may not get it, some may feel like it’s not great which is alright by me. As the saying goes “Don’t diss the caterpillar then sweat the butterfly”. Looking forward to more ideas, developing my website this year, create more images of myself targeting my fashion/hair related features. Amazing things can happen once you set your mind free to create something that is completely unorthodox. God has created this lane strictly for me! Cheers!
Photo Credit: Guy Lowndes
Stylist: Rima Vaidilas
Styling Assistant: Asya Varesta
Hair: Larry Sims
MUA: Paul Blanch
To read more about the feature article visit website:
Celebrity Birthday May 23rd: (Singers) Avery Sunshine, Johnny Gill, Leela James & Vivian Green (Model) Naomi Campbell
Spring & Summer is that time of the year for naturals to adorn their hair with various “Protective Styles”. Of course the most popular go to styles are Braids & Twists. In addition, Faux Locs, Goddess Locs, Ghana Braids as well as Crochet Braids has made their presence known. All things considered you make maintain your hair/scalp while wearing these different forms of “Protective Styles”. Two weeks from now I will have my first “Protective Style” installed for the Spring/Summer months. Therefore I wanted to share some very helpful tips of caring for your hair while rocking your “Protective Style”:
Above are my go-to products I use to keep my hair looking shiny & moisturized. African Royal Braid Sheen Spray is my holy grail for the first couple days of a fresh “Protective Style”. The Tea Tree Oil inside helps soothe tightness & itching that consequently I experience within the first few days. Not to mention Jamaican Black Castor Oil is great for keeping my hair moisturizes and smelling great. You can find these products in your local beauty supply store as well as Sally Beauty Supply.
Two top natural hair brands Cantu & Taliah Waajid had extended their products by adding new hair care lines just for “Protective Style” maintenance. Cantu developed 3 new products: Apple Cider Vinegar Root Rinse, Root Relief & Dry Cowash packed with Tea Tree Oil & Peppermint Oil.
Taliah Waajid created “Protective Styles” infused with Bamboo, Basil, & Biotin to strengthen, condition & repair promoting healthy hair growth. Here is the list of the 7 products within this new line:
As shown above are some of my helpful tips as well as product suggestions that will be beneficial for maintaining your hair while rocking “Protective Styles” during the Spring/Summer months to come.
PHOTO CREDITS: STEVE GRANITZ, KEVIN MAZUR (WIREIMAGE)
FRAZER HARRISON, MATT WINKELMEYER (GETTY IMAGE)
Meek Roosevelt ~ Visionary, Fashion Curator, Director, Host, Singer, Songwriter “DapperAfrika”
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If you haven’t noticed by now I’m a huge fan & supporter of “Sweet T’s Beauty”. Ceo/Creator Toya Boxley-Bradley specializes in organic home-grown hair care products with a dash of “Black Girl Magic”! Today’s feature is one of the many products from “Sweet T’s Beauty” which is the Hair Elixir. This product is packed with a mixture of essential oils to keep your hair moisturized & soft.
Featured Photo: Ceo/Creator “Sweet T’s Beauty” Toya Boxley-Bradley
Today was my first wash day for the month of May & the day would not be complete without using at least 1 of the products from my go-to hair care brand which is “Sweet T’s Beauty”. Toya Boxley-Bradley puts in so much of herself in her produt. In the same fashion with this dedication is the main reason why her products sell out via many events across the City of Pittsburgh. Often imitated but never duplicated.
In every customized (Beauty Box) you will find the key elements that produce such rewarding results for everyday styling. Not to mention the best seller “Blueberry Hair Pudding” will give your hair definition for awesome braid and/or twist outs styles. Another phenomenal product is the “Hair Reconstructor” that is prefect for protein treatments as well as deep conditioning.
The most important thing about the many product reviews that I’ve done thus far, I stand wholeheartedly by “Sweet T”s Beauty”. Why you ask, because I support all my female entrepreneurs whom are making their mark by creating authentic products for consumers to be proud of. Finally this brand have the stamp of approval from “Rockstarr Naturally”!!! Do yourself a favor order your own Beauty Box. Invest in your the magic that is “Sweet T”s Beauty.
For order placement visit website: www.sweettsbeauty.com
“Like” on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sweettsbeauty
Follow on Instagram: @sweettsbeauty
Photos courtesy of Pinterest