Viola Davis Wins Her Third SAG Award

posted by Sista on January 26, 2015

21st Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards - Press Room

On the heels of her win for Favorite Actress in a New TV Series at this year’s People’s Choice Awards, “How to Get Away with Murder” actress Viola Davis has added yet another trophy to her ever growing collection, a Screen Actor’s Guild statuette, for Best Actress in a TV Drama Series.

Davis’ emotional speech included a thank you to the show’s creators and writers, as well as another not so thinly veiled reference to the New York Times writer who didn’t think Davis “classically beautiful” enough to pull off the role of Analise Keating. “It starts from the top up,” Viola said. “So I’d like to thank Paul Lee, Shonda Rhimes, Betsy Beers, Bill D’Elia and Peter Norwalk for thinking that a sexualized, messy, mysterious woman could be played by a 49-year old dark-skinned African American woman who looks like me.”
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Video: Nicole Beharie Sings ‘Valerie’

posted by Sista on January 25, 2015

ABBIE MILLS SHADE FACE

Though 30-year old actress Nicole Beharie is mostly known her break-out role as Lieutenant Abbie Mills on the Fox drama “Sleepy Hollow,” it is the petite beauty’s voice that is garnering her attention these days, thanks in part to a video recently uploaded to YouTube.

Nicole, who will actually be showing off her pipes on this week’s episode of “Sleepy Hollow,” can be seen singing a very soulful version of the The Zuton’s 2006 single “Valerie,” made slightly more famous a few years later when Mark Ronson and Amy Winehouse covered it for Ronson’s second studio album, “Version.”
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Rutina Wesley Joins the Third Season of ‘Hannibal’

posted by Sista on January 24, 2015

Reba McClane Hannibal (1)

Former “True Blood” star Rutina Wesley is joining season three of NBC’s psychological thriller “Hannibal,” taking on the role of Reba McClane, a blind woman who catches the eye of Francis Dolarhyde, better known as the Tooth Fairy, a serial killer who really likes to sink his teeth into his victims.

Reba’s romance with Dolarhyde is major component of the Thomas Harris novel “Red Dragon,” just one of the books in which “Hannibal” is based on, and is expected to be given the same significance during season three, notching a reported seven episode arc for both Wesley and Richard Armitrage, the actor hired to play the role of Dolarhyde.
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Rihanna Releases New Single ‘Four Five Seconds’

posted by Sista on January 24, 2015

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Rihanna’s new single is hear and as rumored it features rapper Kanye West, and surprisingly, rock n’ roll icon Paul McCartney. Titled “Four Five Seconds,” the track is a huge departure from what we’re used to hearing from the pop diva, but pleasing nonetheless.

The unexpected collaboration features both Rihanna and Kanye singing, while Paul handles the song’s mostly guitar driven beat. Fans and critics alike appear to be pleased with the single, which more than likely isn’t meant to be a radio hit, so much as cement Rihanna as an artist the public needs to finally take serious.
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Ciara Stuns at Fashion Awards + Talks New Music

posted by Sista on January 23, 2015

The Daily Front Row's 1st Annual Fashion Los Angeles Awards - Arrivals

Ciara is finally getting back into the groove. The new mommy hasn’t made many public appearances since giving birth to baby Future almost eight months ago; however, that all changed last night when she owned the red carpet at this year’s Los Angeles Fashion Awards.

The 29-year old “Body Party” singer looked super elegant in a cream colored three-piece suit by Calvin Klein, which she paired with strappy gold sandals and jewelry from her own collection.
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Empire Soars + Naomi Campbell Slays

posted by Sista on January 22, 2015

NAOMI CAMPBELL AS CAMILLA MARKS (1)

I did not catch last night’s episode of “Empire,” but apparently the rest of you did as the show soared to its highest ratings to date, securing almost 11 million viewers and an unheard of 4.3 in the 18-49 demographic.

We can’t say for sure, but the addition of Naomi Campbell’s character of Camilla Marks may have played a minor role, as the model/actress was trending on Twitter for most of the night, leading us to believe she must have slayed her scenes.
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Why I Finally Gave Up On Sleepy Hollow

posted by Sista on January 21, 2015

SLEEPY HOLLOW

I don’t wanna beat around the bush so I’ll just put it out there, Sleepy Hollow’s decision making team is biased against their lead female, actress Nicole Beharie who plays the role of Lieutenant Abbie Mills.

Here is a little blurb from the blog Tom & Lorenzo, which says exactly what I’ve been thinking for a while now, but chose to keep to myself, not wanting to throw around accusations of bias all willy-nilly. But the proof is in the pudding and now even critics can see what fans kinda knew was coming last year.
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Fox Renews Empire + Sleepy Hollow on Hold

posted by Sista on January 18, 2015

Empire

After airing only two episodes Fox has decided to greenlight a second season of its hip-hop family drama ‘Empire.’ The show’s pilot was a huge success, drawing in just over nine millions viewers and easily besting its competition. With great reviews and much fanfare being lauded on Taraji P. Henson for her broom wielding portrayal of Cookie Lyons, ‘Empire’s second episode surpassed the first, increasing its viewership numbers by over a million and securing an eye-popping 3.5 in the advertiser coveted 18-49 age group.
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Yaya DaCosta Pays Tribute to the Icons

posted by Sista on January 16, 2015

YAYA IM EVERY WOMAN

Model turned actress Yaya DaCosta, who stars as singer Whitney Houston in this Saturday’s Lifetime original movie “Whitney,” used one of the singer’s biggest hits, “I’m Every Woman,” to pay tribute to the pop diva and a host of other female icons.

Via her website, Yaya said one of her favorite things about Whitney was how much she encouraged other women. She also noted the fun she had recreating the singer’s “I’m Every Woman” video for the film and how it inspired her to visually pay tribute to some of the world’s greatest female icons, past and present.
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Ciara Unveils New Single + Cover Art

posted by Sista on January 14, 2015

CIARA - I BET SINGLE COVER

Looks like Ciara fans won’t have to wait much longer for new music from the dance diva. Via her Instagram page, the 29-year old Atlanta native unveiled the cover art for “I Bet,” the first single from her upcoming sixth solo album, tentatively set for an early summer release.

Update: Shortly after Ciara unveiled the title and cover, Billboard unveiled the full single, which is co-written by Ciara and Theron Thomas (Rock City) and produced in conjunction with Harmony Samuels.
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Dawn Richard Unveils News ‘Castles’ Single

posted by Sista on January 14, 2015

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Dawn Richard is back with “Castles,” yet another single from her upcoming “BlackHeart” album, due out January 15th.

After a brief musical detour last year, where she reunited with her former Danity Kane bandmates, Dawn returns to the solo life, where the brown skin beauty says she has “complete control” and doesn’t have to “deal with any outside personalities.”
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Ciara for the January 2015 issue of L’Uomo Vogue

posted by Sista on January 13, 2015

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The February edition of Vogue’s L’Umo magazine, which they have dubbed their ‘Big in 2015’ issue, is being covered by R&B diva Ciara.

The 29-year old ‘Goodies’ singer spoke quite a bit about her seven month old son Future, and revealed because of him, she plans to go big with her sixth studio album, tentatively set for release later this year.

Ciara has been back in the studio for a while, teaming up with producers like Dr. Luke and Harmony Samuels, who is rumored to be producing her next single.
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Tracee Ellis Ross Talks ‘Black-ish’ with Elle

posted by Sista on January 12, 2015

TRACEE ELLIS ROSS ELLE WOMEN IN TV 2015 (1)

Actress Tracee Ellis Ross, star of ABC’s family comedy “Black-ish,” is featured in the February issue of Elle magazine, which celebrates 2015’s most note-worthy ‘Women in TV.’

Tracee, whose last television role was in the short lived BET comedy “Reed between the Lines,” says taking on the role of anesthesiologist Rainbow ‘Bow’ Johnson was a no-brainer, citing the opportunity to work alongside Anthony Anderson and Laurence Fishburne as her main reason for taking the part when it was offered to her.
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Seveyn Streeter Debuts New Music

posted by Sista on January 11, 2015

SEVYN STREETER DONT KILL THE FUN WITH CHRIS BROWN (1)

After months of getting attention for all the wrong seasons, e.g. her relationship with rapper B.O.B., singer/songwriter Sevyn Streeter is finally back on the public’s radar for all the right reasons, e.g., the release of her new Chris Brown assisted single “Don’t Kill the Fun.”

The 28-year old Florida native wasn’t due to release her new opus until the thirteenth, and was counting down the days via her Instagram page with images from her as yet untitled second solo album. Unfortunately, the internet being what it is, someone beat Sevyn and her label to the punch, leaking the single online three days in advance.
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Aja Naomi King is one of Elle’s ‘Freshest Faces’

posted by Sista on January 11, 2015

AJA NICOLE KING FOR ELLE MAGAZINE WOMEN IN TV (1)

If you’re a fan of ABC’s new blockbuster drama “How to Get Away with Murder,” then you have surely taken notice of Aja Naomi King, who plays the role Michaela Pratt, a first year law student who like the rest of her class, isn’t scared to break a few rules (and laws) in order to get what she wants.

Like Gabreille Union, Aja is featured in Elle magazine’s February issue, which is a tribute to women in TV. Aja, along with “Galavant” star Karen David, are hailed as 2014’s Freshest Faces to watch, a title which Aja is more than worthy of given ‘HTGAWM’ stellar ratings.
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Lupita Nyong’o in Talks to Star in Disney Film

posted by Sista on January 11, 2015

LUPITA NYONGO QUEEN OF KATWE (1)

According to published reports, actress Lupita Nyong’o is in talks to star in the upcoming Disney film “Queen of Katwe.” The film is based on the life of female Ugandan chess prodigy Phiona Mutesi, who with the help of her coach Robert Katende, went on to compete in the 39th Annual World Chess Olympiad back in 2010.

Lupita, still basking the awesome glow of her gig as Lancôme spokesmodel, as well as a co-starring role in the upcoming Star Wars film, is slated to play Phiona’s mother Harriett Mutesi, while “Selma” star David Oyelowo, also in talks to star in the film, would take on the role of Katende.
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Gabrielle Union Talks ‘Women in TV’ with Elle

posted by Sista on January 11, 2015

GABRIELLE UNION WOMEN IN MUSIC ELLE MAGAZINE (1)

Actress Gabrielle Union is featured in Elle magazine’s February issue, which in part, celebrates women in TV.

For her blurb, Gabrielle covered the usual: diversity in Hollywood, which she describes as “sorely lacking.”

Gabrielle also spoke on reading for and losing the role of Olivia Pope in “Scandal,” saying “It hurt. I thought it was lightning in a bottle. How many times was there going to be a show about a black woman run by a black woman.”
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