Sista Sighting: Sanaa Lathan Leaving Catch Nightclub


Actress Sanaa Lathan Hits the Club Scene

After several months of filming Shots Fired in Atlanta- actress Sanaa Lathan is finally back in Los Angeles and enjoying the city’s robust nightlife. The 44-year old beauty was spotted by the paps earlier this week leaving the Catch Nightclub with several girlfriends. Sanaa’s downtown however will be short lived as she’s presently set to start shooting on several new films- including The Black Macbeth and American Assassins– which co-stars Taylor Kitsch and Michael Keaton.
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Sista Sighting: Janet Jackson at LAX + Releases Snippet of New Song

JANET JACKSON AT LAX 6-17-2015_0Singer Janet Jackson thanked longtime fans and supporters earlier this week by releasing a forty-three second snippet from a new single, which she described via Twitter as a thank you to fans.

Janet announced her return to the music scene last month, and on Monday unveiled the first thirty-six dates of her upcoming Unbreakable tour, which kicks off in Vancouver, British Columbia on August 31.

Janet has been tagging all her recent tweets with the hashtag #ConversationsInACafe, leading to speculation that it may be the name of her upcoming eleventh solo album, her first since 2008’s gold certified Discipline.

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Sista Sighting: Sanaa Lathan

17th Annual CAST From Slavery To Freedom GalaWhere has Sanaa Lathan been hiding these days? The former Cleveland Show actress hasn’t been seen much since her last TV venture, the Starz drama Boss, was canceled last year.

Sanaa had previously been rumored to make an appearance on another Staz show, last year’s break-out Power, but those rumors turned out to be false.

So what has Sanaa been up to lately? Well, a quick glance at her IMDB page shows her name attached to several independent films, including The Perfect Guy which co-stars Michael Ealy as a sexy IT expert who turns out to have a very dark side.

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Brown Sistas Coming to Your TV Screen this Fall


My October issue of Essence magazine just came through and I was too excited to open it up and read all about my favorite new actress: Sleepy Hollow’s Nicole Beharie, who plays the show’s pint-size leftenant Abbie Mills.

With the show set to return to air on September 22, I was hoping for a few spoilers, but alas, it was not to be.

Instead, the interview with Nicole, Danai, Alfre and LaVerne consisted of mostly chit-chat about the new spate of show’s set to debut this fall that either star, or co-star African American women.
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One Sista Launches her Own Website

Shala Marks

Hey Sistas (and Brothas),

Many of you may have read my articles on, but allow me to formally introduce myself: My name is Shala Marks, a 23-year-old recent college graduate who loves writing, women and the Black Community. I love the Lord, I love helping others, and despite its unpopularity, I love (and take immense pride in) exactly who I am: A Black woman, no ifs, ands, or buts.

I aspire to make a difference in society’s mindset (which ultimately affects its actions), and written communication is my platform. We’re living with an ignorance epidemic; our world is plagued by certain societal and psychological “diseases” that continue to eat away at so many people’s minds, which affect their perspectives and treatment of themselves and others. I’m very passionate about motives and getting to the root of why we do the things we do because I’m convinced that the only way to make a lasting change is by tracing society’s issues back to the source—not solely treating the symptoms and side effects. And I’m most passionate about doing this with issues related to women (specifically Black women) and the Black Community.


Well, besides me believing wholeheartedly that God gave me these desires, I am Black and I am a woman—and if I don’t work to better the groups where I hold membership(s), who will?

I love words; I love language and I believe in the power of both, especially when used in the proper form. I regularly contribute to a couple websites and am currently working to get my first fictional novel published expressing themes of women, self-identity and “The One.”

I want to thank each and every one of you for reading my stories on this site, and am now proud to introduce my very own website showcasing my writings and, well….me! My site is; please stop by whenever you have a moment and check me out! It’s a work in progress, so I am open to and welcome any feedback and constructive criticism.

Again, thank you for supporting me on BrownSista and I look forward to your continued readership not only on this fabulous online magazine site, but now on my personal website.

Be blessed,
Shala Marks
Service is her passion, writing is her platform, uplifting women and the Black Community is her purpose. Shala Marks is a writer, editor and soon-to-be author. Through her work, Marks aspires to demonstrate “The Craft of Writing, and the Art of Efficacy.” She has a B.A. in journalism from Arizona State University. Connect with her at

Apology to My Sistas


Apology to My Beautiful Black Women

If you read any of my articles you know I frequently referred to a subset of Black women as BBW’s (bitter black women). Not in a negative light so much, but just as being tired of what the Black man has had to offer us. A subset of woman that were always waiting “for the other shoe to drop” so to speak… women who were quick to cut a man down at the knees without a thought if necessary. While I had nothing against these “angry” women, I was proud to say I wasn’t one. While I learned from each failed relationship, I was able to not take any preconceived notions into a new relationship. I was proud of that. I was “above” all of the pettiness… yet I realized I was not as content as I would like to be.

I had been treated badly, in my opinion, by a man I considered a friend. While we were a little more than that (although if you heard how he downplays it, you wouldn’t think we knew each other’s last name), we were certainly not in a relationship, which made his treatment even more upsetting. My heart hurt. I was angry. I had done nothing wrong, but I apologized anyway. I was going to be the “bigger person” and forgive. I was going to show patience. I was going to show understanding. I was going to show not all Black women were angry and out of control. I offered a hand of friendship many times over many months. I knew one day he would see my side, and I would get the apology from him I so desperately deserved.

After months of waiting, I thought my day had come. I finally had his attention. He responded to my email. He was ready for communication. He saw the error of his ways, and was ready to set things straight. My patience, forgiveness, and understanding had paid off! The feeling of elation was short lived. After all these months, after all the unreturned messages, and after all the grace I had shown him… he still didn’t feel he owed me any apology. He still had no idea what he had done to wrong ME. His view was so distorted; I actually started to wonder if he was mentally ill. I broke down everything…detail by detail. I couldn’t believe that was even necessary. Then, even after all of that… I was still unworthy of even a passive “I’m sorry I hurt your feelings.” You know the apology you give just to keep the peace. The apology you give just to be… human.

I snapped. Something in my soul broke. Forgive 7 X 70 (Matthew 18:21), I think I used all of my forgiveness on this “man”. I released all of my anger, more tactfully than he deserved, but I think I made my point. I told this boy exactly what he was…. and what he deserved. With each word I could feel my heart lightening. I could feel all the anger I had been storing up leaving my body. I hadn’t felt that good in months. Good isn’t the word to describe how telling him off felt. I only wish I said more. I had no idea what I was holding on to. Then I understood. Forgiveness is great. You should always forgive; there is no question about that. But there is a difference between forgiveness, and being a fool. I had certainly crossed that line. I had made it too easy for this coward, who didn’t belong in my life, to come back and reap the benefits of my friendship. Forgive… forget… move on… sounds great in theory, but when is enough… enough? I had my enough! Then I realized, my sisters may not be so much bitter (not all anyway), but enlightened. Sometimes, it isn’t forgive and forget… it’s forgive and remember. This man didn’t deserve my kindness, my forgiveness, and certainly not my friendship. So now, I apologize to my sisters for calling you BBW’s, I finally understand. Being cautious. Knowing your limits. Knowing everyone isn’t worthy of your patience and time, and frankly dare I say, even your forgiveness. I see now knowing, and acting on those things doesn’t make you “bitter”, so I am changing BBW to Beautiful Black Women for all of my enlightened and empowered sisters, and I’m so proud to now be in your company.

Chart Beat: Sistas of R&B and Pop

Congrats go out to Brandy.

According to Billboard the singer’s “Put it Down” single, which rises from #11 to #5 this week, is the R&B divas first top 10 in a decade. Brandy’s last chart topper was 2002’s “What About Us” which peaked at #3.

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Elsewhere on the R&B Hip-Hop Songs chart, Keyshia Cole’s “Enough of No Love” falls from #7 to #8, while Beyonce’s “Dance for You” stays stagnant at #7. Alicia Keys’ “Girl on Fire” falls from #20 to #21 and fares even worse on the Hot 100 where she falls from #40 to #55.

Both Brandy and Beyonce moved up on the Hot 100, Brandy 81 to 76 and Beyonce 90 to 84. Each has also enjoyed an increase in both radio airplay and digital downloads. This is especially incredible on the part of Beyonce whose “Dance for You” video was released almost a year ago.

Above: New “Two Eleven” photo shoot by photographers Gomillion & Leupold.

Sista Sighting: Miss Kelly in Australia

Singer Kelly Rowland was all smiles yesterday as she walked the red carpet at the David Jones 2012-2013 Spring/Summer Season Launch Cocktail Party.

Kelly wore a navy blue signature Victoria Beckham dress, which she paired with a single gold bracelet and a pair of Christian Louboutin ‘Pigalle’ spike heels.

As many of you know, Kelly is ‘Down Under’ participating in the Australian dance competition ‘Everybody Dance Now.’ The show debuts this Sunday and can be viewed online here.