I can’t remember exactly how old I was when I first saw the original HAIRSPRAY movie released in 1988; maybe, I was 12 or 13 because it was definitely in the ’90s — at the height of the Ricki Lake Show daytime talk show era. Like most tweens, teens, and young adults of the time, I was obsessed with the Ricki Lake show and with … Continue reading My 16-year-old daughter takes over interview with HAIRSPRAY cast member
Are you experiencing mask-face? I am, and my skin is screaming for some relief! Most countries around the world are lifting stay-at-home orders amid COVID-19. Going out grocery shopping, running errands and working require masks and face coverings. If you’re like me and suffer from dry skin and eczema, then covering your face might be exasperating dryness and causing irritations. So what can you do … Continue reading How to avoid “mask-face”
Earlier this week, I had to cancel my bi-weekly hair appointment. I depend on my hairstylist Renee @emeraldjuice to keep my hair healthy. I’ve been wearing my hair straight/pressed for a little over a year. I texted her a photo of some shampoo I purchased to see if it was good to use with my purple hair—she said it was and gave me a few … Continue reading Keeping your hair healthy during the Coronavirus quarantine
I must confess, I’m a sucker for a good love story; and that’s why The Bodyguard is in my top 10 list of movies to eat popcorn, drink wine and cry to. It’s a mystery, action and romance movie wrapped up with the incredible voice of Whitney Houston, and the sexiness that is Kevin Costner – the Bodyguard has it all! The blockbuster movie has … Continue reading R&B Superstar Deborah Cox Talks The Bodyguard the Musical and Why She Needs to Play Tina Turner on Broadway!
Imagine if you will; the only images of America that the world saw, were the cornfields of Iowa. Imagine if the world only saw Americans as farmers in overalls, if the images of America were only of cows and chickens running in a yard while children play without shoes; no one would ever know that America is also made up of bustling cities full of … Continue reading The Real Deal About Haiti and Why You NEED to Visit #changethestory
It was around 3pm on an extra cold Thursday when I met Vanessa Braun inside a Crazy Mocha in the Cultural District. A tall man nursing a large cup of coffee near the entrance jumped out of his seat to open the door for Vanessa when she arrived. With a huge smile on her face and her service dog Bear by her side, Vanessa walked … Continue reading Everyone is Welcome! Pittsburgh Cultural Trust Announces Autism Friendly Performance of WICKED!
I have a confession…..I have not seen the Phantom of the Opera on stage before, and as a self-proclaimed theatre buff; I should be ashamed of myself. Phantom, as well as classic musicals like, Cats and the Wiz are as important to musical theatre as Congress is to Capitol Hill! But this week, I had a chance to see Love Never Dies, it’s the sequel … Continue reading Behind the Scenes of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s – Love Never Dies!
I have a confession; I love army camo print! I have hats, scarfs, coats, sweaters and pants (oh my). From runways to street fashion, you can find army camouflage print everywhere. In the 1940’s the U.S. Army began experimenting with camouflage prints, but it wasn’t until the 1980’s that the print became mainstream – not only the military, but hunters and everyday people began wearing … Continue reading 5 Ways to Wear Army Camouflage
WOW! I can’t believe it’s actually 2018! 2017 was great, and I’m looking forward to all the wonderful things that 2018 has in store! We hope 2018 brings you Good Health! Happiness! Adventure! New Streams of Income! Prosperity! Travel! Wellness! Good Energy! Love! Blessings! Gratitude! And Everything You Need and Want to Get You To The Next Journey of Your Fabulous Life! Continue reading Happy 2018!
I first met Nathan James over 20 years ago! WOW. We met when we were sixth graders at Rogers CAPA middle school. We took academic and arts classes together; we were Theater Majors. We starred in a revival of Little Shop of Horrors and learned the Stanislavski method from teachers like; Mr. Pona and Mr. Parsons. We did improv, we laughed, we cried and then … Continue reading Actor (and my homeboy) Nathan James Brings One-Man Show to Pittsburgh
I can’t exactly remember when I first saw the movie The Color Purple; maybe I was 10 or 11 years old, but I’ll never forget the impact it had on my life. The Color Purple is my favorite movie, it’s based on an award-winning novel by Alice Walker. I have not read the book, but it’s on my to-do-list. Seeing The Color Purple, the Musical, … Continue reading Harpo Who Dis Woman? My Interview With “Squeak” From the National Tour of The Color Purple
When I first heard that FashionAFRICANA was bringing world-renowned model Bethann Hardison in for their new Speakers Series; I was beyond excited! Ms. Hardison is one of my personal Sheros’ – not only is she a badass on the runway, but she is a fashion activist, and has been advocating for models of color for over 4 decades. She’s also the mother of actor Kadeem Hardison … Continue reading FashionAFRICANA Brings Legendary Fashion Activist Bethann Hardison to The Frick Pittsburgh