All Articles Tagged "Angela Bassett"

Bet You Didn’t Know: Secrets Behind The Making Of Chi-Raq

August 16th, 2016 - By Nneka Samuel
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Image: Clemens Niehaus/Future Image/WENN.com

Spike Lee’s controversial satire film Chi-Raq is a modern-day adaptation of the ancient Greek comedy Lysistrata, penned by Aristophanes. Lysistrata is the story of a woman who plans to end the Peloponnesian War by encouraging fellow Athenian women to abstain from sex. Released in December 2015 as the first feature-length film on the Amazon Studios roster, Chi-Raq stars Teyonah Parris, Nick Cannon, Angela Bassett, Jennifer Hudson, Wesley Snipes and Samuel L. Jackson. Written in rhymed verse, Chi-Raq, which had a limited theatrical release prior to screening on Amazon, was met with countless positive and negative critiques from politicians, critics, and Chicago-bred rappers. From concern over the film’s title to Lee’s comments about rape on college campuses, and all of the chatter pre and post-premiere, controversy for Lee is not at all unusual. That much we know. But click on to read some lesser-known facts and details about veteran writer/filmmaker Spike Lee’s contentious joint.

The Long List Of Celebrity Makeup Lines From Over The Years

July 1st, 2016 - By Nneka Samuel
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Image: Apega/WENN.com

Whether they’re filming a television or movie scene, working the red carpet or simply taking a walk outside to get from point A to B, celebrities are expected to look their best at all times. That’s a rather tall and unrealistic order. Still, some celebs, with their flawless skin and impeccable makeup, fill it with ease. It’s no wonder so many celebrities have their own makeup and cosmetics lines.  They’ve worked with countless professionals and know which products work best on their skin.  They also know the kinds of products that are in high demand but not readily available to customers, particularly women of color. And while there are tried and true makeup brands on the market for brown skin like Fashion Fair, consumers will certainly welcome more choices.  We commend the following celebrities who have made it easier for women of color when it comes to makeup and beauty. Read on for our list of business-minded stars with their own makeup and skincare lines.

Angela Bassett Has A Skincare Line For Black Women Coming Soon

June 23rd, 2016 - By Ashley Monaé
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There are a few celebrities that come to mind when we think of agelessness, mostly in hopes of one day finding out what water or secret elixir they can credit their flawlessness too.

Well, actress Angela Bassett  is about to help us all out with a major key. Skincare!  As we all know, the 57-year-old, who currently stars on The American Horror Story, is known not just for her superb acting chops but her radiant, youthful glow.

Bassett has tapped her longtime doctor and aesthetic specialist Dr. Barbara Sturm to launch a skincare line for women of color. Called “Darker Skin Tones by Dr. Barbara Sturm,” the line focuses on issues that black women commonly face, ranging from inflammation, unevenness, pore size and hyperpigmentation. Ladies can look forward to five various products from the line. There’s a foam cleanser, an enzyme cleanser, face cream and accompanying creme, and a hyaluronic serum, all of which feature purslane, which is said to be the key ingredient that will make a world of difference in black women’s skin.

Bassett can vouch for such a claim as she’s used it over the years with Sturm own original skincare line. It “works against natural programmed cell death,” Sturm told WWD. “Not only do we [address] anti-inflammation and the evening out of skin tone but also a big thing for anti-aging.”

With the official release of Darker Skin Tones by Dr. Barbara Sturm set for an exclusive launch in July at Harrods (online and in-store), Bassett is hopeful that the line will aid people in learning “what is good for [their skin] and ingredients that are helpful — not invasive or irritating,” she told WWD.

No word on if there will be a separate American launch, but thankfully Harrods offers international shipping.

Angela Bassett Reveals Her Favorite Things About Playing Tina Turner, Stella, And Rosa Parks

March 4th, 2016 - By Brande Victorian
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Angela Bassett has played some of the most memorable characters of most of our lives and with a movie roster like hers, we can’t imagine choosing just one favorite part. Neither can Bassett who we recently chatted with about her newest project, London Has Fallen in which she plays Lynne Jacobs, the Director of the United States Secret Service. When we asked the actress which character she connects with most, three women actually came to mind — Tina Turner, Stella, and Rosa Parks — and for three very different reasons.

Check out what she had to say about playing these iconic roles as well as how What’s Love Got To Do With It got her in the best shape of her life.

 

 

Angela Bassett On The Oscar Boycott: “I May Show Up…But Not As You Expect”

February 26th, 2016 - By Brande Victorian
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The Oscars are just two nights away and everyone is on the edge of their seats to see how Chris Rock and the esteemed Academy will handle its major diversity problem. You can believe #OscarsSoWhite will be trending Sunday night but the question is will some of the biggest Black names in entertainment be sharing their thoughts on Hollywood exclusion from the red carpet or their homes? We asked Angela Bassett what she thinks about this year’s race controversy and whether she plans to boycott the annual award show in solidarity with Jada Pinkett-Smith and other stars. Here what she had to say in our interview. Do you agree with her?

10 Times Angela Bassett Made Us Rethink Our Entire Lives

February 16th, 2016 - By Brande Victorian
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Are you at work right now debating whether you should go to the gym tonight? Are you fantasizing about going home and ordering a pizza because you’re too tired to grill the chicken currently unthawing in the sink? Have you failed to stick to the beauty regimen that actually cleared up your skin issues and helped your hair flourish because you “don’t have time for all of that”?

This is Angela Bassett.

EE BAFTA British Academy Film Awards, Arrivals, Royal Opera House Featuring: Angela Bassett Where: London, United Kingdom When: 15 Feb 2016 Credit: WENN.com

EE BAFTA British Academy Film Awards, Arrivals, Royal Opera House
Featuring: Angela Bassett
Where: London, United Kingdom
When: 15 Feb 2016
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Angela Bassett is 57.

Angela Bassett will be 58 in August.

Angela Bassett looks like she’s in her 40s.

Angela Bassett goes to the gym; Angela Bassett eats raw, organic food and maintains a diet high in proteins and vegetables 75% of the time; Angela Bassett stays up on her hairfinity vitamins and bearberry extract to meet her hair goals and fix her hyper-pigmentation.

Be like Angela Bassett.

If you’re not yet convinced that you should be like one of our most beloved actresses, allow us to show you nine more times Ms. Bassett made us rethink our entire way of living.

Want To Get Angela Bassett Arms? 5 Exercises To Upgrade Your Guns

February 2nd, 2016 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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When it comes to arm inspiration, I look to women like celebrity trainer Jeanette Jenkins, First Lady Michelle Obama, and actress Regina King. But the set of arms that always make me want to do some curls on sight belong to Angela Bassett. Not only does she look fabulous at 57, but her body stays right and tight. When people say they have arm envy, it’s because Bassett has brought out the guns.

If you’re looking to get arms like Bassett or any of the other sheroes mentioned above, here are five exercises that will help you blast the fat, shake the flab and tighten and tone those arms. Trust me, it works!

Medicine Ball Push Ups

This is no joke, and will have your arms burning. But the results will be evident sooner than later if you keep up with these push ups.

Start off in a standard push-up position, but put one hand on the ball. Lower your chest down and then press up. That’s one. As you come back up, roll the ball to the opposite hand and repeat. Do three sets of 10 to really feel the burn.

Lunge Medicine Ball Slams

Want to work both your arms and legs (and butt)? Lunge medicine ball slams are the way to go. Get in a lunging position. Move one foot to the front, the other to the back. Initially, stand up straight as you lift a medium-sized medicine ball above your head, keeping it in front of your face (not pulling it behind), and then slam it down. Three sets of 10, switching legs, will really get the muscles working in your arms and legs.

 

Plank Rows

Hit the floor! Place your hands on a pair of dumbbells and get your body in a plank position. Keep your back down and your body in a straight line, arms completely straight with your hands right below your shoulders. Contract your core and one at a time, lift one dumbbell up, pulling your elbow up high and squeezing your shoulder blade. Bring the dumbbell back down and repeat on the opposite side. That’s one set.

Elbow-To-Hand Plank

Now this one is quite terrible, but it’s totally worth it! Get in the traditional plank position on your hands. One hand at a time go down to your elbows and then push yourself back up into the original plank position. Contract your abs throughout and keep your body in a straight line. No rounded back!

One-Hand Kettlebell Swing

Bend low, but keep your back flat and your shins vertical. Focus your weight in your heels. It’s not meant to be a full squat; you should just be hinged over. When you’re ready, grab a kettlebell of a reasonable weight you can lift. At least a size 10 bell. Lift your bell up high, flip it around your wrist lightly, and lift it completely above your head. Three sets of 10 on each side will have your arms on fleek in no time!

15 Celebrities Who Have Used Surrogates

May 20th, 2015 - By Rich
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With Kim Kardashian contemplating surrogacy we took a quick look at fifteen celebrities who have used surrogates and  are quite  happy that they did. We salute them and their ability to make their family happen by any means possible!

Sources: Wonderwall, UK Glamour, Perez Hilton, Celebrity Baby Scoop, The Richest

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15 Celebrities Who Have Used Surrogates

Giving Back: 15 of The Most Charitable Celebrity Moms

February 27th, 2015 - By Rich
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This post featuring some of the most charitable celebrity moms in Hollywood and beyond will certainly warm your heart and possibly get the wheels turning how you too can give back in 2015.

Slide through!

Sources: Forbes, Babble

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Giving Back: 15 of The Most Charitable Celebrity Moms

Black Women Unite: Alfre Woodard Hosts Annual Oscar’s Sistahs Soiree

February 23rd, 2015 - By Veronica Wells
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Alfre Woodard Hosts Annual Oscar's Sistahs Soiree feat

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Just because a whole lot of people of color weren’t nominated for Academy Awards this year, it certainly didn’t stop the party.

Every year, for the past six years, Alfre Woodard hosts the Oscars’s Sistah Soiree. And the name tells it all. Woodard invites Black actresses to gather together and celebrate their accomplishments throughout the years.

Variety reports that she started hosting this party because she was tired of feeling like there was so much competition and animosity between Black actresses.

During the cocktail party before the dinner, held at the Beverly Hills Wilshire, Woodard said: “Every time we hear each others’ names, it felt like it was on of our reps going, ‘If that b-tch turns it down, then you can have it! I was like, wait a minute. When I hear my sister’s names, I want to have a joyful feeling in my heart about it.” 

During the party, sponsored by Elizabeth Taylor’s White Diamonds Lustre fragrance, Woodard struggled to find a quiet space to complete the interview.

“You see how loud it gets! It’s always like this, because all the women in this room have more in common with each other than anyone else in the professional world. We’ve all been on the same journey- we speak a common language.” 

While I’m sure quite a few of us would have loved to be in that room, the invitees can’t even bring their significant others to the party. “From the first time, everyone just fell into each others’ arms. it was immediate bonding.” 

The idea to host the gathering had been on her mind for years but 2009 just so happened to be the year both Viola Davis and Taraji P. Henson were nominated for Doubt and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. But she didn’t just want to honor the nominees.

“It’s to honor the women who are nominated and the women who, in a perfect world, should have been. I wasn’t going to have a gathering of women actors and not have CCH Pounder or Lorraine Toussaint here!”

The event also serves as a means to show support.

“We know the ones nominated will be out and (are) being celebrated. But when they’re on the carpet, when they’re walking onstage, there are people like them wishing them well. The women who know exactly what you’re doing, actors of quality, saying good on you. We got your back.”

British actresses Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Carmen Ejogo, who plays Coretta in Selma, shared a moment Ejogo was a support for Mbatha-Raw when she first moved to the United States for the short-lived television show “Undercovers.” Mbatha-Raw recalled feeling lost.

“I actually asked Carmen for advice.” 

And Ejogo responded, “You clearly found your way, babe.” 

Later, Ejogo for continued, expounding on her excitement for Mbatha-Raw and explaining how event like this “remind you we’re all in this together and we have to support each other. I feel like I’m celebrating everyone. It’s a wonderful moment.”

 

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