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Mr. T’s Daughter, Comedian Erica Nicole Clark, Talks Stand-up & Winning The Moth GrandSLAM

May 11th, 2015 - By Taylor Gordon
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Erica_Nicole_ClarkErica Nicole Clark, daughter of 80’s icon Mr. T., is making a name for herself in stand-up comedy.

Before setting her sights on a career in stand-up and winning The Moth GrandSLAM storytelling competition, Clark she grew up in the entertainment industry. Her very first memories are of being on TV sets in LA.

“I wanted to do screenwriting, but I talk way too much. I knew my thing wasn’t to write, it was to perform. So I started taking improv classes,” she says.

Clark got the itch for stand-up unexpectedly when she was asked to perform a story solo on stage while studying at the ImprovOlympic in Chicago. She liked being on stage so much by herself that she decided to give performing stand-up comedy a shot.

“My first [performance] was around Christmastime and I found a journal with all the stuff I hoped my parents would get me for Christmas and it was really funny to me. So I read experts from the journal on stage. It went really well and I never stopped after that,” Clark says.

Since then she credits stand-up for opening a million doors. She’s performed at some well-known venues and events including the Laugh Factory, Comedy Store and the TBS Just For Laughs Festival. She found that most people who like stand-up also like hearing stories and that’s what gave her the idea to try her hand at The Moth open-mic contest in Chicago.

Moth StorySLAMs take place in several major cities. Participants are given a topic beforehand, then they must memorize and perform a five-minute story. A winner is chosen by audience judges and they move on to face off in the GrandSLAM Championship.

The story that won Clark the title of GrandSLAM Champion is on conflict and she’ll be performing a shortened version of it this Tuesday, May 12th at the highly anticipated Superheros Moth Ball taking place at Capitale in Manhattan. The ball is an annual fundraising event held to support The Moth organization, a nonprofit committed to the art and craft of storytelling. Proceeds of the ball go to The Moth productions like its radio show, podcast and community programs. The event will be hosted by storyteller Ophira Eisenberg and it will honor Louis CK, from the hit FX show Louie.

Attendees will enjoy cocktails plus stories from Clark and other GrandSLAM champions and dinner. Clark says she loves hearing other people’s stories and that’s what she’s most looking forward to at the ball. Without giving too much away about her own performance, Clark says the outcome of her story will be unexpected, but the audience will be entertained.

Out of all of her stand-up accomplishments, Clark says the best one so far was the first time she performed in California and received a standing ovation.

“Being a part of the TBS Just for Laughs Festival was considered a big thing to a lot of people. But for me [the standing ovation] was really big because I had never done comedy outside of Chicago. I know a lot of people who do stand-up that can only work certain crowds or people. I felt on ’10’ to be able to go to California, be an unknown and get a standing ovation. That’s the best feeling ever,” she says.

In addition to stand-up, Clark also fills in for a morning radio show in Chicago which she’s looking forward to doing more of in the future. Clark says her next steps are gaining more exposure in stand-up and as a radio personality. She’s also considered appearing on the small and big screen.

“I’ve always wanted to be a guest star on TV. I’ve never wanted to be a series regular. I’ve wanted to be the funny quirky character that has 10 minutes of screen time,” she says. “I also love being on the radio, so I see myself doing some more national radio spots. My goals are to do what I’m doing now on a greater scale.”

Outside of her father’s fame, Clark’s trying to make a name for herself and she’s even beginning to get noticed for her own work. “I was going for a walk yesterday and the Comcast man said, ‘I know you from somewhere… Oh, I saw you last month at a show,'” Clark laughs. “It’s cool to start getting recognized for stand-up.”

Tickets are still on sale to view the show at the 2015 Superheros Moth Ball, for a limited time. For updates on other performances by Clark connect with her on Twitter @MrTsDaughter or Facebook at Erica Nicole Clark.

“I’m Fat And Happy”: 15 Celebrities Who Refuse To Diet To Fit Hollywood’s Beauty Standards

March 27th, 2015 - By Meg Butler
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It’s hard to be anything but stick-thin in Hollywood. But these celebrities who refuse to diet say they’re defining their own beauty standards — so keep your salad and your diet crazes to yourself.

Are You A Good Girlfriend?: Celebs Dish On What It Means To Be A Good Partner

March 13th, 2015 - By Meg Butler
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When leafing through the files of relationships past, every woman asks herself “am I a good girlfriend?” And what does that mean anyway? We don’t know if we’ll ever come up with a definite answer. But in a mean time, these celebs dish on what it means to be a good partner. Do you agree?

‘Think Again Flip Flopper:’ NeNe Accuses Cynthia Of Ending Their Friendship To Secure A Storyline For Season 7

April 28th, 2014 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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Well, it looks like NeNe Leakes and Cynthia Bailey’s relationship may be a thing of the past. Last night, NeNe took to social media to discuss the ending of their friendship and she basically accused Cynthia of sacrificing their friendship to secure a storyline and spot on season seven of “Real Housewives of Atlanta”.

“As hopeful as I was for us to be friends for life, I’m not surprised that our friendship has ended and it truly saddens me!” the “Dancing With The Stars” contender announced in an Instagram post. “Reality friendships never last anyway. So how foolish was I to think I had something special?”

NeNe went on to say that with Cynthia’s lukewarm personality, their broken friendship was more than likely inevitable.

“It’s amazing what people are willing to do for the love of money, relevancy, and to stay on TV. With Cynthia’s sell-out personality and blow-in-the-wind persona, I knew it was only a matter of time! It’s always the ones that are closest to you that will turn on you! I was totally blindsided by all this!”

Her post continues:

“Yes, I said Peter was a b***h early October of last year and I have apologized numerous times for it! Cynthia & Peter accepted my apology and we simply moved on! Yes! moved on to talking, traveling and texting several times a day as we always did!”

In addition to hosting events with one another and spending Thanksgiving together since the “b***h” comment, NeNe says she also spent New Years Eve with Cynthia.

“When the episode aired for all to see and Twitterverse had their say, I guess she changed her mind and decided she needed to be mad nearly six months later! I know you trying to pull the sympathy card, but if you were such a good friend, why didn’t you pull me aside and talk to me about how you were feeling instead of dicing our friendship up in front of a bunch of people who don’t care! Surely I am worthy of that considering that I carried you on my back!”

“I can admit something hurts the same way I can apologize when something I am wrong.  But hey, who cares about a stupid friendship when you need to secure another season on the show […] P.S. If you or anyone else thinks the demise of our friendship is your storyline for season seven, think again flip flopper.”

Interestingly, NeNe also released text messages that seem to imply that the “b***h” scene was planned.

“Change of plans for the scene. Not going to do the b***h thing with Gregg,” a text message believed to be from Cynthia reads. “I thought it would be funny, but I really don’t want to call him out of his name—even as a joke. Think we should have a real grown conversation, address our concerns as friends, apologize, hug it out and have cocktails.”

She captioned the screenshot:

“Did you forget you sent me this text after Mexico? The morning before Gregg & I shot the scene with you & Peter. Don’t play dumb friend! I know you innocent.”

The posts were later removed.

Have NeNe’s words changed how you look at their situation? Do you think their better off ending their relationship?

Damn, Damn, Damn! Shocking TV Show Deaths We’re Still Not Over

April 15th, 2014 - By Zainab Karim
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TV Shows are getting bolder and more shocking. Once upon a time you knew there was no way a lead character on a TV show would be killed off, nowadays it seems anybody can get it. Here are 15 shocking TV show deaths we still haven’t gotten over.

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Being the most feared character brings lots of enemies, so we all knew Omar’s days were numbered. For a while, though, it seemed that Omar was invincible, but no one thought taking a regular trip to the store would be his demise, let alone at the hands of someone who was never on Omar’s radar.

Hungry For More: Lenny Kravitz Talks “Hunger Games, His Skill…And New Music!

November 23rd, 2013 - By Madame Noire
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From ESSENCE

We’re usually not into guys who rock gold eyeshadow, but when Lenny Kravitz wears it in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (in theaters today), we love it. For his recurring role as Katniss’s stylist Cinna, Kravitz found a kindred spirit in his character’s edgy on-screen style and the movie’s megawatt star Jennifer Lawrence.

The rocker-turned-actor talked to ESSENCE about their relationship (she’s like a sister to his daughter Zoe), the future of Cinna (spoiler alert!) and why he’s ready to sing again.

ESSENCE: In The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, why is Cinna the last person Katniss sees right before she’s released to fight the other Tributes?
LENNY KRAVITZ: He’s the one putting together Katniss’s outfits and her gear. He’s walking her there to make sure she’s together and ready to go. And you saw what happens next.

ESSENCE: If you could be a Tribute, what would be your skill?
KRAVITZ: I’m a survivor. So I would find my way out of the problem. I’m pretty good at seeing through problems and getting out of the other end.

ESSENCE: When you weren’t on set, did you work on a new album?
KRAVITZ: Yes, I started writing and putting it together. After I’d done The Butler and Hunger Games, I was hungry for the music again. I’m in the Bahamas finishing the album. It’s a really exceptional record. I think it’s my best work, ever. I’m really excited to put it out and go on a world tour next year.

You can check out the full interview over on Essence.com. We’re big Lenny Kravitz fans and love that he’s been part of The Hunger Games movies so far. Oh, and we’ll be hearing new music from him? Even better!

Anthony Anderson Talks Soul Train Music Awards, His 90s Group & Web Series!

October 26th, 2013 - By Madame Noire
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Anthony Anderson is not taking his new gig as host of the Soul Train Awards lightly. “I plan on making it a party. Expect the unexpected from me,” he tells ESSENCE.com.

Keeping in line with this year’s 90s theme, Anderson reveals he may just reunite his fictional ’90s boy band. “Not too many people know I was part of a band back in the day called Lustasy,” he joked. “I’ve located some of the guys so there may be a one time performance, 20 years in the making.”

According to Anderson his group had hits such as “I Still Want It Even If Your Breath Stanks” and “Your Head On My Headboard.”

On top of getting back with his boy band, Anderson has also been busy cooking his way around the country on his AOL web series Anthony Eats America where he helps people cook their favorite meals in their home kitchens. “You don’t have to be a chef, just someone who likes to cook at home,” he explained.

You can read the rest, including info on his new show hitting NBC soon, over on ESSENCE.com.

Will you be watching the Soul Train Music Awards?

No Catfish Story Here! True Love Found Online on “I Dream of A Glam Wedding”

September 10th, 2013 - By jade
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ABOUT THIS EPISODE Who doesn’t love a great wedding? Especially when the Bride-to-be looks like a million bucks. We’ve surprised one lucky Bride to be with the ultimate wedding makeover. You’re in for a treat as this fab beauty story unfolds on “I Dream of a Glam Wedding.” In this episode, you get to hear the story behind proposal of Nina and Ed and she will also receive a hair/make-up consultation by a celebrity hairstylist/makeup artist.  Make sure you watch the full video to find out how you can win a $500 gift card for your own hair and makeup products.

ABOUT THE BRIDE-TO-BE Nina Kenny is a 28 year old Private Voice Instructor from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Currently engaged to 33 year old Edward McCray who recently proposed to Nina on her 28th birthday. To here full story of how they met and more make sure you watch the video above.

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ABOUT THE CELEBRITY HAIRSTYLIST Pat Sumpter Davis has styled numerous celebrity personalities such as Gayle King, Tamron Hall, Nene Leakes, and Tamar Braxton. She recently founded Vanity Mane, luxury line of hair extensions, wigs, and accessories. As one of the leading voices in the beauty industry, Pat’s experience and knowledge has allowed her to identify the void in the market therefore presenting a product to customers that she can stand behind. For more information visit: http://www.vanitymaneextensions.com/

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ABOUT THE CELEBRITY MAKEUP ARTIST  Patricia Ambroise is a born and bred New York Celebrity Makeup Artist. Her work has been featured in publications such as Vogue Italia, Essence, GQ, Ink Magazine, and Ebony. She has worked with companies such as K-Mart, NIKE, and Eylure USA Cosmetics. Her work with celebrities include Ne-Yo, Flo Rida, J. Cole, Trey Songz, Bridget Kelly, Nina Sky, Wynter Gordon, Big Sean, Rihanna, Spike Lee, just to name a few. For more information visit: http://www.patriciaambroisemakeup.com/

 

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Happy Birthday Bey! Beyonce And Jay-Z’s Romance Over The Years

September 4th, 2013 - By M A
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Who would have thought that some palatable chemistry in “Bonnie & Clyde” would have evolved into one of the most beautiful, long-standing and admirable relationships in all of hip-hop? But more than 10 years later, Beyonce Knowles and Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter have silenced naysayers, becoming one of Hollywood’s most recognizable couples and the crowning Mr. and Mrs. of Hip Hop. But more than just standing at the top of the music game, Bey and Jay have also given legions of fans hope that Hollywood love connections can indeed last. So in honor of our favorite power couple, let’s take a look back through Bey and Hova’s relationship. Oh, and Happy Birthday Beyonce!

Did Beyonce And Jay Z Purchase A Landmark Theater In Chicago? Rumors Are Swirling!

August 24th, 2013 - By Drenna Armstrong
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UPDATE (2:26PM): Sources close to the Sun-Times say the Carters are not involved in the sale and instead, the alleged buyer is the Community Capial Investment Partners, LLC., but there’s been no official word. Could they just be trying to keep it on the hush? Time will tell…

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Beyonce and Jay Z have decided to take their talents to Chicago. Well, their business talent, that is.

Zimbio.com is reporting that the Carters recently bought the New Regal Theater in Chi-town for a sweet deal of only $250,000. The New Regal, which has apparently seen better days, has had various owners while trying to return to its “glory years.”  While Edward and Bettianne Gardner owned the place for years, they closed it in 2003 because they weren’t making any money. In 2008, the couple finally let it go and sold it to a group of business owners.

Despite using the New Regal as the place to celebrate President Barack Obama’s presidential nomination speech in 2008, there has been little to no use since then. In fact, it has been closed again for over a year now even though it has undergone a slight renovation.

There’s no official word as to whether or not Beyonce and Jay Z, if they are in fact full or partial owners, plan to keep the Regal as a source of entertainment but if they do, it can only help the city drive revenue.

Good for them! Whatever they decide, hopefully it will bring a few more jobs to Chicago as well.

Do we have any Chicagoans? Do you think the Carters will be able to fully restore the New Regal Theater?