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Bet You Didn’t Know: Secrets Behind The Making Of Lee Daniels’ The Butler

August 24th, 2016 - By Nneka Samuel
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He’s very much into television these days as both Empire and the upcoming Star suggest, but three years ago, writer and director Lee Daniels released his fourth film as director, The Butler. It is loosely based on the life of Eugene Allen, a Virginia native turned Washington, D.C. transplant who served in the White House as a butler for more than three decades. The film was a favorite among critics and filmgoers alike. Academy Award winner Forest Whitaker starred as Cecil Gaines, a married father and White House butler who experiences a total of eight presidencies, up close and personal. The civil rights movement, wars, riots, presidential history – Gaines had a front-row seat for every major political or social event. But that’s not all you need to know about the movie or its characters. Here are some secrets behind the making of Lee Daniels’ The Butler.

When Unique Celebrity Style Makes for Successful Business Collaborations

June 20th, 2016 - By Ann Brown
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A great collaboration expands creativity and elevates the profile of all parties involved, a winning strategy that Wells Fargo encourages all the time. It’s why they work together with their customers to discuss their financial goals and help make their hard-earned money go as far as possible. We love great collaborations too, which is why we decided to take a look at the way fashion, beauty, and home décor brands have partnered with some of today’s biggest stars to boost their business. Here are three such partnerships we’re loving right now.

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Lenny Kravitz Brings His Rock Star Chic Style to CB2 Furniture

Furniture company CB2 obviously likes Lenny Kravitz’s cool swag. So much so last year they teamed up with the rock star/actor to start selling home decor designed by Kravitz.  CB2 x Kravitz Design by Lenny Kravitz.  According to a statement by CB2, “The collection captures the sleek glam of the ’70s New York club culture and the natural ease of the California music scene of the ’70s. The collection is tied together using custom patterns designed exclusively for the collection and using materials that include high impact pairings of lush textiles, leather, wood, metal, and reflective surfaces.”

Kravitz’s offering are sleek, modern, and most feature an abstract design. The pieces have been called “boho-glam” and include soft goods, lighting, and furnishings. You can buy chairs, coffee tables, table lamps, pillows, and rugs and more from the line.

For Kravitz the deal gave him a chance to share his unique eye for home decor. “We’ve been big fans of CB2 for a long time,” said Kravitz. “Our goal was to create a collection of pieces based on my personal style and the things that have inspired me throughout my travels.”



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Iman & Calico Corners Partnership Brings Fabric Line Iman Home To The Masses

In 2010 fashion icon Iman launched a home fabric line in a partnership with Calico Corners.  Her Iman Home has been described as an elegant, exotic fabric collection inspired by global culture, contemporary design, as well as Iman’s Somalian heritage. The fabrics can be purchased online and at Calico Home stores nationwide. Iman Home offers the collections: Urban Eclectic, Modern Glamour, Timeless Treasures, and Magic of Mandalay.

Urban Eclectic is a collection of handcrafted designs described as having a “modern urban feel.” the fabrics feature exotic motifs in rich colors. Modern Glamour offers a more fashion forward approach to design. The fabrics in Timeless Treasures features designs inspired by India and Africa a saturated color palette, such as: Tourmaline, which uses purple and teal; Sunstone is fuchsia, orange and gold; Jasper which combines teal and brown; Gem, a navy and red; and Opal, an earthy mix of tea stain, sand, and brown. Meanwhile, Magic of Mandalay’s fabric take you on, as the website describes, “a global journey drawing inspiration from Asia to Africa. Poetic yet modern the designs feature an ethnic diversity with soft feminine touches and dressmaker detailing. The palette bursts with color featuring bright pinks and saturated reds, to deep blues, warm oranges and rustic neutrals yet it shines with the unexpected glamour of metallic.”

Iman Home is just one the various business ventures for the groundbreaking models; she is also a pioneer in the ethnic cosmetics industry. Bringing her style into your home fabric choices was a natural progression for Iman.

“Since I stopped modeling, got married, and had a daughter, home has become a passion of mine,” she told WWD.



B. Smith’s With Style Home Collection Continues To Be A Big Seller For Bed, Bath & Beyond

When one thinks of former model, restaurateur, celebrity chef, TV personality, and businessman B. Smith they think “class.” Her style has proven over and over to be a success. And she’s smartly branded it. Her followers want to duplicate it in various aspects of their lives–from the way they dress to the way they eat to the way they decorate their homes.  And her partnership with Bed Bath & Beyond dates back to 2001. In 2004, she added a serveware line with the company.

Her B. Smith with Style Home Collection marked the first line from an African-American woman that was sold at a nationwide retailer. The line includes bedding, tabletop, and bath products and incorporate B. Smith’s signature “Afrasian” design concept inspired by African and Asian elements.

In 2013, at the age of 64, B. Smith, who was the first Black model to be on the cover of Mademoiselle Magazine in the 1970s, was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s Disease. Today, she and her husband, Dan Gasby, work to raise awareness of the disease.


Good-Looking Men Over 50 Who Still Turn Heads

September 15th, 2015 - By Cynthia L. Dorsey
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Eye candy has no age limit. In fact, there are quite a few men over 50 who haven’t lost an ounce of their sexiness. As they say, like a fine wine, they get better with time. That’s precisely the case for these good-looking fellas.


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I love my POTUS! He’s just absolutely handsome. We have had the privilege of watching him age throughout his tenure as commander in chief and he keeps getting more and more refined.

The 14 Most Shocking Wardrobe Malfunctions In Hollywood

August 9th, 2015 - By Meg Butler
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There have been a lot of wardrobe malfunctions in Hollywood, but none of them can top Lenny Kravitz’ recent concert where he rocked out with it all out when his pants split open mid show (and revealed his secret piercing to the entire audience). We’ve got the gif here, but keep in mind it’s very NSFW.

Continue clicking to peep these celebrity wardrobe malfunctions left nothing to the imagination.

Man Crush Monday: 10 Super Sexy Flicks of Lenny Kravitz

May 18th, 2015 - By Rich
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Yes we are crushing on Lenny Kravitz, yes he is 50 and it’s all good! This man looks amazing for 50 and it’s the simple things about Mr. Kravitz that makes him our man crush! He has great skin and amazing style. How can we not crush on him? Not to mention he’s a man with purpose. We’ve always sensed that he’s been on a mission. Lenny Kravitz has been in the game for a minute, his first album was released 25 years ago, in 1989 titled Let Love Rule. Remember that? He rocks out in the studio and the big screen, his most recent film role came in the 2013’s The Butler and The Hunger Games.

When I’m in the studio, I write the music, I play the different instruments, I produce it, I arrange it, and it’s a self-indulgent exercise. It’s the way I make my music. And when I’m acting, I get to leave myself behind, which is a relief. I get to collaborate with a director; I respect the director’s medium and all the actors and actresses. So at the end of the day, it’s about a character and it’s about a director’s vision. It’s a really good balance for being so intense and alone in my personal process of making music.

Are you gonna go your way? Why Lenny, we thought you’d never ask! Click continue to check out our man crush!

Man Crush Monday: 10 Super Sexy Flicks of Lenny Kravitz

Did Y’all See? Kim K’s Best Friend Slings Racial Stereotypes At Blac Chyna, Amber Rose

May 8th, 2015 - By Veronica Wells
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There were some strange things and even some shenanigans going on this week in the news. In this episode of “Did Y’all See”, the MadameNoire editors discuss Laila Ali coming forward to say that Floyd Mayweather  needs help for his domestic violence issues. Then, at the Met Gala, former lovebirds Lenny Kravitz and Lisa Bonet stepped out on the red carpet together…on a date. We discuss whether the move was a bit odd…even for these hippy, dippy free spirits. And then we share our thoughts on Kim Kardashian’s BFF, Jonathan Cheban, coming out of the shadows to lodge stereotypes at Amber Rose and Blac Chyna, in defense of Kylie Jenner.

See what our editors have to say about all these topics in the video above.

WCW: 15 Stunning Zoe Kravitz Flix

May 6th, 2015 - By Rich
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Zoe Kravitz is the stunning off-spring of equally beautiful Lenny Kravitz and Lisa Bonet. This talented star is quickly rising up among Hollywood’s elite and has simply been dazzling both fans and A-listers alike. This busy bee is pretty much everywhere at the moment. Earlier this week we caught her on the Met Gala Red Carpet with her parents and ‘acting up’ with new gal pal Miley Cyrus while last week she graced pages of Flaunt magazine topless and recently discussed with Marie Claire her past issues with eating disorders and body image and how she had to go back to those dark moments for her new role in The Road Within. And let’s not forget her ‘bizarre’ poker game in her underwear with Miley Cyrus

Anywho, skim through to see some of her jaw-dropping looks on and off the Red Carpet.

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WCW: 15 Stunning Zoe Kravitz Flix

Is It Weird That Lenny Kravitz And Lisa Bonet Went To The Met Gala Together?

May 5th, 2015 - By Veronica Wells
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In my mind, Lenny Kravitz and Lisa Bonet are still together, like romantically. And while I know that she’s married to fine behind Jason Momoa, Lenny and Lisa, with their alliterating names, funky bohemian style and comparable attractiveness, were a beautiful example of Black [Hollywood] love.

I know I wasn’t the only one who was bummed when it ended. But I took solace in the fact that they seemed to maintain a beautiful friendship.

And while these two have always been a shining example of what co-parenting and romances-turned-friendships can look like, they took it to a whole ‘nother level when they showed up at last night’s Met Gala arm in arm, as each other’s dates.

I still love seeing them together. Lisa is still gorgeous. Lenny is still fine and their offspring Zoe is stunning.

But after I stopped gushing, I thought about the weirdness of it all. I mean, if we take the celebrity aspect out of this and apply it to us mere mortals in the real world, this would be something of a scandal. I told y’all Lisa is married, with children. And Lenny is her ex husband, father of her child and longtime friend.

You know what they say, flames can be rekindled.

And while I’ve read that Lenny and Jason get along famously, I certainly hope Lisa ran this by her man. And I do wonder how that conversation went…

“Hey babe, Lenny, Zoe and I are going to the Met Gala.” 

“Oh, cool. Who’s Zoe’s date?

“She’s going solo.”

“Nice. Who’s Lenny taking?”


Where dey do dat at?

In fairness, since this was a family affair, perhaps the common thread, Zoe, asked her mother and father to attend the event together.

I could understand that…if Zoe weren’t a grown woman.

Either there’s something more to this and we don’t know the full story yet…or Lenny and Lisa really are on some different ish.

What do you make of these two stepping out together as each other’s dates? Do you think their status as celebrities makes this a little bit more understandable?

Wobble, Won’t You Wobble: The 15 Best First Dance Songs For Your Wedding

March 26th, 2015 - By Kevin L. Clark
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The 15 Best First Dance Songs For Your Wedding

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With warm weather approaching, it seems that weddings are going to be on the rise before Labor Day Weekend.

As many prepare to attend or be in a wedding, the impending season will be full of anxiety, excitement, great food and cherished moments to be had by all. For those who are the lucky bride and groom, you’ll have the hard part of memorizing vows, and making sure you don’t sweat out your tux and gown.

But those in the audience, well, you’re in for a treat, as you’ll have the honor of watching the couple’s first dance as newlyweds. Traditionally, the first dance is the most moving part of the wedding ceremony going into the reception. It is the moment where everyone—friends, family, whoever—all fade away and the spotlight focuses on the bride and groom. As someone who is close to either party (or just one creepy lurker), you get to see just how close and intimate the love between two souls is simply by the way they hold each other to the pulsating beat.

With wedding season soon in full swing, and everyone from your co-worker to your third cousin eagerly waiting to say “I do” to their significant other, MadameNoire highlights the top 15 weddings songs in no particular order your betrothed pals could play for their first dance.

Hear all the tracks in the list below, and share your own suggestions for the first dance song you want to hear at your next wedding.

Do You Believe In Putting Your Parents In A Nursing Home?

October 3rd, 2014 - By Veronica Wells
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Comedienne and actress Yvette Nicole Brown, who plays Shirley on the hit show “Community” announced that after five seasons she’ll be leaving the show. She’s not leaving to pursue another acting opportunity. Instead, she asked to be let out of her contract so she could tend to a personal, family matter.

In a recent interview with TV Guide, Brown said that she’s leaving to take care of her ailing father.

“My dad needs daily care and he needs me. The idea of being away 16 hours a day for five months, I couldn’t do it. It was a difficult decision for me to make, but I had to choose my dad.”

Recently, Lenny Kravitz echoed her sentiment when he appeared on “The Wendy Williams Show,” he said he had taken a break from music because he was taking care of one of his older relatives. He said in their family, they don’t believe in putting their elders in nursing homes.

I nodded in agreement. It was a beautiful sentiment really. When our parents, aunt, uncles and grandparents devote so much of their lives to taking care of us, it seems only right to return the favor when they need it.

But the more I think about it, the more I realize that a lot of people who ultimately chose a nursing home or assisted living type situation for their loved ones often don’t believe it’s the right thing to do. They come to the conclusion as a last resort.

Unlike Brown and Kravitz, they don’t have the financial means to stop working and take care of someone who’ll require constant watch and care. They learn, sadly, that they’re not equipped to handle their relatives’ health needs. Or they learn, tragically, that their loved one has now become a danger to themselves and other family members.

In high school, I worked at a nursing home/assisted living community and I saw some of the very real challenges the residents faced. There was the woman who had Alheizmer’s and would tell me, on occasion, that she was waiting for her husband to pick her up, when, in actuality, he had died years ago. Another woman, thought she and I were coworkers and would often ask me for a ride home. I had to come up with all kinds of stories. There were residents whose food needed to be specially prepared, residents who hit or spit. And then there were those whose diapers needed to be changed. They needed to be lifted to bathe or shower.

I saw that it was intense work and I was only there during meal times.

While I commend both Brown and Kravitz for making the decision to put their family members first, at the expense of their careers. But I think some of the stigma associated with people who find themselves in this predicament needs to be removed. They’re often perceived to be selfish, preoccupied and unloving. When in reality they could be overwhelmed, underemployed and unqualified.

Have you ever found yourself in the position where you had to place one of your family members in a nursing home? How did you come to the decision?