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Lisa Bonet guest stars alongside her husband, Jason Momoa, in the Sundance Channel’s new dramatic series, The Red Road, playing Sky Van Der Veen, a Lenape Native American lawyer who returns to her hometown to call for justice following a brutal crime against a member of her tribe.
She spoke with ESSENCE from her Los Angeles home, which she shares with Momoa, their children (son Nakoa-Wolf, 5, and daughter Lola, 6), dogs—Scout, Arrow and Zion—and ball python, Orpheus.
ESSENCE: How did you choose to do this particular role?
Lisa Bonet: Jason and I had done a film together, and when he was in the process of booking this show he sent the film to the producers. They really appreciated our chemistry, which was nice.
ESSENCE: The show is very thoughtfully written. The shooting style is intriguing. Are there things about it that you think people should know before tuning in, or is it just that people should watch it?
Bonet: On paper, it read like a film, and it definitely unfolds like a good series should. You know, it’s fun to go on a discovery and not really know much about it.
ESSENCE: You said earlier that the producers of the show saw the chemistry between you and Jason on-screen, and that’s why he asked you to do this part. How is your chemistry at home different from your chemistry at work?
Bonet: The chemistry between the characters we’re playing in The Red Road is a bit stiff, because we’re still uncertain where our rapport is leading us. Off camera, in real life, we are a very goofy couple. One of my favorite things about him is that he makes me laugh.
ESSENCE: Goofy how?
Bonet: Goofy like, we just laugh—we love curling up to watch Saturday Night Live with a thing of popcorn in front of us.
ESSENCE: How did you and Jason meet?
Bonet: [Laughs] We were both at a club to hear this 80-year-old toothless blues singer named Mickey Champion. We had a mutual friend who introduced us. Jason actually came with all his boys, and it was the birthday of one of my good friends, so I had all my girls with me. It was like the meeting of two different posses.
Read more of Lisa Bonet’s interview at Essence.com
Singers often look into their own personal lives as inspiration for songs. These 15 artists got very heartfelt and emotional by singing about the joys of parenthood and their children. Here are some of our favorite songs singers wrote for their children.
Superstar singer Beyonce is normally a private person but after having her first child, Blue Ivy, the former Destiny’s Child member has opened up about the joys of motherhood. In addition to sharing intimate photos of mother and child, Beyonce penned the song “Blue.” In the song, which is on her latest album Beyonce, Blue sings about feeling alive when she looks into her daughter’s eyes. At the end of the song, Blue Ivy joins in and sings with her mommy before asking if they can go see daddy.
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At the height of their careers, these celebrities left their breakout gigs to explore other opportunities, finish school or move on professionally. With many of these celebrities starring in their breakout roles, they decided to part ways and to not continue riding the wave of a solo-role stardom.
In the case Dave Chappelle, we’re seeing a comeback, with the comedian back on the stand-up tour and doing media interviews like this one in The New York Times. Here are nine celebrities who left the fame of their major roles at the height of their success and may not make the same move.
Did you want to be a diva like Naomi Campbell? Or did you dream of rocking funky styles like Denise? Most of us grew up with a favorite celebrity idol. We wanted to dress like her, talk like her and rock her hairstyle. No matter who you wanted to be, we know she’s on this list. Let us know who you looked up to in the comments!
If you’ve been too cool for school since before you can remember, we’re willing to bet that Denise was your favorite Huxtable. She was funny, brilliant and marched to the beat of her own drummer. And her unique sense of style inspired millions of women around the world.
Lenny Kravitz is set for a new episode of “Oprah’s Master Class,” to air Sunday, June 2 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on OWN. The Grammy-winning artist, producer and actor talks about how his mixed cultural background influenced his signature retro music style and how he challenged the industry with his unconventional image.
Raised in a biracial family (his mother is Roxy Roker, known for her character Helen Willis on the hit 70’s sitcom “The Jeffersons” and father is Sy Kravitz NBC news producer of Russian-Jewish descent), Kravitz opens up about his upbringing and how his father’s infidelity affected him as a young boy.
Plus, he reveals more about his marriage to actress Lisa Bonet (“The Cosby Show”) and his relationship with daughter, Zoë.
Read and see more on EurWeb.com
They may be the shortest person in any given room but don’t get it twisted, these 15 celebrity women prove that big things come in small packages.
Ballet dancer Misty Copeland is considered by many to be the first Black female soloist in the American Ballet Theatre. Even though she didn’t start dancing until the age of 13, in just two years Copeland, considered a prodigy, was fielding numerous professional offers. Standing at a petite 5 feet and 2 inches, Copeland was appointed a soloist in 2007. A standout among her peers, she impressed the legendary musician Prince during a two-day video shoot for in 2009 so much, the purple one became her mentor and friend.
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With Mother’s Day just around the corner, we felt it was time to show some love to the most stunning, most beautiful, most age-defying mother-daughter combos Hollywood has to offer. And while there are many lovely sets of mamas and baby girls to choose from, there was little denying that these pairs deserved some special props. From Tina and Beyonce Knowles to Kim Basinger and Ireland Baldwin, these duos hold it down for mothers and daughters far and wide.
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Since the glamour of black and white TV, fashion on-screen has always been a major visual element for viewers, sometimes with audiences tuning in just to see the clothes. Whether you love the fashion, the characters, or both, you are not alone. Not wanting to spoil the entire list for anyone, here are a few of the most fashionable black women to ever grace the small screen — and a few non-brown honorable mentions.
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Zoe Kravitz Gets Artsy Fab In V Magazine, Talks Mom Lisa Bonet Warning Her About Fame, And Harmless Flirting With Jaden Smith
With her hair in a messy short cut and rocking her own Zoe Kravitz for Swarovski jewelry, who she just launched her own jewelry line for, Kravitz bared her soul and dropped her top for V magazine. She opened up about her famous mom’s worries about her dreams to act in Hollywood even when she was young, working with the swaggerific Jaden Smith and his dad for After Earth, and a lot more. Here are the specific details that had us talking:
When speaking on her early dreams of having a successful acting career (“I definitely always saw myself as a theater or an indie film actress, because those were the things I was always drawn to.”), Kravitz opened up about the fact that her mom, Lisa Bonet, had reservations about her young daughter trying to step in the public eye after. Both Bonet and Lenny Kravitz, famous folks themselves, were able to keep her very protected and out of the limelight for a long while:
“My mom’s whole thing was that she wanted me to wait until I knew what I really wanted. She’d always say, ‘Once you step into the spotlight, you can’t take it back.’”
And she’s literally everywhere now, something the Brooklyn-based actress is clearly okay with. And speaking of being everywhere, she talked about appearing in the film, After Earth, where she plays Will Smith’s daughter and Jaden Smith’s sister, Senshi. While she’s known for being a trendsetting, pretty cool chick, she says that working with Jaden made her want to step her game up.
“There were moments that I was hanging out with Jaden and thinking, I can’t believe you’re 14, I have to check myself, like what I say to you,” she laughs. “He has so much personality and so much swag, he is so much cooler than I am.”
And it was that swag that almost got her caught up on cougar status…:
“And he’s so handsome, I was always like, When you’re older, you know, we’ll hang out…Nope, that’s inappropriate, you’re 14.”
Check out the full interview over at V’s website, where Kravitz discusses the inspirations behind her line for Swarovski, more about After Earth, and finally being embraced by Hollywood. Love her!
Spinoffs are greatly appreciated for a few reasons: they allow viewers to see lesser characters develop independently; they give viewers a different take of the characters from the previous sitcom; and, finally, spinoffs are uniquely responsible for creating that ‘neighboring effect’ on television, allowing audiences and characters, alike, feel as if they are stepping from one living room into another. This has been seen time and time again in television. Cheers begot Fraiser, Grey’s Anatomy begot Private Practice, Buffy begot Angel, and Dr. Who begot Torchwood. Check out some our favorites over the years.