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Quvenzhané Wallis Is The New Face Of Armani Junior

May 22nd, 2014 - By Kimberly Gedeon
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quvenzhane armaniBeasts of the Southern Wild star 10-year-old Quvenzhané Wallis will now be strutting her stuff as the new face of Armani Junior, a Giorgio Armani line that drapes children and teens in the Italian designer’s duds.

Not only is Wallis the youngest Oscar nominee of all time, but she’s now the first major child celebrity to represent Armani Junior, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Wallis is no stranger to the luxury fashion house. She wore an Armani Junior blue tulle dress, scattered in rhinestones, at the 85th Academy Awards just last February.

She was also spotted wearing an Armani white wool coat at the Giorgio Armani One Night Only event in New York City back in October. This is likely where she met “Mr. Armani,” as Wallis calls him, and worked her charm to win over a prominent fashion icon:

“When I saw Mr. Armani’s Prive show in New York, the dresses were so pretty . . . I had too many favorites. Afterwards when I met him, I realized Mr. Armani is such a nice man. I liked that he was so thoughtful. It’s fun to wear Armani Junior since I really like the clothes. It’s young. It’s cool. My friends are going to want to borrow all my clothes,” Wallis said.

Of course, Wallis was ecstatic to hear that she’d be the new face of Armani Junior:

“I’m so happy to be chosen by Mr. Armani to be his ambassador for Armani Junior. I felt the same excitement when I got cast for a major film. Me? Wow!” Wallis added.

Yes, you, Miss Wallis! Armani, who’s worth $9.9 billion, had nothing but kind words for the young, budding actress:

“Quvenzhané is so talented, despite her young age. Her kindness, curiosity and openness towards others really struck me, as they are all traits I admire. It is for this very reason that I wanted her to be the face of Armani Junior. With her insatiable energy, Quvenzhané made the clothing come alive, interpreting it in her own singular way,” Armani wrote.

The Junior Armani ad campaign will be launched in June. And don’t forget to check her out in her upcoming film, Annieon December 19th.

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The Girl Can Keep A Job: Quvenzhané Wallis To Star In New Film “Counting By 7s”

May 21st, 2014 - By Veronica Wells
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It looks like the Quvenzhané Wallis train is showing no signs of slowing down. Shadow and Act reported  that the ten year old actress is set to play the lead role in the movie adaptation for the New York Times best selling young adult novel Counting by 7’s by Holly Goldberg.

The official synopsis:

Willow Chance is a 12-year-old genius, obsessed with nature and diagnosing medical conditions, who finds it comforting to count by 7s. It has never been easy for her to connect with anyone other than her adoptive parents, but that hasn’t kept her from leading a quietly happy life… until now. Suddenly, Willow’s world is tragically changed when her parents both die in a car crash, leaving her alone in a baffling world.

The project was picked up by The Mazur/Kaplan Company. Mazur, a Hollywood producer, and Kaplan, a well-known independent bookseller, teamed up in 2009 to bring more literary projects to the big and small screen.

In addition to the New York Times recognition, the books was also selected as one of’s “Best Books of 2013.” The site called the it “delightful, powerful and beautifully written.”

Wallis can also be seen in the holiday release of Annie and after that the drama Fathers and Daughters which is said to be a love story between a father and daughter living 25 years apart in New York City. Wallis will act alongside Octavia Spencer, Russell Crowe, Aaron Paul and Amanda Seyfried.

She’ll also be lending her voice to the Salma Hayek produced animated adaptation of Khalil Gibran’s novel The Prophet.

Get all these checks Quvenzhané! We’re so happy and proud to witness her career to take off in this way.

Twitter Don’t Kill Our Vibe: Racists React To Casting of Quvenzhané Wallis in Annie Remake

March 9th, 2014 - By Raven Carter
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It’s always disturbing when racism rears it’s ugly head via social media, especially towards a child. It appears that the casting of Quvenzhané Wallis in the Annie remake has brought out the Jim Crow some people. The first trailer for the movie which will be released in theaters on Christmas Day was recently met with a whole lot of backlash.

Twitter reacted violently with some being blatantly racist:

“Annie was a freckled face redhead, not a nappy head parasite…”

While others expressed dissatisfaction with the stray from the original characters:

“A black Annie- really? should we now have a white Aunt Jemima?”

“Black Annie…? No… Annie always will be and always should be a ginger! #notracist just traditional”

“They turned Annie black. I have no problems with black people. I have a problem with a non-ginger”

These were just a few of the tweets catalogued by blogger Matthew Elliot that were featured in a post on Raw Story.

With so much in the world to be angry about we can’t believe people are using their 140 characters to get up in arms and spread ignorance about a beloved childhood character. Thankfully Twitter didn’t exist when Keshia Knight-Pulliam played “Polly” in place of Hayley Mills or when Diana Ross was skipping down the yellow brick road in The Wiz.

We don’t understand what it is about some people and their desperation to preserve tradition and hoard history they feel belongs to them and not other races. The last time we checked this country was built on the backs of many shades, not just the lighter ones. Either way they need to take their fight to where it belongs and off Twitter being associated with what should be a happy film and a great opportunity for Wallis to yet again display those awesome acting chops of hers. We have to remember that it’s not just a character who’s being attacked, but there’s also a little girl with brown skin in real life who’s playing her.

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First Look At The Annie Trailer!

March 6th, 2014 - By Kweli Wright
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We can’t wait for the “Annie” remake to hit the theaters! Anticipation is mounting for the modern remake of “Annie” starring Quvenzhane Wallis, so the folks at Sony Pictures have decided to tease us with an awesome “Annie” trailer to keep us going for the next nice months!

There are so many cute shots of the 10-year-old actress (an Oscar nominee in 2012 for Beasts of the Southern Wild) running New York City with her friends, dog Sandy and yes, those songs that we know and love, like “Tomorrow” and “A Hard Knock Life.”

Wallis stars in the film as the famed orphan, this time from Harlem, appearing alongside Cameron Diaz as Miss Hannigan and Jamie Foxx, who stars as the remixed Daddy Warbucks character, Benjamin Stacks. Stacks develops a relationship with Annie in order to boost his political career, but slowly starts to care for the charming young girl.

It’s produced by Will Smith and Jay Z and also features Rose Byrne, Bobby Cannavale, and Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje.

The little star proved she was still a kid who wants to play on her iPad when it came to her movie star perks. Word from TMZ is that Quvenzhane was given unlimited WiFi in her trailer as a part of her deal to star in the film. She was also paid $750,000 to appear in “Annie” (incentives and percentage points could raise her total income from the feature to well over $2 million).

Remember when Willow Smith was first being talked about as the star of “Annie”? Her dad Will stayed on as producer, but looking at the trailer, it seems Willow was probably growing out of the right age for the role. Quvenzhane seems like a great fit!

With Jay Z as a producer, we’re also looking out for the movie soundtrack. Pharrell did his thing with the Despicable Me soundtracks, so the pressure is on Jigga!

The movie hits theaters at Christmas.

Are you excited to see the film?

Mommy Mash Up: Quvenzhane Wallis Maserati Ad: Super Bowl Success

February 3rd, 2014 - By Kweli Wright
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If you didn’t already have 10-year-old Quvenzhane Wallis on your radar–she who at 9-years-old is the youngest ever Best Actress nominee in Oscar history for her stirring, debut role in “Beasts of the Southern Wild,” she who hit the red carpet for the awards show with a puppy purse, she who is starring in the upcoming “Annie” with Jamie Foxx–get ready to fall in love with the young star as she spits knowledge in her Maserati Super Bowl commercial. Kudos to the marketing team that put this together and to Miss Wallis who continues to rock.

Quvenzhane Wallis Maserati Ad: Super Bowl Success

In the ad that carries the tagline, “We Have Prepared. Now We Strike” for Maserati’s Ghibli model, Quvenzhane says: “The world is full of giants. They have always been here, lumbering in the schoolyards, limping in the alleys. We had to learn how to deal with them, how to overcome them. We were small, but fast. Remember? We were like a wind, appearing out of nowhere. We knew that being clever was more important than being the biggest kid in the neighborhood. As long as we keep our heads down, as long as we work hard, trust what we feel in our guts, our hearts, then we’re ready. We wait until they get sleepy, wait until they get so big they can barely move, then we walk out of the shadows, quietly walk out of the dark…and strike.”

We’re looking forward to more big things from this actress, including her stint in Annie, due in theaters Dec. 19.

What kind of perks did Quvenzhane Wallis receive for playing the title little orphan? According to TMZ, she was given unlimited WiFi in her trailer as part of her deal to star in the Will Gluck film. She was also paid $750,000 to appear in “Annie” (incentives and percentage points could raise her total income from the feature to well over $2 million).


Year Of The Young African-American Woman? Black Women Dominate Forbes’ ’30 Under 30 List’

January 15th, 2014 - By Ann Brown
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Issa Rae via Twitter. Quvenzhane Wallis on the set of 'Annie.' via TNYF/

Issa Rae via Twitter. Quvenzhane Wallis on the set of ‘Annie.’ via TNYF/

Forbes magazine’s annual ‘30 Under 30‘ list recognizes 30 people under the age of 30 in 15 different fields–from business and  technology to entertainment, education and sports. This year, an incredible 14 African-American women made the list.

Issae Rae, the 28-year-old creator of the hit YouTube comedy series on “The Mis-Adventures of Awkward Black Girl” made the list. As did 10-year-old Oscar-nominated actress Quevenzhane Wallis, who is starring in the upcoming musical of Annie, and innovative singer Janelle Monae, 28. WNBA star Brittney Griner, who is openly gay, of the Phoenix Mercury was named as well, along with pop star Rihanna, 25. (There are also a number of black men on the list, including Fruitvale Station star and director  Michael B. Jordan and Ryan Coogler, 26 and 27 years old respectively.)

The list not only includes celebrities, but other women who have made their mark in their industries, such as Katrina Craigwell, 28, the Global manager of digital marketing for General Electric; 26-year-old Lauren Wilson, who as policy counsel for Free Press fights major broadcast mergers; LaToya Peterson, 29, owner and editor of Racialicous, an online media outlet that covers race, politics and culture; and Jessica Matthews, 25,  CEO of Uncharted Play, who we profiled.

Haven’t heard of Uzoamaka Maduka, founder and editor in chief of literary magazine The American ReaderForbes has and they picked the 25-year-old for the list.  Mandela Shumacher-Hodge, the director of Startup Weekend Education also appears on the list, as does Jessica Holsey, who is the 29-year old co-founder of Sutsy Party, which makes eco-friendly, compostable tableware.

Don’t think black women are making strides in tech? Well, Aminatou Sow, the 28-year-old co-founder of Tech LadyMafia, is proving disbelievers wrong and Forbes recognized her. Tech LadyMafia is a group for women in tech to bond and support one another.

[h/t The Grio]

Jamie Foxx And The Cast Of ‘Annie’ Perform “Tomorrow” In Harlem!

December 11th, 2013 - By Raven Carter
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We absolutely love this video that surfaced last week showing the cast of “Annie” performing “Tomorrow” on the streets of Harlem in New York City.

The film’s star-studded cast– including Jamie Foxx, Quvenzhané Wallis, Cameron Diaz, Rose Byrne and more — look like they’re having a blast as they sing and dance along with a full band to the production’s iconic tune.

Produced by Will and Jada Pinkett-Smith’s Overbrook Entertainment, in association with Jay Z, the revamped “Annie” has been in production for the past few months and is set to be released by Sony Pictures in December 2014.

To see the cast of ‘Annie’  performance, see more at 

10 Most Popular Celebrity Brown ‘It’ Girls

July 3rd, 2013 - By Rich
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These brown beauties are coveted for their style, their talent and yes their absolute cuteness. From the first family girls to Hollywood celebrity spawn, to gold medal Olympians, check out 10 of the most popular and celebrated Brown It Girls!

LOL: Quvenzhane Wallis Has Beef with Kevin Hart

July 1st, 2013 - By Rich
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Most kids were in bed by the time last night’s BET Awards aired, but not 9-year-old Quvenzhane Wallis. The Oscar nominee had a funny little skit during the show with Kevin Hart where she confronts him about playing her on an early Saturday Night Live skit.

The Age Of Quvenzhanè: Why You Should Consider Giving Your Child A Distinctly African American Name

May 7th, 2013 - By Raven Carter
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From MommyNoire

Growing up with the name Ashley Iman I was granted a sort of flexibility. When I wanted to appear racially ambiguous I would simply write Ashley and when I felt more comfortable I’d write the full Ashley Iman. Ashley is an Old English name and my spelling is very common in the United States across races. Iman, on the other hand, is Arabic, meaning faith and although I know a couple Iman’s now as an adult and it’s not quite as common. In the wake of September 11 I decided to drop Iman altogether not picking it up again until nearly ten years later. As a child, I was trying to seem as “American” as possible. But what is an American name? Furthermore, what defines American?

Too often “American names” are thought of as traditional European names; Ashley, John, Brittany, and Frank are just a few examples. Meanwhile, traditional African or Arabic names are labeled as foreign and the assumptions that come with that label can be questionable at best and downright racist as worst. Then, there’s a third category. These names are more traditionally African American names, newly created and nearly always creative. These names can be combinations of beloved relatives’ names, twists on traditional European names, or new takes on positive abstract concepts (ex. Neveah, which is Heaven, spelled backwards.) Unfortunately, the third category tends to experience the most bias in this country. From the everyday microagressions like coworkers refusing to learn the pronunciation of your name to systematic discrimination like the refusal to hire applicants with distinctly African American names, there is no doubt that America has a long way to go toward racial equality. However, despite all of the negative aspects, we are now living in the age of Quevenzhanè and I’d like to make a case for why you should consider giving your child a name from that second or third category.

Before I make my case I want to put this in perspective, all names were created at one point or another. Our language is constantly evolving, for example Ashley was first considered a boy’s name but with time it evolved to be used mainly for girls with multiple different spellings. So when we hear gripes from those that wonder why you wouldn’t just choose an existing name we have to wonder how much of this is simply shaming African Americans for being African American. We all know that doing anything while black is likely to bring criticism.