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We told you about the folks who took breaks or completely ditched the entertainment industry to focus on their relationships with God, but what about the ones who did the same for the opportunity to get a college degree to fall back on? Here are 10 who left Hollywood to get an education at Yale, Princeton, Harvard and more.
After gaining fame for her role as Troy in Crooklyn and stealing everybody’s heart, by her teenage years, Zelda Harris went MIA. She did a few roles here and there, including He Got Game and NYPD Blue, but after that, she stopped acting completely. Harris went on to focus on her education, reportedly going to Princeton and graduating in 2007.
Tatyana Ali ended her relationship over a year ago. They say hindsight is 20/20, and looking back, the 35-year-old “November Rule” actress says that what she shared with her former beau wasn’t real love.
“My last relationship was probably over a year ago,” she told Necole Bitchie. “Like ‘relationship, relationship,’ and there are definitely songs inspired by that.”
“Almost Love’ (from my album) is about that,” she continued. “You go through it. It hurts but it just means it wasn’t right. It wasn’t really love. It took me a while to get to that point… Real love isn’t that. It can’t be! [laughs]“
For her next relationship, Tatyana says she learned that love requires courage and that real love can’t really exist in the absence of courage.
“My last relationship was probably the first one that I probably felt some type of kinship with someone. And so, it’s not so much lessons learned as it is love [taking] courage. I can’t be with someone who is not courageous. Love means you can’t live in fear and have love at the same time. Not the kind of love that I’m looking for. And that’s what I learned from that.”
As for what she’s looking for in a potential partner:
“My friends always say I don’t have a type. They are always trying to figure out my type. I like guys who are super smart. I like guys who are witty because I think I’m witty. I like people who are kind. There has to be something in their eyes that is kind. I very much live my life to my own drummer. I dance to my own drum beat. So I need somebody who either does that themselves or to understand it [with] me.”
Tatyana also took advantage of the opportunity to clear up some previous comments about not wanting to date a man who is struggling.
“[On The Breakfast Club Morning Show] they asked me if I would date a struggling actor. Or somebody struggling. That’s totally different. [I said 'No' but] I thought a lot about my answer after I left because I’m not a materialistic person at all. Like, I’m really not, you know what I mean? When I say, “You have to be successful already,’ it’s not in terms of ‘money.’ It means in terms of ‘your purpose.’ You have to have come into your purpose already because I’m already in mine. So I don’t see myself being with somebody who’s still searching. To me, that’s struggling.”
Read Tatyana’s full interview here.
I love a good romantic comedy. Hell, I love a wack romantic comedy. So I’m excited to hear that Queen Latifah is joining forces with Kali Hawk (Couples Retreat), Macy Gray, DJ Qualls (Hustle & Flow), Tatyana Ali, Mo McCrae (The Butler) and La La Anthony to create November Rule.
The romantic comedy will tell the story of a man who makes a vow to stay away from women during the month of November. Hence the title. So if he’s in a relationship, he breaks it off and if he’s not, he makes a particular effort not to get involved. But that only works for so long. Eventually, he meets a woman worth giving up the games. But sticking to his silly rule, he losses her and has to jump over hoops to get her back.
Right now, we don’t know which actors are going to play which roles but we’ll keep you posted. We spy Jay Ellis in these shots though…you can never go wrong with him.
The film will be directed by Mike Elliot, who’s served as producer for some romantic comedies you may know like, My Best Friend’s Girl and The Prince and Me. Elliot will produce this film as well. The script was written by Candice Childress and Juwan Lee.
Queen Latifah will serve as executive producer for the project under her Flavor Unit Entertainment umbrella.
So what do you think about this movie? Does it sound like it’ll be good? Will you check it out?
We watched Tatyana Ali grow up gracefully before our eyes as Ashley Banks on “The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air.” After the show ended in 1996, she became a singer and had us lip-syncing to her hit song “Day-Dreaming” with our friends, and as she continued to explore other industries the child star became a producer, Harvard graduate, and campaigned for President Obama’s candidacy. Yesterday, Miss Ali hung out with Power 105’s Breakfast Club and spoke about her new movie November Rule, which stars Lala Anthony, Jay Ellis and Mo McCray, posing for King Magazine and if she got a little nookie from Drake. Here are the highlights from the interview.
Her New Movie, November Rule
“November Rule is about Mo McCray’s character. His character has a rule, by November he always breaks up with whoever he’s with. November is when Thanksgiving starts, then it’s Christmas, the other holidays. So If you break it off before then, it will never get too serious. You never have to introduce people to your family. When I first read the script, I thought “this is such a cool idea, no one ever does this.” Then on the set, I realized everyone is doing this. This is something guys do.”
Posing For King Magazine
“I’ve posed for King Magazine twice. I never put it out there. The first time I did King, it was a different type of magazine. The flavor of it was a bit different than it is now. The pictures were different. You could cover up more. When I posed for them, I was in my twenties and when I’m a grandma I can look back on those pictures. I thought I looked cute and I wanted to celebrate it. The second time I did it, the theme was Hollywood Era. I didn’t even show my stomach.”
I had a panic attack after that [Wendy Williams] interview. When I’m nervous, I laugh. If you look at the interview I am laughing the entire time. I thought she would ask (because of what was happening with the blogs), so I prepared for the question: “Are you dating?” But instead she asked if I smashed him and I never experienced that from Wendy before. [Drake’s] flattering (refereeing to him dropping her name in his song,”Tuscan Leather.”) I thought it was really nice of him.
Check out Tatyana Ali’s full interview with The Breakfast Club in the video below. Jump to the next page to see her chat with Wendy Williams about one-night stands and Drake.
Zoe Saldana, Lauren Velez, Tatyana Ali, Melissa de Sousa and Gina Torres are the names of some of the most successful dark-toned Latinas making key appearances on the big and small screen. Women such as Judy Reyes, Dania Ramirez and the aforementioned actresses have helped to update the image of what it means to be Latina on television or in film. Nonetheless, difficulties for Afro-Latinas persist. Latina marketability in Hollywood is intertwined with colorism. Fairer Latinas not only earn more Latina roles, but Afro-Latinas are often pushed to solely play African-American parts, forced to stifle a part of their ethnic identity. Failure to devise more roles for Afro-Latinas in Hollywood is problematic because it perpetuates the social invisibility of Afro-Latinos, and isolates them by failing to promote the diversity of Latino skin tones and national backgrounds.
Hollywood homogenizes ethnic groups of color, simplifying race on screen by creating a sense of uniformity. Brown is brown, unless it’s Black. If you happen to both, then you are asked to choose between the two, because to be biracial or bi-national is apparent too complex.
Cuba, Panama and Columbia are only a fraction of Latin American countries that’s included within the African diaspora. Nonetheless, women who generally represent those nations on screen are no darker than Sophia Vergara; and Latina women who also identify as Black are slated to exclusively portray African American roles, and are excluded from roles that are advertised to Latinas. The “choose one” attitude of directors is one that has been reported by many Afro-Latina actresses, though the choice is usually made for them.
The book Negra & Beautiful: The Unique Challenges Faced By Afro-Latinas quoted Panamanian writer, poet, activist, and Founder and Director of Encuentro Diaspora Afro in Boston, Yvette Modestin, saying: “It doesn’t help that despite the high-profile black Latinas making it in Hollywood and other industries, black Latinas are rarely seen as such in movies (many black Latina actresses play African Americans on screen) and in ads, which generally depict Latinos as light-brown hued. The effect on Afro-Latinas, Modestin says, is the creation of a “very schizophrenic world” in which many are not understood or accepted.”
Dominican Judy Reyes, who played the Dominican nurse Carla on Scrubs helped to modernize the perception of Latinos and Afro-Latinos in Hollywood. She remains committed to her dual identity as both Black and Latina. Lauren Velez, one of the few Black Latinas in Hollywood to have a prolonged career, indicated that initially she couldn’t get Latina roles because she was Black, but forced her way into those roles. As a result, however, it has become impossible for her to acquire African American roles, because she has somehow transitioned into being seen as Latina due to certain success.
Latinas being hiring based on skin color is not an act perpetrated by white directors, but Latino directors as well, which Afro-Panamanian actress Melissa de Sousa once attested to. She once stated many Latino directors don’t want to cast Latinas who are darker than Jennifer Lopez or Shakira.
The internalized racism orchestrated by members of the Latin community and the Black community works to cripple an effort to get the American public to see the diversity within Black, Latino and Black Latino cultures; particularly at a time when successful directors of color are becoming more apparent in Hollywood –and have an opportunity and access to realistically display ethnic experiences.
It’s been nearly 16 years since actress Tatyana Ali released her fist album “Kiss the Sky.” Quite a bit has changed since then and the 34-year-old actress is ready to show the world just how much with her new EP, “Hello.” According to The YBF, the “Young and the Restless” actress’s new music will make its debut on Spotify beginning January 21st.
To prepare fans for the upcoming project, Tatyana released a short film, also titled “Hello,” that offers a glimpse into what we can expect from her new project.
“An introduction to my forthcoming EP also entitled ‘Hello,’” Tatyana described the film project. “I’m so excited this day is here! All of this is coming from my heart. It’s my story: it’s what I believe in, what I dream about and what I’ve been through. My hope is to connect to people and share what I love. This is truly an independent effort. So, If you think it’s cool, share it.”
During the 5-minute video, which also previews some of her new music, the former “Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” actress dropped plenty of hints that she’s sick of people trying to limit her growth and evolution as an individual.
“That’s the reason scars disappear…it’s like you become brand new. It was so long ago. I’m literally not the same person,” she says at one point in the video.
If her new music is anything like the film, it will definitely be interesting.
Check out “Hello” on the next page.
The cast of “Fresh Prince” reunited this past Saturday to say their goodbyes to their television father and real life role model James Avery.
Alfonso Ribeiro, who served as a host for the memorial ceremony, posted the above picture on Twitter with this caption:
“We said goodbye to the amazing James Avery last night. I was honored to host the memorial for Barbara Avery. It was a wonderful tribute and celebration of his life. He will be deeply missed”
Daphne Reid (the second Aunt Viv), Tatyana Ali (Ashley), Karyn Parsons (Hilary Banks), and Joseph Marcell (Geoffrey) and Avery’s wife Barbara were all there to celebrate his life.
**Update** For those of you wondering Will is currently in Dubai. Maybe he’s working on a project. I’m not sure. But he did issue a statement on Avery’s passing. And the original Aunt Viv wasn’t there because she pretty much didn’t and perhaps still doesn’t get along with her former cast members.
Yesterday, Ribeiro posted pictures from the service on his Faebook page.
According to TMZ, Avery suffered from heart disease, kidney disease and type 2 diabetes and died from cardiorespiratory arrest in Glendale Hospital on December 31, 2013. He was cremated and his family spread his ashes in the Pacific Ocean. Check out more pictures from the ceremony on the following pages.
If you’re like me, you’re a sucker for Lifetime movies and Holiday films. I don’t care how cliche or predictable, I’m here for it. So I was really excited to learn that on Saturday, while we’re eating all of our Thanksgiving leftovers, we can do so while watching Tatyana Ali in a Lifetime Holiday movie called “Dear Secret Santa.”
Shadow and Act reports that the film follows a newly single Jennifer who moves back to her childhood home. While there she is flooded with memories of her friend Jack who recently passed away. One day Jennifer gets a Christmas card in the mail from a secret admirer. Who calls himself her secret santa. The admirer knows personal details about her life and so she decides to write him back. In fact, his letters remind her of her friend Jack. Throughout the movie she tries to determine who’s been writing her.
You can watch the trailer for the film which stars Della Reese, Bill Cobbs and Jordin Sparks.
The film premieres on Lifetime on Saturday, November 30 at 8/7c.
With the holiday season swiftly approaching, Christmas movies will be taking over television airways in no time. But as opposed to simply replaying the same old classics, TV networks have also been pretty busy producing original holiday films as well. Lifetime recently announced one of their new Christmas movies, starring Tatyana Ali, which is titled Dear Secret Santa. A brief description of the film reads:
“After breaking up with her boyfriend, Jennifer (Ali), moves back to the house she grew up in bringing back memories of her friend Jack, who used to live next door but recently passed away. One day, Jennifer gets a Christmas card from a “Secret Admirer” in her mailbox and becomes curious as to who sent it. The admirer knows so many personal things about her that she decides to write back and is astonished when something they say reminds her of Jack. Is it possible that he is sending her the Christmas cards?”
Tatyana’s co-stars include Jordin Sparks, Della Reese, Bill Cobb, Ernie Hudson and Lamorne Harris.
“It’s a story of coming back home. It’s about true love. It’s about finding your faith again,” Tatyana said of the film.
“I think Jennifer has to learn how to love again and how to be emotional and how to not be afraid of that. I think it’s about family. It’s really sweet and innocent because it’s about the idea that anything can happen. What I should say is the spirit of Christmas. Like, wow, miracles are actually possible. Magic can actually happen,” she continued.
Dear Secret Santa debuts on Lifetime November 30th at 8/7c
Check out a behind-the-scenes look at Dear Secret Santa on the next page.
Earlier this year, Degrassi’s Andrea Lewis announced 2013 will be the year where not only will you know her name (again) but most importantly the work she produces. Thus her new web series, Black Actress, was born. The series takes the bull by the horns, revealing how black actresses try to perfect their craft in an industry that suffocates them. Produced by Lewis, Issa Rae and Tatyana Ali, Black Actress addresses black women walking the thin line of supporting their fellow “sistas” while remaining competitive.
Prior to the web series premiere, veteran actress Viola Davis shared with Oprah during OWN’s Next Chapter:
“We’re in crisis mode as black actresses. Not in the sheer number of roles that are offered, but in the quality of roles. When you only have two or three categories for black actresses, it’s a natural instinct. If you throw a piece of cheese into a room full of rats, they’re going to claw at each other.”
The first episode of Black Actress opens up with our childhood friend (in our head) Ali. Famously known for her role on The Fresh Prince as Ashley Banks, Ali shares how acting brought her out of a rut while attending Harvard University. As Ali unfolds her personal story, viewers are introduced to Kori Bailey, played by Lewis – a black actress trying to navigate her way back into an industry where she used to be the “it” girl. Viewers follow Bailey throughout her numerous auditions and even catch her during a bathroom pep talk running down a laundry list of why she will and can book every audition. Though some may not relate to her need to constantly repeat mantras of positive affirmations, the scenes from Black Actress left me feeling nostalgic.
I reminisced on weekends during my last year of junior high school, filled with auditions for performing arts high schools in New York City. My prospective concentration in high school would have been and eventually became vocal music. I spent endless hours rehearsing the song Edelweiss from The Sound Of Music only for my 13-year-old self to feel mildly insecure. Masses of pre-teen black vocalists usually showed up and out at auditions with “His Eyes Are On The Sparrow” or their Grand Concourse rendition of Alicia Keys “Fallin.” Just like Kori in Black Actress, I understand it is hard to comprehend if you will be chosen for a role when the time slot of your audition is saturated with sameness . The arts world will trip you up as you create your niche. The messages you receive from directors, whether it be drama, music or fine arts, often become blurred and you often wonder if the difference or the norm will set you a part.
Lewis’ webseries offers viewers an uncomfortable piece of honesty by shedding light on how uninterested people are about you during auditions. Or if they are interested, they too, become actors to throw you off your A-game. Like life, the demos you showcase for, will teach how to hone every moment as though you represent the final product you desire. Black Actress prepares its viewers for roles of a lifetime.
Watch the premiere of Black Actress below!