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“I Didn’t Want To Be Different” Tatyana Ali Talks About The Burden Of “Good Hair”

October 20th, 2014 - By Veronica Wells
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Are you ready for another Black hair story? We’ve all heard tales of “good hair.” Either we had it or knew someone who inherited the coveted title through genetics or a combination of chemicals. However you were introduced to the term, you know it. The good hair discussion is an old and tired one. But one we’re clearly not over yet.

Usually, when we discuss this topic it’s from the prospective of people who was plagued by this term because people didn’t think they had “good hair.”

But in a recent interview with Vlad Tv, Tatyana Ali talks about how the label was something of a burden for her. It made her feel ostracized instead of privileged as we might assume it would.

It’s funny, when I was younger, it was something that set me apart and not necessarily in a good way, from other girls that I knew. Not that I was made fun but it felt like I was made to seem different. It’s interesting, the thing you think is a flaw. 

When Chris Rock did Good Hair, I was like ‘Oh my gosh, he should have interviewed me.’ Because I feel like there’s one side of the story, which he told really, really well. But then there’s the other side of the story. It’s boys and girls sometimes. You know you have like a group of cousins playing and you separate the children that way, you’re doing as much damage to the chid you’re calling out for having “good hair” as you are–because you’re creating this separation that’s not true. 

I grew up  wanting to be able to twist my hair and wear my hair like my mom did and my aunts did. Because I wanted to be like them, I didn’t want to be different. 

[Just that term "good hair"] is crazy. 

Caribbean people do it even worse. They’ll say crazy things like, ‘Oh yeah, she’s so dark but she has good hair.’ 

I know people who still use the term, not really understanding how it separates us and instead of celebrating, alienating certain children and even adults.

Have any of you had an experience like Tatyana’s?

Evening Eye Candy: “For Better Or Worse” Actor Brad James

August 8th, 2014 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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Get to know “For Better or Worse” cutie Brad James. Even before snagging the role of Todd on the Tyler Perry show, James was already all over our TV screens, showing off his talents while appearing in ads for everyone from Walmart, Blackberry and AutoTrader.com. The former Marine is now a series regular on a hit TV show and starring in TV movies and films with some very talented veterans. James just did his thing alongside Tatyana Ali and Charles S. Dutton in the TV movie Comeback Dad, and was in the movie Prisoners last year with Viola Davis, Terrence Howard, Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal. In an interview with Ebony, the Augusta, Georgia native spoke of how he broke into the industry:

“I was walking in Atlanta and a woman stopped me and asked me to attend an audition,” he shares. “I was chosen for a part, but she wasn’t. We still became friends.” After a small chuckle, James adds: “Acting is something I always wanted to do. But I didn’t know how to get started in Augusta.”

Things clearly worked out well for the actor and director, who, in case you haven’t noticed, is quite the looker! That’s why we’ve picked him as our Evening Eye Candy of the week. Check out more of his good looks in our gallery and share your thoughts below!

Charles S. Dutton And Tatyana Ali Talk “Comeback Dad” And Black Family Dynamics

July 13th, 2014 - By Brande Victorian
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“Comeback Dad” is the latest UP original movie starring Charles S. Dutton (remember Roc?), Tatyana Ali, Brad James, and Loretta Devine. The emotional father-daughter reunion film is the perfect wholesome family flick for the uplifting network, and when Charles, Tatyana, and Brad stopped by the office to discuss the made for TV movie we had to ask them about Black family dynamics and whether the predict we’ll see more movies like this in the future. Check out what they had to say.

For viewing times visit www.uptv.com/ComebackDad.

 

From Screening Rooms To Classrooms: Celebrities Who Left Hollywood To Get An Education

April 8th, 2014 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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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.

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Zelda Harris

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 Opens Up About Failed Relationship: ‘It Wasn’t Really Love’

March 19th, 2014 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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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.

Ready For A Rom-Com? Queen Latifah To Produce New Movie “November Rule”

March 12th, 2014 - By Veronica Wells
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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.

Interesting…

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?

Tatyana Ali Hits The Breakfast Club, Talks Drake Rumors And Posing For King

March 11th, 2014 - By Lauren R.D. Fox
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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.”

Dating Drake

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.

Black or Latina: Afro-Latinas Are Often Asked to Make a Choice in Hollywood

February 2nd, 2014 - By Nicole Akoukou Thompson
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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.

 

 

Tatyana Ali Getting Back To The Music With New EP, “Hello”

January 17th, 2014 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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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. 

BitterSweet Goodbyes: “Fresh Prince” Cast Reunites At James Avery’s Memorial

January 14th, 2014 - By Veronica Wells
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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.

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