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If you were a fan of MTV’s reality show Run’s House back in the day, you know that Rev Run’s oldest daughter Vanessa Simmons had dreams of making it big as a Hollywood star. It’s great to see that she’s on the path to making those dreams come true. The 29-year-old entrepreneur has just been cast as the leading lady in upcoming film, My First Loves, reports All Hip Hop.
The Brooklyn-based comedy is written and directed by Dominga Martin. According to the NY Times, My First Loves will follow the life of a young woman by the name of Starla (Simmons), who is getting ready for marriage, but has to handle unfinished business with her ex-boyfriends first.
“It’s a film I think that I was inspired to write because we need to see more love in our movies. We need to celebrate love and just really enjoy ourselves at the theater and not feel like we have to walk away crying all the time. And so that’s what inspired me to write the film,” Martin told the Times of her latest project.
Simmons recently gushed to All Hip Hop regarding her excitement about being a part of the film.
“I’m very excited, I’ve definitely had a chance through these couple of years to experiment and do some indies and some TV work and I’m excited that I was cast to be the lead in this role. I think that it definitely is broadening my horizons and I think it has taken me out of my comfort zone, but I’m excited to tell this story.”
“It [the film] gets real honest from a female’s point of view. Its just real honest, I’m just excited to be working with Dominga, and not only did she write it but she also is directing it as well.”
Vanessa went on to reveal that she believes many women will be able to relate to Starla.
“I think that Starla is just really relatable, she is a hard working, young lady, who I feel like is looking for love. It sounds sort of chick-flickish, but that’s our story aside from our contributions back to the world, I think we are here to find love and to share that with somebody else, and I think that her story is very relatable to other people in what we go through as women in finding that one person we can share our life with.”
My First Loves is slated to begin filming this summer.
MOTHER’S DAY!? I know, we’re not even far from Easter and deep in April and folks are already prepping us for another big holiday. But I just had to share this very wonderful photo from Ebony‘s upcoming Mother’s Day issue (courtesy of Rev Run’s Twitter) that features all the kids, and both Rev Run’s current wife Justine, and his ex-wife, Valerie Vaughn. Vaughn is, of course, the mother of Vanessa, Angela and JoJo. She made an appearance or two on the show, Run’s House, but for the most part, she tried to stay M.I.A. from all of that. But I can now see where the girls get their good looks from!
In the photo op, her three babies stand around her, while Diggy, Russy (who is really growing up!) and daughter Miley all crowd around Justine (for those who didn’t remember, they adopted Miley near the end of the show). I wanted to share the photo because I was digging all the blended family love and I was also digging the fact that these ladies were more than happy to sit together for this photo (well, at least I’m assuming they were). Sets a great example for folks out here bickering with new wives, etc. Check out this spread and more when the Ebony issue drops on April 17. Better start figuring out what you’re going to get moms this time around…
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It’s almost impossible not to love Angela and Vanessa Simmons. They’re gorgeous, they have great style, they’re sweet, and they’re multi-talented.
The Pastry designers have teamed up on yet another venture with the launch of AngelaAndVanessa.com, a new site that’s all about the sisters and their style. While the website hasn’t officially launched yet, the ladies posted a note to let visitors know what to expect:
We are so excited to welcome you to AngelaAndVanessa.com. We will be talking about fashion, beauty, music, fitness, family and more. We hope you’ll find all the answers to your questions.
We look forward to exchanging tips and tricks with you, letting you in on what we’re up to, and creating a place where individuality is embraced. You will be able to create your own profile page, chat it up with other members, swap ideas, talk about trends and become inspired.
We hope you enjoy our new website!
Angela + Vanessa
The site layout definitely has the girl’s funky feel to it and will no doubt be the go-to location for their ultimate fans. Will you check out AngelaAndVanessa.com?
Brande Victorian is a blogger and culture writer in New York City. Follower her on Twitter at @be_vic.
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The good people over at Hello Beautiful sat down with one half of the Simmons sister team to discuss her latest MTV film “Worst Prom Ever”, what she was like as a teenager and her dad’s approval of her childhood boyfriends.
She also addresses the Twitter “beef” between she and Bad Girl, Natalie Nunn. Natalie has a problem with soo many people it’s hard to keep up.
There are many perks to being the child of a celebrity. The assumed wealth for one (if your parent knows how to save you’ll hit the jackpot), and of course, the many open opportunities that can become available to you: good schools, contacts to break into the business with, etc. But many a celebrity kid has chosen to take advantage of their opportunities and the names of their people in a negative way–see Montana Fishburne for the best and worst example. But others do work, good work, and slowly but surely step out of their parent’s shadow, use the name well, and make a name for themselves–now see the Marley children and Romeo (not so lil’ anymore) for a great example. Here’s just a short list of other black celebrity offspring who ditched the scandal for some success.
There are movies like “Inception” and “The Matrix” that will have holding your head and questioning the meaning of life. Then there are movies that appeal to your simple nature. The part of you that just wants to indulge in good laugh or two. “Speed-Dating” is that movie. The straight-to-DVD flick features familiar faces that translate to an often random, laughter producing film.
It begins with an introduction to the film’s three main characters: Too Cool (Wesley Jonathan), Dog (Chico Benymon- best known as Spencer on Half and Half), and Beaver (Leonard Robinson, from Wild N’ Out). Dog and Beaver are struggling to keep their night club open and decide to start hosting speed dating events to get the club popping once more. From jump we know that Too Cool is the mack of the film, taking women home every night. But of course they can’t stay. After a few hours of Hot time the women descend his spiraling staircase as they view the words “walk of shame” plastered on the wall. Dog tries to be a mack but his aggressive, tongue wagging approach and his affection for biting can be a little off putting. Lastly there’s Beaver who struggles with the ladies and is constantly derided by Dog about his sexuality. So much so, that he has a “coming out” party to determine if he really is gay.
Sounds a little all over the place right? Well it is, but not in a distracting way. Despite the myriad of characters that walk in and out of the movie, it’s not hard to keep up and they all provide some type of comedic levity, with the exception of the break/tap dancing kitchen staff. Huh?
Either way as the plot thickens the men find love in (predictably) unexpected places and Too Cool deals with his issues of love, trust and abandonment associated with his mother (Holly Robinson Peete.) Yeah, it gets a little heavy at times.
Overall the film is the slapstick comedy we all need every once in a while. It’s corny but it’s consistently corny peppered with moments of unrealistic action that will have you wanting to rewind to see if that really did just happen. It did. It could easily become that one movie you consistently have to justify owning. But your efforts only make you love it more.
The most surprising and refreshing part of the movie came during the special features. The cast and producer, Mekita Faiye,who also plays one of Too Cool’s love interests, spoke at a LA college about the passion, hustle, and humiliation associated with the acting business. All jokes were put aside as the comedians talked about rejection, supporting their families and the importance of having your own in Hollywood. Completely unexpected but definitely appreciated.
Rev Run’s oldest daughter is a reality show star, entrepreneur and a style risk taker. Vanessa Simmons recently opened up her closet for the cameras. The bags, the shoes, the dresses, oh my! Little sis Angela pops in too.
What do you think about the style choices of the Simmons sisters?