I have been a fan of Renee since she started on One Life to Live as Evangeline Williamson. She is also in one of my favorite movies, All About You, which features one of my favorite movie couples. Renee has tackled the theater, television, and film. She is a truly talented performer.
Additionally, Renee is an accomplished singer and is featured on the All About You soundtrack. Renee also recorded her own LP entitled Beautiful. Renee also exhibits her rapping skills as Angelica Schulyer on the Hamilton Broadway cast album. Her work earned her a Grammy and a Tony award.
Here is her AMAZING acceptance speak at the 2016 Tony Awards:
Today the talented star celebrates her 36th birthday! I became a fan of Dania’s work afer she appeared in one of my favorite Spike Lee films, She Hate Me. In addition to being a wife and new mother, Dania ccan currently be seen in her scene stealing role as Rosie on the Lifetime Network dramedy Devious Maids.
I am obsessed these birthday twins! I love that in addition to being great actresses, they are smart women who are passionate about improving the condition of women and girls.
I also love how versatile they are. Gabrielle is currently killing it on Being Mary Jane. And she can be seen in the upcoming holiday film Almost Christmas. And I don’t know a black girl alive who doesn’t love Tracee Ellis Ross (and Joan Clayton). Currently, she is bringing her quirky girl magic to black-ish (and let us never forget T-Murda).
So HAPPY BIRTHDAY to these two amazingly funny, super talented, awesomely dope women.
Today is Diahann Carroll’s 80th birthday. In honor of the occasion, I decided to pay tribute to the legendary actress and singer. Although I came along in the 1980s and missed the first wave of Ms. Carroll’s fame, she has always been one of the women in entertainment whose career has inspired me.
Born Carol Diane Johnson on July 17, 1935, Ms. Carroll grew up in the New York the eldest of John and Mabel Johnson’s two daughters. At age 19, she got her big break and was cast in the Broadway play House of Flowers opposite Pearl Bailey.
In 1954, Ms. Carroll appeared on film for the first time in Carmen Jones, starring Dororthy Dandridge, Harry Belafonte, and Pearl Bailey.
Ms. Carroll made history by becoming the first black woman to star in her own television series when her show Julia premiered in 1968. I have seen episodes of Julia throughout the years and I think it is a solid show.
It was groundbreaking but more importantly, it portrayed a black woman that the public had not seen previously. Julia represented an independent, middle class black woman and mother. Check out Ms. Carroll’s own comments on the show:
Ms. Carroll won a Golden Globe award for her portrayal of Julia and was nominated for an Emmy for the role. The accolades continued when in 1974, she became only the fourth black actress to receive a “Best Actress in a Leading Role” nomination at the Academy Awards. She garnered the nomination for her work in the 1974 film Claudine.
As an 1980s baby, my first introduction to Ms. Carroll was on the prime time soap opera, Dynasty. Her character, Domonique Devereaux symbolized everything that we love about the eighties: excessive wealth and big hair.
Ms. Carroll joined the show in 1984 as a foil to Joan Collins’ character Alexis Carrington. She was later revealed to be the half sister of the show’s leading male character Blake Carrington, played by John Forsythe.
Ms. Carroll has achieved so much during her career that has spanned for nearly 50 years. What I love most is her range. Ms. Carroll excels in comedy (like her Emmy-nominated role as Marion Gilbert on A Different World) and drama and her talents cross mediums as she has appeared on the stage, television, and film. A few years ago I read Ms. Carroll’s memoir “The Legs Are the Last to Go” and discovered new reasons to adore the legendary artist. Beneath the regal glamour lies a woman who is candid, honest, and comfortable in her own skin. That is truly beautiful.
The iconic Josephine Baker was born 108 years ago today. The super star will forever be remembered for her enormous talent, stunning looks, and fearless sexuality.
Born Freda Josephine McDonald in St. Louis, Missouri, the performer rose from a childhood of abandonment and abuse to become one of the most influential women of her time. She gained notoriety during the Harlem Renaissance before moving overseas and becoming the most successful American performers in Paris.
Josephine was a staunch supporter of the American Civil Rights movement and often refused to perform for segregated audiences. She worked closely with the NAACP and was considered a leader in the movement. Her work with the movement and her belief in equality led her to adopt ten children of various races and nationalities. Josephine affectionately referred to her family as “The Rainbow Tribe.”
Josephine was a true pioneer. The way she embraced her sexuality was groundbreaking. Her legacy can be seen in the work of today’s stars who emulate her style. Her willingness to stand her ground and use her voice to shine a light on the injustices of racial discrimination inspired those beyond the realm of entertainment. A truly liberated spirit, Josephine Baker will be remembered for generations to come.
Happy Birthday to one of my faves, the super talented Kerry Washington.
I have been a huge fan of Kerry since her early roles in the films Our Songand Save the Last Dance. She also co-stars in one of my favorite Spike Lee joints, She Hate Me. Over the past few years, I have fallen more in love with Kerry’s work, mainly because of Scandal and Olivia Pope. Kerry’s weekly performance as the political fixer has been nothing short of amazing to watch.
Check out this video from Parade.com where Kerry discusses some of her notable film roles:
Happy Birthday to one of my absolute favorites, Renee Elise Goldsberry.
I have been a fan of Renee since she started on One Life to Live as Evangeline Williamson. She is also in one of my favorite movies, All About You, which features one of my favorite movie couples. Renee has tackled the theater, television and film. She is a truly talented performer.
She is also an accomplished singer and was featured on the All About You soundtrack as well as her own LP.
Here she as Mimi in Rent: Live on Broadway singing “Out Tonight:”
Happy Birthday to the beautiful and talented Meta Golding.
If you aren’t familiar with Meta, you DEFINITELY will be soon. For me, I remember her from her guest starring roles on prime time television shows such as Crossing Jordan, The Division, and Cold Case. But I fell in love with her work while on the short-lived series Day Break (co-staring Taye Diggs) and her arch on my favorite show, Criminal Minds.
Meta can next be seen as Enobaria in Catching Fire, the second film in the Hunger Games series. I am a HUGE fan of the series and look forward to seeing Meta on the big screen.
Today is Sherri Saum’s birthday! Back in the day I watched Sherri on Sunset Beachand later as Keri Reynolds on One Life to Live. Now, she is on one of my favorite new shows of the season, The Fosters. In the video below, she discusses the show and her role as Lena.
Twtter, Instagram, and Facebook have been a buzz in celeration of Beyonce’s birthday. Today the singer/actress turns 32. I am a huge Beyonce fan. She has conquered the world of music and I think she is one of the greatest performers of all time.
Beyonce continues to make strides in her acting career as well. Her latest venture was as Queen Tara in the animated film Epic. But my favorite Beyonce film performances are those that incorporate her musical talents. So to celebrate her Bey-day, I want so share a clip from one of my favorite movies, Dreamgirls. In the scene, Beyonce’s Deena Jones takes the lead for the very first time.