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Happy Birthday, Renee Elise Goldsberry (aka Happy Birthday My Dearest, Angelica)

Happy Birthday, Renee Elise Goldsberry!!

Happy Birthday, Renee 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.

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. RS Renee CD

Here is her AMAZING acceptance speak at the 2016 Tony Awards:

So, Happy Birthday, RENEE!!!

Thanksgiving 2015 – What I’m Thankful For

Thanksgiving Day is upon us! Many of us will spend the day with family and friends, enjoying good food, and reflecting on the past year. Today, I want to take the time to aknowledge some of the things I am grateful for this year.

1. This Thanksgiving, I am grateful for Primetime REALNESS. This year has been an amazing one for television.  We have been lucky to witness some truly groundbreaking moments.  We have seen Annalise Keating without her wig and make-up (because NO ONE goes to bed or wakes up in full hair and make-up). We have alse seen Mary Jane Paul sitting on the porceline throne scrolling on her phone (yes, we’ve all done it). We have also seen Empire’s Becky, a plus-sized woman, getting her groove on (Yep, big girls HAVE and LIKE sex too).  These moments are all significant because they show the fullness of these characters. The seemingly mundane acts humanize these characters and add authenticity to their stories.

Becky

But above all, I am thankful for the real life issues that prime time shows like Being Mary Jane and Scandal bring to the forefront. Showrunners Mara Brock Akil and Shonda Rhimes bravely go where few have gone before. Collectively they have tackled abortion, suicide, racism and shed light on world issues. These women keep it all the way real.

2. I really  like to laugh. But one day I realized that the majority of the shows that I watch are dramas. Luckily, things are changing. This Thanksgiving, I am thankful for the surge in the number of sitcoms on television.

born-again-virgin-2This year comedies starring people of color seem to be making a comeback.  In addition to black-ish (which is one of my FAVES), Fresh Off the Boat, The Carmichael Show, and Born Again Virgin are the shows that have provided me relief from my drama-heavy line-up.

3.  Music makes me happy.  And I love a good soundtrack.  This year, my life has been changed by the phenomenon that is Hamilton. The Broadway musical chronicles the life of Alexander Hamilton, our country’s first Secretary of Treasury.  In theory, this is not a story that  I would be interested in.  But the genius of writer Lin-Manuel Miranda coupled with an uber talented cast makes the Hamilton Original Broadway Cast album something to give thanks for.

Thanksgiving - Schuyler Sisters

I learned about Alexander Hamilton in high school, so I know how his story ends. But EVERY TIME, I get to the end of the soundtrack, I am overcome by a sense of sadness.  Yes. The Hamilton soundtrack is THAT good. My favorite moments are courtesy of The Schuyler Sisters, Angelica, Eliza and Peggy portrayed by Renee Elise Goldsberry, Phillipa Soo, and Jasmine Cephas Jones. Anyone who knows me knows me knows how much I adore  Renee Goldsberry. My absolute favorite song is “Satisfied.” Every time Renee sings the lyric “At least I keep his eyes in my life…” I shed a tear. She is amazing. The entire album is AWESOME!

Lastly, I am thankful for my online family and friends: my Cinema in Noir team, Candice and Rebecca, Team #NFOTD, the ARRAY Mavericks and Rebels and ALL of my Twitter homies!  You all are awesome.

Happy Thanksgiving!

My Five Favorite Movie Couples

Since Valentine’s Day is upon us, I thought I would be fun to share some of my favorite black couples in film. It’s so rare that we see black people being affectionate with and loving one another. So, I want to acknowledge the films that do so unabashedly.


1. Nicole and Brian in All About You (Renee Goldsberry and Terron Brooks) : All About You is one of my favorite movies ever. The small, independent film was written and directed by Christine Swanson. In the film, Nicole and Brian are both running from their past when they end up sharing an apartment. Nicole is vulnerable. Brian is unsure of who he is. He tells her: “You have to leave room for surprises.” What I love about them as a couple it that they complement each other so well. In my favorite scene, they realize just how they feel about each other while singing at a wedding. It’s a magical cinematic moment.


2. Tracy and Brian in Mahogany (Diana Ross and Billy Dee Williams) : I don’t know anyone who doesn’t love this movie. From their first meeting, you are rooting for Tracy and Brian. And when Brian uttered those famous words, “success is nothing without someone you love to share it with” you feel his love for Tracy. You believe him. And I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the music. ‘Do You Know Where You’re Going To’ aka the ‘Theme from Mahogany’ is an amazing love song. The music makes you love Tracy and Brian that much more.


3. Fatima and Alex in She Hate Me (Kerry Washington and Dania Ramirez): She Hate Me is one of my favorite Spike Lee joints. The film is flawed, but I am willing to overlook many of the problems mainly because of the strength of the cast, namely Washington, Ramirez, and lead actor Anthony Mackie. It is rare that we get to see a loving and sexual lesbian relationship between women of color. Therefore, the image of Fatima and Alex together is an important one and one that I think was handled well. What I like most about Fatima and Alex is that despite their drama, you can tell they genuinely love each other.


4. Nina and Darius in Love Jones (Nia Long and Larenz Tate): Heralded by many as the definitive black love story, over a decade after its release, Love Jones is now a classic. The love story between Nina and Darius is iconic. Sparks fly immediately, but it’s complicated. As they work to determine the status of their relationship (are they in love or just kicking it?) we are taken along on their journey. Watching Nina and Darius, you immediately become invested.

5. Eva and Ray in Deliver Us From Eva (Gabrielle Union and LL Cool J): I absolutely LOVE Deliver Us From Eva. If it’s on TV, I’m watching. What I love most is the chemistry between Eva and Ray. Even though she initially resists, his charm softens her seemingly impenetrable exterior and he grows to love the real Eva. And let’s be honest, they are arguably two of the most beautiful people on the planet.

Who are your  favorite  movie couples?