I first heard Charlotte Day Wilson’s “Work” while watching Grace and Frankie (best show ever!) soon after my sister died. I’ve never been the type to search high and low for a song that pierces my being, but the slow rhythm matched my state of being, quietly treading along. I needed an anthem for my grief. Director Fantavious Fritz says, “Work re-imagines the familiar image of
James Baldwin’s untimely death collided with his timeless work. I Am Not Your Negro dives into James Baldwin’s unfinished manuscript Remember This House, which was intended to be a memoir of his friendships with civil rights activists Medgar Evans, Malcolm X, and Martin Luther King–all who were younger than Baldwin but assassinated before realizing, or rather in sacrifice for, the fruits of their labor. Samuel L Jackson
Last summer, I had the privilege of witnessing “West Side Story” at the Hollywood Bowl. It was magical. The song “America” captures the immigrant experience of negotiating identity, culture, customs, and purpose in a new place. While its punchy satire serves to warn you not to be so enamored by its sparkle, it evokes a basic tenet shared by anyone who’s arrived stateside: they want to be here.
Turn off the lights… No, seriously, turn off the lights before you go to bed. Arianna Huffington wrote a popular blog post a few years ago about “Why am I so tired” being a popular Google search and now sells a best selling book about it, and scientists have been trying to debunk your brain on sleep for years. With our symbiotic relationship with technology on
Hey Beautiful People, How’s your fierce living going? If you need an example on how to live fiercely, check out He Named Me Malala premiering commercial-free on National Geographic Channel Feb. 29 at 8pm ET/7pm CT. Named after a girl who spoke out and was killed, Malala was shot in the head and left partially paralyzed after speaking out and standing up for girls’ education. Triumphing over
This is Darnel. He’s having a moment with himself, admiring his reflection in a portrait painted of him by a local artist. Last night at the Downtown Art Walk in Los Angeles, artist Robert Vargas painted portraits of strangers on the sidewalk corner of 6th and Spring Street. When I arrived, Darnel yelled over the crowd, stating that he was ready for his portrait. Carrying
Hey Beautiful People! How’s your fierce living going? We all know I like talking about boob health, so it’s no surprise that during Pink October I’d send a friendly reminder to get your boobs checked. Pink October, AKA Breast Cancer Awareness Month, allows us to collectively show our support, raise awareness of breast cancer’s prevalence, and proactively take steps to improve our life prospects by
By the time Malala was 17 years old, she’d already survived a gunshot wound to the head, written I am Malala detailing her experience as a pro-education activist in Pakistan, and won a Nobel Peace Prize for her children’s education advocacy. Resilient is an understatement. Prior to watching He Named Me Malala, I’d known those facts about her, but she still seemed like a distant
Hey Beautiful People! How’s your fierce living going? I’m excited to be going to the first ever Vanity Fair Social Club for the Emmy’s this weekend, and even more pumped to see Emmy-nominated Key & Peele in conversation with television creator and Vanity Fair writer Nev Scovell. I’ll be covering the talk live on Periscope this Saturday, September 19 at 5PM PST: follow along @sotospeak8. If
If you haven’t heard, Ms. Lauryn Hill will be performing at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles this coming Monday, September 14. I figured I’d help everyone out by sharing tips on how to prepare for the big day. Hear about the upcoming Lauryn Hill concert through various social media outlets. Decide to attend, and plan accordingly: buy tickets and arrange transportation well in advance.