Kiki Layne is from Cincinnati,Ohio. She attended DePaul University. Her next film is a screen adaptation of Richard Wright’s 1940 novel Native Son.
Her first acting role was with Lena Waithe in the pilot for the show The Chi, which was shot in 2015. Speaking to Vanity Fair, says she was always acting growing up and that her favourite movie as a child was, The Lion King. I used to watch it every day and create these extravagant stories with my Barbies and stuffed animals.”
Layne began her career attending a performing-arts school in Cincinnati, where she took the flute, then French horn and the trumpet. She later attended DePaul University in Chicago to study acting. After graduating she moved to LA where she landed her breakout role in the Barry Jenkins movie If Beale Street Could Talk.
Layne is outspoken about the injustices African American people face in the USA and the issue of representation of black people in films. Speaking to Vanity Fair, she says, “The black community faced [injustices] in the early 70s and still face them today, issues of wrongful incarceration and what the justice system looks like for black people growing up in poverty. But at the core of it is a really beautiful love story between Tish and Fonny. I don’t feel like I’ve seen this for young black actors—there’s this tenderness that I just don’t see.” She’s really making a big splash in the industry.
From the night in her skin to kink of her hair
The sun in her smile to the stars in those eyes
I know that Melanin is beautiful
The beauty that glows through her
blood like magic
Her melanin drips like honey
Can you imagine a voice so sweet you could taste the diabetes
Can you imagine how the tears of this woman will make rivers
You will find the souls of her sons floating in
Dreams of haunting, of prey, of white of guns of nose,
nose is tight like she is tight like a nose
This kind of melanin
This kind of woman
Makes the worst days worth living for
Makes trying to live some of the worst days
But this type of melanin is strong
Even when the pavement of her heart starts to crack under oppression
She will still bleed love, hope, smiles, and laughter
she will bleed the bloodshed of her father’s death
She will ache the pain of the weight her mother carried on her black
Because of this I know that melanin is beautiful
Is pain, is sorrow, is love, is her
She is love
She is what made melanin so damn beautiful.
Poem by D’Nessa McDaniel
I know this is so wrong! But I couldn’t resist LOL!!!
Great video of the gorgeous Aliya Will. Aliya is the personification of black beauty. She has the beauty of an ancient goddess. She is a gorgeous Jamacian beauty,who can be found on Youtube,Twitter and Instagram. She has over 48,000 followers on Instagram. She also has her own blog. Keep an eye out for this beauty!
Hannah Lashay is beautiful young lady. She’s making quite an impression on the music and modeling scene. Here’s some information from her biography:
Hanna Lashay is an American vocalist, songwriter, model, actress, and award winning entrepreneur. The Sunflower Goddess was born in the suburbs of Chicago, IL, raised in Round Rock, TX and is now residing in Atlanta, GA.
Hanna has always had a passion for music, entertainment, fashion and performance. With sprinkles of Indie, R&B, Jazz and Neo Soul, her voice creates a category of it’s own.
Hanna’s aspirations for entertainment are twofold. While Hanna loves to express herself through performance, she also likes to use her public platform to inspire others all over the world and promote self love and positivity. She created “The Sunflower Tribe, a movement that began when she conquered clinical depression as a result of bullying and sexual assault. She decided to give purpose to her pain by transmuting that energy into a life affirming platform.
Hanna has shared the stage with SWV, Morris Day and The Time and sang background for Kool and the Gang. She opened for Grammy nominated Anthony David on his ” Simple Man Tour “as well as, Antonio Ramsey at his” After Dark Show”
in Atlanta, GA. She performed at the Apache Cafe, Katz Cafe, Cafe 290, WSBTV’s Meteorologist Summit, The Blue Room, Koils by Nature’s 7th Anniversary Party and many other events in the Atlanta area. The Austin Jazz Festival, SXSW in Austin, TX, The 96.3 RNB Soul Lounge, The KAZI 88.7 Summerfest, RASDAY Fest, The Greater Austin Black Chamber of Commerce, The City of Austin, The African American Firefighters Ball, and a multitude of other events.
She has multiple singles on her Soundcloud that she has both written and provided vocals.Hanna has graced the runway as a model at the Fashion Show Taping for Love & Hip Hop, The Fashion Lounge ATL, hosted by Love and Hip Hop Atlanta’s Ariane. She has modeled for Austin Fashion Week 3 consecutive years since her debut. She has modeled for Daniel Esquival of Project Runway, Toombas Jeans And Denim’s Fashion Fusion Runway Show. She was the Face of the International Curly Girl Natural Hair Cruise.
The modeled in Dress Austin, Fashion Atlantis hosted by Bianca Golden of America’s Top Model and Fashion Designer Jonathan Kayne, Austin RAW Runway Show, and many other Fashion Shows.She has established herself as a Brand Ambassador with an engaging and extensive following on social media.Her acting credits include the U Better Sing PBS web series, the Onyx web/ television production by the Delirium Entertainment Company, a Chevy Commercial, Microsoft Commercial,Co-hosting “A Child Trumpet TV” and commercials for the Shea Moisture/Naturally Curly Brands. Hanna won Best Supporting Actress in an Round Rock, TX Actors Competition.Being a part of this generation, Hanna hopes to inspire the youth to accept, embrace and love themselves no matter what.