Nana Mensah

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is a Ghanaian-American actress, director, writer, singer and all around renaissance woman who we first got to know as the fiery Sade on the web series An African CityOver the last thirty months, Mensah has been hard at work on her first feature film, a dark comedy called Queen of Glory, which she wrote, directed and stars in. In the film, Mensah plays Sarah Obeng, a young PhD. candidate who is also a “weirdo, adulteress, binge-eating, grieving-but-not-dealing, Ghanaian-American genius who is slaying at academia, but failing at life.” For Mensah, a self-professed weirdo, her latest role is an opportunity to tell the story of a black woman from an African immigrant community who finds herself pulled in different directions as she tries to develop and honor each aspect of her identities.

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Loren Lott

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Loren Lott was born September 9,1992.  She  is a San Diego native. She came to Atlanta with her twin brother, Evan Lott, to earn her bachelor’s degree in Mass Media arts from Clark Atlanta University. Loren dreamed of entertaining, but her mother, Sharian Lott, told her at 7 she wouldn’t be able to go to Knott’s Berry Farm if she was famous so Loren decided to pursue other things, but Sharian did tell Loren that at 13 she could ask her again. Later Loren realized her mother just wanted her to have a normal childhood. To Sharian’s surprise when Loren turned 13 she asked her mother if she could act and Sharian accepted, and after sending hundreds of bold messages to agents Loren finally got one in Hollywood along with a manager a month later.

Since then she has been acting, singing, and dancing, professionally in theatre, Tv, and film including: several national commercials starting Disney and Spotify, several music videos, American Idol Top 8 girls in 2015, several leading lady roles in theatre, including: Sara in Ragtime, Erzule in Once on this Island, Fiona in Shrek the Musical, Dembi in the world premiere of Underground etc., including her Broadway debut in Motown The Musical this year, and a growing list of Tv credits including: Greenleaf on OWN, The Game on BET, Powers on FX, Fatal Attraction on TVOne, and several films including two coming out in 2017. She also has a very impressive social media presence on Instagram and Facebook with well over 150 million views on videos she makes with her fiancé, Actor/Director Terayle Hill, hair tutorials, and short funny rants.

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Loren’s ultimate goal is to make the little her who dreamed big proud and to spread love and the light of Christ through her talents and hard work and encourage others to do the same. Keep up with her on all things @LorenSharice and http://www.facebook.com/LorenSharice.

Child Molestation,Rape,Incest- No more Silent Condemnation!

This is a great video by Dr Rick Wallace.  He brings up the issue of silent condemnation when it comes to child molestation.  This is an issue a lot of black people don’t want to deal with.  Many people want to sweep it under the rug.  There are too many black girls and boys molested in the black community  and no one talks about it.  No one wants to talk about the rape and incest that goes on.  Many children grow up to be adults and never deal with the abuse. We also have to stop supporting entertainers like R&B singer R. Kelly and even hip hop pioneer Afrika Bambaataa.  The black devils have to go!We can’t give our support to people that harm our children.  What type of message does it send when we support this type of behavior?  We got to do better family.  For the sake of our children.

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Jasmine Burke

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Jasmine Burke was born on August 13,1983. Jasmine Burke is an award winning, American Actor/ Singer/Filmmaker from Atlanta, Georgia who attended Kennesaw State University on full scholarship. Growing up in musical theatre paid off when on a whim, during college, Jasmine tried out for the hit talent competition MTV’s Making the Band 3 and advanced to being a finalist. After the whirlwind experience Jasmine decided to go after her real passion, acting. Soon after she caught the attention of legendary casting director Rueben Cannon who cast her in Tyler Perry’s Meet The Browns and then Daddy’s Little Girls. Since, Jasmine Burke has been full steam ahead making notable appearances in The Secret Life of Bees, Van Wilder, Vampire Diaries, Army Wives and Ride Along, to name a few. Also starring in Vh1’s Drumline: A New Beat and Bounce TV’s record breaking Saints and Sinners.

Exercising her many talents, in 2009 Jasmine wrote, executive produced and directed her first film, a comedy, Lucky Lotto. Lucky Lotto went on to become a winner at the 2010 Women in Film and Television International Short Film Showcase. Jasmine also won an achievement for directing Lucky Lotto at the 2010 WIFTA’s.

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Jasmine’s philantrophy extends to global organizations such as The Boys&Girls Club of America, Girls Inc., The Miss Black Teen Atlanta Scholarship Pageant, C.A.S.A (Court Appointed Special Advocate), 500 Songs for Kids.

Ryan Destiny

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Ryan Destiny Irons was born January 8,1995.   Destiny recently was featured in a recurring role on the cable drama “Low Winter Sun,” opposite Mark Strong and Lennie James. She currently stars on the Fox drama Star.

Destiny starred in the 2015 independent film “A Girl Like Grace,” opposite Garcelle Beauvais, Paige Hurd, Raven-Symone and Meagan Good. For her performance in the movie, which premiered at the Los Angeles Film Festival, she earned a Nollywood and African Film Critics’ Award (NAFCA) nomination for Best Lead Actress in 2015.

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She also is a former member of the pop music trio Love Dollhouse and currently is working on a solo project.

Destiny resides in Detroit, MI, where she was born and raised.

 

Singer/actor Tyrese Gibson marries his “black queen”

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It seems there’s a big uproar over R&B singer/actor Tyrese Gibson.  Apparently he recently announced that last month he secretly got married.  No big deal right??  Well in his Instagram post he said he had found his “black queen”.  But the picture of his wife proves otherwise.  His wife is Samantha Lee Schwalenberg. She doesn’t look very black to me. This is not a light-skinned black woman. Where are the African features?  The less African features you have makes you less black.  That’s why every racial group has race classifications to tell themselves apart from others. In 2014, Lee got a certification from the Professional Bartending School of Atlanta. Her certification is in mixology and bartendering.The newly married Mrs. Gibson attended the University of Georgia, and once even competed in the Miss Latin UGA pageant in 2011. Which is fitting since she looks more Latin than African.On her Facebook page, Lee regularly posts long, thoughtful posts about the role of religion and God in her life. In August 2015, Lee wrote about life and death saying, “I think the Devil does a pretty good job of convincing us that there’s nothing after death…that this life, that’s it. I am writing you all to tell you that I know that it doesn’t stop there. We should not fear death, just like we should not fear birth.”Lee is from Dayton, New Jersey, and according to her Facebook page, she now lives in Athens, Georgia. People magazine had reported that Tyrese and Lee were first seen out together at the 33rd Annual UNCF Mayors Masked Ball at Atlanta Marriott Marquis in Atlanta in December 2016.

I could really care less who Tyrese married.  The problem is he called her his black queen. According to Tyrese her racial makeup is Ecuadorian,Jamaican and African-American. Tyrese forgot to mention she is also part white.  So he should’ve said his “mixed queen”.  Or at least his biracial queen.  But to call her black is insulting to black women and black people in general.

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This is a picture of Lee with her father.  He looks pretty white to me.  She looks like an Arab or a Hispanic woman.

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This is a picture of her mother and brother on the far right.  Supposedly the mother is Hispanic. So I guess the mother is an Afro-Latina with some Jamaican ancestry.  The truth of the matter is she is a biracial woman that could easily pass for a Mexican,Cuban or Arab.  This is the problem with the silly one-drop rule. This is another example of whitewashing the African image.  Tyrese knows he’s wrong for this.  And I’m glad that black men and women are calling him out on it.  This was some ignorant self-hating coonish behavior on the part of Tyrese.  But this is what happens when you make being black all inclusive. Am I wrong?  Has this biracial stuff gone too far? Is Tyrese delusional?  I’d love to hear  your thoughts.