Thursday, August 21, 2014
41-year-old actor Idris Elba is getting his due. And our fave British import is talking about what got him there and his work ethic as a professional and a dad (to both daughter Isan and baby boy Winston). From working the door as a bouncer at nightclubs...to this. On his DJ, rapper, actor multiple personalities: "All these things I do come from the same place. When I'm rapping, it's kind of like this character that I put on. It's a character who can write songs and lyrics really easily, so therefore I can stand up and do it too. Acting is definitely jumping into someone's personality." On his extremely hectic and "random" life as a global star...and a dad: "I flew in yesterday from Ghana to do a one-day shoot here [in L.A.]...Twenty-four hours ago, I was in Africa doing something very different, and 24 hours from now, I'll be back home in London with my family in a completely different environment. And next week, I'm gonna be in front of a bunch of people playing music in Ibiza." "It's very, very random, but part of me is used to it," he says. "It's become my life's pattern. And I think I've always been this way—this variedness is a part of my personality. I'm not schizophrenic or anything, but literally one day to the next, I can become very different people." On reinventing himself: “I’ve been that guy for a while, where people recognize me but they’re not sure why. I’d done a lot of popcorn films, but the reinvention came when I decided to do more of the character-driven stuff that won’t be seen by as many people. But it makes people start to realize, ‘Wait a second, this guy is that guy.’” On being a selective actor: “It’s hard not to sound disgruntled sometimes as an actor.” [..] “Look, I know that I work a lot, but I’d prefer to wait sometimes because I don’t want to just do rubbish films anymore or characters that anyone can play.” Check out more of Idris Elba article in Details Magazine
Friday, July 4, 2014
Thursday, July 3, 2014
Opens October 17 Dear White People (2014) Not Rated 1 hour 46 minutes Starring Tyler James Williams, Tessa Thompson, Teyonah Parris Showtimes Today Sorry, we have no showtimes for this movie today Synopsis A witty and whip-smart satire about being a black face in a (mostly) white place, the movie centers on biracial campus DJ and resident advisor Samantha and her fellow African-American students at the prestigious Winchester University.
IDRIS AND HIS DAUGHTER ISAN CORI BROADUS DAUGHTER OF SNOOP LION (SNOOP DOGG) CELEBRATES HER 15TH BIRTHDAY WITH BROTHERS CORDE AND CORDELL AND MOM. SNOOP LION (SNOOP DOGG) DAUGHTER CORI AT HER 15TH BIRTHDAY PARTY NICK CANNON AND HIS TWINS KIM AND DAUGHTER NORTH WEST EDDIE TAKES A PLAYFUL PICTURE WITH FOUR OF HIS GIRLS
In a teal Azede Jean-Pierre dress, Essence magazine snagged Michelle Obama for their August issue. Sitting down with their Editor-in-Chief Vanessa K. Bush, the First Lady discusses her close relationships with her daughters, Sasha (13) and Malia (16). “I know I tell my kids all the time that they shouldn’t shy away from difficult things, because that is the point at which you are really growing. It’s not just about grades or test scores. Today our kids may shy away from applying to college if they think they don’t have the right grade or test score. But the truth is that the kids who succeed and go on to be successful professionals are the ones who know how to work hard.” An already big advocate for eduction (amongst other things) she makes sure she instills these teachings into her daughters. From working hard to appreciating their opportunities, FLOTUS isn’t shy when it comes to life lessons. “We talk about responsibility and accountability, about making sure that they’re not wasting the opportunities they’re given. We make sure they know how lucky they are.” We didn’t think the humble first daughters took any bit of their lifestyle for granted, but its good to know she’s reaffirming these topics. Playing into the fireworks festivities, this glossy front hits newsstands on July 4th.
Friday, May 9, 2014
In our cover story, Prince After Dark, writer Cheo Hodari Coker chronicles an evening with the star in L.A. in March, before and after another one of his marathon shows. They may not always start on time (Prince “has his own set of rules and his own sense of time”) but they often go on for hours as the dynamo works his exhaustive catalog of hits and lesser-known tracks as he gives the audience the epitome of showmanship. The seemingly ageless star (who actually turns 56 next month) says one secret to his success is that he likes to keep his musical life spontaneous and challenging. “‘A real musician is always in creative mode,’ Prince says. He picks up a butter knife and starts cutting the air with it. ‘That’s what I used The Revolution for,’ he says, making a cutting motion. The implication being, they were sharp. Fearless. The baddest, best-rehearsed band in the land. ‘But ask them to do what we did tonight? To improvise? There would be a problem. That’s what I love about this new arrangement. The energy. They’re in the moment.’ He pauses. ‘I’m not putting down The Revolution, even though people would love to see us together again. I owe a great debt to them. But I’m doing something else.’” Prince added another title to his repertoire in this issue, as he interviewed his friend and legendary hitmaker Nile Rodgers, who’s been helping light up the charts on songs from Chic’s “Le Freak” to Sister Sledge’s “We Are Family” to Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky.” Prince has also joined ESSENCE and Van Jones in furthering #YESWECODE, a national initiative to help 100,000 low-opportunity youths learn to code computers. With all this going on, there’s clearly no winding down going on here.