The Cast of FX’s Snowfall Host Screening at Regal South Beach on July 28, 2017

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Have you been watching this show?! Well, If you haven’t you need to start!

I attended the screening for FX’s Snowfall that was hosted by the cast a few weeks ago at the Regal Cinema theater on South Beach. Saw a few familiar faces of Miami’s taste maker’s, power players and obviously the cast of Snowfall. Shout out to my girl Elora Mason for the plug!

The heart of Snowfall, John Singleton’s new FX series about the origins of the crack epidemic, is Franklin Saint (Damson Idris), a smart, kindhearted teenager who takes care of his mother, keeps the neighborhood kids in line, works nights in a bodega, and sells weed on the side for his uncle Jerome (Amin Joseph). One day, a white friend from his fancy high school in the Valley recruits Franklin to procure more cocaine for his pool party. “You afraid to go get it, so send a black guy, right?” Franklin says, quizzically. “I’ll be the black guy. Shit, I’m always the black guy.” Which is how he finds himself in the house of a comical Israeli cocaine dealer (Andrew Howard) who only sells in bulk. And senses an opportunity.

Snowfall is full of moments like this—scenes and interludes that attempt to put the complex racial and geopolitical dynamics of the 1980s drug trade in context. Franklin is just one of a revolving cast of characters who see the growing enthusiasm for cocaine in the U.S. as a way to further their own ambitions, while staying willfully blind to the consequences. There’s Teddy McDonald (Carter Hudson), a disgraced CIA agent who gets involved in an off-the-books operation with Nicaraguan Contras to try and resurrect his career. And Lucia (Emily Rios), the niece of a drug lord who stages a robbery to fund her own business. In its sprawling consideration of the many different players who kickstarted an epidemic, Snowfall ticks all the boxes of a prestige drug drama. But its characters often feel like ciphers, generic stand-ins for the various factions implicated in cocaine’s rise. Singleton can’t quite get to the core of why these sympathetic and intelligent people would be so willing to risk everything for a business whose ugliest elements seem to horrify them.

I got a chance to interview a few of the cast members on the red carpet check it out!

 

– Empress ❤

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AWKWARD BLACK GIRL: OFFICIAL TRAILER FOR INSECURE SEASON TWO

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I know ya’ll see my girl Issa Rae. Yass… The glow and grow is REAL!

HBO released the official trailer for the second season of the series Insecure. All I can say is here comes the drama. I’m still mad at Lawrence dog ass for the stunt he pulled last season. I’m pretty sure that I will mute the TV when he comes on screen this time around.  Now that Issa is single this season she gets a chance to mingle.

 

The preview begins with Issa talking to herself in pure Awkward Blackgirl fashion, then it cuts to a series of mini dates which all look pretty painful, after which we get to see her friend/personal therapist Molly step in as usual to help Issa work through her relationship issues.

The clip shows the highs and lows of a black woman in the work place, love and life. So far it looks good… I can’t wait for the premiere! Insecure will premiere on HBO on July 23, but check out the official trailer below…

 

– Empress ❤

THAT’S MY SONG! CHILDISH GAMBINO’S “REDBONE” GOES DOUBLE PLATINUM

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Dedicated to my Honey Bun ❤

Back to the topic at hand. I tend to get off topic every now and then… Can we say swoon?! Cause that’s exactly what this song does for me. The single from Childish Gambino’s  Awaken My Love! project has reached double-platinum status.

Well Alright Donald Glover! I’ve been a fan since before you released 3005 a.k.a. another banger! RIAA released the announcements for platinum and gold acts. In addition to the single’s success, the album also reached gold status by selling over 500,000 copies.

Glover is also nominated for an Emmy for Best Comedy  & Best Actor in a Comedy Series for his series Atlanta (which I love) see I told you I was a fan. He also received nominations in the category “Best Writing for a Comedy Series” for Donald and his brother Stephen for the episodes “B.A.N.,” (Donald) and “Streets on Lock” (Stephen).

The brother is winning! Kudos to him, and please don’t retire from music the game needs you!

– Empress ❤

SNAPSHOT: CAST OF “QUEEN SUGAR” STUN WITH COVER

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That’s a fine piece of Chocolate… & the women look phenomenal as well!

–  Empress ❤

LOVED IT! #STEPTHEMOVIE A MUST SEE!

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So,  yesterday I had the pleasure of attending the premiere of a very special movie. Directed by Amanda Lipitz, the movie, featuring Blessin Giraldo, Cori Grainger, Tayla Solomon, Gari McIntyre, and Paula Dofat is more like a documentary which documents the senior year of a girls’ high school step team in inner-city Baltimore, as they try to become the first in their families to attend college. The girls strive to make their dancing a success against the backdrop of social unrest.

The cast was present at the premiere and there was a question and answer session. This is all apart of the American Black Film festival which is being held in Miami June 14 – June 18.

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Okay, back to the movie! I must say I left the the Miami Beach Cinematheque inspired, the movie takes you through a gamut of emotions and honestly I saw myself in each of the girls. I could even relate to the each of the Mother’s struggles. I am a single Mother raising children and I’ve been in situations that mirror the women in this movies lives so much so that I left the theater feeling inspired to keep going.

Some how this movie spoke to me and let me know that my struggles as a Woman, Mother, Friend, Daughter & Companion were not just exclusively my own but that we all struggle and though we may struggle our situations are not impossible to overcome.

Go see this movie! STEP will be in theaters August 4, 2017

Check out the trailer…

 

– Empress ❤