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Sunday, February 25, 2018

Hit The Spot: SoulfulOfNoise Celebrates A Year of Dope Music and Vibes

written by Meagan Faison 

It was a night of good music and good vibes at the one-year anniversary for SoulfulOfNoise. Crowds gathered Saturday night at the Allies venue in downtown Los Angeles for the brand’s celebratory anniversary show which featured singers, rappers, and an amazing band. 

The brand is the co-creation of Lynisha Hyche  started out as a blog to promote up-and-coming independent artists. With hard-work and that unstoppable black girl magic, Lynisha has been able to expand her site into a very well-known platform that showcases all genres from Alternative and R&B to Hip Hop and Rap.

SoulfulOfNoise is known for hosting amazing music events across Los Angeles featuring local talent. Since its inception and first show on February 18th, 2017, the group has hosted dozens of shows and performances including its well-known Soulful Sundays. With a couple events each month in Los Angeles, Venice Beach and San Diego, you should definitely make time to check out the amazing talent that SoulfulOfNoise offers.

We can’t wait to see what year two brings for this growing brand. Keep up with SoulfulOfNoise on Instagram for their latest events.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Angela C. Styles "Hair" Book Launch

Angela C. Styles is a Hair Stylist and a new author of her children's book "Hair" which chronicles a young African American girl's hair journey as she discovers the beauty of it. What was so interesting and great about Angela C. Styles Book Launch at the swanky Xen Lounge in Studio City, California is the love and support she received from those in attendance. Many women adorned in their Natural Crowns with their natural hairstyles flocked to Angela with congratulations, questions, and pure joy. A book for us? A book that highlights the beauty of Black hair along while in same breath addressing the identity politics that come with maintaining it? Yes and yes! And Angela's vast knowledge of hair doesn't only allow you to maintain your roots through her book she gives you a reason to thrive. Along with the illustration of JQ Sirls, Angela's book intertwines the reality of a young girl dealing with struggles of her hair to the fantasy of personifying her hair to point out the need for proper self hair care. The personification of her hair in the book is brilliantly done - when it gets thirsty just like us it needs the right nutrients to hydrate and grow. Overall this book isn't only for children, it's educational and inspiring for women and men to embrace their hair all over the world.

You can find 'Hair' at Target
And Pretty Girls Club! 

Monday, February 19, 2018

Sister Act: Autianna & Jaseena Ali Interview

When you first meet Autianna & Jaseena Ali you immediately notice their cool confidence, the way they walk with calm bravado - they know they have this, they know their worth. Serving as Entertainment Personalities and Talent - Autianna is the Sporty, Spontaneous sister and Jaseena is the Zen, easy going sister - both counterbalancing each other's strength. At one point I ask them do they feel they have a God given gift to be so magnetic and having an energy that's easily transferable to camera and they both proclaim, simultaneously while I have keep reminding myself they are not twins, an emphatic "YES"! They know they are special but their humble upbringing doesn't allow them to flaunt in it, they simply let their unique abilities exude through their positive aura.

You most notably seen these two on BRAVO's 'STRIPPED' an innovative show where Autianna and Jaseena Ali had to get stripped of their belongings, appliances, and yes even their clothes. Their fun nature and the dynamic between them made them one of the most popular episodes of the series, with over 14,000 views of the clip of them trekking through LA trying to figure out how to live with out the essentials. The lessons they learned was valuable and the episode overall in endearing,sweet and indicative of their relationship. You can see Autianna & Jasseena on the Red Carpet interviewing your favorite stars, on the other side being interviewed themselves, and eventually on the silver screen gracing our theaters. Yes, they are that good and fortunately for us now we know their worth.

Autianna & Jaseena Ali On What Is What Like To Be On BRAVO TV's 'STRIPPED'

How They Created Ali Sisters Media 

The Chemistry Between Auti & Jaseena "Were The Same But Different"

#HerHairJourney - Clara Youngblood

How does one define their power? Or better yet, how does one draw strength from within? For Entrepreneur Clara Youngblood one source of power is her short natural hair. Exclaiming to me she feels confident when rockin' it. See this is how she walks in her royalty. In our #HerHairJourney series we will chronicle the women of Los Angeles and the tangled nature of their hair stories, from how they feel and how it links or locks into their identity. Our first guest Clara, tells her tales here exclusively for Young, Bold, And Regal.

Clara On How Her Natural Hair Makes Her Feel

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Black Panther Secures the Bag with Record-Breaking Opening Weekend

Written by Meagan Faison
After months of anticipation, Black Panther is finally here to take the throne as the must-see movie of 2018. And that’s not just an opinion, we’ve got the receipts to prove it.

The Disney-Marvel film follows the story of T’Challa aka Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman) who is the leader and protector of the rich and mysterious African kingdom of Wakanda. A first for the Marvel Universe, the film has a predominantly black cast which includes superstars like Angela Bassett, Lupita Nyong’o, Forest Whitaker, Daniel Kaluuya and Michael B. Jordan.

 Now back to those receipts I mentioned earlier...Black Panther made its debut in theaters across North America this weekend and is shattering all types of records. According to analytics company ComScore, Black Panther has already raked in an estimated $192 million domestically and $361 million worldwide. That makes it the most profitable February opening and the fifth-biggest domestic opening of all time.

Directed by Ryan Coogler, the movie is also the biggest opening ever for an African-American director. And let me not forget to mention that it’s also a major win for Marvel, as the studio’s second-largest opening after The Avengers in 2012.

 Black Panther is even holding onto a 97% score on Rotten Tomatoes, making in the highest-scoring superhero film ever!

Another interesting point to note is the diversity of the audiences that came out to see the film. While most of our timelines were flooded with our friends dressed in their dashikis and all black fits, a report from ComScore showed that there was actually a great balance of cultural support. Reportedly, 37% of ticket buyers were Black, 35% were White and 18% were Hispanic.

The numbers don’t lie, so hopefully now we can look forward to seeing even more diversity in Hollywood’s blockbuster films and casts. And maybe a Black Panther sequel too?

Check out the Black Panther trailer below, and get your tickets now!

2018 AAFCA Awards

'Queen Sugar' Actress Dawn-Lynn Gardener

All Photos By Joy Ofodu
Written By Evan L. Jackson

In a night of celebrating Black Excellence the Stars came out for the 2018 African American Film Critics Association Awards at the Taglyan Complex in Hollywood, California. The top honors for the night went to Jordan Peele for his break out hit "Get Out"and also bestowed an honor was the breakout Actress Tiffany Haddish. The AAFCA Awards have emerged as one of the premiere award shows and I feel that it needs to be televised. With other prominent award shows such as NAACP Image Awards and the Essence Black Women In Hollywood Awards, the AAFCA Awards needs a home for a network to showcase this incredible event.

'Shot Fired' Actor Mack Wilds

Best Picture: Get Out
Best Director: Jordan Peele, Get Out
Best Actor: Daniel Kaluuya, Get Out
Best Actress: Frances McDormand, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Best Supporting Actor: Laurence Fishburne, Last Flag Flying
Best Supporting Actress: Tiffany Haddish, Girls Trip
Best Comedy: Girls Trip
Best Ensemble: Detroit
'Detroit' Actor Algee Smith
 Best Independent: Crown Heights
Best Animated: Coco
Best Documentary: Step
Best Foreign: The Wound
Best Screenplay: Get Out
Best Song: "It Ain't Fair" by The Roots, Detroit
Best New Media: Mudbound
Best TV Comedy Series: Black-ish
Best TV Drama Series: Queen Sugar
Breakout: Lakeith Stanfield, Crown Heights

'A Wrinkle In Time' Actress Storm Reid

Get Out
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Girls Trip
Call Me by Your Name
The Shape of Water
Crown Heights

Queen Sugar
Master of None
The Handmaid's Tale
Dear White People
She's Gotta Have It
The Defiant Ones

Tie: Guerilla/Snowfall

'A Wrinkle In Time' Director Ava DuVernay

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Breathe, Heal, Love: Interview With Masseuse Practitioner Niza

 Photos By Evan L. Jackson

They say when you love what you do it's not considered work. With Masseuse Practitioner Niza she found the love in her work before she even made it a profession. See her passion for being a masseuse was born out of a labor of love when her grandmother had diabetes and at a young age Niza massaged her, healed her with her hands, as Niza stated, "Anything For My Queen". There is softness that juxtaposes, not defiantly but a symbiotic relationship, with her strength. She admits not knowing her purpose initially when she was growing into young adulthood specifically but then I pointed out she knew it all along - Niza The Healer. The more you talk to her the more you realize she's charming, self aware, and she finds just as much joy in her profession as those on the receiving end. See whatever you do with love it's always extra special. So why is Niza so good at what she does? Ultimately because she gets it, as in she can senses where you ache, through her intuition and years of honing her craft she just knows. So when you feel like a day of Self Care, Self Love, and tranquil time definitely consider Niza.  

Niza On What It Met To Help Her Grandmother & Finding Her Profession

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