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Sunday, June 23, 2019

BET Awards Edition: The Movement LA x Raw Nation Fashion Show

Photos by Evan L. Jackson
Written by Evan L. Jackson

The Movement LA always brings the heat when it comes to the runway! In collaboration with Raw Nation during the illustrious BET Awards Weekend, on June 23rd, the sun had set on the Grammy Museum rooftop in Los Angeles, California for The Movement LA Fashion Show to thrive and deliver.

Coming in early to set up there was a bouncy energy as the BET Awards always elicits a special atmosphere. Going about I saw all in one Fashion Mogul Kisha Waters, Creator of The Movement LA - Creator/Main Designer of K. Waters Fashion Design - looking focused. She was ready! She knew her Fashion Show would be the best as usual.And surely, it was! The eclectic nature of Fashion Coordinator Parris Harris provided a boost to the already weather worn Models. Was it just right for an outdoor Fashion Show? Absolutely! Preparing for the Fashion Show I came across two fresh and brilliant Models. Indii & Tialanni - whose curly hair,exuberant smiles and newly minted journeys reminded me just how original Kisha's Fashion Shows are. They welcome newcoming Models who do amazing on the Runway to Models who are always great once they step into the establishment. That mix always keeps The Movement LA Fashion Show one of the best in the industry.

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As the evening commenced Editor In Chief of Luxe Kurves Magazine & Media Personality Brandy 'Kurvy' J. was holding down the Red Carpet, interviewing the Stars, and looked incredible in her red dress! For the second consecutive time, my Young Bold And Regal Correspondent Jae Jones had come to Kisha's Fashion Show and still looked amazed. The Grammy Musuem Rooftop was such a perfect location. Courtney ,The Social Media Reporter for Young Bold And Regal, served as the Best Dressed that night for sure. What a turn out, what a show already! The Fashion Show had begun and of course the standout was the K. Waters Fashion Design. As Prince's Classics came on the soundtrack, fit the them of the designs - an 80's retro look with a modern twist to make it look stylish and anew. My favorite was Le'Jour Botique. The aqua colors with the sleek designs looked effortless and free flowing. In the crowd you could see Hip Hop Artist Chingy talking to the Model Sabrin alwhile Artist Soulaire entertained us all. His adlibs and shout outs gave the show life! Capping the night Artist Amina Budafly serenaded the party goers. As we were all lulled by her beautiful voice, I think to myself, "Is The Movement LA, the most consistent and best Fashion Show in Los Angeles?" Of course it is! Come to the next one and when you get the chance, Thank Kisha. 

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Fashionista Of The Week : Designer Maneka Monette

Questions by Alyzae Ranae

1. Maneka Monette , at what age did modeling catch your interest ? 
In my younger days from the ages of 2-6 years old my parents had me participate in local beauty pageants ... it wasn’t untill I was 18 years old when I decided to pursue my own modeling career

2. Who/What created that spark and caught your interest in joining the fashion industry? 
I have always been in love with fashion. During Middle School I was heavily involved in dance & cheer. I would later turn my uniforms into what I thought were “Couture Creations” . I was drawn to the vibrant colors & sparkle of the materials used to create the uniforms & would make form-fitting pieces for myself after the cheer or dance season had ended. In 7th grade I took home economics - Still my absolute favorite course to this day! :) & that’s where i learned to use a sewing machine. While growing up , most of my clothes were  hand-me-downs given to me by my older cousins. My first creations on my sewing machine  we’re altering my hand-me-downs to fit myself properly .

3. What inspired you to create your own online store, and the pieces your store promotes ?
 I would say my biggest inspiration for being a fashion designer is being able to create garments that fit women of all shapes & sizes. Me being an XS sometimes XXS size it’s not as easy to find clothes that fit . I remember , I used to only shop at American Apparel & Charolette Russ because they carried sizes starting at XXS. My garments are made CUSTOM to fit all women how they’d desire. Most Garments are made with adjustable straps and have the option to add removable padding. I really want women to feel their BEST & the most BEAUTIFUL when wearing my creations.
4. Maneka who is your emotional support? why? 
My father.
Without him , his guidance + wisdom I wouldn’t be the woman I am today.  

5. Do you believe your fashion is up to date , vintage , from your perspective? how would you classify your look ?
I believe my fashion is Vintage Couture. A lot of my inspiration stems from the Mid 1500’s Royalty Era as you will see in my upcoming collections  

6. What celebrity today would you relate your fashion sense more towards? who in the industry do you want your career level to be like ? 
Rihanna , Definitely.
She EXUDES Classic Beauty , no doubt.
I honestly hope to achieve my own level of success & would not like to base it off any one else’s career. .. With that being said though ,  I do admire Zac Posen & the level of his career as-well as him being at such a high level at a young age , that is very inspiring. I plan to be a World Renowned Fashion Designer - A True Household Name .

7. Miss Maneka , do you ever question today’s new trends , if so which ones and how come ?
Lol UMMMM tbh sometimes i question it but never for too long. Fast Fashion Brands Trending are ...  funny i would say but nevertheless Fashion is still Art . People will wear & look however they want & I will always encourage that. STAND OUT . Be yourself , always. 

8. Has your career grown more than you expected within the last year? Good or bad? 
Well I wouldn’t say my business has grown but I , myself as a designer & business woman have grown. When i first started my online business 3 years ago I started with selling my handmade jewelry & cosmetics , then i slowly transitioned into creating garments & adding them to my store. Also , when I first started my business I was selling on 3 platforms ; Etsy , Poshmark &  my own personal website. Now I am only selling on my personal website.  So sales have been slower than usual but the content & knowledge for my brand is growing so I’m grateful & I am excited to up my sales during this summer 

9. If you could expand Maneka Monette as far as your line , would you keep it online or open your own pop up shop ? What in today’s society makes your store stand out more so than others? 
I have always dreamed of having my own store-front , multiple actually so that will be next. 

What makes my store stand out is that I offer a service AND high-quality Couture garments. The service I provide is letting women create their dream gown or outfit from start to finish with professional customer service along the way. 

10. Maneka , do you plan on expanding if so do you you plan on keeping it in the U.S or worldwide ? 

11. What is the story behind Maneka Monette and your store , what led to the opening ?
Oh my , the story ... my story ...
 I don’t think we have enough time for that today but check back! Lol 
—- Just to sum it up though , what lead to me finally pursuing my dreams & launching my online store was fear. Fear was no more. I  figured I had nothing to loose ... nothing to loose at all . Funds , I would say was the only thing  holding me back .. . or so I thought. 
I started my business with only  $125 . I made it work.

12. What’s the boldest move you’ve ever made?
Showcasing in my very FIRST fashion show while trying to find a place to live & move lmao. Talk about stressful , sometimes doubtful but ooooohhh soooo worth it lol. Everything literally came together , moving situation & production for the show just 2 days before the show ... wow wow wow .

13. What makes you Regal?
I made it out the mud.
I am here.
I am ME.

14. Where can people find your collection online and on The Runway? 
Shop my online store at :
@maneka.monette on Instagram 

Come out & see 
Maneka MonettΓ©’s Fall/Winter 2019
Couture Showcase - 
Tickets are $20 & will be sold at the door ! Follow @unhushedfoundation on Instagram for more info

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

The Tales And Vision of Marti Hines & Jasmin Greene: Changing The Narrative Of Hollywood With Women Behind The Camera,Creating Dique Pic Productions And Their Film "Paper Friends"

written by Evan Jackson

It's no secret that Hollywood is heavily male dominated industry especially behind the scenes. So how do you carve out a space for yourself in the television and film industry? Well you create it and link up with a like minded creative, and that's exactly what  Marti Hines & Jasmin Greene did. Friends from college and continuing this formidable bond into adulthood this dynamic duo made their own vehicle within Hollywood to change the narrative, have a platform to tell stories that resonated with the world, and provide opportunities for women of color and their projects  with their Dique Pic Productions.

I knew of Marti Hines and her current venture WanderLuxxe imprint, a luxury travel experience where guests can get exclusive experiences, and when she reached out to me about the film "Paper Friends" I was delighted. I've always loved exploring the thought process of what it means to create your own niche in Hollywood. Especially when it comes to Black Women whom often get overlooked and cast aside. As we conversed Marti opened my eyes to her business partner Jasmin Greene and what they've done with their production house, Dique Pic Productions. They are two pieces of the puzzle that fit so perfectly together. Both with unique qualities and when they come together they have their shared purpose of highlighting women of color, which is a beautiful and necessary mission point to have in the medium of Filmmaking.

The two of them work so brilliant as a team, setting the tone of their films and how they reflect universal themes through their intimate characters. With 'Paper Friends" it follows the journey of friends from college who come together years later, each going through their own trials and tribulations. It begs the question - Even in later years where you've expected to have everything figured out: What Is Success? Marti and Jasmin do a tremendous directorial effort of making you feel the angst and pressure of figuring out life and they do great with the audience feel the emotional weight and exhaustive effort of keeping up the facade to your friends. The close up shots combined with tense moments and coldly balanced off with scenes of silence which speak volumes. Continue to support Marti and Jasmin and see how they discovered what Paper Friends meant to them and what they want you to take from it.

Q&A Interview Questions: Paper Friends 

1.   What inspired both of you to start this production company together? And explain your chemistry  as business partners when it comes to developing projects?

MH: Jasmin and I are sorority sisters from Hampton University, so we have known each for quite a bit of time, deciding to go into business together was an easy decision, Jasmin with the creative chops and my business mind makes for perfect synergy. 

2.               Explain to us how your second feature film “Paper Friends” came about? 

JG: Being in our mid 30s, I have friends that are in all sorts of stages in their lives: married, divorced, with kids, can’t have kids, successful, lack of career etc. I thought it would be interesting to explore how being in different stages in your life at a certain age can affect a friendship.

3.               How did you utilize New York City as a character itself within the context of the film?

JG: NY is one of the only places in the world where your evening can start at dinner, go from bar to bar to club to random concert and next thing you know the sun is coming up and you’re hanging with your friends on a stoop. It’s what makes NY so special. I really wanted to capture that energy and movement that is so one of a kind and unique to this city. 

4.               What experiences in your formative adult years did you use to influence the characters motive throughout the film? 

MH: we have seen a lot of these characters in our friends and peers mid to late 30s is huge shift in a lot of people’s lives bringing light to those experiences came about very organically.

5.               What message do you want to convey to that crowd and people at large who see the film?

JG: One of the Characters is a struggling actor at 40. She’s broke but she believes she was put on earth for a specific reason and so even when things get hard she refuses to give up. That message is very important to us-the overnight success took years to make.

6.               How exciting is it for this film to premiere on the new channel, BETHer which is dedicated to women & female led content?
MH:We are thrilled to be premiering on BETHer this is an exciting time to be a female filmmaker and are so happy that the Viacom family is helping to promote this inclusivity.

       7.   In the landscape of Production Houses, led by male & female, where do you two see yourselves? Where do you want to go from here? And what stories do you want to tell?
 MH: Our production house Dique Pic Productions (DPP) is soley focused on creating content by women of color with strong female leads. We plan on continuing to tell those stories while finding more platforms in which to share them. 

 8. What full circle moment or self - realization did oth of you have on the production of Paper Friends?
MH: Sometimes your best intentions, your dreams, take you on a different path. It’s up to you how you let that shape the next step on your journey in life, don’t waste time playing the victim.

     9.   What’s the boldest move you’ve ever made?

MH: I quit my six figure job in DC and moved to LA to get into the filmmaking business 6 years ago, two feature films later I haven’t looked back.

       JG: In 2015 I moved to Berlin, Germany and for several years built an entire life there, including having a son born in Germany. I was totally engrained in EU life. I recently moved back to NY a few months ago, another bold move but I believe both of these moves were the right choices at the time and for sure have changed me as a person.
  10.         What makes you Regal?

MH: What makes a person Regal to me is what energy you are putting out into the world on a consistent basis. Staying intentional on sending out love and light is what I strive for everyday and with that I can claim and expect to receive it in my endeavors.

11.Through this production of Paper Friends what did you two learn from each other? 
MH: every project that Jas and I work on reaffirms for me that I have found the best partner to be on this journey with, to be so different from each other but yet 90% of the time be on the exact same page is a real blessing.

12.Where can we see Paper Friends & where can we see you two on Social Media?
MH: You can catch Paper Friends on BETHer all this summer and find us on IG @martiehines @greenewithe

Paper Friends Promo from DPicProductions on Vimeo.

Thursday, May 2, 2019

This Is LA Season 3 Premiere

Photos By Evan Jackson
Written By Evan Jackson

The exciting Season 3 of the television show "This Is LA" held their premiere at the Hollywood Hills swanky venue of Yamashiro. Helmed by Actor, Producer, and TV Host Robert Parks Valetta "This Is..." also has many locations in San Fransico, Miami, Dallas, and  London. The best part of the night was seeing the Hosts come together, with a very family feel. Robert has created such a wonderful series that explores the nooks and crannies, hot spots, and hidden gems of Los Angeles.

One of the most charismatic hosts is Actress Estrella Nouri. Talking to us about what it means to be a foodie and also the importance of diversity and women being represented in Hollywood. Joining in on the fun were show hosts Derrial Christon, Adam Kruger, Paige Lorentzen, Estrella Nouri, Lyssa Roberts and Antje Utgaard.

Actor David Bianchi, on the new season of USA Hit Show Queen Of The South, gave us passionate insight on Afro- Lations being represented among the TV & Film Landscape. I loved how "This Is LA" ties in the many cultures and traditions of Los Angeles and bringing us a fresh perspective!

Saturday, March 9, 2019

2019 NAACP Image Award Announcments: Presented by Actor Winston Duke & Actress Logan Browning

Written by Evan Jackson

Well of course, isn't it always challenge day? With all Black Panther references  aside, the 2019 NAACP Image Awards Nominations wasn't a battle to see who gets the last spot it was beautiful celebration of Melanin Magic Moments that have transpired this last calender year. Special thanks to Crystal Williams and JL Media PR having us and being so gracious & complimentary.  Presented by Actor Winston Duke - of 'Black Panther' fame and up coming highly anticipated Jordan Peele Horror film 'Us' & Actress Logan Browning of the Netflix Hit 'Dear White People' they gracefully continued award season with these great announcements.

A few particularlly great moments was seeing Winston Duke earn an NAACP Image Award Nomination for his role in Black Panther  and his mom yelling for joy. The family atmosphere was definitely amazing! Thrive With Your Tribe. And when Winston Duke announced Outstanding Lead Actress in a Television Drama, with his co-announcer, Logan Browning being a nominee she shortly teared up while Winston and the entire room clapped. Those are the moments we'll remember and love. We hope to see all of those great moments continue at the 50th Annual NAACP Image Awards.


Outstanding Comedy Series
Dear White People
Outstanding Actor in a Comedy
Anthony Anderson, black-ish
Cedric the Entertainer, The Neighborhood
Donald Glover, Atlanta
Dwayne Johnson, Ballers
Tracy Morgan, The Last O.G.
Outstanding Actress in a Comedy
Danielle Brooks, Orange Is the New Black
Issa Rae, Insecure
Logan Browning, Dear White People
Tracee Ellis Ross, black-ish
Yara Shahidi, grown-ish
Outstanding Drama Series
How to Get Away With Murder
Queen Sugar
The Chi
This Is Us

Outstanding Actor in a Comedy
Jason Mitchell, The Chi
Keith David, Greenleaf
Kofi Siriboe, Queen Sugar
Omari Hardwick, Power
Sterling K. Brown, This Is Us
Outstanding Actress in a Comedy
Alfre Woodard, Marvel's Luke Cage
Naturi Naughton, Power
Rutina Wesley, Queen Sugar
Taraji P. Henson, Empire
Viola Davis, How to Get Away with Murder
Outstanding TV Movie, Limited Series or Dramatic Special
Behind the Movement
Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert
Seven Seconds
The Bobby Brown Story
The Simone Biles Story: Courage to Soar


Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture
Chadwick Boseman, Black Panther
Michael B. Jordan, Creed 2
Denzel Washington, The Equalizer 2
John David Washington, BlacKkKlansman
Stephan James, If Beale Street Could Talk
Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture
Amandla Stenberg, The Hate U Give
Constance Wu, Crazy Rich Asians
Kiki Layne, If Beale Street Could Talk
Sanaa Lathan, Nappily Ever AfterViola Davis, Widows

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture
Brian Tyree Henry, If Beale Street Could Talk
Mahershala Ali, Green Book
Michael B. Jordan, Black Panther
Russell Hornsby, The Hate U Give
Winston Duke, Black Panther

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture
Danai Gurira, Black Panther
Letitia Wright, Black Panther
Lupita Nyong'o, Black Panther
Regina Hall, The Hate U Give
Regina King, If Beale Street Could Talk

Outstanding Independent Motion Picture
If Beale Street Could Talk
Nappily Ever After
Sorry to Bother You

The 50th NAACP Image Awards will air live Saturday, March 30th


2019 Martin Luther King Jr. Community Health Foundation Gala

written by Evan L. Jackson
Photos by Evan L. Jackson 

As we embarked on a new year the "Share The Dream" 2019 Martin Luther King Jr. Healthcare Foundation Gala was held at the Dorthy Pavilion Center. This Gala is special to me because it signifies the emphasis on giving back to the community at large. It's humbling to see medical professionals and celebrities come together to celebrate Dr. King's legacy and to continue it with the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Hospital. Honoree for the night was  Game Changer Award: October Gonzalez accepting for Tony Gonzalez | NFL Hall Of Fame Nominee, Fox Sports Analyst and Advocate Award: Marian Wright Edelman | Founder of the Children’s Defense Fund. Special thanks to the Public Relations team of the Lippin Group for having us there. The atmosphere of celebration and hope were in the air and it felt very good to be there. 

My absolute favorite moments of the Gala were when I spoke with Mistress of Ceremonies - Entertainment Personality Extra TV Tanika Ray. Often seeing her on Extra TV she was a mentor from a far, without even meeting her beforehand, and a role model on how I wanted to conduct myself as an Entertainment Professional. I so loved very much her passion and zeal for Entertainment speaking to her within this interview. And the backstory on how she got her start was so astounding. She did not limit her self or her abilities. And that is exactly what Dr. King what want from all of us - to soar towards our dreams without any limitations being placed on us. Check out the interview below to also see advice she gives to up and coming creatives! 

My other favorite moment was speaking with the creator of Doc McStuffins creator Chris Nee. Serving also on the board for Martin Luther King Jr. Community Hospital, I've interviewed her before but this time I went more in depth and spoke on my personal connection to the hospital. I reminded her that my sister is a medical professional, being a Physician's Assistant. And that recently we gave our cousin a Doc McStuffins doll, and my cousin gleefully said to my sister, "Brittany, that's you!". Such a sweet moment provided context on the impact of seeing someone that looks like you or close to you represented. Chris Nee lit up when I said this story and said that's what she wanted when she created this character. A global impact on what children see and she said that's also the reason why she felt compelled to be a board member. To create actual change in the community. This continues to be one of my favorite events every year. So please support and take an interest in the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Hospital because it is definitely well worth it. 


Saturday, February 16, 2019

Pre-Grammy Party Presented by 1500 or Nothin, Boss Lady Entertainment and DJ Snoopadelic

photos by Evan Jackson
Written By Evan Jackson

Grammys Weekend was especially lit with the Pre-Grammy Party Presented by 1500 or Nothin, Boss Lady Entertainment and DJ Snoopadelic aka the Hip Hop Icon Snoop Dogg.There were many appearances like L.A. Hip Hop Artists  O.T. Genasis and Casey Veggies . California Love was in the building! As well as notable Stars like 'Love Jones' Actor Larenz Tate and R&B crooner Eric Bellinger. Amazing sponsors like Ciroc provided drinks & Carls Jr. provided the great food. The big event was all in honor of Grammy winning CEO of 1500 or Nothin' Larrence Dopson who won for his work on Ella Mai smash hit 'Boo'd Up' ! πŸ™ŒπŸΎ  Special thanks to CEO Kiki Ayers of Ayers Publicity.

My favorite moment was seeing Snoop express gratitude for his peers coming out to enjoy the night’s festivities. And it was very fun about the night was seeing his fellow artists all joy in on the fun. Right next to the Carls Jr. was a great taco stand. And throughout Snoop Dogg's Compound in Inglewood, where the event was held, there were vendors and attractions. What was interesting is I never saw Snoop Dogg enter, it's as if he appeared out of thin air! As he did the obligatory opening of a Carls. Jr. burger - he does what he has been able to do his entire career. He makes the mundane moment into a magnificent spectacle. He's cool about it, he's floating through the crowd, and he makes his way to the red carpet. Smiling from ear to ear he only gives one interview with Spectrum News. He emphasizes community and appreciation for everyone there. That's his legacy: an easygoing, crowd pleasing lighting rod of attention smooth talking people person. He'll always treat you with good greetings and of course there's no party like a Snoop Dogg Party, cause Snoop Dogg Party don't stop! 

Actress Taja V. Simpson

Journalist & Writer Bree Scott and Publicist Parker Scott

CEO of Young Bold And Regal Evan Jackson 
Snoop Dogg

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