Sunday, September 18, 2016

#BLACKGIRLMAGIC: DANAI GURIRA On ATLANTA MAG!!!


Chocolate-Covered ATLANTA-Resident/Playwright/Actress/Producer DANAI GURIRA is awash in a sea of color for the FALL STYLE Issue of ATLANTA Magazine!!!

DANAI GURIRA portrays the multi-layered character MICHONNE in the wildly popular AMC Network series, The WALKING DEAD.

DANAI also had just enough time for an interview with ATLANTA MAG Journalist ERRIN HAINES WHACK.

Here are some interview interludes:

Errin Your character Michonne on The Walking Dead is a survivor. Part of her strength is her vulnerability. Why do you think she resonates so much with viewers?
Danai I think from the get-go [executive producer] Robert Kirkman created a very fascinating woman on the page. Right down to her dreadlocks—you don’t see that type of hair on TV very often. Down to the fact that she has this stunning Japanese weapon of war as her weapon of choice.
I love the fact that she is a complex human being. She contains a certain degree of mystery. She also has a very big heart. That only starts to come out as she’s progressed through the seasons.
Errin It seems that portraying strong women is really important to you. It’s also a theme of the play you wrote, Eclipsed, which starred Lupita N’yongo.
Danai Plays are definitely my vehicle. [They are] really my manifestation of how I want to see and hear African women. I was born in the United States but raised in southern Africa, which is where my parents are from, where my family’s from, and what my heritage is. [Eclipsed] is something I started to create because I couldn’t find those stories about African women. I couldn’t find the complex narrative that allows the African woman to be seen front and center on a stage and her story to be given as much value as anyone else’s.
Errin You recently signed on to Marvel’s Black Panther superhero film, which stars four black leads. I think this really has the potential to break the internet. What was it like to get that offer?
Danai I was like, “Really? Me? Oh. Oh, that’s amazing.” I was surprised.
Errin Why?
Danai Because I never imagined I would be asked to do this. When I met with [director] Ryan Coogler, whom I deeply respect and admire, I was floored by his vision and by his heart, his energy, his power, his intellect, and [his] ability to tell a story. I was really amazed by the parallels [between the story and] the things that I try to do as a storyteller in theater.
Errin You’re also playing another high-profile role, Afeni Shakur, in All Eyez on Me, about the life of Tupac Shakur. How much did you know about her before you took the role?
Danai I’m a researcher. I’m a playwright. I’m an academic. I read Jasmine Guy’s book [about Afeni Shakur], which is basically her talking about her life [in] first-person, very vividly. You really get a feel for her voice there through that narrative. How she made [her son] such a special human being.

-CCG

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#BLACKGIRLMAGIC: #BLACKGIRLSROCK - RED CARPET @ 2016 PRIMETIME EMMY AWARDS!!!


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Earlier this evening in HOLLYWOOD, #BLACKGIRLMAGIC cast its mysterious spell as  The 68th ANNUAL PRIMETIME EMMY AWARDS took place at the MICROSOFT THEATER in LOS ANGELES!!!

Feast, Salivate, Lick Your Lips and watch #BLACKGIRLSROCK as one of our favorite CRAZY COOL GROOVY Glamorous Gems carry their Candy Cakes down the 2016 PRIMETIME EMMY AWARDS RED CARPET.

-CCG


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Saturday, September 17, 2016

#BLACKGIRLMAGIC: #BLACKGIRLSROCK - SARAH JONES On SETH MEYERS!!!

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Tuesday, September 13,  on NBC, Chocolate-Covered OBIE and TONY AWARD-winning Actress/Playwright/Poet SARAH JONES was 30 ROCKEFELLER PLAZA for an appearance on NBC late night talkfest LATE NIGHT With SETH MEYERS!!!

During their session, SETH and SARAH discussed her being a student at the UNITED NATIONS INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL, her longtime history/how she prepares to verbalize different voices, and her new one-woman Broadway show BUY/SELL/TRADE, in which she portrays 19 different characters.

-CCG









BRUINS, COUGARS, TIGERS, & WOLVERINES On SPORTS ILLUSTRATED MAG!!!


Especially since the 2016 COLLEGE FOOTBALL SEASON is already underway; Yours Truly CCG offers his most apologizes for being so tardy with this post!!!

UCLA Quarterback #3 JOSH ROSEN, HOUSTON COUGARS Running Back #1 GREG WARD Jr., CLEMSON TIGERS Quarterback #4 DESHAUN WATSON, and MICHIGAN WOLVERINES Defensive Back/Safety #4 JABRIL PEPPERS are the four covers for the 2016 COLLEGE FOOTBALL PREVIEW ISSUE of SPORTS ILLUSTRATED Magazine!!!

-CCG











I LOVE 2 EAT #127: HOW To MAKE MOUTH-WATERING SHRIMP TACOS From PLAYBOY MAG!!!



















Thanks to the really good people at PLAYBOY Magazine, you too can LET SUMMER LIVE ON With these MOUTH-WATERING SHRIMP TACOS!!!

Press PLAY and ENJOY!!!

-CCG





BANKS & STEELZ Perform GIANT On JIMMY FALLON!!!

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PAUL BANKS is BANKS, RZA of WU-TANG CLAN is STEELZ, and together; they are the group BANKS & STEELZ!!!

BANKS & STEELZ were recently at 30 ROCKEFELLER PLAZA for an appearance on NBC late night talkfest The TONIGHT SHOW Starring JIMMY FALLON to perform their single GIANT, from their debut album, ANYTHING BUT WORDS!!!

-CCG


#BLACKGIRLMAGIC: #BLACKGIRLSROCK - NICOLE BYER On CARSON DALY!!!

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Chocolate-Covered Comedian/Actress/Writer NICOLE BYER is the star of MTV's LADYLIKE,  LOOSELY EXACTLY NICOLE, and she was recently at OHM NIGHTCLUB on HOLLYWOOD BLVD. for an interview with CARSON DALY on NBC late night talkfest LAST CALL: CARSON DALY!!!

-CCG





MALCOLM NANCE On AL SHARPTON!!!

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SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 2016, marked the 15th ANNIVERSARY of the SEPTEMBER 11, 2001, TERROR ATTACKS On The TWIN TOWERS Of The WORLD TRADE CENTER/PENTAGON!!!

Former U. S. INTELLIGENCE Officer/ Current MSNBC Terror Analyst MALCOLM NANCE was an eyewitness and First Responder to the PENTAGON ATTACK, is the author of new book DEFEATING ISIS, and via satellite on Sunday morning; he had an interview with Rev. AL SHARPTON on POLITICS NATION With AL SHARPTON.

-CCG


Friday, September 16, 2016

GINA RODRIGUEZ On LATINA MAG!!!




WB sitcom JANE The VIRGIN star GINA RODRIGUEZ stars in forthcoming film DEEPWATER HORIZON, and she covers the October 2016 HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH ISSUE of LATINA Magazine!!!


-CCG





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MAC MILLER Ft ANDERSON.PAAK w/ JON BATISTE & STAY HUMAN Perform DANG! On STEPHEN COLBERT!!!

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Last night on CBS, PITTSBURGH-native Rapper/Producer MAC MILLER was at the ED SULLIVAN THEATER in NYC for an appearance on The LATE SHOW With STEPHEN COLBERT!!!

MAC MILLER brought along Singer/Rapper ANDERSON.PAAK, and was joined by LATE SHOW Bandleader JON BATISTE to perform his single DANG!!!, from his newly-reelased album, The DIVINE FEMININE.

-CCG


#BLACKGIRLMAGIC: LUPITA NYONG'O On VOGUE MAG!!!


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Chocolate-Covered ACADEMY AWARD-winning Actress LUPITA NYONG'O says, "I WANT To CREATE OPPORTUNITIES For PEOPLE Off COLOR...", as she travels to her family farm in her homeland of KENYA, and; she covers the October 2016 FALLING IN LOVE Issue of VOGUE Magazine!!!

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KAP, DOLPH, LUCCI, SAVAGE, ZAYTOVEN, & MIGOS On ROLLING OUT MAG!!!

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HIP HOP Artists KAP G, MIGOS, 21 SAVAGE, YOUNG DOLPH, YFN LUCCI, and Producer ZAYTOVEN put out some of the hottest music for the summer of 2016, and justly so, they all cover the SPECIAL EDITION: SUMMER '16 Issue of ROLLING OUT Magazine!!!



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KAP G

Kap G, the newest, emerging Mexican-American hip-hop artist, has everyone taking photos with other people’s girlfriends this summer. His hit song “Girlfriend” has been commanding the airwaves all summer. Celebrities such as Draya Michelle, Bow Wow and Kylie Jenner have made Snapchat videos jamming to Kap G’s viral single. According to Kap, he was surprised at how fast the single took off. 

KAP G says;
“When I saw it hit a million views in only a month and a half, I was like geez. Before I even put it out, everybody had already told me it was a hit. I’m just happy it’s doing what it’s doing.” 



21 Savage

21 SAVAGE

21 Savage just recently emerged on the hip-hop scene, and has already accomplished more this summer than many others. He recently dropped his Savage Mode project, a collaboration with ATL-based producer Metro Boomin, which includes his summer hit single, “X” featuring Future. The undeniable fan-favorite track relates to anyone who has ever been in a toxic relationship that they’re now free of. After all, what better way to get over an ex than catchy lyrics and a dope beat. One can’t help but to wonder if Savage made that song about someone from his past. “It’s not about anyone in particular, it’s about all them h–s,” says 21 Savage. “X” has been moving up the charts since he released it earlier in the summer.

21 SAVAGE says;
“I knew the song was taking off when I looked at iTunes and saw the numbers and all the views,” 



Young Dolph

YOUNG DOLPH

Young Dolph, who many refer to as “The King of Memphis,” has had quite a few hits during summer 2016. Stepping back a year ago, everyone grew to love his verse on the remix of O.T. Genesis’ song “Cut It,” which was one of the biggest songs of the summer of 2015, peaking at number 35 on Billboard Hot 100. He also received praise for his singles “Get Paid” and “Royalty,” which took over the streets this summer. Dolph explained that “Royalty” was the fastest song that he recorded.

YOUNG DOLPH says;
“I recorded the whole album in three days. When I did ‘Royalty,’ out of all the songs, it was the fastest song I did. When I heard the beat, I knew the beat was lit. When I came out the booth, it came out like a painting. I was dropping a lot of game, and it was just hard.” 



YFN Lucci

YFN LUCCI

YFN Lucci has definitely had an eventful summer. The Atlanta native was a special guest on the “Parental Advisory” tour with Kodak Black and Lil Uzi. It was there that Lucci won over the crowd with his hit single, “Key to the Streets.” During the Atlanta show, he brought out Migos and Trouble, who are featured on the song. Their collaborative performance had everyone singing along word-for-word. According to Lucci, he knew that “Key to the Streets” was going to be a hit. 

YFN LUCCI says;
“I think all of my songs [are] hits, because that’s what I’m aiming for; when I go in the studio, I’m not just trying to make a regular song,”



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ZAYTOVEN

Unlike everyone else selected to be on the cover, Zaytoven is not an artist — he is a producer. However, Zaytoven is not just any producer. He’s a super-producer, who has, in fact, produced songs for almost all of his cover mates. His most recent work, in collaboration with MikeWillMadeIt, for Gucci Mane’s Everybody Looking album, is what earned him his spot as most influential producer of summer 2016. Zaytoven has always had a close relationship with Gucci Mane, so according to him, working on Gucci’s new album was a no-brainer. Over the years, Zaytoven has solidified his place as one of the key players responsible for elevating Atlanta’s music scene. Zaytoven’s sincere and unmatched style and sound links back to when his music career started in the church, where he learned to play the keyboard as a boy.

ZAYTOVEN says;
“I started off playing the drums. My daddy is a preacher; my mom was the choir director. Every little boy in the church wanted to play the drums, so that’s what made me move over to the keyboard. At first, I didn’t want to be in the forefront, but I know now for me to grow and make more money and brand myself, I’m all for it,”


Migos

MIGOS

Off Set, Take Off, and Quavo, better know as Migos, have been dominating the charts for quite some time now. In 2013, they awoke the competition with their top-charting hit single “Versace”, which definitely went down in the hall of fame for best summer song. In 2014, Migo’s rendition of Jermaine Dupri’s song “Welcome to Atlanta”, had fans falling in-love again with the most popular city in the South. In 2015, everybody was “piped up” and now, the Migos have everyone turning up to their latest singe, “Say Sum,” which has a different tone from their typical trap vibe. Still, it’s obvious that the Migos have consistently delivered hits, and we aren’t expecting them to slow down. Their most recent project, “3 Way” is now available online.
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