Saturday, December 3, 2016

MAHERSHALA ALI At ACTOR ROUNDTABLE For THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER MAG!!!


Actor Roundtable: Jeff Bridges, Casey Affleck and 4 More on "Brutal" Superhero Roles, Dream Second Careers

Actor MAHERSHALA ALI is currently starring in new film, MOONLIGHT, and is joined by fellow Actors ANDREW GARFIELD, CASEY AFFLECK, DEV PATEL, JEFF BRIDGES, and JOSEPH GORDON-LEVITT, for THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER Magazine: ACTORR ROUNDTABLE!!!

Here are a few interview interludes:
When you met the real-life character you played, how did that shape your performance?
Patel It was the most terrifying thing I've ever been through, because I'd shot the end of the film first — so I felt like I knew this guy, Saroo Brierley. He's the epitome of a fiercely driven young man, and he's got this photographic memory, which is incredible. This is a guy who found his mother from space, using Google Earth. And he could remember his past so vividly that he could gather so much information from these pixels. And I [said], "What is that like?" He's like, "Every click of that mouse, I felt like I was getting one step closer to her, where I could smell her." That just blew my mind.

Jeff Bridges I was digging what you were saying, Andrew. It's very paradoxical, man. The very thing you love is the thing that you hate. The first word that came to mind — what do you love or hate, you know? — flop sweat, man. Just the fear, the anxiety. The greater the gift, the greater the fear of not being able to [deliver]. I'm a product of nepotism. My dad, Lloyd Bridges, he loved showbiz so much, he wanted all his kids to get into it. I said, "Oh, but Dad, I want to do music." He said, "Don't be ridiculous. Acting is great." And maybe about 10 or 12 movies in, I had just finished a movie — and usually after a movie I say, "I don't know if I ever want to do that again. My pretend muscle is just exhausted." (Laughter.) And I get a call from my agent, and he's all excited and says, "You've just been offered, by John Frankenheimer, to be in The Iceman Cometh with Fredric March, Lee Marvin, Robert Ryan." And I said, "I'm bushed." And about five minutes later, [director] Lamont Johnson calls me up and he says, "You're bushed? You're an ass." And he hung up on me. So I said, "Well, I'm just going to throw myself into this and it'll probably be the final nail in the acting coffin." And it was eight weeks of rehearsal with Fredric March and Robert Ryan. And to see the anxiety that these guys had, and the fear of doing the thing justice, and then to see the joy that they had at the same time — I was caught up in that and realized that this fear and anxiety probably will never go away, and it's your buddy, how you play with it, how you dance with it.

Mahershala Ali In some way it's an indication that I'm in the right place, because the fear is kind of informing me: I'm in the place where the known is ending and the unknown is beginning. And that is our job, to consistently put ourselves in a position where we're uncomfortable and going beyond our comfort zone. If you're fortunate enough to build a career, a little pebble is put out in front of you, and you've got to step toward it, and with each step you're hopefully going further out and getting beyond what you've done before and exploring territory that has yet to be explored. So you have to really make friends with that fear. It's a bit of a tightrope walk.

What real-life characters would you like to play?
Ali [Boxer] Jack Johnson. Someone who was definitely going to live life on his own terms, who was very much flawed, hyper-masculine, but also really aware of the soil of that time and what he was coming out of, making certain choices that were both a statement of his masculinity but also a cry for help.
Patel I don't know what I would like to play, but I know what I'm afraid of playing: those big studio movies. After Slumdog, I did a film that was not well received at all [2010's The Last Airbender]. The budget of Slumdog was like the budget of the craft services of this movie. And I completely felt overwhelmed by the experience. I felt like I wasn't being heard. That was really scary for me, and that's really when I learned the power of no, the idea of saying no. Listen to that instinct you get when you read those words for the first time.

Are roles more limited for non-white actors?
Ali Take it, brother.
Patel Oh, man. Look, I think everyone at this table has probably faced a pigeonhole in some shape or form. My motto is, you've got to take on the mold to break it.
Ali It has to change from the inside out, like from a Barry Jenkins [the writer-director of Moonlight], someone who is from Liberty City, Florida, and having his own experiences that are worthy of a narrative. But part of the challenge is to transcend race, so you bring something unique to a character that maybe wasn't written for a black person.
Affleck As a group of artists, as a community, we have an obligation to try to open doors. But it's really hard to go just from top down. There also have to be arts programs in schools.
Last question. You're on a desert island and can have one actor or actress with you. Who?
Garfield Emma Stone. I love Emma. [They dated for several years.] She's all right. She can come.
Gordon-Levitt Orson Welles.
Bridges I've got to fire up my dad, man. Why not?
Affleck I want to take the little kid from Lion [Sunny Pawar].
Patel It would have to be Bruce Lee, man. I am the biggest Bruce Lee fan.
Ali My brother Andre Holland. He really inspires me. I told him this the other day. I was like, "Man, I want to do acting push-ups after watching you work."
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#BLACKGIRLMAGIC most strongly casts its mysterious spell over humanity whenever a BLACK WOMAN is actively engaged in the process of pregnancy and the expectant miracle of childbirth!!!

Here are come of our favorite CCG Mommies-to-Be who dared to bare their beautifully bulging baby bumps for the public in 2016.

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Friday, December 2, 2016

DEREK CARR On ESPN MAG!!!




OAKLAND RAIDERS Quarterback#4 DEREK CARR is leading his team's resurgence and he covers the new issue of ESPN The MAGAZINE!!!

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#BLACKGIRLMAGIC: YASMINE ARRINGTON On DAILY VENUS DIVA MAG!!!

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Chocolate-Covered PLUS Model/Beauty Queen/TV Personality YASMINE ARRINGTON is the Founder/CEO of ScholarCHIPS for CHILDREN Of INCARCERATED PARENTS - a non-profit organization that raises money towards the awarding of college scholarships to students who have an incarcerated parent, and; she covers the the December 2016 HOLIDAY WISH LIST ISSUE of DAILY VENUS DIVA Magazine!!!

Here are some interview interludes:

How did you first become involved in the non-profit field?
Honestly, becoming a part of the non-profit field was an unexpected, unplanned part of my journey. My junior year of high school I was a fellow in the LearnServe International Program. LearnServe International (LSI) is a non-profit based in DC that annually trains a cohort of high school students on how to be social change agents and social entrepreneurs. In the program, students are challenged to identify one to two issues that they want to see change or improve and then create a venture project that would help solve the problem. My issue was and still is, mass incarceration. Part of my personal story is that my father has been in and out of prison most of my life from childhood to now. Presently, over 2 million youth in the United States have an incarcerated parent. My venture idea was to start a mentoring scholarship program for youth with incarcerated parents, called ScholarCHIPS (my maternal grandmother came up with the name). It turns out that the idea stuck and people began donating to the cause because it was a cause that people believed in and thought was important. Once ScholarCHIPS received a seed grant, and I began receiving donations, I knew I had to legitimize my project, so LearnServe served as our fiscal agent for a couple of years, and then the founding board of ScholarCHIPS agreed to apply for 501c3 status.
How have you been able to be of assistance?
Yes, in our society quiet as kept, children and families are the collateral damage when a family member is locked away in prison. Over the past few years there have been many discussions, panels, roundtables and rallies surrounding mass incarceration and solutions to what has now become a national crisis; however, too often the youth voice is missing in these settings and conversations. Through my organization, ScholarCHIPS, I and our scholars have become spokespersons for the cause and are increasingly being invited to speak to various audiences about the effects of incarceration on us, our ideas for solutions and to share our stories of resilience and success, which are too often omitted from the national narrative. Since 2012, ScholarCHIPS has awarded over $100,000 in college scholarships to 29 scholars and our application for the 2016-17 school year is now open. The organization renews scholarships for up to four years for each of our scholars as long as they are still enrolled in school and maintain good academic standing. We have also expanded our mentoring to local high school students.
With Christmas, less than a month away, what is on your holiday wish list?
Well, one thing that has never changed, I LOVE fashionable clothing, so no one can ever go wrong with gifting me with a lovely pair of high heel shoes or some stylish clothing. As for my wish list, I would like a bedazzled dress I can wear for a holiday party or formal outing by R&M Richards and a couple of professional women’s dress suits from Isabella for my speaking and preaching engagements. New pieces to add to my wardrobe from brands like Ashley Stewartand Eloquii are always the move!
I’m sure you are excited about the New Year. What do you plan to accomplish (personally and professionally in 2017)?
Yes, I am excited about the New Year!!! One of my primary goals to accomplish professionally in 2017 is to obtain representation from a modeling agency. This is not an easy feat, but I know that it is possible. I’m claiming that 2017 will be my year for a contract! I have been honing my craft for six years, so now it’s time to put the rubber to the road and began working for industry clients. I also plan to begin writing a book for publication. I am not yet sure what direction I will take with my first book, but I have gained so much knowledge and wisdom from my experiences over the years that, I believe it is time to put it down on paper and share with the world. I still want to meet and be interviewed by President Barack Obama, Oprah, Wendy Williams, The Breakfast Club and Sway Calloway and meet Queen Latifah, Tyler Perry, and Bruno Mars. I’m not sure if I will meet them in 2017, but I’ll continue to work towards it. In 2016 I met the author and advocate Bryan Stevenson, and actors Lamman Rucker and Christian Keyes and all three of them were on my goals list last year. I was also interviewed by the U.S. Secretary of Education John King. So again, I know that anything is possible. I am hoping to become an Echoing Green Fellow and Soros Justice Fellow in 2017.
-CCG

#LIEWITNESSNEWS: President OBAMA RUNNING For THIRD TERM On JIMMY KIMMEL!!!


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When there's an election, especially one as contentious as this one, there's a tendency to stop and appreciate what we have right now!!!

JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE  had some fun with this. 

Just a few days before the 2016 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION they went out on the street and asked people what they thought about President BARACK OBAMA announcing that he's running for a third term. 

Of course, POYUS #44 was not running for a third term. There's a two-term limit. It's in the UNITED STATES CONSTITUTION.

Did that stop anyone we told he was running again from claiming they knew about this? 

Find out in a new JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE : #LIEWITNESSNEWS - President OBAMA RUNNING For A THIRD TERM.

-CCG



ANDREA SPENCER On PLUS MODEL MAG!!!



DOROTHY COMBS MODELS  PLUS Model ANDREA SPENCER covers the 2016 December 2016 GLITZ & GLAM HOLIDAY FASHION ISSUE of PLUS MODEL MAGAZINE!!!

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#BLACKGIRLMAGIC #BLACKGIRLSROCK The RUNWAY @ 2016 VICTORIA'S SECRET FASHION SHOW In PARIS!!!

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Wednesday, November 30, the 2016 VICTORIA'S SECRET FASHION SHOW went down at the GRAND PALAIS in PARIS, FRANCE!!!

The executives at VICTORIA'S SECRET and the powers behind their annual fashion extravaganza must finally have gotten the memo that there needs to only be color in their wonderful merchandise, BUT; there also needs to be more WOMEN Of COLOR walking the runway to represent said merchandise.

JASMINE TOOKES was selected to wear the $3,000,000 FANTASY BRA.

Feast, Salivate, and, Lick Your lips over some of our favorite CCG Gems who carried their candy cakes down the catwalk for the 2016 VICTORIA'S SECRET FASHION SHOW.

The show will air MONDAY, DECEMBER 5, 2016; 10:00 PM EST, on CBS.

-CCG

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#BLACKGIRLMAGIC: SWIN CASH On ROLLING OUT MAG!!!

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PITTSBURGH, PA-area native former WNBA Star SWIN CASH covers the new issue of ROLLI NG OUT Magazine!!!

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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

I LOVE 2 EAT #132: WOMAN PLATES HERSELF For PETA In DALLAS & SHREVEPORT To PROMOTE VEGANISM!!!

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WORLD VEGETARIAN DAY occurs annually on OCTOBER 1, to kick-off the month of October as WORLD VEGETARIAN MONTH in an attempt to inspire people towards VEGETARIANISM and VEGANISM!!!

The folks at PETA (PEOPLE For The ETHICAL TREATMENT Of ANIMALS) took its “Try to Relate to Who’s on Your Plate” campaign to DALLAS, TX, and SHREVEPORT, LA.

TRY To RELATE To WHO IS On YOUR PLATE was a one-day campaign to promote the message to people that animals raised and killed for food are capable of feeling joy, love, pain, and fear—just as humans are. They value their own lives just as much as humans do and don’t want to suffer or be killed. And every vegan saves the lives of more than 100 animals every year.

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VIOLA DAVIS & DENZEL WASHINGTON On THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER MAG!!!



EMMY-winning Actress VIOLA DAVIS and OSCAR-winning Actor DENZEL WASHINGTON sit down to be interviewed by BASKETBALL Hall Of Famer KAREEM ABDUL-JABBAR to discuss their forthcoming film, FENCES, that is directed by Denzel, and; based on the BROADWAY play by late Playwright AUGUST WILSON!!!

Here are some interview interludes:
August Wilson once said that his plays offer white Americans a different way to look at black Americans, and he hoped that they would change how they think and deal with black Americans. What insights into black people and black life do you think white Americans will get from the film?
WASHINGTON It could be that it's not that different. Circumstances, no matter what the color is, could be similar. Troy's whole [resentment of his lack of success as a baseball player] … was it his color or was he just too old? I think he was just too old regardless of his color. Or, as his friends said, "He just come along too early."
DAVIS I think sometimes what people miss about black people is that we're complicated, that we are indeed messy, that we do our best with what we've been given. We come into the world exactly like you. It's just that there are circumstances in the culture that are dictated and put on our lives that we have to fight against.
Wilson also said that all art is political. The play premiered in 1985. Why do you think the story still is relevant after 30 years, especially after the recent presidential election that we've been through? 
WASHINGTON The circumstances, again, are universal. It could happen to anyone. I don't know if it's more political now given the election or whatever, but it's a long way from Troy to now because now we're post-Obama even.
DAVIS I don't know why I don't see the play as political. I don't see it as representing something any bigger than a family and a man being born into a set of circumstances and maybe not taking ownership of how he's poisoning his family, which most of us don't. Some of us go to our grave never taking ownership. We just cause destruction around us. Arthur Miller said it, and August Wilson said it: When you notice all of the sins of your father, hopefully you can approach it with forgiveness and illumination. That's just life.

Troy talks a lot about what it means to be a man, particularly a black man, but his ideas often are delusional. What do you think the film says about being a black man?
WASHINGTON Well, I love the things he says to his son about responsibility and taking care of his family. "Mr. Rand don't give me my money because he like me. He give it to me because he owe me." In my own life, I had a male teacher who was trying to teach me things that I didn't believe — how you should treat women and things like that — but I knew better. But Cory doesn't know better.
DAVIS They're all trying to find this reason to matter, a place in the world. When I look at Fences, with Cory needing a connection with his father, Troy, his disconnect from his father to me is even more relevant in his life than not making it to the football league. That is a theme in all of Wilson's plays, the need to matter.
Rose is filled with vitality, intelligence and a surprising amount of optimism, yet she seems to be whatever the men in her life need from her. What drives her? 
DAVIS She says it in the end: "That's what life offered me in the way of being a woman, and I took it." You're only as good as your options.
And she deals with Troy's girl compassionately. That was love raising that child.
DAVIS That is a huge need for a lot of women, even in 2016. You can have the most ambitious career woman, and at the end of the day, she's like, "I just want to be a mom." And, by the way, sitting with other mommies is probably the most frightening experience in the entire world. They're serious into mommy-shaming.
Final question: What do you hope the audience comes away with after they watch Fences?
WASHINGTON I always say it depends upon what they bring to it.
DAVIS People don't understand that when you come into any theatrical experience, you've got to come locked and loaded, that you're a part of the experience, too. You can't come with your arms crossed. Be open to it.
WASHINGTON When we did the play, sometimes we had to wrestle the play back from the audience because they'd take it and run. I came out there with that baby one night, and one woman said, "Oh, Denzel!" Not, "Oh, Troy!"
-CCG




Davis and Washington filmed <em>Fences</em> on location in Pittsburgh this past summer.


The 2010 Broadway cast.


From left: Davis, Abdul-Jabbar and Washington were photographed Nov. 13 at Quixote Studios in L.A.



DWAYNE "THE ROCK" JOHNSON On SPORTS ILLUSTRATED MAG!!!




Before DWAYNE JOHNSON became the biggest star in HOLLYWOOD, he was a superstar professional wrestler known as The ROCK, and; before that he was a promising NFL Defensive Tackle from the UNIVERSITY Of MIAMI!!!

Find out the 4-1-1 on how PEOPLE: SEXIEST MAN ALIVE 2016 DWAYNE JOHNSON OWNS HOLLYWOOD in the new The YEAR In SPORTS MEDIA 2016 Issue of SPORTS ILLUSTRATED Magazine.

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