Monday, April 30, 2018

#BLACKGIRLMAGIC #BLACKGIRLSROCK- NAFESSA WILLIAMS On ROLLING OUT MAG!!!




NAFESSA WILLIAMS portrays ANISSA PIERCE/ THUNDER on CW network superhero series BLACK LIGHTNING, and, she covers the new issue of ROLLING OUT Magazine!!!


Here are a few interview interludes:

When you first became inspired to pursue the arts?

I remember being about 6 years old and wanting to be Rudy Huxtable. “The Cosby Show” was such a huge inspiration for me. I was just a kid who fell in love with TV and film. I would write my own TV guide in my homework books so I wouldn’t forget to watch my favorite TV shows. I was also inspired by Lisa Turtle on “Saved By The Bell” as well as Ashley Banks on “Fresh Prince of Bel Air.” I was inspired by the Brown girls on TV who looked like me. I would say, “Hmmm, if they can do it, so can I.”

How did you handle the no’s that eventually began to lead to studios saying yes?
Before moving to LA, I was expecting and looking forward to the no’s, as I know it’s a realistic part of the process. I understood that after so many no’s a yes — written uniquely for me — would eventually happen. I celebrated the no’s as well as yesses. It wasn’t always easy. There were some days I was ready to walk away from it all, but I stayed focused and very consistent along my journey.

Both critics and fans appear to equally love “Black Lightning’s” approach to superheroes. How has that response changed your life?
My role is very impactful in the LGBTQ community, which has led me to be an advocate. Young lesbians, young Black lesbians, in particular, have reached out to me saying how “Thunder” makes them feel normal and how inspired they are by the character. I believe our duty in life is to empower and inspire and I can honestly say I’m walking in my purpose with this role.

Describe the community of Black women actresses in Hollywood. Does it feel like a big family, or does the limited amount of roles cause more friction between actresses?
You know, honestly, I believe what’s for you is for you. When you fully understand that concept, there’s no need to compete or create friction. I like to surround myself with other actors who share that similar mindset. It does feel like a family; we support each other and celebrate each other’s success. Female empowerment is the new wave.

How do you stay centered? How do you find your happiness within an ever evolving, ever chaotic entertainment industry?
My spirituality, my relationship with God, is what keeps me centered. Knowing that my successful journey has already been written keeps me calm and centered. I believe gratitude leads to happiness. It’s also crucial to keep honest and real people in your circle. Also, finding balance in such a chaotic industry is key.
What is your superpower?
My superpower is speaking my dreams, the things I want, into existence. I believe there’s power in what we speak, so I’ve trained myself to speak of only the things I desire to have and encourage others to do the same.
-CCG


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DEMAR DEROZAN & KYLE LOWRY On ESPNMAG!!!






TORONTO RAPTORS Point Guard #7 KYLE LOWRY and Shooting Guard #10 DeMAR DEROZAN are the cover story for the MONTH Of MAYHEM issue of ESPN Magazine!!!


Here are a few ESPN: The regular season you guys just put in the books is a pretty big departure for the NBA. Usually if a team hasn't gotten quite where management wants it to go, they rip up the roster. This team, you guys kept the roster and changed the playbook. Now that you've seen that evolution through a season, how do you think it went?
DeMAR DeROZAN: I think you gotta withstand the test of time, you know? You gotta go through them dog days sometimes, to be built even stronger. And I think that's what we did. You gotta give the credit to the front office, believing. And it's a testament to us, sticking to our game. And one that continued to get better.interview interludes:

So you guys evolved during the regular season. You got the No. 1 seed. How much does it matter if you don't have the playoff success you've been so focused on?
KL: Nothing else matters.
DD: No. We're playing for everything.
KL: Yeah, waste of a year for us.
A waste of a year?
KL: I mean, not a wasted year, but it's a disappointing year. I mean, the playoffs --
DD: It's a waste of a year.
KL: Yeah.
DD: Period. You know, we put in all this work, and you want to compete for that championship. Anything less and you go into the summer upset, thinking, "Man, gotta do this all over again?"
You listen to radio and TV up here and the feeling is that you guys are not getting the respect you're due from the rest of the NBA, that people are skeptical of how the Raptors will do in the playoffs. Do you guys feel that?
KL:
 At the end of the day, we've been to a conference final. We've been to a second round. We've played the fifth-most playoff games in the last how many years. I mean, sometimes we haven't shot the ball well, but our teams have had some success in the playoffs. Personally, I don't pay attention to what people say. I just look at it like, "All right, whatever."
DD: Yeah, people are crazy. At the end of the day, that's just my conclusion. Like --
KL: People are crazy.
DD: I'm fine with us getting everything that we get the hard way. Nothing comes easy for us. Every success, individually and teamwise, that we had, nothing has been handed to us. And you know, you find more appreciation with it. Because we know the odds that we fight every single night.
If you guys are the team in the NBA Finals and you are repping Canada as a country and this city, Toronto, in particular, what do you think that would mean to people here?
KL:
 Everything. I think the country would just embrace us even more. And at the end of the day, we're playing for not just us, but we're playing for all the small cities across Canada, all the big provinces and territories.
DD: Even in the States, people come up to me and say, "Man, you know, I'm from Toronto." Everywhere we go, no matter where we at, it's like, you got people comin' up to you sayin', "I'm from Canada, I'm a Raptors fan." Growin' up, I wouldn't know nobody from Canada like that. [Laughs]
Right now, with LeBron and Cleveland looking more vulnerable than they've looked in a while, does it feel to you guys like this is it? This is your window? This is your time?
KL:
 I think we felt like that for a while now. We just haven't executed it.
DD: Yeah, as long as you have that opportunity, you gotta understand, they don't come around too often. Now we have an opportunity. This could be our last; we gotta treat it like our last. So to answer your question: most definitely, without a doubt.
KL: That was a lot of explanation just to say "most definitely."

-CCG








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Wednesday, April 25, 2018

#BLACKWOMANMAGIC - The HOLLYWOOD REPORTER: MOST POWERFUL PEOPLE In MEDIA 2018!!!



The Hollywood Reporter's Most Powerful People In Media 2018 - Inside

GAYLE KING



Recently in NYC, The HOLLYWOOD REPORTER - MOST POWERFUL PEOPLE In MEDIA 2018 took place at The POOL in MANHATTAN!!!

Feast, Salivate, and; Lick Your Lips over some of our favorite CCG Jazzy Jewels who carried their candy cakes over to the The Hollywood Reporter - Most Powerful People in Media 2018.

-CCG




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#BLACKWOMANMAGIC - RED CARPET: 2018 TIME 100 GALA!!!



2018 Time 100 Gala - Red Carpet

SUSAN KELECHI WATSON


Last night in NYC, the 2018 TIME 100 GALA took place at JAZZ At LINCOLN CNTER in MANHATTAN!!!

Feast, Salivate, and; Lick Your Lips over some of our favorite CCG Glamorous Gems who carried their candy cakes down the 2018 Time 100 Gala Red Carpet.


-CCG


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Tuesday, April 24, 2018

JURASSIC WORLD On ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY MAG!!!




CHRIS PRATT from forthcoming JURASSIC WORLD - FALLEN KINGDOM covers the 2018 SUMMER MOVIE PREVIEW ISSUE of ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLYMagazine!!!


-CCG

ALLEN IVERSON PICKS 5 BEST CURRENT NBA PLAYERS For FIRST TAKE!!!


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Earlier today, legendary BASKETBALL Hall of Fame PHILADELPHIA 76ERS Point Guard #3 ALLEN The ANSWER - AI3 IVERSON sat in at ESPN: FIRST TAKE and dropped his TOP 5 BEST CURRENT NBA PLAYERS on Analysts MAX KELLERMAN and STEPHEN A SMITH!!!

1. LEBRON JAMES
2. JAMES HARDEN
3. KEVIN DURANT
4. RUSSELL WESTBROOK
5. JOEL EMBIID


-CCG



#BLACKWOMANMAGIC - These PLUS FASHION BLOGGERS, MODELS, & INFLUENCERS Have US SPRUNG For SPRINGTIME!!!


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Courtesy of the truly wonderful people at PLUS MODEL MAGAZINE, won't you, u, You, U, and; YOU take some time to Feast, Salivate, and; Lick Your Lips over some of our favorite CCG Big Beautiful Bloggers, Models, and, Influencers who have us 100% SPRUNG For SPRING!!!


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