Friday, 27 February 2015
Life is imitating art for “Empire” star Jussie Smollett, who just signed a new deal with Columbia Records!
We see Jussie (pictured above on the keyboard) singing his heart out every week as Jamal Lyon Fox’s addictive, fascinating hit drama “Empire.” It’s can’t miss TV on Wednesdays, and that’s as much for the story as it is for the music.
Now, Jussie’s grabbed the attention of some music industry pros, and he’s getting another chance to share his musical gift in a new way. “There will be a Jussie Smollett album. I signed to Columbia,” Jussie announced during an interview with Entertainment Weekly, adding that he’s going to be in some amazing company at Columbia. “So, darling, I’m label mates with Beyoncé and Adele and Barbra Streisand.”
Shouldn’t expect a similar vibe from Jussie’s own studio project. He would still love to have his friends from the show contribute something creatively to the album, though. “It’s going to be a whole different thing. Now, the Empire family will still have something to do with it,” said Jussie.
“I would love for Terrence to come and oversee the production of all of the music,” he continued. “I would love for Timbaland to come on and Jim Beanz. We’ve all talked and they’re all down to work on it.”
No release date has been announced for the album yet, but we can’t wait to hear his first cut!
Anyone watching fashion breaking news was stunned to hear of Creative Director Frida Giannini and CEO Patrizio di Marco’s early leaving Gucci without so much as a goodbye card in December 2014. Gucci came under swift leadership from Marco Bizzarri and quickly appointed a new Creative Director, an insider by the name of Alessandro Michele. Gucci’s Fall 2015 RTW Collection, led by Michele, presented a fresh yet familiar take on Italian fashion. There was the subtle return of the interlocking “G” logo and classic leather loafers, but there was also new inspirations using fur in footwear and the inclusion of male models in decidedly feminine attire.
We never have to worry about Jeremy Scott going bold and he did not disappoint with Moschino’s Fall collection. His destination for the season? None other than the Nineties. When channeling the decade, there are quite a lot of fashion references to choose from, but Scott chose hip hop — its bombastic colors, accessories, and all.
Black History Month Series suffered a bit (as it does) with Fashion Week, but i am closing the month out with an industry living legend: Fashion Journalist Robin Givhan.
Thursday, 26 February 2015
Tia Mowry-Hardrict gave her younger self some great, much-needed advice that would be a huge help to many girls now.
Even though Tia grew up famous as she and her twin, Tamera Mowry-Housley, starred on “Sister, Sister,” she grew up facing many of the same challenges that regular girls face. Fitting in and fighting to accept yourself (even if no one else does) is a timeless struggle that transcends class.
Looking back over her life, there were just a few things that Tia wanted to tell her younger self. Since time travel has yet to be perfected, the actress had to settle for writing a letter to herself. While the encouraging note was meant specifically for her, the letter offers up lots of great advice that girls today should take to heart.
In Tia’s open letter to herself, the actress recalls stressing over her hair and wondering if she would ever find love. And she seemed to fret about not being as popular as she had hoped, but Tia reassured herself that quality over quantity is the rule when it comes to friends.
So here’s what we’d be wise to remind ourselves: a few professional ethical lines we should never cross:
Talk about making a statement! Tia Mowry arrived at the premiere for Will Smith’s new film, “Focus” wearing a black Balmain blazer, a sheer dress by Stone Cold Fox with a NOE Undergarments bodysuit and Stuart Weitzman sandals.