A fashion designer by trade, Viola Jackson graduated from Alabama A&M University, where she focused on fashion, with a concentration on design. She toured with the Ebony Fashion Fair, hitting 180 cities in nine months while having an "off-the-chain" experience right out of school. Later, she freelanced, taking advantage of behind-the-scenes opportunities.
Jackson always wanted to do movies and bowed to the suggestion that she first needed more costume experience. She thought about the circus and then about "Disney on Ice," which had fascinated her since childhood. She reached out to Disney and now the self-described "Southern girl" from Demopolis, Ala. is doing it with Disney.
The New Tri-State Defender: What is the first thing you remember that you ever wanted to be?
The sun was bouncing off my Air Jordan's and Jay Z's album, "Magna Carter," was jumping through my headphones and into my thought pattern as I arrived early at The Tug Restaurant in Harbor Town for an interview with Marnie Byford, aka MB, and Antonio Fleming, aka Cartier Hugo.
MB is a Caucasian woman and Hugo is an African-American man. So I jumped right in, asking what almost everyone would want to know, although most would be reluctant to broach.
"What brought you two together on this music game? When did black people and white people in the city of Memphis start making money together, seriously?"
In a very bold–or very foolish–move, supermodel Tyra Banks decided to pay homage to her "colleagues, competitors and friends," in a photo exhibition entitled, "Tyra Banks Presents: 15 photographed by Udo Spreitzenbarth and styled by creator director Ty-Ron Mayes," just in time for New York Fashion Week.
The "America's Next Top Model" creator transforms herself into a bevy of modeling legends, including: Cindy Crawford, Linda Evangelista, Lauren Hutton, Jerry Hall, Kate Moss, Iman, Kate Moss, Twiggy, Brooke Shields, Claudia Schiffer, Carmen Dell'Orefice, and Grace Jones. She also offers her interpretation of newbies, Kate Upton, Karlie Kloss, Cara Delevingne.
And in the pièce de résistance Tyra channels herself as a 15-year-old girl, according to the press release.
Arsenio Hall made history in the early '90s as the first national African-American late night TV talk show host.
Aimed at a hip, young demographic, "The Arsenio Hall Show" was famous for its trademark "woof woof" audience chant and never-know-who-might-stop-by guest list. The show ran from 1989 to 1994 and boasted memorable moments, some of which have become a part of pop culture lore: Bill Clinton playing the saxophone during the '92 campaign; Magic Johnson's first interview after being diagnosed with HIV; and Hall's tense show the night the Los Angeles riots broke out.
On Monday, nearly 20 years after his original run, the 57-year-old entertainer heads back to TV with a new show, "Arsenio." Where has he been? How will he carve out his own niche in a very crowed late night field that includes Leno, Fallon, Letterman, Kimmel and Stewart? To paraphrase a certain someone, "These are the things that make us go 'hmm.'"
Winnie Mandela (Jennifer Hudson) is a controversial figure in the annals of South African history. For not only was she the first wife of freedom fighter-turned-President Nelson Mandela (Terrence Howard), but she was also convicted of ordering numerous human rights violations.
At the height of the anti-apartheid movement, she headed a goon squad which doled out street justice to blacks suspected of collaborating with the white establishment. With Winnie's blessing, snitches would be sentenced to death by necklace, meaning by having a gasoline-soaked tire placed on their shoulders and set on fire.