Feature: Tiffany Haddish

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Tiffany Haddish credits her social worker for her success as a comedian/actress. Growing up in foster care in South Central Los Angeles, it was her excessive talking and imaginary friends that prompted her increasingly flustered social worker to steer her into stand up comedy by enrolling her into the Laugh Factory Comedy Camp for children. Haddish has been making people laugh ever since appearing on HBO’s Def Comedy Jam, Bill Bellamy’s Who’s Got Jokes? for TV One, and also on Comedy Central’s Reality Bites.

Not only is she a comedian, she has proven to be a versatile actress appearing in such diverse projects as the film comedy Meet the Spartans and the Lifetime drama Racing for Time, where she played a lead role opposite Charles S. Dutton. Currently, she is appearing opposite Ice Cube in The Janky Promoters. Haddish’s comedy has taken her all over the world. She recently returned from performing on the USO Comedy Tour in Japan for United States troops. She has performed all over Southern California at various comedy clubs and local venues. She also performs in a comedy show called Chuckles Not Knuckles, a program she developed for inner city high school students that promotes nonviolence.

Haddish sees herself as sexy as Halle Berry, as funny as Jim Carrey, raw like Richard Pryor with the comedic timing of Lucille Ball, smooth like Eddie Murphy, Jewish as Whoopi Goldberg, and hopes to someday have money like Oprah.

 

 

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Halle Berry Launches New Scandale Lingerie Line

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Actress/entrepreneur, Halle Berry, is laying down a pretty solid foundation for a well- deserved empire. The A-list celebrity recently entered into a new fashion venture, when she launched Scandale Paris last year, a lingerie line sold at Target stores. With diverse revenue streams flowing in, this woman of power proves she’s all about business.

[Related: Decoded: Multifaceted Power Moves of Halle Berry]

According to AOL.com, Berry stumbled upon Scandale Paris during a trip to France. “Founded more than 80 years ago, the brand was struggling because the undergarments were too expensive”, she told AOL. She reached out to her business partner, Erik Ryd, and they bought the company. In October of 2014, Scandale’s $7 panties and $18 bras began selling at Target and in France, they’re sold at the department store Carrefour.

Strategic, entrepreneurial moves by big screen starlets have become the new normal. Not only does small business ownership allow them to cash in on their famous brands, it also leaves room for family time.

“Having a business like this, I can do more work at home, be with my family,” Berry, who serves as co-owner and creative director of Scandale Paris, explained to AOL . “I have two little kids now. I can’t travel around the world and do a movie like I used to.”

Actress and mom, Nicole Ari Parker, also crossed over into small business back in 2009, when she offered ladies the opportunity tosave their dowith her stylish gym wrap headband; and fashionista Sofia Vergara brought her fans affordable fashion with her clothing and accessory line, Sofia, featured in Kmart stores.

“It’s way more lucrative than making one movie a year,” said Jo Piazza, author of Celebrity, Inc.: How Famous People Make Money, to AOL.”

In the behind-the-scenes video, the Academy-Award winning actress shares the story of her partnership with Scandale, and says the delicate intimates are tailored with “femininity and beauty” in mind, at a price that all women can afford.

“I was drawn to Scandale because of its French heritage and gorgeous lingerie,” Berry said via the brand’s website. “The products are designed to support a woman’s desire to look beautiful, as well as her essential need to feel confident and comfortable in her body.”

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Gabourey Sidibe Inks Memoir Deal

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Gabourey Sidibe,“Precious” star and “Empire” actress, has agreed to pen a memoir that will be published in 2017 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, according to CBS News.

“I’ve been writing since I was a child, and have always had so many stories to tell that are too long, shady, and impolite to share in interviews,” Sidibe said in a release.”

CBS reports that Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Senior Executive Editor, Deanne Urmy, added, “Moving from Bed-Stuy, to Senegal to Cannes, as Gabby has done in a still-short lifetime, has helped produce a fierce, wise way of being in the world, impossible not to admire. ‘Funny’ doesn’t begin to capture just how irreverent and complex Gabby’s stories are,” said Urmy in a statement.

Sidibe, 32, has also appeared on the last two seasons of “American Horror Story,” and the TV series “The Big C.”

 

 

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Feature: Luenell

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Luenell is a force of nature. This talented comedienne, actress and singer, was born in Tollette, Arkansas, a town whose population barely registers with the U.S. census. At the tender age of 10, she caught the acting bug after seeing the plays South Pacific and Ain’t S’posed to Die a Natural Death. She enrolled in theatre classes at the grade school level and continued to study through college and cut her teeth at the Oakland Ensemble Theatre.

In March of 1995, Luenell’s mom passed away and one month later  she discovered she was pregnant. Some months later, a beautiful daughter Da’Nelle was born and she is the joy of her life, her “miracle child” as Luenell puts it.

Not long after this however, Luenell got a rude awakening. Luenell was sentenced to 365 days in jail for a series of indiscretions taken while working at a bank months earlier. It played out like an episode of Lil’ Kim on Court TV. She eventually served just over 4 months.

These days, Luenell’s life is on track. Her star continues to rise due to her appearances in television, film and music videos.  Best know for her breakthrough role as the “hooker with the heart of gold” in the blockbuster comedy of 2006 “Borat” – Luenell is recognized by both mainstream AND urban sectors of the population. Her two-year tour and DVD appearances in “Katt Williams American Hustle” have created an almost cult-like following.

Luenell had an amazing 2012 with appearances in three #1 feature films – “Think Like A Man” with Arielle Kebell and Meagan Good, 3D animated hit “Hotel Transylvania” with Adam Sandler, and “Taken 2″ with Liam Neeson. She also starred in the hilarious comedy “That’s My Boy” with Adam Sandler and Leighton Meester.

Luenell hasn’t been short on television appearances either with recent episodes of “The Middle” and “Always Sunny In Philadelphia,” as well as stand-up appearances on “Snoop Dog’s Bad Girls of Comedy” on SHOWTIME and “Stand-up In Stilettos” on the TV Guide Network.

Luenell is living her dream.  With such an intriguing past, one would wonder how can she be so funny, but it’s just that…life.  Her reputation as a comic superstar continues to flourish, “…comedy demolition machine” (EURweb report) “a sidesplitting high wired act without a net…” (Scoop LA), “…comedy to die for.” (Metro LA)  “…one of the top 25 funniest people in LA (Los Angeles Magazine) and the accolades continue to roll.

 

 

 

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Danielle Brooks to Star in Broadway’s The Color Purple

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As many are anticipating the upcoming new season of Orange is The New Black, Danielle Brooks fans will be elated to know that the star has landed a new role in Broadway’s The Color Purple.

According to Variety, Brooks will play the role of Sofia, which was portrayed by Oprah Winfrey in the film. Winfrey will serve as the producer this time around, as she did in 2005 when the production first hit Broadway. Brooks, who is known for her role as Tastee on OITNB, will make her Broadway debut alongside Jennifer Hudson, who was cast as Shug Avery, and British actress, Cynthia Erivo, who was cast as Celie.

Brooks, who’s been making major strides as an actress since starring on OITNB, is soon to be featured in the upcoming animated Angry Birds movie. And though she doesn’t have much professional musical experience, she tells Variety she’s been singing all her life. “I grew up singing in church as a little girl,” she revealed. The actress expects to film the fourth season of Orange is the New Black while appearing in The Color Purple, which starts performances in November.

For more information about Brooks’ appearance in The Color Purple, visit Variety.

 

 

 

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