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‘Luke Cage’ Actor Elijah Boothe talks about His Journey as an Actor and Next Moves

Marvel’s Luke Cage Actor, Elijah Boothe is no stranger when it comes to the acting field.  His breakout in the acting industry came in 2016.  He has acted alongside Moonlight Actor Mahershala Ali and others.  Elijah has earned significant parts in movies and tv series such as “Golden Boy,” “Coin Heist,” “Are We There Yet (the tv series), and “Blue Bloods” Besides acting, Elijah has been featured in international magazines such as Vogue, WWD and W Magazine.

 

How did you get started in the acting business? Did you go to school for it?

 

      I sort of fell into the business at the age of 10 when I auditioned for The Lion King on Broadway and I’ve been doing it ever since.

 

Let’s talk about your character “Young Cottonmouth” on Luke Cage.  How did you land the role?

 

       The audition process for me was very short actually. Of course, anything Marvel is super confidential, so I had no idea that it was Luke Cage initially. Casting called me in to read once, and the rest is history.

Were there any amazing people you met on set while filming?

Absolutely! Both the cast and crew were a blast to work with. Cheo Hadari Coker (Creator), Jeph Loeb (Producer), Akela Cooper (Producer), and Andy Goddard (Director) were all amazing to work with! They gave me full reign to create who I wanted Young Cottonmouth to be which was amazing. Also getting to work with the legendary Alfre Woodard, Latanya Jackson, and share the same character as Oscar Award Winner Mahershala Ali was mind blowing. I made sure to be a sponge and soak up all the knowledge I could from these veterans.

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What keeps you motivated and inspired doing what you love doing the most?

 

         So many things but mainly my test and trials. My supporters definitely keep me going as well.

 

Out of all the films and tv shows you have been a part of, which ones has been your favorite and why?

 

I loved working on A Rainy Day In New York with Selena Gomez and Timothee Chalamet. I also had a blast working on Golden Boy on CBS with Greg Berlanti. Everyone was so amazing and gave me so much knowledge that I still carry with me to this day.

 

Do you have any upcoming projects coming up that you are able to discuss?

 

           I start filming a new series soon called The Line Up alongside Isaiah Washington and La La Anthony. The Line Up is a story about various women who use their street smarts, wit, and sexual energy to dominate men. The women in this story know how to use what they have to get them what they want, and that’s money, power, and respect. I play Crit on the show.

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Where do you see yourself five years from now? Ten years from now?

 

            Honestly, I just want to tell real stories that evoke change and inspire. I definitely see myself directing, writing, and producing very soon.

 

If you weren’t an actor, what would you be doing?

 

           If I wasn’t acting I would definitely be singing full time. I grew up singing in the church so music will always be my first love.

 

Are you a big Marvel fan? If so, what are some of your favorite characters and movies?

 

         I’m obsessed with Marvel which is why I freaked out when I found out I got the role on Luke Cage! WAKANDA FOREVER! Black Panther is definitely my favorite character of all time.

 

What’s next for Elijah Boothe?

 

       I’ll be releasing my EP at the end of the year produced by Knxwledge

 

How can your readers connect with you? Social media links? Imdb link?

 

        You can reach me on Instagram @ElijahBoothe

https://www.instagram.com/elijahboothe/?hl=e

 

https://m.imdb.com/name/nm5563995/?ref_=m_nmbio_bio_n

 

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Entrepreneurs Get Ready to Make SPACES in your Career Goals!

 

The business world is expanding everyday and with people like David Morrison, Area Manager of SPACES; it gives business owners an opportunity to feel comfortable while meeting up with clients or potential clients.  

What is the story behind SPACES? Is it an acronym for something?

SPACES wants to redefine how work is done. Making a call to the inspired ones. The corporate shakers, business nomads, freelancers, energetic entrepreneurs, international workers, mobile movers, project teams, start-ups and well-established companies. SPACES in your place to work. Where you’ll watch businesses grow because of people and ideas. Where you’ll surround yourself with those who love what they do. And, where nothing beats a mental block like a really great cup of coffee.

Originating in Amsterdam, SPACES was built on the idea that success breeds more success. That’s why we’ve cultivated a community of members who are thinkers, achievers and imagineers. We’ve built work spaces that suit your every need. And our energetic staff attends to all the details so you can focus on your next big idea.

 

How did you come up with this idea?

We wanted to give our members the ability to meet new people without leaving the office. Each moment provides our members with the opportunity to pick a new spot in the business club which is a beautifully designed work space created to facilitate new connections. Whether your mind-mapping, meeting, collaborating or crunching numbers, the designer desks, tables, sofas, incredibly fast WiFi and informal meeting areas provide the perfect place for every business need. So even if you want a quiet desk Monday to finalize the details of your plan, a large table Tuesday to coordinate with your team, a lunch table Wednesday to meet a new client, and a cozy coffee corner the rest of the week to meet potential candidates. SPACES has all the spaces you’ll need.

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What is your general idea or mission when it comes to helping business owners and entrepreneurs take the next step in their career with SPACES?

Afraid of commitment I say? We have your own office space with flexible contracts. Some businesses do better with their own office space. Somewhere you can post your plans for world domination away from prying eyes. No matter if you need a few square feet or a few hundred square feet, SPACES can provide you with a perfectly sized environment for you and your team. Forget the cube farm – customize your new space with your own identity, set it up the way it works for you, and settle in knowing you can access your secure space 24/7 – with full access to the rest of the floor. And because we know how quickly business can change, we’ll never ask you to sign your life away – our contract terms are flexible and tailored to your specific needs. Plus, you’ll still have access to everything SPACES has to offer, so you can rent less space while having more space to use.

 

Do you have any strategies for making a client feel comfortable in their work space?

The first thing you do is personally walk them over and introduce them to the onsite center team. Knowing who the points of contacts are for the location is crucial for a member. The new member would also be personally invited to the first event at the center to demonstrate the additional value SPACES provides and introduce them to as many other members as possible to make them feel welcomed. The more people they know at the office the more included they feel in the community.

 

Can you tell me more about your business plans when working with people in the business world to helping them achieve their goals?

Today’s connections could be tomorrow’s new business. More than simply a place to plug in your laptop, what really makes SPACES unique is the community we’ve worked to cultivate. Start up a conversation while you wait for your coffee or introduce yourself over lunch, and you may just find a partner for your next big venture. Or download the SPACES app to help you find a member or book a room for your meeting. The energy of the SPACES community is contagious and even if you don’t find a new business associate, you may find a new friend. Add an international network of mobile work spaces and a full calendar of business events,  speakers and networking lunches, and you’ll see just how hard SPACES works to keep you engaged and open to new possibilities. At SPACES we believe that a cultural program of events enriches your work-like experience.

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What are the next steps when it comes to SPACES?

To change the way, how, where and when people work. Plug into our energy and watch your world accelerate. Let’s discover the world together.

 

Are you planning to expand your business?

We now have over 50 locations currently in the U.S. with 15 of those in California with our newest location set to open in October of this year in Hollywood.

 

How has your customer service skills in the community and towards business clients helped you in your career?

Keeping the customer first in any light always helps to keep the focus on the key element in driving any business which is ultimately customer service. Maintaining this at the forefront of a business is crucial to its success. Striving for excellence here each and every day is always the goal not only for myself but the entire team. Making sure this is communicated to the entire team is what keeps the message consistent.

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Was this something you always wanted to do?

Well, I was always very much into sports and WAS competitive in pretty much everything I did, so once I figured out I wasn’t going to be a major league athlete I set my focus in the business world. Property management is also very competitive so although I don’t have fans clamoring here for me I still get the fulfillment  and satisfaction for helping our members succeed.

 

How can readers reach out to you and connect with you?

SPACES – Fashion District DTLA (213)358-7000

                Mobile – (424)362-5562

                Email – David.Morrison@spacesworks.com

                Website – https://www.spacesworks.com/los-angeles/row-dtla/

 

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Children’s Book Author, Lenny Williams Inspires Children in the Black Community; New Book Releases August 18th

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  • It’s amazing to see a male author that writes children’s books because it’s very motivational! How did your journey as a children’s book author came about?

Well anyone who knows me personally knows that I absolutely love children. I may not want any of my own since I’m already the oldest of eight, but I still love the energy and joy children bring to the world.

Now when it comes to my journey as a children’s book author it was a very difficult one. In 2013 when I decided to write a bedtime story called ‘Dreaming Their Way Out’ I had no idea how I was going to publish it. I had also looked everywhere in the state of Delaware (which is where I live) for an illustrator for nearly two years, but the artists I contacted were inconsistent with communication, or sometimes didn’t want to take on the challenge of illustrating a book—even if I was paying them well.

So by 2015, I found an illustrator named, Ohana Tozato, on Instagram. The crazy part is that she lives all the way in Germany, but she was the only one who responded to my message, and from there on we created Dreaming Their Way Out. After a year and a half of working on the finalization of the book, and finally finding an independent publisher; my road to being a successful author had begun.

  • Tell us more about your books

 

When it comes to my books you will always find a common theme.

 

MAGIC!

 

I love creating unique and magic books! I have this undeniable urge to pull my readers right into my stories and into my world. I’ve found that once people read my stories they never want them to end or better yet they want sequels added to them. That makes me proud because it reminds me that I’ve just created a classic.

 

As an author I’m striving to be the best of all-time, and I also strive to be pioneer in the writing world. I don’t want any of my stories to be similar to someone else’s; it has to be on a level of its own. Don’t get me wrong I love supporting my fellow authors, but at the same time I love a friendly competition, and if you aren’t striving to be the absolute best in your field, then you’re wasting your time in my opinion.

 

Alright so about my books:

 

Dreaming Their Way Out is a magical bedtime story about seven orphans who are desperately yearning for a family. One night while dreaming about escaping the orphanage something indescribable happens; and they discover something amazing about themselves. They do not realize that this discovery will change their lives forever.

 

The Holiday Dream is a sequel to Dreaming Their Way Out. In this story the children take a trip to the North Pole to find the perfect gifts for their guardians. Throughout this journey they meet a peaceful nun, Santa Claus, Mrs. Claus, elves, and Rudolph.

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Asha the Princess of Matana is about a young black American man who meets an African Princess, outside the gates of her enormous kingdom; and the deeper you get into the story you learn that they ultimately fall in love with each other

 

Asha is filled with magic, romance, and adventure.

 

Snippet: After winning a trip to Matana, Africa, Jamal and his friend Tamir stumble upon a kingdom full of mystery and wonder. During the process of their journey they meet a princess named Asha. Jamal eventually helps the princess discover a power within her that she never knew was there. This story is dedicated to our ancestors and most of all to black women.

 

Education Is Power: A Snippet of the Life of W.E.B Du Bois This story is about African-American civil rights activist W.E.B. Du Bois and it teaches children about the need for education. Young W.E.B. Du Bois will be talking about how education gave him the POWER to become a great learner and a great teacher. This power, found through education, led him to become a leader, an author, a humanitarian, an activist, and an overall great person that made an impact in the world. Du Bois encourages children that they can do whatever they put their mind too through the power of education.

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She’s Divine Literally separated by two dimensions, the universe somehow finds a way to bring Noah King, and Diana Divine together, and ultimately teaches them that there’s beauty within life and the afterlife.

 

Hardworking college student Noah King earns an internship as a therapist at a care center for the elderly. He’s determined to complete it and finish his psychology degree early. But things take an unusual turn one night when one of his patient’s dead granddaughters, Diana Divine, appears in his room. Throughout their journey to figure out how and why they met and what their purpose is, their chemistry grows into an unbreakable bond.

 

This novel is romantic, magical, heart-wrenching, and wondrous all at the same time.

 

  • Everyone has to start from somewhere when it comes to writing and finding what they are truly good at. I read the story in your bio that you started writing your junior year of college in which your professor inspired you to do so.  What was going through your mind at that time?

 

At that time during my junior year of college I was going to school to earn my Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice to become an FBI Agent or detective one day. I was also interning with a law firm and the police department at the same time. I was so focused and concerned with being in law enforcement that it never truly occurred to me that it wasn’t a passion of mine. I believe I was more concerned about having a financially stable career over anything.

 

Now before I get to the actual story, I have to tell you that my 10th grade English teacher, Mrs. Szczuka, and my 12th grade English teacher, Mrs. Sylvia, told me that I should become a writer one day. Every time the class had creative writing assignments, my teachers were blown away. They loved my imagination and where I would go with my stories. At the time I appreciated their comments, but I never thought that writing would be something that could impact my life financially, so I didn’t take it into consideration.

 

By my junior year of college after completing a creative writing assignment, my professor pulled me to the side and told me that I should seriously consider being an author. The funny thing is that I can’t even remember what I wrote about that day to make him even want to say that to me. But at that point I knew I had to give it a try.

 

Once I applied myself and truly devoted my time to writing a story that year, I noticed that not only was I a gifted fiction writer, but that this writing thing was also a passion of mine. In my mind, I told myself that once I graduated early that I would take a year off from applying at any police departments or law enforcement jobs to write stories.

 

That’s exactly what I did and from there on my life changed.

 

  • The fact that you have a very great imagination, your topics of choice are wonderful when you wrote your books. Where did the inspiration come from?

 

Thank you so much for saying that. Hearing compliments like that make my day.

Growing up I was inspired by Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, Space Jam, and every Disney movie you could think of; but for the most part I believe most of my inspiration comes from nature, especially the night sky. Once I star-gaze my imagination goes wild.

 

It sounds crazy but it’s something I can’t control. I think I’m just the source or the messenger God is using to bring new creative stories to the world.

 

  • How long does it typically take you to write your books?

 

It usually takes me a month to write a bedtime story or a very detailed children’s book.

 

Education Is Power was the quickest story I’ve ever written. That only took me a day to write because it was biography and it was an educational book for pre-k – 1st graders, so couldn’t write a super long story like I’m used to doing.

 

When it comes to my novels it takes about three months to write them, but about six months to a year to finish up the editing and re-drafting.

 

  • What type of message do you want people and kids to take away from your books?

 

After reading my stories I want people to spread love, magic, and positivity throughout the world because we truly need it.

 

  • I really like the character Asha you created. It reminds me of an animated movie she could definitely be in!  Have you thought about submitting the story as well as the character to the Disney network for possible movie or TV suggestions?

 

Thank you! People really love Asha. That story is going to be a hard one to top. While writing Asha I truly knew in my heart that I could convert it into an animation film one day.

 

I’ve actually submitted my early work to Disney before while I was in college but they told me they couldn’t accept it because it was against their policy too; and they also said they weren’t hiring writers either.

 

 So when Asha was published last year, I didn’t even attempt to send it to Disney because I didn’t want them stealing my work. But I did reach out to black owned film companies and animation studios about working with them, or to at least give me some advice, but they never answered me. I even tried reaching out to famous black directors, producers, and writers, just for advice, but I still haven’t received a response. So I know this is all going to have to be done on a grassroots level.

 

The sad thing is that once Asha continues to grow and it ends up in Hollywood, the people that I emailed and messaged before for help, will probably try to reach out to me then.

 

That’s just how it works I guess.

 

 

  • I see that you have a new book coming out called “She’s Divine” which is scheduled to be released August 18th. How long did it take you to write the romantic story? The story that’s on your website that led up to this story is very powerful.

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Yes my handful of fans are really excited about this upcoming novel She’s Divine ha-ha. It took me three months to write this story, or probably even two months.

 

And thank you! God truly intervened during that tragic moment in my life. When my cousin died last year it was hard for me to function through daily life. That’s why glad God caused a divine intervention throughout those difficult months because I truly needed it. Even though it’s hard to talk about I’m glad I wrote about the situation on my website. So if anyone is confused by what you and I are talking about right now, they can check out my website lennysimagination.com to find out how She’s Divine came about.

 

  • Since your books has been released, has there been any fun events you been to promoting your books?

 

That’s a tough one; I guess it’s a tie between every black book festival I go to.

 

  • Where do you see yourself five years from now?

 

Five years from now I see myself working in Los Angeles writing movie scripts and probably directing films.

 

  • When it comes to writing, what keeps you motivated and inspired?

 

I believe God, nature, my family, and good people continue to inspire me and motivate me to write. For me, writing is like a flame that will never burn out.

 

I would also say that having a great working relationship with my illustrator keeps me motivated. If you follow my page you can probably already tell that Kaitlin June is my favorite artist.

 

She’s the one who illustrated Asha and she’s going to illustrate the covers for my upcoming novels. I think Kaitlin is the only illustrator I’ve worked with who lives in the U.S. But besides that Kaitlin understands me and my themes, she does a fantastic job bringing my vision to life.

 

On top of that she’s very patient with me. Trust me I know because I can be very tedious and a hard-ass sometimes when it comes to having books looking and sounding immaculate.  But she continues to help and I honestly hope that her art travels all over the world, and that she becomes one of the most famous artist of our generation.

 

  • Are their any special writing techniques you use when writing?

 

Yes, first I write down notes and I mean as many notes as possible!

 

Secondly, I come up with a cover concept and contact one of my illustrators while I develop an outline of the story.

 

Once the outline is developed I begin to work on the 1st rough draft. This is the most important part when it comes to the writing process because you want to bring out all the imagination you can. The more information and detail—the better. 

 

I usually create about 50 rough drafts.

 

After my last rough draft is finished, I start on my first final draft and polish up what I’ve written.

 

After working on multiple final drafts, and I usually come to a realization that there is nothing else left for me to do, so I submit the work to my editor.

 

Once my editor is finished I submit everything (cover, back cover, edited draft) to my publisher.

 

Then the book is published once I find a perfect date.

 

  • What is next for Lenny Williams?

 

Well I have 4 novels left to write, and three more children’s books left to write.

 

Spoiler for the novels: They both have a sequel, which adds up to four novels.

 

I guess I can also spill the beans on the titles at least but I can tell you what they’re going to be about yet because that’s a surprise:

 

 

Roxanne’s World

Jackie’s World

Zena: Andre’s Last Hope part 1

Zena: Andre’s Last Hope part 2

 

 

After that I’m going to use my imagination to make a change in the filming world by consistently working on movie scripts.

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  • How can readers connect with you?

 

They can contact me at sugarraylenny@gmail.com or itsonus247@gmail.com

Or on Instagram at sugarraylenny or lennys_imagination. I basically message everyone back besides the pages that ask if I want 1,000 more followers, or if I want to make $2,000 in 25 minutes.

 

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Taraji P. Henson Launches Foundation to Bring Awareness for Mental Health and to Honor her Dad

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Actress Taraji P. Henson just launched a new foundation called “The Boris Henson Foundation” in honor of her late father that passed away in 2006 due to liver cancer.  But the main reason why Henson is doing this is to increase awareness for mental health among the black community.  

Her father also suffered with mental health so Henson wanted to do something revolving around that.  He was also a Vietnam veteran who suffered through various of things; being homeless was one of them.  Henson named the foundation (BLHF) after her dad is because of his unconditional love.  The foundation will launch a special fundraiser called “Taraji’s Boutique of Hope” which will be held on September 22nd in Beverly Hills.  The goal of the fundraiser is to raise funds to provide resources to increase mental health support in urban schools. 

 

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The Renaissance Man Prescribes a Good Dose of Good Health& Motivation

  1. Tell me more about your career of being a doctor

I am a Behavior Scientist.  I focus on helping individuals, parents, teams, and organizations change their unwanted behaviors to desired behaviors.  This is done by preparing different interventions, based on the individual’s history and life. No two individuals have the same experiences; thus every intervention is different. It is always based on the client’s needs and focus.  

  1. How did growing up in a low-income area make you want to become a better person? Did you face any challenges growing up?

The biggest challenges I faced growing up were having to grow up quickly and realizing that my future depended on my efforts.  Understanding that my Father was addicted to narcotics and spending time in and out of prison, forced me to observe, behave, and act as an adult at a very young age.  I did not have the luxury of a responsibility-free childhood. As my Mother worked hours on end to make ends meet, I knew that whatever I wanted for my future I had to make happen through my efforts. There was no safety net for me to fall back on as I walked the tight rope of life.  Adding academic and athletic excellence into the mix, it taught me a discipline and focus that allowed me to thrive. Seeing what I saw as a young child and understanding the focus needed to succeed, forced me to be the best possible version of myself from a young age. Admittedly, I still struggle at times being my greatest self but the pursuit for excellence is forever present, 

  1. I see that you are doing a lot of great things in your life, has your motivation helped others in their personal lifestyle?

I do believe it has helped others.  That can come in the form of me working with a client, my football players (I coach high school football) wanting to work as hard for me as I do for them, or old friends, family, and former students reaching out asking for my assistance in many endeavors.  It is a form of flattery when someone looks to you as motivation and shares their desire for your help.

  1. When did you decide that you were going to create the “Docs Daily Dose for Dads” podcast? How did you come up with the title?

It has always been an idea, I just wasn’t sure when to start it or what to call it.  I knew helping parents, especially Fathers was something I loved and was one of the best ways for me to be of service to those in the world.  After my first podcast with a friend ended, I knew I had the experience and know how to avoid some of the earlier hurdles and decided to get rolling on Doc’s Daily Dose for Dads.  As for the name itself, it simply came after some brainstorming in my office one night. As soon as I thought of it, I knew that would be the name of the show.

  1. What do you want people to take away from your motivational tips on your podcast?

There are 3 things I really want people to get from my daily tips.  The first is that I am not perfect and will never try to act as though I am.  I am a different cat. I may be the messenger for some and I may not, but that is okay.  Some of the things I share may work or they may not, specifically for you and that is okay as well.  The point is, I am you. The second thing coincides with the first in that I am not telling anyone what to do.  I am offering suggestions and hope to hear feedback from those who listen. It takes a village and that is the concept I am sharing.  Basically, here are some things I know work well and hope they can be of use. Lastly, though I will give insight on mindset and perspective taking, I always have something tangible, an activity you can do to see things change in your life.  So many people who offer advice talk about changing mindset but essentially, they do not provide ways to do so. This leaves the listener excited when they leave but as they enter the real world and do not have actual tangible things to do, they become lost and suffer even further.  My focus is to talk about some mindset issues but to provide everyone with a practical approach that will change behavior, behavior you can see and changes you will observe.

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  1. When did your writing career as an author come about?

I have always loved to write since a very young age.  My Father did a lot of random writing and I believe watching him fill yellow notepads fueled my love for writing.  Observing him is where my writing career began. It was honed further throughout school and when publishing research experiments in graduate school.  The interesting thing is there is no genre in which I defer with respect to my writing. I have written a manuscript for an academic, peer-reviewed scientific journal to a one-man show production to philosophical papers to poetry.  If the idea is present, it can be put on paper.

  1. How many books have you written? Do you plan to write any more books in the near future?

I currently have written one book that I have never attempted to publish (saving it for some reason); a research experiment in an academic journal; a poem for an anthology; an e-book being released before the new year; and am focused on a book now that I plan on publishing.  

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  1. As a motivational speaker, what places have you traveled to speak at? What message do you want people to hear?

I have traveled through the United States to speak including California, Colorado, New York, Florida, and Iowa.  There are many different topics I cover. However, I think the most important is the message of understanding the necessity of the things we deem “negative,” “evil,” “bad,” or any other adjective you can come up with that we do not like as a people.  Everything in this world is inherently linked to it’s opposite. We cannot know short without tall, big without small, or good without bad. As so as everyone fights to stamp out the negative, we give no thought to its necessity. I am not suggesting we do not fight against the things we see as injustice.  What I am saying is that there is no justice without injustice. This allows us fighting for the good to respect the entity we are fighting against and understand that it is necessary for growth. If all the “bad” was demolished and only the “good” was left standing, where do we go from there? There is nowhere to go.  Thus, all growth comes from death and all death begins the process of life. Take this for what you will but know that there is nothing in this world that stand alone without it opposite. They are inherently linked and necessary for not only the balance of life but the essence of life itself.

  1. Are you currently working on any new projects?

There are a few projects in the works.  We are providing workshops, talks, one-on-one services.  There are multiple retreats for parents and their children being developed.  We also have a few video productions in the works as well as a theatrical performance, all meant to stimulate the idea of growth and changing your behavior for the better.  All info on these projects can be found on the website as well as the option to book for any services, workshops or talks.

10) How can readers connect with you? What is the link to your social media, podcast and you tube series?

All of my information is available here.  

Dr. Antonio M. Harrison

Cell: (626) 316-3622

Email: aharrison@rebirthbx.com

Website: www.rebirthbx.com

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I’ll Take the ‘Popular Category’ for $200 Alex!

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Every year when the Academy Oscars come around, lots of people are trying to figure out which category movies, actresses and actors should be placed in as well as directors and writers.  It’s a very big deal in case you didn’t know especially in the film industry.  Imagine an actor or actress who has worked their butt off for the last couple of years as what they do and not get nominated.  Well let me rephrase that, it’s not all about who doesn’t gets nominated, because in the end, every actor, actress, director and writer are winners! 

 

But let’s talk about the new category that has had some people in anger and talking.  The Oscars decided to add a new category to the list and that is the “most popular picture”  Seriously what do you guys feel about that new category being added?  Do you think that it is fair since they already have “Best picture” category added? There has been a lot of great movies so far this year with Black Panther kicking the numbers straight out the ball park with the gross numbers they have been receiving.  Ryan Coogler definitely deserves an Oscar for this movie!  

According to http://www.vulture.com, here are some of the top good movies so far in 2018:

  1. Black Panther
  2. Paddington 2
  3. The First Purge
  4. Blockers
  5. Isle of Dogs
  6. Annihilation 
  7. Leave No Trace
  8. Love after Love
  9. Sorry to Bother You
  10. Won’t You Be My Neighbor? 

Other movies that appeared on other sites such as ‘Rotten Tomatoes’ and ‘Parade’ had some of the same movie adding “A Quiet Place” “Love Simon” and “The Incredibles 2”

 

So the next Oscar should be very exciting especially with the new category.

 

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Are Your Curves Worth DYING For?

“My anaconda DUNK!”

A new show is coming to BET called Killer Curves: Bodies to Die for is produced by Lala Anthony.   So many women in the industry has leveled up to certain expectations that having a phat butt and large breasts and thighs will make them look physically attractive and hot! Maybe in that case, but what about the health side affects or the after math years down the line? A lot of black women; especially on reality TV is getting butt injections, breast implants and even lip injections just to have that banging body.  Personally I don’t think that is worth dying for.  

K-Michelle who an R and B singer and a reality star on Love N Hip Hop Hollywood has had butt injections and has paid the price for it when she started getting sick and getting headaches all the time.  “After I got my butt shots, I felt like I had confidence,” stated K. Michelle in an article on The Source. 

She will be on Killer Curves: Bodies to Die for which airs tonight on BET at 10 pm EST. 

 

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Guest Post from I Am Queen Magazine: Interview

I had the pleasure to interview Actress and singer Daniela Torchia about her career and journey as both an actress and singer.  You can read more on I Am Queen Magazine Blog!

 

https://iamqueenmagazine.com/2018/08/08/actress-and-singer-daniela-torchia-talks-about-music-and-new-film-projects/

 

 

 

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Overdosing is the REAL Thing! Don’t Judge!

There has been a lot of celebrity stars who has been dealing with a lot of issues; whether it’s family issues, dealing with low self-esteem or something else, celebrities has an image to pertain because everyone sees them on social media! Social media is filled with trolls with their ratchet comments and evil thoughts.  It’s no wonder a lot of celebrities are clapping back on social media and replying to unwanted comments.  

But what I’m really saying is that overdosing is the real thing!  No one deserves to die from these horrible things nor should celebrities should be judged by most of their actions.  As I was interviewing BET Rebel actor Danielle Truitt, she talked about one of her movements called “Be Eternal; The Artist Thriving series which is a movement for artists in the entertainment industry who goes through a lot of life situations such as rejections, self-esteem, suicide and others.  

Like with Demi Lovato and her addictions, she is going to rehab which is a great thing and a definite step to getting better.  Of course the trolls has already snuck their way into the comments and of course started their “ratchet chants and comments,” but her focus definitely should be on herself with her support system by her side and ignoring social media altogether.  It’s a shame what social media can actually do to a person mentally which all the fame taking over and pressure of keeping up with their entertainment buzz such as music and new albums, new products, new business and so forth.  Especially as a music artist, your fans expect you to produce new music often.  

So the next time you read about a celebrity or anybody overdosing, don’t judge because you never know what that person is really going through.  If they are willing to change their life around, it proves they are taking the necessary steps on the right track. 

 

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Possible Cosmetics is all about Possibilities

Beauty is in the eye who believes.  If you have a dream, then go for it!  As for Renata Eileena, she has made her mark as the owner and founder of Possible Cosmetics.  

Renata has always had a keen eye for beauty and fashion, so that wasn’t nothing new walking in the footsteps of her business.   The name “Possible Cosmetics” came from a gospel song called “All things are possible”

“It kind of embodied me. I came this far,” states Renata

Possible Cosmetics is four years old and is birthing all different types of new looks.  She is the only black owned cosmetic line at the second largest mall in America called King of Prussia.  

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Photo Courtesy of Possible Cosmetics

“I decided to go to the mall to see about a kiosk.  I only had samples with me.  The guy that was helping me decided to drop the price.  He saw my vision,” stated Eileena

Everybody and their mama has a cosmetic line, but one thing that Possible Cosmetics offers is the educational piece.  the line even offers a book that teaches how to start your own cosmetic line.  Some of the best sellers are the Ruby Red and the Velvet Lipstick.  So ladies if you are ever looking for some new colors in your life to add to your collection, take a peak at Possible Cosmetics.  

“I am trying to build a digital brand as well.  I always say do what you are good at.  I was born for this” stated Eileena

Everyone has their favorite part of their business.  I asked Renata what her favorite part of her business is and this is what she had to say:

“My customers!  They keep me going.  I’m always getting positive feedback such as the quality of the product and the fast service”

Possible Cosmetics is already in two stores in Philidelphia.  Sometimes funding isn’t enough to get into bigger stores, but one monkey isn’t about to stop Renata’s show.  Some of her products are locates in stores such as “My BFF Closet” which is a big boutique and “Nikko’s Jewelry Box”  Online stores are the biggest market yet!  New projects that she is currently working on is the Possible Academy to push more educational pieces.  Also there will be a beauty expo starting May 25th that will be held in California.  
“I want to move and grow the line.  I also want a center for entrepreneurs for black children.  I want to teach about loans, credit, etc.  You have to keep walking, keep working, and keep praying.  God gave me a vision” 

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Photo Courtesy of Possible Cosmetics

 

You can visit Possible Cosmetics at http://www.possiblecosmetics.com