Tracee Ellis Ross JCPenney Collection

I don’t typically “fan girl” over celebrities, but I can’t help but crush over Tracee Ellis Ross. She announced on her Instagram that she’d be having a collection at JCPenney and I couldn’t have been happier. Now, when celebrities release their collections the styles may be cute, but it’s nothing that I fall over for. Scratch that, most are typically way over my budget. This TraceexJCP collboartion is right up my alley and I have been in love with the collection since she started sharing pics of the pieces that’d be available. I’m no fashion blogger, but I thought I’d share my top picks from the collection.

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The Power Playbook

wpid-wp-1421984798987.jpegLa La Anthony will be releasing her follow-up to her best-seller, The Love Playbook: Rules for Love, Sex, and Happiness. Keeping along the same lines she’s releasing a new book this spring, The Power Playbook: Rules for Independence, Money, and Success. I did not read the first one, but this one definitely is on my list of future reads based of the content. Who wouldn’t want to read about success?

The overview:

With her unparalleled drive and enterprising attitude, La La knows what it takes to follow a dream, define goals, and work relentlessly to achieve them. In The Power Playbook, she will share her tried-and-true advice for reaching new levels of success in whatever you set out to do.

Perfect for those setting out for the first time or for more established professionals looking to reevaluate their goals, The Power Playbook has an inspiring message for women of all ages.

Illustrated by personal stories of her own professional triumphs and challenges, La La reveals her secrets to finding success on your own terms and reminds us that big dreams require hard work, resilience, and an undying belief in yourself.

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I’m really excited to read this book and I can’t wait to read the next book she’ll have in this ‘playbook’ series. Congrats to La La for this one and cheers to another NY Times Best-Selling book.

The book will be released May 5th and is available for pre-order via Barnes & Noble (CLICK HERE).

J. Hud Artwork + Release Date

jhudJennifer Hudson revealed last month (early July) that her third studio album would be tiled J. Hud. Her previous works include Jennifer Hudson and I Remember Me. The album will be released September 23rd. The track list thus far includes:

  • ‘I Can’t Describe’
  • ‘Walk It Out’
  • ‘It’s Your World’ (feat. R. Kelly)
  • ‘Dangerous’
  • ‘He Ain’t Going Nowhere’

Take a listen to the album sample below (via IAmJHud Soudcloud):

 

 

Nicki Minaj Gets Animated

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Nicki Minaj will be debuting her new track, ‘Anaconda’, tomorrow (7.28) and her feature on Jessie J’s new track, ‘Bang Bang’, along with Ariana Grande debuts Tuesday (7.29) . This is all leading up to the release of her third studio album, The Pink Print. She’s been doing quite a bit from new music of her own, features, to exclusives with HSN, and acting. Nicki is no stranger to lending her voice to animation as she played her self in an episode of “The Cleveland Show” and as Haily in Ice Age: Continental Drift.

Well she’ll be giving her voice to an animated series, “Steven Universe”. She will play Sugilite, the combo of Garnet and Amethyst. Estelle is also featured in the episode as she voices Garnet.

The full episode titled “Coach Steven” will air August 21st at 6:30pm on Cartoon Network.

CLICK HERE to watch the snippet.

MMF Celebrates Black History in Music, Feb. 25

American Idol star, Jennifer Hudson, took home an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her role in Dreamgirls at 79th Annual Academy Awards on February 25, 2007.

Hudson played Effie White in the movie and was a STAR from her opening scene. Her cover/extended version of Jennifer Holiday’s, ‘And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going’ is unforgettable.

Post-Dreamgirls, Hudson went on to release 2 studio albums (Jennifer Hudson / I Remember Me), won a Grammy (plus other awards for acting/singing), and appeared in more movies such as: Sex & The City 2, The Secret Life of Bees, Black Nativity, and more. She starred as Winnie Mandela in the movie, Winnie, released in 2013. Her 3rd studio album is set to be released sometime this year and she’s released her first single of the project, ‘I Can’t Describe,’ featuring T.I.

MMF Celebrates Black History in Music, Feb. 12

EGOT

To win an EGOT , also known as GATE, is a significant achievement. An EGOT is a performer who wins a Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony. There’s not many African-Americans to have reached that peak, intact there are only two: Whoopi Goldberg and James Earl Jones.

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Whoopi Goldberg first received a Grammy in 1985  Five years later she took home an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress in Ghost. She has two Daytime Emmys, 2002/2009, and she received a Tony in 2002 as a producer of Throughly Modern Millie. She completed these achievements over the span of 17 years tying her for second to be the fastest to do so.

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James Earl Jones was put in a different category along with Barbara Streisand and Liza Minnelli, being that one of his wins was non competitive; it was a honorary award. To complete Jones’ EGOT he won a Tony in 1969, a Grammy in 1977, an Emmy in 1991, and was honored by the Academy in 2011. It has taken James 42 years to complete the EGOT making him the oldest in his category to complete it and the second oldest overall behind Helen Hayes.