*Bre Scullark is one of my two favorite models, the other being Chanel Iman. She is so down to earth, personable, and beautiful with lots of ambition and drive. Definitely someone I look up to & I aspired to follow in her footsteps until I finally came to terms with the fact that I was too short! lol
Brown Beauty of the Week: Andrea Lewis! Andrea was born on August 15, 1985, in Toronto. She is a singer-songwiter, actress who currently lives between Toronto and L.A. She is most recognized by her role as “Hazel” on the hit show Degrassi, but has been acting since the age of 13. Andrea has played in The Natalie Cole Story, Down in the Delta, Cadet Kelly, Spectacular, A Holiday Romance, The Soul Food series, and Mocassin Flats III. She has also played a role in the musical Hairspray and Dreamgirls as Lorell. Lewis began writing songs at the age of 12 and released her first album “Float Away”. Her most recent album 54321(the takeoff) is a collection of songs about the nature of love. She is coming out with two mixtapes, one specifically for TGAW in the very near future. She and Shannon Boodram are also working on a pilot to bring thier web channel TGAW to the television screen!
Did you know??
Lewis’ mother is Jamaican and her father is from St. Vincent.
Andrea and Shannon met when they were 7 years old
If Andrea could play anyone in the autobiographical movie of thier life, it would be Whitney Houston and/or Chaka Khan
Andrea’s hair is naturally curly, she doesn’t use heat to curl it.
54321 is free to download (thanks Andrea!) click here
Andrea is hilarious!
Andrea got to meet Maya Angelou when acting in Down in the Delta. She gave her the advice that “Everything comes in it’s own time” and an inscribed copy of her book I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
She loves Beyonce!
I so admire this woman’s talent ambition, drive, determination, positivity, humor, beauty, and the way she carries herself! She is truly inspirational and makes me want to be the kinda woman she is one day, - a boss! On their YouTube Channel ThoseGirlsAreWild, Shandrea Lewis (Andrea Lewis and Shannon Boodram) showcase their amazing personalities. Andrea and her best friend , Shannon are the definition of wild- “living life out loud” as they say, truly being who they are and giving no explanation while also helping other young women to embrace themselves as well. They speak on every issue you can imagine that interests them and not just pop culture or the latest gossip. They have beauty and brains! Shannon is also a photographer and published author! These ‘wild girls’ encourage women to think for themselves, be themselves, and express who they are-Are you a Wild Girl?? #WildGirlsUnite!
Brown Beauty of the Week: Gladys Knight. Gladys was born May 28, 1944 in Atlanta, Georgia. She is a singer-songwriter, actress, humanitarian and author. She is also known as “The Empress of Soul” and best known for hits recorded with her group ‘Gladys Knight and The Pips” from 1966 to the late 70’s. As a solo act she has one four grammys along with other numerous awards. Gladys has also made guest appearance on several television shows and movies. She currently has a new single out called “I Who Have Nothing”.
Did you know??
Gladys Knight and The Pips released 25 albums
The group consisted of Gladys, her brother and cousins and was named after another cousin, James “Pip” Woods
Knight’s son Shanga owns a chain of chicken and waffles restaurants based in Atlanta, called Gladys Knight and Ron Winans’ Chicken and Waffles.
Gladys Knight won $2,000 in 1952 on the show “Ted Macks Original Amateur Hour” when she was 7 years old singing “Too Young” by Nat King Cole
Gladys Knight and the Pips were inducted into the rock and roll Hall of Fame in 1996
She received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Rhythm & Blues Foundation in 1998.
Brown Beauty of the Week[end] & this upcoming week!: Tasha Smith
Tasha Smith was born on February 28, 1971 in Camden, New Jersey.She is a gorgeous, very talented and versatile actress.The first time I ever saw her was in her role in the miniseries The Corner. You may know her best from her roles in Tyler Perry’s Why Did I get Married films as the loud woman with a strong personality that always says what’s on her mind!Also, as the twin’s mother in ATL. Unlike a good many of the characters she plays she has said she is more sensitive and vulnerable. More recently, she is starring in the new television series For Better or Worse on TBS(which I am very much enjoying so far). This series follows the home life of her character Angela from the Why Did I get Married films and her husband, Marcus. I encourage all to pick up the most recent issue of Essence Magazine with her on the cover! Her compelling story is featured inside of her addiction to drugs until she had a revelation leading to her finding God recovering. She has been drug-free for 16 years. Upon doing that she was able to fully embrace her talent and embark on her dream of becoming an actress.
Did you know??
Tasha has a twin named Sidra!
She is 5’9
Her first role was in Robert Townsend’s variety show , Townsend Television
Smith is very good friends with Tisha Campbell, whom she credits with showing her a better way
She teaches at her very own acting workshop called Tasha Smith’s Acting Workshop in LA
Tyra was the one who recommended Tasha for a part in Daddy’s Little Girls
She is very happily married to entrepreneur and author Kieth Douglass
Brown Beauty of the Week: Oprah Winfrey was born on January 29, 1954. She is a businesswoman, talk show host, actress, producer, and philanthropist.Her award-winning talk show was the highest-rated program of its kind in history and was nationally syndicated from 1986 to 2011. Oprah her own television network & a self titled life enrichment magazine where she is the cover model on each one! Oprah is extremely influential, encouraging and inspiring. She has a big heart and is a natural teacher. She changes lives and encourages us to live. Oprah is an amazing woman!!
Did you know??
Oprah Winfrey graduated from Tennessee State University, with a bachelor’s degree in Speech and Performing Arts.
She has been ranked the richest African American of the 20th century, the greatest black philanthropist in American history,and was for a time the world’s only black billionaire.
Winfrey was originally named “Orpah” after the Biblical character in the Book of Ruth, but her family and friends “didn’t know how to pronounce it”, and called her “Oprah” instead.
Oprah & Stedman have been together since 1986!
The power of Winfrey’s opinions and endorsement to influence public opinion, especially consumer purchasing choices, has been dubbed “The Oprah Effect”
The Oprah Angel Network Katrina registry raised more than $11 million for relief efforts
Oprah’s favorite color is green. (Like me! yay lol)
Oprah Winfrey is scared of heights. In February 2007, Oprah revealed she has also had a fear of chewing gum since childhood.
Lauryn Noelle Hill was born May 26, 1975 in South Orange, New Jersey She is a recording artist, musician, producer and actress. She first became known as a member of the Fugees. She was nationally recognized in 1993 for her role in Sister Act 2 when she sang “His Eye is on the Sparrow” &”Joyful Joyful”.In 1998,released her first solo album The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill . Her acting credits include the play Club XII ,& the motion pictures King of the Hill, Hav Plenty, and Restuarant.
Did you know??
Lauryn appeared on the soap opera As the World Turns when she was a young girl
She comes from a family that is very musically inclined!
She has six children, five of them with Rohan Marley
Lauryn has been one to avoid publicity!
Michelle Obama told BCC that she frequently listens to Hill on her Ipod
It’s hard for me to choose just one song of hers as my favorite, I love them all :)
She received five Grammy Awards for The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill
Gabby is an actress who made her debut in the film “Precious” written by Sapphire, produced by Tyler Perry & Oprah.She was born May 6, 1983 in Brooklyn, New York. Since then, she has starred in The Big C (sitcom) , Yelling to the Sky (movie) , & Tower Heist (movie).
Did You Know??
She was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Performance in “Precious”!
Her mother is an R&B and Gospel singer. She appeared on the fifth season of America’s Got Talent.
Oprah wanted to be Gabby’s date to the Oscar’s but Gabby was starstruck and declined.
Brown Beauty of the Week: Jill Marie Jones!! ,Popularly known as Toni Childs from the popular sitcom “Girlfriends” I wanna see her in more movies & shows! She’s SO talented & gorgeous!
Did you know??
Jill is from Texas but currently resides in LA!
She was a Dallas Cowboys cheerleader for 2 years
She appeared in the movie “The Perfect Holiday” and music videos “She Got Her Own” by Ne-yo & “Got Your Back” by T.I.
She recently starred in the TBS Sitcom “Gillian in Georgia”
She left “Girlfriends” because her contract was up & she wanted to do movies.
In Kanye Wests song ,’ Glory’ he references her when he says “House on the hill two doors from Tracee Ross and I’m asking about her girlfriends yea the dark skined one” (he could be talking about Maya , also .)
She also starred in movies :Redrum, Movie Star (with Jessica Simpson) and The Comeback, so check her out!
Brown Beauty of the Week: Alek Wek (age 34) is a Sudanese British Model who first appeared on the catwalks at the age of 18 in 1995. She is from the Dinka ethnic group in South Sudan. In 1991 she and some family members fled to Britain to escape the civil war in Sudan. She later moved to the United States.She first received attention when she appeared in the music video for “Golden Eye” by Tina Turner, in 1995 & was signed to Ford Models in 1996. She was named “Model of the Year” in 1997 by MTV.
Did you Know??
She was the first African model to appear on the cover of Elle, also in 1997.
Wek also designs a range of designer handbags called “Wek 1933”
She is currently signed to Storm Models in London
She currently lives in Brooklyn, New York
Thanks for voting guys!! =)
Brown Beauty of the Week: Issa Rae
We all became familiar with her through her online webseries “Awkward Black Girl”. She is the director , editor, writer AND main character ! She was inspired to write and produce this series because she found that she didn’t see many women like her being portrayed on television. She was black , and she was awkward, something almost all African American women can relate to at some point in thier lives , but you would rarely hear a woman anounce that. Well now , Issa has every black woman young and old saying it loud “I’m black-AWKWARD-And I’m proud!!” Her series is real, funny and very relateable. There is also a very diverse cast. The only thing about this series that puts a slight frown on my face is the fact that there are new episodes only once a month! Ugh, I can’t wait for it to hit the cable networks, I’m hooked! She was able to sucessfully raise the funds needed to keep bringing us this now very popular series through Kickstarter.com , an effective resource used to promote and fund-raise for your creative project. She is a very inspiring woman as she is the director/producer of all her productions, and she is an entrepreneur showing us that our dreams are achievable.
Did you know??
Issa Rae was born Jo-Issa Rae Diop
Tracy Oliver who plays her rival, “Nina” is a co-producer on the show.
Rae graduated from Stanford University
you can read more about Issa on her website : issarae.com
OR just google her name! She’s done several great interviews just recently on her success.
She is so uplifting and positive with her messages. She is very beautiful and inspiring . I love her.
India.Arie is a Grammy Award-winning American soul, R&B, and neo soul musician, songwriter, and producer. She has sold over 3.3 million records on U.S. and 10 million worldwide. She has won four Grammy Awards and received 18 nominations, including Album of the Year, Record of the Year,Song of the Year,Best New Artist.
Did you know??
India Arie was born India Arie Simpson
She was born in Denver, Colorado
She was signed to MOTOWN as a teenager!
She is 35 years old .
Brown Beauty Of the Week: Leomie Anderson
Leomie was born in 1993 in London, England. She is currently being represented by Premier Model Management. She is 5’10. Anderson often speaks openly about racism & discrimination faced in the modeling world.
Brown Beauty of the Week: Lauren Keyana ”Keke“ Palmer (born August 26, 1993) is an American actress and singer who rose to fame for her performance in the 2006 filmAkeelah and the Bee. She currently stars as the title character in the NickelodeonsitcomTrue Jackson, VP. Palmer earns $20,000 per episode of True Jackson VP, making her the fourth highest paid child star on television.She cites Brandy and Aaliyah as her musical inspiration.