Tomorrow, Disney Channel will premiere ‘Let It Shine’ at 8 p.m. EST/ 7 p.m. CST. This Disney Channel original features three young rising stars: Tyler James Williams, Coco Jones(a brown beauty!), and Trevor Jackson.
Below is an excerpt from the movie’s feature on blackcelebkids.com. Check out the interview BCK conducted with the cast here!
In the movie, Cyrus, played by Tyler James Williams (“Everybody Hates Chris”), is a shy, aspiring musician/songwriter that writes music under the pen name “Truth.” He enters a contest with a song that he writes about an unrequited love for an old friend, Roxanne, played by Coco Jones (Radio Disney “N.B.T.”). Too shy to present the song himself, Cyrus lets his best friend Kris, played by Trevor Jackson (“Eureka”), perform and take credit for the song. Cyrus idly stands by and watches as his best friend receives all of the accolades and begins to grab the heart of his crush.
Let It Shine is an inspiring movie set to the beat of gospel and hip-hop. The modern day Cyrano de Bergerac-inspired story is about three teenagers and how they learn the importance of being themselves.
*Courtney ‘Coco’ Jones is a 14 year old actress, singer, rapper, and dancer. She was born in South Carolina, but was raised in Tenessee. Coco was featured on Radio Disney’s ”Next Big Thing” in 2010 and made a cameo on “So Random” in 2012. She was also just recently signed to Hollywood Records!
The actress best known for her award winning role in “Akeelah and the Bee” is all grown up! Keke Palmer recently starred in the ‘made for tv’ movieRags which premiered on Nickelodeon last Monday. KeKe plays ‘Kadee Worth’, a young singer who, while trying to find herself musically also happens to find love. Earlier this year she starred in the movie Joyful Noise alongside the very talented Queen Latifah and Dolly Parton. If you have yet to see either films,don’t hesitate to because they are both amazing!
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check out Keke’s previous feature of Brown Beauty of the Week here!
The ‘Think like a Man’ actress, Gabrielle Union was spotted at the Susan G. Komen Foundation ‘Race for the Cure’ marathon in Washington, D.C. this past weekend. Gabby’s good friend passed away some years ago from breast cancer and since then, in effort to spread and educate women about breast cancer prevention, she became a global ambassador for Susan G. Komen’s ‘Circle of Promise’ program. In an interview with ABC.com before the event, Gabrielle Union stated, “Fear can literally kill you. You have to tell people that it’s better to know than not know. Prevention is the key. Don’t be so fearful of what the news may be that you just never go.”
Check out Gabrielle’s previous feature as Brown Beauty of the Week here!
Sunshine Abuwi is the creator/founder of the social network on Ning: Natural Sunshine; also known as the Facebook of Natural Hair. Natural Sunshine is a site that “celebrates Kinks, Curls, Afro’s and YOU!” This social network has over 14,000 members.
This video gives a more detailed overview of what the website is all about.
Stay in touch with Sunshine Abuwi by checking out her YouTube, and becoming a member of her Site. You can also follow her on twitter and add her on facebook.
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Fantasia Barrino is back! The Season 3 winner performed during the American Idol results show at the Nokia Theatre in L.A. The singer, who gave birth to her second child in December 2011, looked gorgeous on the red carpet in a sparkly purple dress. She later appeared onstage with this season’s runner up Joshua Ledet to perform “Take Me To The Pilot” by Elton John.