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All Eyez On Me Shows Tupac’s Evolving Legacy

First published via Houston Style Magazine, June 2017 Biopics are notoriously hit or miss. For every Ray – there are a dozen others that never should have been made – a visual reminder that not every story can be accurately recreated on screen. When it comes to artists the bar is even higher, raised by the expectations of living family members and anxious fans. So when it comes to the memory of legends like Tupac Shakur, well, the stakes are even higher. Arguably one of hip-hop’s most enigmatic and outgoing…

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Gentleman Jack Real to Reel Tour Giving African American Filmmakers The Platform They Deserve

First published via Houston Style Magazine, June 2017 While last year’s #OscarsSoWhite controversy helped launch a national discussion about Hollywood’s lack of diversity, others have taken the issue into their own hands, choosing to change the narrative by writing and telling their own stories. Now black filmmakers are taking the issues into their own hands, thanks in part to initiatives like Jack Daniel’s innovative “Real to Reel” series, a nationwide competition created to highlight rising African-American directors. Led by Power star Omari Hardwick, Jack Daniel’s Gentleman competition is quickly turning…

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Michael Bolton @ 4th Annual UNICEF Audrey Hepburn Society Ball

First published via Houston Style Magazine, June 2017 Presented by the Southwest Regional office of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF, I was live for the fourth annual UNICEF Audrey Hepburn® Society Ball. Created to raise funds for UNICEF’s work against child trafficking, the event was emceed by Great Day Houston host Deborah Duncan. Interviewing on behalf of Houston Style Magazine, before the evening began I spoke with Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner, Grammy Award winning artist Michael Bolton and UNICEF’s own Nelson Bowman III. I also got to chat with actress…

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Mayor Sylvester Turner @ 4th Annual UNICEF Audrey Hepburn Society Ball

First published via Houston Style Magazine, June 2017 Presented by the Southwest Regional office of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF, I was live for the fourth annual UNICEF Audrey Hepburn® Society Ball. Created to raise funds for UNICEF’s work against child trafficking, the event was emceed by Great Day Houston host Deborah Duncan. Interviewing on behalf of Houston Style Magazine, before the evening began I spoke with Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner, Grammy Award winning artist Michael Bolton and UNICEF’s own Nelson Bowman III. I also got to chat with actress…

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Houston Spotlight: The Al Rucker Foundation

First published via Houston Style Magazine, May 2017 Sometimes when the cards are stacked against you, you have to reshuffle the deck. For entrepreneur Al Rucker, shifting his cards has meant constantly evolving; becoming one of Houston’s most prominent entrepreneurs his chief goal. The ride hasn’t always been smooth: a childhood that included time in foster care and fending for oneself when he chose a way out. It’s a journey that Rucker recounts as if it occurred yesterday. “Growing up in a single parent home, I watched my mother try to…

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Kiana Dancie Talks Comedy, Life And Her New Book

First published via Houston Style Magazine, May 2017 In a few hours Kiana Dancie will return to the stage, bringing the laughs to Houston’s popular Dolce Ultra Lounge. The comedian has been on a roll, fresh off a tour in Chicago with veteran Paul Mooney and enjoying a regular residence as the house emcee at the Atlanta Comedy Theater. The Ohio native has become a regular on the comedy circuit, building an impressive list of projects alongside Earthquake, Sheryl Underwood, Rodney Perry, Katt Williams, Academy Award winner Monique and more. Now…

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Aubry Lane Hangbags Fuse Fashion With Technology

First published via Houston Style Magazine, May 2017 Pepper spray, a taser or even a concealed handgun; when it comes to self-defense there are plenty of options, but what happens if you’re armed with nothing more than a cell phone? During an emergency, would you have enough time to reach your phone and dial for help? If you’re like me- meaning you can’t keep a cell charged – wearable protection might be a viable option. As the industry expands wearable tech companies are growing as well, with some finding creative ways…

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Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Stays True To The Original

First published via Houston Style Magazine, May 2017 Those looking for clues into Marvel entries like Thor: Ragnarok and Avengers: Infinity War won’t find any major revelations in the second installment of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 – and that’s okay. Choosing instead to focus on the thrills and elements that made the original a smash, the crew returns to discover the origins of Peter Jason Quill’s (Chris Pratt) birth. Following the steps of the 2014 hit, the film opens with the Guardians – Quill aka Star-Lord, Drax (Dave Bautista), Gamora…

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America’s Diversity Gets Reflected in New Disney Films

First published via Houston Style Magazine, March 2017 The creator of the magical world of Disney, like many other figures in American history, Walt Disney was a complicated soul. An entire generation grew up with Mickey Mouse and company, as the Disney name expanded into a global brand. But despite the success, the brand has not been exempt from criticism, thanks in part to racist characters and tired stereotypes once seen in hits like 1941’s Dumbo or the blatantly offensive, Songs of the South. By the time I’d discovered this as an adult, like…

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Jordin Sparks Pumps It Up At the NFL Experience: Play 360 Kids Day

First published via Houston Style Magazine, February 2017 Before the Patriots completed the biggest upset in NFL history, it was the kids turn to take the field; as over 1,000 Houston area kids flooded into the George R. Brown Convention Center for “NFL Experience: Play 360 Kids Day.” Held during this year’s “NFL Experience Driven by Genesis” festivities, students were given the opportunity to spend time with some of their favorite NFL players as they took part in quarterback challenge games, mobility drills and more. Thanks to a long time partnership with…

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