This past Friday (Nov. 22) Aesthetically Speaking was on hand at the Dakota Jazz Club for the American Roots Revue featuring local icons Michael Bland, J.D. Steele, Robert Robinson, Larry Long and Tonia Hughes. Our photographers caught a bit of the action and a few faces in the crowd.
Soul Sounds: An open mic for nurturing arts, building community
Sheronda Orridge, TC Daily Planet
I recently had the opportunity to attend Soul Sounds Open Mic where the featured artist was Danez Smith, who is a spoken word artist, slam poet, and author. It was an intimate crowd of about 40 people, with some attendees even dressed in Halloween costumes.
With 13 years working in fashion under her belt, Samantha Rei is beginning a new chapter—one that will show an even wider audience that femininity and strength go hand and hand. After a fruitful career under the title Blasphemina's Closet Samantha is branching out into new territory; crafting designs that extend beyond the gothic Lolita style she's known for. Her garments are inspired by the stories of heroines whose soft charms are combined with power and intelligence. Who says you can't look cute and save the world at the same time?
Idris Elba? Or Alfre Woodard? They all look alike, says Armani
Blair Adams, Special to the NNPA from the Afro-American Newspaper
During the fifth annual Governors Awards in Hollywood recently the Giorgio Armani team—known for their sleek and unusual fashions—couldn't tell the difference between a well-known female actress—and a male actor in a "they-all-look-alike" gaffe.
Sequel finds Katniss forced to compete in another death match
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
Despite only being introduced in 2008, "The Hunger Games" trilogy has so captured the collective imagination of kids the world over that it has already eclipsed Harry Potter as the best-selling children's book series of all time. Suzanne Collins' post-apocalyptic adventure is set in Panem, a disturbing dystopia marked by the brutal subjugation of the overwhelmingly-poor majority by the very powerful, privileged few.
Jennifer Hudson steals show in screen adaptation of Black Nativity
Naima (Jennifer Hudson) is a single-mom struggling to pay the rent on the apartment she shares with son Langston (Jacob Latimore), 15, who's the same age she was when she had him. Back then, she was as headstrong as he is now, which explains why she ran away from a good home in Harlem to raise him alone in Baltimore.
Matthew McConaughey delivers Oscar-quality performance in bittersweet biopic
Ron Woodroof (Matthew McConaughey) was informed that he had just 30 days to live when he was diagnosed as HIV+ in 1986. At that time, the Food and Drug Administration was dragging its feet in terms of finding a cure, perhaps because AIDS was still considered by many to be a gay disease.