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Album Review: Big "O" (@BigCapitalO) - "The Light of Day" EP

Album Review: Big "O" (@BigCapitalO) - "The Light of Day" EP




Orlando Turner, better known as Big "O," is an American producer currently based in London.  He began his musical journey at the age of 13 when he first discovered his passion for making beats.  Big "O" continued to hone his skills at Full Sail University where he earned a degree in Music Productions/Recording Arts and there after landed a job in live audio in Miami, FL.  

While his time in Florida was lucrative, Big "O" steadily made his way to Los Angeles, CA to work on his very first independent film entitled "Love, Art & Celibacy." Turner now resides in the UK where he is continuing to forge his impeccable career as a hip-hop producer/mixing engineer.

The Review:
Engulfed with soulful, hypnotizing instrumentals, "The Light of Day" EP is American producer Big O's latest project boasting seven astounding original tracks. The EP, overall, possesses subtle keys, minimal but powerful bass line over a mellow drum arrangement. A perfect trifecta....
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Big Boi Joins Highly-Anticipated Sony Feature, "Superfly"

Big Boi Joins Highly-Anticipated Sony Feature, "Superfly"


Grammy award-winning musician and actor Big Boi has been cast in Sony's upcoming remake of the classic 1972 film, Superfly. He will play the role of Mayor Atkins, and will co-star alongside Allen Maldonado (Black-ish), Trevor Jackson (Grown-ish) and Jason Mitchell (Straight Outta Compton).

Superfly, a Blaxploitation crime drama, follows an African American cocaine dealer who tries to secure one more deal before getting out the "game."  American screenwriter Alex Tse will pen the screenplay based on the original Gordon Parks Jr.-directed film.
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Actress Kerry Washington Bares it All on Allure Magazine: "I Wear My Natural Hair Now For My Children"

Actress Kerry Washington Bares it All on Allure Magazine: "I Wear My Natural Hair Now For My Children"




Photographed by Sharif Hamza, actress Kerry Washington covers the latest issue of Allure Magazine. Her November cover story, Washington shares with Judith Newman how her beautiful children, Isabelle, 3, and Caleb, 1, inspired her to embrace her natural hair.

"I like to wear my natural texture, especially now because I have children and I want them to know that their hair is perfect as it is," Washington said."They don't have to change it or straighten it. They can, but they don't have to. I have grown to like my hair more and more over the years. I won't have any chemicals in it. I stopped relaxing my hair in my early 20s."

She may be Olivia Pope, the D.C. Fixer for the colossal Shonda Rhimes-driven hit show "Scandal," but Washington insists to Newman how she doesn't have the answer for everything. 

"It happens All. The. Time. I mean, part of it is because they know I can connect them to Judy Smith, (the crisis manager) who the role is based on. But people call me to say, 'I have this problem. Can I talk to you about it?' And I’m like, 'I don't even want to know! Just skip over me!' But I know secrets."

With the political turmoil (for the lack of better words) America is currently facing, Washington, like many of us, had to learn to tune in and out for her sanity...

"I have to dip in and dip out because it suffocates me. Like, I become unable to function. So it's a tricky balance between staying aware and also staying connected to a sense of hope and productivity and showing up for life."

Washington goes on the discuss with Newman her beauty regimen, motherhood, and her forthcoming projects.  Washington is co-producing/starring with Eva Longoria in the Universal workplace comedy, "24-7." No date thus far when this project will be released.

View more of Kerry Washington's Allure editorial spread below.
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#CoverGirlMade | Issa Rae is the New Face of #CoverGirl Cosmetics

#CoverGirlMade | Issa Rae is the New Face of #CoverGirl Cosmetics


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Issa Rae is many things... She's an actress, writer, director, producer, web series creator and now this self-dubbed "Awkward Black Girl" is a CoverGirl!!  The "Insecure" creator has joined the ranks of Janelle Monae, Queen Latifah, Zendaya and formerly Rihanna (lets us not forget) as the new face of popular cosmetic brand.

Rae shared with her Instagram followers on Tuesday, September 12th how she felt honored to be one of CoverGirl's latest brand ambassadors.
"I remember being an awkward black girl in high school, reading the pages of my favorite magazines, casually flipping through @COVERGIRL ads, singing their slogan in my head. Never EVER in my life did I imagine I'd be one. I am SO honored and SO excited for what’s to come. Visit @COVERGIRL to learn more #COVERGIRLMADE
In a press release from CoverGirl, Rae went on to divulge:  "My character is ever-evolving, and makeup is a tool to help transform my persona – whether for a role I play in content that I produce, or the different roles I take on in my life."
"Becoming a CoverGirl means a lot because the brand recognizes just how important it is for people to embrace their individuality and express themselves in unique and diverse ways. This has been a major part of my personal journey, and a message that I want to share with others."
Rae's "Insecure" co-star Yvonne Orji excitably wrote on her own Instagram page, "I'm bout to run to every CVS, RITE AID & WALGREENS and just WAIT for Issa Rae's CoverGirl line to DROP! I'm coppin ERRYYY DARN SHADE, you hear me?! I'mo be so ignant at the checkout counter if they ran out and ain't re-stocked."

No specific details have come out about the range of possible products curated by Rae, but I hope to hear more in the foreseeable future.

As I stated before, Issa Rae is many things... but she's Awkward no more! View another shot of Issa Rae as a CoverGirl below.
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