Netflix’s Nappily Ever After debuted Friday, September 21. The film stars Love and Basketball actress Sanaa Lathan (Violet) a woman who is obsessed with having the perfect life right down to her long and straight hair. We see Violet celebrating a birthday with family and friends in the beginning of the film. She anticipates her boyfriend of two-years Clint (Ricky Whittle) will finally propose, but instead, he gives her a charm necklace from Tiffany & Co. for the puppy he also bought her.  Violet who has to come to terms with her not so perfect life, begins to question herself by making visible changes to her appearance with her hair. She goes from long and straight to wearing a weave (after a bad salon visit) to a chin length blonde bob. Eventually, she’s had enough and shaves it all off after a drunken night ends with a bad rebound date.  If you haven’t done so already, check out Nappily Ever After on Netflix. In the meantime, we’re giving you four things we learned watching the film.



I Am Not My Hair

The song ‘I Am Not My Hair‘ by India Arie should be every black woman’s beauty anthem. Whether you wear it natural, straight, weave, braids, dyed or bald your hair is an enhancement and not a determinant of what society considers to be true beauty. We hope films like Nappily Ever After and Something New— another film that starred Sanaa Lathan will begin to change the narrative on how important it is for women to feel confident in their own skin. So the next time you question whether your natural hair is acceptable, be reminded who you really are is more than what is connected to your scalp. Knowing it is what’s in your heart that matters most.


Strive For Humility Rather Than Perfection

No matter how much we strive to have the perfect life it’s just not possible! There is no such thing as the perfect spouse, kids, car, house, job or anything for that matter. Lathan’s character (Violet) was so far removed from her true self because she hid behind the need to always be perfect. The beauty about life and all it’s twist and turns is that the lessons we learn help us to live life humbly rather than working to live life perfectly.


Ladies The Right Man Will Love You For You

In the film, Violet feels the need to always be perfect for her boyfriend. A notable moment, in the movie, is when she sets her alarm to get up early enough to fix her hair and face so it appears she wakes up beautiful every morning. Come on! We all know that rarely happens in real life. Right? If a man is not able to accept you for you then it’s time to reevaluate your relationship. NO ONE should make you feel insecure about the skin you were born with and that person does not deserve your time or heart. Ladies, when the right man comes along it will not matter the texture of your hair or the size of your physique. All that will matter is the size of your heart.


Happiness is a choice

Choose to be happy by choosing YOU first and what makes you feel comfortable in your own skin. It’s that simple! From Nappily Ever After to Happily Ever After the choice is yours.



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Nappily Ever After Stars: Sanaa Lathan, Ricky Whittle, Lyriq Bent, Lynn Whitfield, Ernie Hudson and Daria Johns.


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Tiffany Haddish Saturday Night Live


Tiffany Haddish willstar in a lead role in the Netflix animated comedy series “Tuca and Bertie.” Haddish will play a cocky-care-free toucan named “Tuca” that is friends with “Bertie” a daydreaming singing bird according to THR.


Along with her Netflix Animated Comedy Series Tiffany Haddish will also star in the movie Night School with Kevin Hart. Photo: Getty


The role “Bertie” has not yet been cast but we are sure fans of Haddish will look forward to the entire cast reveal soon. “Tuca and Bertie” join a list of other animated series on Netflix that will roll out more developmental projects in the near future.

In addition to “Tuca and Bertie” the “Girls Trip” actress/ comedian is also working on multiple projects, including “The Last O.J.” and “Night School” with Kevin Hart.  Most recently she released her stand-up special on Showtime and she is set to host the 2018 MTV Movie & TV Awards. Yass! We are wishing Tiffany much success!



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Holly Robinson Peete and her retired NFL husband, Rodney Peete have embarked on a new journey sharing their home life in their own docuseries “For Peete’s Sake.” The long-married duo remains to keep their focus on their four children while living in the spotlight. With twins RJ, who has autism, and daughter Ryan, athlete Robinson and preteen Roman, the series follows the Peete’s navigating their offspring’s as they approach adulthood as any devoted parents would. Life is full for the Peete’s which include Rodney’s health post-football, Holly’s mother and manager Dolores and running of their charity, the HollyRod Foundation. They’re our normal “television” family and we’re giving you five reasons they’ve instantly become a viewership favorite.

Marriage – Holly and Rodney Peete have been married for twenty years. Those who are married know that a long-lasting union requires work, and these two have managed to make it happen for two decades.


Family – Come on let’s face it, The Peete’s are a good-looking family, however, it’s the unconditional love displayed from episode one that caught our attention.  We applaud the Peete’s, along with Holly’s mom, Dolores  (the children’s grandmother) in working together to raise four beautiful and well-behaved children with four different personalities; Rodney Jr., RJ (17), Ryan Elizabeth (17), Robinson James (13) and Roman (10).


Autism Awareness – Son RJ was diagnosed with Autism at an early age. And Holly and Rodney have always been open about RJ’s diagnosis. Both have brought awareness about the disorder all throughout his childhood while continuously advocating for the cause to help their son and others.


Rodney Jr. (RJ) – The viewers were smitten with RJ from day one. When we see him we don’t just see Autism, we see a handsome, lovable, kind, polite and smart kid. Although he has Autism, it does not have him. RJ has a pure sweetness about him that reminds us that God makes no mistakes. His spirit is also a reminder that we are here on this earth to love others in spite of any differences or challenges.


Comedy – Although the show touches on the real life, day-to-day issues of marriage, kids, work etc. A family that laughs together stays happily together! Holly is a natural already when it comes to comedic timing, but seeing her and Rodney interact with the children can sometimes be a bit humorous. It reminds us that “oh yeah, the former NFL Football player and beautiful actress are just like us, and that’s why we love the Peete’s!


Message to RJ— “We are on this journey with you as you transition into adulthood, the workplace and being an advocate for Autism Awareness. Your star is bright!” ~Twins of Media


Watch For Peete’s Sake Saturday 9/8c on OWN

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Emmy Nominated actor Anthony Anderson and Show Creator Kenya Barris Discuss the New Season of Black-ish



Anthony Anderson’s comedic personality seems to always be on. So much so, his intro to our media interview started like this, “I thought this was the Empire call, I think I gotta call back in. I’m supposed to be on the Empire call today.”

Funny guy!

BSM Magazine caught up with creator and executive producer Kenya Barris and Anthony Anderson to discuss the second season of the popular sitcom Black-ish which airs tonight on ABC. Many may know Barris from other well-known shows like The Game when it appeared on the CW, Girlfriends, and Fox’s I Hate My Teenage Daughter. Barris has also sold tons of pilots to several networks including American’s Next Top Model which he co-created.

“I will like to add that I created stuff and sold pilots too. Umm, never mind…go on Kenya,” jokes Anderson. Immediately, Kenya piggybacks off of Anderson and adds, “This is not the Empire call right?” Both men burst into laughter when Anderson responds, “No, that call is at 11:30— Kenya. I just checked my schedule.”  Clearly the camaraderie between the two is great and their teasing manner toward the show Empire was hilarious.

Black-ish has enjoyed great success since its debut in 2014. Kenya and Anderson explain the show is based on the experiences from both of their lives. Successful black men who are trying to raise families better than when they grew up but still remain true to their roots. Kenya explained the secret to the show’s success is largely attributed to the relationships between the writers and performers. He mentioned past shows such as Seinfeld and Everybody Loves Raymond as examples of such a dynamic. “There are unique relationships and connections between myself, Anderson, and the cast,” says Kenya. “We have an amazing set with Laurence Fishburne, Tracee Ellis Ross, and my family…it just all comes together,” he adds. Anderson says the entire team could have only hoped for the show to have been the success that it’s become. “We knew that we were doing something special and great,” says the actor. “I think what resonates with the people [public] is our ability to tell stories as truthfully as we can with a sense of humor,” Anderson explains.

The stories from Black-ish are not made into a black or white issue but from the perspective of a black family handling societal issues. The show was created to center around a family living the American dream with parents who are able to give their children better than what they had while growing up. It’s about the success of Anderson’s character, Andre “Dre” Johnson both personally and professionally and what goes on with him on a daily basis. Anderson believes people can identify with his character. Black-ish prides itself with telling stories that are divisive and where it provides two sides of the dialogue to show different points of view. “It’s starting conversations across the board and nation about topics that people deal with in everyday life,” explains the comedian. Such conversation is the use of the “N” word which the show will tackle this season.  Anderson admits to using the word himself but tells a story of when he visited South Africa. He says he got off the plane and was greeted by natives using the “N” word as a way to say hello. What had been an exchange of endearment for Anderson and his friends over the years sounded much differently coming from the people of Africa. He mentions the late Richard Pryor who had a similar experience himself as he continued on. This topic alone is one of the reasons Black-ish is staying true to telling honest stories.

There have been more than 7 million viewers tuning in each week and Kenya says some of the success is linked to the fact that America was ready for another black sitcom. Both he and Anderson are not worried about the competition from other shows. They’re both interested in continuing to provide quality television.  Anderson says it’s a tremendous compliment to be compared to past sitcoms like The Cosby Show, but he also thinks it’s important that Black-ish makes its own mark in this era. “Before Empire and Fresh Off the Boat…there was Black-ish. We have opened up a lane. Wednesday nights has become the go-to spot for television because of the success of our show.”

At the time our story ran— the 68th Annual Emmy Awards had already televised. Anderson was nominated for Lead Actor in a Comedy Series. The win ultimately going to Jeffrey Tambor (Transparent). Anderson reflected upon his nomination and had this to say, “Personally, it’s a great accomplishment.  I would be lying to you if I told you that it’s not something that I wanted and dreamed of as a kid growing up. You know, I don’t need awards to validate who I am or my talent, but it’s also great to be recognized by your peers.  I’m accepting of that and I am over the moon with that.”

So how does the man who is enjoying extreme success celebrate special moments with family? “We celebrate every day. Every day I get to go to work to keep the lights on…we celebrate,” jokes the Black-ish star.  Anderson said his family was happy for him when he received his Emmy nomination; what’s important to Anderson is how he is recognized by his family and the contributions they see him making in the world. His son has gotten into the business as well. We asked Anderson if we’ll see him join dad on the small screen? “My son will be guest starring on our television show this year.”  Anderson proudly responded. “We celebrate every day!”

Anthony Anderson kept the entire interview fun. Success without family is nothing as we gathered from the comedian. He keeps his loved ones close. We get the celebration of it all with this actor and family man.

Oh, by the way, Anderson, lol! We promised him we were laughing at his jokes throughout our conversation. His reply, “Thank you, baby, thank you!”

We wished show creator Kenya Barris continued success. He thanked us as well.



Blackish Cast- Photo: ABC


Season 2 of Black-ish airs tonight on ABC 9:30|8:30c



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