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THE NEW “ROOTS”
May 30, 2016
Actress Emayatzy Corinealdi at a special Chicago screening of “Roots.” Photo: Barry Brecheisen.

Actress Emayatzy Corinealdi at a special Chicago screening of “Roots.” Photo: Barry Brecheisen.

SBH Exclusive! Q&A With Actress Emayatzy Corinealdi

 

 

It’s an epic story that touched our lives. Beginning tonight, and airing over four consecutive nights on History, A&E and Lifetime (9/8c), the re-imagined version of “Roots” will unfold to both entertain and inspire. The mini series features Forest Whitaker, Laurence Fishburne, Anika Noni Rose and Emayatzy Corinealdi among its stellar cast.

Here actress Emayatzy Corinealdi, who takes on the role of “Belle,” shared her thoughts about the classic saga and divulged some of her best hair care secrets exclusively with SBH

In a scene from the re-imagined “Roots”…Kunta Kinte (Malachi Kirby) and Belle (Emayatzy Corinealdi). Photo: Kareem Black/History.

In a scene from the re-imagined “Roots”…Kunta Kinte (Malachi Kirby) and Belle (Emayatzy Corinealdi). Photo: Kareem Black/History.

How does it feel to be involved in such an iconic project as “Roots”?
At this time in history, I can’t be more humbled to be a part of the story of “Roots.” It means so much to me as an actress, as a Black woman and as a person who calls America home.

Please share some of your thoughts regarding your role as “Belle.”
“Belle” represents the women of that time who had to embody the strength, the dignity and the grace to endure such a challenging time in our history.

How would you describe your current hairstyle?
I’m currently wearing my hair Natural, which is a first for me since I was about 13. I’ve had a relaxer for majority of my life and I was initially interested in going Natural after watching the Chris Rock’s documentary, “Good Hair.” And finally, I was able to do it recently. It is a definitely a change for me from my short pixie that I’d become so accustomed to, but I wanted to see what my Natural hair actually looked like. It had been too long.

Do you have a favorite hair care tip you’d like to share with SBH readers?
Moisture. Moisture. Moisture. Moisturizing is essential for me because without it my hair has more of a tendency to break, and Natural hair really does love moisture.

What is your “hair philosophy?”
My hair philosophy is to do what I feel works for me, regardless of what the “rules” may be. This Natural journey is a new look for me and I just want to embrace my God-given texture and have fun with it. I do think hair is great to experiment with.

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PERFECT BALANCE
May 29, 2016

perfect balance

Shear Symmetry

 

 

Flawless is the word that comes to mind when admiring this gorgeous hairstyle crafted by award-winning hair pro Shirley Gordon. Snipped to hug the contours of the head, this amazing silhouette’s allure lies with how perfectly balanced its lines are: from the brow-revealing bangs to its smooth, rounded contours—the effect is nothing short of stunning. And can we talk about the color? A vibrant, dimensional auburn creates a beautiful, face-framing effect. Brava, Ms. Gordon, brava!

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ENCORE! ENCORE!
May 28, 2016

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“Rosewood’s” Morris Chestnut

 

 

Don’t be sad. Though the finale for Fox-TV’s hit show “Rosewood” may have aired last Wednesday, we’ve got more of leading man Morris Chestnut in the June/July ’16 issue of Sophisticate’s Black Hair. In our story, we got the handsome star to tell us his thoughts on acting longevity, his grooming game and views about what makes a woman truly attractive. “I believe it’s just the essence of the confidence of the woman,” he shared with SBH. For more from our conversation with this fine brother, check out the “Guy Talk” column in the current issue on sale now! To find a copy of SBH, click this link to hone in on the nearest location carrying our best-selling publication: http://www.wheresmymagazine.com/

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TREND ALERT!
May 27, 2016

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Pass the mustard, please…

 

 

In magazine land, it’s almost Autumn…Yes. You read that correctly. Though most of us are enjoying what’s left of Spring and getting set to move into Summer, we’re already seeing forecasts for upcoming Fall trends—including the hot colors on the horizon. According to the experts at Pantone Color Institute—the leading authority on color—the shades we’ll be seeing in Autumn 2016 will be hues exuding “a unity of strength and complexity.” Among the shades in the color forecast: spicy, mustard yellows suggesting a touch of the exotic. Keep that trend tip in mind when thinking about adding some flava to your fashions this Fall!

Photo: courtesy Pantone

 

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FLOW ON
May 26, 2016

flow on

The diva is in the details…

 

 

Beautiful volume and (seemingly) endless lengths aren’t the only things that make this coif by mane maestro Pekela Riley so utterly exquiste. Look closer and notice the dimensional color that gives this lush style the illusion of movement and depth. But our favorite coif detail? We adore the pair of fishtail braids framing the face and adding even more fabulousness to this mane masterpiece.

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GET LOUD!
May 25, 2016

get loud

Turn Up The Volume…

 

Leave it to award-winning hairstylist Shirley Gordon from Strands Studio to have us thinking big…as in bold, body-filled hair! Internal layers on this coif are coaxed up, up and away with the help of a little backcombing, a bit of shaping with a flat iron and a lot of hairspray. The effect is more runway ready than reality—but the effect is no less stylish and stunning. Do you agree?

Hair: Shirley Gordon; Make-up: David Maderich, New York; Fashion Stylist: Rod Novoa, New York; Photo: Babak, New York.

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