June 25, 2016
Meet Leading Man Jessie Usher
For three seasons, actor Jessie Usher has lit up the small screen on the hit TV show “Survivor’s Remorse.” Now the handsome star is taking his place as a new action star in the summer blockbuster “Independence Day: Resurgence.” The Maryland native steps into the cockpit as a fighter pilot in the much-anticipated adventure film which opened this week—and we can’t wait to go along for the ride. “It was crazy,” Jessie told Sophisticate’s Black Hair about the high-tech movie set built for the film. “They built a life-sized jet that I would be ‘flying.’” For more of our conversation with the hot actor, check out the Guy Talk column in the August ’16 issue of Sophisticate’s Black Hair 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/
June 24, 2016
It’s Black Music Month!
In celebration of Black Music Month, Gospel recording artist Latice Crawford’s forthcoming single, “Choose Me” (from her EP, Diary of a Church Girl which debuted at No. 15 on Billboard’s Top Gospel Albums chart) is a playlist must. Best known as the second runner-up of Season 2 of BET’s Sunday Best, Latice presents Diary of a Church Girl as the follow-up to her 2014 debut self-titled album.
“’Choose Me’ is a song about our human need and desire to be accepted,” says Latice about the story behind the single that proves inspirational all unto itself. “Accepted by our families, accepted by our friends, significant other, accepted at your place of business. That’s where I was when I wrote it. I was trying to navigate through this journey called life; in an industry, religious denomination and social culture that said I should look this way, act that way, walk like this and talk like that…One day I realized I would continue to let people down because I could never be what they expected me to be, but more importantly, I would let myself down if I kept trying to be anything but who I was created to be. That’s when I decided to stop relying on people’s validation and go straight to the Creator. If He could choose the likes of Moses, David, Joseph—the list goes on—with all of their imperfections He could surely choose me. I realized that the only thing that was important to me was doing His work, helping His people and pleasing Him. He doesn’t call the qualified, He qualifies who He chooses to call.” Worth a listen don’t you think?
LOVELY IN LOCS
June 23, 2016
Lisa, in a scene from “Ray Donovan,” kept her locs for the role…and looks amazing!
Lisa Bonet Is Back!
Actress Lisa Bonet will once again be flaunting her Natural beauty—and amazing acting chops—on the small screen with a part on Showtime’s “Ray Donovan.” Lisa will take on the role of “Marisol” on season 4 of the popular television series. And, we can’t wait to see more of her…and her beautiful trademark locs! What’s one secret to the star’s phenomenal mane? “After I wash, I oil my hair up…I use coconut oil, which is what I use on my body as well. I was using coconut oil before the current craze,” she revealed to The New York Times during an interview. The star has been flaunting locs for over two decades, opting for the Natural style so as to skip the “hours of tending and unraveling my hair.” We think all the love, care and effort was definitely worth it! Don’t you?
Photo: Michael Desmond/Showtime.
THIS IS WHAT YOU CAME FOR
June 22, 2016
Pimp your ponytail à la RiRi
Yeah, we love the music…but that ponytail! Leave it to music star Rihanna to shift the go-to coif into glam mode. In her new video for “This Is What You Came For,” the singer flaunts a high-profile pony adorned with a constellation of sparkly hair accessories. Word on the fashion circuit is the hair jewelry RiRi flaunts in the video is by new London-based fashion designer Ashley Williams. But, the bling Rihanna wore for the video don’t appear to be available (we’re going to guess they were custom made). The good news: It’s a look that you can easily replicate with a handful of your fave sparkly hair clips or actual jewelry (secure them with hair pins). Simply create a sleek ponytail positioned at center crown. Keep the base slick with gel or edge control then position a collection of sparklers, varying the shapes and sizes, near the base of the ponytail. Now you’re ready to shine bright like a diamond!
June 21, 2016
Hot off the presses…
Today is the day we officially go on sale with the amazing August 2016 issue of Sophisticate’s Black Hair featuring trendsetting beauty Zendaya! Curious about what we have in store for you? First up: our style-packed cover story featuring the many moods of the “K.C. Undercover” star and “Something New” songstress (her style switch-ups are epic!). Then, we’ve packed each page with awesome summer hairstyle tips and design inspirations (if you can’t find your next look here, we don’t know what to do…). Plus, we’ve crafted an all-new, refreshed version of our Natural Hair mini magazine that you will love. Oh, and did we mention we’ve got the hottest hairstyle photos direct from Cuba’s beauty scene? Go. Now. Buy it. You will love it.
June 20, 2016
New music alert!
Atlantic singer-songwriter PJ premiered her new track “Cold”—an early gift to fans before the release of her upcoming EP, Rare (available July 15th) The upbeat tempo, infectious percussions, and PJ’s can’t stop-won’t stop attitude on “Cold” continue her trend of positive, uplifting music with a sound oozing summertime.
PJ first caught the industry’s attention as a songwriter for artists such as Ty Dolla $ign, Chris Brown, Wiz Khalifa, R, Kelly, Meek Mill, B.o.B., and more, but is now stepping into the spotlight as a singer and the future is incredibly bright. PJ has not only earned acclaim from critics and fans alike, but influential artists as well, including Common and Diddy, who have sung her praises on Twitter. You can catch PJ on the road this summer when she opens for K. Michelle on the national tour.