*Los Angeles, CA – Few African American actresses come to mind when you consider who established, what is now a substantial sized black Hollywood.
Sheryl Lee Ralph would undoubtedly take up one of the slots. Known for her memorable and iconic roles (Dream Girls, Moesha, Sister Act 2), this prolific actress has added, yet, another strong character to her resume.
“Motherland: Fort Salem” is an exciting new show set in an alternate, present-day America in which Ralph’s character (Kelly Wade) is the 45th President of the United States.
EUR’s Robin Ayers had a chance to chat with the singer, actress, activist, author and self-proclaimed DIVA.
“How often have you worked with someone on a project such as a director, or producer, or even castmates, and it’s turned into a collaboration for another project?” asks Robin.
“Some of my best collaborations have happened that way,” says Ralph. “That’s what happened with Motherland: Fort Salem,” says Ralph.
She continues, “I had the opportunity to play Matilda on “Claws” which was also created by Eliot Laurence and he asked me to come on board to play the President of the United States.”
When asked what her advice would be to everyone quarantined at home she recommends that everyone refocus and ground themselves to get a more clear direction for what to do when this pandemic is over.
Self-care is really important too. She refers to her daughter, Ivy Coco Maurice, who has taken after her mom in terms of self-care and has now created a “Vibe Kit” business including sage sticks, incense, and Himalayan crystal salt, specifically meant for taking care of oneself.
For her personally, Sheryl Lee Ralph, who’s already penned the book “Redefining DIVA: Life Lessons from the Original Dreamgirl,” says writing has resonated with her.
“However you can get it out, just get it out. Hone your craft.”
New episodes of “Motherland: Fort Salem” air at 9p/8c every Wednesday night. Be sure to check it out on Freefrom. Follow Sheryl Lee Ralph on Instagram @diva3482.
For more information on her daughter, Ivy Coco Maurice’s business, visit @ivycoco23.
Faizon Love Hits Universal with Discrimination Lawsuit Over ‘Couples Retreat’ Poster [VIDEO]
*Faizon Love has filed a race discrimination lawsuit against Universal Studios for removing him from the international poster for the 2009 comedy “Couples Retreat.”
“This film was a big money-maker for Universal, but instead of honoring my work and my contract, the studio chose to render me invisible to billions of moviegoers,” Love said in a statement, Variety reports.
Love claims he only recently realized that he and co-star Kali Hawk are not on the international poster, and their names aren’t even mentioned.
“Rather than enjoy maximum visibility with the film’s release, Mr. Love was demoted to the proverbial ‘Invisible Man,’” the lawsuit said, referring to Ralph Ellison’s civil rights novel.
“Although Couples Retreat achieved a first-place box office opening weekend ranking, and went on a spectacular run that grossed more than $171 million worldwide, Universal Studios placed Mr. Love in the back seat of the ride enjoyed by his six White costars,” it said.
Universal allegedly apologized when first called out over the edited poster, and Love says he was promised future “lucrative, career-making film roles”… but that never hapened.
The lawsuit claims the movie’s lead actor Vince Vaughn “went so far as to tell Mr. Love that making a big deal about his removal from the poster would not be good for his career.”
Love is taking legal action of behalf of all Black artists who have been mistreated in the industry.
“They have not only hurt me financially, they have hurt me in a deeper way by dismissing me because of my Blackness — and they have hurt all Black performers by continuing to perpetuate racism in the movie industry,” Love said. “I want to ensure that future generations don’t have to endure the racism and whitewashing that I have experienced.”
The suit accuses Universal of fraud, breach of contract, and violating California’s fair employment act and civil rights law.
Scroll up and hear Faizon talk about the lawsuit via the YouTube clip above.
‘Bachelorette’ Star Tayshia Adams Gets Emotional During Rare Conversation About Race [VIDEO]
*“Bachelorette”Star Tayshia Adams opened up about racism and the Black Lives Matter movement during a rare conversation about race on the hit dating series.
Adams confessed to biracial contestant Ivan Hall on Tuesday’s episode that the death of George Floyd changed her perspective as a Black/Latina woman. She became emotional during their date while explaining her experience as a woman of color in America.
“Being in Orange County and surrounded by a lot of people that don’t look like me — being the only person that looks like me — I’m realizing that I’ve been trying so hard my whole life to blend in because I knew I was different,” said Adams of her California upbringing. “I didn’t really want to cry about it or open up about it, but hearing people yell ‘Black Lives Matter,’ it hit me more than I realize just because those are people in my backyard that I’ve been trying to prove for so long that I’m the same as them.”
— Tayshia Adams (@tayshia) November 24, 2020
Hall also shared his own experience as man of color, and recalled how his younger brother was mistreated in prison by correctional officers.
Adamsl told the camera, “He understands me more than anybody else can. That’s obviously what I’ve been looking for.”
The casting of Adams and the discussion about race comes months after Rachel Lindsay, the franchise’s first Black lead, called out the “Bachelor” franchise for “systemic racism.”
In response, producers diversified the popular series both in front of and behind the camera.
“We made a concerted effort, before the pandemic, to make better strides for diversity and let people see themselves and their love represented on the show,” host and producer Chris Harrison told The Hollywood Reporter. “I think the best thing we ever did was realizing and admitting there was an issue, and then saying, ‘Let’s get to work and let’s do better.'”
Speaking to the publication earlier in the season about starring on the show, Adams said: “Not only am I African American, but I am Mexican, and I’m going to have an opportunity to have a platform to relate to so many women who look like me, who haven’t had the opportunity to relate to someone in the past. How can you not want to take that opportunity and be an amazing role model for people? That was something that I took on and was really excited to be able to do.”
Halle Berry Responds to LisaRaye’s Rumor That She’s Bad in Bed: ‘Ask My Man’
*Rumor has it that Halle Berry once had sex with an ex of LisaRaye McCoy, and McCoy appears to still he feeling some way about it.
The “Players Club” star put the actress on blast during a recent episode of Fox Soul’s Cocktails With Queens. When the panelists began discussing which celebrities could be good in bed, the women speculated about how Toni Braxton gets down. LisaRaye was quick to note: “We don’t know what [Braxton] is doing in the bedroom. She might be like Halle Berry.”
Co-host Claudia Jordan then replied: “Wait … What do you mean about Halle Berry. She’s not supposed to be good in the bed?”
“That’s what they said. That’s what I read. And that’s what I heard. That’s what they say,” McCoy responded.
Hear/watch LisaRaye tell it via the Twitter video below.
According to LisaRaye, there’s a rumor floating around that Halle Berry isn’t good in bed? pic.twitter.com/GOnEllCqC8
— theJasmineBRAND (@thejasminebrand) November 23, 2020
When her statement caught Berry’s attention, the Oscar-winning actress responded in a tweet that included a HotNewHipHop post linking to a story titled, “LisaRaye McCoy Suggests Halle Berry Is Bad In Bed: ‘That’s What I Heard.'”
Berry clapped back with: “Ms. @TheRealLRaye1, ask my my man @vanhunt he’ll tell ya all y’all need ta know,” she tweeted along with a crying laughing emjoi face.
— Halle Berry (@halleberry) November 25, 2020
Insiders tell Us magazine the couple has only been dating for a few months, but “their chemistry is through the roof.”
“She’s had some negative experiences [with men] but Van has taught her to love again — and love herself,” the insider said. “He’s a wonderful, caring man.”
What do you think of Halle’s response to LisaRaye? Sound off in the comments.
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