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Virtual Essence Festival Kicks Off Today, June 25 With Performances, Panels & Wellness Practices

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*Although the 2020 Essence Festival and Culture was canceled this year due to the Coronavirus pandemic, you can still get your virtual fix of the event over the next two weeks.

Essence has put together a digital benefit series that will feature performances, entertainment and empowerment series.

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The theme for this year’s festival is UPLIFTED: Healing Now. Empowered Future. Starting on June 25 and streaming on EssenceStudios.com. Artist scheduled to perform include John Legend, D-Nice, Bruno Mars, BBD, Nas, Patti LaBelle, Common, Big Freedia and more. Below is a schedule of activities.

 

Wellness House™
Thursdays: June 25 & July 2
5PM-9:30PM ET
Kickstart your path to recovery with meditation, conversations, workouts, and tutorials designed to boost your mental, physical, spiritual, emotional, and financial wellbeing.

 

Beauty Carnival™
Fridays: June 26 & July 3
Starting at 5PM ET

Step inside a virtual beauty sphere with top brands, makeup artists, hair stylists, skincare experts and more! Stream live tutorials and get expert tips to accentuating your own flawless beauty with products and brands that are making a splash across the globe.

 

Wealth & Power™
Saturdays: June 27 & July 4
Starts at 1:30PM ET

Get the tools you need to invest in yourself and makes strides in entrepreneurship, career, and personal finance. Plus, get the latest on the 2020 candidates, the issues that matter most, and why your voice counts!

Evening Concerts
Saturdays: June 27 & July 4
7PM-10PM ET
Hosted by Loni Love
Music by D-Nice

As one of the title sponsors, Ford’s focus this year is to create safe spaces of affirmation and self-care, by providing a virtual support system. Ford will be sponsoring four panels including; Breast Cancer Awareness: Tips During a Pandemic Powered by Ford Warriors in Pink brings together a panel of doctors and survivors to discuss health and wellness during COVID-19 with tips for breast cancer survivors and those currently going through treatment. Thurs, June 25 from 5:54 – 6:09 pm ET

Overcoming Overwhelm: Black Women at Work will open the discussion on mental, social, and occupational wellness and shine a light on the holistic mental health practices Black women can use to fuel their wellness journey.  Award-winning actress and founder of The Boris Lawrence Henson Foundation, Taraji P. Henson, is a featured panelist. Thurs, July 2 from 7:32 – 7:47 pm ET

In the Wealth & Power house, three female trailblazers making strides in traditionally male-dominated industries with be highlighted, in a discussion moderated by Emmy award-winning journalist Shaun Robinson. Saturday, June 27 from 3:28 – 3:43 pm ET

And finally, on Saturday, July 4 from  3:44 – 3:59 pm ​ET, The Current State of Black Women Entrepreneurs: Still I Rise will provide the opportunity to have an honest conversation on how Black women entrepreneurs are overcoming the challenges of these times.

At the Ford virtual booth, participants will be able to complete virtual walkarounds of the new 2021 Mach-E2020 Explorer2020 Escape and the 2020 F-150, enjoy live DJ sets from Femme It Forward, the music and entertainment platform featuring female visionaries, and Girls Make Beats, a music production mentorship program Ford worked with earlier this year during the 2020 Escape “Built Phenomenally” campaign.

Over the course of the 2 weekends of ESSENCE Festival, Ford will donate $700,000 to support Black women in 6 cities hit hardest by COVID-19– New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Detroit, Atlanta and New Orleans – through National Urban League and 5 organizations that support Black women by creating safe spaces of affirmation and self-care through entrepreneurship, empowerment, mental health and wellness.

 

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‘The Craft: Legacy’ Stars Lovie Simone & Gideon Adlon on Witchcraft and Womanhood

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*“The Craft: Legacy” introduces a new coven of witches this Halloween season.

Blumhouse productions expands the world of the cult 1996 hit “The Craft” with a new foursome of aspiring teenage witches coming into their power.

Much like in the original, a new girl arrives in town – Lily (Cailee Spaeny, “Pacfic Rim”) – that’s spotted by three girls – Frankie (Gideon Adlon,) Tabby (Lovie Simone, “Greenleaf”) and Lourdes (Zoey Luna) – who recruit her to be the fourth in their coven of witches.

This continuation of the original has moments that will remind you of the O.G. and a surprising plot twist, but a key difference is this version focuses more on the sisterhood of connecting through magic. Until it takes a turn…

The production consulted with real-life witches who were on set during filming, in order to protect the actors from summoning the wrong spirits. Two of the film’s stars, Lovie Simone and Gideon Adlon, chatted with EURweb correspondent Jill Munroe about how their experience on set and how they grew together like an actual coven.

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Simone says that she was on her way to witchcraft all of her life.

Lovie Simone: I think witchcraft is more accountable and more personal. More you do the work.

Jill: Witchcraft within the Black community is something that has been shunned. What was your relationship like with magic before this film, and has it changed after being in it?

Lovie: I was definitely on my way to witchcraft. My whole life I think. Just with my views on Christianity, I knew that just couldn’t be it. Being a Black Baptist growing up, I was strict with everything. It was so restricting to my life and growth, I said ok, there has to be some other way. So I started looking for other reasons and why. And then I started falling in love with crystals and making teas. So I think, it just gives it a balance. You can have the father and the mother in the home.

Simone has several projects on the horizon including STARZPower Boook III: Raising Kanan.

Sharing similar vibes, Simone’s co-star Gideon Adlon said magic has been in her life since the age of 6 when she went to visit her first psychic. Adlon said  being on set was life changing.

“I was going through a very transitional period in my life when I went to Toronto to book this. And just learning about magic and working with real witches, and honing in that female power. Of being a woman… it was just a nourishing experience, and I’ll forever be thankful.”  

Written and directed by Zoe Lister-Jones, the film also stars Nicholas Galitzine, Michelle Monaghan and David Duchovny. “The Craft: Legacy” is available on demand from October 28 om Amazon Prime.

 

 

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Blair Underwood and Jay Pharaoh On Roles in New Hulu Film ‘Bad Hair’ / WATCH

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“Bad Hair” is a new horror-comedy written, produced and directed by Justin Simien (“Dear White People”). The film is set in 1989 Los Angeles in the world of a music video television network.

It stars Elle Lorraine (“Insecure”) as Anna, an assistant at “Culture” who is trying to move into an on-camera spot. At the suggestion of her new boss, Anna gets a killer new weave, that has a mind of its own.

Blair Underwood also stars in the film as Anna’s Uncle Amos Bludso. He’s a constant supportive presence in Anna’s life, and someone she turns too as she unravels the mystery with her hair. EURweb correspondent Jill Munroe talked with Blair and the other male lead in the film, Jay Pharaoh,  about men and their relationship with hair, plus changing yourself to get ahead.

Jill: Do Black men have the same experiences with hair as women?

Blair: No, you know better than that. We like to present ourselves well. We like to be dressed when we can, color coordinated when we can. Got to get the hair sliced up. Get the fade going.  But it’s on a different level. I have a mother and I have two sisters, and I have a wife and a daughter now. It’s on a different level in terms of the time and certainly the money… that’s why I thought this project – created by Justin Simien who wrote, directed and produced this – I really thought this was brilliant and a stroke of genius, to put this story – which is all about a weave that’s possessing people. A hair possession story or tale, which is a Japanese and Korean genre of horror – I’ve never seen that in American cinema. So, to deal with an aspect of hair possession, in Black culture, knowing what our hair means to us – and our protagonist (Anna) played by Elle Lorraine – to put that in the walk and lived experience of a Black woman, I thought that was genius.

Jill: There are very many layers that we go through in this film. For Anna, she changed to get into the room. In your opinion, is there ever a time to conform to get the opportunity to step into the room?

Blair: If you’re asking me, absolutely. I think compromise is important. It depends on how far you want to get ahead. But as you compromise, you don’t lose sight of yourself. You can’t lose sight of your integrity and where you’re going inside of yourself. If you have a six-foot afro, and your boss says, “that’s cool, I need you to cut it down to a half an inch. If that’s going to allow you to pay your bills, handle your business and take care of your kids. Take care of yourself and put a roof over your head, than do that. The fact that you want your hair six inches long, a year down the road when you’re the manager or CEO, you can wear your hair how you want. It’s important to understand that compromise doesn’t mean losing yourself or giving up. It means, you may have to take that punch for the team.

Jay Pharaoh gave a huge spoiler about who dies in the film. Watch his interview below with caution! 🙂

“Bad Hair” also stars Jay Pharaoh, Lena Waithe, Kelly Rowland, Laverne Cox, Chanté Adams, James Van Der Beek, Usher Raymond IV, and Vanessa Williams.

It arrives on Hulu October 23, just in time for Halloween.

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Dr. Jennifer Satterfield-Siegel: It’s ‘Very Rewarding’ Being An African American NASCAR Team Owner

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*“The more you know NASCAR. The more you love NASCAR,” declares Dr. Jennifer Satterfield-Siegel.

She was a recipient of the Industry Ambassador award at the recent virtual NASCAR Drive for Diversity Awards.

Satterfield-Siegel says it is “super cool” to currently be the only African American woman NASCAR race team owner. Other words came to her mind when she describes how she’s accelerated into the fast lane with her husband, Max Siegel, who is the exclusive manager of NASCAR’s Drive for Diversity Program.

“It’s very rewarding. I love the space that we are in with helping to develop drivers for the sport. I love that,” the pediatric dentist maintains adding there is a strong support system for her race team.

Growing up in Indianapolis, Indiana, home of the over a century old Indianapolis Motor Speedway, she has fond memories of going to the city’s iconic racetrack.

“Ever since I was a little girl my family we always went to the Indy 500 every year which was Memorial (Day) weekend. So, here in Indianapolis racing it’s just who we are,” the Circle City native said. “I never thought I wanted to be a race car driver. I wasn’t interested in it on that level when I was younger. Basically the exposure happened when my husband was the president of Dale Earnhardt Inc. and then I got the bug.”

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Max Siegel and his wife, Dr. Jennifer Satterfield-Siegel, own Rev Racing, part of NASCAR's diversity program.

Max Siegel and his wife, Dr. Jennifer Satterfield-Siegel, own Rev Racing, part of NASCAR’s diversity program. (Getty)

No surprise Satterfield-Siegel would catch the racing fever when her husband ran the NASCAR-related organization started by seven-time Winston Cup champion Dale Earnhardt. Sadly, Earnhardt’s life came to a tragic end in 2001 when in the final lap of the Daytona 500 he crashed into a retaining wall and died instantly.

She and her husband co-own and manage Rev Racing. As NASCAR continues to diversify its landscape, Satterfield-Siegel looks for ways to increase opportunities for diverse drivers and pit crew members.

They strive for excellence with their race team she says, “It’s just we’ve done our best to get the best, that includes drivers and our head of athletic performance.”

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Dr. Siegel, her husband, Max and their three children

Another team that makes Satterfield-Siegel and her husband even more wildly enthusiastic is their three children. They are all on the fast track to success.

“Our oldest is a junior at (The University of) Notre Dame and he’s a football player. Then we have a son who is in L.A. and he is at the L.A. Film Academy. Then we have a daughter who is a junior in high school and she is a scholar and an amazing volleyball player,” Satterfield-Siegel said.

She jokes that she never thought any of their children would pursue a career as racecar drivers because of the size of the stock cars used by NASCAR and other professional racing leagues.

“Our kids are big. There is no way they could fit in a (stock) car,” Satterfield-Siegel admitted with a laugh. “When they were little, they would go go-karting and that kind of thing. They’re interested in the business side, the development side, but I wouldn’t say they’re those athletes who are going to go around the track.”

She offers this advice to women who want to be winners, “Go for it. I think it’s so important that we dream and that we dream big. Women don’t allow people, places or things to define them or to stifle them.”

The NASCAR Drive for Diversity Awards are an annual event, this year held on October 8, and were established to honor the NASCAR industry’s diversity leaders as well as recognize top achievements.

By Tené Croom
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