Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Lupita Nyong'o shares that she loves her dark skin on 'Sesame Street' (video)

Today, Sesame Street released a video on its YouTube page starring Elmo and Oscar-winning actress Lupita Nyong'o. In it, Elmo and Lupita talk about the importance of skin, with Elmo eventually observing that Lupita's skin is a "beautiful brown color." Lupita later in the video replies that "I love my skin," even inspiring a hashtag of the phrase on her Facebook page.

As incredibly moving and eloquent as Lupita always is, this moment definitely hit home for me. As a dark-skinned, African-American woman, I once went through a phase of thinking that I was not beautiful or was less beautiful than my peers because of my complexion, something Lupita also referred to in her speech at Essence's Black Women in Hollywood Luncheon earlier this year. With love and support from family and friends, I overcame this ordeal, but I know that there are still plenty of other girls and women out there that are suffering from this dilemma.

We are all beautiful - black, white, Asian, Hispanic, light-skinned, dark-skinned and every shade in-between - and we all should know that. Society or outside forces should not define what we think is acceptable or beautiful - you, as you are right now, in this moment, are beautiful.

Lupita, for me, embodies this uplifting message and not even a slew of accolades, including an Oscar, could further define that for her; it only complements such beauty and grace.

Video via Sesame Street's YouTube Page

Monday, September 15, 2014

'Hunger Games': All hell breaks loose in new 'Mockingjay - Part 1' trailer (video)

I think...I think I might pass out...FROM EXCITEMENT!

"The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1" is scheduled to hit theaters on Nov. 21.

Video via The Hunger Games' YouTube Page

Monday, September 8, 2014

Prince William and Kate are expecting their second child

Did you hear the royal news?

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are expecting their second child, according to an official announcement released by the British Monarchy today.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Joan Rivers Dies

Comedy legend Joan Rivers died Thursday afternoon in Manhattan following complications of an outpatient surgery she had had a week before. She was 81 years old.

For more information, click HERE.

Photo via The Huffington Post via Getty

'Hunger Games': Katniss Everdeen returns as rebel leader in new 'Mockingjay' poster (photo)

...What can I say? #TheMockingjayLives

"The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1" is scheduled for release on Nov. 21.

SIDE NOTE: Oh, and by the way, if you haven't seen the NEW Katniss poster, click HERE.

Photo via The Hunger Games' Facebook page

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

'Hunger Games': President Snow delivers second #OnePanem address (video)

With Peeta Mellark, Johanna Mason (a new addition to the telecast) and dozens of Peacekeepers at his side, President Snow's second televised address to Panem, titled "Unity," seems to be going as planned...until a "pirate transmission" breaks the feed.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

'Hunger Games': President Snow delivers Panem 'Together As One' address w/ Peeta Mellark (video)

Are you as creeped out as I am? And why does Peeta (played by Josh Hutcherson) seem a bit reluctant to stand beside Panem's President Snow (played by Donald Sutherland)? And where's Katniss?

Guess we'll have to wait and see until "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1" is released on Nov. 21.

For more information, visit TheCapitol.PN.

SIDE NOTE: Oh, and just in case you haven't seen them, here are the Capitol's latest propaganda posters honoring "District Heroes," issued with hopes of "quelling" the oncoming civilian rebellion against the state.

Video via The Capitol