Saturday, August 30, 2014

19 Best Black and Latina Actresses


The best Black and Latina actresses have one thing in common: talent. These ladies are the crème de la crème. They all give exemplary performances every time.

I present to you the best. These are my favorite selections. At the end, tell us who’s on your list.

Best Black and Latina Actresses

Paula Patton’s portfolio is a solid body of work. Déjà vu is my favorite. Her big break came with Mission: Impossible IV- Ghost Protocol. Have you seen it?

I predict Paula will win an Oscar. Does she remind you of the girl next door?  She is the lead actress in the long awaited Warcraft movie, based on the addictive video game.

Gina Torres is also a marketable fantasy actress. Who could forget about her role in Matrix and her stint on the TV show Firefly? Gina looks great!

I would let her teach me how to act any day. I’d bet her acting class wouldn’t have an empty seat. You can tell that this Cuban New Yorker loves science fiction.

Zoe Saldana is the best science fiction actress. I like her in the Star Trek franchise as well as Avatar. Sources say her performance in Guardians of the Galaxy is top notch.

Rihanna reminds me of Zoe Saldana. They both have the ‘look.’ Watch Colombiana when you get the chance.

Puerto Ricans are proud of Jennifer Lopez. She is a good representative of all Latinas. JLo has a big heart.

Check out her movie Jack starring Robin Williams. I like JLo because of her versatility. Give her a part and watch her go to work. She is building a legendary career.

Eva Mendes is underperforming. This Eva has not exceeded her limit. Give her a shot.

Who’s a better Latina actress than Eva Longoria? This Eva transcends TV. Two words: Desperate Housewives...

Longoria made Desperate Housewives a thriving success. She was the primary reason for my remote interest in the drama. Vanessa Williams helped too.

Modern Family star Sofia Vergara gives me a similar rationale. Ed O’Neil also known as Al Bundy brings back many childhood memories. But, I watch Modern Family because of Sofia Vergara.

I’m sitting on my sofa and watching Sofia.

Roselyn Sanchez doesn’t have as big a name. Still, the Devious Maids actress is very skillful. I liked her in Miss Congeniality. She has sex appeal like Sandra Bullock.

I respect Roselyn due to her humility. She seems like a good spirited sister. She doesn’t cause trouble.

Nia Long flies under the radar. You must admire the way she conducts herself too. The Black actress earns her keep. I only have nice things to say about Nia.

She is similar in style to Halle Berry.

Let me clarify that there is only 1 Halle Berry. And, she is a legend. Halle came a long way from Cleveland.

She is the face of Revlon. It’s nice to see her diversifying income streams. She’s everywhere: in the movies, commercials and now on TV. Comment and tweet if you want to keep Extant on the air!

Do you like Sanaa Lathan? Have you seen Love and Basketball? If you’re making a Romance, audition Sanaa!

Another good Sanaa movie is Brown Sugar. She stars alongside Taye Diggs. By the way, Magic Johnson helped finance this film. Speaking of finances, Sanaa stays at the bank. She deposits pay stubs as her hobby.

When Taraji P. Henson comes to mind, you think The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. Also, Taraji posed semi-nude for PETA. Even if you don’t support the cause, you admire passionate people.

Taking bold political stances is a big risk in Hollywood.

Rosario Dawson is the lead actress in Fire With FireI watched Fire With Fire on demand. And, this is an absolute must-see movie. It’s rated R so in the words of Dave Chappelle: “you’d better not bring your kids.”

As always, Rosario shines in the film. Oh yeah, Bruce Willis is not bad either. But, Dawson demonstrates her high demand. She shows why her stock price is at 100 points.

Rosario is a great supporting actor. I believe she is the best supporting actress out there. And, her best days are ahead. She is still developing her talent as a lead.

Kerry Washington is best known for her work on ABC’s Scandal. But before her prime time TV domination, she was a successful movie actress. This girl is limitless like Scarlett Johansson in the number 1 movie Lucy.

I have seen Kerry mature over the years. I still remember her first film Our Song. From then to now, you see a tremendous progression.

Kerry easily makes my top five. She embodies the essence of performing arts.

Of course, the thespian Cameron Diaz is number 10. In fact, her last name means ‘ten’ in Spanish. The blonde Latina is the best in her niche.

As far as romantic comedies, Cameron is second to none. Boy can Cameron dance. Who saw Sex Tape?

Jessica Alba owns the night as much as Eva Mendes. Alba is a younger Cameron Diaz. In her own right, Jessica has established herself as a household name.

Jessica gives a good performance in Good Luck Chuck. Alba should stick to romantic-comedies. To paraphrase a plumber: “If it ain’t broke, I’m not fixing it.”

Gabrielle Union has all of Hollywood talking. First of all, she looks like a model. And, she struts her stuff with the best of them. I’m sure she can give Candice Swanepoel some pointers.

Why is Gabrielle Union undervalued? I want to see her in more movies. The Omaha sweetie is 'like a diamond treated like glass.'

Salma Hayek inspires every Latina. She is an older actress who paid her dues. She’s put skin in the game. The lady loves cinema.

Finally, keep an eye on Michelle Rodriguez. She’s destined for superstardom. I rank Rodriguez as the #1 Latina action actress.

You decide. Who are the best Black and Latina actresses?

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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Top 20 Highest Paid Solo Music Artists REVEALED + VIDEO


Top 20 Highest Paid Solo Music Artists REVEALED

I listen to music everyday. My music taste is very flavorful. Music means everything to me.

Do you like a nice variety of songs? Or do you only listen to Country or Heavy Metal exclusively? Leave a comment.

Besides being universal, music is also lucrative. This article will shed some light on the state of music. You’ll clearly see how popularity is not profitability.

Country Music artists get paid a premium. Do you know why? It’s because Country has less competition.

So it isn’t surprising that the highest paid musicians belong to the Country genre. Think about it. Although Pop appeals to the masses, Country follows the money.

Taylor Swift wasn’t a high school cheerleader but she is cheerful. She sings with a perfect pitch and a clear tone. But does she deserve the most dollars?

My initial thought was that Katy Perry was #1. To my surprise, she didn’t even make the list. Neither did Lady Gaga. Back to my point, popularity is not profitability.

If you want to cash in on your fame, don’t follow the accolades. Follow the money. Look at John Mayer.

John Mayer is not as famous as Drake or Nicki Minaj. But, John Boy makes $10 million per year.  Where do Drake and Nicki rank on the money list? They don’t.

The moral of the story is that numbers can be misleading. The only real numbers that matter are the ones after a ($) dollar sign.

Kenny Chesney has 2 million Twitter followers. Jennifer Lopez (JLo) has 29 million followers. Guess what? Chesney is the second highest paid music artist. What does that tell you?

I don’t sugarcoat. And, I don’t pander celebrities. I’m not a lawyer. I am an accountant.

Dollars don’t lie. Kenny Chesney makes $33 million per year. JLo earns less than $9 million as a musician.

I wrote an article comparing Justin Timberlake and JLo. I found out that my followers love Justin to death. Well, wouldn’t you know JT earns $31 million annually?

Timberlake is third on the highest paid musician list. Beyoncé follows him at #4.

Photo By: Wikimedia Commons

Longevity pays dividends. #20 Elton John and #19 Jimmy Buffett show you why. They are from the ‘show me’ state.

You must think in terms of the long run. Sticking around is good. Don’t make the mistake of retiring too soon.

Celine Dion is still relevant at #15. Her greatest hit ‘My Heart Will Go On’ is top 10 all time. Beautiful music is internationally recognized. There is no need for translation.

You have to love making music. The highest paid artists are the most productive. I identify with Justin Timberlake because he seems to understand the way the entertainment world works.

Most musicians have a lopsided view of the industry. Show business is cutthroat because so many artists are sticking their necks out for an unclean shave. You should look in the mirror to shave, or just grow a full beard.

The former Destiny's Child lead singer is irreplaceable as a solo music artist. She makes over $24 million. Beyoncé is on demand.

There’s been so much speculation about her marriage to Jay Z. Will they divorce? I think it’s imminent.

The majority of divorces end due to financial reasons. Jay Z is the 11th highest paid solo artist. There’s likely some jealously considering the competitive nature of both Rap and Hip-Hop.

His protégé Rihanna is the 13th highest paid singer. The Barbados babe is prolific but she is not very productive.

Even though she is my third favorite pop star. I feel she has room for improvement. Rihanna Vevo is the #1 YouTube channel. And yet, she isn’t a top 10 earner.

If Rihanna is smart she’ll realize that singing less can make her more money. Of all the artists, Rihanna has the most potential. Plus she is already a superstar!

Pink is the 6th highest earning solo music artist. Why is Pink so high on the list? It’s because she is unique.

It’s not a big secret that eccentric stars earn the big bucks. Elton John has played this game for years. Just like there’s only one Elton, there is only one Pink.

Michael Bublé  is successful because he has a monopoly on Christmas music. He saw an opportunity and went in headfirst. Now his name is synonymous with XMAS carols.

The key to the entertainment business is to find your niche. It’s that simple. If you’re the best, you don’t have to worry. Just wait for the paycheck to arrive.

Paul McCartney is #14; and, Kenny Chesney is second.  Both gentlemen are living legends. Paul is to Rock and Roll what Kenny is to Country Music.

If you really want to hear true genius, you might have to play an old record. The best music periods are the ‘60s and ‘70s. The ‘80s were also a great time in music.

State of Music

The state of music is fragile. On the one hand, the singing is top notch. On the other hand, the lyrics are crappy.

Today’s music lacks a message. In the words of Paul McCartney, I believe in Yesterday. The corporatization of music is in full effect.

I support Vevo because it delivers excellent content. But, Vevo is a prime example of corporate culture. And so, there’s a tradeoff.

I blame the singers/songwriters. It’s the new normal for many musicians to write their own songs. In the past, this was very rare.

Nothing will change until the songwriters take back their craft. It’s cheaper to have singers write their own songs. And, that’s why the songs sound cheap. It's easy to reverse this course.

I’m not saying don’t let singers write. All I am saying is to let the songwriters do their jobs. The best songwriters can’t sing a lick.

As you can see, technology has drastically changed the way music is heard. Despite the initial concerns, music artists are living the good life. You can make a fortune if you are gifted and talented.

You can really do well with Country. Two words: Taylor Swift!

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Source: Billboard

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Fandom: Are You A Fan, Fantastic or A Fanatic?


Are You A Fan, Fantastic or A Fanatic?

Who is your favorite celebrity? Who do you follow on Twitter? Are you in a fan club?

Are you a fan, fantastic or a fanatic?

Justin Bieber, One Direction, and Miley Cyrus have huge fan bases. I’m sure you’ve seen hash tags such as #Beliebers #Directioners and #Smilers. You see singers are popular on Twitter largely due to YouTube. Every musician has a VEVO.

RihannaVevo is the most viewed channel on YouTube. It’s not a coincidence that Rihanna is also a Twitter sensation. The petite Barbados babe calls her fans the #RihannaNavy.

She is one of my top 5 favorite pop stars. Very few can compete with her consistency. Rihanna is a reliable hit maker. Every year she puts out edgy music videos.

Rapper Eminem has 18.6 million Twitter followers. And this number is constantly growing. The 41 year-old Detroit native is defying logic. It’s been reported that the rapper and Rihanna are in a relationship together. 

Check out this video ‘Stan.’ It addresses fandom. This is one of Eminem’s best songs.

If you have a talent make sure you use it. If you want to be a celebrity, you need diehard fans. Check out How to Be Famous. If you follow the steps you’ll be a superstar!

Fanatics are crucial to celebrity brands. Demi Lovato calls her fans ‘Lovatics.’ Oprah Winfrey’s brand names include Harpo, O’ (magazine), and Owners (network).

Lady Gaga’s ‘Little Monsters’ and Katy Perry’s ‘KatyCats’ are at each other’s throats. They’re too competitive for their own sakes. It would be nice to hear a Gaga/Katy duet.


Fandom first started with Elvis Presley. Elvis was a musical genius. The King of Rock and Roll is still held in high regard. He is the Las Vegas legend.

You can make a good living impersonating Elvis. Work on your hair, dance moves, and singing style. Elvis Presley was truly one of a kind.

Marilyn Monroe was more than a sex symbol. She was the face of Hollywood. Her image is still recognized.

Michael Jackson, the King of Pop, influenced a generation of music artists; and so, has the Queen of Pop Madonna. She is a transformational musician. Copycat celebrities sample their songs. A wise man said ‘Imitation is the best form of flattery.’

Robin Thicke is accused of stealing Marvin Gaye’s music. Thicke’s Blurred Lines uses Marvin’s sound and hook. Due to this, Robin is in legal trouble. Marvin Gaye’s family is upset.

Lady Gaga’s #LittleMonsters and Katy Perry’s #KatyCats are highly effective. There are far too many fan-bases to name them all. But I want to highlight the best ones.

Beliebers, Directioners, and Lovatics dominate Twitter. In this day and age, it is very important to have a strong Internet presence. I do what I can on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. It’s all about connecting fans with a network.

I like Miley Cyrus’ Smilers. They are a loyal bunch. Loyalty is a rare asset. I remember how loyal her fans were to her when she had a health scare.  The Smilers posted ‘get well soon’ messages all over the social media sites.

Miley Cyrus is great at interacting with Smilers. The way Justin Bieber engages Beliebers is unreal. To date, JB has over 27,000 tweets!

Do celebrities get on your nerves? Yes, they do sometimes. But thanks to technology, we can get the inside scoop. Now we’re able to Google everything.


 Photo By: Jason McIntyre

Most celebrities appreciate their fandom. Some celebs just show it better. To tell you the truth, I couldn’t tell you the difference between a Directioner and North West before joining Twitter.

I've been on Twitter for only five months and I’m already getting benefits. I love how my followers re-tweet me. That means they’re listening and I’m interesting.

Can you imagine Elvis Presley using social media? He would have 100 million Twitter followers. Without a doubt, social networking strengthens your fan base.

Do you think Reality TV could survive without the World Wide Web? The Kardashians based their careers off a viral Internet sex tape. Paris Hilton also gained notoriety from a naughty movie.

I never was a big fan of Reality programs. Now, I’m somewhere in the middle. Reality Shows- I can’t live with them; and, I can’t live without them.

Do you know watch Duck Dynasty? I know people who watch the A&E show religiously. I’ve seen a couple shows myself; and, it’s not bad.

I think TV is in good hands. It’s nice to see a good mix of sitcoms, sci-fi, dramas, action, and reality. I also enjoy educational programming and documentaries.

Do you watch Cosmos? Astrophysicist Neil Degrasse Tyson has a big following of geeks, nerds and exhibitionists. However, the Kardashians and Ducks likely have the biggest Reality TV fan base.

Highly rated shows like the Big Bang Theory, Game of Thrones and House of Cards carry a ton of weight. Still, remember that the celebrity or brand is only as good as the fans. The fan is always right.

Science Fiction and Fantasy fans take fandom to another level. Have you heard of Firefly’s Brown Coats? Are you a Star Wars fan or a Trekkie?

Fan clubs take on many forms. Conan O’Brien calls his followers TeamCoco. You’ll find many celebrities that use Team as a hash tag. Whether the clubs are official or unofficial, they achieve the same goal.

Music, movies and television all require an audience. The entertainment industry will not survive without fans. That’s why brands bombard YouTube with ads. Don’t you hate it when the ad is longer than the video?

Click to read The Importance Of A FanBase & How to Grow One. I suggest you think like a celebrity. Why? It’s simple. Celebrities earn a good living. Just watch your expenses.

If you plan to be as a celebrity, start building your fan base now. Despite what you hear, achieving fandom takes time. You can speed it up but at what cost? Fame has a hefty price. 

Watch movies and TV for entertainment purposes as well as information. Don’t just listen to the beat. Concentrate on the lyrics. Finally, don’t forget to pause, so that you can put things in perspective.

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Monday, August 11, 2014

Jennifer Aniston Vs. Angelina Jolie: Why Angelina Should Kiss Jennifer’s Feet

Jennifer Aniston Vs. Angelina Jolie


Photo By: Angela George

Angelina Jolie stole Brad Pitt from Jennifer Aniston. It’s okay though, because Aniston is laughing last. Although Brad and Angie make the perfect couple, Jenni is my BFF.

In the long run, I rank Jennifer Aniston higher than Angelina Jolie because of the sitcom Friends. The TV show was on air for 10 seasons. So Jenni doesn’t have to work. The actress has more royalty checks than Prince William.

In the short term, Angelina Jolie is quickly becoming the go-to-girl in Hollywood. Did you know that she’s making a name for herself as a director and producer? You have to respect the lady’s prowess but don’t discount Ms. Aniston’s career. I’m tired of Jolie lovers bashing in Jenni’s head.

Jennifer Aniston was bigger than TV. Is Angelina Jolie bigger than movies? Maybe.
A.J. and J.A. are fine actresses. But Jen is underpaid and Angie is overrated. Why does Angelina get the red carpet rolled out for her? Why is she so special?

No one addresses this but I will. Brad Pitt made Angelina Jolie famous. That’s right: I said it.

When Angie was going with Billy Bob Thornton she was on the D-List. After jumping on Brad’s bandwagon she made the B-list. I’m not going to get into how she made the A-list. All I can say is: her moves were carefully calculated like a Bobby Fischer chess match.

You see, she helped Billy Bob more than he helped her. Jolie started seeing Brad Pitt when he was big. Let’s go a little further. Jennifer Aniston made Brad Pitt famous.

I’m telling the truth. Hollywood 'hookups' are just like arraigned marriages. You won’t find Madonna dating a Baltimore Oriole. If you want a crack at the ‘Material Girl,’ bat cleanup for the New York Yankees!

Angelina Jolie is a legend. She is the most superior actress to grace the silver screen. But where are her TV credits?

There are more than 200 episodes of Friends. How many movies have Jolie been in? Not even 50.

Here is the startling reality. Jennifer Aniston has played in more movies than Angelina Jolie? + She is Rachel on Friends.

The Jennifer Aniston jokes are tiresome and unwarranted. Jennifer is not bitter. Why should she be? If anything, she is relieved. Brad was a real drag on her and a nuisance.

Aniston deserves more Oscar worthy roles. If the movie executives gave Aniston better parts she would perform to a higher degree. Jen is one of a kind, which is rare. She has a unique gift.

Not A Beauty Pageant

Photo By: Piotr Drabik

An actress is not a Miss America, Miss World or Miss Universe. You need true talent to make it. It’s easy for them to find a sexier girl if they want one. Don't rely only on beauty. Play your part.

I feel sorry for the vast majority of actors. You see their faces, but you don’t know their names. Many actors are uncredited. Some screenwriters are in this same boat.

In many ways, Hollywood functions like the feudal system. Movie stars subject themselves to psychological beheadings and manipulations. It is the medieval times all over again, with the special emphasis on ‘eval’ (evil).

Jennifer Aniston has raw talent. She is more talented than Angelina. Now Jolie is sexier than Aniston and the whole state of California. But this is not a beauty pageant.

Aniston offers the complete package, while Jolie is the bomb. Angelina is the best female action star in Hollywood history. I give credit where it is due.

No one addresses this either, but I will. Fans favor Jolie for her youth. Angie is six years younger than Jen. That’s one hell of an age difference in show business! It’s only fair to compare 39 year-old Jolie to 39-year-old Aniston.

Let’s have the same conversation five years from now.

Why Should Angelina Kiss Jennifer’s Feet?

Jennifer Aniston is responsible for the careers of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie. Do you think I’m bullshitting? Take a look at the tale of the tape.

It shouldn’t surprise you that Brad Pitt’s filmography got 1,000 times better after hooking up with Aniston. Pitt owes Aniston at least $10 million from just World War Z. Also, Brad got to be Benjamin Button because of his arraigned marriage to Jennifer. 

I’m not a fan of how Brad betrayed Jennifer. I’ll be blunt. He used her like a rag-doll. That’s why Angelina used him.

It’s funny how things work. Buddha calls it Karma. James Brown calls it payback. I call it a boomerang. 

Here’s proof Brad Pitt cheated on Aniston with Jolie. 

Wet your lips, Angelina. Tonight you're kissing Jennifer Aniston’s toes. This isn't a movie. Oh, by the way, how many millions have you made at the expense of Jennifer Aniston? 

Show her some respect. Write a thank you note or something. Ask Jimmy Fallon to get you started.

Seriously, the real  problem is Angelina Jolie acts entitled. She should act more humble. She may think she’s the best but Sandra Bullock is actually better.I can’t wait to write a story on Sandra.

I might blog more about my favorite actresses. Let me know if you’re interested.

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