Stitched w/ Love! StitchDFactory By India Yahsmein!

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When the weather outside is frightful–and by frightful we mean cold as “Reverse-Hell”–having a reliable and cute scarf and hat are EVERYTHING. We love our summer, spring, and fall fashions traditionally due to the versatility in styles and options; but it is a  little hardier to be trendy in winter–or so we thought! Enter StitchDFactory by India Yahsmein, a line of wonderfully made, quality, and trendy knitted accessories to combat all your frosty fears!

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Chunky Crocheted Cowl

After receiving two amazing products from StitchDFactory,  the Chunky Crocheted Cowl and the Slouchy Knit Beanie Hat, we were all too happy to get the scoop on this wonderful designer and her project of love! Check out our Q & A w/ India below!

1. How did you start your company?

“It actually started in London when I was studying abroad. When a group of ladies I met over seas decided to learn to knit from another student also studying abroad. I bought my first pair of needles and yarn and proceeded to make a scarf. Nevertheless I didn’t buy enough yarn so the scarf was extremely short and a little uneven but I loved it and it’s still in my closet till this day. So after a while I began making pieces for friends and family as gifts and was instantly encouraged to sell my pieces. Everyone was so impressed with the quality of my work and so the Etsy adventure began! And within the last year I decided to make my passion my reality and here we are today! “

2. Tell us about your products. Are they hypoallergenic, where do you get your fabrics from?

“Currently I am focused on winter accessories because of the season. I carry hats and beanies, scarves and cowls, ear warmers and even Shrugs during the fall and winter season. During this upcoming spring and summer I will focus on beach wear… swimwear, cover ups, skirts, cover ups and totes. Our winter apparel is mostly made of wools and wool blends. However our summer pieces are mainly 100%cotton.”

3. What makes your brand different from other lines of knitted clothing out there?

“The quality and attention to detail is what makes me stand out from other brands. As well as every single piece is handmade by me!”

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In Need of “Entercourse?” Get To Know Web Star, Jerome Parker (@jeromebparker)!

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Web stars may be the epitome of overnight celebrities nowadays, but that does not mean they are all worth writing about. In fact many of them could use a few acting classes or just some talent in general! Thankfully, Tyson Anthony does not fail to deliver just what we need in quality actors, especially on LGBT web series.

Meet Jerome Parker–a model, handsome, sexy, talented, an overall sweetheart, AND the star of the new hit web seriesEntercourse!

Hailing from New York City, Jerome is a good ol’ Brooklyn boy with dreams to become one of the biggest stars in the world. We were first introduced to him in Pharm The Series, where he played “Reek,” a loyal, “ride or die” boyfriend willing to help his troubled man no matter what. Unlike most web stars, Jerome became one unwittingly, not being particular fond of web series. “I started off hating web series, like for real. I started off watching ‘About Him’ and it was cool, but I was like I’m not watching that I’ll watch TV. I couldn’t watch anything on YouTube for that long. One day I sat down and I was like lemme watch it [About Him]…and I watched it and it was so addictive! Prior to that Tyson [Anthony, the creator of About Him, Pharm The Series, and Entercourse] had DM’ed me and wanted me to be on the show and I ignored him completely [he laughed]…I was like what are you talking about? I ended up moving down here [from New York City to Greensboro, North Carolina] and got a job working at a restaurant. I ended up getting laid off and that’s why Tyson inboxed me again and was like ‘Hey, this is your last chance I really would like for you to be a part of this;’ and I said you know what I’m going to take him up on this opportunity. I was still nervous, feeling like I’m not really an actor, but when I got around my cast it all happened so naturally, and here I am…”

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On Entercourse Jerome portrays “Miles,” also a loyal boyfriend to Rocky (Elijah Black), who is addicted to porn. Although the couple greatly love each other, the latter’s porn addiction causes their sex life to become lackluster and Miles’ eye to wander towards his curious co-worker, Drew (David Hall). Like his characters, Jerome admits he too is a loyal boyfriend when in a relationship. “We’re [He, Reek, and Miles] are very much alike [he laughs]. I’m a Virgo and we are romantic and we’re just all about our boyfriends when we have one. When I started doing the shows Tyson [the creator of Pharm and Entercourse] asked how am I with my boyfriends; and I was like i’m like the ‘lovey dovey’ type…it’s just BAE, BAE, BAE, BAE [he laughs]…it’s just how I am and it shows…It’s very natural.” Jerome also reveals that initially the sex scenes on the show were a bit too much for him. “Some scenes from the shows required nudity and I was like I’m not comfortable with that. Tyson was cool though and told me he did not want me to do anything I was uncomfortable with. So in Pharm I kept some black underwear on, but in Entercourse there’s no way we could have made that scene believable so I stripped down. It was very tasteful I feel like…”

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#RIP…Bishop Eddie L. Long Has Passed…

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Death has reared its ugly head yet again and invaded the ranks.

No we do not have another celebrity death, but someone who was a celebrity in his own right–and a pastor. It is with a heavy heart we report that Bishop Eddie L. Long has passed.

There has been a report on Channel 2 Action News, and  reports are coming in from social media, members of his congregation, and namely his former Minister of Music, Byron Cage. Byron tweeted the following below.

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As you may already know Bishop Long was the pastor of megachurch, New Birth Missionary Baptist Church. He was known for years for his large congregation, affluence, and powerful sermons of hope and love throughout the metro-Atlanta area. In recent years he was embroiled by controversy, namely allegations of sexual misconduct. In the last year, however, it was his dramatic weight loss that caught national news. Originally, Bishop explained his weight loss was attributed to a raw, vegan diet; and later a still as of yet unexplained illness. Then homophobic pastor, Kim Burrell, alleged his weight loss was due to engaging in a homosexual lifestyle. He died from an aggressive form of cancer.

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Whatever anyone’s personal feelings are about Bishop Long he was still a man and a human being. We will be praying for his family and congregation during this tragic time. Feel free to leave your comments and APPROPRIATE condolences below.

Written By: Michael “Hey Mikey” Fanning

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Jennifer Holiday (@LadyJHOLLIDAY) Pulls Out of Trump’s Inauguration; Writes Apology Letter to LGBT Community

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President-elect or not, Donald Trump is still persona non-grata with many minority communities.

This past week a number of celebrities have been tapped to attend or perform at Trump’s inauguration, a few  of them people of color. It was rumored that the original Effy White herself, Jennifer Holliday, was one of them.

Naturally, the backlash and controversy against her was swift! Her publicist released a statement saying that her performance had not been “100% confirmed;” but now it seems Jennifer has backed out all together. She cites her love and appreciation for the LGBT community as a big part of the reason, reaching out to the community with a powerful letter. Read it below.

TO MY BELOVED LGBT COMMUNITY:

Jennifer Holliday

Please allow me this opportunity to speak to you directly and to explain why I originally made my decision to perform at the inauguration which was what I had thought would be my simply keeping in my tradition of being a “bi-partisan songbird” having sung for Presidents Reagan, Bush, Clinton and Bush.

I was asked to sing a song for what was presented to me as the “Welcome Concert For The People”– in my mind I was reflecting on the past times of being asked to sing for presidents and I only focused on the phrase “For The People”… I thought, For America!

I was honestly just thinking that I wanted my voice to be a healing and unifying force for hope through music to help our deeply polarized country… Regretfully, I did not take into consideration that my performing for the concert would actually instead be taken as a political act against my own personal beliefs and be mistaken for support of Donald Trump and Mike Pence.

In light of the information pointed out to me via the Daily Beast article on yesterday, my only choice must now be to stand with the LGBT Community and to state unequivocally that I WILL NOT PERFORM FOR THE WELCOME CONCERT OR FOR ANY OF THE INAUGURATION FESTIVITIES!

I sincerely apologize for my lapse of judgement, for being uneducated on the issues that affect every American at this crucial time in history and for causing such dismay and heartbreak to my fans.

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Queen Latifah (@IAMQUEENLATIFAH) Confirms “Living Single” Reboot in The Works!

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We love, love, LOVE Queen Latifah, but now we love her even more. The woman is a powerhouse–singer, rapper, songwriter, actress, producer–and the list goes on and on.

We are happy to tell you that Queen Latifah has announced a Living Single reboot is  in the works!

The Queen appeared on Bravo’s Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen, and dropped the big news!

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Get ready to return to a ’90s kind of world. Queen Latifah revealed that she’s working on a Living Single reboot on Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen. Excuse us while we put the fierce opening theme song on repeat all day long.

When one caller asked if guest Queen Latifah ever thought there could be a revival of the beloved ’90s sitcom, she replied, “Funny you should ask. We’re actually working on it,” adding, “It’s not there yet, but hopefully we can get it happening.”

Queen Latifah went on to say that “the goal” would be to get all of the original cast members to sign on to the reboot. So here’s hoping that Kim Fields, Kim Coles, Erika Alexander, John Henton, and T.C. Carson are as jazzed about the idea as Queen Latifah seems to be.

She also said that she plans on producing this Living Single reboot, but when it comes to when and where it will air, Queen Latifah said, “We’re still figuring all that out.”

Living Single ran for five seasons on FOX from 1993 to 1998. The series debuted just one year prior to another beloved comedy about six pals living in New York: Friends. “We knew we had already been doing that,” Queen Latifah told Andy Cohen when asked if she thought Friends was similar to Living Single when it premiered. “It was one of those things where there was a guy called Warren Littlefield, who used to run NBC. When all the new shows came out, they asked him, ‘If there’s any show you could have, which would it be?’ And he said, ‘Living Single.’ Then he created Friends. But Friends was so good, so it wasn’t like we hated on it or anything.”

As you can see the Living Single reboot is in the very early stages of development. Still, just knowing it is in the works makes us super happy! Let’s hope everyone from the original cast will sign on!

Written By: Michael “Hey Mikey” Fanning

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The Man Behind Signal 23 TV! Meet “Mr.23” Himself, Henderson Maddox (@mr_23)!

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“Times are changing everyday and we can’t get by with those same old ways!” 227’s Mary knew that and it still rings true today. Inclusion and representation are more important than ever before; and though Hollywood and television have made great strides racially, the gay spectrum could definitely use more diversity. Especially, if we talk about Black gay male characters. Traditionally they are over the top caricatures, not indicative of most of the community. Where are the everyday Black men who just so happen to love the same sex? Enter Signal 23 TV, a network dedicated to bringing some of the best web series the internet has ever seen.

However, it is the man behind the vision, “Mr. 23” himself, Henderson Maddox, we have to thank for all of this!

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Hailing from Atlanta, Georgia, Henderson Maddox has become a rising star in the world of entertainment thanks to his hard work, dedication, and unyielding desire to be the best. He is often described as “the new Tyler Perry.” The formation of Signal 23 TV came about as he tired of his teaching career and sought to do what he was really passionate about. “I did it to build a fan base, to put myself out there as a director…I had done events and projects and wanted expand my brand outside of Atlanta and become bigger. So I came up with the idea to make a website–little stuff, little shows–and it all went from there…”

Our first introduction to Signal 23 TV came with the network’s flagship series, Steel River, but before its inception were a number of other shows there including cooking shows,  talk shows, comedies, and other dramas. “Steel River was the first show that really took off. It was my first LGBT series and it kind of just blew out of the stratosphere and resulted in me having this huge LGBT following…I think a lot of what it is, is there are a lot of untold stories; and there are other content creators out there, but there are very few of them create quality content…” This definitely rings true, as another series written and directed by Henderson, About Him, proved to be a runaway hit this past summer largely due to its quality and superior storytelling.

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Susan Kelechi Watson of NBC’s This Is Us Hosts Private Press Dinner {Event Recap}

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In celebration of the return of NBC’s THIS IS US, cast member Susan Kelechi Watson hosted a press dinner at STK in Atlanta this past Monday, January 9th.

Some of Atlanta’s most influential press were in attendance including, Jubilee Magazine, Ice Cream Convos, YBF, and of course HeyMikeyATL.

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Press were granted the opportunity to take photos, interview, and most importantly, wine and dine with Watson as she sat with each guest and gave a glimpse of what’s to come in the continued season.

Watson is quite the fan favorite on This Is Us but many would be surprised to know that she almost passed up on being Beth. Producers wanted to fly her out last minute to audition for the part but Watson was in a rut from a bad audition she had a few nights before and hadn’t read the script yet.

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“It was my birthday and I was on my way to get facials with my friend and I asked her if we should still go get facials and she said ‘No, go home and read the script,'” Watson recalled. “So I went home, read it and immediately fell in love and called my team and said I’ll be on that plane.”

Watson plays Beth Pierson, the devoted and level headed wife of one of the Big 3, Randall and though she’s been able to keep calm in the midst of the unexpected turbulence caused by her in laws, this upcoming season will show how the chaos takes its toll on her character and we can’t wait to see it!

Be sure to catch Susan Kelechi Watson on This Is Us every Tuesday night at 10/9c on NBC.