It is hard to believe it has been almost a year since About Him took the internet by storm. Since then the hit web series has experienced a few “growing pains,” but it has managed to stick around the for the fans that made it a runaway hit last summer. Even more exciting is Brandon Karson reprising his role of “Damien” in the series! However, just because Brandon is back that does not mean things are the same for Damien. Our boy has grown up and he is headed to his first year of college in Tyson Anthony’s About Him: Freshman Year!
Whoever said a woman’s life as she knows it ends when she becomes a mother must have been born in the fifties. Gone are the days when being a mother is a woman’s “be all and end all.” Do not get us wrong; any good mother should be there for her kids, but modern moms know their own well-being is intricately tied in with their children’s.
Enter the world of Laura Govan, reality television star, businesswoman, and “Fit Mom.”
This astonishing woman is still taking the world by storm. “…so much [is going on], so much! I’ve been working on my fitness line, my clothing line, my accessory line is booming and doing amazing…I’ve gotten crazy support from a lot of people—Amber Rose, [Blac] Chyna, Neicey Nash, Karreueche [Tran], Christina—so a lot of women are wearing it and loving it…It’s so funny because I had no intention of starting a business or doing anything…I didn’t realize the passion that I had for it…it’s such a blessing…”
We all know and love Laura from her appearances on shows like VH-1’s Basketball Wives LA and TV One’s The Next 15, but honestly as you can tell there is much more to her than just reality television. Ms. Govan is now a “Fit Mom.” A fit mom is a term used to describe mothers who have not allowed childbirth and motherhood to keep them from being healthy and fit. When asked would she define herself as a fit mom she replies; “You know I most definitely feel like anyone who works out is definitely fit…it’s hard to wanna get up and do something. It takes a lot, just the will to want to be motivated, especially when you’re not in the right frame of mind…” Many people might argue that because Laura does not have a typical “nine to five” job she has the time to work out and develop her body. “Not necessarily. I beg to differ. Because my job is twenty four hours, not only do I have my children all day, every day; even when they’re at school I’m on call [she laughs]…I make time to work out. Even if that means I have to get up at five AM to get ahead of my children to do that then that’s what I’ll do. Also, working out does not mean you have to go to the gym. I hate that people think that. It’s such a stereotypical thing, I feel like it’s an excuse. ‘People are like oh I can’t get to them.’ I’m like shit I can’t either! Do things in the house, you have to figure it out. There are so many things you can do…”
A self-thought dancer from West Harlem, New York Dnay B. learned how to dance by hanging out in the neighborhood and watching television. Fast forward to current times Dnay B. is one of the most sought-after dancers in the United States. To date, Dnay B.has worked with huge celebrities such as Chris Brown, Jennifer Lopez, and Alicia Keys.
Her professional dancing career started after she played the role of Kelly Rowland for then creative director for both Kelly and Beyonce for Kelly’s “Motivation” video. Not being aware of her tasks within the payment process, some time had passed since the live video submission and Dnay contacted the director about not receiving her payment. He then advised her to stop by Alvin Ailey. At the meeting, he asked if she wanted to dance for Beyonce as a makeup for her troubles. That was in 2011, Dnay’s first experience dancing for Beyonce was during Oprah’s Finale Show and then the BillBoard Awards. However, she did not become an official Beyonce dancer until 2013 after filling in for a dancer on the set of Beyonce’s “Grown Woman” video. The following day she was called upon to go on tour for the Mrs. Carter Would Tour and the rest is history.
When Dnay is touring she tries to maintain her internal clock on Eastern time by taking naps so that when she returns to NY the transition is smoother. Her tour days start each morning with breakfast then an hour of praise and worship, then checking social media, then it’s tour rehearsals. Once back on the tour bus the dancers will wind down; this is the time Dnay would usually color. She also finds time to speak to her parents several times a day as they share a close-knit relationship.
ABC’s Quantico is nothing short of a mega hit! This amazing series entailing the professional and personal lives of FBI and CIA personnel is nothing short of riveting. Starring Priyanka Chopra, the show is action picked, suspenseful, and has story lines with plot twists so unexpected that soap operas would run for their money! Quantico is now in its second season, and that means new motives, new story lines, and most importantly, new characters. Meet Pearl Thusi, South African actress, model, radio, and television personality, and now the latest addition to this series’ amazing cast!
Kontrol Magazine was able to snag an interview with the starlet as she explains the ins and outs of the show as well as her riveting new role. She admits she was not an avid viewer of the series initially but has since caught up. “When I got the role it was not airing in South Africa yet, but I had heard good things about the show. The online streaming channels were not available where I was so I was only able to watch snippets online. However, I was able to watch all of it before shooting began.” As a series regular on Quantico, Pearl portrays “Dayana Mampasi,” a competitive, driven, and focused lawyer who is recruited by The Farm (CIA training ground). She is set as Alex’s (Priyanka Chopra) roommate who from almost the beginning makes it very clear she is not interested in making friends.
However, Thusi does admit there are some surprising similarities and differences between she and her character, who on the series can be quite cold. “It is often necessary to share traits with any character you play and of course take on other traits they exhibit. We’ve both suffered tremendous loss and use work to cover it up and deal with it when necessary. I am often told that I’m very strong and hope I apply that strength to Dayana’s character. Dayana is also extremely brave and intelligent and I like to think I’m all of those things too. Another way we are similar is that she is also very loyal and has created an almost perfect coping mechanism for dealing with her ghosts. One way I feel that we are dissimilar is that I consider myself a lot more fun and enthusiastic.”
What exactly is burlesque? Is it a striptease? Is it a form of seduction?
Burlesque dancer Dita Von Teese has all your answers to this lost art form.
Recently, Dita took time out of her busy schedule to sit down with Kontrol to talk about her gorgeous art form, Hollywood glam, and her career.
Dita credits her mom for sparking her fascination with the golden age of cinema.
“My mother watched old films. So I grew up watching those films with her and I became obsessed with the technicolor musicals of 1940s especially. They were like cartoons to me with Betty Grable, Carmen Miranda, and all these lavish musical numbers.”
2017 is here and already the year looks to be filled with a lot of amazing events happening in the entertainment industry. Movies, awards shows, new music, and new artists—you name it! It is time for something fresh and it seems the entertainment gods have finally heard our prayers. As you already know one of the most anticipated events of 2017 is New Edition’s biopic, set to air on BET later this month! The biopic will entail the stories of Bobby Brown, Johnny Gill, Ralph Tresvant, Ricky Bell, Michael Bivins, and Ronnie DeVoe as they rise, fall, and resurrect the R&B group that has made them music legends. The biopic stars a very talented cast of young men, Bryshere Y. Gray, Luke James, Elijah Kelly, Woody McClain, Algee Smith, and Keith Powers. Although all of these young men are amazing it is Keith Powers who may very well be having the best year ever with not only the biopic premiering but television shows and films in the works! “I feel great man, I’m just gonna keep working. With all this stuff coming out that does not mean that I am going to get comfortable…I’m staying on my toes and continuing to work hard…”
Keith portrays Ronnie Devoe, the best dancer in New Edition, and the described as the heart of the group. “He [Ronnie] is amazing. He was so cool. He and the other guys came on set and were so involved in how they were portrayed…I feel honored to be a part of the whole production…like everybody else I grew up listening to them…’Can You Stand The Rain’ is timeless…” Surprisingly, Keith reveals he was the last addition to the cast and came on about two weeks after the other actors, thus he had to catch up on his lines and choreography quickly. “Ronnie was the best dancer of the group and I came on a little late so I had to play catch up big time…there was definitely a lot of pressure on me to perform…Don’t worry I caught up though [he laughs], and I think everyone will be impressed…” The pressure is definitely on with New Edition’s biopic to be a hit. As you recall, biopics of the past have been either hit or miss based on casting decisions, acting, quality, and audience reception. From the clips we have seen of the film, this may very well be the biopic we have been waiting for. “The film is about brotherhood, that’s what we had. From the moment I met those guys we were chilling, working, and hanging out around the clock. We’re like family.”
Being in the public eye is never easy. Some move through the spotlight with grace and ease, other are scrutinized with every step they take. If you are a reality television star then most likely you deal with the latter. Enter the world of Black Ink Crew’s Dutchess Lattimore, an amazing tattoo artist, businesswoman, and reality star who has shared many of her ups and downs in front of millions for five crazy seasons! “It’s been wild, a lot has happened over the years, but I’m still here, still standing. That’s what matters to me…people gonna hate but at the end of the day I’m Dutchess so I know I’m winning. Period.”
As you already know Dutchess is one of the main stars of VH-1’s Black Ink Crew, and has quickly become a fan favorite despite her clashes with her cast mates and coworkers.
What makes Dutchess stand out, however, is her desire to have it all. This is a woman who will not settle for anything less than what she deserves and desires. Although we are glad to see her back for another season of the show, Dutchess admits she is not so excited with this season. “I’m never really excited about these things…It’s like a gift and a curse, because we’ve already lived it, and how we lived it is different from how ya’ll [the viewers] get to see it. It brings up all those pent up emotions, things you were thinking about, and it’s just hard to relive stuff twice you know.” Her apprehension does bring up a real point shared by some other reality stars, (Toya Wright, being one) who admit they hate watching their shows, because it only drudges up the past. Thankfully, Dutchess’s skills are only outmatched by her resilience. “I’m just a strong woman, I’m gonna do what I gotta do. A lot of women want to be trophy wives you know…I want a different lifestyle. I wanna do the things that I wanna do, I wanna go the places I wanna go…” She goes onto elaborate on the kind of ideal life she she wants. “The ideal life of Dutchess is building a bigger brand, being able to decide when I wanna travel. I love to travel–it’s my favorite thing to do–If I decide tomorrow I wanna be able to go to India, I wanna be able to up and do that. That’s living the life that has no boundaries or limits…” She admits being on the show does help her have a platform, but unlike a number of other reality stars, wants to use it to make the best business decisions. “TV does help but you have to be in control of your business and brand yourself.”