#CelebrityCrush- Rutina Wesley (@rutinaofficial)

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Queen Sugar is back for a second season and we could not be happier! Yep, that means more drama from The Bordelon Siblings; our favorite of which is Nova, who just so happens to be played by actress, Rutina Wesley. Rutina has only been in the game for a little over a decade now, but has a knack for landing major roles on popular series like True Blood, Arrow, and as aforementioned Queen Sugar. 

Besides her amazing acting skills we truly see Rutina Wesley is a beautiful, statuesque woman, who makes us gaga whenever she walks on screen that is why she is this week’s Celebrity Crush!

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Rutina first came on our radar in the dance film, How She Move, but stole our hearts as “Tara” in her hilarious first scene of HBO’s True Blood check it out below:

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The Apocalypse! “Transformers: The Last Knight” (@transformers) is The Holy Grail of “Robots In Disguise!”

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The Transformers are back! Yep it is time to witness another slap down between the heroic Autobots and their human allies against the villainous Decepticons.

This time around, however, there really is “more than meets the eye” as Optimus Prime has gone rogue, becoming a “Nemesis” to all mankind in Transformers: The Last Knight!

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Quintessa

The story picks up where the last film left off with Prime heading to Cybertron to meet his maker–literally. He arrives on his dying world to meet Quintessa, a female transformer and his creator. With a slap she seemingly brainwashes him into helping her revive Cyberton at Earth’s expense. Back on Earth, war rages between the world’s militaries and Transformers as waves of them continue to come to the planet. All Transformers, including, the Autobots are deemed enemies. Cade Yeager (Mark Wahlberg), continues to stand by his Autobot comrades, finding refuge in a junkyard on Indian territory by “hiding in plain sight.” However, uneasy alliances are formed when an ancient Cybertronian staff that grants its wielder immense power comes into play. Quintessa wishes to use it to restore Cybertron while Cade, Bumblebee, and a few ancient Transformers must come together to literally keep worlds from colliding!

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#Fashion Crush – Carmen Dell’Orefice (@CDellOrefice)

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Whoever said models had to be young obviously never heard of Carmen Dell’Orefice.

At 86, Dell’Orefice has had an impressive modelling career that has spanned seven decades. In 1946, at just 15, having just been signed, the New York City born Carmen Dell’Orefice landed her first cover of Vogue.  With her statuesque frame and her one of a kind features she quickly became a favorite of top photographers of the time like Richard Avedon and Francesco Scavullo.

Carmen Dell'Orefice on the October 1947 cover of Vogue

After all of her success, she was dropped by her agent, possibly due to her small frame which required medical attention.  Upon receiving her estrogen shots, Dell’Orefice’s new curves allowed her to make a resurgence modelling lingerie for $300 an hour.  Carmen modeled through the 50’s, however, after her second marriage to Richard Heimann in 1958, she decided to retire altogether from modelling.

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In 1978, a three time divorced Dell’Orefice found herself in need of money which restarted her modelling career. For the next two decades, she modeled for various campaigns and magazines.  In the 80’s and 90’s, Carmen experienced more financial loss after losing most of her money in the stock market. The rest of her money was lost in a scheme involving Bernie Madoff who was best friends with her boyfriend of 12 years Norman F. Levy. Upon Levy’s death in 2006, Dell’Orefice discovered that Madoff had scammed away almost all of Levy’s $244 million fortune.

Carmen Dell'Orefice

Despite all of her obstacles, Carmen Dell’Orefice always manages to carry herself with elegance and grace. She still models here and there though as of late most of her citings are out and about at parties. Her style is never any less than perfection still able to wear top designers and the finest jewelry. Carmen Dell’Orefice’s life can be a true testament that no matter how big the obstacle, it’s never too late to dust yourself off and reinvent yourself.

Written by: Dominique Bedell

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#CelebrityCrush- Younes Bendjima (@younesbendjima)

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Celebrity romances come a dime a dozen and for some Hollywood hobnobbers, the constant change in significant others is more so like a sport rather than an emotional bond. In case you missed it, one of our favorite Kardashian sisters Kourtney has been living life in the spotlight lately – showcasing her happiness and her new boy toy. That’s right, boy toy, as in not going back to her long-term boyfriend and the father of her three children Scott “Lord” Disick. And while I love Scott’s bluntness at times, I’m happy Kourt is venturing back into the dating game.

Since today is Monday, I’m blessing you all with a new face to call #Bae, Kourtney’s new boo Younes Bendjima is our #CelebrityCrush for today.

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Boxer Younes Bendjima

Younes Bendjima was born in Algeria in 1993 and worked in his father’s restaurant before training as a boxer. Aside from being a former boxer, Younes is also signed to Next Model Management. He has strolled the catwalk for Givenchy as well as modelling for Hermes, Calvin Klein, Burberry and Ralph Lauren. Both Kourtney and Younes are secretive when it comes to their personal lives but word around town is the two began dating late last year, a week after the boxer/model broke up with his British model girlfriend Jordan Dunn.

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Celebrity Crush-Michael J. Pagan (@michaeljpagan)

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Good Morning beautiful people and Happy Monday! I’ve honestly missed you all; I feel like it’s been longer than a week since our last #BaeDay but I know that’s not the case, you guys would never let me skip a Monday (and I love you all for that). So in true #CelebrityCrush fashion, I bring you all another Hollywood heartthrob we’ve all probably had a little puppy love type crush for once upon a time.

Actor Michael J. Pagan is this week’s Celebrity Crush.

A film still from "How Stella Got Her Groove Back" Featuring Michael J. Pagan, Angela Bassett and Taye Diggs

A film still from “How Stella Got Her Groove Back”
Featuring Michael J. Pagan, Angela Bassett and Taye Diggs

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[VIDEO/TRAILER] ‘Detroit’ (@DetroitMovie) Coming To Theaters This Summer!

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The Civil Rights era has played a major role in shaping the history of the United States. When you think of the Civil Rights era there are many events that come to mind such as the Montgomery Bus Boycott or the March on Washington. Unfortunately, there are many untold stories of that era as well.

One of those untold stories is of the police raid that rocked Detroit.

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“Detroit” tells the story of untold true events that occurred during a police raid during the summer of 1967. The film commemorates the fiftieth anniversary of the event that caused the largest uprising in United States history. The film centers around an incident that occurred at the Algiers Motel during the 12th Street Riots.

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The incident claimed the lives of three black men, and caused the brutal beatings of seven black men along with two white women. “Detroit” will showcase the people who witnessed the events first hand. All the terrifying moments will be told in this movie, and nothing will be held back.

New Civil Rights movie Detroit

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The film was directed by Kathryn Bigelow and written by Mark Boal. Megan Ellison, Kathryn Bigelow, Matthew Budman, Colin Wilson, and Mark Boal served as producers on the project. The movie stars John Boyega, Will Poulter, Algee Smith, Jacob Latimore, Jason Mitchell, Hannah Murray, Kaitlyn Dever, Jack Reynor, Ben O’Toole, Joseph David Jones,Ephraim Sykes, Leon Thomas III, Nathan Davis Jr., Peyton Alex Smith, Malcolm David Kelley, Gbenga Akinnabve, Chris Chalk, Jeremy Strong, Laz Alonzo, Austin Herbert, Miguel Pimentel, Kris Davis, John Krasinski, and Anthony Mackie.

 

Annapurna Pictures will make their distribution debut as the movie hits theaters on August 4, 2017. In the meantime, you can checkout the trailer for the anticipated movie below.

 

So, what are your thoughts? Were you aware of this Civil Rights moment? Will you be at the box office on August 4th? Let me know in the comments.

Written By: Ronda Brooks

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[VIDEO] In Case You Missed It! Kash Dinero (@Kash_Dinero100) Covers Song for “About Him: The Revolution!”

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Signal 23 TV is definitely full of surprises! No we are not talking about the departure of a Web Star or a new series.

We are, however, talking about Kash Dinero covering Tevin Campbell’s song, “Tell Me What You Want Me To Do” in Episode 7 of About Him Season 2: The Revolution!

 Signal 23 TV posted an exclusive snippet of the song via their Instagram and we have to say we are smitten. Check it out below:

You can see the full video in Episode 7 of About Him: The Revolution. Kash’s cover of such a classic song comes as a surprise not because of the song choice, but because none of us knew he could sing. We are very familiar with the singer’s background (and we are still swooning) and are thrilled he can add this to his “body of work”–we mean repertoire! Dinero is a great singer and we hope to hear more music from him, even some original tracks. This song choice however is just perfect. Dustin (Gary Lavard) and Armani (Chris June) are definitely the super couple of web series in general right now and their love story has the potential to be as deep or legendary as any two star-crossed lovers lining the walls of fictional history.

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What do you guys think of Kash’s song. We definitely would not mind a soundtrack of original music from this season of About Him (HINT, HINT) and are really loving how this season is progressing. The story lines, cast, and more importantly the activism of this series is nothing short of impressive. Kash Dinero drop us a line for an interview, we are definitely ready to get close and personal!

Written By: Michael “Hey Mikey” Fanning

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