Many cultures suffer from a lack of representation, Vashti Harrison realized this void in the Black community and decided to make a difference. She has accomplished so much when it comes to making sure Black people are well represented. Vashti has taken on the task of educating the masses about underrated historical figures in the African-American community and planting seeds of hope and inspiration in the next generation of Black youth.
When I first saw the trailer for “Without Remorse” a little over a month ago, I instantly got excited. I eventually started reading up on it and learned that it’s based on a 1993 Tom Clancy book of the same title. As an avid gamer, and fan of Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell, as well as his 1994 filmClear and Present Danger, it was nothing more I needed to hear. I jotted down the release date in my notes and made plans to watch it on its April 30th release date.
You may remember Tasha Smithfrom “Tyler Perry’s Why Did I Get Married,” where she played the infamous boisterous, “tell it like it is,” loud-mouth character, “Angela.” Some might say the Camden, New Jersey native might’ve played the role a little too well. Keen on always being authentic to her roots, her multitudinal roles as a relatable black woman seemed to resonate deeply with her audience. Her willingness to convey the truths and experiences that she knows has fronted her passageway through Hollywood as a comedian, actress, acting coach and most recently it has planted her a seat in the director’s chair.
When two giants collide, you can bet I want a front-row seat! Well, kind of a front-row seat. I’ll settle for close enough to the action where I can feel like I’m right there, but far enough away that I can’t become a casualty. So in front of my living room TV was the perfect location for me to catch Godzilla vs. Kong last week. Although there was a lot going on with the socially distant Easter celebrations with the fam and friends, I still made it my business to catch the blockbuster.
Choices seem to litter a person’s life regardless of their occupation. For actor Gianni Paolo he was faced with a life-altering decision at a young age. Having grown up in Providence, Rhode Island, Paolo was on track to be a successful athlete. In high school, he played hockey for the Quebec Junior Hockey League. However, the sport wasn’t his only passion. With what little free time he had, Paolo enrolled in improv and acting classes and discovered his love for performance.
Trying to make it in Hollywood as an actor or actress can prove to be an impenetrable challenge. Some people spend years auditioning and spend thousands of dollars on acting coaches just to fall short of nailing the role that they had been so eager to earn. Hollywood has its way of forcing people to mold themselves into characters that don't quite fit their persona, which is not a simple thing to do. But like everything in life, there are normally exceptions to the rule. Actor Lucas’Black’s southern pride proves to be the exception that rarely ever makes it to the big screen.