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“Being Mary Jane” Episode 1 Recap: When It Rains…

8 Jan

by Janday Wilson

“Being Mary Jane” Season 1/Episode 1 Recap

Last summer, BET teased us with the pilot episode of Being Mary Jane, which they debuted as an original movie. Mara Brock Akil’s creation proved to be captivating. Gabrielle Union embodied the lead character, Mary Jane Paul, an accomplished news anchor who cannot handle her love life and family with the same level of success as her career.

The show was full of memorable characters, compelling storylines, and spicy dialogue and scenes. The film even ended with Mary Jane freezing an unknowing man’s sperm. You can’t get much more drama than that (am I right??), which made the 5-month wait for the show’s official premiere that much harder to bear.

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Celebrating FindSpark’s Three-Year Anniversary and Relaunch

5 Dec

If you are a young creative professional or student and have not heard of FindSpark (previously known as NY Creative Interns), get your life in order.

After graduating from college, FindSpark Founder and President Emily Miethner had a difficult time networking in the big city. She noticed that her friends and peers were also struggling to make connections with people in creative professions, so an idea was born. In December 2010, Miethner and her friend and fellow Hofstra alum Reb Carlson launched the Meetup group NY Creative Interns to serve as a haven for young creatives looking to meet likeminded peers and mentors and gain invaluable career advice.

Three years later, NY Creative Interns has relaunched as FindSpark and is the largest Meetup group for interns and recent grads in the country. The group offers a wide variety of events and live and virtual workshops with an array of speakers and mentors, a highly curated job board and insightful career-related articles.

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REVIEW: “12 Years a Slave”

15 Nov

12 years a slave

They stand there dank-faced and silent, outfitted in their rough sack-cloth, listening as the plantation’s overseer instructs them on how to properly cut sugarcane.

“12 Years a Slave”‘s opening scene portrays the banality of plantation life – slaves being taught how to work the fields had to have been a mundane sight for those who lived in that time. But Platt’s (formerly known as Solomon Northrup) eyes, veiled with grimness, reflect the true horror of the scene. Behind his mournful gaze, one can almost see the atrocities that await him as a slave.

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WATCH: Jamie Foxx’s “…And She Was My Eve”

8 Nov

© Jamie Foxx

Boy meets girl. Girl rejects boy. Tormented by the agony of unrequited love, boy grows up to be the black Victor Frankenstein and … you’ll just have to watch the rest.

”… And She Was My Eve,” directed by actor-comedian-singer Jamie Foxx, is an eerie, visually fantastical take on the lengths to which a person is willing to go to find true love.

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