KJ Rose, Grammy Award-Winning Performance Expert

 

Hello Beauties!💜

This Fabulous Confabulation with KJ Rose was everything!! She gave so much advice, knowledge, wisdom, and encouragement to always believe in yourself and your many talents. KJ Rose is a Grammy award-winning performance expert, and we spoke about her new book, Eight Steps To Delivering The Performance of Your Life; The Rose Effect; her transition from performer to performance coach; winning a Grammy with Lil Nas X; what makes a good performer, and so much more.

I think the overall theme of this conversation was that everyone has their own story and their own purpose. No one is going to be just like you. “No one can do the thing that you were put here to do.” So go for your dreams because all it takes is for one person to believe in you, and that person is YOU!

Comment below your favorite moment or quote in the video! 🙂

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Shirley Williams: Emmy Nominated Producer

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Another Fabulous Confabulation.

It was so wonderful to chat with Shirley Williams, who is an Emmy nominated producer and supervising producer at Refinery29. FYI, this Fabulous Confabulation was before COVID and social distancing, so I was able to speak to her at the Refinery29 office. We chatted about what her job entails, the importance of creating your own work, her production company, Willie B. Productions, the challenges she faces being a woman of color in the industry, and so much more.

I loved that Shirley mentioned the three questions asks herself when she is feeling insecure or doubtful.

  1. What am I doing?
  2. Why am I here? For what purpose?
  3. What are my intentions?

It is super important to check in with yourself and reassure yourself that you have a purpose and are here for a reason. So when you’re feeling unsure or insecure about why you were voted to be class president in school or cast as the lead of the play, remember how hard you’ve worked and how deserving you are for all that you accomplish.

I hope you enjoy this Fabulous Confabulation with Shirley. It was super fun.

If you are interested in being a producer or director, then this video is for you!

Comment your favorite piece of advice or favorite moment in the interview!


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“Sista Chat” With Sydney and Ame

 

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These two sisters, Sydney and Ame, are dominating on Instagram with their IG live talk show, “Sista Chat.” They have daily interviews with celebrities including, Tiffany Haddish, Angela E. Gibbs, Lucky Church, and Lexi P, and they are only 15 and 13 years old! Luckily, I had the opportunity to be interviewed on “Sista Chat” and it was so much fun!! You can check that interview out here.

Well, I was so inspired and struck by their talent and productivity while in quarantine, I had to have a Fabulous Confabulation with them on Girls with Beauty & Brains! They taught me a tik to dance, how to strike a pose for the camera, and why they feel it is important to speak out, especially now! It was such a great and wonderful interview. Sydney and Ame are so extremely talented and I can’t wait to see how high they will soar. Remember their names! Follow them and tune into “Sista Chat” on their Instagram, Sydneyamefanpage.

Sydney and Ame are truly girls with beauty and brains!

I hope you enjoyed this Fabulous confabulation!

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The Strong and Resilient, Tarana Burke #TWT

Tarana Burke is a New York native who is the founder of the “Me Too” movement, which she actually started in 2006. However, it did not become worldwide until 2017. When Tarana started the “Me Too” movement she was working at Just Be Inc., which was a nonprofit she founded to focus on the wellbeing of women of color. She has heard of many young girls’ stories of being sexually assaulted. Hearing those stories drove Tarana to make a difference and was also a three-time survivor herself.

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Tarana had no idea that many other women and girls would resonate with the “Me Too” movement and thankfully because of it, many girls found the courage to speak up and come forward about their experiences. Tarana gave many women a platform to comfortably express how they feel and bring more awareness to sexual assault and harassment.

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Tarana’s mother is the reason she got the confidence to be involved in her community and speak out about her personal experiences. She was raped and sexually assaulted during her childhood and teenage years. Her mother supported her and believed that this issue had to be fixed and talked about.

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I believe Tarana is one of the strongest women out there who is really making a difference and getting people to talk. I so admire her resilience and determination to help thousands of women and girls. Tarana Burke is truly a girl with beauty and brains.

 

Constance Orlando #TWT

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Our terrific woman this Tuesday is Constance Orlando. She has been working at BET since 2007 as the VP of Original Programming and was recently promoted to EVP Specials, Music Programming & Music Strategy.

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She is the executive producer of all events including the BET Awards, which is a top 10 award show amongst all viewers, and the Black Girls Rock Awards, which celebrates outstanding black women.

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Before BET, Constance launched CMO productions, her own production company in 1995. Her company specialized in the development and execution of full productions. CMO produced “The Streets is Watching” with Jay Z, along with producing other projects.

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Aside from production, Constance formed a nonprofit foundation named, ‘Just The Girls’ in 2006. Its purpose was to advocate and support women and children in need.

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Constance is such an inspiration and is the epitome of a hard worker. She has worked her way to the top, and uplifts and helps other women while doing so. I am proud to know her myself and I consider her a role model for me. Constance Orlando is a girl with beauty and brains!

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Simone Biles Made History… Again

You might remember Simone Biles from the 2016 Summer Olympics, but she didn’t stop there. On November 3rd, she became the first American to medal in every event at a World Gymnastics Championship.

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After winning gold medals at the 2016 Summer Olympics, Simone took a year off. Without being a full year back in, she managed to win four gold medals, one silver, and one bronze at the World Championship.

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I admire Simone’s hard work, dedication, braveness, and resilience. A week before the championship, she found out that she had kidney stones. Simone thought about toning down her floor work for Worlds but then realized that is very unlike her. “I would never,” she reported to AP News.

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Although Simone wishes she had done better, she knows that America and her team is proud of her because she made history. She holds the record for most career world champion titles by a gymnast. I don’t know what you guys think but that’s absolutely mind-blowing to me!

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Simone is a girl with beauty and brains and an admiration for all girls and gymnast!

Lena Waithe #TWT

This beauty is an actress and screenwriter who is best known for her hit Netflix show, “Master of None,” for which she won an Emmy for in 2017. Our terrific woman this Tuesday is Lena Waithe, a beauty who is unapologetically herself and an inspiration to many.

Lena had her heart set on screenwriting since she was very young. She started from nothing and no connections but with determination she was able to reach success. Lena has assisted famous directors like, Gina Prince-Bythewood and Ava DuVernay.

Lena has also wrote for Fox and Nickelodeon and produced a variety of web series and short films as she was working her way up in the industry. Lena is best known for the Netflix series, “Master of None,” which she wrote the “Thanksgiving” episode for. That contribution won her an Emmy for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series, making her the first black female ever to have won that award. Her most recent project is The Chi, which airs on Showtime and also stars in Steven Spielberg’s Ready Player One.

Recently, Lena has chopped her hair, something that many people tried to define her with. At the Black Girls Rock! Awards she gave a beautiful speech when receiving her Shot Caller award.

“I was holding on to a piece of myself that felt feminine. And that piece of femininity made people feel comfortable,” Lena mentioned. “But then I came to the realization that that’s not my job. I don’t have to make people feel comfortable with the way I choose to walk through the world. So I decided to get free. For me, it was hair. For you, it might be something else. But whatever it is, I want to encourage you to stop letting it hold you captive…I want you to get free of your narrative.”

I was fortunate to be at the Black Girls Rock! Award show to see Lena recite her speech live, and it was so moving. Like she said, never let people’s opinions and desires prevent you from being yourself. Lena Waithe is a girls with beauty and brains.

August: My Fabulous Confabulation with Egypt Ufele

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Get ready to be inspired and amazed by this 13-year old fashion designer and activist, Egypt Ufele! In this chat, Egypt talks about how she remains confident and gives some advice to beauties who are being bullied.

Feel free to comment your “this or that” answers!!

To keep up with her you can follow her on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bullychasers/

The First Black Woman to Receive a Golden Globe Nomination for Best Director #TWT

Selma, an Oscar-winning historical drama; 13TH, an Oscar-nominated justice documentary; and Disney’s A Wrinkle in Time, were all directed by the same game-changing woman. This Beauty is a director, producer, writer, marketer, and film distributor. Our terrific woman this Tuesday is Ava DuVernay!

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Ava worked in film publicity before she started the DuVernay Agency, which specialized in movie marketing for African-American audiences. She started making her own short films like My Mic Sounds Nice: The Truth About Women in Hip Hop, which aired on BET in 2010.

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In 2012, she released her second feature, Middle of Nowhere, which won her the director’s prize at Sundance. She became the first black woman to win the Sundance Award.

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Soon after that, Ava’s career was taking off!! She directed an episode of  Scandal, starring Kerry Washington, and also released the ESPN documentary Venus Vs. The documentary followed Venus William’s fight for pay equity for female tennis players.

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Scandal star, Kerry Washington, and Ava DuVernay

 

The director for Selma, was originally Lee Daniels, but because of creative differences with the production team, Oyelowo, the leading actor, was able to convince the production company to bring Ava on board as director. She also rewrote the script but didn’t receive screenwriter credit.

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Ava has made history by becoming the first African-American woman to receive a Golden Globe nomination for Best Director. And she is the first African-American woman to direct a $100 million-plus movie, which was A Wrinkle in Time.

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Ava DuVernay is a great example of what woman are capable of! She is truly a girl with beauty and brains.

 

First Black Woman to Win an Olympic Gold Medal #TWT

This beauty made history at the 1948 Olympics in London when she leaped to a record-breaking height of 5 feet, 6 and 1/8 inches in the high jump finals to become the first black woman to win an Olympic gold medal. Our terrific woman this Tuesday is Alice Coachman. Do you think you could beat her record in high jumps?

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Alice Coachman was one of 10 children and was raised in the segregated south. She was denied any form of training and participation in organized sports events. So like any determined teen would do, she trained on her own. She ran barefoot in fields and on dirt roads, using old equipment to improve her high jump.

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When Alice attended high school, she trained under the boys’ track coach, Harry E. Lash. At 16 years old she was already scouted and given a scholarship by the athletic department at the Tuskegee Institute in Alabama. Before attending college she made her mark at Madison High School, leaving them with a new high jump record. But before even stepping foot into Tuskegee Institute, she managed to beat the college high jump record in the Amateur Athlete Union national championship’s track and field competition.

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In 1948, Alice went to London to compete in the Olympics and was finally able to show the world how talented she was. On that day she made history, becoming the first black woman to win an Olympic gold medal.

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Later in life, Alice went back to Albany College to finish her degree. She also established the Alice Coachman Track and Field Foundation to help support younger athletes and provide assistance to retired Olympic veterans. We love a beauty who is also able to give back in any shape or form! Alice was a go-getter and made history. Her achievements will never be forgotten! Alice is a girl with beauty and brains.

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