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Monday, April 1, 2013

Day 29, Meet The Phenomenal, J. California-Cooper...

Joan California Cooper first found recognition as a playwright. The author of seventeen plays, she was named Black Playwright of the Year in 1978. It was through her work in the theater that she caught the attention of acclaimed poet and novelist Alice Walker. Encouraged by Walker to turn her popular storytelling skills to fiction, Cooper wrote her first collection of short stories, A Piece of Mine, in 1984. Called "rich in wisdom and insight," A Piece of Mine introduced Cooper's trademark style: her intimate and energetic narration, sympathetic yet sometimes troubled characters, and the profound moral messages that underlie seemingly simple stories. The collection contains 12 short stories of troubles in a black, small town setting. They are narrated in a relaxed, anecdotal, almost confessional style, usually by older, wiser women. The focus of most of these stories is abusive men, and the women who get revenge on them. The stories are full of energy, humor and personality. "The label 'short' story is a woefully inadequate description of these intensely, explicitly moral tales. 'Parable' is more appropriate. Cooper's stories are rich in wisdom and in insight" (Belles Lettres).
In 1986 Homemade Love, winner of the American Book Award, was published. InHomemade Love, one of the best-loved volumes of her work, J. California Cooper tells exuberant tales full of wonder at the mystery of life and the hardness of fate. The stories in this collection are narrated by friends, relatives, and nosy neighbors in voices so direct and familiar they sound as if they were talking over the back fence. Awed, bedeviled, bemused, all of Cooper's characters are borne up by the sheer power of life itself. The stories enlighten, enrich and satisfy our yearnings for the characters' fulfillment. J. California Cooper promotes the belief that there is someone for everyone, and that someone is probably right here at home. "Gutsy and familiar. . .Cooper's power comes from sticking to her instinct, which is to tell a story, plain and simple" (The Washington Post).
1991 J. California Cooper wrote her first novel, Family. Family offers a unique portrait of slavery as seen through the eyes of the ghost-like narrator Clora, in the era of the Civil War. While illustrating the horrors of slavery with wide-open eyes and a firm sense of its tragic magnitude, Family also recognizes the power and resilience of human nature. As the San Francisco Chronicle noted in one of Family's many positive reviews from across the country, Cooper's words "envelop and transcend time, offering hope and renewal at the same time they chronicle desolation and death. " J. California Cooper has said that Family "wasn't just about the last slavery. I'm trying to say that every time you make a slave out of somebody, anybody, you do a wrong. " Family is well written in Cooper's trademark colloquial style, and is poignant and disturbing, yet at the same time, humorous and charming. "Mesmerizing. . .Cooper weaves four wry, humorous, tragic tales that envelop and transcend time" (San Francisco Chronicle).

the past twenty years, through her novels and her stories, J. California Cooper has become recognized as one of America's premier storytellers. "Cooper's style is deceptively simple and direct, and the vale of tears in which her characters reside is never so deep that a rich chuckle at a foolish person's foolishness cannot be heard" (Alice Walker). ~Voices from the Gap

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Creative ...Fascinating .... Extremely Gifted

Day 27, brings a POWERFUL energy unlike any other.
Gifted Quadruple Threat: Actress, Author, Poet and Grammy-winning Singer-Songwriter, The Enchanting Musical Genius Ms. Jill Scott!


She is an artist with an abiding,deep commitment to lyrical honesty and musical integrity. Simply put,if Jill Scott feels it,she writes and sings it. While vivid imagery,metaphor analogy are her stock in trade,there’s no pretense ,no hiding. 

She’s upfront,in-your-face always real,using her own distinctive poetry to breathe life into words,digging inside to bring forth the accompanying emotion. It is that authenticity that has endeared Jill Scott to everyday music buyers who hear what she’s saying through her music and respond according. 

Folks who know the rough and tumble of life,love right,love wrong,passion misspent,passion fulfilled,lonely nights and empty days and everything in between declare,‘Yeah,girl!,’ ‘Go ‘head on!’ and ‘I feel ya’. And in the tradition of the four albums that precede it,THE REAL THING is another cause for celebration for those who live for the real.~David Nathan

" When reading Nathan’s description of Jill Scott, I’d realized he described her perfectly with such powerful emotion. Which, is what she brings to her fans with each word she sings, it’s pure amazement.

Jill is on fire!

Her songs command you, voice paralyzes you. Instantly you're placed in a musical trance" ~JR Randle

Since 1999, Scott has made a reputation for being a classic, thought provoking artist gained by her 2000 multi-platinum selling debut, Who Is Jill Scott? Words and Sounds Vol. 1. Their followups Beautifully Human: Words and Sounds Vol. 2 released in 2004, and The Real Thing: Words and Sounds Vol. 3 released in 2007 both achieved gold status. She made her cinematic debut in the films Hounddog and Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married? in 2007. She also appeared as the lead role in the BBC/HBO series The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency.

Scott grew up an only child in a North Philadelphia neighborhood, raised by her mother, Joyce Scott, and her grandmother. She indicated in an interview with Jet Magazine that she had a happy childhood and was "very much a loved child". Scott was raised as a Jehovah's Witness and attended the Philadelphia High School for Girls.

After graduating from high school, Scott attended Temple University while simultaneously working two jobs. She studied secondary education for three years and, at one time, planned to become a high school English teacher. However, after serving as a teacher's aide, Scott became disillusioned with a teaching career, and she dropped out of college. Prior to breaking through the music industry, Scott worked at a variety of jobs, including a number of retail positions and stints at a construction site and an ice cream parlor. She remains close to her mother and grandmother, who is nicknamed Blue Babe. Scott has resided in Mount Laurel Township, New Jersey and currently resides in California.

Jill Scott has established the Blues Babe Foundation, a program founded to help young minority students pay for university expenses. The Blues Babe Foundation offers financial assistance to students between the ages of sixteen to twenty-one, and targets students residing in Philadelphia, Camden, and the greater Delaware Valley. Scott donated USD$100,000 to help start the foundation. The foundation was named after Scott's grandmother, known as "Blue Babe".In early October 2012, Entertainment Weekly reported that Scott would have a role in an upcoming episode of Fringe.She appeared in the 8th episode of the show's 5th season (95th episode overall), "The Human Kind."

Scott will star alongside Paula Patton and Derek Luke in the film adaptation of playwright David E. Talbert's 2005 novel Baggage Claim which is schedule to be release in 2013.
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Tuesday, March 26, 2013

The Amazing Sculptor, Deniece Daniels!

Deniece Daniels was born in Detroit, MI. She fell in love with art while in elementary school. Her teacher noticed her creativity and gave her all the art time she wanted. She continued her art in middle school where she was a member of the art club and finished at Martin Luther King High School where she was in the first graduating

class. During her time at King High School she was sculpting live models for the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA). Deniece was written about in the Detroit newspaper as one of the best sculptors while working for the DIA. After graduating from King High School she worked at the DIA, where her and her team designed and created the play escape located on Palmer outside of the DIA. Unfortunately, she made the hard decision to walk away from sculpting and began working at the USPS. She was a starving artist who wanted to provide a life for her son and the money she was making at the DIA wasn't steady enough.
Deniece was away from sculpting but it remained her passion. After 35 1/2 years she retired from the Postal Service and after talking with her son she again began her first love... sculpting. She began taking a class with several world renown artist and soon was hired to help out at the art studio and assist in teaching some classes.

Deniece is very passionate about her sculpting. She has sold pieces at many distinguished art galleries and selective art shows. In 2011 she was invited to become a member of The Detroit Sculptures Guild. Since then she has become a member of The Grosse Pointe Art Museum and has several pieces selected to be shown at the Lawrence Street Gallery. People from different places including Canada, New York, France and throughout Michigan have fallen in love with her work and have purchased pieces to add to their fine art collections.
Of Deniece's art work, "The Smoochies (c)", is her collection that has been a staple in the art world. This Collection is comprised of four pieces, Don't Talk To Me (c), No Way (One) (c), No Way (Two) (c) and Kiss And Make Up (c). These timeless pieces are very unique and give raw expressions of attitude and love. They are great pieces individually or as a set.
Deniece continues to create masterpieces using live models, pictures and her creative mind. She sculpts bi-reliefs, busts, entire bodies in any pose (nude or clothed), animals and more. Her artistic ability is limitless.

Follow her art career as she continues to progress as one of the premiere sculptors in America and the world. 

Friday, March 22, 2013

Celebrating Detroit's, Fabulous Stacey Watson

Sizta 2 Sizta Healthy Hair Care Company was founded in 2003 after Stacey's personal and devastating ups and downs with hair issues for most of her life. S2SHHC was born out of frustration of the inability of African American women to grow and maintain long healthy hair. 

In late 2003, after doing extensive research Watson developed her first hair condition (S2S Deep Penetrating Conditioner) along with a hair growth technique called "Growing Hair One Inch At A Time" which enabled Stacey to go from short broken and damaged hair to hair past her bra strap. 

Sizta 2 Sizta Healthy Hair Care Company has gone from one product to an entire product line. Through re-education via Stacey's hair care guide and products, Watson continues to assist women of color across the world in achieving and maintaining the long healthy hair they have desired since childhood. ©StaceyWatson

I would like to add that Stacey Watson's line has definitely expanded, now offering a Masculine Scent for the gentleman in your life. Honestly, I make it my purpose to stop by her lovely shop in Ferndale {MI} to purchase gifts for all of my loved ones & dear friends. Sizta 2 Sizta offers a little something for all women, men... kids and shades! 

Stacey Watson, I encourage you to continue taking risk! Explore all opportunities awaiting your path because...
your entrepreneurial spirit is inspirational to us all! ~JR Randle

For more on Stacey Watson, please visit http://sizta2sizta.com/store/index.php

Stacey Watson, a native Detroiter lives a very busy life with fellow entrepreneur & restauranteur; Gerald Watson, and their two children.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Inspired by the Amazing Lisa Ling!

American Journalist, Lisa Ling

Celebrating AMAZING WOMEN  in the month of March & Beyond! Today, the honor goes to the incredibly Fierce and highly revered, American Journalist, Host, and Special Correspondent for The Oprah Winfrey Show, and CNN ...Lisa Ling!

As the field correspondent for The Oprah Winfrey Show and contributor to ABC News' Nightline and National Geographic's Explorer, Lisa Ling has reported from dozens of countries, covering stories about gang rape in the Congo, bride burning in India and the Lord's Resistance Army in Uganda, among other issues that are too often ignored.

Ling has covered the drug war in Colombia, investigated the notorious MS-13 gang, and explored the culture of U.S. prisons. She also was allowed to travel into North Korea as part of a medical missionary group, where she and a film team were able to document a rare look into North Korea. The trip was documented in the 2007 National Geographic documentary "Inside North Korea".

Lisa has also has reported on the under cover investigation of Pennsylvanian puppy mills with Main Line Animal Rescue, the immediate aftermath of the hurricane in New Orleans, and the April 2007 Virginia Tech Massacre.

Lisa got her start in journalism as a correspondent for Channel One News where she covered the civil war in Afghanistan at 21 years of age. She later went on to become a co-host of ABC Daytime's hit show The View, which won its first daytime Emmy during her time at the show. She left the show after three and a half years towards the end of 2002 to go back to international reporting. She was responsible for proposing segments like investing for women, and, according to Ling, her goal was to say one thing each day that would make people think, whether it made them cheer or made them throw things at their TV. 

Lisa was a special correspondent for CNN's Planet in Peril series and is a contributing editor for USA Today's USA Weekend magazine. She is the co-author of Mother, Daughter, Sister, Bride: Rituals of Womanhood and Somewhere Inside: One Sister's Captivity in North Korea and the Other's Fight to Bring Her Home, which she penned with her sister, Laura. She also serves on the Board of Directors for the California Museum.

In 2011, Lisa claimed her own series on the new channel, OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network, titled Our America with Lisa Ling.

In October 2012 Lisa announced on Anderson Cooper's talk show that she and husband Paul Song were expecting their first child, a baby girl. She gave birth to a daughter named Jett Ling Song on March 8, 2013~ OWN's, Our America with Lisa Ling & Wikipedia

Lisa Ling, your powerful force of investigative journalism and path to explore & reclaim the human spirit is what inspires me {as should all women}! J.R. Randle

Monday, March 18, 2013

Chandra Wilson, We Celebrate your Amazingness!

Today, we explore the Amazing life of Mrs. Chandra Wilson~ {Dr. Miranda Bailey, of Grey's   Anatomy}!

Actress Chandra Wilson was born August 27, 1969, in Houston, Texas. She made her New York stage debut in 1991. She also began to land guest spots on a variety of prime-time television shows. She made her big-screen debut in the 1993 film Philadelphia. In 2005, she landed the breakthrough role she had been waiting for as Dr. Miranda Bailey on the wildly popular ABC prime-time show Grey's Anatomy.

Her mother, a postal worker, wanted to keep her daughter active, so she enrolled Chandra in a litany of after-school activities that would set the course for her show business career. By the age of five, Wilson was performing in musicals with Houston's Theatre Under the Stars company. 

She attended Houston's High School for the Performing and Visual Arts and continued on to New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, graduating with a BFA in drama in 1991.

She made her New York debut in a 1991 production of The Good Times Are Killing Me and won a Theater World Award for Outstanding Debut Performance. Her other early stage credits include off-Broadway productions of Paper Moon: The Musical and Little Shop of Horrors.

While she was making a name for herself on the New York stage, Wilson also began to land guest spots on a variety of prime-time television shows. She appeared on The Cosby Show (1989), Law & Order (1992) and CBS' Schoolbreak Special (1992). She made her big-screen debut alongside Tom Hanks and Denzel Washington in the highly acclaimed 1993 film Philadelphia. Despite receiving high praise for nearly all of her performances, however, Wilson struggled for many years to gain more prominent roles. For eight years, while she tried to break into major stardom, Wilson worked part-time as a teller at Deutsche Bank in order to make ends meet.

Throughout the late 1990s and early 2000s, Wilson continued to turn in memorable, if brief, performances on popular TV shows. She appeared on Third Watch (2001), Sex and the City (2002), The Sopranos (2004) and in sporadic episodes of Law And Order: SVU.

Then, in 2005, 15 years after she made her television debut on The Cosby Show, Wilson finally landed the breakthrough role she had been waiting for as Dr.Miranda Bailey on the wildly popular ABC sitcom Grey's Anatomy. The part of Dr. Bailey, supervisor to the hospital interns, had been written for a petite, Caucasian blonde, but Wilson, a full-figured African-American woman, gave such an impressive audition that the show's producers decided to give her the part.

Wilson was nominated for four consecutive Emmy Awards (2006-2009) and won four consecutive NAACP Image Awards (2007-2010) for Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series. She also won the 2008 People's Choice Award for Favorite Scene-Stealing Star. In 2009, while still starring on Grey's, Wilson took a brief hiatus from the show to return to Broadway as Mama Morton in a revival of Chicago.

The always-humble Wilson says that the only difference between her acting career now and her acting career a decade ago is that people actually recognize her on the street. ~
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Sunday, March 17, 2013

Exploring the gifted literary novelist ...Dorothy Allison!

Celebrating women for the month of March {and beyond!}  Exploring the GIFTED literary novelist ...Dorothy Allison!

Dorothy Allison is an American writer, speaker, and member of the Fellowship of Southern Writers. Themes in Allison's work include class struggle, child and sexual abuse, women, lesbianism, feminism, and family.~ Goodreads

In her potent memoir and manifesto, “Two or Three Things I Know for Sure,” Dorothy Allison writes, “Oh, I could tell you stories that would darken the sky and stop the blood.” And then she declares, “I am not here to make anyone happy. What I am here for is to claim my life, my mama's death, our losses and our triumphs, to name them for myself.”

It's true that Allison writes unflinchingly about dark matters, most resoundingly in her world-altering masterpiece, “Bastard out of Carolina,” the indelible story of a young girl called Bone and her poor, fiercely loyal and catastrophically violent outlaw family. But Allison does make people happy nonetheless. Her language is mesmerizing and transcendent in its beauty and revelations.

The first person in her South Carolina family to graduate from high school, let alone win a college scholarship and earn an advanced degree, Allison built the foundation for her extraordinary literary life by becoming an award-winning editor for early feminist and lesbian and gay journals. Allison's first novel, the semi-autobiographical Bastard Out of Carolina, was published in 1992 and was one of five finalists for the 1992 National Book Award.~ Donna Seaman, Chicago Tribune