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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

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Saturday, March 16, 2013

Ladies! Celebrating Amazing Women in the month of March & Beyond!

Today, the honor goes to the fabulously gifted, American jazz singer, three-time Grammy Award winning singer-songstress Dee Dee Bridgewater, as well as a Tony Award-winning stage actress and host of National Public Radio's syndicated radio show JazzSet with Dee Dee Bridgewater. She is a United Nations Ambassador for the Food and Agriculture Organization.

Born Denise Eileen Garrett in Memphis, Tennessee, she was raised Catholic in Flint, Michigan. Her father, Matthew Garrett, was a jazz trumpeter and teacher at Manassas High School, and through his playing, she was exposed to jazz early on. At the age of sixteen, she was a member of a rock and rhythm'n'blues trio, singing in clubs in Michigan. At 18, she studied at the Michigan State University before she went to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. With their jazz band, she toured the Soviet Union in 1969.

In the early 1970s, Bridgewater joined the Thad Jones-Mel Lewis Jazz Orchestra as the lead vocalist. This marked the beginning of her jazz career, and she performed with many of the great jazz musicians of the time, such as Sonny Rollins, Dizzy Gillespie, Dexter Gordon, Max Roach, Rahsaan Roland Kirk and others. She performed at the Monterey Jazz Festival in 1973. In 1974, her first own album, entitled Afro Blue, appeared, and she also performed on Broadway in the musical The Wiz. For her role as Glinda the Good Witch she won a Tony Award in 1975 as "best featured actress", and the musical also won the 1976 Grammy Award for Best Musical Show Album

After touring France in 1984 with the musical Sophisticated Ladies, she moved to Paris in 1986. The same year saw her in Lady Day as Billie Holiday, for which role she was nominated for the Laurence Olivier Award. In the late 1980s and early 1990s, she returned from the world of musical to jazz. She performed at the Montreux Jazz Festival in 1990, and four years later, she finally collaborated with Horace Silver, whom she had long admired, and released the album Love and Peace: A Tribute to Horace Silver.

Her 1997 tribute album Dear Ella won her the 1998 Grammy Award for Best Jazz Vocal Album, and the 1998 album Live at Yoshi's was also worth a Grammy nomination. On December 8, 2007 she performed with the Terence Blanchard Quintet at the prestigious John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.

Bridgewater is the first American to be inducted to the Haut Conseil de la Francophonie. She has received the Award of Arts and Letters in France. She tours frequently, including overseas gigs around the world. October 16, 2009 found her opening the Shanghai JZ Jazz Festival, in which Dee Dee tunes associated with Ella Fitzgerald, along with Ellington compositions and other jazz standards.

Bridgewater is mother to three children, Tulani Bridgewater, China Moses and Gabriel Durand.

Dee Dee Bridgewater you INSPIRE women everywhere to be their best! I celebrate your achievements & wish you continued success.~ JR Randle

Bio ~WIkipedia & DDB Productions, Inc. Website

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Celebrated Women: March is our Month, Ladies!

Celebrating women for the month of March {and beyond!}
Exploring the Fabulous Jamaica Kincaid!

Jamaica Kincaid was born on May 25, 1949 in Antigua. She was christened Elaine Potter Richardson, but when she fled the island at the age of seventeen. When she left her family as well as her name behind and entered North America as Jamaica Kincaid. Her work is considered autobiographical work. She worked first in New York City as an au pair, for an upper class family much like the one pictured in Lucy. She left this work to study photography at the New School for Social Research and then went on to Franconia College in New Hampshire (but did not take a degree) before returning to New York. There she became a regular contributor to the New Yorker magazine, writing for nearly twenty years (1976-1995) before the arrival of new management convinced her to leave. She now resides in Bennington Vermont with her husband and children.~Writers of the Caribbean

Notable works: Annie John (1983) Small Place (1988) Lucy (1990) The Autobiography of My Mother (1996)
Brother (1997)