Saving Grace: Sheila E
Jul02

Saving Grace: Sheila E

After nearly four decades in the music industry, Emmy and Grammy Award nominee Sheila E has published “The Beat of My Own Drum”, a tell all memoir, chock full of her experiences as one of the most recognized female drummers in the world.

From touring with Marvin Gaye on his final world tour, to meeting Prince at one of her concerts, to their subsequent romance and enduring friendship, Sheila E vividly describes her journey through five decades of pop music and how she developed a love for the gospel.

“At first, what I wanted to talk about was music, family, spirituality and to share my testimony. And then I realized that there was much more for me to share,” she said.

 

Saving Grace: Keke Palmer
Jun08

Saving Grace: Keke Palmer

As the youngest person ever to host their own talk show, Keke Palmer is proving she has staying power long after her child star fame.

Hot on the heels of making history twice last year as Broadway’s first black Cinderella in a Rodgers and Hammerstein's production and with back-to-back projects, including filming season two of her BET talk show “Just Keke,” starring in “Brotherly Love,” in theaters now, and filming for a leading role in the Fox horror series “Scream Queens,” premiering in September, the 21-year-old Chicago native has no plans to slow down.

Saving Grace: Wendy Raquel Robinson
May07

Saving Grace: Wendy Raquel Robinson

With the ninth and final season of “The Game” set to premiere in June, a new Urban Movie Channel drama “Mysterious Ways” showing this month, and a stage production of “Sister Act 2” set to debut in Los Angeles, Wendy Raquel Robinson remains unstoppable.

“When you love what you do, it doesn’t feel like work,” she said. “That makes it easy to keep moving.”

Onscreen, her film credits include “Two Can Play That Game” opposite Morris Chestnut, Vivica A. Fox and Monique, “Miss Congeniality” starring Sandra Bullock, “A Thin Line Between Love and Hate”, “Ringmaster”, “The Walking Dead” and opposite Martin Lawrence in the recently released “Rebound”, but it is offscreen with her with her Amazing Grace Conservatory that her passion for acting is best showcased.

 

Saving Grace: Tyrese
Apr07

Saving Grace: Tyrese

Tyson Gibson first came on the scene in 1994 as a passionate teen singing his heart out on the back of a bus in a Coca-Cola commercial. Since then, his career has remained steady in both music and film, with the 36-year-old Watts native becoming one of the few musicians who has been able to succeed in both.

Since taking on his first big screen role in 2001 with John Singleton’s “Baby Boy,” Gibson has appeared in some of the biggest movies in the last two decades including “2 Fast, 2 Furious,” “Four Brothers,” “Annapolis,” “Death Race” and the “Transformers” franchise.

Saving Grace: David & Tamela Mann
Mar06

Saving Grace: David & Tamela Mann

Although they’ve been happily married for nearly three decades, David and Tamela sat down together just for fun last month to take one of those tests to determine if they were right for each other and if their marriage would last. The results: a perfect match.

Fact is, not only are they dynamite together but they’re proven it time and again in music as Best Days, Tamela’s latest CD—featuring the hit single—“Take Me To The King”—soared to the top of the charts and for nearly three has stayed there; on stage as part of the ensemble cast that launched Tyler Perry’s rise to the top and onto the silver screen; and on TV where they presently star in their own reality show, “It’s A Mann’s World” on BET. And as if TV couldn’t get enough of the Manns, next month, they will debut their second show, “Mann & Wife,” a scripted series premiering on Bounce TV on

Saving Grace: Aunjanue Ellis
Feb07

Saving Grace: Aunjanue Ellis

After decades of supporting credits on the big and small screen, Aunjanue Ellis is finally coming into her own with a starring role in the BET six-episode mini-series “Book of Negroes,” which premieres February 16. She was chosen from over 200 actresses for the role opposite Academy Award winners Louis Gossett Jr. and Cuba Gooding Jr.

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