Entertainment Television vet Kenan Thompson hosted the 74th annual Emmy Awards that aired last night. He went from a kid star on Nickelodeon, to a cast member on Saturday Nght Live, to now hosting the Emmys and recently he received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. As a kid who used to watch him, from All That, Kenan & Kel,Good Burger, and Saturday Night Live; I am so proud of him!
Kenan also brought out our fav, his friend Kel Mitchell
Here’s a slight recap (of what we care about) of the winners from last night.
Sheryl Lee Ralph won for “Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy” for her role as Barbara Howard in Abbott Elementary.
Quinta Brunson won her FIRST Emmy for “Outstanding Writing For a Comedy Series” for the hilarious show Abbott Elementary.
Lee Jung-jae won his first Emmy for Lead Actor in a Drama Series for Squid Game.
Zendaya won her second Emmy for “Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series” for her role as Rue in Euphoria.
Julia Garner won her second Emmy for “Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series” for her role as Ruth Langmore in Ozark. She was also nominated for her role in Inventing Anna. Ms. Julia been on fire this year!!
Jerrod Carmichael won his first Emmy for “Outstanding Writing for a Variety Special” for his special Jerrod Carmichael: Rothaniel.
Lastly, Ms. Lizzo won her first Emmy for “Outstanding Competition Program” for Lizzo’s Watch Out for the Big Grrrls.
Congratulations to all the winners. Who were you excited to see win? Who do you think should’ve won?
The Chi wrapped another great season this past weekend airing its season 5 finale. Each season never ceases to amaze its viewers. Each character’s storyline ended how some of us wanted it to end and not.
Emmett, Tiff and Kiesha
In episode 1 Tiff, played by Hannaha Hall, made it clear that she didn’t want to be married to Emmett anymore, so she moved out and in with her supplier Rob, played by Iman Shumpert. For a mother to move in with a semi-random man with her child is impetuous. She jumped from one relationship to the next and it seems she did so out of hurt. Yes, Emmett cheated on Tiff for the duration of their relationship, but he was too late on getting his act together.
Emmett, played by Jacob Latimore, gets closer to Kiesha, played by Birgundi Baker, on a deeper level this season. He’s had a past sexual relationship with her and to be exact, Season 1, episode 1 started out with them having sex and here we are 4 seasons later episode 1, he’s having wet dreams about her and essentially ends up being in a relationship with her.
Tiff grows jealous of Emmett being a better man to Kiesha than he was to her. It seems that Emmett needed just one more chance to prove himself to Tiff but she was over it (at the time). After throwing herself at Emmett and getting rejected, Tiff decided to kickback. In the end, they all come to an understanding and even attend EJ’s (Emmett & Tiff’s son) parent-teacher conference. What a happy ending!
Trigg, played by Luke James, went from being a street dude to a City Council Candidate. The season starts out with him setting up a proposal to his girlfriend Imani but she ended up standing him up due to a viral video coming out of him beating up the neighborhood nuisance Bakari.
With Bakari being misguided and being Ronnie’s killer in season 4, Trigg decides to take him in, with Shad persuading him. While running for council, Douda helps him get “the look” which included a fake girlfriend. While having the eye candy on his arm, he meets a transgender woman named Fatima, played by L’lerrét Jazelle. Trigg struggles with having a fake image but wants to keep his personal life with Fatima private until he wins the election. In the end, he confesses to the public that his image was a lie and that he has a new woman in his life. The supporters respect him for his honesty. Another happy ending story.
Not only is Jason Weaver, played by Shad, a monumental actor in the industry, but the transition of his character is inspiring. He’s introduced to the show in Season 4 when he’s released from prison. He struggled with adjusting to society and even getting a job. In season 5, he works at the Non-Profit-ROCK and he even offers advice to the knuckleheads causing a disturbance in the community. To see him shine and even meet a woman that likes him for his genuine personality and reformed attitude is simply amazing. Go Shad!
Jada and Darnell
I LOVE Jada and Darnell. To hear the story of them being high school sweethearts; having a baby and drifting apart, to becoming friends again and lovers; is remarkable. If you remember in past seasons, Darnell, played by Rolando Boyce, has had many wives and many children; I’m sure it’ll get brought back up in the upcoming seasons. Jada, played by Yolanda Ross, was a cougar to a young man named Sway, not too far from Emmett’s age. Yes, it was nice of Sway to be by Jada’s side during her battle with cancer, but’s let face it, they were never going to last. He probably wanted children and she was probably done with children, hell she’s a grandmother to 3 boys. If Darnell wouldn’t come back into the picture, there would’ve been another reason for her and Sway breaking up. I’m here for the rekindled relationship/marriage between Jada and Darnell.
Jake and Jemma
The-now teenagers are halfway through high school and the topic of life after high school becomes a big topic of discussion, especially since Jemma, played by Judae’a Brown, is pregnant with Jake’s baby. Jemma initially wants to get rid of the baby but Jake, played by Michael Epps, wants to keep it because he never had a father growing up. Jemma eventually changes her mind and tells her father about the pregnancy and he supports her decision.
Side Note: I love Jemma and her father’s relationship. She’s so honest with him and unapologetic when it comes to her thoughts and feelings, and her father receives it so well.
Jemma takes an interest in Myesha’s, played by Genesis Denise Hale, rap career and wants to be her manager. Just when things were going great, Jemma loses her baby while at Myesha’s show due to gunshots and a fight caused by Bakari. After healing, Jemma decides to take a gap year after high school to manage Myesha’s rap career. Her father is on board if she is successful with it.
Douda, played by Curtiss Cook, doesn’t know what he wants to do. Does he want to be a good guy and live a clean life with Tracy? Does he want to continue to live the street life and still have one foot in the door with the political
Last but not least Kevin, played by Alex Hibbert. Kevin used to be an integral part of the show. He witnessed a murder, dealt with PTSD, shot a man, experienced his father dying, his mom got re-married AND his sister was kidnapped, abused, and had a baby. Lil Kev has been through a lot and with that, he smokes often and prefers to play video games. Playing video games is making him so much money that he wants to get emancipated and move out. Kevin says he feels trapped but it seems to viewers that he has plenty of freedom at this point since things in his home life have been lax.
Are we surprised that The Chi has been renewed for a 6th season? I’m not.
Let me know your thought on this season and who’s your favorite character?
HBO’s new show Rap Sh!t is a bop! It’s about two women with different personalities trying to make it as respectable rappers in Miami, Florida. The show was created by actress, producer, Golden Globe nominee & Emmy nominee, NAACP winner AND Insecure creator Issa Rae. (I had to give sis her flowers).
Here are some facts about the show:
1. The City Girls Are Co-Executive Producers
Rap Sh!t is loosely based on the lives of City Girls JT and Yung Miami. Being that the show is inspired by them, they are listed as co-executive producers on it, as well as their managers.
2. Mia is an artist in real life
Mia, played by KaMillion, is a Florida rapper in real life and goes by the name KaMillion
3. Duke is a St. Louis native
Duke, played by Jonica Booth is from Da Lou, woot woot! She is also know for starring season 12 of Bad Girls Club
4. Jay Ellis directed Episode 10 “Something For the Road“
Jay Ellis, who plays Lawrence in the show Insecure directed the last episode of the first season.
5. Recurring Insecure Characters
Issa blessed us with two rememberable characters from the Insecure series, Dro and Tasha. Dro, play by Sarunas Jackson, was Mollys side dude and married friend. Tasha, played by Dominique Perry, was Lawrence’s first fling after him and Issa broke up. In Rap Sh!t, she plays Mia’s shady friend who doesn’t like Shawna at all because she’s different; she has a semi-recurring role. Sarunas only appeared in the first episode for 2 minutes.
Fun Fact, Dominique and Sarunas have a beauty baby girl together in real life!
6. Shawna READ the Industry
Shawna, played by Aida Oscan, was a conscious rapper but in order to “win” she dummied down her raps and appearance to her seen in the industry.
In episode 3, when her and Mia were talking at the bar of the Plymouth hotel, she explained that there’s a formula when you’re a female artist in the industry, which get your body done, make a song about it, then people will start caring about your music. She added that everyone looks the same and every female rapper’s success is tied to a man that wants to have sex with them. She brought up the point that Biggie made Lil Kim his side chick then tossed her; then Big Fendi did it to Nicki.
I’m hoping this gets picked up for a second season because it shows the perspective of a female artist trying to come up in the industry.
I know it’s been a whole year and some change since I’ve posted content on here and not only that, since I’ve posted something personal. I wanted to give you an update on where I’ve been and where the future lies for Danii Gold.
If you’ve been living under a rock or don’t follow me on my socials, I’m a new mommy to a handsome, sweet, energetic, fearless baby boy named Xaylen. He’s 1 years-old now (not so much a baby anymore).
To say that I’ve been busy and focused on him would be an understatement. Motherhood is truly a journey filled with ups and downs. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve googled symptoms and questions in the past 16 months lol. Here’s a breakdown of what you’ve probably been wondering…(or not)
Honestly, it wasn’t bad at all. I didn’t have morning sickness, nausea, anything. My only complaint was getting up every 2 hours in the middle of the night to use the bathroom but of course, that comes with the pregnancy lol. Towards the end, I didn’t experience contractions, just some kicking in my ribs from time to time.
Due to my son being so big, I had a scheduled c-section a week before my due date. On April 15th, I was blessed with a 9lb 13ounce baby boy. If I would’ve waited until my due date, he would have absolutely been 10 EASILY.
Postpartum & Breastfeeding:
Everything was and still is new. As you know, you don’t get a manual from the hospital, family, or friends on how to be a mother. It’s literally a learn-as-you-go experience. Of course, if you’re unsure about things you ask around and even Google questions and facts. I definitely sought for answers for everything. On top of all that, I was breastfeeding– well 40% breastfeeding and 60% supplementing with liquid formula. Since I wasn’t producing enough milk, my baby needed to eat so formula it was. While getting adjusted to motherhood, I would forget to eat. In order to produce enough milk, you need to A) Have your baby latch on and/or B) Pump, and C)….EAT. I was doing half the work and expecting a full result. I was stressing out and my emotions were getting the best of me. BREASTFEEDING IS NOT FOR THE WEAK.
Eventually, after about 4-5 months, I decided to close the boob shop and only give my son formula. That lifted a weigh off my shoulders but knowing what I know now, I would do it again with my next child and try to tough it out a little longer.
What About the website and Podcast?
During this transition into Motherhood, I put Danii Gold, the site and Podcast, in the back seat and started a new podcast with my cousin and best friend titled Black Millennial Mamas. This podcast was benefitual at the time because I was the new mom out the bunch and was detailing my experiences in real time, all while getting advice from my cousin who has 8 year-old twin boys and a 2 year old daughter; and my best friend has a son who’s 6 months older than my son.
I feel like my passion shfted because my main goal was/is to provide for my son. At my day job, I started out as a full time, 6 month temp with potential to become permanent. After those 6 months I was offered a part-time permanent part-time, which I was grateful for because I knew eventually I would become a full time permanent employee. After 6 months, God came thru for your girl, a position opened up and I took it. I knew that I needed something solid and whatever “passions” and “hobbies” I had on the side that weren’t making me money, I needed to pause it; and that’s what I did with my site and The Danii Gold Podcast.
Right now, I’m at the point where I don’t know if I still have 100% passion for the entertainment news industry; I may be leaning towards the Lifestyle and Motherhood content. Soooooo, what I’m doing is this: I’m going to bring Danii Gold back for a year, blog podcast, interviews, etc. If after a year I feel passionate and successful enough to continue, I will do so. If I don’t feel that passion anymore, it’ll probably be the last of “Danii Gold.”
So for now, enjoy the upcoming content on my social media pages, this site and interviews on the podcast AND make sure you subscribe, and follow my other podcast Black Millennial Mamas.
Young and talented child star Mariah Bozeman graced the screen with Amy Adams and Anthony Mackie in the Netflix suspenseful thriller The Woman in the Window. The film tells the story of Anna Fox (played by Amy Adams), an agoraphobic child psychologist who becomes fascinated with watching the world through the windows of her New York City brownstone. She takes an interest in a new family–the Russells, who have moved in across the street; a husband, wife, and teenage son who appear to have very intense relationships. Anna’s life is turned upside down when she believes she witnessed a brutal crime. The film is based on the best-selling novel by A. J. Finn; shocking secrets are revealed and nothing and no one is what they seem. Acclaimed director Joe Wright expands his palette and is also known for such beloved and critically-acclaimed dramas as Atonement, Pride & Prejudice, and The Soloist excels in this taut thriller space.
I was able to chat with Mariah Bozeman about her role in the film, her audition process and more. Check out the interview below!
DG: What role did you play in the film?
Mariah Bozeman: I play Olivia Fox, the daughter of Anna and Ed Fox. Amy and Anthony are both amazing actors. We had fun joking on set and I learned so much from them.
DG: How did you prepare for the role and what was the audition process like?
Mariah Bozeman: I really learned about Olivia’s character and her relationship with her parents before I taped. I filmed my self-tape with my agent Jenny, then I received a callback, which I had to go to New York for. I was able to do a table read with the entire cast, which was great and very helpful. When I returned to Chicago, I had to wait another week before finding out that I got the role…I was so excited!
DG: That’s good! It seems like you prepared very well for the role. With his film being a thriller, were you a little frightened or intimidated?
Mariah Bozeman: I’m not really a huge fan of scary movies and thrillers, but being that I read the entire script before filming Woman in the Window, there were no surprises for me. Knowing what was going to happen each step of the way, took away the fear factor. I actually became less afraid of scary movies after going through the entire process.
DG: That is great that the film helped take that fear away from you. Being that you are young and already starring in films with greats like Amy Adams and Anthony Mackie, how did you get your start in acting?
Mariah Bozeman: My cousin Marcus Martin was studying film. He always believed that I would be an actress. Unfortunately, he passed away when I was 5. I waited a couple of years before I began acting again. I did theater camp and booked a commercial for a director’s website and I was hooked from that moment on.
DG: I’m sorry to hear about the loss of your cousin. I’m sure he motivated you and continues to motivate you in spirit.
Speaking of motivating and inspiration, are there any child actors that you look up to?
Mariah Bozeman: Yes! I think that Marsai Martin is great! I also love Storm Reid, Zendaya; they’re all so amazing and talented.
DG: Yes, when I think of child actors, I also think of those great ladies.
The Netflix film comes out tomorrow, Friday May 14 and it is a must-see. It will keep you on the edge of your seat!
Chi (pronounced Chee) is a multi-talented lady of all trades. From modeling to coaching, life and runway, to creative directing and acting, she does it all! She lived a comfortable and safe life for so long, but through therapy and self-reflecting she started to step outside her comfort zone and live for her.
Chi started modeling at the age 18 and enjoyed it but decided to tap into the Corporate America world and ended up staying there for 20 years. During that time, she lived a normal day to day life, even got married but through therapy, she realized she had insecurities prior to her marriage and during her marriage. While identifying that, she did some soul searching and decided to do the “big chop” and started feeling better about herself. The chop, for her, brought life into her life and encouraged her want to live for herself–even if it scared her.
“If it doesn’t scare me, I won’t do it.”
In the midst of finding herself and not knowing who she was or what she liked, Chi got her certification in life coaching and her business Prize and Shine was born. Her purpose for the business was to coach ladies outside of their comfort zone, which was something she had experience with and was experiencing.
After not being happy in her marriage and feeling alone, she decided to get a divorce at 35 and did her second big chop. While doing so, Chi decided to start her sister loc journey and during that time, she recalls her locs playing an influential part of her life. Besides bringing life to her life, the sister locs taught her to be patient, open-minded and even motivated her to tap back into something she loved–modeling. After being off the scene for 20 years, at age 38, Chi started back modeling and got back to her happy place.
“Modeling is my ministry.”
Just when she thought she was done, runway coaching fell into her lap. With Chi being a model and a life coach, runway coaching made sense to her to add to her trades. At some point, one of those trades had to take a back seat, so Chi decided to shut down her life coaching business Prize and Shine. Creativity poured into Chi and she decided to take on the business venture of being a photoshoot creative director. It may seem simple, but it entails a lot such as garment assistance, posing assistance and being a confidence builder, which is something women and men need during photoshoots because the photography can only do so much.
Chi Anderson does so much and still remains to look youthful. She shared a few secrets because she wants everyone to win!
Rinse body in cold water because it helps keep things closed like your pores. Hot water dries out your skin.
Warm water helps with digestion
Enjoy what you love but in moderation. (drinking, smoking, etc.)
Don’t let people or things worry you.
Stress stops you from sleeping and gives you bags under your eyes.
Sex is good cardio.
Chi Anderson is a great role model to women because she is the epitome of “it’s not too late to do what you love to do.” She is filled with positivity, embrace and love and she continues to share her wisdom amongst others. She is also the personification of a woman building other women up.
Be on the lookout for the Creative Coach, you may see her in a print ad, at a photoshoot or even on the tv screen, since she is an aspiring actress.
Director, producer & founder Garrick Wade and writer, producer, and co-founder Justin Jenkins were a pleasure to have on this week’s episode of The Gold Spot Podcast. Their company Cre8tive Tribe Media produces web series and short films, such as The Reading, which was recently released this month on Amazon Prime! Make sure you watch it!!
We last spoke in 2019, but this time I had to check in with them to see how they’ve kept themselves busy during the pandemic, the variety of films that have hit the streaming sites recently, who they would love to work with, their views on making race-related content, their plans for 2021 plus a whole lot more.