BROWN MEANS BUSINESS
The pandemic afforded actor/ singer/model Quincy Brown (Starz’ Power 3: Raising Kanan) the time to focus on his entrepreneurial passions. “To me, all business is a form of art,” he noted. “One of the spaces I am passionate about is tech; to find success there you have to constantly be changing and evolving. I did well with my first business, a multiple-themed photo application, ‘Fresh Crop,’ and I want to continue on that path.” For his second business, Brown created an Air pods case. “As a musician and actor, it’s extremely important to me to have them on hand and fully charged.” Currently the face of Coach Watches, Bape x Coach, and an ambassador for top fashion and tech brands such as Bose, Coach, Christian Louboutin, MCM, Montblanc, Zegna, and Google Pixel, Brown, the son of Sean “P. Diddy” Combs, wants to “share all my creative sides and connect with people on all different levels.”
America’s longest-running documentary series POV, originally launched in July 1988, is back on PBS this summer. Kicking o the 34th season is writer and comedian CJ Hunt (The Daily Show) making his directorial debut in The Neutral Ground. The film will debut at the 2021 Tribeca Film Festival and documents the fight over Confederate monuments in New Orleans. “POV’s new season on PBS embodies the attributes of authentic and diverse storytelling and builds connections with audiences in the communities we serve,” said Sylvia Bugg, chief programming executive and general manager, general audience programming, PBS. She continued: “With a variety of multiplatform touchpoints, including free educational resources to support classroom learning, POV’s 34th season delivers on public television’s mission in a bold and impactful way.”
Time and time again, Halle Berry has proved she is fearless in the roles she takes on. Her upcoming Netflix sports film Bruised, which premiered at the Toronto Film Festival last fall, is the veteran actress’ directorial debut. “I’m more encouraged that as women, we are feeling confident enough to tell our stories,” she told Variety. “And there is a place for us to tell our stories. For so long, our experiences have been told narratively through the guise of men.” Playing an aging MMA fighter, Berry actually broke two ribs on set. “I didn’t want to stop because I had prepared for so long. We had rehearsed; we were ready. So my mind, my director’s mind, was just keep going. And I compartmentalized that, and I just kept going: ‘I’m not going to stop. I’ve come too far. I’m going to act as if this isn’t hurting. I’m going to will myself through it.’ And so we did.”
STRIKE A POSE
Craving a new bingeable competition series? Check out HBO Max’s hit voguing competition TV series, Legendary. Because of the pandemic, filming was moved to Los Angeles for its second season. During each episode, individual teams, known as “houses,” compete in themed “balls,” which feature a variety of creative categories like fashion and dance challenges, including voguing, posing, and walking all while wearing high glam costumes and outfits.
As the show progresses, houses are eliminated until the winning achieves “Legendary” status and takes home a $100,000 grand prize. Law Roach who has styled stars like Zendaya, Ariana Grande, and Celine Dionactress/host Jameela Jamil, rapper Megan Thee Stallion, and trans model/activist Leiomy Maldonado are the celebrity judges, offering their candid opinions of the performances.
Hulu just announced a juicy new throwback series, Pam & Tommy, set to begin filming soon. The drama is based on the true story behind the release of the first ever viral video in history the now infamous tape of Pamela Anderson and Tommy Lee. Lily James (Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again) will portray the famous bombshell, while Marvel veteran Sebastian Stan will rock tats and chains as Lee. While fans might expect Anderson to comment about the film on social media, she is no longer active there. “This will be my last post on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook,” she wrote earlier this year. “I’ve never been interested in social media and now that I’m settled into the life I’m genuinely inspired by, reading and being in nature, I am free. Thanks for the love. Blessings to you all. Let’s hope you find the strength and inspiration to follow your purpose and try not to be seduced by wasted time. That’s what THEY want and can use to make money. Control over your brain.”