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Sesame Street: “I Love My Hair”


We’re so happy that Sesame Street created this video to help young girls feel good about their hair.

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The Vyne DVR: What We’re Watching


Ahhhh there’s nothing like coming home from a long work week, settling in with a great meal, your remote control and watching whatever you DVR’d that week. I don’t know if it’s the ability to fast forward through commercials or just knowing you can watch a couple of uninterrupted hours of your favorite shows…whatever it is, we’re having an affair with our DVR and we’re not ashamed to say it. So we thought we’d share with you a few shows on our DVR in case you’re looking to add to your line up. Click on the links to watch episodes and clips of the shows:

1. Real Housewives of D.C. – We like it for Stacie Turner and secretly for the pure, sheer drama of it all!

2. Rachel Zoe Project – It’s all about the fashion with this show…and watching Rachel’s patented fashion melt downs.

3. I Survived – According to Kailei this show gives you some good “survival tips” in the event you ever need them…warning, it’s pretty “heavy” content.

4. HawthoRNe – If you didn’t catch this show from season 1, go back and watch it first then watch season 2. Jada did her thing with this series!

5. Oprah – No explanation needed…the re-runs are holding us over until her last (sniffle-sniffle) season.

6. Toddlers & Tiaras and Little Miss Perfect – Reason…the parents are pure hysterical on these shows. And by hysterical we mean a complete mess.

7. Life After – Interesting to see what people are up to now and/or what they were thinking then.

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Woman to Watch: Rashida Jones


Born: February 25, 1976

Hometown: Los Angeles, CA

Daughter of: Music and media mogul Quincy Jones and actress Peggy Lipton (now divorced)

Education: Harvard University – BA in Religion and Philosophy, 1997

Voted: In High School she was voted “Most Likely to Succeed”

Musical Abilities: She started playing piano at a very early age and was receiving awards at the age of 5

Alternative Career Ambition: Almost became a lawyer, but changed her mind after the OJ Simpson trial

As Seen on TV: You can currently see Rashida as Ann Perkins on “Parks and Recreation.”  Some of her previous TV roles include playing Karen Filippelli on “The Office,” Lousia Fenn in “Boston Public,” and Karen Scarfolli in “Freaks and Geeks.”

Most Notable Silver Screen Credits: I Love You, Man

Coming Soon: You can see Rashida in the upcoming movie about Facebook, The Social Network

On the Comic Book Stands: Rashida recently released a comic book called “Frenemy of the State.” And the main character is a socialite that becomes a CIA operative. How cool is that?

Board Memberships: Board of Directors for Peace Games and honorary board member at the EB Medical Research Foundation. Rashida also supports the Richie Madden Children’s Foundation –   founded by Nicole Richie and Joel Madden.

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Woman to Watch: Chef Tiffany Derry


Name: Tiffany Derry

Age: 26

Hometown: Beaumont, TX (now lives in Dallas)

Occupation: Executive chef at Go Fish Ocean Club in Dallas and also a member of Top Chef Season 7 cast

Education: Art Institute of Houston

Career Path: At 15, Tiffany landed her first job in the restaurant business at International House of Pancakes (IHOP). By the time she was17 years old, Tiffany was the youngest person to ever be in management at IHOP. After high school she went to pursue her culinary education at the Art Institute of Houston. In addition to culinary school, she mastered her seafood skills while working at Pesce restaurant in Houston. Tiffany became Sous Chef at Grotto Cucina Napolitano then moved to Dallas where she taught at the Art Institute of Dallas Culinary School. In 2008 she was named Executive Chef at Go Fish Ocean Club in North Dallas.

Known for: Grounded, down-home personality with impeccably refined culinary expertise.

Quotable: “Food runs through my veins from my ancestors to me. My family lives and communicates through food. I love food and the entire restaurant business.”

Family Affair: Her sister, Brandy is her sous chef at Go Fish Ocean Club.

Favorite Cookbook: The French Laundry Cookbook

Just Married: Tiffany got married in July in Costa Rica.

Guilty Pleasure: Foie gras

See her in action: Watch Chef Derry make some seared scallops with creamed corn and lobster here:

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Our Favorite Moments from the BET Awards


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Sunday night was the 10th Anniversary of the BET Awards. As we did last year, we reluctantly watched, hoping that we wouldn’t be too embarrassed or disappointed. And you know what, we were pleasantly surprised. Those focus groups and/or feedback from last year’s debauchery seemed to be taken into account in this year’s event. Packed with surprises, faces old and new, great performances and tributes  (though not many “awards”), it was overall a much improved event. Here were some of our favorite moments of the night:

Nia Long and Larenz Tate bringing back Love Jones: “Love Jones” was one of the best black love stories on film in our lifetime. When Nia and Larenz brought back poetry from the movie including “A Blues for Nina,” we saw they still have undeniable chemistry (it was getting heated on stage!)! Can we get a “Love Jones 2′?

El DeBarge Performance: Where has HE been hiding? Didn’t we all love El growing up? He was a part of that black male pop/R&B vocalist triple threat: Michael, Prince, and El.  Did you ever wonder why long hair, makeup, and a high-pitched voice was considered sexy in the 80s? I don’t know, but we loved them all, didn’t we? But I digress… Anyway, El was one of the biggest surprises of the night, coming out looking like the black James Dean and performing some of our favorite songs from the pique of his career.

John Legend receiving the Humanitarian Award: It was nice to see BET honor John Legend for his philanthropic and charity work he has done over the years. Well deserved!

Michael Jackson Tribute: We will never forget what Chris Brown did to Rihanna. His actions were despicable and unacceptable. However, he did rock the house on Sunday night. One of the best Michael Jackson tributes we’ve seen.

Prince Tribute: Prince was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award and many people tuned in just for that performance. Though Prince did not perform himself (bummer!), we did get an amazing mix of fresh faces (Janelle Monae and Esperanza Spalding) and familiar voices (Patti LaBelle and Alicia Keys). And you know you are a legend when Patti LaBelle kicks off her Louboutin singing your song!

Nominee Baby Photos: It was a cute touch to show the baby pictures of all of the award nominees. The photo shown in this picture is Sade. Wasn’t she a cutie?

What were your favorite moments from the BET Awards?

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RIP: Gary Coleman Dies at 42


We’re saddened to hear that Gary Coleman, the actor behind the character Arnold, who we all know and love from the 70s-80s sitcom Diff’rent Strokes, has passed away at the age of 42. Throughout his life, Gary had suffered from several medical issues including a kidney disease which caused him to have two kidney transplants when he was younger. Most recently, Gary had reportedly been suffering from seizures, including one he had on the set of The Insider in February. Gary died today from an intercranial hemorrhage after falling in his Utah home on Wednesday.

What tragic stories all of the kids from Diff’rent Strokes have had. Dana Plato who played Kimberly on the show committed suicide in 1999 by overdosing on prescription drugs. Gary’s on camera brother, Todd Bridges has recently shared some of his own set of issues including being molested, selling drugs, battling cocaine, and criminal charges. And beyond medical conditions, Gary’s adult life included other issues including domestic, financial and employment issues.

Though he grew to despise the phrase, we will always be fond of those famous words: “whatchu talkin’ about, Willis?” We hope now he can really Rest in Peace.

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Spotlight On: Tracey Ferguson


By Kailei Richardson

I first heard about Tracey Ferguson back in 2006 while doing media research on black women back in business school. Tracey started Jones magazine, a fashion and lifestyle shopping guide for affluent black women in Houston in 2005.  Months after I heard about Jones, a friend introduced me to Tracey, not knowing that I was already familiar with her magazine. I was so intrigued by Jones that I ended up doing an independent study on the magazine. The thought of having a high fashion magazine for black women on the newsstands was exciting, and it was quite clear that Jones was bigger than Houston.

Tracey and I stayed in touch and have become friends over the years. Her story is interesting, yet tragic. She graduated from Abilene Christian University with a BA and MA in Communications and later experienced the devastating loss of her second husband who suddenly died from a heart attack shortly after they were married. Despite her tragedies, Tracey has proven to be resilient. A strong mother of two teenagers, she somehow finds time to run a magazine, create a new show, and travel the world as often as she can. Not to mention, her extraordinary style can’t be denied, as when you meet her, you just assume she is a celebrity due to her awe-inspiring eye for fashion.

When Tracey shared with me a reality TV show treatment called “Keeping Up with the Joneses” back in late 2007, it was clear it was destined to happen. It was just a matter of time before Centric (the BET J and VH-1 Soul collab. network) targeting a more upscale black audience, would launch and be the perfect fit for  “Keeping Up with the Joneses” (the name, by the way, was picked way before anyone heard of E!’s  “Keeping Up with the Kardashians”). The “docu-soap” will focus on Tracey, her talented teenagers Kendall and Josh, and the Jones staff as they re-launch the quarterly magazine nationwide.

So, will “Keeping Up with the Joneses” be the new show we “Jones” for? Will Jones magazine become the Vogue or In Style for black women? Check out the premiere of “Keeping Up with the Joneses” tonight, Thursday, April 8th on Centric TV network and pick up Jones magazine on April 15th on news stands everywhere — and tell us what you think! Regardless, we congratulate Tracey and Jones for bringing more diverse images of black women to television and print.

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