Henrietta Lacks

Hey Spotlights I hope your day is amazing. I had the pleasure of attending the screening of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks directed by George C. Wolfe and starring Oprah Winfrey, who played Deborah the daughter of Henrietta Lacks.  It is based on the book written by Rebecca Skloot and documents the story of Henrietta Lacks, who was diagnosed with cervical cancer in the 1950s, and whose cancer cells (later known as HeLa) would change the course of cancer treatment and modern medicine. The film premiered on HBO on April 22, 2017. If you do not have HBO please get the book or do a simple google search to learn more about this amazing woman and how she changed the world of medicine.

Photo of Henrietta Lacks

Photo of Deborah pictured with photos of her mother and older sister.

Until next time Spotlights have a great week.

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LEDISI (ISO) VOCALISTS

HEY SPOTLIGHTS I WANT TO SPREAD SOME SUNSHINE TO YOU ALL…

ATTENTION ALL VOCALISTS R&B’S SONGSTRESS LEDISI IS HOSTING OPEN AUDITIONS FOR BACKGROUND  VOCALISTS. 
COME OUT ON WEDNESDAY MARCH 22, 2017 FROM 12-5 

AMP STUDIOS 5259 LANKERSHIM BLVD NORTH HOLLYWOOD, CA 91601

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT ROLAND JACK  AT TEAMLEDISI@GMAIL.COM

CHECK OUT YOURS TRULY IN LEDISI’S  BRAVO VIDEO  I REMEMBER MY MOM THINKING THAT WAS ME SINGING LOL 

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WORK IT OUT!

Hey Spotlights, its Work Out Wednesday’s   so I decided to spread some sunshine to your day. Now that March has kicked off, some of you may or may not have continued with your New Year’s resolutions/weight loss goals. I am here to let you know that we all have our moments. We get tired, distracted, or just flat out not motivated anymore. Don’t ever stop, if you do pick it back up again. Remind yourself of what you want to accomplish. Trust me the fitness journey is not always easy, but it’s worth it when you see those fitness results!!!


Allow me to introduce you to Mark Smiley the Fitness Extraordinaire, he has over 15 years of experience as one of the top instructors at 24 Hour Fitness. Mark teaches Kick Boxing, Yoga, Step Aerobic, and the Ultimate Body Work Out (weights incorporated).

 He is not only a great fitness instructor but he’s truly a motivator! Mark played an integral part in my 50 pound weight loss in 2016, he kicks butts and takes name he won’t accept any excuses from a class member! 



Mark is not a drill sergeant or a mean in your face type, he wants to see you reach your fitness goals. Mark’s Kick boxing classes are like no other. His warm-ups and stretching before the class sets the tone, with upbeat music , easy to follow routines, and simply fun people in attendance you’re truly in for a treat! He also gives out nutrition and fitness tips, he wants you to have a good understanding of how both go hand in hand.

WORK IT OUT  
In Los Angeles you can find Mark at the Kinetic Studios on Mondays and Wednesdays at 10a for just $5 you will get a full body workout. Mark’s classes are so much fun and encouraging, there are different levels of fitness in attendance. You will absolutely feel welcomed and get a great workout. Naturally you will catch me cutting up or getting yelled at, all in fun though. Everyone gets a good laugh in when Mark and I banter with each other.

​​Mark’s Cool Down 


If you are looking for a great workout without a gym membership commitment or just want to try a group class join me and the rest of the crew.  Below you will find Mark’s schedule and contact information. Private training is available. 

Don’t forget to let him know the Spotlight Diva sent you, enjoy your week Spotlights!
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Mark’s Social Media – IG: marksmiley66 Twitter: @smiley_mark  
$5 Mondays and Wednesdays 10am 

(Kinetic Studio)

3701 W. 54th St. Los Angeles, CA 90043

Thursdays 7pm (Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza Mall)

3650 W. Martin Luther King Jr Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90008

THE HOLLYWOOD CONFIDENTIAL -ISSA RAE

Hello Spotlights, how are you dazzling lights of influence? I hope all is well, last night it went down at the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills. The Hollywood Confidential partnered with SAG-AFTRA and Walgreens for an amazing Panel discussion, about the (television) entertainment industry with panelist Issa Rae , Logan Laurie, and Dawn-Lyen Gardner.


Each panelist was amazing and had their own journey into the entertainment industry.

Issa Rae (HBO’s Insecure) kept it real and shared her struggles of being broke, celebrating way too early (quitting her job), and how she learned patience with the process of transitioning from the internet to Network Television. As a native of Los Angeles it was very important for her to highlight South Los Angeles in her hit show Insecure. 



Dawn -Lyen Gardner (OWN’s Queen Sugar) another Los Angeles native was your typical LA story she was approached by a manager and was told that her complexion would look great on television. Dawn entered the industry at a young age, she shared that as a black actress she has a responsibility to the community. 


Logan Laurie (VH1’s Hit the Floor) moved out to LA at the age of 14 she wish someone would have told her about the struggle life of being an actress. A struggle of hers is she didnt want to be typecasted in hollywood, prior to landing her role on Hit The Floor, Logan spent 8 months in dancing training on her own dime. (Talk about dedication) 
Whether you are an up and coming entertainer or seasoned this event was the place to be because many gems were dropped. Issa said let your work speak for itself, Dawn said stay in learning mode when youre not working be in acting class. Logan said she was a realist but she was very much in tuned with God. Make sure that you communicate with God and take his lead. 


Here are my gems for my spotlights 1) Invest in your craft/yourself by attending acting/modeling classes /workshops, 2) maintain your health/style/look 3) Do the work by gaining experience/exposure even if its non-paid, step out of your comfort zone. 4) Continue to put out content (updating headshots, portfolios, blogs, etc and stay creative! 


The best surprise: Logan ended the event in prayer. I am telling you don’t just come to Los Angeles. thinking you don’t need prayer or God – this entertainment world isn’t for the faint of heart. 

 

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For more information on The Hollywood Confidential Visit www.hollywoodconfidentialla.com 

Allow God to lead you in this journey we call life”. -Spotlight Diva 

FLOYD MAYWEATHER’S  40th BIRTHDAY BASH

Hey spotlights, this weekend was very busy in LA. You know when Pretty Boy Floyd has a party it’s going to be bananas! I want to give a shoutout to Karen of Fully Covered PR for being a part of this fab event. 


Mariah Carey sings Happy Birthday Big Tigga hosts  Game and Justin Bieber Game, Justin Bieber, and Floyd 

ONLY Floyd with the real life Tigers SWV Celebrity Stylist -Chris G


Melyssa Ford 


Pepa and SWV 

Love and Basket Ball Wives (Malaysia) 

Nicole Murphy and Love and Hip-Hop Atlanta (Arian) 

Eva Marceille 

Lil Mama Lil Mama 
Bre-Z (Rapper/Actress) Empire 
Michael Jai White Too $hortKim Whitley Erica MenaMayweather Sr.Angel Brinks Love & BasketBall LATocarra Jones 

Jason Lee (Hollywood Unlocked) Shawn K DRAINE – FULLY COVERED PR 

SPOTLIGHT DIVA & TEDDY RILEY 
SPOTLIGHT DIVA 

ALRIGHT PEEPS UNTIL NEXT TIME 

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MY CURVY VALENTINE 

Happy Valentine’s Day 

I hope your Valentine’s Day  is filled with love and compassion. The most important thing to me on this day was to make sure I loved on myself and shared the love!!  First of all let’s not be a bitter betty/bruce I am  single and I love VDAY especially the days after you get those wonderful chocolates and gifts for a heavily discounted rate! Can we say winning!!!! Self-love is the most important thing in the world, once you’ve mastered that you’ll see the world in a different view. This photo is a reflection of just that, Today I am sharing my sexy boudoir photo with you all. The day this photo was taken I wasn’t  feeling my best at all, but I chose to push through and get out of my comfort zone. I love everything about this photo from head to toe. I would go back and forth with myself and say I won’t shoot like this until I’ve  reached my goal weight, but guess what we’re not promised tommorrow so I said the heck with it let me show off my big sexy curves!!!

 Today I went to the gym , I enjoyed an energy bowl from Jamba Juice , and I blocked out negative energy. I have more lined up but rest assured to day  and every day after I will continue to put myself first. My mental, physical , and emotional health is important to address. There’s nothing wrong with putting yourself first and doing things that make you happy. Enjoy your Valentine’s day and I’ll leave you with a few words.
Above all, be true to yourself, and if you cannot put your heart in it, take yourself out of it. 
The hardest challenge is to be yourself in a world where everyone is trying to make you be somebody else.
~E. E. Cummings

Remember always that you not only have the right to be an individual, you have an obligation to be one.
~Eleanor Roosevelt

To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.”
- Ralph Waldo Emerson



BEHIND THE SCENES -SELFIE 
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Clothing: JeanPhilippe Boutique (www.shopjpbc.com) and Fancy Swimwear 

GRAMMY WEEK (COOL AND DRE)

Hey spotlights, it’s  GRAMMY WEEK in Los Angeles. So you know what that means tons of events, celebrities, food , YOU NAME IT lol. I did a quick pop up to the FAB House of Stoli event celebrating MEGA producers COOL AND DRE (MY MIAMI PEEPS) They’re nominated for 3 GRAMMYS, how dope is that!!! They’re all the way up!! 


Cool and Dre hit the red carpet of course…
Keke Wyatt was stunning as usual 


The main event was held at E.P. ‘s Gorgeous rooftop , the food and music were great. You know I  had to flick it  up a bit for the cameras too. Until next time … FOLLOW ME ON IG @spotligtdiva 

#spotlightdiva #coolandre #houseofstoli #grammyweek 

BEYONCE’S TWINS

Hey Spotlights, 

On February 1, 2017 #kingbey announced to the world that the Carters are welcoming a set of twins! Needless to say the #hive , the Internet went nuts, literally. Many people duplicated the preganancy photos, hilarious reaction videos, and more. Many celebrities and fans sent the Carters congratulatory messages and tweets. Today I want to share with you guys a gallery of photos of Beyoncé , Blue and the twins! Her shoot was amazing Congratulations goes out to the Carters! 

Source of Photos IG- @beylite 

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JET BEAUTY OF THE WEEK

Awesome start to the new year Jet Beauty of the Week has its first curvy BEAUTY Evolution of Curves Alum KIA BILLINGER she’s a force to be reckoned with. Brains and Beauty we look forward to seeing more of her in 2017 CONGRATS!!!!  

VILLA BLANCA – New Drink Alert

Hey Spotlights, I had the pleasure of going to Villa Blanca, the highlight of my evening was partaking in the White Tiger Cocktail. Heaven in my mouth 

It’s White Tiger Vodka and White Godiva, the only thing missing was some shaved White Godiva I would have flipped out. Also when you purchase this drink some proceeds goes towards the White Tiger Foundation. 


Overall the food was awesome, the ambiance was excellent I love the decor. My only issue was the long wait to get our food. I would love to go back  their lunch menu is definetely worth it so many options and it’s so vibrant during the daytime!