August 16, 2012

ARIES

Creativity comes from a deep source. Take the chance to pursue creative goals. Others will understand later. You and a child can come to an unmatched understanding. Speak truth and let the chips fall where they may. Soul Affirmation: I do not allow demands to be placed on me this week.

 

TAURUS

Listen carefully and follow good advice that will come from someone you’ve often regarded as foolish. You run into difficulties with one of your projects; don’t worry, it’s only temporary. How you manage your mind will affect the eventual outcome. Soul Affirmation: The deed is done. I must wait for the results to unfold.

 

GEMINI

If there is someone or something that you’re avoiding don’t panic if you find you must confront what you’ve been hiding from. Wait for things to work themselves out. Don’t force the issue. Time solves more problems than you ever can. Soul Affirmation: I seek connection with the best that is in me.

 

CANCER

Be flexible. Yes, you. There are many ways to be right and your lover or friend will have come up with one that is different from yours. You‘ll be asked to compromise this week or you just have to give in. Remember you sometimes have to give a little to get a little. Soul Affirmation: I see myself as a finisher rather than a starter this week.

 

LEO

Use your natural magnetism to get to someone who might be hard to reach. If you have a problem that you need to get off your chest tell a relative or friend, don’t hold it inside. Where’s the party? Find it. You need a social setting to make the magnetism work best. Soul Affirmation: I give thanks for the chance to give.

 

VIRGO

Even if you can’t be with someone you care for, call that person or send a Soul Vibration to let them know you care. You’ll feel better and so will the person. Take time to meditate on the good things life has in store for you. Soul Affirmation: The success of others is the investment I make in myself.

 

LIBRA

A person is only as good as their word. If you have made any promises recently remember to follow through. People will be counting on you. Any dissatisfaction you feel might come from not doing what you told someone that you would do. Soul Affirmation: Superficiality is often the best route to clarity.

 

SCORPIO

If you’re not sure about a business deal ask someone who knows. Asking questions now can help avoid mistakes in the future. The love that you have been looking for is right in front of you. Your ability to see it improves this week. Soul Affirmation: When I am clear about who I am, the world becomes clearer.

 

SAGITTARIUS

Your ability to display enormous grace under enormous pressure will be tested this week. Use your gifts this week to transcend petty criticism. Consider the source and know that you are doing just fine. Soul Affirmation: I enjoy the love that others have for me.

 

CAPRICORN

You can expect a message from a distance to arrive this week and you’ll be happy to hear it. The spirit is easily lifted if you remember that you only have to imagine your world the way you want it to be. Create a happy reality this week! Soul Affirmation: I let worry fly away.

 

AQUARIUS

You’re likely to be efficient and productive this week. Even if you work hard you’ll get satisfaction from a job well done! Use your talents to create some free time for yourself. Take a vacation or hang out at home with someone special. Soul Affirmation: With spirit I co-create my world.

 

PISCES

Matters relating to health need attention. Prevention is more valuable than cure. Rest and eat well this week. Your stress will be lower by knowing that you do not have to fix a relationship that has gone sour. Feel your independence and ability to travel alone. Soul Affirmation: People love me, yes they do.

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August 16, 2012

By Pat Hendricks Munson

Sentinel Contributing Writer

 

Her name may not be recognizable to the general public but millions have seen her handiwork on the faces of some of Hollywood’s biggest and brightest stars.  She is called upon time after time to deliver just the right look for actors and actresses going before the cameras to portray characters of every era, age and ethnicity.

She is none other than Marietta Carter-Narcisse a makeup artist extraordinaire, and one of only two members of color in the makeup and hairstylist branch of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences; a voting member.  The artist has worked in the industry for years now adding esthetic credence to actors’ performances in highly acclaimed and recognizable movies as well as period pieces such as the upcoming “Sparkle,” about a 1960s up and coming singer staring American Idol winner Jordin Sparks and the late multi-Grammy winning Whitney Houston. 

Carter-Narcisse was not expecting to work on this film when out of the blue she received a last-minute call requesting her services on the movie set in Detroit.  The always professional makeup expert had less than a day to prepare and pack for the trip.

“I received the call after 12 in the afternoon on a Monday and by eight in the morning on Tuesday I was on a flight to Detroit,” said Carter-Narcisse, who went straight from the plane to the set.  The beauty pro artist, teacher and businesswoman principally worked her magic on Sparks but also had the opportunity to makeup Houston on several occasions during filming. 

Working 80 plus hours per week for one month straight was grueling to say the least.   However, viewing trailers and looking at pictures of the stars in the movie all the hard work is paying off.  Sparks and Houston look very authentic in their 1960s era makeup and clothing and Carter-Narcisse is proud of the work she’s done and the film itself.  With Sparks being in almost every scene Narcisse had her work cut out for her and she is pleased with the results.   

“I feel real good about how Jordin looks.  I am very, very happy.  It could have been a huge disaster not having time to prepare as I usually would.   When doing these films time is needed to research the period in order to manipulate authentic imagery.  You have to know the period to manipulate it.  I brought my research to the project.  I wanted to give that retro chic look of the 60s.” 

Carter-Narcisse gives lots of credit to Houston for making her feel comfortable and understanding the last minute arrangement of her stepping into a project already in progress.  She remembers Houston being very warm, supportive and understanding and even though they had never met they realized they had many friends in common.

“Whitney was great.  She made me feel very comfortable.  We talked a lot about our kids, raising children in this industry, being there for them and trying not to miss out on that part of family life while meeting the demands of the industry” said Carter-Narcisse, a wife and mother of a 17-year-old son.  That was one of their last conversations before shooting ended in November 2011 and the announcement of Houston’s untimely death in February this year.  The movie opens Friday, August 17.

Her portfolio covers a who’s who in the film industry including top stars such as Samuel L. Jackson, Angela Bassett, Whoopi Goldberg, Cindy Crawford and Robert Deniro.

She has either worked as the makeup artist, designer or supervisor on “Beverly Hills Cop II,” “Malcolm X”, “A Time to Kill,” “The Long Kiss Goodnight,” “ Ghost,” “The Mighty Quinn,” “Eve’s Bayou,” “The Negotiator,” “Baby Boy,” on television commercials, music videos and more.

Carter Narcisse started out as a seamstress.  A native of Barbados she moved to New York in 1971 with her parents and four brothers. Back in the early days her dad, who recently passed away after 61 years of marriage to her mother, could not afford to buy clothes for his children. 

“My dad said ‘if you want clothes, make them.’  Between the ages of 12-24 years old I made everything I ever wore except underwear.  I would look at pictures in a magazine and tell my friends ‘I’m going to wear that tomorrow.’  I made a new outfit every night and I never wore an outfit twice.” 

The young seamstress started sewing clothes for friends in her neighborhood and it wasn’t long before her talent was recognized.  A secretary at her junior high school, also a native of Barbados, noticed she had style and eventually started an after school program for girls teaching them about fashion and how to properly apply makeup.  By the time she was 16 she had a steady flow of customers for her home-made clothes.

“I didn’t know I was a business person.  I was totally passionate about it.  It was so much fun doing it.  It was great,” Carter-Narcisse remembered.  After high school the budding entrepreneur attended Long Island University on a full scholarship as a pre-med major while going to work at a hospital “dressed to kill” in her self-made designs.  After graduating from LIU she worked for two years as an insurance underwriter while on a waiting list to med school.

Although she admits to hating that job she continued to go to work in perfect makeup, dress and shoes.  One day her boss told her “you don’t belong here.”  She resigned and enrolled into beauty school, eventually getting a cosmetology license.  With that she left New York and moved to Los Angeles, via Europe.  That’s where her youngest brother was on the road as a valet for the Commodores, repairing their clothes and other odd jobs.  At that her young brother didn’t really know who they were.  However, she did, and being the innate business woman she is “I hitched myself to him” and the rest is history.  Through him and the Commodores she met Natalie Cole.

“It was one of those moments when God gives you and opportunity.  I had no business cards, no pen and no paper.  I offered my services to Natalie Cole and three days later her manager called to say “Natalie wants you to do some alterations.”  From those alterations Carter-Narcisse went on the road with Natalie Cole for almost a year doing her hair, makeup and gowns.

It’s been a long and winding road from the small island of Barbados to literally touching the faces of tinsel town royalty.  Carter-Narcisse considers is “very fortunate to have a career as a makeup artist and not just a Black makeup artist…I was fortunate a lot of my films weren’t pigeon holed.  They appealed to a more general market because it can be tough in this industry for people to see you as simply an artist and not the color of your skin.

“I hope they market Sparkle as just a really sweet movie.  I think it will be fabulous.  The trailer looks hot and I’m looking forward to seeing it.  It’s Whitney’s last movie and I think people want to see it, which is great.”

In the meantime Carter-Narcisse is spending quality time at home in Florida with her family.  She is teaching makeup to a younger generation of artists and is actively working to help build the film industry in Barbados.

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August 09, 2012

LOS ANGELES (AP) — “The Green Mile” star Michael Clarke Duncan remains hospitalized in Los Angeles more than three weeks after suffering a heart attack.

Publicist Joy Fehily said in a brief email statement Monday that the 54-year-old actor “was just moved from the intensive care unit, but remains hospitalized” following his July 13 heart attack.

“His family are firm believers in the power of prayer and have asked that you keep him in yours during this time,” the statement said. No further information was available on Duncan’s condition.

Besides “The Green Mile,” the actor’s film credits include “The Scorpion King,” “Armageddon,” “Breakfast of Champions,” “The Whole Nine Yards” and “Sin City.”

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August 16, 2012

By Jennifer Bihm

Assistant Editor

 

Hundreds of people braved the sweltering heat Saturday for a chance to get a glimpse at celebs like Nick Cannon, New Boyz, and the Wonder Broz, and to score much needed school supplies at the third annual NCredible Entertainment/ Home Depot back to school concert and giveaway, held at the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza. The crowd remained enthusiastic despite 90 something degree weather as they enjoyed performances and waited for backpacks and raffle prizes. Cannon, NCredible owner and event host credits his own school challenges as his inspiration.

 

“I was an underprivileged youth who didn’t always get an opportunity to [get everything I needed],” he said.

 

“During those low times when someone did give back, it meant a lot to me. [And], I’ve always believed to whom much is given, much is expected.”

 

Because, he said, every first day of school is memorable. It’s a day for putting “your fresh gear” together and getting focused on the year ahead. But for some, being able to come to class with basics like paper and pencil is often a struggle.

 

Not being prepared for school can often affect self-esteem, can cause students to fall behind in school and can cause frustration with the whole school experience. According to the National Center for Children in Poverty, being poor can also contribute to behavioral problems and affect mental health.

 

“Research is clear that poverty is the single greatest threat to children’s well-being,” they said.

 

Students who got an orange wristband Saturday won’t have to be unprepared, as they got Jansport brand backpacks filled with a variety of quality notebooks and folders. Those lucky enough to get winning raffle tickets received high-end prizes like shoes and some of the latest technological gadgets. As the day wore on, smaller prizes like t-shirts and movie tickets were randomly distributed.

 

“It’s fellowship,” said Cannon, describing the event.

 

“It’s a positive thing where people can come out and congregate together in a safe environment.”

 

Concert performers also included up and coming artists Forever and The Rangers.

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August 09, 2012

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Stevie Wonder is ending his 11-year marriage to fashion designer Kai Millard Morris.

The 62-year-old musician cites irreconcilable differences in papers filed Friday in Los Angeles Superior Court. He filed the documents under his real name, Stevland Morris.

Wonder and Millard were married Sept. 1, 2001. According to court documents, they separated in October 2009. They have two sons, 10-year-old Kailand and 7-year-old Mandla. Wonder is seeking joint legal and physical custody of the two boys and agrees to pay spousal support to his former wife.

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