Halle Berry and Naomi Harris headline the Black Women of Bond Tribute

British actress Naomie Harris Joins Ageless Bond Beauties in Celebrating the Venerable Franchise

(LOS ANGELES) – November 4 2015 – In advance of the highly anticipated North American release of the 24th edition of the wildly popular James Bond (007) franchise, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures, Columbia Pictures and Terry Hines and Associates’ (THA) urban division partnered with the African American Film Critics Association (AAFCA) and ESSENCE Magazine to present a special event that celebrated the enduring legacy that black actresses have made to this groundbreaking, iconic franchise.

On November 3rd at the California African American Museum, the evening included the unveiling of exclusive portraits shot by renowned photographer Kwaku Alston of 007 veteran stars in attendance, Trina Parks (1971’s Diamonds are Forever), Gloria Hendry (1973’s Live and Let Die) and Naomie Harris (Skyfall, Spectre). Superstar and Academy Award Winner Halle Berry was on hand to discuss her appreciation for being a part of such an enduring legacy. Select footage from each of their films were featured in the program. ESSENCE Magazine exclusively revealed their December cover at the event, a stunning feature of Naomie Harris, seen for the first time by the audience assembled.

A highlight of the affair came when Berry, Parks and Hendry discussed their experiences as Bond Girls, and lauded Naomie Harris for her role as Eve Moneypenny in the Bond series. Parks and Hendry were among the first women of color to be a part of the franchise, providing film history some if its most memorable moments. “James Bond films are known worldwide as classic and enduring, featuring some of cinema’s most indelible moments. These films have a long history of recognizing diverse images, and black women have played a key part in that. These women carry the tradition with sophistication and beauty. It is a true honor to shine a light on their contributions to cinema history,” says AAFCA president, Gil Robertson IV.

Unsullied – Simeon Rice and Murray Gray

Unsullied interview with leading lady Murray Gray and director/writer Simeon Rice

Segment Host/Editor: Jaleesa Lashay

Former NFL players, Simeon Rice makes his directorial debut with this thriller. Jaleesa Lashay joins him and leading lady, Murray Gray to discuss the production process and the main character in this horror film. 


Straight Outta Compton – Cast Interview

Straight Outta Compton interview with cast members (Corey Hawkins “Dr. Dre,” Jason Mitchell “Eazy-E” and O’Shea Jackson Jr. “Ice Cube”) 

Segment Host/Editor: Jaleesa Lashay

Straight Outta Compton is a biographical film directed by F. Gary Gray (Friday, Set It Off) that tells the story of the iconic hip-hop group from Los Angeles – N.W.A. 

Paper Towns – Cara Delevingne is a Tough Self-Critic

Paper Towns Interviews with cast and bestselling author, John Green. 

Segment Producer/Editor: Jaleesa Lashay

Adapted from the bestselling novel by author John Green (“The Fault in Our Stars,” PAPER TOWNS is a coming-of-age story centering on Quentin and his enigmatic neighbor Margo, who loved mysteries so much she became one.

For the interview, Cara Delevingne (Margo) reveals that she was not pleased with her performance, Nat (Quentin) disagrees and believes that she is a tough self-critic – while the rest of the cast discuss friendship, awkward love scenes and answer the true question – whether or not Paper Towns really exist? 

Chloe Howard Deals with Relationships Through Self-Discovery

It takes an abundance of courage and a certain level of self-comfort for a woman to openly discuss heartache. To discuss relationships that have brought her pain, infidelity that caused embarrassment, and even her sexuality. Chloe Howard has just the right amount, and in only a few months has inspired women to take a journey toward self-discovery.

“Finding Me Before He” is not a blog intended to male-bash. The blog aims to help women fall in love with themselves, and the world, rather than getting lost in intimate relationships.

“Through my exploration, I honestly found myself. I found everything that I loved, and honestly I found a lot of things that I didn’t think I loved,” Howard said.

The most inspirational thing about her blog, is that it’s comprised of personal stories. Howard in full transparency, shares her experiences with the world, and in it makes herself more vulnerable – a feeling that women tend to stray away from after a breakup. However, she grew up in a New Jersey home where writing was heavily encouraged as a means to deal with issues.

“When I did my exploration, I started to document everything that I did,” Howard said, “There were some really bad moments, but rather than me calling him up, and emailing him, I said I am going to write this letter, and then let it sit, because then it’s out of my system.”

Since its July launch, “Finding Me Before He” has touched women of all ages throughout the world. Women who have shared similar experiences, but haven’t had the courage to share them with anyone else, especially the men behind their heartache.

“A lot of it brings me to tears. I didn’t realize what I was doing honestly. For women that I never met, from different countries saying ‘Chloe I’m going through this right now, as you speak and this is really helping me.’ From that, I am honored, and I’m just so happy that I can tell you ‘girl, get it together now,” Howard said.

In a world full of women dealing with personal issues on our own, hiding it from the rest of the world, sometimes all we need is for another woman to share her story. To show that we are not alone, and that in the end it’s all about self-discovery. Whether you’re single or in a relationship. To find “me” before “he,” that is the goal – that is what leads to true happiness.  

~Jaleesa Lashay~

“Let’s Talk Entrepreneurism”

Dariana Colon – Bibb, Chief Strategist at Rebelle Agency, sits down with Jaleesa Lashay to discuss her business, entrepreneurism, and to provide tips on starting your own business. 

Watch the interview below and let us know what you think. 

~Jaleesa Lashay~

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