Tuesday, July 1, 2008
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Lights, Camera, Action! Our Ladybrille July issue is filled with wonderful personalities in the film business that will inspire, push and "get you to gettin'!" We begin with the gorgeous fashion model/actress, Tomiko Fraser. Tomiko's trailblazing path as the first African-American woman to be the spokesperson for giant cosmetic company Maybelline, her truly positive spirit, entrepreneur skills and determination to empower women through her company "Tomiko Fraser's Goddess Gathering" earns her our much coveted Ladybrille Woman of the Month! Another exciting personality is a face you've probably been noticing recently across the world wide web. You know her as Bianca in Toyota's current campaign focused on reaching the affluent African-American woman in the States, "If Looks Could Kill." It' s the one and only Nigerian/Filipino Actress Femi Emiola . In an exclusive interview with us, Emiola talks Africa, film and her drop dead killer looks. You are gonna love it!
But of course we always get down to business. Indeed, that's where the reputable Emmy-winning producer and two-time NAACP Theater Award winning playwright/producer, Mike Ajakwe, comes in. Ajakwe has written/produced for shows such as Soul Food, The Parkers, Martin, Moesha, Between Brothers, The Brothers Garcia, Built To Last, Sister Sister, Entertainment Tonight, Talk Soup, Steve Harvey’s Big Time, and Eve. He has also sold TV pilots to Paramount Television and Warner Bros. He will be giving us the insider scoop on breaking into the business of film.
Our month would be incomplete without making sure you get to meet two brilliant names in the film business. The first is Ebbe Bassey. This young woman has barely entered the business but is already causing a stir. Her recently produced short film Siri Oko Fo debuted at the Cannes International Film Festival in May of 2008 and has subsequently featured in the Black Hollywood and Boston Film Festivals. We can't wait to introduce you to her! The second is A-list beautiful highly independent and intelligent actress, Nollywood's Stephanie Okereke. To put it succintly, Okereke is determined to take Hollywood by storm as well as rebrand herself as a fashion and film icon in Africa's entertainment industries.
We hope you enjoy this issue. By the way, we will continue featuring our lovely African models throughout this month. We figure while Vogue Italy's July issue features all Black models, FINALLY! It cannot possibly capture/shine the spotlight on the many gorgeous African beauties out there. Enjoy and of course let us know what you think and ways we can improve by sending your feedback to editor(at)ladybrille.com.