October 12, 2017 

Aries   

March 21 – April 19 

Getting someone to see things your way may not be easy at the start of the week unless you can put yourself in their shoes. While it’s possible to compromise, this might seem like a stretch too far unless you can find a very good reason for doing it. The good news is that lucky Jupiter enters your sector of shared resources and transformation on Tuesday, boosting opportunities regarding business and enhancing your income. It’s beneficial for coaching and counseling, too.

  

Taurus 

May 21 - Jun 20 

You could be your own worst enemy at the start of the week, especially if you’re holding back from an opportunity that would be good for you. However, talking about your feelings with another might help if it allows you to understand where you’re going wrong. As optimistic Jupiter moves into your sector of relating, this expansive influence is positive for all your business or personal relationships. As it will be here for a year, this side of your life could soar.

  

Gemini 

May 21 - Jun 20 

You might be putting too much pressure on yourself, which could get in the way of accomplishing something that should be easy. Give yourself a few days’ grace and you may find it isn’t as complicated as you thought. Key news this week is that lucky Jupiter moves into Scorpio and your health and wellness sector and stays for approximately one year. During this time, your energy could be higher than usual. You may have more opportunities to progress at work, too.

 

Cancer 

Jun 21 - Jul 22 

With expansive Jupiter entering your leisure sector on Tuesday, the coming year could see you eager to get out and enjoy life. If you’ve been very busy, the cosmos urges you to make more time for yourself to unwind and get involved in those things you love to do most. Romance may come knocking at your door, too. Regarding other matters, don’t try too hard midweek, because it won’t help. Relax your grip by the end of the week and things should seem easier.

  

Leo 

Jul 23 - Aug 22 

While disagreements are possible over this week, try not to let them spoil what could be a productive time. Use such opportunities to engage in heart-to-heart discussions and find out what you have in common and how you might work together. Much can be achieved through negotiation. Fortunate Jupiter enters your home and family sector on Tuesday for an approximately one-year stay. This can bring a chance to make positive changes at home, perhaps to expand the family or move somewhere bigger.

  

Virgo 

Aug 23-Sep 22 

You might find yourself trying to persuade a family member to go along with your way of thinking. However, he or she could prove very determined, especially around midweek. Let it go for now. They could reverse their stance by the weekend. Expansive Jupiter moves into your sector of communication and networking on Tuesday, and this can bring fabulous opportunities for businesses involving technology, writing, and media. As it will be here for a full twelve months, the world is your oyster. 

  

Libra 

Sep 23 - Oct 22 

Your negotiating skills may be needed this week, especially if you are pitted against the stubborn desires of another. Constructive conversation can do a lot more for you than overt persuasion. You may be pleased with the way things go, too. The good news is that optimistic Jupiter moves into your sector of finances on Tuesday. It remains here for one year, bringing opportunities to enhance your income in various ways. You could overindulge, though, so be aware of this tendency.

  

Scorpio 

Oct 23 - Nov 21 

Whatever tensions seem to be present in your life, the good news is that positive Jupiter enters your sign on Tuesday for a yearlong stay. This can enhance your confidence and bring lively opportunities to help you fulfill your dreams. Regarding any conflicts you may face, handle them with grace and goodwill and you’ll find that they can be resolved in a way that works for everyone. Don’t be tempted to do too much over the weekend. Time to yourself can be valuable.

  

Sagittarius 

Nov 22 - Dec 21 

With adventurous, lively Jupiter, your personal planet, changing signs this week, you may notice a shift in your focus. It moves into your spiritual zone for a twelve-month stay to encourage you to release those limitations and live to your fullest potential. This can be a time when a coach or mentor has a profound effect on you, helping you soar to new heights. Meanwhile, the week ahead could reveal differences of opinion that can be resolved with careful handling.

  

Capricorn 

Dec 22 - Jan 19 

You could clash with someone in authority early in the week. This is due to aspects that will last a few days, so it would be wise to handle this with care rather than come across as too intense. A diplomatic touch can help you find a positive solution. On another note, lucky Jupiter moves into your social and networking zone on Tuesday, bringing many opportunities to connect with people who can bring positive associations and prospects your way.

 

Aquarius

Jan 20 - Feb 18 

Could the coming year be the one in which you make a big splash? With expansive Jupiter entering your sector of career and ambition on Tuesday, anything is possible. This week marks the start of a very positive phase when the sky’s the limit. Over the coming days, however, you might have to deal with some stubborn people, and the way you handle it will either impress others or not. Tact could be key when it comes to stating your case.

  

Pisces 

Feb 19 - Mar 20 

If a certain friend appears stubbornly stuck in their ways, it could cause a clash of views and values unless you can be willing to have a heart-to-heart chat. On another note, someone closer to you might disagree about a goal or ambition, and this may also need careful handling. It can work out well with the right approach. The good news is that Jupiter enters your sector of far horizons, and you could see an increase in travel and other adventures. 

Category: Arts & Culture

October 05, 2017 

By Darralynn Hutson 

Contributing Writer 

 

It can be challenging to find your stride in the world of celluloid; those behind the scenes in the hair and make departments, or wardrobe rooms, even music supervisors and editors work one show, while vying for the next. Rita McGhee, costume designer for Disney/ABC’s new comedy series “The Mayor”, however, seems to have found her stride. Being the best at what she does and feeling blessed and abundantly happy with her accomplishments in this tumultuous world of TV and Film, McGhee is in her paradise.

 

Inside the wardrobe room on the ABC studio lot, where shows like “American Housewife“, “Hip Hop Squares”, and “Big Brother”, are loudly being filmed; there’s a peaceful hum coming from the people at work. Make-shift desks, set against hollow walls made for production, are covered with sketches, scripts pages, cut-out pictures from fashion magazine, buttons, bracelets, adornments and trinkets of blissful sayings that exude a warm work environment. Debbie, the show’s seamstress’,  is heard churning out an alteration for Lea Michele’s next fitting. Across several high and low racks of clothing; each categorized for each character and each scene of the series including extras and guest characters; there lay two sturdy desks facing each other for Rita McGhee and her assistant and sister Alita Bailey. Rita isn’t seated at her desk, she’s moving back and forth, from rack–to-rack with two navy jackets and a full pants suit in her right arm, browsing through a rack for something else … something else. She takes what she has back inside another door which houses the  “fitting room”, where characters try on and take off clothes chosen specifically for them.

 

ABC’s “The Mayor”, starring some new faces and some familiar ones, including Brandon Michael Hall in the starring role as Courtney Rose; veteran actress, Yvette Nicole Brown who portrays his mother, Dina and Lea Michelle, best known for her role “Glee,” Lea Michele as Courtney Rose’s friend, Valentina.

 

As costume designer and assistant costume designer, Rita McGhee and Alita Bailey (respectively) are responsible for “styling and dressing all of the characters; telling a story through clothing,” says Rita. Described as an urban comedy, “The Mayor” takes, Courtney from the confines of a small bedroom closet as a struggling hip-hop artist, to the chambers of the Mayors office inside of a city federal building. “I’d describe the shows wardrobe as Hip hop politically savvy,” says Rita. “Courtney has to dress the part because he’s still from his environment, but he has swag, which means that he will also wear crisp jeans and classic sneakers.”

 

Working with her sister helps to keep the calm, as Alita has assisted on film and TV projects, going on eight years: on BET’s popular “The New Edition Story” mini series,” and “Zoe Ever After”; Spike Lee’s “Chi-Raq” and most recently Lifetime’s “Michael Jackson: Searching for Never­land”, and the two had a small yet important part in the much anticipated Marvel’s “Black Panther.” “We were able to support the great Ruth Carter and her team by shopping for two months,” remembers Rita. “Just being in the essence of Ruth Carter was a wonderful experience.” Rita would never toot her own horn but an incredible slate of projects, most infamously as the first costume designer on the first season of Fox’s ridiculously popular family drama “Empire”.  Rita essentially gave Cookie her essence. Before landing “Empire” she was the costume designer for “Biker Boyz”, “Next Day Air”, and “King’s Ransom.” Working on set as an assistant costumer for such great films as “Mo’ Better Blue, “What’s Love Got to Do With It?”  and “Baby Boy”. Rita has been putting in time building her reputation and telling fabulous stories through fashion.

 

“I’ve been blessed to be able to hire “Shiners” who are respectful of each other and they do their best every time,” says Rita. “Alita is my assistant and she’s on the pulse of new designers, new styles.”

 

The Mayor was able to incorporate two LA-based Black owned boutiques in the wardrobe room from Katula and Prii Unity Clothing. “I’m responsible for getting the clothes, collaborating on the looks and whatever she (Rita) needs to make it happen,” says Alita Bailey, assistant costume designer on ABC’s The Mayor. “The best part of working with my sister is that she allows me to be creative and I Love being creative. I call myself a fashion hunter. I’m somewhat of a gatherer too.”

 

Some of the fashion treats to look out for are ample African prints incorporated in the wardrobe through pieces of clothing on Dena Rose, Courtney’s mom, Jermaine and TK, who are Courtney’s best friends on the show. “We shop at the mall, Downtown LA, online, in boutique, with designers, anywhere where we can find clothes that fit the character and fit the story line,” says Rita. “This takes long hours, a lot of consideration for lots of different personalities, and overcoming lots of challenges to bring to life a single vision; I feel very fortunate to be living in my purpose.”

Category: Arts & Culture

October 05, 2017 

Aries   

March 21 – April 19 

Both your love life and connections to your colleagues will be on the agenda this week. Regarding work, you might have to attend discussions and consultations. Whatever the relationship, you’ll fare better if you can avoid being too intense. This might be difficult at the time of the full moon on Thursday, however. But as long as you don’t say anything you might come to regret, you could find others show up with opportunities and options you might never have considered otherwise.

  

Taurus 

May 21 - Jun 20 

Luscious Venus makes some leading aspects this week. In fact, the days up to and including Thursday could rekindle the romance in a long-term relationship or encourage a budding connection to become more intimate. However, Thursday’s full moon could see you keeping private certain feelings between you and another. You have a lot of fun together, and no one else needs to know about it. The weekend could see a more serious side of your personality, when being conscientious could bring rewards.

  

Gemini 

May 21 - Jun 20 

There could be a lot of discussion at home at the start of the week, and this could lead to some decisions that positively transform a key situation. On another note, your social life sparkles, particularly around Thursday, when the full moon in lively Aries could be the perfect time to hold a celebration or grand occasion. Know that it could be very boisterous, though. Putting yourself in your partner’s shoes over the weekend could help you understand his or her perspective.

  

Cancer 

Jun 21 - Jul 22 

You could be your own worst enemy this week, but it doesn’t have to be that way. If you’ve convinced yourself that there is nothing you can do, accomplishing something could certainly be more difficult. Give yourself a break and try to have a more positive approach. Think that you can do it and keep repeating this to yourself. You’ll find that it becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy. You can accomplish whatever you put your mind to if you stick with it.

  

Leo 

Jul 23 - Aug 22 

There is a possibility that you could earn more money, but there is also a chance that you’ll spend it all before the week is up. Making some wise investments, such as channeling extra cash into a creative project, could be worthwhile. And as long as you don’t decide to make some expensive romantic gestures around the time of Thursday’s full moon, you can benefit. The weekend could have a more serious bias, but a heart-to-heart talk could be very revealing.

  

Virgo 

Aug 23-Sep 22 

It could be difficult to see eye to eye with certain family members, and this might continue over the course of the week. However, this could also encourage you to have a discussion to resolve this matter. If things reach a critical point, this could be a good thing because the energy around the situation is ripe for change. Be willing to listen to others’ feelings and you may find they aren’t so very different from yours after all. A compromise is possible.

  

Libra 

Sep 23 - Oct 22 

A positive focus on your sign could make you eager to express yourself and share what is most important to you. There may be some things that need a solution that you’re more hesitant to talk about. The coming week could be an opportunity to listen to your intuition and gently broach the subject with a friend or trusted confidant. You may say more than you mean to, but this could release tension and leave you feeling much better as a result.

 

Scorpio 

Oct 23 - Nov 21 

An intense aspect early in the week could mean you’re compulsively drawn to someone and find it hard to turn your attention to other things. This could be a temporary phase, but it could leave you feeling frustrated if the person in question doesn’t feel the same way about you. Thursday’s full moon in your wellness sector might encourage you to forget about your discipline and routines and go all out to enjoy yourself. Try not to overdo it!

  

Sagittarius 

Nov 22 - Dec 21 

You may draw some fascinating opportunities to you, but it’s also possible that you could resist them. This is unusual, as you’re the kind of person who delights in anything new and fresh. You may have mixed feelings that cause you to delay a decision. If you need more time, take it, but this option could work out even if it requires hard work. Your social life sparkles this week and over the weekend, with a lively encounter to brighten your days.

  

Capricorn 

Dec 22 - Jan 19 

While you may be inspired to follow a new path that shows plenty of promise, you might feel edgy if it means moving too far outside your comfort zone. It’s really a question of belief. This can be a good time to jettison any that are outdated and holding you back. Nevertheless, a full moon in Aries on Thursday could bring some drama to the home front. It is also excellent for a celebration or get-together, even if it is a little boisterous.

 

Aquarius 

Jan 20 - Feb 18 

If you’re thinking about going on a trip, the full moon might encourage you to go for it. If you’ve been busy with various tasks and chores or aspects of your life have been intense lately, getting away from it all might seem like the perfect way to unwind and feel good. There is a focus on change and transformation that could see you letting go of situations that no longer serve you. Certain friends might object to doing this, however.

  

Pisces 

Feb 19 - Mar 20 

You could experience some conflict regarding a goal or plan, and this might make it hard to progress as much as you’d like over the coming days. If you and another are finding it difficult to see eye to eye, putting yourself in their shoes could help you understand their thoughts and feelings. You don’t have to agree, but a compromise might help you to make the best of an awkward situation. Key insights could also change your perspective concerning a financial matter.

Category: Arts & Culture

October 05, 2017 

Staff Report 

 

From the best to the worst, South L.A.’s aspiring vocalists came out to audition for the 6th annual StarQuest singing competition, held at the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza, on September 23-24. Celebrity judges were on hand, rating auditions, based on vocal ability and stage performance. Contestants showed up and showed out for the opportunity to perform at the 12th Annual Taste of Soul family festival, themed, “Salute to the legacy of Motown.”

 

 

The top scoring semi-finalists are selected to compete in the next round, in front of industry executives, talent scouts, and thousands of festivalgoers during Taste of Soul.  The winning kid and adult vocalists, will be awarded the opportunity to perform a Motown tribute song on the 102.3 KJLH and 94.7 The WAVE music stages.  

 

The StarQuest 2017 semi-finalists are: Nancy Fifita, K'Lynn Jackman, Jhala Angelique, Sydney Strickland, Na'Miyah McCormick, Anisa Washington, Auriana Chisholm, Mykira Cleopatra Church, Jordan Jackman and, Kennedy Chisholm (StarQuest for Kids online winner), Brandon Wattz, Khoryawne Heads, Kyree Sterling, Sharee Fogarty, Byrd Duckett, Goward D. Horton II, Ryan Wirtz, Terrill Williams Carter, Christopher Martin, and Norma Richardson (StarQuest adult online winner).

 

StarQuest 4 Kids and Adults vocal competition will take place Saturday, October 21,,from 10 a.m.- 2 p.m., at 39th Street and Crenshaw Boulevard.

 

In addition to the competition, the StarQuest music stage, sponsored by Hyundai, will also feature award-winning performers, such as R&B icon, Brandy and soulful songstress, Melanie Fiona to name a few.

 

For up to date information on StarQuest and Taste of Soul, please visit www.tasteofsoul.org. 

 

  

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