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Come on over to my space!

Remember that song?! Ok, it was technically ‘My Place’ by Nelly and Jaheim. It had that really nice, old school feel to it? REMEMBER?? (Nelly’s videos always had cheesy story lines with dialogue and all, didn’t they?)

Anywho, the purpose of this post it to tell you that the lovely Ondo Lady over at The Musings of Ondo Lady has featured me in her My Space post this week! It’s a feature where she asks someone about their working space, why they use it and what inspires them about it. It’s a cool little feature, and very interesting! I got to know about a lot of different bloggers through her previous ones.

So head on over >>> http://themusingsofondolady.blogspot.com/2010/01/my-space-amber-yeshpaul-from.html and leave a comment!

That’s a photo of ‘My Space’ up there by the way!

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Oman… O Man!

So far, my time in Los Angeles has been as good as it always is! On Friday I went to see Debbie Allen’s ‘Oman… O Man’ as part of my Christmas present from the people I’m staying with (Heather & Parker – more about them in following posts!) I was excited because this would be the second Debbie Allen directed play I’ve seen within a month, one in London (Cat on a Hot Tin Roof) and one in LA! She’s one busy woman!

The play is centred around the theme of two boys who have enrolled in military camp in the USA. One is Omani and one is African American. They start talking about the differences between their two cultures and what is means to be a Muslim and a Christian. The stories are told through a number of dance sequences that were just thrilling! The dancers were all from the Debbie Allen Dance Academy and ranged in ages from about 30 to 5 – the kids were so adorable and all were amazing dancers! My favourite sequences were the African themed number and another that features two women, one called Aisha (from America) and one called Salame (from Oman). It highlighted the differences in opinions about being a woman in both countries, for example in America women value being independent and not answering to men and in Oman women think it’s more feminine to cater to their men but rule silently. It was very interesting.

The show was only on over the weekend and was held at the Royce Hall on UCLA’s campus. Quite a few celebs were in attendance too, I saw CCH Pounder and Yvette Nicole Brown, which was fun! I think they’re looking into taking it on tour so hopefully it might come back and maybe even to the UK. Although it was centres more around American themes it really was an important topic as a lot of people, the world over, have distorted views about Muslims and people from the Middle East because of terrorism.

Well done Ms. Allen, you did it again!

Oh, and just cause I feel like it… here’s me with Debbie in London when I went to see ‘Cat’ :)

Truly lovely Debbie Allen

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Christmas Nail Designs

Get into the spirit of the season with these festive designs I came up with. For once, I’ve done a step by step guide for each design so you can try it out for yourself. Although I’ve told you the colours I’ve used, feel free to experiment and change them up. I did use some thinner brushes to create some of the designs but if you don’t have any then you can achieve some of the finer details with our trusty friend the TOOTHPICK.

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Theatre Review: CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF **Plus my pics with the cast!**

The Broadway hit ‘Cat on a Hot Tin Roof’ has finally touched down in London but you probably know that already, right? The buzz about the Tennessee Williams play has been steadily mounting and it seems like everyone’s talking about it!

Directed by the legendary Debbie Allen this is one of those rare plays that London hasn’t really seen before with a stellar cast not only comprised entirely of Black actors but featuring four of Black Hollywood’s finest A Listers.

I had the pleasure of seeing ‘Cat’ from the centre of the front row last week during their previews and was blown away by the sheer talent on the stage. Phylicia Rashad is transformed as Big Mama, Sanaa is captivating as Maggie ‘The Cat’ and James Earl Jones is perfect as cantankerous Big Daddy. Not forgetting our very own Adrian Lester who simmers as Big Daddy’s eldest and favourite son, Brick.

KEEP READING TO FIND OUT MORE ABOUT IT AND SEE PICS OF ME WITH THE CAST!

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Movie Review: PRECIOUS **We are all Precious**

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A couple of weeks ago I walked into a dark movie theatre absolutely full to the brim with people staring intently at a cinema screen. On it was rather large girl dressed up in a ball gown, dancing as camera flashes go off around her.  It was the the London Film Festival screening of Lee Daniels’ highly anticipated movie ‘Precious’ and I was missing the beginning!

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Arts & Crafts for Sunday afternoons: Make a VISION BOARD!

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A while back I did an article on how to make a vision board on YoungBlackStarz.org and recently I’ve been hearing a lot of people talk about them and how important they are in mapping your future goals, so I thought I’d resurrect the post over here for all you lovely people! Enjoy and let me know if any of you makes one! Click ‘more’ to find out how!

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Easy Nail Art!

I just did a post for www.YoungBlackStarz.org about how to do nail art, so if you’re interested in finding out how to make your nails look like the photo below, CLICK HERE

This is what my nails look like this week:

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