Friday, July 18

Making it in Hollywood

Hi everyone!
How has the week been? Mine has been alright! I just think it went so fast. Anyway......
As you´ve noticed Africa has invaded Hollywood big time. It all started with Hotel Rwanda, then came The Last King of Scotland , Constant gardener and Blood Diamond topped it all off. Still more movies are to come, I know for sure.

With that the promotion of black actors/actresses has enhanced but especially for actors with an African origin. Check out the 44 year old Benin model/actor Djimon Hounsou who´s career went sky rocketing when he was featured in Blood Dimond. He is currently Calvin Klein´s latest underwear model. On top of it all he is dating the gorgeous Kimora Lee Simons, making them among hollywood´s hottest couples. I know things were going up for him even before Blood Diamond but more publicity came his way, with the film.



An actress that has also really impressed me is 36 year old, Thandiwe Newton, who has Zimbabwean blood. I first noticed her when she was featuring in ER as Dr. Carter´s girlfriend/wife. Another thing is, I also like Thandie´s consistancy in fashion, she always looks lovely. For a mother of two, Thandie is truely an inspiration for all women especially mothers out there. Work it girl.
The 33 year old Charlize Theron, who has come from a tattered background "Mother killed alcoholist father, cold blooded when Charlize was in her teens". It was self-defence though but all the same,what a nightmare for any teenager! This South African actress has risen against all odds that come with the industry and managed to secure an Oscar for the movie, Monster. Charlize has proven that she has strong will and that she exerts excellence in all that she does. Don´t we all just love her?


A new comer to Hollywood is Benu Mabhena who played Jessy in Blood diamond or was Solomon Vandy´s wife. Benu is said to be a determined actress who has spent most of her life on the run, living in exile. Benu's family roots are with the Ndebele Tribe. Her parents and five brothers were born in Zimbabwe, while younger Benu and her sister hail from London. After spending four years in London, the family traveled back to Zimbabwe, where they stayed for two years. Then, they went to Botswana for a year; South Africa for several years; then back to Botswana; back again to South Africa, and on to Lesotho. Finally, the US government granted the family asylum, and they settled in San Francisco, where Benu spent her teenage years and began acting. She has done exceptionally well under her circumstances. All the best to Benu.

Guys enjoy your weekend!


8 comments:

An Afro-swedish brotha said...

Intressant blog, kommer nog att kolla in den lite då och då,måste dock kommentera att din engelska är mkt bra, grymt imponerad. Keep it up Sista...

mai musuwi said...

Kimora for me takes style, she is the best. Beyonce, Rihanna,eve have a lot to jearn from Kimora in terms of sytle. Kimora is fabulous.

Gloria said...

These women are fabulous except B.mabhena she needs a makeover.

Kimora is beautiful it seems like she only digs brathas

Beyonce has style in my eyes!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Djimon climbing the ladders! wakabata mukadzi mnhani iwe

Goldielocks said...

Hey gal u have a great blog goin on in herre...!

Svodesai Tariro said...

Its good to see african bro and sisters out there

Svodesai Tariro said...

Its good to see african bro and sisters out there

ShonaVixen said...

lets not forget Djimon's performance in Amistad..now that was an Oscar-worthy performance!!And Kimora is fabulosity itself!!