King’s win for lead actress in a limited series or movie for her portrayal of Angela Abar (a.k.a. Sister Night) in the HBO superhero drama is her fourth career Emmy. This ties the record held by Alfre Woodard for most acting Emmys won by a Black performer.
The statement King made by just wearing the shirt of “Breonna Taylor” says that we’re in this together.
Regina King; “This allowed me to tap into all those things I think are just wonderful about being a Black woman,” King previously told The Times. “[T]he blueprint that was the inspiration for Angela was probably every Black woman that ever was.”
September is National Suicide Prevention Month. We hear stories and see the news about suicide. Although we see it, it’s not much conversation afterwards. I’ve had conversations that has contemplated and also that has tried to take their own lives. Every conversation has similarity, they felt no one cared and just wanted it to end.
We’ve seen countless Celebrities take their own life. Many run to the same response “They are rich, what more do they want”. In all reality emptiness can’t be fulfilled through material things. Let’s be a little kinder, answer the phone, and or check on your strong friends. Often we overlook what people have or what they show to have this fantasy life, that none of us have.
Given the pandemic we’re in, the protests, and political issues that we all are going through, suicide is steadily rising. Lost of jobs, people barely can feed their families, not to even mention the closing of schools. Talk to someone if you can, there are resources in most cities where you can go to the health clinic, and many programs created lately to really assist. Being that I’m not a legal representative for Mental Health I can only give my input and share resources.
Talk To Someone Now
If you’re thinking about suicide, are worried about a friend or loved one, or would like emotional support, the Lifeline network is available 24/7 across the United States. 1-800-273-8255
2020 Has been a world wind across the globe. Our team has progress and used this time to adapt to the curve. Technology has seeped in our homes for over 15 yrs. Creating a easier way to stay in contact with others, providing a new avenue to receive news and stay abreast of current events.
Be sure to catch “Urbanish Digital” Live each and every Thursday at 7pm EST. September 17, 2020 we welcomed our newest member to the family; Dr. Pamela Gurley.
LaTonya, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today. Back in high school, I competed on the speech and debate team and I won several Pageants. A Fashion Designer who was close friends with my older sister treated me like his little sister and taught me what he knew about the business of fashion and allowed me to model in his fashion shows. I worked part-time in a hair salon and participated as a hair model in several hair shows. The owner of the salon took me under her wing and taught me anything I wanted to know about the business. I furthered my education to study Broadcasting at Columbia College Chicago and I graduated from John Robert Powers, The Modeling Acting Agency, and Finishing School. I started off my entrepreneurship by producing Fashion and Hair shows for business owners and hosting other events for different producers. I moved from North Chicago to Atlanta after I had my Son, first child, with the intention to transfer my education to The Art Institute Atlanta, but life took a different turn. I did not continue my education but I continued to grow my family and had my Daughter, the second child.
By that being said, I did not stay focused on my passion for the media and entertainment industry. I decided to seek a career in the corporate world and eventually found the opportunity to make a decent salary without a degree in Property Management. As the years went by, I never lost my passion for entrepreneurship, so I dabbled in several different businesses such as health, beauty, retail, and life insurance, just to name a few. I started back in the entertainment industry after both of my children were away in College. It was my daughter’s idea for me to do what I loved to do, so I did. I started off by submitting for extra roles in major films and auditioning for local stage plays and film productions.
After I got some exposure and met a lot of people in the industry, I decided to switch gears and create platforms. I decided to go into business with someone else and opened up a studio café called The Legacy Studio Café, the home of film, food, and fun. We hosted public and private events, served an American flare menu, catered, filmed, produced stage plays, and much more! Along the way, my business partner decided to part ways, so I partnered up with now my current business partner on the production side of the business. My husband and I continued with the food side until we decided to move on to other ventures. Throughout those years, we formed Urban.ish Digital, which covers most of the areas of our desires in the multi-media entertainment industry. Urban.ish Digital is a multi-media entertainment platform that offers Radio, Podcast, Blog, TV & Film Production.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way? It has not been a smooth road. I have struggled with finding the right team to work with. It is a challenge coming across like-minded people that understand the hard work that comes with being an entrepreneur. Also, not having the capital to fund my passion was tough. I have always believed in having multiple streams of income, so I dabbled in several different businesses to keep income coming in from different sources. This has not been easy, but it is necessary to generate multiple streams of income and to work with like-minded people.
Please tell us about Urban.ish Digital. I am one of the Founders, Executive Producers, and Director of the Urban.ish Digital platform, which consists of Urban.ish Radio, Urban.ish Blog, Urban.ish TV/Film Production, & Urban.ish Podcast. Urban.ish Radio since 2018 has nationally produced an Urban.ish Entertainment show. This weekly program airs every Monday and Friday with Special Guest, Celebrity News, Hot Topics, and Politics. Urban.ish Radio and Podcast are available to listen to on the Global Radio Station X360 FM, IHeart Radio, Spotify, and many other streaming networks.
Urban.ish TV and Film productions are viewed on the Indie Central TV channel via Roku & Amazon Fire TV. Our talk show ‘The Rough Kut’ features up close and personal celebrity interviews. The Urban.ish YouTube channel is the way to stay caught up to date with all our shows. Urban.ish Blog is filled with fun, exciting, and trending news related to Music, Film, Fashion, Celebrities, Politics, Health & Wellness, and much more. I wear many hats with Urban.ish. It is hard to say what I do. As a Founder and Executive Producer, I do whatever needs to be done. It truly takes a team and I consider myself a leader and a team player. I enjoy being in front of the camera, but I am most comfortable behind the scenes.
I am most proud of my team. It is not easy finding like-minded people with the same drive to reach the goal. I feel Urban.ish is set apart from the others because we offer a one-stop-shop. www.Urbanish-Digital.com is the best way to stay up to date with all the platforms.
If you had to go back in time and start over, would you have done anything differently? I have learned not to doubt myself and follow my gut instinct!
Letting Go of the Weight! It’s not always the physical weight, the weight that’s on the outside that keeps us bound, the mental, emotional weight can be a burden as well. That is the weight I’ll be addressing today. In 2006, God gave me a vision to help others heal that I too had dealt with and overcame. I never imagine the very thing that kept me silent, control and bound for years, I now had to inspire others to live out.
It wasn’t until 2010 that I actually started doing ministry because I ran from the assignment, I couldn’t run any longer. That assignment was to bring HOPE & HEALING to those suffering in silence from abuse. Yes, it carries a lot of weight, I know if God chose me, Grace is sufficient. God would give me exactly what was needed to do the work. Definitely not saying it was easy, it was possible because God was with me.
Being a person that love people and want them to BE BETTER, I took on a lot of their issues, to the point where it was weighing me down. It was taxing on me mentally and emotionally. One day I felt so depressed and heavy and had no clue why. I was weeping and praying and asking God what is wrong? In a quiet voice He says, you’re taking on things from others that are not yours. Lay it at my feet and not your heart.
I had carried so much of the pains of the women & children I had ministered to because I wanted so much for them not to have to feel the weight of their issues. It wasn’t mine to carry, I had to let the weight go. I had to learn to cover myself, Meaning I had to pray and ask God to take whatever is told to me and He took care of it. I hear it and I give it right back to God! Once I learned that, I was good to go. I learned not to take on other people’s burdens! You can help them but don’t hoard them! They are not yours to carry! Let go of the weight!
I don’t know about you but this Quarantine has really put people in a bad place mentally. Although we’re all coping with it, it still doesn’t mean we fully grasp what’s going on. Many are in the house that hasn’t sat still in years. Their schedule is always Booked & Busy, while others that are Introvert it really doesn’t bother them to stay at home.
It feel as if we’ve awaken into a horror film and know ones knows how to get us out. I’ve tried to limit the intake of it all, lessen my conversations about it, just work on things that I haven’t in a while. Although I’m a busy body, I also suffer from anxiety. For the past 7 years, I had no idea what it was, I’ve seen people have panic attacks, and just go through the motion of being anxious. Here are 3 tips that has help me, Hope it helps you.
Stay Away From Sugar
Sugar can do more harm then good. Often making you feel even more anxious.
2. Ask For A Second Opinion
Call or text a friend or family member and run through your worries with them. Say them aloud, this can help you see them clearly
3. Watch A Funny Video
Cue up clips of your favorite comedian or funny TV Show. Laughing is a good prescription for anxious mind. One study found that humor could help lower anxiety as much (or even more than) exercise can.