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HIGHLY Recommended: Good Deeds A Great Movie!

So the talented Mr. Perry doesn’t keep his fans waiting for long as he is known to push out at least two movies a year, a host of television shows and his beloved stage plays which have brought him to his current reverence. So, what is it about this particular project that makes me want to give Tyler Perry an achievement award? Possibly the fact that the story line for Good Deeds is absolutely compelling. Tyler has a way of introducing each of his characters in relatively dramatic scenes while allowing you to decide if you will root for the character throughout the movie or despise them the entire time. Side Note: At no point could I relate Tyler’s character (Wesley Deeds) to the overly eccentric Madea in some of his other films.

Although each character in the movie delivered outstanding performances including Brian White, Gabrielle Union, Thandie Newton, Jamie Kennedy, Rebecca Romijn and Mr. Tyler himself, I almost jumped for joy when the incomparable Phylicia Rashad graced the screen. She is undoubtedly one of my favorite actresses of all time and to see her in such an awesome role made me think back to her days as the stern, yet loving Claire Huxtable on The Cosby Show.

My favorite scene from the movie is when Lindsey (Thandie Newton) meets Wesley’s (Tyler Perry) mother played by Ms. Rashad during a celebration at the family’s corporate offices. Wesley and his family are well-to-do business owners and Lindsey just so happens to work for them as a janitor. Well, as you might imagine, Wesley is too good for Lindsey – according to his overbearing mother, and tension starts to fly quickly. What doesn’t help the situation much is Wesley’s jealous and irresponsible brother played by Brian White. The scene gets real ugly and you become unsure if you want to cry or cheer by the time things settle down. Because Tyler was able to jerk my emotions like a five speed car on a steep hill, I must say that this is one movie that I would have to give 4 HIGH Fives out of 5. I would have given it 5 HIGH Fives but I am still not sure if I liked the ending as much as I did the rest of the film. Either way, I highly recommend you see this one before it leaves theaters!

 N. Renee for The HIGH UP. Follow us on Twitter @AspireOnline!


HIGH Style: Spring’s Electric Hues

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Spring has just been bursting with all kinds of trends, from peplum to tribal prints to bold florals! But I think the best (and most colorful) trend for the upcoming season is the explosion of electric neon colors. Think back to the Day Glo highlighters from the 80s and early 90s. The bright, fluorescent colors mirror the fashion statement that will be made this season. However, to avoid looking like a walking hip hop video from that unforgettable time period, I would strongly suggest pairing the bright colors with a neutral such as white, black, or beige.

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Also, the key to pulling off this look is by wearing bold colors but in simple and classic silhouettes. If you’re feeling bold enough, you can even try color blocking with other neon hues. I still would suggest color blocking with neutral colors such as black. And don’t even think about over accessorizing: the color will be bold enough for you to stand out while wearing minimal accessories.

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A neon hued dress is very fun and eye catching to wear for spring and summer. On top of that, a dress is always the best thing that you can wear. It’s a one stop shop! For the summertime, pair the dress with a white bag and some cool open toe platforms or my personal favorite – wedges, for a chic and easy look. If you don’t feel comfortable wearing a neon yellow top or hot pink dress but still want to try this trend, try punching up your look with some accessories such as a bright yellow belt, a clutch with touches of neon or even shoes with a pop of color.

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Karissa J. Parker for The HIGH UP. Follow @CurlyRissa on Twitter for the latest in beauty, style and fashion trends!


HIGH Fashion: Kanye West & Giuseppe Zanotti’s Shoe Debut

Kanye West has always shown a high interest in fashion. So much so that he debuted a fashion line and is planning to hit the Parisian runways again with his Fall/Winter 2012 collection. However, Kanye is still not well known for his clothing line, yet. When he first debuted his clothing line, DW by Kanye West during the Paris 2011 fashion week, his designs did not impress. What is catching people’s attention are his $5800 beaded and crocheted heels that he collaborated with Italian designer, Giuseppe Zanotti. The stilettos, which feature calf leather and elaborate detailing with pearls and beading, will be sold exclusively at French retailer, Colette. West’s Fall/Winter collection will be seen at Paris Fashion Week on March 5. How about it, fashionistas? Do you think Kanye will score with this one?

Karissa J. Parker for The HIGH UP. Follow @CurlyRissa on Twitter for the latest in beauty, style and fashion updates!


HIGH Style: He’s Back!

Well known for his quirky panda bear and teddy bear sneakers, Jeremy Scott is back once again for the Spring 2012 Jeremy ScottxAdidas Collection.  These Adidas are just as quirky as they are bold and fabulous with their crazy animal prints, extra large fonts, and of course, stuffed animals. The bold print on the leopard shoes below will look amazing once mixed with a playful combination of other bold prints to display a very fashion forward look for young women who like a little “spice” in their wardrobe. The white “big tongues” can be worn with shorts or jeans paired with a simple tee or tank. The Jeremy Scott adidas will definitely be the hottest shoes to wear this spring and summer!

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