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Plus Size Divas The Musical Comes To Atlanta

Plus Size Divas the Musical was such a great experience for me. I was so excited to see an event that supported and celebrated plus size women that I was beside myself. Since I am plus size, I felt so comfortable in this environment. I love the title of the musical and I loved meeting Ms. Sylvia Wilson, the playwright and leading actress behind this wonderful concept. The play first debuted in her home state of Alabama and after such great reviews, Sylvia decided to bring it to here to Atlanta. I am glad she did.

The play was funny, touching, and sent a powerful message to love yourself no matter your size. As I watched the play, and the beautiful plus size actresses, a sense of pride overtook me. The singing was phenomenal and as they say in the church, those ladies could “sang”. Sylvia Wilson did an excellent job in showing the pain of what plus sized people go through. Since the play is loosely based on Sylvia’s life, she drew from her own painful experiences of discrimination and injustice.  So often, many people don’t understand the day-to-day life of what a larger person has to face in society. I appreciated her transparency and her willingness to share what was such a painful time in her life. I asked Sylvia where her confidence stemmed from and how she began to love herself as she was, and she explained that her parents were a huge support, and constantly reminded her to love herself no matter what.

Plus Size Divas the Musical is more than a musical/play. It is a powerful tool that teaches self-acceptance, confidence, and self-love. I left the play reminded that I have both inner beauty and outer beauty, and my size does not matter! Thank you, Ms. Sylvia.

 – T. Monet is Special Correspondent for AOM and The “HIGH UP”

Show Mama Some Luv With HqO!

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Verbal Slick…Not Your Average Poetry Slam

So I walked up to this building that resembles a historic church and I asked the greeters waiting outside if the landmark I am standing in front is Blue Mark Studios. They both chimed in “Yes it is!” and directed me to the double doors. I hastily climbed the stairs and once inside it felt as though I had literally stepped into another world. The lighting was hypnotic and created the perfect atmosphere for what was about to take place. I saw T-shirts and gift bags bearing the logo of one of the most talked about events in Atlanta. 9:15pm…showtime! Spinxx takes to the stage after his band opens with a selection of familiar tunes. The audience was entranced as each artist belted out pop and neo style songs while the comedians had the guests crying with laughter. I didn’t know the people sitting on either side of me but we were all in agreement that the entertainment was on point. The spoken word artists showed no mercy as they covered every social topic from race to sexuality to growing up in the hood.

It was a beautiful sight to behold – so much talent under one roof. The downstairs portion of the venue crawled with guests who took a few minutes to shop with vendors and couples who posed for their photo. There was this amazing energy that if you happened to be a first timer, made you wonder why you hadn’t known about this regal affair before. The entire evening and its success is credited to Spinxx¸ a well respected spoken word artist and creator of Verbal Slick. The showcase has been an Atlanta craze for over ten years and is expected to become one of the largest events in the south. Read more about the man behind this “Lyrical Phenomenom” in our AOM Exclusive!

-N. Renee

‘Social Network’ Scores Big at the Golden Globes

Los Angeles (CNN) — The film “The Social Network” took home four awards Sunday night, including best motion picture – drama, at the Golden Globes.

The television series “Glee” also had a good night with three wins.

Aaron Sorkin accepted the award for best screenplay -motion picture for “The Social Network,” which also won the best director award for David Fincher and best original score for a motion picture for Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross.

The hit Fox series “Glee” won best television series – comedy or musical while cast members Jane Lynch won for best actress in a supporting role and Chris Colfer accepted the award for best performance by an actor in a supporting role in a series, miniseries or motion picture made for television.

“I think I just dropped my heart somewhere between Natalie Portman and Julianne Moore,” a stunned Colfer said in receiving the award for his performance as gay teen Kurt Hummel on “Glee.”

A pregnant Natalie Portman won the best actress in a motion picture-drama award for “Black Swan.” She joked about the bit part her fiance, Benjamin Millipied, had in the film in which he says he wouldn’t sleep with her character.

“He’s the best actor, it’s not true, he totally wants to sleep with me,” Portman laughed about Millipied, who is the father of her unborn child.

Favored actor Colin Firth received the best actor in a motion picture – drama award for “The King’s Speech” while “The Kids Are All Right” won for best motion picture – comedy or musical. Paul Giamatti collected his second career Golden Globe winning best actor in a comedy or musical for “Barney’s Version.”

Welsh-born actor Christian Bale and actress Melissa Leo won best supporting actor and actress awards for their roles in the same film, boxing movie “The Fighter.”

“Batman” and “Dark Knight” star Bale joked that he wasn’t really sure who the Globes’ organizers — the Hollywood Foreign Press Association — were, but now recognizes “how wise and perceptive those guys really are.”

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