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The CW’s All American

Karimah Westbrook is“Blazing a Trail of Fire in Hollywood”

Natalie Paul of USA’s The Sinner on mentorship, role models and directing

DeShawn White

of HBO’s The Deuce on her journey and work as an artist

Netflix’s The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina & The CW’s The 100 Tati Gabrielle discusses her dual roles on both shows


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NOVEMBER 2018 Editor’s Note

Cover Credits: PHOTOGRAPHER: David Higgs @Higgsy7 STYLIST: Brittany Diego @brittanydiego HAIR: Alexander Armand @alexander_armand MAKEUP: Sarah Huggins @mr.sarah_

CO-OWNER/EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Shawn Stuldivant CO-OWNER Barry Stuldivant GRAPHIC DESIGNER Alexandra Zabludoff WRITERS Jennifer Akotoh Tiarsha Harrison Mya Kay Farheen Nahvi

Happy November Bronze Beauties! The holiday season is very near, and we are about to wrap up 2018. Can you believe it? Where’d the time go? Have you already made your goals for 2019 yet? I’m still working on mine. If you had to give a name to your goals for next year what would it be? My goals would be named after Ciara’s hit song “Level Up” because that’s what I feel needs to be done for me to not only reach but surpass my personal and professional goals in the new year. So, over the next several weeks of the remainder of 2018 I will begin laying the foundation for where I want to take things in the future. So, enough about me and on to this amazing issue! This month’s edition features ALL interviews with some awesome women and I am sure that you will find inspiration in each one of their stories. Leading the charge is our beautiful cover star, actress Karimah Westbrook, star of the CW drama All American. Karimah’s real life journey towards perfecting her craft while maintaining her faith in Christ is truly inspirational. And when you read on further, you will find that the exceptional stories and journeys of the many other women featured will lift your spirits as well. As always, I hope you enjoy reading this issue and I look forward to seeing you again next month!

xoxo, Shawn ant v i d l u St


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Cover Star Karimah Westbrook

CONTENT 6. Bronze Beauty in the Spotlight: Tina Green 8. Sheryl Hatwood: The Woman with a Degree in Life Experiences 10. USA Network’s ‘The Sinner’ Actress Natlie Paul 12. A Conversation with Black Travel Box Owner Orion Brown 20. Actress DeShawn White A Reflection of Faith 24. Charisma Adams is Called and Chosen 26. Netflix The Chilling Adventures

of Sabrina & CW The 100’s Tati Gabrielle

PHOTOGRAPHER: David Higgs @Higgsy7 STYLIST: Brittany Diego @brittanydiego HAIR: Alexander Armand @alexander_armand MAKEUP: Sarah Huggins @mr.sarah_


Bronze Beauty in the Spotlight TINA GREEN

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About Tina:

Tina on how she has paid it forward:

Why Tina’s Bronze is beautiful:

Tina Green is a native of Philadelphia, PA, where she lives with Marcellus Green, her husband of 11 years, and their 6 children. Tina is a contract model for NYC designer SRC, Inc, a published model, brand ambassador and actress. She has appeared in films such as Reigning on You and Badland, as well as the TV show The Americans.

I have paid it forward through being a positive example to family, friends, and associates, especially as the first African American female in my family with a PhD. Young people ask my advice all the time about advanced degree programs and the positives (as well as hurdles) in obtaining a degree beyond a bachelor’s and I have inspired many to finish school and go above and beyond the limits placed on them, no matter what those limits are.

I am more than a model posing in front of the camera. While I deal with every day struggles and must prove myself constantly like everyone else, I am neither straight size nor “visibly plus” and can wear anything between sizes 14 to 20, depending on the designer.

Tina graduated from Murrell Dobbins High School in 1990 and later attended Temple University, where she received her PhD in Biology in 2001. This busy curvinista also loves spending time with her family, traveling, going to concerts, and is an advocate for animals, women and children.

“My brand is a

reflection of me;

My brand reflects me; fearless, courageous, and unyielding. I am 6 feet 1 inch tall and weigh 230 pounds, yet I am not “visibly plus,” which has led to some rejection because there are not too many models who look like me. But I know that as I was working on my PhD, people were watching and influenced by my energy, perseverance, and drive to succeed, which I now apply diligently to my brand every single day. Thanks to the feedback I’ve gotten, I now have a better understanding of my brand and the direction I need to go.

The body positivity/inclusivity movement is a beautiful and powerful one and I am happy that other images of beauty are being shown. However, the movement has a long way to go in acknowledging other forms of plus size/ curvy women as they do exist. I have a voice and a purpose. The pictures speak for themselves and my voice is just as paramount. Where Tina can be found: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tina.thebrand Instagram: @modelbrand_a

I feel that although my brand is unusual, there could be young women who are in a similar situation, who may be watching me, wanting to model, and be influenced by my energies. Failure is not an option. I am very active on social media; not just posting pictures, but also daily affirmations. I display positivity often, but I also discuss my struggles with developing my brand. I think when people see my struggles, hard work, and how I continue to plow through them, it is encouraging to them to plow through their own adversities as well.

fearless, courageous, and unyielding.”

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wanted better for her-although not yet for myself-but for her. God has a way of removing things from your life so you can see Him. My ex was taken to jail, my daughter was then being raised by my parents, and I was with me, alone, to figure some things out. It was not immediate, it was transitional, and I didn’t find my way back to a “this is not it,“ moment for close to 10 years.

SHERYL HATWOOD The Woman with a Degree in Life Experiences Farheen Nahvi

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ife is a long lesson. For some people, it is exceptionally hard. It is said that it is up to us to make either good or bad out of every situation we experience, and that we have the power and will within us to change our circumstances. The first step towards change is accepting that all is not well. While many of us realise that our situations could be better, not all possess the courage to work for it. Too many of us have settled for our conditions of life, but every once in a while a victor emerges, having faced life head-on, coming out stronger. Sheryl Hatwood is one of them.

Sheryl has known difficulties many of us can only imagine, and lived a life a lot of people dread. A victim of molestation, domestic violence and abuse, Sheryl has dealt with emotional suffering, and even found herself on the edge of life with a suicide attempt. Despite all this, Sheryl found the will within herself to work for a better future, and today stands as a lawyer and President/founder of a production company. A proud mom, business woman, and lawyer, Sheryl actively voices many of the concerns she faced herself, and helps others do the same.

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UNWISE DECISIONS How was life growing up? My childhood was great. I remember the synergies between my family members were for the most part great, balanced with a great deal of commitment, appreciation and respect for each other. I always felt protected and loved by my family. My teens and young adult life, that’s a different story. Those were the times I exercised my self-will and made unwise choices. Many life lessons! When did you have that ‘this isn’t what my life is supposed to be like‘ moment? There were many moments I had where I knew my life was not the way it was supposed to be. I was raised in a Christian family. I understood the morals and values that were instilled in me, yet I reasoned away what was right, in hopes that I would find my own “right.” But to go back to your original question, the most profound moments were when my daughter’s life was in jeopardy and it wasn’t only about me. I knew that what I choose for myself were my own choices, but my daughter’s participation in my life choices were by “default.” I knew I

Would you be comfortable sharing about your relationship with your first husband? What early signs in an abuser would you warn against? Sure. Belittling and control are strong indicators of abuse. Abuse starts subtly. At first you think you have this strong man who takes the lead, and who is completely infatuated with you. Then you realize those qualities turning into demands. You have to seek “permission” to do things, and then comes the eventual isolation from your friends and family. It is a mental debilitation first, which progresses into physically restraining you into compliance, and into full blown physical abuse for any defiance. All abuse stories are different in their progression. More importantly, it isn’t always the men who are the abusers. Abuse is all about the control. When your voice doesn’t matter, someone else’s will is exercised every time, and your opinion does not matter – red flag! You’ve said that you never mentioned anything about your molestation encounter to your family. How did you cope with the experience on your own, at such a young age? I did not cope. I started acting out. My parents thought I became this rebellious child, and probably associated it with the move away from our hometown into the city. But I developed into a rebellious child because I was rebelling against the feelings inside me. How does a young child handle such violation? So no, I did not cope. I found coping mechanisms. What I felt manifested itself in the output of my life choices in my early teens and continued into my young adult life-demonstrated in my abuse of drugs and alcohol, and an eventual suicide attempt.

TOWARDS A BETTER LIFE Sheryl finished school despite being a drop-out, and successfully finished her Master’s as well. While her initial motivation was the precious life of her daughter, her later decisions and choices shaped both their futures for the better.


After finishing college and getting your degree, what was your first job? How were the years immediately after different? My first job out of college was at a law firm. It gave me a sense of accomplishment and determination to continue to do better; so much so, that I continued pursuing education. I couldn’t get enough of learning. Although life experiences were my greatest teacher, receiving my Master’s degree made me appreciate qualities about myself I had never acknowledged. With each achievement, came confidence. I pursued Martial Arts for self-discipline. I realized when I am centred and focused, I can accomplish many things. Each step of self-development repaired a part of my brokenness, but I still was not fulfilled inside. I then pursued my faith earnestly. When I locked into my spiritual side –my healing began. My faith became a priority to me and still is. In my thirties I was awakened to “possibilities.” It’s been a journey, and the journey continues. Was there a moment when you realised that it was all changing for the better? Yes, when I met my now husband, Darrick. I began attracting who I had become. My husband came into my life as I was learning to love myself. He loved me with no apology and with no motive, other than to love me. I learned to be vulnerable. I learned to love without conditions. I learned that love is not a word, it is actionable. I realized I had changed when I wanted better from myself; and better came. What/who would you say has been your biggest support system during the hardest times of your life? During various stages of my life, my support system has changed, but what has always remained constant are my parents and my family. My family have always believed there was greatness in me. Most importantly, my husband Darrick has been one of my greatest gifts and greatest support in my pursuit of “life.” I have amazing sister-friends, Stephanie J. and Judy L. who I have known for over 40 years and who never allowed me to view myself as broken or damaged goods. They are my friends on purpose and with a purpose. What role has religion played in your life? How would you say your relation with God has changed over the course of your life? I am careful when I speak of religion. Religion has become so offensive to some - a set of manmade rules, a business that glorifies a man instead of God. Society has made it so complex, assorted, and divisive. This type of religion has no place in my life. When I speak of religion, I refer to the concepts of Christianity which are simple. For me, my religion is my spiritual connectedness, my faith and my belief in God,

which has changed my perception of me. I learned how to love myself through my experiences. I learned that it doesn’t matter what others think of me. My relationship with God has changed my sight, and my outlook. I grew into my eyes. As a result, my God and my faith are my first priority. My family comes next, and everything else comes after that.

ENDLESS VOICE PRODUCTIONS AND OTHER PROJECTS Sheryl founded and is the President of Endless Voice Productions, a production company that seeks to use the medium of art to voice out the many areas of concern faced today. She has written and directed several of the performances, including the recent production of “The Wounded Soul,” based on her own life. She also conducts “A Woman’s Worth” awards to recognise influential women. How was EVP conceptualised? EVP stands for Endless Voice Productions. As a creative person, I understand people’s voice can be expressed in dance, song, writing, drawing, and other forms of art. Because I have always been a creative person, I wanted to use the endless capacities of the voice in various platforms, whether events or theatre productions, to inspire and awaken the audience to issues they may not have considered or understood. Our tag line is, “the exterior view of the inner voice.” It’s honest. True art is authentic and true. People respond to truth. I want EVP to be a voice of truth! How do you scout the recipients for your ‘A Woman’s Worth’ awards? An announcement was placed on EVP’s Facebook page and then we created an AWW website (awwawards.org) for nominations of candidates who fit a certain criteria, within NY, NJ and CT. We had a huge response. We even had candidacy submissions from CA and DE, but we could not honour their nominations. Who knows what the future will hold, though! Our event takes place every March and was sold out this year. Nominations are free and begin in November 2018. We want to continue to recognize women who are impacting others. EVP is reaching many lives and that is definitely the intent. Can you tell us a little about ‘Wounded Soul’? Why do you think people find it relatable? “The Wounded Soul” is a story based on my life story. It was important for me to address the shame and taboos associated with molestation and domestic violence. The story is relatable because it is true. It’s transparent. It reveals imperfections. We want to diminish the shame attached to victims of such abuses. If we do

“I learned that it doesn’t matter what others think of me. My relationship with God has changed my sight, and my outlook.”

not talk about it, the healing cannot occur.  EVP wants to talk about issues and feelings that have been silenced. “The Wounded Soul” does not dress anything up. There are so many nuggets of truth in this script. But the main message is really about overcoming, and not in a predictable way. Which production to date with EVP has been the hardest to execute? There is always a pain point in each project but I would say the fundraiser event. The more involvement that is needed from outside sources can challenge budgeted timelines, resources and intentions. What made you decide that art was the best means to bring your voice to the attention of others? I have been involved in various art forms from the age of 6: playing piano, modern jazz dance, writing poetry, writing music. My artistic side constantly developed. Art evolves into art. When you combine art forms together it encapsulates a strong connection with the audience. Art is honest and assert its position- it gives a voice to pain, hurts, wellness, excitement and peace. My work is intentional. You can say things and it is not believed, but when you see it-becomes a reality. In my art you can see the voice. That is what captivates people’s attention. Every person is different, as is every journey of life. Sheryl’s example teaches us that action is necessary for change. We should take every mistake as a learning experience. Self-reflection and subsequent acceptance are important at every stage in life, because in the end, we have to live with ourselves. To learn more about EVP and their work visit http://www.endlessvoiceproductions. com/#home NOVEMBER 2018

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“It’s always in helping others that I realize how much I know.”

Natalie Paul PHOTOGRAPHER: Jai Lennard (@jaibirdn) STYLIST: A Gentleman's Journi (@thejourni) MAKEUP: Margina Dennis (@marginadennis) HAIR: Mark Anthony (@markanthonyhairnyc) PHOTO Asst: Matthew Cardinali Set & Props: Alelli Tanghal (@alelli)

Natalie Paul is here to stay. The talented actress is known for her role in the 2017 film Crown Heights, opposite Lakeith Stanfield, for which she was nominated an NAACP Award. More recently, Natalie wrapped season 2 of the critically acclaimed and Golden Globe nominated USA show “The Sinner,” where she played opposite Carrie Coon and Bill Pullman as rookie detective Heather Novack. We caught up with the New York native to learn more about who she is including her feelings on mentorship, her favorite role model, her thoughts on directing and more!


So, let’s start with you telling us a little bit about yourself. Who is Natalie Paul? I’m an actress, a sister, a friend, a Brooklyn girl… and a mentor for a couple of amazing NYC high school students.

Do you have a role model and/or icon who you have looked up to or were fortunate enough to work with?

Yeah! I’ve always wanted to be a story teller and been in love with acting, dancing writing…I was always playing dress up and making up stories with my siblings, involved in every school show. It’s always been who I am.

There are so many - but I’ve always looked up to Whoopi Goldberg. She is a truly phenomenal artist that has broken barriers for us all. I was fortunate to meet Whoopi Goldberg recently and she is amazing. Truly a great person that lights up the room she is in. I told her that her role in the Associate really inspired me as a little girl - her character had this trunk of business ideas…. and I started one when I was a kid because of it! And to this day - that shoebox turned into a jewelry box which turned into a file on my computer. She really taught me how storytelling can really inspire.

How significant of a role do you feel mentorship plays in the business or in general?

Do you recall that initial feeling you experienced and felt when you landed your first big gig-acting role? What was that like?

It’s so crucial. It’s really a gift to always know you’re not alone, that you can always call a “big sister” or “big brother” in your field and ask questions. And it’s also crucial to return the favor. It’s always in helping others that I realize how much I know. At the end of the day it’s just about community and making sure you’re still maintaining who you are outside of it all - and mentorship, helping each other … it reminds me how connected we are.

When I booked my first TV role I screamed. It was like I had won a championship or something! I was living at home at the time and kind of scared my parents. When I told them, they started to laugh. It was an awesome moment.

Being that you are such a profound graduate from Yale University having also trained at the NYU Grad Acting Program, It seems as if you’ve always known that trailing along this path would become of your destiny, is that correct?

It is so clear that your success isn’t summed up into one box, being that you are so multi-talented. For instance, television, film, and theatre... through it all, where does your true passion lie? Is it more or less film, theatre, television or all? I absolutely love the variety. I hope I get to do more theater to keep things balanced and to do more films as well. You have also both written and directed short films, i.e. “Sweet Tea and Everything Absolutely,” Is this an area that you plan on taking to the next level? I do hope to be behind the camera soon. I really love telling stories from my unique point of view and getting to call the shots. It’s really fulfilling to be a part of a crew and team and see something from beginning to end. So, we’ll see! What did your NAACP Image Award nomination for outstanding actress in a motion picture for “Crown Heights” mean to you? Was this life-altering in a sense?

That was a call that made me my knees weaken. It was huge! It was such an honor to be mentioned alongside those names and to be in that room. It’s a moment I’ll never forget. If you could name three people that you would love to collaborate with, who would they be? Barry Jenkins is one of the most brilliant filmmakers of our time. I hope one day to work with him. I’m also a huge fan of Melina Matsoukas - she is a true visionary. As far as actors, I’m a big fan of Jason E. Mitchell - I think he’s so amazing to watch. Where do you see yourself in the next 5 years? I just want to continue to grow as an artist, continue playing great strong female roles that move people’s hearts and make people think. Besides The Sinner, which you were awesome in, what big projects are you currently working on (or) recently wrapped up? It was a thrill to be a part of The Sinner. In addition, recently I was on a couple of episodes of the new series, YOU on Lifetime and the new show RANDOM ACTS OF FLYNESS on HBO. So excited to share these different stories with you guys!

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A Conversation with Black Travel Box Creator Orion Brown By Jennifer Akotoh Orion Brown, like many black women who enjoy traveling, is all too familiar with the dilemma of being unable to find products overseas that will cater to the needs of her curly tresses. The Chicago native has traveled to 16 countries, taken countless pictures but is only in a handful of them” due to what she dubs a ‘permanent bad hair day.’ One rainy day in Kyoto, Japan after forging yet another photo op, Orion decided that something had to be done. Thus, the Black Travel Box was born, a body and hair care line dedicated to making sure that women of color can look and feel beautiful no matter what corner of the globe they decide to visit. I had the pleasure of speaking with Orion to learn more about the Black Travel Box, her travel experiences, and to hear what it was like for her to start a small business.

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What inspired your affinity for travel? I grew up getting National Geographic magazines from yard sales because those suckers were expensive—or at least they were back in the day. So, I spent hours poring through them, which is funny because I was maybe between the ages of 7 and 12 years old. I had boxes and boxes of old National Geographic magazines and I hadn’t really thought about them in years and then on one of my recent trips when I was in Bali I saw something, and I was like oh my god I saw that in a magazine when I was like eight! I kind of lost the realization that I’m getting to go to the places that I dreamed about when I was a kid and never really thought I was actually going to get to go to. How did you become interested in the beauty community? / What inspired you to create The Black Travel box?

What was the hardest part about creating your brand? I think the brand creation wasn’t hard. Well, I don’t want to say it wasn’t hard. everything has its challenges and I think anything that’s not challenging isn’t typically worth doing. The branding in terms of what is the look and feel of this and what should it represent was a clear picture for me, partially because of my brand background and partially because I knew what I would want, and I just started out with myself. The cardinal rule is to never do that; you’re supposed to go and find your consumer and then survey them and then figure it out, but I was just going to start out with me and hope that there’s a few more of me out there.

I think in regard to building the business in and of itself, the biggest challenge for me was doing this on a small scale, grassroots, ground-up perspective because with the businesses I run I took for granted that there was an infrastructure there, so I have those brand marketing, brand building, branding management skills, but they are really predicated on having a team of 40-60 people working on it in some capacity. So, when we go ‘Guys, I need some packaging done, can you work with this agency?’ you’ll have a project manager who is making sure that all the things that are supposed to be on the packaging are there. You have someone that can work on the artwork and present it to you and ask which one do you want and then we’ll go commercialize it. For Black Travel Box, I am the butcher, the baker, and the candlestick maker. So that has been the biggest challenge, getting my hands in all the things that need to be done in order to scale the business and bring it to the world. Continued>>

Because I travel and I’m on my 16th country now, I have repeatedly experienced the frustration of going out and trying to smuggle stuff, like trying to take a 4oz/5oz thing and pretend like its 3oz; and checking a bag, which is the worst. I’m a marketer. I was part of the food and CPG industries for the better part of a decade and by nature I go into stores in whatever country I’m in. I see what products they have, how they are different, what they have on shelves, food or otherwise, and I started to notice from a hair care and body perspective, even in Kenya, that I didn’t know what to get in those places. In Kenya, you would think it would be easy. But there are a lot of places where the people that live locally don’t necessarily have a lot of money, and [the market] is still catering to tourists. And you go to other places like Ireland where everyone is friendly and warm, but I literally cannot find anything with cocoa butter in it. There will be regular lotion and sometimes that’ll do it and sometimes it will just leave me dustier. So, the idea for [Black Travel Box] really came about from me complaining and getting that self-reflection of well, ‘Wait a minute, you want somebody to make this, and you know how to do this stuff, well why aren’t you doing it?’ So that’s how it came about.

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What was the most rewarding part about being able to create the Black Travel Box?

What is your favorite product in the Black Travel Box?

When people message me and they’re like, ‘This is dope!’ I mean, that is the answer to the question of are there other people out there like me that are looking for this. I think that problems that people can articulate are great because it makes people feel like they’ve been listened to, but problems that people haven’t really articulated but they just deal with, that’s where the gold is. Being able to meet that need and see people’s eyes light up feels great to me.

I live for the conditioner bar. Right now, my hair is in faux locs but normally I am a wash and go queen. I will literally keep a conditioner bar in my gym bag and I had one in my purse for the longest. I use it as a conditioner, and then I’ll rinse it out a little bit and leave a thin layer of it on my hair to touch up my roots to use that as a wash and go as it dries and it provides structure for my curls without it being crunchy. I use it with the hair balm, but even without the hair balm it is great.


Do your products cater to all hair types? What I would say is, no product can cater to all hair types. It’s impossible. I guess it depends on how you define it. If you have more porous or less porous hair, then certain products will work differently. I was talking to someone the other day and she said, ‘I didn’t really love the hair balm because it was really heavy and it had sort of an oily feel’ and I asked, ‘How are you using it?’ and she was using the LCO method (using a liquid-based product, then cream/butter, and sealing with an oil) I suggested she try LOC (using a liquid-based product, then oil, then sealing with a cream/butter). Depending on which order you do it in, it’s going to change how it comes out in your hair, depending on if your hair is more porous or less. The line will expand, so there will be lighter products for people who prefer things like creams and don’t really use heavy oils or butters. So ultimately, what I would say is to try it and see how it can fit into your routine, and if you have ideas for something you would like to see, let us know because we are building out the line so it’ll be a little bit broader so you can have more to pick and choose from.

What sets your travel box apart from other subscription box services?

What sort of products are you thinking of including in the expansion of your line?

Hopefully, the name isn’t too deceptive, but it is not a traditional subscription box. I believe that it’s impossible to get real value out of a subscription box where they send you random stuff every month because there’s always going to be stuff that you can’t use or don’t like or whatever. Black Travel Box is meant to create stability for people because I want to enable their travel. We don’t just send you items randomly every month, you have the choice of what products you want and when you want to get them. For instance, I love to use shampoo and conditioner as a great example: If you’re more of a co-washer but you want to shampoo once a month or twice a month, you’re going to need conditioner four times more frequently than you’re going to need the shampoo. But you don’t want to get a subscription box that sends you the same two things; you can literally have shampoo come to you every three months and you can have conditioner bars come to you every month. That to me is the flexibility that is really necessary to get what you want. And as we build out the product line, that’ll also give you a great opportunity to sample things, because you can buy something once and it can be included in your monthly subscription or quarterly subscriptions.

Definitely a lotion bar; something that is in a pushup that you can hit your hot spots withlike your elbows and heels, can fit in your purse and travel with very easily. And it also has the extra benefit of being a solid, so you don’t ever need to have a conversation with TSA about that. We’re definitely going to launch a few shampoo bars, including a clarifying shampoo. Right now, we’re looking to put tea tree and rosemary, and nice essential oils in it and clarifying agents that are natural and will give you that clean scalp feel. As well as coconut and butter-based soaps so that they’re very mild if you need a gentle clean. And there are some surprises coming. We’re going to have some cool stuff for Valentine’s Day. We’re definitely going to do a themed box for the couples that are going out and doing their thing and traveling. What advice do you have for women of color who are looking into traveling and want to make it a priority? Look at it as an investment in yourself. Often, we see cost and safety as our main concerns, ‘Is it going to be too expensive? I can’t afford it. And I don’t even know if I should go to that place because I don’t know if it is a safe place, and I don’t know if it is a safe place for a woman of color to be in.’ So, what I would say is that with the black travel movement, there are so many great resources. There are Facebook groups that you can join that can provide you with 1) the reassurance on the safety side that it is okay to go and we’ll go together and 2) on the cost side, because they’re always sharing great deals. So if you look at it as an investment in yourself and just take the leap rather than worry, I think that once you get there you’re going to find that it is an amazing experience to interact with new people, to see new worlds, and traveling changes how we look at life in the US in a way that is invaluable. And if you ever wanted to be linked back to your sense of gratitude and your sense of wonder, which I think a lot of us lose when we grow up, travel can really bring that back. Vist the Black Travel Box at https://theblacktravelbox.com/

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“I encourage people to be fearless. But in that fearlessness, be professional... You have to be fearless and do what you feel is right for your career path. ”

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Karimah Westbrook “Blazing a Trail of Fire in Hollywood” By Mya Kay Not only is she an amazing actress who has bided her time in Hollywood over the last seventeen years, Karimah Westbrook is also an authentic and self-aware woman – a fierce combination in an industry that often celebrates facades. She invested her time and efforts to a craft that many would have given up on years ago; more importantly, she’s invested in the craft of telling groundbreaking and unique stories that resonate deeply. Whether as a mom in a Proctor & Gamble commercial showcasing parents having “the talk” with their children, or starring in the CW drama, All American, Karimah Westbrook is. She is everything that we’ve been waiting for when we think about the new era of trailblazers that are coming forth in Hollywood. Not just as a woman of color, but as a woman, period. Westbrook is a part of a powerful time in Hollywood; a time where the woman’s voice and presence is rising above the brokenness and hardships, into a groundbreaking new moment with a fresh new face. I sat down to chat with Karimah Westbrook, to discuss her first, major lead role as Grace James on All American, working alongside Matt Damon in the 2017 Drama, Suburbicon; and the role her faith in Christ played in keeping her grounded throughout her journey.

Mya Kay: I’m excited about All American, namely because it touches on racism and parallels with a lot of what we’re going through in America today. What was one of the most compelling scenes that highlighted racism in the pilot episode? Karimah Westbrook: In the pilot, we didn’t really touch a whole lot on racism, however, one of the things that was very real in the pilot, coming from the perspective of children who live in the inner city, is the lack of opportunities that they are often presented with. My quest as a mother on the show is to position my children to have the best opportunities. In the show, my kids and a lot of the children in our neighborhood fall victim to their environment. My goal in the pilot was to convince my son to do something different.

about what you think both of these worlds are like, but you come to find out that although we look different on the outside and come from different backgrounds, at the heart, we’re the same in a lot of regards.

It’s a big of coming-of-age moment for Spencer and every character tied to him. Each character has their own thing that they’re going through MK: In your own words, help me convey the and there are dualities in everyone. Because message/concept of All American to our read- we’re all connected to him, the writers were ers. able to capture the characters beautifully. KW: All American is about the challenges of a teen boy who’s from Compton who transfers to a high school in Beverly Hills. The show highlights the different struggles our family and the family he eventually moves in with, go through. What I love most about the show is that you have these concepts and ideas (stereotypes)

MK: The 2018-2019 pilot season is said to be one of the most diverse yet. 54 of the season’s 75 pilots that were cast as of February 2018, people of color were cast in the lead roles in approx. 56% of new projects across all networks (variety.com, 2/27/18). How does it feel to know that you are a part of that number?

KW: I feel very honored and blessed. I feel very emotional about what’s happening in the industry overall right now. When I first moved to L.A., you could count on one hand how many African-American women were visible and being a lead was even more rare. I honestly get very emotional about it because it feels like progress. More of our stories are being told and actors of color aren’t just being limited to one voice and one dimension of what our experience is. I’m honored to play Grace James but I’m even more excited about all that’s happening behind and in front of the scenes when it comes to our culture’s representation.


MK: You’ve played a mother a few times but I know you don’t have children in real life. Where did you pull from to play Grace James? KW: I talked to Spencer’s mom (the real Spencer Paysinger) on the phone and had a chance to sit with him as well. The show is loosely based off of his life, so doing that helped a lot. However, I think overall, any woman can portray a mom. If you have love for children and want them to do well in life, then ultimately you can translate that onto screen. I didn’t have to pull from anything that was so far removed from me, especially since I have nieces. I just had to make it real based on the circumstances that are played out in the show. MK: I have to ask this question, especially since the show is about football. With all that’s going on in the White House Administration and what has been going on with Trump and the NFL, how do you feel this show will positively affect the climate of our country right now?

On a Thursday night, I went to church and the sermon was about “If it’s for you, it’s for you”. Somehow, I found peace in that, so the next day, I didn’t even turn my phone on. I surrendered to whichever direction it was going to go in. When I turned my phone back on, that’s when I got all the messages telling me that I had gotten the role.

KW: I think the show really exposes other aspects of football in the sense of how important community, team work, sportsmanship and bringing kids together are. I don’t know how much the show will have a voice in reference to how people will look at football differently, but the writing is so good on the show and highlights so much more than just football. That’s what my son does on the show, but there’s so many layers that the writers explore. The show goes beyond football.

I’ve been working at this for a very long time. There’s no real knowing in this business. The best thing to do is to stick with it and keep pursuing your dreams and do the best you can. After you get rejections for so long and for so many years, you have to trust that whichever way things go, that’s what was meant to be. I do believe Suburbicon may have helped with exposure, as far as me getting sought out for roles, but it could’ve just been my prayers and been my time that led me to this moment. I’ve worked very hard in the last few years and have been focused in a different way and I believe now, I was ready for this opportunity. Before, I wasn’t as emotionally mature as I needed to be, to have roles of this caliber. There’s a molding and a growth that’s taking place during the journey and a lot of artists have to realize that.

MK: What are some reasons you believe that young boys of color should watch this show? KW: I think Spencer reflects a lot of young men - ones who are going through what he’s going through now or those who have come out of it. The show is entertaining, relatable and it’s inspiring for any young teen who has a dream, especially with the coming-of-age angle. The show offers a lot of food for thought. Honestly, there is something for everyone in this show. I believe a lot of different people from different backgrounds can take something away from this show, regardless of their race or socioeconomic status. MK: Talk about how you got the role on All American and the importance of keeping your ambition in check in Hollywood? What would you have to say to young creatives who have experienced a lot of rejection? KW: I was auditioning a lot during pilot season and this was one of the auditions that I got.

Typically, you go in more than once when you’re being considered for a role. First, for the casting people, then again, to meet the producers and director. Then the network starts making their decision. Once I found out that the network/ studio were going to see if they liked me, there was a five-day waiting period. During those five days, I had a lot of anxiety, but I knew if it was for me, the door would open. I chose to audition for this show because I fell in love with the writing and I could tell that this story was going to be inspiring. I really, really wanted this role. I could feel it. But at some point, you just have to let go and trust that you did your part.

MK: Talk about how your faith sustained you? What gems can you drop for actresses trying to make it in this business, especially for a young Christian girl? KW: I encourage people to be fearless. But in that fearlessness, be professional. I worked pretty frequently for the first six years I was in L.A. I worked pretty consistently, and I believe it was because I followed my instincts. I also worked on the other side of the camera as a producer and I understand time being wasted. I followed my spirit when I showed up at the audition for Save the Last Dance. I just showed up. Some casting people might say “You shouldn’t do that” or “I wouldn’t recommend


“More of our stories are being told and actors of color aren’t just being limited to one voice and one dimension of what our experience is.” that,” but landing that role gave me enough money to pack up and move to LA. You have to be fearless and do what you feel is right for your career path.

to walk with God; don’t put yourself in situations that you know don’t feel are right or that are unprofessional; find your church home and always follow your instincts, it’s safe. Hollywood is no different from any other place that Most importantly, you can create your own you would have to navigate wisely. calling card for people to get to know who you are. You can generate more work for yourself by You don’t have to chase Hollywood to make it in Hollywood. People have this idea that you creating your own door, especially today. have to come out here to meet the right person, Lastly, there are a lot of believers in Hollywood but the truth is, you’ll be led to the right perand you’ll attract your tribe. Hollywood is safe, son. That saying of, “It’s who you know,” is and I say that in the sense of: if you continue

correct, but more importantly, it’s who you work with. You don’t have to try to hit a Hollywood party to meet all these great people. I’ve rarely worked with anyone that I met at a Hollywood party or networking event.

Karimah Westbrook, in all her wisdom and creative grandeur, is definitely blazing a trail in Hollywood – one that she can look back over proudly and say, she honored who she was, kept the faith and did the work of becoming who she is today. All American premiered October 10th on the CW and features an amazing cast of African-American leads, including Karimah Westbrook, Daniel Ezra and Taye Diggs. Tune in every Wednesday at 9PM to keep up with Grace James and her family.

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DeShawn White: A Reflection of Faith A triple threat in her own right, DeShawn White acts, produces and directs. Having landed guest roles in notable shows such as TBS' The Last O.G, NBC's Law & Order: SVU and Netflix's Jessica Jones, she can currently be seen in a recurring role in season 2 of HBO's hit show The Deuce, playing the role of Chocolate, one of Rodney's (played by Method Man) new girls. We caught up with the Maryland native and Brooklyn transplant to talk about her journey and work as an artist. Here’s what she had to say…

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So, let’s start with you telling us a little bit about yourself. Who is DeShawn White? Wow that is a loaded question. Especially as a Black woman. No doubt we tend to be a little bit of everything to everyone when necessary. But at the core of who I am: I am a Black woman of Faith who believes that with God, all things are possible. And that identity informs how I move in the world. I am a determined, stern (yet soft), short woman trying to make it in this business. And I’m goofy as hell! You went from a Chemistry major to Media-Communications and Theatre. Can you walk us through that journey of your life? And, how difficult it was for you to switch career paths? In HS I was always straddling between 3 worlds. I was an artist in school, I did the plays and the concerts. I was also an athlete, I had 2 sport scholarships to the private school I was attending. I was a smart kid too; I was in the Honor Society, Student Government and I graduated from HS with like a 4.3 GPA. So, when it came time to choose what I was going to do in college, I had options. I had a desire to be a pharmacist and long story short, the Air Force was willing to pay for my education. So, I took a full scholarship from the Air Force and in exchange I committed to be a chemistry major going to pharmacy school and I would owe the Air Force 4 years of my life after graduation.


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at the core of who I am: I am a Black woman of Faith I DID NOT enjoy any moment of the Air Force training. I did it because I could, and it was fine. But it was truly a boring existence and by year 2, I hated waking up at 3 am on Thursdays to do PT and take Air Force training classes. It just was not for me. One day, I sat down, and I had a self-talk with myself and I realized that from the moment I graduated from HS, I was making decisions based on what I thought other people wanted me to do and I was more concerned about my parents being proud of me, instead of discovering my purpose. Long story even shorter…I got out. In my junior year of college, I declared a double major in Media-Communications and Theatre. I moved back home with my parents and became a commuter. I also worked 2 jobs. I would wake up at 4 am and work at ChickFil-A from 5am-9am, hop in my green ford Focus and speed to campus to make my 10am class and work a night shift from 3pm-9pm at the Starbucks on campus and then go home. I did that daily until I finished school. And I loved every moment of it. The most difficult part about it was telling my parents and hoping that the military didn’t ask for their money back (which they didn’t, thank God). But, as soon as I started taking the classes in my new field of study, I knew I had made the right decision. How significant of a role do you feel mentorship plays in the entertainment business or in general? From my perspective, I believe that mentorship is extremely significant. How cool would it be to find someone in the industry that is not only doing their thing but is also willing to reach down a level and help someone who is just starting in any way that they can. I believe that if more people, actors/actresses especially, were interested in mentorship, it could prevent people from making common mistakes. Unfortunately, from my experience, not very many people are willing to do that. When I first moved to NYC I reached out to a plethora of people and the only one person who reached back was a male, which

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believes that with God, all things are possible.”

was cool and appreciated but I was looking for a femal mentor at the time. As a result, I tend to be very open and giving of my time when it comes to people reaching out to me for mentorship. I give of the little bit of time I have, I offer encouragement and resources. That’s not to say that in the future I won’t re-evaluate my mentorship strategies , but as of right now anyone can ask me anything.I may ve a month or 2 late, but I always respond. The entertainment business needs more mentors and people sowing good seeds of knowledge and encouragement. Do you have a role model and/or icon who you looked up to or were fortunate enough to work alongside of? Who is that person(s)? Unfortunately, I have not worked with any of the icons I admire. We have so many people in rotation doing great things, it’s hard to keep up. Right now, I have some very real desires to work with Ava Duvernay and Mara Brock Akil and Salim Akil. The Akils are just amazing and the content they write, produce, and direct is timely, beautiful, and black, and I love it. I adore Harry Belafonte for his talent but more than that, his activism. Regina King is my auntie and she doesn’t even know it yet (lol) but she has the ability to exhume both grace and power on the screen and she is a talented director as well. The list goes on and on. Fortunately, this year I was able to share the screen with Edward Norton who we all know is a phenomenal actor. So I got to experience him live and in living color as an actor and a director and it was inspiring to have dialogue with him in the scene and then watch him come out of it and then dialogue as a director. Do you recall that initial feeling you experienced when you landed your first big gig which I believe to have been Law and Order? What was that like? When I booked Law and Order, which was my primetime debut, I had this pressure in my chest and I just let out a huge scream when I booked it. I was elated! First, most of the actors we see today who are regulars on a series and are killing it on TV, have been on

Law and Order, so I was happy to be in good company. Second, Law and Order is ICONIC, period, and I had dreamed of being on that show since I was a child. When my grandmother babysat me as a child, she would sit me in front of the tv with her and we would watch all the shows: Law and Order, Matlock, Walker Texas Ranger, Cosby Show, A Different World, etc. But she had the greatest love for Law and Order (at least I thought she did). When I became serious about acting, she was having some health challenges and I asked God to prolong her life and get me more time to make it onto the show. And I did! And I am happy to say that my grandmother is alive and well today and she saw me on Law and Order. Law & Order, The Last OG, The Deuce and the roles in which you enacted via such shows… how did those roles differ from the lead role in which you played via the film “Blood Conscious?” Blood Conscious is my first feature film lead role and I had a blast working on this film for an entire month in upstate NY. The character I play is “Brittany” and she’s this firecracker who kind of tells it like it is and even in her fear, she finds fearlessness on her journey through the bad things that are happening to her over the course of the film. The primary difference is that a lot of the roles that I have played so far don’t have much of a character arc. Most of their personality traits are created by me and it just so happened that what I brought to the character fit into the world of the show. They come in for one episode and you don’t see them again. Except for in The Deuce, where the writers were generous enough to give my character “Chocolate” somewhat of a beginning, middle, and end.

As writers and producers, they all have unique and distinctive voices that are very much grounded in reality. Everything that they are writing and producing right now mirrors the culture in a way that is honest, gritty, funny, and thought provoking. When I work with these talented artists, I will be honored. Where do you see yourself in the next 3-5 years? In the next 3-5 years I see myself owning at least 2 businesses, as a series regular on primetime television with a few more feature film roles under my belt. Paying off my childhood home in MD and being debt free is definitely on the list because these student loans… don’t even get me started. All in all, I see myself secure financially, secure in the trajectory of my career, and in a position to give to others. Do you mind sharing with us what big projects you are currently working on and/or recently wrapped up? Of course! I would love to share. I recently had a recurring co-star role on HBO’s The Deuce, which recently wrapped its second season. Also, I wrapped on Motherless Brooklyn alongside Edward Norton which should be coming out sometime next year. I will definitely keep you updated on that. Currently I am flexing my director muscles and I have signed on as a director for the 2nd season of a beautifully written web series called “Mistake” and I am also producing a short series called “About Loss.” So, lots of wonderful things are coming down the pipeline. You can follow me on Instagram @deshawn.andrea.white to keep up with everything that I am doing.

If you could name two people that you have yet to collaborate with but would absolutely love to... who would they be and why? Jordan Peele, Donald Glover, and Lena Waithe. That’s three (sorry, not sorry lol). NOVEMBER 2018

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Charisma Adams is Called and Chosen By Tiarsha Harrison

“My biggest motivators are my husband Jaime and my Inner Circle as I affectionately call them.”

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“God led me to write a devotional for other women like me. This devotional is targeted toward modern women of faith to provide them with a practical yet revenant insight into scripture.”

growing up wasn’t always easy for Charisma Adams. There have been times when she felt so alone. “I used to think that trials and hard times only came as punishments for sin, she shares. “I believed that because I didn’t do everything right, I had to suffer or “reap what I had sown.” So instead of reaching out during her dark times, she suffered alone and in silence. However, she was shown the truth and light through a mentor and a powerful scripture, Psalms 34:19. Finding these answers was just what Charisma needed to reach her breakthrough. Charisma didn’t stay quiet once she found her calling, yet it wasn’t always so black and white. She successfully invited this blessing by being obedient. “I would never have considered being the leader of a community of faith…not with my life’s tumultuous journey and colorful past. But this truly was a calling for me. I fought against it for a long time but four years ago I ultimately surrendered to God’s will and I haven’t looked back.” Accepting what she was cal led to do wa s   how   Ch a r i s m a ’ s   c om mu n i ty of faith came about, which she named Faith & Flyness. Though the name of the community is incredible, it wasn’t about a title at all. She explains, “It was less about finding a catchy name and more about authentically communicating who I am and who I am called to lead. I wanted the name to be a clarion call to those looking to grow amongst other women craving the same kind of connection and who share similar interests.”

On the Faith and Flyness website, the primary pillar is freedom. “I wanted to free women that didn’t fit the traditional mold of “Christian woman” to be exactly who God created them to be. Apart from that, Charisma also has a clothing line inspired by her pastor and she also authored a novel called Sunglasses, Mixtapes & Ministry. “God led me to write a devotional for other women like me. This devotional is targeted toward modern women of faith to provide them with a practical yet revenant insight into scripture.” The title of the book has great meaning to the tools one will need to get through everything. “The sunglasses will be necessary for the days when you are walking around on the brink of tears, a good mixtape is to pay and sing loudly to the rhythms of God’s grace and minister with every part of your life; not by being behind a pulpit on Sundays but by loving and serving on God’s people.”

Charisma believes that one should surround themselves with a good support system. “My biggest motivators are my husband Jaime and my Inner Circle as I affectionately call them.” A good support system will cheer and challenge one to their fullest potential. For the ones trying to get to know Christ, “stick to your ABC’s, which is be accountable, building and consistent.” To learn more about this thriving and wonderful community, find them on Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest under @faithandflyness to hear about all the events coming up including but not limited to Jeans & Beans which is a morning bible study every 2nd Saturday in West Palm Beach, a women’s Day Party called Fabulosity which is nationwide and so much more.

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Tati Gabrielle

Bridging the Gap Between Calling & Culture By Mya Kay

With the voice of a baby and the fierceness of a warrior woman, Tati Gabrielle is boldly walking in her calling. Don’t let her small frame, age or playful and squeaky voice fool you. She’s made her mark in Hollywood and we’ll be following her journey this upcoming television season on not one, but two shows. The twenty-two-year-old, half  Korean, half  African-American actress will be gracing our screens, from Netflix (The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina) to the CW (The 100). Tati’s work will show that she’s well on her way to becoming a showstopper in the world of lights, camera, action. For most people who move to Hollywood, it takes years to blaze their own trail and many struggle to find their lane, but for Tati Gabrielle, she’s booked, busy and loving every minute of it.

Mya Kay: Tell me about The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina and your role as Prudence. Tati Gabrielle: It’s a twist on the original Archie comic. It’s a dark horror, graphic, comic version of Sabrina, who of course, is half witch, half mortal and she’s on a journey to find herself. When she comes to the Academy of Unseen Arts, my character, Prudence, who is the leader of this group of girls called the Weird Sisters, nurses a deep grudge against Sabrina. The grudge was birthed from Sabrina playing with their faith and Prudence and her sisters are deeply connected to their faith. It’s a different style from the 90’s version of Sabrina the Teenage Witch. The show is very women-driven, as far as the talent, and even with the scenes that the show addresses, it’s very feminist driven. What I appreciate about the way Roberto casted the show was that he wanted to make

it very diverse, which you can see in the ethnicities of me and the ladies who play my sisters. MK: You have an awesome platform and opportunity to speak to both black and young Asian creatives. Talk to me about growing up Korean-American and about any backlash you received from your family when you started pursuing Hollywood. TG: Ironically, my mother (who is Korean) was adopted at six and was raised by a black family. My mother was always very strict about school and education. She put me in the art school I went to, but I don’t think she thought I would pursue it as a career. She was definitely scared and when I stopped going to college (I was a French major at Spelman college in Atlanta), she became even more fearful. She was very apprehensive about it and when people would ask her what I was doing at family functions, she would give a continued>>


more practical answer. I remember being so frustrated. On the other hand, my dad was very supportive. He came from an entertainment background, so he would help me a lot.

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The moment came when I decided to take a semester off from college and my mom wanted me to come back to the Bay area and figure out what I wanted to do. But I said no. I knew I wanted to pursue acting in Los Angeles and it was the time. If I didn’t do it then, I would get complacent. MK: Tell me about the first year after you decided you weren’t going to go back to college or return home. TG: I left without her full consent, so my first two months in LA were hard. My mother didn’t speak to me at first. My best friend’s aunt was an acting coach and she agreed to let me stay at her house in LA. She let us learn from her acting studio and eventually became a mentor. Two months in, I got a manager and a month after that, I got an agent. That’s when I called back home with the good news. I’m the youngest of three and I think all in all, my parents just wanted to make sure that I would stick with whatever I was doing. Then, two months after that, I booked my first job on Nickelodeon. Then I booked a job on the Disney channel. By month nine, I had booked The 100. So, within less than a year, my career had taken off. I was extremely blessed to have my momentum start off that way and was glad to prove to myself that I could do it. Every day, I was working on my craft. I didn’t go out and party. For six months straight, I focused on doing something every day to make this happen. For me, I had no other options because it was either being an actress or going back to school. As time went on, my parents were able to see my conviction and see that I wasn’t giving up.

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MK: Tell me how you got the role as Gaia on The 100 and what’s next for your character now that it’s been renewed for season six? TG: I started on The 100 in season four. There’s a language that they speak on the show and in my audition for the show, they gave me a paragraph for the language and I was able to speak if fluently. My delivery and my look during the audition is how I landed the role. I did four episodes my first season. The next season I did eight. In this upcoming season, we’ll be going to a new planet, so I’m really excited about that. MK: Though this show is very new, so there hasn’t been much information released as of yet, talk to me about the character you’re voicing for the new Disney show, The Owl House. TG: I can’t say a lot, simply because we haven’t even started filming yet, but I love that I’m not limited and restricted with the way that I look when it comes to voiceover work. With cartoons, there’s no limit on where you can go creatively, so I hope to do more from here. MK: Talk about the process of selecting your roles. TG: I believe my characters hold their own souls and their souls choose me to tell their story. All the roles that I’ve gotten since my first two roles, have been roles that I wanted to do, especially with Gaia and Prudence.

I haven’t gone through the process yet of having to pass on something, but I do believe your characters choose you. Something will resonate with you that it’s a story you have to tell and nobody else can tell it but you. MK: What message would you give to children who are stuck between their dreams and family pressures? TG: You have to push. Just because somebody, even your family, is telling you that you can’t, you have to. Most Asian families in general just want their children to be successful. Their preconceived notions of success usually stem from what they know and saw growing up. Push through and show your resilient with the pursuit of what’s in your heart. You belong to your family, but you also belong to the world. Your presence on earth isn’t just yours, so anything pushing on your heart and soul, you have to go after it. As much as I wanted my mom’s support in the very beginning, I knew I had to show her better than I could tell her. It’s about more than impressing your family and friends. You have a calling to fulfill. And Tati is fulfilling every moment of her calling with a boldness that will inspire young people everywhere. The Chilling Adventures of  Sabrina premiered on Netflix on October 26th. The 100 will return to the CW in 2019. Keep up with Tati on Instagram @tatigabrielle & Twitter @TatsBGats.


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