Exclusive Interview: Jessie T Usher Talks ‘Survivors Remorse’ Great Story, Cast and More

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Jessie T Usher Talks 'Survivors Remorse'-Erica-VainSurvivors Remorse on Starz is my new favorite binge worthy show, so it should be no surprise that I had to catch up with its star, Jessie T. Usher who plays Cam Calloway. Cam is a professional basketball player drafted in a major deal to Atlanta’s basketball team. Cam is seemingly the Lebron James of the league as brands, teams and more glamour for their piece of the young phenom. Aside from the electrifying story, you can’t help but get drawn into each actor who plays the characters of the Calloways. Jessie’s clear focus, fresh and fun nature shines right through Cam. Check out what Jessie had to say about this pivotal role and dope cast.

What was it like working with such an amazing ensemble cast. 

“It is humbling, that is for sure. At the same time there is an indirect amount of pressure from working with these guys. They are all so nurturing. They all want to help and to share their knowledge to

KATLYNN SIMONE Releases New Single ‘Dancing With My Girls’

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Tell us about your new single “Dancing with My Girls”

It’s a fun song. I think it’s a girls anthem kind of song, but it has this banging beat that may have guys nodding their heads as well!!

What has been up in life? Last year we caught up with you while you were promoting “Beautiful Lie” btw we STILL love that song!

Thank you so much for the love! “Beautiful Lie” means a lot to me. It’s my first single, so it is special to me. I’ve been working with a great team and I feel that we are really putting together some great music, that everyone can relate to. I’m growing up and learning alot. I’m focused on growing as a complete well rounded artist.

Gugu Mbatha-Raw in ‘Beyond the Lights’ is Beyond Brilliant

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The Official VAIN Review of the Movie “Beyond the Lights” by Gina Prince-Bythewood 

Stuck. Suffocating. Cold. The very real feelings when you are consumed with the loneliness of the world. Every where you turn their are images, sounds even spectacles vying for a few more seconds of your attention. Who am I to talk though, that is what I am doing in hoping that you take moments out of your day to read my blog, magazine or twitter feed. Oh, for ten more likes or fifty more followers.DSC_1710.NEF beyond-the-lights-movie-review-erica-vain5 What in this world is actually fighting to hear you, to see you. Nothing. We have built this society on selling, consumption and the American ideal of success and no where in those ideals are actual people. Left out are the souls that move a nation, the mouths that speak a voice of truth, love and power or the personalities as different as they are many. Lonely are those that have a mouth full of conversation in the middle of the party that no one can be bothered to listen to. I know this feeling. It’s a sinking sense of doubt. A pregnant pause of self-pity that plays in your head over and over again. The flush of fear that washes up inside of you as readily and powerful as the ocean against the shore. Why can’t people hear me? Why don’t they listen? Can anyone even see me?


Lucky for me I began to explore these feelings, thoughts and beyond-the-lights-movie-review-erica-vain7norms early on in my adulthood. I have been and hope to still be able to build confidence in myself, my voice and my dreams. I find resolve in knowing at the end of the day, I must only do whats best for me in the moment. And by best for me, I mean truly best — as in good for the soul, moral, love filled and God pleasing — for me. That much can not be said for Noni Jean played by Gugu Mbatha-Raw in “Beyond the Lights”. Noni is a successful pop star on the break of hitting the music success stratosphere who feels confined in a life, image and body that is no longer her own. She is so gravely affected by her situation, which many view as simply success, that she attempts to take her own life. Just before she is able to “end it all” a handsome, strong and morally sound cop, Kazaam “Kaz” Nicol

Alexandra Shipp Talks New Aaliyah Biopic ‘Aaliyah: The Princess of R+B’

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Alexandra Shipp Talks New Aaliyah Biopic ‘Aaliyah: The Princess of R+B’

Talk about what it was like for you (Alexandra Shipp) being in the position to take the Aaliyah role after Zendaya had decided to back away from the project.

In the beginning — I’m not to sure about Zendaya’s auditioning process but I had auditioned at the beginning of the year — it was down to me, Zendaya and another girl. They offered it to Zendaya and I was like “okay”. I went on to do Drumline and  then I rapped on that I got a phone call and they were like ‘Hey are you still interested in doing Aaliyah’. And I wasn’t to sure about it. You know in the beginning when I was just was speaking to my core group of people like ‘O hell no, that is a lot….

Maison Kitsune Goes For New Preppy, French Style

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After its very first New York Fashion week appearance, designer label Maison Kitsune has presented us with a first glance at its 2015 spring and summer clothing line.  The women’s clothing line has a fresh, new feel to it in comparison to past collections showcased on their website.  By Spring 2015 we will see this brand new line and it will be certain to amaze all those who see it.

The Maison Kitsune Spring/Summer 2015 clothing line, called Effortlessly French has a very prep-school look.  Varsity-style jackets, penny loafers, and collard shirts and dresses are most prominent throughout the fashion line.  It is certainly a nice change from the short-shorts and crop tops that have taken over clothing stores over the past few years.

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What is Maison Kitsune, you ask?  It is the brainchild of former Daft Punk manager, Gildas Loaëc, and architect Masaya Kuroki.  There are three flagship stores in some of the largest fashion hubs in the world: New York City, Paris, and Tokyo.

“Kitsuné is a unique concept of trendy and modern luxury intermingling fashion and music. We have been known for the quality of our choices for more than 10 years now” said Gildas Loaëc about the characteristics of their lines.

Past collections have a more grown-up look with blazers, chiffon blouses, and a-line skirts.  Fans of the collections can expect a more 1950’s-style, clean-cut, high school varsity look come springtime 2015.  There are many small aspects of prep school that make the collection so easy to like.

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According to an article in the Kistune Journal, “Creative duo and founders Gildas Loaec & Masaya Kuroki, have conceived a collection immersed in a new concept based on the French women’s ability to choose and balance well-made clothes resulting in a thoughtful and personalised ensemble.”

Be sure to check this newly-announced fashion line soon as possible in order to be one of the first to get a glimpse.

Cobra Starship Is Back In Full Force

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Ah, ThrowBack Thursday; the phrase has become a routine part of our week.  I’m sure we have all posted a #tbt on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter.  Well, Cobra Starship’s latest music video for their new single, Never Been In Love has all the qualifications of a #tbt.  While the song is totally fresh and brand new, the music video is nothing less than reminiscent of the late-’80s to early-’90s.

Cobra Starship collaborated in the studio with Icona Pop and then with Ellen von Unwerth to shoot the music video.  The video was filmed in Sweden and goes along perfectly with the carefree sound of the song.  If von Unwerth’s work looks familiar, there is a strong chance you have seen her vast portfolio of artists such as Janet Jackson, Britney Spears, Rihanna, and many more.

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If you are like me and still enjoy listening to hit pop songs of the early-’90s, you will absolutely regret not listening to Never Been In Love.  And the music video? It’s a perfect homage to the song itself.  While the title of the song may make it sound like another corny love song, rest assured it is far from that.  Before long it will be one of the catchiest tunes of the year.

MTV premiered the video and after just five days it has more than 113,000 views on YouTube.  Congratulations, Cobra Starship! Your hard work is certainly paying off.

4 Reasons Why Jessie T Usher is Our #MCM and Should Be Yours Too

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#1 He stars in our new favorite series “Survivor’s Remorse” produced by Lebron James on Starz.

Survivors Remorse is a series chronicling the life and times of professional basketball player Cam Calloway (Jessie T. Usher). Cam signs a multi-million dollar contract with an Atlanta team and moves with his family to Atlanta with him where they face the challenges of fame , fortune and some fall out.

#2 He is SMART. Dude graduated high school at age 15.



“I was in alternative schooling and I was able to move at my own pace and take whatever classes that I wanted, whenever I wanted. The curriculum that I chose was at an extremely fast rate. I actually finished school in the fall and had to wait an entire four or five months just so I could actually graduate with my class. I just took college courses after that.” – Buzzfeed

#3 Have you seen his instagram? Dude is funny with personality for days!



#4 Last but Certainly not LEAST! HE IS HANDSOME! jessie-t-usher-ronraeco-lee_400x295_82

Bonus: Thank me later ladies (Look Below)