You are Invited to Quetarshe Textiles Boutique Opening — Saturday, June 28, 2014

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Hello Everyone
Your are invited to Quetarshe Textiles Boutique Opening.  Some of you know Sheila M. Palmer Textile Designer/Fabric Artist of Quetarshe Textiles.   Ms. Palmer has collaborated with several other Artists for an eclectic mixture of Wearable Art and unique items for your home.  One-of-kind gifts are appreciated as wedding Gifts from Quetarshe’s  bold collection of treasures..

Saturday, June 28th — 12:00pm-5:00pm
4246 Second Ave, Detroit, Michigan 48201
Sheila’s Cell/Text:  313-721-4642  


Quetarshe Textiles Boutique Studio Grand Opening__Saturday_June 28, 2014
Come and enjoy our opening we
ekend with food, music, drinks, celebrating our new boutique! 

Quetarshe Textiles – Hand painted fabrics, wearable art & interiors.
Creative Hina – Graphic design and paper goods.

Soul Sweet Beads – Handcrafted clay beads & jewelry from England.
Jackie – Hand designed jewelry and precious stones.

Glori – Handmade hats, batiks, shibori and prints.
Curlitude – Handmade paper printed and design jewelry.

Soh Suzuki – Hand thrown pottery.
Jennifer of Chique Scents – Handmade soy based, oil essence candles.
Saturday, June 28th — 12:00pm-5:00pm
4246 Second Ave, Detroit, Michigan 48201
Sheila’s Cell/Text:  313-721-4642

Camille Mitchell

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“When Lady ‘O’ likes something she gets behind it…100 percent”

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“When Lady ‘O’ likes something 
she gets behind it…100 percent”   
~ ‎Nancy O’Dell, Entertainment Tonight

When Oprah Winfrey (Lady ‘O’)  adopts a movie, she really does it up. Just ask the cast of the British costume drama, Bellefeted at a fabulous garden party recently in the backyard of Oprah’s Montecito Estate near Santa Barbara, California three days after having seen the movie Belle on May 9, 2014.

You’ll see an abundance of pink peonies perfuming the tables and guests being served Cherry Infused Veuve Clicquot Champagne Cocktails.  

Click on the video below to see the rest of the decor and what was on the lunch menu.  Oprah, enthusiastically talks about her new passion, Belle and its breakout star, Gugu Mbatha-Raw.   

Critics are raving about Mbatha-Raw’s  “radiant” and “pitch-perfect” performance as ‘Dido’.

Director Amma Asante, Oprah​ {Lady ‘O’}
actress Gugu Mbatha-Raw & actor Sam Reid 

Cherry Infused Veuve 

Clicquot Champagne
Pink Peonies
Gugu Mbatha-Raw attending the Academy Awards

​’Dido’ Elizabeth Belle Lindsay played by actress Gugu Mbatha-Raw 

Ms. Mbatha-Raw was nominated for best actress in 2005 as Juliet in Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare performed at the Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester, England.  
Juliet expresses to Romeo:
‘Tis but thy name that is my enemy;
Thou art thyself, though not a Montague.
What’s Montague? it is nor hand, nor foot,
Nor arm, nor face, nor any other part
Belonging to a man. O, be some other name!
What’s in a name? that which we call a rose
By any other name would smell as sweet;

So Romeo would, were he not Romeo call’d,
Retain that dear perfection which he owes
Without that title. Romeo, doff thy name,
And for that name which is no part of thee
Take all myself.


Gugu Mbatha-Raw 
in a playful mood

​Pink Peony 

by Artist Cathyann Burgess
​​Amma Asante attends premier of Belle
Toronto, Film Festival_September 2013 

“Falling in Love” John Davinier, an aspirin attorney played 

by Sebastain (Sam) Reid & ‘Dido’ Elizabeth Belle Lindsay an aristocrat played by Gugu Mbatha-Raw
Belleis based on the true story of Dido Elizabeth Belle, a biracial woman in 18th-century Britain, whose relationship with her loving aristocratic family helped pave the way for laws ending the slave trade in the British Empire.
The baritone voice and superb performance of Australian actor Sebastain {Sam) Reid as John Davinier is wonderful to watch as he cultivates a relationship with “Dido” Elizabeth Belle Lindsay played by English actress Gugu Mbatha-Raw 
​Amma Asante directed a wonderfully 
romantic film of historical significance 
The color Pink became fashionable in the 1700’s
& is associated with Romance; it’s meaning is
unconditional love and nurturing
Belle was released on Friday, May 16th to major U.S. cities and Canada.  Belle’s debut in London was on June 5, 2014..  Click on the link above for the theatres in your city.

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Gugu Mbatha-Raw, lead actress of Belle
June 8, 2014
Amma Asante, director of Belle
June 6, 2014
May 22, 2014
Dr. Misan Sagay, screenwriter for Belle 

One Look is Worth a Thousand Words – “Behind the Painting” – Where to see the movie BELLE

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BELLE: The movie is a Poignant & Empowering Story of an African-British Aristocrat in 18th Century England

‘Belle’ is my cup of Tea!

Camille Mitchell

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United Nations screening of ‘Belle’ is a rare event – The Director & The Star’s synergistic interview

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“Good actions give strength to ourselves and inspire good actions in others.”  ~Plato

Amma Asante won the BAFTA Most Promising Newcomer award in 2004 for her first film, A Way of Life.It took her 7 long years to find the story of Belle through two beauties in a portrait, given equal standing, even though it was during the era of slavery in England. She found her Belle in Gugu Mbatha-Raw, who you may not recognize fromUndercovers or Larry Crowne right off the bat. 
The Process and Impact of Belle
Ms. Asante and Mbatha-Raw talked to David Poland about the process, the film that emerged, and their lives in the film business in this synergistic video directly below.  
The 2 minute video following shows the importance of the ‘Belle’ which was screened at The United Nations after a luncheon hosted by British Ambassador Mark Lyall Grant at La Grenouille restaurant in New York.

Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Amma Asante interview 

​Amma Asante & Gugu Mbatha-Raw 

attend a panel discussion and special screening of BELLE at the request by the 
The United Nations

Film Screening of “Belle” Followed by Panel Discussion

Amma Asante, Director of the new movie “Belle”, the story of an illegitimate mixed race daughter of a Royal Navy Admiral, speaks to guests at a panel discussion following a public screening of the film at UN Headquarters. The event was organized by the Mission of the United Kingdom and the United Nations Department of Public Information as part of the 2014 Commemorative activities for the International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade.
​Amma Asante & Gugu Mbatha-Raw attend premiere of BELLE 
London, UK_June 5, 2014

Belle was released on Friday, May 16th to major U.S. cities and Canada.  Belle’s debut in London was on June 5, 2014..  Click on the link above for the theatres in your city.
Ladies, Bravo! Bravo!
Camille Mitchell

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Russell Simmons’ newest book “Success Through Stillness” is benefical for everyone

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Hello Everyone:

I was impressed with Russell Simmons today in an interview on Super Soul Sunday.  I believe Russell’s newest book ‘Success Through Stillness’ is one that practically everyone can benefit from.
Master entrepreneur, original hip-hop mogul, and New York Times bestselling author Russell Simmons shares the most fundamental key to success—meditation—and guides readers to use stillness as a powerful tool to access their potential.  Russell Simmons’ Bio

Russell Simmons & Oprah Winfrey​ 

Super Soul Sunday, Father’s Day_June 15, 2014

In Success Through Stillness, Simmons shows the connection between inner peace and outward success through interviews with other successful leaders in various industries, and how learning to be still has been instrumental in his own career. Simmons attributes his meditation practice with changing his life for the better and says that there is no “bad” way to meditate, only different forms for different people.
In this highly anticipated new book, Russell Simmons guides readers into finding greater clarity and focus, and explains how to be healthier in both mind and body. Simmons breaks down what he’s learned from masters of meditation into a guide that is accessible to those unfamiliar with the practice.   (March 2014 – 224 pages)
Part One:  Why Meditate?
Chapter 1: The Path of Happiness
Chapter 2:  The Making of a Mediator
Part Two:  Why You Think You Can’t Mediate
Chapter 3:  I Don’t Have Time
Chapter 4:  I’m No Good at It
Chapter 5:  I Don’t Have Anywhere to Mediate
Chapter 6:  God Doesn’t Want Me to Mediate
Chapter 7:  Whether You Like It or Not
Part Three:  The Physical Benefits of Mediation
Chapter 8:   Change Your Brain, Change Your Life
Chapter 9:  How Mediation Helps Your Body
Part Four:  Living Up To Your Potential
Chapter 10:  The Power of the Present
Chapter  11:  Finding Your Focus
Chapter 12:  The Heaviness of Success and Failure
Chapter 13:  Finding Calm and Balance
Chapter 14:  Cultivating Creativity
Chapter 15:  Getting Unstuck
Chapter 16:  Mediation Over Medication
Chapter 17:  Life Without Judgement
Chapter 18:  The Power of Compassion
Part Five:  How To Mediate
Chapter 19:  Trust the Process
Further Reading
Have a Delightfully Still Week!

Camille Mitchell

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“One father is more than a hundred schoolmasters.” ~George Herbert

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“One father is more than a hundred schoolmasters.” 

~George Herbert

The PSA Fatherhood Involvement video below Cheerleader is my favorite on Fatherhood.

About is a site for:

  • Dads looking for tips, hints and even deals for dads and kids – find them on the DadTalk Blog and in the “For Dads” corner
  • Fatherhood programs looking to get started or expand – check out the “For Programs” section
  • Researchers and policy makers looking for the latest on responsible fatherhood – check out our Library
  • and….
8 more PSA videos
There are 8 more PSA videos on Fatherhood on the site below.  I like them all.   Check out the one called REUNION(filmed live) and the one with Matt Lauer attempts to hide behind a picture frame for a game of Hide-And-Go-Seek.   Go to multimedia, then videos.   Fatherhood.Gov

The Power of a Barber: Empowering Dads and Changing Communities

May 29, 2014

The simplest tasks in life, many times, have the power to connect us with others and affect us the most. For example, finding more healthy affordable food options on a simple trip to the local grocery store can change your family’s diet for years to come.

If you’re a Dad, one of those simple yet powerful tasks is the trip to the barbershop. Whether you call it “getting your ears trimmed” or “getting a line up,” the simple experience of visiting this community institution can have a powerful and positive impact on your life.

Barbers Using Their Power Positively
When Dads, sons, and families visit the barbershop there’s always a lot of “buzz” going on. From chatter about the latest sports events to recaps about recent news, jobs, or other community happenings, barbershops have always been where communities have powerful conversations. This makes the role of barber and shop owner a very powerful one in communities.  To read the entire article,go to:  Dad Talk Blog

It’s not 1960: Being a dad looks different now

Happy Father’s Day!

BELLE Interview with lead actress Gugu Mbatha-Raw – “Charisma is the transfer of Enthusiasm” ~ Ralph Archbold

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“Charisma is the transfer of Enthusiasm”  ~ Ralph Archbold

Gugu Mbatha-Raw’s performance as the leading star of BELLE is assessed  in the video below by Belle’s screenwriter, director, producer and cast members.  The second video is an exclusive interview with with Ms. Alex Hugdens..   
BELLE is inspired by the true story of “Dido” Elizabeth Belle Lindsay played by English actress Gugu Mbatha-Raw, the mixed race daughter of Admiral Sir John Lindsay (Matthew Goode) and an enslaved African woman Maria Belle. .Raised by her aristocratic great-uncle Lord Mansfield (Tom Wilkinson) and his wife (Emily Watson), Belle’s lineage affords her certain privileges, yet her status prevents her from the traditions of noble social standing.While her cousin Elizabeth (Sarah Gadon) chases suitors for marriage, Belle is left on the sidelines wondering if she will ever find love.After meeting an idealistic young vicar’s son bent on changing society, he and Belle help shape Lord Mansfield’s role as Lord Chief Justice to end slavery in England.   
Dido (/ˈdd/ dy-dohwas, according to ancient Greek and Roman sources, the first Queen of Carthage (in modern-day Tunisia).


Ms. Alex Hudgens, host/actress interviews actress 
Gugu Mbatha-Raw
 inside the lush ambiance of Belle’s home
Gugu Mbatha-Raw was born Gugulethu Sophia Mbatha.   Her name, “Gugulethu”, is a contraction of igugu lethu, means “our pride”.

South African-British Gugu Mbatha-Raw, was born in Oxford in the United Kingdom.  Ms Mbatha-Raw was trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London.Her first professional role was in an Open Air production of Shakespeare’s As You Like It, as‘Celia.’  Following this, Mbatha-Raw landed roles at Manchester’s Royal Exchange Theatre where she performed in Antony and Cleopatra and the title role of ‘Juliet’ in Romeo and Juliet, opposite Andrew Garfield, for which she was nominated for the Manchester Evening News Award for ‘Best Actress’ in 2005. 

Mbatha-Raw’s other stage credits include the critically-acclaimed Big White Fog at the Almeida Theatre and David Hare’s Gethsemane,a production at the National Theatre that later toured the UK. She made her West End debut as ‘Ophelia’ in Hamlet opposite Jude Law,which transferred to New York’s Broadhurst Theatre for a limited run and was a hit on Broadway in 2009. 

Her television credits include “MI-5,” “Dr. Who,” “Spooks,” “Marple: Ordeal by Innocence,” “Bonekickers” and “Fallout.”It was for this latter role that she was selected as a ‘Star of Tomorrow 2008’ by industry magazine Screen International.  In 2010, Mbatha-Raw starred as‘Samantha Bloom’ in JJ Abrams’ NBC series, “Undercovers,” for which she was nominated a NAACP award for ‘Best Actress in a Television Series.’

In film, she has worked with directors such as Dominic Savage and Dan Reed before landing her first major feature film, LARRY CROWNE, directed by Tom Hanks and co-starring Julia Roberts. 

In June 2011, Mbatha-Raw landed the female lead as social worker ‘Clea Hopkins’ opposite Kiefer Sutherland in the FOX series“Touch.”   The cast also included Danny Glover and David Mazouz.   Also in summer 2011, she was recognized at BAFTA’s Brits to Watch event, which was attended by Prince William and Duchess Kate.   
She divides her time between Los Angeles and London.
Gugu Mbatha-Raw & Tom Hanks
director/actor & producer filming
the movie Larry Crowne
While in New York for Belle’s premiere; Ms. Mbatha-Raw also attended the Met Gala in May. 
The 2014 MET Gala
Gugu says “My dress and shoes were both custom Lanvin­ based on the fall 2014 collection. The dress has a regal, Old World feeling when you’re wearing it, but is supermodern with the print and length.”

“Lanvin made these gorgeous custom shoes to match my gown: The perfect accent to my dress.”

Belle was released on Friday, May 16th to major U.S. cities and Canada.  Belle’s debut in London was on June 5, 2014..  Click on the link above for the theatres in your city.
Camille Mitchell

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Interview with BELLE director Amma Asante – “Success is the sum of details”. ~Harvey S. Firestone

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I’ve been called many names like perfectionist, difficult and obsessive. I think it takes obsession, takes searching for the details for any artist to be good”.   ~Barbra Streisand
Ms. Alex Hudgens, actress and host, interviews director Amma Asante in the short video below in the on the lush ambiance of Belle’s home. 

Amma Asante Artfully holds her BAFTA  

golden trophy theatrical mask 
British Academy Film & Television Awards mask was designed  in
1955 by Ms. Mitzi Solomon Cunliffe an American sculptor. 
Ghanaian-British director/writer, Amma Asante made an unusual entry into film making. As a child, Asante attended the Barbara Speake stage school in London, where she trained as a student in dance and drama.She began a television career as a child actress, appearing as a regular in the popular British school drama “Grange Hill.”  She fronted the ‘Just Say No’ campaign of the 1980s and was one of nine “Grange Hill” children to take it to the Reagan White House. 
In her late teens, Asante left the world of acting and eventually made the move to screenwriting with a development deal from Chrysalis. Two series of the urban drama “Brothers and Sisters” followed, which Asante wrote and produced for her production company and BBC2. 

Asante’s 2004 feature film, A WAY OF LIFE, was her directorial debut and premiered at the Toronto Film Festival. The film won Asante 17 international awards for her writing and directing including The BFI London Film Festival’s inaugural Alfred Dunhill UK Film Talent Award, created to recognize the achievements of a new or emerging British writer/director who has shown great skill and imagination in bringing originality and verve to filmmaking.  Additionally Asante collected The Times ‘Breakthrough Artist of the Year’ at the prestigious South Bank Show Awards for writing and directing the film. 

At the BAFTA Film Awards in February 2005, Asante received the BAFTA Carl Foreman Award for Special Achievement by a Writer/Director in a Debut Film. On the same night, she scored a double triumph at the 2005 Miami International Film Festival, winning the award for ‘Best Dramatic Feature in World Cinema’ and the FIPRESCI (International Federation of Film Critics) prize for ‘Best Feature Film.’

Director Amma Asante directing Belle’s cast

Amma Asante attended the London premiere of 
‘Belle’ held a BFI South Bank London, England
June 5, 2014
Designer Jacques Azagury designed 
Amma’s gorgeous gown
Summer orange and silver shimmering brocade 
sleeveless frock with a rise-and-fall hemline is defined by a
bell-shaped skirt which impressively maintains its structure 
Amma wanted to paid homage to the beautiful shapes and
fabrics in the 18th Century with a modern interpretation
Have a Fantastic Sunday!
Camille Mitchell

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