Angela Bassett



The actress who recently hosted Rape Foundation’s annual brunch, took a moment to share her own experience with sexual molestation as a child.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, during the event, the actress revealed that while she was asleep one night, her mother’s boyfriend came into her room at night and she felt him fondling her breasts.

She said her supportive mother ended the relationship when she reported to her what had happened.

The 61-year-old mother to teenage twins said: “Fortunately, it wasn’t a complete assault, it was fondling, but it was devastating enough for a child who’s 12 or 13. To have a mother who could tell as soon as light broke that this happened and for her to expel him [meant a lot]. That she heard me, believed me, and did something about it, I think was so empowering for me as a young teen, as a young woman.”



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The highly anticipated BLACK GIRLS ROCK! Award show is back for another year with even more unapologetic Black girl magic!

The annual award show highlights the exemplary achievements of Black women and girls, past and present, across the globe. 

This year’s award show is hosted by Emmy nominated actress, Niecy Nash, and will tape in Newark, New Jersey at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC). Honorees include THE Angela Bassett who will be receiving the much deserved Icon Award, Regina King (Star Power Award), Ciara (Rock Star Award), Academy Award nominated producer Debra Martin Chase (Shot Caller Award), two-time Grammy award winning artist H.E.R. (Young Gifted and Black Award) and activists and heroines, “The Mothers of The Movement,” Sybrina Fulton, Geneva Reed Veal, Gwen Carr, Lucy McBath, Maria Hamilton and Cleopatra Pendleton-Cowley who will all be receiving the Community Change Agent Award.  

The BLACK GIRLS ROCK! Award show was founded by celebrity DJ and model, Beverly Bond. Bond created the show to celebrate women of color who are breaking barriers, trendsetting and trailblazing in their chosen industries.  Since 2006, the award show has been dedicated to empowering women and girls through media, leadership, education and pro-social programs. “I am thrilled to host this year’s BLACK GIRLS ROCK! Awards. We are celebrating Black women who serve the world with style, grace, class and sass,” said 2019 host Niecy Nash in a statement.

Past honorees include  #MeToo Movement founder Tarana Burke, the Queen of Hip-Hop Soul Mary J. Blige, dance legend Judith Jamison, actress Issa Rae and Congresswoman Maxine Waters.  Founder and executive producer, Beverly Bond said that “BLACK GIRLS ROCK on BET is the mecca for Black girl brilliance. This show is the preeminent annual celebration of Black women and girls influence across sectors and this year’s cohort of celebrants are stellar examples of our illustrious contributions to the world.”

The award show will air on Sunday, September 8, 2019 at 8pm EST on BET. And of course, we’ll be watching!

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60 year old Black Panther actress Angela Bassett, who defies her age has shares the 5 beauty tips that she swears by.

Speaking to Allure magazine, Angela talks about inquiring minds constantly ask “What do you do, what do you eat, how do you stay…?” and admits that ”It feels good that they wonder,”

The phrase ‘black don’t crack’ rings true with the stunning actress who appears to be aging backwards. So, what is the secret to her flawless, youthful glow? Angela shares her 5 must-have products with Madame Noire.

Take a look and see if you can’t pick up some tips to preserve your skin!

Micellar Water

Micellar Water [Credit: Racked]
Micellar Water [Credit: Racked]

Angela Bassett was serious about making sure our skin is clean before we even begin to apply any products. She explained, ‘It’s all about keeping the skin as clean as you can using the micellar water. Make sure you have all the pollutants, the debris and dead skin cells are removed and your skin can breathe before you put any moisturizers or creams on.” We love Urban Hydration Micellar Water in Kiwi and Pomegranate. You get a good amount of product that will last you a few months and the best part is this line is created by a Black woman.

Darker Skin Tones Foam Cleanser

Angela Bassett partnered with skincare expert Dr. Barbara Sturm to create a line of products specifically for women of color. We’re here for her foam cleanser ($70.00, Molecular-Cosmetics.com) which contains hyaluronic acid to provide instant moisture to your face.

Darker Skin Tones Hyaluronic Serum

Darker Skin Tones Foam Cleanser [Credit: The Guardian]
Darker Skin Tones Foam Cleanser [Credit: The Guardian]

After you wash your face, Bassett instructs to continue with your “serums and creams.” A serum packs a lot of great ingredients for your skin in a more absorbable form. This is great to apply right after you clean your face. Personally, I use my jade roller to help the product settle into my face even better.

Darker Skin Tones Face Cream Rich

This face cream is perfect for combination skin. This rich formula is perfect for overnight care and to use to let your skin replenish itself.

Nyakio Manketti and Mafura Anti-Aging Oil

Nyakio Manketti and Mafura Anti-Aging Oil
Nyakio Manketti and Mafura Anti-Aging Oil

While Bassett didn’t mention using facial oil, this is a must-have in your beauty routine. Oil is great for replenishing your skin and locking in moisture. At night, I apply it after my moisturizer to really help lock in everything. I’m obsessed with Naykio Manketti and Mafura Anti-Aging Oil. It helps restore the skin and is rich in pure, cold-pressed oils. It’s also 100% vegan.