F The Full Story Bringing The Full Figured Into Focus Royal Treatment Born Dana Owens, Queen Latifah took the male-dominated rap game by storm and gave women worldwide a sense of pride and U-N-I-T-Y. The Queen also stepped up her own game, adding acting to her repertoire and earned an Oscar nomination for her performance in “Chicago.” A Chocolate Siztas Publication See Page 4 to learn more about Your Highness’ upcoming projects. Sacramento, California Plus Model To Give Industry Dose Of Reality MAY-JUNE 2008 By Genoa Barrow Full Story Editor which aired on May 14. “You’re the first juicy booty Whitney Thompson, a stu- to make it to the runway,” dent from Florida has won joked Sutan, a makeup artist Cycle 10 of “America’s Next on the show. Top Model” the CW’s highly Thompson was not without popular reality show. her detractors though. Judge Created by former Paulina Porizkova said Supermodel Tyra Banks, “Whitney’s the girl a guy ANTM seeks to discover and would want in his bed, but the shape the next baddest chick girl I’d buy the dress from is to hit the runway. Anya,” in reference to the Thompson’s win marks the other finalist, who was first by a “plus” model. She’s favored to win. also the first larger model to Other fuller figured models make it to the show’s finale, have tried/See Big Win, Page 4 Chocolate Sizta Sac Poetess Puts Down Mic Of The Month Say it aint so. One of the most battling some issues with my recognizable names in the health, diabetes and all so it's just Congratulations to RoLanda Allaha Wilkins, Sacramento poetry scene is calling come time for me to take care of our Chocolate Sizta of the Month. Wilkins is it quits, laying down the mic! me. the National Coordinator of Birthing Project, Flo-Real, aka Aisha George, the which save babies’ lives worldwide. She is host of Vibe Sessions, is retiring to GB: Are you retiring from hosting also a fierce champion for young girls, or all/ See Flo-Real, Page 6 deal with health issues and is tak- directing Sacramento’s Judge Alice Lytle ing some much needed Academy of Dreams, which encourages time for self. Full Story young women to develop a plan for their lives, and hosting an recently caught up with annual education “Flo” to see where her forum designed to head was at... inspire them to reach GB: Why the retirement? their goals. She is Vibe Sessions is one of the also the founder of most consistent venues Earth Mama Healing, which hosts events these days. and retreats for FR: Well basically...I can't women. feed the people until I feed myself. Lately I have been Inside: Author Chamein Canton Tells Our Story (3) E-40 Concert (4) Youth Get Chance To Shine (5) .. . 2 Chocolate Siztas Poised to Make An Impact Who We Are Welcome to the latest issue of our newsletter! We wanted to take a moment to introduce ourselves again, and explain where we’re coming from... There are so many adjectives for a full-figured woman. Rubenesque. Plus-sized. Big Beautiful Woman (BBW). Big. Curvaceous. Thick. Chubby. Chunky. The list goes on and on. The stigma for these women is the same, howev- er, no matter how they’re described: a big woman isn’t typi- cally considered attractive. The Chocolate Siztas consists of two full-figured women: Genoa Barrow and Tandrea Madison. Their relationship began as a professional one, both of them writers for The Sacramento Observer, a Black-owned newspaper. Soon, Writers Tandrea Madison, left, and Genoa Barrow, the common ground between them became obvious. Both are founders of Chocolate Siztas, an organization women were intelligent, creative, ambitious, full-figured, that caters to the full figured community. divalicious, beautiful and chocolate. not be an issue at the events. Discussion about size acceptance became a common one and both women realized there was a public unmet need— What began as a simple idea has since grown consider- F that a portion of the Sacramento community was being dis- ably. CS has plans for much more for the full-figured serviced—and who better to tackle that than them? As including skate nights, bowling nights, full-figured cruises, members of the full-figured community and as journalists, gospel brunches, movie nights—for singles and families, they had unique perspectives into the problem and the self-esteem workshops for teens, poetry slams, exercise resources and knowledge to make changes. Hence, classes, dance competitions and more. We’re also launch- Chocolate Siztas was born. ing a youth component called Chocolate CHIPS (Changing How I’m Perceived by Society) and a new web site The aim of the organization is to provide the full-figured www.ChocolateSiztas.com. community with activities and venues designed for them and their admirers. The idea began with a simple desire to Through all that we do, and just being our wonderful unite full-figured Sacramentans and provide them with a selves, Chocolate Siztas intends to show society that size quarterly venue to meet one another, removing the usual has nothing to do with beauty, style, grace or depth of societal pressures and judgments—size acceptance would heart. WHAT FOLKS ARE SAYING Gina Washington recently visited our new web site www. ChocolateSiztas.com and had this to say... “The site is tasteful and well done. The new feature Chocolate “The Full Story” is the monthly Chips is inspiring, and very much needed as a support group and a newsletter of the Chocolate Siztas. safe place for America's full-figured youth. Tandrea and Genoa, I Are you a full figured person with something to say? Know of a plus salute your extraordinary efforts, and I look forward to your next friendly business that should be highlighted? events... Until then, be blessed and rock on!!! ” We want to hear from you. Email us at info@ChocolateSiztas.com or visit us at www.ChcocolateSiztas.com The Full Story New York Based Author Takes ‘Our Story’ National 3 Asked by Genoa Barrow Luckily I found kindred spirits with but I pace myself very carefully. One closed to me for a while and I kept Full Story Editor WindRiver Publishing. of the best things about writing and pressing on I didn’t let it get me working for yourself is that you can down. I knew I had something of From the pages of her books to GB: The new book? set the pace, which means if I need value to say and there was an audi- appearances on national television, CC: It’s all about a take charge wed- a “time out” I can take it. Now that ence for me. I had to keep the faith author Chamien Canton is represent- ding planner who let her own love my sons are 21, it’s a little easier to and stay positive. ing big girls to the “fullest.” life fall to the wayside until she travel and work on outside projects. Canton is the author of several meets Mr. Right in an unusual way. I GB: What was being on the Today romance novels with full figured will be heading out on a book tour GB: You refer to yourself as a “long Show like? heroines including “Not His Type” this summer. time big girl.” What advice would you CC: I have to say I had a terrific and “You’re Getting Married?” and as give to others looking for the confi- experience with the show. I worked a successful wedding planner, has GB: “Down That Aisle In Style” dence to love who they are? with Cat Greenleaf and she was a penned “Down That Aisle In Style: A seems to be doing well. CC: Find a way to be happy in your doll. David’s Bridal, IGIGI and Alfred Wedding Guide for the Full-Figured CC: A friend of mine Susan Barone is own skin. Look in the mirror and find Angelo all provided fantastic gowns Woman.” the owner of Always For Me and she the things you like about yourself. I so my models looked wonderful. It Full Story caught up with the busy recently published some amazing have nice eyes, I like my shoulders felt good to have a chance to show lady recently as she prepares for the statistics about weddings in 2008. etc.. how beautiful full figured brides are. June 3 release of her latest novel According to her findings nearly 25 These are little affirmations you can All too often plus size brides-to-be “Bliss, Inc.” percent of the 2.4 million brides get- make to yourself everyday. It took a think they have no choice but to lose ting married this year will be plus major illness for me to realize that I weight before they can shop and my GB: Black women, including us size. That translates into about was allowing what society viewed as goal was to show them they had thicker ladies, read a lot of romance 600,000 women. Now I don’t know the perfect woman to bring me options. novels, yet we’re not represented a about anyone else but that figure down. I hated the word big, now I lot within those pages,even from gets my attention. I thought it was embrace it. GB: You were going to be doing a writers who are plus themselves, about time for people to realize that I’m not a witch or a leper, I’m just full figured reality show, what hap- how important was it to you to we do get married to. a big girl and if I let the world bring pened with that? change that? me down, there is only one person to CC: it fell through as things some- CC: That was my main focus when I GB: Is your wedding planning busi- blame and that’s the lady staring times do when it comes to television. began writing. I wanted to see big ness focused on the full-figured? back at me in the mirror. But no worries, whenever one door girls represented as more than just CC: Although I work with brides of all closes a window opens and I’m not second bananas to the main, thinner sizes, I have a special place in my GB: Have any doors been closed to afraid to climb in. characters. I wanted to present the heart for full figured brides. I want you because of your size? character as a sexy confident them to feel beautiful and special for CC: The door to publishing was woman who like many other women their big day and (thin women included) has to deal beyond. It gives me with some self-esteem issues every great joy. now and then, but she doesn’t let it get her down or in the way of her GB: You have eclec- finding true love. tic talents, how do you make time for GB: Was it hard finding a publisher all you do? who’d tell our stories? CC: As a cancer CC: I lucked out with the romance survivor and some- novel at Genesis because I found an one who lives with editor who read it and immediately MS I’ve learned that wanted to work with me. My wed- time isn’t always on ding book took a bit longer even with your side. That’s an agent in my corner. Publishers why I grab life by could see the market potential but it the horns and press was a case of being the first to pub- forward. Believe me lish a wedding guide book with the I have my down words “full figured women” on the days with my illness cover that seemed to stop them. Author/wedding planner Chamein Canton, left, recently appeared on the “Today Show” with her plus sized models. For a sneak peek of her new book, “Bliss, Inc.” visit www.ChocolateSiztas.com 4 E y e O n U s : Full Figured Folks In Entertainment Rapper Refuses To Be Anything Other Than A ‘Lady’ SheRico Jones, aka, Lady many attractive male rap- Twist, a plus size rapper from pers, can you? I challenge Chicago, was recently booted you to name 10 right from the VH1 show “Ego Trip’s now…. And a few of these Miss Rap Supreme.” Airing on female rappers leave much Monday nights, the show is trying to be desired in the looks to find the dopest female MC. department.” Lady Twist’s departure has a Miss Rap Supreme, lot of folks talking as she was which highlights a great one of the more talented and deal of arguing and overall likeable contestants competing hating among the contest- for the title. In the episode where ants, is hosted by fuller-fig- she made her exit, much was ured rappers Yo Yo and Mc made about her weight during a Serch, of 3rd Bass fame. group competition where the Plus size rapper Khia, who ladies came up with a number had a hit with the sexually called “Sweep the Flo” and how charged song,“My Neck, Lady Twist couldn’t do it because of “I personally don’t think that I was My Back” was disqualified earlier this her size. sent home because I couldn’t dance,” season for using a rap she’d previous- They could have found a way to she writes. “I don’t think that I was ly recorded during a competition work her into it even if she couldn’t do sent home because my rhyme lacked where she and others were to write an it, but didn’t and their routine ended substance; I was sent home because I original piece to stay to keep from up looking disjointed. For the record, refused to argue and fight period. being eliminated. big people can dance, look at Missy Although the crown of Miss Rap Lady Twist had already foreshad- Elliot and hello, remember Heavy D! Supreme would have been a good owed her own departure, as she’s Not all rappers dance, rather relying look, I openly/verbally refused to show seen during her last episode telling a on talent alone to rock a show, like my ass and/or disgrace my character friend back home that she was ready The Notorious BIG or Queen Latifah. and upbringing in the name of ratings. to leave and focus on her journalism Lady Twist recently responded to her “Another thing that keeps resurfac- studies. She’s not giving up on the time on the show on a blog site called ing is the whole weight vs. sex appeal music thing just yet though. Check her issue. Truthfully, I can’t name too Queen ‘Bee’ FakeShoreDrive.com. out at www.cdbaby.com/cd/ladytwist. Rocklin’s Gettin’ Hyphy A Touch of Entertainment pres- ents rapper and hood linguist E- Here’s the latest buzz on 40 in concert June 7 at Rocklin’s Queen Latifah. She’ll star Harwood Palace Sports and opposite Oscar winner Events Center. Jennifer Hudson and fellow Bay Area artist E-40 has had artist Alicia Keys in the hits with songs like “Tell Me upcoming film, “The Secret When To Go,” “Things’ll Never Life of Bees.” The film, due Change/Rapper’s Ball,” “U & out October 17, stars Dakota E-40 Dat,” and “Sprinkle Me.” Fanning as a girl in 1964 dealing with the death of Also performing will be Big her mother. Her father hires a Black woman, Hudson, Omeezy, Tha Outfit, DJ Pizo, DJ Iceman, DJ Flipside and Doey to care for her. Latifah is one of three beekeeping sis- Rock of E-40’s Sick Wid It Records. Hosted by Short-E of 103.5 The Bomb. Sponsors include LAKidd Entertainment, MaddPAdd ters who teach them some life lessons in rural South Productions, Kalikwest Media Group and OLM Entertainment. Carolina. Tickets are $35 in advance at Ticketmaster or $40 at the door. Latifah’s last movie “Mad Money” is out on DVD The Harwood Palace is located at 1091 Tinker Road, Rocklin. May 13 and she’s in theaters now in “What Happens For more information call (916) 508-7410 or to learn about ven- in Vegas” In 2009 she’ll reprise her voice over role of dor opportunities, call (916) 308-5157. Ellie in “Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs.” The Full Story... Chocolate Siztas Reaches Out To Youth 5 Check out these plus- friendly web sites: In an effort to reach out to image and most importantly, full figured youth, Chocolate learn to love who they are as Siztas is launching its youth they are! www.naafaonline.com component, Chocolate Chocolate C.H.I.P.S. activi- C.H.I.P.S. (Changing How I’m ties will include a full-figured www.hipsandcurves.com Perceived by Society). youth summit, fashion shows, Chocolate Siztas believes that work out sessions, college www.biggalslingerie.com size does not determine one’s information, a mentor program, self worth or potential and sup- field trips, movie nights and www.aboutcurves.com ports young people in their more. www.plusmodels.com fight to be accepted for who For more information on how they are. to participate or become a www.fullfigureentertain- Aimed at full-figured youth sponsor for this effort, visit ment.com ages 12-18, the Chocolate www.ChocolateSiztas.com, or email C.H.I.P.S. will build self- chocolatechips@chocolatesiz- www.sizeappeal.com esteem, share common experi- tas.com. ences, encourage positive body www.lanebryant.com CHOCOLATE SIZTAS PRESENTS The Sweet Spot ENJOY A FUN NIGHT OUT OR MIX AND MINGLE WITH FULL FIGURED SINGLES Saturday, June 21, 2008 Queen Sheba DJ Biggie C 1704 Broadway & DANCING Sacramento, Ca. DOOR PRIZES 7- 11 p.m. ! Tickets: $20 ! (Food & Drink Not Included) Tickets available in advance at www.ChocolateSiztas.com. 6 the years, the constant vali- time you read on stage/in public? The Full Story Flo Real Cont... dation from family, friends as well as lovers. FR: Well I started writing short sto- ries years ago late ’90s I actually GB: When did you host your stepped on stage for the first time in FR: I am retiring from hosting and first Vibe Sessions? 2001 at this venue here called "The performing all in a nutshell... at least FR: Well the name Vibe Sessions is Po-Hop" at Cheers hosted by Cornel for awhile. only two years old. I first started West and when I performed I got a GB: Talent can't be contained. Will hosting a show called "The Po-Rotic standing ovation and from that we see Flo-Real take the stage any- Lounge" at Cheers back in May of moment on...it was all she wrote!!! where around Sac? 2002 GB: When/How did you become Flo- FR: That statement is true! But I GB: What was your vision for the Real? don’t plan to take the stage for venue and did you accomplish that FR: Well I was reciting as Just Aisha awhile....I hope. goal? for a couple of months. People kept GB: Vibe Sessions has been around FR: My vision was to create the telling me that my Flo was real and for a minute, different locations... Flo-Real also performs with most melodic, educational, sensual, down to earth plus around that time the African dance & drum how important was it to you to build down to earth, funniest venue ever. I the music group Floetry came out troupe Jodama and has won several awards including the up a quality venue? just wanted to be "Out of the box" of and I had an afro and everyone was Sounds of Soul Black Music FR: It was very important because Award for Best Female Poet in normality sorta speak, and yes I feel saying that I looked like Marsha in 2005 and the Sac Cultural Hub your venue reflects on you believe it like I have accomplished that Floetry so I put the flo and the real Choice Award in 2007. or not and I knew that once it was GB: How would you rank/rate together from that even opening a center for rebellious built to it's prime, the whole commu- Sacramento's poetry talent and GB: What does the future hold for teens to help them curb that nega- nity will would benefit from it. poetry scene? Aisha George? tive energy, but all if it be the Lord’s GB: What's been the highlight of FR: I would rate the talent at the top. FR: Hopefully my own magazine, will! your time as host? there is so much talent here, and maybe even end up writing for other FR: My highlight would be, the love people just don't know it! The poetry artists etc, Also I love kids so maybe WHY WE LIKE HER and respect from the community as scene has dwindled a lil bit but is When asked on her another young positive leader. slowing making its way back up! and MySpace page what her GB: You're one of the ones that we I only say that because when I go to best physical feature was, (Chocolate Siztas) point out as "rep- places like atlanta where they have 3 resenting well" for the big girls. venues goin every night of the weak, she answered, “My Twinz” How'd you gain that self confidence i gotta question our dedication to this and when asked what she that it takes to be a host and hold wanted to be when she “grew up,” she replied, “a spoken word movement. your own as a performer? mentor for the kids.” GB: When did you start writing poet- FR: It has come from many over ry/singing and when was the first Big Win Continued... ‘On The Street, She’s Just A Hot Chick’ to break the ANTM barrier to no avail, “I got tough skin from that. That’s the most famously Toccara Jones in Cycle 3. only way I could survive as a plus-size Jones has gone on to become a television model in a house full of skinny toothpicks.” personality, despite losing on ANTM. Thompson says she’s ready to serve as a Banks acknowledged that the fashion role model. industry has different standards when it “I want other girls to say ‘I don’t have to comes to size. starve or have plastic surgery. I can be on “Only in modeling is plus. On the street, that billboard too.’” she’s just a hot chick,” she said during the As the winner of ANTM, Thompson will finale show. receive representation from Elite Model Thompson, who rocked a bright pink Management, a $100,000 contract with Toccara Jones didn’t win Top Versace gown to victory, says she’s used CoverGirl cosmetics and a six-page fash- Model, but the curvy beauty is still to negativity about her body. ion spread in “Seventeen” magazine. setting runways on fire.
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