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POP INTERVIEW: Antwon Jackson, The Man Behind Great Hair!

Antwon Jackson discovered his dream while watching television – so it’s fitting that he would be living that dream ON television … as the man behind the fabulous hair of Wendy Williams and countless other stars. It’s also fitting that a person who’s making women more beautiful happens to be beautiful inside and out himself.

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antwon JacksonAntwon Jackson discovered his dream while watching television – so it’s fitting that he would be living that dream ON television … as the  man behind the fabulous hair of Wendy Williams and countless other stars. It’s also fitting that a person who’s making women more beautiful happens to be beautiful inside and out himself. Antwon was nice enough to take a few minutes to talk about his work and his life.

You talk in your bio about seeing a Vidal Sassoon commercial when you were a kid and knowing at that moment that you knew what you wanted to do!  Did you come against any resistance from people… or did you basically say – ‘this is how It’s gonna be!’
When pursuing my dreams and ambitions, to protect myself from the opinions of others, I’d just keep silent and let my visions unfold. I knew that  not everyone wasn’t gonna “Wish Me Well” so I basically said ” this is how its gonna be!”


Suddenly you were practicing on women in the neighborhood. Can you share at least one story where the hair went kind of wrong? That has to happen at least once, doesn’t it? What did you do?

I recall one particular incident where I was practicing “tapering” with the clippers on a family friend. I used the wrong guard on the clippers and basically cut her nearly bald. Knowledge is POWER and I was powerless due to the lack of knowledge regarding  clippers usage. In this industry, I don’t know I could recover image wise from that kind of mistake especially dealing with high profile clients. Ain’t nobody got time time for that!

 You were born in North Carolina – describe your first experience in New York – how do remember it them, and how different is it to you now?
Wow, coming to New York from North Carolina for the first time back in 1996 was intriguingly overwhelming in terms of the different races, the energy, tall buildings and of course the fashions. In the midst of all the “goings on” I felt a sense of belonging. I started visiting least once a year…alone. The  more I came the NYC, the more I became aware of has to be done in terms prepping to move here. I’ve been living here for 3yrs now and its as if I’ve live her all my life…I cant see myself living anywhere Else. I make love to this city everyday.  Gonna marry her soon.

What was one of the biggest breaks you’ve ever gotten?
The biggest break I’ve gotten was given the opportunity to assist uber Celebrity Hairstylist Oscar James. Working him whom I’ve always admired was a dream come true. I got to see up close how he works, his calm demeanor and what it tastes like to work in the industry. I also trained under Hadiiya Barbel who at the time was the hairstylist for the Wendy Show.
Wendy Williams Peta We all know you and see you and hear your name from The Wendy Williams Show… give people an idea of your life these days! What is your average day like? When are you up and when are you done?
I always say “I have miles to go before I sleep.” There is so much that I plan on doing career wise. I’m immensely grateful been the head Hairstylist for the Wendy Williams Show having started out just 3yrs ago as an intern. So, when people see me they see LOVE, RESPECT and an unconcealable zanniness!!! My spirit is somewhat “childlike” in sense that I everything with excitement. That’s the LEO in me.  We [Leos] tend to make the best of situations thru humor.
  
I can say personally from coming on the show that I truly feel like I’m visiting a family. I am always blown away by the comraderie of the team there. What is it about your group of people that seems to click so well?
At the Wendy Williams Show we are one big family. I have our “moments” if you will. But because we truly love one another, we work pass our differences. I’ve learned that the the challenges we face aren’t happening “to” us but “for” so we can all learn and grow to better beings.
 
What are the advantages to working on and styling wigs? Do you take longer, spent less time? What are the differences?
One of the advantages of working with wigs, is that I have artistic control over texture, color, shape and length. Once the wigs are customized, the prepping time is at a minimum. Where as working with the clients natural hair I have to work whatever type of hair she has and whatever condition her hair is in.  Which takes slightly longer than working with wigs.
A lot of people are obsessed with their hair – a bad haircut can leave a woman crying for DAYS. Why do you think this is?

A bad hair cut will probably leave me crying for months..and I’m 75% man. Some women’s identity is manifested physically by their hair. The right hair style/cut can give a woman the confidence of a beloved Queen. A disastrous haircut and leave a woman feeling with a heavy with a sense of abandonment. The fallen Queen has gone into exile……until her hair grows out.

Some people go their whole lives without really ‘nailing’ the right style for themselves.
And what advice would you give to someone that really can’t seem to get a handle on their hair?

Like I stated previously, some  women feel identified by their hair which can boxed them in to one look. IT JUST HAIR LADIES!!!!!!!  Build trust in a great hairstylist/colorist/cutter. I know several.

Also – what’s one question you’re sick of being asked?
I don’t ever get sick of the respectful questions. Most people would like to know with whom I’ve style. Wendy Williams, Star Jones and Iman just a few.
Do you ever stop and realize that you have become a role model? Not only for people seeking success in the hair and beauty industry, but also as a guy who wasn’t intimidated by dreaming big and pursuing your passion? What do you say to young people who are afraid to go after their dreams?
 If I inspire the the “Dream Chasers” then I’m honored. I honestly feel we fear chasing dreams cause we cant control the what happens. Its less about Fear and more about Faith. Know that if you’re passionate about your dreams and goals and you put the energy into making it happen, IT WILL!!!!!!!!!!!!!
 
If you could choose one sentence that would be the one that people used to describe you – what would it be?
 Antwon’s such a LEO!!!!!
      Laughs alot
      Easy to get along with
      Oooooooh so cute

 

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Priest Accidentally Forgets To Turn Off Filters Before Live Streaming Mass

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The internet is having a field day with the innocent mistake of biblical proportions.

With new social distancing guidelines, many churches have closed to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus. And while that doesn’t justify all the wine you’ve been chugging during your self quarantine, it does have many people practicing their faith from their homes. One Italian priest was just trying to recite a little prayer for his followers when he accidentally left a filter feature on during the broadcast! In the clip the priest is digitally adorned with a space helmet, workout gear, a fedora and sunglasses and more.

Social media went nuts for the video, which has now gone viral. One comment reads “He just doubled his holy power.” Another reads “Father, Son and Holy Influencer.” One commenter couldn’t resist a good pun and said the video is having a “Mass effect.”

Enjoy your daily blessing and take a look at the funny video below!

 

Priest in Italy live streams mass, activates filters by mistake from r/funny

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Danny DeVito Passionately Urges New Yorkers To Stay Home…And Twitter Agrees!

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For the love of Danny DeVito, stay home!

The world is in a dark place right now and I am not sure how much more bad news we can handle. That’s why when I saw Danny DeVito’s name trending on Twitter I froze. Our great nation could very well crumble if anything bad was to happen to such an icon right now. With extreme trepidation I clicked on the social media link and was relieved to see that good ol’ Danny boy is just strumming up hype because he is passionately urging New Yorkers to stay home.

Amid the coronavirus outbreak, Governor Andrew Cuomo has been driving New Yorkers to stay home and has taken every precaution short of shutting the state down completely to help prevent the virus from spreading. Because New Yorkers can be hard headed, it doesn’t hurt to have some famous friends reiterate your message. Big names like Lala Anthony, Robert De Niro and Ben Stiller have all made appearances on Cuomo’s social media pleading with New Yorker’s to heed the governors warning. Only one celebrity was able to make it to Twitter’s trending page however and that was none other than Danny DeVito. DeVito’s message is simple…stay home! In the two minute video, DeVito reminds fans that it’s not just up to the elderly to isolate themselves. “Young people can get it and they can transmit it to old people and the next thing you know – I’m out of there” says the actor. We must save him!

Twitter went into a frenzy with many users agreeing that we need to stay home for Danny. One user wrote “When Danny speaks, I listen.” Another passionately wrote “If you idiots kill Danny DeVito I SWEAR TO GOD.” One promoted DeVito from the icon status I previously awarded him and said “WE GOTTA PROTECT WORLD TREASURE DANNY DeVITO.” 

Take a look at the video below and for the love of the newly minted national treasure, stay home!

 

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VIDEO: Clever Family Recreates Disneyland’s ‘Pirates Of The Caribbean’ Ride During Quarantine

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One resourceful family has turned their quarantine into the happiest staycation on earth.

What do you do when the happiest place on earth is forced to close its doors? Bring that Disney magic home and turn your house into a theme-park ride of course. After Disneyland closed due to the coronavirus pandemic, one family had to rethink their travel plans. Twitter user, @Brooke_disney, shared how she and her family recreated the Pirates of the Caribbean ride in their own home…complete with ingenious props, costumes and pirate accents!

The family divided up the responsibilities with some acting as the ride’s animatronic robots and others playing eager park-goers. Social media went nuts for this brilliant idea with one user commenting “No lines and you saved $100 per person – well done.” Another was impressed by the attention to detail and said “I was screaming at the screen going under the FOOT.” The post has already been viewed over 800k times!

Well shiver me timbers if this isn’t the cutest way to spend a day stuck inside with your family. Take a look at the brilliantly done video below!

 

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