Cecilia Smith



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Mental Health and Stigmas - Breaking Generational Curses with a Mental Health Day

I wasn't sure what to expect after pulling up to the large, unassuming building that held everything from a bank to the office that I was there to visit. Once inside I found the room was cozy and inviting, as I sat on a comfortable couch across from a woman that mostly let me vent for an hour - allowing me to vocalize my thoughts and more as I worked through them. A little over an hour later I left the session oddly satisfied, now wondering why I hadn’t gone through with it sooner.

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Jon B Just Wants Us To "Understand"

Jon B sits down for a one-on-one HSM writer, Cecilia Smith.

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Eric Green Brings Color & Style With Style Made Simple

With a career that’s spanned across the globe - and included partnerships with fashion powerhouses like Armani, Burberry, Cole Haan, Gap, J. Crew, Neiman Marcus, North Face and more - former Charming Charlie Vice President and Executive Creative Director, Eric Samuel Green, has earned a stellar reputation for being a visionary within the industry. And he’s not done yet.

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Creed II Hits the Mark as Jordan Climbs Back Into the Ring

Two things still ring true in America; we love an underdog and a damn good comeback story, items that helped propel the original Rocky into cinematic history. Based on a familiar tale of rags-to-riches mixed with redemption, it’s the film that almost wasn’t, after Hollywood initially balked at the idea of a (then) unknown Sylvester Stallone in the title role.

The Bad Girl of Comedy Gets Candid: Luenell Brings the Heat On & Off the Stage

It’s a November evening in Houston, yet the air is deceptively mild, as a small line begins to form outside of the Houston Improv. Weaving through the crowd and into the building - conversations fade in and out - with some eagerly remembering past shows, and others just ready for a good laugh.

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Actor Kedrick Brown Brings His Own Seat to the Table

Two years ago actor Kedrick Brown was steadily carving out a name for himself, delivering a string of impressive performances in Greenleaf, American Crime, Survivor’s Remorse, Underground and more. Since then the Straight Outta Compton actor has kept that same hunger, landing supporting roles in everything from Black Lightning to the Spike Lee produced Tales From the Hood 2, now available on Netflix. Sitting down with Houston Style again it’s clear that Brown’s passion for his craft has only grown, as he revealed how he’s working to inspire a new generation of actors.

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Linda Johnson Rice Talks About Ebony’s Legacy, the Shift in the Industry, and More

A monthly lifestyle publication, Ebony Magazine has been shining a light on Black entertainment and experiences in America since 1945, earning a place in media history as a major player in the publishing game. No stranger to the industry, since taking over the helm from her late father - founder, John H. Johnson - media mogul Linda Johnson Rice has helped steer the organization into a new era; eventually rising to become the Chair and CEO of Johnson Publishing Company, the powerhouse also responsible for introducing JET Magazine to the world.

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JMBLYA Returns to Houston With a Bang

Three things are officially back in Texas: crawfish, patio weather, and of course, festival season – which unofficially kicked off with Austin’s annual SXSW showcases in March. Over the May 4th weekend the Lone Star State hosted yet another successful event, bringing three days of music to Austin, Dallas, and finally, Houston via the popular JMBLYA festival.

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Camp Kammok Elevates Camping With Annual Retreat

While some live for camping, it’s just not for everyone. From unpredictable weather conditions to various bugs and critters, some people simply prefer the comforts of home versus the great outdoors. Well, I love a good adventure, so I jumped at the chance to cover Camp Kammok, making the trek to Burnet, Texas in search of Reveille Peak Ranch.

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Behind the Scenes of Cirque du Soleil Corteo: High Stakes & Rewards With Jackson "Kaj" Kanukai

One of Cirque du Soleil’s most beloved productions, after wrapping up an exclusive six-performance run at Houston’s Toyota Center, many are wondering just how the masterful performers behind Corteo do it. Featuring 51 acrobats, musicians, singers and actors from across the globe, the theatrical masterpiece has become a fan favorite.

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