The tragic effects of Hurricane Harvey in Houston and surrounding Texas areas have been very heartbreaking. Witnessing residents lose their homes and having to wade through flooded waters in order to find some sort of safe shelter is indescribable. Hurricane Harvey’s fury resulted in more than 50 inches of rain and have left roughly 30,000 people with the need to take shelter. So, when there is even a little bit of hope and light, it is an inspiring sight to see.

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The walls of a Houston, Texas shelter reverberated with the sounds of gospel as a woman named Victoria White spontaneously burst out into a rendition of “Spirit Break Out” for the room of evacuees at the Lone Star Convention and Expo Center in Conroe.

Joni Villemez-Comeaux videotaped the impromptu performance and posted it on Facebook, which has garnered over 14 million views at the time of this article. She captioned the video with “So this just broke out in the shelter…”



It certainly had the desired effect as the audience huddled together and swayed along to the music and erupted into applause and praise.

Once White realized just how viral her hopeful voice went, she took to her own Facebook to express her gratitude and reconfirmation of her goal to spread love and hope in a time of hopelessness.

The Lone Star Convention and Expo Center has reached capacity, according to The Courier of Montgomery County. White’s voice exuded love to a packed house and it looked like such a beautiful moment.

Bless you, Victoria White!

Do you need a pick-me-up? Get into this performance!
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Tonja Renée Stidhum is a writer/director living in Los Angeles by way of Chicago. She is the co-host of the movie review podcast, Cinema Bun Podcast. She is made of sugar and spice and everything rice... with the uncanny ability to make a Disney/Pixar reference in the same sentence as a double entendre. You can follow her on Twitter @EmbraceTheJ, on Facebook FB.com/tstidhum, and Instagram @embracethej. You can find more of her work on her About Me page, https://about.me/tonjareneestidhum.

If you haven’t heard the names “Chloe x Halle,” then allow me to introduce you! Those familiar with the young and talented duo may have seen them performing acoustic/a cappella versions of hits on social media. One super important person saw them, though: Beyoncé, herself!

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The sister pair are now signed to Bey’s management company, Parkwood Entertainment and their career has shot beyond the stars! Now, they will be joining the ABC/Freeform family and have been cast in Grown-ish, the Black-ish spinoff starring Yara Shahidi!

Chloe and Halle will be starring as twin sisters Sky and Jazz, who play on Zoey Johnson’s (Shahidi) college’s track team. How dope is that?!

The sisters expressed their excitement on their Instagram page, the home of where their fame truly began:

A post shared by chloe x halle (@chloexhalle) on


Fans of each of the girls are certainly excited about it:





Grown-ish also stars Trevor Jackson, Deon Cole, Chris Parnell, Francia Raisa, and Emily Arlook and is set to start production next week. The series will premiere with a 13 episode freshman season in 2018 on the Freeform network.

Source: Vibe

The sisters are right! This IS going to be fun! What do you think of this cool new casting?
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Tonja Renée Stidhum is a writer/director living in Los Angeles by way of Chicago. She is the co-host of the movie review podcast, Cinema Bun Podcast. She is made of sugar and spice and everything rice... with the uncanny ability to make a Disney/Pixar reference in the same sentence as a double entendre. You can follow her on Twitter @EmbraceTheJ, on Facebook FB.com/tstidhum, and Instagram @embracethej. You can find more of her work on her About Me page, https://about.me/tonjareneestidhum.

If you haven’t heard the names “Chloe x Halle,” then allow me to introduce you! Those familiar with the young and talented duo may have seen them performing acoustic/a cappella versions of hits on social media. One super important person saw them, though: Beyoncé, herself!

Continue Reading


The sister pair are now signed to Bey’s management company, Parkwood Entertainment and their career has shot beyond the stars! Now, they will be joining the ABC/Freeform family and have been cast in Grown-ish, the Black-ish spinoff starring Yara Shahidi!

Chloe and Halle will be starring as twin sisters Sky and Jazz, who play on Zoey Johnson’s (Shahidi) college’s track team. How dope is that?!

The sisters expressed their excitement on their Instagram page, the home of where their fame truly began:

A post shared by chloe x halle (@chloexhalle) on


Fans of each of the girls are certainly excited about it:





Grown-ish also stars Trevor Jackson, Deon Cole, Chris Parnell, Francia Raisa, and Emily Arlook and is set to start production next week. The series will premiere with a 13 episode freshman season in 2018 on the Freeform network.

Source: Vibe

The sisters are right! This IS going to be fun! What do you think of this cool new casting?
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Tonja Renée Stidhum is a writer/director living in Los Angeles by way of Chicago. She is the co-host of the movie review podcast, Cinema Bun Podcast. She is made of sugar and spice and everything rice... with the uncanny ability to make a Disney/Pixar reference in the same sentence as a double entendre. You can follow her on Twitter @EmbraceTheJ, on Facebook FB.com/tstidhum, and Instagram @embracethej. You can find more of her work on her About Me page, https://about.me/tonjareneestidhum.

Tennis can be a thrilling sport in and of itself, so when an upset happens… it’s peak excitement! People love rooting for the underdog in general, so upsets are popular in any competition.

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Meet Naomi Osaka. Osaka is a 19-year-old 6th seed (No. 45) Haitian-Japanese tennis player. Recently, Osaka’s life changed in a moment after she pulled a huge upset and defeated reigning U.S. Open champion Angelique Kerber. And this happened in the first round with Osaka as a wild card.

Not only did she win, but she blew Kerber out of the water: 6-3, 6-1. Game, set, match!

No one saw this coming:



This win is Osaka’s first against a top 10 player in her career. Plus, she now holds a 6-1 career record in Grand Slam first round matches. Superstar!

Unsurprisingly, Osaka really looks up to Serena Williams. And Williams is out here giving her props. “I have seen her play. She’s really young and really aggressive. She’s a really good, talented player. Very dangerous,” Williams said of Osaka, who recorded a 125 mph serve at the 2016 U.S. Open, which is something only eight other women have done. Osaka is winning all around!

Given her young age, Osaka is definitely someone to watch! I think we got another tennis star on our hands!

Source: USA Today

What do you think of Osaka’s surprise win? Do you think she has the potential to reach Williams sisters level?
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Tonja Renée Stidhum is a writer/director living in Los Angeles by way of Chicago. She is the co-host of the movie review podcast, Cinema Bun Podcast. She is made of sugar and spice and everything rice... with the uncanny ability to make a Disney/Pixar reference in the same sentence as a double entendre. You can follow her on Twitter @EmbraceTheJ, on Facebook FB.com/tstidhum, and Instagram @embracethej. You can find more of her work on her About Me page, https://about.me/tonjareneestidhum.

Tennis can be a thrilling sport in and of itself, so when an upset happens… it’s peak excitement! People love rooting for the underdog in general, so upsets are popular in any competition.

Continue Reading


Meet Naomi Osaka. Osaka is a 19-year-old 6th seed (No. 45) Haitian-Japanese tennis player. Recently, Osaka’s life changed in a moment after she pulled a huge upset and defeated reigning U.S. Open champion Angelique Kerber. And this happened in the first round with Osaka as a wild card.

Not only did she win, but she blew Kerber out of the water: 6-3, 6-1. Game, set, match!

No one saw this coming:



This win is Osaka’s first against a top 10 player in her career. Plus, she now holds a 6-1 career record in Grand Slam first round matches. Superstar!

Unsurprisingly, Osaka really looks up to Serena Williams. And Williams is out here giving her props. “I have seen her play. She’s really young and really aggressive. She’s a really good, talented player. Very dangerous,” Williams said of Osaka, who recorded a 125 mph serve at the 2016 U.S. Open, which is something only eight other women have done. Osaka is winning all around!

Given her young age, Osaka is definitely someone to watch! I think we got another tennis star on our hands!

Source: USA Today

What do you think of Osaka’s surprise win? Do you think she has the potential to reach Williams sisters level?
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Tonja Renée Stidhum is a writer/director living in Los Angeles by way of Chicago. She is the co-host of the movie review podcast, Cinema Bun Podcast. She is made of sugar and spice and everything rice... with the uncanny ability to make a Disney/Pixar reference in the same sentence as a double entendre. You can follow her on Twitter @EmbraceTheJ, on Facebook FB.com/tstidhum, and Instagram @embracethej. You can find more of her work on her About Me page, https://about.me/tonjareneestidhum.