Founder's Desk

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I had the pleasure of spending a week on the set of Rainforest Films’ production of Steve Harvey’s new movie Think Like a Man and hanging out with the film’s star, Kevin Hart. Kevin is hilarious and full of energy, making everybody laugh as they were trying to act. He was excited about the hundreds of thousands of advance tickets that were sold to his movie based on his sold-out comedy tour Laugh at My Pain, which is in theaters Sept. 9. I got a chance to see a sneak preview of it at the American Black Film Festival in Miami, and it is the funniest comedy
movie since Eddie Murphy’s Raw. We have to be proud of the work Kevin is doing. Our editors were also on set interviewing Mr. Hart for an upcoming issue, where he will share the secrets of his success, which we hope will empower our readers to achieve the same. You can get an
early glimpse of what Kevin had to say by ordering a digital copy of our August issue; just visit www.upscalemagazine.com to find out how.

Black and Right

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It’s been 22 years since the first issue of upscale, and much has changed. I remember upscale being known as the successful black magazine. I eventually banned the word black from upscale because it had such a bad connotation—a black cat was unlucky, Black Monday was terrible for Wall Street, a black sheep was the worst person in the family, buying goods on the black market was illegal, black diamond was the most dangerous trail on the ski slope, the black hole no one escapes, and the list goes on. In 2011, things are different, and I am black and I am
proud. Black means power now. One of the most powerful political leaders in the world is black. Some of the top corporate leaders are black. Blacks have always dominated basketball, football and boxing, and now tennis and golf can be added to that list. Black Friday is the best shopping day of the year. Some of the most powerful people in entertainment are black and star in movies like Men in Black. Black is cool. Black has swag. Black is hot.

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