OBITUARY: Celebrity Make-up Artist & Former Actress Roxanne Floyd Dies

Celebrity make-up artist Roxanne Floyd

Amber Magazine reported that make-up artist to the stars, Roxanne Floyd, passed away from unknown causes on January 28, 2010.

Ms. Floyd was well known for her amazing make-up work on African American actresses, singers and models, and helped to usher in the eyebrow-trend, especially among women-of-color.

Unlike most make-up artists, Ms. Floyd did not find (and mix) colors to create complimentary shades for the complex hues and shades of Black women. Hollywood often had only one color for Black women, and that was Max Factor’s “Light Egyptian,” which was actually created to “darken” white actors. (Lena Horne took a screen test for the 1951 film “Showboat,” but was overlooked for her then-friend Ava Gardner, who the studio’s “blackened up” with the Max Factor color.) The cosmetics industry didn’t truly change until the 1970’s when quality cosmetics for women-of-color were created by the late-Naomi Sims.

Ms. Floyd is probably best known for the lush-hued pout and striking eyes that singer Lauryn Hill sported for her multiple Grammy Award-winning album, The Mis-Education of Lauryn Hill.

Roxanne Floyd also created the signature look for Essence magazine covers and layouts including ones featuring Halle Berry, Queen Latifah, Angela Bassett and others.

The cause of Ms. Floyd’s death is unknown. Ms. Floyd is survived by her husband Rick Ramos, and her mother Alberta “Bertha” Floyd.

Read more at Amber Magazine

Queen Latifah interviewed by HipHopDX.com

Media mogul Queen Latifah has really made herself into something. We’re just waiting for her calling to Broadway, but whatever she chooses, she cannot –and refuses– to fail!

When she first came on the music scene, she was often overlooked, and like most rappers who are female, pushed into the background of a “crew” of rapping men and booty-shaking women.

Call it timing mixed with skill, but Queen “Dana Owens” Latifah was able to maneuver the rap field by keeping it real smart. She didn’t buckle under the narrow definition of a “female rapper,” and she, and a battalion of other vanguard women, took rap over with pure beats and rhymes. Riding the wave of “conscious rap,” she was a regular in the Native Tongues group, along with Monie Love, a Tribe Called Quest, Jungle Brothers, De la Soul and others.

Queen Latifah took her skills to another level and went into producing, heading her own label (The Flava Unit), singing, acting (she starred in the Academy Award®-winning musical “Chicago”), and starring on the hit television comedy “Living Single.”

Read her interview on HipHopDX.com!

Queen Latifah Sues for Appearance

According to Open Entrance, box office star Queen Latifah filed a lawsuit in Manhattan against Perfect Christmas Productions for not paying her $275K for her 2007 film cameo in Perfect Holiday, which she co-produced. The film starred Gabrielle Union and Terrance Howard.