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Thursday, February 4, 2010


A Life Lived and Served
1960 - 2010

Celebrated makeup artist, Roxanna Floyd, died unexpectedly in her sleep at her home in the Clinton Hill section of Brooklyn, New York on Thursday afternoon, January 28, 2010. Roxie, as her friends called her, was born in Brooklyn, New York, on September 23, 1960 and lived in the borough her entire life. Roxanna was a devout Christian, a faithful wife and daughter and an only child. Her viewing will take place Friday, February 5, 2010, 3:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. followed by a wake service, 6:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. The funeral will take place on Saturday, February 6, 2010, at 10:00 a.m. Both the wake and funeral will be held at Emmanuel Baptist Church, 279 Lafayette Avenue, Brooklyn, New York, 11238. Interment will follow at Rose Hills Memorial Park in Putnam Valley, New York.

Roxanna Floyd’s artistry has influenced every era since the 1980s and she has worked on every continent, with the exception of Antarctica. She leaves behind a legacy of work covering every medium from music videos to major motion pictures, album covers to book jackets, the Internet and more than 200 magazine covers and fashion and beauty stories. Many know Roxanna for her work with world-renowned celebrities such as Angela Bassett, Whitney Houston, Mary J. Blige and Queen Latifah, but her first celebrity client was Yoko Ono and her first of more than 60 ESSENCE covers was with Halle Berry. Roxanna’s film and music portfolio also includes, Lauryn Hill, Monica, Star Jones, Pam Grier, Alfre Woodard, Deborah Cox, Lynn Whitfield, and Diana Ross for Oprah Winfrey’s Legends Ball. With a career that coincided with the emergence of the supermodel phenomenon, Roxanna worked with the top models of the time at the Elite agency, and with the advent of the music video, she contributed her expertise to some 40 videos.

Roxanna’s work always found its way in front of the camera, but behind the scenes her knowledge and work ethic earned her the respect of high profile directors and photographers. During her career Roxanna worked under the direction of such notables as Kwaku Alston, Marc Baptiste, Gilles Bensimon, Dwight Carter, Renee Cox, Kim Dempster, F. Gary Gray, George Holz, Mathew Jordan Smith, Palma Kolansky, David LaChapelle, Annie Leibovitz, Gordon Parks, Matthew Rolston, Herb Ritts, Randee St. Nicholas and Forest Whitaker.

Roxanna’s makeup expertise reached far beyond the set call, she was a makeup historian. She studied looks, products and tools from ancient Africa to modern-day, multicultural America. She was also an avid collector of makeup memorabilia and counted samples of Harlem beauty pioneer Rose Morgan's face powder, and Flori Roberts' Beauty Legacy Kit among her prized possessions.

As a cosmetics expert, Roxanna lent her exhaustive knowledge to Avon, Mary Kay and Proctor & Gamble. Recently she worked as the Creative Consultant for the CoverGirl Queen Collection, and for the past year and a half she served as Creative Beauty Director for Fashion Fair Cosmetics. During her career, Roxanna served as a columnist, guest editor, and contributing writer to several magazines and new media outlets. When it came to providing makeup know-how for readers, no other African-American artist was quoted more than Roxanna. Her beauty tips have been relayed in a diverse collection of magazines from In Style to ESSENCE, Redbook to Latina. In the 1990s Roxanna received a six-page cover story feature in Makeup Artist magazine, an honor usually reserved for the big names in special effects makeup. She has been featured on the CBS Morning Show, VH1, Entertainment Tonight, MTV and Oprah. Roxanna’s closing makeup statement graces the March 2010 issue of EBONY magazine on which she worked with Gabourey Sidibe, the star of Lee Daniels’ movie Precious.

Roxanna’s beloved father, Josh Christopher Floyd preceded her in death and she leaves to mourn her passing her husband Rick E. Ramos, her mother Alberta “Bertha” Floyd, her cousin and long-time assistant Anisha Gennnario, two sisters-in law, Audrey De Shong and Wanda Lewis, one niece, Sydney Lewis, two nephews, Jordeyn Lewis and Cameron Lewis, four Goddaughters, Courtney Bioh, Jasmine Bioh, Simone Bioh and Danielle Bioh, a host of other family members and friends, and a legion of fans.

Flowers may be sent to Emmanuel Baptist Church, 36 St. James Place, Brooklyn, New York, 11205 for arrival by 2:00 p.m., Friday, February 5, 2010. Cards may be sent to Roxanna’s Family in care of Jelani Bandele, P.O. Box 266, Brooklyn, NY 11205.

For further information on Roxanna Floyd, please contact:

Jelani Bandele
718.857.6638 (Phone/Fax)
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Monday, February 1, 2010


THE BLUEPRINT: A Plan for Overcoming Life’s Obstacles, available May 18

For some people, obstacles are minor bumps in the road on the way to success. For others, obstacles represent a major catastrophe of epic proportions threatening to disrupt any chance of success they may have otherwise had. But for seven-time GRAMMY® award winner Kirk Franklin, obstacles represent the challenges needed to propel you through life. In THE BLUEPRINT: A Plan for Living Above Life’s Storms (Gotham Books; May 18, 2010; $25.00), Franklin reveals how he turned negative aspects from his own life—drugs, an absent father, teenage parenthood, poverty, etc.—into blessings by learning from them and moving forward. The beauty of THE BLUEPRINT is that Franklin by no way claims to be perfect or have insider knowledge of how to live your life wisely, but rather puts his setbacks and faults on full blast and suggests that oftentimes people, like Franklin at one point, go through life without a plan for success, simply living purposelessly, and without a person to show them the right way. THE BLUEPRINT fills the void of not knowing which way to turn and arms you the necessary tools to succeed.

By the time Franklin was just fifteen years old, he was a young father, without an encouraging figure in his life, and just another statistic on the street. As he explains in THE BLUEPRINT, “The street corner was my classroom. The ‘hood was my Harvard.” He went through life thinking he knew it all, and blamed the fact that he didn’t have a role model for not being able to achieve his dreams, until the day he realized he had to turn his life around and become the man he needed to be on his own. That is what Franklin has outlined in THE BLUEPRINT—a chance for young people to become the person they need to be, no matter what the situation, or where they come from.

Today, Franklin is the proud father of four and devoted husband of fourteen years, as well as one of the biggest multiplatinum-selling gospel artists of all time. He credits his faith in God and a very close mentor he found later in his life for his success.

Whether you’re down and out, misguided, or simply need a boost to push forward, THE BLUEPRINT is the essential guide to creating a better you, one day at a time. Success doesn’t come easy, but it will come with a helping hand. Follow THE BLUEPRINT and start living the life you were always meant to live.


A Plan for Living Above Life’s Storms

Gotham Books | May 18, 2010 | $25.00 | ISBN: 978-1-59240547-3


(Via Press Release)
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Sunday, January 31, 2010


Singer Heading Back to Studio to Record Sophomore CD

With Rodney Jerkins, Marvin Winans Sr. and Israel Houghton & Aaron Lindsay

Marvin Winans Jr. has won a GMC Music Video Award as Best Soul Video of 2009 for the concept clip of his radio hit “You Never Let Me Down” from his latest CD “Image of a Man.” Thousands of fans voted in a people’s choice sort of procedure where the fans decided the winner. Other nominees included an array of artists ranging from Mary Mary and Kirk Franklin to Skillet and tobyMac. Visit http://www.gospelmusicchannel.com/gmcva to see all the winners and visit YouTube to see the video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pfkyifew47E

Rodney Jerkins (Brandy, Jennifer Lopez, Backstreet Boys) produced the Caribbean-styled radio single “You Never Let Me Down.” Perfect for summer drives down the expressway with the rooftop down, Winans and Jerkins have crafted a feel good anthem. "It’s the joy you feel when you know that you have someone with you that will never fail you, never let you fall, never let you down,” says Winans.

Jerkins has never let Winans down either. The two are planning to go back in the studio and collaborate on songs for Winans’ forthcoming sophomore CD. The new project will also feature a special duet with Winans’ father, Marvin Winans Sr. Winans is also slated to have the gold-selling team of Israel Houghton and Aaron Lindsay produce some tracks on the forthcoming set as well.

Visit www.marvinjr.com, www.thisisMWj.com or www.myspace.com/dec28th for more information.
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