The Culture and Curves of Idina Menzel

821195ea448d2c73bde0fe504e102b3d_SArticle Written by MCCN Editor- Crystal Johnson

If you did the ABC’s about Idina Menzel the “A” would definitely be for her Above average voice, the “B” for her astounding Broadway career and maybe “C” would be a toss up between her curves and culture.  Despite becoming more known for her vocal performance of Disney’s Frozen Elsa’s Let it Go, she certainly is not letting go of her shape. Before we talk about how she maintains measurements of 36-25- 32, let’s talk culture.

Menzel is of Ashkenazi Jewish descent.  She was in an on again off again marriage with African American actor Taye Diggs and they have a child together.


Menzel and Diggs were original cast members from the Broadway show Rent and starred in the 2005 movie version.   Menzel went on to marry another Rent co-star Aaron Lohr

In a 2013 interview with WebMD, Menzel open up about health and fitness habits.

What’s your go-to healthy snack and why?

“Blueberries. Also, I’m trying to be gluten-free, so I enjoy the bars from Pure.”

What’s your healthy dinner?

“I love sushi. I eat lots of chicken, or a piece of grilled fish like tilapia, with spinach and Brussels sprouts.”

What three ingredients are always in your refrigerator and/or pantry?

I use Earth Balance spread instead of butter, and I always have almond milk. I keep plenty of fresh fruit like those blueberries, plus raspberries and watermelon.”

What about when you’re on set — what do you stash in your set trailer?

“I’m not very disciplined, and if I don’t bring my own snacks, I might eat the wrong things. I keep apples and almond butter.” Read About her Work Out Habits

No Scandal: Where to Find Olivia Pope’s Wine Glasses & More

When it comes to Scandal’s Olivia Pope, people want to know.  MCCN did some digging about those popcorn wine glasses we regularly see the fixer, fixing herself a glass to drink of red wine.  They go for about $13 each.

In contrast to the character she portrays, Kerry Washington tells the NY Post,  on the subject of alcohol “Who needs those empty calories? I watch what I eat.” Washington, who also covers the November Issue of Essence, tells the publication she rarely consumes alcohol — “I drink maybe twice a year” — unless she’s reunited with her best friends from high school or with girlfriends from her show.

In an interview done side by side with her mom, Washington’s mother reveals her best Jamaican recipe and while she admits boiling water is her best cooking mastery level.   The Bronx born Kerry Washington is African American on her paternal side and her mother is mixed race (English/African/Scottish) native Jamaican.

The Multi Talented Multi-Cultural Corbin Bleu

Corbin Bleu is all grow up, gone from singing and in HIgh School Musical to Broadway to Dancing With the Stars. His acting history began earlier than High School Musical although much of his fame comes from those hit movies.  Bleu is the son of an actor.  If you ever wondered his heritage base of that curly slight golden crown of a fro he used to sport, the answer is he was born to a Jamaican American dad and Italian-American mom.

Multi-Cultural Super Model Rob Evans

Rob Evans is an Irish born model, now living in London, England. He was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, on January 25th, 1988. His ethnicity is mixed Irish and Black. He was discovered by a photographer in a small town near to Oxford, at his boxing gym Spit ‘n’ Sawdust, as Robert James or RJ or Robbo, was a boxer.

Click to see his interview on the lack of diversity in the modeling industry.

The Life of Suraj Sharma – Life of Pi Star

Suraj Sharma was born in New Delhi, India. His parents are Malayalis, they hail from Kerala. Suraj is a student of philosophy at St Stephen’s college in New Delhi. [4] He has completed schooling from Sardar Patel Vidyalaya, where he was described as a popular student. Before the role, he had no acting experience, and auditioned only because he was there with his younger brother Shriharsh Sharma who requested he come along. He was one of the 3,000 actors to audition for the role of Piscine Molitor Patel (Pi). Sharma went through several rounds of auditions before winning the part.  Director Ang Lee has stated that he selected Sharma primarily based on his expressive eyes and innocent appearance. According to him, Sharma had not only the emotion, but also the “look” of Pi. His “medium complexion” and “average build” were deemed perfect for the role.



Multi Cultural Siva Kaneswaran of Boy Band, “The Wanted”

Siva Kaneswaran is a member of boy band The Wanted. Like his band mate, Jay McGuiness, he has a twin brother, Kumar. Siva grew up in Ireland with an Irish mother and Sri Lankan Tamil father, along with six other siblings. He joined The Wanted after being spotted through his modelling campaigns.  Kaneswaran made Glamour’s Sexiest Men Alive list, ranking at 32 out of 100.   READ MORE

Watch The Wanted’s Video- Glad You Came

Puerto Rican, Black and Proud Super Model Joan Smalls

During Fashion Week Joan Smalls was named number one super-model.  The shares a quote from Smalls, “I just have something to prove,” #Puerto Rican-born supermodel Joan Smalls told W Magazine in July. “I know I’m representing a group — Black, #Latin, whatever you want to put me with — and I want to show that they are beautiful the way they are. I think that’s really important for our youth to see.”

She’s Got the X- Factor – The Multi-Cultural Demi Lovato

With Disney days behind her and hopefully some of the darkest days of her life, the quirky beauty Demi Lovato steps back in the limelight in a big way by join the cast of  X-Factor along side Britney Spears, Simon Cowell and LA Reid.  To be where she is today not come without a public journey.  Lovato  opened up to Seventeen magazine about her “dark period” that included depression, eating disorders and cutting, ultimately landing her in rehabilitation last year at an Illinois facility.

“I basically had a nervous breakdown. I was really bad off. My parents and manager pulled me aside and said, ‘You need to get some help.’ It was an intervention. I wanted freedom from the inner demons. I wanted to start my life over,” the 18-year-old Disney star told the magazine.

The young actress born 1992 in Dallas, Texas road to stardom with the gifts of acting and singing appeared in Barney and Friends as a young child with Selena Gomez. Later Lovato and Gomez would appear in the Disney hit Princess Protection Program. READ MORE

Watch Demi Lovato talking About Pressing through her Issues

What’s so Exotic about Padma Lakshmi?

One of the definitions of exotic according to Webster’s dictionary is defined as “strikingly different” which also describes when Padma Parvati Lakshmi came into prominence in the culinary world.  She brought a different point of view to the mainstream.  Lakshmi is an Indian American cookbook author, actress, model and television host. Her debut cookbook Easy Exotic won her the “Best First Book” award at the 1999 Gourmand World Cookbook Awards. She has been the host of the US reality television program Top Chef since season two in 2006, for which she received a nomination for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program. In 2010, Top Chef won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Reality-Competition Program.

In 2019 she joined the streaming world on Hulu with her original series, Taste the Nation, really worth watching if one is open about the diversity of American people and cooking.




A World of Knowledge about Lucy Liu

Lucy Liu is an Asian American Actress.  Both of Liu’s parents were immigrants from Taiwan and are of Chinese descent. She has been in the public eye since the 90’s.   She was often a scene stealer in Ally McBeal, featured in Kill Bill, Charlie’s Angel’s  and is set to play in the new Sherlock Holmes TV show as Dr. Watson, talk about not type casting.  Watson goes from a White middle age man to an Asian woman.

British Website Metro  caught up with Liu for an interview.  Here are just a few questions and answers we think MCCN fans/Lucy Liu fans will find intriguing.  Click Here for the Full Interview

What’s your favourite food?

Sushi. I eat it all the time because it’s light and you can just run into some place and buy it pre-packaged. It’s finger food, so it’s easy. I’m not a huge soy sauce person. Asian people don’t actually use soy sauce a lot. White people do. They put it everywhere, they treat it like ketchup. You don’t really see Asian people using soy sauce, just so you know.

What about health tips?

Drink lots of water and do Pilates.

Is it also true that you speak six languages?

Yes, but not well. We only spoke Mandarin growing up. When my older sister went to school, we started learning English. I also speak a little Spanish, I’m taking Italian, and I took Japanese and French. I’d love to take an intensive French course so I can become fluent. When you travel as much as I do, it’s so great to be able to go somewhere and understand people. It opens up your world.