Michael Jackson Anti-Gravity

Written by NZINGHA for TheGlamSquadFiles 


Today I’ve been reflecting on Michael Jackson. He was truly an Artist in every sense of the word.

In my previous post about Michael Jackson and Makeup Artistry, I focused in on how his early love for SPFX Makeup really inspired me as an Artist. 

It’s still baffles me after all these years; even after numerous articles and demonstrations of Michael Jacksons Anti-Gravity dance move. It still mystifies me.

Yes, I know about the special shoes he invented just for this particular move. Which I think is absolutely genius of him. No other entertainer and in particular dancer had ever come up with this shoe concept or dance move!

He wasn’t just the King of Pop but he was A King of Popular Dance. Why because everyone copied not only the outfits but the effervescent dance moves. With a flick of his wrist or a smooth walk on the moon we followed!

Gone are the days of epic movie like music videos! Michael Jackson and his choreographer Michael Peters gave the world the blueprint for popular formation dance. And that style of dance has been copied by so many Artists it’s too many to mention!!

Why because Michael did it first in grand style that was never seen before! Not in the music world. Michael fashioned his longform music videos in the style of vintage movie musicals similar to the Zeigfield follies, Esther Williams swim in formation mini vignettes.

He bought legendary dance moves and mixed it with popular dance moves and created his own lane!! There will never be another Artist like Michael with his level of vision and ground breaking.

Thank You Michael…

Michael Jackson & Makeupartistry…Breaking the Music Video Mold!

Written by NZINGHA for TheGlamSquadFiles 


Wait! Is that Michael Jackson?? 

So, today I’m just like in a Michael Jackson memories mood. He really did set a precedent for how music and music video Artistry would evolve.

MTV had never seen anything like what he did with his Thriller video! Back then they had a 2 hour special premiere of the video and the making of the video. We were all rushing home then glued to the tv to watch it.
Back then MTV didn’t even play black musical Artists music videos. Until Michael Jackson paid them to play his music and video work! It was undeniable that he broke the musical and racial barrier at MTV& then VH1 back then.

Yes, Michael clearly loved SPFX Makeup! Transformation seemed to be fascinating to him as it is for most of us. But how many people actually get to transform like he did AND perform at the same time.

I’d say he was pretty amazing to actually not seem to mind the process. Most people become claustrophobic or give up in the first hour but, for him to willingly sit for several hours in SPFX Makeup Appliances…takes a special person. And that he was.

I recall the big buzz back in the late 70’s was that the play The Wiz was being turned into a film adaptation starring Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Nipsey Russell and Ted Ross (the original lion and only original cast member from the Broadway play).

I believe it was during the filming of The Wiz that Michael was introduced to SPFX Makeup. Michael’s Makeup Artist on that film was the legendary SPFX Makeup Artist Michael Thomas. 

Michael Thomas was masterful and always busy doing great films and TV work! I’d had the opportunity to work with him on a couple of projects. He was an artistically generous man and simply a sweetheart of an Artist. Michael Thomas is truly missed in our industry. 

The Makeup for the Scarecrow wasn’t excessively frightful like the makeup that we all saw in The Planet of the Apes at that time. Nor was it like the scary makeup that MJJ would eventually do for Thriller but, it was fun and quirky a different a spin on the original Wizard of Oz’s Scarecrow Makeup.


Michael was already a superstar with his brothers The Jacksons. But this film project seemed to be the catalyst to Michael’s breakout solo career. A solo career that would turn him into a mega celebrity.

The Musical Director for the film was none other than the legendary Quincy Jones (who I later had as a client and affectionately called Uncle Q, to this day I still call him Uncle Q. I also worked for his magazine VIBE as their first Beauty Editor). It was this musical collaboration on this production that turned into a lifetime friendship and Grammy wins for the both of them!


I remember being in High School when I first bought the Thriller album. I was soooo excited a new MJJ album and I was the first in the neighborhood to get an advanced copy (family connections in the music industry). All my besties came to my house for I guess you could say a listening party.

The moment I put the record on we commenced to high pitch fan style girly screaming! This was quite annoying to my Mum who I guess you could say was a bit over me and my shenanigans! Posters of Prince and Michael Jackson all over my walls, pins and buttons donning my denim jackets. 

Never could I have dreamed of ever meeting either of them much less working with them in any capacity which I ultimately would do years later in my career as a Pro MUA.

It was this music video that really changed my course. Little did I know I had real skill as a MUA to that degree in HS. I was 16. You see I went to a performing arts high school and we put on talent shows and actually toured as a troupe of singers, dancers and musicians.

During one of our shows we would go on to perform Michael’s video for Thriller onstage. And guess what?…I was the Makeup Artist for that segment of the show! Not only singing and dancing but, I also did full out Zombie makeup on at least 15 of us. 

We danced for our lives! I remember buying the video version of the album; it was The Making of Thriller. I sat and watched it over and over again watching every little detail. I was smitten by the whole filming process and moreover the Makeup!!

It was as if it was another class I’d gone to as one of my talent electives in school. Yes, I could draw, sketch and paint (mind you with no official formal training). But this was different magical I’d never seen anything like it! I saw what Rick Baker the Makeup Artist was doing to Michael’s face and it was wonderfully horrific!!

Here’s the specific part of the film that I remember having on rewind. I watched it so much that I literally popped the vhs tape and had to buy a new one! I just loved the process of the Makeup application so much.

Emmy Nominations for Makeup & Hair…How do you get nominated?

Written by NZINGHA for TheGlamSquadFiles

I’m so excited for all my colleagues in the industry who are currently nominated. CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL! It’s an exciting feeling to have been nominated by your peers for work you have done and they thought was excellent and worthy of praise via awards. Yes, it’s a lovely feeling of accomplishment and humbling because there are so many who are equally as talented. But ask most nominees and they’ll tell you they just wanted to do a great job and really don’t give it much thought during the process of working on the project.

Ahhhhh, but when excellent work makes viewers take notice and speak on it then you know you’ve done something special. Take a bow, smile and thank everyone who worked with you to make the dream work. CONGRATULATIONS!! The Emmy’s and other award shows where people like the crew are recognized for their outstanding work is nice to see and let’s the general public take a peek inside a production. To see the people who are behind the scenes making the production come to life.

Okay, so how does the process work in getting an Emmy or Emmy Nomination? MMmmm, well I’ll try to explain it as well as I can to you as it was explained to me via one of my colleagues. 

  1. The production applies to the Television Academy for every department available on a production.
  2. The production sends the Department Heads paperwork for submission to the productions office and they then submit it to the Televison Academy election committee for review.
  3. The Department Heads are required to write a brief essay pertaining to the work they did on the production and the work of their team of Artists. They also submit photographic work or video to the election committee.
  4. The election committee are a group of selected peers in their category who review the submissions and also vote.
  5. There are votes that not only come from their respective departments but overall Television Academy Emmy Membership are allowed to vote in each category.
  6. The production company usually takes care of Emmy Membership Fees for any department they are submitting for review. The Emmy Membership fees are as follows: Active Membership $185, Associate Membership $110, Film Group $75.00
  7. Each Active Member is sent all material that pertains to Emmy Nominations (i.e. DVD’s of all shows listed as nominees, promos, commercials, swag etc., etc.)

For Full and complete Emmy procedures, memberships, categories listing, breakdowns etc., etc. click on this link http://www.emmys.com/

68th Emmy Award Nominee for Makeup | The Wiz Live!

Written by NZINGHA for TheGlamSquadFiles

I can’t tell you the sheer joy I had in knowing there was a plan to bring the play The Wiz back into production. You know there’s a gift (well, I’d bee given several gifts actually) that I’ve had ever since I was a little girl and two have always worked for me has been foresight and the ability to speak things into existence!

I knew in my spirit that this play would be revived at some point in time. I thought it would be much sooner than 2015 though! This play is so special to me personally because I was there at the very first performance and the very last when it was on Brodway with the original cast.  This was the first play I’d ever seen on Broadway and it shaped the way I would move in entertainment. The singing, dancing, costumes and of course MAKEUP!!

I always loved the Wizard of Oz but when The Wiz premiered it was the soulful adaptation with a Dorothy that I could visually relate to and her voice was so incredibly melodic and it was LIVE! Stephanie Mills the original Dorothy in The Wiz (also the Aunt of one of my dearest and oldest friends). I felt like I could reach out and touch the stage. It was magical…the dances I felt warm almost made me feel like I too could dance like that (of course I was dreaming, and took several dance classes to try my hand at it).

Apparently I wasn’t the only one who loved this millennial spin on The Wiz. I read that 11.5 million people tuned in on that Thursday night! And I can tell you I ran home from work quick fast in a hurry so I wouldn’t miss not even a commercial!! According to Nielsen, roughly 269,400 people sent 1.6 million tweets about “The Wiz Live!” on Thursday night and 6.4 million people saw those tweets a total of 128.9 million times!!

The production more than tripled the number of tweets for either “Sound of Music” (449,536) or “Peter Pan” (474,735). And according to social media analyst company Canvs, “The Wiz” drew four times as many reactions per minute than “Peter Pan” (792 vs. 178) and more than three times as many as “Sound of Music” (238).

It was the very next day that I was on set with two of the Makeup Artists that worked the show my dear heart Christine Dominecki, my spirit sister Stephanie McGee and Bjoren Rehbein. And here we were together working side by side doing “disco 80’s drag makeup” for this new TV show. We pulled out all the stops on makeup that day. But those three really pulled some stunts the night before on The Wiz!!! I couldn’t stop praising them for their great work and as I was saying it…saying, how much I loved their work….in my spirit I heard they’re gonna win! Huh? Gonna win?? Win what??? Oh, yes ratings for the show, right yes, I’m sure they will have great numbers coming in from this performance.

Well, I now think that spirit voice I heard was more referring to The Primetime Emmy Awards!!! I’m rooting for everyone on the team. And I do hope that little voice in me was right! This will mean so much to many who loved the show. Cheering my friends on for their great work is easy…now to send them off to LA for the actual ceremony!!! Yay!!! Here’s a look at their awesome Makeup Work!

The cast of The Wiz Live!

Prosthetic Makeup created by Department Head Makeup Artist for Saturday Night Live Louie Zakarian.

Makeup Artist Debi Young – Makeup for Mary J. Blige as Evilline

Makeup Artist Stephanie McGee – Makeup for Amber Riley as Aderappearl. Pictured here with The Flying Monkey’s from Cirque Du Soleil and Emerald City Citizen.

Makeup Artist Christine Dominecki pictured here with Elijah Kelley as Scarecrow.

Makeup Artist Bjoren Rehbein and his Makeup for Queen Latifah as The Wiz.

Mary J. Blige as Evilinne, Queen Latifah as The Wiz, Amber Riley as Aderappearl


***Outstanding Makeup For A Multi-Camera Series Or Special (Non-Prosthetic)***

The Wiz Live! • NBC • Universal Television, Sony Pictures Television, Storyline Entertainment

Cookie Jordan, Co-Department Head Makeup Artist 

Matiki Anoff, Co-Department Head Makeup Artist 

Debi Young, Makeup Artist
Stephanie McGee, Makeup Artist

Bjorn Rehbein, Makeup Artist 

Christine Domaniecki, Makeup Artist 

The Cast of OITNB | Fashions!

Written by NZINGHA for TheGlamSquadFiles


So, as I’ve recoup erased from Monday’s VH! Hip Hop Honors and hearing the announcement of the 68th Emmy Awards Nominees for Makeup…I was thinking about fashion again (as ALWAYS really). I remember meeting Dasha Polanko at the VH1 Hip Hop Honors backstage and just having a good chat with her just before she was about to go on stage as a presenter. I thought…WOW! She’s really tall and simply beautiful in person…with pretty smooth skin.

As we talked I found I really liked her and her realness and genuine smile was refreshing. Not to mention how well she is representing curvy women everywhere!! It’s so encouraging to see real women on film in this era. They’re looking amazing and following their passions in entertainment and paving a new path for others to walk in. 

I said you know what I need to do some homework on her fashion style! She was beautifully dressed in a beige/apricot colored lace jumpsuit with a matching long topcoat. She looked stunning! I thought you know what the ladies on her show never get to look stunning on the show but outside of the show during award season and during fashion week and in magazine spreads they look amazing! 

68th EMMY AWARDS Nominations for Makeup & Hair

Written by NZINGHA for TheGlamSquadFiles

It’s awards season for prime time TV and the nominees have officially been announced!!

I’m so excited for all my fellow Makeup & Hair colleagues. CONGRATULATIONS!!! To all who worked so hard to put on a great show and display excellent Artistry again CONGRATULATIONS!!!

So, here’s the list of the official nominees…

Outstanding Makeup For A Single-Camera Series (Non-Prosthetic)

Game Of Thrones • Battle Of The Bastards • HBO • HBO Entertainment in association with Bighead, Littlehead; 360 Television and Startling Television
Jane Walker, Department Head Makeup Artist Kate Thompson, Makeup Artist

Nicola Mathews, Makeup Artist

Kay Bilk, Makeup Artist

Marianna Kyriacou, Makeup Artist Pamela Smyth, Makeup Artist

The Knick • Whiplash • Cinemax • Cinemax Entertainment in association with Ambeg Screen Products, Anonymous Content and Extension 765

Nicki Ledermann, Department Head Makeup Artist Stephanie Pasicov, Key Makeup Artist
Sunday Englis, Key Makeup Artist

Tania Ribalow, Makeup Artist

Rachel Geary, Makeup Artist
LuAnn Claps, Personal Makeup Artist 
Penny Dreadful • Glorious Horrors • Showtime • SHOWTIME Presents in association with SKY

Enzo Mastrantonio, Department Head Makeup Artist Clare Lambe, Key Makeup Artist
Caterina Sisto, Makeup Artist

Lorraine McCrann, Makeup Artist

Morna Ferguson, Personal Makeup Artist

Vikings • Yol • HISTORY • An Octagon and Take 5 production in association with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer for History

Tom McInerney, Department Head Makeup Artist Katie Derwin, Key Makeup Artist
Ciara Scannel, Makeup Artist
Vinyl • Pilot • HBO • HBO Entertainment in association with Paramount Pictures, Jagged Films, Sikelia Productions and Cold Front Productions

Nicki Ledermann, Department Head Makeup Artist Tania Ribalow, Key Makeup Artist
Sunday Englis, Key Makeup Artist

Rachel Geary, Makeup Artist

Michael Laudati, Makeup Artist Cassandra Saulter, Makeup Artist
Outstanding Makeup For A Multi-Camera Series Or Special (Non-Prosthetic)
Dancing With The Stars • Halloween Night • ABC • BBC Worldwide Productions

Zena Shteysel, Department Head Makeup Artist Angela Moos, Key Makeup Artist

Patti Ramsey Bortoli, Additional Makeup Artist Sarah Woolf, Additional Makeup Artist

Julie Socash, Additional Makeup Artist Alison Gladieux, Additional Makeup Artist

Grease: Live • FOX • Paramount Television

Zena Shteysel, Department Head Makeup Artist Angela Moos, Key Makeup Artist
Julie Socash, Additional Makeup Artist

Alison Gladieux, Additional Makeup Artist
Key & Peele • Y’all Ready For This? • Comedy Central • Cindylou, Monkeypaw Productions, Martel & Roberts Productions, Principato-Young Entertainment, Central Productions

Scott Wheeler, Department Head Makeup Artist 

Suzy Diaz, Key Makeup Artist
Jason Hamer, Key Makeup Artist

Natalie Thimm, Key Makeup Artist

Michael Blake, Key Makeup Artist

Saturday Night Live • Host: Ryan Gosling • NBC • SNL Studios in association with Universal Television and Broadway Video
Louie Zakarian, Department Head Makeup Artist 

Amy Tagliamonti, Key Makeup Artist

Jason Milani, Key Makeup Artist

Daniela Zivkovic, Makeup Artist

Melanie Demitri, Makeup Artist 

Margie Durand, Makeup Artist 

The Wiz Live! • NBC • Universal Television, Sony Pictures Television, Storyline Entertainment

Cookie Jordan, Co-Department Head Makeup Artist 

Matiki Anoff, Co-Department Head 

Makeup Artist Debi Young, Makeup Artist
Stephanie McGee, Makeup Artist

Bjorn Rehbein, Makeup Artist 

Christine Domaniecki, Makeup Artist 

Outstanding Makeup For A Limited Series Or Movie (Non-Prosthetic)
All The Way • HBO • HBO Films in association with Amblin Television, Tale Told Productions, Moonshot Entertainment and Everyman Pictures
Bill Corso, Department Head Makeup Artist

Francisco X. Perez, Co-Department Head Makeup Artist 

Sabrina Wilson, Key Makeup Artist
American Horror Story: Hotel • FX Networks • 20th Century Fox Television, FX Productions

Eryn Krueger Mekash, Department Head Makeup Artist 

Kim Ayers, Assistant Department Head Makeup Artist 

Michael Mekash, Assistant Department Head Makeup Artist 

Silvina Knight, Makeup Artist
James MacKinnon, Makeup Artist 

Sarah Tanno, Makeup Artist

Fargo • FX Networks • MGM Television, FX Productions

Gail Kennedy, Department Head Makeup Artist
Joanne Preece, Assistant Department Head Makeup Artist 

Gunther Schetterer, Key Makeup Artist

Danielle Hanson, Key Makeup Artist
The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story • FX Networks • Fox 21 Television Studios, FX Productions

Eryn Krueger Mekash, Department Head Makeup Artist 

Zoe Hay, Department Head Makeup Artist
Heather Plott, Assistant Department Head Makeup Artist 

Deborah Huss Humphries, Makeup Artist

Luis Garcia, Makeup Artist 

Becky Cotton, Makeup Artist 

Roots • Night One • HISTORY • An A+E Studios Production in association with Marc Toberoff Productions and The Wolper Organization

Aimee Stuit, Department Head Makeup Artist 

Christa Schoeman, Department Head Makeup Artist 

Niqui da Silva, Key Makeup Artist
Paige Reeves, Key Makeup Artist

Marike Liebetrau, Makeup Artist 
Outstanding Prosthetic Makeup For A Series, Limited Series, Movie Or Special
All The Way • HBO • HBO Films in association with Amblin Television, Tale Told Productions, Moonshot Entertainment and Everyman Pictures

Bill Corso, Special Makeup Effects Department Head 

Francisco X. Perez, Co-Department Head Makeup Artist 

Sabrina Wilson, Key Makeup Artist
Andrew Clement, Prosthetic Designer
American Horror Story: Hotel • FX Networks • 20th Century Fox Television, FX Productions

Eryn Krueger Mekash, Department Head Makeup Artist 

Mike Mekash, Assistant Department Head Makeup Artist 

Bradley A. Palmer, Special Makeup Effects Artist
Bart Mixon, Special Makeup Effects Artist

James MacKinnon, Makeup Artist
Kevin Kirkpatrick, Makeup Artist

David Leroy Anderson, Prosthetic Designer 

Glen Eisner, Prosthetic Designer
Game Of Thrones • The Door • HBO • HBO Entertainment in association with Bighead, Littlehead; 360 Television and Startling Television

Jane Walker, Department Head Makeup Artist

Sarah Gower, Special Makeup Effects Assistant Department Head 

Emma Sheffield, Key Special Makeup Effects Artist

Tristan Versluis, Key Special Makeup Effects Artist

Barrie Gower, Prosthetic Designer
Penny Dreadful • And Hell Itself My Only Foe • Showtime • SHOWTIME Presents in association with SKY

Nick Dudman, Special Makeup Effects Department Head 

Sarita Allison, Key Special Makeup Effects Artist
Barney Nikolic, Special Makeup Effects Artist

Paul Spateri, Special Makeup Effects Artist

Dennis Penkov, Prosthetic Designer 

The Walking Dead • No Way Out • AMC • AMC Studios / Stalwart Films, LLC / Skybound / Circle of Confusion / Valhalla Entertainment

Greg Nicotero, Special Makeup Effects Department Head 

Jake Garber, Key Special Makeup Effects Artist
Gino Crognale, Special Makeup Effects Artist

Kevin Wasner, Special Makeup Effects Artist

Garrett Immel, Makeup Effects Artist Kerrin Jackson, Makeup Effects Artist Carey Jones, Prosthetic Designer 


Here’s the 68th Emmys Full List of Nominations from The Hollywood Reporter

Here’s the 68th Emmys Full List of Nominatons from Variety Magazine 

POWER season 3

Written by NZINGHA for TheGlamSquadFiles


Are you ready for one of the hottest TV series on air?!?! Can’t wait to see it??? Well POWER is bringing it to you live and direct for another amazing and intriguing season, season 3 of POWER on the Starz Network.


I’m sure you’re going to be on the edge of your seat once again this season. You have seen the show right? YOU HAVENT SEEN THE SHOW???? WHY???? Who does that????

Okay, if you’ve not seen the show I’m going to challenge you to binge watch for the next 3 days before season 3 airs this Sunday July 17th! Trust me you’ll be hooked!

Here’s the trailer for the show just in case you’ve not seen it…

I can’t tell you how I’m almost in tears writing this post right now. This is how excited I am about the show and the incredible cast and crew of this show! It’s always an honor for me to be asked to work on the show ! It’s now two seasons for me and everyday is truly a joy.

This is the best crew I think I’ve ever worked with such synchronicity and flow. The level of Artistry that is behind the scenes is indescribable! The Glam Squad on the show is impeccable in Artistry!

Just recently the shows Makeup Department Head Anita Gibson won The NYWIFT 2016 Design Award for Makeup! Bravo!! CONGRATULATIONS!! Well done!! 

I hope to interview Ms. Gibson in the near future for you vizionaires, Pro MUA’s and supporters of TheGlamSquadFiles Blog. Pro Makeup Artists supporting other Pro MUA’s and future MUA’s is what we do here.

You may have seen the ceremony review on one of my previous posts here on TheGlamSquadFiles. Designing Women Event | NYWIFT | The Glam Squad Files…

https://theglamsquadfiles.com/2016/06/14/designing-women-event-nywift/

Here is Lead Actress Lena Loren and the POWER Glam Squad ..Makeup Department Head Anita Gibson (in the blue dress), Makeup Department Key Daniel Green and Additional Makeup Artists Tobe West, Pat Theius Moore and NZINGHA

https://youtu.be/YrRtKw2IJx8

Are you on the edge yet? After that sneak preview you should be! Especially if you watch the show. 

Well, im going to leave it right there. Enjoy season 3!