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Will Lupita Nyong’o Join The Ranks of Those Whose Careers Waned After Oscar Win?

  By Stephanie Allen-Gobert Oscars or Out-score-us? In the 85 year history of the Academy Awards, black actors and actresses have rarely taken home the famous and coveted Oscar Award. Lupita Nyong’o, the 30 year old breakout star of the acclaimed historical drama  12 Years a Slave , looks poised to become the sixth black winner in the category. Lupita faced fierce competition in this category with Hollywood’s It girl, Jennifer Lawrence. Most critics see Nyong’o as the new frontrunner, following high profile wins at the Critic’s Choice, SAG and numerous other critics’ award. For a first time film actress, her Oscar win is a tremendous achievement that her peers surely envy. But this is not our black actors and actresses first rodeo, we have seen this before. African American actresses have played several demanding and critical roles with little recognition they seem to ride a wave of success with an Academy Award recognition, and sometimes victory. And when black actresses have triumphed, more often than not, the careers do not appear to get the traditional boost that typically follows and Oscar victory. Hattie McDonald, the first black performer to win an Oscar in 1939’s  Gone with the Wind , performance is remembered now more as a historical footnote and sad commentary on the stereotypical roles she was forced to play than the beginning of a burgeoning career. Whoopi Goldberg, who won for  Ghost  in 1990, was already an established comedian and stage star when she took home the Academy Award-she is an exception to the rule. However, Jennifer Hudson, Mo’Nique, and Halle Berry have not fared quite as well. Mo’Nique, who won for her powerful role in  Precious , has yet to make another film since her win (a rumored bio of Hattie McDaniel remains rumored). Hudson was also largely absent from the big screen and her two most recent turns, while well reviewed, went largely unseen. Halle Berry, who was briefly an A-list actress at the box office following her historic 2002 win for the controversial melodrama  Monster’s Ball , has had a series of flops and messy public personal spats throughout her career. She’s planning a comeback on a television show produced by Steven Spielberg. Octavia Spencer, who won for  The Help  in 2012, has proved a little more resilient, appearing in an acclaimed supporting role in this past year’s criminally under seen  Fruitvale Station . She too was considering a jump to the small screen with a  Murder, She Wrote  reboot, but the project was scrapped. So, back to Lupita Nyong’O…where does that leave her? She has won a multitude of fans outside her film work for her beauty and glamorous appearance on the red carpet. Her beauty and infectiously sweet persona might give her the upper hand on some of her previous peers. Her next role is a small one in Liam Neeson’s action film  Non-Stop , which opens this weekend. After that, we shall see! Source:  therio Read More »

Memphis News Anchor Pulls Wigs Off On Air

By Barry Burch Jr. For some people, the local news team is not just the local news team; these people are family.  One news anchor in Tennessee understood exactly this, and shared something personal about herself that most would probably reserve for only their family.  After recently winning her battle against cancer, she courageously made the decision to remove her wig while on air and reveal all that has been going on with her.  It was very emotional to say the least. The brave anchor is Pam Mckelvy of  WMC-TV.   During a broadcast on Wednesday she announced, “I’m going natural.  No more relaxers to straighten my hair.”  The segment was regarding women and their “crowns of glory.”  Mckelvy shared her recent experience with chemotherapy treatments and how they caused her to lose her hair.  She did so while wearing a long silky black wig.  By the end of the discussion; however, her wig was off and her natural curls were showing. “All right, this is it.  This is my new hair,” she declared, as she fought back tears.  The former beauty queen and 15-year TV news vet, as reported by  Yahoo! Shine , said she was so very thankful for all of the support she received from her co-workers while she dealt with her illness.   One co-anchor touched her arm and said, “We love you baby, you look good.  You look  good , child!” This is not the first times the Memphis anchor has revealed personal information about herself.  Back in 2012, she shared with viewers that she had been diagnosed with breast cancer.  She also shared with them the details of a double mastectomy, and even underwent chemo live on the air.  She told viewers last week to be self-loving. McKelvy said she made her decision partly with others in mind.  “I made my choice also because I think about the message I send to young women about confidence and self-acceptance,” she said.  She followed this statement with a special shout-out to 12-year-old Vanessa VandDyke, who was threatened with expulsion if she did not tame her “distracting” natural hair, as reported by  Yahoo! Shine . “The times are changing, and God’s delivered me with a brand-new spirit and a head full of hair, and here it is,” McKelvy continued. She added, “I want everyone to know that no matter what you go through, it’s not about what’s on the outside, it’s about what’s on the inside.  And I feel, on the inside, I am more radiant and beautiful than I’ve ever been.” Barry is an award-winning writer and political scientist.  His business, “Barry Writes,” provides biographies, speeches, press releases and so forth to individuals and businesses in need of potent and compelling literature.  Reach him @ Facebook.com/barrywrites and Twitter.com/barryburchjr Read More »

Marissa Alexander’s Sentence Could Triple

By Dr. Sinclair Grey III You remember Marissa Alexander don’t you? She’s the Jacksonville, Florida woman who fired warning shots in the direction of her estranged husband. She’s the woman who was sentenced to 20 years in prison because of her actions. “Alexander, 33 was previously convicted in 2012 for three counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and was sentenced to 20 years in prison by Circuit Judge James Daniel under the state’s 10-20-life law. Daniel actually imposed three separate 20-year sentences on Alexander but ordered that they be served concurrently, which meant Alexander could get out in 20 years.” The 1 st District Court of Appeals in Tallahassee threw out her conviction stating that Daniels forced Alexander to prove that she was battered by her estranged husband rather than acting in self-defense. The Appeals courts in sending the case back said that under the 10-20 life law, three separate sentences must be served consecutively and cannot be imposed concurrently. Now, the Office of State Attorney Angela Corey is seeking to sentence Alexander for 60 years.  Her trial is scheduled for July 28. Alexander’s case drew national attention because of the Stand Your Ground law in Florida. Unlike the case of Trayvon Martin whereby George Zimmerman was acquitted of killing Martin, Alexander didn’t kill anyone. She is facing life in prison for a warning shot that she says was in self-defense.  Her case has brought about anger as well as confusion in the state of Florida and everywhere for that matter. Alexander’s case of the ‘warning-shot’ has sparked a bill in Florida that will be brought up in the legislative session on Tuesday. Under this bill, there will not be a 20-year prison sentence for warning shots. This case will definitely spark controversy. If Alexander gets 20 years or 60 years, no one wins. Alexander’s attorney is seeking an acquittal and in the process will be arguing against the 10-20 life law. Source: Jacksonville.com Dr. Sinclair Grey III is a speaker, activist, published author of (5) books, life coach, and liberator of persons from all intellectual, social and cultural walks of life. He is a committed advocate for change. Email: drgrey@sinclairgrey.org . Follow on Twitter @drsinclairgrey. Visit his website: www.sinclairgrey.org Read More »

Woman Locked Children In Closets For Hours, Charged With Kidnapping and Abuse

By Dr. Sinclair Grey III There’s no excuse for child abuse and child neglect. No matter how hard times are for a parent, under no circumstances must a child be treated less than human. 27-year old Monique Latrice Winston is being charged with two counts of kidnapping, two counts of endangering the welfare of a child, and four counts of abuse/neglect of a child. This story only gets worse because Winston left the children in the apartment for hours locked in a closet. The two kids involved, one male (3-years-old) and one female (5-years-old) were found in separate closets when neighbors heard them screaming and notified the local police. When the police arrived and opened the closets, they saw the siblings. According to reports, Winston and her boyfriend left the apartment around 9am and the screams were heard and police arrived 3:30pm. “Police say the children were sitting on top of items piled inside the closets, such as clothes and a television . There were no lights inside the closets.” The brother and sister were taken to SSM Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center. The girl showed signs of malnourishment and was diagnosed with ringworms, which reflects not being bathed regularly. Her brother was diagnosed with the same symptoms (ringworms and malnourishment).  Here’s the troubling news about the boy – doctors say ‘his weight is in less than the fifth percentile for a child his age.’ Winton admits to putting the children in the closet. This wasn’t the first time she has done this. She would put them in the closet every other three days. Just reading this story can make one upset and sick. Upset because a mother did this heinous act to two innocent children and sick because no child should face this kind of suffering. While the mother receives justice, let’s keep the two children in our thoughts and hope they will recover physically and emotionally. Source: theGrio Dr. Sinclair Grey III is a speaker, activist, published author of (5) books, life coach, and liberator of persons from all intellectual, social and cultural walks of life. He is a committed advocate for change. Email: drgrey@sinclairgrey.org . Follow on Twitter @drsinclairgrey. Visit his website: www.sinclairgrey.org Read More »

Ray Parker Jr. Next To Receive Star On The Hollywood Walk Of Fame

By Dr. Sinclair Grey III Here’s a special shout out to Ray Parker Jr for being the 2,518 th entertainer to have the honor of having the Hollywood Walk of Fame Star. It’s long been overdue for Parker to receive this honor. Many people know Parker from his popular hit Ghostbusters , but Parker will be honored in the category of recording. Even though there are so many entertainers to have been blessed with the Walk of Fame Star, the truth of the matter is that Parker has paid his dues and now he’s finally getting his reward. Some may be thinking that the Walk of Fame may not amount to much, but the honor is important for those who have given their life for their craft. The Walk of Fame Star honoring will air on March 6 th at 11:30 am (PST). The emcee for the event will be Leron Gubler who is the President and CEO of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce. Bill Withers and Brian Holland will be on-hand to help Parker unveil his star. Just in case you’re not aware of this, Parker is a much sought after guitarist in the industry. A truly versatile musician and composer, Parker can tout being well rounded in the entertainment industry has its benefits. “We have amazing musicians on the Walk of Fame and adding Ray Parker Jr. to our famous Walk of Fame is the icing on the cake,” Gubler said. “His star will be next to fellow musical greats Herbie Hancock , Thelonious Monk , Dizzy Gillespie and The Funk Brothers !” Parker has been the recipient of numerous awards to include the Grammy and Golden Globe Award and BAFTA, just to name a few. The Walk of Fame is another accomplishment that Parker can add to his already impressive resume. To read more about Ray Parker, click here . Source: Eurweb.com Dr. Sinclair Grey III is a speaker, activist, published author of (4) books, life coach, and liberator of persons from all intellectual, social and cultural walks of life. He is a committed advocate for change. Email: drgrey@sinclairgrey.org . Follow on Twitter @drsinclairgrey. Visit his website: www.sinclairgrey.org The post Ray Parker Jr. Next To Receive Star On The Hollywood Walk Of Fame appeared first on Black Like Moi . Read More »

Michelle Obama Host Screening of “The Trip To Bountiful”

By: Stephanie Allen-Gobert With February being African American History Month, who better to do the honors of several greats that have set an example, than our First Lady Michelle Obama. The First Lady spoke on Monday at a White House screening of Lifetime Television’s film version of the play “The Trip to Bountiful.” The movie stars Cicely Tyson, Vanessa Williams, Blair Underwood and KeKe Palmer, who discussed the film after the viewing. Mrs. Obama stated, “Those who moved us past ignorance with their wisdom and perseverance,” she said. “Those who demanded more from the world around them, and those who reached for higher standards through their life’s work, whether that’s a movie star Ms. Tyson or the millions of folks out there…folks who did their work in classroom or in a congregation or around the kitchen table.” Tyson won a best actress Tony Award for her performance in last year’s Broadway revival of “The Trip to Bountiful.” Mrs. Obama and her daughters, Sasha and Malia, saw the show last August. “Ms. Tyson’s story is about so much more than honors and accolades,” the First Lady told the audience. “It’s really about character and determination. It’s about breaking barriers-not just for herself, but for all of us who are blessed by her legacy.” The First Lady praised Tyson for turning down multiple offers to play a prostitute and instead going on to portray “strong, resilient women” like abolitionist Harriet Tubman and the mother of Kunta Kinte in the TV miniseries “Roots.” “The Trip to Bountiful” debuts on Lifetime on March 8 th . The 1985 film version of Horton’s Foote’s play won a best actress Oscar for Geraldine Page. “The Trip to Bountiful” follows Carrie Watts (Tyson), an active, highly motivated widow living in a cramped apartment in Houston in the spring of 1953 with her son (Leon Addison Brown) and daughter-in-law (Vanessa Williams). Carrie escapes her relatives’ watchful eyes to realize her dearest dream: to return to her beloved hometown, Bountiful. What starts as an ordinary trip soon becomes an inspiring and life-changing journey of discovery. ( www.triptobountifulbroadway.com ) Source:   newsone.com The post Michelle Obama Host Screening of “The Trip To Bountiful” appeared first on Black Like Moi . Read More »

Beyonce’ Has Never Met Her Little Brother?

By: Stephanie Allen-Gobert Apparently, brotherly love is not what super star Beyonce is putting on top. Speaking to “Inside Edition” Alexsandra Wright, Matthew Knowles’ baby mama, revealed details about the music mogul Beyonce and her father’s non-involvement in the life of her four year old son Nixon Alexander Knowles. Wright spoke out on her first television interview to “Inside Edition.” Wright confessed that Knowles has not spent any time with Nixon. And from the interview one can gather that Daddy Knowles is not the only family member that hasn’t been formally introduced to the young boy. Beyonce has yet to meet her little brother. Adding to the situation, Wright mentioned that Knowles hasn’t paid her any child support. As a result, he currently owes $32,000 in court ordered child support. Wright continued giving out details surrounding her relationship with Knowles as she touched on an 18 month affair she had with Matthew while he was still married to Tina Knowles. Matthew’s refusal to pay child support hasn’t benefited Wright, who was forced to get on food stamps as a way of supporting their son. She continues to stand by her claim that Knowles insisted she give their son to Beyonce and Jay Z so they could raise as their own before Blue Ivy was born, Wright holds no ill will towards the power couple. “I don’t expect Beyonce to take accountability. It’s not her problem. It’s not her situation, “she told “Inside Edition.” Beyonce and Jay Z have never attacked me. They’ve [never] done anything wrong to me. They’ve never been negative at all,” Wright added. Matthew and Tina Knowles separated in 2009 after rumors of Matthew fathering a love child. The couple was married for 31 years. Knowles originally denied he was the father of Nixon, but DNA testing later proved otherwise. Source: www.eurweb.com   Read More »

Robin Thicke Wants His Wife Back

By: Stephanie Allen-Gobert By any means necessary! A pal of singer Robin Thicke told TMZ, “He is determined to prove to Paula he can be a good husband.” Other sources are saying Thicke does not want his three year old son Julian raised in two separate homes and has even promised not to party after his next gig in Washington. The couple has been married for almost nine years. The ‘Feel Good’ singer has canceled three consecutive concerts on his North American tour after announcing earlier this week that he had parted ways from his wife. Robin was a no show at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort in North Carolina last night. “Due to unforeseen circumstances, Robin Thicke will postpone his performance at Harrah’s Cherokee originally scheduled for February 25,” the venue said in a statement. This concert will be rescheduled and the new date announced as soon as possible. We apologize for any inconvenience.” He previously scrapped gigs on Friday in Atlanta and Saturday in Orlando, blaming vocal issues, but instead was seen jetting to Vancouver, where Paula is currently filming, in a reported bid to save his marriage. The 36 year old star said last week:”I never want to let down my fans but I have unfortunately lost my voice and cannot perform tomorrow night.” Robin is expected to continue his tour this Thursday at the GMU Patriot Centre in Washington, DC. “We will always love each other and be best friends, however, we have mutually decided to separate at this time,” they said in a joint statement to People magazine yesterday. The news will come as no surprise to many – their relationship has long been the subject of split rumors, ever since Thicke released his NSFW accompanying video to “Blurred Lines”, which featured topless models bouncing about in front of balloons that spelled out the phrase ‘Robin Thicke has a big d**k’. Then there was the performance that can’t be unseen with Miley Cyrus at the MTV VMA awards , where he underwent several minutes of twerking and s*x simulation with the young star. “I don’t know if I would still be alive in some ways if it wasn’t for Paula. She’s been my rock, my muse, my inspiration and I love her. The whole way.” Thicke and Patton met when they were teenagers and began dating at the tender age of 16. “I knew she was special the night I met her. I was only 14, but she was already the most special girl,” Thicke told Star Magazine a few months ago. “As a relationship progresses, you fall in love again in so many deeper ways. You realize that you need each other and you can’t live without each other.” We shall see if the two really can’t live without each other. Source: mirror.co.uk Read More »