Next year’s Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day celebration for many will probably include a visit to the movie theater. FOX 2000 Pictures is set to release “Hidden Figures”, a film about a group of black women in the 1960’s who provided NASA with important data needed to launch the program’s first successful space missions. The film that will star Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monae, follows Katherine Johnson (Henson), a brilliant black mathematician who, along with her colleagues Dorothy Vaughn (Spencer) and Mary Jackson (Monae), collectively known as “human computers” as they assist in the successful launch and safe return of astronaut John Glenn into space.
No Oscar nominations, no problem! We did a darn good job celebrating ourselves at the NAACP Image Awards. Black Hollywood showed up and showed out as they were honored for their contributions to the arts last night. This year’s show had a different feel in light of the controversy surrounding the lack of diversity of the Academy Award nominations and the subsequent call for a boycott of the Oscars by actress Jada Pinkett-Smith. Throughout the night, entertainers shared the feelings about being celebrated by their own in spite of the lack of acknowledgment by the Academy.
Supermodel, mogul and flat out fierce are titles that a lot of women would like to boast. Tyra Banks has been blessed enough to carry each one, but the title she has looked forward to being called for years is mommy. During an episode of her show FabLife, Ty-Ty shared her frustration with conceiving children and her journey to motherhood.
Lebron James has every right to be confident in his basketball abilities. The Cleveland Cavaliers Forward has been arguably called the best player in the world since he catapulted to NBA stardom. However, please take special note to the fact that I used the word “argueably”. In the eyes of hoop fans, “The King” has yet to win an NBA championship without significant “assistance”, something the other players often mentioned in “best player” convos have all accomplished. Yes, Michael Jordan had Scottie Pippen and Kobe Bryant had Shaquille O’Neal, but any HONEST basketball fan will admit that both Jordan and Bryant shouldered most of the weight on their way to championship success. The argument is that the two titles he currently holds with the Miami Heat were not shouldered by him in the same way as the players above. With guard Kyrie Irving out due to injury, this year was the year to prove the naysayers wrong.
It’s that time again! (pun intended lol) TIME Magazine has released it’s annual list of the 100 most influential people. The twelfth installment of the list is included in 5 different versions of the magazine with 5 of the 100 influencers gracing the covers; one of which is Kanye West. As if Kanye needs anyone to tell him how influential he is lol, but engineer, entrepreneur and CEO of SpaceX and Tesla Motors does exactly that in his piece about the musician in the Time 100 issue.
Last month the DMV Network announced its top 30 Under 30 of the DMV’s best and brightest professionals. If you’re a mover and shaker in the Washington DC metro area, you’ve probably worked with, encountered or at least heard of a few of these phenomenal millennials. The list includes artists, musicians, media personalities, entrepreneurs and more. If you’re out of the loop, here’s your chance to get in the know. Check out the list of the top 30 under 30 below along with a few tidbits from them about being voted onto the list.
I’m sure there are lots of people who wish they could trade lives with their favorite celebrity. There are so many folks chasing fame who probably have no idea what really goes on behind the scenes. According to Beyonce, it isn’t all a bed of roses, diamonds and pearls. Queen Bey shared her innermost feelings on life in the spotlight in a black and white short film entitled “Yours and Mine”. As blessed as she knows she is to be able to live out her dreams, she sometimes feels like public property.
They say all publicity is good publicity but Shonda Rhimes would probably beg to differ. With the season premiere of Scandal and the series premiere of How to Get Away With Murder quickly approaching, I’m pretty sure the television producer thought her name would on the lips of the media for reasons other than her being an “angry black woman”. That is exactly what Alessandra Stanley called her in an article in The New York Times.
This past weekend DC was in a tizzy with the arrival of Sean “Diddy” Combs and some of his celebs friends. They were here to watch the mogul receive an honorary doctorate from the historic Howard University where he attended college for two years before dropping out to pursue music/business. Diddy must have learned something during his brief stint at the university. To say he is successful is an understatement and I’m pretty sure that is why he was also pegged to give the
For some professional athletes going pro was followed by inflated egos and a boat load of women. For Maryland native Kevin Durant, his humble beginnings have kept him grounded and grateful. Yesterday, the Oklahoma City Thunder Forward earned his very first NBA MVP Award and his acceptance speech was a definite tear jerker. KD attributed most of his success to his mother who struggled to care for him and his brother while keeping them out of trouble.
She’s a grown woman and she does whatever she wants.
Accordingly to Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook and Founder of LeanIn.org, Beyoncé is a boss. The diva graces the cover of Time’s Most Influential People in the World issue. In the mag Sandberg says,
doesn’t just sit at the table. She builds a better one. Today she sits at the head of the boardroom table at Parkwood Entertainment.”