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Hattie McDaniel’s Conflict With the NAACP and Tragic Death

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While many people simply know Hattie McDaniel as the first African American to win an Oscar in 1940 for her role as Mammy in Gone with the Wind, there is much more to her story than just that.  She was born June 10, 1885 in Wichita, Kansas.  She was the 13th child of a family of entertainers.  Her father was a minister who played the banjo, and her mother was…

Spider-Man 2 Soundtrack Will Feature Biggest Names In Pop Music

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By Andrew Scot Bolsinger Pharrell Williams, who is still riding the hot streak of a movie theme song that brought him an Academy Award nomination and a live performance slot during the show in March, conspired with fellow musicians Alisha Keys and Kendrick Lamar on a new track for the soon to be released “The Amazing Spider-Man 2.” MTV reported on a 47-second teaser of the song “It’s on Again,”…

Pharrell Takes A Big Step Forward With Adidas Deal

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By Andrew Scot Bolsinger Like the basketball greats before him, Pharrell Williams is launching a new shoe brand in his own name. Williams announced this week that he is teaming with Adidas for his new line. It’s the latest move for the red-hot singer and music producer, winner of seven Grammy’s and an Oscar nominee for his hit theme song, “Happy”. He performed the song during the Academy Award ceremony…

Oscar Voters Admit They Didn’t Watch “12 Years A Slave”

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By Barry Burch Jr. Whoever said you needed to watch a movie to determine whether to award it an Oscar or not? One rumor that stayed around for the days leading up to the 86th annual Academy Awards was that some Oscar voters did not want to watch “12 Years a Slave.”  Surprisingly for some and unsurprisingly for others, this rumor seems to be true.  According to The Huffington Post, two anonymous…

Pharrell Williams’ Famous Buffalo Hat On Ebay for Charity

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By: Lechette Walker Pharrell Williams is auctioning off his Vivienne Westwood hat that he wore to the Grammy’s on January 26th. He was also seen wearing this noticeable work of art at the NBA All Star game, Oscar Nominee Luncheon, and the 2014 BRIT Awards. There have been reports that there is another version of the hat, which was worn at the different events. The auction was announced on Thursday,…

Idris Elba Plays Convincing Role in “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom”

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By Lillian Armstead The actor Idris Elba who is playing the role of Nelson Mandela in the movie “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom” spent countless hours studying video footage and rehearsing scripts to understand the mind, mannerism and speech of the 95 year old Nelson Mandela. Elba was convinced that he could transform himself into the former South African leader during the six months of filming in South Africa. Not…

Isaiah Washington Challenges “Slave, Butler, and Maid” Roles For Blacks In Hollywood

Isaiah Washington Challenges “Slave, Butler, and Maid” Roles For Blacks In Hollywood

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By:  John “Hennry” Harris Hollywood veteran actor Isaiah Washington has seen the mountain tops and the valleys of the fickle industry.  The former “Grey’s Anatomy” television star feels that he was blackballed by Hollywood for the last 6 years after making disparaging remarks about the LGBT community.  Those remarks eventually led to his dismissal from the top-rated show and Washington is once again receiving accolades for his Oscar-worthy performance as a serial…

Jennifer Hudson Returning To ‘American Idol’ As New Judge

Jennifer Hudson Returning To ‘American Idol’ As New Judge

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If you get tired of one diva, you just replace her with another.  Jennifer Hudson is the latest face and beauty to grace the failing show, “American Idol.”  Hudson might be kicking a dead horse at this point, since the show lost a reported 10 million viewers, but hey, it’s worth a try. Hudson is going to appear as a judge during season 13, which should make for better TV…

ZZZZZ: Morgan Freeman Takes A Nap During Live TV Interview

ZZZZZ: Morgan Freeman Takes A Nap During Live TV Interview

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  Morgan Freeman is 75-years old and keeps a schedule that most 20-year olds can’t keep up with.  So, it wasn’t a surprise that he went to sleep during a live interview.  Nobody blames him for the mistake, but that doesn’t mean we can’t laugh about it.  Morgan was wrong for this one.  We just hope that his new movie isn’t also a snoozer, that could be bad.  Being an…

Jennifer Hudson’s Man Says That He Is Not Feeling Her Weight Loss

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This is definitely a case of D*mned if you do, D*mned if you don’t!– as my grandmother would say. JENNIFER HUDSON’s spectacular weight loss has fiance David Otunga a little sad. Reportedly lawyer-turned-pro wrestler David misses the curva­ceous beauty he first fell for when they met five years ago – and he wants her back! Here’s a picture a the R&B singer back then. “Jennifer’s weight has been an issue…

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Chris Tucker to Host 2013 BET Awards

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Reported  by Malcolm Morrow Chris Tucker will be hosting this year’s BET Awards, which will air on June 30. Tucker has been out of the film spotlight for a number of years and recently had a major comeback supporting role in the Oscar nominated film “Silver Linings Playbook”, which also stars Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper. Tucker’s previous major film role was in “Rush Hour 3” which was a box…

Will Smith Reveals Why He Passed On Django

Will Smith Reveals Why He Passed On Django

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Most folks may know Will Smith was originally pegged to play the role of vengeful slave Django in Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained, but he turned it down. The actor’s initial reasoning for declining was the good ole “scheduling conflict.” Smith, however, recently revealed that he passed on the flick because: “Django wasn’t the lead, so it was like, I need to be the lead. The other character was the lead!…

The Hotter The Berry, The Sweeter The Hook

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By Staff For over twenty years, Halle Berry has been mentioned in more rap songs than any other actress. From Kendrick Lamar’s current track, “Money Trees,” to Missy Elliot’s 2002 hit “Work It,” Berry does not seem bothered by the attention. In fact, she actually finds the references quite flattering.  The 46-year-old thespian opened up to “OMG! Insider” co-anchor Kevin Frazier at the junket for her recent film, “The Call,”…

Denzel Washington’s Average Guy Appeal And His Friendships

Denzel Washington’s Average Guy Appeal And His Friendships

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By Darron Smith Denzel Washington is nominated for another golden statue, an Oscar, to add to the two he already has for “Glory” and “Training Day” at this coming Sunday night’s Academy Award show for his role in “Flight.” In an interview with the Guardian, the actor declared, “Actually, even within the industry, I don’t have any actor friends. My friends are old friends. One’s an ex-music guy, the other’s…

Rap group Three Six Mafia Will Be inducted Into The Memphis Music Hall Of Fame In November

Three Six Mafia Makes History Again

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The controversial hip-hop group Three Six Mafia has reached another historical milestone. They will be among 25 legendary artists to be inducted into the Smithsonian’s new Memphis Music Hall of Fame. The artists are all from Memphis, Tennessee. Other inductees include Otis Redding, Elvis Presley, Al Green, The Staple Singers, Jerry Lee Lewis and Isaac Hayes. The induction ceremony will take place at the Cannon Center for Performing Arts in Memphis…