Category Archives: Hollywood

Pregnant Beyonce: We Love You, But You’ve Got Nothing on ‘This Expectant Queen’ (Photos)

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What’s wrong with a little friendly competition? Each day the internet hits us with photos of the lovely Beyonce, as she celebrates her second pregnancy — this time with twins. Oh the joy we sense in her, husband Jay Z, their adorable little girl Blue Ivy, and Beyonce’s proud mother, Tina Knowles — who introduced her daughter at the 59th Grammys…”with a mother’s pride.”

I feel you Tina.

But all praise aside…Beyonce ain’t got nothing on MY girl!

Her legion of social media friends and followers refer to her as Coach, but to this proud mama she is simply…

Azja. 

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Photo by Lori Dorman

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10th Annual Toast to Urban Entertainment Executives Honoring Women Event

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(LOS ANGELES, CA) The 10th Annual Toast to Urban Entertainment Executives Honoring Women returns with a new round of incredible women making strides in the urban entertainment and media industries. This event acknowledges the contributions made to Urban Entertainment by outstanding female industry executives in television, film, news, multimedia, music, and more in honor of Women’s History Month.

Lynn Allen Jeter & Associates, partnered with sponsors REVOLT TV, Rolling Out Moreno BHLV, Luster Products, MIQ, Urban Network Digital, Warner Bros. Records and SESAC will honor four women on March 22, 2016 at the Cinematic Pictures Group. Continue reading

‘Not for Nothing’ But…You May Be More Likely to Believe THIS Girl is Jackson and DeBarge’s ‘Secret’ Daughter’ (Picture)

Is Janet the mother of Tiffany Whyte? Nah...
Is Janet the mother of Tiffany Whyte? Chances are slim, right?

*Hey, I will be the first to say, “Who knows?”…and further, “Who cares?” …outside of the families involved that is. But a recent article on EURweb that asked whether or not we believe some woman who came out to say she is the ‘secret daughter’ of Janet Jackson and James DeBarge, who were married for a short time in the early 80’s, is true (you may have noticed I said something to the effect of ‘definitely not’) has opened a flood gate of sorts; with regard to articles on Jackson family secrets.

One such article I ran across offered up a photo of Jackson hugging a young woman described as the daughter of James DeBarge. The article says her name is Kristina, and that although DeBarge has claimed her as his daughter, the girl is “investigating” whether Jackson is her mother.

Weird already? Yep! But what’s new when it comes to anything involving a Jackson. Continue reading

See Kong and Brie Larson’s Tank Top On As Big A Screen As You Can Find

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*Back in the old days, you had to wait for summer for a cinematic summer blockbuster. Sounds reasonable, right? Well, thanks to Kong: Skull Island, summer has arrived — at the movies, at least — a few months early.

It only took 84 years for Hollywood to make a worthy successor to the original King Kong. which terrified audiences when it debuted in 1933 as one of Tinsel Town’s first “talkies.” No, I was NOT there…but I’m told theaters had to hire medical professionals to be on hand during screenings, as audiences members routinely fainted when Kong showed up on screen.

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Successors to the king’s throne have always fallen a little short. 1933’s Son Of Kong was cute but not thrilling, the 1976 version was downright cheesy (with a guy in an ape suit in the title role), and Peter Jackson’s 2005 version improved upon the special effects of the original but never found Kong’s heart. And let’s not even mention 1962’s awful King Kong vs. Godzilla.

This time around, they finally got it right. Kong: Skull Island debuts just a week before Hollywood will trot out another “beauty and the beast” tale that’s as old as time, but THIS beast isn’t singing Alan Menken tunes. Continue reading

L. A. Women’s Theatre Festival ‘Taking Flight’ on March 23rd with Champagne Awards Gala!

 

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*The Los Angeles Women’s Theatre Festival (LAWTF) marks 24 years of producing close to 500 extraordinary multicultural and multidisciplinary solo performers from around the globe.

 The longest-running annual solo festival for women in Los Angeles, LAWTF will take place March 23-26, 2017 at the Barnsdall Gallery Theatre in Hollywood  and at the Electric Lodge in Venice.

The Champagne Gala and Awards Ceremony on March 23, 2017 will be held in honor of exceptional women who have made laudable contributions in theatre. This will be held at Barnsdall Gallery Theatre in Barnsdall Park, 4800 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, CA 90027. There is free parking onsite. Following the reception at 7:00 p.m., the festivities continue at 8:00 p.m. with the presentation of the Integrity, Eternity, Rainbow, Maverick and Infinity Awards to distinguished women. (Integrity Awardee- Megan Cavallari; Eternity Awardee- Barbara Morrison; Rainbow Awardee- Estelle Campbell; Rainbow Awardee- Leslie K. Johnson; Maverick Awardee- Paulina Sahagun;  and posthumously, Infinity Awardee- Doris Roberts.

The theme of the Opening Night Program on March 23 is STANDING ON THE SHOULDERS OF…. The evening will be directed by Adleane Hunter and hosted by Hattie Winston (Becker) and Ted Lange (The Love Boat).  Back by popular demand will be award-winning vocalist Eloise Laws. There will also be a performance by emerging vocalist Payton Aurora Jones. Continue reading

How Moonlight Muted Me, and Gave Us A New Paradigm For Gay Black Men

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*I saw the Academy Award-winning Moonlight for the first time at the beginning of its initial run in theaters, last fall. I walked into a screening of the movie with every intention of reviewing it. I walked out having been profoundly moved, forever changed, and temporarily muted. I simply couldn’t find the words to describe the movie.

I’d not felt that way after seeing a film since Precious, another film with honest, gritty performances, flawed, human characters that commanded my attention, and a character arc that left me literally exhausted and speechless. I felt the same way after seeing Monster’s Ball and, to a somewhat lesser extent, Dreamgirls.

In all of those prior cases, the films went on to win Academy Awards, and I’d accurately predicted them. In the case of Monster’s Ball, I knew that if Halle Berry hadn’t gone on to win the Oscar for Best Actress, it would have been due to racism in the industry. Berry’s performance, particularly a critical scene during which her character is processing an unfathomable loss, earned that trophy.

Similarly, after watching Moonlight, I called Mahershala’s Oscar, the screenplay award, and the Oscar for Best Picture. I knew if Moonlight didn’t win on Oscar night, homophobia — not racism — would have been the primary culprit.

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Mahershala Ali as “Juan” in Moonlight

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New Comedy ‘Transition’ Explores What Really Happened at 90-Minute Meeting Between Obama and Trump

Harry S. Murphy as Donald Trump and Joshua Wolf Coleman as Barack Obama in "Transition" at The Lounge Theatre. Photo Credit: Ed Krieger
Harry S. Murphy as Donald Trump and Joshua Wolf Coleman as Barack Obama in “Transition” at The Lounge Theatre. Photo Credit: Ed Krieger

*Now it can be told! Two days after the last Presidential election, President Barack Obama welcomed President-Elect Donald Trump for a 90-minute meeting at the White House, to initiate the peaceful transition of power. The future of Western Civilization depended upon the propitious conclusion of this meeting.

So… What the hell exactly happened on Thursday, November 10, 2016?

  You won’t learn it from CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, BBC World News, or The Wall Street Journal. You’ll have to see the new play Transition to learn the truth. Continue reading

What’s Your ‘Real Name’? Say ‘Hello’ to Celebrities Who Changed Their Name

Photo credit: Kai-Z-Feng
Photo credit: Kai-Z-Feng

*I must admit, I have always had a problem with people who change their birth name. I mean, that’s your whole identity. I’ve always thought maybe these folks were going through some kind of identity crisis. How does a name like “Shelton Jackson” become Spike Lee… Or “Steveland Morris” become Stevie Wonder… Or someone once known as Eileen Regina Edwards is now called Shania Twain?

These are not just “revisions” to an existing name like Kevin becomes Kevyn…They are totally NEW names.

But I guess if I am going to be OK with anyone doing it (not that these folks have one f**k to give whether I do or not) it does sit better with me if you’re a celebrity. Hey, in this case, your name is your brand, so it should have a good ring to it right?

Let’s be real, would we have given “Peter Gene Hernandez” a good listen had he not been introduced to us as Bruno Mars?

Hi, when I grown up I'm gonna change my name to BRUNO MARS!
Hi, when I grown up I’m gonna change my name to BRUNO MARS!

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