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The Governors Awards took place over the weekend and all the stars who have been gaining Oscar buzz for their film roles this year stepped on the red carpet for the event. Out of all those good-looking celebrities, Idris Elba and his Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom co-star Naomie Harris were there, as well as 12 Years a Slave stars Chiwetel Ejiofor, Lupita Nyong’o and Alfre Woodard. They all looked fabulous in their designer duds, including Alfre Woodard and Idris Elba, who were both in Giorgio Armani.
Off the red carpet, someone who does the social media for Armani’s Instagram page tried to spotlight all the stars at the event who were wearing the designer’s clothing, and while trying to do that, they got Alfre Woodard mixed up with Idris Elba (see above picture)…
Could be a simple mistake of someone who wrote down different names and then wasn’t paying attention to what pictures they were attaching to that name. Or, could be that someone might have really thought Idris was a feminine name and thought it was Woodard’s. Worst case scenario, some fool actually thought Woodard looked like Elba, but let’s hope not…
Those behind the Instagram page tried to delete the picture soon after, but you know once people see it, snapshots will be taken and spread across the web. The simple accident then turned into Twitter’s usual comedy hour, where people went in on the Armani Instagram page with “#ArmaniCaptions”:
There were quite a few more (you can see the many options over at Bossip). You know black Twitter, folks always have jokes on deck. But mistakes happen, and whoever controls the Instagram page eventually re-uploaded the photo with the right name, but not before people went on the page and tried to call whomever was behind the mistake racist. I don’t know if I would take it that far though. Besides, working in media, I’ve seen worse trying to scrape for images of black celebrities from these photo agencies. Seriously. But what do you make of the blunder?
“Nobody Ever Says There Are Too Many Holocaust Stories”: Alfre Woodard Responds To “12 Years A Slave” Criticism
Most of us fell in love with Alfre Woodard during her role as Carolyn Carmichael. Known for not taking nonsense from her five boisterous children and laid back musician husband in the Spike Lee classic, Crooklyn, Carolyn Carmichael became one of our favorite mothers in the black film canon. Recently, Woodard added another layer to the black woman’s 19th century identity by becoming a privilege slaved on a New Orleans plantation in the critically acclaimed fall movie, 12 Years A Slave.
As you know, this movie has received as much criticism as it has praise, and in a recent interview with Uptown Magazine, Woodard shut down all of the negativity as she discusses how Django Unchained compares to 12 Years a Slave, post-racialism, and modern-day slavery. Here are her insights as she shared them with Uptown when prompted on the various topics:
Slave narratives.. “are vital for us to have our feet on balanced ground in the future. I think it’s a chunk of our history that we are in denial about and that we don’t accept. And it is the root, I would say, of our contemporary domestic problems.”
Nobody ever says… “There are too many Holocaust stories,” or “There are too many gangster movies.” But we tell three stories [about slavery] and they want us to be done.
Today… “there are more slaves held around the world, sexual and domestic, than even in the mid-1800s. But that’s all in the shadows, and it’s right in our suburbs and everywhere around us.”
If you’re a racist… “or not is absolutely off the point that the manifestation of 300 years of a slave economy is present in everyday [life]. If you’re going to deny that, you’re going to be constantly wondering why you’re anxious and off the tracks.”
Post-racialism… “brought the boil up. And now we just have to lance the boil, clean it out and heal the wound. People [mistakenly] thought, Now I don’t have to feel like I’m carrying the weight of something [that] happened when I wasn’t even alive. We are now forced into conversations. If we don’t have them, we’re going to be really sick.
Django Unchained is… “to 12 Years A Slave [what] the Atlantic Ocean is to the Pacific Ocean. We need a lot of oceans. One does not negate the other, and one occupies a different territory. And [they are] fed by different rivers. They’re absolutely different genres; they’re absolutely different filmmakers. And they’re different stories.”
Pictures like 12 Years a slave… “give us a common language, a common emotional experience, whether you’re British, West African, West Indian or American.”
Read more of Woodard’s wise thoughts, here. What do you think about what she said?
Alfre Woodard’s character in “12 Years a Slave” is brief (one scene), but unforgettable.
The veteran actress plays Mistress Harriet Shaw, a formerly enslaved woman who rises through the Southern caste system to become the wife of a wealthy plantation owner.
“She is a woman who, like all women during this period, whether they were field slaves, house slaves, white mistresses of households, whoever they were, women had a very tough road to hoe,” Woodard told NPR. “And you get to see how little actual power they had in the society. But they all figured out a way to use the personal power they had as women to make their lives livable.”
Mistress Shaw’s plantation sits next to the plantation that eventually lands free-born Solomon Northrup (Chiwetel Ejiofor) after he is sold into slavery.
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The Last Slave Movie: See The First Trailer For “12 Years A Slave” Starring Brad Pitt, Chiwetel Ejiofor, And Alfre Woodard
Now I know you’re probably sick and tired of the slave/black maid movies that have been all over the place for the last couple of years, but before you turn a side-eye to this new film, 12 Years A Slave, you should check out the trailer first. It looks like it’s going to be epic.
Starring British (and Nigerian) actor Chiwetel Ejiofor, Brad Pitt, Michael Fassbender, Alfre Woodard, Dwight Henry (from Beasts of the Southern Wild) and directed by London-born talent Steve McQueen (and he’s black too!), 12 Years A Slave is of course about the true story of Solomon Northup, a free-born black man who was later kidnapped and sold into slavery. After 12 years in slavery, he was later freed and because of his struggle, in 1840 a law was passed in New York to help recover free-blacks who were being taken against their will and sold into slavery.
The movie seems to tell Northup’s tale with brutal honesty, as well as his fight not to give up under a form of adversity most would crumble under. The acting looks great, the movie looks both entertaining and moving, and as usual, McQueen (Shame, Hunger) is providing us with another true story of courage in a way that only he can (and with the help of actor Michael Fassbender for the third time straight). Check out the trailer and let us know if you would go see it. 12 Years A Slave will be released October 18.
Last night, Alfre Woodard, Gabrielle Union, Phylicia Rashad and Viola Davis sat with Oprah Winfrey to discuss the ins and outs and ups and downs of navigating Hollywood as women of color on Oprah’s Next Chapter.
With such an array of talents and accolades in one room it was most intriguing to watch the discussion of everything from how inconsistent work can be, to leaving within their means in such a volatile industry, to supporting fellow Black actresses.
Gabrielle Union, wo was essentially Oprah’s reason for this particular installment of Next Chapter, revealed quite a bit about her internal struggle with her mean girl demons and expounded upon the jaw-dropping-ly honest speech she gave during an ESSENCE luncheon earlier this year. When receiving the Fierce and Fabulous award, Union recounted how she had been only pretending to be fierce and fabulous for much of her life. She uncovered how she had at one point torn others down to feel better about herself.
“I had to really examine all of the choices I’ve made as an adult and what I like and don’t like,” she said. “And there was a lot I didn’t like. So from that point in like, my early thirties, I started really living my truth and my words matched my actions.”
An always timely message for women of color, and actually just women in general, as the “crabs in a barrel” mentality is one that seems to pervade in many parts of our lives, as if we all can’t succeed and shine together.
It was interesting to see the reactions of the older women because it was clear that they came up in a different era entirely, one where fierce support of each other reigned supreme. The differences were very evident as Viola Davis spoke of refusing to apologize for herself and of being “pathological about being supportive. To anybody.” She also spoke of how Black writers in Hollywood seem to only want to write characters that are not flawed, or show the ugly side of humanity because they are afraid of how they will appear to others.
Phylicia Rashad, in all her regal elegance, gave insight into the truth of The Cosby Show, remembering how many believed it was not a realistic portrayal of Black America at the time, when it absolutely was, in fact.
“I grew up in Houston, Texas in the third ward and it was very realistic. And it wasn’t just realistic in Houston, Texas – it was realistic in Charlotte, North Carolina, in Atlanta, in New York, in Richmond, in Hampton… It was realistic in a lot of places…I guess it just depends on (who you know) and what you know. People will always have something to complain about. [It goes back to] knowing your life and who and what you are. You can stand in that and it doesn’t really matter.”
The discussion covered a range of topics including light skin v. dark skin which segued perfectly into the “Dark Girls” documentary that followed. Twitter rang out, praising the OWN Network for sitting these beautifully talented women down to discuss their truths and change.
Check out videos from last night’s discussion. What did you think?
“We Haven’t Healed”: Gabrielle Union, Phylicia Rashad, Viola Davis, Alfre Woodard And Gabrielle Union Talk To Oprah About Colorism Issues
On the upcoming episode of Oprah’s Next Chapter this Sunday, Viola Davis, Gabrielle Union, Phylicia Rashad and Alfre Woodard sit down with lady O to talk about the issues they face as black actresses. But with the premiere of the documentary Dark Girls coming up after the episode, Oprah decided to ask the women what affect colorism within the black community has had on them and if they notice light skin/dark skin issues promoted by non-black folks in Hollywood. In a quick preview of the upcoming episode, the women say that it plays a big part in not only what they do in Hollywood but in every aspect of their lives:
Oprah: Is that still a major part of the way people think in this town?
Alfre Woodard: Yeah. In this town and in our communities.
Viola Davis: I still feel like that’s what we’re fighting. Healing from the past. I think that it affects everything we do. It affects our relationships, it affects our art.
Oprah: But that comes from us. Doesn’t it?
Viola Davis: But that’s what I’m saying, we haven’t healed from that. We just haven’t.
Phylicia Rashad: Well Lord, goodness how long is it going to take!?
Be sure to tune into Oprah’s Next Chapter this Sunday at 9 p.m. and stick around after the fact to watch Bill Duke’s much talked/hyped about documentary, Dark Girls. What do you think of what they had to say, especially Viola Davis, about the colorism issue?
Check out the preview on the next page!
Viola Davis On Competition In Black Hollywood: ‘If You Throw A Piece Of Cheese In A Room Full Of Rats They’re Going To Claw At Each Other’
It feels as if we’ve been waiting a long time for this kind of discussion to happen on the OWN Network and now, it’s finally here. On Sunday night at 9 pm Oprah will be sitting with Alfre Woodard, Gabrielle Union, Philicia Rashad, and Viola Davis to discuss the internal and external struggles of being Black, female, and an actress.
This conversation proves to be very open and honest as one clip shows Union stating, “I was a mean girl from about 8 years old.” But Viola Davis takes the rawness one step further, discussing the lack of diverse roles for Black women as opposed to the laundry list of options available for Caucasian actresses. She argues the competition is only natural when there are a limited number of roles for African American women.
Check out a sneak peek of Viola’s comments about the rift between black women in Hollywood. What do you think about her suggestion that it’s natural and we are actually in crisis mode in Hollywood?
First Look: Alfre Woodard, Viola Davis, Phylicia Rashad And Gabrielle Union On ‘Oprah’s Next Chapter’ Special
Look at these gorgeous black women together all in one place. Next Sunday, the OWN network will air a special of “Oprah’s Next Chapter” centered on African American women in Hollywood and Oprah is inviting some of our favorite actresses along for the discussion. Alfre Woodard, Viola Davis, Phylicia Rashad and Gabrielle Union will all take part in the dialogue, discussing the challenges, criticisms, and competition they face as African-American women in the entertainment industry.
The in-depth convo will appropriately lead up to the world television premiere of the documentary “Dark Girls,” which answers the question we all already know the answer to: Is life different for women who are darker than most? Check out a sneak peek of both specials in the video above.
The back-to-back episodes will air Sunday, June 23, at 9 pm and 10 pm. Will you watch?