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Just because a whole lot of people of color weren’t nominated for Academy Awards this year, it certainly didn’t stop the party.
Every year, for the past six years, Alfre Woodard hosts the Oscars’s Sistah Soiree. And the name tells it all. Woodard invites Black actresses to gather together and celebrate their accomplishments throughout the years.
Variety reports that she started hosting this party because she was tired of feeling like there was so much competition and animosity between Black actresses.
During the cocktail party before the dinner, held at the Beverly Hills Wilshire, Woodard said: “Every time we hear each others’ names, it felt like it was on of our reps going, ‘If that b-tch turns it down, then you can have it! I was like, wait a minute. When I hear my sister’s names, I want to have a joyful feeling in my heart about it.”
During the party, sponsored by Elizabeth Taylor’s White Diamonds Lustre fragrance, Woodard struggled to find a quiet space to complete the interview.
“You see how loud it gets! It’s always like this, because all the women in this room have more in common with each other than anyone else in the professional world. We’ve all been on the same journey- we speak a common language.”
While I’m sure quite a few of us would have loved to be in that room, the invitees can’t even bring their significant others to the party. “From the first time, everyone just fell into each others’ arms. it was immediate bonding.”
The idea to host the gathering had been on her mind for years but 2009 just so happened to be the year both Viola Davis and Taraji P. Henson were nominated for Doubt and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. But she didn’t just want to honor the nominees.
“It’s to honor the women who are nominated and the women who, in a perfect world, should have been. I wasn’t going to have a gathering of women actors and not have CCH Pounder or Lorraine Toussaint here!”
The event also serves as a means to show support.
“We know the ones nominated will be out and (are) being celebrated. But when they’re on the carpet, when they’re walking onstage, there are people like them wishing them well. The women who know exactly what you’re doing, actors of quality, saying good on you. We got your back.”
British actresses Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Carmen Ejogo, who plays Coretta in Selma, shared a moment Ejogo was a support for Mbatha-Raw when she first moved to the United States for the short-lived television show “Undercovers.” Mbatha-Raw recalled feeling lost.
“I actually asked Carmen for advice.”
And Ejogo responded, “You clearly found your way, babe.”
Later, Ejogo for continued, expounding on her excitement for Mbatha-Raw and explaining how event like this “remind you we’re all in this together and we have to support each other. I feel like I’m celebrating everyone. It’s a wonderful moment.”
I cannot tell you how much I love these images!
Next week, Alfre Woodard will stun us in her new role as President Constance Payton in NBC’s State Of Affairs. Woodard’s enveloping pushing role as a black woman portraying the first world leader will revolve around protecting the United States against harmful nations.
As we reported previously, “in the pilot, Woodard will be playing the role of President Constance Payton, who enlists a CIA agent Charleston “Charlie” Tucker (played by Katherine Heigl), to counsel her daily on incidents occurring around the world and target America’s most pressing threats. Interestingly, Charleston also happens to be the ex-girlfriend of Constance’s deceased son. ”
Check it out and be sure to tune in to NBC Monday, November 17 at 10 p.m. EST to catch State Of Affairs!
Alfre Woodard, Laverne Cox, Danai Gurira & Nicole Beharie Grace Essence’s October’s Channel Changers Cover
In case you haven’t noticed, Black women are making quite a few strides in the entertainment industry. Particularly in television and film. To celebrate this moment, Essence sat down with big and small screen stars Alfre Woodard, from the upcoming show “State of Affairs,” Nicole Beharie, from “Sleepy Hollow” and Jackie Robinson’s wife in 42, Danai Gurira from “The Walking Dead” and Laverne Cox from “Orange Is The New Black.”
Check out a couple of quotes from the interview.
Gurira, who plays zombie slayer Michonne on “The Walking Dead” said, “It is a golden age because we’re allowed to see that more people are given a voice, and that is a beautiful thing. We know there’s been a dearth of this type of diversity. I remember watching “Orange” and feeling as if something new was happening.”
Cox, who received an Emmy nomination, seconded the statement:
“People are watching television in a different way. I’ve been acting for a very long time and not getting very far, and I would say we needed some sort of systemic revolutionary change for me to have an acting career.”
And Woodard, the veteran in the game spoke profoundly about the resilience of Black women.
Is it the golden age, daughters? I want you all to believe: We’re not here because somebody suddenly said, ‘Let’s have some women of color [on TV].’ We’re here because we’re brilliant at what we do. We’re persistent. You could put us at the bottom of the ocean and we’d still come to the top.”
The cover looks great and it’s wonderful to see Essence diversifying their leading ladies. Here for all of it.
A few weeks ago, Megan Good revealed a photo of herself, Loretta Devine, Alfre Woodard, Tracee Ellis Ross and Jurnee Smollet, saying:
“Incredible day @jurneebell @traceeellisross#LorettaDevine #AlfreWoodard … Blessed and privileged to be in the presence of such strong And fearlessly talented women . #ShineOn”
Although the actress didn’t go into detail about the project the ladies were working on, we were intrigued to see and hear what they had up their sleeves.
A las, today, Funny Or Die released a hilarious video featuring the actresses along with MTV’s”Girl Code” host Nicole Byer and stand-up comedienne Retta where the women imitate a secret society of Black Hollywood actresses whom they say really run Hollywood. Finally, the mystery is solved!
Watch the video below to see how the execute their “Black Women Run Hollywood” spoof. This just might be true, huh?
Beauty is in the eye of the holder and for these celebs who have jungle fever, they see no color when it comes to dating someone outside of their race.
Perhaps best known as magneto in the blockbuster franchise X-Men, Michael Fassbender knew he wanted to be an actor since he was 17 years old. His first role came in the television miniseries “Band of Brothers.” The German-Irish actor has been romantically linked to actress Nicole Baharie and Leasi Andrews. He also dated Zoe Kravitz for several years. Recently rumors were sparked last month when the 12 Years a Slave actor was spotted hugging and kissing supermodel Naomi Campbell while dining at a London restaurant.
From The Grio
Numerous black actors have played the president of the United States over the years on film and television, including Morgan Freeman, Dennis Haysbert, Richard Pryor and Jamie Foxx. But with a new pilot called State of Affairs, NBC is offering up the first black woman POTUS.
Oscar-nominated and Emmy-winning actress Alfre Woodward will play President Roberta Payton in the drama that is being billed as a cross betweenScandal and The West Wing. Woodard is joined by Katherine Heigl, whose character is a CIA operative who does daily debriefings with the president. Heigl’s character is also the ex-girlfriend of President Payton’s late son.
No further details about the pilot are available, but just the fact that a major network’s drama will star a black woman as the leader of the free world is a significant milestone in how black women are depicted in pop culture.
Scandal, flaws and all, was met with much fanfare when it debuted in 2012 partly because Kerry Washington’s power-wielding, smartly dressed lead character was a welcomed departure from prevailing depictions of black women in popular reality television and Tyler Perry creations. The show has since gone on to receive Emmy nominations, countless magazine spreads for its star and the social media buzz for Scandal is unmatched.
So, it’s not shocking that NBC has a pilot in the works that it is billing as a Scandal/West Wing hybrid. Political dramas have a proven track record in primetime television and Scandal’s ratings success with a black woman lead shows that America is ready to see powerful black women in charge at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.
One consistent criticism of Scandal concerns the main character Olivia Pope’s love life. She might be able to handle any sticky situation that is presented to her at work, but Pope basically melts into romantic-hyperbole-blubbering butter as soon as her married lover is in her vicinity.
If the State of Affairs pilot is picked up, it will be interesting to see how President Payton’s love life is written. Is she a widow? If she has a husband, what is his race? Is she faithful? Often times, fictional presidents are presented as having complicated love lives, but for a black woman in that position, could she afford to have such messiness?
I’m thinking that the title State of Affairs is a bit of a play on words and the show will likely feature plenty of extramarital flings. With Woodard and Heigl as the named leads, the show appears to be following the Scandal (Shonda Rhimes) formula of having a diverse cast. This would be a win-win for the network.
Read more about Alfre Woodard’s new role at TheGrio.com
Alfre Woodard has snagged her next major role. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the “12 Years A Slave” actress has been cast to star in NBC’s new pilot drama, “State of Affairs”.
In the pilot, which has been described as “Scandal” meets “West Wing,” Woodard will be playing the role of President Roberta Payton, who enlists a CIA agent Whitney Tucker (played by Katherine Heigl), to counsel her daily on incidents occurring around the world and target America’s most pressing threats. Interestingly, Whitney also happens to be the ex-girlfriend of Roberta’s deceased son.
The script for the drama filled pilot will be written by Alexi Hawley and Joe Carnahan. Hawley will also executive produce the show along with Heigl and her mother-manager Nancy Heigl, Bob Simonds, Sophie Watts, Henry Crumpton, Julia Franz and Rodney Faraon.
Woodard joins a long roster of actors and actresses of color with leading roles in pilots this season. Viola Davis, Taraji P. Henson, Romany Malco, Terrence Howard, Octavia Spencer and Jada Pinkett-Smith. This definitely sounds like the makings of an interesting series.
Does “State of Affairs” seem like a show you’d be interested in checking out?
It doesn’t come as much of a surprise that Hollywood is brimming with incredibly beautiful people. However, we have to say that sexiness isn’t reserved for just the youngin’s. Some of entertainment’s most drop dead gorgeous women are mommies and even grandmommies. So, as a testament to the fact that women can be beautiful at any age, we’re taking a look at 14 fabulous women who still have it going on.
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?