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You Won’t Get A Peep Out Of Kerry About Her New Marriage But She Is “Very Blessed”

July 21st, 2013 - By MN Editor
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From Essence

It’s been quite the summer for actress Kerry Washington. First marriage, then an Emmy nomination –– what more can the actress ask for?

In a recent interview with PEOPLE, a very private Washington dished a little on her recent marriage to San Francisco 49er cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha, 32, on June 24th in Blaine County, Idaho. “I don’t talk about my personal life in the press, but I will say I’m really happy.” Almost two weeks later was the icing on the cake, the Scandal star had been Emmy nominated for Lead Actress in a Drama Series for her role as Olivia Pope. “I’m the luckiest broad in showbiz,” she gushed, “I just feel really blessed and humbled and grateful for this nomination.” 36-year-old Washington is the first black actress to be nominated since Cicely Tyson in 1994.

Kerry says she hasn’t decided who her date will be to the awards. As you know, she usually takes her parents! You can check out the rest on Essence.com.

Do you think we’ll ever hear more about Kerry’s relationship with Nnamdi or do you think she’ll keep up the “Don’t talk to me about my personal life” bit?

Usher Hits A New High Note: ASCAP Honors Him With A Major Award!

May 18th, 2013 - By MN Editor
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From Essence

Usher has reached another career milestone.

The “Climax” singer will be honored with the ASCAP Golden Note Award at the 26th Annual Rhythm & Soul Music Awards. The honor only goes to artist, musicians and composers who have greatly contributed to the industry through their gifts. Previous honorees include Stevie Wonder, Quincy Jones, Pharrell Williams and Alicia Keys.

“I take the art of songwriting and music—making very seriously, so to be given the ASCAP Golden Note Award from an organization of my fellow music creators is a huge honor,” said Usher in a statement.

You can read the rest about Usher’s big honor over on Essence.com.

Wow, that is quite an elite group, isn’t it? Some may have “issues” with Usher’s current style of music but no one can deny that he’s definitely made a mark on the years. I mean, 8701 or Confessions anyone?

Congrats to him!

Back In His Good Graces: Miguel Added As A Last Minute Performer On The Grammys

February 10th, 2013 - By Drenna Armstrong
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It may not happen for all artists but for Miguel, patience is a virtue.

Just over a year ago, the R&B singer was ranting on Twitter about being snubbed by the Grammy board for what he thought was a great single in “Sure Thing” and a great overall album with All I Want Is You. He felt he’d worked hard and because he was snubbed, his feelings were hurt.

Well, what a difference a year and apparently even harder work makes.

Not only is he nominated for five Grammys for his work on his second album Kaleidoscope Dreams, including Best Urban Contemporary album and Song of the Year for “Adorn,” but EURweb has learned he was also very recently added to the performance lineup for tonight’s awards show.

As he told Radio.com: “I have something really special planned for the moment. I can’t wait to do it.”

Kaleidoscope Dreams by critics and fans alike as one of the best albums of 2012. It would come as no surprise if Miguel walks away with at least one award.

He was also in the studio late last year working on music with Beyonce for her next album so it looks like the stars are really aligning for Miguel.

Here’s to seeing what he’s got up his sleeve next.

The 55th Grammy Awards air tonight on CBS at 8pm.

Are you a fan of Miguel’s music? Will you be watching the awards?

And The Winner Is: Kerry Washington Wins Big At The NAACP Image Awards

February 2nd, 2013 - By Drenna Armstrong
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Well, 2012 certainly turned into the “Year of Kerry” and 2013 started out recognizing Kerry Washington for all that hard work. The actress picked up three awards during Friday’s 44th NAACP Image Awards: outstanding actress in a drama for Scandal, supporting actress in a film for Django Unchained and the President’s Award which is a special recognition for public service. As many may know, Kerry was very instrumental during both terms of President Obama’s campaigning.

The show was hosted by Steve Harvey and was held at The Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles.

Washington noted during her first “thank you” speech for Django that the award did not belong to her, but rather to the ancestors whose shoulders they stood on while filming the movie.

Other winners during the live portion (many of the awards were given out prior to the NBC broadcast) included: Don Cheadle for outstanding actor in a comedic series for House of Lies, Loretta Devine for outstanding supporting actress in a drama series for Grey’s Anatomy and Lance Gross, looking a king size chocolate bar, for outstanding supporting actor in a comedy for Tyler Perry’s House of Payne.

The legendary entertainer and activist Harry Belafonte was honored with the Spingarn Award, which honors outstanding achievements by an African-American.  Common and Wyclef immediately followed with their version of Belafonte’s “Day O.”

The surprise award of the night was handed to George Lucas for Red Tails, winning for outstanding motion picture. Lucas joked on staged by saying, “Look, I beat Tarantino” who was also nominated in the category for Django Unchained.

Gladys Knight also performed “The Way We Were” during the “In Memoriam” portion of the show.

Denzel Washington, Viola Davis and Omar Epps were televised winners but were not present to accept their awards. While they absolutely could have been busy working, it makes you wonder if some celebrities feel that these awards shows (read: the black awards shows) aren’t as important as the so-called “major” awards. Just a thought.

Did you catch it? What did you think? Fashion reviews?

Leonardo DiCaprio On Leaving LaLa Land…For Now: “I’m A Bit Drained – Just Worn Out”

January 19th, 2013 - By Drenna Armstrong
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Well, when you’ve filmed three movies back to back to back, it’s no wonder Leonardo DiCaprio is about to take some time off.

Now, before you start screaming at your computer screen with the “Why is this news” question, let me just put it on the table: in the month that Django Unchained has been in theaters, I’ve noticed that black women – many being part of our Madame readership – have been very vocal about their love for Leo. Seriously, he’s apparently one of the actors we (collectively so it’s okay if this doesn’t apply to your directly) love – for his looks and his talent – so that’s the long and short of why we’re sharing.

Cool? Cool, let’s carry on!

According to Celebuzz, the critically acclaimed actor told Germany’s Daily Bild that he is desperate need of a break saying, ““I am a bit drained. I’m now going to take a long, long break. I’ve done three films in two years and I’m just worn out.” We can see why: after wrapping up Django Unchained, he went on to film The Great Gatsby  and The Wolf of Wall Street.

DiCaprio says he hasn’t really seen his home or any of his friends in that time.

So what’s he going to do with this time off? Well, apparently he’s a semi-environmentalist:

“I would like to improve the world a bit. I will fly around the world doing good for the environment. My roof is covered with solar panels. My car is electric. A normal person does not drive more than 50 kilometers (31 miles) a day. That can be done with a plug.”

Well, who knew Leo was all about going green! Of course, flying around the world probably doesn’t help the environment but we certainly get his point.

It’s always good to be able to work hard and be rewarded for it by taking some time off.  But we’ve got to wonder if part of the break comes from the fact that neither the Academy members, who are responsible for choosing Oscar winners, nor the Screen Actors Guild, responsible for choosing SAG winners, have ever rewarded DiCaprio for his immense talent. He’s also only won one Golden Globe award for his role in The Aviator.

It looks like 2013 may be the last time we see DiCaprio on the big screen for some time. It’s cool, Leo, take your break.

Nothing Compares To You: Prince To Be Honored At 2013 Billboard Awards

January 19th, 2013 - By Drenna Armstrong
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Well, this is turning out to be quite the year for Prince so far – and it’s only January.

We told you that Carnegie Hall will be paying tribute to the Purple One in March with performances by The Roots and Talib Kweli. Now, it was just announced that he will be honored at the 2013 Billboard Awards, according to EURweb.

Prince will be awarded with the Billboard Icon Award at the show which will take place in May in Las Vegas. While we know – or he’s led us to believe – that Prince doesn’t ever release music for the sake of winning any awards, this is a great honor.

Here’s the even better part: he’s agreed to perform on the show.  Fans know that he doesn’t do this quite often – although he did show up on Jimmy Kimmel Live to perform new music late last year – so this will be quite the treat.

Last year’s Icon honoree was Stevie Wonder so Prince is certainly in amazing company.

The Billboard Awards are calculated by fans’ interaction with music based on radio play, track and album downloads, touring and social media interaction.

The show will air live Sunday, May 19 on ABC.

Shine Bright Like A Diamond: The Stars Turn Out For The BET Honors!

January 13th, 2013 - By Drenna Armstrong
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Some of the best and brightest in entertainment, business and service donned their sharpest clothes Saturday night and attended the 2013 BET Honors.

The awards show was once again hosted by actress Gabrielle Union, who has held that role since the first awards show in 2008. BET President of Music Programming and Specials, Stephen Hill tweeted after the show that Union was “funny, smart, sarcastic, caustic and real surprising.” If you’ve ever seen the show, it comes as no surprise that she’s any one of those things and is a perfect choice for host.

This year’s honorees include: pastor TD Jakes, singer Chaka Khan, entrepreneur Clarence Avant, basketball player Lisa Leslie, and actress Halle Berry. There were performances and appearances by Erykah Badu, Kem, Brandy, Mint Condition, Alicia Keys, Ledisi, Wayne Brady and a host of others. If some of the floating pictures are any indication, it was an awesome night.

Union spoke of the importance of the BET Honors after last year’s show saying, “A lot of times we wait around to get validation from pretty much everyone else.  We feel like we haven’t gotten anything accomplished if ‘others’ don’t say ‘good job.’ It means a lot more when your own says ‘good job.’ That’s what BET does with theBET Honors. It pulls the best and brightest of our family together and tells them ‘good job and keep up the good work’.”

The show is held at the Warner Theatre in Washington, D.C. Proceeds from BET Honors 2013 will benefit Life Pieces to Masterpieces, an organization that provides opportunities for African-American young men in Washington, D.C. by developing and unlocking their potential, and empowering them to transform their lives and communities.

The 2013 BET Honors will air on Monday, February 11th at 9pm.

You Never Know What She’ll Say: Gabourey Sidibe Talks New Movie And Dating!

December 15th, 2012 - By MN Editor
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Academy Award-nominated actress Gaboury Sidibe is on top of her game and clearly living her life like it’s golden. Whether she’s telling behind-the-scenes stories from her latest film, Yelling to the Sky, or talking about her favorite date night spots, she is candid and never misses an opportunity to share a laugh.

On whether or not she prepped for her new movie Yelling to the Sky:

Not a lot. I’m from Bed-Stuy, and I grew up in Harlem so all of the things that happened in the film I’ve seen in real life. So I guess I’ve always been preparing to take on a role like that. That’s why it was so honest, and it was so familiar for me so I didn’t have to do a lot of research at all.

About that guy we saw her with last year:

Wait, what? (laughs) That was like a year and some change, it almost two years ago! That boy has been gone. Game over. That was my ex-boyfriend, and he is very, very “ex” now. I am currently not dating anyone, or maybe I am dating everyone. I love being a grown woman in my own apartment in New York City. You know hanging out with who I want to. I don’t have to call home to make sure some man knows where I am all the time. I am really enjoying that life right now.

Check out the hilarious Gabourey and the full interview over at ESSENCE

Blame It On The Alcohol! Celebs Who Lost Control After One Too Many Sips!

September 15th, 2012 - By Drenna Armstrong
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Don’t we tell each other not to completely get inebriated if we can’t keep our composure (mostly) and not act too wild after after too many drinks? Don’t the celebrities’ of the world have friends to tell them the same thing?  I would like to think so but maybe not since the celebs listed here have embarrassed themselves and in some cases, gotten into a lot of trouble!

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Do You Remember When…?: 7 Shocking Moments From The BET Awards!

July 1st, 2012 - By Drenna Armstrong
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Keep it real: Did you really think that 11 years later the BET Awards would still be around…and we’d still be excited to watch? But here we are, just hours away from the 2012 BET Awards and Stephen G. Hill, as usual, is promising big surprises. But let’s go back for a minute and take a look at some of the more shocking and outrageous moments that occurred before, during and after past BET Awards shows!

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