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Is Your Backup Plan Really Just Holding You Back?

February 23rd, 2016 - By Veronica Wells
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I was one of those children who really bought into the notion that I could be whatever I wanted to be. And it just so happened that after practice and hard work, I was actually good at what I wanted to be. It wasn’t until years later, when Oprah said something to the affect of “You can’t be anything you want to be. You can only be what you were meant to be,” that I even begun to question the idea that all dreams don’t come true, even with hard work.

I saw that in the documentary 20 Feet From Stardom where vocalists who are more talented than all of our faves, live in near obscurity because, despite their efforts, their dreams of being solo stars never came to pass. We see it everyday with boys and then grown men who yearn to be in the NBA but weren’t blessed with the height, the agility or the speed to actually make it into the league.

While the rest of us were talking about being teachers, doctors, lawyers, firemen and women etc, the kids with hoop dreams or those who wanted to be rappers were asked to come up with a back up plan.

And while I always thought that you could be what you wanted to be, it made sense to me that these kids, mostly boys, should have something to fall back on. The odds are so astronomical. The likelihood is so small. But, if you can’t tell from the course of this essay so far, I don’t know if that’s necessarily the right thing to teach children.

This thought popped back into my head when I stumbled across this old Arsenio Hall interview with Eddie Murphy.

Here’s the transcript for those who can’t watch.

“I think you know what you’re supposed to do, deep down inside. I think everybody does. A lot of people just don’t go after it. Like most people start off ‘I want to be a this, but I’m going get that to make sure I have something to fall back on.’ And what you’re doing is you’re setting yourself up for failure cuz you’re going there’s a possibility that I’m going to fall back. And you put that out there and then you fall back. But if you just say ‘hey, this is what I want to do’ and you go do it, then you usually get your stuff the way you want it man.”

And that made me think, how many people take so much comfort in knowing they have a backup plan that they don’t really dedicate their all to pursuing their real dreams? How many people, when their real dreams seem elusive or more difficult than they thought, will choose to give up instead of push through? How many people settle for being less fulfilled just because their backup plan is easier to attain and more secure than what they really wanted and still want to do?

I don’t have the answers to life. As I mentioned before sometimes hard work doesn’t equate to you getting what you wanted. But I also think there’s something to be said about being so comfortable with a backup plan, in being safe that you don’t put your all into your original goal.

Life is full of challenges. Some people have to put certain dreams on the back burner, provide for children, or take a part time or full time hustle to finance their real passion. But to me, it seems like the feeling of not going for what you want would be too unsettling to even enjoy plan B.

What do you think, are backup plans necessary or are they just an escape from pursuing your passion?

Are You Sure You’re Related? Celebrity Siblings Who Don’t Really Look Alike

February 8th, 2016 - By Meg Butler
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Are you sure you know which celebrities are related? Some celebrity siblings like Serena and Venus Williams look similar while others look so much alike that it’s easy to get them confused. The Baldwin brothers? So close it can be a little creepy to look at them all together. Mónica and Penelope Cruz? Practically twins.

But not every celebrity sibling pair look that similar — even when they’re celebrity twins. If these famous sisters and brothers didn’t have their last names in common, we definitely wouldn’t have spotted them as siblings. We’ve put their pictures side by side, and we still find ourselves having to squint.

Can you see the genetic connection between these siblings? Or do you need to see their birth certificates to be 100 percent sure? Read on and get ready to be surprised at who you see on the list, and let us know if you saw the resemblance or if you were taken by surprise too.

Eddie Murphy Expecting Ninth Child

November 5th, 2015 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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Here’s an announcement we didn’t see coming: Eddie Murphy is about to be a father—for the ninth time.

According to E! News, a spokesperson for 54-year-old Murphy confirmed the news Wednesday. The mom-to-be is the comedian’s girlfriend, Paige Butcher, 36. Butcher is expected to give birth in May.

Reports suggest that the parents-to-be have been together for at least four years. In 2013, the expectant mom opened up to Vanity Fair about struggling to date a celebrity and her decision to quit social media.

“I’m in a relationship with a celebrity, so I felt like there’s already enough of me out there,” she said. “I felt like I was giving out too much information. I was giving people too much access. I like to keep as much private as possible now.”

This will be Butcher’s first child. Murphy is already father to Bria, 25, Myles, 22, Shayne, 21, Zola, 15, and Bella, 13; from his previous marriage to “Hollywood Exes” star Nicole Murphy. He also fathered 26-year-old Eric with ex-girlfriend Paulette McNeely, 25-year-old Christian with ex-girlfriend Tamara Hood, and 8-year-old Angel with TV personality Mel B.

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Oprah And Eddie Murphy Secure Roles In Richard Pryor Biopic

August 30th, 2015 - By Ashley Monaé
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And we’re off… Get ready y’all for #richardpryor @eppsie @oprah

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After much speculation that Eddie Murphy and Oprah Winfrey would possibly be joining the cast of the highly-anticipated Richard Pryor biopic, the guessing game is now over.

According to the Daily Mail, both Murphy and Winfrey have been confirmed as cast members of the film. Murphy will play play Pryor’s father, Leroy “Buck Carter” Pryor; Winfrey will play Pryor’s grandmother, who ran a brothel and raised the legendary comic there.

The two will join Mike Epps, who will play Pryor, and Kate Hudson, who is set to play Pryor’s widow, Jennifer Lee Pryor. Epps’ highly coveted, lead role was also auditioned for by Nick Cannon and Marlon Wayans, according to the report. After much deliberation about securing a powerhouse cast, The Weinstein Company and director Lee Daniels are slated to start production in March, after wrapping up the second season of his hit Fox series, Empire.

With such a star-studded cast, this film is sure to be one of the biggest, most talked about productions upon its big screen reveal.

Encore! Sequels Of Our Favorite Films That We Would Love To See On The Big Screen

May 19th, 2015 - By Desiree Bowie
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With sequels for Bad Boys, Independence Day, Barbershop, and The Best Man coming soon, we started thinking about other movies that could use a sequel or a remake. Let’s take a look at 15 movies that Hollywood needs to bring back!

Same Sex Affairs: 16 Hollywood Rumors and Confessions

April 17th, 2015 - By Rich
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Rumors and confessions of same sex affairs run rampant in Hollywood with some stars being accused of same sex play (Will Smith and Duane Martin) while others proudly flaunt their lovers (Angelina Jolie). It’s an interesting list that’s for sure.

Dig in!

Sources:  RadarOnline, MadameNoire, Rolling Out

Same Sex Affairs: 16 Hollywood Rumors and Confessions

Eddie Murphy May Join Richard Pryor Biopic

March 14th, 2015 - By Courtney Whitaker
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According to the Hollywood Reporter, Eddie Murphy is in talks to join the Richard Pryor biopic. The biopic, directed by Lee Daniels will star Mike Epps as the legendary comedian.

Murphy will reportedly play his father, LeRoy Pryor. In addition to Murphy, Entertainment Tonight reported that Kate Hudson will be joining the movie. Hudson would play Jennifer Lee Pryor,  Pryor’s fourth wife and as well as his seventh. The couple married in 1981, divorced in 1982 and then remarried in 2001.

To add fuel to the fire, Daniels posted a picture of himself with Murphy on Instagram with an interesting caption.

 

Strap in and brace yourself. They done let me and him out of our cages! #idonteventhinkimreadyforthisone! #excited #proud #OMG

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If the rumors are true, we’re here for it! How many of our readers are BEYOND READY for a new Eddie Murphy movie?

Since The Oscars Were So White: The Blackest Award Show Moments Ever

February 23rd, 2015 - By Veronica Wells
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Don’t know if you noticed but the Oscars didn’t exactly have that much for Black people. With the exception of Common and John Legend performing and winning the Academy Award for their song “Glory,” the show was a sea of White faces. It’s the reason we didn’t live tweet the show like we usually do. Instead, we simply showed you what our faves were wearing on the carpet. So in honor of our disappointment and in anticipation for tonight’s BET Honors, we’re highlighting some of the Blackest moments from award shows in the past decade or so.

One Movie, Many Roles: 15 Actors Who Played Multiple Characters

February 12th, 2015 - By Rich
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You’ve got to hand it to these talented actors who played multiple roles in the same film. Not only did they create some of the most memorable and lovable characters on screen they did it in double time and sometimes more. Top contender? Mr. Eddie Murphy!!

Sources: IndieWire, Ranker, Film School Rejects

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One Movie, Many Roles: 15 Actors Who Played Multiple Characters

Eddie Murphy Plans To Return To ‘SNL’ After 31 Years

January 30th, 2015 - By Madame Noire
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From BlackVoices 

The last time Eddie Murphy made an appearance on “Saturday Night Live” was Dec. 15, 1984. Thirty-one years later, it appears Murphy will finally return to the show that helped make him a star. In an interview with Roland Martin for NewsOne Now, Murphy said he’d appear on the forthcoming 40th anniversary special for “SNL” that NBC will air on Feb. 15.

“It just never worked out where the timing was right for me to do it,” Murphy said when asked why he hadn’t appeared on “SNL” in decades. “They’re actually having a 40th anniversary, I think, in two weeks. I’m going to that, and that’ll be the first time I’ve been back since I left.”

A representative for NBC was not immediately available for comment.

Murphy’s acrimonious history with the show dates back to a joke David Spade made about him on Weekend Update during the 1990s, when Murphy’s career had hit a low point after “Vampire in Brooklyn.” (“Look, children, a falling star.”)

Read more about Eddie Murphy returning to BlackVoices.com