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TV Shows are getting bolder and more shocking. Once upon a time you knew there was no way a lead character on a TV show would be killed off, nowadays it seems anybody can get it. Here are 15 shocking TV show deaths we still haven’t gotten over.
Being the most feared character brings lots of enemies, so we all knew Omar’s days were numbered. For a while, though, it seemed that Omar was invincible, but no one thought taking a regular trip to the store would be his demise, let alone at the hands of someone who was never on Omar’s radar.
We’re usually not into guys who rock gold eyeshadow, but when Lenny Kravitz wears it in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (in theaters today), we love it. For his recurring role as Katniss’s stylist Cinna, Kravitz found a kindred spirit in his character’s edgy on-screen style and the movie’s megawatt star Jennifer Lawrence.
The rocker-turned-actor talked to ESSENCE about their relationship (she’s like a sister to his daughter Zoe), the future of Cinna (spoiler alert!) and why he’s ready to sing again.
ESSENCE: In The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, why is Cinna the last person Katniss sees right before she’s released to fight the other Tributes?
LENNY KRAVITZ: He’s the one putting together Katniss’s outfits and her gear. He’s walking her there to make sure she’s together and ready to go. And you saw what happens next.
ESSENCE: If you could be a Tribute, what would be your skill?
KRAVITZ: I’m a survivor. So I would find my way out of the problem. I’m pretty good at seeing through problems and getting out of the other end.
ESSENCE: When you weren’t on set, did you work on a new album?
KRAVITZ: Yes, I started writing and putting it together. After I’d done The Butler and Hunger Games, I was hungry for the music again. I’m in the Bahamas finishing the album. It’s a really exceptional record. I think it’s my best work, ever. I’m really excited to put it out and go on a world tour next year.
You can check out the full interview over on Essence.com. We’re big Lenny Kravitz fans and love that he’s been part of The Hunger Games movies so far. Oh, and we’ll be hearing new music from him? Even better!
Anthony Anderson is not taking his new gig as host of the Soul Train Awards lightly. “I plan on making it a party. Expect the unexpected from me,” he tells ESSENCE.com.
Keeping in line with this year’s 90s theme, Anderson reveals he may just reunite his fictional ’90s boy band. “Not too many people know I was part of a band back in the day called Lustasy,” he joked. “I’ve located some of the guys so there may be a one time performance, 20 years in the making.”
According to Anderson his group had hits such as “I Still Want It Even If Your Breath Stanks” and “Your Head On My Headboard.”
On top of getting back with his boy band, Anderson has also been busy cooking his way around the country on his AOL web series Anthony Eats America where he helps people cook their favorite meals in their home kitchens. “You don’t have to be a chef, just someone who likes to cook at home,” he explained.
You can read the rest, including info on his new show hitting NBC soon, over on ESSENCE.com.
Will you be watching the Soul Train Music Awards?
ABOUT THIS EPISODE Who doesn’t love a great wedding? Especially when the Bride-to-be looks like a million bucks. We’ve surprised one lucky Bride to be with the ultimate wedding makeover. You’re in for a treat as this fab beauty story unfolds on “I Dream of a Glam Wedding.” In this episode, you get to hear the story behind proposal of Nina and Ed and she will also receive a hair/make-up consultation by a celebrity hairstylist/makeup artist. Make sure you watch the full video to find out how you can win a $500 gift card for your own hair and makeup products.
ABOUT THE BRIDE-TO-BE Nina Kenny is a 28 year old Private Voice Instructor from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Currently engaged to 33 year old Edward McCray who recently proposed to Nina on her 28th birthday. To here full story of how they met and more make sure you watch the video above.
ABOUT THE CELEBRITY HAIRSTYLIST Pat Sumpter Davis has styled numerous celebrity personalities such as Gayle King, Tamron Hall, Nene Leakes, and Tamar Braxton. She recently founded Vanity Mane, luxury line of hair extensions, wigs, and accessories. As one of the leading voices in the beauty industry, Pat’s experience and knowledge has allowed her to identify the void in the market therefore presenting a product to customers that she can stand behind. For more information visit: http://www.vanitymaneextensions.com/
ABOUT THE CELEBRITY MAKEUP ARTIST Patricia Ambroise is a born and bred New York Celebrity Makeup Artist. Her work has been featured in publications such as Vogue Italia, Essence, GQ, Ink Magazine, and Ebony. She has worked with companies such as K-Mart, NIKE, and Eylure USA Cosmetics. Her work with celebrities include Ne-Yo, Flo Rida, J. Cole, Trey Songz, Bridget Kelly, Nina Sky, Wynter Gordon, Big Sean, Rihanna, Spike Lee, just to name a few. For more information visit: http://www.patriciaambroisemakeup.com/
Who would have thought that some palatable chemistry in “Bonnie & Clyde” would have evolved into one of the most beautiful, long-standing and admirable relationships in all of hip-hop? But more than 10 years later, Beyonce Knowles and Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter have silenced naysayers, becoming one of Hollywood’s most recognizable couples and the crowning Mr. and Mrs. of Hip Hop. But more than just standing at the top of the music game, Bey and Jay have also given legions of fans hope that Hollywood love connections can indeed last. So in honor of our favorite power couple, let’s take a look back through Bey and Hova’s relationship. Oh, and Happy Birthday Beyonce!
UPDATE (2:26PM): Sources close to the Sun-Times say the Carters are not involved in the sale and instead, the alleged buyer is the Community Capial Investment Partners, LLC., but there’s been no official word. Could they just be trying to keep it on the hush? Time will tell…
Beyonce and Jay Z have decided to take their talents to Chicago. Well, their business talent, that is.
Zimbio.com is reporting that the Carters recently bought the New Regal Theater in Chi-town for a sweet deal of only $250,000. The New Regal, which has apparently seen better days, has had various owners while trying to return to its “glory years.” While Edward and Bettianne Gardner owned the place for years, they closed it in 2003 because they weren’t making any money. In 2008, the couple finally let it go and sold it to a group of business owners.
Despite using the New Regal as the place to celebrate President Barack Obama’s presidential nomination speech in 2008, there has been little to no use since then. In fact, it has been closed again for over a year now even though it has undergone a slight renovation.
There’s no official word as to whether or not Beyonce and Jay Z, if they are in fact full or partial owners, plan to keep the Regal as a source of entertainment but if they do, it can only help the city drive revenue.
Good for them! Whatever they decide, hopefully it will bring a few more jobs to Chicago as well.
Do we have any Chicagoans? Do you think the Carters will be able to fully restore the New Regal Theater?
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?
For all of you Def Comedy Jam and Def Poetry Jam fans, it looks like Russell Simmons is back on his grind with HBO.
The Hollywood Reporter has exclusively confirmed that the media mogul recently signed a two year overall deal with major cable channel, HBO. Under the deal, Simmons will create and develop new shows for the network.
Def Comedy Jam was a cult classic that opened the world up to many now famous (and infamous) black comedians such as Bernie Mac, Dave Chapelle, Damon Wayans, Aries Spears, Jamie Foxx, Chris Tucker and others. Its first run was from 1992-1997 and there was a second run from 2006-2008.
For its part, Def poetry Jam was an HBO fixture from 2002-2008 and featured amazing poets like Sonia Sanchez, Jessica Care-Moore and Saul Williams. They also added in musical guests who often used their songs as poems.
At this point, there’s been no word as to what shows Simmons will create for HBO but we know how creative he is so it’ll surely be something we’re all interested in. We know he always has his hands in the music industry and who doesn’t love a music based show? But he’s also a movie producer and HBO movies are always some of the best ever. Plus, he’s a spiritual guy and documentaries do well on their channel too.
Congrats to Uncle Russ on his new deal! What would you like to see from him on HBO?
‘Some Of The Cattiest People I’ve Dealt With Have Been Men:’ Jas Fly Defends ‘Gossip Game’s’ Image Of Black Women
If you’ve caught only one episode of “The Gossip Game” this season, you’d know that journalists, bloggers, and radio personalities are not above falling victim to the set-up of reality TV. Already we’ve seen the ladies argue, nearly fight, and apparently spit on one another all in the name of getting to the top. After watching things unravel, we had no choice but to ask writer Jas Fly if she thinks the ladies’ behavior contributes to the glass ceiling women experience in the hip-hop industry. Here’s what she had to say.
YouTube, Twitter, and Pinterest have dramatically changed all of our lives. We now live in a world filled with more opportunities to both retrieve and create information. When it particularly comes to the entertainment business, new and social media have played a critical role in the advancement of new ideas, faces, and stories. Over the past couple of decades, the Internet has spawned a long list of Web entrepreneurs make up a vanguard of leaders you should pay close attention to. Here are superior examples of why the entertainment business should be online — and on the lookout — now.