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The memory of Trayvon Martin was front and center in Hollywood recently, all due to Jamie Foxx. The Oscar winner opened up his home for a special fundraising event in honor of the slain teen. Martin’s parents, Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin, were in attendance along with several celebrity guests including Harry Belafonte, Russell Simmons and Tyrese, among others reports The Grio.
Belafonte delivered a speech at the event while Simmons presented Martin’s parents with a six-figure check addressed to the Trayvon Martin Foundation, according to Extra.
Launched in honor of Trayvon, who was shot to death by volunteer neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman in February 2012, the foundation aims to create awareness of how violent crime impacts the families of the victims and to provide support and advocacy for those families.
Foxx has been vocal in his support for Martin’s family in the past and has vowed to keep Martin’s memory alive. And he did just that earlier this year at the 2013 BET Awards, making a statement with a Trayvon Martin T-shirt. At the awards ceremony, Foxx beat Denzel Washington and Samuel L. Jackson to win the evening’s prize for lead actor for his role as a revenge-seeking freed slave in Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained. During his acceptance speech, Foxx’s fashion and political statement was front and center, the shirt bearing “a stylized black-and-white version of the now-iconic close-up of Martin in a hoodie,” reports The Los Angeles Times.
Foxx previously sported a shirt featuring Martin’s image at the MTV Movie Awards in April. And he participated in a protest commemorating the one-year anniversary of Martin’s death.
There’s sadly a need for a group like the Trayvon Martin Foundation. The Week questions whether the recent shooting death of Renisha McBride, which has been deemed a homicide, is the latest incident to mirror that tragic killing.
From The Grio
Jamie Foxx opened up his home last weekend and held a special fundraising event in honor of Trayvon Martin.
Martin’s parents, Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin, were in attendance and they were joined by several celebrity guests including Harry Belafonte, Russell Simmons and Tyrese, among others.
According to Extra, Belafonte delivered a speech at the event and Simmons presented Martin’s parents with a six-figure check addressed to the Trayvon Martin Foundation.
The foundation was launched in honor of the late teen, who was shot to death by volunteer neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman in February 2012. The event later led to a racially-charged case in which Zimmerman was ultimately acquitted of all charges in the death of 17-year-old Martin.
According to the foundation’s website, the purpose of the non-profit organization is to create awareness of how violent crime impacts the families of the victims and to provide support and advocacy for those families in response to the murder of Trayvon Martin.
Read more at TheGrio.com
The check may have looked nice at the time but after further thought, and maybe a few bad reviews, these celebrities had a change of heart and turned on their very own projects. Here are 15 actors who bashed their own work.
LL Cool J
LL Cool J got his start as the hardcore lip-licking rapper back in the 80’s but after conquering the music industry, the Queens native set his sights on Hollywood. Determined to be the next action hero, LL, real name Todd Smith, signed up to star in the 2002 movie Rollerball. A remake of the original sci-fi action flick, Rollerball co-starred Chris Klein and Rebecca Romijn but the movie still bombed at the box office. Ranked as one of the worst films of all time, the movie cost over $70 million to make but only grossed $26 million worldwide. Despite his best efforts to keep the truth to himself, LL let the cat out of the bag the following year in an interview with Conan O’Brien. “Rollerball sucked, Conan!” he exclaimed to the delight of the host and the audience.
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After watching this year’s Emmy awards, many people felt as if actress Kerry Washington was robbed. After losing out to Claire Danes in the category for “Best Actress,” the “Scandal” star took it in stride but here is a list of other actors who were passed over for their stellar roles.
Denzel Washington: Malcom X
Denzel Washington has had a long and stellar career in Hollywood that has spanned almost four decades. In addition to playing various characters, Washington also had to flex his acting skills when it came to playing real-life people. He received critical acclaim for his portrayals of Steve Biko, Rubin “Hurricane” Carter, Melvin B. Tolson, Frank Lucas, and Herman Boone but it was his starring role in Spike Lee’s Malcolm X that should’ve earned the native New Yorker an Academy award. Although he was nominated for Best Actor, Washington lost out to Al Pacino. Lee was very vocal about his feelings saying, among other things, “I’m not the only one who thinks Denzel was robbed on that one.”
The movie will reportedly be brought to life by DreamWorks (along with Warner Bros.), who had major success last year with the film Lincoln. According to reports, both of the studios have been trying to get a picture on Martin Luther King, Jr. made for years now, dating back to 2009. The story would follow King from his early days as an activist and go all the way to his assassination in 1968. The script has already been put together by Kario Salem, and producers behind the project include Steven Spielberg, Suzanne De Passe, Madison Jones and Samuel Nappi.
As Variety pointed out, for both Oliver Stone and Jamie Foxx, biopics are pictures they do some of their best work in. Of course, Foxx picked up an Academy Award for his role as Ray Charles in Ray, and Stone is known for his biopics, including, JFK and W.
As talented as Foxx is, do you think he would be a good fit for Martin Luther King, Jr.? Would you go see it? Or are you too through with the stream of biopics coming out these days?
From Black Voices
Students at Carrick High School in Pittsburgh planned to wear hoodies to school on Wednesday to honor the life of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, who was the same age as many of them when he was killed.
The school called it “Trayvon Martin Day,” as part of its homecoming spirit week, but the announcement was met with mixed reactions from parents, ultimately leading to its cancellation, according to a report from CBS Pittsburgh.
“I am a little worried about that with the different people, how they’re going to react,” said parent Jennifer Kagle.
Explaining her thoughts to a reporter about why she believed it was the event was important, one student asked “Is George Zimmerman in jail yet?” To which the reporter responds, “No,” prompting the student to simply say, “That’s why.”
Since the incident, Martin’s hoodie has become a symbol worn in remembrance of the slain teen.
In March of last year, a group of California lawmakers made headlines after wearing hoodies in a legislative session, while countless celebrities, including Jamie Foxx and Diddy posted photos of themselves in hoodies, to raise awareness about what the teen’s death has meant to many.
Read more at BlackVoices.com
Out of all the truly interesting and moving speeches that were given during the 50th anniversary celebration of the March on Washington, we had to highlight one from singer/actor Jamie Foxx, which challenged famous folks to step it up and stand for big things like Martin Luther King Jr., Sidney Poitier, Harry Belafonte and others did before the original march on Washington and after. But it was also a major call for such celebrities, as well as young people in general, to have more respect for their elders, who sacrificed and paved the way for them. Here’s what Foxx had to say in his speech (which you can watch below in case you missed it).
“I’m here to celebrate what Dr. King did 50 years [ago], I’m not even probably going to read from the teleprompter because I’m just going to speak from my heart. I’m going to tell you right now, that everybody my age and all the entertainers, it’s time for us to stand up now and renew this dream. That’s what we got to do. I was affected by the Trayvon Martin situation. I was affected by Newtown. I was affected by Sandy Hook. I’m affected by those things, so it’s time for us now to pick up. Harry Belafonte saw me at the Image Awards and he asked me what am I willing to do. He took it a step further and we went to dinner and my daughter who is 19 years old –I said, ‘Listen, if you want to get inspired, come listen to this man speak.’ When I sat with Mr. Belafonte, he asked my daughter [in Belafonte voice], ‘How old are you?’ And my daughter said, ’19.’ I said, ‘Mr. Belafonte what were you doing at 19?’ He said, ‘I was coming home from World War 2 and when I got back to America I wasn’t allowed to vote. I love America, but I realized I had more work to do. So myself, Al, Jesse, and Martin, we marched.” I said, ‘Wait a minute man, you sound like you’re naming a boy band group, what do you mean? Who are these guys’ names?’ He looked at my daughter and he said, ‘Martin Luther King, have you heard of him?’ And we sat there and we cried.
What we need to do now, is pick it up now so when we’re 87 years old talking to the other young folks, we can say, ‘It was me, Will Smith, Jay Z, Kanye, Alicia Keys, Kerry Washington,’ the list goes on and on. Don’t make me start preaching up here. Last but not least, I have to recognize Mr. Berry Gordy, and not only did Harry Belafonte bail Martin Luther King out of jail so that he could march he also paid for all of Coretta Scott-King’s bills as long as she was on this planet. Young folks let’s have some respect for our elders, ya’ll…”
He definitely made some good points, especially when he touched on the fact that we need to have respect for our elders. With Jay Z walking around calling Belafonte “boy” in his lyrics, it’s clear said respect is lacking these days. What did you think of Foxx’s speech?
Oprah Winfrey has been in our lives for decades, but never ceases to amaze in her ability to get even the most guarded Hollywood A-listers to give fans a glimpse behind the glitz and glamour. Though Oprah Winfrey’s transition from talk show host to mogul and television station owner hasn’t been the smoothest, that hasn’t stopped Winfrey from landing some of today’s biggest interviews, mostly recently with actress Lindsay Lohan. So in honor of her tradition of journalistic excellence and her ability to go where were few other hosts have gone before, the are the most interesting Oprah Winfrey interviews from over the years.
You know when a celebrity starts to make money, its all in the smile (literally). So many celebs transform their look with dental veneers, which is always done with the intent to improve their smile. However, dental veneers can either come out really nice or really bad, see who has the best and worst celebrity dental veneers.
With all the drama on Love & Hip-Hop Atlanta K. Michelle’s smile does bring some sunshine to the show. Without veneers the songstress may not have the flawless style she exudes, so she definitely has some of the best veneers.
The art of the celebrity side hustle. When notorious gig-juggler Nicki Minaj said, “It’s Mac, OPI and a fragrance too/Apparel, I’m dominating every avenue,” she had the right idea. Mixing the hustler mentality with a personal passion is more often than not a win-win situation for celebrities. In addition to typical spin-off clothing lines, one-hit-wonder singles and product endorsements, some celebs make time to do (and make a little pocket change from) the hobbies they love, in addition to their main job. These stars make both their Plan A and Plan B work for them.
Day job: Rapper
Hobby-turned-hustle: All-Around Businessman
C’mon, there’s really nothing that Jigga Man can’t do. After his faux retirement in 2003, he only got deeper into the game. Besides still pushing chart topping music (Magna Carta Holy Grail went platinum by default after a lucrative partnership with Samsung), he’s adding indelible feats to his already flourishing resume. He scored the music for The Great Gatsby, curated the Made in America Festival, was part owner (and visionary) of Brooklyn’s new Barclay’s Center and their home team the Brooklyn Nets, still owns the 40/40 club, jump started his Roc Nation Sports Agency, and teamed up with Will and Jada Pinkett Smith’s Overbrook Entertainment for the remake of Annie. He’s a business, man.