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You’re Saying It All Wrong: Jamie Foxx Teaches Us How To Pronounce Quvenzhané Wallis’ Name

January 6th, 2015 - By Veronica Wells
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 Jamie Foxx Teaches Us How To Pronounce Quvenzhané

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I know this is a post about Quvenzhané Wallis and the correct pronunciation of her name. But I think this interview with Uzo Aduba, for The Improper Bostonian, completely and accurately depict my feelings on why it’s worth the effort to try and eventually learn to pronounce Quvenzhané’s name–and other ethnic names– properly.

The magazine asked Aduba if she ever considered changing her name when she realized she wanted to enter Hollywood. And she responded:

“When I started as an actor? No, and I’ll tell you why. I had already gone through that. My family is from Nigeria, and my full name is Uzoamaka, which means “The road is good.” Quick lesson: My tribe is Igbo, and you name your kid something that tells your history and hopefully predicts your future. So anyway, in grade school, because my last name started with an A, I was the first in roll call, and nobody ever knew how to pronounce it. So I went home and asked my mother if I could be called Zoe. I remember she was cooking, and in her Nigerian accent she said, “Why?” I said, “Nobody can pronounce it.” Without missing a beat, she said, “If they can learn to say Tchaikovsky and Michelangelo and Dostoyevsky, they can learn to say Uzoamaka.” 


And there you have it. People learn the names that they want to learn. And we–Americans–should make it a point to learn this little, Black girl’s name. Not only because names are important but also because we’ll probably be seeing her around for a while.

And it was in that spirit that Jamie Foxx, along with a full choir, decided to teach a theater of Annie watchers how to properly pronounce Wallis’ name, to the tune of “Carol The Bells.”

You can watch the video here. 

Jamie Foxx isn’t the only celebrity taking on the task of educating America about how to pronounce the names of rising stars. Brad Pitt had a similar teachable moment when he instructed a room full of people how to pronounce actor David Oyelowo’s name properly.

“And if you don’t know, now you know…”

Watch MN’s Exclusive Clip From The Upcoming “Annie” With Quvenzhané Wallis and Jamie Foxx

December 5th, 2014 - By Veronica Wells
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Source: Marcy Media, Sony Pictures, Overbook

Source: Marcy Media, Sony Pictures, Overbook

Am I the only one a bit overwhelmed by all of the holiday movies coming out this month? It’s quite a bit. But of all the options, I know I’m definitely going to make time to see the new Annie film with Quevenzhané Wallis, Jamie Foxx and Cameron Diaz.

As the time of the film’s release date, December 19, approaches, we’re getting more and more information, interviews with the cast, and clips from the revamp.

Today, we have a treat for you guys. A new, exclusive scene from the film featuring Jamie, Quevenzhané and Annie’s dog, Sandy.

Check it out in the video below and be sure to head to theaters on Friday, December 19 to see the movie.


Love! Look Who’s On The Cover Of Essence

November 5th, 2014 - By Brande Victorian
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Jamie Foxx and Quvenzhané Wallis

Jamie Foxx and Quvenzhané Wallis are on the December cover of Essence and we love it!

The actors are the stars of the upcoming Annie remake which is slated to hit theaters December 19 and in the year’s final issue of Essence, Jamie dished out major props to his tiny co-star.

“I don’t think we could have done this movie unless Quvenzhané came along,” he said. “It’s sort of like she’s tailor-made for the role in a sense. I would challenge you to find a girl who personifies ‘Annie’ better than Quvenzhané does.”

In the cover story “Gifted & Grateful,” Jamie and Quvenzhané chat about how much fun they had fun working together on the remake, handling show business, and how they each plan to ring in this holiday season. The December issue of Essence hits newsstands on Friday, November 7th. Will you pick up a copy?

[Watch] Tina Knowles Backs It Up On Jamie Foxx

October 21st, 2014 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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[Watch] Tina Knowles Backs It Up On Jamie Foxx

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Do not EVER sleep on Ms. Tina Knowles because she is quite the frisky one.

Last night while at the Gabrielle’s Angel Foundation’s 2014 Angel Ball, which was held in New York City, Beyoncé’s mama and Jamie Foxx got busy on the dance floor during a live performance of “Gold Digger.” Their little dance number took an interesting turn when Ms. Tina turned around and began backing that thang up on Jamie. Jamie, unsure of what to do at first but clearly wanting to remain respectful, slides from behind the bootylicious beauty and continues rapping along to the song. It’s all pretty innocent, but hilarious to watch.

[Watch] Tina Knowles Backs It Up On Jamie Foxx

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On another note, Tina was looking stunning at the gala and showed up with her new beau, Richard Lawson, on her arm. She’s definitely winning these days. Earlier this month, she opened up about life after divorce and what it taught her.

“It gave me the courage to take some time off,” she shared. “I started reading my art books. I love art but I had never had the time. I started traveling. I would travel with my daughter, but not to work! I would say, ‘No I’m not working.’ I had my girlfriend who made me laugh. I would send for her and she would come and come on the road because she’s as crazy as I don’t know what — in a good way!”

“I had just lost all of myself so I realize now that part of the low self-esteem was, yes, being 58 and having to start all over again, and the other part is that I just lost myself. That I was so busy working and going and taking care of everybody else that I just forgot about Tina. So I would tell my kids, ‘You know what, you can call me and I’ll be there if it’s really something important, but otherwise, I’m taking care of Tina. This is my selfish moment.’ And before I knew it, I started liking me again.”

Check out footage from Tina and Jamie’s dance below.

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“I Never Want To Work With Him Again”: Co-Stars Of Some Of Your Favorite Movies Who Didn’t Get Along At All Off-Camera

October 6th, 2014 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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We told you last month about television co-stars who might have had successful shows, but couldn’t seem to get along off-camera. This is more common than you think. Actors from some very successful films over the years only had to work together for a few weeks or months, but the individuals on this list were throwing verbal grenades and actual physical punches at one another. Here are 10 epic co-star feuds from over the years.

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Warner Bros.

Jamie Foxx And LL Cool J

They had issue on-screen, and unfortunately, Jamie Foxx and LL Cool J had issues off-screen as well while filming Any Given Sunday. While filming a scene at Miami’s Pro Player Stadium, the rapper punched Foxx in the face (while they were both wearing helmets). As the story went, things got a little out of hand, but both men agreed that if LL was going to punch Foxx again for a scene, he would warn him. However, Foxx claimed that after their squabble, the rapper hit him in the back of the head as he was walking away. Foxx turned around and punched LL in the face. Police were called, and it was all in the news back in ’99. But today, Foxx says he and LL are friendly again. “When you’re grown, you don’t really have time for all that. When you’re young, it’s cool to have your emotions on your chest. But we’re grown now.”

Hated It! Actors Who Slammed Their Own Movies

July 10th, 2014 - By Veronica Wells
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If you’re a creative type, there’s no way in the world you’re going to be madly in love with everything you’ve done. There are just some projects that you just won’t be proud of. This is certainly true for actors in Hollywood. Whether they hated their particular role in the film or some of the behind the scenes stuff, they just didn’t rock with it. And in these cases, made sure to express their distaste. See  who and which movies I’m talking about on the following pages.

From The Mic To On-Screen: Celebrity Singers Turned Actors

June 12th, 2014 - By Iva Anthony
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June is Black Music Month and to pay homage to the melodic contributions of some of our favorite artists we’re taking a look at a few of our favorite celebrity singers turned actors who make it tough to decide which role we like them in best. For more on the artists here, head over to XFINITY From The Wiz to Dreamgirls, check out great films with even better soundtracks, plus interviews, music videos and more all month long.

Singers Turned Actors


Jamie Foxx

When he put on a dress, blonde wig, fishnet stockings and pursed up his lips as In Living Color’s ugly Wanda, he stole the show. The character helped launchJamie Foxx’s career in Hollywood and he became so popular, he earned a show of his own. But before he became a household name as a bona fide actor, Foxx’s first love was singing. He began playing the piano at five years old and after he graduated from high school, the Texas native went to college on a scholarship to study classical music and composition. Foxx brought home an Oscar for his role playing legendary singer Ray Charles in the film Ray and he’s also released four albums dating all the way back to 1994.

Heyyy Boo! Surprising Celebs Who Have Jungle Fever

May 30th, 2014 - By Iva Anthony
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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.

For more on interracial dating, check out Moguldom Studios’ new docutainment film, Swirl, now available for purchase on iTunes, GooglePlay, and VHX.

Celebs Who Have Jungle Fever


Michael Fassbender

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.

Grab Your Kleenex: Man Proposes Singing Jamie Foxx Wedding Song “My Angel”

May 22nd, 2014 - By Veronica Wells
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Man Proposes Singing Jamie Foxx Wedding Song

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I never tire of a good proposal video. Never. I love love, in all its innumerable manifestations. So needless to say, whenever I see a proposal video posted online, I always have to watch. And I can’t lie, it’s always particularly nice to see a black couple take that step since the media would have us believe that all black men are leaving women to raise babies on their own and all black women are living miserably single lives, dying with only college degrees and well-worn vibrators to their names.

But I digress.

The point is it’s beautiful to witness love. We all know Tyrese makes quite a few side-eye worthy comments but I’m so glad he posted this video of this man proposing to this woman with the help of Jamie Foxx’s song “My Angel.”

On his original Facebook post, he included the caption: ‘Singing is a heart stealer… Works like a charm! Congrats to them!”

True story.

Fans of “The Jamie Foxx Show” may remember Jamie sang this song the day he married Fancy after years of pining away for her.

The words are so universal I believe them just as much hearing them from this guy I don’t know as I did when the fictional Jamie sang them to a fictional Fancy all those years ago.

What’s so cute about this proposal is that the bride seems to have quit the sense of humor. Once she realizes what’s going on she says, “Y’all play too much” and playfully slaps her fiancé in the chest before giving him her answer.


Get into it in the video below.

‘We’re Trying To Learn About Each Other:’ Jamie Foxx Hoping To Reconcile With Estranged Parents

April 9th, 2014 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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Source: WENN

Source: WENN’

At seven months old, Jamie Foxx, born Eric Marlon Bishop, was abandoned by his parents and left in the care of his birth mother’s foster mom. Growing up, Foxx says it was difficult to understand why his parents decided to leave him behind. Now that he’s an adult, the Oscar Award-winning actor has plans to reconcile with his parents and has even made the decision to move his birth mother, Louise, into his home.

“We’re trying to learn [about] each other,” he explained to Britain’s Sunday Times. “The one thing I think is great is she’s in the same house, because you realize certain things that you missed when you were growing up, like, ‘Oh, I do that because of that,’ or ‘Oh, I do this because of this.”

The “Amazing Spiderman 2″ actor’s attempts to reunite with his father, however, haven’t been as simple.

“Fingers crossed, it will become a real thing,” he says. “But the door is open. That’s one thing I’ve learned: always keep the door and your heart open…I don’t hold grudges…”

He adds that there are also a ton of unanswered questions that he’d like to ask his father, who only lived 28 miles away from him during his childhood.

“There are questions, like, ‘What happened?” Where were you? Were you stricken with something? Could you not make it?’ Growing up, I would always go, man…I’m a good dude. I wasn’t the kid getting in trouble. I was quarterback on the high school football team. And he only lived 28 miles away. So I always said to myself, you know, I’m gonna grade him a little harder for that, because he could have tried.”

Hopefully Jamie gets the reunion he has been hoping for.