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This past weekend Jamie Foxx hosted the 2nd annual iHeartRadio Music Awards and as per normal told jokes during his introduction segment. But some of his jokes were not meet with a laugh.
During the opening monologue, Foxx made several comments about retired Olympian Bruce Jenner’s unconfirmed transition to living as a woman. Foxx said, “We got Bruce Jenner, who will be here doing some musical performances. He’s doing a his-and-her duet all by himself. Look, I’m just busting your balls while I still can.”
Many viewers of iHeart Radio Awards found his comments discriminatory, specifically to those who struggle with gender identity. On Twitter, viewers tweeted:
— Mauricio A.Rodriguez (@RAM_IMAGERY) March 30, 2015
Jokes about Bruce Jenner’s gender identity are not funny. Just don’t. — Alex Goldschmidt (@alexandergold) March 30, 2015
Jamie Foxx making jokes about Bruce Jenner being transgendered was absolutely rude. NOT. FUNNY. AT. ALL.
— CHAD (@ItsAllAboutChad) March 30, 2015
Jamie Foxx’s “jokes” were terrible transmisogyny. But I’m not interested in Whites who pretend Whites aren’t transmisogynistic. Bye to both. — Trudy (@thetrudz) March 30, 2015
Others on social media didn’t find Jamie Foxx’s joke to be offensive and thought people were overreacting. Either way, Foxx’s comments showcase the stigma that surrounds transgendered people and reinforces the idea that people will be ridiculed for transitioning to the gender they most identify with.
It’s extremely interesting to see who uses celebrity stage names and what their actual birth names were. If we’re being honest there stage names are more ‘A-list” and actually really do it for us more than their regular names. It’s also interesting to see those who changed their names and dropped their ethnic last names. Hmm…
Veil Lifted: 15 Stars Who You Didn’t Know Use Celebrity Stage Names
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.”
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…”
These male stars are not only super handsome, they’re often quite stylish. Seen around town in the latest trends and on the Red Carpet in well-tailored suits with unique details and playful colors. See which looks you my want to dress your man in this holiday.
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Style Watch: 15 Best Dressed Men in Hollywood
Most of these actors turned singers have been pretty successful and others well let’s just say it was painful for both the fans and the artist.
Total Package?: 15 Top Actors Turned Singers
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Jamie Foxx took a few moments during his appearance on Live with Kelly & Michael today to congratulate his Annie co-star Quvenzhane Wallis.
The nominees for the 72nd Annual Golden Globe Awards were just announced from the Beverly Hills Hotel and Wallis, most known for her role in Beasts of the Southern Wild, nabbed the coveted spot in the Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy category for her role in, Annie.
“Quvenzhane Wallis has on old soul…and when she was taking upon on this huge undertaking on this huge film, she doesn’t come off as a kid,” Foxx explained. “The director was just throwing lines at us that weren’t in the script, this girl was 10-years-old taking it and throwing it back out there, and congratulations to her.”
Jamie also says that Quvenzhane is the heart of the story and especially this version of the movie.
“When Jay Z and Will Smith got the rights to Annie, who is the perfect person to play it? Someone like Quvenzhane who can bring the heart of the story, because you know sometimes musicals can be [cutesy], she brings the real heart of it, that’s why it’s so effective.”
Jamie plays the Daddy Warbucks character, named Will Stacks in this 2014 Annie, who he says he created after his friend, and music’s most-famous mogul, Sean “Puffy” Combs.
“I patterned the character, not off the old movie, I patterned him after Sean “P. Diddy” Combs,” he says. “Imagine Puffy right now running for mayor in New York. What would it be? It would be Ciroc, it would be dancing in the streets, it would be all of these things which is an updated version.”
Jamie also says Diddy’s daddy side is most inspiring. “People don’t get a chance to see Puffy with his kids, I see Puffy with his twins or his boys, he’s completely a father. So I took that DNA and said here’s Will Stack who’s got his mobile company, but when he see’s Annie he softens, like how I see the real Sean with his kids.”
Annie hits theaters nationwide on December 19.
Check out another exclusive clip of the movie here.
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.
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?
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.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
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.
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.”