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Going Too Far, Or Just Oversensitive? How Jokes Can Hurt Your Brand

March 30th, 2015 - By Tanvier Peart
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When it comes to joking around, is there a line that shouldn’t be crossed?

Jamie Foxx joins many entertainers and public figures who’ve come under fire for their remarks. While hosting the iHeart Radio Music Awards last night, the Oscar winner and singer took a jab at Bruce Jenner and his reported transformation from male to female. “We got some groundbreaking performances, here too, tonight,” said Foxx. “We got Bruce Jenner, who will be doing some musical performances. He’s doing a his-and-her duet all by himself.”

The hashtag #iHeartRadioMusicAwards was trending over the weekend as viewers took to Twitter to discuss Foxx’s opening monologue. Some thought it was all in good fun while others believed it was disrespectful to the LGBT community.

Jamie certainly isn’t the first –a and won’t be the last — celebrity to get in trouble for a joke. Giuliana Rancic tried her hand at humor on Fashion Police when she discussed Zendaya Coleman’s hairstyle at the 2015 Oscars. Equating dreadlocks with “patchouli oil and weed,” the backlash was huge resulting in folks calling for her job and co-host Kelly Osbourne quitting the show.

As much as joking around is just that, it’s important to think about the words you say and how they can (and will) impact your personal brand. Sure most of us probably won’t have a Twitter mob after our heads if we say the wrong thing (though you never know), but think about the lasting effects it can have on your career. Have you ever been witness to someone putting their foot in their mouth? Even if it wasn’t their intention, you never know how people will take the delivery.

I worked for a wealth management corporation a long time ago and can recall an incident involving a joke that didn’t go very well. My manager at the time was full of life and loved keeping things upbeat around the office. One Ash Wednesday, a high-level broker returned to the office with a cross made from ash on his face. As a Christian myself, I understood the symbolism and didn’t think it was weird. My manager on the other hand thought it was the perfect opportunity for a laugh.

“Hey Tripp, you might want to go to the bathroom. You got some s&*@ on your forehead!”

Now Tripp didn’t mind the joke as he and my former manager were close friends. I also happened to know he was a Christian and didn’t mean anything by his comments. Unfortunately others around the office who were new didn’t know it was a joke and felt very uncomfortable. It definitely wasn’t a good idea to shout something so off-color around the workplace, but perhaps he should’ve rethought his words. After all, image is everything these days, and it only takes one flub on our part to ruin our hard work.

Even if I think Jamie Foxx was just trying to have some fun doesn’t mean my interpretation of his joke is how others should feel. Everyone is affected differently by words based on individual experiences and what we know about the person making the joke. Were his remarks as offensive as Don Imus who referred to the Rutgers University women’s basketball team as “nappy-headed hoes?” Does Foxx get a pass because he’s a comedian, or are folks just being oversensitive?

As for the rest of us, we might want to watch our impromptu stand-up acts that can land us in our boss’ office.

Read You’re No Kevin Hart! The Do’s and Don’ts of Workplace Humor

“I’m Just Busting Your Balls” Jamie Foxx Under Fire For Making Transphobic Jokes About Bruce Jenner

March 30th, 2015 - By Lauren R.D. Fox
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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:

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.


The Reveal: 15 Unknown Celebrity Stage Names

February 2nd, 2015 - By Rich
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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…

Sources: Ranker PopSugar  All images courtesy of WENN

Veil Lifted: 15 Stars Who You Didn’t Know Use Celebrity Stage Names

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…”

Style Watch: 15 Best Dressed Men in Hollywood

December 22nd, 2014 - By Rich
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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.

All images courtesy of WENN

Style Watch: 15 Best Dressed Men in Hollywood

Total Package?: 15 Top Actors Turned Singers

December 17th, 2014 - By Rich
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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.

Sources: Billboard, Celebuzz, NME All images courtesy of WENN


Total Package?: 15 Top Actors Turned Singers

Jamie Foxx: “I Patterned My “Annie” Character After Sean Combs”

December 11th, 2014 - By Kweli Wright
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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.

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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