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Where Are The Black Folks At? Oscar Nominations Announced And “Selma” Only Grabs Two

January 15th, 2015 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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Selma (Cloud Eight Films, 2014)

So, about those Oscar nominations…

This morning, the nominations for the 87th annual Academy Awards were announced, and while Selma was nominated, it was only for the categories of Best Picture, and Best Original Song for Common and John Legend’s Golden Globe-winning hit, “Glory.”

The lack of nominations for David Oyelowo in his role as Martin Luther King, Jr., and Best Director for Ava DuVernay, already have people talking, mostly for two reasons: For one, this will be the least diverse Oscars when it comes to acting nods since 1998, according to the Huffington Post (though we are reminded that the Academy is “93% white, 76% male with average age of 63″). And secondly, because Selma, and the film’s director, are amazing. Reactions on Twitter have been ones of confusion and disappointment:

“No Ava DuVernay, No David Oyelowo…That’s all folks. All Best Picture nom is a token invite.”

“Dear Academy. You show no love for [Ava DuVernay] so you get no love from me. I will not be watching the #Oscars this year.”

“The kind of movie #Selma Film would need to be to garner Academy love [Ava DuVernay] would never make that. She love her people too much”

“Sadly, it will be an all white #Oscars2015 ceremony…”

But if you ask DuVernay how she’s feeling (Oyelowo does not have a Twitter account by the way), she’s doing just fine without a Best Director’s nomination:

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As for the rest of the nominees in the most important categories:

Best Actor

Steve Carell, Foxcatcher

Bradley Cooper, American Sniper

Benedict Cumberbatch, The Imitation Game

Michael Keaton, Birdman

Eddie Redmayne, The Theory of Everything

Best Actress

Marion Cotillard, Two Days One Night

Felicity Jones, The Theory of Everything

Julianne Moore, Still Alice

Rosamund Pike, Gone Girl

Reese Witherspoon, Wild

Best Supporting Actor

Robert Duvall, The Judge

Ethan Hawke, Boyhood

Edward Norton, Birdman

Mark Ruffalo, Foxcatcher

J.K. Simmons, Whiplash

Best Supporting Actress

Patricia Arquette, Boyhood

Laura Dern, Wild

Keira Knightley, The Imitation Game

Emma Stone, Birdman

Meryl Streep, Into the Woods

Best Adapted Screenplay

American Sniper, Jason Hall

The Imitation Game, Graham Moore

Inherent Vice, Paul Thomas Anderson

The Theory of Everything, Anthony McCarten

Whiplash, Damien Chazelle

Best Original Screenplay

Birdman, Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Jr. & Armando Bo

Boyhood, Richard Linklater

Foxcatcher, E. Max Frye and Dan Futterman

The Grand Budapest Hotel, Wes Anderson & Hugo Guinness

Nightcrawler, Dan Gilroy

Best Original Song

“Everything Is Awesome” from The Lego Movie; Music and Lyric by Shawn Patterson

“Glory” from Selma; Music and Lyric by John Stephens and Lonnie Lynn

“Grateful” from Beyond the Lights; Music and Lyric by Diane Warren

“I’m Not Gonna Miss You” from Glen Campbell…I’ll Be Me; Music and Lyric by Glen Campbell and Julian Raymond

“Lost Stars” from Begin Again; Music and Lyric by Gregg Alexander and Danielle Brisebois

Best Director

Alexandro G. Iñárritu, Birdman

Richard Linklater, Boyhood

Bennett Miller, Foxcatcher

Wes Anderson, The Grand Budapest Hotel

Morten Tyldum, The Imitation Game

If you wish to check out the full list, click over to the Academy Awards website, and you can watch the live show on February 22nd at 7E/4P. What are your thoughts on this year’s nominations?

John Legend, Common Score Golden Globe For “Glory”

January 11th, 2015 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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John Legend and Common both have a lot to celebrate this evening as the two have scored a Golden Globe for Best Original Song in a Motion Picture for their song “Glory,” which has been featured on the soundtrack of Ava DuVernay’s Selma.

It was an emotional moment for both men who took time out while accepting their award to acknowledge issues of race and violence currently plaguing our nation.

“The first day I stepped on the set of ‘Selma,’ I began to feel like this was bigger than a movie,” Common said during his acceptance speech. “As I got to know the people of the Civil Rights Movement, I realized that I am the hopeful Black woman who was denied her right to vote. I am the caring White supporter killed on the front lines of freedom. I am the unarmed Black kid who maybe needed a hand, but instead was given a bullet. I am the two fallen police officers murdered in the line of duty. ‘Selma’ has awaken my humanity.”

“Selma is now,” he concluded.

John Legend, who revealed that he wasn’t called in to partake in the creation of the song until the last minute, also took advantage of the moment to shine light on social injustice.

“It’s so connected to what’s happening right now. We’re still in solidarity with those who are out there fighting for justice right now. We’re so grateful to write this song, hopefully as an inspiration to them.”

Well done, fellas!

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Who Is Solange’s Fiancé? 12 Popular Music Videos You Didn’t Know Were Directed By Alan Ferguson

November 11th, 2014 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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We all heard yesterday that 28-year-old Solange Knowles is all set to marry music video director Alan Ferguson, 51, this weekend. And while we know that the two make a very charming couple, what else do we know about him? Well, I do know that he’s a pretty accomplished director, and he has worked behind the camera for many, many years. In fact, he’s actually behind some of our favorite videos over the years…

 

“Who You Wit” by Jay Z

“Who You Wit” was a song put out for the soundtrack of the 1997 film Sprung. While the video featured clips of the film (and a cameo by Joe Torry), Ferguson mostly shot Jigga man as he partook in a “Playa of the Year” contest, which he won of course. It had a very The Mack feel, which is why so many people enjoyed the visuals.

“Sometimes It Works Out”: Chrissy Teigen Says She And John Legend Hooked Up The Night They Met And Been Together Ever Since

July 10th, 2014 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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For some John Legend fans, the singer’s relationship with Chrissy Teigen (they’ve been together for eight years and married for nine months) is head-scratch worthy. Some think that their personalities don’t match. While Legend is calm, cool and collected, Teigen gets into Twitter spats with people often and doesn’t mind sharing a risque picture or two. But they have managed to fall in love and stay in love despite. Teigen sat down with Wendy Williams this week and acknowledged that they are an odd match, and also discussed how they met and what’s next for the couple (aka, the kids question…).

On People Saying They’re An Odd Pairing:

“Some people are very thrown by it because they’re like, ‘Oh my God what a weird pairing!’ Why on earth would John do that? He needs to be with a Rhodes scholar!’ Of course, I went to community college for a couple of days [laughs], but I’m not ever going to be as smart as that man.”

The Day They Met On The Set Of A Music Video:

“I pretended not to care. We did the music video, we were together for 12 hours. This was eight years ago. And then we spent this entire day together, me in my underwear, him in a full suit. I went to go say goodbye to him at his hotel, and I just didn’t ever say goodbye that night [laughs].”

Wendy Williams: “You hooked up on the first night!?”

“Yeah, Yeah. Sometimes it works out!”

Trying To Make A Relationship Work After That:

“This had happened, and then I had to watch him on red carpets with other girls for a few months. Six months. He went on tour to Europe, and we just made sure to always stay in contact. I was pretending I didn’t care, but I wasn’t with anybody else…we’ve been together this entire time.”

If They Are Planning For Babies Now:

“My thing is, for the first five years I was really nervous, like ‘oh my gosh, am I pregnant?  What’s happening?’ But now I’ve gotten to the point where if I pee on the stick and it’s positive, I’ll have happy tears.”

Nothing wrong with the 90-day rule, but if you don’t have one, it doesn’t mean you can’t have a thriving and successful relationship! But what do you think? Check out Teigen’s interview with Williams below.

The Power Of The B-E-A-R-D: 15 Famous Men With The Best Facial Hair

July 9th, 2014 - By Julia Austin
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15 Famous Men With The Best Facial Hair

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Sometimes good facial hair can bring out a man’s eyes, his cheekbones, his jawline and, well, our, as women, most primitive desires for a scruffy, gruff looking man! Here are 15 famous men with the best facial hair.

 

 

 

 

 

Saaaang Chile! Secular Singers Who Started In The Church

July 8th, 2014 - By Iva Anthony
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There has always been a connection between gospel and secular music and some of the most popular artists have gotten their start singing in the church choir before making a name for themselves in mainstream music. For more on the black church, check out the new Moguldom Studios documentary “Black Church Inc.” available on iTunes and Google Play now.

Singers Who Started In The Church

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Whitney Houston

Dubbed “The Voice,” Whitney Houston’s powerful pipes helped her become one of the best-selling singers of all time. But before she conquered the world of R&B and crossed over to become an international pop icon, the “I Will Always Love You” singer honed her natural talents at the church. She first stood in the spotlight singing in the choir at the New Hope Baptist Church in Newark, New Jersey where her mother was the choir director. After suddenly passing away in 2012, Houston returned to her childhood church for her homegoing service.

Famous Men Who Waited Forever To Marry Their Wives

June 9th, 2014 - By Iva Anthony
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They may have eventually put a ring on it but these celebrity men were in no rush to make it official. Here are some men who waited seemingly forever to marry their women.

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T.I.

Although they haven’t been married for that long, T.I. and Tiny have been one of hip-hop’s favorite couples since 2001. The former Xscape member has stuck by T.I.’s side even when he served time for gun possession and again a year later when he was locked up for a parole violation. A few months after he finished his first term in March 2010, the couple, who had been engaged for three years, tied the knot in an over the top ceremony that took place over the course of two days. But the honeymoon phase would be interrupted a few months later when the rapper returned to jail.

John Legend Serenades Us…Oh Yeah, And Chrissy Tiegen, At Billboard Music Awards

May 18th, 2014 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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This has been a big year for John Legend. His song “All of Me,” which is everywhere and even has a dance remix (*frowns face*) has gone number one on the Billboard Hot 100 charts, and has stayed there for two weeks. It’s his first number one, and quite a feat for a simple but simply beautiful slow jam.

Legend performed that song, as well as another lovely new track called “You and I (Nobody In The World),” which he said right before the performance was about his wife, Chrissy Tiegen.

“When I wrote this song I was thinking about when Chrissy and I go out on date night, and sometimes there is all this pressure to look so good. But this song is just letting her know that even before all the make-up and all those fancy clothes she’s already perfect in my eyes.”

Tiegen introduced her man before he took the stage to tickle the ivories while backed by a group of violinists. The camera often went to Tiegen during the performance, who nodded and vibed out to her hubby.

Check out the beautiful performance below of both “All of Me” and “You and I” and let us know what you thought of it.


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Dynamic Duos: Musical Duets We Would Love To See

May 13th, 2014 - By M A
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Musical Duets Would Love To See

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What’s better than a musical powerhouse taking the stage before thousands of screaming fans? Two musical powerhouses taking the stage before thousands of screaming fans. It is all too rare an occurrence that singers join forces for an epic concert experience for the fans that adore them. But the union of Mr. and Mrs. Carter “On the Run” together has given us renewed hope that there are years of superstar-duo tours in our future. Here are the musical duets we would love to see.

Star Gazing: Rihanna, Jennifer Hudson, Willow Smith & More Step Out For Pre-Grammys Partying!

January 26th, 2014 - By Drenna Armstrong
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GrammySat CollageLos Angeles is the place to be right now and all weekend, celebs have been spotted out getting their Grammys weekend partying on! A few of the folks you love to talk about were spotted at the Roc Nation Brunch, Clive Davis’ Pre-Grammy Party and a plethora of other events. Check out the pics and let us know who you’re feeling!

Both Rihanna and Willow Smith hit the Roc NAtion Brunch:

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And that night, even more stars flocked to Clive Davis’ Annual Pre-Grammy party at the Beverly Hills Hilton:

"Jennifer Hudson pf"

Jennifer Hudson (Credit: FayesVision/WENN.com)

"Kelis pf"

Kelis (Credit: FayesVision/WENN.com)

"Ashanti pf"

Ashanti (Credit: FayesVision/WENN.com)

Check the next page for even more pics of some of your faves at Saturday night’s big affair!