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When asked how she felt about possibly making Emmys history last night, Kerry Washington, who was nominated for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama, told Shaun Robinson that Mike Brown’s funeral being held yesterday made things a little complicated for her.
“I don’t think about it that much. You know, this has been a really complicated day for me. I started the day watching the funeral services for Michael Brown. And so it’s a lot to wrap your head around being an African American in this country right now.”
Earlier that day, Kerry also took to Twitter where she expressed sadness while watching Michael’s funeral.
Heart heavy. #MichaelBrown
— kerry washington (@kerrywashington) August 25, 2014
“What’s happening in #Ferguson is devastating. Wow,” she also tweeted earlier this month.
— kerry washington (@kerrywashington) August 11, 2014
Kerry is one of many celebrities to come forward to speak about Mike’s untimely passing. Sunday night at the MTV VMAs, rapper Common also called for a moment of silence to acknowledge the tragedy.
Teen movies aren’t what they used to be. While today’s young’ns can’t get enough of vampires and wizards making love connections, all movies needed back in the day were cool fashion, some nice dance moves and some memorable catchphrashes. Here are 15 “teen” movies that we were pretty obsessed with back in the day when we were carrying around trapper keepers and getting our Seventeen magazine subscriptions in the mail…
Cher Horowitz might have been the best dressed high school student ever. But as for the movie as a whole, Clueless was the perfect coming-of-age story with its timeless catchphrases (“As if!”), humor and important life lessons. Because really, you don’t want to be the virgin who can’t drive…
Since the birth of her baby girl, Kerry Washington has stunned us with her motherly glow. Unfortunately for Washington’s fans, no picture of her daughter Isabelle has surfaced just yet. But Washington’s television lover Fitz, played by Tony Goldwyn, confirmed to E! News that the little one is the most adorable baby ever.
“Yes I have met the delectable Isabelle,” he said. “Her DNA is really good and she’s just the cutest.”
Bellamy Young, who plays Fitz’s wife Mellie on Scandal, compared Isabelle to Buddha, telling E! news: “There is nothing annoying about that presence.”
When asked what has changed about Washington since Isabelle’s birth, Goldwyn noted: “[Motherhood] has just made her more awesome than she was to begin with,” he said. “She’s just so happy all the time as it does when you have a baby. It’s a magical time.”
Hopefully, Washington will bless us with a picture soon. In the meantime watch Scandal stars gush to E!News about Isabelle here.
If you’re a fan of The Today Show, you’re already familiar with the #IceBucketChallenge. If not, allow me to bring you up to speed. Instead of anyone dousing themselves in flames, participants are actually drenching themselves in ice water not for followers or likes, but to bring attention to ALS.
ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) more commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease gradually shuts down the body’s muscle movements and can affect the afflicted’s ability to move and breathe. ALS currently has a fatal rate of 100%.
The #IceBucketChallenge requires participants to film themselves getting a bucket of ice water dumped on their heads, then donate to the cause and invite three friends to do the same. Matt Lauer and Willie Geist of The Today Show have already fulfilled the challenge, and recently Oprah, Kevin Hart and Kerry Washington have shown their support. Check out their vids along with a few other celebs:
“It’s not positive images of Black people that we need, but complex ones.” – Teyonah Parris
The tense debate about the representation of Black women in entertainment is not new. It has been a hot-button issue since the beginning of modern film and television. From the controversy over The Color Purple and the outrage over acclaimed actress Viola Davis being nominated for an Oscar for playing a maid, to the hype surrounding Olivia Pope “handling” primetime television and Gabrielle Union bringing the lovestruck crazy as Mary Jane Paul, we have been at a war of sorts over our image. We’ve been at said war with one another, with the writers, with the actresses themselves and with those who hand out the Oscars and the Emmys. We get extreme images that either display the really good or the really downtrodden (and I’m not bringing up reality TV because there are so few positive images): Clair Huxtable or Precious. Vivian Banks or Kizzy. We’ve not seen or embraced anything remotely close to complex characters on a consistent basis until recently, and I, for one, am thrilled about this new interest in and push for complexity.
It’s a welcomed change. It’s high time we acknowledge the multi-faceted Black woman. She is loving, angry, confused, ambitious, intelligent, greedy, giving, depressed, faithful, needy, searching, joyful, fly, pleasant, messy, neurotic and becoming. It’s reaffirming for me to see this type of woman portrayed because I have been and can be all of these things. This Black woman is relatable for me and I know it will be for my future daughters. In this time, the Digital Age where so much of our lifestyle, social interaction, and ideals are informed more by entertainment than ever, more true-to-life representation is necessary to balance the skewed view that many young Black girls are growing up with. Sure, I’ll teach my daughters that it is possible to be a wife, mother AND businesswoman. But I will also teach them that sometimes bad relationships happen. How excellent would it be if they were able to recognize such a spectrum in what they see on television too? If what they saw on television was more reflective of our real emotions, issues, triumphs and struggles? We are just now breaking through the barriers and producing content that will help us, and the generations after us, see a vast number of Black women onscreen, as well as young Black girls too. Doc McStuffins, Princess Tiana and Penny Proud paint a subtle but solid picture of what/who Black girls are and what they can become in the developmental stages. I could have shed tears when I walked into Target and saw a Doc McStuffins costume! We are beginning to pair the the telling with actually showing our girls (and ourselves) what diversity within our Blackness, and as women, looks like in entertainment. Now we can consistently view ourselves just as varied and adaptable for all stages in life. To me, this proves very valuable for Black women and girls and I am ecstatic.
My daughters will have me to look up to, but also diverse images of WOC in their books and on their televisions that we can have open, honest and stimulating conversations about. This will be a good change from only looking to either the perfect or the downtrodden caricatures that Black women on-screen have been made to bounce between for too long.
With complex Black women characters like Nia Long as the politically savvy Billie Page in WeTV’s new drama series “The Divide,” Gina Torres as Jessica Pearson, a top law firm executive trying to maintain her spot as the only WOC at her level on USA’s hit show “Suits,” or the highly-anticipated arrival of Annalise Keating in “How To Get Away With Murder,” starring Viola Davis as the charismatic and seductive professor, we are getting to see ourselves onscreen as composite and colorful as we are in reality. Because regardless of what we say, entertainment is a large part of our lives collectively. Pushing for the range of our stories to become available in these spaces of entertainment for all to see is half the battle. We, as Black women, are starting to win and I, for one, am excited about what the future of entertainment holds for us.
La Truly is a writer, college professor and young women’s empowerment enthusiast. She mixes her interest in social and cultural issues with her life experiences to encourage thought, discussion and positive change among young Women of Color. Follow her on Twitter: @ashleylatruly and check out her site: www.hersoulinc.com.
Despite everyone else in Hollywood, Kerry Washington and Nnamdi Asomugha appear to be happy. The couple were spotted –without knowledge of paparazzi– holding hands while in Disney Land. Maybe, just, maybe there’s something to keeping your relationship under wraps.
To see pictures of Kerry and her husband, check out StyleBlazer.com
“Harrison Has Met His End”: Shonda Rhimes Drops Spoilers About Season 4 Of “Scandal,” Including Premiere Date
Season three of Scandal left me scratching my head, but as always, anxious for season four: Olivia left her Gladiators behind to fly off to Lord knows where with Jake, now free from B-613; Fitz and Mellie are trying to keep it together after her rape came out and the shocking loss of their son; After tongue swapping with Quinn, she leads Huck back to his family; and Papa Pope has duped everyone and is now back on top as head of B-613, capping that all off by putting Maya back in jail and a bullet in Harrison’s head. Talk about drama!
If you’re super ready for the fourth season, according to BuzzFeed, the show will premiere on September 25 at 9 p.m. (not its usual 10 p.m. slot). The show will lead into Shonda Rhimes’ new program, How To Get Away With Murder, which of course stars Viola Davis. And Scandal will return to its max of 22 episodes after only airing 18 last season to accommodate Kerry Washington’s pregnancy.
So what can we expect from season four after all those cliffhangers? TV Guide chatted with Rhimes about picking up where she left off:
There Will Be A Time Jump:
When we leave, she’s on a plane headed to God knows where. When we come back into the season, we find ourselves in a surprising place both time-wise and location-wise.
What’s Going To Happen With The Love Triangle Of Olivia, Fitz And Jake:
I always think about the finale when she says to him very clearly, “I am in love with another man.” And he says, “Let’s go anyway.” He goes off with her knowing full well that she’s very clear about her feelings for somebody else. So, whatever that relationship is, as fun or romantic or happy as that will be, she’s very clearly in love with another man. I don’t know what that holds for them. They have to face whatever that’s going to mean.
What’s Next For Mellie And Fitz:
It’s interesting because we’re not just dealing with what happened to Mellie. You have to remember that everything that happens now takes place [after] the death of their child. [Fitz has] the knowledge that, as far as he knows, Olivia’s mother was responsible for the death of their child, and that basically, in a weird way, he is at fault for the death of their child. If he had not been involved with Olivia, none of that would’ve happened. Post the death of the child, he has some care-taking to do. He feels a responsibility to take care of [Mellie]. Whether or not he loves her, whether or not that relationship is viable isn’t really a factor right now. He’s got responsibilities to take care of.
What’s Next For Huck And His Family:
Our first thought about Huck knocking [on his wife's] door and what became of Huck knocking on that door when we really played it out in our minds is very, very different. It’s very heartbreaking. When we come back at the beginning of the season, everybody is in a place that you don’t expect. Nothing is what you think it could possibly have turned out to be. There’s a real sense of, “How did everybody get here?!
What’s Next For The Abandoned Gladiators:
One of the things that we did specifically when we created the show is slowly deploy people’s stories. It was purposeful. Season 4 is Abby’s season. That was by design. A lot of what we know about Abby happens this season. A lot of what we discover about her and see about her back story will happen as we tell Abby’s story.
What’s Next For Harrison:
It’s safe to assume that Harrison has met his end.
What are your hopes for season four? I’m personally hoping that now that the bloody re-election campaign is over, Olivia will return to her Gladiators and her cases and maybe even meet a new man. But I won’t hold my breath. Someone else who doesn’t know what to expect is Kerry Washington, but she recently told USA Today that she’s embracing the unknown.
“We don’t have a script yet, I don’t even know if that plane is going to Turks and Caicos or maybe it had engine trouble and is right back in D.C. I don’t know where she’s going. It’s pretty crazy. You can’t thrive with this material unless you’re willing to embrace the unknown. I’m type A, hyper prepared – it challenges me to surrender to these writers.”
Check out the rest of the new season spoilers in the interview with TV Guide, including what’s next for Papa (Rowan) Pope and share your thoughts.
The 2014 Emmy Nominations are in and there are some exciting names in the running. Kerry Washington is once again up for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for her role as Olivia Pope on “Scandal,” Don Cheadle is nominated for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series for his portrayal of Marty Kaan on “House of Lies,” and Chiwetel Ejiofor is up for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie for the Starz film “Dancing on the Edge.”
Other exciting nominations include:
“Orange is the New Black” – Outstanding Comedy Series
Kate Mulgrew, “Orange Is the New Black”- Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
Treme – Outstanding Miniseries
“The Trip To Bountiful” – Outstanding Television Movie
“Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight” - Outstanding Television Movie
Idris Elba, “Luther” - Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie
Cicely Tyson, “The Trip To Bountiful” - Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie
Angela Bassett, “American Horror Story: Coven” - Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Movie
Kate Burton, “Scandal” – Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series
Joe Morton, “Scandal” - Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series
Uzo Aduba, “Orange is the New Black” – Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series
Laverne Cox, “Orange is the New Black” - - Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series
Natasha Lyonne, “Orange is the New Black” – Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series
The 66th Annual Emmy Awards air August 25 at 8 pm on NBC. Will you watch?
All of you ladies that look at Olivia Pope’s outfits every week and think to yourself,” Oohh, wouldn’t I love a jacket like that,” today is your day. The Limited has announced a Scandal-inspired line of clothing that won’t break your bank account into a million pieces.
Many of the fashions that Kerry Washington is rocking in-character are from some pricey labels. Normally, her clothes come from design labels like Burberry and Michael Kors. And Saks Fifth Avenue has designed its windows based on fashions from the show, so Kerry and the crew are definitely a high-end crowd.
But The Limited is offering an affordable alternative that will be designed in part by the popular show’s costume designer Lyn Paolo and The Limited’s design head Elliot Staples. According to WWD, Washington was also in touch via Skype, email, FedEx, in person and any other way possible to have a hand in the design process.
The line will also make an appearance on the show along with other promotions through social media and possibly commercials. WWD says The Limited is also in talks with ABC, so we could see some bigger campaign or promotions on the way.
Items will range in price from $49 to $248. There will be 42 different pieces to choose from, and you’ll be able to purchase the clothing from 250 The Limited stores located in malls around the country and on the company’s website. The line will arrive in September.
Are you already practicing the Olivia Pope strut to go with your hot new power pants?
I need to get on the Kerry Washington bounce back plan ASAP because last night when the “Scandal” star made her first red carpet appearance since giving birth her entire look — particularly that body — said “what baby?!’
Kerry gave birth to her first child, daughter Isabel, seven weeks ago, but you wouldn’t know it from looking at the actress taking pics for photogs at the Women In Film 2014 Crystal Lucy Awards at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in LA last night.
The new mom paired a Max Mara cocktail dress with a plunging neckline and spattered paint skirt with orange pumps that had just the perfect amount of detail on the toe to match her colorful ensemble. During the gala, Kerry was recognized with the Lucy Award by “Scandal” creator Shonda Rhimes and we hear her husband, Nnamdi Asomugha, was also in attendance and looked rather dapper in a suit.
Kerry and Nnamdi welcomed their daughter Isabel to the world on April 21 at Cedars-Sinai in LA, though the rest of us didn’t find out until two whole weeks later. Just this week Kerry participated in a Google Hangout with the LA Times and talked about new motherhood, saying:
“I just feel really blessed that I’m kind of living extraordinary dreams come true in my work life and in my personal life.”
We must say, you look very blessed too Kerry! Check out more pics of the starlet below. Gorgeous right?