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Beyoncé Covers TIME’s Most Influential People Issue; Says Mama Tina, Blue Influence Her Most

April 24th, 2014 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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People might have different opinions on Beyoncé, her music, and the way she lives her life, but I think we can all agree that she’s an extremely influential individual at this point in her career.

Leotards in the club? #Flawless? Surfboard anyone?

Time felt the same way, and that’s why she was not only chosen for the 11th annual list of the 100 Most Influential People of 2014 (listed as one of the “titans” in her field; other categories include “pioneers,” “artists,” “leaders” and “icons”), but they gave her the cover. The issue is already quite popular, but I have a feeling it will do even better this year with Beyoncé front and center. She was profiled by popular Lean In author and Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, and covered the mag in a stripped shoot with little makeup (and little clothing).

Time‘s list of people is supposed to show love to individuals from different fields who inspired others over the past year, and they’re profiled by fellow influential folks. Other people chosen include Serena Williams (profiled by Dwyane Wade), Seth Meyers (profiled by Amy Poehler), Miley Cyrus (profiled by Dolly Parton), Kerry Washington (profiled by Valerie Jarrett), Hillary Clinton (profiled by Malala Yousafzai), Pharrell (profiled by Justin Timberlake), Pope Francis (profiled by President Obama) and many more athletes, politicians, entertainers and leaders.

Go behind the scenes of the singer’s photo shoot for Time and hear about her biggest influence below:

“I feel like my mother and my daughter have been the most influential. And being a mother, becoming a mother and looking at my daughter in her eyes, made me into a woman and made me very, very strong.”

No Pregnancy For Pope? Kerry Washington Discusses The Challenges of Hiding Her Baby Bump On Set

April 19th, 2014 - By Madame Noire
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10.5 million viewers tuned in on Thursday to see what exactly was in store for Olivia Pope and President Fitz on the season three finale of Scandal. It didn’t disappoint, bringing all kinds of surprises, none of which were a pregnancy.

When actress Kerry Washington revealed that she and former football corner back husband Nnamdi Asomugha were expecting a child later this year, viewers anticipated exactly how the show would handle America’s favorite political fixer. Would Olivia Pope be saving the day with a baby bump in tow?

Washington reveals the decision to keep the character and actress’s life separate was completely creator Shonda Rhimes’s idea:

“The decision of whether or not a character would be on similar journey, I had nothing to do with that decision. I trust Shonda with all things. I feel very grateful that we have such an amazing team that was able to protect the character within the context of what the actress was going through.”

Washington reveals that this was her most difficult season yet as producers tried (and sometimes failed) to disguise her growing pregnancy including loose fitting shirts and coats, enormous desk chairs, coffee mugs, cast mates’ heads and let’s not forget more chairs (EOnline has a whole slideshow documenting the season’s sometimes desperate efforts). In fact, Season 3 was cut down by four episodes to accommodate the star’s pregnancy.

During a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Washington talks about the physical and emotional challenges she experienced being torn between her personal life and her role:

“I work very physically as an actor. The biggest thing for me has been the challenge of how to be this person [Olivia Pope] with the personal transformation that’s going on for me physically and how to stay true to this character. That hasn’t been easy. It’s been an awesome challenge for me as an actor because so much of how I access character is through my body. It’s definitely been complicated to say the least. I’ve learned a lot about other ways to access Olivia and be her.”

She is quick to mention that concealing her pregnancy wasn’t just a credit to her incredible acting, but to the costume design team led by Lyn Paolo as well.

“I’m just grateful for how hard everybody has worked to maintain the authenticity of this character in this world.”

Although show creator Shonda Rhimes isn’t revealing any season 4 details yet, ABC is expected to renew the series for 2015.

Do you think producers did a decent job of keeping Washington’s baby bump backstage?

We’re Watching: Notable Black Leading Ladies on TV Dramas Past, Present and Future

April 16th, 2014 - By Deron Dalton
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Kerry Washington – “Scandal”

Washington has broken down barriers as the lead of “Scandal” — becoming the first black woman in nearly 40 years to lead her own TV drama on American network TV.  Now the popular series season three finale is upon us. And fans of the show are celebrating the end to another successful season with Washington playing gladiator Olivia Pope. Since the success of “Scandal,” more networks are producing dramas featuring black female leads. But the road to having successful shows featuring a black female lead hasn’t always been easy. MadameNoire compiled a list of notable black women who played lead roles on TV dramas from the struggling past to the blossoming present and future.

13 Things People Say You Must Like Or Have Seen In Order To Keep Your ‘Black Card’

April 3rd, 2014 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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There are certain things you need to like in order to keep the peace and to keep people from coming at your head in my office. Say you haven’t seen Poetic Justice and it’s like someone saying they haven’t seen daylight: “YOU HAVEN’T SEEN POETIC JUSTICE!? You’re like 20 years late!” Same goes for certain famous folks. Stand up and say that someone’s show or new music is just okay and you’re immediately labeled a hater. It’s something we have comical debates about often (like today), and it’s how I came up with this short list of things you better watch or love unless you want to get embarrassed.

Note: This is all for fun by the way, no actual black cards were stolen in the making of this slideshow.

Warner Bros.

Warner Bros.

Color Purple

How can you miss a movie that literally came on UPN every other week and BET at least once a month? Not only is it an amazing film, but it’s always on. If you can’t quote at least one line from this joint (How about, “I loves Harpo, God knows I do. But I’ll kill him dead before I let him beat me!), you better hurry up and play catch up.

It’s Handled! Did ‘Scandal’ Help Alfre Woodard Earn New Role On ‘State Of Affairs’?

March 25th, 2014 - By Madame Noire
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From The Grio 


Numerous black actors have played the president of the United States over the years on film and television, including Morgan Freeman, Dennis Haysbert, Richard Pryor and Jamie Foxx. But with a new pilot called State of Affairs, NBC is offering up the first black woman POTUS.

Oscar-nominated and Emmy-winning actress Alfre Woodward will play President Roberta Payton in the drama that is being billed as a cross betweenScandal and The West Wing. Woodard is joined by Katherine Heigl, whose character is a CIA operative who does daily debriefings with the president. Heigl’s character is also the ex-girlfriend of President Payton’s late son.

No further details about the pilot are available, but just the fact that a major network’s drama will star a black woman as the leader of the free world is a significant milestone in how black women are depicted in pop culture.

Scandal, flaws and all, was met with much fanfare when it debuted in 2012 partly because Kerry Washington’s power-wielding, smartly dressed lead character was a welcomed departure from prevailing depictions of black women in popular reality television and Tyler Perry creations.  The show has since gone on to receive Emmy nominations, countless magazine spreads for its star and the social media buzz for Scandal is unmatched.

So, it’s not shocking that NBC has a pilot in the works that it is billing as a Scandal/West Wing hybrid.  Political dramas have a proven track record in primetime television and Scandal’s ratings success with a black woman lead shows that America is ready to see powerful black women in charge at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

One consistent criticism of Scandal concerns the main character Olivia Pope’s love life. She might be able to handle any sticky situation that is presented to her at work, but Pope basically melts into romantic-hyperbole-blubbering butter as soon as her married lover is in her vicinity.

If the State of Affairs pilot is picked up, it will be interesting to see how President Payton’s love life is written.  Is she a widow? If she has a husband, what is his race? Is she faithful? Often times, fictional presidents are presented as having complicated love lives, but for a black woman in that position, could she afford to have such messiness?

I’m thinking that the title State of Affairs is a bit of a play on words and the show will likely feature plenty of extramarital flings. With Woodard and Heigl as the named leads, the show appears to be following the Scandal (Shonda Rhimes) formula of having a diverse cast. This would be a win-win for the network.

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10 Things You Need To Do To Prepare For Scandal Thursdays

March 20th, 2014 - By Courtney Whitaker
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For Gladiators around the world, Thursday nights have become our sanctuary. It is the one night a week, we absolutely cannot go out and our significant others are banned from speaking to us. In honor of our weekly holiday, here are the things you need to do to prepare for Scandal Thursdays.

It Ain’t None Of Your Friends’ Business… Celebrity Couples Who Are Notoriously Private

March 10th, 2014 - By Iva Anthony
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In this day and age where celebs and everyday folks take to their social media pages to share every little detail of their lives, there are still some stars who like to keep their private lives very private.

Super Private Celebrity Couples


Cassie and Diddy

Rumor had it Diddy and Cassie were dating well before they were ever photographed together. Caught up in a love triangle with Cassie and his children’s mother Kim Porter, Diddy snuck around with the “Me & U” singer showing up at the same events but making sure to never arrive or leave together. Recently the two have been more open about their relationship in public and on social media. Diddy has posted photos professing his love for Cassie and last month sparked rumors when he put up a picture of an engagement ring with the caption, “Baby do you like it? I just want to get you wat you Like!” he added. “I just wanna Mk you smile :) #takeDat!”

What ‘Chu Say Boo? Caption This Picture of Kerry And Nnamdi Caught Kissing

March 4th, 2014 - By Veronica Wells
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Well, Well, Well. What do we have here?! Typically, we get excited when Kerry and her husband, Nnamdi Asomugha, are in the same venue together, walking in separately of course. But here we have more. Much more. Seems like at the Vanity Fair post-Oscar party the two couldn’t fight the feeling any longer.

And in the customary photo booth, Nnamdi plants a kiss on his wife and future mother of his child,  Kerry Washington’s, cheek. And we have to say that we are so here for all of this! She looks like she’s enjoying a moment of pure bliss.

Take it all in ladies and gentlemen. A public display of affection from Kerry and her husband. Yay! We’re nosy and we love it!


Lookin’ Like Money: The Best-Dressed Ladies At The 86th Annual Academy Awards

March 2nd, 2014 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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If there’s one thing you can expect when watching the Academy Awards, aside from the doling out of little golden men, that’s colorful fashion. And while the fashions at the 86th Annual Academy Awards weren’t necessarily mind-blowing (a la, Halle Berry in Elie Saab in 2003), I can say that I really haven’t seen anyone miss a step yet. Here are just a few of the ensembles we couldn’t help but love on people that we’re quite fond of too.

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Jada Pinkett Smith in Versace

Jada Pinkett Smith said that she gained 8 to 10 pounds recently and was wondering how her Academy Award’s gown was going to fit. Could have fooled us! Her Versace gown hugged her curves and was just perfect for the red carpet with its bright blush color and billowing design. The Cartier jewels were also quite stunning. And we see you keeping it casual, Will!

2014′s Bodies To Beat: The 12 Hottest Celebrity Figures

February 28th, 2014 - By M A
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With a new year comes a whole new set of enviable Hollywood figures. While some of the lovely ladies on our list have become mainstays in the fashion, beauty and fitness worlds already, there are certainly a few new women the world should take notice of. And though staring at these gorgeous women might fill us with a little bit of jealousy, we’re also hoping it kicks us into high gear with our resolution to get it right, get it tight in 2014. So without further adieu, here’s a look at 2014’s hottest celebrity figures.

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