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Scandal held its own against some big primetime competition last night. Last night’s live production of The Sound of Music Live! on NBC gave that network its since ER called it quits. While The Sound of Music Live! was NBC’s most-watched show since 2004 – Kerry Washington and her gladiators continued to add to their viewership, reaching a five-week high during last night’s disturbing but completely awesome episode. The hit political drama whizzed by Shonda’s other Thursday night show, Grey’s Anatomy, with a 29 percent lead, The Futon Critic reports.
As for Grey’s Anatomy, the series had a tough week pulling in only 7.48 million viewers while Scandal scored 8.6 million viewers coming in second only to The Big Bang Theory with 15.26 million viewers. For four consecutive telecasts, Scandal landed at No.2 as the TV series of the night behind Big Bang. Last night’s episode, YOLO, drew in seven percent more viewers.
“Thursday nigh[t's] ‘Scandal’ once again proved itself to be the most predictably unpredictable show on television…What would be considered utterly ludicrous on any other show is the norm on ‘Scandal,’ which is precisely what makes it so enjoyable. Such is the case with ‘YOLO,’ by any rational measure a highly dramatic hour of television that is really more about setting us up for the sure-to-be-epic craziness of next week’s “winter finale,” Meredith Blake says.
However, you should expect to see a shortage of Scandal’s “sure-to-be-epic craziness” — possibly due to Kerry Washington’s bun-in-the-oven. ABC will cutback this season’s series from 22 episodes to 18 episodes. A rep for the show wouldn’t comment on the reasons for the shortened season, but there are no plans to write a pregnancy into the show. (Washington hasn’t even confirmed that she’s pregnant!) “Clearly, there must be some mitigating factor that would force ABC’s to cut episodes as the Shonda Rhimes series is one of their most popular,” The Wrap says. “It routinely earns a 3 rating in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic and close to 9 million total viewers tuning in each week.”
We often say there’s nothing like black love and we’re pretty sure the ladies on this list would completely agree because they’ve taken their love straight back to their roots. Here are 10 celebrity women who have found love dating African men.
Keri Hilson named her last album “No Boys Allowed” but after meeting Oklahoma City Thunder’s Serge Ibaka, she changed her tune. Born in the Republic of the Congo, Ibaka played basketball in Spain before coming to the NBA. Hilson, who is normally very private about her dating life, was rumored to have a new man in her life and after months of speculation, they came out as a couple in late 2012. Still going strong, Hilson was sitting in the stands cheering her man on a couple of weeks ago when he got ejected from the game against the Los Angeles Clippers.
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Everyone knows Hollywood has a narrow definition of what makes someone a star, that’s why most entertainers end up selling some part of their soul — or at least stepping up their physical appearance — to make it big in Tinseltown. Here’s a look at some of the biggest celebs who changed to get put on.
Kerry Washington has played in tons of movies before her hit role in “Scandal.” However, if it wasn’t for her stepping up her fashion game she may not be as big as she is right now. She recently told Glamour magazine:
“There were a couple of actresses whom I felt were having the upper hand career wise-because they knew how to work that red carpet. I was like, ‘I’m missing a really important tool. So I sort of developed a new character: Red-Carpet Kerry. And I researched her like any other character.”
Pregnancy can sometimes be the least glamorous time in a woman’s life, but there’s a lot to be said for the pregnancy glow when it comes to these expectant celebrities. From Beyonce to Alicia Keys to Halle Berry, here’s a look at some of the cutest pregnant celebrities.
Not only was last night’s episode emotionally draining and visually disturbing at times, it was also groundbreaking. Last night’s episode of “Vermont is For Lovers,” was the first time in television history where a black woman created, directed starred in the show. Big Ups to all parties involved. Ya’ll did dat. And now let’s jump into some of our favorite moments from last night’s episode.
Scandal is one of the most popular shows on prime time TV right now. So it’s no wonder that all of these hilarious spoofs keep popping up all over the place. I mean, who wouldn’t want to play dress up and pretend to be Olivia Pope for a few minutes? The latest spoof to surface on the web is another one by Queen Latifah. If you recall, last month Queen and Jennifer Hudson joined forces for a Scandal parody. But this time, the daytime TV host flew solo. According to the Queen Latifah Show Facebook page, she did it to prep for her upcoming interview with Kerry Washington, which is scheduled to air on Thursday.
“I’m getting ready for Kerry Washington with a little ‘Scandal.’ Peep this clip below and see the rest on Thursday’s #QLShow! ,” she wrote.
In video, which is humorously titled, “Office Scandal,” Queen struts down an office hallway donning Olivia’s infamous white trench coat, with an imitation Harrison and Abbey in tow.
“Get me the President. It’s a scandal,” Queen yells into the phone, making Olivia Pope’s hilarious googley eyes.
Catch Kerry Washington on the Queen Latifah Show this Thursday.
Watch “It’s An Office Scandal” on the next page.
‘It’s All Wonderful, But I Try To Stick To The Work:’ Kerry Washington Shares How She Remains Humble
Kerry Washington is on top of the world right now. She has a hit primetime TV show, a booming acting career, a handsome new hubby and possibly, a new baby on the way. The 36-year-old is certainly Hollywood’s “it” girl—something that’s made evident by the overwhelming number of magazines she’s covered in the past year. During a recent appearance on the Ellen Degeneres Show, the blushing new bride laughed it up as Ellen spoofed her zillion and one magazine covers.
“I’ll go through it really fast, but you’re on the cover of every single magazine right now. It’s like a stack of magazines!” Ellen said going through a large pile of magazines with Kerry on the cover.
In true Ellen fashion, the first few magazines were real publications that Kerry has actually covered, but as she dug deeper into the pile, a few spoofed magazine covers were pulled out as well, including Knitting Week, Chess Masters and Pantsuit Monthly—which Kerry joked that she is the Editor-in-chief of— and Kale Quarterly. Despite all of the accolades she has received and the magazines that she has covered, the Bronx native seems to remain relatively humble. She revealed to Ellen that she does this by refusing to get caught up in her own hype.
“I put her [my mother] in charge of all of that [storing magazine's I've covered] because early on, I figured I might have a grandchild one day who wants to see this stuff, but I don’t want to live with this stuff in my house. So I send it all to my mother and she archives it. She gets to be proud of it. They put them in like plastic folders and things, so they’re good after there’s a meteor shower and people find them” the Scandal actress joked.
She adds that she tries not to get too caught up on neither the good or the bad things that are being said about her, that way she’s isn’t affected either way.
“I think if you focus on the good stuff, then when the bad stuff comes you have to take that to be true also. It’s all wonderful, but I just try to stick to the work. When you have jobs like ours, it’s easy to stick to the work.”
We certainly can’t blame you, Kerry! Folks will love you today and hate you tomorrow.
Watch a clip from her interview on the next page.
Aside From The Bad Cover: Kerry Washington Talks Finally Getting Her Just Dues And Her Wedding Ring In Lucky
People spent so much time ragging on the cover of Lucky with Kerry Washington that I think most people forgot to pay attention to what homegirl was saying in her cover story with the magazine. She actually dropped some gems on her wedding ring, Olivia Pope’s style, her own style and how blessed she is to work in Hollywood. Oh yeah, she also talks about throwing down during the holidays and how she makes even brussels sprouts delicious.
On Olivia Pope’s Fashion Sense:
“There are shows where every time you see the character she’s in a different piece, and it’s like a fashion event,” she says. “I didn’t want that. I wanted Olivia to be a real person. We will always buy new pieces, but on every episode we try to use at least one piece that you’ve seen before, whether it’s a suit jacket or pants or a pair of shoes.
“People always come up to me and say, ‘Oh, I want Olivia’s closet,’ and I’m like, ‘Me too!’
Her Own Style:
“In my mid-20s, fashion intimidated me. But when I went to the shows, it suddenly occurred to me that it was the same as going to a gallery opening or to the theater…It is a moment to take in the work of a particular artist and decide how you feel about it.” She threw together an informal team of “fashion mentors”—people like actress Tracee Ellis Ross and E! critic George Kotsiopoulos—and showered them with questions. “They really taught me a great deal. They would give me the names of designers to watch or magazines to buy. And I started to develop a language around fashion.”
“I’ve always understood there’s a power in costume,” she says, “like when I traveled at a young age from the Bronx to my school in Manhattan—two different universes…I’m not a formal person. I have a lot of jeans. And I have tons of sneakers, whether they’re the custom Nikes that you can make online or the Isabel Marant wedges. That’s the Bronx in me, for sure.”
Finally Getting Her Just Dues In Hollywood:
“It’s a miracle to even work in this industry,” says Washington, who resists being tagged a late bloomer. “I didn’t become an actress to be on the cover of magazines. That was always a little scary to me. What I love about acting is the craft of becoming different people and telling a story.”
On Her Wedding Rings:
“I never wanted to have a ring that I would feel uncomfortable riding the subway with. My wedding band and engagement ring are the only things I can say that I wear every day,” she says, a little unsure if she’s over-sharing. “I pin them to my clothing on set. That way, I always have them with me.”
Throwing Down In The Kitchen For the Holidays:
“My mother’s birthday is close to Christmas, and I like to cook around the holidays,” she says. “It’s really a special time.” Washington and her new husband plan to spend their rare downtime at her house in upstate New York and attend the annual Washington family get-togethers in the Bronx. “I’m usually in charge of the veggies—I have a brussels sprouts dish that I make,” she says. “And my mom and I bake this Jamaican rum cake together.”
I just love how down to earth Kerry is about everything. But hey, that’s the Bronx in her! Check out her interview in full over at Lucky and share your thoughts on it below!
2013 has certainly been one of the greatest years in Kerry Washington’s career. The newly married beauty seems to have graced the cover of just about every women’s interest magazine. But that certainly won’t stop folks from snatching up the December 2013/January 2014 issue of Lucky—because honestly, people just can get enough of her (us included).
What may serve as a deterrent from purchasing a copy, however, is the cover. You see, people seem to be pretty upset about the image of Kerry that Lucky editors selected for the cover. And we can kind of see why, because honestly, Kerry doesn’t really look like herself. For one, the makeup and the lighting for the shoot appear to have distorted some of the Scandal actress’s distinct features. Then, there’s the retouching. People aren’t too thrilled about the hair or the pose either. Most have chalked the awkward looking cover shot up to Lucky‘s “inexperience” with photographing Black subjects.
“Suspect whoever shot and retouched Kerry Washington for Lucky Magazine isn’t used to lighting or working with a black model,” wrote on tweeter.
“The crapness of this Kerry WashingtonLucky magazine cover is startling and baffling. It has upset my spirit, wrote another.
We’ll probably never know if Kerry is actually happy with the cover or not. Not long after Lucky unveiled the new cover on Twitter, Kerry made it her profile image.
Of course, we still love Kerry all the same.
What do you think of the cover shot? Are people overreacting?
From Black Voices
Shonda Rhimes already has the “Scandal” ending in mind. The TV mogul told NPR she knows how the adventures of Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington) and President Fitzgerald Grant (Tony Goldwyn) will end … but isn’t saying when they will wrap up.
While speaking about the end of “Grey’s Anatomy,” which Rhimes has said she’s planned and then had to plan again because the show keeps going and she’s still interested in the characters, the writer/producer said “Scandal” is a different kind of show and has a set expiration.
“It is very political,” Rhimes said of “Scandal.” “The political landscape on the outside, in the real world, will change — possibly before Scandal is over. But I feel like there is a finite amount of ‘Scandal’ to be told. So I know what the end of ‘Scandal’ will be, and I feel really good about that. And I can see where the end point is. And I don’t think I’m going to change that … I know how long I think it will be. But we’ll see.”
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