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Steve McQueens work on awards-season favorite12 Years A Slavehas caught the attention the worlds oldest human rights organization.
According toreports, the famed director was named an ambassador for Anti-Slavery International this Black History Month. The committee, which works to remind the world that slavery is not just a thing of the past, was set up in 1839 to lobby against the phenomenon.
McQueen accepted the honor in his hometown of London on Monday. Right now, there are Solomon Northups in every region of the world who have been taken away from their families and placed in slavery, he said at the charitys headquarters.
Read more on Steve McQueens accomplishment at HelloBeautful.com
Don’t worry, ladies, everything is fine now, but late Saturday afternoon, word got out that actor Idris Elba had been rushed to the hospital and women around the world (okay, a lot of women on social media) were inconsolable (I’m going for high drama here, just go with it).
The actor was on a flight that was scheduled to leave from London and arrive in Johannesburg when his attack hit and he was taken off the plane. Elba was then rushed to the hospital to be treated for what was, seemingly, a very serious asthma attack.
Idris was headed to South Africa to promote his new movie, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, where he stars as Nelson Mandela. He missed the day of press and spent the rest of his time in the UK hospital recovering.
Thankfully, all seems well and Idris Elba was released and is expected to appear at another red carpet event later today, according to The Daily Mail.
I’m not sure that anyone was aware that he suffered from such serious asthma issues. The hope, I’m sure, is that his attacks don’t start coming more frequently, as Idris Elba is about to be a very busy man: the United States release date for Long Walk To Freedom is scheduled for November 29th.
If he needs any further treatment when he comes to the U.S., I’m sure some of you, especially our readers in the medical field, will make yourselves available!
These days, every fifth, conscious black person you meet is a self proclaimed poet. The spoken word movement has become over saturated. You know the cadence. You’ve heard the finger snaps. Should we blame Russell Simmons? I don’t know. But I say all that to say that even though poetry and spoken word have become a bit of a commercialized, there are still real poets out there. And as they say, “cream always rises to the top.” Which is the case for Warsan Shire, who was recently named London’s first young poet laureate. I first stumbled across Shire’s name on Tumblr and have subsequently dug everything I’ve read from her.
Shire, 24, is a Kenyan-born Somali poet, writer, editor and educator based in London. She’s read her work all over the world including places like South Africa, Italy, Germany, Canada and Kenya. She published her debut book, Teaching My Mother How To Give Birth, in 2011. Shire’s name was chosen from a list of six young poets. According to the BBC, she will spend the next year creating work that reflects “the ever-changing city,” starting with a residency at the Houses of Parliament. The announcement was made on National Poetry Day, October 3rd, during an event at Parliament.
Shire’s tenure as a poet laureate is a part of poetry and spoken word program Spoke. It seeks to offer people the opportunity to watch, perform and develop careers in spoken word and poetry performance in and around Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.
Dennis Hone, chief executive of the park said, “I congratulate all those who took part and have shown London is blessed with some really talented poets. It is our vision for east London to be a thriving cultural district and Warsan as the first Young Poet Laureate for London will play a key part in that transformation.”
Congratulations to Warsan! This is a huge accomplishment. And at such a young age? Phenomenal.
From The Grio
A British judge has ruled in favor of the singer Rihanna, who sued retailer Topshop for selling a T-shirt bearing her image without permission.
High Court Justice Colin Birss says buyers were likely deceived by believing she had authorized its sale.
Birss says the sales represented a loss of Rihanna’s reputation in the fashion realm, where the singer has been trying to carve out a name as a designer. She has a clothing line in her name at a rival store.
Read more at TheGrio.com
“It’s Time To Pop Something Out”: Eve Talks Kids, DMX, Stevie J, And Why She Only Seems To Date Rich Men On “Wendy”
“He’s not on this album, but I love X. We don’t talk or call each other, anything like that…I love him, I love him.When Wendy asked Eve if she watched DMX’s appearance on Iyanla: Fix My Life, this is what she had to say:
“Poor X. I didn’t watch it. I don’t watch anything actually. He’s been on a few things, I just don’t watch it. I can’t….But if he ever needed me, I’d be there.”Speaking on her penchant for dating “nothing but money,” including millionaire Maximillion Cooper:
“You know what, there’s a certain lifestyle I think that I want to live. I’m going to do it on my own. I work hard. I work my butt of. But at the same time, I just, I don’t want to be with somebody I got to take care of. I’ll do it on my own, it doesn’t matter with the man though.”On her past messing with Stevie J in the late ’90s and early ’00s and responding to the idea of it being “craziness”:
“It was. I think as ladies, we’ve all had the unfortunate…ugh [turns up face]. I can’t even continue it. I was young, it was what it was. God is good. I’m here where I am and I’m happy in love.”The state of the rap game right now, including her thoughts on the “femcees” out currently:
“I think there’s a lot of really cool girls out right now. I wish there were more girls, that’s my only complaint. But I think Nicki’s doing her thing, I think Azealia Banks is doing her thing. It’s Angel Haze. There’s a lot of girls coming up. We just need more.”So what about marriage and babies next? Is she ready?
“Oh, it’s time to pop something out. Let me not pretend, okay!”Check out Eve’s full interview with Wendy Williams on the next page and let us know what you think about her comments!
Whether you’re a member of the BeyHive or you could use a little less Beyonce in your life, you have to admit that the girl works hard. In between her sold out shows in London, a hoarse sounding Beyonce sat down to talk to “Good Morning America” correspondent, Amy Robach, about the controversy surrounding her recent anniversary trip to Cuba, her role as Blue Ivy’s protector and enjoying the simple things like press on nails.
Check out the excerpts below.
Her trip to Cuba
“It was such a beautiful trip; I met some incredible children, visited some incredible entrepreneurs, I learned so much about so many people and the country and it was actually quite shocking.”The simple things
“At the end of the day, you’re the same exact person. I still like the simple things. I have on my press on nails right now.I just feel like you know at the end of the day, my goals and my dreams are the same. I just want happiness, I want great friends and great family.”
Blue Ivy and plans to have more kids
“I would like more children. I think my daughter needs some company. I definitely loved being a big sister. At some point when it’s supposed to happen. My biggest job in the world is to protect my daughter. And I am very protective. I just want to make sure that she can have a healthy, safe normal life I feel really, really just lucky that I can still do what I love and have way bigger meaning. That’s to be her mother.”
On the next page, watch as Beyonce explains why her role as Queen Tara caused her to cry.
Even if you’re not, it’s coming to television and should be interesting.
If you’ll recall, last year, Rihanna invited 150 journalists and bloggers as well as 50 fans with her on a “quick” tour to support her album Unapologetic. It was called “777″ because she did seven shows in seven countries in seven days. Madness, right?
After only a couple of days, many of the people on the planes praised and slammed all the debauchery on the plane. Rihanna is well known for her heavy touring schedule so while it may not have been much for her, it proved a bit much for those who came along for the ride.
In the trailer for the documentary that airs on Monday, May 6th on Fox, you see some people doing “confessionals” in which they admit that it could be considered fun but it is a lot on the body.
You can hear Rihanna in a voiceover saying, “Why did I think this was a good idea?” That was probably the question on everyone’s mind, including the air staff, because rumors swirled that tempers clashed quite often on the week-long trip.
Check out the documentary clip below. Will you be checking out “777?” Would you have joined in on that tour experience?
Goodbye Idris Elba, hello DJ Driis.
That’s right, Idris Elba is officially taking a break from Hollywood. The Luther actor told The Daily Mirror, a UK newspaper, that he’s taking a break from acting to focus on his other baby: music. According to Black America Web, he told them:
“This year I’m not going to work as an actor so I can concentrate on music. I do it from the heart, not for the money.”
Well great, good for him. But what about those who love to see him on the big and small screens? One one hand, you’ve got to respect that the man is going to use his fame and opportunities to do things that are important to him. But on the other hand, we like his look- excuse me, his acting.
If you’re not familiar with “DJ Driis,” you might avtually be in for a treat. He’s compiled mixtapes in the past, hosts others’ mixtapes and he, obviously, deejays. Right now, he’s in London doing a seven week residency at one of their popular clubs. He also directed Mumford & Sons’ “Love of the Light” video. Elba also made his own musical debut in his own video for “Private Garden” back in 2011.
So yes, his track record in the music industry has been pretty good and steady so we’ll see what he does next.
But don’t worry, according to IMDB, we might get to see him on the screen after-all: he has three movies in post-production that should hit the screen. So maybe he’s just not filming anything new – we can accept that. Maybe once he’s ready to get back to work, that James Bond role will be waiting for him.
Are you going to be checking for DJ Driis?