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We’ve all had those moments where we’ve fallen for a character onscreen. Sometimes it’s the loving “mama,” the hilarious friend or that man who is just so damn fine. Life would be great if we could just take all our favorite characters from films and put them in your friends and family. Too bad we’re stuck in the real world where those perfect characters don’t exist. That doesn’t mean that we can’t fantasize about it though? Here is a list of some of the best movie characters that would make the most amazing people in real life.
MN Sparkle Exclusive: Loretta Devine, Kem, and More Weigh In On Their Favorite Songs from the Motown Era
Madame Noire was treated to a packed star-studded cast at the Los Angeles premiere of Sparkle last week and got to catch up with some of our favorite personalities like Loretta Devine, Bishop T.D. Jakes, Lisa Raye and Kem. Check it out!
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The “first and finest” Greek sorority, Alpha Kappa Alpha, was founded January 15th, 1908 on the campus of Howard University by 9 female students. With over 170,000 members in Undergrad and Grad chapters nationwide, there are some members in particular that we have grown to know and love. The following are celebrity women who are members of this illustrious sorority.
Early this morning, Kerry Washington took the stage with Jimmy Kimmel (who was wearing pajamas!) to announce the nominees of the 64th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards and a there are some notable brown faces among the nods.
Idris Elba received a Lead Actor In A Miniseries Or A Movie nod for playing John Luther in the BBC miniseries “Luther”. That miniseries is up for an award of its own in the Best Miniseries or Movie category. Don Cheadle was nominated for Lead Actor In A Comedy Series for his character Marty Kaan on Showtime’s “House of Lies”. Giancarlo Esposito is nominated for Supporting Actor In A Drama Series for his role in “Breaking Bad”. Maya Rudolph is nominated for Outstanding Guest Actress In A Comedy Series for her hosting gig on “SNL.” Loretta Devine was nominated for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series for her role as Adele Webber on “Grey’s Anatomy”.
Tracy Morgan plays in “30 Rock” and that show picked up a nomination for Outstanding Comedy Series. Also, Cee-Lo Green is a judge on “The Voice” and that show reportedly took American Idol’s spot as it was nominated for Best Competition Reality Show for the first time. Among other categories, The Daily Show picked up a nomination for Outstanding Writing For A Variety Series and Wyatt Cenac is a writer on that show.
Of course you can’t talk about who was nominated without noting who was not nominated.
Despite mostly rave reviews and predictions otherwise, neither ”Scandal” nor its castmembers received nominations this year. The reasoning is unclear. It would be easy to say “Oh it debuted in April and only had seven episodes”, but Shonda Rhimes’ other show “Grey’s Anatomy” first season debuted in March and only had 9 episodes yet Sandra Oh was nominated and the show itself received three nominations that year. Besides, cable shows get nominated regularly even though they may only about produce six to ten shows (compared to maybe 20 for a broadcast network). In addition, it obviously was eligible because ABC was definitely campaigning for Scandal to get a nomination this year, but it didn’t happen. Maybe next year.
Regina King – who famously declared the Emmys were “White As Ever” in 2010 – was snubbed against this year after many thought she’d be nominated for for her role in ”Southland”.
“Mad Men,” earned a leading 17 Emmy nominations. The miniseries “American Horror Story,” received a matching 17 award nominations. “Downton Abbey,” earned 16 bids. “Hatfields & McCoys,” also earned 16 and “Hemingway & Gellhorn” was nominated for 15. ”Modern Family,” honored as best comedy series for the past two years, was the sitcom leader with 14 bids.
What do you think of this years nominees? Who do you think will win?
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Chaka Khan’s tribute video to Trayvon Martin has the feel of Michael Jackson’s 1985 charity single “We Are the World.” The singer debuted the song “Super Life” to the world yesterday and she enlisted a ton of singers, actors, and entertainers to help spread the message about the injustice surrounding the teenager’s death.
From Eric Benet, Kelly Price, and Luke James on vocals, to actors and actresses like Angela Bassett and her husband Courtney B. Vance, Terry Crews and his wife, Rebecca, Loretta Devine, Eva Marcille, and Boris Kodjoe, the tribute is a raw video of the entertainers in the studio together wearing shirts and hoodies in the slain teen’s honor and announcing, “I am Trayvon Martin. Chaka Khan said the purpose of the song is
“to raise awareness in children and adults and everybody that you can’t judge a person by what he’s wearing.
“I really feel strongly about our children, period, and their safety,” she said. “We’re concerned about children’s safety.”
The project literally just came together over the weekend. Chaka Khan said within 48 hours everyone came out to Henson Studios in Hollywood to be apart of the effort. Since everything happened so fast there hasn’t been any mention of making the track available for purchase or where any proceeds might go, but the funk singer wrote this on her website:
“Celebrities are privileged beyond belief to have a public following. We have explored and exploited media to our own benefits. Now it’s time to exploit media for the benefit of humanity as a whole. As purveyors of content and media, we need to use our voices to stop injustice at the site of its origin.”
Brande Victorian is a blogger and culture writer in New York City. Follower her on Twitter at @be_vic.
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Disney Junior premieres new animated television series, “DOC McStuffins,” for kids ages 2 – 7 on March 23, 2012 starring the voices of Kiara Muhammad as DOC; Loretta Devine as Hallie (stuffed hippopotamus); Lara Jill Miller as Lambie (the stuffed lamb); Jess Harnell as Chilly (the stuffed snowman); Robert Rist as Stuffy (the stuffed dragon); Jaden Betts as Donny McStuffins; Kim Brooks as Mom McStuffins, and Gary Anthony Williams as Dad McStuffins. The series features heartwarming stories that teach kids great lessons on self care, caring for others and chasing away any worries for kids over visiting the doctor.
“I was nervous at first,” Kiara said about her character having to also sing. “It was about six people listening. This is my first voice over and I’m really happy it’s a series.”
Learn more about the new series at Eurweb.com.
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The glazed ham was cut, the eggnog sipped and the first official NBA game of the season is over but everyone’s still up and wants to watch a good family movie to cap off the night. If “Soul Food” was the first film to pop in your head, you’re wrong. Clearly you forgot about the scene where Miles lifts his wife’s cousin up onto the window seal and sexes her down—in other words, not kid friendly.
We were thinking a loveable, clean family movie that you, the grandparents, the kids, the fun cousins, the sketchy cousins and everyone else in the fam’ can watch together. Oh, and not cringe during the sex scenes or be completely bored by the kiddie sing-a-long portions.
From the hilarious Eddie Murphy to the sentimental Loretta Devine, we’ve got a mix of holiday and everyday black family films you all can enjoy this Christmas.
Sunday is the big day! And while I won’t hate on the current Oscar nominees (The Social Network, Black Swan, and Inception are dope), I’d like to file a grievance with the Academy for ignoring, or robbing a few black actors & actresses their just due during Oscar season. They may not always have the lead roles in the films they’re in, but they definitely always steal our attention when they waltz across the screen and stay in our minds long after the movie is over. Quietly brilliant, they are the underrated stars in the little universe known as Hollywood.