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10 Celebrities Who Prove You Can Find Success Later In Life

August 21st, 2014 - By Taylor Gordon
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As the years tick by, do you worry that your window of success is closing?

Do you compare yourself to successful people younger than you and feel depressed?

Stop! You’re capable of pursuing your dreams right now at any age. Many successful artists and business visionaries changed careers or produced their most notable work later in life. Check out these 10 celebrity examples for inspiration.

WIN A $250 Gift Card In The #LucyMovieMN Giveaway!

July 22nd, 2014 - By Lauren R.D. Fox
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On July 25, Morgan Freeman hits the silver screen with the beautiful Scarlett Johansson in the new Universal Pictures science-fiction film, Lucy. 

If you haven’t seen the previews for this action-thriller yet, the flick tracks Lucy (Scarlett Johansson), a woman accidentally caught in a dark deal who turns the tables on her captors and transforms into a merciless warrior evolved beyond human logic. Sounds good, right? Well here’s something even better. We’re giving you a chance to win a $250 gift card just by showing support for this new movie on Twitter.

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On Their Grown Man: 15 Of The Sexiest Salt And Pepper Celebrities

July 4th, 2014 - By Julia Austin
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Finely groomed gray-haired men are proof that as males age, they just look more distinguished, more elegant and, in general, more like they’d know how to make you feel like a woman. Here are 15 salt and pepper celebrities we wouldn’t mind growing older with (if they were all single).

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Dennis Haysbert

Everything about this man says distinguished gentleman and though it’s sometimes hard to believe celebrity endorsements, whenever we hear him on AllState commercials we really do feel like we’re in good hands.

Bet You Didn’t Know: Secrets Behind The Making of “Lean On Me”

June 23rd, 2014 - By Veronica Wells
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A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about Lawrence Young covering “Fair Eastside,” the school song in the now classic movie, Lean On Me. And then I wondered, have I done a “Bet You Didn’t Know” article for this fan favorite? I had not. So it’s about time. And as luck would have it, 2014 marks the 25th anniversary of the film. You know the plot, you love the soundtrack and Morgan Freeman’s portrayal of Joe Clark is something iconic. But we bet you didn’t know these behind the scenes secrets. Check them out on the following pages.

Here’s What Morgan Freeman & Don Lemon Had To Say About Race Issues & Wealth Inequality Last Night

June 5th, 2014 - By Tonya Garcia
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don lemon morgan freemanMorgan Freeman paid a visit to CNN last night to speak with Don Lemon about his new show on the Science Channel, Through the Wormhole. But the conversation turned to race issues and income inequality and that’s when things got a little… sigh.

Don Lemon moved the discussion in this direction by pointing out the focus that President Obama and the Democrats have right now on income inequality. When asked if he thought this was a good thing, Freeman said it was “a great idea.”

“We have a much more vibrant society when we don’t have such a vast chasm between the haves and have-nots,” said Freeman, adding that society needs the middle class to buy all the things the rich are producing.

“Do you think race plays a part in wealth distribution?” Lemon continued. “No,” said Freeman, point blank. “Why would race have anything to do with it? We’re proof. Just stick with it. Put your mind to what you want to do and go for that. It’s kind of like religion to me. It’s a good excuse for not getting there.”

The conversation then turns to race more broadly, at which point Lemon says he talks about race because of the “news cycle,” “…”But sometimes I just get so tired of talking about it, I want to just go, ‘this is over, can we move on?’” To which Freeman responds, “And if you talk about it, it exists.”

Race would most certainly be an issue whether we talk about it or not. In fact, taking about what ails society is what forces people to think about bias, inequality and stereotypes in order to correct wrong-headed thinking and injustice. Every day it seems there’s new evidence that shows bias is impacting a person’s ability to get a job, a small business loan, or the pay they deserve.

And as for the two of them being proof that race doesn’t impact wealth distribution, it’s clear that they are the exception and not the rule.

“As for the question of race and inequality, the success of people like Freeman and Lemon notwithstanding, a sharp divide between whites and nonwhites does exist today, and by some measures has gotten worse,” reports Mediaite. “According to census data, in 1967 median household income for white, non-Hispanic households was 43% higher than it was for black households. But 2011, the divide had increased to 72%.”

Feel free to keep the conversation going in the comments.

Tribute Fail: Public Sign In India Mistakes Morgan Freeman For Nelson Mandela

December 20th, 2013 - By Madame Noire
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From BlackVoices

A public sign in India, aimed at paying tribute to Nelson Mandela, flopped when passersby noted that it used a photo of actor Morgan Freeman instead of the late South African president.

The memorial to Mandela was placed in the city of Coimbatore and paid for by a local cloth merchant, according to the Agence France-Presse. It featured a large photo of Freeman alongside smaller photos of Mahatma Gandhi, Mother Teresa and Martin Luther King Jr.

The text of the poster, written in Tamil, read (via a Huffington Post translation):

Among today’s politicians who cannot think beyond the next election cycle, Nelson Mandela was a leader who thought of the well-being of future generations. He went to join Mother Teresa, Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King on 5.12.13. We bow down to him, proud to have lived during his time on earth and praise his message of love, non-violence and sacrifice. “The farmer may sleep, but the seeds he planted never will.”

Read more of this interesting mistake at BlackVoices.com

“12 Years A Slave,” The Character Of Patsey, And Why I Wish Death To The Term “Negro Bed Wench”

October 25th, 2013 - By Charing Ball
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Mid-way through 12 Years A Slave, I started to ask myself, “Who exactly is this film about?” Was it about Solomon Northup (played by Chiwetel Ejiofor), later renamed Platt, the talented violinist and free black man, kidnapped and sold into slavery? Or was it really about Patsey (Lupita Nyong’o), the jet black enslaved cotton picker and bed warmer of the Epps plantation, who had never tasted freedom in her life and probably never did long after Northup stopped being a slave?

If you ask me, it’s Patsey.

[This post contains spoilers, so be advised]

Throughout the film (by way of Northup’s own memoir), we learn that Patsey is a favorite of Massa Edward Epps (Michael Fassbender) and a thorn in the side of Mary (Sarah Paulson), the mistress of the house. In one scene she is receiving special accolades from massa himself for once again, out-picking all the other field hands, including the men, by picking almost double the quantities of barrels of cotton. A few scenes later, we see Patsey dancing center in a circle of other enslaved black men and women, who all have been roused from slumber in the middle of the night to dance a jig, play music and entertain their owner. Massa Epps pays special attention to her, which causes Mistress Mary to fly into a jealous rage and bash a defenseless Patsey in the face with a cognac goblet, barely missing her right eye. Then the Massa and Mistress argue over her body – literally and figuratively speaking – as she lay howling on the floor in pain and agony.

The scene brought a slight chuckle from a small handful in the mostly black audience at the screening I attended here in Philly. Perhaps the chuckle, which seemed out of context, was out of discomfort at what was, thus far, a truly heavy-handed film. However, the light-heartedness, which some were taking from what they were seeing, became even more ill-fitting when in the next scene, as Massa Epps chases Northup around the plantation for daring to hold Patsey’s secret from him, someone in the row behind me, chuckled and then opined loud enough for others around her to hear, “Patsey musta put it on Massa…”

Even though what we were watching on screen is probably a very accurate depiction of what many of our people experienced through the Trans Atlantic Slave Trade, you can sort of understand the cavalier nature in the way some of the descendants relate. First one, some of us feel as if we are so far removed from the atrocities of being treated like actual property that the images on the screen are just as foreign as if this was a film about life on another planet. And secondly, and probably most importantly, we really haven’t done a good job as a country, nor a community, in telling the truth – and the entire truth – about the founding of this great nation of ours. And it might be with intent as it seems that most folks want to forget about slavery all together. Even Morgan Freeman said recently in an interview with The Daily Beast, about why he’s not going to see 12 Years,“I don’t want my anger quotient exacerbated, you know? Things are bad enough as they are. I don’t want to keep punching myself in the face with it.” And this is coming from a guy who played a man whose sole character’s motivation was to drive around and be a hired companion to some ole’ racist lady named Miss Daisy.

However, our continued desire to forget the past is also why we have this black Tea Partier equating food stamps to the scraps from the master’s table. Or why renowned neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson thinks that giving people public healthcare is akin to slavery. And it is also the reason why we have so many of our own folks believing that the enslavement of black women was of less importance or severity as what happened to black men. That black women had options including using their “sexual prowess,” aka vag*nas to somehow escape the worst of it. This collective twisted consciousness of black women and enslavement can be seen within the thinking of social commentaries done by the likes of Touré, who once remarked about the “brilliance” of enslaved black women, who “were sharp enough to trade that good-good for status or liberation.” It can also be seen through the viewing of the Russell Simmons-backed Harriet Tubman sex tape, which turned rape into some whimsical caper, in which Tubman too used her body for extra perks, like starting the Underground Railroad. And it can also been seen through the often divisive screed of Tariq Nasheed, film producer and so-called historian behind the popular documentary series Hidden Colors, who troll the Internets with his declaration of death to the “negro bed wench.” According to Nasheed, who has led several discussions on the term, including this most recent Ustream-cast entitled Tariq Nasheed Challenges the Bed Wench Movement, a modern-day Negro Bed Wench models herself after her predecessors during slavery, who he alleges volunteered to sleep with Massa in exchange for special perks and favor. He also suggests that it was the Negro Bed Wench, who actually liked slavery (because of all the free stuff she got) and snitched on the other slaves, who were trying to escape to freedom.

These Sally Hemings/Thomas Jefferson romance fantasies, which folks like to conjure up about black enslaved women offer a distorted and revisionist version to the harsh realities of what it meant to be chattel. There was no free will in slavery. An enslaved black man or woman had no more control over their lives than livestock having a say in if and when it will become hamburger meat. And although some were fortunate enough to figure out a route to freedom, the only choice most ancestors had was life or death. Everything else was out of your control, including what could or could not happen to your body. And as noted by writer Shafiqah Hudson in this essay about the use of the term to berate both the Olivia Pope character on Scandal and the real life female viewers who enjoy the show: “Controlling Black women’s behavior through name-calling and shaming is nothing new. Invoking something as somber and tragic as slavery to do it, while also nothing new, is shameful.”

Morgan Freeman Didn’t View ’12 Years A Slave’ Because “Things Are Bad Enough As They Are”

October 24th, 2013 - By Madame Noire
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From EurWeb

Morgan Freeman knows the film industry like the back of his 76-year-old hand.

The acting sage has churned out a good handful of blockbuster films in 2013 thus far, and his upcoming film, “Last Vegas,” a comedy, starring an ensemble cast of male Hollywood royalty, will be yet another feather in his cap of cinema excellence and longevity.

We would happily mention the many other films Freeman’s played in, but there isn’t enough room on this page for a list that spans forever.

His career on the big screen notwithstanding, Freeman has never been gun shy when discussing topics related to American history, politics and pop culture, nor does he mind napping during interviews.

The silver fox with the unforgettable voice is also an unofficial movie critic (can’t say he isn’t qualified). The Daily Beast writer Marlow Stern spoke with the freewheeling Freeman about a wide variety of topics ranging from Tea Party madness to, well, “twerking,” and why he won’t see breakout director Lee Daniels’ compelling film, “12 Years a Slave”

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Celebrity Couples Who Called It Quits After 20-Plus Years Together

October 14th, 2013 - By Iva Anthony
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Celebrity marriages are notorious for having a short shelf life. Although it looked like they would defy the odds and remain married until death split them up, these celebrity couples decided to call it quits after 20-plus years together.

Celebrity Couples Who Broke Up After 20 Years

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Bruce and Kris Jenner

She may be one of Hollywood’s most powerful momagers and is used to having her family dominate headlines, but earlier this week, Kris Jenner became a hot topic herself when she and her husband Bruce announced their split. Although they have been living under separate roofs for some time, the couple had vehemently denied there was trouble in paradise. Married in 1991, Kris and Bruce have two children together and an estimated $125 million in net worth, which could cause a problem in divorce court without a pre-nuptial agreement.

Can We See You Do Something Else Please? Actors Who Play The Same Role All The Time

July 17th, 2013 - By Meg Butler
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As soon as you see Katt Williams on the roster, you know exactly what kind of movie it’s going to be. And he’s not the only one who plays the same role in every movie he gets. We’ve got a list of Hollywood’s most typecast actors. And if you talk to any of them, tell them we’d love to see them play someone else.