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Courtney B. Vance Signs On To Play Johnnie Cochran

February 8th, 2015 - By Toya Sharee
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In addition to Cuba Gooding Jr. being cast as OJ Simpson in the FX production American Crime Story: The People vs. OJ Simpson, actor Courtney B. Vance has just signed on to play legal head honcho, Johnnie Cochran. The 10-episode series will explore “The Trial of the Century” from the eyes of both the defense and the prosecutors and will reveal the crazy behind the scenes antics of OJ’s legal team.

OJ’s dream team will consist of John Travolta as Robert Shapiro and David Schwimmer as Robert Kardashian. Ryan Murphy is serving as executive producer on the series after previously working with Vance’s wife, Angela Bassett on the latest season of American Horror Story.

FX describes the show as a tale of “how a combination of prosecution confidence, defense wiliness, and the Los Angeles police’s history with the city’s African-American community gave a jury just what it needed: reasonable doubt.”

I can see Courtney B. Vance really killing the role as Johnnie Cochran, but the rest of the casting might be a little questionable. Either way it will be interesting to see the biggest crime story of my childhood re-enacted from the infamous white Bronco chase to “if the glove doesn’t fit, you must acquit.”

Celebrities Who Were Raised By Gay Parents

June 2nd, 2014 - By Iva Anthony
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Families come in all shapes and sizes. While same sex marriage and homosexual couples adopting children may be hot button issues now, it wasn’t for these celebrities who grew up with a gay parent.

13 Celebrities With Gay Parents


Robert De Niro

Actor Robert De Niro has had a long and illustrious career in Hollywood for decades. While he has been very guarded about his private life, the Meet The Parents star recently opened up about how his father Robert De Niro Sr. struggled with his homosexuality. An upcoming documentary titled Remembering The Artist: Robert De Niro, Sr. explores the life and work of the painter and sculptor. In an interview with OUT Magazine, the younger De Niro described his relationship with his father growing up but he also had some regrets about not being closer to him. “He probably was (conflicted about his sexuality),” the 70-year-old actor said. “Being from that generation, especially from a small town upstate (in New York). I was not aware, much, of it. I wish we had spoken about it much more. My mother didn’t want to talk about things in general, and you’re not interested when you’re a certain age.”

Retouching Gone Wrong: The Worst Celebrity Photoshop Mishaps

March 7th, 2014 - By M A
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We are not going to lie: Photoshop can definitely be a good thing. It can provide people with a little nip and tuck action without ever setting foot in an operating room. It can help when lighting and weather conditions simply aren’t your friend. But when abused, it can also become one of the most problematic tools in any editors’ arsenal. And celebrities seem to be baring the brunt of Photoshop catastrophes. So as 2014 chugs along, we take a look at some of the most egregious celebrity photoshop mishaps in history.

Celebrities Who’ve Been Banned And Blacklisted For Dressing, Acting, Or Talking Crazy

September 18th, 2013 - By Nicole Akoukou Thompson
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Political stances, personal history, dress codes and opinions are only some of the reasons why people have been banished, exiled, blacklisted and banned from different countries. There are countries where if it is assumed that you may have done something slightly undesirable, they’d just expel you -no proof needed. While banishment sounds hella old school, prohibition and ejections are just as alive and well as racism, and, if you thought that celebrities weren’t vulnerable to these type of exclusions, you’re dead wrong. Miley Cyrus, Alec Baldwin, The Dixie Chicks, Lil Wayne, Justin Beiber, Lindsay Lohan and Nicki Minaj only represent a shortlist of celebrities who’ve been banned from countries, corporations, businesses and industries for their behavior.

Beyonce performs at the Chime for Change concert. Danny Clifford/

Danny Clifford/


The reigning queen of rump-shaking (only bested by Madame Tina Turner, herself) was prohibited from entering the Southeast Asian country, Malaysia, not once…but twice. Malaysian government dictates that female performers must be clothed from shoulders to knees, showing no cleavage. And, everyone who has seen Beyoncé’s last twenty-odd music videos knows that isn’t her forte. The skin-bearing diva performed in Indonesia instead of Malaysia because Islamic conservative groups planned to protest the Malaysian concert if she had even tried to perform. –Malaysia also banned Lady Gaga for using pro-gay lyrics.

“Your Dad Was OJ’s Lawyer”: Kim Kardashian Catches Heat For “#NoJustice” Tweet On Zimmerman Verdict

July 16th, 2013 - By Clarke Gail Baines
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Ever since she gave birth to baby North West last month, Kim Kardashian has been on the low-low from the public eye, presumably bonding with her new daughter and reportedly somewhere trying to get her pre-baby body back. But she took to Twitter on Saturday to speak out about her disappointment with the “not guilty” verdict in the George Zimmerman trial, expressing the same confusion and sadness that many others have on social media and in protests around the country.

“My heart goes out to Trayvon Martin’s family & loved ones. Thought & prayers being sent their way. #nojustice”
Well, folks on social media who weren’t as sympathetic towards the Martin family and weren’t too disappointed by the outcome of the trial came for Kimmy and her father. They said that she has a lot of nerve talking about “#nojustice” when her father, the late Robert Kardashian, was part of the defense team that helped OJ Simpson get acquitted for the double murder of wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend, Ron Goldman back in 1995. That defense team was referred to as the “Dream Team”:
“Kim Kardashian tweeted earlier “#nojustice” about the Trayvon case, but her dad was one of the attorneys that got OJ acquitted of murder”
“Kim Kardashian tweets in support of Trayvon when her own father helped get OJ Simpson acquitted. This country is full of so many idiots.”
Kardashian didn’t respond to the different negative posts and it’s best that she doesn’t. She has nothing to do with the work her father did, and anyone with common sense knows that when it comes to the murder of this unarmed 17-year-old, justice definitely wasn’t served for Trayvon and the Martin family.

Are Oscar Pistorius And OJ Simpson One In The Same?

February 27th, 2013 - By madamenoire
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From The Grio

It was inevitable that parallels would be drawn between the ongoing Oscar Pistorius drama and the O.J. Simpson trial, which hogged headlines the world over in the mid-1990s.

But there is one fundamental differences between the two cases that is, in my opinion, even more significant than the admittedly numerous similarities.

Yes, O.J. Simpson, a legendary all-American footballer, was a record-breaking star athlete who acquired iconic status in his country and beyond.

And so is Pistorius, a double amputee and Olympian whose courageous triumph over tragedy and unique achievements as a disabled sprinter have earned him acclaim internationally as well as in his native South Africa.

Yes, O.J. Simpson had a penchant for va-va-voom blondes. And so does Pistorius. Yes, both men went from hero to zero in eyes of legions of former fans when they were accused of slaughtering, in cold blood, women who played key roles in their lives – Nicole Brown, the mother of his children in Simpson’s case, Reeva Steenkamp, a current girlfriend in Pistorius’s.

Yes, both dramas sent shockwaves across the globe and were closely monitored by millions (more than half of America’s population watched the Simpson verdict on TV; and I don’t know anyone who has not taken a keen and almost ghoulish interest in the blow-by-blow details of Pistorius’s travails).

Yes, when Simpson was acquitted of killing Brown despite the existence of hard evidence that he was an unrepentant and brutal wife-beater, many people angrily expressed the view that he had received special treatment because of his celebrity status.

Ditto Pistorius when he made bail last week, even though he had the money, means and motive to flee if released, and despite widespread skepticism about his claim that he shot Steenkamp by accident, assuming she had been a burglar.


The Most Hated Pt. 1: Celeb Men

January 3rd, 2012 - By jaebi
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It was the diminutive dipset comedian-pimp, Katt Williams, who lauded that if you didn’t have enough haters in life, you are doing something wrong. “Any ladies out there with 14 haters, you need to figure out how to get to 16 before the Summer is over.”

It’s true, the more positive exposure a person gains, the more detractors she is able to acquire, by doing nothing extra.

But that’s not the case for the next lineup of celebrities, who are loved by many, and hated by just as many if not more. We love to hate on so many celebrities it only made sense to run them down across to lists of the The Most Hated Celebs, one for men, another for women.

And it isn’t (all) just for kicks.

Better you take out your bubbling resentment for others and frustrations on far off, fictitious, emblems of villainy than your kids, coworkers or SO.

Scream at the TV, instead of the cat. Write passive-aggressive letters to celebrities, rather than your roommate. Use a celebrity’s screwed up life to feel better about your own drama.

That’s right. Hating on celebrities is cheap therapy.

In part one of The Most Hated, we shake our heads at male celebs who rub millions the wrong way.

Happy Birthday Latasha Harlins

July 14th, 2011 - By TheEditor
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"Mo'Kelly"Happy birthday Latasha Harlins…you would have turned 35 this month.  This fact, combined with the recent DUI arrest of Rodney King necessitated this commentary; given the backdrop of the Casey Anthony verdict.

I have to remind myself now that at the age of 41, I’m not young anymore in the objective sense of the word.  Maybe relative to senior citizens but that’s about it.  Certain events indelibly etched in my memory are only Youtube footnotes in history for the Gen-Y generation.

As the fallout continues from the Casey Anthony verdict, I’ve grown increasingly tired of the questionable comparisons in “outrage” over supposed unexpected verdicts.

True students of relatively recent history should know better.

Directly aligning the O.J. Simpson case to Casey Anthony is flawed and in total ignorance of historical context at best.  Yes, the Simpson trial will forever be the yardstick in which all televised trials are measured in terms of media coverage.  But if the national media (i.e. Nancy Grace and company) are to indict the justice system; begin with Latasha Harlins and Rodney King.  Move forward from there, not  O.J. Simpson.

Here’s why…

Los Angeles was set ablaze in 1992 in large part to the acquittal of Rodney King, but also in delayed response to the 1991 killing of Latasha Harlins. 5 years of probation, $500 fine and 400 hours community service was the sentence handed down to Korean grocer Soon Ja Du for shooting her in the back and killing 15-year-old Latasha Harlins.

Harlins caught a bullet in the back for allegedly stealing a bottle of orange juice.  The store video footage showed the unjustified murder in plain view, which led to Du’s conviction on the charges of voluntary manslaughter.


Nevertheless, she never saw a day in jail for shooting an African-American 15-year old child in the back…caught on videotape.

There was no national outrage and barely any Los Angeles mainstream media outrage for that matter. If we are going to honestly and truthfully enter into any discussion as to the inequities and inadequacies of the legal system; Latasha Harlins and Rodney King are far better points of comparison to Casey Anthony, not O.J. Simpson.  And even then, the Casey Anthony verdict falls tremendously short.

There is no witness testimony available more objective or accurate than video.  Casey Anthony should be in jail, no doubt; reasonable or otherwise.  Just stop feigning disgust today, when yesterday there was none for King or Harlins, despite clear video.

If our justice system had failed anyone for all the nation to see, it was long before anyone knew the name Casey Anthony.

That’s not even speaking of the pittance of a sentence for former BART officer Johannes Mehserle in the murder of Oscar Grant, also caught on videotape.  Mehserle was released last month after serving only seven months of a 2-year sentence.  He too was convicted…with video of the murder.

Murder on video?  National Media Outrage?  Miscarriage of justice? The civil unrest in the wake of the Du and King verdicts forever changed Los Angeles and America.  51 people murdered, with hundreds of businesses looted and burned.  This in many ways set the stage for the African-American response to the O.J. verdict.

Conversely, the Anthony Verdict inspired “twitter unrest” from celebrities and angry commentary from media personality Nancy Grace. To fume over the “flawed” justice system now, relative to OJ Simpson and Casey Anthony going free is indicative of gross historical negligence.  There are better cases to rally one’s anger around, both before and after O.J.

The same “outrage” should have been directed at acquitted Robert Blake and the associated jury.

It wasn’t.

Nobody pays him any mind, even to this day.  The same anger should have been directed at Judge Joyce Karlin who “sentenced” Soon Ja Du.

It wasn’t.  She was in fact praised for being “courageous” in her sentencing. Again, I will excuse Generation Y.  In many instances, they aren’t old enough to remember.  The news media encouraging this Casey Anthony circus on the other hand…

African-Americans in large part cheered O.J.’s acquittal in 1995 with the inverted tears of Rodney King and Latasha Harlins just 3 years before.  It was a Los Angeles knife which finally, finally cut in the other direction for once.

You can’t understand O.J. without understanding its proximity to King, Harlins and the city of Los Angeles. I remember exactly where I was, watching the verdict with 30 other co-workers in Los Angeles; 28 of them White.  After the verdict, I looked at the only other person of color in the room and we instinctively nodded in agreement with each other.  Now, they knew what it felt like.

Even still, those outraged at O.J. didn’t understand that there but for the grace of God went I instead of Harlins or King.  There was a personal, racial understanding and connection.  “We” inherently and personally understood police brutality and verdict injustice.

For the next 5 or so years, the national stories about the failed justice system were either in relation to O.J. Simpson or Jon Benet Ramsey, the 6-year old child beauty contestant found murdered in 1996.  Blame was continuously placed on the supposed “stupidity” of the Black jurors in the O.J. Simpson case while the White jurors who voted for acquittal in the Rodney King criminal trial were ignored.

Harlins wasn’t even mentioned.

Casey Anthony likely got away with murder.  I don’t say that with any happiness or celebration in my heart.  Our imperfect justice system is not built upon any search for truth, it’s an amalgam of legal gamesmanship; a competition like Survivor to outwit, outplay and outlast one’s competition.  Casey Anthony won.  To the victor go the spoils.  And to the seemingly surprised goes this brief history lesson.

Happy Birthday Latasha Harlins, you are not forgotten.

Morris W. O’Kelly (Mo’Kelly) is author of the syndicated entertainment and socio-political column The Mo’Kelly Report. For more Mo’Kelly, Mo’Kelly can be reached at and he welcomes all commentary. Follow Morris W. O’Kelly on Twitter: @mrmokelly

Oprah Dreaming of OJ Confession and Other Ways to Boost Ratings

June 17th, 2011 - By TheEditor
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(AOL Black Voices) — It has been less than a month since the last episode of the Oprah Winfrey Show aired and already the Queen is back on her grind, this time to rejuvenate her somewhat ailing television network.  After sprinting to the starting line and bursting through the gates, OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network has since watched its ratings tumble. But with her long-running talk show now a teary-eyed memory – dab-dab, sniff-sniff – Winfrey has committed herself to building the brand and bolstering her network’s ratings.  “The vacation that I thought that I was going to have is over,”Oprah Winfrey told more than 1,000 people attending theNational Cable & Telecommunications Assn. convention in Chicago, according to a story in the ‘Los Angeles Times’ this morning. “I need to be there. I need to be engaged and be involved,” Winfrey said.  That means a move from her beloved Chicago to Los Angeles.

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14 Memorable Black News Events of The Decade

December 14th, 2010 - By TheEditor
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By Brittany Hutson and R. Asmerom

It’s certainly been a whirlwind decade for the Black community to say the least. We’ve witnessed history making moments, events that brought to light the struggles that still plague our community, devastating natural disasters, and moments that caused us to scratch our head, raise an eyebrow and think ‘what the…?’ Take a stroll down memory lane with us as we recap some of those moments:

Hurricane Katrina

One of the five deadliest hurricanes in the history of the U.S., Katrina caused devastation when it hit the Gulf Coast states (from Florida to Texas) in August 2005. New Orleans bore the brunt of the devastation as the category 3 storm with maximum winds near 125 mph caused the levies to break and flood nearly 80% of the city. The nation was in utter shock as images filtered across television screens, on websites and in publications of residents stranded on the roof of flooded homes, or in boats, waiting for help without water or food.

Katrina caused the deaths of at least 1,836 people and caused immense damage—early estimates of total property damage were $81 billion. Over one million people were displaced and sought solace in cities such as Houston, TX, Mobile, Ala, Baton Rouge, La, and Chicago.  Federal, state and local governments were criticized for their mismanagement and delayed response to the storm.