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Oprah To Play Richard Pryor’s Pimp Grandmother In New Biopic, Alongside Mike Epps

August 27th, 2014 - By Veronica Wells
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Looks like Nick Cannon lost out on that much coveted Richard Pryor role, even after that very unfortunate hair cut.

Instead the role went to fellow comedian Mike Epps. And judging by Epps’ past in the dramatic field (see Sparkle), I would say this is a pretty good choice.

And if you didn’t believe it was official, all you have to do is look at Oprah’s Instagram page for confirmation. A couple of weeks ago, Winfrey posted a picture of herself, director Lee Daniels and the film’s star after one of their first read throughs of the script.

So what role will Oprah play?

She’s going to be a pimp.

If you know anything about Richard Pryor, you know his formative years weren’t exactly…conventional. As a child Pryor was raised in his grandmother’s brothel in Peoria, Illinois where his mother was a prostitute. His mother abandoned him when he was 10 and his grandmother, a notoriously violent, woman raised him.

Richard Pryor’s widow, Jennifer told TMZ, once Oprah got the script she was desperate to play Marie Carter, Pryor’s grandmother because she’s anxious to play a more, meaty and gritty role after her performance in The Butler. 

“I Was Scared” Brandy Nearly Cries Telling Oprah Why She Lied About Being Married

July 31st, 2014 - By Veronica Wells
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In 2002, Brandy made a big announcement. She had married secretly and was six months pregnant. Then there was that reality tv show, “Brandy: Special Delivery” where we saw Brandy and her “husband,” Robert Smith together and watched the process of her giving birth to her daughter Sy’rai. Watching the show you could tell something was off between Brandy and Robert– I just never assumed that their whole relationship was a sham.

Either way, on a recent episode of Oprah’s “Where Are They Now,” Brandy comes back to sit on Oprah’s couch (or chair) and explain why she felt she needed to lie about having a child out of wedlock.

Oprah: I asked if you were married at the time and you said you were. Why did you say that?

Brandy: I said that I was married. Because at that time being pregnant out of wedlock was not a trend. It was not something that people praised. It was a sin. And I felt like I could not be honest about that. I felt the pressure of, again, having to be perfect. And I was scared. I thought that everything that I had worked hard for and everything that I worked to build, the image that I worked so hard to build was threatened. And I felt like having a child out of wedlock would ruin my career, everything that I had built.

And I’m really sorry for that because you just don’t lie to Oprah, okay?!

You can watch the video below.

In another part of the interview, Brandy explains why she doesn’t think she would have made it as a celebrity growing up in this day and age because people on social media can be so cruel. See what she had to say in the video below.

You can catch Brandy’s episode of “Where Are They Now” this Sunday, August 3 on OWN at 9 pm ET/PT.

Can’t Knock The Hustle: Why I Believe A Relationship Will Get In The Way Of My Career Ambitions

July 3rd, 2014 - By Erica Renee
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I hustle hard. As cliché (and almost corny) as it sounds, I thrive off of working hard and coming up with new ideas to put into action. Every day I’m working to get my money up, hoping to one day reach a level of financial wealth, and I work even harder to make sure my life is in line with my purpose. I hustle hard. Point. Blank. Period. That is until I find myself in a relationship.

Don’t get me wrong, when I have a man I still work hard, but it’s just not as hard as I do when I’m single. Now that I’m in a transitional phase of my life (advancing to the next level in my career, deciding on a new home, and launching a business), I can’t help but wonder if a relationship will stand in the way of my hustle.

In the past I would give a side-eye to women who proclaimed they were not in a relationship because they were focusing on their career. I couldn’t fathom the thought of a woman choosing to surpass love to solely focus on work. Now, I get it. Not only do I get it, but I think I’m becoming one of those women.

The question of love vs. career intertwine in the heavily-discussed debate that most of us independent women find ourselves in the middle of: “Can women have it all?” Well, I think Oprah answered the question best. Yes, women can have it all–just not all at once.

I think it’s possible to have love and a budding career, but I think it gets a lot more complicated to have love and a serious hustle. It’s certainly not impossible and a woman can do whatever it is she sets her mind, heart, and spirit to, but for a woman who has a goal and a deadline when it comes to her career, a relationship could be a hindrance.

This all depends on where she is in the stage of her career (Oprah has assistance and assistants). If she has to grind it out seven days a week and nearly 24 hours a day, where is the time for romance? Sure, she can carve out an occasional day to relax, unwind, hang with the girls, or even go on a date, but is this enough time to devote to a serious relationship?

Relationships can be a positive addition to your life and at times can even serve as a motivator, but when the hustle is real… you know, you have to eat, sleep, and breath it. I’m starting to think that relationships could possibly get in the way.

A relationship requires time and work, and lots of it. Right now, during this transitional phase, I barely have enough time for myself. Adding someone to the equation would mean neglecting some of my daily goals and commitments. Or maybe it’s just a matter of prioritizing and managing time. Nonetheless, I can’t help but wonder if I should just hold off on a romantic commitment until I have more time for more than just my goals.

Just like Oprah, I do believe that women can have it all. But I’m also unsure if it can all be ‘had’ at one time. I want to be in love, but I also can’t neglect my hustle; and a time-consuming relationship at this time could get my priorities all messed up.

Ladies, do you think relationships are ambition killers?

“Together Again”: Cast Of “A Different World” Reunite To Chat With Oprah [Photos]

June 12th, 2014 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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“I know my parents love me, stand behind me cooooome what may…” That was the first thing you would hear every time A Different World started playing on TV (usually on Thursday evenings). The sitcom came on during the good ‘ol days of television–before reality TV, and when there were a wide variety of black folks represented on the silver screen. And now, the cast of the show is reuniting for Oprah Winfrey. 

Cree Summer, who played Freddie Brooks, posted pictures on Instagram with her old cast mates on set of what seems to be the taping of the OWN network’s Where Are They Now? show. While Lisa Bonet, Jada Pinkett Smith, Charnele Brown (Kimberly Reese), Karen Malina White (Charmaine) and Marisa Tomei weren’t present, all the other main characters showed up and still look pretty good! That includes Daryl M. Bell, Sinbad, Dawnn Lewis, Summer, Kadeem Hardison, Jasmine Guy and Debbie Allen, who produced and often directed the show.

This isn’t the first time that the cast has reunited for TV. In 2006, Nick at Nite did a week-long marathon of A Different World episodes, and some of the cast came together to reminisce.

In 2012, Allen said that she would like to reboot the show for a new audience, and many people seemed to like the idea. But nothing will touch the greatness of the original, and this cast of characters.

Check out pics from the cast’s time with Oprah below and on the next page.



Inspirational Commencement Speeches That Challenged Us To Dream Big

May 27th, 2014 - By Tanvier Peart
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Can you remember back to your graduation ceremony? It’s a day that comes with great happiness and a bit of fear as you enter the workforce and adulthood. For this reason many institutions seek commencement speakers who can inspire the next generation to achieve their dreams. Here’s a look at the most inspirational commencement speeches that challenged us to dream big. Perhaps it will even speak to your current situation.

Tiny Bundles Of Joy: Celebrities Who’ve Given Birth To Preemies

May 27th, 2014 - By Meghan Williams
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Every year nearly 500,000 babies are born prematurely in the United States, and can suffer from a range of short- and long-term health problems like apnea, jaundice and anemia. Although delivering, caring and sometimes even losing a premature baby can be a trying experience, many celebrities like Sherri Shepherd, Celine Dion and others have been open and honest about their experiences as parents of preemies. Here are 15 celebs who’ve given birth to premature babies.

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Sherri Shepherd

Sherri Shepherd’s son, Jeffrey, was born 15 weeks early, weighing just 1 pound, 10 ounces. Doctors doubted that Jeffrey would ever be able to run – and while he does have some developmental delays, he’s progressed much further than was initially expected. Which is exactly why recent accusations of Sherri being a neglectful mom by her ex-husband are especially shocking.

Oprah, Tyler Perry Hit With Federal Lawsuit Over ‘The Haves & The Have Nots”

May 21st, 2014 - By Tonya Garcia
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Parables Entertainment and its executive Vanessa Lynn has filed a federal lawsuit against Oprah Winfrey and Tyler Perry, claiming they stole the idea for their hit show The Haves and the Have Nots. The lawsuit targets Oprah’s production company and Tyler Perry himself.

According to the story, first posted by The Jasmine Brand, Lynn says she wrote a screenplay called Affairs and had it copyrighted. That script — about a man running for mayor of a small town and his drama-filled family– was made into a play in 2008 then became available as a video on demand in 2011. The lawsuit seeks an injunction to cease the copyright infringement of the OWN program and a piece of the money made from the successful show.

The Haves and the Have Nots is scheduled to return to the network on May 27 at 9 pm ET, this coming Tuesday. The show left off on March 11 with a “network high ratings,” reports TV By the Numbers, with 3.6 million viewers. OWN ordered another 20 episodes to air through 2015.

At this point, with so many lawsuits tossed at people in the entertainment industry over stolen ideas, we wonder how executives like Oprah react when they get news of another case. Can they shrug these things off? Or is it as bad as it sounds?

OWN To Air A Docuseries About First Openly-Gay NFL Draft Pick, Michael Sam

May 15th, 2014 - By Tonya Garcia
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michael sam OWNOprah’s OWN network has ordered a docuseries that will follow NFL draft pick Michael Sam as he prepares to join the St. Louis Rams. Sam is the first openly-gay player in the NFL. The docuseries will be produced by the same team that brought us Lindsay, the docuseries about Lindsay Lohan.

“We are honored that Michael is trusting us with his private journey in this moment that has not only made history but will shape it forever,” Oprah said in a statement. “The next real-life story we follow in The Untitled Michael Sam Project promises to spark valuable, important discussion on life in America today. Acceptance and illumination start here.”

The show will also dive into the scrutiny he receives from the media and both the personal and private adjustments he’ll have to make as he moves into the NFL. Sam say he hopes his story will be an inspiration to others.

“Like every player out there working to make a team right now, my focus is on playing football to the very best of my ability,” he said in a statement. “…And if seeing my story helps somebody else accept who they are and to go for their dreams too, that’s great. ”

At the moment, Sam has the NFL’s best-selling jersey, beating out top draft picks. Sam was the 249th pick, selected by the Rams days into the draft process.

[via The Hollywood Reporter, Variety]

Dr. Diddy? 12 Celebrities Who Received Honorary Doctorate Degrees

May 12th, 2014 - By Tanvier Peart
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With graduation season in full swing, there has been an increase celebrities being asked to give commencement speeches. Many of them inspire us not only with their star power but also with lives that have been an example to dream big and work hard to reach those goals.

But does that mean they are entitled to a PhD?

Here’s a look at 12 celebrities who received honorary doctorates. You might be surprised by some on the list and not so much for others. Are you a part of the group who believe it’s OK to honor them? Or do you think it’s unfair that they’re rewarded without cracking the books?

#TBT: Oprah’s 1983 Daytime Host Audition Tape Revealed

May 8th, 2014 - By Madame Noire
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From StyleBlazer 

At 60 years old, Oprah Winfrey is not a aged monolith but a powerhouse. The broadcast talent who extended her brand to become one of the most recognizable faces in the world, started from humble beginnings. And fans were reminded of this when she showed her 1983 audition tape to her daytime TV show audience in November 2005.

Today, the video was made available on the network’s official YouTube channel.

At 29, Winfrey sits confidently in a pink and black set, talking about the origin of her unique name. But that’s not the most shocking aspect of the tape. What’s shocking is how much she’s developed as a women and professional over the course of 30 years. She truly has come up and it shows in more than one way.

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