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Nia Long Says As A Single Mom, It’s Important To Introduce Your Kids To A Guy You Date “Kinda Early”
We told you yesterday that Nia Long nabbed the cover of the new issue of Essence as the stunning star promotes her new film, The Single Moms Club, which is the new Tyler Perry project. To talk about the realities of being a single mom, Long has been chatting with Iyanla Vanzant and Oprah on Oprah’s Lifeclass and they’ve discussed a little bit of everything. On Part II of their sit-down, which airs tonight on OWN, they talk about single mothers navigating the dating world. Long had a very interesting story to tell about a first date she went on, and talks about the awkward moment at the beginning of that date that helped her realize it’s not a bad idea to introduce your child to a prospective partner early.
“I actually do have a funny story. My son was a bout two. I had just broken up with his dad and I said, ‘You know what? I’m going to go out and I am going to reclaim my sexy!’ This gentleman came and I said, let’s do a group date. I didn’t want to do a one-on-one thing. Let’s do a group date. So I called my sister and I said, ‘You’re going on my first date with me.’ I was living in New York at the time. We walk out of the apartment, he’s in this big truck like a Suburban, but it was a driver and a car. And I was like, ‘Oh he’s fancy.’ We get in the car and my 2-year-old goes, ‘My daddy has a big ol’ blue truck and it’s faster than this one!’ I just went ‘Oh my goodness.’ So they know. They know. Even when you try to hide it, when you try to pretend like, ‘This is just mommy’s friend’ they know. That guy didn’t last so him and his truck went bye bye, but what it did teach me was to introduce kind of early.”
Of course, Long will go in depth about why she thinks this is necessary on tonight’s episode of Life Class (airing at 9/8c). But check out the clip of her talking about this date and let us know what approach you would take when it comes to dating as a single mother, and when you think it’s best to introduce your children to the men you are getting to know on a romantic level.
Tune in Friday night at 9/8c.
For some time now we’ve known about Lindsay Lohan’s docu series coming to OWN. And while people attempted to warn Oprah that Lindsay was going to cause problems for her, she forged ahead. In their “Next Chapter,” sit down, Oprah told Lohan that she believes in her talent and is rooting for her. So perhaps, in that spirit, she decided to give Lindsay an opportunity to, as Oprah would say, “tell her truth.”
But in the trailer for the series that will air this Sunday, Lohan is up to her old stunts and shenanigans, canceling shoot dates, having minor freak outs and then when Oprah’s crew asks her Sober Coach whether or not he believes Lindsay is substance free, he hesitates before simply sighing.
But ish gets real when Mama O makes a special trip to speak to Lohan about her behavior. She says:
Oprah: My truth is that I really do want you to win. I really do. If that isn’t what you want, I’m ok with that. I will tell these guys to pack up and leave today.
Lindsay: No it’s not that I’m not ready to do that. I do want to.
Oprah: You need to cut the bullshit, you really do.
Church stomp and an amen. Hopefully, Lindsay will be able to receive the message this time around.
Check out the trailer in the video below.
The series premiere of Lindsay airs Sunday, March 9, at 10/9c only on OWN.
Will you watch?
When The Haves and The Have Nots first came on TV in 2013, I had an inkling that it would do well, what with Tyler Perry’s large fan base and what not. But who knew it would be the ratings juggernaut that it has been for OWN? It’s the channel’s most successful show, and one of the reasons that the channel was able to morph from the ball of confusion to success so fast. But one person who wasn’t so sure about the show initially is Tika Sumpter, the actual star of The Haves and The Have Nots.
In an interview with Tyler Perry for his new talk show (which will actually just be a 3-week special), he recounts the time he called her up and had her in mind for the role of Candace Young, only to be told ‘no.’ But according to Sumpter, she actually told him she needed to think about it for a while because she wanted to make the best decision for her career:
Perry: When I called you to do this show you were like, uh…let me think about it. You said no.
Sumpter: I didn’t say no, I said ‘Let me think about it.’
Perry: Well when you tell Tyler Perry “Let me think about it,” that’s no.
Sumpter: No! I think as a performer, as an artist, as a businesswoman, you gotta figure out what’s best for you. I think you would do the same thing. You would say, “I’m not sure…yet.”
Perry: Let me ask you this, are you sure now?
Sumpter: I’m very sure now…
Perry: Let’s go back to what I was just asking you about, with you saying no, and me having to get Oprah to call you.
Sumpter: Oprah did call me, she called me twice actually.
Perry: Let’s talk about that conversation.
Sumpter: Well you called me with her first. When you get a call from Oprah, the first time, it’s just kind of–you go blank. It’s noise in your ear. Like, what is happening right now? And I’m like, “I can’t hear you.” I was at an awards show, people were loud. I wanted to say, “Oprah’s on the phone, shut up!” She was like, “I’ll call you back.” And then she called me and I was in the car and she just said, make sure that when I do make a decision, it’s not the white noise trying to tell me what to do. I’m really the captain of my own ship.
Perry: Yeah, let’s be clear, she wasn’t trying to talk you into it, she just wanted you to really think about it. As did I.
Sumpter: She said “Honey, I don’t talk anybody into doing anything they don’t want to do. But I feel special about this one.”
Perry: And she was right.
Sumpter: She was right.
She definitely was right, because folks are flocking to OWN to get their weekly dose of drama with this show. And Sumpter clearly made a good decision for her career.
But what do you think? Was she right to not immediately jump at the chance to work with Perry on the show? Check out their conversation below and share your thoughts.
Each February we take time out to look at the progress of Blacks in the United States — where we have been and where we are going. As this year’s Black History Month draws to a close, it’s an interesting exercise to take a look at the past month or two of 2014 to see what pages we’ve added to our history, for better or for worse. Here are some memorable moments to reflect on from Black History Month 2014.
As some Martin Luther King films struggle, there’s one about the civil rights icon that seems to be moving along. Paramount Pictures is close to sealing the deal for the domestic distribution rights to “Selma,” King‘s 1965 landmark voting rights campaign in Alabama.
The project has been in the works for some time, and got a major boost recently when Oprah Winfrey came on board as producer. Director Ava DuVernay, who joined the project last July, has rewritten the original script by Paul Webb. It was actually the rewrite by DuVernay, who recently directed Scandal, that convinced Winfrey to become part of the project, according to Deadline Hollywood.
“This marks the second MLK project that Winfrey is overseeing. Her Harpo production company is also behind a seven-part HBO miniseries ‘America: In the King Years’,” reports Black America Web.
Now with Winfrey behind it, Selma seems to be on the fast track, and it is expected to start filming soon. Pathe UK, Brad Pitt’s Plan B and Christian Colson are also producers on the project.
Meanwhile, another MLK project has been plagued with trouble. DreamWorks and Warner Bros rejected director Oliver Stone’s rewrite of a script for a King bio pic. Stone withdrew from the project. And Paul Greengrass’ MLK biopic Memphis isn’t ready to roll either.
Selma has gone through its own set of changes. Lee Daniels was to direct but the funding wasn’t ready in time and he went on to direct The Butler. Prior to his leaving the project, Daniels had even gathered a star-studded cast — David Oyelowo, Hugh Jackman, Liam Neeson, Ray Winstone, Robert De Niro, and Cedric the Entertainer. Jackman gained 30 pounds to play Jim Clark, a sheriff who arrested King, reports Black America Web.
After Selma producers saw DuVernay’s micro-budgeted indie, the 2012 drama Middle Of Nowhere, which was shot in 19 days in and around LA they asked her to direct the MLK project. Oyelowo, who was leading man in Nowhere, will play King.
DuVernay, a publicist turned screenwriter and director, is the first black woman to win Best Director at Sundance for Middle of Nowhere, her second feature.
African-American women have always been industrious — and still are. According to the National Women’s Business Council, there are 911,728 African American women-owned businesses in the United States. This is an incredible increase of 66.7 percent since 2002 and a 191.4 percent jump since 1997.
African American women-owned business made $36.8 billion in 2007 (the latest stats available). And more than one in 10 (or 11.7 percent) of all women-owned businesses across the country are owned by African-American women. New York has the most black woman-owned firms with 98,877, followed by Georgia (88,920), and Florida (86,001).
Though African-American women are thriving as entrepreneurs, it isn’t easy starting a new business. Sometimes it is great to use those who have gone before us as examples. For Black History Month, we take a look at some inspiring quotes for African-American women entrepreneurs past and present.
What is the value of just saying “Hello”?
Oprah Winfrey seems to believe it can cure loneliness, and in March, she will be kicking off the “Just Say Hello” campaign in hopes of getting everyone talking and interacting again.
According to the campaign page, which is on Oprah.com, most people today have fewer close friends, or we spend less time with the friends we do have. “And when it comes to strangers it seems like we do everything we can to avoid interacting with them whatsoever,” remarked Dr. Sanjay Gupta in a promo video for the campaign. Gupta, along with Skype, are partners in this campaign.
It’s hard to believe that in a world of 7 billion, folks feel lonely. But the campaign points to a study from the University of Chicago called Loneliness: Human Nature and the Need for Social Connection, which found that at any given time, at least one in five people, or roughly 60 million Americans, suffer from loneliness. Likewise, the campaign argues that loneliness has dangerous health effects, and points to another study, which found that older lonely people are 64 percent more likely to develop dementia than their more connected counterparts.
In an interview with CNN’s Pierce Morgan, Oprah had this to say about the importance of such a campaign:
“I started to see that pattern. And what I realized is that everybody is looking for the same thing. No matter if it’s politicians, senators, presidents, Beyoncé in all of her Beyoncé-ness. We’re all looking to know, ‘did you see me, did you hear me, and did what I say mean anything to you?’ So just saying hello is a way of validating even a stranger.”
It certainly appears that Oprah is still on her whole positive thinking-vibe, which normally I’m kind of cool on. My general feeling is that the whole “laws of attraction” philosophy, while heartwarmingly empowering in theory, is also very privileged and obtuse to real-world hindrances, which are truly beyond an individual’s control (i.e., war, poverty, famine, racial and tribal oppression, etc…). I think Dave Chapelle summed it up best when he joked, “fly to Africa and tell one of those starving children that s**t…what you need to do is visualize some roast beef and some mash potatoes and gravy…”
But at the same time, there is real science behind the idea that isolation is a breeding ground for mental illness and physical sickness. And I know there have been times that a kind, or even funny, word from a stranger did manage to heighten my spirits (even when I wasn’t particularly discontent about anything). However, there were also times when I would have preferred that strangers not speak to me at all – particularly the street-harassing folks. But I wanted to test out the theory to see if a simple “hello” would attract the positive validation we all do sort of seek out in life.
There was no better place to test this theory than in my hometown of Philadelphia, which is also known affectionately as the “city of brotherly love.” It has also once been ranked as the third rudest city in America by Travel + Leisure magazine and was classified by this heat map as ground zero for the rudest Twitter users on the Internet.
This past weekend saw temperatures in the 50s, which served as a nice distraction from what has been (and looks like it will continue to be) a long and brutal winter. This presented a great opportunity to get out and attempt to be sociable.
The rules of the experiment were simple: Whenever someone crossed my path, I would initiate a “hello” and see how they responded. I started the experiment on Saturday morning on the way to the produce store. That’s when I ran into my first subject: an older guy standing on the corner, whose rough unpolished face and missing teeth suggested years of hard living. He was already staring at me, so I gave him eye contact and my simple greeting. This made him smile. He then said “So did you have a good workout?” in response to the workout gear I was rocking. I responded with, “Why yes, yes I did.” Then he said, “You sure did…hmm” before flicking his tongue very suggestively. Needless to say, I was having second thoughts about the experiment, but the rest of the day went better. Well, somewhat better – at least it was less pervy.
However, by the end of Saturday, only nine people in total bothered to react in kind when I said hello. Sunday was much worse as only five people reacted to my simple greeting. The grand majority of people – 22 people in total – didn’t bother to respond at all. Not included in those numbers are the 17 people whose attention I couldn’t get to even initiate a “hello.” What was clearly evident through my observations was that folks use all sorts of distractions to avoid contact in general. If it wasn’t the headphones, then it was the cellphones. And then there was the one guy standing at the bus stop, who was staring at me as I was walking towards him; when I neared the corner, he turned his back and started looking at nothing across the street.
And he was not the only man to avoid interaction: Out of the 22 people I said hello to who did not react to my “hello,” about two-thirds of the non-responders were men. I found that odd, and amusing, since the dialogue as of late from some men is how women could benefit from speaking, and in particular, smiling more (and in response, women tell dudes to “shut it, creep!”). However, my own observations found that men generally appeared caught off guard and suspicious by my “hello” – unless of course, they initiated the “hello” first.
Also of no surprise, younger black people, regardless of gender, were less likely to speak, while older black women were most likely to offer a reaction – sometimes they would beat me to the punch. This was the case of the older black woman in a fur coat and church hat who came up from behind and hit me with a cheerful “good morning” as we both shared a door to walk into the local WaWa store. Less likely to speak were the white people I encountered in predominately black areas. However, the further I went up into more affluent and homogenous white communities, white people were more likely to react to my “hello.” I assumed that to be based upon racial awkwardness as opposed to general politeness.
One of the best moments of the experiment happened not too far away from my house, when I walked past a dentist’s office where some black middle-aged woman in scrubs was standing on a smoke break out front. Coming towards me was a black middle-aged father with, a young lady I assume was his daughter. The woman in the scrubs said hello to him and he responded back with a “hello” and a smile; I said hello to her and she said it me. The man with the child then said it to me too, which I responded in kind to. It was a plethora of niceties and warm smiles. You could almost feel the good vibrations and positive energy affecting my mood in a good way – at least until I got to the end of the block.
By Sunday evening, I forgot I was doing the experiment and subconsciously fell back into my normal pattern of earphones in the ear and minding my own business. What I discovered through this independent research was that while it doesn’t hurt to reach out and be open to one another, I didn’t really gain much from the interactions. In fact, sometimes saying hello and having others not respond to me was very frustrating. In fact, repeated rejection made me become more despondent about speaking to strangers and less likely to want to seek any sort of validation through them. And I think that says something about how people end up feeling lonely to begin with.
Media Powerhouse Oprah Winfrey is known for her generosity (cue her famous “You Get A Car” spiel). This time around instead of a car, someone will be receiving a house and a monthly allowance to go back to school.
Who is this lucky person?
It’s none other than Oprah’s half-sister, Patricia Lofton. According to the Daily Mail, Winfrey purchased her sister a $500,000 four-bedroom, three bathroom house in Wisconsin. She will also begin deposititing a monthly allowance for Lofton so she can quit her job to pursue a college degree in order to become a social worker and fulfill her life’s dream.
Oprah first introduced her sister to the public on her talk show in 2011. Their mother, Vernita Lee, became pregnant with Patricia but gave her up for adoption due to extreme poverty. Patricia remained in foster care until the age of seven, when she was adopted. Winfrey learned about Patricia in 2010 and they met on Thanksgiving of that year. They were reunited after Patricia saw their mother gave an interview about her deceased children. After extensive research, Patricia realized Oprah’s mother was her mother too. She was nervous about reaching out to her mother and Oprah because she didn’t want to sell out her mogul sister out. Oprah stated their reunion shook her to the core and was an absolute miracle. Looks like they’re getting along just great now.
Check out a video of Oprah and Patricia’s reunion below.
At this point it would be safe to say Oprah has found her golden ticket in Tyler Perry and she will be damned if she lets him go. Ever.
Yesterday, Tyler posted the pic above on Twitter, along with this major television announcement:
— Tyler Perry (@tylerperry) February 18, 2014
Apparently, the writer/director/producer/playwright/actor will now be adding talk show host to his long list of titles, thanks to his major success on the Oprah Winfrey Network during the past year. Actually, it wasn’t even a full year ago that we announced Oprah and Tyler’s first television projects on OWN: The Haves and The Have Nots and Love Thy Neighbor. The Haves and The Have Nots debuted May 28, 2013 and became OWN’s highest-rated series debut ever, which led to the network doubling the series, and ending season 1 as the most-watched scripted telecast on OWN ever with 2 million viewers. Love Thy Neighbor fell right behind in second place in terms of debut viewership, which is why we weren’t totally surprised when Oprah announced a third series from TP: “Single Mom’s Club,” based on the feature film by the same name hitting theaters in March.
This talk show, though, is an entirely different beast and we’re kinda shocked it’s happening so soon. But when you have a cash cow like Tyler Perry finally making your network profitable three years into its existence, I’m sure you want to milk it for all it’s worth.
What do you think about the Tyler Perry Show concept? Any speculation on what type of show it’ll be?
According to The New York Times, Oprah Winfrey is in talks to make Broadway debut in the Pulitzer Prize winning play, night, Mother, starring Audra McDonald as a woman struggling to stop her daughter from killing herself.
Tony winning director, George C. Wolfe would direct the production set to hit the stage in 2015-2016. Two theater executives spoke anonymously to share details about the production that is currently hush-hush. Kind of.
Scott Sanders, a lead producer of the project said, “Oprah has had a longstanding desire to act on Broadway. She understands how unique and challenging performing live on stage will be as an actress. She and I have been looking at a number of plays and roles in order to find material and a character that truly resonate with her. We’ve recently read something that we’re both excited about but are not yet ready to officially announce the specifics.”
According to the anonymous executives, Winfrey and Audra McDonald, who starred in the revival of Porgy and Bess, met at Mr. Sanders’ apartment to do a reading of the play and all involved were happy with the results.
The 2015-16 time frame was put in place to accommodate everyone’s hectic schedule. Oprah just got finished promoting Lee Daniels’ The Butler and is running a network. Mr. Sanders is set to produce another revival of The Color Purple and Audra McDonald, a five time Tony winner, also has theater projects in the 2014-2015 season.
night, Mother was written by Marsha Norman who worked with both Winfrey and Sanders as the book writer for The Color Purple.
Originally, night, Mother opened on Broadway in 1983 and ran for a year earning Tony nominations for best play and best actresses for Anne Pitoniak and Kathy Bates. There was also a revival of the play during the 2004-2005 season starring Edie Falco.
Sounds interesting. Would you check out Lady O on Broadway?