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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.
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.”
From The Grio
Legendary Hollywood icon Robert De Niro has some advice for President Barack Obama: “Pick your battles.”
The Grudge Match star has been a longtime supporter of the president and campaigned at his side in 2008 and 2012.
“He’s a guy who means to do the right thing, he has to pick his battles, but his heart is in the right place,” De Niro told Fox News on Monday.
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2013 is done and in the history books. While most of us are just happy to make it to 2014 alive, these celebrities actually have a lot to celebrate. They had a stellar year and, to put it plainly, were killing it in 2013.
Tamar Braxton has finally come out from the shadows of her big sisters and stepped into the limelight alone. After winning fans, or Tamartians, over on her family’s reality show, “Braxtons Family Values,” Tamar landed her own spin-off, which focused on juggling being a wife and then expecting a baby while getting her solo career off of the ground. All of her hard work paid off when Love and War debuted on the Billboard charts in the number two slot after selling over 115,000 copies. Not wasting any time, Tamar released a Christmas album Winter Loversland a few weeks ago.
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By now we know that cancer doesn’t discriminate by age, race, gender, sexuality, or class. You’d be hard pressed to find a person on this earth who doesn’t know someone who has either survived or succumbed to the disease or been diagnosed with some form themselves, and celebrities are no different. Here are 14 who’ve earned the title of survivor after overcoming a bout with cancer.
Michael C. Hall
Actor Michael C. Hall has tried his best to live a private life. He secretly wed second wife and “Dexter” co-star Jennifer Carpenter and it took them over a year to make an appearance together as a married couple. Hall further had heads scratching after he accepted a Golden Globe award in 2010 wearing a knit cap until his agent confirmed Hall was undergoing treatment for a treatable form of Hodgkin’s lymphoma. A few months later it was announced he was fully cured of the disease. In 2011, the “Six Feet Under” star became celebrity spokesperson for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s “Light the Night Walk” fundraising campaign.
Back in November of 2012, word got out that there was some sort of beef brewing between Jay-Z and Robert De Niro. The way the story was being told, Robert confronted Jay at Leonardo DiCaprio’s star studded birthday bash after Jay repeatedly dodged his phone calls. What does Robert De Niro want with Jay-Z, you ask? Well, according to reports the pair are actually neighbors in the name of Tribeca and had previously discussed Jay doing a song for this year’s Tribeca Film Festival, but Jay “got busy” and started ducking De Niro’s phone calls.
Eight months later, during his recent interview with Power 105.1’s the Breakfast Club, Jay finally shared his side of the story. Well, sort of. While he didn’t actually disclose details of the agreement he made with De Niro or even if there was ever actually an agreement at all, he made it clear that he’s not too fond of the legendary actor.
When the hosts jokingly asked if he returned De Niro’s calls yet, Jay nonchalantly responded:
“Nah, no I haven’t.”
When Angela Yee asked how he could duck a celebrity as big as De Niro, he responded:
“I treat people based on who they are. You know, who they really are… not the name, not Robert De Niro. I just look at who you are as a person. [Celebrity status] doesn’t matter. It doesn’t matter who you are, everyone has to be respectful and everyone has to be a human being. We’re all human beings and we all have to be respectful to one another. That’s just the end of it and that’s how I carry it… with anybody.”
In other Jay-Z news, as a way to promote his latest studio album, Magna Carta Holy Grail, Jay performed a song off of the project titled, “Picasso Baby,” at the Pace Gallery in New York City for six hours straight in front of a few lucky fans. The performance also included cameos from artist Marina Abramovic and Taraji P. Henson. According to The Jasmine Brand, footage from the event will be used in the song’s music video.
Check out footage from Jay’s interview with Power 105.1 below. Flip the switch for footage from his 6-hour performance.
Two years ago we made a short list of white people black people love — shout out to the best man on that list, Abraham Lincoln — but now it’s time for an update. We know the world is multi-cultural now and everything isn’t seen in black and white anymore, but you can’t deny that there are some lily white Caucasians that black folks have taken and adopted as our own. Whether it’s a singer who sounds soulful or a designer making bags we can’t live without, we absolutely adore the white people on this list.
Oh and part 2 to come tomorrow!
I guess drama isn’t limited to Z-list reality television stars. Page Six of the New York Post is reporting that tension rose between Jay-Z and actor Robet Di Nero at Leonardo DiCaprio’s birthday shindig a few nights ago. Witnesses are calling a heated exchange while a source from the De Niro camp describe it to the New York Post as “a low-key private conversation between two people that was apparently overheard. It was not a heated discussion.” Anyways, it seems that De Niro was upset because Jay-Z was supposed to be working on a song for the Tribeca Film Festival (they are both Tribeca residents), but when De Niro reached out to Jay to iron out the details, Jay pulled a disappearing act. A snitch at the party shares a first hand account of the story with Page Six.
“Bob wasn’t in any mood to make polite conversation,” the spy says. “He told Jay that if somebody calls you six times, you call them back. It doesn’t matter who you are, that is just rude.”
When Jay-Z tried to make a joke of it, saying he is terrible on the phone, a source says, “De Niro kept telling him that he thinks he’s the man, but that he was disrespectful.’ ”
It gets even more interesting. It seems that Beyonce noticed the exchange between the two men and made her way over to them hoping that Robert would calm down but it wasn’t happening. It goes without saying that a rift between two men of their stature and popularity was the highlight of the party.
“It was the talk of the party. Everyone was saying there’s only one star in New York bigger and badder than Jay-Z, and that’s Robert De Niro. He can be quite scary when he’s angry.”
De Niro is being a bit of a cry baby if you ask me. It reminds me of that scene from Mean Girls when Gretchen Weiner pressed her boyfriend at the Halloween party for not calling her the night before. Get over it Bob.
Jazmine Denise is a writer living in New York. Follow her on Twitter @jazminedenise
Who Would’ve Guessed? 50 Cent, Forest Whitaker, and Robert De Niro Team Up For New Movie “Freelancers”
As a person perceives a thing is how that thing is in a person’s mind. This phenomenon is personified in the instance of Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson.
He is a multi-million dollar corporation unto himself with wide ranging interests and revenue streams as numerous as the battle scars that adorn his frame. But he is a gangster rapper in the eyes the multitude. A mere talking head broadcasting street tales to the general public. But a lie doesn’t magically become the truth just because everyone believes it.
Recently I had the chance to talk with 50 regarding his upcoming film “Freelancers” (opening in select cities, including NYC and LA this weekend). With a supporting cast that features Robert De Niro, Forest Whitaker and Dana Delaney, this is one action-packed ride is yet another worthy offering in Jackson’s fast growing catalog of films.
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Every time you give Usher an inch, this man just has to take a mile. A few months ago we found out Usher was cast as Sugar Ray Leonard in a new film alongside Robert DeNiro and the reaction was sort of…meh. The movie is really about the life of Panamanian boxer, Roberto Durán, so we figured he should be able to carry the small role but Ursh clearly has some delusions of grandeur about how great of an actor he is or will be in this part.
In a profile with the UK’s Independent, Usher was asked what was appealing to him about the part:
“It was proper casting,” he shrugs. “I was selected. They approached me to do it. And all I had to was consider it.”
I always thought proper casting was auditioning and earning the role. *Shrugs* You can tell by Usher’s response he’s not too worried about being a good fit for the part acting wise, which is why when the reporter asked him if he was intimidated at all by starring in a flick with Robert DeNiro and Gael Garcia Bernal of all people, he said:
“Not at all, not at all. There’s a respect for both parties. I’ve seen Oscar winners come out of left field.”
Sort of like that statement?
“I’m just saying Jennifer Hudson,” he added. “I’m not even saying…You asked me, is it OK to assume that an actor who doesn’t have as much skill can’t out-act an actor who is well-decorated? And what I’m saying is, if you take a moment to just analyze… No, I’m not intimidated in any way. Because there’s a shared passion and respect among all of us, and it’s the type of script that will allow all of us to shine.
“I don’t know if this is the one that would win me an Oscar or not. I’m going into it offering my interpretation and my hard work and my dedication to be the best Sugar Ray ever. Or as good as the man can be. I’ve spoken to him, and I don’t know if I’ll ever be able to live up to him. But I’ll try to be better than him.”
His stumbling around that answer almost worse than he did when he was in the court room and asked whether he slept with Tameka’s bridesmaids or not—we don’t know what to believe. Though Usher couldn’t talk about his custody battle with the Independent, an interesting tidbit that came out in the interview is that the woman Usher is currently dating, Grace Miguel, is also his manager. I guess he didn’t learn not to mix business and pleasure the first time around.
How do you think Usher will do as Sugar Ray Leonard?
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Part of me wants to say this is what happens when you play the race card too much, but Newt Gingrich knows there was nothing offensive about a joke Robert De Niro made at the Obama fundraiser in New York Monday night. Even Ann Coulter agrees with that—and you know that’s rare.
On Monday, the actor opened the fundraiser by listing the wives of the republican presidential candidates, saying:
“Callista Gingrich. Karen Santorum. Ann Romney, now do you really think our country is ready for a white first lady?”
As the crowd laughed at the obvious play on questions about whether America was ready for a black president in 2008, De Niro added: “Too soon, right?”
Well, if you ask the GOP, it never should have happened. Newt Gingrich couldn’t wait to harp on the comment with this:
“What De Niro said last night was inexcusable and the president should apologize for him,” he told supporters in Shreveport, LA. “It was at an Obama fundraiser, it is exactly wrong, it divides the country.”
Sort of like black folks and food stamps, right Newt? He also added this comment:
“I do want to say one thing, both on behalf of my wife and on behalf of Karen Santorum and on behalf of Ann Romney, I think that Robert De Niro’s wrong. I think the country is ready for a new first lady and he doesn’t have to describe it in racial terms.”
Responding to backlash I’m not sure the White House received from anyone but Newt, FLOTUS campaign spokesperson Olivia Alair did release what seems to be an obligatory statement, saying: “We believe the joke was inappropriate.” Robert De Niro has also issued a statement of apology:
“My remarks, although spoken with satirical jest, were not meant to offend or embarrass anyone — especially the first lady,” he said.
Interestingly, Ann Coulter, who you’d think would be second in line to race bait this issue, actually didn’t have a problem with it. She tweeted:
“Can we please stop the fake ‘offended’ routine? Pls explain what was allegedly offensive about DeNiro’s joke.”
Never thought I’d see the day where we’d agree on something.
Do you think offense cries and apology demands are getting out of hand lately?
Brande Victorian is a blogger and culture writer in New York City. Follower her on Twitter at @be_vic.
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