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Rosie Perez Says Bye, Bye To “The View”

January 15th, 2015 - By Lauren R.D. Fox
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In an exclusive, Variety reports Rosie Perez will no longer be a co-host on ABC’s The View. For the month of January, Perez took off in order to act in the Broadway show “Fish in the Dark,” but will not return after she is done with the play. In her absence, producers of The View have enlisted younger celebrities like Naya Rivera to co-host in her place. Perez was chosen to be on the show by its new executive producer Bill Wolff, at the last minute on the heels of the show’s creator Barbara Walters’ retirement. Sources also told Variety, despite her dynamic personality Perez never got comfortable reporting “hard and soft news and she had trouble reading from a TelePromp Ter.” Variety also reports, more changes will be made to The View behind and in front of the camera.

Sources are not certain if ABC will announce Perez’s departure but a representative for The View also denied Perez leaving the show. In a statement, they said:

“Her status with the show has not changed.”

Rosie O’Donnell says the same.

This past Tuesday, sources told The Daily Mail, ABC may cancel The View after this current season because of its low ratings and verbal altercations between the show’s co-hosts. Since the formation of its newest co-hosts Whoppi Goldberg, Rosie O’Donnell, Nicole Wallace and Rosie Perez, the Daily Mail reports the show has seen its ratings struggle. As for its other ratings, the ABC network is surpassing other networks with their morning show Good Morning America (GMA). An insider told the Daily Mail:

“ABC feels it’s exhausted their options with The View and now it’s time to expand the existing franchise, GMA. They feel that since GMA is already beating NBC’s Today during the first two hours of the broadcast, why not extend the morning broadcast.”

Will you miss Perez and The View if it goes off air?

Rosie O’Donnell Shades Sherri Shepherd, Talks New Season Of “The View”

September 11th, 2014 - By Veronica Wells
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While it’s a move I can’t say I saw coming, it’s one I’m kind of looking forward to. Rosie O’Donnell is returning to ABC’s daytime talk show, “The View.” Apparently, no one was more surprised than O’Donnell herself.

But this time around she’s signed a one year contract in case she has to jet out…again.

In a recent interview withVariety, she said: “My goal is to come in peace. And the contrast between what the show will be and what it was is going to be is glaring.”

For one, she says the show is going to be smarter. And she made a point to take a jab at former co-host Sherri Shepherd. “No one is going to think the Earth is flat,” referring to a statement Sherri made saying that she didn’t know whether or not the earth was flat or not. Rosie, like most of us I’m sure, was shocked by the comment. “When I was at home watching that, I thought I was going to have an aneurysm.”

Love Sherri…but that wasn’t one of her shining moments.

She also wants the show to rely less on celebrities because we’re living in a different day now, with the internet, social media and the paparazzi.

“The necessity for celebrity in daytime TV has diminished as access to celebrity has increased 100-fold. When I was a kid, and Barbra Streisand was on TV, I would stay home from school.”

And this time around, O’Donnell says the co-hosts are going to give an objective perspective on the story before launching into their own opinions.

She noted that in the past, the argument itself took precedent over the actual story.

Rosie knows about that personally. While she served as a co-host, she and Elisabeth Hasselbeck got into it quite a bit and one time, in particular. It made for great television but it also took a toll on O’Donnell and she had to leave.

“The day it happened, I was definitely crying. I got my stuff and walked out.” Rosie told Variety that she called her publicist and said, “‘I’m never going back. You have to call and tell them. Call the lawyer. No matter what they say, I will not go back.”

But things change. And Rosie’s in a better place these days, even if she’s glad not to be working with Hasselbeck again.

The two didn’t have the best memories together.

“Elisabeth would go into the dressing room with [Bill Geddie, the show’s former executive producer] and go over Republican talking points that are sent out every day, and then come out and recite what she had ingested. I tried to get her to talk more about her own self and how she felt rather than being a robotic pundit.”

The two seemed to be getting along a bit better when they saw each other, for the first time in seven years, at the reunion show for Walters’ retirement. But when Elisabeth learned that Rosie was coming back to the show, she attacked her on “Fox & Friends, saying, among other things, that Rosie “spits in the face of the military.”

Rosie, whose son is currently in military school, says she wasn’t surprised.

“I’ve come to expect nothing from her, even though I feel I continually make the effort to break through.”

And about the audition process, O’Donnell compared it to The Hunger Games. 

I think Whoopi and I were both a little shocked at having to do a chemistry test,” O’Donnell says. “I don’t know if there’s a way to test that. It felt very negative and competitive.”

But she is happy with the casting of the woman who bears her first name: Rosie Perez.

“I love Rosie Perez, I didn’t even know she was being considered.”

These days, O’Donnell is optimistic about her role on the show. At 52, having had a heart attack, gone through a divorce, raised and continuing to raise five children, and endured menopause, Rosie is less concerned about what people think of her.

She no longer googles herself.

“My kids sometimes do.” O’Donnell says.”I’ll say, Honey, I don’t need to know. I don’t’ think it’s going to affect me the way that it did before. But who knows? Let’s see how controversial it becomes.”

Rosie Perez Joins “The View” Cast

September 4th, 2014 - By Veronica Wells
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Remember when Sherri Shepherd said “The View” could benefit from having a Latina host? Well, it seems like someone took heed to her opinion.

ABC announced yesterday, that Rosie Perez would be joining the panel alongside Whoopi Goldberg and Rosie O’Donnell.

As many of you well know Perez is an actress, choreographer– who notably worked with the “Fly Girls” on “In Living Color”– and activist. In 2010, President Obama appointed her to the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS.

Rounding out the group of ladies is Republican media operative Nicolle Wallace, who served as a communications chief for President George W. Bush’s reelection campaign. She was also an adviser to John McCain during his 2008 bid for the presidency.

Whoopi Goldberg is the only remaining cast member from last season after Sherri Shepherd and Jenny McCarthy decided not to renew their contracts. Even producer Bill Geddie, the solemn looking man they showed off screen sometimes, left after he learned he would now be reporting to a new boss off screen.

The show’s new season will begin on September 15.

What do you think about this choice? How do you think Rosie Perez will do on the show?

Where Are They Now? The Cast Of “Do the Right Thing”

March 3rd, 2014 - By Deron Dalton
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Do the Right Thing is one of the greatest black films and one of the greatest films of all time, period. With Spike Lee’s recent “rant” backed by facts about gentrification in New York City — prompting vandalization, it has us thinking about well, doing the right thing — a movie set on a scorching hot summer day in Brooklyn where the heat isn’t the only thing boiling, but racial tension.

Not only that, this year is the film’s 25th anniversary and let’s celebrate the film, which has been entered into the US Library of Congress — calling the film culturally significant. Also, it’s preserved in the National Film Registry.

Some of the cast recently reunited for Entertainment Weekly, but where are they now? The film definitely had an ensemble cast, so click through and find out what these stars are up to these days.

“I Don’t Hate Jennifer Lopez” Rosie Perez Addresses The Supposed Feud

February 27th, 2014 - By Veronica Wells
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Rosie Perez Addresses The Supposed Feud

A few weeks ago, we told you about the “beef” between Rosie Perez and Jennifer Lopez. Turns out we may have gotten the story a bit twisted. While it’s true that Perez and Lopez did get into it two decades ago, Rosie told Piers Morgan that today, there’s no bad blood between she and J Lo.

“I don’t hate Jennifer Lopez. I have great respect for her. When I first saw her, I knew she was going to be a star. Yes, we had a tiff and it was 20 years ago. It’s unfortunate that the tabloids try to portray it as something that is current. I’ve moved on, and I’m sure she has also. We’re grown women. And it’s really disgusting to me that the media tried to pit two Latinas against each other. It’s just so difficult, and so hard, to make it in this industry, especially if you’re a person of color. And for them to do that was really shameful.”

Ok Rosie we hear you. Old stuff. So by now I’m sure you’re wondering why did she even bring her up  then? It was all a part of the greater message, of her learning to deal with her anger issues.

“I don’t only talk about her. I talk about how I was rude to Jamie Foxx, how I was rude to Spike Lee, how I was rude to Don Cornelius. I hit the poor man in the head–in his forehead– with a chicken wing. And it was all because I didn’t know how to articulate my anger.”

By the time she was 8 years old, Rosie was sent to live at a group home and came into contact with some characters. She learned to develop a tough exterior to cope with her new surroundings and the people there. Unfortunately, took that attitude with her even after she’d left that environment.

“One of the counselors in the group home, this wonderful man, his name is Nigel Johnson. One day he told me when I was leaving the group home, he said, ‘Life dealt you a shitty hand.'” I went ‘Gee thanks for the encouragement. And good life to you too’ Then he says, ‘But you can always ask for new cards.’ And I said, ‘How?’ And he said, ‘You’re going to figure it out when you get tired of holding that hand.”

Valuable lesson for Rosie and for us. It is a shame that the media focused on an old argument rather than the healing Rosie had to find in her own life. Though we received this information about this alleged feud from another source, and didn’t have access to the book ourselves, we share in some of the responsibility in reporting that the tension between the two was still present.

The other lesson here is that mainstream media really doesn’t care about a Latina woman disrespecting a black man. The story about Rosie Perez “beefing” with Jennifer Lopez, who is heavily recognizable in mainstream media, is far more juicy.

Now that you understand what Rosie is really trying to articulate in her book and her various interactions with other celebrities, are you more likely to pick it up? Why do you think the media was so quick to paint this story as though it was a current issue?

You can watch this clip from her Piers Morgan interview in the video below.

What’s The Beef? Rosie Perez Talks 20-Year Feud With Jennifer Lopez In New Memoir

February 17th, 2014 - By Veronica Wells
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Though we always think of Rosie Perez as the bubbly woman with the funny voice, it seems that she’s had a problem with Jennifer Lopez for some time now. 20 years to be exact.

In her new memoir, Handbook for an Unpredictable Life, Rosie explains why the two fell out during the “In Living Color” days.

We know that these two Puerto Rican entertainers met when Rosie was a choreographer and J Lo was auditioning to be a “Fly Girl” dancer.

According to the NY Post, Perez says she immediately noticed Jennifer, describing her as the beautiful girl with the “big a**.” And while Perez saw her potential, Keenan Ivory Wayans, the show’s creator wasn’t a believer. Instead, he called her “chubby and corny” and refused to hire her.

Perez came to Lopez’s defense eventually convincing Wayans that she would be good for the show. She suggested that J Lo cut her hair and lose 20 pounds.

But Perez would so regret going so hard for her. Shortly after she was hired, her divatude emerged.

Perez writes, “All of the girls were coming into my office complaining how she was manipulating wardrobe, makeup, and me, all to her advantage.”

At the time Jennifer shrugged off the complaints, calling the other women jealous. But, according to Perez, it wasn’t long before she saw J Lo’s true colors for herself. Soon, Perez says, Lopez was going off on her like “some ghetto biatch, screaming and pounding her chest.”

“You pick on me, me and only me, every f–king day! Every f–king day! I work my a** off, deliver and you keep pushing me aside, treating me like sh-t! I know I’m good! I’m better than any of these girls, and you know it!,” J. Lo reportedly said.

Lopez left the show after two seasons but didn’t leave the drama behind her. Perez says after she made it big in Hollywood, Jennifer made disparaging comments about her.

Perez was shocked.

“I was blindsided. I’d thought we were cool. I called her up. She wouldn’t pick up. Frustrated, I left her an irate message on her answering machine. Instead of calling me back and hashing it out like friends do, she went on a major talk show and reiterated my lashing.”

Months later the two ran into each other in the club.

“Jennifer came over to me, smiling, saying hello as if nothing had happened. I should’ve let it go, played it off, too. Instead, I killed her with my biting tongue,” Perez writes.

No word on what she actually said to her.

According to the National Enquirer, (Which is suspect to say the least.), the bad blood extends beyond what happened 20 years ago. Both Lopez and Perez have been fighting for the rights to bring the story of Sonia Sotomayor, the first Latina elected to the Supreme Court, to the big screen.

Perez agrees that this feud is not helpful for either one of them.

“We ladies of color all know how hard it is for us in the entertainment business. This kind of sh*t hurts us all and those that follow in our footsteps.”

Whoa. We had no idea! Did you know Rosie Perez and Jennifer Lopez had beef? Do you believe Rosie’s claims?

You can get the rest of the juicy details in Perez’s Handbook for an Unpredictable Life that will hit shelves on February 25.

Making the Right Steps: Celebs Who Used To Dance

September 27th, 2013 - By Kendra Koger
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You’re taught in geometry that the shortest distance between two points is a straight line.  However, in life, we can learn that the straight line approach might be desired, but isn’t the only path to where you want to be.  For the following celebs, on their way to becoming the famous people that they are–or were, they also explored different avenues, such as dance.

Here’s a list of celebrities that used to bust-a-move:

Just Like Old Times! Cast Of “Do The Right Thing” Reunites

August 20th, 2013 - By Brande Victorian
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Do we need to say more than the cast of “Do The Right Thing” reunites to get you excited?

The classic Spike Lee movie usually tops the list of film favs when it comes to projects from the famed director which is why we were so happy to come across this pic of the stars of the film on Facebook this afternoon.

As it turns out, Spike, Samuel L. Jackson, Giancarlo Esposito, and Bill Nunn got together for a photo shoot with Entertainment Weekly. The magazine is working on their reunion issue for October and Mookie, Radio Raheem, Bugging Out, and Mister Señor Love Daddy will be in on the action. In other pics we see EW also got a hold of Rosie Perez, aka Mookie’s girlfriend Tina, and Ruby Dee (Mother Sister). Can you believe it’s been 24 years since this flick was released in 1989?!

So far details on what this reunion issue will entail are slim but we will definitely be checking for the story as it unfolds. For now, though, check out more pics from Spike Lee’s Instagram as the cast of “Do The Right Thing” reunites.

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Are you excited??

Rosie Perez and Other Minority Arts Activists Lead Protest Against Time Warner Cable

January 15th, 2013 - By Ann Brown
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Actress Rosie Perez is fired up and recently kicked off a rally against Time Warner Cable, Inc., accusing  the company of discriminatory programming practices. The rally was organized by minority and arts communities.

The protesters claim that Time Warner Cable, Inc.’s is unwilling to offer customers diversified programming “as evidenced by their decision to drop the Ovation channel,” according to a press release.

The Ovation Channel was a cable network dedicated to arts and artistic expression. The dropping of Ovation has caused outrage among various organizations including Citizens’ for Access to the Arts, a nonprofit coalition of organizations and individuals, and the Urban Arts, of which Rosie Perez is Artistic Board Chair.

The arts organizations point to a new survey as evidence that minority community desire to enjoy the arts. The survey found that over two-thirds of respondents (67 percent) and nearly three-quarters of Hispanics (74 percent) said that it’s important to have the arts available to them in their communities. The survey polled Hispanic and African-American Time Warner Cable subscribers in both New York and Los Angeles. Ovation, the protesters argue, was the only access to the arts many minority communities had.

“I am deeply saddened by Time Warner Cable’s refusal to provide minority communities with quality programming,” stated Bertha Lewis, president and founder of The Black Institute in a press statement. “It is disturbing to witness the yearly destruction of creative expression on the part of cable networks.  Our young generations rely on the subsistence of art to not only better themselves, but to better the future of our communities. It is unfathomable to think that Time Warner Cable would willingly substitute this necessity to satisfy demands for mindless reality television.”

Time Warner Cable responded to Madame Noire via email will the following statement:

“We agree the arts are important, and we are committed to providing our customers with a diverse lineup of programming they want to watch. As for Ovation, the majority of their programming is old movies, reruns and infomercials, not arts. Our customers seem to agree that Ovation’s programming can easily be replaced with similar or identical programming on other networks such as PBS and others, as we have had very little customer response to the removal of Ovation from our channel lineup. We don’t agree with any of the claims made from this supposed study; through the video and Internet services we provide to our customers, we allow them to gain much greater access to the arts, regardless of their race, income or geography.”

Time Warner Cable customers: Do you miss Ovation?

The Urbanworld Film Festival Kicks Off With Gabrielle Union, Mara Brock Akil, and More

September 21st, 2012 - By Tonya Garcia
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Richard Brooks, writer Corie Murray, Gabrielle Union, Tika Sumpter, writer Mara Brock Akil and her husband director Salim Akil. Image: Fernando Leon/PictureGroup via AP Images

We tweeted yesterday about Urbanworld Digital, but, even bigger, the 16th Annual Urbanworld Film Festival kicked off last night with the opening film Being Mary Jane. Starring Gabrielle Union (number 22 on The Root 100) and written by Mara Brock Akil (number 51, who also wrote Sparkle, Girlfriends and The Game), the BET Networks movie is about a single TV news anchor (Union) making a way in her personal and professional life.

Before the movie, however, there was the red carpet (we snapped a quick pic of Gabrielle Union for the cell phone, along with the dozens of photogs and reporters who showed up for opening night). In addition to Union, Akil, BET CEO Debra Lee, Tika Sumpter, and other stars and notable names turned out for the event.

Though Urbanworld has been around for more than a decade, it’s still hard work to finance and organize the event.

“It’s definitely a comprehensive labor of love,” said Gabrielle Glore, the festival’s executive producer and head of programming, who spoke with us over the phone just before opening night. “No one is getting rich off these festivals. Not even the big ones.”

Among the big ones are, of course, Sundance, the Toronto Film Festival, which got a lot of attention this year because Kristen Stewart made her first pre-scandal debut, and Cannes. For all of these festivals, publicity — for the films, for the event itself — is important. Last night’s media turnout no doubt drums up a good deal of attention for the festival.

But more than that, sponsors are important to Urbanworld. “It’s all about sponsors,” said Galore. HBO is Urbanworld’s founding sponsor; BET is its presenting sponsor. “It lets people know that there’s some credibility. The sponsor piece is critical.”

According to Glore, it’s the marketplace that determines the level of sponsorship. “The years that have been more difficult in terms of funding, it’s about what’s happening in the marketplace,” she told us. She says they’ve already started working on the slate of sponsors for next year. The sponsors help determine festival activities, like the digital events and labs.

In addition to that, the festival operates on a strict budget.

“We’re lean and mean and we have money to make it happen,” said Glore.

Historically, Urbanworld has showcased some big-name movies. Collateral, starring Jamie Foxx and Tom Cruise debuted there. Night Catches Us with Anthony Mackie and Kerry Washington opened there two years ago. And there were the showings of both Barbershop films and Secret Life of Bees, among others.

Though many of the movies that the festival screens aren’t necessarily blockbusters on the level of Twilight, they are successful (as that list shows). More than that, they give famous actors the chance to attach themselves to indie projects that they’re passionate about. And it gives filmmakers a chance to show their work in a theater, something that many of them might not otherwise be able to do.

“We definitely don’t characterize ourselves as a black film festival,” said Glore, while acknowledging that many of the films they include involve African American artists. “There’s a cross-cultural sensibility that reflects what America looks like.”

Which is very good for enlisting sponsors. “Companies want to align with brands and with what’s the future,” Glore adds.

Among the other films showing this year are Won’t Back Down, about reform at an inner city school starring Viola Davis, Maggie Gyllenhaal and Rosie Perez; The Girl is In Trouble a crime movie starring Columbus Short, boasting executive producer Spike Lee and directed by Julius Onah; and the closing night film, Middle of Nowhere, directed by another Root 100 honoree, Ava DuVerney, who was the first African American to win the director’s prize at Sundance for this movie.

For the complete Urbanworld schedule, click here.

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