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Though quite a few cast members on Fox’s hit show “Empire” sing often–(even though some of them shouldn’t)– Vernon, played by Malik Yoba, has never blessed the mic.
Instead, he and Andre play in the shadows plotting on ways to take over the company.
But yesterday, on “The View” Yoba showed us a different side of himself. The musical one. Singing with nothing but an acoustic guitar, the veteran actor blessed the audience with some smoove vocals. And it was surprisingly good.
He sounds quite a bit like Will Downing actually. That’s how good his voice sounds. Whoopi was feeling it so intensely, she had to lay out a bit.
But don’t take my word for it, listen to the man for yourself in the video clip below.
In casting news, it looks like Whoopi Goldberg may be heading to primetime TV. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Goldberg has been cast to star in ABC comedy pilot “Delores & Jermaine.”
The actress will be starring in the pilot alongside comedian Jermaine Fowler. The series is based on Fowler’s life as “a millennial with big ideas, but very little drive.” The 59-year-old will be playing Jermaine’s estranged grandmother Delores, “a strict, football-loving, former D.C. cop,” whom he moves in with after he’s kicked out of his house. The two apparently come together at the ideal time, as Delores is in need of some youth and enthusiasm in her life and Jermaine is in dire need of the “old-school parenting” that Delores can provide.
This grandmother-grandson reunion is also perfect for Delores because it forces her to stop being the “shut-in” she became after leaving the “police force for a safer job.” Filming for the pilot is not expected to have an effect on Whoopi’s job over at “The View,” as it has been reported that producers will work around her schedule. And should the pilot go to series, the comedian will juggle both the sitcom and “The View.”
Though network television has been doing well as far as adding more diverse television shows to line-ups, they can certainly do better. Hopefully, this pilot gets picked up because it sounds like it has the potential to be pretty funny. *fingers crossed*
Does think sound like something you’d be interested in watching?
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Whoopi Goldberg celebrates her 59th birthday today and in honor of one of the hardest working comedian/actress in the entertainment industry, we take a look at some of her iconic and groundbreaking movies.
In 1976, 20,000 high school students in South Africa took to the streets as part of the Soweto uprising to protest the introduction of Afrikaans as the main language in the local schools. The 1992 film “Sarafina!” centers around the riots and the main character inspires her peers to rise up in protest after her favorite teacher Mary Masombuka became imprisoned. Although the film tanked in the U.S., it was a huge hit in South Africa and other African countries. In 2006, the film was re-released in South Africa to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the Soweto uprising.
Ever since “The View” returned with a whole new cast of characters (and Whoopi), there seems to be a lot less chatter about it. Aside from stories here and there about behind-the-scenes squabbles between Whoopi and Rosie O’Donnell, there isn’t as much hype around the show. It’s slowly starting to show in the ratings.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, despite the new additions in Rosie Perez, Republican analyst Nicolle Wallace, and the return of O’Donnell, in key demos, ratings are decreasing for the fourth straight season and at this point, they’re 30 percent down from where they were five years ago. While “The View” used to run circles around CBS show “The Talk,” they’re currently evenly matched in key female demos. All in all, with a new cast and look, “The View” isn’t the big hit folks were hoping it would come back to be.
And it says a lot when former hosts aren’t even trying to support. Star Jones told New York Daily News’ Confidential that she doesn’t have the time or energy to tune in.
“I saw the first day because I wanted to be supportive, but I have a job and I can’t be watching daytime TV.”
So is she watching? “Honestly not at all.”
But she says she has nothing but love for the hosts.
“Whoopi (Goldberg) is one of my best friends. Rosie (O’Donnell) and I love each other to death, of course. But real women don’t sit around and discuss daytime gossip so honestly, they don’t.”
Have you been checking out the new “View”? Why or why not?
A trailer has finally been released for Chris Rock’s new film Top Five, which tells the story of wildly successful comedian and movie star Andre Allen (Chris Rock), whose run-in with journalist Chelsea Brown (Rosario Dawson) causes him to reexamine his life and career. Gabrielle Union plays rocks superficial reality TV star fiancée, Erica Long, who’s never around without a gang of reality TV cameramen.
The all-star cast also includes Kevin Hart, Tracy Morgan, Cedric The Entertainer, J.B. Smoove, Sherri Shepherd, Anders Holm, Romany Malco, Leslie Jones, Michael Che, and Jay Pharoah. According to Deadline, the film triggered a pretty competitive bidding war last month at the Toronto Film Festival. Paramount Pictures eventually won for a whopping $12.5 million.
Top Five was both written and directed by Chris. Interestingly, Jay Z and Kanye West are credited as co-producers for the project. Judging by the trailer, it’s going to be pretty funny. The comedy is slated to hit theaters in December.
Watch the trailer below. Is this something you’d be interested in checking out?
If I walked into a room full of all the women who had ever sat on the panel at “The View,” Whoopi Goldberg would be the absolute last person I would try. She is just not here for your shenanigans. None of them. It doesn’t matter who you are. And unfortunately, Rosie O’Donnell had to learn that the hard way.
Last Thursday, Whoopi and Rosie got into a bit of a tiff. Luckily, it was during a commercial break, so there’s no video footage but here’s what happened.
During the “Hot Topics” segment, the women were talking about spanking children. Backstage, before the segment, both women had a chat and Rosie told Whoopi how passionate she was about the issue. But once they got into it, producers told Whoopi, through the monitor that she wears in her ear, that it was running too long and they needed to go to commercial.
Reportedly, Rosie refuses to wear a monitor so she doesn’t know when commercial breaks are coming up. And she interpreted Whoopi’s cutting her off as a sign of disrespect. Whoopi told her that if she wore an ear monitor she would know what was going on.
According to a source, someone who was likely in the audience, during the commercial break, Rosie grabbed the handheld microphone, used for audience engagement and turned to Whoopi saying that “hurt my feelings,” that she was “very upset by it” and “didn’t appreciate” Whoopi’s actions.
Without a microphone, Whoopi responded professionally. “This isn’t’ the time for this, Rosie.”
But Rosie couldn’t let it go. Instead, she continued to complain, into the microphone, in front of the audience about the perceived snub.
“Well I just don’t appreciate you saying that you were going to do something and not doing it. It makes me upset and I just don’t want to have to go through this.”
Again, Whoopi said “This is not the time Rosie.”
Rosie kept going.
You can only push Whoopi so far. Finally, she shot back. “F**k it, I told you to leave it alone and you just don’t want to listen. If you want to go there Rosie, I will dammit. I’m really sick of your sh*t!”
The studio audience went silent.
And Rosie backed down.
Rosie Perez ended the awkwardness by making a joke: “Oh sh*t, Twitter is going to be off the hook now.”
The audience started laughing.
The source said producers went over to both women with notes about the next segment and when the cameras started rolling again, it was as though nothing had happened.
Other sources claim that tensions between Rosie and Whoopi have been high since the beginning because Rosie wants her position as moderator back and is having a hard time being “second in command” to Whoopi.
Sources also claim that Whoopi has begged ABC to end her contract and pay her the remaining $10 million on her deal and let her go home.
It’ll be interesting to see how long Whoopi stays on with this show and whether or not Rosie will learn to play her position.
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?
“I Know I’m Going To Catch A Lot Of Hell, But I Don’t Care”: Whoopi Defends Stephen A. Smith, Says Women Shouldn’t Lay A Hand On Men
We told you yesterday that Stephen A. Smith caught some hell late last week for saying that women shouldn’t provoke the domestic violence they receive when speaking about Ray Rice and his infamous violent fight with then-fiancée, Janay Palmer. While his statement wasn’t received well, Smith says that he does stand by his point, but could have expressed it in a more articulate manner.
“On Friday, speaking right here on ‘First Take’ on the subject of domestic violence, I made what can only amount to the most egregious error of my career…My words came across that it is somehow a woman’s fault. This was not my intent. It is not what I was trying to say. Yet the failure to clearly articulate something different lies squarely on my shoulders. To say what I actually said was foolish is an understatement. To say I was wrong is obvious, to apologize, to say I’m sorry, doesn’t do the matter its proper justice to be quite honest. But I do sincerely apologize.”
But one public figure who is coming to Smith’s defense is Whoopi Goldberg. On yesterday’s episode of The View, Goldberg said that in general, no one should put their hands on anyone else, but if you make the choice to, don’t be surprised in this day and age if you are hit back.
“The comment that he made is based on what the young lady said she did. Let me just make that clear to ya’ll. She said, ‘I hit him,’ and I believe that’s what Stephen was pointing out.
I’m sorry, if you hit somebody, you can not be sure that you’re not going to get hit back. If you’re a little boy and you grow up with a little sister and your mother says no, you can never hit her, and she’s hitting you all the time, well you know what…you have to teach women do NOT, do not put your hands on anybody! Let me just finish my point because I know I’m going to catch a lot of hell, and I don’t care. You have to teach women, do not live with this idea that men have this chivalry thing still with them. Don’t assume that that’s still in place. So don’t be surprised if you hit a man and he hits you back. You hit somebody, they hit you back! Don’t be surprised! You have to teach the women not to put their hands up on anybody. That’s not blame the victim, I just said, don’t anybody, hit anybody! Don’t hit anybody! But if you make the choice as a woman who’s 4’3″ and you decide to hit a guy who’s 6’0″ and you’re the last thing he wants to deal with that day and he hits you back, you cannot be surprised! Let’s not hit anyone.”
This isn’t the first time Goldberg has spoken out about the role she thinks women can play in violent confrontations. After Solange Knowles was taped kicking the hell out of Jay Z in a hotel elevator after the Met Gala, Goldberg said that she was very lucky that he didn’t resort to the same violence she was unleashing on him:
“I think Solange was quite ready for him to do whatever he was gonna do. This is the thing. If anybody hits you, you have the right –I know that many people are raised in a very different way, but if a woman hits you, to me, you have the right to hit her back. If I slap a man, he has every right to slap me back. Every right.”
Check out Goldberg’s thoughts on handling violence below, and let us know if you agree, or if she should “catch a lot of hell” for her comments.
This morning marked the first live show since rumors started to swirl that Sherri Shepherd and Jenny McCarthy were leaving “The View.” So naturally, they had to address the word on the street. Jenny tried to open things up with a bit of levity, joking that the two were not leaving the show and in true old school “Singled Out” Jenny fashion, she said psyche and revealed that they were indeed true. Both she and Sherri would not be renewing their contracts. Jenny kept it together but it was a different story with Sherri. She didn’t melt into a puddle or anything but it was clear she was overcome with emotion, especially when she started talking about her fellow costars.
Here’s what she said:
“It is true that I’m leaving “The View” after the season. A lot of those people close to me and some of the producers here, they’ve known since the spring that I did not intend to return to the show once my contract ended in August. And I didn’t discuss anything publicly, anything in my personal life, because I didn’t want to do anything to distract from Barbara Walters and our celebration of her retirement in May. My time at “The View” is complete.”
And then she paid a beautiful tribute to Joy, Elisabeth, and Whoopi.
“I’m gonna forever be grateful to Barbara Walters and [executive producer] Bill Geddie for taking a chance on an actress and a comedienne and making me learn things and making me step out of my comfort zone, for giving me a chance. When everybody said I shouldn’t be at this table, they gave me a chance,” she said. “I wanna say I’ve made friendships and sisterhood for life at this table. Elisabeth Hasselbeck is my sister for life. Joy Behar is my sister for life.” Turning to Jenny McCarthy, who is also leavingThe View, Shepherd said, “You are my sister.
You my friend have been a mentor to me. I love you so much, Whoopi Goldberg, because Whoopi Goldberg has had my back,” she added. “Even when I didn’t appreciate it, she’s always had my back.”
And then she spoke about all the opportunities the show has provided for her and encouraged others to do something that scares them.
“I’ve been blessed to interview President Barack Obama. Bill Clinton is a big fan of mine. He loved that I played a hooker in One for the Money. I get the chance to call Oprah Winfrey a friend, and that is a long way from being a legal secretary who wanted to tell jokes for a living. So, I have exciting news I will be announcing in the future because I love the show I plan on coming back to promote them here. I say that because Barbara Walters taught us all about the art of promoting,” she added. “I do say to everybody, take a chance, step out, do something that makes you scared, because this scared me to do The View. I love the cast and crew who took me in and made me feel like, this is my family. I love you.”
You can watch a chopped and screwed version of the speech below.
We told you earlier that Miss Patti was celebrating her 70th birthday a couple of months ago on May 24th. But since she was maintaining a rigorous schedule working on the Broadway play After Midnight, she didn’t get to celebrate in full effect. But she took care of that yesterday at the Cara Mia in New Jersey.
The musical legend, surrounded by family and friends, finally had a proper party. “The View” co-host Whoopi Goldberg and Vogue’s André Leon Talley were among the guests for the shindig sponsored by Korbel Champagne.
We can only imagine all the fun that went down that night but one of the night’s highlights came when Patti and Whoopi danced to Tupac Shakur’s hit song “California Love.”
Take a look at the two of them in the video below.
And then later in the evening Patti treated her guests to a performance of her song “Music is My Way Of Life” from the ’79 album It’s Alright With Me.
I.Die. Man what I would have given to be at that party. Looks like good times. And it’s an inspiration knowing that the turn up is still very real at 70.