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Whoopi Goldberg & Daughter, Alex Martin, Collaborating On New Reality Series

May 9th, 2014 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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Whoopi Goldberg is executive producing a new reality series starring her daughter, Alex Martin, Shadow & Act reports. The series will be developed by 44 Blue Productions and Whoopi’s company, One Ho Productions. It appears that the docu-series will be family oriented, centering around Alex and her attempts to reinvent herself, both personally and professionally. The cast will include Alex’s husband, Bernard, their best friends Leisa and Ron and Alex’s three children—one of which has recently moved back home with her fiancé and newborn baby.

“To say that Alex has a gift for frankness and humor is an understatement – and she clearly comes by it honestly,” says Stephanie Drachkovitch, Executive Vice President of 44 Blue Productions. “Plenty of women face similar family dynamics, but they find support from their families and friends – in this case it’s Alex’s BFF since high school, Leisa. They keep each other honest and real!”

Whoopi adds that she felt it was important to tell the story of Alex and Leisa, who have been best friends since high school.

“I wanted to tell the story of two best friends who experience all of the major phases of a woman’s life together,” said Whoopi. “Alex and Leisa have been friends since they were 17 and are both children of famous people, and are now approaching 40. My daughter just became a grandmother and her daughter just turned 24 and they are just trying to figure their lives out. This is really the story of an all-American family for a new generation; it looks a little different than the storybooks, but it’s filled with love and laughter. It’s very funny to watch them.”

“Watching Alex navigate the unexpected turns of her life and that of her family is anything but ordinary,” adds Tom Leonardis, President and Executive Producer of One Ho Productions. “She and Leisa have basically raised their families together, putting their own humorous spin on the adage that ‘it takes a village.’ This family is funny, authentic and relatable – they just happen to have a famous family member who they look to for advice and the occasional reality check. Their story of multiple generations living together is one that will certainly resonate with viewers, and we’re eager to explore this phase along with them.”

Does this sound like a series you’d be interested in watching?

In Honor Of National Nurses Week: Celebs Who Were Nurses

May 7th, 2014 - By Iva Anthony
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This week is Nurses Week and to honor some of the hardest working men and women in medicine, we take a look at celebrities who started their careers in nursing and other medical professions before becoming famous.

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Kim Zolciak

For five seasons she was one of Bravo’s “Real Housewives of Atlanta” and we watched her go from a single mother of two to become a football wife with four more children. Kim Zolciak credits Nene Leakes and RHOA for changing her life because she met her future husband Kroy Biermann through the show. But before she moved down to Atlanta to begin life anew, Zolciak was actually a nurse. She studied and received her degree from the University of Connecticut.

Whoopi And Ladies Of “The View” Blame Kenya For RHOA Fight; Civil Rights Group Color Of Change Blames Bravo, Andy Cohen

April 23rd, 2014 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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Another day, another perspective on the fight between Porsha Williams and Kenya Moore during part one of the Real Housewives of Atlanta reunion special. This time, it comes from another group of ladies–the women of The View

Earlier this week while speaking on all the ugliness, the women (who were joined by special co-host Angie Martinez) seemed to all agree that Kenya Moore was to blame for the fight. As Martinez put it, “Don’t start none, won’t be none.”

Sherri Shepherd had this to say about the uncomfortable scene:

“I don’t excuse Porsha for hitting her, but I say, Kenya, I’m not excusing you either. You had a scepter that you kept putting in people’s faces. Also you took out a bullhorn and a bullhorn is meant to be heard from people hundreds of [inaudible] away from you.”

Whoopi also gave her two cents, with a bit more passion, saying that Kenya isn’t really being the role model she claims to be.

“I’m just going to say this. I read the statement that Kenya put out and I will ask you, Kenya, do you think it was okay for you to provoke people? Because if you’re worried about your image and how people are going to see you, I don’t know if messing with people like this is the right thing to do…”

When speaking on Porsha’s bad decision to put her hands on Kenya, Whoopi jokingly said, “I would have done it too!”

But the blame doesn’t just fall on Kenya or Porsha in the realm of public opinion. The activist group and organization Color of Change put out a statement blasting Bravo and executive producer Andy Cohen for allowing such a scene to happen. According to Shadow and Act, they are calling for a  “no excessive confrontations policy,” the same policy that was put in place for the Basketball Wives Miami show after things got too crazy with that reality show back in 2012. 

The physical violence displayed during Bravo’s Sunday primetime lineup was deeply alarming. After weeks of promoting the RHOA reunion altercation on Sunday, executive producer Andy Cohen finally condemned the violent behavior of cast members — completely ignoring the staged hostile environment that provoked the altercation and the troubling pattern of violent, stereotypical portrayals of Black people across many of Bravo’s Black reality franchises.

Research shows that dehumanizing portrayals of Black people on television lead to real-world consequences for Black folks — influencing how we are treated by doctors, judges, teachers and lawmakers. No matter how entertaining, this should be the last fight between Black women that Bravo profits from.

As for Cohen, he didn’t respond directly to Color of Change as of yet, but he took to Twitter to say that after considering the opinions of viewers, he wasn’t going to allow props on the show anymore.

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A little too late, but that sounds like a good idea, Andy. Watch the convo between the ladies of The View below.

Whoopi Is ‘The Denver Post’s New Pot Columnist

April 17th, 2014 - By Tonya Garcia
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Whoopi Goldberg is the newest columnist for The Denver Post’s site on marijuana, The Cannabist. Her first column published today, focused on her vape pen named Sippy which, she says “changed her life.” Whoopi gets “glaucoma-induced headaches” and a few puffs on her pen does wonders.

“With the vape pen, you have more control over how much THC you ingest. If my headache is just starting, I know a short sip will take care of it. If the pressure inside my head is pounding, then two or three sips is a better prescription,” she writes.

Goldberg will write the column every couple of months.

The gig came about after the column’s editor, Ricardo Baca, appeared on The View. “We instantly connected, and her curiosity and desire to discuss the issues surrounding America’s ever-changing marijuana laws immediately reminded me of my colleagues back in Denver,” he said. Baca admits on the show that he does smoke pot himself (he was previously the paper’s music critic for 12 years ans says the editors knew he was “familiar”), but the paper only tests people when “they give them a reason to.”

Cannabis has been legal in different ways, shapes and forms in Colorado since 2000. With the most recent recreational legalization, Baca says the paper is looking at the lifestyle associated with pot and there are even critics writing for the paper. There are growing businesses surrounding marijuana legalization that certainly lend themselves to this sort of coverage.

As for Whoopi, she ends her first column on a serious note, extolling those places that have made marijuana legal and the pain management freedom that her Sippy has given her.

10 Personalities Who Could Replace David Letterman On The Late Show

April 7th, 2014 - By Iva Anthony
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David Letterman has been a fixture on late-night television since 1982, but last Friday he announced that he will be hanging up his talk show hat after more than 30 years of interviewing celebrities and giving us his top ten lists. Even though Letterman will retire in 2015, there is already speculation about who will replace him on the Late Show. Here are ten candidates we’re rooting for.

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Steve Colbert

Stephen Colbert starred in the cult Comedy Central show “Strangers with Candy” as the hilarious closeted gay high school teacher before moving on to become a correspondent at the “Daily Show.” In 2005 he was given his own spin-off show and took his mock staunch conservative stance to new heights on the “Colbert Report.” Colbert’s contract with Comedy Central is up in December so that plus his extensive knowledge in pop culture and politics makes him a great candidate to take over for Letterman.

One And Done: Celebrity Moms Who Stopped After One Baby

March 19th, 2014 - By Iva Anthony
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Some celebrity moms have seen their families grow by having multiple children while these stars have closed up shop after having only one child.

Celebrity Moms Who Only Had One Child

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Tamar Braxton

When fans met Tamar Braxton as part of the hit reality show “Braxton Family Values,” she was adamant about not having a child at the time. Ready to finally kick off her solo career just right, the baby sibling of six wanted to focus on her singing even though husband Vince was ready to become a father. Last June, Tamar gave birth to her son Logan and insisted this will be her first, her last, and her only.

Check Out A First Scene From “A Day Late And A Dollar Short” Starring Whoopi Goldberg

March 17th, 2014 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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Who else is super excited for the TV movie based on Terry McMillan’s New York Times bestseller, A Day Late and a Dollar Short? After a whole lot of talk and confusion for fans of the book as to when the movie would finally be made and how, the TV movie is all set to premiere on Saturday, April 19 on Lifetime (at 8/7c by the way). Good news! If you can’t wait that long, clips from the film have already come out to get you even more excited for April.

The film of course follows Viola Price (played by Whoopi Goldberg), her trifling husband, Cecil (played by Ving Rhames), their four grown children and the tumultuous relationship they all have.

Here’s the full description for background:

In A Day Late and a Dollar Short, when irascible matriarch Viola Price (Goldberg) learns that her next asthma attack will likely kill her, she is determined to fix her fractured family before she leaves this world, from her relationship with her husband (Rhames), to the lives of her four children and grandchildren. While on this quest, she must contend with sibling rivalry, teen pregnancy and prescription drug addiction – and that is only one child.  Additionally, her jailbird son (Pfifer) needs to learn how to be a better father, her granddaughter is in bigger trouble than her daughter is willing to admit and her estranged husband needs saving from his scheming younger girlfriend.  It’s the kind of meddling that the Price family hasn’t experienced from Viola in decades, and she won’t have an easy time bending her loved ones to her will.

In the clip provided below, Price awakens at the hospital with her kids and husband standing around her, arguing about whose fault it is that she’s in such a bad state.

Other major players in this movie include Anika Noni Rose, Kimberly Elise, and Tichina Arnold, who along with Phifer, play her adult children.

The preview clip alone is already quite entertaining, but you check it out for yourself and let us know if you will be tuning in come April 19.

 

Listen Up! Surprising Celebrities Who Voiced These Popular Cartoon Characters

March 5th, 2014 - By Veronica Wells
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Celebrities Who Voiced These Popular Cartoon Characters

Major hat tip to Andre (The Black Nerd) and Screen Gems for providing the information for many of the slides. I was so impressed with the video and the information I learned while watching, that I had to share with you all. I wasn’t even a big cartoon kid growing up but I know the actors on this list and was totally surprised to learn they voiced these very popular cartoon and animated characters. Check out the list and let us know which ones surprised you.

Celebs Who Traced Their DNA Roots

February 13th, 2014 - By Iva Anthony
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With advancements in modern technology, we can now have our DNA traced back hundreds of years with just a couple swabs of the cheek. As you know, the MN editorial staff is currently awaiting results of the DNA testing with Ancestry.com, so we decided to shout out these celebrities who went on a hunt to find out where their lineage lies. Here are 15 celebs who traced their DNA roots.

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Whoopi Goldberg

Whoopi Goldberg was born and raised in New York City but after having her DNA traced a few years back, the talk show co-host now has another place to call home. Her genetic make up consists of 92% sub-Saharan African descent. The Sarafina star’s ancestors are from the Papel and Bayote tribes, who mainly clustered in what is now modern-day Guinea-Bissau. Goldberg is interested in receiving her citizenship from the tiny African country.

Natural Hair, Don’t Care! 12 Successful Women Who Have “Made It” With Their ‘Fros & Locs

December 4th, 2013 - By Kimberly Gedeon
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vanessa vandyke afroThere’s an underlying myth plaguing the African-American community that wearing one’s natural tresses is an impediment to success. In the case of Vanessa VanDyke, a 12-year-old girl threatened to be expelled due to her voluminous mane, many people deemed her natural hair to be “unprofessional.” But is the issue much deeper than this?

For centuries, the unique characteristics of Black women have been undermined by Eurocentric standards of beauty and we’ve all been wired to believe that somehow our hair — in its purest, natural state — affects our skills, abilities, and competence in the workplace. Check out some of the ladies who challenged these erroneous notions and grabbed success by the horns — coils, kinks, curls and all.