Sound Bites: Celebrity Quotes And Commentary We’re Following This Week

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From fired shots to inspiring words, Hollywood has been full of celebrity quotes this week. Have you been keeping up with the commentary?

Angela Bassett

In an interview with Yahoo, Bassett shared her theory on why she chooses to play such strong, complex women:

“Maybe growing up in a single family household with my mom, my sister, and I,” Bassett notes. “I think it’s her pushing me, her having high expectations of us, her not taking average. I think that sort of push… I think she kind of planted that in me and it’s just a way to have some sort of control in a world where you hardly have any.”

Kanye West

On how becoming a family man has changed him:

“[I’m] so, so, so, so happy,” he says. “And I’m happy for the normal reasons to be happy. Because I married the woman of my dreams and I have a beautiful daughter and so many beautiful people around me … I have a son on the way.”


In a new Vanity Fair cover story, Rihanna was asked about all kinds of things, including her thoughts on Rachel Dolezal:

“I think she was a bit of a hero, because she kind of flipped on society a little bit. Is it such a horrible thing that she pretended to be black? Black is a great thing, and I think she legit changed people’s perspective a bit and woke people up.”

Do you agree?

Nicki Minaj

Remember that beef Nicki Minaj had with Miley Cyrus during the VMAs? Well, Minaj explained the root of it all in a chat with the New York Times. Minaj explained why she was so perturbed with Cyrus and the pop star’s decision to downplay her past concerns about appropriation.

“If you want to enjoy our culture and our lifestyle, bond with us, dance with us, have fun with us, twerk with us, rap with us, then you should also want to know what affects us, what is bothering us, what we feel is unfair to us.’’

Derek Fisher

Did he or didn’t he get beat up by Matt Barnes for trying to date Gloria Govan? While Fisher wouldn’t say yes or no, he did say that he let his Knicks players know that no matter what is going on in his personal life, he would show up and show out for them.

“I wanted to make sure that before they were asked about it at least that they heard from me directly about my state of mind and how present I am,” Fisher said. “I’ve been through a lot in life and experienced a lot of things. And sometimes we go through things in life that we can or cannot control. I’m here; I’m focused. It’s not something that’s going to take me away from who we are and what we’re trying to do. And I assured them of that. The only way to do that is to go out and do your job…”

Sounds like that’s a yes to the butt-whooping…

Amber Rose

During her Slut Walk in L.A., Rose had this to say about forgiving her exes, Kanye West, and Wiz Khalifa, for slut-shaming her:

“They are ignorant at times. People are ignorant. You have to be the bigger person, be the positive person, to forgive, move on and help other people around you that have been through the same thing. Let’s all come together and be positive role models for each other and let that negative sh*t go.”

50 Cent

The rapper and mogul had a lot to say about Empire‘s recent dip in ratings. He reposted a message from a blog site that said they couldn’t “take the extra gay stuff” or “celebrity stuff” in recent episodes. In his own words, 50 said, “EMPIRES RATINGS TOOK A HUGE HIT. Ok I’ll stop now. COOKIE CALL ME BABY. I’ll tell every body to watch the show for you.LOL” 

Jesse Williams

The actor shared his perspective on the offensive “angry black” stereotype:

“It doesn’t begin with rage, right. It’s a community that’s f*cking hurting and is really disappointed in itself, in the people that it trusted, in the government it paid taxes to,” he points out. “That is where the frustration comes from.”

Tamera Mowry-Housley

The Real co-host had this to say about choosing between all the different “parenting styles” and figuring out what works for her as a mother:

“Do what’s right for you and your family, and that’s what I have learned as I’ve gotten older and met with other moms. I’ve learned that everybody has their different parenting styles, but there’s one thing we all have in common, and that is take care of that child the best way we know how.”

Michelle Williams

Williams told OK! Magazine that she’s okay with having no kids at 35. In fact, she may not want to have children at all:

“I love children. I think they are beautiful, but I don’t know. My womb is not tickling for children.”

Cate Blanchett

In an interview with Yahoo, the award-winning actress shared tips on staying healthy but making sure you’re having fun.

“Look, nothing in life is easier if you don’t drink, don’t smoke, and you sleep. But you have to be able to get some steam off, too.”

Jennifer Lawrence

What does the Oscar winner think of our current batch of presidential candidates?

“If Donald Trump becomes president, that will be the end of the world.”

Find out why she thinks Mr. Trump’s run for the presidency is actually a joke in her recent interview with EW.

Tupac Shakur

Check out the insightful opinions shared by Shakur from a letter he wrote while incarcerated in 1995:

“When a normal man questions his existence, it begins with childhood, teenager, adult,” Shakur muses. “However, when most black males examine their lives, especially those of us from the ghetto upbringing, realize this is not our development stages.

Ours begins with a young dustkicker, a thug ni–a and finally a boss playa. Each stage has many obstacles and pleasure, but they are all lethal if not played properly.”

Find out how much this letter was recently sold for here.

Oprah Winfrey

What inspires her? What drives her? Winfrey shared all that information and more in a recent Variety cover story.

“I am driven to all things by the one thing that is my brand. And my heart is my brand.”

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