Monthly Archives: September 2015

Keke Palmer Interviewed for ‘W Magazine’

keke-palmer-1-760x1140

I’ve always like Keke Palmer, from Akeelah and the Bee to True Jackson, VP to her newest role as Zayday Williams on FOX’s comedy/horror show Scream Queens.  She’s talented, beautiful, and at only 22 years old, incredibly grounded.

“My work is my life,” Keke says. “I’ve worked so much that I don’t know the difference between my personal life and my work, or my personal friends and my work friends.” In addition to Scream Queens, she’s also juggling the release of her second album and working her own talk show, “Just Keke,” which premiered last year on BET, making her the youngest talk show host in television history.

So, how does she do it? “I’ve done a lot of meditation studying on my own, but I’ve also taken a couple of transcendence classes,” Keke says, talking a mile a minute with a Midwest accent, a testament to her childhood in Illinois. “I do twenty minutes [of meditation] in the morning and twenty minutes in the afternoon. It clears my mind and allows me to be ready for the next thing, without getting so compact that my mind goes into overload.” [W Magazine]

keke-palmer-2-394x508

(photo credit:  W Magazine)

Best Commercial Ever

One of the best things to come out of the Emmys besides Best Supporting Actress wins by Regina King and Uzo Aduba, and an historic win by Viola Davis for Best Lead Actress in a Drama, was a commercial starring Kerry Washington, Taraji P. Henson and Mary J. Blige.

In my household commercials are usually obstacles to be overcome and fast-forwarded through, but this Apple commercial was so good that I’ve watched it multiple times.  It reminds me of afternoons spent with my girls, drinking wine, eating pizza and happily cutting up.  It hit all the right notes, making me want to buy whatever Apple was selling.

I’m still not completely sure what it is, but thanks to Kerry, Taraji and Mary, I want one.

‘The Good Wife’ Casts Vanessa Williams

Vanessa Williams will be back on prime-time television this fall on The Good Wife.  Unfortunately, it’s only for a recurring role, but we’ll take Queen Vanessa any way we can get her.

The Ugly Betty alum will play Courtney Boalt, “an extremely successful, self-made businesswoman, who is potentially interested in backing Peter Florrick’s (Chris Noth) campaign for president. In the process, she meets Eli Gold (Alan Cumming), sparking a mutual attraction,” reads a CBS release.  [Source:  EW]

Vanessa-Williams

Why ignorant people should not be on Twitter: Nancy Lee Grahn edition

While most peoople were celebrating Viola Davis’s historic victory last night at the Emmys there were still a few Bitter Bitches out there. Most of them were upset that Viola “brought race into it,” because race had nothing to do with the fact it took 67 years for a black woman to win, right?

Yeah right.

One of bitterest of them all was a soap opera actress by the name of Nancy Lee Grahn, who while claiming to be a “human rights advocate” took to Twitter to publicly humiliate herself on the topic of human rights, specifically human rights for POC.

First tweet:

I wish I loved #ViolaDavis Speech, but I thought she should have let @shondarhimes write it. #Emmys

 

Continue reading Why ignorant people should not be on Twitter: Nancy Lee Grahn edition

Regina King and Uzo Aduba’s winning speeches

WOC had a good night last night at the Emmys, not only did Viola Davis make history, but Regina King and Uzo Aduba also brought home hardware for their roles in American Crime and Orange is the New Black.

Regina seemed genuinely surprised to have won since she didn’t prepare a speech. She was adorably flustered:

Continue reading Regina King and Uzo Aduba’s winning speeches

‘Reversion’ (2015)

reversion

Apparently, Aja Naomi King has a movie that is going to be released soon, and I’m ashamed to admit that I had no idea.  It’s called Reversion, a sci-fi/thriller that is slated to have a limited release on Oct. 9 before being released nationally.

The wonderful Shadow & Act put this movie on my radar, and based on the terrific trailer, I’m definitely going to check it out.

Courtesy of Shadow & Act:

The film stars Aja Naomi King (“How to Get Away with Murder”) as Sophie Clé, “a delighted user of the Oubli, a wisp of high-tech jewelry that wraps behind the ear and uses neuroscience to help its users experience their most joyful memories as if they were happening for the first time. In addition to being the head of marketing for the company that makes this revolutionary memory-enhancing wearable device, she is also the daughter of its inventor, Jack Clé (Colm Feore). Sophie’s most joyful memory is the last day she saw her mother alive, fifteen years earlier. But on the eve of the Oubli’s worldwide launch, a stranger named Isa (Jeanette Samano) kidnaps Sophie, setting off a chain of events that remind us all, you can’t escape what you can’t forget.”

I can’t even begin to express my excitement over this.  It’s not very often we get thrillers, and sci-fi thrillers no less, starring women of color.  Especially black women.  So to see another talented black actress in this type of role is heartening.  And from a business standpoint, it only makes sense.

Continue reading ‘Reversion’ (2015)

Viola Davis makes history with Emmy win and her speech is EPIC

Viola Davis made history Sunday night as the first black woman to win Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series. She was fully aware of just how important her win was, and she came prepared. Her acceptance speech was all sorts of awesome.

She quoted Harriet Tubman!!! She pegged the Coolness Meter with this one. But I think the best part was this quote:

“Let me tell you something: the only thing that separates women of color from anyone else is opportunity. You cannot win an Emmy for roles that are simply not there.”

Preach it! Viola made her point and she made with dignity and class, no angry black woman here. Check out Taraji’s reaction, and we agree:

tarajigif credit: Giphy.com

Congratulations Viola. You made a lot of people very happy tonight. We love you and look forward to the next season of How To Get Away With Murder

Tichina Arnold Is Right

With Matt Damon’s recent incredibly tone-deaf comments on diversity in Hollywood, a recent interview Tichina Arnold for Rolling Out magazine is  right on time.  As has been my stance, she thinks it’s not only important for black people to have plenty of content, but that it should actually be good.

“I think it’s important that we as Black people keep good content,” says Arnold. “We’ve got to stay current and staying current is telling truth and what’s going on. We’re watching reality shows and this is almost a different type of reality that’s [being] told in a different way. I think it’s a great time for Black actors to really be able to stretch.”

She also opines that diversity behind the scenes is as important and necessary as it is on the screen:

“We need to own our content and be a part of the content,” she explains. “Where are the black writers in the room? We need them in the room. I’ve been on all black shows where there isn’t one black writer. That’s where it starts. We need to be in positions of power and in places where we’re part of the creative process. If we’re not in that room, it will be the same thing all over again. That’s why it’s very important to have people like Shonda Rhimes and Ava Duvernay and Ali Leroi — we need to be in positions of power to actively and effectively make changes that we want to see. You’ve got to go do it. It’s not coming to you.”

This is what people like Matt Damon fail to get.  They think if they simply slap a few people of color in front of the camera, that’s good enough.  But it’s not.  There needs to be balance, and right now that’s mostly missing.

With the success of shows like Empire, black-ish, How to Get Away With Murder and Fresh Off the Boat, here’s hoping that the bigwigs in Hollywood finally got the hint.