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2012: THE 69TH ANNUAL GOLDEN GLOBES FINALLY HAS COLOR; IDRIS ELBA, OCTAVIA SPENCER & MORGAN FREEMAN RECOGNIZED

Award shows have been criticized for having too few participants or winners of color.  However, tonight the Golden Globes may have overcome that objection.  An African-American woman and two men actually won a Globe.

Idris Elba won “Best Performance” by an Actor in a Mini-Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television award for ‘Luther’.  While I have not yet seen it, he is an incredible actor and it is definitely on my list.  He certainly is deserving of recognition for his many masterful roles.

Octavia Spencer won “Best Supporting Actress” for ‘The Help’. Originally the movie received backlash due to its subject.  It is a story based on the maids interpretation of our dark side of our history.  This is a movie I did see, and was also reluctant at first.  But I’m glad I saw it, because her performance was amazing and it was definitely worth seeing.  The movie made you laugh, cry, and rejoice for how far we have actually come decades later.

Morgan Freeman was also honored with a special recognition, “The Cecil B. Demille Award” for lifetime achievement. Living legend, Sidney Poitier and Helen Mirren presented this extremely talented actor with this honor.  Freeman has made over 50 films and his span of work is truly incredible.  In each movie he gives 100% of himself and you can be fairly certain if he is in the movie, it will be a hit.  

Watching three African-American actors being recognized in one year was awesome to watch and fitting, just a day before the Martin Luther King holiday.  It is exactly what Mr. King fought for so many years ago, “Equality for all”.  He must be smiling down and is certainly reminded once again, losing his life for a cause was not in vain.  They were all so deserving and it gives us hope for the future.  I can not wait to see Tyler Perry win for “Best Director” or “Best Film”, that would top the cake.

On a side note, it appears most stars were also celebrating MLK holiday, because everyone including Brad Pitt, Johnny Depp, Madonna, Leonardo DiCaprio, and George Clooney were extremely tan.  Did they have a tanning booth back stage or what?  And Angelina Jolie needs to eat a few cheeseburgers, her arms looked incredibly thin which was frightening to see.

It was also funny to see how second-time host Ricky Gervais had the stars looking so tense.  While he ended up being on “better” behavior, they seemed to sweat as he opened the show.   Many barely laughed, which was probably because they were too worried he may call them out.  We American’s are too stiff, we need to lighten up like the Brit’s.

FULL LIST OF GOLDEN GLOBE WINNERS AND CHECK OUT WHAT THEY WERE WEARING!

 
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Posted by on January 15, 2012 in ENTERTAINMENT

 

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2011: MADONNA TO PERFORM AT SUPER BOWL XLVI; BEATING LADY GAGA FOR SPOT

VIDEO FOR MADONNA BEATING LADY GAGA

Pop star and diva, Madonna, has agreed to perform at the Bridgestone Super Bowl XLVI Halftime show on February 5, 2012.  The game will be played at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.

This should offer NFL fans an exciting show, since she has partnered up with the team from Cirque du Soleil,  and multimedia artists from Moment Factory.  According to the NFL and NBC it will be “a signature performance”.

Madonna fans will certainly get a treat…although she is now a middle-aged mom, her rockin abilities are still in full force!  It was earlier reported that Madonna beat out Lady Gaga for the spot…seems there is always some truth to the rumors.

 
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Posted by on December 5, 2011 in HEADLINE NEWS

 

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5/17/11: OPRAH FAREWELL TAPING DRAWS CELEBRITIES & 13,000 FANS TO UNITED CENTER

OPRAH WINFREY ended her 25 years as talk show host with a bang, at Chicago’s United Center along with 13,000 fans in the attendance and an array of Mega Stars.  The celebrities on hand to support Oprah included;  Madonna, Beyoncé, Halle Berry, Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes along with many more offering her touching farewell messages, via satellite.

The fans were pumped as Oprah asked, “Having fun?”  They cheered as she added “So am I!  So darn cool!”  The producers stocked up with 13,000 boxes of tissue, for the die-hard fans who are devastated by her departure, just in case they could not hold back their tears.

Tom Hanks was the master of ceremonies and had some incredible things to say about the “Queen of talk”.  Offering encouraging words, by saying “You are surrounded by nothing but love”. He nailed it, because for so many people, Oprah has been an inspiration offering them words of advice and addressing “taboo” topics.

Whether you are a fan of Oprah or not, there is no denying she has been a major influence on millions of viewers over the years.  She also has also allowed many to understand, if you push hard enough you can achieve your goals.  Coming from a simple background with many things stacked against her, she proved to the world success is possible.  Being an African-American, “full-figured” powerful woman making billions, is an accomplishment to be proud of, and a reason to support her efforts.

The final taping of the two shows, was shot at the United Center and will air May 23 and May 24 but her final episode will tape next week and air on May 25.

Oprah told the crowd, “I feel the love, and I thank you for it,” adding that the viewers present and around the world “honor me in the deepest way possible.”  Wishing Oprah the very best, we know she has more to offer during her lifetime, and we will certainly see her around for a long time.

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Posted by on May 18, 2011 in ENTERTAINMENT

 

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