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- 06/16/11--08:29: Elvis Mitchell is New Film Independent/LACMA Film Curator
- 06/16/11--08:51: She's Baaack! Oprah Plots Rescue of Stumbling Network
- 06/16/11--10:15: Judge Sends Model Jessica White to Anger Management
- 06/16/11--10:17: Is Dave Chappelle Returning to TV?
- 06/16/11--10:22: Target Hires Union Actors For Internal Non-Union Video
- 06/16/11--11:02: Janet Jackson's Short to Long Hair Transformation
- 06/17/11--01:49: Blair Underwood to Make Broadway Debut in 'A Streetcar Named Desire'
- 06/17/11--01:57: Obama Admin Objects to Alaska Oil and Gas Development Bill
- 06/17/11--02:05: Black Political Group Demands Firing of Fox Business Network Host
- 06/17/11--02:15: Taking the A Train to Summer
- 06/17/11--02:22: Black Girls & Coming of Age Films
- 06/17/11--02:34: Amar'e Stoudemire: LeBron Needs to Connect Better with Public
- 06/17/11--05:10: Juneteenth and Slavery in Brooklyn
- 06/17/11--07:59: What to do This Weekend: MoCADA Soul of Brooklyn Week
- 06/17/11--08:24: Seeing Double: New Model Grace Bol, The Next Alek Wek?
- 06/17/11--08:33: Gallery: The Week's Best Celebrity Style
- 06/17/11--08:40: Allen Iverson's Wife Re-files for Divorce
- 06/17/11--09:33: Thanks, Dad, for Believing in Me Before I Did
- 06/17/11--11:30: Rapper Lupe Fiasco Will Appear on The O' Reilly Factor
Elvis Mitchell lands on his feet yet again. One thing about having been a film critic at the New York Times, visiting professor at Harvard, documentary filmmaker, and KCRW host of The Treatment: you get plenty of cred. Thus it's no surprise that Film Independent and Los Angeles County Museum of Art director Michael Govan are hiring film critic Mitchell (who recently departed Movieline under a cloud of controversy) as the museum's outsourced film curator. He in effect will replace outgoing film curator Ian Birnie, who has run LACMA's film department for 14 years. The film program at LACMA was saved from suspension in October 2008 by an outcry from the film community, including director Martin Scorsese, and bailouts from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, Time Warner Cable and Ovation TV, which helped to cover budget shortfalls. Mitchell will take over in September.Read more here.
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A former New York Giants wide receiver may have gone from a loved figure to a hated one in New York after his comments on the possibility of gay marriage being legalized in the state.
David Tyree, who became a hero after making a game-changing catch in Super Bowl XLII, made a video for the National Organization for Marriage, warning of "anarchy" if gay marriage is legalized.
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It has been less than a month since the last episode of the Oprah Winfrey Show aired and already the Queen is back on her grind, this time to rejuvenate her somewhat ailing television network.
After sprinting to the starting line and bursting through the gates, OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network has since watched its ratings tumble. But with her long-running talk show now a teary-eyed memory - dab-dab, sniff-sniff - Winfrey has committed herself to building the brand and bolstering her network's ratings.
"The vacation that I thought that I was going to have is over," Oprah Winfrey told more than 1,000 people attending the National Cable & Telecommunications Assn. convention in Chicago, according to a story in the 'Los Angeles Times' this morning. "I need to be there. I need to be engaged and be involved," Winfrey said.
That means a move from her beloved Chicago to Los Angeles.
Winfrey said that all of her energy had been dedicated to taping her 25th season of the Oprah Winfrey Show, which left little time to worry about plummeting ratings and programming. The result? OWN has struggled to find its voice. The network was built on the Winfrey brand, but without the big O in the building or her magical hands on the wheel, the network, a joint venture with Discovery Communications Inc. has been by some estimation, a disappointment.
"I let other people worry about the ratings," Winfrey told the audience, conceding that she doesn't even open daily email that might contain media coverage about OWN. No need for an email, she said, when she can flip to the channel herself and see what's lacking: the glorious stuff that made the Oprah Winfrey Show spark and sizzle.
To boost ratings Winfrey said that she would land big name guests for specials that would air exclusively on the channel. She named two of her most desired guests.
First up, Susan Smith, the South Carolina mother who in 1995 was sentenced to life in prison for killing her two young sons.
Winfrey said she always wanted to have Smith on her show to explain her thinking and her actions, the L.A. Times reported.
The second, drum roll please... O.J. Simpson!
"I have a dream of O.J. Simpson confessing to me," Winfrey said.
Winfrey said the interview would come with conditions, not least of which would be Simpson agreeing to confess to killing his former wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, a crime that he was acquitted for also back in 1995.
"I want the interview on the condition that you are ready, Mr. Simpson," Winfrey said. "And I am going to make that happen, people."
Filed under: Celeb Updates
Victoria Secrets model Jessica White must be relieved after recent criminal charges against her were dropped. She allegedly assaulted a woman, Vanessa Kia, outside of a Chelsea nightclub over a taxi, and appeared in Manhattan Criminal Court on June 15th for her sentencing.
White has maintained her innocence from the beginning. She told the New York Post, "I acted out of self-defense. We know what happened that night."
Mark Heller, a lawyer defending White, said, "She did absolutely nothing wrong. [Kia] threw herself at [White's] group, and started pushing and fighting with them...she recognized she was Jessica White, and was shouting, 'You're a celebrity. I'm going to take you down." The lawyer also stated that surveillance tapes show White never initiated the fight.
The conditions of the dismissal are fairly straightforward: White must follow the judge's orders, which include attending anger management classes, paying $490 in fines and three days of community service. She also has to stay out of trouble for the next six months. David Smith, an attorney for White, told the Daily News, "It is not an admission of my client's guilt. This case will now correctly end in a complete dismissal."
White is happy with the results of the case and is looking forward to moving on. With the help of her mentor, Russell Simmons, the model will begin work on an anti-child abuse campaign. In addition, she has several career projects in the works including a new skin line for women of color, a new self-help book about addiction, and an appearance in a new reality show.
Filed under: Television
From Entertainment Weekly:
Dave Chappelle is denying a report that he's planning a return to television. Online paper The Daily wrote the former Comedy Central star was plotting to reboot his TV career by making a deal with a subscription service like Hulu or Netflix that would allow him a strong amount of creative control.
Read more here.
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If you have been hired at Target Corp. in recent years, chances are you may have endured watching this 13-minute anti-union video which is required viewing for all new employees.
Though Nicky Buggs and Ric Reitz, the two actors in the video seen below, are preaching the pitfalls of joining a union, they are in fact real-life members of a union, according to a story at Salon.
Buggs and Reitz are members of the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA) union. Gawker obtained the video and outlines the details of its anti-union spiel, noting how the video tells employees "you can get more hours" without a union.
The discovery of the video, which was made in 2003, couldn't have happened at a worse time for Target Corp. The company is in the midst of a tense battle with the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union who have launched their first pro-union campaign at 27 Target stores in the New York City area. On Friday (June 17), more than 260 workers at the Target store in Valley Stream, New York, will vote on whether to form a union.
Reitz, who comic book fans may recognize as the guy who plays the U.S. president in the new film 'The Green Lantern,' told Salon when he first received the script for the Target video that the content seemed "very awkward." When he expressed his concerns to AFTRA, a representative told him doing the video would not be a problem as long as the information was not "purposefully inaccurate," or Reitz didn't personally take a position, according to Salon's interview with the actor.
Buggs was not available for comment in the Salon article.
And Target spokeswoman Molly Snyder declined to comment on why Target decided to use union actors.
Maybe Target Corp. should consider a sequel in which the actors portrayed are actual store employees. But on second thought, any anti-union propaganda might be a moot point if workers vote to unionize come Friday (June 17).
For an informative analysis of the Target workers' unionizing efforts, see here.
Janet Jackson looked amazing in her bold crop cut just a few months ago, but recently she stepped out at the 'Liaisons Au Louvre II' Charity Gala with long wavy locks. We're not sure if Ms. Jackson is wearing a wig or a weave, but it's a dramatic change that suits her. Long or short, natural or relaxed, real of fake, you gotta have fun switching up your hair.
From the Hollywood Reporter:
Blair Underwood has found a new gig following the cancellation of NBC's The Event. He will make his Broadway debut as Stanley Kowalski in Tennessee Williams' 'A Streetcar Named Desire,' to be directed by Emily Mann.
Read more here.
From the New York Times:
The Obama administration today said a proposal from House Natural Resources Chairman Doc Hastings (R-Wash.) to expedite oil and gas leasing and energy infrastructure permitting in an Alaska reserve could force federal regulators to flout environmental laws and includes a costly, redundant resource assessment. Mike Pool, deputy director of the Bureau of Land Management, also announced the agency will hold lease sales in the National Petroleum Reserve, known as NPR-A, in December 2011 and each year after, making good on the administration's mid-May promise to expedite development in the 23-million-acre reserve.Read more here.
From the Los Angeles Times:
An African American political organization is demanding that Eric Bolling, the host of Fox Business Network's "Follow The Money" be fired for making what they called racist comments about President Obama and saying that he hosts "hoods in the hizzy." ColorofChange.org, which bills itself as the nation's largest African American online political organization, said it has collected 65,000 signatures demanding that Bolling be fired for comments, including one in which he said that Obama was "chugging 40s in Ireland" while tornadoes ravaged Missouri.
Read more here.
From the New York Times:
When the sun glares down on the city, New Yorkers of means flee for the beach. Matt Kaye, a bar manager and D.J. who lives in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, was such a refugee. He sat outside Rippers, a new grass-fed-burger shack that opened over the Memorial Day weekend, sipping an iced coffee. In the distance, a pod of surfers bobbed in the water, waiting for waves. An inked-up pal from Brooklyn, carrying a beach umbrella, wandered by to chat about swimming conditions. "The water's too cold," said Mr. Kaye, who wore a faded Spuds MacKenzie T-shirt and 10-day stubble. "But you know I had to get in for a minute."Read more here.
From Clutch Magazine:
Growing up, I remember the impact of black girl films on my budding personhood. There was: Just Another Girl on the I.R.T. (1992), Crooklyn (1994), Our Song (2000), What About Your Friends: Weekend Get-Away (2002), amongst a few others. While it did feel rare to see our faces on film, the lack didn't instill a feeling of desperation since black girls were on television quite frequently in the 1990s to early 2000s. Coupled with The Cosby Show, Family Matters, The Parent 'Hood, and Moesha, our films and television programming reflected the multiple realities of black girls across the nation.
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From Slam Online:
Even prior to LeBron James' bitter and bone-headed comments following the Miami Heat's elimination from the NBA Finals, people were already rooting against him for a slew of reasons, most of which had nothing to do with the game of basketball. James tried to clarify what he meant, but the PR damage had already been done. Amar'e Stoudemire, a beloved figure in New York and across the NBA, has some advice for LBJ about dealing with the general public.Read more here.
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From Fort Greene Patch:
Pia Murray did not know what Juneteenth was until she left her Crown Heights home for college in Oberlin, Ohio, a town that had been one of the final stops on the Underground Railroad for escaped slaves. Since 1995, Oberlin has annually celebrated Juneteenth, the day marking the end of slavery in the U.S.
Brenda Brunson-Bey had known about Juneteenth all her life when she moved from Augusta, Georgia to Brooklyn, although she knew it by a different name; her community called it Family Day.
"It was almost a hush-hush thing," says Brunson-Bey, the owner of the Tribal Truths Collection store on South Oxford Street, who believes the African-Americans in her hometown had celebrated with a picnic and holiday festivities every year for generations.
As far as she knows, there were no Juneteenth celebrations anywhere in Brooklyn until 2000, when she herself decided to create one in Fort Greene. Some 150 people attended - a few actually knew what Juneteenth was - and an annual tradition was born.
Last year, the Fort Greene Juneteenth Arts Festival attracted more than a thousand people.
Learn More about this growing celebration at Fort Greene Patch
June 18 kicks off The Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts (MoCADA) second annual 'Soul of Brooklyn Week.' The week long celebration offers Brooklyn residents, art enthusiasts and tourists an opportunity to experience all that Brooklyn's African Diaspora has to offer. The week features 18 events, including performances, street fairs, educational events, workshops, tastings, film screenings and shopping opportunities from June 18th through June 25th at locations throughout the borough. Read more.
Filed under: Fashion Files
"People actually think I'm Alek when I'm walking down the street," said new model Grace Bol in 'New York Magazine'. "Several people have chased me down just to get my autograph, and even when I explain to them that I'm not Alek, they think I'm lying! All I tell them is 'I'm Grace.'"
Bol, 21, who stands at 5-foot, 10-inches, and the 5-foot, 11-inch Alek Wek, 34, have similar striking features such as long limbs and dark ebony skin. Both were born in Sudan but Bol immigrated to and was discovered in Kansas as a child.
She's a tomboy by nature who was encouraged to model by her peers in the Midwest and loves food. "I don't know about other models, but I eat," she said. "I just try and eat healthy by eating all types of foods. Once a week, though, I will eat whatever I want."
In five years, she hopes to return to Sudan and provide jobs to those struggling. "I'm confident I would never be one of those people who spend their money on materialistic things," she explained. "I want to go back home and help people."
Bol has already walked the Fall 2011 Givenchy, Vivienne Westwood and Maison Martin Marigela shows and is starting off her career in high fashion on the right foot.
Check out what celebrities were the most fashionable this week. They pulled out their hottest outfits for the premiere of 'The Green Lantern,' WTA's Pre-Wimbledon party, the Keep A Child Alive fundraiser and 65th Annual Tony Awards and the 2nd Annual amfAR Inspiration Gala.
From the Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
The wife of former NBA star Allen Iverson has re-filed for divorce, an attorney told the AJC. Tawanna Iverson initially filed for divorce March 2, 2010, in Fulton County Superior Court, citing that her marriage was "irretrievably broken." The announcement came a week after Allen Iverson announced he was leaving the Philadelphia 76ers for the rest of the season to be with a sick daughter. The couple has five children.
Read more here.
There I was, standing outside in the middle of a concrete court in the hot sun. All alone, I started to walk across the grass to get the basketball that had gotten me in this predicament. Why hadn't I chosen to go to the closer park?Sure, the rim was a little bent and the court was on a slant but it was a lot closer to my house. I had seen this same story repeat far too many times: Son asks Dad to help him with basketball, both proceed to park, dad frustrates son, son kicks ball and dad leaves son to walk all the way home. Except this story goes a little differently: father leaves daughter. In my fresh pair of Tracy McGrady Adidas shoes, I began that same "walk of shame" home that my brothers took so many times before me.
The third child and only girl, born to Larry and Sara Parker, I grew up idolizing my older brothers. Anthony and Marcus were my heroes and I tried to do everything they did. They once went shirtless to the park to play tennis. I was the three-year-old tag-a-long sister with bows and ribbons in my hair and was as bare chested as they were. Mom and dad always pushed us to be the best that we could be. As cliché as that sounds, it's the truth. My parents never treated me any differently because I was a girl. I was held to the same expectations and the same standards as my brothers.
My dad was my first coach and drove me extremely hard from a very young age. So much so that his nickname around the suburban streets of Naperville, Illinois was "Joe Jackson." But instead of practicing my singing and dance moves, I honed my speed and quickness for the first time on a soccer field. Along with the constant of orange slices and juice boxes, there was my dad pacing the sidelines of the soccer field.
This same scenario carried on all the way through middle school and AAU basketball; my dad on the sidelines not only encouraging me, but pushing me to be great. He never pushed my brothers or I out of his own desires, he knew we wanted to be great and he was there to help us achieve our goals and guide us along. Often times he played tough guy and sometimes the bad guy because he knew eventually I would reap the benefits and see results. My dad saw greatness and believed in me before I ever did.
From my first dunk at 14 years old to my second NCAA Championship at the University of Tennessee, my intense training with my dad was always to credit. From day one, my dad put me through the same regimen as he put my brothers. I was expected to be as tough as they were, complete the same drills that they did and practice just as many jump shots. The only difference was on the days that I felt like I couldn't compare with my brothers, my dad told me otherwise.
Joe Jackson turned into Daddy, inspiring me to keep going and teaching me that failure is simply a reason to work harder. On my best days, such as when I was a junior in high school coming off a 42-point performance and near triple-double, my dad was there to tell me I haven't arrived yet and bring me back to reality. Today I know that there is still work to be done, but along the way my I am achieving my dreams.
In July 2009, I spoke at a court dedication thanking my family, friends and all those that influenced me and helped me along my journey. Who would have thought, the same court that I walked home from so many years ago, would one day not bear the name of one of my brothers, but mine, "Candace Parker Court." Thank you mom and dad for always encouraging me to be great and never allowing the excuse, "but I'm a girl."
This was also published on The Huffington Post.
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Chicago rapper Lupe Fiasco has become one of the most intriguing people of the week after a recent interview in which he called President Obama, "the biggest terrorist of the United States", ignited a firestorm of controversy. He is now scheduled to appear on Fox News' "The O'Reilly Factor" next week, after receiving an invitation from host Bill O'Reilly to discuss his comments about the President.
O' Reilly called Lupe's words "outrageous" and furthered his critique of the rapper by labeling him a "pinhead" for rejecting an invitation to appear on his show. In a recent Twitter post, Lupe fired back at O' Reilly's accusation:
The contradictory report from Lupe has led to major confusion regarding whether or not Lupe will in fact be on the O' Reilly show. According to the Examiner, Lupe is confirmed as a guest for next week to discuss his remarks about President Obama, his stance against the U.S. government, and his philosophy of not voting in political elections.