I’m Skipping the Oscars, But…

If you are reading this, you’re not likely going to be attending the 2016 Oscars. In fact, only half of the 6,000 members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will be there because Kodak Theatre has a seating capacity of 3,400.

I know that Will and Jada Pinkett Smith and Spike Lee have begun a movement to get folks to not pay attention to the Oscars because of the lack of diversity but the reality for me is this… I didn’t see most of the films. I don’t go to the movies. I don’t even have a television! I am usually enveloped in the fashions that you can’t really escape if you have any kind of social media account.

But… I want to draw attention to a few things I’ve been thinking about…

Is it realistic for actors like Tyrese Gibson and 50 Cent to ask Chris Rock not to host the Oscars? Isn’t Chris Rock a part of the diversity that the show needs? Would they like for Chris Rock to be replaced by a white man?

b2e918cb544423c4041d0ae3fd010d81d6467c1438e0e2adabbfc6e0636cfae0I didn’t see many of the films but I did see a wonderful documentary about Nina Simone that has been nominated for Best Feature Documentary by Liz Garbus.

Here are a few other nominees that tell stories you may care about…

Best Documentary Short – Body Team 12

Best Documentary Short – Last Day of Freedom

Writing/Origin Screenplay – Straight out of Compton

 

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Beyonce Opens Up About her Miscarriage

[BET.COM’s Dorkys Ramos] Her husband, Jay-Z, first mentioned the miscarriage she suffered in the past in his 2012 song “Glory,” but up until now Beyoncé has never opened up about that moment. In her upcoming HBO documentary, “Life Is But a Dream,” Beyoncé talks about losing her first pregnancy and how she dealt with the pain.

“About two years ago, I was pregnant for the first time. And I heard the heartbeat, which was the most beautiful music I ever heard in my life,” she said. “I picked out names. I envisioned what my child would look like … I was feeling very maternal.”

Unfortunately, a trip to the doctor for a checkup revealed that the baby’s heart had stopped beating. So she retreated into her music to help her cope with the tragic loss.

“I went into the studio and wrote the saddest song I’ve ever written in my life,” she says. “And it was actually the first song I wrote for my album. And it was the best form of therapy for me, because it was the saddest thing I’ve ever been through.”

She later became pregnant again and gave birth to daughter Blue Ivy in January 2012.

Beyoncé is expected to reveal more personal details of her life in the documentary, which airs Feb. 16 on HBO.

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[Tonight!] Watch the Soul Train Awards! 8P/7C on BET

Are you going to watch the Soul Train Awards tonight at 8P/7C on BET? I am going to be live blogging, I think! Catch the Awards on BET! Performers include Fantasia, John Legend, Leah Labelle, Elle Varner, Ne-Yo, 2 Chains, Charlie Wilson, Keyshia Cole, Eddie Levert, Raphael Saadiq, Anthony Hamilton and and the legendary Stevie Wonder!

New Edition will receive the Lifetime achievement Award!

[Pix] Oprah Stuns in Harper’s Bazaar

 

One of the things that I have been enjoying about Oprah lately is that she knows that she has to work SMARTER than she used to with the show and magazine! Owning a network is no light task. Oprah has had to change her strategy, staff and often, the way she looks! Yet and still, she is still holding us down! Love her! Here are a few snippets from the interview:

On what’s missing on OWN:

“What was missing from OWN was me. It required my full-on energy. You know, this past year has been challenging, but it’s also been one of the greatest experiences for me getting to know me. What do you do when you don’t have the wind at your back?”

On being a brand:

“Every decision that I ever made came from the heart of me, and that’s what created the brand, you know? I used to resist this whole idea of being a brand. Because I was like, I’m not a brand, I’m just a person. But now I accept that. It’s everything that I value.”

 

Tyler Perry Links up with Oprah’s Own Network

NEW YORK (AP)Oprah Winfrey’s OWN network is venturing into scripted programming for the first time through a deal with Tyler Perry.

OWN said Monday that Perry will produce, write and direct two series for the cable network to premiere next year. Perry is the creative force behind movies like “Madea’s Family Reunion” and the TBS series “Tyler Perry’s House of Payne.”

[Oprah.com] In a Digital World, Do Your Manners Need a Makeover?

Henry Alford, author of Would It Kill You to Stop Doing That? A Modern Guide to Manners, offers his tips for restoring civility in the age of constant connectivity.
By Henry Alford

1. Don’t answer a telephone call with an e-mail.Or an e-mail with a text message. Or a text with a Facebook message. In the communication hierarchy, you generally want to match the level of intimacy or move up the hierarchy—a move down can look like you’re avoiding the person.

2. Do ask before you post pictures from a party……whether anyone minds having them on Facebook. If someone is social-media-shy, save any photos of her for your non-Facebook albums.

3. Don’t text at the movie theater……no matter how strong the urge to LOL. If you’re perpetually rattled by the glowing phone screens of others texting during movies, do bring a tiny penlight to shine on them. It’s more discreet than shushing but still delivers a wallop of social shame.

Read more: http://www.oprah.com/relationships/Email-Etiquette-Cell-Phone-Etiquette#ixzz26IsgWvt7

Micheal Jackson’s Daughter Comes Grandmother’s Defense on Twitter

 

 

This is sticky. The Jackson siblings are claiming the the Katherine-Jackson-appointed Executors of Michael Jackson‘s Estate are crazy and need to be released. You can read the full story HERE. The highlight of them ALL… is the 14-year old daughter of the Late King of Pop was not feeling the accusations listed in the letter. Apparently, the letter read that the lawyers cause Mrs. Jackson to have a light stroke. Paris took to Twitter to clear it all up and stand her ground! I’m wit it!

Other blogs speculate that it may be Paris’ attempt to protect she and her brothers from being removed from the home due to speculation that Mama Jackson is an ailing, 82-year old woman. While quite likely, it’s nothing out of the ordinary in the Black community. Anyways… someone needs to love Paris enough to teach her to use her filter! She has near a half a million Twitter followers. Why does she have a Twitter at 14? Who monitors it?

 

 

Nas says Gwyneth Paltrow gets a “pass” for Using “N” Word

“I would slap the s*** out of somebody for Gwyneth Paltrow,” Nas told CBS Localexclusively. “She’s the homie, she’s cool. Gwyneth gets a pass. Real people get a pass. We know what this s*** is. We don’t interrupt Italians when they say ‘Wop’ to each other. They gonna punch you in the mouth if you interrupt that. Don’t interrupt us. We pick and choose. Some might not feel the same way. Some of us will get angrier about it than others; but some people get a pass. The people that I know who are cool and real n****s, Gwyneth Paltrow is a real n****, that’s my homie. That’s how I’m on it. Some people get a pass.”

Below is the actual tweet. She tweets that she is on the stage during a performance of “N**gas In Paris.” I personally do not see the problem. They shouldn’t come out with songs that certain groups of people aren’t “allowed” to say. Sounds discriminatory! Let be honest… why folks are the biggest consumers of rap music. What should she have called it?

http://twitter.com/GwynethPaltrow/status/208693551163379712