2013 was a great year for actors of African descent.
These guys could be taking golden statues home next year.
1. Lupita Nyong’o in a career launching heartbreaker, Patsey from 12 Years a Slave. Everything has probably been said about her, but her It Girl status is sign enough of her impact.
2. Chiwetel Ejiofor in one of the most devastating roles this year, with so much range and grace, in 12 Years A Slave. I can’t get that too-long hanging scene out of my head.
3. Idris Elba as a screen Mandela that finally brought the grit and fervour that had been missing in previous iterations. Elba is pretty much a superhero. Tall, unreadable, mischievous…He can play me in my lifetime movie if he wants.
4. Danai Gurira in a role that brought us a new leading woman archetype. She transported us into the inner life of an immigrant bride, her identity fresh and completely out of context, we forgot she spends most of her year fighting zombies…
5. Adepero Oduye’s role, though small, in 12 Years A Slave, brought clarity to McQueen’s vision of the film’s theme, ‘dignity and humanity’. Crying has never been used so successfully as a form of protest on screen, and that one monologue that will probably be used by actresses to audition in years to come. I’m a fan.
6. David Oyelowo’s firebrand activist in The Butler. I haven’t seen it, but his intelligence and gentility add depth to all of his roles including last year’s turn in Ava Duvernay’s ‘Middle of Nowhere’.
7. Barkhad Abdi’s much talked about breakout performance, who humanised the Somali Pirate for those who do not pay attention, and introduced the mass audience to what Somalis actually look like (cough…Hollywood).
There were so many award worthy performances last year! Reblog with your additions!
Throwback - Celebrities Recreate Iconic Covers for Ebony Magazine’s 65th Anniversary (2010)
To celebrate its 65th anniversary issue and icons of the past and present, EBONY magazine asked their favorite entertainers to pose in modern-day recreations of those covers for a one-of-a-kind look back at the past.
Featuring: Regina King (as Eartha Kitt), Mary J. Blige (as Diana Ross), Nia Long (as Dorothy Dandridge), John Legend (as Duke Ellington), Lamman Rucker (as Richard Roundtree), Taraji P. Henson (as Diahann Carroll), Blair Underwood (as Sidney Poitier), Jurnee Smollett (as Lena Horne), Usher Raymond (as Sammy Davis, Jr.), and Samuel L. Jackson (as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.), among others.
These recreations are awesome…
Jessica Williams and Travon (one of the staff writers) do it again!
This is why white women can’t be in the natural hair movement
Had to bold that comment
Joseph Morgan Marries Persia White in Jamaica
The couple, who met on the set of season 3 of The Vampire Diaries, exchanged vows in front of 26 guests at a private villa, within sight of where they got engaged.
"I think one of the reasons we picked it was because we love the ocean and we both grew up by the sea," White says. "To be by the sea was wonderful. And the people of Jamaica are just wonderful."
So, who made the exclusive guest list? “It was mostly family, a handful of close friends,” Morgan says. “My best man was my best friend of almost 20 years, Matt Ryan. He actually plays John Constantine on the new NBC show Constantine, but we’ve been friends since we were teenagers.”
The pair danced to Florence + the Machine’s “Never Let Me Go” for their first turn around the dance floor. But their favorite moment involved a band of Jamaican drummers.
"We had this great group called the Children of the Drums," Morgan says. "It was six Jamaican drummers, and they got everybody up on the dance floor. At one point, all of our guests were on the dance floor, which is an achievement, I think."
The food wasn’t too shabby, either, especially the cake, which was vegan – in keeping with the couple’s plant-based menu. “It was a triple layer, chocolate on the inside and vanilla icing,” says White. “A beautiful, amazing cake.”
After helicoptering over to Negril for their honeymoon, the two relaxed by “partaking in the favorite local pastime – cliff jumping,” says Morgan.
White adds: “That was what was more daunting than anything else. And we did it together, so we’re pretty proud of that.” What’s next for the couple? Well, in addition to working on more film and TV projects together, they hope to start a family. Says White: “Little cute mini Josephs!”