First off let me just say, I love me some Matthew Mcconaughey from the moment I first heard his name. Then to find out he plays the bongos naked while smoking weed, made me adore him even more. Then I find out he likes women of color, too. Woo! Sorry, I’m so off subject here. We’re suppose to be discussing this beautiful acceptance speech (below) from this FAHN man:
Last night Matthew Mcconaughey won an Oscar for Best Actor for his role in Dallas Buyers Club, a movie about AIDS patients in 1985 working around the US system to get access to AZT, a drug banned by the FDA during US clinical trials, yet available across the border in Mexico for experimental treatment. Matthew specifically played a redneck, named Ron Woodroof, who was both racist and homophobic,
I am sure you’re all around a water cooler somewhere discussing the big win last night. Lupita Nyong’o graciously added the title Academy Award Winner to her resume last night when she took home the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress. As soon as her name was called I felt my eyes watering, and of course when she started speaking I couldn’t hold back the tears. I don’t know what was so magical about the moment exactly, but it felt like the first time ever that a black woman has won the honor of Best Supporting Actress, although it’s not. Maybe it’s the way she graces the red carpet, and seeing another standard of beauty before my eyes. Or maybe it’s the fact that dreams really do come true, or as she said in her acceptance speech, that they are “valid”.
Lupita Nyong’o wins an Oscar for her first role straight out of Yale; that’s rare in and of itself. So maybe it’s because she looks like Cinderella and we’re all witnesses to her first dance at the ball:
When I look down at this golden statue, may it remind me and every little child that no matter where you’re from, your dreams are valid. Thank you.
Check out the full speech when you continue reading, and let me know your thoughts on the win, and it felt surreal to you:
As October 21st quickly approaches TLC is making their promo rounds promoting their new album 20, which is a collection of their greatest hits and their new single “Meant To Be”. The group is also promoting their new biopic CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story with cast members Drew Sidora, Lil Mama and Keke Palmer. Aside from the huge movie premiere, they have hit up Good Morning America performing a medley of their hits, and they also hit up the Wendy Williams Show as they spoke significant events that occur in the film and also the special connections they have with each cast member.
Check out their performance & interview when you continue. . .
Oprah Winfrey is on this week’s cover of JET magazine discussing her new role in Lee Daniel’s The Butler. Oprah has taken a 15 years hiatus from acting, and returns to the big screen in this remarkable film. Lee Daniel’s The Butler, follows the lives of a black working class family who’s patriarch serves as a butler to The White House. We get to see a racial and class perspective of America’s history as seen through the eyes of the staff and their families.
Oprah’s character is Gloria Gaines, the wife of the main character Cecil Gaines, played by Forrest Whitaker. In a sit-down with the Editor-in-Chief of JET magazine, Oprah explains why she took on this role and what she would say to the critics:
Procter & Gamble has teamed up with My Black Is Beautiful in partnership with Black Girls Rock! and The United Negro College Fund, to empower millions of teen girls through an initiative entitled, Imagine A Future. The Imagine A Future initiate will provide scholarships, leadership camps, online interactive tools, plus a documentary series of the same name, Imagine A Future, featuring young teens that are changing the face of beauty through leadership.
During the BET Awards 2013 and The BET Live Experience, select media outlets, including MrsGrapevine.com, were invited to an Exclusive VIP Screening of the documetary. The documentary follows teen Janet Goldsboro as she travels to South Africa to explore the historical and modern context of self-esteem and black beauty. Imagine A Future also explores a broad range of beauty through personal interviews with celebrities like Gabourey Sidibe, Tatyana Ali, Melissa Harris-Perry, and Gabrielle Douglass to name a few.
We caught up with Tatyana Ali on the red carpet, plus a few other celebs, like Lisa Leslie, Producer Beverly Bond of Black Girls Rock!, and actress Brely Evans from Sparkle. Find out what they reveal to us, and check out more of our pics…
I don’t know if you’re realized this but Jimmy Kimmel Live is a hilarious show. The skits he tosses in his show are classic. So I couldn’t pass this one up. Jamie Foxx and Channing Tatum??? YES!! And it doesn’t disappoint! Jamie and Channing showed up to the show to promote their new movie White House Down and who knows how it happened but Jimmy Kimmel talked them into making a music video.
You’ll see Gabourey Sidibe dancing all around a bedroom, molesting a Channing cutout, Miley Cyrus adding some vocals and if you’re really a Jimmy Kimmel fan, you can spot an angry Matt Damon flipping off the camera towards the end. Fun stuff for the middle of the week! Check out the video below: