Stars use BET Awards stage to criticize Roe v. Wade ruling
LOS ANGELES — (AP) — Taraji P. Henson, Janelle Monae and Jazmine Sullivan were some of the big stars using the BET Awards stage to strongly criticize the Supreme Court’s recent decision to strip away women’s constitutional protection for abortion. Henson took the stage as the show’s host on Sunday with an uplifting message about “Black excellence” before she launched into the court’s overturning of the landmark Roe v. Wade ruling last week. We need y’all to stand up, stand up for us, stand up with us. The chart-topping performer is up for best female R&B-pop artist, best female hip-hop artist, album of the year for her No. The winners in the 19 categories, including film and sports awards, are selected by BET’s Voting Academy, comprised of entertainment professionals and fans.wftv.com
Doja Cat, Drake, Ari Lennox lead BET Awards nominations
Doja Cat scored six nominations for the BET Awards. The BET Awards will be held on June 26 in Los Angeles. (AP Photo) (Uncredited)LOS ANGELES — (AP) — Doja Cat could make the BET Awards her world later this month. Doja Cat is up for best female R&B-pop artist, best female hip-hop artist, album of the year for her No. Doja Cat will face off against Cardi B, Latto, Megan Thee Stallion, Nicki Minaj and Saweetie for best female hip-hop artist.wftv.com
Taraji P. Henson, Chris Paul named to Black colleges board
Biden Black Colleges FILE - Taraji P. Henson arrives at the fourth annual Celebration of Black Cinema & Television at the Fairmont Century Plaza Hotel on Dec. 6, 2021, in Los Angeles. President Joe Biden is naming Henson to the President's Board of Advisors on Historically Black Colleges and Universities, the White House announced Thursday, March 31, 2022. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File) (Jordan Strauss)WASHINGTON — (AP) — President Joe Biden is naming actor Taraji P. Henson and the NBA's Chris Paul to a presidential advisory board on historically Black colleges and universities. They are among nine men and nine women Biden is appointing to the President's Board of Advisors on Historically Black Colleges and Universities, the White House announced Thursday. They are Virginia State University, Norfolk State University in Virginia, Alabama State University, Prairie View A&M University in Texas and Dillard University in New Orleans.wftv.com
Black members of Biden's Cabinet to mark Black History Month
White House Black History FILE - Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin speaks during a media briefing at the Pentagon, Friday, Jan. 28, 2022, in Washington. Six Black members of President Joe Biden's Cabinet will be meeting for a Black History Month event Thursday highlighting their roles in the administration, some of which are historic firsts. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File) (Alex Brandon)WASHINGTON — (AP) — The six Black members of President Joe Biden's Cabinet are meeting for a Black History Month event Thursday highlighting their roles in the administration, some of which are historic firsts. Biden issued a proclamation in January designating February as National Black History Month. He wrote that the observance “serves as both a celebration and a powerful reminder that Black history is American history, Black culture is American culture, and Black stories are essential to the ongoing story of America -- our faults, our struggles, our progress, and our aspirations."wftv.com
New this week: 'Power of the Dog,' 'Annie' live and Kenny G
This week’s new entertainment releases include a new album from saxophone legend Kenny G, a documentary about the 12 young soccer players and their coach trapped in a flooded Thailand cave, and Jane Campion makes a triumphant return to filmmaking in “The Power of the Dog.”.
‘She Deserves Way More’: Taraji P Henson Breaks Down the Math Behind Her ‘The Curious Case of Benjamin Button’ Salary After Revealing Her Co-stars Made Millions
Actress Taraji P. Henson is continuing to talk about her paycheck from the 2008 film “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.” Henson starred in the […]news.yahoo.com
Rodriguez wears teal, Porter sports black wings at Emmys
Many, including Kate Winslet and Cecily Strong, went for classic black, the latter with a high slit and low plunge. The evening's host walked the red carpet in color-blocked shades of blue. Taraji P. Henson didn’t disappoint in a sleek sheer embellished black look, her hair in a top knot. Another standout: Michaela Coel in a bright yellow bandeaux top and matching skirt as she raced inside after closing down the carpet. It's nice that it wasn't this subdued and timid return to the red carpet.wftv.com
Rodriguez wore teal, Porter winged black at 73rd Emmy Awards
2021 Primetime Emmy Awards - Arrivals Cedric the Entertainer, left, and Billy Porter arrive at the 73rd Primetime Emmy Awards on Sunday, Sept. 19, 2021, at L.A. Live in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello) (Chris Pizzello)NEW YORK — (AP) — Michaela Jaé “Mj” Rodriguez wore vintage Versace Atelier in teal in an homage to Old Hollywood, her hair flowing down her back, and Billy Porter worked large wings on his black trouser look Sunday at the slimmed-down Emmy Awards. Porter worked the poses for the cameras, showing off his wings. Kathryn Hahn paired her strapless black Lanvin trouser look with an ultra-wide leather belt and statement neckless of white and green jewels. Known for his loudly colored and patterned suits, RuPaul wore a black double-breasted jacket with a white swirl pattern on his pants.wftv.com
BET Awards 2021: See the complete winners list
2021 BET Awards - Show Queen Latifah accepts the lifetime achievement award at the BET Awards on Sunday, June 27, 2021, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. >> Related: Cardi B confirms 2nd pregnancy during 2021 BET AwardsSee the complete list of nominees and winners (in bold and italics) below:Album of the Year“After Hours” - The Weeknd“Blame It on Baby” - DaBaby“Good News” - Megan Thee Stallion“Heaux Tales” - Jazmine Sullivan - WINNER“King’s Disease” - Nas“Ungodly Hour” - Chloe X HalleThank you so much @BET. Album of the year yall 🥺😫😭 https://t.co/EuebtcBC5o — Jazmine Sullivan (@jsullivanmusic) June 28, 2021Best Female R&B/Pop ArtistBeyoncéH.E.R. - WINNERJazmine SullivanJhené AikoSummer WalkerSZABest Male R&B/Pop Artist6lackAnderson .PaakChris BrownGiveonTankThe WeekndBest Female Hip Hop ArtistCardi BCoi LerayDoja CatMegan Thee Stallion - WINNERLattoSaweetie🏆 | @theestallion has won "Best Female Hip-Hop Artist" at the 2021 BET Awards for the second year in a row. pic.twitter.com/tnkyTyDkBY — Bet Awards OutFits.🦋 (@BetAwardsFits) June 28, 2021Best ActorAldis HodgeChadwick BosemanDamson IdrisDaniel KaluuyaEddie MurphyLakeith StanfieldYoungstars AwardAlex R. HibbertEthan HutchisonLonnie ChavisMarsai MartinMichael EppsStorm ReidSportswoman of the Year AwardA’ja WilsonCandace ParkerClaressa ShieldsNaomi Osaka - WINNERSerena WilliamsSkylar Diggins-SmithSportsman of the Year AwardKyrie IrvingLebron James - WINNERPatrick MahomesRussell WestbrookRussell WilsonStephen CurryNaomi Osaka and LeBron James have won the Sportswoman and Sportsman of the Year award at the Bet Awards!#BETAwards pic.twitter.com/HZNMlHOfee — TimeoutSPORTS__ (@TimeoutSPORTS3) June 27, 2021Expand Autoplay Image 1 of 19 2021 BET Awards Jazmine Sullivan arrives at the BET Awards on Sunday, June 27, 2021, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.wftv.com
Lil Baby, Kirk Franklin kick off BET Awards with performance
2021 BET Awards - Show Host Taraji P. Henson speaks at the BET Awards on Sunday, June 27, 2021, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello) (Chris Pizzello)NEW YORK — (AP) — Rapper Lil Baby and gospel performer Kirk Franklin joined forces to kick off the BET Awards with a performance that got Issa Rae, Queen Latifah, DJ Khaled and Zendaya bouncing in their seats. The show is being hosted by actor Taraji P. Henson, who said the BET Awards will celebrate “the year of the Black women." The event will include more epic performers, including Megan Thee Stallion, Lil Nas X, H.E.R., DaBaby, DJ Khaled, Jazmine Sullivan and Migos. Megan Thee Stallion and DaBaby, former collaborators who recently traded words online, are the top contenders with seven nominations each.wftv.com
With ‘Mank’ and ‘The Crown,’ Netflix dominates Globes noms
In this image released by Netflix, Gary Oldman portrays Herman Mankiewicz in a scene from "Mank." On Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2021 the film was nominated for a Golden Globe for best motion picture drama. “Mank,” about “Citizen Kane” co-writer Herman Mankiewicz, landed nominations for best film, drama; best actor for Gary Oldman; best director for Fincher, best supporting actress for Amanda Seyfried; best score; and best screenplay for Jack Fincher, the director’s father who penned the script before dying in 2003. Netflix, which topped all studios at the Globes last year, too, led with a commanding 42 nominations, with 22 coming in film categories and 20 in television. AdThe Globes are typically the first major show of Hollywood’s awards season, which ends with the crowning of the best picture winner at the Oscars.
Golden Globes nominations Wednesday could belong to Netflix
Nominations for the 78th annual Golden Globes will be announced on Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2021. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)NEW YORK – Whether anyone will be attending the Golden Globes in person remains uncertain and improbable. On Tuesday, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association said the Globes — typically a bubbly dinner gathering with flowing drinks — will be held bi-coastally for the first time. digital channels and the Golden Globes' website. Last year's Golden Globes culminated in awards for “1917” and “Once Upon a Time ... in Hollywood."
Swift wins top prize at AMAs, says she's re-recording music
In this screen shot provided by ABC on Sunday, Nov. 22, 2020, Taylor Swift accepts the award for artist of the year at the American Music Awards at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. (ABC via AP)NEW YORK – Taylor Swift won her third consecutive artist of the year prize at the American Music Awards, but she missed the show for a good reason: She said she's busy re-recording her early music after her catalog was sold. She also won favorite music video and favorite pop/rock female artist, winning three honors and tying Bieber, Dan + Shay and the Weeknd for most wins Sunday. Breakthrough singer-rapper Doja Cat performed and won new artist of the year and favorite soul/R&B female artist. And Megan Thee Stallion — won favorite rap/hip-hop songs for “WAP" with Cardi B — performed “Body" from her recently released debut album “Good News."
Taraji P. Henson tells New Jack Swing backstory in podcast
LOS ANGELES – Taraji P. Henson remembered wearing her favorite outfit to a music festival where some of the biggest New Jack Swing tunes were being performed from Bell Biv Devoe’s “Poison” to Tony! Tone!’s “Feels Good.”At the time, Henson had no clue about the backstory behind the music era, which made its mark in the ’80s and ’90s. I was enjoying the music,” said Henson, who serves as a producer of the six-part series, which airs Tuesdays. The series examines the “rise and eventual fall” of the New Jack Swing movement. “I didn’t think of her as an audio actress, but she’s just great at it.”Through the podcast, Henson wants the New Jack Swing story to be turned into a film.
Taraji P. Henson to host ‘New Jack Swing’ podcast series
LOS ANGELES – Taraji P. Henson will host a new podcast series focused on the story behind the New Jack Swing music era. Wondery and Universal Music Group announced Thursday that Henson will host “Jacked: The Rise of New Jack Swing.” The six-part series will premiere Nov. 17 on Apple Podcasts, Spotify and the Wondery App. The Oscar-nominated actor will also serve as a producer of the series, which is being dubbed as the “rise and eventual fall” of the New Jack Swing movement. The story will involve “dashed hopes, jealousy, betrayal, drugs, hip-hop and rivalries.”Megaproducer Teddy Riley is known as the leader of the New Jack Swing era, which made its mark in the ’80s and ’90s. The podcast series is the first project between Wondery and Universal Music Group since both announced their partnership last year.
'Empire' star Taraji P. Henson hailed for mental health work
“Empire” star Taraji P. Henson has enjoyed wealth, celebrity, a Golden Globe win and an Academy Award nomination. “It’s OK to not be OK," Henson, the latest recipient of the Morton E. Ruderman Award in Inclusion, told The Associated Press via email. In 2018, the Washington, D.C., native started the Boris Lawrence Henson Foundation to stop those with mental illness from being stigmatized — especially Blacks, who she says are less likely to seek treatment. This year, with the coronavirus pandemic complicating people's mental health struggles, Henson's foundation has been helping African Americans — who've been disproportionately affected by COVID-19 — access free online therapy. “We need more people like Taraji to continue to eliminate the stigma around mental health across all our communities in America.”___Follow AP New England editor Bill Kole on Twitter at http://twitter.com/billkole.
Film academy to host virtual panels about inclusion, equity
Lee Daniels, Lulu Wang and Taraji P. Henson are among the talent participating in a series of virtual panels about inclusion and equity in Hollywood hosted by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. The organization that puts on the Oscars said Thursday that the panels rolling out through September and October will be available to the public. Entitled Academy Dialogues: It Starts with Us, the series is part of the film academys push to further equity and inclusion in its ranks and in the entertainment industry. The series launched last month with a conversation between Whoopi Goldberg and civil rights attorney Bryan Stevenson about the power of narrative. Its currently available on YouTube.
Jay-Z, other celebs ask feds to probe student's 2010 killing
Hess shot Henry as Henry drove through a parking lot, away from a disturbance that spilled out of a bar in October 2010 in Mount Pleasant, a New York City suburb. Hess has said Henry was trying to run him down and that he fired through the windshield to stop the driver. The Henrys have said Hess jumped front of the car, got onto the hood and shot their son for no good reason. Henry's father said new information that has come out since the criminal case was closed warrants a reexamination of his son's death. As human beings we should all want a standard of justice that is fair and right, Danroy Henry Sr. told The Boston Globe.
Jimmy Iovine, Mary J. Blige talk Apple Music's new ad
Apple Music is out with a new ad, starring Mary J. Blige, Kerry Washington and Taraji P. Henson. Music legend and Interscope Records co-founder Jimmy Iovine leads the charge at Apple Music. Blige and Iovine join “CBS This Morning” to discuss the new campaign and the company's hope to change the way we listen to music.cbsnews.com