Category Archives: Celebrities

Disrespect, humiliation and re-victimization of Janay Palmer Rice are shameful

Janay Palmer Rice and Ray Rice at news conference, May 23, 2014. Image: YouTube screenshot.

Janay Palmer Rice and Ray Rice at news conference, May 23, 2014. Image: YouTube screenshot.

The saga of Ray Rice, the National Football League player who assaulted his then-fiancée, now wife, Janay Palmer Rice, in a casino elevator has flooded the news all week. Since the video that cost Rice his career was released by TMZ Sports, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell indefinitely suspended Rice from the NFL and the Baltimore Ravens fired Rice. Meanwhile, the NFL continues damage control, because it was disclosed that the league had the video of the assault in its possession that it had previously denied . . .

Click here to read about mainstream media’s treatment of Janay Palmer Rice.

Blue Ivy, black women, hair and self-hatred

Angela Davis and the glory of natural hair, circa 1968. Image: redlist.com

Angela Davis and the glory of natural hair, circa 1968. Image: redlist.com

 

 

 

 

 

… Because it was time to change my life/To become the woman that I am inside /’97 dread locks all gone /I looked in the mirror and said HEY/ I am not my hair … – India Arie (Song lyrics – “I Am Not My Hair”)

BET recently suspended a producer after a joke about Beyoncé and Jay Z’s daughter, Blue Ivy, aired on the network’s video countdown show 106 & Park. Blue Ivy is a 2-year-old who wears an Afro—and rocks it well. She was the talk of the Internet after joining her mother and father on stage Sunday as Beyoncé won the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard award at the MTV Video Music Awards. Blue Ivy clapped for her mom and danced in the audience while her mom performed . . .

Click here to read about the Blue Ivy hair controversy in context and the writer’s hair-story.

Henry Rollins slams Robin Williams in ‘F**** Suicide’ column

Henry Rollins, musician and writer. Image: Wikimedia Commons.

Henry Rollins, musician and writer. Image: Wikimedia Commons.

 

 

 

 

 

 

In an L.A. Weekly blog column, Henry Rollins, former frontman for Black Flag and writer, rebuked Robin Williams for taking his own life.

Admonishing a deceased man for actions he took while alive is futile, especially if the belief is that the dead are no more or are no longer in hearing distance is correct. If Williams could read the column, he might laugh, if it weren’t for references to his beloved family. His wondrous sense of humor allowed him to joke about himself and show compassion toward others as he plowed through pain . . .

Click here to read about Henry Rollins’ rant against Robin Williams’ suicide.

 

 

Bob Dylan’s handwritten manuscript of ‘Like a Rolling Stone’ auctioned for $2 million

(Delete Image) Bob Dylan's handwritten draft of "Like a Rolling Stone" sold for $2 million, at Sotheby's auction house, in New York. (Image: Sotheby's)

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Bob Dylan’s handwritten draft of “Like a Rolling Stone” sold for $2 million, at Sotheby’s auction house, in New York. (Image: Sotheby’s)

 

 

 

 

Bob Dylan’s handwritten manuscript of “Like a Rolling Stone” sold for $2 million June 24 at Sotheby’s auction house in New York, setting a new record.

The unidentified buyer paid exactly $2.045 million, which included a buyer’s premium . . .

 

Click here to read about the $2 million winning bid on Bob Dylan’s handwritten draft of “Like a Rolling Stone.”

 

Ruby Dee: Legendary actress and civil rights activist dies at 91

Ruby Dee (in 1972 publicity photo), legendary actress and civil rights activist, dies at 91. (Image: Wikimedia Commons)

Ruby Dee (in 1972 publicity photo), legendary actress and civil rights activist, dies at 91. (Image: Wikimedia Commons)

 

 

 

 

 

Ruby Dee died on Wednesday in her New Rochelle, New York, home surrounded by family. She was born to Marshall Edward Nathaniel Wallace, a cook, porter and waiter and Gladys Hightower, on Oct. 27, 1922, in Cleveland, Ohio. She was later raised by her father and stepmother, Emma Amelia Benson, a teacher, after Hightower left the family. Before marrying Ossie Davis, she was married to blues singer Frankie Dee Brown, hence Ruby Dee . . .

Click here to read about iconic actress and civil rights activist Ruby Dee.

 

Maya Angelou (1928 – 2014): A writer, a wonder and an inspiration

Maya Angelou at York College, Feb. 4, 2013. (Image: Wikimedia/Creative Commons).

Maya Angelou at York College, Feb. 4, 2013. (Image: Wikimedia/Creative Commons).

 

 

 

 

 

Will I write a sentence that will just float off the page? Easy reading is damn hard writing. But if it’s right, it’s easy. It’s the other way round, too. If it’s slovenly written, then it’s hard to read. It doesn’t give the reader what the careful writer can give the reader. — Maya Angelou, The Daily Beast interview, April 10, 2013

News of the death of Dr. Maya Angelou (born Marguerite Annie Johnson) resounds throughout the world, because one of the great ones has passed on. She was born Marguerite Annie Johnson on April 4, 1928 and lived most of her childhood in Stamps, Ark. and died on May 28, 2014, at her home in Winston-Salem, N.C.

Click here to read my Maya Angelou story.

Kanye West and Kim Kardashian marry at lavish ceremony in Italy

Kanye West and Kim Kardashian grace cover of US Vogue, April 2014.

Kanye West and Kim Kardashian grace cover of US Vogue, April 2014.

 

 

 

 

 

 

It’s a wrap. Kanye West and Kim Kardashian married Saturday in a lavish ceremony at the Forte di Belvedere in Florence, Italy. Guests were invited to an exclusive pre-wedding brunch hosted by fashion designer Valentino in Paris. In the evening, guests were invited to the Palace of Versailles for a private tour and enjoyed a performance by Lana Del Ray . . .

Read here about Kanye West and Kim Kardashian’s lavish wedding in Italy.

Lupita Nyong’o and her transformation are beautiful

Lupita Nyong'o, Oscar winner and People"s "World's Most Beautiful" face of 2014. (Image: people.com)

Lupita Nyong’o, Oscar winner and People’s “World’s Most Beautiful” woman of 2014. (Image: people.com)

 

 

 

 

 

Lupita Nyong’o, who won an Academy award for her Best Supporting Actress role in “12 Years a Slave,” tops People’s “World’s Most Beautiful” list for 2014. There is no doubt that Nyong’o is beautiful. That gorgeous, melanin-rich skin, lovely white teeth, soulful eyes, full lips, luminous smile and humble attitude – all in one small, but dynamic, package . . .

Click here to read about Lupita Nyongo’o and the transformation many dark-skinned beauties undergo before realizing they are beautiful.

Book Review: Marilyn Monroe’s ‘Fragments: Poems, Intimate Notes, Letters’

Cover of "Fragments: Poems, Initimate Notes, Letters," by Marilyn Monroe, edited by Stanley Buchtal and Bernard Comment. (Image: brainpickings.org)

Cover of “Fragments: Poems, Initimate Notes, Letters,” by Marilyn Monroe, edited by Stanley Buchtal and Bernard Comment. (Image: brainpickings.org)

 

 

 

 

 

Occasional book reviews will be posted here. The book may not be new, but nevertheless, profound.

After five decades, Marilyn Monroe remains an enigma. The public identifies with Marilyn and continually seeks insight into her psyche, as her life depicted the highs and lows of the human condition, with all its potential and promise.

In 2010, her personal writings were edited by Stanley Buchtal and Bernard Comment, then published from high-quality scanned notes, poems, journal entries and letters, along with photographs . . .

Read here about Marilyn Monroe’s “Fragments.”

Paula Deen compares herself to ‘that black football player’ who came out of the closet

Paula Deen compared herself to Michael Sam, a black football player who recently disclosed he is gay. (Image: BusinessInsider)

Paula Deen compared herself to Michael Sam, a black football player who recently disclosed he is gay. (Image: BusinessInsider)

Paula Deen, the celebrity chef whose career unraveled last year after the revelation that she used the N-word in the distant, or perhaps not so distant past, is back in the news.

She recently told People magazine she feels as if “embattled” or “disgraced” will always follow her name.

“It’s like that black football player who recently came out,” she said in reference to Michael Sam, an NFL prospect and former University of Missouri player. “He (Sam) said, ‘I just want to be known as a football player. I don’t want to be known as a gay football player'” . . .

Read about Paula Deen’s solidarity with a black, gay football player.