When I watched Quvenzhané Wallis telling the story of a little girl called Hushpuppy and her adventures living in a poor Bayou area in "Beasts of the Southern Wild," I was enchanted by how well she articulated her life and the world around her. I had so much hope that she might be the youngest person ever to take home a golden statuette and wanted to believe that everyone else on the planet shared my sentiment.
The best actress trophy went to Jennifer Lawrence for "Silver Linings Playbook," and the pervasive thinking for Quvenzhané was probably something like, "It's OK, Princess, you were still wonderful." But that wasn't the case in the offices of the Onion, the Chicago-based satirical news website. Someone, possibly a social media editor, as yet unnamed, decided to place this on Twitter:
Komona's (Rachel Mwanza) life was irreversibly altered at the tender age of 12 when rebel forces led by the Great Tiger (Mizinga Mwinga) rampaged through her tiny African village. The unfortunate girl was forced at gunpoint to kill her own parents (Starlette Mathata and Alex Herabo) before being abducted and brainwashed into joining the cause.
Deep in the jungle, she was befriended by other kids orphaned by the conflict before being trained to use a weapon against government soldiers. However, more valuable than marksmanship, Komona developed an uncanny knack for sensing enemy positions, a skill which proved handy during encounters with deadly snipers and machine gun nests.
I'm willing to bet that I know what the majority of you will be doing on this Thursday night. It's probably the same thing I will be doing now. Watching "Scandal" on ABC, right?
For the life of me, I don't know how I have managed to go all this time without watching this show. I mean, it feels like I have been keeping up with the show already just be being on Facebook each Thursday. You can actually get a full play-by-play update as the show is going...but only during commercial breaks.
Janet Jackson's a pro at keeping a secret.
According to a rep, the 46-year-old entertainer is married to Wissam Al Mana, and she has been for a while.
As "Entertainment Tonight" reports, their wedding happened months ago.
"Last year we were married in a quiet, private, and beautiful ceremony," the married pair said to "ET" in a statement regarding speculation that they were planning an "extravagant wedding."
"SBF. Single Black Female. Walk through any major city in the U.S. on a Friday or Saturday night and you will find her. She'll either be alone or with her girlfriends, but almost never, EVER with a mate...
The how and why of relationship status among African-Americans is a touchy subject... The black marriage gap has become such an open secret that it is now a source of endless bad jokes and fodder for prime-time reality shows such as "Basketball Wives" and "The Real Housewives of Atlanta."
So, what's going on? "Where Did Our Love Go?" explores the substantial issues surrounding relationships and marital status in the African-American community, from the Baby Mama Syndrome to the more serious implications of what single-parent households will mean for future generations."
Cleotha Staples of the soul group the Staples Singers passed away on Thursday at her home in Chicago, reports Billboard. She was 78.
Staple was the eldest sister and member of the group her father Roebuck "Pops" Staples started in the 1940s. She had been suffering from Alzheimer's disease for the past decade, said family friend and music publicist Bill Carpenter.
The group included sisters Pervis, Yvonne, Mavis and Cynthia, but Cleotha was the backbone, defining herself by being the "strong, silent type," said Carpenter, author of "Uncloudy Day: The Gospel Music Encyclopedia."
Relying on public relations photos for your cover shots can be messy, as Jet magazine is finding out.
Jet editor-in-chief Mitzi Miller on Friday issued a defense of the magazine's use of a 10-year-old photo of cover subject Fantasia.
"JET magazine is honored to have Fantasia grace the cover of its March issue," her statement began. "It is unfortunate that Fantasia is displeased with the cover selection, however JET stands by its decision," Miller wrote.