Octavia Spencer: ‘My weight is not healthy’

Octavia Spencer should be on top of the world. Her many accomplishments over the past year make her the envy of her peers. But the 41-year-old actress, renowned for her portrayal of a sassy southern maid in ‘The Help,’ is worried, despite all the accolades.

“I am not healthy at this weight,” said Spencer to the media assembled backstage at the Screen Actors Guild Awards, where she won a best supporting actress trophy.

“Any time you have too much around the middle, then there is a problem. [And] when you reach a certain weight, you are less valuable,” she said, referring to Hollywood’s strict physical standards.

Spencer says that Hollywood should be more accepting of actresses of different sizes, including those who are thin.

“I feel for the overly thin women as much as I do for the overweight women. It … has to change,” she said.

Ms. Spencer indicated that her problem may stem from the fact that she overeats when she’s feeling down: “If more women ate, they would be a lot happier. Let me tell you, I am a lot grumpier when I don’t eat.”


Monica Brown Performs at 2012 Honda Battle of the Bands

On Friday night, R&B Diva Monica had the distinction of hosting the 2012 Honda Battle of the Bands dinner at the Georgia Dome at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta (above). She wore a beautiful gold embroidered floor length gown to the dinner!

And on Saturday, Monica thrilled the audience by performing during the 10th Anniversary Honda Battle of the Bands annual extravaganza!

Photos by Sophia Jones Professional Photographer Represented by RetnaTel.


Flavor Flav’s Daughter Arrested for Domestic Abuse

They say violence begins at home. celebrity gossip blog TMZ reports that the daughter of Flavor Flav was arrested and charged with assault following a domestic incident at her father’s Las Vegas home.

According to TMZ:

As we first reported, cops arrested Dazayna Drayton early Sunday morning following a family spat.

Sources tell TMZ … Flav tried to break it up and got hit by his daughter for his troubles. It’s unclear whether it was on purpose or by accident.

Law enforcement tells us … Drayton has since been released from custody.

Above is a photo of Dazayna during happier times with her father.

Photos: Blackclelebkids.com and TMZ.com


Psycho Mom Abandons Her Two Daughters On the Street

Frustrated moms sometimes threaten their children with abandonment if they don’t behave. But one Brooklyn mother made good on her threats, according to the NY Daily News.

Dalisha Adams, 26, spent all day Sunday screaming profanities at her two daughters, Dominae, 5, and Diani, 3.

Neighbors of Adams at the Breukelen Houses in Canarsie often heard her screaming at the girls and their older sister, who lives with an aunt.

“She was always yelling at the kids, ‘Shut the f— up,’” said the neighbor, who did not want to be identified, according to the NY Daily News.

“One day, I heard her curse out the little baby, ‘I’ll punch you in the f—— face,’” the neighbor said.

On Sunday, police say, Adams bundled the children into her car, drove them about two miles away from home and dumped them out on the sidewalk before driving away. That’s where an elderly couple found the girls wandering up and down the street in the cold. The girls were still holding their disposable diapers.

Police went door-to-door hoping to identify the children. Their search eventually led them to Adams’ apartment. Police used a crowbar to take the door off its hinges around 10:10 p.m, but Adams wasn’t inside.

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Gabrielle Union isn’t sure if she wants kids with Dwyane Wade

Sultry actress Gabrielle covers the current issue of Miami’s trendy Ocean Drive magazine. Inside, she discusses her life with longtime boyfriend, NBA star Dwyane Wade, and the fact that she’s not entirely sure whether she wants to be bothered with kids (Dwayne’s or her own).

She obviously doesn’t feel very secure in her relationship with Dwyane — despite their outward appearance of affection. We know how easily PDAs can be faked. But the most interesting part of the interview was the fact that Gabby is keeping her house in California — just in case.

OCEAN: On keeping her house in California:
GABRIELLE UNION: “[It has been] great because I have my own career and life elsewhere, I have a home I paid for with my own money, and I need to be able to nurture that as well.”

On life with Dwyane Wade in Miami:
“D and I have a life together, too. I love my life in Miami, I can’t imagine functioning without both, I love the design district, I love Midtown, I love what’s happening downtown now. I can be at People’s Bar-B-Que or Sustain or Prime One Twelve, and I’m comfortable. It’s rare for me to feel that level of freedom. Miami represents joy for me.”

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In Case You Missed It: Real Housewives of Atlanta, Ep 12

In last night’s episode of Bravo’s Fake Housewives of Atlanta, the crew (except Kim Zolciak) traveled to South Africa. Kandi and the rest of the cast pretended not to know that new cast member, Marlo Hampton, would be riding shotgun on the trip. As soon as they arrive in the Motherland, Marlo and original cast member Sheree Whitfield promptly begin to argue on cue. You could almost hear the director yelling “cut!” between takes. It’s obvious that Marlo is replacing NeNe Leakes as the loud mouth, ghetto antagonist, just as NeNe replaced Sheree Whitfield as the aggressor in season 2. NeNe is probably tired of playing the gangsta role, so the producers brought Marlo in to play that role.

And just so you don’t forget, the script calls for cast members to repeatedly mention the fact that Marlo “has a criminal past.” But the public is growing wary of the constant bickering and the staged fights. The ratings for RHOA are steadily dropping and the show trails behind Kourtney and Kim take NY for the 4th straight week.

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Celebrity Seed: Will and Jada Pinkett-Smith

What a difference a haircut makes. The Tweets are talking about how Jaden Smith’s swag potential skyrocketed just by cutting his girly braids off. It’s as if the chicks have discovered Jaden for the first time. Twitter is all abuzz about Jaden’s high top fade. They say he looks more mature and cuter.

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