Actress Meryl Streep pulled an upset win over “The Help” star Viola Davis when she took home the Oscar for her role in “The Iron Lady,” at this year’s Academy Awards.
As a small consolation, Streep donated $20,000 in cash to 2 of Davis’ favorite charities.
According to the Chicago Tribune:
The Oscar winner wrote a check for $10,000 to Upward Bound to honor Davis, the program’s director Mariam Z. Boyajian confirmed to TheWrap.
Boyajian said it was the largest donation in the organization’s history.
“I was writing to her when you called,” Boyajian told TheWrap. “I wanted to give her a chance to settle down from the hectic weekend before I gave her the good news.”
Streep followed up that donation with a separate $10,000 check to Segue Institute for Learning, according to the Providence Journal.
Both Davis and her sister Dolores Davis Grant attended Upward Bound, a federally funded program that prepares low-income high school students for college.
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When singer Beyonce took her newborn infant Blue Ivy out for a stroll on Saturday, everyone noticed that she ditched her 6-inch heels for the comfortable lIsabel Marant Bekket Wedge suede sneakers from the Spring/Summer 2012 collection. The wedge heel sneakers are not as dangerous as they sound. The wedgies are safer and far more stable for post-pregnant women than pumps. And they retail for only $725.
Supermodel Alessandra Ambrosio, who is pregnant with her 2nd child, was also spotted wearing the Isabel Marant wedge sneakers this week.
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A third victim has died as the result of a school shooting in Ohio yesterday. 17-year-old TJ Lane went on a shooting rampage in the cafeteria of Chardon High School in Chardon, Ohio, Monday. Lane gunned down 5 students, killing Daniel Parmertor, 16, and Russell King Jr, 17, yesterday. Demetrius Hewlin was the third victim to die Tuesday. 2 other students remain hospitalized from gunshot wounds.
Demetrius’ family described him as a happy boy. “We are very saddened by the loss of our son and others in our Chardon community,” a family statement said.
The statement continued: “Demetrius was a happy young man who loved life and his family and friends. We will miss him very much but we are proud that he will be able to help others through organ donation.”
The rampage occurred around 7:30 a.m. local time on Monday as the students were sitting down to breakfast in the cafeteria. The shooting ended when Chardon football coach Frank Hall chased Lane out of the school. Students and teachers are praising Hall for his bravery and quick thinking. “Coach Hall, he always talks about how much he cares about us students, his team and everyone,” student Neil Thomas told CNN.
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Early diagnosis is essential for children with autism, but minority children tend to be diagnosed later than white children, according to an article on Huffingtonpost.com.
HuffPo quotes an expert on autism who says cultural differences can lead to delayed diagnosis of autism in black children.
“The biggest thing I want parents to know is we can do something about it to help your child,” says Dr. Rebecca Landa, autism director at Baltimore’s Kennedy Krieger Institute.
She gives examples of cultural differences, for instance, toddlers pointing before they talk is a key early sign of normal development. But pointing is considered rude in some cultures, and some black parents might miss that important sign due to cultural beliefs and superstitions.
And some new parents don’t worry if their child is slow to start talking because other members of their family were slow to talk.
Singer Toni Braxton’s 9-year-old son, Diezel (pictured above), was diagnosed with autism at age 3.
“I’m lucky,” said Braxton in an interview with OK magazine. “I try to tell most parents ‘don’t dismiss the signs.’ It’s OK. When you find out early, you can get them all the help they need.”
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The backlash from her recent collaboration with abusive boyfriend, singer Chris Brown, has Rihanna feeling depressed and lonely. According to British tabloid, the Daily Mail, the once stylish “Umbrella” singer has ditched her brand name clothing for a loose-fitting Religion Union Jack jumper over tattered jeans and a black sun visor.
RiRi was seen leaving her London hotel today, on her way to a studio where she’s recording a music video. The normally jovial singer seemed depressed and out of sorts. According to a well-connected source, Rihanna is depressed about the public’s reaction to her duet with Brown on her full remix single “Birthday Cake,” which dropped on her 24th birthday.
Urban radio programmers have embraced Rihanna’s “Birthday Cake” remix by inserting the upbeat single into their daily rotations. But after the initial flood of spins on mainstream radio fell off, the single has failed to chart at all.
“Birthday Cake” failing to chart, and her former mentor Jay Z severing ties with her, except professionally, has Rihanna in a bad space right now. She has no one to blame but herself.
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In last night’s episode of VH1’s ‘T.I. & Tiny: family Hustle,’ Tameka “Tiny” Harris and her fiery hair stylist, Shakinah, decide to go into business together after Shakinah comes up with a prototype to dry their clients’ weaves faster.
The prototype involves using drinking straws to “direct” the flow of heat directly to the scalp. Of course, Shakinah’s “invention” is laughable, but reality shows wouldn’t have an audience if it weren’t for gullible viewers who believe everything they see on TV.
Tiny and Shakinah’s discussion about the money aspects of their partnership descends into arguments and hurt feelings. So, in a typical reality show move, the ladies decide to go see a mediator to mediate their arguments.
Also, T.I. goes into the studio with singer Usher to record a new collabo. Hopefully, the finished song will sound a whole lot better than the snippets that we heard.
Watch the full episode after the break.
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Director/playwright Tyler Perry’s latest movie ‘Good Deeds‘ soared to #2 behind ‘Act of Valor‘ at the box office this weekend. ‘Good Deeds’ earned a respectable $15,583,924 on 2,132 screens, while ‘Act of Valor‘ brought in $24,476,632 — on ? more screens than ‘Deeds’ was shown on.
‘Good Deeds‘ is about an anal-retentive, wealthy businessman, Wesley Deeds (Perry), trying to ‘save’ an exotic, LSLH cleaning woman (Thandie Newton) who works for his computer software firm.
Wesley Deeds is a hard-working, compassionate man who looks out for his narcissistic brother, Walter (Brian White), despite the fact that Walter sabotages his every move.
Deeds is so attentive to details that his daily routine can easily be predicted by his live-in fiancee, Natalie (Gabrielle Union).
Union turns in a wonderful performance as the understanding, submissive girlfriend who makes breakfast for her man every morning, while allowing him to go about his day without “checking in” with her (because she trusts him not to break from his routine). The warm, beautiful Natalie is every black man’s dream.
What could be more perfect?
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Celebrity gossip site TMZ.com reports that rapper Jim Jones has been arrested for the 2nd time in 3 days.
According to TMZ, Jones was pulled over by police earlier today in New York City — and subsequently arrested for driving on a suspended license.
TMZ says he was booked and released.
This latest arrest comes 3 days after Jones was cuffed for resisting arrest following a brawl in a Connecticut casino. At first it was reported (on Twitter.com) that Jones was fighting with his long-time girlfriend, Chrissy, who starred alongside him on VH1’s reality series ‘Love & Hip Hop’.
But according to TMZ, the slugfest involved a random man who reportedly walked up to Jones and began talking smack to him at the MGM Grand at Foxwoods on Friday. Then the man started throwing punches at Jones, who fought back. Several of Jones’ boys jumped into the fray. It took five officers to mace and subdue Jones, who was later released on $40,000 bail.
Jones was charged with assault on a police officer and breach of peace in the Connecticut incident.
Rappers Common and Drake were feuding just a minute ago, but now it seems it’s all love as the two shared jokes and giggles courtside at the 2012 NBA All Star game.
This Twitpic of rappers T.I., Drake, and singer B.oB. posing with a leggy blond left many of us wondering who she was. According to Punch Bowl blog, her name is Iggy Azalea and she’s working closely with T.I. at Atlanta’s famed Tree Sound studios this week.
Watch video of T.I. and Iggy vibing in the studio after the break!
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According to my very credible west coast source, rap mogul Jay Z is positioning his hawt new artist, Rita Ora, to not only replace former Pop Princess, Rihanna, but also to take on Katy Perry for the Pop/crossover market. That’s the same thing he did with Rihanna in 2008 with her hit record “Umbrella”.
But now Jay Z has had enough of Rihanna’s bizarre online and offline antics. Her reunion with her abusive ex-boyfriend, Chris Brown, was the last straw for Jigga. He has reportedly cut all ties with the troubled singer, except professionally (he still manages her). Poor Rihanna can see the writing on the wall. And that’s why she is unraveling faster than a cheap sweater.
Read the email from my insider after the break!
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