Steve McQueen‘s slavery-themed film 12 Years a Slave won the top honor at the 86th Annual Academy Awards Sunday night in Los Angeles.
Actor Will Smith, who was awarded a Razzie on Saturday for worst actor in a flop (After Earth), presented the Best Picture Oscar Award to 12 Years a Slave.
Director McQueen said: “Everyone deserves not just to survive but to live… I dedicate this award to all the people who have endured slavery and the 21 million people who still suffer slavery today.”
It was another “end of white guilt” moment for the Oscar Academy who have conditioned audiences to believe that black actors are only at their best when they portray slaves or humble domestic help.
President Obama’s lies have earned him the less-than-prestigious ‘Lie Of The Year’ Award, CBS News reports.
It’s not exactly the Nobel Peace Prize, but at least Obama won’t end the year without being recognized for some small achievement.
‘Glee’ star Amber Riley and her dance partner Derek Hough won the coveted championship trophy during the Dancing With The Stars Finale on Tuesday. Riley’s surprising footwork and her inspiring enthusiasm helped boost the season 17 ratings 17%, according to USA Today.
Riley said she had no hopes of even making it through to the final round when the season began.
“When I first started, I just didn’t think there was any way that I could win. It wasn’t a thought for me. It was just like, ‘Go and do your best, do your best,’ ” she said after Tuesday’s finale. “With every week, I kind of wanted it a little bit more and toward the end, I was just like, ‘Man, it’s actually possible. I’m in the finals.’ Getting through to the end was a reward in itself, but the trophy was the cherry on top.”
Watch Amber Riley and Derek Hough’s Samba and Quickstep (Fusion) dance after the break.
— Tamar & Vince (@TamarVinceShow) October 29, 2013
For the first time in her 24-year recording career, singer Tamar Braxton has gone platinum! Tamar’s “Love & War” single was certified platinum. The announcement was made via the Tamar and Vince Show Twitter page. Tamar joins her Grammy-winning sister, Toni Braxton, in a very exclusive category.
A Westlake high school cheerleader has broken the Guinness Book of World Records for the most consecutive back handsprings at 44. Mikayla Clark, 16, broke the previous record of 36 consecutive back handsprings. Clark accomplished the amazing feat at her school’s homecoming game.
“I’m very proud of her,” said her high school coach, Ashley Clark.
Congrats to Mikayla! Watch the video after the break.
L-R: Comedian Chris Tucker, rapper Kendrick Lamar, singers Tamar Braxton, Charlie Wilson, Chris Brown, and BET Exec Stephen Hill attended the BET Awards 2013 Press Conference at Icon Ultra Lounge in Los Angeles, California, on Tuesday, May 14. Pregnant reality TV star Tamar Braxton (“Tamar and Vince”) is nominated for Best Female R&B/Pop Artist, and Chris Brown is nominated for Best Male R&B/Pop Artist.
Not much has changed since Hattie McDaniel won the coveted Oscar Award for her role as Mammy in 1939′s ‘Gone With the Wind’. As an institution The Academy Awards remains the most white-washed, sterilized private club in Hollywood. And like most private clubs, we still get in by invitation-only — and only if we portray Mammies or rape victims or runaway slaves in films (yes, even in 2013).
The inglorious 85th Academy Awards began with a racist sock puppet and ended with the shocking taunting of a 9-year-old.