Guiliana is definitley one of my favorite E! correspondents. Rancic is always gleeful, personable and dressed to the nine! Beyond Candid with Guiliana debuts February 3, 2014 and will 3 one-hour exclusive interviews with Demi Lovato, Melissa Joan Hart and Fox News anchor Elisabeth Hasselbeck.
I am of the mindset that behind every person there is a great story to tell. There is nothing I love more than helping someone share their story with the hopes of not only entertaining people but inspiring them as well. "I couldn't be more excited that E! has given me the opportunity to go beyond the red carpet and get Beyond Candid' with some of my favorite celebrities. - Guiliana Rancic
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The past year saw a striking number of critically acclaimed films about the black experience: 12 Years a Slave; 42; Lee Daniels' The Butler; Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom; and Fruitvale Station, to name just a few. There was lots of talk that two or three of those films and three or four black actors (12 Years' Chiwetel Ejiofor, Mandela's Idris Elba, Fruitvale's Michael B. Jordan, The Butler's Forest Whitaker) and actresses (Fruitvale's Octavia Spencer, Mandela's Naomie Harris, 12 Years' Lupita Nyong'o) might land Oscar nominations. To recognize the occasion, the Broadcast Film Critics Association held "A Celebration of Black Cinema" at the House of Blues in West Hollywood on Jan. 7.
However, when the 86th Grammy Awards nominations got realeased many (including myself) were shocked by the lack of black actors on the ballot. History would suggest that the Academy which is comprised of 6, 028 members with only 2% of them being black has been progressive when it come to race. With such memorable wins as Best supporting actress Hattie McDaniels for her Gone with the wind performance, Sidney Poitier as best actor in Lilies of the Fields and even with Halle Berry and Denzel Washington grabbing Oscars as well. More must be done!
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The Grey's Anatomy, Scandal and Private Practice writer is not one to hold her tongue when something is upsetting to her. Rhimes and Executive Producer of Scandal Betsy Beers were given the Diversity Award at the Directors Guild of America Awards this past Saturday in Los Angeles.
“When I heard I was getting a Diversity Award, I was really, truly, profoundly honored. I began to get calls from Variety, The Hollywood Reporter, etc., and I was asked to comment on the award. Asked how good I felt about the award. Asked if it made me feel like I was doing the right thing. Asked if it had been a struggle making diversity happen on my cast and crews. While I’m still really and truly profoundly honored to receive this award, but I was also a little pissed off,” Rhimes said. “So was Betsy. So over many, many, many bottles of wine we discussed this.”
Rhimes clearly didn’t want to sound ungrateful for the award, but also didn’t want to lose the message. “Betsy and I are truly honored and humbled that the DGA would thank our efforts. And yes, we’re a tiny bit pissed off that there needs to be an award,” she said. “We’re also proud that the DGA recognizes a problem and are trying to fix it."
“It’s not because of a lack of talent. It’s because of a lack of access. People hire who they know. If it’s been a white boys club for 70 years, that’s a lot of white boys hiring one another. And I don’t believe that that happens out of any specific racism or sexism or prejudice. People hire their friends. They hire who they know. It’s comfortable. You want to be successful, you don’t want to take any chances, you don’t want to rock the boat by hiring people of color because, well, look at us,” she said. “Both Betsy and I like the world that we work in to look like the world that we live in. Different voices make for different visions. Different visions make for something original. Original is what the public is starving for.”
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The Swedish clothing manufacturer unveiled a 30-second teaser for the sexy spot, featuring the 38-year-old soccer icon sporting his skivvies and "tantalizing views of Beckham in never-before-seen positions."
The commercial begins with the ripped retired athlete accidentally locking himself out of a photo shoot on a rooftop, wearing only a pair of his signature navy boxer briefs from his spring campaign. Poor guy!
In an interactive twist, fans can vote to see the commercial end in one of two ways—with Beckham #Covered or #Uncovered
Shanola Hampton has welcomed her first child with husband Daren Dukes, her rep confirms to Us Weekly. The Shameless actress, ahem, shamelessly gushed about her new daughter via Twitter
"I thought I knew love before, but now I know love on a completely different level!" Hampton, 36, wrote. "Can't believe my baby is here! #overwhelmed #blessed."
The first-time mom and Dukes named their new bundle of joy Cai MyAnna. She weighed in at 6 lbs., 3 oz and measured 20 inches in length.
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The partner of Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich today apologised after she was pictured sitting on a chair designed to resemble a half-naked black woman.
Dasha Zhukova, 32, who has two children with the Chelsea owner, was caught up in controversy after an online magazine published a photo of her perched on the artwork. Dasha released the following statement:
“This photograph, which has been published completely out of context, is of an artwork intended specifically as a commentary on gender and racial politics.
Over the years, Patti Labelle and other legendary crooners have begun to voice their distaste for this new generation of female singers. With under half a century of belting out tunes such as "Over the Rainbow" and "Lady Marmalade" auntie Patti has something to say, so listen up!
on the word DIVA
That word is used so loosely that I don't even consider myself a diva. I always considered myself a woman who sings her heart out and who gives 120 percent. "Diva" is a word that I wouldn't wanna call myself because it's so loosely used. It's not cute anymore...because all these little heifers who can't sing are called divas! It doesn't mean anything to me and probably to some of the other ladies who have been doing it for as long as I have: Gladys Knight, Aretha Franklin, Dionne Warwick. You know, I'm speaking for me - I don't know if they like to be called divas - but I know I wouldn't call them divas, because it's not in good company...Now you can look up to [so-called divas], but you might not see what you wanna see. A hot mess! People who are doing it and doing it with about 40 people on stage with them to hide their pitifulness
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In a case that rocked the nation last September, reports of a Charlotte, NC police officer unloading 10 shots into an already injured and unarmed African American college student who had been in an accident; dose not have a happy ending.
Although Officer Randall Kerrick was arrested for manslaughter back in September, member of the grand jury have decided to release Kerrick, 28, on the bases that "they did not have enough evidence to indict the officer of the felony charge, and ask prosecutors to refile the case with lesser charges."
I am personally outraged and offended. This is the second time (publicly, I'm sure there are countless cases) where Caucasian offenders are released with a slap on the wrist after committing grotesque crimes. With the evidence being presented clearly in black and white (no pun intended) how could this decison have been reached? WE as a community need to dig a little deeper and request that more be done to protect our people. Is it just me or does it seem like this hunting season, and blacks are caught in the cross-hairs.
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A grand jury has indicted a North Carolina police officer for voluntary manslaughter in the shooting of an unarmed man.
The panel handed down the indictment against Charlotte Officer Randall Kerrick on Monday, hours after a judge ruled the North Carolina Attorney General's office could resubmit the case.
A separate grand jury declined to indict Kerrick last week. Because the panel was four members short, Attorney General Roy Cooper decided to make a request to send the case to a second jury.
Investigators say Kerrick shot 24-year-old Jonathan Ferrell on Sept. 14 as he looked for help after a car crash.
The voluntary manslaughter charge carries a prison sentence of up to 11 years.
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Stephen "TheeBlackSocialite" Hale