Read an interesting story in the San Francisco Examiner about a book that focuses on sisters on the silver screen. “Divas On Screen: Black Women in American Film” by Vassar professor Mia Mask. Can’t wait to read it. The book focuses on five women who Mask believes have done a great deal to change perceptions about what is beautiful. The women she chose are surprising, at least to me, because with the exception of Dorothy Dandridge and Halle Berry I wouldn’t have thought of them. The other three are Pam Grier, Oprah Winfrey and Whoopi Goldberg. (more…)
I am not sure that Barbara Walters could have ever imagined the current incarnation of “The View” as it is today. Initially, it was just a well-rounded cast that representated women of different age groups, ethnicities and opinions. But let’s face it, besides Star Jones and Walters herself, there wasn’t too much opinion going on—although Joy Behar was definitely good for a laugh or two. Enter Rosie O’Donnell and the opinion portion was like a runaway train that even Walters couldn’t keep from going off the rails. Walters turned to Whoopi Goldberg to get things back on track but I wonder…
Glenn Beck (who calls himself a ‘commentator’) should have known better. Don’t go telling lies on your radio show and then go on “The View” and think you can talk your way out of it. Whoopi Goldberg called him on it. More pointedly she called him “a lying sack of dog mess.” Then Barbara Walters grilled him on whether he checks his facts. Wow!
Fashion makeover queen Stacy London and writer Inga Ratledge made a big mistake when she dissected the moderator of “The View” Whoopi Goldberg’s fashion sense in a TV Guide article. That prompted an on-air response (call it a rant) that will not soon be forgotten. I’ve often wondered what she was thinking but now I know.
The odds were against Taraji P. Henson and Viola Davis going into the 81st Academy Awards, but still I couldn’t help hoping that there would be some kind of fluke that would result in one of these sisters winning the award for Best Supporting Actress. And we found out rather quickly that Penelope Cruz would take the prize. But in this new show configuration, it was a pretty cool way to lose (if that makes sense). I think being introduced and saluted being by such luminaries as Eva Marie Saint, Goldie Hawn, Anjelica Houston, Tilda Swinson and Whoopi Goldberg (more…
Ntozake Shange had the nerve and the vision to write and perform in a play that gave a voice to the feelings and struggles shared by many black women back in 1976 . And for a few months last year we were anxiously anticipating the revival that great Obie Award-winning choreopoem “for colored girls who have considered suicide/ when the rainbow is enuf” with down-to-earth diva India.Arie as one of its stars. Then that dream was deferred when one of the backers mysteriously pulled out. Even Whoopi Goldberg’s involvement as a producer couldn’t save the production. I must…
I just turned to The View, which is live from Las Vegas and I was immediately struck by Whoopi Goldberg’s outfit. How can I describe it? Long loose top over baggy shorts with a her locks cascading out of a sun visor and sneakers. It makes me think that she was in a hurry this morning because her proportions were way off making her look like a blob of fabric with legs sticking out. But on second thought, I believe she is making her own kind of fashion statement. Or should I say anti-fashion statement? (more…)
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