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THERE ARE two actresses who look similar, like they could be sisters, but no one ever acknowledges resemblance: Jada Pinkett Smith and one of the stars of "Avatar", Zoe Saldana.
And there are two couples that a lot of people had doubts about — even though people should mind their own business — who are doing quite well and, in fact, radiate happiness. They are Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon, and Jay-Z and Beyoncé. We hope they continue to enjoy each other and together overcome whatever problems come along.
In case you were wondering what ever happened to Rudolph Isley, an original member of the Isley Brothers, he left the group in 1989 to become a minister.
Interesting quote from bandleader Paul Shaffer: “Celebrities are a funny lot. You can never tell what will trigger a celebrity or what the result will be.”
IN A RECENT column I wrote about some of the most outstanding film performances, based on their quality and effect on me. Reader Gregory S. Holder e-mailed some of his choices (we don’t have enough space to list them all):
Denzel Washington (“Glory” and “X”), S. Apatha Merkerson (“Lackawanna Blues”), Morgan Freeman (“Street Smarts”), Katharine Hepburn (“The Lion in Winter,” “The African Queen”), Robert DeNiro (“Cape Fear”), Andre Braugher (“Glory”), Forest Whitaker (“The Last King of Scotland”).
Oprah Winfrey (“The Color Purple”), Humphrey Bogart (“Casablanca”), Gregory Peck (“To Kill a Mockingbird”), Sidney Poitier (“In the Heat of the Night”), Jeffrey Wright (“Boycott”), Don Cheadle (“Hotel Rwanda”) and Jack Lemmon (“Days of Wine and Roses”).
On one of the morning news shows, it was said that it had been basically decided that this year would be identified as “Twenty- Ten.” Well, who makes these decisions? We never said “Twenty-Nine” or “Twenty O-Nine.”
People’s sexual orientation, which is not an option, should not be joked about anyway, but Wanda Sykes was out of line to make a joke about Adam Lambert on her Saturday night television show. Especially since she, too, is gay.
BETCHA DIDN’T KNOW...that in 1943 MGM cut out a scene in “Cabin in the Sky” with Lena Horne taking a bubble bath because they felt the public would not accept a Black woman being presented that way. It was considered “too risky.”
MEMORIES: “Cowboys to Girls” (the Intruders), “Take Me in Your Arms (Rock Me a Little While)” (Kim Weston), “I Can’t Live Without My Radio” (LL Cool J), “Dreamin’” (Vanessa Williams), “Push It” (Salt-N-Pepa), “Take Me Home” (Cher), “My Baby Loves Me” (Martha & the Vandellas), “She Works Hard For the Money” (Donna Summer), “I Got the Feelin’” (James Brown), “Our Love” (Natalie Cole).
BLESSINGS to Shirley Branham, Carol Smith Dixon, LaDonne Young, Renaye Coles Millie Scott, Thomas A. Wilson, Rita Griffin, Robert Kerse, William Staiger, Chuck Young and Mary Grace Wilbert.
WORDS OF THE WEEK (submitted by reader Renaye Coles): “The power within you is greater than the problem in front of you.”
Let the music play!
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