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Whoopi Goldberg Stuns in Oscars Photoshoot for Variety

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Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony-Award (EGOT) winner Whoopi Goldberg shines as the cover star for Variety’s pre-Oscar issue. In a Zoom call with writer Angelique Jackson, Goldberg reminisces on her first Oscar win in 1991 for Best Supporting Actress in Ghost. She proceeds to discuss all her accomplishments after the win.

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  • In the discussion, Goldberg watched a clip from that year’s Academy Awards in which Denzel Washington hands her the award, and “breaks into a smile”. Goldberg listened intently to her acceptance speech and shared her takeaways. Some of them include how she felt about her outfit that night.

“I looked really good… My hair was cool. My dress was cute,” she said.

  • Goldberg recounted how her legendary award almost did not occur. Jerry Zucker, the film’s director, was uncertain about casting a comedian for the role of Oda Mae. Goldberg also claimed every Black woman in Hollywood, including Tina Turner and Patti Labelle, were considered. However, Patrick Swayze, the protagonist, demanded she received the casting. Swayze and Zucker even flew to Alabama, where she was filming The Long Walk Home with Sissy Spacek, so she could read with Swayze. Zucker was taken aback by their chemistry and selected her for the movie. She even contributed to the memorability of the movie. During the first table read, Goldberg suggested new lines, including the famous line “Molly, you in danger, girl.
  • Goldberg added she and Zucker didn’t imagine Ghost would be such a success. She stated they “weren’t sure what the hell” they were shooting. The film received five nominations: Best Supporting Actress, Best Film Editing, Best Original Score, Best Original Screenplay, and Best Picture.
  • She mentioned her 1991 win was historic not only for her but also for Black people. That March night, she became the first Black woman to receive an Oscar in 50 years. Hattie McDaniel became the first Black person to win an Academy Award in any category in 1940. Like Goldberg, McDaniel won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress in Gone with the Wind. After McDaniel’s win and before Goldberg’s, only three Black people won Oscars: Sidney Poitier in 1964 for Best Actor in Lilies of the Field, Louis Gossett Jr. in 1983 for Best Supporting Actor in An Officer and a Gentleman, and Denzel Washington in 1990 for Best Actor in Glory. 
  • Goldberg also discussed another groundbreaking moment for her in the interview, hosting the 2002 Oscars. She felt honored to be the host when Halle Berry became the first Black woman to win Best Actress.

“It was kind of wonderful… I had a little tear in my eye, because I always wished it would be me. But you can’t always get what you want; sometimes you get what you need,” she declared.

  • Furthermore, Goldberg talked about Elizabeth Taylor’s mentorship. She recollected that Taylor gave her important advice on navigating Hollywood. Some of these included asking the studio for a present when signing on for a film. Additionally, Taylor told her it would be harder for folks to believe Goldberg could do anything because of her skin color. Taylor added that it would be “up and down”. She reminded Goldberg to “have a way to see where you were,” so she could be motivated during tough times. Goldberg took those words to heart and bought artwork for her “mile markers”.
  • Goldberg now has a similar relationship with Tiffany Haddish. The Girls Trip actress saw Goldberg as an idol after watching Jumpin’ Jack Flash in 1986. Goldberg and Haddish became close after Haddish appeared on The View in 2017. Afterward, they starred as a mother-daughter duo in Tyler Perry’s Nobody’s Fool. Haddish is appreciative of her conversations with Goldberg. She says the best advice she ever received from the legend was to  “listen and know your worth. And don’t be afraid to say no or walk away.” Haddish uses her friendship as motivation to improve her talent and eventually make it into the EGOT club.
  • In addition, the interview reveals some of Goldberg’s next steps. The actress is currently writing a script for a superhero film about an older Black woman. She will also reprise the role of Deloris Van Cartier in the Disney Plus movie Sister Act 3. Variety mentions more roles in the article.
  • Moreover, Goldberg serves on the Motion Picture Academy Board of Governors. It seems she may have impacted the diversity of nominations. At the 2021 Oscars, nine of the twenty acting nominees were people of color. This means all four acting categories could be won by a person of color.

The article wraps up by stating her trophies are milestones of her career. Jackson emphasizes that Goldberg’s legacy is not defined by the number of awards she’s gathered in her four-decade career. Goldberg told Jackson she is most proud of not fading away. The legendary actress says she’s still present and being authentically herself.

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Top Nominee The Weeknd to Perform at Billboard Music Awards

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The announcement that The Weeknd will perform at the 2021 Billboard Music Awards came on Monday.

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  • The announcement is the first of a daily countdown of performers leading up to May 23rd. That is the day when the Billboard Music Awards (BMA) airs, live from Los Angeles. The BMAs are honors given out annually by Billboard. Billboard is a publication and music popularity chart covering the music business.
  • The awards show has been held annually since 1990 but went on hiatus in 2006. The awards returned in 2011 and have taken place in May ever since. It includes award categories such as the Artist Achievement Award, Century Award, Millenium Award, and Icon Award. The artist the currently holds the record for most BMAs won is Drake, with 27 total awards.
  • The Weeknd has won eight Billboard Music Awards himself. This year The Weeknd is nominated in 16 categories. Some of the categories include top artists and top Hot 100 artists. The Weeknd is the second artist in history to have three No. 1 singles on the Billboard Hot 100 in three different years from one album.
  • It was also recently revealed that P!nk would be receiving this year’s Icon Award and will also perform. The BMAs celebrate music’s greatest achievements, with finalists determined by their placement on Billboard charts. Album/Digital song sales, streaming, radio airplay, and social engagement are all tracked by Billboard in determining winners. This year’s awards are based on the period of March 21st, 2020, through April 3rd, 2021.

The 2021 Billboard Music Awards are produced by Dick Clark Productions, which is owned by MRC Media.

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Willow Smith Opens Up About Being Polyamorous

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Willow Smith opened up to her mother and grandmother on “Red Table Talk” about being comfortable with multiple intimate relationships.

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  • Artists and musician Willow Smith is embracing a polyamorous lifestyle according to this week’s discussion on “Red Table Talk,”  a popular Facebook Watch talk show hosted by her mom Jada Pinkett Smith accompanied by grandmother Adrienne Banfield-Norris. Polyamory is the pursuit of multiple emotional and romantic relationships with the informed consent of all partners involved.
  • Willow tells her family that her decision to pursue consensual nonmonogamy is rooted in her distain of marriage and the traditional roles of being a married woman. She noted that “With polyamory, I feel like the main foundation is the freedom to be able to create a relationship style that works for you and not just stepping into monogamy because that’s what everyone around you says is the right thing to do.”

“So I was like, ‘How can I structure the way that I approach relationships with that in mind?'” she continued.

  • Gabrielle Smith, a polyamory advocate, appeared as a guest on the talk show to discuss what consensual nonmonogamy means. “It’s not about, ‘Oh, I wanna have all these partners. I wanna do all of these things,'” Gabrielle said. “It’s just like my sexuality. I’m not specifically attracted to men, and I’m not specifically attracted to women or any other gender. It’s that I am open to anything. I want to be able to take opportunities if I feel like they’re natural to me.”
  • According to a 2016 study out of Indiana University published in the Journal of Sex and Marital Therapy, over 20 percent of U.S. adult surveyed reported having at some point in their lives experienced this nontraditional romantic arrangement despite age, education level, income, religion, region, political affiliation, and race. However, straight men straight, gay men, lesbians, or bisexual people were likelier to have experienced consensual nonmonogamy.

Willow admits that although she believes in polyamory, she didn’t see herself having more than two partners at a time.

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Floyd Mayweather to Fight YouTube Star Logan Paul in Miami

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The fight will occur at the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami, Florida on June 6.

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  • Five-time world champion Floyd Mayweather announced the event on Instagram this Tuesday. In his post, he mentioned Mayweather Promotions, Fanmio, and Showtime are teaming up to produce this “epic event”. Viewers at home can watch the boxing match via pay-per-view on Showtime in the United States, or Fanmio in other nations. Showtime has not provided any prices as of yet, but those watching on Fanmio can purchase the competition for $49.99. Tickets also go on sale next week.
  • Prior to Tuesday’s announcement, the fight was originally scheduled for February but had been postponed indefinitely due to COVID-19 restrictions. Since then, it was billed as a “special exhibition”.
  • Mayweather told The Disruptive Entrepreneur podcast he believed a fight between him and Logan Paul meant they could “go out, entertain, have fun, and make nine figures, $100 million or more.” The Athletic mentions that “Mayweather’s eye for money led him into verbal exchanges with Paul.” The latter immediately responded and the two began discussing a potential match. After the initial February event fell through, Mayweather pulled some strings with his connection at Showtime. The company was willing to promote the show on their platform because of “the drawing power of the social-media influencer brothers in the ring,” referring to Jake and Logan Paul.
  • Mayweather’s statement did not specify how many rounds the duo will fight nor the size of gloves they will use. According to Fanmio, additional rules and the undercard will be released soon. However, TalkSport reported some undercard information has begun leaking. For example, Jean Pascal will rematch Badou Jack for WBA’s “regular” light-heavyweight belt. Jarret Hurd will also go up against Luis Arias. For the third undercard, there are rumors it may feature celebrities.
  • TheGrio wrote that some fans believe the match is a way for Mayweather and Paul to make some more money. They feel it will be similar to the fight between Mayweather and Conor McGregor.

  • Logan is a novice to the world of boxing. Initially a YouTube star, he began a professional boxing career in 2019. He has only fought once and lost to fellow YouTuber KSI in November 2019. Jake also recently broke out of YouTube and started boxing. Jake has a better reputation in the boxing world, beating figures such as Nate Robinson and Ben Askren.
  • Mayweather will come out of retirement for the second time for the June 6th match. The boxer, who has 50 wins and 0 losses, as well as 27 knockouts (KOs), last defeated McGregor by a 10th round technical knockout (TKO) in August 2017 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Mayweather has won titles in the junior lightweight, lightweight, junior welterweight, welterweight, and junior middleweight divisions. He also defeated Tenshin Nasukawa in 2018 during an exhibition bout.

Mayweather is also coining the match as an “epic crossover event”. He is currently preparing for it at the Mayweather Boxing Club in Las Vegas. Mayweather intends on carrying it a few rounds, similarly to how he did in the McGregor fight.

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