Bruce Jenner: “I Am a Woman” and “Can’t Pull Back Curtain Any More”

Bruce Jenner:  "I Am a Woman" and "Can't Pull Back Curtain Any More"

Bruce Jenner: “I Am a Woman” and “Can’t Pull Back Curtain Any More”

Bruce Jenner: The Interview

Bruce Jenner publicly told the world, “To all intents and purposes, I am a woman”as he comes out as a transgender during an interview with Diane Sawyer. When asked why now at age 65, he said, “I can’t pull back the curtain anymore.”

He said, “My brain is much more female than it is male. That’s what my soul is. Bruce lives a lie. She is not a lie. I can’t do it anymore.”

He said that at age eight or nine, he wanted to do something he had never done before — put on a dress. Bruce Jenner said at that time he didn’t know why he was doing besides “it just made me feel good.” He said he did put on his sister’s dress and went outside, wearing his mother’s scarf to cover his short hair.

Jenner said he told his first wife, Christie, about his “issues” and that he likes to cross-dress. They broke up after a few years. He got married a second time, this time to Linda Thompson. They ended up in counselling and then broke up. Jenner said gender was the reason for their break-up.

Bruce Jenner started taking hormones in the 1980s and took estrogen for five years. He started to alter his appearance at that time.

Jenner says when he married @KrisJenner she saw him dressed in women’s clothing. But didn’t she say she didn’t know he wanted come out as transgender? #BruceJennerABC. Did he diss her during the interview saying, “I lovED her?”

He said due to the constant hounding by the paparazzi, he began to contemplate suicide, but said he wanted to see how the story ended.


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Fans React to Shonda Rhimes Killing Off McDreamy on “Grey’s Anatomy”

Patrick Dempsey character killed off Grey's Anatomy

Fans React to Shonda Rhimes Killing Off McDreamy on “Grey’s Anatomy” (Photo Credit: Jordin Althaus, ABC)

Fans did not take too kindly to Shonda Rhimes killing off Patrick Dempsey’s character, Derek Shepherd, from “Grey’s Anatomy” shocker last night. Dempsey’s exit is major and it literally broke the Internet last night. Shonda Rhimes and #GreysAnatomy are trending on Twitter and other social media sites.

In a statement Rhimes said, “Derek Shepherd is and will always be an incredibly important character – for Meredith, for me and for the fans.” She added, “I absolutely never imagined saying goodbye to our ‘McDreamy’.”

“Patrick Dempsey’s performance shaped Derek in a way that I know we both hope became a meaningful example – happy, sad, romantic, painful and always true – of what young women should demand from modern love. His loss will be felt by all.”

McDreamy’s fans weren’t trying to hear that. Here’s the reaction on Twitter:

Ben Affleck Admits Asking PBS to Bar Mention of Slave-Owning Ancestor

Ben Affleck slave-owning ancestor

Ben Affleck Admits Asking PBS to Bar Mention of Slave-Owning Ancestor (Photo Credit: Facebook via Ben Affleck)

Actor Ben Affleck admits he demanded that PBS genealogy show, “Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates Jr.,” bar any mention of his slave-owning ancestor out of “embarrassment.” Um, CNN’s Anderson Cooper had a similar revelation and didn’t have it from the world. It was included in his segment.

Wikileaks released the emails which were a part of the Sony hack. The emails between top Sony executive Michael Lynton and Henry Louis Gates Jr. focused on the quandary Gates found himself in over Affleck’s demands. The show would eventually cave to the actor’s request and did not mention the ancestor when the segment aired in October.

In a Facebook post, Affleck admitted he did lobby for the “embarrassing” finding not to be included in the episode. He wrote, “After an exhaustive search of my ancestry for ‘Finding Your Roots,’ it was discovered that one of my distant relatives was an owner of slaves. I didn’t want any television show about my family to include a guy who owned slaves. I was embarrassed. The very thought left a bad taste in my mouth.”

Affleck continued, “I lobbied [the producer] the same way I lobby directors about what takes of mine I think they should use. This is the collaborative creative process. Skip [the show’s host, Henry Louis Gates Jr.] agreed with me on the slave owner but made other choices I disagreed with. In the end, it’s his show and I knew that going in. I’m proud to be his friend and proud to have participated.”

He wrote, “Finding Your Roots is a show where you voluntarily provide a great deal of information about your family, making you quite vulnerable.” “The assumption is that they will never be dishonest but they will respect your willingness to participate and not look to include things you think would embarrass your family.”

“We deserve neither credit nor blame for our ancestors and the degree of interest in this story suggests that we are, as a nation, still grappling with the terrible legacy of slavery,” Affleck wrote. “It is an examination well worth continuing. I am glad that my story, however indirectly, will contribute to that discussion. While I don’t like that the guy is an ancestor, I am happy that aspect of our country’s history is being talked about.”

 

Week 6: Patti LaBelle Voted Off “Dancing With the Stars”

Patti LaBelle Voted Off "Dancing With the Stars"

Patti LaBelle Voted Off “Dancing With the Stars”

Patti LaBelle voted off “Dancing with the Stars”

Patti LaBelle was voted off “Dancing With the Stars” in Week 6. She had a good run and brought a lot of entertainment week after week.

It’s sad to see Patti LaBelle leave, but she did her thing…one shoe and all doing the quick step to Martha and the Vandellas “Heatwave.”

Patti LaBelle’s tweet:

The Reaction on Twitter:

Patti LaBelle Rocks “DWTS” to “Heatwave,” One Shoe and All

Patti LaBelle Rocks "DWTS" Again, One Shoe and All

Patti LaBelle Rocks “DWTS” Again, One Shoe and All

Patti LaBelle voted off Dancing with the Stars

Patti LaBelle is a true entertainer and she knows how to work a crowd. She rocked “Dancing With the Stars” to Martha and the Vandellas “Heatwave.”

LaBelle lost one of her shoes and didn’t skip a beat. In fact, she has been known to kick off her shoes during concerts, so I am not sure if that was accident or deliberate. But it worked. She did the quick step in one shoe! You go Patti! She got 29 out of 40 from the judges, who were pleased with her performance.

Patti LaBelle even spawned the #oneshoe hashtag on Twitter. Thankfully, it’s not akin to Sen. Joni Ernest’s #breadbag hashtag.

Sorry to see Miss Patti go but she did her thing.

Here’s a clip of Patti LaBelle dancing out of her shoe:

First Lady Michelle Obama Catches Peformance of Hip-Hop Musical “Hamilton”

Hip-Hop Musical "Hamilton"

First Lady Michelle Obama Catches Peformance of Hip-Hop Musical “Hamilton” (Photo Credit: PublicTheater.org)

First Lady Michelle Obama catches hip-hop musical “Hamilton.”

First Lady Michelle Obama caught the matinee of hip-hop musical “Hamilton” this weekend at the Public Theater in Manhattan.

The musical, written by Lin-Manuel Miranda, follows the life and times of Founding Father Alexander Hamilton.

Michelle Obama’s presence is adding to the considerable buzz the musical already created. “Hamilton” runs until May 3 at the Public Theater and will move to Broadway in July.

Here are some tweets of Michelle Obama at the Public Theater:

The crowd and scene as Michelle Obama left Hamilton the musical

A video posted by Robin (@kawaks) on

Ben Affleck Demanded PBS Suppress Slave-Owning Ancestor

Ben Affleck Demanded PBS Suppress Slave-Owning Ancestors

Ben Affleck Demanded PBS Suppress Slave-Owning Ancestors (Photo Credit: Wikipedia)

Award-winning actor Ben Affleck demanded that PBS show “Finding Your Roots” not report on his slave-owning ancestor. Isn’t that the point of the show? Finding your roots, the good, bad and ugly?

The revelation about the email came from a Wikileaks dump of all the Sony emails that were hacked.

Henry Louis Gates, Jr., wrote to Sony USA Chief Michael Lynton, “One of our guests has asked us to edit out something about one of his ancestors–the fact that he owned slaves. Now, four or five of our guests this season descend from slave owners, including Ken Burns. We’ve never had anyone ever try to censor or edit what we found. He’s a megastar. What do we do?”

Lynton seemed to have been worried about a possible fallout if the news got out about Affleck’s demands. He wrote back, “On the doc the big question is who knows that the material is in the doc and is being taken out. I would take it out if no one knows, but if it gets out that you are editing the material based on this kind of sensitivity then it gets tricky.”

Gates responded, “As for the doc: all my producers would know; his PR agency the same as mine, and everyone there has been involved trying to resolve this; my agent at CAA knows. And PBS would know. To do this would be a violation of PBS rules, actually, even for Batman.”

Gates added, “I’ve offered to fly to Detroit, where he is filming, to talk it through.”“Once we open the door to censorship, we lose control of the brand.”

The show did ommitted reference to Ben Affleck’s slave-owning ancestor, focusing on a Revolutionary war ancestor, an occultist and Affleck’s mother, Christine Ann Boldt, who marched in the civil rights movement. What you have here is a watered-down version of Ben Affleck’s heritage. It makes one wonder who else has “Finding Your Roots” accomodated because they were ashamed of their heritage.

Keke Palmer Claps Back Over Talks of Wanting Tia Mowry’s Hubby

Keke Palmer Claps Back Over Talks of Wanting Tia Mowry's Hubby

Keke Palmer Claps Back Over Talks of Wanting Tia Mowry’s Hubby (Photo Credit: Instagram via @kekepalmer)

Keke Palmer claps back over Cory Hardrict chatter

Keke Palmer clapped back over talks that she wants Tia Mowry’s husband Cory Hardrict during an appearance on Wendy Williams’ show.

The drama unfolded after Mowry tweeted “Saying you like married men in interviews [is] not cute… Just saying…” and then quickly deleted it.

The speculation arose after Palmer praised Hardrict in a recent press conference for their new movie “Brotherly Love,” which is produced by Queen Latifah. Palmer also said she had a crush on Hardrict many years ago. Plus the two struck an interesting pose on the red carpet premiere for the movie (see below).

Keke Palmer appeared on the Wendy Williams show on April 16 and said the comments were taken out of context. She said, “I’m sorry to be laughing at this, but it is very funny to me because it’s all so twisted.”

“What happened was, I’ve known Cory since I was 10 years old. He auditioned for ‘Akeelah and the Bee’ to play my big brother in the film. And in the interview I was talking about how the whole ‘Brotherly Love’ cast, we kind of grew up together,” Palmer said.

Palmer continued, “I’ve known most of the cast since I was very young, including Cory. And I was like, ‘I’ve known Cory since I was 10, and I was like, I’m going to marry this man,’ as a 10-year-old. It was me quoting how I was as a kid.” In other words, she said that everything was “misconstrued.”

Watch Keke Palmer’s interview with Wendy Williams:

Mitchell Brunings to Play Reggae Legend Bob Marley in “Marley” Musical

Mitchell Brunings to Play Reggae Legend Bob Marley in "Marley" Musical

Mitchell Brunings to Play Reggae Legend Bob Marley in “Marley” Musical ( YouTube Video Screengrab)

Mitchell Brunings has been cast as reggae legend Bob Marley in the world premiere musical “Marley.”

“Marley,” which is set to open this May at Center Stage in Baltimore, centers on the two years Bob Marley lived in London following an attempt on his life in Jamaica in 1976.

Brunings, who is on sabbatical as a nurse at a psychiatric hospital in Holland, was a reggae singer on the side who became a contestant on “The Voice” in 2013 and has been performing professionally since then, according to Center Stage. His audition clip has had more than 37 million views.

The musical, which runs from May 7 to June 14, will include music from Exodus, Kaya and Rastaman Vibration, all of which Marley wrote during the period examined in the play. The musical includes 26 Bob Marley songs, including “No Woman, No Cry,” and “Waiting in Vain,” among others, and is the first ever stage production to include both the music and life of the reggae legend. Source: WSJ/Speakeasy

Watch Mitchell Brunings sing “Redemption Song” and you will understand why he is the best person to play Bob Marley.

Talent Agent Eurydice “Eury” Davis Commits Suicide at Age 38

Talent Agent Eurydice "Eury" Davis Commits Suicide at Age 38

Talent Agent Eurydice “Eury” Davis Commits Suicide at Age 38 (Photo Credit: Eury Davis/Facebook)

Talent agent Eurydice “Eury” Davis died at age 38 after committing suicide last Wednesday, the Wrap reports.

Eury’s clients included “Kill the Messenger” actress Jena Sims, “Pirates of the Caribbean” actor Christian Martin and “Ouija” actress Claudia Katz.

The Los Angeles County coroner’s office said Davis died from a gunshot wound to the head. The manner of death was ruled a suicide.

In addition to being a talent agent, Eury Davis had a handful of acting roles. Her credits include “Norbit,” and television series, “Identity” and “The Boys & Girls Guide to Getting Down.”