The 86th Academy Awards marked a historic night for black filmmakers at the Oscars. It’s the first time a black film – 12 Years a Slave — won best picture; the Academy’s most prestigious award.
It feels old-timey to be discussing race in 2014, but sadly it’s still a relevant issue when it comes to Hollywood. Prior to 2000, only six black actors had won Oscars. Since then, black actors, directors and producers have won 18 times. Race is becoming less relevant in the selection process and voting, but just because the current president of the Academy (Cheryl Boone Isaacs) is black, that doesn’t mean everything’s puppy dogs and ice-cream.
Despite recent Oscar history, many argue that minorities are still on the outside looking in. In fact, some nominees like Gabourey Sidibe and winners like Halle Berry haven’t been able to follow up their Oscar success with quality roles. Word on the the corner of Hollywood and Vine is there’s still a shortage of projects for African-Americans looking to make Oscar-worthy films.
Yesterday’s ceremony gives us hope that one day we’ll all be holding hands, singing “Kumbaya.” But until we reach the promised land, it’s important to recognize where we are and how we got here. So get current with your movie knowledge, thanks to this look back at the history of black folks and the Oscars.
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Lately, several celebrities, including Jennifer Garner and Halle Berry, have been vocal about the paparazzi who can sometimes make life hell for stars and their children. These celebrity parents have lobbied to increase punishment for overly aggressive photographers who, for example, harass parents and kids outside schools. They’ve also made the media more sensitive to the brutal tactics some freelance photographers use to get even the most innocent-looking shots of celebs’ kids at play. The editors at PEOPLE have always been careful when dealing with photos of kids, but in the past few months our sensitivity has been significantly heightened, and our editorial practices have changed accordingly. When I took over as Editorial Director of PEOPLE in January, I told our staff that PEOPLE would not publish photos of celebs’ kids taken against their parents’ wishes, in print or online.
Of course, we still run a lot of sanctioned photos – like exclusive baby pictures taken with the cooperation of celebrity parents, and photos of stars posing with their kids at events (like a red carpet) where they’re expecting and willing to be photographed. But we have no interest in running kids’ photos taken under duress. Of course, there may be rare exceptions based on the news-worthiness of photos. And there’s always the tough balancing act we face when dealing with stars who exploit their children one day, and complain about loss of privacy the next.
Recently, Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard took to TV and social media to criticize outlets that run “unauthorized” photos of celebs and their kids. PEOPLE’s current practices actually address their concerns. My colleagues and I are journalists, but we’re also mothers and fathers and aunts and uncles. I have close friends who are actors, and I’ve seen them struggle to protect their kids from photographers and reporters who cross the line. At PEOPLE we pride ourselves on covering entertainment and human-interest stories with respect for the truth and compassion for our subjects. We grow and evolve by listening to our audience – but also by being fair to the people we write about in print and online.
– Jess Cagle, Editorial Director of PEOPLE
Source: Editor’s Letter: Why PEOPLE Does Not Support Paparazzi Who Target Celebs’ Kids
What’s the deal with the rumored Seinfeld reunion? Halle Berry makes her first red carpet appearance in months, and Noah is getting ready for the big game.
- Don’t feel ashamed about scarfing down Doritos during Sunday’s big game (or during VH1′s Super Bowl Blitz), because Jennifer Lawrence will probably be doing the same thing! It turns out she ate everyone’s favorite triangular snack during breaks on the American Hustle set. She even smeared snack dust on her dress! [Us Magazine]
- Jerry Seinfeld may be staging a full-on Seinfeld reunion, but he’s being very cagey about the details. The comedian ruled out the possibility of a Super Bowl ad starring he and his former co-stars, but he won’t tell us what’s actually on the horizon. [Entertainment Weekly]
- Halle Berry stepped out on a red carpet, just a few months after having her son. And of course, she looked flawless! [People]
- The Super Bowl may be getting a little biblical, with a new trailer for Darren Aronofsky‘s Noah airing during one of the game’s commercial breaks. [MTV News]
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Trainer Harley Pasternak has kicked the butts of some of our favorite stars: Halle Berry, Robert Downey Jr., Robert Pattinson, Lady Gaga and more.
On Wednesday, PEOPLE Great Ideas held a Twitter chat with Pasternak so he could answer all of your pressing health and fitness questions, from “What exercises get rid of the ‘mommy muffin top’?” to “What are the healthiest additions to your coffee?”
And a note to the reader who lamented about being able to eat an entire container of hummus in one sitting — we sympathize, and we hope Pasternak’s advice helps.
Read the entire Q&A below. If you’re looking for more tips, come back every Wednesday to read Harley’s Great Ideas blog, where he shares his latest and best nutrition and workout advice with PEOPLE readers.
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