Whats real, world? The end of another five days
and were still here to welcome the weekend. Unlike previous Words I
cant say it was dull week. With everything from Dan Rather suing CBS
for $70 million for making him the scapegoat in his botched story on
President Bush, to Defense Secretary Robert Gates saying "I dont know"
when asked whether invading Iraq was the right thing to do to Orenthal James (O.J.)
Simpson getting out on bail after his thug in his attempt to take back
his stolen memorabilia there was a lot of news to go around.
First and foremost shout out to everyone that made the trek to
Louisiana to take a stand and support the Jena 6, as well as those who
were unable to go but stood united by wearing black. Speaking of
change, shouts go out to the Emmy Awards for bringing the cast of Roots
back to celebrate their miniseries' 30th anniversary. And as always, the
final shout goes to the sounding boards for giving me something to
So now I give you.... The Last Word, for the week ending Sept. 21, 2007
1. Jamie Foxxs Star Lands on Hollywood Walk of Fame
Watching Jamie Foxx play Wanda on In Living Color, it never occurred to
me that the same guy who claimed "Im ret to go" would go on to win an
Oscar. Let alone receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
But Mr. Foxx has proved me wrong. The 39-year-old actor recently became
the latest celebrity to receive a star as he acknowledge the person
most responsible for his success.
"My grandmother's gotta
be spreading her wings and flying around in heaven, just so happy,"
Foxx said. "This is one of the most amazing days of my life."
Fans can look for Foxx in his next big screen feature, The Kingdom. The
Oscar winner stars alongside Jennifer Garner as members of a U.S.
counter terrorism unit chasing after the mastermind of a bombing in
2. Zoe Saldana Gets Beamed Up for Star Trek Film
Attention all Trekkies! The Starship Enterprise just got a little bit sexier as final negotiations for Zoe Saldana to play Uhura in the 11th film in the Star Trek movie series are close to being complete.
For those not fluent in Trekkie, Uhura is the Enterprises chief communication officers. The role was originally played in the Star Trek TV series and movies by Nichelle Nichols.
Although plot details concerning the new film are being kept under wraps, the Hollywood Reporter reports that the J.J. Abrams-directed feature will chronicle the early days of the Enterprise crew. Saldana is set to join Anton Yelchin, who will play a young version of Russian-born Enterprise navigator Chekov, and Heroes Zacharay Quinto, who will portray a young Spock. In addition, Leonard Nimoy, the man who originally played Spock, will make an appearance in the Paraount Pictures film.
For those you who cant wait for Zaldanas interplanetary portrayal, you can catch her next in Vantage Point with Matthew Fox, Dennis Quaid and Forest Whitaker. The actress is also working with director James Cameron in his sci-fi epic Avatar.
3. BET Draws Protest for African American Portrayals
While there may be a good number of people who enjoy BETs top notch
programming, there are just as many who feel the network can do better.
reports that 500 protesters recently made their presence known as they
peacefully demonstrated outside the home of BETs chief executive Debra
Lees to demand that the channel stop airing what the group labeled as
demeaning and offensive portrayals of African-Africans. The marchs
leader, the Rev. Delman L. Coates of Mount Ennon
Baptist Church in Clinton, Maryland, is calling on corporations to stop
jumping on the pop culture band wagon, which portrays black men as
"pimps" and "gangsters" and sexually objectifies Black women.
Despite his groups gutsy move, Lee was nowhere to be found on the day
of the demonstrations. The executive, who responded to the protest via
a telephone interview, expressed her disappointment that several
attempts to arrange a meeting with the protesters fell through.
According to Lee, who had learned about the protest from a news
release, Coates was told that if he brought the protest to BETs
corporate headquarters in Northeast Washington, she would have spoken
to him there.
"I believe in freedom of speech, but if you really want to have an
impact, the best way is to have a conversationnot to protest in front
of someones house," Lee said. "Im always willing to talk to our
Despite Lees willingness, Coates later told the Washington Post that
meeting was conditional upon canceling the rally at the executives
Nevertheless, Lee is well aware of the criticism BET has endured for
the content of its music videos and new shows. As a result, she
revealed that the network is planning to launch 16 "balanced" shows by
the end of the year.
The big question is how does BET define balanced? Does this mean well
get all the "negative" shows at times were able to watch while the
"positive" shows will come on late at night or while were out doing
something constructive? Oh wait, thats what BET is doing now.
4. Naomi Campbell Cries Racism at British Vogue
Although Naomi Campbell has graced many magazine covers all over the
world, it may surprise people that she gets no such love in her native
London, England. At least thats what the supermodel wants you to
Campbell recently went on the offensive against the publishers of
British Vogue during a panel at the Blacks in Fashion conference.
According to the model, "I've never been on the cover of British Vogue,
and I've asked a million times and they've always refused me," Campbell
said. "[They] wouldn't put me on once in my own country."
So how do the publishers feel about Campbell labeling them as racists
for constantly denied her opportunities to grace their covers?
"We're rather confused by this comment," said Condé
Nast UK rep Nicky Eaton, who told the New York Daily News that there is
proof Campbell made the cover of Italian Vogue eight times.
See for all the archived photos at the magazines Web site, vogue.co.uk.
5. Patti LaBelle Unveils New Line of Hot Sauces
Looks like Patti LaBelle has found a new side hustle, according to TMZ.com.,
which reports that the R&B songstress is planning to take her love
of hot sauce to the next level by launching a her own line of hot
sauces and relishes.
Consumers can satisfy their taste buds by choosing from five available
flavors which include Sweet Hot Jalapeno, Rich Red Blended Cayenne, and
Hot Flash Blended Habanero
& Jalapeno sauce. With her own line of hot sauces, I guess Patti
can quit carrying that bottle of Louisiana Hot Sauce in her purse.
If this blows up, we may see her push the products on her very own
infomercial. If it worked for George Foreman, then Patti shouldnt be
6. Elton John Jams With Prince
As if Elton John could top his Grammy Award performance with Eminem, the pop icon manages to do just that as he recently made a surprise appearance during a Prince concert at London's O2 arena.
BBC News reports that the music giants embraced after performing a
cover of The Beatles' "The Long and Winding Road." "You know who it is
- Sir Elton John!" Prince told the crowd.
Since Elton has hopped on a Timbaland
album, it should be hard to convince him to join forces with the Purple
One in the studio. Dont be surprised if it happens. Anything is