The first annual Unite4: Humanity gala was held recently in Culver City, CA. Honorees included: former president Bill Clinton (who was also the keynote speaker), Andy Samberg, Robert De Niro, Selena Gomez, Demi Lovato, Martin Scorsese, Alicia Keys, John Sykes, and Philomena Lee. Check out a few red carpet photos. Continue reading
Oprah Winfrey schools Lindsay Lohan on the OWN documentary series “Lindsay,” premiering March 9
*The preview clip of OWN’s Lindsay Lohan reality series shown for TV critics in January has finally arrived online ahead of the show’s Sunday, March 9 premiere.
As previously reported, the promo includes a sit down between LiLo and OWN boss Oprah Winfrey after the actress had been blowing off one too many film shoots for the show.
After OWN exec Sherri Salata informs her of this, a disappointed Oprah says, “This is exactly what everybody said was going to happen, and I believed differently.”
*Hezekiah Walker’s “Every Praise” joins an exclusive club of songs that have topped Billboard’s weekly airplay chart for half a year or more, as the track rebounds 2-1 to earn its 26th nonconsecutive week at No. 1 on Gospel Airplay.
The song becomes one of only seven tracks that have dominated a Nielsen BDS-based airplay ranking for six months or more.
Billboard ‘s Gary Trust writes: ”Noticeably, Gospel Airplay boasts three of the seven longest airplay chart reigns. Coincidence? Likely not. The momentum of certain gospel hits can steamroll, as, after they grow ubiquitous at radio, or sometimes simultaneously, they become popular with church choirs, worship leaders and ministers of music, thus, finding new audiences with congregants that may or may not be gospel radio listeners. That appeal, invariably, elongates the songs’ relevance and familiarity and can prolong their dominance on gospel radio.”
Target’s Laysha Ward & Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o
*In honor of film industry notables Cheryl Boone Isaacs, Ava DuVernay and Lupita Nyong’o, Target proudly sponsored the ESSENCE Black Women In Hollywood luncheon at The Beverly Hills Hotel.
The retail partner celebrated this year’s honorees by furthering its commitment to the African-American community through a $50,000 donation.
“On behalf of today’s award winners, we are making a contribution to the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African-American History and Culture.” Continue reading
*The 19th-century memoir by ex-slave Solomon Northup that birthed the Oscar winning film “12 Years a Slave” jumped from No. 326 on Amazon.com before Sunday night’s Academy Awards ceremony to No. 19 by Monday afternoon.
The book and the movie tell of how the free-born Solomon Northup was kidnapped and sold into slavery. After receiving his Oscar for writing the screenplay, John Ridley spoke backstage about renewed interest in the book based on its awards season buzz. Listen below.