*One of Oprah Winfrey’s Twitter followers had less of an aha moment, and more of an ask-and-ye-shall-receive experience with the TV legend.
A woman named Brandi tweeted the 60-year-old mogul on the social media site after spotting O wearing a Brian Rennie for Basler gown on the March cover.
She wrote, “@oprah you look beautiful in that essence cover pic. Wow. Can I please have that dress? Cuz I know u won’t wear (it) again lol luv u.”
CNN anchor Michaela Pereira attends the CNN Worldwide All-Star 2014 Winter TCA Party at Langham Hotel on January 10, 2014 in Pasadena, California
*Michaela Pereira, co-anchor of CNN’s “New Day,” was adopted when she was three months old, and writes about her experience and search for her biological parents in this month’s Essence magazine.
“I was especially curious about my father,” Pereira writes. “So much of who I am on the outside—my skin color, eye color and hair—is because of him. My identity is inextricably tied to a man I do not know.”
On the show this week, Pereira talked about the search, which she began in 1996. Although her birth mother has died and she has yet to find her birth father, in the course of her search she did find her birth sister, who she joked “she could be out of the Bolduan clan.”
That would be Pereira’s white co-anchor Kate Bolduan.
*The confetti was still falling in MetLife Stadium, but a line began to snake its way down 14th Street in New York City, as partygoers armed with RSVP’s and the hope of seeing the man in person.
While millions tuned in to catch Prince’s appearance on the FOX sitcom “New Girl”, a few hundred packed into The Darby to hear new music from his upcoming album PLECTRUMELECTRUM brought together by Essence Magazine.
While the arrival of Prince was some hours away, the ladies of 3RDEYEDGIRL addressed the attendees, introducing themselves and the new music.
*Adam Levine may rule as People magazine’s sexiest man alive this year, but Essence magazine readers beg to differ with their pick for the publication’s Sexiest Man Alive for this year, Idris Elba.
According to thegrio.com, the actor, who has graced the big screen this year with notable roles in “Pacific Rim” and “Thor: The Dark World,” owes the honor more to his looks in addition to his talent.
To further add to the mix, Essence readers cited Elba’s charm as another reason for him earning the magazine’s recognition.
“When Elba smiles, he dazzles. We’re seeing stars, moons and rainbows right about now,” Essence noted.
Look for Elba to do what he does best as he portrays former South African civil rights activist and president Nelson Mandela in “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom.”
The Justin Chadwick -helmed biopic, which also stars Naomie Harris as Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, is set to hit theaters in the U.S. on Christmas Day.
*Emmy-nominated and newly married, “Scandal’s” Kerry Washington is having the kind of year even Olivia Pope might envy!
In Washington Confidential, ESSENCE writer Denene Millner caught up with Gladiator queen Washington to get her take on the small-screen powerhouse—aka Scandal—that changed the network game.
The runaway hit ABC drama, which features the Hollywood beauty as the cunning yet complicated D.C. “fixer,” has a fervent fan base of 8.5 million self-professed Gladiators watching each week—all ready and waiting to untangle the latest web of lies, danger and deceit.
Also in Olivia vs. Kerry, ESSENCE explores the differences between Washington and the character she breathes life into each week. ESSENCE’s November issue hits newsstands on October 10th. Thanks!
In the cover story, here’s what Kerry said about the acceptance of her character Olivia Pope (and herself as a black actress):
“They are allowing an educated, intelligent, powerful, complicated, human, flawed, multidimensional black woman into their homes. They’re not walking past her on the street, they’re not trying to avoid engaging her, they’re not ignoring her and pretending she’s somebody else’s family and somebody else’s problem…”