*Star Wars director George Lucas has gotten engaged to his longtime (black) girlfriend, Mellody Hobson, according to the Huffington Post. Lucas is 68 and Hobson, who has an impressive resume in her own right, is 43. She is the president of a successful Chicago-based investment management firm, Ariel Investments LLC; and regularly appears on ABC‘s Good Morning America as a financial contributor. The couple has been dating since 2006.
*Gabriel Aubry is off the hook in the Thanksgiving Day brawl at Halle Berry‘s house … with one string attached. TMZ has learned … the L.A. City Attorney conducted two office hearings — one where Halle and Gabriel’s sparring partner Olivier Martinez showed up together and another where Gabriel showed up alone on a different day. Sources tell TMZ … the case has now been resolved and Gabriel will not be criminally prosecuted, IF he keeps his nose clean for a year. TMZ previously reported …anger management was on the table as a possible condition to avoid prosecution, but the City Attorney has a policy of neither confirming nor denying specifics.
*Rapper Big Boi pays tribute to his hometown of Atlanta, Georgia in his new single. The Outkast member teamed up with T.I. and Ludacris for “In the A.” It’s the latest track from Big Boi’s new album Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors. Check out the video!
Cindy Lee Garcia claims that she was duped into the role in the anti-Islamic film “Innocence of Muslims.”
*All hell broke loose in the middle east when the anti-Islamic film that parodied the prophet Muhammad was released onto the Internet last week.
Four U.S. officials were killed in an attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi and the filmmaker has gone into hiding.
Not only has the filmmaker–who went by the name Sam Bacile, whose real name is Nakoula Basseley Nakoula–gone into hiding, but others affiliated with the film have gone in as well.
Actress Cindy Lee Garcia said she was duped into acting in the film entitled “Innocence of Muslims” that included a scene where Prophet Muhammad puts his
*The administrators of North Central College in Naperville, IL. thought it would be a fabulous idea to invite Spike Lee as a guest lecturer. But things have gotten ugly among student protesters who don’t want him to come.
As part of the school’s week-long tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the North Central College made it public knowledge the filmmaker would be gracing them with his presence on Tuesday, Jan. 18 for a relatively inexpensive forum ($20 fee). However, the Italic Institute of America isn’t too happy about the invitation.
According to the group, the filmmaker’s portrayal of Italian-Americans conflicts with King’s message of civil rights.
“Having Lee speak at an event honoring Dr. King is akin to having Maury Povich as the guest speaker at a Happy Marriage Convention,” said Bill Dal Cerro, president of IIA. He added that Lee has negatively stereotyped Italians and depicted them in demeaning ways.
But it is unlikely the group’s effort will budge the educational institution’s decision.
Ted Slowik, director of public relations and media relations for the college released the following statement:
“Spike Lee is still coming. One of the reasons we invite keynote speakers like Spike Lee is to provide an opportunity for our students to engage in thought and dialogue about issues of race and social activism — topics that Lee has addressed in his films. North Central College has a long history of building bridges among cultures, and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s visit to the campus in 1960 is one of many examples of how the college has provided forums for thought-provoking dialogue throughout its 150-year history.”