Will.i.am with Miriam Margolyes of the Harry Potter series on the Graham Norton show, Friday, June 22, 2012.
*It’s so crazy to hear white folks say stuff like, “I have had black people in my home before.” Or, “I know plenty of black people.”
It’s as though black people are the speckled pup in the room that everyone wants to claim to have touched or encountered in one way or another.
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But, there’s a new, more honest, quote that came up in the news over the weekend.
“I don’t know many black people,” Miriam Margolyes, who plays Professor Sprout in the epic Harry Potter series, told Will.i.am on the Graham Norton show Friday night. He sat stunned and surprised at the British actresses candid remarks throughout the interview as he laughed and covered his face. (more…)
Antonio Banderas attends the "Puss in Boots" photocall in Rome. (Nov. 25, 2011)
*Antonio Banderas is giving up details of what it was like to host President Obama under tight security at his house.
As previously reported, the actor and his wife Melanie Griffith hosted the president at their estate in Hancock Park during his fundraising trip to Los Angeles.
While in London promoting his film “Puss in Boots,” Banderas told U.K. talk show host Graham Norton that the Secret Service agents nicknamed him “Zorro,” in reference to his 1998 role in “The Mask of Zorro.”
“We had a benefit for Barack Obama,” Banderas said. “We received the President of the United States in our home. It makes me happy because it is not something you do every day. We all had, in the family, code names for security. … I was Zorro.”
He deadpanned: “It could have been worse. I could have been Puss.”
Norton told the audience that Banderas arrived in the United States 20 years ago, unable to speak a word of English and now he’s serving as host to the president.