*Quvenzhane Wallis wowed critics with her performance in “Beasts of the Southern Wild.”
Now that the dust has settled and the excitement has died down a bit, the 9-year-old actress had a chance to share about her feelings during the whirlwind in an interview with the Associated Press.
“I actually had to learn what an Oscar was,” Quvenzhane said over a lunch of fried shrimp and crawfish at her favorite seafood restaurant in her hometown of Houma, La., about 60 miles southeast of New Orleans in bayou country.
“Beasts” debuted at Sundance earlier this year, capturing audiences for its raw performances and the fourth grader’s ability to translate her character so well.
Quvenzhane had never acted before and wasn’t really familiar with much on television. Now she’s got a New Hollywood Award, which was presented in Beverly Hills last month.
“I’m just like, OK I got an award, nice to know. And then I just go back to what I do,” she said.
She still leads a normal life, cheerleading and going to school, where her favorite subject is math.
Justice Bernette Johnson will become Louisiana’s first black Supreme Court Chief Justice after Governor Bobby Jindal’s attempt to block her seating is denied in federal court.
*There’s nothing worse than disguised racism that employees have a hard time proving exists.
Sometimes, the more they try to prove their case, the more suspicious they look. Just like in sexual harrassment or rape cases, the victim becomes the accused.
But in the state of Louisiana, fortunately past cases of discrimination in government can be proven and used to help Bernette Johnson in her quest to rise to the Supreme Court Chief Justice position for her state.
But Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, is trying to block her ascension due to a technicality that really doesn’t support his case.
The state constitution states that the next supreme court judge with the most seniority rises to the Chief position after the sitting Chief retires….and that’s Johnson.
*Oh there he goes again, causing a ruckus at a local New Orleans bar.
Cuba Gooding, Jr. was caught in a drunken rage again on Tuesday morning, telling the bartender that “New Orleans disowns you” as she pushed him out.
Photos show the actor having a yelling match with a brunette lady bartender outside of The Old Absinthe House on Bourbon Street, after he allegedly pushed her, according to TMZ.
The bartender told police that he was being rude when he cussed at some people who attempted to take pictures of him. She tried to be nice and ask him to leave. But he got all belligerent and started going off and laying hands.
Another bar employee called 911 to report battery.
Speaking of the bartender, she doesn’t plan to pursue criminal charges against him, managers at The Old Absinthe House restaurant said Wednesday.
In a statement to The Associated Press, the French Quarter restaurant said its employee wouldn’t press the case.
“It is our understanding the employee involved in the alleged altercation has chosen to drop all charges against Mr. Cuba Gooding Jr.,” said Old Absinthe House spokeswoman Carolyn Pierce. “While we continue to investigate this matter internally, we are hopeful that this will put an end to the matter.”
“The witness indeed has indicated that she is likely to drop the charges,” said Ryan Berni, a city spokesman. “If she does, and after prosecutors review the evidence, a determination will be made as to whether to dismiss the charges.”
Berni said Gooding’s arraignment is set for Friday. It was not immediately known whether he was required to appear.
”Don’t scuff those shoes kickin’ on the back of the pew!” “Don’t embarrass me makin’ all that noise and squirmin’ around during service!” ”If you have to go to the bathroom, you better do it now!” “And so help me Lord, if you say one thing about Sister Betty’s wig, I’m gonna knock you into the middle of next week!”
Well, the threats before leaving the house normally work, but obviously not for all children.
One pastor in Jefferson Parish, Louisiana, was told by one of his parishioners, a mother of two little boys 9 and 10, that they were acting up during Sunday service.
Well, the pastor said I will take them into my counsel. (more…)
Mildred Russ, 65, was fed up with 6-year old Kiya Rogers behavior at the Bakersfield Elementary school in Baker, Louisiana
*This story was waiting to happen at any moment.
The old school treatment has returned and the world is in an uproar.
We have been trying to tell our children for years, “If you grew up during our time, you would be pickin’ up your teeth from various locations” or “If you grew up during our time, the teacher would beat your butt, then the neighbor if your mama wasn’t home, then your mama when she got home.”
But, one teacher showed one child exactly what we’ve been saying. (more…)