*Things continue to look up for ‘The Haves and the Have Nots.’
Indiewire.com reports the Tyler Perry drama set a series record this past Tuesday night (1/21/13) by drawing in 2.84 million total viewers with its latest episode.
Chatting with the former daytime TV queen, Elba revealed that he has not accepted his father’s death. In the three months following the tragedy, the actor admitted that he has hardly given himself time to properly grieve.
Winston Elba died in September after losing a battle with lung cancer.
“He was such a tough man and he would just expect me to get on with it,” Elba told Winfrey regarding his reluctance to dwell on his father’s death.” When I call my mum’s house the answering machine is still my dad. And the thing about his lung cancer is that it took his voice away, but the answering machine is his full voice. Two things happen…I get super, super sad when I hear that but I’m also really happy that he’s still there. It’s the only bit of his voice that I have.”
On a lighter note, Elba put the rumors to rest by confirming that he is expecting a little baby.
“My girlfriend’s having a baby, yes,” said the actor, who added that he discovered he would be a father shortly after finding out that his own father had died of cancer.
Fans of Elba can soon check him out on the big screen when he portrays former South African president Nelson Mandela in the biopic “Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom.” The film, based on Mandela’s life, will hit theaters on Christmas Day.
Oprah’s interview with Elba can be seen below:
*As always, “Oprah’s Next Chapter” is something to look forward to.
This coming Sunday’s edition is no exception because it features Kenneth “Baybyface” Edmonds.
Oprah hangs with “Face” at his Los Angeles home and discusses, among other things, his upcoming duets album with Toni Braxton, Love, Marriage & Divorce (out in February).
In the interview, Babyface reveals the stories behind his biggest hits, his process for creating music, the current state of the industry as well as his fiancé.
He also talks about his very public divorce with ex-wife Tracy Edmonds and the affect it had on his children.
Be sure to watch Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds on “Oprah’s Next Chapter” this Sunday, November 24 at 9pm ET/PT.
In the meantime, check out a couple of clips from the show:
“I think there’s a lot of stuff out today that is coonery and buffoonery,” Lee said about Tyler Perry’s productions. “I see ads for ‘Meet the Browns’ and ‘House of Payne’ and I’m scratching my head. the image is troubling and it harkens back to Amos ‘n’ Andy.”
Well, that was then. These days Spike is singing the praises of Madea’s alter ego. Recently on “Oprah’s Next Chapter,” Lee mentioned that after a visit to Perry’s home the two seemed to be on the Same page:
“No we’re cool, we’re mad cool now,” says Lee. “He’s trying to make it that our differences are based on a social, economic level. He’s trying to say it’s because he’s from the South and I’m from the North.”
*Good to know that somebody will be happy to see the Rev. Al Sharpton coming.
Now, you know history has shown that the Rev’s presence, to way too many, is NOT a good thing.
Usually, when he comes a knockin’…nobody wants to be at home. But this Sunday, November 17, when he knocks on the door of “Oprah’s Next Chapter” things will be different. Hallelujah! Can we get a witness?
The episode, which airs at 9PM ET/PST on OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network, will have the good Rev. speaking on the topic of race in what is anticipated will be an open and revealing discussion. He’ll talk about how his time as an angry black man; his role as a civil rights activist has evolved, and the moment that changed his life. He’ll discuss his new book, “The Rejected Stone,” and what drives him to choose his battles in fighting for what he believes in. He will also let us in on his dramatic weight loss.
Later in the show, Sharpton’s daughters, Ashley and Dominique will join the conversation. This will actually be their first interview together (wow!) and they will talk about “growing up Sharpton;” how their father has shaped their lives and their future.
Tune in Sunday night at 9/8c.
*If ever the term ‘divalicious’ was aptly applied, it was done so during Oprah Winfrey’s interview with Patti LaBelle on Oprah’s Next Chapter. The interview took place at Harlem’s famed Apollo Theater.
Who could argue with the authenticity that Ms. Patti displayed in her confident responses to questions posed by the Queen of Talk. Who would dare question those responses, knowing that this woman helped create the game that only a few have survived long enough to play.
So when Oprah asked the legendary singer, who has performed on the Apollo stage, “So you never got booed here?”
“What?” was really all Ms. Patti had to say, but she elaborated for our sake with a, “Girl, who you talking to?”
Webster’s must define True Diva as Patti LaBelle. The woman, who seems to never leave people in their seats once she has completed a song, can change the temperature in a room just by entering.
When Oprah spoke about her Legends ball, where she has feted great black women who have inspired her, she asked if LaBelle — who has been honored by her at the ball — thought of herself as a legend.
“Yes, I really do,” Patti said frankly; and when Oprah asked if she has truly accepted the title, the “New Attitude” singer replied incredulously, “What?”
How refreshing she is from the seemingly fake humility often donned by some celebrities!
From refusing to speak into strangers’ cell phones, to decrying the engagement in social media of any kind, Patti LaBelle truly flexes her divalicious muscles in this interview.
LaBelle even clears up the details of a long-running feud between herself and yet another bold diva, Diana Ross, and is compared to current pop diva Lady Gaga.
It is truly a diva-themed television event.
But as we all know, for every up there’s an inescapable down, and Ms. Patti didn’t leave without sharing hers.
“I’ve been shut down. Run down. Talked about. Dogged out,” LaBelle told Winfrey, choking back tears. “But that never stopped me from being the true me that’s here and will be here. I could never not be happy about my life.”
Neither could we, Ms. Patti. Neither could we.
Watch clips from the show: