Kristin Chenoweth, Gayle King, Oprah and Tyler Perry attend Surprise Oprah! A Farewell Spectacular at the United Center on May 17, 2011 in Chicago.
*The morning after the most anticipated finale in daytime history, Gayle King will host “The Gayle King Show: Oprah Finale After Party,” a special send-off celebration live from Harpo Studios in Chicago on Thursday, May 26 from 9:00-11:00 a.m. ET/PT on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network and the Oprah Radio channel on SiriusXM Radio.
King will welcome celebrity super fans and key players of “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” and reveal exclusive behind-the-scenes footage from the penultimate taping at the United Center in Chicago. This event marks the first time “The Gayle King Show” has done a live television telecast outside its New York City studio since its debut on January 10, 2011.
Throughout the special, Gayle King will welcome celebrities including Hugh Jackman, Diane Sawyer, Rita Wilson and Nate Berkus along with super viewers via Skype to share their favorite moments from the past 25 years and how they commemorated the special finale event.
King will also be joined in studio by Oprah Winfrey’s long-time partner Stedman Graham and the presidents of Harpo Studios, Sheri Salata and Erik Logan. Salata, who is also the executive producer of “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” and senior audience producer Sally Lou Loveman will share personal anecdotes and behind-the-scenes stories of “The Oprah Winfrey Show.”
“The Gayle King Show: Oprah Finale After Party” will re-air in primetime later that evening from 9:00-11 p.m. ET/PT.
*Black music, as with any vehicle in the Black community, has reached people who do not necessarily fit the mold these vehicles serve.
In the past, other groups who decided to become actively involved were immediately shooed away because of their distinct characteristics – like their skin color.
White people singing Black music, in particular hip-hop and R&B music, are no different.
So the notion that music is colorblind is false?
Arika Kane, a white, but really soulful sounding singer, made headlines recently when speculations from her fans suggested that Kane’s new single “Here with Me” (scroll down to HEAR it) was banned from Sirius XM Radio’s Heart & Soul station because she was white.
While there has been no official response to these allegations from the heads of Sirius XM, according to other press, Sirius radio director BJ Stone said he personally wouldn’t play an Erika Kane record because he believes a white artist should not be singing an urban song. Again, Stone did not respond to our request for a response.
Now, immediately the notion that race is close to a nonfactor in what’s played on the radio, as other radio DJs and music directors have commented, points to artists like Eminem who has a hip-hop station on Sirius XM and Robin Thicke who gets played on almost every Black/urban radio station.
“It speaks volumes when an artist like Robin Thicke gets as much airtime as he does,” Myronda Dexter, an on air personality from Atlanta’s adult urban radio station Majic 97.5/107.5 FM, said. “To me the reason why the music is played is because the music is good, it does well on the charts, people love to hear it and it sells albums.”
But what about Arika Kane, an independent artist from Connecticut? Her song that isn’t receiving airplay is on the charts – it’s sitting 77th on Billboard’s Hot Hip-Hop/R&B chart and 14th on Mediabase’s Urban Adult Contemporary chart.
Kane, who has felt the barrier of being a white woman singing R&B music, is well aware of how long music has come when it comes to race.
“If that (being banned from Sirius) is the case, I’m used to it, I guess there are still certain barriers that we have to break,” she said. “It shouldn’t matter, music is music, soul is soul.”
However, she certainly feels a definite double standard in the music industry as an independent artist.
“As an independent label, we gotta work twice as hard to get somebody’s attention or be taken seriously,” Kane said. “When I heard the news I was definitely sad and disappointed because Heart & Soul is my favorite XM station, but we’re not gonna bring our tails in because we’re fighters.”
Dexter, who feels talent from all races make good urban music, also feels that “as long as the record is good, and fit a station’s format, will receive a good amount of airplay.”
Does Arika Kane not fit the format that Maronda Dexter speaks about on Sirius XM radio, who said she even cannot recall hearing a Kane record on her own station Majic?
Although Arika Kane has good numbers on the charts, aside from a non major deal, her race appears to be a huge factor in her airplay on Sirius XM radio. The idea that “music is music” remains in question in so many ways when it comes to the radio world, even if the factor is as simple as “a white artist shouldn’t be singing urban music.”
*The Sirius satellite radio war of words between Howard Stern and Jamie Foxx has spiraled completely out of control, and Stern’s sidekick Robin Quivers says it’s all based on an obscene overreaction by Foxx and his radio crew to comments made about Gabourey Sidibe.
When Foxx heard the now infamous clip of Stern and Quivers discussing Gabby’s weight, declaring she is too big to ever have longevity as an actress, he came to the Oscar nominee’s defense on his Foxxhole radio show, leveling personal attacks against the Stern camp in the process.
Quivers, in particular, was referred to as “house ni**erish” by Foxx, while his co-host Corey Holcomb began making light of the child molestation Quivers said she suffered at the hands of her father.
Stern then blasted back by suggesting he has proof that Foxx is gay, which prompted a denial by Foxx and a charge that “Coward Stern” has “chronic gonorrhea.”
The latest incident took place on live television yesterday when a famous Stern fan, posing as an expert on the deadly West Virginia coal mine explosion, was able to get through to anchor Shepard Smith and begin calling out Foxx before he was abruptly cut off.
Just how did things get so ugly?
In an exclusive interview with EUR’s Lee Bailey, Quivers says this whole back-and-forth nonsense could’ve been avoided had Foxx and other critics not forced the issue of race into their original comments about Gabby.
“They’re reacting to something they didn’t hear, and again, they’re reacting to something that we didn’t say,” said Quivers. “They’re making it into a black/white issue. We were simply talking about the girl’s career prospects and her health.”
“[Howard's] opinion was that she would never have a great career in Hollywood because of her size,” Quivers continued. “My opinion was that she’s really unhealthy and that somebody should be talking to her about that.
“It’s about the fact that somebody [was saying to Gabby] ‘Oh, you go girl, now go have another piece of fried chicken,’ [when] they should’ve said, ‘Okay you know what? Alright, you did that role, you needed to look this way for this role, and maybe now you should be addressing your health.’ Because, if you really want to work in Hollywood, you need to be able to do different things.”
To the haters, Quivers adds, “Go ahead now and make something out of that and start calling us names.”
Quivers, currently promoting her 15 Foundation philanthropic organization, says she is fully aware of her reputation as a “sellout” among some black folks, but her question is, “Sold out for what, and to who?”
“I was called, I think, a house Negro,” she said. “I think the times have changed and I think that you have to update your terms, because I don’t know exactly what you’re trying to say about me. And where have I sold out to? Again, I say exactly how I feel, exactly what I want. If it doesn’t agree with what you think I should be saying, then there’s something wrong with everyone thinking that just because my skin is a certain color, we all think alike. That, again, is a real problem.”
Bottom line, she says, “I can’t have other people’s opinions. I’m sorry, I can’t do that for you. If that’s selling out, then I sold out. What they’re saying is that, ‘You should have my opinion. And if you don’t have my opinion, you’re selling out.’ But, I don’t know how it’s not selling out if I have your opinion, and it’s not my opinion.”
*Radio jock Howard Stern and his sidekick Robin Quivers spent a considerable amount of time on Monday’s broadcast criticizing best actress Oscar nominee Gabourey Sidibe.
The two joked about her weight, with Stern referring to her as “the most enormous, fat black chick I’ve ever seen.” They also said Gabby’s supporters, including Oprah Winfrey, are delusional about the prospect that she’ll ever work in Hollywood again because of her size.
Gabourey Sidibe and Laura Linney in "The C Word"
“She is enormous. Everyone’s pretending she’s a part of show business and she’s never going to be in another movie,” Stern said on his Sirius satellite show. “She should have gotten the best actress award because she’s never going to have another shot. What movie is she gonna be in?”
“And Oprah’s lying and saying you’re going to have a brilliant career,” said Robin.
“Oprah’s another liar, a filthy liar,” said Stern. “She’s telling an enormous woman the size of a planet that she’s going to have a career.” [Scroll down to listen.]
Stern was apparently unaware that Sidibe has already filmed the Showtime pilot “The C Word,” which stars Laura Linney as a teacher dealing with terminal cancer. Gabby plays one of her students.
The Oscar nominee also stars in the upcoming feature film “Yelling to the Sky” opposite Zoe Kravitz, the daughter of her “Precious” co-star Lenny Kravitz.
*Gossip rags are buzzing over what could be a budding romance between Jamie Foxx and actress “Clueless” actress Stacey Dash, who arrived arm-in-arm for the Oscars red carpet Sunday night, or a publicity stunt to revive Dash’s stagnant acting career.
“First, Stacey just decided to split from her third husband, Emmanuel Xuereb, and spoke about it on – wait for it – Foxx’s radio show, “The Foxxhole,” on Sirius XM on Friday,” the New York Daily News reports. “The actress, whose rep had no comment on the matter, married Xuereb in 2007, but Stacey says the two have ‘grown apart’ over the past three years.”
So how did she end up with Foxx? Perhaps through her first cousin Damon Dash, the former CEO and co-founder of Roc-A-Fella Records.
The male Dash and Foxx have both a personal and professional relationship since they worked together on his 2005 single “Gold Digger,” according to the paper.
“People are saying Jamie and Stacey hooking up is a win-win situation,” says an insider. “It’s good for Jamie’s music career to be on good terms with Damon, and Stacey wouldn’t have snagged an invite to the Oscars without Jamie.”
The source adds that the photo ops are a bonus for Stacey, who, rumor has it, is attempting to restart her career. After the ceremony, she and Foxx hit up the Vanity Fair after-party, where they chatted with Heidi Klum, along with pregnant “Precious” star Paula Patton and her husband, Robin Thicke.
“They looked very much like an item, and Jamie was introducing her to everyone,” says one L.A. partygoer. “They seemed to be thoroughly enjoying each other’s company.”