By Florence Anthony
Okay. The internet and Facebook are abuzz with many complaints about the male characters in Tyler Perry’s “For Colored Girls.” The “Colored Guys,” with the exception of Hill Harper’s police officer character, have been compared to the disparaging male figures in “The Color Purple” and “Waiting To Exhale.” I asked veteran heart throb, Richard Lawson, who plays Loretta Devine’s character’s trifling boyfriend Frank, in the film, what he thinks about all the controversy. This is what he said. Richard told me: “Well, here’s the thing. First of all, it’s multidimensional. We’re still dealing with African Americans. We have dealt with negative images for entire centuries. There is a kind of intolerance to the images of Black people and Black men on screen. Over the time, expectation for us as people, made us image sensitive. It made us hypersensitive to anything derogatorry. But, if we’re not careful, we cannot create any type of art that challenges or provokes or anything speaking from a particular writer’s truth. Rembrandt taught us you have to create light and dark. In this film, you see the men that were in the play in 1975, who were referred to, but, you didn’t see them. Tyler created light. Zake (Ntozake Shange) created light in 1975. If we’re not careful, we won’t have any kind of voice at all to challenge ourselves.” Okay, this is a “Colored Guy” talking. Do you all get it now?
Entertainment heavyweight Steve Harvey brings his fun, fast paced popular morning radio show “The Steve Harvey Morning Show” to CENTRIC premiering Monday, November 15 at 9:00 PM and airing nightly Monday-Friday. An hour-long show that presents the best of the morning show, “The Steve Harvey Project,” has sidekick/comedian Nephew Tommy, and supporting co-hosts Shirley Strawberry and Carla Ferrell, the show will include character sketches by Steve and Tommy, a singing contest, live studio guests, celebrity interviews, a dating segment called “Locate Your Love,” and the show’s signature relationship segment “Strawberry Letter.”
“The View” co-host Sherri Shepherd came out to check out the new SONY gadgets at the SONY Cierge holiday preview event. Sherri hung out with fellow funny lady Caroline Rhea – they goofed around -taking pictures of themselves with a hot pink SONY Cyber-shot camera – they also spent some time surfing the web with “The Apprentice” star Ivanka Trump on the SONY VAIO laptop. Meanwhile, Ivanka showed the ladies her jewelry website – Ivanka Trump Collections.com.
SingersRoom.com reports Beyonce’s successful career will be chronicled in a new 32-page comic book. The project is dubbed “Fame: Beyonce’ , and according to comic writer CW Cooke, it reveals how “she’s accomplished so much in so little time.” The comic will be released in January for $3.99 via Bluewater Comics.
According to JustJared.com, Janet Jackson’s boyfriend, Wissam Al Mana, has confirmed new details on their private relationship. The billionaire businessman clarified: “I don’t date Janet Jackson. She is my girlfriend; there is a difference. She is a very special and talented woman who never ceases to amaze me.” Hey, I guess that’s why my girl is wearing his 15 carat diamond ring.