Thandie Newton covers The Edit Magazine!
Thandie Newton has been making waves with her role on HBO's Westworld, and she doesn't plan on stopping anytime soon. Ahead of the SAG Awards on Jan. 29, where she is nominated for outstanding performance by a female actor in a drama series, the English star and outspoken activist got brutally honest about sex, love, and race in Net-a-Porter's weekly digital magazine, The Edit. Not only does she talk about being a spokesperson for other women, but the mother of three also discusses the candid "sex talk" she had with her children, Ripley, 16, Nico, 12, and Booker, 2. See her most interesting quotes ahead.
•On her own new word, "femishame": "Do you know what we need? A word, like misogyny, but for women who despise other women: Femishame?"
•On being the only "brown" kid in school: "I was the kid who was complicated to be friends with, because I was brown. But I'm quite glad of that now. I realized how useful being alone is for figuring out your relationship to life. For me especially. I'm challenged all the time: being a woman who doesn't want to communicate sexually as a way of making people comfortable; being a woman in a tough industry; being a spokesperson for voiceless women; being African, but also being English. There are so many things I need to speak for."
•On speaking up for other women: "It's who I am, so I may as well have a little root around. And I'm a mother; I want to figure this stuff out for my children too."
•On having the sex talk with her kids: "I said, 'Daddy has a beautiful penis, which enters Mama, and these two precious parts of us join together . . .' A few days later, Ripley came home from school, saying, 'Mummy, I had to tell Don he was wrong today. Don said sex is when a man makes his willy go really hard and then beats the woman with it' . . . Lucky I got to her first."
•On telling her kids she was sexually abused: "I told them that the first time I ever had any sexual encounter, it was abuse. Eventually, my 12-year-old stopped me and said, 'Mum, don't worry. I am way cooler than you were at my age.'"
•On Hollywood's evolvement: "I am so grateful for work [that isn't] yet another underwritten role, written for a woman by a man . . . I'm so grateful to finally be a three-dimensional character."
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#RHoA: The Real Housewives of Atlanta Recap: Frick and Frack and Whack
I only have so much room in my brain for trivial matters. There’s just bigger things happening in the world right now. So when The Real Housewives of Atlanta asks me to keep up with all the goings-on of every single friend these ladies have, I am being taxed. I’m trying to follow a constitutional crisis; I can’t keep up with what Marlo is up to. Or Shamea. It’s almost like there wasn’t enough drama on this season, so Bravo let everyone invite a friend. That’s certainly what they did for the glamping trip, but we’ll get to that later.
First, Kenya and Phaedra have to pick up some supplies for the glamping trip — like a special shovel to dig a hole for your poop. Phaedra is trying to make sure Kenya will be on her best behavior if Porsha decides to come too. This whole segment is intercut with Porsha sitting down with her anger-management coach. Whoever the RHOA editors are, they must have gotten some new software this season, because they’ve been doing more montages and flashbacks and little back-and-forths like this. Kenya keeps insisting that Porsha’s anger management isn’t working. Porsha thinks she can’t handle being around Kandi and has to come up with a plan to be on the glamping trip.
Glamping is the dumbest word.
Phaedra suggests to Kenya that they turn the trip into a Naked and Afraid episode. Phaedra is always trying to see somebody naked or touch somebody’s ass. Porsha decides she needs to know if Phaedra is on #TeamPorsha. I need a power rankings chart of all these alliances and allegiances.
Meanwhile, Cynthia goes to see Matt to find out what is happening with that relationship. Does anyone need this? Is this a thing friends do? Matt claims that Kenya doesn’t respect him and they don’t know how to communicate, but … this is a relationship worth fighting for? He also says he just gets upset and starts breaking things. Oh yeah, that's a completely healthy response to stress. Does he get upset and go over to Kenya’s house to break things? Because that’s what he seems to do. Cynthia tries to make Matt feel a little bit better by saying that Kenya is a drama queen. She ain’t wrong, but NOT NOW, CYNTHIA.
Kandi is throwing Shamea a white party for her engagement, and Kandi’s friends Gocha and Tan arrive. Cynthia, Sheree, and Marlo all show up not wearing white. Kandi was selective with the guest list and didn’t invite Kenya or Phaedra, but she did invite Porsha. Unfortunately, Porsha is nowhere to be found, even though Shamea and Porsha are best friends. Shamea is disappointed when Porsha doesn’t show up, but Sheree quickly changes the subject to the fact that Phaedra is telling people Shamea loves sleeping with a married man. Shamea fires back with the fact that Apollo constantly threw himself at her and makes an inappropriate gesture, implying that Phaedra is sucking dicks all over the countryside. Shamea is also upset that Porsha didn’t defend her. It’s all conversations about people who aren’t there. Riveting.
Kenya goes over to Lake Bailey to see Cynthia’s new house, and Cynthia tries to objectively report on her conversation with Matt. Kenya flies off the handle and says Matt is a child and psychotic, then calls their relationship a cycle of abuse. Again, this is a relationship worth fighting for? Kenya also takes great offense that Cynthia (by way of Matt) thinks she’s a drama queen who provokes Matt. Cynthia is just like [shruggie emoticon] about Kenya’s reaction because she thinks it proves her point. Kenya makes it a larger point about Cynthia’s loyalty because Kenya is always defending her honor and her name. Kenya is like a knight in courtly love with Cynthia, defending her name and her kingdom of wigs. Kenya will not have her name besmirched like this, so she drives off.
Porsha goes to visit Shamea to make up for missing her engagement party. She brings her some beautiful champagne flutes and tries to explain how she can’t be around Kandi right now. Shamea brings up all the rumors and how Porsha didn’t defend her. Porsha plays dumb and doesn’t remember if she defended Shamea. Video evidence suggests otherwise. Shamea tells Kenya to be careful around Phaedra, because she used to say that Porsha was stupid and had a little head full of little brains. Porsha knows that the whole situation is toxic, and Shamea sweetly offers her a strawberry.
It’s the day of the glamping trip, and Kenya and Sheree are hosting two competing pre-trip parties. Kenya has a full spread with some nice-looking sandwiches and a veggie tray. Sheree set up a folding table outside her house with store-bought cookies still in the container. I legit thought Sheree was holding a last-minute bake sale. Marlo is coming on the trip, and she definitely dressed for the glam part of glamping. Everyone is bringing a plus-one: Kandi brought Hazel, an aspiring singer, and Porsha brings her sister Lauren to back her up. When Porsha shows up to Sheree’s house, she asks, “Oh, we going inside?” when Sheree mentions snacks, and Sheree goes, “I didn’t say all that!” Sheree, what is up with your house? Is it real? Is it just the front of a house, and it can fall over like something in Looney Tunes?
They all pile on the party bus and head out to the campsite. They’re going to rough it one night, then head to the glamping site after that. Marlo decides that her role on the trip will be as a font of wisdom. Any question you wanna ask Marlo, you can ask Marlo. Okay, Marlo.
Porsha produces a doctor’s note explaining why she brought her sister along, and Kenya tries to pick it apart by asking why she’s referred to as a “client” and not a “patient.” Everyone starts asking Porsha more questions about her anger, including Hazel. NOT NOW, HAZEL. The same ol’ conversation gets kicked up about Porsha talking about her anger management and whether the other ladies are being condescending or attacking her. Blah blah blah. The last word before the episode ends is Porsha telling Kenya, “You sound angry. Watch your mouth.”
Taraji P. Henson Shares Message Of Unity In Stunning SAG Awards Speech
“They are hidden figures no more!”
Taraji P. Henson spoke with conviction Sunday night after it was announced that “Hidden Figures” won the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture.
The film, which has received much acclaim including an Oscar nomination for Best Picture, tells the little-known stories of three black women ― Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson ― who played pivotal roles in NASA’s successful attempt to put astronaut John Glenn into orbit. Henson, who portrayed Johnson, accepted the award alongside her castmates and delivered a stirring speech about the movie’s purpose.
“This film is about unity,” Henson said. “The shoulders of the women that we stand on are three American heroes: Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson. Without them, we would not know how to reach the stars.”
“These women did not complain about the problems, the circumstances, the issues,” she continued. “They focused on solutions. Therefore, these brave women helped put men into space.”
Henson spoke with full confidence as she concluded with a message of unity and understanding.
WATCH THE SPEECH HERE:
“This story is about what happens when we put our differences aside, and we come together as a human race,” she concluded. “We win. Love wins every time ... They are hidden figures no more!”
New Music Video: Fantasia – When I Met You
Fantasia dazzles on our screens today with the release of her romantic music video for “When I Met You,” off her stellar 2016 album The Definition Of…
Taking a trip down memory lane, the powerhouse vocalist recruits her daughter to play her teenage self through the stages of high school love. Set in her childhood bedroom filled with ’90s R&B and Hip Hop music, posters and apparel, the young Tasia falls for a boy hard in school, and throws some shade to her other suitors.
As she gets older, Fantasia’s perfect guy betrays her for another woman, but the guy that was really meant for her watches it all go down. The clip later transitions to the present, showcasing a happy Fantasia marrying her husband, Kendall Taylor.
“When I met you / I never knew, about all the things that we would do / Then I met you / When I met you, I met me too,” sings Fantasia.
Fantasia and Kendall said I do, again, on Christmas Day 2016, and it appears that the video was shot during that ceremony.
“I Love You so much that I’d do it over and over and over again! When I met You, I just never knew!! It’s almost like I may have known you in another life,” Tasia wrote on Instagram. “Like this love has happened before and that’s how it works so well between us because we’ve been here before. So we did it AGAIN!! The right way.. so….Yes I DO #Love.”
Checkout the video HERE
New Hip Hop Music Video: Rick Ross feat. Ty Dolla $ign – ‘I Think She Like Me’
Rick Ross gives fans a glimpse of his extravagant lifestyle in the music video for “I Think She Like Me,” the Ty Dolla $ign-assisted single off his upcoming album, Rather You Than Me.
Pouring glasses of champagne while women fondle one another in a nearby pool area, Rozay and Dolla watch the sun set at a luxurious home. As night falls, Renzel’s mansion becomes a masquerade ball in the Ryan Snyder-directed clip.
“I once got no allowance, now I got the crown,” Ross raps. “I said I was the boss, nobody made a sound.”
By the end of the video, Rozay is feeding grapes to a woman in a private room. “Fat boy run the city, seated in the throne,” he brags. “I’m cashing in like the Kardashians.” Meanwhile, Ty is surrounded by masked ladies in revealing outfits.
Rather You Than Me, the follow-up to 2015’s Black Market, is due later this year via Rozay’s new label home, Epic Records.
Watch the opulent visual for “I Think She Like Me” HERE
Rihanna Visits Malawi to Promote Education
Bad Gal is doing good. After taking to the streets in last week’s Women’s March, Rihanna visited students in Malawi, Africa to promote education through her Clara Lionel Foundation.
As an ambassador for Global Citizen and the Global Partnership for Education, the superstar songstress met with educators, government officials, and mentors while promoting the benefits of education.
Photos have surfaced, showing RiRi along with Global Citizen CEO Hugh Evans and Global Partnership for Education’s board of directors chair Julia Gillard in a Malawian village.
RiRi launched her Clara Lionel Foundation in 2012 as a tribute to her grandparents, Clara and Lionel Braithwaite. Since then, she’s been involved in several charitable initiatives with education being a focal point.
Last year, she announced a scholarship program, was named a Global Ambassador for Education, and headlined the Global Citizen Festival alongside Kendrick Lamar.
#DeleteUber? Trump ban stirs Lyft to ACLU donation as Uber takes heat
Uber's actions during President Trump's immigration ban Saturday stirred an impromptu wave of people deleting the ride-hailing app from their phones, while the company's chief rival made a donation to fight the blockade.
Uber angered some users by temporarily canceling surge pricing for rides from New York's JFK Airport, which taxi drivers were briefly boycotting to voice their opposition to Trump's "inhumane and unconstitutional" action.
"Surge pricing has been turned off at #JFK Airport. This may result in longer wait times. Please be patient," Uber's New York City operation said Saturday night on Twitter.
Angry users viewed the move as a bid to undercut taxi drivers who voluntarily relinquished lucrative fares to join the protest against the temporary detention of foreigners who were denied entry to the U.S. after arriving on planes.
An Uber spokeswoman said she did not know how many people had deleted Uber from their phones.
"We're sorry for any confusion about our earlier tweet—it was not meant to break up any strike. We wanted people to know they could use Uber to get to and from JFK at normal prices, especially last night," the company said Sunday in a statement.
Hours after the controversy popped, fierce rival Lyft announced early Sunday that it would donate $1 million to the American Civil Liberties Union, which is battling Trump's ban on travelers from certain primarily Muslim countries.
After the controversy picked up steam, Uber announced Sunday afternoon that it had set up a $3 million legal fund for immigrant drivers and asked Trump to cancel the travel ban.
The company had come under fire for the JFK policy and for CEO Travis Kalanick's original statement offering mild criticism for the ban but not directly condemning it.
Uber said Sunday afternoon that it will "urge the government to reinstate the right of U.S. residents to travel — whatever their country of origin — immediately."
Earlier, Lyft aggressively assailed the Trump policy, which bans citizens of several primarily Muslim countries from entering the U.S. for 90 days.
"Banning people of a particular faith or creed, race or identity, sexuality or ethnicity, from entering the U.S. is antithetical to both Lyft's and our nation's core values," Lyft co-founders John Zimmer and Logan Green said in a blog post. "We stand firmly against these actions, and will not be silent on issues that threaten the values of our community."
In a mini essay Saturday night on Facebook addressing Trump's action, Kalanick did not address the #deleteuber movement or the JFK ride policy, but he pledged to address the matter Friday in a pre-scheduled meeting with the president. He said Uber would compensate any affected drivers who are stuck outside the U.S. for three months due to Trump's action. Kalanick recently agreed to join a group of American CEOs to advise the president.
"While every government has their own immigration controls, allowing people from all around the world to come here and make America their home has largely been the U.S.’s policy since its founding. That means this ban will impact many innocent people," he said in the blog post.
He added: "I understand that many people internally and externally may not agree with that decision, and that’s OK. It's the magic of living in America that people are free to disagree. But whatever your view please know that I’ve always believed in principled confrontation and just change; and have never shied away (maybe to my detriment) from fighting for what’s right."
A group representing New York taxi drivers called on Uber and Lyft drivers to join cab drivers in a protest Sunday afternoon at Battery Park City.
"The fight continues!" the New York Taxi Workers Alliance said on Facebook.
The tension between Uber and taxi drivers and Uber and Lyft was among several reactions to the Trump ban from the business world.
Several technology industry executives denounced Trump's action. Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky criticized the ban and offered free housing to anyone displaced by the order.
Uber said its plan to assist drivers includes 24/7 legal support and compensation for lost earnings.
Airbnb offers free housing for refugees
The CEOs of Microsoft, Apple, Netflix and Tesla Motors also denounced the policy, which could affect their own employees.
New Couple Alert! Mimi Faust dating WNBA Player Tamera Young
Rumor has it, Mimi Faust has found love again. Over the weekend, the Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta star posted a photo with her rumored girlfriend, WNBA player Tamera Young. She posted the photo with the caption:
"Girls be like who’s texting Us..!!!" Last month, Tamera also posted a photo, posing with Mimi and Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs’ baby mama Sarah Chapman.
According to Black Sports Online, the pair were attempting to keep their relationship under the radar. Mimi nor the Chicago Sky guard have commented on their relationship status.
Six Dead In Canada Mosque Shooting, Terrorism Confirmed
MONTREAL (AP) — Five people were killed in a shooting at a Quebec City mosque during evening prayers, the president of the center said Sunday. Authorities reported two arrests in what Quebec’s premier and Canada’s prime minister called an act of terrorism.
Quebec City Islamic Cultural Centre President Mohamed Yangui reported the number of dead late Sunday in a telephone call from the provincial capital.
Yangui said the shooting happened in the men’s section of the mosque. He said five males had died and he worried that some were children. He said he wasn’t at the center when the attack occurred, but he got some details from people on the scene.
He said an estimated 60 to 100 people would have been there at the time of the shooting. “We are sad for the families,” he said.
Authorities did not confirm the number of fatalities. Both Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard characterized the attack as a terrorist act, which came amid heightened tensions worldwide over U.S. President Donald Trump’s travel ban on certain Muslim countries.
“We condemn this terrorist attack on Muslims in a centre of worship and refuge,” Trudeau said in a statement. “It is heart-wrenching to see such senseless violence. Diversity is our strength, and religious tolerance is a value that we, as Canadians, hold dear.
“Muslim-Canadians are an important part of our national fabric, and these senseless acts have no place in our communities, cities and country,” he said. “Canadian law enforcement agencies will protect the rights of all Canadians, and will make every effort to apprehend the perpetrators of this act and all acts of intolerance.”
Quebec City police spokesman Constable Pierre Poirier said two suspects were arrested. Police said the mosque had been evacuated and things were under control.
Trudeau said on Twitter that he spoke to Quebec’s premier and was being briefed by officials. The prime minister said the government had offered “any & all assistance needed.”
Trudeau had earlier reacted to Trump’s visa ban for people from certain Muslim-majority countries by tweeting Saturday: “To those fleeing persecution, terror & war, Canadians will welcome you, regardless of your faith. Diversity is our strength #WelcomeToCanada.”
Trudeau also posted a picture of him greeting a Syrian child at Toronto’s airport in late 2015. Trudeau oversaw the arrival of more than 39,000 Syrian refugees soon after he was elected.
Couillard termed the Sunday mosque attack as “barbaric violence” and expressed solidarity with the victims’ families.
The mayor of Gatineau, Quebec, near Canada’s capital of Ottawa, said there would be increased police presence at mosques around his city following the attack.
The New York Police Department said it was stepping up patrols at mosques and other hours of worships in its city.
The NYPD issued a statement Sunday night saying Critical Response Command personnel had been “assigned to extended tour coverage” at certain mosques.
“NYPD is providing additional protection for mosques in the city. All New Yorkers should be vigilant. If you see something, say something,” New York City Mayor Bill Blasio said on Twitter.
“Our prayers tonight are with the people of Quebec City as they deal with a terrible attack on a mosque. We must stand together,” Blasio said in another tweet.
Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale said on Twitter Sunday that he was deeply saddened by the loss of life. His office said no motive had been confirmed.
In the summer of 2016 a pig’s head was left on the doorstep of the Quebec Islamic Cultural Centre.
The incident occurred in the middle of Ramadan, when Muslims fast from dawn to sunset. Practicing Muslims do not eat pork.
Francois Deschamps, an organizer of a refugee-support group in Quebec City, said the motive was unknown, but right-wing groups are very organized in Quebec City and distribute fliers at the university and plaster stickers around town.
Deschamps said he has personally received death threats after starting a refugee support group on Facebook and people have posted his address online.
“I’m not very surprised about the event,” Deschamps said.
Canada is generally very welcoming toward immigrants and all religions, but it’s less so in the French-speaking province of Quebec.
Common & Twista Weigh In On Trump’s Plans For Chicago
Last week Donald Trump said that he would send “Feds” to Chicago if the violence in the city did not stop. Chicago rappers Common and Twista have both come forward to express their opinions on whether they believe that is a good idea.
On Wednesday, Trump tweeted: “If Chicago doesn’t fix the horrible “carnage” going on, 228 shootings in 2017 with 42 killings (up 24% from 2016), I will send in the Feds!”
According to Common, sending the feds into Chicago isn’t what’s needed and will only end badly. “To help Chicago, we’ve gotta take care of our own,” said Common. “Within the community we’ve got to do things. There’s a lot of people out there already organizing their own thing. We need our State and Local people to do things. We don’t need that type of mentality.”
Twista offered his views on the president intervening, saying that not all rich white people are bad. “We think that all white people are bad or all rich white people oppress us. They don’t. Everyone has different views. I think he [Trump] stands for the view that in some ways we may be fearful that he may want to hurt us but in some ways they can possibly help us.”
However, when it comes to the needs of his hometown, Twista’s views are similar to Common’s. “We need after school programs and money put back into the community so that we can help ourselves,” said Twista. “Not like the National Guard coming in. You see what happened every time you have a Martial Law type of thing and you bring that type of mentality to the neighborhoods, or you bring a federal type of law to override the law of the city, it’s a bad experience. No one would agree that’s a good idea. I think it’s a problem we can more so fix amongst ourselves.”
Power casts Charlie Murphy as prison guard
Look who Ghost is about to encounter in the pokey!
EW has learned exclusively that Charlie Murphy, best known for his work in Meet the Blacks, Chappelle’s Show, and oh, being related to Eddie Murphy, will join the fourth season of Power on Starz.
Murphy will play Marshal Williams opposite James “Ghost” St. Patrick (Omari Hardwick), a wealthy nightclub owner-cum-drug lord who will start season 4 behind bars. Power, which is executive produced by Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson and Courtney A. Kemp (The Good Wife) returns this summer on the heels of Ghost’s highly publicized arrest for the murder of FBI Agent Greg Knox — a crime he did not commit. His fight for redemption brings him face-to-face with the Feds, the media, new allies, and old foes.
Power, which launched in 2014, remains the most-watched drama on Starz. In season 3, the series received 7.1 million multi-platform views each week.
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