Over the past year, we at That Grape Juice have turned to the readers for their thoughts on the roles age, race, and even sexuality play in one’s success in the music industry. Now, let’s weigh in on a heavier topic – weight.
Our culture is collectively becoming more stylized, making substance a thing of the past. As image drives the culture, often filling media with airbrushed or digitally altered representations of “beautiful”, the standard of beauty has never been more sought. An anomaly indeed given that statistics have proven most of the people subscribing to those very standards oft do not meet them.
Monica made yet another promotional appearance last evening. The singer visited ‘The Mo’Nique Show’ to plug her new album as well as perform a collection of her material including the 1st single from her ‘Still Standing’ LP, ‘Everything To Me’. Check out the performances and her interview with Mo’Nique below:
Contralto diva Toni Braxton made a promotional appearance on ‘The Mo’Nique Show’ last evening. The 6-time Grammy Award winner performed her new single, ‘Hands Tied’, as well as her a revamped version of her classic ‘Breathe Again’. Check out the performances and her interview with Mo’Nique below:
Mo’Nique won the coveted Oscar for Best Supporting Actress at the 82nd Annual Academy Awards, which took place at Hollywood’s Kodak Theatre tonight. Check out actress/comedienne’s touching acceptance speech above.
With her upcoming ‘Pulse’ album ready to be released on May 4th, Toni Braxton has teamed up with an unexpected person on a new track from the LP. The song, ‘Caught (Don’t Take Your Hat Off)’, features none other than Golden Globe Award-winning actress Mo’Nique, who offered a touch of spoken-word comedy to the mellow track. The record is said to have been influenced by Oran ‘Juice’ Jones’ 1986 single ‘The Rain’. Check out ‘Caught (Don’t Take Your Hat Off)’ below:
Oscar favourite, Mo’Nique, has lifted the lid on her ‘unique’ marriage to childhood sweetheart, Sidney Hicks. In a recent interview with Barbara Walters, the 42 year old revealed that she has no problem with her husband sleeping with other women – although she doesn’t sleep with other men.
The comedienne turned actress/talk-show host has spoken on the controversial matter in the past, yet for the first time – during her interview on Walters’ Oscar Special – she opened up about the more intricate details of her marriage.
Check out more shocking quotes from the interview after the jump, (courtesy of The YBF)…
Los Angeles’ famed Shrine Auditorium played host to the 41st annual NAACP Awards last night. Each year the NAACP (Nation Association For The Advancement of Coloured People) honours the achievement of figures, shows, films etc which aid its cause. This year saw R&B star Keri Hilson, who debuted a new look (above), take home Best New Artist.
Other celebrities in attendance included Precious star Gabourey Sidibe, Mo’Nique, Nick Cannon, LL Cool J, Gabrielle Union, Eva Pigford, and more. Check out more red carpet pics below:
The 82nd annual Oscar Award nominees were announced within the hour, and Lee Daniel’s critically acclaimed ‘Precious’ has scooped nominations in the several major categories!
*Comedienne and talk-show host Mo’Nique is nominated for Best Supporting Actress
*Lead, Gaboruey Sidibe – who played ‘Precious’ – is up for Best Actress
*The movie’s director Lee Daniels has been nominated for Best Director
‘Precious’ is also up for Best Picture
As one of the most potent pieces of cinematography I’ve seen in a long while, I most definitely feel the nominations are very much deserved (as are their potential wins). Tune in to the show on March 7th to see how ‘Precious’ fares…