“I was actually doing ‘Good Times,’ and on our first day of shooting they bound my chest because they thought my breasts were too big. I got the part when I was 10, we started shooting when I was 11—I was developing early. It made me feel that the way that I am, it’s not good enough. That’s why I decided to call [my book] True You.’”
—Janet Jackson reveals a particularly traumatizing moment she had as a child actress. Maybe this explains Nipplegate—her girls just wanted to be free? [Huffington Post] Keep reading »
I haven’t been a fan of Tyler Perry since I figured out his formula — no-good man wrongs strong black woman who is saved by do-right man with a lot of Madea thrown in for comic relief. That being said, I’m really excited to see his film version of Ntosake Shange’s acclaimed play “For Colored Girls Who’ve Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf.” This 1975 choreopoem, as Shange named it, consists of 20 poems performed by nameless women, who are known only by the color they wear. It explores the black woman’s experience with abandonment, love, domestic violence, rape, and abortion.
The characters in “For Colored Girls … ” speak to many women throughout the stages of their lives, which might be one reason Perry was able to secure such an all-star cast. Keep reading »
My first thought after reading about Gary Coleman’s passing was “Whatchu talkin’ ’bout, Willis?” Even though Gary had some troubles as an adult, I couldn’t help but remember chubby-cheeked Arnold, his character on the ’70s and ’80s show “Diff’rent Strokes.” Then, I thought about the classic urban-American sportswear the young Drummonds and Charlene DuPrey, Janet Jackson‘s character, sported on the show. Arnold loved his football jerseys and sneakers. Willis was mad for plaid. Kimberly kept covered in high-neck blouses. Charlene styled it up with V-neck sweaters. And jeans were a wardrobe staple for all four. After the jump, get inspired by the wardrobe on “Diff’rent Strokes” without looking like a blast from the past. Keep reading »
Jennifer Lopez rocked almost this exact same look a couple years ago at an awards show — only she left the bra at home. Nipples were very chic in 2001. [London, 5/21/10] Keep reading »
Most people celebrate their birthdays by opening gifts and blowing out candles. Janet Jackson marked the day a bit differently. For her 44th birthday, Janet went a little bit crazy (in a good way) and cut off most of her hair! (Either that, or she normally wears wigs and opted to go without.) Just two weeks ago, she walked the red carpet at the annual Costume Institute with her long locks pulled back into a tight bun, and apparently she loved the sleek look so much, she decided to get rid of it for real! It’s a drastic change from the usual long curly hair we see on Ms. Jackson, but she certainly has the bone structure to pull off the face-revealing style. What do you think of her freshly shorn hair? [Daily Mail] Keep reading »