It’s always great to see actors and actresses in their natural elements. Danielle Brooks and Uzo Aduba, the “Orange is the New Black” actresses known as Taystee and Crazy Eyes, teamed up with Brooklyn band Oh Honey to spread some Christmas cheer and create awareness for Artists Striving to End Poverty. Watch the video on Hello Beautiful…
Tag Archives: orange is the new black
Frisky Q&A: Taryn Manning Talks About Playing “Radically Unapologetic,” “Bible-Thumping Freakazoid” Pennsatucky On “Orange Is The New Black”
Like many of you, one of my favorite new shows from the last year is Netflix’s “Orange is the New Black,” based on the memoir of the same name (by Piper Kermen) that I read a couple of years ago. While I enjoyed the book, I love that the show has become a vehicle for telling all the prisoners’ stories, not just the main protagonist’s, and as a result, I think it’s one of the most successful character-driven narratives on the small screen. All of the characters are interesting and engaging to watch, so it’s hard to pick a favorite, but I have been totally fascinated by Pennsatucky, the meth-addicted Christian evangelist played by Taryn Manning. Last week, I got a chance to sit down for a few minutes with Manning at an event honoring beauty industry icon Beth Minardi (who gave Taryn that awesome shade of auburn in the photo above), and she gave me further insight into what makes Pennsatucky tick. Check out Q&A after the jump! Keep reading »
“I wasn’t offended. I thought it was a shame that she is in this country, that she would wear blackface and not understand the historical implications of that. I don’t think Julianne is making a specific informed choice to comment on blackness. I just think it’s out of this ignorance. That’s really sad.”
I really appreciate Laverne Cox‘s take on Julianne Hough wearing blackface as part of her Crazy Eyes/”Orange Is The New Black” Halloween costume because it draws attention to the larger context in which Hough would think that part of her costume was okay. That people have not been educated on the racist history of blackface and the forms it has taken over the years is sad. And it’s a shame that people who call out blackface for being racist are often dismissed as being too sensitive. It’s good that Julianne apologized and hopefully learned something from the incident, but it’s troubling that not a single person on her team or in her entourage thought to advise her against it, perhaps because they’re also ignorant about its racist history or perhaps don’t care. And Hough is hardly alone in wearing skin color as a Halloween costume; that so many people think blackface — as a costume, on fashion magazine covers, in advertisements, at parties etc. — is okay is the real problem. [Us Weekly]
Julianne Hough apparently did not get the memo that wearing blackface, no matter the reason — yes, even when dressing up as Crazy Eyes from “Orange is the New Black” — is racist and not okay. Melanin is not a costume! White people, you can dress up as someone of another race for Halloween without darkening your skin! Seriously, JUST SKIP THAT PART. [Photo: Pacific Coast News]
UPDATE: Julianne has issued the following apology:
I am a huge fan of the show “Orange is the New Black,” actress Uzo Aduba, and the character she has created. It certainly was never my intention to be disrespectful or demeaning to anyone in any way. I realize my costume hurt and offended people and I truly apologize.
A little over a week ago, I asked you to vote on which pop culture-inspired Halloween costumes you most wanted me to recreate, and the cast of “Orange is the New Black” won handily. Now, the basics of this costume are simple and easy to find — the standard orange or tan “jumpsuit” is actually basically just scrub separates, which you can purchase online. Add a pair of plain blue Keds and a name tag and you’ll handily pass for a lady in the clink. It’s up to you which accessories you want to add to be a specific character. Going as Piper, as seen above? Just add a screwdriver! Alex? Black rimmed glasses, fake arm tattoos, and extremely thin and arched brows. And for Crazy Eyes? Little hair twists and a crazy-eyed expression, natch. (Memorize that monologue from Shakespeare’s Coriolanus and call every blonde woman you see “Dandylion” for extra authenticity.) You get the picture. Get the details on where to buy the basic of this costume after the jump — and add suggested accessories for each of the specific characters in the comments! Keep reading »
Fan of both “Orange is the New Black” and “Scandal”? Then this Instagram video, featured “OITNB”‘s Uzo Aduba and Danielle Brooks (Crazy Eyes and Taystee) spoofing the opening scene from “Scandal”‘s season three premiere, will delight you. Don’t watch either show? Consider this a helpful suggestion to get on it. [via Jezebel]
“Orange is the New Black” fans, prepare to fall even harder for the amazing Laverne Cox, the transgender actress and activist who plays Sophia on the breakout Netflix show. In this fantastic interview for Meredith Viera’s Lives YouTube channel, as part of their Overshare series, Laverne speaks openly about her gender transition, shares photos from her past and discusses the activism she does on behalf of the trans community, which recently won her a Courage Award. ”Trans people’s lives matter,” she says. “They deserve love, accepting and belonging.” You go, girl. (Oh, and Laverne will be answering questions on Lives’ Twitter today at 3 p.m. EST, so follow them!) [YouTube]
- Okay, well not Taystee herself — Danielle Brooks, who plays Taystee on “Orange Is The New Black” will appear on an episode of “Girls” next season. Good one, Lena Dunham.[Ebony]
- More happy casting news: Julianne Moore has joined the cast of “Mockingjay,” the two-part finale of “The Hunger Games.” [HitFix]
- Gwyneth Paltrow hosted an “English garden party” with badminton, croquet and famous people. [Atlantic Wire]
- Lame: teachers are getting in trouble for playing “Same Love,” the Macklemore song about same-sex marriage, in class. [Huffington Post]
- There’s a new app to block Miley Cyrus from your Internet. Meanwhile, her and Robin Thicke’s twerk-formance at the VMAs sparked hella FCC complaints. [Perez Hilton, The Wrap]
- Tom Hanks is sitting on a jury in Los Angeles and a starstruck attorney just bungled the trial. [TMZ] Keep reading »
By now you’ve probably heard the news that Laura Prepon is leaving “Orange is the New Black” midway through season two of the Netflix hit. It’s an odd move for the actress, who hasn’t exactly had a lot of work since her career-making gig on “That ’70s Show” ended. Why would she want to leave such a successful and talked about new show, especially when her role as Piper’s drug-dealing ex has become increasingly more significant? Well, some speculate that her decision may have something to do with her being a Scientologist. Prepon has been a member of the Church of Scientology since she began dating Chris Masterson (brother of her “That ’70s Show” costar Danny Masterson), who was raised in the Church. Keep reading »
I’ll be the first to admit it: I have really random TV watching habits. I’ve never seen “Mad Men,” “Game of Thrones,” or “Scandal,” and I even gave up on “Breaking Bad” after ibe season. Yet, I still watch the travesty that is “True Blood,” nurture a sick fascination with all the “Real Housewives” series, and have a penchant for most shows aired on ABC Family. Consider that all fair warning before taking any TV advice from me.
Networks have been promoting their new fall line ups for a while now, drumming up anticipation before most premiere this month or next. Most new pilots look like they’ll last one season and then fizzle out. Ahem, “Super Fun Night.” As much as I really want to love a female-driven comedy, especially one helmed by Rebel Wilson, I just don’t see this one lasting. But a few new shows did manage to catch my eye. However, knowing my luck, the ones I’ll be interested in will most likely be canceled after a season or two (“Bunheads” and “Alphas,” I’m looking at you). But, there’s always hope!
So with that, I give you my short list of shows — both new and returning— that I’m looking forward to watching this fall. Keep reading »