The 91st annual Oscar ceremony has brought awards season to a close with career milestones for some and upsets for others.
Best Supporting Actress
Regina King has earned 13 best supporting actress awards for her performance as Sharon Rivers in the film If Beale Street Could Talk. Now she can add an Oscar to the impressive list. Escorted to the stage by The Best Chris (Evans), Regina accepted the award tearfully. Thanking James Baldwin and her mother, who was her date, Regina celebrated her achievement by stating she is “an example of what it looks like when support and love is poured into someone”. If she wins a Tony, Regina will able to add herself to the short list of entertainers to complete the E.G.O.T.
Best Supporting Actor & Best Picture
Maheshala Ali had already secured six awards for his performance in the very controversial Green Book. Now, his role as Dr. Don Shirley has earned him a second Oscar. Having won in 2017 for Moonlight, Ali is two-for-two in nominations and wins. He thanked Dr. Shirley for his inspiration, his grandmother, as well as Octavia Spencer, who was an executive producer on the film.
Green Book is currently drawing criticism after upsetting many who had hoped Black Panther would secure the Best Picture award. Spike Lee was also very vocal in his disapproval. When questioned about his visible disgust when the film won, he answered “I thought I was courtside at The Garden. The ref made a bad call.”
Best Writing of an Adapted Screenplay
Spike Lee secured the award for Best Writing of an Adapted Screenplay for BlacKkKlansman, along with Charlie Wachtel, David Rabinowitz, and Kevin Willmott. Asked by a reporter if his win made up for Do The Right Thing being snubbed, Champagne in hand, Spike remarked that “every time somebody is driving somebody, I lose…but they changed the seating arrangement.” In 1990, Spike was nominated for Best Screenplay for Do The Right Thing, which lost to Dead Poets Society. However, he still believes that he failed to receive a Best Picture nomination that year because The Academy favored Driving Miss Daisy.
Black Panther Wins 3 of 7 Oscars
Although many were disappointed the Marvel superhero film did not win Best Picture, there is still cause for celebration. Black Panther secured wins for Best Original Score, Best Costume Design, and Best Production Design. Hannah Beachler gave an emotional speech as the first African-American to be nominated and win for Best Production Design. Ruth Carter accepted her first award for Best Costume Design, having previously been nominated for Malcolm X and Amistad. This achievement came as the cherry for decades of hard work. While the King of Wakanda did not win, it’s still beautiful that the people who helped to bring his mythical home to life did.
You can view the full list of Oscar winners here.
Rolling Ray Undergoes Surgery After Wig Catches On Fire
Social media star Rolling Ray underwent surgery Tuesday morning to treat serious burns on his body after his terrible wig accident last week.
In a series of IG stories, he let his audience follow along as he prepped for surgery.
Last week Rolling Ray announced he was hospitalized after his wig caught on fire! During a January 13 Instagram Live session hosted straight from his hospital bedside, he showed his severely burnt and damaged face telling viewers his “whole skin, legs, arms, feet, and everything” were burned.
In a more recent Live, Ray explained the incident that led to his whole wig catching on fire: an unfortunate smoking accident. “It just, like, lit on fire when I tried to light the cigarette,” he recounted. “So I get to trying to snatch the wig off. B***h, the fire goes to my f*****g shirt, to my feet, to my legs, to my back. It’s a fire everywhere, it’s a fire in the whole room.”
Of course the internet trolled him in a disgusting display of ableism and heartlessness. Comments like “Rolling Ray should have stopped, dropped, and rolled” and “karma’s a b***h” had social media conflicted in its feelings about his accident. His sensation comes from his harsh and, often, below-the-belt reads (just last month he told Yung Miami to “dig (sic) up” her dead baby father. However, the criticism didn’t stop him from responding on Twitter.
Rolling Ray might be problematic as all get-out, but we do not tolerate ableism here. We wish him well as he heals.
Fantasia Reveals Gender of Baby On the Way!
On Tuesday singer-songwriter and “American Idol” winner Fantasia Barrino took to social media to reveal that she is having a baby girl, her first child with husband Kendall Taylor.
In a series of Instagram stories, Fantasia showed pink fireworks being shot off during a gender reveal party, to her and her hubby’s excitement! She continued by sharing what her daughter-to-be’s name will be: Keziah London Taylor.
The news comes after the couple revealed they had struggled to conceive since their 2015 marriage. During a November episode of her IG Live show “Taylor Talks,” she described continuously praying for a child with her husband. Fantasia, a deeply devout Christian, was obviously elated when she shared the news.
“God I Want To Thank You!” she said in an Instagram caption. “You Gave Us A Seed even when the Doctor said that one of my Tubes [was] Closed you said Different. @salute1st I Love You King and I can’t wait to see who He or She acts Like.”
We can see Fantasia and family are all super excited to be welcoming a baby girl into their lives. All congratulations to her.
Kim Kardashian and Kanye West Are Getting Divorced, Report Says
In a story published Tuesday evening, Page Six is reporting that Kim Kardashian and Kanye West are getting divorced, with the two already in settlement talks. The news comes after the couple spent the holiday season separately – Kanye at his ranch outside Cody, Wyoming, Kim and the kids with her famous family in southern California.
A source close to Kardashian was quoted saying, “Kim got Kanye to go up there so they could live separate lives and quietly get things sorted out to separate and divorce. She’s done.” Kardashian, 40, and West, 43, are said to be splitting because of marital problems directly related to Kanye’s very public mental health struggles.
For several years the rapper’s various antics have caused fans to worry. After coming out as a Trump supporter, West then announced his own 2020 presidential bid under a new political party: the Birthday Party. At a campaign rally in South Carolina, he was seen rambling, debating individual audience members, and at times, crying. In various interviews, he has rambled on almost incoherently, and his tweetstorms are now infamous.
For her part, Kim has always supported her husband and has openly discussed the difficulties of their marriage. Back in June, she shared on social media, “Anyone who has [bipolar disorder] or has a loved one in their life who does, knows how incredibly complicated and painful it is to understand… People who are unaware or far removed from this experience can be judgmental and not understand that the individual (has) to engage in the process of getting help no matter how hard family and friends try.”
It appears she has finally reached her limit in the union with the unnamed source saying, “She is serious about taking the bar exam and becoming a lawyer, she is serious about her prison reform campaign. Meanwhile Kanye is talking about running for president and saying other crazy s**t, and she’s just had enough of it.”
Separately, a source close to Kanye alleges the rapper is sick of his wife and her family, which might have some truth to it since he has tweeted some pretty nasty things about them in the past. “I been trying to get divorced since Kim met with Meek at the Warldolf [sic] for ‘prison reform,’” he said in a now-deleted July tweet. Recently, he hasn’t been featured on his wife’s Instagram and has largely remained out of the public eye.
With the news yet to be confirmed, the “divorce is imminent” reports are just rumors for now. We’ll be following the news as more information comes out.