Last night the 2019 Golden Globes took place. The star-studded event was full of remarkable fashions, but something seemed off…
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Same Old Song and Dance
The 2019 Golden Globes seemed to be a return to the norm as Black cinematography took a backseat to White mediocrity. Despite Black Panther being the top third grossing film of all time, it took home no awards. Nominated in three categories, Black Panther lost to Bohemian Rhapsody, which holds a 62% critic score to Black Panther’s 97%. Aside from Best Motion Picture – Drama, Black Panther was nominated for Best Original Song and Best Original Score. So why the snub?
Strategic category assignment may be to blame. There is no category in the Golden Globes that seems appropriate for comic book films. Still, Black Panther was up against every Black storytelling film that was nominated, with the exception of the highly problematic Green Book. Although favorites from the ensemble cast of Black Panther attended the film, no one was nominated for Best Supporting Actor or Actress.
Further adding to the disappointment, BlackKklansman bore the same fate. Nominated for four awards, the controversial tale of an African-American police officer infiltrating the KKK, went home empty-handed. The feeling the Black community had of finally being represented in media, be it in a fictional country, was met with outright disdain. The awarding of Green Book as a musical/comedy echoed this sentiment.
Golden Globes So White
When it comes to television nominations, The Golden Globes were as White as the Oscars. Ethnic nominees were only in the single digits for television content. When reduced to Black nominees, the number is even slimmer. Although queer attendees shone on the red carpet, Pose was only nominated for two categories and took home no awards. With Regina King as the only Black female nominee, it’s a major accomplishment that she earned a Best Performance award.
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On the heels of the Surviving R Kelly docuseries, many expected more conversation about the #MeToo movement during acceptance speeches. While celebs proudly showed off “Times Up” wristbands on the red carpet, there was no mass call to action. However, the only notable moments were Regina King’s acceptance speech and Sandra Oh’s commentary as host. Lady Gaga accepted the award for Best Original Song for A Star is Born. Despite her history of collaborating with R Kelly, she faced no ire from her peers and did not mention him during her speech. Comments she made in 2013 about the singer have resurfaced and she has yet to make a statement to retract them.
Chrissy Teigen and John Legend Share News of the Loss of Their Unborn Child
Early Thursday morning Chrissy Teigen and John Legend let the world know of the loss of their unborn child. In a heartfelt and heartbreaking post to social media, Teigen described her and husband John Legend’s “deep pain you only hear about.” She went on to talk about how the couple does not typically name their children “until the last possible moment after they’re born, just before (they) leave the hospital,” but somehow they fell on the name “Jack.”
The heartbreaking news comes just days after first being admitted to the hospital for what she described as heavy bleeding. However, two days ago, she assured fans that both her and baby were healthy and doing well. Teigen, no stranger to social media, continued to engage her following, giving brief updates along the way, when shortly after midnight she shared photos of her and John in the hospital cradling their newborn in the immediate aftermath.
While her husband has remained largely unproblematic and scandal-free, Teigen has been the frequent target of scathing criticism – much of which is completely valid. From her ridiculing Black hair, to her seemingly mocking intimate partner violence when she referenced Megan Thee Stallion and Tory Lanez’s incident, Chrissy Teigen has been the focus of such harsh vitriol that she has threatened to quit social media altogether on multiple occasions. Sharing such personal news with the world may come as a surprise to many.
Overwhelmingly, however, the internet’s response has been positive and embracing. Celebrities and non-celebs alike have offered words of support to the couple as they go through this difficult time. See both the model’s post and the heartwarming responses to it below.
Chadwick Boseman Passes Away At 43
Actor Chadwick Boseman, best known for his role as King T’Challa in the box office smash “Black Panther” passed away from colon cancer Friday.
The actor was first diagnosed with stage 3 cancer in 2016, but remained active in his career with much of his work being released post-diagnosis. A statement from his family confirmed that he continued to work despite his cancer progressing, befitting a man who brought America’s first Black superhero to the silver screen.
As the news of the actor’s death spread, many took to social media to share their condolences.
The tributes continue to flood in as news of his passing continues to ripple through. Read the official statement from his family below.
“It is with immeasurable grief that we confirm the passing of Chadwick Boseman.
Chadwick was diagnosed with stage III colon cancer in 2016, and battled with it these last 4 years as it progressed to stage IV.
A true fighter, Chadwick persevered through it all, and brought you many of the films you have come to love so much. From Marshall to Da 5 Bloods, August Wilson’s Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom and several more, all were filmed during and between countless surgeries and chemotherapy.
It was the honor of his career to bring King T’Challa to life in Black Panther.
He died in his home, with his wife and family by his side.
The family thanks you for your love and prayers, and asks that you continue to respect their privacy during this difficult time.”
When White Privilege Isn’t Enough to Get Into USC: Lori Loughlin Sentenced to 2 Months in Prison
Actress Lori Loughlin was sentenced to two months in prison today for her role in the college admissions scandal. If you haven’t followed the 10-month-long saga, Loughlin and her husband Mossimo Giannulli, a fashion designer, plead not guilty to a bribery charge in a college admission scam back in 2019… Because white privilege just isn’t what it used to be.
The two later plead guilty to paying William Rick Singer, the mastermind, $500,000 to guarantee their two daughters a spot at the University of South Carolina.
Loughlin’s sentence came several hours after her husband’s five-month sentence. According to the US Attorney for the District of Massachusetts, Giannulli’s five-month sentence also came with a whopping fine of $250,000 and 250 hours of community service.
“[Giannulli] engaged more frequently with Singer, directed the bribe payments to USC and Singer, and personally confronted his daughter’s high school counselor to prevent the scheme from being discovered, brazenly lying about his daughter’s athletic abilities,” US Attorney Andrew Lelling of Massachusetts said in the memo released on Tuesday. “Loughlin took a less active role, but was nonetheless fully complicit, eagerly enlisting Singer for a second time for her younger daughter, and coaching her daughter not to ‘say too much’ to her high school’s legitimate college counselor, lest he caught on to their [fradulent activity].