*Janet Jackson is the latest celebrity to get her own biopic.
According to theJasmineBRAND, the auditions had already begun before the coronavirus outbreak hit the U.S. and development on the project had to be curbed due to the pandemic.
As one of the biggest pop music stars, Jackson has sold more records than any female recording artist–with the exception of Mariah Carey.
Janet is the tenth and youngest child of the infamous Jackson family. She began her career as an actress, first appearing on the variety series “The Jacksons ” in 1976 and later co-starring on “Good Times,” “Diff’rent Strokes” and “Fame.”
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Back in 2008, she had this to say to Parade Magazine about her working childhood:
“My parents have close to three acres at home in Encino (Calif.), and tons of trees in their yard. We children had lots of chores. On Saturday morning, we’d get up and rake the entire yard. Then we’d take out the garbage. When my brothers were on the road, I’d be the one taking out the garbage because my sister La Toya would say to me, ‘Mother wants you to do this.’”
“I’d think, ‘I’m sure doing a lot of the chores all by myself,’” she continues. “When I’d ask Mother, ‘Do you want me to do this myself?’ She’d go, ‘No, baby, I said for both you and La Toya to do it.’ La Toya was putting all her chores on me!”
“But I’m thankful for all the chores we had to do around the house,” she says. “I think that’s one of the things that helped us stay grounded. As a child, I had to get up early for school or work. I’d get ready by myself. I’d set my alarm to wake me up very early in the morning, and be off to work, the family driver driving me every morning. I did it alone, my parents never coming in to wake me up. By age seven, I used to comb my hair for performances, just pull my hair up into a bun. Granted, it wasn’t a very intricate hairstyle. Still, to be that responsible and disciplined at age seven is unusual.”
“After school, I’d come home and get in the kitchen and cook up a meal for myself,” she boasts. “Because I was too little to reach the oven or the stove, I’d stand on top of a swivel chair, cut up onions, garlic, butter, chicken or a little steak and put it in foil and make it. We children worked and still went to school. Mother made sure we still had a little playtime.”
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Actress Ellen Page Comes Out as Trans: ‘My Name is Elliot’
*The actress formerly known as Ellen Page has penned a candid post shared on social media about
her trans identity. Page now identifies as Elliot. Elliot Page.
“Hi friends. I want to share with you that I am trans, my pronouns are he/they and my name is Elliot. I feel lucky to be writing this. To be here. To have arrived at this place in my life,” the Umbrella Academy star wrote. “I feel overwhelming gratitude for the incredible people who have supported me along this journey. I can’t begin to express how remarkable it feels to finally love who I am enough to pursue my authentic self.”
— Elliot Page (@TheElliotPage) December 1, 2020
Page, 33, who came out as queer in 2014, noted that he has been “endlessly inspired” by fellow members of the LGBTQ community.
“I also ask for patience. My joy is real, but it is also fragile,” the “Juno” star continued. “The truth is, despite feeling profoundly happy right now and knowing how much privilege I carry, I am also scared. I’m scared of the invasiveness, the hate, the ‘jokes’ and of violence. To be clear, I am not trying to dampen a moment that is joyous and one that I celebrate, but I want to address the full picture. The statistics are staggering. … In 2020 alone, it has been reported that at least 40 transgender people have been murdered, the majority of which were Black and Latinx trans women.”
Page goes on to urge political leaders to do mote to hold accountable those “who continue to spew hostility towards the trans community,” adding “enough is enough.”
“I love that I am trans,” he concluded. “And I love that I am queer. And the more I hold myself close to fully embrace who I am, the more I dream, the more my heart grows and the more I thrive. To all trans people who deal with harassment, self-loathing, abuse and the threat of violence every day: I see you, I love you and I will do everything I can to change this world for the better.”
Read his full post via the Twitter embed above.
Do you think Page’s trans identity will help or hurt his career? Let us know in the comments.
Russian TV Station Mocks Barack Obama in Blackface Skit [WATCH]
*A Russian TV station is catching heat over a skit in which an actress donned blackface to play a ratchet version of Barack Obama.
In the footage, the actress is wearing gold chains, a red bandana, and black gloves — and there even appears to be some rapping, The only English words in the skit are “Black Lives Matter.”
According to TMZ, the segment ran on a satirical show broadcast by Russia’s NTV channel. In the skit, host Tigran Keosayan introduces the Obama-actress by saying, “We now go live to the dark side of America’s history, Barack Obama.”
He also tells her, “Can you please stop shouting? We don’t have racism… you could be taken for a gypsy.”
Не могу пройти мимо очередного шедевра Боброедов. Автор и сценарист программы – Маргарита Симоньян. Вместе с мужем ведущим они получают за каждый выпуск в районе 5 млн рублей. И, напоминаю, свою дочь Кеосаян отправил учиться в Нью-Йорк pic.twitter.com/dd9nTFAr5j
— Alexey Navalny (@navalny) November 29, 2020
The Obama-actress states that the ex-president’s newly released memoir, titled “A Promised Land,” is an achievement because “none of my relatives that came before me could write.”
It’s a hot mess all around — if you care to watch, check out the skit via the clip above.
Meanwhile… we previously reported, Obama’s “A Promised Land” memoir sold nearly 890,000 copies in the U.S. and Canada in its first 24 hours after release last month, in all formats including pre-orders, e-books and audio.
The first-day sales was a record for publisher Penguin Random House.
“We are thrilled with the first day sales,” said David Drake, publisher of the Penguin Random House imprint Crown. “They reflect the widespread excitement that readers have for President Obama’s highly anticipated and extraordinarily written book.”
As noted on the former president’s official website, the “highly anticipated first volume of his presidential memoirs, Barack Obama tells the story of his improbable odyssey from young man searching for his identity to leader of the free world, describing in strikingly personal detail both his political education and the landmark moments of the first term of his historic presidency—a time of dramatic transformation and turmoil.”
Ice-T Says Father-in-Law ‘On Oxygen Indefinitely’ After Battling COVID-19
*Ice-T has shared an update about the health status of his wife Coco Austin’s father who contracted the novel virus over the summer.
We previously reported… the rapper’s father-in-law Steve had to be hospitalized in Arizona in July due to the coronavirus. Ice says Steve is now “on Oxygen indefinitely.”
“My father-in-law ‘Coco’s dad’ was a serious ‘No Masker’ COVID hit him,” the “Law & Order” star wrote on Twitter on Monday. “Pneumonia in both lungs.. 40 days in ICU close to death.. Now he’s on Oxygen indefinitely.”
My father-in-law ‘Coco’s dad’ was a serious ‘No Masker’ COVID hit him. Pneumonia in both lungs.. 40 days in ICU close to death.. Now he’s on Oxygen indefinitely. Ohhh he’s a Believer now.. #COVIDisNotAGame pic.twitter.com/fPEifkJCge
— ICE T (@FINALLEVEL) November 29, 2020
Ice-T also shared a photo of his father-in-law wearing an oxygen mask, writing, “Ohhh he’s a Believer now.. #COVIDisNotAGame.”
The hip-hip icon previously told Jimmy Fallon, “Coco’s dad is a Harley Davidson-riding, no-masking type of dude,” he said. “[Coronavirus] put him on his back.”
He went on to explain that Steve had pneumonia in both lungs, and was almost put on a ventilator.
“It took him a month to make it out of the hospital,” he said. “Now he’s home, but his lungs are damaged indefinitely.”
He also said during his appearance on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon that it took his father-in-law “a month to make it out of the hospital.”
“There are still non-believers,” he said. “I’ve made it through so much in my life, I don’t want to die because of this — especially with a new daughter. I’m aware and I’m concerned and I’m cautious.”
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