EBONY® Magazine celebrated its 2014 EBONY Power 100 Gala at the AVALON Hollywood, and the prestigious affair honored 100 of the most influential African-Americans in the country. Wayne Brady hosted the evening, and the iconic Quincy Jones received the coveted EBONY Achievement Award. Enjoy interviews below from the red carpet with our field reporter Abigail Cooper.
RED CARPET INTERVIEWS
The legendary Verdine White from Earth Wind and Fire talks about online streaming and the state of the music industry.
Supermodel Beverly Johnson talks about reality television as a venue for success for today’s models.
Entertainment Tonight host Kevin Frazier recounts his heated argument with his friend Ashton Kutcher.
Event host Wayne Brady talks to our friends at Oh Hair No about whether he prefers natural hair on a woman.
Actress and television host Holly Robinson Peete tells us her favorite genre of entertainment.
Actress and gospel singer Tamela Mann reveals her inspirations.
American trainer Shaun Thompson talks about the popularity of the fitness industry.
Leaders at Ebony Magazine celebrate diversity by recounting their effort as pioneers in the industry.
Howard Stern is the only man who could get to the bottom of why Leah Remini and Holly Robinson Peete were fired from The Talk. Sara Gilbert, Julie Chen, and Sharon Osbourne appeared on Howard Stern’s radio show to promote The Talk, and Stern grilled them for an explanation. Though Stern implied that Chen was to blame because of her marriage to CBS honcho Les Moonves, Gilbert quickly came to her defense and explained that the studio and the network made the final decision, and Chen didn’t have a say. Stern then pressed Osbourne, who is always honest. She quickly said that the chemistry was clearly off with the prior panel, and she therefore had a feeling they’d get the boot. Stern also asked Chen to confirm whether she insisted on being present when hot-button subjects were discussed, and she admitted that because of her journalist background, she was the only one who knew how to avoid a lawsuit. So what have we learned from all of this? We learned that the television industry is very similar to high-school, so you better make nice with the popular girls, especially when one such popular girl is dating the captain of the football team.
When I first watched ‘The Talk,’ I knew almost immediately that the show would not survive with its panel of hosts. The women didn’t gel, and the only person that I thought had true talent was Julie Chen, who, similar to Barbara Walters’ role on ‘The View,’ is a real journalist (though there is only one Babs). So it’s no surprise that three of the original hosts have been given the axe. This includes: Leah Remini, Holly Robinson Peete, and Marissa Jaret Winokur. Leah Remini recently admitted to the firing (or “not having her option picked up” as it goes in Hollywood), which I appreciate. There’s no need to develop some elaborate excuse about not wanting to return (hear that Megan Fox?). Though I feel bad for them, this was a good decision on CBS’ part. First, Remini wasn’t funny. She’s an actress not a comedian. Unlike Whoopi Goldberg, Joy Behar, and Sherri Shepherd, Remini not only lacks the timing necessary to navigate those segments, but she also is the rare breed of annoying, which includes thinking you’re funny when you’re not (at least Julie Chen never attempted jokes). As for Holly Robinson Peete, she just wasn’t particularly interesting or funny. I hate to be harsh, but I’m glad CBS got their act together. There are rumors swirling that Kris Jenner might be the new co-host, which is actually a good idea. Despite my love/hate relationship with the Kardashians, they are relevant — like it or not.
I hate being right sometimes. I know that sounds sarcastic, but I really do hate being correct when it involves someone’s job. About a month ago, I wrote a post about how Marissa Jaret Winokur might be fired from The Talk, as she’s rarely ever seen on the show. It’s now official. Marissa and CBS “mutually parted ways.” I actually really liked Marissa on the show, but I know about Hollywood head-counts, and where fat can be trimmed — it will be trimmed. Plus, it is absolutely ridiculous to have that many panelists on The Talk. Without Winokur, there are still five women, one of which also needs to go. I won’t tell you who though, because here at The Dishmaster, I try to be positive. After all, someone told me last night that I “come off as very negative,” and because I’m actually an inherently positive person, I refrained from telling him to “go fu*k himself.”
If you watched ‘Celebrity Apprentice’ you would have seen the incredibly disrespectful Holly Robinson Peete and Summer Sanders, tell Cindi Lauper not to sing a jingle, as she should “leave it to the professionals.” Are you fucking kidding me?! Cindi Lauper wrote and sang some of the best songs in the history of music, and you’re seriously going to talk down to her? Why don’t you recite your music resume to me ladies. Someone should have told Holly Robinson Peete that people actually watch the ‘Celebrity Apprentice,’ which might not bode well for her in the future. Below you will see I have attached some Cindi Lauper songs, in the vain hope that Holly Robinson Peete reads my blog and can learn a thing or two. Sure they chose her to sing the jingle in the end, but the damage is done.