There was a lot of attention on Chris Rock last night as hosted the 88th Academy Awards in Hollywood. The attention was mostly because of the #OscarSoWhite controversy. People were not sure what to expect as the comedian kept quiet on his plans for the event and did not do any press before the show. He kicked off his monologue with “I’m here at the Academy Awards, otherwise know as White People’s Choice Awards.”
He talked about racism in Hollywood and people who wanted him not to host the show.
“People were like, ‘Chris, you should boycott. Chris, you should quit.’ How come it’s only unemployed people that tell you to quit something? No one with a job ever tells you to quit…Black people did not protest [in the ‘60s] because we had real things to care about…Too busy being raped and lynched to care about who won Best cinematographer. When your grandmother’s swinging from a tree, it’s really hard to care about Best documentary, Foreign short.”
Alicia Keys held her 12th annual Keep A Child Alive charity ball at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York Thursday night to raise the necessary funds to provide treatment and care for children and families impacted by HIV and AIDS in Africa and India. The event raised an amazing $3.8 million. She got some support from her celebrity friends. Chris Rock emceed, Lenny Kravitz, Wale, Lionbabe performed. Read more
Chris Rock has filed for divorce from his wife of 19 years. The comedian’s lawyer, Robert S. Cohen, confirmed the split via a statement to People, “Chris Rock has filed for divorce from his wife, Malaak. This is a personal matter and Chris requests privacy as he and Malaak work through this process and focus on their family.”
Malaak Compton-Rock also issued a statement:
“After much contemplation and 19 years of marriage, Chris and I have decided to go our separate ways. Being fortunate enough to lead a life of service by working with those most vulnerable makes me well aware of life’s blessings, even when faced with difficulties.
While recognizing that this is a significant change, my children remain at the center of my life and their well-being is my top priority. It is in this spirit that I sincerely ask that their privacy and the privacy of our family be respected during this transition in our lives.”
The two married in 1996 and have two daughters, Lola Simone, 12, and Zahra Savannah, 10.
Robin Thicke has left Real Husbands Of Hollywood after one season. Robin left the show to focus on his music career. Kevin Hart tells Hip Hollywood: “His schedule and what he was doing didn’t coincide with the show so he opted to go and do his music, which is a great thing for him because he’s talented in both areas. Hopefully at some point in time we have Robin come back and do some more stuff. But this particular period, he wanted to go on and do better things for him.”
As for the rumor that he left the show because of an argument with Kevin, that is the “power of the blogs,” laughs Kevin.
Chris Rock has now joined the show and is already taping season two:
Beyonce, Jamie Foxx, Chris Rock, John Legend, Jennifer Aniston, Gwyneth Paltrow and more entertainers, 44 total, appear in a Mayors Against Illegal Guns Public Service Announcement. After the Sandy Hook Elementary murders the call for gun control has increased and this psa is part of a movement to demand a plan from elected officials. Demand A Plan wants gun laws that require background checks for every gun sold in America, ban assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, and make gun trafficking a federal crime.
The PSA asks: “How many more colleges? How many more classrooms? How many more move theaters? How many more house of faith? How many more shopping malls? How many more street corners? Enough. Demand a plan right now.”
Carter G. Woodson was an Black historian, author, journalist and the founder of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History. He created Negro History Week on February 7, 1926. In 1976 it became Black History Month. He was one of the first scholars to study Black History. He is the second Black to earn a Ph.D. He was a founder of Journal of Negro History and is known as the Father of Black History.
Joseph Hayne Rainey was born into slavery in Georgetown, South Carolina. His father was able to buy his family’s freedom, and young Joseph followed his father into a successful business as a barber. When the Civil War broke out, Rainey escaped to Bermuda with his family. Returning to Georgetown in 1866, he entered Republican party politics. In 1870, he was elected to fill a vacant seat in the U.S. House of Representatives, created when that body refused to seat his predecessor. This made Rainey the first Black to serve in the U.S. House of Representatives. He was reelected to the next four congresses.
Comedian Chris Rock was born February 7, 1965 in South Carolina.