Sunday Paper: October 11, 2015

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That’s So Raven just got so real this week when “The View” host Raven Symone said she wouldn’t hire someone with a “ghetto” name.

imageRaven has said some eyebrow raising comments as of late, but she might have taken it to far with this one. On Friday’s episode that aired Oct. 9 during a segment about the discrimination of certain names Raven added her commentary after watching a video of kids saying the 10 most “ghetto” names.

“I am very discriminatory against words like the ones that they were saying in those names. I’m not about to hire you if your name is ‘Watermelondrea.’ It’s just not gonna happen. I’m not gonna hire you,” she said.

Ouch! This isn’t the first time the former Disney star has said things that received backlash from viewers. Earlier this year she went against the grain when the host of the view were debating who should replace President Andrew Jackson on the 20 dollar bill and she was against the popular vote for Rosa Parks.

The 29-year-old actress definitely knows how to stir the pot when it comes to controversy, but hopefully this one doesn’t blow up in her face.

Nick Jonas is channeling his inner Drake and we are totally here for it.

imageThe former Jo-Bro released a new video to his song “Area Code” that was released on his Soundcloud last month and it is emotionally intense. The “Levels” singer is shown in 50 shades of black and white and the translucent coloring effects adds to the overall moody theme of the r&b tune.

Coincidently one of the song lyrics is “You say I never been good for you/ You can’t deny I gave it good to you,”which some people are speculating is a reference to Selena Gomez’s song “Good For You.” There were rumors surrounding the former Disney stars earlier this year that there may have been a fling between the two, but neither was confirmed or denied. It must be sheer coincidence that he would release the video on the same day as Selena’s album “Revival” was released.

Check out the video and tell us if you can hear the Drake similarities!

Neil Patrick Harris has our vote for cutest kids award!

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Gideon and Harper and it appears the are headed for the Broadway stage. The children each take turns singing to the camera as they are getting ready for school. Gideon starts out singing the “Star Wars” theme song until the camera cuts to Harper who starts to belt “Good Morning to You” then a song she made up about her “My Little Pony” toys.

Check it out below!

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Sunday Paper August 8, 2015

Check out a few of the top stories in pop-culture and entertainment news in this week’s Sunday Paper!

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Our inner tween is screaming after we saw “The View” co-host Raven Symoné post on Facebook this past week. It was like seeing a blast from the past when the cast of former Disney show “That’s so Raven” got together and posed for a photo while cruising the streets of New York. Symoné posted the photo with the caption, “Wait till I tell you why we were all together!!!!!!!!!” hinting that there is something big in store. If only we had psychic abilities to see into the future.

According to sources the cast was on the set of “The View” and cameras were definitely taping. Orlando Brown tweeted, “Hey all make sure Everyone Watch the View This Morning We are Having a That So Raven Reunion today 10:30am LA time ABC live in NYC.” When fans didn’t see the cast on the show Brown went to clarify his tweet by adding, “We just taped today I’ll let you know when it Airs.”

I guess we will have to stay tuned to The View and the cast updates about when they are set to appear on the show.

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The legendary presentation of “The Wiz” that was turned into a cinematic show stopper including Michael Jackson as the Scarecrow and Diana Ross as Dorothy is back again with a whole new cast to re-create the show live.

For those of you who are unfamiliar with “The Wiz”, it is a black adaptation of the classical musical “The Wizard of Oz” where the notable Judy Garland played the iconic role of Dorothy Gale. The story follows a small town girl who bumps her head during a tornado and takes a “trip” of a lifetime down the yellow brick road where she meets a brainless scarecrow, a heartless Tin-man and a cowardly lion.

The story has been re-created with a sou-ful, pop flavor and NBC has just named the cast of the new live show. Check out who landed the roles of Dorothy and the Wicked Witch and the all star cast and read up on each of their bios on the NBC website below. Tune in NBC on Dec. 3 to catch their annual holiday special of “The Wiz” live.

NBC The Wiz Live Cast 2015

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Jon Stewart hosted the “Daily Show” for the last time and we are still drying our eyes. Trevor Noah, a comedian from South African is set to take over for Stewart and although he has big shoes to feel, he is a great candidate for the job. Check out a few highlights from Stewart’s last show below.

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Sunday Paper June 14, 2015

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After several months of speculation “The View” has finally announced their new co-host. Long time host Whoopi Goldberg has officially announced Raven Symoné will be taking the seat on the ABC daytime show.

image Raven Symoné has been co-hosting since March and known to not always have the popular opinion which is why she is perfect for the job. She joins remaining co-host Goldberg, Rosie Perez and Nicole Wallace after Rosie O’Donnell called it quits due to personal issues back in February.

image Tons of people have been eager to show support for Caitlyn Jenner’s transformation and her cover of Vanity Fair, but another woman isn’t getting the same applause. Rachel Dorezal of Spokane, Washington was outed for pretending to be black for the last decade by her own parents. Dorezal is a leader on the Spokane’s NAACP chapter and has been posing as black for years until this week information regarding her parents were outed to the media. Dorezal has been under speculation for years in regards to her race but her parents made a video claiming her race to be “mostly German and Czech” or simply put, white. Dorezal has been receiving tons of backlash on social media sites such as twitter using the hashtag #AskRachel. The hashtag consist of tons of black cultural references as a way to “test” how black Dorezal actually is. Needless to say people can be creative and cruel when it comes to appropriating black culture. Check out some of the tweets below.

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Last Sunday was a big night for the world of theatre and music when the Tony’s had their 69th award show. This year was hosted by Kristin Chenoweth and Alan Cumming and they made the perfect duo for the job. In true Tony Award fashion there is always a big opening number, racy or gay jokes, laughter, tears and long acceptance speeches. This year was no different but at least it included a kick line!

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Tons of stars from the theater world were in attendance and even more celebrities that have dabbled in theater or Broadway joined the fun. Jennifer Lopez and Nick Jonas also made an appearance, as well as, Josh Groban once again showed us he’s the man with his tribute song for thespians that have passed on. Overall the night was filled with humility and grace as deserving actors and actresses accepted their awards. Most praised their fellow nominees as they were presented with their awards and expressed gratitude for the nominees contribution to theater. Check out some of the night’s big wins!

Best Musical
Fun Home (WINNER)
An American in Paris
Something Rotten!
The Visit

Best Revival of a Musical
The King and I (WINNER)
On the Town
On the Twentieth Century

Best Play
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (WINNER)
Disgraced
Hand to God
Wolf Hall Parts One & Two

Best Revival of a Play
Skylight (WINNER)
The Elephant Man
This Is Our Youth
You Can’t Take It with You

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play
Helen Mirren, The Audience (WINNER)
Geneva Carr, Hand to God
Elisabeth Moss, The Heidi Chronicles
Carey Mulligan, Skylight
Ruth Wilson, Constellations

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play
Alex Sharp, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (WINNER)
Steven Boyer, Hand to God
Bradley Cooper, The Elephant Man
Ben Miles, Wolf Hall Parts One & Two
Bill Nighy, Skylight

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical
Kelli O’Hara, The King and I (WINNER)
Kristin Chenoweth, On the Twentieth Century
Leanne Cope, An American in Paris
Beth Malone, Fun Home
Chita Rivera, The Visit

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical
Michael Cerveris, Fun Home (WINNER)
Robert Fairchild, An American in Paris
Brian d’Arcy James, Something Rotten!
Ken Watanabe, The King and I
Tony Yazbeck, On the Town

Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical
Ruthie Ann Miles, The King and I (WINNER)
Victoria Clark, Gigi
Judy Kuhn, Fun Home
Sydney Lucas, Fun Home
Emily Skeggs, Fun Home

Best Direction of a Musical
Sam Gold, Fun Home (WINNER)
Casey Nicholaw, Something Rotten!
John Rando, On the Town
Bartlett Sher, The King and I
Christopher Wheeldon, An American in Paris

Best Direction of a Play
Marianne Elliott, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (WINNER)
Stephen Daldry, Skylight
Scott Ellis, You Can’t Take It with You
Jeremy Herrin, Wolf Hall Parts One & Two
Moritz von Stuelpnagel, Hand to God

Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play
Annaleigh Ashford, You Can’t Take It with You (WINNER)
Patricia Clarkson, The Elephant Man
Lydia Leonard, Wolf Hall Parts One & Two
Sarah Stiles, Hand to God
Julie White, Airline Highway

Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical
Christian Borle, Something Rotten! (WINNER)
Andy Karl, On the Twentieth Century
Brad Oscar, Something Rotten!
Brandon Uranowitz, An American in Paris
Max von Essen, An American in Paris

Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play
Richard McCabe, The Audience (WINNER)
Matthew Beard, Skylight
K. Todd Freeman, Airline Highway
Alessandro Nivola, The Elephant Man
Nathaniel Parker, Wolf Hall Parts One & Two
Micah Stock, It’s Only a Play

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Sunday Paper: May 17, 2015

Here’s a recap of this week’s top stories in entertainment and pop-culture news in your Sunday Paper.

After fourteen seasons of bringing some of today’s biggest artist American idol is calling it quits. The season finale took place this past Wednesday and Nick Fradiani took home the title. Earlier in the week Idol announced they will be doing one more season before ending the show for good. Idol taught America what it means to be apart of the audience even when we can’t actually be there with the power to vote. Idol has given us greats like Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Jennifer Hudson, Tori Kelly, Jordin Sparks, Daughtry, David Archuleta, and so many more and we are sad to see it end.

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We most definitely cannot forget the original judges Paula Abdul, Randy Jackson and Simon Cowell who started it all. We’ve seen other celebrity icons like Steven Tyler, Nicki Minaj, Mariah Carey, Keith Urban, Jennifer Lopez and Harry Connick Jr. lend their advice to the aspiring artist. From all of the laughter, tears, jokes, and arguments they each hold a special place in Idol history.

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Former judge Keith Urban predicts that this season will be the biggest one yet.

“It’s going to be a huge year. Huge. I actually have a feeling we’re going to be swamped with people auditioning because it’s such a big, big finale.” Urban said in an interview with E! News.

Over the past fourteen seasons American Idol has definitely changed the pop industry and given a chance for artist from all walks of life to live their dream. We’ve seen some of the best talent come from all corners of the country and some left us with the greatest moments in television history. It will be definitely be hard to let go of the legacy, but we are looking toward a great finale!

Weeks leading up to Taylor Swift’s Billboard performance the starlet has been strategically revealing other celebrities who will appear in her “Bad Blood” music video. The music video is set to premiere at this year’s Billboard Music Awards and we could not be more excited to see what the blonde bombshell has in store.

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Swift has been revealing posters of celebrities like Cara Delevingne, Cindy Crawford, Haley Williams, Selena Gomez, Kendrick Lamar and several others who will appear in the video. The video appears to tell a story and each celebrity has a character they are taking the role of. We are not exactly sure what T. Swift has up her sleeve but tune in to the Billboard Music Awards tonight at 8 p.m. on ABC to find out.

In the past week the idea to have Harriet Tubman replace President Andrew Jackson on the 20 dollar bill has been introduced and a former Cheetah Girl disagrees.

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Raven Symoné who is known to be outspoken with her opinions does not think Harriet Tubman should be replacing the former president. She thinks we will be undoing what this country has worked so long toward.

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“I don’t like that idea… I think we need to move a little more forward.” She said on The View.

Symoné acknowledged that she understands the history and is apart of the (black) culture but thinks Rosa Parks would have been a better fit for the bill because what she did is more relevant to what’s happening today. Despite her remarks that not everyone agreed with all of the host of The View could agree that America should have a woman on our currency.

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