Week Of February 24 - March 2, 2013

Janet Jackson Confirms She’s Married

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Although rumors that Janet Jackson and Wissam Al Mana were possibly planning to get married circulated the Internet this year, Janet recently confirmed that the couple has actually been married since last year. “Entertainment Tonight” revealed:

The rumours regarding an extravagant wedding are simply not true. Last year we were married in a quiet, private, and beautiful ceremony

Our wedding gifts to one another were contributions to our respective favourite children’s charities. We would appreciate that our privacy is respected and that we are allowed this time for celebration and joy.

With love, Wissam and Janet.

Congratulations to Janet and Wissam

BET's Rip The Runway

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BET’s Rip The Runway took place this week at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City. Kelly Rowland and Boris Kodjoe were this year’s hosts while celebrities such as Luke James and Jaden Smith hit the stage for performances. The show will air on BET on March 20.

Beyonce Releases “King Bey” Sneaker enter image description here

Beyonce Knowles has teamed up with the same company that produced her husband Jay Z’s Air Jordan 1 sneaker to release a specifically designed shoe called the “King Bey” Isabel Marant Sneaker Wedge.

The press released a statement saying, “A hybrid of land and sea skins are used to create this handcrafted creation. Stingray, Ostrich, calfs fur, Crocodile, and Anaconda give the already impeccable design atitude and the tones of white mixed with gold stitched details produces a feeling of elegance, mimicking the southern belle and sweet and fierce persona. Perfectly made describes this design best

The Onion Calls Quvenzhane Wallis The “C-Word” And Then Apologizes

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Following the 2013 Academy Awards, the satirical website, “The Onion” described 9-year-old Academy Award nominee Quvenzhane Wallis using the “C-word” in a tweet. The tweet was deleted within an hour after it was posted but that didn’t stop angry celebrities such as Russell Simmons and Roland Martin from expressing their outrage with “The Onion’s” disrespect to the 9-year-old actress. The following day, “The Onion” released an apology via their Facebook page saying:

Feb. 25, 2013

Dear Readers

On behalf of The Onion, I offer my personal apology to Quvenzhane Wallis and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for the tweet that was circulated last night during the Oscars. It was crude and offensive & not to mention inconsistent with The Onion’s commitment to parody and satire, however biting.

No person should be subjected to such a senseless, humorless comment masquerading as satire.

The tweet was taken down within an hour of publication. We have instituted new and tighter Twitter procedures to ensure that this kind of mistake does not occur again.

In addition, we are taking immediate steps to discipline those individuals responsible.

Miss Wallis, you are young and talented and deserve better. All of us at The Onion are deeply sorry.

Sincerely, Steve Hannah CEO The Onion

First Lady Michelle Obama Presents At 2013 Oscars

The 2013 Academy Awards aired this past week and the biggest surprise of the night was when First Lady Michelle Obama presented the Best Picture Award straight from The White House. She live streamed the opening of the envelope while Jack Nicholson presented on stage. Check out the video below:

President Obama Unveils Rosa Parks Statue

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To close off Black History Month this week, President Obama unveiled the highly anticipated Rosa Parks statue in the nation's capitol. The statue comes more than a half a century after Ms. Parks helped spark the Civil Rights Movement by refusing to give up her seat on a segregated bus. With this new statue, Rosa Parks has become the first black woman to be honored with a life-sized statue in the Capitol.

One Year Anniversary Of The Death Of Trayvon Martin

To commemorate the anniversary of the death of Trayvon Martin, Martin’s parents organized a candlelight vigil in New Yorks Union Square and asked attendees to wear hoodies during the vigil.

The Million Hoodies Candlelight Vigil was hosted by the family’s lawyers and Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin, the teenager’s parents. They asked supporters to join them for a moment of silence in honor of Trayvon Martin and all victims of senseless gun violence

New York City wasn’t the only city to host a vigil for Trayvon as many other communities around the country held similar events as well.

Bobby Brown Ordered To Spend 55 Days In Jail enter image description here

Singer Bobby Brown was ordered by a Los Angeles judge to spend 55-days in jail for his second drunk driving conviction in one year. Brown’s driver’s license was suspended last summer after he was arrested for another charge of driving under the influence. The judge requested that Brown attend three Alcoholics Anonymous sessions each week until he turns himself in to the to the Los Angeles County jail on March 20.

Quvenzhane Wallis To Play Annie In Musical Remake

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Nine-year-old Quvenzhane Wallis has been chosen to replace Willow Smith in the Annie musical remake. Willow Smith, Will Smith’s daughter, was originally casted to star in the musical but now Willow, who is 12-years-old, is now too old to play the 11-year-old orphan Annie. The musical remake was originally meant especially for Willow Smith as her father was on board as one of the producers of the musical along with rapper Jay Z. Although Willow is no longer playing Annie, Will Smith and Jay Z will still remain the musical’s producers while Will Gluck will be the musical’s director.

Temptations Singer Otis “Damon” Harris Dead at 72 enter image description here

Temptations singer Otis “Damon” Harris passed away this week at the age of 72 from complications with prostate cancer. Harris was in remission until recently and became a spokes person for men’s prostate cancer health. He died at Joseph Richey Hospice in Baltimore, Maryland.

Harris joined The Temptations in 1971 after the original lead singer, Eddie Kendricks, left the band. After joining the group, Harris changed his name from Otis to Damon since the original group already had a member by the name of Otis Williams.

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