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Common dishes about ‘Run All Night,’ Oprah, and Oscar with The Breakfast Club ( VIDEO)

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

Award winning actor, hip-hop star and birthday boy, Common, stopped by the Breakfast Club on Thursday to discuss his Oscar-winning moment with John Legend and why he left Oprah Winfrey hanging for a high-five at the Academy Awards.  He also talks about his relationship with Serena Williams, the making of the song, “Glory,” the backlash from his Oscar speech and his new film, “Run All Night,” which opens in theaters today. Check out the videos below:

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“Run All Night” opens nationwide in theaters today!

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‘Selma’ receives Oscar nomination for ‘Best Song’ & ‘Best Film’

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

The nominations for this year’s Academy Awards were announced this morning in Los Angeles and the news is sort of bittersweet. The civil right drama “Selma,” which has received critical acclaim around the world, was only nominated for Best Original Song, “Glory” performed by John Legend with Common and “Best Picture.”

The film’s director, Ava DuVernay, who would have been the first African-American female director nominated, was shut out along with the film’s leading man, David Oyelowo, who portrayed Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.. Equally shut out was his co-star, Carmen Ejogo, whose riveted performance as Coretta Scott King, also went unnoticed.

According to news sources, the reason for the snub may be due to the recent controversy over the portrayal of Lyndon B. Johnson in the film. It is also being said that the film’s distributor, Paramount Pictures, may not have sent out award screeners in time.  Whatever the matter, this is the first Oscar “whitewash” in years (10 years I believe), where not one of the 20 acting nominees is a person of color. That speaks volumes considering we had two big wins last year with Twelve Year’s a Slave’s  Steve McQueen and Lupita Nyong’o.

“Selma”  chronicles the landmark 1965 voting rights campaign regarded as the peak of the civil rights movement. Led by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his band of brothers, the movement included several marches from Selma to Montgomery under dangerous opposition with one such event known as Bloody Sunday. The film produced by Pathe and Harpo Films and is in theaters nationwide.

Click here to see the full list of Oscar nominees.

What are your thoughts? Do you think Ava DuVernay and David Oyelowo should have been nominated?

Photo Credit: garuyo.com

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‘SELMA’ cast celebrates Golden Globe Win + WATCH New Video for ‘Glory’ [PHOTOS]

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

After winning the award for “Best Original Song” (Glory) during Sunday night’s Golden Globe Awards, first time winners John Legend and Common celebrated their victory in style. The two attended a post-award show party hosted by Paramount Pictures. The posh affair was held at The Beverly Hilton and was also attended by “Selma” director, Ava DuVernay and actors David Oyelowo, Niecy Nash, Carmen Ejogo, André Holland, Wendell Pierce, Omar J. Dorsey, Henry G. Sanders and Oprah Winfrey.

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SELMA CAST: Carmen Ejogo, David Oyelowo, Henry G. Sanders, Common,
Niecy Nash, André Holland, Wendell Pierce
“Glee” actress and RHOA star, NeNe Leakes was also in attendance as well as other actors and entertainers. Unfortunately DuVernay didn’t win the award for “Best Direction” nor did her leading man, Oyelowo pick up the award for “Best Actor.” However, we’re going to keep our fingers crossed and hope their names are listed among the nominees for this year’s Academy Awards. The big announcement takes places tomorrow morning (Thursday, Jan. 15) at 8:30 a.m. EST.
Check out more photos below from the after party along with Common’s much talked about acceptance speech, a complete list of Golden Globe winners and the Official Video for “Glory.”

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 “Selma” actress and producer Oprah Winfrey and John Legend/”Selma” actors Common and David Oyelowo

 Ava DuVernay, Common

“Selma” director Ava DuVernay with Golden Globe winner Common

 NeNe Leaks, Chrissy Teigen, John Legend Carmen Ejogo

 NeNe Leakes with Chrissy Teigen and John Legend/”Selma” actress Carmen Ejogo

Andre Holland, Ava DuVernay

 “Selma” actor André Holland with the film’s director Ava DuVernay

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Photo Credits: abiImages

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WATCH John Legend & Common’s Lyric Video for the song ‘Glory’

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

The official lyric video for John Legend and Common’s new song, “Glory” was released on Monday. The inspirational tune is part of the soundtrack for the upcoming movie, “Selma,” which opens in New City, Los Angeles, Atlanta and Washington D.C. on December 25 and then nationwide on January 9.

“Glory” has already been nominated for a Golden Globe (Best Song), Critics’ Choice Awards (Best Song) and African-American Film Critics Association Awards (Best Music).

As previously reported, “Selma”  chronicles the landmark 1965 voting rights campaign regarded as the peak of the civil rights movement. Led by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his band of brothers, the movement included several marches from Selma to Montgomery under dangerous opposition with one such event known as Bloody Sunday.

Check out the lyric video below and the 60-second trailer featuring the song:

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