Angela Bassett and her husband Courtney B. Vance wrote a book, FRIENDS: A LOVE STORY, detailing the story of their lives, courtship, marriage and the recent birth of their twins. It's coming out this February--Black History month and Valentine's, is that perfect or what?
AND, Angela and Courtney will be appearing on OPRAH speaking about their book FRIENDS: A LOVE STORY and their romance. The segment is scheduled to air on February 12, 13 or 14. The subject of the show is “Amazing Love Stories.” The Oprah appearance is a first for a title from Kimani Press, an imprint of Harlequin.
I got a chance to read the proposal and found it opened a window into a intriguing world I knew little about. Mavis Allen, their Kimani editor, found the final story "a fascinating and intimate look at two highly talented, complex artists' emotional, spiritual and romantic journey. It gave me a glimpse of two very public people's private world. I found it riveting."
The book will be published on Valentine’s Day, Feb 14th, 2007.
Wednesday, January 31, 2007
Friday, January 26, 2007
The author, Allison Samuels, also writes about the aftermath of certain quotations that made it into print.
Actress Angela Bassett said aloud what many in the black community were saying in 2002, when Halle Berry won the best actress Oscar for "Monster's Ball." Bassett said she passed on the role, because "I wasn't going to be a prostitute on film... I couldn't do that because it's such a stereotype about black women and sexuality."
That honesty from Bassett stemmed from an informality that Samuels calls a mixed blessing: When African Americans feel comfortable with a black journalist, they may say things that could be misinterpreted when repeated out of that cultural
In this case, Samuels writes, the mainstream media picked up on the prostitute quote and parlayed it as Bassett's cruel criticism of a fellow actress, even though Samuels' piece also quoted Bassett as saying she wasn't criticizing Berry, but commenting on the dearth of roles for black actresses in general. Bassett, in a media firestorm, later indicated that she never made the comment, Samuels says.
The author says the episode disturbs her to this day, because Bassett's "moment of honesty had gone so wrong."Read the full article here
*This explains alot. I might just pick up her book now that shes explained her intentions were not malicious. Although I'm still iffy on Samuels' wording in the article. The subtitle is "Ten years ago, Angela Bassett was Hollywood's premier black actress. What happened?"
I just dont like how she worded it and what it implies. Angela is still out there rocking each role, kicking ass and taking names on screen. I admit, its not nearly enough rocking or enough roles and definitely not enough ass-kicking. But a Queen doesnt just settle for any old crown and Angela doesnt just settle for any old role.
Thursday, January 25, 2007
Amazon.com says that she'll be revealing behind-the-scenes scoop on celebs like Eddie Murphy, Whitney Houston, Michael Jordan, Denzel Washington, Halle Berry, and our Angela. It hasnt been disclosed yet if Samuels will be detailing her contribution to the controversy surrounding her article Angela's Fire that created tension and talk about Angela vs. Halle. But thats what it looks like.
Angela said regarding the article, "What was hurtful for me was that certain phrases were taken out of context and attempted to create strife between two black women. I thought that maybe it would go away, but it was seized on by others who wanted to make something out of nothing. I have always been a supporter of her’s and continue to be. We spoke and we talked about it. We know."
This should be an interesting read (although I suggest just flipping through it at the bookstore. Dont buy it and support this horrid journalist). I admit, maybe the Newsweek folks pressured Samuels to spin the article to promote strife. Either way, I hope she will actually report the truth in her book.
Tuesday, January 23, 2007
*Thats what you find when you type "Angela Bassette" in the search engine at Wireimage.com and this is what you find when you type "Angela Basset":
Somebody should tell Akeelah their are some benefits to mis-spelling. For instance, you get crazy hats, black barbies, a kiss, and a great laugh. :)
Sunday, January 21, 2007
By Courtney B. Vance
How do I say, “I Love you?” Let me list the ways: Honey, when I think about the man I was before God brought us together, and the man I am today, I am in awe of the distance traveled! When I talk to other husbands and husbands-to-be in the course of my travels, I understand the fear and uncertainty as the conversation invariably turns toward relationships because there is a certain amount of faith involved in the journey.
A duo reveal how they keep their ten-year relationship solid as a rock
Angela Bassett and Courtney B. Vance are that rare celebrity couple who behave like grown-ups. And that’s what makes their first book, Friends: A Love Story—and marriage—successful, while so many other efforts by celebrity couples quickly land in the bargain bin.
Told alternately from Bassett’s and Vance’s point of view, the book (coauthored by Hilary Beard) reveals their secrets to building and sustaining a strong, faith-filled union. Here’s a hint: It’s not about what happens between the sheets; in fact, Bassett made a vow to herself not to have sex while they dated.
The two actors admit they both had plenty of baggage when they began dating in 1996, after traveling in the same circles for a decade. They first met at Yale University in the late 1980’s, when both were students. Vance’s image of his happy all-American family was shattered in 1990, when he was 30. Right when his star was beginning to shine—he’d just landed a starring role in the Broadway play Six Degrees of Separation—his father committed suicide. In the wake of his father’s death, Vance promised his mother he would seek therapy. Over the next several years, in weekly therapy sessions, he conquered his own demons, including his fear of intimacy and his addiction to pornography. For her part, Bassett had grown up with little reason to trust the men in her life. From the time she was a preteen, Bassett had experienced unwanted sexual advances. Fortunately she had a close and trusting bond with her mother. When she was not quite 11, Bassett tearfully revealed to her that not one but two of the men her mother had dated were “feelin’ on me.”
Despite the sheen of the duo’s celebrity, this is no glossy romantic yarn. Friends at times sounds like a straight-up conversation between a couple sitting around the kitchen table. The candor is refreshing because Bassett and Vance keep it real: Love is a wonderful thing, but it takes work. You’ll see their hard work pay off in a happy ending that not even the best Hollywood minds could have scripted.
Friday, January 19, 2007
Anybody lucky enough to live in NYC?
Thursday, January 18, 2007
Angela Bassett- Incredible star who should be doing her thang in a lot more movies.. It's a shame we dont see her that often any more. This lady got incredible class matched with tremendous beauty and personality... And funny thing, I had an Angela moment too.. Maybe it's the benefit of living/working in LA; I dont know...
I ran into this incredible lady on an elevator at a doctor's office building near Cedars Sinai Hospital. Again, I didn't make it obvious that I knew who she was but God smiled upon me with this moment as she and I rode up the elevator alone. Not that anything substantial happened but being in her presence was definitely a feel good moment. She smiled and said "hey..." I said "thanks.." She laughed and said "what for?" I said "for saying hello..." She laughed again and then we reached the eleventh floor. I held the door open for her and she walked out still with the same smile..
She seemed like a woman with such a peaceful presence that all you can do as a man is stand back, watch her walk and witness the glow... Inspiring...beautiful...
Monday, January 15, 2007
Sunday, January 14, 2007
Angela on her transition from the Sunshine State to the less sunny weather at Yale:
- "There's no heat in those ivy tower buildings," she recalls. "I spent my first winter up against a radiator."
- "Every time I spoke my freshman year, people stopped me in mid-sentence to ask me where I was from. I had some regionalism, some slang, that I sure didn't know about until then. I said, 'I'm finna go.' We said, 'Finna go' in St. Petersburg. I don't even know how to spell that!"
"I was disappointed the first time I saw it," she said. "The whole movie, you go for the ride and believe this is the person. You suspend disbelief for those two hours. You do all the work and, in the end, you want to the curtain call."Read the First and Second Truths too!
When she saw the reworked ending, Bassett reportedly left the screening in tears. Laurence Fishburne complained that it was "a slap in the face" to a fine actor. Feelings have since been soothed and Bassett now says she doesn't mind sharing that curtain call with Turner.
"Hey, I love Tina," Bassett said. "Let her have it. This is also her time. She's still around and touring. Great, go get Tina.
Because you know what? If something like the Oscars should happen, if I should be so fortunate, it'll be me walking up there."
Saturday, January 13, 2007
Wednesday, January 10, 2007
Angela Bassett recieved her 13th Image award nomination for her supporting role in Akeelah and the Bee. She is nominated for Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture, alongside Jennifer Hudson and Anika Noni Rose of Dreamgirls fame. Angela has previously won 9 Image awards since 1995 and will celebrate her 13th nod with her co-stars, Keke Palmer and Laurence Fishburne, who also received nominations this year.
The 38th annual NAACP Image awards will be aired on Friday, March 2nd, 8pm on FOX. Stay tuned! Visit the Image awards' official site for more info.
Thursday, January 4, 2007
Another beautiful, no-nonsense woman I adore is Angela Bassett. I fell in love with Angela more than twenty years ago when I was a contract player on the soap opera Search For Tomorrow and Angela was hired to play my older sister. We became fast friends and have remained so ever since.
As young actors in New York, we spent a lot of time together discussing the intricacies of the unemployment system, finding love in the Big Apple, and maintaining our sanity while waiting for the phone to ring. I can testify that she is a woman filled with grace and blessed with a terrific sense of humor and drama. Sit in the room with her for ten minutes and you know she was born for the stage. She may not have coined the phrase, “God don’t like ugly. And he aint too fond of cute,” but she delivers it with more panache than anyone I know.
Read the First and Second Odes to Angela also!
Happily married actors Angela Bassett (Akeelah and the Bee) and Courtney B. Vance ("Law & Order: Criminal Intent") trade off chapters to tell their parallel autobiographies in this welcoming testament to love, faith and hard work. Bassett's story is the more compelling, moving from her poor, unstable childhood through grade school, drama school at Yale and eventual success with a clear, confident voice. But Vance's honest, charming tone carries his narrative well, relaying his struggles with insecurity and egomania as he finds early success. Both take readers behind the scenes of stage shows and major films-Boyz N the Hood, Six Degrees of Separation and What's Love Got to Do With It? among them-but focus just as much on romantic and familial relationships.
Long-time acquaintances, the pair quickly fall in love once they start dating in 1996, though readers might grow impatient during the 250 pages it takes to get there. Their stories come together to tackle marriage, the trials of a two-career household and the addition of twins by way of a surrogate mother. The only real misstep comes in the last chapter, "Lessons from Our Road Less Traveled," in which the subtle theme of religious fealty threaded throughout turns sanctimonious. Otherwise, this entertainment double-bio is a pleasure, and should hold special interest for fans of film and faith.
Wednesday, January 3, 2007
Monday, January 1, 2007
COOPER: Why do you think it is we hear so much about celebrities doing diets like this? They seem to be some would say in the forefront of these kinds of diets?
WOLFE: Well I work with a lot of celebrities behind the scenes and screenwriter in Hollywood and I think that's what is happening is there's a buzz in Hollywood about raw food. And why is that? Because your skin glows. You feel great, you feel light. You don't have all the intestinal discomfort. That's really important when you're in Hollywood because you've got to have that edge.
I met with Angela Bassett the other day. What a beautiful woman. She's been on a raw food diet now I think about two years. And I thought she looked 30 years younger than she is. I couldn't believe it; I was like that is you. It was incredible.
*I change my mind. If it works for Angie (and it definitely looks like its working), then I'm up for eating my food...raw. (UGH.)