- Created on 20 February 2013
NEW YORK — Five months after undergoing a bone marrow transplant, Robin Roberts is back on television in the morning.
Roberts said Wednesday she'd been waiting 174 days "to say this, good morning America."
The morning-show host is recovering from MDS, a blood and bone marrow disease. She looked thin with close-cropped hair but was smiling broadly, back at work on "Good Morning America" at ABC's studio in New York City.
Roberts was welcomed back in a taped message from President Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle, former ESPN colleagues and Magic Johnson.
ABC announced Roberts will interview the first lady later this week, to be shown next Tuesday.
ABC News President Ben Sherwood came into the studio to give fist bumps to the anchors at the 7:25 a.m. break. He said Roberts' health will be closely monitored to make sure she doesn't overdo it at the beginning.
"This was up to Robin, her doctors and God," Sherwood said. "It's a day that we all rejoice."
ABC didn't miss a beat with her absence, continuing in first place in the ratings after first overcoming NBC's "Today" show last spring. Sherwood said the success with Roberts' absence surprised him.
- Created on 19 February 2013
Apparently feeling like a jilted lover after being removed from the Miami Heat’s American Airlines Arena during the Heat-Los Angeles Lakers game on February 10, Lil Wayne went on a loud — and unnecessary — “F--- you” rant, targeting the Miami Heat players, the NBA and the wife of Heat player, Chris Bosh, reports MTV.com.
At the Beats By Dre afterparty at Houston’s Stereo Live during All-Star Week-end, Wayne, or Lil Tunechi, or Weezy F Baby — or whatever else he’s calling himself these days — let it be known that he was not pleased with not being exalted by the Heat organization:
“When I say f--- you say NBA.. When I say f--- you say the Miami Heat.”
“You let them ni–--- know I’m from the streets so this ain’t no Twitter beefin or no online beef, just take it to the motherf–king streets, ni–a. F–k all them ni–as. F–k LeBron, f–k She-Wade, f–k Chris Bosh, f–k all them ni–as, man. And, and, and, I f–ked Chris Bosh wife,” Wayne said.
- Created on 15 February 2013
Oprah Winfrey sits down with global superstar, multi-platinum artist and 17-time Grammy Award winner Beyoncé Knowles about the making of her documentary “Beyoncé: Life Is But A Dream.” In the latest installment of the “Oprah’s Next Chapter” primetime series, Beyoncé also talks to Winfrey about her daughter Blue Ivy, what Jay Z is like as a father and as a husband, letting her father – music executive Matthew Knowles – go as her manager, her heart-breaking miscarriage and what is next for her career and her life. The interview airs Saturday, Feb. 16 on Winfrey’s OWN Network.
- Created on 19 February 2013
Award-winning actor Charles S. Dutton is in Chicago this week performing his one- man play, “From Jail to Yale: Serving Time on the Stage.” The show chronicles Dutton’s journey from prison in Baltimore to theatrical and television success. The veteran actor spoke exclusively to Defender about his stage production and the impact arts can have on youth.
CD: Your stage play is based off of your life from jail to Yale University, what exactly inspired or attracted you to acting while you were in jail?
CSD: It was after many years of being in different penitentiaries throughout the State of Maryland, that one day I read a play – “A Day of Absence” by Douglas Turner Ward. I found it so hilarious that I thought I’d get eight or nine of the craziest guys I knew in the prison and start a drama group. It was the early 1970s and it was still a lot of rehabilitation going on in the prisons. It’s all about punishment now. But it was through the course of the (drama group) that I discovered what I was born to do.
CD: Did you apply to the Yale School of Drama immediately after you got out of prison?
CSD: No … I got out of prison in 1976 with my associate’s degree. Then I graduated from Towson State University in ’78 with a B.A. degree. I messed around the Baltimore and D.C. area doing local theater. The chair of the undergraduate department at Towson State suggested that I apply to Yale. I laughed it off, but gave it a try. I filled out an application, auditioned and to my surprise … I was accepted.
CD: Are there multiple characters in the play, or is it one man’s journey?
CSD: It’s a narrative of my life story interspersed with a medley of scenes and monologues from the great plays I performed – Shakespeare, Eugene O’Neil and August Wilson. But, I don’t make it tragic. I do that to let young people know that when I was a teenager, I was undergoing the same things they are undergoing. It’s to get them to know that they don’t have to go to prison in order to succeed.
CD: How important is the arts in the lives of young people?
CSD: I really believe that if we had more art complexes than crack houses and fried chicken joints in challenged communities, we would have less crime. That’s not to say (art) will save the world or stop any carnage, but it’s a way to put a dent in the problems. But we, as a nation, have to change the way we think. We have to want to give young people a chance and change their lives. It’s got to be an overall change in philosophy about life.
Charles Dutton performs “From Jail to Yale: Serving Time on Stage” Wednesday and Thursday at the Logan Arts Center, 915 E. 60th Street. Proceeds from the performances will benefit the Chicago Youth Leadership Academy, a program that exposes youth from high‐risk neighborhoods to college life through a collaborative effort of the Chicago Police Department’s 3rd and 7th Districts and the University of Chicago’s Office of Civic Engagement.
For more information, call (773) 702-2787, visit the Logan Arts Center’s box office, or go online to ticketsweb.uchicago.edu.
- Created on 14 February 2013
The photographer caught Adele in the middle of saying something to Brown, who wasn't wearing a happy expression in the photo.
We imagined that he was telling her how much he still listens to "Someone Like You" but others went in a different direction. A prominent theory was that Adele was yelling at Brown for not standing and applauding when Frank Ocean, the R&B star Brown allegedly fought with pre-Grammys, won the award for best urban contemporary album. Brown was also nominated in that category.
The theory that Adele was arguing with Brown didn't hold much water thanks to another photo that showed the two smiling together, and Adele confirmed via Twitter Tuesday she was simply being friendly.
"Chris Brown and I were complimenting each other in that photo actually!" the nine-time Grammy winner said. Which we guess is how this happened: