Halle Berry Says Her Oscar Win Did Nothing for Hollywood Diversity: “That Moment Really Meant Nothing”

Flashback to 2002: Halle Berry becomes the first black woman to take home the Oscar for Best Actress.

Acknowledging the greats, Dorothy Dandridge, Diahann Carroll, Lena Horne and her peers, Jada Pinkett (Smith), Angela Bassett, and Vivica A. Fox, Berry says “[This moment is for] every nameless, faceless woman of color that now has a chance because this door tonight has been opened.”

Unfortunately, it seems the door is still closed. 15 years after her win, Halle Berry remains the only woman of color to hold the Academy Award for Best Actress and this fact has left her “profoundly hurt” and “saddened.”

The actress opened up to Teen Vogue’s editor-in-chief Elaine Welteroth to discuss race and diversity in film. The two briefly talked about her historic Oscar win and because of the lack of progress, not only within the Academy voting process, but also in the industry, Berry says her shining moment was basically meaningless.

“Wow, that moment really meant nothing. It meant nothing. I thought it meant something but I think it meant nothing.”

She was also disheartened by the Oscars “blackout” in 2015, when out of 20 nominations, no person of color was nominated in the acting categories. “It was probably one of my lowest professional moments,” Berry said.

However, the veteran actress is becoming more proactive in making a change. She has conversations with other Academy members to contemplate ways to increase diversity. She also wants to serve as a producer more and try her hand at directing so that she can personally create more opportunities for people of color.

Most importantly, she says more stories centering people of color need to be told.

“Black people, people of color only have a chance to win [an Oscar] based on how much product that we’re allowed to put out. So, that says to me, we need more people of color writing, directing, producing, not just staring.

We have to start telling stories that include us. And if stories don’t include us, we have to start asking ‘Why can’t that be a person of color?’ ‘Why can’t that white male character be a black woman?’ ‘Why can’t it?’ We have to start pushing the envelope and asking these questions.”

While there is clearly more work to do, changes are already starting to be seen. In 2017, Moonlight became the first film featuring an all-black cast to win Best Picture. Mahershala Ali and Viola Davis both took home trophies in the supporting categories and five other actors of color were also nominated.

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Rihanna Caught in Hot Poolside Makeout Session With Mystery Man During Vacation in Spain

Rihanna’s got a new man! The singer was caught making out with a mystery guy in a pool in Spain.

Rihanna’s love life is always a popular topic of discussion, because we never quite know what’s going on. This time is no different. The singer was spotted canoodling with a mystery man on Monday (Jun. 26) while she vacations in Spain.

The twosome’s hot and heavy make out session was captured on camera by a stealthy paparazzo.

Between kisses, Rihanna and her new boo were seen laughing, smoking, and sipping champagne. The two later retreated into the luxury villa she been staying in.

Rhianna broke up with on/off again boyfriend Drake in October 2016. In recent years, she has also been linked to Leonardo DiCaprio, Travis Scott, and Matt Kemp.

While we don’t know who the handsome dark-haired companion in Spain is, she does seem to be enjoying his company.

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Joseline Dragged for Attacking Stevie J’s Daughter Savannah on Twitter

Leave it up to Joseline Hernandez to turn an attempted apology into another insult. The Puerto Rican Princess is currently being dragged on Twitter after calling Stevie J’s 18-year-old daughter a “hoe.”

Joseline doesn’t have the greatest relationship with Stevie’s children, particularly his daughter Savannah. During a conversation with Mimi Faust on Monday’s (Jun. 27) Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta episode, Savannah said Joseline was “toxic” for her father.

“I just hope that our family — me, you, Eva, Sade, Steven, Dorian — all of us can stay together. For the sake of all of us. She’s so toxic to him.”

Joseline responded to the criticism on Twitter Tuesday (Jun. 27) and she some choice words for the 18-year-old.

One Twitter user felt the LHHATL star crossed the line by coming for her (almost) step-child and pointed out that she wouldn’t like it if someone treated her newborn, Bonnie Bella, like that. “Step up to the plate girl,” the user wrote.

But Joseline was hearing none of it.

The tweets stirred up Twitter and many were quick to call out Joseline for being in the wrong. With nearly 16K mentions, “Joseline” became a top 10 trending topic.

In a previous episode, Joseline sat down with Stevie and his two oldest daughters Savannah and Sade to apologize how her actions in retaliation to their father have hurt them. (FYI: In case you didn’t know, Joseline said some pretty sick things about Stevie and Mimi’s daughter Eva, who is also Sade and Savannah’s little sister)

However, the “apology” went all the way left, causing Savannah to become upset. Savannah was retelling the encounter to Mimi in Monday’s (Jun. 26) episode.

Unfortunately, Savannah shouldn’t expect an apology anytime soon. In fact, this situation seems to be growing worse by the minute.

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Power Season 4 Premiere Recap: Ghost is Locked Up, Tasha is Fed Up, and Dre is Gonna Get Himself F**ked Up

Way back in the first season of Power, when we were first introduced to the “big rich town” and its colorful cast of characters, James St. Patrick aka “Ghost” was trying to be the “biggest goddamn drug dealer in New York City.”

By the time Season 3 rolled along, Ghost no longer wanted to be Ghost. He spent the entire season trying to erase his drug kingpin persona in favor of his business/family man image. His only problem was that no matter how much he tried to be the good guy, his past would always come back to haunt him, forcing him back into his old patterns.

Ghost is a perfect, living, breathing example of “wearing too many hats” or “spreading yourself too thin.” With him juggling so many different personalities, he was bound to end up where he is now, which is a helluva rut.

Season 4 of Power picks up literally where Season 3 left off. Ghost has been arrested for the murder of FBI agent Greg Knox, which is ironic, considering he had nothing to do with Knox’s death. Yes, Ghost has killed several people in the past, but only in his world would he be accused of a murder he didn’t commit, thanks to a nosy, ill-informed girlfriend.

PREVIOUSLY: Power Season 3 Finale Recap — What Is Ghost Gonna Do Now That Everything Has Gone to Hell?

As we all know from the Season 3 finale, Knox was killed by fellow cop Miguel Sandoval (aka “Mike”) for knowing too much, but no one in the world of Power is aware of this, except for Mike of course. The murder is pinned on Ghost (to Mike’s relief) all because he chose to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. Thanks to a careless slip-up, his fingerprints were discovered at the scene of the crime (Greg’s apartment) and Angela is convinced that her former flame is a murderer and Ghost would be crazy to think he can convince her otherwise.

Ghost is locked up, and they won’t let him out.

In the opening scenes of Episode 401, “When I Get Out,” as Ghost is being processed, his memory flashbacks to the times when his wife (Tasha) and his best friend (Tommy) tried to warn him about his side chick (Angela), but he just wouldn’t listen. I would bet real money that Ghost wishes he would have listened to them, but it’s too late for that now. He’s in jail for allegedly murdering a federal agent, and it honestly doesn’t look like he’ll be seeing freedom anytime soon.

The fact that Ghost is in jail for being an alleged cop killer makes him an easy target for the guards, especially one in particular named “Williams” (played by the late Charlie Murphy), who makes it clear early on that he’s going to be a problem.

Meanwhile, Tasha is back at home frantically trying to contact her husband to let him know about the ransom text she got about Tariq, but the prison guards won’t let him answer. When he points out that it could be an emergency, Angela quips, “We can send an NYPD cruiser by your place if you’d like,” and Ghost gives her one of those “if looks could kill” stares.

As this is happening, we see Sandoval about to dispose of the murder weapon, but he gets a phonecall informing him that Ghost has been arrested for Greg’s murder, so he decides to hold onto the gun. This guy is pretty shady, so I wouldn’t be surprised if he tries to plant it on someone. Besides, it will be pretty difficult for them to prosecute Ghost without a murder weapon.

While Ghost is in police custody, Angela tries to act like she’s enjoying seeing him helpless, but you can tell she still has feelings for this man. In fact, when she gets back to her apartment, she’s looking all sad and distraught and dramatically drops her wine on the floor. Girl, bye! You’re the one who put him in jail in the first place. You don’t even have a right to be sad.

Later, Ghost uses his only phone call to talk to his lawyer, Joe Proctor, who advises him to “keep your mouth and your sphincter shut.” Proctor, who has his own problems back home (his baby mama is a psychopathic drug addict), urges Ghost to be strong and he promises him that he’ll have him out of jail ASAP. Proctor then calls Tasha to loop her in on everything that happened.

Later, when Proctor goes to the jail, Ghost maintains his innocence, but the lawyer points out that they have DNA evidence and fingerprints against him. Ghost admits to being in the apartment to get the recording that could have exposed him and Tommy’s drug operation. “You told me I needed to get that recording,” Ghost says. “Yeah, I didn’t tell you to break into an FBI agent’s apartment to get it,” Proctor responds. “And I didn’t tell you to kill him!” Proctor clearly isn’t convinced that Ghost is as innocent as he claims.

“I need my kids to know I didn’t do this,” Ghost asserts, but Proctor says their first priority is getting him out on bail. Until then, Proctor advises Ghost to act like “legit club owner James St. Patrick and you wouldn’t know what to do with a gun if it fell in your lap.”

Prior to Ghost’s bail hearing, Angela runs into Proctor, who basically tells her that he knows exactly what she’s up to. “You know he didn’t do this. You’re just angry because he left you to go back with his wife,” he tells her. “This is revenge. You’re trying to ruin his life,” which, SHE IS!

Angela thinks this is “her case,” but because she f**ked not only the victim, but also the murder suspect, she’s informed by the new DA, John Mak (played by Sung Kang of the Fast & Furious franchise), that she’ll only be able to spectate.

At the hearing, Ghost pleads not guilty, and the judge seems like she’s leaning in Ghost’s favor, but ultimately denies bail until his trial. “You can’t think I did this,” Ghost says to Angela on his way out of the courtroom. “You’re right, Jamie. I know you did it,” she replies. (Insert obligatory eye roll here)

Back at the jail, Williams (Charlie Murphy) continues to antagonize Ghost, accusing him of “resisting.” He and another guard take Ghost to a secluded area and beat the crap out of him with their billy clubs. It looks like Ghost, the accused “cop killer,” is going to have a rough time in prison.

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Karrueche Tran Was “Terrified” of Running Into Chris Brown at BET Awards (Report)

Despite producers doing their best to keep the two apart, Karrueche Tran was reportedly “terrified” of running into Chris Brown at the 2017 BET Awards.

Chris performed with Gucci Mane during the show while Karrueche, who was just granted a 5-year restraining order against her ex, was a presenter. A source tells Hollywood Life she was on pins and needles the entire night.

“Karrueche was always watching her back and didn’t really know what to expect last night while she was at the BET Awards. She was terrified that she would run into Chris all night and was literally always watching her back.”

“It was weird to be on pins and needles the whole time but that is exactly what things felt like for her,” the source added.

Attempting to adhere to the restraining order which keeps Chris 100 yards away from Karrueche, BET Awards producers made accommodations. According to TMZ, producers placed Karrueche in a holding room during Chris’ performance (she reportedly didn’t watch). Chris was also never in the audience; he remained backstage the entire show.

TMZ also reports that the two were invited to the show prior to the restraining order. However, they did give Karrueche notice that Chris would also be in attendance.

Karrueche was granted a 5-year restraining order against Chris earlier this month after alleging he made several violent threats via text messages since their break up. She also revealed he was physically abusive during their relationship.

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DJ Khaled, Quavo, Chance the Rapper & Lil Wayne Close Out 2017 BET Awards With “I’m the One” Performance

DJ Khaled closed out the 2017 BET Awards Sunday night (Jun. 25) with a star-studded performance of his hit single “I’m the One.”

Performing atop a giant yacht named after his son Asahd, DJ Khaled was joined by the song’s featured artists Quavo, Chance the Rapper and Lil Wayne, as well as a bevy of beautiful women dancing along with them. Justin Bieber, who sings the hook, was absent from the performance because he’s currently touring overseas.

“I’m the One,” Khaled’s biggest hit to date and his first Hot 100 No. 1 single, appears on his newly released 10th album Grateful, which also features Beyoncé, JAY-Z, Rihanna, Bryson Tiller, Nicki Minaj, Big Sean and many more.

Watch DJ Khaled, Quavo, Chance the Rapper and Lil Wayne’s BET Awards 2017 performance below:

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WATCH: SZA Performs “Love Galore” & “The Weekend” at the 2017 BET Awards

Near the end of the BET Awards, SZA gave the audience a wonderful performance medley of tracks from her recently released album Ctrl.

Despite a bumpy start due to technical difficulties behind the scenes (Sidebar: A BET Awards show is not a BET Awards show without a few obvious snafus), the TDE songstress powered through her performance, singing “Love Galore” (sans Travis Scott) and “The Weekend.”

Watch below:

Following her performance, someone on Twitter compared SZA to Erykah Badu, who seemed to throw a little shade, but quickly explained what she meant.

“Haha ju said it best. BLESSED TO BE ME. BLESSED TO KNOW U,” SZA replied

See the Twitter exchange below:

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WATCH: New Edition Performs With Biopic Cast in Epic BET Awards Tribute

New Edition was honored with the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award during the 2017 BET Awards Sunday night (Jun. 25), and fans were treated to a massive performance from not just the group themselves, but also the actors who portrayed them in their critically acclaimed BET biopic.

Prior to accepting their award, the young men who played New Edition in the movie took to the stage, singing their various hits and solo tracks. Then, immediately following their acceptance speech, all six New Edition group members hit the stage before being joined by each their biopic counterparts for an epic 17-person performance.

Watch below:

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Maxwell Gets BET Awards Crowd Hot & Bothered With Silky Smooth “Gods” Performance

Los Angeles is already hot, but Maxwell somehow turned the heat up even more when he took to the stage Sunday night (Jun. 25) at the 2017 BET Awards.

The legendary R&B/neo-soul singer got the crowd all hot and bothered with a silky smooth performance of “Gods” from his 2016 album blackSUMMERS’night.

Maxwell was so into his performance that he dropped down to his knees near the end as he belted out the lyrics to the soulful track.

Watch Maxwell’s 2017 BET Awards performance below:

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Tamar Braxton Gives Emotional, Show-Stopping Performance of “My Man” at 2017 BET Awards

Say what you want about Tamar Braxton (and we say a lot), but the girl has vocals for days. Tamar gave a show-stopping performance at the 2017 BET Awards.

Giving one of the best performances of the night, Tamar sang “My Man,” a song that was inspired by her parents’ divorce. While Tamar gave an emotional performance center stage, several love triangles were acted out by dancers around the stage.

She completely brought the house down with her exquisite vocals. And she knew it too! Tamar ended her performance by dropping the mic and walking offstage. She received a well-deserved standing ovation.

Tamar’s only misstep was the wig she chose to wear on her big night. Other than that, her performance was flawless!

On a personal note, Tamar’s performance was a great reminder of why I love music so much.

I’ve already watched it several times, but you can watch Tamar’s 2017 BET Awards performance below:

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