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It's been more than three decades since Vanessa Williams trailblazed her way across the national landscape, capturing the crown as Miss America 1984, in the process becoming the first ever African-American to win the prestigious pageant.
Thirty-one years later, another woman of color has leaped into the hearts of America, as Lupita Nyong'o – born six months before Williams' win – earned the 2014 Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, in the process becoming an instant media darling.
Prior to Nyong'o's win at the Oscars, the 31-year-old with dual Kenyan and Mexican citizenship gave an impassioned speech at the annual Black Women in Hollywood Luncheon in California, admitting that as a young girl she prayed for lighter skin, as her dark complexion subjected her to ridicule and feelings of inadequacy.
Admitting to wishing she “would wake up lighter skinned,” the "12 Years A Slave" actress went on to explain how the emergence of model Alek Wek, who like herself boasted skin "dark as night," helped her to embrace her own beauty. FULL POST
If Jerry and George were still meeting at the diner, would social media mess with their marble rye?
CNN host Piers Morgan sat down with actor Jason Alexander, the man who brought the character George Constanza to life, and before long the Twitter account @SeinfeldToday found its way into the conversation.
Dedicated to bringing the characters of television’s most successful American comedy series into the twenty-first century, "Modern Seinfeld" looks to stay true to the show, while using current pop culture references and scenarios.
Sharing some favorites with his guest, Morgan sought Alexander's response.
"One reads: ‘George promises not to watch 'House of Cards' without his girlfriend, but can't help himself. She dumps him when he badly pretends to be surprised.’ Another reads: ‘George's ex changes her HBO Go password, George tries to reconcile with her just long enough to get the new one.’"
Alexanders enjoys the reference, but questions the originality of the author.
“That's Bosco,” Alexander told Morgan. “That's the big - it's a rehash of the Bosco...”
In addition to suggesting themes, "Modern Seinfeld" also often tweets nuances of the show’s characters. FULL POST
Note: After this interview taped, Monday, David Cassidy was ordered to spend five years on probation after pleading no contest to a drunken driving charge in Los Angeles.
Singer and songwriter David Cassidy may be best known for his role in the famed 1970's sitcom "The Partridge Family", but during his most recent adult years, the former teen pop-star has become equally infamous for his struggles with alcohol.
Despite immense professional success, during a "Piers Morgan Live" web exclusive Cassidy revealed that drinking may have ultimately destroyed his personal life: FULL POST
As scrutiny and speculation continue to surround Chris Christie's alleged role in "Bridgegate," on Monday evening Piers Morgan invited Michael Sokolich to share his assessment.
The mayor of Fort Lee – the town most impacted by the George Washington Bridge lane closures of September – Sokolich seemed reluctant to simply take New Jersey's top politician at his word: FULL POST
Joined by legendary movie icon Harvey Weinstein, on Friday television anchor Piers Morgan shared his predictions for the upcoming 86th Academy Awards.
Seated directly across from the man behind such films as "The English Patient," "August: Osage County," and "Inglourious Basterds," the "Piers Morgan Live" host revealed his picks for "Best Actor," "Best Actress," and "Best Picture."
Watch the above web extra to learn who Morgan would hand the iconic statue to were he in charge of the voting, and for the full interview with the acclaimed producer and studio head, tune to CNN at 9p.
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Following their heart-warming and entertaining interview on "Piers Morgan Live," (airs 9p), actors Eric McCormack and Debra Messing were gracious enough to join Jason Kurtz in the show's "Green Room" for an exclusive, behind-the-scenes chat.
Best-known for their iconic portrayals as the title characters in NBC's hit comedy "Will & Grace," the duo reflected on how quickly time has passed since the show captured America's attention, and subsequently, its hearts:
"It feels like five years," Messing tells Kurtz, the program's Digital Producer. "Really, it's insane that it's been 15 years."
McCormack breaks the program's existence into two subsets: FULL POST
Following his candid, and at times entertaining, one-on-one interview with Piers Morgan (airs Friday, 9 p.m.,) Major League Baseball Hall of Famer Reggie Jackson was gracious enough to spend some time in the show’s “Green Room,” offering insight and analysis on the game that dubbed him "Mr. October."
Speaking exclusively with Jason Kurtz, the man who rose to legendary status with an epic three home run performance in game six in the ’77 World Series fielded questions with the same aptitude he showed in leading his teams to 11 pennants, and five world championships, during a magnificent 21 year career.
“From a guy who could change a game with one swing,” Kurtz began, “does good pitching still beat good hitting?”
Jackson felt the inquiry needed a broader analysis: FULL POST
Following her endearing and entertaining interview with Piers Morgan (airing tonight, 9 p.m.,) music superstar Sheryl Crow was gracious enough to join Jason Kurtz for a behind-the-scenes "Green Room" interview.
“I love Piers. It’s fun to be with him and to share a cup of PG Tips,” she smiled, alluding to their shared affection for British tea.
The "Piers Morgan Live" Digital Producer, Kurtz, first asked Crow about her newest album – "Feels Like Home" – which is her eighth studio release, but first to be classified within the Country genre.
Crow noted that despite the official category, she feels this album isn't really a departure from her musical norms:
“I feel like if my songs were to come out now – all the ones I’ve had in the past – particularly those that have got played at radio, they would definitely be formatted at country," she told Kurtz. "In fact, the first song I ever had that was a big hit has a pedal steel in it from the very beginning to the very end.”
Kurtz noted that Crow has been successful in the industry now for more than two decades: FULL POST
“I admire Piers Morgan because there’s a lot you have to remember,” remarks Matthew Perry, Friday's "Piers Morgan Live" guest host.
Kicking back on a couch, with his arm around Digital Producer Jason Kurtz, Perry reveals that he had a great time hosting the show, which required him to adjust to a new format.
With much of tonight’s program focusing on drugs and alcohol, Perry invites Alby Zweig and West Huddleston to discuss addiction in its varied forms.
Having gone through rehab himself, Perry emphasizes the importance of discussion on the topic:
“I just want as much information about that stuff to get out as possible. And, so I saw this as an opportunity to have fun, and I also saw this as an opportunity to get more of the word out," he tells Kurtz. FULL POST
Following his debut as a fill-in host for Piers Morgan (airing Thursday, 9 p.m.), food and travel guru Anthony Bourdain took a seat on the host's couch, opening up about everything from the life of a chef, to the success of his new CNN program.
Digital Producer Jason Kurtz noted that with "Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown," he'd intended for nit and grit to be a core element – where toothbrushes were forgotten and pipes were shared:
“I’ve been doing a lot of that," confirmed the "Piers Morgan Live" guest host. "But you know, every once in a while, I do like a high thread count and some good hotel plumbing.”
Kurtz then asked about the Emmy nominations, or the “sixteen to seventeen” that he had exaggerated to have existed.
In truth, "Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown" has garnered four award nominations, which come on the heels of his wildly successful run with "No Reservations." FULL POST