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Jennifer Hudson Wins Oscar…Eddie Loses…Forrest Wins Too!

Brennen Jones

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On the biggest night in Hollywood, everyone pretty much stuck to the script…almost.  Jennifer Hudson won an Oscar.   So did Forrest Whitaker.  Unfortunately, Eddie Murphy didn\’t.


On a night when stars shone bright, no one could deny that Jennifer Hudson\’s was the brightest.  Her story is very well documented.  She went from being an \’American Idol\’ reject to becoming an Academy-Award winning actress.  It just doesn\’t get any better than this for the \’Dreamgirls\’ star.

And on a very historical night for Black actors, for which it seemed poised that three of them would walk away with statues, unfortunately one of them did not.

Yes, Jennifer Hudson walked away with her statue in the best supporting actress category for her debut, head-turning role as Effie White in \’Dreamgirls\’.  And yes, Forrest Whitaker, took home his in the leading actor category for his frightful yet charismatic performance as Ugandan dictator Idi Amin in \’The Last King of Scotland\’.

The surprise of the night was brought to you by Eddie Murphy, who was upset by Alan Arkin of \’Little Miss Sunshine\’ fame.

Eddie was heavily favored to win for his role as James \’Thunder\’ Early in \’Dreamgirls\’ and when the winner was announced for the best supporting actor category, you could kind of feel the suspense that covered the audience in the packed auditorium at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood.

Was it Norbit\’s, Rasputia\’s or Mr. Wong\’s fault that Eddie lost on a chance of a lifetime.  The questions begin to mount as many blame Eddie\’s latest release \’Norbit\’ as his potential downfall.

Whatever it was, no one can rain on my parade as I watched Destiny\’s Child IV (Beyonce, Jennifer, & Anika Noni Rose) perform some songs from \’Dreamgirls\’.

And speaking of Destiny\’s Child and Beyonce.  I noticed how Hov wasn\’t sitting with you ma.  If the rumors indeed are true, just give this brotha a chance for to \”upgrade you\”, lol.

And on another Eddie note: Did anyone else notice how inconspicuously absent he was after they announced the winner in his category.  One can\’t help but think, did he bolt after he lost the award.  Eddie, say it ain\’t so man!  I hope you\’re not a sore loser.  There are millions of people who could only dream to have 1% of the type of career that you have.

Who knows as to whether or not Eddie bolted, but like his boy Arsenio would say \”things that make you go hmmm…\”

Brennen Jones is the leading founder and publisher of TheUrbanTwist.com, a leading entertainment and media blog. He is also the founder of P.S. Web Pros, which is a web design and internet marketing company. He's also TheUrbanTwist.com's resident filmmaker and has produced and directed several short films under his Kitt HoRizon Films imprint and he's produced and have worked on video productions and commercials for various government agencies. He plans to turn The Urban Twist into a media haven so stay tuned. Brennen currently lives in Baltimore, MD. So be my friend on Facebook and Follow me on Twitter!

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Megyn Kelly’s Ratings Hit “Possible All-Time Low for ‘Today’”

Megyn Kelly’s ratings continue to go down the tubes.

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NBC’s big gamble on Megyn Kelly taking over Tamron Hall’s old timeslot continues to not pay off the way they expected.


According to Page Six, producers were hoping for a ratings bonanza with Harvey Weinstein accuser Lauren Sivan on “Megyn Kelly Today” last week but only ended up with lower ratings, as viewership slipped from 0.77 ratings points on Monday to 0.54 ratings points on Tuesday.

“It’s a possible all-time low for ‘Today.’ It may even be lower than her [Fox] cable show. [NBC News president] Noah [Oppenheim] and [NBC News and MSNBC chairman] Andy [Lack] are in big trouble,” a source told Page Six.

Another source added, “That’s a big drop. They have to turn this around.”

Kelly also appeared for the first time on MSNBC earlier this week.

“It’s unthinkable. You don’t see Matt [Lauer] or Savannah [Guthrie] on MSNBC … It’s not a good sign.”

Kelly’s poor ratings have also affected “Kathie Lee & Hoda,” Page Six reported after Kelly’s hour of “Today” was down 32 percent as compared to a year ago, while “Kathie Lee & Hoda” fell 26 percent. Insiders are reportedly blaming that on Kelly’s “weak lead-in.”

But on Friday, an NBC insider insisted: “Megyn’s having a strong week. Her numbers are up double-digits versus last week,” and “NBC News anchors appear frequently on MSNBC.”

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Nelly’s Rape Accuser Refusing to Testify Won’t Stop the Police From Investigating the Case

The police are still investigating, although Nelly’s accuser refuses to testify in the case.

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Nelly’s rape accuser refusing to testify doesn’t change the police investigation, according to TMZ.


Law enforcement sources in Washington State say police in Auburn are not phased by the accuser’s noncooperation with the investigation. Auburn PD is reportedly still gathering evidence and plans to present the case to the prosecutor’s office.

The alleged victim says she couldn’t take the pressure of taking on a celebrity and felt betrayed by police — so she decided not to testify against Nelly.

While her noncooperation makes the case more challenging, it’s not impossible to prosecute.

Auburn cops want to present the case to prosecutors soon — within the next week, reports TMZ.

Nelly’s attorney, Scott Rosenblum, tells TMZ he’s confident the case will be closed based on the evidence. He adds, “I would expect the police to do their due diligence.”

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New ‘Black Panther’ Trailer Released and Gives Us a Closer Look at Wakanda and Their Technology

The new trailer for ‘Black Panther’ has been released and things definitely look good in Wakanda.

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Marvel Studios has released a new trailer for Black Panther, the new film starring Chadwick Boseman as T’Challa, the titular hero and the king of the technologically-advanced African nation of Wakanda.


Check out the trailer above.

Chadwick Boseman debuted as the Black Panther in 2016’s Captain America: Civil War as sought vengeance death of his father, King T’Chaka, against the Winter Soldier. Boseman will also reprise his role as Black Panther for Avengers: Infinity War in May 2018.

The new film sees Ulysses Klaue (Andy Serkis), who was first introduced in Avengers: Age of Ultron, attempting to return to the hidden nation of Wakanda. He is this time joined by Erik Killmonger (Michael B. Jordan), a mercenary with a grudge against Wakanda’s royal family.

As revealed in the trailer, it seems that both T’Challa and Killmonger will be getting new panther suits in the film. There’s also a brief hint that T’Challa’s sister, Shuri (Letitia Wright), may suit up. Shuri also became Black Panther in the Marvel Universe for a time.

Black Panther opens in theaters on February 16, 2018.

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