Sonia Manzano, 65, who plays Fix-It-Shop owner Maria on Sesame Street announced her retirement from the beloved PBS kids’ series.
Of course, your toddler won’t really notice Maria’s absence as long as Elmo is still there, but you Gen Xers who watched a fresh-faced Sonia on the preschool show in the 1970s are probably devastated by the news. No more Captain Kangaroo, or Mister Rogers, and now Maria is leaving Sesame Street! And what happened to Kermit the Frog? Remember when he was on Sesame Street? Now they only tote him out for the big movies – what’s up with that?
Manzano, of Puerto Rican descent, first appeared on Sesame Street in 1971 and became a regular character in 1974. Her character eventually married Luis, another Latino character on the show.
The pioneering Latina actress earned 15 Emmys acting and writing for Sesame Street over the years. Her biography “Becoming Maria: Love and Chaos in the South Bronx,” will be released in August of this year.
Social Media was all a buzz with warm wishes and regrets for the beloved Sesame actress:
Apparently Tiger Woods is doing just as poorly in the love department as he is doing on the golf course. Woods called it quits with yet another blonde, professional skier Lindsey Vonn, this past May after two years.
Rumor has it the Tiger is on the prowl for another pro-golfer’s ex-wife, Amanda Boyd. Boyd was previously married to golfer Jason Dufner but divorced in April.
Amanda Boyd with husband pro-golfer Jason Dufner
The National Enquirer cited an affair Tiger was having with Amanda as the real reason his relationship with Lindsey Vonn ended. However, Woods’ agent Mark Steinberg told Page Six, “This is 100 percent false. Absolutely zero truth to the rumor.”
Well, at least Amanda Boyd is a brunette -that’s different right?
Check out this hilarious piece Deadspin ran about whether you should f*** TIger Woods.
Just when you thought Ben Affleck and Jen Garner were going to be the celebrity couple to stay the course -after all, they have been married for 10 years, which is like the equivalent of 30 years in Hollywood years, they up and file for divorce. The kicker is that they filed on their 10-year anniversary -OUCH! Someone trying to make a statement?
Well, when we heard about Bennifer 2.0 throwing in the towel we were reminded of a piece People.com put together 10 years ago musing about whether the current star couples would stay together: Star Couples: Will It Last?
People.com’s Photo Gallery Star Couples: Will It Last?
Check it out! It features, don’t laugh, Pamela Anderson and Stephen Dorff, Scarlett Johansson and Jared Leto, Cameron Diaz and Justin Timberlake, Claire Danes and Billy Crudup, Drew Barrymore and Fabrizio Moretti, Matthew McConaughey and Penelope Cruz (yes, McConaughey must have a thing for Latina women), Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore, Brandon Davis and Mischa Barton (are they even famous anymore), Gisele Bundchen and Leonardo DiCaprio and…..drum roll please…..BEYONCE and JAY-Z!
Yes, the only black celebrity couple featured in the People.com photo gallery has outlasted all of the other star couples.We know you had your doubts, we had our doubts too, but hey, it’s been 7 years of marriage so far and they’ve been together even longer than that. How’s that for beating those mythical odds about black relationships and marriage? Google it, we won’t bother repeating the biased and skewed numbers, but you can read this article on About.com that busts some of those black marriage myths.
African-American ballet dancer Misty Copeland has been steadily capturing the hearts of America since joining the American Ballet Theater company in 2001 and has just been appointed Principal Dancer -a first in the company’s 75-year history.
Off of the ballet stage, Misty has been busy racking up accolades and endorsements – she appeared in a Diet Dr Pepper commercial in 2010, danced on a piano as part of Prince’s 2010 tour, became the first ballet dancer to appear in an Under Armour ad in 2014, was named one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people in 2015, and featured on the cover.
Maybe this will boost ballet ticket sales, after all their audience is dying out and quite frankly the younger generations are too diverse to sit through Swan Lakes that don’t reflect themselves.
President Barack Obama just might be having his “blackest” week yet as leader of this nation. When we say “black” we mean Black American.
First Obama shut down a heckler that interrupted his speech at a White House event honoring LGBT Pride Month on Wednesday, by declaring, “Listen you’re in my house … it’s not respectful,” and then requesting that the person be removed.
Obama explained, “as a general rule I am just fine with a few hecklers. But not when I’m up here in the house,” to which Vice President Joe Biden clapped him on the back in agreement -in true road dog style.
Two days later the President eulogized the Reverend Clementa C. Pinckney, who was murdered in the racially motivated mass-shooting of a prayer group at a black church in Charleston South Carolina, and broke out in spiritual song with “Amazing Grace.” Just watching it on a screen made us want to stand up and testify, so it’s no wonder the clergy seated behind him leaped to their feet when he started singing.
Blindie is not only over the racial shenanigans of Rachel Dolezal,#ByeRachel, the transition of Bruce Jenner into Caitlyn and that damn racist Confederate flag, we’re also WAY over the media hype of it all.
First of all, Rachel Dolezal presents herself as a pathological liar who is in deep denial of reality. This denial of reality includes her parentage, which leads us to question whether she is mentally unstable in some way or is rejecting her parents because of some type of abuse she was subjected to or witnessed.
And what about those allegations of her biological brother, Joshua Dolezal’s sexual abuse charges against a minor, for which he is set to stand trial. We want to know more about what went wrong in her family and her childhood. We don’t care how she got so tan, or how she curled up her hair. We’ll admit we enjoyed the #AskRachel tweets… a lot, but come on, the NAACP should have fired her for the simple act of lying about something so basic as her race – and not because she was trying to pass but because when confronted by press, she continued to circle the truth in pathetic attempts to keep up the ruse. That’s just pathological and weird!
Here’s the look we get when Rachel Dolezal is mentioned nowadays:
Maya Rudolph impersonating Rachel Dolezal on “Late Night With Seth Meyers”
Ok, now onto Bruce, err we mean Caitlyn Jenner. Good for you that you can finally be who you feel that you were meant to be. This is America and that’s the way it should be for everyone here.
But please recognize these few things 1) you are transitioning and coming out to the world during the height of trans issues, 2)you were born a white male, the most privileged gender and race in America, 3) you have previously won an Olympic gold medal, which means you were in everyone’s hearts and minds from early on, 4) you are rich, 5) and you live in the safe cushy world of Hollywood. All of these things mean that you are coming out in a relatively safe environment and will NEVER, EVER know the physical pain, the slurs, or the indignation that so many trans people of color, trans people of lesser means, or just the average trans person have endured. A transgender person is murdered every 29 hours, so we’re over Caitlyn’s Hollywood experience of transitioning and would like to hear more from the real trans heroes who walked the walk before any doors were open to them -like Janet Mock, host of MSNBC.com‘s So Popular.
And finally, the confederate flag, a representation of the losing side in a battle. The flag that was to represent the handful of states that wanted to secede from the union -South Carolina, Mississippi, Florida, Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana and Texas, mainly because they wanted to maintain the institution of slavery. You know slavery, one of the integral components of their economy, the institution that was propping up their economy and making their lives comfortable and basically manageable in some of the country’s sweltering hot regions.
The evolution of the Confederate Flag over the years.
But here’s the thing, the civil war is over and no matter how many times people re-enact it, the outcome is still the same -the confederacy LOST! It’s OVER, and therefore we are over the confederate flag. It’s just pathetic and divisive to be a United States and hang onto a flag that represents dissent and division.
And this is the look we give when we see a confederate flag -ya SORE LOSERS!
Full Disclosure: Janet Mock was an editor at Blindie but now speaks, writes and travels the world for trans issues.