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Monthly Archives September 2008

Ethnicity Revealed: Jessica Szhor, Vanessa Hudgens And Many Others

What's their ethnicity? It's the question on everyone's mind and Blindie has done a little racial profiling to satisfy your inquiring minds. Here is the racial scoop on the most ambiguous ethnic people in Hollywood: Jessica Szohr: Gossip Girl's not-so-rich gal pal had us all guessing when she kept offering up ethnic delights from pierogies to souvlaki on the show. The real deal is that Szohr boasts a mix of African American, Caucasian, and Hungarian. Vanessa Hudgens: The High School Musical triple threat touts a mother of Filipino descent and a father of Irish and Native American heritage. Nicole Scherzinger: The Pussycat Doll was born in Hawaii to a Filipino father and a Hawaiian/Russian mother. Fred Armisen: Saturday Night Live's funnyman may play African American presidential candidate Barack Obama in skits but he actually lays claim to German, Japanese and Venezualan heritage. Gabrielle Reece: The statuesque volleyball beauty owes her beach affinity to her island roots. She was born to a Trinidadian father and a white mother on the island of Trinidad and raised in the Virgin Islands. Cassie: The model turned Bad Boy recording artist has a Filipino father and a mother of West Indian, African American and Mexican descent.
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Color on the Cover: Actress Thandie Newton on October 2008 Cover of Blackbook Magazine

Actress Thandie Newton appears on the October 2008 cover of Blackbook Magazine, where she admits to wanting to play Angela Davis “when I’m a bit older," while the famous men she's worked with dish on the British beauty's allure. "Thandie’s very easy to love, and she usually plays the girl everyone does love,” Madonna's director hubby Guy Ritchie explains. "I liked the idea that this wasn’t the case here," Richie says of Newton's starring role in his new film RocknRolla. "Stella was based on the female half of an actual power couple that went over to the dark side—this lawyer who liked cocaine and boys and his accountant missus who was pretty wild herself." "There’s a mystery that Condi Rice and Thandie both have," her W costar Josh Brolin, who plays George Bush to Newton's Condoleezza Rice, says. "Their elusiveness scares me. Their smiles frighten me."
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Chanel Iman Breaks Runway Barriers For Black Models at Gucci Show in Milan

Blindie's favorite up-and-coming model Chanel Iman broke barriers on the Gucci runway during Spring 2009 Fashion Week in Milan on Wednesday. The 18-year-old beauty became the first black model to walk the megabrand's catwalk since it was helmed by designer Tom Ford. It was only in February that fellow model model Jourdan Dunn became the first black model to walk the runway for Prada in ten years.
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High School Musical‘s Corbin Bleu & Monique Coleman Dance For Sara Lee Bread

Granted Zac Efron does big things in the movies, while Vanessa Hudgens nabs deals with Neutrogena and Sears, but we're ecstatic to see our fave heartthrob Corbin Bleu shaking his curls for Sara Lee. Joining him in the peppy commercial is onscreen love Monique Coleman, Lucas Grabeel and Olesya Rulin. The gang will be together again (this time on the big screen) for High School Musical 3: Senior Year in October!
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Oprah Winfrey To Voice Character In Disney’s Black Princess And The Frog

Disney revealed on Wednesday that Oprah Winfrey will join the cast of the upcoming animated film The Princess and the Frog. The talk-show host will voice the character Eudora, who is mother to lead character Princess Tiana, in Disney's African-American re-telling of the classic Grimm fairytale The Frog Prince. Tony Award-winning actress Anika Noni Rose of Dream Girls will voice Tiana. The Princess and the Frog, previously titled The Frog Princess, is slated for release in late 2009.
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Happy Birthday: Actor Will Smith Turns 40

Hollywood's Best-Paid Actor Will Smith (pictured with his mama Caroline) turned 40 on Thursday. The $80 million dollar man, who got his start as half of the rap duo DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince, made us laugh for years as The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, and went on to become King of the Fourth of July box office. Smith, who has three kids (two of them with actress Jada Pinkett Smith), has earned two Best Actor Oscar nominations and ruled last weekend's box office with Lakeview Terrace, which he produced. PHOTO: AP
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Monthly Archives September 2008

Ethnicity Revealed: Jessica Szhor, Vanessa Hudgens And Many Others

What's their ethnicity? It's the question on everyone's mind and Blindie has done a little racial profiling to satisfy your inquiring minds. Here is the racial scoop on the most ambiguous ethnic people in Hollywood: Jessica Szohr: Gossip Girl's not-so-rich gal pal had us all guessing when she kept offering up ethnic delights from pierogies to souvlaki on the show. The real deal is that Szohr boasts a mix of African American, Caucasian, and Hungarian. Vanessa Hudgens: The High School Musical triple threat touts a mother of Filipino descent and a father of Irish and Native American heritage. Nicole Scherzinger: The Pussycat Doll was born in Hawaii to a Filipino father and a Hawaiian/Russian mother. Fred Armisen: Saturday Night Live's funnyman may play African American presidential candidate Barack Obama in skits but he actually lays claim to German, Japanese and Venezualan heritage. Gabrielle Reece: The statuesque volleyball beauty owes her beach affinity to her island roots. She was born to a Trinidadian father and a white mother on the island of Trinidad and raised in the Virgin Islands. Cassie: The model turned Bad Boy recording artist has a Filipino father and a mother of West Indian, African American and Mexican descent.
Read More

Color on the Cover: Actress Thandie Newton on October 2008 Cover of Blackbook Magazine

Actress Thandie Newton appears on the October 2008 cover of Blackbook Magazine, where she admits to wanting to play Angela Davis “when I’m a bit older," while the famous men she's worked with dish on the British beauty's allure. "Thandie’s very easy to love, and she usually plays the girl everyone does love,” Madonna's director hubby Guy Ritchie explains. "I liked the idea that this wasn’t the case here," Richie says of Newton's starring role in his new film RocknRolla. "Stella was based on the female half of an actual power couple that went over to the dark side—this lawyer who liked cocaine and boys and his accountant missus who was pretty wild herself." "There’s a mystery that Condi Rice and Thandie both have," her W costar Josh Brolin, who plays George Bush to Newton's Condoleezza Rice, says. "Their elusiveness scares me. Their smiles frighten me."
Read More

Chanel Iman Breaks Runway Barriers For Black Models at Gucci Show in Milan

Blindie's favorite up-and-coming model Chanel Iman broke barriers on the Gucci runway during Spring 2009 Fashion Week in Milan on Wednesday. The 18-year-old beauty became the first black model to walk the megabrand's catwalk since it was helmed by designer Tom Ford. It was only in February that fellow model model Jourdan Dunn became the first black model to walk the runway for Prada in ten years.
Read More

High School Musical‘s Corbin Bleu & Monique Coleman Dance For Sara Lee Bread

Granted Zac Efron does big things in the movies, while Vanessa Hudgens nabs deals with Neutrogena and Sears, but we're ecstatic to see our fave heartthrob Corbin Bleu shaking his curls for Sara Lee. Joining him in the peppy commercial is onscreen love Monique Coleman, Lucas Grabeel and Olesya Rulin. The gang will be together again (this time on the big screen) for High School Musical 3: Senior Year in October!
Read More

Oprah Winfrey To Voice Character In Disney’s Black Princess And The Frog

Disney revealed on Wednesday that Oprah Winfrey will join the cast of the upcoming animated film The Princess and the Frog. The talk-show host will voice the character Eudora, who is mother to lead character Princess Tiana, in Disney's African-American re-telling of the classic Grimm fairytale The Frog Prince. Tony Award-winning actress Anika Noni Rose of Dream Girls will voice Tiana. The Princess and the Frog, previously titled The Frog Princess, is slated for release in late 2009.
Read More

Happy Birthday: Actor Will Smith Turns 40

Hollywood's Best-Paid Actor Will Smith (pictured with his mama Caroline) turned 40 on Thursday. The $80 million dollar man, who got his start as half of the rap duo DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince, made us laugh for years as The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, and went on to become King of the Fourth of July box office. Smith, who has three kids (two of them with actress Jada Pinkett Smith), has earned two Best Actor Oscar nominations and ruled last weekend's box office with Lakeview Terrace, which he produced. PHOTO: AP
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