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During his interview on “Oprah’s Prime”, Pharrell Williams talks about a lot of things from his personal life, latest album, up to the highlights of his career.  On the interview, anyone can ask the singer any questions.  Aside from being a singer, Pharrell is also a songwriter and a producer.  His mother was a teacher while his father works as a handyman.

When it comes to his fame and being successful, Pharrell revealed:

“It’s overwhelming in the sense that like, I know that there’s an equation for it. I know it’s not me. I know it’s not my doing, so that’s overwhelming. That’s when it hit me like, okay, if the people don’t vote for the songs or request the songs or share or sing them or have any kind of reaction to them, then they’re just songs. So when that happens for you, you recognize all the different parts of the universe that conspire to get you there. That’s what’s overwhelming but humbling, though, at the same time, because I realize I could be the guy with the demo. For some reason the people hoisted me so high I know what the top of clouds look like.”

“I think it was my environment. It was my natural propensities. And thirdly and most importantly, the people that I attribute most of my success to are those people who recognize those propensities in me.”

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Pharrell also talks about his hit single, “Happy”, he said:

“With ‘Happy,’ they wanted to show that the meanest man in the world, someone who is as equally mad as the Grinch, could be the happiest person in the world when it came to love. [...] The chords came first because I wrote what feels happy to me and that took me to church. Church is…they want to lift you up. Then the words was just kinda like, ‘Clap along if you feel…’ and I was like, uh oh. I didn’t know it was gonna be anything by the way.”

Do you like “Happy”?

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Back in 1998, Toni Braxton expressed that Oprah was being “mean” to her.  Toni felt embarrassed after Oprah tackled her financial problems and at the same time inquire about her purchase of a Gucci flatware.  Toni said:

“She was so frickin’ mean to me, I was in shock. I couldn’t believe it because I loved her so much…She pretty much reprimanded me.”

“She says to me, ‘I heard you have Gucci flatware. I’m Oprah Winfrey and even I don’t have Gucci flatware.’”

But now, there’s no more beef between Toni and Oprah since Toni will be having her OWN movie.  The two made the announcement together during OWN Upfronts.  This new movie will be entitled, “My Name is Love: The Darlene Love Story.”  They announced:

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“Executive produced by Oprah Winfrey and Academy Award-winning filmmaker Morgan Neville (“Twenty Feet From Stardom”), “My Name is Love: The Darlene Love Story” features the story of one of the 1960’s iconic musical voices, Darlene Love. Love began cutting records for producer Phil Spector right out of high school, and went on to work with some of the greatest musical talents in history, including Elvis Presley, Aretha Franklin, Frank Sinatra and Bruce Springsteen. Whether it was the wild parties Tom Jones used to throw, how Elvis came on to her backstage at his 1968 comeback special, or her love affair with Bill Medley of The Righteous Brothers, Love holds nothing back as she recalls the exciting events that make up her life. This is the dishy and dramatic story of a woman who had it all, lost it all, but never, ever refused to give up. Love will also serve as an executive producer.”

Will you be watching “My Name is Love: The Darlene Love Story”?

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Actress Nia Long stars in Tyler Perry’s recent film, ‘The Single Moms Club.’  The 43-year-old actress who is a mother of two recently graced the cover of Essence’s March issue and appeared on Oprah’s Lifeclass during the episode devoted for single mothers.  Aside from promoting her latest film, she also shared a funny story wherein she dated a guy together with her sister and her son who was still 2 years old at that time.  She said:

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“My son was about two and I had just broken up with his dad. I  said ‘Ya know what, I am going to go out and I am going to reclaim my sexy’… And this gentleman came and I said ‘Lets do a group date’. I didn’t want to do a one- on one thing so I called my sister and said ‘You’re going on my first date with me’.  I was living in New York at the time. We walk out of the apartment, he’s in this big truck like a suburban but he had a driver. So I was like ‘Ooh he’s fancy’. So we get in the car and my two year old goes ‘My daddy has a big ole blue truck and its faster than this one’ . And I just went ‘Oh my goodness’, so they know. They know, even when you try to hide it and be like ‘This is just mommy’s friend’,  they know. That guy didn’t last so him and his truck went ‘bye-bye’. So what it did teach me was to  introduce kinda early. “

What can you say about Nia’s advice?

Photo Credits: Hello Beautiful, The Urban Daily

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Sometimes when a man invited a woman to a dinner she may think, “It’s a date” or maybe the guy is planning to court her.  When Michael had a chat with Oprah, he revealed that he never had any girlfriend until recently.  When he was interviewed by Vulture Magazine, he said:

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“When I first moved to L.A., when I was like 19, 20, 21, that was a thing: ‘Okay, cool [claps his hands together]: I’m going to cook dinner, she’s going to think it’s phenomenal, it’s gonna be amazing, that’s gonna be my move.’ And then I was like, ‘Whoa.’ That came with so much baggage and the expectations. Everything you do, you guys are interpreting in a different way! Like, another thing…I like to go out to dinner a lot. I love going out to eat. I love food. I love going to restaurants. And sometimes I don’t like going alone, so I would take somebody to go to dinner. It doesn’t necessarily mean this is the start of a thing — I just like to go to dinner and you’re kind of cool to talk to. But a woman sees it as, ‘Oh, he’s taking me out to dinner.’”

Isn’t it silly how some women read between the lines?

Photo Credits: Ebony, Rolling Stone

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It is quite unusual for a woman to say that she do not want to have any children.  Sometimes people would ask “Why?” or maybe “What’s the matter with you?”Actually, there is absolutely nothing wrong with Oprah.  She is just more focused on her career and she has no time for raising a family of her own.

When Oprah was asked if she has any regrets not having her own children, she replied:

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“Gayle [now a mother of two] was the kind of kid who, in seventh grade Home Ec class, was writing down her name and the names of her children. While she was having those kind of daydreams, I was having daydreams about how I could be Martin Luther King.[...]If I had kids, my kids would hate me. They would have ended up on the equivalent of the Oprah show talking about me; because something [in my life] would have had to suffer and it would’ve probably been them.”

Balancing marriage, motherhood and career can be possible according to Oprah, she said:

“You can have it all, just not all at once.”

What do you think?

Photo Credits: Necole Bitchie, A Celebration of Woman

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Oprah looked so happy as she welcomed the stars of “Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom” and “Fruitvale Station,” Idris Elba and Michael B. Jordan.  Two of the famous Hollywood heartthrobs talked about their roles on the film as well as other personal things.  Unfortunately, Idris Elba is already taken, but don’t be dismayed since Michael B. Jordan is still single and just experienced a breakup.

Idris Elba is expecting a baby; however he is also grieving for the loss of his father.  He said:

“My dad passed in the last three months. It’s interesting because this film is in honor of my old man. He had lung cancer and he had it for a short period of time and I had been living in LA up to last year, and last year my dad got sick so I moved back to England so that I could be closer to him. We got him in the best health care we could but it had advanced so quickly that we didn’t know it. Africans think cancer is something that does not happen to us. My mother was like, ‘Cancer? no way… African people don’t get cancer!’”

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Lately, Idris has been busy with the promotion of the Mandela film and he has not grieved properly for the death of his father.  He revealed:

“I’m afraid I’ll probably fall apart to be honest. He was such a tough man. He would expect me to get on a bit. I’m human, I guess I should sit back.”

Oprah asked, “If you haven’t grieved have you at least made your peace with it?”  He said:

“Not exactly.[...]I call my mom’s house, the answering machine is still my dad. The thing about his lung cancer is that it took his voice away when he was going but the answering machine is his full voice. Two things happen: I’m super sad when I hear that and I’m also really happy that it’s still there. It’s the only bit of his voice that I have as a reminder. It reminds me.”

Isn’t it so sad?

Photo Credits: Necole Bitchie

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During his interview on Oprah Winfrey’s ‘Next Chapter‘,  Arsenio Hall revealed the reasons why he left the Arsenio Hall Show and at the same what made him decide to return back to the show.  Over the years, Arsenio already featured famous personalities on his show including Magic Johnson, Snoop Lion and Dr. Phil.  He also revealed the things that can make him feel sentimental.

Two of the famous celebrities who inspired Arsenio to return to his show were Diddy and Michael Jackson.  He said:

“I was a lil nervous because it took so long to get in the moment…I went everywhere with this…It could’ve been about”

“5 years…Diddy said, ‘You got to come back…’ Michael was there we partied…Michael was like ‘He should’ve never left….’ I know he’s watching. When it wasn’t supposed to happen, it didn’t happen.”

According to Arsenio, he decided to leave the show because he thought that he has not pleased anyone, he said:

“You leave it and say goodnight…it’s all consuming. I was sending people to check on my mom…I’m like, your’e making money and your’e not able to enjoy it….There is a point when you say, ‘I can’t please anybody’….Spike Lee’s saying I’m an Uncle Tom and white people are saying I’m ‘too black’…Who am I doing this for? You say, I’m just tired of not being able to please anyone….”

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What makes Arsenio feel emotional?  Well, it’s his son.  He revealed:

“We had the talk before ‘Apprentice’. He used a word that changed my whole approach to apprentice. He said, ‘Dad we can win this’…It almost…you know? Just one minute…Just two seconds….When I talk about my son, sometimes….He’s such a good kid. I’m so blessed. He’s healthy and he’s a good kid.”

Do you watch Arsenio Hall Show?

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Robin Thicke and Oprah Robin Thicke and Oprah

While Miley Cyrus has been busy with her twerking, Robin Thicke will be having his first ever interview on Oprah.  On Oprah’s Next Chapter, Robin will be talking about his family life including his relationship with his wife Paula Patton.  Robin will also be discussing his most recent scandalous performance together with Miley Cyrus during the VMA awards.  On the trailer of the show, Oprah was asking Robin about the twerking controversy, Robin said, “This is funny to me, it’s silly.”

Oprah followed up another question by asking, “You don’t think of it as sexual?”

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Robin explained, “Well, I was onstage, [so] I didn’t see it. So to me, I’m walking out toward Miley, I’m not thinking sex, I’m thinking fun.”

Oprah was quite intrigued by the performance and asked, “But she’s twerking up against your…cojones.”

Robin said, “I’m singing my butt off. I’m singing and I’m looking at the sky and I’m singing and I’m not really paying attention to all that. That’s on her. *laughs* I’m the twerkee, I’m twerked upon. I don’t twerk myself.”

What can you say about the controversial twerking performance of Miley and Robin?

Photo Credits: Nicolebitchie

 

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Everyone deserves to take a break, even the media mogul Oprah Winfrey.  Oprah revealed that earlier this year she was having a nervous breakdown.  When she was interviewing Jason Russell, she said:

“I was sitting and listening to Jason Russell describe his symptoms…. Saying, ‘Um, this sounds pretty familiar to me.’” In the beginning, it was just sort of speeding and a kind of numbness and going from one thing to the next thing to the next thing. I will tell you when I realized that I thought, ‘All right, if I don’t calm down I’m gonna be in serious trouble.’ I was in the middle of doing voiceovers, you know? And I remember closing my eyes in between each page because looking at the page and the words at the same time was too much stimulation for my brain.”

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Oprah further explained:

“I mean, I wasn’t ready to go run naked in the streets. Let’s make that very clear, but I had reached a point where I just couldn’t take in anymore stimulation.”

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Oprah’s main objective as a talk show host is to inspire and uplift the spirit of her viewers by promoting positive shows.  During her recent interview she revealed that she want to change her programming.  She said:

“I have a tendency to look at everything from the point of view of: What is going to be meaningful, and uplift people? That can become too stoic and too serious—which is the same issue I suffered with at the magazine in the beginning. It needed more humor. So we [began] looking for lighter fare. Welcome to Sweetie Pie’s works. Iyanla: Fix My Life was also a turning point. Having programming that was in alignment with the vision but also left the space to widen the lane for the vision. If it were up to me, I’d be doing [Winfrey’s Sunday talk show] Super Soul Sunday conversations all the time.”

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What are the things that Oprah won’t be included on OWN?

“I’m interested in doing no harm. Before, it was always, I’ve got to uplift as well as entertain. And now I can look at a thing and say, “What harm does it do?” And harm is not just violence and calling people b—hes. It’s the tone of things. The role that I see myself serving is to put a mirror up to people’s lives by allowing them to see, through the storytelling that we do, their lives through other people. You can see somebody’s sorrows, but also their triumphs, and be lifted by that. You have to be responsible for the energy you’re putting out into the world. There are a lot of people, particularly in this business, who don’t give two poops about it. I’ve sat at those mogul jamborees—all the big muckety-mucks in a room, the bastions of media. And I’ve asked the question, “Where is your moral compass?” Not a lot of people are thinking about that, but I feel a responsibility to it. To whom much is given, much is expected.”