By Brandon I. Brooks
Sentinel Entertainment Editor
Sentinel Contributing Writer
1.) Badu’s Booty
Erykah Badu made an unforgettable music statement when she appeared nude in the music video ‘Window Seat ‘, from her latest album ‘New Amerykah Part 2 (Return of the Ankh). The video was shot by Creative Control duo Coodi and Chike. The duo filmed the beautiful Badu shedding her clothes in her hometown Dallas, Texas, near Dealey Plaza (“grassy knoll”), which became famous in the Kennedy assassination. Though Badu, whose real name is Erica Abi Wright, was faced with disorderly conduct charges and up to one year in jail following the video’s Internet debut, she got off with a $500 fine and probation. Let’s just say $500 was worth it.
2.) Oscar Friendly
Mo’Nique, who was deemed the front-runner for best supporting actress at this year’s Academy Awards. She had already won the Golden Globe and People’s Choice Awards for her role. But on March 7, she took home her first Oscar for a moving performance as the violent mother Mary Jones in ‘Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire.’ She won despite her refusal to promote the project during the Oscar campaigning, which other actresses had been doing.Still An Oscar Surprise.
Oscar night had another surprise; Geoffrey Fletcher won the Best Adapted Screenplay for his work on ‘Precious.’ He becomes the first African-American to ever win an Oscar for a screenplay, either adapted or original. He was shocked at his win saying, “I never thought that my work would be recognized in this way. I feel is fantastic.”
3.) Tony Awards Go Black
Denzel Washington and Viola Davis had a big night at the 64th annual Tony Awards. The two actors, who starred as husband and wife in a revival of August Wilson’s play ‘Fences,’ took home, best actor and best actress awards. Washington became the first black man to snag best actor since James Earl Jones won 23 years ago, for the same role in the original ‘Fences.’ 2010 also became the first time in Tony history that black performers won top honors during the same theater season. Musical’s director, Bill T. Jones, also took home a Tony for best choreography in ‘Fela!’
4.) Taking Success
On Aug. 30, Sony Screen Gem’s ‘Takers'” defied expectations by debuting at #1 at the box office, despite critics terrible predictions. The film debuted with 21.5 million in the US alone. The movie was producer Will Parker’s third # 1 movie. It was also the second African-American film to debut at #1 in two weeks. (Lottery Ticket debuted at #1 the week before.)
5.) Tyler Triumphs Again
Fans of the Broadway show “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf,” were concerned when Tyler Perry announced he’d be directing the feature-film version of the landmark choreo-poem. Many felt that he wouldn’t do the work justice. They even took to facebook.com to protest the move. Perry instead, hired a who’s who of talented actresses, including Phylicia Rashad, Kimberly Elise, Anika Noni Rose, Janet Jackson and Kerry Washington, to give faces to the women in the drama, who were known only by colors in the original piece. The movie debuted in the top 3 of the box office making 22 million in the first week.