Weekly KolorBlind News 7/21/12: Dark Knight Arises, Mariah Carey, Nelson Mandela, Jekyll & Hyde, Fela! and more…

The Dark Knight Arises…

If you’re an action movie fanatic, you’ve probably seen the early premieres of the Dark Knight Arises in theatres. The movie a sequel to Batman Begins (2005) andThe Dark Knight (2008) produced by none other than Christopher NolanCharles RovenEmma Thomas hit theaters July 20, 2012.

The star studded cast: Christian BaleMichael CaineGary OldmanAnne HathawayTom HardyMarion CotillardJoseph Gordon-LevittMorgan Freeman attended the premiere in New York on  Monday night, July 16 at the AMC Lincoln Square Theater.

Dark Knight Shooting in Aurora, Colorado…

Unfortunately, at the midnight premiere of the Dark Knight in Aurora, Colorado on Friday July 20, a 24 year old mass shoot shot at 70 people with 14 dead and about 59 seriously injured.

About 12:39 a.m., police received multiple reports of the shooting at the theater, located at 14300 E. Alameda Ave., and arrived at the theater minutes later, according to Aurora police.

Police say the suspect “appeared” at the front of one of the theaters showing “The Dark Knight Rises.” Witnesses told The Post he entered through an emergency exit at the right front of the Theater 9.

The suspect then threw some type of explosive and started shooting into the packed theater.The Paris Premiere has been canceled as a result of this tragic incident.

Read more about the tragic incident here.

‘We love you father’: South Africans celebrate Nelson Mandela’s 94th birthday…’

July 18th marked another remarkable day for the father of South Africa’s ‘anti-apartheid’ Nelson Mandela. He turned 94 years young. South Africa’s 12 million schoolchildren began their day with a special 94th birthday song for former president Nelson Mandela, ringing with the line: “We love you father”.

Special events are being held across the country in what has become known as “Mandela Day”. The former leader’s birthday is used for a campaign that aims to inspire individuals to take action to help change the world for the better by asking people to give 67 minutes of their time painting schools, planting trees, visiting orphanages and old age homes to honour Mandela’s 67 years of political activism.

The Sowetan newspaper reported that Mandela would be celebrating his birthday over lunch with his family, with the menu likely to include his favorite meal of samp and tripe.

He was photographed with former President Clinton a day before his birthday looking very alert and radiant. Happy birthday sir. You indeed are a legend. Without you, South Africa would not have the freedom it enjoys today. Nelson Mandela will always be remembered alongside the likes of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X as a revolutionary leader. Read full story and view additional photographs here

Nelson Mandela’s Clothing Line ‘46664’ debuts in the U.S.

Not only is Madiba celebrating his 94th birthday, but his highly anticipated clothing line 466/64 Fashion also debuted a few days ago.The kickoff event, which included a press conference and fashion show, was held Wednesday afternoon at the South African Consulate in New York City.

A host of fashion buyers and industry insiders watched as the colorful collection of men’s and women’s sportswear paraded down the runway. We love the bold prints. A percentage of 466/65 Fashion’s sales will go to community projects throughout Africa.

And although the former President of South Africa was not on hand for the festivities, his brand ambassadors were: multi-platinum South African singer, Lira and international model, Sam Sarong. View the complete photo album here…

Only a few more weeks of Fela! on Broadway…

Hurry up and catch this exultant and unorthodox biomusical about a singing African revolutionary, first staged on Broadway in 2009, reopened with perfect timing for a limited engagement on Thursday night, smack between Independence Day and Bastille Day.

Running only through Aug. 4 at the Al Hirschfeld Theater in New York, “Fela!” incorporates the spirit of summertime insurrection as infectiously as any show I can think of. As staged by the choreographer Bill T. Jones, and written by Mr. Jones with Jim Lewis, “Fela!” translates one man’s life into a nonstop banquet of movement both sensuous and angry. And though this production has been on the road — in Europe as well as the United States — pretty much nonstop since it last saw Broadway, it shows no signs whatsoever of flagging.

For more information and showtimes visit www.felaonbroadway.com

Good News! Jekyll & Hyde – the Musical is back…

Who doesn’t know the story of Jekyll & Hyde?  The musical which ran on from 1997 through 2001 lost money in the end (more than $1.5 million) and had to be cancelled.

Well, there’s good news, American Idol star and Tony Award nominee Constantine Maroulis joins with beautiful Grammy nominated R&B superstar Deborah Cox to inject new life into the classic tale of good and evil, JEKYLL & HYDE.

After a four year run on Broadway and multiple world-wide tours, this dark and dangerous love story from Tony and Grammy Award nominee Frank Wildhorn and Oscar and Grammy Winner Leslie Bricusse returns in a stunning new production that includes all the classic songs (“This is the Moment,” “A New Life,” “Someone Like You”) that first grabbed audiences by the throat and helped transform JEKYLL & HYDE into a theatrical phenomenon.

The first show starts in September in La Mirada, California. Visit the official website for more information.

‘Dear White People’ and the identity issues

Justin Simien doesn’t mind the possible comparisons to Spike Lee. Since the recent release of the trailer for his film Dear White People, a satire about black students’ experience at PWIs (Predominantly White Institutions), many have noted the similarities between its take on race relations and Lee’s own joints.

The video clip already has more than 713,884 views on YouTube and has raised more than $41,400 on Indiegogo, surpassing its $25,000 fundraising goal.

Check out the video clip below:

Read more on Justin’s interview here.

NBA champion Dirk Nowitzki gets married African style…

Dirk Nowitzki and Jessica OlssonTMZ reported that NBA champion Dirk Nowitzki and his beautiful Kenyan bride Jessica Olsson recently got married. The lovely couple allegedly had a traditional wedding in Africa.

Sources say: “It was beautiful…Dirk delivered the dowry (dowry is the bride price you pay when you marry an African woman and typically consists of cattle, clothing, food items and money) in cattle…wearing traditional African attire.” Dirk and Jessica had two ceremonies to benefit both family’s culture and location.

Could there be a cure for HIV already?

Dr. Lisa Sterman holds Truvada pills at herAccording to Newsday Truvada isn’t a cure, but it’s a milestone in how we think about HIV.

There are two medical milestones to applaud in the detection and prevention of the decades-long HIV epidemic now that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved Truvada. The revolutionary in-home test kit came early in July, giving those in doubt and at risk of the virus the ability to test themselves discreetly. Then Monday, the FDA approved Truvada, the first pill to reduce the risk of HIV infection after sexual exposure, but this isn’t a foolproof – or cheap – way to avoid the virus.

It has been approved and used for treating patients with HIV since 2004, but two large clinical trials have shown the drug can also be used to prevent the virus. The first was for “men who have sex with men” and, when taken as prescribed, the risk of infection was reduced by 42 percent. The second involved heterosexual couples with one infected partner and the risk dropped to 75 percent with the regular use of condoms. Read full story here

Scottie and Larsa Pippen celebrate 15 years of marriage…

scottie-larsa-pippen-marriage-15-yearsPipScottie and Larsa Pippen celebrated 15 Years Of Marriage and Larsa’s birthday on South Beach over the weekend of July 7th. The beautiful couple invited close friends to party and dine with them over a full course private dinner personally prepared by esteemed chef Jose Andres at Hyde Lounge on South Beach.

We’re happy to see a high profile couple maintain their love for each other. Here’s wishing you a lifetime of continued happiness. To view the full photo album click here

Flashback! Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon celebrate twins 1st birthday…

Mariah Carey and husband Nick Cannon celebrated their twins Moroccan and Monroe’s 1st birthday party in Paris back in April.  The adorable twins were quite dapper in their birthday outfits.

Among the gifts the tots received at their party were a toy piano, rocking horse and mini Ferrari. You gotta love this family, they’re all about style and living the fabulous life.

The proud parents debuted the birthday pictures via the website they dedicated to their twins www.dembabies.com

Halle Berry hospitalized after accident on movie set…

Halle BerryHalle Berry was reportedly rushed to the hospital Tuesday night (Jul 17th) after an accident on the set of an upcoming film. According to TMZ, the 45-year-old actress “hit her head on concrete after taking a nasty fall” on the set of The Hive in Los Angeles around 10 pm.

Berry was rushed to Cedars Sinai Medical Center by ambulance, shortly after the film set was shut down.

According to IMDB, The Hive is a thriller co-starring Abigail Breslin and Jennifer Hudson’s fiance David Otunga, about an emergency operator who must “confront a killer from her past” in order to save a young girl’s life.

A rep for Berry tells TMZ, “Halle Berry suffered a minor head injury while shooting a fight sequence on the set of her film, The Hive. She was taken to the hospital as a precaution, but she checked out healthy and was released. She’s pictured with daughter Nahla two days after leaving the hospital. Nahla is  a big girl now and beautiful too.

Pete Rose and girlfriend Kiana Kim to get reality show on TLC…

Who needs the Hall of Fame? Pete Rose, banned from baseball’s shrine for gambling on games, is getting his own reality show, according to Entertainment Weekly.

The TLC show, with a working title of “Pete Rose and Kiana Kim Family Project,” will chronicle the family life of the 71-year-old former Cincinnati Red and his girlfriend, the much younger former Playboy model Kim, EW says.

“She’s got younger kids and I’ve got [four adult] kids, and we go through the same things everybody else does: taking the braces off, making sure they get their education and they go to basketball practice or acting class,” Rose told EW. Read full story here

More Kardashian shows on TV anyone?

Kris Jenner wants talk show.According to reports by The Inquistr, Khloe Kardashian is eyeing daytime television in the form of a talk show. Yes, a talk show with one of the famous Kardashian sisters!

When it comes to daytime talk shows, there’s been a long line of pretty epic hosts — Tyra Banks, Ellen DeGeneres, Oprah Winfrey, Dr. Phil, Regis and Kelly, etc. Did you ever think that Kris Jenner and Khloe Kardashian-Odom would ever join the list?

While a divisive figure, Jenner’s chance of getting her own show may not be so far-fetched. E! and its viewers seem to have a bizarre and unquenchable thirst for all things Kardashian, and a mom-and-daughter show like this could well prove a hit.

Furthermore, she seems to have the contacts in the business – it was only last month that Oprah Winfrey, the chat show queen herself, agreed to a cameo on Keeping Up With The Kardashians after ‘bonding’ with Kim during an interview.

Khloe isn’t the only one who’s planning a new project. It seems new lovebirds Kanye West and Kim Kardashian are also planning their own reality series outside of Keeping Up With The Kardashians.

Hollywoodlife reports that the duo are working on getting their own show surrounding their lives, fashion and music.

“The cameras will follow the couple as they travel around the world, primarily in London, Paris, Italy and New York,” said an inside source to Hollywoodlife. “They want to show the plush life of Kim & Kanye. Kris thinks Kim should focus more on fashion and develop a line with Kanye, since he is so heavily involved in that world.”

According to the source, Kris Jenner, Kim’s mom and manager, has Kanye’s full support. She also thinks the show would bring in huge ratings. One thing’s for sure…the Kardashians know how to make money and stay relevant while doing it. 100 years from now, Kim will probably be viewed as one of the most influential high society women of our era.

Emma Bunton is Argos’ new designer…

Argos has announced that it will be collaborating for the first time on a celebrity clothing range. The British catalogue firm has enlisted the help of Spice Girl and mother-of-two Emma Bunton to design a 99-piece collection of baby and childrenswear, to be modelled in part by her four-year-old son, Beau Lee Jones.

Early images of the collection reveal that the line will practical but fun, with rock ‘n roll-inspired prints of guitars and skulls for boys, and bright, bold designs for girls.

The store says Emma has been working closely with the Argos team since March on the 99-piece collection, which will cater for girls and boys aged from newborn to 10 years old.
And Emma, who gave birth to baby Tate Lee Jones in May last year, says she was delighted to be asked to design the range. Emma says, ‘As a Mum myself I’m forever searching for fun and fashionable clothes for my boys, that are comfortable and practical too – clothes they really want to wear. Read full story

Heiki Klum and Project Runway celebrate 10th season…

The streets are her runway: Heidi Klum appeared outside Live with Kelly and Good Morning America in New York CityHeidi Klum stopped by Live! with Kelly to chat it up with Kelly Ripa and Jerry O’Connell. The model who rocked a beautiful white dress with peeped to pumps, looked stunning.

Heidi who’s show  “Project Runway‘s” has been nominated for an Emmy nomination. It is the show’s eighth nomination, but they have never won. Heidi who said that it is still exciting to wake up early in the morning and wait to hear if their names are read out.

The streets are her runway: Heidi Klum appeared outside Live with Kelly and Good Morning America in New York CityHeidi’s twenty year anniversary in the modeling industry is coming up, although she still looks twenty-years-old herself and she’s been busy making her rounds on TV looking beautiful as always.

The model revealed that the number 1 rule in her home is: ‘Always look cool’. Rule #2 is: “don’t forget rule #1.” She reveals she demands her kids dress well.

Klum has four children with her estranged husband singer Seal – Leni (8), Henry (6), Johan (5) and Lou(2) – and she confessed her second born child, takes after her the most.

Cool is the rule: Heidi said that her eldest son Henry changes several times per day‘Henry changes clothes 10 times a day and he wants to be very cool. I mean, he would wear a T-shirt and then he will wear a tie just around his neck, knotted, and then a belt over the shirt.’

“Project Runway,” which is about to start its tenth season kicked off its tenth season on Thursday, July 19 2012 at 9 p.m. Get the full scoop here

Janet Jackson (Ms. Jackson if you’re nasty) is enjoying the sun in Italy…

Comfortable and chic: Janet Jackson and boyfriend Wissam Al Mana on lounged on a yacht in Porto Cervo in Sardinia on ThursdayShe’s known for taking the stage in the most risqué of outfits. But Janet Jackson is playing it far more conservative on her Italian getaway with boyfriend Wissam Al Mana.  The singer, 46, was seen today in a grey maxi dress and fedora, trading body-con clothing for chic lounge wear as she boarded a speed boat in Porto Cervo.

Lounging: Janet sipped a beverage on board as she took in the viewAfter spending days in baggy head-to-toe black ensembles, Janet, who has been dating Qatar businessman Al Mana since July 2010, showed a hint of skin as she sipped a beverage on a yacht with her beau on Thursday. View more pictures here

Spotted: Garcelle Beauvais enjoying the beach with her boys…

Garcelle and her three boys are basking in the sun enjoying the wonderful weather. They were spotted at the beach laughing and spending quality family time together. Her boys have gotten so big and so handsome.

The beautiful actress and mother of three also has a new movie coming out with Denzel Washington titled “Flight”. Gushing about her life and projects, she told Oncology.com that  she had no idea she wanted to be an actress. “It was really sort of like what else do you do?” Read her full interview here

Is Sofia Vergara engaged?

Modern Family star Sofia Vergara may be engaged. She has been sporting a huge rock (engagement ring) the last couple of days. It turns out her longtime boyfriend Nick Loeb did indeed ask the spicy Latina for her hand in marriage but but she didn’t accept but took the ring anyway. Either Sofia is trying to fool us or this is a new relationship strategy. Either way, Nick is a very lucky man. This is another potential interethnic marriage waiting to happen. Nick Loeb is so of John Loeb, Jr. former Ambassador to Denmark under President Reagan’s administration. Nick, a businessman and owner of IPC, Inc (International Production Company with friend and partner Michael Niemtzow). Vergara recently celebrated her 40th birthday while making sure to flash her enornous rock. Sofia and Nick have been dating on and off for about 2 years. Rumor has it Nick is eyeing a seat at the Senate.

The spicy Latino actress has also been nominated for her third Emmy and was recently featured on Forbes.com list as 2012′s Highest Paid TV Actresses.

Sofia every woman in America wants to be you right now…a successful and thriving career, a handsome and successful boyfriend/fiancé, an Emmy nomination and a Forbes listing…this is the way to go!

Source: E! Online

Oh Noooooo! M.I.A. splits from her long-term fiance Benjamin Bronfman

It's over: According to reports in the U.S. today, rapper M.I.A. has split from her fiancé Benjamin Bronfman

Rapper M.I.A. has split from her environmentalist fiancé Benjamin Bronfman, according to reports. The London-born star is believed to have called time on her long-term relationship after living a ‘separate life’ from her long-term partner.

According to the New York Daily News, M.I.A., real name Mathangi Arulpragasam, spends most of her time in the UK while Benjamin lives in New York.

M.I.A. and Benjamin met in New York in 2008 and in 2009, she gave birth to their son Ikhyd Edgar Arular Bronfman, who turns three on Saturday.
Benjamin, 29, is the son of Seagram heir Edgar Bronfman Jr and former guitarist for the punk reggae band The Exit.

An insider told the paper that M.I.A., 36, is hardly in New York and Ben’s mother, Sherry Bronfman, is helping to take care of Ikhyd. A source said that she ‘sometimes goes six weeks without seeing’ her family. M.I.A., who was born in Hounslow, north-west London, has previously spoken about getting married and her immigration issues.

Girl power: M.I.A. joined Nicki Minaj and Madonna for the performance - but the Material Girl was said to be fuming about the finger incidentM.I.A. is currently at the centre of a storm over her flipping her middle finger in an obscene gesture during her Super Bowl performance earlier in the year.

We hope these two work things out and get back together. Read full story here.

Guess who’s KolorBlind? Yes, Director George Lucas

robrich > Mellody Hobson and George Lucas attend  the 2012 Compound Foundation Fostering A Legacy Benefit honoring George Lucas at a private residence in East Hampton.(July 14, 2012)Rob Rich/SocietyAllure.comDirector George Lucas and his girlfriend Mellody Hobson, president of Ariel Investments, LLC (a Chicago investment firm managing over $3 billion in assets)   were in attendance in the Hamptons last weekend to honor R&B singer Ne-Yo at his 1st Foundation benefit. The foundation benefits: “Fostering A Legacy”.

You can tell a man who is confident of himself by the way he stand. Notice George commanding the room? Mellody is so cute.

George and Ne-Yo have been friends ever since he was cast as Andrew ‘Smoky’ Salem 2012 release of Red Tails. The charity event took place at the private estate of Bill and Michele Nuti, CEO of NCR and Chairman of Sprint.

Spice Girls? Which Spice Girl?

Rumor has it that Emma Bunton aka Baby Spice and Melanie C. aka Sporty Spice are due to release a single in September. The Spice Girls recently all got together. Any hopes for a reunion album ladies? Melanie who got engaged early last year to longtime boyfriend Jade Jones has been busy with on Television and Radio. Read more here.

Heather Headley releases new video: “I Have Nothing”

Heather released a new video of “The Bodyguard – Musical” titled “I have nothing”. This is remake of Whitney Houston’s I have nothing.

Brazilian Artist Angelica Dass matches human skin tone to Pantone paint chart

A Brazilian artist is using the Pantone paint chart to document every human skin tone possible

A Brazilian artist is challenging the boundaries of race and cultural identity by matching human skin tones to the Pantone colour chart.

While finding exactly the right shade of grey to paint your bedroom wall can be a painstaking affair, Angelika Dass is attempting to ‘record and catalog all possible human skin tones’ using the same kinds of samples you may have once picked up at the home improvement store.

Humanae, as the project has been named by its creator, is a ‘chromatic inventory’ she writes on her Tumblr site, that sheds light on race ‘beyond the borders of our codes’. Read more here

Diverse: An artist is using the universal Pantone colour system to document every shade of human skin tone

Revealed: Solomon Sharp – Keesha’s Sharp‘s son…

A lot of you have been searching for Keesha and Brad Sharp‘s son in some of the posts/articles. Well, look no further. Keesha posted a picture of the handsome young man two days ago. Look at that hair. He’s Brad’s mini me. This picture will make you go aah, ooh, googoo, gaagaa – lol.

Tiki Barber marries again…

Tiki Barber the former New York Giants running back married Traci Lynn Johnson, the ex-NBC intern  in a city marriage bureau in Lower Manhattan a few days ago.  This is Tiki’s second marriage.

He was previously married to Ginny Cha with whom he has two sons. Report has it that Barber met Johnson and started an affair with her while he was working as an NBC Sports and “Today” show contributor in 2010.

Because of the fling, he lost his TV gig, and his wife of 11 years as Ginny filed for divorce. Just days after the divorce was finalized, Tiki and Traci exchanged “I dos” in Manhattan. Hmmm Tiki this is not a good look. But hopefully this time it’s for real. Read the full story here...

That’s it for our Weekly KolorBlind News 7/21/12: Dark Knight Arises, Mariah Carey, Nelson Mandela, Jekyll & Hyde, Fela! and more… I hope you enjoyed reading it. The things reported in the news makes us aware of the things that occur in our environment and the world at large. Stay informed!

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