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Friday
Jan272012

Essence Magazine to Honor Hollywood's Top African-American Women

ABC/MICHAEL DESMOND(LOS ANGELES) -- On Feb. 23, Essence magazine will celebrate several of Hollywood's most inspiring African-American actresses at its fifth annual Essence Black Women in Hollywood Luncheon.

This year's honorees include The Help's Oscar-nominated Octavia Spencer, who will receive the Breakthrough Performance award, and Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol star Paula Patton, who'll receive the Shining Star Award.  Kerry Washington, star of the upcoming ABC drama Scandal, will receive the Vanguard Award, while Scandal's executive producer and creator, Shonda Rhimes, is to be given the Visionary Award.  Iconic Blaxploitation movie star Pam Grier, who's since gone on to garner Golden Globe and Emmy Award nominations, will receive the Legend Award.

A live stream of the luncheon and red carpet interviews will be available at Essence.com from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 a.m. PST on Feb. 23.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Saturday
Apr092011

Pia Toscano's 'American Idol' Elimination; Sexism to Blame?

Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Some are calling it the most shocking American Idol elimination ever, while other critics say Pia Toscano's departure from American Idol reveals the underlying sexism of voters on the most popular show on television.

The announcement came after a rollicking performance by Iggy Pop, in which he shed his shirt to belt out "Real Wild Child." As host Ryan Seacrest said Toscano's name, the crowd's enthusiasm disappeared. The audience shouted "no" while the judges looked stunned. Jennifer Lopez, on the verge of tears, said she was angry and speechless. Randy Jackson echoed her anger and Steven Tyler told America their "lack of passion was unforgivable."

Toscano, who was believed to be a finale shoe-in, was sent packing Thursday making her the fifth female in a row booted off the show this season.

"If you look at the last three seasons of American Idol, three out of the four final contestants have been men every single time," said Dalton Ross, editor at Entertainment Weekly. "If you look... the last three seasons of American Idol, three out of the four final contestants have been men every single time. With only two women left now, it looks like we're headed in that same direction."

Not since Jordin Sparks won four years ago has a female taken the Idol crown, and one theory is that young girls, who have bolstered the careers of pop stars ranging from the Beatles to Justin Bieber, may be casting the majority of votes ... and hormones rule.

"Why vote for a gorgeous glamorous girl who might feel like competition to them when they could vote for a wonderful gorgeous cute boy that they can have a crush on?" said psychologist Wendy Walsh.

Now only two women remain, Illinois native Haley Reinhart and Georgia native Lauren Alaina, putting the odds in favor of another male Idol.

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