A Look at Entertainment
by T.J. Moore –
The 2019 Miss Universe Pageant has found a new home. This year’s event will be held at Tyler Perry’s studios in Atlanta.
This is the first major event to be held at the new studio, which was built on a former Confederate Army base. Perry’s studio boasts 12 sound stages across its 330 acres, each one named after iconic black figures in film: Whoopi Goldberg, Oprah Winfrey, Will Smith, Ruby Dee and Ossie Davis, Spike Lee, and others. Perry’s new shows, The Oval and Sistas, are filmed at the studio.
The 2019 Miss Universe Pageant will be hosted by Steve Harvey and will be broadcast live on Fox and Telemundo on December 8.
Comedian/actor Kevin Hart was spotted out and about for the first time since his horrific Labor Day weekend car accident. TMZ caught up with Hart, who said that he was in good spirits.
“I’m great, feeling blessed to be alive,” Hart told TMZ. He added that he is in no rush to return to the spotlight and is focused on his recovery.
“It’s a process. It’s going to take some time, but I’m patient.”
Hart recently uploaded a video of his recovery process on Instagram; he’s seen taking his first steps with the help of a walker and going through physical therapy.
“I honestly feel like God basically told me to sit down,” Hart said in the video. “When you’re moving too fast and doing too much, sometimes you can’t see the things that you are meant to see. But after my accident, I see things differently, I see life from a whole new perspective.”
Ever since Academy Award-winning actor Cuba Gooding, Jr. was accused in June of allegedly groping a woman at a bar, more women have come forward accusing him of putting his hands and mouth where they don’t belong. Recently, Gooding was indicted on charges of inappropriately touching another woman, bringing his number of accusers to 15. Gooding is now charged with six misdemeanors, including three counts of third-degree sexual abuse and three counts of forcible touching.
The actor has been accused of kissing, fondling, biting, or groping women without their consent at different clubs dating back to 2001. He was slapped with a civil lawsuit in October by Natasha Ashworth, who accused him of pinching her behind.
Gooding’s lawyer, Mark Heller, believes that the prosecutors are “maliciously prosecuting” his client.
“We believe the prosecutor is trying to besmirch the reputation of Cuba, a beloved Bronx native, and trying to establish these charges, which will result in an outrage by the public by wasting time and resources and energy of the court that have no place in the criminal court system,” Heller told Entertainment Tonight.
Gooding is due back in court on January 22, 2020.
Since the birth of his daughter with Serena Williams, Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian has been dedicated to fighting for paid paternity leave for dads across the country. Ohanian recently told Business Insider that he didn’t realize how valuable paternity leave was until he took 16 weeks off after his daughter’s birth.
“We implemented a policy that I didn’t think I was going to be using any time soon, but a few years later, I found myself using and talking about it publicly,” he said.
Thanks to Ohanian, Reddit, along with Target and Sweetgreen, is one of the few companies that offer paid paternity leave. Paternity leave allowed Ohanian to care for Williams, who had health issues after having an emergency C-section and then fighting a pulmonary embolism.
“Because Olympia’s birth was such a complicated one and I watched everything that my wife went through and persevered through, I realized that we had so many advantages and yet this was still a traumatic experience,” Ohanan said. “I couldn’t imagine anyone being put in that situation without the piece of mind knowing that they had paid leave.”