Word On The Curb: Mon, Jan 13th “Oprah Backs Out Of Russell Simmons Accuser #MeToo Documentary; Serena Williams Wins First Tournament Since Giving Birth, Donates Earnings To Australian Wildfire Victims; Meghan Markle Reportedly Signs Voice-Over Deal With Disney; Oscar Snubs & Nominations”

Oprah Backs Out Of Russell Simmons Accuser #MeToo Documentary

Just two weeks before it was to premiere at the Sundance Film Festival, Oprah has decided not to move forward. On Friday, Oprah announced her decision to distance herself from the project after getting dragged by 50 Cent, The Game and others  who said she was targeting black men accused of being sexual predators instead of their white counterparts.

Oprah says, “I have decided that I will no longer be executive producer on The Untitled Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering Documentary and it will not air on Apple TV+.”

Oprah says her decision to step down won’t stop her from supporting accusers. She says she “will be working with Time’s Up to support the victims and those impacted by abuse and sexual harassment.”

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Serena Williams Wins First Tournament Since Giving Birth, Donates Earnings To Australian Wildfire Victims

Serena Williams ended a three-year title drought winning her first WTA trophy since her win in Melbourne, Australia, in 2017, and donated the proceeds ($43,000) to victims of the Australian bushfires. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

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“I’ve been playing in Australia for over 20 years, and it’s been really hard for me to watch all the news and everything that has been happening in Australia with all the fire and… animals and people that have lost their homes,” she said. “I decided at the beginning of the tournament… I’d donate all my prize money for a great cause.”

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Meghan Markle Reportedly Signs Voice-Over Deal With Disney

Just after she and husband Prince Harry announced they would be stepping down from the Royal Family, Markle has signed a voice-acting deal with Disney.

Word on the Curb is, the deal was signed in exchange for Markle’s donation to the anti-poaching organization Elephants Without Borders. The deal becomes a point of conflict with other members of the royal family and maybe the contributing factor in Meghan and Harry’s decision to step down as senior members.

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Oscar Snubs & Nominations

The nominees for the 2020 Academy Awards were announced today.

Folks were shocked! Jennifer Lopez, Beyonce and & Lupita Nyong’o were not nominated for this year’s awards.

For months, Jennifer Lopez has been mentioned in talks of being an award-show favorite for her riveting role as Ramona in the film, “Hustlers.”

Lupita Nyong’o, played not one but two roles in the thriller, “Us,” and was not nominated this year.

And, lastly, celebrated singer Beyonce’s anthem, “Spirit,” from the blockbuster remake of “The Lion King,” was not nominated for “Best Original Song.”

However, Barack & Michelle were nominated for Best Docu “American Factory”, Cynthia Erivo was nominated for Best Actress in “Harriet” & “Hair Love” for Animated Short.

 

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