Clay Cane is a New York City-based writer who is recognized for his contributions in journalism. Clay is a regular contributor for various print and online publications such as The Advocate and BET.com. He is the author of the highly anticipated novel Ball-Shaped World, which is a fictionalized account of the black and Latino ballroom scene. Also, he is the Entertainment Editor at BET.com and a member of New York Film Critics Online.
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Well, we all know this is going to happen. The Golden Girls were in their fifties and sixties back in the eighties. But, didn't you feel like they will always we around? Like for some reason they will live 100 years and still be saucy, quick-mouthed hot older chicks calling each other sluts, whores and idiots? I'm never going to get that Golden Girls reunion.
It's sad, I remember an episode where all of Sophia's friends were dying and she was scared she would be the last one. The last two remaining Golden Girls must feel that way.
Betty White, who played Rose and was on television the first year it aired, is 87 years-old and still working.
Rue McClanahan, who played Blanche, is 75 years-old and still working.
Estelle Getty, who played Sophia, died at 84 years-old on July 22nd.
Bea Arthur, who played Dorothy,died at 86 on Saturday.
For all of those who rant we need to support black films -- I hope you go out to see American Violet, which opens today in select cities. The movie is worth your money. Check out my review for BET.com. Movie Review: American Violet
I've mentioned Nicole Behaire before, but now you can check out the my interview with her over at BET.com. She was a pleasure to talk with -- fun, humble, gitty and a great sense of humor. We chatted a good amount off the record -- this girl is going to be a star. American Violet is in select cities this Friday. Check out my favorite excerpt from the interview.
There are a lot of A-list Black actresses who experience so much struggle in Hollywood. What type of struggles have you faced as an up and coming Black actress? Being a young Black woman, we are a people who are ignored a great deal. Even if you are talented, you really got to prove it. When you walk into a room, no one is going to stand up for you or look to shake your hand. You tend to be the person on the periphery. People aren't paying attention to you unless you are singing a song or showing them a dance - I'm serious! [Laughs] Or, you are wearing something shiny. Also, I have to say... always being compared. My other White actress friends can just be themselves. There are so few opportunities, people get locked into a certain type. Click here for the full interview.
I guess Kanye West isn't the only male hip-hop artist who is not a raging homophobe. In my interview with Xzibit he talks about the Diddy drama and goes into more detail about homophobia in hip-hop. Click here to check it out.
More importantly, Xzibit is in the new film American Violet. It's the first must-see black film of 2009. Based on a true story, American Violet is the story of one woman's battle against a corrupt legal system. The movie is in theatres Friday, April 17th and I hope everyone goes out to support it. The movies inlcudes the legendary Alfre Woodard (great to see her in a hood role! lol), Charles Dutton, Anthony Mackie and an amazing performance from Julliard graduate Nicole Behaire - this girl is the next Angela Bassett. Check out the clip below.
I've noticed this season of Tyra's talk show she has really been doing the damn thing. From episodes like black women who bleach their skin (and their kids' skin!), racism, sexuality, domestic abuse among teens and even the journey of Isis King -- she ain't Oprah, but she is doing some early Montel Williams realness. I have to admit, she wears me out sometimes, but you have to respect this gal's hustle.
Last week at the GLAAD Awards she was a special honoree. Below is the speech she gave. Kudos to Tyra.