Big night for Kerry Washington at Image Awards
Florence Anthony | 2/8/2013, 1:39 p.m.
Best Actress Oscar nominee Quvenzhane Wallis carried one of her signature puppy purses to the 2013 Academy Awards Nominees Luncheon held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles on Feb. 4. Sources say Wallis' mother took the 9-year-old actress over to meet fellow nominee Denzel Washington. He initially asked her: "What's your name? Are you up for an Oscar?" She replied: "Yes, Best Actress," and Denzel asked her for what. When she told him, he reportedly exclaimed: "Ohhhhh! Your hair was all wild." So then he asked her: "How's all this been for you? Do you miss school?" She replied: "Not really." After posing for some photos together, Washington said: "Well, very nice to meet you."
Kerry Washington had a huge night at the NAACP Image Awards on Feb. 1. "Scandal" was named Best TV Drama and Kerry won Best Actress in a Drama Series, not to mention Best Supporting Actress in a movie for "Django Unchained," and a special award for Public Service. Yours Truly was chauffeured around in a Chevrolet Traverse. Chevrolet was one of the sponsors for the 44th NAACP Image Awards, which aired live from the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles.
According to reports, Robert T. Ironside is mounting a comeback. NBC has given a pilot order to a reboot of the 1967 detective drama "Ironside" to star Blair Underwood. The new "Ironside" centers on a tough, sexy and acerbic police detective played by Underwood who has been relegated to a wheelchair after a shooting but is hardly limited by his disability, as he pushes and prods his handpicked team to solve the most difficult cases in the city.
Codeblack Films, a Lionsgate company, has acquired the theatrical rights to the political-crime-drama-documentary about social activism icon Angela Davis. Through Codeblack Films' partnership with AMC Theatres, "Free Angela and All Political Prisoners," presented by BET Networks, will release exclusively at AMC locations in select markets on April 5. "Free Angela and All Political Prisoners" is a film created, written and directed by Shola Lynch. It is produced by Carole Lambert, Lynch, Carine Ruszniewski and Sidra Smith, with executive producers Overbrook Entertainment and Roc Nation. Says Shawn "Jay-Z" Carter: "Shola Lynch has crafted an intricate and compelling film about Angela Davis. Roc Nation is honored to be part of a creative collective that can present such a riveting story."
Fitzgerald Miller, president of One Hundred Black Men Inc. of New York City, announced the honorees for the 33rd annual Benefit Gala, which will be held on Thursday, Feb. 21, at the New York Marriott Marquis. This year's gala celebrating One Hundred Black Men Inc.'s 50th anniversary honors David N. Dinkins, H. Carl McCall, Kevin Newell (executive V.P. and global chief brand officer, McDonald's Corporation), Vivian Pickard (president, GM Foundation, General Motors Corp.) and James Reynolds Jr., chairman and CEO, Loop Capital Markets.