Tongues are wagging that Barack Obama is halfway to becoming an EGOT, which is a special group of entertainers who have won an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony. To date there are only 17 people in this elite group, which includes Whoopi Goldberg, John Legend and Jennifer Hudson. The former president won an Emmy Award on Sept. 3 to go with his two Grammys. Obama reportedly won the Best Narrative Emmy for his work on the Netflix documentary series, “Our Great National Parks.” The five-part series, which features national parks around the world, is produced by Barack and Michelle Obama’s production company Higher Ground. The former Potus is the second president to win an Emmy. Dwight D. Eisenhower was given a special Emmy Award in 1956. The late Chadwick Boseman also won an Emmy for his voice work on Sept. 3 for Outstanding Character Voiceover for the Disney+ and Marvel Studios animated show “What If…?” The Black Panther star’s widow, Taylor Simone Ledward Boseman, accepted the award on behalf of her deceased husband.
Tiffany Haddish has spoken out in response to the child sexual abuse lawsuit that was filed against her and comedian, Aries Spears. Haddish wrote on Instagram, “I know people have a bunch of questions. I get it. I’m right there with you. Unfortunately because there is an ongoing legal case, there’s very little that I can say right now. But, clearly, while this sketch was intended to be comedic, it wasn’t funny at all—and I deeply regret having agreed to act in it. I really look forward to being able to share a lot more about this situation as soon as I can.” The lawsuit, which was recently filed by an anonymous woman, alleges that the “Girls Trip” star and Aries exploited the now 22-year-old Jane Doe and her now 14-year-old brother, John Doe, in two comedy sketches when they were young kids. In a statement to Vanity Fair, Haddish’s attorney said that the plaintiff’s mother, Trizah Morris, has “been trying to assert these bogus claims against Ms. Haddish for several years.”
On Friday, Oct. 7, Reel Sisters of the Diaspora Film Festival & Lecture Series will honor renowned Brooklyn actress Mugga and award-winning filmmakers Stacey L. Holman and Booker T. Mattison with the Reel Sisters Trailblazer Award at the Miller Theatre. Reel Sisters is celebrating their 25th anniversary. The event will be the group’s first in-person awards ceremony since the pandemic began in 2020.
Motown Gospel (a division of Capitol CMG/Capitol and Universal Music Group) announced the pre-order of “Love Evvie McKinney,” the highly anticipated full-length album from, “The Four: Battle for Stardom on FOX” season one winner, Evvie McKinney. Additionally, a brand-new track, “This House” is available for purchase and streaming currently. Meanwhile, McKinney’s single, “Just Like God,” blends together genres of soul, rock, R&B, and gospel to create a unique sound that beautifully showcases McKinney’s range and vocal skills. McKinney previously shared with Billboard, “I wrote ‘Just Like God’ to express my heart: while I try never to be surprised by what God does, I want to always remain in awe of him doing it.”