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Coffee Talk: '12 Years a Slave' Earns Top Prize at London Critics' Circle Awards

Beyonce releases new perfume, Nelson Mandela's leaves $4.1 million in final will, Gabourey Sidibe issues apology for using trangender slurs.
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  • 12 Years a Slave took the top prize at Sunday’s London Critics’ Circle Film Awards. The films stars also won big. Chiwetel Ejiofor took home the award for best actor and Lupita Nyong’o nabbed the best supporting actress award. Steven McQueen noted the “tremendous response” from his hometown. “I have people in the street- builders, bus drivers-being so supportive to the movie. I’ve felt so much love for this film in this country and I’m so humbled and heart warmed that it’s from my own country.” [TheGuardian]
  • Gabourey Sidibe has apologized after repeatedly using a trans-phobic slur during a recent interview on “The Arsenio Hall show”. The American Horror Story: Coven star lived in New Orleans while filming the series and joked about “tranny on tranny crime” in the city. After receiving backlash from leaders in the transgender community, Sidibe tweeted a statement, “I’ve apologized several times for using the word ‘tranny’. I don’t realize that was a slur. I’m very sorry for my poor choice of words.” [HuffingtonPost]
  • Admist a very public feud over his legacy, Nelson Mandela has left an estate of at least $4.1 million according to his final will released Monday. The South African leader’s wife Graca Machel is entitled to half of the estate, with the rest being divided among family members, personal staff, schools and the African National Congress (ANC). Nelson’s estranged wife, Winnie Mandela was not named as a beneficiary. [AFP via Yahoo]
  • Hot off of the success of her latest album, Beyonce delivers in the trailer for her new perfume, Rise. The star dazzles in a sea of glitter & gold and reminds us to “Never Settle” and “Stir things up”. Check out the video below! [MTVStyle]