Week in Review: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly - April 6

Week in Review: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly - April 6
ESSENCE.COM Apr, 06, 2012

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A newly released trailer from Sparkle gave us a glimpse of what was meant to be Whitney Houston’s final comeback. Seeing Houston so effervescent and charming in her role as Emma was a highlight in our week.

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Vanessa L. Williams opened up about being molested by a woman at age 10. “It didn’t paralyze me, and I don’t dwell,” says the former beauty queen.

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In the midst of all the coverage about Trayvon Martin and racial profiling, Tyler Perry took to his Facebook page to share that he too had been a victim of it. “Racial profiling should be be a hate crime investigated by the FBI,” he wrote after recounting his “hostile” encounter with two White Atlanta police officers. The city of Atlanta has responded by opening an investigation into the matter.

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A Black actress (Kerry Washington) on a prime time show created by a Black woman (Shonda Rhimes) about a Black woman (Judy Smith)… can you see where we’re going with this? It’s no wonder ESSENCE West Coast editor Regina Robertson deemed ABC’s Scandal starring Washington the must-see show of the season.

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Dancing with the Stars contestant Jaleel White has been getting some not-so-welcome press this week after he allegedly “flipped out” on dance partner Kym Johnson backstage. This, a week after an ex-girlfriend accused him of being verbally abusive. “It was a tough personal week for me,” said White. Let’s hope next week is better.

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Last week, Rivera made national headlines when he said: “I think the hoodie is as much responsible for Trayvon Martin’s death as George Zimmerman was.” This week he he expressed his “sincere and heartfelt apology” for his comments. Such inflammatory remarks are the exact reason young Black men are targeted. Rivera shouldn’t have made the comment to begin with.

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