Meanwhile, Nia Long does seem to be on her way to tying the knot. Long and her boyfriend, Ime Udoka, are engaged. Long was spotted out with Udoka with a shiny new ring on her finger. The 43-year-old actress has been dating the San Antonio Spurs’ Assistant Coach for over five years. He’s also the father of her youngest child. Congrats, Nia! [People]
What do Michelle Obama, Oprah Winfrey, Beyoncé and Lorretta Lynch have in common? They’re all listed on Forbe’s list of the the World’s 100 Most Powerful Women. Forbes defines a powerful woman as one who is transforming the world in their particular field with dollars, media presence and impact. Also on the list is Xerox CEO Ursula Burns, Nigerian finance minster Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, and Wal-Mart CEO Rosalind Brewer. [Forbes]
Former football player, wrestler and actor Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has set a new world record for taking the most selfless in under three minutes. According to Guinness World Records, Johnson took 105 selfless with fans at the London premiere of San Andreas to break the record.
“We just set a NEW GUINNESS WORLD RECORD for most self-portraits (selfies) taken in record time (yup, a selfie world record exists and your arm gets a helluva workout),” he wrote on Instagram. Is there anything The Rock can’t do? [Huffington Post]
Word on the street is Nicki Minaj and Meek Mill are not—repeat, NOT!—engaged. Meek dispelled the rumors in a recent interview with FADER.
“It ain’t really time to get married yet. We’re still learning each other, feeling each other out,” he said.
Nicki and Meek had everyone fooled even Drake, who publicly congratulated the couple via Twitter. Now we’re just wondering if they’re not engaged, what was the ring for? [Complex]
Rapper, singer and producer Akon is responding to Africa’s energy crisis and helping to bring electricity to countries that still don’t have access to power. As part of the Akon Lighting Initiative, the Senegalese born singer hopes to bring light to over 600 million Africans by helping to fund th development of solar powered generators and to develop a center to help create innovative technical solutions. [Black Enterprise]
Ever dream of playing Dorothy in The Wiz? Here’s your chance! NBC is holding an open casting call to find their star for the live televised version of The Wiz. The open casting call will be presented by casting agency Telsey & Company at 311 W. 43rd St., 10th floor on June 9, from 10 AM to 2 PM. Sign in begins at 9 a..m.
The role of Dorothy is being described as: “Female, African American, must be 18 years-of-age or older. Must have an extraordinary voice that can still tell a story, and maturity with a youthful energy.”
If you’re up for it, come with a headshot and resume with full contact information. They should also be prepared to sing a few a cappella bars of “Home,” “Ease on Down the Road” or “Be a Lion.” [NBC]
Ava DuVernay and the African American Film Festival Releasing Movement are taking over Twitter today, May, 27. 40 Black feature filmmakers including TylerPerry, Gina Prince-Bythewood and Malcolm D. Lee will join a conversation and raise awareness for AFFRM’s mission, Array Releasing. Follow @AFFRM on Twitter to join the conversation. [AFFRM]