Plus: Frank Ocean attempts to change his name, James Earl Jones discusses his childhood muteness, a Minneapolis mayor accused of making gang signs, and more.
Happy Monday! Enjoy these hot topics with your coffee this morning.
Tameka “Tiny” Harris continues to defend her controversial eye color change. The reality star recently underwent a surgery that permanently changed her eye color from brown to ice gray. Harris says despite the backlash she’s received, she is happy with the change. “People are saying I have low self-esteem, but if you really know me, you know I have no problems in the self-esteem department,” she told People. “You have to do what makes you happy. As long as you’re being healthy and safe, just do what makes you feel good.” [People]
Frank Ocean is also looking to make a permanent change but isn’t having any luck. TMZ reports that the singer has been denied the ability to legally change his name due to three traffic tickets acquired in three months: One for having expired insurance, another for driving with his headlights off, and yet another for driving 31 mph over the speed limit in August. His license has even been suspended a few times for missing several court dates. Ocean’s real name is Christopher Breaux and will remain as such until he cleans up his driving record. [TMZ]
President Obama is showing some hometown love by inviting the Chicago Little League team to the White House. The President and his wife welcomed the Chicago Great Lakers, the first all-Black Little League team to win the US division of the Little League World Series, to the presidential residence on Thursday and Tweeted that everyone there is extremely proud of the youth from the Windy City. Good for them! [Hello Beautiful]
James Earl Jones has one of the most recognizable voices in the world. It’s no wonder he’s going to receive the Voice Icon Award on Sunday. But believe it or not, there was once a time when the voice of Darth Vader and Mufasa didn’t speak at all. “I once did not speak. I was mute,” Jones said. “When I finally did speak, I spoke as an adult.” Jones went on to say that he is happy to be the recipient of such an iconic award. “There is magic in the human voice,” he said. “And I am honored.” [ABC News]
The anticipated biopic Selma is set to make its debut at the American Film Institute Festival 2014. According to a Twitter exchange between the film’s director, Ava DuVernay, and co-star, Oprah Winfrey, the film is going to be shown in its entirety on Tuesday at the AFI Fest. “So, @Oprah. I think I want to show the whole film. Not just a 30-minute preview. Why wait, right? Let’s DO this! Hot off the presses! Yes?,” DuVernay tweeted. [Deadline]
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