Here’s all the news you may have missed over the weekend.
Taraji P. Henson says her comments to Ryan Seacrest were “misconstrued” after fans believed she was shading the red carpet host over recent sexual misconduct allegations. “The universe has a way of taking care of good people. You know what I mean?” she told Seacrest on the Oscars red carpet. Later, the actress clarified, “I did it to keep his chin up. It’s an awkward position to be in. He’s been cleared but anyone can say anything.” (People)
Prosecutors in Bill Cosby’s retrial want as many as 19 women to testify to prove his decades-long pattern of drugging and harming women. Cosby is due in court for a pretrial hearing Monday with jury selection set to take place March 29. (Billboard)
While everyone was gearing up for the Oscars on Sunday, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson was celebrating his Razzie win for “The Razzie Nominee So Bad You Gotta Love It!” Johnson tweeted, “It’s the #Oscars and Hollywood’s biggest night! So let me go ahead and take this “L” right on the chin for Baywatch. Win some, lose some.. but hey, that’s the way love goes.” (Twitter)
Jordan Peele says Whoopi Goldberg inspired him after he saw her win an Oscar in 1991 for Ghost. Peele told reporters backstage at the Oscars that he hopes his win inspires others. “This is about paying it forward to the young people who might not believe that they could achieve the highest honor in whatever craft they want to push for. You’re not a failure if you don’t get this. But I almost didn’t do it because I didn’t believe that there was a place for me.” (People)
Keegan-Michael Key is the best friend anyone could ask for and people are loving his reaction to Jordan Peele’s historic Oscar win on Sunday. An image of Key celebrating went viral and the comedian tweeted, “Congrats to my partner in laughs @JordanPeele on his first Oscar.” (Twitter)
Students in West Virginia are facing their eighth day of no school as teachers remain on strike. The strike began Feb. 22 after the state Senate failed to pass the raise teachers negotiated. Approximately 277,000 students and 35,000 employees are not in school. And, while the teachers union and Gov. Jim Justice seem to be on the same page, Senate leaders are not. (NPR)
Houston celebrated Black womanhood and empowerment on Saturday as people gathered at Emancipation Park for the city’s inaugural March for Black Women. Nisha Randle, co-founder of March for Black Women said, “This march is not only political, but it’s social…mental health; it’s all-encompassing of the experience of a Black woman.” (Houston Chronicle)
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