With the 2019 Oscars just a little over a month away, it was announced that the show will go on without a host. Kevin Hart was originally appointed to host this year’s telecast. However, after old tweets from the comedian resurfaced, which were explicitly homophobic in nature, Hart decided to step down from his hosting duties. He explained on Twitter that he “did not want to be a distraction on a night that should be celebrated by so many amazing talented artists. I sincerely apologize to the LGBTQ community for my insensitive words from my past”. Fellow comedian, Ellen DeGeneres revealed on her show during an interview with Hart about the controversy that she pleaded to the Academy to rehire Hart as host of the award show because she felt that he has “grown and apologized and has apologized again.” Ultimately, however, Hart stuck to his initial decision and not host the show. This prompted the Academy to announce that the show will not have a host, and instead, will feature high profile names to announce and present each category.
If Kevin Hart had gone through with hosting the Oscars, it would have been the fifth year in a row that a man has hosted. The last time a woman was named host was back in 2014 when Ellen DeGeneres was given the honor. In a time when the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements are flourishing in our society, and rightfully so, it is rather peculiar that the Academy did not think to designate a woman as host of the show. Unfortunately, it is not happening this year. However, here is a list of 5 powerful women that could have hosted the 2019 Oscars. Hey, there’s always next year!
Can anybody think of a better apology to the LGBT community than to have another openly gay comedian, Wanda Sykes, host the 2019 Oscars? She’s lovable, funny, and would have brought something different to the Oscars than what we have seen before. Maybe one day, Wanda will have the honor.
Tracee Ellis Ross
Black-ish star, Tracee Ellis Ross has no shortage of hosting experience. This daughter of a musical legend has hosted several music award shows, among others. She is also beloved, hilarious and relatable to so many. She would have been an amazing host!
When you think of Saturday Night Live, you can’t help but think of Maya Rudolph. Also the daughter of a music icon, Rudolph made viewers laugh for seven years on SNL, with her many famous impersonations such as Oprah Winfrey, Barbra Streisand, and Beyonce. Like Ross and Sykes, there is not a bad thing to say about Maya Rudolph. She would have made an excellent host for the 2019 Oscars.
Following in the footsteps of Maya Rudolph, Leslie Jones has been a standout on Saturday Night Live since 2014. She is also known for her impersonation of Oprah Winfrey, in addition to Whoopi Goldberg and Omarosa. In 2016, following the release of Ghostbusters, Jones became the target of Twitter users making racially charged attacks. This forced her to leave social media. Not long after, she was targeted again after several private photos were released on her personal website, which had been hacked. After these two unfortunate incidents, she gained an overwhelming amount of support from her Hollywood peers, as well as fans alike. Hosting the 2019 Oscars would have been a big “F U” to her attackers and haters.
On the December 11, 2018 episode of The View, Whoopi Goldberg seemed to offer her services to host the 2019 Oscars. “I realize I may not be anybody’s first choice. But…” Whoopi has hosted the Oscars four times in the past: 1993, 1995, 1998, and 2001, and she never disappointed! She has the experience, she’s a legend, she’s honest, and she genuinely loves the movies. How about a fifth time, Whoopi?
The 2019 Oscars will air on February 24 on ABC.
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We’ve all seen the videos, laughed at the dance movies, and danced in our seats with excitement. Lip Sync Battle is the brainchild of Jimmy Fallon and John Krasinski. In fact, Lip Sync Battle began on Fallon’s show when he was still hosting Late Night. He would invite his famous friends on the show for two rounds of lip syncing their favorite songs. At the end of the show, the audience or a third celebrity judge would decide who they crowned the best lip syncer.
Lip Sync Battle became so popular that it is now in its second season on Spike TV. The show, much like the segment we know and love, follows pretty much the same format. Your favorite celebrities battle it out for the lip syncing world champion belt, raising the stakes each round. Like most fights, there’s a little smack talk, too. In between performances, they chat it up with LL Cool J and co-host Chrissy Teigen promising the audience, and their opponent, that they’ll be on the receiving end of the performance of a lifetime.
Blackish stars Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis Ross did just that, battling it out to reign supreme on last night’s Lip Sync Battle. Now, it is known that here at Cliché we love Tracee Ellis Ross, so we may have been a little bit biased when we first heard that she was going to be on the show. However, much like their crazy cool chemistry on Blackish, they carried it over to Lip Sync Battle without breaking a sweat. Though they were competing, it felt more like two friends cheering each other on, albeit a bit competitively.
Anthony started the night off singing “Do Me!” by Bell Biv DeVoe, eagerly showing off some playful sexual appeal and some saucy dance moves. Tracee countered with Nicki Minaj’s pop hit “Super Bass,” earning quite a few cheers from the crowd as she danced across the stage lip-syncing like her life depended on it.
Watch Tracee Ellis Ross slay Nicki Minaj’s “Super Bass” on Lip Sync Battle below!
For his second performance, Anthony chose CeeLo Green’s “Forget,” fully equipped with a suit, sunglasses, dancers, and a diner-style stool and table, proving that he wasn’t one to underestimate. He threw his jacket and shoe into a willing audience once he finished his performance with a smile and a laugh.
Closing out the show, Tracee performed “Love is A Battlefield” by Pat Benatar in full ‘80s costume and a choreographed dance routine, solidifying her place as the hilarious and talented person we’ve always known she could be. We can’t help but think that she learned a little bit about stage presence from her mom. In the end, Tracee pulled out the win hugging her friend and competitor after he bowed down to her in congratulation. All in all, we don’t know about you, but we already want to watch it again.
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Yara Shahidi is not your typical child star. Sure, she’s been working since the age of 6 and has had more guest spots on popular TV shows than we can list here, but Shahidi is in a class all her own. She is currently starring as Zoey on ABC’s hit comedy Black-ish alongside comedy veterans Tracee Ellis Ross and Anthony Anderson. We chatted with Shahidi about the show, her co-stars, her philanthropic work, and her dream college.
Cliché: You got started in the business when you were just 6 years old. What did you take away from beginning in commercials and working with your mother and brother?
Yara Shahidi: What was nice about starting with my family and starring in commercials in particular is that it was so much fun on set that it didn’t feel like work. Ever since I was little, acting was never considered a job. It was something fun that I loved to do with my family. It spoke to me when I was little because I was an outgoing child; I wasn’t afraid to be who I am. When we are little, a lot of times we are shy or afraid to talk, and I think it made me more open.
You’re only 15, but you’ve been working steadily for a long time in guest spots on popular shows like The Fosters, Scandal, and Family Guy. Did those shows prepare you at all to star in Black-ish?
I feel like every show definitely did. I think the consistent working of your acting muscles always helps. I think it’s hard when you take a break and then go into a show that’s as intense as Black-ish. Black-ish is such an amazing show, but you have to have your comedy brain on and you have to be on all the time and think of funny adlibs or how to bring your character to life. Each show really let me work on those skills.
Rapper Nas is your cousin. Has he given you any advice about the entertainment industry?
He’s always said to just make sure that you’re doing what you love and make sure that you have enough time to live your life, too, so that your job never becomes work. He’s always said to me that he loves who I am as a person, so make sure that nothing I do can influence or impact that. He said there is no need to fit into a stereotype or a box and that there is something so lovely about being authentic.
What is it like working with Tracee Ellis Ross? What has she taught you as an actress?
She’s amazing. Not only is she a fashion icon, but the best part is that I get to see her amazing outfits every single day. She’s such an incredible actress and it’s so funny what she brings to her character, Bow [Rainbow]. It’s funny because we will read a script and it starts off one way, but by the time we start shooting, she’s done something completely different and hilarious. She’s really taught me how to go with the flow. She also really started a dialogue with the writers. They already do a fantastic job for our characters, but with the dialogue that she created, she’s made sure that everything that comes out of her mouth is true to Bow and who Bow is as a mother, a doctor, a wife, and a strong businesswoman.
What’s your favorite and least favorite thing about your character, Zoey?
One of my favorite character traits is her confidence. Zoey is a bit rebellious and is much sassier than I am, but I love the fact that no one can dissuade her from what she wants. She gets what she wants when she wants it, and it’s not even her trying to be bossy—it is just that she’s so confident in who she is as a person that no one can tell her what to do or who to be.
You also star alongside Anthony Anderson. Does he pull all sorts of pranks on set?
Well, as long as the prank doesn’t get in the way of our general well-being, then yes. I think what’s really funny is when the camera is on us and they can’t see Anthony, he will say different dialogue. The best part is that we always end up getting the scene done, and he always makes sure that he gives us something to work off of. It’s never totally outlandish. But there are times when we are looking off-camera and laughing and the director is like, ‘Why are you laughing?’ And it’s because of what Anthony is doing.
What’s your favorite part about being on set?
It’s a daily reminder that I’m doing what I love and that I get to work with such amazing actors and actresses and learn from them. It’s also such a pleasant and nice set to be on. There’s such warm energy and it’s amazing.
There is pressure put on child stars to behave a certain way and say certain things. How do you combat that? What or who helps you remain true to who you are?
Well, when I started this business, there were two things that my parents always said to me: ‘Stop doing it as soon as it stops being fun. So as soon as this turns into some burden, it’s okay to dip out.’ A lot of times there is a pressure to continue to do what you’re doing, but it was always important to my parents that we were enjoying life as kids first. Also, I have always known how important it is to stay true to who I am, and that leads to an enjoyable experience. So, coming from that standpoint, I can’t enjoy my life if I’m trying to be somebody else, whether I am acting or not.
What’s up next for you?
I am currently spearheading something called Yara’s Club. I am working with the Young Women’s Leadership Schools founded by Ann Rubenstein Tisch and her family. There are 17 schools involved, and what is amazing is that they help support young girls, starting in elementary school and then through college. I plan on working with them on a monthly basis and help create a safe space to talk, whether it is about their hairstyles or our generation’s opinion on a political or social matter. I’m really looking forward to that.
I am also in the process of college touring. I am a junior, which means it’s college time! Part of me is trying to block it out, and part of me is extremely excited. I’ve already planned all my classes for senior year, and I am taking the ACT and SAT this year. I’m looking at Harvard, and I am also looking at Brown. Tracee has an honorary doctorate from there, which is incredible, and I’m really just excited to look around.
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Tracee Ellis Ross has been one of America’s favorite girlfriends since she starred on a show of the same name. Girlfriends was a hit and made Ross a household name. Her character Joan was smart, educated, vulnerable, and fun. The show taught a lot of people about the importance of female friendship and support. Now, Ross is back as Rainbow in ABC’s new hit comedy Black-ish and we thought what better way to celebrate than to make a list of five reasons Ross would be the perfect best friend.
- She’s hilarious.
The best thing I did in 2014 was follow Ross on Instagram. Instagram is where she debuted her rapping alter ego T-Murda. T-Murda dissects the meaning of your favorite rap lyrics and then raps them flawlessly. She’s so good that she got the attention of Drake. He was so enamored by her rapping skills on one of his songs that he said he wanted to marry her and followed her on Instagram.
- She’s fashionable.
Ross wears the cutest clothes and her magazine covers prove it. However, she’s not afraid of vintage and a good deal. Check out her YouTube channel where she talks about her favorite vintage pieces and shows you ways to remove stains and wash your favorite pieces.
- Her hair!!!
Her hair has been behind many memes and discussions because it is gorgeous, obviously. The best thing about Ross’s hair though is that while she is so grateful to the people who love and admire it, she spends a lot of time trying to help women, especially women of color, love the hair that they have and celebrate it, too. She asked fans to share the reasons why they love their hair on her YouTube channel.
- The characters she plays are just as badass as she is.
Ross is a wonderful actress. She can be emotional, dramatic, and so funny. I will never not love her character Joan from Girlfriends, the wonderfully driven, sensitive, and caring Joan who was often flawed, but loved fiercely by her best friends and she always made sure to give that love in return.
Now, we get to see her as Rainbow, the fierce, loving and hilarious mother on ABC’S Blackish airing Wednesdays at 9pm EST. Rainbow is a matriarch and a doctor whom, despite her busy schedule seems to keep the family in check at all times while bailing her husband Andre played by the equally hilarious Anthony Anderson, out of hot water with his hijinks.
- Her mom is Diana Ross.
I refuse to believe that I am the only one who has envisioned having Sunday tea with Ross and the queen Diva herself… I refuse. Can you take a moment to imagine the girl power? The wisdom? The laughter? No wonder, Ross is so great! She really had no other choice with a true legend as her mom.
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