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BlogTalkRadio Marks Black History Month with 28-Day Series, Presented by AT&T

From actors to athletes, divas to comedians, poets to politicians, these are the African American figures who’ve helped shape the face of our nation.

And throughout the month of February, BlogTalkRadio is honoring them with encore presentations of their most compelling interviews.aat_t2

Welcome to 28 Days of Black History Makers, presented by AT&T.

The series got under way Feb. 1 with BET host Mo’Nique, who won an Oscar for her role in 2009’s Precious.

During the funnylady’s interview, she reflected on her most memorable complement surrounding that Oprah Winfrey- and Tyler Perry-produced film.

“The night of the permiere of Precious, I saw Sidney Poitier from my car,” she told The Breakdown Show hosts Audley Stephenson and Dave Mendonca.

“He was already on the red carpet. And I said to my husband, ‘Oh my God. There’s Sydney Poitier! I would love to meet him.’

“So now the movie’s over, everyone’s leaving… I’m almost the last person to leave the theater. And I turn around and my husband says, ‘Look who’s behind you.’ It was Sydney Poitier,” Mo’Nique continued. “And he says to me, ‘Young lady, I did not see one insecure moment in your performance.’ That was priceless coming from him.”

Mo'Nique: Oscar champ kicked of Black History Month series.

Mo'Nique: Kicked off Black History Month series.

To date, the series has also featured interviews with Spike Lee, Chilli, Evander Holyfield, Della Reese, Meadowlark Lemon and Stedman Graham.

Tune in tomorrow, and every day this month, to hear more prominent figures in the 28 Days series.

Click here to follow 28 Days of Black History Makers Series on BlogTalkRadio.

Mo’Nique’s Sidney Poitier Props, Anthony Anderson’s Marathon Promise and More Today on BlogTalkRadio

moniqueMo’Nique: The Mo’Nique Show host dishes about a surprise compliment on her work in last year’s feature flick Precious, for which she won an Oscar. “I turn around and my husband says, ‘Look who’s behind you,’” the superstar tells The NBA Breakdown‘s Audley Stephenson. “It was Sidney Poitier. And he says, ‘Young lady, I did not see one insecure moment in your performance.’ That was priceless coming from him.”

anthony-anderson-3Anthony Anderson: The Law & Order star lets us in on an exclusive piece of sporting news. “This is my word—this is the first time I’m telling anybody this publicly—I will be running in the 2011 New York City Marathon,” Anthony tells Film Festival Radio host Janice Malone.

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Phylicia Rashad: The Cosby Show—and For Colored Girls—star, who last year appeared on Broadway in the Tracy Letts drama, August: Osage County, partakes in Harlem Talk Radio’s “The World of Black Theater” series, with correspondent Ben Oduro.
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Anoop Desai: The Indian-American pop singer, who made his name on Season 8 of American Idol, stops by Stardish Radio to sample his debut album, All Is Fair, featuring 8 original tracks, including My Name, Not Like This and Lost and Found.

judge-karen-3Judge Karen Mills-Francis: The star of the syndicated TV show Judge Karen’s Court— who says that “justice isn’t always black and white”—is back again by popular demand. This time, Judge Karen drops in on Dr. Empowerment’s Larthenia Howard to chat about her new book, Stay in Your Lane.

brad-roberts1Brad Roberts: The Crash Test Dummies frontman—who charted in 1993 with the single Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm—drops in on The Worst Show on the Web to chart about the folk rockers’ new album, Oooh La-La, featuring the tracks Paralyzed and Songbird.

stupidcancershow-3ccSurvivor Spotlight: David Hessekiel, president of Cause Marketing Forum, Gayle Sulik, author of Pink Ribbon Blues: How Breast Cancer Culture Undermines Women’s Health, and Naomi Bartley, developer of the iCANcer app for iOS, join Stupid Caner Show host Matthew Zachary.

Rodney Perry: Before Hiring Me, Mo’Nique Took My Wife on a Shopping Spree

Some bosses know how to woo talent. And from what Rodney Perry tells us, Mo’Nique is the poster girl for that skill.

Interviewed on The Mutha Knows Show, Rodney—who hosted his own BlogTalkRadio show before being hired by BET last year as co-host of The Mo’Nique Show—recounts how he came to work side-by-side with the funny lady who’d go on to win an Oscar.

CAPTION: "What I'm learning from Mo'Nique is not only how to be the main person on a TV show," Rodney (above with his boss lady) tells us. "But how to be the executive producer." tells us.

"What I'm learning from Mo'Nique is not only how to be the main person on a TV show," Rodney (above with his boss lady) tells us. "But how to be the executive producer."

“Her assistant was a fan of mine, so her assistant was telling her you got to see this guy—this Rodney Perry is funny, blah, blah—and she came out to see me at The Comedy Store in L.A.,” Rodney tells host Mutha.

“And she sought me out probably two days later. She found my number, called me out of the blue. I get a call from Mo’Nique.

“Now imagine what that’s like. I’ve never talked Continue reading

It’s a Hard-Knocks Edition of ‘The Mix’

For most of us – the rich and famous included – life is often something short of a rose garden. Rather, it’s filled with hard knocks from the moment we enter the world until the moment we expire.

So this week, The Daily Mix has rolled a slew of hard-knocks tales into one big sob-fest. You’ll learn, for instance:

CAPTION: "Natale Portman has one like mine," Danica (above) tells us of her Bacon-Erdos rating.

"Natale Portman has one like mine," Danica (above) tells us of her poor Bacon-Erdos rating.

-Why The Wonder Years star Danica McKellar – despite having a Six-Degrees-of-Kevin-Bacon rating of 2 – only sports a rating of 4 in terms of her real hero, Hungarian mathematician Paul Erdos.

-Why real-estate mogul Barbara Corcoran believes Continue reading

Mo’Nique: ‘All This Damn Weight Came from Popeyes!’

Don’t get Mo’Nique started on coming up the hard way.

But if you do, watch out, because the big beautiful funnylady’s got enough outrageous memories to keep everyone from Bangor, Maine, to Bakersfield, Calif., in stitches for hours.

Interviewed on Rodney Perry Live, Mo’Nique – whose late-night talkfest-variety extravaganza, The Mo’Nique Show, debuts Oct. 5 on BET – recalls the shock she got after getting paid for her first TV series.

CAPTION: "Nikki Parker gave me more security. Nikki Parker gave me more freedom, too," Mo'Nique (above) tells us of the character who made her famous.

"Nikki Parker gave me more security. Nikki Parker gave me more freedom, too," Mo'Nique (above) tells us of the character who made her famous. (Photo: BET)

“When I started The Parkers, I understood the money they told me I was gonna be making, but something about it still didn’t register,” she tells host Rodney Perry.

“The first week that I got my paycheck, it was in my dressing room. The accountant brought it into me and I set it on the table. And for a minute I couldn’t open it.

“But after maybe an hour, I opened up that check. And when I saw the numbers I got nervous. Because I knew that life was going to be different from that moment on – if I played my cards right. If I was smart with my money.

“So I take this check and call my mother. My mother had went to the Cadillac dealership. My brother went and looked at a house – a mansion. It was going down.

“So here’s where it gets good. Continue reading

Our ‘Top 12 Curvy Entertainers’ List Unveiled!

As we told you this morning, Mo’Nique took top honors on the first annual BlogTalkRadio/PLUS Model Magazine “Top 12 Curvy Entertainers” list.

The ranking honors dynamic divas who have made significant strides in the entertainment industry by celebrating the skin they’re in and empowering curvy women around the world to do the same.

And tonight, Chenese Lewis, host of BlogTalkRadio’s PLUS Model Radio, unveiled the full list. But in case you missed the just-wrapped show, here are all the fabulous full-figured females who stand proudly in our Pantheon of Panache:

1. Mo’Nique: From standup comedian to movie actress to host of the highly popular Mo’Nique’s F.A.T. Chance on the Oxygen Network, Mo’Nique has built a winning career, all while maintaining her belief that women with curves deserve to be successful – and to have it all!

Ravishing in the No. 2 spot.

Raven Simone: Ravishing - as always - in the No. 2 spot.

2. Raven Simone: She has come a long way from the adorable, pint-size favorite on The Cosby Show to singer and star of That’s So Raven on the Disney Channel – and may be worth almost half a billion dollars – but Raven remains one child star who is still comfortable in her skin.

3. Oprah Winfrey: Where to start with this woman who has bared her soul to the public concerning her life and struggles with body image?  How about a confident, successful philanthropist and icon, who stands as a shining example of the adage “Anything is possible.”

4. America Ferrera: We love America! This amazing actress continues to make us root for the quirky Betty Suarez, the lead character on ABC’s Ugly Betty. Betty is smart, funny, soulful, practical and she gets the guy(s)!  What’s more, we adored her in the ever-popular chick-flick series, The Sisterhood of Traveling Pants.

5. Queen Latifah: All hail the Queen. The poised, confidant and glamorous Cover Girl, actress and humanitarian (check out The CurvationSM Project ConfidenceSM Awards) is also the first hip-hop artist to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame! She now touts ”better health” as one of her campaigns. Yes, we can dig that. Look for her in the upcoming movie, The Secret Life of Bees.

6. Jordin Sparks: The winner of American Idol Season 6, Jordin, was the youngest contestant ever to take top honors. We cheered this curvy beauty all the way!  And a little-known fact: She was also a plus model for Torrid!

7. Sara Ramirez: This Tony Award-winning actress is unafraid to flaunt her curves, even if it means dancing in her undies on the top-rated ABC show, Grey’s Anatomy. And did you catch her in the red dress in the Got Milk? ads? Va-va-voom curves!

Broadway babe breaks in at No. 10.

Marissa Jaret-Winokur: Broadway babe breaks in at No. 10.

8. Jill Scott: A soulful triple Grammy Award-winning songstress, Jill has a new CD hitting the charts, a tour in the works  and a new Ashley Stewart bra line. She’s also an actress and published poet. This multi-talented diva has it all going on!

9. Jennifer Hudson: She may have been booted off American Idol, but this diva defied the odds in the movie Dreamgirls by tackling a larger-than-life role and going on to win an Oscar for Best Actress!  There’s also her latest role in the Sex and the City movie and in the upcoming Secret Life of Bees. Jennifer may have made a hit of And I Am Telling You, but she is going – all the way to the top!

10. Marissa Jaret-Winokur: You just have to love this vivacious, bubbly actress who began her career on Broadway in the Tony Award-winning Hairspray. She most recently cha-cha’d her way into our hearts on this past season’s Dancing with the Stars.

11. Camyrn Manheim: A current favorite on NBC’s Ghost Whisper, this activist, poker player, actress, Emmy Award winner and role model continues to be a champion for smart, talented, curvy women everywhere.

12. Whitney Thompson: And a final shout-out to the first plus-size lady to win America’s Next Top Model! Who would have thought?!

Mo’Nique Tops ‘Top 12 Curvy Entertainers’ List

She’s funny, sassy, smart and a plus-size fashion plate to boot!

Those are just some of the reasons Mo’Nique took top honors on the first annual BlogTalkRadio/PLUS Model Magazine “Top 12 Curvy Entertainers” list.

Ahead of the curves.

Mo'Nique: Ahead of the curves.

The ranking honors dynamic divas who have made significant strides in the entertainment industry by celebrating the skin they’re in and empowering curvy women around the world to do the same.

“Mo’Nique has built a winning career while maintaining her belief that women with curves deserve to be successful – and to have it all,” says Chenese Lewis, host of BlogTalkRadio’s “PLUS Model Radio.”

For anyone unfamiliar with Mo’Nique (hard as that is to imagine), she’s a comedian, actress and host of Mo’Nique’s F.A.T. Chance on the Oxygen Network.

So what other fabulous full-figured females made the cut, you ask?

Chenese will unveil the full list today at 9 p.m. ET on her show. (But be sure to get there on time, because the chat room will no doubt be filling up fast.) And on October 1, full coverage of the honorees will appear in PLUS Model Magazine.