Oprah, girl, I get it. Life can be tough even if you’re a billionairess. That’s why when news recently broke that Oprah Winfrey came close to suffering a nervous breakdown while filming “Lee Daniels’ The Butler” and running the then-struggling OWN last year, the only question in my mind was she didn’t get pushed to that point sooner? Sure Winfrey’s a known multi-tasker. But with all the responsibilities she’s taken on over the past three decades, even with juggling the last season of the highly-rated “The Oprah Winfrey Show” and OWN in 2011, most people would’ve freaked out a long time ago. During an interview with “Access Hollywood’s” Shaun Robinson, Winfrey said, “I thought, alright if I don’t calm down, I’m going to be in trouble.” Kudos to Winfrey for taking her own advice, slowing down when she recognized things were getting out of hand. A lot of us are still learning how to do that. And also, a big thanks to Lady O for sharing publicly her personal mental health crisis as that is something many people, particularly in the black community, rarely discuss. Her disclosure is also timely with reports that Navy Yard shooter Aaron Alexis was treated for mental health issues. When you think about it, Winfrey’s reveal comes as no surprise. I mean, OWN is home to “Iyanla: Fix My Life” and “Oprah’s Lifeclass.” And judging from the network’s improved performance, “The Butler’s” box office success and the Instagrammed photos of her hanging with Mick Jagger, Diddy and Kanye West over the weekend, I think she’s doing just fine. But in order to get to this point, she had to listen to her body and slow down. See the “Today” show discuss Winfrey’s near nervous breakdown.
More diversity with “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”?: Comic book fans are eagerly awaiting the premiere of ABC’s “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” tonight. And I look forward to checking it out too. There have been outcries that the Marvel Cinematic Universe should add a little more diversity (It really would be nice). Sure, Ming-Na Wen stars as Agent Melinda May and is part of the main cast and Ruth Negga will have a recurring role, but c’mon. And after month’s of speculation, we know that J. August Richards will play Michael Peterson, a character who is unrelated to another Michael Peterson featured in the comic books. It’s also unclear if Richard’s Peterson will return after tonight’s episode (I say bring him back). This isn’t a plea. I’m just noting it would be nice if the world of superheroes more reflected our planet’s multiculturalism. And if that doesn’t happen any time soon, no worries. The late L.A. Banks, a black female New York Times bestselling fantasy author, offered some great advice: ”If you change your mind, if you change your consciousness, you can be your own superhero.” Amen. “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” airs at 8 p.m. EST tonight on ABC. [Watch here]
Superhero spotted on “The Voice” season premiere: Speaking of superheroes, did you catch what “The Voice” contestant Matthew Schuler said about his father, Don Schuler Sr.? Before the 20-year-old college sophomore wooed the judges, earning the fastest four-chair turnaround in the show’s history, he shared the sacrifices his father made for their close-knit family. “My dad, he’s definitely one of my biggest role models. He’s the hardest working man I know. He works three jobs just to make sure we live a comfortable life. He sacrificed a lot for us. I love him for that,” said Schuler, who performed Young the Giant’s “Cough Syrup.” Yes, this definitely made me smile. The elder Schuler may not know who L.A. Banks is but he definitely fits her description of becoming a superhero. I know his son thinks so. See Schuler and other contestants on “The Voice.” “The Voice” airs at 8 p.m. EST Mondays on NBC. [Watch here]
The Hot List: Who/What’s Hot, Not:
HOT: At age 18, Mel B, former Spice Girl and “America’s Got Talent co-host, stopped carrying what people said and thought about her (Love it!).
NOT: Reports that rapper and actor DMX is down to his last $50 (Regardless if this is true or not, I hope things improve for him. Seriously.).
HOT: Actress Jenifer Lewis offered some INCREDIBLE advice to artists at the 17th Annual Urbanworld Film (I love this woman!).
NOT: The text messages filled with racist and sexist language sent between Pennsylvania’s Coatesville Area School District superintendent Richard Como and athletic director Jim Donato (How irresponsible can you be? And on company phones!?).
HOT: The red and black jacket inspired by Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” video and the henna tattoo that “The Voice” co-host Cee Lo Green sported during the show’s premiere last night (Hey, why not?).
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