The Williams Sisters continue to ride the waves of their Olympic success. The sibling duo is featured on the cover of The New York Times Magazine and they look outstanding. The article provides insight into how Venus and Serena navigated through the tennis world, enduring racial and career setbacks. The highs of their victories is also discussed in this revealing interview.
Dr. Bailey (Chandra Wilson) is turning 43 today! This native Houston girl began performing in musicals at the age of 5 and has not looked back. She continued to perform around Houston throughout high school and later in NYC while in college. Chandra landed her first television gig in 2001 and also appeared in numerous commercials. She also has theater credits to her name, as she has performed in plays around the NYC metro area, even winning a Theater World Award for Outstanding Debut Performance. It is her role as Miranda Bailey on Grey’s Anatomy that caught the attention of the vine watchers and we couldn’t imagine the show with her.
Has three kids
Was working at a bank when she auditioned for Grey’s
It was determined in court today that custody of Usher Raymond V (4) and Naviyd (3) was awarded to Usher in a surprise ruling. The former couple Usher and Tameka endured a horrible court battle that turned ugly quickly. It is unfortunate that Tameka just lost her son Kyle to a trajic water accident and now she is essentially losing her two youngest.
What family is poised to take over the grapevine? The Anthony’s! Five year old Kiyan Anthony is the new face of RookieUSA and Jordan Kids. Carmelo & LaLa’s son is going to rep the brands in all of their campaign promotions (including buses - peep the pic). This family is on the rise - look out Kardashian’s!
Look who’s following her mommy’s stilletos? Vivienne Jolie-Pitt! The 4 year-old was just cast in her mom’s Disney Maleficent film as a young Princess Aurora. The movie is an updated version of the classic fairy tale, Sleeping Beauty. Although it is not known if the duo will share any screen time, it is not the first time a Jolie-Pitt baby has been in a film; big sis Shiloh can be seen as a toddler in daddy’s film The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.
Giada De Laurentiis, the bubbly Italian chef on Food Network is turning 42 today. We love “trying” to make her creations, which almost didn’t happen because her parents intially discouraged her from going to culinary school. We are glad that she followed her dream because her creamy pasta with marscapone and cream cheese is amazing!
Her grandfather is Dino De Laurenttis (producer of Hannibal, Flash Gordon, Conan the Barbarian to name a few)
Born in Rome, raised in Beverly Hills, studied cooking in Paris
If you were a fan of Oz, Get Rich or Die Trying, or Killer Elite like us, then this birthday grape is a favorite - Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje (45). This London-born actor began his climb on the vine as a model in Italy before moving to LaLa Land. He is fluent in 4 languages and could probably make us smile in all of them!
Has a master degree in Law but decided to pursue acting instead
Is a Buddhist - he actually had to chant/pray more when he played Majestic in Get Rich or Die Trying because his character was so brutal
Actually has a very British accent, even though his parents are Nigerian immigrants, he was born and raised in England
TomKat is no more - the five year union between Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes is officially over as of today. The final judgement was signed off by a judge today and is one of the speediest divorces in LaLa Land. We can only hope that Kris Humphries would fall in line and let go of his 72 day debacle.
Well, it looks like the announcement of adding Nicki Minaj to the judges panel was not welcomed by Mrs. Carey-Cannon. According to reports, Mariah hung up the phone on the person who informed her that Nicki was the top candidate for the 2nd judge spot. Mariah is said to be furious because Idol reps led her to believe that she would be the only female judge. Now, producers are scrambling to make a decision between hiring Nicki or going with a male judge; the guys in the running are Brad Paisley, Keith Urban, and Enrique Iglesias. There is also another problem - producers are worried that America will not embrace an all-black judge panel (Nicki, Mariah, Randy) so they are also considering expanding the table to accommodate four judges. Wow! Drama before the show - details to come…
One of the vine’s most talented grapes is turning an elegant 63 today - Loretta Devine! This singer/actress/stage thespian has wowed audiences since growing up in Houston, Tx. She has been cast in numerous films and always delivers standout performances. We adore her and hope she wins the 2012 Emmy for her portrayal as Adele on Grey’s Anatomy - she is nominated in the Guest Actress in a Drama Series category.
A member of Alpha Kappa Alpha
Originated the role of Lorell for the Broadway production of Dreamgirls
On American Idol (sort of - report hasn’t been confirmed 100% but we are ignoring that)! That’s right, Mariah Carey's new co-worker was announced today and it is none other than Jamaica, Queens rap diva Nicki Minaj! The talent contestants of the FOX show will soon be singing their hearts out for the “Super Bass” phenom. Cash Money is really doing big things - congrats Nicki! We can not wait to see the fashion fights between Nicki and Mariah - forget about the contestants!
Demi Lovato is turning the big 2-0 today! This Disney cutie is a multi-talent that got her start on the vine at age 10. Although she has experienced some personal setbacks, Demi has bounced back and continues to rise. Currently, this starlet can be seen as a talent judge for X-Factor.
She almost ran over Beatle legend Paul McCartney while trying to park her car
We adore this grape and have enjoyed her fashions as she promotes her new movie The Odd Life of Timothy Green BUT this outfit is lacking the sexy glitz Jennifer usually brings. Better luck next promo Jen!
What can we say about this already over-exposed singer/actress/director/author that has not been said? Well, today is her 54th bday and Madonna continues to stunt on some of these younger grapes with her energy and ability to stay relevant. She is a mastermind at reinvention and is never without hot eye candy on her arm. Her list of romantic partners can sometimes rival her career highlights! We love her and are always entertained by Ms Ciccone.
Ms Sassy and Direct, Angela Bassett is celebrating her 54th birthday today! She captured global attention when she starred as musical icon Tina Turner in What’s Love Got to Do With it but Angela actually got her start by playing small television roles in the mid 1980s. This Yale grad is a NYC native and was raised by a single mother that stressed the importance of education. Recently seen in This Means War and Green Lantern, she has 3 upcoming films.
Is a vegetarian
Turned down the role that earned Halle Berry an Oscar (Monster’s Ball) because she did not want to perform nude.
Not sure if buying real estate based on a 3 month relationship is wise but no one ever said Taylor Swift doesn’t go all in when it comes to love. The country crooner recently purchased a grand oceanfront estate in Hyannis Port, MA that just happens to be located across the street from her current 18 year-old Kennedy bf Conor. Boasting 7 bedrooms, 5 1/2 bathrooms, and a killer view, the dwelling is definitely stunning!
Author can now be added to Amar’e Stoudemire's resume, as the athlete has just announced he is releasing a book series geared to middle-aged children. The series is about the Knicks captain's experiences growing up as a 6'11” middle schooler in a small town. Amar'e said that he wrote STAT (Standing Tall and Talented) to give children more opportunities to read fun books and “not see reading as a chore”. This father of three hopes to “inspire young people to avoid poverty through education” and we have to commend his efforts!
”I would like to wish Evelyn well and will never say anything bad about her because I truly love her to death. To all the fans and supporters I have disappointed, you have my sincerest apologies. I will stay positive and get through this tough period in my life. I will continue to be positive and train hard for another opportunity in the NFL.”
Hmmm…for some reason we are with Ev that Chad does not seem to be taking responsibility for his role (the major one where he was the attacker) in this weekend’s drama. But you be the judge; others are on Chad’s side and feel Ev and her agressive nature should have expected this.
Bobby Brown has just admitted himself into rehab to overcome his addiction to alcohol. The singer/actor “realized he couldn’t do it on his own and decided he needed help”. Bobby cites his children as being a motivating factor in his desire to achieve sobriety. We wish him the best!
According to TMZ, Evelyn Lozada has filed for divorce from her hubby Chad. Married July 4th, the couple did not even get to enjoy being married before violence erupted. We imagine R Kelly’s “When A Woman’s Fed Up” is being played in the Lozada house today.