November 5, 2009 |
You'd be forgiven for not recognizing Mariah Carey in her role as a dowdy welfare caseworker in the urban drama "Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire." The legendarily high-maintenance pop diva underwent a soup-to-nuts physical transformation, checking her glossy celebrity patina at the door in order to convincingly portray the film's Ms. Weiss: a drab but deeply empathetic soul helping a troubled teenager in '80s Harlem. Far from the image Carey has cultivated for years, the character is no oil painting of music-video pulchritude, with her lank hair, a wardrobe of rayon sweater-coats and, yes, even a sparse mustache creeping across her upper lip. "I had to lose all vanity," Carey said.
September 4, 2012 |
Evening bags have been a part of Cartier's history since 1906, when the first "jewelry bag" debuted, a gold mesh design known as the hibou (French for "owl") because of its unique owl-shaped clasp with emerald eyes. Some of the most extraordinary bags were one-offs, single pieces made to order for the likes of the Duke of Westminster, who reportedly purchased a black, white and gold enamel tube-shaped clutch with the initial "C" enscribed in diamonds for his mistress Coco Chanel in the 1920s.
December 23, 2009 |
For director Lee Daniels, who informed "Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire" -- an unsparing look at an urban, pregnant teen coping with horrific abuse -- with a lifetime of his own experiences, hearing trash talk about the film at a local black barbershop was eye-opening. And anger-inducing. "You've got to keep in mind, as a gay African American man, you're going into testosterone city where they're talking about everything," he says. "So this one guy's in a chair at the end of the shop, he says, 'Did you see that movie "Precious"?
December 6, 2009
A 'Precious' reality I assume that the grim irony is not intentional that the article on the mixed opinions of "Precious" ("Black Viewers Divide on Film's 'Precious'-ness," Nov. 29) appears in the same edition as the front-page article on Tylette Davis and her family, a "real life" story of ghetto poverty and fatal degradation. Stereotypes, as Erin Aubry Kaplan suggests, are not necessarily false; they are excessive generalizations, misrepresenting a part for the whole. While one can appreciate some blacks' discomfort that Precious' story could be taken as broadly representative, that story should be told.
January 6, 2010 |
"Precious: Based on the novel 'Push' by Sapphire" dominated the nominations for the 41st NAACP Image Awards on Wednesday morning, earning eight nods -- best film, best director for Lee Daniels, screenplay for Geoffrey Fletcher, best actress for Gabourey Sidibe, supporting actress for Mariah Carey, Mo'Nique and Paula Patton and supporting actor for Lenny Kravitz. Competing with "Precious" in the best picture category are "The Blind Side," "Invictus," "Michael Jackson's: This Is It" and "The Princess and the Frog."
November 29, 2009 |
Long before it opened, "Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire" had racked up plaudits for its groundbreaking depiction of the inner life of a black, overweight, ghetto-dwelling teenage girl. But since its release, a story-outside-the-story has developed that's equally fresh and complicated: black people's reaction to the movie and what it means. FOR THE RECORD: 'Precious': An article last Sunday about reaction to the movie "Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire" referred to the comments of a blogger named Tiffany on the website Racialicious.