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Gabourey Sidibe

Sidibe at the 2009 Toronto International Film Festival
Born May 6, 1983 (1983-05-06) (age 26)
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 2009–present
Gabourey “Gabby” Sidibe (born May 6, 1983) is an Academy Award-nominated American actress who made her acting debut in the 2009 film Precious.

Contents [hide]
1 Life and career
2 Filmography
3 References
4 External links

[edit] Life and career
Sidibe was born in Brooklyn, New York and was raised by her mother in Harlem.[1] Her mother, Alice Tan Ridley, is an R&B and gospel singer, and her Senegal-born father, Ibnou Sidibe, is a cab driver.[2] She has attended several New York City area colleges: Borough of Manhattan Community College, City College of New York, and Mercy College.[3]

In Precious, Sidibe plays the title character, a physically and sexually abused sixteen-year old, with a four year old child by her own father and with another child on the way. The film won numerous awards, including the Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Award.[4]

She has finished shooting her next film, Yelling to the Sky, a Sundance Lab project directed by Victoria Mahoney and starring Zoe Kravitz, in which she plays a bully.[5]

On December 8, 2009, she appeared on the Jay Leno Show to promote Precious. Her “Earn Your Plug” challenge was to answer trivia about ‘N Sync with the help of surprise guest Lance Bass from the band. A week later, on December 15, she was nominated for a Golden Globe in the category of Best performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture Drama for her performance in Precious. On February 2, 2010, Sidibe was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress.

[edit] Filmography
Year Film Role Notes
2009 Precious Claireece “Precious” Jones Detroit Film Critics Society Award for Best Actress
Florida Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actress
Hollywood Film Award for Rising Star Award
Iowa Film Critics Awards Best Actress
National Board of Review Breakthrough Performance Female
Las Vegas Film Critics Society Award for Best Actress
Satellite Award for Outstanding New Talent
Women’s Film Critics Circle Award for Best Young Actress
Nominated — Academy Award for Best Actress
Nominated — Alliance of Woman Film Journalists Award for Best Actress
Nominated — BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role
Nominated — Black Reel Award for Best Actress
Nominated — Black Reel Award for Best Breakthrough Performance
Nominated — Black Reel Award for Best Ensemble
Nominated — Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress
Nominated — Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress
Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama
Nominated — Houston Film Critics Society Award for Best Actress
Nominated — Independent Spirit Award for Best Lead Female
Nominated — NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture
Nominated — Satellite Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama
Nominated — Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
Nominated — St Louis Gateway Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress
Nominated — Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association for Best Actress
Nominated — Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association for Best Breakthrough Performance
Nominated — Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association for Best Ensemble
2010 Yelling to the Sky Latonya Williams (post-production)

[edit] References
^ Stated on the Late Show with David Letterman, November 9, 2009
^ Williams, Kam (2009-11-10). “Gabby Sidibe “Precious” Interview with Kam Williams”. NewsBlaze. http://newsblaze.com/story/20091109180950kamw.nb/topstory.html. Retrieved 2009-11-10.
^ Gabourey Sidibe profile
^ “Push’ takes Sundance grand jury award” Ed Zeitchik, Hollywood Reporter, January 24, 2009
^ Yadegaran, Jessica (2009-11-12), “Gabourey Sidibe on being ‘Precious'”, San Jose Mercury News, http://www.mercurynews.com/movies-dvd/ci_13763264, retrieved 2009-11-15
[edit] External links
Gabourey Sidibe at the Internet Movie Database
Gabourey Sidibe bio FR

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  1. Yeye Akilimali Funua Olade Says:

    from chinadaily.com

    Gabourey Sidibe up for Oscar

    The 82nd Academy Awards were announced today (02.02.10) with ‘Avatar’ and ‘The Hurt Locker’ up for nine Oscars, while newcomer Gabourey Sidibe has received a nod in the Best Actress in a Leading Role category.

    Hollywood newcomer Gabourey Sidibe is to battle it out with Oscar veteran Meryl Streep for the Best Actress Academy Award.

    The 26-year-old actress is up against Sandra Bullock and Carey Mulligan – both of whom are nominated for their first Academy Award – Dame Helen Mirren and Meryl for the Best Actress in a Leading Role accolade.

    Gabourey was virtually unheard of before she played the role of troubled teenager Claireece ‘Precious’ Jones in the movie ‘Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire’ opposite Mariah Carey.

    Meryl, 60, has now earned a total of 16 Oscar nominations throughout her career and she has so far won two Academy Awards.

    Morgan Freeman’s portrayal of former South African President Nelson Mandela in ‘Invictus’ has landed him a nomination in the Best Actor in a Leading Role category.

    Related readings:
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    Oscars go big & small with ‘Avatar,’ ‘Hurt Locker’

    He will be fighting Colin Firth, Jeff Bridges, George Clooney and Jeremy Renner for the honour.

    Leading the way with the most nominations is 3-D sci-fi adventure ‘Avatar’ with nine nods, including Best Picture, Best Cinematography and Best Music (Original Score), and ‘The Hurt Locker’, which also up for nine prizes.

    This year sees the Best Picture category feature ten nominations instead of the usual five, with animated movie ‘Up’ and ‘An Education’ among the contenders.

    The Best Actress in a Supporting Role category features Penelope Cruz for ‘Nine’ and Mo’Nique for ‘Precious…’ alongside Maggie Gyllenhaal, Vera Farmiga and Anna Kendrick.

    Matt Damon, Woody Harrelson, Christopher Plummer, Stanley Tucci and Christoph Waltz are all nominated for the Best Actor in a Supporting Role group.

    Among the surprise nominations is ‘Star Trek’, which could potentially earn four awards, Best Sound Editing, Best Sound Mixing, Best Visual Effects and Best Make-up.

    The 82nd Academy Awards take place at Los Angeles’ Kodak Theatre on March 7 and will be hosted Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin.

    The 82nd Academy Awards full list of nominees:

    Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role:

    Jeff Bridges – ‘Crazy Heart’

    George Clooney – ‘Up in the Air’

    Colin Firth – ‘A Single Man’

    Morgan Freeman – ‘Invictus’

    Jeremy Renner – ‘The Hurt Locker’

    Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role:

    Matt Damon – ‘Invictus’

    Woody Harrelson – ‘The Messenger’

    Christopher Plummer – ‘The Last Station’

    Stanley Tucci – ‘The Lovely Bones’

    Christoph Waltz – ‘Inglourious Basterds’

    Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role:

    Sandra Bullock – ‘The Blind Side’

    Helen Mirren – ‘The Last Station’

    Carey Mulligan – ‘An Education’

    Gabourey Sidibe – ‘Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire’

    Meryl Streep – ‘Julie and Julia’

    Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role:

    Penelope Cruz – ‘Nine’

    Vera Farmiga – ‘Up in the Air’

    Maggie Gyllenhaal – ‘Crazy Heart’

    Anna Kendrick – ‘Up in the Air’

    Mo’Nique – ‘Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire’

    Best Animated Feature Film of the Year:

    ‘Coraline’

    ‘Fantastic Mr. Fox’

    ‘The Princess and the Frog’

    ‘The Secret of Kells’

    ‘Up’

    Achievement in Art Direction:

    ‘Avatar’

    ‘The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus’

    ‘Nine’

    ‘Sherlock Holmes’

    ‘The Young Victoria’

    Achievement in Cinematography:

    ‘Avatar’

    ‘Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince’

    ‘The Hurt Locker’

    ‘Inglourious Basterds’

    ‘The White Ribbon’

    Achievement in Costume Design:

    ‘Bright Star’

    ‘Coco before Chanel’

    ‘The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus’

    ‘Nine’

    ‘The Young Victoria’

    Achievement in Directing:

    ‘Avatar’ – James Cameron

    ‘The Hurt Locker’ – Kathryn Bigelow

    ‘Inglourious Basterds’ – Quentin Tarantino

    ‘Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire’ – Lee Daniels

    ‘Up in the Air’ – Jason Reitman

    Best Documentary Feature:

    ‘Burma VJ’

    ‘The Cove’

    ‘Food, Inc.’

    ‘The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers’

    ‘Which Way Home’

    Best Documentary Short Subject:

    ‘China’s Unnatural Disaster: The Tears of Sichuan, Province’

    ‘The Last Campaign of Governor Booth Gardner’

    ‘The Last Truck: Closing of a GM Plant’,

    ‘Music by Prudence’

    ‘Rabbit a la Berlin’

    Achievement in Film Editing:

    ‘Avatar’

    ‘District 9’

    ‘The Hurt Locker’

    ‘Inglourious Basterds’

    ‘Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire’

    Best Foreign Language Film of the Year:

    ‘Ajami’ – Israel

    ‘El Secreto de Sus Ojos’ – Argentina

    ‘The Milk of Sorrow’ – Peru

    ‘Un Prophete’ – France

    ‘The White Ribbon’- Germany

    Achievement in Make-up:

    ‘Il Divo’

    ‘Star Trek’

    ‘The Young Victoria’

    Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures (Original Score):

    ‘Avatar’

    ‘Fantastic Mr. Fox’

    ‘The Hurt Locker’

    ‘Sherlock Holmes’

    ‘Up’

    Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures (Original Song):

    ‘Almost There’ from ‘The Princess and the Frog’

    ‘Down in New Orleans’ from ‘The Princess and the Frog’

    ‘Loin de Paname’ from ‘Paris 36’

    ‘Take It All’ from ‘Nine’

    ‘The Weary Kind (Theme from Crazy Heart)’ from ‘Crazy Heart’

    Best Motion Picture of the Year:

    ‘Avatar’

    ‘The Blind Side’

    ‘District 9’

    ‘An Education’

    ‘The Hurt Locker’

    ‘Inglourious Basterds’

    ‘Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire’

    ‘A Serious Man’

    ‘Up’

    ‘Up in the Air’

    Best Animated Short Film:

    ‘French Roast’

    ‘Granny O’Grimm’s Sleeping Beauty’

    ‘The Lady and the Reaper (La Dama y la Muerte)’

    ‘Logorama’

    ‘A Matter of Loaf and Death’

    Best Live Action Short Film:

    ‘The Door’

    ‘Instead of Abracadabra’

    ‘Kavi’

    ‘Miracle Fish’

    ‘The New Tenants’

    Achievement in Sound Editing:

    ‘Avatar’

    ‘The Hurt Locker’

    ‘Inglourious Basterds’

    ‘Star Trek’

    ‘Up’

    Achievement in Sound Mixing:

    ‘Avatar’

    ‘The Hurt Locker’

    ‘Inglourious Basterds’

    ‘Star Trek’

    ‘Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen’

    Achievement in Visual Effects:

    ‘Avatar’

    ‘District 9’

    ‘Star Trek’
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  4. Yeye Akilimali Funua Olade Says:

    from newyorktimesmagazine

    Living the Life
    Gabby Sidibe’s astonishing debut in Precious.

    * By Tim Murphy
    * Published Sep 25, 2009

    Styling by Karyn Pappas; hair by Danielle Irene/Artists By Timothy Priano; makeup by Joe J. Simon for Giorgio Armani Beauty/Artists By Timothy Priano; dress by Lane Bryant; necklace by R.J. Graziano.
    (Photo: Andreas Laszlo Konrath)

    At a photo shoot on lower Broadway, a whole mess of stylists and publicists are hovering over Brooklyn-born, Harlem-raised Gabourey “Gabby” Sidibe, adjusting her outfit, her costume jewelry, her lushly swooping hairpieces. Sidibe is a good sport about it, rolling her eyes only when the song changes on the sound system. “Is this Taylor Swift?” she groans. One woman in the retinue, meeting her for the first time, gushes, “You look totally opposite to your character.”

    “Thanks,” says Sidibe dutifully. “I’m actually … not her.”

    The confusion is understandable if you’ve seen the film in which Sidibe stars. As Claireece “Precious” Jones, the obese, abused, 16-year-old hero of Precious (based on the sexually graphic 1996 novel Push, by Sapphire), the 26-year-old actress gives one of the most moving and primal performances in recent memory. The film (opening November 6 after playing the New York Film Festival) has been a festival standout since Sundance, where it won two major awards, followed by the top prize at the recent Toronto Film Festival.

    To play the part, Sidibe (pronounced SIH-deh-bay) entered a nightmare. A shutdown bunker of an adolescent, Precious is already a mother of two children (one of them with Down syndrome) by her father, clocked over the head with pots and pans by her abusive mother (played with startling ferocity by Mo’Nique), mocked by boys in the streets of eighties Harlem, barely able to talk intelligibly, or read or write the simplest words. And yet she has a deep need to open up and thrive, which she begins to do with the help of a teacher and an all-girl crew of peers at an alternative school. As director Lee Daniels explains it, “Sidibe grew to be herself by the end of the movie. Not even herself, but a fraction of herself. To play Precious, she had to unwork all her confidence, and speak lower, slower, and gutturally. Only in the fantasy sequences”—when Precious dissociates from rape and abuse by thinking about runways and red carpets—“do you see who Sidibe is, bubbly and giggly.”

    Which, according to Sidibe, is miles from how she’s been portrayed in the press so far. “They try to paint the picture that I was this downtrodden, ugly girl who was unpopular in school and in life, and then I got this role and now I’m awesome,” says the actress. “But the truth is that I’ve been awesome, and then I got this role.”

    Sidibe gets her notable oomph from her mother, Alice Tan Ridley, a former special-ed teacher who’s gained some local fame singing R&B in the subways (her Senegal-born dad is a cab driver; her parents split when she was young). She spent her adolescence hanging around outside MTV’s TRL studios with her best friend, Crystal, to get a glimpse of ’N Sync, and singing Mariah Carey songs to schoolmates for quarters at recess. (Carey has a small part in Precious. “We giggled a lot,” says Sidibe. What’s Carey like? “She’s a girl.”) In 2007, after attending several local colleges and working office jobs, one of her directors at Lehman College, where she’d had bit parts in a few shows, got her the Precious audition. Daniels, who saw hundreds of audition tapes from across the country (350-pound actresses don’t grow on trees), was blown away by Sidibe. “She is unequivocally comfortable in her body, in a very bizarre way. Either she’s in a state of denial or she’s so elevated that she’s on another level,” he says. “I had no doubt in my mind that she had four or five boyfriends, easily.”

    Ah, yes, her weight. When Sidibe was 11 years old, an aunt offered to pay for a cruise if she lost 50 pounds. Friends and family continue to pressure her about it. “I still hear it from people who don’t know that they’re pretty close to hurting my feelings,” she says, “people who care about me, like this one friend. I was eating a light potato chip, and she eyeballed me like I was the most disgusting thing she’d ever seen. She says, ‘Every time you want to put something disgusting in your mouth, think of the designers who won’t make a dress for you because you’re fat.’ ”

    But at some point, says Sidibe, “I learned to love myself, because I sleep with myself every night and I wake up with myself every morning, and if I don’t like myself, there’s no reason to even live the life. I love the way I look. I’m fine with it. And if my body changes, I’ll be fine with that.”

    It hasn’t stopped her from landing a second movie role. She’s about to start shooting Yelling to the Sky, a Sundance Lab film with Don Cheadle. “I get to play a bad girl who beats other girls up,” says Sidibe, clearly thrilled to be playing a non-victim this time. “And I get to make out with a boy—I wrote that into the script.” Daniels wants to cast her as a bad girl, too—in a musical—to capture the sassiness you only glimpse in Precious. “Like Rizzo from Grease, except hard-core,” says Daniels. “She has a formidable voice.”

    *

    I saw her on Jay Leno and she is precious. I loved how she seemed so happy with herself and bubbly and FUNNY. Not an…

    I saw her on Jay Leno and she is precious. I loved how she seemed so happy with herself and bubbly and FUNNY. Not an airhead like some of those pencil thin, not a hair out of place, devoid of personality models.
    i dont agree with the weight but you know which one of us is perfect? I’m certainly not. Personally i would much rather look up to someone with pizzaz and personality than a ‘looker’.
    looks fade, personality is forever.
    chin up, we love ya….already… you go!

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    o By amypio on 02/11/2010 at 7:57 pm
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    Ms. Sidibe is awesome. She is a beautiful young woman who has an extremely bright future ahead of her-and yes she does have “IT”. Call…

    Ms. Sidibe is awesome. She is a beautiful young woman who has an extremely bright future ahead of her-and yes she does have “IT”. Call it star power or whatever, this young lady is definitely going places. I love her!!!!

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    o By mccurtis3 on 01/22/2010 at 2:52 pm
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    this movie is real,and unfortunately there are many “Precious ” little girls all around the world who are being subjected to this type of dysfunction…

    this movie is real,and unfortunately there are many “Precious ” little girls all around the world who are being subjected to this type of dysfunction ,I am so happy that this film was made because it exposes the dysfunction that goes on in many households ,that many people try to keep tabooed ,I love Monique’s ,and Gabby’s performance ,WATCH OUT FOR THE BIG GIRLS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I don’t care about the superficial things like their weight the bigger picture is that this was exposed the way it was and now many people all over the world can see that this shouldn’t be the norm ,and maybe someone else can find that inner strength and move pass the abuse they’ve endured ,this film really hit home for me because I was “precious ” I can from that type of dysfunction I was raped by my brother’s and cousins and grew up in the seventies in Harlem also with a mother who was addicted to Heroin ,but I found that inner strength and risen above the pain ,I have 4 children and am currently attending college for my second degree in Nursing ,I work at a city hospital as a Patient Advocate it can be done .LOVE YOURSELF AND WITH GOD GROWTH ,AND INNER STRENGHT WILL FOLLOW .

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    o By Trussell2816 on 12/19/2009 at 9:59 am

    Read more: Gabby Sidibe Makes an Astonishing Debut in ‘Precious’ — New York Magazine http://nymag.com/movies/profiles/59419/#ixzz0fX45pTgL

  5. Yeye Akilimali Funua Olade Says:

    FROM USTODAY

    Next for Gabourey Sidibe: ‘A nap’
    01:56 PM

    In this Nov. 14, 2009 file photo, Gabourey Sidibe arrives at The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences 2009 Governors Awards in Los Angeles. Sidibe was nominated Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2010 for an Oscar for best actress for her role in “Precious.” The 82nd Academy Awards will be presented on March 7.
    CAPTION
    By Chris Pizzello, AP
    Gabourey Sidibe, 26, is just one of those people who apparently take even the most overwhelming moments in life in stride. Such as being Oscar-nominated as best actress for her film debut as a horribly abused Harlem teen in Precious.

    Ask her how it feels to be up for an academy award, and she says, “I don’t know yet. It’s not that different from the others” — meaning the countless glamorous awards ceremonies she has attended recently.

    As for co-mingling at such events with more seasoned stars, the former receptionist and grad student says, “It is a little weird. They only exist on TV. And they are way taller than I thought.” She giggles. “Not ususally,” she adds.

    As Precious opens internationally, she has become a world travler. “I just came home from Australia,” she says. “I go back to L.A. on Monday and then go to Paris and London.”

    Ask her what she is doing next, and she can’t but say, “A nap.” But any more college studies will have to wait. “I hope to do more films. I got some offers. I just did a pilot for a Showtime series, The Big C.”

    She already has connected to moviegoers in a special way thanks to playing Precious. “A lot of people tell me it makes them feel less alone in the world. They says this is their story.” — Susan Wloszczyna

  6. Yeye Akilimali Funua Olade Says:

    from

    http://www.newkerala.com/news/fullnews-64686.html
    GABOUREY SIDIBE SLAPS RACY ROCK AFTER AWARDS SHOW GROPE

    Controversial comic CHRIS ROCK incurred the wrath of GABOUREY SIDIBE’s father at a recent awards luncheon – after the funnyman groped the actress as she collected a prize.

    The portly Precious star, who is nominated for a Best Actress Oscar at Sunday’s (07Mar10) Academy Awards, was honoured at the third annual Essence Black Women in Hollywood event in Los Angeles on Thursday (04Mar10).

    But she got a shock as she stood up to make her way to the stage – when Rock grabbed her behind with both hands.

    Despite shaking off the Everybody Hates Chris creator with a playful slap, Sidibe admits her father was furious over the incident.

    She tells ETOnline, “As I go up to get my award in a room where my dad is, because he’s one of my dates, Chris Rock grabbed my butt with both of his hands – and then I slapped him back. I didn’t think too much of it at all, but my dad was super p**sed.”

    And she quips, “Some dudes gotta have it – it’s my own fault for being too damn fine.”

    –IANS-WENN

  7. Yeye Akilimali Funua Olade Says:

    FROM NEWYORKPOST.COM

    ‘Precious’ wins big at NAACP Image Awards
    ASSOCIATED PRESS

    LOS ANGELES — It was a winning night for the film “Precious” at the 41st NAACP Image Awards.

    The heart-wrenching tale of an illiterate and abused teen who finds hope in a Harlem classroom was named outstanding motion picture and outstanding independent film at Friday’s ceremony. Stars Mo’Nique and Gabourey Sidibe, screenwriter Geoffrey Fletcher and director Lee Daniels also won.

    MORE: PopWrap’s “Precious” Oscar hopes

    Presented by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, the Image Awards honor diversity in the arts and outstanding achievements in film, television, music and literature.

    UPI
    Gabourey Sidibe accepts the award for outstanding actress in a motion picture for “Precious.”
    Daniels excitedly accepted the best-picture prize, surrounded by his cast and fellow producers.

    “No one in Hollywood told me they wanted to see a movie about a 350-pound black woman with HIV,” he said.

    Sidibe objected, and Daniels corrected himself: “She’s not 350 pounds. This was before you were hired.”

    The director twice told the orchestra to stop playing him off, but Daniels was ultimately cut off as gospel duo Mary Mary took the stage and the show came to a close.

    Sidibe cried as she accepted the award for outstanding actress in a motion picture for her starring turn as Precious, the overweight, twice-pregnant teen who discovers her self-worth through reading and writing.

    “It’s so awesome to win! I love winning,” said the Oscar nominee, who made her acting debut with this film. “I want to thank my God for ordering my steps, for everything that my life was and everything that it is now.”

    Fellow Oscar nominee Mo’Nique, who has swept the supporting actress prize throughout Hollywood’s awards season for her moving turn as abusive mother Mary Jones, added another trophy to her collection with the Image Award for her role in “Precious.”

    “For all the Mary Joneses, I love you unconditionally, baby,” she said. “For all the Preciouses, I love you unconditionally. Let’s start loving each other again.”

    Other winners Friday included Keri Hilson, Maxwell, “Brothers” star Daryl “Chill” Mitchell and Chris Rock.

    Hilson was named outstanding new artist, Maxwell won for male artist, Mitchell took the award for actor in a comedy series and Rock accepted the documentary award for his film “Good Hair.”

    Mitchell was moved to tears as he accepted his trophy.

    “As long as you all got legs, I’m going to always walk,” the wheelchair-bound actor said.

    Rock said he wasn’t prepared for his documentary win.

    “I made this movie just for black people,” he said. “I’ve seen a lot of documentaries, and I said I want the blackest movie of all time.”

    Tyler Perry was honored with the Chairman’s Award for his philanthropy and career achievements. Wyclef Jean received the Vanguard Award for raising funds and cultural awareness after the earthquake in Haiti. Human-rights activist Van Jones received the President’s Award.

    Music mogul Clarence Avant was inducted into the Image Awards Hall of Fame at the ceremony at the Shrine Auditorium, which was hosted by Anika Noni Rose and Hill Harper and broadcast live on Fox.

    Read more: http://www.nypost.com/p/entertainment/precious_wins_big_at_naacp_image_K9sqPeyqVz1QHnA6pFv8XO#ixzz0haf4L03n

  8. Yeye Akilimali Funua Olade Says:

    FROM THE NIGERIAN NEWSPAPER 234NEXT

    The remarkable triumph of Precious

    By Onyinye Muomah

    March 6, 2010 04:04PM

    There was one riveting thing about the movie Precious, the way its actors looked either pretty ugly or interestingly plain, you decide. The lead actress in the title role, Gabourey Sidibe, looked like the regular image of an obese person – ugly and greasy. It was not a politically correct Hollywood image, this was the real thing. One wondered if there was actually any make-up artist on the movie set.

    Before shooting, director Lee Daniels asked Mo’Nique to “grow some pimples and armpit hairs”. It seems this is a specialty of Daniels, making actors look as raw or as naked as possible. Or in a more technical expression, as close to the character they are portraying as possible. These characters are not the most pleasant-looking neither are their stories, for that matter. Prior to Precious, Daniels was a producer on movies like Monster’s Ball and Shadowboxer.

    Monster’s Ball got Halle Berry her first Oscar. The role was considered controversial as it involved Halle Berry exposing her breasts (for the first time). It was also one of the most unglamorous roles for her but it did the trick and got her the award; in the same way it is probably going to work out for Mo’Nique, who is primed to win the Best Supporting Actress

    Precious’ original creator, Sapphire is an African-American poet and writer who once taught at a school in Harlem. It was from there that inspiration for the book came based on stories and experiences from the lives of her students and other folks around her.

    The story is about an obese teenager being sexually and physically abused by her mother and father. In her book portrayal, Sapphire was extremely graphic, describing the abuse in most vivid scenes. This vividness could not be translated directly onto the screen, of course, but Daniels did a good job helping us get an idea of the derangement. If the sexual abuse was not told in graphic detail, the physical abuse, however, was. This was where Mo’Nique triumphed. As Precious’ mother she was a monster to behold.

    Before the release of the movie most of the focus was on Mariah Carey, seeing that she was the most famous person starring in it. Also, Carey’s ‘unrecognisabilty’ was touted as one of the reasons for seeing the trailer and then the movie. But after the movie release, everyone heard about and then wanted to see comedienne Mo’Nique being shockingly unfunny and even detestable. To some, Mo’Nique owned the movie.

    Mariah Carey played the Welfare Officer to whom Precious first narrates the untoward events in her life. Story-wise, she stood in for the audience. It is through her we get to hear the gory details of the dysfunctional life of the Joneses. She is the face of the audience. She expresses the disgust we initially feel at the sight of Precious and as the story unfolds the shock, the pity and later the admiration. Unfortunately what Carey expresses instead is a constant smirk or other expressions that really fail to connect with the scene.

    Precious also featured another ‘unrecognisable’ music star, Lenny Kravitz, as a handsome male nurse. While it was his debut movie role, Kravitz does a better job than Carey.

    Another novice, was Gabourey Sidibe – Precious. In her first ever movie role from her first ever audition, Sidibe manages to hold her own against veterans. The Psychology major who has been nominated for an Academy Award in the Best Actress category only auditioned at her mother’s behest. Her often dour face is one of the most memorable things about the movie.

    Precious was written as a victim in Sapphire’s novel but in Lee Daniel’s movie, aided by the easy cheery laugh of Sidibe, we see Precious triumph and on her own terms. The film has been nominated for six awards in this year’s Academy Awards, including Best Picture. Despite the fact that the Academy has increased Best Picture nominations to ten instead of the usual five, Precious’ feat is still remarkable.

    Like every other aspect of America, Hollywood unfortunately is coated in shades of black white and the Academy of Motion Pictures and Science has been criticised for often overlooking black movies. ounter-critics have also heckled black producers for often not putting forward Oscar-worthy material. So, the nominations make Precious also a triumph for African-American movies.

    The fact that Precious has Oprah Winfrey as an Executive Producer has not been overlooked either. There are some who would love to ascribe the success of the movie to her Midas touch and in that they would be wrong. At the Cannes Film festival and ever before Oprah Winfrey (or Tyler Perry) came on board, Precious got a 15-minute standing ovation after its showing. This is an ovation that has echoed everywhere it has been shown and which hopefully would see it through the Oscars.

    Posted by Jet Blast…. on Mar 06 2010

    The film “Precious”, was so much needed I mean with all the universal truths coming out this young girls personal triumphs can give others like her a hope to “PUSH” through and shine forever more! BRAVO!!!

    X2

  9. Yeye Akilimali Funua Olade Says:

    A GOOD REVIEW OF HER FILM:

    Precious

    by KYW’s Bill Wine

    Is Precious precious? Depends on which definition you use.

    Extremely refined it’s not. But, as dramas go, it’s a gem.

    Set in Harlem in 1987, it’s based on the novel Push. (Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire is actually the film’s full title.) And Push has come to shove because this movie shoves. Hard.

    So impactfully intense is Precious that it stays with you long after the final credits roll even if you try to leave it behind — it’s moving and memorable and marvelous.

    Claireece Precious Jones (Gabourey Sidibe) is an African-American 16-year-old so beleaguered (to put it mildly) that she makes Job seem lucky. Throughout her lifetime, she’s been abused, humiliated, ignored, and silenced, and she’s both illiterate and obese.

    She’s also pregnant for a second time by her father, a drug-addicted rapist who comes and goes, and resented by her monstrous, malevolent mother Mary (Mo’Nique).

    Perhaps if she can gain admittance to an alternative school as part of the “Each One Teach One” program, she can find the voice she never quite shares with anyone at her school.

    If this severely put-upon young woman can make the journey to regain a sense of self-respect, posits this powerful portrait, anyone can.

    Director Lee Daniels (2006’s Shadowboxer), a former producer (Monster’s Ball), works from an adapted screenplay by Geoffrey Fletcher that neither shrinks from nor lingers over the matter-of-fact brutality on display. It’s shocking when it needs to be, but sensibly retiring at times as well.

    And if it shortchanges us a bit in not letting us see the central character’s development as a writer, it rewards us in so many other ways that we hardly notice.

    Daniels’ firm directorial command from first scene to last is terrifically impressive. His remarkably assured eclectic flourishes startle and satisfy us, especially the media-inspired fantasies that Precious indulges in at especially painful moments as daydreams that interrupt her waking and walking nightmare and keep her from drowning in despair — and that offer us temporary respite from watching her suffer.

    In the final analysis, though, it’s Daniels’ work with his relatively inexperienced cast that knocks our socks off.

    The acting is uniformly superb. Newcomer Sidibe is astonishingly fine and impressively understated as the title character, making her protagonist sympathetic without ever resorting to any kind of sentimentality.

    And she’s matched every step of the way by ex-standup comic Mo’Nique, in her first dramatic role, who is nothing less than a revelation as the sedentary and vengeful Mary, her shocking sociopathic behavior explained but never for a moment accepted. Mary is as vivid and powerful an antagonist as you are likely to see on a movie screen any time soon.

    While both principals turn in Oscar-caliber work, the supporting cast — including Paula Patton as Precious’ charismatic and compassionate alternative-school teacher, and singers Mariah Carey and Lenny Kravitz (near right) as, respectively, a wary welfare counselor and attentive male nurse — are also first-rate.

    As are the young actresses playing Precious’ street-smart alternative-school classmates, who manage to provide us with a few moments of raucous humor and consoling levity.

    This is one letter-perfect ensemble.

    Precious is about degradation and survival, about psychological enslavement, about the struggle for self-worth and the triumph of hope, and about overcoming overwhelming odds.

    Yet even with all that on its plate, it registers like the frying pan to the noggin that we witness one character deliver to another.

    Mark your ballots: this one will be in the Oscar hunt.

    So we’ll survive 3½ stars out of 4 for the hard-edged and harrowing but stirring and indelible Precious. The book seemed unfilmable. But the film is unforgettable.

  10. Yeye Akilimali Funua Olade Says:

    from omg.yahoo.com(copied from blackskinnedbeauties.blogspot.com)

    GABOUREY SIDIBE’S MAMA DEFENDS HER-“SO SHE’S A BIG WOMAN?WHAT’S WRONG WITH THAT!”-THAT BLACK REACTION TO WHITE SKINNY GIRL LOVING HOWARD STERN SHOULD TEACH THAT IN AFRICA BIG IS BEAUTIFUL! AND THIS BLACK SKINNED BIG BEAUTY IS SUPREME!

    from omg.yahoo.com

    Gabourey Sidibe’s Mom Slams Howard Stern for Fat Jab: “Get a Life!”
    Us Magazine – March 16, 2010

    Dimitrios Kambouris/WireImage.comUs Magazine
    Gabourey Sidibe’s mom is making a big deal about Howard Stern’s criticism of her daughter.

    “Get a life!” Alice Tan Ridley fumed on Inside Edition Monday of the shock jock, who called the Oscar nominee, 26, the “most enormous fat black chick I’ve ever seen… She should have gotten the Best Actress award because she’s never going to have another shot. What movie is she gonna be in?”
    See which stars love their curves

    Added Ridley, “He can see, you can see, I can see Gabby is a big girl. She’s a big woman, so what’s wrong with that?

    “She’s not like everyone else in the world. I don’t see him giving jobs out to anybody, so why should we care what he says?” Ridley — who performs in the New York City subway for a living — continued. “He might not hire her, but someone else will.”
    Party! See photos of stars hitting up Oscar bashes earlier this month
    The National Association to Advance Fat Acceptance (NAAFA) also defended the Precious actress Tuesday — one day after weight loss company AcaiSupply.com publicly offered her a one-year supply of their product to “reach your goal of someday winning an Oscar… by being active, fit, and most of all, healthy!”

    Said NAAFA’s spokeswoman Peggy Howell, “You cannot tell by looking at a person if they are healthy. Fat does not equal disease and thin does not equal healthy… Achievements come in all sizes.”

    Sidibe — who will star in the Showtime dark comedy series The Big C beginning this May — recently told Oprah Winfrey that she’d come to terms with her weight.
    29 Pics! See what all the stars wore to the 2010 Oscars

    It’s something I’ve had to work at. My first diet started when I was six years old,” she said. “I’ve never been a small girl. One day I had to sit down with myself and decide that I loved myself no matter what my body looked like and what other people thought about my body.”

    Sidibe will also appear alongside Zoe Kravitz in “Yelling to the Sky,” which hits theaters later this year.
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    eric
    victoria mary strong is a fat nasty
    report abuseposted March 31, 2010 7:34 PM PDT

    VICTORIA MARY STONG
    DOWN WITH HOWARD STERN. BOYCOTT HOWARD STERNS SHOW! KEEP AWAY FROM HOWARD STERNS SHOWS IF YOU WANT OUR CHILDREN AND EVERYONE TO GET MORE MORALS,STANDARDS,VALUES&PRINCIPLES.
    report abuseposted March 19, 2010 9:16 PM PDT

    VICTORIA MARY STONG
    By the way,Stern never had any respect really for ANY woman.This disrespectful statement should NOT surprise anyone.If a person is allowed to disrespect anyone,they just keep going&graduate until they get enough ratings to have their own shows in many circumstances.THANK GOD we have”The Steve Wilkos Show”&”Oprah”etc. that make it through for bein
    report abuseposted March 19, 2010 9:13 PM PDT

    VICTORIA MARY STONG
    With the exception of idiot”0986″,THANKS TO EVERYONE’S SUPPORT SO FAR HERE!God bless you all for educating,enlightening&scolding the other idiots out there that discriminate&are mean-spirited to plus size women.The gorgeous Gabourey Sidibe’s beautiful Mother Alice Tan Ridley is a friend of mine.I thank God she’s my friend because shes(&
    report abuseposted March 19, 2010 9:03 PM PDT

    paddicakes
    Stern should shut up. His wife may be thin but she looks like a ferret.
    report abuseposted March 18, 2010 2:02 AM PDT

    Michael
    If Stern goes to Idol, it’s over, only in America can you be paid to be an Ass!!!
    report abuseposted March 17, 2010 6:53 PM PDT

    Tee
    She is beautiful and talented and secure in herself which is a lot more than the people talking about her can say. God bless her
    report abuseposted March 17, 2010 5:22 PM PDT

    Liv
    Hey ……DIVERSITY is the sweetness of life….
    report abuseposted March 17, 2010 12:57 PM PDT

    rainbow
    leave her alone i think she is beautiful with so much talent to offer to all of us. god didn’t make all of us to be the same and look the same . at least she is not jessica simpson who has nothing talent or singing voice. and she needs to look at the mirror when i see her i don’t see a beautiful person / i see a dumb young woman who bleach her hair.
    report abuseposted March 17, 2010 4:42 AM PDT

    keep it real
    leave the woman alone.
    Posted by YEYE AKILIMALI FUNUA OLADE at 1:47 AM 0 comments
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  11. Yeye Akilimali Funua Olade Says:

    TO SEE PUBLICATIONS ON HER AND POSTERS CLICK ON:

    http://blackskinnedbeauties.blogspot.com/2010/05/gabourey-sidibe-is-big-black-skinned.html

  12. Jennifer Johnson Says:

    Akili,

    Thanks again for publishing this pictorial gallery of this wonderful women. Let’s not forget her Mother, Alice Tan Ridley wh ohas gained long over critical acclaim on American’s Got Talent.

    Also, her Father also showed America that no one should insult or disrespect a women. Chris Rock should be denounced publicly for groping her ( there is nothing funny) Would he grop Meryl Streep or perhaps Angelie Jolie?

    • Yeye Akilimali Funua Olade Says:

      ABURO MI(MY YOUNGER SISTER SINCE THAT IS WHAT YORUBAS CALL ALL SUCH RELATIVES), LATIFA YOU ARE BLACK RIGHT! CHRIS ROCK MUST LEARN TO RESPECT BLACK WOMEN! WILL LOOK FOR A FLICK OF GABAREY AND HER IYA(MOTHER) NOW AND POST !

  13. angie Says:

    i respect ur high self-esteem,make no one or nothing stop you,keep going in god’s grace

  14. HandsomeOlderLustyBlackLad Says:

    GIVE ME BUXOM CLAUDIA JORDAN ANY DAY!!!And as we black laddes know,the only “Gabby” who counts is Union!!!(Incidentally,Rick Mahorn of Detroit Pistons “Bad Boys”1989-90 NBA Championship fame,and now their radio analyst,is 6’10”,420 lb.Does Sidibe weigh more or less than 420?)

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