Monday, January 8, 2024

Weekend Roundup: Bailey's Joy, Winfrey's Clarification, Majors' Statement

The first weekend and second Monday of 2014 marked significant milestones for some of Black entertainment's most influential figures.

Newborn Joy
R&B singer and "The Little Mermaid" star Halle Bailey joyfully introduced her newborn son, Halo, to the world. Bailey shared on Instagram, "Even though we're a few days into the new year, the greatest thing that 2023 could have done for me was bring me my son."

DDG, in a YouTube video on Sunday (January 8), expressed his sentiments, saying, "I wouldn't have chosen no other person in the world to have a child with."

Clearing the Air
Oprah Winfrey addressed persistent rumors of a feud with "The Color Purple" star Taraji P. Henson, one of the actresses in the new musical adaptation produced by Winfrey. At the 2024 Golden Globes, Winfrey refuted the rumors, stating, "There's no validity to there being a thing between Taraji and I."

"Taraji will tell you herself that I've been the greatest champion of this film," Winfrey asserted on the red carpet, effectively shutting down further speculation.
Facing the Music
Monday actor Jonathan Majors broke his silence following his recent conviction for assaulting and harassing his ex-girlfriend, Grace Jabbari. Speaking with ABC News Live on Good Morning America, Majors expressed shock at the guilty verdict, stating, "How is that possible based off the evidence, based off the prosecution's evidence, let alone our evidence?"

While maintaining he had "never hit a woman," he admitted to an unhealthy relationship with Jabbari, acknowledging he was reckless with her heart. Majors recounted the March 2023 altercation, expressing uncertainty about the cause of Jabbari's injuries.

Jabbari's attorney, Brittany Henderson, criticized Majors for his lack of accountability, stating, "His denigration of our jury system is not dissimilar from the above-the-law attitude that he has maintained throughout this legal process."

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