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This has undoubtedly been a season of Black excellence! With several diverse films and filmmakers receiving Academy Awards nods, Ebony Magazine and iTunes Movies decided that the theme for their 2nd annual pre-Oscars gala would be “Celebrating The Storytellers”!

In true celebratory fashion, the swanky event was held at Delilah in West Hollywood on Thursday and HipHollywood was on the carpet to talk to the night’s honorees and attendees.

Director Raoul Peck, who is nominated for the James Baldwin documentary I Am Not Your Negro, said that, for him, Baldwin’s work was life-changing. Another honoree and Oscar hopeful, Manchester By the Sea producer Kimberly Steward, said she was focused on not only pushing for more African-American representation but focusing on advancements for women of color. Steward is also only the second Black female producer, after Oprah, to be nominated for a Best Picture Oscar.

Check out our interviews below and make sure you catch the big show when the Oscars air Sunday, February 26th on ABC.

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Dr. Heavenly Explains Her ‘If My Husband Cheated He Didn’t Mean To’ Philosophy



Dr. Heavenly Kimes has an interesting philosophy on cheating … but then again we’re not surprised.

If you watch Married To Medicine then you know the successful Atlanta, GA dentist dotes on her husband, who she affectionately calls “daddy” and the two have a pretty solid marriage.  So much so, that Kimes believes if he ever cheated on her he didn’t mean to do it.

Kimes made that proclamation after news broke that Dr. Jackie’s husband was having an affair, and of course she had the ladies scratching their heads. HipHollywood sat down with her to get more insight on her viewpoint. Here’s what she had to say.

“I said something that I think a lot of people feel but would not say it, because it’s not a politically correct thing to say,” she explained. “I said if my husband cheated he would not mean to do it. I stand by it, it may sound silly, it may sound funny, I’m not trying to be funny, I don’t think he would have meant to do it.”

“I can’t say it was her, I’m not going to put it all on her, but it had to have been something to make that man go that far,” she adds referring to the other woman. “Maybe I’m naive but I don’t think my husband would just cheat on me and mean to cheat.”

To her credit, Kimes is also a certified relationship coach and has been dishing her advice (solicited or not) to the other wives since season 2. She ended her explanation comparing cheating to a person on a diet. The analogy was pretty hilarious, but actual made a lot of sense.

“I like to compare sex to food because they go together,” she says. “If you’re hungry and you know you’re on a diet and you’re really really trying really hard and somebody comes with a buffet of your favorite foods and lays it all out for you and starts putting … you didn’t mean to eat it but you ate it.”

So do you agree Heavenly? Let us know in the comments below.


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