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First Look: Idris Elba, Chiwetel Ejiofor & Michael B. Jordan On ‘Oprah’s Next Chapter’ TONIGHT

First Look: Idris Elba, Chiwetel Ejiofor & Michael B. Jordan On 'Oprah's Next Chapter' TONIGHT

I imagine this just might be one of the most-watched, highest-rated episodes of Oprah’s Next Chapter, airing tonight, Sunday, December 8, at 9/8c.

Oprah Winfrey will talk to 3 of the actors behind some of 2013’s most talked about performances: Idris Elba (Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom), Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave) and Michael B. Jordan (Fruitvale Station). 

So tune in on tonight at 9/8c.

In the meantime, here’s a preview of what’s coming:

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Ricky Horne Jr.

crabs. in. a bucket. free yourself. please.


I have to agree with CareyCarey and applaud his or her's effort for speaking the truth. All three performances were just…ok to me. However, I wouldn't mind if any of them won awards. Why? Our sisters and brothers from other mothers get rewarded for ok performances in Oscar bait movies all.of.the.time. We all know it's about who you know and at least 3 of our black actors have the end all be all of film supporting them this season (*cough* Harvey W *cough).

As far as future leading men, only Idris has the it factor, charisma and sex appeal. Still not on a Will or Denzel level, but close enough.

I'm not bad mouthing any of the guys, but there's nothing wrong with wanting us to have a representation that lives up to the hype. And so far with this crop of young actors, we have yet to find it…IMO.


Enjoyed the interviews w/Oprah. I can care less about who deserves to win to who is less deserving. The fact of the matter is, its a great time for black film…directors and actors alike. Elba, Ejiofer and Jordan made very deep, conversational movies, PERIOD.


I'm watching this interview now as I read these comments. I am simply amazed at the judgments here. These are three actors who have delivered 3 compelling performances this year. If anything, what is interesting is all are based on true stories. If anything, rather than complain and judge these actors and their talent how about challenge yourselves to find a true story and direct it so the actors you place in it can be judged. I say this not as THE answer, but to point out that nothing any of these 3 men, nor anything you do, will be viewed as "all-pleasing". I saw 12 years a slave and felt like I was watching the kind of acting that needs to be incorporated more into black movies –"show don't tell". After all, not ALL acting is in the words or how LOUD a character can be (sorry Tyler Perry Fans). I look forward to seeing Mandela — from the clips I've seen, I see Idris CONNECTING to the character. I FEEL his words and energy and believe them because he believes them. Connection isn't just taking on the name of the character but BEING in the moment with the character. Connection is exactly what is missing from a lot of actors today who are taking up a lot of cinematic space but not being IN the space. It's not all their fault. When a name matters more than a performance, what else can you expect? I'm quite sure there are some other amazingly talented black male AND female actors out there, but this article is focusing on these 3. Are their performances perfect – no. But, it's their moment to shine. Why turn that moment into a criticism of whose more deserving? There needs to be a start of moving past just the 1 and 2 dimensional morality films and I'm happy it's begun. Congrats Idris, Chiwetel and Michael — look forward to more greater things to come for and from each of you!


Michael B. Jordan is in the same position as Lupita.

A relative new up-and-comer surrounded by veteran actors. The good thing is I believe the veterans will all be willing to answer his call for mentorship in the industry.


Now that's a show!


Chiwetel Ejiofor and David Oyelowo are well established, well-trained, stage actors who've been in many smaller movies that majority of Americans — and particularly black Americans — haven't even seen. They're like Don Cheadle, 15 years ago: flying under the radar building a substantial body of work. Chiwetel, was BRILLIANT with Cheadle, as a matter of fact, in the movie "Talk to Me."

As for Michael B. Jordan, I agree the jury is still out. I didn't see "Fruitvale Station." Because the coverage of it on the news, coupled with the timing of the Martin-Zimmerman trial dampened my interest and, sometimes, I just want to escape the every day heartbreaking reality that is America. … But early indicators suggest that Jordan, like Mackey, doesn't have very strong acting chops, nor does he have any sort of "mega watt" charisma that would lead large swaths of the population to actively, and enthusiastically, support his films.

Idris is a good, solid, actor, as well, and mostly enjoyable in ensemble pieces ("This Christmas" immediately springs to mind), but he, too, is missing that je nais se quoi that makes people — and women, like myself — flock to the theaters in droves and spread WOM about his projects throughout our communities.


Love Chiwetel. I'll be watching.


DON'T CALL IT A COMEBACK… I mean, don't call it hatin' and please don't think I'm hanging out with Blackman ( I don't love fat white chicks) **inside joke – winking at Sergio :-o **. But overkill might be apropos.

Well, I mean, can we be real for just a moment? The post states "Oprah Winfrey will talk to 3 of the actors behind some of 2013's most talked about performances". Okay, the films may have inspired a boat load of "talk" but the actor's performances, in my opinion, were nothing, absolutely NUTTIIINNNGGG to shout about.

"OH MY GOD CareyCarey, you can't be serious!!??"

Are you kidding, I am as serious as Superman's fears upon seeing Kryptonite. Listen, I know every black woman in the world wishes they'd wake up with Idris sleeping next to them but dreams seldom come true. More importantly, his performance in the boring made-for-tv sleep-fest known as Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, was as mundane as Chiwetel Ejiofor's in 12 Years a Slave…. nothing to write home about.

"CareyCarey, now we know you're just being your usual devil's advocate. Chiwetel was excellent, without him the film would not have been nearly as great as it was"

Is that right? Look, I don't play with the devil, lay with the devil, nor lie with him, so I am simply telling the truth. That said, one would be hard pressed to prove me wrong by pointing out a scene or two in which Ejiofor was required to "reach". You know, throughout the entire film, what did he do that any actor ( even B-League actor) couldn't accomplish?

And please, I ain't trying to start no mess, nor be the Devil's Advocate, but Fruitvale Station was a "OK" movie, nuff said. And Michael B. Jordan reminds me of Lance Gross on many levels. Many folks want both of them to be something they're not. In the black community there's hope they'll be leading men in large productions. Not… not gonna happen because neither has shown much range… and to be honest, they still appear to be searching to find an "identity"… if you know what I mean. Both seem to personable young men (good guys) but neither exudes a bold commanding presence. And really, from what I've seen, their acting is nothing to shout about.

Anyway, it's true, all three men are being talked about and deserve a seat on Oprah's couch, but the devil's in the details. So is Blackman just talking sh*t or might we be practicing a form of "Crying Wolf"? You know, could we be propping up our stars, praising them when said praise is not warranted? Overkill? Hmmm…..


Big Deal. 12 years a slave was OVERKILL. The acting was Over Kill. The pain was Over Kill.

Then again, an African made this movie. I could not sit through this type of GRINDING PAIN. That is an African trait. Not an African American trait.


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