Zendaya was a breath of fresh air on “Good Morning America” this morning where she talked about being a “real” model rather than a role model for young people who look up to her. Also, Q-Tip got the chance to interview Ava DuVernay during the Tribeca Film Festival and we have Jada Pinkett Smith’s XXL promo poster. Get it all inside….
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Zendaya will be hosting this year’s Radio Disney Music Awards airing this Sunday at 8 PM ET on the Disney Channel. But before she kicks off her first hosting gig, the 18-year-old Disney star stopped by the “GMA” studios in NYC, styling in a Michael Kors plaid dress and white pumps, to chop it up about her new gig.
Sitting down with “GMA” co-anchor Robin Roberts, the interview opened up with discussion about how she responded to “Fashion Police” co-host Giuliana Rancic’s insensitive comments about her faux locs on the red carpet at this year’s Academy Awards. We all read Zendaya’s brilliant Instagram response. And now the YBF actress/singer/model is opening up about how she went about responding to the controversy and how it made her feel. She shared,
“At that point it wasn’t really about me. I had to stop myself from being ignorant and being a kid. As a teenager you want to say the first thing that comes out of your mouth, and I had to kind of really take my time and think about what my parents taught me, which is the most important things in the world are your voice and your knowledge, being that they’re both educators. So I sat in my room and I used both of those things. And hopefully, whether it be a little girl out there or a young man out there who was able to read that and see positive change and be able to stand up for themselves in any kind of incident in their lives, then I did what I’m supposed to do.”
The “K.C. Undercover” star then talked about how she wants to be a positive example to her young fans who are watching her, which she called being a “real” model and not a role model. She explained,
“It’s something I actually something I saw in a Tupac interview. I don’t want to play a role or pretend to be something that I’m not, especially since young kids are watching. It just helps that I’m a good kid. I just want to continue to be that positive light or that positive influence for a lot of young people because sometimes I feel we lack that.”
The triple threat also talked about co-producing “K.C. Undercover” and how excited she is to host this year’s Radio Disney Awards. Check it:
Over at the Tribeca Film Festival….
Pioneer rap legend Q-Tip got the chance to interview fab directress Ava DuVernay for the Tribeca Talks Directors Series held at the SVA Theater in NYC today.
During the hour-long discussion in front of an audience, Q-Tip and Ava covered an array of topics such as Ava’s struggles navigating through the film industry as a black woman and committing to doing what she loves, which is creating great stories through film.
She said, “It’s not in the realm of possibility for anyone to stop me from making film. It is no one’s responsibility to make the things that I want to see. If I want to see them, then I have to make them.”
She also dropped a few nuggets to encourage others to follow their dreams just like she did, saying, “Whatever it is you want to do, just start, just begin. That is the hardest part. Try to be in a loving, happy marriage with your vision.”
The SELMA director flipped the script and asked Q-Tip if he would consider stepping back in front of the lens for a film, in which he responded, “I’m waiting for you!” We’re sure she can make that happen!
On the promo circuit…
The uber gorge Jada Pinkett Smith got jazzy for her new character poster for the upcoming stripper flick sequel, Magic Mike XXL.
Based on the promo pic, the 43-year-old “Gotham” actress appears to be playing someone of a certain “boss status.” Maybe she’s helping to “pimp” the guys or maybe she’s their “announcer/host” to get the party live.. We’ll have to wait to find out once the film premieres in theaters July 1st.
She sat down with “EXTRA” correspondent AJ Calloway a few months ago to dish on working with the guys on the set (including “Live with Kelly & Michael” co-host Michael Strahan), where she said,
“Am I enjoying it? Yes I am!” Jada also shared that her “Magic Mike XXL” co-star Michael Strahan has got his stripping act down. “Oh, let me tell you. I think that was probably the best moment of the show…I said stop playing and stop acting like you never did this before…This ain’t your first run. You’ve done this before!…He was genius.”
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