It's easy to see how Gabrielle Douglas, the charming teen gymnast and first African American to win the individual all-around Olympic gold, can be an inspiration for generations of young black girls and boys. As a 16-year-old African-American girl from Iowa, she gave performances at the London 2012 Games that showed remarkable spirit and determination.
But it wasn't necessarily an easy road to glory. In her charming new autobiography, "Grace, Gold & Glory: My Leap of Faith" – written with O, the Oprah Magazine founding editor Michelle Burford – Gabby reveals sacrifices her family made to get her ready for the Olympics. For example, some of her siblings had to give up a few hobbies to direct money toward her gymnastics training.
"The X Factor" fans may be looking forward to next week's finals, when a male country singer, a girl band and a female soloist battle it out for a $5 million record contract. But the end of season two will be another finale of sorts, as judge L.A. Reid announced Thursday he is leaving the show.
No, he didn't say he's mad at Simon Cowell.
For Kelvin Cowans, aka Six~Four, his latest literary effort is book number three. It follows (the e-book) "The Most Evil Person I Ever Met: My Time in Prison with Lemaricus Davidson" and "Eye For an Eye," which he sold out of his trunk after starting it while incarcerated.
It's been a tough ride, said Cowans of the endeavor to produce "1st Down & 100 Years to Go. The Xavier Cordell Crawford Story."
Stephen A. Smith lives on television. Morning, noon or night you can almost always find him on your flat screen somewhere on ESPN, chopping it up – loudly, rapidly, humorously but certainly intelligently, honestly and incisively.
His is a presence we have come to know and love...or loathe, depending on how you like your opinions.
Trey Songz, Miguel and Elle Varner are coming to Memphis. Not sure if this is your thing, but your kids probably already knows this. If you only recognize one name out of the three, you can ask them who the other two people are, because they know. You can also ask them if they would like to see them in concert. They'll say yes. In other words, they really want to go.
For movies opening Dec. 14, 2012
"The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" (PG-13 for epic battle scenes and scary images) Peter Jackson (The Lord of the Rings trilogy) directed this adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien's fantasy novel about a human-like creature with furry feet (Martin Freeman) who is prompted by a wizard (Ian McKellen) to embark on an epic with 13 dwarfs to wrest control of a lost kingdom from the clutches of a fearsome dragon. With Richard Armitage, Ken Stott and Graham McTavish.