‘As a young, black woman, it’s sad to say, I didn’t always have a real positive image of what a black man was,’ Ms. H Berry tells The Hollywood Reporter.
“My father left when I was young and it was a very abusive situation,” confesses Halle Berry for the one hundreth time across her career. This time though for a worthy cause.
“To see a man like Sidney [Poitier], with such grace and dignity, inspired me. I held myself to a higher standard than I would have without him.”
Aw. She’s so sweet.
Cover Awards notes: Hollywood reporter features Halle and Bahamian-American actor Sidney together on the cover of their annual “Legends” issue. In the past only covers stars who are over 80 receive the honor of appearing on this special issue. Halle, 44, is the exception to date because she was the first African American woman to win an Oscar in a leading role. Spring chickens, Debbie Reynolds (78), James Earl Jones (79) and Larry Hagman (79) also received props in this issue too.
What a poignant cover. Too cool.
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 12.16.10~
Namaste. Special thanks to all of you who read Horiwood.Com in Hollywood. May your holiday season be a good one and 2011 be prosperous and abundantly blessed for you all. Most of all, may your smiles increase and your spirits rise.
According to Quantcast, here’s what we all look like. Pretty diverse. I love you all. As a fellow global citizen, thanks for being my daily teachers who share yourselves on a New Zealand Maori Kiwi’s blog. You’ve taught me so much. As caring is sharing. Many thanks for your open hearts and your limitless abilities to share. Peace.
Economic News Guest Post:
Reports John Armstrong from Yokohama Japan: ‘Just two days after lecturing the Japanese on New Zealand’s bottom-line conditions for free trade talks, John Key, (guy on the left, above) New Zealand’s Prime Minister has waded into the currency wars and told fellow Apec leaders:
- we must tackle the emerging crisis.
- warned of the depreciating United States dollar
- foresaw possible retaliation to the depreciation
- predicted the vibe: “negative for growth and negative for this region”.
- reiterated the G-20 summits call to avoid: “competitive devaluation”
- G-20 summit would come up with “indicative guidelines” to tackle trade imbalances affecting world growth.
- Predicted: escalating tensions over foreign exchange policies could threaten economic growth.
- Said: “If we don’t get this right, currency wars” will ensue
- “retaliatory action is a minus for growth”
- “unintended consequences thwarts integration in the region.” ENDS.
Fran O’Sullivan also writes a good article on where Mr Obama could head from a New Zealand perspective too.
Some thoughts on the above: (more…)
American cupcakes with New Zealand butter… Full golden cream.
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 10.29.10~
Have you checked out Hinetaapora Short yet. The ten year-old is showing fine early signs of being an emerging young Hollywood actor. She’s too cute.
Go here to see who Hinetaapora Short is, where she’s from and what she’s doing. Love this kid! She’s the hope of an emerging generation of talented young people in Aotearoa/ New Zealand–the nation of Hobbits, Maori and Polynesian kids that love to entertain.
[Image - famous Hollywood talent agent, Swifty Lazaar's star, from his booth at Hamburger Hamlet, West Hollywood CA 90069, as photographed and shared by Horiwood in Hollywood].
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 10.28.10~
“She has a young Reese Witherspoon look and fresh-faced appeal about her as a potential child-actor of the future in Hollywood”–Horiwood on Hinetaapora Short.
A Diverse View of Hollywood worthy new talent potential:
Should Hinetaaporo Short, 10, be cast as the next Milky Bar Kid!
One of this kid’s X-factors in the entertainment game already, is that Hinetaapora speaks Te Reo Rangatira – The Language of Chiefs - otherwise known as the Maori language of New Zealand) each day, at her Kura Kaupapa school in Roto-Vegas/ Rotorua, Hiobbit country.
Te Reo Rangatira is one of the two official languages that Middle Earth, New Zealand protects and speaks within its shores.
Should Hinetaapora be the Milky Bar Kid for chocolate makers Nestle? Heck yes! What a bilingual, intelligent and talented cutie pai. Adorable. The Milky Bar Kid is a New Zealand child’s ‘super hero’ figure of inspiring Adventure and fun adventuring activities with friends and community–the great Kiwi Way. Just like Hobbits represent such cultural heroes too. A Maori girl super hero? Heck yes! It’s time. What a splendid idea at updating Kiwi pop culture in the 2010′s.
Will Hinetaapora go on to appear in Hobbit in 3D films in Wellywood too and Hollywood? I hope so! She’s a doll.
Go honey! Mauri ‘Ola from Hollywood. Let’s hope Hinetaapora can sign on to the same Hollywood agent as Oscar nominee, Keisha Castle Hughes. My Hollywood agent recommend though for Hinetaapora’s Hollywood acting hopes, is agent: Steve Dontanville. –the agent behind Reese Witherspoon’s acting career in Reese’s initial early years until two years before Reese won her Oscar.
Imagine Hinetaapora Short in a 3D action adventure film? Could she be another Reese Witherspoon, with the potential to win an Oscar too? Only time will tell. But, go kotiro tutu! I love her chutzpah. This kid has spirit. She’s off to a good start at ten years-of-age.
UPDATE: Hinetaapora Short is on the Nestle casting team’s Top Ten Short List at this minute. Go honey! You have Hollywood’s big tick approval. The gorgeous Hinetaapora short is a descendant of the Te Whanau a Hinetaaporo subtribe (Haapu) of Ngati Porou. She also descends from the Te Arawa iwi of Aotearoa/ New Zealand. The same tribe as famed and globally-loved entertainer, the late Sir Howard Morrison. The son of a Maori All Black rugby football star, Temuera Morrison , Sir Howard’s song My Old Man’s An All Black - combated and addressed apartheid in South Africa back in the day. He’s still a legend in hearts and minds today. Good Kiwi Ambassadors and proven entertainment stock are the performance artists of this tribe. They do the right things with their fame for noble humanitarian causes.
Hinetaapora’s Te Arawa tribe are watched by globe-trotting visitors to New Zealand, every day of the week in Rotorua City when they perform live daily as consummate and gifted entertainers. They star in musical theater showcases daily and have been practicing mau rakau (traditional Maori martial arts) for over a thousand years in New Zealand on Mokoia Island. As warriors in performance, they are New Zealand’s indigenous action stars. Very similar to Japanese samurai or Old-World warriors of the Chinese Empire dynasty too. Sir Howard, their much loved late Entertainer king, is pictured wearing his cowboy hat above.
Courage to imagine, see and be true to… yourself.
Message to H.S: Mihi atu ki a koe Hinetaapora… are you practicing your American accent and learning Chinese each morning for Hong Kong filmmaking, 3D action movie/ co-productions in future years, before school? Hope so! Ka rawe! Tino pai kē! Kid, you’re too much! :)
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 10.27.10~
Ko au, ko koe. Ko koe, ko au. I am you. You are I. One –Cliff Curtis, wedding ring inscription
A smile is your passport to anywhere–Horiwood’s dad.
If you’re happy, you’ll notify your face–Rob Packer, pianist/songwriter, NZ
Te Whare e tu nei, Aue karanga mai–This haus that stands, calls–Kataraina Mataira, songwriter
Ka kata roa tatou, Ka kahanui tatou katoa–In laughter is our unanimous great strength–Horiwood
I’ve showcased their a capella singing talents on this blog before, here they are again. With such beautiful smiles, voices and wearing subtle capes – they are like Polynesian super heroes to me, when looking at them from Hollywood. Te Piringa Kapa Haka (Maori Cultural Glee Club) sing in beautiful harmony together. They sing of gratitude. Some of the lyrics translated in English are these:
“And now, let the weak say I am strong. Let the poor say I am rich…
With grateful hearts, we (collectively, in unison as one) give thanks”
Culturally rich, beautiful, spiritually and culturally-nuanced entertainment, in harmony and unison. I love these kids. Their message is UP! and so Hollywood Maori groovy. Go Te Piringa. Go Kapa Haka. And go hori entertainers of the world. Fun! These young people have a spirit of gratitude, a rareness of sweetness and diplomacy that is needed for all children today in our times. They embody youthful potential of smiling faces shared with each other as young people, celebrating the unique gift of cummunity. A universal trait that should not be diminished by economics. They are winners, with their sweetness.
It is my belief, that gratitude and celebration of thankfulness, helps paradigm-shift young people from economic lack, leading to depression (robbing life from the young) -but gratitude moves teenagers into a realization that friends, community, family, culture, art and the performance arts together are always a young person’s treasure. No economic grinch or pinch of circumstance can take that away - which is why I share them with you all as worthy Hollywood entertainment today. Go kids!
This one going up for fans of Glee here in the US as reflection of Glee diversity of a nation that is an ally of America. And in support of New Zealand’s very own Hilary Clinton-esque Maori woman politician, Hekia Parata in recognition of her current Mana campaign and what this means for The World.
[Lea Michele and friends of Club Glee take the cover of GQ Magazine. Scandalous! Image via Cover Awards]
Hekia Parata is a person I proudly associate myself to being from New Zealand and a resident of California - in recognition of her potential to further Maori and Polynesian culture, entertainment in the world – as a healing remedy in entertainment and world politics to remind all people, to stop, consider nature, the environment, the earth’s resources, to consider people – regardless of tribe, of race, of ethnicity, to consider Spirit – and to always give thanks in a shared celebration of life. This is her armory as a politician of future significance. When I met Hekia at Kai on the Bay, now Kai in The City of Wellywood, 7 years ago, she sparkled, wearing a large single white diamond, a centre piece gem stone of Africa, worn around her neck.
Mauri ‘Ola from Hollywood. Btw: Hekia can sing like these soloists. I’ve seen her, sing at a dinner table for 15. After dining on seafood bisque and koura as a main (lobster) in Wellywood, Hekia then sung with her friends! An amazing born performer. She can sing and entertain. Hekia this one is for you and Porirua, especially and what this city can give the world from Wellywood. In celebration of Maori, Polynesian, Kiwi kids potential and New Zealand culture of cinema and the Performing Arts to bless the world, this post goes up with a sense of joy and pride in the Entertainment Capitol of The World. ICU.
Did I mention Hekia has the best “hair care” in the world too, naturally. She’s like a government Work Hori In Progress meeting – she can Whip That Hair! like a colorful Willow Smith Snr. She’s all about rocking good hair in politics, like many First Ladies of the Political set are in The World at this minute. Not to name names from the Cameroon or the US, either. Lol! Fun ahead. :)
[This image - Black Paua Torch of Liberty - Black leather, with triple-stitched black cotton on Paua shell (symbolizing, the eyes that see of our ancestors and leaders as carved on every marae wall in "wood" of every Maori tribe, unifying US - for Hekia Parata and leaders who always make you smile. This is their gift as unique politicians. Memorable leaders, born once in a lifetime for such a time as this. Louder!]
~Written in the spirit of Te Rangi Hiroa - Sir Peter Buck from American shores to his friend Sir Apirana Ngata in New Zealand, to strengthen leadership – with the tenderness of Maori Aroha. A reminder that long before we were ever given titles, our ancestors chose us to be here, and our conviction as Indigenous Peoples also bore witness with our breath that breathes richly today in our spoken reo (voices)–of the fact that we always chose ourselves to be taonga of The World and speak Life into eachother’s wairua (spirit) to strengthen, so that all could benefit. Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 10.20.10~
[Ps: Waiting to win an election sux. It's like waiting for high school exam results, just a little. Here's some Glee paying tribute to a great, Britney Spears, to amuse, while dancing, campaigning and waiting for those results, with a Taylor Lautner reference as a reminder of what Indigenous kids of any culture can achieve, if gym and action star trained and fit - with the right support needed and allocated. Polynesian super heroes are the future of 3D Hollywood and Wellywood action films if given the opportunity to be.]
[Pic: What a snake does. Bites with venom + steal bird's eggs. Via Michael K]
True fact: I am from New Zealand. Manuka honey, the honey scientists posit is one of the best in the world, is specific to New Zealand. Manuka honey is a symbol I associate all New Zealanders to. In my own deluded head, on a good day, it also defines me, for it’s known healing properties. The Chinese love it.
Criticism on a blog: To be honest when you’re a blogger, you’re often the venting ground of people’s frustrations. To every 20 comments given, most will be down-putting, 1 will be encouraging. As a blogger, you learn – that when people go through tough times, they look to someone or something to vent on.
An entertainment blog, which provides surreal escapist news on celebrities (all lottery winners in Hollywood’s fame game, a select handfull of people only), make people feel inspired in some strange way. Yet the flip side is, when they realize that a normal person’s life, isn’t going to be like the celebrity post they’ve just read – they then flip out, and their disappointment? Normal frustrations? manifest themselves in awful comments aimed at ‘you’, or, the blog persona of a blog. It doesn’t hurt much, because as a blogger, that’s just the persona. Not me. But I do get bored reading so many negative comments. Just saying.
Most of these I delete, so you don’t have to read them. But, yeah – they kill my creativity – and optimism sorta - spoonfull by spoonfull. In such an environment, it’s hard to be open to any criticism. Still a weakness, I am improving on.
On the night she died, I sat beside Aunt Elvira‘s bedside, and as she breathed her last breaths, I read these words about ‘Attitude’ on her bedside wall.
As I read these words sitting beside her watching her life hang in the balances, I realized I was showing the most signs of room for improvement, perhaps out of anyone on the planet.
She was a very special Aunt and sister to her family and I choose to celebrate her today on my Hollywood celebrity news blog, one month after her passing, and share a little bit of what she taught me about valuing the gift of life in yourself and others. So for Elvira’s great legacy of love, here we go:
“Attitude is everything: Attitude is the way you think. Your attitude is something other people can actually see. They can hear it in your voice, see it in the way you move, feel it when they are with you. Your attitude expresses itself in everything you do, all the time, wherever you are.
Positive attitudes always invite positive results. Negative attitudes always invited negative results.
Attitude makes a difference every hour, every day, in everything you do for your entire life. What you get out of each thing you do will equal the attitude you have when you do it.
Anything that you do with a positive attitude will work for you. Anything that you do with a negative attitude will work against you.
If you have a positive attitude, you are looking for ways to solve the problems that you can solve, and you are letting go of things over which you have no control.
You can develop a positive attitude by emphasizing the good, by being tough-minded, and by refusing defeat.”
I share these thoughts with the definition of the word ‘celebrity’ which is “someone who is worthy of being celebrated.” May a sweet attitude always be the star of us all. Aunt Elvira was a sweetheart.
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 8.14.10. Originally posted as Beattitudes of The Classics.~
Love is contagious in the dance of life. “You just never know whose in on it”–Kim Bryan
Here in L.A, sweetness sits beside you, when sometimes you can feel a tad bit gloomy on things, and sweetness makes you smile.
Kim Bryan showed me flash mob clips today, that made us both laugh. Although the Opera singing clips were amazing, let’s go with a taste of Illinois. The smile on Oprah‘s face as The Black Eyed Peas surprised her with a dance tribute from Chicago, was precious. I think I enjoyed seeing Kim laughing at Oprah’s surprised expressions, more than seeing Oprah celebrating the kickoff start of her 24th season.
“I’ve got a feeling that today’s gonna be a good day… so just dance.”
When you witness scenes like this, reminds you how much spirit the American people have. An eclectic tapestry of colorful people who love life, and love fun. Thank you Kim, Oprah and thank you Chicago.
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 8.6.2010~
Angelina Jolie was a lady in red for Hollywood at Russia’s Salt premiere.
When questioned about the “spy swap” scandal, because she has six kids to be a mother to in between red carpet premiere press moments, and that question is just so relevant to her life (not!), Jolie replied, “you don’t want to focus on the negative behind this issue of the spy swap because I think that what is happening between our countries is wonderful these days, so many positive movements forward.”
That was quite an elegant answer from Ms Jolie. She’s always so smart and sweet.. ;)
[Images courtesy of the Huffington Post]
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 7.25.2010~
I wonder what my Maori mom, is doing right now in Israel. Too cute. Way too much… I’m sure.
Hey mom, hope you’re loving your trip in “the Holy land.”
Hope you’re having fun. Kihi nui.
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 7.17.2010 and The Maori Rose of Sharon, New Zealand 7.18.2010. Image of Aretha Franklin‘s star Hollywood Walk of Fame. Music by Ree, Do Right Woman, with the message from America, Courage To Love Arabs and Muslims, people just like ourselves too. True Love is unconditional, not based on skin color, or the language you speak, or pen one’s handwriting in. Because this is our conviction of Liberty, which relies outside of laws of ink alone, and that does not come from the hand of man or the hand of woman either; neither is love confined to the believed borders of nationalism, the constructs of race, or the limitations of religion outside of love relationship with all God’s children. True Liberty as walked in love, neither comes from the constrictions of current world leaders blindsided political models of leadership, that become mere afterthoughts of hindsight in the canons of history as reflective, sobering lessons learned from ‘history’s past mistakes.’ Love is more active than that in the present. We live in times, where recent political mistakes have cost too many lives–and we can no longer be passive global citizens with consciences that we claim are alive, but we need to act too in Love for those, our own nations may deem ‘enemies.’ So, as people who choose to live in the light of Love’s truth which is timeless and not bound by either current events or history, we have a lot of work to do ahead of us, right now in supporting our leaders, not to miss what Love is. May unconditional love define action as we all grow up and see beyond borders of hatred, into the hearts of people just like you and me. May we let Love be Love, and yield to it with all inclusive humility. Let’s wurck~
Roses are red. Violets are blue. :)
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 7.5.2010~
~Her tomatoes are wayfarer than all others.~
Seers–always have courage to be married to the “see”–Looking Glass music mysticism
Humility is this profound little ‘old’ lady, giving Chuck the gardener at Wayfarers Chapel one of America’s finest organic heirloom tomatoes.
She gave a piece of her always advancing scientific art form away in acknowledgement that this man could grow roses as well as she could.
If this is America today, then bring it on! :)
Poetry for America, China, Africa, New Zealand: We have diamonds on the soles of our shoes. xox
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California. USA. 6.26.2010~
“Then I’ll reach inside and find, and give you all the sweetness that I have”–Tracey Chapman
True democracy is always poetic. Today, you voted ten poems on this blog. Here’s a snapshot of the American soul, in this moment as you expressed yourselves and choices to form this reflection of someone beautiful.
Thank you for being poetic yourselves and lovers of poetry. Here’s how you look, from Aunt E’s abode:
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 6.23.2010~
Toronto got served a slice of cherry pie from Katy Perry today.
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 6.18.2010~
This definition definition is ‘borrowed’ from Wiki. Just for laughs:
Turkish Delight (Lokum) is a confection that in the West is frequently manufactured from starch and sugar, but which in the Middle East takes a variety of forms more subtle, including premium varieties made almost solely of chopped dates, pistachios and hazelnuts or walnuts. Western varieties have a soft, jelly-like consistency, and are often flavored with rosewater, mastic or lemon; rosewater gives it a characteristic pale pink color. The confection is often packaged and eaten in small cubes dusted with icing sugar, copra, or powdered cream of Tartar to prevent clinging. Other common types include flavors such as cinnamon or mint. In the production process soapwort may be used as an additive, serving as an emulsifier.
[Image courtesy of Live and Loose]
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 6.13.2010~
My Maori mother is visiting me in Hollywood. This morning she went to get the morning papers (LA Times and New York Times). On her travels she met a Maori couple who have lived in Perth Australia for 17 years. They are vacationing in LA.
The Maori lad wore a Maori whale bone taonga pendant around his neck. The Maori lassie did not have one. My mom took off her own Mother-of-Pearl Maori necklace from New Zealand she was wearing and gave it to this lady. The woman was so deeply moved. The last thing she was expecting to ever be gifted in Los Angeles California was a Maori piece of jewelry. She cried.
The girl had played sports with my sister Cherry growing up in New Zealand. LA is such a small world. My mother is just too sweet. I love her spontaneous Maori heart. She’s a hoot in Hollywood. :)
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 11.30.09~
Beyonce grew up in Destiny‘s Child, the biggest selling all girl group on the planet. But long before Beyonce ‘borrowed’ from The World of Suzie Wong: The Movie fashion styling to tour the world, there were All American Girl Bands who worked hard without as much recognition and who paved the way.
The Go-Go‘s are an all girl band that define the Californian story and lifestyle. Four girls came from four different states across the USA, to Los Angeles to enjoy the surf n sun.
They ended up colliding into one another in the fast-paced LA life and forming a band. The rest is history.
The Go-Go’s are tres amazing. I saw them in concert at The House of Blues on West Hollywood’s infamously fun, Sunset Strip. Enjoy, their music in the form of this clip from The Johnny Carson Show and vintage Suzie Wong movie promotional artwork, today.
America endearing China and China endearing America, is the way of the future and a golden romance of political ties and alliances, with India. The Kung Fu Kid executive produced by Will Smith starring Will’s son, Jayden Smith and Chinese geat, Jackie Chan is Hollywood’s next big effort to produce and generate a Chinese-friendly film. Securing the music rights of Michael Jackson‘s music and incorporating it into the journey of the young hero’s story for this film; will be pivotal to breaking into China.
Yes We Can… Let’s go America!!!
The Go-Go’s lyrics of one of their most famous songs, Our Lips follows. Great fun girls:
Disney Teen Queen, Selena Gomez has recently returned from a Unicef Ambassador stint to Ghana, Africa. Here’s what she said:
“I got to meet teens, I got to meet children, I got to meet families,” Gomez said about the trip she went on with her mom and stepdad.
“It was completely life-changing and eye-opening, and when we came back we definitely had nothing to complain about.”