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

by Tambay A. Obenson
December 3, 2013 6:11 PM
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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. | December 11, 2013 1:06 PMReply

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

  • kw | December 9, 2013 7:20 PMReply

    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.

  • N | December 12, 2013 10:21 AM


  • CareyCarey | December 12, 2013 3:59 AM

    Okay, you didn't call me all those name and I didn't say you did. I was simply listing other names thrown my way so you could add to the list. And, right on cue you dropped "moron".

    So look, we all comment for different reasons, what's yours? I mean, what's your mission or purpose in this thang we do? Don't get me wrong, I know that's a hard question for most to answer because seldom are we required to "analyze" our behaviors, especially those things we do without pre-planning. But could you tell me why you comment or why you've taken it upon yourself to remind S&A's readers of my alleged indiscretions?

  • NTNWN | December 12, 2013 2:03 AM

    i'm not all of those people, moron and i didn't call you all those names. why don't YOU just use one name? i don't need a best shot when i know you make up characters and pretend to be other commenters.

  • CareyCarey | December 12, 2013 12:54 AM

    Hey NTNWN-Naw- True- Truth-Nope-Dope-Well-Nah-No-Tay (why don't you just use one name and stick to it?) I'll tell you what, in the words of Dirty Harry "MAKE MY DAY!". That's right, just call me a few more names to go along with your usual, "pathetic", impostor, dumb and crybaby, so we can move on. Hey, I've been called raghead, nigg*r, Uncle Ruckus, blog whore and even Sergio's do-boy, so make my day, hit me with a few more of your best shots. And please Miss Multiple, don't hurt me too bad and use one name, please :-)

  • Ntnwn | December 11, 2013 12:47 AM

    you take more joy in pretending to be people in a blog. every time you bitch about people here I will remind them how pathetic you are. you make up names to agree with you. you pretend to be real commenters

  • CareyCarey | December 10, 2013 11:35 AM

    Whomever you are ( Naw, True, Truth, Nope, Well, Nah, etc,) why me? What pleasure do you derive from following me around with these types of comments?

    Listen, I find tremendous joy from watching movies. It's an immeasurable delight that I wish could last forever. However, as we all know, nothing lasts forever... but when I am in that place, I want to say each wonderful moment... stay... stay... stay. Then nothing can be slow enough.

    So if my exchanges with others (conversations on actors, directors, films, the black audience, etc,) takes you to a place that you truly love, believe me, I understand. Keep doing you, young man.

    Now, where were we?....

    Thanks KW, my ...

  • Naw | December 10, 2013 10:34 AM

    agreeing with you is not aligning with you. nobody cares that much about people agreeing wit you except you. that's why you PRETEND TO BE OTHER PEOPLE TO MAKE YOURSELF LOOK GOOD ON A BLOG. you act like you dot care that people think your dumb and full of sh*t but you write long posts about being a martyr here and PRETEND TO BE OTHER PEOPLE TO AGREE WIT YOU. You MAKE UP FAKE IDENTITIES AND IMPERSONATE REAL COMMENTERS HERE. YOU PATHETIC CRYBABY. GET OVER IT.

  • CareyCarey | December 10, 2013 4:48 AM

    ...and btw, Ms. KW, you must be a newbie around this neck of the woods? If you are, it behooves me to tell you - you're walking on thin ice. I mean, when one aligns themselves with me, at this blog... well... they could receive the stinky-eye, side-eye, evil-eye roll. See, I'm not in the crowd who fist-bumps and man-pounds at everything that's stamped "BLACK". No-no, I can't do it. When it's right, it's right. When it's sad, I'm sad too. When it's good, I'm all over it. But when it's black and sad and falls below the "good" line, I have to say so. Therefore, on several occasions I've found myself in the position of the lone wolf, with the opposing team accusing me of being a "hater", and other names I shall not repeat.

    In short, as you know, some folks can't stand the truth. Consequently... **in my best west-side vernacular**... "dey ain't tryin' to hear dat sh*t cuz... it hurt so bad". But KW, WELCOME... and keep your head down while you're courageously riding with me.

  • CareyCarey | December 10, 2013 3:03 AM

    Thanks KW,

    My basic sentiment revolves around the idiom "to cry wolf". It was derived from one of Aesop's Fables The Boy Who Cried Wolf. The moral stated at the end is, "this shows how liars are rewarded: even if they tell the truth, no one believes them". It also echoes a statement attributed to Aristotle "what those who tell lies gain by it?" The answer "that when they speak truth they are not believed".

    That said, I've been suggesting that when we over-hype or give unwarranted praise to our actors, it's quite possible that when the time comes in which we should really blow our bugles, many will not believe us.

    In the case of Michael B. Jordan, immediately after Fruitvale's Sundance win (months ago), some (here at this blog) were saying he was going to win an Oscar. Now I don't know if that can be defined as "crying wolf" but it's hard to take someone seriously when they make their move so soon, not to mention that there were/are much better performances than his.

  • dee | December 9, 2013 4:09 PMReply

    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.

  • SoulCreative | December 8, 2013 9:53 PMReply

    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!

  • CareyCarey | December 9, 2013 5:48 AM

    "how about challenge yourselves to find a true story and direct it so the actors you place in it can be judged"

    Hmmm... and they would be judged/ assessed/ critiqued. That's the nature of films.. and particularly film blogs. The blog presents the films/information and then conversation ensues. That conversations revolves around the script/storylines and the actors, their good points and that which were less pleasing to some.

    Now do you think it fair to chide those who do not follow in your footsteps? I mean, you dropped salt on Tyler Perry and shared what you thought was missing from a lot of actors today and what you believe needs to be incorporated more into black movies. So how would you feel if someone hit you with the trite phrase " rather than complain and judge these actors (and Tyler Perry) and their talent how about challenge yourselves to find a true story (any story) and direct it so the actors you place in it can be judged" ?

    And btw, I've seen Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom. Was I entertained? At times, yes. Do I believe Idris connected with the character? Well, I didn't necessarily feel that. I hope you find what you're looking for.

  • Donella | December 5, 2013 12:35 PMReply

    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.

  • Donella | December 5, 2013 12:03 PMReply

    Now that's a show!

  • Alias | December 4, 2013 1:28 PMReply

    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.

  • CareyCarey | December 4, 2013 7:46 PM

    Ridiculous you say ACCIDENTAL VISITOR? I think she's right on point. Case in point, did you see his participation in the recent round table discussion with Forest Whitaker, Matthew McConaughey, Jared Leto, Josh Brolin and Jake Gyllenhaal? Without a doubt he was the DUD in the room.

    He couldn't formulate his thoughts and he appeared very insecure. Not a person one would describe as having that mega watt charisma or as Alias said, he lacks that je nais se quoi. In reference to Mackie, whatever people were saying about him, even in comments on THIS site, it still holds true. Unlike Ejiofor, he has reached his peak, and thus, will forever be known as the best buddy black guy with limited talent.

  • Accidental Visitor | December 4, 2013 1:51 PM

    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.


    This is simply ridiculous. Jordan gets praise non-stop for both charisma and his acting chops. Get a clue. As for Mackie people say the same thing about him that they were saying about Ejiofor, even in comments on THIS site, over the past few years. Of course the problem was never talent or ability in regards to Ejiofor. It was about opportunity and the populace finally getting wise. The same can be said for Mackie.

  • Akimbo | December 4, 2013 12:09 AMReply

    Love Chiwetel. I'll be watching.

  • CareyCarey | December 3, 2013 10:59 PMReply

    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.....

  • CareyCarey | December 4, 2013 5:02 PM

    Slow your roll Monkeysuit. Listen, did you just assume there was not "Wire" fans out here? Are you serious, Michael B Jordan's character is NOT one of the most memorable characters of that show.

    And again, I believe Ejiofor is a great actor. Anyway, different strokes for different folks. This just in. The International Press Academy's Satelite Awards Nominations

    Actor: Chiwetel Ejiofor & Forest Whitaker. NO Michael B Jordan.

    Supporting actress: Oprah Winfrey & Lupita Nyong'o

    Best Motion Picture: 12 Years. NO Butler. NO Fruitvale

  • monkeysuit | December 4, 2013 2:55 PM

    What?!!? Did you not see the Wire? Do you know how rare it is for an actor that young to give such a penetrating performance. He was only in one season yet he managed to be one of the most memorable characters of the show. While I agree Fruitvale wasn't that special, but Michael B. Jordan and Octavia Spencer were the only reasons I didn't feel gyped leaving the theater.

    And Ejiofor? Did you not see his eyes? Could you not feel the nightmare surrounding him just from the look in his eyes? Talk about nuanced. That's acting at it's best.

    I swear, I'm starting to think some of y'all S&A readers and writers alike are just contrarians. One black film flies under the critic radar: best film ever (see Pariah or anything by Ava DuVernay). Another becomes critic porn: "nothing to write home about" (see 12 Years a Slave, Beasts of the Southern Wild). I thought the latter was because it was a white director. But here we have a black director with a black subject and suddenly everyone's impossible to please. Intelligence isn't measured by unpopular your "opinion" is.

  • NO BRAINER | December 4, 2013 12:59 AM

    You're so right, CC. Fruitvale was just an ok movie. Never have I ever agreed with you more.

  • CareyCarey | December 4, 2013 12:21 AM

    Whatsup LL2, long time no talk girl,

    Listen, I am not saying Ejiofor is not a good actor ( I've enjoyed many of his performances). I'm just saying this role as Solomon Northrup was nothing special.

    In reference to Michael B. Jordan, to receive "critical acclaim" does not tell a complete story. Fact is, the jury is still out on him. I mean, some folks, particularly in the black community, are clamoring for the next black "star", consequently when a "candidate" appears we tend to overplay his or her's accomplishments. We've seen this trend with Idris, David Oyelowo and Anthony Mackie. So I'm just saying that one day Mr. Jordan may become the man about town, turning down roles at his discretion (because he got it like that), but right know, based on the movies I've seen him in, I think it's safe to say he's simply the "new" popular black face. To the powers that be, that has everything to do with money, not necessarily his acting ability.

  • LL2 | December 3, 2013 11:11 PM

    I will agree with you about Idris Elba but Chiwetel Ejiofor and Michael B Jordan have been getting a lot of critical acclaim for their performances. In fact, they both just got nominated for the Independent Spirit Awards. Besides, Chiwetel isn't a newbie, he's a critically acclaimed stage actor and winner of a Laurence Olivier Award. You may not like his performance but you can't deny that many people consider him to be very talent.

  • Blackman | December 3, 2013 7:34 PMReply

    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.


  • NO BRAINER | December 4, 2013 1:02 AM

    Steven McQueen is of Grenadian descent.

  • Carl | December 3, 2013 11:19 PM

    You have a track record of stupid statements and this adds to the list shit for brains. You can't be a Black Man. Your daddy should of pulled out.

  • Africameleon | December 3, 2013 11:17 PM

    "That's an African trait, not an African American trait"..... You just confused the hell out of me, I just can't!

  • LL2 | December 3, 2013 10:49 PM

    Overkill? Slavery wasn't exactly a walk in the park. People suffered and their stories need to be told, too bad you couldn't handle the truth, however the truth doesn't just go away because some people can't handle it.

    Correction: Steve Mcqueen, the director, is not African, he's British of Caribbean descent. He's probably never even been to Africa. Likewise, the actor Chiwetel Ejiofor is British of Nigerian descent. Afro-British culture is not the same as African culture but being an 'African expert' I'm sure you would know that already.

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