”A festival official said the three Emiratis were taken out on the grounds [that] they are too handsome and that the Commission members feared female visitors could fall for them,” a news service said, adding that “the festival’s management took urgent measures to deport the three to Abu Dhabi.”
It’s hard as an African American woman in Hollywood, it’s very hard. However, I don’t really feel stereotyped [as an African American actress], because I haven’t done anything that I feel is stereotypical. In my 30+ year career I’ve been fortunate not to have to do anything I’ve been ashamed of doing. Over the years I’ve had the opportunity to do things that people admired and liked, which gave me a voice, because I was believed to be a good person, which I am. I think I’m admired a bit by my Afro American peers, and that’s a nice thing too, although it sounds egotistical. I’m still proud of the work that I’ve done. - JoMarie Payton
We, the people, declare today that the most evident of truths — that all of us are created equal — is the star that guides us still; just as it guided our forebears through Seneca Falls, and Selma, and Stonewall; just as it guided all those men and women, sung and unsung, who left footprints along this great Mall, to hear a preacher say that we cannot walk alone; to hear a King proclaim that our individual freedom is inextricably bound to the freedom of every soul on Earth.