- Ali Wentworth | Daily Shot | Wed, Nov 13, 2013 10:35 AM EST | Comments
LeVar Burton's storied career includes playing Kunta Kinte on the miniseries "Roots," working as host and executive producer of "Reading Rainbow," and portraying blind Lt. Commander Geordi La Forge on "Star Trek: The Next Generation," but it was his time on the Enterprise that he calls "seven of the best years of my life."
"We're all enormously good friends," he says of his "Star Trek" co-stars. Now that he's in New York City for a few days, he plans to see some of his old buddies, including Patrick Stewart, whom he affectionately refers to as "Old Baldy."
LeVar is also excited to celebrate the "Reading Rainbow" brand, which turned 30 this year, and the app that he hopes will create a love of reading for the new generation. "We took the television show and reinvented it as a tablet experience for kids," LeVar says. "Television was the technology that we used in the '80s. If you want to reach kids today, you've got to be on a tablet devic...Read More »
- Ali Wentworth | Daily Shot | Tue, Nov 12, 2013 10:34 AM EST | Comments
Just a few months ago, rapper Ja Rule completed a two-year prison sentence for illegal gun possession and failure to pay taxes. Now, he's making his comeback with the new movie "I'm in Love With a Church Girl" and an upcoming album.
Looking back on his time in jail, he says the experience wasn't what he expected. "A lot of guys are in there trying to relax, keep calm, keep cool, and hopefully get home someday," Ja says. "There's not as much craziness that you think might be going on."
While he was incarcerated, Ja earned his GED, and he's says he learned a lot about himself during the two-year stint. "Prison's a dark place," he says. "It's not a place where you want to be. It's a very humbling experience."
Though it was difficult being away from his family, Ja is still happily married to his wife of 12 years. He says the secret to their relationship is to "keep it fresh." "You know, w...Read More »
- Ali Wentworth | Daily Shot | Mon, Nov 11, 2013 12:40 PM EST | Comments
After struggling to get hired as a writer, comedian Rob Delaney turned to Twitter to spread the word about just how funny he could be. It worked. Nearly a million followers later, he continues to crack up the online community and has just released his first book, "Rob Delaney: Mother. Wife. Sister. Human. Warrior. Falcon. Yardstick. Turban. Cabbage."
Why is he such a Twitter success? "I enjoy trying to squeeze little stories and jokes and things into 140 characters," he explains. "I like restrictions. I like jail. I like tight underpants. I like things that force things to blast out in other areas."
But the comedian reveals that his most often retweeted tweets aren't funny at all. "A lot of my most popular ones are political ones, which is so silly," he said. His most popular tweet of all time occurred during a gay marriage debate when he wrote, "I love gay people. Or as I sometimes refer to them as: people."
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As a county court judge and the personality behind the syndicated series "Supreme Justice With Judge Karen," Judge Karen Mills-Francis has seen and heard just about everything in the courtroom. But there's one thing people do that drives her crazy: "Interrupt me!"
Over her many years in the judicial system, Judge Karen says the biggest lesson she's learned is that "most people want to be heard. I think that most people feel they're not listened to," she explains. "They're not listened to at home; they're not listened to by their spouses; they're not listened to by their bosses.... They want to have their story told, and I think I let them tell it."
And if you've ever panicked when noticing a jury summons in your mail, Judge Karen says getting out of it isn't that easy, so stop trying. The only ways to be absolved from service are if "you're older than 70 years old ... if you have some debilitating illness, if you're sole pr...Read More »
- Ali Wentworth | Daily Shot | Fri, Nov 8, 2013 10:17 AM EST | Comments
"Lylas" might stand for "love ya like a sister," but that doesn't mean the ladies of the band don't partake in a little sibling rivalry. "That's the first name we've ever agreed on," Presley Hernandez says.
And with a female-dominated household, there was bound to be a little sibling conflict while everyone was growing up. "Me and Bruno got into a fight one time over Maury Povich, so I grabbed a hairbrush ... and I didn't mean to hit him, I just meant to scare him," Tiara Hernandez admits. "But I whipped it at him right at the nose. It started to bleed, and I was like 'Oh, I'm in trouble.'"
Now that the siblings are older, they're more protective of each other. "He says, 'Don't date anybody ever!'" Presley says about her brother's love advice. But it goes both ways. "You have to impress all four of us if you're going to date Bruno," Tiara says.
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