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Rapper Common Includes Sexual Orientation In Oscar Acceptance Speech on the Legacy of Selma: VIDEO

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Musician John Legend and rapper Common gave a moving award acceptance speech at the Oscars, with Common saying that the bridge Martin Luther King Jr. crossed on his march from Selma to Montgomery is no longer just a symbol for the Civil Rights Movement, but is now a symbol for any discrimination based on "race, gender, sexual orientation and social status," reports Billboard.

The duo’s song Glory, featured in Selma, won the Oscar for best original song. Common went on to say the symbol of the bridge connects people around the world, from those fighting for freedom of expression in France to those fighting for Democracy in China. Legend also took the opportunity to touch on incarceration rates among black men in his speech.

Said Legend:

"Nina Simone said it's an artist’s duty to reflect the times we're in. Selma is now because the struggle for justice is right now. We live in the most incarcerated country in the world. There are more black men under correctional control today than there were in slavery in 1850."

Cameras panned to David Oyelowo, who played Martin Luther King Jr. in Selma, during Common's acceptance speech with visible tears in his eyes. Fellow co-star and Selma producer Oprah Winfrey, seated next to Oyelowo, was also shown filled with emotion. Watch Common give his touching speech AFTER THE JUMP

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Pastor Rob Bell Talks to Oprah About Christianity Being 'Moments Away' From Embracing Gay Marriage: VIDEO

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Popular (and controversial) evangelical pastor Rob Bell appeared on Oprah's Soul Food Sunday this weekend and shared why marriage is so important - for gay and straight people alike.

Said Bell:

"One of the oldest aches in the bones of humanity is loneliness....Loneliness is not good for the world. And so whoever you are, gay or straight, it is totally normal, natural and healthy to want someone to go through life with. It's central to our humanity. We want someone to go on the journey with."

When Oprah followed up by asking Bell when Christianity would "get that," he responded:

Bell2We're moments away...I think culture is already there and the church will continue to be even more irrelevant when it quotes letters from 2,000 years ago as their best defense, when you have in front of you flesh-and-blood people who are your brothers and sisters and aunts and uncles and co-workers and neighbors and they love each other and just want to go through life with someone." 

Added wife Kristen Bell:

"There are churches who are moving forward and there are churches who are almost regressing and making it more of a battle."

Rob Bell, the former pastor of Mars Hill Bible Church in Grandville, Michigan, has riled evangelical feathers over the years with his church's acceptance of gay members and his 2011 book Love Wins which argues against the traditional Christian interpretation of a literal "Hell".

Watch the episode, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Ellen And Oprah: Spooning Buddies — VIDEO

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Ellen promoted a charades-like app called "Heads Up" on her show the other day, and to help her out as her teammate was none other than Oprah Winfrey. It's Ellen, so naturally shenanigans ensued, particularly when the clue "Spooning" came up.

You can watch the talk show titan cuddle-buddies, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Michael Sam on Whether His 'Cake Kiss' Was Staged and If He Thinks Homophobia Is Why He's Not In the NFL: VIDEO

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Sitting down with Oprah for an interview that aired on OWN last night, Michael Sam was asked about the infamous "cake kiss" he shared with boyfriend Vito Cammisano that aired on ESPN after Sam was drafted to the St. Louis Rams late in the seventh round of the NFL draft. 

Oprah asked Sam whether the kiss was staged for the cameras, as well as whether he thought the kiss itself was "too much" for America and the NFL to handle

In a separate clip, Oprah asked Sam if he thinks he isn't in the NFL now because he "wasn't good enough to play" or because he's gay.

Find out, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Did you watch the interview and documentary? What did you think?

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Michael Sam Opens Up About the Other Gay NFL Players Who Reached Out to Him: VIDEO

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In a promo for Oprah's interview with Michael Sam that airs tonight, Sam talks about the gay men in the NFL who reached out to him to commend Sam for his courage being openly gay.

Sam wouldn't specify the exact number, saying only that a "very few" contacted him, before adding: "there's a lot of us out there."

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

And be sure to catch Oprah's full interview with Sam tonight at 10:30 pm PT on OWN following the premiere of the Michael Sam documentary at 9 PT. 

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Jimmy Fallon and Oprah Relive Their 80s Soap Opera: WATCH

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Few may know of Jimmy Fallon and Oprah Winfrey's short-lived soap opera from the 80s, Midnight Meadows, in which the duo played husband and wife, Broderick and Valentina Kensington. The show's short run may have had to something to do with its experimental vocal effects.

Watch as Fallon and Oprah get high and real low, AFTER THE JUMP...

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