Chris Rock

Hollywood is buzzing with one question: Why does everybody hate Chris Rock?

But before chatting about his show, Everybody Hates Chris, Chris wants to talk about Oprah's renovated set. "There's no couch," he observes. "What's Tom Cruise going to stand on?"
Chris Rock

Critics are saying that Everybody Hates Chris is the best show of the fall 2005 season. In it, 13-year-old Chris is growing up in a strict working-class family with his two younger siblings, his penny-pinching dad and his loving but temperamental mother. To complicate matters, Chris must face the challenges of junior high—which is two hours away in a predominantly white neighborhood.

Oprah: How did you come up with the name [Everybody Hates Chris]?

Chris: [Everybody Loves Raymond] was going off the air. ... We had other names, like Rockfeld and Mad About Chris Rock.
Chris Rock

In real life, Chris is the oldest of eight. "It was magic," Chris says. "It was the most fun in the world."

Chris has been married to Malaak Compton-Rock for eight years and they have two little girls, Lola and Zahra. What did Chris's dad teach him about being a father?

"My dad died before I had kids," Chris says. "But the most important thing is to be there. And you can say whatever you want to kids, but they will do what you do. [You can say] 'Don't smoke.' But if you smoke, then your kid is going to smoke. If you're responsible, then your kids are going to be responsible."

Chris's daughters were on his mind when he joined Oprah's Angel Network Team on the ground in Houston, Texas, to help survivors of the Hurricane Katrina catastrophe.
Chris Rock helps survivors of Hurricane Katrina.

When Chris traveled to Houston to help Hurricane Katrina evacuees, one little girl with an amazing spirit brought out a more serious side to the famous funnyman

"This little girl was almost bubbly," Chris says. "And I said, 'Who are you with?' And she's like, 'My daddy.' To her, nothing was going to go wrong as long as she had her daddy. All I could think about [was] my daughters," Chris says tearfully. "You think you've got all this other stuff, but all you've got is family. I think this experience will affect me for the rest of my life."
The Dove Girls: Shanel, Julie, Lindsey, Sigrid, Gina and Stacy

First they posed in the bare necessities on billboards they're on Oprah's stage in their infamous undergarments! The Dove women—Shanel, Julie, Lindsey, Sigrid, Gina and Stacy—are still baring their curves and causing quite a stir.

Dove scouts searched across America for real women for their buzzworthy billboards and found six women—each with a different career and signature curves. These fearless women may not be size 2 supermodels, but their courage is helping redefine society's opinion of "real beauty."

"We've gotten amazing feedback," Stacy says. "Women who are saying they use our picture for inspiration who are battling anorexia, and we know we're actually making a difference... that's what this is all about."

"I think I speak for most of the girls that we were always confident, but I think after doing the [Dove campaign], we're able to own our beauty," Sigred says. "I hope that the campaign has inspired other women to do the same."

According to a Dove survey of 3,000 women, this type of campaign is just what women needed. Results show that only 2 percent of the women surveyed consider themselves beautiful, and only 13 percent are happy with their weight and body shape.
LeBron James

The buzz about LeBron James began when he graced the cover of Sports Illustrated—at age 17! As a high school student in Akron, Ohio, this basketball phenom was billed as "the next Michael Jordan" and nicknamed King James.

As the hottest teen athlete in the world, LeBron decided to skip college and enter into the NBA draft at age 18. The Cleveland Cavaliers snatched him up as their number one pick and offered him a four-year, $18.8 million contract. Their pick paid off—LeBron went on to become the youngest rookie of the year ever!

On top of his NBA contract, LeBron scored big with a $90 million endorsement deal from Nike before he set foot on the Cavaliers' court. Forbes magazine predicts that by the time LeBron turns 25 years old, he'll be worth more than $200 million!
LeBron James' mother, Gloria

Before LeBron became a star athlete, he and his mother, Gloria, struggled to make ends meet.

"I think the reason why I'm the person [who I am] today is because I went through those tough times when I was younger," LeBron says. "I wish I could sit here and give you words to describe what my mother means to me. There aren't enough words in the dictionary. I don't know how she did it."

With his first big paycheck, LeBron went out and bought a brand-new Mercedes-Benz SL500—for his mom! His generosity didn't end there. Recently, he went on a shopping spree at Sam's Club and bought $120,000 worth of supplies for Hurricane Katrina survivors.

"I was blessed with a God-given talent, and my mother raised me the right way," LeBron says. "I told myself if I ever made it to the level I want to be at, I'm gonna give back."
LeBron James

Despite his dominance on the basketball court, LeBron still idolizes his childhood hero, Michael Jordan. "Man, meeting Michael Jordan for me was, Jesus walking towards me," LeBron says. "It was overwhelming to me to finally meet the guy I've looked up to my whole life."

In honor of his hero, LeBron chose the number 23 for his jersey—just like Mike.

"Oh, man, that's my inspiration in basketball, to see what he did on the court and to see what he did off the court," LeBron says. "I didn't think there was [another] number to wear."

Let's hope number 23 is as lucky for LeBron as it was for Michael when the playoffs come around next year. "I think long term, in basketball, the ultimate goal is to win the NBA championship," Lebron says. "My life won't be satisfied without winning an NBA championship."
FROM: Why Everybody Hates Chris Rock
Published on September 22, 2005


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