Oprah Winfrey told her audience Wednesday that she had no idea whose shoulders she was resting on when cameras caught her bawling during Barack Obama’s speech Tuesday night in Chicago’s Grant Park. The media, however, has identified him as an Obama campaign worker from California. Co-worker Karen Wark says the man in pictures is Sam Perry, who worked at the Silicon Valley for Obama office. Wark couldn’t give other details about Perry or his trip to Chicago. Oprah thanked the guy she called “Mr. Man” for letting her cry on his shoulder.
*The New York Post is reporting that Curtis Scoon, once a suspect in the 2002 murder of rap legend Jam Master Jay, is shopping a screenplay about another infamous Queens slaying. Scoon, who was never arrested in connection with Jay’s killing, tells Page Six he’s pitching a story based on Police Officer Edward Byrne’s 1988 shooting death in the line of duty. Scoon has recently worked as a co-producer on BET’s “American Gangster.”
*Award-winning playwright and performer Anna Deavere Smith concludes a 3-day run of her new one-woman play, The Arizona Project, exploring “women’s relationships to justice and the law,” tomorrow (Nov. 8) in Phoenix, AZ. The play was commissioned by Bruce Ferguson, director of Future Arts Research (F.A.R.), a new artist-driven research program at Arizona State University. According to a statement, it “was inspired by an ongoing series of initiatives of the advocacy group Arizona Lawyers Honoring Justice Sandra Day O’Connor.” Smith presents “several interwoven monologues in this one-woman performance, drawing verbatim from a series of interviews she conducted over the course of three weeks in 2008.”
*TMZ.com is reporting that “Deal or No Deal” models Claudia Jordan, Aubrie Lemon and Lauren Shiohama have sued Nervous Tattoos photo agency claiming it hired them for an Ed Hardy billboard but were never paid the promised $600 for the one day shoot. In the lawsuit filed Wednesday in L.A. County Superior Court, the three suitcase holders are also seeking $54,000 in penalties.
*Lenny Kravitz has cancelled the Canadian leg of his current tour due to illness, reports Live Daily. “Following rave reviews and record attendances across Canada it is with great regret that Lenny Kravitz has had to cancel the remainder of his Canadian tour,” reads an announcement posted at Kravitz’s MySpace page, “Lenny is suffering from severe throat problems that have resulted in him not being able to sing or even talk.” The announcement goes on to say that “2009 will be a huge year for Lenny with a world tour that will play heavily in the US and Canada. Lenny looks forward to seeing all of his Canadian fans again at this time and once again apologizes for the very unforeseen cancellation.”