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Countess Vaughn Writes Open Letter To Brandy On Instagram: “I Apologize For Anything Negative I’ve Ever Done”
With the year coming to a close and many prepping their resolutions or goals to becoming a better them, actress Countess Vaughn, too, had some baggage to purge of before entering 2016.
The 37-year-old actress known for her roles in The Parker’s and Moesha, wrote an open letter on Saturday (Dec. 19). The topic, you may ask? Brandy, her former Moesha co-star. It’s been no secret that for two decades the two haven’t seen eye-to-eye. The issues were brought to public attention in VIBE’s April 1998 issue when Brandy shared that her and Vaughn were actually not the close friends that the fictional characters they played who assume:
“I think she’s very funny, very talented. I just feel like she wants to be in the position I’m in. People tell her, ‘You’re the reason why the show’s successful.’ And she’s told me that before. And she’s called me a b***h–to my face. She said, ‘I’m the reason why the show is successful, b***h.’ In front of a lot of people. And I looked at her like, Wow. I couldn’t say nothing about her because I wasn’t about to. She knows. She wakes up and looks at herself in the mirror and gets disgusted. I don’t.”
17 years later, Vaughn is apologizing for her actions and seeking to start a fresh relationship – that doesn’t necessarily mean friendship, but cordialness at the least– with Brandy.
“At the end of the day I had to learn in find myself why not be friends when we’re both talented, Why call you names when your [sic] just an amazing person,” Vaughn wrote.”I apologize for anything Negative I’ve ever done are said to you ….sorry this had to be on social media , I just want the world to see that I’ve grown out of my comfort zone ….. Hopefully one day I can tell you in person or on the phone to let you know I mean everything I’ve wrote ….”
Shortly after Vaughn posted the letter, Brandy responded saying, “I would love to start a new friendship with you with new heads on both of our shoulders. It will also be great to work together again. Without you, Moesha would not have lasted as long as it did.”
Read Vaughn’s full open letter below and Brandy’s reply.
@4everbrandy I’m proud of you. For placing one foot in front of the other. For waking up every morning and simply giving it your best shot. for placing a premium on personal growth too. We been threw are ups and downs , high and lows … But at the end of the day I had to learn in find myself why not be friends when we’re both talented, Why call you names when your just an amazing person… I’m proud of you for being you and working to rise to the best you inside of you.You are an amazing being with amazing God-given capacity. I believe in who you are and who you are working to be. We are all works-in-progress. One of life’s purposes is to improve on the wiring under the hood of our lives. I believe in your ability to stand and courageously be the person you were meant to be. Im not perfect , no where near it..I care about your life and your happiness. I wouldn’t do what I did if I didn’t. I care about you as a person. We are spiritual siblings, you and I. I know this to be true. And it means a lot to me… I apologize for anything Negative I’ve ever done are said to you ….sorry this had to be on social media , I just want the world to see that I’ve grown out of my comfort zone ….. Hopefully one day I can tell you in person or on the phone to let you know I mean everything I’ve wrote …..I didn’t do this for applause, because we all know that some people don’t believe celebrities to be “human”, but this came from a very human place. No matter how or if she respond know that the Universe will continue to bring me growth and happiness because that is what im putting out there…😘😘😘Congratulations on every thing you’ve accomplished… Love you beautiful ….happy holidays from Countess 😘😘😘😘
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Taraji P. Henson is truly one of a kind. She possesses that rare quality that makes you feel like she could be a member of your family, a friend you grew up with or one of your best friends. But she just so happens to be one of the most successful actresses in Hollywood. Today, we celebrate Henson’s 45th birthday (seriously?!) by taking a look at 10 moments when the star absolutely slayed us.
Legendary musical diva Diana Ross turns 70 years young today! Known for her head-turning beauty just as much as her beautiful voice, we’ve decided to pay homage to the talented and gorgeous Ms. Ross by recapping 15 of her hottest hair styles over the years. Whether the famous star has the help of waist length extensions, wigs, or a pretty floral accent, she manages to make each look her own.
Click through to view images that prove why Ms. Ross is indeed The Boss.
Once upon a time, the red carpet was a monotone place that only celebrated one type of beauty. But today, Hollywood is embracing diversity of all colors thanks to the pioneering work of some of our favorite entertainers. Shouts out to these women who are changing Hollywood’s standard of beauty one red carpet at a time.
After canceling the Australian and Asian leg of her world tour, rumors started swirling about what was really going on with Selena Gomez. While her reps would only say that she was taking “some time for herself,” rumors were swirling that she was either entering rehab for an alleged breakdown or that she was pregnant. Well, if what’s being said is actually true, it is way more serious and potentially life threatening.
According to a source who spoke with the Huffington Post, the singer/actress is suffering from Lupus. Gomez, who is only 21 years old, has reportedly been dealing with the autoimmune disease for two years but has been working and fighting through it. But reported “Recent flares” have caused her to realize that she needs to take some time off and work on trying to be as healthy as possible.
Back when Gomez was with fellow pop sensation Justin Bieber, there were pictures of her with an extremely swollen face which caused many to believe she was pregnant. However, swelling is actually an effect of Lupus so there is a chance that was the reason for it if she does have the disease.
While Lupus is one of those diseases that is very hard to diagnose or treat, many in the African-American community are very well aware that it affects African-American women harder than any other part of the population. African-Americans also have a higher rate of heart disease which only adds to the severity of Lupus.
Her reps gave a simple “No comment” reply when asked if Selena Gomez was suffering from Lupus. Whether she is or isn’t, there’s clearly something going on internally and we wish her the best.
It wasn’t too long ago when we questioned where Nia Long was and why she wasn’t working. Well, all of a sudden, she seems to be pretty busy and it doesn’t look like she’s slowing down anytime soon.
According to Deadline.com, Long has signed on to star in WEtv’s new show, The Divide. The show is describe as a “legal thriller centers on District Attorney Adam Page (Damon Gupton), who uncovers new evidence that prompts the re-investigation of a sensational murder case.”
Long will play DA Page’s wife, Billie.
This could be really good for Nia Long. She has the chance to star in something brand new for the network: The Divide will be WE’s first drama and scripted show. As we know, they’re known for reality shows and reruns of old shows so if they promote this properly, it could have a huge following.
Nia has been pretty busy this year: she co-starred in eight episodes of House of Lies and of course, The Best Man Holiday was released in November to rave reviews. Next year, she’s one of the stars of Tyler Perry’s film, The Single Moms Club.
It’s exciting to see her career get that full second wind and I can’t wait to see her in the new show!
It’s quite interesting to learn where these cast members are now. Smart Guy premiered in April of 1997 although it only lasted for three short seasons, the show is quite unforgettable. Everyone remembers the genius kid TJ Henderson. Take a look at where the cast is now:
Sunday night’s airing of “Dark Girls” on OWN drew a lot of differing responses, from women who could completely identify with the individuals highlighted in the documentary, to others who were grateful they couldn’t relate at all. Yesterday we pointed out what we thought was missing from the film, which was the experience of darker skinned women who never had issues with their complexion and actress Tika Sumpter has filled that gap with an essay she wrote in the Daily Beast in response to the film.
Tika begins her piece highlighting her brown-skinned experience in childhood, saying:
One of my favorite childhood memories is of listening to my mother describe the look on my father’s face the day I was born. Whenever my mother shares this story, she somehow manages to re-create it with images so vivid, I can simply close my eyes and feel as if I were still there cuddled in her arms.
It’s important to understand that I was born into a family with seven children, each of us equipped with varying personalities, dispositions, and, yes, skin tones as well. My mom has the most beautiful café au lait complexion, which she shares with my two older sisters and older brother. My three younger siblings have skin tones that range from caramel to a golden bronze.
And then there’s me.
My mother says that when my father, a striking man with kind eyes, broad shoulders, and deep ebony-brown skin, first saw me in the hospital that day, his eyes lit up brightly as he promptly proclaimed, “She has my color. She looks like me!”
The actress then goes on to relate that upbringing to the women featured in “Dark Girls” and what her experience as a dark skinned woman in Hollywood has been.
I was recently reminded of my childhood as I watched the amazing documentary Dark Girls. My heart broke just listening to the stories of so many young girls with brown skin traumatized by the cruel and hurtful views of those around them. I experienced that same emotion when I began my role as Raina Thorpe on the popular CW show Gossip Girl a few years back. I was truly unprepared for the tremendous impact I’d have while on that show. Each week I’d get the tons of letters from mothers, grandmothers, and young girls literally thanking me for simply existing. They wrote me saying they’d never seen a woman that looked like me on television before. Which really meant they’d never seen anyone that looked like them before. And it got much deeper than that. Some fans even remarked that they’d never witnessed any woman with my skin color speak the way I spoke, have a successful career the way I had on that show, or carry themselves in such a ladylike manner. Translation: in the very make-believe land of television and movies, women with darker skin aren’t smart enough to speak proper English or capable enough to be employed with a six-figure salary. And we most certainly can’t be ladylike. What complete nonsense!
Of course I did experienced my share of hurtful reactions to my skin color, but thankfully only after I was an adult. Who hasn’t heard the obligatory, “You’re pretty for a dark-skin girl”? Or my personal favorite, “I usually don’t date dark-skin women, but you’re so beautiful.” That one really warms the heart. But in reality, the most disturbing aspect of all of this is that those comments were most often made by men with exactly the same skin tone as my own.
Still, I always knew there were far too many other people who saw my beauty and embraced every part of me with open arms to think twice about what was said. It hurts me to know that so many young girls today are growing up without that same realization and reassurance. I also regret that so many are forced to seek their self-worth between the pages of mainstream magazines or in the background of a rap music video. I’d like to think that seeing someone like me on their televisions every week gives them some hope that things are changing slowly but surely. Finally, every day I’m thankful that I didn’t have to endure the pain that I know so many women do on a regular basis as a result of the color of their skin. My heart goes out to them all. And every day I’m even more thankful for a mother who was always there for me and a father (now deceased) whose first reaction to me on the day I was born paved my path to real self-love.
Check out more of her of Tika’s essay on TheDailyBeast.com. What do you think?
In this episode of Mommy in Chief we have a special treat! The fabulous actress and comedian Kym Whitley stopped by the studio to share her joys of being a new mom, her organization and new show "Raising Whitley" airing every Saturday at 9pm on OWN.
For more information about Kym Whitley's Don't Feed Me Campaign, visit dontfeedme.org
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- Episode 2: The Truth About Breastfeeding
- Episode 3: Delivery Debate: Natural Birth Vs. C-Section
- Episode 4: The Perfect Mother's Day Gift
- Episode 5: Actress Kym Whitley Talks New Baby & Food Allergies for Kids
- Episode 6: Keeping Your Child Entertained This Summer Without TV
- Episode 7: Ask a Black Father | Mommy in Chief Father's Day Special
- Episode 8: Building Your Child's Self Esteem
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- Episode 2: New Motherhood and Balancing A Busy Work Life
- Episode 3: How to Decorate an Eco-Friendly Baby Nursery
- Episode 4: Foodie, Nicole Friday on Kids and Career
- Episode 5: Melissa Beck, From Hollywood to Stay At Home Mom
- Episode 6: Single Mom in The City
- Episode 7: Mommy Mogul and Marketing Wiz Monique Jackson at Home With Her Boys
- Episode 8: Beauty Maven Jodie Patterson Talks Four-Day Work Week for Moms
- Episode 9: Tonya Lewis Lee on Motherhood and the Importance of Women's Health
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- Episode 2: Happy Halloween
- Episode 3: Socially Responsible Kids
- Episode 4: Money Talks
- Episode 5: Keeping Families Healthy
- Episode 6: Thanksgiving Madness
- Episode 7: Highlights and Best Moments
- Episode 8: Stylish Moms
- Episode 9: Best Apps for Moms
- Episode 10: Socialite Kids
- Episode 11: Hair Talk with AfroBella
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Sure, she’s in the midst of filming Think Like A Man Too and is the star of BET’s new scripted show, Being Mary Jane, but Gabrielle Union isn’t stopping there.
According to BlackFilm.com, the actress just signed on to play in comedian/actor Chris Rock’s new film. In the film Finally Famous, Union will play a reality show television star who is engaged to Chris Rock’s character.
For his part, Rock will play a comedian-turned-actor who is trying to be taken seriously as an actor – while being a recovering alcoholic. Union, dying to become a bigger star, tries to convince him that the best way for both of their stars to shine is if they get married on the reality show.
Actress Rosario Dawson will also be in the film and plays a journalist who has a little “personal” chemistry with Rock.
Gabrielle Union is super busy these days, which is great considering we hadn’t seen her in any roles for a while prior to her 2012 appearance in Think Like A Man. You often hear that celebrity women get fewer roles as they get older but for Union, who turned 40 in October, she seems to have hit a great stride.
Finally Famous, directed by Chris Rock and produced by Scott Rudin, will begin filming this summer in New York City.