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Throwback: Check Out Taraji P. Henson’s Baby Boy Audition

January 12th, 2016 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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Taraji P Henson at Golden Globes


On Sunday night, Taraji P. Henson took home the Golden Globe for Best Actress in a TV Drama for Empire. But way before she was playing a formerly incarcerated crack dealer and a hungry businesswoman, Henson first caught everyone’s attention playing Yvette in 2001’s Baby Boy. She was the fed-up girlfriend of five years to Jody (played by Tyrese), and the mother of his son. And Henson had quite a few memorable scenes in the movie, including the “Let me smell ya d–k” scene.

It’s that specific scene Henson read in her audition tape, delivering lines with Tyrese more than 15 years ago when she was a young actress (in patchwork denim) trying to get her big break. It’s clear from the audition tape that Henson’s had tough acting chops for quite some time. The clip is almost comical to watch now, but it’s also awesome to see how far Henson has come and that she’s finally receiving the proper respect and dues.

When speaking on playing that classic character, Henson told the Los Angeles Times, “It felt like family. It didn’t feel like it was a job. I think that’s why Tyrese and I are still good friends to this day. We were like virgins to the game, together. It was the first feature film for both of us, and we were in leading positions. There were a lot of firsts — it was the first time being totally nude on film and pretending to have sex. We went through that together, and we met at a point in our lives when we had to connect and get through something together.”

Check out the audition tape for yourself if you missed it (it originally was shown during Henson’s Unsung Hollywood episode) and get ready to feel all types of nostalgic.

And in case you’ve never seen the real scene:

Tyrese Says He Was Supposed To Be On “Empire,” But Child Custody Agreement Drama Kept That From Happening

April 10th, 2015 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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Tyrese Fears Ex-Wife Will Flee To Israel With Daughter


We told you last month that Tyrese was hinting (or joking about) at the possibility of appearing on Empire. The actor and singer posted the following picture to Instagram, and while in character as his Baby Boy character, Jody, said he would have to make an appearance on the show to keep the likes of Derek Luke (Malcolm) and Terrence Howard (Lucious Lyon) out of his Cookie Jar (Taraji P. Henson):

see you soon…

While he said, “see you soon,” well, we never saw him on the show. Guess plans fell through.

But while chatting with the ladies of The Talk during a visit to promote Furious 7, Tyrese claimed that he, in fact, was supposed to have a role on the hit Fox show. Unfortunately, issues with his custody agreement with ex-wife, Norma Gibson, threw a monkey wrench into such plans.

“You know what? I was suppose to do Empire and I was dealing with some personal stuff with my little angel. So we’ll see what happens this year coming up. I’m just proud. Me and Taraji started with Baby Boy, so it’s almost like a beautiful fraternity where she’s off doing her thing, and I’m doing mine.

If you think of one of my favorites movies, The Notebook, it’s almost like Rachel McAdams and Ryan Gosling. The world just wants them to be together. But on the other side, I definitely don’t like seeing Terrence and this, and all this–I don’t like all this! I don’t like all this. That’s my bottom lip. But hey man, everybody likes a temporary fix, but I’m gonna go back you know what I’m saying, and it’s back to ya boy. Back to ya boy.”

Empire seems to be the show that everyone wants to get on, says they were supposed to be on, or claims was inspired by them. Everyone is trying to get a piece of that pie! But would you be interested in seeing Tyrese and Taraji reunite on the hit show? Honestly, I would be fine without all that. It’s time to let this whole Jody/Yvette fantasy go. That film was made almost 15 years ago, and clearly she’s moved on to major things.

But what do you think?

Tyrese Congratulates Taraji On Her “Empire” Success…And Not Sleeping Her Way To The Top Like Others

January 20th, 2015 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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As we all know (and as we’ve documented a lot on this site), “Empire” is a pretty huge hit for Fox. And while I could say that nobody is happier about that then the folks at Fox, Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson, there just might be someone who is a bit more geeked up over this show’s success: Tyrese.

Tyrese co-starred with Taraji P. Henson in Baby Boy in 2001, and since then, they’ve been very close–so close that people often wonder why they haven’t tried to make this whole ‘love’ thing work. But anywho, the actor took to his Instagram page late last week to show love to Henson for killing it in her role as Cookie Lyon on “Empire.” He also celebrated the fact that, according to him, Henson didn’t have to sleep her way to the top like other actresses do. Instead, she just focused on putting in the work all these years:


That was so sweet! Now I’m just trying to figure out whether or not he’s about to start dropping names for these folks he claims dropped it like its hot for some jobs…

Just kidding!

But we do agree with Tyrese about Henson deserving all the success she’s having with the show. Definitely one of our new favorites!

My Fear of Raising My Black Boy

January 20th, 2015 - By Rich
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After recently reading this article on, my fear (and challenge) of raising my son, Harlem, resurfaced.  While most Black mothers are worried about their son’s surviving our society opposite of their law enforcement counterparts, my fear is raising a real-life form of “Jody …My Jody.”

I can’t tell you that I enjoyed the 2001 John Singleton movie, “Baby Boy.”  In fact, I despised it. I know. It’s probably unheard of, because I’ve never met anyone who didn’t like the movie. “Baby Boy” is one of those movies famously known in the lineup of popular Urban Black Films. But I cringe at the thought of the characters and overall storyline, and so I squirm even more at the idea of raising my Black boy, a real-life Jody.

Undoubtedly, the film, helped put Taraji P. Henson on the map, and took Tyrese’s (Jody) bright Coca-Cola smile and gave him more grit.  Unfortunately, the film depicted a storyline that I know too many Black men live in real life – too familiar in the Black community.  Jody is indeed a baby boy and mama’s boy.  He eventually gets it together and becomes a responsible adult by the end of the movie, but that’s not the point. It’s a movie, which means there’s a need (and expectation) for a happy ending. My concern is for the real-life baby boy.

The film dissects the idea of manhood in the Black community, and explores the journey as Jody tries to figure it out, which I suppose happens in real life for Black boys.

Before becoming a mother, I’d always expressed my skepticism when talking about raising kids. I’d say to my girlfriends, “I’ve gotten the things that I want, because I’ve worked hard for them. I’ve worked to get the results I want. Raising kids is tricky because you can be the best parent, send them to the best schools, and have them involved in sports and extracurricular activities and they still turn out to be a non-contributing adult – totally opposite of what you’d hoped. As a parent you can do everything to set up the perfect layup, and still miss the shot. That’s the scariest thing about raising kids.” Now, add raising a Black boy to the equation.

It’s no surprise that the state of the Black Man is indeed a controversial topic that is quite layered. As a mother, the challenge is to raise a son that is a man – assertive, accountable, aware, and still compassionate.  Honestly, I feel that men are only as strong as the women in their lives. I dare you to look at the men you know, and examine their relationships (good and bad) with the women in their lives – be that, mother, grandmother, wife/girlfriend, sister, etc.

I guess the thing that is disappointing about the film is the role the women play in relationship to Jody.  For instance, Jody’s mother appeared to be an enabler, allowing her adult son to live in her home with little to no responsibility.  It wasn’t until she had a relationship of her own did she encourage Jody to “man up” and gain his own independence. In addition, Jody’s girlfriend, Yvette, let him drive her car (because he only owned a bicycle), she worked and paid for everything (because he didn’t have a job or money), and let him stay at her house when he wasn’t staying at his mother’s house. There was no drive or hustle in Jody, but there was no reason to be because the women were holding him down.

Today, there are a lot of real-life baby boys. Often times, I’ve noticed Black mothers will “baby” or pacify their Black sons to compensate for the lack there of – be that, father/father-figures, finances, opportunity, etc. Consequently, these baby boys become “baby” men, ill-equipped to follow-through and become accountable, which in turn impacts the male ego. I think this is one of the root causes of black-on-black violence among youth (but that’s another post for another day). Since the very beginning of motherhood, I vowed to not spoil my boy, yet nurture him in a way he feels and understands my love. May he be a man of his word and confident in his actions – a positive movement and example of a man. This is my hope, intention, and challenge as a Black mother.

Ew: Over-The-Top And Awkward Sex Scenes From Films That We Could Have Done Without

October 15th, 2013 - By Clarke Gail Baines
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Movie sex scenes can be memorable for more than just being hot. Sometimes they can stay on your mind because they were so over the top and at times disturbing that you couldn’t wait for it to be over. Some of the movies on this list are like that, and others were just so awkward that they weren’t really even believable. Here are a few scenes from a few popular movies that we could have done without. And just so you know, the links to the clips are included in case you haven’t seen them.

Monster's Ball

Monster’s Ball

Talk about THE most. I understood the importance of the sex scene between Billy Bob Thornton and Halle Berry. It was a vulnerable moment for her character post the accidental death of her son, and the moment where Thornton’s character realized he wanted something more from her. However, after more than four minutes of a variety of sex positions between the actors, the scene just went on way too long and became a bit hard to watch. They definitely went over the top with this one.

Mama’s Baby: Are You Asking Your Son To Take The Place Of His Absent Father?

July 3rd, 2013 - By Toya Sharee
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It was probably a harmless Facebook status update, but every parent knows you have to be careful what you say to and around children. A friend posted a pic the other day of her “two husbands” who were in fact her boyfriend and young son. It hit a nerve. Children internalize, remember and repeat everything they hear and it’s confusing for a young boy to feel like he has to fill his father’s shoes.

Unfortunately many of today’s young men are being raised by single mothers.  Life can be challenging with few male role models, especially when a young boy is being pressured to fulfill the responsibilities of a grown man.  Many women feel like they are building their sons’ self-esteem by giving them the role of “man of the house” but in fact what they are doing is placing a child in the conflicting position of thinking like a child, but having the responsibilities of a man. Children should only to be expected to act like children, and more than that they deserve to.

It’s one thing for a mother to playfully refer to her son as her “little man,” but we all know there are some women who take it to a whole ‘notha level and become dangerously dependent on their young sons to hold down the household and provide them with the companionship that in all actuality a man would give his girlfriend or wife.  I’m not talking anything remotely sexual, for all those who are about to take it there. But how many times have you seen a single woman use her son as her personal therapist that allows her to vent all of her frustrations with relationships?  How many times have you seen a boy blamed for the sins of his father unfairly as his mother accuses him of being “just like his trifling daddy?”   It’s one thing to cooperate as a family and look out for another, but if you are a single mother, you should assume the position as parent and head of the household and treat your sons as the children they are.

If you haven’t seen the movie Baby Boy by now, stay on the BET channel long enough where it’s bound to air. In the movie, Tyrese plays Jody, an immature young man who learns some hard lessons transitioning from being “mommy’s little man” to his own man. His mother Juanita does a decent job of maintaining boundaries and encouraging her son to be independent, but the movie serves as a reminder of the conflicting messages young men receive their whole lives to be protectors and providers while they struggle through the growing pains of being a young man.  Baby Boy also shows how fragile the relationship between a young man and his mother can be.

As protective as sons can be of their mothers, no young boy should be forced to be the man who is repeatedly wiping his mother’s tears away after yet another failed relationship. He also shouldn’t have to be the one fighting grown men who’ve been prematurely introduced into the home (a home that boy was probably led to believe he was the head of) when his mother regularly makes faulty relationship choices.  I’m not saying a young man shouldn’t defend his mother’s honor, but mom also has to take some responsibility in holding her own as well which means keeping grown folks’ business as just that, not having your child witness you losing your mind over a man and then telling him to stay in a child’s place when he runs to your defense.

Congratulations! Amar’e Stoudemire And Alexis Welch Welcome Baby Numero 4

May 23rd, 2013 - By Brande Victorian
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Source: WENN

Source: WENN

We’re a little late on this news, but yesterday afternoon New York Knicks player Amar’e Stoudemire and his wife Alexis Welch welcomed their fourth child into the world. The basketball player shared the news on Twitter around 3:45 pm May 22, saying:

The couple, who has been together since 2002 (with a few breakups and new lovers — like Ciara — in between) already had three children together — daughters Assata and Are, and son Amare — with their new baby boy making their fourth. The pair just wed in a private ceremony on the rooftop of the baller’s apartment on 12/12/12 after becoming engaged in Paris in June of last year. Since then, we’ve seen the 30-year-old and his lady gushing about their expectant child on red carpets, in the classic pre- birth, stomach groping pose.

Congrats to the lovely parents on having a healthy baby boy!

Beyoncé “As Mrs. Carter” Releases New H&M Commercial With New Song, “Standing In The Sun”

April 25th, 2013 - By Clarke Gail Baines
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After debuting her full song, “Grown Woman,” to the world this week while performing in Paris for the Mrs. Carter World Tour, it’s clear Beyoncé and her team have some more tricks up their sleeves, as her new promo “commercial” for H&M has been released right after. Introduced as “Beyoncé as Mrs. Carter in H&M,” it comes off more like a music video than anything to be honest, especially with all the elaborate dance sequences and the luau-ish scene at the end. But alas, it’s fab nonetheless.

Sporting both her regular blonde locks, but also sporting a black wig just to mix things up for a change, the singer winded and played in the sand rocking some hot looks from her collaboration with the retailer, including swimsuits, and body-con dresses. And of course, she debuts a new song from her upcoming album (which we still haven’t heard about a release date for) called “Standing in the Sun.” It’s definitely a nice jam for summer from what we can tell, well, so far, but what we know for sure is that she’s definitely selling those clothes!

Check out the campaign ad, which comes off as a fancier 2013 version of the “Baby Boy” video below and let us know what you think?

‘Reunited And It Feels So Good’: 10 On-Screen Couples We Want To See Again

April 18th, 2013 - By Lauren R.D. Fox
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From HelloBeautiful

Reunited and it feels so good!

One of our favorite on-screen couples from the ’90s have found themselves back in each other’s arms. Well, almost.

Clueless stars Stacey Dash and Donald Faison — better known as dysfunctional couple Dionne and Murray — will be starring side-by-side again on an episode of the TV Land comedy, “The Exes.”

According to reports, Dash will play Dana, a recommitted virgin who is currently dating Faison’s character, Phil.

The episode is slated to air in July, but until then, lets take a look at 10 other couples from television and the big screen that we’d love to see work together again.


Gangsta Bey: The Most H-Town Hood Songs From The One They Call King Bey

March 21st, 2013 - By Kelly Franklin
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Beyonce, mega star of the world, has never forgotten her roots…or has she? Is referencing dookie braids in her latest “Bow Down” single hood enough to prove it? Actually, we don’t even have to do that because if you’re a real Bey Stan, you know she’s been a lil hood for a minute — or four albums — now.  Oh you forgot about that? Let us refresh your memory.