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What’s there not to love about Idris Elba? With his chocolate skin, captivating eyes and that heartwarming British accent, any woman would fall head over heels for him. Elba first came across our radar as Stringer Bell in HBO’s acclaimed series The Wire and we haven’t had enough of him yet.
Nicole Ari Parker has a lot on her plate. Aside from being a stunning woman, a great actress, and a devoted wife, she is also a doting mother to two beautiful children, Sophie, and Nicolas. In an effort to help them flourish in the future, Parker had her kids photographed for the book Future American President by famed photog Matthew Jordan Smith. The book is a “visual journey of the American dream seen through the eyes of our nation’s children.” It features 50 children, representing 50 states. It’s Smith’s aim to inspire all the children in the book, as well as those who see it, to dream big by asking them what they would do if they were president. And that’s exactly why stars like Angela Bassett and Parker have included their children in the book and want to get the word out about it. I had the chance to speak with Parker about Future American President, and she has nothing but lovely things to say about Jordan and the visual book.
“For one, I think that Matthew Jordan Smith is one of the great photographers of our time. I would do anything to support his work, ” Parker said. “And secondly, the vision of the book is so remarkable and right on time considering everything that’s going on in our country and all over the world. It’s celebrating the greatness in every child of every race and giving them a voice to express possibilities. That’s the greatest gift you can give your children as a parent. I think the book helps. It becomes another tool in the house to help someone lift their child up. ‘See, baby? See what you can be?’ Every little bit helps.”
Nicolas is featured in the book, and inside, he nominates big sister, Sophie, to be the future president of the United States. Parker stated that for the kids, seeing themselves in the book, as well as other children of different backgrounds with the same goals as them, had quite the impact. “You see another kid your age who doesn’t look like you but has the same dreams as you. That’s very unifying.”
And while her kids may want to be the future commander in chief, they might also wish to follow in the footsteps of their famous parents and try showbiz. Parker and husband Boris Kodjoe have had great success in entertainment, even starring in their own talk show, The Boris & Nicole Show, which just wrapped a summer test run. If the program is picked up by Fox, it will launch in 2016. This isn’t the first time the pair has worked together. Of course, we know that they met while working on the Showtime hit Soul Food from 2000 to 2004. But Parker admits things are much more complicated now that they’re married, taking care of kids and working together each and every day.
“This is a little different because we’re now coming home together. On Soul Food, we weren’t married. This is a new space for us, but somehow it worked out. I think we naturally know how to give each other natural space. The space to pray, to sit. I think in any marriage, whether you’re working together or not, that’s important.”
But space and time to be alone is limited when you’re juggling responsibilities. Dinner has to be made, Sophie and Nicolas have to be tended to. Outside of the red-carpet glamour, Parker says that her life with Kodjoe is just like anyone else’s.
“I think we passed out every single night because we still had to come home, do homework and make dinner,” Parker said. “Boris and I fuss about the same regular stuff married people fuss about. Our work situation doesn’t make or break that. He’s still a husband who doesn’t listen to his wife [laughs]. He can’t hear me when the game is on. He always gets the wrong thing at the grocery store [laughs]. Same old, same old.”
Because Parker believes that she is living just like any ordinary individual working a 9-to-5, the actress and her husband jumped at the chance to have their own talk show. They want to relate to others, share their stories, and in the end, help people.
“That platform helps you reach so many people and relate to so many people. You can do a lot of good,” Parker said. “A lot of celebrities and people and general are drawn to that and drawn to having a positive impact on other people. It’s exciting, but it’s not easy. It looks like a lot of ra-ra and good times and fun, but it’s a grind. The greats like Ellen, Steve Harvey, Dr. Phil and Oprah, they put in a lot of work and that’s what you discover. So when you take on exciting jobs like this, you gotta be ready for everything that goes on behind the scenes to make it great.”
But despite a jam-packed summer schedule, Parker isn’t stepping away from acting. She is guest starring on the new Fox show Rosewood, playing co-star Morris Chestnut’s girlfriend on the drama, which debuts September 23. And this is a big time for her co-star, as his film The Perfect Guy just went No.1 at the box office. As someone who has starred in many projects with majority-Black cast members, Parker says that such success opens doors. “We as Black people are starting to step into the power of our dollar. We’re starting to see where we spend our money makes a difference for all of us,” Parker said. “When we show up in numbers for these films, it gets the attention of the studios and networks and shows that we are a demographic that has a lot of power and a lot of say, so we need to be represented.”
And seeing more faces that look like Chestnut’s and Parker’s on the big and small screen means a lot. Especially Parker, who has embraced her natural hair over the last few years and feels great about it. She’s doing it not just because she loves her natural look, but because she wants her daughter to embrace the hair she was born with as well.
“I just think I look better when my hair has a little kink in it. I feel like myself,” Parker said. “I feel more beautiful that way, but I know it’s not for everybody. I still wear my hair straight for jobs and I do like having a little flow sometimes, but I think I just feel better with my hair natural. There’s not really any political statement that I’m trying to make. But I do know that when I had my daughter, I wanted her to love herself just the way she is. The first 10 to 12 years, they really look at mommy for standards of everything: how to carry yourself, how to walk, talk and love yourself. So when she sees me wear my hair natural, she wants to wear her hair natural. She loves it. And that’s important to me, for her to know that the way she is is her first option.”
But what does Kodjoe think of her kinky and coiled look? According to Parker, he’s all here for it. “Men are funny. He likes long hair, okay? Like most men. So I think he loves when I wear my long twists. But when you’re happy and feeling yourself, they feel you right along with you. You know, happy wife, happy life.”
However, Kodjoe’s past comments about how a wife and husband should look and carry themselves in a marriage landed him in hot water before. A few years back, he stated that when you get married, you take your partner off of the market. Therefore, you should keep it right and tight, otherwise, you can’t blame your spouse if they “start looking around.” But Parker believes that more than anything, a wife or husband should want to keep it together, physically and emotionally, for themselves. Not for anyone else.
“I think the point he was trying to make was taking care of yourself is important in a marriage,” Parker said. “Not necessarily being skinny. I also think it was him speaking the way men speak privately: ‘I want my wife to be her best self. We take each other off the market in a sense. Not that she’s controlling the way I move throughout the world, I have to be a grown man and handle my business, but I want my wife to be in the best shape that she wants to be in. And that’s important to keep the relationship going.’ I think that’s true, not just for your weight but for your emotional health as well. You can’t just all of a sudden unleash on someone emotionally with your anger or unresolved issues. You have to work it out. You can’t all of a sudden just let yourself spiral out of control in any capacity. In a relationship, you have to have compassion for your partner, but you also have to have compassion for yourself.”
So with the pressures of keeping one’s body, mind, and career together, how have Parker and Kodjoe managed to make it work after 10 years?
“You and your husband have to look at each other and say, ‘I know that we’re going to go through a rough patch,’ whether it be financially, intimately, life decisions, you’re going to go through a rough patch,” Parker said. “But then you have to make the real commitment to say, ‘We’re going to be with each other through the rough patch,’ because there is joy on the other side. You become better people on the other side. Everyone wants to run if you have one argument, one misstep or one mistake. But if you commit to going through the desert, so to speak, it’s so good on the other side. And No.2, just as your girl [laughs], treat him like your boyfriend. Because in marriage, you get into a practical rut. It’s nothing new. Don’t panic. You’re going to get in a practical rut about who is doing what, paying bills, sharing the house, two different jobs, then the children. You become roommates. But if you remember that this person is your boo [laughs], you keep it fun. You can’t wait to get home, even if 10 years have gone by. You can’t wait to buy him a gift for no reason on your way home from work. He gets you flowers for no reason. So, I always say, the minute you find your husband, make him your boyfriend.”
“I’m In Awe Of Your Ability To Defy The Odds”: Boris Kodjoe Applauds Daughter’s Courageous Fight With Spina Bifida On Her 10th Birthday
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This past weekend, Nicole Ari Parker and Boris Kodjoe’s daughter, Sophie, turned 10. The big 1-0 is always a big deal for a growing child, but it was also major for Kodjoe, who penned an open letter to Sophie on social media praising her.
Sophie was born with spina bifida, a congenital disorder where the bones of a child’s spine don’t form properly around their spinal cord. Sophie’s form of spina bifida is not as severe as it could be (for instance, she could have fluid buildup in the brain or a lack of feeling in certain limbs), but it does impact her bladder. Boris and Nicole have to catheterize Sophie every few hours to keep a buildup of urine from passing into her kidneys and from there being uncomfortable pressure on her bladder. She’s proven to be a little trooper as she’s grown and dealt with this disorder, and on her 10th birthday, Kodjoe wanted to let her and the world know how proud he is of her strength:
To My Little Heart.
The day I met your mother I knew I was ready to be a man. The day I met you I became one. You’ve shown me what true strength and courage is and you taught me that the love of faith and the faith in love is one and the same.
I’m in awe of your ability to defy the odds and I marvel at the confidence with which you produce miracle after miracle. You smile your way through life and your light touches everyone around you.
I’m proud of you because you are your mother’s daughter, I’m proud of you because you are
Sophie Tei-Naaki Lee Kodjoe.
Happy 10th Birthday my little heart. I love you more than you will ever believe.
Just tugs at the heartstring doesn’t it? Happy belated birthday Sophie!
After all the success they’ve had with talk shows like “The Real” and “The Wendy Williams Show,” not to mention series with black leads like “Empire” and “Sleepy Hollow,” Fox is diversifying the hell out of their TV lineup again. Another new addition to their programs, albeit a surprising one, is “The Boris and Nicole Show,” starring Boris Kodjoe and Nicole Ari Parker.
According to Shadow and Act, Fox has ordered a test run of a talk show starring the couple that will debut this summer and run for four weeks. The program, which will be an hour long, will only air on select Fox stations in certain markets during its test run, including New York and LA. Kodjoe and Parker will co-executive produce the show.
The show will reportedly showcase celebrity interviews. But on top of that, we’ll also get to hear the couple’s perspectives on everything, including parenting, relationships, and of course, current events. It will premiere on July 6.
In a statement, Kodjoe says it’s only right that they take their relationship to TV since they fell in love on the small screen (on “Soul Food”):
“We met and fell in love on screen so any time we get to work together we know it will be a lot of fun.”
Not only will it be fun, but according to Parker, it will be informative, because the couple love to debate important issues, which they will now do in front of an audience.
“There are so many things that we are passionate about so we are thrilled that we will now have a platform to share these issues with an audience.”
So get ready for this summer treat! If you’ll recall, “The Real” went through a test run in the summer of 2013. Now the show is nationally syndicated and has finally hit its stride to find success. If the support is there for “The Boris and Nicole Show,” the pair could have similar results in a very competitive and cramped talk show market.
The question is, would you watch a talk show hosted by these two?
Love is in the air this weekend! We’re sharing Valentine’s with The Real co-host Adrienne Bailon, Kelly Price, Boris Kodjoe and Raheem Devaughn plus dating tips from our own Loni Love.
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We’re pretty sure we don’t have to entice you with fancy wordplay to get you to watch Boris Kodjoe on camera, but to give you a little context, the handsome actor stopped by our office this week to talk about his new film “Addicted” and that’s essentially how he left us.
Zane’s erotic novel-turned-feature flick hits theaters today and when we talked to Boris who plays the lead character (Sharon Leal’s) husband, he explained how important a movie like this is for helping women feel comfortable with their own sexual desires. And, naturally, that led to a discussion about how the married father of two keeps his own wife of nine years, Nicole Ari Parker, pleased after all this time. Check out the video above and tell us what you think. Are you going to see “Addicted” tonight?
Finely groomed gray-haired men are proof that as males age, they just look more distinguished, more elegant and, in general, more like they’d know how to make you feel like a woman. Here are 15 salt and pepper celebrities we wouldn’t mind growing older with (if they were all single).
Everything about this man says distinguished gentleman and though it’s sometimes hard to believe celebrity endorsements, whenever we hear him on AllState commercials we really do feel like we’re in good hands.
We revealed to you the first poster for the film adaption of Zane’s popular book, Addicted, not too long ago (look up), and now, the first trailer for the film has been released.
Again, if you’re unfamiliar with the book, which in some circles is considered an erotic fiction classic, here is the synopsis for you:
Successful businesswoman Zoe Reynard (Sharon Leal) appears to have attained it all – the dream husband she loves (Boris Kodjoe), two wonderful children and a flourishing career. As perfect as everything appears from the outside, Zoe is still drawn to temptations she cannot escape or resist. As she pursues a secretive life, Zoe finds herself risking it all when she heads down a perilous path she may not survive.
In the first trailer for the film, we see all this drama come to life as the happy but bored Zoe (Leal) falls into the grips of sex addiction, seduced by the likes of the very delicious William Levy and Tyson Beckford, while keeping her secrets and exploits from the equally super fine husband, played by Boris Kodjoe. After watching the whole thing, I had to watch it again, and I had the same reaction both times:
“Yaaaaaaaaaaaaaas this is gonna be sooooooo gooooooood!”
I don’t get a cheesy vibe from the trailer, and it’s visually beautiful (in terms of the colors and the men…especially Levy, who could charm somebody’s drawls off). Plus, Leal looks like she’s going to give a great performance. I’m super ready for October 10. What about you? Check out the trailer for yourself below and let us know if you’re feeling it.
During a recent interview with “Exhale,” Boris Kodjoe & Nicole Ari Parker spoke candidly about learning of their daughter’s spina bifida diagnosis, which is a birth defect that affects the development of the spinal cord. Unsurprisingly, the couple say that they were devastated when they learned of her illness.
“We went from being the hot Hollywood couple with a perfect-to-be baby to completely devastated, shocked,” Boris confessed to host Malinda Williams. “It was something we couldn’t possibly have ever anticipated. We were helpless, we were lost. It took us quite a while to find our bearings and get used to this new norm that we were facing.”
But, the couple learned a big lesson that came in a teeny, tiny package.
“Sophie was actually instrumental in teaching us how to do that. Her spirit, her attitude was always, she was this little baby who was always smiling and she looked at us like, ‘Why are you crying?’
After they got post the initial shock of the diagnosis, Boris and Nicole learned to accept things for the way that they are and began focusing on how they could make their daughter’s life as full as possible.
“So we figured, okay, this is what it is. This is our norm. She doesn’t know any different and it’s up to us to prepare her and equip her for this life that’s hers and make sure that she has all options and all opportunities that anyone else would have.”
Nicole revealed that she worried a lot about how Sophie would be able to function once she’s out in the real world.
“I think Sophie is so strong, but part of the anxiety was the normal mom worrying about the future. Okay, how is this going to happen? How are we going to get to school? How do we explain to the teachers that we have to show up every 3 hours and interrupt her and get her attention and say ‘Let’s go to the bathroom?’ What about her friends? What about when she starts dating? She can’t do sleepovers. She still sleeps in a diaper. What about the questions?”
The mother-of-two eventually learned to work through her anxiety about Sophie’s condition by taking things one step at a time.
“Someone said, ‘Answer the question that’s asked.’ Meaning, don’t worry about what’s going to happen when she’s 14. If a 5-year-old classmate comes up to you and says, ‘Mrs. Kodjoe, why are you always here?’ and I say, ‘To help Sophie go to the bathroom.’That’s the answer to the question. And you know what happens? They all go, ‘okay.’ And I don’t have to put any more on it. So that was the beginning of my healing process was each day at a time.”
Their strength is inspiring.
Watch a clip from their interview below.
There’s nothing sexier than a man taking care of his children and in honor of Father’s Day, we take a look at some of the sexiest celebrity dads in Hollywood.
We fell in love with him even though he played the cold-blooded killer and drug kingpin Stringer Bell in the widely popular HBO series “The Wire.” But the role forced him to hide his accent and once fans found out that Idris Elba was really an English actor, he became even sexier. After starring in a few moves, Elba went back to his television roots and starred in the BBC One series “Luther.” Elba will be celebrating his first Father’s Day this year. A few months ago he and his girlfriend Niayana Garth welcomed their first child, Winston.