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French Mag Makes “Black Beauty Matters” Statement With Gang Of Africa Issue

August 22nd, 2016 - By Brande Victorian
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Cover-LOfficiel-Africa-768x1020Representation in the fashion world is a never-ending battle for Black women, which is why it’s such a big deal whenever a magazine goes out of its way to spotlight models across the diaspora.

L’Officiel de la Mode has done just that with its September 2016 issue, Gang of Africa, with the running tagline “Black Beauty Matters” which features Ciara, Iman, Maria Borges, Ajak Wek, Grace Boi, Riley Montana, Adesuwa Aighewi, and Anais Mali on the cover. Of the significance of the issue which marks the French magazine’s 95th year of publishing, Editor Marie-José Susskind-Jalou wrote on the website:

In excitement like no other, Africa is eager to move forward. An inventive continent, connected, modern, human, inspired by his stylistic diversity and cultural expansion.

A continent that can not be reduced to a bounded news in which some minds would ever force him.

A continent that is not just, either, to a mere geography. Africa is a feeling that tells and tells today worldwide.

A continent, finally, who is not just a trend, as glam as it is, but galvanized by the time its common faith in tomorrow. The great continent of possibilities. This excitement, fashion becomes impregnated with enthusiasm in his autumn-winter collections, the universe of art devotes major exhibitions, cities world would infuse, from London to Paris to New York Rio.

For this issue, we wanted to incarnate, L’Officiel has given carte blanche to Jenke Ahmed Tailly, which Beyoncé to Kanye West, his prodigal talent of style with the biggest stars. An embroidered number of dream and desire, which weaves the story of an African trip. Admit as much a journey towards tomorrow. (Translated into English)

Shot by photographer Ellen von Unwerth, the issue features captivatingly gorgeous and colorful shots of each of the women on the cover. Like this closeup of South Sudan’s Grace Boi.

Out now! #gangofafrica @gracebol in #lofficielparis styled by @lejenke

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Boi also posed alongside Angolan fashion model Maria Borges who won all our hearts when she rocked her natural hair during last year’s Victoria Secret Fashion show.

#gangofafrica out in #lofficielparis @gracebol @iammariaborges @lejenke

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And Ciara and Iman are also quite the pair in this still styled by Lejenke.

@ciara and @the_real_iman in #LOfficiel September @lejenke @ellenvonunwerth #gangofafrica

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Check out more images from the issue on the next few pages.

“It Inspired Something”: Jennifer Hudson Says Ciara And Russell Wilson’s Wedding May Finally Get Her To Say “I Do”

August 2nd, 2016 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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While most folks tie the knot soon after a proposal happens, Jennifer Hudson and her fiancé, David Otunga, have been going against the grain since 2008. The pair have been engaged for eight years, and last time Hudson talked about a wedding, it sounded like she still wasn’t interested in walking down the aisle anytime soon. As she told Wendy Williams in 2014, “You ain’t gotta understand” their decision to take baby steps.

“Well the ring is still there and we will get married one day but again, my thing is, once I get married, I don’t believe in divorce. And so when I get married, it’s for good. We want to be completely sure we’re together, we’re happy and when it’s time…”

The question now is, could that time be sooner than we think?

Hudson spoke to ESSENCE recently, and when asked about where things stood in terms of wedding planning, the star replied with “It’s been a thought obviously. It’s about timing. I am in no rush at all.”

However, she did add that after attending Ciara and Russell Wilson’s wedding in Northern England last month, and watching all of her friends tie the knot as of late, she’s feeling “inspired.”

“After being at Ciara’s wedding, I’m like, okay,” she said. “I don’t know, it inspired something. I just loved her dress. It was so beautiful. So that made me say, okay, all [of] my friends and peers are married now. You know what I mean?”

That’s still not a definitive “We have a date, ya’ll!” Still, Hudson says that when it comes to taking that next big step, “We will. It will happen.”

Thinking about the conversation that has been had over the years about Hudson and Otunga’s relationship, I wondered if one could every truly be engaged for too long. I’ve seen many people say that “that there’s no way I’m going to be engaged for that long” as outlets have continued to ask JHud about a possible wedding date, and I’ve seen her ever-changing reaction to such questions over the years. Sometimes gushing over the idea, other times, defensive in response to the inquiries. And a lot has been said about extended engagements. Experts say that when you wait quite a while to tie the knot, you’re not planting roots for the future but rather “staying in the here and now.” And the assumption is that she doesn’t really want to marry him, because, well, with her money and flexible schedule after all this time, why wouldn’t she have gone ahead and done it?

But really, when you think about the conversation, it’s interesting that there’s one being had about someone waiting to get married after being engaged, when it’s usually a chat about people getting married too soon. You simply can’t make folks happy. Taking the time to really learn one another and seeing if you’re truly a good fit not only during the good times but during the bad is actually a really good thing. Better to figure that out early rather than to have regrets (and have to split assets and give up spousal support) down the line. Plus, considering all that Hudson has gone through in her life, including losing her mother and brother at the hands of her sister’s husband, that may also play a role in her decision to take baby steps to really know what Otunga is all about.

So, after some thought, and knowing how hectic all this wedding ish really is (go to the courthouse, ladies), I don’t think one can really be engaged for too long. As long as both parties know where they stand with one another and one isn’t leading the other on a long road trip to nowhere, why not? And despite the lack of nuptials over these last eight years, when you really check out these two together, along with their son David Otunga, Jr., they still look very much in love.

All night baby!!!!!! Sing !

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Awhhhh @davidotunga Surprised us ! The whole gang is here now ! Party in my dressing room

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After David played all in the mud @tough_mudder he wanted to give me muddy kisses and hugs ………DAVID !!!!!!!

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After David played all in the mud @tough_mudder he wanted to give me muddy kisses and hugs ………DAVID !!!!!!!

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So with that being said, continue to do you, Jenn. We’re rooting for the couple either way.

Russell Wilson On Being A Stepdad To Baby Future: It’s One Of The Most Loving Things You Can Do

July 28th, 2016 - By Niki McGloster
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Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, right, walks with his girlfriend, entertainer Ciara Harris, and Harris' son Future, 1, Thursday, Aug. 13, 2015, following NFL football training camp in Renton, Wash. The Seahawks will play the Denver Broncos Friday in a preseason game in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

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Ciara and her new hubby Russell Wilson have a very hard time catching a break as parents to baby Future. Whether Twitter is slamming their parenting skills them over the toddler saying “Papa Kiss” to Wilson or weighing in on Ciara’s custody battle with her ex-fiancé and the father of her son, everyone always has something to say. But what does Wilson have to say about his role in the child’s life and the impact baby Future has had on him?

On Tuesday night, Wilson finally spoke on being a stepdad during a benefit event for his Why Not You? foundation.

“Being a stepfather is one of the most loving things you can do,” he told the crowd. “When I see her little son every time I’m around her and when I’m not around her, I always think about them, too, so they’re an inspiration.”

Hopefully no one will find harm in Wilson gushing about his stepson, as he’s been a consistent and positive presence in baby Future’s life. But ya know, it’s the Internet.

Watch the full clip below of his statement about his family below:

 

Baby Future Kisses Russell And A Discussion On Gender Roles And Parenting Ensues

July 12th, 2016 - By Veronica Wells
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Russell and Ciara are what I like to call a small doses couple. I am extremely happy that they found each other. They seem to love each other and I think Russell will finally be something like the man Ciara has deserved for a long time now. And while I have enjoyed watching them dance and sing together, was totally here for their post-proposal video, and waited with baited breath for images from their wedding, I realized I’d had enough when the two took to SnapChat to talk about their honeymoon night, specifically the ending their very publicized vow of abstinence.

In case you missed it, the two sat at dinner and walked down the street talking about their recent sexcapades.

Russell: About last night… wink.

Ciara: So, baby you know what we’re doing tonight.

Russell: From what we did last night, I’m going to do it multiple times.

Then Ciara looks at him and then back at the camera knowingly and says, “Shole wasn’t lying.”

You can watch the whole Snap story below.

Tell”em Fave 😁😁😅😅😅😛 The Wilson’s ❤❤❤ Morning After! #RussellWilson #Ciara #Csquad #TheWilsons

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It’s a bit much. So while I understand Lala defending her girl on national television, we all know that Russell and Ciara put a whole lot of their relationship out into the world for public consumption. And that’s cool. No judgment. I’ve just decided that I’m going to step away from the table.

That’s what I told myself.

But last night, a video of Russell, Ciara and her son Baby Future hit the internet. And I found myself sucked back into the vortex. It was a video of Russell getting his hair cut. In the midst of all this, Baby Future asks his mother for a kiss and then asked for one from “Papa Russ.” I’m not gon’ lie, I thought I was taking a break, but that video melted my heart. I watched it at least three times on my own before sharing it with my sister, my eyes growing wider and more doe-like with each view.

And while I thought the moment was too precious, there were several folks who had a problem with it. People argued that it was inappropriate for the baby to be called Russell “papa” when he has a father of his own. Charlemagne asked his male Twitter followers whether they kissed their fathers in the mouth. As you might imagine there were tons of comments about the interaction of a man and his son kissing in the mouth as being “gay.” The internets had a lot to say about this.

I’ve shared my thoughts before about folk questioning Ciara’s parenting decisions before. So, as you might imagine I’m not here for this same discussion, almost a year later. And what I notice is it’s the men who have their panties in a twist about the relationship between Russell and Baby Future. No, Russell is not his father. But now, he is his stepfather. And from what we’ve seen, he’s played an active role in Baby Future’s life for a while now. And I don’t think it’s too much of a stretch to suggest that Russell sees Ciara’s son more than his real father does. And we all know and understand that relationship building takes time. And for a child who’s two years old, Russell being around for a year is almost a lifetime. Is it really so absurd to think that the two would have built a bond in that time?

And to the point about him kissing him in the mouth, everyone has their own way of showing affection, but I for one was saddened by the Black men who said they could only offer their father a handshake as a sign of love. I want to believe that some of these men just don’t remember how they interacted with their father as babies and toddlers but I also can’t wait for the day when men, particularly Black men, stop trying to appear so “hard” all the time. Maybe I’ll regret typing this later; but perhaps if Future placed less of a priority on projecting such a hardened image, his child wouldn’t be calling another man Papa.

While people may have had a problem with it, that video was very telling. Unlike Russell and Ciara’s post-consummation Snap, Baby Future is not concerned about the cameras. He doesn’t yet understand that his image will be shared all over the world. He’s not here to promote his relationship with his new stepfather or piss on his biological one. He’s just a baby asking, like so many babies we know, for a kiss from the people he loves, his mother and Papa Russ.

“I Feel Empowered”: Celebrities Who Bared Their Bumps To Celebrate Pregnancy

July 11th, 2016 - By Nneka Samuel
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Celebrities grace the covers of magazines and partake in photo shoots on a regular basis. No biggie, right? Well, that privilege takes on a completely different meaning for pregnant stars. For some of them who haven’t already shared the good news, posing while pregnant serves as their official baby announcement to the world. For others, a baby bump magazine cover or photo shoot is a chance to document and flaunt one of the most exciting times in their lives. Many pregnant models, actresses and singers have happily posed for magazines over the years, and some of them have even done it with zero clothing on. The result? Artful, classy, timeless images that present pregnant women in a beautiful, vibrant light. The joy and magic of pregnancy is a wondrous thing. Click on for pictures of some of your favorite celebs who bared it all – and in some instances, went fully clothed – while pregnant.

Ciara Loses Fight For Sole Custody Of Son, Has To Share Joint Custody With Future

May 17th, 2016 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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Despite all the ugliness that has played out in public between Ciara and Future, they are going to have to find some way to keep the peace. A judge has just granted Future, born Nayvadius Wilburn, joint custody with the singer of their son, Future Zahir Wilburn.

Before entering court this morning to settle their custody battle, Ciara was optimistic about everything. She posted a message on her social media that said “Where There’s FAITH, There’s HOPE. God is An Awesome God!” And the singer was hoping that she would be able to walk away with sole custody of 1-year-old baby Future. According to TMZ, Ciara’s lawyer painted big Future as a bad father who really hasn’t been much of a presence in his son’s life. There were also reported attacks on the rapper’s character in the courtroom as Ciara fought to get the rapper out of the picture. As for Future, he sought out joint custody in court. And as TMZ pointed out, because “California courts favor joint custody,” he ended up leaving with what he asked for with a judge rejecting Ciara’s request for sole custody.

While that case has finally been settled and this pair will have to figure out a way to play nice, Ciara’s defamation lawsuit against her former fiancé for $15 million has yet to be resolved. And with that case still going, things probably won’t get much better between these two. As you already know, everything has turned so sour that Future called her a “b—h” with “control problems” on social media. And while announcing nominees for the Billboard Music Awards (which Ci Ci will host this upcoming Sunday), the singer didn’t speak his name when necessary.

I can’t say what kind of father Future has been behind the scenes of all this drama, and I am quite pleased with the joy Ciara has obtained from moving on to a new love, but I think joint custody is best for their son until it can be proven otherwise. And based on the few images we’ve seen of Future with baby future, it looks like the 1-year-old is crazy about his dad. Here’s to hoping that even if Ciara and Future decide to never speak again, they will work together in a positive manner to provide a healthy and happy upbringing for their child. Fingers crossed…

Censored But Not Muted: Musicians Who Have Been Boycotted And Banned

May 9th, 2016 - By Nneka Samuel
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Musicians, much like other artists, have been censored by radio stations, universities, libraries and practically any other space you can think of for decades.  Before them, writers who spoke out against atrocities committed by governments the world over had their books burned and banned. Typically, musicians are targeted for censorship because their lyrical content is deemed too risqué or inappropriate.  Or, their music videos are considered sexually suggestive or outright explicit and therefore unfit and unsafe for public consumption.  But censorship and the flat-out banning of songs and videos always seems to work in favor of the artists – earning them more public attention and ultimately more album sales, giving credo to the saying there’s no such thing as bad publicity.  Controversy, whether intended or not, sells, and these artists clearly aren’t afraid to push boundaries or to speak their minds.  Here is but a small list of artists whose music was at one point or another censored, boycotted or banned.

Meet John Legend & Chrissy’s Teigen’s Daughter, Luna! And See 9 Other Memorable Celeb Baby Reveals

April 20th, 2016 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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Some celebrities are very private when it comes to their children. The little ones don’t ask to be brought up in the same limelight that their parents inhabit, and therefore, some famous moms and dads keep their children out of the public eye. That’s exactly why you probably won’t see Kerry Washington’s daughter, or Michael Ealy’s son until they’re probably adults with their own kids…

But other people want to share their joy with the world when it comes to giving birth and bringing up little ones. So they show off their kids in simple ways, like on Instagram, and in grandiose ways as well, like on the cover of magazines. Here are 10 memorable times our favorite ladies showed off their babies–many babies who are now well into childhood and have grown up right in front of our eyes.

We’ll start with a baby who just made her debut online this week:

 

hi my lulu!

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Chrissy Teigen & John Legend

After giving birth to a baby girl named Luna Simone Stephens last week, Chrissy Teigen showed off baby Luna yesterday. And based on her parents, we’re sure Luna will be gorgeous–and quite the vocal little lady on social media.

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He Who Must Not Be Named: Ciara Refuses To Say Future’s Name Announcing Billboard Nominees

April 11th, 2016 - By Veronica Wells
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Me and My Boy Having A Blast How We Always Do! So Ready To Host The #BBMAs Together!

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We all know breakups can be very difficult, especially when they happen in the public eye. There really is no blueprint to follow on how to handle yourself with dignity and tact. And in this age of social media, tea-spilling blogs and ever-present cameras, it’s hard to keep all those emotions private and in check at all times.

We saw that today with Ciara.

We all know the story of former lovers, rapper Future and singer Ciara. They were red hot for one another; sadly, after the birth of their son, they crashed and burned. And while things are certainly looking up in Ciara’s love life, (Heeey Russell!) there still seems to be a little bit of resentment there.

Today, in announcing the nominees for the Billboard awards, Ciara refused to speak her ex fiancé and father to her child’s name.

Check it out.

It’s funny.

She hit Future with that Voldemort treatment. Thankfully, her good buddy Ludacris was there to pick up the slack.

Naturally, we want to know what you think about this. It’s great for the internet but a part of me is giving her an “ok, girl.” I mean, she named her son Future. Nicknames aside, I’m sure she’s used to saying the name. Plus, nothing says I’m truly not over my ex, like I can’t speak his name. And as someone who’s newly engaged and in what appears to be a fulfilling relationship, she might want to clear her head and her heart first.

But, you never know what’s going behind the scenes. Future might be making her life a living hell. And it’s highly probable considering these two are still in court fighting a slander and libel case. Legally, she might not be able to say his name, in which case, what can you do?

What do you think about Ciara’s decision not to speak Future’s name?

Ciara Talks Coming To The Realization That She Was Going To Be A Single Mom

April 11th, 2016 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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Ciara is Essence‘s May cover girl, and the newly engaged beauty has plenty to talk about. Not only does Ciara open up about her journey to “I do” with fiancé, Russell Wilson, but also, her broken engagement with her ex-fiancè, Future, who also fathers her 1-year-old son.

On becoming a mom in 2014:

“I’d always wanted to have my own family,” she said. “And my pregnancy was planned when I was at a point in my life when I was finally ready to take on the responsibility.”

On her split from Future:

“That wasn’t necessarily part of my vision,” she recalls. “But the moment I realized I was going to be a single mother, I had to reflect and reorganize my thoughts. I decided to trust that God had a plan for me, and move forward one day at a time.”

On her new beau, Russell Wilson:

“I remember telling my friend the kind of guy I wanted: a God-fearing man with a very fun spirit who loves kids and would really, truly care for me. I was very specific because I do believe you can have it all.”

The May issue of  Essence hits stands April 15th.