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Ooo Kill ‘Em! Countess Vaughn Gets A New Look For “Hollywood Divas” [Photos]

June 12th, 2014 - By Lauren R.D. Fox
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In March, we reported on Countess Vaughn and her unfortunate relationship with lace front wigs. While appearing on talk show The Doctors, she noted: “in 2004, my hairstylist introduced to lace-front wigs and I fell in love with them, immediately.  Five years later the drama came in. The red flag was the oozing from my ears, forehead, the whole nape around my head. The puss had a horrible smell and it was painful. I let it go by for six months. What I did not realize, I had a bad reaction to the glue I used to apply the wig. My hair started to fall out.”

When Vaughn noticed the physical side effects of wearing lace front wigs, she stated:

“I went to the dermatologist but he did not let me know the long-term effects of the infection. I have skin discoloration and people assume I have vitiligo. I use makeup to cover up, especially the skin under my eyes. Skin came off of my ears. I draw in my hairline with an eye pencil. I had to go through this to teach my little one, ‘you have to love yourself before anyone else will.’ “

Vaughn’s appearance on The Doctors left fans startled, as her usually bubbly voice and personality seemed to have dimmed. However, she recently signed on to the cast of TV One’s Hollywood Divas  and her transformation for the reality show has left us stunned! Yesterday on Instagram Vaughn showed off a few behind-the-scenes glam moments on the set of Hollywood Divas and we like what we see.  

Click the next page to check out her new look!

TV One Launches “Hollywood Divas” Series With Golden Brooks, Countess Vaughn, Elise Neal, And More

May 7th, 2014 - By Brande Victorian
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A new Divas franchise is on the horizon with TV One announcing the launch of an actress spinoff to its popular R&B Divas franchise, titled Hollywood Divas. The show, currently in production in LA, will star Elise Neal (The Hughleys), Golden Brooks (Girlfriends), Paula Jai Parker (Hustle and Flow), Countess Vaughn (The Parkers) and Lisa Wu (Real Housewives of Atlanta). Can we say yes?!

According to a news release from the network, the one-hour reality series will follow these five ladies as they navigate life and attempt to stay relevant in the unpredictable entertainment industry. D’Angela Proctor, Senior Vice President of Programming and Production for TV One, said:

 “TV One’s audience has a passion for programming that reveals the private stories behind the public lives of Black artists. The Hollywood Divas‘ willingness to share their experiences with inequality and obstacles when it comes to the Hollywood merry-go-round is the foundation of this series. How these women are personally affected by this phenomenon and how they individually handle the pressure, is where the Hollywood Diva stories begins.”

Even better than the announcement of this new show is news that the series will be added to TV One’s schedule in the fourth quarter of 2014 so we won’t have to wait long. Here’s a little background on the ladies to tide you over. Are you as excited about Hollywood Divas as we are??

 

Elise Neal

Known for her starring roles in the television series KVilleAnt FarmThe CapeThe HughleysAll of Us and TV One’s Belles, Elise Neal made her film debut in John Singleton’s Rosewood.  Her other film credits include Scream 2Money Talks and Love Ranch.  Neal shines in her work in indie features including Restaurant1982The Undershepherd, an ABFF best picture winner, and of course the powerhouse Oscar nominated Hustle and Flow, which also won the Sundance Audience Award.

 

Golden Brooks

Golden Brooks is best known for her portrayal of the character Maya Wilkes on the sitcom Girlfriends.  She also directed an episode titled “Hustle & Dough,” and wrote a 2007 episode titled “Snap Back,” which featured guest star Erykah Badu.  Brooks won the Black Reel Awards for the film Motives and also starred in Beauty ShopSomething New and the independent film The Inheritance.  Most recently Brooks appeared on the CW series, Hart of Dixie.

 

Paula Jai Parker

Comedian Paula Jai Parker began her career on the FOX comedy program The Apollo Comedy Hour, filmed live at the legendary Apollo Theater. She left the show after one year to pursue a film career, taking memorable roles in the F. Gary Gray urban comedy Friday and earned a Cable ACE Award for her role in the HBO anthology presentation, Cosmic Slop.  Parker returned to television for the WB television series The Wayans Bros. opposite Shawn and Marlon Wayans. Throughout the 1990s, she appeared in several short-lived shows, including The Weird Al Show and David E. Kelley’s Snoops. Between television projects, she appeared in a number of films, including the Million Man March docudrama Get on the Bus, Sprung, Why Do Fools Fall in Love30 Years to Lifeand She Hate Me. She has also voiced characters on the popular animated series The Proud Family.

 

Countess Vaughn

Countess Vaughn began her performing career at the age of three singing at church. At age nine, she sang “I’ll Be There” to win the Star Search junior vocalist champion and overall junior champion.  Vaughn started her acting career on 227, followed by roles in TheaHangin’ with Mr. Cooper and Roc.  Outside of television, she performed in the off-Broadway musical Mama and I Want to Sing! Part 3. In 1998, Vaughn was honored with an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for her performance in Moesha. In 1992, Vaughn released her first album, Countess, featuring a variety of songs, including dance music and R&B. The album’s lead single, a cover of James Brown’s “It’s A Man’s, Man’s, Man’s World,” charted in the top-100 of the Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. She starred in (and also sang the theme song for) the UPN sitcom, The Parkers, from 1999 until the show ended in 2004. In 2011, Vaughn made her return to television on the BET sitcom Let’s Stay Together.

 

Lisa Wu

Lisa Wu shot to fame with her role on Bravo’s The Real Housewives of Atlanta.  She owns her own real estate firm, Hartwell & Associates, a jewelry line called Wu Girls, a baby clothing line, Hart 2 Hart Baby, and juggles a budding acting, modeling and writing career.   She recently wrapped production on First Impression, a film also starring Lamman Rucker and Lisa Arrindell Anderson, and is currently working on Atlanta Undercover.

“I Never Took A Hiatus”: Countess Vaughn Talks New Reality Show, And Starting A Line Of “Natural” Lace Front Wigs

March 25th, 2014 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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In an interview with JETmag.com, actress and singer Countess Vaughn spoke about what she has been up to all these years, including dealing with the nasty side effects of wearing lace front wigs we told you about last week, starting her own brand of natural lace fronts, raising kids (she has two), looking to venture into reality TV, working on the straight-to-DVD movie More to Love with Tichina Arnold (they both play lawyers in it), and more. The 35-year-old also spoke on the her life in the spotlight as a child star, being typecast as Kim Parker, and her five-year plan. It was an interesting interview, and here are the tidbits that had us talking:

Where She Has Been All This Time:

“I never took a hiatus. People see that I’ve become a mother. I’ve always been working. I’ve kept myself out there. Thank God for reruns— I’ve got a new audience. I’ve never missed a beat.”

If She Plans On Doing Music Again:

 “I love music and I always will. I write music: R&B, a little hint of gospel. I love so many different musical styles. I’m all across the board.”

The
Challenge Of Growing Up A Child Star After Winning Star Search And Being On 227:

“Being in a fish bowl. Having to be a role model. Wanting to make your own mistakes and learning from them. Watching what you do.”

Being Typecast As Kim Parker:

“Anytime you do a character bigger than life, they’re going to ask you to do it. You have to be able to make the change to get the different roles. “

Her Relationship Status:

“For the past eight years, I’ve been in a longtime relationship with my high school sweetheart. We met when we were 15.”

Branching In To Natural Lace Fronts Products After Her Horrifying Hair Experience:

I was on the set doing a reality show and I was wearing a lace-front wig that burned me very badly. My skin was peeling off and I couldn’t be under set lights or wear makeup. So I decided that I wanted to take my time about what will go into my brand of natural lace-fronts. No one should go through the drama I did.

I now have a partnership and hair endorsement with Hair Are Us along with hair care products sponsored by Pure Beauty Essentials for Pure Virgin Hair of Atlanta, GA.”

Being A Spokesperson For Ellaboo’s Ovarian Cancer Foundation:

“Minorities need to get tested for ovarian cancer. The earlier, the better. We tend to put ourselves on the backburner and take care of the family first. We need to pay attention to ourselves. Many women ignore the pain, thinking it’s only menstrual cramps. But it’s very serious. A pap smear doesn’t detect it. It’s a silent killer. Cancer has really affected my life. I’ve lost friends and a co-star.  I really want to get this message out there. You just want to make a change in the world. It’s time to grow up and teach the next generation. To get more information, people can go to ellaboosangels.org.”

On Doing Reality TV Soon:

“I want to come back in a positive way. I’m not about drinking and fighting. I’m about delivering a message and growing from it. So the show would be a combination of me growing, and getting to know me better.”

Where She Sees Her Career In Five Years:

“I’d like to do more voiceovers for animation, and more serious roles. I have range. Lena Dunham’s character on the HBO show Girls needs a sistah friend. I could bring the drama.”

I could totally see her with a reality show on TV One or something like that. How about you? Check out Vaughn’s full interview over at JETmag.com and share your thoughts.  

 

ICYMI: The Hottest Stories Of The Week

March 22nd, 2014 - By Lauren R.D. Fox
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This week we were elated, shocked and disgusted by the news!

First and foremost, we fell in love with Kanye West and Kim Kardashian’s Vogue cover. Love or hate ‘em, the couple looked gorgeous and we even got an adorable peek at North West in their family photo shoot. On the subject of marriage, Kevin Hart opened up to Oprah about his infidelity issues with his first wife, Torrei Hart. Erica Campbell of Mary Mary,  even noted she and her husband, Warryn Campbell have had similar issues. Speaking of gospel singers, Tye Tribbet noted homosexuality is absolutely normal but it may not be God’s best for you.

In other absurd news, actress Countess Vaughn suffered from a skin infection because of lace front wigs. A man bit of his baby son’s nose because he would not stop crying. Also, there was a warrant for Anita Baker’s arrest because she did not pay a $15,000 painting fee. Chris Brown will be in solitary confinement in jail and Uncle Sam is after Lauryn Hill, again! Get into all of this, below.

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Anna Caved: Kim And Kanye Appear On Vogue…With Baby North! 

Mama we made it!  We thought we’d never see the day but it looks like Kanye’s campaign has proven successful. He petitioned Vogue editor Anna Wintour for months trying to get Kim Kardashian on the cover. The couple are on the April cover, the shape issue of Vogue magazine! The iconic magazine once again tapped famed photographer Annie Leibovitz to capture the beautiful couple. Kim is the stand out, posing in front of her man in a wedding dress while Kanye takes the backseat.

 

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“I Don’t Condemn Homosexuality” Gospel Singer Tye Tribbett Says Being Gay Is Natural

In the April 2014 issue of Sister 2 Sister magazine, Tribbett spoke about homosexuality and why he believes Christians can reach more people through love rather than hate.

“The Red Flag Was The Oozing:” Countess Vaughn Speaks Out About Skin Infection Caused By Lace Front Wigs

March 17th, 2014 - By Lauren R.D. Fox
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Growing up, we watched Countess Vaughn become an icon on black sitcoms. She initially got her start in the entertainment industry by performing on Star Search. Her acting career took flight when she starred as Alexandria DeWitt on 227. Later on Vaughn appeared on Thea and Hangin’ With Mr. Cooper. She eventually acted in Brandy’s hit show, Moesha and debuted on her own show as the lead actress, The Parkers.  As her rise to fame grew, Countess’s appearance began to change with the actress donning various wigs. Unfortunately, in 2004 she was introduced to lace-front wigs by her hairdresser. Countess immediately fell in love with them and began to wear them 24/7. Recently she appeared on The Doctors and shared the terrifying aftermath of consistently wearing lace front wigs. Read below and consider yourself warned.

Countess’s History With Lace-Front Wigs

“In 2004, my hairstylist introduced to lace-front wigs and I fell in love with them, immediately. You have a full-hair line; I was wearing them 24/7. Five years later the drama came in. The red flag was the oozing from my ears, forehead, the whole nape around my head. The puss had a horrible smell and it was painful. I let it go by for six months. What I did not realize, I had a bad reaction to the glue I used to apply the wig. My hair started to fall out.”

 Receiving Help To Heal From Her Skin Infection

“I went to the dermatologist but he did not let me know the long-term effects of the infection. I have skin discoloration and people assume I have vitiligo. I use makeup to cover up, especially the skin under my eyes. Skin came off of my ears. I draw in my hairline with an eye pencil. I had to go through this to teach my little one, ‘you have to love yourself before anyone else will.’ “

Check out the interview in the video below.

Celebrities Who Should Be Featured On Unsung’s Spin-Off, “Unsung Hollywood”

January 9th, 2014 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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Good news! After so much success catching up with the underrated and often off-the-radar music stars in music with Unsung, TV One is about to bring us Unsung Hollywood. Same format, but giving us a back story on all the ups and downs of the careers and lives of black folks we love from TV and film. They already have episodes with Pam Grier, Kadeem Hardison and Robin Harris (to name a few) on deck, but we couldn’t help but throw a few options of stars they need to also profile out there. Check ‘em out!

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Dorothy Dandridge

Talk about a beauty. Dorothy Dandridge was the first African-American woman to be nominated for an Academy Award, but the road to getting the nomination, and how life went for her after the fact wasn’t easy. Dandridge had the type of story that (if any of her colleagues are still alive to tell it) had everything from financial struggles (accountants swindled her out of thousands and she owed back taxes), nervous breakdowns, affairs, career explosions and moments that stalled, and the reinvention of her career later in life. She only lived 42 years, but her life and career has been one that has influenced everyone from Halle Berry, Cicely Tyson and more.

Were They Actors Or Trying To Have A Singing Career?

June 21st, 2013 - By Davisha Davis
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Credit: David Livingston / WENN

These celebs are not just known for acting in some of our favorite shows but they also made it known that they have a passion for singing. Secretly, we think these actors wanted a singing career outside of acting. Fortunately, for many of them, they could actually sing and are now known as a singer. For others, well, I guess it was just pipe dreams.