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How Did That Happen? Famous Men Granted Sole And Primary Custody Of Their Children

February 18th, 2015 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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Unfortunately, over the years, we’ve had to watch quite a few custody battles play out in the public eye. For reasons ranging from funny money and poor behavior, we were shocked when news came out that these famous men were granted primary and sole custody of their children over the mothers of their kids. Here are a few examples that definitely had people talking.

Update: Gabrielle Union And D. Wade Took Care Of That Marriage License Issue

February 10th, 2015 - By Veronica Wells
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Gabrielle Union And Dwyane Wade Aren't Officially Married

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Update: Someone got on the good foot and returned this marriage license to the Miami-Dade County marriage license bureau. And the information on the website has subsequently been updated. No conspiracy, someone was just sleeping on their job.

Source: Miami Dade County Marriage License Bureau

Source: Miami Dade County Marriage License Bureau

I know some of you are still in your feelings about the Dwyane Wade and Gabrielle Union’s relationship. And though they’ve been through some pretty public messiness, I happen to really like them together. They’re pretty cute.

But for as much as I love them as a couple, they might not actually be legally married.

Yes, they had a ceremony and Essence officiated; but in the eyes of the state of Florida they’re not legally bound.

According to the Miami Herald, the couple’s marriage license hasn’t made it to the state records office.

And their wedding was six months ago.

Also according to the Miami Dade County Marriage License Bureau, the license hasn’t been returned.

Receipts:

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Miami-Dad county marriage license manger Roberto Reboso, naturally, that this could present a problem if they ever need to prove that they are in fact legally married.

“We know they’re married from what they said on TV; and they obtained a marriage license before the ceremony, but they still haven’t returned the license signed by the person who officiated the ceremony. So their marriage has not been recorded by the state.”

In the state of Florida, couples are asked to sign the license and bring it back to the county within 10 days to make their marriage official.

Y’all know what it is, if you can’t prove you’re married that doesn’t entitle you to any property or assets should the person die or should divorce proceedings come into play.

Which is…interesting.

As a person who almost lost my scholarship freshman year because I didn’t submit paperwork, I can relate.

But in my defense, I legitimately didn’t know that was required of me. In this case, both Gabby and D. Wade have been married before. So they know the drill. This not signing and returning the marriage license could be a gross, six-month-long oversight. But I would be lying if I said I didn’t wonder if this is a way to protect themselves should the marriage turn sour and they have to end up going their separate ways.

Still, not signing a marriage license, kind of makes all that prenup talk seem irrelevant…

No judgment. Get it how you live. This is just a things that make you go hmmm kind of story.

What do you think about this story? Did they just forget or do you think something else is going on here?

Making It Work: Gabrielle Union Explains How She Manages In Her Long Distance Marriage

February 6th, 2015 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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One of the many things that we love about Gabrielle Union is that although she’s now the wife of a wildly successful basketball star, she hasn’t allowed her husband or their relationship to distract her. The 42-year-old beauty is still actively working and making significant strides in her career. Less than 72 hours after the season two premiere of her hit television show “Being Mary Jane,” BET announced that they would be picking up the series for a third season, which the actress says took a lot of pressure off of her and her pocketbook.

“[It took] a lot of pressure off of my accountant’s shoulders knowing that the mortgage is going to be paid,” Union jokingly told “Today’s” Matt Lauer. “No, we never have that luxury—ever—of knowing where our next check is coming from. It gives us the freedom to just work and not the pressure of ‘what if no one likes this?’ It’s like we know that we’re doing great work and it’s a huge vote of confidence.”

As for where she draws her inspiration from, Union says that she studied real-life news anchors such as Soledad O’Brien.

“I would like to think that I have adopted some of the more believable qualities of respected anchors, but because we don’t know what happens in your lives when you leave, I made her a hot mess. I’m obsessed with Soledad O’Brien and that’s sort of who I patterned her after. But Soledad has an amazing life from what we can see, but Mary Jane just can’t get right.”

Transitioning from discussion of Mary Jane’s messy life to her own complicated personal life, Gabby explained how she makes her marriage work despite the fact that she and her new husband are frequently apart due to his game schedule and her filming obligations.

“I come home every weekend. I fly back and forth.”

And if it just so happens that Wade is not home on weekends, Union says that she flies out to wherever he’s going to be.

“I fly wherever that is or I’ll fly home and hang out with the kids. We figure it out and make it work and a lot of compromise.”

Watch Gabby’s full interview below.

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Gabrielle Union Defends Dwyane Wade Against Charles Barkley

January 30th, 2015 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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Gabrielle Union and Dwyane Wade may have their share of internal issues, just like most couples, but they’re clearly not here for disrespect from any outside folks. Earlier this week, we told you that Wade was fined $15,000 for flipping the bird at a crowd of heckling fans who said nasty things about his wife. Union isn’t letting anyone disrespect her hubby either. Last night on TNT’s “Inside the NBA” post-game show, Charles Barkley said that he didn’t believe Wade should’ve made the All-Star team this year.

“Dwyane’s great, [he’s] a Hall of Famer, but he didn’t deserve to make the All-Star team,” said Barkley. “Dwyane Wade is not having an all-star year.”

Barkley’s co-host Kenny Smith openly disagreed—and so did Wade’s wife.

“Forgive Charles. .. Kenny Smith is a 2x champion & his opinion is most sound,” she said. “It’s like me talkin bout Meryl Streep but I ain’t won nuthin,” Union tweeted.

However, Barkley, never being one to back down, clapped back once he heard about the “Being Mary Jane” actress’ tweet.

“Well listen, first of all never mention you and Meryl Streep in the same sentence again. Meryl Streep would never be on ‘Snakes On A Plane’ or ‘Madea.’”

Once Smith corrected him by telling him that Union was never on “Snakes on a Plane” and expressing that she’s actually a good actress, Barkley had this to say:

“Well she could have been. I’ve seen her act, she could have been on ‘Snakes On A Plane’ or ‘Madea’. She’s taking shots at me. She’s pretty, she’s very pretty. I’m not one of them people who’s going to turn the other cheek. You say something bad about me, I’m going to say something about you.”

“I like that lady,” he continued. “She’s a very nice lady and I like Dwyane, but we get paid to be honest.”

The Wade’s don’t play that.

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Gabrielle Union Explains Why She Requested A Pre-nup

January 27th, 2015 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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Before Gabrielle Union and Dwyane Wade tied the knot, the actress made it clear that she is the one who requested a prenuptial agreement. Now, in an interview with Yahoo Style, the Being Mary Jane star is offering a deeper explanation for her decision. Check out some highlights from her interview below.

On people asking when she’s going to have a baby:

“The fact that I can do a press junket for a movie and people ask me what’s happening in my uterus says a lot. They want 110 percent of what you have to offer. But now that I’ve been given a voice, I’m going to use it.”

On race issues in America and the death of Eric Garner:

“There’s a bit of a gap between what I really want to say and what I know is responsible to say. The general lack of compassion for your fellow man is really frustrating. I think what the protesters are saying, or at least some of them, is it’s not just about police brutality. It’s about a widespread systematic crippling of some people in this country by birthright, and no one’s acknowledging it.”

On why she requested a pre-nup:

“For women in Hollywood, when they’re coupling, everything is about the brand. Everything is about latching on to a rising star, so you can kick your heels up. That’s never been my story, ever. I make sure to let people know all of the hard work that’s gone into my career. I want people to know the work that it took to get through UCLA, that I had student loans and worked. I was eating Top Ramen and lived well below my means. Now that it’s time to get married to a man who happens to play basketball and has done well for himself, I want to make it clear that I have in no way hitched my wagon to his star. I have my own wagon and star.”

On if she considers Mary Jane a homewrecker:

“I think initially he is a home wrecker. He was dishonest. He started a relationship under false pretenses [by not telling her he was married], but I think she became a bit morally bankrupt on the way. That narrative is important to tell, which is why I was all for the story line. It shows what happens and all of the people who are affected in an affair. I look at it as a morality tale.”

Check out Gabby’s full interview here.

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Mother Of Dwyane Wade’s Son Checks Troll For Saying The NBA Star Isn’t In His Child’s Life

December 31st, 2014 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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Little Xavier Zechariah Wade turned one in November, and on his big day, he was surrounded by his family. The only person who didn’t appear to be there was his father, Miami Heat star Dwyane Wade.

While Dwyane acknowledged that he had Xavier during a ‘break’ in his relationship with Gabrielle Union, he hasn’t actually been seen with the little one in public, despite the fact that he openly lauds his relationships with his sons Zaire and Zion, as well as his nephew (all three boys have a great bond with Union as well). But that doesn’t mean that in private, Dwyane hasn’t been active in Xavier’s lie. Aja Metoyer, the mother of little Xavier, made that clear for the first time when a very disrespectful troll decided to criticize her and she made the choice to put the ill-informed individual in their place:

 

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While he might not appear in pictures with his son, that doesn’t mean Dwyane hasn’t ‘liked’ or commented on ones Metoyer has posted of Xavier on social media.

When speaking on his “blessing” back when news came out about the child, Wade said that he would be there for Xavier, just as he has been for Zaire and Zion, but that he didn’t plan on speaking on the subject again.

“I had a time, a part in our break, in our pain and our hurt, a blessing came out of it in my life, having a son that was born healthy. So I’m moving on.

I’ve always tried to show my importance in my kids’ lives and it doesn’t change now. So, I, my lady and my family have continued to move forward, and I think that’s evident with the ring and the proposal that I gave her, with our lives.”

My Ovaries Are Taking Geritol: Gabrielle Union Talks Having Kids, Living Below Her Means And More

December 23rd, 2014 - By Veronica Wells
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Source: Uptown

There’s something about Gabrielle Union that I really like. Of course I don’t know her but she comes across as pretty authentic, especially within the past few years. She brought that same realness to her cover story interview with Uptown Magazine where she talked about her nude photo leak, her ideal super heroine character “The Baddest Bitch,” and being ok if she never has children. Check out a few excerpts and shots from the interview below.

The character she’d create for herself using the resources of her own production company, Stew U 

“‘Um, did you just create a superhero called the Baddest Bitch?’ Yes,” she jokes over wine and cookies at Bar Pleiades, inside of the rakish Surrey Hotel on New York’s Upper East Side. “She’s got Sciatica and you know…thinning edges. And she fights…crime.”

What we can expect from “Being Mary Jane” 

“She becomes obsessed with his new relationship and [questions] why it’s not her,” Union says of her character, who is social media-stalking her ex-boyfriend and his pregnant girlfriend. “Mary Jane starts to ask herself some hard questions. And she’s not liking all the answers. She can’t handle the truth. Not at all.”

Source: Uptown Magazine

Source: Uptown Magazine

On her cooking skills and providing [in LA]

“[My] collard greens have pork, not this new age Negro-like turkey neck shit, and [for my] honey cornbread, I add, a half a thing of honey to the Jiffy mix and I like to eat it raw. That’s when I’m like, ‘Am I depressed?’ There’s at least some self-respect with [eating] brownie batter, or you know, cake batter.” She also purchased a home in California (she is betting that the filming of her series will shift to Los Angeles). “I feel like Dwyane provides for us in Miami and I should provide for us in L.A. I bought a really great house and we’re remodeling. What I wanted is really in Bel-Air, but I have a deep Valley budget, so I’m there,” says Union of her real estate realities. “I got a lot of what I wanted, but I had to reevaluate my priorities.”

Source: Uptown Magazine

Source: Uptown Magazine

 

Living below her means

“I live so far below my means that if the career was taken away, I could get a job based on my level of education and my job skills, and I could still afford what I have. I plan ahead for the destruction, my financial ruin,” she laughs. “I might borrow some hot shit, but you’re gonna come to my house and be like, ‘What happened to that dope bag that cost as much as a home?’ I borrow that. I give it right back.”

On having kids

“I think my brain and my heart are screaming baby fever. My ovaries, however, they’re coughing up dust. Yes, it’s in my heart and in my mind, and we’ll see if my body catches up with that. I have really awesome stepkids, so I feel equally as fulfilled. I’ve lasted 42 years without having a human being come from one of my orifices and I feel okay and fulfilled and happy. If it does happen, it’s a miracle—a medical miracle at least. I mean, we’d love to. We’ll see what my ovaries say. Cause right now they’re taking Geritol.”

Source: Uptown Magazine

Source: Uptown Magazine

Read Gabrielle’s full interview at Uptown.

“We’ll Talk About The Free Throws Later” Gabrielle Union Interrupts Dwyane Wade’s Interview

December 1st, 2014 - By Veronica Wells
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Gabrielle Union Interrupts Dwyane Wade's Interview

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Whether you love them or hate them, you can’t deny that Dwyane Wade and Gabrielle Union are adorable together. One minute they’re stunting on the runway, driving out in a car and the next Gabrielle Union is stealing the thunder from D Wade’s post game interview.

It’s common knowledge that Gabrielle Union is a presence to be reckoned with on the sidelines. She’s screaming and hollering and cheering and now she’s graduated to interviews with Sun Sports.

Last night, Dwyane had a standout game against the New York Knicks, scoring 27 points after being away for seven games with a pulled hamstring. The Heat ended up defeating the Knicks 86- 79 at Madison Square Garden.

And just as he was speaking to Sun Sports, Union ran up with some commentary of her own. See what she had to say in this cutesy moment in the video below.

Dwyane Wade’s Son, Xavier, Turns 1 With His Mother, Aja Metoyer, By His Side

November 17th, 2014 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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When people found out earlier this year that Dwyane Wade had a child  with another woman while on a “break” from his relationship with Gabrielle Union, everyone and their mother had something to say about it. When all that uproar died down, little Xavier Zechariah Wade went on to quietly grow up and have a happy childhood, being taken care of and loved immensely by his mother, Aja Metoye’r. And on November 10, he quietly turned 1, and recently had a party with his family to celebrate a whole year on this earth. Metoye’r wrote about how her little man has changed her life:

“Exactly a year ago at 7:03 am my lil man was born 1 of the most amazing days of my life.. There was a time when I thought I would never have a son .. But on November 10, 2013 my family and I were bless with Xavier Zechariah Wade.. I’ve spent every day since with you and every night sleeping next to you and constantly checking on u.. Even when you sleep through the night I don’t lol. I love being your mommy son. I could never imagine life with out you. I love Ur smile Ur hugs and sweet kisses. Love you always and forever son .. Love can’t even express how I feel .. Happy birthday baby my sweet special surprise XaveyBaby”

She went on to share other beautiful images of Xavier, including pictures of him days after he was born, and birthday wishes for him from family and friends. Dwyane Wade didn’t post any birthday wishes for his son on his social media pages, and it’s unclear if he was at the birthday party, but who knows? He could have been present and just stayed on the low. Check out more cute pictures of Xavier and the well-wishes for his birthday below.  

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Xavier on his way home for the very 1st time #overjoyed #blessed #myson #xavierzechariahwade

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  A photo posted by Aja Metoye’r (@ajamanique) on

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“It’s Not A Career Boost- It’s A New Form Of Sexual Abuse” Gabrielle Union Is Fighting Back After Her Nude Photo Leak

November 7th, 2014 - By Veronica Wells
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Gabrielle Union Is Fighting Back After Her Nude Photo Leak

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I think it’s safe to assume that the general public didn’t take the celebrity nude photo hacks seriously. In fact far too many people celebrated their release, posting and retweeting the photos, focusing more on their own feelings of misplaced glee at seeing these celebrities naked, than the fact that the rights of another human being, another woman, had been violated. To be clear, having your phone hacked and having pictures that were intended to be private, blasted across the internet, is nothing short of a violation.

And yet, the way many sites have reported the hacks and the way many people have interpreted the attacks, seem to suggest that these celebrities were stupid for taking the pictures in the first place. And as a result should feel shamed.

But eff what you heard.

Gabrielle Union sat down with Cosmopolitan to share the experience of having her photos leaked, how that particular violation felt and why, despite the invasive nature of the topic, she’s decided to fight back.

Gabrielle starts off telling the story of how she first learned her name was on the list of celebrities who had been hacked the day after her wedding.

I had been so happy that week, thinking about my wedding and honeymoon with my new husband, Miami Heat basketball player Dwyane Wade. But suddenly, I felt paralyzed…Nude photos of dozens of stars like Jennifer Lawrence and Kate Upton were flying around the Internet…The shots had appeared on a website called 4Chan, where people can post anonymous comments and pictures. The site said more photos were to come, including mine. And so it began. It felt like The Hunger Games: You’re waiting to be attacked. Friends are assuring you that this will pass and people will move on to the next thing. But in this case, the next thing means the next victim — the next woman to have her naked body exposed to strangers against her will. And the crowd in the arena is going wild. People are critiquing and judging, cheering for more. They’re shouting, “Next! Next!”

My honeymoon was plagued by thoughts of when I would get hit. It was always in the back of my mind: Will today be the day my life gets ruined? I thought about my family and everyone the scandal would affect — my mom, who teaches classes about Catholicism to kids, and the three boys I had become a stepmother to when I married Dwyane. My husband, meanwhile, would always have to wonder who had seen intimate photos of me that only he was supposed to see.

The hit came three weeks later. I was on the final night of a beach retreat with Dwyane and the kids in Turks and Caicos. We had just given the boys a big lecture on how to protect themselves online, telling them to be careful what they post and what they say. Friends contacted me with the news: A photo of me had surfaced online. 

She explained that the first leaked picture, one that wasn’t too revealing, was taken three years ago. And since Dwyane has a habit of losing his cell phones, deleted from both of their devices after he saw it.

This was just the first of many. Though all of the pictures had been deleted from both of their phones, years ago, they were making their way to the internet, for the world to see.

Gabrielle said:

“I felt extreme anxiety, a complete loss of control. I suddenly understood that deleting things means nothing. You think it’s gone? It’s not. What is the point of even including a delete function on a phone if it doesn’t really delete? I had deleted the photos from my phone, but apparently they had remained on some server somewhere, unbeknownst to me, where hackers could find them.

I called my reps and attorneys, pleading, “Get the photos taken down.” They said it takes time — the shots were spreading fast, to some 50 sites within the first few hours. Nude pictures of other celebrities were appearing in this second wave too, including Rihanna and a new round of Jennifer Lawrence shots. I thought, this is a targeted attack, a hate crime against women. Photos of my friend Meagan Good showed up as well, and that really hurt — she’s like my little sister. We had become close while filming Deliver Us From Eva. She’s married to a pastor. I wanted to protect her from the inevitable character assassination. She was the target of a crime and did not deserve to be attacked.”

Experiencing this herself, watching her friends go through it and being on the National Advisory Committee on Violence Against Women, Gabrielle felt the need to speak out.

I didn’t like the public perception of this scandal — that we were just a bunch of narcissistic, sexually deviant celebrities who got what we deserved for being dumb. No one deserves to have a private moment stolen, whether it’s a photo, text, or email. Everyone has intimate parts of their life they don’t want the public to see

Some people say the publicity surrounding the photos helps our careers. We don’t need this kind of press. Jennifer Lawrence is the face of two billion-dollar franchises. It’s not a career boost — it’s a new form of sexual abuse. Other people think that they are entitled to know everything about us because we are celebrities, in the public eye. No. If I show my husband my naked body, it doesn’t mean everyone gets to see it. And people sometimes argue: But you wear skimpy bikinis — what’s the difference? The difference is that you are the one who chooses whether to show your body. When billions of people on the Internet can see you naked without your consent, it’s a crime.

Sadly, this is not the first time Gabrielle Union has been violated. When she was a college student, working at the Payless shoe store, she was raped by a stranger. She reported the incident and the man was caught and later prosecuted.

With one traumatic experience under belt, Gabrielle knew she had to speak out about this violation as well. She issued a statement about the photo leaks shortly after, explaining how women and especially Black women have been subjected to the nonconsensual sexual objectification of our bodies.

“I can’t help but be reminded that since the dawn of time, women and children, specifically women of color, have been victimized, and the power over their own bodies taken from them.” For black women targeted in this attack, there’s an added dimension. Throughout history, our bodies have been open for public consumption, as in the days of slavery, when black women were taken into the town square to be sold. They were paraded around naked, to be inspected and critiqued for future sale and sure abuse.”

While still on her honeymoon, Gabrielle said she was hesitant about leaving her hotel room.

“I just wanted to hide. I had a wave of fear, thinking everyone had seen me naked. Then I thought, wait a minute, to hide is to act like a guilty person. I hadn’t done anything wrong. I went downstairs with my family and had breakfast. I ate some amazing bacon. I braced myself for battle.”

And while she was surprised to find support in unlikely places, like the paparazzi, there was a notable silence.

“I also want to know: Where are all the women’s groups, the feminists, demanding justice in this case? The silence is deafening. 

She has a point there, even when feminist site Jezebel reported about Gabrielle’s article today, the tone of the piece seemed surprised, and dare I say irritated, that she seemed to call them out.

These days Gabrielle says she’s adjusting because her reality is certainly different now.

“Everything feels tainted. On Instagram, people tell me they’ve seen me naked. Walking into my favorite pizza place, I wonder who has seen the photos and what they are thinking. It’s part of daily life now. Some people have told me, “On the bright side, you look amazing in the photos.” I know they mean well, but this is a criminal act, a gross violation. It reminds me of the time someone asked me if my rapist was “cute.” That kind of misguided thinking lessens the severity of the crime and the horror of the experience.”

But despite this horrific experience, Gabrielle is trying to make the best of it.

“Here’s the way I choose to look at it: Bad things happen to people every day. It’s what we do with them that counts…Just keep going. Whatever your dreams were before, they still remain. You might feel like nothing will ever be the same. And that’s true — nothing will be the same. Take that and change things.”

You can read her full essay over at Cosmopolitan.