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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.  

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

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

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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.

Gabrielle Union Speaks On Pregnancy Rumors

October 3rd, 2014 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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First comes love. Then comes marriage. Then comes the baby in the baby carriage.

Newlyweds Gabrielle Union and Dwyane Wade already have the love and marriage part down. Are they now gearing up to welcome a bundle of joy? That’s what a few of the Think Like A Man Too actress’s Instagram followers began speculating in the comments section of her Throwback Thursday post from yesterday. In case you missed it, the 41-year-old beauty took to her IG page with a photo of herself and Dwyane on one of their date night adventures in New York City. In the photograph, she’s wearing a loosely fitted dress, which some assumed there was a baby bump hiding under. Though Gabby explained her loose dress in the photo’s caption, it did nothing to stop the questions.

“#tbt NY date night at Carbone’s in my new fave boots and hat… you ever wear “good eatin clothes” so you can be comfy when the gluttony kicks in… yeah… that,” she wrote.

“She definitely looks preggo,” wrote one follower.

“Preggo?” questioned another.

Once Gab caught wind of the comments, she was quick to shut them down before the rumors could even begin to take flight.

“I wore a big dress so I could eat…no baby bump…reading is fundamental kids… am I the only one that dresses so I could can pig out? Or does everyone just unbutton their pants after dinner like big mama??? Lmao…y’all are funny.”

Well, that’s that. I guess we’ll have to stay tuned to see whether or not the Wades decide to add to their clan. Gabrielle has expressed a desire for a child in the past, but stated that she’s not super pressed for it to happen.

You’ll Never Guess Whose Cute Kid This Is…

September 30th, 2014 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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How cute is this little man!? Those eyes are just so beautiful.

If you were picking your brain to find out who this little guy belongs to, we’ve got the answer: It’s Dwyane Wade’s son with Aja Metoyer.

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Metoyer was pretty quiet on social media for most of the year after news broke about Wade having a child with her during a break from his relationship with Gabrielle Union, but she has popped back up on Instagram recently. The beauty has shared some new images of all her gorgeous children (she has two older daughters with actor/comedian Damon Wayans, Jr.), but we couldn’t help but swoon over Xavier Zechariah.

He will turn 1 in November and as you can see, he’s a strong mix of both his mother (the eyes are all hers) and his father.

When speaking of his baby boy at the beginning of the year, Wade had this to say:

“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.”

Check out more adorable images of little Xavier below.

“I Will Not Be Shamed”: Gabrielle Union Blasts People Who Think She Was A Fool For Marrying Dwayne Wade

September 26th, 2014 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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When Gabrielle Union walked down the aisle with her man Dwyane Wade, you would think the naysayers would finally let her be. Clearly she isn’t concerned about the past and the headlines. But alas, ring or no ring, some people still think that she never should have married him after he had a child while they were on a break from their relationship last year, and they let her know on her Instagram page and online in general.

“Why would you marry a man who cheated on you AND had a child with that side chick?? You deserve much better but I’m pretty sure that “money” is a major contributing factor to your decision.”

“Damn…dwayne knocks up a brawd and you took him back Lmaoooo”

“it must suck to have people all over the world laughin at you lol”

“sorry, but once a cheat, always a cheat. he’ll treat her the way he treated his first wife. she’ll get played, she can count on that.”

Well, Union isn’t having it. On Instagram yesterday she posted a beautiful photo from her wedding. In the caption she had a message for those who don’t have anything positive to say about her man and her marriage:


“The walk… To love… I leave behind fear, judgement, scorn… I will not be shamed, lectured on what I “deserve” or what I have “coming to me”… I’m a lot of things but careless, ignorant, gullible or a deviant, I am not. Love to those who have shown me love… God Bless #tbt #happy #andthebeatgoeson #whosewatchinScandaltonight #gladiatorsstandup”

Thoughts?

‘A Slice Of Heaven:’ Gabrielle And Dwyane Wade Share Photos From ‘Epic’ Honeymoon

September 12th, 2014 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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Last month, Gabrielle Union and Dwyane Wade tied the knot during their highly anticipated wedding ceremony in Miami. The high-profile couple has since decided to share photos from their “epic” honeymoon with fans and social media followers. During their vacation, the lovebirds ventured to Tanzania and the Maldive Islands.

“When the Indian Ocean is ya swimming pool… You dive in! But first… Play that @beyonce baby,” Gabbby bragged in one post.

“Since I’m on my honeymoon and I’m missing fashion week in NY. I thought i would show you guys how I dress to go on a safari. It’s never a dull moment when @lawfullady is your stylist. #dopeselfie #manimfeelingmyself #imbestdressonthissafari #illmarrymetoo @zmalannewyork,” Dwyane wrote in another.

They look like they had a blast.

Check out more photos from their fabulous post-wedding voyage on the following pages.

Hotness Or Hot Mess: J.R. Smith VS Tyson Chandler VS Chris Paul

September 8th, 2014 - By Brande Victorian
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Mirror, mirror on the wall, who’s the finest baller of them all? That’s what we took to L.A. streets to find out when we had Kel Mitchell stop random women and ask them to vote yay or nay or the biggest names on the basketball court. From J.R. Smith to Tyson Chandler, Kevin Durant, Dwyane Wade and Chris Paul, let us know whether you consider these top notch athletes hotness or hot mess when it comes to the looks department.

15 Fun Facts We Learned About Gabrielle Union and Dwyane Wade’s Wedding

September 4th, 2014 - By Meg Butler
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Dwyane Wade and Gabrielle Union went out of their way to keep #theWadeUnion a secret. But we’ve managed to sleuth out a few exciting facts about their big Labor Day event. And you’ll be surprised by what we found out.

Dwyane Wade Was In Charge of the Planning

Gabrielle Union told the New York Times, “He realized that I was trying to turn it into a frat party with K-cups and beer pong, and he took over.” So Dwyane took over “85%” of the planning to give the wedding a classier vibe: “I was thinking ‘Harlem Nights’ and Eddie Murphy, classic movies and the way they dressed.”

“#TheWadeUnion”: Dwyane Wade & Gabrielle Union Share Exclusive Pics From Their Wedding Day

September 2nd, 2014 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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How cute are the Wades!?

We told you that Dwyane Wade and Gabrielle Union tied the knot this past Saturday, and now they’ve decided to share a new image from their big day with their fans. On both of their Instagram accounts, the couple posted a beautiful image of themselves with Wade’s sons, Zaire and Zion (infant Xavier wasn’t in this photo, nor is it clear if he was at the ceremony), as well as Wade’s nephew Dahveon Morris. The two captioned the image with “#TheWadeUnion,” a hashtag they used throughout their big weekend.

Union also shared a beautiful shot of herself in her custom Dennis Basso gown and had this to say about her big exclusive gown:

 

“Thank you thank you thank you @DennisBasso for helping me design THE most perfect gowns for the most special night of my life… So grateful… So happy “

Again, the couple tied the knot in front of family and friends in Miami, as men were instructed to wear black, and the women invited were asked to match the bride in white. Wade proposed back in December, and this is the second marriage for both. Wade was married to Siohvaughn Funches from 2002 to 2010, and Union was married to NFL player Chris Howard from 2001 to 2006. Congrats!

#Random: Essence Atkins To Officiate Bestie Gabrielle Union’s Wedding This Weekend

August 28th, 2014 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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Source: WENN

Earlier today, we told you that Gabrielle Union and Dwyane Wade reportedly went as far as to have their wedding guests sign confidentiality agreements to keep details about the ceremony from leaking to the media. But it looks like Gabby’s bestie, Essence Atkins, never received the hush-hush memo.

Hip Hollywood recently caught up with the “Haunted House 2″ actress, who revealed that she and her husband, Jaime Mendez, will be officiating the couple’s ceremony this weekend.

“I’m not feeling a way about [Gabby not having bridesmaids] because I’m officiating the ceremony,” Essence revealed.

“My husband and I are officiating the ceremony,” she continued. “My husband did a ceremony for Alfonso Ribeiro a couple of years ago and they asked us to do it together so we are officiating.”

The wife and mother went on to say that Gabby’s ceremony will actually be her first time officiating a wedding

“This will be my first time. No pressure! No pressure whatsoever!”

While I have to admit that this news is extremely random, having your bestie officiate your wedding ceremony sounds like it has the potential to be pretty cool. I also can’t blame Gabby for wanting someone who knows her personally to officiate, considering that the reverend at her last ceremony didn’t even pronounce her name correctly.

“The pastor who married me—the first time—he didn’t even get my name right,” Gabrielle told Arsenio Hall back in February. “Yeah, no. He refused to come to the rehearsal dinner and then didn’t say my name correctly. I even pronounced my own name incorrectly so this should’ve been a sign that it wasn’t gonna work.”

Watch Essence’s interview below. Thoughts?