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Is it an accessory or a necessity? These 15 celebs prove that although they may wear weaves out in public, they actually have a head of beautiful hair underneath it all.
Actress Sanaa Lathan is known for her high-end hair extensions but over the summer, the Best Man Holiday star decided to switch things up. Posting a photo of herself on Facebook sans a weave, Lathan revealed a thick and full head of hair. Lathan added the following caption: And the weave is out! #yesihaveALOTofhair #sandybrown #ineedatrim #ilovemyscalp
‘My Eggs Are Like The Thing Indiana Jones Finds In The Temple Of Doom:’ Gabrielle Union Talks Reproductive Concerns
Being Mary Jane actress Gabrielle Union has made it clear that she wants children. On several occasions, the 41-year-old beauty has expressed her desire to be mother; however, the timeline regarding when she plans to make it up seems to switch up every so often. As of this past July, Gabby says she’ll be ready to be a mom in a couple of years.
“I always knew I was going to wait really long, and I followed the Halle Berry example, and I think in the next couple of years, if I’m lucky, I will make that a reality, hopefully. I think with the career, the industry that we’re in, it’s not taboo to be an older mom. You’re not alone. There’s such a huge support to start a family a little bit older and it’s okay! My friends from home, they all started in their 20s and that’s awesome, too. There’s give and takes. I knew, for me, I wasn’t going to be the kind of parent I would want to be. I would be way too selfish and resent having to miss out on things. Now, I’m in a place where I’m happy and still wanting adventure, but I want part of that adventure to include a child.”
Unfortunately, the reality is that women are not physically capable of having children forever. Gabby addressed those concerns during a Google Hangout session with ESSENCE.
“I don’t know if by now its [having kids] a matter of ‘want,’”Gabby said.
She went on to say that at this point, she’ll be content with having one child, as she’s unsure if her body is capable of having more than one.
“My eggs are like the thing Indiana Jones finds in the Temple of Doom so I don’t know how many my body can physically have. I’d be happy with one if that’s what God blesses me with it,” she continued.
We can totally dig her positive outlook.
Back in October we told you that BET’s new series, Being Mary Jane, starring the beautiful Gabrielle Union, would be debuting on the popular network January 7th. As you may recall, we were first introduced to Mary Jane Paul through an two-hour pilot movie, which aired back in July.
I guess the folks over at BET figured they’d left us is in the dark long enough, so they released a 30-second teaser titled, “Drowning in her own thoughts,” to remind us just how much of a mess Mary Jane’s life actually is. In the trailer, Mary Jane disrobes and sinks into a bathtub full of yellow post-it notes. On the notes are quotes and affirmations including:
“Nobody can hurt me without my permission.”
“Open to love.”
“Feed your soul.”
“I trust me.”
Clearly, homegirl still has a lot of issues that she needs to work out. And we of course, will be tuned in week after week to see how she navigates through them all. In the December 2013 issue of ESSENCE, the actress behind it all opened up about her character in the film, and revealed that she hopes that watching Mary Jane’s life play out on-screen will broaden people’s horizons in regard to sexuality.
“I hope it widens the conversation. I hope people will be more forgiving of those who explore their sexuality unapologetically,” Gabrielle said.
“It would be very easy to label Mary Jane a ho a freak , a ho, whatever. But enjoying sex doesn’t make you a ho,” she continued, referencing that infamous scene where Mary Jane pleasures herself before going on a date to tame her sexual desires.
Check out the Being Mary Jane teaser on page two. Will you be tuning in January 7th when it airs?
Nearly every year, Gabrielle Union is on the cover of an issue of Essence magazine and every time she brings something different. This go ’round the 41-year-old, who was styled by June Ambrose, is giving us a very angelic vibe in this ivory colored Bibhu Mohapatra gown. But don’t be fooled, she’s talking about some very racy things.
Speaking on the TV movie and upcoming BET series which she stars in, “Being Mary Jane,” Gabrielle said viewers will finally have a chance to see a black female lead that encompasses all of women’s complexities as hard-working double minorities bogged down by family drama who also want to get their groove on every now and then.
“It would be easy to label Mary Jane a freak…but enjoying sex doesn’t make you a ho,” she said. “I hope [Being Mary Jane] widens the conversation. I hope people will be more forgiving of those who explore their sexuality unapologetically.”
Addressing her own complexities, Gabrielle switched the topic from “Being Mary Jane” to being a reformed “mean girl” and was quite honest about her motives for cutting down other women in the past. She said:
“There’s this intense desire for us all to be chosen by a man, or a job, or chosen for fame, whatever. But when you’re in the public eye and you’re not chosen, the rejection feels public. So to cover the wound, you attack the person who is chosen.”
We’ve all been on one side or another of that coin in the past, let’s just hope we’re on the right side now like Gabrielle. Expounding on these two issues, Gabrielle will also discuss how AJ Johnson helped her though her negative period and and how a conversation about Beyonce at a beauty salon changed her life. If you want to know the big secret, pick up the December issue of Essence now.
When BET premiered the pilot movie for Gabrielle Union’s Being Mary Jane in July of this year, I had high expectations for the show. Thankfully, the program, which is an hour-long scripted series from the mind of the uber-talented Mara Brock Akil, exceeded all of them, and seemed to impress many of the people I knew–including many of our readers. And the viewers tuned in big time, helping the pilot rake in more than 4 million viewers. Unfortunately, that would be the only taste of the show we would get for 2013, as we were quickly told that a full season of it wouldn’t be available until 2014 (even though BET was so confident in the program, it’s already renewed it for a second season). But good news! We know the exact date you need to be in front of your TV (or set your DVR), and have a clip from the upcoming season to share.
According to Shadow and Act, the first season of Being Mary Jane will debut on Tuesday, January 7 at 10 p.m. In this new offering, we will continue to watch Mary Jane try to deal with her volatile love life (last time we checked, she was stealing s*men from her ex-boyfriend…), her crazy family and try to keep her head above water at her job. In this new clip from the upcoming season, we see Mary Jane having a moral issue while delivering news for her popular show, “Talk Back With Mary Jane Paul” for the cable news network she works for. After delivering a shady story to pull in viewers, she has a heated exchange with her boss, Kara (Lisa Vidal). Check it out for yourself below and let us know if you’re as excited as we are about the show coming back!
Gabrielle Union is refusing to confirm if the beef between her BF Dwyane Wade and Kevin Durant is real … but she ain’t exactly saying it’s BS either.
Things have been heating up between Wade and Durant recently — after Durant called Wade an overrated player who should no longer be on the NBA’s top 10 list. He later said Wade needs to “pass the torch.”
Wade responded with an Instagram post saying, “Note to self … make [Durant] respect your place in history … again.”
Read more at TMZ.com
We’re not the only ones who post sometimes cute, other times embarrassing photos from way back in the day. On Thursdays, now designated in social media world as Throwback Thursday (aka, #TBT), sometimes celebrities share photos of themselves too. Here are a few photos of some of our favorite celebrities taking us on a walk down memory lane with them.
Queen Bey actually posted this photo today of herself as a newborn. We get to see a lot of photos of Mrs. Carter from her childhood, but not a whole lot from straight out the womb. But she definitely looks the same, expressive eyebrows already arched and all.
People always have something to say. So although the latest controversy surrounding Gabrielle Union isn’t surprising, it’s still pretty annoying. Back in July, the 40-year-old bombshell dyed her hair blonde for a new movie role. While most of us felt that the pop of color was adorable and super flattering on her, some folks felt otherwise. Now it’s perfectly okay to dislike the hair color on her— to each his own. But y’all know that the peanut gallery took it a step further and used the Being Mary Jane actress’s temporary hair color as an opportunity to question her blackness.
According to Glamazons Blog, during Essence Magazine’s first ever upfronts breakfast, Ms. Union participated in a panel alongside Iman, Bethann Hardison and Afrobella founder Patrice. During the panel, the ladies explored a plethora of topics including racism in fashion, natural hair and plus-sized women in fashion. Interestingly, at one point in the discussion, the ladies began discussing Black women and weaves, which is when the Think Like A Man actress revealed that when she dyed her hair a few months back, she received a ton of backlash.
“It was a brouhaha when I changed my hair to blonde for a movie and [I received] questions about my character and my blackness! I was like, ‘umm, I thought that it was pretty clear that it was for a job.’ But even if it wasn’t for a job, it’d be my choice. It feels like my choice — or what they thought was my choice — to be somehow closer to white reflected on everybody,” Gabrielle admitted.
People are always doing the most.
What do you think of Gabby’s revelation? Were people overreacting or can you see where they were coming from?
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LeToya Luckett On “Single Ladies,” Slim Thug, And Who From Destiny’s Child She Would Work With Today
While the other former members of Destiny’s Child have been out here having babies, cutting their hair off, releasing tell-all tracks and touring with Fela! on Broadway, it’s been a while since we’ve seen the lovely LeToya Luckett. The singer has been bitten by the acting bug over the last few years, and while she’s been busy honing her craft, working on shows like Treme and in movies like Preacher’s Kid. it seems that 2013 is about to be her year. Luckett is not only the new host of Centric’s half-hour lifestyle and entertainment series CultureList, but she’s working on a new album, AND she’s also part of season three of Single Ladies, which is premiering in January. We caught up with the busy beauty and chatted about everything from her dating life, Slim Thug, and which lady from Destiny’s Child she would want to work with on a song. It’s not who you think…
What People Expect From Luckett On “Single Ladies”:
“I play a character by the name of Felicia Price who’s a record exec. She’s a different kind of gal. She doesn’t take no flack from her employees. Very strong-willed. All about fashion. Almost like, have you seen Devil Wears Prada? Like that character. Yeah, same vein. So you already know what to expect from that.”
Which Destiny’s Child Member She Would Work With Now:
“Good question…I love all the girls. But I would love to do a gospel song with Michelle. That’s my friend. I love her. She’s such a sweetie pie, and I’m blessed to call her a friend. She’s such an amazing girl. She’s a girl-friend, a real girlfriend. Almost like a sister.”
Who She Would Like To Work With On Camera:
“Oh my God, Angela Bassett. And I would love to work with Gabrielle Union. People are always like, ‘Have people ever told you that you look like Gabrielle Union?’ Even on Second Generation Wayans they would say that. But I love her.”
If She’s Dating And What She Wants In A Relationship:
“No. Girl, when? For what? [laughs]
But no, I want the right relationship. I want something that’s right for me…Of course I want to cuddle, of course I want somebody to go to the movies with, and to talk to at night. But I’d rather wait on the right person God has for me instead of just jumping in to a person. As far as dating as an entertainer, or just in this generation period, there’s texting going on. Nobody’s really picking up the phone. We had to meet out on a date back in the day. You got to know a person. Back in the day you had no choice. There wasn’t Instagram, Twitter…You really had to go in and get to know the person. I think that’s kind of missing in today’s time. But I really want to find the time for a relationship. Hopefully they’ll find time for me and I’ll find time for them. I really want to get to know someone on all levels.”
What Advice She Would Give To Women Trying To Balance Dating And Their Career:
“We can get into “I don’t need a man, I don’t need this and I don’t need that,” and I believe that’s not true. God put us on this earth with the purpose of loving. Adam and Eve, hello! He created us for each other. So don’t get so caught up in your career that you forget to LOVE. Make sure you get to know that person so you’re not just jumping in to something.
I just think girls need to value themselves much more than they do. I think a lot of women don’t know their worth and they’re settling and I would definitely NOT do that. I would say it’s important to find that balance if you’re in a relationship already with work and your man. You’ve got to take care of him, honey. And if you’re getting out of a relationship, take the time for you to really clean house. If you knew you were having a guest over, nobody wants to come to a dirty home. Clean house. Don’t just put it away in a closet because one day somebody’s going to open that and everything, your past and business, is going to fall out. Figure out you, figure out what you really really want. It’s a hard thing to do, easier said than done, but I think we go into these new relationships with cluttered minds. We’re not freed up. There’s no space or room for him.”
On Cleaning House After Dating Slim Thug:
“…that was a very very long time. When you have somebody you were friends with for such a long time, it’s hard to let go of the friendship. And you get used to it, and comfortable with one person. We’re still cool. I see him– ‘Hey, what’s up what’s good?’ But I think we’ve both kind of outgrown each other…”
Luckett’s Thoughts on Bey’s Haircut and Kelly’s “Dirty Laundry”:
“As far as B’s new haircut, I did see a picture of it. I didn’t know what it was for. She has a beautiful face, but I didn’t know if she actually cut her hair…But she has a beautiful face. I know a lot of people have things to say about it, but c’mon, you sound like a hater when you’re looking at a girl like that. She can wear whatever! I’ll say it’s beautiful. She’s a beautiful girl.
As far as Kelly’s ‘Dirty Laundry,’ I feel like it’s very hard, especially as an artist, to be that vulnerable and come out and say some of the things that she did. I commend her for standing up and speaking out and pouring her heart out. She knew judgment was going to come from that, even backlash, but she didn’t care. That’s when you have the better song because you don’t care. You’re being free, you have that freedom, you’re speaking your mind. I love her for that.”
And we love LeToya! Check out Culturelist on Sunday at 11 p.m. on Centric. And once again, Single Ladies will be back in January. LeToya was such a sweetheart and we see major things happening for her this year!
It’s been a little over one month since Being Mary Jane the movie (aka the pilot episode) debuted on BET. The Mara Brock and Salim Akil drama performed extremely well, attracting a whopping 4 million viewers for its July 5th debut. Now, as promised, the network is gearing up for the premiere of the first full season of the show. BET recently released two trailers for the upcoming season and they both look pretty promising.
In one scene titled, “Lovers Quarrel,” Mary Jane gets into a heated argument with her married boyfriend, Andre Daniels, after he sees her photographed with another guy. Somehow, they end up arguing about the fact that he hasn’t told his son that he’s moving out. The emotional squabble ends with Mary Jane chasing behind him as he storms out of her house and speeds off in his car.
In another scene, the deterioration of the relationship between Mary and Andre is pretty evident. Seemingly upset about something else, she proceeds to argue with him about why he hasn’t fixed the light in her pool. Realizing that their problems are much deeper than a broken pool light, he dives into the pool– fully clothed— and fixes the light.
Gabrielle Union totally nailed this role.
Check out a sneak peek of season one below. Turn the page for the second clip. Will you be checking out Being Mary Jane when season one airs?