All Articles Tagged "Gabrielle Union"
We all know about Spike Lee’s 40 Acres and a Mule Filmworks, Shondaland and the empires belonging to Oprah Winfrey and Tyler Perry, but did you know the following stars have production companies?
The ride-or-die chick has been name-dropped and applauded throughout the history of rap culture. This is the woman who will stick by her man until the very end, no matter how much she is mistreated. But is being a ride-or-die chick all it’s cracked up to be? We’re not so sure. Let’s take a look at 10 women who are known for standing by their man through hell and high water.
People often view marriage as the end of freedom, but Gabrielle Union says that tying the knot provided her and husband, Dwyane Wade, with a very different experience.
“Some people look at marriage as the end of freedom, and for some reason, especially my husband, has looked at it as the freedom to finally be the man he always wanted to be,” Union told “The Today Show”. “I’ve had to get used to him being so freakishly happy. It’s been good. He’s happy, and we’re comfortable.”
According to the “Being Mary Jane” actress, married life has been pretty good to her as well.
“We really enjoy each other in a way that’s probably not healthy for us,” she joked.
As for how she’s enjoying being married to a younger man, the 42-year-old beauty had this to say:
“It doesn’t get old. Every day he gets out of bed I’m like, ‘Yes! Thank you Jesus.’ He looks just as good going as he does coming. It’s nice. It’s not a bad gig.”
Union also addressed her comments about businesswomen and infertility that went viral last month.
“I actually wasn’t talking about IVF for me personally, but more of just, in general,” she shared. “It was just to shed a little on [the fact that] fertility is an issue. Period. Having a career is not the price that you pay. I think TV shows and film kind of make the frigid, single, focused career woman seem like her career is the root of all of the problems in your life. You can’t find a man; it’s the career. Marriage falls apart; it’s the career. Kid gets an F in algebra; it’s the career. And that’s just not the case.”
With an average of 237,868 victims (age 12 or older) of rape and sexual assault each year, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. National Crime Victimization Survey, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed wants change.
How does he plan to see that change come about? Reed is asking not just women but men to “Take a Stand,” and spread the word that sexual assault is not just a women’s issue. According to the city of Atlanta’s website, the “Take a Stand” campaign “offers resources to both women and men on how to guard their personal safety or get help quickly in the event of an emergency.”
Mayor Reed recently did an interview with The Huffington Post, explaining just how important it is that men play a part in the prevention of rape by simply spreading the word. “We can change the tone of the conversation by just emphasizing the fact among our friends that no actually means no. It doesn’t mean to try to persuade harder,” Reed said.
He also noted that his strong team keeps him up on women’s issues. “It really was listening to women leaders who said the traditional tactics aren’t moving us in the direction that we want to move in,” he explained.
Both Uber and Circle of 6 are official partners of the initiative and are offering their services as resources for assault prevention and safety.
Celebrities like Tika Sumpter and Gabrielle Union have also partnered with Reed and the city of Atlanta to spread the word about the “Take a Stand” campaign.
Watch Tika’s “Take a Stand” video above.
If you’ve been following BET’s “Being Mary Jane” then you know that the show can be a lot. There’s sex, there’s friendship, family and career drama.
Mary Jane is often at the center of it. Trying to figure out which man she’s going to be with this week, whether or not she’s fulfilled in her life and attempting to keep her family together, often with her financial ends.
But in season 3, it looks like all of that is going to change.
Mary Jane’s life is completely derailed by a car accident.
Aaah, perhaps I’ve already said too much.
Check out the season 3 trailer in the video below.
The new season of “Being Mary Jane” begins on Tuesday, October 20 at 9 p.m. Will you be watching?
Many women go through life waiting for the right time to settle down–find a mate, get married and start a family. While life doesn’t pan out the same for all of us, finding love and happiness is important, but so is having a career and being successful. Our biological clocks are ticking, we’re always told, and if we wait too long we’ll run out of time.
We’re not really thinking about this when we’re in our 20’s, but in our 30’s we’re so aware that as we get older the chances of conceiving a child becomes slimmer. We all know someone, or know within ourselves, those feelings of guilt and regret that start to weigh heavy on women who chose to live their lives and build careers before having children.
But are older women shamed for choosing their careers as they are trying to conceive later in life?
Gabrielle Union, 42, recently revealed in the October issue of Redbook that she was still having trouble getting pregnant with husband Dwyane Wade, 33.
“So far, it has not happened for us. A lot of my friends deal with this,” she explains. “There’s a certain amount of shame that is placed on women who have perhaps chosen a career over starting a family younger. The penance for being a career woman is barrenness. You feel like you’re wearing a scarlet letter.”
Being an older woman married to a younger man, starting a family needs to happen quickly. While age is just a number, their almost ten-year age difference plays a huge part in their attempts to start a family. It hasn’t happened the old fashioned way so they have turned to IVF treatment for help. A lot of women, Union included, feel that there are consequences for choosing a career over family. The increased difficulty in trying to conceive and a lot of shame from other people are just a few of them.
Union’s decision to work and build her success now has her facing the possibility of never starting a family of her own. During the interview, she mentions that having a family and trying to keep up a career is difficult for women because they become discriminated against in the workplace. It is a harsh truth that women who become mothers take a career hit once they have children and sometimes they never recover.
My first job out of college was on Wall Street in New York City as a budget analyst. I became pregnant with my son two years later which changed my whole career path. It all started with my maternity leave request and it snowballed from there. My boss timed my promotion to happen at the end of my six week maternity leave they wanted me to take to make sure I didn’t go for the three months I had originally requested. All of this was so their budget numbers could stay in order. Workplace discrimination against pregnant women and working mothers is real and despite the fact that things have come a long way, we still have a long way to go.
Marrying a younger man adds to the pressure of trying to conceive and start a family. While older women have the tick-tock of the biological clock, younger men have a lot more time to start families. My husband and I have the same age difference as Union and Wade. We managed to have three children before I turned 40, having conceived my last child at 38. The pressure to get it done was mounting and luckily for us, it happened. I knew waiting too long could possibly result in us not having any children. I had to make a decision–chose motherhood over career–and my career took a major hit as I stayed home for almost six years with our kids.
Going back to work is just now becoming a reality. My youngest child is in school and I can schedule a full work day. This doesn’t account for possible sick days and other things that pop up when working women have children. Even though companies are giving more time for sick/maternity/paid leave and becoming more compassionate to family matters, it’s still an issue.
Deciding to wait to start a family is a tough choice, especially if a woman wants to have children. I have friends who waited. Some of them waited too late and now, it will never happen. Marrying a younger man can make it even harder to deal with conceiving difficulties because his friends will be having children, your families may be putting the pressure on you two, and it can emotionally take its toll if it’s not happening for you.
Most younger men want to have families and as wives, we are obligated to make that happen (unless otherwise discussed). Hopefully IVF treatments will work for the Wades and they can start their family together. If not, Gabby Union joins the ranks of many women who decided to choose their career over family and lost the race with her biological clock.
Family or career?
When climbing the success ladder, finding the “right” time to have children can present quite the challenge.
At 42 years old, actress Gabrielle Union says that pregnancy simply hasn’t happened yet for her and hubby, Dwyane Wade—and that many women, like herself, who choose to have children later in life are shamed because of it.
“So far, it has not happened for us. A lot of my friends deal with this,” she said in the October issue of Redbook. “There’s a certain amount of shame that is placed on women who have perhaps chosen a career over starting a family younger. The penance for being a career woman is barrenness. You feel like you’re wearing a scarlet letter.”
Thankfully, there are alternative options like IVF and egg freezing that slow down the ticking of the dreadful biological clock, but even with these options, Union adds that when career women do children, they’re presented with a set of new challenges.
“The reality is that women are discriminated against in the workplace for being mothers. As much as there are strides being made — you get pregnant, your career takes a hit,” she said. “You can’t have a bad day. Don’t you dare cry at work. Don’t raise your voice. Especially if you’re a black woman in corporate America — now you’re ‘the angry black woman.’”
Union also dished on the 10-year age difference between herself and Wade.
“His teammates, were conceived when I was, like, a senior in high school. I was in high school at the same time as their parents!” she said. “Sometimes he’ll be like, ‘Oh, my God, he’s so old!’ about someone who’s 35. But, Dwyane’s an old 33, and I’m a young 42, so it balances out.”
Black love is alive and well. And if you question that, then you need look no further than Gabrielle Union and Dwyane Wade’s newly released wedding video.
The twenty one minute video is full of fun, beauty and undeniable love.
The ceremony took place at a home built to resemble a castle, surrounded by a man-made lake in Redland, a suburb of Miami.
Wedding colors were black and white and they were reflected even in the exterior of the house. As their officiate and Gabrielle’s best friend, Essence Atkins told guests that the couple asked all the women to dress in white and the men in black. They didn’t have groomsmen or bridesmaids because they wanted all their guests to feel included and to bring them back to one another if they ever should drift apart.
The whole video goes by really fast and you should definitely check it out to witness Gabrielle and Dwyane’s vows, their handshake, the zebra (Yes, they took the black and white theme to the max), the toasts and sooo much more. There are pleasant surprises throughout this video and I don’t want to ruin them all in the copy, so just watch. I guarantee you’ll have a smile on your face when it’s over.
Gabrielle Union has a new job!
According to Entertainment Weekly, the actress will be providing the voice of Nala for Disney’s upcoming television movie, The Lion Guard: Return of the Roar.
James Earl Jones will reprise his role as Mufasa, and Ernie Sabella will do the same for his character, Pumbaa. Rafiki will be voiced by Khary Payton and Timon by Kevin Schon. Rob Lowe, Max Charles, Atticus Shaffer, and Sarah Hyland will also lend their voices to the film.
The movie will shadow Kion—Nala and Simba’s second-born son—and the rest of the Lion Guard, which is a task force of animals responsible for preserving the Pride Lands. The adorable film will be directed by Howy Parkins. It will also feature new music from Christopher Willis and Beau Beck.
The Lion Guard is set to premiere in November of 2015. A television series, which will be based on the film, will later follow the premiere in 2016.
Too stinking cute!
Gabrielle Union Dishes On Dwyane, Beauty Secrets And The Key To Success In Her Most Personal Interview Yet
Yesterday, Gabrielle Union stopped by Reddit to answer “absolutely anything” from her fans. And Gabby definitely delivered. She dished on everything, from how she and Dwyane Wade make it work to her hopes for a role on Empire. Check it out!