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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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Apparently, wives are not off limits when it comes to trash talking in sports arenas. A couple of years ago, Kevin Garnett, Carmelo Anthony and his wife, LaLa Anthony made headlines when Carmelo exchanged obscenities with Kevin on the court. As it turned out, Kevin had said some not-so-nice things about LaLa. And now, history is repeating itself; but this time, the beef is between a player and some basketball fans.
The incident occurred during a recent match between the Miami Heat and the Charlotte Hornets. According to Fox Sports Online, Miami point guard Dwyane Wade gave a crowd of heckling fans the finger after they began saying some nasty things about his wife, actress Gabrielle Union. As a result of his actions, Dwyane was fined $15,000 by the National Basketball Association. In response to his punishment, Wade spoke out against the league, which he feels could do more to protect players.
“The NBA is an unbelievable league, and I’m one of the first ones to be doing NBA Cares and all these things in the community, but they need to protect us a little more,” he told the Associated Press. “They need to do a better job of protecting players in the arena. It’s open game on us. We’re big boys, we can take it, but everyone has their breaking point.”
He argues that he initially tried to ignore the hecklers, but as the night went on, the disrespectful comments about his wife worsened.
“You can talk about me all day,” he added. “I really don’t care what you say about me because I know at the end of the day when I walk off that court most of those guys would see me in the back hallway and want to shake my hand. When it gets too personal about your family, that’s too far. But it’s not going to stop.”
While Heat coach Erik Spoelstra agrees that fans can get really out of hand, he says that this doesn’t give players the right to act out of character.
“Players are humans and some of the things that fans say does cross the line,” said Eric. “It doesn’t give you the right to snap back at them with some kind of response but it’s usually at an emotional time. … A handful of times a year you hear it and you see it where they’ve crossed the line and what it requires is you being the better person and not responding.”
Do you think the NBA was wrong for fining Dwyane? Should more be done about heckling fans?
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Last night, Elle magazine celebrated their annual Women in Television event in West Hollywood, and honored the achievements of a few lovely ladies (including Tracee Ellis Ross and Shonda Rhimes). I was glad to see so many fabulous women of color step out for the event, which is a reminder that the face of television is slowly but surely changing for the better. But what did they wear? Let’s take a look at the ensembles from last night and decide whose style we would steal, and who should just stop…
Even though she didn’t strut her stuff in front of photogs when she arrived, Gabrielle Union showed off her Novis skirt, cropped black top with open sides and sassy blue suede shoes once inside. While I wish the skirt (which I’m sure was expensive) had some more body and poof, I would totally steal this look. Extra points for the softly curled hair and berry bright lip.
The season two premiere of BET’s “Being Mary Jane” is scheduled to debut in less than a month, but the network is already prepping fans for what they’ve got in store. BET recently released two pretty intense clips from the forthcoming season and things have taken a turn that many probably didn’t expect.
In one clip, Mary Jane is passionately making out with her ex-boyfriend, David, before stopping him and giving a speech about wanting more for herself and wondering when she became “the side chick you call when your wife gives lazy head.”
Of course when season one concluded, Mary Jane was distraught over David starting a new relationship with a woman whom he was expecting a child with, so it’s unclear why he’s now making out with her. But she did say something about him playing “mind games” and using her to get over the “hump” with his child’s mother.
In the second lengthier clip, Mary Jane is hosting a dinner party that goes completely left after she insults her younger brother P.J. by talking down to him about his lifestyle choices in front of her guests. He eventually ends the argument with a pretty low blow.
The new season of “Being Mary Jane” debuts February 3 on BET.
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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.”
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.”
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.”
Stars this year welcomed children and walked down the aisle to say “I do.” Some made the decision to have intimate gatherings while others did not hold back when it came to finances. With the average wedding cost soaring to $30,000, can you guess which 2014 celebrity weddings would break the bank?
“We Don’t Let Anybody Off The Hook:” Gabrielle Union Says Couples In The Spotlight Are Treated Unfairly
Gabrielle Union is getting ready to show her funny side in Chris Rock’s latest production, “Top Five,” but in our interview with the actress during the film’s press junket she talked about some not-so-amusing aspects of fame. When we asked the newlywed how she feels about the attention on her and her NBA hubby Dwyane Wade, Gabby acknowledged a lot of the praise and criticism comes with the territory when you consider the professions each chose, but breaking it down to the larger issue at hand, Gabrielle made this observation:
“We don’t let anybody off the hook. Whether you’re a stay-at-home mom or a doctor, we feel like if one person in that couple is famous, you better step up. You better be worthy of them. And if we decide you’re not worthy of them, we kill them.”
Anybody else putting their head down in shame?
There’s no denying Gabby is speaking the truth about the way we criticize entertainers and spouses of celebrities who haven’t chosen to be in the spotlight — as if we had a chance with these stars to begin with. Watch Gabby’s full interview in the video above and see what else she had to say.
[Watch] Gabrielle Union Discusses Her Epic Wedding Reception: “The Highlight Would Have To Be The Dance-Off”
While doing press to promote her forthcoming film, Top Five, Gabrielle Union stopped by “The Jimmy Fallon Show” for a rather interesting interview. During the televised appearance, the newly married actress gushed about her star-studded wedding reception, being invited to party with Prince and forging a friendship with Chris Rock. Check out some highlights from her interview below.
On her wedding and reception:
“It was amazing. It was a perfect day. It was perfect. We had John Legend perform. We had super group Guy reunited. Questlove deejayed. The highlight would have to be the dance-off. It was ‘You Got Served’ part 8. It was amazing.”
On Dwyane’s poor dance skills:
“God has given him many gifts…dancing is not one of them. Inside, he is Usher and then what happens from his brain to his extremities is like a toddler just learning to bend. It’s so precious. It’s precious.”
On becoming friends with Chris Rock:
“I’ve known Chris forever. In Hollywood, everyone ends up at these events. There’s like the cool crowd, and then there are the people who are out by the bar. We’re like the kids kind of like looking on the outside and making wise remarks. Chris is always in the back corner with me and he’s a cool cat.”
On being invited to party with Prince:
“It’s the coolest most bizarre thing. Your phone goes off, you get a text and it’s just an address and you’re like, “Oh! I got it! I got it!” But you don’t get a plus one, so you have to hope that whoever you came to the Hollywood party with has a phone that goes off also. But if your friend doesn’t get a text, you have to ditch them. ‘Bye! I’m going to Prince’s house.’”
On being awkward around Prince:
“I didn’t know Prince from before, just from ‘Purple Rain’ and I’m like fascinated. Sometimes I’m a little socially awkward and I panic when I meet people who are amazing like Prince. I was like, ‘Thank you…uh…Mr. Prince. I’m Gabrielle Union,’ and like trying to give my list of credits to explain why–.’ And he had like these hors d’oeuvres and I was like, ‘If I would’ve known that there was food I would’ve brought a tuna casserole’ and I panicked. Like, why would I say that?”
Watch Gabby’s full interview below.
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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.
In Sneak Peek For Season 2 Of “Being Mary Jane,” MJ Is Caught Up In Yet Another Love Triangle, But With Who?
Who else is super excited about the return of “Being Mary Jane”?
And while it will be a new season, will we actually see a new and improved Mary Jane? From the vibe I’m getting with this new sneak peek clip, I’m not so sure…
At some point, it looks like Mary Jane (Gabrielle Union) will end up entangled with her on-again, off-again boyfriend, David (Stephen Bishop). If you’ll recall, by the end of last season, he was expecting a child with his new girlfriend, leaving Mary Jane to return his unused sperm that she had previously stolen from him and forcing the successful TV anchor to move on with her life without him.
But alas, he’s back around, and from what we can see below, they’re locking lips and loving it. At least, they’re loving it until Mary Jane realizes that she could be falling into the same mess she was in last season, back when she was Andre’s (Omari Hardwick’s) mistress:
“I’m not some third wheel to help you get over the hump with your babymama, and I’m not the side chick who when your wife gives you lazy head–I’m not! I don’t know when I became that person. I have worked so hard to become someone new. I just want to feel good about me!”
Check out Union giving in to and then rejecting the advances of super fine David below. If you’re interested in seeing how Mary Jane’s love life will play out, tune in to the season two premiere on February 3.