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Gabrielle Union: We Wanted To Get Married For The Kids

May 2nd, 2016 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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Gabrielle Union and Dwyane Wade are approaching their second wedding anniversary, but if you ask the “Being Mary Jane” actress, she may tell you that if it weren’t for their sons, they might still be boyfriend and girlfriend today. In an interview with Ocean Drive, the 43-year-old confessed that the kids were the “driving force” in their decision to marry.

“D and I could have gone on for a long time as boyfriend and girlfriend,” she said, “but the kids were the driving force in wanting us to be a legitimate, like, real—and I’m using my finger quotes—family in their eyes.”

Not to be confused, though. The two were, and still are, very much in love and they appear to be thoroughly enjoying married life.

“If you have good, effective, honest communication, you can handle any issue or problem in a relationship. D is literally my best friend. We really, really enjoy spending time with each other more than anybody else. Well, with D, maybe I’m tied with LeBron! But I’m definitely his favorite female! If you have the chance to marry your best friend, I would highly recommend it.”

When your husband becomes your built-in bestie, it sometimes becomes quite easy to lose sight of your interests and goals; however, Union is pretty hellbent on maintaining her independence—personally and financially.

“He appreciates my independence, and my high credit score, and the fact that if I want a Chanel bag, I’m not asking for his Amex; I’ve got my own,” she quipped.

Union also addressed both her and Wade’s parenting styles. Apparently, they take turns being disciplinarians.

“We literally keep track,” she said. “There’s basically an imaginary chart: ‘I was bad cop last time; now it’s your turn. You have to be the jerk who doles out punishment for missed homework assignments or talking on the phone after curfew.’ With the older boys, they come to me with girl stuff, homework. Or if they’re trying to butter up dad, they definitely come to me to soften me up first. I’m the line of defense, I guess, before dad.”

Check out more from Gabby’s interview here.

On Being A Stepmom And Gabrielle Union

March 8th, 2016 - By Tamika Frye
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Being a stepmom or stepdad isn’t an easy job. It takes a special kind of person to marry someone with kids and take on the responsibility of being a parent. Gabrielle Union seems to be one of those special people. In August 2014, Union said “I do” to Dwyane Wade, his three sons, and nephew. The five of them came together and she added the role of wife and stepmother to her life. She is almost two years in and she’s already giving other step moms advice on how to do the job with precision. After all, she and D have been together since 2009.

Most women feel that taking parenting advice from women without their own birth kids is not the move. To be honest, when women without kids try to give me any parenting advice, I tune them all the way out. Union was at an event in New York City recently and offered up some advice for other women who have stepped into the role as stepmom.
She didn’t give up any ground-breaking parenting rules of thumb, but Union basically made it clear that being fair, reasonable, and consistent across the board is key. She says that Wade’s three sons and nephew are great kids and that Wade is a great father. She’s lucky in that aspect because some people are walking into a mess of a situation and that makes it hard for the family, but especially the kids, to transition from single parent home to two-parent home.
Union uses her own experience with family to help guide her with her role as stepmom. In our own previous conversation with Union, she made it clear that being there for her family is important. Both Union and Wade have demanding jobs that require them to be away from home sometimes.
“It’s a challenge sometimes because both of our jobs are away from home. I make a commitment to fly home every weekend to be with the family.” While that seems like a lot to deal with, she says, “It’s not that bad. You do what you gotta do to make sure your family is supported.”
The “Being Mary Jane” actress is very active in the children’s lives whether she is at home or not. Technology plays a big part in keeping the family in sync. Skype, SnapChat, and email chains with teachers help keep everyone in the loop and Union doesn’t feel like an outsider when it comes to their boys.
Some people aren’t as lucky as Gabs and walk into tougher situations. If a spouse is not mature enough to handle all of the bumps and bruises that may come with becoming a stepparent, things won’t run as smoothly as she indicates. Teamwork is key and there has to be a lot of support from all parties involved.
Even though Wade and Union have been trying to have a child of their own, she seems to be moving in the right direction when it comes to her role as a stepmom.

Here’s A Few Tips On How To Get Rid Of Your Makeup Creasing Under Your Eye

March 6th, 2016 - By Ashley Monaé
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Any gal that wears makeup knows that under eye creasing is no joke. Seriously!

Whether it’s powder foundation or liquid concealer, there sometimes feels like there’s no way around falling victim to tiny folds in the skin that make a distinct crease in your makeup application a.k.a “cosmetic creasing.” However, celebrity makeup artist Fiona Stiles has a few secret tips on how she makes sure her clients like Gabrielle Union aren’t badgered by fine lines and wrinkles.

The constant expressions, she explained to InStyle, cause “makeup to gather in the areas it’s pushed into.” Basically, the foundation of combating the problem is great skin care. “Using the right cream for your skin type hugely impacts the staying power of makeup.”

Whether you’ve got dry or oil skin, it’s super important that whatever formula you use is tailored to your complexion and specific skin needs. “I lean towards cream products and powder minimally. Even though creams tend to move around a bit more, powders really ‘settle’ into fine lines and creases.”

Also, you can steer clear of under eye creasing by simply not overdoing it when it comes to putting apply powder (if you must) or cream in that area. “It just exacerbates the problem!” she said.

In the same vein of less is more, Stiles likes to apply just a hint of foundation on her clients. “The more there is on the face, the more product there is to snuggle into creases and lines. I find that a foundation brush and a damp Beautyblender ($20; sephora.com) gives the most flawless results. If two steps seem like one step too many, then opt for the foundation brush. It really does make a difference in how the product sits on the skin.”

And if you still have problems with creasing, Stiles suggesting trying “a clean concealer brush can work wonders for freshening up the face!” The brush will control the product allowing you to smooth out any ridges. Or keeping a small amount of blotting powders on hand can help, too. “They don’t have a lot of pigment in them and just take away the shine without adding more product to the skin,” she assures.

“Who?” Celebrities Who Don’t Know Each Other Anymore

February 17th, 2016 - By Meg Butler
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There are lots of ways to respond to shade. You can get mad and mumble behind someone’s back, temporarily lose it and take them all the way to school, or try to be the better person and let it go. (And then get mad all over again at 3 a.m. when it’s too late to deliver the perfect comeback you just thought up).

But when you’re famous, a touch of amnesia can be the best way to rise above the drama. These celebrities heard some shady tea about themselves and said they can’t participate in the gossip for one simple reason: because they do not know who their hater is.

Is this a move you can’t wait to try the next time something shady comes right out of left field? Or is this a petty way to deal with peer conflict? As usual, let us know what you think or who you’ve given the “Who?” treatment in the comment section!

Trend Alert: 4 ‘Dos From Celebrity Hairstylist Larry Sims We’re Digging Right Now

February 13th, 2016 - By Ashley Monaé
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When it comes to hair, one moment a style is in and the next it’s out. Basically, like all elements of head-to-toe fashion, hair is a never-ending cycle, where reinventing old styles for a trendy, ultra-modern update is a must. 

Recently, Essence snagged highly sought after celebrity hairstylist Larry Sims to talk all things hair. Primping the manes of many leading ladies in the limelight, Sims is true pro at taking a simple style from zero to red carpet-ready real quick.

The stylist also dished on his favorite trends at the moment, highlighting Kerry Washington’s choppy, mid-length bob to Lupita’s ever-changing natural ‘do. “They’re breaking the general sexy hair barriers and I love it,” he said. “I also am all about texture and embracing your hairs natural movement.”

For the remainder of red carpet season, Sims is excited to one-up his past styles. “I’m most excited about seeing how creative these women can be in terms of taking risks and being non-traditional in their hair and style as a whole,” he shared. “They’re pressing the envelope and it makes my job even more exciting by helping them create these spontaneous looks.”

In honor of his expert skill set that we all love, we’ve curated a list of four different hairstyles we’re digging and will surely be trending once springtime hits. Ladies, get ready for some hair-spiration!

Here’s How To Get Gabrielle Union’s NAACP Awards Makeup Look

February 6th, 2016 - By Ashley Monaé
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Celebrity makeup artist Fiona Stiles beats the faces of some of our favorite gals in the industry, including Gabrielle Union.

For this year’s NAACP Awards that took place last night (Feb. 6), Union stunned on the red carpet (per usual) in a black lace Rita Vinieris gown complete with tulle base, a textured updo, tons of icy jewels shining on her earlobes and fingers, and a dewy nude makeup look that gave us absolute life.

Stiles shared what products she executed Union’s look of night, which were all from her upcoming beauty line: “A little snapshot of just a few of the @fionastilesbeauty products I used on her (clockwise from left to right),” she captioned the Instagram photo.

What we love about this look is that Gabrielle isn’t necessarily masked in makeup, rather her natural beauty shines through. Her defined brows and voluminous lashes were the focal point of the look, with a simple flesh-tone nude swatch on her lips to give it an effortless look.

Fab, right?! Stiles’ makeup line will be available on Feb. 18 at Ulta.

I’m Siding With Gabrielle Union Over Janet Hubert When It Comes To Stacey Dash

January 30th, 2016 - By Ashley Monaé
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When I was younger my mother used to tell me that if I didn’t have anything nice to say to not say it at all. I didn’t always stick to her words, but over the years I’ve come to understand her advice to an extent. However, in the case of ridiculousness that is Stacy Dash and her Black History Month and BET comments, some things must be said – without calling someone out of their name at the very least.

Many people sounded off on Dash’s comments, but of course those that were heavily spotlighted in the media were those reactions of celebrities. Earlier this week, Gabrielle Union flawlessly shaded Dash by simply asking, “Who is Stacey Dash?” after an Associated Press reporter asked for her opinion on the comments made by the actress.

“Is she like related to Dame Dash? Was she on Roc-A-Fella (Records)? I heard of a crazy once. Maybe last week? But I don’t know what her name is. Yeah, I mean, it’s like why there’s a need for The Birth of A Nation and why there’s a need for the Country Music Awards and the ALMA (American Latino Media Arts Awards) Awards,” she continued.

“If you don’t see yourself reflected in mainstream awards, you tend to create your own,” Union said, adding, “The more that we focus on inclusion and a true representation of this country, I think that crazy lady will have less to say.”

While Union kept the gabs sweet with a hint sass, reading Stacey to filth quite comically, Janet Hubert took a different approach during a recent visit to HuffPost Live.

“Somebody needs to slap the little bit of black she got on her off of her, okay?” Hubert said. “The little bit of black she got on her, off of her, because girlfriend has worked on BET more than most actresses have.”

Hubert went on to explain that she was suspicious of Dash’s intentions. “I think she’s just saying this kind of bull because she wants sensationalism and she’s working for Fox and she needs a job and she’s making a check,” she said. “And she’s bringing controversy to herself. Stacey is a bit of a media ho.”

Although I don’t agree with Hubert calling Stacy a “media ho” per se, I can say that the remainder of her comments were honest.  But in the midst of her interview, I found that Hubert’s ho commentary backfired, detracting from any point that she had. Sure, Stacy said something that was hurtful regarding our community and those whose talents are being dimmed, but when is retaliating with a word as such any better?

What are your thoughts?

“City Of Angels” Remembering CBS’ First And Last Black Drama

January 15th, 2016 - By Charing Ball
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Tomorrow marks the 16th anniversary of the very last time CBS had a show with a predominately Black cast in its lineup.

The series was called City of Angels and it was the network television’s first predominantly Black medical drama.

The show, which premiered in 2000, centered around the lives of doctors and nurses at the fictitious Angels of Mercy community hospital in Los Angeles. Basically it was like E.R., but with Black and Hispanic people. And it starred Blair Underwood, Gabrielle Union, Hill Harper, and just about every Black actor who was not named Denzel or Halle at the time.

What made the show even more interesting was that it was a grand experiment by CBS President and CEO Leslie Moonves and executive producer Steven Bochco (Hill Street Blues, Doogie Howser and NYPD Blue) to test the public’s appetite for shows starring Black actors.

In other words, would White people support a show which did not center around them?

And reported by the LA Times back in 1999,

In an unprecedented move, on Wednesday night Moonves, Bochco and the other executives began making their case for “City of Angels.” The group of mostly black entertainment professionals attending an invitation-only forum about the show at the Directors Guild of America was largely supportive of CBS’ efforts. The forum, sponsored by the guild’s African-American Steering Committee, represented a first glimpse into the making of the drama, which has already come under intense scrutiny because of its subject matter and groundbreaking agenda.

Acknowledging the high stakes already surrounding “City of Angels” and the impact the series could have on future drama series featuring minority casts, the panelists outlined their commitment to pull out all the stops in producing and marketing a high-quality drama that would appeal to all viewers. At the same time they underscored their intent to provide a show with minorities in a high-pressure professional atmosphere, which has been traditionally avoided by network executives, who have repeatedly concluded that there is no interest in a serious black drama.”

CBS would go on to invest heavily in the promotion and marketing of the show. But by the end of the first season, the series would struggle greatly in the ratings. And there would be other struggles too. Like the creative riff between Bochco and Angels co-producer Paris Barclay (who is Black and the current president of the Directors Guild of America).

According to another LA Times article from 2000:

There was no single issue at the center of the disagreement. On the one hand, the men disagreed over what role race should play in a drama about African Americans. Barclay, who is African American, felt “City of Angels” was too black. Bochco, who is white, felt that a black-themed drama should be just that.”

Barclay would eventually bow out of the series. And there was strong consideration of canceling it all together. But after a letter campaign sparked by Black viewers, Moonves decided to give the series one more season.

Unfortunately, a new creative direction, cast changes and the support of the Black community was not enough to bring in the ratings the show so desperately needed. And eventually the series was canceled in December of 2000 only after two seasons.

In spite of what appeared to be an instance of good intentions-gone bad, some media watchdog groups including the National Council of La Raza argued that the show was purposely set-up to fail. As noted in this Entertainment Weekly article from December 14th 2000, City of Angels not only had the misfortune of being pitted against ABC’s rating juggernaut Who Wants to Be A Millionaire but it also shared the same time slot with NBC’s wildly-popular Must See TV lineup.

At the time Lisa Navarrete, spokeswoman for La Raza, would tell EW that prior to the cancellation, City of Angels made up 40 percent of CBS’ lineup’s 41 minority hires. And now that the show had failed, she worried what it all meant for the future of minority dramas. More specifically she said: ”It seems like we get one shot,” she says. ”The networks think ‘Angels’ didn’t work, so why should another drama about African Americans, not to mention Latinos or Asians.”

It’s hard to say for certain if the failure of City of Angels experiment is why CBS hasn’t taken a chance on a predominately Black series since. But, as noted by the Awl in 2014, although CBS employs actors of color on many of its shows, about 83 percent of CBS’ scripted primetime programming is White.

So it is a serious possibility.

 

What Does Dwyane Wade Think Of Gabrielle Union’s Steamy Being Mary Jane Sex Scenes?

December 17th, 2015 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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It’s the craziest thing. Ever since I decided to get cable, I’ve spent less and less time in front of my television. All the shows I used to be addicted to, I haven’t even tried to catch up on.

But one show that’s remained a must-see for me is Being Mary Jane. I’ve been watching since the beginning and enjoy how raw and real the storylines can be.

Something very raw and real about the show, I must say, are the sex scenes. And Mary Jane Paul has a lot of sex. From having sex in a gym locker room shower, and fingered on a couch, to being felt up in a nightclub, Mary Jane has quite the healthy love life (and I’m not mad at that). To make those scenes all the more believable and steamy, Gabrielle Union has to strip down, roll around and make out with some very handsome men. But Union is a very married woman. So what does Dwyane Wade think of her scenes?

When a Twitter follower asked him that question during the Being Mary Jane season finale on Tuesday, he seemed unbothered about them. But he made it clear that he has a comical agreement with Union when it comes to how those scenes are filmed. The funkier, the better:

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He’s got jokes! Wade actually tweeted through the entire finale in support of his lady, and it was quite cute:

 

 

 

Bet You Didn’t Know: Celebs Who Own Production Companies

November 23rd, 2015 - By Nneka Samuel
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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?