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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:


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?

For Better Or For Worse: 10 Ride-Or-Die Celeb Women

October 30th, 2015 - By Desiree Bowie
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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.

Marriage Helped Dwyane Wade Become A Better Man, Says Gabrielle Union

October 13th, 2015 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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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.”


Atlanta Mayor Asks Men To “Take A Stand” To End Sexual Assault

October 4th, 2015 - By Ashley Monaé
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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.

Accidents, Injuries And Insults: “Being Mary Jane” Season 3 Trailer

September 21st, 2015 - By Veronica Wells
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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?