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Make It Last Forever: Celebrity Weddings Of 2014

December 17th, 2014 - By Tanvier Peart
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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

December 4th, 2014 - By Brande Victorian
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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”

December 3rd, 2014 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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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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“We’ll Talk About The Free Throws Later” Gabrielle Union Interrupts Dwyane Wade’s Interview

December 1st, 2014 - By Veronica Wells
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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?

November 25th, 2014 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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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.

“It’s Not A Career Boost- It’s A New Form Of Sexual Abuse” Gabrielle Union Is Fighting Back After Her Nude Photo Leak

November 7th, 2014 - By Veronica Wells
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Gabrielle Union Is Fighting Back After Her Nude Photo Leak

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I think it’s safe to assume that the general public didn’t take the celebrity nude photo hacks seriously. In fact far too many people celebrated their release, posting and retweeting the photos, focusing more on their own feelings of misplaced glee at seeing these celebrities naked, than the fact that the rights of another human being, another woman, had been violated. To be clear, having your phone hacked and having pictures that were intended to be private, blasted across the internet, is nothing short of a violation.

And yet, the way many sites have reported the hacks and the way many people have interpreted the attacks, seem to suggest that these celebrities were stupid for taking the pictures in the first place. And as a result should feel shamed.

But eff what you heard.

Gabrielle Union sat down with Cosmopolitan to share the experience of having her photos leaked, how that particular violation felt and why, despite the invasive nature of the topic, she’s decided to fight back.

Gabrielle starts off telling the story of how she first learned her name was on the list of celebrities who had been hacked the day after her wedding.

I had been so happy that week, thinking about my wedding and honeymoon with my new husband, Miami Heat basketball player Dwyane Wade. But suddenly, I felt paralyzed…Nude photos of dozens of stars like Jennifer Lawrence and Kate Upton were flying around the Internet…The shots had appeared on a website called 4Chan, where people can post anonymous comments and pictures. The site said more photos were to come, including mine. And so it began. It felt like The Hunger Games: You’re waiting to be attacked. Friends are assuring you that this will pass and people will move on to the next thing. But in this case, the next thing means the next victim — the next woman to have her naked body exposed to strangers against her will. And the crowd in the arena is going wild. People are critiquing and judging, cheering for more. They’re shouting, “Next! Next!”

My honeymoon was plagued by thoughts of when I would get hit. It was always in the back of my mind: Will today be the day my life gets ruined? I thought about my family and everyone the scandal would affect — my mom, who teaches classes about Catholicism to kids, and the three boys I had become a stepmother to when I married Dwyane. My husband, meanwhile, would always have to wonder who had seen intimate photos of me that only he was supposed to see.

The hit came three weeks later. I was on the final night of a beach retreat with Dwyane and the kids in Turks and Caicos. We had just given the boys a big lecture on how to protect themselves online, telling them to be careful what they post and what they say. Friends contacted me with the news: A photo of me had surfaced online. 

She explained that the first leaked picture, one that wasn’t too revealing, was taken three years ago. And since Dwyane has a habit of losing his cell phones, deleted from both of their devices after he saw it.

This was just the first of many. Though all of the pictures had been deleted from both of their phones, years ago, they were making their way to the internet, for the world to see.

Gabrielle said:

“I felt extreme anxiety, a complete loss of control. I suddenly understood that deleting things means nothing. You think it’s gone? It’s not. What is the point of even including a delete function on a phone if it doesn’t really delete? I had deleted the photos from my phone, but apparently they had remained on some server somewhere, unbeknownst to me, where hackers could find them.

I called my reps and attorneys, pleading, “Get the photos taken down.” They said it takes time — the shots were spreading fast, to some 50 sites within the first few hours. Nude pictures of other celebrities were appearing in this second wave too, including Rihanna and a new round of Jennifer Lawrence shots. I thought, this is a targeted attack, a hate crime against women. Photos of my friend Meagan Good showed up as well, and that really hurt — she’s like my little sister. We had become close while filming Deliver Us From Eva. She’s married to a pastor. I wanted to protect her from the inevitable character assassination. She was the target of a crime and did not deserve to be attacked.”

Experiencing this herself, watching her friends go through it and being on the National Advisory Committee on Violence Against Women, Gabrielle felt the need to speak out.

I didn’t like the public perception of this scandal — that we were just a bunch of narcissistic, sexually deviant celebrities who got what we deserved for being dumb. No one deserves to have a private moment stolen, whether it’s a photo, text, or email. Everyone has intimate parts of their life they don’t want the public to see

Some people say the publicity surrounding the photos helps our careers. We don’t need this kind of press. Jennifer Lawrence is the face of two billion-dollar franchises. It’s not a career boost — it’s a new form of sexual abuse. Other people think that they are entitled to know everything about us because we are celebrities, in the public eye. No. If I show my husband my naked body, it doesn’t mean everyone gets to see it. And people sometimes argue: But you wear skimpy bikinis — what’s the difference? The difference is that you are the one who chooses whether to show your body. When billions of people on the Internet can see you naked without your consent, it’s a crime.

Sadly, this is not the first time Gabrielle Union has been violated. When she was a college student, working at the Payless shoe store, she was raped by a stranger. She reported the incident and the man was caught and later prosecuted.

With one traumatic experience under belt, Gabrielle knew she had to speak out about this violation as well. She issued a statement about the photo leaks shortly after, explaining how women and especially Black women have been subjected to the nonconsensual sexual objectification of our bodies.

“I can’t help but be reminded that since the dawn of time, women and children, specifically women of color, have been victimized, and the power over their own bodies taken from them.” For black women targeted in this attack, there’s an added dimension. Throughout history, our bodies have been open for public consumption, as in the days of slavery, when black women were taken into the town square to be sold. They were paraded around naked, to be inspected and critiqued for future sale and sure abuse.”

While still on her honeymoon, Gabrielle said she was hesitant about leaving her hotel room.

“I just wanted to hide. I had a wave of fear, thinking everyone had seen me naked. Then I thought, wait a minute, to hide is to act like a guilty person. I hadn’t done anything wrong. I went downstairs with my family and had breakfast. I ate some amazing bacon. I braced myself for battle.”

And while she was surprised to find support in unlikely places, like the paparazzi, there was a notable silence.

“I also want to know: Where are all the women’s groups, the feminists, demanding justice in this case? The silence is deafening. 

She has a point there, even when feminist site Jezebel reported about Gabrielle’s article today, the tone of the piece seemed surprised, and dare I say irritated, that she seemed to call them out.

These days Gabrielle says she’s adjusting because her reality is certainly different now.

“Everything feels tainted. On Instagram, people tell me they’ve seen me naked. Walking into my favorite pizza place, I wonder who has seen the photos and what they are thinking. It’s part of daily life now. Some people have told me, “On the bright side, you look amazing in the photos.” I know they mean well, but this is a criminal act, a gross violation. It reminds me of the time someone asked me if my rapist was “cute.” That kind of misguided thinking lessens the severity of the crime and the horror of the experience.”

But despite this horrific experience, Gabrielle is trying to make the best of it.

“Here’s the way I choose to look at it: Bad things happen to people every day. It’s what we do with them that counts…Just keep going. Whatever your dreams were before, they still remain. You might feel like nothing will ever be the same. And that’s true — nothing will be the same. Take that and change things.”

You can read her full essay over at Cosmopolitan.

[Photos] How Gabrielle Union Celebrated Her 42nd Birthday

October 31st, 2014 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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Earlier this week, the lovely Gabrielle Union turned 42. Though she spent a large portion of her evening cheering on husband Dwyane Wade at the Miami Heat season opener, during halftime, she found time to hit up Hyde, the AmericanAirlines Arena’s courtside lounge, with fellow basketball wife Adrienne Bosh, Natasha Fizdale who is the wife of Miami Heat Assistant Coach David Fizdale and a few other beauties.

Following the Heat’s opening night victory, Gabby linked up with Dwyane and headed to Honky-Tonk in Miami for a fabulous birthday dinner, where she was presented with a Nebraska Huskers birthday cake from gal pal Monica Brown.

“Anyone who knows @gabunion knows she does NOT play about her fav team. #NebraskaCornHuskers #SheLovesFootball #SheSingsCountryMusic LOL #OmahaInTheBuilding,” Monica shared on Instagram.

Dwyane also showed his new wife some birthday love on social media.

“Happy birthday to this lady right here.. I love that you walk to the beat of your own drum. Keep living your life-your way. So from your family- zaire, davehon, Zion and me. We wanna say we love you and we got you!!!” he expressed in an Instagram post.

And apparently, the celebration spilled over into Thursday as the couple linked up with friends and loved ones, including teammate Chris Bosh, for another birthday celebration the following day.

“Another bday in the books for my amazing wife… thanks to everyone who came to dinner and had laughs and great food w us(cafe mataranos)… also everyone who came to listen to a lil live entertainment w us( SB cabaret).. #foreveryoung #42 #ourlifeourway @gabunion,” Dwyane wrote on Instagram Thursday night.”

Check out the photos from all of Gabby’s fabulous birthday festivities below and on the following pages.

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[Watch] Gabrielle Union Is An Attention-Seeking Reality Star In Chris Rock’s ‘Top Five’

October 17th, 2014 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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A trailer has finally been released for Chris Rock’s new film Top Five, which tells the story of wildly successful comedian and movie star Andre Allen (Chris Rock), whose run-in with journalist Chelsea Brown (Rosario Dawson) causes him to reexamine his life and career. Gabrielle Union plays rocks superficial reality TV star fiancée, Erica Long, who’s never around without a gang of reality TV cameramen.

The all-star cast also includes Kevin Hart, Tracy Morgan, Cedric The Entertainer, J.B. Smoove, Sherri Shepherd, Anders Holm, Romany Malco, Leslie Jones, Michael Che, and Jay Pharoah. According to Deadline, the film triggered a pretty competitive bidding war last month at the Toronto Film Festival. Paramount Pictures eventually won for a whopping $12.5 million.

Top Five was both written and directed by Chris. Interestingly, Jay Z and Kanye West are credited as co-producers for the project. Judging by the trailer, it’s going to be pretty funny. The comedy is slated to hit theaters in December.

Watch the trailer below. Is this something you’d be interested in checking out?

[Watch] BET Drops Season 2 Teaser For ‘Being Mary Jane’

October 15th, 2014 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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It’s almost that time again ladies and gents.

The folks over at BET are preparing to bless us with season two of their popular series “Being Mary Jane”. An exact premiere date has not been made public as of yet. But considering that the network just dropped a quick teaser for the new season, we’re guessing that it’s coming a lot sooner than later.

The trailer doesn’t give up much as far as the plot goes, but there may be a bit of foreshadowing going on. In the clip, Mary Jane can be seen wearing her pajamas while standing alone in a room full of mirrors. Stacy Barthe’s “Face Myself” is playing in the background and it appears that this may be exactly what Mary Jane will have to do this season.

As you may recall, by the conclusion of season one, Andre was back with his wife, Avery, and it was revealed that David is expecting a child with his new lady. This, of course, leaves Mary Jane alone. However, knowing Mary Jane, she may not be alone for along.

Anyway, check out the teaser below. Are you ready for season two?

Gabrielle Union Designs T-Shirt For Planned Parenthood’s Women Are Watching Campaign

October 6th, 2014 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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Sources: WENN, Planned Parenthood

Actress Gabrielle Union lent her celebrity and creative abilities to Planned Parenthood for their Women are Watching campaign, which seeks to “highlight what’s at stake for young women in November’s election.”

The front of the shirt designed by Gabrielle, which will be sold by the Planned Parenthood’s Action Fund reads:

“My Birth Control. My Decision.”

And the back reads:

“Women Are Watching.”

Gabrielle is the second of three celebrities to design a t-shirt for the advocacy and political campaign.

“It’s hard to believe we’re still living in a time when some politicians believe they should make decisions for women about birth control and basic health care. That’s why I’m always proud to support Planned Parenthood Action Fund’s efforts to engage women around critical issues in the upcoming election through their Women Are Watching campaign. We have to vote like our access to birth control and basic health care is on the line this year – because it is,” the newlywed said in a press release.

Source: Planned Parenthood

Source: Planned Parenthood

“We’re proud to partner with Gabrielle Union once again to motivate millions of young women in what will be a critical election for women. Women’s health and rights are under unprecedented attack, as proved by the U.S. Supreme Court’s dangerous decision in favor of Hobby Lobby. We have less than 40 days until Election Day, and we’re fighting back. Every woman in this country deserves elected leaders that will protect access to birth control, preventive health services provided by Planned Parenthood, and safe and legal abortion. Most importantly, we need more leaders to trust women to make their own health care decisions,” adds Dawn Laguens, executive vice president, Planned Parenthood Action Fund.

Learn more about Women Are Watching here