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It takes a strong woman to come forward and open up publicly about abuse and these famous women who are victims of rape are some of the most notable. As we begin Sexual Assault Awareness Month this April, we take a moment to recognize their courage as a reminder that victims don’t have to be silenced.
Gabrielle Union is used to discussing her personal life with the media. During an interview with ABC’s “The View,” Union revealed that she was raped at the age of 19. Working at a Payless shoe store, the “Being Mary Jane” star was attacked by an employee from another store. He also raped and robbed another woman before turning himself in and is now serving a 33-year sentence. Union, who never wanted to be labeled as a victim, has become an advocate for survivors of assault.
Need inspiration to transform your mane from wild and untamed to silky smooth hair? Look no further than these five ladies who rock some of the sleekest tresses in Hollywood.
We don’t know what took Ashanti so long to trade in her 18-inch weaves for this sleek short bob, but all we can say is better late than never. We love the way this smooth blunt cut frames her face.
Hollywood “It” couple Dwyane Wade and Gabrielle Union celebrated their recent engagement during a swanky shindig at the Pearl Champagne Lounge in Miami. The after-hours event went down this past weekend with a guest list that included celebs such as Kelly Rowland, Kevin Hart and Jamie Foxx as well as the couple’s family and friends.
“They arrived with a big group of family,” a partygoer tells E!
Gabby’s parents were also in attendance and from the looks of it, they had a blast.
“You know it’s a good time when Pops is turnt up in the club… #pearlchampagnelounge #ohmyleg #noYOUtellmydadhesbeencutofffrombottleservice,” the “Being Mary Jane” actress posted in an Instagram message.
The party had a white theme and servers were dressed in all white.
“They seemed really in love,” the partygoer continued. “He had his hand on her side all night. The party felt very intimate. They spent a lot of time talking to family members.”
Check out photos from the lovely party on the following pages.
Back when we were in the beginning stages of receiving that horrific monthly gift known as our periods, we all felt a little weird the first few times we had to buy tampons or pads. And then we got over it. Unfortunately, the same can’t be said of “Being Mary Jane” star Gabrielle Union who confessed during a segment of Weird Fears on Team Coco that she has a fear of buying tampons in a crowded drugstore when she’s having a heavy flow. Super specific right?
In Gabby’s defense, it appears her fear stems from a mild case of PTSD, she told the site:
So perhaps one day I was having a heavy flow and I had to get the Super Plus tampons and this is information you just don’t want out there, just in general. So I was in the Super Plus tampon section and that’s precisely n0t the time you want to be recognized — maybe if you’re getting a table, or preferential treatment — not when you’re buying Super Plus tampons because it just screams to the world ‘I’m having a heavy flow, like right now.’”
Or it says you’re dealing with the same ish as every other woman on the planet of childbearing age — but maybe that’s just me. Gabby went on to say she’ll buy extra crap at the store just to hide her tampons from plain sight, which sounds like an awful lot of work for a grown woman. I’m wondering why she doesn’t just send an assistant to go pick them up for her at this point.
Check out the video of Gabby’s Weird Fears confession below. Do any of y’all still get embarrassed buying tampons?
It’s hump day and that means the #WCW (Women Crush Wednesday) posts were in full effect today. One interesting — and unexpected — #WCW shout out came from Miami Heat player Dwyane Wade who posted the pic above of his fianceé Gabrielle Union and publicly confessed to nearly ruining their relationship, writing:
My #WCW my #beautifulblackqueen… My Life mistakes gave me you and my life mistakes almost made me lose you but your love has conquered all and I hope to spend the rest of my life with you…
This is essentially Dwyane Wade’s only admission of guilt since he announced he had fathered a baby outside of their relationship at the end of 2013. At the time he referred to the new “blessing” in his life without really acknowledging the messiness the child was born out of and ever since then Gabrielle Union has been on a media campaign to make us believe in their love and let us know she hasn’t been the perfect partner either. Today, it was nice to see Dwyane at least shoulder some of the burden of guilt, even if his hope to spend the rest of his life with Gabby seems a little odd considering they’re already engaged. Hopefully all is well back at the ranch.
What do you think about D. Wade’s #WCW message?
Some fabulous celeb women are rocking very chic new ‘dos this week, and we’re loving it!
Gabrielle Union, like many big stars, hit up the post-Oscar festivities last night looking fabulous. She hit the red carpet at the Vanity Fair Oscar party and did so with her own natural hair, which she showed off on Instagram yesterday.
“I took my weave out and got creative with my natural hair… @larryjarahsims is a master magician#theprocess”
The beauty showed off quite a bit of length, which was was flipped, curled and tied into a knot at the back of her head, and also included an ornate bump at the crown of her head. While at the Vanity Far party in her sparkling Nicholas Oakwell gown, she snapped pics with new Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o, and had nothing but love for the Kenyan beauty:
“Best part of my night… @lupitanyongo is everythang! Quite simply, this woman gives me LIFE! Humble, smart, sincere, drop dead stunning and talent to spare… SOOOO PROUD!!! #lupitalove”
And Union also took pictures with Tyler Perry, Serena Williams, Regina King and more. Clearly she had a fabulous night!
Away from the Academy Awards madness, supermodel Naomi Campbell also showed off a new ‘do, but this time it was a full and fabulous ‘fro.
Campbell is known for her long wigs and extensions, the latter of which having been blamed for the hair loss the beauty has dealt with over the years. She decided to give all that a rest for a light brown afro wig that looked great on her, as she did media rounds with The View, The Graham Norton Show, and while shooting an appearance on 106 & Park. Campbell was hitting the talk show couches to promote a new season of her reality show/modeling competition, The Face.
What do you think of both looks on these beauties? We can’t get enough of them! Share your thoughts below.
“Being Mary Jane” actress Gabrielle Union recently appeared on “The View” where she opened up about why she’s feeling prepared for stepmotherhood and why she refused to become a victim after being raped as a teen. Check out her interview highlights below.
On being a child of divorce and becoming a stepmom:
“I’m lucky that I come from a family that went through divorce. My parents were married 30 years before they got divorced and I’m sure after 30 years there was bitterness and anger and resentment and fear and all sorts of things. But I don’t know because they [parents] never made it our issues. They handled their divorce and our subsequent transition into a blended family with grace and dignity and respect. They aways put us first and didn’t involve us. I’m lucky that I can just mirror what my parents did and always put the kids first. They’re pretty awesome, I’m lucky.”
On people saying “Being Mary Jane” glorifies mistresses:
“I would say keep watching. I’d definitely say keep watching. And for everyone who’s like, “Oh, Mary Jane and Olivia Pope are the new sidechick number two role models,” watch. Watch the show and you will see that there are some consequences.”
On refusing to play the victim after being raped at 19:
“I got sick of people letting me off the hook. Being a victim is so comfortable. People give you attention, people are nurturing, they’re basically what you’ve wanted your whole life without something bad happening. So, when something catastrophic happens, everyone rallies around you. You’re getting all the attention, love and support you’ve always wanted. But it’s not for something positive. I hated that. I hated feeling like a victim. I hated the cloak of victimhood.”
“They were going to allow me to be a victim and not success and not achieve any of my goals and not step outside the box. I want to embrace being a survivor. Because that’s who I am. I wasn’t raised to be coddled. I was raised to be an independent woman, standing on my own two feet.”
Interestingly, Gabby also shared that she wound up suing former employer, after being raped at gunpoint because she was raped at work. According to the “Being Mary Jane” actress, they failed to provide a safe work environment.
Gabrielle Union Says Dwyane Wade Took The Lead On Planning Their Wedding: ‘Secretly, This Is His Princess Moment’
Considering that she didn’t have the time to participate in the planning of her first wedding, you’d think that Gabrielle Union would jump at the opportunity to plan the wedding of her dreams the second time around. But according to the “Being Mary Jane” actress, her fiancé, Dwyane Wade, is the one having all of the fun planning their wedding.
“I’m out doing wine tastings, secretly this is like his princess moment he has waited for for a long time, he’s been hoarding bridal magazines, he’s very ready,” she joked during an appearance on “The Ellen Show.”
The 41-year-old bride-to-be adds that her Miami Heat-playing boo is involved in the tiniest details of what their special day will look like.
“He’s into aspects I didn’t even know went into wedding planning. He is on. To have a centerpiece, to not have a centerpiece—he has very strong opinions. [He says] no centerpieces. Who cares? Um, he does! He’s very particular about the music and the guest list.”
She went on to reiterate that not many people will be invited to the wedding.
“I think people are thinking [the guest list] is a lot bigger than it is. They’ll find out when [they're not invited].”
Ellen also probed about the couple’s 9-year age difference, which Gabby says is most prevalent during bedtime and when it comes to their musical preferences.
“The biggest is like for music. Like I want the O’Jays to play at our wedding. He wants Young Jeezy. You know, I’m like, ‘Ooh, Patti Labelle,’and he’s like, ‘Ariana Grande.’ It’s night and day.”
“If we’re watching ‘Nashville,’ which is one of our favorite shows, I might drift off. That’s one of the downsides of dating an older gal—we drift off.”
While she’s speaking a little more freely about their wedding plans, she remains tight lipped about the actual wedding date.
Check out Gabby’s interview on the next page.
“Being Mary Jane” has received its share of criticism for allegedly glorifying the life of the side-chick, but actress Robinne Lee, who plays the part of the blindsided wife, Avery Daniels, is defending the show’s lead character, in a manner of speaking. When we asked Robin what she thinks about all the backlash over the new BET series and it’s portrayal of Mary Jane and Andre she said this:
“To Mary Jane’s defense… she did not know that Andre was married when she got involved in this relationship and it kind of took her by surprise and I think by the time she found out she was already falling in love with him. It wasn’t just sex, in her mind it was a relationship and he could be the one and this could be great, so I understand why it’s been difficult for her to cut him off and just walk away.
“[But], it’s drama and we’re going for ratings and if everything was happy and neat and tucked away, we wouldn’t have people tuning in all the time. I don’t think that Mary Jane, herself, is a role model for young black women out there to say ‘let’s go find someone else’s husband and sleep with him,’ but I think that she, as a flawed character, is entertaining.”
Judging by the show’s season 1 ratings, clearly a lot of people agree with that last point.
Check out the full interview with Robinne Lee in the video above as she dishes out advice for women in her character’s position and speaks on Gabrielle Union’s admitted mean-girl past. What do you think?