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Bet You Didn’t Know: Secrets Behind The Making Of “Monster’s Ball”

May 18th, 2015 - By Veronica Wells
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When you say the title Monster’s Ball, you’re liable to get a few reactions. Some people will immediately and only remark on the sex  scene with Halle Berry and Billy Bob Thorton. Others will tell you how, aside from all the hoopla, it was actually a really good film; and others think it was completely overrated. Everybody’s got an opinion. It’s something like a polarizing film, particularly in the Black community. But we’ll get into that later. Check out some of the lesser known facts behind the making of this movie.

Since The Oscars Were So White: The Blackest Award Show Moments Ever

February 23rd, 2015 - By Veronica Wells
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Don’t know if you noticed but the Oscars didn’t exactly have that much for Black people. With the exception of Common and John Legend performing and winning the Academy Award for their song “Glory,” the show was a sea of White faces. It’s the reason we didn’t live tweet the show like we usually do. Instead, we simply showed you what our faves were wearing on the carpet. So in honor of our disappointment and in anticipation for tonight’s BET Honors, we’re highlighting some of the Blackest moments from award shows in the past decade or so.

Why Halle Berry Refuses To Go Under The Knife

February 16th, 2015 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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At 48 years old, Halle Berry is just as stunningly beautiful as she was when first emerged on the Hollywood scene. But the mom of two says although that she has never undergone cosmetic surgery and insists that she probably never will, it doesn’t mean that she doesn’t feel pressured to do so.

“It is pressure,” she confessed to Yahoo! Beauty. “When you see everybody around you doing it, you have those moments when you think, ‘To stay alive in this business, do I need to do the same thing?'”

However, the beauty adds that the pressure doesn’t simply come from within. Apparently, she is frequently asked to get work done.

“I won’t lie and tell you that those things don’t cross my mind, because somebody is always suggesting it to me,” she said. “’You know if you just did a little bit of this and that, lift this up, then this would be a little bit better.’ It’s almost like crack that people are trying to push on you. That’s what I feel like.”

As for how she combats this pressure, the Academy Award-winning actress had this to say:

“I just have kept reminding myself that beauty really is as beauty does, and it is not so much about my physical self. Aging is natural, and that’s going to happen to all of us. I think of those women that I thought aged so beautifully, like Lena Horn. Even how Jane Fonda is aging — I don’t know what she has or hasn’t done, but she looks beautiful as she’s going about her way. I just want to always look like myself, even if that’s an older version of myself. I think when you do too much of that cosmetic stuff, you become somebody else in a way.”

According to Berry, her peers and women in general should simply learn to embrace the aging process and work with what they’ve got.

“We have to stop wanting to look like that decade before,” she said. “We have to stop coveting that. Let it go and embrace it now and really be okay. It’s easy to say, I guess, but that’s the goal.”

It’s refreshing to know that this iconic beauty is continuing to embrace the skin she’s in–despite external pressures.

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Was He Wrong? Olivier Martinez Suspected Of Battery After Striking Airport Employee With A Carseat

January 5th, 2015 - By Veronica Wells
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Source: WENN

Does Olivier have a problem keeping his hands to himself or do people keep testing the wrong one? We all remember the beat down he gave to Nahla’s father and Halle’s ex, Gabriel Aubry, a few years ago. Brutal.

That could have very well been warranted. Who knows?

And though it’s been a while since Olivier’s hands have caused him to make the news, recently when the family was walking through LAX, an airport employee caused him to pop off once again.

From the video, it’s not entirely clear what happened but we see Olivier take a baby carseat and shove a man, knocking him to the floor.

Halle looks back at the man briefly but the family keeps walking toward the car. And that’s when things get a little crazy. The paparazzi and other videographers start yelling things like “assault” and asking the police escorts why Olivier was able to get away with such a thing.

Olivier says something to one of the photographers, they tell Halle to call the police on her man and say they hope he doesn’t put his hands on her at home. (Low blow.)

By this time, the airport employee has gathered himself and tells a videographer that he plans on pressing charges.

This same man was treated at the scene and taken to the hospital later. He complained of abdominal pain and he’s also filed a battery report.

I’m kind of on the fence about this one. It’s quite possible that this airport employee was an opportunist attempting to incite Olivier with a camera phone or a slick message as he ran up on him. But Olivier also needs to do a bit better than this. If not, he’ll always be a target.

What do you make of this situation?

Cute Kid Alert: Halle Berry’s Baby Boy Maceo Is Growing Up Fast

December 12th, 2014 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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On October 5, Maceo Robert Martinez turned 1. The adorable little guy is Halle Berry and Olivier Martinez’s miracle baby, and she called him that because the always stunning actress didn’t think she would be able to have another child. The 47-year-old was pre-menopausal and had come to terms with the idea that she might not be able to have another little one, but said that Nahla’s prayers for a sibling came through in the clutch:

“Only her prayers could have done this. I didn’t think it was possible at my age, honestly. They call it a geriatric pregnancy.

I was, you know, on my way. This is probably way TMI, but I was kinda premenopausal, so to have this happen was huge.”

As she told Extra, “I never thought that at my stage in life another baby – and a baby boy – was coming to me, so yeah, I’m blessed.”

And Maceo has definitely been a blessing to his doting mom and dad, and as you can see, he’s growing up fast. He reminds us of what Nahla looked like when she was a baby, and he looks a lot like Berry. The happy family was snapped together after running errands together in Studio City this week. Adorable family. Adorable kid.

Halle Berry Proves Her Ex Bleached Their Daughter’s Hair

December 6th, 2014 - By Courtney Whitaker
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Image Source: WENN

The never ending court battle between Halle Berry and Gabriel Aubry just took an interesting turn.

According to TMZ, Halle Berry has proof that her ex-boyfriend bleached and damaged their daughter’s hair. A forensic consulting lab by the name of Mictrotrace found the evidence. The site claims,

The company analyzed the hair and concluded there was evidence it was chemically treated. The lab went on to say the repeated use of chemicals took their toll, writing there was “extensive damage … likely the cumulative effect of repeated exposure to numerous gentle bleaching treatments.”

A judge ruled that neither Halle nor Gabriel could touch Nahla’s hair. However this evidence may be the missing piece Berry needs to reduce her child support payments to Gabriel. Berry reportedly pays $16,000 a month to Gabriel.


Gabriel Aubry Says Halle Berry Is Being Ridiculous About Nahla’s Hair In An Effort To Keep Custody War Raging On

December 5th, 2014 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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We told you last month that the ongoing feud between Halle Berry and Gabriel Aubry, the father of her daughter, Nahla, was only getting worse and worse these days after Berry took Aubry to court for, in her opinion, trying to make their daughter look less black.

She claimed that Aubry had been chemically altering the 6-year-old’s hair by putting highlights in it, and getting her hair straightened without Berry’s permission in an effort to make her look white. In the end, a judge made the decision that neither Aubry nor Berry could alter Nahla’s hair from its natural state, and that they will allow it to grow out.

Well, Aubry’s people have spoken to TMZ, and they say that he NEVER put any chemicals on Nahla’s hair. The only thing he claims he had done to her hair was putting a blow dryer on it, and through that process, it became less curly . He also feels that Berry is trying to stir up trouble in order to keep their custody battle going longer than necessary.

Aubry was recently seen out with his daughter this week for the first time since he went to court last month, and Nahla’s hair looked like it had been left alone to spiral and do its thing on its own this time around. Hopefully, now there will be some peace between these parents.

Halle Berry Takes Gabriel Aubry Back To Court For Straightening And Dyeing 6-Year-Old Nahla’s Natural Hair

November 24th, 2014 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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If it wasn’t clear to you by now that Halle Berry and Gabriel Aubry can’t stand one another, this new development in their ongoing court battles should make it pretty obvious.

According to TMZ, Berry took Aubry back to court today to find a way to force him to stop chemically altering the hair of their 6-year-old daughter, Nahla. They say that Berry is claiming Gabriel has been getting the child’s hair straightened and even lighting it with highlights so that she doesn’t look so…you know…black.

She wasn’t present in court this morning, but her lawyer, Steve Kolodny, was definitely there, arguing on her behalf against Aubry and his lawyer. Inevitably, it was decided by the judge that NEITHER parent could alter Nahla’s hair from its natural state, and that from here on out, Nahla’s hair will grow back naturally.

This is the first that I’ve personally heard about parents arguing in court over what decisions will be made about their child’s hair, and really, with these two, I’m not surprised that it had to come to all this. Berry and Aubry have been at odds for quite some time now, and just recently, she took him to court to try and get the child support she pays him reduced from $16,000 a month because he’s not working and basically living off of that money. I guess for Berry, she wanted to show the judge what Aubry has been spending her money on, and that includes allegedly trying to make their daughter look like a white girl.

I just can’t with these two…


Halle Berry’s Ex Claims He Cannot Get A Job Because Of Her Husband

November 2nd, 2014 - By Courtney Whitaker
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Halle Berry and her ex Gabriel Aubry are headed back to court again! This time around, Gabriel Aubry is fighting back. The model believes that he deserves $16K a month because he cannot get a modeling job.

Aubry claims, it’s been difficult for him to find work after his infamous Thanksgiving fight with Olivier Martinez. Gabriel also says it took him 6 months to recover from the incident. However, TMZ has photographic evidence that he looked completely fine after 6 weeks. Halle responded to Gabriel’s claims with “There is no case, no law, no logic that says a healthy, active man gets to simply live off child support that the wealthier mother earns.”

Also, in exclusive documents, obtained by TMZ, Halle’s lawyer,  claims Gabriel uses the monthly child support for his own personal needs. These needs include, $740 a month for Gabriel’s “Fitness” , $940 a month in clothing, $700 a month for Gabriel’s health insurance, $1,975 a month in car expenses and $1,100 a month in furniture and electronics. He also lists Nahla’s clothing expenses as $675 a month. If we add up all of these numbers, it equals $6130 a month. Therefore the $16K he receives a month is absolutely insane.


Halle Berry Debuts Lingerie Line Scandale Paris At Select Target Stores

October 27th, 2014 - By Lauren R.D. Fox
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Oscar award-winning actress and producer Halle Berry will now become a fashion merchandiser/owner by launching the Parisian lingerie brand, Scandale, in the US. Sold at select Target stores and, Berry discovered the brand in France five years ago and decided to the partner with the owner of Hop Lun (HK) Ltd, Erik Ryd, to sell Scandale, globally. This makes Berry a co-owner instead of her usual endorsement deals for other brands.

The Scandale brand debuted in 1934. It’s described as a line that was designed for women who had multiple roles to fulfill in their lives such as careers, motherhood and marriage. The first collection will showcase 10 items including bras and panties. The price range is between $7 and $18. For more insight on Scandale, check out their Facebook page.

Check out the behind-the-scenes video with Halle Berry sharing why she decided to globally launch the classic brand.

Will you bring a little “Scandale” to the bedroom?

via Forbes