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Halle Berry Still Struggles With Domestic Abuse: I’m Tired Of Watching Women In Our Community Suffer

November 6th, 2015 - By Brande Victorian
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The Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s Grants Banquet Featuring: Halle Berry Where: Beverly Hills, California, United States When: 13 Aug 2015 Credit: FayesVision/

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s Grants Banquet
Featuring: Halle Berry
Where: Beverly Hills, California, United States
When: 13 Aug 2015
Credit: FayesVision/

While it’s been several years since Halle Berry found herself in a physically violent relationship, the pain of the experience still lives on for the actress.

Speaking at the “Imagine” VIP cocktail party benefit for the Jenesse Center, a national domestic violence prevention and intervention organization, Berry confessed “It seems like I’ve overcome it, but I really haven’t. In the quiet of my mind, I still struggle. So while I’m helping these women, I’m helping myself through it, too. And that’s largely why I’m here.”

Recounting the helplessness she felt seeing her mother “battered and beaten many years” of her life, Berry explained many domestic abuse victims feel the same way, particularly due to the lack of sympathy towards this issue.

“For some reason, I’ve found after 15 years of working with the Jenesse Center that when it comes to domestic violence people just say, ‘I don’t get it. Why don’t they just leave? This is ridiculous!’ I call [these women] addicts. They’re love addicts … they’re addicted to the pain. And they’re largely addicted to the pain because they’ve been taught nothing else. They haven’t been taught that they have self-worth or value. They often weren’t loved the way they should’ve been as children from their mothers or their fathers. People didn’t say the things they should have said.

“They go into the world feeling knee-high to a bullfrog … and they’re not equipped to deal with that that is coming at them at rapid speed. They quickly become victims of predators who just prey on their insecurity and lack of knowing who they are and I am just tired of watching the women in our community suffer. I’m tired of watching them overlooked and made wrong and to be villainized for just trying to survive.”

Berry, of course, can speak to that villainization quite well. Just this week two of her exes accused her of turning them into the “worst guys in history” for leaving their marriages for one reason or another. And in the arsenal of “crazy” accusations hurled at the actress for her doomed relationships, no one seems to take into account that fleeing a violent situation is actually something to be applauded, not criticized. Already, in other reports on her speech, commenters are accusing her of being disingenuous and speaking out on domestic violence victimization as a PR move. In spite of the gossip and pending divorce, Berry recently told Extra “I’m doing okay. I really am.”

Did Y’all See? Bitter Exes And Butt Implants

November 6th, 2015 - By Madame Noire
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On this week's episode of Did Y'all See? we're talking bitter exes and butt implants. Watch and weigh in with the editors as they discuss David Justice and Eric Benet coming for Halle Berry, K. Michelle's decision to remove her butt injections, and Yusaf Mack coming out of the closet.


Halle Berry On Impending Divorce: “I’m Doing Okay, I Really Am”

November 5th, 2015 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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Guillermo Proano/WENN

Break-ups suck, especially when they’re fresh. I imagine that they’re even more difficult when you’re in the public eye with cameras in your face. But Halle Berry is handling the conclusion of her marriage to Olivier Martinez like a pro.

Extra recently caught up with the stunning beauty at an event benefiting the Jenesse Center, Inc., and she appears to be at peace with all that is going on.

“I’m doing okay, I really am. I, I keep pushing, and I’m really happy to be here because whenever you’re going through anything in life when you step outside yourself and focus on others, that’s always the best remedy for any situation that you’d rather not be dealing with,” said Berry.

In addition to placing her focus on helping battered women, the 49-year-old actress has her hands full with her adorable children, 7-year-old Nahla Aubrey and 2-year-old Maceo Martinez, who is sick with the chicken pox.

“Maceo didn’t go trick-or-treating ’cause he has the chicken pox, Nahla was a zombie cheerleader, and we had a great time,” said Halle.

Mom also joined in on the Halloween fun by dressing up.

“I was a pirate and she (Nahla), she’s like, ‘You’re a sexy pirate, Mommy,’ I’m like, ‘What do you know about a sexy pirate?'”

It’s great to see that Halle is in good spirits.

The Myth Of The “Pretty Crazy” Woman

November 5th, 2015 - By Charing Ball
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Halle Berry is crazy because she has been doing to men what they have been doing to us – and getting away with – since the beginning of time: loving them and leaving them.

It’s the leaving them part that really makes me love her more.

After all, she could be talking about “For better or worse” while steadily digging a deeper ditch into a bad relationship out of fear of being labeled as someone who can’t “keep” a man, or worse, Pretty Crazy.

If you don’t know what the latter is, allow me to explain. According to ancient folklore, which is a based on every comment made by every loser dude and hating ass lady on the sideline, every Halloween a succubus named Lilith rises from the pits of feminist hell and gives birth to a legion of drop dead gorgeous yet two-faced women called the Pretty Crazies.

Dressed in all black like the omen and armed with nothing more than their mesmerizing good looks, the Pretty Crazies roam the streets, bars and groceries stores of the world, luring “nice” guys into their dangerous traps with promises of love, happiness and whatever else men envision should come with dating pedestals.

Once these sad and pitiful lamb-like creatures are firmly in their clutches, the Pretty Crazy reveals her true dark and twisted She-devil self. She then goes to work tormenting and torturing these poor souls for no good reason at all.

The more these poor guys try to resist, including telling her “no,” the worse the torture on their souls becomes. That is until these broken, wounded animals somehow find the strength to break free (i.e., habitually cheat or beat her up).

It sounds like a ridiculous horror story, but we see warnings about the Pretty Crazies everywhere. In film and television, she is the femme fatale known as Carmen Jones. In music, she is the archetype of the classic Jimmy Soul song “If You Wanna Be Happy”: “If you ever want to be happy for the rest of your life, never make a pretty woman your wife.” And on the Internet, she is a man’s “crazy” ex-girlfriend, wife or baby mother.

Generally speaking, society has a strange relationship with pretty women and girls. They are the object of our desires, but we do not always love them. Their beauty is inspiring, but they also can’t be trusted. They are cunning and manipulative, but also deemed dumb and shallow. They are they symbol of confidence, but deep down, we all see them as insecure narcissists. And finally, they are considered trophies, but no man (or woman) really wants to do the work to win them.

With the duplicities in expectations we place on pretty women and girls in the world, it is no wonder many of them can’t “keep” a man.

Or don’t have complexes.

Speaking as a pretty girl (here is the part where folks run to Google to check out my picture, but relax–nobody said you weren’t a pretty woman/girl too), I can certainly see the perks of having a pretty face. For instance, a starry-eyed store clerk once gave me a free slice of pound cake because I had a pretty smile. I graciously took my free pound cake and wore my pretty smile all the way to the train station. Then I was accosted by another starry-eyed man who too told me I had a pretty smile before offering to suck my right breast.

The point is, the pretty grass ain’t always greener on the other side.

Street harassment aside, I once had a boyfriend who looked me dead in the face and told me that I was the most beautiful woman he had ever dated. In the same breath, he also said that he didn’t trust me. I thought he was joking because he was wearing the same starry eyes and dubious smile as the guy at the train station.

But then he spent the rest of our relationship doing things to show me that he was dead serious.

For instance, whenever we were out in public, he would grip me up tightly by the arm and lead me down the street just like I was John Coffey in the film The Green Mile on the way to the electric chair for killing those little White girls. He also had a habit of being suspicious of my male friends and even some of my girlfriends. And then there was the time when he picked a fight and tried to belittle me in public when he caught some man checking me out. And he also constantly accused me of lying and trying to manipulate him.

For a while there, I thought it was me. For a while there, he told me it was me. My angry reactions, which often were responses to his gas-lighting, were proof to him that I was too emotional and crazy. That’s what he told folks.

But the truth is that he was insecure. And although he had considered me his dream girl, he couldn’t handle the glare. In particular, from other men who snuck peeks and smiles in my direction. Having a pretty girl on his arm was supposed to bring him attention. But very few folks were paying attention to him at all. And some even questioned how he was able to snag a catch like myself.

It wasn’t that I was crazy, it was that he was insecure, jealous and stricken with fear that I was going to eventually leave him for someone more worthy.

And after a couple more months of his prodding and pushing to make me crazy, I finally snapped. No need to explain what that looked like (we’ve all been there), but let’s just say that my snapping eventually became his self-fulling prophecy.

Looking back, my relationship with this dude was not my proudest moment. I should have left as soon as I saw the signs. And after him I began to seriously do the work on myself to figure out why I attracted men like him into my life. But through that relationship I also gained a deeper understanding of how mental illness is used to malign women, particularly in relationships.

It is true that some pretty women have unchecked mental issues. Unchecked mental illnesses are a serious problem that affect millions, regardless of gender or personal aesthetics, in this country alone. But some of these pretty women who supposedly are too crazy to keep a man are actually just average women trying to own their own choices, particularly about what they want and expect in a partner.

In other words, many pretty women are single not because they are crazy, but because they haven’t found the right one yet. And a pretty woman might go through multiple relationships, not because of some mental illness, but because she recognizes that she does not have to stay in bad relationships and that there are better options.

And she has better options not because she might fit society’s narrow physical standard of pretty and because men (and women) are drawn to her, but because she knows that regardless of how she looks, she is too pretty for that crap.

Besides, even if a woman is mentally ill, does that mean she deserves to be abused?

What’s most interesting about the pretty crazy lore, particularly as it relates to Berry, is how very few are questioning the sanity of her exes for the part they played in these bad relationships. The mysterious “WS” abused her like a Black ninja. Christopher Williams hid behind a bookcase, a potted plant and his current wife (whom he once denied) when a fight broke out during an episode of Real Housewives of Atlanta. David Justice seems to attract women who “erroneously” accuse him of domestic abuse. And Eric Benet doesn’t wear shoes.

Halle Berry may have really bad taste in men, but none of that detracts from the fact that these men are the bad taste.

“I’m Not Trying To Be The Voice Of Halle’s Exes”: David Justice Explains Rant, Makes Things Worse

November 4th, 2015 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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As we told you yesterday, in the wake of the news of Halle Berry’s split from her husband of two years, Olivier Martinez, her first husband, David Justice, put the actress on blast on Twitter. He alleged that Berry and “her Hollywood team” always try to destroy the character of the men she loves and leaves, and even Berry’s second husband, Eric Benet, attempted to chime in with a “My man at @23davidjustice is tweeting some truth dis’ mornin’!”

Nothing like exes coming together to kick someone while they’re down! Yeah, it was quite petty.

And that’s probably why Justice is now trying to explain himself. He spoke to Access Hollywood and made it known that he was just sick and tired of it still being insinuated that he abused Berry. The actress never stated explicitly who physically hurt her all those years ago, but not only Justice, but her ex-boyfriend Christopher Williams said it was Wesley Snipes. And considering that he never refuted such damaging claims against himself, Snipes would probably agree (but never admit) that he put his hands on her.

Still, Justice said that people still assume he’s an abuser, and it has followed him all these years later as he coaches kids and has his own family. And with the way the Internet works, it’s unacceptable for those rumors to still be floating around. Rumors he felt that Berry never tried to squash.

“I’m not trying to be the voice of Halle’s exes,” Justice said. “What I was trying to do is let everybody understand that I am in the community coaching kids from baseball to basketball to football.  I’m trying to be a role model and I don’t want these kids and my kids’ friends reading [reports] and then everyone looking at me like, ‘I didn’t know coach did that to some woman.’ I don’t want parents going, ‘I didn’t know my kid’s coach did that to some woman.'”

Justice continued, “Not only have I never hit Halle, Halle has never verbally said that I hit her.  What Halle said was that she had been in abusive relationships. Everyone at that time assumed it must have been me because I was the only guy at that point in time that everyone knew she had dated or married.”

Justice told Access Hollywood that his split from Berry was quite ugly, and his reputation took a hit at that time. But all these years later, in the “social media era,” he said it was time to speak up.

“Twenty years ago, I didn’t have any kids. Twenty years ago, I was just trying to get away from a bad situation. A lot of things were said about me that [weren’t] true, that [weren’t] a part of the relationship. Because we are in the social media era, something like this gets reported and if I don’t say anything, people will take that as it must have been true. I can’t have that. I have a 15-, 13-, 11-year-old and I’m in my community coaching, trying to be a good role model.”

Justice continued, “It’s not about me trying to get my name back in the media. I’m not trying to get a reality show. I just felt like I needed to say something. I don’t like the fact that when I’m brought up there has to be this stigma of this alleged abuse.”

And despite trying to send a message to Martinez that Berry was going to slander him next, and having Benet play his cheerleader on Twitter, Justice said he doesn’t talk to any of Berry’s exes.

“I am not in contact with Halle or any of the boyfriends, nor am I trying to be. I’m not that dude.”

Check out what Justice had to say when he hopped back on Twitter last night. Read from the bottom up:

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Interestingly, Berry still hasn’t publicly cleared Justice’s name. In fact, she hasn’t mentioned that man in Lord knows how long.

And on a side note, you know, abuse isn’t always physical. Considering that Berry said she had been in “abusive relationships,” she may have also meant that she was verbally abused by one of the men in her past. And this is interesting, what with Justice’s focus on just making sure it’s clear that he’s not a physical abuser. You never know, this could also be a reason Berry never attempted to set the record straight.

In my mind, by going on his Twitter rant yesterday, Justice may have done more to fuel the fire of speculation than to actually quell it…

Eric Benet And David Justice Are Embarrassing Themselves Over Halle Berry Right Now

November 3rd, 2015 - By Brande Victorian
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Eric Benet And David Justice

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Do any of y’all have that one ex who stays checking for you just so he can catch you slipping? Well Halle Berry has two — at least — and their names are David Justice and Eric Benet.

Last night David had a field day going in on Halle and her latest marital issues on Twitter. While initially David seemed to only be attempting to clear his name of domestic violence rumors (though I still don’t see why he wouldn’t put out a formal statement for that) it wasn’t long before he got downright messy, accusing Halle of dirtying all of her ex’s names.

Not once has Halle Berry stated David Justice was the ex who abused her. Perhaps she didn’t do her ex-husband any favors but not saying the abuser wasn’t him, but once Christopher Williams outed Wesley Snipes as the culprit (just as David did with those silly parenthetical “WS” asides) everyone accepted the actor as the abuser and essentially moved on. It sounds like David’s issue should be with the media for reporting incorrect facts, not the woman he hasn’t been in a relationship with since ’97. Also, D, you were a #formerhusband not boyfriend — a former husband whom Halle had to seek a restraining order against. Maybe that’s why people think you’re the man that left her deaf in one ear.

As if this twitter saga wasn’t enough, in came Eric Benet this morning, cosigning the foolishness, with the following back and forth with David.

Eric has been sketchy ever since he claimed to have a sex addition — and then didn’t. Whether one applies a clinical term to stepping out (repeatedly) or not, Eric still appears to have been unfaithful, so unless he’s going to discuss that truth, it’s probably best not to open his mouth at all.

Olivier has yet to speak for himself in this divorce saga but given the damage we already know he can do, as evidenced by the number he did on Halle’s ex, Gabriel Aubry’s, face we don’t have to look too deep to see he might have anger issues. The paparazzi can also attest to that.

The bottom line is no one is blameless when it comes to the demise of a relationship but this immature, and very public, banter between Eric and David right now simply serves to fuel the sexist, biased, and unfounded claims that Halle Berry is some crazy nut who destroys every man who comes across her path. (And yet the Kardashians live on in untainted glory, but I digress.) Both of these men have been separated from Halle for too long to be having this bitter bromance bonding moment on social media. The only reason either is even being talked about right now is because Halle’s going through a divorce; otherwise they both remain pretty irrelevant. I wouldn’t want my name associated with my ex for the rest of my life either, but that’s the price you pay when you get involved in a high-profile relationship and both knew the cost before they decided to walk down the aisle. Seeing as though it’s been nearly 20 years since the end of their marriage for David and 10 for Eric, both only need to do one thing: get over it.

Hollywood Divorce: Halle Berry And Olivier Martinez Call It Quits After Two Years Of Marriage

October 27th, 2015 - By Veronica Wells
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After two years and one beautiful son together, Halle Berry and Olivier Martinez have decided to end their marriage.

The couple released a joint statement to People earlier today.

“It is with a heavy heart that we have come to the decision to divorce. We move forward with love and respect for one another and the shared focus of what is best for our son. We wish each other nothing but happiness in life and we hope that you respect our and, most importantly, our children’s privacy as we go through this difficult period.”

A source told People that the relationship had simply “run its course” and added that Halle and Oliver are “keeping it amicable now. She is okay.”

The couple met in 2010, on the set of Dark Tide. They married three years later when Halle was pregnant with their son Maceo-Robert.

In addition to undergoing the divorce proceedings for this marriage, Berry is still fighting with ex boyfriend and father to her seven-year-old daughter Nahla.

Good luck to Halle and Olivier both.

Why This Meme Is Insulting To Halle Berry, Tamela Mann And Women In General

October 16th, 2015 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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Halle and Tamela

Not every single thing that people think of needs to be turned into a meme.

Yes, it’s odd for the conclusion of a story to come at the beginning of it, but I just really want to drive that point home. This is necessary because, often, in an attempt to appear especially clever or, dare I say, deep, folks create memes like the one above and throw it into the black hole that is the Internet without giving more than a quick thought to it. Unfortunately, this particular meme makes no sense. Not only that, it is insulting to not only the two women featured in it but also a whole host of other people who probably don’t realize it.

The meme, which is supposed to, I guess, make it plain that having a big heart and a good character is what will nab and help you keep a man, is insulting, first and foremost, to Halle Berry. And let’s be honest, folks have owed Berry an apology for years now. The whole, Halle-Berry-may-be-fine-but-she’s-crazy-and-that’s-why-she-can’t-keep-a-man theory has been floating around for quite some time now. But this is the first time I’ve seen it used to compare her to anyone else, which people rarely do. Because the best way to uplift and applaud one kind of woman is to tear down another, right?

In the meme, Berry is judged for being divorced twice, and for having children with two men who, at the time of conception, were not her husbands. And while it’s so easy to read something like this and raise an eyebrow, whoever created the meme didn’t keep in mind the probable and reported reasons behind the demise of her relationships. That includes alleged domestic abuse, mistreatment, constant cheating, and coming to the conclusion that some of those men just weren’t a good fit for her (and “keep a man”? Who is to say that Berry didn’t end things with all of them and run for the hills?). It’s too hard to fit all that info into an adjacent picture cell.

This image is also insulting to Tamela Mann. While the person who created this mess on a free photo editing website, Microsoft Word or Paint (cause this is too basic to be Photoshop) was hoping to applaud her 20+ years of marriage to David Mann and the beautiful children that came from it, it makes it seem as though a bigger woman isn’t as appealing as a skinny woman. Like big girls aren’t sexy too. It’s all, “Yeah, Halle Berry may be gorgeous and skinny, and Mann may be big, but love and character are what keeps a man!” With a side of “Skinny b—hes are evil!” in a Mo’Nique voice. Don’t let the trolls who keep telling folks how many pounds they need to lose in order to be “healthy” fool you. Plus-size beauties are everywhere (ask Drake) and snatching up men. And Mann is quite lovely herself. So, again, nice try meme-maker, but I don’t think Mann would be so eager to thank you for your backhanded compliment.

And then, I would say that this meme is also insulting to women in general. Don’t let the two women in the picture allow you to think this is just about them. Naw, sis. It’s about all of us. One reason being that, as always, through this meme, we’re being told that our worth and happiness is based on whether or not we can keep a man. This kind of stuff is why so many of us are freaked out about our romantic prospects for the future. We believe that when we don’t have a companion, it says something about the kind of person we are. We may be a great friend, an amazing daughter and contribute some awesome sh*t to the world, but let us not have a man to validate us and all of a sudden we’re beings to feel sorry for. Not only that but whether or not you’ve been able to hold onto a consistent boo over the years can now be a question of one’s character.

What a load of crap.

And then there’s the even bigger issue of the fact that such messages pin us ladies against one another.

After this meme had come across my Instagram timeline, a plus-size woman I know reposted it with the caption, “When skinny girls ask why all the big girls are being wifed up.” And I can understand why she would say that. I’ve heard smaller women of the petty persuasion say such things when they see plus-size women with a man on their arm (even if the smaller sista had zero interest in that man). But I hate to see women post crappy memes like this as validation and as a way to make someone else feel like they need to step their game up. Without knowing it, we’re saying that because one has a man, they’re better than, and the woman who doesn’t needs to figure out what’s going wrong inside of herself. And that’s not cute. As Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie put it in her TED Talk, “We raise girls to see each other as competitors not for jobs or accomplishments, which I think can be a good thing, but for the attention of men.”

But are the fellas doing this much for us? Me thinks not.

So, once again, I say all of this to remind folks of the fact that a relationship doesn’t equate to happiness. It can add to happiness, but it’s not the end all, be all. Just because Halle Berry isn’t with the list of men she used to be with doesn’t mean that she’s not happy. And considering that they used to mistreat the hell out of her, and she’s now married with healthy kids and a hit TV show, I’d say she’s probably doing great. I also say all of this to remind folks that it takes a lot more than love and character for the Manns to keep their marriage going 20+ years later. And I also say all this to remind folks that all the love and good character in the world won’t keep the wrong man from running out on you when he is good and ready to.

And lastly, I say all this to remind folks of the most important point of all:

Not every single thing that people think of needs to be turned into a meme.

Lights, Camera, Action! Black Actors Who Were Cast In Traditionally White Roles

September 20th, 2015 - By Iva Anthony
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For decades, Whites actors and actresses have been cast to play people of color in Hollywood, making whitewashing a very nasty habit in Tinsel Town. But these Black actors managed to turned the table and were selected to star in traditionally White roles.




Michael B. Jordan

Comic book fans everywhere were in an uproar when Michael B. Jordan was selected to play Johnny Storm in the reboot of The Fantastic Four. But Chris Evans, who first played the role a decade earlier, gave Jordan his stamp of approval in hopes to appease loyal fans. The film tanked anyway at the box office and studio executives hope the sequel, which had already been announced, can salvage the franchise.






15 Sistas That Have Graced The Cover Of ‘Vogue’ Magazine

August 15th, 2015 - By Ashley Monaé
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According to Vogue Magazine, “There’s only on September issue, and there’s only one Beyoncé.” So it makes sense that the fashion bible of style and sartorial enthusiasts snagged the leader of the Beyhive to grace their popular September issue. A historical moment in itself as Beyoncé is the third Black woman to cover their September issue, following Naomi Campbell in 1989 and Halle Berry in 2010.

Amongst the trio, there have been a handful of other Black beauties spreading their #BlackGirlMagic on the cover of Vogue and it’s various international editions.

Continue clicking to check out 15 sistas that have graced the cover of the highly coveted, Vogue Magazine