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Seriously, 95 percent of the time when I see pictures of Trey, Will Smith’s first son, I sing “It didn’t work out with me and your moms but still push comes to shove you were conceived in love” in my head. Yeah, I’m weird for doing that but it’s also quite beautiful to look a person and know, because his father told him and the world, that he was and is loved. And beyond that it’s also a testament to Trey’s parents and stepparents, or bonus-parents as they call themselves, for being mature enough and loving enough to put their own egos and personal feelings aside to raise their children, all of them, in a loving environment.
I really dig the Smith-Fletcher family and so it did my heart some good to see them all together to celebrate Trey’s 21st birthday yesterday. Check out the pictures from the days leading up to and including his party on the following pages.
You’ll have all the warm fuzzy feelings.
Watching Lil’ Mama’s comeback as Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes in VH1’s TLC biopic was pretty amazing. I was mesmerized by how fully she became Left Eye – mannerisms, facial expressions, style. She did it and she did it well. As gleeful as I was to watch her transformation, I also felt very strange.
Watching the Twittersphere overflow with high praise of her performance on Twitter brought me back to 2009 when the scathing comments about Lil’ Mama first started. Her one silly mistake of casually sauntering on stage during Jay Z and Alicia Keys’ VMA performance shifted Lil’ Mama’s career into neutral despite her successful stint as a judge on America’s Best Dance Crew and her popular song, “Lip Gloss.” We came for her. Hard. We insulted her talents as a rapper. We attacked her facial features. And we laughed loud and hard. We, in essence, bullied her with no remorse. We ostracized her for years but then sang her praises when she killed the role of “Left Eye.” How fickle a crowd.
I started to wonder why it is acceptable. Why are celebrities considered fair game for bullying but not our children in our communities? What makes my 18-year-old cousin who is suffering from bullying in her high school so different from the young Lil’ Mama who made a trivial mistake but was pummeled with cruelty for years since?
Underneath, We’re All The Same
Wealth and fame, though major assets to many of us, only play a supporting role when it comes to the human experience playing out. If every poverty-stricken soul and every rich son-of-a-gun were given the same amount of money and wealth, the only things that would remain unchanged would be their emotions. We all laugh with joy. We all sink into depression. We all have fears. We all have doubts. We all have faith – in something or someone even if it’s not organized religion. We all have specific anger triggers. All of our feelings have been overwhelmingly hurt at some point in life.
If we can understand that – that underneath the materialism and publicity, we all go through the same things – why does there seem to be such a great gulf that divides our small-town bullied children, teenagers and adults from our bullied big screen celebrities?
If You Don’t Have Anything Nice To Say…
When Willow Smith underwent her transformation from child to now pre-teen, the Internet exploded. She was called everything from a w***e to a lesbian. Will and Jada Smith were called out for the parenting skills. All the while, the child had not committed any crimes, had not suffered a public nervous breakdown, and had not been filmed performing lewd acts. She was targeted simply because of her style choices and her age.
Laying it out this way allowed me to see how unequivocally ridiculous we can be as a community of opinionated social media users. The Internet provides an awesome space of free thought and expression, but is every opinion worth sharing? If it’s wrong for another 12-year-old to cyberbully a 12-year-old child whom they see every day in school, why is it okay for us as free thinking adults of reasonable intellect and compassion to berate a child we don’t even know personally?
The Clap Back
It is indeed a Catch-22 for many stars. Their indiscretions are public. They are berated publicly but they cannot defend themselves in the way that everyday people can. More than one celebrity has been shamed for arguing with people they don’t know on social networks; People who sometimes have devoted whole pages to bashing these celebrities. This is not unlike the cyberbullying we fight among our school-aged children. Horrible (and often untrue) information is circulated via the Internet, information that though it might be deleted is never really gone forever. We frown upon that at our level but revel in it when celebrities are the brunt of the joke. And if they fight back? They’re told that they shouldn’t have responded. For, how dare you defend yourself against the everyday people who were just having a bit of fun with you?
There is a difference between voicing your difference of opinion with a celebrity’s choices and persecuting them with malicious content that will never completely be deleted from cyberspace. And at the end of the day, is it really worth it to laugh at someone else’s expense, to attack them, never knowing if your tweet or comment was the last thing to drive them over the edge?
Jada Pinkett-Smith brought said it best in a Facebook status posted earlier this year:
“…Are these young people not allowed to be young, make mistakes, grow, and eventually transform a million times before our eyes? Are we asking them to defy the laws of nature because of who they are? Why can’t we congratulate them for the capacity to work through their challenges on a world stage and still deliver products that keep them on top. We all know how hard it is to keep our head above water, even in the privacy of our own homes let alone on the world stage. Imagine yourself, at their age, with the spotlights, challenges and responsibilities. Most of us would have fallen to the waste side before we could even get to a crashed Ferrari, a controversial romance, several heart breaks, or an Oscar nomination at NINE. We WISH we could have had the capacity to accomplish HALF of what they have accomplished along with ALL these challenges they face. But…maybe THAT’S the problem…we WISH we could have or even…we WISH we could.”
La Truly is a writer, college professor and natural hair and holistic lifestyle enthusiast. She mixes her interest in social and cultural issues with her life experiences to encourage thought, discussion and change among young women. Follow her on Twitter: @AshleyLaTruly.
Many women face the challenge of choosing between a career and children, but there are plenty who choose both. Raising children is the hardest job to have and to balance that with a successful career is even harder. These 15 celebrity moms have been in movies, television shows, on runways and red carpets looking stunning, full of energy and have even brought their little ones along to celebrate with them. Hard work, drive and determination have served these women well in their public and personal lives.
Nia Long has starred in some of our most classic films like “Boyz in the Hood,” “Love Jones” and “The Best Man.” She’s been on episodes of “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” and many other projects and with the length of her career you may forget that she is a mother of two sons Massai, age 12 and Kez, age 1.
Jada Pinkett Smith has never been one to keep it simple when it comes to her hair, and maybe that’s what’s so refreshing about her. Over the years, we’ve watched her try a variety of colors, styles, go with hair and without it, long and short, and she always stood out. But there have also been times when some of her looks have been a tad bit…well, crazy. Here are a few looks that she’s worn in the past that definitely had us talking.
Actress Jada Pinkett-Smith decided to take a rather long stroll down memory lane. What she came back with were vintage photos, dating back to her high school years, of she and lifelong friend, Tupac Shakur.
“We met at Baltimore School for the Arts. It was the first day and he came over to me and introduced himself. In high school, Pac was a little funny looking. Definitely from looking at him, he definitely wasn’t the type of cat that I would even deal with. He was like a magnet, he sort of sucked you in. We hit it off from that moment on,” Jada revealed during an interview for a documentary preceding the rapper’s death.
Jada went on to describe the nature of their friendship.
“He was like a brother. It was beyond friendship for us, it’s really difficult to explain. The type of relationship we had, you only get that once in a lifetime. He was like a brother/ father figure to me. He was very protective. We took care of each other, we took really good care of each other… the best that we could.”
In the 2003 documentary, Tupac Resurrection, the slain rapper can also be seen speaking fondly of Jada.
“Jada is my heart. She will be my friend my whole life,” he says.
Seeing the two of them discuss their strong bond is certainly enough to make you a little misty eyed.
Turn the page for more of their high school flicks.
“I’m Not Going To Pretend To Be Oprah Winfrey”: Queen Latifah Shares How She Feels About Her Talk Show
Queen Latifah has mass appeal. Something about the hip-hop veteran who once donned dashikis and kufis, draws mainstream audiences in. On its debut, “The Queen Latifah Show” that premiered Sept 16 brought in a 1.7 household rating– the second most popular debut of a talk show since “Dr. Oz” in 2009. The ratings and her overall career have proven that Latifah has enough star power to draw in a diverse array.
She talks about all this and more for the October issue of More magazine. In the cover spread Latifah poses for Peggy Sirota in natural makeup and little flash. Her inner beauty shines.
On her talk show: “This is a learning experience. I’m not going to pretend to be Oprah Winfrey. That woman built a 25-year show. I’ve got to get through week one, then month one. I expect to make mistakes and learn and grow.”
On losing her brother: “Jada [Pinkett-Smith] was the ﬁrst person who got me to go to therapy. I was really having problems dealing with the loss. I didn’t feel. It was like I had a circuit breaker. When I felt any emotion too much, whether it was joy, fear, love, it would turn right off. So that was scaring me. I thought I was about to live my life not living my life. I was doing things to numb whatever was left or looking for little rushes of some sort. Going through the motions, doing my job, showing up for work but not feeling.” – See more at: http://styleblazer.com/186681/queen-latifah-whips-hair-magazines-october-issue/#sthash.I3eyXOl0.dpuf
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You’re taught in geometry that the shortest distance between two points is a straight line. However, in life, we can learn that the straight line approach might be desired, but isn’t the only path to where you want to be. For the following celebs, on their way to becoming the famous people that they are–or were, they also explored different avenues, such as dance.
Here’s a list of celebrities that used to bust-a-move:
In observance of her 42nd birthday, actress Jada Pinkett-Smith took to her Facebook page with a reflective post about the wisdom she has developed over the years and how much she has changed as person. The outspoken mom of two also revealed that she suffered from multiple addictions in the past.
“Yesterday I turned one year older, and I reflected on where I have been and where I am now. What I learned about myself is this, when I was younger I was not a good problem solver, meaning I had a very difficult time with dealing with my problems in life.”
The Hawthorne actress added that due to her inability to cope with her problems, she developed multiple addictions.
“I had many addictions, of several kinds, to deal with my life issues, but today, at 42, I have my wisdom, my heart and my conscience as the only tools to overcome life’s inevitable obstacles.”
Though she didn’t specify exactly what she was addicted to, she did note that she eventually learned to overcome her problems without feeding her addictions.
“I have become a good problem solver with those tools, and I am damn proud. Thank you for all the love that was given to me for my birthday this year.”
“What I hope is that we all continue to gain healthy understanding that life is really about, solving problems, and also about us learning to become masters at solving them.”
Just yesterday, when I was walking to the train after work, I saw one of those giant advertisements on the side of one of the city buses, Queen Latifah’s face big as day. I remember thinking, well alright this is really happening. Earlier this summer we reported that Queen Latifah was partnering up with CBS, Jada Pinkett Smith and Lenny Kravitz to bring a new and improved version of the Queen Latifah show back to the airwaves. Pinkett-Smith and Kravitz serve as producers and Kravitz’ design company is behind the set which they call the “BigHot.”
The 43 year old will debut her new talk show on CBS on September 16th. During a recent media session, Jada Pinkett Smith and Queen Latifah explained why Queen is not “the next Oprah” and why they feel her show will be a hit.
The next Oprah
“People have often asked me do I want to be the next Oprah. There is no such thing. Oprah is Oprah. And she’s still being Oprah if anyone hadn’t noticed. Obviously there are great things she accomplished and I would love to be able to accomplish some of those things. But what I bring to television is me. I’m Queen Latifah. I had a different life story and different path that I’ve traveled.”
Jada on why Queen’s the woman for the job.
“She’s very funny, she’s very witty, she’s very intelligent and she has a lot of heart, I think what we’re missing [in daytime] today is heart. So Latifah, to me, when we did the research on her – across the board from [age] 3 to 80, people love her; women, men, kids.”
We do indeed love Queen Latifah and hope this works out for her. Judging from the trailers, it seems like it’ll be a good time. From the promos, she’s going to interview guests like Will Smith, Steve Martin, (her co-star in Bringing Down The House–love that movie!), and Jamie Foxx. There’s footage of musical guest Emeli Sande and there’s even a clip of Queen singing herself. If you didn’t know her jazz record, The Dana Owens Album was pretty awesome. Looks like something we’ll check out.
Will you watch the show when it debuts on September 16? Find out what time it shows in your area by clicking here.
Check out the trailers for the show and how they built Lenny’s brainchild in the videos on the next page.
Many of us were pleasantly surprised when Kerry Washington sat down with Jordin Sparks at the Teen Choice Awards for a quick interview that turned into a duet of Disney’s “A Whole New World” from the movie Aladdin. The whole duet began when Jordin Sparks asked Kerry what her favorite karaoke song was, which is when she mentioned her love of Disney and then the two decided on singing the popular Aladdin theme song. Kerry sounded very good, prompting us to ask, who knew she could act and sing? We should’ve known though, the woman is full of many surprises these days! And she’s not the only one. Check out these other actors who can sing.