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“You Have To Have A Warrior Mentality” Jada Pinkett Smith Exposes The Secret For Lasting Marriage

July 23rd, 2014 - By Lauren R.D. Fox
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For years, Will and Jada Pinkett Smith’s marriage has been plagued with divorce rumors. Nevertheless, the couple always exudes a strong energy of romance and passion.

Recently, while being interviewed by Extra TV  for her new show Gotham, Jada was asked by the reporter what’s the key to keeping her marriage intact and she noted it was friendship; “Your partner has to be your best, best friend. And he’s my best friend.”
Known for the sage advice she provides her Facebook followers, Jada followed up on that red carpet remark with an important lesson on how couples can stay in love:

“You have to have kind of a warrior mentality. You have to be a solider for love. You have to be able to withstand tough times and just because the tough times come doesn’t mean it’s time to stop… it means it’s time to dig in.”

With their 20th anniversary around the corner, Jada excitedly shared : “We’re going to be celebrating 20 years in two years, so we’re starting to plan now for a big 20th year.”

Although Jada is a notable actress, her words of wisdom always make us wish she had a show or book where we could get daily doses of her. Luckily, Jada agrees with us. She wrote on Facebook :

If I were to do a TV show, a speaking tour or radio show talking about the issues we address on this page…would you watch, show up, listen?

It makes no sense for me to entertain these ideas if you’re not coming;)

J

Yes, we are coming — with notebooks and pens.

In the meantime, be sure to check out Jada’s new show, Gotham; it premiers on Fox September 22.

Jada Pinkett-Smith Supports #JusticeForJada, Says Her Own Niece Was Given A Date Rape Drug

July 22nd, 2014 - By Veronica Wells
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Recently on her Facebook page, Jada Pinkett-Smith showed her solidarity in the #JusticeForJada campaign by posting the young Jada’s picture and a link to her story with the caption:

This could be you, me or any woman or girl that we know. What do we plan to do about this ugly epidemic? #justiceforjada

We’ve reported earlier that Jada is the 16-year-old Texas girl who came forward, speaking to the media after pictures of her assault were broadcast all over the internet and even became an ugly hashtag.

But in a recent interview with Us Weekly, she explained that her passion about this particular campaign is more personal than we originally thought.

Pinkett- Smith told the publication that her own niece could have suffered the same terrible fate as Jada.

“If you saw what I put on Facebook, you also saw that this could happen to any woman that we know and the unfortunate part is that my niece was given a date-rape drug that weekend. Thank God — she’s 20 — so thank God that nothing happened, because she was with some responsible guys that took care of her, and with three of her friends. She said, ‘Oh my God I can’t feel my…’ she was losing consciousness. Thank God the people she was with put her in a room, closed the door, and she didn’t come to for three and a half hours.”

Jada said that instead of shielding Willow from this terrible and nearly tragic incident, she decided to be open and honest about it.

“I’m not a conventional parent, which I take a lot of pride in. The first thing I had my niece do was sit down with my daughter and a couple of her friends and tell her about that experience. I don’t just sit with Willow and go, ‘Hey, this is what Mommy thinks.’ Let me just bring in a little reality to validate what Mommy’s been talking to you about.

What I do with Willow is I give her the opportunity to be empowered by having herself first because when you allow a person to be an individual and you allow a person to have power within and have confidence on who they are, you’ll never have to look into the eyes of a man and question whether it’s a yes or a no. She’s gonna be very clear: No. She’s gonna be very clear: Yes. And she’s gonna be in a position to be able to determine how to protect herself. Know when you’re in danger. Should you be a girl that goes into a room with four men drinking. Should you? Even if you think you know them? Is this about wanting to be the cool girl or is this about wanting to set a standard for yourself?”

Pinkett-Smith said the rape and sexual assault that plagues women and girls is indicative of a larger treatment around the way in which women are treated and mistreated in this country.

“There is an epidemic going on out here in regards to the treatment of women.” 

 

 

Hated It! Actors Who Slammed Their Own Movies

July 10th, 2014 - By Veronica Wells
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If you’re a creative type, there’s no way in the world you’re going to be madly in love with everything you’ve done. There are just some projects that you just won’t be proud of. This is certainly true for actors in Hollywood. Whether they hated their particular role in the film or some of the behind the scenes stuff, they just didn’t rock with it. And in these cases, made sure to express their distaste. See  who and which movies I’m talking about on the following pages.

#DoBetter: Celebrity Children Unfairly Attacked By The Internet

June 13th, 2014 - By Iva Anthony
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Coming into the world of show business, stars know their lives will be dissected under the microscope by the media and the public but unfortunately these celebrity offsprings were also unfairly targeted and picked on online.

Celebrity Children Unfairly Attacked

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Blue Ivy Carter

Before she was even born, Blue Ivy was one of the most talked about celebrity spawns. Parents Jay Z and Beyonce have done a great job of shielding their daughter Blue Ivy from the limelight during her first year but as soon as the R&B singer started sharing candid snapshots of mother and child, people started talking. Now the talk has reached a fever pitch in the form of a petition on Change.org to get Blue Ivy’s parents to comb her hair. The petition’s alleged creator Jasmine Toliver has publicly defended herself saying it was a joke and that she is a fan of natural hair.

Our Favorite Interracial TV Couples

June 6th, 2014 - By Iva Anthony
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Moguldom Films’ documentary, “The Swirl,” which looks at interracial relationships in America is now available for purchase on iTunes, Google Play, and VHX.

Since the U.S. Census Bureau has been keeping record, interracial marriages have been on the rise. While there are more than 2.4 million mixed marriages in the U.S., Hollywood has been a bit slow in keeping up with times and portraying more interracial couples, but low and behold we’ve managed to find a few favorites over the years. Take a look.

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“I Love Lucy’s” Ricky and Lucy Ricardo

Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz were one of, if not the first, interracial couple on television. Debuting in 1951, “ I Love Lucy” made groundbreaking history when it aired with the real-life husband and wife stars. The show followed the antics played out by comedian Lucille Ball while her husband looked helplessly on. The show lasted for six seasons and more than 60 years later, “I Love Lucy” remains popular with over 40 million Americans still tuning in.

Are Will And Jada Under Investigation By LA Children & Family Services Over Willow’s Controversial Photo?

May 20th, 2014 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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According to Radar Online, that photo of Willow Smith laying down on a bed near a shirtless, 20-year-old family friend, isn’t as harmless as we all thought. Reportedly, an investigation into the incident and that picture has been launched by the LA Department of Children & Family Services to ensure that Smith is safe. A source tells Radar that Will and Jada Pinkett Smith have cooperated with the investigation:

“The investigation was formally opened last week and is being taken very seriously by the department. Will and Jada Pinkett Smith have been extremely cooperative with officials. Of course, they aren’t happy that their parenting skills are under scrutiny, but they understand. Social workers will also be talking separately with Willow, and they also want to talk to the young man in the picture with her as well. This won’t just be one or two visits with the family, and it will likely be an open investigation for at least a month, out of an abundance of caution.”

Again, the young man in the photo is 20-year-old former child actor Moises Arias, known for his role as Rico on Hannah Montana. He has run around with Willow and Jaden for years, and was even seen out to dinner with Jaden, 15, and Willow, 13, yesterday. If you’ll recall, when Jada was approached by photogs and asked to comment on the photo situation during the height of its controversy, she had this to say:

“Here’s the deal. There was nothing sexual about that picture or that situation. You guys are projecting your trash onto it. And you’re acting like covert pedophiles, and that’s not cool.”

While I personally didn’t feel that strongly about the photo as many others did, if this investigation is indeed underway and Radar’s reports are true, this might be a wake-up call for Will and Jada to pull in the reins on their famous kids. But I’m hoping that they’re not running around with DCFS on their back, because this photo was not that deep.

“You’re Acting Like Covert Pedophiles”: Jada Pinkett Smith Checks Paparazzi About Willow’s Controversial Photo

May 8th, 2014 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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After the big brouhaha everyone made of that picture of 13-year-old Willow Smith laying in a bed also occupied by 20-year-old former Hannah Montana star, Moises Arias, Jada Pinkett Smith wasn’t happy to have to deal with questions from paparazzi as she arrived to LAX for a flight on Wednesday night. As she stepped out of the car to head inside of the airport, a photog asked her to speak on the picture. If you’ll recall, yesterday, TMZ said that sources claimed that Will Smith and Jada weren’t bothered by the photo:

According to TMZ, Will and Jada believe their daughter is very mature to make her own decisions. Also, they have known Moises Arias for years since he is the best friend of their son, Jaden. The Smiths view the photo as artwork.

So what did she have to say when approached and asked about the “artwork”?

“Hey Jada…can you comment on the picture that was posted on Instagram of Willow and Moises?”

“Here’s the deal. There was nothing sexual about that picture or that situation. You guys are projecting your trash onto it. And you’re acting like covert pedophiles, and that’s not cool.”

And that was it. Jada zipped past the rest of the photographers into the airport with her entourage.

I’m sure in the next week or so, this whole thing will die down, and Willow will go on to do something else people will have some type of problem with. I agree that you can make anything sexual if you want to, but personally, that’s not what I got from the photo of Willow and Moises, who has, in the past, been seen with Jaden and Willow quite a bit. Clearly, neither did Will or Jada.

Why Is Willow Smith In Bed With A Shirtless 20-Year-Old?

May 7th, 2014 - By Lauren R.D. Fox
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Today, 13-year-old Willow Smith is trending. Not for her latest musical compilations or fashion style, but for lying in bed with a shirtless 20-year-old. His name is Moises Arias and he’s an actor who, according to Complex Magazine, is best known for his role in Disney’s Hannah Montana. Disney star past aside, him pictured with Willow Smith lying next to him on a bed in a black and white photo just seems…, well it depends.

Despite the internet trolling, the photo seems innocent enough, but what raises red flags (to those on their high horses), is the age difference.  Many of us have spent time with male friends who wore undershirts, or a lack thereof, while at the park or at the neighborhood-go-to house. The larger issue of this photo points to the sexual maturity of Willow Smith. It may be none of our business, but we’re hoping her mother Jada, who regularly gives inspirational messages via Facebook, guides her daughter as much as she guides her fans.

[UPDATE]: According to TMZ, Will and Jada believe their daughter is very mature to make her own decisions. Also, they have known Moises Arias for years since he is the best friend of their son, Jaden. The Smiths view the photo as artwork.

How did you react to this photo? Let us know in the comments!

 

Jada Pinkett Smith Speaks On How Stripping Is A Gateway To Becoming Part Of Sex Trafficking For New CNN Doc

May 1st, 2014 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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Jada Pinkett Smith has for years been an activist in the fight to stop sex trafficking in the US and internationally. She has testified at a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on her efforts, seeking an extension for the Trafficking Victims Protection Act, and she’s currently working on a documentary for CNN on sex trafficking. On her Facebook page, the actress recently spoke about her encounter with a young woman who decided to start stripping to make a living, enjoyed it, and very soon found herself being sold for sex and losing the control she thought she had. A very thought-provoking anecdote, Pinkett-Smith spoke on what she learned about why some women choose to strip, and the hopes she has for her doc. This is what she had to say:

“First day of shooting in Atlanta the documentary. I went to a wonderful facility called Well Spring today and got to meet three really dynamic women who had been trafficked. I learned so much from them today and I really learned a lot about perception. How things are perceived and I think the thing that really caught me today was the idea that one of the young ladies, really bright young girl, the gateway to trafficking for her was stripping. As we know here in Atlanta, the strip culture is pretty prevalent. She said she just wanted to be an independent chick. She just wanted to make that money. She wanted to be that girl she saw in videos. She wanted to be that girl she heard in songs. She said it makes it okay. She was like, even in manipulating men into giving you money for your body, it’s okay because of what the music tells us, it’s almost expected. I’m like, ‘Wow, that’s the messaging that can get a young girl caught up in a situation that she can’t get out of. That’s what happened to this girl. Went to the strip club and was making money. Even decided, hey, a couple John’s here and there, it’s my thing, I’m in control, I got this. Only to fall into the trap of no longer being in control and ended up being trafficked.

I’m always so focused on the messaging that men are receiving about women versus–it helped me see messaging that women are receiving for some little reason my little dunce self missed. I missed that. I missed that young women were perceiving stripping as a way of being independent and balling. I missed that. And I think that has something to do with my age because I was just talking to my girlfriend and I was like, “Aye, when we were coming up, stripping was the bottom.” The stripping culture was not glorified when I was growing up. It’s like, if you were stripping there was a problem. You were on drugs or something was wrong. Something was wrong. Whereas today, that’s not it. Girls look at strippers and go, “Yo, I want that!” I totally didn’t see it until I talked to this girl today and I was like, ‘Oh man, okay.’ So I guess my eyes just got opened and you would’ve thought that I’d caught that. I guess that just went right over my head, but it helped me understand how to tackle, how to see some of those myths that need to be broken; that messaging that needs to be broken. That it’s the gateway. And then still struggle with the idea that a women still has to have her choice. That’s tough…Yeah, and that was my day. I’m learning. I’m learning as I go.”

Check out her vlog on this young woman’s words and how they impacted her and her project below and share your thoughts.

Lisa Price Comments On Carol’s Daughter Bankruptcy Reports: ‘It’s Important To Set The Record Straight’

May 1st, 2014 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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Last week we told you that popular cosmetics supplier Carol’s Daughter closed five of their seven store locations through the bankruptcy process. Though CD reps insisted that the filing was not a reflection of the financial health of the company, many still found it odd that the beauty brand would be shutting down most of its stores and laying off so many of its employees. Carol’s Daughter founder Lisa Price recently took to Facebook with a statement regarding the recent reports. Here’s what she had to say:

“For you,

I know you have read the misleading news that has been circulated around the internet during the past week because I have heard from so many of you. Thank you all for your support and concern.

It is important to set the record straight. Carol’s Daughter is still going strong after twenty-one years and the future has never looked brighter. As part of our increased focus on new retail channels, we have decided to close five of our stores. This was portrayed as if we are having some challenges, but nothing could be further from the truth.

Initially, I felt it was inappropriate to toot my own horn, if you will, in the midst of some of our stores closing and the day-to-day work that must be done to continue to ensure our success. However, in this day and age of information speeding ahead of us and becoming fact before it has been verified, fact checked or vetted I fear that inaccurate perception will become my company’s reality in the minds of those I hold so dear, you. My friends, supporters, cheerleaders, fans and second family.

From the days when some of you rang my doorbell looking for Healthy Hair Butter to the day my website crashed because of my first national TV appearance you have always been there for me and you are who I care about. Because of your dedication over the past twenty-one years, I have been able to do amazing things. The nationwide Target launch this past March is an opportunity that very few companies receive. I am proud of that. I am also proud and blessed to have valuable partners, like HSN, Ulta and Sephora inside JC Penney. These partnerships have enabled me to distribute Carol’s Daughter in over 2,500 stores and on direct TV which is far beyond the reach of my living room in Brooklyn.

I am going to live through this bad headline knowing that our brand is as strong as ever…and right now I have to get back to work.”

Longtime supporter Jada Pinkett Smith also took to Facebook to defend the company against recent reports.

“I know you all often see my hair in various ways, but what you see in these pics is my natural hair,” the actress wrote. “I’ve taken care of this mane with CAROL’S DAUGHTER products for over 15 years, specifically…Lisa’s Hair Elixir. With that said, Carol’s Daughter is still going strong, despite some misleading press, so much so you can now find it in Target, on HSN, Ulta and Sephora inside JCPenny. My hair would like to say thank you to Lisa Price of Carol’s Daughter for making products that actually nourish the scalp and hair.”

Thoughts?