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Does one ever get “too old” to wear certain things?
It depends on who you ask, who that “one” is, and what “one” is wearing. And before you get your panties in a bunch and assume this is a race essay because I used Jennifer Lopez and Toni Braxton, pull out the wedgie — I’m just talking about age and style preferences. And with that being said, I’ll be brief, friends.
But back to the matter at hand. Just this past weekend, Jennifer Lopez celebrated her 47th birthday with a slew of celebrity friends. To mark the occasion, she stepped out in a sheer mesh panel Balmain jumpsuit. And according to FashionBombDaily readers who used words like “amazing,” “slayed” and “killed” to describe her style choice, she wore it better than women half her age:
This look was actually an increase in clothing for a Lopez birthday celebration. She also went the sheer, mesh route for her 46th birthday, wearing this risque number that everyone loved in Las Vegas last year:
But on the flip side, the reaction wasn’t as warm when Toni Braxton stepped out for the Neighborhood Awards this past weekend. Folks online used phrases like “She needs to start wearing clothes,” “When will Toni put some damn clothes on??” and “So over her naked-style dressing” to describe the 48-year-old’s look:
And such was the case when she went for another high-cut slit and sheer-paneled ensemble at the BET Awards last month. Not a lot of love (including from MN readers):
But as someone pointed out, risque has been Braxton’s thing since…well, forever.
Hey, at least she’s consistent. And like Lopez, her body at nearly 50 is pretty amazing. So why does she fail to receive the same kind of love?
And when is it okay to dress a little more revealing when ageists continuously say you need to cover “your old behind” up?
It’s a free country, so I would say anytime you want. It’s all a matter of what you put on. While both women have great bodies and every right to show them off, if I’m being honest, some of the styles Braxton has worn have been less than flattering over the last few years. Whether it’s the slits that reveal butt cheek, the mesh that stands out more than materials meant to shine, the odd placement of lace and sometimes the quality of the fabrics on her gowns, going for things that aren’t very well made and favorable to one’s frame can leave someone as gorgeous as Braxton sticking out like a sore thumb on every red carpet. And whether you’re 48, 47, or 28 and 27, it’s rarely going to look good on anybody. While Lopez has also shown off quite a bit of cheek and curve, very few of us would say that her ensembles look anywhere near tawdry.
But according to others, such looks, regardless of who made them, what they’re made of and how they’re made are not appropriate for women of a certain age. Let folks tell it, at a certain point you need to forgo the ensembles of your youth for more tasteful, modest looks. However, as the saying goes, you’re as young as you feel, and both of these women, in the best shape of their storied lives, clearly feel fantastic. They’re going to do what they want, and that includes styling on us while everything is still right and tight.
Still, for the sake of a good debate, what say you? Is their an expiration date for risque looks as you get older? And why do you think Braxton gets a bad wrap while Lopez’s style is often applauded?
In this episode of Did Y’all See? the editors are calling out two famous women for their missteps regarding the Black Lives Matter movement. The first is Jennifer Lopez who tweeted #AllLivesMatter in promotion of a new song for Orlando shooting victims and the second is Wendy Williams who pretended not to understand the purpose of HBCUs and the NAACP in front of her live studio audience. Watch and weigh in with the editors as they call these entertainers to task.
I should know better. When it comes to important matters, the last thing I need to look to or truly be offended by is the statements of celebrities. More often than not I’m left thinking that silence would have probably been the best route for them to take if they’ve never boasted an activist or at least a militant bone in their body. And that’s fine. Such responsibilities are not for everyone.
But I must admit, this news of Jennifer Lopez (or her media team) tweeting out #AllLivesMatter while promoting her single “Love Make the World Go Round” had me in my feelings this morning. Somebody needs to say something.
I like J.Lo. Outside of being someone with impeccable style, a strong work ethic and her best body at 46, she seems to be a pretty nice person. (I mean, you have to be a positive chick if you can deal with an even bigger diva, Mariah Carey, trying to deny your existence since like the late ’90s.) But the #AllLivesMatter misstep, whomever was behind it, is all bad. It’s a slap in the face to Black folks who constantly have their experience ignored, and quite terrible coming from Lopez of all people. More than anything, it left me thinking back to the many years when Lopez thrived with the help of Black culture and Black lives.
Like the days when she garnered a bevy of street credibility by being arm in arm with Diddy — then Puff Daddy — on red carpets. All this while rocking Sean John ensembles with bandannas to match, and kicking it with his industry friends, including Jay Z, Damon Dash, Aaliyah and more.
When she became “Jenny from the Block” with the help of Jadakiss and Styles P.
When she teamed up with Fabolous to help her “Get Right.”
When she sang on the remix of “I’m Real,” and told “niggas, mind their biz” but they didn’t hear her, though. Confronted over her use of the word, Lopez actually called the harsh criticism “hateful,” saying, “For anyone to think or suggest that I’m racist is really absurd and hateful to me. The use of the word in the song — it was actually written by Ja Rule — it was not meant to be hurtful to anybody.” And when all was forgiven, and she continued to dominate and add another No. 1 to her roster.
I say all that to make the point that Lopez has greatly benefited from the help of Black songwriters, Black boyfriends (don’t forget about Wesley Snipes), Black language and Black culture as a whole, and for the most part, we’ve embraced her. So to not understand how Black lives matter and to not even feel it necessary to clear the air behind the use of the #AllLivesMatter hashtag on her social media, not once, but twice, is quite interesting. Even if she wasn’t the one who posted the message, the fact that she’s had nothing to say about these back-to-back instances of police brutality only to have #AllLivesMatter pop up on her accounts is also quite interesting.
For the umpteenth time, when people say that Black lives matter, it shouldn’t be seen as an affront because it doesn’t downplay the lives of others. We’re all well aware that every human life is precious. However, you would have to be naive and ignorant at this point to not see the disparities in how we are treated in this country, particularly when it comes to the way we are manhandled and murdered by police. There are videos to prove it for goodness sake.
Black lives indeed matter. They mattered to Lopez when she collaborated with them to make music, when she needed her first job on In Living Color, when she was featured in our magazines at the beginning of her career and when she needed street cred to top the charts. They should also matter to her now. And that’s not to say that she’s this soul-sucking cultural appropriator and the worst human being ever. No ma’am. But it is to say that even if she doesn’t have anything to say on her own about the incessant Black death we’ve seen and how Black lives matter, she needs to have something to say about the people she employs, in her camp, including her social media team, who clearly don’t get that they do — even if the person “in her camp” really is her.
Some celebrities are very private when it comes to their children. The little ones don’t ask to be brought up in the same limelight that their parents inhabit, and therefore, some famous moms and dads keep their children out of the public eye. That’s exactly why you probably won’t see Kerry Washington’s daughter, or Michael Ealy’s son until they’re probably adults with their own kids…
But other people want to share their joy with the world when it comes to giving birth and bringing up little ones. So they show off their kids in simple ways, like on Instagram, and in grandiose ways as well, like on the cover of magazines. Here are 10 memorable times our favorite ladies showed off their babies–many babies who are now well into childhood and have grown up right in front of our eyes.
We’ll start with a baby who just made her debut online this week:
Chrissy Teigen & John Legend
After giving birth to a baby girl named Luna Simone Stephens last week, Chrissy Teigen showed off baby Luna yesterday. And based on her parents, we’re sure Luna will be gorgeous–and quite the vocal little lady on social media.
In all my years, I’ve never seen people laud a couple quite the way folks do Jennifer Lopez and Sean “Diddy” Combs. It’s truly interesting.
It’s especially interesting because they’re not a couple and haven’t been one for 15 years now.
Despite that reality, any time these two are seen in the same spaces or are even asked about one another, people reminisce about their whirlwind romance, which lasted about two years.
For instance, after hosting the AMAs on Sunday, Lopez celebrated with friends at Hyde Sunset Kitchen + Cocktails in West Hollywood. Diddy came through to support his former flame, and after being snapped giggling and embracing one another, it took absolutely no time for the headlines and comments to pop up about their storied relationship and a hopeful reconciliation.
USA Today said the former couple “look so perfect together, it hurts.”
And people commenting on the pictures of the former pair were still talking about what could have been:
“I loved them together. I feel like she may have been the only one who diddy would’ve married.”
“Old love never fades away. No man will ever love JLO like Diddy.”
“I believe he would have popped the question had the whole gun charge fiasco didn’t go down. I also believe the only reason he’s with Cassie is because she gives off a Jlo vibe minus the grown woman confidence.”
True, they were a cool coupling back in the day. So cool they were the original #relationshipgoals for people growing up around that time. Missy even referenced their relationship in “Pussycat.” They embodied luxurious living in their diamonds and furs, hitting the streets together on a motorbike way before Nicki Minaj and Meek Mill ever did. And they genuinely seemed smitten with one another all those years ago. When they broke up, he was in mourning via song (i.e., “I Need A Girl” — part I and II). And to this day, when they speak of one another, there’s nothing but love.
Like when Diddy told Access Hollywood that he was grateful to have had a woman like Lopez in his life, and that Lopez’s booty is “a work of art. It’s something that will go down in history, for real it will.”
Or the time when Lopez got flustered and blushed while talking about her ex after he made an appearance on American Idol: “Talking about 42-year-old Combs’ mentoring work, the singer took a long, uncomfortable pause when she had to speak her ex’s name. Laughing, she said, ‘I was going to say Puffy,’ then dropped her head, looking embarrassed.”
There is still some love there. But is there enough to get back together? The people want to see a reconciliation. The media would love to see it. But would J.Lo and Diddy actually want to see it?
Look, this is not ’98. And while the two sparkled on the outside, they, like all former couples, went their separate ways for legitimate reasons. The main one people think of is the fact that he almost got her caught up in some major drama in 1999 after that infamous shooting at Club New York. It was a squabble turned melee over a dropped drink that left Shyne with nine years to serve in prison, and Diddy with a rap to beat after driving around with Lopez–and a gun in his trunk. With the help of Johnnie Cochran, Diddy was acquitted. But after seeing that sh-t got a little too real too fast (and Lopez being a major star with a career that she had to protect), she ran for the hills.
And then there’s also the reality that she also had to leave that situation because Diddy made it clear that he couldn’t be faithful. Lopez told Vibe in 2003 that such infidelity almost drove her mad. I doubt she would want to deal with that again.
“It was the first time I was with someone who wasn’t faithful. I was in this relationship with Puff where I was totally crying, crazy and going nuts, it really took my whole life in a tailspin.”
And according to their joint interview with Essence in 2006, Diddy had been cheating on Lopez with the same woman he left (while expecting his child) to be with the starlet: Kim Porter:
The Lopez years — the couple dated from 1998 to 2000 — were so public, so humiliating, so disrespectful, says Porter, and what made it worse was that it was all a lie. “That relationship wasn’t real,” she says bluntly. “The world just saw the bright lights and the camera. But I knew what was really going on. He was still in love with me.” Porter, who says Combs fell for a “big booty and a smile,” used to tell him that when he was finished with his “little Puerto Rican girlfriend,” he’d be back. But, in fact, he never really left. The entire time Combs was seeing Lopez, Porter’s phone never stopped ringing. “No one knows that part,” she says. “He was calling fifty, sixty times a day.”
And while trying to explain his indiscretions, Combs tried it:
“Do you really think that God meant for a man to have just one wife?” he blurts out. “Or a woman to have one husband? Do you think God meant it that way?”
Porter shoots him a look. “Do you really want me having sex with some other man? You want that to happen?” she demands.
“No,” he says sheepishly, “but God made us different.”
And let’s not forget the small (but rather big) fact that they’ve both moved on to be with other people, albeit considerably younger people (a.k.a., the “Cas” gang). Last time we checked, Diddy was still trying to make things work with Cassie (though her birthday message to him hinted at a possible split…). And Lopez is still trying to make things work with Casper Smart, who, may I add, was actually present at her after-party the entire time. He was even standing there when Lopez hugged her famous ex, probably thinking, “They were a cute couple–back when I was 13.”
While it would be cute if the pair got that old thing back, that “old thing,” as is the case in most former relationships, wasn’t all gold, Versace dresses and silk shirts, popping bottles in VIP and smiles. It was a complicated two years.
By finally throwing in the towel before things went too left, they were able to grow as people, and thankfully, save the friendship rooted in that former relationship. And that’s why I believe we always see them so comfortable with one another when they do cross paths. Not because they’re plotting to be with one another again on the low. Not every former couple who runs into each other is trying to jump one another’s bones or avoid each other like the plague. Sometimes, exes have the luck of being mature enough to not only be friendly, but actually be friends. According to Diddy, “She’s a great friend of mine, always will my friend.” And sometimes, that’s just how it should be and stay.
R&B songbird Aaliyah may have sang, “Age ain’t nothing but a number,” but not everyone is ready to admit what that number really is. These celebrities have been caught up in age controversies as a result of being elusive or simply just out right lying about their age.
It seems like Karlie Redd and her messy ways were made for reality television. As it turns out, the Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta star may be a lot older than her cast mates. At one point, Karlie insisted she was in her twenties, but that was before fans found out about her adult daughter. Even though Karlie claims to be in her thirties, word around town is that number may be closer to 50.
Friday, gritty crime thriller, Lila and Eve starring Oscar-nominated actress Viola Davis and Jennifer Lopez, is slated to hit theaters. As previously reported, the film follows the heartbreaking tale of two mothers who take justice into their hands after losing their children to violent crimes. A brief synopsis of the film, which is directed Drumline‘s Charles Stone III, reads:
A tense and exciting film, Lila and Eve tells the story of Lila (Academy Award Nominee Viola Davis), a grief-stricken mother who in the aftermath of her son’s murder in a drive-by shooting attends a support group where she meets Eve (Jennifer Lopez), who has lost her daughter. When Lila hits numerous roadblocks from the police in bringing justice for her sonÂ’s slaying, Eve urges Lila to take matters into her own hands to track down her sonÂ’s killers. The two women soon embark on a violent pursuit of justice, as they work to the top of the chain of drug dealers to avenge the murder of Lila’s son.
Tuesday, A+E Studios debuted an emotional clip from the upcoming release on Essence.com and it’s guaranteed to tug at your heartstrings.
Lila and Eve will be released in theaters as well as on VOD Friday, July 17. Will you be checking it out?
Military chic clothing is on fire this summer! And the main color is army green aka olive. We’ve culled the web to find you pieces for the day gig, weekend schlepping and flirty barfly looks.
Take a gander and enjoy!
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Jennifer Lopez is one haute mama who has been bringing her own brand of entertainment and style for nearly twenty years. While she deals with being investigated by the police of Morocco for shaking her booty in front of the prime minister (why was he there?) we’ll focus on how fiercely she dashes around NYC with her cute kids.
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This summer, Viola Davis and Jennifer Lopez will take the screen in the dramatic indie film, Lila And Eve. Previewed in January at the Sundance Film Festival, Lila And Eve centers around two mothers whose children have died.
The women meet one another at a grief support meeting and quickly form a friendship. When Lila is not satisfied with the police investigation regarding her son’s death, Eve encourages her to take matters into her own hands. The two then begin to investigate the case and find Lila’s son’s killer, however, they become extremely vengeful in the process.
With drama, murder, grief and drugs intertwining in the film, it appears Lila And Eve will be nothing short of a hit summer thriller.
Directed by Charles Stone III (Drumline), Lila And Eve will debut on July 17th in theaters and on demand.
Take a look at the trailer, below!