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Support Your Sister: Black Women Come To Zendaya’s Defense

February 25th, 2015 - By Veronica Wells
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Though Giuliana Rancic’s apology last night seemed sincere and heartfelt to me, there are still some who are refusing to accept it. But more importantly, other Black women in the limelight who stepping forward to show their support and solidarity.

First, there was fellow loced sister Selma director Ava DuVernay, who wrote this under Zendaya’s initial open letter.

Then “Scandal” actress Kerry Washington commended Zendaya on her open letter to Giuliana.

And finally, Solange spoke about the ways in which the show had been speaking about the fro on the red carpets for years. And she even referenced the time In Touch Weekly compared her hair to a dog. That didn’t go unnoticed. In true Solange fashion, she provided the perfect response for it.

India Arie even released a “Songversation” about this whole thing. See what she said. 

I wanted to jump in and defend Zendaya – but she’s doing that BEAUTIFULLY  herself.

VERY. WELL.  DONE.  It’s a powerful thing to be a TEENAGER in the public eye, and feel empowered to speak up in your own defense. STUNNING!

In my opinion, Entitlement in and of itself, BLINDS people to that very entitlement …  THUS allowing the behavior exhibited.

I’m not calling Giuliana Rancic a RACIST, .. but OF COURSE  it has to do with RACE.   To say it has “Nothing to do with race” .. THAT’S why people get mad.

But lets remember HOW difficult it is for a person of Gullianna Ranci’s social context to really UNDERSTAND how we see race in this issue. How race is a pervasive ISSUE in the entertainment industries as a whole.

We  need more more compassion in this world. Period

So I’m not MAD at Giuliana Rancic I’m SAD at her.  I’m Sad that things LIKE THIS keep happening.

Olivia Saves Herself: The “No More Blood” Scandal Recap

February 20th, 2015 - By Veronica Wells
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I don’t know how many more weeks I could have watched Olivia be in bondage. So I was so happy to see that she broke free this week. But it took a while and there were some pretty memorable moments along the way. Check out the highlights from last night’s episode.

Where’s The Black Lady? Scandal Season 4 Episode 11 Recap

February 6th, 2015 - By Veronica Wells
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Last night, I was wondering just how Olivia was going to work her way out of bondage. This whole being imprisoned thing is a nice twist in the story line but I’m ready for homegirl to be free. So I was glued to the television. And the episode did not disappoint. Check out the most memorable moments from last night’s episode of “Scandal.”

InStyle Issues Statement After Backlash Over Kerry Washington Cover; Actress Speaks Out

February 6th, 2015 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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We told you yesterday that people on social media were NOT feeling Kerry Washington’s new InStyle cover. For the most part, people felt that the “Scandal” star looked unrecognizable. But some people also felt that her skin had been lightened for the cover.

If you ask me, I think her face looks distorted–almost like I’m looking at a completely different person, but I do agree that her face and her arms appear to be two different shades.

The commentary about her look was so negative that InStyle decided to speak up and defend themselves. However, they only focused on claims of skin lightening in an official statement put on their website yesterday afternoon:

“We are super fans of Kerry Washington here at InStyle. To feature her on the cover of our March spring fashion issue is both an honor and a delight. We have heard from those who have spoken out about our newsstand cover photograph, concerned that Kerry’s skin tone was lightened. While we did not digitally lighten Kerry’s skin tone, our cover lighting has likely contributed to this concern. We understand that this has resulted in disappointment and hurt. We are listening, and the feedback has been valuable. We are committed to ensuring that this experience has a positive influence on the ways in which we present all women going forward.”

That message doesn’t explain why Washington favors everyone but herself on the cover, but I can respect and appreciate the magazine trying to address concerns about skin lightening, which has been an issue with a lot of big publications in the past few years. And Washington appreciated it too:



But what do you think about InStyle‘s statement? And what was your issue with the cover when you first saw it?

Social Media Reacts To Kerry Washington’s “Unrecognizable” In Style Cover Photo

February 5th, 2015 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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Yesterday, Kerry Washington excitedly took to Instagram to announce that she is the cover girl for In Style’s March 2015 issue.

“I’m THRILLED to share with you all that I’m on the cover of this year’s March @instylemagazine! Can’t wait for you guys to see it and read it! So honored. And crazy excited,” she wrote.

However, fans found it difficult to celebrate the new cover, as they felt that she appeared “unrecognizable” and “altered.” Some went so far, that they called for the editors of the publication to be fired.

“What the ***? Doesn’t look like her shame on magazine staff & editor just ridiculous need to be Fired for that cover picture, seriously what were they thinking I love Kerry she’s beautiful but sorry that’s not her,” wrote one commenter.

“Omg that’s kerry…. it looks nothing like her she is soooo much more prettier than that….there is soooo much photoshop going on in this picture,” said another.

“I’m so happy for her but I have to say that it did take me a while to figure out who was that..until I read the comments,” another fan chimed in.

While it’s quite obvious that this is either a case of wrong makeup, bad retouching, or a combination of both, some argued that race is a factor as well.

“At 1st i let the other magazines of Kerry on the cover pass, but this has finally open my eyes to the intent that these editors see all people of color the same. WTF!!!”

“I’m disgusted Kerry! I love you!!! But at some point YOU HAVE TO STAND UP AND SAY NO! Smh #YourBlackIsBeautiful.”

“She looks like they made her white.”

So far, In Style has not responded to the criticism.

Do you think the cover photo is as bad as people are saying that it is?

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Kerry Washington Reveals Sweet Birthday Tradition [Watch]

February 2nd, 2015 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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Kerry Washington has plenty to celebrate. Over the weekend, she turned 38, she’s newly married with a six-month-old baby girl and she has a hit television show. However, the “Scandal” actress recently told Jimmy Kimmel that she doesn’t simply settle on celebrating herself year after year, but instead, her parents. Check out some highlights from the new mom’s interview, where she opens up about baby Isabelle, childhood birthday celebrations and how she celebrates now that she’s an adult.

On enjoying life with baby Isabelle:

“Life is great, you know, with a little girl at home, it’s great.”

On her birthday falling on Super Bowl Weekend:

“All of that cheering for my birthday. That’s how I feel around the Super Bowl. I have the only birthday with a half time. There have been a few years where it’s been perfect alignment and I feel like the whole nation is partying for me. You can tell I’m an only child, can you?”

On her childhood birthday celebrations:

“As an only child, my mother would give me a themed party if I wanted one, but it was important to my mother that I had toys that reflected lots of different cultures. I had a lot of black dolls and brown Barbies. She was devastated one year when I requested a princess-themed birthday, but the princess was Snow White. My mother was like, ‘Uhhh, okay.’”

On celebrating her parents on her birthday:

“I tend to send something to my parents. And now, I have to do it because they’re going to see this show. But usually, I do, because they did all of the work. I just came out. I like to put something inappropriate on the card like, ‘Thanks for getting it on.’”

Check out a clip from Kerry’s Jimmy Kimmel appearance below.

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Abductions, Confessions And A Good Underwire: Scandal And HTGAWM Recap

January 30th, 2015 - By Veronica Wells
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We’re going to try and do a little something different today since “How To Get Away With Murder” has climbed the ranks to be on par with “Scandal” as one of my Thursday night faves. And since most of us watch both shows, it’s only right that I chronicle both episodes from last night. Particularly since, they were both pretty excellent. We’ll start with “Scandal.”

Last night’s “Scandal” took me through a roller coaster of emotions. You may remember the last episode of the season left us with Olivia being inexplicably abducted from her apartment while Jake went to go get a pillow and blanket. Well, yesterday we found out how–but not exactly why that happened.

Kerry Washington Talks Shedding The Baby Weight

January 26th, 2015 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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It’s been nine months since Kerry Washington gave birth to her first child, Isabelle Amarachi Asomugua, and the beauty is looking amazing. Unfortunately, there’s no real secret to how she shed the baby weight. According to the “Scandal” actress, her hectic schedule is what melted off the pounds.

“I’m mostly working 16-hour days and spending a lot of time running after my little girl,” Washington told E! Online last night at The Daily Front Row’s Fashion Los Angeles Awards.

During the ceremony, she presented Christian Louboutin with the Women’s Shoe Designer of the Year award.

“I famously wore my high heel Louboutins until I was 10 and a half months pregnant,” the new mom joked.

And apparently, this left her mom on edge.

“I was at the Oscars in my Louboutins wobbling. My mother said she didn’t breathe the entire time I presented at the Oscars because I was hugely pregnant in my Louboutins.”

Speaking of the French shoe designer, she reflected on his infamous motto.

“He has famously said that there is no need for women to be comfortable,” she laughed. “He’s said being comfortable, it’s a like a relationship. You don’t want to be comfortable in a relationship. You want a relationship full of passion. I love that.”

The actress went on to credit Louboutin with providing her with red-carpet confidence.

“I feel like I learned how to walk on a red carpet because of Christian Louboutin,” she gushed. “The first time I was able to put on that sole, I was able to find that red carpet Kerry.”

We’re still waiting to meet baby Isabelle. It’s been nine months and still no real photos!

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Style To Steal Or Girl, Stop? Stars Who Slayed And Stunk Up The Red Carpet At The 2015 Golden Globes

January 11th, 2015 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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Another year, and yet another Golden Globes telecast has crept up on us. Every year we tune in for the jokes (who doesn’t love Tina Fey and Amy Poehler?!), for a peek at some really entertaining new movies, and of course, for the fashion. Here are the looks of a few of our favorites. But do you think their style was on point, or way off?

2014’s Highest Paid TV & Movie Entertainers

December 26th, 2014 - By Tanvier Peart
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It’s no secret how much dough celebrities can command per movie or television episode. With so many successful films and TV shows, one has to wonder about the salaries these folks are working with. Here’s a look at the top earning entertainers of 2014.