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Trend Alert: 4 ‘Dos From Celebrity Hairstylist Larry Sims We’re Digging Right Now

February 13th, 2016 - By Ashley Monaé
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When it comes to hair, one moment a style is in and the next it’s out. Basically, like all elements of head-to-toe fashion, hair is a never-ending cycle, where reinventing old styles for a trendy, ultra-modern update is a must. 

Recently, Essence snagged highly sought after celebrity hairstylist Larry Sims to talk all things hair. Primping the manes of many leading ladies in the limelight, Sims is true pro at taking a simple style from zero to red carpet-ready real quick.

The stylist also dished on his favorite trends at the moment, highlighting Kerry Washington’s choppy, mid-length bob to Lupita’s ever-changing natural ‘do. “They’re breaking the general sexy hair barriers and I love it,” he said. “I also am all about texture and embracing your hairs natural movement.”

For the remainder of red carpet season, Sims is excited to one-up his past styles. “I’m most excited about seeing how creative these women can be in terms of taking risks and being non-traditional in their hair and style as a whole,” he shared. “They’re pressing the envelope and it makes my job even more exciting by helping them create these spontaneous looks.”

In honor of his expert skill set that we all love, we’ve curated a list of four different hairstyles we’re digging and will surely be trending once springtime hits. Ladies, get ready for some hair-spiration!

Did You Believe Anita Hill Back In 1991?

February 12th, 2016 - By Veronica Wells
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If I had to highlight one key improvement from my parents’ generation to my own, it would have to be the fact that we’re much more willing to have difficult conversations. After all, we’re the kids who had to ask our parents why O.J. was speeding away from the police in a white Bronco, who was Monica Lewinsky and what was oral sex? Will I be killed going to school? What does Iraq have to do with 9-11? Was that Janet Jackson’s boob?

We were very familiar with scandal long before it was a hit television show. Not to say that those who came before us were innocent. They certainly were not. But while our parents dealt in rumors and speculation, we’re used to surveillance video, transcripts, secret videos recorded on a smartphone.

Even when there was proof back in the day, earlier generations might have been able to forget something once the news cycle changed. We have the chance to live and relive everything on the internet. (People are literally still asking Michelle Williams about that fall she took on “106 & Park.” And that was 12 years ago.)

I say all of that to say this, we are the generation that is unafraid of mess. We’ve seen enough of it, publicly and privately to be too scared to talk about it…publicly and privately. But that wasn’t always the case.

In 1991, the year Anita Hill alleged Clarence Thomas, a then candidate for Supreme Court Justice, sexually harassed her, people weren’t so open and forthcoming. In fact, many didn’t even fully understand the term sexual harassment. It had only been in the lexicon for 20 years and mostly in academic spaces. So when Anita Hill came through attempting to thwart the chances of the first Black Supreme Court Justice since Thurgood Marshall, Black folk, men and women alike, were quite defensive.

They wanted to protect the brotha. Give him a chance to get into a position of power so he could help the rest of us out. We all know how that story ended. Clarence is not thinking about us. But back in 1991, he was trying to play the race card too, saying that the questions being asked of him about his past were like “a modern day lynching.”

I’m sure those Black men who were actually lynched would have traded places with him in a heartbeat. Having to answer questions is not being mocked, maimed and killed only to have your corpse leered and jeered at later.

Really, how dare he?

I can’t help but look at Clarence and Anita and think about Bill Cosby and all the women who alleged he not only sexually assaulted but drugged and raped them too. The similarities are jarring. A powerful Black man who preaches respectability and condemns other poor, uneducated Black people. A Black man who is beloved, or in the case of Thomas, widely unknown but on the cusp of a great opportunity. And it is that opportunity (like Cosby getting ready to buy NBC—that’s sarcasm) that has caused “the man” to send a wayward, money hunger or attention seeking woman or several to take him down.

Seeing his track record on the bench, you’d be hard pressed to find many Black people who will defend Clarence Thomas these days. He didn’t exactly return the favor to look all of the brothas and sistas who shamed and condemned Anita so he could make it to the bench and forget about us.

I wonder if their silence and Thomas’ seeming disdain of his own people means that they’ve changed their minds about what they think happened between he and Miss Hill all those years ago.

Let me ask you, those of you who are old enough to remember Clarence Thomas’ confirmation hearing and Anita Hill’s testimony, what did you think back then? Did you believe her or did you think she was sent to take another good, Black man down?

For those like myself, who weren’t old enough to process, let alone remember the hearings, HBO is recreating the iconic moment in a new made for television movie. And they’ve also just released the first trailer for it.

Take a look at it below.

Kerry Washington’s Got A New OPI Nail Collection With A Polish Named After Her Daughter

January 28th, 2016 - By Brande Victorian
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In December we learned Kerry Washington was launching a nail collection with OPI but now all the fun details of the 15-shade set are finally coming to light, like the fact that one color is named after Kerry’s daughter.

“Nails are at that interesting point where fashion and beauty meet,” Kerry told Women’s Wear Daily (WWD). “If I enter that space, it’s important for me to know the landscape and do it in a way that’s authentic and right and true to who I am.”

Part of that authenticity can be seen in the names of the polish shades which are reflective of Kerry and not her famous Scandal character Olivia Pope, although she did name one edgy, dark grey shade “Liv” in the Gray. Other colors include a rich plum named Kerry Blossom, a garnet shade under the moniker We the Female, and “one of Washington’s favorites in the collection, the bright red Madam President,” WWD reported. There’s also a caramel crème shade called Inside the IsabelletWay, named after the actress’s 21 month old.

“I thought long and hard about having my daughter involved, but once I came up with the name, I couldn’t get it out of my head,” she told the site.

Something else Kerry couldn’t get out her head was making sure there were nudes for women of color in the collection. Come August 4, brown girl nail polish lovers will have a range of nude shades to choose, from a light nude called Pale to the Chief, to a chocolate brown shade denoted Speaker of the House, and the tawny copper Yank My Doodle.

“For me, growing up, when people were saying ‘nude,’ they weren’t talking about my naked skin tone. I made sure that in my collection, we had nudes that also represent me.”

At a price point of $10 each, we have a feeling some of you are going to own every color in the collection come this Summer.

Kerry Washington Partners With OPI For Nail Polish Line

December 11th, 2015 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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Kerry Washington left social media buzzing when she snapped a photo of her fancy silver manicure during last week’s Kennedy Center Honors. And from the sounds of it, we’ll be seeing the “Scandal” actress in plenty more shades from the nail care brand.

According to WWD, Washington will be collaborating with OPI for a new line of polish and has been named as the brand’s new Creative Ambassador. She will be designing the collection alongside OPI founder Suzi Weiss-Fischman.

“This is going to be a lot of fun,” said Washington. “I’m looking forward to testing out new colors on the red carpet. The fun, for me, is that nail lives in the crossover space between fashion and beauty. I love to play with nail color on the red carpet and explore new shades.”

“When the opportunity came around to have Kerry join OPI as our creative ambassador, the answer was instantly yes. She empowers women through her sophisticated style, humor and confidence,” adds Weiss-Fischman. “Most of all, she has a huge love of nail lacquer and has worn OPI for years and years. I’m looking forward to working with Kerry in 2016 to create some new and fabulous OPI shades.”

So far, a release date has not been disclosed.

Follow Jazmine on Twitter @JazmineDenise

Kerry Washington Counters Marital Trouble Rumors By Stepping Out With Husband Nnamdi [Pics]

December 7th, 2015 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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The last time I saw any pictures of Kerry Washington with her handsome husband Nnamdi Asomugha, they were at Disneyland last year, holding hands, looking very much in love. So rumors circulating of possible marital trouble between the two confuses me. But they’re there nonetheless.

It all started when news came out that the two listed their home in the Hollywood Hills recently, which sold within days. They bought the home just last year, but they do have another home in Manhattan Beach (still California).

And then sources started reaching out to the tabloids, including In Touch and Life & Style, to say that the two haven’t been talking, she’s fed up with him not working after leaving the NFL, he’s disappointed with her for giving up on them, and so on and so forth. But the couple, who married on the low in 2013, hushed all rumors by stepping out together at the Kennedy Center Honors in D.C. this past weekend. In front of cameras. Something they rarely do.

Who knows what’s really going on behind closed doors (and after Halle and Olivier split, I don’t know what to believe anymore), but we hope all is well with this couple. Because they are one lovely pair.

Check out a few more pics from their special date night below.


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Kerry Washington and husband


Kerry Washington and husband


Kerry Washington To Produce Nanny Dramedy For ABC

October 27th, 2015 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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“Scandal” stars Kerry Washington and Katie Lowes, who plays Quinn, are joining forces for a new television series with ABC. However, this time around, the Hollywood beauties will be spending more of their time behind the cameras.

According to Variety, Washington and Lowes are executive producing a dramedy in development by Shondaland that will focus on a clique of young nannies. The series is being described as an “edgy and comical upstairs-downstairs look at the insanity of modern child-rearing.” In addition to the nannies, the plot will focus on “a trio of interconnected families and their various support staffs, all trying to help the kids grow up when they haven’t quite grown up themselves.”

Actress and writer Bess Wohl will pen the script and serve as an executive producer alongside Washington, Lowes, Shonda Rhimes, Betsy Beers and Adam Shapiro.

We’re loving how Miss Shonda is allowing Katie and Kerry to get in on some behind-the-camera action.

Does this sound like a series you’d be interested in watching?

Pop Mom Daily: Purple Purses And Why We Can’t Stop Talking About Domestic Violence

October 23rd, 2015 - By Erickka Sy Savane
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I was watching the actress Kerry Washington’s PSA on domestic violence. I’d been seeing her around carrying a purple purse for some time, but never had time to really stop. There she sat in a pristine room, dressed like an angel, with the prettiest purple makeup you ever did see. It looked more like a promo for a movie called “Purple Princess.” She was saying that she’s working with the Allstate Foundation to bring awareness to domestic violence and financial abuse, which affects 98 percent of the women who are in abusive relationships. Purple is the color for domestic violence and the purse signifies the heart of a woman’s finances. By talking about this issue she hopes to bring it out of the shadows.

Honestly, I just couldn’t buy her as a domestic violence spokesperson. It was all too perfect, too neat. Domestic violence is ugly. Where was her black eye? Why was she even there? Not once did she mention what brought her personally to want to advocate for this issue. Was she or someone she knows ever a victim? It just didn’t seem connected to anything and left me wondering if she’s the latest celebrity jumping on a cause.

Is it even helpful to throw a celebrity out there to just start talking about an issue with seemingly no connection?

Ironically, the next day, I was walking home from school with my two daughters. My neighbor stopped me and asked if I had heard what happened in our building. “No,” I said, wondering what I had missed.

A woman on the first floor was getting beaten so badly by her boyfriend that my neighbor, who lives three houses down, called the cops. The police came and took the guy to jail.

Not in our building. Clutch my pearls. I asked him what the woman looked like and he said he never saw her face.

Whoa. Who is she? Does she live in the building? How did she end up in such a situation? I hurried my girls along. My neighbor is chatty and could have stood there talking about it all day.

Later, I found that I was still thinking about that woman. Maybe I could help her. But then again, if her man was crazy enough to beat her in broad daylight, what would he try to do to me? I’m smart enough to know that I can’t get involved. Even if she was my best friend I’d have to think twice, three times about how I could help. Better to mind my own business. But still, if I’m my sister’s keeper wouldn’t it make sense to try and do something?

I decided to speak to the family advocate at my daughter’s pre-school. I remembered they sometimes do talks on domestic abuse. She said that the only thing to do in the case of this woman is to call the police.

“You don’t want to put her in more danger by exposing the situation because now the man feels threatened and he could take that out on her.” Okay, but he already got arrested. Is there anything else I can do for her? She had no answer. I asked her if she’d seen Kerry Washington’s public service announcement and if talking about the issue could help. “Yes. Talking about it empowers the powerless and takes the shame off,” she said. “That woman can walk out of the shadows and realize that it’s not her fault. It also puts the blame back on the abuser where it belongs.”


Back to Kerry Washington’s PSA. Does it matter if she may not have been abused? Does that mean she shouldn’t talk about it? One of my favorite writers, Cat Marnell, is a drug addict and gets a lot of flack for talking about her addiction. When Whitney Houston overdosed she wrote a powerful essay called On the Death Of Whitney Houston and Why I Won’t Ever Stop Talking About My Drug Use

Her belief is that as soon as she stops talking about it she is going to ‘slip silently into the water and disappear.’ Just like Whitney. For Cat, talking about her drug use is a matter of survival. She can’t stop, won’t stop.

It could stand to reason that if we stop talking about our sister’s issues then maybe we’ll all disappear too. Isn’t that what the recent Ebony magazine cover with “The Cosby Show” cast is all about? Let’s just talk about it. Sometimes we underestimate that power. Somebody out there is going to feel validated, and will hopefully come out of the shadows. Then maybe we won’t all disappear.

Do you believe in the power of public service announcements to bring a greater awareness about domestic violence?

Erickka Sy Savané is a freelance writer and creator of THE BREW, a social commentary blog. Before that she was a model/actress/MTV VJ. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram.

Whoopi Goldberg Comes For Viola Davis: “There’s Been Plenty Of Opportunities”

October 14th, 2015 - By Lauren R.D. Fox
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Whoopi Goldberg was recently interviewed by and was asked about Viola Davis’ astounding Emmy speech which moved many of us — except Nancy Grahn, of course, and seemingly Whoopi.

In her speech, Davis proclaimed, “The only thing that separates women of color from anybody else is opportunity,” a fact many women of color in the entertainment and other industries know to be true.

However, Auntie Whoopi strongly disagreed with Davis’ statement on Hollywood’s inequities. She told BET Reporter Chantal Potter:

 “I’m not sure what that [Viola’s statement] means; Opportunity to do what? You know what I mean.  The truth of the matter is, there have been plenty of opportunities. Look at Scandal! Kerry Washington is there and she’s working her booty off. But they [the Emmy board] didn’t vote for her. So maybe the question is, “What do you have to do, to get voted on?” Not that the opportunity is not there. We’ve had lots of opportunities. See now there will be more parts, more dramas because Viola won an Emmy award. The truth is everyone wants an Emmy, the studios, everyone! So they’ll hire more Black women.”

Girl, what?

Whoopi’s confusing statement means the same thing Davis referenced in her speech. Women of color are marginalized from receiving roles or awards and the opportunities are only offered when another colleague of color earns the said accolades first. This method is unacceptable and not known to be used when casting actresses who are White.

Whoopi and her co-host Raven-Symoné must have some special insight when it comes to hiring people of color that we don’t know about. What do you think?

Check out the full interview below.

How Kerry Washington Is Using A Purse To Foster Dialogue About Domestic Violence

October 2nd, 2015 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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Domestic violence is not the easiest subject to broach, but Kerry Washington and Allstate have joined forces again to raise awareness and foster dialogue surrounding this issue.

The “Scandal” actress is the ambassador for Allstate’s Purple Purse campaign, which aims to shed light on the financial abuse that frequently holds women hostage in abusive relationships. This year, Washington and Allstate partnered with designer Dee Ocleppo to design this a limited-edition clutch, which is being exclusively sold by Saks Fifth Avenue. A portion of all proceeds will go to Allstate Foundation Purple Purse nonprofits.

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As for why campaign organizers selected a purse to represent the cause, Washington says that it makes starting the conversation a bit easier—in addition to it being the perfect symbol for financial abuse.

“It’s hard to talk about a black eye, and it’s hard to talk about being strangled or being kicked out or having your credit destroyed,” she told the Huffington Post. “Those things are really hard to talk about. But if you open the conversation with a purse, if you make it something that’s fun to talk about, somehow one of those layers of isolation starts to melt. People begin to be less afraid of having the discussion and of asking for help and sharing their story and empowering others. Not to mention, a purse is where your financial well-being lives. All of the things that are of value to you live in your purse, so it’s kind of the perfect metaphor for this work.”

Like many, the wife and mom had never heard of financial abuse until just a few years ago.

“Before getting involved, I had never actually heard of financial abuse before. When they [Allstate] explained to me what it was, I thought ‘Oh, of course,’ it makes so much sense that this would be one of the weapons to controlling a partner in domestic abuse.

She adds that learning financial abuse is the leading reason women remain in abusive relationships is really what motivated her to get down with the cause.

“To learn that it’s the number one reason why women stay in abusive relationships, and even for women who are able to leave, it’s the number one reason why they come back, I just felt like the opportunity to be part of a solution and to really help give women the tools they need to save their own lives and to save their families, that just seemed like an extraordinary opportunity. And, to be able to do it through fashion was like ‘Oh, this is right up my alley! Empowering women and looking cute? I’m in.’”

To learn more about the Purple Purse campaign, domestic violence, and financial abuse, visit

TGIT! Shondaland Covers October Issue Of Essence Magazine

September 10th, 2015 - By Veronica Wells
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Shonda Rhimes is on top. And when a Black woman’s on top, it only makes sense that Essence would feature said woman on the cover of their publication. Shonda’s appeared on the cover before. But her influence and effect on the industry warrants more than just one cover. So Essence honored her with six for the October issue. But it’s not just Shonda, it’s all of the Black actors and actresses she’s put on during her reign.

The covers feature actors and actresses from “Grey’s Anatomy,” “How To Get Away With Murder,” and “Scandal.”

Check out the covers and some excerpts from the upcoming article on the following pages.