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Kerry Washington: I Was Fired Because I Wasn’t “Hood” Enough

June 8th, 2016 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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Kerry Washington is an open book these days. Last month, the Bronx native opened up about the “toxicity” that she experienced in her life prior to signing on to star in “Scandal”. Apparently, some of that turmoil included being fired from two television pilots — but not for reasons you might think.

In an upcoming installment of “Variety Studios: Actors on Actors,” the wife and mom revealed that she was dropped because she refused to conform to racial stereotypes.

“Before ‘Scandal,’ I was actually cast in two other pilots. Both went to series, but I was fired and recast,” Washington explains in an upcoming installment of “Variety Studios: Actors on Actors”. “For both, it was because they wanted me to sound more ‘girlfriend, more like ‘hood,’ more ‘urban.'”

Aziz Ansari, who interviewed Washington for the segment, agreed that this is a common experience for any actor who is not straight and white.

“Every person that’s not a straight, white guy has their version of this,” he chimed in. “A lot of other minority actors have told me, ‘Oh, this so rings a bell’ when you go into an audition room and you see a bunch of people that look like you and you just start feeling like, ‘Oh I’m not here [because of who I am]. I’m here because I fit what looks like the person they want in here.”

Both artists agreed that a constructive way to combat this issue is to create their own stories.

“I definitely feel like I’m at that point where it’s nice to not have to sit at home and wait to be invited to the party, but to be creating work for yourself,” Washington expressed.

“You can’t wait for anybody to open doors for you,” Ansari went on. “You’ve got to really create your own doors.”

We would love to know which series Washington was fired from and which actresses were hired to replace her; however, we all know that Miss Kerry is too classy to name names.

H/t ABC News

 

 

Kerry Washington Says Her Life Was Toxic Before “Scandal”

May 25th, 2016 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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Kerry Washington Says Her Life Was Toxic Before "Scandal"

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Kerry Washington is radically tight-lipped about her personal life. She didn’t tell us when she got married. She didn’t tell us when she was expecting her first child. Hell, her baby girl just turned two and we have yet to see her. The actress’ life beyond the big and small screens has been off limits to the public for quite some time now; however, in a rare discussion for Oprah Winfrey’s “Super Soul Sessions,” the wife and mom decided to open up.

According to the 39-year-old, prior to accepting her role on “Scandal,” she wasn’t the well-put-together woman you see before you today.

“There was a period before ‘Scandal’ when I went into the wilderness. And, for me, what that meant was there was a lot of toxicity in my life — people I needed to let go of in a personal way, in a business way. And, also, I felt like I had been living my career kind of on auto-pilot.”

To gain some perspective, Washington says that she stepped back from the spotlight and accepted a role in a Broadway play. Her decision came with its own set of challenges, but in the end, she believes that it was all for the best.

“I took a break and did a Broadway play. I went back to my roots as an artist. Now, doing Broadway isn’t going to make you rich. I actually think that it cost me money to do Broadway. But it was my return to my artistic essence—a conversation between audience and artist,” she explained. “I let go of a lot of people and a lot of things. I experienced a lot of loss, professionally. I had, for example, companies that I was working with on an endorsement level that walked away from me because … not everybody thinks Broadway is ‘sexy.’”

She continued:

“Going into the wilderness’ really meant stripping myself of a lot of unnecessary weight in my life. The ritual of doing theater, I thought of it as going into a monastery, because you do the same thing eight times a week, in the same place, you say the same words with the same props. It is a ritual that you commit to. I just wanted to, in a monk-like way, commit to that ritual and let it teach me about myself and let myself unfold.”

During this period, Washington shared that many things changed in her private life as well.

“My personal life changed a great deal,” said the actress, who is reportedly expecting her second child. “I allowed myself to be open to change… I don’t talk about my personal life very often, but that’s true.”

She concluded by saying that taking this break prepared her for “Scandal.”

“Going into the wilderness made me ready — as an artist, as a person, as a businesswoman — to receive ‘Scandal.'”

Watch a clip from Kerry’s interview below.

H/t Huffington Post

Kerry Washington Hopes To Instill This Beauty Lesson In Her Daughter

May 7th, 2016 - By Ashley Monaé
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When it comes to mother-daughter relationships, everyone is different, but there’s no denying that many us of took small things from that bond and have used it in our own lives and even with our children.

Case in point, actress and beauty ambassador Kerry Washington shared with ESSENCE in an interview that the “one thing she took away from her childhood is her mother’s attention to self-care.” Although Washington didn’t grow up with a silver spoon in her mouth and wasn’t exactly the glamour girl we see on the red carpet today, weekly manicures with her mom made her feel both empowered and special.

“My mom is a retired professor who has a timeless elegance about her,” Washington said. “She’s not into trends, but she always looked great. Growing up she always received a weekly manicure, and when I got old enough we did it together.”

So when it comes to her own daughter, Isabelle, Washington hopes that she’ll pass on to her the beauty lesson of leading by example: “I hope I do what my mom did, she didn’t instruct, she lived by example. Actions are more powerful that what you say. And, [watching my mom] gave me room to discover my own path. I want my daughter to find her own path, but what’s more important is her relationship with self. Knowing that she feels good and deserves to take the time and invest in herself and not worry about other think about her is important to me.”

We totally agree Kerry! And ladies, if you’re still stumped on a Mother’s Day gift, why not treat the lady who loves you most to a nice manicure/pedicure and some quality time?

Report: Kerry Washington Is Pregnant With Her Second Child

May 2nd, 2016 - By Veronica Wells
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It seemed that it was just a couple of days ago, rumors of a breakup between Kerry Washington and her husband Nnamdi Asomugha were swirling about the internet. And while Kerry said a part of her not speaking about her personal life also includes not addressing rumors, this latest bit of news might be all the confirmation we need.

Both E! News and U.S. Weekly have confirmed, through at least two sources, that Washington is expecting her second child.

There were several who felt that Washington’s body this past weekend at the White House Correspondent’s Dinner seemed to support today’s report. Personally, she does look a bit fuller than usual; but if the news weren’t out here today, I don’t think I would have taken note.

U.S. Weekly who says they can confirm the news noticed signs of a baby bump even last week at a United Way of Greater Los Angeles Women’s Summit red carpet.

This is baby number two for Asomugha, 34, and Washington, 39, after they welcomed their daughter
Isabelle Amarachi Asomugha into the world on April 21, 2014. As you know, the couple has managed to keep her out of the public eye for two years; an impressive feat, still, we’re dying to see that little one.

Maybe she and Nnamdi will be a bit more lax with the second one. Lol. One can hope.

Either way, congratulations to Kerry and Nnamdi!

Kerry, Is That You? When Photoshopping Goes Too Far

April 28th, 2016 - By Nneka Samuel
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Digital manipulation is so commonplace and pervasive these days that sometimes we don’t even recognize when images have been altered. But that’s not always the case, especially when it comes to women.  Our bodies are constantly manipulated in order to achieve an impossible, so-called ideal, a standard of beauty that does more body image harm than publications realize.  From lightening skin tones to minimizing the gap between thighs, the width of hips and fullness of curves, it’s safe to say that retouching often goes too far. While it’s nice to see more and more Black women represented on the cover of popular magazines, it’s not so nice to see a distorted image of them. Stunning stars have their pictures altered in ways that make no sense, and when magazines are called out for it, they often apologize. Yet and still, this type of thing keeps happening over and over again. It’s no wonder the following celebrity women and their fans have spoken out about their Photoshopped images in magazines.

Kerry Washington Announces New Neutrogena Foundation Shades In A Really Cool Way

April 9th, 2016 - By Ashley Monaé
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As women of color, we all have fallen victim to the issue of beauty brands lacking shades for darker skin tones.

However, Neutrogena is diversifying their portfolio and listening to customer feedback when it comes to their popular line of foundations. In an effort to fill the void of lack of representation, the brand has decided to launch four new foundation shades to catering to all ethnicities and skin tones, melanin-filled complexions included.

And to announce its new arrival, Neutrogena called on celebrity brand ambassador and creative consultant, Kerry Washington to share the big news. But instead of your normal television commercial or print advertisement, the brand touched its customers directly. Via FaceTime, Washington told different ladies who were disappointed about Neutrogena’s lack of color range the good news.

“I wanted to personally deliver the message of our expansion and how proud I am of it, and it really meant a lot to me in particular when people asked about why Neutrogena would bring me on if there wasn’t foundation for women of color,” Washington told a young lady named Ebony in the video. “I’ve been working really hard on expanding our foundations.”

“When I first started out at Neutrogena, there was not a foundation for me, and there was actually some pushback about that online,” Washington told Refinery 29. “I very purposefully did not address it [then], because I knew that I was about to engage in this labor of love.”

Now, happily sharing the news one customer at a time, Kerry couldn’t be happier. “Inclusivity is a value that is core to my beliefs and a passion of mine,” she told PEOPLE. “So to be able to be hands on making this technology available to everybody and also coming up with lip colors that look good on everybody … There’s no reason why women of all ethnicities should be like ‘Oh, I love this technology but there is no color for me.’”

“I Was Taken Aback By The Cover.” Kerry Washington Addresses Strange ADWEEK Cover

April 6th, 2016 - By Veronica Wells
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We had no words when we saw the cover of the latest ADWEEK. Perhaps by now, you’ve seen it too. It features a picture of a woman the publication tells us is Kerry Washington.

Now, Kerry has been featured on many a cover. And while there have been some great hits, there have also been some misses, like the way InStyle lightened her skin or the way Lucky made her look unrecognizable. For the record, while Kerry seemed to like both the Lucky and InStyle covers; though with InStyle, she did agree that a conversation about camera lighting vs. digital skin lightening was an important one that needed to be had.

For one reason or another, Washington has one of those faces that some publications (read: mainstream publications)  just don’t know what to do with. And while there have generally been more hits than misses, this ADWEEK was too much to ignore.

Washington issued this very classy statement on her Instagram.

So…You know me. I’m not one to be quiet about a magazine cover. I always celebrate it when a respected publication invites me to grace their pages. It’s an honor. And a privilege. And ADWEEK is no exception. I love ADWEEK. It’s a publication I appreciate. And learn from. I’ve long followed them on Twitter. And when they invited me to do a cover, I was excited and thrilled. And the truth is, I’m still excited. I’m proud of the article. And I like some of the inside images a great deal. But, I have to be honest…I was taken aback by the cover. Look, I’m no stranger to Photoshopping. It happens a lot. In a way, we have become a society of picture adjusters – who doesn’t love a filter?!? And I don’t always take these adjustments to task but I have had the opportunity to address the impact of my altered image in the past and I think it’s a valuable conversation. Yesterday, however, I just felt weary. It felt strange to look at a picture of myself that is so different from what I look like when I look in the mirror. It’s an unfortunate feeling. That being said. You all have been very kind and supportive. Also, as I’ve said, I’m very proud of the article. There are a few things we discussed in the interview that were left out. Things that are important to me (like: the importance of strong professional support and my awesome professional team) and I’ve been thinking about how to discuss those things with anyone who is interested, in an alternate forum. But until then…Grab this week’s ADWEEK. Read it. I hope you enjoy it. And thank you for being patient with me while I figured out how to post this in a way that felt both celebratory and honest. XOXOXOX

A photo posted by Kerry Washington (@kerrywashington) on

Like I said, she handled this beautifully. No shade to ADWEEK but someone has to know that this in unacceptable. And as she said, there were other images, inside the book that were quite beautiful and that looked, just like the Kerry we “know.” There was praise with her slight reprimand. Hopefully, the discussion will influence the manipulation of images in the future.

 

You can read my @adweek cover story online here 🙏🏾 http://adweek.it/1UOhJce

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What do you make of the cover and Kerry’s statement? Why is she so often the victim of these terrible photoshop jobs?

Pop Mom: Kerry Washington Says Though She’s In The Public Eye, Her Personal Life Is Not Your Business

March 16th, 2016 - By Erickka Sy Savane
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During a recent panel discussion at the SXSW music and film conference called “The New Rules Of Social Stardom,” actress Kerry Washington made it clear, again, that she doesn’t talk about her personal life. That means keeping a tight lip, even when divorce rumors swirl, which they do; and get even louder during awards season when Kerry is often on the red carpet solo. Where is husband Nnamdi, everyone wants to know?

I find myself wondering too because I’m a fan of Scandal and sometimes I think about how her husband feels seeing his wife get it on with two men, white guys at that, each week. I mean, she toned down the sex with Jake, but at one point she had him and the President rotating. Maybe he brushes it off as a part of her job, but we don’t know, and won’t anytime soon.

“If I don’t talk about my personal life, it means I don’t talk about my personal life,” she explained. “That means not only did I not tell you when I was getting married, it also means if somebody has rumors about what’s going on in my marriage, I don’t refute them, because I don’t talk about my personal life.”

Clearly, her rules of social stardom gear towards keeping her private life private, but it’s the opposite of what a lot of today’s celebrity couples are doing. Sooo when it comes to relationship, public or private?

On one hand, you have Chrissy Teigen and John Legend who let it all hang out. You’re going to see them, the dog, the kitchen, everybody kissing. And not to be outdone, we have Ciara and Russell Wilson. I feel like we all knew about their engagement two minutes before it happened.

I was checking it out on instagram getting really caught up in the romance. It starts looking like success in love is all about public display, extreme PDA. But does it mean that it last?

Read the full article here.

When Should You Share Pictures Of Your Newborn Baby On Social Media?

February 15th, 2016 - By Veronica Wells
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This is the Happiest Valentine's Day of my life. York, Daddy, and I send you so much love.

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I was thrilled when I learned Tyra Banks was welcoming a baby into her life. She’s been talking about having children for so long and it just seems like she would step into the work of being a mother with a nurturing heart. When she made the announcement via Instagram, posting a picture of her son’s baby cap, of course I wondered when we’d get a chance to see him.

Turns out, we wouldn’t have to wait too long…kind of.

Yesterday, in celebration of Valentine’s Day, she shared an image of she and her son York that featured his profile. We can see just enough to realize that he has his mother’s skin complexion. As a nosy person, who still believes in protecting children, I appreciated the photo.

You know Tyra’s not the only one to keep her baby’s face under wraps for a while. There are times when I forget that Kim and Kanye have a second child because we just haven’t seen li. There was that one picture of his hand grasping another but that’s it.

Kerry Washington’s daughter Isabelle is over a year old and all we’ve seen of her is a bit of her leg and hand as a caregiver was carrying her out of a hotel.

While Blue Ivy is starring in her mother’s music videos now, there was a time when her parents attempted to keep her shielded from the media and the paparazzi and people were quite mad about it.

Perhaps the man most famous for shielding his child from the public view was Michael Jackson. His son, Prince, wasn’t even known by his real name because people only referred to him as “Blanket,” the accessory that he was never seen without.

But it isn’t just celebrities.

Recently, a friend from college had a child not too long ago and for the first month, she didn’t want to show anyone pictures of her child. Which was understandable. Her baby, her life, her choice. But what was particularly annoying was the shots she’d post of the baby’s hands, blankets, toes, bibs. Perhaps I would have found that endearing except for the fact she sent out a nice-nasty message telling her family and close friends to stop asking for pictures of her child. It kind of rubbed me the wrong way. I mean, naturally people are excited to see your child. And if you weren’t going to share pictures, why tease them with inanimate baby objects? I’m not a parent. So, I don’t know how protective I’ll feel about my child when he or she gets here. But if I don’t feel comfortable sharing pictures of my actual child right away, I won’t be uploading any taunting type images either.

But that’s just me.

For the mothers out there, when you had children, how long did you wait to share and send pictures?

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!