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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.

Year Of The Mama For Real: 2014 Celebrity Baby Boom

December 15th, 2014 - By Tanvier Peart
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The year hasn’t even ended and folks are already marking their calendars for celebrities who will give birth in the new year. Something must be in the water as there are tons of stars who welcomed bundles of joy into their lives. In fact, there are probably way too many to list here—but let’s give it a go. Here’s a look at celebrities who had a baby this year.

“I Lost Myself” Columbus Short Admits To Using Cocaine

December 10th, 2014 - By Veronica Wells
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You would have had to completely avoid any and all news not to have noticed that Columbus Short had been behaving erratically for the past year or so. From the public fights, domestic abuse charges and other weird interactions, it was clear something was going on. And recently, in an interview with “Access Hollywood,” the former “Scandal” actor confirmed that he was actually struggling with a drug addiction. See what he had to say about it in these excerpts and then watch the video below.

“Let me just be– I’ll be candid. I was struggling with drugs. I had a lot on my plate and was using unhealthy ways to kind of self medicate to deal with a lot of heavy stuff in my life.”

What kind of drugs?

The real drugs. I did cocaine. I was doing cocaine and drinking a lot and trying to balance a 16-hour work schedule a day and a family. I lost myself back there.

Did Shonda know? 

She did and if we’re going to be fully transparent they protected me and they held me down. And that was one of the real reasons. They just wanted me to get my stuff together. And sometimes the bottom has to get dropped out for you to really get it. So I moved to Atlanta and I’ve been living there for the last five and a half months and it’s been life changing.

Why drugs?

It was numbing stuff. I was going through a lot. Going through a lot in my marriage. I had a lot of tragic loss. Last year, one of my best friends died, he killed himself. Lee Thompson Young. And that kind of started a spiral. I found out while I was on set. It really just took my legs out from under me.

How he’s getting better

First of all I think when anybody is dealing with drugs or alcohol, you have to change your environment period. So I had to move. And my therapy really was working on my album. Music changes things, period.

The impact

You got to think at the end it didn’t just affect me or my home. It’s affected Shonda, Kerry, my kids, my grandmother, my family, my church family. People care when people are going through things. And people forget that we’re human.

A judge demanded the Columbus stay in California because of all the legal trouble. Will he be able to live and work in L.A. without succumbing to his old problems?

I used to come back in to L.A. for these court dates and I would drive through the city and I’d see these triggers, real triggers. Just memories, places. It had to take a good five months, a good five or six months for me to get strong enough so I could come back to L.A. and really do what I have to do.

Admission can be cathartic. It also helps others to hold you accountable, so props to Columbus for being honest enough and brave enough to admit this. We’re hoping and praying that he’s gotten the help he needs to stay on the right track. You can watch the whole interview, including the part where he runs off stage at the end in the video, in celebration, below.

 

Later in that same interview, Columbus talked about repairing his image in the public eye. You can watch that interview too.

Kerry Washington To Star In Amma Asante’s New Movie, “Unforgettable”

December 8th, 2014 - By Tonya Garcia
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Kerry Washington has signed on to star in Amma Asante’s next film Unforgettable, about a wife who’s being tormented by her husband’s ex. Kate Hudson will also star in the film.

Asante signed on to the project back in January. She got a lot of positive attention as word that her last film Belle was a winner. Unforgettable will be Asante’s third directorial effort.

Washington is said to be playing the new wife, while Hudson will be playing the ex. The storyline sounds a lot like Obsessed in which Idris Elba played Beyonce’s husband and the couple was stalked by a crazed admirer (Ali Larter). That movie is only good if you’re home sick on a Sunday afternoon and are too weak to change the channel. But we have faith that if Asante is involved, the moviemaking will be kicked up many notches.

Part of that faith comes from the fact that Asante was one of this year’s MN Bosses. And in case you didn’t know, we only select the best for the Bosses. Click here to read her profile.

How Kerry Washington Is Doing You A Favor By Not Discussing Her Personal Life [Watch]

November 6th, 2014 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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At this point, we know that Kerry Washington is not here for discussing her personal life, but the actress offered an interesting reason that we’ve never heard her use before during a recent appearance on “106 and Park.” According to the new wife and mom, she keeps the public out of her personal life because she doesn’t want to distract them from the characters that she plays. So the next time you see Kerry brushing off those types of questions in an interview, smile and tell yourself that she’s actually doing us all a favor…(kidding). She also dished on breastfeeding, shedding the baby weight and feeling the pressure to appear perfect. Check out some highlights from her interview below.

On keeping her personal life under wraps to keep people focused on her work:

“I feel like for me, what I do for a living is I become other people. It’s important to me to keep my private life private. Then, you can really believe that I’m these other people. You’re not worried about my life, you’re worried about Olivia Pope’s life, and Olivia Pope’s life is much more interesting than Kerry Washington’s life.”

On why she refuses to reveal a lot about her family:

“For me in my work, I give 150 percent, I do not hold back at all, but I feel like something has to be mine. With my family, we feel like we gotta keep each other for each other, and the work belongs to everybody. But no judgement, other people do it other ways. You just gotta figure out what works for you.”

On the pressure to be perfect:

“It’s really important to be yourself, to be comfortable in your skin… I think it’s unfair to feel like you have to wake up and be perfect. You wake up and be the best version of yourself you can be.”

On slimming down after baby Isabelle:

“I’ve always been a person who really approaches health in a proactive way. I work out, I eat right, so those are things I continued to do once my doctor said I could, but not to be crazy about it. I’m breastfeeding, so I can’t starve myself. It’s important for me to be a good mom and a good actor, and be responsible to myself and my family.”

Catch footage from Kerry’s interview below.

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That Was You?! Black Stars We Didn’t Realize Started On “Law & Order” Back In The Day

November 5th, 2014 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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As many episodes of “Law & Order” as there have been, along with the spin-offs over the years, I can understand why trying to get a role on the shows was and still is the thing to do as a burgeoning actor. Even if you’re not a major character (aka, victim, criminal or attorney), you can still get a check from playing something small (a witness, someone who knows the whereabouts of a criminal, the dead body found in the beginning of the show). So many actors and actresses got their start on the show, along with “Criminal Intent” and “Special Victims Unit,” or appeared on it before hitting it big, and we’ve found some of the black ones here:

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By 1991, Samuel L. Jackson had been in quite a few movies already, even if his parts were small (including Do The Right Thing and Coming To America). In an attempt to build up his resume, Jackson nabbed a role on “Law & Order” in season one as attorney Louis Taggert. He represented a young man (Phillip Seymour Hoffman in his first on-screen role) accused of participating in the gang rape of a TV reporter.

Can You Guess The Highest-Paid Actresses On TV?

October 30th, 2014 - By Meg Butler
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Can you guess who the highest paid actresses on TV are? You’ll never guess who made $20 million more than any actress on the list — or where Kerry Washington fits into the ranking.

Crabs-In-A-Barrel Drama: Why I’m Disappointed In “Hollywood Divas”

October 28th, 2014 - By La Truly
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I thought I had really sworn off ratchet reality TV, but something about seeing famous (or in some cases, semi-famous) Black women come together to create something piqued my interest enough to make me tune into “Hollywood Divas.” Featuring Paula Jai Parker, Golden Brooks, Countess Vaughn, Elise Neal and Lisa Wu, “Hollywood Divas” is a close sister-friend of “R&B Divas.” What I mean by that is, has-been or struggling celebrities of a certain craft come together to become relevant again, constantly listing their credits to validate their current staked claim (READ: struggle).

I’m not sure if I was wrong for expecting a bit more (this IS reality tv), but I was all kinds of confused and disappointed by the rollout of the episodes and the catty/shady behavior of the women on-screen. In my mind, if I’m a struggling actress trying to get my name on somebody’s marquee or credits, I’d come into a collaborative situation with my game face on and my pettiness tucked clean away.

These women don’t think like I do, apparently.

The first two episodes jumped off with tears, fake high-pitched greetings, half-hugs, shade and catty backhanded compliments. One thing that struck me in particular as crazy with a capital C is the fact that Golden Brooks, best known for her role as ‘Maya Wilkes’ on Mara Brock Akil’s groundbreaking show “Girlfriends,” spent every waking moment shading reality stars and blaming them for the reason that “theater-trained” actors with a “certain pedigree” couldn’t get work.

Um, you’re on a reality show now, boo.

She also stated that in order to get work nowadays, actors have to be active on social media with millions of followers. To say that I was annoyed and that I highly disagreed would be the understatement of the year. There are so many examples of actresses, BLACK actresses, who have made it – in RECENT years – based off of their talent and strategic choices in roles not their standing on social media.

Viola Davis, a newcomer to Twitter, gained acclaim because of her work in recent movies like The Help and now her incomparable work as the mysterious and driven Annalise Keating in ABC’s “How To Get Away With Murder.” Her Twitter followers are climbing, but it’s not because she’s so active online. It’s her talent.

Though she boasts 1.8 million followers on Twitter, Kerry Washington was on the map before she ever became active on social networks. Having masterfully portrayed Ray Charles’s wife, a former Black Panther, Kay Amin, a slave woman and now political pistol Olivia Pope, she has garnered a fanbase. This fanbase comes not because of selfies and tweets, but because she has put in the work and taken on roles that align with her values and trajectory.

“Soul Food” actress, Nicole Ari Parker, spoke candidly at last year’s Woman Thou Art Loosed “Girl Talk” segment about hearing a thousand nos before hearing the yes’ that have helped her have success.

The bitterness and jealousy seen within the first few episodes of this show has left a bad taste in my mouth, but I’m still hoping for the best. We, as Black women, already have it tough without blaming one another for what we lack. There is room for all of us to shine, we just have to get in where we fit in and be resilient.

I’m hoping “Hollywood Divas” will eventually showcase strengthened friendships, uplifting creative projects, and a positive answer to the portrayal of Black women, but I won’t hold my breath. However, it’s still early, so we shall see…

La Truly is a writer, higher education professional, and young women’s empowerment enthusiast. She mixes her interest in social and cultural issues with her life experiences  to encourage thought, discussion and positive change among young Women of Color. Follow her on Twitter: @ashleylatruly and check out her site: www.ashleyjh.com.