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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 🙏🏾

A photo posted by Kerry Washington (@kerrywashington) on

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!

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.

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