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Do You Believe In Putting Your Parents In A Nursing Home?

October 3rd, 2014 - By Veronica Wells
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Comedienne and actress Yvette Nicole Brown, who plays Shirley on the hit show “Community” announced that after five seasons she’ll be leaving the show. She’s not leaving to pursue another acting opportunity. Instead, she asked to be let out of her contract so she could tend to a personal, family matter.

In a recent interview with TV Guide, Brown said that she’s leaving to take care of her ailing father.

“My dad needs daily care and he needs me. The idea of being away 16 hours a day for five months, I couldn’t do it. It was a difficult decision for me to make, but I had to choose my dad.”

Recently, Lenny Kravitz echoed her sentiment when he appeared on “The Wendy Williams Show,” he said he had taken a break from music because he was taking care of one of his older relatives. He said in their family, they don’t believe in putting their elders in nursing homes.

I nodded in agreement. It was a beautiful sentiment really. When our parents, aunt, uncles and grandparents devote so much of their lives to taking care of us, it seems only right to return the favor when they need it.

But the more I think about it, the more I realize that a lot of people who ultimately chose a nursing home or assisted living type situation for their loved ones often don’t believe it’s the right thing to do. They come to the conclusion as a last resort.

Unlike Brown and Kravitz, they don’t have the financial means to stop working and take care of someone who’ll require constant watch and care. They learn, sadly, that they’re not equipped to handle their relatives’ health needs. Or they learn, tragically, that their loved one has now become a danger to themselves and other family members.

In high school, I worked at a nursing home/assisted living community and I saw some of the very real challenges the residents faced. There was the woman who had Alheizmer’s and would tell me, on occasion, that she was waiting for her husband to pick her up, when, in actuality, he had died years ago. Another woman, thought she and I were coworkers and would often ask me for a ride home. I had to come up with all kinds of stories. There were residents whose food needed to be specially prepared, residents who hit or spit. And then there were those whose diapers needed to be changed. They needed to be lifted to bathe or shower.

I saw that it was intense work and I was only there during meal times.

While I commend both Brown and Kravitz for making the decision to put their family members first, at the expense of their careers. But I think some of the stigma associated with people who find themselves in this predicament needs to be removed. They’re often perceived to be selfish, preoccupied and unloving. When in reality they could be overwhelmed, underemployed and unqualified.

Have you ever found yourself in the position where you had to place one of your family members in a nursing home? How did you come to the decision?

Tat, Tat, Tatted Up: 15 Famous And Fine Men With The Hottest Ink!

August 27th, 2014 - By Whitney Larkins
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When most of us entered the real world, we had to trade in our midriff-baring tops and miniskirts for neutral-colored (re: dull) power suits. We (hopefully) gave up our bad boy lovers for grown men who had their act together! After all, it is all a part of growing up. But, no matter how “grown” you are, you can always appreciate the bad boy look! Take a look at some of the sexiest famous men around who have the hottest tattoos! We’re not saying these heartthrobs are bad dudes, but they have an extra bit of edge that we can’t help but swoon over!

Hey Daddy! 15 Of The Sexiest Celebrity Dads

June 12th, 2014 - By Iva Anthony
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There’s nothing sexier than a man taking care of his children and in honor of Father’s Day, we take a look at some of the sexiest celebrity dads in Hollywood.

Sexiest Celebrity Dads

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Idris Elba

We fell in love with him even though he played the cold-blooded killer and drug kingpin Stringer Bell in the widely popular HBO series “The Wire.” But the role forced him to hide his accent and once fans found out that Idris Elba was really an English actor, he became even sexier. After starring in a few moves, Elba went back to his television roots and starred in the BBC One series “Luther.” Elba will be celebrating his first Father’s Day this year. A few months ago he and his girlfriend Niayana Garth welcomed their first child, Winston.

Our Favorite Interracial TV Couples

June 6th, 2014 - By Iva Anthony
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Moguldom Films’ documentary, “The Swirl,” which looks at interracial relationships in America is now available for purchase on iTunes, Google Play, and VHX.

Since the U.S. Census Bureau has been keeping record, interracial marriages have been on the rise. While there are more than 2.4 million mixed marriages in the U.S., Hollywood has been a bit slow in keeping up with times and portraying more interracial couples, but low and behold we’ve managed to find a few favorites over the years. Take a look.

Interracial TV Couples

“I Love Lucy’s” Ricky and Lucy Ricardo

Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz were one of, if not the first, interracial couple on television. Debuting in 1951, “ I Love Lucy” made groundbreaking history when it aired with the real-life husband and wife stars. The show followed the antics played out by comedian Lucille Ball while her husband looked helplessly on. The show lasted for six seasons and more than 60 years later, “I Love Lucy” remains popular with over 40 million Americans still tuning in.

“All My Life” And Other Songs Singers Wrote For Their Children

January 23rd, 2014 - By Iva Anthony
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Singers often look into their own personal lives as inspiration for songs. These 15 artists got very heartfelt and emotional by singing about the joys of parenthood and their children. Here are some of our favorite songs singers wrote for their children.

Songs Singers Wrote For Their Children

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Blue

Superstar singer Beyonce is normally a private person but after having her first child, Blue Ivy, the former Destiny’s Child member has opened up about the joys of motherhood. In addition to sharing intimate photos of mother and child, Beyonce penned the song “Blue.” In the song, which is on her latest album Beyonce, Blue sings about feeling alive when she looks into her daughter’s eyes. At the end of the song, Blue Ivy joins in and sings with her mommy before asking if they can go see daddy.

Lookin’ Like New Money: Fine Black Men Who Don’t Age

January 10th, 2014 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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Time has been good to these fine fellas. Maybe it’s something in the water, or something that their money can buy, but these 40 and up fellas could still get it (Note: I just like to say that, but seriously, I don’t just spread my goodies like that). Check out 12 celeb men who just don’t age, and we can’t stop giving them the eye!

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Lenny Kravitz

At 49, Lenny Kravitz doesn’t even try to be a sex pot, he just is one. He’s the bad a** rocker we want to get wild with. Hey boo!

The 13 Best Movies Of 2013

December 31st, 2013 - By Iva Anthony
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While some big Hollywood names dominated the box office this year, the films that were based on real life people or inspired by true stories were the ones that really outshined the rest.

The 13 Best Movies Of 2013

13. Monsters University

Pixar struck gold with its 2001 Monsters Inc movie, grossing over half a billion dollars worldwide. Twelve years later the prequel Monsters University did even better than the original. The animated movie tells the story of two pals, Mike and Sulle, during their time at college and how they went from being friends to enemies. The film made over $80 million opening weekend and eventually raked in over $700 million worldwide.

Happy Hanukkah! Black Celebrities Who Are Jewish

November 27th, 2013 - By Madame Noire
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From The Grio 

While African-Americans are overwhelmingly Christian, there is a sizable black and Jewish population and some of our favorite starspractice Judaism.

For instance, rapper Drake’s 2012 music video “HYFR” promoted a proud identification with his Jewish roots.

As the Hanukkah holiday kicks off, check out the slideshow below to see some of the most prominent Jews of color.

See which black celebrities are Jewish at TheGrio.com 

Hungry For More: Lenny Kravitz Talks “Hunger Games, His Skill…And New Music!

November 23rd, 2013 - By Madame Noire
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We’re usually not into guys who rock gold eyeshadow, but when Lenny Kravitz wears it in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (in theaters today), we love it. For his recurring role as Katniss’s stylist Cinna, Kravitz found a kindred spirit in his character’s edgy on-screen style and the movie’s megawatt star Jennifer Lawrence.

The rocker-turned-actor talked to ESSENCE about their relationship (she’s like a sister to his daughter Zoe), the future of Cinna (spoiler alert!) and why he’s ready to sing again.

ESSENCE: In The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, why is Cinna the last person Katniss sees right before she’s released to fight the other Tributes?
LENNY KRAVITZ: He’s the one putting together Katniss’s outfits and her gear. He’s walking her there to make sure she’s together and ready to go. And you saw what happens next.

ESSENCE: If you could be a Tribute, what would be your skill?
KRAVITZ: I’m a survivor. So I would find my way out of the problem. I’m pretty good at seeing through problems and getting out of the other end.

ESSENCE: When you weren’t on set, did you work on a new album?
KRAVITZ: Yes, I started writing and putting it together. After I’d done The Butler and Hunger Games, I was hungry for the music again. I’m in the Bahamas finishing the album. It’s a really exceptional record. I think it’s my best work, ever. I’m really excited to put it out and go on a world tour next year.

You can check out the full interview over on Essence.com. We’re big Lenny Kravitz fans and love that he’s been part of The Hunger Games movies so far. Oh, and we’ll be hearing new music from him? Even better!

“She’s Everything”: Reports Claim Drake Is Trying To Make Zoe Kravitz His Lady

November 18th, 2013 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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If this is true, Rihanna might have to find herself a whole new play thing/cuddle buddy.

According to the good folks over at Necole Bitchie, Drake was seen going out to dinner with Lenny Kravitz’s daughter in Venice, Ca. The two shared wine and laughs on the patio of Gjelina Restaurant, and Drake’s security reportedly kept nosy folks back and from taking pictures by standing inside the restaurant, keeping his eye on patrons. Drake has been low-key (aka, very publicly knowing him) crushing on Kravitz for years now, and as reported by Global Grind, it was just 2011 when he expressed his admiration for the actress and singer on his Twitter:

“Zoe Kravitz on Californication…my two favorite things in the world. But she’s not a thing…she’s everything.”

That same year he reportedly (according to the New York Daily News) showed up at a performance she had with her former band Elevator Flight where he supported her and rubbed elbows with her father.

Back to 2013…Kravitz was also seen on Drake’s tour bus this past weekend (see the photo above), so you know what that means: an engagement ring is on the way!

Totally kidding. Honestly, Drake goes out to dinner with lots of folks, including Rihanna, and strippers too, but alas, he’s still a single guy. We would totally like to see these two as an item (she’s no longer with Penn Badgley, she seems like she would be good for him, and they’re both Jewish!), but we won’t hold our breath. Do you think these two would be a good match?