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Don’t Let This Denise Huxtable Meme Get You In Trouble…

August 26th, 2015 - By Veronica Wells
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Last night, long after I should have been asleep, I was on Instagram’s explore page. There, I stumbled across this meme. It featured a picture very similar to the one above.  Denise Huxtable, in her stylish yet loose-fitting clothes sitting cross-legged on the ground, was  juxtaposed with a woman in a bikini, booty tooted.

The words beneath the pictures were the same.


On the one hand I understand that we are all different. Some of us are baggy-clothes babes and some of us prefer to “skin out.”

I don’t know why we need a meme for that though. People who know you or follow you on Instagram will be able to tell how much of your body you do and don’t reveal. Interestingly enough, the young lady whose post I saw last night, had plenty of pictures of herself in bikinis, halter tops and short shorts.


Today, the meme came up again when actress Tia Mowry posted it. Unlike the girl I saw last night, Tia provided a bit of a rationalization.

“Not that there’s anything wrong with the “other girls.” Get it girls!! But this is so ME! P.s Nobody is shamming [sic] anybody either! Please don’t read into it! GESH! “

With Nicki Minaj’s Barbz, you already know it wasn’t long before people were dragging Tia, to the point where she deleted the post all together.

And while I really like Tia and really don’t believe she meant any harm; I have to admit, the Barbz were right to tell her about herself in this instance, though I’m sure they could have been more polite about it.

Point is, this meme was clearly designed to pit women against each other, to elevate one while disgracing the other. It’s clear that there is value being assigned to Denise Huxtable while Nicki Minaj is derided for wearing an outfit many of us would wear to the beach, and might even pose in.

One of the biggest issues I notice in our society is that people believe a woman is only worthy of respect if she dresses, acts and carries herself a certain way. But why can’t a woman be worthy of respect simply because she’s a human being? Why does poking your booty out, or wearing a swimsuit make you less than?

And in case you don’t believe that Nicki Minaj was meant to be subordinate in this meme, you need look no further than the word “females.”

We had a discussion about this very word earlier today. It’s problematic. I know I’m not the only one who’s noticed it’s almost exclusively used in the pejorative. “These females out here be…” “You can’t trust these females…” “Females these days…” And the list goes on and on.

Furthermore, it’s just inaccurate. There’s a word for female human… it’s woman.

Call me dramatic if you want to but the consistent use of the word, particularly in the negative sense, whether intentional or not, subtly and subconsciously paints women who behave in ways deemed unacceptable, in an animalistic, less than human light. I don’t have to tell you that’s not right. And women should be the absolute last people perpetuating that cycle.

Particularly when most of us, as that Instagram girl proved, exist somewhere in the middle of Denise Huxtable and Nicki Minaj. Or we’re Denise one day and Nicki the next. Complexity is the nature of being human. Putting ourselves in these good girl, bad girl boxes is not only tired at this point, it’s unrealistic.

Lest we forget, Lisa Bonet is not even Denise Huxtable, she’s just a character. And if we want to be real, Nicki Minaj is often playing a bit of a role when we see her out publicly. Instead of trying to identify with characters and facades, we should be striving to be the most authentic versions of ourselves, and not bashing other women in the process.

“She’d Plead The Fifth” Daughter Explains Lisa Bonet’s Approach To The Bill Cosby Scandal

August 24th, 2015 - By Veronica Wells
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Remember, during the first few months, of what remains an on-going scandal with Bill Cosby, a Twitter account, allegedly belonging to Lisa Bonet, popped up. The account seemed to suggest that the truth cannot stay hidden for long. People ran with the tweets, assuming that they were in reference to Bill Cosby and that they were actually written by Lisa Bonet.

Later, a rep for the veteran actress confirmed that the person was not Bonet and that she didn’t have a Twitter account as all.

Still, we all wondered what Lisa Bonet had to say about the situation.

We got a general idea from her daughter Zoe Kravitz.

Kravitz recently spoke to The Guardian about her mother’s thoughts–or lack thereof– on the allegations. When they asked if Kravitz had discussed the rape allegations with her mother as he said, “She [Lisa Bonet] hasn’t, she really hasn’t. She’d plead the fifth, even to me. I think she’s just staying out of it.”

Though Bonet hasn’t come forward with an opinion to share publicly, Kravitz did say that her mother has some thoughts.

“She’s just as disgusted and concerned as everyone else is. But I don’t think she has any insight. It’s news to her as well.”

And while Kravitz could understand why people would wonder, she believes her mother would speak up if she had a valuable opinion to offer.

“She’s a very straightforward person. If there was something she felt the world needed to know that would help this case or help any women who had been abused, she would say something.”

Bet You Didn’t Know: Secrets Behind The Making Of “A Different World”

June 15th, 2015 - By Deron Dalton
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A Different World was added to Netflix recently, becoming popular all over again. Newer generations can watch what life is like at a historically Black college or university as well as witness other relatable experiences to most young people. However, there are plenty of behind-the-scenes secrets you all might not know about this college-set sitcom, which was a direct spin-off of The Cosby Show.

Did Y’all See? Kim K’s Best Friend Slings Racial Stereotypes At Blac Chyna, Amber Rose

May 8th, 2015 - By Veronica Wells
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There were some strange things and even some shenanigans going on this week in the news. In this episode of “Did Y’all See”, the MadameNoire editors discuss Laila Ali coming forward to say that Floyd Mayweather  needs help for his domestic violence issues. Then, at the Met Gala, former lovebirds Lenny Kravitz and Lisa Bonet stepped out on the red carpet together…on a date. We discuss whether the move was a bit odd…even for these hippy, dippy free spirits. And then we share our thoughts on Kim Kardashian’s BFF, Jonathan Cheban, coming out of the shadows to lodge stereotypes at Amber Rose and Blac Chyna, in defense of Kylie Jenner.

See what our editors have to say about all these topics in the video above.

WCW: 15 Stunning Zoe Kravitz Flix

May 6th, 2015 - By Rich
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Zoe Kravitz is the stunning off-spring of equally beautiful Lenny Kravitz and Lisa Bonet. This talented star is quickly rising up among Hollywood’s elite and has simply been dazzling both fans and A-listers alike. This busy bee is pretty much everywhere at the moment. Earlier this week we caught her on the Met Gala Red Carpet with her parents and ‘acting up’ with new gal pal Miley Cyrus while last week she graced pages of Flaunt magazine topless and recently discussed with Marie Claire her past issues with eating disorders and body image and how she had to go back to those dark moments for her new role in The Road Within. And let’s not forget her ‘bizarre’ poker game in her underwear with Miley Cyrus

Anywho, skim through to see some of her jaw-dropping looks on and off the Red Carpet.

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WCW: 15 Stunning Zoe Kravitz Flix

Is It Weird That Lenny Kravitz And Lisa Bonet Went To The Met Gala Together?

May 5th, 2015 - By Veronica Wells
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In my mind, Lenny Kravitz and Lisa Bonet are still together, like romantically. And while I know that she’s married to fine behind Jason Momoa, Lenny and Lisa, with their alliterating names, funky bohemian style and comparable attractiveness, were a beautiful example of Black [Hollywood] love.

I know I wasn’t the only one who was bummed when it ended. But I took solace in the fact that they seemed to maintain a beautiful friendship.

And while these two have always been a shining example of what co-parenting and romances-turned-friendships can look like, they took it to a whole ‘nother level when they showed up at last night’s Met Gala arm in arm, as each other’s dates.

I still love seeing them together. Lisa is still gorgeous. Lenny is still fine and their offspring Zoe is stunning.

But after I stopped gushing, I thought about the weirdness of it all. I mean, if we take the celebrity aspect out of this and apply it to us mere mortals in the real world, this would be something of a scandal. I told y’all Lisa is married, with children. And Lenny is her ex husband, father of her child and longtime friend.

You know what they say, flames can be rekindled.

And while I’ve read that Lenny and Jason get along famously, I certainly hope Lisa ran this by her man. And I do wonder how that conversation went…

“Hey babe, Lenny, Zoe and I are going to the Met Gala.” 

“Oh, cool. Who’s Zoe’s date?

“She’s going solo.”

“Nice. Who’s Lenny taking?”


Where dey do dat at?

In fairness, since this was a family affair, perhaps the common thread, Zoe, asked her mother and father to attend the event together.

I could understand that…if Zoe weren’t a grown woman.

Either there’s something more to this and we don’t know the full story yet…or Lenny and Lisa really are on some different ish.

What do you make of these two stepping out together as each other’s dates? Do you think their status as celebrities makes this a little bit more understandable?

Curtain Call: 10 Stars Who Left Hollywood Behind To Raise A Family

January 29th, 2015 - By Asha Boston
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According to Jay-Z, Hollywood is the most addictive drug in the world. If that’s true, we know a few stars who have gone cold turkey. We’ve told you in the past about stars leaving the entertainment industry behind for an education, and for Jesus, but the 10 individuals on this list left to raise their families and give their children a life outside of the Hollywood hills.


Kellie Shanygne Jackson (Williams)

After nine years of playing Laura on “Family Matters,” Kellie Williams decided to leave the glitz and glam of Hollywood behind to raise a family. It must feel good to be away from Urkel for good! *winks*

Every now and then she takes on acting work, but Kellie seems extremely happy with her husband and very adorable kids.

Did Lisa Bonet Comment on Bill Cosby’s Rape Allegations? Plus A Former Employee Comes Forward

November 23rd, 2014 - By Courtney Whitaker
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By now, we’re sure you’ve heard about the allegations surrounding Bill Cosby. Over nine women have accused him of drugging and raping him. Now, it appears as though one of his former costars has weighed in on the topic.

In a tweet, Lisa Bonet reportedly said the following…

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However, after some digging, Thegrio is claiming the tweet is in fact false. The Grio stated, According to Lisa Bonet’s manager, the actress is not on Twitter and the following message in not authentic.

Lisa has had a very icy relationship with her former TV dad for a number of years. Cosby reportedly disagreed with an explicit scene  she did in a movie and it eventually led to her being fired from The Cosby Show. Lisa has not attended any reunions or supported the Cosby show since.

Although the tweet is fake, fans of the show are eagerly waiting for one of the stars to comment on the allegations. In the meantime, a former NBC employee has come forward claiming Cosby paid off women.

In an interview with the DailyNews, Frank Scotti says he helped Cosby pay multiple women off, buy a model a home and stood out of his dressing when he brought women backstage.

Scotti says,

“I was suspicious that something was going on. I suspected that he was having sex with them because the other person he was sending money to Thompson (a woman whose daughter, Autumn Jackson claimed the actor was her dad)  he was definitely having sex with.

“Why else would he be sending money?” Scotti asked. “He was sending these women $2,000 a month. What else could I think?”

“I did a lot of crazy things for him,” recalled Scotti. “He was covering himself by having my name on it. It was a coverup. I realized it later.”

Scotti decided to come forward with his story because “felt sorry for the women.”

“I Never Had A Shot:” Malcolm Jamal Warner Reveals ‘Cosby Show’ Crush

July 18th, 2014 - By Lauren R.D. Fox
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During the 1980s and ‘90s, most of us crushed hard on Theo Huxatble from The Cosby Show. When he wasn’t scheming with his best friend Cockroach or spending time with family, he wooed us with his boy next door charm. Despite the world fame attention Theo Huxtable received, the man behind the character, Malcolm Jamal Warner, had his own set of butterflies.

While filming their hit television series, Warner admitted he had a secret crush on his onscreen sister, Lisa Bonet. Bonet played his indie afro-punk older sister, Denise and while being interviewed by Access Hollywood, Warner revealed how his teenage hormones affected their work relationship.

“’We were so close in age. But, you know, I never had a shot. You just know. At 13, 14, you know when you have a shot or not, even at that age. She’s cool. Lisa and I, we’ve always been very cool.”

Although sparks didn’t fly between the two, they pursued other Hollywood romances. Bonet is currently married to Game of Thrones’ actor Jason Momoa and has two daughters from their union. She was previously married to Lenny Kravitz and is the mother to their actress/model daughter, Zoe Kravitz. Warner was in two long term relationships with actresses Regina King and Karen Malina White. He also dated his onscreen girlfriend, Michelle Thomas from The Cosby Show, when they became older. Unfortunately, Thomas died of stomach cancer in 1998.

Do you think Lisa Bonet and Malcolm could have been a match-made in heaven?

Prom 2014: Would You Let Your Kid Have A Celebrity Prom Date?

April 28th, 2014 - By Rich
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My daughter has lived a privileged life in a great many ways. Pay no mind to her class status or how hard/easy her life has been. Never mind material goods like iPads and green grass. Never mind if the spoon is silver, gold or copper.

My kid has been able to meet some of the biggest names in music and culture. Alicia Keys. LL Cool J. Kendrick Lamar. Dr. Cornel West. Rev. Jesse Jackson. She even shook hands with a would-be President Barack Obama. I never hesitate to remind her that these encounters are not normal and to be wholly appreciative of them.

These days kids are asking for a celebrity prom date in what seems like a year-end matching ritual, largely driven by social media. And the stars are often saying, “Yes!” They almost never say no, often opting to blame “scheduling conflicts.”

This is evolution in a great many ways, because “back in my day” you were lucky to get a lousy autograph with a person of note. The best I did as a kid was a quick second with Charles Barkley, but if I could take Lisa Bonet to the prom? I’m sorry, Tina, but you would have been replaced!

Question: Would I allow a celebrity to accompany my daughter to the prom?

My first instinct was, “Sure!”

Why not? She would be a teen by that time and it would be a cute, special moment for her. And, it would probably make the star look good too. Isn’t that what life is about – a series of unforgettable, epic moments strung together?
Then, I remembered, life is also a bunch of learning experiences with a wide range of educational levels, so to speak.

Then, I realized AGAIN (thanks to social media) that kids are doing more than asking famous folks to hang out. They are requesting for just about everything (just look in the comments section of any celebrity Instagram).
And then there are the actual superstars.

By and large most are cool for a quick flick, but letting them have potential one-on-one time with a minor? My feelings quickly changed – word to James Franco and R. Kelly. Franco had a quick meeting with a 17-year-old and then the pair started going back and forth on Instagram and he didn’t seem to care she was under-aged. And everybody knows the controversy that is Robert Kelly.

To answer the question. I would probably let my own child go to the prom under certain conditions.

1) It would have to be an artist or celebrity that was appropriate. This means Chris Brown and Justin Beiber, should they be popular in the future, would not be acceptable. On the flip side, there may be some stars that don’t overtly seem appropriate, but are. These artists are mostly pushing an image and are sometimes low-key good people.

2) There would be some ground rules set. No touchy touch. All activities would be at a well-attended, well-lit and well-monitored place like a high school gym. This would mean, I’d be there too; to make sure the whole affair doesn’t turn into a real-life scene from the parent version of “Carrie.”

3) The star and his handlers and I would have a conversation. Just to ensure we’re all clear.

4) I, of course, would also have a conversation with my lil’ big one to make sure that the code of conduct is respected by all parties including her.

5) The last condition is one that transcends a quick press-worthy moment with a shooting star. I’ve already put in tremendous groundwork to make sure my child knows how to act around folks, celebrity or otherwise.
More importantly, I’ve constantly pushed the ideal that she shines as brightly as anybody in lights. Stressing self-respect is supremely challenging, because we live in a world where all celebrities (i.e. singers and rappers) are revered as kings, queens or gods (and they believe it). I definitely believe those barriers are becoming thinner by the day (Thanks again, social media!), but they remain strong.

Personally, I hope my kid is strong enough to turn down an opportunity to the prom with a celebrity, because she’s full of confidence and cockiness.

Shoot, I wasn’t.

Still working at meeting Lisa Bonet.

Just a picture.