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Loud and Proud: Zoe Saldana Lands First Cover Of Cosmo Latina

April 26th, 2012 - By Brande Victorian
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Hearst Magazines has just launched a new offspring of Cosmo for Latinas and Puerto Rican-Dominican actress Zoe Saldana has snagged its first cover.

Cosmo already has a Spanish version of its magazine but this new glossy is targeted at English-speaking Latinas here in the US, and inside the first issue Zoe talks about being proud of her roots.

“People think of Latina women as being fiery and fierce, which is usually true. But I think the quality that so many Latinas possess is strength. I’m very proud to have Latin blood.”

The 33-year-old “Avatar” and “Colombiana” star also talks about the moment she realized she was meant to be an actress:

“I had to quit ballet because it felt like a part of me was dying inside. It takes a lot of courage to face up to things you can’t do because we feed ourselves so much denial … In dance you use every party of your body except your voice. I wanted to start acting because I wanted to use my voice.”

I can foresee Sophia Vergara covering a future issue of the magazine considering her popularity right now, but I think it’s a good move that Cosmo launched this mag with an afro-latina on the cover, hopefully that speaks to the inclusion that will come down the line.

Cosmopolitan for Latinas hits newsstands May 1. What do you think about this new glossy idea?

Brande Victorian is a blogger and culture writer in New York City. Follower her on Twitter at @be_vic.

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Don’t Believe the Hype: Jada Pinkett Smith Speaks on the Divorce Rumors

April 13th, 2012 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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In an interview with the magazine Gala, Jada Pinkett Smith finally opened up about all those rumors swirling around that she and Will Smith’s relationship is on the rocks. Rumors were flying that she had picked up a divorce lawyer, was cheating with Marc Anthony (who was a guest star on her now-canceled show, “HawthoRNe”), and that Will even walked in on the two getting it in (and allegedly ran away crying). Even the kids had to go in on a few people through Twitter over the rumors. Though they had their reps speak on the alleged split last year, Jada wanted the world to know in her interview, from her own mouth, that she ain’t going anywhere anytime soon:

“Every year, one celebrity couple is under the microscope. This year, unluckily, it’s us! I almost want to say that we should have been expecting it. Will and I know the truth. We’re waiting peacefully for the storm to blow over.”

And she said that just because she’s always running around somewhere with the kids and Will is busy somewhere else, people shouldn’t assume that equals trouble in paradise. They’ve lived busy lives with complicated schedules since they got married:
“These rumors are completely untrue. I travel a lot because of my work, just like Will does… But our lifestyle hasn’t changed. Before we had the kids, we were already far away from each other quite often because of separate projects.”
Jada also took the time to let people know that yes, they still live together, and things are still peachy. So, if you were one of the people losing sleep at night worrying about one of our favorite black couples, Jada says you can go to sleep now. They are both very busy people, and we know the kids are too, so that’s why you won’t catch them all hugged up on each other all the time. However, all is good, and they are making that money, honey. Glad to hear it!
Did you believe the rumors surrounding their relationship?

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Solange Talks Submissive Women and Being a Chrissy Lampkin Fan in Complex

April 3rd, 2012 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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Source: Photo by by Ysa Pérez courtesy of Complex

Another day, another opportunity for Solange Knowles to take over the world. If you don’t think she’s well on her way to doing so, then you probably haven’t peeped out her new spread in the current April/May issue of Complex (I ADORE that magazine by the way). In it, she gets fierce and funky in her usual wild prints and with a full fro, and she also talks about everything from reality TV, her cool a** parents, and being a submissive woman versus being too independent. Check it:

When asked whether she could see herself on Project Runway for her style or on Love and Hip Hop just because, she had this to say: “I’ve never seen Project Runway, but I’m a huge Chrissy [Love & Hip-Hop star Christine Lampkin] fan. I’d need to take boxing lessons from her first though, nahmean?”

She also made it clear that while she loves being independent, behind closed doors, she’s all about being submissive: “Strong, independent women share this sentiment of wanting to be taken over sexually behind closed doors. It’s the natural balance for a woman like me.”

And she even touched on why she would have preferred to know her parents when they were young rather than to know them now. Why? Because they were pretty hip. Or at least Miss Tina was:

“My mother was the most stylish, flawless woman I’ve ever seen. My father had a little cool, but my mother was a different breed of cool. I’ve looked through photographs of her that inspire me today. She’s partied at Studio 54, hung out in ski chalets in Colorado, and played Cleopatra in a play in Egypt. She’s insanely cool in her 50s, but I wouldn’t pass up being with her in her prime!”

Check out more photos from the shoot below, and click over to to see behind the scenes video of it, and also to check out the rest of the interview. Go Solo!

Source: Photos by by Ysa Pérez for Complex

Source: Photo by by Ysa Pérez courtesy of Complex

Source: Photo by by Ysa Pérez courtesy of Complex

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EBONY Dedicates April Issue to Whitney Houston

March 6th, 2012 - By MN Editor
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We showed you Essence‘s issue dedicated to Whitney Houston not too long ago, and Ebony is doing the same with their April issue, putting aside 40 pages to commemorate the singer’s life and work. For all the collectors out there, the issue will also have 12 of the 17 covers Houston did for the magazine in her career. On top of that, the magazine’s April issue will cover the ups and downs of her career, go behind the scenes of the much anticipated film, Sparkle (Whitney’s last movie appearance), drug abuse issues in the music industry, her relationship with Bobby Brown, her style, and a rundown of the top 10 songs from the late singer. I’m pretty excited about this issue, and if you are too, pick it up on newsstands on March 20.

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Gabrielle Says She and D Wade Covered Essence to Model Dark-Skinned Love

January 25th, 2012 - By Brande Victorian
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Gabrielle Union’s February Essence cover with Dwayne Wade caught a few side eyes considering the couple’s history, but for the most part people supported the celebration of black love and marveled at their gorgeous photos.

The shoot was the first time we’d seen the two so open with their relationship, and when Sister 2 Sister asked the actress why she and D Wade accepted the offer to cover the magazine, Gabrielle said they wanted to model proud dark-skinned love.

“We didn’t realize that what people were thinking was that we were being kept off of covers and that we were being shunned because we were a darker-skinned African American couple, and when we realized that—and people were like, ‘We want more images of darker-skinned African Americans,’ and also to know that a man of his stature would choose an older woman and a browner woman—we want to see those images, and we were like, ‘Are we being a little selfish?’”

Gabby definitely has a point, I’d only thought about the couple being kept off of covers because of the “homewrecker” allegations, but in this day and age, it’s definitely important to see that ballers aren’t only choosing young, light-skinned or white women. Gabrielle Union is a proud brown-skinned woman who will turn 40 this year and I think most people are happy about what they represent (ex-wife shenanigans aside).

Check out more of the interview here. Do you think Gabby and D Wade’s relationship is a necessary example of not just black love, but dark-skinned love?

Brande Victorian is a blogger and culture writer in New York City. Follower her on Twitter at @be_vic.

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Heart & Soul Relaunching to Focus on All Women of Color

January 23rd, 2012 - By Brande Victorian
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During its 18-year history, Heart & Soul magazine has been dedicated to helping African American women stay fit physically and mentally but now with its recent acquisition by Brown Curry Detry Taylor & Associates, LLC, the publication is expanding its focus to include all women of color.

“When you look at the statistics and see the significant health disparities that exist between Caucasian women and women of color, you look for ways to close those health gaps,” President Clarence I. Brown says. “Women of color are disproportionately affected by a number of diseases and health conditions and many of those problems can be avoided or minimized through optimizing nutrition and regular physical activity. Heart & Soul will provide readers valuable information, expert advice and relevant resources that will help reduce the disparities and improve the lives of all women of color.”

The publication’s future appears to be in good hands. All of the principles of BCDT are media and marketing veterans with past ties to Heart & Soul.  Brown was responsible for daily management of the magazine when it was owned by BET; George E. Curry was editor of Emerge when Heart & Soul was part of the BET magazine group; and Patrick H. Detry and Pamela E. Taylor provided consulting services to Edwin Avent, the former owner.

Heart & Soul will be the only national publication that targets multicultural women ages 21 to 55 in the health, fitness, and wellness category which will give it a leg up on competition as women of color increasingly make up more of the U.S. population.

“We are excited about our acquisition of this important brand and readers will quickly notice a revamped, first-rate print edition and more engaging digital version of Heart & Soul,” says Brown. “We will focus on repositioning the brand back to fitness, health and wellness, and broadening the content, the audience, and the advertisers.”

Do you read Heart & Soul? What do you think about the magazine focusing on women of color in general rather than just African American women?

Brande Victorian is a blogger and culture writer in New York City. Follower her on Twitter at @be_vic.

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Ebony Names Hot Couples of 2012

January 19th, 2012 - By Brande Victorian
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Ebony magazine has put together an interesting mix for it’s hot couples of 2012 feature. On one end you have political commentator Roland Martin and Jacquie Hood Martin, “The View” co-star Sheri Shepherd and her new hubby Lamar Sally, and singer Eric Benet and his wife Manuela Testolini, while on the other u have you have T.I. and Tiny, Keyshia Cole and NBA baller Daniel “Boobie” Gibson, and notorious “Basketball Wife” Evelyn Lozada and Ochocinco.

The six couples have a cute spread in the February issue where they share what attracted them to one another and how they make their relationships work. When the magazine asked Keyshia why she decided to give Daniel a chance, she said:

“I was kind of through with relationships. I didn’t feel like guys were mature enough. What made me gravitate toward Gib was his faith in God, more than anything. He seemed like a loving person. He talked a lot about his grandmother, who had passed away, and the things she instilled in him.”

What does Daniel love about Keyshia?

“She has morals and a big heart. Once we met things happened fast. I felt like she was perfect for me. I proposed to her on New Year’s Eve, right when the ball dropped. I got down on one knee at the same time.”

Chad and Evelyn also talk about what makes their relationship work (sorta). Evelyn said:

“You must be open. That’s something I had never done before. I didn’t want anyone telling him something about me. He doesn’t judge me on my past or anything.”

And what attracted Chad to Evelyn from the beginning?

“She was up-front and honest. I never had that before. I always [say to] people in early conversations, ‘Tell me about yourself.’ They always skip a story and try to come off squeaky clean. They tell me what they think I want to hear. She didn’t send her representative. She told me what she went through. She gave me A,B,C. She said, ‘Take it or leave it.’”

Check out pics of Keyshia Cole’s photo spread on Jae Ink Speaks.

What do you think about this list? Who do you consider hot couples of 2012?

Brande Victorian is a blogger and culture writer in New York City. Follower her on Twitter at @be_vic.

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FashizBlack Publishes their First Print Issue

January 11th, 2012 - By MN Editor
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This formerly digital book is finally hitting the streets! Fashizblack Magazine will print its first hard copy issue ever. It will hit stands tomorrow, January 12, 2012.

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Aren’t We Already Kaught up with the Kardashians?

January 6th, 2012 - By Brande Victorian
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I came to Kardashian hatred late. Actually, I don’t hate the girls, I’m just oversaturated and amazed by the fact that their empire seems to be growing exponentially with the disgust many people claim to have for them.

I remember the moment it hit me. I was in Sephora and two pre-teens came next to the Makeup Forever section where I was standing. One of the girls picked up a shade and said, “this is the one Kim Kardashian wears;” her words were like nails on a chalkboard. I literally wanted to take her in the corner and give her a book or something but then I remembered just because I’d never been the type to search out celebrity makeup trends didn’t mean the girl was in trouble, but I did have to ask myself why do we care about these girls so much?

If you’re wondering who “we” is, I am too. I know that there are young girls like the ones I encountered in Sephora who want to be beautiful like Kim and I know that Ryan Seacrest is going to ride the Kardashian train until every last replacement wheel falls off, but who is this we that makes these women marketable and profitable? Pre-teens and teens only have so much money, who’s paying for this?

As if they didn’t already have their hands in some of everything already, this week, two huge expansions to their reality TV takeover were announced. The first is a magazine that will be all about them, because c’mon, who else really matters? And the second is a deal with Matell to develop a line of Barbies. Now there has already been enough problems with Barbie and her effect on young girl’s self esteem that this should scream “bad idea” but everyone wants a shameless piece of the Kardashian pie. I don’t even want to think about how they’re going to design Kim’s body.

What’s scary is that you can almost imagine the girl’s adapting their lives to extend their “relevancy.” Kim gets a divorce, now we have to know what life’s like after. Kourtney is pregnant again, now we have to know how she handles being a mommy of two. My guess would be the same way 70 million other women do. I was feeling pretty good about the fact that the girls are approaching their mid-30s and Hollywood doesn’t care too much about women past that point, so I figured the reign was almost over. But now with the stepsisters getting older and becoming more front and center I feel like their 15 minutes is getting stretched to a good 30-45.

Just once I wish someone in their camp would speak up and say, “hey let’s try the Beyonce way of doing things.” And then they could disappear, actually do something, and then reemerge with a product, idea, anything that actually makes people respect the hustle.

Part of me feels bad because I don’t exactly know what it is that bothers me so much. I don’t look at Kim and automatically think Ray J sex tape, although occasionally my mind does recall that sordid fact and then I think of Montana Fishburne saying she is her role model, and then I think we’re all screwed. But it’s more so the fact that I look at her and I don’t see anything—anything by way of talent, I mean. Kris seems to be carefully orchestrating these girls’ lives and “careers” if you want to call it that. Every deal they make she seems to be there, which just makes them look like puppets. Yes, Kim’s raking in more money than imaginable off solely being nice to look at, but when it comes down to the bottom line I think it’s hard for a lot of people to respect that. You can say she’s genius for this whole wedding scam but some things like credibility and integrity just don’t have a price.

If these girls want to have their lane and be great at something so be it, but all they’re doing is dibbling their fingers in a whole lot of everything and doing a whole lot of nothing—but slapping their names on it and making us watch. I’ve seen that show before and I think I’m pretty much over it. What about you?

Brande Victorian is a blogger and culture writer in New York City. Follower her on Twitter at @be_vic.

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Jackie Magazine Still Doesn’t Get It

December 23rd, 2011 - By Brande Victorian
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Explaining racism to people who’ve never had to deal with it must be like explaining the birthing process to a man. They’ll just never get it.

Eva Hoeke’s resignation from Jackie magazine following the Rihannagate situation earlier this week appeared to be an admission of wrongdoing on their part—but just to make sure no one would think such a ridiculous thing, the magazine’s publisher, Yves Gijrath,  has issued a statement of his own, saying quite the opposite. According to an interpretation, he said:

[T]here is nothing wrong in the magazine. [Hoeke] presented it as a joke, but it most certainly was not a joke. It was an interpretation [of a fashion style]. […] She should have said: “we did not realize this interpretation is such a touchy subject. We never meant any harm and offer our sincere and upright apologies.” But because of all the fuss, Eva started to wiggle in all directions, and therefore we have come to the conclusion her credibility has been undermined.”

And while that seems like a step in the right apologetic direction, Gijrath followed the statement up by emphasizing that although the magazine had invited Rihanna to respond, it would not be printing a retraction.”We will not be silenced. People are totally off limits when calling both the magazine Jackie and Eva Hoeke racist. Jackie is even produced by an editorial staff that is of mixed origins.”

Is that sort of like saying, “I have black friends?” Would people be off limits if they called Jackie, Eva Hoeke, and Yves Gijrath ignorant?

I need for Gijrath to recognize that with his words he basically undid the sorry apology that Hoeke issued in the first place by saying it wasn’t her editorial judgment that got her fired, it was her refusal to stand by the magazine’s decision to publish racist and sexist terms. Perhaps he isn’t so concerned with how he’s skewed the image of black women in America by printing this article; and it’s evident he doesn’t care whether or not we feel disrespected by those words, but how have we come to the point that we’re not even deserving of an adequate apology?

In so many instances we hear apologies that we know were forced and don’t hold much weight, but the fact that the publisher doesn’t see fit to issue his own speaks to how unimportant he sees this issue. It’s not enough to say Hoeke should have offered her utmost sincere apologies, where are his?

Anyone with a tenth of a brain knows the history of the N-word, and even if you chose to ignore that for your own racist enjoyment, is it cool to refer to a woman as a B in a female magazine? I guess as long as she’s black, right?

Jackie continues to dig itself into an even deeper hole with this situation and unfortunately there is little we can do here in America as consumers. Hopefully those who receive the Dutch magazine and who initially expressed outrage at its poor word choice will vote with their feet and cancel their subscriptions, and maybe even advertisers will take a second look at how the magazine upheld its “integrity” among this scandal. This entire situation serves as a reminder of how far we still need to go—-not that we really needed one.

What do you think about the publisher’s words?

Brande Victorian is a blogger and culture writer in New York City. Follower her on Twitter at @be_vic.

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