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Terrence Howard has been working in front on the cameras playing different roles since 1992’s Jacksons: An American Dream. He may be best known for hit movies such as Crash and Hustle & Flow but he also has a few music video roles under his belt. In Ashanti’s “Foolish,” Howard plays her criminal minded ex who gets caught cheating. The video earned three MTV VMA nominations in 2002. Howard also played opposite Mary J. Blige in her “Be Without You” video where she just couldn’t be without him.
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Michael Ealy Says He Kept His Son A Secret Because He Didn’t Want To Deal With “Drama From The Outside”
As we broke to you on Valentine’s Day, Michael Ealy told Steve Harvey on his talk show that he and wife Khatira Rafiqzad actually brought a child into the world some time ago, but just never told anyone. Why? Because he’s never understood why people share something so private with complete strangers. Of course, this wasn’t the first time that Ealy kept such big news to himself. Who could forget when he got married in October 2012, but didn’t let people know until almost the very end of that year that he was taken for good (a big shock considering no one knew he had a girlfriend for YEARS)?
Well, at the Essence Black Women in Hollywood Event (which also celebrated men this year), Ealy was asked about why he felt the need to keep his growing family private:
“Yeah, well. I’m not really, you know me. I just don’t believe in…I’m not that kind of guy. You know what I mean? And while I treasure the birth of my son and it is a blessing from God, I don’t feel like sharing it with everyone. It’s always the best way to treasure it. Sometimes it’s nice. Especially those first couple of months when nobody knows and you’re able to just enjoy fatherhood…you know what I mean? Without the drama from the outside. ‘Cuz sometimes that can lead to more drama.”
Quite a mouthful, right? But I think Ealy just wanted to avoid any negativity from people on the outside. We all know a lot of negativity was thrown his way after people found out about his wife, so I totally get it. Some things aren’t meant for the world to talk about and bask in, and with all the children we see getting scared by paparazzi or finding themselves in car accidents because their famous parents are being chased for pictures, I can understand his want for privacy, especially for his son, Elijah. But what do you think?
We already shouted out the ladies who stunned on the NAACP Image Awards red carpet tonight, but you know we couldn’t forget about the fellas. Here are the 10 most dapper dons who showed men everywhere how to hang a suit this evening.
The highly anticipated romantic comedy”About Last Night” was released in theaters this past weekend and it didn’t disappoint. According to Box Office Mojo, the Will Packer film came in at number two at the President’s Day weekend box office, grossing $27 million, which is pretty great considering that a little less than $13 million was spent making and marketing the film.
It also appears that movie critics good things to say about the Kevin Hart flick, insisting that the comedic element is what really made the movie such a success.
“It is largely thanks to them [Kevin Hart and Regina Hall] that ‘About Last Night,’ which might have been a pleasant and forgettable date movie, is very often a raucous good time,” wrote the New York Times’ A.O. Scott. “Many of the funniest parts seem to arise spontaneously from Mr. Hart’s uncensored brain and fast-moving mouth. He can swerve from tears to mock outrage to anatomically detailed obscenities faster than just about any other comic performer working today, and in Ms. Hall he has found an excellent match.”
“Frisky fun made all the more entertaining because of the potent chemistry between its quartet of lead actors,” raved USA Today’s Claudia Puig. “Hart’s 80-mph comic pacing is tough to match, but Hall is equally racy. Their scorched-earth takedowns are fast and furious, sometimes seemingly improvised. The actors appear to enjoy each other’s comic energy.”
We’re glad to hear it did so well.
Did you check out “About Last Night” over the weekend? What did you think of it?
Michael Ealy may be one of Hollywood’s hottest men, but he hasn’t always had it together when it comes to love.
The About Last Night star admits that when he was younger he was like his impetuous character Danny in the remake (opening today) co-starring Kevin Hart, Regina Hall and Joy Bryant.
“[Danny’s] 28 in the movie and I was about the same at 28,” he admits at a press roundtable. “I was at the beginning of my career and it required so much focus and dedication that any relationship that I was in at that time was in second position. I, like Danny, took out my frustrations of the industry on whoever I was dating.”
Ealy, who married longtime girlfriend Khatira Rafiqzada in October 2012, admits that like many men, he wasn’t ready for love. “One of the things that I’ve learned as a man is that men tend to need their sh-t together before they can be valuable contributors to a relationship.”
While he admits that it can be frustrating to meet a wonderful guy at the wrong time, Ealy cautions against trying to change a man into being what you want him to be.
Read more about what made Ealy settle down in the Essence exclusive.
Michael Ealy just might be the male version of Kerry Washington, because he has proven as of late that he likes to keep his life on the absolute low low.
I was literally just tuning in to The Steve Harvey Show, watching a crazy segment about a married woman obsessed with Ealy. I actually planned to change the channel right after, but then Regina Hall and Ealy sat down for their own segment to chat about their new movie, About Last Night (out today!). In the midst of talking about love, Ealy’s personal life came up, with Harvey asking him, “Mike, you’ve been married for about a year now, right?” Ealy, always uncomfortable bringing up his personal business, reluctantly said yes and very briefly discussed how much he learned so far from being married. The surprise in all this conversation came when Harvey asked Ealy “You see kids in the future?” to which he responded with:
“We have a son.”
Though Harvey and Ealy are, as Harvey said earlier in the episode, “good friends,” this is something that surprised him and everyone else in the audience. However, Hall knew and said that the child is a “beautiful little boy.” It’s unclear if the boy, named Elijah, is brand-spanking new, or if he was born before the wedding, since the two were together for four years before tying the knot. But what is clear is that Ealy wants folks to know that it’s not their business: “I never understand why people announce the birth of their children.” For him, it seems that while he can talk to no end about his films and TV work, Ealy thinks his private life needs to remain private. I wish I could have taken down more of the interview, but my jaw was on the floor for at least 45 seconds, and the convo about his family came and went pretty quickly.
Well, now that the cat is out of the bag…congratulations to Ealy and his wife Khatira Rafiqzad on their son, Elijah! As soon as some video of this afternoon’s episode surfaces, I will be sure to post it below. Until then, share your thoughts.
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Stacey Dash starred in a couple episodes of “The Cosby Show” and “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” early on in her career but her big break came in 1995’s Clueless as the self-centered Dionne Davenport, opposite Alicia Silverstone and Brittany Murphy. Part Barbadian, African-American and Mexican, the former “Single Ladies” star caught a lot of flack in 2012 for endorsing Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney. Using her platform to express her conservative views, Dash also criticized Jay Z and Beyonce for their 2013 trip to Cuba.
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Remember the good ol’ days when we all assumed Michael Ealy was single and actually thought we could have a shot at him? Yeah, well that was short-lived. By 2012 news had spread that Ealy had married a woman named Khatira Rafiqzada and the two had actually been together for years and we ain’t ‘een’ know it. So while promoting his new film About Last Night in Rolling Out, he opened up about his relationship for the first time to explain why he decided to marry privately, and gave advice for fellas who are afraid to take things to the next level:
“Well, you know me, and you know that I am an extremely private person. But what I can say is that I’m not a young cat anymore. I’ve gone through my share of relationships, which ironically enough, I think have contributed to the work that I’ve done in some of these relationship films. I can relate to Danny in this new film, because I was him. So when I watched the film I was so happy that I had matured beyond that point in my life. Don’t get me wrong; marriage opens up an entirely different can of worms as it pertains to your evolution as a man. I’ve found that for me, the timing of it was right … that’s all that I can really say. And that’s a personal decision that was not made in haste, because we were together for four years. But when you find someone — and that’s something that is very hard to do … but when you find someone that you actually want to spend the rest of your life with, you have to go for it. I was just very lucky that the stars lined up for me.”
He also spoke to TheGrio about his new comedy, and it’s been mentioned that he looks thin, if not too thin in the film. He explained his change in size and said he was asked to lose 30 pounds for the film.
“I had to lose 25 pounds for this movie. My ‘man weight’ was a little too heavy for the studio, so I had to bring it down a little bit so I could look 28-year-old in the movie.”
Ealy is 40 now by the way. I actually like him with meat on his bones…but then again, I like him any way actually. Anywho, check out his full interview with both Rolling Out and theGrio and share your thoughts below.
Actor Michael Ealy has come a long way, and you ain’t eeen know it.
In a recent interview with Ellen DeGeneres (to promote his show Almost Human), the gorgeous guy talked about his life before the movies, when he was out here waiting tables and trying make ends meet off of tips. If you live in New York, I’m sure you know a thing or two about the Jamaican restaurant Negril Village. So who else is mad that they missed out on being served by the blue-eyed beauty back in the day? Anywho, Ealy opened up about his past waiting tables for famous folks, including Diddy, who he says was the best tipper Ealy came across. It all started after the actor gave props to Ellen (who also used to wait tables) for giving a waitress a $10,000 tip a few weeks ago:
“I saw what you did for the waitress in Connecticut and just let me say that really warmed my heart. I waited tables. I did the textbook actor thing. I left college and I said, ‘What should I do to make a living?,’ and it was, I saw people interviewed and they said they waited tables. That’s what I did. I had no experience and so I ended up waiting tables. It was a great experience because I actually learned so much about human behavior. You know, like the things that you can tell. Let’s just say a couple on a first date, you can tell because the guy is extremely chivalrous. And after a few weeks, not so chivalrous. Little less chivalrous. It was in New York City. It was a high-end Caribbean spot called Negril and a lot of celebrities came through there. Yes, I know who’s a good tipper and a bad tipper and all of that.”
Ellen: “Who’s the best tipper?”
Ellen: “Yeah? He’s the best tipper? What was the check and what did he leave?”
“I think the check was like, 40 bucks and he left me like, 100.”
Now that’s how you tip! Have you ever waited tables? Check out Michael’s interview below, and even if you don’t hear anything he says, you can just stare at all the beauty of that man…
We’ve witnessed actress Taraji P. Henson blossom into one fabulous individual over the years and it’s so hard not to love her wild sense of humor and her down to earth personality. The 42-year-old knockout recently paid a visit to the Wendy Show where she chatted it up about everything from parenting to her rumored relationship with Idris Elba. Check out some of what she had to say.
On putting off her son’s college enrollment:
“I had my son sit out a semester. Well, a year. We did the gap year. I just felt like he wasn’t ready. He’s of college age. He’s on his way to college. He was supposed to start last year. I want to set him up for success not failure. And a lot of kids when they go to college and they’re not mentally ready, they’re not mature enough and they fail. He’s not gonna waste my money. I feel like we invest in our children’s future and like I said I want to set him up for success not failure. Yes and he did [get a job for a year to mature] and I’m so proud of him. He’s such a good boy, he just wasn’t ready.”
On the Think Like a Man sequel:
“Yes, [a sequel is] being made. We start [filming] May 13th in Vegas.”
On how (and why) she maintains a low profile:
“I do [go out shopping while in New York City]. We [Mary J. Blige and I] hang out. I was just with her at Noble. This is what you guys need to understand. I don’t do it and I’m not judging, but a lot of celebrities call the paparazzi to meet them where they’re going. So I am choosing to have a private life because I have a son. I have a son who is on the Internet. And like I said last time I was here, I don’t know what it is to grow up, you know his father was murdered. I don’t know what it is to grow up without a dad, my grandfather is murdered and now my mom is this big celebrity and she’s always in the tabloids. I wouldn’t do that to him.”
On the rumored romance shared between she and Idris Elba:
“There’s the record I’ve slept with every man I’ve ever worked with. There it is! No [that is not true at all]. I just do not mix business with pleasure… If you have sex with them why would they want to work with you again?”
Turn the page to watch Taraji’s interview and find out which one of her hot co-stars she’d sleep with if she had to choose between Michael Ealy, Brad Pitt and Tyrese Gibson.