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The easy, breezy, beautiful Soledad O’Brien, along with her production company Starfish Media, is teaming up with CoverGirl’s “Girls Can” campaign to release a new web series that will seek to uplift, empower, and boost underserved women pursuing a higher education.
The webseries, according to O’Brien, will follow “…the lives of several young women who have been helped through O’Brien’s foundation, the Soledad O’Brien and Brad Raymond Starfish Foundation,” according to Women’s Wear Daily. [h/t The Gloss]
The award-winning journalist said that she decided to jump on board CoverGirl’s “Girls Can” movement because it mirrors her passion to elevate women who feel weighed down by the “Girls Can’t” societal prejudice.
“There are thousands of inspirational stories waiting to be told about young women who yearn for a great education. They are stories of struggle and stories of success, and they will inspire others to take action and work to change lives,” O’Brien told Women’s Wear Daily.
The video series will explore the obstacles that young women encounter while pursuing their career goals. The main purpose is to show women that achieving your dreams may be an uphill battle, but “can’t” should always be turned into a “can.” This content will be launched within the next couple of months.
O’Brien isn’t the only spokeswoman for CoverGirl’s campaign. Katy Perry, Pink, Queen Latifah, Ellen DeGeneres, Sophia Vergara, Becky G, and Janelle Monae have all appeared on CoverGirl’s first “Girl’s Can” ad which premiered during the Olympics Closing Ceremony.
“I heard that girls couldn’t rap. I rap!” Queen Latifah said, “[I heard] girl’s couldn’t own businesses. I own my own business!” Oh snap. Clip below. Can’t wait to see what Soledad has in mind.
It may be 2014 but there are still some celebrities out there who refuse to confirm their sexual preference for one reason or another.
Queen Latifah blazed a trail by becoming successful in a male-dominated rap world. As her popularity grew, so did questions about her sexuality. Dogged by rumors for much of her career, Queen Latifah has refused to comment about her personal life. Paparazzi have caught the New Jersey native numerous times with her then-personal trainer/long-time ex-girlfriend Jeanette Jenkins but she has still been adamant about keeping her private life private. At this year’s Grammys, many thought the “Ladies First” rapper would finally come out of the closet while officiating a number of gay marriages at an event before the ceremony, but she didn’t.
“Anderson Cooper: ‘The fact is, I’m gay’”. “Queen Latifah Can’t Change, Even If She Tried”. “Robin Roberts Comes Out, Thanks To ‘Long Time Girlfriend’”. Because of course what celebrities choose to do in their bedrooms is everyone else’s business. As much as we’d like to think we’re entitled to a public confirmation of people’s sexual orientation, the fact is we’re not, even if it isn’t so easy for us to assume by who they are or aren’t dating.
I can’t completely blame the public for their desperate need to know. If celebs aren’t leaking a sex tape they are writing song lyrics about what goes down in their bedroom and on themselves. When the public responds unfavorably they cry for privacy and remind us that they are people too. But the bigger deal the media continues to make about “coming out” the more it reveals just how uncomfortable we are with sexuality in this country.
I think what bothers me most is that when it comes to homosexuality, what people tend to obsess over is the sexual act itself. When we heard Justin Timberlake married Jessica Beal we didn’t instantly wonder, “I wonder if she likes her hair pulled?” But when it comes to gay couples we immediately become curious about what kind of sex they’re having. There’s a lot more to being gay than having sex; they go to dinner, argue about to watch on Netflix and forget to take out the trash too.
I don’t know if I completely agree with the idea that “gay is the new black” but there was a time in this country where different races using the same restroom or a black woman sitting in the front of the bus was breaking news. I have faith that one day who someone is having sex with the same gender is just as “meh” as a black man in a voting booth.
When NFL prospect, Michael Sam recently revealed he was gay, I worried that his personal life could be easily used more for good publicity for the NFL and less as a major step in the gay rights movement. I worry that being an ally or supporting gay rights is a way for people to be down with the next new cause and not because they legitimately believe in someone’s right love who they choose and not be discriminated against because of it.
Ellen Page is the latest celeb to “come out”. Just recently at a conference for LGBT teens she revealed, “I’m here today because I am gay,” she confirmed, “And because maybe I can make a difference. To help others have an easier and more hopeful time. Regardless, for me, I feel a personal obligation and a social responsibility.” But does celebs revealing their sexual status make being gay more acceptable or does the fact that they feel the need to do so publicly make more of a mockery out of sexual orientation.
Every day there are adults and adolescents struggling to come out and only in the best for situations do they proverbially live “happily ever after”. There are mothers coming out to their husbands and children. There are young men coming out to their religious grandparents. There are adolescent girls trying to find a way to explain their feelings to their friends. And I’m willing to bet coming out is that much harder to do when you don’t have 30,000 Twitter followers applauding your efforts. Being gay shouldn’t be just breaking news on a blog. There are hundreds of real people coming out who have real lives to face regardless of if their sexuality becomes a trending topic or not.
Toya Sharee is a community health educator and parenting education coordinator who has a passion for helping young women build their self-esteem and make well-informed choices about their sexual health. She also advocates for women’s reproductive rights and blogs about everything from beauty to love and relationships. Follow her on Twitter @TheTrueTSharee or visit her blog, Bullets and Blessings.
Last month we told you about how Patti Labelle came for “all the little heifers” out here referring to themselves as divas. When in reality, they can’t sing all that well. Yikes. She didn’t name names though, so were left guessing about who she was referencing.
But today, on “The Queen Latifah” show she spoke about the singers she actually admires today. See who she named and who she called a mini version of herself.
Queen Latifah: What performers inspire you today?
Patti: “Who’s awesome? I think Fantasia is awesome. She’s a mini me. You know, she kicks her shoes off before she starts the show. I said ‘Baby girl, wait until at least the seventh song.’ She says, ‘Mama, I like to kick em off when I get out there like you do.’ She is one of the people that you should watch. Of course, Christina Aguilera. Of course…umm not many. There are a lot of people that call themselves whatever. But we know best. You know, Dana.”
And then she went back to Fantasia again:
“I love Fantasia. Fantasia is a baby Patti LaBelle. When I see her, I see me when I was younger. But even though I’m not as young as she is, we can still stand strong together. She’s phenomenal. She does what she does. She takes her shoes off. She doesn’t think about what she’s doing on stage, and that’s what I love about her. When I’m on stage I never think about anything. I just sing.”
Mama Patti does not mince words. Not at all. So I guess we can assume she doesn’t really ride for all the people she didn’t mention. And that’s alright. She’s certainly entitled because at the end of the day, Miss Patti has the talent to make her opinions weighty.
She performed “If Only You Knew” later on in the show and did her thang like only she can.
Also, Queen Latifah recalled how Patti Labelle was there for she and her family when she lost her brother.
“You know in 1992, I lost my brother in a motorcycle accident. And I was very, very disillusioned about the music business. I felt like fans didn’t really care. Nobody really cared. People would say, ‘Sorry, about your brother…can I get your autograph?” in the same sentence. And I felt like y’all have no idea how ripped apart I am. But you reached out to me. You reached out to my family and my mom. And you wrapped your arms around us and you told me you understood and you had been through things and you shared just time and spoke to us and showed me that love. And it let me know that people do care, they do care and I need to keep doing what I’m doing.”
Patti has spoken several times about losing her youngest sister Jackie Padget, so it’s beautiful that she was able to come alongside Queen Latifah and her family during their time of grief and inspire her to keep pushing.
You can check out a clip of the interview below and Patti’s performance of “If Only You Knew” on the next page.
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Hip-hop is still a young artform, which means there is still a long way to go when it comes to giving respect where it is due. The women of hip-hop on the mic, in the studio, writing bars and battle rapping often don’t get the respect and recognition they deserve, so we decided to spotlight 15 women who’ve contributed to hip-hop in big ways.
Yo-Yo did her thing in the ’90s when she was featured on Ice Cube’s AmeriKKKa’s Most Wanted album for “It’s a Man’s World.” Her debut album Make Way for the Motherlode in 1990 gained popularity with the single “You Can’t Play with My Yo-Yo.” Although she didn’t receive mainstream success she continued to release albums that were authentic and true hip-hop. In 1992 she released her second album, Black Pearl that had a positive message which clashed with the current sound of gangsta rap. She went on to release three other albums and her single ”Can’t Play With My Yo-Yo” was ranked number 92 on VH1′s 100 Greatest Hip-Hop Songs.
All hail the queen!
A few minutes ago, Jada Pinkett Smith announced via her Facebook page that “The Queen Latifah Show” has been picked up for a second season! As a long-time friend to Queen and executive producer of ‘The Queen Latifah Show,” Jada is particularly thrilled by the news. She wrote in her congratulatory message to Queen Latifah:
Congrats to my girl, Queen Latifah for her second season pickup!
Big shout out to The Queen Latifah Show family, Sony, Flavor Unit, and Overbrook! Let’s go get it for 2014!!!
‘The Queen Latifah Show’ covers the Queen’s take on pop culture, human interest news and celebrity interviews. Since its inception, the show has received high ratings and Queen Latifah was nominated in the Favorite New Talk Show Host category for the 2014 People’s Choice Awards.
Congrats to Queen Latifah! Have you been watching her show?
Queen Latifah Talks “Numbing” Herself With Alcohol In The Past To Deal With Molestation And Her Brother’s Death
Queen Latifah is having a pretty awesome year. Her talk show is a huge hit, and she’s happier than ever. But she wasn’t always feeling on top of the world. Queen La opened up to Good Housekeeping about going through a state of depression in the mid ’90s that had her numbing herself with alcohol. This sadness was brought on by the death of her brother, Lance Jr., who died in a car accident in 1992, riding the motorcycle she bought him. It was also amplified when she was carjacked and her good friend who was riding with her almost died after being shot the carjacker. Here’s what Latifah had to say about how she dealt with that time:
“My life was rocked to the core. And I felt guilty because I was angry at God.
Drinking a bunch of alcohol, numbing myself. Every day I would be faded, like a painting that’s just not vibrant, whose edges are dull. I wasn’t living my full life.”
After she was arrested in 1996 for driving with marijuana and a loaded gun (which she had to protect herself after the carjacking), she took the advice of good friend Jada Pinkett Smith and sought therapy to deal with her depression. By doing so, many things that she was hiding inside came to light, including pain from being molested when she was a five-year-old by her babysitter. The therapy was the first step to her getting back to happy.
“We ignore our feelings a lot, I realize. Many of us have to…until they really bite us in the butt. What set me free was looking at it from a different perspective. I was 5, manipulated and afraid. You have to say something. The power of those who perpetrate the abuse is your fear and your shame…and that’s unacceptable.”
She also came to grips with the loss of her brother through her faith in God:
“I was continuously praying. I realized that wasn’t helping me or my brother. I learned that God was going to provide comfort; I know He is always listening and guiding.
I got this little message in my head that I feel was from God. It was as clear as day, like a voice that said to me, Dana, don’t let it all go, because you’re gonna get through this. Nobody is perfect. I know that I’m not a saint, but God’s love is there for me. I know that I need help to make it through every day, so I pray to God to help me do the best I can, to lift me up when I am tired and help me develop into the person He wants me to be…I am always surrounded by His love, and He is always there.”
Looooove Queen! Check out her full interview with Good Housekeeping here and let us know what you think of her story.
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