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After two-and-a-half long, long, long months, “Scandal” is back. The fast-paced political drama returned to our TV screens this past Thursday night and, as expected, Shonda did not disappoint with her signature multi-layer plot lines. Olivia Pope isn’t the only one making a comeback on the boob tube, though, Miss Marlo Hampton has been making her presence extremely well known on the “Real Housewives of Atlanta” for the past few weeks and hunty the drama brewing between her and Nene is nothing nice.
Check out MN’s editors diving into all that went down on “Scandal” this past Thursday and why Marlo and Nene both need to have a seat. Consider this your spoiler alert.
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With yesterday being the return of ABC’s “Scandal” and how everyone lives for everything Olivia Pope, we thought it fitting to go through some of the iconic TV stars we’ve loved both yesterday and today for their amazing hair. These are characters who helped shape the trend when it comes to hair and had women all over the world clamoring to get their style.
Naturally Liv, and her perfect swoop bangs and never-a-hair-out-of-place ‘dos, would have prime real estate on our list. Pope’s simple glamour is the ultimate hair inspiration for the working woman who wants serious style with zero fuss.
Here are 7 TV stars with locks that we loved at StyleBlazer.com
What could have been? I know that’s what some of these big actors and actresses think when they pass on a role or are turned down for a role that turns out to be a huge hit for someone else. But when we hear about these losses or decisions, we’re thinking, WHAT!? Aaliyah was originally supposed to be in Honey!? Because being surprised by anything is always fun to us, here are 15 famous folks who tried to audition for a major role and were turned down, or turned down a major role that helped someone else blow up.
Gabrielle Union Auditioned To Be Olivia Pope On Scandal
At this point, we could never imagine anyone else in those designer jackets and caught up in messy love triangles, but Union revealed to the world that she originally auditioned for the role of Olivia Pope:
“There’s the whole group of us who auditioned for ‘Scandal’ that, not just fell in love with that project and Shonda (Rhimes), but the process, the level of respect that we were given even in the audition process and the world that Shonda created even for us trying. It was like, is there ever gonna be another situation for you like that?”
Guess there was another situation and opportunity available, because she now of course stars as Mary Jane Paul in BET’s Being Mary Jane, with her own equally messy love triangles.
If you’re going to drown your sorrows with red wine, why not do it Olivia Pope style? Crate & Barrel, the brand ABC’s Scandal uses for its wine glasses on set, have seen its drinkware fly off the shelves since its introduction on the critically-acclaimed White House drama series, ChicagoBusiness reports.
Many women seek to mimic Olivia Pope’s chic style, but fans want to emulate Kerry Washington’s Scandal character on her down days, too. After an exhausting day at work, a crestfallen Pope can be seen holding an elegant long-stemmed wine glass as she sips on red wine. Without a speaking role, these wine glasses — made by Crate & Barrel — nabbed the spotlight on their own.
“We are now selling more than 20 times the average weekly volume of the Camille Red Wine Glass (as) before it was prominently featured in the second season of ‘Scandal,’ ” Vicki Lang, Crate’s PR Director, told ChicagoBusiness.
The glass has always been a costumer favorite, according to Lang, but sales have quadrupled between September 2012 and May 2013. During the same time period, sales for similar glasses that are used for white and sparkling wines — which Olivia Pope doesn’t drink — have remained stagnant.
As you can imagine, Crate & Barrel’s Camille Red Wine Glass, which are manufactured in Slovakia, isn’t easy to get a hold of due to its high demand: “The glasses have been back-ordered for about six weeks from purchase date since last spring,” ChicagoBusiness reports. Scandal fans have depleted the supply!
“We are now working with the manufacturer to keep the (glass) in stock, but due to its handmade nature, it takes a while.”
The Olivia Pope wine glasses, once sold for $12.95 now sell for $14.95 per glass. You can order yours now and receive it by mid-March.
At this point, just about anybody with access to an online forum has weighed in on the controversy that is black women sleeping with married men on television. The disgust erupted among some as soon as “Scandal” made it’s splash in 2012 and now BET’s hit show “Being Mary Jane” has only added more fuel to that ever-growing fire.
We had the chance to chat with one of “Being Mary Jane’s” leading men, Stephen Bishop, a.k.a. David, a.k.a “never answer,” and we decided to get his take on this whole mistress controversy and see whether his allegiance lies with the production team behind his show or the African American community as a whole. Here’s what he had to say on the criticisms.
“I would have to say that I agree. If I’m going to be speaking as a man and as a black man — I don’t want to say anything to hurt either show — but I don’t necessarily think that having a black woman’s position be portrayed like that too many times is beneficial for anybody involved.
“It happens in every culture. I think [the critics] are right and at the same time, the people who say it’s reality and it needs to be seen, they’re right too. The only middle ground would be we have to stop showing all negative aspects of human life on television and that’s absurd. That’s where drama comes from. So even if [the critics are] right, they’re probably being a little too sensitive”
What do you say to that?
Check out more of Stephen’s comments on the subject in the video below, as well as his take on his character’s honesty with Mary Jane, whether more men should operate like “Never Answer” in real life, and the million dollar question, is he single?
It was starting to look like Kerry Washington had some Beyonce warriors in her camp, because despite a few random sources spilling the beans on the “Scandal” actress jumping the broom last year and reportedly being pregnant, everyone who actually knows the actress and works with her hasn’t said a word. Until now.
PEOPLE caught up with Joe Morton, a.k.a. Olivia Pope’s daddy, at the BET Honors awards this Saturday and he gave the magazine the cutest little insight into how Kerry Washington handles her pregnancy on set.
“She spends a lot of time singing to it and talking to it to say we’re just playing pretend and everything’s going to be okay, so don’t worry about it,” Daddy Pope said.
“She’s very excited about being a mom. She’s sort of floating around having just been married and now having a baby and putting a family together. She’s in pig heaven, as they say.”
Despite his speaking on Kerry’s pregnancy now, Joe said his TV daughter asked all of her castmates to keep her pregnancy a secret until she was ready to reveal it to the world and, of course, they all obliged.
“We’re loyal to her and that’s what she wanted – she wanted to keep it private – and we thought, ‘Well, it’s her baby, let’s help her do that.’ “
As for his thoughts on what type of mother, Miss Washington, or shall we say Mrs. Nnamdi Asomugha, will be, Joe said this:
“She’s a very smart woman, very kind, very affectionate and she wants this baby – which is the key to it all.”
His advice for her husband and father-to-be?
“Be loving and affectionate and just take care of my daughter.”
Over the last 20 years Kerry Washington has grown from a small screen actress into a big screen powerhouse. She’s starred in films, TV shows, music videos and Broadway theater, adding more and more big name projects to her resume each year. Now, at 37 years old, the actress, activist, wife and mommy-to-be is at the top of her game. So to celebrate her birthday – and undeniable come up in Hollywood – we’re taking a look at Kerry’s amazing career transformation in images. Happy 37th birthday Kerry!
If you’re like us, you’re anxiously anticipating the return of “Scandal” on February 27. It’s been entirely too long and our “normal” lives lack the drama and excitement that keep us thoroughly entertained watching “Scandal”every week.
So for those of us fiending out here, check out this sneak peek or what ABC is calling a “Sneak Leak” (clever) from the next episode.
Ooo dear. I don’t want to get my hopes too high up because I’ve been disappointed before. But I’m really wondering if we’re finally going to get to know what the hell went on in Harrison’s past and why he seems to be scared for his life. Who is this person coming back into the country and what’s the beef? Whatever it is, it’s got Harrison shook. Abby might think he’s normal but when we really find out what happens, she might have to reevaluate her assessment.
What do you think ladies (and the gentlemen whose ladies make them watch the show), are we going to learn about Harrison’s sordid past? Are you excited for the upcoming season? Sound off and leave your predictions in the comment’s section.
41 Years After Roe V. Wade: Shonda Rhimes Says More Conversations About Abortions Need To Happen On TV
January 22nd marked the 41st anniversary of the Supreme Court deciding the landmark case that was Roe vs. Wade, which allowed abortions to become legal in the United States. To mark the occasion, one of our favorite producers, Shonda Rhimes (Scandal, Grey’s Anatomy, Private Practice), who serves on the board for Planned Parenthood Los Angeles, believes this is the year where the conversation about abortions needs to happen more on television. The television show Maude was the first show to feature a character who decided to have an abortion prior to the Supreme Court legalizing the procedure back in 1972. Laura Stampler of Time Magazine noted that since then, the number of times the discussion of abortion has been brought up on television could probably be counted on one hand.
Despite its legal standing, in recent times, abortions have become restricted in several states and have been virtually erased as a topic from television shows. Although it is not as present in media, the Guttmacher Institute released a report on the reality that television audience members face with pregnancies. Guttmacher reported that “more than half of pregnancies in the United States are unintended and some 22% of all pregnancies (not including miscarriages) end in termination.”
With this information, Rhimes claims it is time to shed light on the reality of what goes on without promoting it, but having a healthy discussion about it. Television creates an open dialogue for societal issues to be discussed, and this is one issue that is not being discussed enough. She said when she started Grey’s Anatomy in 2005, it wasn’t so easy to have a conversation about such a topic, as some at ABC weren’t sure they should allow talk about abortions. At the time, Rhimes wrote a storyline for Dr. Yang (played by Sandra Oh) that would include her experiencing an abortion after she unexpectedly got pregnant, but she changed her mind:
“Now, it’s a first season show, it was nine years earlier or whatever, and the network freaked out a little bit. No one told me I couldn’t do it, but they could not point to an instance in which anyone had. And I sort of panicked a little bit in that moment and thought maybe this isn’t the right time for the character, we barely know her… I didn’t want it to become like what the show was about.”
Years later, 2011 to be exact, she would allow Dr. Yang to go through this harrowing experience, married and pregnant, but not wanting to be a mom:
“I felt like we had earned all of the credentials with the audience. The audience knew these characters. The audience loved these characters. The audience stood by these characters. You know, we were in a very different place even politically, socially. Nobody blinked at the studio or the network when I wrote the storyline this time. Nobody even brought it up except to say, that was a really well written episode.”
As a producer, Rhimes says that she is more interested in creating shows that are generous when it comes to depicting the reality of life. That reality includes women using birth control, adopting or deciding on whether or not they want to abort a child. She doesn’t understand why other shows don’t:
“Most accidentally impregnated characters, even young women who have only lived in a post-Roe v. Wade world, don’t bring up or even briefly consider the option of an abortion. It is as if it doesn’t even exist. And [that's] weird and not realistic…let’s be serious about what’s really going on.”
Do you agree with Shonda? Tell us your thoughts below.
Welcome to our brand new column, Reset. Written by Karen Taylor Bass, this column, published each Tuesday, Reset is about life lessons learned and finally mastered mentally, spiritually, and physically. We’ll be taking a closer look at the real challenges faced throughout the journey of life, no matter how successful a person is.
Meet Coach Beverly Kearney. Inducted into the U.S. Track & Field and Cross County Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2007, during her tenure at the University of Texas (Austin) her team won six NCAA championships and she counts nine Olympic medals among her team members, including gold medalist Sanya Richards Ross and Deon Hemmings. In 2002, a car accident nearly killed her and took the lives of two other passengers. Kearney suffered severe spinal cord injury and head trauma, which left her paralyzed. Kearney vowed to walk again and did after years of rehabilitation.
Although, she had cheated death, her biggest challenge was yet to come. Kearney was forced to resign from UT last January after the athletic department put her on leave following the discovery that she had engaged in a long-term relationship with a female track athlete she coached in 2002. (You can read this story from CNN for more detail surrounding the controversy.) Ironically, Kearney was set to receive a five-year contract extension worth more than $400,000 annually. Alleging discrimination based on her gender and race as well as retaliation (another coach, Major Applewhite, a white male, also had a relationship with a student but wasn’t dismissed), Kearney has filed a $1 million lawsuit against the university. The story was so big when it broke, it was covered by the Associated Press.
Recently, Kearney pressed RESET.
MN: Describe your state eight months or so ago?
BK: I was in a state of confusion. Confusion that you experience when the world stops around you and you are standing in the middle of an intersection confused because you’ve gone a certain direction your entire life. Are you going to go left or right? When you are stuck in the middle of road and everything comes to a halt, you have to get back to the core and accept what you are left with. We move constantly and are conceited enough to think we do everything on our own. [We] don’t realize that environment plays an integral role in development. I had to go back to the starting point to find me — all of me, being comfortable with me.
MN: What was the life lesson you kept repeating?
BK: Compromising; not being truthful to my ultimate mission and spirit. I was being subservient to my ego… My childhood and car accident taught me that I could overcome anything. However I was still living based upon others’ standards. I forgot the importance of self-love. The lesson for me to master was love. Love who you are, your choices, and accept all God has provided.
MN: What happened to you that made you press reset?
BK: I grew up in chaos and as an adult I’ve tried to avoid chaos. I went from being homeless as a child, to a star college athlete and accepting my first coaching job at 22. It was my crusade to break down barriers in a predominantly male, white world in collegiate sports and UT afforded me a national stage as an African-American female coach. I recruited the best, cultivated smart, gifted and accomplished student athletes. With that said, in a blink of an eye it was all taken away.
My reset button was pushed when my personal life became a public scandal. I’ve always been prepared, never feared losing material things, but what I did not realize is how my personal brand — the most valuable part of me — was being tarnished by my peers. I had to fight for my brand and not allow the scandal to tarnish what I had accomplished thus far.
BK: I am more mindful, peaceful, balanced and my health is great. Life is a journey of sacrifice, self-evaluation and letting go of ego to walk in service. I’ve become a better version of an older me. At the end of the day, I am still a work in progress.
MN: Why is it important to get uncomfortable in life?
BK: I’ve learned without darkness how can you appreciate light? Without hatred how could you discover love? The challenges in life are here to make us better, smarter, [and] fearless. I’ve learned that challenges are not to destroy us, but to make us greater. I’ve pressed RESET.
Coach Beverly Kearney is completing two books at present including an autobiography and a movie on her life. Check her out at BevKearneypursuitofdreams.com.
Karen Taylor Bass, Author, PR Expert, Brand Mom, Corporate and Small Business Coach and Adviser. Follow her @thebrandnewmom on Twitter.