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“You Have To Have A Warrior Mentality” Jada Pinkett Smith Exposes The Secret For Lasting Marriage

July 23rd, 2014 - By Lauren R.D. Fox
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For years, Will and Jada Pinkett Smith’s marriage has been plagued with divorce rumors. Nevertheless, the couple always exudes a strong energy of romance and passion.

Recently, while being interviewed by Extra TV  for her new show Gotham, Jada was asked by the reporter what’s the key to keeping her marriage intact and she noted it was friendship; “Your partner has to be your best, best friend. And he’s my best friend.”
Known for the sage advice she provides her Facebook followers, Jada followed up on that red carpet remark with an important lesson on how couples can stay in love:

“You have to have kind of a warrior mentality. You have to be a solider for love. You have to be able to withstand tough times and just because the tough times come doesn’t mean it’s time to stop… it means it’s time to dig in.”

With their 20th anniversary around the corner, Jada excitedly shared : “We’re going to be celebrating 20 years in two years, so we’re starting to plan now for a big 20th year.”

Although Jada is a notable actress, her words of wisdom always make us wish she had a show or book where we could get daily doses of her. Luckily, Jada agrees with us. She wrote on Facebook :

If I were to do a TV show, a speaking tour or radio show talking about the issues we address on this page…would you watch, show up, listen?

It makes no sense for me to entertain these ideas if you’re not coming;)

J

Yes, we are coming — with notebooks and pens.

In the meantime, be sure to check out Jada’s new show, Gotham; it premiers on Fox September 22.

Neither The Rock Or Will Smith Could Top This Celeb On The ‘Forbes’ List

July 22nd, 2014 - By Tonya Garcia
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Forbes has released its list of highest earning actors for 2014 and, probably not surprising, Will Smith is on the list. Coming in at number nine, the Fresh Prince brought in $32 million in part, if you can believe it, for his work on the flop Another Earth. And he’s working behind the scenes on the new adaption of Annie starring Jamie Foxx and Quvenzhane Wallis.

Coming in second place is The Rock, Dwayne Johnson, seen above with his handsome self going to the Espys. He made $52 million with Hercules coming to theaters in the coming weeks and San Andreas, about an earthquake, coming in 2015.

He’s also sinking some of his millions into TV production, with the reality show The Hero and an upcoming HBO program called Ballers about football players. He’s a producer and star of the show.

But the man up top is none other than Robert Downey Jr. With $75 million (whew!), he’s making money hand over fist with the Iron Man character, who’s had three smash movies and was the lead character in The Avengers, which is the third-highest-grossing movie of all time. Iron Man 3 was the highest-grossing movie of 2013 with $1.2 billion at the box office. Forbes says he managed to negotiate a higher salary for himself for Avengers: Age of Ultron.

Rounding out the top five, in order, are Bradley Cooper ($46 million) for The Hangover movies, Silver Linings Playbook and American Hustle; Leonardo Di Capro ($39 million) for Wolf of Wall Street and The Great Gatsby; and Chris Hemsworth ($37 million!) for Thor and the upcoming Cyber.

The Power Of The B-E-A-R-D: 15 Famous Men With The Best Facial Hair

July 9th, 2014 - By Julia Austin
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15 Famous Men With The Best Facial Hair

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Sometimes good facial hair can bring out a man’s eyes, his cheekbones, his jawline and, well, our, as women, most primitive desires for a scruffy, gruff looking man! Here are 15 famous men with the best facial hair.

 

 

 

 

 

Beyoncé Reportedly Cast In ‘Hancock’ Sequel Alongside Will Smith

June 26th, 2014 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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If you were previously unsure, I think it’s safe to say that Beyoncé is probably thee hardest working woman in show business. Yesterday, she kicked off the start of her highly anticipated On The Run Tour along with hubby, Jay Z. Now, it’s being reported that Blue Ivy’s mama has been cast to star in the sequel to Will Smith’s “Hancock.” If you search “Hancock 2″ in the IMDb database, the singer and actress is listed as one of the stars for the film alongside Will.

 

Beyoncé Reportedly Cast In 'Hancock' Sequel

 

 

According to Vibe, Mrs. Carter will be playing John Hancock’s love interest, Carly Kicker. So far, nothing has been confirmed by Bey’s reps, but it wouldn’t be a complete surprise if the rumors turned out to be true. The Carters and the Smiths have worked together several times over the years and appear to have pretty decent business relationships with one another. We’ll continue to keep you posted as this story develops.

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DMX Isn’t The Only One! 10 Celebrities With Garnished Wages & The Ones Who Were Close

June 20th, 2014 - By Tanvier Peart
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You know things are really bad when the courts need to step in and take your money to pay what you owe. Just ask DMX. A judge recently found in favor of his ex-wife Tashera Simmons’ petition to collect child support. Apparently he stopped helping out once they split. Because of this, Mr. Earl Simmons will see up to $15,000 each month leaving his pockets. Take a look at 10 celebrities who also have seen their wages garnished and the ones who came very close.

Will And Jada Cleared In Child Protective Services Investigation

June 16th, 2014 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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Great news for the Smith family!

Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith’s case with the Los Angeles Department of Child Protective Services has been cleared. As you may recall, the couple was under investigation after a controversial photo of their 13-year-old daughter, Willow, in bed with 20-year-old actor Moises Arias surfaced on the Internet. The photograph attracted attention from countless media outlets and social media users, who expressed that it was highly inappropriate for the Smiths to allow their young daughter to be in bed with a shirtless 20-year-old. And eventually, the photo caught the attention of the folks over at Child Protective Services.

Sources tell Radar Online that the couple was cleared after investigators looked into the case, closely examined evidence and spoke with parties involved in the photo incident.

[Investigators found] “no evidence presented that Willow has ever been in any danger around Moises, or that she has ever been physically or emotionally abused,” the source said.

The source also added that caseworkers found Willow to be “a very well-adjusted, smart, and articulate young lady.” Will and Jada have yet to publicly comment on the investigation, but Jada did lash out at critics who had negative things to say about the image.

“Here’s the deal. There was nothing sexual about that picture or that situation,” Jada told TMZ. “You guys are projecting your trash onto it. And you’re acting like covert pedophiles, and that’s not cool.”

We’re sure they’re happy to put all of this behind them.

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#DoBetter: Celebrity Children Unfairly Attacked By The Internet

June 13th, 2014 - By Iva Anthony
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Coming into the world of show business, stars know their lives will be dissected under the microscope by the media and the public but unfortunately these celebrity offsprings were also unfairly targeted and picked on online.

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Blue Ivy Carter

Before she was even born, Blue Ivy was one of the most talked about celebrity spawns. Parents Jay Z and Beyonce have done a great job of shielding their daughter Blue Ivy from the limelight during her first year but as soon as the R&B singer started sharing candid snapshots of mother and child, people started talking. Now the talk has reached a fever pitch in the form of a petition on Change.org to get Blue Ivy’s parents to comb her hair. The petition’s alleged creator Jasmine Toliver has publicly defended herself saying it was a joke and that she is a fan of natural hair.

Hey Daddy! 15 Of The Sexiest Celebrity Dads

June 12th, 2014 - By Iva Anthony
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There’s nothing sexier than a man taking care of his children and in honor of Father’s Day, we take a look at some of the sexiest celebrity dads in Hollywood.

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Idris Elba

We fell in love with him even though he played the cold-blooded killer and drug kingpin Stringer Bell in the widely popular HBO series “The Wire.” But the role forced him to hide his accent and once fans found out that Idris Elba was really an English actor, he became even sexier. After starring in a few moves, Elba went back to his television roots and starred in the BBC One series “Luther.” Elba will be celebrating his first Father’s Day this year. A few months ago he and his girlfriend Niayana Garth welcomed their first child, Winston.

From The Mic To On-Screen: Celebrity Singers Turned Actors

June 12th, 2014 - By Iva Anthony
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June is Black Music Month and to pay homage to the melodic contributions of some of our favorite artists we’re taking a look at a few of our favorite celebrity singers turned actors who make it tough to decide which role we like them in best. For more on the artists here, head over to XFINITY CelebrateBlackTV.com. From The Wiz to Dreamgirls, check out great films with even better soundtracks, plus interviews, music videos and more all month long.

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Jamie Foxx

When he put on a dress, blonde wig, fishnet stockings and pursed up his lips as In Living Color’s ugly Wanda, he stole the show. The character helped launchJamie Foxx’s career in Hollywood and he became so popular, he earned a show of his own. But before he became a household name as a bona fide actor, Foxx’s first love was singing. He began playing the piano at five years old and after he graduated from high school, the Texas native went to college on a scholarship to study classical music and composition. Foxx brought home an Oscar for his role playing legendary singer Ray Charles in the film Ray and he’s also released four albums dating all the way back to 1994.

Is It Me Or Is Something “Off” With Will And Jada’s Parenting?

June 1st, 2014 - By Toya Sharee
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When I think about my future children I picture open-minded mini-me’s who aren’t afraid to look at life differently and question everything that’s presented to them.  They’ll defeat gender stereotypes, read the writings of Kahlil Gibran and maybe even write music or learn how to play an instrument unlike myself who gave up on anything that closely resembled math. We’ll talk about sex and intimacy openly and I’ll encourage them to be individuals.

So when I see the public criticize Will and Jada Smith’s liberal approach to parenting now teenagers Willow and Jaden, I almost want to jump to their defense and encourage parents everywhere to loosen up and consider more progressive parenting styles.  But how far is too far?

I believe parents have the very challenging responsibility of preserving their children’s childhood without sheltering them or blatantly lying to them about the real world. I’m torn because I don’t see myself talking about storks when my children ask how babies are made and I want them to know full and well that when it comes to Christmas they don’t have to impress some stranger in a red suit with good behavior, they have to impress me.  But at the same time, that world of fantasy and make believe is essentially what childhood is all about.  Children have their whole lives to worry about their appearance, following rules and thinking about the world critically, but only a very short time to think every noise on the roof on December 24th could be reindeer or that the pain of losing a tooth directly equals payment from a fairy.

It’s no secret that Willow and Jaden Smith are edgier and seemingly more confident than most adults.  My mom wouldn’t let me perm my own hair until I was 15 or 16, and at 12 Willow completely shaved her’s off.  Parents everywhere weren’t in agreement with what seemed like a such a mature move and it was one of the first time’s Jada’s parenting skills were the subject of any backlash.  But her response in many ways made sense:

“The question why I would let Willow cut her hair, first the ‘let’ must be challenged. This is a world where women [and] girls are constantly reminded that they don’t belong to themselves — that their bodies are not their own, nor their power or self-determination. I made a promise to endow my little girl with the power to always know that her body, spirit and her mind are her domain.”

Her husband, actor Will Smith was in agreement stating to Parade magazine shortly after:

“When you have a little girl, it’s like how can you teach her that you’re in control of her body? She can’t cut my hair but that’s her hair. She has got to have command of her body.”

I’m all for empowering your children to advocate and think for themselves, but I think a parent’s first responsibility should be to protect their children.  The truth is as parents, we’ve been around a lot longer than our children and we owe it to them to show them how the world works first, before we encourage them to challenge it.

Which is why I worry when I see Jaden Smith hopping around in Kimye’s wedding pictures in a Batman suit and Willow Smith getting her model on in bed with a grown man.  I think the Smiths are far from a call to child services, but I can see how their permissive parenting can be translated into lazy parenting.  The Smith children seem to be making up the rules as they go along instead of learning the ones that have been set first.  There seems to be desperation to be so edgy and different that it almost appears to me they’re losing themselves in the process.  The good news is that money and fame will protect them, but for how long? I fear eventually they’ll crumble under this pressure to make a name for themselves in the world of Hollywood if there isn’t a solid foundation provided for them that they don’t have to be edgy or quirky, they just have to be themselves.

When Willow Smith posted a picture of herself on social media lying in bed with a 21 year-old actor, I didn’t jump to the conclusion that she was being sexually abused or that the Smiths were allowing their children to run wild and free in Hollywood, but I did question how the children’s values are being shaped for them to think certain behaviors are acceptable. For example, I’m all about letting kids express themselves creatively and dress themselves even if it means they want to wear a ballerina tutu and a tank top.  But as a parent if it’s 32 degrees outside, it’s your job to say, “I love that outfit, but how about we pick out something that will keep you warm today.”  And that’s what falls short about the Smith family to me: Their kids are wearing tutus and tank tops, weather be damned and I’m not sure if Will and Jada are letting them know they’re going to freeze their behinds off.

There’s more than one way to be a good parent and raise a healthy child and I have no doubt that the Smiths have the best intentions for their children. But at the end of the day they are children, and the world is forgetting that because of all of the premature freedom they seem to have been afforded. Children should have choices, but those choices have to be based on a frame of reference to judge it from which is provided by the parents. So maybe I couldn’t perm my head when I wanted to at 12, but I also know a lot of 12 year-olds who spent their teenage years baldheaded because they didn’t have a mom to be honest with them about not being ready for that. And that’s a parents job, to let your children have choices but educate them about the implications of their choices and having the foresight to keep them from choices they aren’t ready to make.

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.