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‘I Had To Un-Brainwash Myself’ Zoe Kravitz Talks Racial Identity in NYLON Mag

July 11th, 2015 - By Toya Sharee
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We’ve seen Zoe Kravitz’s self-expression change in many ways throughout her childhood. Her style has gone from hobo hippie to “Twilight” vampire-chic. There have been many times where she’s looked like she hasn’t seen a bathtub or a comb in weeks. But we knew we were bound to get something edgy from the love child of rocker Lenny Kravitz and the black-girl-next-door-gone-bad, Lisa Bonet.

The LOLAWOLF lead singer and Mad Max actress recently opened to NYLON magazine about how she hasn’t always been comfortable in her own skin during her style evolution and reveals that she once identified more with white culture. NYLON reports:

“As one of few black kids in her predominately white school, she remembers saying things like, ‘I’m just as white as y’all,’ to her classmates. ‘I identified with white culture, and I wanted to fit in,’ she says. ‘I didn’t identify with black culture, like, I didn’t like Tyler Perry movies, and I wasn’t into hip-hop music. I liked Neil Young.’ But as time went on, her views shifted. ‘Black culture is so much deeper than that,’ she says, ‘but unfortunately that is what’s fed through the media. That’s what people see. That’s what I saw. But then I got older and listed to A Tribe Called Quest and watched films with Sidney Poitier, and heard Billie Holiday and Nina Simone. I had to un-brainwash myself. It’s my mission, especially as an actress.’”

Both of Kravitz’s parents are bi-racial, so it’s not completely unheard of that there are some parts of white culture that appeal to Kravitz, especially given the nature of friends she may have had growing up attending Miami Country Day School and Rudolf Steiner School in her childhood. But we’re glad to see she has learned that black culture isn’t defined by “Madea” and Biggie Smalls.

Kravitz also reveals the challenges of taking on the role of a character with an eating disorder in 2014’s “The Road Within”, especially after struggling with bulimia and anorexia as a teen:

“’It scared the s**t out of me.”

“I was worried about my health. There was, 100 per cent, a voice in my head that said, ‘You get to be really thin, and it’s OK.’ I felt that I could be like, ‘I’m not eating anything, and it’s for a job.’”

Kravitz dropped down to 90 lbs. at the time and as a result suffered from shingles and lost her voice:

“It wasn’t as simple as that before, during, or after, but it made me confront the fact that I still had a problem.”

She reveals that her struggles with body image in her teens rooted from pressures of the world she was growing up in including being the “chubby brown girl” in a word filled with her father’s supermodel friends  and her mother being “the most beautiful woman in the world”.

She also claims she was denied a role in the Dark Knight trilogy, “Dark Knight Rises” due to her race:

“In the last ’Batman’ movie, they told me that I couldn’t get an audition for a small role they were casting because they weren’t ’going urban’.”

“It was like, ’What does that have to do with anything?’ I have to play the role like, ’Yo, what’s up, Batman? What’s going on wit chu?’”

Kravitz says she doesn’t want to limit herself to playing the “best friend” or girl struggling in the ghetto, and that her recent role in “Dope” hits all points she believes in.

Check out NYLON mag’s August 2015 issue for the complete profile.

New Couple Alert? Zoe Kravitz And Mos Def Are Getting Mightyyyyyy Close

May 20th, 2015 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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Back in March, Zoe Kravitz was explaining that she doesn’t have a boyfriend because men “no one ever asks” her out. According to the Mad Max: Fury Road star, guys are way too intimidated by her coolness. But oh, what a difference just two months can make.

Over the weekend while in France for the 68th annual Cannes Film Festival, Zoe and fellow thespian, Mos Def or Yasiin Bey, spent quite a bit of time together and while we’re not implying that a man and woman can’t be in each other’s presence without becoming romantic, these two look mighty close.

On Sunday, Zoe snapped and shared a selfie with the “Ms. Fat Booty” rapper. Judging by the photo alone, it could be argued that the relationship shared between the two is simply platonic, but the fact that she referred to him as “bae” in the caption tells a different story.

Looking at things from a surface level, it seems that Zoe and Mos Def would be a perfect match, but some are wondering how appropriate this relationship can be considering that there is a 15-year age gap between them. Zoe is just 26 years old while Mos Def is 41.

It’s not clear what Zoe’s parents Lenny Kravitz,. 50, and Lisa Bonet, 47, think of this rumored relationship, but it looks like Lenny and Mos Def are quite fond of one another.

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At this point, I would consider Zoe a grown and mature young lady who is capable of making her own decisions. Who are we to judge what’s going down between two consenting adults? But let’s not jump the gun. Perhaps we should just stay tuned to find out what’s really going on between these two.

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15 Celeb Kids Following In The Footsteps Of Their Parents

May 13th, 2015 - By Desiree Bowie
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When you have a father at the top of the box office or an Emmy-winning mother, it can be intimidating when trying to decide if you should follow in your parents’ footsteps or journey out and do your own thing. These celeb kids decided to follow the lead of their parents and prove that the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.

Is It Weird That Lenny Kravitz And Lisa Bonet Went To The Met Gala Together?

May 5th, 2015 - By Veronica Wells
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In my mind, Lenny Kravitz and Lisa Bonet are still together, like romantically. And while I know that she’s married to fine behind Jason Momoa, Lenny and Lisa, with their alliterating names, funky bohemian style and comparable attractiveness, were a beautiful example of Black [Hollywood] love.

I know I wasn’t the only one who was bummed when it ended. But I took solace in the fact that they seemed to maintain a beautiful friendship.

And while these two have always been a shining example of what co-parenting and romances-turned-friendships can look like, they took it to a whole ‘nother level when they showed up at last night’s Met Gala arm in arm, as each other’s dates.

I still love seeing them together. Lisa is still gorgeous. Lenny is still fine and their offspring Zoe is stunning.

But after I stopped gushing, I thought about the weirdness of it all. I mean, if we take the celebrity aspect out of this and apply it to us mere mortals in the real world, this would be something of a scandal. I told y’all Lisa is married, with children. And Lenny is her ex husband, father of her child and longtime friend.

You know what they say, flames can be rekindled.

And while I’ve read that Lenny and Jason get along famously, I certainly hope Lisa ran this by her man. And I do wonder how that conversation went…

“Hey babe, Lenny, Zoe and I are going to the Met Gala.” 

“Oh, cool. Who’s Zoe’s date?

“She’s going solo.”

“Nice. Who’s Lenny taking?”

“Me.”

Where dey do dat at?

In fairness, since this was a family affair, perhaps the common thread, Zoe, asked her mother and father to attend the event together.

I could understand that…if Zoe weren’t a grown woman.

Either there’s something more to this and we don’t know the full story yet…or Lenny and Lisa really are on some different ish.

What do you make of these two stepping out together as each other’s dates? Do you think their status as celebrities makes this a little bit more understandable?

Zoe Kravitz Opens Up About Battle With Anorexia: “I Felt Pressured”

March 31st, 2015 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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In a candid interview with Complex magazine, actress Zoe Kravitz opens up about overcoming two serious eating disorders, what her super cool parents Lenny Kravitz and Lisa Bonet are really like and her relationship with Drake. Check out some highlights from her interview below.

On her desire to fit in:

“When I was younger, I really wanted to prove to people I was a normal human being, that I was cool, chill. When kids were mean, the first thing they’d say is, ‘She thinks she’s so f-cking cool because her dad is famous.’ I just wanted to fit in.”

On her parents Lisa Bonet and Lenny Kravitz:

“I don’t think anyone knows how funny we are. It’s like this whole thing where people think we’re so cool and hippie and wear velvet, but we’re the f-cking nerdiest people.”

On struggling with anorexia and bulimia as a teen:

“I had a really hard time when I was 16, 17, 18. I started with the eating disorder in high school….Just [a hard time] loving myself.”

“I think it was part of being a woman, and being surrounded by [fame]. I don’t think it was about the fame, but I think it was definitely about being around that world, seeing that world. I felt pressured.”

On her mom fearing that her role as an anorexic woman in The Road Within would cause her to fall into old habits:

“It was f-cked up, man. You could see my rib cage. I was just trying to lose more weight for the film but I couldn’t see: You’re there. Stop. It was scary.”

On her relationship with Drake:

“I’m very flirtatious, [but] he’s family to me. He’s a really, really awesome dude.”

“We inspire each other. We play each other music.”

On her dating life:

“No one ever asks me out.”

“When I tend to meet a guy who’s cool and is into me they’re like, ‘You’re so cool that I can’t handle it.’”

Lisa Bonet Talks Returning To Television In New Film ‘The Red Road’

February 21st, 2014 - By Madame Noire
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From Essence 

Lisa Bonet guest stars alongside her husband, Jason Momoa, in the Sundance Channel’s new dramatic series, The Red Road, playing Sky Van Der Veen, a Lenape Native American lawyer who returns to her hometown to call for justice following a brutal crime against a member of her tribe.

She spoke with ESSENCE from her Los Angeles home, which she shares with Momoa, their children (son Nakoa-Wolf, 5, and daughter Lola, 6), dogs—Scout, Arrow and Zion—and ball python, Orpheus.

ESSENCE: How did you choose to do this particular role?
Lisa Bonet: Jason and I had done  a film together, and when he was in the process of booking this show he sent the film to the producers. They really appreciated our chemistry, which was nice.

ESSENCE: The show is very thoughtfully written. The shooting style is intriguing. Are there things about it that you think people should know before tuning in, or is it just that people should watch it?
Bonet: On paper, it read like a film, and it definitely unfolds like a good series should. You know, it’s fun to go on a discovery and not really know much about it.

ESSENCE: You said earlier that the producers of the show saw the chemistry between you and Jason on-screen, and that’s why he asked you to do this part. How is your chemistry at home different from your chemistry at work?
Bonet: The chemistry between the characters we’re playing in The Red Road is a bit stiff, because we’re still uncertain where our rapport is leading us. Off camera, in real life, we are a very goofy couple. One of my favorite things about him is that he makes me laugh.

ESSENCE: Goofy how?
Bonet: Goofy like, we just laugh—we love curling up to watch Saturday Night Live with a thing of popcorn in front of us.

ESSENCE: How did you and Jason meet?
Bonet: [Laughs] We were both at a club to hear this 80-year-old toothless blues singer named Mickey Champion. We had a mutual friend who introduced us. Jason actually came with all his boys, and it was the birthday of one of my good friends, so I had all my girls with me. It was like the meeting of two different posses.

Read more of Lisa Bonet’s interview at Essence.com 

“All My Life” And Other Songs Singers Wrote For Their Children

January 23rd, 2014 - By Iva Anthony
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Singers often look into their own personal lives as inspiration for songs. These 15 artists got very heartfelt and emotional by singing about the joys of parenthood and their children. Here are some of our favorite songs singers wrote for their children.

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Superstar singer Beyonce is normally a private person but after having her first child, Blue Ivy, the former Destiny’s Child member has opened up about the joys of motherhood. In addition to sharing intimate photos of mother and child, Beyonce penned the song “Blue.” In the song, which is on her latest album Beyonce, Blue sings about feeling alive when she looks into her daughter’s eyes. At the end of the song, Blue Ivy joins in and sings with her mommy before asking if they can go see daddy.

All Good Things Must Come To An End: 2013’s Saddest Celebrity Breakups

December 26th, 2013 - By M A
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There was a lot of great celebrity news to come out of 2013. But, unfortunately, not everything was sunshine and roses. A number of notable couples called it a quits this year. From two Kardashian relationships coming to an end to some longtime lovers parting ways, we take a look at some of the saddest celebrity breakups of the past 12 months.

“She’s Everything”: Reports Claim Drake Is Trying To Make Zoe Kravitz His Lady

November 18th, 2013 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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If this is true, Rihanna might have to find herself a whole new play thing/cuddle buddy.

According to the good folks over at Necole Bitchie, Drake was seen going out to dinner with Lenny Kravitz’s daughter in Venice, Ca. The two shared wine and laughs on the patio of Gjelina Restaurant, and Drake’s security reportedly kept nosy folks back and from taking pictures by standing inside the restaurant, keeping his eye on patrons. Drake has been low-key (aka, very publicly knowing him) crushing on Kravitz for years now, and as reported by Global Grind, it was just 2011 when he expressed his admiration for the actress and singer on his Twitter:

“Zoe Kravitz on Californication…my two favorite things in the world. But she’s not a thing…she’s everything.”

That same year he reportedly (according to the New York Daily News) showed up at a performance she had with her former band Elevator Flight where he supported her and rubbed elbows with her father.

Back to 2013…Kravitz was also seen on Drake’s tour bus this past weekend (see the photo above), so you know what that means: an engagement ring is on the way!

Totally kidding. Honestly, Drake goes out to dinner with lots of folks, including Rihanna, and strippers too, but alas, he’s still a single guy. We would totally like to see these two as an item (she’s no longer with Penn Badgley, she seems like she would be good for him, and they’re both Jewish!), but we won’t hold our breath. Do you think these two would be a good match?

 

Gabourey Sidibe Shines In ‘Singular Beauties’ Spread For ‘Harper’s Bazaar’

August 7th, 2013 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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In a new fashion spread titled, “Singular Beauties,” which was unveiled earlier this week, Harper’s Bazaar celebrated the diverse beauty of women by featuring a refreshing mix of celebrities. Among the diverse beauties, were Oscar nominee Gabourey Sidibe, Scarlett Johansen, Dakota Fanning, Zoe Kravitz and Lily Collins.

The fashion spread, which is referred to by the publication as “homage to the diversity of women,” was a collaboration coordinated, styled, conceptualized and cast by Global Fashion Director Carrine Roitfield and HB’s creative director, Stephen Gans. For the “Royal Treatment” shot, Gabourey wore a bold, red coat by Spanish fashion house, Loewe and an ornate Tarun Tahiliani shawl. Her Yelling to the Sky co-star, Zoe Kravitz, on the other hand, was practically adorned from head-to-toe in Fendi multi-colored fur for the “Free Spirit” shot.

According to USA Today, the spread will appear in all 29 editions of the magazine’s September 2013 issue.

What do you think of the shoot?

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Source: Harper’s Bazaar