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Should A Man Take on A Woman’s Surname After Marriage?

June 10th, 2015 - By Charing Ball
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There is an interesting debate happening in my social media network about the old act of name swapping after a couple has tied the knot.

It started when news began to circulate that after Zoe Saldana had married hot ass Italian artist (seriously that is one delicious-looking pancetta) Marco Perego two years ago, he opted to take her surname. As reported by the Huffington Post, Saldana told InStyle she was nervous about his decision:

“I tried to talk him out of it. I told him, ‘If you use my name, you’re going to be emasculated by your community of artists, by your Latin community of men, by the world’,” the star told InStyle. “But Marco looks up at me and says [she puts on a cute Italian accent], ‘Ah, Zoe, I don’t give a shit.’”

Imagine if more men didn’t give a shit (and were as hot as Perego). How peaceful and overpopulated with beautiful babies would this world be?

But seriously, this news has sent shockwaves through some in my social media network. They feel that part of Perego is either chucking away his masculinity or setting the young starlet up for some crazy alimony scheme. Either way, their personal decision (and really, it’s no one else’s business) does raise a wonderful question: Why in a culture that has grown more progressive, with women taking more control over their personal lives and careers, are we still engaging in the archaic practice of taking on his surname and not the other way around?

Although many people believe that the act of taking on a man’s name is biblical, the custom is actually rooted in Eurocentric values about ownership (i.e. women as property to be transferred from her family to her husband) and is not universally practiced. For instance, in Italy, it is very common for couples to each maintain their surnames, although the children take on the father’s name.

And although most Americans believe that women should take on their husband’s name, some couples are opting to forgo the practice. Instead, they’re going for more gender-neutral relationship identities including hyphenated names, name blending or even keeping their own names. And as writer Jill Filipovic once wrote in a piece for The Guardian UK:

That is fundamentally why I oppose changing your name (and why I look forward to the wider legalization of same-sex marriage, which in addition to just being good and right, will challenge the idea that there are naturally different roles for men and women within the marital unit). Identities matter, and the words we put on things are part of how we make them real. There’s a power in naming that feminists and social justice activists have long highlighted. Putting a word to the most obvious social dynamics is the first step toward ending inequality. Words like “sexism” and “racism” make clear that different treatment based on sex or race is something other than the natural state of things; the invention of the term “Ms” shed light on the fact that men simply existed in the world while women were identified based on their marital status.

And as writer William Macaskill said about his decision to take on his partner’s last name in an article for The Atlantic entitled, “Men Should Consider Changing Their Last Name When They Get Married“:

We’ve made progress on these issues (though some remarkably late). But the tradition of taking the man’s name remains and, given its background, it seems to me it’s simply bad taste to carry on with it, in the same way that it would be bad taste to put on a minstrel show, no matter how pure the intentions.

You might say that we need some rule, and that taking the man’s name is as good as any other. But is this true? Why not go with whichever name sounds better? Or which name is associated with the coolest people? (MacAskill clearly beats my birth surname “Crouch” on both counts, having a better ring and being the name of both Giant MacAskill—a forebear of my fiancée’s who has a claim to be the world’s strongest ever man—and Danny MacAskill, a trial-biking legend who, also being descended from Giant MacAskill, must be a very distant cousin.) Or any other choice made by both parties.

It’s an interesting question in which I believe there isn’t a right answer for. Although I will say that whether or not a woman takes her husband’s name should only be a matter of personal comfort as opposed to what society believes should happen. Personally, I have not decided what I will do with my last name when I get married. Childhood trauma in which I was teased relentlessly about the last name “Ball” makes me think that taking on my future husband’s surname wouldn’t be a bad idea. Plus, I have no real connection to my last name as it belongs to my grandfather whom I only met once in life. However, for branding purposes, I have built a pretty decent reputation around my surname and getting rid of that might have an effect on me professionally.

Zoe Saldana’s Husband Took Her Last Name: “I Tried To Talk Him Out Of It”

June 8th, 2015 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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In a new interview for the July issue of InStyle, Zoe Saldana revealed that her husband, Marco Perego, decided to take her last name when they wed last year. You can officially call him Marco Saldana.

According to the actress, it was something he wanted to do on his own. And while it’s a very sweet gesture, initially, she was not excited about him doing so. In fact, she was a little worried that it wouldn’t be a good look for the established Italian artist.

“I tried to talk him out of it, ” she admitted. “[I told him], ‘If you use my name, you’re going to be emasculated by your community of artists, by your Latin community of men, by the world.’ But Marco looks up at me and says: ‘Ah Zoe, I don’t give a s**t.”

According to a HuffPost/YouGov poll conducted last fall with 1,000 men and women, 57 percent of people think women should take whatever name they please and not be held down by tradition. But the second most popular preference (31 percent) was for women to take their husband’s last name. In that study, and in others, men who took their wife’s name had interesting reasons, from their own birth name being too common or complicated, to having an affinity for their father-in-law, and even losing to their wife in a best of three game of rock/papers/scissors.

It’s still pretty uncommon, but more and more men are doing it. They’re also speaking out against the often pricey and lengthy legal process required in some states to take on the names of their wives (yet it’s easy for a woman to take their husband’s name).

I’m  part of the group who is okay with taking the last name of a husband (my parents would probably side-eye me if I didn’t), but at the same time, I’m planning to retain my maiden name when it comes to my career. But how would I feel if my future husband asked to take my last name as we prepared to take that next big step? While I wouldn’t fight him if he seemed serious or passionate about it, I wouldn’t think it necessary. Maybe we could both hyphenate our names in some way?

At the end of the day, everything isn’t for everybody, but that doesn’t make it wrong. Who knows? This could be the new big thing! In the meantime, if it works for Zoe and Marco (aka, Mr. Saldana), that’s what matters most.

But what do you think? If your man said he wanted to take your last name, would you be down for him to do it? 

Zoe Saldana Vents About Frustrating Weight Loss Attempts After Giving Birth To Twins

April 28th, 2015 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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Often times when celebrities give birth, they emerge on a red carpet weeks later looking even more amazing than they did before getting pregnant and gloating about how quickly they dropped the pounds. Although we think she looks wonderful, Zoe Saldana recently revealed that shedding the baby weight has been a “frustrating” experience. The actress and mother to twin boys opened up to fans about the challenging journey in a letter posted to Facebook. Her full letter reads:

Hi everyone,
As you all know, we welcomed twin boys last November. Yes, by far, the most amazing experience of my life, but also a very challenging experience when it pertains to my body. I’m sure moms across the world (and dads sometimes) can identify with what I’m about to say.

Your body changes dramatically, inside and out. You grow in places you never knew you could, and you are tired beyond belief. In some cases more than others, your body experiences a kind of trauma through childbirth that is difficult to explain unless you’ve had that experience. My case was like that, everything from my thyroid to my platelets crashed. Thank God, we are all doing great now, but my body was really bent out of shape after the boys were born. Bouncing back feels impossible, but I know it is important as a woman, and now a mommy, to not give up. I am determined to get my energy back and find balance for my body before these little guys start walking, and before I go back to work….. my clock is ticking!

2 months ago I started my journey, and it’s been REAL- I’m not gonna lie- it is slow…. painful… and frustrating. But it is worth it. And that is why I’m here… I know many of you have gone through this or are going through it as we speak. Let’s do it together. Let’s talk about it, hear each other out, and seek advice when we need it. I have my friend of many years and trainer, Steve Moyer that will be guiding me and sometimes training me for the next 2 months before I go back to work. I will be sharing with you what I do, what I eat and how I feel about it in hopes that it will be of any help to you. Cool?

I started in January with Moyer. I was 160lbs (at the peak of my pregnancy I reached 185lbs). I had no flexibility, weak joints, and exercising was painful. We started with just walking; I think I only walked that first month. I did, however, change the way I eat. I began to make better choices with my food. Moyer was instrumental at this point. He gave me great tips of what to eat, how much water to drink, he even gave me some recipes of his own sometimes. It was important for me to learn this so I can do it on my own if I have to. I want to prove to myself that if I have the right determination I can do anything.

Crap, boys are up from their naps! Gotta go!

I’m looking fwd to sharing this journey with you…

It’s refreshing to see a celebrity open up about real life issues such as this one in a relatable way. We’re wishing Zoe the best.

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Black Women Unite: Alfre Woodard Hosts Annual Oscar’s Sistahs Soiree

February 23rd, 2015 - By Veronica Wells
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Alfre Woodard Hosts Annual Oscar's Sistahs Soiree feat

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Just because a whole lot of people of color weren’t nominated for Academy Awards this year, it certainly didn’t stop the party.

Every year, for the past six years, Alfre Woodard hosts the Oscars’s Sistah Soiree. And the name tells it all. Woodard invites Black actresses to gather together and celebrate their accomplishments throughout the years.

Variety reports that she started hosting this party because she was tired of feeling like there was so much competition and animosity between Black actresses.

During the cocktail party before the dinner, held at the Beverly Hills Wilshire, Woodard said: “Every time we hear each others’ names, it felt like it was on of our reps going, ‘If that b-tch turns it down, then you can have it! I was like, wait a minute. When I hear my sister’s names, I want to have a joyful feeling in my heart about it.” 

During the party, sponsored by Elizabeth Taylor’s White Diamonds Lustre fragrance, Woodard struggled to find a quiet space to complete the interview.

“You see how loud it gets! It’s always like this, because all the women in this room have more in common with each other than anyone else in the professional world. We’ve all been on the same journey- we speak a common language.” 

While I’m sure quite a few of us would have loved to be in that room, the invitees can’t even bring their significant others to the party. “From the first time, everyone just fell into each others’ arms. it was immediate bonding.” 

The idea to host the gathering had been on her mind for years but 2009 just so happened to be the year both Viola Davis and Taraji P. Henson were nominated for Doubt and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. But she didn’t just want to honor the nominees.

“It’s to honor the women who are nominated and the women who, in a perfect world, should have been. I wasn’t going to have a gathering of women actors and not have CCH Pounder or Lorraine Toussaint here!”

The event also serves as a means to show support.

“We know the ones nominated will be out and (are) being celebrated. But when they’re on the carpet, when they’re walking onstage, there are people like them wishing them well. The women who know exactly what you’re doing, actors of quality, saying good on you. We got your back.”

British actresses Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Carmen Ejogo, who plays Coretta in Selma, shared a moment Ejogo was a support for Mbatha-Raw when she first moved to the United States for the short-lived television show “Undercovers.” Mbatha-Raw recalled feeling lost.

“I actually asked Carmen for advice.” 

And Ejogo responded, “You clearly found your way, babe.” 

Later, Ejogo for continued, expounding on her excitement for Mbatha-Raw and explaining how event like this “remind you we’re all in this together and we have to support each other. I feel like I’m celebrating everyone. It’s a wonderful moment.”


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I cannot tell you how much I love these images!

Style To Steal Or Girl, Stop? Black Folks Doing It Big, And Bad, At The 2015 Academy Awards

February 22nd, 2015 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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It’s Hollywood’s biggest night, and while black folks might not have picked up many nominations (Selma is nominated in the Best Picture category, and “Glory” is nominated for Best Original Song), I was quite surprised to see how many of our stars showed up for the the big ceremony. What are they looking like? I have all their looks for you to see, and talk about, here. So who looked amazing and who didn’t? Let’s chat!


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Lupita Nyong’o

In a custom Calvin Klein gown, Lupita returned to the Academy Awards red carpet a year after winning. Her heavily adorned pearl dress with its open back and keyhole detail is one-of-a-kind, and she definitely looks one-of-a-kind on the carpet. And while I like what they’ve tried to with her hair recently, I actually prefer this close, cropped and curled look. Steal!

10 Biggest Box Office Winners Of 2014

December 31st, 2014 - By Tanvier Peart
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Now that 2014 is just about over, the time has come to take a look at films that entertained us throughout the year. Yes there were some slow periods, but that doesn’t take away from the millions of dollars different films racked up at the box office. Here’s a look at the 10 biggest movies of the year.

Year Of The Mama For Real: 2014 Celebrity Baby Boom

December 15th, 2014 - By Tanvier Peart
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The year hasn’t even ended and folks are already marking their calendars for celebrities who will give birth in the new year. Something must be in the water as there are tons of stars who welcomed bundles of joy into their lives. In fact, there are probably way too many to list here—but let’s give it a go. Here’s a look at celebrities who had a baby this year.

Congrats! Zoe Saldana Welcome Twin Boys!

December 14th, 2014 - By Courtney Whitaker
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Zoe Saldana pregnancy rumors swirl after questionable photos find their way to the Internet.


Zoe Saldana is officially a mommy! 

The gorgeous actress welcomed twins with her husband Marco Perego. According to E! News, Zoe gave birth to a beautiful set of twin boys earlier this week. 

“She had her twins” and she and Marco “are both so excited,” a source told E! News. “They are surrounded by family and friends. All that matters now to Zoe and her husband is that the babies are healthy.”

Zoe and Marco got married in England in the summer of 2013. The super private actress, didn’t reveal her marriage or her pregnancy for some time. However, multiple sources are confirming the birth of her twin boys! 

The twins are the first for Zoe and Marco. 


That Was You?! Black Stars We Didn’t Realize Started On “Law & Order” Back In The Day

November 5th, 2014 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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As many episodes of “Law & Order” as there have been, along with the spin-offs over the years, I can understand why trying to get a role on the shows was and still is the thing to do as a burgeoning actor. Even if you’re not a major character (aka, victim, criminal or attorney), you can still get a check from playing something small (a witness, someone who knows the whereabouts of a criminal, the dead body found in the beginning of the show). So many actors and actresses got their start on the show, along with “Criminal Intent” and “Special Victims Unit,” or appeared on it before hitting it big, and we’ve found some of the black ones here:

Samuel Jackson

Samuel L. Jackson

By 1991, Samuel L. Jackson had been in quite a few movies already, even if his parts were small (including Do The Right Thing and Coming To America). In an attempt to build up his resume, Jackson nabbed a role on “Law & Order” in season one as attorney Louis Taggert. He represented a young man (Phillip Seymour Hoffman in his first on-screen role) accused of participating in the gang rape of a TV reporter.

Zoe Saldana (And Her Baby Bump) Grace The Cover Of Elle For Their ‘Women In Hollywood’ Issue

October 10th, 2014 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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Zoe Saldana graces the cover of Elle with her baby bump. Inside, she discusses accepting the role of Nina Simone and "making it" in Hollywood.


Zoe Saldana and her huge baby bump graced the cover of Elle magazine’s November issue, which serves as a nod to their annual Women In Hollywood Awards. Actresses Jennifer Garner and Tina Fey, who are Zoe’s fellow honorees for the awards, also appear on alternate covers. The other women being honored by the publication are Elizabeth Banks, Brie Larson, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Annette Bening and Jessica Lange.  Inside of the issue, Zoe discussed her reluctance to accept the role of Nina Simone in a biopic about the late singer’s life and how her Dominican upbringing altered her perception of “making it” in Hollywood.

On being reluctant about playing Nina Simone:

“I actually encouraged Cynthia to cast someone else. But she came to me and said that everybody was afraid, and I thought, ‘S–t, then how can we complain that there aren’t enough films about African-American iconic figures?’”

On never striving to “make it” in Hollywood:

“That’s how those seven years my sisters and I spent on a bohemian island played very well. We’re not American in terms of feeding into that machine that you have to be somebody. We were somebody the moment we were born.”

Speaking of “making it,” Gugu also seemed to brush off the concept.

“It’s funny—I never feel like, ‘Oh, wow, I’ve made it.’ I’m interested in the journey,” she told Elle. “I’m interested in the adventure of working with different people, and I guess as soon as you sit on your laurels and can go, ‘Well, aren’t I great?’—that’s just the beginning of the end.”

She also dished on her role in Beyond The Lights.

“One of the things that drew me to the project was the relationship between mother and daughter— that ‘mom-ager’ dynamic—because I grew up with a single mom, though my dad has definitely been in my life a lot. But my mom couldn’t be more different from Minnie Driver’s character. I was the pushy child, the one who wanted to be doing ballet and jazz and tap and everything.”

Elle’s November issue hits stands Oct. 14.