Being Mary Jane: Gabrielle Union Talks America After Ferguson

January 28, 2015  |  

The country has not stopped shouting “Black Lives Matter” and celebrities are using their voices as well. The Being Mary Jane star Gabrielle Union recently sat down with Yahoo Style and gushed on everything from race relations to being married to Dwayne Wade. With the second season of Being Mary Jane premiering February 3rd and 42-year-old Union a fairly new mom of three boys from marriage – she certainly knows what it’s like juggling it all.

Union isn’t the only mom feeling the need for change in America as we spoke to many moms across New York that expressed the same sentiments as the star.

See what she had to say:

Yahoo Style: You play a broadcast journalist on Being Mary Jane. Are you a news junkie?

Gabrielle Union: In my real life, I watch a lot of CNN. It’s on right now. It’s kind of one of those things that’s always on in the background in general. Most days I read three newspapers. I read the Miami Herald, the Los Angeles Times, and the New York Times. I’ve always been very interested in the news. It’s about wanting to be informed, and wanting to hear different perspectives on thing. A lot of people think about the same thing a lot of different ways.

YS: What do you think about the news these days? Many people seem fed up with what they see as persistent racism in this country, specifically regarding what happened in Ferguson and Eric Garner’s death in New York, but on your Instagram you seem to be staying positive.

GU: There’s a bit of a gap between what I really want to say and what I know is responsible to say. The general lack of compassion for your fellow man is really frustrating. I think what the protesters are saying, or at least some of them, is it’s not just about police brutality. It’s about a widespread systematic crippling of some people in this country by birthright, and no one’s acknowledging it. There may be a power shakeup if you’re really going to do something about it. A lot of people aren’t interested in that. They say, “It’s not that bad. We have Barack Obama. We’re good.” Or, “You’re not getting lynched.” They’re not acknowledging the institutional racism that impacts daily lives.

YS: What do you think about actors and athletes being political these days, like LeBron James when he wore an “I can’t breathe” T-shirt, which referred to the last words Garner said before he died? It’s so different from the days when Michael Jordan didn’t say anything.
GU: People have always had their own personal views, but they weren’t challenged. I don’t think there’s any footage from back then where Michael Jordan was asked about an issue. I’ve known Michael for a long time, and I couldn’t tell you what his views are. It’s not something that comes up. He’s from before there was social media. In this day, there’s a news story about celebrities every second. People are demanding a lot more. The fact that I can do a press junket for a movie and people ask me what’s happening in my uterus says a lot. They want 110 percent of what you have to offer. But now that I’ve been given a voice, I’m going to use it.

To read the full interview head over to Yahoo Style.


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