Is “Being Mary Jane” just TV?

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I watched every episode of Being Mary Jane and I am ready to talk about it. I started writing this long thing on my iPad but thought I would start over. I posted on Facebook that I observed that many women tend to believe that professional success excuses them from making smart relationship choices. There were a myriad of responses, but one one in particular stood out. A good friend of mind posted “Just remember it’s TV.”

It reminded me of all of the times I have gotten so caught up in a movie or show that I had to remind myself that what I was watching wasn’t real. But, the statement made me thinking deeply about how real Mary Jane Paul is when I look across the small circle of female friends I have. First and foremost, contrary to popular belief, it’s hard to find lasting love and some people will go to extremes to ensure they aren’t missing the opportunity to be in love.

Anyway, I just wanted to point out the things I thought were topics, whether just TV or not, are important topics the show is bringing to our conscious:

1. Extramarital affairs and the way people who participate in them attempt to legitimize their behavior….
2. The difficulty of being a person of color in diverse and non-diverse professions and environments.
3. The struggle to juggle the things that matter in life like family, friends, love, career and other stuff that comes as a result of having material wealth.
4. The politics of building and maintaining work relationships.
5. The realities about suicide confirmed via statistics and studies where people of color, professionals and successful people are concerned.

So, considering the time African Americans spend watching television, the perspective that TV is an art form and the genius of Mara Brock Akil, it may be safe to say that the intent of this show is to be more than just TV… but another vehicle that keeps important discussions in our consciousness.

Not Enough has been said… LeBron James Red Tux (Waraire Boswell)

Not enough has been said about the iconic look of LeBron James at this year at the ESPYs. Who would have thought of it and who would be brave enough to duplicate? Savannah Brinson looks okay, too. More about the suit. He was rocking a Waraire Boswell burgundy custom suit. Fun fact… Boswell is a Cal State Northridge graduate and hails from Culver City, CA. Check out the website for the designer: http://waraireboswell.com/. Fashion follows him on Twitter!

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[Mag Covers] Tyeler Perry Covers Essence Magazine; Talks about Favorite Leading Ladies

 

 

[ESSENCE.COM] Tyler Perry has shared the big screen with dozens of leading ladies, but he told ESSENCE that there are a few actresses who hold a special place in his heart.

Our November cover star revealed that he has a celebrity crush: Gabrielle Union. He calls Union, who played his fiancée in the drama Good Deeds,“very sexy.”

The actor and filmmaker also described working with the legendary Cicely Tyson in the upcomingAlex Cross. “I was really excited to have an opportunity to be in the scene with Cecily frickin’ Tyson. Are you kidding me? And not be Madea. Are you kidding me? That was pretty awesome,” he recalls.

Lastly, Perry spoke fondly of Phylicia Rashad — whom he describes as “regal” — because “she looks like my mother… Spitting image.” He continues, “People would always say your mother looks like Clair Huxtable. Before she got sick, they could have been sisters. So, some of the goodbyes [in Good Deeds] are really goodbyes.” Perry lost his beloved mother in December of 2009.

For more from Tyler Perry, check out the November issue of ESSENCE Magazine, on newstands now!

 

[Out & About] Fashionistas & Fashion Week w/ Naomi + Tracey Reese + June Ambrose + Rachel Roy & More!

 

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June Ambrose at the  Nanette Lepore Spring 2013 fashion show.

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Ms. Tyra Banks at the Marchesa spring 2013 Show.

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Rachel Roy with Gabrielle Union at Feast of Fashion.

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Can you ever get enough of Rachel Roy?

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Kimora Lee Simmons at Donna Karan New York.

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Naomi Campbell for Zac Posen.

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Alek Wek for Zac Posen, too.

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Ms. Tracey Reese.

 

[Out & About] The POTUS/FLOTUS + Omorosa + Serena Williams & More!

 

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Tatyana Ali! I love her looks… “Around-the-way-girl with expensive shoes” look.

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Serena Williams… so classic!

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You know I love Solange Knowles! I used to call her “Sponge” but I respect her individuality and that she rides for her people!

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Jennifer Hudson… I love her but I have one comment.. she has such a wide mouth and it is kinda wierd with her skinny face! Beautiful, nonetheless.

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Venus Williams… Now, when people have this look everyone says, “Oh, she looks like Kelly Rowland!”

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Nobody is doing it in their old age like Halle Berry! She wasn’t even TRYING!

The POTUS and FLOTUS remember 9/11.

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Omarosa Manigault-Stallworth attends Michael Clarke Duncan‘s Memorial Service.

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Alicia Keys soaks up Fashion Week!

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Gabrielle Union in the morning? BEAUTIFUL!

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Speaking of beautiful older women, Ms. Vanessa Williams.

 

Gabrielle Union says her Career took a hit because of D. Wade’s Ex-Wife

Ma’am. Gabrielle Union. You started dating Dwyane Wade when he was YET married… You were sleeping at his house where his children were… But YOUR career was hurt? Get real! Secondly, why are you outing your family?

[Celebrity Sightings] Laurynn, Amar’E, Cookie, Gabrielle & More!

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Lauryn Hill looks great! This must be her summer look! Light on the clothes. Light on the make-up… natural beauty!

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Dwyane Wade and Gabrielle Union out and about in Miami!

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Magic Johnson and Cookie… still going strong… in Italy!

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Speaking of “still going strong, Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith… still at it!

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My love, Michelle Williams!

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June Ambrose at Essence Music Festival! Isn’t hot?

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Amar’e used to be so fashion conscious.

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Queen Latifah!

[Celebrity Sightings] Star-Studded Premiere of Tyler Perry’s ‘Mr. Deeds’ & More

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Gabrielle Union

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I’m not always a fan of Thandie Newton’s looks but I like this one! She is a beautiful woman!

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Sharon Leal

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Ms. Beverly Johnson

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Jason Olive

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Esther Baxter

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[Celebrity Tidbits] Is Dwyane Wade a Single Father? + Lauryn Confirms Shes Pregnant. When will Fantasia?

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Lauryn Hill formally announces that she is expecting her 6th child. I am not sure who she thought she was fooling but it makes for good press that she waited a bit! She looks great!

 

Speaking of pregnant, the word on the street is that Fantasia is pregnant but we have heard this time and time again! MediaTakeout.com is claiming that Fanny is 2.5 months pregnant by her boyfriend, Antwaun Cook and waiting until she is 3 months to formally announce it. MTO is not known for being very credible but I believe this.

I wonder why Dwyane Wade claims he is  a single father when he has a live-in lover? Perhaps it may be because Gabrielle Union does not take on the role of a mother? I am quite certain that Wade and Gabby see the kids the same amount during season and that his mother and/or nanny do the majority of the parenting but I could be wrong! All I am saying is that if I had a child, a live-in girlfriend, a nanny and a grandparent’s suite… it would be a tad unrealistic to identify as a single parent. I know some single parents. Am I being a hater?