Nia Long, Taye Diggs and Sanaa Lathan collectively cover the Nov. 25 issue of JET magazine.
The trip are on a promo run, as they gear up for the release of their movie The Best Man Holiday. Check out an excerpt from their feature below.
Nia Long on getting the sequel to Best Man made:
“It wasn’t like we were just able to make this movie; we had to go through a process. So I feel successful in that alone….”
Sanaa Lathan on the portrayal of African-Americans in films:
“We as moviegoers want to see ourselves. A lot of Black films that have been out lately have been of a certain…stereotype and humor. This has a lot more depth. It’s not fitting the mold of what’s out now.
Taye Diggs on how movies have evolved since The Best Man:
“Our films were really starting to explode and it was an interesting time. But then, people started making movies without us in them…Sadly, we’re still slaves to a system we don’t really control.”
Best Man Holiday opens in theaters on November 15.
Kerry Washington is speaking her mind on the LGBT community and showing her support.
Onlookers have constantly question Washington’s sexuality, but the actress, who is now happily married, is not fazed by the rumors.
See what Washington has to say about Gay Rights in her interview with The Advocate!
On supporting the LGBT community:
“When there are crimes against humanity being committed in the world, we are all so vulnerable. We have to look out for and protect each other. You don’t have to agree with me, but if you come at me with hatred and slurs, I will block you [on Twitter].”
On rumors of her being a lesbian:
“It’s interesting how much people long to fill in the gaps when someone in the public eye doesn’t share their personal life. I understand their frustration.I like how people will post pictures of me with other women that I adore,hugging on red carpets, and say, ‘See.’ Are we so uncomfortable with love between two people of the same genders that we immediately label it as sexual? But I’ve never been bothered by the lesbian rumor. There’s nothing offensive about it, so there’s no reason to be offended.”
On having a gay marriage in the Scandal storyline:
“Something that brings me great joy is known that ‘Scandal’s’ audience looks like in terms of African-American households and knowing that so many African-American people and families are being introduced to our characters James and Cyrus. It’s really exciting that millions of viewers each week are living life with this amazing, complex couple, stepping into their gay marriage and adoption experience, which is such a vital storyline of our show.”
Janelle Monae covers the latest issue of UPTOWN magazine.
The Electric Lady dishes on being a covergirl, explaining her aesthetic, her music, changing the world and more.
Check out some snippets from her interview below.
You are tired of explaining your aesthetic?
Yes. Interviews are like marriages sometimes, and things become old. It’s time to spruce up this sex life! We need to try some new things. I am always asked, “Why do you wear that tuxedo?” Or, “We know that your parents wore uniforms, is that why you wear a uniform?” [Her mother worked as a janitor and her father a garbage truck driver.] I want to tell them, “You know good and darn well [a scant southern accent emerges] that you read that somewhere! I am wondering “Why are you asking me the same question?” Let’s talk about the music, the message and why my eyelashes are long!
How excited were you to become a Cover Girl?
To be on a roster with Queen Latifah, Ellen DeGeneres and Sofia Vergara is incredible. It’s so diverse. It’s breaking down barriers and changing the definition of beauty.
Do you feel a social responsibility with your artistry and celebrity?
If I were not a woman, or African-American, or have people in my life that have not been directly discriminated against, then I would not feel a social responsibility. When you love and care about people and you see young people dying, it’s impossible to ignore. Let me be clear: When I speak of androids, I am speaking of the new form of the ‘other.’ You can parallel that to people who are gay or lesbian, those whose skin is considered too dark; women still are not receiving equal rights. I write music that fights against self-hate. It is about loving yourself even if it makes others uncomfortable.
You told me back in 2006 that you wanted your music to change the world. Do you still feel as optimistic?
Yes! I want the music to make people burn their cubicles down and then pay for a new cubicle. I want people to not feel afraid to ask for help. Not feel afraid to crawl. Not feel afraid to dance in front of strangers. It’s about shaving your head, saving your hair and never looking back. I want people to do things that they never thought they would do before.
What do you want to do?
I don’t want to know what’s next. I have a lot of things up my sleeve. But I have to be careful [and watch] these pop artists that are bigger than me. They will take your ideas! I have to keep knocking down doors, crowd-surf and keep having Diddy professionally slap people. Oh, and I also want to eat ice cream with 17 electric ladies. Let’s not forget that.
In less than 2-years, Arsenio Hall has been able to revamp his career after leaving the industry for nearly 20-years.
With his new talk show, The Arsenio Hall Show, doing exceptionally well, the host is sitting down with Oprah.
Hall will be appearing on an upcoming episode of Oprah’s Next Chapter.
During the sit-down, Hall reveals what it’s been like being a single dad, being the only late-night African American host, and the advice he received from his friend, Jay Leno.
Oprah’s Next Chapter featuring Arsenio Hall will air on Sunday, October 20 at 9pm EST on OWN.
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Child star turned entrepreneur Raven Symone has really come into her own. Symone speaking candidly on her career, goals, bring a role model, advice she received from Bill Cosby and much more. Read what the mini mogul had to say on each of these subjects below.
Your babies will absolutely adore Iridessa because…
Her outfit is made from sunflower petals—so cute! She’s also a light fairy, which means she makes the rainbows come alive and puts the lights in the fireflies’ little bums, and she’s the type of girl that always gets straight A’s, but she’s not one of those irritating straight-A kind of girls. She’s still down for the cause, but she’s the girl who will come with you on your adventure and say, “You know this isn’t right, right? Okay, just so you know. Now let’s go move something and scare somebody!”
The transition from child star to grown up worked for me because…
I am who I am. I don’t try to do a role I don’t personally understand because I haven’t reached that point in my life yet. For the longest time there was a movie on my plate they wanted me to do, but I wouldn’t do it because I had to kiss a boy. I don’t like PDA. I know this is my craft but I’m afraid of kissing people on TV. I don’t like it. I did a little bit on That’s So Raven because I knew the person and we were cool and the people behind the scenes were cool about it. But I try my best to pick roles I can understand as a human being and that I’ve been through and as I get older and more comfortable in my skin, I’ll continue to do that. If I’m 30, I’ll pick a role that portrays a 30-year-old in my eyes. I also do things so my parent and my grandparents don’t get mad at me. I don’t want to hear, “You made our family look crazy.” I still have that to worry about. We’re from the south. It’s more than the public I have to listen to; I got my mama and my daddy and my grandparents watching. They’re more of my critics than anyone else.
I really like roles I can understand. I did a movie called Revenge of the Bridesmaids where I played a 26-year-old author. I drank some wine, I said some curse words that people hear everyday that aren’t necessarily the really harsh ones. But you know I’m 24, I got bills to pay, I do stuff like that in my normal life so, I feel like I can do that truthfully on camera. And I will do that for the rest of my life. And the cool thing about it is that working with Disney is that I’m able to go back and forth. With ABC family I can be old, and ABC I can be older, and Disney I can be a character in Tinkerbell and still have fun with that. I think when people put too much emphasis on anything, it makes people say, “Oh my gosh, what’s going on?” Just be you. For me I consider myself a comedienne in that sense. My risk-taking will definitely come as I grow up and I mature.
I don’t mind being a role model for kids who wear my name on their shirts and backpacks, but…
I didn’t get into acting to become a role model. I understand people are looking at me and looking up to me, but the one thing I have to say to those people is, it’s really cool to admire people for sure. But realize there are so many other people in this world who are 17 million times better than I that you should be looking up toward. The people doing volunteer work, the people in the trenches cleaning up after natural disasters and disasters that humans make themselves, we need to need to start focusing on them and less on the entertainment industry. And yes this may take some work away from me, but we need to realize that we’re humanity and there’s more to life than music and acting. But I am conscious in the sense that when I have children and those children have children, I want to make sure that they’re proud of their grandma. I do it for that reason. Any other reason to me is selfish.
The thing people getting into the business most need to do is…
Understand the business aspect of the industry and see what people go through. There are a lot of people in the industry that, even though you might only see them when they’re in their drunken stupor or they’re about to go to jail, their business acumen is crazy. I love telling people about my work behind the scenes. I learned it all before I turned 18; I used to go to the meetings with my parents and they would say, “Shh… don’t speak.” You hear more when you listen. When you’re talking, the only thing you can hear is yourself. So I learned that when I was young. And as I grow up, especially being an African American young woman in the industry for the last 23 years, I’m clear that people want to come in and make money off me but not really know who I am and try to change me. You have to take control of your business, your brand, and your likeness.
Being famous is easy. But to sustain a career takes work. I’m still learning because there are changes everyday. I mean, I’m old school; I grew up in the 90s. I’m really bad at Twitter. Worse than a 75-year-old. But no one knows me better than me, and I have to put myself out there and take chances and if anything bad happens, I don’t want to have to blame anyone but me. It’s my choice and I live with it.
My goal in life is…
That by the time I’m 40, I’m sitting up in a beautiful mansion in the middle of nowhere and this phone call happens at 10 a.m. every morning and someone says, “This is how much you have in your account,” and I happily say, “Okay, thank you!”