Despite the recent controversy surrounding her relationship with fiance Dwyane Wade, actress Gabriel Union is in-love and there’s nothing anyone can do about it.
The Being Mary Jane actress chatted with Glamour about love and relationships. She even has some tips for the ladies out there come Valentine’s Day.
DO forget your “type.”
“It worked for me. When I met Dwyane, his ‘résumé’ looked like crap: athlete, going through a divorce, nine years younger than me. None of that screamed, ‘Let’s have a lasting relationship.’ Then, after I had a heart-crushing breaking with yet another immature jerk, I thought, it can’t be any worse if I date a fetus. Let’s just see what happens. Turned out he’d been on his own since he was 15. He had wisdom that comes with facing an insane amount of adversity. He’s sweet, funny, honest about his shortcomings. When I put my preconceived notions to the side, I found someone cool.”
DON’T put up with a friend-versus-boyfriend tug-of-war.
“Some friends act possessive and say, ‘You’re not spending enough time with me.’ Huh? Remember when we made our vision boards and the dude was in the middle? You’re sup- posed to be happy for me. Thankfully, my girls are like, ‘High-five!’ And D likes to be around them too. If there’s weirdness, either something’s wrong with the friends—or the boy. Investigate. And sift accordingly.”
DO show him your feelings. Daily.
“Dwyane generally gets up before I do to go to the gym, and he’s never left without kissing me and telling me he loves me. As for me, I am complimentary to the point where I am almost a little Chester the Molester-y. I think he’s so delicious. Watching him get out of the shower never gets old. Never. It’s not like he ever wonders what I’m thinking, but usually he’s thinking, She needs a cold shower!”
DON’T write off an ex (or get back together) without really thinking it through.
“When you’re debating whether to go backward or forward, you have to look at the original issue. [When Dwyane and I broke up briefly in 2013], it was because of distance and scheduling. I finished filming the show, then I flew to Vegas right away to start shooting Think Like a Man Too. I couldn’t take time off, and I missed some quality togetherness we desperately needed. Over the summer, I reassessed priorities. I’d always wanted an awesome career with back-to-back projects, but I realized I wasn’t willing to sacrifice my relationship for it. Moving forward, I decided my work schedule has to make sense for our family. Bottom line: If an issue’s a deal breaker, it’s a deal breaker. If your relationship isn’t something you’re willing to give up and you can compromise, do so.”
Photo: GLAMOUR/Jeff Lipsky
BET’s Comic View is about to make a triumphant return to television.
After being off the air for the past five-years, new episodes of the show is slated to begin in Atlanta as early as next month.
Comedienne Sommore, who hosted the show in 1994, will be back as the host for the show’s reboot. Kevin Hart, who was just starting out, hosted the last season of Comic View back in 2008.
A spokesperson for the network said they were not sure where the show would shoot episodes. Roland Powell aka Lil Duval got his start on the comedian-based show, after appearing as a regular in 2004. He now has his on show Ain’t That America (MTV2) and appears on Guy Code regularly.
The Game pulled in 7.7 M viewers on its BET season premiere. And even though actress Brittany Daniel was in the season opener, you might not see as much of her character “Kelly Pitts” as the season progresses. Daniel dished on how she felt about being dropped froma series regular to recurring status.
Brittany on how many shows she will be doing
What’s different for me is I was a series regular before and now I’m just a reoccurring character on the show. We did 13 episodes and I’m just contracted to do six. Another change is that we’re shooting in Atlanta and that’s different. [The Game was previously filmed in Los Angeles.]
Wow, that’s really disappointing. Did the powers that be tell you why they reduced your role?
I wasn’t happy about it, I wanted to do all the episodes but I think it was a financial thing. So I think the biggest difference for me between working for CW and BET is on the CW I made more money [laughs]. But the reason I came back to do the show is that I love the show. And I love, love the people that I work with so even though it came down to [my reduced role] I had to be supportive of the rest of the cast. I know me not showing up would affect a lot of story lines differently so I decided to be a team player anyway.
Are there any other changes in having The Game going from a network to a basic cable channel?
We’re shooting thirteen episodes at one time. So we’ll be finished with shooting thirteen episodes in a month and a half. The first day of my shooting day I did a scene from the last episode. Then after lunch you might be shooting a scene from the first episode. So that was really challenging to keep up with where you are in the story from hour to hour.
Whoa. Really? Most dramas and sitcoms take several months to shoot a whole season worth of shows.
It was challenging and weird doing it this way. Because when I was shooting an episode a week I had a whole week to absorb what my character was going thru. And I would get very connected to the character, because I’d be living it. But now it’s like, ‘Oh now I’m doing the very end of the season with all this dramatic stuff going on but we haven’t done all the scenes prior so I don’t really know where I’m at.’ Or I’m mentioning a character, like Tasha’s boyfriend and I haven’t even met the actor who plays him yet. I don’t even know who he is and I’m already talking about him. But I told myself, I’ll just do the best I can. That’s all you can do—the best you can under these circumstances.
Because of your work in The Game and the black films you’ve appeared in, I hear your co-workers on the The Game say you have an inner black girl…
[Laughs] I have people come up to me and ask you really date black men don’t you and I say I do [Daniel is currently dating Keenan Ivory Wayans] and they say I can tell. And my cast members always say, ‘Oh Brittany is black, she is a sister.’ It’s so hilarious. I always end up working on African American productions. I worked with the Wayans on two movies [White Chicks and Little Man, I did The Game for a few years, and when I did Skyline Donald Faison is my boyfriend. It happens so many times.
New Music Video: “Massive Attack” Nicki Minaj featuring Sean Garrett + Pictures from Minaj’s visit to 106 & Park
In case you don’t watch BET like myself, you probably missed the premiere of Nicki Minaj’s “Massive Attack”
video featuring Sean Garrett. The song has not been a hit with her fans and I can see why. It’s great to see a female rapper out there, but this song is all over the place and so is the beat. The Barbie thing is so old and not to mention, does Mattel even know Minaj is constantly dropping its company name here and there?
I’ve heard better from Minaj. I did enjoy the double-jointed guy though. Check out a small cameo by “Birdman”, Drake and Amber Rose.
View the video and pictures from the shoot below and Minaj’s visit to 106 & Park yesterday, March 31.
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BET is taking over Florida in March/April. If you would like to perform or be in the audience for Spring Bling 2010 then here’s your chance. You must have your own way of making it there!
* Dancers – for dance, step and cheer competitions
* College students with tons of personality
* Florida-based models, dancers, actors and beautiful people
* Music celebrity look-a-likes located in the Florida area
* Performers with unique or unusual talents
For more information and the sign-up form, visit 106 and Park’s official website.
SOS: Help For Haiti aired tonight on BET in Miami, Florida. The telethon was hosted by Queen Latifah, Pharrell and P. Diddy. Several celebrities manned the phones, while others lent their voice for the cause. SOS featured performances from Justin Bieber and Ludacris, Mary J. Blige and Jasmine Sullivan, Robin Thicke, Busta Rhymes, Kirk Frankiln, Keri Hilson and Chris Brown.
It was a great night filled with many stellar performances. It’s nice to see everyone coming together in the name of music for a good cause.