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Gabrielle Union Fronts December Issue of ESSENCE

 

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Gabrielle Union is all-smiles, she she covers the December issue of ESSENCE.

During her sit-down with ESSENCE,  Union reveals the ten things that bring her joy and how a conversation about Beyonce at a beauty salon changed her life.

This issue of ESSENCE is on newsstands now!

 

Union on rejection and wanting to be chosen:

“There’s this intense desire for us all to be chosen by a man, or a job, or chosen for fame, whatever. But when you’re in the public eye and you’re not chosen, the rejection feels public,” says Union. “So to cover the wound, you attack the person who is chosen.”

On her lead role in Being Mary Jane:

“It would be easy to label Mary Jane a freak…but enjoying sex doesn’t make you a ho,” says Union. “I hope [Being Mary Jane] widens the conversation. I hope people will be more forgiving of those who explore their sexuality unapologetically.”

Gabrielle Union Covers PEOPLE Magazine’s Style Watch Issue [July]

Basketball Wives Star Royce Reed Talks Motherhood and Career Moves

 

Basketball Wives star Royce Reed recently chopped it up with Jocks And Stiletto Jill // ESPN meets Sex and the City. The former NBA cheerleader spoke candidly about her career moves being a mom and her new app. Check out the interview below.

Jill: What made you decide to write a novel as opposed to the Tell-all which has become so popular
Royce: I started this when I was still apart of the Miami Heat dance squad. It’s Inspired by things I saw college. It’s a series it will follow the girls through school and eventually into their post college lives.
Jill: where can we find it?
Royce: You can go to my site, it’s self published, and will also be available on Amazon.com
Read the synopsis of the book:
College Girls is a raw deep-seated account of four women living their lives on a University campus. Raquel is naive and sheltered and thinks she’s got it all figured out until her world is turned upside down. Latoya, who, is conceited and jealous-a treacherous combination, lets her envy get the best of her. These Freshman are far from friends. Kyra embarks on a life changing journey and is forced to acknowledge a part of her self that can may be the beginning of her end. Mykema, an upperclassman, beauty and brains, she’s chasing her dream, until her relationship threatens to shatter everything she’s been working towards.
With Raquel’s soul stirring moments, Latoya’s larcenous way, Mykema’s life changing events, and Kyra’s questionable sexuality these women will have you laughing, mouth-dropping and crying all within a matter of page turns. College Girls crosses all boundaries and with its organic & easy reading, will have you feeling as if you know them personally & quickly choosing favorites.
Jill: what other things are in the works for you?
Royce: Developing a fitness dance instruction video, My dance company, Fantashique, an upcoming 14 city tour for a stage play called Cheaters (Royce was a theatre education major) and I’m working on an iPhone App for my fans.
Jill: You’re a mom, with your schedule how do you manage it all?
Royce: I have help, my parents, family and friends all help me to balance. My son is my first priority, I couldn’t do this without their input.
Jill: What can your fans look forward to with the new app?
Royce: Basically it’s a way to stay connected with what I’m doing and special photos just for them. Lots of things that they’ve requested from me.

One On One: Interview With Basketball Wives Star Royce Reed : Jocks and Stiletto Jill | ESPN meets Sex and the City | Jocks And Stiletto Jill // ESPN meets Sex and the City

Elle Magazine Interviews The Miami Heat’s Chris Bosh

 

 

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Who knew a basketball player could be features in a magazine like ElleMiami Heat frontman Chris Bosh sat down or a carefree interview with the magazine. In this Heat Wave interview, Bosh discusses women, his fiance, the NBA as a whole and much more.  Read what Chris Bosh had to say below.

ELLE: You put a lot of effort into making the 2008 All Star Team—you created a funny YouTube video in which you played a used-car salesman who was trying to get people to vote for you. What’s the hardest you’ve worked to woo a woman you admired?

Chris Bosh: It was with my fiancée [Adrienne Williams]. I met her in New York at a charity event—her friend liked the guy I was with. We eventually struck up a conversation and exchanged numbers. Then it was a true courting session over three months on the phone. I met her in July, and we didn’t go on our first date until October.

ELLE: Could you fall in love with a woman who didn’t care about basketball?

CB: I did. My fiancée only likes it now because I play. When she comes to the games, she’s watching when I’m in—and when I’m out, she’s talking with her friends.

ELLE: I encountered some footage of your cousin with your former girlfriend heckling LeBron James in 2008 when you were playing on opposing teams. Are there unofficial rules governing the behavior of players’ wives and girlfriends?

CB: That was embarrassing. A woman shouldn’t heckle. In the public eye, you have to represent not only you but your spouse, too. You have to be a lady. She just has to sit there, clap, and look pretty.

ELLE: Your fiancée is beautiful, but I have to say, I was a little shocked to see photos showing the size difference between you two: She’s five feet tall and you’re almost seven feet tall. Even in heels, her head seems to not quite reach your chest.

CB: You get used to it. If you were to ask her, “Do you really notice it?” she’d be like, “No.” I can understand how it might look bizarre to other people, but to me, it’s normal. I have a history of dating smaller w

ELLE: I don’t want to put this too graphically, but are there any, uh, complications with such a size difference? If you were eye to eye, her feet would pretty much be at your crotch level.

CB: You always make things work.

ELLE: I won’t delve further. I saw pictures of your palatial home in Miami: white carpets, white floors, white furniture. I wondered if you insist that anyone who comes in don those footies that scientists wear in sterile environments.

CB: We do ask people to take their shoes off. But we try to prevent any accidents by policing it early.

ELLE: Like, some tipsy woman with a glass of merlot will get ejected?

CB: They won’t get ejected. It will be more like, “Hey! Don’t go over there with that red wine!”

ELLE: Everything I know about basketballers with stories like yours—exceptional high school players drafted into the pros young—suggests there must have been a buffet of women available at all times. Was racking up numbers ever appealing to you?

CB: I’ve never really been a guy like that. I like intimacy with just one person who you can share your secrets and thoughts and ambitions with. In our profession, we’re in pretty vulnerable positions sometimes, so that can either motivate you to take advantage, or it can scare you a little bit. It scared me.

ELLE: I imagine there are plenty of ways for a rich young man to get in trouble with women. Does the NBA provide counseling for players on how to avoid entanglements?

CB: Yeah, they have programs like that, but they can tell you all they want to—at the end of the day, you’re out in the world experiencing things for yourself. Unfortunately, sometimes you’re going to make mistakes.

ELLE: Let’s imagine I get drafted and secure a $100 million NBA contract. What’s your advice about all the hot ladies buzzing around?

CB: Just listen to your instincts. Don’t talk to someone or start a relationship out of pity.

ELLE: Players get into relationships based on pity?

CB: Oh, most definitely.

ELLE: Do NBA players go into clubs, locate the least attractive girl, and say, “Gee, I feel sorry for her—I’m going to give her a Bentley and move her into my house”?

CB: No, but we’re talking about something that could develop over time. Everybody in this world isn’t good people. So you have to learn that and learn to look for certain signs when you’re out there.

ELLE: What do women who don’t know you frequently misunderstand about you?

CB: People in general misunderstand me. I’m very aware of the stereotype that comes with being a basketball player. But I’m well-rounded. I’m cultured. It’s funny: When I speak, people are like, “Wow! You can really talk.” I’m like, “What did you expect?”

ELLE: The Heat’s president, Pat Riley, is pretty dapper. Has he ever offered you any advice about women?

CB: He hasn’t, but we were at a Christmas party recently, and he said that he and his wife had been together for 43 years, and she stopped him and said, “No, it’s actually only been 42.” And he went, “Okay, then I must have just been dreaming about you for one of them.” And everybody was like, “Oh, I gotta write that one down.”

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Chris Bosh’s Baby Momma Likely to Join Season 3 Cast of Basketball Wives

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Get ready for more drama. Chris Bosh’s ex-girlfriend/mother of his child, Allison Mathis has been selected as one of the newest cast members of  season 3 of  VH1’s Basketball Wives, TMZ reports.

Apparently, Allison completed three rounds of interviews with the show’s executives. The execs were said to be so impressed with Mathis that they will be offering her a spot in the season 3 cast.

We can’t confirm who Allison will be replacing.  Suzie has already said she hasn’t made up her mind on whether or not she will come back and Royce Reed has debunked rumors that she’s out  for next season.

Photos from Dwyane Wade’s birthday bash and Gabrielle Union’s special speech

 

 

Dwyane Wade celebrated his 29th birthday by having a star-studded bash at Wall. Wade and his teammates, NBA fam and friends partied the night away at the bash.  Actress Gabrielle Union gave a heartfelt, but real toast to boyfriend D. Wade. Check it out below.

 

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Dwyane Wade covers Uptown Magazine

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Basketball star Dwyane Wade covers the October/November issues of  Uptown Magazine. The feature consists of a candid at-home interview with the NBA star.  This issue of Uptown also has a special feature on R&B singer El DeBarge.

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