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Actress Nia long and her adorable sons Kez, 7 months, and Massai Jr.,11, grace the cover the August issue of Essence magazine.

” I’m in my forties, post baby and I’m thinner than I’ve been in years. The last step will be letting my hair go natural. That’s when you’ll know I’m free…,” the mom of two tells Essence.

In the issue, the working mom also talks about life with her sons and boyfriend basketball player Ime Udoka, and reconnecting with her father.

Pick up the upcoming issue of Essence magazine, out in July, for more!



The mantra “My black is beautiful” is one that is repeated over and over again by African American women everywhere and one that we strive to teach our little girls. When our children see images of African American actresses on TV, we hope that the images will inspire them to want to grow up and achieve success. The question becomes, does the entertainment industry actually portray black women in the light that we ‘d hope would be a good influence on our kids?

Many African American actresses would say that the answer is a big “NO!” Many people feel that characters such as Tyler Perry’s “Madea” or Martin Lawrence’s “Big Momma” still portray black women in the stereotypical roles that were portrayed in movies of the past such as “Gone with the Wind.” However, others feel that those characters are actually paying homage to the older black women in the community that helped raise many us and were loved by all of us. Do these characters actually give our little girls the wrong impression about other black women?

With African American women working so hard to break down racial barriers and typecasting in the industry, does a “Madea” type character give our children the wrong perception of black women in the community?



Rising fashion designer Tanesa Peterson is making a name for herself in the wide world of couture. The seventeen-year-old  innovator drew a wedding dress sketch at the age of 12 and hasn’t looked back since. Tanesa has designed more than 1,000 ensembles for her “urban couture” brand named “Nesa Fab.” She’s even had her fashions rock the runway in Toronto and New York.

Teen sensation Jaden Smith has been expanding his skills beyond acting and it is certainly paying off in a big way. The 13 year old recently released his second solo song, “Gonzoes,” which follows his song “Give It to Em.”  In the new song, Jaden raps about the naysayers and even adds a little about his sister Willow:

“Now Willow is the star, man, how weak is that? Pink hair, high socks, can’t compete with that.”

Don’t think that Jaden has given up acting. He will be seen alongside his powerhouse father, Will Smith, in the M. Night Shyamalan sci-fi thriller “After Earth” set to release June 2013.

Check out Jaden’s video “Gonzoes” video below:


Baby Cree, Tia Mowry-Hardrict and Cory Hardrict’s son, is no longer a baby! The little one turned 1-years-old on Thursday June 28, 2012, and several Twitter fans as well as family members wished him well.

Divorce is rough, but Sheree Fletcher and Andrea Kelly have found a way to move on through a reality show called ‘Hollywood Exes.’ Both recently sat down with media outlets to discuss their lives after being married to celebs, and give insight on their co-parenting techniques.

Andrea Kelly, estranged wife of singer R.Kelly, is one of several former celeb wives on ‘Hollywood Exes.’ Andrea is ecstatic about the series saying, “This is a journey of rediscovery and reinvention. We, [the women in the show], really are a sisterhood. We all know what it’s like to have, and we know what it’s like to be a have-not.”

Although she didn’t ask her former husband how he felt about her starring in a reality series, Andrea did acknowledge R.Kelly as being a part of the greater family circle. “The marriage came to an end but the family is not over. We have children. We co-parent. We’re bonded for life.”

In line with Andrea’s theories about co-parenting, Sheree Fletcher also feels that a positive relationship between her and Will Smith is what makes the arrangement work. “It’s like the marriage didn’t work, so, now we gotta move on and what we need to do now is be the most effective and be the best co-parents we can possibly be. We’re in full fledged plan B,” Fletcher said.

Sheree and Will married in 1992 and welcomed their son Trey into the world the same year. Andrea and R.Kelly were married for 12 years before divorcing in 2009. The former couple have three children together.


Singer and songwriter Alicia Keys has been working feverishly to complete her new project, designed to accompany her 2009 album The Element of Freedom. Although the singer has been involved in many charities that are inspiring by nature, her greatest influence for the new album comes from husband Swizz Beatz and son Egypt.


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