You Got Her F***ed Up: Gabrielle Union Says She Refuses To “Be The Happy Negro”, Speaks Indirectly To ‘AGT’ Firing

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Gabrielle Union Talks The Risk Of Speaking Up On Behalf Of Others

Gabrielle Union is not one of these soulless, gutless, Hollyweird negroes who will do and say anything to get a check from one of these soup cookie CEOs. Nah. She’s different. Yeah, she’s different.

At this point, you’re well aware that Gab was canned from America’s Got Talent after making it known to the higher-ups at NBC that there were several levels of f***ery afoot on the set of the show. For the most part, she’s been mum about the situation as we’re sure that there are some legal ramifications to doing so. However, that doesn’t mean that she’s about to run from the topic either.

According to Variety, Gabrielle was speaking on a panel on female empowerment and inclusivity at the launch of her new holiday collection with New York & Company when she let the choppa spray on those who feel it necessary to sell out marginalized people to obtain money.

Giving advice on being a leader in the workplace, Union said, “Don’t be the happy negro that does the bidding of the status quo because you’re afraid. Don’t allow them to call you angry when someone else is called passionate. It’s terrifying. There’s a solid chance you’ll lose your job … I speak from experience,” she quipped, though never mentioning “America’s Got Talent.”

“Do your best because corporations want global dollars,” Union continued. “Do your best to try to hold the door open and hold people responsible. Yeah, I’m asking you to do the impossible … I’m fully aware that job loss is on the table … but if you’re not doing it, nobody is.”

Gab U droppped a lot of real a$$ jewels during this panel discussion and we highly recommend that you read the entire article HERE.

Protect that lady at all costs.

#BlackGirlMagic Miss Jamaica’s Miss World Win Means 5 Black Women Hold Major Pageant Titles

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Miss Jamaica’s Toni-Ann Singh’s Miss World Win Means 5 Black Women Hold Major Pageant Titles

The title circuit is currently flooded with melanin and #blackgirlmagic. After South Africa’s Zozibini Tunzwas was dubbed Miss Universe, there’s another black pageant Queen to celebrate.

On Sunday Jamaica’s Toni-Ann Singh won the Miss World crown, the 23-year-old’s win means that the titles of Miss World, Miss Universe, Miss America, Miss USA, and Miss Teen USA have all gone to Black women this year.
Singh, 23, is a native of St. Thomas, Jamaica, and is the fourth beauty queen from Jamaica to be crowned Miss World since Lisa Hanna in 1993.

“To that little girl in St. Thomas, Jamaica and all the girls around the world—please believe in yourself,” wrote Singh about her win. “Please know that you are worthy and capable of achieving your dreams. This crown is not mine but yours. You have a PURPOSE.”

Singh is the pride of her family, her uncle Theodore Bailey told The Jamaica Star that they all saw her win coming.

“As a toddler growing up, she would always tell us that she is going to be Miss World and Miss Jamaica. And fi si the manifestation come now, and that the world has to look up to mi niece, and even a community like Bath in St Thomas yah, mi feel real good man,” said Uncle Theodore.

“Words can’t even express my feelings right now, trust me. We a come from far and Toni-Ann always tell wi she is going to be the Joseph of this family. So even now it come in like is a dream come true or something, but to how me feel … boy, we have to really look pon it and say is like it’s a fulfilment of prophecy,” he added.

A win like this for five black women is especially historic considering that a few decades ago it wouldn’t be possible. In its first 30 years, black women weren’t even allowed to compete in the Miss America pageant.

As for Singh, she’s planning to go to medical school to become a doctor in women’s health.

Watch her historic crowning below.

 

Black Girl Magic: The Future Is Female Hosts A Fireside Chat Inspiring Growth Of Women Entrepreneurs

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The Future Is Female Hosts A Fireside Chat Inspiring Growth Of Women Entrepreneurs

 

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The Future is Female is an empowerment experience for the way-making women of the entertainment, nonprofit and digital marketing world. On December 12, 2019 from 6-9 pm, they brought together a panel of women for a Fireside Chat to celebrate the industries, trailblazers, share tips with other female bosses and inspire female entrepreneurs.

 

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Opening the event will be 7 year old Parker, a growing entrepreneur that began her journey with a lemonade stand at 5 years old. Today, she invested in her first home! Now, that’s Black Girl Magic we love to see.

The Glo Up Continues: Jordyn Woods Joins Paula Patton, Marques Houston And More For BET’s ‘Sacrifice’ Premiere

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Jordyn Woods And Paula Patton Stun At The Premiere For Their BET + Movie ‘Sacrifice’

Looks like Heir Jordyn is a perfect nickname, because life just keeps going UP for Jordyn Woods. The entrepreneur and budding actress stunned at the red carpet premiere for her latest opportunity, a role in the new BET + film ‘Sacrifice’.

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Jordyn brought her entire family along for support.

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Paula Patton also stars in the film. Check out more premiere pictures below:

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Tiffany Haddish, Rose Byrne & Salma Hayek Are Giving Fierce Beauty Realness In The New “Like A Boss” Trailer

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Watch The New “Like A Boss” Trailer Starring Tiffany Haddish

 

The beauty business is about to get UGLY. BFF’s Mia and Mel (Tiffany Haddish and Rose Byrne) are living their best lives, lady bosses, running their own cosmetics company! Unfortunately, they’re in over their heads financially, and the prospect of a big buyout offer from a notorious beauty industry titan Claire, played by Salma Hayek, proves too tempting to pass up, putting Mel and Mia’s lifelong friendship in jeopardy. Check out the new trailer above and stay tuned for “Like A Boss” in theaters January 10th!

Youtuber Patricia Bright Cut Off All Her Hair–And She Looks Seriously STUNNING! [Video]

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Patricia Bright’s New Haircut Is Something Only She Could Pull Off

Patricia Bright looks good no matter what she’s doing, but recently, she’s been absolutely killing the game in every way possible.

The Youtuber announced her second pregnancy back in August, and ever since, she’s been the definition of glowing. The pictures she posts on Instagram embody what every woman hopes to look like when they’re pregnant, and for Patricia, it just seems so effortless.

But on top of her absolutely slaying this pregnancy, the influencer just cut off all her hair and–surprise surprise–she looks incredible.

When she debuted this look on Instagram, fans went absolutely wild for how good she looks with a short chop. On Monday, she followed up everyone’s interest with a video showing some behind-the-scenes footage going through the entire process.

Check out the video down below to see why Patricia had to cut off all her hair and see the transition go down for yourself:

Melanin Magic: STUNNING South African Zozibini Tunzi Crowned Miss Universe 2019

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Zozibini Tunzi Crowned Miss Universe 2019

During last night’s Miss Universe 2019 pageant, a stunner from South Africa took home the to prize. Zozibini Tunzi is Miss Universe 2019 after beating out Puerto Rico’s Madison Anderson and Mexico’s Sofia Aragon in the final three.

Zozibini stunned in the all the categories but it was the interview portion where she really shined. In her final question, the 26-year-old was asked “What should be teaching young girls today” and she gave a brilliant response.

Zozibini wants little girls to learn about leadership and to “take up space.”

“Leadership. It’s something that has been lacking in young girls and women for a very long time – not because we don’t want to, but because of what society has labelled women to be,” she said.

“I think we are the most powerful beings in the world, and that we should be given every opportunity. And that is what we should be teaching these young girls – to take up space.”

BOOM.

Zozibini is the first black woman to win the competition since Leila Lopes in 2011. This also makes the first time Miss USA, Miss America, Miss Teen USA, and Miss Universe have all been black women.

Zozibini is described as a” proud advocate for natural beauty” and a passionate activist “engaged in the fight against gender-based violence.”

Isn’t she lovely???

Congratulations to Miss Universe Zozibini Tunzi!

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Black Girl Magic: Grind Pretty Teams Up With Yandy Smith-Harris For Special Edition Holiday Box

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Online Platform Grind Pretty Teams Up With Reality Star, Yandi Smith-Harris For Special Edition Holiday Box

 

Grind Pretty, the online platform designed for female entrepreneurs in the beauty and lifestyle space today announced its partnership with reality star and entrepreneur, Yandi Smith-Harris. The collaboration is part of the brand’s quarterly subscription service and will include products from Smith-Harris’ company, Yelle Skin Care.

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“We’re excited to be working with Yandy on this partnership and couldn’t have asked for a more fitting boss to Grind Pretty with,” said Mimi J, CEO of Grind Pretty. “We wanted to continue our mission of encouraging female entrepreneurship by pushing female-owned businesses forward and that’s what we did with this collaboration.”

Peep The New ‘No Time To Die’ Poster Of Lashana Lynch Looking Dangerously Delicious

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First Posters Appear Of Black Bond Lashana Lynch

Ladies and gents, the long awaited debut of Lashana Lynch as our first black 007 is close at hand. United Artists Releasing dropped the first posters for their newest Bond film, ‘No Time To Die’ this morning and we have to say Lashana is looking LOVELY! We’re so excited for this film. The studio also released a tease for the film on Sunday, check it out below:

In No Time To Die, Bond has left active service and is enjoying a tranquil life in Jamaica. His peace is short-lived when his old friend Felix Leiter from the CIA turns up asking for help. The mission to rescue a kidnapped scientist turns out to be far more treacherous than expected, leading Bond onto the trail of a mysterious villain armed with dangerous new technology.

Peep some BTS from filming in Jamaica below:

No Time To Die Posters Of Lashana Lynch, Daniel Craig, Rami Malek and Ana De Armas

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Check out all of the character posters below… We’re also super excited for Rami Malek and Ana De Armas in this one.

Director: Cary Joji Fukunaga

Writers: Neal Purvis & Robert Wade, and Cary Joji Fukunaga and Phoebe Waller-Bridge

Producers: Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli

Cast: Daniel Craig, Rami Malek, Léa Seydoux, Lashana Lynch, Ben Whishaw, Naomie Harris, with Jeffrey Wright, with Ralph Fiennes as “M”

Also starring Rory Kinnear, Ana de Armas, Dali Benssalah, David Dencik, and Billy Magnussen

Follow 007 on social media:

Official Website: https://www.007.com

Twitter: @007

Facebook: @JamesBond007

Instagram: @007

YouTube: James Bond 007

Rihanna And Naomi Campbell Win Big At Britain’s Fashion Awards 2019, Hosted By Tracee Ellis Ross

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Naomi Campbell First Black Woman To Win Icon Award At Britain’s Fashion Awards

RihRih is truly killing the fashion game… Sis took home the Urban Luxe award at Britain’s Fashion Awards Monday night at Royal Albert Hall. FENTY may be young but clearly the world is READY! Rihanna donned a lovely mint green look for the awards, which were hosted by Tracee Ellis Ross and also included very special honors for Naomi Campbell.

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Naomi Campbell SLAYED the Fashion Awards red carpet before shedding tears at the podium as she became the first black woman to take home the Icon Award from the prestigious event — which is held by the British Fashion Council.

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Naomi told the crowd of well-heeled celebrities and fashion insiders,

‘I learned today that I’m the first woman of color to receive this award.’ That leaves me to say who I consider my style icons: Grace Jones, Josephine Baker, Eartha Kitt, Donyale Luna, Bethann Hardison, Naomi Sims, Dorothy Dandridge, Diana Ross, Diahann Carroll, Janet Jackson, and Tina Turner.’

‘I could go on and on, but I want to thank you for paving the way for me and inspiring a generation.’

So dope that she paid tribute to those who paved the way. We also love that she counted Janet Jackson as one of her icons WITH JANET in the room.

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Janet posted from both the Fashion Awards as well as an afterparty on her IG stories and included a couple pictures on her main feed.

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We wanted to make sure you also got a good look at Tracee Ellis Ross’ lewk for the night — although as host, she changed clothes a gang of times… Do you likey?

Check out more photos from the evening below:

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Rihanna and Janet Jackson attend the Fashion Awards 2019
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Rihanna and ASAP Rocky attend the British Fashion Awards
Rihanna and ASAP Rocky attend the British Fashion Awards
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Rihanna and ASAP Rocky attend the British Fashion Awards
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Rihanna and ASAP Rocky attend the British Fashion Awards
Rihanna and ASAP Rocky attend the British Fashion Awards
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Tracee Ellis Ross attends the British Fashion Awards
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SUPREME MODELS: Here’s How This #BlackGirlMagic Book Is Celebrating Iconic Black Women Who Revolutionized Fashion

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Supreme Models Celebrates Iconic Black Women Who Revolutionized Fashion

A book is available for the holiday season that superbly celebrates black models. “Supreme Models: Iconic Black Women Who Revolutionized Fashion” is filled with a gorgeous collection of top models from the last seventy years. Featured in this tome are Iman Abdulmajid, Adut Akech, Karen Alexander, Naomi Campbell, Pat Cleveland, Dilone, Kiara Kabukuru, Donyale Luna, Mayowa Nicholas, Naomi Sims, Alek Wek, Roshumba Williams, and Anok Yai.

“Supreme Models” features not only stunning photographs but revealing essays and interviews featuring a foreword from Veronica Webb and words from Bethann Hardison and Vogue cover girl Beverly Johnson.

It’s all things black and beautiful and melanin-rich, and to date is the first book of its kind devoted exclusively to black models.

Written by celebrity stylist and journalist Marcellas Reynolds, Supreme Models features more than 70 model’s most memorable covers, campaigns, runway shows, and editorials. Black models have been influencing fashion and pop culture for decades, reshaping the standards and boundaries of beauty so it’s only right that Supreme Models covers their impact.

For more information click HERE.

My City 4 Ways: Ford Celebrates All Things ATL With Terrence J, Letoya Luckett & Black Entrepreneurs

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My City 4 Ways: Ford Celebrates All Things ATL

Atlanta was on fire this weekend with an annual event celebrating all things ATL. My City 4 Ways presented by Ford took place Saturday at Atlanta’s Georgia Freight Depot highlighting notable tastemakers, innovators and leaders.
Hosted by hip hop icon MC Lyte and actor/model/entertainment host Terrence J, the event featured musical performances by Elle Varner, LeToya Luckett, DJ Hourglass and Atlanta’s Niko Jordan with delicious bites from Chef Tanya Chavis of ATL’s Pretti Plates Catering.

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Artist Charly Palmer and fashion designer Kenya Freeman, both Atlanta-based, showcased their artwork and fashions, while Marshawn Evans Daniels and Koereyelle spoke on reinvention and empowerment. Ford supported Atlanta black-owned businesses Human Before Handles and Herb N’Eden, who made their jewelry and skincare available for attendees to purchase.

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Ford My City 4 Ways

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BOSSIP was on hand for the event and noted that the motor vehicle company seems especially interested in celebrating all things melaniny and amazing with black women in particular. At this year’s 2019 ESSENCE Music Festival, Ford hosted their “Paint the Future Proud” booth filled with black female artists and at My City 4 Ways, it was clear that black women were at the forefront.
According to Dee Guerrero, Multicultural marketing manager, Ford Motor Company, it’s no coincidence that the brand is highlighting #BlackGirlMagic, “Black women are it,” said Dee who noted that black women are literal culture drivers.

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She also broke down her love for the automaker’s vehicles and told BOSSIP that if we were to take a Ford for a spin for a night out, there’d be a different car for every different age bracket.

“I have love for all the vehicles but I would say if it were the 22-25-year-old me then it would be a night out in an Echo Sport, 29-year-old me I’d say let’s ride in an Escape, the 30-36 me I’d say let’s rock in an Explorer. In my 40s I’d get an Edge and then after I’ve accumulated all my girlfriends I’d eventually drive an Expedition. I have a vehicle for each stage in my life and each one of those represents something different.”

During the event, Ford displayed the 2020 Explorer, 2020 Escape and 2020 Edge with product specialist on hand for walkthroughs to highlight each vehicle’s special features, such as Alexa and Waze allowing hands-free navigation to direct you to your favorite restaurant, museum, concert or important business meeting. Outside, Ford provided access to its latest lineup of vehicles for attendees to test drive as part of Ford’s Ride & Drive Experience.

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BOSSIP also spoke with Marshawn Evans Daniels who echoed Dee Guerrero’s sentiments about Ford’s good works. The reinvention strategist and Godfidence movement creator also dished on her love for helping women achieve financial freedom through “legacy businesses.”

“What I love about Ford is their passion and commitment to women and minority entrepreneurs,” said Daniels. “I’m a recipient of that as a contract holder but also an advocate for that because a lot of companies do great work but we don’t always get to hear bout it. It’s an honor to be here to talk about entrepreneurship, women, and money. I have a specific mission right now to help women become millionaires. There’s a lot of fluff on Instagram and social media but at the end of the day, likes are not checks. I’m teaching women how to make legacy businesses, not just Insta-businesses.

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She also shared her definition of #BlackGirlMagic which was a recurring theme for the day. According to Daniels, black women have a special genesis considering that we’re the “first women that all of mankind came from”,  so with that in mind, it’s time to cash in on what truly makes us special. 

“What we have today is an opportunity to finally experience our birthright and that’s’ what we should be passing down to the next generation,” the entrepreneur told BOSSIP. “Our intellect, our mind is what’s going to change the world, change our financial status. To me #BlackGirlMagic is living your legacy, operating in your birthright and remembering that you were here first.”

Well said.

Take a ride through Ford’s My City 4 Ways ATL on the flip.