After close to 28,000 years, braids have aged like fine wine. Pretty plaits are in nearly every country in the world. Braiding has weaved its way through time and space, consistently finding itself in the spotlight. For many cultures, the story of braids carries great cultural significance. It is more than a hairstyle. Braids, in many ways, express identity.
With our universal love affair with braids, it doesn’t look like the hairstyle is going anywhere any time soon. In fact, 2016 was the year … read more

Gabrielle Union isn’t done being Mary Jane.
The actress and BET have reached a settlement in Union’s multimillion-dollar breach of contract lawsuit against the network. In October, Union and her lawyers claimed the cabler and Being Mary Jane’s producers had reneged on an agreement to have a substantial break between the show’s fourth and fifth seasons. According to Union’s lawyers, BET and the producers ignored the deal to allow for production to run back-to-back, thereby cutting costs. Union said … read more

This is a long-winded story, so buckle up. For months before Doctor Strange even came out, people were talking about the whitewashing issue, mostly around the character Tilda Swinton plays. Tilda was cast as The Ancient One, the mentor to Strange, except that in the source material (the original comics), The Ancient One is an old Tibetan man. Tilda is a white British woman. So, yeah, the role was whitewashed in the script. Tilda made statements that were basically like “Hey, I just took the role, … read more

Should a filmmaker’s work be separated from his personal life?
Mel Gibson says yes.
The Hacksaw Ridge director, whose own past has been marred by controversy, participated in The Hollywood Reporter’s Director Roundtable and defended Nate Parker. Despite The Birth of a Nation drumming up a ton of buzz after debuting at the Sundance Film Festival—it also sold for a whopping $17.5 million—the movie became a box office bust after director Parker’s past became headline news again.
While Parker was … read more

LOS ANGELES ( – Alien invasion thriller “Arrival” capitalized on strong reviews to score an impressive debut, while Marvel’s “Doctor Strange” topped the box office for the second consecutive weekend.
The superhero adventure picked up $43 million to bring its domestic total to $153 million. DreamWorks Animation’s “Trolls,” another holdover, came in second, earning $35 million to bring its stateside haul to $94 million after two weeks of release.
“Arrival” took third, … read more

From Katy Perry to Gabrielle Union, celebrities who have spent the past few months supporting Hillary Clinton took to social media Wednesday morning (November 9) to express their disappointment and despair, as well as their hope and resilience.
Many messages were brief and shocked. “I am in tears,” Ariana Grande tweeted early this morning, while John Legend wrote, “I feel like America just sent in our tuition check for Trump University.”
Normani Kordei and Lauren Jauregui of Fifth Harmony also tweeted … read more

Few things will likely inspire Leonardo DiCaprio to do unscheduled press, but promoting his new documentary Before the Flood is definitely one of them. On the spur of the moment, the Hollywood heartthrob dropped by Ellen DeGeneres’ daytime talk show today (Nov. 4, 2016), sending the studio audience members into a frenzy.
After speaking with Justin Timberlake and Gabrielle Union (which is a damn good episode in its own right), DeGeneres made a point to encourage those in attendance to check out … read more

Gabrielle Union is not hiding her true feelings about Beyoncé’s CMA Award performance. As she told E! News at the red carpet premiere of her new film Almost Christmas, “I love the Dixie Chicks. I love the [collaboration]. Beyoncé looked amazing and if you didn’t like it, that’s weird and it says a lot about you.”
The actress’ comment was a response to the backlash the Grammy winner received for her surprise performance on the country show. However, the Dixie Chicks came to Beyoncé’s defense, tweeting … read more

Whether you want to stand out or blend in, this trend makes for the perfect fall staple.
If you hadn’t noticed, camouflage has become Hollywood’s best unkept secret. Celebs are showing the versatility of the print by applying their individual style. Whether it’s paired with chic accessories or casual pieces, camouflage adds a dangerously cool color palette to any outfit.
Almost Christmas star Gabrielle Union takes this trend one step farther with stripes. She paired her camouflage cargo pants with … read more

With the help of some expertly applied prosthetics, Heidi Klum managed to clone herself five times for Halloween. The supermodel arrived to her annual costume bash at New York City’s Vandal dressed and ready to impress. However, unlike past years, she brought not one, but five dates along with her—carbon copies of herself. Posing on the red carpet, the 43-year-old America’s Got Talent and her bevy of blond imitators blew kisses to photographers and stood hip to hip as fans marveled at the uncanny … read more

Meet Clarita—Alexandre Birman Clarita, a new shoe joining the special class of red-carpet stilettos.
If you’re into celeb style, you know the stars have their stand-bys. These particular shoes need to transition well from day to night, is simple in design with just enough detail to make them interesting and, most importantly, are comfortable enough to wear from a red carpet to an event to after-party and beyond.
Chances are you recognize the current players (Christian Louboutin, Stuart Weitzman, … read more

Gabrielle Union covers the November issue of Essence to promote several different projects. She’s the lead in the TV show Being Mary Jane, but she’s also got a small but significant role in The Birth of a Nation. I’ve said before and I’ll say again: I feel sorry for Union and the many layers of creepiness she’s had to deal with during filming and afterwards. She seems to know it too, and in this interview she says outright that she’s totally fine if you don’t want to see the movie. … read more

Gabrielle Union has been starring in the BET drama Being Mary Jane since 2013, but mostly at the moment she’s being pissed off!
Now she’s suing the network over her contract! What’s the issue?
On Tuesday, the brunette beauty filed a lawsuit at the Los Angeles County Superior Court for at least $1 million, claiming that BET is trying to combine two 10-episode seasons of the show into one 20-episode season — in order “to fraudulently extend the term of Ms. Union’s contract.”
Though the Bring It … read more

Gabrielle Union is suing BET over rushed production.
In a 17-page lawsuit filed on Tuesday (Oct. 11, 2016) in Los Angeles County Superior Court, Union claims that BET agreed that they would not produce more than 13 episodes per season on Being Mary Jane. BET’s previous general counsel Darrell Walker told Union that she would not be required to appear in more than 13 episodes per season when she was approached for the role on the show, but her performer agreement included a minimum of 10 … read more

Gabrielle Union latest drama is happening off-camera.
The actress is suing BET and Breakdown Productions for breach of contract and negligent misrepresentation, according to a lawsuit filed Tuesday in Los Angeles County Superior Court. In court documents obtained by E! News, Union’s attorney, Marty Singer, alleges BET is trying to film two 10-episode seasons of Being Mary Jane back-to-back in an effort to “cram all of the episodes into a single season in order to fraudulently extend the term of … read more