3 of my fav RBW's cover Essence

Nia Long, 37; Sanaa Lathan, 36; and Gabrielle Union, 35; sat down with Essence for some girl talk. You have to pick up the magazine and read the entire article to get the low-down on everything from being a black actress in hollywood, to relationships and dating, to what they expect in 2008. As a blogger I felt compelled to share their thoughts about blogging so here is a little excerpt.

Essence: How do you deal with the 24-hours-a-day gossip that comes out on the Internet?

Gabrielle: Just last week somebody gave me a baby. This isn’t Perez Hilton or the White gossip people, these are women of color, specifically Black women who, for whatever reason, don’t like the company I keep.

Sanaa: She’s talking about the gossip sites.

Essence: The blogs.

Sanaa: That are run by Black women.

Gabrielle: And now because everyone is clamoring for celebrity tidbits, the bigger gossip sites and even mainstream entities are picking up on it. No fact-checking, no nothing. And in one week’s time, there were like five different dudes, a baby—I’m a homewrecker. In literally seven days. I can’t point the finger at the White media. They don’t care about us. Paparazzi are not staked out in front of any of our houses. They are not going through our garbage because they don’t care about us in that way. So when you hear crap about us, it is coming from our own community, which hurts.

Nia: We are some of the few Black actresses whose passions are rooted in our community.

Gabrielle: There is this idea that there is integrity in journalism; if it’s written it has to be true. But that’s not the case. When blogs or any of the magazines get it wrong, there’s no accountability. In the next breath, they’ll complain on the blogs that we don’t have enough Black stars. Well, you rip us to shreds every two seconds from our nose to the weave to the clothes to the shoes to the ashy ankles.

I absolutely love all 3 ladies and have never bashed them on my blog but I have seen a lot of stories go around about them. Especially Gabrielle, she gets it really bad, and I think that's mostly because she has a bubbly personality. I have seen her at many industry parties as she has a good time. She doesn't walk around with a bodyguard, she is very approachable and genuinely just out to have a good time. I think because she has money this is looked at as being a little loose, but I can attest that if I had her kind of loot I would be the same way.
Either way, the entire article is a good read, so check it out!

1 comment

Skinny Black Chick November 18, 2007 at 2:32 PM

I just picked up this issue today and I thought that the article was pretty decent. You can really feel the comraderie of the three actresses in the interview. What I liked about the article was that it showed you how human these women are because you realize that they have all the same issues and problems that us everyday women have.

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