Mahogany Butterfly

Hey everyone,

So I was blessed with the opportunity to write for Mahogany Butterfly.

My first article entitled Shape Shenanigans... which is my view on the new J-Hud album cover and how it relates to the self esteem of young African American girls.

If you want to check it out you can go HERE

I will probably post there a couple times a month... so check back sporadically.



DollFace July 14, 2008 at 10:08 PM

Congratulations on the gig! You did an excellent job on the article. But I don't think the image thing is a Black issue but something ingrained in American culture. We may be strong women but, as a whole we aren't immune to the constant images of "perfection" constantly thrown at us. All we can do is teach our daughters/nieces/proteges/etc to love themselves.

BUT...I have to disagree with you on one thing. I'm pretty sure Halle Berry did music videos...R Kelly at that. It only takes one to succeed for everyone else to think they can be the next big thing.

Eb the Celeb July 14, 2008 at 10:12 PM

You sure enlightened me... I had no idea halle did music videos... I'm hoping though that she was actually acting as the lead role and not shaking her ass

Eb the Celeb July 14, 2008 at 10:19 PM

@Dollface - hey just did a little research... yeah she did r. kelly's honey love video... but she had already done Strictly Business and Boomerang before doing that video... so the video did not land get her acting exposure. Kind of weird that she would even do that after she had already made it.

Torrance Stephens - All-Mi-T July 14, 2008 at 10:55 PM

hey u congrats and many more blessing for u i am hoping and excpecting

from "too deep"

Anonymous July 14, 2008 at 11:11 PM

Good article.

I was disappointed when I saw J Hud's album cover. Its obvious it was photoshop. Her head looks too big for her body.

I never understood why video chicks say they do the videos to advance their career. What career are they aiming for shaking their asses? And I can't name one video chick who has become a breakout star. Supahead and Melissa Ford don't count.

There have been plenty of actresses who have been in videos after the fact. Melinda Williams was in Young Buck's video. LisaRaye was in a Master P video. So I don't find it weird that Halle did a video. But the difference is they weren't shaking their asses. Plus they are paid more. I remember LisaRaye saying she charges $15000 to appear in a video. I'm sure it has risen since this was years ago.

12kyle July 14, 2008 at 11:49 PM

Congrats lil sis. You're on your way

kayellejaye July 14, 2008 at 11:54 PM

Nice piece, Eb.

JHud's "girls" still look ginormous to me, but they clearly photoshopped her arms and waistline. I like the cover, but I would've liked it better untouched. We all know Sister Girl don't have a coke bottle shape like that. And she doesn't need to.

Stew July 15, 2008 at 12:45 AM

congrats!! i am curious to know how you got the gig. i am not trying to get a position like that or anything, i am just curious.

The Flyyest July 15, 2008 at 1:46 AM

i love that!!! HHEEYYYY....GO GIRL!!!!

Mr. B2B July 15, 2008 at 3:09 AM

Kudos Girl...
Major Kudos...
Would love to have a sit down with you!
ok, many sit downs....

Love the article, and also the drive you have...
I'm learning

clnmike July 15, 2008 at 5:36 AM

Congrats superstar, that was a great article. Wish you many more.

Eb the Celeb July 15, 2008 at 8:31 AM

@Southern Gal - Superhead and Mellissa Ford definitely dont count... they havent built a career for themselves... they just built temporary fame where 5 years from now no one will even remember there name

@Stew - your so inquisitive this me on email

@Mr.B2B - thx man.. hit me on email

Thx everybody for the love... I want my space there to be more editorial than of course the craziness I have here, but still have a blog feel to it. I hope that happy medium doesn't cause some not to take me serious as a writer, but I don't want to come off so serious that it reads like an essay... so I am happy that you all can feel me.

Anonymous July 15, 2008 at 9:18 AM

When I saw the JHud cover I was shocked because it didn't look like her. I saw a few of the newer pictures on her myspace tho and she has loss hella weight.

Anonymous July 15, 2008 at 9:19 AM

Congrats on the article. I read it. Keep doing your thing!!

UnKnownDiva July 15, 2008 at 9:21 AM

congrats on the gig and a very good article.

i saw j-hud's cover last week and knew something wasn't quite right about it. i'm not familiar with photoshop and all that so i couldn't put my finger on it.

Darius T. Williams July 15, 2008 at 9:28 AM

Oh look at you...doing big things. Congrats to you on that.

The Jaded NYer July 15, 2008 at 10:13 AM

hey Eb- that was a good piece, congratulations!

and really? they photoshopped her? that's a shame...

K@LiENTe July 15, 2008 at 11:21 AM but congrats mamaz, i'll check it out when i get home:) i already know it's gonna be a good read

Anonymous July 15, 2008 at 11:27 AM

Congrats on this new thing!!!

My first thought when i saw it was dang... I could make $$$ since its photoshop something imma try n master...

on the real thats a shame... she makes skinny girls like wanna stuff my face lol....

Keisha "Kitten" Isaacs July 15, 2008 at 11:27 AM

Great article Sistah....very impressive...Congratulations!!!

OMG!30soon July 15, 2008 at 11:59 AM

i thought the same thing when i saw the cover. your writing was on point and truthful.

B July 15, 2008 at 12:32 PM

Why J. Hud whyyyyy? Fab piece. I read it. And you inspired me to get back into the Mahogany Butterfly bit. I used to be mad obsessed with it back in the day.

Ms. Behaving--> July 15, 2008 at 3:59 PM

It's a shame that more people don't love the skin their in.

Excellent article Eb.


Dana July 15, 2008 at 4:03 PM

That is so awesome!! Congrats to you!!! =)

Lovebabz July 15, 2008 at 6:39 PM

You make me PROUD! Take it all in!

The F$%K it List July 15, 2008 at 9:34 PM

Congrats! This is a major move. Keep doing what you do!

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