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Gabrielle Union Is Re-launching Her Flawless Haircare Line

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Given how hard it can be to find products that work for multi-textured hair, we’re always excited to see a new brand on the shelves. But when it came to Gabrielle Union’s haircare collection Flawless, the line seemed to go as quickly as it came.

Thankfully, today the actress announced that she and celebrity hairstylist Larry Sims are relaunching the brand, and it turns out they’ve reworked the products to come back with new and improved formulas that suit various textures and styling preferences.

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When Union first launched Flawless in 2017, she was privately undergoing In Vitro Fertilization which caused her to suffer severe hair loss as a result of the treatment. It was that experience, and her and Sim’s quest to develop a regimen to restore her hair’s health, that led to the brand relaunch. The 12-piece collection is heavily focused on hydration as a major aspect of hair and scalp health and product formulas consist of various protein-rich ingredients like Brazilian Bacuri Butter, Coconut Oil, Biotin, Amazonian Pequi Oil, Himalayan Moringa Oil, Rice Oil complex, Lilac Leaf extract, and African Shea Butter which were hand-selected by a team of chemists to deliver the best results.

“We were dedicated to developing the perfect blend of high quality, affordable products for all types of textured hair to promote flawless beauty through choice and diversity,” Union said in a news release. “This collection is very important to me because I fully encourage self-expression and authentic ownership of personal style.”

The products are also economical, ranging in price from $4-$10. And not only can every consumer afford the items in the collection, they can also use them. “From curls, waves, and coils, to heat styles, braids, wigs, and weaves, there is a Flawless product to support your hair’s needs for brilliance, health and beauty,” Sims said.

The collection will be available exclusively on Amazon.com beginning August 3, 2020. Until then, check out a few standout items from the collection below,  including the 3 Minute Restoring Conditioner, which is the hero product of the line. For more information, visit Flawlesscurls.com.




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Kelly Preston, Actor and Wife of John Travolta, Dies at 57

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Kelly Preston, who played dramatic and comic foil to actors ranging from Tom Cruise in “Jerry Maguire” to Arnold Schwarzenegger in “Twins,” died Sunday, husband John Travolta said. She was 57.

Travolta said in an Instagram post that his wife of 28 years died after a two-year battle with breast cancer.

“It is with a very heavy heart that I inform you that my beautiful wife Kelly has lost her two-year battle with breast cancer,” Travolta said. “She fought a courageous fight with the love and support of so many.”

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The couple had three children together.

“Shocked by this sad news,” Maria Shriver said on Twitter. “Kelly was such a bright loving soul, a talented actress, and a loving mom and wife. My heart breaks for her family who have already known such sadness and grief.”

Preston had a lengthy acting career in movies and television, starring opposite Kevin Costner in the 1999 film “For the Love of the Game.” In 2003, she starred in “What a Girl Wants” and as the mom in the live-action adaptation of “The Cat in the Hat.” The following year she appeared in the music video for Maroon 5′s “She Will Be Loved.”

Russell Crowe tweeted that he met Preston “first in late ‘92 I think,” adding, “In 1995 we auditioned together for Breaking Up, Salma Hayek got that gig.” Crowe said he hadn’t seen Preston much, “but when I did, she was always the same sparkly eyed gem.”

She occasionally appeared in films with her husband, as they did in the box-office bomb “Battlefield Earth” in 2000.

Preston and Travolta were married at a midnight ceremony in Paris in 1991 while the couple were expecting their first son, Jett.

In January 2009, Jett Travolta, 16, died after a seizure at the family’s vacation home in the Bahamas. The death touched off a court case after an ambulance driver and his attorney were accused of trying to extort $25 million from the actors in exchange for not releasing sensitive information about their son’s death.

Travolta testified during a criminal trial that ended in a mistrial and was prepared to testify a second time, but decided to stop pursuing the case and it was dismissed. He cited the severe strain the proceedings and his son’s death had caused the family.

Both Preston and Travolta returned to acting, with Preston’s first role back in the Nicholas Sparks adaptation, “The Last Song,” which starred Miley Cyrus and her future husband, Liam Hemsworth.

They had two other children, daughter Ella Bleu in 2000 and son Benjamin in 2010. Ella wrote on Instagram Sunday: “I have never met anyone as courageous, strong, beautiful and loving as you. Anyone who is lucky enough to have known you or to have ever been in your presence will agree that you have a glow and a light that never ceases to shine and that makes anyone around you feel instantly happy.”

Travolta and Preston met while filming 1988′s “The Experts.”

They last starred together in the 2018 film “Gotti,” with Travolta playing John Gotti and Preston playing the crime boss’s wife, Victoria.

“Kelly’s love and life will always be remembered,” Travolta said on Instagram. “I will be taking some time to be there for my children who have lost their mother, so forgive me in advance if you don’t hear from us for a while. But please know that I will feel your outpouring of love in the weeks and months ahead as we heal.”

Preston’s death was first reported by People magazine.



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8 Positive Rap Songs You Forgot Existed

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With the current uprisings going on in response to social injustice and police brutality, one might wonder, where is the soundtrack?

There have been several instances in our culture where some of your favorite R&B singers and rappers co-opted the “We Are The World” format into a meaningful posse cut.

Check out the ones you may have forgotten about below.

 



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Mariah Carey Announces The Completion Of Her “Unfiltered” Memoir

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Mariah Carey announced the completion of her highly anticipated memoir.

Slated for a September 29th release, the legendary singer promises that the personal narrative, titled The Meaning of Mariah Carey, will provide an unfiltered look into her highly publicized personal life in a way that media outlets have never truly been able to convey.

“It took me a lifetime to have the courage and the clarity to write my memoir,” the mother of two explained in a statement posted to Instagram. “I want to tell the story of the moments. The ups and downs. The triumphs and the traumas. The debacle and the dreams that contributed to the person that I am today.”

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She continued:

“Though there have been countless stories about me throughout my career and very public personal life, it’s been impossible to communicate the complexities and depths of my experience in any single magazine article or a ten-minute television interview. And even then, my words were filtered through someone else’s lens. Largely satisfying someone else’s assignment to defined me.”

The Meaning of Mariah Carey will be published by Andy Cohen Books, an imprint of Henry & Holt Company. According to Rolling Stone, it was written in collaboration with Michaela Angela Davis. Carey will record the audiobook version, which will also include musical additions.

“This book is composed of my memories, my mishaps, my struggles, my survival, and my songs,” the singer’s statement continued “Writing this memoir was incredibly hard, humbling and healing. My sincere hope is that you are moved to a new understanding, not only about me but also about the resilience of the human spirit.”

 

2020 is a big year for Mariah as it also marks the 30th anniversary of her self-titled debut album. We’re very excited to read all that this icon has to say about her journey to this moment.

Will you be picking up a copy of The Meaning of Mariah Carey when it drops this fall?

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Starz Announces ‘Power Book II: Ghost’ Will Premiere In September

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You knew Power wasn’t going to let a pandemic, or a series finale, slow down its flow for too long. STARZ has announced that its new series Power Book II: Ghost will premiere in September.

SPOILERS ahead if you aren’t caught on Power. You’ve been warned.

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As for the premise of the new series:

“Power Book II: Ghost” picks up shortly after the earth-shattering events of “Power” as Tariq St. Patrick grapples with a new world order: his father dead and his mother, Tasha, facing charges for the murder her son committed. Not to mention the academic rigors of the Ivy League university Tariq is attending to earn his inheritance. Truly on his own for the first time in his life, Tariq is forced to split his time between school and hustling to pay for Davis MacLean, the fame-hungry defense lawyer who is Tasha’s only hope of getting out of jail and escaping prosecution by newly minted U.S. Attorney Cooper Saxe. With no better options, Tariq turns to the familiar drug game, entangling himself with a cutthroat family headed by Monet Stewart Tejada, that’s been at it far longer than him. As Tariq tries to balance his drug operation with his grades, love life, and family, he figures out that the only way to avoid the same fate his father met is to become him — only better.

B*tchass Tariq (Michael Rainey Jr.) is the star?! This series will definitely be getting hate-watched by many. Just saying.

The cast full of talent including Mary J. Blige as “Monet Stewart Tejada” and Clifford “Method Man” Smith as “Davis MacLean.” And of course Naturi Naughton reprising her role as “Tasha.” Power Book II: Ghost is executive produced by Courtney A. Kemp and Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson.

Starz will be releasing a video teaser for Power Book II: Ghost, which is the first installment of the expanded “Power Universe” and drop on STARZ on Sunday, July 12 at 9:00 PM ET/PT on STARZ and on the STARZ app.

Method Man as Davis Maclean in Power Book II: Ghost'

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Jada Pinkett Smith Confirms August Alsina Relationship: ‘I Just Wanted To Feel Good’

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Jada Pinkett Smith said she was going to bring herself to the table and sure enough, she did.

The actress revealed the highly anticipated episode of Red Table Talk on Facebook Watch on Friday (July 10) after holding off for a week due to various circumstances occurring throughout the country. She sat down across from her husband Will Smith and finally put to bed all of the questions surrounding her relationship with August Alsina.

“I got into an entanglement with August … a relationship,” Jada said after revealing that she and her husband of 22 years had been separated at the time. “I was in a lot of pain. I was broken.”

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She added, “I just wanted to feel good. It had been so long since I feel good, right? And it felt good to help heal someone. I think it dealt a lot with my co-dependency … needing to fix, needing to help, there’s something about that childhood trauma that feels as though it can be fixed through fixing people versus fixing me.”

According to Jada’s timeline, the two got involved with one another as she and Will were separated in 2016. It initially began as a friendship and then evolved into something more. When Will and Jada reconciled, that’s when Alsina cut all communication to Jada. The Smiths did dispel the notion that Will gave August “his blessing” to date Jada as the only person who would have been able to give Jada permission to date anybody is Jada.

The singer recently spoke on the relationship in an interview promoting his new album as well as his journey through health challenges and the loss of close family.

“People can have whatever ideas that they like. But what I’m not OK with is my character being in question …” Alsina said. “Contrary to what some people may believe, I’m not a troublemaker. I don’t like drama. Drama actually makes me nauseous. I also don’t think that it’s ever important for people to know what I do, who I sleep with, who I date, right? But in this instance, there are so many people who are side-eyeing me … I’ve lost money, friendships, relationships behind it. And I think it’s because people don’t necessarily know the truth. But I’ve never done anything wrong. I love those people (the Smiths) … They are beautiful people.”

Will admitted in the episode that he felt “like that husband like I’m with you at the press conference while you tell the world about the transgressions” during the sitdown but loves Jada no matter what.

“I was sure I never was gon’ speak to you again,” the I Am Legend star said. “The fact that I’m speaking to you again is a miracle.”

Watch the full episode below.

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‘The Wonder Years’ Is Getting An All Black Reboot

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Iconic family sitcom, The Wonder Years, is coming back to TV, only this time it’s going to be all Black.

According to published reports, the 1988 coming-of-age dramedy set in the late 1960s and early 70s that told the story of teen Kevin Arnold (played by Fred Savage) and his suburban family, is now getting a reboot that will tell the story of American life during the pivotal Civil Right Era from a Black perspective. Produced by Lee Daniels, the reboot will be set during the same time period, except it will focus on a Black family in Montgomery, Alabama.

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“How a black middle-class family in Montgomery, Alabama in the turbulent late 1960’s, the same era as the original series, made sure it was The Wonder Years for them too,” the show description read.

The reimagining comes as issues of racial justice have taken center stage in Hollywood and across the globe following the death of George Floyd, among many others, in police custody.

While the announcement stopped short of revealing a projected launch date, the release did note that the reboot would feature some familiar faces behind the scenes, including original show co-creator Neal Marlens, who will be a consultant. Original show star, Fred Savage is also on board, as a director and executive producer, with newcomer  Saladin K. Patterson as the showrunner.

While reactions to the reboot have been met with both excitement and criticism, many were surprised to learn that the biggest critic of the reboot, Fred Savage, joined the plans for the show. During a 2017 interview with Vanity Fair, Savage shot down the idea of the reboot stating that the magic that was captured by the original series can’t be duplicated.

“My answer will remain the same — so I won’t get tired of people asking if everyone else doesn’t get tired of me saying, ‘No, it’s not going to happen,’” Savage said. “You know, I’ve always said that The Wonder Years, it’s not just the name of the show — it’s a time in your life, a very special, finite time in your life. And the way the show was written, it’s about looking back with some longing. I think we all look back at that time in our lives and long for it and idealize it. One of the reasons it takes on this kind of mythic, almost haunting quality in our lives is because it’s something you can’t go back and can’t revisit. It only exists in our memories, in our shared experiences with people who went through it with us. That’s really what the show was all about. And I think that the idea of revisiting the show mirrors that. And I like that… I love all the reboots and revisitations and reimaginings of all these [other] shows, but I don’t think it works, conceptually, for The Wonder Years.”

The original “Wonder Years” series was set from 1968 to 1973 and ran on ABC from 1988 to 1993.

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Zendaya & John David Washington Secretly Filmed ‘Malcolm & Marie’ During Pandemic

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The COVID-19 pandemic has affected Hollywood as it has many other industries angling to get back to normal, and it appears that one filmmaker has gotten the jump in that regard.

Sam Levinson, the creator of HBO’s Euphoria, secretly filmed Malcolm & Marie with Zendaya and John David Washington, perhaps becoming the first production to wrap since the onset of the pandemic.

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Deadline exclusively reports via its Reopening Hollywood series that Levison filmed “Malcolm & Marie” over the course of a few weeks at the Caterpillar House, which the outlet writes is “an environmentally conscious glass architectural marvel in Carmel, CA – all compliant with WGA, DGA and SAG-AFTRA approvals and COVID-19 safety protocols.”

The outlet adds that the film’s plot, while not fully revealed, will echo the themes of Netflix’s acclaimed Marriage Story but with the backdrop of the nation’s current social and political climate.

From Deadline:

How exactly did Malcolm & Marie spring so quickly into production?

On Monday, March 16, Levinson received the call from HBO that Euphoria’s Season 2 had to shut down. I understand that one night during quarantine, Zendaya phoned him and asked if he could write and direct a movie during quarantine. Within six days, Levinson had cracked Malcolm & Marie. When it came to thinking about who could spar with Zendaya, Levinson kept seeing and hearing in his head BlacKkKlansman Golden Globe nominee and Tenet star Washington.

Given the filmmaker and the cast’s focus to tell stories in a safe way during uncertain times, Levinson, his production partner and wife Ashley Levinson (producer of Bombshell, EP of Green Knight, co-EP of Queen & Slim), longtime producer Kevin Turen, Washington and Zendaya took it upon themselves to bankroll Malcolm & Marie during pre-production and production.

The team worked tirelessly and safely as evidenced by Deadline’s excellent breakdown on how movie-making will most likely be handled from this point forward in a world ravaged by the realities of COVID-19. The crew consistently tested and worked together to bring the work to life, and they worked in tandem with doctors and legal staff to ensure the safety of all.

Listed as one of the executive producers is Scott “Kid Cudi” Mescudi, who last appeared in front of the camera for HBO’s Westworld. A timeline for Malcolm & Marie wasn’t shared by Deadline but they assert that the film very well might be the first to wrap production during the shutdown although other studio houses have been returning to work as well.

Zendaya starred in Euphoria, which has been renewed for a second season. John David Washington, who starred on HBO’s Ballers series, will be the lead in Christopher Nolan’s sci-fi drama Tenet later this summer.

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Tiffany Haddish Reassures Fans ‘Nothing Is Wrong’ After Cutting Off Hair

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Tiffany Haddish spontaneously chopped off her hair on an Instagram Live yesterday, leaving fans questioning if the Girl’s Trip comedienne was emotionally stable.

Haddish took back to Instagram to reassure everyone she is absolutely fine and had been talking about cutting off her hair off for a while, which multiple stylist who’ve worked with the actress corroborated in the comments section.

“Why when a woman decides, Hey I’m going to cut this hair off, because I want to see my scalp, she got to have a mental problem? Nothing is wrong with my brain, you guys. I’ve literally been talking about this for years. I want to see my scalp,” she began the follow-up live.

Still, fans were hesitant to believe Haddish, who rejoiced over her cut while rubbing her scalp. According to Haddish, it felt good as h*ll to have someone run their fingers over her newly shaven head.

“I’m still going to be fine as fu*k. Guys, don’t worry. And it will grow back,” she said. Haddish went on to explain how relieving it was to take a shower without worrying about her hair.

“It’s the first time I jumped in the shower and was not concerned about not getting my hair wet. And it felt so good,” she explained. “You could see my face even better. My neck don’t hurt. You know how heavy them locs were?! That’s a lot of neck work. Now we’re just, boom, shoulders [are] relaxed. My gait is better. And now I can go running every day. I can train my ass off every single day and not have to worry about ‘oh, my hair.’ ”

Haddish ended the live revealing how free se felt after doing the big chop.

“I feel really, really good. I feel free,” she finished. “If anything, I’ve gained so much mind, so much peace.”

The way this heat is set up, we don’t blame sis.

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Rickey Smiley Challenges Black Communities ‘To Get These Hoodlums Out’ After Daughter’s Shooting

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Rickey Smiley directly challenged Black communities to confront their gun violence while delivering a passionate and at times emotional update about his daughter’s condition days after she was shot multiple times in Houston.

The comedian and radio host on Wednesday morning posted a video to his social media channels to give his fans an update as well as to sound off on gun violence.

Aaryn Smiley, who was shot on Sunday, is recovering after surgery on her leg and was expected to leave the hospital later this week, her father said with relief. He posted screenshots from the 19-year-old’s Instagram stories that explained how she nearly was shot in the head. She posted that being alone since her parents were not allowed in the hospital was “the scariest part.”

But while Rickey Smiley expressed gratitude that his daughter would ultimately be physically fine, he also took some time to condemn the gun violence in Black communities that made her a victim in the first place. In doing so, he challenged those same communities in no uncertain terms.

“When y’all ready to have a conversation about what we do in our community and how we act and things that we do and our mindset of our people, I’ll be ready,” he said not just referring to his daughter’s experience but also “all the kids that got killed all over the country Fourth of July weekend due to gun violence.”

Rickey Smiley said the news that a grandmother in Birmingham had to now console her daughter while also grieving the killing of her 8-year-old grandson in Atlanta was heartbreaking to him and he vowed to help that family somehow. At least six children were killed in gun violence over the past weekend.

“That’s who we need to be praying for,” he said. “And I’m not gonna compare this to the movement going on because the movement is legit and I support it, but we need to figure out how to get these hoodlums out of our community that’s around here killing innocent people.”

“Who we gon blame for that? When are we gonna have that conversation?” he asked rhetorically.

To hammer home his point, Smiley pointed to his own family statistics as proof that gun violence in Black communities is out of control. He said out of the five people living in his home, “two of us are gunshot victims now. Me and my daughter, shot in our own communities that we serve … and damn it if two of us ain’t gunshot victims.”

He said he was standing by for whenever “anybody’s ready to have that convo without getting dragged on the internet for talking down to Black people, talking about how we act and how we carry ourselves and the things that we do.

Rickey Smiley compared white supremacy and systemic to a home’s “yard,” saying, “at some point, we gotta work on the house because you don’t fix the yard until you fix everything in the house.”

Watch his full video message below.

Rickey Smiley first announced on Monday morning that his daughter had been shot over the weekend. According to a report from Bossip, he “fought back tears as he revealed … on his morning show that he had just found out a few hours earlier that his daughter was shot while she was waiting for food at a Whataburger location in Houston.”

Details including the shooter(s) identity and the motive surrounding the shooting were not immediately announced. However, at the time, Rickey Smiley had some choice words while on the air Monday morning that expressed a similarly dismayed sentiment in his video message Wednesday morning.

“All the stuff these people trying to do to fight for the rights of Black people. This is no discredit to Black Lives Matter because I believe that and I’m with that movement 110% and one has nothing to do with the other, but there are some criminals in our community that someone needs to do something about,” Rickey Smiley said before continuing.

“I just pray,” he added. “I’m sitting up here a gunshot victim myself and I’m still up here fighting and praying for the rights of Black people and all of the parents that had to bury their loved ones due to gun violence in our own community by our own people. Absolutely disgusting.”

Smiley was also frustrated because of initial difficulties securing travel arrangements. When he did arrive in Houston, he told his fans via another video message that he had been prevented from seeing his daughter in the hospital because of COVID-19 social distancing guidelines.

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