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    “To the people upset about the #OldNavy “Scandal” of an a picture of a mixed race marriage, eat it.”

    — Navy Lieutenant Jack McCain, son of John McCain, responds to the racist trolls who went bat s–t crazy over an Old Navy promotional image that features an interracial couple and their son. One Twitter user went as far as to argue the ad promotes “white genocide.” Jack, who is married to a Black woman, Air Force Reserve Capt. Renee Swift, understandably was offended by the angry backlash.

    Below are Jack McCain’s tweets:

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    If you’re a lover of fashion from the past, then inspirational lifestyle brand Morphew needs to be on your radar. For decades, Morphew has sourced the rarest pieces of fashion’s past for designers, collectors, tastemakers, editors, and stylists. But in 2013, co-founders Bridgette Morphew and Jason Lyon opened their doors to the public at their New York store. They also offer online shopping for those outside the New York area.

    Since fashion is cyclical, we caught up with Morphew and Lyon to discuss one of fashion’s biggest annual events, the 2016 Met Gala, which occurred Monday night at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. The theme for the gala and accompanying exhibit was Manus x Machina, which explores the connection of technology and fashion. While many celebrities assumed technology meant the future in this instance, Lyon explained to me that Manus x Machina more closely relates to how technology impacts the way fashion is made, fabrics are created, and garments are constructed. Let’s take a gander at the Met Gala looks that were inspired by luxurious designer fashion from the past.

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    Morphew’s take on Solange’s David Laport look: “We LOVE a real avant-garde fashion moment, which is so rare these days. We always can rely on Solange for bringing it, slicing it up, and serving it fresh! Get the look from the original fashion innovator Issey Miyake in his lime pleated dress, available at Morphew Concept.

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    Morphew’s take on Lily Aldridge in Michael Kors: “A spade is a spade, and a knockoff is a knockoff! We feel that Claudia Schiffer (left) in the real vintage Versace wore it better for sure. Michael Kors, we are here to help!”

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    Morphew’s take on metallic taking over the red carpet: “Love it or hate it, the one thing for sure is that silver was the shade of the night! Morphew Concept’s vintage Halston would have fit right in with the silver cream of the crop.”

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    Morphew’s take on Lady Gaga’s Atelier Versace look: “We’re bummed Lady Gaga couldn’t get her hands on a real 1999 Alexander McQueen for Givenchy Circuit Board piece, but her homage is well noted.”

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    Morphew’s take on Madonna’s NSFW Givenchy ensemble: “I see London, I see France, and I am so over seeing Madonna’s underpants. When did our pop queen lose her sense of style and start taking style tips from the people of Walmart? Fine we get it, you still have a rocking body at your age, which inspires us all, however the Met GALA is no place to show it off. Take this original design from Morphew made from Victorian lace, if you must bare all. And leave the bondage straps in the bedroom.”


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    We might have gotten to know Monica Brown, née Arnold, as a teenage Miss Thang in the 1990s, but now she’s a woman and mom. As a mother, wife, singer, songwriter, producer, and actress, Monica wears many hats. Have one conversation with her, however, and it’s crystal clear her world revolves around her family, especially her three children Rodney Ramone Hill III, Romelo Montez Hill, and Laiyah Shannon Brown. We caught up with the “Hustler’s Ambition” singer to discuss how she juggles motherhood while satisfying her hustler spirit, like participating in the White House Easter Egg Roll 2016 with her kids. The UPTOWN cover girl also gives us a rare glimpse into her life by revealing her most memorable mommy moments, how she is raising a family on the go, how she protects her children from “outside noise,” and more.

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    UPTOWN: What is your most memorable parenting moment?
    Monica: I would have to say my most memorable moments as a mother were all three of my children’s births. There was no amount of pain — not even 21 hours of labor — that could take the immense amount of joy and love I felt away. It was confirmation, in every way, of just how much God loved me and trusted me to bless me with them. My quest to be better started the day I became their mother.

    UPTOWN: What is the best mothering advice you’ve received? And what is the best mothering advice you tend to give?
    Monica: I’m very fortunate to have a wonderful mother (Marilyn Best) and I’ve learned many things from her, but the two things that stand out most is her teaching me to pray with and for my children. She always told me I was capable and God chose me, but there’s no instruction manual to raising children. Forgive myself when I fall short and continue to learn and grow with and through them.

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    UPTOWN: What are your top family values?
    Monica: My top family values are valuing things of true value and those are the things that can’t be bought. I’m wrapped up in our quality time, love, and support for one another. Honesty among each other and trust. My children know that they can trust me to provide and guide them.

    UPTOWN: How do you keep “outside noise,” like gossip or rumors, from invading your private family life?
    Monica: Outside noise is simply that for myself, but I have had to explain to my children — now that they’re of age and have read things both true and
    false — about us as a family that we know who we are and whose we are. We don’t owe the outside world an explanation, but we as a family have to be honest and unashamed with each other. Other people’s ideas of who we are could never devalue who we know we are. I have also learned that I must share the truth and the whole truth with them no matter how hard it is.

    UPTOWN: How do you balance giving your children and career what they need, while also taking time for yourself?
    Monica: My children come first, so balancing has become very easy for me — maybe not as much for those that work with and for me — but I don’t mind sacrificing work because the moments missed in a child’s life you can never get back. I’ve also learned to take advantage of the me-time whenever it presents itself, not just try and plan it out. When kids are asleep, or during school, sometimes just a long walk while they entertain each other, can be calming.

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    UPTOWN: What tips would you offer moms raising children on the go?
    Monica: Moms on the go are stretched in lots of directions, but I’ve found so many peaceful moments in the time my children and I spend talking, discussing real feelings, what life is to them, and their view just as well as what it is to me. You would be surprised how much your children acknowledge and appreciate about what you contribute. That’s a huge motivation for me. Also, listen to your body. Sometimes it’s telling you things you shouldn’t ignore.

    UPTOWN: How are you spending Mother’s Day?
    Monica: This Mother’s Day, I will be returning from my show in New York in time to have dinner and enjoy a day at home with the most important people in my life — my babies!

    Tune into CBS’s The Talk on May 11th for more with Monica Brown.

    RELATED: Monica Brown: A Hustler’s Ambition

    [Images: Courtesy of Monica Brown]


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    A source has confirmed to Entertainment Tonight that Janet Jackson is pregnant with her first child at age 49. The entertainer will turn 50 on May 16th.

    Jackson got the world buzzing when she revealed in early-April that she was postponing her “Unbreakable” tour in order to start a family with her 41-year-old husband Wissam Al Mana.

    True to Jackson form, the couple wed secretly in 2012, but didn’t confirm the nuptials until early-2013.

    Congratulations to the Jackson and Al Mana … if the news is true … We still need baby bump confirmation.

    RELATED: Q&A: Monica Brown Is A Mom First And Foremost


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    Fly Blue Crane, the first airline founded by a Black woman, is going international.

    CEO Sizakele Mzimela (above, middle) launched Fly Blue Crane in September 2015, and it operated domestically in South Africa since its inception, but now it’s going international.

    The airline’s first international flight will occur May 13th when it launches service between Cape Town and Windhoek, Namibia.

    Mzimela has also expressed her desire to bring Fly Blue Crane to Botswana, Zimbabwe, and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

    The airline executive has over 20 years in the industry. She was the first Black executive vice president of South African Airways, and the first woman to be selected to the Board of the International Air Transport Association, according to AFKInsider.

    Considering her illustrious career in the travel industry, Mzimela shared some advice with female aviators.

    “You have to accept up front that your road will be more difficult than the pale white male sitting next to you,” she said to Runway Girl Network. “It’s your job to say ‘nothing will stop me. I’m going to make it.”

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    You know how it’s rude (and gross, but sometimes necessary to extend the flavor) to lick your fingers while eating? KFC Hong Kong is trying to change that with the launch of its KFC Edible Nail Polish.

    The limited edition collection of polishes was created to pay homage to the famous KFC slogan, “It’s Finger Lickin’ Good,” according to the press release shared by Racked.

    KFC worked with McCormick to infuse the fast food company’s secret spice blend into the KFC Edible Nail Polish. It is available in two flavors: Hot & Spicy and Original Recipe. The nail lacquer, which is applied and dries like regular nail polish, is formulated with natural ingredients so it is edible.

    There’s no word yet whether the KFC Edible Nail Polish will released in the States, but were pretty sure they’ll hit eBay eventually. A vote in Hong Kong will determine the next flavor in the collection.

    Check out a promotional music video for KFC Edible Nail Polish.


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    Not only is Captain America: Civil War, which hit theaters today, one of the best films Marvel has released in awhile (trust me, it’s worth the $20+ you’ll pay for 3D), but it is also one of the Blackest. The flick that pits Avenger against Avenger features not one, not two, but three Black superheroes, more than any other Marvel film. Plus, Alfre Woodard!

    Anthony Mackie returns to the Marvel cinematic universe as Falcon, and so does Don Cheadle as War Machine. But it’s Chadwick Boseman‘s portrayal of the much-anticipated Black Panther that propels the plot of Captain America: Civil War.

    Woodard also has the distinction of being the first Black woman to have a speaking role in a Marvel movie. And like The Root’s Jason Johnson, we’re not counting Zoe Saldana in Guardians of the Galaxy because she was in “green face” for the entire film. Rumor has it that Robert Downey Jr., who stars as Iron Man, pushed to have Woodard cast in the role of Miriam, who also is instrumental to the plot.

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    By Caprece Cotton-Sturdivant

    If you ask any mother what it’s like to be a mom I’m sure you would get an assortment of answers. But the similarity would be that being a mom is an ever changing journey of love. Motherhood is late nights and early mornings, and indeed the toughest job in the world. It’s made me a better person, kinder, and more patient. It’s also made me appreciate every moment because when you have children, time — which usually moves so slow — seems to speed up like crazy.

    The same is true for celebrity moms who have to juggle both a public career and a private life. How do they do it? Is an often asked question and I’m like, “Shoot, how does any mother handle the work/life balance?” It helps to know that though we may lead different lives, the bond of motherhood makes us similar. Here are 10 celebrity moms on what motherhood means to them:

    “It’s not about what you tell your children, but how you show them how to live life.” Jada Pinkett Smith

    “The thing that has changed the most about me since I became a mom is that my heart keeps getting bigger and bigger.” Kerry Washington

    “I have so much admiration for women who are mothers, who balance family and work. I see them and I have this word in my head — respect. I also look to learn. I see these women and I think, ‘Yes, it can be balanced, it can all work out.” Beyoncé

    “Being a parent has made me more open, more connected to myself, more happy, and more creative.” Alicia Keys

    “Being a mom has come really naturally. It’s all about finding a way to juggle what I love and what comes naturally to me.” Halle Berry

    “It’s difficult but such is life. It comes with challenges but at the same time I love being a mother. It’s the best part of my life. It enriches my life so much. It gives me other things to think about besides this crazy industry that I decided to partake in. It keeps me grounded and focused on what life is really about.” Taraji P. Henson

    “Becoming a mother has opened up my whole life and given me a whole new purpose.” — Viola Davis

    “The most fulfilling thing in my life is to be a parent and a mother…That’s what I was made to do. There’s times when I’ve been the mom and the dad. I’m very good at it; that’s what I do. It’s my thing.” — Kimora Lee Simmons

    “My children have allowed me to discover a side of myself I never knew existed.” — June Ambrose

    “The number one key is to basically prioritize. I’m a mother and wife first because family is important to me, and a part of having a balanced life is not feeling guilty about taking care of yourself.” — Tia Mowry-Hardrict

    Caprece Cotton-Sturdivant is a writer and mommy, who loves to share comedic tales of what she’s learned so far about being a mom. Her writing has appeared on HelloBeautiful.com and Uptown Magazine’s website where she is a digital contributor.  In 2015 she plans to self publish her first book based on her popular Instagram posts “Things I’ve learned Since Becoming a Mom”. She resides in New York City with her husband and daughter who are her inspirations.

     

    This gallery was originally published on May 8, 2015.


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    “Should the U.S. pay reparations to Black Americans?” is the topic for discussion and debate on PBS‘s POINT TAKEN next week on May 10th at 11 p.m.

    A press release describes the debate program:

    “Hosted by engaging TV journalist & OZY CEO Carlos Watson, the entertaining new multiplatform weekly dialogue and debate series POINT TAKEN encourages spirited and civil conversation, features special guest panelists who explore all sides of a key issue, and incorporates audience input with polling & social media elements. Each weekly episode airs Tuesday nights at 11:00 pm and announces results from a national, independent ‘Exclusive Point Taken-Marist Poll Survey’ commissioned the weekend before, which helps frame and inform the televised debate and digital discourse.”

    Previous POINT TAKEN topics include: “Should Salaries Be Transparent?”; “Is College Worth the Price Tag?”; “Should the U.S. Take in More Refugees or Fewer?”; and “Is the American Dream Dead or Alive?”


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    Everyone doesn’t have the opportunity to be physically close to their mom on Mother’s Day, so most people in this situation opt for a phone call. In fact, 68 percent of people are planning to pick up the phone on Sunday, May 8th. That means there will be 122.5 million phone calls to wish mom a “Happy Mother’s Day!”

    But you know what’s better than a phone call if you can’t be near mom? A Skype call! Not only will you and your mom be able to look into each other’s eyes, you’ll also be able to watch her tear up as she reads your heartfelt greeting card. Plus, it takes little to no preparation (besides setting up an account) to let mom see your shiny, happy face on Mother’s Day via a Skype call.


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    When it comes to mothers, every day lived is one of honor. This calling in life is anything but typical, yet so many perform the important tasks of motherhood without skipping a beat, making the job look easy. Even when it comes to keeping up appearances, some have a knack for leading busy lives while maintaining their fabulosity. Among such savvy mothers, are the Hollywood celeb moms who successfully play dress-up effortlessly. In honor of Mother’s Day, this week’s Star Style highlights the inspirational looks of celebrity moms who really do know best when it comes to getting dressed.

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    There has yet to be a Solange Knowles spotting where she doesn’t serve up a fierce look. When it comes to coordinating vibrant prints and colors that others would not have thought of trying, or doing any and every thing differently — Solange adds her iconic imprint.

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    Brand new mommy Kerry Washington was declared the world’s best dressed by People in 2013. Throughout her pregnancy, she made daring moves, such as sporting a mid-rift baring top. I’m quite sure the new mother will maintain her style status throughout motherhood, as she did during her expectancy and her career.

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    Former Spice Girl Melanie Brown keeps her looks flavorful with a pinch of elegance and sizzle.

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    Michelle Obama presents her fashion sense in a way that is regal and complementary to every part of her life and mission as First Lady.

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    Christina Milian serves up carefree, urban flair with lots of class.

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    Any and every misconception regarding what a woman over 40 should, could, or can wear, Jennifer Lopez has pretty much proved wrong.

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    As a celebrity stylist, June Ambrose sets the trends that her clients wear and many of us love. And when it comes to her own personal looks, she marches and leads with a style of her own.

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    As a fashion designer of House of Harlow 1960, fashion it-girl, and socialite, Nicole Richie is often spotted in buzz-worthy looks.

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    As the better half of the Louis Vuitton Don, Kim Kardashian is scoped by the paps on the daily. In spite such pressure, she is just about always dressed to impress for her close-up.

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    Reality star, actress, author, and designer NeNe Leakes is a glam-ma with flair. After all, how many grandmothers can actually pull of distressed jeans and hot stilettos?!

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    An over 50 and fit Angela Bassett proves that perfect style knows no limits. Her glow of confidence is her best accessory.

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    Erykah Badu knows no style limit — at all. We’ve noticed this for years, and thankfully her flavor was noticed by Givenchy for the brands spring 2014 ad campaign.

    This gallery was originally published on May 7th, 2014.


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    Find out how some of your favorite celebrities like Monica Brown, Nia Long, and Chrissy Teigen celebrated Mother’s Day.

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    Nia Long highlighted who gets two-thirds of her love — her sons Massai Zhivago Dorsey II and Kez Sunday Udoka.

    RELATED: The Sweetest Thing: Nia Long

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    New mom Tyra Banks celebrated her first Mother’s Day with her mom Carolyn London and son York Banks Asla.

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    Tika Sumpter thanked her mom Janice Acquista for always being a guiding force and best friend.

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    Monica Brown recalled the example her mom Marilyn Best has always been, and spent time with her children, as she told us she would.

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    Kandi Burruss and her family were all smiles for Mother’s Day.

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    Teyana Taylor‘s daughter Iman Tayla Shumpert Jr. gave a shout to all the moms celebrating.

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    Kim Porter and her children — Quincy Brown, Christian Casey Combs, Jessie James Combs, and D’Lila Star Combs — spent Mother’s Day at a park.

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    Tia Mowry and her family enjoyed a weekend that included an Angry Birds screening and a visit to Tomoko Japanese Spa in Beverly Hills. The mom of one also shared her thoughts on being a mom.

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    Tamera Mowry revealed her thoughts on motherhood and where she and her twin sister get their looks — their mom Darlene Mowry.

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    Marjorie Harvey spent Mother’s Day surrounded by her family.

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    New mom Chrissy Teigen chef’d it up in the kitchen for Mother’s Day, her first after giving birth to daughter Luna Simone on April 14th.

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    Zendaya Coleman revealed her sheroes — her mom, Claire Stoermer, and her grandmothers.

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    UPTOWN_blac_chynaTaking a page possibly from her soon-to-be mother-in-law Kris Jenner, Blac Chyna is planning to make money from her name, once she marries fiance Rob Kardashian.

    Chyna, whose real name is Angela Renee White, has filed legal documents to copyright the name Angela Renee Kardashian.

    The 27 year old is banking that her married name will make bank. She plans to use the moniker for “advertising services…promoting the brands, goods and services,” and “entertainment services,” which include appearances as a “social media celebrity,” party hosting, and film and television appearances.

    Last week, Rob and Chyna announced that they are having a baby. No Kardashian or Jenner has acknowledged their pregnancy publicly. But Rob’s feelings don’t seem to be hurt. He paid tribute to his mother, grandmother, and sisters Kourtney and Kim for Mother’s Day.

    He also posted a touching tribute to Chyna.

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    Chyna’s son’s father is rapper Tyga, who is currently dating Rob’s half-sister Kylie Jenner.

    Chyna and Rob are reportedly in negotiations to star in their own E! reality series.

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    Ex-husband James DeBarge believes Janet Jackson gave birth to his daughter after they divorced in the 1980s.

    Speaking with RadarOnline.com, DeBarge claimed that Jackson, who was a teen at the time, kept her pregnancy a secret from him and the world.

    He says he believes Jackson gave the baby up for adoption because of “fear” and people’s negative opinions on their relationship.

    “Fear and lots of pressure,” DeBarge explained. “From every angle, from inside and outside … Not knowing how it could hurt her career. A lot of outside influences were involved in our whole relationship to where we didn’t have a chance from the gate.”

    A young woman recently contacted DeBarge claiming to be their daughter, he says.

    “Someone had contacted me. She spoke to me by email,” DeBarge said to the site. “The first time was two years ago. I have not been able to directly see her face-to-face.”

    Although she suggested they take a paternity test, one hasn’t been performed yet.

    He says his alleged daughter contacted him because another woman was claiming to be his and Jackson’s daughter. She also allegedly confirmed being Jackson’s daughter.

    She was angry because another child was trying to come forward and say that she was our child. So she did out of anger.”

    “She described as much as she could tell me because she was very fearful at the time,” he continued. “She was very angry about people running with this story about this [other child] being my baby. She got very angry. She’s like, ‘Papa I want to help you out.’ She had so much of personality and she was so accurate with everything she was saying, it was only things that I and Janet know. No one else but god, me and Janet.”

    DeBarge says the woman’s adoptive mother allegedly made a death bed confession claiming Jackson was her biological mother.

    DeBarge says he suspected Jackson had a baby and searched in vain to find her.

    “I hadn’t known [that Jackson had a baby] … not for sure,” he told RadarOnline.com. “I went on a search. Someone went through some serious changes to make it impossible for me to find. This had to be some serious inside work being done with the paperwork. Someone was working with them.”

    Jackson, 49, is currently pregnant with her husband Wissam Al Mana‘s baby.

    Do you believe James DeBarge’s claims about his and Janet Jackson’s secret daughter?


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    Paisley Park is Prince‘s most well known estate, but the Purple One also owned a palatial estate in the British Overseas Territory Turks and Caicos — one that will likely be for sale soon.

    In 2010, Prince bought the 10,000 square foot fortress located on the island of Providenciales for $12 million. Providenciales, aka Provo, is known for luxury resorts, restaurants, and boutiques.

    The mansion boasts 10 bedrooms, 10 bathrooms, a tennis court, and several outdoor living spaces. The estate also includes a 200 foot boat dock and a private white sand beach.

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    A Christie’s International Real Estate agent told TMZ that Prince barely moved into the home and it’s sparsely furnished.

    However, Prince did make one “improvement” to the estate. He had the driveway painted purple.

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    Anthony Cromartie is now the father of 12 children after his wife Terricka gave birth to fraternal twins on Sunday.

    However, Terricka says her children are more than a number.

    “To be honest, I’ve gone back-and-forth about if I wanted to share the news [of the birth] or not. All my children are blessings and all of Antonio’s children are blessings, for that matter,” she told Us Weekly. “It was made to seem that my children weren’t a blessing because they were categorized by a number, and for that reason and that reason alone, I hid both of my pregnancies with my husband, just so I could enjoy them with those who were really happy for me.”

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    The couple named their newborn son Jynx Revell-Antonio Cromartie and his twin sister J’adore Nayvi Cromartie. Jynx, who was born first, weighed in at 5 pounds, 12 ounces, and measured 19 inches, while J’adore was 5 pounds, 8 ounces, and 19 inches at birth.

    The Cromartie’s have two more children together, and he has eight other children with seven different women.

    Anthony also took issue with how his children were labeled with numbers, and expressed his annoyance on Twitter.

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    Audra McDonald, 45, and her husband Will Swenson, 42, received some shocking news recently. They’re going to have a baby!

    McDonald announced the news on Twitter yesterday and joked that two-stepping in Broadway’s Shuffle Along helped her get pregnant.

    As a result of the pregnancy, McDonald will postpone her West End debut this summer in Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill. She will begin maternity leave on July 24th instead.

    “While I’m disappointed I have to postpone my West End debut in Lady Day, I’m glad I’ll be able to spend a little more time in Shuffle Along this summer and will look forward to setting up a 1920s-themed nursery in my dressing room when I return to the show,” McDonald said in a statement.

    McDonald, who is a six-time Tony Award winner, is already mom to a 15-year-old daughter named Zoe Madeline. Swenson, who is also a Broadway star, has two boys, Bridger, 13, and Sawyer, 10. This baby will be the couple’s first child together after marrying in 2012.

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    Focus Features has announced a Nov. 4th U.S. release date for Loving, a film that depicts the true story of interracial couple Richard and Mildred Loving living in 1950s and ’60s Virginia where their marriage was illegal.

    Before November, Loving will premiere at the Cannes Film Festival and will compete for the coveted Palme d’Or, the highest prize at the film festival, which kicked off today, May 11th. The film’s release date also places it in the thick of awards season.

    Jeff Nichols wrote and directed Loving, which stars Ruth Negga (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Preacher) as Mildred Loving and Joel Edgerton as Richard Loving. Alano Miller (UNDERGROUND) appears as Raymond Green.

    The Lovings were banished and sentenced to prison for violating Virginia’s anti-miscegenation law by marrying in 1958. In 1967, they took their case Loving v. Virginia to the U.S. Supreme Court. The ruling vindicated the Lovings and legalized interracial marriage across the nation.

    A trailer for Loving hasn’t been released yet, but the following images are intriguing enough to put the film on your must-see list.

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    Mildred (Negga) and Richard Loving (Edgerton).

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    Raymond Green (Miller), Garnet Jeter (Terri Abney), Mildred Loving (Negga), and Richard Loving (Edgerton)

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    Richard (Edgerton) and Mildred Loving (Negga)

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    UPTOWN_angela_davisThe Firm production company is set to produce a biopic about political activist and author Angela Davis.

    LaToya Morgan, a Shameless scribe who was recently nominated for an NAACP Image Award for AMC’s Turn: Washington’s Spies, has penned the script for the untitled film, reports Deadline.

    The biopic will focus on the accusation that Davis participated in the murder of a federal judge, which led the FBI to place her, the first woman, on its 10 Most Wanted list, and the subsequent trial with an all-white jury during the racially turbulent 1970s.

    Robbie Brenner of The Firm will produce the Davis biopic. She explained the relevance Davis and her ordeal still hold today. “Although the events of this film take place three decades ago, Angela Davis’s story holds a strong relevance in today’s political and social landscape, and we are excited and honored to tell it along with LaToya,” said Brenner.

    Familiarize yourself with Davis before the release of the biography through the documentary Free Angela Davis and All Political Prisoners.

    Who do you think should play Angela Davis in the biopic? The Root has few ideas …

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    Dove Hair has launched the #LoveYourHair campaign which has a mission “to broaden the definition of beautiful hair by celebrating all hair types, textures, styles, and colors, and inspiring real women to do the same.”

    According to a press release:

    “The campaign challenges the fact that women are consistently faced with a narrow depiction of what ‘beautiful hair’ is supposed to look like … This homogenous depiction, on top of the rules and norms women are bombarded with (you shouldn’t have long hair past a certain age, curly hair isn’t professional, short hair isn’t feminine, Asian women shouldn’t have blonde hair, etc.) cause them to internalize a lot of pressure when it comes to their hair. In fact, 86 percent of U.S. women believe that media and society put a lot of pressure on women to have hair that looks a certain way.”

    Case in point, a Google search for “beautiful hair” resulted in a series of images featuring a rather homogenous idea of beauty.

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    To drive home the point of the #LoveYourHair campaign, Dove Hair released statistics focusing on women and their thoughts on their hair:

    • Most women (81 percent) feel that the hair we see in advertisements and in the media makes women, in general, feel bad about the hair they have.
    • Only 11 percent of women love everything about their hair and wouldn’t change anything about it.
    • Ninety percent of women agree that they need to embrace their own hair and stop comparing themselves to others.
    • Three in four women believe they would have greater self-confidence if they didn’t feel they were being judged by their hair.

    Follow the #LoveYourHair campaign experts — Elizabeth Benedict, New York Times bestselling author and the editor of Me, My Hair and I; Sable Yong, freelance beauty editor; Mark Townsend, Dove Hair celebrity stylist; Cynthia Alvarez, curl expert and celebrity stylist; Christina Brown, LoveBrownSugar.com founder; and Rob Candelino, Unilever VP of Marketing and General Manager of Hair Care — for more ways to love your hair.

    In the meantime, check out the Dove Love Your Hair film that celebrates real women and their hair.

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