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Kerry Washington Flawlessly COVERS Net-A-Porter’s “The Edit,” REVEALS She Live Tweeted During Scandal While In Labor! + Taraji P. Henson Will Host “Saturday Night Live”

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Kerry Washington has landed another magazine cover. And she’s serving natural flawlessness for Net-A-Porter’s “The Edit”. In the cover story, she reveals as she was in the early stages of labor she was busy tweeting away during an episode of “Scandal!"


In other fab news, Taraji P. Henson will be hosting an upcoming episode of “Saturday Night Live.” Peep Kerry’s gorgeous spread and get the deets on Taraji’s newest gig inside….

“Scandal” superstar Kerry Washington graces the newest cover of Net-a-Porter’s “The Edit.” And the YBF chick is serving up uber flawlessness in a “less is more” natural beauty pictorial.

Shot by photographer Bjorn Iooss, the ABC star was pure perfection in a white Isabel Marant fringed jacket accessorized with earrings by Jennifer Meye. We are so loving the soft, dewy make-up to give off a natural glow.

In the cover story, the “Scandal” fan favorite let us in on a secret we didn’t know. Every Thursday, during “Scandal,” Kerry live tweets with all of her “gladiators” to discuss what’s currently happening on the show. Well, you’ll recall, Kerry was pregnant during last season, so to keep her fans from figuring out she could possibly be in the hospital, she live tweeted during the early stages of labor. Ha!

The fab actress also talked about how she prepares to transform into Olivia Pope, the biggest difference between herself and her character, how her husband/former NFLer Nnamdi Asomugha feels about her on-screen love interests and more. Oh…and in case you didn't know this YBF mom does NOT drink alcohol, so all those scenes of her drinking’s actually grape juice!

Below are the highlights:

Now that you have established this huge presence in social media, do you feel like you can’t make plans on Thursdays?
KW: Oh yes, I have no social life on a Thursday! Every Thursday within three weeks of my [daughter Isabelle’s] due date, I loaded up pre-tweets based on the episodes and what I would want to say.

Did you tweet while you were actually in labor?
I tweeted in the very early stages of my labor. I figured that if I went completely silent on social media, then people would know I was in the hospital!

In the online world, everyone can air their opinions. Do you ever feel people take Scandal too seriously?
[Some people] do get caught up. Bellamy Young [who plays Olivia’s nemesis, Mellie Grant] and I are really good friends and sometimes when people see us out together they get very confused. I take it as a compliment.

What do you think of Olivia Pope? Is there anything that you don’t like about her?
I love her. To me she’s like family, and with family, it doesn’t matter if you like them or not, you love them no matter what. I don’t always agree with her choices, but I have a lot of compassion for them.

What is the biggest difference between you and Olivia?
I do a lot of therapy! Not to say that I have it all together, but I think I have a little bit more awareness about my behavior patterns and I do the work it takes to get out of them.

Is your husband [former NFL player Nnamdi Asomugha] ‘Team Fitz’ or does he want Olivia to stand in the sun?
I have never asked my husband that, actually. But I would say that we are all ‘Team Shonda’. I really love that in the episode Where The Sun Don’t Shine, Olivia said, “I choose me.” That is a really powerful message.

How do you get into the ‘Olivia Pope’ mindset?
The biggest thing for me are the shoes. I’ll wear Uggs around set, but I can’t rehearse a scene in them because I don’t feel like Olivia until I put the shoes on. Shoes define how you walk in the world and how you stand, like: what is your posture in life?

What’s your favorite wine?
I don’t really drink.

This is such a problem.
I know. I drink Welch’s organic grape juice on the show.

If you weren’t an actress, what would you be doing? Do you think you would be in politics?
I would be involved in politics, but I would probably be teaching. It’s what my mother did, so it’s in my blood. My mother is so badass. I watched her get her doctorate when I was a little girl: she got that around the same time that I graduated from kindergarten so we both had caps and gowns. I grew up with a belief in the importance of a woman’s mind and that has been a real gift for me.

How do you hope Olivia Pope will be remembered?
I hope people remember her as a complicated, fully realized human being; she’s not a stereotype and she’s not an accessory. I think that it’s important for women to know, in film and in TV and in life, that you can be the lead of your own story. I hope she’s remembered for that, as somebody who is the driving force of her own life.

Peep her gorgeous black-and-white spread below:

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Top & skirt: Stella McCartney; Earrings: Jennifer Meyer; Cuff: Jennifer Fisher; Ring throughout (unless stated) Kerry’s own.

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Top: The Row; Pants: Isabel Marant; Sandals: Lanvin; Ring (right hand): Maison Margiela Fine Jewelry; Ring (left hand): Shaun Leane

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Dress: Marni; Earrings: Wendy Nichol; Ring: Shaun Leane

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Dress: Loewe; Earrings: Jennifer Meyer; Ring: Shaun Leane

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Loves it!

In other fab chick news....

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Set your DVRs! "Empire" breakout star Taraji P. Henson will be hosting an upcoming episode of "SNL."  Taraji aka Cookie Lyon will make her late night host debut on April 11th. And we're sure they'll be plenty of "Empire" skits to bring the funnies.

SNL made the annoucement earlier today tweeting:



And then Taraji hit her social media accounts to help spread the word posting:




Sweet! We'll definitely be tuning in. Will you?


Photos: Net-A-Porter/Getty


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Folks are so quick to spread lies and rumors, even if they might derail someone's livelihood.  Today, "Empire" star Malik Yoba addresses the gossip spread about him over the weekend, telling fans and friends that he DOES NOT have a substance abuse problem.  Watch it inside...


Yes....we were all shocked by the sudden death of Vernon Turner (aka Mr. Malik Yoba) on "Empire" and trust us....he was shocked too.  In addition to dying on camera, someone over at The Inquisitr attempted to assassinate his character online. 

Malik called into TMZ today to clear up rumors about his "substance abuse" problem.  In case you missed it, a rogue blog (in the video above Malik and his lawyer traced the rumor back to The Inquisitr) published a unsubstantiated report that Malik was fired from "Empire" because of a drug problem.  Over the weekend, the rumor went viral ( did not print the story).

Now, Malik is speaking out and considering legal action (as he should).  Above, he looks right into the camera and says with full confidence that over his 25 year career, he has never had a substance abuse problem.  Tsk tsk....The Inquisitr (based in Thailand) has removed their post.


Photo via Malik's Twitter

Lark Voorhies Sports Her Natural Short Coif Leaving 'Jimmy Kimmel Live' + Nia Long & Son Massai Zhivago Dorsey II Shopping + Mariah Carey Sings Karaoke Carpool

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In California, we spotted "Saved By The Bell" fav Lark Voorhies leaving "Jimmy Kimmel Live" while Nia Long took her oldest son shopping.  Then Mariah Carey sang her biggest hits during a "Late Late Show" carpool segment.  More inside...

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Yesterday, Lark Voorhies was seen leaving "Jimmy Kimmel Live' on her 41st Birthday in Hollywood.  And she's rocking a new super short 'do.

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Lark was there to promote her upcoming series "The Comeback Kids."  From what we gather, the show does not have a network (yet), but it's about a group of former child stars including Scott Baio (Charles In Charge), Eve Plumb (The Brady Bunch) and Aileen Quinn (Annie). 

A little while ago, her former "Saved By The Bell" cast members reunited on "Jimmy Fallon"....but she said she had "scheduling conflicts".

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There's no need to "read" Lark about her makeup (we've been down this road several times). We're happy to see her out (looking healthy) and we wish her a happy birthday. 


On why she wasn't on the Jimmy Fallon "Saved By The Bell" reunion skit:

On LeBron James hairline:



Also in the LA area....

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Nia Long and her oldest son Massai Zhivago Dorsey II  were seen shopping at Ron Robinson at Fred Segal in Melrose.  We love that fact that Nia is a hip mom who keeps her son looking fly.

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If you're wondering where Nia's been...don't.  She's busy.  As we told you earlier, she's joined the long list of Black actresses making the leap from motion pictures to scripted series.  She landed a role on the ABC pilot "Uncle Buck" starring Mike Epps.  They're already in pre-production.    


During late night...

Mariah Carey and "The Late Late Show" host James Corden sang some of her biggest hits (“Always Be My Baby,” “Fantasy,” “Vision of Love”) karaoke style during a funny "carpool" segment. They even practiced their foreign accents! Enjoy it above....




Photos via Splash News

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