Tracee Ellis Ross is serving up some Diana Ross tease for the August 2014 cover of UPSCALE magazine. Peep her fab cover and find out what she had to say about being black, loving her body at the age of 41 and more inside…
Actress Tracee Ellis Ross is gracing the cover of UPSCALE magazine’s August 2014 issue with all of her beauty. And we are so loving that face and her curls!
Tracee is starring in a new comedy series coming to ABC (September 24th) titled, “Black-ish,” where she plays a mother-of-four named Rainbow Johnson. Tracee's character is the wife to Anthony Anderson’s character and the two of them are searching to find a sense of cultural identity while raising their kids in a predominantly white, upper-middle-class neighborhood. The show is scripted by Kenya Barris and produced by Laurence Fishburne’s (who is also starring in the sitcom) Cinema Gypsy production company.
So in the new issue of UPSCALE, the “Black-ish” star dished on what it means to be black, how she thinks people will react to the new comedy sitcom, keeping her booty rotund at the age of 41 (which she's doing a damn good job at) and more.
Here are the highlights:
On what it means to be black: “What is blackness? What is being black? Who defines that and do we need to define that? I don’t have the answers to all of those questions but I think these are the conversations we’re all still having.”
On her ABC show, Black-ish: “The beauty of the show is that it’s just a family comedy, but it has another layer to it. I don’t know what I necessarily want people to think or talk about after watching it but for me in general with cultural identity, racial identity and feminist identity, dialogue is important. People communicating in a light and open way about issues that have a lot of depth and weight to them is a great thing.”
On loving her body: “I’m proud of my body—I work very hard to keep my body at 41 years-old, because my booty could drop… Gravity is not a joke.”
On advice & romance: “Any one rule [as it pertains to romantic relationships] that people think works everywhere is just not true. In general, with everything it’s an intimate discovery of trusting yourself and allowing yourself the room to have curiosity about life and self.”
Check out a clip from the pilot episode of “Black-ish” below:
The show premieres on Wednesday, September 24th at 9:30/8:30c on ABC. We'll be watching!
Last night, Young Jeezy celebrated his son Jadarius Jenkins’ 18th birthday in Atlanta. And fellow ATL rapper T.I. came out for the festivities. Peep the party pics inside….
Taking a break from trekking the nation on his Under the Influence Tour with Wiz Khalifa, Young Jeezy threw a lavish dinner party with family and friends for his son Jaradrius’ 18th birthday at Gio’s in Atlanta last night.
Good friend of Jeezy’s and fellow rapper T.I. was also in attendance. We hear Tiny was also there but she somehow steered clear of any pictures.
Looks like everything is good between Jeezy and his son now. You’ll recall, the "Seen It All" rapper was arrested earlier this year for allegedly serving his son with a brutal beat down and threatening to kill him. He was charged with battery, terroristic threats and false imprisonment. Guess they hashed things out. Nice cars and fancy parties always seem to do the trick....
Like most 18-year-olds, Jadarius had a chick on his arm. Looks like he’s down with the swirl.
And his pops posed it up with one of the kiddies at the party.
After dinner, Jeezy gifted his son with a brand new ride, complete with a big red bow:
Must be nice. Happy Birthday Jadarius!
Tonight, Jeezy hits the Molson Canadian Amphitheatre in Toronto.
In pics taken prior to her "pregnancy" announcement, Zoe Saldana stripped down for the Naked issue of Women's Health magazine and shared her thoughts on aging, body image and finding true love with husband Marco Perego. More inside....
"I do look in the mirror and see things I don't want."
For Women's Health UK and their Naked issue, Guardians Of The Galaxy Zoe Saldana opens up about her body issues. Yes....even she has body issues! So she says.
‘I've learnt to listen to myself, so whenever I don't feel like doing anything that starts with 'I should' then I don't."
On her body image:
"I'm exactly where I want to be. I do feel beautiful in a way that even when I was working out a whole lot, I sometimes didn't. ‘Because there have been times that I was really slender and I didn't like that I sometimes looked a little too muscular and flat chested - you'll never be completely happy, so at the end of the day it's like "F**k it. Just be happy, regardless."
On listening to nature:
This past year I've had to start letting go. My body dictated it as if saying, 'Slow the f**k down!' ... And I struggle with that. I love to be an athlete.’ ‘My body is less toned. I do look in the mirror and see things I don't want. My first reaction is I breathe and I think, 'I'm a woman, I'm 36, my body is changing.'’
On husband Marco Perego:
We give each other a great deal of support and love but it wasn't because we found it in each other, we came that way and then got together. That's what I love about it. I do believe whatever's meant to be will be - but had the universe said, 'Let's just wait, he's going to come into your life later,' I would've been fine on this journey I was on just knowing who the f**k I was."
Zoe's issue of Women's Health UK is out now and her new flick Guardians of the Galaxy hits theaters August 1st. Hot pics!