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1. 10. Sanaa Lathan Says Filming ‘Love And Basketball’ Was Miserable
In June, Sanaa Lathan opened up about her miserable experience working on Love & Basketball, which is considered one of the best sports rom-coms ever. “I was miserable. I can laugh about it now,” said Lathan. “I got the job and I think Gina [Prince-Bythewood] finally got to the point where she had to hire somebody. It’s almost like she hired me because she couldn’t find somebody else.” she said. There wasn’t a lot of joy and there wasn’t a lot of trust in me. It was her baby and it was her first time directing. It was a big deal for her and nobody knows me then really. She gets to the point where she makes this decision with me, but I felt like the default.” On top of that, she had never played basketball before.
2. 9. Denzel Washington Praises Wife Pauletta For Being His ‘Biggest Life Achievement’
We love love, and one of our favorite couples is the Washington’s! Denzel Washington was the guest of honor at the 47th AFI Life Achievement Award gala tribute in Hollywood on June 6. The Oscar-winning actor and his wife of 35 years,Pauletta Washington, hit the red carpet at the star-studded event held at the Dolby Theater, where Entertainment Tonight asked Denzel what he considers his biggest lifetime achievement. Washington turned to his devoted wife and said she’s his “biggest lifetime achievement.” *Insert heart eyes here!*
3. 8. Naturi Naughton Says She Was “Embarrassed And Ashamed” Of Post-Baby Breakup
In an open letter to Black women on Essence in August, Naturi Naughton got candid and raw about her split from longtime boyfriend, Ben, just three months after their daughter was born. “I was devastated,” she wrote. I didn’t tell anybody about our breakup for two years, because I was embarrassed and ashamed. ” The actress continued, “You know in your heart when you’re not happy and when you’re feeling undervalued. As soon as you realize that you are settling or conceding your worth, you have to make a move. Check in with yourself and say, “Wait a minute. Is this what I want? Is this who I really am?” She revealed her relationship was shaky when she got pregnant, and part of her healing process involved letting go of the expectation she had for her love life. “The truth is, I was afraid to become a mother, and I honestly did not feel ready. I was uncertain about my relationship and unsure if I was going to get married. I wanted to have this perfect life because I had seen it in movies and my parents have been married for 48 years. Then it hit me: The perfect life that I envisioned may not be God’s plan for me right now, and it’s okay to be on my own journey as long as my daughter is healthy and happy.”
4. 7. Melvin Edmonds Of After 7 Passed Away
Founding member Melvin Edmonds of the Grammy-nominated group After 7 died on May 18 at age 65.
5. 6. Toni Braxton Debuts New Short Haircut, But Folks Are Wonder If She’s Bleaching
6. 5. Serena Williams Became The First Athlete To Make Forbes’ Richest Self-Made Women List
In June Serena Williams made history as the first athlete to ever make Forbes‘ Richest Self-Made Women list. According to the business publication, she was worth an estimated $225 million at the time. The majority of her earnings are the result of smart investments, not her athletic prowess. For five years, Williams has been silently investing money into thirty-four startup companies via her investment firm, Serena Ventures.
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