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Gabrielle Union ‘hopes for real change’ after ‘5-hour productive meeting’ with NBC

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Two weeks after being ousted from her job as judge on America’s Got Talent, Gabrielle Union met with NBC executives to discuss the racial bias, discrimination, and ‘toxicity that has become normalized’ in the work place.

‘We had a lengthy 5-hour, and what I thought to be, productive meeting yesterday,’ 47-year-old Union tweeted on Wednesday.

‘I was able to, again, express my unfiltered truth. I led with transparency and my desire and hope for real change.’ 

Confrontation: Two weeks after being ousted from her job as judge on America's Got Talent, Gabrielle Union met with NBC executives to discuss the racial bias, discrimination, and 'toxicity that has become normalized' in the work place (pictured on September 18)

Confrontation: Two weeks after being ousted from her job as judge on America's Got Talent, Gabrielle Union met with NBC executives to discuss the racial bias, discrimination, and 'toxicity that has become normalized' in the work place (pictured on September 18)

Confrontation: Two weeks after being ousted from her job as judge on America’s Got Talent, Gabrielle Union met with NBC executives to discuss the racial bias, discrimination, and ‘toxicity that has become normalized’ in the work place (pictured on September 18)

47-year-old Union tweeted on Wednesday: 'We had a lengthy 5-hour, and what I thought to be, productive meeting yesterday. I was able to, again, express my unfiltered truth. I led with transparency and my desire and hope for real change'

47-year-old Union tweeted on Wednesday: 'We had a lengthy 5-hour, and what I thought to be, productive meeting yesterday. I was able to, again, express my unfiltered truth. I led with transparency and my desire and hope for real change'

47-year-old Union tweeted on Wednesday: ‘We had a lengthy 5-hour, and what I thought to be, productive meeting yesterday. I was able to, again, express my unfiltered truth. I led with transparency and my desire and hope for real change’

A bombshell Variety report first made the claims that judges Union and Julianne Hough’s contracts were not renewed after they had complained about alleged racist jokes and a toxic environment behind the scenes of the show.

The conflict was reportedly sparked when Jay Leno made an anti-Korean slur during his guest appearance on the show back in April.

Since the initial reports Dwayne Wade confirmed his wife Union was fired from the reality show last week, as several NBC sources now say they’re baffled by her booting from the show.

Wrongful termination? A bombshell Variety report first made the claims that judges Union and Julianne Hough's (L) contracts were not renewed after they had complained about alleged racist jokes and a toxic environment behind the scenes of the show

Wrongful termination? A bombshell Variety report first made the claims that judges Union and Julianne Hough's (L) contracts were not renewed after they had complained about alleged racist jokes and a toxic environment behind the scenes of the show

Wrongful termination? A bombshell Variety report first made the claims that judges Union and Julianne Hough’s (L) contracts were not renewed after they had complained about alleged racist jokes and a toxic environment behind the scenes of the show 

She also received more than half a dozen notes criticizing hairstyles as ‘too black’ for the show’s core audience, according to four sources with direct knowledge. 

Taking to Twitter late Wednesday, Wade inferred that Variety ‘s report was accurate, stating that his wife is ‘an advocate for our community and culture’. 

‘As proud as I was of her being selected as a judge on #AGT — I am even more proud of her standing up for what she stands for and that’s US,’ the Miami Heat shooting guard wrote.  

On Monday, women’s advocacy group Time’s Up – which is responsible for the #MeToo movement in Hollywood – issued a very strongly worded statement in support of Union as they condemned NBCUniversal.

Racist? Union received more than half a dozen notes criticizing hairstyles as 'too black' for the show's core audience (pictured with year-old daughter Kaavia James on August 13)

Racist? Union received more than half a dozen notes criticizing hairstyles as 'too black' for the show's core audience (pictured with year-old daughter Kaavia James on August 13)

Racist? Union received more than half a dozen notes criticizing hairstyles as ‘too black’ for the show’s core audience (pictured with year-old daughter Kaavia James on August 13)

Say what? By contrast, all three men on the NBC competition - judges Simon Cowell (L) and Howie Mandel (2-R) as well as host Terry Crews (R) - are all expected to come back next year (pictured with winner Kodi Lee on September 18)

Say what? By contrast, all three men on the NBC competition - judges Simon Cowell (L) and Howie Mandel (2-R) as well as host Terry Crews (R) - are all expected to come back next year (pictured with winner Kodi Lee on September 18)

Say what? By contrast, all three men on the NBC competition – judges Simon Cowell (L) and Howie Mandel (2-R) as well as host Terry Crews (R) – are all expected to come back next year (pictured with winner Kodi Lee on September 18)

 

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Cardi B ‘prayed and hired priests’ to help rebuild her marriage to love rat Offset

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She rekindled the love with her cheating husband, Offset, earlier this year after announcing their split in December 2018.  

And Cardi B has now revealed why she chose to give her marriage another go and how her decision saw her receive much hate. 

The 27-year-old explained to Vogue‘s January 2020 issue that she not only prayed but had priests come over to their home to help learn how to forgive.  

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Speaking out: Cardi B told Vogue's January 2020 issue that she 'prayed and hired priests' to help her rebuild her marriage to her husband Offset after he cheated on her

Speaking out: Cardi B told Vogue's January 2020 issue that she 'prayed and hired priests' to help her rebuild her marriage to her husband Offset after he cheated on her

Speaking out: Cardi B told Vogue’s January 2020 issue that she ‘prayed and hired priests’ to help her rebuild her marriage to her husband Offset after he cheated on her

‘When me and my husband got into our issues—you know, he cheated and everything—and I decided to stay with him and work together with him, a lot of people were so mad at me; a lot of women felt disappointed in me,’ she began. 

‘But it’s real-life s**t. If you love somebody and you stop being with them, and you’re depressed and social media is telling you not to talk to that person because he cheated, you’re not really happy on the inside until you have the conversation.’ 

She further explained that she had a hard time with her decision to rekindle their relationship as many of her social media followers felt ‘let down.’ 

People weren't happy: 'When me and my husband got into our issues—you know, he cheated and everything—and I decided to stay with him and work together with him, a lot of people were so mad at me; a lot of women felt disappointed in me,' she began (pictured with Offset at the 2018 AMAs)

People weren't happy: 'When me and my husband got into our issues—you know, he cheated and everything—and I decided to stay with him and work together with him, a lot of people were so mad at me; a lot of women felt disappointed in me,' she began (pictured with Offset at the 2018 AMAs)

People weren’t happy: ‘When me and my husband got into our issues—you know, he cheated and everything—and I decided to stay with him and work together with him, a lot of people were so mad at me; a lot of women felt disappointed in me,’ she began (pictured with Offset at the 2018 AMAs) 

She continued: ‘My thing is, everybody on social media acts like relationships is perfect, and that’s crazy to me.’  

‘Everybody has issues. I believe in forgiveness. I prayed on it. Me and my husband, we prayed on it. We had priests come to us. And we just came to an understanding like, bro, it’s really us against the world.’ 

Cardi couldn’t help but gush over her husband and his loyalty following his stray from their monogamous marriage.  

‘He has my back for everything, I have his back for everything, so when you cheat, you’re betraying the person that has your back the most. Why would you do that? We have come to a clear understanding.’ 

Going strong: 'He has my back for everything, I have his back for everything, so when you cheat, you're betraying the person that has your back the most. Why would you do that? We have come to a clear understanding' (pictured together at Rihanna's Diamond Ball in September 2019)

Going strong: 'He has my back for everything, I have his back for everything, so when you cheat, you're betraying the person that has your back the most. Why would you do that? We have come to a clear understanding' (pictured together at Rihanna's Diamond Ball in September 2019)

Going strong: ‘He has my back for everything, I have his back for everything, so when you cheat, you’re betraying the person that has your back the most. Why would you do that? We have come to a clear understanding’ (pictured together at Rihanna’s Diamond Ball in September 2019) 

Mom: Cardi and Offset welcomed daughter Kulture in July 2018 (pictured with the 16-month-old during her 73 Questions with Vogue interview)

Mom: Cardi and Offset welcomed daughter Kulture in July 2018 (pictured with the 16-month-old during her 73 Questions with Vogue interview)

Mom: Cardi and Offset welcomed daughter Kulture in July 2018 (pictured with the 16-month-old during her 73 Questions with Vogue interview) 

Two generations: The Money rapper graced the January 2020 US cover with her 16-month daughter, Kulture Kiari

Two generations: The Money rapper graced the January 2020 US cover with her 16-month daughter, Kulture Kiari

Two generations: The Money rapper graced the January 2020 US cover with her 16-month daughter, Kulture Kiari

She confirmed: ‘For me, monogamy is the only way. I’ll beat your a** if you cheat on me.’  

And despite their past, it seems as though things are going great for the pair, with Cardi dishing that they were thinking of starting their own children’s line.  

The Money rapper graced the January 2020 US cover with her 16-month daughter, Kulture Kiari.  

She stunned in a $3900 Michael Kors Collection red polka dot dress and teamed the look with $600 suede Jimmy Choo pumps.   

Cardi’s frock featured a v-neck design that drew attention to her surgically enhanced cleavage and was cinched in at the waist. 

Hot mama! Cardi has spent the past day performing in Ghana. She flaunted her sensational physique on social media in a bikini

Hot mama! Cardi has spent the past day performing in Ghana. She flaunted her sensational physique on social media in a bikini

Hot mama! Cardi has spent the past day performing in Ghana. She flaunted her sensational physique on social media in a bikini

Her hair was slicked back into a natural wet look and her makeup featured a bold cat-eye and contoured cheekbones. 

The 27-year-old’s look with completed with a sweep of blush and a nude pout.  

Cardi laid back on a patch of grass while cradling her daughter Kulture, as captured by famed photographer, Annie Leibovitz. 

The 16-month-old was dressed in a red pair of shorts to match her mama and smiled for the camera. 

Another photo saw the mother-daughter duo pose in a bed overlooking the city skyline.  

Patriotic: Her performance show also had her wear a racy ensemble that represented the nation's flag

Patriotic: Her performance show also had her wear a racy ensemble that represented the nation's flag

Patriotic: Her performance show also had her wear a racy ensemble that represented the nation’s flag

Cardi stunned in a strapless Oscar de la Renta number while Kulture matched in a cute dress from the Brock Collection x Maisonette collaboration. 

Cardi has spent the past day performing in Ghana. She flaunted her sensational physique on social media in a bikini. 

‘I was in Ghana for less then 24 hours .Went thru a lil dilemma but I still had fun,’ she shared. 

Her performance show also had her wear a racy ensemble that represented the nation’s flag. 

Not seen with her was her husband, Offset – best known from the band, Migos. 

The pair began dating in early 2017 and announced their engagement in October that year. 

However, it was later revealed they had already secretly married in September 2017 during a private ceremony in their bedroom. 

Cardi and Offset welcomed daughter, Kulture Kiari Cephus in July 2018. 

The new mom announced in December 2018 on social media she had split from her husband following his extramarital affairs he had had. 

However, Offset made various public attempts to win back his wife during the early weeks of 2019, and February saw them attend the Grammy awards together. 

They were both on stage to accept Cardi’s award for Best Rap Album.  

Back on: Offset made various public attempts to win back his wife during the early weeks of 2019, and February saw them attend the Grammy awards together. They were both on stage to accept Cardi's award for Best Rap Album

Back on: Offset made various public attempts to win back his wife during the early weeks of 2019, and February saw them attend the Grammy awards together. They were both on stage to accept Cardi's award for Best Rap Album

Back on: Offset made various public attempts to win back his wife during the early weeks of 2019, and February saw them attend the Grammy awards together. They were both on stage to accept Cardi’s award for Best Rap Album

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Billie Piper makes political statement and attacks Boris Johnson in impassioned Instagram rant  

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Billie Piper took to Instagram to make a political statement against the Conservative party on Monday. 

The former Doctor Who star, 37, donned a Tesco-themed t-shirt with the word Tories in large red letters and the strap line ‘very little help’ scrawled underneath, a play on Tesco’s motto ‘every little helps’.

Alongside the snap, in which a grinning Billie clutches the top made by artist Hayden Kays, the actress went on an impassioned rant about Prime Minister Boris Johnson ahead of election day on Thursday, and earned over 27,000 likes. 

Impassioned: Billie Piper took to Instagram to make a political statement against the Conservative party on Monday

Impassioned: Billie Piper took to Instagram to make a political statement against the Conservative party on Monday

Impassioned: Billie Piper took to Instagram to make a political statement against the Conservative party on Monday

The mother of two wrote: ‘Cannot get behind a man who shames single mums and their children, uses casual racism, gambles with the NHS and gives zero f**** about our children’s future.

‘Stop f****** with the kids !!!!!! To all the young ones who went out in their droves and registered to vote, it was bloody moving.  

Billie also shared the image on her Instagram Stories alongside the message: ‘To all the young ones, learn how to vote tactically & rid us of this looming horror show.’ 

Clear intentions: The former Doctor Who star donned a Tesco-themed t-shirt with the word Tories in large red letters and the strap line ‘very little help’, alongside an impassioned rant

She included a link to the People’s Vote campaign’s tactical voting website. 

Billie’s recently wrote, directed and starred in Rare Beasts, an ‘anti rom-com’ about a single mother, played by Piper. 

Speaking to the Evening Standard in October, the actress explained she wrote the film ‘at a time when I felt like the world was telling us [women] we could have it all and I was trying to experience that myself.’

Politics: The actress has not said who she is voting for but appeared to show her support for the opposition as she urged voters to make a tactical vote

Politics: The actress has not said who she is voting for but appeared to show her support for the opposition as she urged voters to make a tactical vote

Politics: The actress has not said who she is voting for but appeared to show her support for the opposition as she urged voters to make a tactical vote

Politics: The actress has not said who she is voting for but appeared to show her support for the opposition as she urged voters to make a tactical vote

Politics: The actress has not said who she is voting for but appeared to show her support for the opposition as she urged voters to make a tactical vote 

Billie shares two sons, Winston, 10, and Eugene, seven, with her ex Laurence Fox, and welcomed daughter Tallulah earlier this year with her musician partner Johnny Lloyd.   

‘I started writing it at 30, which is when I feel like I had a rude awakening,’ Billie said of Rare Beasts. ‘All I could see around me was common casualties, certainly in women. I too was finding it… I was floundering.’

‘Because it is a wonderful idea. But quite often the reality is that it is incredibly hard and stressful. And I’ve personally seen the uglier side of that. And I didn’t feel like anyone was talking about that with full transparency.’

Determined: Billie also took to her Instagram story to make a similar plea, citing a 'looming horror show'

Determined: Billie also took to her Instagram story to make a similar plea, citing a 'looming horror show'

Determined: Billie also took to her Instagram story to make a similar plea, citing a ‘looming horror show’

 

 

 

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Beyonce shares sneak peek at Ivy Park Adidas collection … as she scores a Golden Globe nod

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Beyonce is set to relaunch her fashion line, Ivy Park, with Adidas on January 18.

The 38-year-old megastar took to social media to release a sneak peak of the line on Monday and she was careful not to reveal too much.

It’s shaping up to be a big week for Bey because earlier that morning she was honored with a Golden Globe nomination in the Best Original Song category for Spirit.

Hitting the shelves: Beyonce is set to relaunch her fashion line Ivy Park and she took to social media to release a sneak peak at the line on Monday

Hitting the shelves: Beyonce is set to relaunch her fashion line Ivy Park and she took to social media to release a sneak peak at the line on Monday

Hitting the shelves: Beyonce is set to relaunch her fashion line Ivy Park and she took to social media to release a sneak peak at the line on Monday

The style icon shared a half dozen Instagram promo posts all with the same simple caption: ‘IVY PARK January 18’ 

Beyonce only shared bits and pieces of the whole collection that has a modern, edgy vibe in cream and burgundy tones with the classic Adidas three stripe logo.

One close up showed only the bottom half of Queen Bey’s face and revealed a gold ‘Ivy Park’ lower grill. 

Another featured the star’s manicured nails which were the same colors as her collection with the three stripe pattern. 

The style icon shared a half dozen Instagram promo posts all with the same simple caption: 'IVY PARK January 18'

The style icon shared a half dozen Instagram promo posts all with the same simple caption: 'IVY PARK January 18'

The style icon shared a half dozen Instagram promo posts all with the same simple caption: ‘IVY PARK January 18’

Spectacular! Two stunning images shot from behind showcased the A-lister's artfully designed extra-long box braids which featured a sign that read 'Ivy Park' which was weaved into the hair with cream and maroon beads

Spectacular! Two stunning images shot from behind showcased the A-lister's artfully designed extra-long box braids which featured a sign that read 'Ivy Park' which was weaved into the hair with cream and maroon beads

Spectacular! Two stunning images shot from behind showcased the A-lister’s artfully designed extra-long box braids which featured a sign that read ‘Ivy Park’ which was weaved into the hair with cream and maroon beads

In the shot the mother of three pulled her sandy brown waves away from her face to reveal an Ivy Park ear cuff and ring.

The teaser images showed very little in terms of actual clothing items in the collaboration. 

Sneakers will definitely feature in the collection and Bey shared a shot of a pair of trainers with a thick creeper-style rubber sole.

Two stunning images shot from behind showcased the A-lister’s artfully designed extra-long box braids which featured a sign that read ‘Ivy Park’ which was weaved into the hair with cream and maroon beads. 

Exciting collab: Beyonce only shared bits and pieces of the whole collection that has a modern, edgy vibe in cream and burgundy tones with the classic Adidas three stripe logo

Exciting collab: Beyonce only shared bits and pieces of the whole collection that has a modern, edgy vibe in cream and burgundy tones with the classic Adidas three stripe logo

Exciting collab: Beyonce only shared bits and pieces of the whole collection that has a modern, edgy vibe in cream and burgundy tones with the classic Adidas three stripe logo

'This is the partnership of a lifetime for me,' Beyonce said in a press release. 'I look forward to re-launching and expanding Ivy Park on a truly global scale with a proven, dynamic leader.'

'This is the partnership of a lifetime for me,' Beyonce said in a press release. 'I look forward to re-launching and expanding Ivy Park on a truly global scale with a proven, dynamic leader.'

‘This is the partnership of a lifetime for me,’ Beyonce said in a press release. ‘I look forward to re-launching and expanding Ivy Park on a truly global scale with a proven, dynamic leader.’

History: In 2016, the fashion star officially launched Ivy Park (named for daughter Blue Ivy) in collaboration with Top Shop

History: In 2016, the fashion star officially launched Ivy Park (named for daughter Blue Ivy) in collaboration with Top Shop

History: In 2016, the fashion star officially launched Ivy Park (named for daughter Blue Ivy) in collaboration with Top Shop

In those photos she appears to be wearing a long sleeve burgundy body suit by the label. 

‘This is the partnership of a lifetime for me,’ Beyonce said in a press release. ‘I look forward to re-launching and expanding Ivy Park on a truly global scale with a proven, dynamic leader.’

In 2016, the fashion star officially launched Ivy Park (named for daughter Blue Ivy) in collaboration with Top Shop. 

This month Beyonce was profiled by Elle UK and appeared to incorporate some of the more avant-garde items from her collection in the corresponding photoshoot.

Shop ’til you drop:This month Beyonce was profiled by Elle UK and appeared to incorporate some of the more avant-garde items from her collection in the corresponding photoshoot

The superstar is ending 2019 on a high note  between the excitement around her label re-launch next year and scoring a Golden Globe nomination on Monday.

Bey was honored in the Best Original Song category for Spirit from The Lion King, where she also starred as Nala.

She will be up against two other major music stars, Taylor Swift and Elton John who were also nominated. 

Hear her roar: The superstar is ending 2019 on a high note between the excitement around her label re-launch next year and scoring a Golden Globe nomination on Monday in the Best Original Song category for Spirit from The Lion King

Hear her roar: The superstar is ending 2019 on a high note between the excitement around her label re-launch next year and scoring a Golden Globe nomination on Monday in the Best Original Song category for Spirit from The Lion King

Hear her roar: The superstar is ending 2019 on a high note between the excitement around her label re-launch next year and scoring a Golden Globe nomination on Monday in the Best Original Song category for Spirit from The Lion King

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