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Julissa B. Confesses Her Celeb Crush, Fitness Routine + Working With Steve Madden

Who said it would be easy? Following your dreams that is. Julissa Bermudez refuses to give up and why should she? She’s young, beautiful and has had her share of ups and downs in T.V. land. Born in the Dominican Republic and raised in Queens, NY, this bubbly personality admits that she was a typical tomboy as a child. All she ever wanted to do was entertain her family. After 10 years of learning experiences, traveling the world and gracing our T.V. screens on some of the biggest networks, Julissa is still on her grind. I sat down with my old friend for dinner this past September, and we reminisced about how the last time we interviewed, the tables were turned and she was the interviewer as I sat on her BET couch. She was a sweetheart then, and she still is.

How long has it been since your days at BET, and were you able to maintain a decent relationship when it ended?
I want to say that was about 5 years ago. We just celebrated the 10-year anniversary of 106 & Park. They brought us back for a reunion, and that was just last year. BET has always embraced me as a family, so I’ve always looked at them as that. When I see Stephen Hill out or other personalities, whether its Rocsi or Terrence we embrace each other.

How old were you when you were on Telemundo?
I was just about to turn 19. I hosted a show called The Roof. It was live [for] 2 hours, and one of the first shows to put Reggaeton music and videos out there before it became “mainstream.” That was sort of the 106 & Park of Mun2/Telemundo. It was one of the first shows that ever premiered on Mun2 once NBC and Telemundo merged. Before they had a budget, I was there [Laughs].

Where have you been and when did you leave NY?
I've been touring around the globe. I’ve been shooting Kohl’s commercials in South Africa with one of my idols, Daisy Fuentes. I've been fist pumping at MTV interviewing the Jersey Shore crew. I’ve been grinding, it's a never-ending hustle you know, and it’s always been love every time I see you.

So you’ve travelled to Africa, that’s a trip to take in your lifetime.
My goodness! I have never been to a more naturally beautiful place. I went to South Africa which is very different. Africa is such a huge continent with so many countries, and a lot of the images that are put out and portrayed of Africa are totally different than what you can actually go and experience. And this goes for all the countries that you just travel and visit. The perception is always different from your experience. It was definitely a once in a lifetime experience.

Within your experience in the industry, what can you say has been the craziest thing you had to deal with being a woman?
The craziest things really are the things that you read about yourself. If you’re photographed with somebody they automatically put you in a category or you’re dating or whatever. Those things always surprise me. I feel like if people only knew. It's always the people that know the least about you that want to say the most about you.

Speaking of photos, there was one of you celebrating your birthday here in NYC with Maxwell. Is he that special someone?
He’s a friend. It’s the perfect example of how media loves to pin people together to make a story. I take a picture with someone and of course I’m automatically “dating” them.

Ok. Are you single?
I am SO single. Absolutely. It feels good. I’m in a good place in my life. Honestly, when you’re not looking, certain people walk into your path and walk into your life. You’re asking a Libra girl that loves love [Laughs]. Sometimes in life you have to surrender, and that’s just the circumstances, whether it’s the cards you’ve been dealt or just surrender to the things that are out of control. I feel that that comes with experiences.

So do you have any celebrity crushes?
It doesn’t even make sense to mention him. I just admire the fact that he can have the little swag that he does.

Whooooo?
I love David Beckham. I know he's taken, but he's so hot. I’m from Queens, and I will say growing up I always had a liking to Nas. I think Nas has been a lot of girls' crushes. Not so much crush at this point, but more or so David Beckham just surprises me. And as far as dating, I definitely want to diversify my portfolio. Just think outside the box a little.

When I met you seven years ago you were straight up and down, and now I see that you have these fabulous lady curves. What do you to keep this body?
Girl, I've been going to the gym. I’ve always prayed about having a body [Laughs] because I was always so skinny. I would always get made fun of me and people would call me Olive Oyl. Guys never looked my way that’s for sure; they were too busy looking at the girls that were so much more voluptuous like you [Laughs] with your beautiful boobies. So yes, I feel like after 25 I started to get serious about my fitness and working out. Don’t get me wrong, I eat everything. I feel that when you deprive yourself, you do more damage than good. It’s all about moderation. I'm Dominican, and I love Spanish food. It’s a hard balance, but as long as you work out... I squat every day and night. No lie, even before I go to bed. I have my beauty regimen, my routine, and I’m serious about it.

I am going to be a part of the Julissa squat regimen.
Listen! I’m so serious about it. I use my Nivea Anti-Cellulite serum, and I will squat even through heels because I feel that even walking in heels your legs get toned. You just have to find ways to fit it. <y metabolism has always been a certain way. I figured that the weight that I am putting on should turn into muscle. It’s so hard though because the foods that you gravitate towards aren’t always the healthy ones. I always joke that Spanish people are on the “all carb diet," not the “no carb diet." My mom would literally make spaghetti with rice, and I’m like mom rice does not have to go with everything.

Tell me about the Steve Madden venture.
Steve Madden and I go around the country to different department stores. It’s me on the site getting you excited about the brand. We have models showing off the collection, we have a DJ and we giveaway free T-shirts, we raffle shoes, we take pictures with fans, and it’s a great time at the mall in whatever part of this country I’m in at that particular moment. It’s a great way to connect with your fans that watch you on T.V. and that maybe don’t think that you’re actually attainable. When they see you in their town, it's exciting for them.

How do you feel about your fellow Dominicans like Zoe Zaldana, Laz Alonzo and how big they are doing it in Hollywood?
I feel that it’s great because people like that are making it more acceptable to do what I love everyday. Zoe Zaldana, Dania Ramirez, Jesse Terrero. These are boundaries and opportunities that who knows if we would have had whatever amount of years ago, and we have them now. Dominicans, we’re more than just amazing baseball players. That’s what a lot of people know us for, but there’s so much love and passion from that island, whether it’s from the arts.

Where do you want to see yourself in the next three years? What are your ultimate goals?
Tyra Banks, Kelly Ripa, obviously Oprah--the pinnacle.  These are women that are strong, opinionated and who have respect in this business and do directly what I wish to do as host and TV personality. Women like Jennifer Lopez, being a Latina that has been able to transcend so many of barriers and cultures.

What are your words to live by?
Walk by faith, not by sight.

 

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Celebrities Use #ActingWhileBlack Hashtag To Point Out Pitfalls Of Hollywood's Beauty Scene

While being a working person of color in Hollywood is something to admire, those fortunate enough to be working in these spaces often have difficulties finding the right person to do their hair and makeup with the right amount of diligent care.

Model Olivia Anakwe took to Instagram earlier this month to detail the issues she faced before a runway show, when she was disrespected by haircare professionals who refused to work on her textured hair.

"Black hairstylists are required to know how to do everyone’s hair, why does the same not apply to others?” she wrote. “It does not matter if you don’t specialize in afro hair, as a continuous learner in your field you should be open to what you have yet to accomplish; take a class."

The hashtag #ActingWhileBlack began to spread on social media over the weekend, and people of color chimed in to share their stories.

Actress Yvette Nicole Brown shared that she often carries her own hair extensions and clothes for shoots, and that having stylists who are untrained in black beauty often runs the risk of them looking bad later on. Oscar-nominee Gabourey Sidibe shared a similar sentiment.

Insecure’s Natasha Rothwell hit the nail on the head in her tweet about the issue with not hiring the right people to work with ethnic hair.

“If you cast a POC— And thank you for doing so!—you also have to hire someone who knows how to do ethnic hair,” she wrote on Mar. 11. “Not someone who's "comfortable with it" but someone who actually knows how to style ethnic hair types.”

Check out some tweets from celebs on this issue below.

 

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This message is to spread awareness & hopefully reach anyone in the hair field to expand their range of skills. Black models are still asking for just one hairstylist on every team no matter where your team is from to care for afro hair. I was asked to get out of an empty chair followed by having hairstylists blatantly turning their backs to me when I would walk up to them, to get my hair done. If I am asked to wear my natural hair to a show, the team should prepare the style just as they practice the look and demo for non-afro hair. I arrived backstage where they planned to do cornrows, but not one person on the team knew how to do them without admitting so. After one lady attempted and pulled my edges relentlessly, I stood up to find a model who could possibly do it. After asking two models and then the lead/only nail stylist, she was then taken away from her job to do my hair. This is not okay. This will never be okay. This needs to change. No matter how small your team is, make sure you have one person that is competent at doing afro texture hair care OR just hire a black hairstylist! Black hairstylists are required to know how to do everyone’s hair, why does the same not apply to others? It does not matter if you don’t specialize in afro hair, as a continuous learner in your field you should be open to what you have yet to accomplish; take a class. I was ignored, I was forgotten, and I felt that. Unfortunately I’m not alone, black models with afro texture hair continuously face these similar unfair and disheartening circumstances. It’s 2019, it’s time to do better. || #NaturalHair #ModelsofColor #BlackHairCare #HairCare #Message #Hair #Hairstyling #Backstage #BTS #AfroTexturedHair #Afro #POC #Braids #Message #Spreadtheword #Speak #Awareness #Growth #WorkingTogether #BlackGirlMagic #Melanin

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#ActingWhileBlack Makeup & Hair in one bag. The other bags are filled with clothes because some wardrobe stylists don’t know that cute clothes exist in sizes larger than size 10. “Here try on this mumu, I know it’s a little big, we’ll just belt it!” #ActingWhileBlackAndChubby https://t.co/gl3b64Omtj

— yvette nicole brown (@YNB) March 11, 2019

Most black actresses come to a new set w/ their hair done (me) or bring their wigs & clip-ins w/them. It’s either that or take a chance that you will look crazy on screen. Many of us also bring our own foundation. One too many times seeing no shade that matches you will learn ya! https://t.co/mGAzpuoKtb

— yvette nicole brown (@YNB) March 11, 2019

Most black actresses come to a new set w/ their hair done (me) or bring their wigs & clip-ins w/them. It’s either that or take a chance that you will look crazy on screen. Many of us also bring our own foundation. One too many times seeing no shade that matches you will learn ya! https://t.co/mGAzpuoKtb

— yvette nicole brown (@YNB) March 11, 2019

If they don’t have the budget to hire a black hairstylist for me, or won’t, I just get the director to agree that my character should have box braids or senegalese twist.

— Gabby Sidibe (@GabbySidibe) March 11, 2019

PSA: If you cast a POC— And thank you for doing so!—you also have to hire someone who knows how to do ethnic hair. Not someone who's "comfortable with it" but someone who actually knows how to style ethnic hair types.

Congratulations on advancing to the next level of inclusion! https://t.co/A1Q9ZpvXmH

— Natasha Rothwell (@natasharothwell) March 11, 2019

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Kim Kardashian Credited For Making Crimped Hair Cool Like Beyonce, Janet Jackson And Naomi Campbell Don't Exist

Spring is nothing without doses of cultural appropriation from those out of touch with black culture.

Insert Vogue, who decided to give props to Kim Kardashian for bringing back crimped hair on Friday (March 15). The businesswoman has been on the move lately, rocking a mix of kanekalon and yaki ponytails during fashion month, Chance The Rapper's wedding and other Kardashian-related events.

“What makes this look so modern is that the front is sleek,” explained her stylist Justine Marjan. “This gives a cool contrast to the texture.”

The texture? 

With many trends from the aughts coming back to the mainstream, this is one that hasn't really gone anywhere. But black beauty markers (layered gold chains, perfect baby hairs, name chains) paired with media ignorance and the Kardashian's own fascination with black culture has made it okay for her to receive all the props.

But we can't forget those who have slayed kanekalon, yaki and crimped styles like...

Janet Jackson

The singer's look for her comeback has been a uniform-like one, with Ms. Jackson rocking all black and her now signature ponytail.

Beyoncé

This. was. last. year. How could anyone forget this? The entertainer rocked various styles of kanekalon hair for Beychella.

There was also this amazing look at Serena Williams' wedding.

 

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Ruth E. Carter

The Oscar-winning designer made the look all her own while on the red carpet for Black Panther. 

Nicki Minaj

Fans of the rapper are aware her early looks included fun crimped and wavy styles. When she made to move to ditch her color wigs in 2014, she's kept the crimped styles close to her heart.

And we cannot forget about our queen, Naomi Campbell

She's owned the look her whole career, from the runway to the red carpet, Ms. Campbell has always been on the forefront of casual beautiful looks.

Social media also got wind of Vogue's post, including actor O'Shea Jackson who like many of us, is just over it.

Maaaaaaan come on now. Come ooooon now. Bringing it back? Vogue stop this https://t.co/FEGSw3GM9V

— Stone Cold Shea Jackson (@OsheaJacksonJr) March 15, 2019

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Perhaps there's a bit of truth of the theories of fashion outlets trolling readers but this just deserves a permanent eye roll.

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'Boomerang' Episode 6 Recap: Homecoming

On this episode of BET’s Boomerang, the love story between Bryson and Simone begins with a flashback to their freshman year of college. After several years of not seeing one another since their childhood, Bryson is shocked to see a slick-back pony-tail wearing Simone insert herself into his class during a presentation. Nothing has changed with her. Even pre-bob and with Bryson rocking a sharp Steve Harvey-like hairline, even from their younger days, they have always been the dynamic duo of marketing strategy. The product featured this week: Pro-Black T-Shirts.

The devastation of not having his secret love in his life spills over into their sophomore year when a beanie-wearing David and Crystal are happy in their fake hood love. By this time, a rapper named Prisoner has all of Simone’s attention and this makes Bryson big mad. The man can’t even hide it. In an apparent fit of jealousy, he calls Simone out for living under her father’s shadow, in front of everyone. It’s safe to say that sophomore Bry struck out badly.

This isn’t just about Simone and Bryson; they’re not the only ones who’ve made transformations over the years (and I’m not just talking about their hair ‘dos). In his earlier life, Ari was less eccentric and more focused on making his family proud as a young black man in college who isn’t running on BPT for class. Ari was as straight as 180 when he’s first put into a situation where he’s forced to confront his sexual identity. As big and bad as he looked while working as a “rough & tough” bouncer at a nightclub, a flirtatious patron sees right through that persona.  After being charmed by the man who helps him realize self, the rainy night sets the tone for a steamy kiss between the two in the front seat of Ari’s car. The look on Ari’s face is a blend of fear, then relief, then ultimately bliss as he seemingly reminisces on his random but welcomed encounter. Although he enjoyed it, Ari didn’t seem to embrace his identity totally. That same year, we see a less hood-David changing more into the Christian we now know and Ari isn’t buying it. Something about this “we can do all things in Christ mentality” rubs him the wrong way. Facing one’s true self is tough.

Junior year, Bryson has a much better barber but things haven’t changed; he’s still checking for Simone. She and Prisoner are still dating if you want to call it that. Prisoner is the type of dude you’d expect to see Simone date in college. He’s flashy, has money, probably doesn’t even go to the school, and he’s rude AF. As Simone and Bryson reconnect for the two millionth time, Prisoner’s pimp tone telling Simone to hurry up is a strong indication he’s not here for their friendship. In analyzing the hair, it’s clear that Simone is not herself. Seriously, at this point, she’s rocking a glueless lace wig.

With her new hairstyle, she realizes that she made the mistake of loving a man more than herself. Prisoner is officially a dub. To celebrate her revelation, she finds herself drunkenly wining and grinding on her childhood bae, Bryson. Does this look familiar? Well, think back to last week when they were doing the same in the parking lot before 5-0 arrived. Because she couldn’t hold it, Simone ends up using Bryson’s bathroom which leads to a very sober thoughts-type of conversation in the bedroom. It is recognized that Bryson has always had a thing for the kid and Simone regrets that she never said anything about her feelings. His commandeering attitude (like the day she walked into his class freshman year) reminded her of the Different World “Strangers on a Plane” episode. It was an iconic one because it’s where Dwayne and Whitley’s love story began. That’s a telling comparison.

With that being said, Simone always felt Bryson was the Dwane to her Whitley. Unfortunately, the timing was always off and just when we think the two finally catch up to one another, cue: the vomit. Poor Bryson. Did someone do brujeria on this kid? He has the worst luck. But, like the gentleman he is, he takes care of his queen to make sure she’s all comfy in her drunken slumber. He whispers, “I love you Simone Graham,” but on the wake up it looks like sis suffers from sudden amnesia. She pulls the “best friend” card, making it clear that it’s friend zone from here on out. Prisoner’s trifling friend calls to offer to take Simone out to eat and in an act of “let me solidify that Bryson knows this is going nowhere,” Simone agrees to go out with her ex's friend. Once again, a blue-balled Bryson is left sorting out his feelings that Simone continues to perpetually confuse.

It’s important to note that the story of Brymone is not a new one. We’ve seen it in many action movies, comic book flicks, and on “Strangers on a Plane” where the geeky male character is overlooked by the badass female, only to win her affection in the end. Nice guys don’t always finish last, but in Bryson’s case, could it possibly be heading in that direction and is Simone even the heroine worth winning? In browsing through what is essentially the best years of any young adult’s life, Simone had many times to figure out if Bryson was the one for her and yet she chose to ignore her feelings. Unlike David, it’s not like she found Jesus; she hasn’t yet found herself.

One thing she does know is that she cannot lose Bryson because it’s possible she may love and need him more than she’d like to verbally admit. He’s no Prisoner or no flashy member of the entourage. He’s the “gentleman who wears tuxedos and makes sure his homegirl is safe” type of dude and unfortunately, that isn’t one Simone is interested in, for now.

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