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Vixen Chat: Latarsha Rose Blooms on 'Being Mary Jane' Second Season


What do you get when you combine a gorgeous, kinky mane, glowing skin, sugary-sweet smile and undeniable talent? Latarsha Rose. Appropriately named after one of the nature's beloved eye candies, the Brooklyn born beauty shines in BET's fan favorite Being Mary Jane. Portraying the BFF of title character Mary Jane (Gabrielle Union), Dr. Lisa Hudson's plot line holds its own, complete with its roller coaster love life and friendship woes.

Rose's blushing personality oozes through each performance on BET's first ever hour long scripted drama, but the world was first introduced to the humble starlet in her break out role as Portia in the highly-grossing flick, The Hunger Games. The versatile actress, with performance roots in dance, isn't boxed in Hollywood's dimensions, as her multiple Off-Broadway stints accentuate her impressive resume.

With the highly anticipated second season of Being Mary Jane premiering on Tuesday, February 3rd, loyal viewers crave their weekly dosage of the TV drama, suspense and real-life situation-ships playing out on the small screen. The Georgetown University graduate gets candid with VIBE Vixen about the sophomore season, her favorite on-screen kiss and her enlightening advice on conquering fear.

Photo credit: Riker Brothers


VIBE VIXEN: As the second season of Being Mary Jane premieres, what would you say to the show's critics who isn't a fan of the 'black woman sleeping with a married man' plot?

LaTarsha Rose: If you look at television across genres and cross ethnicities, sex is a part of what we see on TV. It's fantasy- exploring the dark side of different characters of humanity. It's a drama, it's entertainment.

[The show] shares the secrets that pop up and these are things that are happening and here's the thing- it's looking at one woman's story. It's revealing in terms of the title character but there's other characters who have other story lines going on, as well. We have an opportunity to tell this particular woman's story and how she deals with it.

VV: How similar are you to Dr. Lisa Hudson, Mary Jane's best friend?

I do my best to be genuine in my friendships- I really value my friendships, I think that's a shared quality, with finding the way to heal or grow relationships with the skills that I have. I am diligent with my work; I'm very committed to that and Lisa's a woman who's constantly searching. If you listen to the books they talk about her reading she's always looking for books and inspiration to help her be a better person.

There's your public persona and private persona. You put your best foot forward when you're out there, sometimes you have to fake it 'till you make it either on an emotional or confidence level. But there's a human quality in Lisa; the dark undercurrent and her life as well. She's a woman of faith who's struggling.

VV: Who's the most outgoing on set?

It's hard to say because we have so many cool spirited individuals, but I will definitely say B.J. Britt and Aaron D. Spears.

VV: Who's the quietest on set?

I don't know if that one exists!




VV: Who was your best on-screen kiss?

LR: When I was on Swingtown on CBS, I had a recurring role, Grant Show, who played my husband was my best kiss- he's been my only on-camera kiss!

VV: What's something every woman should try at least once?

Climbing a tree. I do it all the time, I've been doing it since I was little.

It's an amazing experience, it's like changing perspectives. I grew up in the suburbs- I love being barefoot in the grass and running on the beach, I love all seasons. All I can say is try it.

VV: What's something you know now that you wish you would've knew when you were younger?

That the unexpected doesn't have to be scary. In college I had planned A-through-Z and it was such a stressful period of time. Now I've come to realize there's what I imagine, then there's what God imagined for me. So that's the unexpected and it's not to be feared. Fear may protect you from hurt, but you don't need the fear to protect you.

I remember I used to worry a lot and over-think things then you start to realize worrying and obsessing is fear and it's exhausting! And you realize it's never what it looks like in your head or your nightmares.

VV: New York or LA?

LR: I'm from New York so I'm a New Yorker all the way, that's my first love. Nothing can compare to that. But there's things I really enjoy about LA, so I wouldn't do a disservice to either city.

VV: What are your go-to places when your want a new outfit?

I love vintage and there's some great vintage shops I've found along the way in New York and L.A. One of my favorites in LA is Sheries Vintage, for like special occasion stuff. And the Marshall's in Atlanta-Buckhead has some really good stuff! Marshall's is always a good go-to. I got my whole summer wardrobe from Marshall's in Atlanta.

VV: Where do you see yourself in five years?

Swimming in the Indian Ocean. I have a dream of swimming in every ocean- while I'm on hiatus from one of my productions. I want to be working on amazing period pieces with some heavy hitters and have opportunities to create roles beyond my imagination and work steadily.

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During her speech for the Rule Breaker award, singer-songwriter recalled today's climate, asking her peers and those watching at home for a little bit of peace.

"I'm sorry for the state of the world honestly, for everybody in this room and I pray that all of us just get through it a little bit easier and just try not to lash out at each other," she said.

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"I'm just so thankful for everybody having patience with me, " she said. Shouting out the key members of her family in attendance, the TDE affiliate gave praise to her mother, father, and grandma. In this brief speech centered around the artist's growth Solána Imani Rowe, known more commonly as her stage name, Rowe everyone for their trust in her.

"I'm grateful for everybody taking the time to have the patience to watch someone grow, it is painful and sometimes exciting but mostly boring. And I am thankful for Top (Top Dawg Entertainment's Anthony Tiffith) for not dropping me from that label. For Peter, who I change my ideas every day and he be like okay I like this," she continued.

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Beyoncé, Rihanna, And J. Lo Make Forbes’ Highest-Paid Women In Music List

As November comes to a close, many publications will be crafting their year-end lists for all things pop culture. Forbes released a ranking of the world's highest-paid women in music on Monday (Nov. 19), with Beyoncé, Jennifer Lopez, and Rihanna holding it down for women of color.

Beyoncé comes in at No. 3 on the list with an earning of $60 million as she made most of her money through her historical Coachella performance, the joint album with husband JAY-Z, Everything is Love, and the Carters' On The Run II Tour in support of its release.

Jennifer Lopez made No. 6 for earnings tallying of over $47 million thanks to her lucrative Las Vegas residency, endorsements, and shows including World of Dance where she serves as a judge.

Rihanna follows behind the "Love Don't Cost A Thing" diva at No. 7 with earnings of over $37.5 million. Although she hasn't toured since 2016—thanks to her cosmetics and lingerie lines, Fenty Beauty and Savage Lingerie—the Bajan pop star has been keeping herself busy.

Forbes' annual list (which factors in pretax earnings from June 1, 2017, through June 1, 2018) has placed Katy Perry at the top with over $83 million in profits due to her gig as an American Idol judge and her 80-date Witness: The Tour that brought in an estimated $1 million per night.

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Kelly Rowland Hops In Her Bag With New Single "Kelly"

Kelly Rowland has it all and isn't afraid to brag about it on her new single, "Kelly."

Released Thursday (Nov. 22), the singer goes the clubby, confident route while rightfully dropping her attributes like her relationship with God, smoldering looks (a.k.a the drip) among other things. With "Kelly" being the first single since her 2013's Talk a Good Game, the singer comes out swinging, reminding everyone of her power in the game.

The mother of one has promised that her new tunes will be edgier and most honest than her past work that included vulnerable tracks like "Dirty Laundry" and massive hits like "Motivation" and "Commander." Speaking with Vogue over the summer, Ms. Kelly disclosed a few details behind the album.

“It’s about love, loss, and gain and whether it’s professional or with family or whatever, it’s just honest," she said. "I had no choice but to be honest and authentic with this record: it’s about friendship and marriage.”

She also explained a drop in confidence caused her hiatus. “I was thinking about pulling back from recording, but I couldn’t help myself: I still wanted to record. I still felt like I was missing something. The third year just came and left so fast. The fourth year I said: ‘I have to get to work’ and now I’m ready to release some music! I felt like I wasted so much time, and it was my husband who actually called me out on it. He said: ‘Babe, as great as those records were, I think you were nervous, you got gun-shy’, and when he said that it was like boom, a gong went off.”

Glad to have you back, Ms. Kelly. Listen to the eponymous record up top.

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