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Confronting The Mirror That Is 'Being Mary Jane'

Here's to hoping that in Season 4 of 'Being Mary Jane,' the leading lady will win in all the ways she wants to.

Feeling stuck is a frustrating thing. The winds of people with set purposes breezing past while you feel anchored in unsureness, an unknown tack holding shoe soles to right where they stand. Unable to move beyond immediate eyesight, if even that. It can also be a more cunning sort of immobility. You know that there is motion happening. You are, in fact, moving. It can be slow, steady or a quick sprint akin to Usain Bolt, but regardless of the aches in your heels, tight thighs and the sting in your calves, you haven't moved an inch, let alone a mile. Racing towards something—love, wealth, success, fulfillment, clarity, something—but getting nowhere. Treadmill potential. Certain individuals have the ability to guestimate exactly where they should wind up in life, while for others, the only clear thing is that first crumbly step to figuring it out. The "how" remains the source of stress and anxiety.

I saw this when looking into the pixelated eyes of Being Mary Jane's leading lady all last season, as she struggled to assess her value, both in the eyes of her network, SNC, her dependent family and of the men she was chasing love with. Whatever solutions and resolutions Mary Jane Paul was sure she had a firm grasp on seemed to slip through her fingers at the buzzer like a fumbled baton. It proved difficult to navigate thorough her wins, losses and the perceived versions of both. It's that very trepidation that keeps me drawn to her on BET's hit show in its fourth season, even through the plentiful moments of what some former viewers will call f**k sh**.

It scares me how much I relate to Gabrielle Union's character. Whether the flick is Brown Sugar, Top Five, Queen Sugar or even that one episode of Moesha, there's a warmth that comes from looking at the screen and seeing journalism go hand-in-hand with a woman of color. So for that reason alone, when Being Mary Jane first came onto the scene, my heart fluttered a little and I committed myself to follow the show from start to finish. The opportunity to scratch my political itch with Scandal came and went (there's no catching up if you're umpteen seasons behind). Empire's industry theatrics didn't do it for me. I lacked the energy to finagle a pro bono way to watch Ghost's shady Power shenanigans on Starz, so I skipped it altogether. BMJ was just my speed.

Here was this media maven who was successful and driven and cared about her job on a level that held morals in higher regard than money, who was killing it on a professional level. She cares deeply about the stories she's tasked to share, and makes sure the stories of her community find their way to the forefront. But in her mind, the thing that undermines all her successes—because on the work front, she's had plenty—she's unnerved by the inability to love and be loved. Hopefully, Season 4 will prove to be a remedy.

After a creative fallout with SNC and a tattered heart from failed flings, Mary Jane left Georgia behind for a new gig in the top media market with executive producer-bestie, Kara, in tow. As Great Day USA's new morning show correspondent and with New York City as her playground, she's been granted a fresh start. Now, more than ever, she's hoping that love sticks and her career soars. Of course, as Mary Jane has a solid track record, messy mistakes will come first. With Lee from London (Chike Okonkwo) we see a cheap thrill turn into a glimmer of promise, and her idol Ronda Sales (Valerie Pettiford) shows that even though Mary Jane is gunning for that top spot in the anchor chair, she's must learn to tread lightly on new territory.

I love the mess that is Ms. Paul, and I'm living vicariously through her in hopes that a vibrant (and very familiar) new locale will heal old problems. Or bandage them, at least. I, too, wish that newness—a change of scenery, change of crowd, a reset on intentions—will fix things. I really, honestly, truly want Mary Jane to win in all the ways she wants to. Fingers crossed that she will.

The time has come! Tonight at 10|9c #BeingMaryJane is back! Thank you for all the love and support 💞

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Gabrielle Union Slammed For Kissing Newborn Daughter

Filled with that new-mommy joy, Gabrielle Union's Instagram feed has been packed with baby pictures. But a new video with her showering her daughter in kisses is receiving backlash.

Captioned "Kissing Game, She's got my heart on a string," the short video is a less than 30 seconds of the mother-daughter combo kissing on the mouth. Still, some commenters felt that Union was harming the child.


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Kissing Game. She's got my ❤ on a string. @kaaviajames 💋💋💋

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"Kissing seems so harmless, but research suggests that you could spread oral bacteria called mutant streptococci through saliva if you have active tooth decay," said one commenter, giving an unwelcome dose of cyber parenting. "And this could increase your child's risk of tooth decay."

With hundreds of people giving unrequested advice, Union offered a response to the comments.

"Hey guys, I appreciate all the concern about kisses on the mouth and labored breathing,” the 46-year-old wrote. "I am blessed enough to have a nurse here with us while at work. Kaav is healthy and I don’t even touch her without washing and sanitizing myself and everything and everyone that comes into contact with her.”

A classy comeback, the actress stood her ground while defending her right to parent in her own way.

READ MORE: The Wades' Newest Addition, Kaavia James Union Wade, To Make TV Debut With Oprah

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50 Cent, Starz CEO Detail $150 Million Deal, 'Power' Spinoffs

50 Cent continues to flourish as a television producer as he spilled the tea to Business Insider during their Ignition conference this week on some projects he has coming in relation to his hit series Power.

In a sit-down interview, 50 along with Starz's CEO Chris Albrecht, told moderator Nathan McAlone that although he'll no longer appear on the Omari Hardwick-headed show, he'll be bringing three spin-offs from the show into on-air fruition.

One of the spin-offs will be a prequel revolving around 50's slain character Kanan. Meanwhile, all three spin-offs will be moving simultaneously, according to Albrecht.

"The prequel is my spin-off. I get the chance to come back. I'm dead," 50 said. "It's cool, though. It gives the chance to show the world where all of these characters grew in so you can see the defining moments that developed their imperfections that people are attracted to at the moment. It's exciting. It's TGE, the golden era."

Albrecht chimed in on 50's announcement, saying, "I'm happy to have them all work, but we're determined to have at least one.

"it's important because there's a lot of fans out there that want to see more of those characters and new stuff like BMF [Black Mafia Family], which is going to be amazing. Not easy, but amazing."

Black Mafia Family is another show that will be overseen by 50, about the infamous drug organization that ran rampant in the 1980s headed by Demetrius "Big Meech" Flenory.

This news comes almost two months after the October announcement that 50 signed a multi-series deal with the network worth up to $150 million.

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Snoop Dogg Advises Kevin Hart To Tell The Oscars To "Suck A D**k"

Kevin Hart has pulled out of hosting the Oscars after refusing to apologize for his resurfaced tweets that appeared to share homophobic views. The gig may have been Hart's dream job, but Snoop Dogg is telling him not to worry. Instead, he suggested the comedian should tell the Academy to "suck a d**k."

Snoop gave Kevin some advice in a video on Instagram on Friday (Dec. 7). "Don't trip, that ain't our kind of shit anyways. Oscars? Yeah right, come do the BET Awards," Snoop said in the video. "They don't care. You a comedian, crackin' jokes...really? Y'all want me to host it now? Nah, I don't think so. I got s**t to do, and I got way more customers before I get to you. Kevin Hart, smoke a blunt. Tell the Academy to suck a d**k or die trying. F**k 'em. We still love you, n***a."

As previously reported, Kevin Hart landed at the center of controversy after someone re-discovered his tweets from 2011. He reportedly claimed that he would hit his son if he was ever caught playing with dolls. The comedian stated that the Academy called him Thursday night (Dec. 6), and gave him an ultimatum: apologize or step aside. Hart decided to pass on the apology and later stepped down from his position. Amidst his exit, he also offered an apology to the LGBTQ+ community. "I sincerely apologize to the LGBTQ community for my insensitive words from my past," he said.

The Academy hasn't announced a new host at this time. The 91st Oscars ceremony will kick off on Feb. 24, 2019. Check out Snoop's advice to Hart in the video below.


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