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Halle Berry Tells Ebonoy Magazine “I Haven’t Abandoned Black People”

9 Feb

The timeless beauty Halle Berry graces the March 2011 issue of Ebony Magazine.

The timing couldn’t have been more perfect from a media standpoint, as Halle’s split from model Gabriel Aubry and their pending custody dispute over daughter Nahla has been front page news recently, as well as accusations of Aubry calling Halle the “N” word. Reports are also circulating that Halle’s baby daddy is strongly against his daughter being labeled as a “black: person. In the Ebony interview, Halle talks beauty, her daughter’s ethnicity and interracial relationships.

On Her Daughter’s Race
What I think is that that’s something she’s going to have to decide. I’m not going to put a label on it. I had to decide for myself and that’s what she’s going to have to decide-how she identifies herself in the world. And I think, largely, that will be based on how the world identifies her. That’s how I identified myself. But I feel like she’s Black. I’m Black and I’m her mother, and I believe in the one-drop theory.

I identify as a black woman, but I’ve always had to embrace my mother and the white side of who I am, too. By choosing, I’ve often [wondered], “Well, would that make her feel like I’m invalidating her by choosing to identify more with the Black side of myself?

Halle Berry On Dating Outside of her Race
Well, first thing I want to say is that I’m very connected to my community, and I want Black people to know that I haven’t abandoned them because I’ve had a child with a man outside of my race and I’m dating someone now outside my race who is Spanish and French. I have never been more clear about who I am as a Black woman[…] And who I really am is a Black woman who is struggling to make my race proud of me, who is struggling to move Black women forward in the profession I’ve chosen, and those relationships have actually helped me identify more clearly[….]The truth that it’s taken me a long time to learn how to love myself, and color isn’t really a part of what I look at when I’m deciding who I want to spend time with. I look for the soul, the person, the evolution, what he believes in, who [he is as a person] and how does it affect me in a positive way.

On if she feels like her beauty is a burden
No. I mean, beauty is subjective. [And] there are worse things people could say about me. I do wish people would notice other things about me.I wish people would talk more about my talent than they do my beauty. I’ve worked hard as an actress and I always try to push the envelope, grow and do something different. And I wish people would maybe notice that more than that which I have no control over, which is how I look

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A Peek Inside Jay-Z & Beyonce’s Relationship

11 Jan

Jay-z and Beyonce were named “Music’s Most Powerful Couple” and are on the Cover of next month’s Ebony Magazine. Inside, famous hip hop journalist Dream Hampton, gives an intimate, insider’s view into the lives of Hip Hop’s favorite couple.

Here’s an excerpt:

For all their might as solo power players, their relationship is remarkably free of drama. They sit around in their pajamas and watch cable and snuggle, which may, after all, be the ultimate fantasy. When they climb off the couch from beneath their favorite cashmere throws or disembark from their yachts, they work as if James Brown were their boss. One of them is always touring, always in the studio, always somewhere making kinds of multimillion dollar-deals that keep them on the Forbes list. Continue reading

Nicki Minaj and Kanye West Crush the Competition in First Week Sales

1 Dec

Lil Kim sure isn’t going to like this! In the new spread for Ebony Magazine, shot by photographer Derek Blanks, Nicki Minaj is crushing the competition and New York City. But the shot is right on the money as Nicki and Kanye West both achieved the top spots on the Billboard Chart despite facing competition from other artists. According to Hits Daily Double, Kanye’s My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy landed at the number 1 spot with estimated sales of 519,000. The hip hop Barbie debut album Pink Friday sold 371,000, making it one of the highest first week sales for a female rapper ever. Some other chart toppers included: Taylor Swift, Susan Boyle, Rihanna and Justin Bierber. Ne-Yo’s Libra Scale also landed in the Top 10 with 117,000 copies sold in its first week. Check behind the scenes footage from the Ebony Magazine shoot here.