Gabrielle Union covers ‘Vegas’ magazine May/June 2014

For 41-year-old actress and activist Gabrielle Union, life appears to be imitating art. In Think Like a Man Too, this summer’s sequel to the blockbuster 2012 film, she reprises her role as Kristen in a story of dueling bachelor and bachelorette parties—not to mention a “What happens here, stays here” kind of Vegas wedding. Cut to real life, where Union is planning her own nuptials, to Miami Heat all-star Dwyane Wade—or D, as she affectionately calls him. The striking beauty, still pumped after a day-long photo shoot, says she hasn’t had her own bachelorette party yet. “I feel like mine is going to be more top-secret,” she adds with a laugh. “And there won’t be as many police officers involved, either.”

On “Groomzilla” Dwyane Wade and Saying Yes to Multiple Dresses


And how about the wedding? “Well, it will be smaller than the one in the movie, but it’s definitely not toned down, per the wishes of my groomzilla. D’s very involved in every detail. My dude is having a princess moment. Me? I did the wine tasting, and I’ve said yes to the dress. In fact, I’ve said yes to a few of them. That’s the joy of getting married to a man who loves clothes and wardrobe changes: You can have more than one dress.”
Apparently you can have more than one home, too. Union’s bi-coastal life involves nonstop travel back and forth between Los Angeles and Miami, where she lives with her fiancé, then on to Atlanta, where she films the popular BET series Becoming Mary Jane, which has been renewed for a second season. Her character is a successful newscaster who, like the actress, is coping with the impossibility of having it all.
“She is a complicated character,” Union says, “and I think what makes her so relatable is that women—at least the ones I meet—never feel they can get it right. We’re so freaking hard on ourselves, setting this impossible bar.” Is it even possible to have it all? “No! No! No!” she says, opening those topaz-colored eyes wide and waving her manicured finger at me. “You can’t have everything.”

On Feeling Like an Outsider and Hitting Rock Bottom


By her own admission, from a very young age Union was determined to have everything she could, at any cost: “My dad told me, ‘You gotta be bigger and badder and better than the next woman, just to be considered even.’” As one of just a handful of African American girls at her high school in Pleasanton, California, she grew up feeling isolated. “I felt like I had to become a chameleon,” she says, acting one way with her white friends and another for people in her community. “Even as a popular girl, I was always looking through the window and very afraid of being exposed. I just wanted to assimilate and fit in.”
But as Union was making her way in Hollywood, winning parts in movies such as Bring It On and Ten Things I Hate About You, her self-described “slick mouth” and penchant for “bagging on others” were earning her few friends in the business. Her outspokenness damaged her reputation, which was further compromised by a perfect Tinseltown storm. In 2005, her first marriage, to NFL star Chris Howard, began its descent into divorce; her network series Night Stalker was canceled; her agent’s phone was no longer ringing off the hook; and she felt she had hit rock bottom. “I felt destroyed,” she says. “I literally went under the bed with my dog and just stayed there.

On Finding Her Voice and Standing Up for Victims of Sexual Violence

But slowly—after a painful spell of working on what she calls her “authentic self” with her life coach, A.J. Johnson—Union re-emerged, ready to heal, ready to talk about her transformation, and wanting to speak her truth. In 2013, in a courageous speech before a crowd of prominent African American women—including her hero, Oprah Winfrey—at the Essence Black Women in Hollywood pre-Oscars luncheon (where Union received the Fierce and Fearless Award), she talked honestly about her mean-girl treatment of other women.
“We live in a town that rewards pretending,” Union said. “I used to revel in gossip and rumors. I lived for the negativity inflicted upon my sister actresses, or anyone whose shine I felt diminished my own. I took joy in people’s pain, and I tap-danced on their misery.”
After decrying Hollywood’s lack of roles for African American women and stressing the need to strengthen, not weaken, each other, Union left the stage to a thunderous standing ovation. Her public commitment to support other women and to become a voice for those who can’t speak for themselves relaunched her career and revitalized her life. She began speaking about the women who had influenced her—women who had provided a positive role model when she was struggling.
Crediting Winfrey with saving her life, Union talks openly about having been raped at age 19, when she was closing up the shoe store where she was working. She had seen a show that Winfrey had moderated on what to do if you’re the victim of a violent crime. Channeling the talk-show host’s voice, Union verbally engaged her attacker and was able to grab his gun. He ran and was later arrested and incarcerated. To this day she continues to lobby for victims of sexual violence, to advocate for rape crisis centers across the country, and to publicly give thanks to Winfrey.
The Strong Women Who’ve Shaped Her
Union also has high praise for Viola Davis, an actress who mentored her, teaching her that she had a voice—and how to steal a scene: “We were on this medical series together, City of Angels. She played a nurse, and I would watch her file papers. And she was mesmerizing. Her filing papers was pulling focus from Blair Underwood doing surgery. She is incredible.”
Union’s transition to activism was fully realized when her best friend from high school, Kristin Martinez (aka Sookie), died at 32 from metastatic breast cancer. “At the end, Sook turned to me and whispered, ‘Don’t let my death be in vain. I’m passing the baton. Don’t drop it, bish.’” Union promised her BFF that she wouldn’t and, true to her word, she became a Circle of Promise national ambassador for Susan G. Komen for the Cure, speaking up all over the world for women living with breast cancer.
Mention her mother, Theresa, and Union’s voice gets soft, her eyes teary. “For years I didn’t get her,” she says. “But it was my mom who got up the courage to walk away after 30 years of an unhappy marriage. She handled her divorce with dignity, and she never asked my father for a dime. As her daughter, I asked, ‘Why? You’re gonna start over?’ And she said, ‘I went from my father’s house to your father’s house. I want to get my own house.’ I learned a valuable lesson: Take the high road and move on.”
And that is exactly what Union has done.
The Family She Didn’t Plan For But Can’t Imagine Living Without
Not only has Dwyane Wade put a ring on it, but he took months to design the 8.5 carat diamond that dominates his fiancée’s dainty hand. After a series of ups and downs in their relationship, Wade and his two sons, along with the nephew he’s raising, surprised Union with a proposal—from the four of them.
“We were at the construction site in Miami where we’re building our dream home—aka the money pit,” she says. “I was wearing my Prada combat boots, no makeup, and D had a videographer recording the whole thing. I went from no kids to D getting full custody, and the next day we had a full house. So it was instant. Our lives never skipped a beat. When you’re someone who goes from never having thought about birthing her own babies to a ready-made family that has immediate needs and wants and desires, your life takes a back burner. If I were lucky enough to have one come out of my body, then great, I’d be totally open to that. But D’s kids are more than just part of the wedding. They are part of my life. They’re a package deal.”
Although you can’t tell by looking at Union’s toned body and lineless face, she is nine years older than her betrothed. What’s the biggest challenge in marrying a younger man? Without hesitation, she answers, “Music. It’s tragic. I was in my Jersey Boys fixation, listening to Frankie Valli. And he says, ‘Who’s this?’ I love Shania Twain. ‘Who’s that?’ We’re planning the music for the wedding and who we want to perform. I’m like, ‘Patti LaBelle.’ He’s like, ‘Ariana Grande.’ Our compromise is Beyoncé. Just a lot of Beyoncé and Jay Z. They’re the middle ground in our household,” she says with a sigh.
How She’s Writing Her Own Happily Ever After
With her sure-to-be top-grossing movie coming out, a popular series on TV, and a wedding on the horizon, life seems nearly perfect for the very direct, very poised Ms. Union. “Still, I make mistakes,” she admits. “And my life is in process. But I know certain things. I feel a responsibility to the people I work with. So I don’t do late. I don’t do bad attitude. I don’t do ‘Those eggs aren’t right.’ You don’t fall out. Come prepared. You be a decent human being. And it’s like Will Smith told me: ‘Family first.’ Nothing comes before family.”
After everything Union has been through, does she believe in “happily ever after”? “When I first came out from under the bed, my coach had me write down 10 things that made me happy. All I came up with was ground meat, imitation crab, and a cold beer. And A.J. said to me, ‘Gabby, if you don’t know what makes you happy, how can someone else know?’ So now I finally know: a warm environment with my dude. Our family. Our friends. Our dogs. I still like a cold beer. I love my girlfriends. They all came to Vegas last year for Memorial Day weekend. I think we got through one day being reasonably respectful. It was like The Hangover, Part 6. We had a ball. ‘Is that a chicken? Who brought the chicken?’ We’ve all lived so much, you get to a place where you can let someone else be the appropriate one. I want to drink Champagne out of the bottle. Everybody should dance on the table once in a while. Life is too short.”
Union flashes that million-dollar smile, even more sparkly than her megawatt ring, and slaps both hands on the table. “I’m finally good,” she says, practically levitating from her chair. “Regardless of whatever happens, whatever comes and goes. I’m good.”

Carmelo Anthony Covers Haute Time Magazine

Carmelo Anthony covers Haute Time Magazine for the Spring 2014 issue.  If you are the type of person that loves timepieces then Haute Time Magazine is for you.

This issue will be paying homage to the NBA and one of the magazine’s co-founders, Carmelo Anthony. The Spring 2014 edition of the magazine features NBA players: Carmelo Anthony, Dwayne Wade, Chris Paul, Ray Allen, and Russell Westbrook.

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Dwayne Wade Announces Gabrielle Union his Woman Crush Wednesday

 

 

Dwyane Wade Posts His ‘Beautiful Black Queen’ For ‘Woman Crush Wednesday

It’s not everyday that a man announce to the world that he has made mistakes and to show hid appreciation to the one person that he love and treasure.   Today Dwayne announce that his Fiancé Gabrielle Union was his woman crush today. This was one of those awwww moments.

If you are familiar with what is #WCW woman crush Wednesday this is something that happen every Wednesday on certain social media platforms.

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Dwayne Wade and Gabrielle Union has been together since 2009 and just recently gotten in engaged  Well during one of those break up moment Dwayne Wade has a baby which the media call the break up baby.  Yes he announce that the baby was his and the mother was a friend of both.

I guess we can say with this announcement which came out just when Gabrielle series show on BET “Being Mary Jane” had to open up some bad memories but overall they both work it out to getting marry to each other.  

Allegedly Dwayne Wade Baby momma Aja Metoyer Speaks Out Called Gabby Union Engagement Ring Recycle

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Didn’t I mention this situation was going to get messy and messy.  Aja Metoyer decided to speak out on twitter.  Twitter can be so messy when you think noone is watching but someone is always watching.

Check out the tweets below:

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DId Aja Metoyer just shade Gabrielle Union engagement right and call it a recycle ring?  Ouch.

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I think someone need to remind her there is nothing wrong with being a single mom without a wedding ring.  Things happen and life goes on.

I see she also shade the lovely couple by calling Dwayne a cheater and Gabby a drunk.  So what do that make her?  A sneaky puss?

When you deal with a man that is in a situation, a relationship or marriage and he comes to you trying to get into your panties: the first thing he is going to tell you is they are having problems or they broke up.  Player 101 in the players book.

Once he get whatever he want from you or the situation gone sour he always go back to the person he was with from the get go.

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Now I find this so funny.  Now her sister is claiming that the twitter acct @AjaMetoyer is fake but what she failed to realize this is the same account on twitter that Dwayne Wade tweeted to wishing her a Happy Mother’s day.

 

Now if the above tweets are supposely a fake account why did Dwayne Wade tweet to Aja at the same account.  This is what we call damage control. 

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Dwayne Wade and Gabrielle Union Shows Off The Engagement Ring For New Years

I guess we can say now that everything is out in the open that Gabrielle Union is still engage and no matter what  or who she still going to marry her man Dwayne Wade.

Check out the pose by showing “Damn right bitches he might has a baby with a well known groupie but I got the ring and will soon be Mrs. Dwayne Wade”.

Gabrielle Union all I have to say is I hope you get a iron clan prenup on this fool. A cheating claus where everytime he decides to cheat or it get place in the media he will pay you. 

I know Gabrielle has a reason to marry Dwayne well a plan.

Of course we have the Bosh pose with Gabrielle Union and Dwayne Wade on New Years in the Bahamas celebrating the new year together.

Messy: Gabrielle Union and Aja Metoeyer are Friends

Happy Birthday to my girl @itsgabrielleu ! Our candid talks, ab aching laughter & shoulders 2 lean on are reasons why I love this game 😉 Keep shining! Love u

I told you this situation was going to get more messy.  Now lets stop the presses for a minute.  This is some scandalous stuff right here.  

Gabrielle Union is friend with Aja Metoeyer all this damn time.  These pictures are taken over different events. 

Here what I have to say Gabby and Aja has a mutual friend that is also a NBA babymomma.  Now if this mutual friend knew Gabby and Dwayne was having issues with their relationship and she told her friend Aja that is some shady stuff.

Those Miami Heat WAGS need to put a announcement out to let other wives know Aja Metoeyer is scandalous and not to be trust around your man.  I truly hope Gabrielle Union has cut all ties with this chick.  Shady Puss.

This is why I say you can not trust everybody to be in your business.  That same friend that sit there smiling all up in your face is the same one that will try to sleep with your man.  I guess they all know how Dwayne Wade roll since according to rumors Dwayne is a notorious cheater.

By know women all over the world are saying Gabrielle Union got Karma due to her cheating with Dwayne while he was marry to his ex-wife Siohvaughn Funches

Do you think Gabrielle Union has met her Karma?

Messy: Dwayne Wade Baby Momma Discover Plus Baby Name with First Photo

TMZ Sports has obtained the birth certificate for Dwyane Wade’s brand new son … which shows the kid’s name is Xavier Zachariah Wade … and he was only born last month. Of course, Wade recently acknowledged that he had a kid with a woman who isn’t his fiance Gabrielle Union. Now, we know the kid was born in Los Angeles on Nov. 10 2013 … just 6 weeks before Wade popped the question to Gabrielle, who he’s been dating since 2009. According to the birth certificate, Wade’s baby mama is 30-year-old Aja Metoyer. The details of their relationship are basically unknown, except the obvious fact they have a kid together. Aja has two other children. Metoyer did not list Wade as the father on the birth certificate, but she did give the child Dwyane’s last name. Sources connected to the situation tell us … Dwyane has been making a serious effort to be a part of the child’s life and has visited Xavier several times since his birth. Most recently, Dwayne visited his son while he was in L.A. to play the Lakers on Christmas Day.

This will get messy and more messier.  Meet Aja Metoyer the newest  babymomma to Dwayne Wade and Babymomma to Damon Wayan Jr.

That’s right Aja Metoyer has a kid also with Damon Wayan Jr.   To honest with you I kinda feel sorry for this chick.  I hope she play her cards right and never cross Dwayne Wade because we all know how he is quick to go to court to filed for full custody for his kids.

Meet Xavier Zachariah Wade. Well atleast his hand. Aja sister has posted a picture of the baby hand. Guess they are going the Kimye route only showing parts of the baby because we all know how Dwayne Wade Fans and the media can be. Hope they have done a DNA test.

It’s A Boy!!!! Dwayne Wade Has Confirmed He has A New Baby With Mistress and Not With Gabby Union

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Just last week Dwayne Wade propose to Gabrielle Union to marry him and now here we have this bombshell of discovery that Dwayne just had another baby with a long time friend of his.

According to  Mr. Wade, he is claiming that they was on a break. Yeah right.

“I’m in the public eye, so obviously that’s a part of it. But, it’s kind of … as I’ve always done my whole life, is always focus on what’s most important to me and my family, and that’s being a great father. I’ve always tried to show my importance in my kids’ lives and it doesn’t change now. But, yeah, I had a time, in our pain and our hurt, (but) a blessing came out of it in my life, having a son that was born healthy. So, I’m moving on.”He said he and Gabby worked through the issue privately as a couple and that she was aware of the child before their engagement in December.”

Truth be told I call BS on this stunt.  Why tell the world aka the media you was on break.  Just be honest and admit that Dwayne and Gabrielle Union had broken up and he was seeing this other chick.

ESPY’s Award 2013 Glam Watch”Dwayne Wade Walks The Red Carpet With Gabrielle Union

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Miami Heat Star Dwayne Wade and his long time girlfriend Gabrielle Union was spotted walking the red carpet at the 2013 ESPY’s Award.

Gabrielle Union wore a striking Marc Bouwer Fall 2012 heavily embellished frock with a plunging neckline, open back and slashed shoulders.

A very stunning couple.

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