Gabrielle Union & Co Cover Essence Magazine

Published: Thursday 15th Nov 2007 by Sam
Hollywood actresses Gabrielle Union, Nia Long and Sanaa Lathan were interviewed together for the December issue of Essence magazine. As well as addressing the hardship they face as black women in Hollywood, the trio discussed internet gossip blogs. Check out what they had to say:

Gabrielle: Just last week somebody gave me a baby. This isn’t Perez Hilton or the White gossip people, these are women of color, specifically Black women who, for whatever reason, don’t like the company I keep.

Sanaa: She’s talking about the gossip sites.

Essence: The blogs.

Sanaa: That are run by Black women.

Gabrielle: And now because everyone is clamoring for celebrity tidbits, the bigger gossip sites and even mainstream entities are picking up on it. No fact-checking, no nothing. And in one week’s time, there were like five different dudes, a baby – I’m a homewrecker. In literally seven days. I can’t point the finger at the White media. They don’t care about us. Paparazzi are not staked out in front of any of our houses. They are not going through our garbage because they don’t care about us in that way. So when you hear crap about us, it is coming from our own community, which hurts.

Nia: We are some of the few Black actresses whose passions are rooted in our community.

Gabrielle: There is this idea that there is integrity in journalism; if it’s written it has to be true. But that’s not the case. When blogs or any of the magazines get it wrong, there’s no accountability. In the next breath, they’ll complain on the blogs that we don’t have enough Black stars. Well, you rip us to shreds every two seconds from our nose to the weave to the clothes to the shoes to the ashy ankles. {Source}

Though I can see where they’re coming from (especially Gabby), they know the business they’re in and what comes with it. In a day and age where any publicity is becoming good publicity, they’re best bet is to just get on with it.

Do you agree with their comments?

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  1. Anonymous November 15, 2007

    I hate where she says white media and black media. Whats black media and white media???
    It just feels like shes tryna come off as a proud black female by creating a divide between other races. Is she saying that black journalists or bloggers shouldnt write about her because shes also black?? And then goes on to say that the white media dont care about them – “They are not going through our garbage”. Maybe if you was famous enough they would. Im sure if you was beyonce they would be. F*** they even go through Foxy Browns garbage!
    That interview has completly change my view of them. I didnt know they were so f****** stupid.

  2. Anonymous November 15, 2007

    White media(news,websites,magazines, etc) normally reports the majority on white entertainers and the Black media(news,websites,magtazines,etc) normally reports on black entertainers. There will always be a divide between other races. It’s not right but it’s the truth. She’s not saying that black journalist or bloggers shouldn’t write about her. I believe she’s saying they should check their facts before reporting them. Go to to read and post your comments about what she said. God bless you.

  3. Anonymous November 15, 2007

    I totally agree with her. That’s why I don’t visit a lot of these blogs nowadays because of how mean spirited and cruel some of them can be.

  4. Tres Chic Style November 16, 2007

    Tres Chic Style is proud to admit that our blog does not intentionally or purposely set out to maliciously attack any celebrity -Black or White.
    However, because fashion is our forte…..We will post and review celebrity looks/styles and call you out if need be….
    And for the record Gabby…there are several blogs written by Black Women like myself that actually applaud your talent, beauty grace and style minus the “malicious gossip”.

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