*What’s mine is yours and what’s yours is mine-a relationship colloquial that may have once sounded romantically charming and endearing, but now, in the middle of an ever-changing pandemic, may feel more like nuisance for some couples. Togetherness. Of course, no one quite expected that meant being around your partner day in and day out for months on end.
We’re just shy of five months into quarantine in the United States, with a Pandemic and Race Revolution simultaneously competing for our attention and awareness. It’s a wonder any of us have focused on work, let alone directing our attention to our relationships.
Nonetheless, it’s important for successful ones. Being intentional.
“Here’s this time, God has allowed it, I’m quarantined with you, so how do we rediscover each other,” said Meagan Good, actress, social justice advocate and co-author of the book, “The Wait” with her husband Devon Franklin. She says the two of them have recently been trying to be more intentional about their marriage while quarantined.
“To be able to talk about these [relationship] things [with each other] and get deep and really be just crazy, crazy transparent. We’re already fully ourselves, but I think there’s parts that we’re still discovering and learning about ourselves,” Good said.
She’ll be discussing marriage, relationships and love during the lockdown on the Black Love: How We Can Support Each Other Better panel at the first annual LA Homecoming Virtual Summit and Celebration of HBCU’s History and Culture, a special partnership between Motown Records and the non-profit black youth mentoring organization, Whole and Seen.
“LA Homecoming was created out of a desire to give back to my community during these challenging times.” says Whole & Seen Founder and LA Homecoming creator, Melissa Eno Effa.
Being very transparent and honest, Good shared how quarantine has been an adjustment for she and Devon, who have now been married for 8 years.
“The truth is, I travel a lot, he travels a lot. She said, “I don’t know when we’re going to get a straight 5 months again where it’s just us…I choose to cherish this time, even when he’s getting on my nerves.”
Their antidote-couples counseling or therapy. Thinking of it as more preventive care, like exercising so you lower your risk for diabetes, but for their relationship. Both of them wanting to be proactive, instead of reactive.
“We were like listen, there’s not anything wrong, but why be reactive. Let’s be proactive. Let’s just look under the hood and just see what we can find and it’s been really really incredible because there’s some stuff that we didn’t even know was in there.”
Black Love and Relationships is just one of many topics The LA Homecoming Virtual Summit will tackle. Aside from celebrating all things black history and culture, other Black Hollywood stars like Amanda Seales, Will Catlett, and Ashley Blaine Featherson and more will join panel lead discussions on things like Success, Failure and Mental Health. It’s a time to go deep, yet also embrace and celebrate Black joy.
“There has to be a healthy balance and not just for ourselves, but we also have to project a healthy balance for other people who are struggle in the same way.”
The event also serves as a fundraiser to help students in South LA with distance learning supplies during the Pandemic.
“I’m happy to be involved. At the end of the day, it comes down to purpose. And has really come down to why has God put you here,” she said.
Good, who has been outspoken on the recent Racial Revolution, protesting in Los Angeles and posting on social media, leaped at the opportunity to be apart of this positive community event. She says using her voice and platform as an agent for change has been, in her mind, a no brainer.
“I’m always looking for an opportunity to see what else can I do.” She said. “You have to determine what side of the line you’re going to stand on, because you have to chose now, there is no in between. And if you are in between, you’ve chosen the side of the oppressor, because it’s been made very clear.”
The LA Homecoming Virtual Summit will take place Friday July 31, 2020 and Saturday August 1, 2020 at 5pm PST on the Motown Records YouTube channel.
Jodie Turner-Smith Opens Up About 4-Day Labor Journey: ‘I Was Fatigued’
*Jodie Turner-Smith is opening up about her four day labor experience at her Los Angeles home in April.
In an essay for the September issue of British Vogue, the actress reflects on her pregnancy journey and welcoming her first child, a daughter, with actor Joshua Jackson.
“Every stage of my pregnancy brought its own challenges and lessons,” she said. “Nobody really teaches you about what your body goes through to bring a child into the world until you’re actually doing it.”
Turner-Smith and Jackson opted for a home birth amid the COVID-19 pandemic, and due to the “negative birth outcomes for Black women in America.”
“We had already decided on a home birth, because of concerns about negative birth outcomes for Black women in America — according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the risk of pregnancy-related deaths is more than three times greater for Black women than for white women, pointing, it seems to me, to systemic racism,” she says.
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“We never imagined that in the coming weeks, hospitals around the country would begin restricting who could be present in the birthing rooms, forcing mothers to deliver without the support person or people of their choice,” she explained. “Delivering at home ensured that I had what every single woman deserves to have: full agency in determining my birth support.”
Turner-Smith says she spent nearly four days in labor in late April.
“Early in the morning on my third day of labour, my husband and I shared a quiet moment. I was fatigued and beginning to lose my resolve. Josh ran me a bath, and as I lay in it contracting, I talked to my body and I talked to my daughter,” she shared. “In that moment, he snapped a picture of me. An honest moment of family and togetherness — a husband supporting a wife, our baby still inside me, the sacred process of creating a family.”
The “Queen & Slim” star then praised her husband for supporting her throughout the pregnancy.
“It made me realize how lucky and privileged I am to have a partner willing to follow me around the world, supporting me while I did my job,” she wrote.
“Both of us had watched our own mothers struggle to raise children without such support. Both of us were determined to create something for ourselves,” she said of Jackson. “He kept saying to me, ‘There’s no part of this that I’m going to miss.’ “
Now, the new mother is thinking about her daughter’s future.
“Sometimes I wonder how I will explain to my daughter what it meant to be born in the year 2020. The historic events, the social unrest, and me — a new mother just trying to do her best,” she said. “I think I will tell her that it was as if the world had paused for her to be born. And that, hopefully it never quite returned to the way it was before.”
Read her full essay here.
Larry Wilmore Announces Late-Night TV Return with New Show on NBC’s Peacock
*Comedian Larry Wilmore is set to lead a weekly show on NBC’s new streaming platform Peacock. The streamer has ordered 11 episodes set to premiere in September.
“I’m honored to have the chance to not only be back on television but to partner with the great team at Peacock,” said Wilmore in a statement, THR reports. “Apparently there’s a lot going on in the world right now and a big election happening soon, so I’m happy to have a place in the conversation.”
This marks his first return to hosting since Comedy Central canceled “The Nightly Show “in 2016.
— amber ruffin (@ambermruffin) August 10, 2020
Wilmore also announced the news in a Twitter feed, captioning Peacock’s official announcement with “I’M BAAAAAACK!!!!!”
His new series will feature conversations with influencers in entertainment, sports, and politics.
The show joins the previously announced “Amber Ruffin Show,” which Peacock has ordered nine episodes set to premiere in September.
Said Ruffin of her series, “Having a late-night show on Peacock is so exciting! We can’t wait to write sketches, songs and jokes about this terrible time we call now!”
Here’s more from THR:
The Amber Ruffin Show will feature her signature smart and silly take on the week’s news, and no matter what’s happening in the world, she’ll respond to it with a mix of seriousness, nonsense and evening gowns.
Wilmore’s untitled show will feature the host having real conversations with high-profile people from the worlds of sports, politics and entertainment. Each episode will cover the election and engage in the important conversations of the week and be funny, sometimes serious, potentially awkward and definitely honest.
NBC announced Peacock’s late-night television programming during the company’s virtual panels for the CTAM Press Tour.
Rohan Marley Apologizes to Daughter After She Opens Up About Having ‘Daddy Issues’
*Rohan Marley has apologized to his daughter Selah for ‘any contributions’ his ‘arguing’ with her mother Lauryn Hill – coupled with his absence- may have had in her life.
Selah, 21, criticized her parents in a Instagram Live stream on Monday (August 10), during which she opened up about the “trauma” she endured as a child with her “angry” mother and daddy issues. At one point, she tells fans that she would Google what it was like to have a father.
“Honestly guys, I’m just hurting. I can’t even front that I’m not,” she said. “I’ve been hurting for so much of my life and so much of my life has been me avoiding how much I’m really hurting just from the circumstances.”
Rohan, the son of Bob Marley, is apologizing for his behavior via a statement released through his rep, Hollywoodlife.com reports. “Selah’s expression on Instagram is a healing process for her,” he said. “I’m very happy that she is fearless in her expression.”
“I love her very much and do apologize for any contributions I may have added by arguing in front of her as a child,” he continued in the statement. “I’ve grown as a man, a spiritual being and a father. I am constantly growing and will teach my children to always take the higher road in any disagreements. I will be there for her no matter how many hours, days, months or years it will take. I will be the best Dad that I can be. One Love.”
Selah followed up with an Instagram Live chat on Aug. 11, in which she defended her parents from critics.
“My mother is a human, she’s not a perfect person but I’m not going to feed off all the negativity,” she said. “In the past 10 years she’s healed so much and I’ve watched her evolve and the same thing with my father. I mean he did some BS lately but my father, he’s healing as well. I came on and saw how the media misconstrued what I said, that is why I came on live it was a one dimensional narrative.”
She also explained that she’s now very close with her mom.
“Me and my mother are very close. She’s texting me as we speak,” she said. “Anger is a secondary emotion for sadness. I think for me growing up, remember I grew up with all brothers, so I’m like we’re fighting, we are fighting so I just learned how to be tough, I was always tough. So now coming back I’m learning how to cry again. Learning how to forgive is a big one, learning how to love, learning how to not be angry. And what I’m even learning now is how many walls I put up.”
Lauryn and Rohan dated from 1996 until 2008 and have five kids together. Lauryn also has a child from another relationship.
Scroll up and watch Selah share her story via the YouTube clip above.
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