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In Gabourey Sidibe’s new memoir, This Is Just My Face: Try Not to Stare, the actress reveals a weighty secret.

The 33-year-old Empire star went under the knife to lose weight in May 2016, undergoing laparoscopic bariatric surgery after she was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes, People reveals in an excerpt of Sidibe’s new book.

“My surgeon said they’d cut my stomach in half,” she wrote. “This would limit my hunger and capacity to eat. My brain chemistry would change and I’d want to eat healthier. I’ll take it! My lifelong relationship with food had to change.”

The memoir, out May 1 via Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, also details her mental health struggles, including battles with depression, anxiety and bulimia.“The surgery wasn’t the easy way out,” she continued. “I wasn’t cheating by getting it done. I wouldn’t have been able to lose as much as I’ve lost without it.”

Over the past few months, the actress has showed off her weight loss on Instagram, with her fans cheering her on in the comments. Reference: https://www.usatoday.com/story/life/entertainthis/2017/03/08/gabourey-sidibe-reveals-weight-loss-surgery-new-memoir/98921104/

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Have you noticed how television has changed from the 80’s & 90’s until now?

Growing up in the 80’s & 90’s you can really see the difference from 80’s& 90’s television compared to television today.We used to love all the sitcoms that came on television back then, The messages we get from sitcoms now aren’t nearly the same. Shows like the Cosby Show, A Different World, Full House, Step By Step, Living Single, Martin, Moesha, Growing Pains, last but not least In Living Color all the shows that made us laugh,cry,mad,sad but always had a positive ending to what could have been a terrible situation.

For the children who had no father figure could go to those sitcoms and find one. The sitcoms made black education a big deal,gave a positive outlook on African American families, and proved that black men could be more than thugs,gangsters,  and unfit fathers.All the shows are not just African American,They all gave off good vibes and taught us lessons on telling fibs, fighting against bullies given us clean respectful advice on sex and peer pressure. I’ll give a few examples:

A Different World this sitcom let all of us know how having an education could open unbelievable doors it also taught us about speaking out on peer pressure from sex or drugs last but not least to speak up for people who are afraid to speak out on things of the above nature. The sitcom showed us how to accept people from different back grounds and how not to judge a book by it’s cover.

The Cosby Show,This sitcom gave us that father figure who was gonna get on you about your grades made sure you knew how great you were and reminding you that family is everything.In this sitcom you see an African American family middle class,mother a Lawyer father,a hard working Doctor with five children at home,taking care of the whole family with no complaints.The Cosby family did not always have happy times trials came it was just solved a lot differently than we would see it handled on television today.When Bill would argue with his wife she wasn’t a bitch or hoe and he didn’t leave to get in bed with another women. “The good old days” For those who had a loud explosive child hoods it showed you another outlook on family life the sitcoms gave us hope for a better future something better than what we were living in.

 

 

Family Matters gave us around the same basic tips the other sitcoms did but it  also taught us a lot about treating people respectfully and accepting people for who they.We learned that being smart could be cool and how sometimes the nerd wins and the popular kid has to fall back, Family Matters related to the exact audience it was created for.

Now and days anything goes on television no bleeps when cursing almost no more cover ups on breast. Really anything is seen on  television now and days. There are no need for sex talks anymore because our children probably can tell us more about it then we could tell our parents when we were their age. Not all the blame goes on the television it’s our obligation to know what we allow the kids to watch,basically monitoring what they watch. Our sons are not feeling worthy if their not sailing drugs with money,cars,women,and last but not least a record.Our daughters don’t feel beautiful in their own skin anymore unless they look just like the girls on television. The young women of today will never understand the beauty in self love,worth and get to see how women used to glorify being different from the lady standing next to her rather fat,small,short or tall they embraced it and showed us as young women to do the same. Like I said from the start the television is different. Wouldn’t we love to have those sitcoms back.

Jessica B.K.A. JTalk

Terri J. Vaughn joins the cast of Bounce TV’s Mann & Wife: Season 3 Premier Tuesday March 28 at 9pm EST

TUNE IN: Bounce TV’s “Mann & Wife” Season 3 premiere with Terri J. Vaughn Tuesday, March 28 at 9pm

(ATLANTA, GA) – March 27, 2017 – Actor, direcor, and philanthropist Terri J. Vaughn joins the cast of hilarious Bounce TV family sitcom “Mann and Wife” starring David and Tamela Mann. Vaughn joins the cast portraying Daniel (David Mann) and his partner’s (Tony Rock) new lieutenant. This season, along with being in the cast, Vaughn also sits in the director’s chair for one episode.

In this season fans can expect to comedic takes on mistaken identity, school pressure, health care scares and more.  Guest stars this season includes, George Wallace, Antonio Fargas, Carl Payne, Victoria Rowell, Rod “Rod Man” Thompson, DC Youngfly, Blue Kimble, Vanessa Fraction, and Brely Evans.
“Mann & Wife” is a Bounce TV original comedy series starring real-life couple David and Tamela Mann as the recently married Daniel and Toni. Together with their four children, the Manns muddle through the tricky and often hilarious situations that arise when separate families are blended together and have to learn to navigate a new life under one roof.


LaTavia Roberson wowed audiences on ABC’s “To Tell the Truth” Sunday Jan 29

ATLANTA, GA (Feb 1, 2017) — Original Destiny’s Child member, LaTavia Roberson graced the stage of ABC’s hit game show “To Tell the Truth” this past Sunday night.  Roberson initially played the role of a survivor of the Miracle on the Hudson where a guest panel, Jamie Kennedy (“The Jamie Kennedy Experiment”), Natasha Leggero (‘He’s Just Not That Into You”), Rachel Dratch (“Saturday Night Live”), and Andy Grammer (singer), had to guess the authenticity of her story. She made a believable impression, causing an almost unanimous vote in her favor. After revealing the results, host, Anthony Anderson (“Blackish”), did a special round where the panel had to guess who was the original member of the R&B sensational group Destiny’s Child.  Roberson again shined even rendering a brief melodic version of the group’s smash hit “No, No, No” during the reveal.  The episode is now available On Demand and on abc.go.com.

About “To Tell the Truth”:
Hosted by Anthony Anderson and produced by FremantleMedia North America, To Tell The Truth is an anarchic and funny re-imagination of the beloved, game show of the same name. Anderson presides over four famous faces. In each round they will be presented with three people who all claim to be the same person with the same incredible talent, job or achievement.  One is sworn to tell the truth while the others are not. The panel of celebrities have a chance to grill each participant before taking turns deciding who they think is telling the truth. Anderson’s brassy mother, Doris, is the official scorekeeper and asks questions of her own, not to mention embarrassing her son every chance she gets. The celebrity panelist who performs the worst will have to tweet a lie about themselves to the world.

About LaTavia Roberson:
LaTavia Marie Roberson is an American singer, songwriter, and actress. Roberson rose to fame in the late 1990’s as an original member of the R&B group Destiny’s Child, one of the world’s best selling girl groups of all time along with band-members Beyoncé KnowlesKelly Rowland, and Letoya Luckett.  Roberson also starred in various stage plays including Those JeansHow to Love, and Not My Family. Roberson has sold over 25 million records with Destiny’s Child. Her work has earned her several awards and nominations, including two Grammy Awards and three Soul Train Music Awards.

 

 

For interviews with LaTavia Roberson please send interview requests to david@thedavidbrand.com
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