Tuesday, 6 May 2014

Gabrielle Union Covers Vegas Magazine, Talks Rebuilding After Hitting Rock Bottom, Family Life, Career & More

she’s covering Vegas Magazine’s May/June 2014 issue,  it’s the feature interview that steals the show. Inside, she dishes on everything from the negative woman she used to be, to the point of her career where she thought she had lost everything, and how her mom’s divorce affected her life.

Below are a few things we learned from the feature:

She’s always felt like an outsider
My dad told me, ‘You gotta be bigger and badder and better than the next woman, just to be considered even.’ I felt like I had to become a chameleon [in high school]. 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.
Around 2005, she felt as though she had hit rock bottom
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.”

Africa’s taking shape! Ebuka Obi-Uchendu, Japheth Omojuwa&LalaAkindoju cover Y! Africa Special on SHAPE Africa

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As Nigeria hosts the 25th World Economic Forum on Africa, on 7 – 9 May, 2014 Y! Africa has partnered with the Global Shapers Hub in Abuja to present a special issue. The special issue focuses on SHAPE Africa, which holds on 5 – 6 May in Abuja, just before the Forum.
The magazine is covered by three Global Shapers from #TeamNigeria. LalaAkindoju is an actor producer and member of the Lagos Hub, EbukaObi-Uchendu is presenter of Rubbin’ Minds and also of the Lagos Hub and Japheth Omojuwa is a blogger, lecturer and member of the Abuja Hub. The cover is shot by TCD Photography.


We are delighted to announce that JUMIA, Nigeria’s Largest Online retailer with over 20,000 Fashion Items in Store has recently expanded its reach promoting more African Fashion through a partnership with Africa Fashion Week Nigeria (AFWN).
Jumia Nigeria is the one stop shop for fashion in Nigeria, giving as much visibility to Nigerian designers to showcase their products online and reach their target audience all over Nigeria. The partnership with Africa  Fashion Week Nigeria also allows both parties to engage more fashion on the continent and discover New Talents in the Industry.
Prior to the launch in Nigeria, Africa Fashion Week already planned successful events in the UK and other European countries. Jumia Nigeria will be partnering with the inaugural edition of the AFWN, showcasing collections from upcoming fashion designers in Nigeria and other parts of the world. Some of the designers at the Fashion Week are Isi AtagamenJedidah, Long Feet Boutique and many more.
Jumia, through empowering Nigerian designers recently launched it’s Proudly Nigerian store called ‘By Naija’, Co-CEO Jumia Nigeria Jeremy Doutte stated “We are always proud to reckon with Nigerian Fashion, following our success with ‘By-Naija’ We look forward to encouraging more creativity in Nigeria with the African Fashion Week partnership coming up in Nigeria’