JUICY: On Playing A Mom On TV… JOY BRYANT: I’m not a mom in real life, so I get to almost be like a 9 to 5 mom. I go to work [and] I’m a mom with these beautiful babies, these great kids and then I give them back to their parents, go home and not be a mom [Laughs]. It’s the best thing ever. I get to feel that mommy-ness for a little bit and then I’m done. It’s like, I’m not paying for your college tuition, thank God.
JUICY: On Portraying An Interracial Couple In 2013… JB: Twenty years ago, the main part of the storyline would’ve been Black and White [relations in] every episode. Now, we can be seen as a couple first, going through the same issues as all other couples.
JUICY: On Finding A Career Path… JB: Initially, I was going to be an economics major at Yale [University], but it didn’t happen. The whole time I was in school, people kept saying I should model. So when I dropped out of school I started modeling. Then people started saying, “You should act.” I took an acting class and I wasn’t auditioning very long, maybe about a year when I booked Carmen: A Hip Hopera.
JUICY: On Working With Denzel Washington… JB: It was extraordinary, amazing and life-changing to start off in the film Antwone Fisher, being directed by one of the greats of all time. I’ll never forget what he taught me about being prepared and being really thorough with the work. Derek Luke and I were spooked as hell—we were in awe of him. What he did was humanize himself in front of us. He described all the things he went through with all the big roles we know him from. He was like, I’m a human being first, and I have my struggles and my challenges. We’re all here. Let’s get the work done. —Ronke Idowu ReevesPhoto Source: Startraks Photo
This House of Lies newcomer may not return phone calls, but he’ll show you how to turn up in Harlem or Lagos, Nigeria. New York native, MEKHI PHIFER recently caught up with Juicy to share a few of his favorite things.
JUICY: Best Thing About Being On Showtime’s House of Lies MEKHI PHIFER: What I like about it is that we have Don Cheadle on the show and he’s a very good friend of mine. We worked together before on a film called A Lesson Before Dying years ago. I’m looking forward to having some fun with him again.
JUICY: Best Place You’ve Ever Been MP: Africa by far—I’ve been there many times, all over. The longest time I’ve stayed in Africa was for two and a half months. I filmed a few episodes of ER down there. Another time I went down there with Akon just to have fun. I really love Zimbabwe. Lagos is off the hook! As soon as you step off the plane you know you’re in Nigeria!
JUICY: Best Part of Growing Up In Harlem MP: The dual worlds that I was in because my mom was a school teacher. I was educated in a traditional way, and then there were the streets of New York that I got to be a part of. I had a very well-rounded childhood.
JUICY: Best Rap Album You Purchased Recently MP: I don’t really buy albums anymore, but I recently found my De La Soul album: De La Soul is Dead.
JUICY: Best Celebrity You’ve Ever Met MP: I got to hang out with Sidney Poitier. He wasn’t pretentious or over the top. He was a cool cat. I had to respect him and show a lot of love. One of my really good friends is Judge Greg Mathis. I can always go to him for advice. I met everybody in the game for the most part and the judge is one of the coolest.
JUICY: Best Resolution You’ve Set MP: To return phone calls. I am terrible with the phone. I’m a in-person kind of guy, not a phone joneser. I’ve gotten better, but I still need improvement. That’ll probably be my New Year’s resolution again. —LATHLEEN ADE-BROWNPhoto Source: Startraks Photo
Congratulations are in order for rapper and actress EVE, 35, who recently got engaged to her longtime boyfriend, British designer and Gumball founder MAXIMILLION COOPER.
EVE recently spilled the deets to Juicy
JUICY: We heard you’re kicking major a*s in your new film. What’s up with that?
Eve: My character, Mocha Sujata, in Bounty Killer is the fierce queen of the gypsies. When I got the script I was like, ‘Omigosh! This is sick!’ It was such a fun movie to do. I learned how to knife fight—which was great. I never got a chance to do any fighting or action scenes before in a movie, so I was really excited to do that….
When Philadelphia Eagle, DESEAN JACKSON isn’t too busy running plays on the field, he’s dropping jewels of wisdom about anti-bullying or hitting the studio to hone his skills as a rapper. But don’t get it twisted, this wide receiver’s perfect catch is a lady who has just as much brains as she has beauty.
JUICY: It was so touching when you appeared on The View to encourage a young boy who was bullied. Why is this cause so important to you?
DeSean Jackson: Growing up, I was one of the smaller kids and… it’s just a very familiar story for me; I understand how a kid or an individual might feel. I’m just taking on that role and really motivating the kids to want to stand up against bullying…and understand what to do in situations where things like that occur.
JUICY: We know about your football skills, but you dropped a few bars on your single, “Diamonds On My Neck”…
DS: It’s fun, but I have a passion for music and I’m taking it seriously. I know I’m very talented and at the same time I understand that football’s first, that’s what pays the bills. When I have time off from football, that’s when I rap and try to come up with some cool songs and cool ideas to put on a track.
JUICY: It seems your fans like seeing your pictures. You were even named one of the 60 Best Athletes to Follow on Instagram…
DS: I’m one of the young, flashy, fly individuals that’s been fortunate enough to make it to the NFL and show my talent, so with that comes a lot of controversy. I just really try to keep people involved… just doing things where my fans can stay connected to me. I have a good time, but I understand how people might view certain things I do [negatively] so I have to be careful with that….
Single Ladies star CASSANDRA FREEMAN kisses and tells, picks a hot hubby (or two) and waxes poetic about Whoopi Goldberg during a recent chat with Juicy.
JUICY: If a man asked you to be his “fourth and final wife” the way your character Morgan Hayes’ Middle Eastern sweetie does—how would you respond?
CASSANDRA FREEMAN: I don’t have a kid and Morgan does, and that has a lot to do with what kind of example you want to set. But if someone asked, “Do you want to be princess number three?” I’m like, “Well, am I princess number three in New York—or in the world?” I’m one of those people who believe that women should have more than one husband…
JUICY: If polyandry were legal, how many husbands would you have?
CF: So, there are seven days in a week… [Laughs] Real talk, I need at least two days to myself. To be safe, I’d pick three husbands. I want to believe the three I pick are high quality. One would be an artist, one would be a businessman and the other would be a prince, that way I can get a little bit of everything.
With summer roaring in a full blast of relief from winter’s wretched cold, no-fuss, no-mess hairstyles should be on the top of every Juicy lady’s list of potential summer hairstyles.
Ditch lackluster locks and kiss limp strands goodbye by opting for big wavy textured tendrils this season.
Whether you decided to crimp it, coil it or werq it wavy, carefree wavy tresses are perfect for summer nights out on the town just as much as they’re right for a day full of tanning on the beach.
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With a gold medal each for the individual and team all-around events, she has done what no other American gymnast has in history. Now she’s out with the story of her battle to win big in the face of tremendous doubt and on the heels of big family sacrifices.
Douglas’ discipline and unshakeable faith make this an excellent choice for teens and for adults who need a refresher course. –RAKIA CLARK
The west coast is the best coast for DONTAY SAVOY, the hairstylist responsible for coiffing FANTASIA, SHAUN ROBINSON and ASHANTI on set, on screen and in the salon.
Imprinting the A-list with creative glam is SAVOY’s signature touch. His forte: styling wigs, weaves and lace-fronts.
Multi-tasking Savoy (the Access Hollywood stylist typically heads directly from the set to his upscale West Hollywood salon) where he smoothes the edges on some on the industry’s biggest names. You can also catch him on WE tv’s L.A. Hair with mentor KIM KIMBLE.
However, hair wasn’t initially Savoy’s plan A. The Cali native did a brief stint in college and worked “some dreadful jobs.” Nothing quite fit—that is until he enrolled into the Universal College of Beauty on the L.A. outskirts…