Hollywood’s, Gabrielle Union, and her new family grace the cover of the November 2016 issue of Essence magazine, making this the actress’ 9th time.
The 43-year-old actress who is married to star basketball player, Dwyane Wade, revealed how difficult it is being a career woman, and fears of being a stepmom to her husband’s teenage sons.
”Teens get teen-y. It’s harder. I never understood that. ‘You won’t sleep.’ I always associated that phrase with babies. Crying, teething babies. No.
Until they walk through the door, I’m terrified. Sometimes I just want to stay off my timeline, because it makes those waits until they walk through the door a thousand times worse. Just envisioning them as a hashtag,” she said.
The stunning actress and activist also opens up to Essence about supporting rape survivors who won’t see her new film “Birth of a Nation” and raising young Black boys in today’s society.
”As a rape survivor and as an advocate, I cannot shy away from this responsibility because the conversation got difficult. I don’t want to put myself above anyone’s pain or triggers.See Also
Every victim or survivor, I believe you. I support you. I support you if you don’t want to see the film. I absolutely understand and respect that. I can’t sell the film.
This movie has always been about more than one person, and for the outspoken feminist advocates and allies who risked a lot to be a part of this project—Aja Naomi King, Aunjanue Ellis, Penelope Ann Miller—we are okay if you have to sit this one out, and we’re okay if you don’t, and we understand.”
Photo credit: Dennis Leupold via ESSENCE/April Belle