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Jessica Simpson hasn't wanted to drink at all during the pandemic: 'That's a big blessing'
Added 3 years agoSource: CeleBitchy
Jessica Simpson hasn't wanted to drink at all during the pandemic: 'That's a big blessing'
I?m going to tell you something shocking: Jessica Simpson?s memoir, Open Book, came out THIS YEAR. Doesn?t it feel like a lifetime ago? It came out pre-pandemic, and we got about ten stories out of it, which is pretty good for a celebrity memoir. Jessica spilled some vintage tea about her marriage to Nick Lachey, her relationship with John Mayer, her alcoholism and tons of other stuff. The memoir was well-received and I really respected Jessica for putting so much of that out there. Jessica recently spoke to SiriusXM?s The Jess Cagle Show about her pandemic life, sobriety and lots more. Some highlights:

Why she wrote her memoir, Open Book: ?I did make a huge shift in my life?. I was at that point in my life where my kids were growing older and they were watching every move that I made. I just really wanted clarity. I wanted to understand myself cause I didn?t even realize how much I was drinking and how much I was suppressing. I thought it was making me brave, I thought it was making me confident and it was actually the complete opposite, it was silencing me?.

On her sobriety: ?It?s almost been three years which is crazy, I mean it?s pretty, its awesome. People are like ?don?t you want to drink during this pandemic, oh my god aren?t your kids driving you crazy.? I?m like no, I do not want to drink, like, I have not wanted it, I feel like that?s a big blessing. Once I surrendered and gave it over I never looked back and my husband did it with me so that support was amazing.?

The pandemic journal: ?Through the pandemic every morning I journal and I haven?t done that in forever. Normally it was to do song writing or something like that. But now every morning I sit with my journal, I confront myself before I confront my family.?

How she hit rock bottom with her alcoholism: ?It just ended up coming to a surface. I knew a lot of it was coming up, coming up and I couldn?t suppress it any more. The alcohol was not numbing anything. It wasn?t numb anymore, I was just numb. I couldn?t even understand stuff that was coming out of my mouth, it didn?t sound like me. So I really had to get back inside the person that I am. When you do that self-reflection its very empowering. It takes a lot of courage. I can promise anyone on the other side of that fear, that courage is so beautiful and its one of the most rewarding things and decisions I have ever made in my life. And I never thought I would have to make that decision.?

On turning 40: ?I am, like, embracing the quarantine life. I freaked out two months before I turned 40, not knowing that that age would even mean anything to me but then its like 41, 42?. I?ve never calculated my age until now?. I am accepting it slowly [laughs] I just think I am such a person that reminisces, I hold on to so many memories, I am tragically romantic like that about my own self?.. Thank god I put a memoir out at 40 because if not it would have been 800 pages if I waited any longer.?

[From SiriusXM?s The Jess Cagle Show]

?I am tragically romantic like that about my own self? is such a surprisingly self-aware comment and it also made me laugh! And now I?m wondering if I am tragically romantic about myself too? Am I? Anyway, turning 40 is no fking joke and it does make you take stock of your life and what?s going right and what?s going wrong. I actually appreciate that Jessica?s alcoholic bottoming-out wasn?t some huge crime or drunken arrest or anything she was just self-medicating and her husband was tired of it and her friends were tired of it and she was tired of her drunk self. I would love to read her journals!

Photos courtesy of Backgrid.

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AUG
27
Gabrielle Union and Keke Palmer do a PSA about Black hair discrimination
Added 3 years agoSource: CeleBitchy
Gabrielle Union and Keke Palmer do a PSA about Black hair discrimination
Gabrielle Union was joined by Keke Palmer, Uzo Aduba and Marsai Martin in a Glamour PSA to promote the Crown Act. The Crown Act, which stands for Create a Respectful and Open World for Natural Hair, has been instated in 7 states so far and protects against race-based hair style discrimination in the work place and at school. Glamours September cover story delves into the history of hair discrimination and the necessity for this law. It includes personal stories from women who experienced hair discrimination and retaliation on the job.

This is not the first time Gabrielle has spoken out about hair discrimination. She has been advocating for diversity in hair and makeup on sets. She has also stated that one of the reasons she left AGT was due to comments about her hairstyles being too black.

In the video Union, Palmer, Aduba and Martin give hair stories from 13 black women who sent in their experiences anonymously. Here are some quotes:

I?ve been told it?s too big.

When I first started pageants I was told to never let my hair be natural for competition.

The first time I walked into the office with my natural hair my supervisor asked it if was ?forever.?

I?ve been asked ?is it real??

I?ve had someone tell me, surprised, ?your dreadlocks are so nice and clean.?

I wear my hair boldly and proudly as it is the crown which makes me unique.

I?ve been told it?s too much.

I?ve been mocked and ridiculed for the frizzy coils that escape my tightly wound bun

I?ve had strangers walk up and pet me.

My coils are beautiful and so are yours.

I?ve been told it blocks people?s view.

HR told me my hair looked more professional pulled back and in a bun than it did out and curly.

My hair has a purpose greater than myself and I will not put it away to comply with white cultural standards of beauty.

Black women are 83% more likely to report being judged more harshly on their looks than other women at work. Black women are 1.5 times more likely to be sent home from work simply because of their hair.

[From YouTube via People]

Natural hair discrimination is a real thing and I have had two experiences on the job. One of my managers told me that wearing my hair in an afro makes white people feel uncomfortable and maybe I should relax my hair. Another boss would not allow me to wear my head-wraps in an office job where no one would see me. I was temping for the latter position and that manager wanted to hire me permanently. Instead I called my temp agency and asked them to remove me from the assignment because I dont have time for that nonsense.

I have seen black men and women being told their hairstyles are not professional. Last year there was a video of high school wrestler, Andrew Johnson, having his locs cut off at a competition. Texas high schooler, DeAndre Arnold, was banned from participating in his high school graduation because he wouldnt cut his locs.

I am glad to see the movement gain steam and I have already signed the petition to have the Crown Act implemented in all 50 states. No one should have to deny their heritage to fit in or be seen as less professional because they do not adopt Eurocentric ideas of beauty and hair styles. I hope that the Crown Act will open doors for other POC who wear ethnic hairstyles as a part of their culture like those from the South Pacific. Our old ways of doing business must change and become more inclusive.

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