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Being Mary Jane

BET Renews 'Being Mary Jane' For Season 4

The Hollywood Reporter | Brennan Williams | Posted 01.06.2016 | Black Voices

Being Mary Jane is sticking around.   BET has renewed the Gabrielle Union-led series for a fourth season, the network announced Wednesday at t...

What Loving a Married Man Taught Me

Mark Travis Rivera | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Mark Travis Rivera

Loving a married man taught me that love is as fluid as our sexuality and gender. We can't control who ignites the spark in us but we can set the standard for how we should be loved. Regardless of our marital status, love is complicated.

Why Every Black Girl is Mary Jane Paul

Patrice Robinson | Posted 11.19.2015 | Black Voices
Patrice Robinson

Mary Jane embodies that Black woman struggle that is only seen in our living rooms and behind the big oakwood closed doors of an expensive therapy session. This isn't the stuff that we like to talk about. These aren't the issues that we like to admit to others or ourselves that really do exist.

Why The 'Being Mary Jane' Creator Is About To Become A Household Name

The Huffington Post | Brennan Williams | Posted 11.06.2015 | Black Voices

Mara Brock Akil may be ranked one of Hollywood’s most powerful TV showrunners, but her successful trajectory has just begun. The Los Angel...

We Are Poverty: 'Being Mary Jane' Shows How False Divisions Thwart the Cause of Social, Economic Justice

Kanu Iheukumere | Posted 10.28.2015 | Impact
Kanu Iheukumere

The crabs-in-a-barrel mentality this scenario evokes says a lot about how marginalized groups can be pitted against one another when they face the same issues -- access to opportunity.

'Black Girls Are Magic': 'Being Mary Jane' Powerfully Explores Race And Beauty

The Huffington Post | Lilly Workneh | Posted 10.30.2015 | Black Voices

On Tuesday night, the latest episode of "Being Mary Jane" aired on BET and earned high praise from viewers. Well, let’s be real, every episode does....

Black Love Matters in Film Too

Nicole Moore | Posted 05.13.2015 | Black Voices
Nicole Moore

The fear that a love story featuring two Black actors is not engaging, believable or desirable is very real, and one that still defines the mindset of many studio executives, casting agents and producers.

5 Life Lessons From Mara Brock Akil

Posted 03.02.2015 | OWN

Mara Brock Akil, whose hit series Being Mary Jane is back for a second season, on learning to follow her instincts, create honest TV and love he...

How Whitney Houston's Death Led Gabrielle Union To 'Being Mary Jane'

AP | ALICIA RANCILIO | Posted 04.12.2015 | Black Voices

NEW YORK (AP) — Gabrielle Union says she learned an important lesson after the death of Whitney Houston. "It just kind of made everyone say, 'What ...

Single on Valentine's Day

Monique Ruffin | Posted 04.16.2014 | Black Voices
Monique Ruffin

Several years ago my now ex-husband, then boyfriend, told me that his prayer for me was that I would know how beautiful I was. These words penetrated ...

In Defense of Being Mary Jane and Flawed Fictional Black Women

Chevonne Harris | Posted 03.12.2014 | Black Voices
Chevonne Harris

When does the obsession with putting our best foot forward deter us from telling the good, the bad and the everything of life? If we spent all our time attempting to right the wrongs of history with each black female lead, heroines like Olivia Pope and Mary Jane wouldn't even be a thought.

Mara Brock Akil: Being Mary Jane Shows Our Full Humanity

Nsenga Burton | Posted 03.09.2014 | Black Voices
Nsenga Burton

Audiences are anxiously awaiting the highly anticipated BET scripted drama Being Mary Jane, the latest offering from show runner Mara Brock Akil, who is creator and executive producer of the show.

Dwyane Wade Reminds Us, 'Standards' Are for Regular Folks

Morris W. O'Kelly | Posted 03.08.2014 | Black Voices
Morris W. O'Kelly

Despite what Charles Barkley might have said once upon a time, athletes are absolutely role models. It's not a job offer to be declined as one would decline an invitation to a party. There is no RSVP required and attendance is mandatory.

BET Cancels 'Reed Between The Lines' & Orders 2nd Season Of 'Being Mary Jane'

Shadow And Act | Posted 09.13.2013 | Black Voices

Maybe it shouldn't be a huge surprise, after a star of and key player in the series, Tracee Ellis Ross, suddenly exited from BET's Reed Between The Li...

New BET Series Being Mary Jane Addresses Black Female Singlehood

Danai P. Maraire | Posted 09.07.2013 | Black Voices
Danai P. Maraire

BET's original film Being Mary Jane, which premiered on July 2nd, opens with this quote: "42 percent of African-American women have never been married... This is one black woman's story not meant to represent all black women."

'I Didn't Get "Scandal," But I Got Something Better'

AP | JONATHAN LANDRUM Jr. | Posted 08.31.2013 | TV

ATLANTA — Even though Gabrielle Union lost the lead role of ABC series "Scandal" to Kerry Washington, she says the experience gave her hope that...

Hidden Treasure- Robinne Lee

Myrdith Leon Mccormack | Posted 10.20.2012 | Black Voices
Myrdith Leon Mccormack

Once in the land of opportunity, you better take from it what it has to offer. And take she did. Earning a BA degree from Yale University, and JD from Columbia Law School, she made her parents proud by honoring their request for her to become a lawyer.

The Happily Married Creators of The Game, Girlfriends, and Sparkle Talk Film, Family and Whitney Houston

Chie Davis | Posted 02.01.2016 | Black Voices
Chie Davis

We're best friends, beyond being married we enjoy being together. He inspires me as an artist, plus he's sexy on top of it! I think that the challenge is balancing life together.