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A Lesson On Paying It Forward


As you all may know, I had the opportunity to interview Nicki Minaj on July 4, and instead of asking her about salacious gossip and rumors, I wanted to talk about something positive for a change.  I asked her about a young lady that was on the boat with her that day that she was using as her makeup artist name Tatiana Ward.  Tatiana goes by the name of Beat Face Honey on YouTube and she gained popularity and a huge following through her makeup tutorials–some of which were inspired by celebrities.  Tatiana received her big break of being a celebrity makeup artist this year when Brandy allowed her to do her makeup (after Tatiana’s followers bombarded her with messages) and now Tatiana is working with Nicki Minaj. You can see her work on Nicki in the upcoming “Clappers” and “Get Like Me” music videos as well as the 2013 BET Awards.

[To catch up on the story click here.  Also click here to read Tatiana’s email after she worked with Brandy.]

I logged on to Instagram the day I uploaded my interview with Nicki and was in tears when I read Tatiana’s response.  She wrote:

A Powerful Speech By Gabrielle Union

Gabrielle Union’s speech at Essence’s Black Women In Hollywood Luncheon was beyond real, and definitely an eye-opener. At some point, we’ve all engaged in pettiness towards other women provoked by envy or jealousy. It’s really a dangerous thing.

I can appreciate Gabby’s pure honesty and willingness to share her past mistakes as she talked about her role in the competitive place of Black Hollywood. A place where roles are limited and females supporting each other is a rare occurrence.

We live in a town that rewards pretending. I had been pretending to be fierce and fearless for a very long time. I was a victim masquerading as a survivor. I stayed when I should have run. I was quiet when I should have spoken up. I turned a blind eye to injustice instead of having the courage to stand up for what’s right. I used to shrink in the presence of other dope beautiful women. I used to revel in gossip and rumors, and I lived for the negativity inflicted upon my sister actresses or anyone who I felt whose shine diminished my own.

It’s easy to pretend ‘to be fierce and fearless because living your truth takes real courage. Real fearless and fierce women admit mistakes and they work to correct them. We stand up and we use our voices for things other than self promotion. We don’t stand by and let