1. Jada Covers Essence’s September Fall Fashion Issue
Jada Pinkett Smith is the cover girl for Essence magazine’s fall fashion issue. The brazen Hollywood beauty wears a gold form-fitting dress with a daring cutout, accessorized with tribal earrings and an embellished cuff. Inside the issue, Jada addresses divorce rumors. Simply put, “Will and I are not getting a divorce,” says Jada, who would rather focus less on her family’s scrutiny and more on using her celebrity for a positive cause. [MORE]
2. Chad Johnson Jailed for Domestic Violence
Chad Johnson has been arrested and jailed for domestic violence, TMZ reports. The NFL player and star of reality show Ev and Ocho was released on $2500 bond Sunday morning.
The incident, which occured on Saturday night in Florida, allegedly involved Evelyn Lozada, Johnson’s wife of only five weeks. Law enforcement sources claim Johnson head-butted Lozada during an argument and left Lozada with a 3″ laceration on her head. She was taken to the hospital, where she remained for several hours. [MORE]
3. Actor Albert Freeman Jr. Dies
Albert Freeman Jr., Emmy-winning actor and Howard University professor, died on Friday. He was 78. The veteran actor was best known for his portrayal of Elijah Muhammad in Spike Lee’s Malcolm X, and a recurring stint on One Life to Live. [MORE]
4. On Blacks and Fat: Dr. Michelle Gourdine
Against the backdrop of a first lady’s mission to slim down the nation’s kids, black celebs getting endorsements after shedding inches and a booming weight-loss industry, The Root will publish a series of interviews with medical professionals, activists and fitness enthusiasts that reveal the complexity of this issue and the range of approaches to it.
For the 12th in the series, we spoke to Dr. Michelle Gourdine, the author of Reclaiming Our Health: A Guide to African American Wellness, a book designed to help African Americans reduce their disproportionate burden of obesity, high blood pressure, cancer and other leading causes of death. [MORE]