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Gabrielle Union Has Both A New Husband And A Cool New Job

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being mary janeby Connie K. Grier

BET (Black Entertainment Television) has over the past decade slowly devolved into Blatant Eye candy Television with most of its offerings being reality shows and videos interspersed with shows having characters that were attractive on the surface but lacking depth.

Enter Mary Jane.

Mary Jane, the name of the girl next door, the inconsequential non –star: until Gabrielle Union wins the role.  The acting does not come off as over the top, just the right mix of believability and fantasy to keep audiences intrigued.  Union presents Mary Jane as just one more “soldier in stilettos” (Thank you for such a catchy phrase, Michelle Davis-Govan! it describes her perfectly!).  She is a woman navigating the minefields of life and love while also creating small cracks in the glass ceiling via her role as a female anchorwoman.  BET was happy to have a series that they had a show that was a “perfect fit for a black female demographic seeking a realistic, complex single character handling life in utterly imperfect ways” according to Rodney Ho, writer for Access Atlanta

The creator of the show, Mara Brock Akil, was also the creator of the popular sitcoms “Girlfriends” and “The Game”.   According to Access Atlanta, Akril wanted to paint a more realistic picture of single women than she had done on her previous television series.

The show’s creator is careful to mention one thing:  that this drama is fictional and not based upon her life.  She is also pleased that the show is not racially polarizing. According to Akril, anyone can watch her show, and enjoy the ride!

Mary Jane may not be scandalous, but it fills an entertainment void on a station that had been for many people written off as incapable of improvement.

Happy Viewing!


  1. Toni

    January 7, 2014 at 10:18 am

    Congraulations to Garielle and her new life. I hope the best for her. I love her acting and she obviously is a very convincing actress.

  2. Barbara

    January 7, 2014 at 10:52 am

    Is your headline being deceptive? Did she get married in real life, or on the TV show?

    Rodney Ho you mentioned in the article. Is Ho his last name–for real?

  3. staccee

    January 8, 2014 at 3:33 am

    Sorry but no so called gentleman cheats on his wife, then on his girlfriend, lie and say they were on break and have baby with another woman. REAL MEN DONT DO THAT.

  4. Phyllis

    January 8, 2014 at 4:13 pm

    I am so disgusted with Dwayne Wade, right now!!..Not that I thought he was better than any other man, I just thought he had more respect for Gabby. IF I WERE HER, (thank God, I’m not)I would walk off, and start over. He is only going to pull her into his quagmire of slop, and dirt. I hope she doesn’t let that happen. She can find another a-hole, any day. He, on the other hand, does NOT deserve a good woman. He deserves that nut case of an ex-wife he has. Gabby’s career is in full bloom, her money is flowing, she’s still beautiful and graceful, and I know there has got to be a man worthy of her, somewhere. Dwayne, on the other hand, is a slut from the pits of hell!!…He didn’t even have enough respect to use a condom with that common whore!!..Not that a condom can protect you from ALL the filth, out there, but it would have prevented another baby, that’s NOT Gabbys!!..Now, there is 4 kids, and NONE OF THEM belong to her!!!…Now, that’s some STRANGE DNA!!!

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