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Insecure Recap: Issa’s Marriage Fantasy, Lawrence’s Emotional Turtleneck Sweater, Molly’s Still Dumb For Dro.

Insecure’s second season has officially come to an end it had our emotions all over the place. Whether it was Lawrence’s emotional turtle neck sweater, Issa’s fantasy marriage proposal or Molly still being dumb for Dro and messing with his married ass it had us screaming at our televisions.

Tonight’s  45 minute finale was broken up into three separate mini-episodes for each of the shows main characters with Issa, Molly and Lawrence’s episode each starting from the same point, the Long Beach marathon.

So what happened on tonight’s fnale? Lets step into it shall we?

Lawrence is hounded by the ghost of his previous relationship with Issa. After last weeks big argument with her, it seems to be weighing him on heavily and even affecting his new thing with his co-worker Aparna.

Lawrence spots Issa while running in the marathon with his co-workers and sees Molly while  at dinner with Aparna. Things between the two seem to be going very well until after a conversation with his two buddies. Lawrence tells them how Aparna still works with her ex  and that he’s uncomfortable with it. Chad immediately warns him about it putting all sorts of crazy ideas in his head telling him that her ex is “just extra d—k around for no reason,” .

During a car ride with Arparna, Lawrence utilizes the poor advice his friends gives him when he notices her being lost in her phone and thinks she’s enjoying the conversation a  bit too much. Aparna is not too happy about Lawrence pressing her and an ill-timed phone call from Issa doesn’t help matters  and tells him to pull the car over and leaves him right on the spot.

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We zap back to the Long Beach marathon and the story picks up with Molly. She breaks down her relationship with her “homie” Quentin to Issa and how she intends on keeping it strictly friendly, because he’s not her type.

After a successful meeting with the “blacks” Molly and her freshly dubbed homie, Quentin decided to celebrate with some Hennessy. After a talk with her therapist, Molly decides to give Quentin a chance and has sex with him to see where things will go from there. Molly is still weighing her career options and during a girls night with Issa and Kelli she is torn between going with the “blacks” or staying with the “whites”.

Well the “whites” will probably aid her in making her decision because after a meeting where they praised Molly and expressed how important she is to them, they gave her a pat on the head in the form of a Rising Star Award instead of well deserved raise.

Now finally we focus on Issa whom in the beginning of the episode is feeling the effects of good ole gentrification in her neighborhood. We zap back to the Long Beach Marathon and we find out that Tiffany is now pregnant and Kelli’s marathon run is cut short by Aunt Flow. We also learn that Issa is moving because the rent is:

On top of moving out, Issa is also having issues at work. Feeling bad that the Latino students were being shortchanged by VP Gaines. Issa reveals to her boss, Joanne that she has been having We Got Y’all sessions with the Latino students and Joanne was not pleased to hear about that. Joanne even called the move some for of segregation.

The move puts Issa in a bad place with Joanne and helps get Frieda  promoted to Director of Student Outreach. With that settled Issa can focus on moving, not wanting to have a roommate and live on her own, Issa decides to hold a yard sale to make some extra cash.

During the yard sale, Issa realizes she just can’t bring herself to part with her and Lawrence’s old sofa. She decided to give him a call letting him know when he can pick up the rest of his things and the sofa if he wanted it. Which leads us to another epic confrontation between Lawrence and Issa.

Issa stops by the apartment for a final walk-through of the apartment, she is surprised to see that Lawrence has stuck around even though she gave him an opportunity to avoid her.

The two have the adult conversation that they really needed to have since the beginning of this season. Lawrence admits to not liking how things ended between them and adds that “I just feel like I’m f—ing everything up right now.” Lawrence even apologizes for shutting down on her when he did not meet the expectations he set for himself.

Issa confesses to Lawrence that she expected him to be better for the both of them when she didn’t even know how to be better for herself. She even tells Lawrence that she wishes that he would believe her when she says that her cheating wasn’t about him. The two admit that they still love each other and give us the moment we have been looking for all season long.

After the embrace, Lawrence heads to the door to leave and Issa follows him, they say their goodbyes and in a surprise move Lawrence gets down on one knee and proposes to Issa and she immediately says yes. We are then treated to the couple married and admiring their union on the old sofa. We get an intense sex scene that leads into a pregnant Issa followed by the couple with an adorable child. It all seemed so real but it only turned out to be one of Issa’s fantasies getting the best of her.

Snap back to reality, Lawrence leaves but their fractured relationship is looking much better. Lawrence even adds Issa back on Facebook. With a whole new perspective on life and homeless for the moment, Issa also buries the hatched with Daniel. She stops by his house to crash and insists that she will sleep on the couch.

Molly on the other hand is this seasons biggest loser in our eyes. Not only did she not get the raise she wanted, she is still clearly dickmatized by Dro as well. We catch up with her trying on lingerie and we originally think it’s a gesture for Quentin. When someone knocks on the door we are disappointed to see that it’s Dro she was getting ready for.

Oh Molly.

Well now it’s time to start predicting what will happen in season 3, but for now checkout the hilarious reactions from tonight’s season finale in the gallery below.

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Insecure As F**k Predictions For Season 2!

Insecure is just days away and if last season was any indication of what to expect in this new season then we are in for a treat. Season 1 ended with Lawrence getting his revenge on Issa and leaving her sobbing realizing her mistake. Men invested with the show celebrated, while women looked on like damn Issa now we gotta deal with this till the shows return.

Also Read: Lawrence Hands Issa A Massive L On The Season Finale of ‘Insecure’ Twitter Explodes!

We are so excited for season 2 we decided to make some small predictions as to what will go down with our three favorite characters. Hit the gallery to see how we think Issa, Lawrence and Molly will fare in season 2 of Insecure.

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CASSIUS Releases June Digital Cover ‘The First Supper’ featuring “30 Unapologetics”

On the heels of its inaugural “Culture Vultures” digital cover, CASSIUS — the latest brand from iONE Digital (formerly Interactive One) and the definitive digital destination for urban millennials – has announced its June 2017 cover: The First Supper.

‘The First Supper,’ a graphic illustration featuring 30 of the most talked-about, controversial figures in pop culture and American history, is divided into four covers featuring distinct groups of ‘Unapologetics’-cultural disruptors as they are known in the CASSIUS world. The series features critical essays penned by CASSIUS top editors and on video, extended conversation about the covers’ ultimate message and the sheer power of its many subjects.

The June cover is in keeping with CASSIUS’ mission to cut through today’s headlines with stories and critical commentary that are relevant to millennials and directly address the global impact of Black culture. Each month, CASSIUS will create original covers underscoring their unique point of view on themes such as power, identity, and race. Video content will accompany each cover.

“This month, we wanted to nod to ‘The Unapologetics’ of then and now,” says CASSIUS creator Kierna Mayo, SVP, Content and Brands at iONE Digital. “We determined that people throughout time who change the world and never apologize for it, fall into fascinating sub-categories worthy of exploration. Deciding which ‘disciples’ should have a seat at the ‘First Supper’ table was hotly debated in our office. The truth is, the world is filled with ‘Unapologetics’ -fearless individuals who push us to think differently and for everyone depicted, there was also the case for someone else. We hope our audience has the same endless discussion we did. Who really moves culture forward?”

The June cover art was illustrated by Mark Hammermeister.

At a time when mainstream media is dominated by political theater and extreme narratives, CASSIUS provides readers with a rare lens that positions Black culture as central to the world’s key issues.

Cadillac and The Coca-Cola Company are the proud launch partners of CASSIUS.

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Aja Naomi King receives Lincoln Shining Star Award at ESSENCE Black Women in Hollywood

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The Lincoln Motor Company returned this year as an exclusive automotive sponsor for ESSENCE’s tenth annual Black Women in Hollywood event held last Thursday in Beverly Hills. 2017 marks the eighth consecutive year Lincoln has been the exclusive automotive sponsor for the event.

This year’s event celebrated black excellence in film honoring singer and breakout actress Janelle Monae, producer Issa Rae, Black-Ish star Yara Shahidi and How To Get Away With Murder actress Aja Naomi King. King was presented the Lincoln Shining Star Award by her co-stars Viola Davis and Alfred Enoch.

Kenya Freeman, lead designer for Sylvia Mollie created custom dresses inspired Lincoln Black Label for Lincoln Art of Arrival contest winner, Adeola Bakre, and Lincoln Blogger Bar host and author Demetria Lucas D’Oyley. The designs pulled inspiration from Black Label themes Rhapsody in Blue (Bakre) and Center Stage (D’Oyley).

“This year’s honorees embodied class and elegance similar to our flagship vehicle, the all-new Lincoln Continental,” said Raj Register, multicultural communications manager, Lincoln.

Celebrities like Alfred Enoch, Cynthia Ervio, Loretta Devine, Laverne Cox and Debbie Allen arrived at the star-studded event in the latest lineup of Lincoln vehicles including 2017 Lincoln MKZ and Continental.

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Fly Recap: 10th Annual Essence Black Women In Hollywood Awards & Gala Presented by The Lincoln Motor Company

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ESSENCE, the preeminent brand for African-American women, proudly honored remarkable moments and performers in film and television at yesterday’s 10th annual ESSENCE Black Women In Hollywood Awards & Gala. Honoring Hollywood’s “Next Generation” the 2017 ESSENCE Black Women In Hollywood awards were presented to Janelle Monáe, Issa Rae, Aja Naomi King and Yara Shahidi.

Known as one of  Oscar week’s most exalted and star-studded events, the red carpet included celebrity appearances and guests such as Gabrielle Union, Shonda Rhimes, Viola Davis, Pharrell Williams, Common, Tracee Ellis Ross, Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Laverne Cox, Alfre Woodard, Holly Robinson Pete, Sherri Shepard, Tyrese Gibson, Alfred Enoch, Letoya Luckett, Quvenzhane Wallis, Debbie Allen, Tina Knowles-Lawson, Loni Love, Margaret Avery amongst others. Cynthia Erivo offered a heart-wrenching solo performance between honoree acceptances.

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Powerhouse actress Aja Naomi King was presented the Lincoln Shining Star Award by Viola Davis. Multi-talented singer, songwriter, actress, and model Janelle Monáe was presented the Breakthrough Award by Pharrell Williams. Issa Rae was presented the Vanguard Award by Debbie Allen and Yara Shahidi was presented the Generation Next Award by Tracee Ellis Ross. 

The ESSENCE Black Women In Hollywood Awards & Gala will be televised as an ESSENCE and OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network special, airing on Sunday, March 5 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on OWN.

The ESSENCE Black Women in Hollywood Awards & Gala was presented by The Lincoln Motor Company and sponsored by AT&T, Coca-Cola, Colgate® Optic White®, GEICO, L’Oréal Paris, Planned Parenthood Federation of America and Walmart.

Please visit Essence.com for highlights and behind-the-scenes footage from the ESSENCE Black Women in Hollywood Awards & Gala.  Follow Essence on Twitter @essenceonline #BlackWomenInHollywood and join in the discussion at www.facebook.com/essence.

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Essence To Honor Janelle Monae, Issae Rae, Yara Shahidi and Aja Naomi at The 10th Annual Black Women In Hollywood Gala

Time Inc.’s (NYSE:TIME) Essence, the preeminent brand for African-American women, will commemorate the 10th anniversary of its esteemed Black Women in Hollywood Awards—the annual Oscar-week celebration at the forefront of spotlighting Hollywood’s most creative and accomplished visionaries. Shifting from a daytime luncheon to a resplendent evening gala for the first time, the red carpet ceremony will be held at the Beverly Wilshire in Beverly Hills, CA, on Thursday, February 23, 2017.

The Awards & Gala will honor Hollywood’s “Next Generation”—young women who are excelling and elevating their crafts—including triple-threat actress/musician/entertainer Janelle Monáe (Breakthrough Award); groundbreaking actress/writer/producer Issa Rae (Vanguard Award); standout actress Aja Naomi King (Lincoln Shining Star Award); and dynamic actress Yara Shahidi (Generation Next). Actress/Producer Gabrielle Union will serve as the program’s host.

“For the past decade, the “Essence Black Women in Hollywood Awards have paid homage to our modern image-makers—both in front of the camera and behind the scenes,” said Essence Editor-in-Chief Vanessa K. De Luca. “This past year has been an exceptional one for diversity in film and television, and with the incredible contributions of Janelle, Issa, Aja and Yara, it is fitting that our 10th anniversary will honor the future of Hollywood and its continued steps on the path to inclusion.”

Also for the first time, internationally acclaimed visual artist and filmmaker Mickalene Thomas will be infusing the event with her elaborate imagery celebrating the power of female beauty as a facet of women’s empowerment.

Since its inception in 2008, the “Essence Black Women in Hollywood Awards have honored some of the most cherished figures in the industry, including Oprah Winfrey, Lupita Nyong’o, Ava DuVernay, Halle Berry, Viola Davis, Jada Pinkett-Smith, Angela Bassett, Queen Latifah, Naomie Harris, Octavia Spencer, Taraji P. Henson, Jennifer Hudson, Zoe Saldana, Alfre Woodard, Regina King, Gabrielle Union, Tracee Ellis Ross, Debbie Allen, Nina Shaw, Mary J. Blige, Gabourey Sidibe, Quvenzhané Wallis, Jurnee Smollett, Ruby Dee, Diahann Carroll, Cicely Tyson, Loretta Devine, Mara Brock Akil, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Ruth E. Carter, Nina Shaw, Gina Prince-Bythewood and Suzanne de Passe.

As a highlight of Oscar week, this elegant awards celebration has hosted many of Hollywood’s elite, including Chris Rock, Tom Cruise, Will Smith, Amy Adams, Emma Stone, Samuel L. Jackson, Forest Whitaker, James Cameron, Terrence Howard and Laurence Fishburne, among many others.

Stay tuned to Essence.com for highlights and behind-the-scenes access to the “Essence Black Women in Hollywood Awards & Gala.” Follow them on Twitter and Instagram @essence #BlackWomeninHollywood. Join in the discussion on Facebook.

The gala is presented by The Lincoln Motor Company and sponsored by AT&T, Coca-Cola, Colgate Optic White, GEICO, L’Oréal Paris, Planned Parenthood Federation of America and Walmart.

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Lawrence Hands Issa A Massive L On The Season Finale of ‘Insecure’ Twitter Explodes!

The moment we have all been waiting for arrived tonight as we waited to find out exactly how Lawrence was going to get his revenge on Issa for “scratching an itch” with Daniel A.K.A. cheating on him.

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Throughout the episode conveniently titled “Broken as F***” Issa was basically taking L’s on both sides. Her best-friend Molly isn’t really feeling Issa either. The two awkwardly tolerate each other during a weekend getaway with their two other friends and tempers eventually flare up during the trip.

Lawrence on the other hand is weighing his options but is understandable angry as hell with Issa. To try to get over it he has the obligatory “U Don’t Have To Call” moment, rounds up the homies and they hit the strip club.

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During a lap dance where he gets a proposition for some sexual favors it seemed he began to miss his ex and gives her a call. He tells Issa that he does miss her and that they should talk when she gets back, Issa sees the moment as a great opportunity to fix her relationship and decides she can’t wait and heads back home that same night. Molly volunteers to get Issa home so she can talk to Lawrence. During the trip the two patch their friendship up and things seem to be going back to normal for Issa.

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With one relationship repaired that just leaves things with Lawrence. Things are looking up once again for Issa or so we thought.

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Lawrence arrives at the apartment ahead of Issa, when she gets there she is immediately relieved to see his keys on the counter. She heads into the bedroom and notices his pillow is gone, she turns to the closet and all of his clothing except for his Best Buy polo is gone!

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We instantly zap to Lawrence giving the bank teller Tasha some of the angriest back shots ever!

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Lawrence definitely got his revenge on Issa!

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The episode ends with Issa crying on Molly’s lap as she feels things between her and Lawrence are probably broken beyond repair.

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The immediate reaction to the episode was very swift, and of course there are contrasting opinions from the opposite sexes on how Lawrence handled the situation. Here’s a sample:

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Well until season 2 of Insecure makes it triumphant return Issa and the ladies are going have to hold this L. See how men of the newly formed #LawrenceHive celebrated Lawrence getting his revenge in the gallery below:

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EBONY Magazine Features Kevin Hart Talking Moguldom, Relationships and Race

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Kevin Hart rakes in millions touring the world doing stand-up and dominates the box office with his films. The secret to his success is … well, it’s no secret. Whether spitting bars as satirical battle rapper “Chocolate Droppa” or doing viral dances for the “Gram,” Hart knows how to keep us entertained. But he’s dead serious when it comes to his empire, and he’s become the first comedian to unseat Jerry Seinfeld at the top of Forbes’ highest-paid celebrities list.

EBONY goes one-on-one with the mogul to learn more about the challenges he faced during his climb to the top; the importance he places on marriage and being a family man; and his upcoming stand-up comedy film, KEVIN HART: WHAT NOW? Hart also opens up on hot topics including why he isn’t more outwardly “political” during a time when many celebrities are taking sides in the #allivesmatter and #blacklivesmatter debate.

“I love my people.  I have never not stood by my people and by my race. I love representing my race all over the world at the highest level where people have to look and go, ‘Hey man, that strong Black man right there is a smart individual. He’s got it together; he’s trying to do some positive things.”

Speaking of positivity, the 2016 Men’s Issue is specifically devoted to uplifting Black men.

“This is one of my favorite editions of the year because we shine a much-needed spotlight on the upcoming November election as well as the issues affecting a group of human beings I truly love: Black men,” explains EBONY Editor-in-Chief and Senior Vice President, Head of Digital Editorial Kyra Kyles.  “We are so tired of reading negative stories about our brothers, fathers, husbands, sons, cousins and friends, so this issue highlights awe-inspiring gentlemen making a positive change in their communities and offers self-care tips specific to the fellas.”

In addition to the articles on Hart, Idris Elba and Issa Rae, readers will find a comprehensive voters guide; a 20-year retrospective on the debut albums of Lil’ Kim and Foxy Brown; and an in-depth interview with Abraham Bolden, the first Black Secret Service agent to protect a U.S. president .

For more, pick up the October/November 2016 issue of EBONY, which is coming to a newsstand near you. And to get more Hart, watch the hilarious behind-the-scenes video on Ebony.com. Read and join the conversation on social media using #EbonyHartsKevin

Congrats Kevin!