Celebrating being being ‘Sexy At Every Size,’ the stars of Netflix‘s hit series Orange Is The New Black grace the cover of Essence Magazine‘s July Issue.
Uzo Aduba, Danielle Brooks, Laverne Cox, Vicky Jeudy, Adrienne C. Moore and Samira Wiley traded in their orange jumpsuits for more fitting styles of elegance, but sticking to the original color theme. They look amazing!
This marks Laverne Cox’s second time being featured on the cover of the veteran magazine. Cox describes her ritual of learning to love herself, no matter what:
“This is intense, and it’s hard. What I’ve been doing is looking in the mirror and listing all the things I have an issue with and then saying, ‘This is beautiful.’ I just go down the list and tell myself, ‘You have to accept that this is you today.’ I make time to do this.”
25 y/o Danielle Brooks also chimed-in about being her size in this industry:
“Being [my size] in this industry is so rare, but regular people look more like me than runway models. To show beauty in a different way really lights me up inside. That’s so cheesy, but it does.”
Professional football player William Gay and Orange Is The New Black‘s award-winning actress Uzo Aduba joined Verizon’s HopeLine program this week to take action against Domestic Violence. Together they announced a goal of collecting 1 million phones this year to support victims of domestic violence.
Joined with William and Uzo were Verizon Executive Rose Kirk, and Safe Horizon‘s Juanito Vargas. With the supporting quartet on-hand the event turned out to be quite the success, which brought an abundance of awareness to this major cause.
A little info on how Helpline works:
HopeLine provides ways for individuals to take action against domestic violence by donating no-longer-used wireless phones and accessories in any condition from any service provider. Verizon turns these resources into support for domestic violence organizations and programs nationwide.
Since its launch in October 2001, HopeLine has donated hundreds of thousands of phones and awarded millions of dollars in cash grants to non-profit organizations and agencies.
**Phones that are provided from Verizon has a tracker and spyware. That would be a phone the victim can keep on them at all times in case of any situation. Each phone has 3,ooo pre-paid minutes of air and text time.**
Rose Kirk spoke more about the initiative with SFPL:
We wanted to have a corporate social responsibility cause that allowed us to take Verizon’s assets and have a huge impact in society. We also wanted to be in a situation where we can actually help victims of domestic violence. We have a HUGE number of employees, whether they’re male or female that we know are probably going to be victims; if you look at the stats of 1 in 4 Women, 1 in 7 Men — so we knew that we had an opportunity. And that opportunity was to create a program where our assets could be used for good, and that’s how this program was created.
William spoke with SFPL on why he participated this year:
I wanted to tell my mother’s story. Her story can help someone out there that are going through the same issues that she went through. And that’s why I wanted to join Verizon’s Hopeline Program. They wanted to get the point across about domestic violence, and that’s what i’m trying to do as well.
His advice to others that have been through domestic violence:
I would advise the victims to just open up about it. Open up about your story. It would help you and in return help someone else that may be going through the same situation; or know someone that’s going through the situation as well. The more we talk about it, the more people would feel comfortable about opening up, getting involved in different organizations, and getting the information that they need to seek help.
Uzo also spoke with SFPL on her reason for joining in on the cause:
I have a familiarity with domestic violence. So, the advice that I would give to other victims is: #1 – It’s not you fault. #2 – You are not to blame. I understand it’s hard to leave, but if you can find one strongly day, leave on that one strong day. JUST GO. Pack your things and go. It’s not worth it.
Uzo speaks on the recent happenings of the Baltimore Riots:
I think our president said it best when he recently gave his interview. He said something to the effect of; “I think our law enforcement needs to do some soul-searching, I think our community needs to do some soul-searching, and our country needs to do some soul-searching.” And I think he did a fine job at expressing that and I support that idea as well. I think that you can never run away from the truth.
Congrats to Verizon, Uzo, William, Rose, Juanito and others who participated in forming such a great cause! This is absolutely FLY!
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Lavern Cox is setting her orange jailhouse jumpsuit aside and boldly going nude for Allure! With the hit show Orange Is The New Black returning for Season 4 on Netflix and now this, she is on the way to making a huge change in the way we see transgender women in television. Lavern admits that she was doubtful when first approached with the opportunity to go nude, but knowing and understanding her position in representing 2 communities, she later agreed.
“Seeing a black transgender woman embracing and loving everything about herself might be inspiring to some other folks. There’s beauty in the things we think are imperfect. That sounds very cliché, but it’s true. I honestly just want to make myself happy most, and if other people like it, then that’s great. If they don’t, then I’m still happy.”
The hype is real! Season 3 of Netflix‘s hit series Orange Is The New Black hasn’t even premiered yet, but the popular streaming service has announced that the series has been renewed for a 4th season.
With releasing the announcement of season 4 coming next year, Netflix also released another sneak peek of what’s going to happen during season 3, and from the looks of it Suzanne A.K.A ‘Crazy Eyes,’ believes Vee will come back for her.
The original gang will be back, but there is a new inmate in town. Ruby Rose joins the cast playing ‘Stella.’ This shall be interesting; check out the official trailer to the hit series ‘Orange Is The New Black.’
The highly-anticipated second season of the Netflix original series ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK, is premiering with all 13 episodes on Friday, June 6, 2014 exclusively on Netflix in all territories where Netflix is available. SFPL has included an all-new exciting trailer from the upcoming season below as well as a “3 Words” clip where the cast sums up the second season in three words!