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Will Smith Speaks His Truth About Open Marriage with Wife Jada

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Two years ago singer August Alsina revealed he had a sordid affair with actress Jada Pinkett Smith, who is married to A-list actor Will Smith.

At the time of his scandalous revelation, Alsina, 29, said Smith, 53, knew about his wife’s May-December relationship and gave them his blessing.

In the November 2021 issue of GQ magazine, Smith admitted both he and Jada, 50, have stepped outside their marriage over the years in order to keep their Love alive.

“Jada never believed in conventional marriage,” Smith tells the men’s fashion magazine.

“Jada had family members that had an unconventional relationship. So she grew up in a way that was very different than how I grew up. There were significant endless discussions about, what is relational perfection? What is the perfect way to interact as a couple? And for the large part of our relationship, monogamy was what we chose, not thinking of monogamy as the only relational perfection.”

Smith, who shares daughter Willow, 20, and son Jaden, 23, with Jada, admits they both opted for an open marriage after years of monogamy.

“We have given each other trust and freedom, with the belief that everybody has to find their own way. And marriage for us can’t be a prison. And I don’t suggest our road for anybody. I don’t suggest this road for anybody. But the experiences that the freedoms that we’ve given one another and the unconditional support, to me, is the highest definition of love.”

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Smith said he often called legendary actor Denzel Washington for marital advice over the years.

“Throughout the years, I would always call Denzel. He’s a real sage. I was probably 48 or something like that and I called Denzel. He said, ‘Listen. You’ve got to think of it as the funky 40. Everybody’s 40s are funky.’ He said, ‘But just wait till you hit the fuck-it 50s.’ He said, ‘Just bear with your 40s.’ I stopped and I was like, ‘The funky 40s and the fuck-it 50s?’ And that’s exactly what happened. It just became the fuck-it 50s, and I gave myself the freedom to do whatever I wanted to do.”

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Will also explained to GQ magazine why he scrapped the making of Emancipation, the film that tells the story behind the photo of “Whipped Peter.”

The historic photo of the ex-slave’s scarred back, taken during an Army medical examination, became known as “The Scourged Back.”

The movie was originally scheduled to shoot in Atlanta, Georgia, but Smith pulled the movie out of Georgia in response to Gov. Brian Kemp‘s new voter protection bill.

“I’ve always avoided making films about slavery,” Smith told GQ writer Wesley Lowery.

“In the early part of my career… I didn’t want to show Black people in that light. I wanted to be a superhero. So I wanted to depict Black excellence alongside my white counterparts. I wanted to play roles that you would give to Tom Cruise. And the first time I considered it was Django. But I didn’t want to make a slavery film about vengeance.”

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Qué Lástima: J Balvin Apologizes For Walking Black Women On Leashes In Controversial “Perra” Music Video

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Qué Lástima: J Balvin Apologizes For Walking Black Women On Leashes In Controversial “Perra” Music Video

J Balvin has been at the receiving end of some serious backlash for weeks now, but after trying to ignore it for a while, he’s finally issued an apology.

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In September, J Balvin released a music video for his collaboration with Tokischa, “Perra.” The song’s title translates to “female dog” in Spanish, and the lyrics for the song are about just that, referring to dogs in heat, among other things.

While the lyrics are your reggaeton subject matter, the problem arose when the pair released a video for the track, which showed the Colombian singer walking with two Black women on leashes. His collaborator, who is Dominican and has a fairly dark complexion, was also seen posing in a dog house for the video. 

Fans were responding negatively to the video for weeks with no response from Balvin, and last week, the visual was quietly removed from Youtube with no word from the musician or his camp. Over the weekend, though, he finally issued an apology, posting an apology video to his Instagram Stories.

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Jean Chrétien chides Justin Trudeau over slow efforts to free the two Michaels

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Jean Chretien in Brampton, Ont., Sept. 14, 2021. (Sean Kilpatrick/Canadian Press)

Politics Insider for Oct. 25, 2021: The Liberals get called out; Jason Kenney’s in trouble; and Alberta’s new mayors talk shop

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Jean Chrétien has told the CBC the Trudeau government should have moved earlier to free the two Michaels: “We lost three years. That is a problem, they stayed in jail for three years. So, I thought at the beginning that they should have moved earlier.”

Former prime minister Brian Mulroney suggested in mid-2019 that Chrétien be sent to China to help resolve the crisis sparked by the arrest of Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou in Canada in late 2018. Former diplomat Michael Kovrig and businessman Michael Spavor were arrested in China a few hours later.

Chrétien said at the time he was willing to go, and was reported in June 2019 to have floated the idea of Trudeau intervening to cancel Meng’s case — his former chief of staff Eddie Goldenberg later made the case plainly in the Globe and Mail, calling for “a prisoner exchange.”

Chrétien made the comments in an interview promoting his new book, My Stories, My Times, Vol. 2, which comes out tomorrow.

Economic warning: In an interview with CTV, Chrétien warned about high levels of government spending.

“We’re printing money like crazy,” he said. Asked if that worried him, he said “yes.”

“We’re moving into a dark alley, but we’ll have to go to the end of the alley.”

Till Tuesday: Susan Delcaourt, in the Star, has a thoughtful column on what to watch for tomorrow when Trudeau appoints his post-election cabinet.

Will it be a cabinet designed to tackle big things like climate change, Indigenous reconciliation and the shape of the post-pandemic future? Or will it be mainly a human-resources exercise of promotions, demotions and lateral moves? Much of the speculation has been focused on the latter: who Trudeau intends to put into problem departments such as defence, and which of the current ministers and MPs are due for a step up or a step out. Trudeau has given few signs, either during the election campaign or afterward, that he is making any big shifts in business as usual.

Change at DND: In the Post, Matt Gurney writes that it was reasonable for Trudeau to take a break after the election, but that’s over and it’s time for him to appoint a new defence minister to do something about the problem of sexual misconduct in the military.

We need one, clearly. It’s long overdue. But there’s no reason to delay tackling this problem for even another day — frankly, we’ve delayed too much already. The prime minister can’t fix the long-festering issues of sexual misconduct in the military overnight, and it would be silly to pretend he could. But he can fix the problem right at the top — immediately.

If you missed it last August, check out Marie-Danielle Smith‘s investigation in Maclean’s, The War Inside the Military.

Kenney looks doomed: How bad does it look for Jason Kenney? Philippe J. Fournier, in Maclean’s, breaks it down.

In this Léger poll, satisfaction towards the federal government’s handling of the pandemic stands at 52 per cent in the province. You read this right: Roughly twice as many Alberta voters are satisfied with the federal Liberals than with the UCP. Even taking into account the poll’s uncertainty, these are eye-popping numbers. And Léger is no outlier: in its latest round of Premier approval, the Angus Reid Institute measured similar damning results for Jason Kenney.

Amateur hour: Speaking of struggling conservatives, Chantal Hebert has a sharply observed column in the Star taking note of Kenney’s troubles and those of Erin O’Toole, who looks to be getting dragged into a “lose-lose fight” over mandatory vaccination on the Hill. Worse still, she writes, the incoherence also extends to the economy.

And here again, the Conservative team seems bent on making Trudeau and Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland look like the adults in the room, for partly lost in the controversy over the Conservatives’ reluctance to comply with mandatory vaccinations was their amateurish approach to the inflation debate. As my colleague Heather Scoffield noted in a column earlier this week, it is ridiculous for the Conservatives to pretend that Trudeau is responsible for rising inflation rates.

If that is what O’Toole and his shadow cabinet really believe, then they are out to lunch. If it is not, then they are taking voters for fools. The allegation only serves to diminish the Official Opposition’s credibility. The fact that the Conservative attacks are backed by conspiracy theories peddled by MP Pierre Poilievre about the Bank of Canada compounds the damage.

Real risk: In the Globe, Andrew Coyne takes a look at the real risk of inflation, and concludes that we should not panic, yet.

The extraordinarily loose fiscal and monetary policies pursued over the past 18 months may not have ignited inflation while the economy was flat on its back, and held there by government-ordered lockdowns. But now that the lockdowns have been lifted, and the economy is recovering, there is real risk of an inflationary blow-off. Escaping that fate will require reductions in both the government’s issuance of debt and the Bank of Canada’s purchases of it. Fortunately, both seem to be in the works. The federal deficit has already been cut, from $335-billion last year to a projected $138-billion in fiscal 2022, and it seems to be heading lower, especially after this week’s decision to discontinue the main pandemic aid programs.

New mayors: In Maclean’s, Jason Markusoff has a lively interview with the new mayors of Calgary and Edmonton,  Jyoti Gondek and Amarjeet Sohi, who have interesting things to say about the progressive p0litical direction of urban Alberta.

Justice for Soliman: Walied Soliman, who chaired Erin O’Toole’s election campaign, has won a $500,000 defamation award against a “news commentator” who used social media sites to accuse Soliman of being a terrorism supporter, the Citizen reports.

Leans right: Twitter has admitted it amplifies more tweets from rightwing politicians and news outlets, especially in Canada, the Guardian reports.

According to a 27-page research document, Twitter found a “statistically significant difference favouring the political right wing” in all the countries except Germany. Under the research, a value of 0% meant tweets reached the same number of users on the algorithm-tailored timeline as on its chronological counterpart, whereas a value of 100% meant tweets achieved double the reach. On this basis, the most powerful discrepancy between right and left was in Canada (Liberals 43%; Conservatives 167%), followed by the U.K. (Labour 112%; Conservatives 176%). Even excluding top government officials, the results were similar, the document said.

$5 bad, $25 good: In the Vancouver Sun, Vaughan Palmer has another column on the NDP government’s plan to impose a $25 fee on access-to-info applications, noting that Murray Rankin deplored such fees, when he was an MP.

Back when the two of them were serving as NDP MPs in the federal parliament, Rankin denounced Ottawa’s $5 application fee “as a tollgate on the public’s right to know.” “Access to information sounds like a good idea when one is in Opposition and can use it as a tool, but when in government, it is expensive and it is a pain,” added Rankin, never thinking how those words might be thrown back at him when he was on the other side of the government-Opposition divide at the provincial level.

— Stephen Maher

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Erika Jayne Dating Again 1 Year After Tom Girardi Split: She’s Been Out With A ‘Handful’ Of Men — Report

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With some help from her friends, the ‘RHOBH’ star has gone on ‘a handful of dates’ with potential new suitors in Los Angeles, a new report states.

It’s been nearly one year since Erika Jayne filed for divorce from her husband Tom Girardi, and a new report states that she’s exploring love all over again. TMZ reported on Oct. 25 that sources say the 50-year-old Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star “started dating a month ago.” In fact, Erika has “already been on a handful of dates with different men” in the Los Angeles area, the report states.

So how is Erika meeting these potential new suitors? Not through the online dating apps, TMZ‘s sources claim. Instead, the Bravo star has been introduced to the men, who are all reportedly “local guys,” through some of her friends.

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It was on Nov. 3, 2020 that Erika filed for divorce after 20 years of marriage to Tom, 82. Weeks later, the pair were sued for allegedly faking their divorce to embezzle money that was intended for Tom‘s clients — some of which were those who lost loved ones in the 2018 Boeing plane crash. Erika’s divorce and legal woes were heavily documented on season 11 of RHOBH, and she’s had a lot to address in the show’s ongoing 4-part reunion. During Part 2, which aired on Oct. 20, Erika clarified why she didn’t leave her husband once she learned of his alleged infidelity.

“I said to Tom if you are in love with someone else, divorce me,” she told Andy Cohen at the reunion. “He said nothing. If you are in love with someone else, don’t make me a bad guy.” Erika also claimed that Tom was unfaithful to her for “years” with at least three mistresses during their marriage. Despite all this, Erika said she believes the lawyer did love her “until he changed”.

As for Tom’s alleged legal misdoings, Erika will address all of that — including if she had any knowledge about it — on part 3 of the RHOBH reunion. It airs on Wednesday, Oct. 27 at 8 pm.

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