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Brandee Evans Talks To BOSSIP About Her Acting Idols, Social Media, Sex Scenes And Season 2 Of “P-Valley”

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Brandee Evans Talks To BOSSIP About Her Acting Idols, Social Media, Sex Scenes And Season 2 Of “P-Valley”

If you’re anything like us, you are eagerly and IMPATIENTLY awaiting the return of “P-Valley”.

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With its bevy of diverse beauties, colorful wardrobes and gritty storylines the STARZ series was easily the best thing to happen in 2020. Now that the first season is done, our Sr. Content Editor Janeé Bolden chatted up Brandee Evans, the beautiful and talented star of the show about how this wait has us fiendin’something serious!

“The whole world is,” Evans tells BOSSIP about our impatience. “I honestly sometimes am like, ‘Do I really need them groceries? I don’t even want to go to the store because somebody gonna ask me when Season 2 coming out. It’s so much but I am so grateful for all of the love.”

Unlike anything we’ve ever witnessed on TV (except MAYBE Michael K. Williams brilliant portrayal of Omar on HBO’s “The Wire”), the plot on P-Valley was driven by Evans’ Mercedes, an independent businesswoman with her mind on bettering herself, and Uncle Clifford (Nicco Annan) a complicated non-binary strip club owner secretly being romanced by an aspiring rapper named Lil Murda.

BOSSIP: Were you surprised that the community has been so supportive of the storyline with Uncle Clifford and Lil Murda?

Brandee Evans: Like completely received it right? I’m excited, I’m happy about it and impressed with us because we can be judgmental at times, so I was happy with the openness in our community for that dialogue especially and I know it was something that Katori truly wanted.

BOSSIP: We saw the screeners before the first season and we spoke with J. Alphonse Nicholson about it and we were like, ‘Are you ready?’ And he was!

BE: Love him. We’re all a family. I’m proud of him, because as a heterosexual man, tackling that role, I’m sure was very difficult and he handled it like a champ. A lot of people ask is he really gay? Hell nah. He’s an amazing actor, that’s what you’re watching. You are watching an actor work, you are watching a thespian work.

BOSSIP: You’re a caregiver for your mom. Do you find it ironic that Mercedes and her mother have the opposite dynamic?

BE: Yes, but not really. I laugh and I go, ‘Patrice is Diana back in the day in a sense and Mercedes is Brandee in a sense back in the day.’ So you see what Mercedes is probably going to be later in life in Brandee and you see what Patrice, outside of the disability, could be. Just that openness and that true unbreakable bond that I feel I have with my mom now, that Mercedes and Patrice do not have, but it took a lot of work, so they’re in the throes of what I’ve been through with my mother back in the day. Forgiveness is real so hopefully one day we’ll see the forgiveness in Mercedes and Patrice.

Where are the sex scenes for Mercedes? Are we going to see her get some finally in Season 2?

BE: Oh My God. Lord girl, I am nervous. I don’t know what Katori has up her sleeve. I think a lot of people want to see that. You know who don’t want to see it,? My Daddy and my brothers, that’s who doesn’t want to see that. A part of me is like, I’ve never done that so a part of me wants to see. So if that happens, know that Mercedes gave me my first sex scene or any love interest moment in my life on a screen. But if that happens, what better way, because I’ve never felt so safe playing a character,having female directors, having Katori and just every one on that set making me comfortable. So if I have to get my cherry popped on a tv show why not “P-Valley”?

BOSSIP: Mercedes is celibate. She’s been through a lot.

BE: That’s very similar to Brandee too because that’s where my priorities are – my mama and my work.

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BOSSIP: You and Shannon be out here breaking Instagram

BE: I love Shannon, that’s my buddy right there, we’re so close. We live in the same building too.

BOSSIP: Do you guys work out together?

>BE: We did and that’s why we had to come back hard because we were like who is going to fit in this floss? We gotta get it together. We ain’t got time to get wardrobe to get new sizes. When we first got to Atlanta we were like, ‘let’s workout hard together.’ We have different body types, which is important for women to know. Alot of times they look at us or any celebrity or women in general and compare bodies. Shannon and I have very different body types. Shannon does a different type of workout. We love working out together, but we have to do pretty much opposite workouts. I’m into the cardio, because child I have to workout or the hips I got from my mama will get out of control. If I weight train too much I bulk up too fast.

BOSSIP: What was it like seeing all the responses to the show on social media?

BE: I was overwhelmed. I forget about Twitter sometimes. I am more of an Instagram girl where I can just post it and leave. You have to be so interactive on Twitter, sometimes I’m like, ‘Dang somebody responded back!’ and I’m like days late with Twitter. I am definitely more of an Instagram girl and it will automatically share all over Facebook.

BOSSIP: How about the comments? Do you ever get caught up by what people are commenting?

BE: I keep it moving. That’s been a blessing from a lot of my friends that have been in the industry longer than me give me advice. I try to respond to everyone because I’m that girl, especially the people that can relate to me and my mom. If I see they’re going through that I want to talk to everyone. But it can be overwhelming and I’m an empath too so I’m taking it on. I’ll be sitting on Instagram all day long looking at everybody’s story and I’m laughing and crying so hard I had to cut off my DMs.

BOSSIP: We noticed you have a really supportive group of fellow actresses in your friend circle.

BE: It’s amazing. Even in Atlanta. From the beginning, when I was going through the audition process I was talking to Gabrielle (Dennis) asking questions, ‘How do you do this scene? How do you that scene?’ Her and Karimah from “All American.” Lots of friends who have been there every step of the way, I’m so grateful they have been the big sister mentors to be there for the late night calls to help me handle situations. A lot of times I think we don’t talk about things in the industry because we’re afraid of someone taking a job from us, but in my mind and in my circle we don’t believe anyone can take anything from anyone, because what’s for you is for you. If we’re winning, then you’re winning and we’re all looking and that’s how we look at it. I’m grateful because I’ve been watching most of them, clapping in the background so to have them right beside me as my peers is just amazing.

BOSSIP: If you could be a little birdy in Katori’s ear, what things would you want to see happen for Mercedes?

BE: What I learned in Season 1 is that her ideas when it comes to this storyline, are always going to be better than mine because she’s thought so far ahead. She’s been in this world way longer than I have and she’s always open to me expressing creativity to her. I sent her an outfit and she loved it, I think Mercedes is going to wear it on the show now. Those collaborative ideas she’s always open to. But storyline, I like to stay in my lane because she is so creative and it would be an injustice for me to try to change what she has planned because what it is is so much deeper than what I’m thinking . So I’ve definitely learned what Katori is doing is for a reason. I might not even understand until episode 8, but I’ll be like ‘oh my gosh, she did this in Episode 1 because of this!’

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BOSSIP: Last year we interviewed Jamaica Craft, who choreographed the show. What was it like working with her? We know you danced professionally before acting.

BE: I absolutely love Jamaica and I remember them telling me she was going to be the choreographer and I screamed and then, when I got off the phone, I cried. I truly love Jamaica. If you are a professional dancer and you really do your research, you know that Jamaica is the queen. To work with her is amazing. I had gotten to a point in my career where I was actually tired of dancing, so actually Jamaica has been the lighter back on that fire, to light that fuel, light that fire in me with dance, because if it wasn’t for “P-Valley” I could never dance a day in my life and truly never miss it. But when you have someone like Jamaica being your choreographer it brings all that joy back. And then what’s funny is last year Mercedes only danced three times but it feels like she did more. That’s what I really love about “P-Valley” . It’s serving what and where I stand right now and what I really want right now in my career, which is to be truly focused on the acting and I have the dance heritage to serve the storyline, but I don’t feel like my career is dancing anymore. Brandee is focused on the acting.

BOSSIP: If you could do a biopic, which celebrity biopic would you want to star in?

BE: I think the whole world knows it’s Angela Bassett at this point. I love Angela. Forever she’s been my favorite. On the screen to my right – it may be a little creepy at this point but I have her over there, I have Viola and I have Regina King.

BOSSIP: Can you give us any hints about what to expect from Season 2?

BE: You’re going to see us tackling the things we’ve been dealing with in the past year. So everything that was hot, or impinged us in any way, you’re going to see that. I think that’s something that Katori likes to stay true to. Real-life situations, some things that we’ve all seen, been through, or known somebody else who went through it. 2020 gave us a lot to deal with. I think we’ll be able to address that on P-Valley.

We can’t wait!

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Tom Holland Goes Shirtless & Looks Very Spider-Man For Boxing Workout With Friend — Photo

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The Marvel movie star looked fitter than ever in a sexy, shirtless photo taken during his boxing workout at the gym.

Tom Holland‘s looking good! The British actor, 25, showed off his abs and muscles while shirtless for a boxing workout in a photo shared to Instagram by his pal Oliver Travena, 40. The Jan. 18 image showed Tom looking extremely toned while posing next to Oliver, who opted to keep his shirt on, during the grueling workout. Both men had boxing gloves on as they stared directly at the camera for the photo.

In his caption, Oliver joked about his experience training the Spider-Man: No Way Home star. “⚠️WARNING ⚠️ Use extreme caution when training with a friend who is also a Marvel Superhero,” he wrote. “May cause post workout collapse. @tomholland2013 🕷🤪.” Oliver then teased Tom by adding the hashtag #NowPutYourShirtBackOnSpiderman, before including the hashtag to Tom’s blockbuster superhero film.

It’s pretty impressive to see just how fit Tom has gotten from training for Spider-Man. Although he was shirtless, Tom did cover up a bit by wearing long light-blue shorts for the workout. He also wore white Vans socks and white athletic sneakers. But of course, it was Tom’s fantastic abs and massive muscles that really stood out in the snapshot.

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Tom has been living his best life since his third Spider-Man film came out on December 17. The action movie has grossed over $1.6 billion worldwide, making it one of the biggest money-making films ever created. Tom’s even defended the Marvel Cinematic Universe against against past comments that acclaimed director Martin Scorsese, 79, has made about superhero movies.

“I’ve made Marvel movies and I’ve also made movies that have been in the conversation in the world of the Oscars, and the only difference, really, is one is much more expensive than the othe,” Tom told The Hollywood Reporter on Dec. 24. “But the way I break down the character, the way the director etches out the arc of the story and characters — it’s all the same, just done on a different scale. So I do think they’re real art,” he said.

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Steve Harvey Reacts To Pic Of Daughter Lori Harvey On Michael B. Jordan’s Lap: ‘I’m Very Uncomfortable’

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Steve Harvey Reacts To Pic Of Daughter Lori Harvey On Michael B. Jordan’s Lap: ‘I’m Very Uncomfortable’

Steve Harvey may be a fan of his daughter’s boyfriend, but that doesn’t mean he wants their PDA shoved in his face.

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During a recent appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, host Ellen DeGeneres asked the Family Feud host whether or not his daughter Lori Harvey’s boyfriend, Michael B. Jordan, spent the holidays with their family.

As she asked the question, a photo of Lori sitting in Jordan’s lap appeared on the screen, which caused a hilarious reaction from the 65-year-old.

“I’ve never seen that picture before,” Steve replied. “I’m very uncomfortable with that picture right there. I’m not really feeling that picture.”

Luckily, Jordan makes up for the uncomfortable PDA in other areas. Steve Harvey went on to explain that this past holiday marked the Creed star’s second Christmas with his family, and when asked if he was a “good gift-giver,” Steve replied: “Hell yeah.”

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Dolly Parton’s Tattoos: The Truth About Her ‘Tasteful’ Ink

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Dolly Parton is a music icon, a movie star, and one of the world’s most beloved celebrities. But, is she a ‘tattoo girl?’ Get to the bottom of the rumors surrounding Dolly’s ink.

There are a lot of undeniable truths about Dolly Parton. She’s one of the most prolific and profound songwriters ever, as evident by her induction into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. She’s a musical legend, with chart-topping songs like “I Will Always Love You,” “9 to 5,” “Jolene,” and “Tennessee Homesick Blues.” Dolly’s also a pop culture phenomenon, having starred in 9 to 5, Steel Magnolias, and The Porter Wagoner Show, among other films and TV shows. And yet, amongst all these fantastic truths and facts about this legend, there is one persistent rumor: that she’s more inked up than Post Malone.

Dolly’s tendency to always wear long sleeves – and her frequent use of gloves – has sparked speculation that she’s covered in tattoos. But, is she? Yes and no. “I don’t really like to make a big to-do of [the tattoos] because people make such a big damn deal over every little thing,” she told Vanity Fair in 2017. “But most of the tattoos, when I first started, I was covering up some scars that I had, ’cause I have a tendency to have keloid scar tissue, and I have a tendency where if I have any kind of scars anywhere then they kind of have a purple tinge that I can never get rid of.”

“So mine are all pastels, what few that I have, and they’re meant to cover some scars. I’m not trying to make some big, bold statement,” she added.

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Dolly touched upon the tattoo talk three years later in discussion with PEOPLE. “I do have some tattoos, that’s true,” she said. “But they’re tasteful. I’m not a tattoo girl.” As to what Dolly has for tattoos, she told PEOPLE that they’re “pretty” and nothing obscene or outlandish. “They’re artful, and they usually started out to cover some scar, not to make a big statement. Ribbons and bows and butterflies are the things that I have.”

Again, Dolly explained the reason behind the tattoos. She was very sick and had to wear a feeding tube at one point in her life. The apparatus left an indentation on her side, and Dolly wasn’t fond of it. “I’m so far that scars turn purple on me,” she said. So, she decided to “make positives out of negatives” by turning this scar into art. “I had a little beehive tattooed over it — a little yellow-and-brown beehive with a tiny little bee on top of the hive. The mouth of it is that little sinkhole.”

While chatting with W Magazine in 2021, Dolly explained that she’s connected with the butterfly and has adorned her body with a few of them. “Butterflies don’t sting, they don’t bite, and they are so beautiful,” Parton continued. “And I just kind of related to them with my own personality. I claimed them as my little symbol.” The butterfly has also helped Dolly through her hardships. “I’ve had surgeries for different things, and if the scars didn’t heal properly, I just gotta put tattoos to take the sting out.”

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The world first got word of Dolly’s tattoos in 1984, as Cheat Sheet noted the singer spoke with Ladies’ Home Journal about getting ink to cover up some post-surgery scars. “I’m going to get tattooed right over my stomach incision. I don’t mean mermaids. I mean, from the left side of my navel down, I’ll make what looks like a tiny ribbon of eyelet lace in very light colors.” Dolly said she wanted to make the ribbon “baby pink” with “Baby lavender. With faint, tiny roses. I’ll make a sweet, delicate bow with what looks to be a little end that falls over like a piece of string. Like a little streamer.”

“It’ll be very delicate. All the bows and ribbons will be matching. Isn’t that precious? I sketched my design and already had a consultation with someone in New York who’s going to do it for me… my doctor can’t wait to see my tattoos,” she added. During an appearance on The Tonight Show in 1996, host Jay Leno saw one of Dolly’s tattoos, and she said she has an angel and some butterflies.

While Dolly has never been shy to acknowledge her tattoos, she’s kept them covered up mostly because of their placement. “I do have a few, but they’re not where you can see them,” she said during a 2014 appearance on The Today Show. “They are mostly for my husband.”

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