Gabrielle Union
American actress
Gabrielle Union
Gabrielle Monique Union is an American actress and former model. Among her notable roles is as the cheerleader opposite Kirsten Dunst in the film Bring it On. Union starred opposite Will Smith and Martin Lawrence in the blockbuster film Bad Boys II and played a medical doctor in the CBS drama series City of Angels. She starred with LL Cool J in Deliver Us from Eva in 2003.
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The Essence Women In Hollywood Event Was Full Of Black Girl Magic
Huffington Post - 4 days
Essence magazine held its 10th Annual Black Women in Hollywood Awards in Beverly Hills on Thursday night, where four black women were honored for their contributions to the entertainment industry.  Among the nominees were Aja Naomi King of “How to Get Away With Murder”, Yara Shahidi of "Black-ish", Janelle Monae of "Hidden Figures" and Issa Rae of "Insecure." The four women each took the stage to accept their awards at the Beverly Wiltshire Four Seasons, where guests in attendance included Gabrielle Union, Tina Knowles, Cynthia Erivo and Viola Davis.  The event will air on March 5 on OWN, but until then, check out some of the beauties who attended below:  -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.
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Dwyane Wade and Gabrielle Union won't 'stick to sports' - nor should they
Chicago Times - 9 days
Dwyane Wade strolled through a sea of admirers and photographers, a Bulls guard looking more like a movie star. He wore shades indoors and a cream-colored outfit so his black Wade 5 "All-Star" shoes — publicly unveiled this weekend — would pop, as they say. Those were the obvious contrasts, but...
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Celebrities Lost Any Semblance Of Chill After Beyoncé's Grammy Performance
Huffington Post - 15 days
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Gabrielle Union Ventures into Beauty Business with 'Flawless' Haircare Line - Forbes
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Forbes Gabrielle Union Ventures into Beauty Business with 'Flawless' Haircare Line Forbes Star of BET series Being Mary Jane, Gabrielle Union, is expanding her horizons. Following an acting career which has lasted for more than two decades, the actress is now making her first steps as a beauty entrepreneur. Flawless by Gabrielle Union, ... Gabrielle Union Launches Her Own Haircare Line: 'I Want Women with Textured Hair to Have Great Hair Days' Gabrielle Union Set to Launch Hair-Care Brand at Ulta BeautyWWD Gabrielle Union Launches Hair Care Line For Women With Textured HairHuffington Post Jezebel -The Fashion Spot -POPSUGAR -Us Weekly all 20 news articles »
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Gabrielle Union Launches Hair Care Line For Women With Textured Hair
Huffington Post - 28 days
Gabrielle Union-Wade is one of those people who has great hair, doesn’t appear to age and is just effortlessly beautiful. That said, it only makes sense that the star is dipping her toes into the beauty ― specifically hair care ― market. Union’s hair-care brand, Flawless, features ten products ― all in the affordable price range of $19 - $29 ― and is designed specifically for women with textured hair. It will include shampoos, conditioners, styling aids and treatments. The line aims to “address issues women with textured hair face most often such as dryness, split ends, damage, brittleness and frizz,” according to a press release. “I myself have suffered from one too many bad hair days and have never found one range of products that met all of my needs. I wanted to change that,” Union said in the release. “This line is all about healthy hair and versatility – so you can change up your styles without compromising the condition of your hair. I want women to be able to express ...
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Hacker Who Stole Celebrities' Nude Photos Gets 9 Months In Prison
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Dwyane Wade And Gabrielle Union Teamed Up To Take Down A Critical Reporter On Twitter
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Dwyane Wade and Gabrielle Union have more fun on social media than any other NBA couple. Union has also shown that she’s not afraid to get on her husband’s case when he’s not getting the job done on the court – she once called Wade out for not doing what he needed to do to secure a rebound during a game. Frank Isola of the New York Daily News made a comment about Wade getting the benefit of the doubt from officials after he benefitted from a controversial call late in Chicago’s win against Sacramento.
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WATCH: Gabrielle Union on 'Hidden Fences' Flubs and Meryl Streep's Speech at Golden Globes
ABC News - about 2 months
Actress supports Streep and discusses Jenna Bush Hager's and Michael Keaton's confusing "Hidden Figures" and "Fences."
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70 Glorious Tweets From Women About The 2017 Golden Globes
Huffington Post - about 2 months
Another year, another glamorous night of the Golden Globe Awards ― the annual show where we get to watch some of the most glamorous celebs in Hollywood get drunk and celebrate our favorite moments on the big and small screen ― and occasionally say something powerful and profound.  Highlights of the night for women ranged from Tracee Ellis Ross finally winning her first Golden Globe for “Black-ish,” “The Crown” winning all the awards, and Meryl Streep’s poignant, political acceptance speech for Lifetime Achievement.  But the best part of any awards show is, without a doubt, the tweets, and the ladies of Twitter were in fine form tonight. Check it out:  I like the Barb bit BUT I WOULD. — emily nussbaum (@emilynussbaum) January 9, 2017 FINALLY BARB GETS THE AIRTIME SHE DESERVES #justiceforbarb — Julia Bush (@jabush) January 9, 2017 I'm traumatized by lace clothing. It's just too representative of Christmas table clothes stained with fa ...
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BET & Gabrielle Union Reach Settlement In 'Being Mary Jane' Lawsuit
Huffington Post - 2 months
The future is looking brighter for Being Mary Jane. Bet announced today that the two sides have reached a settlement in star Gabrielle Union’s multimillion-dollar breach of contract lawsuit against the network. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.
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29 Of The Most Powerful Pieces Of Writing By Women In 2016
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There were moments during 2016 where it was easy to wonder whether women were valued at all in this country. When a serial sexual predator can become the president of the United States, do women’s voices and stories even matter? But even in those darkest moments, we could count on those voices and stories to pull us all through.  Moving into the next year, lifting up quality journalism ― specifically quality journalism written by women and members of other marginalized groups ― will be all the more vital.  To that end, for the fifth year in a row, we’ve curated a list of pieces that made an impact on us as readers over the last calendar year. To make the list, an article had to be (1) published in 2016, (2) written by a woman and (3) be available online. Below are 29 pieces of writing (though by no means is this an exhaustive list) to put on your reading list ASAP. They will make you think, laugh, cry ― alternately break your heart and put it back together again. Remember: ...
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Kris Bryant and fiancee's adorability confirmed, now go buy them some cookware
Chicago Times - 3 months
Who knows how much longer Chicago will have the Cutlers to kick around, or how much we'll see Dwyane Wade's Hollywood half, Gabrielle Union-Wade, around Chicago. But don't count Kris Bryant and Jessica Delp out of the conversation for top sports couple of Chicago. Bryant and his fiancee, whose online...
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'Doctor Strange' Takes Top Spot At The Box Office For Second Weekend In A Row
Huffington Post - 4 months
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Review: ‘Almost Christmas,’ a Home-for-the-Holidays Comedy
NYTimes - 4 months
David E. Talbert’s film is often disarmingly entertaining, with an appealing and talented cast that includes Danny Glover, Gabrielle Union and Mo’Nique.
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Almost Christmas
Huffington Post - 4 months
Watching this humorous film is like getting a funny Christmas card that makes you laugh uncontrollably as it warms you heart. This ode to the joy and angst people feel as their family reconvenes for the certain chaos, gluttony and joy during Christmas, is a nice way to start the holiday season. It's a very entertaining stocking stuffer. (Photo courtesy of Universal Pictures) The cast of the holiday film Almost Christmas. Under writer/director David E. Talbert's (First Sunday) guidance you know there will be equal parts comedy and inspirational message. Toss in producer Will Packer's (Think Like a Man) sensibility and you can pile on the silliness and bawdy humor. What's on view is a raucous comedy that feels almost TV sitcommish. It's seasoned with enough soap opera-ish drama to make you laugh at the characters, be astonished by their schemes and heartened by the way they resolve their problems. Walter Meyers (Danny Glover, The Color Purple), the successful owner of severa ...
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Gabrielle Union talks equal pay amid BET lawsuit: 'I put in the same hours as most men'
Fox News - 4 months
The actress also spoke to ET about reuniting with her 'Love and Basketball' and 'Two Can Play That Game' co-stars.....
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Gabrielle Union On Her Biggest Fear About Raising 'Privileged' Black Boys
Huffington Post - 4 months
Keeping her boys aware and informed about racism is a constant challenge for Gabrielle Union. In a video interview for the November issue of Essence magazine, the actress shared some of the challenges she and husband Dwayne Wade often have while raising his sons Zaire, Xavier and Zion. Despite their conversations surrounding race and police relations in America, Union said that she and Wade want to make sure the boys aren’t “ignorant” to their social status. “Even if society didn’t give us hashtags every day to prompt us, I was raised talking about it all the time. So I try to make sure our boys are not as ignorant as I was,” she said. “We are raising privileged black boys, which creates an interesting situation. Me and D, we weren’t raised with that kind of privilege, so we’re kind of learning through their eyes.” Union went on to recall a past situation where she was reluctant to let the boys walk to a neighbor’s basketball court after dark, before learning ...
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Gabrielle Union
  • 2016
    Age 43
    In 2016, she is set to appear in films The Birth of a Nation, Sleepless Night, and A Meyers Christmas.
    More Details Hide Details Gabrielle Union was born in Omaha, Nebraska, the daughter of Theresa (Glass), a phone company manager and social worker, and Sylvester E. Union, a business executive and military sergeant. She was raised Catholic and "to be an independent woman, standing on my own two feet, and that's the road I opted to take." According to Union, her mother taught her to have "a world perspective" and took her to a gay pride parade at the age of eight after the family moved to Pleasanton, California, where she was raised. Her parents divorced after 30 years of marriage and Union said, "They handled their divorce and our subsequent transition into a blended family with grace and dignity and respect. They always put us first and didn't involve us. I'm lucky that I can just mirror what my parents did and always put the kids first. They're pretty awesome, I'm lucky."
  • 2015
    Age 42
    In November 2015, Union will voice Nala in the Disney movie and series The Lion Guard.
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  • 2014
    Age 41
    The office of Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed in November 2014 announced a campaign entitled "Take a Stand" and its commission of a short film featuring Union and Tika Sumpter.
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    In March 2014, Union released her first wine, "Vanilla Puddin'".
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    It was reported in November 2014, that Union became ambassador for nail polish company SensatioNail.
    More Details Hide Details She became the company's first celebrity ambassador and creative advisor. In 2010, Union launched Love & Blessings, a clothing line for plus-sized women. The line was inspired by Union's full-figured sister.
    Union attended a charity event on November 18, 2014, which benefited A Night on the Runwade, Dwyane Wade's foundation.
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    In October 2014, it was announced that Union would be designing T-shirts to bring attention to the Women Are Watching campaign.
    More Details Hide Details The announcement came a month before the 2014 midterm elections, with the campaign hoping to have its female base become both aware and critical of the issues and the platform of each candidate. Union said in a press release: "It's hard to believe we're still living in a time when some politicians believe they should make decisions for women about birth control and basic health care. That's why I'm always proud to support Planned Parenthood Action Fund's efforts to engage women around critical issues in the upcoming election through their Women Are Watching campaign. We have to vote like our access to birth control and basic health care is on the line this year – because it is".
    Tanganyika Williams, the aunt of NBA player Matt Barnes, was killed on July 8, 2014.
    More Details Hide Details Union posted on both Instagram and Twitter, calling for anyone with information on the killer of Barnes's aunt to report their information to authorities.
    In a 2014 interview, Union stated that she may have rushed into the relationship for the wrong reasons, noting that, "in my 20s, I was all about getting the ring."
    More Details Hide Details Union had earlier reflected that she spent much of the marriage "upset" and from the relationship, she realized that the men in her life were "just human."
    Union was announced in July 2014 as a producer in the Lifetime film With This Ring.
    More Details Hide Details The leads of the film included Regina Hall, who Union previously worked with in the films The Honeymooners, Think Like a Man and its sequel. Union stated that Hall was "one of the most gifted actresses in our business". She was featured in Chris Rock's Top Five, playing the fiancée of Rock's character. Union viewed her character as being similar to members of the Kardashian family or the Braxton sisters.
    Union reprised her role as Kristen in Think Like a Man Too in 2014, which received mostly negative reviews.
    More Details Hide Details She attended the premiere of the film at the TCL Chinese Theatre, with the rest of the cast. Prior to the film's release, Union expressed her and the cast's belief that the film would do well at the box office. "We had so much fun with the first one. And part of what people responded to was our fun as friends. So to get to come together, all of us friends -- we've all known each other over a decade -- to go to Vegas and they're going to pay us, we knew it would translate again." By July 17, 2014, the film grossed $64,468,351. Union's character in the film was compared to her, the character being a newlywed while Union was engaged at the time. Union did not see this similarity since unlike her character, she kept "her relationship enjoyable, fresh and exciting".
  • 2013
    Age 40
    Wade and Union reconciled, and became engaged in December 2013, the month after the birth. The couple married on August 30, 2014, in Miami, Florida.
    More Details Hide Details Upon the marriage, Union became a stepmother to Xavier and Wade's two elder sons from his first marriage, Zaire (born 2002) and Zion (born 2007). Union stated in an interview prior to the marriage that she and Wade would be signing a prenuptial agreement to protect their individual assets. Union and Wade spent their honeymoon in the Maldives and Tanzania. Union is an advocate for survivors of assault, and has voiced her support for Jada, a Texas teenager who was allegedly sexual assaulted after passing out during a party and had her sexual assault filmed and posted in clips online, where her assault has been mocked by others on social networking websites. Union posted a picture of Jada on Instagram and wrote: "Rape is never funny. Ever. This brave young woman is what a real-life superhero looks like. Someone who stands up and acts when injustice occurs. She's just a child and she's using her voice for good, even in the face of her own personal horror. My hero #IStandWithJada".
    According to Wade, he and Union briefly split up at some point early in 2013 because of career demands.
    More Details Hide Details During that time, Wade and a longtime friend conceived a son, Xavier, born in November 2013.
    Also in 2013 Union starred in Ava DuVernay's short film The Door as part of Miu Miu's Women's Tales campaign.
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    In 2013, she was the star of the BET network show Being Mary Jane.
    More Details Hide Details Union learned of the series while auditioning for Scandal for the role of Olivia Pope, which ultimately went to Kerry Washington. Union has said that she is content with having lost the role in Scandal to Washington. "I didn't get Scandal, but I got something better -- which is my own show," Union stated. "It's all about building a legacy. This new opportunity is something I feel that can grow." Union was impressed with the show's quality and professionalism. "We have so many amazing veterans and so many amazing up-and-comers. It's a beautiful mix."
  • 2012
    Age 39
    Union ran in the Global Race for the Cure in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, June 2, 2012, in honor of her friend Kristen Martinez, who died from breast cancer.
    More Details Hide Details Union was present at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. on August 23, 2013, and unveiled a limited-edition 1963 March on Washington stamp to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the march. Union is a spokeswoman for Neutrogena. She became affiliated with Neutrogena in 2004.
    She then appeared in Steve Harvey's movie Think Like A Man. Union read Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man with friends and thought the book was "common sense". The movie debuted at No. 1 during the weekend of April 20, 2012.
    More Details Hide Details In the film, Union portrays Kristen, who is in an interracial relationship with a character portrayed by Jerry Ferrara. The interracial relationship was not addressed in the film and regarding this, Union stated: "Our characters were not race specific. Interracial relationships are really over thought in Hollywood. It’s simple…just focus on the relationship!" Union related to her character since she "married young, divorced young, and now I'm older and wiser while being in a committed relationship." Union and Meagan Good were seen as having taken advantage of their "straightforward characters to add spots of comic zest as well." Her next appearance was In Our Nature. The film was Brian Savelson's directorial debut and Union expressed how impressed she was with his writing ability, stating that he "wrote such an amazing, nuanced character of Vicky". Union described herself as being "honored" since she had "generally had never predicted or considered auditioning for a role like this". Savelson offered her the role and she was "blown away" due to Savelson having "enough interest" to offer the part to her. She then "fell in love" with the character she portrayed and story of the film. Union was also satisfied with her character being an integral part of the storyline and called the film "a painfully real character piece with a dynamic between father and son, significant others and how it all comes together in a kind of broad way."
    In 2012 she worked with Tyler Perry on the romantic comedy Good Deeds, playing the role of Natalie, the soon to be wife of Perry's character Wesley Deeds.
    More Details Hide Details Union said that after she read the script she became interested in working with Tyler Perry again. "Once I read the script, the biggest thing was that I loved how he didn’t make her a bitch. My character’s usually the villain in this sort of romantic drama. I was very happy that Tyler made her a normal person who has a great career, great friends and who comes from a great family. So, in this case, maybe the relationship’s just not working instead of my character’s being an evil shrew." She also expressed her positive views on working with the cast, describing Phylicia Rashad as "an icon, and amazing."
    In January 2012, Union was announced to be a participant in Bounce TV's documentary Our History.
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  • 2011
    Age 38
    In June 2011, Union defended the music video for the Rihanna single "Man Down" after it sparked controversy for Rihanna depicting a rape victim shooting and killing her attacker.
    More Details Hide Details Union related that every rape victim was "unique", which extended to how they believed justice should be carried out.
    Union was reported in May 2011 to have landed roles in Think Like a Man, a romantic comedy based on Steve Harvey's book Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man, and an indie film, Family Tree.
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    In April 2011, Union attended the opening of Tao Beach in Las Vegas.
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    Union attended a Nintendo 3DS launch event on March 26, 2011 in Hollywood, California.
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  • 2010
    Age 37
    Union was reported to be joining the cast of Army Wives in June 2010.
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    She appeared in episodes of Army Wives and NTSF:SD:SUV in 2010 and 2011.
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  • 2009
    Age 36
    In 2009, Union began dating NBA player Dwyane Wade.
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    Union was announced to have joined the cast of FlashForward in July 2009.
    More Details Hide Details FlashForward Executive Producer David S. Goyer said in a statement "We're thrilled that Gabrielle is joining our cast" and reflected, "When we met with her, we immediately knew she was our Zoey.
    Union joined the cast of the U.S. television series Life on NBC and appeared in four episodes prior to its cancellation in May 2009.
    More Details Hide Details She appeared in the ABC series FlashForward alongside John Cho and Joseph Fiennes as Zoey Andata, a role for which she was nominated for an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series in 2010.
  • 2008
    Age 35
    In 2008, Union supported Barack Obama in his presidential campaign.
    More Details Hide Details She would later say that the election "invigorated me in a way that I’d never really been before about being part of the process". She added, "I take a lot of pride knowing that my president understands that we are our brothers’ and sisters’ keepers, and we have a responsibility to each other. He understands that America prospers when we’re all doing it together, when everyone does their fair share and plays by the same rules." After working on the unsuccessful pilot for Army Wives, Union was appointed by President Obama to work with the National Advisory Committee for Violence Against Women. Union called the appointment "a little more fulfilling" than the pilot. Obama contacted her specifically after learning that the pilot had fallen through. Union participated in the Obama campaign's "Greater Together" initiative. She was visible on HBCU campuses and spoke of her belief that the media was against the president. In late-2012, she held a campaign event for President Obama in Tallahassee, Florida. In an interview, she cited her reasons for endorsing him for re-election, including satisfaction over the death of Osama Bin Laden and an interest in keeping student loans down. She also expressed her own views on equality while reasoning why Obama should be president. Union called on Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney to release his tax returns and birth certificate and noted that his father George W. Romney had released his own tax returns when running for President of the United States.
    Union appeared in the 2008 film Meet Dave, playing the love interest of Eddie Murphy's character.
    More Details Hide Details Union said the film was a gift. That same year, she wrote the foreword for Hill Harper's Letters to a Young Sister: DeFINE your Destiny.
    In December 2008, Union said of Beyoncé, "It's been nice to see that her music and her lifestyle choices and her acting choices have all evolved as she's gotten older."
    More Details Hide Details Union was seen as a "pleasant surprise" to the film and her performance was said to have shown she had larger acting range than her previous roles. Union later called taking the role of Geneva Wade in the film the best business decision she had ever made.
    Union was reported to have signed to the film in March 2008.
    More Details Hide Details She portrayed Geneva Wade, who later married Muddy Waters. Waters was portrayed by Jeffrey Wright, who Union played opposite to. Union also worked with Beyoncé, who she had known since she was a teenager.
    Union appeared in the 2008 film Cadillac Records.
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    In 2008 Union appeared on Ugly Betty for three episodes (36–38) as Renee, Wilhelmina Slater's (Vanessa L. Williams) sister and Daniel Meade's (Eric Mabius) love interest.
    More Details Hide Details She also made a cameo appearance in the music video for Ne-Yo's "Miss Independent".
  • 2007
    Age 34
    Union made an appearance in the 2007 Christmas film The Perfect Holiday, which opened on December 12.
    More Details Hide Details Since she had no children of her own, Union used her mother and sister to portray the divorced single mother of three in the film. She found the children that she worked with to not be seasoned actors, which she felt added to the authenticity of their reactions, and called them "really, great, well behaved children." She enjoyed working with Queen Latifah. Overall, Union was happy with the role and with working with Latifah. She called working on the film an "amazing experience" and credited Latifah with making the filming an easy process. Union initially turned down the role, as she did not want to get typecast for playing a mother until she was told of other actresses that had played similar roles and still found success in their careers. In an interview with Art Nouveau Magazine, Union complained about the lack of roles for black actresses and actors in Hollywood: "There used to be roles specifically written black, if you knew Denzel was doing a movie you knew his wife, girl or love interest was going to be black but that's not necessarily the case anymore. You’re in that room with every amazingly talented actress of every hue, and it's a dogfight, it's hard". Moreover, although she often plays weak, insecure characters, Union believes that "Hollywood needs to recognize all shades of African-American beauty."
  • 2006
    Age 33
    She filmed Daddy's Little Girls over the summer of 2006 in Atlanta, Georgia.
    More Details Hide Details Union was seen as performing her character well along with Idris Elba and having a "great sense of comedic timing". Union's character also drew comparisons to Eva, her role in Deliver Us from Eva. According to Union, Perry had specifically approached her over not turning the role into the same character, as he wanted a "strong independent woman who might have some of the same struggles" Union also related to her character in Daddy's Little Girls more, adding that she was "much more Julia than I was Eva."
    In 2006, she starred as Busta Rhymes' love interest in the music video for Rhymes' "I Love My Chick".
    More Details Hide Details Union starred in the 2007 film Daddy's Little Girls by Tyler Perry (released on Valentine's Day). She played Julia Rossmore, a romantically challenged attorney. The role was written with her in mind. Before working with Perry, she went to see his stage show, which helped her understand him and his audience. Union and Perry's agent ended up on the same plane and she indicated to the agent that she would "love to work" with Perry. The agent set the pair up to have lunch together, which lasted four hours, during which Union said that they "connected" and Perry turned in the script a month later.
  • 2005
    Age 32
    She starred in the 2005 remake of The Honeymooners with comedian Cedric The Entertainer.
    More Details Hide Details When asked if she would stay with Cedric's character in real life, she stated: "I'm staying with him. You know I got asked a lot if Alice would ever be with Ralph. I said you can't judge a book by its cover because you're going to miss out on a lot of good reading. When I met my husband, he didn't look like anybody I had ever dated. I had been dating all these different people and I had this certain look that I needed. When I met my husband, he was covered in tattoos, both of his ears were pierced and he had a motorcycle. I was like 'ew.' But you never know what package true love is going to come in, you just have to open up and be ready for it. So all of that is to say, I do have a Ralph. He's not the obvious choice based on my past dating history, but it works for me."
    She appeared in the 2005 film Neo Ned, costarring Jeremy Renner and portraying an African-American woman with delusions that she is Adolf Hitler.
    More Details Hide Details They were noted by Mark Olsen of the Los Angeles Times as having "a strange, offbeat chemistry that drives the film." Union was credited with owning "the picture" and navigating "the tricky twists of her character with skill and ease, veering from lunatic ravings to moments of lucidity, all tinged with fragility and a haunting self-awareness". She won an award for Best Actress in Neo Ned at the Palm Beach International Film Festival, and the film received awards at several festivals.
  • 2004
    Age 31
    Union starred with Jamie Foxx in the film Breakin' All the Rules in 2004.
    More Details Hide Details The film was unpopular with critics.
  • 2002
    Age 29
    This was her second time working with the rapper since making a cameo in his video "Paradise" in 2002.
    More Details Hide Details When casting Eva, director Gary Hardwick was looking for an actress capable of instantly changing from " funny to caustic and dramatic." Hardwick had previously worked with Union in The Brothers and believed she was perfect for the role of Eva. Union's role in the film was met by praise, with Dustin Putman of wrote that she was "the star attraction, and the number-one reason to even consider seeing the film." Union drew influence from her father for the "stern" look she had in the film, admitting that she had stolen it from him. Union landed the role of Will Smith's character's girlfriend, Syd, in the film Bad Boys II, a box-office success grossing over $273 million worldwide. Union claimed to have seen Bad Boys, the predecessor to Bad Boys II, "about 100 times" and stated she liked the film because "it was the first time we got to see Will out of the ‘Fresh Prince’ mode and he was kind of like billy-bad-ass. That was cool. I loved it." Union felt that she had been "blessed" with her role in the film and expressed that she was "blessed to have the opportunity to try to take it to the next level." The following year she appeared in Something the Lord Made.
  • 2001
    Age 28
    They married on May 5, 2001, and separated in October 2005. The divorce was finalized in 2006.
    More Details Hide Details Union said that when she got divorced she "sort of realized that she hadn't been making sound choices which were the best for her to pursue her hopes and dreams and aspirations and passions."
  • 2000
    Age 27
    In 2000 Union performed the role of Isis in the cheerleading movie Bring It On opposite Kirsten Dunst.
    More Details Hide Details Bring It On helped push Union into the mainstream and she began gaining more exposure. Union herself would say of all her films, Bring It On gave her the "biggest boost". This led to Union being cast in the CBS television drama City of Angels as Dr. Courtney Ellis. Union was featured in The Brothers and was seen as having "a beguiling sincerity, even when she's fudging the truth." Union was cast in her first leading role in the 2003 film Deliver Us from Eva with LL Cool J.
    She appeared in the 2000 film Love & Basketball.
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  • 1997
    Age 24
    In 1997, Union appeared in the sixth-season episode of "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine – "Sons and Daughters" as the Klingon N'Garen.
    More Details Hide Details She also appeared in Sister, Sister as Vanessa, in Smart Guy as Denise, and in five episodes of 7th Heaven as Keesha Hamilton.
  • 1992
    Age 19
    In 1992, at the age of 19, Union was attacked and raped at her part-time job at a Payless Store.
    More Details Hide Details Union has stated that she would not have survived the attack had it not been for lessons she learned by watching Oprah Winfrey's talk show. Winfrey stated Union's speech upon receiving a Fierce and Fearless Award, where Union admitted that she had once reveled "in gossip and rumors", inspired her because she "had never heard anyone be that honest in public or private about the competition and fierce drive to be seen and succeed in Hollywood." Union said during an appearance on Oprah's Next Chapter that she used to be a "mean girl" until attending a party with her trainer and sounding board, A.J. Johnson. "I was holding court – because I can turn a phrase and be a little slick myself – and I was trashing somebody. Just ripping them to shreds, head to toe," Union recalled. "A.J. pulls me aside and says, 'Okay, now, how did your life change? Did you get the guy? Did you get the job? Is your house any bigger? Did money just magically get put in your pocket? What positive event happened in your life after you just tore that woman down?'" In February 2012, Union was identified as a suspicious person by airport security and was subjected to a "hair patdown". She tweeted about the experience. "Hopefully my weave doesn't cause turbulence," Union joked. "It's clearly very powerful."
  • 1973
    Age 0
    Born on October 29, 1973.
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