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Exclusive: Essence Atkins On Officiating Dwyane Wade And Gabrielle Union’s Wedding

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You can now call her pastor Atkins or what she says, “just call me clergy.”

Actress turned ordained minister, Essence Atkins most known for her role on the 90’s sitcom Smart Guy and Half & Half, opened up to HipHollywood on Thursday night about officiating Dwyane Wade and Gabrielle Union’s lavish wedding.

“It was magical,” she said. “My husband and I were really honored to officiate the ceremony and we had a great time. It was beautiful, it was a great day. The great thing for us as husband and wife and being on the precipice of our own five year wedding anniversary, it was a reminder. It was a reminder to my husband I about the reasons we stood up there five years ago and what we promised to each other. It was really nice.”

Atkins added, “It was affirming for them and re-affirming for us. It was lovely.”

Wade and Union tied the knot on August 30 in Miami. The couple exchanged vows during an intimate ceremony in front of their closest family and friends.

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Tracee Ellis Ross Spills The Real Tea On ‘Black-ish’ Wage Demands + Deon Cole, Jenifer Lewis Weigh In

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Tracee Ellis Ross is unveiling the truth behind recent reports that she was demanding more money for her time spent on ABC’s Black-ish.

Just last week, The Hollywood Reporter suggested Tracy was in negotiations and asking for more for not only going into her fourth season on the hit show, but because her male co-host, Anthony Anderson, makes significantly more than she does.

The report also claimed that if she didn’t make any headway, she might step away and consider guest starring on other shows.

Over the weekend, Ellis addressed the reports and didn’t exactly deny the claims. In a lengthy statement shared on social media, Ross said that she “was in renegotiation, like many actors find themselves in during the fourth season of a successful show.”

She continued, “I wanted to be compensated in a way that matches my contribution to a show that I love for many reasons, including the opportunity it allows me to reshape what it is to be a fully realized black woman on TV.”

She did, however, confirm that claims there were threats are false. “I wish I could have been called by the reporter to confirm that,” she wrote.

Tracy’s statement falls right in line with what her co-stars, Deon Cole and Jenifer Lewis, explained to HipHollywood on Sunday night during the 2018 SAG Awards.

When asked about Ross’ desire to earn more money, Lewis said, “Tracee should have more money, you should have more money, every woman should have more money because we’ve been in the background too long. ”

Television’s favorite mom continued, “We’ve got grab her by the pussy in the White House and women are not standing for it anymore. Black-ish is a very important show, we are dealing with all the pressing issues of our time … This is the time to look it in the face and address it and come through the fire. Women are not taking it anymore.”

Deon also shut down rumors that Ross would be taking a back seat, telling us “There’s two sides to every story. Tracee is fine, everybody is fine, and everybody is getting paid. Everybody is eating. It’s all love I promise you.”

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