Adrienne Bailon and fiancé, Grammy Award-winning gospel artist Israel Houghton, are totally on cloud nine.
Last month, Houghton proposed to his actress girlfriend of only a few months during a romantic getaway in Paris, and now, the lovebirds are dishing on exactly how it went down.
During the Season 3 debut episode of The Real, Adrienne sat alongside her talk show co-hosts with her soon-to-be hubby by her side and opened up about the life-changing moment. So … this is how it went down.
“I’m actually taking a shower and getting ready for the day in Paris … and all of a sudden I hear this knock on the door,” she said. The host and actress opened the door only to find her parents standing there, who jetted off to France themselves to celebrate their own wedding anniversary.
Later the week, the foursome went out for dinner on a yacht and that also became the night Bailon said, “I do.”
Israel explained, “I asked the captain, because the lights sparkle on the Eiffel Tower every hour for five minutes. Toward the end of that, [I told the captain] make sure we are right by the tower. She was looking out the window. I said, ‘Turn around.’ I gave her a bunch of these white roses.”
Adrienne recalled, “I throw it and he was on his knee … I don’t know why—when he got down on his knee … I literally looked at you and got down with you. So we both end up on our knees and then he proposed to me and then I was like, ‘I’m on the floor. I might as well ask you to marry me, too.'”
This will be the first marriage for Adrienne and second for Houghton.
Netflix’s ‘Step Sisters’ Is ‘Bring It On’ … But Way More Woke!
Netflix is getting ready to “Bring It On” … in more ways than one. The streaming service’s new flick Step Sisters is reminiscent of the 90s dance film, but delves deeper into racial themes like cultural appropriation, tokenization and interracial dating.
In the film Megalyn Echikunwoke (Arrow) plays the president of a black sorority who is tasked with teaching one of the campus’ white sororities how to step for a charity competition. At first glimpse the film seems to be stepping into a can of worms — and had folks on Twitter up in arms, but the creators and cast told HipHollywood it isn’t about cultural appropriation but instead cultural exchange.
“There’s a strong political message, and there’s a lot of racial content,” said Nia Jervier. “But I think that the pill that may be difficult to swallow is dipped in honey, because it’s funny.”
What also helps is that producer/writers like Lena Waithe (Masters of None), Chuck Hayward (Dear White People) and Ben Cory Jones (Underground) are behind the project – so you know it’s woke.
“At the end of the day, Jamila the lead character in our minds she’s reaching over to show them a part of our culture. It doesn’t dilute our culture,” said Jones. ” And I love that we can take stepping and evolve that into issues of race and culture.”
Step Sisters begins streaming on Netflix January 20th.
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