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Gabrielle Union has a starring role on a hit BET drama, is landing on covers like Women’s Health all thanks to her killer bod, and of course, is being a wife and mom to Dwyane Wade and company. But apparently, this is nothing compared to her fellows, Janelle Monae, Issa Rae, Yara Shahidi and Aja Naomi King.

On Thursday night, these four ladies, otherwise known as the “Next Generation,” were honored during the Essence Black Women in Hollywood Gala “for excelling and elevating their crafts. “I feel honored to be recognized by my first tribe: Black women,” Janelle told HipHollywood while on the red carpet.

Union, who hosted the annual event held in Los Angeles, explained that she is thrilled to simply be among these women who are are “so talented and so active. They do their jobs, they are producing their own shows, they are leading the charge of resistance against tyranny.”

That’s when Union added, “They motivate me daily. I check my Twitter feed and I’m like ‘OK, not doing enough.'”

Congratulations to all the night’s honorees.


Clapback Queen … Yvette Nicole Brown Got Time Today!



Yes, you can now call Yvette Nicole Brown the “clapback queen”.

Brown has proven she has a way with words and is lethal with her language when it comes to social media shade. And while she tries not to dish it out too often, she found plenty of time to set folks straight about the cancellation of her comedy The Mayor.

The show starring Brown and Brandon Michael Hall never quite got its footing on ABC, which Yvette understood, but it was folks thinking that Lea Michele was the real star of the show that got her fingers tapping away on Twitter.

When HH talked to Yvette she explained why she felt it was important to set the record straight. Plus she revealed the only reason she would ever delete a tweet … actually it’s two reasons.

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