Sex and the City creator Candace Bushnell, 60, says she regrets choosing a career over children because now she is "truly alone."
Bushnell's best-selling book inspired the television series starring Sarah Jessica Parker as a feminist author in New York who chooses independence over motherhood.
Bushnell, who divorced her husband – ballet dancer Charles Askegard – in 2012, said growing older finally made her realize the importance of family over career.
"When I was in my thirties and forties, I didn't think about it," said the former sex columnist. "Then when I got divorced and I was in my fifties, I started to see the impact of not having children and of truly being alone. I do see that people with children have an anchor in a way that people who have no kids don't."
After her divorce she admitted she was celibate for five years: "It's not that long when you get to my age. I know women who have gone longer."
She admitted undergoing procedures for Botox, fillers, and once considered vaginal rejuvenation laser surgery to tighten her walls.
Bushnell is in a new relationship with real estate agent boyfriend Jim Coleman. She is releasing a new book, titled Is there still Sex in the City? which is set for release in early August 2022.
But she said if she had the chance to do it over, she would have had children.
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Black feminist author, professor and poet Gloria Jean Watkins, known by her pen name bell hooks, has died at age 69.
Hooks took her pen name from her great-grandmother -- "a sharp-tongued woman, a woman who spoke her mind."
She died peacefully at her home in Berea, Kentucky on Wednesday. Her death was confirmed by her family.
Her niece, Ebony Motley, said hooks was surrounded by family and friends, including author and TV personality Kevin Powell, who wrote an emotional tribute to his friend and mentor on Instagram.
Powell captioned a B&W photo of hooks:
"I am profoundly saddened by the death of bell hooks, my mentor, friend, sister, one of our greatest writers and thinkers... I cried sitting there with her as she slept, thinking of our 27-year history, of the man I am now because of her. Like others who visited privately in bell’s final days, I held her hands, I touched her knees, I rubbed her feet, as she laid in a hospital bed in her living room. I told bell over and over again how much I loved her, I told her over and over again, THANK YOU."
Motley said hooks had been terminally ill with cancer.
Hooks once referred to singer Beyonce as a "sexual terrorist" and said she wasn't interested in aligning Beyonce with feminism.
Hooks, who was childless and never married, described herself as "queer-pas-gay" and routinely criticized gay marriage. She argued that gay marriage oppresses women and black people.
She theorized that the ultimate expression of feminism and sexual freedom is celibacy.
When asked about her own journey to sexual freedom, hooks said:
"People don't ask me much, I guess I'm getting old... I identify myself as queer-pass-gay and I came up with this with one of my white colleagues, lesbian colleagues where we were saying that all of our lives we've experienced ourselves as queer as not belonging, as the essence of queer."
Breakout star, entrepreneur, and bestselling author, Taja V Simpson is making waves on the current season of BET's & Tyler Perry's, The Oval.
She is best known for her role as long-suffering wife and White House staffer Priscilla Owen in BET's #1 scripted cable drama, Tyler Perry's THE OVAL.
Taja was born and raised in Lake Charles, Louisiana, and is very proud of her southern roots. Her journey hasn't always been easy, but it's been worth it.
Taja has quickly become one of the screen's most sought-after artists. She is starring in her new film Lola 2, which is slated to begin production in March 2022.
Through this success, she launched her own academy, The Working Actors Academy, which helps advise up and coming actors.
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The award-winning actress believes in helping others and sharing knowledge within the industry. She created The Working Actors Academy to help show actors the ins and outs of how the business works -- a skill that isn't shown or taught really anywhere else.
Membership with TWAA gives an inside look, into the business and teaches aspiring and working actors how to successfully book jobs and has received rave reviews since its inception.
Entertainment isn't the only thing Taja is passionate about. She also loves the beauty industry and she's all about bold looks and bright colors. She started a lipstick line called the Taja V. Simpson Collection.
At the moment, she has three different shades of lipstick on sale in her online store. Taja also launched her own hair growth line, "TAJ. Hair Growth." The company was born out of her own past experiences with hair problems.
Taja is co-author of a best-selling book, "Cracking the Acting Code," which teaches aspiring actors how to jumpstart their acting careers.
Source: Press release
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Mike Tyson was so worried he would kill his opponents in the ring that he had sex with groupies to calm his rage before boxing matches.
Tyson's bodyguard, Rudy Gonzalez, revealed the boxing champ's pre-fight routine in a new book titled The Inner Ring.
Gonzalez claims Tyson feared his brute strength would kill an opponent in the ring.
"I would have to find a groupie, it did not matter who it was. He'd say 'if I do not get laid I will kill this guy right now.'"
Gonzalez said he stashed groupies in hotel rooms and dressing rooms so Tyson could have sex with them to take the edge off his rage.
"His biggest fear was that he would kill someone in that ring," Gonzalez said. "He knew he could do it."
"He had to get laid to disengage some of the strength he had," Gonzalez told The Sun.
"So I had girls tucked away in bathrooms and changing rooms. Sometimes he'd go in with them for a minute, bang the s*** out of them, snap his neck and say: "Okay this guy is going to live tonight.'"
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Gonzalez said Tyson slept with various loose women while he was married to his first wife, actress Robin Givens. They divorced in 1989 after a turbulent year of marriage.
Tyson, 55, recently opened up about his drug use. He said he did cocaine and heroin, but he nearly died while tripping off the venom of a poisonous toad.
"In my trips I've seen that death is beautiful," Tyson told the New York Post.
"Life and death both have to be beautiful, but death has a bad rep. The toad has taught me that I'm not going to be here forever. There's an expiration date."
Old Dominion University has removed a controversial professor who advocated for "minor-attracted people," following disruptions on campus.
Dr. Allyn Walker, a female-to-male trans, was placed on paid leave amid public backlash to Walker's research and book titled "A Long Dark Shadow: Minor-Attracted People and Their Pursuit of Dignity."
In the book, Walker claims so-called "non-offenders" -- pedophiles who don't act on their urges -- should be treated with empathy.
Dr. Walker supports "affirming therapy" for non-offenders by using child pornography and child sex dolls to suppress their urges toward children.
Part of affirming therapy is to change "pedophile" to MAPs because the P-word is offensive to non-offenders.
ODU issued a statement announcing Walker's suspension on Tuesday.
"Reactions to Dr. Walker's research and book have led to concerns for their safety and that of the campus. Furthermore, the controversy over Dr. Walker's research has disrupted the campus and community environment and is interfering with the institution's mission of teaching and learning."
A Change.org petition calling for the removal of Dr. Walker from the ODU campus has collected over 11,000 signatures so far.
One person who signed the petition wrote:
"I am disgusted that Old Dominion would employ someone who tries to normalize the sexuality of Pedophiles. They should think of the children in their own families."
Old Dominion University students have launched a petition to remove a female-to-male trans professor who promotes legalizing pedophilia.
Dr. Allyn Walker, who teaches sociology and criminal justice at ODU, sparked outrage by changing the terminology "pedophile" to MAPs: minor-attracted persons.
In a book titled A Long Dark Shadow: Minor-Attracted People and Their Pursuit of Dignity, Walker argues that minor-attracted people are simply misunderstood.
"A lot of people when they hear the term 'pedophile', they automatically assume that it means a sex offender, and that isn't true. And it leads to a lot of misconceptions about attractions towards minors."
"From my perspective, there is no morality or immorality attached to attraction to anyone because no one can control who they're attracted to at all. In other words, it's not who we're attracted to that's either OK or not OK. It's our behaviors in responding to that attraction that are either OK or not OK."
Old Dominion University's administration responded by distancing itself from Walker's comments, but stopped short of removing the professor.
Alumni are outraged at the school's response to the controversy.
A Change.org petition calling for the school to remove Walker has garnered nearly 3,000 signatures.
Mikiah Everett, an ODU alumnus, said she was "disgusted" by ODU's decision.
"We do not need to change the 'terminology' for pedophiles," Everett said.
"I am disgusted at their response to protect someone that is an advocate for pedophiles and affiliated with the organization Prostasia (a pedophilia advocate group under the guise of a children protection organization.) Dr. Walker has crossed a line and has dressed it up in academic jargon."
Walker reacted to the outrage by saying, "I want to be clear: child sexual abuse is an inexcusable crime."
Walker, who has interviewed child victims as part of research, said:
"As an assistant professor of sociology and criminal justice, the goal of my research is to prevent crime. I embarked on this research in hopes of gaining understanding of a group that, previously, has not been studied in order to identify ways to protect children."
Tracey Davis, daughter of Sammy Davis Jr., has died, her ex-husband Guy Garner confirmed to the Associated Press.
Garner said Tracey died in Franklin, Tennessee, on November 2, following a short illness. An official cause of death was not revealed.
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Tracey was born on July 5, 1961 to Davis and his second wife, Swedish actress May Britt Ringquist (who divorced him in 1968 after his affair with actress Lola Falana).
In her 2014 book, titled Sammy Davis Jr.: A Personal Journey With My Father, Tracey revealed that her parents' interracial marriage led to President John F. Kennedy refusing to allow Davis to perform at his Inauguration.
Davis was a registered Democrat who supported Kennedy's 1960 campaign for president. Davis died from complications of throat cancer in 1990 at age 64.
Tracey used her life experiences to pen her 1996 book Sammy Davis Jr.: My Father, in which she shared personal recollections about getting to know her dad as an adult. She said his busy career kept him on the road for much of her childhood.
Last month, MGM announced they were using the book to develop a Sammy Davis Jr. biopic, to which Tracey said in a statement: "I am thrilled to know my father’s life, both private and public, will be brought to the big screen with this team of storytellers.
"He and my mother May Britt took on the world, choosing love and compassion over hatred and bigotry, and I am a product of that decision."
Tracey is survived by her mother, her four children, her half-brother Manny and her two adopted brothers, Mark and Jeff.
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A man-hating lesbian is racking up 5 star reviews for her book, titled Lesbian Genius.
"We have to erase men," said Alice Coffin, a lesbian activist and Paris city councillor. According to DailyMail.com, Alice said she doesn't listen to music, read books, or watch films made by men.
Alice and her partner, a male-identified lesbian named Yuri, belong to a growing sisterhood who see men as a danger to women everywhere.
"We have to erase them. Erase them from our minds, from our pictures, from our representation. I don't read books by men anymore, I don't watch their movies, I don't listen to their music", she writes.
Alice, who is a male-identified lesbian, says she "imagined" herself as a boy when she was younger. But she now believes being a lesbian is a "greater" achievement than being male.
She claims men are waging a "permanent war on women" and her book is a response to the favor men continue to receive in society.
Alice said society erects monuments to men and celebrate their male heroes, while women are objectified and reduced to their feminine parts.
Alice's book received a flood of 5 star reviews on Amazon as readers gush that the author makes points they haven't heard before.
According to Reality TV Scandals blog, reality TV personality and local attorney Phaedra Parks finally sat for her deposition.
If you recall, Parks filed a lawsuit against author Angela Stanton for publishing a book detailing alleging criminal activity on the part of Parks and her known associates. Vibe magazine, which published Stanton's book, ultimately settled with Parks for an amount that was reported to be $2,500.
Parks sat for Stanton's deposition in February. Since then, Parks ducked and dodged Stanton's lawyer's requests to sit for her own deposition in the presence of Stanton.
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World renowned poet and civil rights activist Dr. Maya Angelou has died at age 86.
Angelou, who recently battled health problems, was found by her caretaker at her home on Wednesday morning, Winston-Salem Mayor Allen Joines confirmed.
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