Why Meagan loves Gabby
Well, the reason I love Gabby [Union] so much is because we did Deliver Us From Eva together almost 10 years ago, and she really took me under her wing. She went to the head of Sony/Screen Gems and she said to him, ‘Clint, this girl is really talented. I really want you to start working with her. I really want you to help her out.’
In this industry, especially in this industry with Black folk regarding Black women, it’s very rare where another Black woman will go to bat for you and want you to get a job knowing that you guys could possibly be going up for the same role.
And that’s the type of person that Gabrielle is. She’s an honest and genuine person, a real lover and she went to bat for me. All those [Screen Gems] movies kind of came from that one relationship that Gabrielle introduced me to. It’s not that she taught me something in particular, but she showed me that there are good women out there that are not catty and that actually want to see you succeed.
New York contemporary artist Kehinde Wiley made a name for himself with his paintings of African-American men posing heroically in front of baroque backgrounds. For his latest exhibition, however, a series of paintings of women (cast from the streets of New York)—all clad in Givenchy. Wiley worked closely with Givenchy’s Riccardo Tisci to come up with six dresses for the models. The exhibition (An Economy of Grace), exploring the depiction of gender in the context of history, opens at the Sean Kelly Gallery in New York in May.