Meagan Good is no stranger to scrutiny over the span of her career. She's faced very public image criticism for a multitude of reasons, from eyebrows, all the way to "that" skin-lightening incident. And when she married her husband, producer, best-selling author and motivational speaker, DeVon Franklin, many people felt she didn't fit the persona of a woman who is married to a devout Christian, being that her image was based on something like a sex symbol.
Needless to say, when it comes to weathering the storm, sis has been there and done that in finding a balance between the noisy criticism, and being your authentic self. Now, thankfully, she's paying the lessons forward and comforting those who have been subjected to the same.
In walks the equally fierce Chloe Bailey, who shared an emotional video on IG explaining the backlash she received after shutting down the 'silhouette' and 'buss it' challenges. Chloe is half of the popular sister duo, Chloe x Halle and she also stars as a recurring character on Freeform's Grownish. Since becoming of legal age, Chloe has stepped outside of the 'good girl' image, and stepped into her own. She's experimenting with her sexuality (something many young Black girls are not afforded), and just being a young, rich, care-free megastar. She's showing out in the best way possible all over social media, and snatching edges in the meantime.
But with any woman outwardly living, comes chatter. That of which Meagan took notice.
"It breaks my heart to see her have to go through that. And again, getting free of what other people think of you is a process. You know, it depends on the person. Depends on how they download things–what it feels like to their spirit–so you can't just tell them to get over it."
"The truth is these people don't determine your destiny, these people don't determine your purpose. They don't determine the call that God has on your life. The only way for you to continue to walk in that purpose and that destiny and that calling is to be authentically yourself and knowing that along the way, some people are not going to get it and that's OK."
*Poetry snaps, poetry snaps. Alllllll the poetry snaps.*
Additionally, like Meagan, other Black women came blazing in defense. Big names such as Gabrielle Union, Ava DuVernay, and Halle Berry weren't trying to hear any of the noise either.
Perfectly said. Feel this 🖤 and know we gotchu. @chloexhalle please continue to fly. Soaring while under attack is… https://t.co/AgXISFGfrD— Gabrielle Union (@Gabrielle Union)1612149052.0
.@chloexhalle, When you wrote WARRIOR for “Wrinkle In Time,” you sang: “Yes, I am a warrior. There's no need to wo… https://t.co/D7iqXJhnDd— Ava DuVernay (@Ava DuVernay)1612160846.0
Sending lots of love to Chloe ❤️ Keep doing you @chloexhalle— Halle Berry (@Halle Berry)1612150088.0
It's good to see other Black women understand and sympathize with Chloe's blossom. Let's continue this wave by normalizing extending young, beautiful, Black women the grace to experiment with whomever she is becoming.
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And her openness and willingness to discuss the matter has been refreshing, mostly because she was in the spotlight prior to YouTube videos or TikTok tutorials, so she kinda was the face of figuring it all out. But we've all had our bad days, damnit!
In the past, Good has addressed 'Brow-Gate' directly during a visit to The Wendy Williams Show. Wendy Williams handed out compliments, saying, "Your hair looks excellent, by the way, and your eyebrows still speak to me." Williams points out that Good's brows are the stuff of bold, beautifully arched dreams. She then discuss her journey, with Wendy,
"Nineties brow was pluck everything out, and then eventually it was tattooing," Good told Williams of her personal brow history. She went on to explain that she gave microblading a try when she was 30, but more recently, she decided, "You know what? I need real hair."
And so she got an eyebrow transplant.
Prior to her eyebrow transplant, Good told Allure in 2013 why she decided to get her brows tattooed:
"It used to take me over an hour to do them because I was so particular about the shape and the symmetry. I would go on set, and the makeup artist would change my brows, and I would get frustrated and change them back in my room. So eventually, I went ahead and tattooed them. Problem solved."
But chile that satisfaction was short-lived in the most hilarious way. When in an interview with her sister La'Myia for HelloBeautiful, the two had a blast sharing how far they'd come in fashion and beauty. La'Myia admitted to the struggle and reveled she and Meagan both had "string-like thread" eyebrows, which she dubbed as a "bad, bad, bad choice."
Meagan agreed by telling the story of the time La'Myia's first boyfriend's mother called Meagan herself to give her opinion on their stroke-thin brows.
"She was like, 'If nobody's gonna tell you, I'ma tell you. You're a beautiful girl but you look like a clown. They look shiny like somebody can just walk up and wipe them off.'"
Chiiiiiile, black mamas have no filter!
Once the shock wore off, Meagan decided to ask a few friends to weigh in, to which they agreed. Sis then went on a journey of perfecting her look, with next being a completely full brow look, which their little sister, Lexus described them as "caterpillars," giving Meagan the hint that they were too big.
"It's definitely been an evolution. That's probably the biggest regret besides wearing super short skirts in my 20's. What was I thinking?!"
Alexa, play “Waking up in the morning thinking about so many things...I just wish things would get better...”
(shout out to the people who understood that)
Anyway, in the end, Meagan and her sister can laugh at how far they've come, no matter how far it is. They're both proudly rocking flawless brows, and ultimately figuring out a look that they both love. Love to see it!
What are some of your cringiest fashion or beauty moments?
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Egg freezing, also known as mature oocyte cryopreservation, is a method used to save women's ability to get pregnant in the future. Eggs harvested from your ovaries are frozen unfertilized and stored for later use. A frozen egg can be thawed, combined with sperm in a lab and implanted in your uterus via IVF, or in vitro fertilization.
Think of it as an insurance policy that's there to catch you in the event that when life calms down, you decide to move forward with having a family. Freezing eggs has become more and more popular over the years, as science has normalized the process thus making it less taboo.
Meagan Good was in her late 30's when she decided to take the plunge and freeze her eggs.
And now, with turning 40 years old this year, she is taking the time to determine if kids are in her immediate future. She tells Romper:
"When you say you're not sure you want to be a mom, people look at you like you're a bad person. As if something's wrong with you. But I was never really that girl who said, 'I can't wait to get married,' 'I can't wait to be a mother.' I was very much a tomboy, and I started my career so young that I'd always been very business-oriented."
In fact, Good says, it wasn't until she got married to husband DeVon Franklin, who she wed in 2012, that Meagan even gave having children a second thought.
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"It wasn't until I got married that I even considered having a family. My husband and I talked in the beginning, like, 'Do you want kids down the road?' And I said, 'I think I do.' But it was never 'right now' or 'soon.' I think we both knew that we wanted to wait a few years and really grow as a couple first, solidify the marriage. He started getting the itch way before me, definitely, but it was a very open conversation, which I loved and appreciated. Even though he was ready, he didn't pressure me or make me feel bad because I wasn't there yet."
And with the times and expectations of women in motherhood evolving, data shows that Good isn't the only one who has moved forward with the process. In fact, more women have frozen their eggs during the pandemic than have ever in the past, a number expected to grow 25 percent annually for the next few years.
As far as how the process was for her, Good says, "it wasn't a nightmare at all."
"I froze my eggs three years ago. I think everyone's different, but for me, it wasn't a nightmare at all. The process gave me peace of mind, 100%. I have my faith, and freezing my eggs, to be proactive instead of reactive, is me putting in work with my faith. You'll never regret doing it, but you might really regret not doing it."
Ultimately, our girl is on track to becoming a mommy.
"I want to be a mom and I want a family and I'm just now to a place where I think it's about that time. We were looking to start this year, but then the pandemic happened. But I'm excited! Because I can't wait to get to it now. That's a very new thing for me. It's a really cool feeling."
We're sending all the love as you embark on your journey to motherhood, Meagan!
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I hate to break it to you, sis, but if your hairstylist, nail tech, or aesthetician is out here providing services without the proper credentials, you just need to focus on yourself, because they clearly don't care about your well-being.
While I'm not trying to stop anyone from securing a bag, hiring an unlicensed beauty professional will almost always backfire on you and this is a lesson that Meagan Good learned the hard way.
In a recent response to numerous allegations of skin bleaching, the actress opened up about how a botched trip to an unlicensed aesthetician cost Meagan her skin tone and her self-confidence. in a reply to one commenter, she wrote:
"[An] (unbeknownst to me) unlicensed aesthetician gave me a product to correct a sun damage mark on my forehead that messed up skin. By the grace of God only; I'm about 80% through recovery and regaining my color daily. To be honest it was a beyond painful and traumatic experience because I would never wish that on anybody. I'd really appreciate if you wouldn't continue to spread assumptions and rumors. God Bless you."
Later, in an interview with Ashley Dunn, Meagan went into detail about her experience, which ultimately started as an appointment to get an unsightly scar removed. She told Where Is The Buzz:
"And when it all first happened, it was extremely traumatic because I went to this woman for a scar removal, like a dog bite on my leg. And you know, she said, 'Try my products. I think you have a little sun damage on your forehead.' And I said, 'No, that's OK. That's like natural contour, girl. It's great. It's fine.'"
While Meagan says that she noticed the adverse effects of her former aesthetician's products early-on, she was reassured that her experience was totally normal:
"I started freaking out and I said, 'What's going on?' And she said, 'Oh no, no. It's just going to lift the damage first and then everything will come back.' And I said, 'Oh OK, cool.' And I saw myself getting lighter. And I was like, 'What is happening?!' And she was like, 'Oh, don't worry, your color will come back.' And I said, 'But when is it going to come back?' She said, 'It'll come back soon, I promise.'"
Although the actress has chosen to stay silent about the accusations up until now, Meagan says that it was important for her to clear the air for this reason:
"It broke my heart to think that there's little girls seeing this commentary and thinking it's true. It broke my heart that in a season when you have young Black men and women being murdered everywhere that someone would think for one second that I don't love my Black skin. That bothered me."
To watch Meagan's full interview, click here!
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I see you, sis. You're out here on your job, in your own lane; staying focused on what's in front of you and only glancing in the rearview when necessary.
But anyone who has ever hopped in the driver's seat and taken the wheel when it comes to the direction of their own lives knows that roadblocks are both inconvenient and inevitable, and the only way out is through. Just ask Meagan Good, who recently opened up in an episode of Grace Byers' Sit + Sip about how shifting her focus helped her from losing her sanity during some of the toughest moments in her life.
In the episode, the 38-year-old actress wants anyone currently in a personal, professional, or financial rough patch to know that trouble don't last always, so in the meantime: pray. She explained:
"Really trust in God. Like really, really, really trust in Him. I don't believe in ever giving up. I'm relentless and resilient, and I've seen a lot of like really kind of sucky times. Times where I couldn't pay my bills, or I would have a big movie in the theater but couldn't afford to pay my bills. Oh yeah, I've seen a lot of different seasons. But for me, it's really trust in God."
Living out your dreams means joining the starving artist struggle where sometimes, it seems like your only goal is to eat. But Meagan reminded us that even when we're delayed, we're never denied:
"This entire job is a faith walk: When am I going to get my next job? Am I going to get my next job? Every single day we have to walk in faith that we're going to get a job and then we're going to go the way that we want to go."
The actress also had a word about the con of comparison. It's so easy to get caught up in playing the game that you forget that you're your own star player, playa; your only competition is you. Meagan explained:
"No competition. I just don't believe in it. I believe truly what's mine is mine, you can't take it from me, and what's yours is yours, I can't take it from you. I really believe in celebrating each other, celebrating all women and celebrating any form of underdog. Absolutely."
Accountability is a superpower and it's imperative to your purpose (and everyone connected to it) that you stop feeling sorry for yourself. Meagan explained that in moments of insecurity, she has to be the one to end her personal pity party and recenter during the not-so-positive moments in her career:
"When I'm in that in-between stage and I'm feeling insecure or I'm feeling like I don't know if I can do it or like this person over here is winning, why can't I get a break or a chance, I just bring myself back to the base. I'm here for a reason, God created me for a reason. He's not going to stop what He's started. I'm going to get all the way there. It is a process. I have to be present in the process and choose joy in the process, even when it sucks, even when it hurts. It's all about perception and attitude. Just keep pushing. Just don't give up."
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Meagan Good is a fighter. No, not the type that's pulling weaves and throwing drinks on reality TV, she's been fighting for her career. It's far from easy to transition from being a child star to a well-respected actress, and equally as hard to make a shift from a sex symbol to a leading lady. While many young women are trying to set thirst traps on the 'gram, Meagan has naturally mastered the art of seduction. Ask any guy before social media and they'll tell you that she was their “Woman Crush Everyday". Meagan may exude sex, but don't forget, she's also a Christian and married to a preacher! Ironically, she connected with her husband, DeVon Franklin, on set of Jumping the Broom--a film in which he produced as a former executive at Sony Pictures.
In her two decades of acting, the 34-year-old has played in many supporting ensemble roles including Linda Jackson in Anchorman 2, Mya in Think Like A Man (1 & 2) and Kali in Californication. It's now time for her to play the lead. As the former star of the NBC drama Deception, and the TV adaptation of Minority Report on FOX, it's safe to say that Meagan is now within an elite group of actresses that have appeared on network TV including Kerry Washington (Scandal), Nicole Beharie (Sleepy Hollow), Gabrielle Union (Being Mary Jane), Taraji P. Henson (Empire), and Tracee Ellis Ross (black-ish) who are at the helm of their own series. Meagan's presence was felt at the Emmys when Viola Davis shouted her out while winning the award for Best Lead Actress In A Drama.
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For aspiring actresses looking at Meagan's career for inspiration, note that she has and continues to choose her acting roles by faith. While it may be tempting to take any and every role that comes across her path, Meagan shares that she's passed on various opportunities that weren't in line with what she's prayed for. This discernment has also helped her to cut off toxic relationships.
She speaks with xoNecole on how her growth as a woman and as an actress, as well as giving insight on what she and her sister are doing to make a lasting impact on students who want to pursue careers in the arts.
xoNecole: In a previous interview you said, “I think most of the damage that happens, especially as adults, comes from relationships that we should've never had or been in, in the first place." Earlier in your career, how did you discern who wanted to be your friend or in a relationship with you for the wrong reasons?
Meagan Good: Pray about every relationship that you allow into your life and you'll receive discernment. The truth is if what we want to do and what we're supposed to do are conflicting, that feeling is what causes confusion. But there's no confusion when you know deep down inside what's the right thing to do; it's just usually not what you want to do.
I went through that a lot in my twenties. There were so many friendships that I wanted so badly. I loved these people so much but the things they would do to me, other people or to themselves, I would make excuses for. I'm really good at assessing why people do what they do, but what I've learned later in life is regardless of the "why" they're still doing those things.
You have to believe and release someone when they show you who they are. It doesn't mean you can't love them. Doesn't mean you can't be there for them, but sometimes it has to be from a distance to protect your own spirit. Look at people's actions and really pray about it, and that's how you'll be able to discern their intentions. When you feel confused, just know it's not what you want to do or it's probably not what you're supposed to do.
With the challenges women of color face with getting leading roles in Hollywood, what validation did you feel when Viola Davis mentioned your name in her Emmy speech?
I cried. It meant so much to me to be acknowledged by someone like Viola, whom I have so much respect for. We all face challenges in this business, especially as Black women. It's been a really long crawl for me to transition from being a child actress to an adult actress, in addition to being in that "sex kitten" role in my early 20s and fighting to be taken more seriously. It's been a really long journey and to hear her say my name really blessed me. To listen to her journey and to know what she's gone through to be acknowledged for the great actress that she is…it's all of our struggles to get out of the box that people always try to put us in.
It's an incredible time for women and minorities in TV and film. There's been a massive shift that we've all been patiently waiting for. I'm a big believer in not complaining about the things that are wrong. Instead, I place my energy into being on the front line of change, having a positive attitude and fighting to see things shift. To be in Hollywood right now and have these opportunities as the shift is coming is incredible.
I loved your NBC show Deception. I was so sad that it only got one season, but it seemed to have been pitted against Scandal. Now we have so many more options of women of color on TV. You mentioned in another interview that you turned down another action role prior to landing Minority Report. How have you learned to wait for the right role instead of jumping at every opportunity?
I pray and read my Bible every single day, I stay close to God because He's what matters the most--everything else is secondary. My career can never give me what God can give me. When Deception initially came to me, I was afraid to do TV because it's a huge time commitment and you'll potentially be playing the same character for several years. And for at least six months of the year you're away from your family in a different state or even a different country.
I had all of these stipulations about what the situation had to be in order for me to do television. When the opportunity for me to star in Deception presented itself, it was everything I said it had to be, so I knew it was God. When it ended, I was very thankful because it created so many other opportunities for me in the process. Deception opened the door for Minority Report as well as my role in Anchor Man 2: The Legend Continues. God wanted me to have those different roles to be able to build a platform where I could be more affective as a Christian.
Deception allowed people to see me in a really different light. At the time I had just gotten married and being away from my family I had a lot of time to grow personally and professionally. So I wasn't disappointed when the show got canceled because I knew God had something else lined up. Similarly with Minority Report, I asked God for certain things within the role and it was everything I said it needed to be. It's a testament to not settling. I trust God so much that even if my decisions don't make sense to other people, I know that God knows what He's doing.
You and your sister, La'Miya established a foundation, For The Greater Good where you developed an arts education curriculum for the Compton Unified School Districts. How do you relate to the kids and what made you and your sister want to go above and beyond a traditional mentorship program?
You can definitely make a difference sharing your story through speaking engagements, but you don't really get to follow up and be a consistent part of their lives. My sister and I developed a curriculum to figure out how we could impact this generation in a consistent way. Growing up in the school systems, you're made to think something is wrong with you because your brain is creative. As a kid, I wasn't super book smart but I had a lot of wisdom. Our curriculum is geared towards the kids that learn creatively. They need to have history, math, science, etc., but it's infused with art and music. It definitely helps keep these students out of trouble and it includes mentorship at the same time.
We wanted to do something that had a lasting affect. We want to expand the reach of the program because this generation has a lot of negative influences. Young ladies are being encouraged to sleep around, do drugs and compromise their integrity. The images that are out there of what you need to do to get guys attention and what you need to do to be valuable are going to lead them in a direction that's destructive. So, we want to do what we can to give students another option.
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