NBA star Dwyane Wade and actress Gabrielle Union have built a blended family rooted in love. Their inner circle includes their daughter Kaavia, born via surrogate in 2018, his nephew, and Wade’s children from previous relationships, including Wade’s 12-year-old child, who has come out as transgender.
In a February 2020 episode of The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Wade explained that his child, who was “originally named Zion, born as a boy,” now wants to be known as Zaya. The NBA player explained that the preteen initiated a conversation with her parents, and told them, “Hey, so I want to talk to you guys. I think going forward I’m ready to live my truth. I want to be referenced as “she” and “her.” I would love for you guys to call me Zaya.”
Wade described that moment. “Once Zaya came home and said, ‘I want you to call me Zaya and I’m ready to take on this,’ I looked at her and said, ‘You are a leader. And this is our opportunity to allow you to be a voice.'” He explained, “Right now it’s through us, because she’s 12 years old, but eventually it will be through her.”
If and when she’s ready to take on a more public role, her parents will be behind her every step of the way.
While sitting down for a chat on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Wade opened up about his role as a father to his transgendered daughter, Zaya. “Me and my wife, Gabrielle Union, are proud parents of a child in the LGBTQ+ community,” he said. “And we are proud allies as well.”
“We take our roles and our responsibility as parents very seriously,” he said. “When our child comes home with a question, when a child comes home with an issue, when a child comes home with anything, it’s our job as parents to listen to that, to give them the best information that we can, to give them the best feedback that we can, and that doesn’t change because sexuality is now involved in it.”
However, the Miami Heat icon understands that parents may not always be immediately equipped to handle what their children need, which is why he says part of the adult’s responsibility is to seek out help. His family has gotten involved with an organization called GLSEN that focuses on supporting LGBTQ+ students. “It’s now our job to go out and get information, to reach out to every relationship that we have,” he said. In his case, he said Union “reached out to everybody on the cast of Pose,” a show that features LGBTQ+ performers. “We’re just trying to figure out as much information as we can to make sure that we give our child the best opportunity to be her best self.”
Dwyane Wade is being praised for supporting Zaya
Ellen DeGeneres praised the way Dwyane Wade was handling his daughter’s transition — and her “truth” — saying, “I think it’s what every parent should be is what you’re being right now, which is unconditionally loving your child and supporting your child in whoever they are.”
After the interview aired, plenty of people took to Twitter to share their thoughts and offer support. “Gender nonconforming children deserve to be heard, loved, and supported in their authenticity. @DwyaneWade + @itsgabrielleu continue to demonstrate phenomenal parenting with their love for Zaya!” one person tweeted. Another wrote, “Everyone deserves a father like Dwyane Wade. It shouldn’t make me cry so hard to listen to him talk about the simple act of loving his child.”
Even Pose star Angelica Ross took to Twitter to share, “I was so touched when @itsgabrielleu reached out! BOTH she and @DwyaneWade are so committed to getting it right as parents. So looking for[ward] to Queen Z schooling ALL of y’all!!!” We can’t wait for that either!
This isn’t the first time Dwyane Wade has openly and proudly supported Zaya. Back in June 2019, the family attended the Miami Pride Parade together. While talking about the event with Variety, Wade said, “I don’t really talk about it much because it’s [Zaya]’s story to tell.” However, he was willing to talk about his family as a whole, as well as his own role as a dad. “I think as a family, we should support each other. That’s our job. And my job as a father is to facilitate their lives and to support them and be behind them in whatever they want to do.”
The Miami Heat basketball star was asked if he had anything to share with other parents of LGBTQ+ children. “I think people expect you to parent each kid the same,” he said. “They are all different, and I have to get to know them and where they are. I have to say to most parents, get to know your kids. Don’t put your wants and needs on them.”
That’s good advice for all parents. Thanks, Dwyane.
UNITED MASTERS TEAMS UP WITH THE MATRIX RESURRECTIONS
BPRW) UNITEDMASTERS TEAMS UP WITH THE MATRIX RESURRECTIONS TO GIVE INDEPENDENT ARTISTS THE OPPORTUNITY TO WIN $15K AND HAVE THEIR MUSIC INCLUDED IN THE FILM’S PROMOTIONAL CAMPAIGN
ORIGINAL SONG “BACK TO LIFE” FROM EMERGING HIP-HOP ARTIST QUANTRELLE WINS GRAND PRIZE; 5 RUNNERS UP TO RECEIVE $1,000
(Prestige Celebrity Magazine) NEW YORK, NY — In celebration of the highly anticipated film The Matrix Resurrections, UnitedMasters – the “record label in your pocket” for independent artists – has joined forces with Warner Bros. Pictures to offer a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for artists to win $15,000 and have their original music included in the film’s promotional campaign.
Today, UnitedMasters has revealed rising hip-hop artist and Charlotte, NC native Quantrelle as the winner of the contest. Quantrelle’s song, “Back to Life,” written specially for the open call, will receive the $15,000 cash prize and be featured in The Matrix Resurrections promotional campaign. Quantrelle’s track was selected as the lead song out of thousands of entries.
Quantrelle shared, “When I first started working on this song, the intention was to create a sound that embodied the energy of the movie. Once that feeling was solidified, I got inspired to write lyrics that really speak to the film and are words any Matrix fan would understand. I was really inspired by the scene of Neo dodging bullets, which I watched during the process, and that illustrious moment felt so in sync with what I was going for, that’s when I knew we had something special.”
Five runners-up were also selected to receive $1,000 each to put towards their music careers. Each track was judged by UnitedMasters’ professional sync team and based on encompassing The Matrix themes, overall creativity, production quality, lyrical content, dynamics, mood, and emotion. The Matrix Resurrections is set to release in U.S. theaters and on HBO Max on December 22nd.
UnitedMasters’ engagement with The Matrix Resurrections aligns with their mission of ensuring the next generation of creators take their futures into their own hands. UnitedMasters is dedicated to helping artists level the playing field by offering opportunities and exclusive resources often reserved for major label acts. The platform gives independent artists access to premium music distribution services, a suite of tools to help directly connect with their fans, and opportunities to connect with brands that want access to premium music produced and owned by independent artists. UnitedMasters artists maintain ownership over their master recording rights while being introduced to millions of new fans worldwide through direct brand partnerships.
Launched in 2017 by Translation founder and music industry veteran Steve Stoute, UnitedMasters is a music technology company that gives creators access to premium music distribution services, a suite of tools to help them directly connect with fans, and opportunities for unique partnerships with some of the world’s biggest brands all while allowing them to maintain full ownership over their master recording rights.
About The Matrix Resurrections
The Matrix Resurrections reunites Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss as cinematic icons Neo and Trinity. Return to a world of two realities: one, everyday life; the other, what lies behind it. To find out if his reality is a physical or mental construct, to truly know himself, Mr. Anderson will have to choose to follow the white rabbit once more. And if Thomas…Neo…has learned anything, it’s that choice, while an illusion, is still the only way out of—or into—the Matrix. Of course, Neo already knows what he has to do. But what he doesn’t yet know is the Matrix is stronger, more secure and more dangerous than ever before. Déjà vu.
The film also stars Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Jessica Henwick, Jonathan Groff, Neil Patrick Harris, Priyanka Chopra Jonas, and Jada Pinkett Smith (“Angel Has Fallen,” TV’s “Gotham”).
Lana Wachowski directed from a screenplay by Wachowski & David Mitchell & Aleksander Hemon, based on characters created by The Wachowskis. The film was produced by James McTeigue, Lana Wachowski and Grant Hill. The executive producers were Garrett Grant, Terry Needham, Michael Salven, Karin Wachowski, Jesse Ehrman and Bruce Berman.
Wachowski’s creative team behind the scenes included directors of photography Daniele Massaccesi and John Toll, production designers Hugh Bateup and Peter Walpole, editor Joseph Jett Sally, costume designer Lindsay Pugh, visual effects supervisor Dan Glass, and composers Johnny Klimek and Tom Tykwer.
Warner Bros. Pictures Presents, In Association with Village Roadshow Pictures, In Association with Venus Castina Productions, The Matrix Resurrections. The film will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures. It will be in theaters nationwide and on HBO Max via the Ad-Free plan on December 22, 2021; it will be available on HBO Max in 4K UHD, HDR10, Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos (English only) on supported devices for 31 days from theatrical release.
NFL Legend Lawrence Taylor Arrested In Florida
Retired NFL legend Lawrence Taylor was arrested in Florida on Thursday. The Hall of Fame pass-rusher and longtime Giants star is facing two felony charges for failing to alert authorities to a change in address. This comes 10 years after Taylor, 62, pleaded guilty to charges of sexual misconduct and patronizing a prostitute, resulting in him becoming a registered sex offender — which requires informing authorities of new residences.
Taylor was booked around 8:45 p.m. ET, and released later Thursday night from the Broward County Sheriff’s Office. His attorney, Arthur Aidala, told TMZ that the former linebacker “has been compliant with all of the rules and regulations regarding his legal status for the past decade.” Taylor is “in the middle of a divorce,” however, “and his local police department suggested it would be best if he slept at a nearby hotel.”
“Mr. Taylor was constantly a resident of the marital home where he was registered,” Taylor’s attorney continued, “but on advice of local law enforcement, he was sleeping outside the home. We are confident that this will be dismissed at the first court hearing.”
This isn’t the first time Taylor has been in legal trouble since his 2011 charges. The two-time Super Bowl champion pleaded guilty to DUI charges in 2017 after crashing into a parked police car in Florida. During Taylor’s prestigious playing career, in which he won NFL MVP, went to 10 Pro Bowls and redefined modern-day pass-rushing, the longtime Giant also battled off-field issues, serving a suspension for repeated drug use.
Michael Jordan’s Son, Jeffrey, Accused Of Assault In AZ
Update: September 26th Jeffrey Jordan was booked today for one count of aggravated assault of a healthcare professional. He has since been released.
Jeffrey is, Michael Jordan‘s 32-year-old son who is now accused of assaulting staff at a hospital in Arizona Friday night, where he was being treated for an injury he sustained in a bar.
Here’s the deal … Jeffrey was at Casa Amigos bar in Scottsdale when he “fell and hit his head,” according to police. They say Jordan then became combative with security who were attempting to escort him out of the bar to receive medical attention.
Scottsdale PD, who were in the area for an unrelated call, were summoned to assist. Cops interviewed bar staff, and eventually deemed the incident “medical in nature,” not criminal. An ambulance was called to transport JJ to a hospital.
After arriving at a local hospital, that’s when things allegedly took a turn.
Jeffrey is accused of assaulting hospital staff while being treated for the injury he sustained at the bar. A report for aggravated assault, a felony, was taken at the hospital.
As for Jeffrey’s side, our sources tell us he was confused and disoriented following the fall.
Jordan was NOT arrested or charged with a crime. As of this morning, he still remains in the hospital.
Police tell us the relevant reports will be sent to the Maricopa County Prosecutors Office … where they will review the case and determine if charges are warranted.
6’1″ Jeffrey, MJ’s oldest son, played college basketball at the University of Illinois, before transferring to the University of Central Florida in 2010. He played 107 college basketball games over his career, averaging about 2 points a game.
This report continues to unfold.