BET’s ‘Being Mary Jane’ pilot scores four million on premiere, stars Gabrielle Union and Margaret Avery, debuts January, 2014

Academy Award nominated Margaret Avery co-stars in BET's :Being Mary Jane" with Gabriel Union, debuts January, 2014.

Academy Award nominated Margaret Avery co-stars in BET’s “Being Mary Jane” with Gabrielle Union, debuts January, 2014.

*“She’s a mom with Lupus,” said Academy Award nominated Margaret Avery who co-stars in BET’s new series “Being Mary Jane” with Gabrielle Union.

The series’ pilot premiered July 2, 2013 and scored their highest for any cable television show that day at 4 million for ages 18-49. “Being Mary Jane” – which will debut January, 2014 on BET – also scored the highest rating on television behind NBC’s “America’s Got Talent.” “She had a thriving career but no longer because of the Lupus. She’s older but still has it going on,” she continued as she described her character.

Her daughter, Mary Jane Paul, is played by Union. She is a self-sufficient powerhouse of a woman who works as a successful TV news anchor juggling her life, relationships, work and family. Her family doesn’t share her motivation and drive, which creates drama. Richard Roundtree, Omari Hardwick, Lisa Vidal and Richard Brooks also star in the new BET series.

“BET is trying to introduce a different kind of programming,” Avery pointed out about the Network’s new season. “I never worked with him (Richard Roundtree) before. Richard and I talked and said we didn’t have these types of scripts…”

“Being Mary Jane” is produced by the team (Mara Brock Akil and Salim Akil) who produced the award winning, record-breaking BET comedy “The Game” and “Girlfriends.”

“I am really thrilled to be a part of the show,” Margaret said about her experience.

Before this role Avery’s credits included The Color Purple, which garnered an Academy nomination, Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins with Martin Lawrence and The Jacksons’: An American Dream, where she played Katherine Jackson’s mother.

Find out more about BET’s new series “Being Mary Jane” at www.bet.com/shows/being-mary-jane.

Celebrity hair stylist Shirley Gordon tours with Wella’s North American Trend Vision Awards

Celebrity hair stylist Shirley Gordon, owner of Strands Hair Studio in Wheaton, MD.

Celebrity hair stylist Shirley Gordon, owner of Strands Hair Studio in Wheaton, MD.

*Celebrity hair stylist Shirley Gordon is currently on tour with Wella’s North American Trend Vision Awards. The Wella Trend Vision Award winner has 22 years experience as a stylist in her salon, Strands Hair Studio, located in Wheaton, Maryland.

“I have 22 years at my salon,” Shirley Gordon said about the first every salon in Wheaton. “I plan to make it the best ever. Grow that and move to a new location. I would love to do Beyonce’ hair – she does the wigs.”

Encouraged by her father at a young age Shirley attended the RockvilleBeautyAcademy, worked six years in a hair salon before opening her own – Strands Hair Studio – at age 25. Her celebrity clientele include Diana Ross, Nicole Ari Parker, and Venus and Serena Williams.

“I would love to do a beauty make-over show,” Gordon added when talking about the future. “My passion for hair comes from just knowledge…it’s a gift God gave me. I use to do my sister’s hair, it came natural.”

Her reputation is for cutting-edge hair styles. The trailblazer’s amazing talent has kept her ahead of the hair stylist game which is why Wella awarded her and has her on tour.

To find out more about Shirley Gordon, the Wella North American Trend Vision Awards tour or her Strands Hair Studio log onto www.StrandsStudio.com.

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