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Will Jennifer Garner ever make her #PretendCookingShow a real one?

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By ABC News Radio

ABC/Craig Sjodin(NEW YORK) — With her #PretendCookingShow videos on Instagram, Jennifer Garner shows off her favorite recipes in a casual and relatable style. But don’t expect her to become the next Martha Stewart any time soon.

“I do not have plans in any way shape or form to do a real cooking show,” she tells ABC Radio. “I’m really happy doing a three minute pretend cooking show and that seems just about right. I’m in my pajamas, I rarely have any makeup on, it’s just my own kitchen and that’s the way to do it!”

She says her kids – 12-year-old Violet, 9-year-old Seraphina and 6-year-old Samuel – appreciate her home-cooking, but sometimes take it for granted, too.

“[We] just spent a week out of town and they said to me, ‘Mom, next week will you cook every night? We just want your food. We just wanna be home and have your food,’” she says. “And that made me really happy.”

She may not have a real cooking show in the works, but she is cooking up some other food-related projects. She’s the co-founder of the organic baby food line, Once Upon a Farm. Garner also recently bought the Oklahoma farm where her mom grew up and is restoring it with the help of her uncle.

“He’s plowed it and there are blueberries and persimmons and beets, I think, going in and it’s all gonna be just sourced for Once Upon a Farm,” she says.

You can find Once Upon a Farm baby food in the refrigerated aisle at your local grocery store and at big retailers including Walmart and Target.

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Mara Brock Akil explains why 'Love Is _____' counters the lack of serious black love stories

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By Stephen Iervolino

Michael Desmond/OWN(NEW YORK) — Mara Brock Akil is sharing a special and important narrative in Love Is___, her latest pet project with husband/producing partner Salim Akil. According to Mara, their scripted relationship drama — which mirrors their own real-life relationship journey — is something she hopes will become more of the norm on both television and in film.

“We have come a long way [with] progress about our images in intimacy,” Akil tells ABC Radio, referring to the lack of black relationships on screen. “I’ve been in movie theaters where I’ve watched the black audience squirm when you see love, and kissing, and sex, and romance…In a way that’s not comical — that’s serious.”

Akil says her creation of the OWN series was purposeful in that she wanted to show love from the black lens.

“Black artists getting the opportunity to do what we’ve watched white artists do for eons,” she explains. “And so, I’m really proud of the progress that we’re making as artists within this storytelling medium. And that we can do it and keep professional bounds, but make you the viewer believe.”

Of course, Akil knows that just like love and relationships — changing an audience’s viewpoint on how they see love is also a daunting journey. But, the Being Mary Jane creator says it’s one she and the actors of the series are definitely on board to take on.

“And we have progressed and so as artists we have to progress,” she says. “So yes, you can kiss and be a trained artist and know how to connect spiritually, and connect as actors, and connect as creatives, and still maintain the boundaries of professionalism.”

Love Is ____, starring Michele Weaver and Will Catlett, airs tonight at 10 p.m. ET on OWN.

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Gabrielle Union schools her stepsons on valuing the beauty of dark-skinned women

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By Stephen Iervolino

ABC Image Group LA(LOS ANGELES) — Gabrielle Union recently shared some important motherly advice with her stepsons.

During a recent panel discussion, attended by Refinery29, Union, who co-parents her husband Dwyane Wade’s children, Zaire and Zion, as well as his nephew, Dahveon, revealed she had to teach her stepsons about valuing dark-skinned, black women.

Union recalled a conversation where she asked the three boys about girls they were interested in. When they showed her the girls’ Instagram accounts, she soon realized they all had something very similar in common.

“Literally, probably about 10 girls I looked at had the same light skin, curly hair, tiny waist, butt, boobs — it was the same girl over and over again,” Union said. “So I asked them to show me the most beautiful chocolate sister they’ve seen. They say there are none. I was like, ‘Why do they get exed out so fast? What is happening in your brain that is causing you to look at these women through a prism that is distorting their actual selves?’”

Shocked by her discovery, the Breaking In star decided to show the young men some brown skinned beauties, like Star‘s Ryan Destiny.

“They’re like, ‘Oh, she bad!’ But do you know how many Ryan Destinys there are? I pull up every Black model, women from all over the world, and they’re beautiful,” she said. “But they don’t see the beauty unless it comes from an actress or a supermodel or a video vixen. They have to have somebody else tell them that a chocolate woman is attractive for them to believe it.”

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First Look: Taron Egerton and Jamie Foxx in 'Robin Hood'

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By Stephen Iervolino

Lionsgate/Larry Horricks(LOS ANGELES) — The first trailer is out for Robin Hood, the latest retelling of the adventures of the swashbuckling hero — this time starring Kingsman‘s Taron Egerton and Oscar winner Jamie Foxx.

The action-heavy coming attraction shows Foxx’s Little John — in this retelling a Moorish commander — training Egerton’s fellow Crusades vet Robin of Loxley in order to take the fight to the evil Sheriff of Nottingham. “You were a lord, but now you get to become a thief, and I’m going to show you how,” says Foxx, his face dotted with tribal scars.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story‘s baddie Ben Mendelsohn plays the corrupt cop.

The heroes don hoods to hit the corrupt cop where it hurts — his wallet — and in their whole “steal from the rich, give to the poor” quest, Robin is seen performing a variety of death-defying stunts, and firing arrows so fast that Hawkeye from the Avengers movies would be jealous.

The movie, which also stars Jamie Dornan from the Fifty Shades movies, and U2 frontman Bono’s daughter Eve Hewson as Maid Marian, opens November 21.

The first trailer is out for Robin Hood, the latest retelling of the adventures of the swashbuckling hero — this time starring Kingsman‘s Taron Egerton and Oscar winner Jamie Foxx.

The action-heavy coming attraction shows Foxx’s Little John — in this retelling a Moorish commander — training Egerton’s fellow Crusades vet Robin of Loxley in order to take the fight to the evil Sheriff of Nottingham. “You were a lord, but now you get to become a thief, and I’m going to show you how,” says Foxx, his face dotted with tribal scars.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story‘s baddie Ben Mendelsohn plays the corrupt cop.

The heroes don hoods to hit the corrupt cop where it hurts — his wallet — and in their whole “steal from the rich, give to the poor” quest, Robin is seen performing a variety of death-defying stunts, and firing arrows so fast that Hawkeye from the Avengers movies would be jealous.

The movie, which also stars Jamie Dornan from the Fifty Shades movies, and U2 frontman Bono’s daughter Eve Hewson as Maid Marian, opens November 21.

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"The Bachelorette" recap: Tia's confession overshadows hometown dates

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By ABC News Radio

ABC/Craig Sjodin(NEW YORK) — Becca Kufrin got family-friendly on Monday’s episode of The Bachelorette when she took her four remaining bachelors on hometown dates. By the end of the week, all four men confessed their love for her, but a surprise bombshell changed everything.

Becca started off her week in central California for her first hometown date with Garrett. The suitor took her tomato planting to show just how important the outdoors is to him. While working the fields, the couple talked about raising children and the importance of hard work.

Despite having instant chemistry the moment they met, Becca said she’s hesitant to meet Garret’s family because the last person he brought home was his abusive ex-wife.

Her worries seemed to be justified — Garrett’s parents pressed her about her feelings for their son. But eventually, Garrett’s protective mother came around and accepted the bachelorette into the family, saying Becca will make Garrett happy.

“I could see myself fitting in with his family for life and starting a family of our own,” Becca said. “That’s something really special and meaningful. Something just seems so easy and right and natural with him.”

Next, Becca flew across the states to Buffalo, New York to meet Jason’s family and explore her “crazy chemistry” with the banker. The day started with the two eating “world famous” buffalo wings and then testing their skills at an ice skating rink.

“Whatever I’m feeling now, I will never settle for less,” Jason said during the date. “It feels right.”

Later that day, Jason’s mother said Becca is a lovely, smart girl but couldn’t sense if she’s falling in love with Jason, which worried her. When speaking with his brother, Jason confessed that he has strong feelings for Becca, so his brother prompted him to tell her immediately before time runs out.

Jason took his brother’s advice because outside the house, he told Becca how he truly feels. “When I kiss you, I don’t want to stop kissing you,” he said. “All that does it tell me one thing. It tells me I am so insanely, wildly in love with you.”

From upstate New York, Becca traveled west to the mountains of Bailey, Colorado for her hometown date with Blake. The date started at his old high school where they met Blake’s former coaches and mentors, who helped shaped who he is today.

While in the library, Blake told Becca about another important incident that influenced his life. He explained that in his senior year, his campus experienced a school shooting where one girl died.

“It changed my outlook on life,” he explained. “I wanted you to know why it’s important to me to be positive and see life as a gift.”

The date took a more uplifting turn when Blake surprised Becca with her favorite musician, Betty Who, at a surprise concert in the school auditorium.

When Becca met Blake’s family that evening, his mother warned her that Blake has gone through a serious breakup and is worried that Becca will break his heart too. But at the end of the date, Becca said, “I can see Blake in my life forever and Blake’s family in my life forever.”

For her fourth and final hometown date, Becca stayed in Colorado to meet Colton’s family. After visiting the patients at a children’s hospital, Becca admitted she was “nervous for this one” because Colton doesn’t have much experience — both intimately and romantically. In fact, he never brought another woman home before, which surprised Becca.

Once she met his large family, Colton’s father pulled Becca aside and asked her why she hasn’t been open about her relationship with Arie, especially after Colton had been open about his relationship with Becca’s friend, Tia. He also told her that he doesn’t want her to choose Colton if she doesn’t think it will be the right decision.

“Better to have someone hurt now than down the road,” Colton’s father said.

Meanwhile, Colton expressed to his mother that he’s ready to get down on one knee and propose to Becca at the end of this journey.

The next day, Becca consulted her closest friends about her hometown dates and about the difficult decision she’s about to face. When she mentioned Colton’s name, Tia asked to speak with Becca privately. Tia then dropped her bombshell: she still has feelings for Colton.

“When I think about Colton being at this point, it makes me sick in my stomach,” Tia confessed.

A “frustrated” Becca said she had a lot to think about. In the end, she sent Colton home, explaining that it wasn’t Tia’s confession that led to her decision, but that it just didn’t feel right in her heart.

“I just wanted an opportunity to fall in love and be happy,” Colton explained.

“I’m sorry,” she answered. “I don’t know what else to say. I feel so bad.”

The remaining three bachelors — Garrett, Blake, and Jason — will be heading to Thailand next week for the always adventurous fantasy suites.

The Bachelorette airs Mondays at 8 p.m. on ABC.

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