Elise Neal Opens Up About Hollywood Diva’s & Her Love Life

Black Hollywood Today

You may remember Elise Neal playing the role of Yvonne Hughley, the wife of comedian D.L. Hughley, in the ABC/UPN sitcom “The Hughleys”, but she is talented actress who is multifaceted and states that “the Hughleys was the first ‘Blackish’ meaning that it was the first sitcom with a black family trying to survive and intermix within a different demographic.” Accounting for five other television shows since the Hughleys, and now taking her on screen talents to the reality television hit, “Hollywood Divas“, Ms. Elise Neal has not stopped working since hitting the streets of Hollywood stating, “I never left the spotlight. I never stopped working!” When asked about working on new acting projects, Elise describes her passion for behind the scenes action as it is allowing her to exhibit her skills in writing and produc- ing with her latest project, a screen play, Timeless”, a drama that incorporates dance. She accredits Hollywood divas for the platform of which she is able to showcase and speak about her talents aside from being on screen. She states that Hollywood is in the calling for roles of strong black woman.“I am very excited for what is going on with my career in terms of me creating content for the world to see!”

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Keeping It All the Way Real

“Taking pictures and posting them all over Instagram with your boo is so nobody’s business”. This
was her response when asked about whom she was dating. It is very true that people have started to use social media as a form of validation for the things that they are doing, moves they are making and people they are dating. Speaking true “Words of Wisdom”,Elise Neal spoke about couples who are solid and have longevity are reaching for the validation of others off social media by posting who they are with, what type of date they are on and what meal was consumed. “People who are really understand their relationship are not trying to cram it down everyone’s throat by posting 5000 pictures a day”.

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I am in Kontrol of this!

Her stance of on being a cougar, she jokingly answers, “To me age ain’t nothing but a number!” She speaks of finding someone who does it for you. If you like each other and it’s legal (no shade) then go for it!

90-Day Rule…? 90 days is a lot of time to waste on someone. Two or three dates should allow you to really assess if you like someone or not. But please believe she is not just jumping into dates with guys that she just met. Being a southern girl, she is used to being courted. So before the first date, plenty of conversation has been had before that first date.

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Check out the rest of what Elise had to say in the Pure Glamour Issue on stands now at your local Barnes and Nobles


Photography: Nathan Pearcy Hair: Leatha Morgan Makeup: Shenelle Mays smith Stylist: Julian Lark Assistant stylist: Jumar Edward Creative Director: Jasmine Joyner



Julian R. Lark is a distinguished entrepreneur and award-winning stylist, sought after for his take on classic glamour. Having over a decade of experience coupled with a degree in Fashion, Lark has made himself an integral part in creating breathtaking moments for countless Hollywood celebrities. As a tastemaker in fashion, he has launched an online boutique and showroom in Atlanta to make breathtaking moments accessible to his growing audience. Julian forged his own path by creating the nationally published Kontrol Magazine as Editor-in-chief and lead stylist. He has crafted memorable moments for Hollywood icons like Anita Baker, Lynn Whitefield, Toni Braxton and Lil’ Kim. He’s been called upon to work on projects for numerous studios and networks including FX, Netflix, Bravo, OWN, WeTV and VH1. Press features of his work include Huffington Post, People, US Weekly, E! News, The View, and The Wendy Williams Show. In addition to his work as a stylist, in 2014 Julian launched his first stylist class, which is designed to help aspiring stylist learn how to build a successful career in the industry. Continuing to leverage his audience he has launched his own cosmetics line, and agency for stylist. Julian has proven himself to be a creative visionary and industry zealot. His drive, coupled with his uncanny ability to empower through fashion and style will undoubtedly ensure constant growth, both personally and professionally, in fashion and beyond.

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