Gabrielle Union was pretty in blue today as she hit up "The View" to promote tomorrow night's big season finale of "Being Mary Jane". And she opened up about her lawsuit against her former employer after a horrific rape incident, plus why she hates being "the victim."
Check it inside, plus Lupita Nyong'o keeping it gorgeous--yet mum about her Oscar dress--on "GMA" this AM....
While chatting up the ladies of "The View" today, and after showing off her massive rock of an engagement ring, Dwyane Wade's fiancee showed why she's a strong survivor.
Gabrielle Union revealed that after being raped at gunpoint at the age of 19 while at work, she took action afterwards that made her feel like she had taken the power back.
She sued Payless, her then-employer, for being negligent in providing a safe environment. Gabby also urged parents to take an active interest in the type of establishment their teens and young adults are working at, often late at night as well.
And she spoke some powerful words about not being a victim after the incident, even though everyone wanted to treat her as such:
"I got sick of people letting me off the hook. Being a victim is so comfortable. People give you attention, people are nurturing, they're basically what you've wanted your whole life without something bad happening. So, when something catastrophic happens, everyone rallies around you. You're getting all the attention, love and support you've always wanted. But it's not for something positive. I hated that. I hated feeling like a victim. I hated the cloak of victimhood."
"They were going to allow me to be a victim and not success and not achieve any of my goals and not step outside the box. I want to embrace being a survivor. Because that's who I am. I wasn't raised to be coddled. I was raised to be an independent woman, standing on my own two feet."
Check out video below:
The 2-hour finale of "Being Mary Jane" goes down Tuesday night on BET at 9pm.
Also looking gorgeous on morning television: Lupita Nyong'o on "GMA".
The 12 Years A Slave star chopped it up with Robin Roberts about being curious & ready about her future, not scared, and no one could squeeze out a hint about who the red carpet darling will be donning at the Oscars this Sunday.
Peep the video below:
BONUS: Speaking of tv ish, VH1's new RockDoc "The Tanning of America" premieres tonight and runs for 4 consecutive nights at 11pm ET/PT. Get a sneak peek below: