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Wednesday, June 29, 2016

FUTURE ROLLING STONE COVER, OPENS UP ABOUT CIARA AND DESIIGNER

As he gears up to hit the road with Drake on their “Summer Sixteen Tour” next month, Future graces his first cover of Rolling Stone, addressing everything from Ciara to Desiigner in a rare interview.

“Future: Syrup, Strippers, and Heavy Angst with the Hip-Hop Hit Machine” features the “Wicked” rapper speaking candidly about his failed engagement to the mother of his two-year-old son and their lawsuit-filled relationship of late.

“I can’t deal with it,” he says. “I can’t even think about it. I never imagined my life would be like that: ‘I’m going to sue you and take away from you.’ I don’t know how to deal with something like that. All I know is record, record, record, record.”

When asked about “Panda” hitmaker Desiigner and the comparisons some have made between them, Future is less open, but honest nonetheless.
“I never worried about anyone else,” he says. “I don’t even want his name in the article.”

Read more highlights from the Q&A below and grab the issue when it hits newsstands July 14.
ON HIS FAILED ENGAGEMENT TO CIARA: “I was scared as shit. I was one step away from being married, and I feel like I failed publicly in relationships. Then you want to go back to doing music, to what you know. And if the people didn’t accept you again, the one thing you feel like you can fall back on, it walked away from you. You feel like it’s over.”
ON WISHING CIARA WELL: “Her being successful, her being happy, helps me. I’m attached to you. If you’re happy, I’m happy. You’re connected for life. I don’t want you to go through this shit and for it to come back on my son, my kid. I want you to be in the best situation.”

ON MUSIC POST CIARA: “I embraced what I thought they was gonna hate about me. I was gonna turn the hate into love.”

ON HIS GRIPE WITH RUSSELL WILSON: “It’s something that’ll take more time for me. It ain’t even about [him] playing daddy. I don’t even want to think about it. That’s my son forever. My son is going to be able to read this. He’s going to be able to look at those pictures. He’s going to be able to have a judgment for himself, and have a conversation with me man-to-man. That’s my blood. He is me. I am him. We is one.”

Monday, June 27, 2016

BET AWARDS 2016 RED CARPET PICS....WHO WORE WHAT & WHY?



BLACKISH MARCUS SCRIBNER AND MILES BROWN

GABRIELLE UNION
EVA MARCILLE
ALICIA KEYS
TIA MOWRY
COOKIE JOHNSON, EJ JOHNSON AND ELISA JOHNSON

Meagan Good celebrates the biggest night for black stars -- the 2016 BET Awards in Los Angeles at
TASHA SMITH AND TISHA CAMPBELL-MARTIN

JESSE WILLIAMS
MORRIS CHESTNUT
BRYSHERE Y. GRAY
JULISSA BERMUDEZ AND MAXWELL

KARRUECHE TRAN
NATURI NAUGHTON
JANELLE MONAE
KIRK FRANKLIN
ERIC BENET AND HIS WIFE MANUELA

BEYONCÉ WINS BIG AT BET AWARDS....LIST OF THE WINNERS

All hail Queen Bey.

On Sunday (Jun. 26), BET held its annual awards to commemorate the year in music and entertainment and several of the industry’s biggest names were given many reasons to celebrate.

Beyoncé didn’t just show up for a surprise opener with Kendrick Lamar. The LEMONADE chart-topper also won in five categories, including Video of the Year for “Formation,” Best Female R&B/Pop Artist, and the FANdemonium Award.

While Bey was on a flight to Europe to launch the next leg of her “Formation World Tour,” her mother Tina Lawson accepted on her behalf, thanking Mathew Knowles and Jay Z during her two speeches.

“I wanna thank her husband and her daughter Blue for always willing to share her with all of us,” said Mama Tina.
Drake was a no-show, but the Young Money rapper did collect three awards including Best Male Hip-Hop Artist and Best Group with Future. The “Wicked” rapper was on hand to accept the honor.

Nicki Minaj took home Best Female Hip-Hop Artist, marking her seventh consecutive win in the category.

Elsewhere, Bryson Tiller collected his first two awards ever for Best Male R&B/Pop Artist and Best New Artist to go along with his explosive performance of “Exchange” and “Don’t.”

Check out a full list of winners click here.

Friday, June 24, 2016

ON TREND: AQUAZZURA POM POM-EMBELLISHED RAFFIA SANDALS

Since it’s officially SUMMER, there are so many cute sandals that you can find just about anywhere now! I spotted these adorable Aquazzura Pom Pom-Embellished Raffia sandals that have been seen on top fashion bloggers and celebrities from the last few months. You can style  the $500 sandal up with a cute skirt, dress or jeans, they are pretty versatile. 

Check out how you can style these sandals and I also have a DIY video if you are pretty crafty. You can definitely recreate these in a snap! 




Karruechi out and about in hers
 Rihanna wearing a white pair of sandals, adorable! 
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KEKE PALMER PLAYS A PIMP IN HER NEW FILM

Actress Keke Palmer has signed on to star in the independent film Pimp. The Scream Queens star joins a cast that already includes Edi Gathegi (The Black List), Sarah Ellen Stephens (Straight Outta Compton) and Vanessa Morgan (Finding Carter).

Keke will play the role of Wednesday, a female pimp from the Bronx who originally goes rogue to earn enough money to escape her impoverished neighborhood. Along the way Wednesday ends up pimping her own girlfriend and from there our story starts to unfold.

Via her Facebook page, Keke told fans she decided to take on the role of Wednesday because she felt the character was a mirror of society. “Wednesday is obviously a flawed character. We all are. She loves her girlfriend and she knows right from wrong, but for money she excuses a lot of things and is willing to turn a blind eye.”

As well as her lead role in the film, Keke is also listed as a producer. Pimp is presently in pre-production and is expected to be released spring 2017.

FIFTH HARMONY FEAT. FETTY WAP – ‘ALL IN MY HEAD (FLEX)’

Time to impress. Fifth Harmony swaps their construction hats for bikinis and hits the beach in the X-directed video for “All In My Head (Flex)” featuring Fetty Wap, the latest single off their album 7/27.

Just in time for summer, the ladies—Ally, Normani, Dinah, Camila, and Lauren—show off their beach bods while strutting on the sand and splashing in the water. They meet up with a group of guys and continue the dance party all through the night. Meanwhile, Zoovier comes through to deliver his guest verse in a cave.

Last night, the group kicked off its global “7/27 Tour” in Lima, Peru. They will embark on the North American leg beginning July 27 in Manchester, New Hampshire, with special guest JoJo.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

THE REAL FIRST INTERVIEW SINCE THE FIRING OF TAMAR BRAXTON

In their first-sit down interview together since the departure of Tamar Braxton, the co-hosts of “The Real,” Adrienne Bailon, Loni Love, Jeannie Mai, and Tamera Mowry-Housley, joined “Extra’s” Mario Lopez at Universal Studios Hollywood. Sharing their feelings about Tamar not joining them for season three of “The Real,” Loni tells Mario,
First of all we want to let all of our fans know that we love them and we were totally taken by surprise when we found out that Tamar wouldn’t be returning to ‘The Real,’ we love her.
In their first-sit down interview together since the departure of Tamar Braxton, the co-hosts of “The Real,” Adrienne Bailon, Loni Love, Jeannie Mai, and Tamera Mowry-Housley, joined “Extra’s” Mario Lopez at Universal Studios Hollywood. Sharing their feelings about Tamar not joining them for season three of “The Real,” Loni tells Mario,

First of all we want to let all of our fans know that we love them and we were totally taken by surprise when we found out that Tamar wouldn’t be returning to ‘The Real,’ we love her.





The hosts are not only gearing up for next season, they are also participating in the 2016 ESSENCE Festival. Love explained, “We are going down to New Orleans, July 1. We are having a real live show on the ESSENCE main stage [in the Convention Center] — it’s free, anybody can come. We're gonna have some live girl chat. We’re gonna be doing everything we can to give and show love to our fans.”

The women will also host a day party during the festival at the Sugar Mill on Sunday, July 3. Adrienne told Mario, “We are having a white party, which I’m so excited about!”


Tune in to “The Real” when it returns for Season 3 on September 12.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

ALICIA KEYS SHORT FILM "LET ME IN" SHEDS LIGHT ON A CRISIS

Alicia Keys is shining a light on the refugee crisis on World Humanitarian Day with her new short film, Let Me In.

The Grammy-winning singer plays a mother of two in Los Angeles in the nearly 12-minute visual, when her city goes under attack. Those in the L.A. area must then seek refuge in Mexico. Along the way, they face a few more hardships than they were expecting.

“I was stunned when I learned that there are more refugees living in the world today than at any other point in history, and half of them are children,” said Keys. “Creating this film really allowed us to imagine, what if we were the refugees? What if we were the ones torn from the arms of our families and loved ones? How would it feel if this were happening to us?”
The Jonathan Olinger-directed film was created in partnership with We Are Here, CARE, Oxfam, and War Child. It’s anchored by Alicia’s new song, “Hallelujah,” which is also expected to land on her upcoming album.

Watch the powerful film below.

Monday, June 20, 2016

STUNNING LIKE HER DADDY...T.I.’S STEPDAUGHTER ZONNIQUE ARRESTED FOR CARRYING GUN AT AIRPORT

T.I.’s stepdaughter Zonnique Pullins was arrested on Thursday (Jun. 16) after trying to carry a gun through Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, according to The New York Daily News.

Authorities say that an X-ray inspection uncovered a .380-caliber Ruger semi-automatic with a clip and five rounds.
The 20-year-old, who was born to Tip’s wife Tiny, reportedly told officials that she has a permit for the weapon, but was unable to produce one. As a result, authorities confiscated the pistol.

Reports claim that the “T.I. & Tiny: The Family Hustle” co-star was arrested at approximately 10 p.m. on Thursday and released from Clayton County Jail at around 2 a.m. on Friday.

T.I. has had his own share of run-ins with the law, including a weapons charge that he pled guilty to in 2008. He has yet to comment.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

NEW RIHANNA UNVEILS NEW FRAGRANCE CRUSH

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RiRi’s got another fragrance for you. This time, the Grammy-winning, chart-topping songstress debuts Crush by Rihanna.

The second fragrance in her namesake RiRi collection (following last year’s RiRi) is said to be “empowering, strong, confident, and unapologetic,” as a “mysteriously sexy and provocative scent,” according to its press release.

The clear bottle, which Rihanna also designed, has a golden, elegant look while the box matches that aesthetic, adding a touch of pink to set things off.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

ICON MISSY ELLIOT TO BE HONORED AT VH1'S HIP HOP HONORS

All hail Missy Elliott.

VH1 has announced that the rap icon will join Queen Latifah as the second confirmed honoree at this year’s “Hip Hop Honors: All Hail the Queens” event, which is slated to air live from New York on July 11 at 9 p.m. ET.

Missy’s success in hip-hop has garnered her critical praise and commercial acclaim. All six of the Grammy-winning rapper’s studio albums have gone platinum or better and she’s the only female MC to have that distinction. Overall, she’s sold more than 30 million albums worldwide.

Additional honorees for this year will be announced later this week.
“Hip Hop Honors” has been on a hiatus for six years, but it’s back now to celebrate “female pioneers, trailblazers, and trend-setters.” In the past, the show has honored acts like Public Enemy, Tupac Shakur, and the Notorious B.I.G.

Missy Elliott is definitely no stranger to the show. She was also recognized at the 4th annual “Hip Hop Honors.” A video of the tribute performance featuring Ciara, Timbaland, Eve, Keyshia Cole, and .

VIDEO: ICE CUBE, BIG SEAN, & A$AP ROCKY TURN THEIR HITS INTO KIDZ BOP TRACKS

Ice Cube and Jimmy Kimmel give hip-hop a Kidz Bop twist with the help of Big Sean, Lil Jon, Ty Dolla $ign, and A$AP Rocky.

The rap stars joined “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” for a hilarious bit where a joint like Sean’s “IDFWU,” for example, turns into “I Can’t Tie My Shoes,” and N.W.A’s “F**k Tha Police” becomes “Hug Tha Police.”

“I’ve been seeing this Kidz Bop bullshit for years,” Cube says in the clip. “It got me thinking, ‘Why can’t we do a Kidz Bop with hip-hop?'”

Elsewhere, Ty’s “Paranoid” becomes a song about baths, Lil Jon’s “Get Low” morphs into a track about tetherball, and Rocky’s “F**kin’ Problems” is all about toy trucks.

Interestingly enough, Kidz Bop actually has flipped rap songs into child-friendly joints in the past. That includes Flo Rida’s “My House,” Macklemore’s “Thrift Shop,” and Wiz Khalifa’s Charlie Puth-assisted “See You Again.”

Monday, June 13, 2016

USHER & YUNA PERFORM ‘CRUSH’ AT THE ROOTS PICNIC

Getting it in....Leave it to Usher and Yuna to “Crush” a duet.

The soulful duo teamed up for a performance of their collaboration off Yuna’s Chapters at The Roots Picnic 2016, the annual Philadelphia show put on by the legendary Roots crew.
“So grateful that Usher and The Roots invited me to perform ‘Crush’ during his set at The Roots Picnic 2016, Penn’s Landing, Philadelphia,” said Yuna.
“Crush” is a single off Yuna’s third studio album Chapters, which dropped last month.
For his part, Mr. Raymond has been keeping busy this week, releasing two new singles: “Crash” and the Young Thug-assisted “No Limit.”

To watch how their chemistry translates on stage, check out the performance below.

Thursday, June 9, 2016

FRESHLY SQUEEZED....BEYONCÉ’S ‘LEMONADE’ CERTIFIED PLATINUM


Queen Bey is now the 6 Goddess.

After winning the CFDA Fashion Icon Award, Beyoncé receives yet another honor. The “Hold Up” singer is now six for six with platinum or platinum-plus albums, after her latest project LEMONADE gets the highly-coveted certification from the RIAA.
LEMONADE debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 in April selling 653,000 equivalent album units (485,000 in pure sales) in the first week alone. All six of her solo albums have hit No. 1 as well.

Upon the album’s release, all 12 of the tracks on LEMONADE appeared on the Hot 100 at once, making her the first woman to chart 12 or more songs at the same time.


Currently, ‘Yoncé is on the “Formation World Tour.” Tonight is the second of back-to-back New York performances at Citi Field.

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

REUNION...JADA PINKETT SMITH AND QUEEN LATIFAH TO STAR IN '"GIRL TRIP'

Jada Pinkett Smith and Queen Latifah Join Regina Hall in ‘Girl Trip’

Actresses Jada Pinkett Smith and Queen Latifah, last seen together in the 1996 film Set it Off, are set to reunite in the upcoming Will Packer dramedy Girl Trip. Both actresses are reportedly in final negotiations to join Regina Hall who was cast earlier this year.

Girl Trip follows four friends who travel to New Orleans for the yearly Essence Music Festival. Along the way secrets are revealed, friendships are tested and hilarity ensures.

Tracy Oliver and Kenya Barris have penned the film’s script, while Malcolm D. Lee is set to direct. Girl Trip is set to be released in July of 2017.

In the meantime, fans of Latifah can catch her in the upcoming Fox drama Star. While fans of Jada can catch her in the upcoming comedy Bad Moms.

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