Nothing celebrates Black love like Ebony doing three covers on some of our favorite Black couples. Nick Cannon and Mariah Carey, Carmelo and La La Anthony and David and Tamela Mann each have snagged covers for the February issue, and I can't wait to read. Get some tidbit's on how their love has lasted so long.

Mariah and Nick on love and marriage:

It was early on when I found out how spiritual she was, and we had conversations about kids and how to live life. For her to share these values, it instantly let me know this is the person I’ve always wanted. -Nick Cannon

Having babies definitely strengthened our bond because all the love that you have for each other is manifested into these two incredible beings. –Mariah Carey"

Lala and Melo on their relationship:

There were people coming in and out of my life, and I didn’t really know whom to trust. She was one of the people who stood by my side through thick and thick. Even to this day, she’s always right there. -Carmelo Anthony

We knew no matter what, we wanted each other. We needed [to be] in each other’s life, and that’s what’s been able to sustain this relationship all those years. -La La Anthony

David and Tamela on how they maintain the passion in their relationship:

Stay in love because when you’re in love, it covers a multitude of fault. Our relationship wasn’t based on good sex or having a lot of money. It was based on just straight friendship. That’s what has kept us. –David Mann "

I pray and ask God to keep my heart and my eyes burning only for David Mann. I speak his name in my prayers, because I want the desire to stay, so when he touches me, I get chills. –Tamela Mann

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Nia Long is no stranger in our eyes, and actually we've all been secretly adoring this beautiful Black actress for years. Her beautiful brown skin, and natural acting skills warmed our hearts in various movies such as Showtime’s House of Lies, Love Jones and Are We There Yet?, Well now Nia will grace our movie screens this week again in the sequel 'Best Man Holiday' and in Huffington Post she talks about what it has meant to be a Black actress in Hollywood!

It’s tough, because it’s Hollywood. It’s tough, because we’re women. It’s tough, because we’re not in our 20s.

It’s tough no matter how you look at it. I’m not one of these people who walks around and goes ‘Oh my God, it’s soo hard being a black actress,’ but this business is hard. It’s hard behind the scenes, in front of the scenes; black, white, whatever it is, it is an industry that there’s a quick turnover. There’s always someone younger, more talented, and more beautiful.

She added:

But you just try to create a career that has balance. So that you keep yourself relevant, preserve your youth and your beauty, so that you have other things outside of the business that define you and your not waiting for someone to pick you because that will make you crazy.

I think there is something to be said about being vulnerable. I think there is something to be said for being a professional woman but also allowing love and vulnerability to enter into your life to create more balance and I think thats’s Jordan’s journey in this film.

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Were you guys feeling Tamar Braxton's look in the October Ebony Magazine Cover. Tamar is a pretty woman, and it was nice to see her bare faced for a change. In the article for the magazine Tamar discussed all cute things about baby boy Logan, and how motherhood has really been treating her. She also talks bout how hard it was for her to get pregnant and how she struggled with infertility, and then getting pregnant, and still being fearful. I think Tamar talks about a lot of things most women are afraid to discuss. Check it out....

So happy, Oprah Winfrey's OWN Network has finally gotten off the ground. Sometimes in life all you need is the help of other people to propel you forward. This issue of O Magazine, Oprah unleashes her natural mane, and talks about the uphill climb of the network, that is now making money, and doing well. Do you think Oprah's mane is all real? This issue of O, is all things hair! Check out the interview below.

On her hair:

I wanted to wear it close-cropped a la Camille Cosby but her husband Bill convinced me otherwise. ‘Don’t do it,’ he said. ‘You’ve got the wrong head shape and you’ll disappoint yourself.’ I took his advice.”

I even notice a change in my dogs when they get their summer cuts: they’re friskier and livelier, feeling more themselves once the weight of the hair is released.

On the success of OWN Network:

What a difference a year makes. When you’re in a foxhole, you hafta surround yourself with people who can help out. We did. I said it was a huge clim and now we are having fun. We are making money, we are really in the business and doing very well. So I’m happy about that.


Tamar Braxton is letting the world finally see little Logan this month in US Weekly. Tamar has admitted publicly that the mommy feeling didn't quite kick in right away for her, and that when Logan refused to nurse, she wondered was she the right mommy! Typical Tamar right. How many women would actually admit that? Check out the very honest article below!

On how she felt about her newborn?

I loved him, you know. But I wasn’t like ‘oh, gosh, yes my baby, ooh,’ you know. It wasn’t that. It was more like what do I do now, you know? I guess in a sense I did feel unattached because you know, I really, really wanted to connect with him because I wanted to breast-feed. And when he didn’t latch on and when I couldn’t produce milk I just felt like, ‘Is this the wrong child?’ You know what I mean? ‘Am I the wrong mother?’ When he finally latched on I felt like he got me and I got him and this was all meant to be.

She continues:

You’re in shock. And you know, it took me a few days to really, like, come to terms with the fact that I am a mom and this is my baby.

On changing diapers:

Well you know, I was questioning my motherhood. … Like, is this a mistake that God made? Or like, is this something that I need to hand over to my husband because he and the baby connected instantly. And I wanted that. And I guess I was a little jealous, pretty much. Am I being really honest here? I guess I am.

On how she feels right now?

I am very happy. I feel complete … he is the best thing that ever happened to me.

I know you guys must be wondering why I keep posting interviews on Evelyn Lozada, but I appreciate her honesty, and transparency. She continues to take her pain, and use it as a testimony something that all women can relate to, and grow from. I can't wait till Basketball Wives: Miami but until then check out Ev, in the latest issue of Latina Magazine's August 2013 issue.
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On her feelings after the violent abuse of her ex-husband during an argument: 
At that point, I knew my life would never be the same. I knew the world was going to laugh at me and be mean and nasty and blame me for everything. But I had no choice. I had to go to the hospital.

On why she plans to start a foundation dedicated to helping victims of domestic violence called Pain Is Not Love: 
I get e-mails every single day from women who are still with their abusive partner and they’re like, ‘I need help.’
On trying to reform her life with the help of life coach Tony Gaskins, Jr. and being re-baptized:
Tony was talking to me about soul ties, and I felt like I needed to cut that cord [with Johnson]. I wanted to do things differently, to start over. I’m still going to be Evelyn, but I have a different vision of my life.
On her behavior during the filming of Basketball Wives
I’m not going to blame VH1—whatever I put out there, I put out there. When we were in the middle of an argument, I wasn’t thinking, ‘Maybe this is going to be hurtful.’ I was thinking, ‘You’re not gonna beat me in this argument!’
On the public reaction that she somehow provoked her husband’s abusive behavior: 
“A lot of people connected my previous actions on the show to this. If they were talking about the incident on the news, there would be a clip of me acting a fool on Basketball Wives. I never lifted a finger at him.”
The issue hits newsstands and Nook Newsstand on July 9, 2013.

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I'm am uber hyped about the return of Basketball Wives: Miami.  This is the original to me and I can't help but miss my ladies that started this whole thing in the first place. So much has gone on in the media it's very hard not to wonder who Evelyn  might be hooking up with, who she might be letting have it, and how she has progressed since Chad (jailbird) Johnson. Anyway check out the ladies speak out about what to expect in the new season, and  what's been going on with them.

losing advertisers dollars and the critiques they received from the public:

“[It] was so difficult to deal with when it was airing and when it was all over with. I remember saying, ‘what the hell just happened? This isn’t us; we’re mothers, we’re businesswomen. We have to be smarter. We have to represent ourselves a lot better.”

– Shaunie

“People were connecting my behavior on the show with the incident with Chad. They were like, ‘Well if she acts like that on the show, then I’m sure she acts like that at home.’ I’m a totally different person at home.”
– Evelyn

I was very depressed last summer. I was dealing with some things that were going on with my mother and everything that was happening with the backlash from the show. I started eating everything under the sun. I blew up to about 190-ish pounds. I’m a tall girl, so I wear it well, but I was bordering between [size] 14 and 16 in my clothes.
– Tami
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By the time we did the [season four] reunion we all agreed enough is enough. We had a group talk and were all definitely on the same page. We heard the messages loud and clear. We knew we had to do better. It was an eye opener.”
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I don't know if anyone is still watching "The Game" but I sure have, and am excited every week to see Lauren London put the extra sparkle on her new character Keira with her beautiful girlish looks, and cute dimples. Not only is she Lil Wayne's 100th baby mama but she's been in a few movies most distinctly  " ATL" , and T.V appearance on "Entourage". Soon she'll be in the new movie "Baggage Claim". What I love about Lauren is as hot as she is, she stays very low key. This month she joined "Vibe Vixen" on the cover of their online magazine to talk about things we are all having been  wanting to know.  

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You get a lot of bullsh*t, especially in the media. Have you always had that will to fight back in you?
I’m not going to front. I’m not a lover, I’m a fighter. I will forget that I am Hollywood and get Holly-hood [Laughs].

But a lot of gossip is just rumors since you’re so private.
I was always a private person. My business is my business. I have a small group of friends, and I just like the simple things out of life. My privacy is something that I value. I’m also socially awkward.
No way. Really?
Yeah. I get nervous in large crowds. I’m approachable though because I’m just like you. I just have a different job.
With you being a private person and all, when you got pregnant, what was going through your mind?
The public was the last thought. Most of my thoughts were on my family and inner circle. It was mostly how is this affecting Lauren as a person and is Lauren ready to completely put herself to the side and be a mother. My priorities were changing. My career was last. Before ATL, people didn’t know about me. I auditioned for ATL and no one cared who I was. I was a regular girl in L.A. who auditioned and got the role. No one knew I was doing it and I did it. No one gave me that. I did that. They can’t take what they didn’t give. God has the last say, so I just trust that. Is it an uphill battle? Yes. But isn’t everything? I’m not starving.
Family – you were worried about how they would take it?
Well, you know, it’s another human being in the world. That affects everybody, and one thing I learned about life is that your choices don’t just affect you, it affects everybody connected to you. 

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Kerry Washington is dope to me right now. She’s always exuded strength, and greatness to me from her role on “Why Did I Get Married” but right now she’s batting at hundred with her role as Olivia Pope on “Scandal”. Whether you watch it or not, its filtered Facebook and all other social sites. You can’t escape it, and do you really want to? I have even started catching episodes I’ve missed thus far. Kerry Washington is claimed to be the  first Black woman that is the lead in a network drama in 40 years! Parade Magazine featured her on the cover, and they know she’s on fire. Check out he interview.

On Going From Working on Django to Immediately Working on Scandal
“I feel like I barely survived Django emotionally. The violence. Hearing the N-word every day. It cost me a lot psychologically, but it was worth it to tell that story.”
“I had two days between finishing Django and starting up again on Scandal. It was nuts. That first day back I had to walk across the Rose Garden in heels. I thought, ‘I don’t remember how to walk like Olivia Pope anymore. ‘ I’d been barefoot in the woods for months playing a slave.”
On Making History With Scandal
“I didn’t realize…when I was auditioning for the role. I knew that in my lifetime I’d never seen it. But it didn’t compute to me that I’d be making history. I just fell in love with the character.”
On the Dysfunctional Washington D.C. Portrayed in the Series:
“The story lines…push what’s possible. But there are stories on the news that change what we think is possible all the time. You hear about a governor who’s disappeared into the Appalachian trail because he has a South American lover, or somebody else’s behavior on Twitter. I mean, if you want to look at presidents having affairs—there are about four I can think of off the top of my head.”
On If She’s Ever Asked President Obama What He Thinks of the Show
“I haven’t wanted to ask the president his opinion of the show. But I have lots of friends in the administration who love it. We make D.C. look sexy and exciting.”
On How She Landed a Role in Tyler Perry’s Peeples
“I’m a goofy person. That’s how I ended up in Peeples. Tyler Perry saw me joking around…and said, ‘I had no idea you were this silly.”
On What She Would Be Doing if She Wasn’t Acting
[Although she won an acting scholarship to attend George Washington University, she majored in sociology and anthropology. “I wanted to study people. I thought I would either teach or be a shrink.”

From the moment Miss Tahiry Jose  has stepped on the set of Love & Hip: New York, it’s been nothing but loud mouthing, checking folks, and sometimes keeping it all the way 100%. Tahiry is most importantly known for her on and off again relationship with Joe Budden. Even though Tahiry is an attractive woman those most eye popping feature on her by for has been the shape of her behind. Tahiry did an interview with VH1 recently to explain how she ended up fighting with Kaylin,  Joe Budden's current on and off again girlfriend ,and why Joe Budden is still in her life. Last week we watched the reunion show where Tahiry kept it classy, but still giving us the attitude that makes her saucy. Check out the interview below:

VH1: Let’s start with the music. What’s up with “Devil?”
Tahiry: The single is out on iTunes now. The video was just released yesterday. I’m really happy, really proud. It’s going very well. I’m about to gear up for the second record. Due to filming I’ve been traveling.
VH1: What was it like starring in your own video opposed to being in other people’s video?
Tahiry: I’m always a little pumped so I was nervous, which is always a great sign because I dream big. I can be kind of scared at times. I just jump out the window and do whatever my heart desires, but it was an amazing experience. I had to make all the decisions and it was just surreal, like this was my video. I didn’t really think five years ago I’d be the star of my own stuff.
VH1: Is the music something you wanted to do before the show?
Tahiry: Music was something I was doing before the show, before I even signed a contract. I wanted to express myself. Me sitting down with the writers and just discussing life and also watching myself get better as time went by. So the first day I walked into that booth I was like “Sh–!” I came out with a new found respect for artist. All you see is the lifestyle, the money, the girls, the traveling, but you don’t see the work. I just kept going back and getting better. So with that I fell in love with the process.
VH1: So what’s up with you and Joe?
Tahiry: What is up with Joe and I?
VH1: Yes, the real!
Tahiry: Well right now we’re taking it a day at a time. It’s kind of like we’re meeting each other all over again. We’re chilling. We tied up in a little box [with] everything that happened in the past and sent it away; and now we’re like kind of reintroducing ourselves.
VH1: The last time you came into the VH1 office you slipped up and said Joe had been stopping by. What is up with him and Kaylin?
Tahiry: I don’t know what’s up with Joey and Kaylin. I did hear that he… well I didn’t hear… we try not to speak… I have to respect… Even in certain conversations when you ask certain things I have to respect that that’s their relationship and that’s their business. I know what I need to know which is that they’re not together any longer. But Joey’s been stopping by no matter what relationship he’s in, he just pops up. It never changes.
VH1: Do you regret mushing Kaylin?
Tahiry: See what had happened was… I’m not proud of the way I act sometimes, but it’s a reaction. If you’re in my space I’m going to protect myself. All I saw was hair and somebody running after me out the corner of my eye.
VH1: A lot of people felt bad for Kaylin.
Tahiry: Y’all could eat that sh– if you want. All this damsel in distress bulls—. Because I have a big mouth and I’m loud all of a sudden I’m the aggressor? See I don’t like that sh–. She ain’t that innocent when she doing them threesomes with a d— in her mouth.
VH1: So she was running up to you?
Tahiry: No she was running, you can see the run. You did see me when I turned back and snuffed. But she was coming, so you’re coming I have my back towards you, I turn around and your right here, that’s what’s going to happen. I was wrong for reacting, but was I going to allow somebody to grab me from the back? No.
VH1: Do you have an issue with her still?
Tahiry: No I don’t have an issue with her, and I didn’t have an issue before then. I didn’t have an issue after it happened because she came out of pocket, and like I said, if you’re in my space I’m going to react. I’m human. Am I proud of me exuding violence or whatever it is on TV? Absolutely not. But chances are in real life you roll up on me like that and we just had a heated argument, I’m going to defend myself. I’m small. [laughs]
VH1: What do you think about Joey’s reaction to the whole situation?
Tahiry: Well, again, Joey see’s what happened. As a man he was supposed to just tell Kaylin chill out, Tahiry chill out and control the situation and never let it get that far. He didn’t. and then after I snuffed his girlfriend by mistake he comes running after me again. But that’s expected.

Mona Scott-Young interviews with "The Breakfast Club" to talk all things reality, and how things are really done. Are things scripted?  Is this negative towards Black woman?
Are people turning up for television? Mona talks about her new liquor brand with Myx Fusions Moscato she is releasing , and a project she has going on in Haiti.
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A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of attending a listening party for the very eclectic woman hitting the scene fast and furious, Darnaa. Darnaa  is originally from San Diego, currently residing in New York to push her career forward after years of song writing and performing.  Some say artist development and real music is fallen by the waste side to pop, but Darnaa’s management won’t settle for short changing us. This week I got a wonderful opportunity to really sit down with Darnaa in the studio, even though she’s set to tour with the infamous R. Kelly.

As I spoke to Darnaa I realized no matter how far we get in life the thing that connects us to people is our relatable qualities to one another. When I sat with Darnaa I realized more and more how her life story had similarly mirrored lots of women who probably were afraid to tell the true stories of their lives. Darnaa's story is not only chilling, but triumphant because standing before you today is a woman with a history. "Darnaa was raped & molested by her two Brothers, beaten by her Mother (who was a prostitute), sold to a military man into matrimony at the age of fifteen by her Father (who was a drug dealer turned drug addict) and abused by that husband as well".

Some would think a woman with such a past would be a statistic today but no, she survived and has used her pain to give us some real in your face music.
Musically Darnaa is new, fresh, honest, unfiltered, and visually beautiful. One of the most compelling tracks on her album is "Runaway" where Darnaa tells her story through song of her struggles and pains. Most of her songs tell tales of what she really feels, and what she has learned. "Runaway" was initially released in ten cities, climbing as high as #2 in North Carolina station WRSV-M and into the top 40 in six of the ten cities. It is currently the #1 Indie Top 50 in Digital Radio Plays. One of the qualities I admire about Darnaa is her undying honesty, and unfiltered realness. Check out what we chatted about?


How can you inspire other women that have been through the same struggles?

I voice it, talk about it, if I talk about it most people will talk about their struggles. Women may have never spoken about this before and I inspire them to finally open up.


What peaked your interest in music? Influences, Family?

I loved to sing. I started singing with cartoons, church choir, and shows. I started taking it seriously when I came to New York.

What artists inspire you?

Nobody. I love instrumental, piano, dramatic music, orchestra, and violins. I like to put my own spin on things. I listen to a lot of male singers mostly. I try to listen to my own sound or just music in general not other vocalists.

How do you remain focused and centered?

I don't feel different. I don't let the celebrity get to me. I perform; I don't let it consume me. I'm humble; I’ve been through enough that the music industry can't affect me. I feel like I'm invincible. I've been through so much.

How do you feel about comparisons to the singer Rihanna?


I saw Rihanna the first time in high school, and I remember the first video S.O.S and I remember thinking wow I'm different from her. I like her music, I feel like some things are similar but we are definitely different.  I'm more boring than Rihanna. Rihanna takes a lot of risk with her voice, but I have more of a consistent sound. I'm smooth, feminine, and I think that differentiates me from other females.


What’s your favorite song on the album?


A lot of songs, but as far as performing it’s not an original it’s a cover. I like loud music, but mostly I like the ballads.


How has it been getting ready to go on tour with R. Kelly?


I have been opening for so many people, KEM, Nicki, so doing R. Kelly feels good. My mom was in love with him, so in terms of that it feels good to open for him. I'm very excited about Miguel, because I saw Miguel and had no clue I would be working with him. He's definitely hot, so it should be good.


You are visibly beautiful how do you keep it business, in an industry that revolves around men?


I keep it friendly. You can be friendly, and professional. People definitely compliment me but I definitely keep my boundaries.


What does Darnaa do for fun?


I was more fun years ago. Music is very serious for me right now. I spend a lot of hours preparing, rehearsing, and doing music. My favorite things are sky diving, I love to do that. I have done that a few times. (We talked about sky diving naked, because I saw a pic online a few years back of someone who tried it.) I get scared but I love the rush of rides, going fast. Right now though I am watching a lot Lifetime television. Lol.


Cool Chick!

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Vivica Fox Unleashed

I haven't seen this diva in a minute, but Vivica A. Fox is still doing it. After twenty five years in the business she talks about how she’s maneuvered and what she’s learned in Unleash’d Magazine. Vivica recently signed off for 90 episodes of Mr. Box Office, playing a sexy teacher. Nice.
On adapting in her career so that she wouldn’t be pigeon-holed
Early on in my career, I decided I wouldn’t pigeon hole myself. I wanted to make sure that I was able to be free to do what I want and to expand into different areas. I wanted to produce, act, and sing. I didn’t limit myself. I learned to adapt. Wherever this ever-changing industry went, I adapted. For instance, reality TV is a big thing so I adapted my career to incorporate that.
On being typecast
The only time you are typecast is if you go ahead and allow people to so that to you. If you allow yourself to be pigeon holed, then you won’t break out. You have to go out and do new things. If there is a part that should be played by a man, there’s nothing that says a woman can’t play it. Black, white, whatever, just something different.
I think that you can’t let yourself be put in a box. You always have to be outside the box because if you are labeled a certain way or put into that box, then that’s how they’ll see you.
On her favorite roles
I would have to say that one of my favorite, and one of the most fun, was my role in “Independence Day.” I got to come out there singing and dancing and showing I could also rock a pole [laughs]. People were talking and saying, ‘Who is that? She is beautiful and she can act and dance and all that!’ It was great to have people react like that. I also loved playing Frankie in “Set It Off.” I got to get gangsta with it so that was a lot of fun! But my favorite role has been Shante in “Two Can Play That Game.”  That movie meant a lot to me. It was great to show that not all African-American relationships were about beating each other or stuff like that. It was real and it was fun to make. I got to put a lot of myself in that movie. I had a say in the clothes I wore, the cars I drove, the way I talked and walked. I had a lot of input and it made it that much better.
On keeping her business to herself
Come on now. We both know I haven’t been flying under the radar. Let’s be real [laughs]. You know it seems that everyone was always interested in my love life. When I was younger I was real quick to say, ‘Hey I’m in love or we’re going over here. But I learned to not kiss and tell. And currently I am happily single.
On what she’s currently working on
Well, we just signed on for 90 episodes of Mr. Box Office! I play Cassandra Washington, a sexy cougar teacher.[...]Honestly I’m flattered. I mean I’m playing a sexy cougar.

I am so excited for Tamara Braxton and Vince Herbert's new announcement that they are having a baby. How did she keep that a secret, and hiding it till the final trimester. Tamar shares in an interview with why she decided to wait on telling the public. Tamar also says that this baby was very unexpected as last season they were having fertility issues, and had put four babies in storage, as she used to say. Sometimes it's all on God's timing not ours.

We decided [not to announce the pregnancy] until we were both really okay with it — that’s why we waited,” the youngest Braxton said in an interview with People. “Vince and I [were] told we were going to have fertility problems — it was a lot of information — so we had to get comfortable with the fact that it happened on its own.”
Now that the news is out, Tamar is flaunting her baby bump all around town and she says she’s in a really good place. “I think I sing better right now. My vocal chords are really, really healthy maybe because I’m not having cocktails,” she said. “I’m singing all the time and not having anything spicy. No acid reflux! I’m in a good place.”
The 35-year-old went on to say that her sisters are helping her adjust to life as a new mommy-to-be. “My sisters are making me feel more maternal because they’re crazy. They’re giving me advice on how to be a mother and be pregnant,” she said. “They always have a comment about my shoes, what am I wearing, what am I eating, you need to put your feet up and I’m just like, ‘I’m fine!’ They’re too much.”

I am falling deeper and deeper in love with the marriage of Devon Franklin and Meagan Good. I know she is considered a celebrity and we hardly know sometimes what can be real or for show but I love that their love for God first is focused around their relationship. This past weekend the couple took part in Wal-Mart’s “Black Love And Relationships” forum in Atlanta with Bishop Paul S. Morton and his wife Pastor Morton who have been married for 36 years!... Woohhooo. I love relationship talk. Below the couples shared some sound advice on being married and relationships in general.

Meagan Good
For me, one of the biggest things was working on myself first before I was actually working at marriage. Really seeing the areas where I was damaged; the areas where I was struggling; really seeking a marriage with God first. And once I did, that started to kind of clean up my life in certain areas. That’s when I started to get confirmation that marriage was coming and I started to get direct confirmation about even who my husband was…I think at that point that’s when God will give you clarity even if it’s years down the line. There’s things that have to happen before (marriage) can happen so focus on those things first.

Pastor Morton
I was very young. I was still in college. I was 22 and started school. So marriage for me was the old fashion way. I was looking to get my career going and [Bishop Morton] said to me that God said ‘You’re my wife’ and I didn’t agree. (Laughs) But what I did, I became his friend. Friends first, ladies. Friends first. I wasn’t so gun ho and I was at a different age.
I do understand that you’re tired. You’re ready. The clock is running but I still believe that he that finds a wife finds a good thing and God will show him you. He may show you him, but he will show him you. And when he said that to me I was silly and saying a lot of stuff, “I got school, I want a career…” But when I began to ask God… I said “God, if I get married, I wanna stay married. I want my marriage to bring glory to you” and I really meant that. I want to love the person that I marry. I wanna be in love with him. I counseled a lot of couples and if nothing else holds you together, being in love with them, will hold you for a long time…

Bishop Morton
For singles, it’s very very important and I know it’s difficult, I know it’s hard. But young ladies, even if you can wait, if you just don’t move too fast, that’s what really attracted me to her. Of course, I thought that she overdid it… The ‘no’s’ helped. You have to be strong because a man really appreciates that in the end. Believe me he’ll act like he won’t, but when you have some rules that you lay down, get some limitations. That’s all I’m saying. And it pays off in the end.

DeVon Franklin
I would say on the male side, part of it is being open to the challenge of commitment. Dating to a certain degree is easy. You can just hide. You can date a number of people and never really get serious. You can run for so long, but it does take courage and say I’m not going to run anymore. I’m going to commit. And also in that commitment, as a man, it really helps you to become full because so much of what we need to do as men is really tied up in the partner God brings us. I can tell you my life in 8 months has changed drastically for the better. The marriage is amazing when you have the right partner as a man. So in terms of dating, I would just say date less and be more intentional in your dating. Doesn’t mean everybody you’re gonna date, you’re gonna marry. But really actually be serious about that person. My boys who aren’t married date for sport and treat these women like possessions… If you’re not serious, be honest and say “I’m not serious. So if you wanna hang with me, just know that you’re getting the not serious brother right now.” Be honest… The other side with women, you gotta really allow love to come to you in the way God has it for you. And this is hard because sometimes (you say) “I want him to look like this and he’s gotta be that” and all of these things. But listen. I told everybody I would never date an actress. It would never happen. And I married one because I was open to God’s plan for my life…

I have been feeling Mary J. Blije lately. It's not because she has put anything new out since her last album but because I can appreciate a legend. After twenty years in the business, Mary is still someone I want to know about. I'm crossing my fingers for a reality show for her. Her story continues to unfold as a bad girl, who broke the chains, is now a Christian, and a music legend. This month Mary covers the Feb/ March issue of Vibe Magazine and speaks truthfully about Rihanna, and things she's still learning.  Catch a few highlights below:
On the Current State of R&B 
“I am so proud of what Rihanna is doing. She is speaking to her generation, and she’s living her life in front of them. I don’t even think she is purposely doing it. She’s such a beautiful girl, and I don’t think she knows she’s that beautiful. She’s just living her life, and leading her generation, and she has great, great songs.”
On People Giving Rihanna a Hard Time Because of Chris Brown
“They give her a hard time because she’s living her life. As long as she’s having fun and isn’t three minutes from shooting herself, good! I want her to be happy. That’s impressive to me. And I love her songs.”
On There Being Moments Where She’s Been Off Course

“There are always moments like that. If you’re not confident in yourself, you’re going to waver. I’ve wavered and I’ve lost. It’s all in the history books. When you’ve had a high of success and then you find yourself chasing, you lose. If you don’t have the patience with yourself to do right by you, you lose. That’s a constant battle.”
On When She Feels Most Beautiful

“When I’m made up and dressed and my heart is good and I feel happy. I’m not going to lie and say I feel beautiful when I have on a hair scarf and I’m running to the gym. I feel confident, but beautiful? That’s on the red carpet.”
On When Her Husband Thinks She’s Most Beautiful

“When I’m running to the gym [laughs]. Less is more, I guess. He always tells me, ‘You don’t need all that stuff.’”
On Her Style Being Softer Now
“I’ve evolved, I’m a woman now, and I’ve softened. I’ve been a tomboy my whole life. But then you get older, you get married, you soften up.”;

Nice to see my girl Mary J. Blije back blessing us with her precense again.  Mary J. Blije is back with an interview with the cover of  “L.A Confidential”. Check out what she had to say about being a born again Christian and accepting gay people.
KS: You’ve spoken openly about your addictions as well.
MJB: What I did was I chose to learn how to drink socially and it didn’t work. The test comes when you have to decide whether you’re drinking to be social or drinking to cover up something again. To cover up depression. To cover up guilt. Shame. Abandonment. All of that, man. Once I realized, “There you go again,” I had to stop. Whitney Houston’s death really affected me. Her death is another reason I stopped. I really do think I’m done. I looked at how that woman could not perform anymore.
KS: Were you afraid to do a more structured program of recovery because of your fame?
MJB: I don’t know why. But I didn’t want to go to rehab. I believe that anything man himself can do for me, God can do for me in a greater way. I decided to pray and to seek God on my own. I just stayed in The Word. And it worked.
KS: You’ve spoken openly about your addictions as well.
MJB: What I did was I chose to learn how to drink socially and it didn’t work. The test comes when you have to decide whether you’re drinking to be social or drinking to cover up something again. To cover up depression. To cover up guilt. Shame. Abandonment. All of that, man. Once I realized, “There you go again,” I had to stop. Whitney Houston’s death really affected me. Her death is another reason I stopped. I really do think I’m done. I looked at how that woman could not perform anymore.
KS: Were you afraid to do a more structured program of recovery because of your fame?
MJB: I don’t know why. But I didn’t want to go to rehab. I believe that anything man himself can do for me, God can do for me in a greater way. I decided to pray and to seek God on my own. I just stayed in The Word. And it worked.
KS: Do you consider yourself a born-again Christian?
MJB: Yes.
KS: And yet you’ve come out in favor of same-sex marriage. A lot of people would say that is not compatible with your born-again Christianity.
MJB: I would say this to those people: I’m not God. God said not to judge anyone lest you be judged. That’s it. Who am I to point my finger? You’ve got to walk in love. To say you do not want people to be happy is so mean, so not me.
KS: And yet people do have some good reasons, as you have had, for not being happy. Poverty. Molestation. How old were you when you were molested?
MJB: I was 5. Mmmm … yes. I was 5. I don’t want to go into the details. It’s something that hurt me really bad. I’m still the same way. When I open up to trust you, I trust you wholeheartedly. And then when you betray that trust, it closes me up.
On how her New Years kiss with Teyanna Taylor happened:
“Well, we counted down and I turned to her, said “Happy New Year” and gave her a kiss!”

I don’t normally spot light people who aren’t celebrities or changing popular culture in their own right but this girls name has been around so much I couldn’t help it. Karreuche Tran has been the topic of discussion since 2012, and now she’s finally breaking her silence on matters of Chris Brown and Rihanna this month in the “Vibe” magazine. Sometimes I really wanted to know what she was feeling and thinking, so check it out:

On how her New Years kiss with Teyanna Taylor happened:
“Well, we counted down and I turned to her, said “Happy New Year” and gave her a kiss!

On having a tight-knit group of friends:
“I keep it very small. I don’t really go around and tell my friends my business. I’m very personal. When I hang out with Christina [Milian], we don’t get into too much. We just kinda forget about all those negative things or whatever’s going on and just relax and have a good time. I really, really don’t tell my business when it comes to a lot, even though my business is public. The things I personally go through within myself, I tend to keep to myself. It just creates more of a drama.”
On how “The Kill” got started:
“Chris [Brown] wanted to do a female line for his men’s line ["Black Pyramid"]. So he asked me to take over and “The Kill” was gonna be a women’s only line but it’s actually unisex.”
On if she’s happy with her love life currently:
“I mean at the time, but right now of course not. It’s a lot going on but it could be a lot worse. And that’s how I look at life. I take it for what it is. I move forward, grow from it and at this point, that’s what I’m doing. I’m not gonna sit and dwell and become consumed in that negativity because I could very much be that person, especially when things are so public and so thrown in my face. But like I said, things can be much worse. So I’m good.”
On what she’d say if she ever sat down with Chris Brown and Rihanna:
“For everybody, emotionally, that would just be way too much. I’m a very mature person so if the time ever did come where we would need to sit down and talk, I’d do it. I’m a mature person. I can work it out but that would be a lot. (Pause) Yeah, it would be a lot.”
On if her and Chris Brown’s love life affects their business:
“At the end of the day, he will always be a friend. We’ll always care about each other. We won’t allow that to interfere. Our business is business.”
#exgirlfriend, #karreuchetran, #rihanna, #chris brown

This young lady Tameka "Tiny" Harris has definitely proved to me that she can run with the big dogs when it comes to keeping careers interesting and progressive. Although Tiny started off in the group Xscape, she has not let the demise of that group stop her from moving forward in the world of entertainment business. This month Tiny debuts with a talk show! "After dreaming for years of her own talk show, Tiny’s vision has come true On Monday, her year-end pop culture review special Tiny Tonight airs on VH1 (10 p.m. EST)—the same network that airs her popular reality show, T.I. & Tiny: The Family Hustle.
Check out Tiny’s interview with Ebony via Necole

Tameka “Tiny” Harris has something to say.
And she and her famous friends hope you’ll be listening… and watching.
Tiny will be joined by Tamar Braxton (from WE tv’s Tamar & Vince), rapper Trina and TV personality Claudia Jordan. The female foursome will be chatting about all the politics, entertainment, fashion and celebrity relationships that went down in 2012. talks with the petite reality star about the special.
EBONY: Why a talk-show special? You’ve been talking about this for a while now.
Tiny: It was just an idea that I’ve been talking about doing for a long, long time with my good friend, Tamar Braxton. We wanted to do a talk show and make it young and youthful. I’m just so happy that VH1 was open to the process.
EBONY: The premiere show is a special, right?
Tiny: Yes. The first show will be a recap of 2012. We’ll be talking about all of the big events that happened in the year.
EBONY: How did you prepare yourself to get into talk-show hostess mode?
Tiny: I studied. They would send me notes on what’s going on, and we would pitch in and talk about what we wanted to talk about on the show. I just really did my homework. It was more like a real job for me. Doing this talk show was like, “Wow, this is what they do?!” I can’t even imagine doing it every day. There’s a lot of work that goes into it.
EBONY: So if the show gets picked up, how often will you do it?
Tiny: Probably once a week.
EBONY: You once told me that you’ve always been the go-to girl in your crew. You’re the advice giver. Will that be your role in this show?
Tiny: Yep. It’s still that way. I’m always giving out advice. People always come to me for that. And I keep it real too. On the show, you’re going to see us chatting as homegirls and hearing our input, our insight. And we are just laughing, we’re talking, we argue a little here and there, because everybody don’t agree. But we have fun, and that’s just what happens when ladies get together. You’re going to see a lot of funny moments in there, especially with the cast I have.;

With everything going on with Chris Brown these days, it's no wonder we all want to know more and more. With his love life a mystery, and arguments over twitter we can't keep up. Check out Chris Brown's interview with XXL, December 2012/ January 2013 edition.

Peep a few highlights plus snaps from his photo spread below:
On His Love Life
One thing people often want me to talk about is my public love life. When it comes to my love life, the perception seems as though I am a player. But that’s not true. Love is something I am still learning. It’s just an obstacle that I haven’t yet mastered. I think that’s my biggest hurdle in life.
On Twitter
I haven’t been as mature and thought out in the past, so, me growing now, it’s showing my progression. I used to use my Twitter account to vent, but now I mostly use it for marketing and promotions. Even if the media asks me something, if it’s cool then it’s, ‘What’s up?’ But if it’s anything that’s too negative, I don’t care to respond. I use music or painting as my outlet to get through the confusion. I try to promote positivity and love.
In the beginning, I used to be hot. I’m normal. I’m human, so if anybody says something that’s a lie, I’m numb to it. I’ve smartened up.

On If He Had Beef With Drake & Meek Mill

A lot of people wanna know about the whole situation with me, Drake and Meek Mill. At the end of the day, I’m me, they’re them. They rap, I sing. Totally different caliber. I rap, I play around on mixtapes. But our words don’t collide as much as you’d think.;

This movie is going to be a gagger and I really cannot wait. Vibe has decided to change its tune up a bit and feature three wonderful actors one being the cute white guy Leonardo Dicaprio!....The three will play along side eachother in the upcoming filim Django Unchained, about slavery due out on December 25th . Check out the interview below featured on Necole

Jamie Foxx on his role as a slave turned gun-slinging bounty hunter:
Every two, three years there is a movie about the Holocaust because they want you to remember and they want you to be reminded of what it was. When was the last time you’ve seen a move about slavery? What we were doing was an acrobatic routine with the highest degree of difficulty. It’s a tough script to read. I had both my daughters come down to the plantation and I walked them through and said, “This is where your people come from. This is your background.
Kerry Washington on the film
This is not a doc. This is a Quentin Tarantino film. But I remember there was this one moment in the script where Jamie’s character was put in an awful crazy medieval metal mask. I said, “That’s some sick thing Quentin thought up.” And when I went to the production office to meet about my wardrobe, I saw into the research office. Twenty photos of real masks like that. It made me sad. I realized as much as my degrees and everything I’ve read on slave narratives [should have informed me], I didn’t even know that they wore masks like that, that people did that to us. It took a Tarantino movie for me to know that that’s not some crazy thing out of his imagination. That’s how it went down.
Leonardo Dicaprio on playing such a wicked character
For me, the initial thing obviously was playing someone so disreputable and horrible whose ideas I obviously couldn’t connect with on any level. I think it took me to places I didn’t even imagine. I remember our first read and it was hard for me to wrap my head around it. My initial response was “Do we need to go this far? Are we going too far?
[...] This is the first legit bad guy I’ve ever had to play, and it is a fucking horrible [character]; the worst display of humanity I’ve ever read in my entire life. Not even just because of who he was and the racism, but because he is just the most self-indulgent bastard I’ve ever read.

Jamie Foxx on the criticism the film received from blacks who objected the treatment of slavery after seeing the trailer

Put it this way: I completely understand what you’re saying. ‘Cause as black folks we’re always sensitive. As a black person it’s always racial. I come into this place to do a photo shoot and they got Ritz crackers and cheese. I’ll be like, ain’t this a b-tch. Y’all didn’t know black people was coming. What’s with all this white sh-t? By the same token, if there is fried chicken and watermelon I’ll say ain’t this a b-tch? So, no matter what we do as black people it’s always gonna be that. Every single thing in my life is built around race. I don’t necessarily speak it because you can’t.
I imagined being an actress in this movie, and I felt the chill run up my spine of how difficult it must of been to relive this along side another white actor. This is going to be a powerhouse of riveting scenes, with Quenton Tarantino has the director please do yourself a favor and check it out.

Some of us don't know much about Alicia Keys and mostly it's because she's extremely guarded. She actually happens to feel comfortable being this way, to her some things should be left sacred. As she will be a releasing a new album " Girl On Fire" Alicia opens up to Complex Magazine about herself, and what some of us might not know.

On Her Song ‘Brand New Me’
“Don’t be mad that I’m different,” Alicia explains about the song. “Don’t be mad that I’m changed. Don’t be mad that I’m grown. You can’t affect me the way you once did. You can’t be mad. Like, how could you be mad?”
“My favorite part of that song is the bridge. The bridge says, ‘If you were a friend, you’d want to get to know me again/If you were worth the while, you’d be happy to see me smile/I’m not expectin’ sorry. I’m too busy finding myself.’ All of us have had that type of realization: ‘You don’t control me. You might have at one time, but you don’t anymore.’ I love that song so much. It’s so freaking real.”
On Being Guarded
“I mean, what the hell?  The whole freaking world is looking at your s–t. It’s scary. I didn’t want to say every single thing because you don’t want people to know that. There’s personal and there’s public, and I deserve the right to have a personal space.”
On Feeling Caged vs. Feeling In Charge
“Becoming my new self, some people didn’t understand me anymore. Some people who I knew for years—we couldn’t be on the same page anymore. That’s OK because that’s part of growing, too. The hardest thing is to trust yourself, to know that what you’re feeling is valid. A lot of times we dismiss our feelings. I realized that I can trust myself and say, ‘No, I’m not comfortable with that.’ That was the toughest part. When I finally had the bravery to do that, that’s when I started to feel on fire.”
On Frank Ocean Coming Out
“That was super brave and I’m so glad that he wrote it,” she says. “He is the voice for so many people. We’re all boxed in to these stupid things that we’re taught is the way we’re supposed to be and it’s so ridiculous. There are so many people that need a champion to assure them that no matter who you are, you are a beautiful person. That doesn’t change the fact that you’re talented or intelligent. Thank God that we have come to this place where we can actually know and be more open to the fact that people come in all different ways. And that’s great because it’s a very boring world otherwise.”
On Staying Out of the Doghouse In A Relationship
“It’s real easy,” she says. “You stay outta the doghouse by not being a dog. You know what to do. That’s it. Life is real easy. You know what the key is? Honesty. OK, honesty isn’t easy. Honesty can be hurtful. It can be painful. It can be difficult. But honesty makes things easier. ’Cause then you don’t have to go back and do all types of other bulls–t. It’s just better. Trust me.”
On Naming Her Son Egypt
“I took an important trip for myself to Egypt. There were a lot of things that needed to change. I was not as experienced then, so I felt close to a breakdown. I went to Egypt, and I went alone. I sailed down the Nile and I saw the temples, the tombs, and the pyramids. It was powerful.” She adds with a laugh, “It was very Cleopatra.”
When we found out I was pregnant, my husband said, ‘Egypt was such an important time for you. That really changed your life.’ Wouldn’t that be amazing as a name?’ Once he said that, I was like, ‘Yes.’

Read more: Necole Alicia Keys Covers Complex: Dishes On Finding Herself, Being Guarded & “Brand New Me”

Tamera Mowry interviews with Ebony and talks about celibacy, marriage, and life!!!!

EBONY: Congratulations on your baby boy, Tamera! He’s due in October; that is so exciting!  I know you’ve had a chance to watch Tia go through her pregnancy with [her son] Cree, so you’ve been able to know what to expect.  But what has been the most surprising thing you’ve experienced while being pregnant?
TAMERA: Thank you! That’s a very good question because you go through a lot. But I guess I never really realized because I’m in my third trimester right now and the excess weight takes a toll on your body, your ankles, your knees. But positively, I never knew you could love something so much and he’s not even born yet. I never knew how excited I would become just when I see the ultrasound. That’s my way of seeing him and I love that and I can’t wait to meet him.
EBONY: Tia, you have this great new book out called “Oh, Baby!” in which you give women the inside scoop on the side of pregnancy that people and doctors don’t really prepare you for. How has motherhood changed you?
TIA: I’ve learned a lot about myself actually. I’ve learned how to be more patient. When you don’t have a child and you’re a hard worker who’s always on the go, you’re on a fast pace. But when you have a child you have to learn how to slow down and just be patient. My son gets me to enjoy the simple things in life. I really, enjoy just going to the park and spending an hour with him at the park now.  At the park, I’m just another mommy hanging out with the other moms and watching our kids play and I love that.
EBONY: Tamera you mentioned in an interview that you and [your husband, Fox News Correspondent] Adam [Housley] not only didn’t live together, you also remained celibate until you married last year. Why did you choose that route and do you have any advice for your fans who are trying to follow in your footsteps in that regard?
TAMERA: Adam and I took a break from dating for about a year. We missed each other and something was drawing us together, but more than that, we wanted to make sure that this relationship was what God wanted for our lives.  [In order to know] if we are meant to be together, we said, ‘it’s got to be God’s way and not our way.’ We didn’t want to half-step anything [or have clouded judgment]. So our right way was the way we felt God wanted us to do it which was being celibate. We said to God, ‘This is who we are, I know you take us as we are, our faults, our fears, our joys, our hope as a couple and have your way.’
I tried the ‘missionary dating’ [in the past] where you have a person with a great heart who you think is perfect and wonderful except for this one important area that you try to change. That’s unfair to that person. That person needs to be who they are 100%. And it’s unfair to you. You don’t want to drag somebody to church with you. My husband wakes up on Sundays and says ‘Hey, are we going to church today?’ It just makes [waiting] all worthwhile. I dated guys who did not share those same beliefs and it was hard. There were many nights of heartbreak and crying, and that’s not what God wants for us.
But if you want to be celibate, definitely don’t live together [laughs] because that makes it harder for you. Have people around you to keep you accountable! Surround yourself with people who support your decision, because they’re only going to root you on. Make that covenant with God and with each other and just let go. God is going to see you through the difficult times. Whenever you’re feeling discouraged just pray together. Like I said it’s not going to be a perfect journey, but you just have to keep God the center of your relationship.

If anyone of you have had the chance,  although it can be a bit draining the show Tamar & Vince is quite entertaining. These two love eachother to death, but they are no holds barred when it comes to dealing with their relaitonship. Below Tamar & Vince do an interview for Rollingout. Check it out!

Let’s talk about the show, “Tamar and Vince.” What goes through your head when you’re watching the show?
Tamar: Before it airs, Vince and I both have to see [it], because we are both executive producers and we are very much … involved. There is nothing wrong with having integrity and enlightening people with class, and making sure that we don’t do anything to embarrass ourselves, our marriage, or the businesses that we are both involved in.
Vince, you have a proven track record in music. Tamar is ready to put her album out now. So what’s keeping her album from being released?
Vince: There is no big thing holding us down. I just think when you’re making any record, you want to make sure you did the best job. So when we put the record out, it represents what she stands for, what my record label stands for, and make sure she puts her best foot forward. You want to make a great album and you want to take your time and really make sure that you choose the right songs, and try to make sure that it’s something that your fans will love. You don’t want to throw something together and throw it out there and it’s horrible. That’s not representing myself or her. I wanted her to really have a good shot at what she is trying to accomplish.
Tamar, you have been doing music all your life. What’s going to make your album really stand out?
Tamar: I really don’t think about anybody else. That’s not because I want to be cocky or because I think I’m better than anybody else. I don’t want to get caught up in what everybody else is doing. I just make sure I do the music that I’m proud of, and music that I feel like I want to portray. … You know the music that I believe in, and it has nothing to do with anybody else. I don’t look at my music career as I want to be better than Brandi or Monica. We are all great singers in our own right. We’re talented and that’s just the bottom line. They do what they do, and I do what I do.
I got a chance to see all of the show’s episodes and I must admit, the show is entertaining. On one episode, Tamar you were upset that Vince played a song in front of Mindless Behavior that you were going to put out, but it was without your vocals. What upset you about that moment?
Tamar: Well. The first thing is that it caught me off guard. I just didn’t get it. I had no idea and still don’t have an idea of why he didn’t play my version of it. He said he didn’t have it, but he wanted them to hear it. I was just caught off guard. If he would have just told me in advance, I wouldn’t have had an attitude about it.
Vince, during the moment she said she was caught off guard. Why didn’t you play the version with her vocals on it?
Vince: I didn’t have that version at that particular time. And I just wanted the kids to hear her music and get excited about it. It wasn’t that serious, though.
During another segment, things got out of hand during dinner because of an Instagram picture. An argument occurred and you guys didn’t even finish dinner. How did it get to that point?
Vince: Tamar is just a jealous girl. Tamar always gets mad over something dumb.
Tamar, were you jealous at that point? Why did you get upset?
Tamar: I got upset because I asked him a specific question. Riding in the car going to dinner we were talking about Instagram because I like to Instagram

Tyler Perry inspires me! and I'm a woman. His story from coming from nothing to this mega super star, who owns most of his stuff just gets me going. Check out his new sexy look in Men's Magazine this month. Tyler Perry will be starring in the new movie Alex Cross, can't wait to see it....Also find out how Tyler got his sexy back with the new bod for the movie.

On the result of shedding 30 pounds for his new movie ‘Alex Cross’
I walk into a room with a lot more confidence. All my life I’ve tried to hide my height. I was taller than everybody else and stood out, so I would slouch and try to hide it. But with what I’ve been able to do with my body, I’m owning it. I’m standing up when I walk into a room. Now, I feel like it’s okay to be thought of as sexy.”
On his journey to success
I’ve worked my entire life to get to this place. The first 28 years of my life, it was hell and misery. Now I can do whatever I want. I don’t want any drama; I don’t want to argue; I don’t want to answer to anybody. I’ve worked too hard to get here, and I’m loving this freedom.
On owning his own things and investing in his career.
The thing about using other people’s money is they’re going to set the rules. So at the beginning I used my money, kept reinvesting in myself. Now I own all my content, as opposed to having someone else own it and me being ‘work for hire.’ That’s the difference between doing well and having generations of wealth to pass on to your children.”

As you know Brandy's long awaited album was released today "Two Eleven". I have to say I am very excited for her, because I grew up on Brandy. I could remember the biggest heart break I had, I got through because of the Brandy album "Never Say Never". So although I am jacking this interview from one of my favorite bloggers, I know that you all will appreciate it because many of you love her too. So check out Brandy's interview with Miss Necole Bitchie herself. Below Brandy really lets it all hang and she discusses our favorite topic love. I like Brand too because she's emotional like me too!

Necole: Your album is almost here, how are you feeling right now.
Brandy: I’m excited, I’m nervous, I’m scared, and this is a very special project to me. It’s a project that I really believe in but at the same time, I would love for it to touch people the way its touched me, and reach as many people that it can reach. I’m so nervous about it, but I am also excited about it.
N: Would you say its one of your most personal albums?
B: Well, All of my albums are personal, I don’t really sing songs that I don’t really relate too, but I will say that this album shows so many different sides to who I am as a person. I’m very vulnerable on this album but at the same time sexy. In love, It’s the story of love and how it comes in different phases and transforms you in different ways.
N: I was reading the tracklisting and it sounds like chapters out of a love story or like you are taking us through the different stages of a relationship, its like ‘So Sick’ and then, ‘Let me go,’ “Now I’m Hardly Breathing’ and ‘Wish Your Love Away‘..
B: It’s the story of love. We all go through different things with love especially when we are with the wrong person, things can get out of hand and it leaves you with these crazy dark feelings because you have such a love for a person but you can’t figure it out because he’s not acting right. So it takes you through all of that and it’s not just my album, its everyone’s album because I feel like everyone can relate to it.
N: You have been in the music industry for almost 20 years and honestly, there are people that do not realize that you have sold over 30-40 million records worldwide.  Sometimes with artists like yourself, you have to reintroduce yourself to a new generation. What has that been like for you?
B: Well this time wasn’t a challenge for me, because it just didn’t seem forced. It seemed as though I got into the studio and I was able to create something different but not so different where people who loved my music and have been following me wouldn’t be able to embrace it. This time around, it felt natural and authentic. When I first put out the ‘Put it Down’ song, it took a minute to catch, but I knew that it was something special about this return. The previous times I tried to come back, it was kind of difficult because I didn’t really believe in the music that I was doing, I didn’t really believe in the videos that I was doing, so it felt forced and like, if I don’t believe it then no one else is going to believe it. This time, it felt like it was the right time, I had the right team. It feels like I’m a new artist just rediscovering myself, its so much fun.
I’m just in a place where I’m just thankful for everything. So many times when I was a kid, I didn’t really have the chance to be appreciative of what was going on around me. Every moment now is just like, ‘Wow, Thank You’. This is amazing; God has been great to me. I have to be patient with God too, you know. Sometimes he says, ‘look you are not ready for it now, I can’t really grant your request right now’, but now its like, this is what I’ve been praying for for years, My return to music in a way where I believe it and feel good about what I am doing.
One of my favorite records off of ‘Two Eleven’ so far is ‘No Such Thing As Too Late’ which is about waiting until the time is right to be intimate with someone. What made you choose that record?
B: Well the melody in itself, its just such a beautiful melody and then the lyrical content, it just really shows women their worth. A lot of us, we try to rush into things, we think being intimate with a person will make the relationship go faster or bring about the commitment but if it’s real love, you can take your time. If the person really loves you, he doesn’t mind waiting and being patient. The longer he has to wait; he respects that or cherishes what he has.
N: It’s really interesting nowadays that people put so much emphasis on sex and how ‘it better be good’ rather than focusing on connecting with a person on a deeper level.
B: I actually believe the connection in itself will bring beautiful intimacy, I definitely think that God created sex for people that have that connection first, being in love and that spiritual connection before you even go there. A lot of people can have great intimacy but don’t know how to connect with each other. They don’t know what to talk about and don’t share any communication with each other. I think it’s great to get to know a person before you even share the icing on the cake.
N: Over the years, you’ve been in your share of public relationships and you are not afraid of hiding it. Do you think that has helped your relationships in any way or made them more difficult?
B: I don’t feel any affect at all from being open. I think that the relationship is between me and my guy as long as everyone isn’t in your business. I don’t mind sharing that I’m with someone or sharing things that other people can relate to but at the end of the day, my relationship is not really out there. No, I’m not on reality TV in a relationship, that’s when it can get a little bit difficult, because everyone would have an opinion on what you should be doing in your relationship…but, nobody really knows my dude like that, no one knows what we do on a day-to-day, so it doesn’t have any affect on us.
N: What were a few qualities that initially attracted you to the person that you are with?
B: [Ryan] was really quiet so that made me more interested in what was going on in his mind. Of course, right away, I was attracted to him, I just couldn’t figure him out, and he was challenging and mysterious. Then when I really got a chance to get to know him, I realized that we shared a lot of the same things in common like we were both very family oriented, he loves his mom which is a great thing and he had a lot of respect for me and he really loves music as well. We just connected, and I started feeling like I could talk to him about everything, I started to like who I was around him, I felt very beautiful around him, very sexy. When I introduced him to my daughter when I felt the time was right, I mean she just feel head over heels for him. My family loved him. My mom didn’t have one problem. My mom usually looks for something to be wrong just in case you got something up your sleeve, nobody is going to mess with her baby type thing. She didn’t have any of that. My brother ….My cousin who I am really close too, they are best friends now. It’s just weird how everybody, and me as well, we’ve all just kind of embraced him and he’s just a part of the family now.
N: Was there ever a moment when you realized ‘this is my soul mate’?
B: Yes, I’ve had moments with him where I am reminded that this is the person that I’m supposed to be with. If life stays on this path and we keep building our relationship and stay connected then it can go as far as it’s supposed to go. The main thing is, I just want to be honest all of the time and want to be a good friend to him and the same him to me. I think being great friends is what has been missing for me in the past; I wasn’t focused on being great friends in other relationships that I’ve been in.
N: As women we always want to rush into things. I remember someone telling me, ‘I want to focus on our friendship’ and sometimes when you are a woman and you hear that it may feel like you are being rejected, but its really true and that’s where honesty and respect really comes from.
B: I think respect comes from being great friends as well. Ryan and I before we even spent any time dating; we spent most of our time on the phone because he lived in New York when we first started talking. We were on the phone all of the time.
Necole: You talked on the phone? See, we are in a text message generation…
Brandy: I read your post on guy’s texting and it was so interesting because he didn’t do that in the beginning and I was like okay, I noticed that. I’m like okay look I’m old school, I like to talk, I like to laugh and share, I don’t want to be texting nobody because sometimes you can take texting the wrong way and don’t know a person’s tone. I don’t have time for texting all of the time, let’s talk.
N: What is the biggest lesson you have learned from love so far?
B: I think love is a beautiful thing. I don’t regret any of my experiences with love but I will say that one of my biggest lessons has been patience. You have to be patient with love. If you are committed, you have to hang in there through the rough times as well as through the good times. That’s all a part of your growth with love. So many of us are quick to leave when it’s bad or say, ‘I can’t take it anymore’ or ‘I don’t want to be with you’ and that kind of thing.
You have to give someone a chance. You have to compromise and be understanding. If you are really in it, be in it and go forward. You have to really treat this person like they are a part of your family. You can’t just walk out on your kids or your mom, your dad, well some people do, but I wasn’t raised like that, so I don’t just walk out on my family when things get bad. You are suppose to stick with it. I finally found the person that I want to stick with it with. Whatever the circumstance, I want to try to work through it.
N: I’m curious, what are you listening to right now?
B: I’m not currently listening to anyone right now honestly because I am really listening to me.  I’m in rehearsals everyday for the upcoming shows that I do have. I have tunnel vision right now.  I know I love ‘Adorn’ by Miguel, I love ‘Ice’ by Kelly Rowland, I love Keyshia Cole’s song ‘Enough of No Love’ but I am not really listening to anyone in my iPod right now. Its just ‘Two Eleven’ right now.
N: Speaking of Keyshia Cole, I saw her on Ustream last year and she mentioned she wanted to do a duet with you for her new album..
B: I’m so mad that it didn’t work out. She did reach out to me and I was down with it, I don’t know what happened, maybe the timing wasn’t right but she is an incredible artist and I am just happy to see her back doing her thing. It’s just great to see another artist that comes from the R&B foundation, she’s out here doing her thing and I am so proud of her and proud to keep her company. Us coming out around the same time, both repping that genre, it just feels good to have more people on board.

"For her feature in Harper’s Bazaar with images shot by Terry Richardson, the mag details how Oprah Winfrey starts her day.
Her schedule is manic. Winfrey is an early bird, up by 5:45, 6 A.M. (“Stedman’s usually up at 5:30.”) Breakfast of late is “blackberries and half a banana, some almond milk and a little protein powder.” While still in bed she reads a passage from, then from The Bowl of Saki: “It’s like the Sufi Daily Word.” Then it’s a workout, followed by either travel or doing “five or six” calls with her network heads, or both, and, she says, sighing, “trying to work out how social media will fit in there.” (Winfrey is also working on getting seven graduates of her girls’ school in South Africa settled in American colleges.) She doesn’t catch up with famed best friend Gayle King as regularly these days, given that King, a cohost of CBS This Morning, needs to be asleep nightly by 8:30. “I was on the phone with Gayle the other night,” Winfrey recalls. “She asked me a question, and then it was…snore!” She howls with laughter."

Rihanna graces the uber fabulous pages of VOGUE. What better way to show her style, glam and edge. Check out what she had to say in the interview about not finding a DATE!!! Ummm really... I'm having a little trouble these days as well, but somehow I don't think Rihanna shares the same problem. Then again weirdo things are happening huh!. I wonder what happened the night she was at the Barclays with Chris........

I have not been on a date in forever. Like two years. Haven’t gone to the movies, to dinner. Zero.
I would love to go on a date! You don’t think that? I’m a woman. A young woman, vibrant, and I love to have fun. And I have too many vaginas around me at this point. She takes a sip of wine. “Seriously, all I want is a guy to take me out and make me laugh for a good hour and take my ass back home. He doesn’t even have to come up. All I want is a conversation for an hour.”
So what gives?
No one asks. Trust me on that. I’m waiting for the man who’s ballsy enough to deal with me. I’m going to wait, though. You always find the wrong sh-t when you go looking.
When asked about her friendship with Chris Brown, she responded:
There’s some obsession that’s continued even throughout when we weren’t friends or couldn’t be friends at all. Hated each other. The world hasn’t let go. They haven’t seen any progress in our friendship, because they don’t see anything, really, besides the song.
I didn’t think [Birthday Cake] could be anything detrimental to my career.  I was on a tour bus ride between two cities, listening to my album, thinking, Oooh, maybe I should make this into a duet. And I started coming up with a bunch of people, and his name crossed my mind. I thought, We haven’t made a song in so long together . . . it could be a little shocking.
So now it’s a bit of a fascination, I guess. I don’t know if people will stop soon, but I feel like as soon as they have closure to it, they will. But they’re not on the inside. They can’t see what I see, unless they’re sitting in my point of view. I guess I’ll learn to accept that.
According to Rihanna's manager she isn't going to stop any time soon as she loves  making music!!!

This actually is starting to be one of my favorite couples. You know, the ones you imagine your relationship probably being like one day, if not anything but at least on paper. Keyshia Cole and Daniel Boobie Gibson are the cutest ever, and this month they graced "Jet" magazine. Inside their interview Keyshia talks about how they met, their new drama free reality show, and why they are one of my favorite couples.. Awww I'm sighing........ Anyhoo check it out.

Boobie: Our stylist reached out to me and she told me that [Keyshia] was somebody I should talk to. I was like, ‘That’s [Keyshia Cole]! I don’t mind that, introduce me. So she gave me her email at first and I was real nice about it.
Keyshia: Which is real crazy because I told her not to. I mean, I really didn’t want to talk to anybody. It didn’t have anything to do with Gib, I just didn’t want to deal with no dudes right then, at that moment. I just wanted to hustle so I was like, ‘how did he get my email’, like that’s not cool.
Boobie: I sent
And how they began dating…
Boobie: I had a game in La. We were gonna meet up and she told me she was going to be there at like 8 o’clock. 8 rolled around and she wasn’t there. 9 rolled around, 10…. We talked for like three months so at this point, I’m like she’s flaking on me, she doesn’t want no action… but she showed up in a [Rolls Royce]. She pulled up and she hopped out and the rest was history.
Keyshia: He was beautiful to me. I mean, I loved his lashes so I was on them lashes but he was sweet. He bought me a little teddy, little sexy thing [smiles and laughs].
Boobie: When I saw her, it wasn’t like groupie love but it was like, ‘Damn, she is beautiful! Like, I’ve seen her on TV, but in person it was different. I knew she was gonna be my wife before I met her from her conversation and her mind.;; jet magazine

Amber Rose and Wiz Klalifa pose for XXL tee-shirt and pannie showing off her beautiful baby bump.

Amber On Giving Birth:
I’m so ready. I’m going all-natural. I’ve decided that I’m going to have an all-natural water birth. No medicine. I want those bragging rights! The next time Wiz has a stomachache or anything, I’ll say, ‘I popped out a baby all-natural.’
Amber On Wiz:
[H]e’s just a genuine sweet guy. And that’s what made me fall in love with him. And I just said, “You know what, I don’t care if he’s a rapper.” I don’t care if people say, “Oh, you’re a gold-digger.” I don’t care if people say, “Oh, you went from one rapper to another,” or whatever. I love him. I don’t look at him as a rapper. I look at him as Cameron Thomaz, not even Wiz Khalifa. I just fell so deeply in love with him, I didn’t care what anyone says.”
Wiz On Getting Together With Amber:
I love my baby. She’s gorgeous and it makes me look even cooler when I show how much I love her to other people… When I met Amber, she loved me for who I was. I had some money, but it was like to pay my bills and literally set myself up for a future. But I was wearing the same camo shorts and high-tops and Chucks. But she liked my swag and she liked me for who I was and I wasn’t afraid of that… She didn’t wanna date any entertainers or anybody in the business. She didn’t know who she wanted to be with, but she knew who she didn’t wanna be with.

Wiz On Recording His New Album With Amber At Home:

I just gotta do it. The most important thing is knowing that she is there and I have to tend to my babies. This is my first child ever in life. I gotta go hard at everything. As hard as I go in the studio, I gotta go just as hard taking care of my baby and making sure she’s alright, and I’m spending time with her and she doesn’t feel neglected.

Read more: Wiz Khalifa, Amber Rose & Her Baby Bump Cover XXL | Necole

Our older man in our heads Denzel Washington graces the covers of GQ, so fitting I guess. 59 year old Denzel Washington has a new movie coming out entitled "Flight" hits theatres November 9. Denzel covers the shoot Giorgio Armani suit matched with a Burberry Prorsum tie and Tom Ford shoes. Denzel Washington discusses his first time catching the Holy Spirit, and how he felt when his friend Whitney Houston passed. Check it out!

On his first memory of being onstage:
“I was around 7, 8, whatever I was. We did a talent show at the Boys Club. Me and another guy, Wayne Bridges—God rest his soul—he’s the father of Chris Bridges, Ludacris. We decided to be the Beatles. So we went to John’s Bargain Store and bought fake guitars and wigs and did ‘I Want to Hold Your Hand.’”
On whether he has any code that he lives by:
“I read from the Bible every day, and I read my Daily Word. I read something great yesterday. It said, ‘Don’t aspire to make a living. Aspire to make a difference.’”
On being filled with the Holy Spirit:
“That was thirty years ago, at the church I still attend. The minister was preaching, ‘Just let it go.’ I said, I’m going to go with it.’ And I had this tremendous physical and spiritual experience. It did frighten me. I was slobbering, crying, sweating. My cheeks blew up. I was purging. It was too intense. It almost drove me away. I called my mother, and she said I was being filled with the Holy Spirit. I was like, ‘Does that mean I can never have wine again?’”
On how he felt when Whitney Houston died:
“Whitney was my girl, and she had done so well in recovery. And that is the toughest part about addiction.”
On how he thinks Obama fits in now:
“Well, the story’s not told yet. He’s in the beginning of the third quarter. I don’t know what his legacy is yet. He’s the first—that’s a part of it. Like Jackie Robinson. But it just wasn’t the first game; it was lasting the whole thing.;

Michelle Obama must know music, because we both love Elle Verner. This month she graces the cover of SFPL on their premiere issue. Below is what Elle had to say about her dream collaborations, being praised by Michelle Obama, and how she feels about R&B...Check it out!

On Michelle Obama singing her praises
I could not believe it….I thought at first it was just a rumor but then I watched and it was definitely real. I was shocked but also very proud that the White House approves my music for their precious daughters to listen to…. That I made an album that simply told my story, and that it could be appreciated by both a 14 year old girl and that girl’s Mother….I was chilling at home when a friend called me and I was screaming lol.
On Her Dream Collaboration
My dream collaboration at the moment would have to be with Frank Ocean or Luke James… I want to make a classic R&B collab like Marvin and Tammi Terrell. On a hip hop note, Drake on a song would be hot too!
On the current state of R&B
I think Rhythm and Blues is missing the “Blues.” That emotional hits-you-in-your-chest feeling that it was built on. The rhythms are
there but the quality and content just aren’t what they used to be. Luckily there are a lot of artists right now not only making great R&B, but getting some mainstream shine as well. I plan to take my music to a worldwide level so R&B isn’t the one trying to squeeze into the picture but actually standing proud in the center of the photo.

Boris Kodjoe and Nicole Ari-Parker, and have an incredible bond. The stunning married couple recently shot the cover for their ‘Rolling Out‘ magazine feature and looked flawless in the process. Below they discuss how they keep marriage, family, and their bond in tact. Ladies take notes, on what it really takes to make a marriage work. I admire them, because in all of Hollywood's craziness they are still together and flourishing.

On the easiest and hardest part of parenting and marriage
Nicole: Being a parent is the hardest job ever in life. Raising children uses every bit of your being — your heart, your time, your patience, your foresight, your intuition to protect them, and you have to use all of this while trying to figure out how to discipline them. It takes its toll on a marriage as well. The time that should be spent with each other after the kids have gone to bed is usually spent face down, in your clothes, on the sofa with the remote control in your hand. It’s exhausting  …  but we’ve been married for seven years, and I think that the greatest challenge but also the greatest gift, is understanding that I’m way more capable than what I think I am.  You have to work hard not to take your partner for granted, even when you are tired.  We have a special needs child, so we also have to get up in the middle of the night and check on her.  So, I’ve been pushed to the limits that I thought I had, and I’ve gone beyond those … that’s been the greatest gift throughout this journey with my husband.
Boris: As far as our marriage goes, again it’s all about priorities. We make sure that we put in some sexy time, and we go out on date nights and spend quality time together, because we were here first.  Everything else is a reflection of that. If she and I are good, then everything else is good. So it’s very important that we put in the time to cherish each other.
Boris On How He knew Nicole was the one
We had instant chemistry, and right away there was an attraction, but it was more on a spiritual level. I knew right away that she was going to be in my life forever. I didn’t know in what capacity, but I just felt that. That just happens when you meet a person that is on the same wavelength. We saw eye-to-eye on so many things. She was open minded, well traveled, and had a great sense of humor — which are all very important to me. The fact that she became my wife was definitely a bonus. It worked because we were friends and liked each other as people first, which is very important in a relationship. You can fall in and out of love, but if you like each other as people, then I think that’s a great foundation to grow a relationship, and we had that, so I’m very lucky.
Nicole, finish the sentence: ‘My husband makes me feel beautiful when…’
Nicole: When he looks me right in the eye.
Boris, ‘My wife makes me feel like the king of the world when…’
Boris: My wife makes me feel like the king of the world when after a long day of working she tells me to put my feet up and cooks an amazing meal for me.
“I’m a better person today than I was before marriage because…”
Boris: I’m a better person today than I was before marriage because my wife makes me a better man.
Nicole: I’m a better person today than I was before marriage because I get to care about one of the greatest human beings on the planet.; Rollingstone magazine

Actress Tika Sumpter flawless. The ‘Sparkle’ star recently showed off her sexier side in a ‘Home Alone’ style shoot with Rolling Out Magazine, shot by photographer Dewayne Rogers and styled by Micah McDonald.  Below she dishes on her new role in "Sparkle", and who she really is. I have been watching this girl since her debut on "The Game" , happy to see her still in the game.
‘Gossip Girls’ and Roles With An All Black Cast
First off, I just want to say that I am very thankful for the opportunity that I received with “Gossip Girls.” To me though, acting is just acting. I honestly don’t like saying a black film, because on the flip side, we don’t call then white films. At the end of the day, when they say action, we all have to do the same job.
On What She’s Learned About Herself Throughout Her Career
Well, I know that I’m enough, and that I have something to offer the world. I guess now that I’ve grown up and gotten a little older, I know what I want, and I know what I want in a mate and I’m able to say it.  I’m not one to beat around the bush anymore. There was a time when I was so concerned about hurting people’s feelings, but it’s not that way anymore. While I still care about people’s feelings, I understand the importance of being able to express exactly what I want, and exactly how I’m feeling.
Being that the industry is so crazy, some of the things that I do to just chill out and reflect. I’m kind of a loner… I love to be at home, where I can just shut everything out and either read or meditate. Sometimes, I just can’t be connected every minute and every second of the day, so I just turn off all of the electronics, and just focus on removing myself from the stress and the busyness of the world.
On Her Dating Life
(smiles) I’m currently single.[...]My perfect date is just a guy that takes control and plans everything. I have to plan so much in my own life, so I wouldn’t want the responsibility of planning something fun. So I’m down for mostly anything, but a nice dinner or bowling would be great. I just like something fun that I don’t have to plan.;
I normally haven't been paying a lot of attention to female rap artist these days, because I love Nicki Minaj but frankly I don't want to see another one of her. I started hearing a lot of buzz about  Azealia Banks and mostly it was beefs, and twitter rants. So I decided to listen to some music, and I actually listened through it. This month she grazes Vibe Magazine.  "She’s the cover subject of an upcoming issue of Vibe where she poses alongside ‘F-ck Up The Fun’ producer Diplo (he’s a cutie!!!) for the August/September issue. Azealia and Diplo met on Myspace when she was an aspiring artist and the two went on to collaborate on some pretty dope music together." Check out the interview:
On if her buzz in the States is moreso built off of controversy than her actual music
Of course, because Americans are distracted by sh-t like that. It’s like, “Listen, T.I., if I was a f-cking boy you wouldn’t say anything to me.” But when I’m a girl and I say something back, the media wants to turn it into all these different things. Rappers beef all the time. I said what I said about [Iggy Azalea] and kept it moving. Then a month later you said what you said. And it keeps coming up. Leave it alone. I didn’t say she couldn’t rap. I said something very real. Out of everything, she had to [call herself] “a runaway slave master”? C’mon, that’s not swag. That’s not fly sh-t.
And that’s all it was. For T.I. to drag me through the dirt… It’s silly. In Europe they leave it alone and keep playing my songs on the radio and I keep getting booked for fashion shows because they’re about the art. All I’m doing is making myself look bad by getting engaged with y’all because no one in Europe gives a f-ck about y’all. All I’m doing is giving y’all n-ggas exposure. So if you notice I’ve backed up off Twitter the past days [laughs].
On her beef with Lil Kim
That’s what we did, and that sh-t is over. Yo, listen, [Lil’ Kim], this black cloud you got over you—don’t try to push that over me. You can keep that, because as soon as I released “Jumanji” is as soon everybody forgot about you. I have my hand on the dial; I can control how hot and cold you are right now. So I’m not even going to give it to you. I tried to make a legitimate track with you, tried to collaborate. I was bigging her up and she keeps throwing it back in my face. I tried.
On If she regrets her Twitter beefs
Of course, because it’s e-thugging… Who wants to look like that? But how else am I gonna reach y’all? I don’t have a T.I. to get on a radio show and defend me; I’m the one behind me. Y’all expect me to agree like, “Oh yea, I’m wack. I only have one song.” That’s one song y’all n-ggas don’t f-cking have. You might win some, but you just lost one.

Check out Evelyn Lozada's interview in the July/August issue of YRB magazine Highlights from the interview:
YRB: Aside from the actual wedding, what else can we expect to see on Ev & Ocho?
Evelyn: You’ll get to see a different side of Evelyn and Chad. Especially me, since I was on Basketball Wives, which had a lot of cattiness. With this show, you get to see me with my family, and how Chad and I interact with one another. Our show is a family show with a twist. I’m happy that I get to show a different side of me outside of the drama [Laughs].
YRB: Do you feel that reality TV and social media are double-edged swords, whereas they give the viewer or follower an untrue sense of what really goes on in these people’s lives?
Evelyn: I’m huge with Twitter and social networking, but it is a double-edged sword. It can be an amazing tool. In a few months, I sold 1.5 million t-shirts through Twitter. I use Twitter to run my business. But you also have those people that use Twitter to create drama. Thank God for the block button.
YRB: What motivates you?
Evelyn: Besides my daughter, it would be the fans. When I do my book signings, I’m almost always in tears. There’s always someone there that touches my heart. They tell me their stories, and it’s always those stories that keeps me motivated and keeps me going.
YRB: How do you feel about the phrase “role model” being used to describe you?
Evelyn: Until recently, I was fighting to accept the fact that people are putting me in that position. I’m human just like you are. I make mistakes. Just from meeting people at my book signings, I know I have a lot of people that support me. I’m accepting of that now. Knowing I have so many eyes watching me lets me know I need to be a better example for younger children. It’s a little tough sometimes, but now I get it [Laughs].
YRB: What would you like readers to walk away knowing about you?
Evelyn: I have more to offer than what you see on Basketball Wives. I want people to know that I’m an amazing businesswoman, and I’m soon to be an amazing wife. There’s a whole other side to Evelyn the world hasn’t seen, but stay tuned because you will.

Actress Meagan Good dishes in Upscale Magazine:

Check it out!!

On being typecast
There were a couple times where the director said ‘We really like you, but you’re a little bit too sexy.’ And I’m like, ‘Well, what do I need to do? Wear a turtleneck? You know, loose-fitting clothes?’ And they’re like “Nah, it’s just something that you give off.” I don’t know that I necessarily believe that. I believe that people, when they have a pre-conceived notion of who you are, and things you’ve done in the past, sometimes they forget that as an actor you’re able to shut off whatever you need to shut off, and you’re able to turn on whatever you need to turn on.
On her love for her husband, Devon Franklin
To me there’s nothing sexier than a man that loves the Lord. I can’t imagine anything more attractive. And then, we just get each other, we don’t judge each other. He understands me. His love has brought a lot of healing to a lot of areas that have been really painful for me.
Being with someone who is a preacher as well, people tend to try to sensationalize everything you do. So that’s definitely been a different experience for me.
On what true power means to her
My definition of power is being able to move, and live, and do the things that you aspire to do and that you believe are part of your purpose to do, without letting other people’s opinions or judgements manipulate your direction, without getting discouraged when a door closes, and just kinda having a good sense of self, and knowing who you are, and being strong in your walk with God. All of that, to me, is what power is.; Upscale Magazine

Hello Beautiful sits down with Joseline Hernandez and Stevie J. Are Joseline & Stevie J. the new Jay-Z , and Beyonce, or are they dellusional.... Like it or not we're talking about them.

Check out the interview below:

HB: What is it about Stevie J. that keeps you coming back? We’ve seen the package online and we want to know is that the main reason you stay?
Stevie J: You seen it? What it look like?
HB: I have no comment on that. I’m respecting your woman right here. I have no comment on that.
Joseline: Well, that’s all of Steve J and all of Joseline Hernandez. I own all of that right there, that belongs to me. But, I’m not going anywhere it’s not the package that’s keeping me where I’m at, I mean the package is the best thing…one of the best things he got but he’s a f**king genius. That’s what’s keeping me here. The way he thinks. He’s a genius. I’m not going anywhere.
Stevie J: At the end of the day it’s more or less, you know people just see the exterior and see what it is on the surface but they haven’t been with us from the get go. When we first met each other and formulated a great plan and an idea together that would take over the world and the same thought process we have is equivalent to 5 million people between 8 and 10 pm every Monday night. So we’re doing exactly what we planned. God is Good.

HB: How did you both feel about Joseline being called a man?
Stevie J: Let me say something first, I’ve been in this industry for years and I f**k with all the baddest b***hes in the industry. So what would make a motherf**ker think that she wouldn’t be the ultra baddest b**ch in the game?
Joseline: Thank you daddy. I’m beautiful. I’m all woman and I’m more than woman. I’ve never had a problem with anyone  telling me nothing like that. I have a fat a**, some big a** fake titties and some long a** weave for they a**. You know what it is, him and I together we’re like creatures, they don’t understand us. They can’t understand it. He’s been in the game for years and they don’t like him and they never will like him cause you know why? he run this sh*t he gon’ forever run this s**t and ain’t nobody seeing him.
Stevie J: We run this s**t. We the now. We the new. We the next. Much props out to Beyonce and Jay. Lil Kim. Alicia, everybody. Listen, at the end of the day we here now, we the new next.

Joseline: And guess what, we not going nowhere baby! We real and this is as real as it gets. Anything else don’t even matter, I’m perfect. And Guess what, my n**ga got the baddest bitch walking the earth and who don’t like it can kiss my a-hole, cause they been kissing it.
HB: How do you feel about having your own Joseline language?
Stevie J: I believe that’s a phenomenon. It’s like a culture phenomenon. For people to retweet a language that they feel is a Joseline language. I feel like ebonics needs to step up with a check and give us that check so we can create the Joseline language.
Joseline: It’s crazy to me cause, I was born in Puerto Rico and I was raised in Miami. So of course when I was like 10 years old, I came to the States. So I do mix my English and my Spanish. But, I write English. I speak English. I write Spanish and I speak Spanish of course. I’m just a talented person, I turn all of that and put it in my music and it just becomes greatness. And if they don’t  like it, they ain’t gotta like it and a lot of people like it because they always say speaking in my Joseline voice. It’s funny that I have my own language, I didn’t know I could  make up my own language. [sic]
Stevie J: They ain’t gotta like you. They ain’t gotta like me. But they just tell it how it is and we tell them how it might be.
Joseline: Shout out to my Daddy Stevie J. the best that ever done it.

Even though everyone has a whole lot to say about Ms. Joseline Hernandez, she's here, and she's in our faces every Monday night on Love & Hip-Hop. See what she has to say about who she is as she sits down with Check out the interview:

How did you link up with Stevie J?
I met Stevie J at the strip club when I used to dance. And I also knew that I wanted to do music, that I wanted to be a rapper. I wanted to be a singer. I wanted to be an actress. I also knew that and I met him through a friend of his and mine. We spoke. Then a couple of days after, I met him again at the studio, through another friend of mine that was trying to get in the business, and he said, ‘well, I think you should get in the business.’ I was like: ‘I always wanted to get into the business and sing and dance and do everything like this, but I always got fast money in the strip club,’ so I wasn’t really taking my career like I am now. Ever since then, we started working together, and here we are now.
What’s the most surprising thing about Stevie J that Love & Hip-Hop doesn’t show?
Stevie is a ladies’ man. What’s wrong with that? As bad as they talk about him, and he’s this and he’s that, every woman will let Stevie J play them, too. To me it’s a joke. Stevie, he loves all women. He loves women! There’s nothing wrong with that. If I was a man, I would love them too. Believe me. I’m not a man, and I love them, so I can just imagine if I was. He just loves women. But, Stevie’s a good person. To me, he’s a sweetheart. He doesn’t show me anything but being a gentleman. He can be an ass, but that’s everyone. He’s a sweetheart. A lot of people don’t know that about him. Oh, and another thing, he knows how to cook really, really, really good.
What’s your favorite dish that he cooks?
He makes some salmon with peppers and onions and — ohh! — it’s so good!

Most strippers are usually pushed to stripping because of their hard home lives or they're out on their own. What was your story and what made you start stripping?
I have five brothers and sisters, and I make the sixth person, and it was my mom and my stepdad, and we left Puerto Rico, came here, when I was around 10-years-old. We really didn’t have any money. I’m talking about one pair of shoes for the whole school year. We were really struggling. So I’ve always seen my parents struggling. And my youngest brother, he has autism, so he doesn’t talk. He’s 14. So they always needed extra money for him. It was always problems, the six of us. My mom didn’t speak any English. She still doesn’t speak any English. She could never find a job, so my dad would just struggle, struggle. I just was like: ‘I have to do something.’ Ever since I was 15, 16, I’ve been taking care of my brothers, my sisters, my nieces and nephews, my mom and dad — ever since I was 16 I’ve been giving my mom money. I’m talking about $600 a month, a thousand dollars a month; if you need food, if you need to pay for the mortgage.
I bought cars for them. I’ve done a lot. I didn’t turn to the streets because I wanted to. I've always been a giving person, and I always felt bad for my family, and I feel like I have to help. My real dad, he died of an overdose, so I never really had a real father. I come from a family that’s done a lot of drugs and just did a lot of things. I came out rough in Puerto Rico, in the projects. I just had a real rough life. I really didn’t know what I was doing because I was so young, and I just felt like I needed to help them and myself. I got a brother, he has autism. He can’t even get no medicine. Who’s going to get the money? I have to do that. So that’s what really turned me into dancing. I knew that I didn’t want to do that. I want to be an artist. I want to be a singer. I want to be a rapper. I want to be a model. I want to be on TV, but, at that time, my family was struggling and I had to help.
Do you feel like strippers get a bad rap?
Yeah. A lot of people look at strippers like we are the worst. No, no, no. I’ve danced with a lot of girls that their parents have AIDS or their children have cancer. They’re trying to pay to go to college to make a better life for their family and their kids. I’ve danced with some girls that their parents put out at 16 because their parents were on drugs. What are you going to do when you’re that age? What else can you do? I’ve never met a bad stripper in my life. I always meet young girls that are trying to do something with their life. I can say this for a fact: Strippers are not what people make it seem like it is, because we just want to make it like everybody else.
We also wanted to ask you about the naked picture on Twitter thing: would you take that back if you could?
Everything I do I take responsibility for fully. When they were saying ‘is she a women, or is she a man?’ I never in my life heard anything like that. It frustrated me. It depressed me. It drove me crazy to the point that I did that — send a picture of myself, humiliating myself even more, because I allowed people to get up under my skin. These people are the bullies. Twitpic a picture of myself — who does that, just to prove to you that I’m not what I know I’m not?
I will never let anybody take me out of character, where I have to Twitpic myself because somebody said I look like this or I look like that.
I would never be able to make everybody happy. How about I make myself happy? And that’s what I’m on right now.
How frustrating was it to hear that people thought you were a man?
It was so frustrating to me because, I promise to God, I’ve never heard that. I’m like ‘Me?’ Me? My perfect face, my perfect body?’ Yes, I got my boobs
I Tweeted plenty pictures of me without makeup. I’m a 100 percent woman. My name is Joseline Hernandez, I was born in Puerto Rico. My birthday is 11/03/1986. I’m not going to give ya’ll my social, but I know what I am. is here. My new single, “Bailar,” is here. I’ll be putting some more new songs in there as we speak. I’m working on my workout DVD. I love my body, I love to train. I have my own clothing line coming because I used to own a boutique stand in Dallas. I’m just doing it all. I’m going to have my own Spanish TV show. I’m going to do everything that people say I can’t do. And not because of them, because of me, because I know that is what I was born to do.
And I just want to tell the ladies: stop hating. Let’s get together and make money. Let’s all be sexy.
Is your butt real?
Yes, my butt is real. I work out a lot. I’m always doing lunges. You’ll see it, because I know you’re going to go to and get this DVD.

"Terrence J, changed up his game a little by going from host of BET’s “106 & Park” to being on the silver screen. The young star just had a leading role in the very successful film, “Think Like A Man”.  It’s no wonder that when asked, he described himself as “very happy”. Everything Girls Love’s sat down with Terrence to discuss his career and life after BET. Peep the excerpts."
On if he’s always wanted to be an actor:
“You know, I’ve always loved entertainment. But, I never knew where my place would be. I can’t rap and I can’t sing, so I never knew where I could fit. Acting has always been something I wanted to do. But, it just seemed so far and out of reach. I never even thought that I could do it, because it was so big. So, every single day now I’m just able to live my dreams. Like, I’m really a happy person and enjoying myself.”
On if the film industry welcomed him with open arms:
“I don’t think I’ve been embraced with open arms in anything I’ve ever done in my life. You know, it’s especially hard when you’re a host trying to make the transition because people see you every single day and they just associate you with one thing and don’t want to consider your other talents or yur other aspirations. It was especially hard. Like, I might have gone out on a hundred auditions. The people that are successful in this industry are those that have thick skin and those that are extremely persistent and don’t get offended when they’re told no. It doesn’t faze me one bit… I just keep going.”
On if he has any upcoming movie roles:
“I have a small role in “Sparkle”, which comes out this August. It was exciting being on set. I got to meet Whitney Houston! You know, that was devastating when we lost her. I’ve always been a fan of hers, so at least I got to meet her; which was always a goal. But, “Sparkle” comes out next and I have another film called “Battle of the Year”, starring Laz Alonso, Chris Brown, and Josh Holloway from “Lost”. It’s the first 3D b-boying dance movie and we shot it in France. So, it’s a big 3D budget and I think people are gonna love it. That movie is gonna be a lot of fun.”

On what his type of woman is:
“I like a complete woman who’s confident and knows who she is. One of the things I hate is when people say ‘you complete me’. Like, I know it’s a great line. But, I feel like in order for a relationship to work it needs to be two complete people that know who they are and that brings things to the table in order for it to work. You look at powerful couples like Will and Jada, Michelle and Barack, and Jay-Z and Beyonce. These are complete solid people in their own right and when they got together it’s something even bigger.;


The entire of politics of how Frank Ocean has chosen to release his album some think is tremendously calculated. He is looking at selling possibly 100k-200k his first week. Could coming out of the closet have done it? Could he have sold just as much without the intimate look of his life?

"Earlier this week, he called into BBC Radio 1 in London for a rare iinterview to discuss his decision to release his album a week early, as well as the recording process of the album and why he is selective when it comes to live performances. When asked if he had planned to release his album a week earlier all along, he responded:
It was actually the plan all along. I kinda wanted to mirror what Jay and Kanye did with Watch The Throne, preventing the leak by staggering the digital and physical dates. My thing was, I wanted all the promotional elements to be, retroactive, but kinda follow the album with the videos and the tour and do everything after. And kinda just let the music speak for itself for a second and not be in a situation where the record leaks. So it was always my plan to drop it ahead of [the physical date] and we [meaning my management and the label] have been going through a lot to make sure it went down seamlessly and it did. So I’m happy it went cool.
He also revealed why he is selective when it comes to live performances:
I want to give the best show possible when I can and put myself in a position to just do my best. So if that means a lesser volume of appearances then so be it. I’m in this thing, whatever it is, I hate to call it a game because I take it pretty seriously but I’m in it for as long as I’m allowed to be. It’s not about ‘let’s do a million things right now’. Its about ‘let’s just do our best to do the best things right now’.
Meanwhile, Target has been catching flack for their decision not to carry Frank’s album after his rep tweeted that he believed their reasoning had to do with Frank’s admission of bi-sexuality.  They released a statement this week stating that their decision was based on Frank deciding to release his album early on Itunes.
“At Target, we focus on offering our guests a wide assortment of physical CDs, so our selection of new releases is dedicated to physical CDs rather than titles that are released digitally in advance of the street date.”
His manager also issued an apology via Twitter:
I apologize for my comments about Target. They are not carrying Frank’s album because it went digital first. Not for ANY other reason. … My response was simply an emotional knee jerk reaction. … Stop. Breath. Do the best you can. Be honest. Keep it moving."


Christina Milian has slammed her ex-husband The-Dream for not making the effort to see their daughter, Violet.
The social media correspondent for “The Voice” recently blasted her ex-husband on Twitter on Father’s Day for not spending enough time with Violet and it seems the situation hasn’t changed:
“All I care about is my daughter. When it comes to the case of parenting and having another parent, I really would like for her to have her father in her life,” Christina told 97.9.
“I’m not really happy at the moment and I’m still not in the best place, but I’ve come to the realisation that I have to be 150 to 200 per cent mom for her. And it’s not about finances, it’s about spending time.”
Christina then recalls her own childhood with her father present in her life and says she only wants that for Violet.
“I remember when I was a child being raised by my dad and it meant something to me. He and I had an off time when I was a teenager he left for a while. But he’s back in my life and I’m so thankful because he meant a lot to me and he taught me so much and gave me even that little bit of fear knowing that my dad was there to like not do the wrong thing,” she explained.
“I just would like that for her. But she’ll have that and she’ll have that in someone that will care and love her and she’s so easy to love. That’s the most amazing thing about her.”

How many of us were giving Gabrielle Union the side eye when she hooked up with NFL player Dwayne Wade, shortly after his separation from his wife Siohvaughn Funches?? A lot of us. Below in an interview with TT Torrez at last weekend's Radio One Fest in Miami, Gabrielle talks about how this has really affected her career.

"It's hard because aside from loving him I wanna protect myself. I've built my life, I've built my own brand, I've built my own career. And my career took a hit from that madness because some people just refuse to see the truth even when it's presented to them time and time again," Gabrielle told TT Torrez at last weekend's Radio One Fest in Miami.
"I love him, but at some point it's about self-preservation and I needed to protect myself and everything I built. I pay for my family, I pay for my momma and my daddy and my sisters and her family. D doesn't write those cheques, I do, so when something is starting to affect how I make a living, no, no, no baby."
Gabrielle went on to explain how her main concern was how Dwayne's sons with Funches were being affected by the difficult period.
"Let me figure out a way of not only protecting our home that me and Dwayne have with the kids, you have to put them first and their love of their mom and their love of peace of mind and their love of consistency first," she explained.
"And then, I gotta make sure I can still feed my own family, and luckily, by taking the high road and not engaging in the back and forth craziness, I was able to do both."
"Luckily by doing the right thing and putting the children first, it worked out that I was able to save myself."


Tamar Braxton covers this month’s issue of PYNK Magazine. The reality star dishes on her marriage, friendship with Mary J. Blige and her marriage.

On when she first realized Vince was the one…
“I wasn’t checking for Vince at first. He and I were friends. But it wasn’t until I found out that he was seeing someone that it hit me. I realized I had feelings for him! When he told me that his relationship at the time was coming to an end, I knew it was my time to make my feelings known. After that relationship ended.. he and I started dating and eventually married.”
On her favorite date spot…
“To be honest, I LOVE Disney Land. Vince and I always have such a good time there. We love going on dates there so much that when we have a little girl, I want to name her Disney.”
On how to keep her man happy…
“I go to bed the same way I did when we first started sleeping next to each other- CUTE! Ladies, I do NOT go to sleep with rollers or a scarf on my head! My face is not completely beat with make-up but it’s not bare either.”
On her desire to start a family …
“I realized I wanted to have a child when Vince was sick in the hospital. I love him SO much and it was such a hard time for me. He is my rock. I was extremely nervous the entire time and I thought if I lost him tomorrow all I would have are photos. And I realized that I wanted more than that. A child would be a living reminder of our love.”
On her relationship with Mary J…
“My sisters are my best friends for the most part but I’m also very close to Mary J Blige. When Vince was in the hosptial she was so supportive. Mary and Kendu are the best. They made sure to check in on me and prayed with me for Vince’s recovery. Mary is such a genuine and kind hearted person I’m blessed to be able to call her a real friend… Not an “industry friend.”
This issue is on stands July 13th!

Evelyn Lozada is a freak! During a visit to Kandi Burruss’ “Kandi Koated Nights,” the Basketball Wives star revealed her inner sex secrets, including letting another girl eat her “box!”
Ev, admits that she and fiancee Ochocinco do have anal sex and almost had a threesome!
On Ochocinco cheating:
I care. I’m not going to say that I don’t care, but I’m not going to stress myself to a point that I’m trying to do everything to stop him. Listen, if you want to go and f-ck then whatever, like I’m 36. I’m not trying to stress about that sh-t. It is what it is and I truly feel like a man is going to do what he wants to do no matter what you do.
On if she and Chad have anal sex:
On whether she swallows and tosses salads:
Yes for both but wait let me make something clear; I have eaten a– but not Chad’s a–. His not into that [laugh]
On whether she and Chad have ever had a threesome:
Almost. It didn’t quite happen
On whether the other girl ate her box:
Ev has turned her 15-minutes of fame into an empire. She recently released her first book “The Wives Association: Inner Circle.”;

"Meagan Good and her fiance Devon Franklin looked super cute together this past weekend as they walked the red carpet of T.D Jakes’ 35th Anniversary Gala in Dallas.  Before the event, the couple caught up with Sister 2 Sister Magazine to chat about their engagement, as well as the reports that they will not be having sex with each other until their wedding night.  Devon expressed that he hopes their union will be an inspiration to other couples, while Meagan said that removing the physical and intimacy from the relationship gave them a chance to really get to know each other and what they were getting into.
Devon: We want our marriage to be one of truth, one of love, and hopefully model God’s love. In reality we’re not perfect. But we are striving to live a life of Christ. We are striving to be an example of what his life looks like on this earth, and hopefully through our union people will be inspired, people will see themselves in us.
Meagan: The relationship is completely different. When you know somebody and you know their heart, it’s not even a question about the physical part of it that comes into play completely later on. You really just get a chance to understand what you’re getting. You don’t just want to be with this person on Friday night, but Saturday afternoon too. That’s just icing on the cake."

Ladies are you inspired????

Read more: Meagan Good And Fiance Speak On No Sex Before Marriage: ‘Hopefully Through Our Union People Will Be Inspired’ | Necole

Below is Rihanna's latest interview with UK's Esquire Magazine... The thing that gets me about Rihanna, and Chris is how they want to avoid their personnel lives but it's always out on front street. It's like crying wolf just a tad bit.  Do you want us to care Rihanna and Chris or don't you. I would love to hear just positive music, but Twitter is afloat with your personnel life, but when interviewers ask questions you both get fiery. I'm just saying....

Check out Nas's interview with Complex magazine. Below is an exerpt from interview. Nas talks about his new album "Life Is Good", his divorce to Kelis- which he explains like a gentleman, and his his daughter Destiny. Lately Nas was caught up in twitter mayhem after his baby mamma Carmen Bryan, thought to express her sour feelings about Nas song about his daughter. You would think these two would have patched things up by now as they were bickering years ago as well concerning her occasional romps with Jay-Z. Read the below:

Esquire: What has been the Twitter response to the Chris Brown remixes?
Rihanna: Some love it, some hate it, some love it but hate that we did it. But the response in the end has been incredible.
Esquire: Was that [the recording session] the first time you’d seen him in a while?
Rihanna: When would we have seen each other? We’ve both been working and touring. [changes the subject]. This is really good food

(Esquire: It proved quite a controversial thing.
Rihanna: Well…definitely. Definitely. It caught me a little off-guard to be honest…especially the amount of…negative attention. Because it never occurred to me how this was a problem, you know. It really didn’t.
Esquire: Because enough time had passed that it was OK?
Rihanna: I thought people were gonna be surprised that we finally did a record together, but I didn’t see how people could think it was a bad thing, you know? In my mind, it was just music.
Esquire: Some people felt it sent the wrong message.
Rihanna: [Angrily] What was that? What message would that be?
Esquire: You’d gone back to someone who put you in the hospital.
Rihanna: [Getting angry] Oh really? Did I?
Esquire: Well… yes.
Rihanna: Did I? Did I? Did I?

Esquire: You went and recorded with him, yes.
Rihanna: Okay. In a completely professional environment. And on a complete professional note. I mean, if I went back to him [as a girlfriend], then that’s a whole different discussion. And if I ever do, then that’s something that y’all have to talk to me about when – if – that ever happens. Until then, look at it for what it is. I think a lot of people jumped to an assumption that was incorrect and they ended up looking stupid.

Esquire: The assumption you were dating again?
Rihanna: Because of a song. How stupid. If I was together with every collaborator I worked with… fuck my life.

Esquire: Still, the lyrics didn’t do much to dispel that impression. His opening line is “Girl I want to fuck you right now/been a long time/I’ve been missing your body”. You reply: “Remember how you did it/If you still want to kiss it/Then come and get it”.
Rihanna: That was the tone before he was even on the record. You think it was going to be about hopscotch or jump rope?

Esquire: So neither of you for a minute thought “This is going to put the cat among the pigeons”?
Rihanna: I could never see anything wrong with making music.

Esquire: Maybe the thing is that as an artist your personal and private life are intertwined, and you’ve already played on this. The first song you put out after the beating incident was “Love the Way You Lie”, about domestic violence.
Rihanna: Absolutely. But LTWYL was me as an artist working with Eminem as an artist, telling our stories individually. On a track together. I’m lost. I’m confused as to what you’re trying to get at.

Esquire: That it’s hard to separate the person who’s been the victim of domestic violence and the pop star singing about domestic violence.
Rihanna: I know. And that’s how fucked up society is. There’s a lot of shit y’all can’t get over. Y’all holding your breath on a lot of stuff that doesn’t matter. When you realize who you live for, and who’s important to please, a lot of people will actually start living. I am never going to get caught up in that. I’m gonna look back on my life and say that I enjoyed it – and I lived it for me- and God. This is turning into a tacky interview. What do you really want to talk about? I’m not here to [talk] about messy shit.

Esquire: It’s just what’s been making the headlines recently.
Rihanna: OK! So do you want to talk about everything on Google? Or do you want to talk about stuff that my fans want to know? Let’s get to the real stuff. The stuff that’s important.

Esquire: What do your fans want to know?
Rihanna: You tell me, as a journalist. You’re asking the questions and I give you the answers. I can’t give the questions too.

Esquire: I’m sorry it’s upset you.
Rihanna: It hasn’t upset me. It upsets me that you keep asking the same kind of questions about stuff that’s trivial. What’s there to talk about? Are all your questions like that? Let’s move onto the next one.

Esquire: It’s just that you haven’t given an interview for a while. A lot has happened.
Rihanna: You think I haven’t given an interview for a while? I did four this morning.

Esquire: Did they go any better than this?
Rihanna: We’ll see [when they come out] tomorrow.;

“Daughters” was an emotional record. What made you be so honest?
This is the first time I’m dealing with a teenage daughter, and it blows me away. I don’t know that you’re ever prepared to be a parent. Once you become one, that’s your responsibility. It’s more like me talking to myself, about how I could have been there a lot more. I beat myself up for not being the best I could be. I would ask her: “Am I a cool dad?” or “Am I a good dad? Did I fawk up?” And she would say, “Nah, you’re good.” That’s important to me because I started as a teen. I was around 19 when her mother was pregnant. My daughter means a lot to me. It’s just a record that came from the heart.

What’s the most important thing that you want to teach your son about women?
He has to have his own life. My experience could be the wrong thing for his life and what’s ahead of him. A lot of older people are giving the worst advice, based on the problems they had. I’m going to need him to tell me what to do. That’s what I’m looking forward to. If I’m here, we’ll talk. If not, he’s going to figure it out on his own. He’ll take his mother’s words, he’ll take my words, and then there’s the truth. Whatever he feels, he’s got to go with his heart, and be a man in every occasion.
What’s your relationship with the blogs and Twitter?
I don’t understand how artists get pissed off at people on Twitter. I appreciate a good joke. I mean, who are you? Not to say that people should have the toughest skin, and nothing should bother you… Maybe it’s just my age. I know who I am. I know what I’ve survived, and I know what I’ve done. That isht wasn’t easy. So for someone who doesn’t know anything about that to comment on it, you can’t be mad at them. They don’t know any better.

There’s a record about Kelis on Life Is Good that goes into what made you fall in love with her. How hard was that breakup? What was the feeling when she had your son after you were separated?
There was a point where we were trying to hold onto a relationship that was finished. She was pregnant and in the studio while we were recording Distant Relatives, and he would move when the music would come on. That was a great feeling for me, just to have that feeling of family. It ended around the time the record was being done.
There were times when it didn’t bother me, and there were times when it bothered me a lot. There were times when I was thinking, Damn. I had this isht all planned out, and now I’ve failed. That was hard on me, because I don’t like to fail at anything. Accepting that I failed at this relationship—and it was public—messed me up. You ask yourself, How could that person be so cold? And I’m sure she felt the same way about me. It was ugly.
How has your relationship with women changed, now that you’re older and you’ve been divorced?
I’m taken aback by the beauty of women. There was a time when I only saw big breasts and thick a$$es. Now, I see the beauty in the subtleties. Those are even better than the tits and a$$. The aesthetics have changed for me.

She might not be the prettiest, but there’s something special about her—
That makes her pretty. No disrespect to women when I say bad b!tch, but my definition of a bad b!tch is not always the video vixens. A bad b!tch can be a younger woman, in her early 20s, but wise beyond her years. It could be a woman in her late 30s, who’s cool as hell, smart, and has great motherly qualities—or has great motivational skills, or is a powerful mover and shaker in her own career.

The title is Life Is Good. Have you gotten to the point where you feel some mastery over your life?
In some ways. In some ways, not yet, but I’m on my way. Financially, there’s plans that I have, that I’m close to accomplishing. The setbacks were my fault. No matter who screwed it up for me, it was my fault for letting them screw my sh!t up.; Complex Magazine


Lisa Raye FINALLY discuss what really went down with her and Stacy Dash on Single Ladies Show on VH1. She may not have been responsible for her departure, but it sounds like maybe a cat fat did happen.

On moving on without Stacey Dash who played her best friend on the show:
Believe me I wish things had worked out because I thought Stacey and I were great together.  She was my age and we were working it.  It was sex-symbol to sex-symbol.  But she didn't want to be there.  I was disappointed about that.  She had some issues.  I'm not sure exactly what those issues were.  In the end, she and VH1 made a decision.
On the catfights that really went down on set
Yes, there was a disagreement over a scene.  And it really wasn't with me.  It was with the director.  I think it was about 2 or 3AM and we'd been shooting all damn day.  Stacey tried to argue with the director about a line.  And I'm like: "Girl, if you don't say what the director wants you to say."  It wasn't that serious at first, but it went there.
It's a bunch of women on the set.  We might all be on our damn period at any given point.  I just wanted us to move forward.  Then the argument took on a life of its own.  The show decided to use it for publicity.  They just ran with it.
On which Hollywood friend she had to dump
Duane Martin.  I introduced him to my ex-husband [former Turks & Caicos Premier Michael Misick], he got buddy-buddy with him and then turned against me.   Just recently, this fool Duane up and sold a building he and I bought awhile ago in Los Angeles, without asking...I don't care if we're not friends, just don't try to f**k me in the interim.
When I heard about him in the middle of Will & Jada's divorce rumors, I tweeted: sounds familiar.  He really aint got enough business.


The ladies, who have mothered children with 50 Cent and Floyd Mayweather, recently had an interview where they flatlined their exes. Must read excerpts posted below:
Shaniqua Tompkins is the beautiful mother to a 15-year-old son, Marquise, whose father is 50 Cent. Josie Harris is the gorgeous woman who shares three children with famed boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr., they are 8, 11, and 12-years-old. Although these two women are no longer with these men, they did however spend a good portion of time with them, before and after their claim to fame.
Patricia Dean: How is your relationship with 50 right now?
Shaniqua Tompkins: It has its ups and downs. It’s a hard relationship to explain. He’s a bitter man, very bitter.

PD: Why is he bitter? Because you tried to sue him for $50 million?
ST: I didn’t sue him, he took me to court for child support, he sued me for defamation of character. The only time I tried to sue him is when he tried to evict me and his son from our home, the home he promised to give me.
PD: Why did he sue you for defamation?
ST: Because at the time the house burned down, I was asked in public who I thought burned my house down and I said he (50 Cent) did. When your money’s very long you can pay someone to do something. But that’s still you doing it, you’re just as guilty.
PD: Do you hold a grudge against him for that?
ST: No, because God wants you to forgive. I just had to let it go. Call it Karma, it all comes back. I don’t have to be mean or vindictive; we all get what’s coming to us.
PD: Are you still in love with him?
ST: No, I love 50 like a cousin maybe; I’m not in love though.
PD: Josie, how’s your relationship with Floyd? With all the cheating and domestic violence, do you forgive him?

Josie Harris: Floyd Mayweather Jr. is a d***. I have forgiven him, I’m over it. I did my s***. I’ve hit him over the head with a Tonka truck when I found out he was cheating on me. We had a pretty volatile relationship. Anyone who knows us, knows that. For him to put another ring on another chick’s finger, then come over to my house and try to control me and who I’m having sex with (C.J. Watson)… I mean that’s just him. She ain’t the only one that got a ring. He the ring master, there’s a couple people that got a ring. He’s just about that life. I didn’t deserve the abuse, my kids didn’t deserve to see that. We have gotten into to it before but what was most disturbing is that my son had to get help for me because had no idea how long it was going to last. Floyd’s beyotch-ass friend was watching the whole time as he put his hands on me, he even tried to block my kid from leaving.
PD: Who was it? Do we know who this ‘friend’ is?
JH: He was a friend, we won’t say any names. Somebody in Floyd’s camp, who is very relevant. I don’t even feel comfortable with my kids around him because I think he’s a snake. Any real man that see another man seeing red and putting his hands on a woman should intervene, he didn’t so s***.;

Soon to be mommy Yandy Smith recently sat down with Mashonda to talk about about the upcoming birth of her baby boy and becoming a new mom....

On what she is anticipating most about motherhood:
I’m really excited to hold this baby. I can’t wait to see what all these kicks in my belly look like on the outside. I can’t wait to kiss him, smell him, play with his toes, sing him to sleep. And honestly I’ve spent so many years taking care of artist now I can take care of something that is all mine (well me and daddy’s).

On what name she has chosen for her son:

It has to be just perfect. And dad and I haven’t found a name that gives us the warm and fuzzy feeling we’re looking for.

On whether or not her baby boy will appear on her reality show:
If I make an appearance my son will as well. No one will be able to separate me from that lil boy for a while.

On the one thing she wants to instill in her son:
To have a respect and love for God.

On what worries her the most about becoming a mommy:
Lol! Everything. Balancing work with being a mommy, will I be able to breast feed, will I be a good mom, will he get sick, will I always be able to provide for him, what child care will be best, what school will he attend, who will he date…you name it. I’m nervous about it. Lol



I met Hadiiya Barbel years ago, because of my passion at the time to have the best weave, and to have the exact look that I was looking for being a hair freak myself. I started researching many different hairstylist and landed on Hadiiya, and what I considered at the time the master of hair weaves. I call her that because the moment I met her, I knew I had struck gold, and I knew she would do great things in the hair industry. Not to my surprise Hadiiya was, and still is a force to be reckoned with.  She is a self made "boss" who has a reputation for excellence, and creating transforming beauty with hair weaves, and hair "crowns" as she calls it these days. She has become one of Hollywood's elite hair stylist with famous client to date Wendy Williams! Barbel has allowed her hair clients, to see beauty in all forms. She delves deeper than the hair, and way into your soul.  
Hadiiya Barbel a  native of the Bronx sought after a career initially as a Fashion Designer.
Hadiiya seen as a creative student became encouraged by her teacher and ad visors to create all of the hairstyles for the various school shows. Hadiiya loved the opportunity, and realized then her true calling was indeed in the hair industry. She went to work at a Time Salon in Brooklyn, under the tutelage of her mentor Heather OKeefe, which is where we first met.
Last month I got the ultimate honor, and privilege of interviewing her because I felt she was an inspiration to woman. Her constant innovation, style, spirit captivating lifestyle should encourage all of us to not only look better but be better from within. This month Hadiiya enters yet again another beautiful journey of a a 30 day cleanse. Read below on how she balances life, and work, and what inspires her creations.

How did you start in the hair styling industry?
I have always done hair in salons but wanted to do more creative styling so I branched out into the industry by leaving the salon world and I began working with magazines.
What are the key elements to success in that industry or any other industry?
They key element is focus, drive, a thick skin and passion.
How are you a role model to younger women aspiring to be in the industry?
I began as a young woman then pushed harder as a young mother. Nothing would stop me..I saw my path and never looked back.

How do you balance personal life and working?
I don't work on the weekends anymore unless its a big project or something that is exciting. I spend that time with family and taking care of me. On work days there is a cut off time for phone calls and computer work so that I may recharge.
How did you get introduced to working with Wendy Williams and the show?
I have worked with Wendy years before the show. Met her on a photo shoot and always stayed connected. She called me on my cell and asked me to create her image for the show.

What encouraged you to start the wig line? and now the Crown? Can
I have always created creative hair using extensions weaving and creative hair styling. I wanted to create looks that people can keep rather than temporary glamour. I am like a designer an artist and I want people to be able to collect my crowns.
A Crown is another or a better term for the word wig. A Crown symbolizes woman as Queens a woman of royalty a woman of power. Hair is spiritual in every form. Wigs have been worn way back in Egyptian times where it was not only used as an adornment but was used as protection during ceremonial practices. Wigs over time have gotten a bad rep and is looked at as comical silly or a bad thing. I work with woman who suffer from cancer and hair loss and have no choice but to wear hair that isn't theirs to restore their self esteem. When a beautiful Crown is customized and created for them their spirit is lifted they feel empowered their beauty restored. They feel like Queens again. We live in a day and age where all woman are seeking options, a restored esteem, freedom and protection for spiritual purposes. This is where the Crown comes in. All woman of every culture wear their crowns

What is your daily work out routine? How are you encouraging women to not only care about their hair but the mental, spiritual, and physical?  What would you say to women to encourage them to work out more, and push healthy eating habits?
My workout is a mix of yoga for mind weights for muscle and strength and cardio for endurance. All are important for mental endurance as well. All are connected. Working out isn't a luxury it is a style of life and wellness. Eating a green diet full of live earth foods are great because we are apart of the Earth and we are live beings. This gives me the energy needed to handle anything that comes my way. Also a great physical appearance will boost self esteem and it a result of the love that you put into caring for the temple.

When you have free time how do you relax?

I relax all of the time as my downtime is just as important as my on time..I dance.I travel. I breathe and I read.


Mo & Kita From the Terrell Owens Show who have been the part of publicist and friends to Terrell Owens for 12 years, go in on how they feel betrayed by Terrell's unexplained allegations, of how they might have stole money. We all know Terrel has had some money issues in the recent months, so it would make sense to start blaming everyone for things gone wrong. Below the girls discuss their side of the story. How did all this start?

Terrell says you double-crossed him. Kita: He's mad at everybody. We were friends first. People forget that. We were friends for 12 years. Terrell is the only client we had where we had a friendship first. The GQ article didn't bother us (T.O. recently did an interview with GQ where he stated he was broke and had no friends). Terrell is typically known for running his mouth, he says things off the cuff, he's mad at the world. It didn't bother us, that article we knew about. So what took you guys over the top emotionally?

Kita: His Wendy Williams interview. We didn't steal anything from him. And he sat on that couch, and said a friend stole some money. People assumed he was talking about us, and he never really stated he WASN'T talking about us. So that's how Wendy Williams made the assumption and went on her after show saying 'Those two girls ripped him off! I can't believe Mo and Kita would do such a thing.' Having an opinion is one thing -- anyone can have an opinion -- but when you state it as fact now you are messing with my reputation as a professional woman. Monique and I have been in this business for over 15 years. Before T.O. And we've worked with artists from Ludacris, to Jay-Z, Mariah Carey, Method Man and more. We worked for Def Jam! So for him to say something like that and not be clear -- that's where we got hurt. We're hurt more than anything. So just to set the record straight, neither of you have ever stolen from T.O.?
Monique and Kita: NEVER!
Monique: We have never! We've never stolen ANYTHING from Terrell Owens. There's been always hills and valleys within our relationship. This isn't the first time Terrell and Kita and I have parted ways with our friendship. Over a 12-year span it's not a big deal. Where the hurt and disbelief came from is he put some things out there, and we know how media puts a spin on things, especially messy media. He was never clear. Why does he think you were going behind his back?
Monique: My biggest issue is that Terrell knows we've gone to bat for him over the years. We've protected him like a brother, like a son. We've stood in the front line an took on war for him. He knows the truth, on The T.O. Show this last season, we sat on his couch in Miami and disclosed there was a friend who stole money! My question to Wendy would be: Why don't you check the facts because you can Google it and it will show you there were court orders and documents, because Terrell had to sue to get his money back. It also was shown on The T.O. Show. Why would he sit on the couch and cry to us about a friend stealing money if it was us that stole from him?!

Kita: When we pitched The T.O. Show six years ago, when there wasn't a ton of reality shows on Vh1, we pitched to several networks, and VH1 took a chance on us. That's how Monique and I became creators. It was our idea. We became co-executive producers because we were behind the scenes doing everything! So were you conducting deals without his knowledge?
Mo: We never brought Terrell in the beginning stages in any deal until it was time to sign on the dotted line and get the real deal going. Because at the time his focus was supposed to be football! There were other shows that we shopped for other people! He wasn't brought in because: A) It wasn't about him, and B) he's playing football. Why bother him until it's something we know is for certain? The paperwork that VH1 legal has shows he is involved in the deal basically for nothing other than his association as our business partner. If he wanted to know the day to day that's a two way street. What he won't say is when we were filming season two, we had a conversation in a parking lot where we talked about coming up with a production company of our own.
Kita: We haven't taken a percentage from The T.O. Show from him directly, or the new movie he's promoting which we got for him. There are some things as friends we let ride. We secured many deals that we didn't talk to him about initially because it wasn't set yet! Everything we do business-wise has always been in the preliminary stages beforehand. We've never excluded him, but we've always been excluded to be honest. We will negotiate for him without having to take money out of his pocket. So let's be fair here. We haven't been on his payroll since 2004! Monique and I are CEOs of our own company. We don't work for T.O., we don't work for Terrell Owens enterprise. We work for our own company. We have other clients! We have Johnny Gill as a client. We have other athletes as clients. Why wouldn't we be making deals for him, other clients and ourselves? Where does your relationship stand?

Mo: We're estranged. Kita: We haven't technically sat down with him, and we need to, and I hope the family circle can get back together. We hope we get back on the same playing field. We love him and we definitely want the best for him. It seems like T.O. has a lot of drama in his life.
Monique Will there be another season of The T.O. show? Or a reality show in some capacity?

Mo: We're very optimistic and we'll know for sure very soon.





On Thursday December 8, 2011 Basketball Wives Miami Will Be Broadcasing Livestream Photoshoot
11A -3P

Beyonce 20/20 Interview

T.I and Tiny Interviews With Wendy Williams

Monica Brown On Wendy Williams Show

Toni Braxton On New Season on Joy Behar Show

Wendy Williams Interviews Draya Michele

Jennifer Williams Enjoying The Life Of a Reality Star

Jennifer Williams talks about how the opportunity to be on BasketBall Wives has really opened doors. I can't knock the hussle.

Whitney Houston plays Sparkle With Jordan Sparks

Wendy Interviews The Braxtons For Season Premiere Of Braxton Family Values

Kimbella & Yandy Smith On 105.1 - The Breakfast Club