Monthly Archives: October 2013

Queen Latifah Queen Latifah

During the past weekend, Queen Latifah attended the Black Girls Rock where she was awarded as the legendary black female in the industry and at the same time she was also given the Rock Star Award.  The Queen looked elegant in her copper and black sequined dress as she walked on the red carpet.  She also talked about the latest discrimination controversy between Barneys and Jay Z.  She said:

“I don’t know that it’s there. I think that Jay Z’s been pretty clear when it’s hit him close to home [and] when things just don’t sit right with him, but obviously things warrant further investigation. But we’ve been going through this for a long time. We know that this is something that has been continuous in our community for us when we go into various stores. I would hope that that’s not the case with Barneys. That some people got overzealous and did the wrong thing and that it’s not the whole corporation because I like Barneys and I’d hate to have to boycott them! That would be terrible. I’m hoping that this whole situation gets solved and it’s a lesson to everybody else and these other stores to be cognizant of your shopper. Just because you have on a baseball cap doesn’t mean you don’t have money. We don’t have to justify where we got the money to buy an expensive belt.”

Queen Latifah Queen Latifah

She also discussed about her show which is The Queen Latifah Show.  When asked about her favorite guests on the show, she replied:

“Dolly Parton probably. Mary was one of my favorite days because I got to have just my friend sitting next to me doing what we do professionally.”

“Nicki was so much fun. We had a good time. I was glad she wanted to play and we were able to play around with those accents and really have a great conversation with her about the state of females in hip hop.”

Congrats to Queen Latifah!

Do you watch her show, The Queen Latifah Show?

Photo Credits: Necole Bitchie, Monsters and Critics

Left Eye’s sister, Reigndrop Lopez Left Eye’s sister, Reigndrop Lopez

So far, there were two people who are not satisfied with how their personalities were portrayed in the biopic, “Crazy Sexy Cool: The TLC Story”.  These two people were Crystal Jones, who is an original member of TLC and Pebbles, who once managed TLC.  Recently, Left Eye’s sister, Reigndrop Lopez, speaks out during her visit at the Atlanta radio station V-0103.  She revealed that her family was not pleased on how Left Eye was portrayed.

Does she have any plans of reaching out to T-Boz and Chilli?  She said:

“I thought about it, but I thought about their reaction and I know that they would not let it happen.”

What can she say about Left Eye’s portrayal in the movie?  Is her family satisfied by it?  She replied:

“Well, I would say as a whole no…because it does not show Lisa’s true character…it just pulls out some negative aspects like the drinking and it’s over done…and it just shows that she’s a selfish person…and pretty much stuff her way. And that’s not how Lisa was…Lisa was someone who would give you the shirt off her back…She was a very spiritual person….She was very, very intellectual…There was a reason behind what she did….She didn’t just do something because she wanted it her way….”

Left Eye’s sister, Reigndrop Lopez Left Eye’s sister, Reigndrop Lopez

Did her mother watch the movie?  She said:

“My mom did not watch the movie..She did not want to watch..I was actually privy to sneaking and get the script without them knowing…The stuff she was hearing, she didn’t want to see the movie…Yes, me and my brother…”

Are you satisfied of Left Eye’s portrayal in the movie?

Photo Credits: The Jasmine Brand, Madame Noire

Naomi Campbell Naomi Campbell

This month, W Magazine pays tribute to the first lady, Michelle Obama.  Naomi Campbell wore some business attires which are inspired by the first lady including pencil skirts and heels.  According to the style and fashion director of W Magazine, Edward Enninful, these photo shoots are actually a stylish way of paying tribute to the style of the first lady, he said:

“It’s a tribute to a modern day First Lady on a state trip, evoking the kind of timeless style that could have existed in the 1940′s, 60′s, or even today.”

On the other hand, during Naomi’s interview on The Jonathan Ross Show, she broke down into tears as she chatted about her anger management issues as well as her prior cocaine use, she said:

“I made anger management serious. Anger is an emotion. There were things I had to deal with. You have to deal with it. I’m crying, you made me cry!”

Naomi Campbell Naomi Campbell

“I don’t want to go back [to drugs.] No matter what it is that you’re addicted to – you can be addicted to work – all it is, is an escapism. It’s escaping something, no matter what. For me, I came to my realization at 29 that I didn’t like myself the way I was, and that was it. Every day is a new day – I’m no perfect human being. I’m just living and I’m just breathing.”

Isn’t she elegant?

Photo Credits: Necole Bitchie

 

Jay-Z-releases-statement-on-Barneys Jay-Z

Jay Z is not really the kind of person who will quickly respond to a controversy except maybe in a song.  But when he was featured on the cruel cover of New York Daily News, Jay Z finally spoke up.  His statement says:

“This collaboration lives in a place of giving and is about the Foundation. I am not making a dime from this collection; I do not stand to make millions, as falsely reported. I need to make that fact crystal clear. The Shawn Carter Foundation is the beneficiary and the foundation is receiving 25% of all sales from the collaboration, 10% of all sales generated in the store on November 20th and, an additional donation from Barneys. This money is going to help individuals facing socio-economic hardships to help further their education at institutions of higher learning. My idea was born out of creativity and charity… not profit.”

“I move and speak based on facts and not emotion. I haven’t made any comments because I am waiting on facts and the outcome of a meeting between community leaders and Barneys. Why am I being demonized, denounced and thrown on the cover of a newspaper for not speaking immediately? The negligent, erroneous reports and attacks on my character, intentions, and the spirit of this collaboration have forced me into a statement I didn’t want to make without the full facts. Making a decision prematurely to pull out of this project, wouldn’t hurt Barneys or Shawn Carter, but all the people that stand a chance at higher education. I have been working with my team ever since the situation was brought to my attention to get to the bottom of these incidents and at the same time find a solution that doesn’t harm all those that stand to benefit from this collaboration.”

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“I am against discrimination of any kind, but if I make snap judgements, no matter who it’s towards, aren’t I committing the same sin as someone who profiles? I am no stranger to being profiled and I truly empathize with anyone that has been put in that position. Hopefully this brings forth a dialogue to effect real change. – Shawn “JAY Z” Carter”

What can you say about Jay Z’s statement?

Photo Credits: Necole Bitchie, Vibe

future-ciara Future and Ciara

It is definitely the season for proposals.  After Kanye West proposed to Kim Kardashian just a few weeks ago during Kim’s birthday, this time its Future’s turn to proposed to Ciara.  According to Ciara’s publicist, the two are now engaged.  Today, Future gave Ciara a 15-carat ring just two days after Ciara turn 28.  Even if Ciara has not yet revealed the news to her fans but she tweeted:

“Today Has 2 Be Like One Of The Sweetest Days Of My Life! #TheBestBirthdayEver”

“If I’m Dreaming I Don’t Want To Wake Up..Aaaaaahhh!!!:)”

The 2013 BET Awards Future and Ciara

It seems that we already know that this would happen but we are not really certain when.  This summer, Future revealed that the first time that she saw Ciara; he wished that one day he could have her.  He said:

“I don’t get into nothing to get out. We haven’t set a date [but] this is the one. I said it before, I said it seven years ago, so for it to come around and happen, it was just meant to be.”

Last November, Ciara also expressed her wish to look for the one, she said:

“I really believe that love is everything. It is so necessary, without love you have nothing. You can’t live without love in my book and in my world.”

“I sacrifice pretty much all of my time for my career and there has to be a balance to it. What good is having success in your work but not being able to share it with someone? That’s not living to me. Having career success is important but having life success is even more important to me. Especially, now more than ever it’s a must.”

“I look ahead and I look forward to knowing who I am going to spend my life with. I can go rock the stage, but to know when I go home, my baby or my boo is waiting for me, that’s fun and that is the icing on the cake.”

Congrats to Future and Ciara!

When can we expect the pregnancy announcement?

Photo Credits: Necole Bitchie, Rolling Out

Jay-Z Jay Z

It’s been four days since the alleged racial-profiling scandal of Barneys has emerged but still there are no comments from Jay Z yet.  The rapper was recently spotted in Sweden where he made a worthwhile deal with Barneys wherein he will be offering some unique wares which are perfect for the holidays.  When asked about the scandal, one of his handlers said that the rapper is not “allowed” to talk.  According to the person sitting next to Jay Z:

“He’s not allowed to answer any questions about that.”

While Jay Z stays silent, another person who is also with the rapper said that Jay Z can only talk about the Barneys racial-profiling scandal during the time that the ‘ collection has been launched at Barneys.’

Jay Z Jay Z

However, his rep added that there will be no official statement coming from the rapper, he said:

“Jay Z maybe will give an answer when the collection is launched at Barneys.”

The rapper dined in a French bistro but they did not reveal the amount that he paid.

What can you say about the alleged racial profiling?

Photo Credits: NY Daily News

Last Friday, Britney Spears showed off the album art cover for her latest album entitled “Britney Jean.”  She also made a hand written letter for all her fans.

She posted the photo on Twitter with the caption, “A personal letter from me 2 u & the cover 4 my most personal album ever. “  She also shared a hand-written letter which says:

“We’re all so used to getting our thoughts out in 140 characters (on Twitter), but sometimes its nice to take time to sit down and write something a little longer and more personal.”

britney-spears-britney-jean Britney Spears new album “Britney Jean”

“I’m putting the finishing touches on my new album, Britney Jean, over the next few days and I am so excited for you to hear it.  I poured my heart and soul into this album and it’s been an incredible journey. I’ve learned a lot about myself, and as I am finishing, I am reminded of the incredible foundation that has supported me for the last 15 years. Thank you all for continuing to follow me on this journey and for allowing me to do what I love to do.”

“I have been through a lot in the past few years and it has really inspired me to dig deeper and write songs that I think you can relate to.  Working with people like Sia, William Orbit and of course Will.i.am has been an amazing experience.”

Britney Spears Britney Spears

She concluded the letter with:

“I want to show you the different sides of who I am.  I am a performer. I am a mom. I am funny. I am your friend. I am Britney Jean.”

“Britney Jean” is Britney’s eighth studio album and it will be released on December 3, which is incidentally the day after she will turn 32.

What can you say about Britney’s letter?

Photo Credits: Star Pulse

Kim and Kanye Kim and Kanye

Last night, Kanye and Kim appeared at the Dream for Future Africa Foundation Gala which is held at the Spago in Beverly Hills.  According to reports, the newly engaged couple allegedly signed a pre-nup in order to protect their massive business investments.  Both of these celebrities are considered as multi-millionaires that is why we would not be surprised why they have decided to have a pre-nup.

It is estimated that Kim Kardashian’s worth would be about $40M, while Kanye’s worth is approximately $90M.  But others say that Kim could be worth more.  Aside from the pre-nups, sources say that Kanye is very “hands-on” when it comes to the wedding plans in fact he has started writing his vows.  A close source said:

Kim and Kanye Kim and Kanye

“This is very special to him and he wants to make sure everything goes down the way he wants it. He’s already been writing his vows, too — that’s how seriously he’s taking it.”

“It’s not going to be anything corny. It’s going to come straight from his heart and it’s going to be real. It’s going to rhyme, know that.”

“He’s doing everything, from the music, to how many guests, to the cake — the whole shebang.”

Are you already excited of the wedding?

Photo Credits: TheYBF

Maia Campbell and daughter Elizabeth Maia Campbell and daughter Elizabeth

Maia Campbell is now sober after she successfully overcomes her struggles of mental illness and addiction.  Four years ago, she suffered from bi-polar disorder and now she wants to make sure that she can be a good example for her daughter Elizabeth who is now 12 years old.  During her recent interview with iPower Richmond’s TT Torrez, she revealed that she is currently busy preparing for her book and at the same time she also wants to help her daughter Elizabeth in managing her acting career.  She said:

“Right now I’m just supporting a comeback. I wrote a book. I had to find myself again because [of] changes in my life. I had a daughter, I had a little girl, she’s growing up now. So I had to grow up and I couldn’t just remain a little girl on TV forever.”

“I have a daughter now and I have to set an example. That was what got me grounded in [trying to do] better. I had to live my life differently. I had to change the way I was living my life.”

Maia Campbell's daughter Elizabeth Maia Campbell’s daughter Elizabeth

What can she say about her daughter’s career in the industry?  Maia revealed:

“She wants to be an actress and she’s done some Disney commercials recently and some other acting and some videos on YouTube. She doesn’t listen to any other people as far as management [is concerned]. She’s listening to her father. And she doesn’t have any agent yet. She’s not exactly on a show because she hasn’t gotten the training yet. When she gets the training, she’ll probably pop onto something a little more lucrative…And I’ll be proud to sit by her and support her. The best thing I can do is stay working, and stay on the right path, and stay away from all of that stuff.”

Isn’t she a great example for her daughter?

Photo Credits: Necole Bitchie

Keyshia-Cole Keyshia Cole

Keyshia Cole spends more time in obtaining those checks rather than giving too much attention on other things.  Last week, she performed at WBLS’s Circle of Sisters R&B Concert.  During the interview at the backstage, she chatted about her forthcoming album and provides some clarifications on some rumors.  Keyshia also explained that she and Michelle Williams are doing fine right now.  She revealed:

“You know, she said some thing to me while I was on stage [performing at the Soul Train Awards.] It’s fine. Me and Michelle spoke about it and she erased the tweet. She apologized for saying it because she said somebody else had tweeted about it but she wasn’t watching or something like that. So, it’s cool. It’s over with. We’ve moved on.”

How’s her marriage?  Is it on the rocks?  Keyshia replied:

“We’re good. We’re chillin’. We have a kid. We’re married. So it’s all love.”

Keyshia Cole Keyshia Cole

Does she have any plans of making any reality TV shows again?  She said:

“It depends. I want to but we have to make sure that it’s done correctly, but we have to make sure that we get paid. So it’s just very minor details.”

Keyshia previously revealed on Twitter that she did not receive any payment from BET with regards to her reality show with Booby.

Will she do another reality TV show?

Photo Credits: Necole Bitchie