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Does Evelyn Lozada's ex-fiance Carl Crawford have a new chick? We're not totally convinced, however, we all know how these business relationships can go sometimes. More inside...
Life after Evelyn Lozada isn't looking bad at all for Carl Crawford. He seems to have found himself a hustle two years after leaving Major League Baseball.
Now, he has his own record label, 1501 Certified Ent, that he runs in Houston. He has been seemingly grooming an up-and-coming female rapper named Megan Thee Stallion.
The Houston raptress is posted all over the record label's Instagram account with clips of her shows, having fun in the club (with Carl) and more. He posts some of his other artists as well, but it's clear who the main attraction is. You can listen to a few of her tracks here.
Look at Houston rapper Slim Thug, who has been catching heating for his ridiculous comments about Ciara & Russell Wilson, all up in the mix.
Not only does he assist in her career, it seems he may possibly be assisting in other areas of her life as well. There are rumors that she's his new chick, but it may only be "business" (at least for now) between these two. While he's helping her take off in the music industry, he may be helping her with a few other things as well.
They recently went on a shopping spree at the Gucci store. Of course.
And she recently gave him a Happy Birthday shoutout on her Instagram:
Again, it could just be business, but we wouldn't be surprised if something else were to come from this business situation.
His ex-fiancee Evelyn is glowing and shining on the 'Gram.
Photos: Megan's IG/@spillthesugar
When it comes to pregnancy and postpartum, Serena Williams reminds us that she's just like every other mom. Go inside for her extra candid confession...
This hasn't been a good week for Serena Williams.
The tennis star suffered a huge loss last week when she was defeated by British player Johanna Konta during the San Jose's Silicon Valley Classic. She then withdrew from this week's Rogers Cup in Montreal, citing personal reasons.
Based on her latest beautifully transparent post, the reason is Postpartum related.
On Instagram, the 23-time Grand Slam champion revealed she's struggling with "postpartum emotions" nearly a year after giving birth to her baby girl Alexis Olympia.
“Last week was not easy for me. Not only was I accepting some tough personal stuff, but I just was in a funk. Mostly, I felt like I was not a good mom,” the 36-year-old captioned on Instagram.
She said she spoke with her mom, sisters and friends about her feelings and they all let her know that her feelings are normal. A lot of moms go through it. She said even though she has been with her daughter every day since she has been born, she still felt like she hasn't been a good enough mom.
“It’s totally normal to feel like I’m not doing enough for my baby,” she explained. “We have all been there. I work a lot, I train, and I’m trying to be the best athlete I can be.”
The four-time Olympic gold medalist, who almost died after giving birth due to complications after undergoing a c-section, reminded mothers everywhere they are the REAL MVPs and that she suffers through the same emotions.
“You are the true heroes,” she said. “I’m here to say: if you are having a rough day or week ― it’s ok ― I am, too!!! There’s always tomm!”
By the way, Baby Olympia turns 1 on September 1st.
Aww! While we hate 'Rena is experiencing these emotions, we're glad she's speaking out to help other mothers realize they are NOT the only ones. Can any of you YBF moms relate? We know that balancing act is impossible for all moms. And you're the real MVP!
Watch Rena in mommy mode with Olympia below:
Also, check out this clip from Serena and Alexis Ohanian's wedding ceremony that was just shown on the new episode of her "Being Serena" HBO docuseries below:
Photos: Getty/Serena's IG
Malia Obama was spotted all boo'd up with her boyfriend Rory Farquharson in London. Peep their coupldem shots and get more deets about her British BAE inside...
School is out for and Malia Obama is out in these streets living it up on summer break.
In newly surfaced pics, the 20-year-old Harvard student was seen packing on the PDA with her British BAE Rory Farquharson while in London last month. And she's seemingly all wrapped up in love.
The couple was walking through an underground station when they stopped for a quick make out session:
Malia Obama and boyfriend kiss ,puff on cigarettes pic.twitter.com/dTeoqE5Zza
— CityGistNews (@Elexgist1) August 7, 2018
They were reportedly heading to The Bridge Theater to see Alan Bennett's new production "Allelujah!" Photogs say she puffed on a vape as they left the theater before taking a romantic stroll over the capital's Tower Bridge (atop).
The former First Daughter met Rory at Harvard University. We first spotted him kissing Malia during a Harvard-Yale football game in November 2017. According to the Daily Mail, Rory used to be the head boy of Rugby School, one of the top public schools in the UK. And he may be well off as one year of tuition, along with room and board, is well over $42,500 a year. Sheesh.
Check out more pictures of the couple here.
It's also reported that Rory has ties with the royals as his 2nd cousin was the Queen's Assistant Master of the Household at Buckingham Palace. After having over across the pond with her British BAE, Malia has returned to the States. She was spotted rocking a black lace bra underneath black overalls in NYC last week:
— Yahoo Lifestyle (@yahoolifestyle) August 6, 2018
The twosome were back in NYC this weekend spotted grabbing dinner with friends. Get your life Malia!
Aint nothing to a real one. And Beyoncé is just that for her perfect essay in Vogue that might be the most relateable & necessary thing every 30-something YBF chick needs RIGHT NOW.
Beyoncé is sharing it all. She's at the point in her life where she's learned some lessons, and she's starting to apply them unapologetically. While Beysus may be the queen of all queens to most of us, with never even a piece of a hair weave track or wiggery out of place even while slaying an entire stadium, she revealed she's been going through some ish. Yessss Bey, you know we feel you.
The sexy, apologetically thick mama of 3's MILF confidence didn't come easy, even though it surely seems it did. Chick has a world of resources at her fingertips, why wouldn't it? But she just reminded us that being a black woman means suffering & surviving through some sh*t no matter how much money and fame your black woman self has. She gets it. And us.
In her historic and iconic (we don't care who says otherwise, fight us) September 2018 VOGUE magazine story, the "Boss" chick preached a whole sermon. We've never read something more relatable from a woman of color on a super mainstream platform.
While she was given unprecedented control over her entire shoot and story, y'all know that doesn't mean she was going to suddenly give us an interview (something she hasn't done in YEARS). She, once again, gave us a update on her life as a grown ass mother, wife and responsible icon, in her own words.
No, she's not pregnant. Biology and organ shifting affects Beyonce, too. Let her live. Yes, she's intentionally lifting as she climbs and putting black creatives in the spotlight. Yes, that's her own hair in this spread and many times on the OTRII stage. And yes, she grew up with a family dynamic that damn near ruined her own relationship.
Our fave sticky-note, Facebook post, IG caption worthy parts that damn near had us in tears are words to live by, for sure.
On embracing her post-babies body after her c-section and labor trauma:
I was 218 pounds the day I gave birth to Rumi and Sir. I was swollen from toxemia and had been on bed rest for over a month. My health and my babies’ health were in danger, so I had an emergency C-section. We spent many weeks in the NICU. My husband was a soldier and such a strong support system for me. I am proud to have been a witness to his strength and evolution as a man, a best friend, and a father. I was in survival mode and did not grasp it all until months later. Today I have a connection to any parent who has been through such an experience. After the C-section, my core felt different. It had been major surgery. Some of your organs are shifted temporarily, and in rare cases, removed temporarily during delivery. I am not sure everyone understands that. I needed time to heal, to recover. During my recovery, I gave myself self-love and self-care, and I embraced being curvier. I accepted what my body wanted to be.
On embracing her body and being one with her FUPA
After six months, I started preparing for Coachella. I became vegan temporarily, gave up coffee, alcohol, and all fruit drinks. But I was patient with myself and enjoyed my fuller curves. My kids and husband did, too.
I think it’s important for women and men to see and appreciate the beauty in their natural bodies. That’s why I stripped away the wigs and hair extensions and used little makeup for this shoot.
To this day my arms, shoulders, breasts, and thighs are fuller. I have a little mommy pouch, and I’m in no rush to get rid of it. I think it’s real. Whenever I’m ready to get a six-pack, I will go into beast zone and work my ass off until I have it. But right now, my little FUPA and I feel like we are meant to be.
On showing the world that they, too, can find and hire black creatives for their own good.
When I first started, 21 years ago, I was told that it was hard for me to get onto covers of magazines because black people did not sell. Clearly that has been proven a myth. Not only is an African American on the cover of the most important month for Vogue, this is the first ever Vogue cover shot by an African American photographer.
It’s important to me that I help open doors for younger artists. There are so many cultural and societal barriers to entry that I like to do what I can to level the playing field, to present a different point of view for people who may feel like their voices don’t matter.
If people in powerful positions continue to hire and cast only people who look like them, sound like them, come from the same neighborhoods they grew up in, they will never have a greater understanding of experiences different from their own. They will hire the same models, curate the same art, cast the same actors over and over again, and we will all lose.
On ending her broken relationship family cycle
I come from a lineage of broken male-female relationships, abuse of power, and mistrust. Only when I saw that clearly was I able to resolve those conflicts in my own relationship. Connecting to the past and knowing our history makes us both bruised and beautiful.
I researched my ancestry recently and learned that I come from a slave owner who fell in love with and married a slave. I had to process that revelation over time. I questioned what it meant and tried to put it into perspective. I now believe it’s why God blessed me with my twins. Male and female energy was able to coexist and grow in my blood for the first time. I pray that I am able to break the generational curses in my family and that my children will have less complicated lives.
On bossing up and flourishing in her womanhood glow-up
There are many shades on every journey. Nothing is black or white. I’ve been through hell and back, and I’m grateful for every scar. I have experienced betrayals and heartbreaks in many forms. I have had disappointments in business partnerships as well as personal ones, and they all left me feeling neglected, lost, and vulnerable. Through it all I have learned to laugh and cry and grow. I look at the woman I was in my 20s and I see a young lady growing into confidence but intent on pleasing everyone around her. I now feel so much more beautiful, so much sexier, so much more interesting. And so much more powerful.
One day I was randomly singing the black national anthem to Rumi while putting her to sleep. I started humming it to her every day. In the show at the time I was working on a version of the anthem with these dark minor chords and stomps and belts and screams. After a few days of humming the anthem, I realized I had the melody wrong. I was singing the wrong anthem. One of the most rewarding parts of the show was making that change. I swear I felt pure joy shining down on us. I know that most of the young people on the stage and in the audience did not know the history of the black national anthem before Coachella. But they understood the feeling it gave them.
It was a celebration of all the people who sacrificed more than we could ever imagine, who moved the world forward so that it could welcome a woman of color to headline such a festival.
On raising a black son as a black mother
I want him to know that he can be strong and brave but that he can also be sensitive and kind. I want my son to have a high emotional IQ where he is free to be caring, truthful, and honest. It’s everything a woman wants in a man, and yet we don’t teach it to our boys.
I hope to teach my son not to fall victim to what the internet says he should be or how he should love. I want to create better representations for him so he is allowed to reach his full potential as a man, and to teach him that the real magic he possesses in the world is the power to affirm his own existence.
You can read her full essay over at VOGUE, as told to fellow YBF chick and journalist Clover Hope. And swipe through the gallery for the rest of Beyoncé's stripped down fashion spread, shot by the first black photographer to shoot a VOGUE cover, Tyler Mitchell. All black creatives, and it's perfect as ever.
Photog: Tyler Mitchell for VOGUE
Dascha Polanco strips down for Women's Health magazine for a fire body positivity shoot. See the hot shots, plus read what Mama Tina Knowles Lawson said about exposing Beyonce and Solange to black art at a young age inside...
When you fine and you know it!
One thing about Dascha Polanco - she has major confidence and she's not afraid to show off! And we LOVE that about her.
The "Orange Is The New Black" actress is flossing her nude cakes in Women's Health magazine proving self love can be had WITH curves too.
The mom-of-two bares it all in a totally fierce in the shoot, oozing self confidence, power and effortless beauty.
"My naked truth !!! Thank you @womenshealthmag for this amazing feature ! I am empowered in every way & To all the amazing women I get to share this moment with all love. #ismellgood#selflovery," she captioned on Instagram.
In a behind-the-scenes shot, she writes out lyrics from a song titled, "Solita" in the caption. And she also served up a hair shot, showing off her wavy tresses.
Peep the flicks:
“Qué te parece si me esperas sola, solita Creo, mami, que tu cuerpo me necesita Y hacemo' toa' las cosas que tú quiere' De la manera que tú quiere' Qué te parece si me esperas sola, solita Creo, mami, que tu cuerpo me necesita Y hacemo' toa' las cosas que tú quiere' De la manera que tú quiere' (¿qué te parece?)” @ozuna #ismellgood #selflovery #bts #womenshealthmag
In another magazine...
After Beyonce broke the internet with her VOGUE September 2018 cover, her mother Tina Knowles Lawson is serving up a few tidbits about her art collection in Vanity Fair.
Both of her daughters, Beyonce & Solange, are big art lovers. And now we know why. Their mother is obsessed with black art and she made sure to introduce them to it at an early age growing up in Houston.
“When my kids were growing up, it was really important to me that they saw images of African-Americans,” Tina said. “I’m so happy that I did, because both of them are really aware of their culture, and I think a lot of that had to do with looking at those images every day, those strong images.”
Tina, above in her living room with Kimberly Drew, the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s social-media manager, has an extraordinary collection that includes works by artists ranging from Elizabeth Catlett, Romare Bearden, and Henry Ossawa Tanner—the turn-of-the-century African-American ex-pat who garnered huge success after moving to Paris—to more contemporary works by Toyin Ojih Odutola, Kenyatta A. C. Hinkle, and Lawson’s own niece Dominique Beyoncé.
“I love collecting and knowing the history of the artist,” says Lawson, who has always seen her relationship to art as more spiritual than material. In front of a painting by Kermit Oliver, she delivers an impromptu trivia session on the Texan mixed-media artist: he’s the only American in history who designed scarves for Hermès, yet he nevertheless chose to work as a mail sorter at a Waco post office. “It kept him normal,” she explained.
You can read her full interview here.
Photos: Dascha's IG/Gillian Laub via Vanity Fair
It’s that time of year again when Magic Johnson and Samuel L. Jackson head out for their fabulous vacay with their families and friends. And this year, Steve Harvey joined in on the fun. Peep their pics, plus candids of Bobby Brown and Evan Ross on daddy duty inside...
After helping to negotiate bringing LeBron James to the Lakers, Magic Johnson was due for a vacation. Whether he got Bron to come to the Lakers or not, he still would have been luxuriating with his wife Cookie Johnson for their annual vacay with family and friends.
Every year, Magic links up with Samuel L. Jackson and his wife LaTanya Richardson for an epic vacay overseas that usually involves a yacht. And this year, Steve Harvey and his wife Marjorie Harvey, along with Holly Robinson Peete and her hubby Rodney Peete, joined in on the fun. Can you blame them? Wish we received an invite. They always have LOADS of fun.
This year the couples soaked in some sun and fun in Portofino, Italy and Saint Tropez, just like they did last year.
Cookie and I are having an amazing time in Italy with our great friends Holly and Rodney Peete, Lita and Leonard Richardson, and Tamiko and Jerry Mosley. pic.twitter.com/3pFSUIIBnC
— Earvin Magic Johnson (@MagicJohnson) August 3, 2018
An amazing meal with great friends at one of my favorite restaurants, Ristorante Puny in Portofino, Italy. pic.twitter.com/0MtcfyZC18
— Earvin Magic Johnson (@MagicJohnson) August 6, 2018
Cooling down in the ice bath after my 2 hour power walk! pic.twitter.com/2ckn6brlbk
— Earvin Magic Johnson (@MagicJohnson) August 7, 2018
Today...they're living it up in Saint Tropez:
— Earvin Magic Johnson (@MagicJohnson) August 7, 2018
Not even mad. Work hard, play harder.
Speaking of couples....
After announcing he's opening a domestic violence center in honor of his late daughter Bobbi Kristina, Bobby Brown was spotted in daddy mode while making his rounds at the Farmers Market in LA with his wife Alicia Etheredge and their kiddies, Bohdi and Hendrix.
We're counting down the days until "The Bobby Brown Story" debuts on BET on September 4th. We know it's going to be good.
Evan Ross, his wife Ashlee Simpson and their daughter Jagger Snow Ross were also shopping it up at the Farmers Market. We wonder if they had cameras in tow to film them for their new reality show, "Evan & Ashlee" on E! It premieres September 9th.
Dave East and his daughter's mom are soaking in some sun on BAEcay. Meanwhile, Eve is having a blast with her husband Maximillion Cooper at his Gumball 3000 rally in London. Flicks and videos inside...
Looks like all is damn good between Dave East and his daughter's mom Milagrito Colon.
The NYC rapper and his baby's mother are currently bringing sand to the beach in the Dominican Republic on what looks like a BAEcation. Last year, he was bashing her on social media as a "deadbeat" mom after she dragged him on social media. Now, they're back on good terms after reconciling earlier this year. Good for them. Oh a a difference a year and some coins make.
We know their daughter Kiari is loving it. See the coupledom things they're up to above.
Guess he's not dating singer Mya afterall.
Oh, and Dave showed off some ink he has on his leg:
Folks quickly assumed the tattoo above the Aaliyah portrait was late rapper Big Pun, but that's not the case. Dave said it's a picture of his late cousin Mark:
No one told him Pun passed away?
Speaking of couples...
Eve is back on the road with her husband Maximillion Cooper to kick off his Gumball 3000 rally, the annual star studded, exotic car-filled road trip which raises money for Gumball 3000 Foundation to support a variety of charities, at Covent Garden in London.
For its 20th anniversary, the annual motor rally transcontinental driving tour will start in London with an action packed route filled with car shows, music concerts, and other events before ending in Tokyo on August 12th.
Eve hopped in the driver's seat this time:
We’ve just arrived in #Milan after an incredible drive today through the Swiss Alps... I’m still buzzing from yesterday’s start in #London ...what an incredible send off we received from our fantastic #Gumballfans ...the #astonmartin #DB6volante is just stunning but we’ve switched to a #DB11 #V12 now for the longer drives! #eve #gumball3000 #londontotokyo #gumballlife @kittycooperstyle
R&B crooner Usher came out of herpes-drama hiding and even joined in on the charity race this year:
Photos: Dave's IG/Avalon.red
Mara Brock Akil been on the woman asking a man for his hand in marriage wave. Get the deets on her proposal to husband Salim Akil, plus deets on former "Cosby" star Joseph C. Phillips' wife ending their 20+ year marriage inside...
Over the past few years or so, it seems more women are dropping down on one knee and asking their man's hand in marriage. It may have been going on back in the day, but we didn't see/hear about it as much. But now, with social media, it seems there's a new trend where women are the ones taking the first step in securing a married life.
While some women claim they would NEVER ask a man to marry them, there are some women who don't mind going after what they want. And "Love Is __" showrunner Marak Brock Akil is one of them.
In the new OWN series "Love Is __," the Mara Brock Akil and her husband Salim Akil (who is an executive producer of the show) are letting viewers in on their love story that started over 20 years ago. While there are situations they've added to the show to make it more interesting, there are A LOT of things that happen between their characters, Nuri & Yasir, that happened in real life. Like that time Mara asked Salim to marry her! In fact, she asked him after only dating for 3 months.
"It's 90% truthful and 70% factual," Mara dished to the LA Times. "The essence is true and the facts are manipulated. Because, at the end of the day, we have to tell a story. And as unique and wonderful as our story is, it could get boring if you go literal."
On the show, we see Yasir chasing after Nuri, but eventually the tables turn.
"[Though] I can't wait to get to the episode where I propose to him, because I did."
If you're wondering why Mara decided to pop the question...
"Love is achievable," Mara said. "Everything you want is achievable if you define it and design it for yourself based upon your values and what's important to you. And that's how Salim and I have done it, in both career and family."
Salim Akil, showrunner of the CW’s “Black Lightning," added,
“It’s ‘inspired by.’ That is the best way to say it. Clearly, they’re not us. Clearly, there’s actors involved and there’s writing. It is a television show. Because it could’ve been like that, but it wasn’t.”
Yeah...nah. Peep a clip of Salim talking about Mara popping the question below:
— Ashleigh (@forkcetious) August 1, 2018
Ladies, would you ever consider asking your man to marry you?
In breakup news...
After 23 years of marriage, former "Cosby" star Joseph C. Phillips (who has been moonlighting as a "black conservative" talking head) is going down Splitsville Lane.
According to The Blast, the wife of the "13 Reasons Why" star filed for divorce on July 19, citing irreconcilable differences. Apparently, they've been separated since last November. Damn.
Below is the tea on the break up:
Phillips — who played Lt. Martin Kendall, husband of Lisa Bonet‘s Denise Huxtable — had been married to Nicole since 1994. The couple has three sons: Connor, Ellis, and Samuel.
Nicole is seeking joint custody of Samuel (he is the only one of the three children that is a minor) and is asking the court to not allow Joseph to be awarded spousal support.
Hmm...she's asking the court to not allow Joseph to be awarded spousal support? Bloop! Hey, there's THAT trend too.
Photos: Getty/Broadway World
Fatman Scoop gives the inside scoop on how the "Level Up" remix, also featuring Missy Elliot, came about. And Ciara's hubby Russell Wilson offered up his own edits that actually made the cut. More inside...
Now this is the story all about how the "Level Up" remix came about.
CiCi reunited with Fatman Scoop and Missy Elliott for the remix of her new dance track that's taking over the airwaves and social media with the #LevelUpChallenge. The last time these three artists were on a track was on CiCi's 2005 hit "Lose Control." Missy also collaborated with Ciara on "1,2 Step" and "Work."
— Ciara (@ciara) August 2, 2018
Fatman Scoop hopped on Instagram to share the "process" of how the "Level Up" remix came about. He said the mom-of-two hit him up about 4 months ago to hop on a new track she was working on. The producer was scheduled to go to London in two days, but he dropped everything and hopped on a flight to Seattle to record the track. He linked up with Ciara inside a studio owned by Microsoft co-owner Paul Allen:
A MUST READ!!!! THE STORY BEHIND THE LEVEL UP RMXI The "process" behind the Level Up Remix. About 4 Months Ago, I get a random call from a 404 number. Since NO ONE ever calls me from Georgia (i don't know why) I didn't pick it up right away. I get a text like two minutes later like "pick up fool!!! Its Ciara" So I pick up the call and Cici is on the other line like I need you to come to Seattle to get on this song. She sends me a 15 second clip, so I can have a idea of the song. I have to go to London in 2 days, so I get up fly out there, sleep for 3 hours and then go to the studio. Now this isn't just ANY studio, this is the studio of the dude who is the co owner of MICROSOFT Paul Allen. Tomorrow, Ill tell you what happened, how it was and what happened when her HUSBAND Russell Wilson from the Seattle Seahawks showed up.....
Once he got there, he started recording his adlibs when the "Level Up" singer's husband/Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson paid a visit. Not only did he come in to hear what they were cooking up, he also offered up some suggestions to make the song better.
"I start to do my parts (in this video) and Russell Wilson from the Seahawks comes in," Fatman Scoop recalled. "So he is listening to it and says, why don't you say this?' So I asked him, 'do you see me coming into the huddle and telling you what to do at your job?' The room starts laughing so loud. But what he said DID MAKE SENSE!!!
"So you know what? I went in there and said it! Credit Russell Wilson as a WRITER on the remix!"
A MUST READ - PART 2 The "Process" of the Level Up Remix So I am writing my parts, me and Ciara just getting up on old times talking about Lose Control, Relationships and Marriage. Anyone who knows me from my days of doing my sex and relationship show on MTV knows I'm a fucking MANIAC when it comes to that stuff so we started talking about marriage and stuff and 2 hours just blew by with us just laughing and talking shit. I start to do my parts (in this video) and Russell Wilson from the Seahawks comes in. So he is listening to it and says, "why don't you say this?" So I asked him, "do you see me coming into the huddle and telling you what to do at your job?" The room starts laughing so loud. But what he said DID MAKE SENSE!!! So you know what? I went in there and said it! Credit Russell Wilson as a WRITER on the remix! Ciara LOVES and TRUSTS that man. Even with her music. Me and Russell then started talking about the finer points of YELLING. Me on stage and him in a HUDDLE when 60,000 people don't want your team to hear the play. I gave him some pointers being the loudest guy in the room (he was a close 2nd....) I wanted him to throw me a pass the way he would throw it to a real receiver but he said it would probably break one of my fingers, so i said FUCK that....and kept ti moving. Tomorrow Ill show you the RESULTS of our work!
And there you have it. Russell is a songwriter now.
Take a listen to the "Level Up" remix below:
Check out this behind-the-scenes clip of Ciara and Fatman Scoop bouncing ideas off of each other in the studio below:
— shan (@1shanny_) July 29, 2018
Below is a video of Ciara and Missy announcing they were working together on the remix:
Also, check out a behind-the-scenes clip of CiCi and her dancers in rehearsals for the "Level Up" video:
— Ciara (@ciara) August 7, 2018
The #LevelUpChallenge videos are still a thing on the Gram. Check out Jourdan Dunn, Halle Berry and more below:
— Ciara (@ciara) August 1, 2018
— Ciara (@ciara) August 2, 2018
— Ciara (@ciara) July 29, 2018
Y'all, grab a seat and mug because D.L. Hughley and his wife LaDonna Hughley are about to blow your mind. Get the deets on his wife financially taking care of a woman who had his baby (outside of his marriage) that eventually died inside...
This story literally feels like a page out of a fiction drama or something we would see on Lee Daniels' "Empire." It's shocking AF.
D.L. Hughley's wife takes the term "ride or die" to a whole new level.
The comedian recently sat down with VLAD TV where he got real candid about his childhood. In the interview, he revealed several things about his past, like how he lost his virginity to a 20-something-year-old at the age of 13, how his mother mistreated him, and more shocking details about his 30+ year marriage to his wife LaDonna Hughley.
Years ago, the comedian opened up about cheating on his wife . It's no secret he was a habitual cheater. He even revealed one affair produced a baby while he was still married to his wife. D.L. tried to keep the baby news on the down low until he was ready to tell his wife and kids, but life sped up the process. And quick!
D.L. said his 9-month-old baby was killed by his mistress' boyfriend. He said he had prayed to God, asking him to "take this off me." And then instantly, "my prayer was answered in the worse possible way," he said.
However, after the baby died, he STILL didn't tell his wife about it. It wasn't until years later. He couldn't stand the guilt, so he eventually told her about the baby he had behind her back. Then after that, the mistress came back saying she needed money.
"Years later, the girl - it jammed her up too like it did me," he explained. "She started asking for money. She needed some money. And I told her my wife would have to take care of it. Because I couldn’t."
So he put the aftermath of his f*** up on his wife.
"So, she and my wife started talking and my wife started giving her money," he continued. "The condition was that she could never ask me and my wife to take care of her, so my wife took it from my allowance that I’ve never gotten back." Allowance? Hmm...maybe she handles all of his finances. D.L. confessed he doesn't know if his wife is still giving his former mistress money because he can't do that either apparently. "So I don’t know if she’s still giving it to her or not. But I know that I don’t get that money anymore. And I can’t go, ‘Are you still?..” I can’t do that," he shared.
D.L. shared that one day he was getting off an airplane when he saw that his wife AND the mistress was there. He then explained that the woman was the mother of the child that died and he said his wife told her, "Sorry for your loss."
In case you were wondering, the mistress' boyfriend - who allegedly killed the baby - did end up serving jail time, but he's out now. D.L. said he felt the man who killed his child didn't get enough time in prison for his crime. He said he felt like someone robbed him of something.
"Every time something good happens to me, I think about it," he said.
Peep the interview below:
And here's a clip of D.L. and his wife LaDonna addressing his infidelity on OWN's "Black Love" series below:
Thoughts on all this? Could you do what his wife did...or nah?
Nicki Minaj may not want to say anything about her brother's rape case, but her mom, Carol Maraj, sure is. Deets on her tell-all interview, plus check out the City Girls' new "Period" video and the trailer to their upcoming documentary inside...
Nicki Minaj has been radio silent about brother Jelani Maraj's rape case. In November, the 38-year-old brother to the Young Money rapper was found GUILTY of sexually assaulting his former stepdaughter (who was 11 or 12-years-old at the time) in his Baldwin home.
The "Chun-Li" rapper hasn't spoke about the case publicly, however, she did go visit him in jail shortly after he was convicted. In December 2015, Nicki posted Jelani's $100,000 bond, but she never took the stand to testify on her brother's behalf. Her mother did though.
The guilty charges carry the potential for 25 years to life in prison.
Now, Nicki's mother Carol Maraj is seemingly gearing up to tell everyone what really went down behind-the-scenes. She hopped on Twitter to announce she's giving an interview about the case to spill deets "they don't want you to know." Check it:
VIEWING DATE CHANGE for my EXCLUSIVE TELL ALL INTERVIEW They Don’t Want You To Know About My Son’s TRIAL- 8/11 @12pm-on YOUTUBE (stand-by for LINK ) 8/13@12pm; 8/15@11pm; 8/17@3pm on Channels 20 - Optimum and 37 - Verizon - & STREAMING.
— Carol Maraj (@CarolMarajinc) August 7, 2018
Looks like folks can tune in via YouTube on Saturday, August 11th at 12pm. And she listed a few other dates and times to see the interview. Did the QUEEN approve of this?
What's interesting is that her mother decides to speak now as Nicki rolls out her QUEEN album. As you know, she pushed it back for a third time and it will be released to the masses on August 17th. It was supposed to drop August 10th after it was delayed from a July 29th date.
Hmm...we don't see this interview helping Nicki. At all.
By the way, the Queens chick is about to launch her own radio show via Apple Music called "Queens Radio." Below are the deets:
#QueenRadio begins tomorrow @applemusic! The new dynasty begins on @beats1official tomorrow at 7pm PT/10pm ET. AND I might have something special for you too! Use the hashtag #QueenRadio on Twitter between now & tomorrow night. I’ll be conducting a live Q&A portion of my very first show. Prizes for the best comments & questions include signed albums, signed merch, tour tkts, AND plane tickets to discuss #QUEEN w|ME & other members of the magical KINGDOM. [all countries included] Good Luck‼️
We know folks would love for her to address this interview her mother is scheduling to do, but we doubt she will. Will you be tuned in tomorrow?
In other female rapper news...
Although 1/2 of the Miami rap duo City Girls is currenly incarcerated, the show must go on.
Caresha Brownlee (“Yung Miami”) is holding down the fort while her rap mate Jatavia Johnson ("JT") serves a 2-year sentence in prison. The up-and-coming Miami rapper was previously out on bond, but she turned herself in to finish out time due to fraudulent credit card charges. She is slated to be released from prison on March 21, 2020.
Until then, Yung Miami is left to keep ish poppin'. The Miami rappers, who are featured on Drake's "In My Feelings," just released a teaser to their forthcoming "Point Blank Period" documentary.
The ladies will give fans an inside look at their lavish lifestyles. Not only that, JT will dish details on why she used to scam with credits cards. We'll see the ladies hit up the 2018 BET Awards (picture above with Remy Ma), where they put on their last performance together before JT turned herself in. We'll also see cameos by fellow Miami raptress Trina, Cardi B, Offset, Meek Mill, Quavo, Gucci Mane, and his wife Keyshia Ka'oir.
No word just yet on when the full documentary will be released, but we'll keep you posted. In the meantime, peep the sneak peek below:
Also, check out their newly released "Period" video below:
In other news...
JT isn't the only one dealing with legal issues. Yung Miami has accused her baby daddy of violating a court order by harrassing, stalking and threatening her. Yikes!
The Blast reports:
Yung Miami says Jai Wiggins has been calling her on the phone and making threats over social media, allegedly threatening to snatch her hair extensions out of her head.
The former couple has a tumultuous history, that includes allegations of domestic violence. Going back to 2015, Yung Miami detailed multiple instances where Wiggins allegedly punched and yelled obscenities at her. In one case, she claims he ripped her wig off of her head during a tirade.
The last, and possibly most violent incident happened in October 2015 when Wiggins allegedly pulled Yung Miami out of a car and repeatedly punched her in the face and head. Police were called during that fight and the rapper claims she was transported to a hospital for facial injuries, which included a contusion to her eye and cuts to her lips and face.
The hip-hop star was eventually granted a longterm protective order against Wiggins, which required him to stay 500 yds away from the rapper, as well as attend a program on domestic violence prevention.
The City Girls star was also awarded sole custody of the couple’s son. Wiggins has not been able to take care of his obligations, however, and was just accused of violating the court order by failing to complete his domestic violence and parenting programs, as well as skipping out on paying his required fines.
He’ll be required to show up to a future hearing and explain the possible violations.
Sheesh! We'll likely see her address this on the documentary as well.
Photos: Getty/Nicki's IG/City Girls' IG
Cardi B and Offset aren't playing any games when it comes to making sure their daughter Kulture Kiari is straight when she gets older. Deets on the couple trademarking her name, plus pics from Todd Tucker's Jerseys & Jordans-themed bash for his 45th birthday inside....
With such a unique name, Cardi B and Offset want to be sure their baby girl Kulture Kiari Cephus will be able to use it to the fullest IF she decides to get into the entertainment business. They are trademarking everything!
On August 2nd (less than a month after Kulture was born), Offset filed to register the name "Kulture Kiari Cephus" for merchandising of shirts, sweaters, jackets, pants, skirts and footwear. Look out for some Kulture Kiari merch!
They also made sure she's straight when it comes to music as well. Her name was trademarked for all “musical recordings, motion pictures, entertainment marketing services” and promotion for recording and performing artists, according to The Blast.
They also had her name trademarked in case she wants to use her name for online video games, dance events by a recording artist AND fan clubs. No games are being played here.
The request was filed under Offset's company, Sallie Smith LLC, but y'all know Bardi was included in the decisions being made.
The new mom shared a picture of herself surrounded by pink flowers one week after giving birth to Baby Kulture.
The "Be Careful" rapper took a slight break from social media, but she's back. And she has been openly sharing some of her postpartum struggles. Prayers up!
Not long after Baby Kulture was born, Cardi announced she was backing out of Bruno Mars' tour. But, she's set to make her first post-pregnancy performance at the 2018 Mala Luna Festival in San Antonio, TX on October 27th & 28th.
In reality TV news...
"Real Housewives of Atlanta" star Kandi Burruss threw an EPIC Jerseys and Jordans-themed birthday bash for her hubby Todd Tucker to celebrate 45 years of life. The singer/reality star went all out for her man and it looks like everyone had a very good time.
"This party felt like a high school dance. @todd167 turned 45 this year," Kandi captioned on Instagram. "He calls it his “Jordan year” since Michael Jordans last jersey # was 45. That’s how I got the theme for his #JerseysAndJordans party. I had the party in a gym, we had a drum line & drill team perform when @todd167 walked in. This party was too much fun!"
Several of Kandi and Todd's friends where in the mix for the fun, including Kenya Moore, Toya Wright, Porsha Williams, Shamea Morton, Quad Webb, Eva Marcille, Ronnie DeVoe, Tamika Scott, Rasheeda AND Kirk Frost, Q Parker, Jagged Edge, Jermaine Dupri and tons more. Peep the pics and videos below:
The party that I threw for @todd167 was lit!!!! Thanks @donjuannc for making sure that everything I dreamed up came to life! Also thanks @devynestephens for helping me find the right location. Click the link in my bio & watch my latest Youtube video about how this whole party came together. If you need help putting together a party yourself here’s a list of all the people who helped me pull this off! Party Decor - Shelia Mants https://www.apartycompany.com @eastcoastentertainment- Drumline @Firesbartending- Bartender @bodypaintking- Body Art @DJ_Gnice- DJ @myfairsweets- Cake Decorator @Qtjazz- Cheerleaders @dagreatdjm- DJ M/Dancers @chef_aleem -Chef/catering @thedjaone - Event Host @riversideepicenter - Location @saptosamfoster - Event VIP Publicity #onestopproductions - Sound #nuimagesecurity - Security. Thanks y’all!
There were so many cute couples in the building doing their his & her #JerseysAndJordans swag. @evamarcille #Mike, @shamaridevoe @bigrondevoe, @devynestephens, @toyawright @mrrushlife @dwanjohnson @deecardriche, @workwincelebrate @porsha4real, @kawanprather @e_hammerrr , @therealtamikascott #Darnell, @shameamorton @gerald499, @marsha.diaries @mrryanglover, @frost117 @rasheedadabosschick, @tamera_wynn #Greg, @qparker112 @sharlinda #Todd45 #JerseysAndJordans
This party felt like a high school dance. @todd167 turned 45 this year. He calls it his “Jordan year” since Michael Jordans last jersey # was 45. That’s how I got the theme for his #JerseysAndJordans party. I had the party in a gymn, we had a drum line & drill team perform when @todd167 walked in. This party was too much fun! #Todd45 @morrisde
I just threw my baby @todd167 an epic bday party!!!!! I will be posting pics for days from this party. Thank you to EVERYBODY that came & helped make this a special night for @todd167. I appreciate you! The theme was Jerseys & Jordans if you’re wondering why we have this on... #funtimes #TODD45 @HauseOfGlam
Photos: Getty/Cardi's IG/Kandi's IG/FreddyO/DeMorris Marble
When the nonstop thirst traps on IG ain't working.
Houston Texans baller DeAndre Hopkins and Iggy Azalea are playing games right now. PR stunt or nah? Deets inside...
Iggy Azalea has been busy on Instagram lately posting up thirst trap after thirst trap likely in an effort to nab a new
baller fan or two. And it seemed to have worked because a few days ago the Australian rapper was dishing on the radio that she and Houston Texans wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins were in a relationship.
While playing a game on Y100Miami, she was asked if she preferred the Houston Texans or the Miami Dolphins. She picked Texans. Then, the radio host asked her if she was dating Texans baller DeAndre Hopkins and she responded, "Yeah, we're in a relationship."
Take a listen below:
A few days before her interview, DeAndre himself confirmed they were indeed in a relationship. He posted a picture of himself on the football field with the caption,"My Aussies call me legend.” The Australian rapper hopped in his comments section and responded, "I could think of a few other things to call you.”
Then, a fan straight up asked DeAndre if he was Iggy's boyfriend and he said YES. Peep the receipts (via Sports Gossip):
Now -- all of a sudden -- they're both claiming they are single. This morning, DeAndre posted this on his IG stories:
The "Kream" rapper took to Twitter to confirm she's single as well:
Iggy stays playing herself. Maybe she should lay off trying to get with athletes. It's been two years since calling off her engagement to NBA player Nick Young and she's still doing the most. Girl, get your life.
Oh, and this could just all be a PR stunt. She recently released a new EP titled Survive The Summer, so there's that.
Photos: Getty/Iggy's IG
Celebs are giving back BIG time! Find out how Kevin Hart and Ludacris, are paying it forward. Plus, see how Quavo is keeping his mother laced inside...
It appears LeBron James opening his own public school is inspiring other celebs to pay it forward in education.
Kevin Hart just revealed his charity (Help From The Hart Charity) has established a $600,000 scholarship fund for college students. He has teamed up with Knowledge Is Power Program (KIPP) schools and the United Negro College Fund to surprise 18 students who plan to attend HBCUs scholarships. The superstar comedian surprised the recipients at an event in Los Angeles.
"Yesterday I surprised 18 #HBCU with scholarships to complete their college degrees.... major thank you to my partners @UNCF @kippschools for helping me," he captioned on Instagram.
KIPP and Help From The Hart Charity each donated $300,000 towards the funds. The students will attend 11 HBCUs, including including Tuskegee University, Xavier University, Morehouse College, Spelman College and Clark Atlanta University. The college bound students are from eight different cities, and eight of them are from his hometown of Philly.
“Education and knowledge are powerful. I just wanted to do my part in providing opportunities for our future leaders, especially from my Philly hometown and show support for HBCUs,” the Night School actor said in a statement.“This is just the beginning; trust me when I tell you there are a lot more kids who want to go to college who don’t have the money to make it happen.”
Yesterday I surprised 18 #HBCU with scholarships to complete their college degrees.... major thank you to my partners @UNCF @kippschools for helping me.... you guys stepped up to the table and matched my donation and we awarded 600,000....also thank u @jessecollinsent for helping us coordinate this event.....this is just the beginning people!!!! My “Help From The Hart Charity” is about to do a lot more!!!!! #LiveLoveLaugh .....I’m also proud of the 8 Kids from Philadelphia that received these scholarships ....STAND UP PHILLY!!!!!
Looks like there's more to come!
By the way, the Jumanji star donated $100,000 to the fund in 2015. Salute!
In other celebs give back news...
A woman Ludacris helped out in the grocery store is working on "paying him back."
Of course, the rapper doesn't need anything financially, but she's doing her part to help someone else like he helped her.
The Atlanta woman - Therra Jaramillo - fell on hard times after her husband died of brain cancer. She was having a hard time paying bills and providing for herself (and her rescue dogs), so a friend gave her a gift card to Whole Foods to pick up some groceries. When it was time to pay, she didnt have enough.
The rapper was standing behind her in line and decided to front her $375 grocery bill.
"He turned to me and he said, 'I said I got this.' And I looked at him, and he said, 'All of this, don't put anything back.'," she shared.
She didn't have a clue who he was until the cashier tipped her off that Luda was a famous rapper.
Therra knows the rapper doesn't want the money back, but she decided to show her appreciation by supporting his foundation. She started a fundrasier on her Facebook account to get people to donate in her honor. As of the time of this post, she has raised $1,175!
In other news...
Migos rapper Quavo loves his "MAMA!"
The "Stirfry" rapper laced his mother with a white Range Rover for her birthday, decorated with a red bow an all. Watch her reaction above:
For Christmas last year, Quavo dropped $560,000 on a new Georgia home. The house, which is located in a gated community in Roswell, GA, features 5-bedrooms, 5-bathrooms, a double sided fireplace, breakfast bar and more.
Boys love their moms!
Photos: Getty/Kevin's IG
Chris Paul just made the biggest donation ever to his alma mater Wake Forest University's athletic department. Meanwhile, LeBron James is singing praises to the highest of heavens caping for black women like never before. Everything inside...
LeBron James and Kevin Hart aren't the only ones pouring back into their communities.
Throughout the years, NBA player Chris Paul has always been one to give back. And his most recent donation just went down in Wake Forest University's history.
The Houston Rockets point guard is donating $2.5 million to Wake Forest Basketball, making it the largest donation ever by a former basketball student, athlete or any alumnus under the age of 35.
— Wake Forest University (@WakeForest) August 7, 2018
The 33-year-old North Carolina native's gift will help transform the men’s and women’s basketball clubhouses with expanded and enhanced locker rooms, nutrition resources and treatment areas. The new Chris Paul Locker Room for the men’s team will be named in his honor
“Giving back has always been important to my family and me, and Wake Forest is part of my family,” the father of-two said of his most recent gift to support the Wake Will Lead campaign.
“The recent investments towards improving Wake Forest Athletics are amazing, and now is the time to give back in a meaningful way. The locker room transformation project inspired me, because that’s where players build relationships and create a unifying camaraderie that is the foundation of success on the court. Forming lifelong friendships with your teammates is one of the most rewarding aspects of sports,” he said.
Paul and Wake Forest Director of Athletics Ron Wellman teamed up to make the announcement at the Chris Paul Family Foundation Charity Golf Classic in Winston-Salem (above) before a crowd that included nearly two dozen former Wake Forest basketball student-athletes and coaches.
His philanthropic impact on the Winston-Salem area also includes an endowment for scholarships at Wake Forest. In 2007, Paul established the Nathaniel Jones Student Scholarship in memory of his grandfather and mentor, which awards two scholarships (one athletic and one academic) annually to deserving students, with a preference for those from Forsyth County.
In 2013, Wake Forest retired Paul's No. 3 jersey, which now hangs in the rafters of Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum.
Speaking of celebs doing the most in a GOOD way...
Black women are taking over the magazine circuit with September covers for several of THE top fashion magazines, including Beyonce's VOGUE cover, Rihanna's history making British VOGUEand Lupita Nyong'o for Net-A-Porter, to name a few. It's been LONG overdue and it's nice to see a BLACK MAN recognizes the significance of celebrating positive and powerful black womenin mainstream media. And gave zero f**** about who would be mad (because y'all know there are some angry Beckys in his comments).
LeBron James hopped on social media to sing praises to the highest of heavens for this celebration of women of color. Being a dad to a young, black girl, it matters even more to him that black women are being shown in a positive way.
"Nothing in this world more POWERFUL than Colored Women!! Thank you all for continuing to not settle and setting great examples in life for so many looking up to you for inspiration/guidance and love!! My daughter is watching! #WomenPower," he captioned in an IG posts that featured several fashion magazine covers of black women, that also included Issa Rae, Tiffany Haddish, Tracee Ellis Ross and more.
Peep his posts above and below:
By the way, King James will be honored at Harlem's Fashion Row's style awards and fashion show on Sept. 4th, alongside fellow honorees Dapper Dan, Bethann Hardison, and stylist Jason Rembert.
Photo: Getty/Wake Forest's website
Issa Rae was almost a Lyft driver, but they pumped the breaks on that. Find out why she never got behind as a Lyft driver, plus check out her stunning cover and spread for EBONY magazine inside...
Before Issa Rae's "Insecure" series blew up, the show's creator was trying to get some extra coins by being a Lyft driver. Yes, even AFTER the first season of "Insecure" had already debuted.
Just two years ago before all of the "Insecure" fame and accolades, the two-time Golden Globe nominated actress tried her hand as a part-time Lyft driver.
“I rented a car to write the first episodes [of the second season of the show] in December, and the rental car that I had, I drove it all the way to Malibu,” Issa told Page Six.
“I bought a full tank [of gas] but I didn’t use it. So I thought, ‘I’m not returning this car with all this gas. I paid for it — I’m just going to lose money.’ ”
While her hit HBO series was gaining momentum in the media, she still was regular ol' Issa - a chick who wasn't about to let a full tank of gas go to waste. And we're not mad. So, before she returned the rental, she thought she could make some quick cash by driving folks around. But, Lyft said NOPE!
“So I filled out the application. I got the sticker [to go on her car from Lyft] and then I got denied because I had some stupid traffic violation in 2014.”
It still worked in her favor though. She told the "Insecure" writers about the experience and it became inspiration for the series.
“I told the writers how I tried to do that and they found it hilarious. And they asked, ‘What if people recognized you?’ But I wasn’t even thinking about that, because Season 2 [of ‘Insecure’] didn’t even come out yet. And it was in Malibu so I thought that I would be OK.”
She added, “There are so many creative people using ride sharing as a means to make some additional income, and Issa definitely needed that extra income.”
Imagine grabbing a Lyft and Issa is driving! Ha!
While you won't see the 33-year-old actor/writer driving for Lyft these days, if you're NYC, you may catch a glimpse of her out in the streets while on the promo trail for season 3:
On the magazine front...
What awkward, black girl? This chick is serving up slayage like no other for the cover of EBONY magazine's September 2018 issue. Issa joins the ranks of several other black women who are fronting top fashion magazines this month. And she did not disappoint.
The cover story isn't out (digitally), but the pictures are certainly enough to hold us over.
Enjoy these editorials of the YBF creative styling in Zac Posen, Oscar de la Renta, and Valentino threads below:
You can read Issa's full interview in the September 2018 issue of EBONY magazine.
Season 3 of "Insecure" premieres Sunday, August 12th at 10:30pm EST on HBO.
Photos: MEGA/Instar/Brian Bowen Smith via EBONY
Kanye West made an appearance on late night television last night and nothing was off limits. As expected, he talked about his infatuation with Trump, shared his porn preference (shocker) and he also talked about embracing his bipolar disorder. Get it all inside...
Kanye West has everyone talking about his late night interview on "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" because, well, he's 'Ye all day.
The 41-year-old rapper covered a wide range of topics in his 20-minute interview with the late night TV host, including his love for Trump, his porn preference, bipolar disorder, fashion (duh) and many other topics.
And he was cocky as ever, per usual. At point during the interview he asked the audience to hold their applause because "everything I'm gonna say is gonna be amazing." Sighs...
Based on what he was saying about why he chose to support 45, it sounds like he is just trying to go against what everyone else is doing. He shared everyone around him was telling him he shouldn't support Trump, but he didn't care. He wasn't going to let anyone "bully" him into thinking he had to dislike Trump. And he said it took a over a year to get up the courage to wear that "Make America Great Again" hat, but he did it and didn't care what the consequences were.
“As a musician, an African American guy on Hollywood, all these different things, everyone around me tried to pick my candidate for me,” the PABLO rapper said. “And they told me every time I said I liked Trump I couldn’t say it out loud or my career would be over, I’d get kicked out of the black community because blacks are only supposed to have a monolithic thought, we can only be Democrats.”
“I said it right before I went to the hospital and when I came out I had lost my confidence. The confidence to take on the world and the possible backlash. It took me a year and a half to have the confidence to stand up and put on the hat no matter what the consequences were,” he said in reference to the MAGA hat.
He added, “What it represented to me was not about policies — it represented overcoming fear and doing what you felt no matter what anybody said. You can’t bully me, liberals can’t bully me, the news can’t bully me because at that point if I’m afraid I’m no longer Ye. I actually quite enjoy when people are mad at me about certain things.”
Jimmy then brought up about how 'Ye was quick to call out George Bush for not liking black people, a comment he made at a 2005 benefit for Hurricane Katrina relief. Then he asked, "What makes you think that Donald Trump does or any people at all?"
Yeezy stared off into space with a long pause before Jimmy took it to commercial.
Kimmel asked 'Ye if his attitude towards women have changed since having daughters, North& Chicago West. Nope.
“Nah, I still look at PornHub,” he revealed. “Black on white, obviously,” he continued.
No surprise there. He married a white porn star and worships that aesthetic so, makes sense.
Then, there's a joke about double masturbation. Whew, chile. Peep the clip below at the 1:50 mark:
The Grammy Award winner also opened up about embracing his bipolar disorder. At the age of 5, Ye said he had a blackout episode. However, his mother, Donda West, never fully medicated him and he's thankful for that because, "I might have never been 'Ye."
For his interview last night, he said he wanted to be in a calm state. However, during his infamous "400 years of slavery was a choice" TMZ interview, he revealed he was "ramped up" state and said it was "awesome" that people got to see him in that state.
"It's [Bipolar disorder] not an opposite. It drives more of how you really feel. So I think it's important for us to have open conversations about mental health especially with me being black because we never had therapists in the black community, we never approach taking medication."
He said people need to be able to freely express themselves without fear of judgement.
Watch his full interview below:
Photos: Jimmy's IG
Dave Chappelle made his way to Spike Lee's BlacKKKlansman LA premiere where Yara Shahidi and Kelly Rowland shut the red carpet down. Corey Hawkins and his BlacKKKlansman co-stars were also in the mix. Flicks inside...
Before Spike Lee& Jordan Peele's BlacKKKlansman film takes over the box office this weekend, the cast, crew and other celebrities made their way inside the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills for the LA premiere of the film.
While Dave Chappelle isn't in the movie, he came out to support his homie Spike Lee, who directs the film. If you watched "Chappelle's Show," then you may remember a sketch he did where there's a blind black man who's the leader of the KKK group. It all ties in with the movie, as it's based on a true story about an African-American detective (John David Washington, "Ballers") and his Jewish partner (Adam Driver) who team up for an undercover mission to infiltrate the Ku Klux Klan in 1979.
It's set in the 70s, but it's quite timely for everything that's currently going on in America.
It's reported there will be a lot of digs at Trump throughout the film and we can't wait to see them. In one scene, a KKK member talks about embracing an “America first” policy. The film draws comparisons to Trump and and former Grand Wizard David Duke (Topher Grace, "That 70s Show"). The ending scene also features real footage from the Alt-Right (deadly) protest that went down in Charlottesville in August 2017 that Spike said"ties the entire movie together in the most profound and emotionally effective way."
BlacKKKlansman has also been receiving rave reviews online, which makes us even more anxious to see it.
Back on the carpet...
Come through two-piece! This is the perfect ensemble for a summer red carpet event. Not too dressy and shows just enough skin. Kelly Rowland rolled up on the red carpet for the film's premiere rocking AREA's white wrap top and wide leg pants from the designer's FW18 collection.
"Grown-ish" starlet Yara Shahidi, who covers the newest issue of The Hollywood Reporter, turned it up a notch in an embellished black Prada dress paired with black booties. She styled her hair in bantu knots to celebrate black culture.
She brought her mother, Keri Shahidi, along as her date.
The BlacKKKlansman cast was in full effect, including Corey Hawkins, braided beauty Laura Harrier (rocking a LOEWE dress), John David Washington, and the gorgeous Damaris Lewis (also in braids):
Our favorite auntie in our head Alfre Woodard came out to support.
And so did actress Garcelle Beauvais and "Power" creator Courtney Kemp Agboh.
At the afterparty...
The cast and crew mixed and mingled, stopping to snap pics in between. Love the Prince shirt Spike!
Producer Jordan Peele even showed up:
BlacKKKlansman in theaters now.
Nicki Minaj rounded up all her female celeb friends (or her camp did) to debut her Queen Radio show on Apple Music hours before releasing her fourth studio album QUEEN...early. On one track, the Young Money rapper goes the f*** off on the industry and folks are losing it. Everything inside....
Finally, Nicki Minaj has released QUEEN after several announcements that her fourth studio album would be pushed back.
It was originally supposed to drop June 29th, then it got pushed to August 10th. A few days ago, she hopped on Instagram to announce QUEEN was dropping August 17th. However, last night she revealed she was going to drop it on its 2nd original date, August 10th. Whew! So yeah, it's finally here.
The third track, "Barbie Dreams," already has her Barbz in a frenzy. Chick went THEEEEE f*** off and had some Biggie inspiration in the background. She sampled the late rapper's "Just Playing (Dreams)" and fired shots at every-damn-body!
The Young Money rapper does down a long list of rappers she has smashed or tried to. We're still not convinced everything she rapped is 100% true, since this is something male rappers do often just to make for good bars, but it definitely makes for a good "diss" track. The 35-year-old rapper didn't hold anything back when referencing her sometimes "boo thing" Drake and her ex-boyfriend Meek Mill.
“Drake worth a hundred milli/always buying me sh*t/ but I don’t know if the p**ssy wet or if he cryin & sh*t /Meek still be in my DMs/I be having to duck him I used to pray for times like this Face a** when I f*ck him.”
Damn! The NYC raptress called out 50 Cent, Fetty Wap, Lil Uzi Vert, Odell Beckham Jr., Desiigner and Young Thug, who "stole her dresses and sh*t." Bloop!
Nicki also called out DJ Khaled for saying he doesn't eat the box.
"I had to cancel DJ Khaled, we ain’t speaking / Ain’t no fat nigga telling me what he ain’t eating."
We DIE! Chick must have been in her Myx Moscato-fueled bag chile.
On "Ganja Burns," fans believe Nicki fired a shot at fellow female rapper Cardi B. Wait, didn't they squash their beef at the Met Gala? Hmph.
"They done went to witch doctors to bury the Barbie/But I double back, kill bitches, bury the Bardi," she rapped.
She's either saying "Bardi" or "body," but it def sounds like Bardi. Fans are going back and forth about it on social media. She probably made it intentionally ambiguous.
QUEEN totes features from Lil Wayne, Eminem, The Weeknd, Ariana Grande AND Foxy Brown.
Pretty girls love rap!
Last night, the Pinkprint rapper debuted her "Queen Radio" show on Apple Music's Beats 1 ahead of the release of her new album. Foxy Brown, one of Nicki's closes female rap friends, called in to the show to chat and revealed she and Nicki wrote the song "Coco Chanel" together.
On the show, Nicki said she finished the project just three hours prior to arriving to the Beats 1 studio.
Outside of celeb phone calls, she ended up with a room full of her celebrity friends. She acted as if the ladies joining her was a surprise, but we doubt that. Her girl gang included, Kelly Rowland, Lauren London, Winnie Harlow, Normani, Justine Skye, Sevyn Streeter, Riley Burruss (Kandi Burruss' daughter), Cassie, Draya, Tami Roman and Kim Kardashian West. Y'all know she likes to prove celebs stan for her. We get it, we get it.
Rapper Yo Gotti was also in the studio.
— Nicki Minaj News (@NickiDaily) August 10, 2018
The "Chun-Li" rapper said she was going to cry from all of the love shown.
During the show, Nicki said she was one of the first people ever to name her fans, saying only her Justin Bieber and Lady Gaga were doing it when Twitter first started.
"Now everybody names their fans," she said.
Apparently, all of the "hate" Nicki has been receiving has helped catapult her career. while talking to Kim K. about why they get so much hate online (of course), she said the hate made her "super duper popular". Oh.
"There's so much evil on the internet," she said. "Why can't people just chill and laugh? Suck some d*ck or something."
You can listen to the full first "Queen Radio" episode here.
QUEEN the album is available on all streaming platforms. If you're an Apple Music subscriber, you can stream it below:
Photos: Apple/Beats 1
Football is back! And so are the players' national anthem protests. As expected, Trump is mad and he's working his Twitter fingers overtime. Find out what he said, plus see a semi-heated exchange between Cam Newton and his former teammate inside...
Football is bizack!
NFL players took the field for the first night of the preseason last night. A number of players took a knee or raised their fists during the national anthem, STILL protesting racial inequality. Yes, we all know the NFL doesn't want them to kneel - and especially 45 - but they did it anyway. And we're here for it.
Before the game, the NFL issued a statement that said the new rules about penalizing players for protesting was on hold, however, they "expect" all of the players to stand during "The Star Spangled Banner."
Well the NFL can expect whatever the hell it wants, because the players are going to do what they do.
Super Bowl winning Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins (above) held his fist high in the air before the reigning Super Bowl champs' preseason game against the Pittsburgh Steelers. His teammate/cornerback De'Vante Bausby also raised his fist.
It's reported Eagles defensive end Michael Bennett walked out of the tunnel as the anthem played. Teammate Chris Long reportedly "placed his arm around Jenkins' shoulder" during the song.
Remember when Malcolm Jenkins whipped out those cue cards with a powerful message? If not, click HERE.
Miami Dolphins wide receivers Kenny Stills (above) and Albert Wilson took a knee during the national anthem ahead of their game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Dolphins defensive end Robert Quinn also raised his fist.
— Chris Fischer NBC6 (@FischerNBC6) August 9, 2018
As we all know, the national anthem protests started in 2016 by former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick in an effort to bring awareness to police brutality, racial and social injustices. It has never been about disrespecting anyone in the armed forces, especially since so many players have law enforcement and military members in their own families. But that's the narrative "THEY" will want you to believe. Colin has since been blackballed from the league.
Of course, Trump hopped on Twitter to bash all of the players who decided to take a stand despite all of the controversy. He said everyone who protested should be "suspended without pay."
"The NFL players are at it again - taking a knee when they should be standing proudly for the National Anthem," he tweeted. "Numerous players, from different teams, wanted to show their “outrage” at something that most of them are unable to define. They make a fortune doing what they love......"
In the next tweet he wrote, ".....Be happy, be cool! A football game, that fans are paying soooo much money to watch and enjoy, is no place to protest. Most of that money goes to the players anyway. Find another way to protest. Stand proudly for your National Anthem or be Suspended Without Pay!
The NFL players are at it again - taking a knee when they should be standing proudly for the National Anthem. Numerous players, from different teams, wanted to show their “outrage” at something that most of them are unable to define. They make a fortune doing what they love......
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 10, 2018
.....Be happy, be cool! A football game, that fans are paying soooo much money to watch and enjoy, is no place to protest. Most of that money goes to the players anyway. Find another way to protest. Stand proudly for your National Anthem or be Suspended Without Pay!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 10, 2018
Last we checked, football players are not private citizens as it relates to government. So calling for a private citizen to suffer consequences for not pledging allegience in any way is unconstituitional, fascist and lame. We're so over this ...person.
Former NFLer Randy Moss posted a racist Instagram message to prove yet again why these men are using their platforms for the greater good:
— Randy Moss (@RandyMoss) August 10, 2018
In other NFL preseason news...
A heated exchange went down between Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton and his former teammate Kelvin Benjamin (who now plays for the Buffalo Bills) before they hit the field last night.
Cam pulled up on Kelvin after finding out what he said about him in a recent interview with The Athletic last week. After getting traded, Kelvin said he was happy about the trade and that Carolina was never a good fit for him in the first place. Not only that, he said being on the team with the former MVP hurt his career. Oop.
"I mean, I felt like I would’ve been even more successful if … I don’t know, man … If I would’ve … Looking back on it, I should’ve just been drafted by somebody else. I should’ve never went to Carolina. Truly, I just think Carolina was bad for me. It was a bad fit from the get-go. If you would’ve put me with any other quarterback, let’s be real, you know what I’m saying? Any other accurate quarterback like Rodgers or Eli Manning or Big Ben — anybody! — quarterbacks with knowledge, that know how to place a ball and give you a better chance to catch the ball. It just felt like I wasn’t in that position."
Yikes. Those were fighting words, saying he lacks knowledge and he's inaccurate.
Watch Cam try to check Kelvin over the comments before their preseason game above. By the way, the Panthers beat the Bills, 28-23.