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City Girls and Diggy Simmons drop some new tunes to kick off the YBF Weekend. Get into their new tracks, plus see Jennifer Lopez and Bad Bunny's new "Te Gusta" video inside...
Just in time for the YBF Weekend, City Girls drops a new track that'll have your hands on knees and your elbows on your thighs.
As they get ready to release their sophomore album Girl Code, the rap duo drop their newest single, "Twerk." On the Rico Love and Mr. Nova-produced track, JT and Yung Miami spit their sexually explicit lyrics over heavy beats that'll bang in the club.
Take a listen to their new track below:
By the way, the City Girls are looking for the baddest twerkers in the land to appear in the "Twerk" video. Below are the deets:
Also, JT is expected to be released from prison in December. Here's a recent picture of her:
In other music news....
Six years after dropping his debut album, Diggy Simmons serves up his second studio-album, Lighten Up, the follow up frin 2012's Unexpected Arrival.
The sophomore album features eight tracks that tackle issues such as mental health, love, and more. Lighten Up was executive produced by Shawn Barron and Earlly Mac, looming in production are Honorable C Note, Kaytranada, Jay The Great, and more. It's available on all major streaming platforms.
Take a listen below:
On the video scene...
Jennifer Lopez has teamed up with Bad Bunny for the first time on their track "Te Guste" (You Liked Me). After both shared pics from behind-the-scenes on social media last month, the final cut is here. In the vid, JLo and Bad Bunny lust after one another and relish in the moment of meeting for the first time. See their on-screen love fest above.
Chloe x Halle dominates late night television, Drake says he's getting back in the studio to cook up a new album and Khalid releases his "Better" video. Get it all inside...
Chloe x Halle are solidfying their spot in the music game.
The singing sisters were tapped to perform on "The Late Late Show" Thursday night and delivered one hell of a performance of their track "Everywhere." Backed by an all-female band, Chloe x Halle showed the world they are a force to be reckoned with when it comes to this entertainment ish. The ladies gave us subtle stage characteristics of Beyoncé all while showing off their own eccentric style AND flawless vocals. They are some talented young ladies and we're stanning over them.
https://t.co/mA46fznRUF#everywhere last night on james corden this song we wrote means so much to us because it’s about manifesting wealth in all aspects of life x speaking it into existence..love, happiness, abundance..your dreams can be reality if u believe in yourself pic.twitter.com/krKAmOEKPs
— chloe x halle (@chloexhalle) November 9, 2018
"last night on james corden this song we wrote means so much to us because it’s about manifesting wealth in all aspects of life x speaking it into existence..love, happiness, abundance..your dreams can be reality if u believe in yourself," Chloe x Halle tweeted about their performance.
Soak in their #BlackGirlMagic below:
In music news...
Drake shared some exciting news with his fans during one of his recent "Aubrey & The Three Amigos" concert stops.
The Young Money rapper shared he plans on getting back in the studio after a "little break" following his tour with the Migos. While on stage at Rogers Place in Edmonton, Canada, he shared:
“Okay, six shows left," he said. "I guess, you know, I guess, I’m gonna tell you what I’m going to do. Because I keep having nights like this that remind me why I love my job so much, I promise you that as soon as this tour is over and maybe I take a little break, I’m gonna get right to work on a new album so we can be back right here in Edmonton and have a new party.”
The upcoming album will be his last album on Cash Money, which the "God's Plan" rapper revealed on his song "Is There More."
Zaddy Drizzy also gushed about his son Adonis,whom he shares with French artist Sophie Brussaux.
"[He has] crazy blue eyes – baby blue eyes. He’s already in the pool shooting the basketball. I’m just excited. All of the things I’ve learned from and through my father and the incredible things I’ve learned through my mother about patience, about unconditional love.”
We wonder what label the "Nice For What" rapper will end up on once his contract with Cash Money is done.
As for a new video....
R&B crooner Khalid unveils the music video for his current single “Better,” a cut from his Suncity EP, which was released last month. In the Andrew Donoho-directed visuals, the young singer sings in a parking lot in downtown LA as a BMW circles around him.
“Better” has seen major success since its release having amassed 218.7M combined audio and video streams worldwide. Check out the new video above.
Photos: Terence Patrick/CBS/Getty
Puma ("Black Ink") and his wife Quani have been going through it. And tonight, it may be the end. If you believe reality tv. An exclusive sneak peek inside...
After an explosive lie detector test on "Marriage Boot Camp," not every couple survives. On tonight's episode, Puma pulls a prank on his wife Quani that backfires. And when the ring ceremony comes along, Quani is not trying to hear his ish.
Puma's known to be a bit of a drama king, especially from what we saw of him on "Black Ink Crew."
So we can only imagine what he did to piss off his wife. Quani admits that if Puma can’t support her then there is no way she can give him a ring! Check out the exclusive above.
The episode airs tonight at WETV at 9/8c!
Wayne Time! Lil Wayne took over "SNL" with Swizz Beatz& Halsey this weekend, but it's the tatt he created RIGHT before hitting the stage getting all the attention.
Halsey's been stanning for Weezy for the last 4 years, and finally, her dreams of sharing the stage with him came true.
I'm a libra and so is lil Wayne and that's all you'll ever need to know about me.
— h (@halsey) November 3, 2014
LOL at Leslie Jones!
The two rocked "SNL" this past weekend with the live performance of their Carter V track "Can't Be Broken." But Halsey commemorated the occasion by getting inked RIGHT before going out on stage - with a tatt originally drawn by Wayne himself:
“On my Libra scale I’m weighin sins and forgiveness.” Got this yatted by @jonboytattoo seconds before walking onstage. thanks for writing this one out for me @LilTunechi⚖️ #libragangpic.twitter.com/gtYheVYKJL
— h (@halsey) November 11, 2018
— h (@halsey) November 11, 2018
Pep their performance below:
The ultimate hype man Swizz Beatz came out to help Weezy perform "Uproar", which he produced. But Weezy's outfit tho:
Swizzy and Wayne got turnt after:
The most self-promoting awards of the year went down Sunday night, but we're just here for the fashion.
Celebs came out to hang at Barkar Hangar in Santa Monica, CA Sunday night for E's People's Choice Awards 2018. As for the winners - you were a shoe-in if your show was on E! on any NBC property (like Bravo), if you showed up or performed. How coincidental.
Aside from the Kardashians, Jimmy Fallon, "The Voice" and every other big NBC show or star conveniently winning everything, Susan Kelechi Watson wasn't even nominated for her role in "This Is Us." But chick won the red carpet:
She rocked this ombre, sequin Georges Chakra Couture mini dress that would be perfect for every Holiday party on your icalendar.
The 37-year-old also looks 25. Werk.
Kat Graham is currently starring in Netflix's newest Christmas movie The Holiday Calendar alongside Quincy Brown, and she made her way down the carpet in this sexy emerald green high slit gown.
Gotta love the dramatics.
Chrissy Teigen was there to support her husband John Legend who performed and presented. She kept it hot in a sequin mini Zuhair Murad dress.
Danai Gurera served up multi-colored feathers, polka dots, and long hair for the carpet. She came up as a winner for Best Action Star for her Black Panther role. She said it reaffirms that women can hang with the boys...and win!
She also won alongside the women of Avengers: Infinity War for Best Action Movie.
Terry Crews was there to present, but he hit the carpet with wife Rebecca first.
Amber Stevens West is 3 weeks post baby, and slaying the **** out this velvet Michael Costello mini dress paired with berry pink Jimmy Choo pumps and Michael Kors clutch. Her former "The Carmichael Show" co-star Lil Rel Howery ("Rel") hit the carpet looking slim and trim and her current "Happy Together" co-star Damon Wayans Jr. was there too:
Rel stays repping for his hometown of Chicago. Peep the chain.
Y'all know Rita Ora isn't missing a carpet. She performed as well, so she made sure to do these:
Retta and her "Good Girls" co-stars were there. This jumpsuit, Christina Hendrix...
Nicki Minaj performed after winning Best Female Artist of 2018 and Best Album, all while dripping in Chanel:
The "Chun-Li" rapper made sure to thank Donatella Versace for creating her custom dress--and shot her shot at Michael B. Jordan too. Get it Queen.
— NickiMVids (@NickiMPerform) November 12, 2018
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Katt Williams has run into some tax trouble, while Towanda Braxton is moving on after her divorce. Deets inside...
Looks like Uncle Sam has some tax beef with Katt Williams.
The EMMY award winning comedian has been hit with a huge tax lien over unpaid taxes that he allegedly didn't pay in 2015 and 2016.
According to The Blast, the Georgia Department of Revenue filed the paperwork on November 5th that claims he owes $189,043.63 (2015) and $119,002.22 (2016) in back taxes, totaling $308,045.85. Sheesh.
Since he hasn't paid up, he has raked in over $29,000 in interest, $42,000 for penalties and $39,000 in collection fees. It's reported if Katt doesn't cough up the cash soon, they'll start seizing his property and assets to collect on their money. Y'all know Uncle Sam doesn't play.
The tax news comes on the hills of news that he was hit with a default judgment after he allegedly ignored a lawsuit that accused him of punching a "fan" during a party.
In divorce news...
Towanda Braxton is building her new life post-divorce.
Following her divorce from Andre Carter after 12 years of marriage, the "Braxton Family Values" star just dropped $450,000 for a new mansion in Georgia. And it's nice.
The pad is reportedly 5,797 sq. ft. that features 5-bedrooms, 4.5-baths, a gourmet kitchen, walk-in pantry, wine room, billiards room, spacious living room, in-ground pool and more.
Their divorce was finalized in March 2017 after Towanda citied as “irreconcilable differences" as the reason for the split. They share two children, Braxton and Brooke. On the show, it appeared Andre never had a job and was even living with her after they split. He even had the nerve to try and get TWO of the homes Towanda owned. Let's hope she doesn't go down that route again.
Michelle Obama will forever be our First Lady, for more reasons that one. See Mrs. O flex on the cover & pages of ELLE magazine's December 2018 issue highlights from her epic interview with Oprah....
When two powerhouses link up, epicness ensues.
#BlackGirlEverything is oozing from ELLE magazine's December 2018 issue where Oprah interviews the incomparable (like, seriously) Michelle Obama.
On the cover (shot by photographer Miller Mobley), the fashion icon stuns in Dior as she twirls and flashes that million dollar smile we all love.
Lady O and Mrs. O discuss Michelle's upcoming memoir Becoming, that gives readers an inside look at life behind-the-scenes during the eight-years she spent in the White House with her husband/President Barack Obama and their two daughters, Malia and Sasha Obama.
Mrs. Obama shares she decided to open up about the triublations and struggles in her life because, "I don’t want young people to look at me here and now and think, 'Well, she never had it rough. She never had challenges, she never had fears.'"
All this gorgeousness.
The Chi-town native opens up about the first thing she did after leaving the White House, revealing doing something as small as making her own breakfast was a moment she cherished.
So here I am in my new home, just me and Bo and Sunny, and I do a simple thing. I go downstairs and open the cabinet in my own kitchen—which you don’t do in the White House because there’s always somebody there going, 'Let me get that. What do you want? What do you need?'—and I made myself toast. Cheese toast. Then I took my toast and I walked out into my backyard. I sat on the stoop, and there were dogs barking in the distance, and I realised Bo and Sunny had really never heard neighbour dogs.
They’re like, What’s that? And I’m like, 'Yep, we’re in the real world now, fellas.' It’s that quiet moment of me settling into this new life. Having time to think about what had just happened over the last eight years. Because what I came to realise is that there was absolutely no time to reflect in the White House.
From the outside looking in, it appears Barack and Michelle Obama have the perfect marriage. However, they didn't reach that point in their relationship without putting in work. She talks about the importance of marriage counseling and how it helped them throughout the years:
Barack Obama taught me how to swerve. But his swerving sort of—you know, I’m flailing in the wind. And now I’ve got two kids, and I’m trying to hold everything down while he’s traveling back and forth from Washington or Springfield.
He had this wonderful optimism about time. [Laughs] He thought there was way more of it than there really was. And he would fill it up constantly. He’s a plate spinner—plates on sticks, and it’s not exciting unless one’s about to fall. So there was work we had to do as a couple. Counseling we had to do to work through this stuff.
Well, you go because you think the counselor is going to help you make your case against the other person. 'Would you tell him about himself?!' And lo and behold, counseling wasn’t that at all. It was about me exploring my sense of happiness. What clicked in me was that I need support and I need some from him. But I needed to figure out how to build my life in a way that works for me.
Mrs. O shares how she felt extreme pressure being the first black family in the White House:
We felt the pressure from the minute we started to run. First of all, we had to convince our base that a black man could win. It wasn’t even winning over Iowa. We first had to win over black people. Because black people like my grandparents—they never believed this could happen. They wanted it for us. But their lives had told them, 'No. Never.' Hillary was the safer bet for them, because she was known. Opening hearts up to the hope that America would put down its racism for a black man—I think that hurt too much. It wasn’t until Barack won Iowa that people thought, Okay. Maybe so.
Even as president, Michelle made sure Obama kept his girls first. (And why all fathers have no excuse NOT to make time):
Trying to be the calm in his swerve. You know, when the leaves are blowing and the wind is rough, being a steady trunk in his life. Family dinners. That was one of the things I brought into the White House—that strict code of, You gotta catch up with us, dude. This is when we’re having dinner. Yes, you’re president, but you can bring your butt from the Oval Office and sit down and talk to your children. Because children bring solace.
Let 'em know!
Before making their way into the White House, Michelle Obama says she had to take off her wife hat off and put her citizen hat on when it came to making the "family decision" about whether he would run for the presidency.
I knew Barack was a decent man. Smart as all get-out. But politics was ugly and nasty. I didn’t know that my husband’s temperament would mesh with that. And I didn’t want to see him in that environment. But then on the flip side, you see the challenges that the world is facing.
The longer you live and read the paper, you know that the problems are big and complicated. I thought, Well, what person do I know who has the gifts that this man has? The gifts of decency, first and foremost, of empathy second, of high intellectual ability. This man reads and remembers everything, you know? Is articulate. Had worked in the community. And really passionately feels like 'This is my responsibility.' How do you say no to that? So I had to take off my wife hat and put on my citizen hat.
We guess those tales of Prez O not being afraid of letting folks have it (when needed) aren't far off. And he knows how to still keep it tactful and respectful IN PUBLIC.
Our Forever Flotus shares with Oprah why she will never forgive Donald Trump for that drama he caused by making statements that Barack Obama wasn't a U.S. citizen and validity of his birth certificate. She says his words put her family in grave danger, and she can never forgive him for that.
Because I don’t think he knew what he was doing. For him it was a game. But the threats that you face as the commander in chief are real. And your children are at risk. In order for my children to have a normal life, even though they had security, they were in the world in a way that we weren’t.
To think that some crazed person might be ginned up to think my husband was a threat to the country’s security; and to know that my children, every day, had to go to a school, and soccer games, parties, and travel; to think that this person would not take into account that this was not a game—that’s something that I want the country to understand. I want the country to take this in, in a way I didn’t say out loud, but I am saying now. It was reckless, it put my family in danger, and it wasn’t true. And he knew it wasn’t true.
Mama Bear O shares how someone shot at the White House into an area she and her family would often spend time and how scary the experience was for her.
We had a bullet shot at the Yellow Oval Room during our tenure in the White House. A lunatic came and shot from Constitution Avenue. The bullet hit the upper-left corner of a window. I see it to this day: the window of the Truman Balcony, where my family would sit. That was really the only place we could get outdoor space. Fortunately, nobody was out there at the time. The shooter was caught. But I had to look at that bullet hole, as a reminder of what we were living with every day.
Thank God no one was able to harm them during their time in the White House. Shout out to Secret Service On.Their.Job.
You can read Michelle Obama's full interview here. She's such an inspiration to us all.
From the very first pages of “Becoming” I knew I wanted EVERYONE to read it. I’ve known Michelle for 14 years, but this book is so vulnerable, I felt like she was in my ear. BOOK CLUBS EVERYWHERE – you’ll want to make this your next selection. https://t.co/hSf6lckWov#IAmBecomingpic.twitter.com/CkZEvIvps2
— Oprah Winfrey (@Oprah) November 12, 2018
"Becoming" arrives tomorrow (November 13th) in both print and digital formats. After its release, Oprah will air a primetime special with our Forever FLOTUS, “Oprah Winfrey Presents: Becoming Michelle Obama," on November 15th at 8pm EST on OWN
Also, Lady O announced "Becoming" as her pick for her book club because, #BlackExcellence.
Photos: Miller Mobley via ELLE
A few famous faces were spotted on the sidelines at the Los Angeles Rams vs. Seattle Seahawks game yesterday. Get into the football fun inside....
Jay-Z has become one of biggest critics of the NFL, following how the league blackballed Colin Kaepernick. However, he was spotted on the sidelines of the Los Angeles Rams vs. Seattle Seahawks game yesterday. But, he had a good reason why he was there.
Before Sunday's game, the Hip Hop mogul made his way to the Rams sideline to show love to his Roc Nation Sports client/Rams running back Todd Gurley II. Check it:
— Los Angeles Rams (@RamsNFL) November 11, 2018
— Los Angeles Rams (@RamsNFL) November 11, 2018
Hov also chopped it up with Rams running back Steven Jackson on the sidelines.
The Everything Is Love rapper respectfully shook the hand of a U.S. veteran as we celebrated Veterans Day yesterday.
— ESPNLosAngeles (@ESPNLosAngeles) November 11, 2018
After the game, Todd Gurley II sent up prayers for everyone affected by the fires that have engulfed Malibu:
“Prayers to everyone and their families and I hope everyone is safe. We love you, LA.”
— Los Angeles Rams (@RamsNFL) November 12, 2018
Also at the game...
Undefeated boxing champ Floyd Mayweather Jr. was front-and-ceneter at the Rams vs. Seahawks game.
After clenching a touchdown from a pass thrown by Russell Wilson, Seahawks wide receiver Tyler Lockett gave Floyd the touchdown ball.
Oh, and it gets better for Floyd.
Rams wide receiver Brandin Cooks handed him another football after scoring a touchdown. He clearly has fans in the NFL.
TD ball goes to Floyd Mayweather
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) November 11, 2018
Well, fans were not happy about the heavyweight champ receving TWO game balls. Peep some of their frustrations below:
Please give the ball to like anyone other than Floyd Mayweather
— Lydia Cruz (@TheLydiaCruz) November 11, 2018
Seahawks have been out scored 16-3 since they gave Floyd mayweather a football. Perhaps it is karma for celebrating a woman beater.
— Keith Myers (@MyersNFL) November 12, 2018
i mean we were already going to lose but now we’re going to lose and we gave a touchdown ball to floyd mayweather
— Natalie Weiner (@natalieweiner) November 11, 2018
Floyd Mayweather, demonstrably bad human, has been gifted two footballs by fawning NFL stars today.
— Dan Hanzus (@DanHanzus) November 12, 2018
Please stop normalizing Floyd Mayweather. https://t.co/VFn3QqFyj0
— Julie DiCaro (@JulieDiCaro) November 11, 2018
Floyd Mayweather has 6 zillion dollars. He doesn't need anymore NFL game balls.
— Gregg Bell (@gbellseattle) November 12, 2018
Tyler Lockett should be fined for handing the ball to Floyd Mayweather.
— Andrew Siciliano (@AndrewSiciliano) November 11, 2018
Too bad Floyd wasn't the good luck charm they needed for yesterday's game. The Rams beat the Seahawks (their NFC West rival), 36-31. By the way, the Rams are 9-1 so far. Congrats to them.
Photos: MEGA/Splash/ESPN's Twitter/ JB Long's Twitter/ Rams' Twitter
Hmm...Chad Johnson has folks giving him a major side eye following the premiere of his reality show with singer Michelle Williams. Get into their pre-wedding drama inside...
Singer Michelle Williams and her fiance Chad Johnson are letting the world in on their relationship on their new reality show, “Chad Loves Michelle," as they gear up to make it down the aisle.
Episode 2 aired on OWN over the weekend and folks are side eyeing the hell out of Chad. Especially after all those pro-Alt Right deets were dug up months ago (which Michelle's team reached out to us about back in April and was very upset about us posting). Well, red flag #2 has arisen.
Michelle and Chad had a fight and ish went totally left. The former Destiny's Child singer brought up the fact that Chad may not understand where she's coming from at times being that he's not black. That offended him and when he responded, he brought up her mental health struggles in the mix.
“I said something to him on the lines of ‘Well, Chad because you are not black, you wouldn’t understand why I communicate the way I do," Michelle spilled to their therapist via video conference. "Maybe because you didn’t grow up around a lot of Black people.’ And so that was very, very offensive to Chad," she continued.
Chad chimed in with the usual spill white people do when they're called out over race.
“To me, it doesn’t matter if you’re black, white, green, yellow, it doesn’t matter. If you know that the other person is like, ‘I didn’t like the way you said that then seek to find some understanding as to why that person didn’t like what you said. And let’s keep that the issue and not pull in all these other things because then it feels like you’re just trying to cut and push further away,” he told the therapist.
That's not all he said though. Pastor Chad Johnson went for the jugular and responded in the worst way possible.
"And this is not to justify it, but yesterday when we had the disagreement, he said 'Did you take your meds today?'," Michelle said.
“But wait. That was, Dr. Thema…I would never go there and I apologized for it," Chad responded.
“But you shouldn’t go there regardless," Michelle responded.
Peep the clips below:
He should never use her mental health issues as a weapon during a disagreement. Bringing up race shouldn't warrant him feeling "offended", especially since he is a white man that's about to marry a black woman. And if/when they have children, he will be a father to BLACK children. There are cultural differences in interracial relationships and sometimes it's hard trying to explain. It seems these two have a lot of work to do if they decide to stay together. But as for whether they should.............
On the next episode, Michelle goes to meet Chad's family for the first time -- after they're already engaged. Check it:
.@PastorCJ and @RealMichelleW hit the road and head to rural Colorado to meet Chad's family. While Chad's excited to let Michelle in, Michelle worries she'll feel like an outsider. New #ChadLovesMichelle, Saturday 9|8c. pic.twitter.com/AIVQmSYrLb
— Oprah Winfrey Network (@OWNTV) November 8, 2018
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My G-Pa is my hero! He has lived a life that absolutely has made me a better man! Him and my Granny were #couplesgoals And he still has a way with the ladies! #ChadLovesMichelle @owntv @michellewilliams @chadandmichelle Watch episode 102 and see what a great man I have had as an example in life! #GrandpaJim
When Jesus say yes, check to see if that's actually a No to this relationship, girl.
The next episode of "Chad Loves Michelle" airs this Saturday at 9|8c on OWN.
Last week, Michelle and Chad appeared on "The Real" to dish on their relationship, Michelle's struggle with depression and why they're waiting until they're married to have sex:
Sports roundup! Dwyane Wade speaks out after rumors started swirling that the Rockets are dropping Carmelo Anthony, fictional boxing champ Michael B. Jordan does CREED II promo, Serena Williams gets praised by GQ and Jimmy Butler just joined the Philadelphia 76ers. Everything inside...
The ink is barely dry and the Houston Rockets are already talking about getting rid of Carmelo Anthony. Or so they say.
After signing a one-year $2.4 million contract with the Houston Rockets in August, there are rumors going around that Carmelo Anthony may have already played his last game with the team.
Sources tell New York Times writer Marc Stein that Melo's time with the Rockets “will soon be ending."
Several players and members of the Rockets' coaching staff also spilled tea to ESPN, saying they believe Melo has played his final game for the franchise:
The site reports:
The organization has trod delicately on finalizing an exit for Anthony out of respect for his relationships within the team and his stature as a 10-time All-Star and future Hall of Famer.
Anthony, 34, has been away from the team for two games with what has been described as an "illness," and he didn't join the Rockets on their trip to Denver, sources said.
The Rockets are off to a rocky 4-7 start, and outsiders have been blaming Melo for the struggle as he is playing at a career-worst efficiency rate. Yikes.
Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey denied that Melo is going anywhere:
"That's inaccurate. It's unfair that there's all this speculation on just one person," Morey said. "I understand it he's obviously a Hall of Famer. But it's unfair."
Coach Mike D'Antoniagrees that the outside criticism of Melo has been unfair.
"Our problem is we can’t shoot the basketball,”D'Antoni said.“That’s a hindrance … and we’ve got to fix that.”Melo's been great and he's done everything we've asked."
Miami Heat baller Dwyane Wade hopped on social media to defend his homie Melo. He accused the Rockets of making Melo the "fall guy" and said it's unfair to blame him for their slow start:
Nice to have friends like this. By the way, this is D. Wade's last year playing in the NBA.
On the promo trail...
Before CREED II hits theaters on Thanksgiving, fictional boxing champ Michael B. Jordan hits the promo trail, hitting up "Good Morning America" to chat about the boxing sequel.
He ran into "GMA" co-host Michael Strahan outside of the studio before he got into his boxing stance with "GMA" co-host Robin Roberts:
Put 'em up!
Actor/singer/comedian Jamie Foxx was also at "GMA" and MBJ pulled a surprise:
— Good Morning America (@GMA) November 12, 2018
Check out a clip from MBJ's "GMA" interview below:
.@michaelb4jordan on @creedmovie: "We really tried to keep things honest and organic and keep things exciting at the same time." He says he put on 20 pounds for this movie! #Creed2pic.twitter.com/ZIiMbkSmXI
— Good Morning America (@GMA) November 12, 2018
On the magazine front...
Michael B. Jordan lands a spot on GQ's Men (and woman) of the Year list. The YBF hottie is GQ's Leader of the Year and he can thank his stellar performance in Black Panther for that. Jordan is back this fall with Creed II, the follow-up to his immensely successful Rocky franchise extension.
In the cover story, MBJ talks about how he hated going up against his peers for roles, but now, things are changing where black people are able to share their stories with the masses.
When there were good parts, he disliked auditioning and seeing kids—his friends—all going up for the same roles. He hated the feeling that the rule of one—there can be only one successful P.O.C. at a time in a white-dominated industry—was at play. “You feel like you're pitted against each other, in hindsight. I was like, ‘Damn! Everybody should be able to, like, work and grow and eat together. We're not. Well, then, I guess there's not enough roles.’ ”
Even then, the solution seemed obvious to Jordan: “I guess the only logical thing to do is to create more roles.”
Jordan says, is getting better for creators of color, “because we're starting to realize our worth more and what we bring to the table.”
You can read his full interview here.
Also landing a spot on the list...
While GQ is recognizing this year's top men in excellence, Serena Williams is so bad a** that she landed on the list as the "Woman" of the year. Woot!
She's killing this cover. But of course, folks have something to say. Some are questioning why Woman was written in quotes, and if the mag was questioning her femininity. But in all actuality, it looks like the font used by her friend and Louis Vuitton designer, Off-White creator Virgil Abloh.
No matter how you cut it, Serena Williams had a remarkable year. Jeanne-Marie Laskas visits the G.O.A.T. at her Florida home to hear about the U.S. Open moment heard around the world, along with Serena's plans for the future, her thoughts on Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court appointment, and what it's like to be a black woman in America in 2018. All that, plus GQ worked up a special surprise cover collaboration with Virgil Abloh—the Off-White designer behind her coolest on-court looks in 2018—featuring his signature quotation marks in his own handwriting.
Her full cover story will be released on Thursday (November 15th).
Michael B. Jordan is collaborating with Nike Training for the Adonis Creed collection, set to be released November 15th.
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Rob Kardashian wants Blac Chyna to pay HIM child support for their 2-year-old daughter, Dream Kardashian. And he's taking her back to court. Deets inside...
The Rob Kardashian vs. Blac Chyna custody battle over child support wages on over 2-year-old, Dream Kardashian.
According to The Blast, the former "Keeping Up With The Kardashians" star recently filed paperwork to have his $20,000/month child support payments lowered since he claims he can't afford it anymore. He says his income has dropped drastically since he no longer films "KUWTK."
In fact, he claims she makes WAY more money than him and that SHE should start paying HIM child support since they have 50/50 custody of little Dream. He also notes that it's Chyna's fault that he can't make as much money after she filed that domestic violence restraining order against him. Hmph.
The site reports:
Kardashian, who had been ordered to pay $20,000 per month, claims he “can no longer afford these orders,” and is asking for a modification. He’s putting the blame for his financial situation squarely on Chyna’s shoulders, claiming the domestic violence restraining order she filed last year caused him significant damage.
He has largely stayed out of the spotlight since the fighting with Chyna began, and even stopped participating on the family cash cow, “Keeping Up With the Kardashians.”
In his own declaration, Rob says, “I have not participated in the filming of any episodes since this summer when [Chyna] filed a request for a restraining order against me. Her request was widely publicized and I was scrutinized by the media.”
He continues, “It has been an extraordinarily difficult time for me emotionally and I have no desire to continue participating in the reality show. I would like to maintain my privacy, try to recover from the emotional damage of the past several months, and explore other business ventures.”
In the documents, Rob claims he was guaranteed a minimum of $1 million a year for filming the family reality show. Since he has chosen not to film, and still has no desire to film, his paychecks have been cut to $50,000 per episode.
Rob's legal team says Chyna has benefitted from the drama and "has, self-admittedly, grown her bank account to 7-figures." Since she's allegedly rolling in coins, Rob wants Chy to pay HIM child support.
Based on financial records, Chyna is allegedly worth over $1.4 million. Kardashian is trying to use that to his advantage, describing his own income as dwindling from $100,000 per month at the time of their split, to less than $10,000. Chyna, however, rakes in about $60,000 per month.
Because of the drastic change in incomes, Rob actually believes that he should be the one collecting child support. His lawyers estimate that based on what Chyna earns, he should collect $2,864 for his 50/50 custody of Dream.
Chyna reportedly is fighting back with claims that Rob is "manipulating" the numbers to make it seem like he's not making as much money as he actually is.
You may recall, Rob agreed to the $20K/month in child support in exchange for Chyna to drop her domestic violence restraining order and for 50/50 custody of Dream. Well, people in Rob's camp are alleging that was his plan the entire time. Get the restraining order dropped and then he would go back to have his child support payments reduced. TMZ reports:
Our sources say, Rob agreed to pay $20k a month knowing that a judge would have reduced that amount significantly, but he needed Chyna to back off her claim he physically abused her -- aggressively hitting, shoving and pushing her to the ground during their relationship -- something that could have badly hurt him in their custody fight.
Chyna's lawyer, Lisa Bloom, tells TMZ ...Chyna was NOT played and she knew Rob would probably go back into court for a reduction in support. Bloom says her client made her point and got what she wanted -- an agreement Rob would leave her alone. She also got him to agree not to post more revenge porn targeting her, something Bloom says has dogged Chyna to this day.
She also claims Rob is pretending to be poor when he leads a lavish lifestyle. She says, "Rob has deliberately retreated from social media to suppress his income in order to reduce support. What kind of father plays games with supporting his own baby?"
And, Bloom says, Chyna still has a separate, active civil case against Rob which raises the domestic violence issue.
Earlier this year, a judge suspended all child support obligations until they figure this ish out. The former couple has turned in their financial documents and is set to return to court in December for a final decision.
A few days ago, Dream Kardashian celebrated her 2nd birthday:
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To my Dreamy, Today is your 2nd Birthday and one day when you are older you will read this and know how much I love and cherish you. I wish you the most fulfilling experiences on your journey, blessings that overflows on your hands and the courage to pursue your "Dreams". As your mother I hope happiness and peace will follow you every step of the way. Happy Birthday to my beautiful and smart babygirl!!!!! Love Mommy
Several stars stepped out to party and perform for a good cause. Go inside to see flicks of Kelly Roland, Kobe Bryant and more at the event, plus find out what Travis Scott said about Stormi's birth inside...
We love a good party for a good cause.
Several YBF celebs/parents stepped out to help raise funds for the 2018 Baby2Baby Gala Presented by Paul Mitchell at 3LABS in Culver City, Cali. Baby2Baby provides low-income children, ages 0-12 years, with diapers, clothing and all the basic necessities that every child deserves. Shoutout to this organization for putting in work to help these babies get a fresh start in life.
Kelly Rowland was absolutely stunning when she rolled up on the red carpet in a shimmery black Krikor Jabotian gown, which she paired with Sarah Flint heels.
We can't even.
If you haven't heard, Kellz is gearing up to play musical icon Gladys Knight in an upcoming biopic about the singer's life.
The 37-year-old singer hit the stage with Jessica Alba to open this year's event.
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It was an honor to open this year’s @baby2baby gala with @jessicaalba! Incredibly proud of @kellysawyer, @norahweinstein & their amazing team! They all work so hard to supply families & children with the basic necessities all over the country. Over 4 million dollars was raised and I couldn’t be more proud to be apart of this organization!! A huge thank you to the incredible sponsors, @volvocars, @nordstrom & @paulmitchellus!!! Can’t wait to do it all again!
The event raised over $4 million for Baby2Baby. Nice!
The former Destiny's Child singer wasn't alone. She brought her hubby Tim Weatherspoon along as her date.
After snapping it up with BAE...
Kellz hit the dance floor. Aye! Turn up.
Actress Zoe Saldana kept it chic in a black plunging neckline YSL gown before she hit the stage to speak:
The Avatar actress invited her hubby Marco Perego to the charity festivities.
Retired NBA icon Kobe Bryant and his wife Vanessa Bryant served up coupledom vibes on the carpet before making their way inside.
Rapper Mase worked his way through the party to snap pics with folks before he hit the stage for a performance:
Yep. Mase is still getting booked for shows. That's what's up.
Rapper Wiz Khalifa also hit the stage to perform. He also hopped on in the DJ booth and hit the dance floor to bust a few moves:
On the carpet, chef Ayesha Curry rocked a pink chiffon tiered gown before digging in her wallet to donate to the cause.
Speaking of babies...
New dad Travis Scott brought his family with him for first stop on his Astroworld tour. Baby Stormi was perched atop her father's shoulders as they took a look at the colorful setup before his performance.
The ASTROWORLD rapper appeared on the "Ellen DeGeneres Show" where he shared some crazy details about Kylie Jenner giving birth to Stormi. He revealed he cut the umbilical cord, but the placenta freaked him out.
“It was so scary," he shared. "This is actually my first delivery room. She’s walking me through this whole process,” he said. “There’s this thing called the placenta that I’ve just been hearing about. Oh my God. So I was fearful of that.”
Peep the interview above.
Stormi's mom and "auntie" Jordyn Woods were spotted after having dinner together at Mr Chow in Miami.
Travis hit the stage at the American Airlines Arena in Miami and brought out Drake during his show:
— Word On Road (@WordOnRd) November 12, 2018
Photos: Backgrid/Splash/Getty/Kylies' IG
The Harts stay working out, and now they're living their best shirtless & bikini filled lives in Mexico on triple baecay with their fave couples The Bridges & The Andrettis. Get into the hot pics inside...
Kevin and Eniko Hart trekked it to Mexico to floss their bods they work so hard on and to triple date-vacay with their faves for the 8th year.
They were spotted at their villa parlaying by the pool, cakes and all. By the way, Eniko says Kev's been shirtless the WHOLE trip, and she loves it.
Kenzo's mama spends her days in the gym and taking care of the little one, and chick looks GOODT.
Ludacris & Eudoxie and Marco and Marta Krupa rounded out the three couples. Drink up:
The vacay flex is very real:
They've all been sharing how they're living their best tequila filled lives at the moment:
Next up for Kev: His Night School flick with Tiffany Haddish is coming to DVD as he's currently voicing "Snowball" again in the now-filming Secret Life of Pets 2. He's also set for the Jumanji sequel, third installment of Ride Along, and rumored to be doing an Uptown Saturday Night remake. He's also still doing stand up everywhere. Must be nice!
Love is all in the air for these couples. Get the latest on John Legend& Chrissy Teigen, Cynthia Bailey & Mike Hill, Denzel& Pauletta Washington, Brian McKnight and his wife Leilani inside...
Model/mom Chrissy Teigen was honored by Glamour magazine, nabbing a spot on the magazine's Women Of The Year list. The 32-year-old Queen of Twitter was presented with the Influencer Award at the 2018 Glamour Women Of The Year Awards: Women Rise in NYC yesterday.
Chrissy's hubby/EGOT John Legend presented his wife with the honor and he got all choked up while gushing over her. The cookbook author was also all in her feels after his touching speech.
“I joke about it a lot, but I truly have the most incredible husband on the planet. You are our everything," Chrissy said tearfully. "You completely made me a woman. We’ve grown together. Our family’s grown together. Our careers have grown together.”
Then she served up some laughs:
"This is so sappy, I'm sorry. I hate it. I didn't cry during our wedding. I hate you, John, I really do."
Ha! Peep the clip below:
In these streets...
Chrissy and John got right back on their parental duties, stepping out with their 2-year-old daughter, Luna Stephens and their 6-month-old son Miles Stephens.
With Christmas around the corner, the couple took the kidies to Radio City Christmas Spectacular to soak in the holiday festivities.
Chrissy's mother, Vilailuck Teigen, tagged along for the family fun.
For another outing...
It was mommy-daighter time for Chrissy and Luna as they made their way tothe theater to see a movie together.
By the way, Chrissy's talking everything Luna, Miles and NOT wanting anymore kids tonight on E!:
"Real Housewives of Atlanta" star Cynthia Bailey has been dating her new beau Mike Hill for about 6-months now. And they're already talking about trekking down the aisle.
Before hitting up the "They Fight" LA premiere at NeueHouse (above), the couple sat down with Entertainment Tonight to dish on their fast-pace blossoming relationship. They met on the "Steve Harvey Show" after he appeared as a bachelor on a dating game.
“I was doing a radio show at Fox, and my co-host knew one of the producers over there and asked me if I would go on and be one of the bachelors for a dating game, and I was like, ‘For who?’” he recalled. “And they said, ‘One of the Real Housewives.’ And I said, ‘Which one?’ And they said, Cynthia Bailey, and I said, OK! Yeah, all right. I’ll do that.”
“I didn’t think anything of it,” he continued. “I didn’t know what to expect. I didn’t think Cynthia Bailey needed to go on a dating game to find love. She’s beautiful, she’s fine, kind, compassionate, all that stuff, and seems really genuine, but I went on there not knowing what to expect, and thank goodness it just worked out for us!”
Cynthia is ready to head back down the aisle because she's not getting any younger.
“There’s no rules!” she exclaims. “I’m 51 years old. I don’t have rules. One thing people keep saying to me, well, one of the things people keep saying to us is, ‘This is great, but do you think you’re moving too fast? Do you think it’s going so fast?’ Hello, we’re grown! It’s not like we’re 20! I can’t go fast — can I go faster is the question. I really want to run toward my future with him. I love him, I’m at peace.”
Well alright. What are your thoughts on Cynthia racing to the alter?
Also in LA...
Black love goals! Hollywood veteran Denzel Washington made it a date night with his wife Pauletta Washington at a recent Lakers game.
The couple was spotted chopping it up courtside inside the Staples Center as the Lakers went up against the Minnesota Timberwolves. Luckily for LeBron James and the Lakers, they defeated the Timberwolves, 114-110. Close game.
Another couple on the LA scene...
Famed R&B crooner Brian McKnight arrives with wife Leilani stepped out for a dinner date at celeb hotspot Craig's restaurant in West Hollywood.
Photos: Backgrid/MEGA/Splash/Getty/Cynthia's IG
Fit mama indeed! Gabrielle Union brought her brand new mommy steez to the gym yesterday. The first pic of the "Being Mary Jane" star after welcoming baby girl Wade inside...
She may be a brand new mommy to a brand new baby girl as of last week, but Mrs. Union Wade is still making sure she hits that gym.
The 46-year-old actress was spotted at the gym in L.A. just a few days after welcoming her first child thru a surrogate. The shot, snapped yesterday according to Splash News Picture Agency, shows Gab carrying her usual gallon water bottle (yep, one of her secrets to that perfect skin of hers) and some gym equipment.
Her hubby Dwyane Wade's on paternity leave from the Miami Heat, so we're sure he was on daddy duty with his new baby girl and his sons.
While Gab's been posting about her exhausting, yet rewarding journey with the newborn, it hasn't been all roses with the masses.
Recently, she posted about not having time to get her wig together, shower or brush her teeth because, newborns. Any new parent to a six-day-old could totally relate.
But the reaction by some - who say she's over exaggerating seeing that she has a husband, tons of resources, nannies and nurses, that MANY everyday moms don't have and still make do - has sparked mom-shaming think pieces and debates all around the internets.
Plenty of our own commenters are sounding off about it too. Some are defending Gabrielle, saying she's simply overjoyed and happy after years of fertility struggles, and wants to share her journey with the world. Others say this type of "exaggeration," where a celeb mom often says directly or indirectly, "Look how I'm juggling it all", without mentioning their many resources to help, puts unrealistic pressure on everyday moms.
Either way, we're here for mama Gab's new journey.
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Toni Braxton is madly in love with Birdman, but they have yet to set a wedding date. Find out why, plus get the deets on Netflix's first music competition show that'll be judged by Chance The Rapper, Cardi B, and T.I. inside...
One thing is for sure, Toni Braxton is head-over-heels in love with Birdman, despite how folks feel about their coupling. When news first hit that they were dating, people felt they were an unlikely couple. However, they have been dating since May 2016 and still going strong.
The living legend is currently making promo rounds for the Lifetime holiday movie, Every Day Is Christmas. The singer, who turned 51-years-old earlier this month, stopped by the "Wendy Williams Show" to dish on all of the wedding deets. In case you were wondering, Toni spent her birthday in Miami with her beau. He copped her a luxury Tesla X for her B'Day.
After Birdman, 49, popped the question in February 2018, they STILL haven't committed to a date. -
The "Un-Break My Heart" singer said they had two dates previously, but they fell through due to her demanding schedule. With all of the drama with her sisters, at first she thought it would be a good idea to have the wedding where it would bring everyone together. Then, she realized that wasn't the best idea.
"I said the wedding is not a good reason because it's messing up my relationship a little bit," she shared. "He said, 'Come on Michelle, set a date.'"
Wait...who is Michelle?
"He calls me Michelle," she explained. "He doesn't call me Toni at all. That's my middle name, Toni Michelle. He said before the year is out, so I have a couple of weeks."
Hopefully, she can come up with a date that works for everyone before the year is out because Birdman seems anxious to get down the aisle. And we're not mad at that.
Toni said they started dating after 17-years of friendship. The thing that stole her heart was when he followed her to every city on a 22-date tour after she fell ill due to her Lupus battle about two years ago. She said he followed her city-to-city in his own tour bus and constantly checked on her to make sure she was good. Aww!
"He just said, 'You know I always digged you, but you were married. I would never cross the line,'" Toni shared about how they initially started dating.
After that, she fell in love with him and learned he's very much a gentleman and very smart. She also said his "gangsta" persona is "kinda sexy." She said she loves just being real girly around him.
"I really do love him. I love him," she gushed.
Wendy suggested they have a small wedding, but Toni wants ALL the dramatics. "I want the dress!," she said.
Switching subjects, Toni addressed how she and her sisters are doing after that explosive "Braxton Family Values" episode with life coach Iyanla Vanzant.
It was tough at first, but she said they're getting better. She said after Iyanla Vanzant pulled the band-aid off, "now it's beginning to heal. We're becoming a little more individualized." Good for them.
She also addressed that comment she made about how she wouldn't be friends with her sisters if they weren't her family.
"Everyone has felt that way before about some member of their family. I love my family. We're not like sisters, we're more like "quadtriplets' [she meant quadruplets]. We're more like that. I love them. I can't imagine them not in life. I was just upset. I was angry in that moment."
So what are her thoughts on her sister Tamar Braxton and her new relationship? "I'm happy if she's happy," she said.
When asked if she thought Tamar and her estranged husband Vince Herbert would ever get back together, she said,
"I would say no. I just think they were for a moment, for a season. I don't think it was for a lifetime. They have a beautiful son, Logan. And they're parenting together. I don't know." While she doesn't seem them ever getting back together, she did say they'll always be friends.
Check out her full interview below where she talked about playing a "bitchy character" in Every Day Is Christmas. She also shared what's soft and pink about Birdman, who'd she rather do a duet with between Mariah Carey and Janet Jackson, whether she dabbles with herbal refreshments, and which sister would be her maid of honor at her wedding:
In TV news...
Netflix is gearing up to premiere its first ever music competition series, and the streaming giant has called up Chance The Rapper, Cardi B and T.I. to serve as celebrity judges.
“Rhythm + Flow," a Hip Hop music competition series, just got the greenlight after being in the development stage for more than a year. They'll be mentoring are undiscovered hip-hop artists pursue their dreams on the show, which is scheduled to debut in 2019.
They aren't the only big names attached to the series.
According to Variety, John Legend, Mike Jackson, and Ty Stiklorius will serve as an executive producers through Get Lifted Film Company, along with former NBC chairman Jeff Gaspin of Gaspin Media, Jesse Collins for Jesse Collins Entertainment, Nikki Boella, Jeff Pollack, Cardi B, Chance the Rapper, and T.I.
It's unclear if the newly minted EGOT will appear on any of the episodes.
Insiders tell the site Cardi will receive a seven-figure paycheck to serve as a judge on the 10-hourlong episodes. Money moves! The insiders spilled that Bardi and Netflix have been in talks about the show for quite some time now. The issue was the timing of it all. She was able to sign on a a judge due to the relativiely quick shooting schedule that won't take up too much of her time. Y'all know she's in heavy demand.
If you're an aspriring Hip Hop artist, auditions are being held NOW. You can sign up here.
Will you be tuned in?
Dave Chappelle is acting up, photoboming engagement photos. Meanwhile, British manufacturer is tryna black our boo Idris Elba with this doll they created. Get it all inside...
Imagine you and BAE minding your business, serving up coupledom goals when someone photobombs your engagement photos! Not just anyone though. Imagine the comedy legend dropping in on your photoshoot.
One Ohio couple just copped the engagement photos of a lifetime after famed comedian Dave Chappelle hilariously photobombed their flicks!
Tommy Saunders and Emily Eldridge were snapping it up at a brewery in Yellow Springs, Ohio when Dave popped up in the background. Jaycee Brammer, the owner of Jaycee Marie Photography, captured the images and shared the experience on her Facebook account. She said Dave, who lives in the area, was "so nice and truly made our day."
Now, they're viral. Ha!
In other social media news...
Sooo....British manufacturer Emperis is really trying TF out of it. And by "it", we mean the entire human population as a unit.
British hottie Idris Elba was just named the world's Sexiest Man Alive by PEOPLE magazine. To celebrate, the toy manufacturer created an Idris Elba action figure. And it's far from cheap. It would set you back a cool 1100 pounds, but it's not even WORTH IT. The doll looks NOTHING like Idris. Not in the least bit.
Here's how the company described the doll on its website:
Emperis Proudly presents one of Hollywood's most iconic actors Idris Elba. A special sculpted Idris likeness. An Emperis Homme standing 17 inches tall, he has a toned, masculine physique. He is made of the new resin which is lighter but stronger and gives a flesh like feel to the touch and has a smoothness of quality that you will love.
Bruh, what is this?
As expected, Black Twitter is going off about the doll. L-O-L @ the Romany Malco foolery. Peep the tweets:
That’s Romany Malco. https://t.co/BYr3xDLgEE
— Charlamagne Tha God (@cthagod) November 13, 2018
— Loni Love (@LoniLove) November 14, 2018
Romany even responded:
I'm done with ALL of ya'll! https://t.co/QRh25VZbzb
— Romany Malco (@TeamRomany) November 14, 2018
This doll is supposed to be Idris? Somebody getting fired. pic.twitter.com/VsFXlmRibW
— Court (@courtdanee2) November 13, 2018
— The Crowd Updater (@TheCrowdUpdater) November 14, 2018
This "Idris Elba" doll looks more like Romany Malco from A Million Little Things. pic.twitter.com/4RXOV68Eeq
— Jessica Ruth (@missjae1908) November 14, 2018
— J.Solo (@JJustITA) November 14, 2018
Drool over the REAL (and engaged) Idris in his recent Sexiest Man Alive cover and spread below:
Whew, lawd! This man here...
Photos: Jaycee Marie Photography/Getty/Emperis/David Burton via PEOPLE
Michelle Obama officially kicked off her "Becoming" book tour in her hometown of Chicago. Go inside for the tidbit she shared that's not in her memoir, plus flicks from GLAMOUR magazine's Women of the Year Awards....
Forever FLOTUS Michelle Obama just released her memoir, "Becoming." And to celebrate, she kicked off her book tour in her old stomping grounds of Chicago inside the United Center. These tickets are harder to get than Lakers/Lebron tix.
Making the first stop even more dope, FLOTUS had media mogul Oprah, who made the memoir as her latest book club pick, on hand to delve deeper in front of an audience during an epic interview.
The two powerhouses chopped it up about life in the White House, Trump, motherhood while being First Lady and her relationship with President Barack Obama. However, there's one notable moment she forgot to add to the book that she shared with the audience and Lady O.
After boarding Marine One once the 2016 presidential inauguration was done, she broke down for half an hour.
"I didn't write about this in the book, because I had forgotten about it," she revealed. "When I got on the plane I think I sobbed for 30 minutes. And I think it was just the release of eight years of trying to do everything perfectly. I said to Barack, 'That was so hard. What we just did that was so hard and I've wanted to say that for eight years.' "
Aww! We can only imagine how she felt. A bittersweet moment for sure. You know you're amazing when you make the impossible look easy.
"I saw sameness and that was the first time it struck me that this is going to be different," FLOTUS said of the people on the stage at Donald Trump's inauguration. "And then I listened to the speech and said 'This is going to be really different.' "
We all saw the pictures of Mrs. Obama during the inaguration and her face said it all. She was OVER it before it even started. She admitted she couldn't force herself to smile.
"Something in me. I couldn't do it," she said. "I'm usually better than that ... but it was hard."
On a lighter note, she also said that she joked about getting on the presidential plane after the inauguration, turning around and mouthing "Bye, Felicia." Ha!
"I didn't do it," she said, sparking a roar of laughter from the crowd.
Now THAT would have been hilarious.
Mrs. Obama's next tour stop will be at the L.A. Forum in Inglewood, California tomorrow November 15th.
Becoming is available in both print and digital formats. Oprah will air a primetime special, “Oprah Winfrey Presents: Becoming Michelle Obama," on November 15th at 8pm EST on OWN. Also, Forever FLOTUS is ELLE magazine's December 2018 cover girl. Get into her interview with Oprah HERE.
As for a few other FAB chicks...
Glamour magazine rounded up all the FAB women who landed a spot on their Women of the Year list to pay homage to their brains, beauty and talent.
"How To Get Away With Murder" star Viola Davis copped the ICON Award, singer/activist Janelle Monáe was awarded with the Visionary Award, Chrissy Teigen copped the Influencer Award, Senator Kamala Harris received the Advocate Award, and 97-year-old park ranger Betty Reid Soskin was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award.
Check out flicks from the NYC event below:
When BAE is supportive.
So much black girl starpower in one photo!
John Legend was brought to tears as he introduced his wife to accept her award.
See his emotional speech HERE.
Oscar winner Lupita Nyong'o presented Kamala Harris with her award.
Slay then, Kat Graham. Hair & makeup also ON POINT.
"2 Dope Queens" podcaster/actress Phoebe Robinson looked amazing in yellow.
Gun control activist Naomi Wadler spoke while accepting her Women Of The Year award with her peers.
12 Years a Slave director Steve McQueen hit the stage.
NeNe Leakes is responding after she sent subtle shade aimed at new mom Kenya Moore. Oh, she's also about to appear on "Wild 'N Out." See her receipts, plus deets on Letitia Wright and John Boyega bringing a different kind of YBF love to the big screen inside...
During Sunday night's episode of "Real Housewives of Atlanta," there was plenty of social media activity going on between the show's stars and former co-stars.
NeNe Leakes is accusing former co-star/new mom Kenya Moore for trying to steal the spotlight from "RHOA" season 11 since she's no longer on the show. As you all know, Kenya decided to leave the show after getting married and pregnant with her first child.
In a now-deleted post, NeNe - above, leaving Crustacean in Beverly Hills - shared a pic of a laughing emoji on Instagram with the caption, "I can’t with the calculations on Sunday’s #thethirstisreal #weseeyou#wacksh*t."
Oop. The self-proclaimed "RHOA" HBIC put that shady post up right after Kenya shared the first glimpse of her daughter, Brooklyn Doris Daly, on Instagram:
Although she deleted her initial post, she did put this up afterwards...still being shady AF:
"People be swearing your post is about them. Chile I know 13 dummies!," she posted. In the caption, she wrote, "Including you" with laughing emojis.
Not to mention, Kenya gave birth (early) to her baby girl on the same dayas the season 11 premiere. Ha!
We're not surprised with NeNe's antics. She was up to no good when flicks popped up from Kenya's baby shower. In case you missed, check it out HERE.
In other news...
The reality star/comedian is set to make an appearance on Nick Cannon's "Wild 'N Out" soon. Chick said she's never scared and ATE all the jokes that came her way, along with dishing some of her own.
NeNe and Gregg's son Brennt Leakes will be joining her on the show. This should be good. No word on when her episode premieres, but we'll stay on the look out.
By the way, NeNe is filming the How High sequel in Atlanta, also starring Lil Yachty, DeRay Davis, and DC Young Fly.
In movie news...
Black Panther star Letitia Wright and Star Wars star John Boyega are about to serve up a different kind of YBF love on the big screen.
The British buddies, above attending this year's Met Gala together, are set to star in a sci-fi romance that is already being billed as the Romeo & Juliet love story that meets gravtiy. Intergalatic love energy vibes? That could work.
Based on Katie Khan's novel, "Hold Back The Stars," Letitia and John will play a couple, who reminisce on their love and life together on Earth while they are trapped in the vast void of space with only 90 minutes of oxygen left. The film will have the same name as the book.
Well, I see that secret I was so anxiously keeping is out. Hooray! Some absolutely dream casting for my novel, Hold Back the Stars, here (BESIDE MYSELF WITH EXCITEMENT) @TransworldBooks@GalleryBookshttps://t.co/UvjLLcNIpq
— Katie Khan (@katie_khan) November 9, 2018
We can already feel the chemistry between these two on the big screen. They have been friends for a while now, so we know they're going to kill both of these roles. And because they're just simply bomb actors.
Mike Cahill will reportedly direct a script by Christy Hall.
We're here for it!
The 24-year-old actress was featured in Teen VOGUE where she opened up about her own battle with depression and why it's important to combat the stigma often associated with mental health.
“In the black community, it’s something that happens, but we don't speak about it. We have to continue to talk about it and bring it straight to the forefront. And [that doesn’t only apply to] the black community but different races as well.”
The Black Panther breakout star said her relationship with Jesus is what helped her cope with depression.
“I speak boldly about [depression] because I struggled with it and I tried to find different ways [to heal], and it just didn't work. I had to look deeper to find what could hold me, and I found that what held me together was my relationship with Jesus and my relationship with God.
"Even to this day, I'll be at events and people will pull me to the side and tell me that they deal with the [situations] that I’ve dealt with. And I’m grateful because I want people to find a way out.”
Good for her!
The Clark Sisters are getting a biopic thanks to Queen Latifah, Mary J. Blige and Missy Elliott. Meanwhile, Bishop Paul S. Morton had to call out his "spiritual son" Bishop Victor Couzens for allegedly being a womanizer. Everything inside...
The Clark Sisters have been slaying the gospel game for YEARS. And now, fans will get a behind-the-scenes look at their lives and they climbed their way to the top in the industry.
Following their "Unsung" episode, LIFETIME will be giving fans a more in-depth look via a biopic of the legendary gospel singing group that will premiere in 2019. Karen Clark Sheard, Dorinda Clark-Cole, Jacky Clark-Chisholm, and Elbernita "Twinkie" Clark-Terrell will be sharing their struggles and victories they experienced during their journey with the world.
Hollywood executive and CEO of Relevé Entertainment, Holly Carter, confirmed the news during the Church of God In Christ 111th Convocation, according to The Root magazine. Three powerhouses will be backing the film as executive producers, including Queen Latifah, Mary J. Blige, and Missy Elliott. Woot!
In other gospel news..
Ohio megachurch bishop Victor Couzens (above) has been called out by his "spiritual father" for basically being a THOT out in these streets.
Bishop Paul S. Morton, founding presiding bishop of The Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship International, publicly spoke out addressing the sex scandal drama surrounding his "spiritual son" Bishop Victor Couzens, leader of the 5,000-member Inspirational Bible Church in Cincinnati, Ohio. Apparently, Bishop Couzens has allegedly been engaging in multiple sexual relationships with different women.
Bishop Morton hopped on Facebook to announce:
"I was recently made aware of a situation involving one of my spiritual sons, Bishop Victor Couzens, being involved in multiple relationships that caused me concern. I spoke with Bishop Couzens about his actions as they were not in alignment with the level of character I expect of pastors, especially one that is my spiritual son. He has repented and tendered his resignation as the Bishop of College of Elders of Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship," Morton said.
"Though I understand the relationships were consensual, I want to also offer an apology to the young ladies involved as well as the body of Christ for this situation. People of God, we must maintain high standards. I'm not perfect but I'm determined to present myself to God as a living sacrifice holy and acceptable unto God which is my reasonable service."
No shade, but a few years ago Bishop Morton admitted to having a daughter out of wedlock. You can get those deets here.
The Christian Post lays out the events that led up to Bishop Morton calling Bishop Couzens out:
Morton's apology came after Andrea Garrison, a 29-year-old New York City model who said she had a long-term sexual relationship with Couzens and planned to move in with him as recently as last month, publicly demanded that Couzens apologize to her for allegedly getting engaged to another woman and lying about the nature of their affair.
"I felt stupid, I felt used, I'm hurt, [he] publicly humiliated me, tried to lie on me, tried to tell people I got no receipts. I got more receipts than you could ever imagine," Garrison explained in an interview with Larry Reid Live on Wednesday where she presented photos of them together as recently as this summer.
"Church checks, [evidence] from other women coming at me with receipts. It's a lie. It's not cool," she insisted of the evidence she has to back up her story.
Garrison stood by her story in an interview with The Christian Post on Monday morning and shared explicit evidence of the relationship she had with Couzens.
She said she was intimate with Couzens as recently as three weeks ago and was led to believe that she and the megachurch preacher began a steady relationship in April after enjoying an on-and-off sexual relationship since 2011.
She was devastated to learn recently, however, that her relationship with the pastor was not exclusive.
"I never knew that there was another girl [fiancee']. As far as I knew, whenever I would ask he would always say I was the only one. He didn't want me sleeping with anybody else. He didn't want me doing this. He didn't want me doing that. I was the only one. He would fly me out constantly between New York and Cincinnati. He would fly me out to Miami. You know we would spend more time together, he would have me come to the house for like a week. I would cook, clean, do laundry," Garrison told Reid.
Bishop Couzens publicly confessed to the extramartial relationships during a prayer meeting at his church asking God to forgive him and not allow him to be distracted from his job as a pastor.
Following the meeting, things went totally left on his page. A suicidal note was left on his official Facebook account. The status suggested he would commit suicide due to how he was being treated after the sex scandal leaked.
However, he claims he was hacked.
Peep the clip below:
Here's the now deleted Facebook message that was posted on his account (which has since been deleted):
Yesterday, Andrea Garrison posted this:
As of the time of this post, Bishop Couzens is still listed as the Senior Pastor:
Not sure what in the First Lady Mae, Bishop Greenleaf & Sister Rochelle hell is going on here, but bless his heart.
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