Saturday, December 21, 2013

The Young, Black, and Fabulous

The Young, Black, and Fabulous

CLUB LOVERS: Sanaa Lathan, Michael Strahan & Nicole Murphy And Christina Milian Party It Up + Diddy Dances It Up With Twins For Their Birthday!

Posted: 21 Dec 2013 08:45 AM PST

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Sanaa Lathan, Nicole Murphy and fiance Michael Strahan, Christina Milian and more all hit up Bootsy Bellows nightclub last night in L.A.  Check the pics inside...

Celebs hit up a party at Bootsy Bellows nightclub last night.  And folks like Sanaa Lathan were spotted leaving out still looking pretty.

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"Live" co-host Michael Strahan was back in L.A. chillin' with his fiance Nicole.

And Christina Milian seen leaving Bootsy Bellows with a rose in hand and sneakers:

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Cute even in casual mode.

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And Damien Dante Wayans was spotted leaving out with Sanaa and a friend.


But look who had their won club party at home?  Diddy.  He hit up his twins' D'Lila & Jessie James' rooms as they rang in their 7th birthday at midnight....and had a dance party! 


Gotta love him.


Photos: Splash

Steve Harvey Gets CLEARED Of Horrific Child Abuse Allegations

Posted: 21 Dec 2013 07:05 AM PST

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Steve Harvey had most of his kids on his talk show recently, and it seems everything is all good with his son  Steve's been officially cleared of horrible child abuse allegations.  Pics inside...

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Remember back in 2011 when all that drama was going down between Steve Harvey and his ex wife Mary, who claimed that Steve was didn't care about their now 16-year-old son Wynton and simply took him (their only child together) from her to spite her? 

Well he's finally been cleared of all charges of recent child abuse allegations from when Wynton was 11.  And it seems Wynton is loving living with dad (based on social media postings).

Apparently, a judge held Mary in contempt and sent her to jail on Thursday for leaking sealed allegations to media.  Y'all know she's still mad and trying her damndest to get back at Steve for their split and what went down.

According to TMZ:

As for the incident ... according to a police report -- obtained by TMZ -- Mary claims Steve got a phone call from the boy's school informing him his son lied about turning in homework. According to the kid, Steve hit him with a belt and then a paddle board -- the kind used for hazing in fraternities.

According to the police report ... cops took photos of the boy's injuries, showing bruises on his buttocks and right thigh, as well as cuts on his leg. The police report says the boy told cops, the beating was so brutal he had trouble urinating for days.

The matter was then referred to the Texas Dept. of Family and Protective Services. Steve's rep tells TMZ, the Dept. concluded, "Based on the information obtained, the child does not appear to be at risk ... the case is closed without further investigation."

Wow.  Reportedly, Mary feels it's all a cover up, which may explain why she leaked allegations to media.  The judge was pissed about the leak and her constant attempts to expose Steve, so he sent her to jail.


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Steve's interview with President Barack Obama aired recently, and airs again during his show on December 27th.


Photos: Steve's IG/Wynton's IG

ATTENTION WAL-MART SHOPPERS: Beyonce Surprises Shoppers At Wal-Mart With Gift Cards, Shops It Up + K.Michelle's "Christmas Night" Video

Posted: 21 Dec 2013 12:31 AM PST

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Well...Wal-Mart shoppers in Tewksbury, MA got a major shocker while doing some Friday night shopping.  Beyonce popped up, grabbed the P.A. system phones to greet shoppers, and handed out gift cards to the whole store!


Check the pics inside, plus K.Michelle's new video for "Christmas Night"...

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Who needs Target & Amazon (since both are salty about Bey giving her exclusive release to iTunes, they either won't be selling the Beyonce album or not selling it totally)?!

Bey is sticking to those who are rolling with her--like Wal-Mart--and doing some fun things to continue promo for her new album.  So, Friday night, Blue's mom walked into Wal-Mart to cop her own album...and to hand out $50 gift cards to everyone in the store.  Her final total: Over $37,000.  Nice!

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She grabbed a cart and did some shopping of her own.  And looks like she even picked up baby Blue a few things.

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She stopped and kissed some babies politician style.

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And caused some ruckus at the checkout counter.  Gotta love it!

Check out video below:


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In other music news, K.Michelle hit up "106 & Park"'s Christmas show Friday evening.  And she premiered her new video for her Holiday song "Christmas Night".  It's off her Holiday EP of the same name.  Check it below:



And she came bearing other good news too.  K.'s set to join Robin Thicke on the Blurred Lines tour in 2014.  And it kicks off February 21st in Atlanta.  Check out her announcement below.  Congrats K.!



Photos: Beyonce's FB/106 & Park's IG

INTERVIEWS: Morris Chestnut CONFIRMS A THIRD "Best Man" Film + Lupita Nyong'o BURSTS Into TEARS Discussing "12 Years A Slave" Whippings

Posted: 20 Dec 2013 02:25 PM PST

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In movie news, Morris Chestnut's confirmed a third "Best Man" flick while Lupita Nyong'o broke own in tears discussing the whipping scenes from "12 Years A Slave".  Listen to the interviews inside...

During an interview with Hot 93.7 radio show in Hartford, Morris Chestnut confirmed that there will indeed be a third installment in The Best Man franchise.  Morris told Jenny Boom Boom,

“As of right now, Malcom Lee, the writer/ director, is writing another [Best Man]. [Malcom] has only told me about a few of the details for the movie… but I do not know who Terrence is gonna marry. All I know is, it’s gonna be really interesting.”

Morris also discussed how Malcolm brought all the original actors together to a sequel and what it was like once they began filming.

“We had gone to dinner about 2011… Malcom Lee talked to us about our storylines, he had some ideas and wanted to get our feedback. At that dinner, it was good to see everyone. He went away and wrote it, and we came back and did it.”

“We rehearsed for one week in Los Angeles, and two weeks in Toronto, where we filmed it. A week before we started filming, the director brought us over, we all got into this theater and we all watched the original together. We had a great time, it reminded us what the first one was like, it brought us back and we made fun of ourselves, we had a really really great time. It put us all back in that mode.”

You'll recall that Malcolm and Universal began talks about a third film after the box office success of "BMH".  And based on how good # 2 was, we're already excited for #3.

Listen to the interview

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Future Oscar-nominee (we're calling it now!) Lupita Nyong'o appeared on ARISE 360 recently where she cried while discussing 12 Years A Slave.

If you're wondering what brought Lupita to tears, the moment came when she described the emotional toil the brutal whipping scenes took on her.  She told that hosts that she realized her "suffering" was temporary while the scenes she filmed where the actual reality of slaves.


Alfre Woodard joined Lupita to discuss their roles and the brutalities that slaves lived through.  They also discussed their "toughest" scenes.


Photos via Getty

Rihanna Spotted Leaving The Club + Ish Talking With Club Goers?!

Posted: 20 Dec 2013 01:54 PM PST

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It may be freezing in NYC, but that didn't stop Rihanna from throwing on her short shorts and boots to hit the club.  Pics and video inside...

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Rihanna hit up Pink Elephant in NYC last night for a party.  But when she was leaving the club, paparazzi caught up with her and overheard her telling a reportedly female club goer, "Next Sunday bitch, I'll be here."

She could have just been using 'bitch' as a term of endearment and letting a homegirl know where they can catch up together next.  or maybe she was actually semi-thuggin' on her way out the club.  Who knows.  But the lady who came out behind her looked mad flustered.



Photos: Splash

EXCLUSIVE: Andrea Kelly's Lawyer SPEAKS -- I NEVER Said Andrea Mismanaged Her "Hollywood Exes" Money!

Posted: 20 Dec 2013 12:34 PM PST

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The saga continues...


After a letter from Bounty Alert, an organization who helps parents receive the child support they're owed, was sent to media alleging that Andrea Kelly's lawyer claimed the reality star couldn't afford the processing fee for the company's help....Andrea's lawyer is fighting back.  Details inside..

We previously reported about Project Child Support and Bounty Alert sending out stacks of proof that they were hired to help Andrea Kelly get the child support she's been waiting on for months from her ex-husband R.Kelly.  But after another media entity supposedly incorrectly reported what really went down, it caused an ish-storm of drama.

Here's the deal:

Several days ago, Project Child Support sent out a press release that they had been hired by Andrea Kelly to retrieve her $114,000+ child support money from R. Kelly, since he hadn't paid up what he legally owed.

Soon after, TMZ posted that Andrea Kelly said she never hired Project Child Support to help her out with her child support situation (conveniently reporting this AFTER R.Kelly finally paid up that $114,000 he owed).

To show they are no liars, Project Child Support and the company they work with, Bounty Alert, sent out tons of proof showing contracts and other paperwork, signed by Andrea and her lawyer, that showed they were indeed hired for the project.  Bounty Alert felt like they were simply being used as leverage for Andrea to get what she needed from Robert Kelly.  Since we all know bad press is the last thing he needed while releasing his new Black Panties album.

But as part of their proof, Bounty Alert (BA) said in docs that Andrea's lawyer, Alison Motta, told them that Andrea could not afford the $400 processing fee for BA's services.  This could possibly hold up the work BA planned to do.

Of course, Andrea was pissed the public now thought of her as a broke chick struggling to get by...all supposedly thanks to her ow lawyer.  So Alison Motta spoke to exclusively about the matter.

"I have never stated that Andrea Kelly mismanaged her earnings from "Hollywood [Exes]".  I think she is managing her earnings nicely.  And there's been some confusion and  misreporting out there in the media and I wanted to resolve that."

She continued about the mixup:

"I did tell Bounty Alert that she was having severe financial difficulties as a result of this child support situation.  That is a very true statement.  I don't know if that was them reading between the lines..."

We're told Bounty Alert is sticking to their story.  All of it.

And get this -- Motta says she NEVER spoke to TMZ at all.  So the report saying Andrea never hired Bounty Alert was a complete lie.  She tells us:

"Neither myself nor Andrea Kelly ever denied having hired Bounty Alert.  I think that the confusion in the media on that end sparked this 'he said/she said' thing that's gotten ridiculous.  Hopefully it'll all die down and this clears up those two points.

Bottom line: Andrea got her money...and her lawyer's still got her job.


Photo: Andrea's Twitter

Kevin Hart Covers VIBE's "Race" Issue, Says He Won't Allow Racism To Stop Him

Posted: 20 Dec 2013 11:38 AM PST

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Kevin Hart covers the January issue of VIBE Magazine where he explains why he avoids dealing with "race" in his comedy career.  Plus, he dishes on working with Ice Cube in Ride Along.  Highlights inside....

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In VIBE's January "race" issue, Kevin Hart shares the dual cover with rapper Drake as both discuss race and its impact on their careers.  Kevin, who'll star with Robert De Niro in "Grudge Match" (December 25th) also discussed how his film, Ride Along, may catapult him to Eddie Murphy status.  Here are the highlights:

VIBE: You don’t make race the nucleus of your routine. Why?

KEVIN HART: No, I don’t need to. I get that racism exists, but it’s not a catalyst for my content. I don’t need to talk about race to have material. My style of comedy is more self-deprecating. I think that makes me more relatable. When you deal with “topics”—race, white versus black—you’re not separating from the pack. You’re doing what everybody else is doing. It’s easy to take those subjects and make them personal. You show more depth when that’s not your shtick.

Talk about raising kids in this post-racial society.

My kids are coming up in a different time then me. Interracial couples are of the norm. With me, it’s about making sure my kids understand the importance of education and having opportunities that I didn’t. My goal as a parent is to make sure they don’t take what they have for granted. You definitely want your kids to understand their heritage, but I don’t want my kids to just focus on being black. They are people. I don’t want them to judge other people or to be judged. I want them to be good people, so good people will treat them accordingly. I preach that to my kids and everything else falls into place.

A lot of critics are blown away by Ride Along. It feels like a Beverly Hills Cop moment for you.

Ride Along can catapult me into a different level of stardom. First and foremost, Ice Cube is amazing in the movie. Our chemistry is amazing. It’s a great movie for the both of us. Tim Story, Will Packer. Universal had a concept and allowed us come in and bring what we felt we should. I’m excited about it; January can’t get here soon enough. I think this movie is going to exceed expectations. I’m trying to get what the Will Smiths and Eddie Murphys of the world got. I want to do it to a point where I understand the business. I want to be in a position where I own my material. This is a movie that can put me in a place to accomplish a lot of things.

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Do you have any experiences with everyday racism?

Even if I did, I don’t give it the attention. I don’t welcome negative energy. The time it takes to harbor, reap, bitch and complain is time that you can be doing something else. Have I gotten into situations with people that could have been racist? Of course, I am human. I’m a young black guy in Hollywood. You chalk it up and you move on.



Watch Kevin try to ball with NBA stars Kobe Bryant, Carmelo Anthony, Andre Iguodala and Chris Paul.


And he and his girlfriend Neeki are currently at the White House for a Holiday party.

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Photos via VIBE/Kareem Black/Neeki's IG

Meagan Good Covers UPSCALE + Says She's Even MORE Free In Her Marriage

Posted: 20 Dec 2013 09:29 AM PST

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Meagan Good covers UPSCALE Magazine in a hot multicolor & multiprint bodycon dress.  And the movie star is discussing marriage and the trappings of fame.  Highlights inside....

In the new January 2014 issue of Upscale Magazine, gorgeous Anchorman 2 star Meagan Good dished on her marriage to preacher DeVon Franklin and the sense of freedom she's felt since walking down the aisle and how "love" empowered her.  Check the highlights

On her newfound freedom since tying the knot:

“Oddly, you would think in marriage it would make you feel like you have less freedom, but I’m finding that I have more freedom [since I’ve been married] because I trust myself more and I’m a little bit more absolute about my choices..."

On her fears about getting married:

“What I feared about marriage was that I would lose my identity and be controlled or suffocated or like a caged lion and what I found was the exact opposite. I’m way more empowered, more content, more confident and just freer across the board.”

On being famous:

“In this business you do get picked apart and you do get kind of bullied everyday, with the blogs and everything... People say, ‘well if you didn’t want all of that then you shouldn’t do this for a living’ but there’s a difference between someone who wants to be an actress because they want to be famous and someone who wants to do good work and they could take or leave the fame because it’s not about the fame or money, it’s genuinely about the art. That's the category that I fall in. With the fame, to be honest, I could really leave it.”  



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While promoting this week's release of Anchorman 2, Meagan stopped by "ARSENIO" where she addressed some of the criticism she's received from the church (since marrying a preacher).  Check out Meagan speaking on the "stone throwers" below:


Photos via Meagan's IG/UPSCALE

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