- Jennifer Lopez PROMOTES Her New Album With T.I. On "106 & Park” + Chops It Up With The Breakfast Club About Her New Network NuvoTV + Hits “Wendy Williams” To Dish On BEING SINGLE Again
- VIDEOS: Common's "Kingdom" Featuring Vince Staples + Nicky Minaj, John Legend, Jhene Aiko & August Alsina CONFIRMED For 2014 BET Awards
- TV FAB: 50 Cent On “WWHL,” Reveals Who He Thinks Is The Most Overrated Rapper & How He Would Have Responded If Solange Attacked Him Like She Did Jay Z
- COVER GUY: "The Mogul Next Door" Rickey Smiley Tells UPTOWN About Being The BEST Father He Can & BUILDING His Brand
- SO THAT EXPLAINS IT....Angie Martinez SIGNS Clear Channel Media DEAL, HEADING To Power 105 In NYC & 103.5 In Miami
- Lupita Nyong'o Graces The Cover Of VOGUE's July 2014 Issue
- SPORTS FAB: San Antonio Spurs CELEBRATE Their FIFTH NBA Championship Win With River Parade & Ceremony
- PROMO ROUND UP: TLAM2 Cast Chop It Up On "GMA" & “The View” + Michael Ealy OPENS UP About His Son On “Wendy Williams” + Kevin Hart MANS Up For A Roller Coaster Ride On “Jimmy Fallon”
- Robin Thicke Reveals "PAULA" Album Cover And Tracklisting
- OH SNAP: Hot 97 LEGEND Angie Martinez Makes ABRUPT Exit From The Airwaves, ANNOUNCES Resignation
- FIRST LOOK: The OFFICIAL Cast Photo From The Upcoming NWA Bio-Pic "STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON"
- T.I. DISCUSSES Azealia Banks & Floyd Mayweather Beefs, “The Family Hustle” Spin-Off Shows, His Marital Issues With Tiny & More
Posted: 19 Jun 2014 09:03 AM PDT
Seems like everyone is on their promo ish lately. And Jenny From The Block is making her rounds (along with her mom) after the release of her new album, A.K.A. Get the latest interviews from her recent stops inside….
On yesterday, Jennifer Lopez (whose divorce from Marc Anthony was recently finalized) hit up “106 & Park” alongside T.I. (who appears on her album) to promote her new album A.K.A.
And while she was there, J. Lo dished on her first-ever hometown concert, her World Cup opening performance, reveals how Tip hopped on the “A.K.A.” track and working with Rick Ross.
Tip surprises JLo:
Working with Rick Ross:
Then this morning the “I Luh Ya Papi” singer trekked it to Power 105’s The Breakfast Club to talk about why she decided to do music again, her television network NuvoTV and why she thinks she intimidates men. Here are the highlights:
And after the Breakfast Club...
The sexy 44-year-old singer (who celebrates a birthday July 24th) hit up the "Wendy Williams Show."
She chopped it up with Wendy about about the stage entrance mishap during her performance of the official FIFA World Cup anthem with Pit Bull.
Is she currently single? Yes…and has been for a couple of months. She said she loves being in love and its something she has always cherished. She talked about how devastating it was to get a divorce from Marc Anthony after being married for seven years.
J. Lo said her children started school this year and have a pretty full life. They’re smart, beautiful and loving…everything a parent could ask for. Aww…
Will she be returning as a judge on “American Idol?” She’s not sure yet. With her new album, touring and other projects she has to figure out if she can work it in her schedule. She revealed she actually loves doing the show because she gets to talk about music and would like to come back. So we shall see…
Photos: Splash News/Wendy’s IG
Posted: 19 Jun 2014 08:17 AM PDT
We've got Common's latest video, "Kingdom" featuring Vince Staples. Watch it inside and find out who's been added to the growing list of performers at the 2014 BET Awards.
In the Hype Williams-directed clip "Kingdom", Common sheds light on the dark and gritty streets of Chicago with XXL Freshman class rapper Vince Staples. The song was produced by No I.D. and appears on Common’s 10th album Nobody’s Smiling (July 22nd). Common discussed the video treatment for the 8-minute clip with MTV:
“Nobody’s Smiling was really a thought that came about because of all the violence that was going on in Chicago. It happens in Chicago, but it’s happening around the world in many ways. It may not be to the numbers that’s happening in Chicago, but it’s happening in the inner-cities all over America. It’s really a call to action.”
2014 BET Awards update...
The 2014 BET Awards, hosted by Chris Rock, will be held at the STAPLES Center on Sunday, June 29, 2014. In addition to previously announced performer (Mary J. Blige, Trey Songz and Jennifer Hudson, K. Michelle, Mack Wilds) BET has confirmed Nicki Minaj, nine time Grammy Award Winner John Legend, singer-songwriter Jhene Aiko and August Alsina. “106 & Park” hosts Bow Wow and Keshia Chante and actor Larenz Tate have been added as presenters.
1. Sean John president Jeff Tweedy busted for DWI. Story.
Posted: 19 Jun 2014 07:19 AM PDT
50 Cent made a stop by Bravo’s “Watch What Happens Live” to chop it up with Andy Cohen to promote his newly released album Animal Ambition and his new STARZ series “Power.” In true 50 fashion, he held nothing back when asked who was the most overrated rapper, how he felt when he was confronted by Beyonce and he also weighed in on what he would do if Solange confronted him like she did Jay Z. More inside…
50 Cent made a stop by BRAVO’s “WWHL” alongside TLAM2/"Entourage" star Jerry Ferrara to promote his latest projects. And of course, when you ask 50 anything…he holds nothing back.
Wearing a Alexander McQueen shirt, John Varvatos denim and Tom Ford shoes, 50 Cent dished on who he thinks is the most overrated Hip Hop artist. Who did he name? Jay Z!
50 said, “It’s better to be overrated than underpaid.”
He also explained what it was like to be yelled at by Beyonce. Remember when he revealed Bey once confronted him about having a beef with Jay?
Well, he said her breath doesn’t smell and when it happened…he just accepted it because he didn’t want to do anything back with all of the paparazzi around.
Has he ever slept with Kim Kardashian? 50 says no. He also said they never dated…just took pictures together in Australia at the MTV Awards.
He also called his rumored ex-girl Chelsea Handler…”gator. “ Well alright.
50 explains how he would have reacted if Solange attacked him in an elevator like she did Jay Z at Met Ball:
50 reveals his upcoming birthday plans will be covered on ESPN:
Photos via BRAVO
Posted: 19 Jun 2014 06:38 AM PDT
Radio/tv/film star Rickey Smiley covers the June/July 2014 issue of UPTOWN Magazine where he opens up about fatherhood, building his brand and preparing for the next phase of his career. More inside....
Rickey throws up the "hooks" in honor of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. on his dapper cover. This guy has changed a lot over the years...in a very good way.
The June/July 2014 issue of UPTOWN features an in-depth profile of comedian Rickey Smiley, host of "The Rickey Smiley Morning Show" (reaching 10 million people daily), "The Rickey Smiley Show" (his popular sitcom on TVOne), and "Dish Nation" (the highly-rated, national nightly pop culture roundup on FOX-TV).
Inside, he opens up about his struggles, his rise to stardom, the loves of his life and his road to becoming a media mogul. Here are the highlights:
On his career thus far: "I’ve just had some great and wonderful opportunities but my opportunities now are just going through the roof. I have a diction coach now. I’ve been practicing. I read the teleprompter every day so I’m prepared."
On today's comedy: "It’s not about telling jokes anymore. You have to be a great storyteller. You got to bring people into your neighborhood. You got to be animated and years of experience [will] get you into that space and you just crack people up. And don’t take yourself so serious. That’s what brought on my success.”
On building his brand: "I am excited about building the Rickey Smiley brand. I love having a sitcom and working on the set all day. I love having a syndicated radio show, getting up every morning and making people laugh all over the country and then taping Dish Nation. It’s hard work and that’s what it takes to get to the top and we’re on our way."
On his Lil Darryl routine: "Lil Darryl changed my life. It changed everybody’s life. That year every [fraternity and sorority], whoever had a line that year and the year after that and the year after that, somebody on line was named Lil Darryl. Even my Lil Darryl First 48 probably got a million hits on YouTube. Lil Darryl got a vine video that’s hilarious. I got kids that love Lil Darryl that were not even born when I first did it. Lil Darryl has been reborn."
On being Steve Harvey's protege: "Steve Harvey put me on. He came to Birmingham and decided he was going to work with me. I was blessed to open up for his [tour] The Kings of Comedy a few times. I would have to be in the hotel lobby early to ride in the limousine with Steve and I was a nervous wreck."
On being a father: "I enjoy being the best father I can be and being an awesome father to the fatherless. My dad was murdered and taken away from me when I was 7 so I know what it’s like growing up without a dad. To be able to fill that void for somebody else is just incredible. I would actually pay money to do it."
Watch Ricky & Uptown Magazine BTS here:
The issue is on newsstands now.......
Photos via UPTOWN/James Anthony
Posted: 19 Jun 2014 05:47 AM PDT
"The Voice of New York" Angie Martinez is heading to Power 105 - the biggest rival of her former station, Hot 97. Get the deets on Angie's new gig inside.....
Yesterday we brought you news about Angie Martinez's resignation from Hot 97....and now we know why. Angie signed a deal with Clear Channel which will put her on Power 105 in NYC and midday on 103.5 in Miami. Clear Channel announced the move in a press release...
And now the shade.....the deal is MAJOR because Angie made a "chess" move by leaving Hot 97 for its biggest rival 105.1. Power 105 didn't waste anytime firing a shot at Hot 97 by retweeting Angie's resignation.
Photos via Getty Images
Posted: 19 Jun 2014 05:12 AM PDT
Now that we've finally caught our breath after seeing Lupita Nyong'o's brand new cover of VOGUE magazine, we're sharing all the stunning photos and details from her cover story.
Get it all inside....
If it wasn't official before, it's official now: Lupita Nyong'o has had the best 2013-2014 EVER. The breath taking Oscar winner is giving life to the new July '14 cover of VOGUE magazine. And even though this is her first VOGUE cover, chick slays effortlessly.
Her sumptuous photoshoot was done in May in Marrakech, shot by Mikael Jansson. She may have been a serious film student just over a year ago, but now, Ms. Nyong'o could teach more than a few lessons on model behavior.
With pics shot in places like a luxe spa that imitates a castle-like fort in the middle of the Palmeraie at El Fenn hotel (above she's wearing a Janis by Janis Savitt silver cuff with Prada red satin heels), chick still outshines the gorgeous scenery.
The new face of Lancôme did over 60 promotional events this past Award season, and pretty much shut down every single one becoming an IT girl of fashion. So it's only right the fashion bible--who's still catching shade for that Kanye & Kim cover--gives her the shine she deserves.
(J. Crew swimsuit)
Here's a few of the highlights from one of Miu Miu's newest faces--
On her seemingly sudden stardom trajectory
On her first paparazzi experience
On her Pinterest board she brought to her first meeting with stylist Micaela Erlanger
On their epic six-hour fittings
On that epic Golden Globes dress
On her red carpet life
On her journey to the Oscar
Check out her full story over at VOGUE. More gorgeous pics from her spread are below:
Givenchy by Riccardo Tisci marigold bodysuit. Spinelli Kilcollin linked bangles. Georg Jensen double bangle.
Vera Wang Collection copper trapeze dress. Ann Demeulemeester necklace. Pebble London ring. Casadei for Prabal Gurung heels
Rodarte metallic lace dress with sequins. Judy Geib Plus Alpha diamond–and–gold filigree earrings. Fred Leighton amber necklace
Proenza Schouler flock-printed cutout dress
Jonathan Saunders check-and-floral printed dress. Ann Demeulemeester by Elvis Pompilio fine straw hat. Me&Ro necklaces.
T by Alexander Wang knit top. Jonas Studio earring. Yossi Harari corset cuffs.
Photographed by Mikael Jansson
Posted: 18 Jun 2014 06:06 PM PDT
The San Antonio Spurs have won their fifth NBA championship. And to celebrate, the city of San Antonio came out for a victory river parade celebration to honor their beloved team. Peep the parade pics inside…
The San Antonio spurs defeated the Miami Heat (104-87) during Game 5 on Sunday in their hometown and now it’s time to celebrate!
The city of San Antonio invited the community out to honor the Spurs with a river parade on the River Walk. Following the championship parade, the celebration will move to the Alamodome for a special ceremony.
San Antonio mayor Julian Castro released a statement on the team’s fifth win saying,
Tim Duncan, Finals MVP winner Kawhi Leonard (who landed on the newest cover of Sports Illustrated), Tony Parker, Minau Ginobli, Danny Green, the rest of the Spurs players, head coach Greg Popovich, assistant coaches and the entire organization came out to show off their latest NBA championship trophy.
Peep the parade pics below:
Tim Duncan spotted holding the championship trophy and his daughter Sydney alongside teammates Patrick “Patty” Mills and Aron Baynes on the mic.
Tim Duncan has won a total of five NBA championships in 17 seasons, all with San Antonio. He is the 2nd player in NBA history to win an NBA championship in three different decades. He is also the first and only player to achieve this accomplishment as a starting player on each of the championship teams. Work!
22-year-old Kawhi Leonard (above) became the youngest NBA Finals MVP since Magic Johnson in 1980.
Tony Parker showing off the Spurs' FIFTH NBA championship trophy. This makes Tony's 4th championship ring.
This win also marks Manu Ginobili 4th championship ring.
Frenchmen Boris Diaw and Tony Parker were ready for the festivities.
And Danny Green hopped on the mic.
Peep how hype the crowd is:
Photos: Spurs Facebook/Boris' IG/@VisitSanAntonio/@Spurs_Texano/@troy2782/@ashleyhodes21/@justina0425/@6_22_87/@moments_2count
Posted: 18 Jun 2014 02:56 PM PDT
We are days away before Think Like A Man Too hits theaters and the cast have been uber busy on the promo circuit. Check out the round up of their latest promo stops and interviews inside…
First the guys of the cast hit up “Good Morning America” to discuss the Vegas-set sequel. They revealed all of the characters evolve in the sequel and that this time around the film focuses more on maintaining their friendships along with their relationships.
When Gary Owen was asked about his wife in the movie, he revealed working with a white wife was like “Broke Back Mountain” because he’s used to black women. Oh...
Then on another daytime show....
Kevin Hart, Regina Hall, Meagan Good and Jerry Ferrara visited the ladies on “The View” to promote their highly anticipated rom-com sequel.
On another daytime talk show…
Michael Ealy hit up the “Wendy Williams Show” on his TLMA2 promo run to dish on the upcoming rom-com and he also revealed details about his son and wife, Khatira Rafiqzada.
The sexy actor said the TLAM sequel is way funnier than the first and explained how the girls come together for a battle of the sexes. The couples battle it out in Las Vegas to see who can have the most fun.
Wendy didn't waste any time to ask him about his personal life (which he rarely talks about) and surprisingly, he dropped a few nuggets.
When asked how he keeps his personal life so private he said,
He then talked about his wife Khatira Rafiqzada and his son, Elijah Rakim. The TLAM2 star revealed his wife is from Afghanistan and they have been married for two years and dated four years before they got married.
So how did he spend his Father’s Day?
And last night…
Kevin Hart made a press round for TLAM2 on the “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.” Although he’s terrified of rollercoasters, Kevin was convinced by Jimmy to hop on the Rip Ride Rockit rollercoaster at Universal Studios in Hollywood. And the video footage of them on the ride is hilarious.
Peep Kevin’s rollercoaster ride below:
Kevin also talked about the time he hosted WWE Raw and his close encouter with wrestler Triple H. Check it below:
The entire cast met up at BET’s “106 & Park” for yet another promo round for TLAM2 and snapped a cute “usie” with hosts Bow Wow and Keisha Chante.
Think Like A Man Too hits theaters this Friday, June 20th!
Photo: PEOPLE/ Douglas Gorenstein/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank/Taraji’s IG/Meagan's IG
Posted: 18 Jun 2014 02:44 PM PDT
Robin Thicke revealed the cover art for his next album, Paula, along with the tracklisting. More inside....
In what may be his last attempt at winning back estranged wife Paula Patton, Robin Thicke has named his upcoming album Paula. Paula, Robin's seventh album, is the follow-up to the international smash Blurred Lines which brought a level of success that many folks blamed for ruining his marriage. All 14-songs were written and produced by Robin and clearly make reference to Paula, with whom he shares a son, Julian.
1. “You’re My Fantasy”
Paula arrives July 1st.
Posted: 18 Jun 2014 02:14 PM PDT
Angie Martinez sent shockwaves through New York City when she announced her resignation from NYC's Hot 97, the legendary flagship station of Hip Hop where her voice reigned supreme for over a decade. More inside...
New York lost an icon today when radio personality Angie Martinez (who dropped a verse on Lil' Kim's "Ladies Night" remix) announced that she's leaving the station to pursue other options. On Instagram, she wrote,
Folks have been listening to Angie since..forever. So it's pretty odd and abrupt for her to make an announcement that TODAY is her last day. No big send off...for the anchor of the station? Hmmm...sounds like some drama is going on behind the scenes.
We're sure there's a backstory...but Angie is keeping the true nature of her resignation to herself (for now). We wish her well and we'll stay tuned.
Photo via Angie Martinez's Instagram
Posted: 18 Jun 2014 12:58 PM PDT
Director F. Gary Gray and producers Ice Cube and Dr. Dre posed with the cast of Straight Outta Compton for their first official cast photo today. See the pic inside....
Cruising into theaters on August 14, 2015, Universal Pictures has just revealed the release date for the highly-anticipated biopic #StraightOuttaCompton.
Earlier, we told you about Ice Cube's son, O'Shea Jackson Jr. signing on to play him and now we have an official cast photo featuring other cast members.
In the first photo of the cast, O’Shea Jackson Jr., Jason Mitchell and Corey Hawkins star as Ice Cube, Eazy-E and Dr. Dre.
The film is directed by F. Gary Gray (Friday, Set It Off,) and produced by original N.W.A. members Ice Cube and Dr. Dre, and Eazy E's widow Tomica Woods-Wright. Will Packer serves as executive producer. Here's the synopsis:
Congrats to the cast! We're here for this.
Photo via Todd MacMillan/Universal Pictures
Posted: 18 Jun 2014 11:05 AM PDT
T.I. hit up Power 105's The Breakfast Club this morning where he discussed the many dramatic happenings he has been involved in recently. Find out what he had to say about his beef with Azealia Banks & Floyd Mayweather, his reality show “The Family Hustle,” his marital drama and more when you go inside…
The Kang of the South made a stop by the Breakfast Club this morning to promote his new track “No Mediocre” with Iggy Azalea. And of course, there was plenty to discuss.
You’ll recall, Tip was allegedly involved in an altercation with Floyd Mayweather Memorial Day weekend. So he dished on that, plus why he dragged Azealia Banks on Instagram yesterday. And, of course, all of the marital drama between he and his wife.
Tip touched on all those topics and started with his beef with boxing champ Floyd Mayweather (he said he doesn’t talk after any of his fights).
About his beef with raptress Azealia Banks, he said he has a 'no tolerance policy' when it comes to him and his family. Meow.
As for his reality show "The Family Hustle", Tiny and T.I. will have their own spin-off shows. So where does that leave their marriage and the family show? Hmm...
And about his reality show "Sisterhood of Hip Hop", he said he created the show for Iggy but she didn't want to star on the show. Probably the smartest move she's made.
TIP pretty much danced around the questions involving his marital issues with his wife Tiny. But he did talk about his Akoo and Hustle Gang clothing lines (making $10 million), his upcoming album Paperwork: The Motion Picture (coming in September) and new projects he would like to work on.
Photo: The Breakfast Club
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