- Kevin Hart Rocks Out With Jay Z & Eniko For His Birthday + Kicks Off "Ride Along 2" Filming
- RETURN OF THE 90'S: K-Ci & JoJo Act A Fool In Concert + Tevin Cambell Rocks Essence Fest
- ESSENCE FEST WEEKEND: Mary J Blige, Jill Scott, Ledisi, Tank, 112, Boris Kodjoe, Nicole Ari Parker, Towanda & Traci Braxton & More CELEBRATE In New Orleans
Posted: 07 Jul 2014 08:14 AM PDT
Kevin Hart had a major birthday weekend partying it up with The Carters, his girlfriend Eniko, and his hometown of Philly. Check the pics inside, plus the first pics from the kick off of "Ride Along 2" filming....
While celebrating his 35th birthday yesterday, comedian Kevin Hart seemed to be having the best weekend ever. The TLAM2 star hit the On The Run tour Saturday night in his hometown of Philadelphia, and was spotted chopping it up backstage with Jay Z. He said afterwards:
Jay even gave him a shout out at the start of the performance of one of his solo tracks.
His girlfriend Eniko was there too, of course.
Speaking of those two:
The twosome spent the weekend poolside and dancing it up at Kevin's birthday party Saturday night. He posted the above video saying:
Ha. And despite catching some hate on her page, Eniko still made a public service announcement for her bae:
But it was back to work this morning in Miami. It's the first day of filming his and Ice Cube's sequel Ride Along 2. Pics from the set:
Kevin said on his social media, "Today is Day 1 of filming Ride Along 2, I'm so excited to get this project started."
The first one was a blockbuster major hit. And was actually good and hilarious, surprisingly. So we're sure this one will be too. Can't wait!
Photos/Video via @jr3069/@kodaklens/Kevin's IG/Eniko's IG
Posted: 07 Jul 2014 06:05 AM PDT
If you still have dreams of letting K-Ci & JoJo sing you a verse, you might want to hear what they sound like now. Check out the Jodeci members' wild performance in L.A. this weekend, plus Tevin Campbell making a comeback at the Essence Music Festival.
At the Greek Theater in L.A. this weekend, K-Ci & JoJo performed...and looked like this. K-Ci was hopping on the shoulders of security and riding around the audience while trying his damndest to hit a note. And the brothers did their version of a tribute to the late Bobby Womack while performing "If You Think You're Lonely Now".
Check out the foolery below:
Meanwhile, down in New Orleans, Tevin Campbell performed for a packed out Super Lounge at Essence Fest over the weekend. And he's still pretty much got it.
He did his hit "Can We Talk" and told the audience to stop singing because it's his song. Ha! And told them they can go ahead and chime in on the chorus.
And he rocked one of our fave songs ever, "Always In My Heart." Nice!
Videos: AnthonyAntoineTV/Gerrick Kennedy/@grantbroadway1
Posted: 06 Jul 2014 10:24 AM PDT
It’s the 20th anniversary of Essence Fest! And last night was surely one to go down in the history books. Jill Scott, Mary J. Blige, Ledisi and Tank hit the main stage. Michelle Williams, 112 and Marsha Ambrosius performed their sets at the Superlounge, while TheYBF.com caught up with Towanda and Trina Braxton, Boris Kodjoe & Nicole Ari Parker and more when you go inside…
Jill Scott (above backstage before performing) rocked the house last night on the main stage at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans. Ms. Jilly opened up for the Queen of Hip Hop Soul, Mary J. Blige. And of course, Jilly from Philly did not disappoint.
Showing off her snatched waist in glittery bell bottom trousers and fitted cut-out black blouse, she ran through a slew of her classics including “Golden,” The Way,” “He Loves Me (Lyzel In E Flat)” and she hit her operatic high-notes like only she could.
Peep a clip of Jilly singing “The Way” below:
Before Jill Scott hit the stage...
Tank got the ladies all hot and bothered with his single “Sex Music” followed by his hit single, “Maybe I Deserve.” He asked the audience, “Can I take my clothes off y’all?” before serenading the ladies with “I Can’t Make You Love Me.”
Before leaving the stage, Tank passed along some words of wisdom to the fans saying, “God has someone for everyone and that we don’t have to rely on empty promises.”
New Orleans native Ledisi tore the house down belting out her hits “That Good Good”, “Pieces of Me” and “It’s Alright” and “I Blame You.”
Ledisi also ended her set schooling her fans saying, “Have faith, love yourself,” she said. “And be careful of who and what you allow in your circle.”
Then the headliner took the stage....
The Queen Of Hip Hop Soul stormed the stage like a hurricane in all white to open her set with her 2006 hit “Enough Crying.” The Grammy award winning songrtress ran through her catalog of tracks including “I’m Goin’ Down”, “Not Gon’ Cry”, “Share My World” and “Don’t Mind.”
Quick wardrobe change as she continued to rock the stage:
Before ending her set, she sent out a message to the fellas saying, “We expect you to have our backs and respect us. Most of all, we need to trust in you!” then closed her set with “Family Affair.”
Peep clips from her set below:
On the Superlounge stages:
Former Destiny's member Michelle Williams performed her set at the Cover Girl Lounge. She's gearing up for the release of her gospel album Journey to Freedom (scheduled to drop in September).
Atlanta R&B singing group 112 took the stage at the VERIZON lounge to run threw a few of their hits.
And Marsha Ambrosius took her talents to the FORD lounge. Peep a clip from her set below:
TheYBF.com caught up with fab "R&B Diva" KeKe Wyatt at the Convention Center:
We feelin' her look?
She later switched up her look in a black and white ensemble to take the stage.
TheYBF.com also caught up with the gorgeous Boris Kodjoe, Nicole Ari Parker (whose security was on them like white on rice for SOME reason) & Avant chillin' in the Convention Center.
Actress Alesha Reneé caught up with record exec Kevin Liles.
Trina Braxton, Towanda Braxton and Toya Wright met up with Tiny as she promoted her new tequila line, Tiny’s Tequila.
Toya Wright later hit up Kenny Burns’ all white affair with "RHOA" star Cynthia Baily. She captioned, “All White party with @cynthiabailey10 @shaymichellehair @sherrijlovely #goodtimes #essencefest2014 #NewOrleans”
Peep TheYBF.com’s chat with Braxton Sisters, Towanda and Traci:
Also, check out our Instagram page (@TheYBFDaily) for yesterday's 365 Black Awards coverage!
1. Don't forget! TheYBF.com is ON THE SCENE at the 2014 Essence Festival! Follow us on INSTAGRAM for tons of EXCLUSIVES and instant coverage!
2. Rapper Rich Homie Quan PIMP SLAPPED a fan...from the stage...during his latest show Friday night. STORY
Photos: TheYBF.com/Paras Griffin/Getty/Trina Braxton's IG/@stunxcom/@JussCoolNYC/@DivasAndDorks/@NewOrleans/@shawnj3000/@isumlar/@_iammiad/@qsavage
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