All Articles Tagged "106 & park"
Michelle Obama Talks Applying And Getting Accepted To Princeton, Despite Being Discouraged By Naysayers
Is Michelle Obama the coolest First Lady ever or what? The Harvard Law School graduate recently paid a visit to BET’s popular music variety show, 106 & Park, to offer great advice about education and discuss her latest initiative. Check out a few highlights from her interview.
On the advice she would give her daughters about education:
“The same thing that my parents told me. You know, they have to put 120% in your education. And one of the things that I’m hoping to develop is their passion for learning. So many young people just get into the grades and checking the boxes—just doing what they think they’re supposed to do. But there’s also a value in learning how to love to learn, because you’re gonna have to be doing that forever. The way jobs are going now, nothing is set in stone. It’s not like people are working at the same job forever and in the end, getting that gold watch. People are needing to retrain and be able to re-educate themselves so that they stay on top of the jobs of the future. I want my girls to be life-long learners. But I also don’t want them to take anything for granted. They don’t have any excuse not to be outstanding students.
On wanting Sasha and Malia to have the college experience:
“I’ve been talking to my kids about college and getting them to think about how much fun that’s going to be, and getting excited about the possibility of living on a campus with other young people. You know, being able to explore and making it something that they are desperate to get at, you know? I don’t want them staying at home up under me!”
On what she’d tell her younger self:
“You know, that girl was always afraid. You know, I was thinking, maybe I’m not smart enough. Maybe I’m not bright enough. Maybe there are kids that are working harder than me. I was always worrying about disappointing someone or failing. And the thing that I would tell that girl is, ‘Don’t worry about failure because failure is the key to success and you are smart enough to sit at any table and compete and have your voice heard.’ Fortunately, I’ve come to know that.”
On applying and getting accepted to Princeton despite being discouraged by counselors:
“I was breathing a sigh of relief because by then [senior prom], I had gotten into Princeton. Even though there were counselors and people told me that I shouldn’t reach that high—that I didn’t have what it takes to get into a school like Princeton. But I ignored that naysayers, I got myself together, I focused on my application and I sent my forms in. It turned out that my parents could provide some support. I got grants and scholarships. I was flying high because I’d achieved one of my most important goals—after all of the worry and the hard work.”
She’s such a class act!
Catch the FLOTUS on 106 & Park Tuesday, November 19th at 6 pm E/T.
Jazmine Denise is an entertainment and celebrity news blogger. Follow her on Twitter @jazminedenise.
These shows started off with a bang — and great ratings — but over time they fizzled out and for some reason, unbeknownst to us, remained on the air.
Former basketball wife Shaunie O’Neal had a hit on her hands when she introduced the world to Jennifer Williams, Evelyn Lozado, Royce Reed and Gloria Govan, better known collectively as the “Basketball Wives.” While some of the men in the NBA were upset the women in their lives were given a show, fans tuned in each week to see how the rich, yet slightly ratchet, lived. The show was so successful, it spawned a spinoff version in Los Angeles. But as the cast members changed each season, the show’s fights became more insane. By the time Evelyn jumped over a table barefoot to go after her former friend and fellow cast mate Jennifer, there was a public outcry against the show and a petition was started to end the violence. While the fights have now died down, so did everyone’s interest in the show.
Last week’s episode of Catfish had the internets going nuts. If you recall, Keyonnah thought she was in a relationship with rapper Bow Wow. After the episode aired on MTV, Bow Wow issued a very arrogant, unsympathetic response. In the midst of fawning over himself, he did manage to invite Keyonnah and Dee Pimpin, the woman who was pretending to be Bow Wow, to “106 & Park.”
They had that meeting yesterday on the show. And it was quite entertaining.
From the moment she hit the stage, Bow Wow presented her with flowers and a hug that Keyonnah let linger. After being embarrassed on national television, she was not shy.
“We flew you in, we did the hair up. We got your makeup right. That’s how a real fella is supposed to treat a lady.”
Keyonnah explained why she’s been such a Bow Wow fan since she was 9 years old. It was almost too hard to watch as she listed all the things that contribute to Bow Wow’s appeal. His eyes, his hair when he had. She said she likes that he is “out here and ’bout it.” And Bow soaked up every last bit of it.
“You really thought that was your boy?”
She said she was skeptical at first but then when Dee Pimpin started sending money, she assumed he was the one.
And then… Dee Pimpin’ came out boppin’ like she was accepting an award that day. After Bow Wow told her not to scam any women in New York, he asked Dee why she decided to imitate him.
Bow Wow: “It was so many celebrities that you could have been. It’s a lot of other guys in the game who have strong, female fan bases as well. You could have been Trey, you could have been Drizzy Drake, you could have been Chris Brown. But you picked Bow Weezy.
Dee: Bow Wizzle!
Bow Wow: What made you say that I’m gon’ be Bow Wow?
Dee: A lot of kids they called me you, when I was younger. Cuz I had the afro and I was doing music at a younger age. So I kinda fell into your path and tried to walk your steps.
Then they played this cute little trivia game where Dee Pimpin’ answered questions about Bow. Check out the videos on the next page and then the video of Dee and Keyonnah answered questions from Instagram followers.
From Hello Beautiful
Terrence J’s memoir, The Wealth of My Mother’s Wisdom: The Lessons That Made My Life Rich recently debuted and it proves itself to be a record of trained mastery. Terrence J delivers a good book and a solid reminder of what happens to those of us who try to be our best—you inherit a pretty good life. We can all learn from Terrence J is the art of the debut.
In an era that seems to be defined by chronic unemployment, abundant talent and creative dreams that remain without their own GPS tools, The Wealth of My Mother’s Wisdom is a soothing read that honors the idea that success comes to those who endure and endure…and endure. It is definitely a book that every parent should share with a child in high school or college, it is also a nice reminder to those who are Terrence J’s peers about what success is all about.
Observing Terrence’ steady gaze into the camera every weeknight on E! News, as he rattles off the latest notes on pop culture, makes you wonder what it is like to be so lucky. To his right is the powerhouseGiuliana Rancic, and very frequently, he is exchanging off-camera quips with media mogul Ryan Seacrest. And yet the young host does not miss a beat, does not break a sweat. Since the moment he debuted on the network, it seems as though he’s always been with E! News. He is effortlessly in-step with the culture of red carpet fashion rewinds, famous party fails and the greater guilty pleasure of figuring out whether or not celebrities are, in fact, just like us.
Just a year ago, Terrence J co-hosted BET’s 106 & Park (along with Rocsi Diaz), the music countdown show that beat slayed the competition during his time there. As a young veteran, Terrence J’s style has not shifted. The same command that drew in thousands of Hip-Hop fans
now captures the evening regimen of regular viewers of what is very much the House of Kardashian. There are subtle differences in his demeanor now, his swag and trademark smile remaining intact. When watching him, there are times when it is clear he that is still pinching himself, appearing at times bashful, yet deferential to the company he now keeps. Terrence J is a man whose star is rising, and if you are at all into astrology, it is clear that his constellation is just beginning to cast its design.
The Terrence J how-to guide is worth consideration. BET has produced a roster of incredible hosts whose futures after their shows have not always held fast to the national spotlight. Al Shearer, host of the iconic show, Hits from the Streets, appeared in Punk’d and has pursued acting with appearances in movies, including Glory Road, but never ended up with his golden parachute exit.
Terrence’s predecessors on 106 & Park continue to work as hosts: AJ Calloway as a correspondent with Extra, and Free working as an on-air radio personality. Terrence’s former co-host Rosci is a correspondent with Entertainment Tonight. And of course, the brightest star to break from BET is Ananda Lewis, host of Teen Summit, who went on to be a MTV VJ and correspondent with The Insider, who at one point hosted her own daytime talk show.
Read more at HelloBeautiful.com
YAAAAAASSSS to this! That baby can “sang!”
Fantasia enlisted the help of her girl Missy to perform the popular single “Without Me” on 106 & Park last night. As my “YAAAAAASSSS” implies, the two women definitely killed it when they opened the show with the hit. Fanny’s vocals were on point, as were her background singers’ voices as they took over Kelly Rowland’s verse since she wasn’t available. And what can you say about Missy? Energy is always on 10.
Dressed in black leather with her background singers, and showing off her edgy haircut (the half-shaven haircut that can’t seem to bow out gracefully), Fantasia growled and danced and just had a gool ‘ol time on the main stage. When talking about the song’s inspiration later while being interviewed by Bow Wow and Angela Simmons, she said she was “feeling some type of way” about a certain somebody when she made it:
“When I recorded ‘Without Me,’ I was feeling some type of way that day. I got a little phone call and I remember going back into the studio like, ‘Yo, I need a record that’s gonna give me some club feel. I want to go a little hood, I want to get a little ratchet.’ You know what I’m talking about.”
She definitely had more fun on this track than any of the songs I’ve heard her put out recently, and it has been a huge club banger. Check out Fanny and Missy’s performance above and let us know if you were grooving as much as we were around these parts!
So much baby news to report today, and that’s always a positive and beautiful thing, right?
While George Lucas and Mellody Hobson are the new parents to daughter Everest, Extra correspondent and former 106 & Park host A.J. Calloway and wife Dionne Walker are the proud new parents of their own baby girl–Amy Belle Calloway. Nothing too left, nothing too hoodnificent, just short and sweet Amy Belle. She was born today and according to Extra, both mom and newborn are doing very well. When asked what he thinks about being a new father, Calloway made it clear that he’s feeling something major that he’s never felt before:
“We are so thrilled, I am still coming down from the moon… I now know what it feels like to have heaven in my arms.”
Calloway and Dionne Walker actually just wed last month after he proposed to her on-air on Extra in March. This is the first child for both beautiful people.
Baby fever, ya’ll! Congrats to the happy couple on their growing family!
No, really. The once dominant video countdown show that people once went out of their way to watch, or stood in lines forever to make an appearance on, is now a boring shell of its once colorful self.
In high school, I used to be thirsty to stay over at a friend’s house after school to see which one of my favorite musicians was going to hit the couch and chat with AJ and Free. I used to be very intrigued by their chemistry. Were they dating? Weren’t they? Did he just buy her a fur coat!? No matter what they were doing or how corny AJ sometimes appeared, they were great hosts, and they got all up in everybody’s business when they came on the show (including Bey and Jay during their early dating years).
When they left, things definitely went downhill, but the show still managed to dominate ratings, becoming the number one video countdown show over the now defunct Total Request Live on MTV. Julissa Bermudez and Big Tigger were interesting enough for the short time they held their position as hosts (Tigger’s voice alone keeps you hype), and when Rocsi Diaz and Terrence J finally turned up, they were a change some weren’t feeling, but had enough chemistry and talent to get fans and folks on their side (plus, it helps that Terrence is fine–even in person).
After the departure of Rocsi and Terence J, it would have been the perfect opportunity for 106 & Park to make an exit on a high note.
Instead, they’ve been beating a dead horse. They hired four new hosts (and two was already enough) in job needy Bow Wow, Miss Mykie, Paigion, and Shorty da Prince . And while they were a bit cheesy as a team, they were honestly doing their best on a show that was and is running out of steam. In the end, less than a year after giving these folks their jobs, BET fired everyone BUT Bow Wow so they could try and force sparks to fly between him and his ex-Angela Simmons. She’s cute, but that baby struggles to show real personality and enthusiasm, and she’s only appeared for the last few weeks. Here’s the new news that came out about the future of the show’s 15 hosts:
106 & PARK” is undergoing exciting changes. Angela Simmons will continue to guest host until the end of the summer. Bow Wow aka “Mr. 106 & Park” will continue as the lead host; Miss. Mykie, Paigion and Shorty Da Prince will no longer remain on the show. BET Networks is happy to have worked with these bright, young stars and will continue to support them and their upcoming endeavors.
When I found out that they were going to try and revamp things with Bow Wow and Simmons (they must have realized that Bow Wow and his ex-girlfriends bring a lot of attention to the show, i.e., his uncomfortable interview with Ciara not too long ago), I had to roll my eyes.
Please BET, let this show go already. While the network has made positive strides in its programming as of recent, anytime I flip past 106 & Park they’re showing videos by artists no one has ever heard about over the age of 12, as teenagers sit behind the hosts looking bored and tired. And that’s the way the audience feels at home. There’s no connection to the hosts. While I think Angela Simmons and Bow Wow are interesting people separately, I’m personally tired of seeing famous faces get jobs over more qualified people just because they supposedly have a following. Really, what grown woman is still crushing on Bow Wow!?
And if we can keep it really real, the era for the music video countdown show is dead. Especially when the same video you want folks to spend their high text message rates on to vote for can be viewed for free.99 on YouTube. It was a good idea at a time when you could watch artists make their videos on the network, and back when world premieres took place mainly on the show, but in the hours that one would wait to watch 106 & Park now, you could watch the video and many more on your phone. Plus, the Z-list celebrities they get to come on the show aren’t enough to get anybody to watch.
While 106 & Park might have at one time beaten MTV’s TRL during its heyday, and jump started some thriving careers (except for Free…girl, where are you!?), they need to make like TRL and all the other video countdown predecessors and be done already. It was fun while it lasted, but now it’s just a waste of good re-run and original programming space. Just saying.
AJ Calloway may be a big time correspondent on “Extra” these days, but black folk will always remember him best as one half of the dynamic 106 & Park duo that was “AJ and Free.” Some folks swore up and down that he and Free had a little something going on. I never believed it; but even if they did, those days are long over. “Extra” has confirmed that AJ married his fiancee Dionne Walker this past Saturday in a private ceremony attended by family and friends.
We reported that AJ proposed to his girlfriend back in March when she joined him on “Extra” flashing her engagement ring.
This will be the second marriage for AJ. He married Dr. Lao Sealey back in 2005.
The couple is also expecting their first child together, as you might be able to tell from the picture.
The wedding was officiated by AJ’s cousin, Pastor Daniel Keys.
In an interview with “Extra” AJ had this to say about his recent nuptials:
“I am overjoyed and I look forward to starting our lives together and growing our family.”
Good for him!
Black Twitter has never been known to exercise chill. Case in the point, the #AskDraya trending topic making a mockery of one Draya Michele.
Long story short; Michele is one of the stars of VH1′s reality show Basketball Wives: Los Angeles and a, shall we say, “woman about town.” The source of the vitriol hurled her way are her much criticized parenting skills, or lack thereof. Born Andraya Howard, she was found guilty of child endangerment back in 2010 for leaving her then 7-year-old son in Wyomissing, Pa. while she was busy working stripper poles in Philadelphia. It came to light on the show, she denied it, but the police report said it was true.
Then today, BET started an #AskDraya hashtag to coincide with her appearance on 106 & Park. Bad move—the slander shortly reached unholy levels. Also, for the record, Hip-Hop Wired had an #AskDraya Bangin Candy video post popping last year. Y’all just showed more chill. Thanks, we think.
Draya Michele was most recently seen kicking it backstage at this weekend’s Hot 97 Summer Jam XX concert. Nope, her son was nowhere in sight. Anyway, today’s slander seems exceptionally cold-blooded, even by Black Twitter standards. Check out the 15 meanest tweets in the following pages. Clutch your Bibles tight…
Read more tweets on HipHopWired.com.
Can You Feel The Awkardness In The Air? Old Boo Bow Wow Has To Interview Ciara In Front Of Her New Man Future On “106 & Park”
As if running into your ex wasn’t already awkward enough, try having to come face to face with ‘ol boy, while you’re with your new man when you’re a celebrity like Ciara. The singer took to 106 & Park to debut her video, “Body Party,” which featured her new boo, Future, along with many other ATLiens. Of course, she had to be interviewed by Bow Wow, her ex. They had an extremely public relationship back in 2005 (on the cover of magazines together, making songs as a couple, hitting the red carpets) but ended up having an equally public breakup when they split in 2006.
Fast forward to 2013, she’s happily dating Future and feeling good. Like, really good. They’ve been all over the place with their relationship. But in order to connect with her C-Squad (her fans that is), she had to make a stop to 106 & Park to be interviewed by her ex. Paigon was a buffer between the two initially, but she disappeared during the middle of it, leaving the former couple to awkwardly converse. The person who seemed the most uncomfortable though was Bow Wow, who tried his best to play it cool but clearly looked far from it. Maybe that’s why he got too comfortable sitting far away on the couch with this legs open and laughed and made noises randomly throughout the interview. If it wasn’t awkward enough that he did the “Woooooooo” to a picture of Ci and Future, there was even a part at the end where he asked her to shout out his mother, since she considered Ciara to be like a daughter…his words, not mine.
They handled it decently, Ciara especially, but still, I’m sure she would have loved if Bow Wow would have taken the day off. Check out her interview below and in the first video, watch until the 5-minute mark, as for the second video, you can watch the whole thing, but from the 3-minute mark to the end comes the juicy/awkward part.
How do you think they handled having to speak to each other while her new boyfriend was watching?