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Brandy, MC Lyte, Yo-Yo And Queen Latifah Reunite To Perform “I Wanna Be Down (Remix)” At BET Hip Hop Awards

October 15th, 2014 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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Did you tune into last night’s BET Hip Hop Awards?

Don’t worry, I won’t judge if you didn’t, because I only got to check out the last 30 minutes of the show for myself. But what I was lucky enough to catch before it went off was Brandy reuniting with MC Lyte, Yo-Yo and Queen Latifah for a performance of one of my favorite songs, “I Wanna Be Down (Remix).” All four ladies reunited earlier in the year on “The Queen Latifah Show” to talk about the story behind the creation of the beloved remix, but they recently took the stage to perform the jam for its 20th anniversary.

Brandy looked flawless as usual, jamming in a flannel ensemble with big hair and thigh-high boots as brother Ray J fanned out in the audience, while Queen Latifah, MC Lyte and Yo-Yo reminded everyone that black does not crack.

Speaking on the performance on Instagram, Brandy said “Dear God, thank you for this moment!” And Yo-Yo said “20 years of sisterhood and great music. Love you ladies @mclyte @4everbrandy @queenlatifah and the greatest producer @keithcrouch wish you could of been here. We lite the stage up!!”

The ladies definitely slayed the stage. Check out their performance below:


“It’s Like You Have A Disease”: Stars Who Say They Were Ostracized In The Industry For Getting Pregnant

October 13th, 2014 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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Source: OWN

Source: OWN

During a recent episode of “Where Are They Now?” with Oprah, Vivica A. Fox said that one of her biggest regrets was that she didn’t have a child. This is something she spoke about in the past, saying that her concern with her career made her put motherhood on the back burner for quite some time.

“I just had been for the last 20 years so focused on Vivica and my career and what was the next job and what was the next thing I could do to…[breaks down].

You get to that point too where you’re like, you can’t [have a child] and then you get a lot of people who are like, ‘Oh well, you can adopt’ and maybe I can. But I did want to try to have my own child.”

She might have halted on having a child to keep her career hot, but it definitely seems that she might have been met with a lot of resistance and disappointment by people in the industry if she did get pregnant. The following famous women have said on more than one occasion that when they revealed that they were with child, those around them were NOT happy. In Hollywood, white hot careers come first…

Nothing Was The Same: Artists We Thought Would Be Hot Forever

October 9th, 2014 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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Was there an artist you saw everywhere at one time or another and thought that they would always be “on”? Yeah, the 00s (and the ’90s) were filled with them, but a change in the sound of Hip-Hop and R&B, and a change in the way people buy and obtain music (and a change in skills and vocal abilities…) has caused some of the people who used to be on top to be somewhat forgotten about these days. It happens often, but we were surprised when these particular people (who aren’t one-hit wonders) were on top–and then all of a sudden were nowhere near the top years later.

Credit: AP Image

Credit: AP Image

Ja Rule

You couldn’t tell me after Ja Rule was on top of the charts with albums like Rule 3:36 and Pain Is Love, and after helping Jennifer Lopez get two #1 hits with “I’m Real” and “Ain’t It Funny,” that he wasn’t going to be on top for years to come.

But alas…

Well before and after the release of The Last Temptation, Ja Rule (born Jeffrey Atkins) started heavily beefing publically with 50 Cent, who would be a formidable threat in the rap game about to take the top spot. And on top of that, after a while, Murder Inc. was under investigation for drug trades, so Ja ended up leaving the company behind in 2009. From there, he was no longer the big fish and eventually found himself in prison for gun possession. Now out and about, Ja still performs (he just did a show in Nigeria with Ashanti), but people aren’t necessarily checking for him like they used to.

“Sometimes I Can’t Believe We Have The Same Mom And Dad”: Brandy Checks Ray J About His Petty Treatment Of Teairra Mari

October 1st, 2014 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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If you’ve been keeping up with “Love and Hip Hop Hollywood,” you probably saw Monday night’s episode, where Ray J busted in on Teairra Mari’s tattoo removal party to return to her the products she had been asking for. Instead of being chill about it of course, Ray J chose to put her things in a box, take them to the party, and dump them on the ground in front of her and her guests (and he would also say that her Monistat was in the box in front of everyone). Obviously, that didn’t sit well with Mari, who proceeded to muff him in the face and throw things at him while calling him a “b***h.”

In a preview of next week’s episode, we will see the aftermath of that tomfoolery, including Ray speaking to his sister, Brandy, about the messy scene. During their conversation, Brandy tells him what we’ve all been trying to say for years: GROW UP.

“You had no business going over there to begin with. Sometimes I can’t believe we have the same mom and dad.”

Brandy goes on to tell him that he shouldn’t be petty when it comes to dealing with his exes. In fact, he shouldn’t be dealing with them at all. It’s time to make better choices, Ray.

Check out her words of wisdom to Ray about his treatment of Mari and how they both need to move on:


“I’m The Reason Why The Show Is Successful”: Cast Members Of Your Favorite TV Shows Who Couldn’t Seem To Get Along

September 2nd, 2014 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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Just yesterday “The Unauthorized Saved By The Bell Story” aired and it showed a side of the cast members behind the scenes that was quite salacious and drama-filled. Yes, the chemistry you see between cast members on TV shows isn’t always real or what it seems, and that goes for bad relationships between co-stars. It’s true that sometimes the people paid to play friends and lovers really can’t stand one another. Here are 11 examples of cast members who couldn’t get along from some of our favorite shows.

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Paramount Domestic Television


Though Brandy and Countess Vaughn had to play best friends on “Moesha,” they had a very contentious relationship, which Brandy recounted in detail as the cover darling of the April ’98 issue of Vibe.

“I think she’s very funny, very talented,” Brandy says. “I just feel like she wants to be in the position I’m in. People tell her, ‘You’re the reason why the show’s successful.’ And she’s told me that before. And she’s called me a b***h-to my face. She said, ‘I’m the reason why the show is successful, bitch.’ In front of a lot of people. And I looked at her like, Wow. I couldn’t say nothing about her because I wasn’t about to…”

“She knows,” says Brandy of Vaughn. “She wakes up and looks at herself in the mirror and she gets disgusted. I don’t.”


“You Can’t Play The Victim”: Tisha Campbell-Martin Reveals That She Was Raped At The Age Of 3

August 7th, 2014 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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We told you about this new advice show, The Daily Helpline, last week when Brandy was a guest and spoke openly and vulnerably about hoping to find love before it’s too late. Someone else who has appeared on the new Fox show since is Tisha Campbell-Martin, and she too opened up in a way that we’ve never seen her do before. While giving a woman who was a victim of sexual assault some heartfelt advice, she revealed that she has gone through the same feelings and struggles the young woman had because she was also sexually abused at one point in her life.

“You can no longer be a victim. You have to be victorious at this point. You can’t play the victim because at this point, and I’m not saying this to put you down or anything. What I’m saying is that he is winning, and you are allowing him to win. You are making a conscious decision to harm yourself, to hurt yourself and allow this person to still have dominion over your life. You can’t do that anymore. The reason why I can absolutely say this to you without judgment or anything else is, and this is the first time I have ever admitted this on camera in front of millions of people is that I too have been a victim of the same thing. When I was three I was raped, by an older person. Now, I knew as child I did nothing wrong and that this wasn’t my fault, but I have found forgiveness in the guilt that I might’ve had. I felt like, did I pull this in? Did I do something? At three years old? No. It’s a heinous crime.”

You can check out Martin’s very brave admission below:

Brandy On Social Media Commentary: “They Say Whatever…And Things Still Affect Me Now”

August 4th, 2014 - By Madame Noire
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With a music career that began when she was just 15 years old, singer and actress Brandy has been in the spotlight for two decades. Being a star on the rise can be difficult to navigate for any teen, but Brandy believes that today’s young stars have it much harder than she ever did. The reason? Social media.

In the above web exclusive from Brandy’s “Oprah: Where Are They Now?” interview, she explains the challenge of living in a world that is so socially connected.

“Oh my God… the opinions are so in-your-face,” she says. “I feel for the young artists today because people can just type them anything that they want to say and [be] negative, you know?”

Had social media been around during Brandy’s teen years, she doubts she would have been able to handle her naysayers having such direct access to her. “I don’t think I would have made it in this generation,” she admits. “I don’t think I had… that strength that you need to really have a sense of self.”

Read more about Brandy’s thoughts on social media at 

“I Just Want To Know The Secret Of Making It Work, Cause Time Is Ticking”: Brandy Talks Being 35 And Still Searching For Mr. Right

August 1st, 2014 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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So many new talk shows! There’s one in particular that  just started on Fox called “The Daily Helpline,” which is an advice show for people looking for help with love, dealing with drama and more. Brandy was just a guest on the show, and when speaking with hosts Spirit and Miles, she made herself very vulnerable and and asked a question that many of us are also looking for the answer to:

Brandy: “I have a deep question for you guys. I’ve been in relationships before. I’ve been the heartbreaker, I have had my heart broken to pieces. But I just want to know the secret of making it work, cause time is ticking. I’m 35 and I’m trying to one day get to the next level. The next level! You know? Like marriage one day? Help me, ya’ll looking at me like ya’ll don’t know what I’m talking about.”

Spirit: “Communication every day is the key. And I honestly think that most people aren’t willing to do what it takes to make a marriage work, much less a relationship. Most of us, we have to ask the question: Why should I share my passwords with my partner? Why do I have to tell them where I am?”

Brandy: “Oh you gon’ tell me your password! [laughs] Just kidding!”

Spirit: “That’s the right idea though! I really think with all sincerity, relationships are hard, and people don’t want to work hard. You have to tell your partner, if we’re going to do this, I mean literally do this, it needs to be ’til death do us part, not ’til divorce do us part. So if divorce isn’t an option, and your personal happiness always has to be an option, then what you’ll say is ‘Hey, we have a problem and I refuse to be unhappy so we need to figure this out. We need to get to resolution. When you take it off the table, then you have the opportunity for resolution, you have the opportunity to forgive, and you have the opportunity for forever. You can’t hold on to stuff.”

Brandy: “Why weren’t you around two years ago in my life? [laughs]”

Spirit is telling the truth! But what do you think? Check out the chat the singer had with “The Daily Helpline” hosts below and share your thoughts.

“I Was Scared” Brandy Nearly Cries Telling Oprah Why She Lied About Being Married

July 31st, 2014 - By Veronica Wells
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Source: YouTube

In 2002, Brandy made a big announcement. She had married secretly and was six months pregnant. Then there was that reality tv show, “Brandy: Special Delivery” where we saw Brandy and her “husband,” Robert Smith together and watched the process of her giving birth to her daughter Sy’rai. Watching the show you could tell something was off between Brandy and Robert– I just never assumed that their whole relationship was a sham.

Either way, on a recent episode of Oprah’s “Where Are They Now,” Brandy comes back to sit on Oprah’s couch (or chair) and explain why she felt she needed to lie about having a child out of wedlock.

Oprah: I asked if you were married at the time and you said you were. Why did you say that?

Brandy: I said that I was married. Because at that time being pregnant out of wedlock was not a trend. It was not something that people praised. It was a sin. And I felt like I could not be honest about that. I felt the pressure of, again, having to be perfect. And I was scared. I thought that everything that I had worked hard for and everything that I worked to build, the image that I worked so hard to build was threatened. And I felt like having a child out of wedlock would ruin my career, everything that I had built.

And I’m really sorry for that because you just don’t lie to Oprah, okay?!

You can watch the video below.

In another part of the interview, Brandy explains why she doesn’t think she would have made it as a celebrity growing up in this day and age because people on social media can be so cruel. See what she had to say in the video below.

You can catch Brandy’s episode of “Where Are They Now” this Sunday, August 3 on OWN at 9 pm ET/PT.

Why I Think Honorary Greek Inductions Are Unfair

July 18th, 2014 - By Charing Ball
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It was the middle of Spring semester 1999 and dozens upon dozens of young women dressed in their professional best, nervously lined up outside of one of the University’s meeting hall.

It was the first orientation meeting for prospects for the first line on campus, since the organization was suspended for bad behavior by the school several years ago. Today was a new day. And we young hopefuls stood silently, surveying each other and smiling politely. It was the first time any of us had personally revealed intentions (outside of few close friends and family) publicly as well as the first time any of us got to see who else might be on the rooster.

There was lots of paranoia on campus about the Greeks. For one, talking about the fraternity or sorority you intended to pledge was akin to announcing to the campus your intentions of screwing the entire offensive line of the football squad.  Ya just didn’t do it. There were horrifying urban legends and folklore about those, who let their lips do the flapping. At the very least, if all that bragging, boosting and declaring you did got back to the wrong ears, it was almost guaranteed that you would not make it – the exception was those, who were legacy of course. But that day, the cat was out the Greek letter embroidered bag and your closely guarded secret would now be known – or gossiped about – around Virginia Union’s tightly-knit campus by sundown.

I was kind of shocked when I got my letter inviting me to line. There were so many legacies at the orientation and only a few available slots and yet they choose me. As flattered as I was, I also felt like it was well earned. A year or so before the letter arrived in my mail slot, I had made it up in my mind that this organization was what I was going to join. As such, I put in the work bringing my grades up and being active on campus as well as in the community – well, as active as I could, while going to school full time and working damn near full time. In may respects, having such a prestigious and notable organization, with a long legacy in the community, notice the work I put in, actually mattered.

And then I read to the bottom of the letter, where it said that they needed $438 in a few days…

Mom wasn’t an option because she was already helping me on rent.. Dad wasn’t an option because he rarely was an option. I asked Grandma and she seemed quite confused about why I needed the money. “What kind of organization cost that much…Greek what?…Nope, I ain’t got it…” A couple of my other friends, who too were in similar financial circumstances offered to chip in, but even with all that fundraising, I had only managed to raised about half the money. Reluctantly, I contacted the line adviser, who told me that if I couldn’t raise the money, my only other option was to drop line.

She met me at my job as a cashier at a local supermarket. She waited patiently for me to finish up my last customer on the line and handed me the paperwork to fill out. I can’t remember what all it stated but the gist of it was that I was dropping line on my own volition. Technically I wasn’t, but I signed the paperwork anyway. My face must have looked pretty pitiful because without asking, she pulled me close to her for a hug and told me to have strength. I would rather money.

As hurt as I was at the time, I’m over it. No seriously, I swear I’m not bitter about it all. Looking back, I probably could have taken the risk and gambled my rent money for the month, hoping that I could find some other way to make it up. Or I could have asked the one more affluent girlfriend for the money. But I felt after all the free rides (including back and forth to Philly), food and use of her personal computer and printer ink, I just didn’t want to ask her for anymore stuff. But I could have taken the risk – I suppose.

Still, I will own up to feeling a tinge of tartness whenever I hear about and read things like this:

Today was a very special day. I became and honorary member of #AlphaKappaAlpha! I made this very special lady proud. @sonjanorwood- My mom’s legacy as an #AKA continues. Love to all my #Sorors <3 #sisterhood #ethics #strength #class #leadership #intellect #power #LOVE”

That comment is from Brandy Norwood, who according to published reports just became an honorary member of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Also according to these reports, there are also pictures of Norwood posing ever so dainty in all white and giving the Ivy symbol with her hands. I do not begrudge Norwood. But she had two advantages here: legacy and fame. Those privileges meant that in terms of gaining access to that particular organization, she never had to worry too much about risk.

And that is why I just don’t think honorary inductions are fair practices. Or legacies for that matter. And yet colleges, universities and all types of collegiate organizations regularly use these sorts of practices to help determine admission through its doors. Even as the practices totally spit in the face of everything everyone, including these same institutions, has ever said life was supposed to be about: hard work and merit. And if something doesn’t work out, well it is because you didn’t work hard (including taking those risk)- that has always been the narrative, anyway.

And, there is no denying that hard work matters in some respects. And there is also no denying the contributions of some folks to the greater society and it is only right they their work is honored. The AKA’s own list of other honorary members is pretty impressive. But then there are the people, who receive honorary inductions into these institutions for basically singing a song or two we liked (you can’t even say “write” as writing credits are few and far in between).  And that’s when the sourness sets in…

To be clear this is not and anti-affirmative action post. Affirmative action is largely a response to what are unearned privileges, like the honorary degree and legacy clauses as well as racism and sexism. In actuality, some affirmative action, particularly an economic-based affirmative action, might have aided me in my own quest for membership. But rather this is a post about the types of messages we put out into the world and values we reinforce when those, who studied, learned the craft, did the research, walked the right lines and struggled but ultimately played the game as the rules had been laid out, find their hard work and merit overlooked in favor of the notable, the inherited and pretty much those folks who already have the advantages.

Is that really fair?