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Serena Williams’ Chef Lauren Von Der Pool Teaches You How To Eat Yourself Sexy!

October 11th, 2016 - By jade
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In this episode of She’s The Boss, Chef Von Der Pool shares some of her most memorable moments with Venus and Serena Williams and she talks about how plant based foods electrifies the body and makes you more alive. Growing up in a food desert herself, she was not prone to eating healthy at an early age but after some unexpected life events she quickly turned her life around and the rest is history.

Season 3 Episode Schedule

Episode 1 : Misty Copeland “Creating Your Own History” – Aired October 3rd

Episode 2 : Lita Lewis “Thick Thighs Save Lives” – Aired October 6th

Episode 3 : Chef Lauren Von Der Pool “Eat Yourself Sexy!” – Aired October 11th

Episode 4 : Debbie Allen “Taking Charge On & Off The Screen” – Aired October 17th

Episode 5 : Ariell Johnson “Blerds Rule” – Aired October 20th

Episode 6 : Zim Ugochukwu “Explore The World” – Airs October 24th

Click here to watch past seasons of She’s The Boss.

Bet You Didn’t Know: Secrets Behind The Making Of The Wiz Live!

September 12th, 2016 - By Nneka Samuel
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Source: NBC

Source: NBC

The Wiz Live!, NBC’s third and by far most popular live musical event (especially with Twitter) since 2013 took audiences by storm last year. Not that the cast, featuring newcomer Shanice Williams as Dorothy, David Alan Grier, Elijah Kelley, Ne-Yo, Queen Latifah, Common, Mary J. Blige, Uzo Aduba and Stephanie Mills, to name a few, had any real pressure – what with the beloved Broadway musical and 1978 film starring Diana Ross, Michael Jackson and Lena Horne to boot. But they did an amazing job bringing the beloved musical to audiences – new and old alike. Want to know how they pulled it off? Here are some secrets behind the making of The Wiz Live!

Marsai Martin To Star In New American Girl Special

August 26th, 2016 - By Veronica Wells
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If you’ve seen even a single episode of “black-ish,” you know that Marsai Martin is likely to steal any scene in which she’s featured. You can just look at her and tell that this child actress is on the path to have a very long and lucrative career in this business.

And it starts now.

Earlier this year, we reported that American Girl was releasing a new doll named Melody Ellison. Melody’s character is that of a Black girl growing up in Detroit, Michigan during the Civil Rights Movement. According to a recent article on Deadline, Marsai is set to take on the role of Melody in Amazon’s live-action special, Melody, 1963: Love Has to Win, an American Girl Story.

The movie is expected to be released on Amazon Prime video this fall.

The project is executive produced by Common and written and produced by Alison McDonald, who most recently worked on the critically acclaimed Roots reboot. Veteran actor Frankie Faison, who’s been in everything from “The Wire” to “The Good Wife” and currently stars in “Luke Cage,” will play Melody’s grandfather. And Idara Victor, who plays Nina Holiday in “Rizzoli & Isles,” will play Melody’s mother.

The story centers around a 10-year-old Black girl whose eyes have just been opened to the racial inequality in America, particularly after the 1963 Birmingham Church Bombing. In response to her new awareness, Melody questions the Pledge of Allegiance at school, challenging her teacher on the validity of its promise in light of such a tragedy. After a journey of self reflection and words of wisdom from her mother, Melody is reminded that she needs to stand up for what’s right even when it’s hard or scary.

The film will be an adaptation of stories written by Denise Lewis Patrick and is part of a multi-year, multi-million dollar production deal between Amazon and Mattel, a subsidiary of American Girl. As a part of the deal, Amazon will produce four-live actions specials based on American Girl’s line of dolls and books.

Melody is directed by Tina Mabry, the woman behind Mississippi Damned and “Queen Sugar.”

It’s so refreshing to see so many Black names and faces associated with this project, both in front of and behind the camera. We can’t wait to watch this!


Erykah Badu Shares Her Thoughts On Marriage, Old Boos & Apologizes To Iggy In Epic #AskBadu Session

December 7th, 2015 - By Veronica Wells
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Source: Twitter

Whenever a brave celebrity opens themselves up to a #Ask________ session, you never know how it will end. See #AskRKelly, #AskDonLemon  and #MyNYPD for examples of extreme failures. But today when Erykah Badu took to Twitter to answer a few questions from fans, it was all types of awesome. I actually learned quite a few things from E. Badu including her thoughts on marriage, Beyoncé and what she would be doing if she weren’t an artist. There’s even a nod to one of her ex boo thang’s if you watch closely.

Check some of the highlights from #AskBadu below.


“Do I ever see myself getting married? Absolutely. Every single time I fall in love, I do. I’m always looking for a forever. I’m a win-win type of person. Sometimes it all boils down to the chemistry, that’s the most important thing. No matter how good you are together, if the chemistry does not line up, I think that the bad may outweigh the good and there are easier ways to grow, to evolve. But…he’s coming.”


B! I love B! I’m a huge B fan. Beyoncé is one of the hardest working human beings I’ve ever seen. She has to have a lot of patience and control. I admire the way she manages her life, her relationship and her career. Plus, she’s from Texas. That’s my Texas homie. What’s up B? The whole Knowles family got my love.

“I Tried To Break Up With Him So Many Times” Erykah Badu Talks Relationship With Common

November 25th, 2015 - By Veronica Wells
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Source: YouTube/The Breakfast Club

Source: YouTube/The Breakfast Club

It’s not every day that Erykah Badu sits down for an interview. So we were happy to learn that she recently spoke with “The Breakfast Club” crew. And we all know celebrities often end up keeping it very real with those three. Plus, Badu is not really known for being fraudulent. Anyway, during her sit down she spoke about everything from her son Seven to her clash with Azealia Banks. But what I found most interesting was that she cleared the record and told her side of the story when it came to her breakup with rapper Common. Check out a few highlights from the interview below and watch the full video on the next page.

Clash with Azealia Banks

I think sometimes, if we’re not careful, we can let people instigate us into some kind of weird situation. It’s the people around who are repeating it, retweeting and retweeting. I didn’t even know she was going to read it…That’s the way it is. I was just saying some sh*t really. Now I got some hardcore a$$ b*tch after me. I’m peeping around corners everywhere I go.

On her son Seven 

Yeah, he turned 18 on November 18th.

Yee: How protective are you because he worked on your album and he worked with Gwen Stefani but are you really protective of him as your son in this industry?

Not really, no. He’s not really into that kind of thing. He’s a nerd. He’s into studies and computers and things. He’s talented by default and he has exquisite taste.

Envy: But look who his mommy and daddy is. He had to be talented.

He’s an improvement on a design though. He’s next level.


Envy: Was that a true, ‘I’m just going to try this one night, we taping’ or was it a studio… 

In rehearsal, a lot of times, we just play around and do stuff. But I didn’t know it was going to turn into “Tyrone.” So the background vocals were prepared because they kind of know the joke. But it just kind of turned into a song. It was totally freestyle.

Yee: You ruined everybody named Tyrone after that.

Erykah: *Chuckles* I know.

Breakup with Common 

Yee: He said you called him and said, ‘I don’t want to be with you anymore.’

That’s not true. You know I never got a chance to say anything. I tried to breakup with him so many times. That was the last time.

Envy: It’s hard to break up with a light skinned person, man.

It’s hard. They don’t get it. They don’t understand. They keep coming.

Yee: That is true. You try to break up with some guys and they act like it never happened.

That’s right. He didn’t believe it.

Charlemagne: How many times did you try to break up with him?

Ok, I’m exaggerating a little bit. It was just kind of like, we were growing apart. We hadn’t seen each other in a little while. I told him that I needed space.

Yee: So you tried to do the fade out?

I tried to do the fade out. But I ended up putting myself in a trick bag. But you know, me and Common are still very close too. He’s really sweet. He’s the most compassionate human being I’ve ever met, I think. Very kind…hearted. But it’s all about chemistry, you gotta have chemistry.

Charlemagne: How do you know when it’s up, when the chemistry’s done?

If the chemistry was never there, it was just never there. But you know there’s a process that you take to get to know people. You know, you date people. There’s certain things that are awesome and certain things that really don’t mesh with you. In Common’s case, he’s just awesome all the way around, just the chemistry’s a little different.

Charlemagne: Did he ever be like, ‘What am I supposed to do with all these clothes I bought?’

*Laughs* Horrible.

Barbershop: The Next Cut Will Not Only Make People Laugh, But It Will Also Tackle Gun Violence In Chicago [Trailer]

November 24th, 2015 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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MGM/New Line

Welcome back to the barbershop!

It’s been more than 10 years since the last installment in the Barbershop franchise. But after rumors of another film being shopped around popped up last year, Malcolm D. Lee was able to make it happen. Ice Cube and the gang all hustled back into Calvin’s barbershop in Chicago to make a third film. Barbershop: The Next Cut will open nationwide on April 15, 2016.

Until then, you can check out the first trailer from the comedy, which was released today.

Directed once again by Lee, but written this time around by Black-ish showrunner Kenya Barris and The Neighbors Tracey Oliver, we catch up with Calvin (Ice Cube) and Eddie (Cedric the Entertainer) and the inhabitants of their beloved shop. Major changes have been made to it, including the establishment now being co-ed thanks to the addition of a beauty shop that brings with it Angie (Regina Hall) and the feisty Draya (Nicki Minaj).

And major changes are also happening in the surrounding community, where gang violence is rampant. In the hopes of not only saving the shop, and the neighborhood, but to also keep his son Jalen (Michael Rainey Jr.) out of harms way, Calvin and the barbershop crew work together to try and bring about change.

That’s right. This story is a bit deeper than what we were given the first and second time around–and I’m not mad at that.

But no worries! Based on the trailer, the film still has very humorous moments, and that makes sense considering all the funny folks with roles. Anthony Anderson is back as J.D., of course, Cedric the Entertainer is an important player, and then there’s JB Smoove, LaMorne Morris (of New Girl fame), and Deon Cole (of Black-ish popularity).

Common has joined the cast, and some of your old favorites are back too, including Sean Patrick Thomas (Jimmy), Troy Garity (Isaac) and Eve (Terri). No sign of Michael Ealy though.

Check out the trailer for yourself and let us know if you’ll be down for another visit to Calvin’s barbershop next spring.

Celebrity Men We Think Would Be The “Perfect Guy”

September 19th, 2015 - By Iva Anthony
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We all know there’s no such thing as a perfect guy. Even still, it’s nice to dream about meeting a man who is the entire package. Can’t a gal dream? Continue clicking to check out which celebrity men are about as perfect as it gets for us.



Idris Elba

What’s there not to love about Idris Elba? With his chocolate skin, captivating eyes and that heartwarming British accent, any woman would fall head over heels for him. Elba first came across our radar as Stringer Bell in HBO’s acclaimed series The Wire and we haven’t had enough of him yet.







Common Talks Drake And Serena: If She’s Happy, I’m Happy

August 28th, 2015 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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While we can’t confirm whether or not Drake and Serena Williams are a couple, there’s no denying that the two are rekindling some form of a romantic relationship. But of course, the petty coral wouldn’t allow this courtship to fully blossom until they checked in with Williams’ ex-boyfriend, Common, who admitted to engaging in lyrical warfare with Drake in the past over whispers that the rapper had made a move on the tennis star.

Although in previous interviews he still seemed to be pining over the curvaceous beauty, Common seemed quite satisfied by the idea that his ex may have found happiness with someone else.

“Serena is a friend of mine,” the rapper told TMZ. “As long as she’s happy, I’m good.”

Although whispers about the former couple possibly revisiting their relationship after she was photographed posing with Common’s Oscar Award earlier this year, he made it clear that their romance has been dead in the water for a minute.

“You know, that’s my friend. We dated. That’s been done a long time ago, so now, it’s like we’re friends.”

He continued:

“She’s doing super good in tennis. She’s incredible, so as long as she’s happy, I’m good.”

Common and Serena broke up years ago, and it’s likely that he’s completely over the situation, but in the event that he’s just putting on a good face and is really broken up inside, he’s more than welcome to make his way to Madame Noire’s office. I know of a shoulder that he could lean on.

Meet The Men Of “The Wiz Live!”

August 13th, 2015 - By Veronica Wells
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With each passing week, I get more and more excited about NBC’s “The Wiz Live!” The cast, from Uzo Aduba to David Alan Grier to Queen Latifah, is looking like it’s going to be top notch.

And now we’re getting word on the fellas.

Common, Ne-Yo and Elijah Kelley are joining the party as well.

Common will take the role of the gate keep of Oz, Ne-Yo will play the Tin Man and Elijah will be playing the Scarerow.

Can you see it? Are you here for these choices?

Common’s New Series Headed To Showtime

August 11th, 2015 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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So Bae has a new television series slated to air on Showtime!

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the premium cable network ordered a pilot for the coming-of-age series, which will be penned and executive produced by Lonnie “Common” Lynn Jr. and Dear White People producer Lena Waithe.

The drama will shadow the life of a young African-American male who lives in a community where “just  growing up can be a matter of life and death.” Kapital Entertainment’s Aaron Kaplan will also be joining Waithe and Lynn as an executive producer. Clark Johnson will be directing the pilot.

“The two creative forces behind the show, both hailing from Chicago’s South Side, give this pilot an unparalleled authenticity,” Showtime president David Nevins said. “Lena Waithe is an extremely fresh, talented young writer with a unique voice and a deeply thoughtful perspective into the world where she grew up. I immediately gravitated to her script, which is emotional, funny, tragic and relevant, all at once. And, we are so fortunate to have artist and visionary Common for his first producing project in scripted television.”

The untitled series will be Showtime’s second pilot and first hourlong.

We’re totally here for this!