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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.

The Weekend On Café Mocha: Dr. Renee Hornbuckle Shares How She Overcame Marital Betrayal

August 28th, 2015 - By Lauren R.D. Fox
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This weekend on Café Mocha, Dr. Renee Hornbuckle shares how she overcame humiliation and resentment towards her husband Bishop Terry Hornbuckle. The Bishop confessed to his wife that he drugged and sexually abused several church members from their Arlington, Texas megachurch but Dr. Hornbuckle has overcome.

After Dr. Hornbuckle talks about surviving marital betrayal, catch the snippet of Did Y’all See? on Café Mocha Radio. Listen to the ladies of MadameNoire give their input on Serena Williams and Drake’s budding relationship and you can always watch them on our YouTube channel at YouTube.com/MadameNoire.

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But Dat Beard Tho: 11 Celeb Men Who Look Amazing With Facial Hair

August 27th, 2015 - By Desiree Bowie
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The right facial hair can take a man from 0 to 100 in no time flat. Drake grew his beard and turned haters into believers with his “glo up.” (See above picture.) From goatees and mustaches to full-fledged beards, let’s take a look at 15 Hollywood hotties who look better with facial hair.

And Common Wept: Drake And Serena Photographed Making Out

August 24th, 2015 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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Drake and Serena Williams have rekindled their romance.

The duo was spotted making out on Sunday at Soto Restaurant in Cincinnati, TMZ Sports reports. Apparently, the two decided to head out for a night on the town after Serena won the WTA Tournament. It seems that they tried to maintain a low profile by dining in a private room, but someone still managed to snap photos of the couple exchange plenty of PDA.

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Witnesses say that at one point, the pair was joined by six other people and ordered a round of tequila shots for the entire table.

Rumors of Serena reuniting with her former flame have been circulating ever since he was spotted cheering her on at Wimbledon. However, these photos are the icing on the cake.

Interestingly, Serena’s ex-boyfriend, Common, confessed last summer that his beef with Drake was actually fueled by the Toronto rapper’s relationship with the tennis star. As you probably recall, rumors of a budding relationship between Drake and Serena began circulating after her split from Common.

“For me, I think it was an emotional thing,” Common said last summer. “Meaning, I was feeling like, at that time I think it was the Drake/Serena situation. I didn’t know what was going on with that. I ain’t know if he was throwing things, shots at me. Like you know, this is my ex and you know we’re kinda going our separate ways.”

He continued:

“Unfortunately the war might have been over a girl, even though at the time I never said that. But it wasn’t totally that, it was more or less, ‘Do you respect me? Because I actually like you as an artist.’”

The two lyricists have since made amends.

Are you feeling Drake and Serena as a couple? Do you believe this will last?

 

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Drake Addresses Fatal Shootings At OVO Fest After Party: “I Have Been In A Moral Bind”

August 17th, 2015 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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Earlier this month, Ariela Navarro-Fenoy, 26, and Duvel Hibbert, 23, lost their lives after being gunned down at  and near the after party for Drake’s annual OVO Fest. The Toronto rapper formally addressed the tragic shooting incidents Friday in a statement published on his OVO blog.

The last few days I have been in a moral bind.

I am used to the fact that my life and the things I say to my fans are closely watched. It’s tough in situations like this where there’s a tragedy, and I consider the advice of my trusted advisors and counsel who worry that anything I might say could be misinterpreted.

However, today I am choosing to follow my heart.

I am plagued and pained by the violence that continues to escalate in our city. I stare into the eyes of so many young people, and I wish to see them all shine as bright as they possibly can in this lifetime. I encourage my generation to show as much value and gratitude as you can for the lives we have been gifted.

My deepest condolences go out to the Navarro-Fenoy and Hibbert families for their loss of Ariela and Duvel. Along with them, I send my condolences to all of the families that have lost loved ones to the senseless violence that has and continues to occur in our city.

Although Toronto is globally viewed as a major city, at the core we are still a small, close-knit community, and it is our public responsibility to ensure the safety and wellbeing of one another. We need each other to further our communities for generations to come.

I pray for better times and better understanding.

– DRAKE

At this time, no arrests have been made in connection to the shootings.

An Ode To The Beard: What Is It About Facial Hair That Makes A Man So…Scrumptious?

August 13th, 2015 - By Nneka Samuel
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Whether a man’s rocking a goatee, a mustache or a full-on beard, there’s something about facial hair that can make us believe he is stronger, smarter, even more attractive than his clean-shaven colleagues.  In honor of its mysterious allure, I was compelled to pen this ode to the beard and its charming counterparts.

 

Dear Facial Hair,

Here’s looking at you, close-cut goatee and freshly coiffed beard.  For far too long we’ve underestimated your prowess, your unique ability to make the toughest among us swoon.  So I’m giving you your just props.  To you I say, “Bravo!  Job well done. Thank you.”

Let’s be honest here: You’re the best accessory a man can have.  You’re like a secret weapon, a head-turning visibility cloak.  Your charm is undeniable, and when maintained well, your shiny mane can make a girl weak at the knees.  A real-life Axe commercial, you transform an average-looking Joe into a king.  You’re the best kind of upgrade: self-imposed and free of charge.  Distinguished, cool, suave, you can also turn an already attractive man into head-shaking, “that ain’t right,” Adonis-level fineness.  Idris knows what I’m about talking about.  Yes, he does.  So does Will Smith, Boris Kodjoe, Omari Hardwick…I could go on, but I’ll spare you the lengthy list.

Oh, and don’t think I haven’t noticed what you’ve done for Drake.  You’ve adorned him with next-level swag.  It’s the beard that inspired hashtags and had women the world over yelling “Cleanup on aisle three!”  Not that he was tow up from the floor up before, but now we see Drake in a whole new light.  It’s like he grew up overnight into a distinguished gentleman, shedding the baby face and youthfulness of his Degrassi past.  Glorious.  We have you to thank for that.  Those new muscles of his don’t hurt either, but once again, I’ll spare you.

Classic man of the Jidenna kind, I hope your popularity spreads like wildfire.  Whether speckled with a smidgen of gray or one unchanging color, your presence helps guys embrace their manliness and put effort into the way they present themselves to the world.  Mucho classy.

Lip framer, your hypnotic lure is the magic that spawns poems and love letters.  This here ode.  If scientific studies have been conducted to test the perceived attractiveness and health of men with facial hair, then I don’t doubt that songs have been written about you as well.  And rightfully so.  One glimpse of a man with a nice, clean goatee or beard can get me singing “Can you woo woo wooooo.”  That, or I take a page out of Matthew McConaughey’s book and say to myself, Alright, alright, alright.

Soft to the touch, you stake your claim like a boss and make no apologies for it.  Nor should you.  You don’t cross the line to the point of no return unlike the facial hair of the spotty, barely there kind.  It’s not his fault, but unfortunate is the man who cannot grow the facial hair of his choosing.

Let’s not forget the overgrown forests masquerading as beards. The kind that make a man look like he’s been in hiding for the last umpteen years.  It’s not my cup of tea, but the free-flowing, wandering nomad look – for some, it’s steeped in religion and culture, for others, it’s just something they wanted to try – proves that variety is indeed the spice of life.  And it’s all about how you rock it and make it yours.  Special shout-out to the mustache, especially the curlicue kind.  Your hipsterdom has raised many an eyebrow, but your newfound resurgence has made people think twice about you.  In a good way.  A very good way.

“Don’t know how you do the voodoo that you do,” but clearly, you do it well.  So take a bow for your so-fresh-and-so-clean goatee, beard, and mustache grooming self.  You have both my attention and appreciation.

 

Model Winnie Harlow’s ‘Complex’ Feature Is The Kind Of Confidence We Love

August 8th, 2015 - By Ashley Monaé
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There is a difference between being cocky and confident, and for 21-year-old model Winne Harlow, she deserves a warm round of applause for exhibiting the latter.

Many recognize Harlow as the beautifully striking model from America’s Next Top Model who has vitiligo, a rare skin disease that causes white patches to form on the skin. Although only placing sixth on the show, she’s gone on to do extraordinary things in the modeling world. From gracing ad campaigns for Diesel and Desigual to rocking the runway in Madrid, she’s got the game on lock. However, Winnie’s confidence has been something that she’s struggled with since being diagnosed with the rare skin condition at only 4 years old. She’s also been open about her noticeable physical differences that have led to traumatic experiences like being called names like “cow” and “zebra” at school.

Source: Complex Magazine

Source: Complex Magazine

But these days, the Toronto native is comfortable in her own skin, so much so that she stripped down to sexy lingerie in her feature in Complex Magazine’s August/September issue. In the feature, a lace and leather-clad Harlow fiercely poses in a number of barely-there ensembles flaunting her modelesque figure and skin that once taunted her.

When asked about embracing her skin, she says:

“It wasn’t so much a conscious effort of me trying to see it as something beautiful, but more so accepting myself for the way that I am. Not to say that it’s a positive or a negative, but just to say it’s me, and I love me, so everyone else is going to have to deal with it. [Laughs.]

Even to this day, people will ask me, “Don’t you feel that? Don’t you feel everyone staring at you?” and I really don’t. I almost never realize it unless someone’s being super obnoxious and directly staring at me long enough for me to catch their eye. That’s me being comfortable and happy with me. I know what I look like, so I know what people are looking at, but it just doesn’t faze me. Or it doesn’t faze me as much as it did when I was 15. It’s weird to me for people to stare at me, because I feel like I’m normal. I don’t see what there is to stare about.”

Source: Complex Magazine

Source: Complex Magazine

She also shares her thoughts on modeling agencies for “non-traditional” model, her friendship with fellow Toronto native Drake and more.

Read the full feature here.

Serious Question: Is There Room For Ghostwriters In Hip-Hop?

August 4th, 2015 - By Nneka Samuel
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Even if you weren’t seeking it out, chances are the beef between Meek Mill and Drake found you.  It popped up in your Twitter feed, while you were updating your Facebook status, listening to the radio or chopping it up with a friend.  A gift from the meme gods, it’s the kind of online fodder that keeps on giving.  But for the 2.7 of you who have no clue as to what I’m talking about, here’s a brief recap. On Twitter, Meek Mill called Drake out for allegedly using a ghostwriter on his verse for their collaboration “R.I.C.O.” off Meek’s new album, Dreams Worth More Than Money.  Meek also told people to stop comparing him to Drizzy because, unlike Drake, he doesn’t “trick” his fans into believing the raps of an unknown author are his own.

In true beef fashion, Drake responded with not one, but two diss tracks, “Charged Up” and “Back to Back.” After referring to Drake’s efforts as “baby lotion soft,” Meek released “Wanna Know,” which, ironically, left fans wishing the Philly-born rapper employed the use of his own ghostwriter.  All of this back and forth raises a valid question: is it earth-shattering (or that much of a revelation for that matter) if a musical artist, a rapper specifically, uses a ghostwriter?

In a machismo-heavy genre of music like hip-hop that’s often all about keeping it 100, I understand the concerns and raised eyebrows that ghostwriting elicits.  In rap and hip-hop, your rep and your word are king.  But if 50 Cent or Rick Ross has taught us anything, it’s that you can’t take every word that comes out of a rapper’s mouth as a fact.  That applies to whether or not an artist penned their lyrics by themselves or had assistance.  Rappers, like any other artist, tell stories.  Storytelling – I’m not saying anything we don’t already know – can be rife with embellishments that progress a plot, sell a point, appeal to an audience, etc.  It’s called artistic license.  So just because you’re rapping about one thing, I as a musical consumer don’t have to believe that everything you’re saying is real or immediately assume it’s a fantastic tale.  And this, my friends, is called suspension of disbelief.

Some of our most treasured artists never wrote a word of some of their biggest hits. From Whitney Houston to Chaka Khan and Diana Ross – the list goes on and on.  Even if these artists employed writers, the love would still be there because fans fall for the voice.  It’s all about talent and delivery.  Yes, lyrics play a crucial role, but in the wrong hands, a well-written song can fall completely flat.

In music, regardless of the genre, ownership falls on the artist singing, or in this case, rapping on the track.  When most people hear a song they like, they don’t say, “I wonder who wrote this song.”  Rather, they ask, “Who sings this song?”  It’s the same reason in a band of equally talented artists, the lead singer is the one who garners most, if not all, of the attention.  They are both the visual and aural center, focus and hub; not the songwriter.

Let’s also remember that ghostwriters have been around forever and a day.  Their efforts are utilized in novels, screenwriting, songwriting – practically any written form.  And the world has neither stopped nor ended because they exist.  Ghostwriters punch up lyrics and dialogue. And who is to say that they’re behind entire songs and not just helping stuck lyricists with punchy lines and choruses? They help artists find their voice.  And they do it anonymously because either their contributions weren’t enough to garner a “written by” credit, because of the type of contract they signed, or because they’re part of a team created to take an artist to new heights (see Bad Boy’s Hitmen production team).  So even if Drake used a ghostwriter, is that cause to turn our backs on one of the most celebrated, chart-topping rappers in the game right now? Is it cause to get that bent out of shape? Does it destroy his cred, suddenly wipe the slate clean or strip the man of his obvious talents?  I don’t think so.

In my opinion, what makes a rapper or a music artist, in general, authentic is their unique spin on the music they present to the world. That includes their ability to adapt and grow as an artist.  Hip-hop has a bonus element of smart and clever wordplay that garners respect from fans young and old.  (Well, maybe not that old.)  And as we well know, rappers are given respect partly based on their ability to deliver on that front, along with other status-invoking accolades like their number of albums sold, freestyling abilities, mixtape popularity, and, as evidenced by Meek and Drake, beefs won.

Meek certainly garnered a lot of attention following his initial Twitter rant, but let’s not forget that music was at the center of those tweets.  Based on the delivery of the tracks we’ve heard from both him and Drake in the days following (which Meek even acknowledged sounded like Drake’s own words), I’d say Drizzy is the clear winner.  Ghostwriter be damned.

 

Mama: Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Rappers

August 3rd, 2015 - By Rich
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As I write these words, I am perusing the internet looking at the goings on of the most recent rap battle between Meek Mill and Drake. Meek finally responded, y’all! Still, Drake seems to be in the lead, even though he has ghost writer allegations being thrown at him left and right. Even Funkmaster Flex jumped into the beef to help Meek out. Rumor has it, Jay Z has been in the background all along, playing the puppet master. Who knows?

One thing I know for sure…I don’t want anyone to grow up to be rappers in my family.

I know: Hip-Hop is a means by which disenfranchised people – particularly people of color – are able to level the lopsided playing field of capitalism. It also gives a voice to those that were otherwise voiceless. Well, I have news for you. We have Twitter for our “voice” and we have considerably more opportunities than back in the old days.

Kids still see rap as some glamorous life, despite the endless horror stories.

I know I wasn’t the most mature dude in my 20’s but your average rapper is 30 going on 13. I mean, seriously. These dudes are beefing’ because one person didn’t tweet about the other’s album, from what I have been told. In my era (what OG’s say), that would have been the last thing somebody battled over. I mean, think about LL Cool J/Canibus or Common/Ice Cube or the biggest Biggie/Pac.

Now those were beefs that were so heated Minister Farrakhan was often on speed dial to end them. They may have been beefin’ over “coasts” and getting shot, but it wasn’t this overly emo-gossipy pettiness.

Moms, your kid (most likely son) is likely to gravitate to rappers. They get attention. Steer them “thataway” please – even if you’re poor. I mentor a couple of kids. One of them is on genius level and very nerdy. The other is uber cool in a way that suggests he should not even be in school. The last one is deep into sports. Guess which one overly-likes Hip-Hop? Now, I am obviously not against rap, but I have to say that if your kid wants to be a rapper, send him to me and I will gladly break down the stats and success rates of your average rapper. Furthermore, I will even tell them how hard the successful rappers do work to maintain such heights. “God I work hard, please don’t envy me,” Jay Z famously rapped.

Most rappers are “struggle rappers” – they work hard at their craft but don’t have the commiserate success…or talent. Other rappers simply go through several extended levels of childhood these days, even if they are successful. So, you might have a 40-year-old man acting like he’s 25 these days. Also, social media is hard on rappers. Meek Mill is only 28, but the memes are so brutal, he’s going to age rapidly in this process of beefing with Drake. He maybe making lots of money, but his self-esteem is bound to take a hit. Poor, grown man.

I’m at the place now where I want to see more kids invest in being engineers, doctors, filmmakers, carpenters, farmers, architects and other nation building professions. Some parents may see that as wishful thinking, but that’s only because they limit their minds and also their kids. “Well, Johnny always could sing and dance better than the rest,” some say. Well, this skill set is learned, just like Indian kids are taught to be doctors at a young age. Asian kids are also told they are extremely intelligent at birth and reared accordingly. Our kids can do that too if we guide them.

Meek and Drake sure are entertaining.

I love it, because its a part of a culture that I hold dear. However, as an OG, I also wish they would step it up and lead again. Push kids back to school. Tell them the truth and give them survival skills. Rappers have never been the most mature lot, but anytime a rap group’s mantra is “Wu Tang is for the children,” we know where they stand in the grand scheme. That is what Hip-Hop used to do. We simply must re-evaluate what is considered cool and raise the expectations for our kids. In this way, rap music is still a reflection of what is going on in our own homes. We just have to change who is looking into the mirror.

#WhoPeedOnDrake: How Meek Mill Is Winning This Beef

August 3rd, 2015 - By Charing Ball
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Unpopular opinion: Meek Mill won the battle.

No, seriously. And I am not just saying this because I’m from Philly and want to give Meek the benefit of the doubt. I am saying this because I am from Philly (#TeamWhoPeedOnDrake) and I truly believe that he won.

Think about it: This “beef” supposedly all started with a couple of tweets in which Meek accused the Canadian singer of having a ghostwriter. In a genre of music, which values authenticity and writing one’s own poetry, an accusation like that has the potential to damage a career. The potential at least.

The reality is that most of the top rappers have either been accused of or have admitted to having other people write their rhymes. Heck, Rick Ross has been accused of ghostwriting his entire image, and he is still winning. The same for Drake, who back in 2009 was accused of faking the funk after appearing on New York’s Hot 97 and reading his “freestyle” off of his Blackberry phone. And despite being clowned relentlessly for a couple of months during that time, no one brings up the Blackberry incident today. Most fans appear to have forgotten.

Although having someone pen your joints is supposed to be a career killer, most rappers are able to bounce back. In particular, the popular ones like Drake. And that is why it made no sense for Drake to have responded. I mean, I’m not trying to disrespect the home team, but Meek is not really a household name. And although he recently released a No. 1 rap album, folks know him more for being Nicki Minaj’s boyfriend than they do for his music. In fact, the second most asked question by the general public in this rap beef (besides “Why Meek, why?”) is “Who is Meek Mill?”

Also, outside of the normal lot of gossip rags and rap magazines, very few were talking about what Meek said. Had Drake not responded, Mill’s entire Twitter tirade could have been another misfire in the air of people who get on Twitter and take shots. But Drake took the bait. And he didn’t just take the bait once, but he threw himself back in the ocean and took the bait one more time with a follow-up diss track.

By responding in such a heavy-handed and timely manner, Drake not only gave validity to the idea that what Meek Mill accused him of could have some truth to it, but he also made Meek more relevant than he had been before. As not only are the usual suspects like The Source and Vibe Magazine covering this story, but Entertainment Weekly, People, and CNN are talking about him as well. If anything, this beef has helped Meek’s career more than it hurt it.

Likewise, most fans of the genre likely had the Philly rapper as a long shot to win to begin with. Again, nothing against the home squad, but Meek as a rapper is average at best. It is not that he doesn’t have a decent flow, but his range of subject matter and even vocabulary is limited, at best. This is especially true when we compare him to Drake, who as a rapper is more thoughtful and introspective. In short, this beef wasn’t evenly yolked. And Drake “winning” this battle is the equivalent of a National Scripps champion “winning” in a spelling contest with Floyd Mayweather.

I get that Drake is tired of the Internet calling him “baby powder soft” and making fun of him singing on every song. And it is likely that he thought a successful win over a hood dude with a microphone would help him gain some street cred. But If Drake won this battle then it should be a win with an asterisk next to it. Meanwhile, the current G.O.A.T Kendrick Lamar hasn’t gotten a response yet, and he called Drake out about his lyrical abilities almost two years ago.