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What Common Had To Say About Getting Back Together With Serena Williams

July 22nd, 2014 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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Over the past few weeks, Common has spoken quite openly about his relationships with both Serena Williams and Erkyah Badu. During a recent chat with The Breakfast Club, he went on to further expound on his relationships with these celebrity women, as well as his past relationship with actress Taraji P. Henson.

While the actor and rapper says that he was definitely serious about both Erkyah and Serena, it doesn’t really seem that a reunion between either couple is likely.

“It’s like once I’ve experienced that person its like man, sometimes life goes on,” he explained. “I can’t say I never would go back but Serena and Erkyah was the most serious relationships that I had as an adult and after, it’s one of those things, it’s like, ‘I have to move forward.’ It was real love right there. Both of those women I could’ve married. I was like if I’m not supposed to be there, we’re just supposed to be friends.”

Speaking of marriage, Common doesn’t seem too sure that he’ll be making the big leap in the future—or ever.

“I don’t know. I was thinking about that last night while talking to one of my lady friends. I don’t know if I’m marriage material, maybe someday” he expressed.

“I be focused on my music and my work a lot. Sometimes that’s hard to balance with a relationship. I do like relationships, but a lot of times when I’m in relationships, I don’t make my best albums. Put it this way, I would have to find the right relationship. You know, a woman who understands the time that you gotta give. to your work. That’s really what it is.”

He also further explained his previous comment that Erkyah has that “good good.”

“The hood knows what it is. Erkyah got something with her, she got something special. Erykah a raw girl, she got a lot to her. She’s from the hood, point blank. She’s just one of those people from the hood that’s artsy, artistic, spiritual, she’s got a lot to her.”

As for the public believing that Serena broke his heart, Common had this to say:

“Me and Serena was together. We broke up. I don’t know specifically her and Drake, it felt like obviously something was going on [after we broke up], I ain’t dwell on it too much. I ain’t have no problem with that, you do what you do. After a while I felt like in some of Drake’s songs he was saying stuff that was subliminal to me. And I was like, you just don’t know nowadays cats be doing them sneak disses and after a while it was like I’m just going to come out and say what I need to say. It was a show I was at and I left and Drake said something out to the crowd, some tough stuff. So then I was like, ‘aight, it was that time’ because I knew he was directing it to me. We kept it on record and after that it was squashed.”

The Chicago rapper-turned-actor also confessed to confronting Serena about her relationship with Drake.

“I definitely talked to her about it. At the end of the day, once she aint ya lady, what can I say? It don’t have nothing to do with me at that point.”

He also seemed to confirm rumors that he once had a thing with Kerry Washington by releasing a bashful giggle.

“Easy, easy. Ain’t no scandal here. She’s married now.”

Out of all of his celebrity exes, Common says his mama loved Taraji the most.

“My mother loved Taraji and funny enough she got cool with Serena even more after we broke up.”

Watch Common’s full interview on the next page. Thoughts?

15 Famous Artists We Were Surprised To Learn Started Out In Boy Bands And Girl Groups

July 16th, 2014 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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Everyone has to start out somewhere and somehow, and in the music industry, it’s not easy. Beyoncé started with Destiny’s Child, Justin Timberlake got his start with N’Sync. The following famous folks named in this slideshow have had some crazy success solo (some more than others), but at one point, they tried to get their careers off the ground or hone their skills in bands and groups. These are 15 singers who started in groups.

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Missy Elliott

Around the time that New Jack Swing was still everything in music, Elliott was a part of a group called Fayze, and good friend Timothy Mosley (Timbaland) was the group’s producer. Eventually, Fayze’s music was heard by musical genius and Jodeci member DeVante Swing when they sang for him after a Jodeci concert, and he signed them to his Swing Mob label. The women went from Fayze to Sista, and though they worked on an album with Timbaland and DeVante, it was shelved. When Swing Mob went down in ’95, Sista went their separate ways, and Elliott focused on working with Timbaland, and other former Swing Mob members, Ginuwine, Tweet and Playa.

 

From “Kissing You” To “Love Of My Life”: Songs You Didn’t Know Raphael Saadiq Wrote And Produced

July 14th, 2014 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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I’ve been a huge fan of Raphael Saadiq for years. From his Tony! Toni! Tone! days, to his solo efforts like Ray Ray and Instant Vintage, he can do no wrong in my eyes. Plus, aside from having an awesome voice and playing a mean guitar, he’s behind some of my favorite R&B/soul/neo-soul joints over the years. He’s worked with just about everyone, and there hasn’t been a song he’s contributed his talents to that I haven’t appreciated. Here are just a few of his many musical contributions to your ears.

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This isn’t the first time Saadiq and D’Angelo made magic together (but I’ll let you click through to find out the other time). The hit song that was the lead single from the critically acclaimed Voodoo album was co-written and co-produced by Saadiq. He plays bass guitar on the song, which won a Grammy for Best Male Vocal R&B Performance.

“The ‘Badu Box’ Is Real”: Common Speaks On Erykah Badu’s Voodoo, And How Their Relationship Changed Him

July 10th, 2014 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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In an interview with The Combat Jack Show, Common spoke about his new album, Nobody’s Smiling, and the topic of his past relationships came up. Of course, he was once involved with Erykah Badu (they were together from 2000 and 2002) and during the time he was with her, it seemed that the rapper’s whole style changed. A similar change occurred when Badu was involved with Andre 3000 back in the day (but he never looked back), and because of this, many have joked about the effect she has on rappers–a “voodoo” of sorts. There has been a song about it (“She Got That Erykah Badu“) and everything.  But Common is the first man she’s been with to really talk about such jokes and claims. Badu was his first love, and while he joked about the power of the “Badu box,” he admits that she was a big inspiration to him.

When speaking on the effect she has on men, Common says she’s just that special.

“Yeah, the ‘Badu Box’ is real. Man, it could take you to another universe [laughs]. Nah but seriously. That’s when you meet somebody that’s real special and you’re like, ‘Man, this woman’s got…she got something else, man. It ain’t just sex, it ain’t just the looks. It’s just  something that’s kind of like spirit-wise where you’re like, ‘This woman got something else.’ And that’s all it is. but for me, I just appreciated her for all those aspects: Her being super-talented, of being real fresh, and being into new s**t I just wasn’t up on. And then at the same token that whole spiritual things is real. We’re both Pisces.”

And he also explained why he was walking around in kufis and crochet ensembles for a time while they dated. 

“She definitely was not like, ‘wear this.’ It was something that was coming from me. Moving to New York I had the aspirations to do something new, to change, to grow, just try new things. She definitely was an influence I can’t act like she wasn’t an influence because she introduced me to certain people that were creative artists, but as far as my choice – it was my choice to say, ‘I want to do this. I want to do that.’ She wasn’t agreeing with some of my fashion choices either to be honest. But that period in my life, I had a great time. Erykah, I be listening to some of her songs, and I’m like, ‘This girl is dope.’”

Badu has spoken in the past about the jokes about her mystical powers on men, According to Global Grind, she had this to say a while back:

“I learned just as much from them as they learned from me. I’m a cold motherf***a though. But the people I’m with are cold too, they’re a reflection of that. Become a cold motherf***a and the motherf***a will just come like magnets.”

You might want to write that last part down so you too can become a “cold motherf***a.” But in all seriousness, what do you think of what Common had to say?

Check out the full interview, which is more than an hour long, here. The question about Badu occurs at the 1:25:30 mark.

He Wasn’t Ready: Erykah Badu Tries To Kiss Reporter During Live Broadcast

June 30th, 2014 - By Veronica Wells
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Erykah Badu Tries To Kiss Reporter

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Erykah Badu is a wild card. Even after all these years we still don’t know quite what to expect from her. Recently, she’s been hanging out in New York performing at Dave Chappelle comedy show on Friday and then at Spike Lee’s “Do The Right Thing” block party, celebrating 25 years since the film was released.

And though she’s a busy woman, she still had time for some shenanigans.

She just so happened to be walking past New York’s Pix 11 reporter Mario Diaz in the middle of a live broadcast on Friday and decided to have some fun with him. Badu walked into the frame wearing a large, white hat and a devious smile. From there she opened her coat to flash her outfit and then she used her hands to insinuate coitus. And then to top it off, she inched closer to the reporter, attempting to kiss him.

But Mario wasn’t going out like that. He blocked Badu with his forearm and an excuse me and finished his report. Clearly, neither Mario nor the anchorwoman in the studio recognized Badu.

Later after the dust settled Erykah tried to deny that it was her in the live broadcast, but eventually she came clean apologizing to Mario Diaz.

Diaz took it in stride, tweeting a Prince lyric.

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You can watch a video of the full encounter below.

Have You Seen Erykah Badu’s And Andre 3000′s Son Seven Lately?

June 27th, 2014 - By Veronica Wells
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When was the last time you saw Seven? Yes, Erykah Badu and Andre 3000′s song Seven. Personally, I can’t remember but I know he was probably just past toddlerhood. But in case you haven’t noticed, Seven is quite the young man now. And he looks like his father spit him out. My friend says she sees Erykah in his face but I certainly don’t know where. These two standing together literally look like a before and after picture.

It was taken a couple of weeks ago when Outkast performed.

Okayplayer posted the adorable father-son photo on their Instagram account with the following caption: “While we’re still riding high on #ErykahBadu, have you seen her son Seven lately? #Andre3000 & his mini-3k hit Governor’s Ball earlier this month. #aww”

Things They Don’t Tell You: Jacob The Jeweler Implicated In Mining Scandal In Swaziland

June 25th, 2014 - By Charing Ball
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It appears that everybody’s favorite gaudy jewelry maker is in hot water again – this time internationally on allegations of some shady business dealings in Swaziland, which is the last remaining absolute monarch in Africa.

And if you haven’t already guessed, I’m talking about Jacob “The Jeweler” Arabo, who is the owner of Jacob & Co., and friend to many in the Hip Hop community (as evidenced by the number of shout-outs he and his business gets on songs – 62 in total). He also boasts members of the mainstream prestige as clientele including Sir Elton John, Bono and former NY Mayor Rudy Giuliani (that’s according to his wiki page). According to the Swazi Observer, Arabo has also been implicated in massive and illegal gold mining in the south African country.

As reported by the paper, Arabo’s Jacob & Co. was granted permission by King Mswati III to prospect for gold in that country’s Northern Hhohho Mountains area. However, the King’s officials have pulled the company’s prospecting license, which only allowed for the jeweler to locate gold and ascertain its quality but no digging, after local residents informed the government that the jewelry company was using heavy machinery and mining for gold far away in an untapped portion of the Lufafa Mountains.

The report goes on to further state:

Upon inspection of the site by officers from the geology department, it was discovered that employees of Jacob and Co. had dug mine shafts along the mountain and were mining gold. A report on the findings was compiled and submitted to the commissioner of mines for action,” an impeccable source said.”

Moreover, a Jacob & Co. employee was arrested in Swaziland in connections with the illegal mining allegations with 27g of gold nuggets in his possession of 27kg of gold nuggets. According to the report, all gold discovered in Swaziland is supposed to be forwarded to the Central Bank as it property of the King. And those caught mining without permission from the King (or one of his chiefs, prince or princesses) can be punished severely by law.

It’s not clear yet on what other sanctions might happen to Arabo and his jewelry company, considering his alleged close ties with the Royal family. If you recall, Arabo’s name was at center of controversy, involving neo-soul singer Erykah Badu, who was flown in by Arabo to sing and present a gift to the King during his lavish royal birthday party. Badu, who was in nearby South Africa recording an album prior to her appearance, gave the King a stone, which she claimed would lift his spirits.

Badu received much of the flack for the appearance from human rights organizations, who claimed that her presence supported tyranny and abuses of political opponents allegedly at the bequest of the King. However Badu maintained that she wasn’t aware of the allegations nor was she political and instead, was there solely to perform a favor for her friend Arabo.

Meanwhile Arabo, whose family emigrated from Uzbekistan to the United States when he was only 14, pretty much skirted away from the controversy unscathed. However this is not the first time Arabo has found himself in the middle of some shady jewlery dealings. According to The Smoking Gun, Arabo allegedly helped members of the notorious Detroit Black Mafia Family to launder millions. Arabo was convicted of federal charges in 2008 and sentenced to 2 1/2 years in federal prison. He was released  in 2010.

If the allegations are true, Arabo proves that all the glitters ain’t gold – or maybe it is and it just was stolen?

 

Erykah Badu Discusses Being A Doula With Mantra Magazine: ‘Whatever Is Required Of Us, We Are Present’

June 12th, 2014 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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In the event that you’ve been wondering what Erykah Badu has been up to—in addition to being an ambassador for Givenchy, doling out sex advice on social networks and raising her three beautiful kids—she’s been continuing her work as a certified doula.

“I’ve always had a mothering nature. But I didn’t plan on becoming a doula. I just wanted to care for my family and friends,” she told People back in 2011. “When I saw the baby, I cried. I knew what I was supposed to do with my life.”

The mother of three further opened up about her decision to become a doula in the new issue of Mantra Magazine.

“A doula is an empty vessel,” she explained “Whatever is required of us, we are present—for the mother, for the father, for the family.”

Interestingly, she discussed being a doula for lives first entering the world and those who are making an exit. The 43-year-old singer also discussed sitting “by the bedsides of people who are dying.” Erkyah went on to touch on the things that make her happy.

“My medicine is being in love you know, I’m in love. And when I’m in love I glow, and my face is happy, and my heart is light and happy. And my children are happy.”

Love her!

Erykah Badu discusses being a doula to expectant parents and the dying.Catch more photos from her Mantra spread on the following pages.

Erykah Badu Serves Fans With Sex & Dating Tips

May 19th, 2014 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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Erykah Badu serves fans with sex & dating tips via Twitter.

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In the event that you were looking for some random sex and/or dating advice on this lovely Monday afternoon, Auntie Erykah has exactly what you’re looking for. Yesterday, the 43-year-old beauty took to Twitter with a couple of relationship tips for her followers. Her first tip was for the ladies.

“Ladies..For a SWEET vagina, I Drink raw cranberries often,” she tweeted. “Now the secret’s out (Reluctantly). ALSO promotes healthy,strong WOMB & bladder.”

Erykah Badu serves fans with sex & dating tips via Twitter.

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She went on to encourage men not to be so “easy.”

“IMPORTANT Note to MEN: Women really don’t dig guys who give it up too easy. Respect yourself. Make us wait. :-b”

Erykah Badu serves fans with sex & dating tips via Twitter.

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She concluded her brief advice session with a simple “U feel me?”

Prom Night II: Throwback Pictures Of Celebs Dressed To The Nines (And Some Looking A Mess) For Prom

May 7th, 2014 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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I actually went to both my junior and senior prom near the end of May, but for many current high school students, prom season has officially started. It’s that time of year when your parents will happily pay hundreds of dollars for you to enjoy a few hours of dancing, posing, eating and God knows what else you were doing after the prom ended.

Good times.

Just as we did last year, we thought we’d give you the chance to see some of your favorite famous folks dressed up for their own proms back in the day, and we have 12 celebs ready to embarrass for your enjoyment.

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Ashanti

Ah yes…both Ashanti and her friend’s prom dresses look like something I saw quite a few girls wearing to prom back in the day–a lot of velvet and sequins. Now as for those eyebrows…hey, you live and you learn.