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“This Man’s Past Is Why I Fell For Him”: Fantasia Speaks On Her Man’s Criminal Past And Turning His Life Around

September 29th, 2014 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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Here’s why certain things need to be kept private.

Remember how we told you last week that Fantasia found love again with a man named Kendall Taylor? Well, after she posted images and heartfelt messages about finally finding the man she had been dreaming about, media outlets and everyday people had some questions about Taylor and dug up information on his past. People questioned whether or not he was a married man because of this picture, and Radar Online found out that Taylor has a criminal record, and had been arrested for possessing a weapon on a school campus when he was 16, assault against a female (twice) and possession of a firearm as a felon.

But Taylor has been open and honest about his past, mentoring young men and boys who are offenders through a program called MOVE that’s in Charlotte.  His detailed journey is shared through MOVE’s website:

Kendall began experimenting with sex, drugs and alcohol.  At the age of fifteen, he became a father.  Not only was he ill-prepared for life as a teenager, but he was also struggling with the difficulties of being a responsible parent.  Lacking maturity and strong male guidance, Kendall began walking deeper into dark places.  Places that robbed him of his education, his childhood and ultimately, his freedom.  He was arrested and incarcerated in a facility hundreds of miles from home and it was in that place, at that time, that he began to clearly hear and respond to the call of God on his life.  He laid down the failures of his past and began to carry his cross for the sake of Christ.  Kendall has worked hard to regain what was once lost to him.  He pursued his education; secured full-time employment; serves through the men’s fellowship in his church; restored his name and reputation in the community; and now works to deposit valuable wisdom and life principles into his son, Treyshaun – principles and support he lacked when he was his son’s age.

On Radar Online’s report about Taylor’s past, they said that Fantasia “may not know” about all he’s done and been through. But according to a post the singer put up last night, she’s aware, and is proud of him for changing his life.

This is the message she had for her man:

“YOU!!!…This man Past is why I fell for him. (He’s Just Like Me) I sit and watch a strong Black Man get ready for work EVERY MORNING (suited Up) and Running of a Company that a Husband and WIFE seen something inside of him to be able to do… Mrs.G and Mr. G we Love you.. Thank you so much for believing in those who have been thru something’s but have nothing but Favor over their lives… I think about all the things he has told me and I’m Like Man!!! Nothing but God.. This event was his lane and the GREAT PEOPLE HE WORKS WITH.. You Can’t tell me God won’t take something Out of Nothing and Turn it into SOMETHING I Love This Man And He is Crazy about me also he HATES WHEN I POST HIM cause he’s not about that life..”

It’s good to see Fanny so happy, and kudos to Mr. Taylor for turning his life around and using it to help other young people do the same.

 

“He Is EVERYTHING”: Fantasia Has Found Love Again In Businessman And Her “King,” Kendall Taylor

September 22nd, 2014 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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It looks like Fantasia Barrino has found love again and is happier than ever–well, according to her Instagram account.

The “Lose to Win” singer has been focusing on herself, her family and her music after weathering the storm that was ex-boyfriend Antwaun Cook (who was married and returned to his wife later). But now she seems to be head-over-heels for a new man in her life, and his name is Kendall Taylor. She tried to keep her relationship private with him for a while, only posting images of him with his head down or just their feet together, but now she wants the world to know that she’s in love. She wrote this about him on her Instagram account late last week where she spoke on finding the love that she always dreamed and wrote about:

“I wrote this song years ago titled Daydreaming.. It’s On YouTube now ( the First song I had ever wrote) In the song I was singing about A very special presence that would come to me in my dreams every since I was 12 years old. He would tell me how beautiful I was and would always talk about my eyes and my smile. When it was time to wake from the dream he would asked me over and over please don’t go. The funny part is it was never a sexual thing it was just his presence and the love that I felt in the Dreams (I felt Protected and so very safe). I would hear him call my name *Fantasia* and I would go, I would just follow him wherever.. It would be long walks in Beautiful places and EVERYTIME It was so peaceful, it felt like a best friend somebody I had known all my life. The Only people I would talk about the Dreams to was My Mommy and @neek1064 I began to think that I would only feel that kind of love in my Dreams.. Well I Don’t Have That Dream Anymore because he CAME”

She also had this to say about Taylor last month:

“HE- God Sent… True… Honest… Sits Back and Let’s Me Be a Star (His Star) Need No Attention Only Mine… Loving… Understanding… Wise… Strong… Humble… Boss Man…Pertecter… Provider… Given… Gods Son… Fine… Handsome… Mine… He Is EVERYTHING”

According to TheYBF, Taylor lives in Charlotte (Barrino is from High Point, Carolina) and is COO of Metro Transportation, where he’s been a partner for six years. Barrino posted the image below of herself with her bald boo and said that “Kings love a Real Queen.”

It’s nice to see Barrino so happy and we’re hoping that Taylor, aka, her “Ken doll” as she calls him, stays good to her.

“All The Way Home,” “Fine China” And “The Way”: Songs You Didn’t Know Sevyn Streeter Wrote

June 10th, 2014 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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Amber Streeter, widely known as Sevyn Streeter has been taking the R&B game by storm with her new music, including the jams “It Won’t Stop” featuring Chris Brown, “nEXT” featuring Kid Ink, and “I Like It.” But before she was stepping out on her own to have success as a solo artist with EPs like Call Me Crazy, But…, like so many other musicians these days, she was a thriving songwriter, and really, she still is. She’s behind some recent big hits, as well as deep cuts off of albums from some of our favorite singers over the last few years. Don’t believe us? Take a look for yourself. Here are 10 songs written or co-written by Sevyn Streeter that we’re sure you’ve tried to sing or danced to before…

“Yeah 3X” by Chris Brown

It was the first time Streeter and and Brown worked together, but it wouldn’t be the last. He was so impressed with her writing skills (she co-wrote the song), and of course, her voice, that he made her his protege. Who wouldn’t? “Yeah 3X” was a massive hit internationally and helped his fourth album, F.A.M.E. sell well and get attention back on his music after being blacklisted on the radio after his assault on Rihanna in 2009.

Fantasia, Patti & Gladys Perform, Audra McDonald Makes History: Black Women Win Big At The Tony Awards

June 9th, 2014 - By Veronica Wells
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Fantasia says all the time how Patti LaBelle is her idol turned mama. So I’m sure it was an honor and privilege for her to perform with her and Gladys Knight this past weekend at the 2014 Tony Awards. The two legends and youngblood Fantasia opened the show singing “On the Sunny Side of the Street” in a choreographed number staged by Warren Carlyle. It showcased some of the highlights from the musical After Midnight. Fantasia finished her last show for the musical earlier that afternoon and Knight and LaBelle will succeed her this summer along with Natalie Cole. If you hadn’t heard, the show did exceptionally well and received seven Tony Nominations including one for Best Musical. It won last night for Best Choreography. You can watch the ladies’ performance below.

 

Last night was dusted with all types of Black Girl Magic as Sophie Okonedo took home the award for best featured actress in a play for her portrayal of Ruth in “A Raisin in the Sun.” And Audra McDonald made history,  becoming the Tony Awards’ most celebrated actress ever. Last night she took home her sixth Tony for her role as Billie Holiday in “Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill.” During her acceptance speech McDonald cried openly and thanked her late parents for disregarding the doctor’s advice and not medicating her for being hyperactive. Thankfully, they directed her to theater instead. And she acknowledged her husband and children, specifically her daughter who she said she is nothing without. And then she thanked women like Lena Horne, Diahann Carroll, Ruby Dee, Maya Angelous and Billie Holiday. You can watch her speech below.

 

We’re so proud of all these ladies’ accomplishments and happy to see diversity flourishing on Broadway.

In Honor Of Sexual Assault Awareness Month: Famous Women Who’ve Spoken Out About Their Abuse

April 1st, 2014 - By Iva Anthony
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It takes a strong woman to come forward and open up publicly about abuse and these famous women who are victims of rape are some of the most notable. As we begin Sexual Assault Awareness Month this April, we take a moment to recognize their courage as a reminder that victims don’t have to be silenced.

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Gabrielle Union

Gabrielle Union is used to discussing her personal life with the media. During an interview with ABC’s “The View,” Union revealed that she was raped at the age of 19. Working at a Payless shoe store, the “Being Mary Jane” star was attacked by an employee from another store. He also raped and robbed another woman before turning himself in and is now serving a 33-year sentence. Union, who never wanted to be labeled as a victim, has become an advocate for survivors of assault.

Publicist Files Racial Discrimination Lawsuit Against Sony

March 17th, 2014 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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Sony is being accused of carrying out a racially charged vendetta against a well-known publicist,” TMZ reports. Courtney Barnes, who has been linked to artists such as Brandy and Fantasia in the past, insists that he was not only targeted, but fired by Sony executives because he’s black.

The way the story is being told, Courtney was hired to work as Fantasia’s publicist approximately one year ago; however, he was fired just days later by the “Side Effects Of You” singer’s manager. Courtney claims that the manager told him that the Vice President at Sony, Sarah Dennison, hated him and wanted him fired. He also alleges that he was told that the V.P. was so adamant about Courtney being let go that she threatened to sabotage Tasia.

According to Courtney, Sarah’s negative opinions about him were formed solely off of hearsay and rumors that he engages in “shady business practices.” As for where the alleged racism comes into play in the whole fiasco, Courtney says “shady business practices” is code for racism. To make matters more interesting, he adds that outside of a brief handshake, he has never even dealt with Sarah, which would make it impossible for her to form a substantive opinion about him.

Courtney argues that the firing totally ruined his career and that Dennison’s negative campaign against him also cost him a job with Brandy. As a result, he’s suing Sarah and Sony for $250,000 in damages, which is the amount he says he would’ve made had Sarah not tainted his career. Sony, however, claims the entire lawsuit is baseless.

Celebs Who Popped Up Pregnant Out Of Nowhere

February 27th, 2014 - By Iva Anthony
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In this day and age where a celebrity’s every move can be well chronicled, somehow these celebrities managed to surprise us all by popping up pregnant out of nowhere. No announcement, no save the date, just them, the red carpet, and a baby bump.

Celebs Who Popped Up Pregnant

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Lil Kim

Lil Kim reigned as the Queen Bee of rap in the late 90’s. Although her career took a nosedive following a jail stint for lying under oath, the diminutive star still managed to release new music. She may not be the hottest female rapper around anymore but the Brooklyn emcee will have a new title to her name. Lil Kim popped up at an event during New York Fashion Week earlier this month with a big bun in the oven. She’s a few months into the pregnancy and her boyfriend and daddy to be Mr. Papers revealed she is having a baby boy.

Pass Or Play? Joe and Kelly Rowland Explain Difference Between “Love & Sex Part 2″

February 17th, 2014 - By Veronica Wells
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Joe and Kelly Rowland have teamed up to send a message the world certainly needs to hear. “There’s a difference between love and sex.” Y’all know some people have the game twisted. But in this new-ish song, Joe and Kelly sing about the fact that while sex can be quite lovely and feels amazing, it pales in comparison to really loving someone. And when you find the right person you can have the both of them simultaneously. Amen!

This message was so important that Joe had to share it twice. The reason there’s a part 2 at the end of this title is because it’s actually of a remake of a record he recorded with Fantasia for his under appreciated 2013 effort, Doubleback: Evolution of R&B. Take a listen to the original with he and Fantasia below.

In case you ain’t know, Fantasia is awesome!

Though the lyrics are exactly the same, this time around there’s a video and Joe sped up the tempo for this duet with a tune that reminds us a whole lot of Surface’s “Happy” with more percussion. Watch the video of Joe turning down other women as he makes his way to Kelly Rowland. Maybe it’s just me but am I the only one that thinks Joe bears a resemblance to Kelly’s real life man Tim Witherspoon? 

We have to admit it’s songs like these that are greatly missed in today’s R&B scene. More of this please! We love how their voices blend together. Take a listen.

If you had a chance to listen to both versions, which one do you prefer the slowed down one with Fantasia or the more poppy uptempo joint with Kelly?

The song will be featured on Joe’s upcoming album Bridges which is set to drop July, 2014.

Patti Labelle On Which Singers Inspire Her: “Not Many”

February 13th, 2014 - By Veronica Wells
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Last month we told you about how Patti Labelle came for “all the little heifers” out here referring to themselves as divas.  When in reality, they can’t sing all that well. Yikes. She didn’t name names though, so were left guessing about who she was referencing.

But today, on “The Queen Latifah” show she spoke about the singers she actually admires today. See who she named and who she called a mini version of herself.

Queen Latifah: What performers inspire you today?

Patti: “Who’s awesome? I think Fantasia is awesome. She’s a mini me. You know, she kicks her shoes off before she starts the show.  I said ‘Baby girl, wait until at least the seventh song.’ She says, ‘Mama, I like to kick em off when I get out there like you do.’ She is one of the people that you should watch. Of course, Christina Aguilera. Of course…umm not many. There are a lot of people that call themselves whatever. But we know best. You know, Dana.”

The shade.

And then she went back to Fantasia again:

“I love Fantasia. Fantasia is a baby Patti LaBelle. When I see her, I see me when I was younger. But even though I’m not as young as she is, we can still stand strong together. She’s phenomenal. She does what she does. She takes her shoes off. She doesn’t think about what she’s doing on stage, and that’s what I love about her. When I’m on stage I never think about anything. I just sing.”

Mama Patti does not mince words. Not at all. So I guess we can assume she doesn’t really ride for all the people she didn’t mention. And that’s alright. She’s certainly entitled because at the end of the day, Miss Patti has the talent to make her opinions weighty.

She performed “If Only You Knew” later on in the show and did her thang like only she can.

Also, Queen Latifah recalled how Patti Labelle was there for she and her family when she lost her brother.

“You know in 1992, I lost my brother in a motorcycle accident. And I was very, very disillusioned about the music business. I felt like fans didn’t really care. Nobody really cared. People would say, ‘Sorry, about your brother…can I get your autograph?” in the same sentence. And I felt like y’all have no idea how ripped apart I am. But you reached out to me. You reached out to my family and my mom. And you wrapped your arms around us and you told me you understood and you had been through things and you shared just time and spoke to us and showed me that love. And it let me know that people do care, they do care and I need to keep doing what I’m doing.”

Patti has spoken several times about losing her youngest sister Jackie Padget, so it’s beautiful that she was able to come alongside Queen Latifah and her family during their time of grief and inspire her to keep pushing.

You can check out a clip of the interview below and Patti’s performance of “If Only You Knew” on the next page.

“Put That Woman First” Fantasia’s Baby Daddy Antwaun Cook Honors His Wife Paula

February 11th, 2014 - By Veronica Wells
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It’s a good thing you and I aren’t God. Because as you know the court of public opinion is far less forgiving. And if you don’t agree, check out this recent tribute Antwaun Cook, Fantasia’s baby daddy, put together for his wife, Paula. You can watch it in the video below.

I have to humble myself and show true humility, put pride aside when realizing how blessed I am after all these years to still have an unbreakable bond. I wish my Dad was here to witness my life evolution.#GodsGraceandMercy #CookBoys #thankYOUJesus Fellas if you have a good one like @sloanewhite or@psloan77 #PutThatWomanFirst #AfterGodButFirst

I know I should be applauding the fact that another black marriage weathered the storm. But honestly, after watching this, my first thought was a pursed lip and side eye. Where was all of this when you were galavanting about the country, impregnating another woman?! Sigh.

And then did anyone else notice that the slideshow features Fantasia’s cousin, JoJo (of Jodeci) and she and Antwaun’s son Dallas? Not saying that he should deny the boy or not include him with his other children, it’s just interesting. Their lives will be forever changed because of this, especially since he cheated with a woman in the limelight. This should serve as a warning to these men with wondering eyes. When you step out, your infidelity doesn’t just have the potential to affect you, your wife and possibly the mistress. If children come into the situation, you’re involving a completely innocent party…forever. Looking at my own extended family, I can tell you the baggage and hurt from all of that messiness lingers.

Be careful.

Check out the other pictures he posted on Instagram in honor of his wife, Paula.