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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 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.

Fantasia Talks No More Bad Loving

February 11th, 2014 - By Karen Taylor Bass
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Welcome to our new column, Reset. Written by Karen Taylor Bass, this column, published each Tuesday, is about life lessons learned and mastered mentally, spiritually, and physically and how they contribute to a successful life and career. 

 

Fantasia strikes a pose for MN Biz after a performance of Broadway's "After Midnight" last week. via @TheBrandNewMom

Fantasia strikes a pose for MN Biz after a performance of Broadway’s “After Midnight” last week. via @TheBrandNewMom

I heart Fantasia. She is everything you want a bestie to be: fun, real, confident, honest and soulful. Fantasia is on the cusp of turning 30 and has had her share of the good, the bad, and the challenging. Teenage pregnancy, overcoming illiteracy, financial woes, man troubles… And yet she has ushered in a rebirth and is winning. Fantasia reminded me during a conversation we that she has been in this game for 11 years, five months and counting.

Her fourth studio album, “Side Effects of You” (19 Recordings/RCA), debuted at No. 1 on Billboard‘s Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart and No. 2 on the Billboard 200 in 2013. She just wrapped a star turn in “After Midnight,” the hit song-and-dance revue that catapults the greatest music of Duke Ellington and Harlem’s Golden Age into the 21st century and onto the Broadway stage. Next stop for Fantasia is touring and bringing her musical ministry to sold-out audiences.

I had the pleasure of chatting with Fantasia at an “After Midnight” event sponsored by nationally syndicated, Café Mocha Radio.  Fantasia was open about the challenges of finding true love and how she pressed RESET.

MadameNoire: Congratulations on “After Midnight.” How has it been in NYC?

Fantasia Barrino: Thank you. I love the energy and vibe of New York City.  I’ve been in the city for several months and have grown so much. Being here has freed me – given me the gift of reviewing my pattern as it relates to love, life and family.

MN: What was the lesson you kept repeating?

FB: Love. I am a woman… a passionate Cancer woman and love to be in love. I’ve given [too much], been emotional and made mistakes because that’s what I knew and saw growing up. Yes, loving is generational.  You learn how to love from what you’ve seen and experienced in childhood.

MN: Define being a “brand” mom?

FB: Motherhood comes first. I make time for what matters – family. My priority is God, self, children, career, so forth, and family. My career is not traditional, therefore I take motherhood in stride just like every mom. I nurture, love, attend activities and have a strong team to help when on the road.  There are times when I have to attend a parent conference via teleconference — teachers, me and [my] mom and we make it happen. Also, if I have one day off from the play I am back at home to enjoy my babies.

MN: How did you press RESET?

FB:  The amazing and blessed opportunity to spend five months in New York to perform in “After Midnight” on Broadway changed my life. I had to walk in faith, trust myself and grow up. Living in New York gave me the opportunity to break a pattern. Love. I’ve learned that how we love is generational. Yes, I too loved in fear like my grandmother, mother, aunties, and had to break the pattern.  Loving like a broke woman and not loving on strength and power. I pressed RESET and saw what I kept repeating and said no more. Been broke and fought my way back. I am a fighter and most importantly, child of God. My next relationship will be well thought out. I am on a journey.

Fantasia’s RESET: “I am blessed and finally taking the time to honor it. Yes. Struggles will come, however accepting my journey, realizing that I’m not perfect, and using my music/voice as a ministry of healing and being still is how I learned to embrace, break the pattern of generations of bad loving in my family. I now know that I am worthy and deserve to have it. Yes, this is ordained.”

Karen Taylor Bass, has pressed RESET; boldly living life now as an Author, PR Expert, Brand Mom, Corporate and Small Business Coach and Adviser. Follow her @thebrandnewmom on Twitter.

Let It Bump! 10 Songs You Didn’t Know Missy Elliott Wrote Or Produced

January 27th, 2014 - By Veronica Wells
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When we think about Missy Elliott we tend to think about the eccentric rapper with creative flows and outrageous outfits. But before that she was in an R&B girl group, so not only does Missy know how to harmonize, she can also put a song together. You may think of Timbaland as more of the producer; and that’s true, but Missy has her own catalog as well. Check out ten of her most popular songs you didn’t know she wrote and/or produced.

Style To Steal Or Girl, Stop: Alicia Keys Slays, Amber Rose Tans And What Is On Pharrell’s Head?

January 26th, 2014 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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Aside from picking up awards and watching some dope (and sometimes wack) performances, the Grammys are always good for fashion. It’s the night for stars to dress up like the rock stars they are–or to come out the house looking a mess. You never know what you’ll get. Let’s take a look at some fashions that had us talking and made us want to steal the looks or stop them dead in their tracks.

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Erica Campbell

I guess after all that random backlash Erica Campbell received from some about the tight white dress she wore in a photoshoot for a new single, Campbell decided to stay covered up. She hit the red carpet with her daughter in this pink lace ensemble, and while I’m loving the hair and the makeup, I get “First Lady” vibe from this look. That’s not a bad thing…just not a good thing for the Grammys. Stop.

Star Gazing: Rihanna, Jennifer Hudson, Willow Smith & More Step Out For Pre-Grammys Partying!

January 26th, 2014 - By Drenna Armstrong
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GrammySat CollageLos Angeles is the place to be right now and all weekend, celebs have been spotted out getting their Grammys weekend partying on! A few of the folks you love to talk about were spotted at the Roc Nation Brunch, Clive Davis’ Pre-Grammy Party and a plethora of other events. Check out the pics and let us know who you’re feeling!

Both Rihanna and Willow Smith hit the Roc NAtion Brunch:

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And that night, even more stars flocked to Clive Davis’ Annual Pre-Grammy party at the Beverly Hills Hilton:

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Ashanti (Credit: FayesVision/WENN.com)

Check the next page for even more pics of some of your faves at Saturday night’s big affair!

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