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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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Jennifer Hudson (Credit: FayesVision/WENN.com)

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Kelis (Credit: FayesVision/WENN.com)

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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!

Chrissy Teigen Addresses Pregnancy Rumors:”Please Stop Asking”

January 17th, 2014 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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Model Chrissy Teigen and her R&B crooner hubby celebrated a milestone in their relationship when they tied the knot in Italy this past September. And according to some recent reports by a couple of gossip sites, the newlyweds are preparing for another major life event: the birth of their first child. The rumors regarding Chrissy’s pregnancy began swirling after she was spotted sporting what looked like the beginnings of a tiny baby bump, during a night out on the town with fellow model, Brooklyn Decker.

Chrissy took to Twitter earlier today to put an end to the rumors and blast the outlets that have been spreading them.

“Must have forgotten to tell @BrooklynDecker the big news between our tequila shots,” she tweeted with an attached screenshot from MTO.

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“Drinks+dessert pizza= food baby,” Brooklyn replied. “Does this make me the daddy?”

Chrissy also agreed with a fan who pointed out that each time a tabloid falsely accuses her of being pregnant, they’re simply calling her “fat” on the “low.”

“They low key calling you fat, yo,” a fan joked.

“Lol I know, that is the best part. ‘Congrats, chubbs,’ she replied.

The “Sports Illustrated” model concluded by requesting that fans stop asking if she’s pregnant. But our guess is that they won’t have to.

“Anyhow. Please stop asking. It makes me sad every time. Thank you. Love you.”

And there you have it. Chrissy Teigen is not pregnant.

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Precious Pooches: Our Favorite Celebrities And Their Pets

December 19th, 2013 - By M A
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Though celebrity couples seem to come and go every day, pets are without a doubt the constant loving presence in many famous folks’ lives. With that said, here’s a look at some of our favorite celebrities and their pets.

John Legend Links Up With NAACP To Fight Restrictive Voting Laws

November 12th, 2013 - By Kimberly Gedeon
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John Legend ain’t too happy about some of the voter ID laws in United States. The “Made to Love” singer plunged into a political campaign and launched a concert in North Carolina, a state with restrictive voting rights, to fight for America’s voice in choosing the country’s leaders, Afro.com reports.

In partnership with the NAACP, Legend urged his fans to promote voting rights at his recent concert in Durham, N.C. Legend sought to make registering to vote convenient by convincing concert-goers to simply text “LEGEND” to 62227. The Grammy Award-winning crooner will continue to campaign for this cause throughout his “Made to Love” tour.

“Launching in North Carolina, a state feeling the brunt of new restrictive and discriminatory election laws, will set the tone for concert goers across the country in states where some of the most egregious law changes have been introduced or implemented,” said the Rev. William Barber, president, NAACP North Carolina State Conference.

Ever since President Obama was elected in 2008, Republican legislative leaders have searched for measures to stifle the minority vote, though they argue they’re passing these laws to prevent voter fraud, which isn’t  problem in this country. As a result, there have been “fewer early voting days, restrictive voter ID laws, purging of voter rolls and more,” Afro.com adds. It’s maddening, Legend says, that there are people who would implement laws to restrict some Americans from voting.

“Generations have fought hard and even died for this right, and now is not the time for our country to move backwards. All of our leaders should seek to have inclusive elections that reflect the true will of the people, no matter who they intend to vote for. The politics of exclusion are unacceptable,” Legend said in a statement.

Adding fuel to Legend’s fire, a July 2013 Supreme Court decision nullified a section of the Voting Rights Act that served to protect underrepresented American voters. The NAACP, which has launched its own battle against anti-voting strategies, is pleased that Legend is joining their team to heighten their efforts:

“[John Legend's] influence as a world-renowned artist and activist will be a catalyst to spread the word that it is not enough just to exercise your right to vote. We must also protect our right to vote for future generations,” said NAACP interim President Lorraine C. Miller.

Legend is no stranger to political activism. We’ve seen the singer wholeheartedly support Obama’s 2008 campaign. Legend sang “If You’re Out There,” a song for voter engagement, at the Democratic National Convention.

Paula, Is That You Singing? Celebs We Didn’t Know Were Featured On Songs

October 7th, 2013 - By Meghan Williams
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We know that artists often collaborate with each other to make music – but not all collabos are as well known as others. Check out our list of 15 celebs whose guest appearances and background vocals in songs were a major surprise. 

Introducing The “Legends”: John Legend And Chrissy Teigen Married In Italy!

September 15th, 2013 - By Drenna Armstrong
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Many would say this has been a long time coming, but we can officially say that John Legend and Chrissy Teigen married on Saturday in Europe.

According to PEOPLE, the couple were married in Lake Como, Italy in front of family and friends.  While no “official” pictures have been released, the paparazzi was able to snap one photo of the couple during their ceremony. Chrissy posted a picture of the gown Sunday morning on Instagram. It was designed by Vera Wang and had an open back, lifted tulle skirt and hand-cut petal embroidered details. Beautiful!

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For the reception, Chrissy changed into a second Vera dress, this  one in an ivory color featuring a micro-pleated bodice and sheared organza full skirt. For the after party dress – yes, there was an after party dress – Chrissy wore a crimson Vera Wang strapless mermaid gown with a hand-draped bodice, inverted flange skirt and embroidered crystal wheat detail.

The details about John’s suit have yet to be disclosed.

One of the highlights of the day was likely when John sang “All Of Me” in dedication to his new bride. The song, written specifically for Chrissy, can be found on his new album Love In The Future and is a tearjerker.

We’re sure the couple, together since 2006 and engaged since 2011, had a great time partying while eating a multi-layer cake full of crepe, pastry creme and raspberry sauce.

Congratulations to John and Chrissy, the new Mr. & Mrs. Stephens!

‘Act Like Your Life Matters:’ John Legend Encourages Black Men To Get Educated, Succeed & Give Back

September 10th, 2013 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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R&B crooner John Legend proved that he’s not just good for serenading and hitting high notes— he’s also pretty good at motivational speaking. News One recently caught up with the singer during a performance in NYC and he offered some thought-provoking words of encouragement for young black men in conjunction with their Your Life Matters campaign.

“Your life matters not because of how much money you have, not because of what neighborhood you live in, not because of what you look like. Your life matters because you’re you and you’re valuable,” John begins.

The soon-to-married star went on to say that young black men have something to contribute to society, but they have to begin by carrying themselves as if they matter.

“You’re unique, you’re special and you have something to contribute to the world. So what does that mean? You have to act like your life matters. You have to educate yourself. You have to make sure that you prepare yourself for success in the world.”

In closing, he stressed the importance of giving back once success is attained.

“And when you succeed, you have to give back, so your life can continue to matter. So go out there and live that. Be that. Dream that. Know that your life matters.”

Check out John’s uplifting video on the next page.

Walmart Never Pays Top Entertainers To Perform For Its Annual Shareholder Event

August 13th, 2013 - By Kimberly Gedeon
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Patti LaBelle, here performing at the Apollo, has performed for Walmart. C.Smith/ WENN.com

Patti LaBelle, here performing at the Apollo, has performed for Walmart. C.Smith/ WENN.com

The debate over whether or not Walmart adequately pays its employees still lingers, but get this—Walmart doesn’t even pay its celebrity entertainers to perform for their annual shareholder meeting which has thousands of cheering employees and board members in attendance, reports TheGrio.

Singing legends such as Smokey Robinson, Patti Labelle, Lionel Ritchie and the “Grown Woman” herself, Beyonce Knowles, have all performed for Walmart—for free. “We do not pay performance fees for celebrity guests,” Diana Gee, a Walmart spokeswoman told MSNBC. However, the company does offer coverage for hotel and travel expenses.

Walmart is the biggest retailer in the world with associates from China, Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Mexico, Japan, India, Africa, and Canada. It’s a symbol of where everybody in America shops, Dr. Mark Anthony Neal, professor at Duke University, told TheGrio. Just performing for such an influential and powerful retailer, TheGrio suggests, is adequate payment for these top-notch celebrities because of its exposure.

“When you consider yourself a brand, it is a smart partnership for you to align yourself with one of the biggest consumer retailers in the world,” said Marvet Britto, CEO of The Britto Agency.

“Every entertainer that is here has something to do with our business,” Gee continued. “There’s a connection from the business, whether it’s CDs, books, or t-shirts.” A symbiotic business relationship is formed — talents receive exposure for their latest projects and Walmart draws in publicity for its star-studded event where celebrities gushing about the retailer.

In the June 2013 meeting, Jennifer Hudson and John Legend stopped by to perform crowd-favorites while Tom Cruise delivered a speech about “how the company is using its size and scale to improve women’s lives around the world.” The host, Justin Timberlake, said, “Walmart’s awesome and everything actually does cost less!”

Wait a minute now, Justin. You haven’t worked a day in your life at Walmart. Are we just going to ignore the fact that Walmart workers have been protesting over poor working conditions and poverty-level wages? “[W]hat they said on stage didn’t really represent many of the workers, and it’s unfortunate that celebrity appearances can overshadow some of the very real issues that everyday people,” said Tsehai Almaz, a Walmart employee.

While employees complain that the celebrity performers are out of touch with the underlying issues plaguing Walmart, singers and entertainers are guaranteed a spot on Walmart’s shelves — retail space that symbolizes economic power — in exchange for a free appearance at their shareholder’s meeting. Not a bad exchange.

Pass Or Play? John Legend Gets Philosophical In “Made To Love”

August 1st, 2013 - By Veronica Wells
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There’s only one way to describe John Legend’s latest video “Made To Love,”: captivating. Throughout the entire video, I was completely engrossed in the almost extraterrestrial visuals, body contortions and tight shots of Legend’s face.

In the song Legend talks about knowing he and the woman he’s singing about were meant for each other and how her presence in his life and their love lets him know God is real.

Oooh, have you ever known
We laid your eyes on
The perfect work of art
I knew right from the start
Oooh, I was never sure of a God before
But I know he must exist
He created this…

With these super sappy lyrics, you might think that the song is a slower tempo-ed ballad. But not so, the song has a throbbing bass line that almost makes this a dance hit. It might sound like it clashes but it works quite well.

Check out the video below and let us know if you dig this song as well.

Reality Stars LaLa Anthony And Tamar Braxton Take On New Projects

July 23rd, 2013 - By Kimberly Gedeon
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For Tamar Braxton and LaLa Anthony, reality TV has extended their careers into new big business ventures. TV personality LaLa Anthony is now the new face of Caress Body Wash. “Love and War” singer Tamar Braxton is set to join John Legend in his “Made to Love” tour as the opening act, reports TheYBF.com

With LaLa’s Full Court Life vitality hanging by a thread, Anthony is salvaging her cash flow as Caress Body Wash’s new Fabulista Style Expert.

She has already used her platform on reality TV to pioneer her new cosmetics line, Motives. But now as a spokeswoman for Caress Body Wash, Anthony can continuously interact with an audience by showing “women how fragrance can inspire them to live fabulously,” said TheYBF. She will post weekly videos to talk about the latest fashion and beauty trends on Caress’ Facebook page.

“For me, fragrance is an essential part of any look because it sets the tone for my day, from how I feel to what I wear,” LaLa Anthony said. LaLa will also help launch Caress’ new Tempting Whisper Fine Fragrance Elixir Body Wash.

Tamar Braxton, on the other hand, by being the most entertaining sister on Braxton Family Values, has launched her music career to new heights. Along with a well-received “Love and War” soulful ballad under her belt, Braxton has caught the eye of John Legend.

Along with being a new mother and a member of The Real, she will be adding her soft-as-butter voice to John Legend’s “Made to Love” tour. The music duo will make 22 stops all across the country including Boston, New York, Atlanta, Miami, and Las Vegas, SingersRoom.com reports. She did that.

The tour will kick off on October 20th in Mashantucket, Connecticut and ending with their trek on December 1st in Los Angeles.

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