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It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Unless you’re listening to these sad Christmas songs, which can sap the yuletide out of any room.
K. Michelle’s “Christmas Night”
K. Michelle is certainly enjoying a resurgence in her career. After starring on VH1’s “Love & Hip-Hop Atlanta,” earlier this year the Memphis native singer took her talents to the Big Apple to star in the New York edition. Right in time for the holidays, K. Michelle unleashed “Christmas Night,” a slow ballad about losing love on Christmas night. Although she vows to be a stronger person in the New Year, she still feels the pain of old heartache on Christmas.
If you’re like me, you’re a sucker for Lifetime movies and Holiday films. I don’t care how cliche or predictable, I’m here for it. So I was really excited to learn that on Saturday, while we’re eating all of our Thanksgiving leftovers, we can do so while watching Tatyana Ali in a Lifetime Holiday movie called “Dear Secret Santa.”
Shadow and Act reports that the film follows a newly single Jennifer who moves back to her childhood home. While there she is flooded with memories of her friend Jack who recently passed away. One day Jennifer gets a Christmas card in the mail from a secret admirer. Who calls himself her secret santa. The admirer knows personal details about her life and so she decides to write him back. In fact, his letters remind her of her friend Jack. Throughout the movie she tries to determine who’s been writing her.
You can watch the trailer for the film which stars Della Reese, Bill Cobbs and Jordin Sparks.
The film premieres on Lifetime on Saturday, November 30 at 8/7c.
Jason Derulo hasn’t popped the big question to Jordin Sparks yet, but according to the lyrics of his new song, the day is in the near future!
Jason, who has been in a public relationship with Jordin Sparks for over a year, invited his girlfriend onstage during a recent performance of his second single “Marry Me.” He even kneeled down on one knee as he sang “Wake up every morning with you in my bed/ That’s precisely what I plan to do.”
During an interview with E! News, the 23-year-old said he plans to ask Jordin for her hand in marriage “when the time is right.”
“It is about Jordin, actually, and it’s talking about how amazing it will be when I get down on one knee and it will be the greatest moment of my life,” she gushed. “You can’t fake anything because true love is true love, and that’s the basis of our relationship.”
Read more at HelloBeautiful.com
We all know that Tracee Ellis Ross is the daughter of Motown Queen Diana Ross, and that country star Billy Ray Cyrus fathered “twerk-star” Miley Cyrus – but how many of us knew that these 15 were among the few celebs with famous parents? Most of them were a surprise to us!
Sanaa Lathan was born to Eleanor McCoy, an actress, dancer and Broadway performer who has worked with Eartha Kitt, among others, and Stan Lathan, the producer behind a number of notable TV shows like Sanford & Son and Def Comedy Jam.
From The Grio
Actress Kerry Washington appeared at the Teen Choice Awards this past weekend and sat down for a quick chat with singer Jordin Sparks.
The two ladies appeared on air for Ryan Seacrest’s radio show and performed an impressive duet on the spot.
Sparks asked the Scandal star what her go-to karaoke song was — in response, Kerry admitted that she is a huge Disney fan, which soon led the two to sing their version of “A Whole New World” from the movie Aladdin.
Watch Kerry and Jordin’s duet at TheGrio.com
A new storytelling series detailing the African-American experience from the 1600s to the present has launched on YouTube. With the collaborative efforts of Wells Fargo and The Kinsey Collection — an exhibit that features artifacts chronicling Black life — a documentary-style campaign named “Untold Stories: Our Inspired History” was born, reports The Wall Street Journal.
Hollywood stars such as Jordin Sparks, Lance Gross, Lauren London, and Talib Kweli will serve as hosts of this new Black storytelling experience. “The series is designed to educate viewers about the historical impact of African American history on modern life using the perspective of each celebrity curator,” adds WSJ.
In one video, Lauren London explains how Carrie Kinsey unknowingly began the The Kinsey Collection. In 1903, she wrote a letter to President Theodore Roosevelt asking for his help to find her missing brother. She describes how one man approached her saying that he would take care of her brother and pay her $5 a month. “But I heard of him no more,” Carrie wrote in the letter.
“Carrie Kinsey had no idea this letter was one of the things that inspired Bernard and Shirley Kinsey, her direct descendants, to start their exhibit, the Kinsey Collection,” London added in the video.
The Kinsey Collection is filled with souvenirs of the African-American past that has been on display in eight museums including the Smithsonian National Museum of American History. “The Kinsey Collections strives to give our ancestors a voice […] enabling the viewer to understand the challenges, triumphs, and extraordinary sacrifice of African-Americans…” said Bernard Kinsey in a statement.
In another video vignette, Jordin Sparks highlights the accomplishments of Phyllis Wheatley, the first female Black poet to be published. Lance Gross “describes the trials faced by Josiah Walls, an African American statesmen in the 41st and 42nd Congress,” adds WSJ. Lastly, Talib Kweli delves into a 113-year-old letter granting Henry Butler, a Black Man, the ability to buy his family freedom.
The storytelling campaign was created to not only honor our African-American ancestors, but to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation.
The video collection can be viewed on YouTube where fans are welcome to join in on the conversation and share the stories by using the #KinseyUntold hashtag on Twitter.
We’ve got Lance Gross’ clip below and Lauren London’s after the jump.
Last night, BET CEO Debra Lee held her annual pre-BET Awards dinner in Los Angeles and the red carpet was on fire! Everyone from reality TV stars to singers, actors, and media personalities were in attendance, and lucky us, we were right there to catch them all!
We have our personal faves when it comes to the fashion we saw on the carpet (hello Ashanti and Adrienne Bailon!) and the men were rather debonair themselves — yes we’re talking about you Jay Ellis. Check out the pics of who we chatted up last night and be on the lookout for video from our interviews with Nene Leaks, who told us about the drama at her wedding, Cynthia Bailey, who discussed her recent health condition with us, and Michelle Williams who is in love with MadameNoire. Oh and stay tuned for more coverage from the BET Award red carpet tonight on Instagram!
Who do you think looked the best last night?
Some celebrities just tower over the rest. Standing at 5 feet and 11 inches or more, these 15 women command attention whenever they walk into a room.
Model turned mogul Kimora Lee Simmons put her stature to good use. Standing at an even six feet, Simmons got her start in modeling early on. By the time she was ten years old, Simmons was 5 feet, 10 inches tall. Her mother enrolled her into modeling classes at the age of 11 and soon after Simmons found herself in Paris. Growing up in St. Louis, Missouri, Simmons was picked on because of her ethnicity and height. The 37-year-old mother of three credits modeling with giving her the confidence that she has now: “[Modeling] was a real turning point for me because everything that people considered weird about me before, well, suddenly Karl Lagerfeld said it was OK. He’s one of the biggest names in fashion, so all of a sudden it gave me a validity and introduced me to a whole other world.”
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Jason Derulo, who has been dating singer Jordin Sparks for 18 months, says he’s currently in the planning stages of his marriage proposal.
”The proposal will be monumental,” he told In Touch Weekly. “I wrote a song called ‘Marry Me.’ I have a date in mind. I want to surprise her but she’s given me guidelines first. I have to ask her dad for permission.”
Jordin has been very open about her relationship with Jason and has admitted she would love to settle down with him and start a family.
Read more on EurWeb.com.
A day after a firestorm of social media anger was unleashed upon Instagram over its new terms of service, the company has said that it’s going to re-think its policies, particularly the one where they say advertisers can co-opt user photos without compensation to the user.
In a blog post titled “Thank You, We’re Listening,” co-founder Kevin Systrom tried to address the issues that caused so much trouble.
“To be clear: it is not our intention to sell your photos. We are working on updated language in the terms to make sure this is clear,” he writes.
“Let’s say a business wanted to promote their account to gain more followers and Instagram was able to feature them in some way. In order to help make a more relevant and useful promotion, it would be helpful to see which of the people you follow also follow this business. In this way, some of the data you produce — like the actions you take (eg, following the account) and your profile photo — might show up if you are following this business,” he continues. He says that users own their content (that hasn’t changed) and privacy controls remain the same.
CNET editor Dan Ackerman, talking with CBS News, says this sort of confusion is bound to happen when lawyers write these terms of service. The broad “land grab” nature of the text causes issues. And there’s the ongoing push and pull in the data privacy debate. People are putting lots of stuff out there for all to see, but want to maintain some osort of control over their information. Meanwhile, these companies want to make money, and that data is incredibly valuable.
Even with reassurances, many people are planning to leave the service. A number of celebs have already vowed to drop Instagram, including Jordin Sparks and Kevin Hart. Not to mention celebs like Kim Kardashian and Anderson Cooper who have said they’ve got some thinking to do. If you’re also thinking about dumping the service, The Washington Post suggests that you first download your photos then take a look around at the alternatives. In fact, those alternatives — like Yahoo’s Flickr and Twitter with its new bells and whistles — may be the big winners here.
Will you be switching up your photo-sharing service?
Update 12/21: Instagram has announced that it will go back to the original language of its advertising policy. “Although some users claimed victory, it’s not clear that they won any real concessions from the company. What is clear is that the photo-sharing service has lost some of its luster, and it may need more than a new filter to win it back,” writes SocialTimes.