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“There’s Been A Lot Of Confusion”: Big Tigger On Split From Keshia Knight Pulliam And Her Engagement

January 5th, 2016 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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Big Tigger said it best: “There’s been a lot of confusion going around America since New Year’s Eve.”

Sitting at his post at V-103 as host of The Big Tigger Show, the on-air personality ran down all the latest news in love and marriage in Hollywood. When it was time to announce and celebrate the engagement of a one Keshia Knight Pulliam, Tigger decided to clear the air since so many people were wondering why she was marrying a man people didn’t even know she was dating, considering Pulliam and Tigger dated for years–more than three in fact. And last time we all checked, they were still together and in love.

In case you missed it, the 36-year-old actress got engaged to Ed Hartwell, the 37-year-old former NFL player, who is also the former husband of reality star Lisa Wu. Pulliam announced her engagement on New Year’s day.

The pair presumably became an item earlier this year after Pulliam split from Tigger–a breakup no one knew had occurred. The last time Big Tigger and Pulliam were spotted together on social media was about nine months ago. So everyone was wondering how it went from this:

To this:

Happy to spend not only my new year but my life with this guy!!! ❤️ #BlessedBeyondMeasure

A photo posted by keshiaknightpulliam (@keshiaknightpulliam) on

Only Keshia and Big Tigger know how she went from #BlessedBeyondMeasure with him to being #BlessedBeyondMeasure with Ed, but the radio personality is not spilling the beans on the end of that long-term relationship. On his radio show, Tigger said that the engagement confusion followed him all weekend long.

“Even my friends! Lots of tweets congratulating me on my new engagement. For clarity, people, I am not, nor have I ever been engaged. Ever!”

He blamed Us Weekly for making that special moment for Pulliam and Hartwell such a complicated one, as they announced the engagement but used a photo of her and the on-air personality. Despite all that, Tigger said he’s happy for his former flame. But that didn’t stop him from spilling some tea to listeners, claiming the new couple may have already tied the knot!

“The Us Weekly report had the correct news with the wrong photo. That being said, a lot of speculation going on in an epic manner, running rampant. Her and I are both two grownups, so the details about our breakup, the who, what, when, where, why, etcetera, is our business exclusively, and will remain so! Mind your own business! You know how epic it got? I saw an astrological breakdown of compatibility amongst the three parties mentioned in this particular story! Why one was more compatible than the other! I was like, ‘Ya’ll spent a lot of time on this.’ I got calls from news outlets for comments. I’m quite amazed that anybody even cared! [laughs] But this story ain’t about me, it’s about them. So with that being said, I want to wish the happy couple well. And I’ll leave with this little caveat: Apparently, rumor has it that they got married over the weekend…”

It’s a little sad that these two weren’t able to make it official because they seemed like a really cute pair. But when you snooze you lose…

Kidding! We’re just happy to see that Pulliam found love again and is thrilled to be spending her life with Hartwell. Congratulations again to the happy couple!

Keshia Knight Pulliam Engaged To Ed Hartwell

January 1st, 2016 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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From the looks of it, Keshia Knight Pulliam thoroughly enjoyed the holidays. Early this morning, the 36-year-old actress announced her engagement to Ed Hartwell, former NFL star and ex-husband of RHOA’s Lisa Wu.

“Happy to spend not only my new year but my life with this guy!!! #BlessedBeyondMeasure,” she gushed in the caption of a photograph that shows off her sparkly new ring.

We certainly did not see this coming, but congrats to bride and groom-to-be!

Malcolm Jamal-Warner Breaks His Silence Concerning Bill Cosby Allegations

October 10th, 2015 - By Ashley Monaé
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Malcolm-Jamal Warner, who played the role as Theo Huxtable on The Cosby Show, has finally spoken out on the sexual allegations against Bill Cosby.

For almost two decades, Cosby has at the helm of several sexual assault allegations, claiming that he raped, facilitated drugs, and committed sexual battery and misconduct to nearly 54 different women, including Beverly Johnson and a Cosby Show actress.

To date, Mr. Cosby has been stripped of numerous honorary degrees from prestigious colleges and has five lawsuits pending against him regarding the aforementioned claims.

In a recent interview with The Associate Press, The Cosby Show alum said the legacy of the cherished series is “tarnished” by the sexual assault allegations made against Bill Cosby.

“My biggest concern is when it comes to images of people of color on television and film, no matter what … negative stereotypes of people of color, we’ve always had ‘The Cosby Show’ to hold up against that. And the fact that we no longer have that, that’s the thing that saddens me the most because in a few generations the Huxtables will have been just a fairy tale,” said Warner.

While he did confirm that he’s been in contact with Cosby, he did not comment on their conversations.

“I think the things that we discussed really have to stay private between us. But it’s just a bad situation all around – for him, for his family, the women, their families, the legacy of the show,” he added.

Warner isn’t the only Cosby Show alum to speak on Cosby’s allegations. Both Phylicia Rashad (who played Claire Huxtable) and Keshia Knight Pulliam (who played Rudy Huxtable) weighed in on the tough topic. Rashad’s sentiments were the same as Warner, voicing concern of the show’s legacy and how important it is for the culture. Pulliam simply offered that the allegations were “just allegations.”

While Cosby’s stage family isn’t too happy about how his actions lessen the legacy of The Cosby Show, they have certainly banded together and are standing behind him.

From Screening Rooms To Classrooms: Celebrities Who Left Hollywood To Get An Education

April 8th, 2014 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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We told you about the folks who took breaks or completely ditched the entertainment industry to focus on their relationships with God, but what about the ones who did the same for the opportunity to get a college degree to fall back on? Here are 10 who left Hollywood to get an education at Yale, Princeton, Harvard and more.

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Zelda Harris

After gaining fame for her role as Troy in Crooklyn and stealing everybody’s heart, by her teenage years, Zelda Harris went MIA. She did a few roles here and there, including He Got Game and NYPD Blue, but after that, she stopped acting completely. Harris went on to focus on her education, reportedly going to Princeton and graduating in 2007. 

Kenya Moore, Terrell Owens And Keshia Knight Pulliam Reportedly Cast To Star In New Season of ‘Celebrity Apprentice’

March 14th, 2014 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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NBC is gearing up to announce which celebs have been cast to star in the 2014 season of “Celebrity Apprentice,” but it looks like a loose-lipped snitch may have already spilled the beans.

According to TMZ, former child star Keshia Knight Pulliam will be appearing on the show along with “Real Housewives of Atlanta” star Kenya Moore and “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” star Brandi Glanville. Brandi and Kenya being added to the cast actually makes a lot of business sense considering that the two are already a part of the NBC Universal/Bravo family. What’s interesting, however, is that the two haven’t always seen eye-to-eye in the past. During Kenya’s first season of RHoA, Brandi went on record referring to Kenya as desperate following the Walter Jackson fiasco.

“The whole ‘I want to get married, I want to get married’ thing is not hot for anyone to say,” Brandi said in a 2013 interview before adding that Kenya “reeks of desperation.”

It’ll be really interesting to see how the two Bravo stars interact on the show. It has also been reported that troubled athlete Terrell Owens will be appearing  on the 14th season of the competitive reality show alongside Kate Gosselin and Geraldo Rivera.

NBC has yet to confirm whether or not the casting speculations are true.

Does this sound like an interesting  lineup to you?

Are They Or Aren’t They? Big Tigger And Keshia Knight Pulliam Tackle Engagement Rumors

December 30th, 2013 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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For a little over a month folks have been trying to figure out what the deal is between actress Keshia Knight Pulliam and Big Tigger. Word on the street is they’re an item. These rumors were only fueled earlier this month when the former child star took to Instagram to send Tig a very special birthday message where she addressed him as her “partner in life.” We of course, took this as an admission of their coupledom. And at this point, it seems like a fairly safe assumption, as photos of the duo cupcakin’ have been popping up all over the place.

Since their indirect admission, rumors about a confirmed engagement have surfaced. Though the two seemed to dance around relationship rumors, they were pretty quick to shut down the engagement talk.

“We just sittin here laughing & wondering who, when, and where #anybody #confirmed an #engagement to @peachespulliam,” Tigger tweeted on Sunday.

Accompanying his tweet was a photo of Keshia pointing to her empty ring finger. We got the picture. They’re not engaged…yet. It was a pretty playful way to address/shut down the rumors. We’re glad they have a sense of humor.

Are you feeling Keshia and Tigger as a couple?

Successful Actors Who Avoided The Curse Of Child Stardom

September 9th, 2013 - By Meghan Williams
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Following the tragic death of “Rizzoli & Isles” star Lee Thompson Young, the question of child stardom and its effects has once again surfaced. Except this time, the conversation has taken somewhat of a different turn, considering the fact that Young, who rose to stardom in the ‘90s on the Disney Channel’s “The Famous Jett Jackson,” seemed unlike many of the more destructive child stars of today. After the show ended, Young continued acting on television and in movies and even graduated from the University of Southern California with Honors. He also wrote his first screenplay in 2007.

Young’s tale reminds us of the hard truth that we may never know the depths of these former child stars’ innermost struggles, but there are many who have successfully avoided or overcome those battles to become successfyl adults in the industry, Like Lee Thompson Young, these child stars’ professional lives have been clean, drama-free, and accurate representations of their multitudinous talents. Check out which stars made the list.

Keshia Knight Pulliam Thinks “Unflattering” Swimsuit Photos Were Altered to Make Her Look Bad

March 19th, 2013 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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For the past few weeks, photos of “House of Payne” star, Keshia Knight Pulliam in a swimsuit, perfecting her diving skills surfaced on the web. As opposed to celebrating and cheering on the former Cosby Show star as she geared up to participate in ABC’s upcoming reality competition, Splash, many rushed to criticize the appearance of the child star turned Hollywood beauty’s body. During a recent interview with Wendy Williams, Keisha dished on her initial reaction to the photos and why her participation in the competition is so important for Black girls. Take a peek below at what she had to say.

On the “unflattering” photos:

“I know what pictures you’re talking about and as a woman, no matter what, even if you don’t look like that, I was mortified for a moment. You know when you just fall out in your closet and I’m like ‘Ughhhhh.’ But, I realized that I could either be defeated by it or inspired by it. At the end of the day, I’m not the first woman or the last woman to have a picture that’s unflattering taken of them.”

“I wasn’t there, so I’m not going to say, but I believe they may have done something a little extra to them [the photos]. I had that moment, women, you know how we do, straight nude, out of the shower I looked in the mirror. I posed and was like ‘Yeah, I don’t look like that. I’m good.’

On her new show, Splash:

“You know, it’s really crazy. The opportunity was presented to me and of course, my team at first was like, ‘Oh, absolutely not.’ But I was like, you know, I really love swimming. Then, I did my research; I’m such a Google-girl. I looked and I realized that there were absolutely no African-American women who had competed or medaled in diving in the Olympics or on any high level. So I have my non-profit and it’s all about girls and inspiration and dream big, think big, accomplish big. And I was like you know what, this is the perfect opportunity to inspire others. At the end of the day, what I’ve learned from working with girls is that they don’t know to dream it or strive to be it if they don’t know it exists.”

Way to go Rudy!

Turn the page to watch Keshia’s full interview. What do you think of the manner in which some people reacted to her photos?

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Bet You Didn’t Know: Secrets Behind The Making Of “Polly”

December 10th, 2012 - By Veronica Wells
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Set in 1950’s segregated Alabama, Polly was the all black remake of the original Pollyanna. With the Cosby connection and Debbie Allen directing, people were anxious to see it. You know the story, you’ve watched the VHS over and over again but we bet you don’t know these behind the scenes secrets.

Making the Grade: Actress Keshia Knight Pulliam Raises $1M For Spelman

November 12th, 2012 - By Ann Brown
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They are celebrating over at HBCU Spelman College. Former Cosby kid Keshia Knight Pulliam hosted a major fundraiser at SAKS in Atlanta, reports The Young Black & Fabulous, and raised $1 million for her alma mater. The money will benefit Spelman students who aren’t able to graduate due to financial hardship. 

While African Americans give to charity more than whites, HBCUs are suffering in part because alumni do not give gifts to their schools. “One of the toughest problems HBCUs face is getting alumni to give back,” reports NewsOne. “Several studies report alumni giving at HBCUs to be in the single digits.” 

Marybeth Gasman and  Sibby Anderson-Thompkinseven penned a book, Fundraising from Black-College Alumni: Successful Strategies for Supporting Alma Mater, about how HBCUs can get black alumni to give back. The two theorize that HBCUs can’t use the traditional fundraising methods of other universities. They need to think out of the box when approaching alumni during fundraising efforts. According to the article, “Graduates often cite being treated poorly by a rude employee in the bursar’s office or some other administrative office as one of the main reasons they don’t give back.”

Empower magazine reports that some HBCUs, like Tennessee State University, has an average alumni giving rate of three percent. The national average is 20 percent. (A few like Alabama A&M has a rate of 50 percent.)

“African Americans prefer to give to concrete causes, want to be thanked and need to understand where their donations are going,” Gasman tells the magazine.

There have been some major gifts, such as Bill and Camille Cosby’s $20 million donation to Spelman back in 1987, which was and still is the largest gift to the  institution. But in order for financially-strapped HBCUs to survive, its successful alumni must give back.

Pulliam, who also starred in Tyler Perry’s House of Payne, graduated with a B.A. in sociology and a concentration in film in 2001.