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“It’s Easy To Be Somebody’s ‘Rib’ When You’re A Millionaire”: Torrei Hart Speaks On Kevin’s Relationship With Eniko

April 22nd, 2014 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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In an exclusive interview with Sister 2 Sister‘s Jamie Foster Brown, comedienne and upcoming Atlanta Exes star Torrei Hart spoke about life after Kevin Hart, and admitted that she went through a lot emotionally and still does.

“It’s so painful. I just feel like there’s ways to do things, too. When we first split up, I took a lot of time to just heal. I feel like he hasn’t even really healed, because he went from one relationship right into another relationship.”

And his current relationship is of course something that Kevin is very proud of. While he has acknowledged the mistakes he made while married to Torrei, he says that he’s happy with Eniko Parrish, and has, on more than one occasion, described the beauty as “my rib.” As he previously said about Parrish:

“The way that she stepped up to the plate and just accepted me for who I am, accepted me as a man coming in with kids and not even blinking an eye. I think she’s shown that she’s a woman who has my back. And that’s what you want when you’re in the position that I’m in and you’re in the entertainment business. Everybody’s going to question everything you do. Everybody’s going to question everything you say, but you have to come to a strong decision of what’s right and what’s wrong. And right now, the one thing I can say is right is having that woman in my life.”

However, Torrei says that she’s not surprised that Parrish is a great rib or support system for him, because Kevin has already made his millions. But there’s a big difference in being a rib when things are good, and being a rib when a man is struggling and on the come-up:

“It’s easy to be somebody’s rib when you’re a millionaire. That’s just me being as honest as I can. Me, for instance: You’re working at City Sports and I’m taking you to your shows, you’re driving my car, you’re crashing my car several times, and I’m still there for you, supporting you, went out and got a job for the phone company and still making sure I got your back so you can pursue your dreams…That’s what ribs do!”

Despite those comments, Torrei says that she’s in a new relationship, and says that she’s is in a good place with her ex-husband:

“We go through our periods, but I would say that we’re getting closer. We’re working through stuff.”

Check out more of Torrei’s interview over at Sister2Sister.com and share your thoughts on her statements about Kevin, the lady in his life, and moving forward after divorce.

Who Are Y’all Trying to Fool? 11 Celebrities Who Would Never Buy What They’re Selling

April 3rd, 2014 - By Kimberly Gedeon
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serena-williams-gatorade-g2Some celebrity endorsements fit like two peas in a pod. Serena Williams and Gatorade? That was perfect! Venus Williams for Tide Sport? Great! But Kim Kardashian for Sketchers? No way! You mean to tell me that Kim K would put down her precious Yeezy’s for a pair of Sketchers – Sketchers?! Don’t insult our intelligence. We all know she wouldn’t be caught dead wearing lower-end sneakers. That’s for the po’ folks.

It doesn’t stop there!

There are a slew of celebrity endorsements that have us asking, “Who are y’all trying to fool?” Let’s take a look, shall we?

Celebs Who Put Their Cheating Men (And The Mistresses) On Blast In Public

April 2nd, 2014 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned. The well-known women on this list took to social media, to the media, and sometimes even to the work email of their spouses to let the world know that their man was a cheater, and they were done with them. Sometimes they even called out the mistress involved too. In some cases, the scorned wife or girlfriend was able to be friendly with their ex after a lot of time had passed, but for others, the love was lost. Here are 10 ladies who put their cheating spouses on blast for their behavior.

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Mashonda

Mashonda and Swizz Beatz have come a long way. While the two can go on vacations together–and with his wife Alicia Keys–for the sake of their children, a few years ago, Mashonda put her ex-husband and Alicia Keys in particular on blast. She claimed that she had asked Keys to stop having involvement with the producer while they were trying to work things out in their marriage, but that didn’t happen, so she put out a scathing open letter.

“My concern with AK is no longer the fact that she assisted in destroying a family but that she has the audacity to make these selfish comments about love and wanting to be with someone, even after knowing their situation. How is this the same Superwoman that I sang out loud with in my truck? I ask myself sometimes. If you are reading this Alicia, let me start by saying, you know what you did. You know the role you played and you know how you contributed to the ending of my marriage. You know that I asked you to step back and let me handle my family issues. Issues that you helped to create.”

“I Did Wrong” Kevin Hart Opens Up About Cheating In Oprah Interview

March 19th, 2014 - By Veronica Wells
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Last week, we told you that Kevin Hart was going to sit down with Oprah on “Oprah Prime” to discuss his current success and the path that brought him here.

In this clip from the interview, that will air this weekend, it seems that Hart holds nothing back. In addition to discussing how his social media presence has helped him reach out to fans, he talked about growing up in a single parent home with a drug addicted father.

And y’all already know Oprah is not one to shy away from the mess. She asked him about his infidelity in his first marriage.

Oprah asks, “Even your cheating was a teacher to you, how so?”

Kevin: “I did wrong but I don’t shy away from that.”

If you’ve seen Laugh At My Pain, you already know that’s the truth. Check out the clip from Sunday’s upcoming interview.

First Look: Kevin Hart on Oprah Prime

You can watch this episode of Oprah Prime on Sunday, March 23 at 9/8c.

Alright, Alright, Alright: Oprah To Interview Kevin Hart For Next Chapter

March 10th, 2014 - By Veronica Wells
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It’s no secret that Kevin Hart’s star is on the rise right now. He’s making history, collecting awards and getting paaaaid. Where there was once a time where only black folk knew him, he’s quickly becoming a household name. Just the other day the Mrs. Obama said she saw his movie Ride Along and found it hilarious. And according to Kevin’s Instagram page, he’s showing no signs of slowing down.

The comedian posted this picture with Oprah with the following caption:

Wow…today was unbelievable, @oprah just came to my house & interviewed me for 2hrs. She is such a amazing woman!!! Her spirit is everything that I thought it would be. I know my mom is smiling from ear to ear right now! #Blessed #GoodTimesWithGreatPeople #Wow #STayTunedForTheTelevisedInterviewInformation

Good for Kevin!

Seems like these two have been running into each other quite a bit lately. Last month, when Kevin won an NAACP Image Award, Oprah gave him one of her famous hugs in a congratulatory gesture. Check it out below.

 

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No word on when this will air but we’ll be sure to keep you posted.

Our (Black) History Continues: 2014 Memorable Moments Thus Far

February 27th, 2014 - By Tanvier Peart
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Each February we take time out to look at the progress of Blacks in the United States — where we have been and where we are going. As this year’s Black History Month draws to a close, it’s an interesting exercise to take a look at the past month or two of 2014 to see what pages we’ve added to our history, for better or for worse. Here are some memorable moments to reflect on from Black History Month 2014.

Kevin Hart’s Ex, Torrei, Lands Product Deal, Readies For The Debut Of ‘Atlanta Exes’

February 27th, 2014 - By Ann Brown
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Her ex-husband’s star is shooting to the stratosphere. And now Torrei Hart, previously married to Kevin Hart, is stepping out and building her own brand. She joined the cast of the reality show Atlanta Exes. And now she has just launched her Cherry Lemonade-flavored drink mixer with the Skimpy Mixers product line, reports The Grio. Torrei has partnered with the new Dallas-based beverage company as one of the faces of the brand, which is a line of low-sugar drink mixers made from real fruit juice.

“It’s a good brand to be associated with,” said Torrei at her launch event. “When the opportunity came along I just wanted to be involved.”

Torrei’s likeness and signature will be used on the zebra-print packaging for the hot pink mixer. Her flavor joins a line that already includes Orange, Pineapple, Berry Lemonade Sweet ‘n Sour and Skimpy Margarita. Skimpy Mixers was created by a group of female entrepreneurs.

“I love the women, their energy and aura,” says Torrei of the women behind Skimpy Mixers.

“We’re excited about kicking off our partnership with her and having Skimpy Mixers featured in an episode of Atlanta Exes,” said Megan Toole, president & CEO of Skimpy Mixers.

Torrei is a reality star newcomer. The Atlanta Exes cast includes Christina Johnson (Cee-Lo’s ex), Sheree Buchanan (ex-wife of NFL player Ray Buchanan), and Monyetta Shaw (Ne-Yo’s former flame). Tameka Raymond (Usher’s ex wife) reportedly just dropped out of the show, which is set to debut this summer.

Torrei told The Grio that besides the drama, viewers will be able to relate to the women. Atlanta Exes would be an empowering, “positive” show.

“We all sincerely love each other and are getting on great,” she said.

From ‘Soul Plane’ To Success! Kevin Hart’s Trajectory To Comedic Greatness

February 26th, 2014 - By Kimberly Gedeon
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Wiith his NAACP Image Award. He won for Entertainer of the Year, Outstanding Comedy, and Oustanding Actor in a Comedy Series. via @KevinHart4Real

Wiith his NAACP Image Award. He won for Entertainer of the Year, Outstanding Comedy, and Oustanding Actor in a Comedy Series. via @KevinHart4Real

Kevin Hart’s short and funny self is on a roll! And if you thought he had any intention of slowing down, you gon’ learn today!

Think Like a Man Too is on Hart’s horizon along with Get Hard in 2015 – a comedy starring Will Ferrell as Hart’s co-star. Yes you heard me right. Will Ferrell. Kevin is ditching his C-list costars and snagging roles with Hollywood powerhouses like Robert De Niro and Sylvester Stallone in Grudge Match.

Who knew the little munchkin had it in him back when he piloted Soul Plane? Let’s take a look at Hart’s trajectory from “You see, the way I got my bank account set up…” to ” @oprah gave me a big congratulation hug last night.” And we know damn well Oprah ain’t checkin’ for you if you’re irrelevant.

soul planeSoul Plane (2004)

This movie is absolutely, positively — for the lack of a better word — ratchet.  A purple plane with spinners? Really? And the safety video was a spoof of the Destiny’s Child song “Survivor”! Not to mention they served KFC in economy class. Though Kevin Hart’s character, Nashawn Wade, owned the plane — Kevin’s performance was drowned out by the likes of Mo’Nique, Snoop Dogg, and John Witherspoon. It just wasn’t his time to shine.

death at a funeralDeath At a Funeral (2010)

After Soul Plane, Kevin Hart did a slew of parody films such as Epic Movie, Superhero Movie, and Extreme Movie – which did next to nothing to boost his career. (Do they ever help anyone’s career?) And quite honestly, even during Death At a Funeral, which starred Chris Rock and Martin Lawrence, we still pointed to Kevin Hart and said “Hey, it’s that guy from Soul Plane!” Nothing more, nothing less. Particularly since he wasn’t even in the movie poster. (But Peter Dinklage! He wins every time.)

35 & ticking35 & Ticking (2010)

35 & Ticking provided viewers an ensemble cast of our favorite Black Hollywood actors and actresses. You’ve got Wendy Racquel Robinson, Nicole Ari Parker, Clifton Powell, Kym Whitley — and way, way, down at the bottom of our list, next to Meagan Good, lies Kevin Hart.

Laugh-At-My-Pain-posterLaugh At My Pain (2011)

If you didn’t notice Kevin Hart before, you definitely were aware of his presence during the Laugh at My Pain mania. Having the whole nation in hysterics, people took to social media, memes, and GIFs and Kevin’s jokes spread like wildfire. “Say it with your chest!” a GIF proclaimed. “Pineapples!” another meme said. Laugh At My Pain reeled in $1.9 million in just 98 theaters — “The best per-theater average of that weekend.

think like a manThink Like A Man (2012)

People flocked to watch Kevin Hart play Wendy Williams’ divorcée in Think Like a Man and the film grossed $99,105,477 worldwide! Kevin won his very first trophy for the film — a BET award for Best Actor. Of course, since the movie did so well, Think Like a Man Too is in the works. At this point in his career, Kevin Hart is aflame, but not yet on fire.

Kevin-Hart-Let-Me-Explain-1Let Me Explain (2013)

Ricocheting off Laugh at My Pain‘s buzz, Kevin Hart had us gasping for air in Let Me Explain‘s stand-up routine. The 5’2″ comedy firecracker pulled in a whopping $32,244,051. Kevin financed the movie himself with a $2.5 million budget “which means he took home almost all of the profits,” Forbes said.

Ride-Along-1Ride Along (2014)

Oh yeah, now Kevin Hart is on fire, baby! Ride Along, a buddy cop flick, took home $41.2 million the first weekend. This is way higher than the $28 million industry “experts” had predicted. “‘Ride Along’ is the #1 Movie in America for the 3rd week in a row! This is huge, I’m about to run outside & smack the sh** out of sumbody,” Kevin Hart tweeted.

about last nightAbout Last Night (2014)

Just a couple weeks later, a frustrated Kevin Hart tweets, ” #1 ROMANTIC COMEDY in AMERICA…make these week a special week by going to see the DAMN movie.” About Last Night, remake of the 1986 film of the same name, didn’t come up to par with Ride Along, but it still did well. “The $12.5 million film has grossed $30 million so far,” Forbes said.

What In The Hell Does Kevin Hart’s Success Have To Do With “12 Years A Slave”?

February 22nd, 2014 - By Charing Ball
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It’s becoming clearer by the day that the mainstream (i.e., white folk-majority) really does have a hard time differentiating between black folks.

I’m not just talking about the many instances in the media of mistaken identities between two black celebrities (i.e., confusing Sam Jackson with Laurence Fishburne or Nelson Mandela with Morgan Freeman) whose only shared attributes are the color of their skin and hair. But I’m also talking about the act of lumping all black occurrences together, regardless if those occurrences have anything to do with each other or not.

Take for instance this profile of Kevin Hart and his rise in Hollywood. Variety‘s film reporter, Andrew Stewart, is confused by it and is trying to figure out how two films (Ride Along and About Last Night), starring teeny-tiny Hart, both have become box office smash hits. Understandably, everyone, including yours truly, has spoken about the amount of work Hart has been getting as of late. I speculated that we might be seeing too much of him. However, Stewart presents a much more peculiar theory about Hart’s star power:

Hart’s seemingly overnight hit status also is due, in part, to the recent success of urban-targeted films in general, including “The Best Man Holiday” and “12 Years a Slave,” both of which were released late last year.”

Um, say what now?

Now I know I spent a considerable amount of time, weeping through some very real and very angry tears during Steve McQueen’s masterpiece, so my memory may be a bit foggy. But I do not recall Hart’s munchkin behind in the film. And now that I think about it, he wasn’t in The Best Man Holiday either. So what does either film’s success have to do with Hart’s rise in Hollywood? I thought that maybe if I look to the next line or paragraph in the report, I might get a better understanding. Nope. Just more shock and awe about how well a film with a black lead did at the box office, considering “African American-themed films typically do not travel well outside the U.S. (Side note: I never understood that logic considering I’ve been told that most of the bootlegs of black films online always have some Eastern European or Asian languages subtitled into it).”

Now I know Hart is not some folks’ favorite person (for a mirage of reasons), but even still, this bit of shade from a respected industry publication is a bit ridiculous. Okay, lots of ridiculous. I’m not going to even get into the question of how and why the writer drew correlations between 12 Years A Slave, a film based on the personal accounts of a free black man being kidnapped into slavery, and The Best Man Holiday, a comedy about fictional black friends with loads of personal relationship drama – other then to say that both films did well and have black people in them, which might make them easier to malign by those with existing racial biases. I mean, this is the same Hollywood, which will fawn over Slumdog Millionaire and Amelie (sorry, those are the first foreign and English-based films that came to mind), but can’t sit through an American-born Negro-produced film without it being classified as not for them (i.e., “urban-targeted”).

Likewise, if Stewart wanted to speculate about correlation and causation between black Hollywood and the trajectory of Hart’s career, than perhaps a better place to start would be with Denzel Washington, Wesley Snipes, Will Smith, Idris Elba or the other single leading men, whom Hollywood only seems to recognize at one time. Because a story like that would probably peel back the curtains on a number of other black actors and actresses, who have been 12 Years A Slav-ing away for years in all those urban-targeted movies Stewart doesn’t think are for him.

Kevin Hart has put so many years into building his brand. Outside of a bit role in Scary Movie 3, Hart would first catch the public’s eye in the disastrously bad cult classic Soul Plane and then again when he delivered one of the most classic Negro-moment, “pop the trunk,” scenes in cinema in the film, The 40-Year-Old-Virgin. Folks didn’t know his name yet, but by 2006, Hart produced and released his first stand-up album and film called I’m a Little Grown Man, which slowly help to create a buzz around barber and beauty salons all across America. It would be his second album and film, Seriously Funny, which was released four years later, that would propel him into a black household name.

Armed with a dedicated fan base, Hart would again produce and release Laugh at My Pain, which opened in 90 cities and grossed more than $8 million. His recent concert film, Let Me Explain, which was released last year, grossed nearly $32 million, which is a fantastic profit considering it cost only $2.5 million to make. According to Box Office Mojo, Let Me Explain and Laugh At My Pain are both within the top ten grossing comedy shows of all times. And according to every single person in my timeline, Hart just might be the most quoted contemporary comedian of the last 20 years. Oh, and then there is the little romantic comedy film Think Like A Man, which Hart would star in as part of an ensemble cast. That film would gross more than $96 million worldwide and would secure the number one spot at the domestic box office for two weeks straight. All of this is to say that Stewart had a lot of available information, which he could have used to explain Hart’s rise.

Not to mention his wildly popular BET show, Real Husbands of Hollywood, which even has the critics at Roger Ebert.com’s Balder & Dash, perplexed as to why it is not as hyped as other cable TV shows on air right now – especially since last year, RHOH was cable’s number-one sitcom among adults in the 18-to-49 demographic. As B&D writer Craig D. Lindsey wrote of the RHOH snub:

Once again, you should see Hart’s mug on all the magazine covers, not unlike fellow stand-up sensation Louis C.K., whose acclaimed, Emmy-winning FX show “Louie” helped him land covers on Rolling Stone and Entertainment Weekly. Unfortunately, even with web sites like Slate declaring he is the most successful comic working today, I’ve only seen Hart on the cover of Ebony.”

As this New York Times article points out, Hart’s audience has largely been around 60 to 70 percent black, which may explain why his success at the box office might seem strange or a surprise to some, including Stewart. But let it be clear that’s Hart’s rise is not because of the success of 12 Years…or The Best Man Holiday, but rather, a result of many years of work he put into connecting and building a fan base in audiences, whom many in Hollywood seems dead set on writing off in the first place.

Kevin Hart Shares Why Girlfriend, Eniko, Is Wife Material And Why That Takes Nothing Away From His Ex-Wife, Torrei

February 19th, 2014 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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Kevin Hart still catches a lot of heat for his current relationship with girlfriend, Eniko Parish, but he continues to profess his love for the long-legged beauty, despite what the critics have to say. During a recent interview with Necole Bitchie, the “About Last Night” actor explained just a few of the many reasons why he believes that Eniko is wife material.

“I found somebody who put a smile on my face,” he confessed. “I found somebody who genuinely made me happy. Which people don’t realize is not an easy task. You know, the word ‘happy’ is a strong word. I’m not talking about facilitating happiness, I’m talking about genuinely making me happy. And she does that.”

He went on to say that Eniko’s strength and commitment to him is a lot deeper than what meets the eye and dates back a lot farther than most people realize.

“Eniko is a strong woman in my life. Not [just] in the way she embraces me but from the way that- in the beginning of our relationship, for years I kept my kids away from what we were doing until I felt [they] were ready and when I finally did [put her around my kids] she embraced that as well.”

“The way that she stepped up to the plate and just accepted me for who I am, accepted me as a man coming in with kids and not even blinking an eye. I think she’s shown that she’s a woman who has my back. And that’s what you want when you’re in the position that I’m in and you’re in the entertainment business. Everybody’s going to question everything you do. Everybody’s going to question everything you say, but you have to come to a strong decision of what’s right and what’s wrong. And right now, the one thing I can say is right is having that woman in my life.”

Kevin also expressed that his love and desire to be with Eniko takes nothing away from his ex-wife, Torrei.

“To be honest with you, me and my ex-wife, we had our problems. We had REAL problems. So we both walked away from that. And we’re happy that we did and we’re in a better space.”

“At the end of the day, you gotta realize that sometimes people just aren’t meant to be together and you find that out differently,” he said. “But you know, I think the good thing about me and my ex-wife [Torrei] is- I love the fact that [she] is the mother of my kids. I wouldn’t ask for a better person to do it. She gave me two amazing kids and because of that, that’s [her] invaluable purpose to our relationship and in our life.”

“So from this day on, we’re in each others’ lives. We’re friends. We’re [amicable]. It’s not a thing where we don’t get along or we’re fighting all the time. We’re good.”

He makes great points and he seems extremely happy with Eniko.

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