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She Wasn’t Shooting In The Gym, She Was Raising Our Kids: Kobe Bryant Defends His Wife On Twitter

January 30th, 2013 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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Last month we told you how after nine long months of being taunted by Drake’s infamous “You wasn’t with me shooting in the gym” line from his verse on Rick Ross’s “Stay Schemin” track, Vanessa Bryant had finally broken her silence via Instagram. She informed her followers that she didn’t need to be with him “shooting in the gym” because she was taking care of home. If you recall, in that particular line, Drake was referencing the healthy chunk of change that Vanessa would’ve been awarded back when the two almost divorced. Up until recently, Kobe remained fairly quiet regarding the matter.

The Los Angeles Lakers shooting guard recently tweeted about enjoying morning tea with his wife when a fan and Twitter follower reminded him of Vanessa’s absence during those long hours he spent in basketball practice.

“@kobebryant @LadyVB24 but… #SheWasntWithYouShootinInTheGym,” the fan tweeted.

Kobe calmly came to his wife’s defense.

“@lukashMAYYN No, she wasn’t. She was busy raising our kids #nonanny #respectmothers”

It’s good that Kobe is finally coming to his wife’s defense in this matter, especially since he used to seem thoroughly amused when fans would chant the phrase in an effort to demonstrate their support of him. It may have something to do with the two being officially back together  and dismissing their divorce action, which Vanessa announced last month via Instagram.

Now that Kobe has spoken, hopefully we can put this overused, abused and misused one-liner to rest once and for all. Although, it was a bit humorous to see fans actually walk up to Kobe and say it.

Check the next page to see awkward footage of fans chanting “She wasn’t with you shooting in the gym” while Kobe attempts to grab a bite to eat from a diner. 

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‘I Don’t Need To Be In The Gym, I’m Raising Our Daughters’: Vanessa Bryant Responds To Drake’s ‘Stay Schemin’ Jab

January 2nd, 2013 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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Whether you’re a rap fan or not, you’ve probably at least come across the rap line “You wasn’t with me shooting in the gym,” being quoted on social media sites. In case you may be unaware of where the popularly quoted phrase came from, it is actually a line from Drake’s verse in Rick Ross’ Stay Schemin song where Drake references the controversy surrounding the massive sum of money that Kobe would have had to hand over to his wife Vanessa back when the two almost divorced. Since the release of the song, Kobe fans have been known to chant the phrase to demonstrate their support for the Lakers shooting guard. Up until now, Vanessa has been pretty quiet regarding the song’s lyrics. She recently took to her Instagram account to respond to a few people who brought the quote back to her attention as well as express her feelings regarding the phrase and the people who constantly quote it.

“I love when immature kids quote a rapper that has never been friends with Kobe and knows nothing about our relationship. Just shows how gullible they are. I don’t need to be in the gym. I’m raising our daughters, signing checks and taking care of everything else that pertains to our home life…”

“I really wish people would stop THINK and then realize that they are being sucked into someone’s clear intention to monetize and gain attention off of our family’s heartache. This is real life. I hold down our home life so my husband can focus on his career. It’s a partnership.”

“Since my husband is isn’t friends with Drake, we received a text of an apology forwarded from his manager. It’s done and over with and it’s now time for people to THINK before speaking.”

I certainly agree with Vanessa’s stance that marriage is indeed a partnership; however this all just goes back to the age-old debate surrounding the amount of money a woman should be awarded upon her divorce from her husband. According to Necole Bitchie, Drake has openly expressed that it was just a song and was never meant to offend Vanessa or Kobe.

“That line came from a conversation about being this young and making this much money and the fear of losing it all. I just used his potential situation to address my own life. I never intended to offend Vanessa or anyone else.”

As usual any bad blood between the Bryants and Drake appears to be non-existant, but of course, the public continues to fuel the drama.

What do you think of Vanessa finally addressing the song lyrics? Was Drake wrong for referencing the Bryants’ drama in his song or was he simply doing what rappers do?

Jazmine Denise is a news writer for Follow her on Twitter @jazminedenise

It Really Is Cheaper To Keep Her: 14 Of The Biggest Celebrity Divorce Settlements

November 15th, 2012 - By Ashley Page
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It’s not often that we hear about a celebrity marriage lasting, and when one doesn’t we all sit and wait patiently for the nasty divorce settlements. With so much money and fame involved, it’s not uncommon for negotiations to get a little dirty, but in the end most of these ex-wives end up getting broke Though it’s never a happy thing to see a marriage end, we’re pretty sure some of these women dried their tears in dollar bills and ended up laughing their way to the bank. While love doesn’t cost a thing, divorces really do. Here are 14 of the biggest celebrity divorce settlements in our lifetime.

Can You Recognize These Baby Faces? 15 Childhood Pics Of Our Fave Black Male Stars

September 11th, 2012 - By Ashley Page
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We know some of today’s most famous celebs by who they are now and who they’ve become in the last few years. But, let’s take a trip down memory lane with some pictures of some of the most famous black male celebs. Here are 15 photos that are sure to make you saw “aww.”



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Oh, Really? Vanessa Bryant Says She Could Only Marry a Championship-Winning Baller

August 15th, 2012 - By Brande Victorian
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It is an extremely rare case that you hear something straight from Vanessa Bryant’s mouth, which is why it’s so telling that when she did opt to do press she fed right into the golddigging rumors that have followed her since she married Kobe Bryant at the age of 18.

NY Mag recently did a feature on the “The Belles of B-Ball: How NBA Players’ Wives Vie for Fashion Dominance” which included the LA Lakers basketball wife as well as Knicks player Tyson Chandler’s wife Kimberly and Amare Stoudemire’s fiancee Alexis Welch, but by far the most interesting tidbits came from Mrs. Bryant.

Here are a few highlights from her interview:

How she feels about all the attention on NBA wives

“I thought things would go away, if you don’t feed into the b.s., and no one would think about you. Now I realize I do have to talk about certain things. Still, I don’t like the limelight. There’s a lot of good you can do with fame, like creating awareness for a foundation, but a lot of negativity comes along with it.”

Whether things are on the mend with Kobe

“Um, yes. We’re working on things.”

Her take on basketball and being a basketball wife

“Oh, yes, I love basketball. And I know what goes on behind the scenes, so I have a different perspective on things, but still, I do. I certainly would not want to be married to somebody that can’t win championships. If you’re sacrificing time away from my family and myself for the benefit of winning championships, then winning a championship should happen every single year.”

Drama with Khloe Kardashian

“Everything is false. Khloé was at my 29th birthday. I don’t get involved in the drama. I’ve been with Kobe since I was 17, so I’ve seen plenty of players, and plenty of wives, come and go. It wouldn’t benefit me whatsoever to have an issue with any of them, whether they were a girlfriend, or a wife, a person-of-a-month, or … you know. And I think that’s why the Lakers as an organization give me the access that I have, that other wives don’t have.”

“If you notice, I am the only one allowed in that tunnel [to the Laker’s locker room]. I don’t like standing outside and giving him a kiss in front of all the cameras. So I stand in there to get away from them. But then the cameras end up following. And if the girls are there, sometimes, that’s their kiss good night for Daddy, and when he comes home, they’re asleep.”

Misconceptions about her

“I think people imagine that I sit at home with all the time in the world to do my hair and makeup, but that’s certainly not the case. I’m up at 6:30 in the morning with my kids. I’m taking them wherever they need to go,” adding that she doesn’t use a nanny—“That’s the way I was raised.”

There’s also some talk in the interview about Vanessa’s sense of style, her 25-carat Valentines Day ring, and staying at the plaza, but anything of substance pretty much came out in the snippets above.

I get the feeling Vanessa is justifying Kobe’s infidelity under the guise of being a hardcore basketball fan who just happens to reap enormous financial benefits when her husband brings home that championship money, but maybe that’s just me.

What do you think about her interview?

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Another Win For America: US Men’s hoops trounces Tunisia by 47 points

August 1st, 2012 - By madamenoire
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LONDON (AP) — Kobe Bryant’s barely broken a sweat. LeBron James hasn’t scored in double figures, and U.S. coach Mike Krzyzewski has swapped lineups like he’s trading Olympic pins.

After two games of the men’s tournament, America’s superteam has started slowly and showed some real vulnerability.

Maybe the world has a chance after all.

Maybe not.

Getting a jump start from its second unit after a less-than-inspiring first half by the starters, the U.S. turned on the burners after halftime and rolled to a 110-63 win over Tunisia on Tuesday night to improve to 2-0 in preliminary play — just as expected.

Carmelo Anthony and Kevin Love scored 16 points apiece and Kevin Durant added 13 for the Americans, who led by only 13 at halftime before outscoring Tunisia (0-2) 64-30 in a second half that became another highlight loop of alley-oop lobs, dunks and crowd-pleasing passes.

Krzyzewski began the second half with his reserves and Anthony, Love, Deron Williams, Russell Westbrook and Andre Iguodala responded with a 21-3 run that made it 67-36 and seemed to satisfy their coach, who didn’t look all that happy with his team’s effort when he left the floor at halftime.



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Cute Kid Alert: Nas and Kelis’s Son Knight, Nahla & Gabriel Aubry and More!

July 24th, 2012 - By Clarke Gail Baines
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What drama? Kelis and Nas came together over the weekend to help their son Knight ring in his third birthday! The party was a mix of pool party fun and face painting, and someone looked like he was having a ball with his cute self (same goes to you Nas). Check out little man all smiles on his big day and spending a special moment with his dad…


In other cute-ness, Tia Mowry posted a Twit pic recently of her one-year-old son Cree finally walking in his onesie and sandals. She had this to say: “Guess who’s walking!! #proudmomma

The famous twin also posted a picture of her cute hubby with Cree as they played around in the pool during a recent trip to Hawaii. Little man is growing up fast!

Twitter: Tia Mowry Hardrict

Twitter: Tia Mowry Hardrict

Vanessa Bryant also stepped out in the spotlight with her daughters (who look a lot like Kobe) to check out the circus. They even posed for a pic with a clown/juggler. Natalia is the one in white, and she is 9 years old, while the littlest one of the bunch is 6-year-old, Gianna. They’re too cute with their little headbands on!

The Daily Mail

Source: The Daily Mail

And lastly, look who was seen out with her dad! The 4-year-old was seen with a face full of paint and a fancy tutu on as she and her father (and maybe a nanny) left her ballet class. Miss Nahla gets cuter with every photo!
So there you have it folks! Which cute kid is your favorite?
Unless otherwise noted, photos courtesy of Black Celeb Kids.

Red, White And Blue…And Black: Our Favorite Black Athletes Representing In The Summer Olympics

July 23rd, 2012 - By Stephanie Guerilus
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The 2012 Summer Olympics in London are set to begin this week and many talented African Americans will be representing the United States during the games. Just being chosen to be an Olympian is an honor in and of itself, but it’s especially a moment of honor to have so many blacks carry on the legacy of legendary Olympians like Florence Griffith-Joyner, gymnast Dominique Dawes and the 1992 basketball team, aka, the Dream Team, which consisted of Hall-of-Famers like Michael Jordan, Charles Barkley, Magic Johnson and more. Here are some of the athletes who will be carrying the torch in London and hopefully bringing home the gold.

Gabrielle Douglas
The 16-year-old gymnastic powerhouse earned first place at the Olympic trials and is the 2012 U.S. uneven bars champion, the all-around silver medalist and a bronze medalist in floor exercise. Affectionately known as Gabby, she just told E! News that she wanted Gabrielle Union to play her in the movie of her life. Douglas is the one of the main stars of the summer games, and that was made clear by the fact that she just graced one of the covers of TIME magazine (for the week of July 30) and on Sports Illustrated for a preview of the games.

The Smooch Criticized ‘Round The World: Can The First Family Get a Break?

July 19th, 2012 - By La Truly
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President & First Lady Caught On The Kiss Cam

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Monday night at the USA basketball team’s exhibition game in Washington, D.C., President Obama and the first lady were caught on the customary game night “Kiss Cam” not once but twice. The first time with tons of cheering from fellow game-watchers, Mr. President, looking a wee bit embarrassed, simply embraced his wife.  This shifted the preceding cheers to a din of booing. Allegedly, they were unaware that they needed to kiss until their daughter inquired into why they had not done so. The second time, he planted a gentle and loving kiss on Michelle and applause erupted yet again. You can click here to see the kiss that started it all.

Of course it didn’t end there even though it should have. A stream of negative press followed claiming that the First Lady rejected The President’s initial smooch attempt. Reporters (can you even call them that at this point?) even bandied theories of who snubbed whom and dared to allude to marital disharmony! There were reports criticizing The Pres for even participating in the game time gimmick at all. And what further cracked me up is that this “debacle” even garnered a snarky, “PDA is not for everybody” remark from habitual line stepper over-er, Kobe Bryant, of all people. YOU… just have a seat, sir.

Really, folks? Barack and Michelle Obama couldn’t possibly have, oh I don’t know, a shy moment like the majority of human beings do when coerced into PDA? No, they’re marionettes whose strings are controlled by the applause and/or razz of the people. Give me a whole entire break, and please, give them one too.

I remember when people just COULD NOT believe that The Obamas were as in love as they exuded in every photograph, interview and press conference. There were a dizzying number of comments flung at them suggesting that they tone down their NORMAL, loving interactions with one another. But now, because of an embarrassing missed Kiss Cam opportunity that they made up for, she’s dissing him? There’s trouble in paradise? They’re putting on a facade? Geez, they are damned if they do and damned if they don’t. However, this isn’t a new realization.

I keep hearing people murmuring about Michelle Obama’s way of dress, President Obama’s impromptu renditions of his favorite songs and great comedic timing on late night talk shows, and the plethora of pictures of the first couple jumping rope, dancing, laughing and playing together. Is it wrong for the President and First Lady to be ordinary, humorous and likable people, or do they have to be and act like robots to appease people? Why do small moments have to be overly analyzed as people not taking their jobs seriously, being tasteless because they enjoy wearing shorts, or a reason to question their parenting skills? If they are in love and show it tastefully (or NOT if they don’t feel like it), is there buried someplace deep within the United States Constitution a law or amendment or tenant that expressly forbids The first family to be everyday people?

To me it’s part of their appeal to the rest of us everyday people who work, dance, laugh, play and sing. And no disrespect to former President and First Lady Bush (both sets), but I’d rather see my President make a tasteful move on his wife than to see an obviously cold marriage feign happiness for the sake of holding up a front for the American people. Let the Obamas be real. They do it the best because it’s who they are.

La Truly is a late-blooming Aries whose writing is powered by a lifetime of anecdotal proof that awkward can transform to awesome and fear can cast its crown before courage. Armed with the ability to purposefully poke fun at herself and a passion for young women’s empowerment, La seeks to encourage thought, discussion and change through her writing. Check out her thoughts/jokes/rants on Twitter: @AshleyLaTruly.  

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“The Decision,” Fake Marriages & Crispy Chicken: 9 Moments Celebs Can’t Seem to Live Down

June 27th, 2012 - By Stephanie Guerilus
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If you’re a celebrity, scandal is part of the trade off, but some celebs have earned bronzed statues in the Hall of Shame of Public Opinion for mistakes they made in front of the whole world. You can’t mention their names without certain situations finding their way into the conversation. There are so many dramas you can name, but off of the top of the dome, here are just a few stars whose antics have become lore.



Kobe Bryant

The Black Mamba is a guaranteed Hall of Famer but his legacy is marred by the false rape charges which cost him lucrative endorsements. In the summer of 2003, Kobe went on trial for sexual assault against a Colorado woman who he claimed to have had consensual sex with, and the whole incident threw some dirt on his squeaky-clean image. The now married father of two professed his innocence in a memorable press conference and gifted Vanessa a purple ring to get back on her good side. He balled some of the best games of his career around that time, and was eventually acquitted, but for some reason, people often bring it up when they talk about the famed Laker.