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She Don’t Play That: Mama Tina Responds To Those Who Questioned Beyoncé Leaving BET Awards

June 28th, 2016 - By Veronica Wells
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If you were on Twitter during the BET Awards broadcast, you might have noticed that there was a lot of discussion about Beyoncé leaving directly after her performance. The chatter only got louder when Mama Tina took to the stage to accept an award on her daughter’s behalf. She told the audience and the millions watching at home that Beyoncé had to leave because she had a concert in London.

People goggled the Formation World Tour schedule and found that her next concert, in London, wasn’t scheduled until today, Tuesday. And with the award show happening on Sunday evening, people, mainly the internet, felt that she had plenty of time to get there, meaning she could have stayed and enjoyed the rest of the show.

Well, Mrs. Knowles-Lawson didn’t like being made out of a liar. And in a message that took two Instagram posts to complete, she shared her thoughts on the comments.

Hello guys first let me sayI just got a wind of the mess that has festered since last night ! The fact that I supposedly lied about my Daughters concert . First of all I did make a mistake on the city and the day . I asked why did she have to leave early and was told by a member of her staff that “she had to get back in time for her concert ” and that she actually should have been there 2 days before, as the tour has been down for a month I assumed the date was Monday and the city was London well it turned out to be in the Uk but wrong city and on Tuesday. I want to point out that there is a nine hour time difference and it is an eleven to 12 hour Flight that equates to 19 – 20 hrs to get there! I then want to ask what would be the point of lying to the public and knowing that anyone could see when the date was. Any one with good sence could see that ! I am hurt and disappointed because I know what kind of work, sacrifice , and personal Money it took for her to do this show and support the Bet Award show and to give her fans that did not get to attend the concert a piece of her show. (Even though it means she has one day to rehearse herself and dancers after being off for a month) That was really important to to her. Although everyone told her this is going to take a toll on your tour because you will only have one day to rehearse and you and the dancers will have been off for a month. You will be exhausted because you get to the states on Thursday rehearse for Bet fly to Mexico to be with your Sister for her Birthday on Friday get back to La on Sunday and start rehearsals at Bet At 7 am . (Who else would get three hours of sleep like that? ) Book a huge private plane to carry your dancers and creative staff and choreographers road Managers and pay for it out of your own pocket. Who does that? Please understand that I absolutely am not doing this for anyone but my self ! I know I owe no explanation to anyone but I am tired of people writing my story. So I chose to tell my own ! Thanks for listening❤️continued on next post

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This is exactly what I was talking about . We start lies and false rumors about our entertainers we celebrate when they stumble, we hope that they fall . We put them against each other when it’s room for them all! We talk negative about them and even their children which should be off limits . When they are gone we cry and say how much we loved them and cherish them we salute them in tributes . Well how about we do that when they are here 🌷I am sorry this is soo long but I had to get it off my chest! You guys are soo sweet and understand please! I I know I owe no one an explanation this is for me not anyone else . I am tired of letting people tell my story ! As Micheal Jackson would say “with Love”. Wake up people ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️💜💜💜God Bless all of you ❤️

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Well, when she’s right, she’s right.

What do you think about Ms. Tina’s comments, especially her words about the ways in which we treat the Black entertainers who give so much for us.

Candlelight And Nude Dinners? 32,000 People Sign Up For London’s Odd New Food Experience

May 6th, 2016 - By Lauren R.D. Fox
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Food trends come and go with the next more strange than the last; however, London’s latest trend may have just set the bar inexplicably high.

Bunyadi, a new pop-up restaurant, will be hosting the English city’s first naked food experience, reports CNN. With plans to open in June, Bunyadi will offer guests robes, changing rooms and lockers before they get ready to dine in their birthday suits as part of an effort to get back to a simpler, more natural state. The restaurant can only hold 42 patrons at a time and will be held at an undisclosed location so guests can be protected from peeping Toms. With 32,000 people already on the waiting list, it may be some time before patrons get to fulfill their naked dreams.

Seb Lyall, whose company Lollipop created the concept, told CNN, “I’m both surprised and excited by the response. People want to be naked. Whether it’s on a beach or in a sauna, if the opportunity is there to be in a natural state, they will take it.”

Diners taking part of the nude dinner experience are expected to pay $95 for food and drinks (even if they are shy and seated in the non-naked section). Bunyadi will not allow guests to bring their technological devices into the restaurant since the natural state theme also extends to technology and even cutlery. Bunyadi’s kitchen will run without electricity or gas and the chef will prepare the vegan and non-vegan dishes with wood fires. Food will be served on earthenware crockery along with edible cutlery to eat with.

Lyall believes Bunyadi will offer diners a liberated dining experience by providing an establishment where there is unprocessed food, modern technology or “attitudes.”

Would you dine at this “liberated” venue or take a rain check?

UK Women Allegedly Denied Entry To A Night Club Because They Were “Too Black”

October 31st, 2015 - By Ashley Monaé
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Just one month after a group of black women were turned away from a London nightclub for being “too dark” and “too fat,” another shocking story as such from across the pond has brewed.

According to the New York Daily News, a group of eleven British women are claiming that they were denied entry to a nightclub because they were “too black.” Apparently, the Bambu Bar in Birmingham wasn’t too thrilled when the ladies arrived, quickly turning them away at the door after they drove nearly 100 miles to the venue.

One of the girls in the group, Jess Gregory, 26, said that security told them the club did not want any more black people inside. However, the club is denying the accusation.

“The (manager) pointed to two of the lighter-skinned girls who were with us and said they could probably get in, Gregory said, as reported by Mirror Online. “Then another friend spoke to the doorman who said there was no point in standing in the queue because they didn’t let groups of black people in as there would be too many in the club.” “Basically the rest of us were told we were too black to come in. It was appalling.”

Gregory went on to describe the incident as a “tainted” and “surreal,” as she planned the night out in celebration of her friend’s birthday. “We felt offended and it was embarrassing.” After leaving the Bambu, the group of girls ended up partying at a nearby club called Mist, where their entry was granted with no issues.

According to a spokesman for Bambu Bar the group of black females’ story was false, saying the club “never discriminates on the basis of age, race or religion.” He also offered that the club was just too busy to allow entry for any other partygoers.

“Our front of house team is nothing but professional at all times and have been commended on numerous occasions for this by the local licensing team, said the spokesperson.” “As a venue of 500 capacity, we have over 1000 potential customers attempting to gain entry to our popular events and it is inevitable that people will be refused entry.”

Just like the story we reported last month, this story continues to show just how ridiculous people can be when it comes to racism. When I first saw the picture of girls, the first thing I noticed was the light complexion of their skin. “Too black?” I thought to myself. Then again, the way they see skin color in every country is different. But still, this isn’t the time of the Civil Rights era, but reading Gregory’s account sounded all too familiar, especially when she recalled the rest of her friends being too black to come in.

There have been times I myself have come across this same notion while partying at various venues in New York and Los Angeles – they are sticklers for who enters their clubs. Recently, during a trip to Los Angeles, I visited a popular, bi-coastal night club with three friends: one Venezuelan guy, two light-skinned black girls, and myself, a dark skin female. Clearly we had come on what some would call “white night” because the line that was wrapped around with a predominately white crowd – I’d say I saw three black women at the most.

Honestly, we only came because we were close friends with someone who knew the performer, but as I watched girls that looked like me anxiously stand in line and be turned away immediately it was sickening. My friends and I entered after being summoned by a PR girl who had our names on the list, but I still felt uncomfortable most of the night after watching what went down, thinking that could have been me if I wasn’t on the list already.

While I have never witnessed saying that someone was “too black,” I have heard that either a girl was a little too overweight or just not good looking enough to enter the club.  I understand that owners want to uphold a certain caliber and prestige to their establishments, but it shouldn’t be at the cost of someone’s feelings over something so petty…don’t you think?



Rihanna’s Fight With Retailer Topshop Over Using Unauthorized Image Finally Resolved

January 23rd, 2015 - By Lauren R.D. Fox
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UPDATE: The wheels of justice turn slowly, but finally Rihanna has proven victorious over a company selling her image on a t-shirt without her permission.

Her legal dispute was with retailer Topshop ended when three UK judges at the Court of Appeal agreed with an earlier High Court ruling that “selling the tank top could deceive some shoppers and Rihanna’s fans into thinking she endorsed the item of clothing,” reports Business Insider.

Although celebrities in the UK have no legal right to control how their images are used, if a product is marketed in such a way that may suggest the celebrity endorsed it, this could be a case of an unauthorized use of a trademark or image rights.

The lawsuit went back to 2013 when Rihanna initially won her case in the High Court and Topshop was told to stop selling clothing with the singer’s image. Topshop appealed last year, arguing there is a long tradition of retailers using celebrities’ images, such as Elvis Presley and Jimi Hendrix. It was this appeal that was just overturned in court.

Update by Ann Brown

Original story posted July 31, 2013

From The Grio

A British judge has ruled in favor of the singer Rihanna, who sued retailer Topshop for selling a T-shirt bearing her image without permission.

High Court Justice Colin Birss says buyers were likely deceived by believing she had authorized its sale.

Birss says the sales represented a loss of Rihanna’s reputation in the fashion realm, where the singer has been trying to carve out a name as a designer. She has a clothing line in her name at a rival store.

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12 Years A Slave’ Director Steve McQueen Named Ambassador For Anti-Slavery International

February 2nd, 2014 - By Raven Carter
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Steve McQueens work on awards-season favorite12 Years A Slavehas caught the attention the worlds oldest human rights organization.

According toreports, the famed director was named an ambassador for Anti-Slavery International this Black History Month. The committee, which works to remind the world that slavery is not just a thing of the past, was set up in 1839 to lobby against the phenomenon.

McQueen accepted the honor in his hometown of London on Monday. Right now, there are Solomon Northups in every region of the world who have been taken away from their families and placed in slavery, he said at the charitys headquarters.

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We’ll Take Care Of You, Boo! Idris Elba Rushed To The Hospital After Suffering Asthma Attack

November 3rd, 2013 - By Drenna Armstrong
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Don’t worry, ladies, everything is fine now, but late Saturday afternoon, word got out that actor Idris Elba had been rushed to the hospital and women around the world (okay, a lot of women on social media) were inconsolable (I’m going for high drama here, just go with it).

The actor was on a flight that was scheduled to leave from London and arrive in Johannesburg when his attack hit and he was taken off the plane. Elba was then rushed to the hospital to be treated for what was, seemingly, a very serious asthma attack.

Idris was headed to South Africa to promote his new movie, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, where he stars as Nelson Mandela. He missed the day of press and spent the rest of his time in the UK hospital recovering.

Thankfully, all seems well and Idris Elba was released and is expected to appear at another red carpet event later today, according to The Daily Mail.

I’m not sure that anyone was aware that he suffered from such serious asthma issues. The hope, I’m sure, is that his attacks don’t start coming more frequently, as Idris Elba is about to be a very busy man: the United States release date for Long Walk To Freedom is scheduled for November 29th.

If he needs any further treatment when he comes to the U.S., I’m sure some of you, especially our readers in the medical field, will make yourselves available!

Get It! Warsan Shire Named London’s First Young, Poet Laureate

October 7th, 2013 - By Veronica Wells
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These days, every fifth, conscious black person you meet is a self proclaimed poet. The spoken word movement has become over saturated. You know the cadence. You’ve heard the finger snaps. Should we blame Russell Simmons? I don’t know. But I say all that to say that even though poetry and spoken word have become a bit of a commercialized, there are still real poets out there. And as they say, “cream always rises to the top.” Which is the case for Warsan Shire, who was recently named London’s first young poet laureate. I first stumbled across Shire’s name on Tumblr and have subsequently dug everything I’ve read from her.

Shire, 24, is a Kenyan-born Somali poet, writer, editor and educator based in London. She’s read her work all over the world including places like South Africa, Italy, Germany, Canada and Kenya. She published her debut book, Teaching My Mother How To Give Birth, in 2011. Shire’s name was chosen from a list of six young poets. According to the BBC, she will spend the next year creating work that reflects “the ever-changing city,” starting with a residency at the Houses of Parliament. The announcement was made on National Poetry Day, October 3rd, during an event at Parliament.

Shire’s tenure as a poet laureate is a part of poetry and spoken word program Spoke. It seeks to offer people the opportunity to watch, perform and develop careers in spoken word and poetry performance in and around Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

Dennis Hone, chief executive of the park said, “I congratulate all those who took part and have shown London is blessed with some really talented poets. It is our vision for east London to be a thriving cultural district and Warsan as the first Young Poet Laureate for London will play a key part in that transformation.”

Congratulations to Warsan! This is a huge accomplishment. And at such a young age? Phenomenal.

“It’s Time To Pop Something Out”: Eve Talks Kids, DMX, Stevie J, And Why She Only Seems To Date Rich Men On “Wendy”

May 17th, 2013 - By Clarke Gail Baines
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Ready or not, Eve is back and she’s been looking pretty amazing these days. She’s been making her rounds, doing photoshoots and interviews to promote her new album, Lip Lock, her first album since 2002’s Eve-Olution. She did try and put out an album between the 11 years that she’s been on hiatus, and unfortunately it got shelved because the execs her label weren’t feeling it: “I was supposed to put out an album after “Tambourine, which was 2004, 2006, but it got shelved. I think my album wasn’t what the execs wanted and they just put it on the shelf.”

So knowing that, Eve had to battle for a few years to get away from Interscope, and after signing another bad deal, she had to battle for another year to get out of that contract, and she’s finally settled and released new music on her own independent label, From The Rib Music.

The 34-year-old rapper, who now lives in London with her man Maximillion Cooper, sat down with Wendy Williams to talk about more than just music, including love, babies, and DMX:

On whether or not DMX is on her new album and how she feels about his public struggles:

“He’s not on this album, but I love X. We don’t talk or call each other, anything like that…I love him, I love him.

When Wendy asked Eve if she watched DMX’s appearance on Iyanla: Fix My Life, this is what she had to say:

“Poor X. I didn’t watch it. I don’t watch anything actually. He’s been on a few things, I just don’t watch it. I can’t….But if he ever needed me, I’d be there.”

Speaking on her penchant for dating “nothing but money,” including millionaire Maximillion Cooper:

“You know what, there’s a certain lifestyle I think that I want to live. I’m going to do it on my own. I work hard. I work my butt of. But at the same time, I just, I don’t want to be with somebody I got to take care of. I’ll do it on my own, it doesn’t matter with the man though.”

On her past messing with Stevie J in the late ’90s and early ’00s and responding to the idea of it being “craziness”:

“It was. I think as ladies, we’ve all had the unfortunate…ugh [turns up face]. I can’t even continue it. I was young, it was what it was. God is good. I’m here where I am and I’m happy in love.”

The state of the rap game right now, including  her thoughts on the “femcees” out currently:

“I think there’s a lot of really cool girls out right now. I wish there were more girls, that’s my only complaint. But I think Nicki’s doing her thing, I think Azealia Banks is doing her thing. It’s Angel Haze. There’s a lot of girls coming up. We just need more.”

So what about marriage and babies next? Is she ready?

“Oh, it’s time to pop something out. Let me not pretend, okay!”

Check out Eve’s full interview with Wendy Williams on the next page and let us know what you think about her comments!

“I Have On My Press On Nails Right Now”: Beyonce Talks Cuba, Her Movie “Epic” & Blue Ivy

May 6th, 2013 - By Veronica Wells
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Whether you’re a member of the BeyHive or you could use a little less Beyonce in your life, you have to admit that the girl works hard. In between her sold out shows in London, a hoarse sounding Beyonce sat down to talk to “Good Morning America” correspondent, Amy Robach, about the controversy surrounding her recent anniversary trip to Cuba, her role as Blue Ivy’s protector and enjoying the simple things like press on nails.

Check out the excerpts below.

Her trip to Cuba

“It was such a beautiful trip; I met some incredible children, visited some incredible entrepreneurs, I learned so much about so many people and the country and it was actually quite shocking.”

The simple things

“At the end of the day, you’re the same exact person. I still like the simple things. I have on my press on nails right now.I just feel like you know at the end of the day, my goals and my dreams are the same. I just want happiness, I want great friends and great family.”

Blue Ivy and plans to have more kids

“I would like more children. I think my daughter needs some company. I definitely loved being a big sister. At some point when it’s supposed to happen.  My biggest job in the world is to protect my daughter. And I am very protective. I just want to make sure that she can have a healthy, safe normal life  I feel really, really just lucky that I can still do what I love and have way bigger meaning. That’s to be her mother.”

On the next page, watch as Beyonce explains why her role as Queen Tara caused her to cry.

TV Alert! Are You Ready For The Drama That Was Rihanna’s “777” Tour?

May 5th, 2013 - By Drenna Armstrong
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(Photo by Arthur Mola/Invision/AP)

Even if you’re not, it’s coming to television and should be interesting.

If you’ll recall, last year, Rihanna invited 150 journalists and bloggers as well as 50 fans with her on a “quick” tour to support her album Unapologetic. It was called “777” because she did seven shows in seven countries in seven days. Madness, right?


After only a couple of days, many of the people on the planes praised and slammed all the debauchery on the plane. Rihanna is well known for her heavy touring schedule so while it may not have been much for her, it proved a bit much for those who came along for the ride.

In the trailer for the documentary that airs on Monday, May 6th on Fox, you see some people doing “confessionals” in which they admit that it could be considered fun but it is a lot on the body.

You can hear Rihanna in a voiceover saying, “Why did I think this was a good idea?” That was probably the question on everyone’s mind, including the  air staff, because rumors swirled that tempers clashed quite often on the week-long trip.

Check out the documentary clip below. Will you be checking out “777?” Would you have joined in on that tour experience?