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By day, they are actors, but by night these 15 male stars could be seen on the small screen moonlighting as one-time video vixens.
Terrence Howard has been working in front on the cameras playing different roles since 1992’s Jacksons: An American Dream. He may be best known for hit movies such as Crash and Hustle & Flow but he also has a few music video roles under his belt. In Ashanti’s “Foolish,” Howard plays her criminal minded ex who gets caught cheating. The video earned three MTV VMA nominations in 2002. Howard also played opposite Mary J. Blige in her “Be Without You” video where she just couldn’t be without him.
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Duets bring out the best in most artists, but there’s something special about it when the collaboration is between a veteran and a newbie in the music game. Recently, Lupe Fiasco posted a picture with Charlie Wilson, letting folks know that that they would be teaming up. It’s just one of many collaborations Wilson has done with rappers and singers (including Kanye West and Snoop Dogg) over the last few years. With that in mind, let’s check out some of the most interesting duets with the veterans and the rookies. What are some of your faves?
The father of famed songstress Mary J. Blige was hospitalized after a lover’s quarrel turned bloody. According to USA Today, Thomas Blige, 63, was found in his Michigan apartment around 6:58 am on Thursday, suffering from three stab wounds, including one to his neck.
When officers arrived on the scene, Detective Sgt. Jim Martens said that they were met with a trail of blood in the snow, which led from the entrance drive to the apartment complex. Officers say they found even more blood in Thomas’ apartment, along with the knife, which they believed was used in the attack. Thomas was rushed to the Bronson Methodist Hospital in Kalamazoo, where he underwent surgery for his injuries.
Officers found Thomas’ 50-year-old girlfriend at her nearby apartment in the same complex, still wearing blood-splattered clothing. She was taken to the Battle Creek Hospital and treated for a cut and later transported to the Calhoun County jail. She is expected to be arraigned this morning at the Calhoun County court and faces a charge of assault with the intent to murder. It is believed that Thomas discovered the woman deflating the tires on his SUV in the parking lot of the Arbors of Battle Creek apartment complex and the two engaged in a heated dispute, which resulted in the stabbing of the 63-year-old.
Sgt. Martens told reporters that he has responded to seven domestic violence complaints between Thomas and his ex-girlfriend since this summer. In October the woman was charged with aggravated assault after she hit Thomas over the head with a glass candle stick. On Jan. 10 she was sentenced to six months probation and ordered to have “non-assaultive” contact with Thomas.
As of Thursday morning, Thomas was in critical condition. Further updates about his current condition have not been provided.
We all have permanent marks or scars on our bodies that tell a story from our lives and celebrities are no different than the rest of us. Here are the origins of these well-known celebrity scars.
Mary J. Blige
Mary J. Blige has always shared the highs and lows of her life with her fans but when it comes to how she got the scar right below her left eye, the Queen of Hip-Hop Soul has been cagey. One story claims the scar is a reminder from a fight with another woman in Blige’s younger years. Another story claims the scar is from a traumatic event in the “Just Fine” singer’s childhood that she refuses to discuss. Though she hasn’t confirmed either tale, Blige did speak about loving her imperfections, including the scar on her face. “If I don’t accept the scar on my face, the lips that God gave me, the big giant feet, the long legs, whatever it is that I’m deformed with, I got to love it so everybody else can love it. And I started loving it.”
Mary J. Blige
We may never see Mary J. Blige without blonde hair again. She is one celebrity that just doesn’t seem to change up her hair color at all. She’s always rocking the honey blonde and we’d love to see her change it up every now and then.
Not every woman is interested in dropping her last name after marriage or even taking their husband’s name at all and quite a few leading ladies had no problem keeping their maiden name entirely. There was no hyphenation or dropping of anything, because the name they were born with was perfectly fine. Unlike these women who kept their husband’s last name after divorce, these women didn’t bother making the change to begin with.
The diva of all divas, Diana Ross, has been married twice and kept her last name during both marriages. She married music executive Robert Ellis Silberstein in 1971, which led to divorce in 1977. She remarried billionaire shipping magnate Arne Naess, Jr. in 1986 and divorced in 2000. The last name Ross rings bells across the world so it makes perfect sense that she hasn’t changed it.
Mary J. Blige has a role in the new Christmas movie “Black Nativity,” which comes out today …and we really want to be excited about it. But Lord, it’s hard. We love Mary J. Blige. And we really want to love her acting. But she’s been struggling with scripts for so long that we’re losing the faith.
Miss Mary J. Blige is giving me so much life right now with this Shape magazine cover! And she literally might be in her best “shape” ever.
The legendary singer, who is 42-years-young and is promoting her new Christmas album, opened up to the magazine about her workouts, tailoring them as she ages, and why she had to cut out alcohol from her diet after the death of Whitney Houston. If the 10-day Beyoncé diet that could help you lose 10 pounds is just way too intense for you, here’s the lowdown on how Mary got her killer body.
Cardio Is Key
Mary says that what has really helped her is running, and not just on treadmills, but actually hitting the pavement and clocking in almost 10 miles a week:
“My main exercise is cardio. The treadmill is fine but running outdoors gives me the best results. I try to log 6 to 8 miles a week. I could be in the worst mood, but when I do my cardio I feel much, much better.”
Black Folks DO Swim
The singer says that as she has aged, she’s trying to include new things in her workout to see what works for her body in the quest to stay healthy. That includes having a strict diet, which is gluten and dairy free, as well as low-carb. That also includes swimming, something she was never really into before:
Why She Had To Stop Drinking After Whitney’s Death
Blige has been very vocal in the past about her battles with alcohol addiction. But she told the magazine that something about Whitney Houston’s death was what she finally needed to not just cut back on intoxicating libations, but cut them completely out of her life:
“Others may be able to drink and have a great time, but it doesn’t work for me at this point. I haven’t had a drink in a year and three months. I had quit for a long time but started again about five years ago. I’m off it completely once more, and now I feel stronger than ever.”
Loving it! Her husband and manager Kendu Isaacs also had to give her some public props, as he posted the cover image on his Instagram with this caption:
#Hardwork #Dedication @Themarkjenkins @daniellethechef @2daybefit is all you need. I struggle with the dedication. Lol. Congrats Mary keep pushing!!!!!
Keyshia Cole Speaks On Her Marriage, Making Nice With Michelle Williams And Working With K. Michelle
While taking part in the WBLS Circle of Sisters R&B Concert, Keyshia Cole spoke with True Exclusives about all the rumors about her marriage, if she’s finally getting along with Michelle Williams (formerly of Destiny’s Child), and if she would ever work with K. Michelle in the future, aka, her twin. She definitely had some interesting responses, especially when speaking on her marriage–which she didn’t seem too enthusiastic about.
On Michelle Williams:
“You know, she said something to me while I was on stage. It’s fine. Me and Michelle spoke about it and she erased the tweet. She apologized for saying it because she said somebody else had tweeted about it but she wasn’t watching or something like that. So, I mean, you know, it’s cool. It’s over with. We’ve moved on.”
As For Her Marriage To Daniel “Boobie” Gibson:
“You know, we’re good, man. We’re chillin’. We have a kid. We’re married, so you know…it’s all love.”
If She’ll Do Reality TV Again:
“It depends. I want it too but we have to make sure that it’s done correctly, and not only correctly, but we have to make sure that we get paid. So it’s just very minor details.”
Things That Annoy Her The Most:
“Fake people, and I guess liars would be the same thing, but whatever.”
The Two Albums She Would Take If She Was Stranded On An Island:
“Faithfully by Faith Evans” and also probably Share My World by Mary J. Blige.”
If A Collaboration With K. Michelle Is Happening In The Future:
“It may! Yeah, I would love to, yeah, of course.”
For that question on reality TV, if you’ll recall, Cole openly dissed BET for not providing her with her check for doing the reality show, Keyshia & Daniel: Family First. So I’m not mad at her for not wanting to mess with anymore reality TV mess. But check out her body language and responses to these questions below from her interview and tell us what you think!
If you’re familiar with Mary J. Blige’s story, you know that she credits her husband, Kendu Isaacs, in helping her to turn her life around by loving her despite her struggles and shortcomings. During a recent appearance on The Queen Latifah Show, Mary gushed about her love. Though it may sound funny, she admits that it took her awhile to even get used to the idea that someone actually wanted to marry her.
“Even after I was married, I still couldn’t believe it–that it was real–and he really did love broken down, little old me. I just never saw myself like the woman that a man like him would want. My past was just horrific. I felt ashamed about everything. Me dropping out of high school, me not, you know, just not being beautiful enough. I just didn’t feel like I was smart enough or beautiful enough, you know, for years,” the Queen of Hip Hop Soul confessed.
As for how she knew that Kendu was “the one,” Mary credits her intuition.
“I didn’t sense anything fake or energy that [he] was afraid of me–not like he would hurt me in anyway. He wasn’t afraid to do what everybody else was afraid to do, which was tell me truth and help me and give me the information that I needed when I was dying from alcohol. He came at the right time when I was ready to change,” the “Mr. Wrong” singer said.
Speaking of intuition, Mary says the ability to trust her gut is something she never wants to lose.
“I don’t ever want to doubt myself and my intuition and just knowing when things are right and when they are wrong. I don’t ever want to lost that because thats what has gotten me this far.”
Check out footage from Mary’s interview below and on page two.