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If there are any two people in the world who know what it’s like to have unnecessary haters it’s Karreuche Tran and Michelle Williams. The girlfriend of Chris Brown and former Destiny’s Child member who might actually be the two sweetest people on Earth are always on the receiving end of vicious Black Twitter slander for doing nothing more than being them. And when we caught up with these two on the red carpet at the Debra Lee PRE dinner before the BET Awards Saturday night, we had to ask them how they deal with all the nonsense — and whether they understand just how hard their truly loyal fans go for them when the ignorance arises.
Check out what they had to say in the video above, which also includes a snippet from Stephen Bishop talking about the love he receives from the ladies online and the “Being Mary Jane” critics. What do you think?
‘It’s Going On MY Album:’ Michelle Williams Makes It Clear That ‘Say Yes’ Isn’t A Destiny’s Child Song
Destiny’s Child fans were ecstatic to learn that the trio would be somewhat reuniting for Michelle Williams’ new single “Say Yes.” And somehow, in all of the excitement, some people interpreted the track as a sign that a new Destiny’s Child album is in the works. Unfortunately, that isn’t the case. But we’re content for now seeing the ladies coming together to promote one another’s solo careers.
“There was an interview we did some years ago saying that we would participate, in whatever capacity, on each other’s solo projects,” Michelle explained to MTV News. “Whether that is appearing with Beyoncé from time to time on her tours, or on shows, or Kelly’s album, so this was my turn now to have them on an original song on my album.”
Michelle adds that it was awesome being able to reunite with her former group members.
“Filming the video for ‘Say Yes’ was fun. It was amazing. It was incredible.”
Not to be confused, though, Michelle made it clear that “Say Yes” is her project and simply features her DC-3 sisters.
“It feels wonderful [to work with them], and no matter how much we try to say it’s not a Destiny’s Child song because it’s not going on a Destiny’s Child album. It’s going on MY album featuring Beyoncé and Kelly. It’s the same way Kelly featured us on her album. But no matter how much we try to separate ourselves when we’re together, it is what it is. This is the group!’” she said laughing.
While we would loveeeeee another Destiny’s Child album, we’ll take what we can get for now
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A few days ago, we let you know that there would be a video for Michelle Williams’ new gospel song “Say Yes” and today on “Good Morning America,” Williams released it. Just as the song calls for, the video is colorful and vibrant, Michelle is doing a little bop and two step while people dance and sing along with the ladies of Destiny’s Child. I was really on the fence about this song when I first heard it, but the more I listen, the more I dig it. And the video just makes it all that much better.
Take a look at the visuals in the fun video below and tell us what you think.
The single is featured on Michelle’s upcoming album, Journey to Freedom due out on September 9.
Up next for Michelle is working as a mentor on the new new Oxygen show “Fix My Choir.” along with gospel great Shirley Caesar and Mary Mary.
You can also watch the Behind the Scenes video of the shoot below.
Last week, we told you about the new Michelle Williams single “Say Yes” featuring her former bandmates Beyoncé and Kelly Rowland. Naturally, anytime there’s even a thought about the three of them reuniting, folks get excited.
And so it’s really not surprising that news of the video shoot leaked as well and fans swarmed the location. In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter (THR), Michelle Williams explained how it all went down.
“We heard all this commotion going on while we were filming, We filmed at somebody’s house and they probably got excited and called their cousins and friends and, next thing you know, the whole town was on one street. … I woke up to the news of the song being leaked and I just hate when that happens because it was an unmastered version. At the same time, I was overwhelmed by the support. I know things happen for a reason. I don’t want anyone to think I’m pissed. I’m not.”
As we mentioned before, the song “Say Yes” is an ode to the Nigerian song more than a hundred years old. Harmony Samuels, who’s worked with the likes of Jennifer Hudson, Chris Brown, Ariana Grande and Maroon 5 and is also Nigerian says, “I don’t think anyone knows who wrote it or who started singing that chorus. When the song leaked last week, so many people from Africa and Nigeria were trying to let me know where it came from.”
Michelle also told THR how the girls got involved with the track.
“They received an advance copy of the album and called saying, ‘We love ‘When Jesus Says Yes’… there has to be a Destiny’s Child mix of the song,’” Williams recalls. “Kelly did it and Beyonce got right in the studio and did her part. I kept it a secret because I didn’t want anyone to know until it was time.”
And naturally, they had an amazing time filming with one another.
“It was so much fun,” says Williams. “It was like we were little kids again. I have their back and they have mine. They have showed themselves to be loyal to me time after time. They have proven they are my sisters time and time again.”
“Say Yes” is the first single from Williams’ fourth album Journey To Freedom, which is set to come out sometime in September. Williams says the single is “an urban inspiration record so sonically it’s very urban with pop infusion in there. I made sure that every genre of music I have ever done is represented on there.”
Michelle says that she’s hoping this studio effort will appeal to some of the fans who stopped following her career once she decided to pursue gospel music.
“Destiny’s Child had millions of fans but the second I did ‘gospel’ they were like, ‘We love you but I don’t know…’ My message is that I’m here to inspire and to encourage and give hope. Whatever you want to do, you can do. I’m not saying it’s going to be easy, but I’ve been there. I have been down in a dark place and I want to tell people my story of how I got to that dark place and how I’m free from it now.”
Just last month (May 9 to be exact) the uber-beautiful Kelly Rowland tied the knot to her manager, Tim Witherspoon, in a private ceremony in Costa Rica. She hasn’t talked about marriage and this new stage in her life, but from the glow we’ve seen on her skin lately, it’s safe to say that she’s on cloud nine. And while Witherspoon could qualify as her soul mate in a romantic way, in an interview with Hello Beautiful, Rowland says she believes in soul mates in the friendship realm as well. She said that some of her best friends are people she can’t live without and that she considers her soul mates:
I believe in soulmates. I believe soulmates are not just in relationships, but they’re in friendships. I have soulmates through Beyonce and Michelle and Angie and Solange and LaLa. I have soulmates. I’m so thankful for that too because I think they understand you. If there’s something on my heart or my mind, before I can even pick up the phone, one of them is calling me saying, “What are you doing? Are you ok?” We’re connected and I think that’s such a beautiful thing. It’s the greatest gift you can have.
And in case you weren’t aware, Angie is Angie Beyince, Beyoncé’s cousin, and VP of operations for Beyoncé’s production company, Parkwood Entertainment. But anywho, do you have girlfriends that you believe you’re connected to on a deeper level? Be thankful if you do, because these women are a gift! Check out Rowland’s full interview over at Hello Beautiful and share your thoughts.
Destiny’s Child is back!
But not really. Beyoncé and Kelly Rowland have come to Michelle Williams’ side to support her in the release of her new gospel song, “Say Yes.” Solange Knowles also reportedly provides vocals on “Say Yes.” The song, seemingly inspired by the Nigerian Christian song “When Jesus Say Yes (Nobody Can Say No)” gets a funky revamp courtesy of Williams and her girls. It sounds like a dance song more than a gospel track thanks to the EDM aspects of it, but the lyrics definitely give God all the praise:
There’s no limit to what You can do
Cause it all belongs to You
Yes, it all belongs to You
(No rushing now)
You’re almighty and all powerful
And it all belongs to You
Yes, it all belongs to You
The ladies take turns tackling verses on the uplifting and uptempo track, which I’m sure will have you bobbing your head or at least tapping your foot (or having a praise break at your desk).
This isn’t the first time the ladies have reunited for a track since Destiny’s Child disbanded. The ladies teamed up for Rowland’s, “You’ve Changed” for Talk A Good Game, and did a Neptunes-produced track called “Nuclear” for a recently released DC compilation album called Love Songs. “Say Yes” will be featured on Williams’ upcoming album, Journey To Freedom.
I definitely enjoyed it, but what about you?
Considering that Michelle Williams, Beyoncé and Solange were all down in Costa Rica together for Kelly Rowland’s wedding the weekend following the Met Gala, there’s a good chance that the ladies spoke about that infamous elevator attack way before the public caught wind of it. But Michelle says she’ll never tell what was discussed because that’s family business.
“Man, I wish I could give you an answer,” she said at NBC’s 2014 Upfronts, according to the New York Daily News. “I don’t wish to talk about something that’s personal, and that’s what family does. We protect each other and keep it locked.”
What she was open to speaking about, however, was her new Oxygen reality show “Fix My Choir.” At this point, it’s pretty clear that no one from the Knowles-Carter camp will be revealing any details about the much-talked about altercation. As we reported yesterday, the family released a joint statement addressing the leaked elevator video and they’re pretty much maintaining a united front in hopes that they public will just drop it.
“As a result of the public release of the elevator security footage from Monday, May 5th, there has been a great deal of speculation about what triggered the unfortunate incident,” the statement reads. “But the most important thing is that our family has worked through it. Jay and Solange each assume their share of responsibility for what has occurred. They both acknowledge their role in this private matter that has played out in the public. They both have apologized to each other and we have moved forward as a united family.
The reports of Solange being intoxicated or displaying erratic behavior throughout that evening are simply false. At the end of the day families have problems and we’re no different. We love each other and above all we are family. We’ve put this behind us and hope everyone else will do the same.”
Well, so much for that.
MN Exclusive: LeToya Luckett Talks “Single Ladies” Cancellation And Return And Folks Picking On Her BFF, Michelle Williams
It’s always fun to talk to LeToya Luckett, and we chatted with the multi-talented beauty as she prepares for the release of her new film, From The Rough, with Taraji P. Henson and the late Michael Clarke Duncan. The film, which actually began production in 2010, will finally be released on April 25 after those behind it figured out things with distribution. But aside from getting the 411 on her new movie, which is a true story inspired by Cassandra Turner, the first female coach of a NCAA Division I men’s golf team, we talked about Luckett being a Scandal-head (aka, a Gladiator), her excitement about the return of Single Ladies and what she thinks about folks on Twitter picking on her good friend, Michelle Williams.
About On The Rough:
“It’s a phenomenal movie, and I’m so glad that it’s finally hitting theaters. I play a character by the name of Stacey, who is the love interest of Tom Felton’s character. I’m pretty sure you know him from Harry Potter. I think a lot of people, from his character in Harry Potter [Draco Malfoy], expect him to be this mean guy, but he’s so, so so sweet. But Tom is also one of the members of the golf team and Taraji P. Henson, she coaches the team. Basically, she was at this predominately African-American college and they decide to do a golf team, but they don’t want to put a large budget towards putting a team together and getting the players together. So she has to go international with it. So she goes to Australia, Japan, all over the world to pick her players. London, which is where she gets Tom’s character, and it just shows her struggle with developing the team. And then they were coming into this predominately black college, being from all over the world, and you know how we get down [laughs]. It’s a fun story, but it definitely sends you on this emotional roller coaster.”
Working With The Late Michael Clarke Duncan:
“He was like that uncle that you always wish you had. I learned a lot from watching him. He was so professional and so awesome at his craft. He was just an amazing spirit. And he would always be like, ‘You ever need anything, I got your back.’ Even though he had this huge presence, he had this soft teddy bear spirit. He was great to work with.”
Her Time Playing Felicia Price On “Single Ladies”:
“A lot of people think I’m this mean lady. I have people who come up to me, who didn’t know me as LeToya, and will be like, ‘Oh my God, how are you Miss Felicia? I don’t want to bother you, but can I get a picture?’ [laughs]. But it was such a great experience to play something so far from my personality.”
On Being Sad About The Show’s Cancellation And Happy About Its Return:
“Of course I was, especially since it had this huge following that I wasn’t even aware of. But they [fans] are serious about their Single Ladies. I’m glad to know, especially for the fans of the show, that it is coming back, moreso for them than for any of us. I’m just glad that they started a petition and all kinds of stuff. It’s because of them that it’s coming back. It’s very nice to see people passionate about something [laughs]. That’s what excited me. Got me all riled up like “YEAH!” [laughs] It’s beautiful for them, that they get to have their show back. Folks were going off for that show, honey.”
If She’ll Be Back Next Season:
“We shall see. I think that she was such a big personality on this season and I think that everybody loved to hate her. I’m pretty sure they’ll want to see what Felicia is up to for next season.”
Being A Scandal Lover:
“I still love it! I think they’ve done a wonderful job, especially with working around Kerry’s ‘wonderful moment’ that she has coming up soon if you know what I mean [laughs]. I’m happy with what they did with that, and how they’re kind of making the storyline work around other characters. They just have all these wow moments with the other characters and it’s giving them their time to shine. Instead of just being based on one thing or one storyline, and not to say that it has been like that, but I just love how it’s really helping to develop the other characters as well.”
What She Thinks Of People Picking On Her Friend, Michelle Williams, On Twitter:
“People are…[breathes deeply], especially in social media now…I didn’t know about the hashtag, but now I do and I’m like, ‘Wow. Gross.’ People have to realize that these are people’s feelings and Michelle is such a beautiful person. When people create stuff like that about other people, I kind of want to come and sit on somebody else’s desk while they’re at work and point out things about them. Or come to their front door and just say nasty things. I don’t understand how people think that’s okay. Do unto others as you want done to yourself. This is somebody’s daughter. This is somebody’s sister. You don’t do that to people. That’s not nice. You wouldn’t want it done to yourself. You don’t want people coming out poking and picking at your insecurities and your flaws. And I’m pretty sure half of the world wishes they could be in Destiny’s Child and have had the experiences that she had. Of course, if she was the one answering the question, she would be like, ‘Girl, I don’t care.’ But as her friend, I’m like ‘Uh uh, don’t you do it. Don’t you come for her.’ So I just wish some people would really take time before they click on that comment and start rambling about someone they do not know. Think about how you would feel if someone did that to you. And I think with social media, people feel like they can come right to your front door and spit in your face at times. I don’t think the Twitters of the world, Facebooks of the world, and Instagrams of the world were created for such disgusting moments like that. And I think we as people are turning it into that, and that’s not cool.”
LeToya always speaks the truth! Check out From The Rough when it hits theaters on April 25, and check out the trailer below:
“My Accounts Are Bigger Because Of You”: Michelle Williams On Online Haters And Her Embarrassing Destiny Child Moments
After folks made Michelle Williams a trending topic on Twitter by putting on blast all the “struggle” moments she had as a member of Destiny’s Child last week, Williams responded to the #PoorMichelle hashtag with positivity, taking the high road:
#PoorMichelle that’s not what my accountant said! Y’all be blessed now…
But in an interview with TIME this week, she had no qualms with discussing said “struggle” moments, including the time she fell down when performing at 106 and Park with Destiny’s Child.
“What was going through my head? Like, ‘Oh my gosh.’ But it was so quick, and you get back up. I believe the pants I had on, there was a loop or something where my heel kind of got caught in it. So we just knew that, okay, there’s got to be more than one camera. There has to be. But when I saw it back, okay, oh my God, it was just a one shot of us. But that was 10 years ago. I’m over it. Many great things happened since then for me. But because of YouTube and stuff like that, it lives on forever.”
After running down some interesting fashion and red carpet moments TIME thought were embarrassing, she had this message to send to her fans and online haters.
“Regardless of what people do or say about me, I am always blessed. There are no moments that you left out, but I’m sure out of boredom or out of sheer fascination of myself, you’re going to find it. The fact that people sit and search for this stuff? I am on your mind daily. So I thank you so much for making me relevant every single day…I have you all to thank for that. Thank you so much! My accounts are bigger because of you. Thanks. Shoes, clothes, houses, cars–blessings! Thanks!”
Check out the interview and Williams recounting what it was like to live out these “embarrassing moments” below:
When you go on Twitter you never know what you’re going to see trending in that little box on the lower-left-hand side. Today, the trending topic that caught my eye was #PoorMichelle, which turned out to be a case of Twitter dragging the former Destiny’s Child member by bringing up all the ways she supposedly got played as the lesser-appreciated member of the girl’s group back in the day, with tweets like:
— RaPHAel DeLa Ghetto (@SuaveDandy) April 3, 2014
— Ari ♓️ (@PrincessRiele) April 3, 2014
— Feim | Shakira (@FeimM) April 3, 2014
But for as viciously accurate as some of these tweets may be, none of these responses topped the one from the alleged “poor Michelle” herself who address the trending topic with:
— RaPHAel DeLa Ghetto (@SuaveDandy) April 3, 2014
#PoorMichelle that’s not what my accountant said! Y’all be blessed now..
— Michelle Williams (@RealMichelleW) April 3, 2014
#POW! Now who got the last laugh?! Poor Michelle, why won’t they just let her live?