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MN Exclusive: LeToya Luckett Talks “Single Ladies” Cancellation And Return And Folks Picking On Her BFF, Michelle Williams

April 15th, 2014 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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Luckett and Tom Felton in “From The Rough” – Freestyle Releasing

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

April 10th, 2014 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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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:

“That’s Not What My Accountant Said:” Michelle Williams Responds To #PoorMichelle Trending Topic

April 3rd, 2014 - By Brande Victorian
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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:


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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

 

#POW! Now who got the last laugh?! Poor Michelle, why won’t they just let her live?

“No Matter How Much I Dislike This Man, It Will Never Be To The Point Where He Can’t See His Son”: Keyshia Cole On Daniel Gibson

March 20th, 2014 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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To promote her new song, “Rick James” (you read right), Keyshia Cole stopped by The Breakfast Club to give a very interesting interview about everything that has gone on with her marriage (she and her husband are on social media beefing terms), her issues with Michelle Williams and Beyoncé (including why she was so critical of “Bow Down”), her drama with her sister Neffie and her mom (they no longer speak), and more. Here’s what stood out:

Her Statements About Beyoncé:

“I was not hating on Beyoncé. No, it was not directed at all as hate. I’ve seen Beyonce a few times. She’s always a very sweet girl. To me, that just wasn’t her, her thing you know what I mean? But I don’t know. Like dude said, she switched it up or something. So, I don’t know, you know? But that’s just not what I know of her so it kinda hurt my feelings a little bit.”

Her Issues With Michelle Williams And Working Things Out:

“Well she stared that you know what I mean? She started that and it really hurt my feelings too because she’s Christian and she’s a church girl and all of this but yet we talk on the phone and you say you apologize for taking a Tweet down that you said about me in the first place. You know what I’m saying? And I mean, it just felt like everybody just jumped on me ‘cuz I’m from Oakland, I’m the ghetto chick and I’m always starting everything when in actuality I just say how I feel. You know what I’m saying and I don’t feel like I was starting nothing. But I was just getting her back for what she said to me. It was just like, I felt real like, everybody going in on me. You got ol boy, the Hamburgler up here talking about me. The-Dream [laughs]. You got Rico Love up here going in on me, but everybody was defending her. But in actuality she called me and apologized and said she never should have tweeted that or whatever. She called me and apologized and I said ‘Well next time you get a chance, address it, because you got people going in on me and that ain’t even the case.’ She said, I was at the Soul Train Awards and she was like, ‘I ain’t even know you could use Auto-tune at the Soul Train Awards, what’s that about?’ It’s cool. It’s over.

The State Of Her Marriage:

“I just, you know what I mean, I just wanna put my music out. And just, you know, sit in my own craziness. You know what I’m saying? And just chill out for a minute. Like, I don’t even really know what I wanna do right now. I don’t want to talk about it. I don’t really want go into it.”

Where They Are Now:

“We co-parent. He’s a great father though. Exactly, 8:30 come take DJ to school every morning and I pick him up.”

On Thinking Her Husband, An NBA Player, Wouldn’t Cheat:

“I did. I really did. I believed in that, you know what I mean? And on top of that, we just had so much of a great relationship. I felt like, I felt like it wouldn’t be possible.”

If They Can Work Things Out:

“I’d just rather avoid questions like that for my son’s sake. We’ll know it as the time goes by whats going to happen. You know? This we’re talking about now involves a child…I want the situation to play out. I just want to protect my son. I’ll never be the kind of woman who–No matter how much I dislike this man, it will never be to the point where he can’t see his son. Period.”

If She Can Work Out Issues With Neffie And Frankie:

“No. I mean, it’s just chaos and I don’t want that around him [son Daniel]. I have to protect him from that type of chaos. I haven’t even spoke to my mom, Frankie, in a minute. They don’t have my number. It’s just a respect thing for one. Last time I had my mom around I sent her through rehab and I tried to help her and I spent a lot of money…and she just took it way too far, yelling in my house. Luckily my child was asleep. After that I was like, ‘Naw.’ You gotta make an adult decision to move that out…I just need…not right now.”

Growing Up:

“I’ve grown a lot. I’m 30 years old. Ain’t the same way I used to do it. Take my anger out and just go ahead and approach you and do something about it.That ain’t the way I do it no more. You know? I’m a mother.You know what I mean? Whatever I do from here on out, I want my son to be proud of. Regardless of what it is.”

Putting All Her Business On Social Media:

“Well I have feelings, you know what I’m saying? I guess sometimes I have to put my phone down like ‘yo, I need to put my phone down because I’m about to go in.’ But I’m chillin’.”

She addressed quite a bit. Check out her full interview and Keyshia’s answer to the question of whether or not she’s really happy at the point and difficult time in her life.

I Saw The Light: Celebs Who Left The Entertainment Industry Behind For Jesus

March 18th, 2014 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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When your faith becomes stronger, it’s amazing the effect it can have on your way of looking at and doing things in life. From watching what you say and the image you put out there of yourself, once you’re born-again, (for many people) you are a new person. These famous folks changed their lives, changed their music, and in many cases, stepped away from the entertainment industry altogether to focus on getting closer to God.

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While Chris Tucker never officially disappeared, he decided to start working every once in blue moon despite being on a hot streak in the mid-to late ’90s. The only work he would do for a good decade was the Rush Hour franchise, though he did take a role in the Academy Award-nominated film Silver Linings Playbook in 2012. Despite being the most-loved sidekick to Ice Cube’s Craig in the Friday franchise, Tucker wouldn’t sign on for the sequels to play Smokey because he had become a born-again Christian after doing the film Money Talks and no longer approved of the character.  

Get Your Popcorn Ready: The 13 Best Biopics About Women

March 10th, 2014 - By Iva Anthony
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Over the years Hollywood has paid homage to some of the most influential, and sometimes controversial, women of our time and in honor of Women’s History month, we take a look at some of the best movies about these important figures.

Biopics About Women

The Josephine Baker Story

Dancer/singer Josephine Baker was the first Black woman to star in a major motion picture film and become a world famous entertainer. Known for performing the banana dance, Baker would wear the fruit covering her bottom while remaining topless. She was also known for her contributions to the Civil Rights movement. Actress Lynn Whitfield stepped into the shoes of Baker for the 1991 HBO biopic The Josephine Baker Story. Unlike most biographical films, this one dug as deep into Baker’s personal life as her public one. Whitfield took home an Emmy and an NAACP award for her role in the film.

Poor Tink Tink: Group Members Who Never Got To Shine

March 6th, 2014 - By Veronica Wells
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When you’re in a group type setting, there’s always going to be a leader, the strong one, someone who plays their position quietly in the background and the person who gets completely overlooked, lost in the sauce. We’re finally giving these folks the shine they were missing in their careers in a boy band or girl group.

Michelle Williams Cleans Up Comments About Beyoncé’s ‘Provocative’ Album

January 30th, 2014 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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Earlier this week Michelle Williams discussed making a cameo on Beyoncé’s self-titled visual album for the “Superpowers” music video. She also discussed her reaction to Bey’s provocative lyrics.

“I was telling someone on the way here how I was laughing,” she said. “I don’t know if it’s laughter of shyness or embarrassment because the makeup artist and everyone was listening to her say these things, and I’m like, ‘That’s private girl,’” she went on. “We aren’t supposed to know all that. But she is married and has produced a baby, and we know what you have to do to produce a baby so, okay!”

Following her expressed embarrassment over some of the albums lyrics, talk of a rumored beef between Beyoncé and Michelle began to spread. But Michelle quickly silenced those rumors by clarifying what she really meant by her comments in a follow-up interview.

“What I meant was I would never say that [I was embarrassed] about my sister’s work. She has a great body of work, an amazing catalogue … I love her work,” she told CBS’ “The Insider.”

“Could you imagine your little sister or someone finally deciding, ‘I am going to be free and liberated in every way I know how musically, which means I’m going to be a little more sexier. I’m going to let you all know, I am drunk in love, I’m happy.’”

As for the folks who used her comments to stir up mess, Michelle says, “Shame on you!”

She Doesn’t Wanna See Yonce On Her Knees: Michelle Williams Embarrassed By Beyonce’s Visual Album

January 27th, 2014 - By Madame Noire
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From BlackVoices 

Michelle Williams made a cameo in the video for Beyonce’s “Superpower,” but she found some of the other songs on the album a bit more revealing than expected.

“I was telling someone on the way here how I was laughing,” she told US Weekly at the 5th Annual Essence Black Women in Music Event on Jan. 22.

“I don’t know if it’s laughter of shyness or embarrassment because the makeup artist and everyone was listening to her say these things, and I’m like, ‘That’s private girl,’” she went on. “We aren’t supposed to know all that. But she is married and has produced a baby, and we know what you have to do to produce a baby so, okay!”

Read more on Michelle Williams’ reaction at BlackVoices.com 

“You Look Like Kelly Rowland”: Beyoncé And Kelly Crash Karaoke Bar To Sing With Surprised And Tipsy Patrons

January 8th, 2014 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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What would you do if you were minding your business, singing “Party” off-key with your friends really late night at night at a karaoke bar, and both Beyoncé and Kelly Rowland approached you? I’d probably scream like I saw a ghost, but a few lucky (and a bit inebriated) karaoke partygoers almost didn’t realize who the former Destiny’s Child members were when the stars came into their room.

According to the Miami Times, Beyoncé, Jay Z, Kelly, Michelle Williams, Timbaland, and a few other friends strolled into a karoake bar very late on Tuesday night in Miami to sing a little karaoke, have a few drinks, eat some light food, and just kick it. According to bar owner Kellie Pilicer, the place wasn’t packed (reminder, it was a very late Tuesday evening), as only two rooms out of the 17 in Sing Sing Karaoke were occupied, so the famous friends weren’t hounded by fans.

“A big security-looking guy walked in and asked us what time we closed. I’m thinking he’s going to come in with maybe a couple of other people and then all of a sudden a couple of people wearing hoodies do start trickling in and one woman comes up and asks me where the bathroom is and I look up and it’s freaking Beyonce.”

Bey reportedly asked if she could surprise those in the occupied rooms because she could hear her song “Party” being played in one of them. That particular room was occupied by three young women who had been in the bar for SIX hours, tipsy off of Long Islands (one woman is pictured asleep on the couch in the room) just a-sangin’. When the singer and Rowland walked in the room, the women couldn’t immediately tell who they were, but didn’t make a big deal of the fact that their singing session was bombarded by folks they would soon find out were famous:

“Beyonce follows the sounds, she just walks right in, and there are two girls sitting and one of their friends had fallen asleep on the lounge chair…I’m standing there watching this whole thing and the other people in their party started walking in and cracking up because they were singing Beyonce. They start dancing together, but they have no idea who it is. And all of a sudden one of the girls looks at Kelly and says, ‘Oh, you look like Kelly Rowland’ and then she looks at Beyoncé and goes ‘Oh my god!’”

Beyoncé and Kelly would go on to snap pictures with the ladies, and even stopped to photo bomb the very asleep young woman on the couch (see photo above right). That’s right. Her friends didn’t even try to wake her up. But hey, at least homegirl got a picture…?

But the takeaway from all this is that if you go to a karaoke bar late at night, sing “Party” and say “Beyoncé” three times, she just might show up. Noted.

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