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The 15 Cutest Men In Hip Hop Today

September 25th, 2014 - By Whitney Larkins
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You’d be hard-pressed to find someone who isn’t a fan of one of the men we have listed, and it probably has less to do with the music and more to do with their good looks. Check out our picks for the sexiest men in Hip Hop today!

Where Are They Now? The Cast Of “Belly”

September 22nd, 2014 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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I’m something of a Netflix-head, and I noticed recently that the movie Belly was added to “Instant” watch. Score! Trust me, I know that it isn’t a modern-day classic or anything like that, but the 1998 film, which many would classify as one long and beautifully shot but poorly written movie, definitely was entertaining. I just so happened to watch it last night while nursing a cold and I wondered what the actors had been up to since doing the film. So in case you were wondering, here is an update on the cast of Belly.

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Nas as Sincere

Nas didn’t give the best performance as Sincere (I mean, he delivered most lines as monotonous as possible), but who was expecting Denzel-caliber work? After Belly, Nas decided to stick to rapping for the most part, but continued to try his hand here and there at acting. He was in Sacred is the Flesh, “Hawaii Five-0″ and most recently was cast as Street Poet Isaiah in Black Nativity. He has been able to fuse both his music and film together with the upcoming documentary on his life, Nas: Time Is Illmatic.

One Night Only! Nas’ ‘Illmatic’ Doc To Screen Nationwide On Oct. 2

September 16th, 2014 - By Ann Brown
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Nas’ documentary Time Is Illmatic made its debut at the Tribeca Film Festival earlier this year. To keep the buzz going, the rapper, who recently turned 41, is embarking on a unique marketing strategy for the film, whose namesake album celebrated its 20th anniversary. The doc, which explores the life of the Queens hip hop legend, will screen across the country just for one night only.

So mark your calendars. The date is Oct. 2. Nas announced on Twitter that the doc will screen across 40 theaters nationwide. It’ll also be accompanied by a few tour dates TBD.

Among the cities are: Atlanta, GA (AMC Phipps Plaza, AMC Southlake 24); Baltimore, MD (Charles Theatre, AMC Owings Mills 17); Charlotte, NC (AMC Carolina Pavilion 22, AMC Concord Mills 24);  and Chicago, IL (AMC Loews Crestwood 8, Music Box Theatre).

Time Is Illmatic features appearances by Alicia Keys, Busta Rhymes, and Pharrell, along with his family, and of course, Nas.

The film has been getting good reviews. As Variety remarked, “Still, this brisk, stylish and extremely heartfelt portrait of Nas’ rise from the housing projects of Queensbridge to the heights of hip-hop royalty ably stands on its own, marked by an admirable focus on the man and his music rather than hype and hagiography.”

The review concluded: “The pic occasionally reveals its multi-year gestation period in the variable range of video formats used to capture the interviews, but otherwise sports a polished, professional sheen.”

Buy your tickets here.

Yara Shahidi Of ABC’s “Black-ish” Talks Playing Young Olivia Pope, Keeping Up A 4.0 GPA And Having Nas As A Cousin

September 4th, 2014 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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Is anybody else excited to see what kind of comedy ABC’s upcoming show “Black-ish” will be?

Starring Anthony Anderson as a successful black man and father who starts to worry that his family, who lives in a predominately white neighborhood, is losing touch with their culture, the show focuses on his hilarious efforts to make sure his they don’t forget where they come from. Tracee Ellis Ross and Laurence Fishburne also star on the show as Anderson’s character’s wife and father, and child actress Yara Shahidi plays his tech-obsessed daughter. The 14-year-old actress has come a long way since she starred as Eddie Murphy’s daughter in “Imagine That,” and she has big goals for her future. We chatted with the young actress about her role as Zoey Johnson on “Black-ish,” playing young Olivia Pope and meeting Kerry Washington, having Nas as a cousin (her second cousin) and why education comes first for her. This young lady has a very good head on her shoulders. Don’t believe me? Keep reading.

Who Is Zoey Johnson On “Black-ish”?

“Zoe, she’s popular, she’s smart, she’s witty—all of that. But the one thing is that she really loves Instagram and texting friends. She’s a very social person in that way. Because of that, she’s usually on her phone. But she has a really big personality. She’s really colorblind, which is definitely a good thing, but she’s so caught up in social media that she’s kind of lost a piece of her culture. She’s kind of a lost cause and he [Anthony Anderson] constantly tries to get her involved.”

What Makes “Black-ish” A Refreshing New Show On Television

“It addresses a lot of problems and not just for the African American community, but for people of any ethnicity. It’s funny and there are family problems, so it’s something you can watch with your family and enjoy altogether, but it still carries an important message.”

What It Was Like Playing Young Olivia Pope Alongside Kerry Washington

“It was amazing. The audition was literally me walking into a room and being myself on camera. Everyone on set was so nice and I got to work with some amazing actors and actresses, which was fabulous. And at the end of the day, Kerry Washington walked into my school, while I was in school even though she wasn’t shooting near it, and came just to say hi. She’s honestly the nicest person ever.”

Her Future Career Aspirations

“Well, I really want to continue acting, but I have other interests. I love, love history. I was actually just at Oxford this summer, and I took some history classes at Harvard. I know my interests change a lot, but I’m also interested in advertising too. It’s always interesting to see the process behind getting a person on camera and I love ad campaigns. One thing I’ve always been concerned about is the objectification of women in ads and that’s one thing where I was like, well, if I become a part of advertising, I could change that.”

On Visiting University of Oxford And Harvard This Past Summer

“One thing that used to worry me is that the fact that it seemed like Harvard was this big scary thing where I would have to spend all my time studying just to get in. But getting to go to both campuses of Harvard and Oxford and getting to meet some of the professors was absolutely amazing. At Harvard I got to meet and have dinner with Jamaica Kincaid. Just to have conversations with professors was absolutely amazing.” 

What It’s Like Having Nas As A Cousin

“He’s honestly just so chill. It’s funny because I’ll have friends come over and they’ll just stop dead in their tracks when they see him: ‘Oh my God, you didn’t tell me he was going to be here. Why didn’t you tell me?’ They start freaking out, but then they start talking to him and they’re like, ‘he’s so nice.’ He’s given my family so many opportunities because we travel together and all sorts of stuff. I’ve been fortunate that he’s called me up and been like, ‘You want to go to Harvard?’ And I’m like, ‘sure!'” 

How She Keeps A 4.0 GPA While Pursuing Acting

“I have the support of my parents and my teachers. They made it very possible for me to go to a school that is open and supportive of me being gone at times and pursuing acting. But school always comes first for me. So if I feel like I’m giving up a part of my education or missing an important piece developmentally because of a project, then I’m just not going to do the project. I love acting but school for me, because I’m so interested is so many other areas, it would be a shame to not pursue school and miss out on the opportunities that I have now.”

If Classmates At Her All-Girls School Treat Her Differently Because She’s An Actress

“The majority of the kids at my school know me as Yara, the girl in my class. Oh yeah, Yara, I hung out with her the other day. But sometimes they’ll see things with me in it and come back and say, ‘hold on, you didn’t tell me you act!’ But I’ve been lucky enough to have amazing friends. I get emails like, ‘Hey, I noticed you’re missing today. Hope you’re having fun on set! I got all the notes for you from these classes.’ I’ve been lucky to have some very supportive people in my life.”

Yara is going far! Be sure to check out “Black-ish” when it premieres on Wednesday, September 24 at 9:30/8:30c on ABC.

Nas Traces His Family On PBS’s ‘Finding Your Roots’ Shocked By What He Finds

July 25th, 2014 - By Ann Brown
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Many African Americans have traced their roots through an ancestry DNA test. Nas becomes the first rapper to do so–and on TV.

The hip hop icon was invited by the PBS show “Finding Your Roots” to take a look to his past. But while Nas said he was up for the chance to trace his family tree he was unprepared for what was found.

When he viewed 1859 documentation of one of his ancestors being sold as a slave, he said he was shaken.

“First I was enraged when I looked at the bill of sale,” Nas said during a Television Critics Association panel discussion. “I was like, that guy that owned property owes me some cash. My people made him really wealthy, so maybe I should find his family and talk.”

The information about his family history, he said also made him think about his ancestors’ contribution to America, he said, “and now I’m on a mission to find out more.”

Nas’ family’s tale is among those told on season two of “Finding Your Roots,” hosted by Harvard University scholar, author and filmmaker Henry Louis Gates Jr., debuting Sept. 23.

In all, the series will air in 10 parts and will trace celebrities’ ancestry. Ben Affleck, Jessica Alba, Tina Fey, Sting, Stephen King, Billie Jean King, Derek Jeter,  Courtney Vance, Khandi Alexander, writer/actress Anna Deavere Smith and chef Ming Tsai are among those who will also participate.

The show does DNA testing of a saliva sample and then does a detailed family history that Gates presents on camera to the guest. Most are surprised at the results.  Alba’s heritage, for example, was traced to the ancient Mayans.

As far as Nas, when he was asked if his new awareness of his history will influence his music. He said, nothing is planned “but I think in some way it will happen on its own.”

via The Huffington Post 

DMX Isn’t The Only One! 10 Celebrities With Garnished Wages & The Ones Who Were Close

June 20th, 2014 - By Tanvier Peart
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You know things are really bad when the courts need to step in and take your money to pay what you owe. Just ask DMX. A judge recently found in favor of his ex-wife Tashera Simmons’ petition to collect child support. Apparently he stopped helping out once they split. Because of this, Mr. Earl Simmons will see up to $15,000 each month leaving his pockets. Take a look at 10 celebrities who also have seen their wages garnished and the ones who came very close.

Destiny’s Child Got Booed?? The Most Memorable Summer Jam Moments Ever

May 30th, 2014 - By Iva Anthony
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The year 1994 marked the beginning of Hot 97’s epic annual Summer Jam concert. Twenty years later, the concert featuring the biggest names in hip-hop and r&b is still going strong and continues to showcase the biggest names in music. Here’s a look back at some of the most memorable moments from Summer Jam.

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The Notorious B.I.G.’s Only Performance At Summer Jam

The year was 1995 and Bigge Smalls was the king of New York rap. The year before he released his debut single Juicy and then followed that up with the platinum-selling album, Ready To Die. When he descended onto the Summer Jam stage in ‘95 as the headliner, the crowd went wild. Dressed like a dapper don in a three-piece suit, Big had the crowd on its feet for his entire set. That would be the first and last time the Brooklyn rapper would perform for the radio station’s mega concert. He was shot and killed nearly two years later.

Boos Cheers & Controversy: Take A Quick Look At What’s Happening In Cannes

May 20th, 2014 - By Tonya Garcia
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The Cannes Film Festival is happening in the south of France while you’re at work. Oh well, we can look on and vicariously experience it right?

Taking place between the 14th and the 25th, it’s easily the most glamorous film festival in the world. During the week-plus of the event, a number of the movies that you’ll be seeing in theaters during the coming months make their public debut, with cinephiles looking for early word of what they should spend their ticket money on and what can wait until Netflix.

Here are a few things you ought to know about the goings on at the festival.

10 Love Lessons Missy Elliot Taught Us

April 27th, 2014 - By Lauren R.D. Fox
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Growing up we learned Missy Elliot’s colorful lyrics verbatim and practicing her music videos’ choreography was the thing to do in the living room of your cousins’ house. While back then her music may have been all fun and games, now that we’ve gotten older we realize she was asking speaking a lot of truth about men folk — I don’t want no one-minute man anybody? Check out these 10 love lessons from Missy and tell us what you’ve learned from the icon rapper.

Lesson 1

Never give up the things you like to do once you begin dating. Most importantly, do not financially support a man who mistreats you.

“Gave you all my dough
When you needed it all the time
I thought you was the one
But you just a hit and run
Gave up clubs and parties
I put them aside
I stopped going to all the parties”

Song: Beep Me 911 Ft. 702

So Y’all Not Gone Pay For Your Kids? Celebs With Child Support Drama

April 10th, 2014 - By Iva Anthony
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Celebrities continue to prove they’re regular people just like the rest of us, unfortunately in some of the worst ways possible. When it comes to these celebs with child support drama it took a judge to get them to cough up cash for their kids. Were they to blame or were the mothers of their children asking for too much?

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Nas was happy to take himself off of the market and marry singer Kelis but that marriage soon went up in flames. In December 2009, the Queensbridge rapper was ordered to pay the R&B singer $51,000 a month in alimony and child support, but the bad economy worked in Nas’ favor and 13 months later he was able to convince the judge that his payments should be lowered. Even though at one point Nas was in arrears and owed Kelis more than $300,000 in back child support, the judge agreed to lower his payments to $20,000 a month in alimony and $5,000 in child support.