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Nas has made headlines quite a bit in the last two of weeks, but it hasn’t been for some amazing new music project or for a new movie that he’s starring in. Instead, he’s being mentioned by a couple of women who have played major roles in his life. Just yesterday we told you that his ex and mother of his 19-year-old daughter, Carmen Bryan, expressed concerns about his mental health. Now, his ex-wife, Kelis Rogers, is also discussing the iconic Queens rapper.
“I’ve been divorced for almost five years,” the “Bossy” singer told The Guardian Guide. “It’s over, I’m over it.”
Though she says their relationship is over, she says her ex-husband’s decision to speak openly about their breakup on his last album, “Life Is Good,” forced her to speak about it.
“But what I would say is that last year I was made more aware of it because my ex-husband decided to talk about stuff that I hadn’t shared with the world.”
“He slipped my wedding dress on to his album cover [2012's Life Is Good],” she explained. “So now I have to talk about it! I had no idea it was happening, I was like, ‘What the…?’”
While Kelis admits that the album forced her to discuss some things about her breakup, she says that talking about it didn’t really bother her too much.
“It didn’t affect my life. I’m not living that life now. I’m super-content and at peace.”
The Grammy Award nominee also discussed being labeled as an R&B artist.
“I was never an R&B artist. People coined me one but that’s because, especially if you’re in the States, if you’re black and you sing, then you’re R&B.”
As for her musical future, Kelis says she’s not sure if she’ll put out another album.
“I might make another album. I might make 10 more albums. I might never make another album again. It depends on how the mood suits me. I’m not declaring retirement but I’m just saying that I don’t have any musical ambitions any more.”
“After ‘Kelis Was Here’ I was done. I was like, ‘I will never put out another record again, I hate this business, I hate all these people.’ I was in this race that I didn’t even realise that I was in. I woke up and ten years had passed. That was never my plan. My desire was never to put out albums, it was to do musical theatre!”
Read Kelis’ full interview here.
‘He May Be A Paranoid Schizophrenic:’ Carmen Bryan Wants Nas To Undergo Court-Mandated Mental Evalutation
Last week we told you that Carmen Bryan filed a child support lawsuit against Nas, claiming that he refuses to pay his daughter’s college tuition and medical expenses. Due to wording in court documentation, it was also being reported that Carmen wanted Nas to be thrown in jail, but Carmen says that simply is not true.
“I do not want to see my child’s father go to jail,” she recently explained to Mara The Hip Hop Socialite.
She did, however, suggest that the Queens rapper seek mental help.
“However, I do want to see him get the mental help that I believe he desperately needs. So this situation is a curse and a blessing with regard to the fact that there are some deep-rooted mental issues that I believe exist and need to be addressed.”
As for why she feels justified in speaking on her ex’s mental state:
“Well first off, let me just say my experiences with Nas, my dealings with Nas, and my research all lead me to believe that he does suffer from bipolarism and he may be a paranoid schizophrenic,” Carmen explained. “That’s my personal opinion based on my experiences and interaction with him.”
She went on to recount an experience where Nas allegedly told her that he was being haunted by ghosts.
“An incident occurred with Nas years ago when we were together. I came in the house, Destiny and I, and he was on the couch wrapped up in a blanket; his mom was on one side of him, his brother on the other side, there were a few more people in the house. My first reaction was, ‘Is everything okay? What happened?’ And that’s when Nas told me ghosts were haunting him again, and entities were whispering to him and touching him and bothering him. This is something that he mentioned when we first got together, but I had never experienced him ever experiencing it until that moment. So, I’ve witnessed this long battle with insanity.”
The “It’s No Secret” author adds that Nas’ mental health struggles are quite obvious to those who really know him.
“Anyone that knows Nas, knows him, they know that he’s off. I believe that he is terrified, and he’s afraid of public backlash and humiliation. I also believe that he’s afraid the medication will numb him, or turn him into some kind of zombie so he won’t be able to write and create, which will ultimately ruin his career. These are my personal beliefs based on my past experiences and conversations with Nas. Like I said, I just want to see him get the help I believe he desperately needs, at the end of the day he is Destiny’s father. I’m concerned.”
Carmen also discussed their daughter, Destiny, having to stop school because Nas abruptly stopped paying her tuition.
“This thing started, unbeknownst to me, in June of 2013,” Carmen continued. “Nas just stopped paying Destiny’s tuition. I have a court order that says he has to pay 100% of her secondary education, which is college. Nas dropped out of school I believe 7th, 8th grade, so he’s ignorant and uneducated. He’s a junior high school dropout; he doesn’t believe in education. My thing is she wants an education. After all she’s been through, she desires it, and she deserves it. What she doesn’t deserve is to get half way through an accelerated program, and have to stop because her father refuses to pay the tuition. But this time, I want things to be different. I don’t want him to go to jail – I want him to get help.”
Lastly, she explained why she believes her recently filed child support lawsuit will push Nas to finally seek help.
“My legal team is going to file a motion and ask the judge for an order to have him mentally evaluated before we proceed because like I said, I don’t want to see him go to jail, but I do want to see him get the help that possibly, based on my experiences with him, he needs.”
Do you think her accusations are true?
Just yesterday we discussed AlexSandra Wright’s failed attempts to collect child support from Mathew Knowles for their four-year-old son, Nixon. Apparently Carmen Bryan is singing a similar tune about her ex, Nasir “Nas” Jones.
According to TMZ, Carmen recently filed court documents against the Queens rapper, claiming that he owes over $11,000 in child support for their 19-year-old daughter, Destiny. In the filing, Carmen adds that Nas is refusing to pay Destiny’s college tuition and medical bills. The “It’s No Secret” author goes on to paint her daughter’s father as a ”repeat criminal non supporter” who is intentionally trying to get over on his kid. As a result, Carmen is pushing to have him cited for contempt, which could result in prison time if he doesn’t pay up soon.
This certainly isn’t the first public dispute between Nas and Carmen. Their issues with one another have been highly publicized and well documented over the years. Just last year when Nas received a Grammy nomination for a song titled, “Daughters,” which he wrote about Destiny, Carmen was quick to call him out for failing to invite her to the awards show.
“Smh… How do you not invite for daughter to the Grammys after being nominated for a song called ‘Daughters?’” she tweeted.
“I have so much more to say but I’m busy picking up these pieces. My baby is crushed.”
“Even if Nas does win a Grammy he’s still a loser for not inviting his only daughter.”
Reps on behalf of Nas have yet to publicly comment on the filing. But we’ll keep you posted as this story develops.
Singers often look into their own personal lives as inspiration for songs. These 15 artists got very heartfelt and emotional by singing about the joys of parenthood and their children. Here are some of our favorite songs singers wrote for their children.
Superstar singer Beyonce is normally a private person but after having her first child, Blue Ivy, the former Destiny’s Child member has opened up about the joys of motherhood. In addition to sharing intimate photos of mother and child, Beyonce penned the song “Blue.” In the song, which is on her latest album Beyonce, Blue sings about feeling alive when she looks into her daughter’s eyes. At the end of the song, Blue Ivy joins in and sings with her mommy before asking if they can go see daddy.
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Time has been good to these fine fellas. Maybe it’s something in the water, or something that their money can buy, but these 40 and up fellas could still get it (Note: I just like to say that, but seriously, I don’t just spread my goodies like that). Check out 12 celeb men who just don’t age, and we can’t stop giving them the eye!
At 49, Lenny Kravitz doesn’t even try to be a sex pot, he just is one. He’s the bad a** rocker we want to get wild with. Hey boo!
Like many black men — four out of five to be exact — Tristan Walker, a 29-year-old Stanford business school grad, suffers from razor bumps. Being the entrepreneur he came up with a solution and a new company. One that has celebrity backing.
Walker just launched Bevel by Walker & Company, a startup that provides customers with high-end shaving tools by mail. The new venture was launched this month with $2.4 million in backing from investors that includes venture firm Andreessen Horowitz, WME partner Charles King and rapper-turned-angel-investor Nas, reports Forbes.
Walker says he grew tired of looking for the shaving products he needed as a black man in stores, as they were usually relegated to the ethnic products aisle. “It’s not really an aisle, it’s a shelf,” he complained to Forbes. “Then you have to reach to the bottom of that shelf for a package that’s dirty, and then there’s the photo of a 45-year-old bald black guy in a towel on it … that entire second class citizen experience needs to go.”
Walker, who worked as director of business development for networking platform Foursquare, was Andreessen Horowitz’s entrepreneur in residence where he was toying with various startup ideas including building a new kind of bank or fixing childhood obesity. But then he decided on an idea that hit closer to home.
Walker had been dealing with razor bumps most of his adult life. His solution: a single blade, double-edged safety razor, a grooming tool that was actually invented more 150 years ago and patented in 1901. Though he thought it would be great for his market — African-American men — he couldn’t convince investors when he pitched the idea to the Silicon Valley venture capital community, a group not pegged as racially diverse. One potential investor countered that razor bumps just weren’t as big an issue as acne, so why invest in Walker’s company.
But Walker persisted and landed a group of investors that included Nas, whom he met through Ben Horowitz, co-founder of Andreessen Horowitz. Last year, Andreessen Horowitz announced a $15 million investment in Rap Genius, a company Nas has also invested in.
“As a black man, there are many challenges when it comes to proper grooming and the experience Bevel gives you is one I’ve been envisioning for us all for a lifetime,” Nas told Forbes.
For a one-time payment of $59.99 plus $29.95 monthly, Bevel by Walker & Company sends customers the razor along with replacement blades, lotions and a shaving brush.
According to Walker, his company has more than enough room to grow. He estimates up to 80 percent of the 20 million black men in America—along with the millions of curly-haired men who make up around 20-30 percent of the total population—are potential customers. And he’s not the only one tapping into this market. Click here for a recent profile we published of Andrea Polk, founder of Solo Noir for Men, another line of beauty products for men of color.
We here at the office are Leo DiCaprio-heads. If you’ll recall, my colleague wrote a piece for the site this year about how the talented actor can basically do no wrong in his films. And it looks like he can also do no wrong in everyday life as well (well, you know, for the most part). DiCaprio had a pretty swanky birthday party this past weekend as he celebrated his 39th year in the world. For the shindig, he invited 2 Chainz and Kanye West to pump up the crowd, and as captured by folks Instagramming throughout the party, Leo was clearly having a pretty awesome time. Dressed in a suit, with a hat on down to his nose, the Wolf of Wall Street star jigged to 2 Chainz’s “I’m Different” and a slew of other hits by both rappers while being showered with love by the ladies. Please check him out putting one hand in the air, and waving it like he just doesn’t care to 2 Chainz:
This isn’t the first time Leo has broken it down like a crippled clown on the dance floor:
The above gif is actually from his upcoming film The Wolf of Wall Street, set in the ’80s. That comes out on Christmas by the way. DiCaprio has been a hip-hop head for years now, kicking it with Q-Tip (who was also reportedly at the party) and citing Nas as one of his favorites. When promoting his film The Great Gatsby, he showed love to some of his other favorite MCs right now:
“Kendrick Lamar is great, 2 Chainz is great too — don’t forget 2 Chainz. By the way, he’s my age — I’m very proud of a guy emerging in the hip-hop world at my age.”
Anywho, hopefully that video provided you with a little chuckle this morning. If not, just run it back another 15 times and I’m sure it will work…
So I know you watched Scandal last night (don’t worry, our recap is on the way!). Outside of finding out more about Harrison’s background and watching Olivia get gully with Fitz, we had the chance to see the young Olivia Pope in a flashback scene where Rowan Pope prepares to inform her that Olivia’s mother was killed in that infamous airplane crash. We got a brief glimpse of the young actress, Yara Shahidi, with her curly ponytails and glasses, but you’ve seen her adorable face before on more than one occasion.
Shahidi, 12, is probably best known for her work in the Eddie Murphy movie, Imagine That. Plus she made an appearance in Salt and most recently in the Tyler Perry-led action film, Alex Cross. Shahidi has done ad work for McDonald’s, Ralph Lauren, Target, Gap Kids and a wealth of other companies. Shahidi and her young brother Sayeed are both currently on the show “The First Family,” which comes on Centric. An interesting fact about Shahidi and her brother is that they’re second cousins to rapper Nas. The world is maaaad small!
I actually had an inkling that they would pick her to play Olivia Pope, as they have similar cheekbones and lips, and plus, kid black Hollywood is pretty small, so imagine my surprise when she did end up in last night’s episode. We might so more of Shahidi in this role if we get more flashbacks of Olivia as a child, and I hope we do, because this little lady is one talented actress who deserves as much shine as she can get! Congratulations Yara!
Rap legend Nas has been busy giving his money away. Well, not giving it away, but investing. He recently made a six-figure investment in the lifestyle publication Mass Appeal. Now the Queens hip-hop artist has invested in a San Francisco company called Proven, reports The Los Angeles Times. Proven makes apps to help people apply to online job postings through their smartphones.
Actually Nas, born Nasir Jones, has been involved with the company for a while. The “Illmatic” rapper participated in the company’s $1 million seed funding round that was led by Menlo Park investment firm Andreessen Horowitz and closed this summer.
“Jobs are a concern for the nation, and Proven is all about that, so I’m all about Proven,” Nas said in an interview.
It was Andreessen Horowitz, which has invested $15 million in the Web company Rap Genius, that introduced Nas to Proven. Nas will also be an advisor for Proven as well as help promote its services.
Run by 33-year-old first generation immigrant Pablo Fuentes, Proven makes it easier for the non-LinkedIn crowd, including blue-collar workers and low-income people, to look for jobs online without personal computers.
“Fuentes’ life story and mission resonated with Nas, who was surrounded by joblessness in the Queensbridge housing projects in New York where he grew up,” writes The Times.
“What he chose to do with his time and his life was noble,” Nas said of Fuentes. “He struck me as a smart person with a good heart.”
Initially, Proven got off to a rocky start. While Fuentes was in graduate school in 2009 he started the company, building it up to 15 employees. But he tried various unsuccessful business models and, by the end of 2011, Proven had laid off everyone but one employee. Fuentes even briefly lived out of his car at his girlfriend’s place because he lent his apartment to a pair of former employees.
Things started to look up again and Fuentes now runs the company out of an office in the SOMA neighborhood of San Francisco with four workers. “It launched new apps for job seekers last year and also has a service for employers. The apps have drawn 150,000 monthly active users and more than 500,000 downloads,” reports the newspaper.
Nas isn’t the only celebrity to invest in a startup. There seems to be a growing trend of the famous backing new firms. Rapper T.I. invested in the social app Yopima, Bruno Mars invested in the sheet music app Chromatik, and even Justin Bieber has become known as a budding venture capitalist.
For Nas it makes sense for rappers, specifically, to invest in tech.
“Hip-hop artists, especially the older ones, are the ones who knew hip-hop was a worldwide phenomenon before the mainstream caught on, so hip-hop artists are forward thinkers,” Nas said. “We want to stay with the new.”
Kids these days, always with the social media pictures *sighs*
But anywho, this pretty lady shared some snaps on Twitter of herself striking a pose and baring her midriff for her followers, and she has quite a few followers and folks looking at her because of her famous father.
Her dad is your favorite rapper’s rapper. He’s the son of a jazz musician, and has one of the greatest albums of all time in the genre of Hip-Hop. His daughter has been the subject of his music in the past and the present, especially when she had a moment on social media not long ago and exposed a little too much about her private life (like that she has a large box of condoms in her room). Dad definitely felt some kind of way about it and wrote a song about the success and struggles of raising a daughter and what happens when you’re not there for them as much as you would like to be. Since then, they’ve been seen all over together (and she even had a cameo in the video for the song about her), and their bond definitely seems stronger than ever.
So, whose child is this? If you look hard enough, you’ll notice that she looks exactly like her famous father…