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Ne-Yo Opens Up About New Boo: ‘She Has Much Promise’

July 23rd, 2014 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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Well, there’s definitely a new lady in Ne-Yo’s life. For quite some time now, Instagram photos have made it apparent that the R&B singer has been spending some quality time with model Crystal Renay. He recently confirmed during an interview with Hot 97 that their relationship is definitely romantic.

Though he wouldn’t actually call Crystal his girlfriend, he did have great things to say about where he and his “something like” a girlfriend are headed.

“We are in a good place. Her name is Crystal Renay.”

While many were under the impression that she was one of his recording artists, Ne-Yo seemed to imply that this relationship is all pleasure.

“No, she’s not my artist.”

He was very careful not to place a title on what they have, but expressed that she has “much promise;” whatever that means.

“We’re in a good place. She has much promise. Yes, much promise. Quality.”

When complimented on the fact that he’s not trying to hide their situationship as he has done in the past, Ne-Yo had this to say:

“You know what, at this point in my career, at this point in my life… I’m 34 years old bro, I don’t have time to be hiding. Of course, there are some things you keep personal and private because you’re a human being. But on the other side of it, I ain’t got time to be hiding nothing and all that. It is what it is.”

As for his relationship with ex-fiancée and mother of his two children, Monyetta Shaw, Ne-Yo said:

“Me and the mother of my children, we’re still close, we’re still cool.”

Interestingly, back in May Ne-Yo opened up to Power 105.1 about struggling with being faithful in the past.

“I didn’t get caught [cheating],” he explained. “I realized I had a problem and I have too much respect for the person I was with to continue lying to her face.”

Though it seemed like he was referring to his sudden split from Monyetta, he never actually mentioned her specifically.

Watch his full interview with Hot 97 below.

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Style To Steal, Or Girl Stop: Best And Worst Looks From The 2014 BET Awards

June 29th, 2014 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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Keke Palmer

Miss Keke is looking amazing and all grown up in this gold accented mini with quite a few risqué cut outs. The 20-year-old beauty, whose chic little get-up was designed by Alon Livne, is nominated for the YoungStars Award.

T-Pain Opens Up About 2-Year Bout With Depression & How Chris Brown Stuck By His Side

June 5th, 2014 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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The entertainment business can be a flaky one. We witness all of the time how a person can be on top of the world one day and down and out the next. Sadly, producer and singer T-Pain says that it was this kind of valley experience that taught him who his true friends are. During a recent chat with MTV News, the musician, whose birth name is Faheem Najm, revealed that when his career took a bit of a nose dive, he sank into a two-year depression.

“I slept, drank, was depressed for no reason. I don’t know why. It was just weird,” he explained. “[It lasted] for about two years. It was a lot of broken stuff in my house.”

He adds that not only did industry friends stop calling, but they also avoided answering his calls. Though he admits that the experience was a hurtful one, he was thankful to have a good friend like Chris Brown, who stuck with him through the difficult times.

“Chris Brown because did it for him. I stayed friends with him. I did it for everybody, but, you know, Chris the most, because he was going through so much with all the backlash and stuff he was going through. And I still called him, hit him up, visit him in the studio, checked on him, make sure was OK, went by his house, just popped up in places that he was.”

T says Ne-Yo was also a person who remained in his corner.

“Ne-Yo stayed down,” he said. “Ne-Yo was in every strip club I went to, every time I went. Where you at? I’m coming. I don’t care where you at. I’m driving, I’m flying. Anywhere.”

As for everyone else, Pain says their “friendship” was contingent upon whether or not he had a new hit coming out.

“Everybody else just kind of fell off and was just like, ‘Aight, well, make a new song and we’ll call ya.’”

Now that he’s back on the music scene, we’re wondering how those fair-weather friends are treating him.

Watch T-Pain’s interview below. 

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Did Ne-Yo And Monyetta Split Over Infidelity?

May 27th, 2014 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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Last summer, Ne-Yo strangely announced his break-up with ex-fiancée, Monyetta Shaw, via Instagram.

“Though fate had decided to split our romantic paths, know that I will ALWAYS love you. Forever your partner. Forever your friend. Forever my miracle,” he wrote. “I’ll always be there. ALWAYS.@incognemo Forever my miracle.”

For nearly a year, fans have been in the dark regarding what caused the split, but the “Let Me Love You” singer’s recent Breakfast Club interview may offer a bit more insight into the couple’s demise. For one, Ne-Yo and Monyetta were engaged to be married, but the now-35-year-old A&R and songwriter says he still isn’t ready to make that commitment.

“35 is just the number of years I’ve been on this planet,” he explained. “First of all, I still have a lot of maturing to do and I’m aware of it. I’m not ready for all that. One day I will be.”

He also confessed to being unfaithful in the past. And while he didn’t mention Monyetta specifically, it seems that he’s referring to their relationship and breakup.

“I didn’t get caught [cheating],” he explained. “I realized I had a problem and I have too much respect for the person I was with to continue lying to her face.”

Despite not being able to work things out in their romantic relationship, the Ne-Yo and Monyetta share two beautiful children, whom Ne-Yo gives credit for inspiring his “grind.”

“[Fatherhood] has inspired my grind. It’s definitely something that makes you get out there and work that much harder. Now if the ship sinks, everybody goes down. Before it was just me and it was like, ‘If I go down, I can re-up later own.’ Now, I have two people that depend on me that didn’t ask to be here. If I have to stay in the studio a few hours extra, so be it.”

Watch Ne-Yo’s full interview below.

You’re On 10 Right Now: Celebs Forced To Attend Anger Management Classes

January 6th, 2014 - By Iva Anthony
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We’ve all been guilty of letting our tempers get the best of us at one time or another but these stars clearly have anger issues and were forced to attend management classes to get their emotions in check.

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Chris Brown virtually grew up in the public limelight and was one of R&B’s brightest stars until he assaulted Rihanna in 2009. Since then Brown has had a hard rehabilitating his image and his anger issues certainly aren’t helping. After a string of arrests for assault and hit and run charges, Brown decided to be proactive and seek help for his anger issues. But he left treatment early after going into a fit of rage and a judge ordered the “Don’t Judge Me” singer back to anger management for 90 days and to be subject to random drug testing.

Pass Or Play? Marsha Ambrosius and Ne-Yo Release Tearjerker Video For Without You

December 6th, 2013 - By Veronica Wells
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Months ago, we told you about Marsha Ambrosious’ song with Ne-Yo called “WIthout You.” From the lyrics, it sounds like it just a song about a relationship that turned sour and both parties are missing each other. But the visuals for the melancholy song tell an entirely different story. Apparently, the relationship ended because of some deep seated childhood trauma. I’m not going to ruin too much of the dramatic reveal but check out the video of Marsha and Ne-Yo trying to put their relationship back together and make it work.

What do you think about the song and the video? Pass or Play?

Why What Happened To Chris Brown Was Sexual Abuse

October 7th, 2013 - By Charing Ball
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In an interview with the UK paper The Guardian, Chris Brown speaks with writer Decca Aitkenhead about the time he was sexually assaulted by a teenage girl, but it’s all good, because boys “can’t” get raped:

 It’s different in the country. By that point, we were already kind of like hot to trot, you know what I’m saying? Like, girls, we weren’t afraid to talk to them; I wasn’t afraid. So, at eight, being able to do it, it kind of preps you for the long run, so you can be a beast at it. You can be the best at it.” (…he doesn’t want to say how many women he’s slept with: “But you know how Prince had a lot of girls back in the day? Prince was, like, the guy. I’m just that, today. But most women won’t have any complaints if they’ve been with me. They can’t really complain. It’s all good.”)

A friend and I were having a conversation recently, which was sparked by the story of the Montana school teacher who received 30 days in prison for the sexual assault of a 14-year-old student. The girl killed herself as a result of the sexual assault and the attention that surrounded it. During our conversation, my friend, who is the daughter of a former sex crime detective, remarked very poignantly on what her father used to tell her about how some sexual abuse victims can come to perceive their victimization. Basically, if you live in a particular environment long enough, no matter what kind of sick and depraved things happen in that environment, it all becomes sort of normal. In that spirit, it puts attention on understanding how patriarchal norms also help to normalize the sexual abuse of boys in our society.

Brown is not the only Southern boy to have been sexually abused as a prepubescent kid. R&B singer Ne-Yo told the story once of “losing” his virginity at 9 years old to a teenager. A couple of years ago, NOLA native and rapper Lil’ Wayne admitted to Jimmy Kimmel in an interview that he was “seduced” by a grown woman at the age of 11 years old. However, I don’t know if we can blame this on country folks – or by default the black community in general (because generally that’s how these things go whenever the person in question is African-American). Why? Because in popular culture, particularly in film and in television, it has pretty much been perpetuated that manhood and an active sexuality go hand in hand. One of the biggest movie troupes in teen flicks is the awkward and nerdy high school guy, who has one summer to finally lose his virginity so he can enter college, or adulthood, as “a man.” Once he gets the punany, he is suddenly transformed from awkward nerd into cool stud. And if he fails, well, he ends up as the 40-year-old electronic store employee with an abnormally large action figure collection and still on the hunt for his manhood.

Outside of the realm of entertainment and on to the more personal, I have heard similar stories from men I know who claimed to have had their first sexual experience at prepubescent ages, and at the hands of a much older woman. In the majority of instances, their “sex partners” were women well into their middle ages and they weren’t looking for it, nor were they the initiators. Their first experience, just sort of happened; like an ex-boyfriend, who told me of his first sexual encounter happening at 12 years old and being at the hands of a 42-year-old former neighbor and friend of his mother. When I raised the point that what happened to him verged on, if not surpassed, sexual abuse, he just kind of shrugged it off and said, “It’s different for girls and boys. All my friends were already f**king and I was the last one. So when she came along, I was like, yeah…”

However, the thought never occurred to him that perhaps his friends were lying to impress him and others. And perhaps, the pressure he felt to measure up to his friends motivated him more than his desire to actually be with this woman. What if my ex-boyfriend would have resisted the advances of his mother’s friend and instead told his homies that he opted for chastity instead? In our society, a man, who has never “engaged” in sexual intercourse is looked upon as socially awkward or worse, “not man enough.”

In this respect, the expectation to be hyper-masculine can be just as oppressive to boys, who in actuality, might have more thoughtful and gentle spirits. In fact, there is research that suggests that one in three boys feel pressured into sex and are more likely to think that waiting is a myth. However, that is not the general message we see. What we see and hear is that men are supposed to do it and do it regularly. Not only that, but they are supposed to do it with a variety of partners: older, younger, man, woman, fat, slim, one-legged, bucked teeth, Spanish, Asian, etc…the more conquests, the bigger his badge of masculinity. It is this constant pressure to hold up to the ideas of what male sexuality is supposed to be, which probably keeps boys from admitting to weakness and vulnerability, including being pressured and forced into a sexual relationship they didn’t want or feel that they were ready for.

I can’t say if this is what Chris Brown feels emotionally about the incident being sexual assault or molestation. I would say that a 15-year-old engaging in sexual activity with an 8-year-old is definitely sexual abuse. And I would also say that his continued reliance on his sexual prowess with the opposite sex as a testimony to what kind of partner he is with the ladies – even years removed from that “country” upbringing – says lots about how we rear boys to view themselves and their roles in society.

Crazy, Sexay, Cool! TLC Set To Release Greatest Hits Album In October

September 25th, 2013 - By Lauren R.D. Fox
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From BlackVoices

TLC has spent the past several months getting back into the groove, and now T-Boz and Chilli are prepping new music and a greatest-hits album.

A new song titled “Meant To Be,” written by Ne-Yo, will accompany the greatest-hits compilation, which is slated to hit stores Oct. 15. The fresh track will play a part in theforthcoming TLC biopic that premieres Oct. 21 on VH1.

“20,” the new album, marks the group’s second international greatest-hits project. “Now and Forever: The Hits” was released in 2003, slightly more than a year after Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes’ untimely death. A second compilation, “Crazy Hot Hits: The Very Best of TLC,” arrived in 2007 but was only released in the U.K.

The tracklist for “20″ is similar to that for “Now and Forever,” except perhaps more discerning. “20″ boasts 13 previous hits, plus “Meant To Be,” whereas “Forever” comprised a total of 20 tracks. An Epic Records press release from July indicated the new album would feature four fresh songs, but the tracklist unveiled this week only includes one.

Read more at BlackVoices.com 

Beyond Chris Brown & Usher: Female Artists Inspired By Michael Jackson

August 29th, 2013 - By Deron Dalton
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It’s pretty obvious and not even news that Michael Jackson has inspired the whole world. Whether  you’re in awe of him or thought he was weird, there’s no doubt an array of artists pattern themselves after him. His signature voice, iconic fashions and his magical dance moves are the basis of many of today’s most successful artists — including Usher, Justin Bieber, Chris Brown, Jason Derulo, Ne-Yo and Justin Timberlake. But what about the ladies? The followers of MJ’s footsteps and those trying to be the current Michael Jackson are always deemed male artists like above.

But the King of Pop has equally inspired some of the greatest women in music of all time in distinct ways. Let’s honor MJ’s legacy on his birthday by highlighting the many female artists — legends in their own rights — he influenced to take the entertainment industry by storm. This one is for MJ and the ladies.

Aww So Cute! Ne-Yo And Monyetta Reunite With The Babies For Charity Gala

August 19th, 2013 - By Brande Victorian
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Ne-Yo and Monyetta Reunite

Despite having broken up a little over a month ago, Ne-Yo and Monyetta Shaw, the singer’s ex-fiancee, were a vision of family bliss in the Hamptons this weekend. On Saturday night, Ne-Yo’s Compound Foundation held their second annual “Fostering a Legacy” gala at the residence of Sprint CEO Bill Nuti, and on Sunday the festivities continued at a farewell brunch at the Surf Lodge to thank all supporters and donators from this year’s benefit. There by Ne-Yo’s side the entire time was the mother of his children and his two little munchkins, Madilyn Grace Smith and Mason Evan Smith.

We had a chance to chat with Ne-Yo while he was on the red carpet for his event and since we were there for a charitable cause we asked the singer/songwriter how he feels about celebrities who are criticized for not giving back enough. Here’s what he said:

“I  feel like those who get criticized for not doing [enough] deserve it. I feel like if you are a celebrity, you are a person who has been blessed with fortune or fame or whatever the case, and you are supposed to use  that to help somebody else. That’s what it’s supposed to be. You’re given a blessing to be able to give a blessing to another person. So if you decide to be selfish with it, you’re probably not going to have it too long.”

Well.

Though Ne-Yo said he wasn’t abreast of the ongoing drama between Jay-Z and Harry Belafonte, we couldn’t help but think of that situation as he addressed the responsibility celebrities have to give back. Still, there’s no sense in singling out one rapper who is likely doing more than the public knows when there are plenty more like him who we rarely hear of giving back to their community in any way. What matters is the man of the night is fully using his celebrity to make a difference in the lives of adopted children and we’re even more excited to see Ne-Yo and Monyetta supporting one another for the sake of their kids.

What do you think about Ne-Yo’s take on celebs and social responsibility?

Check out more pics of the weekend festivities on the next page.