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Towanda Braxton Celebrates 40th With “School Daze” Themed Bash — All Her Sisters Dress Up Except Tamar

September 23rd, 2013 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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Guess who turned the big 4-0!? Braxton sister Towanda threw herself an ’80s themed School Daze party. Unfortunately, it seems a lot of the attendees didn’t really get the memo.  Some of them looked more ’90s than ’80s, and some folks (like singer Nivea) just threw on an afro wig and camel-toe inducing shorts and acted like it was a look from the back in the day. Trina rocked a Flashdance inspired look, but everybody else kind of did there own thing. Toni rocked a fringe vest, Traci wore an off-the-shoulder look with leather, and Tamar, well, she didn’t even participate, despite Towanda encouraging guests to dress the part. Instead, she rocked an LBD with a jacket and seemed to stay to herself or with their mother and father during the soiree. As you can see from the photos below and on the next page, she didn’t seem as enthused by the party as her siblings were.

Anywho, the birthday girl wore a majorettes sheer and fringed ensemble that she popped out of a box in. The look definitely showed off her fabulous frame and the event at Compound in Atlanta also featured a live marching band and dancers, DJs working from a huge boombox stand, graffiti of the sisters and more. Check out more flicks from the party below and on the next page and let us know if you think these folks played the ’80s theme well of if they missed the mark. Happy belated birthday Towanda!

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Lauren London Wants You To Stop Trippin’ About Her Relationship With Lil Wayne’s Other Babies’ Mamas

April 25th, 2013 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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Lil Wayne is a walking, talking, breathing baby factory. Well, not really. He only has four children. But when you take he fact that all four children are by different women into consideration, it just seems like he’s reproduced way more times than he actually has. One thing most people have to admit about the “High School” rapper is that he doesn’t make headlines to often for having “baby mama drama.” Instead he attracts media attention for how well his children’s mothers get along. Lauren London, however, says that she’s sick of talking about it because it’s not as big of a deal as people make it out to be. The Game actress the cover girl for an upcoming issue of Jet and during her interview, with the mag, she expressed her frustration over people’s infatuation with the relationships she has with her son’s siblings and their mothers.

“People like to make it into this big thing, but it’s really not. There’s peace and love and my son knows his siblings. We all get along. We all clearly keep getting along. I’m tired of talking about it. What else do you want me to say?” The Game actress told the magazine.

She also says she’s pretty “blunt” when it comes to untrue things being said about her.

“I’m very blunt and honest. I have a very loyal heart. If I love you, I ride for you if I don’t f*** with you, I don’t f*** with you…If you want the truth, call me.”

What do you think? Are people making a big deal about all of this?

The Streets Are Talking: Is Nivea Pregnant With Lil Wayne’s Baby?

March 29th, 2013 - By Veronica Wells
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Rumor has it that 31 year old R&B singer/baby maker Nivea is with child once again. And the streets are saying that it’s Lil Wayne’s baby. Well, maybe it’s not so much the streets as it is Nivea herself. Supposedly, at Nivea’s recent birthday celebration, someone overheard her telling another guest that Wayne was excited about the new baby. If this is true this will be Nivea’s fifth child. She has three from her marriage to The Dream and one from Lil Wayne born in 2009.

You may not remember but Nivea was actually with Lil Wayne before she married The Dream. Back in July 2003, she told Sister2Sister Magazine how Wayne proposed to her around Christmas time in 2002:

[He said] ‘I got your Christmas present with me and you’re gonna love it. It’s gonna make you smile. He got down on his knee and he was like, ‘I know I’m young, but I’ve been through enough relationships to know and understand the meaning of what love is.’ He was just perfect. He told me that he wanted to spend the rest of his life with me and he loved me. It was snot and tears at the same time.”

She went on to tell the magazine that if she didn’t marry Wayne, she would die a single woman. But that’s not exactly how it went down. When Wayne called off their engagement in December of 2003, to rekindle his relationship with ex-wife Antonia Wright (Toya), Nivea moved on and ended up marrying The Dream in 2004. The couple had a daughter in 2005 and twin sons in 2006. They divorced in 2007 when The Dream claimed that he “didn’t want to   take this person [Nivea] and treat them a certain way based on what I was changing into, based on being bitter.” 

Severe side eye.

After that, Nivea reconnected with Wayne, though he had gotten his ex girlfriend, Lauren London pregnant. After Nivea gave birth to their son Neal Carter in 2009, the couple got engaged again. And broke it off in 2010. On her Myspace page, she confirmed that Young Money singer Shanell Woodget was the reason behind their split. “Mood: betrayed Wanting everyone to know that Shanell (the background Slore that sings with Lil Wayne) is a piece of trash and not to be respected!”

Man what a story. This is certainly a VH1 movie…


What ‘Chu Say Boo: Caption This Picture Of “The Baby Mamas”

November 30th, 2012 - By Veronica Wells
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We talk all the time about parents of blended families learning to be civil toward one another. Well, if ever there were a shining example of how to do this, it’s Lil Wayne’s baby mamas, all four of them (Sarah Vivian, not pictured above.) Recently, these women gathered together for Reginae’s 14th birthday at an Atlanta skating rink. We don’t know quite what to say about this photo, so we’re leaving it up to you: caption the thoughts of these three women and even the fourth one if you so choose. We know you all are quite the comedians, so we look forward to reading what you have to say.

Sex Sells But It Doesn’t Pay: Rihanna Dropped From Nivea Endorsement Deal For Being “Too Swexy”

August 7th, 2012 - By Alissa Henry
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Celebrities lose endorsement deals for all sorts of reasons.

In 2002, Britney Spears was dropped from Pepsi after being caught ordering a Coke, and was snapped by the paparazzi while drinking Dr. Pepper. Sharon Stone was dropped from all Chinese Christian Dior advertisements in 2008 for suggesting the country’s earthquake that claimed the lives of nearly 70-thousand people was the result of “bad karma” from Beijing’s policies in Tibet. And Priceline dropped William Shatner for being too good at his job. In his final commercial for the company, the Priceline Negotiator was killed off in a fiery bus explosion.

The latest celebrity to receive the axe from a major company? Rihanna. As the Daily Mail reports, the singer was dropped from Nivea Cosmetics for being “too Hot”.

The star appeared in a series of adverts for the firm, which was a sponsor of her world tour last year, to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the company.

And now cosmetic tycoon Stefan Heidenreich – the new head of Nivea’s parent firm, Beiersdorf – has told German media that the singer should have been considered a ‘no go’ for the brand’s family image.

The 49-year-old said: ‘The advert starring Rihanna was a no go. I do not understand how Nivea can be brought into association with Rihanna.’

In one ad, a family is seen moisturising with Nivea while Rihanna’s sultry hit California King Bed plays in the background.

The original video of the song shows the star wearing stockings and lingerie writhing with a man on a bed. Heidenreich added: ‘Nivea is a company which stands for trust, family and reliability.’

Rihanna is off the hook (to employ a phrase from the 90′s) and everybody knows it. Not that she was exactly demure before, but after the whole Chris Brown debacle, she left the scene for a few months and came back more controversial than ever. She’s crass, sings about sex incessantly and was even photographed smoking a blunt. She parties hard, snaps back at critics and sends cryptic tweets obviously geared toward her ex-boyfriend (Chris Brown). Basically, she’s just your average 24-year-old…with a massive amount of money.

This isn’t new though. Rihanna hasn’t changed since she began endorsing Nivea. When she got the deal, the company said it wanted her to promote the brand to a younger generation. Nivea was an official sponsor of Rihanna’s North American and European “Loud Tour” and had a presence at each tour date. As Daily Mail pointed out:

When Nivea signed up the star last year they said they were ‘very excited’ to have her on board.

Nivea board member Markus Pinger said in a press release at the time: ‘Over the past 100 years, Nivea has been an iconic skin-care brand across the world.

‘Rihanna is a music icon and her digital footprint will help us bring our anniversary celebration to consumers wherever they are.’

So, why did Nivea flip the script and decide to demonize her and using a bizarre “we stand for family” defense to do it?

It’s not clear but somehow, no matter how much changes (and stays exactly the same), we’ve refused to define family as anything outside of husband, wife, and biological baby. In fact, Rihanna would fit just fine into a “family” image if we stopped using the word “family” to discredit others’ existence. Does Rihanna not fit into the “family” image because she’s not a wife and mother? Can’t she be a sister or a daughter or a cousin who lives with us? She’s 24 for goodness sakes and the company is selling lotion not wedding rings, bassinets and Sesame Street toys. Single chicks are still someone’s family member and single chicks get ashy legs too.

Rihanna could certainly afford to tone it down on the sexual front, but is this really about her not representing the “family”? Considering Nivea’s history, it’s difficult to give them the benefit of the doubt. This is the same company that had to apologize after running a highly-controversial ad suggesting that black man needed to “re-civilize” themselves.

Considering that, I feel this decision goes beyond Rihanna’s fondness for raunch or her lack of a husband and child. Black celebrities know they walk a fine line when it comes to endorsements. Remember when Pepsi pulled Ludacris’s commercial because Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly called for a company-wide boycott? O’Reilly characterized Ludacris’ lyrics as “immoral” and a bad influence on youth. (Because Pepsi is for kids?) Pepsi responded by dropping the rapper and picking up Ozzy Osbourne of all people. In Rihanna’s case, sex sells, but sex with a black girl is still taboo with “ordinary” people. Though one big wig may encourage you to go topless and seductive to promote the company, another may throw you off a moving train for the same promotion. It’s not as though this company is against “Hot”. This same company uses people like Khloe Kardashian to promote anti-cellulite creams. Why? Because cellulite is not Hot. So, what’s really going on here?

Let me be clear, I am not calling this man (or Nivea in general) racist. He reserves the right to drop her and maybe it doesn’t have anything to do with his preconceived notions on race and sexuality. I am saying that we can’t rule that out — especially considering that citing Rihanna’s sex appeal as evidence that she doesn’t fit a “trustworthy and reliable” image is utterly ridiculous.
For her part, Rihanna tweeted a picture of the new CEO who dissed her and captioned: “No caption necessary”
Rihanna Nivea Tweet


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Where Are They Now? Talented R&B Divas Who’ve Gone MIA Over the Years

July 19th, 2012 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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It’s tough in this R&B game. If you’re not stripping to your knickers or dipping it low and picking it up slow like Christina Milian said to do (and you see how far that got her), *sucks teeth* it’s hard to get your just dues. Sex sells and real talent sometimes struggles to keep the buying public’s attention. Just look at the following ladies. Being as nosey as we are, we decided to go looking for some recent R&B divas who made a mark and then slowly but surely became hard to find. I’m sure you were wondering too, don’t front!

Per the usual, be ready to click. This slideshow isn’t for the faint at heart or the whiney. Just saying. Thanks!


Blu Cantrell

If you listened to the advice of Blu Cantrell back when she dropped “Hit ‘Em Up Style (Oops)” back in 2001, when your man wanted to get “buckwild” you needed to stick it to him via his pockets. That little random piece of advice had women everywhere blasting her jam out of their cars. But after dropping that single and the album So Blu in 2001, and Bittersweet in 2003 (which produced the Sean Paul-assisted “Breathe”), Blu Cantrell went MIA.

Or did she? After the fact, a few years later Cantrell was trying her hand at acting, appearing in the stage play Gossip, Lies and Secrets, and even did the usual stint on reality TV by showing up on the NBC program, “Celebrity Circus.” And yes, the show was about exactly what you’re thinking. But allegedly, Cantrell is leaving all that behind to get back to singing, and is in the studio with producer DeShawn Hendrickson, now prepping for a comeback. Will she be well received? Only time will tell.


Cute Kid Alert: Weezy And His Namesake, Nia Long And Her Boys at The Park, And The-Dream and Nivea’s Little Ones

June 19th, 2012 - By Clarke Gail Baines
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Cute kid alert time! And with Father’s Day this past weekend, you better believe all the celebrity dads were out and about with their little ones. Lil Wayne was one of those folks, kicking it with his son, Dwayne Carter III and friends for game three of the NBA Finals between the Miami Heat and the Oklahoma City Thunder. Aside from the very curly hair, I’m seeing Weezy all over this kid’s face, don’t you agree?

Source: Black Celeb Kids

Source: Twitter - @YouBigDummy

He looks like a sweetie pie! Okay, so I don’t know him, but he looks very well-behaved and sweet…

Source: Black Celeb Kids

Speaking of sweet, singer/songwriter The-Dream tweeted out a picture of his kids holding his Grammy gold. The kiddies pictured are London, Navy and Christian, his tykes from his marriage to singer Nivea. London and Christian are twins by the way. When it comes to his daughter, Violet, with Christina Milian, she looks just like him, but it’s safe to say that with these kids, Nivea’s got the stronger genes.

Source: Twitter - Nia Long

And in more adorable photo ops, Nia Long stopped by the park with her little men recently and decided to document the adorable-ness that is Massai and little Kez.

Source: Twitter - Tyrese

Last but not least, I had to share these adorable photos singer Tyrese posted via Twitter of his hilarious and adorable daughter Shayla. He says about the above pic, “She’s so gangsta … Already negotiating deals …” Gotta love it!

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Was the New Nivea Ad Campaign For Men Culturally Insensitive?

August 19th, 2011 - By nativenotes
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Have you seen Nivea’s new ad campaign, “Give A Damn” which features a black man tossing the head of his former self, which happens to be covered in an Afro and full beard? The text across the page reads, “Re-Civilize yourself.” Given the history of the savage African needing to be civilized by Europeans this probably wasn’t the best word choice for Nivea. The blogosphere and twitterverse went into an uproar and begged the question, “is this ad racist?”

Advertising Guru Steve Stoute quipped, “If we want to be really accurate in calling out the foul Nivea has committed, we should readjust and say they were being culturally insensitive.”

I would argue that Nivea is not only culturally insensitive but that they are flawed in attempting to reach their target demo for this particular ad, me. I’m a young black professional man, I like to keep my skin moisturized and I actually use Nivea products but there’s nothing about this ad that would attract me to this product.

Nivea Apologizes For Outlandish, Insensitive Ad

August 19th, 2011 - By TheEditor
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Nivea has apologized for the controversial ad that was featured in the September issue of Esquire magazine. The advert featured a Black man holding what appeared to be a head/mask of a Black man with an Afro. The tag line read:  “Look Like You Give a Damn. Re-civilize Yourself.

In light of the fact that it seems grossly obvious that Abercrombie & Fitch asked Jersey Shore not to wear their clothes for the sake of generating publicity,we have to wonder if this was all a publicity stunt. Considering that Nivea is a brand that has long been popular among African-American consumers, this edgy approach to marketing certainly backfired. What’s interesting about this campaign is that an African-American may be behind it. Clutch reported that the man behind the “Look Like You Give A Damn” campaign is a black man who was brought in to reach out to African-American consumers according to an anonymous source.

The campaign does also involve white models. In an ad featuring a white model, the tag line reads “sin city isn’t an excuse to look like hell,” as opposed to “re-civilize yourself.”

The offensiveness factor in this ad is blatant – to the point that it makes you wonder if it did what it was expected to do. Otherwise, why do we keep seeing these racist mistakes made over and over again?

Black Men Not Civilized Enough for Nivea

August 19th, 2011 - By TheEditor
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(CNN) — Cutting edge or just cutting?  Skin care company Nivea has offered a mea culpa for an ad that became quite the trending sensation on Twitter Wednesday.  The advert for Nivea for Men appeared in the September issue of Esquire magazine and featured a clean-cut, African-American male holding what appeared to be a mask of a black man with an Afro hair style and a beard. The copy accompanying the ad read, “Look Like You Give a Damn. Re-civilize Yourself.”

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