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Break Out The Cigars: Halle Berry And Olivier Martinez Welcome Their Baby Boy!

October 6th, 2013 - By Drenna Armstrong
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Congratulations are in order to Hollywood couple Halle Berry and Olivier Martinez! The happy couple welcomed their first child into the world this weekend!

The baby boy was born in Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles on Saturday night, PEOPLE has learned.  This is presumably the first child for Olivier Martinez and the second for Halle Berry. We hope big sister Nahla is excited about her new role.

Halle Berry, who married Martinez in July, said of her pregnancy back in April: “This has been the biggest surprise of my life, to tell you the truth. Thought I was kind of past the point where this could be a reality for me. So it’s been a big surprise and the most wonderful.”

Halle, 47, has been spotted so much just hanging around the city lately (playing with her daughter, shopping, eating) and slaying like she always does that I thought there was a little more time left in the pregnancy. It seemed to have gone by pretty fast, right? Well, it may have seemed that way to us (or just me), but I’m sure Halle had gotten to the countdown point!

Congratulations to the happy family!

“They Tell Me ‘You’re Not A Real Desginer’,Well, I’m Not A Real Rapper”: Yeezy Denounces Racism In The Music And Fashion Industries

September 26th, 2013 - By Lauren R.D. Fox
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From HelloBeautiful 

Kanye West sees himself as some sort of savior–for music and fashion. During his highly talked about interview with Radio 1′s Zane Lowe, he attacked the glass ceiling Black musicians and artists face and denounced racism across the cultures, all while ironically using his “White voice” to do so.

As Black people, we all have two voices–the one we put on for mainstream America to make them comfortable and our normal voice that we use around our peers. Mr. West is no exception.

“I look round the room and there is no one here who looks like me,” he said during to Lowe. “And if there is, they are keeping quiet.” His recently released album “Yeezus” is evidence of this. West made is obvious he had no desire to be on the radio, and didn’t make an album docile enough to do so. “I have driven my Truman Show boat into the painting. I have hit a glass ceiling.” he continued, noting that Blacks are limited to only being creative on T-shirts, “but if it’s anything else, your Truman Show boat is hitting the wall,” he said. This all made for a smooth transition into his passion for fashion.

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Break Out The Champagne? Reports Swirl That Kim And Kanye Are Officially Engaged!

June 23rd, 2013 - By Drenna Armstrong
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Well, maybe Kris Jenner’s thoughts on Kim and Kanye’s wedding will come to fruition.

According to the NY Daily News, a new report from The Sun reveals that the couple is, indeed, engaged!

The source says Kanye proposed just a couple of days after giving birth to their daughter, North.  The plans is for them to get married in September in Paris.

With the rumored wedding being in Europe, that would fall in like with Kim’s mom Kris saying that it would be a smaller and intimate wedding the next time Kim walked down the aisle.

If true, this will be Kanye’s first marriage and Kim’s third marriage (the last one, of course, was recently finalized).

Wait, I did forget to mention one thing: there’s no ring. The source told The Sun that while there is no engagement ring, Kanye did give Kim a rare black diamond to celebrate the birth of their baby. You know, a “push present,” as many like to call it.

I mean…interesting.  If this is true, I can definitely picture the wedding being in Paris because Kanye has pretty much sold all of his property in the United States and seems eager to do everything overseas.

On the other hand, based on what we’ve seen and heard (from Kim’s interviews and the Kardashian television show), these two aren’t on the marriage track.

I guess we’ll just have to see, won’t we? Do you think Kim and Kanye will get married…to each other?

TV Alert! Are You Ready For The Drama That Was Rihanna’s “777” Tour?

May 5th, 2013 - By Drenna Armstrong
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(Photo by Arthur Mola/Invision/AP)

Even if you’re not, it’s coming to television and should be interesting.

If you’ll recall, last year, Rihanna invited 150 journalists and bloggers as well as 50 fans with her on a “quick” tour to support her album Unapologetic. It was called “777” because she did seven shows in seven countries in seven days. Madness, right?

Right.

After only a couple of days, many of the people on the planes praised and slammed all the debauchery on the plane. Rihanna is well known for her heavy touring schedule so while it may not have been much for her, it proved a bit much for those who came along for the ride.

In the trailer for the documentary that airs on Monday, May 6th on Fox, you see some people doing “confessionals” in which they admit that it could be considered fun but it is a lot on the body.

You can hear Rihanna in a voiceover saying, “Why did I think this was a good idea?” That was probably the question on everyone’s mind, including the  air staff, because rumors swirled that tempers clashed quite often on the week-long trip.

Check out the documentary clip below. Will you be checking out “777?” Would you have joined in on that tour experience?

Crawl So Hard Paparazzi Wanna Find Her: Watch Blue Ivy Play In Paris Restaurant

April 29th, 2013 - By Brande Victorian
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Aren’t you glad it’s too warm — and Blue Ivy’s too big — for papa Jay and mama Bey to hide her under blankets anymore? Sounds creepy, we know, but we just love seeing the chubby cheeked heir to the Carter throne so much we can’t hide it. And neither can the paparazzi — even though they have different motives. Regardless, we’re glad they caught this footage of the adorable 16-month-old playing around in a Paris restaurant with Beyonce and Jay-Z last week.

Looking like she grew a full foot since we last saw her, the little one seemed oblivious to all the cameras outside the Septime restaurant watching her every move. When all was said and done, she pretty much only had eyes for daddy. Check out the video above. Isn’t she growing so fast??

Beyoncé FINALLY Debuts Full “Grown Woman” Track From Pepsi Ad, Performs It In Paris With Bootylicious Choreography

April 24th, 2013 - By Clarke Gail Baines
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I don’t know about you, but there have been a few folks in our offices who have been trying to piece together Beyoncé’s “Grown Woman” track ever since her Pepsi ad dropped at the beginning of the month. Produced by Timbaland, who is just out here resurrecting careers left and right (Hey, Justin Timberlake), the song, with its insane instrumental (which includes some mean beat boxing) is slated to be the new anthem for the ladies. If Beyoncé would just drop that joint already. However, while you can’t get the song in full mp3 form as of yet, aside from the weird Frankenstein-ish concoctions fiends on YouTube have made, she finally gave the stans what they’ve been waiting for by performing the whole track in Paris.

Decked out in a bright Kenzo fit, big hair just a-moving, she pulled out the song for her French fans with some choreography definitely inspired both by Latin and African backgrounds (I see some moves at the end reminiscent of Fela’s Queens and an Azonto-inspired moment or two). She basically slays. Check out the full performance and song below, and please excuse the folks singing over the track at times (and the fact that it’s concert footage, so the sound isn’t 100 percent). Enjoy!

Trouble With Ninjas In Paris: Naomi Campbell Robbed And Mugged While Trying To Hail A Cab

January 4th, 2013 - By Brande Victorian
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Naomi Campbell is usually the one who’s laying hands on someone, but if Page Six’s latest report is correct, the super model unfortunately just got an awful taste of her own medicine when she was attacked and robbed in Paris while trying to hail a cab.

One source told the NY Post column that Naomi suffered a torn ligament in her leg during the attack which left her pretty distraught.

“Her leg was injured as she was violently pushed to the ground,” the source said. “She was understandably very upset and shaken up. It is not known what the thugs stole from her, but it’s believed they were targeting expensive jewelry she may have been wearing.

Naomi appears to have been by herself, or at least without her billionaire boyfriend, Vladimir Doronin. He reportedly flew her by private jet to Vail, CO, to be treated by orthopedic surgeon to the star athletes, J. Richard Steadman, as soon as he heard the ne ws. Since the incident, which is said to have happened about a month ago, Naomi has been using a wheelchair and crutches to get around. And aside from notifying French police, the 42-year-old has kept the attack on the hush hush, not publicly speaking about it, or disclosing to many friends. A source added that Naomi is still a bit spooked about the whole thing:

“It was terrifying,” they said. “Naomi believes the assailant had been watching her, casing her out, and waited for a moment to strike when she was alone. She was attacked in the street as she hailed a cab, and robbed.”

Naomi’s rep has declined to comment on the situation and when the post contacted her, all she told them was:

“I am sorry, I do not talk to press, but I am fine.”

I won’t say this is karma, but Naomi may know how it feels now to have someone unnecessarily put their paws on you. But here’s hoping to a speedy recovery and safe travels in the future!

Halle Speaks On Biracial Struggles And Love Troubles: “God Just Wanted To Mix Up My Life”

October 19th, 2012 - By Brande Victorian
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Halle Berry doesn’t talk much about Halle, the biracial girl from Cleveland, OH, whose been labeled “crazy” for failings in love. We usually hear about the next movie she’s working on, how she stays forever young at 46, and maybe a thing or two about her being a parent. But in an interview with the NY Times, Ms. Berry is being very open about where she came from and who she’s become over the years, and even a bit about her custody battle with her ex-boyfriend Gabriel Aubry. Check out some of the highlights of the article as well as the gorgeous photos.

Why she’s made bad choices with men

“My picker’s broken. God just wanted to mix up my life. Maybe he was thinking, ‘This girl can’t get everything! I’m going to give her a broken picker.’ ”

 On Self-esteem not having anything to do with your looks

“Just because they see my face doesn’t mean they see me. A person’s self-esteem has nothing to do with how she looks.

“If it’s true that I’m beautiful, I’m proof of that. Self-esteem comes from who you have in your life. How you were raised. What you struggled with as a child.

“I always had to prove myself through my actions. Be a cheerleader. Be class president. Be the editor of the newspaper. It gave me a way to show who I was without being angry or violent. By the time I left school, I had a lot of tenacity. I’d turned things around.”

 The role her mother played in her development

“My mother helped me identify myself the way the world would identify me. Bloodlines didn’t matter as much as how I would be perceived

“My mother tried hard. But there was no substitute for having a black woman I could identify with, who could teach me about being black.”

 Being biracial

“Being biracial is sort of like being in a secret society. Most people I know of that mix have a real ability to be in a room with anyone, black or white.”

“I come from humble beginnings. I always felt like the underdog. Behind the eight ball. I learned not to be too high on the hog. Even that night I won the Oscar, I had a fundamental knowing, it was just a moment in time. Driving home that night, back to my house, I felt like Cinderella. I said, ‘When this night is over, I’m going back to who I was.’ And I did.”

Why she wants to leave America

“I can’t grow my daughter in L.A. You take a little child who is just trying to learn about the world and have all these people with cameras chasing after her, calling things out to her about her mother. It’s starting to make her feel special and different. I want her to feel special and different, but not for the reason of being my child.”

Source: NY Times

Source: NY Times

What do you think?

Willow Smith Gets Spice Girl on Us in Paris, And Jaden Is Taking This Rapping Thing Seriously…

May 14th, 2012 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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This past Mother’s Day weekend, the Smith family (well, let’s just say Jada, her mom Adrienne and Willow) were seen moving in funky and interesting fashions around Paris. If you didn’t know by now, Willow is a fan of the glam punk meets teenage angst look, but this ensemble definitely had people talking. Last time I saw shoes this tall, Mel B was still a Spice Girl calling herself “Scary Spice,” and they were starring in Spice World. She wore a white checkered bowl hat (covering pink hair) with printed tights, a black top, denim shorts, and a white jacket. Though she was in Paris, she represented for the States with her feet in those spiked platform sneakers. Check her funky fresh dressed attire out below:

Source: Twitter - @BosNaud

Source: Twitter - @BosNaud

And in other Smith kid news, Willow’s older brother Jaden decided to drop a video for a track he has called “Give It To ‘Em.” I knew he was trying to do a little rapping here and there, even popping up on some tracks with Justin Bieber, but somebody’s obviously taking this hobby pretty seriously now. But then again, a child of Will Smith can’t do JUST one thing, right? Check him out in the black and white visuals with his basic white graphic T-shirt and Ray-Ban swag and tell us if Diggy has some competition (smiles).

Well, what do you think?

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First ‘Miss Black France’ Pageant Not So Welcome in Paris

April 27th, 2012 - By Brande Victorian
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Source: French24.com

In America we’re used to events, competitions, and celebrations that openly recognize black beauty but in France that type of movement isn’t nearly as widespread or as accepted. As the country’s capital city of Paris prepares to host its first ever ‘Miss Black France’ pageant tomorrow, questions over the necessity and the effect this event could have on race relations are brewing.

Despite having the full approval of the French Representative Council of Black Associations (CRAN), the organization’s founder and president Patrick Lozès said the pageant is hardly “progressive.”

“This logic is detrimental to the values of French society,” he said. “If I think that there are not enough Black people in the most prestigious schools and companies, am I going to go create establishments exclusively reserved for Blacks?”

Historian Pascal Blanchard, a specialist in immigration at France’s National Centre for Scientific Research, agrees and went so far as to call the initiative “stupid” and “dangerous.”

“I know that in the US, there are ethnic beauty contests. The fact that they’re tolerated doesn’t change my mind,” he said. “Anytime that anyone, no matter where in the world, talks to me about a contest reserved for a specific racial category, I hit the roof!”

Lozès went a little off center when he talked about concerns that the pageant could make people more defensive considering the country is on the brink of receiving results from the first round of it’s presidential election, saying:

“I’m afraid that all of that will make French people even more defensive at a time when the National Front is more popular than ever. It’s a contest that stipulates that white women are not welcome, which is very disturbing. This initiative could be perceived as a hostile event that will further erode national unity.

“Everything possible must be done so that these people recognize themselves as French, and not as Black people living in France,” he added. “We can’t start having ethnically exclusive contests if our ultimate goal is to have all-inclusive national contests. It’s a serious strategic error.”

I hardly think the contest expresses the sentiment that white women are not welcome but the point of presenting a united French nationalist front in the midst of recognizing black women is an interesting one. That’s all promoter Frederic Royer wants in the first place:

“The purpose of this beauty contest is to shine a light on the many Black women in this country who are rarely given any media attention,” he said. “The Miss France competition is not nearly representative enough of modern France.”

That’s a point non-black women would simply never understand.

Do you think naysayers have a point about the downsides of the pageant?

Brande Victorian is a blogger and culture writer in New York City. Follower her on Twitter at @be_vic.

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