All Articles Tagged "steve harvey"

Taraji P. Henson Hosting BET’s Celebration Of Gospel

April 6th, 2014 - By Madame Noire
Share to Twitter Email This
henson takes over BET's Celebration of Gospel


BET’s Celebration of Gospel is getting a breath of fresh air. Comedian/actor Steve Harvey has hosted the show for 13 years, but Taraji P. Henson will replace him for the first time this year. She may be the star who can attract a more diverse audience than ever before. Spokespersons for the network credited Taraji’s charm and quick wit for winning her the position.

If you tuned in for the 2010 Soul Train Awards that Henson hosted with “Hustle and Flow” co-star Terrence Howard, you know that she can carry an awards show mixing both class and comedy. In an interview with HelloBeautiful’s Danielle Young, the starlet revealed why this opportunity means so much to her and how much faith has made a difference in her life:

HelloBeautiful: What made you want to host the gospel celebration?

Taraji P. Henson: You don’t say no to God, girl [laughs]. It’s a well-established celebration for 14 years. Steve Harvey turned it up. It already has a following. I was honored and blessed and surprised. Not surprised that they picked me, well, kinda. If you follow me on Twitter and if you know me, you know that I love the Lord, so that’s no secret. So, when I met with the producers, it just felt like the perfect marriage. It just felt like God said, “Here.”

HB: What was a time you remember when you’re faith was tested and how did you get through that?

TPH: My faith is tested everyday in small ways. It doesn’t have to be in big ways. My faith is tested everyday and that’s when I go into, ‘God is.’ I went all day yesterday thinking I was having a great day, but then that Devil likes to rear his head when you get comfortable, don’t he? I let him know, I see you and I say, ‘God is.’

You can read the rest of the interview at HelloBeautiful. We know Taraji is going to bring a whole lot of fun with her faith to tonight’s show. BET’s Celebration of Gospel: Forward in Faith air’s tonight at 8P/7C.

“Don’t Say A Damn Thing” Curly Nikki & Steve Harvey Offer Advice To Husband Who Hates Wife’s Natural Hair

April 4th, 2014 - By Veronica Wells
Share to Twitter Email This
Source: NBC

Source: YouTube

This is certainly a topic we’ve discussed before: women deciding to go natural, only to find that their husbands find the look less than appealing. It’s a sad topic and hot button issue but one Steve Harvey wasn’t scared to tackle on his talk show. He interviewed newlyweds, McClea and Love. Love said that once she decided to get rid of her long, silky weave her husband didn’t find her natural hair attractive. McClea agreed that his wife is a beautiful woman but that didn’t stop his extreme reaction.

Love on her husband’s initial reaction to her natural hair

“We’ve been together nine years. About two, three years ago I decided to go natural. Not on purpose but I had this weave in my hair and the weave went bad. After I cut it all off I had not choice but to wear this. The first time he saw it, he ran out the house and then he came back in and asked if it was a wig, and if so to take it off. He wasn’t very supportive of it actually.”

McClea defends himself.

“My wife’s a very beautiful woman as you can see, but when I first met her she had the Brazilian weave down her booty and that’s all she ever wore. When she first took it out it was just shocking to me. I was surprised she looked like a different person…

Well I’m over the shock. I understand that natural hair takes time. It takes time to grow out. And like I said, it’s not something that I’m used to, but I just wish there was more styles she could do with it so it could be more appealing. Something different because there’s not many styles she can with her hair like this so I just tell her that.”

Then Steve finally decided to step in.

“Let me move this stuff out the way. You’re about to get your skull opened up. McClea, what’s wrong with this whole thing is you can’t be any more wrong with your approach. You cannot at no point, in the relationship with a woman, say or make them feel unattractive. You’ve got to find another way to express yourself because the idea behind staying happy, the big thing behind it, a lot of times is support. You’ve got to find another way to say what you’re saying. You can’t run out the house. You can’t sit on the edge of the bed and look at her like she stay down the street somewhere. You can’t have that much gap between y’all on the couch. You’ve got to be a little bit more understanding that this is who you married and at the bottom line, they have a choice. It’s theirs. It ain’t your damn head. All you did is put a ring on that finger. This ain’t yours. You don’t get her head. And plus I want you to be able to get out of here safely. Because right now, the way they’re (the audience) looking at you, I’m assuming there are at least 4-5 attempts on your life.”

Check out the video to see what advice Curly Nikki had to offer and the style options she presented to Love and McClea.

What do you think about Steve and Nikki’s advice to McClea?

Celebs Who Put Their Cheating Men (And The Mistresses) On Blast In Public

April 2nd, 2014 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
Share to Twitter Email This

Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned. The well-known women on this list took to social media, to the media, and sometimes even to the work email of their spouses to let the world know that their man was a cheater, and they were done with them. Sometimes they even called out the mistress involved too. In some cases, the scorned wife or girlfriend was able to be friendly with their ex after a lot of time had passed, but for others, the love was lost. Here are 10 ladies who put their cheating spouses on blast for their behavior.

celebrities who were cheated on


Mashonda and Swizz Beatz have come a long way. While the two can go on vacations together–and with his wife Alicia Keys–for the sake of their children, a few years ago, Mashonda put her ex-husband and Alicia Keys in particular on blast. She claimed that she had asked Keys to stop having involvement with the producer while they were trying to work things out in their marriage, but that didn’t happen, so she put out a scathing open letter.

“My concern with AK is no longer the fact that she assisted in destroying a family but that she has the audacity to make these selfish comments about love and wanting to be with someone, even after knowing their situation. How is this the same Superwoman that I sang out loud with in my truck? I ask myself sometimes. If you are reading this Alicia, let me start by saying, you know what you did. You know the role you played and you know how you contributed to the ending of my marriage. You know that I asked you to step back and let me handle my family issues. Issues that you helped to create.”

11 Books to Feed Your Senses This Spring/Summer

April 1st, 2014 - By Candace Smith
Share to Twitter Email This


I’m sure that you’ve been making mental summer plans during this past brutal winter, which is good because the warm weather is on its way. One of the best things about summer is sitting on the beach or by the side of a pool with a good book. This year there is an armful of literary words to engage and entertain your brain.


Steve Harvey Believes He Is The Best Relationship Guru

March 12th, 2014 - By Madame Noire
Share to Twitter Email This
Source: WENN

Source: WENN


From Black Voices 

New York Times Best-Selling author-media personality Steve Harvey addresses the pressures of offering relationship advice to couples.

Read his interview at 

Hot Or Hmm: Brandi and Karli Harvey Discuss Fashion Fails & Fabulousness

March 9th, 2014 - By Veronica Wells
Share to Twitter Email This

brandi and karli harvey

Twin sisters Brandi and Karli Harvey must be celebrating the recent release of Lil Boosie because when they took the Disney Dreamers Academy stage for their Fly Girl 101 session, they came out dancing to “Wipe Me Down.” Needless to say, at 9 o clock in the morning, they had their audience, a group of teenage girl’s attention. Brandi and Karli, Steve’s daughters, are the founders, CEO and CreatIve and Artistic Director of Young Fit and Fly. They serve as entrepreneurs, motivational speakers and media mavens across the country attempting to inspire and encourage young women. Today they were speaking about appropriate dress attire. They spent a majority of the session discussing looks with very clever “Hot” or “Hmm” paddles.

The girls were very engaged and provide interesting reasons why they didn’t or didn’t like a particular outfit. After their presentation, I had a chance to speak with the sisters. See what information they had to share about their style inspiration, fashion faux pas women make too often and why dressing well is so important.


MadameNoire: Who taught you to dress appropriately?

Brandi: Our mother taught us. Our mother’s name is Marcia and she taught us how to dress appropriately. Because she was our example. We never saw our mom in jeans.

Karlie: I think kids become what they see. And so for us, she was a great example of finer womanhood. She taught us what was appropriate, proper etiquette and everything.


MN: Did you actually listen to what she was saying? 

Both: No! Of course not.

Brandi: We thought she was crazy.

Karli: We don’t listen our parents when we’re teenagers. Then you’re like ‘Oh my God she was right.’ She’s not a crazy lady.

Brandi: I think when we were younger we wanted to dress like our friends. We always tell the story about the patent leather shoes and she always told us that ‘If somebody else has it, you don’t want it.’ You don’t want to look like somebody else. We always had that embedded in us. So we could never dress like everybody else. When we were teenagers– I think– the way people see us now, is they way we were. They used to call us the corporate twins in high school because we used to go to school in our slacks and our dresses and we wore little heeled boots. This is nothing new for us. They’d be like ‘here come the corporate twins coming down the hallway.’ It’s just something that we have always had.


MN: During the session, one of the girls said she looks up to Kim Kardashian and Rihanna for style tips. Where can young girls go to find women who look cute and fresh but still classy?

Brandi: Unfortunately, those aren’t the women that are showcased. Those aren’t the women that get the shine. There are plenty of women that they can look to. Looking at their principals, the ladies in their churches, their teachers, the ladies in the community, the ladies who they see getting on the train in the morning going to work, who look professional. When they flip through Essence Magazine and see those ladies. Those are the women.

Karli: And I think right now they have a great example in Lupita Nyong’o. She just won the Oscar, she always looks graceful she always looks cut for the level of class and sophistication. And I think as a young person, that’s someone that girls can actually look to for fashion. I think she gives it to you in a way that’s timeless and elegant.

Ashanti Talks Nelly And Tae Heckard, People Who Say She Can’t Sing, “Good Hair,” And Surviving The Industry On Breakfast Club

March 4th, 2014 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
Share to Twitter Email This

Ashanti Breakfast Club

Ashanti’s new album, Braveheart, drops today, and to promote it, the singer stopped by The Breakfast Club to chat with Charlamagne, Angela Yee and DJ Envy. In their very interesting interview with her, Ashanti touched on everything, including critics who used to talk about her vocal abilities and her sideburns, what she’s learned about the industry, who she’s dating, and of course, Nelly. Here are the tidbits from the 30-minute interview that stood out:

If She’s On Good Terms With Nelly These Days:

“I will say that, there was a space where it was bad. It was really bad. Are we cool? Yeah. We’re okay.

When a man is hurt and a woman is hurt, I think men deal with hurt differently. I feel like we handle our emotions differently. There were a lot of things said and done publicly that should not have been. There was a foundation set and those things shouldn’t have happened.

We both definitely made mistakes in a lot of things. But I will say things do come full circle.”

If Nelly Is the One:

“Um, Nelly is a really good person, he has a really good heart. You know?”

If She Felt A Way About Nelly Going With Tae Heckard Soon After They Split:

“Did I feel a way? I’m very smart and I know him. I knew what the facade was.”

If She Was Dating NFL Baller DeSean Jackson:

“Um…No. We were hanging. I went to a football game. He’s real cool peoples. I can’t go to the game?”

How She Paid Bills Since Her Last Album In 2008:

“I did Broadway. I did Army Wives. I write. People forget early, I was writing for J. Lo, one of J. Lo’s biggest records ever. I wrote for Christina Milian, I wrote for a couple of pop groups. And I’ma be honest, I don’t really like to spend my own money. I know how to save.”

Dealing With Critics Who Said She Couldn’t Sing:

“When you’re hot and you’re on fire, you gotta expect that. When you’re number one and you’re killing it, it comes with the territory. You have to be strong enough.  If you’re strong enough to be number one, you have to be strong enough to endure the BS.”

Dealing With Haters Who Said She Had Sideburns Back In The Day:

“I’ma keep it all the way 100. I have nice hair. I ain’t even gonna lie. When you have ‘good hair’ you’re hairy a little bit and you have sideburns [laughs]. Some people love sideburns. This is what I thought though. On TV, on film and in pictures, it looks a little different than it does in person [laughs]. So when you’re looking in the mirror, you know, you gelling them down, but on film and on camera it may look a bit different. I looked at it like, they wack, you know, for saying that. I’m a girl, that’s real feminine for you to be saying that. But then I would look and be like, damn it! [laughs]“

How She Makes Her Relationship With Her Mom-ager Work After All These Years

“We been tight before the industry. My mom and I have an amazing relationship…Our relationship is not, oh because of the music industry, it’s more that we have a relationship and not an authoritive, mother, ‘I’m telling you what to do’ relationship.”

If She Ever Felt Like Giving Up:

“It’s definitely gotten to places where I fee like, ‘this is bulls**t’. This is not how it’s supposed to be. You’re not supposed to have to put in ten times more work and get less the pay. Just conceptually understanding the game and the agendas that people have and the fact that people look at you as a commodity and not a person. Once you understand that, you don’t take things personal. It’s about adapting and understanding it.”

If  She Would ‘Allow’ Nelly To Be Friends With Tae Heckard From Here On Out:

“What? Who? I don’t know what ya’ll talking about.”

Dealing With Famous Folks Trying To Holler At Her Mom:

“It’s so annoying. I swear, since I was like 7-years old. Steve Harvey? Jay Leno? It’s really bad. He [Harvey] pushed me out the way. The first time we went to LA to do an interview, he was like, ‘Heeeey, we have Ashanti! Who that? That’s her momma? Tell her momma to come over!’”

If you have 30 minutes to spare, I would recommend checking out the interview. It had quite a few funny moments, and moments where Ashanti kept it really real about the dark side of the industry. Check it out below and share your thoughts.

Michael Ealy Announces He And His Wife Have A Son Named Elijah

February 14th, 2014 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
Share to Twitter Email This

Michael Ealy son

Michael Ealy just might be the male version of Kerry Washington, because he has proven as of late that he likes to keep his life on the absolute low low.

I was literally just tuning in to The Steve Harvey Show, watching a crazy segment about a married woman obsessed with Ealy. I actually planned to change the channel right after, but then Regina Hall and Ealy sat down for their own segment to chat about their new movie, About Last Night (out today!). In the midst of talking about love, Ealy’s personal life came up, with Harvey asking him, “Mike, you’ve been married for about a year now, right?” Ealy, always uncomfortable bringing up his personal business, reluctantly said yes and very briefly discussed how much he learned so far from being married. The surprise in all this conversation came when Harvey asked Ealy “You see kids in the future?” to which he responded with:

“We have a son.”

Though Harvey and Ealy are, as Harvey said earlier in the episode, “good friends,” this is something that surprised him and everyone else in the audience. However, Hall knew and said that the child is a “beautiful little boy.” It’s unclear if the boy, named Elijah, is brand-spanking new, or if he was born before the wedding, since the two were together for four years before tying the knot. But what is clear is that Ealy wants folks to know that it’s not their business: “I never understand why people announce the birth of their children.”  For him, it seems that while he can talk to no end about his films and TV work, Ealy thinks his private life needs to remain private. I wish I could have taken down more of the interview, but my jaw was on the floor for at least 45 seconds, and the convo about his family came and went pretty quickly.

Well, now that the cat is out of the bag…congratulations to Ealy and his wife Khatira Rafiqzad on their son, Elijah! As soon as some video of this afternoon’s episode surfaces, I will be sure to post it below. Until then, share your thoughts.

Talented Folks Who Make It Hard To Separate Their Work From Their Sordid Personal Lives

January 15th, 2014 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
Share to Twitter Email This

Remember the days when you used to watch Seinfeld and think that Kramer was hilarious? That was until he went on a rant in a nightclub against some black hecklers and screamed that they were nothing but “ni**ers.” I haven’t been able to look at him the same ever since. And similar side eyes are given to these talented Hollywood folks, whose antics and personal lives have become difficult to separate from their work.

separating artist from the art


Woody Allen

This probably explains why he didn’t bother to show up to the Golden Globes on Sunday to accept his Cecil B. DeMille Award. While folks were applauding Woody Allen for his contributions to film, his ex-wife and son, Mia Farrow and Ronan Farrow were speaking openly about him being a child molester. And seeing that he is currently married to Farrow’s adopted daughter from a previous relationship, he’s probably going to have a hard time ever living that down. This man’s life has been the definition of scandal. 

Steve Harvey’s 20 Million Dollar Tax Lien Almost Ruined His Marriage

January 13th, 2014 - By Madame Noire
Share to Twitter Email This



From BlackVoices 

With Valentine’s Day steadily approaching next month, ESSENCE magazine has decided to tap Steve and Marjorie Harvey for the issue’s latest cover story, “A Love Worth The Wait.”

And in addition to the exclusive interview, which was conducted in their Chicago penthouse, dishing details on how the happily married couple maintains their everlasting love for one another, the New York Times Best-Selling author also revealed how he almost blew the marriage due to $20 million tax lien.

“The first thing the Harveys had to do together was face the IRS. According to Steve, no sooner had they been married than he learned his accountant had died, leaving seven years’ worth of Steve’s tax returns unfiled. Tax payment checks made out by Steve were attached to the returns, but had not been mailed out, evidently, for years…the same year the Harveys vowed to stay together “for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer,” Steve Harvey was hit with a staggering $20 million tax bill.

Read more on Steve Harvey’s tax lien and marriage at 

Get the MadameNoire
The best stories sent right to your inbox!
close [x]