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We watched Tatyana Ali grow up gracefully before our eyes as Ashley Banks on “The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air.” After the show ended in 1996, she became a singer and had us lip-syncing to her hit song “Day-Dreaming” with our friends, and as she continued to explore other industries the child star became a producer, Harvard graduate, and campaigned for President Obama’s candidacy. Yesterday, Miss Ali hung out with Power 105’s Breakfast Club and spoke about her new movie November Rule, which stars Lala Anthony, Jay Ellis and Mo McCray, posing for King Magazine and if she got a little nookie from Drake. Here are the highlights from the interview.
Her New Movie, November Rule
“November Rule is about Mo McCray’s character. His character has a rule, by November he always breaks up with whoever he’s with. November is when Thanksgiving starts, then it’s Christmas, the other holidays. So If you break it off before then, it will never get too serious. You never have to introduce people to your family. When I first read the script, I thought “this is such a cool idea, no one ever does this.” Then on the set, I realized everyone is doing this. This is something guys do.”
Posing For King Magazine
“I’ve posed for King Magazine twice. I never put it out there. The first time I did King, it was a different type of magazine. The flavor of it was a bit different than it is now. The pictures were different. You could cover up more. When I posed for them, I was in my twenties and when I’m a grandma I can look back on those pictures. I thought I looked cute and I wanted to celebrate it. The second time I did it, the theme was Hollywood Era. I didn’t even show my stomach.”
I had a panic attack after that [Wendy Williams] interview. When I’m nervous, I laugh. If you look at the interview I am laughing the entire time. I thought she would ask (because of what was happening with the blogs), so I prepared for the question: “Are you dating?” But instead she asked if I smashed him and I never experienced that from Wendy before. [Drake’s] flattering (refereeing to him dropping her name in his song,”Tuscan Leather.”) I thought it was really nice of him.
Check out Tatyana Ali’s full interview with The Breakfast Club in the video below. Jump to the next page to see her chat with Wendy Williams about one-night stands and Drake.
Ashanti Talks Nelly And Tae Heckard, People Who Say She Can’t Sing, “Good Hair,” And Surviving The Industry On 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.
In an interview with DJ Envy, Charlamagne Tha God and Angela Yee of The Breakfast Club, Blood Sweat and Heels star Melyssa Ford sat down to serve some tea on her struggle to try and get past her days as a “video vixen” and be taken more seriously in other endeavors, including TV. During the conversation, Ford brought up the fact that part of the struggle comes from the fact that people can’t seem to separate regular video models from models who sleep around on sets. She says that after Karrine Steffans wrote her book, Confessions of a Video Vixen, all video models received a bad rap. She says that it was always her plan to leave videos behind (even though she claims she was making $5,000 A DAY), but it hasn’t been easy. Here’s the tea:
On Her Exit Strategy To Leave Video Modeling Behind:
[6:00 minute mark] Who would want do do that forever? Whose trying to be a 35-year-old video girl? You gotta have an exit strategy for just about everything. In terms of business, the whole point is to dominate and then leverage it and then move on to the next. Hopefully, it’s not a lateral move, hopefully, you’re moving on up. I just took my popularity and leveraged it, branded myself and started creating product: calendars, behind-the-scenes DVDs, pep posters–you name it, I slapped my name on it. After I accummulated this fan base, then I started to solicit television opportunities. I was already on BET’s radar. A lot of what’s happened in my career has been solely based on timing.
Why Karrine Steffans Made Things Hard For All Video Models:
[8:00 minute mark] You know the answer to that. It’s kind of a book that came out. Here’s the craziest part, Karrine, I’m sure that personally she’s a lovely girl, I don’t know her personally…Here’s the truth of the matter, when I was on video sets, no one knew who this girl was. I thought she was the Snuffleupagus. I thought she was an urban myth, I didn’t think she existed because I didn’t know anyone that had ever seen her before. Her name just floated around like this big mystery. Then this book came out and it defined an entire group! Like all video vixens–hos. I was just like, ‘hold on, your story and mine are two very, very different stories.’ I was the queen of no…You really have to monitor what’s going on around you in a video set.
Of course, Ford has come a long way and she knows what she’s capable of. Go, girl! Check out her interview with The Breakfast Club below, where she also talks about her ex, Flo Rida, and his ex, Eva Marcille, who she had a light beef with. I mean, if you have 40 minutes to spare…
If you don’t already have Janelle Monae’s new album The Electric Lady, you are truly missing out. It just might be album of the year (I’m torn between it and Justin Timberlake’s 20/20 Experience), but we still have a few months left in 2013 to figure that out. To promote the new disc, the beauty actually hit up The Breakfast Club. And while the show is usually a bit much when it comes to the questions they ask their guests, the hosts were on their best behavior. Well, for the most part (DJ Envy tried to imply she was gay but her facial expression shut that down real quick). Check out what she had to say about what it’s really like to work with Diddy and if she’s on Bad Boy, having jam sessions with Prince, and why sales do matter to her.
Is She on Bad Boy? And What It’s Like Working With Diddy:
“Diddy actually is somebody I have to credit for helping me get my career off the ground. I started my own label a few years back, the Wondaland Arts Society, and Big Boi was working with us, and Puff came down and saw what we were doing and just wanted to help. He said, ‘I don’t want to be involved creatively with anything you guys got going on, I just want the world to know about you.’ So it’s a partnership. I came into the business owning my own label.
It’s a very unique position that I’m very thankful for. I was very anti-major label. I just felt that I didn’t see myself out there. I felt that if I was going to be signed directly to this big machine I would have to change my image, my music and stuff, so I felt the most important thing was getting the music to the people, unfiltered…I’ve been in the unique position to have Puff’s support and Big Boi’s support. They’re executive producing this album. I’m here because artists helped me get to this level.”
How She Became So Close With The Purple One:
“My first nationally released EP, Metropolis, came out and he listened to it. I was actually on tour with Raphael Saadiq and he had his DJ, DJ Rasheeda, she came backstage and said, ‘I have someone who wants to talk to you’ and I’m like, ‘Okay.’ So I get on the phone and this voice…I’m going to do it in my voice, he said ‘I love your voice, I love what you’re doing, I’m happy, I’m proud,’ and ‘Do you want to come over for a jam session?’ So he invited my band and I over for a jam session. We stayed up until seven in the morning just talking and playing music. He took me on tour with him, I did Madison Square Garden and the Forum in L.A.”
Charlamagne: ”Did he feed you pancakes?”
“I’ve actually had pancakes. We all did, he’s a great host. But we didn’t play basketball [laughs].
But I’m just humbled and thankful. He doesn’t appear on a lot of albums so just to have his support–again, I’m here because a community of artists have supported me.”
And Why Sales Do Mean Something To Her:
“I need ya’ll support. I have not sold a million albums or 500,000 but I think this music is worth it.”
Charlamagne: “You care about that stuff?”
“I want everybody in the entire galaxy to hear this music. I don’t write music just for myself. I write it to help inspire and heal and to move people, you know what I mean? I want the world to hear about this album.”
And the world needs to quit sleeping and open their ears because she’s one of the most talented artists we have in all of music right now. Click over to the next page to watch her 20-minute interview with Charlamagne, DJ Envy and Angela Yee at Power 105.1.
“Leave Trash In The Trash Can”: K. Michelle Talks Erica Mena, The Pros And Cons Of Reality TV, Her New Man, And Butt Lifts
With her album, Rebellious Soul, finally in stores, K. Michelle has been doing the media rounds to promote her new music and her new self–a less confrontational chick too blessed to be stressed. She stopped by Power 105.1 to talk to the Breakfast Club about a range of things, including her booty, her boo, reality TV, and angry “birds” like Erica Mena coming for her on Twitter. Here’s a summary of the 20-minute interview, because I’m sure you don’t have time for all that.
About People Always Throwing Shade At Her Backside:
Charlamagne: “Everybody keeps saying that your a** is getting bigger and bigger…”
K. Michelle: “But it’s not, that’s what’s so crazy. It’s really not. My clothes are actually smaller. I think cause it was the white and it was the TV…I really weigh less than I’ve been weighing just running around doing stuff. I don’t know. We were sitting there last night, somebody said ‘She got a butt pad on’ we were looking like, What happened?”
Charlamagne: “Ain’t nobody complaining about your a** getting bigger but the girls. Girls like to hate.”
K. Michelle: “I’ve never seen women be so angry about another woman’s butt. I’ve never seen so much hate because of a butt.
But recently, I’ve had a lift. It just is a lift, no injections in your butt cheeks and all of that. They just lift. They just lift the booty. They lift it and they take your fat out your stomach. Then, I’ve been moving around and losing weight so I guess that’s why it looks even bigger, because this weight [points to stomach] is leaving…I tell mines.”
How Reality TV Has Helped And Hurt Her:
“It’s helped me a lot. People got to know me, they got to hear the music. It’s helped me, but it has hurt me. But I’m overcoming the hurt. Because the industry has given me a hard time. Not the street and the fans, they don’t care about no reality show, but the industry people have given me a really hard time. I’ve had to knock down every obstacle even with radio. I just had a programmer, didn’t want to play the record because he didn’t like my character on the show. It was a big fight. I did a Radio One showcase and he came up and apologized. He came up to me and apologized and was like ‘You know what? I’m gonna play this, I’m sorry. You really are talented.’ It’s crazy, it just took forever. It’s been like 20 years.”
On Her New Man, Indiana Pacer Lance Stephenson
“I’m not in love yet. This is my friend, my boo. I’m not jumping off the cliff like last time, but we’re in a great place. My hot pocket work, I’m happy. We’re good. I want to take it slow because it’s a slow process. I want to have fun. I don’t want to put the pressure on. We do what we do. I don’t want to start the nagging K. Michelle with him, I just want to smile with him.”
How She Feels About Rasheeda & Kirk:
“You know what, I’ve never been married, and I’ve never been in love like that. That has to be a deep love. To look at somebody that many days?
I don’t know what that’s like though. I know me. I was embarrassed on Twitter. So if you get on national TV on me, oh no, uh uh man, I could NOT do that.”
As For Erica Mena Already Talking Crazy About Her:
“Birds always chirp. But you leave trash in the trash can. Until you can go buy you a voice at Target. Until you can get that together, don’t come for me. You need to stay in a h*e’s place.”
Once again, Rebellious Soul is in stores now. Will you pick it up and support?
“I Don’t Want To Sound Bitter”: Wale Speaks On Assistant Attacking Tiara Thomas On Twitter, And If He Still Holds A Grudge
Earlier this month, we told you about Wale’s alleged assistant taking to Twitter to try and air out Tiara Thomas. Of course, Thomas used to work very closely with rapper Wale, including on the popular track “Bad.” But despite claims by the rapper that he worked with her for two years, she went ahead and signed with Rico Love and his music management company. This, of course, Wale didn’t take well, and neither did his assistant, who went pretty berserk on social media. Here’s the exchange that occurred between the assistant, Reese, Wale and Thomas on Twitter a short while back:
It has been a few weeks and now that Wale’s new album, The Gifted has been released, he went to Power 105.1′s “The Breakfast Club” to not only talk about it, but to clear some things up about that tense exchange between all three parties on social media. Here’s what he had to say about Reese’s behavior, loyalty, and why his camp took things oh so personally:
Wale: “Reese old enough to be my mother. I can’t tell her what to say and what to do. But Reese was raised in the streets for real, so she has a specific code she goes by so it doesn’t necessarily coincide with how people do things in the music industry. She was speaking freely. I tried to tell her to stop but what you gon’ tell a woman–she gonna do what she gonna do. It f**ked with a lot of people in our circle because it was so close. They remember me spending money to fly her around, they remember me going to Joey who was at Warner at the time trying to get her a deal. They remember me taking her to Jay. They remember me taking her to Pharrell. They remember me doing all of these things.”
Angela Yee: “But no paperwork?”
Wale: “Me personally I had a different code by then. I was like, ‘You know what? You gonna mess up the chemistry if you start throwing around paperwork now. Let’s just make our music. We have an understanding, we’re gonna get it done.’”
DJ Envy: “Is that what you did with Ross?”
Wale: “Funny thing is, I wasn’t on paperwork when I did “Pandemonium.” I wasn’t on paperwork when I did “Play Your Part,” me or Meek. For real for real, I can tell you the list of people, artists, everything that was trying to undercut Ross and sign me. And tell me all the reasons why I shouldn’t sign with Ross. But, he gave me an opportunity. But at the same time, everybody wasn’t raised the same. I don’t want to sound bitter. She’s a small girl. I don’t want to sound like a bully or nothing like that, but she did what was best for her career.
I get a lot of flack for everything I do…I’ve tried to find peace in the music business…you can say ‘Wale sensitive,’ but everybody is.”
Interesting. Either way, he’s doing well and she’s doing her own thing. So while Wale and his team might still be a little salty about the situation, it’s time to keep the peace and move on. What do you think about his statements on “The Breakfast Club”?
If you saw Lil Mo discussing her feelings about Keyshia Cole and Beyonce’s “Bow Down,” then you know she has a strong personality and a way with words. She’s witty. Kind of puts you in the mind of K. Michelle but more churched and more classy. She’s a riot. She sat down with the Breakfast Club to discuss her career, why she doesn’t rock with Keyshia Cole and her role on the new show “R&B Divas: L.A.” Check out a few excerpts from the interview and then watch the entire video on the last page.
On having her kids on the show “R&B Divas”
Lil Mo: “My baby son he’s 9 months, he has his shots.
Envy: Mo make him sound like a dog.
Lil Mo: No cuz you know people have their baby out, it be the size of my phone ‘here he is.’ If you don’t take that baby…it’s germs out here. It’s the flu. That baby could die! I don’t play that. So he has his shots, he’s of age. And I was like, yo these kids need jobs because…
Angela Yee: Wait, hold on so the baby gets paid too?
Mo: Yes. I have a great lawyer.
Her personality on the show
It got to the point. They had to add on extra weeks of shooting. I would shoot everyday. Listen, everything I am invited to, I take over. When I do radio, I don’t do nothing less than number one. When I do songs, as long as I got a machine and budget behind me, I can make top 40. When I do tv, you’re going to want to see me in my element. I only know how to dominate. That’s my personality. I don’t go in like ‘aaaahhh’ I don’t know where people get that from . But I made it my business to bring my staff with me. I had hair and makeup everyday . Clothes. I ain’t wear the same thing twice. I can’t speak for the other ladies.
Who’s your best friend on the show?
Honestly, everybody. I took everybody for their flaws and everybody. I’m my own best friend I didn’t sign on because of who signed on. I signed on because this is something I wanted to do because it’s great for promotion, visibility as well as my whole movement.
I talk to Chante Moore. You would never expect her to be like mad cool. Like cool like us.
If you were to ask any Love & Hip Hop Atlanta fans to use one word to describe the relationship between co-stars MiMi Faust and Joseline Hernandez, respect would probably be the last word you’d hear. Despite the tons of disrespectful offenses that we’ve witnessed Joseline commit against MiMi during the show’s first season, the Latin recording artist claimed during an interview with Power 105.1′s The Breakfast Club that she has a lot of respect for her music producer boyfriend’s baby mama.
On respecting MiMi:
“Seriously I don’t disrespect MiMi as people tink. I actually respect MiMi. I say a few things to her when she pisses me off. She calls me a prostitute and a [professional dancer]. She calls me a lot of names. So if I call you maid one time, you shouldn’t be mad.”
“I don’t really get involved in anything MiMi got going on. That’s his [Stevie's] baby mom.”
On if she’s ever participated in sexscapades with Stevie and MiMi:
“You gotta watch the show. Stevie you didn’t confirm anything. Did you confirm anything? Me and Stevie had threesomes before. I’m not saying no names, but we have threesomes.”
On if MiMi is her “type:”
“MiMi is beautiful.”
On calling Stevie out as down low a few months ago:
“I always curse Stevie out. I’m from Miami and that’s how we speak. No, he’s not gay. Everybody knows I’m not the only b***h that curse her man out. Ladies always curse they man out everywhere in the world. We not the first. We not gonna be the last. Yeah, if he pisses me off, if goes and [lays down with someone else] and I’m not there, yeah I’m gonna curse his motherf***ing a** out. I curse him out and I don’t regret it.”
Turn the page to watch Joseline’s full interview (Warning: The language gets a little vulgar).
Is It Really That Deep Though? The-Dream Says He Can’t Work With Keyshia Cole Again After “Bow Down” Comments
I guess The-Dream is feeling some sort of way about Keyshia Cole’s Twitter comments about Beyoncé’s song “Bow Down,” because he went on the radio this week and basically said that musically, he can’t rock with her right now.
In an interview with The Breakfast Club (Power 105.1), singer/songwriter let it be known that her opinions were for some reason, too disrespectful to warrant him getting in the studio with the “Trust and Believe” singer in the future. When asked by DJ Envy if he takes the people he works with and their beefs seriously, and if he could do a record for Cole since all that mess happened, he had this to say:
“Right now because of what happened, I can’t. I think she would respect why I can’t. That’s my family.”
When asked again if he she came calling would he say “Bow Down” and hang up (womp), he said no and replied, “You have a grown up conversation, like ‘Yo, you talking about my family.’
Surprisingly, Cole responded via Twitter of course, and respectfully made it clear that she will be fine without his musical contributions…trust and believe that! (had to do it.)
“Dream not writing any songs for me is fine…Im on my 6th album…He’s only wrote 1 song on 1 of my albums, which I did love, God Bless”
That song, if you were wondering, was from her latest album, Woman to Woman and is called “Hey Hot.”
The-Dream definitely doesn’t have to work with people he doesn’t feel like, but it’s just weird that so many adults take the things people say about Beyoncé so much to heart when SHE doesn’t even think it’s worth it to respond. Her man doesn’t even bat an eye as far as we can tell, so I would recommend Mr. Terius Nash quit playing and take whatever checks are coming his way and write those songs, because that drama is between them. As a wise…or silly man once said, “Your name is Bennett, and you ain’t in it.”
Check out The-Dream’s interview with The Breakfast Club on the next page, and the convo starts around the five-minute mark:
Earlier today, we told you about radio host DJ Envy coming clean over the air about his relationship with “Love & Hip Hop” star Erica Mena. His confession appeared to be in response to Erica’s internet radio interview from last week, where she confessed to sleeping with the married DJ, justified it by saying he didn’t act like a “proud married man” and revealed that she would be dropping a tell-all book about the affair. Now today, in an interview that appears to be in response to Envy’s confession, the walking, talking, breathing contradiction told Vibe Vixen that Envy failed to inform her that he was married.
“DJ Envy’s definitely talking about me, but I’m one of many. I was under the assumption that he had kids but wasn’t actually married. I found out around the time that I started filming “Love & Hip Hop”. After I found out, I was still in shock because we were together for so long. I didn’t understand how he could take a vow as serious as marriage and take on a whole other relationship. It’s sad that now he’s taking all these shots saying I’m a liar and I’m pathetic, when he deceived me. It’s not fair to paint me out as a liar when he was leading a double life for many years. He’s never publicly come out with his wife until now because he’s ashamed of her. It’s no secret.”
She went on to claim that her upcoming book is not a tell-all about the DJ, but a story of her life.
“For me, I never spoke about it [the affair] because it was embarrassing as a woman. Of course, now I explain it in my book. I want to be clear: My book is not a tell-all. It’s just a book about my life and Envy is apart of my life.”
She also posted a public message to Envy’s wife on her Twitter page
Meanwhile Envy expressed via his Twitter page that nothing is going to come between him and his wife, not even Erica’s book.
It looks like this back and forth thing between Envy and Erica may go on for awhile.
It’s difficult to believe Erica’s claim that she didn’t know Envy was married considering how unapologetic and bold she came off during last week’s interview, but then again, it wouldn’t be the first time someone lied about their marital status.
What do you think?