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“I Don’t Play With That” Tamar Denies Rumors Vince Is Cheating On Her

June 10th, 2014 - By Veronica Wells
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Tamar caused some eyebrows to raise a couple months ago when she posted a message about side chicks on her Instagram account. The messages seemed to come from no where and it had many speculating that perhaps something was going left in her marriage with Vince.

Well, it looks like we’re finally getting our answer. In the upcoming July issue of Upscale magazine Tamar talks about the state of her relationship, being a mother and how she’s learned that her mouth can get her into a lot of trouble. And she specifically addressed the “Instagram psychics” who think they know her life just because she shared a few thoughts on Instagram.


Her relationship with Vince 

I don’t think the level of exposure changed my relationship with Vince, I think the work that we do together changed our relationship. It went from me supporting Vince and all the things that he was doing to it switching around. He supports me and everything that I’m doing. It’s like our relationship has taken a turn because communicate because we have to. We have to get along or else we couldn’t get anything done. The level of respect for each other has increased and also, we’ve grown up because of it. The maturity of the relationship has matured. I know I’ve matured. Now he’s a father, I’m a mother. We don’t have time for that.


Side Chicks and Instagram Psychics

Everything I post is not personal for me, let’s just go there. One of my post I call “Instagram psychics,” everybody thinks they know what the hell you’re talking about. There was a week where there was a lot of side chick posts on Instagram, and I was saying this is a repost—I don’t know how that turned into the blogs saying that Vince is cheating on Tamar. I don’t play with that, [laughing].

I just thought it was interesting that [being a side chick is] something that people are proud of these days. I wrote about this in my book, being a side piece, sometimes you don’t know. But when you do know, you shouldn’t be proud of it. If you’re 100 percent woman, you should be loved 100 percent. One of [the posts] that worked on my last everlasting nerve said, “I can’t help it if he chooses to be with me more than you.” Excuse me!? And that’s what I was saying, this is when you can tell that you’re not somebody’s wife because that should bother you. Why should it not bother you that this man gets up and leaves you to go home? Wait a minute, you have to want more than this. I just wanted women to know that and it somehow became Vince cheating on me, which was sad.


Her mouth

Watching yourself on television it’s like, wait a minute! I didn’t mean it like that! It took me a long time to understand that just because somebody is talking about something around me or to me does not mean that they want me to always talk or have something to say or want my opinion.


Check out the rest of Tamar’s interview in the new issue of Upscale which is on stands now.


Hot Mama! Taraji P. Henson Covers Upscale Magazine

April 4th, 2014 - By Veronica Wells
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Look at our girl Taraji giving grown woman fresh on the May issue of Upscale Magazine. Though her character, Joss Carter, was killed off of her CBS show “Person Of Interest,” the actress has been working on filming Think Like A Man Too and another movie called Term Life as well as two other films currently in post production.

The actress appeared on the cover of Upscale in a Nicolas Jesbran sequined romper.

In the issue, Heson speaks about roles for black actresses and love and dating.

“It’s always a battle for black women; we’re totally at the bottom of the totem pole. Look at the white girls. How many times have you seen Amy Adams in a period piece with a great actor like Meryl Streep or Christian Bale? And look at Jennifer Lawrence! Hits out the wazoo! How come we’re not nominated every year? Because the scripts and the roles aren’t there. It’s not rocket science.” 

Love and dating

 Here’s the deal. I’m no spring chicken. I’m not in my 20s dating around. I’m looking for happily ever after. So, once you get clear on what it is you’re looking for, the pickings are slim, honey. I’ve left the whole continent of North America. I’m look abroad. 

You can pick up the May issue on news stands now.

Check out some of the pictures Taraji posted from the spread on her Instagram on the following pages.

T.I. Covers Upscale Talks The Shift In His Image & Getting Major To Do The Show

September 27th, 2013 - By Veronica Wells
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T.I. Covers Upscale

For their October issue, T.I. covers Upscale wearing a leather jacket and that Crest smile we’ve come to love. Inside the issue, the rapper turned reality star spoke about music executives missing out, the way his image is changing and how the producers manage to get his youngest son, Major, to cooperate and agree to be filmed for the show.

First he explains how he asked Warner Chapel, his music publisher for $7 million dollars and they refused.

“They said, ‘Nah, no.’ And I said, ‘Ok, cool’ and we walked away amicably. And now the Robin Thicke record was the number one record in the world and I am the sole publisher because they didn’t want to cash me out. So thank you, Warner Chapel.”

Woop. Looks like someone missed out.

Then he spoke about being known more these days for being a father.

“I guess a lot of things I’ve done in my career that I’ve gained attention for I wouldn’t have never really concluded that would’ve been a probable outcome… I guess [being known for being] a husband and a father is better than the guy with the machine guns and silencers.”

On turning down a million dollar record deal.

“I get that from The Family Hustle and we’re not even talking managers cut, that’s just me—not Tameka—that’s just what I’m getting,” he stresses, making sure his point is felt. And it is. “I can get that on my own, I can get that on tour.”

On convincing Major to get mic’d up for the show:

“Sometimes he just doesn’t like to be fooled with, like, ‘I’m not into it today… I don’t force him to do nothing. I let [the production crew] handle that. For a while Gushers worked. He was like, ‘Ok, I’ll do one scene for a pack of Gushers and then the Gushers stopped working. One time they came and said, ‘If you come down we’ll give you five dollars’ and he said, ‘What?! I’ll give you five dollars.’”

Guns, Drugs And Racism? NBA Player Andre Bynum And Neighbors Battling In Lawsuits

December 2nd, 2012 - By Drenna Armstrong
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Former L.A. Lakers star and current Philadelphia 76ers player Andrew Bynum is in an all-out war with his neighbors.

According to TMZ, Bynum filed a lawsuit against neighbors, Ramond and Cindy Beckett.  According to the papers filed, Bynum has lived in his Westchester, CA home for more than 7 years and during this time, he’s been subjected to constant harassment and racism from the Becketts.  In the lawsuit, he states they have objected to his “profession, his race, his friends, his cars and his taste in music.”

But what he probably didn’t expect was for the Becketts to immediately countersue Bynum, claiming they are the ones who always had problems with him. In their lawsuit, they accuse Bynum of brandishing guns in an attempt to intimidate them, blasting loud rap music, using drugs and letting weed smoke drift onto their property, blasting video games at “window shaking” volumes, letting his dogs run loose around the neighborhood and more.  In fact, the Becketts state the only reason Bynum is suing them is because he knew they were planning a lawsuit of their own.

Oddly enough, Bynum says in his filed papers that the Becketts have moved out of their house so why are they even suing each other at this point? Lifestyle of the rich and bored, I suppose.

Lookin’ Good: Michael Ealy, Kelly Rowland & Trey Songz Grace the Magazines

June 1st, 2012 - By Veronica Wells
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One of our favorite light-eyed cuties Michael Ealy is gracing the latest cover of Upscale magazine for the month of July. And guess what he’s talking about? His relationships, the failed ones and why he’s done dating women in the industry.

See what he had to say in an exclusive for theYBF

On why he doesn’t date industry chicks

“I’ve been done with [dating industry women].  You do it for years and years and years—theater, television, film. It’s a workplace thing… But the difference for me now is that I’m mature enough to know that this is a work thing. The minute we stop production, I’m not going to feel this way anymore.”

On why his past relationships were a bust

“I think there was a part of me that was just attracted to the crazy.  I tended to involve myself with women that brought drama. And I had a bit of a savior complex. I thought I could save them from whatever daddy issues or cheating issues [they had].”

“In the past, I was definitely known as a guy who took himself and his relationships a little too seriously. I won’t say that I always knew how to have a lot fun.”

And in other magazine cover news, Trey Songz and Kelly Rowland will grace the cover of Ebony magazine’s “sexi” issue. Since both of these singers are known for their rock hard bodies they shared secrets of how they keep their bodies toned.


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Taraji P. Henson Can’t Catch a Break in Hollywood

January 12th, 2012 - By Brande Victorian
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You’d think an Academy Award nomination would open up a lot of doors for a new actress, but Taraji P. Henson says in a lot ways she still can’t catch a break in Hollywood. She covers the February issue of Upscale magazine and talks about her upcoming role in “Think Like a Man,” and being snubbed by TV Guide for their cover featuring her white male costars in the drama “Person of Interest.” She also gives her thoughts on “this Hollywood thing” which she says, “It’s my job…But by no means, defines who I am.”

Here’s a preview of the interview:

On Speaking Up About TV Guide

“I just stated a fact. And the people spoke. And then CBS pulled the whole cover. I get that all the time. Sometimes I admit I feel like, ‘Can I catch a break?’ That wasn’t the first time it’s happened and it won’t be the last. This was just one time I chose to speak on it.”

On Challenges in Hollywood

“Hollywood keeps trying to tell me that black women can’t open a film. I will absolutely prove them wrong before my career is done. I want to stretch my acting muscle and do something completely different. I’d love to play a man. Sounds weird, but I want to do something that will make me work hard. Call me kooky, but I always want to go outside my comfort zone.”

On Playing a New Type of Role in “Think Like a Man”

“You’ve never seen me play this girl. She’s a b****. And she’s the pretty girl in the film. I wanted this role so bad. I told the casting folks,’if you don’t let me get that role, I don’t need to be in this movie at all.’ They were thinking about casting a white girl for the role and I said, ‘No. I can do this.’ And then of course, when it’s time to start filming, I freaked out. I said, wait’ Maybe I should play the baby-momma instead….[LOL] I was scared because it’s so different than anything I’ve ever done.”

Are you a Taraji fan? Do you think she can pull off the bad girl role?

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

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