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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.’”
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.
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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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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