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Sometimes good facial hair can bring out a man’s eyes, his cheekbones, his jawline and, well, our, as women, most primitive desires for a scruffy, gruff looking man! Here are 15 famous men with the best facial hair.
I’m going to let you in on a little secret… I’ve been harboring a deep desire to dance. Every since my aunt Annette made my sisters and I watch a VHS of all of Michael Jackson’s music videos up until “Smooth Criminal” when we were children, I have loved everything that is choreographed and put to music.
However, I’m a little shy to dance on a stage… in front of a crowd… with eyes watching me. So, I dance in private, while practicing these popular music videos with amazing choreography. And if I was a betting person, I would bet you have too (or at least marveled at them). Which videos you ask?
There has always been a connection between gospel and secular music and some of the most popular artists have gotten their start singing in the church choir before making a name for themselves in mainstream music. For more on the black church, check out the new Moguldom Studios documentary “Black Church Inc.” available on iTunes and Google Play now.
Dubbed “The Voice,” Whitney Houston’s powerful pipes helped her become one of the best-selling singers of all time. But before she conquered the world of R&B and crossed over to become an international pop icon, the “I Will Always Love You” singer honed her natural talents at the church. She first stood in the spotlight singing in the choir at the New Hope Baptist Church in Newark, New Jersey where her mother was the choir director. After suddenly passing away in 2012, Houston returned to her childhood church for her homegoing service.
There’s nothing sexier than a man taking care of his children and in honor of Father’s Day, we take a look at some of the sexiest celebrity dads in Hollywood.
We fell in love with him even though he played the cold-blooded killer and drug kingpin Stringer Bell in the widely popular HBO series “The Wire.” But the role forced him to hide his accent and once fans found out that Idris Elba was really an English actor, he became even sexier. After starring in a few moves, Elba went back to his television roots and starred in the BBC One series “Luther.” Elba will be celebrating his first Father’s Day this year. A few months ago he and his girlfriend Niayana Garth welcomed their first child, Winston.
Business Insider went to the experts at CelebrityTalent.net to get some accurate figures on how much it would cost to have the celebrity of your dreams — say — spend some time at your Saturday night Netflix party with you and a few of your girls. Let’s just say that you’ll need to kick your side hustle up a notch if you want to afford some of these prices.
Let’s start with the crazy. Prince commands $1.5 million to $2 million dollars. If you made the song “1999″ and turn up at the French Open with a scepter, then I guess you can ask for that much. He might actually be telling this woman that the price just went up to $3 million.
In the $1 million to $1.5 million range are Jay Z, Usher, Pink, Miley Cyrus and Bruno Mars (among many others). And below that, you’ve got Mariah Carey asking for $750,000 to $1 million along with Tiger Woods, Katy Perry, Stevie Wonder and Pharrell. Then between $500,000 to $750,000, you’ve got Alicia Keys, Jon Stewart, Mary J. Blige, Janet Jackson and Lenny Kravitz. BI has the complete list from CelebrityTalent.net.
You might be surprised to learn that Kanye only asks for (only!) $350,000 to $500,000 and you still have to pay between $250,000 and $350,000 for Earth Wind & Fire.
You’ll also notice that a lot of actors are noticeably absent from this list. According to the article, musicians command higher prices, presumably because they’re actually going to be performing while actors would just take a bunch of pictures. Denzel Washington will cost somewhere between $250,000 and $350,000. So will Halle Berry, Hugh Jackman and Leonardo Di Caprio. Many of these celebs want exact figures worked out before any negotiations get anywhere.
More reasonably, if you’ve got $10,000 to $20,000 burning a hole in your pocket, you can spend some time with Maury Povich (maybe he’ll make some DNA test announcements at your next BBQ?), Sisqo (he’ll perform the “Thong Song,” which would actually be so worth it), or Jada Pinkett-Smith. Maybe she can tell you why Jaden wore that super hero costume to Kimye’s wedding.
Usher appears on the June/July cover of the magazine NylonGuys that hits newsstands today. And inside, hetalks everything from Justin Beiber’s seemingly wayward path, his role as Sugar Ray Leonard and not really caring all that much about what his fans have to say about the direction he’s pursuing in music.
On Justin Beiber
‘I gave every bit of advice and always told him it was up to him if he really wanted this. Now that he has it, as an adult, it’s his to manage. Do I turn my head in shame based off of what I see, what I know? Nah, I don’t because it’s all part of life’s process. Am I in it with him? Yeah
“It’s unfortunate,’ Usher commented. ‘I hate some of the things I hear. Is it all true? I don’t know. But I will tell you this: Success comes with a price. Every person that has grown up, grows up with something. It ain’t just perfect from the beginning.”
Then Usher went on to talk about the importance of artist development and how its led to the longevity of his own career. Usher, who moved to New York at 15 to be mentored by Diddy, said:
“Artistic development made me who I am. Somebody took the time to help me find what it is that works for me as an entertainer and who I am as a music maker.”
His fans’ musical input
“In all honesty, I give one shit. I do hear them—that’s why I say one shit. I do give a shit, but not two shits. Two shits is a lot. I care enough to make sure they understand that I’m making it for them, but I’ve got to be true to where I am.”
Playing Sugar Ray Leonard
“I wanted to show a different side of who I am, not just throw my acting chops toward a romantic comedy. When I played Sugar Ray, everything was Sugar Ray. Every day I trained like a boxer. I ate like a boxer. I moved like a boxer.”
Usher certainly has a point about that artist development part. There’s certainly a lack of that these days. Seeing that Usher and Biebs were photographed together at the park, it’s clear that he’s still trying to impart some wisdom and be a good influence. But, it’s true, there’s only so much you can tell a grown man and that’s what Beiber is. It’ll be interesting to see what happens with him and his career.
Do you think Usher should stand by him? If you were his mentor, what would you say to Justin at this time? Check out the pictures from Usher’s spread on the following pages.
If you watched “The Voice” this season, you know that Usher’s mentee Josh Kaufman emerged victorious. Before Josh was crowned the champ, Usher fought tooth and nail to get America to vote for him. He was so serious, he promised fans that if Josh won, he would cook breakfast in his underwear. And, in this case, he’s proved to be a man of his word. He posted this video of himself frying eggs and we just couldn’t help but you know…look.
Take a look at the video below to see what we’re talking about.
Ok, den! We see you Ursher Baby!
And as a native of Indianapolis, Indiana and a fan of Josh’s smooth, soulful vocals I have to take time to give props to him. Congratulations Josh, you more than deserve it! #NaptownStandUp
What you do you think about Usher’s little breakfast video and the thangs we saw in the video.
What’s better than a musical powerhouse taking the stage before thousands of screaming fans? Two musical powerhouses taking the stage before thousands of screaming fans. It is all too rare an occurrence that singers join forces for an epic concert experience for the fans that adore them. But the union of Mr. and Mrs. Carter “On the Run” together has given us renewed hope that there are years of superstar-duo tours in our future. Here are the musical duets we would love to see.
Ursher is naaaasty. But I’m not going to lie, I’m actually here for all of it. Today, the R&B singer and judge on NBC’s hit show “The Voice,” released the full video for his new song “Good Kisser.” For the past couple of days, Usher has been uploading teasers for the song but today you get the full experience.
And an experience it is. Usher is looking…scrumptious. He’s hitting that falsetto that we all live for. And the choreography is awesome! (Watch for the girl with box braids.) But pearl-clutchers be forewarned. It is a bit raunchy, he even drops and F bomb in the chorus but it’s more innuendo than it is vulgarity… or it’s right on the line. It depends on your taste. You know what it is Usher’s been singing about sex long before he should have been. Get into some of the lyrics.
The devil is a lie
Them other girls can’t compete with mine
You do it so good
You f*ck my mind
You pull it out
Then you open fire
You make me wanna tap out and retire
The song is stanky, it’s sexy and if you’re like me, it’ll have you wanting to jump up and shake something in the middle of your office. I dig it.
Take a look and listen below and let us know what you think about Usher’s new song. Is it a return to his Pop/R&B roots?
“This Year Has Been Really One Of My Hardest”: Usher Reveals That One Of His Sons Was Diagnosed With Diabetes
While The Voice fans can see Usher all smiles and upbeat on the show each week, the singer says that he’s been having a tough time recently, and a big reason for that is because one of his sons was diagnosed with diabetes. When speaking with NBC’s Today, according to the San Francisco Chronicle, Usher briefly spoke about his personal struggles. He didn’t specify which son has the disease between Usher Raymond V, 6, and Naviyd, 5, but he did say that his son has type I.
“This year has been really one of my hardest years – I lost my grandmother, my son was diagnosed as being a type one diabetic. It has definitely been a difficult one for me, man.”
To be clear, type I diabetes is when your body’s immune system attacks your insulin-producing cells. It’s considered “uncommon.” This is far different from type 2, a very common form of diabetes, where insulin in your body isn’t being used properly, or there isn’t enough insulin, therefore allowing glucose to build up in the blood and affect the body’s cells.
Those diagnosed with type I can still live healthy, and many do so daily with the help of insulin injections, meal planning, insulin therapy and more.
Usher is doing everything possible to make sure his son will live healthy and happy. He said in the “Today” interview that even while he works on-set of The Voice, he tries to make time to read up on his son’s dietary requirements.
“Sometimes you’re looking at me and we’re off camera, and I’m online looking at numbers, trying to make sure he’s eating properly. It’s crazy.”