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Katy Perry Talks Dating Her Crush (John Mayer), Acting and Loving Married Life in W Magazine Cover Story

Katy Perry had a lot to say in a new interview with W magazine.

While the singer loves her life as it is now, she did enjoy being married but accepts that her marriage to Russell Brand fell apart.

She also talked a bit more about her hit single “Roar” and why she can’t see herself being on the big screen anytime soon.

On dating John Mayer:

“I actually am dating my crush. I had a crush on him for a long time.”

On whether she liked being married:

“Of course. I really loved it. It was a new, fun, exciting journey. But I like how I am now, and I think all things happen for a reason.”

On the meaning of “Roar”:

“This song is about sticking up for yourself. People talk about bullying, but you can be your own bully in some ways. You can be the person who is standing in the way of your success, and that was the case for me. I was having a great professional streak, but personally, I was really immature, so I had to balance those things out.

“If you are not happy with something, you should change it. So I went to a lot of therapy, and finally, I am able to speak up for myself: You are going to hear me roar!”

On why she won’t be acting anytime soon:

“I hate mornings. So I told some executives who had asked me whether I wanted to act that if you want to start shooting at 11 a.m., then I’m your girl. Otherwise, I’m not interested. I live a rock-star kind of life where I don’t go to bed until 4 a.m. I’m very nocturnal.

“But I always say that if Ridley Scott wants to hire me for Blade Runner 2 to play Rachel, I am absolutely available.”

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DO GOODERS: Nas Campaigns To Help A Single Father Of SEVEN Find New Home + DMX Lands ACTING GIG With Chris Rock AFTER DUI Arrest

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Rapper Nas has starting a fundraising campaign to help a single father of seven find a new home for his kids.  Get the deets on the campagin inside and find out how much Nas kicked in.  Also, find out about DMX’s latest gig….and it’s not behind bars!

 

When Nas heard that a single father of seven had been displaced by a fire, he leapt into action and start a crowdsourcing campaign to find the family a new residence in D.C.  Hoping to raise $ 20,000 (after his own $ 5K donation), Nas has promised to kick in $ 5K more if the goal is reached. He posted,  

I am also a single father, and we don’t get enough credit in this country. I’m committed to helping Stanley and his seven (yes 7!) kids. Moreover, I believe and hope that we should all, as a community, come together to help our fellow American men and women when they need us in desperate situations like this. See if you can’t find a few dollars to help the Youngs get back on their feet with me. We need to raise enough to extend their stay, and maybe even afford a down payment on a new house or something.

This is real. It is me. I’m putting in $ 5,000 myself. Never done something like this, but I have faith that our American community can pull together a miracle for this strong family who needs our help right now.

And seeing that Nas has had his own fair share of fatherhood issues with is daughter and tax issues, it’sgood to see he’s paying it forward after handling his own business.

Watch the story here:

 

In other rapper news…..

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The last time we saw DMX, he was passed out in the back of police car in South Carolina (and it wasn’t pretty).  But now….the rapper has cleaned up his image (thanks to a few makeup artists) and landed a role in Chris Rock’s new movie (which has undergone SEVERAL names changes).  

And some may call it type-casting, but Chris knew exactly where to put DMX….in jail.  But apparently DMX is in on the joke. Domenick Nati of Nati Celebrity Services (X’s talent agency) said,

"The scene is comedic which allowed X to show off his versatility as an actor. X and Rock played well off each other and Rock’s character even gets DMX to lead the inmates in a song. There are more acting roles to come and DMX is also planning on attending the Sundance Film Festival in January."

Good luck with that! And keep him away from any liquor at craft services…..

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Lance Gross Dishes On His Own Temptations…And The Criticism Around His Co-Star’s Acting SKills

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Lance Gross has been making his rounds promoting his new film in theaters this weekend, Temptation.  And he told Huff Post Black Voices about the criticism surrounding one of his co-star’s acting skills (or lack thereof), and whether he’s had his own "Temptation" style drama with any of his past girlfriends….

One of our fave hotties let the world know just how well he treats his women (damn, what happened Eva Marcille?) and why he feels like people need to fall back on slamming his co-stars.  Here’s what he had to say:

Last year upon the announcement of the film’s cast, there was a ton of criticism surrounding Kim Kardashian’s role. What were your thoughts on the situation?

I’ve been working with Tyler since 2007 and he has a great business mind. He knows what he’s doing and he knows what he wants for his films. So I don’t really question his decisions in casting people. To Kim’s defense, she did a great job. The role that he gave her was well thought out. It was something that he believed she could execute. And I think she brought her “A-game.” I get what all the fuss was about, but at the end of the day you got to give people a chance. And I feel like she really proved herself.

Throughout your career you’ve been viewed as a heartthrob. With that said, have you ever found yourself in a position similar to your character?

Man, I’ve never been through a situation like this. I mean, of course as a man you go through that. If you got a dope girl there’s going to be people that want her. But I don’t know, I’ve always kept my “A-game” on point. I just make a point to make sure the woman that I’m with is taken care of. You got to keep it new, so I go out of my way to make them feel special. My thing is, if I’m going to be with you, I’m going to be with you to make you feel like this is the best relationship that you ever had. And that’s what I aim for to make sure none of this happens to me.

Since you’ve never experienced any issues in your personal life, was that a challenge in preparing for the role?

It was and it wasn’t. Because I have a lot of friends who are married and who have dealt with infidelity, so I pretty much picked their brains and experienced it through them. And for me, personally, everyone has experienced losing someone. Whether it’s a relationship that fell apart or death, everyone knows that feeling. So that’s where I pretty much pulled from for this.

 

Well isn’t that sweet?  Meanwhile, social media is buzzing with people talking about hitting the theaters to see Tyler Perry’s newest flick.  It’ll be interesting to see the numbers ta the end of the weekend.  Check out the full interview over at Huff Post.

Are you going to see Temptation?

 

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Terrence Howard Says Black Media ATTACKED Him For Marrying An ASIAN Woman, Hints At HIATUS From Acting

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Terrence Howard hinting at taking a break from acting and vented his frustration over the backlash he received for marrying an Asian woman during his Dead Man Down promos.  Watch the interview inside……….

 

While doing the promo rounds for his latest flick, "Dead Man Down" (which opened at the box office this weekend with a disappointing $ 1.8 Million) Terrence Howard hinted at an "acting" break and blasted how he was ridiculed for marrying outside his race.  

He spoke about taking a break from movie/tv roles for a while because "I feel maybe I’ve done enough, I’ve played enough in these field.  And I would like to see what other mediums that I can aspire towards."

And when it came to talks of his bitter divorce, Terrence felt like he came out on the receiving end of a lot of hatred because he married outside of his race.

"We have a crab mentality where we try to pull each other down because of choices we’ve made.  Because I chose to marry an Asian woman instead of a Black woman.  I think as Black people we have to start helping each other and congratulating each other for being morally strong. And doing the right thing by that.  If you dont have something nice to say, then don’t say anything at all."

Somethng tells me that’s not why he received hate. 

Watch the interview here:

FIRST LOOK: Ashanti Flexes Her Acting Skills…And Promo Shots…For New Season Of Lifetime’s “Army Wives”

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Ashanti‘s looking gorgeous in her new promo shot for her new role in Lifetime’s series "Army Wives".  Check it inside, plus new flicks from her role for the new season…

"The Woman You Love" singer Ashanti is putting on her actor’s at as one of the newest cast members of Lifetime’s #1 drama "Army Wives."

Her newly released promo shot is a fab one, and more deets and pics from her new role as "Latasha Montclair" is officially underway.  Season 7 of the show premieres March 10th with 13 episodes, and here’s a few of the first shots of Ashanti in her role:

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She has a dog named Tucker and, according to BlackFilm.com, is a mother of three with a husband who is deployed:

Ashanti will make her series regular debut in "Army Wives" as “Latasha Montclair,” a force of nature and an indomitable spirit for whom “southern hospitality” isn’t just a concept, it’s a way of life. Latasha finds joy in navigating the daily chaos of singlehandedly wrangling her three children while her husband, “Quincy” (Joshua Henry, Godspell, The Scottsboro Boys), is deployed overseas.

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YBF actress Wendy Davis will also be returning to her long time role.  And Brooke Shields has also been added to the cast.

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We’ll be watching…

“BBW Miami” Kicks Off Taping Of New Season + Check out Gloria Govan’s “Acting Skills”

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So…Evelyn Lozada is going back to the place that has brought so much drama to her life:  "Basketball Wives Miami."   The cast kicked off taping of the new season today, plus we’ve got "BBW LA" star Gloria Govan‘s totally WTF-worthy movie preview where she debuts her acting "skills"…..

Ev posted a pretty pic of herself on her way to the first day of filming for the new season of "Basketball Wives" in Miami.  She said:

The time has finally arrived tweeps! I’m heading to film BBW5 Miami!! ***Let us pray***

She also asked her Twitter followers to pray for the first day of Season 5.  Not sure prayers to Jesus will help much.  Bit it sounds like all is good so far.  She wrapped today saying:

Great first day filming with my boo @ShaunieONeal – 1 down 3 more months to go. #Yikes

Yikes is right. But hopefully Iyanla Vanzant has given Ev some tools on how to deal with the foolery.

As for who else will be returning-it hasn’t been confirmed.  But Royce Reed has spent the past few weeks telling Twitter she’s been begging to get out of her contract and doesn’t plan on returning.  WOMP.

By the way, Ev also landed a deal recently to become the spokeswoman for the YOUTHH20 superfood "Age Defying System" shot through Revival Labs.  Nice.

 

In other BBW news, Gloria Govan’s new "movie" she’s been shooting this season on "BBW LA" has hit the net.  And we don’t have many words to describe this foolywangery:

Her web show/movie Clean Ops, where she is a ballerina/black ops specialist, has its first episode out.  And since we’re not really sure how to describe it, here’s what the press release says:

this quality production written by Sylvia Hillman and Michael Anthony Snowden, and directed by Bernard Gourley, is sure to deliver high action, thrill and suspense to digital urban entertainment. Seemingly an undercover vigilante institute, “Clean Ops” is an agency that trains inner city kids in performing arts by day and the art of being an expert assassin by night. Govan, who trained with top professionals for her role as an assassin, delivers an action packed performance as “V”, a classical ballerina by day and a contracted hit woman by night. Very little is known about V’s past; where she came from, how the agency found her or how long she’s been there. The only thing you need to be concerned with is becoming V’s next target.

Oh…

The show will air on Shaquille O’Neal‘s recently launched Comedy Shaq Network on Youtube.  And she also has another show on the network called "Backstage Confidential." How interesting….

Tia Mowry-Hardrict Gets BRIGHT & “FEARLESS”, TALKS About Motherhood, Fashion And Acting Again

Actress Tia Mowry-Hardrict covers the latest issue issue of "FEARLESS" Magazine for which she also served as guest editor. Get the deets on what she talked about inside……

Gorgeous gal Tia Mowry-Hardrict is all about being Fearless.  And when you get blindsided by a network after you’re thinking everything is A-OK with your HIT show, you’ve got to put on your big girl panties and keep it stepping.

Inside the mag, which she’s covering in a pretty & bright orange fall look, Tia offers readers stories about her personal life and expresses the importance of staying true to yourself.

The "Oh, Baby" author tells readers “Always stay true to who you are. In this society, especially with women, they feel they have to change who they are to be liked in this world…stay true to who you are because God only made one of you.”

FEARLESS Magazine Publisher, Arian Simone, was excited about working with Tia saying:

“We are honored to have Tia Mowry as our next guest editor. Tia brings a burst of fun energy to everything that she does; we are so pleased to have her with us again! She is an example of a young fly fabulous female who balances it all, husband, family, & career.

In other Tia news, she recently tweeted that she’s joined the cast of the movie Baggage Claim"So excited I can finally share I have been added to line up of fox searchlights Baggage Claim More exciting news 2 come"

Congrats Tia!  And on the premiere of the new season of her reality show "Tia & Tamera" last night, we finally find out just why she had to leave "The Game".  Tia was told by her manager that BET wanted to change her regular and starring role as "Melanie" to recurring status.  And she could either leave completely before the next season, or take on the new status.  Tia decided to leave to free herself up for larger roles.

 

 

 

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Waka Flocka Flame + Drake Display Their Acting Skills in Uncut ‘Round of Applause’ Video

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It looks like Waka Flocka Flame is trying to flex his acting chops in the uncut version of his ‘Round of Applause’ video. Unlike the original edited version, this clip is strictly NSFW, Continue reading

NeNe Leakes: Still Acting A Diva To Her Fans….And She’s STILL With Gregg!

And the diva antics are still in tact.  With another season of "Real Housewives of Atlanta" right around the corner, NeNe Leakes’ "personality" is on 100 these days.  And it looks like we’ll still be seeing Gregg…despite the fact they said they’re splitting up…next season.

 

Deets on NeNe’s run-in with a fan inside….

If you’re a NeNe Leakes fan, beware of going to tell her such if you ever run into her in person.  According to one of her fans, Mrs. Leakes on on some super-b status as if she attended Juliard to get her celebrity.

A fan spotted NeNe on a 2:30p flight from Ft. Lauderdale airport (NeNe was vacaying in Miami for the Holiday) yesterday.  And she wasn’t alone.  Her husband (didn’t they say they were getting a divorce?) was there acting extra coupled up…and with the 2 sons.

So when the fan attempted to say "Hello" to the Gucci’d up  (dress and shades) reality chick, the fan allegedly got an up-and-down glance once-over and a shrug-off from NeNe.

I use to be a big FAN of NeNe from Atlanta housewives. Well not anymore." All that has changed, the fan said.   "I was so excited to see her so I spoke to her I said hi.  She looked at me up and down, and in the rudest voice she could muster as if I were a peasant she said HI!"

A peasant though?

And about the mysteriousness still surrounding Gregg and NeNe’s "relationship," the fan is calling it out as pure fakery. Shocker.

We’re told, "Both NeNe & Gregg were looking very much like a "family" to me. Maybe that’s why she was so rude, because somebody had actually recognized her and blew her cover for the rude ghetto snake she actually is."

We shall see on the new season.  We knew Gregg’s ass wasn’t going NO-WHERE….