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Kerry Washington & Jamie Foxx COVER The December/January Issue Of “LA CONFIDENTIAL”, Celebrate With “Scandal” Co-Stars

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The stars of the upcoming film Django Unchained, Kerry Washington & Jamie Foxx, cover the latest issue of LA Confidential.  See their "Unchained" photoshoot inside and get deets on Kerry’s appearance on "Oprah’s Next Chapter.".

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Last night, LA Confidential cover stars Kerry Washington and Jamie Foxx attended the mag’s 10th Anniversary Event at SupperClub in Los Angeles.

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On the red carpet, Kerry posed with her "Scandal" co-stars, actresses Bellamy Young, Katie Lowes and Darby Stanchfield.

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Her "Scandal" co-star Guillermo Diaz also posed on Kerry’s arm.

 

Inside the magazine, Kerry and Jaime, who star in Django Unchained (December 25), dished on their on-screen chemistry, some of the obstacles that face Black actors and their first meeting.  Here are the highlights:

Kerry on their natural chemistry:
“What you see with Jamie and me—it’s rare. But it comes from a whole lot of crying, a whole lot of sharing, a whole lot of blood, sweat, and tears.”

Jamie on when he first met Kerry?:
“I remember exactly when I first saw you. You were driving up in your little green car. ‘Little Miss Do-good. Keepin’ the community clean so we can stay a little longer on the earth,’ and I’m thinking, Here comes somebody!”

Kerry on adversity for black actors:
“My grandmother was a maid on Park Avenue and her grandmother was a slave. The expectations about what’s possible for African Americans is always shifting and always growing, but Jamie’s right: If you’re black in Hollywood, you have to be twice as good and work twice as hard as everybody else.”

 

In the magazine….

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ON KERRY: Gazar gown with hand-burnt palettes, Houghton ($ 4,800). Earrings, Jamie Wolf ($ 4,310). Neiman Marcus, Crystal feather circlet, Jennifer Behr ($ 595). Duchesse calf pumps, Bottega Veneta ($ 780). ON JAMIE: Diamond and gold jacquard dinner jacket ($ 4,590), shirt ($ 560), pants ($ 990), and bow tie ($ 245), Tom Ford.Watch and shoes, Jamie’s own.
 

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ON KERRY: Dress, Mary Katrantzou. Teardrop earrings, Harry Winston ($ 18,500). ON JAMIE: Velvet dinner jacket ($ 4,130), shirt ($ 560), and bow tie ($ 245), Tom Ford. 

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ON KERRY: Dress, J. Mendel ($ 1,990). Disco Grande earrings, Vhernier ($ 78,000).  Serpenti ring, Bulgari ($ 24,300). Barrette, hairstylist’s own. Shoes, Vivienne Westwood ($ 555).
 

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Velvet tank dress, Lanvin ($ 5,855). Barneys New York. Belt, Chanel (price on request). Decades. Verso Medio earrings, Vhernier (price on request). 
 

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Tuxedo, Giorgio Armani ($ 4,000). Bow tie, Tabb ($ 275). Shirt, stylist’s own.
 

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ON JAMIE: Narrow peak-lapel tuxedo ($ 2,054) and purple shirt ($ 309), Ozwald Boateng. Silk tie, Tom Ford ($ 205).  Watch and shoes, Foxx’s own. ON KERRY: Tricotina embellished jacket, Prada ($ 1,195). Skirt, Yves Saint Laurent. Black agate matchstick earrings, Pade Vavra ($ 270). Oval link bracelet ($ 19,800) and rectangular link bracelet ($ 16,500), Martin Katz. Headband, hairstylist’s own.

Gorgeous shoot!

Watch BTS footage from the shoot: 

 

BONUS:

OWN has released a promo for Kerry Washington and Shonda Rhimes’ upcoming apperance on Oprah’s Next Chapter.  Oprah talks to Kerry and Shonda, along with Judy Smith (on whom Kerry’s character is based) about their successful ABC series "Scandal."

Watch Oprah’s interview with Kerry Washington and Shonda Rhimes on Sunday, December 9, at 9/8c.

Photo by Vincent Sandoval/WireImage/Brian Bowen Smith/WENN

Chris Brown & Big Sean COVER The December/January Issue Of “XXL” Magazine + Wiz Khalifa’s “Rise Above” Ft. Pharrell & Amber Rose

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Chris Brown and Big Sean grace separate covers of "XXL" Magazine as both artists reflect on their success in the music business.  Find out what they shared inside and listen to Wiz Khalifa’s "Rise Above" featuring Pharrell, Tuki Carter and Amber Rose.  

 

 In the December/January issue of "XXL" (on shelves December 4th) Chris Brown wrote his own cover story where he talks about his past mistakes, how he’s grown emotionally and some of his public outburst.  Here are the highlights:


On his critics
“In the beginning, I used to be hot. I’m normal. I’m human, so if anybody says something that’s a lie, I’m numb to it. I’ve smartened up.”

On his fight with Drake
“A lot of people wanna know about the whole situation with me, Drake and Meek Mill. At the end of the day, I’m me, they’re them. They rap, I sing. Totally different caliber. I rap, I play around on mixtapes. But our words don’t collide as much as you’d think.”

On his emotional growth
“I haven’t been as mature and thought out in the past, so, me growing now, it’s showing my progression. I used to use my Twitter account to vent, but now I mostly use it for marketing and promotions. Even if the media asks me something, if it’s cool then it’s, ‘What’s up?’ But if it’s anything that’s too negative, I don’t care to respond.”

On his feelings about love
“One thing people often want me to talk about is my public love life. When it comes to my love life, the perception seems as though I am a player. But that’s not true. Love is something I am still learning. It’s just an obstacle that I haven’t yet mastered. I think that’s my biggest hurdle in life.”

On his artwork
“I use music or painting as my outlet to get through the confusion. I try to promote positivity and love.” 

 

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On the dual cover of XXL, G.O.O.D. Music star Big Sean gears up for the release of his second album, Hall of Fame: Memoirs of a Detroit Player, due out in early 2013. He tells the mag about his upbringing and how it influenced him as an artist. Here are the highlights.

On his responsibility
“It’s deeper than just comin’ up or making money. We got the potential and opportunities to change the world—and still have fun with it. It’s a responsibility that I feel like I’m willing to take.”

How Detroit influenced his artistry

“I took all my experiences from Detroit and incorporated them into who I am today. From partying to inspiration to sharing times about being broke to love to the dope boys, paper chasers. I would see all the players rocking furs and gators. I’ve seen people get killed. I’ve seen people spend crazy money. I’ve seen poor people. I give every aspect of the city in my music. They need somebody to tell that story.” 

And in music news….

With Wiz Khalifa’s ‘O.N.I.F.C.’ set for release on next Tuesday, December 4th, and his wedding a few weeks away, he’s dropped a new track called "Rise Above."  The song features Pharrell, Tuki Carter and Wiz’s fiancee Amber Rose.  Amber does a little rap at the end of the song and surprise, surprise….it isn’t that bad. 

 

The Randomness:

1.  Halle Berry and Gabe Aubry "might" have come to an agreement.  Story.

Kerry Washington, Jamie Foxx & Leonardo DiCaprio Get UNCHAINED For VIBE’s December/January Issue

 

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Their new VIBE cover was six months in the making, and now it’s final.  Check out the stars of the upcoming movie Diego Unchained, Kerry Washington, Jamie Foxx & Leonardo DiCaprio covering the upcoming issue of VIBE magazine inside…

 

The stras are gearing up for their big Quentin Tarintino film Diego Unchained, filmed in New Orleans and hitting theaters soon, so they’re covering the pages of the upcoming December/January issue of VIBE mag.

In the cover story, Kerry, Jamie & Leo dish on the film’s numerous criticism, their challenges, their camaraderie and mastering the art of telling this historically hot-button story.

Vibe Magazine Editor-In-Chief Jermaine Hall interviewed the big three while on set for their cover shoot at Bathhouse Studios in New York.  And they the cast gives up the goods on Leo’s reservation with playing such a dark, despicable character and the power of Jamie’s presence on set, transforming it from all business to a get together amongst old friends with lots of laughter and dancing in between shots.

Check out some hot black-and-white shots from the set:

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And check out the behind the scenes fun the trio had while shooting their big cover:
 

 

Photog: Kareem Black

Tracee Ellis Ross Gets BLOWN On December/January 2012 VIBE VIXEN Cover, Tells Single Black Women They’re Not DOOMED

This chick never disappoints in the style department.  Tracee Ellis Ross is covering the December/January 2012 issue of VIBE VIXEN…and totally working it out with blown out caught-in-the-wind hair and a vintage The Police tee.  Only her.

 

Check out the full cover, plus the advice she’s got for her fellow single black ladies, inside…

Tracee Ellis Ross wants her fans to know her for being Tracee…not for the Joan Clayton character many think she is.  So now that she’s in her new "Reed Between the Lines" role on BET, she’s schooling folks on the new ways she handling her new life.  Sidenote: I just watched her show last night for the first time since the premiere and it’s surprisingly gotten much better after it’s first episode.

We’ve always been in lust with her clothes, hair, and seemlingly fun and down-to-earth personality.  And now she’s talking about her Cosby show comparisons, viewer response to her new show, and her advice for single ladies.  Check out the highlights from the YBF chick’s interview with VIXEN below:

Ross on the viewer response to "Reed Between The Lines":

I don’t know all of the viewers’ reactions. The only access I have is through Twitter, but I feel really proud of what we’ve done … But it’s still very different from what’s been on BET and it takes people a minute either to find it or for their palate to get used to it because it’s not typically found on BET.

On comparisons to "The Cosby Show":

BET seems to be promoting it as the new Cosby, which I don’t think it helpful, and I don’t think makes sense.


On balancing her new responsibility as producer with acting:

I wouldn’t say difficult, but it’s definitely makes for a long day. But it is the kind of full plate that I adore. I adore this kind of work and it’s very rewarding. The producer role very much plays into the kind of person I am.

On how different her style is from her beloved characters, Joan and Carla:

I am different than both of those ladies. I dress sexier than Carla, meaning I wear more form-fitting clothes. I have a little more edge to the way I dress than both of the ladies. And I dress down way more than both of those ladies.

Ross’ advice to single Black women:

I don’t think anybody’s doomed if they’re single. The only thing that dooms you is if you’re not willing to stretch outside of your comfort zone to try different things.
 

The entire interview will be revealed on VIBE VIXEN’s site December 19th. 

T.I.’s December/January 2012 VIBE Magazine Outtakes

Clifford "T.I." Harris is looking hot in this new VIBE magazine outtake.  The December/January 2012 coverboy also shot some behind-the-scenes footage for the issue.

 

Check it inside…

He’s been starring as the criminal turned doting husband and father and businessman in his new reality show, "T.I. & Tiny: The Family Hustle." 

VIBE has a whole gallery of outtakes over on their site.  Check out the rapper and VH1 star in his behind the scenes VIBE shoot footage below:

Check out his cover and his controversial quotes about the gay community HERE.

DRAKE Covers Complex’s December/January 2012 Issue, REVEALS His Biggest Fear

Drake covers the December 2011 / January 2012 issue of "Complex" Magazine where he sits for an in-depth interview that covers why so many rappers diss him, what he tries to bring to the game and what his biggest fear in life is.  See highlights inside…..

Promoting his name album Take Care, Drake sat down with Complex Magazine to discuss why he is so polarizing in the rap game.  He talks about the haters, folks making fun of his sweaters and reveal his one fear.  Here are the highlights….

On his haters –

“They nitpick at everything,” he says, shaking his head. “I can’t do anything. All they want me to do is dress so they can make fun of me. Otherwise, it’s hard for them. I don’t give people many reasons to dislike me. They have to find shit. They’re like, ‘Aw man, sweaters! He wears sweaters too much.’ Like, what?”

On his ONE fear –

“Dying, before I accomplish all this. That’s it. My father taught me: ‘Don’t fear any man. Don’t ever fear another person.’ I don’t get myself mixed up with stupid shit. I get a lot of love. I don’t feel tension. I stand 6’2". By no means am I the most threatening guy in the rap game, but there are very few people who will come up and say that shit to me in person. It’s always all smiles. That’s one thing I do not fear, anyone in this game. Nobody. Especially none of these guys that are paid to talk shit.”

On beefs and confrontation –

“If somebody wants to bring a problem to me, it’s strictly based off of their immense amount of hate for me,” he says. “It’s never because I’ve sparked that using my voice, my image, or my outlet. I never use my outlet for confrontation or negativity, ever. I always try and give people music to ride to and music to enjoy. All I ever ask in return is that it’s mutual love.”

On making music -

“Any musical sound is real to me,” Drake says as another round of drinks hits the table. “It doesn’t matter if it’s from like Lana Del Ray all the way to Future from Atlanta or ASAP Rocky. Sonically, you can do whatever you want. That’s the beautiful thing about music: you get to make a choice. The more you can start pinpointing pieces of your actual life and start pulling it into your music, people will be like, ‘Damn, that’s something I’ve only thought about, but this guy put it into a song.’

On dissing other rappers in songs -

“Rapping is about being young and doing your thing and being fly,” he says—the implication being that if older rappers catch feelings, so be it. “I’m sure people took it that way and that’s good, man. That’s great. Wake the fuck up. I hope it makes you go harder. I hope it makes you get mad at me and write a song with me in mind. I hope Kanye’s verse on ‘Otis’ was with that in mind. Everyone tried to tell me ‘Oh Jay is going at you.’ I don’t hear it, but I hope it was man, that song is fucking incredible. Making each other go harder, that’s what this shit is about.”

 

See pics from the photoshoot here:

Photos via Hyghly Alleyne and Lamar Taylor