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Fantasia Returns To BROADWAY In “After MidNight” + Idris Elba’s Mandela Biopic Teaser + Jamie Foxx Stars In First “Amazing Spiderman 2″ Teaser

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Fantasia is back on track and she’s got a new gig on Broadway.  Get the deets inside, plus sneak peeks at Idris Elba in the new Mandela bipic and Jamie Foxx as the villain in Amazing Spiderman 2


Fanny is spending her days in the gym, being a mom to two kiddies, and promoting her Side Effects Of You music.  And so far, it’s keeping her life drama free.  Now, she’s got a new gig as the first guest star in the Broadway production of After Midnight.

After working it out in The Color Purple on Broadway back in ’07, Fanny will be one of 25 singers and dancers to star in the jazzy musical production. Broadway.com describes it in full:

Conceived by Jack Viertel, After Midnight is an evocative new musical that tackles the sexy, smoky glamour of the Jazz Age, set in the heyday of Duke Ellington’s years at Harlem’s Cotton Club. The ever-changing list of stars is reflective of the Cotton Club’s weekly rotation of guests during its “Celebrity Nights,” which included the likes of Lena Horne, Judy Garland, George Gershwin, Billie Holiday and Ella Fitzgerald.

Sounds right up her alley.  She will perform from the beginning of previews on October 18 through February 9, 2014, and will be the major headliner for the official opening on November 3.  Congrats Fanny!



As the world celebrates Nelson Mandela’s 95th birthday today, a brand new teaser for the new film about Mandela’s life just hit the net. Check out the first peek at Idris Elba playing the iconic South African leader below:

Video: Worldwide trailer exclusive: Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom


The Long Walk To Freedom biopic hits theaters in 2014. The fab Naomie Harris will play Winnie Mandela.


And finally, the first teaser for Amazing Spiderman 2 is out.  Jamie Foxx, who plays villain Electro, can be seen in his new buff & scary role.  This first sneak peek is being shown at Comic-Con:


Dude looks scary as hell…


Photo: Fantasia’s IG

Selita Ebanks GETS COZY With Eli Mizrahi At Cannes Film Festival + FIRST LOOK At Idris Elba’s “Mandela” FILM POSTER

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Model turned reality star Selita Ebanks turned up at the Cannes Film Festival on the arm of designer Eli Mizrahi.  See pics inside and see Idris Elba’s "Mandela film poster.  

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Model and relaity star Selita Ebanks keepts herself a man and friends who is in the mix.  She attend the "Blood Ties" Premiere with designer Eli Mizrahi during the 66th Annual Cannes Film Festival at Grand Theatre Lumiere earlier today in Cannes, France. 

Though Selita and Eli looked very cozy on the red carpet, we don’t believe they’re dating.  Eli poses with tons of model chicks and fashionistas.

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Selita’s gown was Alexander McQueen and her jewels were by Chopard.  Stunning.

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Fans of Selita will get to see and learn a great detail about her life when her upcoming STYLE Network reality series "Selita" hits the airwaves later this year. 

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She tweeted "Look back at it #cannesfilmfestival".



And at the movies…

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Idris Elba’s poster for Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom is out. The Justin Chadwick-directed film will cover Mandela’s early life and 27 years in prison. Skyfall star Naomie Harris will portray as Winnie Mandela. Fans can watch the film when it hits theaters on November 29.  Idris as Mandela?  This ought to be interesting…





OKC Thunder BALLER Russell Westbrook COVERS “COMPLEX” April/May Issue +A$AP Rocky’s “L’UOMO VOGUE” Spread + MORE Idris Elba “British GQ” PICS

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Oklahoma City Thunder star Russell Westbrook covers the latest issue of COMPLEX.  See what he says about his flair for fashion inside, and see pics from A$ AP Rocky’s "L’Uomo Vouge" shoot and more pics from Idris Elba’s "British GQ" spread… 


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In the April/May issue of COMPLEX Magazine, OKC Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook talked to the magazine about his off-court flair for fashion, which has attracted the attention of the fashion world.  Here are the highlights:  

On his fearless approach to fashion:

“If you think about what other people say, then you have a problem. “When it comes to dressing up, a lot of people are worried what others think. You just gotta go with it.”

On being a non-conformist:

“I take risks, but I don’t think of it that way.”

On his mother’s influence on his attraction to clothes:

“That’s where it all started…She used to shop for us growing up. But then it got to a point where I was so picky about my clothes that she stopped shopping for me. I had a sense of the style I was gravitating to. I worked for stuff I couldn’t afford.”

On fashion’s finer things:

“Some people may be scared to wear something. I obviously don’t care.”

On wearing glases with no lense:

“No lenses at all. It’s my own flair, man. I know what looks right and what looks crazy.”

On having an "eye" for what looks right:

“It’s natural for me now. I don’t leave the house like, ‘Oh, let me get something crazy.’ I just go with it and see what happens.”

Check out Russell’s photos here:

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Sweatshirt by Kenzo / Pants by Dries Van Noten / Shoes by Ralph Lauren / Sunglasses by Silver Linings

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Sweatshirt by Kenzo / Pants by Dries Van Noten / Shoes by Ralph Lauren / Sunglasses by Silver Linings

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Polo Shirt by Raf Simons for Fred Perry / Pants by Lacoste L!VE / Glasses by Silver Linings / Shoes by Ralph Lauren

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Shirt by Kenzo / Jeans by Naked & Famous / Sneakers by Lanvin 



And in "L’Uomo Vogue"…

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Trend-setting rappar A$ AP Rocky posed for a shoot with "L’Uomo Vogue" shot by Francesco Carrozzini, where he talked to the magazine about growing up in Harlem and its influence on his style. 

“I’ve always been interested in fashion, since when I was a kid and used to shop on 5th Avenue. But the real leap in quality occurred when I was 16 years old. I immediately loved Prada, Dolce & Gabbana, and Gucci. Nevertheless, my approach has always been spontaneous, based on a sort of fashion sense that lets me blend haute couture with streetwear."

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He also commented on the changing scope of the hip hop industry and how it is influenced by fashion. "I want this period to be remembered as the ‘Platinum Age’ or ‘Diamond Age’. Currently, there’s a new artist movement that’s rewriting the rules of hip hop and I’m their leader, king, and emperor, that’s for sure. I’m the future of this genre”.

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Despite his love of garments, A$ AP said he won’t be launching his own clothing line anytime soon.  “In the future I could cooperate with a brand. Beyond that, since I’m not a designer I prefer leaving that task to professionals and to focus on music…this is the dawn of a new movement."


And in the March 2013 issue of British GQ……

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We’ve got more pics from Idris Elba’s March 2013 photoshoot.

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Inside the mag, Idris said he was flattered by all of the "James Bond" talk.

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T-shirt by Dunhill, Jeans by Replay, Boots by G-Star

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Jacket by Diesel, T-shirt by Sunspel, Jeans by Emporio Armani, armani.com. Belt by Replay

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T-shirt by Levi’s


The Randomness:

1.  "Threats of violence" force Michael Vick to cancel book tour.  Story.  

Denzel Washington, “Django Unchained” & Don Cheadle LAND Golden Globe Nominations + Idris Elba’s “Pacific Rim” Trailer


The 2013 Golden Globe nominations have been announced and Kerry Washington, Jamie Foxx, Denzel Washington and Don Cheadle are each involved with nominated projects.  Find out about their nominations inside and watch the Pacific Rim trailer….


The 2013 Golden Globe Awards were announced this morning at the Beverly Hilton Hotel and several YBF actors were noticed. The nominees were introduced by Hollywood Foreign Press Association president Aida Takla-O’Reilly along with actors Jessica Alba, Megan Fox and Ed Helms.

On the small screen, Don Cheadle’s performance on "House of Lies" landed him a nod for BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A TELEVISION SERIES.

On the big screen, Denzel Washington’s performance as a troubled pilot landed him a BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA nod for Flight.

Also, the Jamie Foxx/Kerry Washington led film Django Unchained was nominated for BEST MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA.

The awards are set to air on NBC on Sunday, January 13 and will be hosted by Tina Fey and Amy Poehler.


And heading to the big screen….



British heartthrob Idris Elba stars in Pacific Rim, a fast-paced science fiction thriller where aliens rise from the sea and threaten to destroy the world. Directed by Guillermo del Toro, and set in San Francisco, a special task force of human-controlled robots are deployed to save the Earth from destruction.

Set for release on July 12, 2013, the film shows that Idris Elba can definitely carry a movie will surely keep him on the list of possible actors to take over as the next James Bond.    

Watch the Pacific Rim trailer here:



Naomie Harris GOES SHEER GLAM For London “Skyfall” Premiere, Reveals Why IDRIS ELBA May Be The Next JAMES BOND!

Bond "woman" Naomie Harris talked about her role in the upcoming Skyfall flick to our friends over at Huffington Post Black Voices.  And she revealed how she crafted her gun-happy character and why soon there will likely be a black James Bond! Deets inside…..


Naomie Harris, shown above arriving at the Royal world premiere Skyfall at the Royal Albert Hall in London today, turned heads and raised eyebrows in a sheer & corseted Marios Schwab Spring 2012 gown.  Her gown, with a blue & silver sequined bodice, was paired with black heels and Jessica McCormack’s earrings.

While on her promo tour, Naomie, who plays "Miss Moneypenny", chatted with the Huff Post where she hinted that one day there could be a black James Bond — and Mr. Idris Elba would be the perfect choice. Here are the highlights:

While reading the script, did you find yourself going back to take any notes from previous Bond girls?

No, in fact I really tried to do the opposite. I really felt like I didn’t want to be straight jacketed by knowing too much about what was done in the past. I didn’t want to try and make my character similar to someone in the past. I was specifically asked by the producers and director to come in and add a modern character. And that was really important to me to make her original.

How would you describe your character, Eve, as the latest Bond Girl?

She’s very independent, very playful. And what’s really exciting for me about the role is that you see her going toe to toe with Bond. She’s out in the field as a field agent, sees herself just as capable as him firing sniper rifles, Walther MPKs, and just having a blast at the beginning of the movie. Things go a bit wrong and she begins to question whether or not she’s right for the field work.

In recent years there’s been talks of the possibility of fans seeing a black James Bond at some point. Do you have any personal favorites that you would consider for the role?

I didn’t realize that there was this talk and then I did a film with Idris [Elba] and he said that he met Barbara Broccoli [James Bond producer] and that it does seem like there is a possibility in the future that there could very well be a black James Bond. And I would have to vote for Idris because I just finished working with him and he’s a great guy. [Laughs]

He’s also a fellow London native, as well.

That’s right. I didn’t even realize that until I started to work with him. I thought he was an American based on his role on “The Wire.” [Laughs]

Check out the full interview over at Huff Post.

Skyfall hits theaters November 9th.  Will you be watching?


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Idris Elba Gets SEXY For June 2012 British GQ

In the June 2012 issue of British GQ covered by pop chick Cheryl Cole, Idris Elba is putting his ridiculously sexy good looks on display.  Check out his spread inside as he promotes his upcoming movie Prometheus

Rocking dapper suits and all around sex appeal, Idris is the GQ Recommends feature of the month:

Nice.  His sci-fi horror action flick Prometheus hits theaters June 8th.

Idris Elba RELEASES New “Prometheus” Promo Pic + Adrienne Bailon & Julissa Bermudez Cop New Reality Show


His royal sexiness Idris Elba has released a new promo still from his upcoming flick Prometheus. See the photo inside and get deets on the new "Empire Girls" reality tv show starring Continue reading

Idris Elba & Taraji P. Henson LAND ROLES In “No Good Deed” + Gabrielle Union Shoots “Single Black Female” Pilot

Taraji P. Henson, Idris Elba and Gabrielle Union have all recently landed new acting gigs.  Get the deet on their projects inside…..

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NEW GIGS: Idris Elba Set To Play Nelson Mandela In New Biopic+Rachel Crow Nabs Nickelodeon Deal!

Idris Elba just made the announcement he will indeed be playing political icon Nelson Mandela in a brand new biopic shooting this summer.  Deets on the British imports’ newest gig, plus X Factor Continue reading

Idris Elba, Octavia Spencer WIN BIG At 2012 Golden Globe Awards!

The stars were out at The Beverly Hilton tonight to see who took home a prestigious Golden Globe award.  And congrats are in order for actors Idris Elba & Octavia Spencer who took home top awards of the night!  Deets inside…

Earlier tonight, the ridiculously sexy Idris Elba won one of the top honors–the 2012 Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actor in a Mini-Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television award for "Luther."  The British actor thanked his daughter, Isan, who he said was having a Golden Globes party at home.  Sweet! 

More pics of Idris posing with his award in the press room and photoshoot room:

So hot…


And actress Octavia Spencer also won one of the top awards tonight: Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture award for "The Help."  She was shocked by the win, but pulled it together enough during her acceptance speech to thank everyone, including Martin Luther King, Jr., whose birthday we observe tomorrow.

She commented, "Martin Luther King Jr. said it best: All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance!"

Congrats to Octavia!

Actor Morgan Freeman received the distinguished Cecil B. DeMille award.  And as he thanked the iconic Sidney Poitier, who also received this award, for presenting him with the accomplishment, Morgan said he would rename the award in his house to the Sidney Poitier award.  Nice!

And congrats to YBF actor David Harewood, whose "Homeland" cast won the much deserved award for Best Television Series – Drama.