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YBF INTERVIEW: “Baggage Claim” Co-Stars Lauren London & Jill Scott Talk Being REAL Friends, Jet-Setting Styles (With Kids) & The Difference Between MEN & BOYS

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We caugut up with two of our fave YBF chicks as they promoted their upcoming movie Baggage Claim in L.A.  We found out from Lauren London & Jill Scott that they’re real life good friends, really.  And the secret to how both single moms keep it ridiculously fabulous while embarking on their Hollywood takeovers…both as single moms. 


Peek in on our fun chit chat inside…

This weekend at the Four Seasons in Los Angeles, TheYBF.com caught up with two of the most fab chicks in the upcoming ensemble cast romantic comedy film, Baggage Claim.  Lauren London, who rocked a casual chic look of nude Manolo Blahniks, AG Jeans & an Urban Outfitters blouse, and Jill Scott.

Dimpled cutie Lauren wasn’t shy about telling us the real difference between MEN and boys, and how she keeps it fly with this busy jet setting life of hers.  And with her son in tow.  She’s got to film BET’s "The Game" in Atlanta much of the year, make guest appearances on VH1′s "Single Ladies’ and still keep up that movie career and home life in Hollywood.  So we grilled her on how she juggles it all.

Tell us about your character in "Baggage Claim":
I liked my character because she was so happy and full of life and just this bubbly personality and I got really attracted to doing the film because the cast was awesome. I’ve always wanted to work with [director David E. Talbert]. I’ve known David for a couple of years now, I’ve wanted to do a project with him and then working with Paula Patton and Jenifer Lewis… I play Paula’s younger sister who’s getting married and I want her to be my maid of honor. She’s the ‘always a bridesmaid never a bride’ and my wedding kinda leads her to finding a man in 30 days and a date to my wedding and you see her in the process of finding herself.

Since the backdrop of the movie is Paula and co.’s flight attendant jobs, tell us about a horror flying story:
That extra check they do. When they pat you down. Like, girl, really? I clearly am not walking around with anything. That’s been horrible. I don’t like people who I don’t know touching me.

Do you think it’s because you’re the fabulous Lauren London and they’re trying to cop a feel?:
I guess it depends on what city your in (laughs) I don’t know. They’re rude so I wouldn’t think fans would be so rude. I think some people just do the most when they have power.

Do you find it difficult traveling with a small child?:
I think it’s always difficult traveling with toddlers. You just want them to be really comfortable.  You wanna make sure they have everything that makes them comfortable. It’s not easy for us to travel as adults so you imagine as a kid they don’t understand but he’s been a pretty good traveler.

Who from the cast would you take to travel with you?
Uhh… who would be my travel buddy? Haha that would be a trick question. It would be Jill. That’s my girl in real life.

What are your traveling essentials:
A bottle of water, sweats and a hoodie, sneakers, thick socks, good music and a good book.

What is on your travel playlist:
My iPod is so random. I have everybody from Dr. Dre to Anita Baker, Sara McLaughlin to everybody. But really I listen to old school Faith Evans to old Kelly Price CDs.

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What can we expect from Lauren London in the future?:
We actually go back to shooting another season of ‘The Game’ later on this month.

Agree or disagree: Men are intimidated by strong women

I don’t think men are intimidated by anything, boys are though.

So are you dating?
No I’m not dating. I’m not into it right now. I’m enjoying being a mom and my career.


And proving that Lauren’s co-star Jill is indeed one of those#RealFriends, she answered our travel buddy question very similarly to Lauren. 

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She also revealed to us that her character in Baggage Claim, "Gail", is a spicy man eater who loves a wig.  Something tells us this role isn’t too far from real life.  Meow.

Check out what the fab mom of 3-year-old Jett says about her co-star (semi) crush, her travel style (we are SO with her on this), and spying on boyfriends.  Oh, and we found out she has a lil A$ AP Rocky ratchet in her…

Who from the cast would be your travel buddy?
Lauren London. That’s my homegirl. She’s so cool to get along with. She’s really easy and fun, light spirited. I know Lauren doesn’t try to work on a vacation. She’s trying to chill on a vacation. Like ,when we go out it’s because its mutual. Have you ever been on a vacation with someone who’s  like ‘come on lets go to the…and lets have… and lets do the…’ it’s really agitating. I work. I travel for a living so it’s not like I wanna work on vacation. I wanna chill.

What are your travel essentials?
They have this awesome lotion they sell at the airport. I like to travel with rose water to spray on my face through the flight. I don’t go too many places without Halls and nasal decongestant. I have Halls often. I normally have a neck pillow and lotion.

Who do you listen to while you’re traveling?
Right now, Im listening to Gregory Porter whose amazing. I’m listening to A$ AP Rocky and Laura Mvula.

Have you ever spied on your boyfriend?
I don’t think so. I have shown up unannounced before and saw something I didn’t want to see. That’s happened but the whole spy game, no.

Who is your favorite leading man in the film?
I would say Djimon Hounsou, "Quinton".  He seems very romantic [SPOILER ALERT] and he doesn’t want anything but at least you know. Others will pretend they do until they know for certain then all you have left is a bunch of feelings. Quinton would be my choice.

If you met a man who offered you a lifestyle of no commitment, would you take it?
It depends on where I was in life. If I was looking for love, then no. If I was looking for a great time, absolutely. For me, at this time, I wouldn’t take it.

Are you in the studio? What are you working on?
I’m in the studio whenever no one is seeing me. I just got off a tour but in between the tour I go to the studio at night. Im working on 2 records, one is called the lullaby record its for adults and infants. Its pretty awesome and a studio recording as well.


Catch these two hardworking YBF chicks in Baggage Claim, hitting theaters September 27th!


Lauren London Photo’ & Correspondent: Lauren Smith/TheYBF.com, Jill & Lauren Photo: Angela Yee’s IG

Lance Gross & Lauren London CURATE A VIRTUAL Art Exhibit For African American History + MORE Celeb PICS From The “BE YOU” Anti-Bullying Campaign


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Lance Gross and Lauren London have lent their voices to a virtual exhibit documenting the African American experience.  Watch the videos inside and see Adrienne Bailon, Christina Milian and others posing for the "Be Yo" anti-bullying campaign.  


Lance Gross, Lauren London, Talib Kweli and Jordin Sparks are among the YBF celebs who’ve joined an interactive campaign with Wells Fargo bank displaying "The Kinsey Collection: Shared Treasures of Bernard and Shirley Kinsey – Where Art and History Intersect."

In several online videos, the celebs serve as virtual curators in a four-part short film series, “Untold Stories: Our Inspired History,” that takes viewers through specific points in history represented by artifacts in The Kinsey Collection.

Lisa Frison, The Kinsey Collection’s African American segment manager, spoke about the campaign saying,

“Wells Fargo’s primary goal in collaborating with the Kinsey family to bring this collection to audiences across the country was to create an opportunity for others to engage in dialogue around the rich history of African Americans.

The Untold Stories campaign is an exciting extension of this partnership, and an innovative way to continue the discussion about the significant contributions of African Americans.”

The campaign is a great opportunity learn something new or revisit some great stories about the African American experience. 


Watch Lance Gross tell the stories of the first African American men who served as US congressmen: 


Watch Lauren London as she speaks on the importance of speaking up during moments of injustice:


The entire series (also featuring Talib Kweli and Jordin Sparks) can be viewed online on Wells Fargo’s YouTube channel.  


And we’ve got more pics from the "BE YOU" anti-bullying campaign…..

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Earlier this year, we told you about The Be You Photography Campaign spearheaded by anti-bullying creators J.Ryan La Cour (Karrueche’s bestie), Brenn Colleen & photographer J.B Jakubek.   The trio signed up celebs like Christina Milian, Draya Michelle, and Karrueche Tran to front the campaign and now a few more folks have joined.  So far, MTV’s Chanel Westcoast, singer Quincy, songbird Leah Labelle and pro skater Jereme Rogers have joined.


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"The Voice" correspondent Christina Milian posed for several pics.

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"The Real" host Adrienne Bailon has also joined the campaign.  Cute look.





Photos via BE YOU/ Jb Jakubek


SHOW OFFS: Rihanna ROCKS Her GRILL In London + Cee-Lo CRUISES Through LA In A CLASSIC Car

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In London, pop star Rihanna was spotted showing off her "grill", while Cee-Lo showed off one of his classic cars in LA.  See the show-offs inside…

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Despite a string of embarrassingly late arrivals to her own concerts, Rihanna gave a "superstar" wave to the throngs of fans waiting for her to depart her hotel this morning in London.
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The stylish starlet, who’s set to debut her reality show "Styled To Rock" in the US this fall, wore a very casual pair of overalls which she rolled up to show off her sneakers.

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And while signing autographs and posing for pics with fans, The "Phresh Out The Runway" singer showed off her iced-out grill.  


And in LA….. 

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Famed rocker Cee-Lo was spotted cruising down Sunset BLVD in one of his classic cars. 

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The custom matte black Speedster is just one of Cee-Lo’s fancy cars, as he recently purchased an an eco-friendly Fisker Karma super car.

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The "Crazy" singer is set to reprise his role as a judge on "The Voice" when Season 5 debuts on September 23.

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And since he was aware of the cameras……he didn’t mind putting on a little show.

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"Look Mom…no hands"!



1. Legendary White House reporter Helen Thomas died at the age of 92. She broke barriers as the first female president of the White House Correspondents’ Association and Washington’s Gridiron Club. Story.


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DO WE LOVE IT?! Rihanna Goes Clubbing In London Rocking Tom Ford Over-The-Knee Boots

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Rihanna‘s known to flaunt her killer legs at any given moment while trotting around the world.  So the pop diva stepped out to hit up Cuckoo nightclub with her bestie Melissa in these equally killer Tom Ford boots.  Decide if we love the complete look inside….


As she preps to bring her Diamonds World Tour to Twickenham stadium tonight and Sunday night, Rihanna was spotted hopping out her car to hit her fave spot…the club.  She and Melissa said screw the rain and headed out for a night of partying.  Y’all know nothing is going to stop those two from hitting anybody’s club.

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Rih kept it black & white with an oversized white tee with side slits, exposing black boy shorts.  And black & white printed over-the-knee boots by Mr. Tom Ford.

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As always, Rih accessorized with black & white Chanel cuffs and a bold red lip.  So, about her club look…




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Lauren London SITS PRETTY For JET Mag, Rails Folks For Constantly Asking About Her Relationship With Lil Wayne’s Other Children’s Mothers

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Lauren London is back in the mix with her new leading role on BET’s "The Game" and her seemingly positive relationships with her famous ex’s other children & their moms.  Check out the fab chick’s new cover, and why she’s tired of the constant questions about her son’s siblings…

In a brand new photoshoot showing off that gorge face we’ve loved since the movie ATL and a plush white off the shoulder sweater, 28-year-old Lauren London is the latest face of JET® Magazine.  And in the upcoming issue, the single mom gets personal and keeps it all the way real as she gives the inside scoop on how she balances a hot career and co-parenting with her famous ex—Lil Wayne

Chick also made sure to set the record straight on all the rumors surrounding her personal life and explains why she’ll never compromise herself (or her son) for fame. Here’s a few excerpts from the issue that hits newsstands April 29th:

On having a positive relationship with Lil Wayne’s other children & their moms
“People like to make it into this big thing, but it’s really not. There’s peace and love and my son knows his siblings. We all get along. We all clearly keep getting along. I’m tired of talking about it. What else do you want me to say?”

On addressing the many rumors surrounding her:
“I’m very blunt and honest. I have a very loyal heart. If I love you, I ride for you if I don’t f*** with you, I don’t f*** with you…If you want the truth, call me.”

Also in this issue–a preview of the trendiest swimsuit styles for him and her, an extensive guide to the hottest summer tours of 2013, featuring Beyoncé and Boyz II Men, and Iron Man 3 star Don Cheadle dishes on his questionable dance skills.  Ha!

Brandy & Lauren London Hit Up “WENDY”, Talk “The Game,” “Temptation” & WEDDING Details

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Brandy dropped by "The Wendy Williams Show" today to promote her role in "Tyler Perry’s Temptation" and the 100th episode of "The Game." Watch Brandy dish about her new movie, her engagement to Ryan Press and tonight’s season premiere with Lauren London and Jay Ellis inside…..


The gorgeous Brandy appeared on The Wendy Williams Show this morning where she talked about her role in "Tyler Perry’s Temptation", the day Ryan Press popped the question, and working on "The Game."

When talking about her upcoming wedding, she revealed that Ryan proposed on Christmas Day.  She said that as soon as her father prayed over dinner, she opened her eyes and saw Ryan down on his knees with a ring.  She knew the "big question" was coming at some point but was still surprised at the timing.

And when it comes to the special day, she said she hopes to have a big wedding, but isn’t sure if she’ll sign up for a wedding-themed reality show. She added that her 10-year-old daughter Sy’rai will be the maid of honor saying, “She’s my best friend. I love her unconditionally.”  

And longtime Brandy fans may also play a role in the process as she stated, “I just wish I could invite a lot of my core fans to the wedding because they’ve been there for me for so long."  

She also talked about her role in "Tyler Perry’s Temptation" where she plays a woman holding onto a dark secret and she discussed being "Chardonnay" on this season of "The Game."  

Watch Brandy’s interview here:


And later in the show….

New stars of "The Game," Lauren London and Jay Ellis, also stopped by to chat about tonight’s season opener.  Lauren, who wore a sexy slit dress from Rihanna’s River Island collection, was offered a "prayer cloth" by Wendy because that slit was on 100.

Wendy went on to ask Lauren about the health of her baby’s father, Lil’ Wayne, and she said "He’s great…..His album comes out today."  She remarked that being a single mother is hard for anyone–whether you’re a celebrity or not.

Watch Lauren London, Jay Ellis and Brandy promote "The Game" above.

The Game’s sixth season premieres on BET tonight at 10 p.m. ET.


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Beyonce Headlining GUCCI’S “Chime For Change” London Concert With John Legend, Rita Ora & Timbaland + Jaden Smith’s “Hello” (VIDEO)

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In addition to co-founding Gucci’s "Chime For Change" campaign, Beyonce will headline a concert for the foundation that will also featuring Rita Ora, John Legend and Timbaland.  Find out more inside and watch Jaden Smith’s "Hello" video.


The past few weeks have been pretty interesting for members of Beyonce’s beehive as they’ve had to defend her "Bow Down" single, which some critics viewed as an attack on women (even though she never said the song was against women, as opposed to her haters of all sexes).  Now, the singer (shown above in a gown from Gucci’s Fall 2011 collection) has flipped the script and announced a global fundrasier for the "Chime For Change" empowerment foundation, which so co-founded with Gucci and Salma Hayek.  

Entitled The Sound Of Change Live, the Control Room-produced fundraiser concert will be held on June 1st at Twickenham Stadium in London.  It will also feature international stars Florence and the Machine, Ellie Goulding, Iggy Azalea, John Legend, Rita Ora, Laura Pausini and Timbaland

Bey said today, "Our goal is to call for change for girls and women in the loudest voice possible. I am excited for us to come together on June 1 to bring the issues of education, health and justice for girls and women to the world stage."

Gucci is set to kick in funds for the show so proceeds can be used for the global charities involved with the initiative. Tickets go on sale at 9am on Wednesday March 27 and folks can choose which charity their ticket sale will be donated to.


After Earth star Jaden Smith has released a video for "Hello", a track off his The Cool Cafe: Cool Tape Vol. 1 mixtape.

In the black-and-white clip, shot in NYC, Jaden travels around the city posing with fans, window shopping and he gets snapped by the paparazzi. Watch the vid above and listen to Jaden’s CoolTape mixtape here.

Lauren London & The Cast Of “The Game” GET FAB For The Season 6 PROMO Shots!

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"The Game" is BACK!  The BET show kicks off its sixth season with its 100th episode later this month.  And we’ve got the brand new sexy promo pics of the two new lead characters and the entire cast.  Check out Lauren London, Brandy, Hosea Chanchez and more inside…

On March 26th, "The Game" returns to BET with a special one-hour premiere and new cast members.  Everybody’s fave dysfunctional circle of football family & friends will face new drama in the lives of the Sabers and the Sunbeams.

Now that Tia Mowry is out, the sexy Lauren London is IN.  On the premiere episode, we’ll see how Derwin Davis (Pooch Hall) gets traded on Premiere Draft Day, and newcomer Bryce "Blue" Westbrook (Jay Ellis) steps in.  Since there are no promo pics for Pooch, and he said previously he was indeed returning to the show, it seems he may just be in the first episode or so.

Here’s what you can expect to go down on this season of "The Game":

The season five finale ended with Tasha Mack in love, but will this love last forever when former flame Rick Fox returns to her life? Meanwhile, newlyweds Jason and Chardonnay are very much in love, but will Jason’s job get in the way of their honeymoon bliss? Tempted by his past demons, Malik is Malik 2.0 this year, but will he stay on track and maintain his sobriety? All this and more will be revealed in the new season of THE GAME.

Check out all the hot promo pics below:

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Lauren London

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Jay Ellis


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Wendy Raquel Robinson

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Coby Bell

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Hosea Chanchez

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Guest stars this season include: Rick Fox, Rockmond Dunbar, Ciara, John Singleton, Navid Negahban, Bumper Robinson, Tae Heckard, Greg Jennings and LaMonica Garrett.

Season 6 is once again executive produced by Mara Brock Akil, Salim Akil & Kelsey Grammer.  "The Game" premieres March 26th!  And you can check out more photos over at BET.

Photos via BET Networks

BUY IT UP: Rihanna OFFICIALLY Launches River Island Collection In London

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Rihanna‘s officially unleashing her Rihanna for River Island collection tonight.  And she hit up the River Island store on Oxford St. in London for her big launch.  Pics and video inside…

If you’ve been wanting to get your hands on Rih Rih’s River Island Collection, now’s your time.  The "Diamonds" singer rolled up to the clothing brand’s London store to sign autographs and to officially start selling her line:

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She was spotted leaving her London hotel in the collection’s black long sleeved turtle neck maxi dress.

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And snapped pics showing off the shoes from the collection once she arrived.

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She signed copies of her brand new ELLE UK mag for her young fans as well.  The collection goes on sale online tonight.

Here’s a behind the scenes look at Rihanna’s Spring/Summer 2013 Collection ad campaign featuring Jourdan Dunn and Rih herself:

BONUS: Here’s another sneak peek at the poptress rehearsing for her upcoming Diamonds world tour kicking off in just a few days:


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SPOTTED: Rihanna Arrives In London To Launch Her RIVER ISLAND Collection

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Pop singer Rihanna was spotted arriving in London after jetting into the city from LAX early today.  Find out why she’s across the pond inside….

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Rihanna, rocking a monochrome Donna Karan tracksuit and a Rude Boy jacket, was seen walking into her London hotel today after landing in the UK city.


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Tonight, she’s attending a launch for her River Island collection at the brand’s Oxford St. location.  And after the launch, she’ll attend a private party held at London’s trendy Dstrkt nightclub.  For fans hoping to get a piece of the action, the collection goes on sale tomorrow (March 5th) worldwide both at the River Island stores and online.

Photos via INF/Splash/Fame