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Tessanne Chin Talks Her Journey To The Voice Final [VIDEO]

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Tessanne Chin has had an amazing journey on The Voice 2013 that saw her leaving from a reggae singer in Jamaica to a household name worldwide.

In a special segment on NBC, Tessanne Chin opened up about her journey from the thought of auditioning to the final of the Emmy-winning talent show.

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“Before the blind audition I was singing background vocals for Mr. Jimmy Cliff in Jamaica,” Tessanne Chin said. “When all four judges turned around I was proud because I felt like this is my chance to be a solo artist. Working with Adam I definitely feel closer to being the artists that I want to be.”

Her coach Adam Levine also had some kind words for Tessanne Chin.

“She is a flawless singer and I believe in her as a person and also as a vocalist,” Levine said.

Tessanne also met Adam’s mother, who admitted that she cried watching her performed.

Tessanne Chin will be making her final bid for the grand prize of a recording contract and a $ 100,000 cash prize on The Voice 2013 tonight.

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[Exclusive] It’s ‘Po Time! Po Johnson Talks New Music, Style and If Reality TV Has Helped or Hurt Her Career

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Po Johnson doesn’t mind being known for her reality-TV stardom, she just wants you to know she’s an artist first. During this digital age where people have the luxury of using their onscreen persona as a platform for their careers, the ‘Femme Fatale’ singer and media personality has used her role on “Full Court Life” as publicity for her work as a musician. We caught up with the stylish petite beauty to discuss the inspiration behind her fashion, what’s next for her music and what boss moves she has planned for 2014.
Can we expect new music for the new year? And what about upcoming projects?

Absolutely! I wanna leak everything but my team is like “no, no, no!” But, in the next couple of weeks, there is another single that is going to come out. The first single ‘Femme Fatale,” did really good.. so I’ll be releasing another single and in the first quarter [of 2014] I’ll be releasing the whole EP. And following that, I release a whole album. And then I do a tour a tour in April!

When asked about her funky fashion choices, Po explained to us what inspires her day to day look:

Besides life itself, I love fashion. I love street fashion. A lot of it comes from not having [clothes] when I was younger and having to take my brother’s clothes and be creative about it. But I love to watch everyday people.

Would you say that being on Lala’s ‘Full Court’ has helped with your career or has it imposed as far as being taken seriously as an artist?

I think it’s done both but being heavier on the side of “it’s helped.” Of course a lot of people don’t take me seriously because they think that I’m a reality-tv show star but in hindsight- that’s what I am. I was an artist beforehand [and] I can’t do anything but humble myself. So yea, you know me from [Full Court Life] but let me prove something else to you. [Being on the show] hasn’t imposed, it’s just shined a few different lights on my career.

What describes your music best? What inspires your music and your style of music?

Well,  gotta be honest… I grew up not being able to listen to secular, non-Christian, music- so I took different pieces [from] different places. I love Tina Turner, I love No Doubt. I love The Sex Pistols. I love Rihanna. I love Beyonce. But I gotta be honest, a lot of [my musical inspiration] comes from inside of me. I’m very eclectic. I’m very “drum and base” because I’m from the south. So I try to mesh everything.
What do you want your audience, fans and the public to learn about Po for 2014:
For 2014, I think I want everybody to see my follow through. I want you to learn the story and to know it!
Po’s single ‘Femme Fatale’ is all too bomb and has received pretty good praises from fans and listeners. The MTV 2 host also has a 10 city tour coming up next year. We can’t wait to check it out! In the meantime
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Kerry Washington Talks Politics, Substitute Teaching and Twitter Death Threats

I love Kerry Washington so much. She’s gorgeous, she’s brilliant, and unlike Zoe Saldana, she doesn’t sound like a self-loathing colored who makes comments that make me want to fight the air.

The Scandal star is hotter than ever and there’s no greater proof of that than seeing Ms. Washington stand tallest on the latest cover of The Hollywood Reporter. Inside, Kerry reflects on the worst jobs she’s ever had to do, bad auditions, and learning how to act on Twitter before joining.

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On Negative Backlash Because of Her Real Life Political Involvement:

I come from a family where people really participate in the democratic process. I don’t think that being an actor should prevent me from continuing to do the things I do. A lot of people fought for me to have the right as a woman to be able to participate, and as a person of color, and so I don’t want my acting to get in the way of that. I do it as an American. And blowback? Absolutely. After I spoke at the Democratic National Convention — our show has a very active life on Twitter and Facebook — I couldn’t go near any of it because there were threats to my life, sexism and racism. It was shocking that me speaking at a convention incited all this anger. Thank God for block on Twitter! I would never block somebody for disagreeing with me. But the threats to my life … that’s not so good.

Most of the people who don’t like her political beliefs likely wouldn’t care for her anyway, if you catch my drift.

On Social Media:

Yeah. I mean, you read the good stuff. … But I don’t tweet about my personal life. I don’t tweet things that are about me. I work with a woman who is a digital social media consultant because I was terrified to go on Twitter. She helped me to figure out how to engage — as an actor — to promote the work without promoting myself. It’s scary. It’s this whole other universe.

I love that she literally took the time to talk to someone in order to figure out how not to look like an ass on Twitter. Celebrities could learn a thing from that. I’m looking at you, Chris Brown.

On Her Worst Job

It wasn’t one of my worst jobs, but I used to be a substitute teacher for New York City schools. It was great and hard, and I even did it after I started working in films. But I had to stop after I did Save the Last Dance because the students were like, “Chenille is substituting!”

On Her Worst Audition:

It’s a little bit different for me because I’ll audition for something and they’ll just decide that they’re not going “ethnic” with a character, which I hear a lot. If not “black,” then yeah. People have artistic license … that’s what casting is: fitting the right look to the right character. Whereas you could maybe lose some weight, there’s not really anything I can do, nor would I want to, about being black.

Drake Covers GQ Magazine; Talks Love, Sex, Chris Brown Beef, and Bigger Success

The last time Drake spoke with GQ, he ended up looking like a creep given he hit on the journalist interviewing him in the corniest way imaginable. In his latest cover story, though, Aubrey scales it back a bit and instead chooses to focus on the purpose of the story: his damn self.

Yes, Drake opens up about sex and promiscuity, love, his rift with Chris Brown, and criticism he faces from his rap peers.

On why he isn’t laying it low and spreading it wide:

“You know the way fighters don’t f**k before the fight? Sometimes I feel like I’m so focused on training my body and getting my mind right to create this album that sex isn’t one of my main priorities. If someone is around that I know and trust, I’m down. But I’m not going to end up with some stranger at this party.”

On what he makes of other rappers criticizing him:

“You notice they don’t criticize the music itself, though…I’m okay with that.”

On his beef with Chris Brown:

“I don’t want my name to be synonymous with that guy’s name. I really don’t. I wish we could sit down, just like you and me are right now, and talk it out man-to-man. But that’s not going to happen. I’m not confrontational, but if someone challenges, I’m not going to back down. … It’s embarrassing, the amount of media coverage. Two rappers fighting over the woman. He’s not even a rapper, but still, it’s the last way you want your name out there. It distracts from the music. But he’s made me the enemy, and that’s the way it’s gonna stay, I guess. … If I think about it too much, I feel it wrapping around my foot, like I get a feeling it could end really badly.”

On what he learned about love during a lunch with Will Smith:

“I had lunch the other day with someone I extremely look up to. Okay—I had lunch with Will Smith, and listening to him talk, it made me think I don’t know what love is. He said something profound. He said love is when you become one and you need that person. It’s not about wanting anymore, you need that person. Hearing that, I don’t know if I’ve ever felt that way. I’ve held women in very high regard almost to the point where I felt like I needed them for a very long time, but I don’t know if I comprehend it yet, and I’m okay with that. I’ve made a lot of music about love being the only thing I’m missing. I think this is the first album I’ve made saying, I’m okay. I’m enjoying it right now. Maybe this is my time to grind it out, make a run for it and add some memories with my boys.”

On making $ 250 million by the time he’s 29:

“I feel this great responsibility to see how far can we take it, how out of reach can I set that bar for whoever comes after. While I’m here, I’m gonna keep pushing that bar higher and higher up and make you really work for it.”

Better, but he’s still a weirdo and there’s nothing wrong with making new friends, you guys. Check out the full interview over at GQ.com.

Solange Talks Motherhood With Angie Martinez [VIDEO]

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Solange Knowles stopped by Hot 97 to promote her artists album “Saint Heron” and during the show, she and Angie Martinez had the “mom talk” where they discussed raising sons. The two have boys around the same age, and they seem to always have this “mom talk” whenever they link up.

The “Lovers In The Parking Lot” singer has always been very open about the fact that she’s a big disciplinarian and that she “don’t play” when it comes to her son.  She talks about it being a lot of work and being a good mother at the same time and keeping her son in check.

I really, really limit what he can have access to. He just got an iPad for Christmas. He doesn’t even have a phone.

Kelly Rowland Talks Best Advice She’s Received As An Artist

Kelly Rowland Talks Best Advice She’s Received As An Artist

As we all know, Kelly Rowland may only be 32 years old, but she’s been in the music industry for over 20 years.

Kelly Rowland started her career out in a group, Destiny’s Child, with her long time friend, Beyonce, and has been keeping a pretty clean image the entire time.

During an interview with Popsugar, she was asked what was some advice she’s received while in the industry and here’s what she had to say.

The best advice was… So many people used to look at me and say “you girls stay just the way you are. Don’t change for nobody.”

Watch the interview below:

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Kelly Rowland Talks Fitness With Popsugar [VIDEO]

Kelly Rowland Talks Fitness With Popsugar [VIDEO]

Kelly Rowland has been known for keeping her body in tip-top shape which eventually lead to her collaborating with her trainer, Jeanette Jenkins, for not one, but two Sexy Abs workout DVDs.

During a recent interview with Popsugar, she was asked how does she maintain such a slender frame and Kelly says she owes it all to her trainer.

New tips, my new DVD along with my trainer Jeanette Jenkins, it’s called Sexy Abs Cardio Sculpt. We had a DVD focused just on abs, but this one is completely full body. It’s the reason why I stay in shape, between that and nutrition.

Watch the video below:

Kelly Rowland Talks Collaboration With R. Kelly [VIDEO]

Kelly Rowland Talks Collaboration With R. Kelly [VIDEO]

Kelly Rowland was too excited when R. Kelly asked her to collaborate with him on his single “All The Way” from his upcoming album, “Black Panties.”

In a recent interview, the “X-Factor” judge talked about how it was working with R. Kelly since she’s such a fan and how the song she collaborated with him took her back to the first time she ever heard one of his songs.

First of all, when he asked me to be on the song with him, I was so excited because I’m such a fan of his.  The song just takes me back to one of the first moments I heard R. Kelly.

Watch the video below:

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Kelly Rowland Talks Tight Relationship With Beyonce [VIDEO]

Kelly Rowland Talks Tight Relationship With Beyonce [VIDEO]

Kelly Rowland sat down for an interview with Popsugar to talk about her experiences on the “X-Factor” panel and what it’s like to be a judge on the show.

During the interview, she was asked about her relationship with long time friend and former girl group member, Beyonce, and she’s said that they are “tighter than ever.” She also dished on their super bowl performance, possibly making a movie one day and remembering how great they sound together.

Me and Bey have been knowing each other since we were 11 years old and here we are older, years later and still are as tight now as we were then.

Watch the interview below:

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K. Michelle Talks Why There Aren’t More Women Collaborations With Music [VIDEO]

K. Michelle Talks Why There Aren’t More Women Collaborations With Music [VIDEO]

When it comes to keeping it one hundred, we all know K. Michelle isn’t going to hold back anything.

During a recent interview, she was asked why doesn’t she think there are more female collaborations in music and she simply said “because they b*tches.”

On why we don’t see as many collaboration with women music:

We don’t see a lot of collaborations with female artists because they’re chicken heads. It’s so catty “like oh you got my wig.” Like girl shut up, like what are we doing here lets make music. Rappers can come together and collab and all that stuff, but it’s rare that you see females come together. I’m definitely for the collabs with all the great female artists that are out now.

Watch below:

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