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Mary J. Blige, Angela Bassett & Forest Whitaker’s Official Flicks From “Black Nativity” + Malinda Williams CO-HOSTING Aspire’s New TALK SHOW “Exhale”

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New stills from the upcoming film Black Nativity starring Angela Bassett, Jennifer Hudson, and Mary J. Blige have been released. See the official photos inside and find out about ASPIRE’s New "Exhale" talk show with co-host Malinda Williams.

New stills from the set of the film Black Nativity (November 27th) just hit the net and we get to see singer Mary J. Blige in her role as a guardian angel…with a platinum ‘fro.

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Jennifer Hudson, who plays Naima (the mother of Langston) will also be among the musical talents who lend their voices to the film.  She’ll be joined by Nas, Luke James and Tyrese.

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The film will centered around Jacob Latimore’s Langston (shown above) who will discover the true meaning of faith, healing, and family during a Christmas visit to the home of his estranged relatives Reverend Cornell and Aretha Cobbs (Forest Whitaker and Angela Bassett).

 

And heading to the airwaves…..

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ASPIRE, the cable network started by entertainment mogul Magic Johnson, has announced the creation of a new talk show, "Exhale", targeting African American women.  Styled after ABC’s hit, "The View" the new chat fest will be on limited cable, instead of syndication, co-hosted by actress Malinda Williams, journalist Angela Burt-Murray, actress and comedian Erin Jackson, "Awkward Black Girl" creator Issa Rae, author Rene Syler.

Produced by Lynne Robinson and Black Robin Media, fans can expect to see the shows’ eight-episode first run will kick off in June, coinciding with the network’s one-year anniversary.  ‘Bird’ on a talk show?  This should be interesting….

Aspire’s General Manager Paul Butler spoke of the new gab fest saying, “We are thrilled to add ‘Exhale’ to our lineup of original programming. This fresh, hip and candid new series will enlighten audiences with its broad range of topics relevant to the community.”

Will you be watching?

SCARLET LETTER: Fantasia’s “Side Effects Of You” LISTENING Session With Michelle Williams, Kelly Rowland & MORE

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Fantasia hosted a listening session for her Side Effects Of You album last night with Michelle Williams and Kelly Rowland among the attendees celebrating her return. See the photos inside…

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Like a scarlet letter, Fantasia endured many trials and tribulations with her most recent relationship.  She’s been under of the watchful eyes of fans and critics, and sometimes it’s gotten the best of her (remember those Instagram rants?).  But now Fanny has taken those displaced emotions and put them right back where her fans want them…..in the studio. 

Celebrating the upcoming release of her rock-soul disc, Side Effects Of You (April 23rd), Fantasia stepped out in LA last night with short auburn hair and a scarlet red dress that announced her return.  And she looks GREAT.

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Held at London Bridge Studios in North Hollywood, Fantasia played the disc for a room full of celebs and tastemakers, while giving a special shoutout to her producer Harmony Samuels (shown atop).  "Thank You All SO VERY MUCH!!!! SIDE EFFECTS OF YOU IS DIFFERENT AND VERY SPECIAL.. @harmonysamuels. THANKS LOVE"

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Fela! star Michelle Williams showed off her amazing figure and gave Fanny some love and support.  Fantasia tweeted, "Why I Love You SO MUCH?? CAUSE YOUR SO REAL… CANT WAIT FOR YOUR ALBUM BOO"

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And proving that she didn’t burn any bridges when she left her run on Broadway, Fanny got support from some folks from her past.  "Ally Willis FROM COLOR PURPLE.. STILL SUPPORTING THE GIRL"

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And possible new "X Factor" judge Kelly Rowland rocked a hot pair of zebra-striped pumps and red pants for the record release. 

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Meanwhile, Kelly is gearing up for the release of her own Talk A Good Game album. 

Congrats to Fanny!

 

Photos via Instagram/Leon Bennett/WireImage 

WORK: Serena Williams Wins Her SIXTH Sony Open, Ranked #1 In The World!

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Over the weekend, Serena Williams swung her way to her sixth Sony Open title, solidifying herself as the number one tennis player in the world. See her celebratory pics inside….

 

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On Saturday, Serena Williams celebrated beating out her Russian opponent Maria Sharapova to win the Sony Open at Crandon Park Tennis Center in Key Biscayne, Florida.

With her sixth win, Serena now holds the record for the most Sony Open victories by a female.  She gushed to the crowd, ‘I felt good today. It’s so good to be No. 6 now – I mean, the six-time – oh, gosh. Thank you.”

Despite coming out on top, Serena admitted it wasn’t her best performance.  ‘‘I’m happy to be holding the championship. It’s definitely not my best tournament. I think everyone here can agree. But those are the moments that count – when you can still come out on top.”

And then, On Sunday, Serena headed over to Crandon Park beach where she took a few post-victory photos and celebrated her #1 world ranking:

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So what does a champion do to celebrate an international victory?  Serena revealed what went on at her post-victory celebration to her Twitter followers tweeting, "Big day. Celebrate?? Chicken and karaoke. #family"

 

BONUS:

The trailer for the upcoming documentary "Icons, Rivals, Champions, Sisters", has been released. Directed by Maiken Baird and Michelle Major, the film (on iTunes April 4th, theaters May 10) takes an intimate look at the lives of tennis superstars Venus and Serena Williams and the injuries and illnesses that threatened to take them out of the game.

 

Meet The Newest Reality Star Who’s Stirring Up Controversy: “Real World” Star Marlon Williams Admits To Sex With A Man…But Denies He’s Gay OR BiSexual

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Former Texas Tech football player Marlon Williams, who stars on MTV’s "Real World: Portland",  opened up about his budding rapper career and his controversial views on sexuality during his promo rounds.  Meet the preacher’s kid inside….

 

Marlon Williams, one of the stars of MTV’s "Real World: Portland", opened up about his life and the interesting back story viewers will see unfold on the show this season.  And to answer the question we know you’re asking: No, we didn’t know "Real World" still came on.  Hence, why the network seems ready to stir up some controversy.

But alas, a new season is on deck and a black roommate is front and center.  The former Texas Tech footballer player is the son of a preacher man and spent most of his young life traveling as a military brat.  After failing to go "pro" following a successful football stint in college, he went through a period which led to a few interesting choices, including sex with a man. In interviews with XXL and The Advocate, he talks about sexuality, his budding rap career, and explains his views on religion.  Here are the highlights:

 

The Advocate: OK, this is awkward. MTV tells us “Marlon has had intercourse with a man before and does identify with being bisexual. But he says that he is more attracted to women and doesn’t think he would be with a man again.” We could just take their word for it, but we’d rather you tell us yourself how you identify and why.

Marlon Williams: Well, I don’t consider myself bisexual, because I’m not sexually attracted to men. I did have sex with a man but my reasoning for it was different. It was in a hectic time of my life filled with fighting a lot of life battles. I was just making a lot of decisions that I would not normally make. At that time in my life the gay community embraced me, and it is one of those things that just happened. I have nothing against people who are bisexual or gay, but that is not my preference.

You’re the son of a preacher and were raised with conservative values. Does that cause conflict for you in terms of your sexuality?


Well, sex in any form is hard, because the beliefs of my parents say that you are supposed to wait for marriage. The big misconception used in religion is that some sin is worse than others. That isn’t true. All sin is equal. Therefore, anything I do that is sinful can be forgiven if I repent and make changes. My belief is that God forgives anybody who believes and wants a new start in life.

You were a star football player at Texas Tech and were under a lot of pressure to turn pro. Do you ever resent the way other people put those kind of expectations or dreams on your shoulders?


I feel that people having high expectations of me is a good thing. That means they see great things in your character and motivation. I don’t agree with the how people treated me when I didn’t meet their expectations, though. It’s my life, I’m going to live it the way I want. I’m still the same person. It’s just sometimes life throws you curveballs and you have to make adjustments.

What are you working on now?

I’m in the studio a lot. I just performed at SXSW. I’ve opened up for Slim Thug, Z-Ro, Mike Jones, Ying Yang Twins. I’ve been doing it, bro. I’ve got two mixtapes out, you can check them out at www.wavysquad.com. Go get those jams. Actually while we were in Portland recording the show, me and Anastasia, another girl from the show, we did music there. We recorded stuff based on what we were going through out there and our life experiences during “The Real World.” We’re gonna put that out this summer.

 

"Real World: Portland" airs Wednesday at 10 p.m. ET/PT on MTV.  By the way, MTV aired a vintage "Real World" marathon last weekend starting from season 1 in New york.  It reminded us of how great this show used to be.

 

Watch Marlon aka Jay Dillinger’s "So Sweet" here: 

Photos via Ian Spanier

Jen Williams On Deck For New Reality Show? + “T.I. & Tiny” Season 3 Super Trailer

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Jennifer Williams may no longer be a "Basketball Wife."  But she’s already in talks for her own reality show.  Deets inside, plus the "T.I. & Tiny" season 3 super trailer….

 

After parting ways with her frenemy Evelyn Lozada and the "Basketball Wives," Jen Williams has been focusing on her new Lucid lip gloss line.  So she’s reportedly been in talks with "Love & Hip Hop" executive producer Mona Scott Young about creating her own reality series.  And we assume it’ll be focused on her business ventures…and her boyfriend Cisco.

She told VH1 at the "Gossip Game" premiere party this week that she and Mona are indeed in talks to do a new show.  And we’re sure VH1 would welcome that with open arms.  As if they turn anything down.

Jen also made it known she and Ev are still not friends.  Obvi.

 

 

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And in other reality show news, T.I. & Tiny are about to embark on a third season of their VH1 reality show.  And the super trailer just dropped.  Lots of love is in the air for all their kids….from Zonnique to King to Major.  Good luck handling all that.  The new season kicks off April 8th at 10p.

EXCLUSIVE FIRST LOOK: Reginae Carter & Bria Williams’ “PAPARAZZI PRINCESSES” Promo Shoot

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The 14-year-old daughters of Cash Money Records co-founder Bryan "Birdman" Williams aka "Baby" and Lil Wayne are adding their 2 cents to the family empire.  We’ve got Bria Williams and Reginae Carter‘s first official photoshoot for their brand new book under Cash Money Content…

 

The Instagram loving young & fun pre-teens have teamed up to pen a fictitious narrative of the adventures of two teen girls, called Paparazzi Princesses.  The youngins took their own experiences of the perks and disadvantages of growing up in spotlight, then wrote a book about it all.  But under fictitious names. It seems tobe the Cash Money Content theme as Evelyn Lozada did something similar with her "fictional" novel under the publshing company.

And since the girls have probably seen a lot of what goes on behind the curtain–especially with Reginae’s mom Toya Wright starring in two reality shows–the novel is being written from a "fictional" standpoint.  Likely to protect the real life people involved.

Here’s the synopsis: 

Instead of relying on Instagram and Twitter as most of their peers do, their story is told in their new novel "Paparazzi Princesses" through the characters of Kyla Jones and Promise Walker. On their journey to becoming their own women, the novel’s main characters face their parent’s high expectations, the pitfalls of being "unintentionally famous," and, most crucially, the trials and tribulations of high school, homework, crushes, and friendship that everyone goes through. A collaboration with author Karyn Langhorne Folan, it’s bound to be a page-turner for teens and young adults everywhere.

 

Now check out their cute princess themed photoshoot:

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Lil Wayne said about his baby girl’s first book, "I’ve got to be honest. It’s inspiring to see what these girls have done. It wasn’t easy, and they did it all by themselves. ‘Proud’ doesn’t even begin to describe how me and the ‘Birdman’ feel. I can’t wait for everybody else to experience their story."

 

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Birdman said about his little princesses, "There’s no better feeling than watching Bria and Reginae make this dream come true. They took an idea, worked extremely hard, and brought it to life. It’s the kind of story that everybody can feel, and it’s only the start of much bigger things for these two wonderful young ladies."

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Paparazzi Princesses comes out June 4th.  Gotta love the youngins.

GORGEOUS ALERT: Vanessa Williams SHARES BEAUTY SECRETS With Daughters Jillian And Melanie For ALLURE Magazine’s APRIL 2013 Issue

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Vanessa Williams was joined by her gorgeous daughters Jillian and Melanie for a beauty shoot for ALLURE magazine’s April issue.  See their behind-the scenes video and tips on aging gracefully inside…

 

Photographer Nicolas Moore captured timeless beauty Vanessa Williams and her daughters, Jillian and Melanie Hervey for Allure magazine’s April 2013 issue. In the magazine, former beauty queen Vanessa, who turned 50-years-old this month, shared the beauty secrets she’s passed on to her beautiful daughters on everything from botox to maintaining a youthful glow.

In the interview, her daughter Jillian said, “My role model for aging gracefully would be my mom. I try to do what she does and she looks fabulous." And Melanie added, “My mom has such a natural approach to beauty. Sure, she’s game for a glam session when it’s appropriate. but within our family, we’ve always been taught that less is more.”

Agreed.

Watch the behind-the-scenes video here:

 

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Vanessa, who’s headed to Broadway in The Trip To Bountiful (opening March 30th with Cicely Tyson, Cuba Gooding Jr., Condola Rashad) shared a photo of her family from another 50th birthday celebration including her brother and her mother. She tweeted, 50th Family Fun! @chriswilliams_ @Devin_Christian @Jillonce @prettypinkfox @gagawilliams Melanie Hervey at @bellota42.

 

And in case you missed it…..

Vanessa’s daughter Jillian is following in her mom’s footsteps and also pursuing a career as a singer and dancer.  She performs under the name Lion Babe and released a video called "Teat Me Like Fire" recently.  Watch it above…

SAY WHAT NOW? Nene Leakes SNAPS AT Wendy Williams OVER RELATIONSHIP Comments + Kevin Hart DESTROYS Mike Epps During TWITTER BATTLE

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Nene Leakes snapped at Wendy Williams today after the host made a few catty comments about her relationship with her ex-husband Gregg Leakes.  See what she tweeted inside and watch Kevin Hart and Mike Epps go at each other’s throats on Twitter. 

 

Wendy Williams has been known to make a catty comment or two during her "Hot Topics" segment on "The Wendy Show."  And earlier today, she upset "RHOA" queen bee Nene Leakes when she made a few comments about Nene’s relationship with Gregg. 

Wendy was talking about the lack of chemistry the two have and how the relationship seems o be strictly a GREAT friendship…with business benefits.  And Wendy also said NeNe shouldn’t do a big TV wedding, because we all know it would be a lie. 

Obvi, the comments upset Nene so much that she tweeted, 

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SMH…..Nene has made a few appearances to the "Wendy" show and they always seemed to get along great.  It will be interesting to watch how the two act towards each other in the future. 

 

And in other Twitter wars…

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Yesterday, Mike Epps fired a few shots at Hollywood’s hottest comedian, Kevin Hart, and ignited a Twitter shoot out that left one of them bloody.

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 It all started when Mike (during a moment of reflection and homage to Katt Williams) tweeted, 

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And then Mike’s Twitter followers started co-signing which got him pumped up a little more. 

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And for anyone who called him a hater….he had this…

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Mind you….Kevinwas pretty silent during most of this exchange (because he was probably working on "RHOH").  But later, he got wind of the shots fired and said….

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One he got started…..it was like he emptied an assault rifle.

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Kevin eventually ended his assault with….

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And after all of that, Mike Epps came back with this…

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Oh….

 

50 & FABULOUS! Happy Birthday Vanessa Williams!

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The fabulous Vanessa Williams has been gorgeous for like, ever.  And today, she’s still a hottie while ringing in her 50th birthday.  Celebrate with the actress inside…

From becoming the first black Miss America to juggling several kids as a single mom after divorce to breaking into the acting and singing world with a great career…Vanessa Williams has done it all.

And the New York native celebrated (above) with a party and a purrty red velvet cake from the famed Aliyyah Baylor’s Make My Cake NYC. 

 

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But it wasn’t her first yummy treat.  Her co-stars in her new Broadway production The Trip To Bountiful laced her with a cake this past Friday.  She tweeted:

Happy Birthday to me from the @BountifulBway cast today during rehearsal #redvelvetcake

 

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She’s been in the business for three decades, and she still keeps herself a great job or two at all times.  Oh how we miss Wilhemina Slater….

Vanessa’s starring in the upcoming Temptation movie.  And in case you didn’t know, Ms. Williams serves as the voice of the sexy Brown M&M in the candy’s commercials….and it’s the first time the brown M&M has ever had an actual character.  Chick even makes candy fab.

 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY VANESSA!

Photos: Vanessa’s Instagram

50 Years of Being An "Ageless Beauty"…

VISITING HOURS: Drake Visits Lil Wayne At The Hospital, Ron “Slim” Williams Talks Wayne’s Hospital Release

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The YMCMB fam is flocking to Cedars-Sinai Hospital to visit their head honcho Lil Wayne.  A somber Drizzy inside….

After reports hit the net last night that Wayne was in critical condition in the ICU after suffering more seizures, rapper Drake was seen leaving Cedars-Sinai Hospital around 8:50pm PT Friday night after visiting his good friend.

As previously reported, the 30-year-old rapper was admitted to the hospital Friday afternoon after one of his bodyguards found him in his room, on the floor and unconscious. 

While Wayne’s publicist confirmed another seizure occurred Friday, after he was just released on Wednesday for the same issue, TMZ reported further info that Wayne’s prognosis was uncertain, that he’s in an induced coma, and people were coming to say their goodbyes.

Wayne’s friends and family (and a tweet from Wayne’s account) deny those stories and maintain he is recovering.  Ronald “Slim” Williams, co-founder of Cash Money records, called in to Seattle’s Eric Powers & Karen Wild radio show yesterday to Wayne is fine and may be released the next day (Saturday).  He was at Lil Wayne’s side in the hospital:

 

Interestingly, Lil Wayne’s album I Am Not A Human Being 2 drops March 26th.

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