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Tamar Braxton Dishes On Her 13 Year Hiatus

Tamar Braxton Dishes On Her 13 Year Hiatus

It’s no secret that Tamar Braxton was out of the limelight for a few years, 13 to be exact.

She may have been gone, but she is back now and doesn’t seem to be going away anytime soon. During a recent interview with Flaunt magazine, she dished on what it was like to be on a 13 year hiatus.

I really wanted to make my first album to be as transparent as I am, and it wasn’t something that was accepted. Stars back then were very laidback and you didn’t know about their personal lives. I felt like my first album was like a karaoke album. I couldn’t sing the songs I wanted to sing. So, I think that was what drove my hunger to have a record that I can finally be myself and write the songs that I want to write. It was a big step for who I am.

Well we’re glad she’s back!

Madonna: I Was Raped at Knifepoint My First Year in New York

There isn’t much we don’t know about Madonna, given that the legendary superstar has been pretty candid about her personal experiences for much of her career.

Yet in a new essay for her Harper’s Bazaar cover story, she goes into details about a harrowing experience she’s rarely discussed; her sexual assault over 30 years ago.

Back in the late 80s’, Madonna was just starting out in her career and, like most aspiring New York artists, struggled to survive while making a name for herself. Not only was her apartment broken into several times, she also faced the horrifying ordeal of being raped at knifepoint.

“New York wasn’t everything I thought it would be,” she writes. “It did not welcome me with open arms. The first year, I was held up at gunpoint. Raped on the roof of a building I was dragged up to with a knife in my back, and had my apartment broken into three times. I don’t know why; I had nothing of value after they took my radio the first time.”

The “Lucky Star” singer previously discussed the shocking incident in a 1995 interview with the Hollywood Reporter.

In the essay, the Grammy-winner also described the ups and downs of being at the mercy of Manhattan. ”The tall buildings and the massive scale of New York took my breath away,” she added. “I felt like I had plugged into another universe.”

“But I was also scared sh*tless and freaked out by the smell of piss and vomit everywhere, especially in the entryway of my third-floor walk-up.”

But, as we know, she was determined to make it in the music industry. ”I was defiant. Hell-bent on surviving. On making it,” she said. “But it was hard and it was lonely, and I had to dare myself every day to keep going,”

REPORT: Niesha Stevens, The Sister of BLAQUE’s Natina Reed, Found Dead Less Than A Year After Sister’s Death

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Niesha Stevens, the sister of deceased Blaque member Natina Reed, was found dead in her home in Atlanta yesterday.  More information inside…..

 

Sadly, we’ve received reports of the passing of Niesha Stevens, the sister of Natina Reed who was a member of the 90’s singing group Blaque.

According to the Hip Hop Enquirer who broke the story, Niesha was discovered dead by her seven-year old daughter yesterday. The report states that Niesha’s husband, Tim, was at work during the time of death. The couple has been married since February 2013.  The police department has not yet released a statement, but are expected to sometime soon.

You’ll recall that Natina passed away last October after getting struck by a car. We can only imagine the stress it must put on a family to lose two of their own, who are siblings, in less than a year.  Our prayers are with the family.

 

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We’ll keep you posted as the story develops.

 

Photos via Hip Hop Enquirer

SCANDAL! Canadian Model Claims She’s Had Sex With Kanye Since Last Year & Whle Kim WAS PREGNANT…AND He Hit Her Up For Sex LAST WEEKEND?!

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Let’s preface this ish by saying we actually would NOT be surprised about any of this (we have no receipts yet to prove this story, but…), but this model chick is mad thirsty for likely getting paid by Star Magazine to give this interview.

 

So Canadian model Leylah Ghobadi is making a major scandalous accusation saying she has had sex with Kanye West….while his baby mama Kim K. has been pregnant….and hit her up for sex as recently as last weekend.  And Kanye allegedly told her his relationship with Kim is strictly for publicity.  Juicy deets inside…

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It was only a matter of time before Kanye’s "alleged" jumpoffs started flying out the cut faster than an about-to-be-repossessed Bugatti.  And the jumpoff who gets the "I’m first to come out about my ho-liciousness!" crown is Leylah Ghobadi, a model from Canada.

Chick told Star Magazine that she first met Kanye at his concert in Atlantic City at Revel back in July of 2012.  Apparently he spotted her in the crowd whie she was dancing it up, and had a member of his entourage go into the crowd to ask her to meet him backstage and for drinks in Revel’s HQ nightclub.  This dude was about to do his shenanigans in a public place like that nightclub–that’s all open in the middle of the hotel?  Chile. #HeDontCurr

By the way, Kim was THERE in the VIP balcony section of Kanye’s concert that night.  Not sure how Kanye expected to get it in with a random jumpoff while his GIRLFRIEND was there in his room, but the way Kim seems to like his disrespectful lyrics toward her, she might have been OK with being ordered to leave the room for a minute.

Leylah claims she told Kanye "No" because it was "too rushed."  Oh really?  But apparently the NEXT night was less of a rush because she took Kanye up on his offer to meet up after his Revel show the very next night.  Not sure if Kim was still around that night.

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Leylah says they ended up making out and next thing she knew they were naked and having sex. 

She also says Kanye told her that his relationship with Kim was just ‘for publicity and nothing serious’.  Because jumpoffs have hearts and she wouldn’t have done it otherwise….apparently.

They met up again for sexcapades in October 2012 in New York before Kanye announced Kim’s pregnancy the following NYE. 

Leylah says Kanye ALSO hit her up just last weekend to reunite for more sexual shenanigans…but she declined.  When asked why, she said she knows Kim is pregnant and ‘I would never do that to someone.’  Bless her and her morals.

What does Leylah have to say about revealing all this?

‘This is going to destroy the Kardashian family. It’s bad. It’s really bad. It’s just embarrassing. But if I were Kim and about to have a baby, I would want to know.’

Kim’s publicist (of course) says it’s not true.  But we all know, how you get ‘em is how you lose ‘em…..

Check out Kanye’s interestingly laid back answers about his girlfriend during his New York Times interview that came out yesterday..

 

Photos: Coleman-Raynor

FOURTH Year In A ROW! Chicago’s Urban Prep Academy Sending 100% Of Its GRADUATES To COLLEGE

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For the fourth year in a row, Chicago’s Urban Prep Academy is sending 100% of its graduating class off to college.  Get the deets inside on the school that is setting the example for America…..

 

Just when you thought the next generation’s success was questionable due to their lives being run by Twitter, Instagram, social media and reality tv, at least one specific group is constantly excelling.

For the fourth year in a row, Chicago’s Urban Prep Charter Academies can proudly announce that all of its graduating seniors have been accepted to four-year universities.

This year, Urban Prep, the all male charter school excelling in a city facing the worst crime stats in America, is sending off 167 seniors (from their Englewood and University Village campuses) to institutions of higher education.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel spoke about the accomplishment saying, "What this 100 percent proves beyond a doubt is that it need not be the exception but it should be the expectation for every child in the city of Chicago."

Urban Prep founder Tim King expressed his excitement saying, "It’s really heartwarming. It’s really an inspiration. These guys are an inspiration to all of us because they show you what can happen when you really work hard and do the right thing. I feel great. There are no words to describe how powerful and wonderful it is to be a part of Urban Prep."
 

The country’s first all-male charter high school started in 2002 out of a need to cater in an innovative way, to boys in the city.  Approximately 85% of Urban Prep students are low-income and nearly all are African-American. 

The school–which operates off a lottery system and open to any Chicago resident 9th graders–has proven once again that succeeding in education is not about how much money or access your family has, it’s about an unparalleled focus on students and the best teachers possible. 

Watch a clip from the graduation ceremony above.  Congrats to the young men!

FOURTH Year In A ROW! Chicago’s Urban Prep Academy Sending 100% Of Its GRADUATES To COLLEGE

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For the fourth year in a row, Chicago’s Urban Prep Academy is sending 100% of its graduating class off to college.  Get the deets inside on the school that is setting the example for America…..

 

Just when you thought the next generation’s success was questionable due to their lives being run by Twitter, Instagram, social media and reality tv, at least one specific group is constantly excelling.

For the fourth year in a row, Chicago’s Urban Prep Charter Academies can proudly announce that all of its graduating seniors have been accepted to four-year universities.

This year, Urban Prep, the all male charter school excelling in a city facing the worst crime stats in America, is sending off 167 seniors (from their Englewood and University Village campuses) to institutions of higher education.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel spoke about the accomplishment saying, "What this 100 percent proves beyond a doubt is that it need not be the exception but it should be the expectation for every child in the city of Chicago."

Urban Prep founder Tim King expressed his excitement saying, "It’s really heartwarming. It’s really an inspiration. These guys are an inspiration to all of us because they show you what can happen when you really work hard and do the right thing. I feel great. There are no words to describe how powerful and wonderful it is to be a part of Urban Prep."
 

The country’s first all-male charter high school started in 2002 out of a need to cater in an innovative way, to boys in the city.  Approximately 85% of Urban Prep students are low-income and nearly all are African-American. 

The school–which operates off a lottery system and open to any Chicago resident 9th graders–has proven once again that succeeding in education is not about how much money or access your family has, it’s about an unparalleled focus on students and the best teachers possible. 

Watch a clip from the graduation ceremony above.  Congrats to the young men!

BREAKING: Janet Jackson & Wissam CONFIRM They Got MARRIED…LAST YEAR!

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Well if this isn’t the shocker of the day….

 

Janet Jackson and her now husband Wissam Al Mana have confirmed in a statement that they are married.  And they have been since last year!  Deets inside…

Forget the rumors that 46-year-old Janet and her long time man, 36-year-old Qatari billionaire Wissam are planning for an extravagant wedding soon (something we never believed anyway).  But the couple has one-upped the rumors by confirming, in a statement today, that they are ALREADY MARRIED.

Yep, you read that right.  Another secret marriage for Janet.  "Entertainment Tonight" received the couple’s first statement as a couple that read:

"The rumors regarding an extravagant wedding are simply not true. Last year we were married in a quiet, private, and beautiful ceremony…."Our wedding gifts to one another were contributions to our respective favorite children’s charities. We would appreciate that our privacy is respected and that we are allowed this time for celebration and joy. With love, Wissam and Janet"

 

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Wowzers.  No word on their exact wedding date.  It could have been just a couple months ago in 2012 or literally a year ago.  Either way, these two make a gorgeous couple and have looked super happy together since they started dating in 2009.  The newlyweds spent this past weekend sitting front row at the Milan Fashion Week shows as Wissam is a buyer for luxe shopping malls in Dubai.  And were at the Giorgio Armani show today:

Get it Mrs. Jackson.  And CONGRATS!

Jermaine Dupri weeps….

 

Black & white photo: Marco Glaviano, Top pic via news.com.au, Reuters

ANOTHER Year Of SPARKLE: Happy 23rd Birthday Jordin Sparks!

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Sparkle actress Jordin Sparks turns 23-years-old today. Celebrate with the "American Idol" winner inside…

 

Since stealing our hearts with her infectious smile, Jordin Sparks had claimed her spot as our "American Idol" on both the music charts and the big screen.  With a star turn in the Whitney Houston-produced film Sparkle, Jordin has gone on to become a spokeswoman, launch a fragrance ("Ambition"), and nailed down one of the music industry’s hottest bachelors, Jason Derulo.  We expect to see Jordin sparkle and shine in 2013 as her bubbly personality and angelic voice are a breath of fresh air to the entertainment industry.

And on Twitter, Jordin received tweets from her adoring boyfriend Jason, 

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And a nice one from her mom too…

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She rarely hits the club.  So all Jordin wants for her birthday is……. 

 

Watch the video above to find out how you can wish Jordin a happy birthday.
 

Celebrate with her best red carpet and performance looks from this past year in the gallery below….

A SPARKLE-FUL YEAR! Happy 23rd Birthday Jordin Sparks!

PARTY FAB: The Breakfast Club’s Two Year BASH With Victor Cruz, Tamar Braxton, Bow Wow, T.I., La La & More

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The Breakfast Club (Charlamagne, Angela Yee & DJ Envy) celebrated their second anniversary with a big bash that included T.I. & Tiny, Tamara Braxton, French Montana, A$ ap Rocky,Wyclef, Bow Wow and La La Anthony. See the party pics inside….
 

 

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Last night, tons of celebs crowded into the Best Buy Theatre in NYC to celebrate the second anniversary of The Breakfast Club on Power 105.  A Who’s Who in the entertainment industry came out including NFL baller Victor Cruz, T.I., DJ Will, Maino and Geespin (the Assistant Program Director).

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Andre Harrell, La La, Tiny and A$ AP Rocky (who performed) were on hand for the party.  

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Busta Rhymes posed with DJ Khaled.

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La La Anothony was with her reality tv co-star Dice and Po.

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T.I. performed a few tunes.  

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The hosts from BET’s "106 & Park"  Jordan "Shorty da Prince" Johnson, Kimberly "Paigion" Walker, and Mykel "Miss Mykie" Gray showed their support.

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DJ Will posed with La La and "BBW LA" star Malaysia. 

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Angela Yee posed with Tamar Braxton and Renee Graziano.

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DJ Envy attended the bash with his wife Gia Casey, who’s exepcting a baby.  The couple are rumored to be a part of the "LAHH" cast but nothing is official.

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Geespin helped the co-hosts cut their cake.  

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Swizz Beatz rocked a hood all evening and performed with T.I. during the event.  

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Tamar Braxton hit the microphone to have a few words.  

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"Tiny Tonight" host Tiny Harris was there rocking box braids to support her husband.

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Bow Wow, who’s also a co-host on "!06 & Park" was spotted hanging with DJ Khaled.

Fun times!

Photos via AllEyesOnWho.com

President Obama NAMED “TIME” Magazine’s “Person Of The Year” + Oprah Winfrey COVERS “The Hollywood Reporter” RULE BREAKER Issue

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President Obama closes out 2012 on the cover of TIME Magazine as their "Person of the Year." See the cover inside and find out why The HOLLYWOOD REPORTER calls Oprah Winfrey a "Rule Breaker."

On the cover of TIME Magazine, President Obama posed for his first official portrait since his re-election.  The picture was captured by legendary photographer Nadav Kander, who is known for his "painterly touch."

The famed photographer spoke about the portrait saying, “When photographing such a high profile individual, it’s a huge challenge to not let their high profile take over the process.  I wanted to make a meaningful photograph that reflected pause in a person’s life and reflect his humanity.”

And TIME’s managing editor Rick Stengel spoke about choosing the POTUS as "Person Of The Year" saying, “We are in the midst of historic cultural and demographic changes, and Obama is both the symbol and in some ways the architect of this new America.”

 

Congratulations to the President….

 

Also on magazine stands….

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Oprah Winfrey covers The Hollywood Reporter’s "Rule Breaker" issue where the magazine covers the dramatic turnabout that OWN has done in terms of ratings. Oprah commented on her change of fortune herself saying, “I’m not doing the hula yet …but compared to a year ago, it feels like a sigh of relief."

She explains her initial lack of success with OWN saying, “Part of my own expectation was, ‘You’ve had 25 years of success; people will leverage that. But we didn’t account for people not having the channel, and not knowing how to find it, and the cable audience being different from broadcast.”

Congrats to Oprah! We’re happy people are finally tuning into OWN.