Kandi Burruss Talk to Jet Magazine about Todd Tucker + Mama Joyce
In the latest issue of JET magazine “RHOA” star Kandi Burruss opens up about how her fiancé helped her become a better businesswoman, her strained relationship with her mother and whether or not she and Todd will actually get married.
Also, Mama Joyce revealed what would need to happen for her to finally accept her daughter’s relationship with her fiancé, television producer Todd Tucker. “I pray that I am wrong. If they are married and it lasts I will be the first to apologize,” she said.
Here are other highlights from Kandi's interview:
On why her mom disapproves of Todd
"When my mother was younger it was all about getting a man to be a provider. She leans toward a man who is financially more well-off than the dude who is just a good guy." She added, "I've dated guys who are more successful than me, and my mom is like, no matter what he does wrong, you have to work it out."
On how Todd has helped her become a better businesswoman:
"I love that Todd is affectionate and relationship-oriented. But he's also a leader and a planner, and because of his production background he makes me a better businesswoman."
On her work ethic:
"When I speak about anything on camera I want to accomplish it before we finish taping. I am a 'do what I say' person. I want people to know I'm not a [phony]. I hate when people on reality shows mention how they want to do this and that, but you never hear of it again," she added.
On when she and Todd are getting married:
“We are moving forward,” she reveals about her pending nuptials. “I have a date, but I’m not saying.”
The issue is on newsstands now.
Buildings Collapse In Harlem After Massive Explosion
A massive explosion has resulted in the collapse of at least two apartment buildings on the east side of Harlem yesterday. Dozens of NYFD units are on the scene. All Metro-North service is suspended due to possible damage to the elevated tracks and a nearby station.
MTA service on the 4-5-6 subway lines is moving very slowly due to fears of further building collapses from train vibrations. Local television reports that there have been multiple serious injuries. The NYPD bomb squad is on the scene.
8 deaths are now reported and over 69 injured. One of the destroyed buildings was five stories tall and likely had about 30 units. A housing activist just interviewed by CNN says gentrification may be to blame as landlords are slow to do critical repairs because they want longtime tenants out of their buildings.
Lupita Nyong’o & Jared Leto: Selfie Buddies!
They’re both over the moon about their big Oscar wins, and Lupita Nyong'o and Jared Leto look like they’ve struck up quite the friendship.
The “12 Years a Slave” babe posted a photo with the “Dallas Buyers Club” stud to her Instagram account over the weekend with the caption, “Winners in Paris,
in Winners.” Paris
Jared and Lupita have been hanging out together all awards season, given that they’ve both been nominated for multiple awards.
During his acceptance speech at the Film Independent Spirit Awards, Leto lovingly referred to Nyong’o as his “future ex-wife.”
Furthermore, Lupita shared a collage of all the bouquets she’s received as of late, noting, "Some of the amazing flowers I received from loving, happy people during the #OscarsWeek. Thank you for making me a bed of roses. #Oscars."
Tamar Braxton, Amber Rose, Karrueche Tran & More Join Christina Milian At LA Zoo To Celebrate Daughter Violet’s Birthday
Christina Milian‘s adorable daughter Violet recently turned 4 years old, and they celebrated the occasion over the weekend, at the Los Angeles Zoo.
Tamar Braxton and her hubby Vincent Herbert, Amber Rose, and Laura Govan all came out with their kids, and Karrueche Tran brought along her niece for the fun.
There was face painting, snow cones, cotton candy and other goodies for everybody to enjoy as they explored the zoo - and the birthday girl and guests were also treated to a big cake decorated with animals, flowers, ladybugs and butterflies.
Christina and Karrueche smiled for the camera with the girls, and the kiddies showed off their face paint in a close-up snap with Karrueche (below). “Rooch love the kids,” she wrote.
Gabourey Sidibe Joins Cast of Fox’s ‘Empire’
Gabourey Sidibe has signed on for a recurring role on Lee Daniels’ Empire. Sidibe joins the all star cast that includes, Taraji P. Henson and Terrence Howard. The hip-hop drama will have Sidibe play Becky, the assistant of Howard’s character, Lucious Lyon. The role reunites Sidibe with Daniels who last worked together on Daniels’ Oscar-nominated film, Precious.
Dennis Rodman Gets Emotional With Tearful Apology and Vow to Never Return to
Dennis Rodman’s stint as
America’s unofficial sports ambassador to is officially over. North Korea
Realizing the error of his ways, the Worm issued a tearful apology for his efforts during an interview with ESPN.
“I don’t want people to look at me as the devil or evil person,” the 52-year-old basketball Hall of Famer told ESPN. “If I put anyone in harm’s way, I apologize, you know. At least someone tried.
Rodman’s apology caps off a series of controversial moves that began when he visited
to host basketball exhibitions in February 2013. The visit soon gave way to a friendship between Rodman and the country’s leader Kim Jong-un. North Korea
As if that wasn’t enough, Rodman continued to dig a hole for himself when sent a request via Twitter that Jong-un should release Kenneth Bae, an American Christian missionary and tour operator prisoner who had been sentenced to 15 years of hard labor in
based North Koreans feeling his missionary work was a threat to their authoritarian government. The former NBA all-star came under fire from critics for not doing more to use his influence on Jong-un to push for Bae’s release. North Korea
Although Rodman’s announced last December that he would visit North Korea with a U.S. team of former NBA players to participate in an exhibition game in the country, the real story came prior to the game when raised eyebrows again he made a statement during a CNN interview implying that Bae’s imprisonment was actually his own fault.
Rodman ultimately fessed up to being drunk at the time of the interview as he apologized for the comment, which struck a nerve with the U.S. Congress, the NBA, and human rights groups.
With a history like that, it’s a safe bet that Rodman won’t be planning any more trips to
. North Korea
“You know, I don’t want to be a hero. I just wanted to be, just do happy things and do great things in life,” the athlete stated as he vowed to not return to the country. “If you don’t want me to go back there ever again, I won’t go back.”
Rick Ross Headlines #REVOLTNation’s Outdoor Concert!
Rick Ross performs for REVOLT’s first Outdoor Concert. REVOLT held its first outdoor concert headlined by the big homie rapper Rick Ross. There were over 1,000 fans at the free show at REVOLT’s Hollywood & Highland Center studio in
, Rickay Rozay performed five songs off his new album, Mastermind, released on March 2. Hollywood
Sean P-Diddy Combs even took the stage with the Boss as they popped bottles in the
Before the show, the
“Bawse” sat down with “REVOLT Live” hosts Sibley and DJ Damage for a 30-minute interview discussing Ross’ musical influences, career highlights and development process for Mastermind. Miami
REVOLT is the new #1 name in music. Focused on expertly curating the best of the best in music and engaging youth in social conversation, the multi-genre, multi-platform network offers breaking music news, videos, artist interviews, exclusive performances, and original programming. Attracting over 50 million young adults through television, digital properties, social and mobile, REVOLT is accessible 24/7 – anytime, anywhere, any screen. Launched in broadcast in October 2013, REVOLT is available on Time Warner Cable, Comcast and Century Link in over 40 of the top 50
U.S. markets including New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Miami, Boston, , and DC. Atlanta
Mara Brock Akil, Holly Robinson Peete, Essence Atkins & More AT The
LA Gala Spelman College
The National Alumnae Association of Spelman College's LA Chapter and Congenial Spirits toasted to 20 years of giving at the Omni Downtown Los Angeles. During the event, which featured a silent auction, Holly Robinson Peete, Mara Brock Akil and Spelman alumna Traci Blackwell were honored.
Among the atttendees were Jennifer Freeman, Kat Graham, Traci Blackwell, Essence Atkins and Tasha Smith (above).
Honoree Mara Brock Akil posed with husband Salim Akil and Tia Mowry.
Honorees Mara, Traci and Holly posed with Spelman College President Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum.
Holly Robinson Peete posed with recording artist Andra (who performed) and daughter Ryan Peete.
Spelman alum and personality Rolanda Watts was spotted at the bar where guests sipped speciality cocktails in honor of the college (Bourbon Blues, Peach in the City, Spelman LA Sip).
Actress Sally Richardson posed with husband Dondre Whitfield.
TV personality Kevin Frazier was there.
Actress Vanessa Bell Calloway attended.
Derek "Fonsworth" Watkins posed with wife Fawn Watkins.
Tia posed with Essence and "The Game" star Wendy Raquel Robinson.
Great Time had by All.
Chrissy Teigen Bares All on Instagram; Fires Back at Critics
Clearly comfortable in her own skin, Chrissy Teigen posted a racy picture to her Instagram account The snapshot, which was captioned "Work ughhhhh so harrrrrd," featured the swimwear model wearing nothing but a pair of bunny ears.
Though most of her fans were supportive of the picture, one commenter wrote "You are a married woman - cover up or find other means of fulfilling your depraved need for attention cup."
Firing back, the 28-year-old wrote "keep taking pictures of crayons you crayola b*tch a**."
Ratched Reality: Swizz Beats Russian Baby Momma Speaks!
OK! So I have been trying my best to look the other way regarding Swizz Beatz and his alleged ties to
for life with an alleged hidden baby. But they’re just becoming to loud to ignore so here we go. Confused? Well check below and catch up. Russia
OK! So Im gonna fast track this a bit. According to the streets, Super Producer Swizz Beatz not only was dating/sexin songstress Alicia Keys, while he was still married to Mashonda. BUT he apparently was also knockin boots [yea its a throwback, but it still works] with this Russian singer WHOM HE GOT PREGNANT.
Jahna Sebastian’s name, though a staple on some gossip blogs, has kept a low profile. She and Swizz share a daughter,who was conceived right around the time Alicia and Mashonda were having their public fuedish. But the Russian beauty brazenly admits to keeping her distance with her baby momma paperwork until the divorce was finalized.
Sidebar: Have you done the math yet? God knows I have. And we should all come to the same equation when it comes to Swizz. Uh Uh Uh. But since men and infidelity are as old as time, lets not stay in that thought space too long because there’s way more.
Jahnas seems pissed these days because it seems Swizzy won’t help her in the recording industry in ways Jahna finds useful.
In a surprise interview with Mara The Hip-Hop Socialite, who got the drop on all of us might I add, Sebastian drops knowledge on us on some of the detail of this torrid affair.
Jahna tells Mara the Hip Hop Socialite
“I did not want the news about my pregnancy and my daughter’s birth to become the reason of his divorce [from Mashonda]..”
“I only reached out with official paperwork after I have found out that the divorce has already been filed for totally different reasons that had nothing to do with my child and I.”
ON HER RELATIONSHIP WITH MASHONDA:
“We keep in touch. It’s all good.”
ON HOW MANY TIMES A YEAR SWIZZ SEES THEIR DAUGHTER:
“Three to four times a year on average. I have always supported their relationship. That was the initial reason I have reached out in the first place because a child deserves a chance to have a relationship with the father.”
ON IF SHE CONSIDERS SWIZZ A GOOD FATHER:
As juicy and salcious as all this is, there’s always too sides to a story. But we can’t help but notice the sweeping new trend of rappers/industry powerhouses having random children on these “we were on a break” situations?
And the women who seem to be lining up for the job. Im sure it’s not that cut and dry. But no matter how you slice it does set a tone about ones choices. But that I guess thats another blog for another time
Bail Set at 1.2M for Mother that Drove Screaming Kids into
Boy, its hard for a logical person to even fathom where one’s mind would have to be to do what Ebony Wilkerson, 32, did to her own children. The mother of three (now pregnant with a fourth!) appeared in a
Volusia County courtroom in recently to face charges after driving her three screaming children into the ocean waves. Florida
Charged with three counts of first-degree attempted murder and child abuse with great harm, Wilkerson is currently in custody with her bail set at $1.2 million.
Prior to placing the full weight of her foot on the accelerator and driving the terrified children into the ocean, this mother had told them to close their eyes and go to sleep, authorities said.
Wilkerson had been stopped two hours prior and questioned for 30-minutes by police, but according to chief Mike Chitwood, she couldn’t be held because she seemed lucid and her children were not in distress.
Authorities said the mother fought off her 9-year-old son who tried to grab the wheel and even tried to fight off rescuers who reached for her screaming children – the youngest of which was 3-years-old.
“The criminal intent was there,” Volusia County Sheriff Ben Johnson said Friday. “We’re not out for blood, we just want justice,” the Daytona Beach News-Journal reported.
Investigators interviewed Wilkerson’s son, and her 10-year-old daughter. “We almost drowned and she did that on purpose,” the girl said. Her brother said their mom was “acting like a lunatic” and “she was going to kill us all dead,” the paper reported.
South Carolina resident, had left home with her children last Sunday after reporting to local police that she had been attacked by her husband; and had since been staying with her sister in . Florida
Wilkerson’s daughter told investigators that her mom had been talking about Jesus and demons and had been reading the Bible. Wilkerson’s sister, Jessica Harrell, called 911 Tuesday to request that sheriff’s deputies check on her older sister because she was acting crazy.
Authorities have reached out to the children’s father, and expected him in
days ago. He has yet to appear and the children remain in protective custody. Florida
Do you think leniency should be granted to Ebony Wilkerson due to a possible mental breakdown, or is this a mother who may have used her kids to get back at an abusive husband?
The Daft Punk/Jay Z Callabo is FOR REAL!
According to Mashable, When word started spreading of a Daft Punk-Jay Z collaboration track yesterday we didn't bother posting it right away since nothing is ever real and everything turns out to be a viral marketing hoax to promote somebody's new TV show or something. But nope, by now "Computerized" has been vetted and confirmed a real thing, so you can safely listen without feeling like a sucker.
There was another rumor circling yesterday that Kanye West was involved with the production. That rumor turned to be false, and it's a bummer — the one downside of the track is that the production is pretty flat and probably could have been vastly improved with Kanye's help.
Pitchfork notes that the presence of rhyming about his Blackberry probably indicate Jay Z recorded the track before Samsung sponsored his last album "Magna Carta Holy Grail." Pretty crazy that we can use corporate endorsement to carbon-date art these days, eh?
Nicki Minaj & Safaree Celebrate 10-Year Anniversary In Cabo
Nicki Minaj and Safaree Samuels jetted to Cabo San Lucas to celebrate their 10-year anniversary. Nicki posted pics to Instagram of them and their friends while on their getaway.
One of the pics she posted, showed off gifts she received from Safaree; a teddy bear with bows around its neck, and roses in the shapes of hearts.
Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. #Year10
She and her crew sipped on drinks, hopped on a boat to cruise the water, and she hit the beach and her balcony to pose for a few pics in her bikini. Catch more pics below.
MAYBE? Paula Patton And Robin Thicke May Possibly Reconcile (ALLEGEDLY)
Folks spotted Robin Thicke out and about in NYC without his wedding ring, but that does not mean his marriage to Paula Patton is completely over. Friends of the couple (shown above during happier times) told TMZ that Paula is open to giving Robin another chance.
Sources say Robin and Paula NEVER stopped communicating, however, Paula maintained that she wanted a divorce....at first. Now, Paula's tone has changed and she wants Robin to convince her that they can make the marriage work to her satisfaction.
On an interesting note, friends say Robin's public antics (e.g. singing "Let's Stay Together" in concert) HAVE NOT swayed Paula. She's more impressed by Robin's parenting skills and how he keeps in touch with their son.
At least there's hope.....
"Fast & Furious 7" to Resume Production with the "Goal to Make This One the Best in the Series"
After over three months of mourning, "Fast & Furious 7" will resume production following the death of Paul Walker.
Posting a photo from the set, Vin Diesel wrote on Facebook, "The transition into that Dom state of mind has always been an interesting one… only this time there is added purpose, a collective goal to make this the best one in the series. P.s. The long awaited completion of Seven, begins..."
According to Universal, filming will restart on March 31st after going on hiatus after the star's sudden death in a car crash.
Reports say that Paul's character Brian will be written out of the series using footage shot prior to the accident. "Fast & Furious 7" will hit theaters on April 10, 2015.
AND FINALLY FROM “THE CRAZY PEOPLE SHOPPING AT WALMART” FILES
‘The Spring Breaker’
Dear lady, I like your butt. It’s a very nice butt and I thank you for sharing. However, while I assume there are plenty of other people who share my admiration of your booty, I have no doubts that there are plenty of others who do not…at least not in Walmart in the middle of the afternoon with children around. Thumbs up at the beach, thumbs down at Wally World. Good day.
HAVE A GREAT DAY!!!