Sanaa Lathan Looks FAB while Talking To KONTROL Magazine!
KONTROL magazine unleashes its very first cover of The Indulge in Fashion Issue and they chose the gorgeous Sanaa Lathan for its debut.
Shot by photographer Chad Finley, the 44-year-old stunna (YES, this is what 44 is looking like these days) flosses her curves in a cobalt blue gown detailed with lace inserts styled by celebrity stylist Juian Lark. Sanaa is definitely heating up the magazine cover with her seductive, yet innocent look.
Inside, The Perfect Guy star and producer, who’s allegedly dating rapper French Montana, touches on the lack of roles for black women in Hollywood, but she also served a solution to the problem. Her answer? Produce their own films and make Hollywood come to them. We like it.
So what about those rumors that a sequel to Love & Basketball was in the works? We all first fell in love with Sanaa when she starred in the classic romantic drama, so will there be a sequel 15 years after the original? Find out in the highlights below:
On if there will be a Love & Basketball sequel:
“Well you would have to speak to Gina Prince-Bythewood, the director of Love & Basketball about that officially. I’ve heard the rumors and I feel like that [Love and Basketball] was a story to itself…I mean how could you go about making a sequel to it? I feel the ending was pretty finite.”
On the lack of roles for black women in Hollywood and how to fix it:
“There have definitely been some advances, I mean never before have we had so many shows led by African-American actresses…I support and congratulate Taraji P. Henson, Tika Sumpter, Kerry Washington, and Viola Davis, but at the same more of those opportunities are needed…The solution can be to produce our own projects, as we did with Perfect Stranger, and then we need audiences to support them. At the end of the day Hollywood is a business and numbers do talk. They are going to go with what’s successful and making money.”
On how she chooses roles:
“Reading the script is the first thing I do. If I’m sold on the script I’ll feel more inclined to do the project, but more importantly I can screen what I’m accepting” As for her characters; “… that really just comes from knowing the craft and putting in the work.”
On the rumors that she’s starring in Marvel’s Luke Cage on Netflix:
“Really? You heard that? Well [she laughs], I would have to read the script first and know who’s starring in it. Then you never know…”
You can grab a physical copy of the issue once it hits newsstands at your local Barnes and Nobles bookstore on November 23rd.
Meet the Newest member to The Eggplant Nation: OMARION!
Monkey See, Money Do! Omarion follows in the footsteps of rappers The Game and Rich Homie Quan who posted their junk on social media for their followers (both male and female) to drool over.
After the break, the former boy band member wants to show you why his baby mama, Apryl Jones, stays cleaved to him.
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#RhoA Teaser: What’s The TEA HERE? Cynthia Bailey isn’t Physically Attracted To Husband Peter Thomas
I guess Sunday night’s opening of RhoA is going to be a BLOCKBUSTER! Is one of the last married couples on “Real Housewives of Atlanta” headed to Splitsville Lane? We’re not sure. But, where there’s smoke, there’s fire.
Rumors are circulating that Cynthia Bailey and Peter Thomas are having issues. That’s not new news. We all saw him getting super flirtatious and feeling up on a chick in the bar over the summer. Even though they tried to put on a united front, you KNOW they addressed that ish (which we will see in the new season).
Aparently in the premiere season 8 episode (going down this Sunday), a certain statement was said. During a conversation between Cynthia and her sister Malorie, the former model reveals she’s no longer attracted to her husband of five years.
Malorie asked, “Are you attracted to Peter, even with his clothes off?”
The 47-year-old reality star responded, “No.” Oh SNAP?
Cynthia then adds, “Physical attraction is important, but I am more attracted to Peter’s mind."
Mmhmm…we will get to see it all unfold on the season 8 premiere this tonight at 8/7c on BRAVO.
NFL SUNDAY FOOTBALL The BIRDS VS THE BOYZ! Bradford Lifts Eagles To OT Win 33-27!
ARLINGTON, Texas – The Eagles acquired Sam Bradford for signature moments like the final play of the Eagles’ 33-27 overtime win over the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday night, when the luster of his offseason arrival returned with a 41-yard pass to Jordan Matthews for a game-winning touchdown.
Those interceptions and incompletions from the first seven games could be forgiven for one week. Matthews’ drops are now last month’s news. If there’s any way to revitalize hope in Philadelphia, it’s by beating the Cowboys in overtime.
After a fumble on Ryan Mathews’ fourth-down conversion was overturned to allow the Eagles to continue a drive, Bradford hit Matthews streaking across the Cowboys’ defense. Matthews ran to the end zone, and the Eagles evened their record at 4-4 and gave the rival Cowboys (2-6) their sixth consecutive loss.
It was Bradford’s only touchdown pass of the game. He finished 25 for 36 for 295 yards. Matthews led all receivers with nine catches for 133 yards and the score. DeMarco Murray rushed 18 times for 83 yards and a touchdown.
Bradford had a chance to lead the Eagles to a go-ahead touchdown late in the fourth quarter, but he brought them only into range for a long field goal. And that’s where the Eagles turned to Caleb Sturgis, who started the season without a team and opened his Eagles tenure with wayward attempts. Sturgis’ kick from 53 yards inched past the upright for the 27-24 lead with 1 minute, 46 seconds remaining.
That was enough time for the Cowboys – with the help of some penalty flags – to tie the game. Three Eagles penalties, including two pass interferences, helped set up Dan Bailey’s 44-yard field goal that bounced off the left upright and fell through to send the game to overtime.
The fourth quarter went back and forth from the time Jordan Hicks jumped in front of a Darren McFadden to intercept Matt Cassel’s pass and raced 64 yards down the left sideline to thwart a Cowboys scoring opportunity and give the Eagles a 21-14 lead.
However, the lead barely had time to breathe. Lucky Whitehead returned the ensuing kickoff 79 yards to give Dallas favorable field position. On the third play, Cassel scrambled around the pocket to buy enough time to allow Dez Bryant to box out in the end zone. He caught Cassel’s 18-yard heave in a crowd of Eagles defenders to tie the game and neutralize Hicks’ big play.
The teams traded field goals for the rest of the quarter to set up overtime.
The Eagles failed to score in the first quarter for the sixth time this season. On the opening drive, they accomplished a rare feat: two three-and-outs on the same drive. Even when a Cowboys penalty on a punt gave the Eagles a fresh set of downs, they could not use them to convert a first down. The common thread both times was failing to throw beyond the first-down sticks on third down – an ill-fated play call this season.
The Cowboys responded to the Eagles’ early ineptitude with an 11-play, 93-yard touchdown drive to take the lead. The big play on that march was a 51-yard pass to Bryant, who ran past Nolan Carroll and looked more like the receiver that has plagued the Eagles throughout his career than the one limited in last week’s loss.
The scoring quieted until the second quarter when the Eagles went on the type of drive that was expected to be the standard this season. They went 80 yards on 13 up-tempo plays, relying on the backfield combination of Murray, Mathews, and Sproles. Nine of their plays were rushes, including a 21-yarder by Mathews. The Eagles handed the ball to Murray on fourth and goal from the 1-yard line to tie the game.
The Cowboys thought they answered with a score on their next drive, but a 29-yard touchdown pass was nullified because Terrance Williams pushed off Byron Maxwell and was flagged for offensive pass interference. Eagles linebacker Brandon Graham sacked Cassel on a third down later in the drive to knock Dallas out of field-goal range and force a punt.
Kelly’s time management was curious on the final drive of the first half. With two timeouts at their disposal, the Eagles ran only three plays in the final minute. And when it appeared they were running out the clock in the final seconds, they called a deep pass that left Bradford exposed to a big hit and left the Eagles needing to punt when it fell incomplete.
The Eagles might have started slowly in the first half, but they were tough to stop to open the second half. On their first offensive drive, they went 95 yards on seven plays in 2 minutes, 39 seconds. Bradford had one of his best drives of the year. He completed 5 of 6 passes, with a 44-yard wheel route to DeMarco Murray that was a placed in the perfect spot. Mathews rushed for the 6-yard score to give the Eagles a 14-7 lead.
That advantage barely lasted, because the Eagles struggled to cover Cowboys slot receiver Cole Beasley. The Eagles use safeties to cover the slot receivers this season, but that’s a tougher matchup against smaller, shiftier types such as Beasley. Malcolm Jenkins could not stay with Beasley, who caught four passes in the drive. The final one was a 17-yarder that tied the game at 14.
The game was tied a few more times after that – including the end of regulation to set up the decisive overtime period.
James Bond and Charlie Brown brought the box office roaring back to life, as “Spectre” and “The Peanuts Movie” attracted big crowds over their opening weekends. “Spectre,” the latest 007 adventure, took first place, debuting to $73 million from 3,929 theaters — a hefty figure and the second-highest debut in series history, but one that nevertheless trails the launch of “Skyfall.” The previous film in the long-running franchise bowed to $88.4 million, but enjoyed better reviews and benefited from being the only new wide release in its opening weekend. Going into the weekend, tracking suggested that the film would debut to $80 million, but the strength of “The Peanuts Movie” and some critical grousing about plot holes wide enough to drive an Aston Martin through may have depressed ticket sales.
However, “The Peanuts Movie” had its own challenges. A younger generation didn’t grow up on Snoopy and Charlie Brown and newspaper funny pages have been a casualty of the blood-letting in the print industry. That meant re-introducing the characters, something that other, older pieces of intellectual property, such as “Mr. Peabody and Sherman,” have been unsuccessful in doing.
But the bet paid off. Thirty eight percent of the audience was under the age of 18 and seemed to like what they saw, handing the film an A+ CinemaScore. If the film holds up, Fox may have a new animated franchise on its hands.
This weekend's totals are below.
1. Spectre (3,929 theaters) - $82,509,000
2. The Peanuts Movie (3,897 theaters) - $52,024,950
3. The Martian (2,855 theaters) - $6,794,900
4. Goosebumps (2,051 theaters) - $5,921,237
5. Bridge of Spies (2,767 theaters) - $5,705,554
6. Hotel Transylvania 2 (2,274 theaters) - $3,224,532
7. The Last Witch Hunter (2,286 theaters) - $2,683,764
8. Burnt (3,003 theaters) - $2,600,598
9. Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension (1,530 theaters) - $1,718,190
10. Our Brand is Crisis (2,202 theaters) - $1,554,612
Forbes Reveals Top 10 Highest Paid Female Musicians in 2015
Each year, Forbes releases a list of the top 10 highest-paid female musicians. Each of these women are not only bosses in the music industry, but they also have an enormous impact on pop culture today. Last year, Queen Bey topped the list with the $115 million she raked in between her Beyoncé album and the On the Run Tour. This year, Katy Perry takes the crown, having made $135 million between June 1, 2014 and June 1, 2015. Perry's Prismatic World Tour, along with her deals with major companies like Claire's and Covergirl, helped her to out-earn her fellow female artists this year.
See what other women made the top 10 for 2015:
1. Katy Perry - $135 million
2. Taylor Swift - $80 million
3. Fleetwood Mac - $59.5 million
4. Lady Gaga - $59 million
5. Beyoncé - $54.5 million
6. Britney Spears -$31 million
7. Jennifer Lopez - $28.5 million
8. Miranda Lambert - $28.5 million
9. Mariah Carey - $27 million
10. Rihanna - $26 million
Is there anyone on the list that surprised you or anyone that didn't make the cut that you were expecting to see on there?
Listen to Snippets of Angie Stone's New Album 'Dream'
Angie Stone is one of those seasoned artists who knows what she wants. She’s been in the game for over 35 years and six solo albums, but don’t call her a veteran, honey! She’s still on top of the charts and taking names. Having worked with everyone who’s anyone, including Beyoncé, Lady Gaga and Alicia Keys (to name a few), her talents don’t stop at just music, she’s also branched out into film, television, and theater.
Now with new label home Shanachie Entertainment/Conjunction Entertainment/TopNotch Music, the soulstress has released her new album Dream today (Nov. 9), and you can hear some snippets thanks to her new label.
Judging from the sound bites, she has put together another cohesive, solid album with relatable grooves and soulful offerings!
LISTEN TO THEM HERE!
If you like what you hear, head on over to iTunes to cop a copy for yourself!
These Two AGAIN? 50 Cent VS Rick Ross and it’s gets PERSONAL!
It’s an Instagram war brewing between 50 ‘Cent’ Curtis Jackson and Rick Ross. From what we’re told, the slander began with 50 and was responded to by Ross. These two have been throwing lyrical and interview jabs for quite some time. Anywho, check out the back and forth between the pair below.
So whose Team you rocking with?
See pics from Kris Jenner’s Roaring Twenties Theme 60th Birthday Bash
The Roaring Twenties was the period of economic change and cultural diversity in New York, Montreal, Chicago, Detroit, Paris, Berlin, London, Los Angeles, emphasizing the era’s social, artistic and cultural dynamics. Kris Jenner’s old ass recreated the same feel for her spectacular Gatsby Theme Roaring Twenties birthday celebration. From Will Smith to Boy George attended this glamorous party. Tak a look at the pics
Charlie Wilson, El DeBarge, David Foster, and Kanye West performed at the birthday bash. Beyonce’s mother Tina Knowles and her husband actor Richard Lawson, attended and said it was one of the best parties she has ever attended!! From the beautiful pictures on social media the party seemed Epic!!
LEGENDARY! Tevin Campbell Resurfaces To Perform At The 2015 Soul Train Awards
If you grew up listening to and loving R&B music in the 90s, then Tevin Campbell was likely one of your fave arists. We were totally crushing on him back in the day.
The “Can We Talk” crooner serenaded us all with tender love ballads that we couldn’t get enough of at the 2015 Soul Train Awards held at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas. It was a special treat since the “I’m Ready” has been keeping a very low profile, but he came out of hiding last night to treat the audience with his vocals on his Babyface-produced track. And we are HERE for it.
Peep a clip HERE:
Babyface was honored with the prestigious Legend Award and soon after, he hit the stage with Tevin (and other artists) to belt out the classics he has produced over the years. Tevin hit the stage to take us straight back to the 90s with his classic hit “Can We Talk,” which won him a Soul Train Award back in 1994.
HELLO? Adele’s 25 Is Out In Two Weeks But No One Knows If It Will Be Streaming
Adele’s “Hello” came out only 13 days ago, but you’ve probably heard it more than a hundred times already, even if you haven’t consciously sought it out. Not a bad thing! It’s a hell of a song. But it is inescapable. There’s some empirical data to support that assumption: “Hello” sold a record-breaking 1.12 million downloads in its first week of availability, and over that same seven-day span, it got 61.6 million video streams and 20.4 million on-demand streaming-service plays.\
“Hello” is, of course, the first single off Adele’s upcoming third LP, 25, and there’s absolutely no question that album is going to be a monster. Maybe historically so! One year ago last week, Forbes wrote a piece titled “Why Taylor Swift’s 1989 Could Be The Last Platinum Album Ever” — but 1989 cruised past platinum certification like it was nothing. 1989 went platinum in its first week. In July, 1989 hit the 5x platinum mark, reaching that point faster than any other album in a decade. For the past year, nothing else has even come close to achieving those numbers.
But then again, nothing else is like Adele.
Since its 2011 release, the British singer’s last LP, 21, has sold more than 11 million copies in the US, and more than 30 million worldwide. (#Truth!) And based on the response to “Hello,” it seems reasonable to suggest that 25 could eclipse both 21 and 1989. But the parallels between Adele and Swift extend beyond sheer commercial heft: Just as Swift kept 1989 off Spotify (and soon afterward, pulled her whole catalog from the service), Adele initially withheld 21 from Spotify. And even though the release of 25 is only two weeks away (it comes out on 11/20), it appears Adele may withhold the new album from every streaming outlet. Or she may not. No one knows. According to a story in today’s New York Times:
Executives briefed on the plans for Adele’s release said that streaming services had been given no clear indications about whether, or when, the album would become available on those outlets.
It seems reasonable to imagine that some serious negotiations are currently underway: If one service were to get an exclusive lock on 25 — even if only temporarily — it would be a monumental boon to that service, irrespective of its price. (Presumably, the only services in contention for such an arrangement would be Apple Music and Spotify — Tidal, Deezer, the newly relaunched Napster, et al., can merely watch this one from the sidelines.) But as the Times’ sources point out: “One likely scenario [is] that the album could be withheld from streaming outlets for a week or more to maximize its CD and download sales.”
What makes this remarkable is the degree of secrecy. Swift spoke openly about her issues with Spotify and Apple Music — and immediately afterward, Spotify and Apple Music responded. Swift made her position known, and in doing so, generated conversation that led to increased transparency and eventually progress. But no one on either side is saying anything on the subject of 25. And according to the Times, Adele herself is calling the shots:
Adele is said to be personally involved in deciding whether and how her music should be streamed — an unusual level of involvement for a major star in such a granular business issue.
But is it so unusual? Is it so granular? Between Tay Sway and Jay Z, this sort of scenario seems increasingly commonplace, and the issue seems increasingly vital. Furthermore, it seems like musicians at all levels would prefer to be more involved with this aspect of their careers … but aren’t, only because few record deals allow the artist any say over their streaming rights (which is why Beyoncé’s catalog could have been pulled from Tidal, even though she and her husband are co-owners of the service).
Here, Adele — like Swift — wields unique power. And whatever choice Adele does make will speak volumes and be widely scrutinized. Will she withhold 25 from all streaming services for a period to bump sales? Will she ink an exclusive deal with one service in return for a substantial financial payout (or even an equity stake)? Or will she look at the 20.4 million on-demand streaming-service plays accrued in just one week by “Hello” and choose to stream 25 everywhere on 11/20 and beyond — thus getting her music to the most possible listeners at the exact moment those listeners are most excited to hear it?
It’ll be interesting to find out. As for finding the music, though … well, you probably won’t have to worry too much about that. Wherever it is, and wherever you are, 25 is going to find you.
Ciara FLAUNTS Her FAB Body For The ‘Gram On Vacay With her Man Russell Wilson
Ciara, her boyfriend Russell Wilson and her son Future Jr. have jetted off to a tropical island for some fun in the sun.
Since the Seahawks are on a bye week, the Super Bowl champion has a little free time to live it up with his woman and his future step-son.
Nothing like hopping on a plane and traveling to paradise. As she bathes in the sun, CiCi posed it up for a few hot shots. And we're not mad.
She even brought her hairstylists along for the fun. On Instagram, she captioned, "@Cesar4Styles You Laiddtt Dis Hur Boo #FunTimesWithPeopleILove!"…….
Are Love & Hip Hop Hollywood stars Miles and Amber ex-baes or real cousins? Erica Mena & Co. Share Some Tea!
Apparently Erica Mena has many issues with the reality TV franchise she was once an happy participant of, Love & Hip Hop; this time her issue is with cast members of Love & Hip Hop Hollywood. The model/singer has been taking to social media to express her grievances with the fakeness of the show. After a little social media quarrel involving Mena, a friend of hers jumped int o have her back calling the relationship between Miles and Amber never happened and she has the texts to prove it!
In an Instagram post by a friend of Erica Mena, it was alleged that Amber knew all along that Miles was gay. The post even said that the pair, marketed on the show as exes, are actually cousins who’ve always been close.
Let me start off by letting yawl know the real story about @amberrlaura I’m coo with you @siirbrock but you know damn well when someone speaks reckless about your girl you gonna have an opinion…. STORY LINE WAS FAKE.. Every one in California knows this. @amberrlaura remember when you was trying to hook me up with your “cousin”, you know @siirbrock who now to America is your “ex boyfriend” For years you and @siirbrock ran together and you indeed knew he was gay because you for month try to hook me up with him. I have the text to prove it!!!! please keep it up cause I will keep going on about your sad ass tears to try to be relevant on a show selling your soul for a fake story line girl. So kudos to @milanchristopher telling the truth.
Meanwhile Mena dropped hints on her Twitter;
She expresses that reality stars are the new actors of the industry and it’s clear who she’s talking about when she mentions how people doubted her gay relationship. shortly after, Amber came back gunning with tweets letting it be known that her trigger finger has not turned to twitter fingers.
Ready to body you bitches. When I’m on your mind @ me or pull tho fuck a Tweet Bitch Let Me meet those hands frfr
It’s unclear what started the beef between the two parties or if the rumor of Amber and Miles being cousins is true. What we do know is that we’re ready to watch this unfold and see the truth. We’ll keep you posted!
RACISM STILL LIVES ON COLLEGE CAMPUSES! University Of Missouri’s Black Football Players Strike, Won’t Play Until President Resigns
(H/T Think Progress)-Following a series of racist incidents on campus, at least 32 members of the University of Missouri’s football team will not play until the school’s president, Tim Wolfe, resigns. On Saturday night, a group of black players declared that they are going on strike, citing Wolfe’s “negligence” in handling discrimination on campus.
The announcement was tweeted from Missouri’s Legion of Black Collegians, next to a photo of 32 players with linked arms. According to the Columbia Missourian, 60 of the 124 players on the current roster are black, but the exact number joining the protest is undetermined.
“The athletes of color on the University of Missouri football team truly believe ‘Injustice Anywhere is a threat to Justice Everywhere,” the caption read. “We will no longer participate in any football related activities until President Tim Wolfe resigns or is removed due to his negligence toward marginalized students’ experiences. WE ARE UNITED!!!!!”
African-Americans make up 7 percent of the student body. The athletes’ decision came days after a graduate student named Jonathan Butler went on hunger strike for the same reasons.
“The revolting acts that are occurring at Mizzou are a result of a poisonous infestation of apathy that has been spawning from University of Missouri system leadership,” Butler wrote in a Facebook post Monday, when he announced his strike. “For some that may seem like a flamboyant statement but when you sit back and reflect on the fact that a MU student felt comfortable enough with the campus culture to use their own feces to draw a swastika on campus, that really tells you about the direction in which the University of Missouri is headed.”
In addition to the swastika incident that occurred in October, which Wolfe attempted to minimize, white students in a pickup trucked yelled “nigger” repeatedly at the Missouri Students Association president in September. Wolfe did not issue a response until one week later, after students protested on campus. Shortly after, a group of black students were rehearsing for a play when white students called them the same derogatory name.
Mizzou students have been protesting for days. Among the football players taking a stand against Wolfe are the team’s starting running back and corner back. According to one, the team’s coaches are understanding and supportive of the decision.
The school issued a statement Saturday night, saying, “We all must come together with leaders from across our campus to tackle these challenging issues and we support our student-athletes right to do so.”
A University of Pennsylvania study from 2013 found that black men made up 57.1 percent of NCAA football teams, even though they account for less than 5 percent of undergraduates at those universities. Most of them are on scholarship. They, too, are subjected to racism, in large part because they are seen as “others” who are only there because of athletic — not academic — abilities.
Missouri’s football players aren’t alone in protesting acts of racism on campus this year. In March, the University of Oklahoma football team walked out of practice and joined an on-campus protest after video of an OU fraternity’s racist chant surfaced.
UPDATE NOV 8, 2015 12:56 PM
Head coach Gary Pinkel expressed his support for the striking players in a tweet Sunday with a photo of the whole football team. "The Mizzou Family stands as one. We are united. We are behind our players,"!
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