Vanessa Williams and Daughter Jillian Hervey Inspire Mother-Daughter Goals on Essence Magazine’s January 2017 Cover
Singer and actress Vanessa Williams and her daughter Jillian Hervey, who is a vocalist ‘Lion Babe’ – inspire New Year hair goals on the cover of Essence magazine’s January 2017 issue.
The flawless mother and daughter talk about their journey in and out of the spotlight in Essence’s January 2017 issue, kicking off new year hair and beauty goals along the way.
Vanessa, 53, and Jillian, 27, know fierceness runs in their family, but so does maintaining a strong work ethic and staying true to who you are at any age.
These traits have served Vanessa well in her 30-plus year career, which survived being dethroned as Miss America in 1984 to becoming an award winning film, TV and Broadway actress and recording artist. Now television has come calling again—next spring she stars as an aging mean girl talk show host on VH1’s Daytime Divas.
Essence sat with Vanessa on her Atlanta set, where she served up plenty of insta-wisdom.
On surviving a setback
“You have to go through the fire. Avoiding the pain is why most people never resolve it. You have to dig deep, sit in it and ugly-cry. Pretending it’s not there and keeping busy are a way of avoiding it.”
On finding love again
“[Marrying Jim Skrip] it was one of those easy, easy things. It was fantastic.” But being a nurturing mother has been one of Williams’ top priorities too.
At their ESSENCE cover photo shoot, Williams—wrapped in a white robe and slippers — snaps phone pics of her second oldest child during her solo shots like any proud momma. And as one can imagine, this pride goes into overdrive when Hervey performs as one half of the soul electronica duo Lion Babe.
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Hervey and her partner, Lucas Goodman (aka Astro Raw) began releasing music under the Lion Babemoniker in 2012 and later signed with Interscope Records. In preparation for their follow up 2016 EP, Begin, Hervey’s making sure their next album hits the right note as much as her look—with or without her signature “lion” mane —which has taken a life of it’s own.
Hervey tells Essence,
“My hair was supposed to represent this freedom, and then it almost became a trap.” Hervey’s love-hate relationship with her hair has come full circle and now she proudly celebrates her natural coils. After participating in a hair panel during AfroPunk, she recalled being emotional at the sight of women who “were different versions of me. Everyone was creative and beautiful, and it felt so sacred.”
For more from Vanessa Williams and Jillian Hervey, pick up a copy of our January issue, on newsstands December 9.
#RHoA: Kandi Burruss Shuts Those Down Side-Chick Rumors
This week age old Atlanta rumors resurfaced claiming Kandi Burruss was actually the side-chick to Russell 'Block' Spencer when their daughter Riley was conceived.
Kandi shuts down the rumors...In old tweets that have since resurfaced Kandi insists she was no side chick.
In case you’re not sure who ATLien is she’s famed Atlanta blogger Michelle Brown.
#Empire Season 3 Spoilers: Episode 9 Synopsis Released; What Will Happen In The Midseason Finale?
What a crazy season “Empire” has been so far, and it’s only halfway through. In the first half of Season 3, Rhonda was killed, Jamal was shot, Freda Gatz was sent to prison, Andre started hooking up with someone else and Hakeem became a father. Let’s not forget all the fights the Lyons had and Jamal’s almost overdose. Believe it or not, next Wednesday is the Fox show’s fall finale and a promo teases that it’s going to be a jaw-dropper.
In the short promo for episode 9 (seen above) — titled “A Furnace for Your Foe” — there’s more fighting and Lucious (Terrence Howard) seemingly turning himself in to Tariq (Morocco Omari). “You want me,” Lucious is heard saying to his half-brother as he walks towards him with his arms stretched out.
According to a synopsis via TV Guide, Empire Records faces another big blow when the FBI freezes their assets. The synopsis says the FBI’s move “has major repercussions.” In the midseason finale, Cookie (Taraji P. Henson) also organizes a free concert in a park to “help broaden Angelo’s (Taye Diggs) mass appeal while he works to win the mayoral bid.”
In the last two episodes of “Empire,” Cookie and Angelo have been making some major strides in their relationship. In episode 7, she met his mother Diane (Phylicia Rashad) and tried to throw a fancy dinner to impress her. As with any Lyon event, the dinner didn’t go as planned. Jamal (Jussie Smollett) was high on pain pills, Hakeem (Trai Byers) showed up with baby Bella and Lucious and Anika (Grace Gealey) stormed into Cookie’s place looking for baby Bella. Although the dinner was a disaster, it ended on a good note when Jamal sat down at the piano and performed a beautiful song he wrote for Cookie.
In episode 8, viewers got to see more of Cookie and Angelo’s relationship, and while things are heating between them, Diane was warned about letting her son get involved with the Lyons.
Fans will have to wait until next Wednesday’s episode to see what happens with Cookie, Angelo and the other Lyon family members, but make sure you tune in an hour earlier. “Empire” will be airing at 8 p.m. EST because Lee Daniels’ new show “Star” premieres at 9 p.m. EST on Fox.
New Music: Lloyd Feat. Lil Wayne – Holding
Lloyd had a surprise up his sleeve. The R&B crooner is set to release his anticipated new EP, Tru, tomorrow Friday (Dec. 9), but today the singer has given us another preview of the project with “Holding,” which now features a verse from Lil Wayne.
Singing the praises of his special lady, Lloyd promises to always love and keep his baby safe. “Turn that G into a love machine / All I need is your lovin’ baby (on me) / You hold my heat, you roll my weed / You’re so my speed, you’re all I need,” he sings.
While Wayne dedicates some bars to his own Bonnie, “Real bitch forever / I’m the only one she down for / Most of these hoes bloodhounds / She don’t even hound blood,” raps Weezy.
Tru hits all digital stores and streaming platforms tomorrow (Dec. 9). In the meantime take a listen to Lloyd and Wayne reconnect on “Holding” HERE
New Hip Hop Music: Fetty Wap Feat. Nicki Minaj – ‘Like A Star’
Fetty Wap and Nicki Minaj show their star power on their new collaboration “Like a Star.”
Throwing island flavor on the horn-heavy banger, the Trini girl unloads boastful bars about her “Empire.”
“Who better than Nicki?” she asks. “I can’t f’in tell / Every time I drop, bitches like ‘FML’ / You in the game? I own my own game.”
Meanwhile, Fetty serenades his girl. “You’re just like a star, baby,” sings the New Jersey rapper. “You shine from afar, baby / A spaceship to Mars.”
“Like a Star” arrives shortly after Fetty’s November mixtape Zoovier and videos for “Luv Money,” “Make You Feel,” and “Flip Phone.”
Vivica A. Fox shows you some Eyecandy For her New Stripper Show!
Vivica A. Fox is gearing up for the premiere of her new male exotic dancer series titled, “Vivica’s Black Magic.” To celebrate the upcoming debut, she threw a fun holiday party and live show at the Mint in L.A. for a few of her friends and actress Jackée Harry came out to peep the eye candy.
By the way, Jackée is starring in the television film A Husband For Christmas and Vivica is producing it. It will drop on December 11th via Amazon.
Aunt Viv slayed in a black Roberto Cavalli mini dress, Jimmy Choo booties and Swarovski crystal earrings.
Comedian Lunell was in the mix to peep the eyecandy.
Ladies, you approve?
"Vivica's Black Magic" premieres January 4th at 10pm EST on LIFETIME. Will you be tuning in?
Womp! ‘Hairspray Live’ Musical Tv Ratings Are Low….
Wednesday NBC premiered ‘Hairspray Live’ featuring Jennifer Hudson and the ratings were not so hot.
The musical features a star-studded cast, including Harvey Fierstein, Martin Short, Jennifer Hudson and newcomer Maddie Baillio as Tracy Turnblad.
If you want to watch the show again click Here to watch.
According to Deadline reports, NBC’s Hairspray Live!(2.3/8) million viewers. That’s Low!
Israel Houghton Child Support Case Dropped.
Earlier this year the Texas Attorney General filed a case against gospel singer Israel Houghton to determine paternity and child support for two children born during his twenty year marriage .
The case has been closed…Israel’s secret baby mama, DeVawn Moreno, confirms the news telling Bossip,
“The suit was dropped because of misleading information. Our children are well taken care of as it always has been.”
The office of the attorney general declined to elaborate further on why the case was dropped and Israel has since married The Real talk show host Adrienne Bailon.
Well now lets all move on!
Young Buck Released From Jail.
Back in August, Young Buck has been sentenced to seven months in jail for violating the terms of his supervised release and probation following his arrest last month.
According to Billboard, David Rivera, U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Tennessee, revealed the news, and Buck later seemed to confirm it on Instagram after appearing in court on Wed., Aug. 10. ”The Nashville Scene reports that Buck has had several run-ins with the law this year. In March, he allegedly threatened one of his children’s mother’s fianceés, which resulted in him being brought to court and ordered not to violate any law while pending a final hearing on that violation.
Young Buck was just released from jail on Wednesday a report confirmed by DJ Whoo Kidd on social media.
Kobe & Vanessa Bryant Welcome Their 3rd Daughter
Retired NBA legend Kobe Bryant and his wife, Vanessa, 34, welcomed their 3rd daughter earlier this week. The Power couple already have 2 girls, Gianna, 10, and Natalia, 13.
The couple announced their baby on social media back in July. Bryant, 38, posted an image of a onesie with the words “Baby Mamba” on the front.
“Beyond blessed and excited to share that we are expecting our third baby girl!!!” he wrote in the photo caption.
Congrats to Kobe and Vanessa!
HUH? Kelly Osbourne to LGBT crowd at the Trevor Project: give Trump a chance
The Trevor Project is a group focused on suicide prevention among high risk LGBTQ youth. They have a very good reputation and are one of the organizations I donated to instead of giving too many gifts this season. (As I’ve mentioned before, see John Oliver’s list of groups to donate to, the Trevor Project is on there.) It’s though that Trump’s presidency will be particularly difficult on gay youth, since his Vice President, Mike Pence, likely supports the brutal practice of conversion therapy, aka abusing gay people to convince them to act straight. (Pence’s spokesperson denies that Pence supports conversion therapy, although his long record of anti-LGBT legislation speaks to the contrary and he at least supports it tacitly.) So people of all minority groups, including the LGBT community, are understandably skeptical of Trump’s administration, particularly because of their horrible rhetoric and their equally appalling voting records. It’s going to be ok though guys, because Kelly Osbourne says we should just give Trump a chance! She said this at a TrevorLive event while accepting an award for her contributions to the community.
“We’re living in a time when we might not have the future president that we wanted in this country,” Osbourne told the largely LGBTQ audience. “And as an immigrant who can’t vote, I don’t really get to say much. But tonight, I do. People voted for him. So just like they gave us a chance to love equally, we will fight to keep that.”
“But we have to give him a chance,” said Osbourne. “And we do it by spreading love, not hate.” In an emotional acceptance speech, Osbourne, who has been active with the West Hollywood-based Trevor Project LGBTQ youth crisis prevention group for years, said, “Thank you so much to The Trevor Project, not for this award, but because of what you do. You save so many lives.”
[From The Hollywood Reporter via OMG Blog]
Kelly Osbourne, taking it upon herself to lecture a group of people who work with at-risk LGBT youth about how they should give the new administration a chance to take away their rights and the rights of their clients, neighbors, friends and family. This is shockingly tone deaf but I guess we wouldn’t expect anything less from Kelly “‘who will clean your toilets‘ if Latinos get kicked out” Osbourne. The people urging us to give Trump a chance to enact his fascist agenda are the ones who will be least affected by it, the one who are insulated from the concerns of everyday life. They want us to give these a-holes a chance to burn down everything our parents and our grandparents fought for. That’s what Kelly and the “give them a chance” people are advocating. At least she doesn’t have to worry about health care, because it’s free where she comes from.
If someone proposed a ban on looking like a Q-Tip you know that Kelly would give up that “let’s all get along” bullsh-t she’s spouting and would come out swinging.
#EGGPLANT NATION Meet Theo!
Meet Theo! Well to see more you can GO HERE TO SEE THE PICS! And remember they’re NSWF!
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AND FINALLY FROM “THE CRAZY PEOPLE SHOPPING AT WALMART” FILES
‘PUT ‘EM TO WORK’
Finally a decent reason to have kids. The scale is still tilted way over in the other direction.
HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND EVERYBODY!!!!!!!!