Russell Westbrook Covers April/May Issue of ‘Ebony’
Ebony Magazine has selected NBA player, Russell Westbrook, as their April/May issue cover star. In the issue, the Oklahoma City Thunder front man opens up about his family, fatherhood and his future.
Westbrook is notoriously private. He keeps his responses short, choosing to answer only the question at hand. If you ask him about something he doesn’t want to discuss, he won’t- no matter how many different ways you phrase it.
The basketball player’s relationship with the media teeters between tepidly cordial and downright hostile, worn down, it seems, by years of scrutiny about his on-the-court play. Though he’s said the criticism doesn’t get under his skin, it’s difficult to imagine it not a affecting him. “I’m Just Very Low-key”, Westbrook says.
On Wednesday night (April 12th), Oscar Robertson endorsed Westbrook for the NBA’s “Most Valuable Player” award before the Thunder’s regular season finale against the Denver Nuggets. Westbrook broke Robertson’s single-season record for triple-doubles by getting his 42nd on Sunday against Denver.
Read Russell Westbrook’s full interview with Ebony Magazine here, and be sure to grab it when it hits stands near you.
#RHoA: Peter Thomas Dating ‘Love & Hip Hop’s’ Sina — Report
If you’re a true fan of both Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta and Real Housewives of Atlanta, you know their worlds often collide off-set. Many cast members from both shows are friends and interact on a regular basis, but no one saw this potential new couple coming!
RHOA star Peter Thomas set off dating rumors with L&HH’s Sina this weekend when he posted a photo of them together at his North Carolina Bar, Sports One.
His caption indicates he and Sina have been friends for some time now, having known each other before fame when they both lived in Miami.
Sina’s repost finds the mother of Yung Joc’s twin daughters dropping heart emojis and highlighting the word #love, leading fans to believe there’s more than friendship between these two.
After watching Cynthia Bailey and Peter have a great time together in Hawaii after their divorce, many Real Housewives of Atlanta fans wondered if the couple was on their way toward reconciliation.
The 50-year-old stunner recently revealed she hasn’t slept with Peter since their separation, while the restaurateur admitted to moving on, though he neglected to drop names. Could Sina be the woman he’s staying mum about?
Do you believe these two reality stars are dating?
#EMPIRE: Serayah Steps Out In Stripes To Enjoy Some Art
Empire actress Serayah McNeill was spotted in a striped number during an event at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) in Los Angeles over the weekend.
Serayah was wearing an original Resort 2017; black and grey striped pantsuit with a tie-die design around the chest and a high waist belt, showing off a little torso skin. She paired the suit with a nice pair of metallic pumps and a gold Vince Camuto clutch.
Wearing a natural sea of curls, Serayah kept her make-up at a fresh natural level which went perfectly with her look.
The actress was also recently tapped to be the first brand ambassador for Wet Brush, a TxturePro collection aimed at designing hair care for naturals. The brushes are available at Target, Sally’s and other beauty stores nationwide for you to check out.
What do you think of Serayah’s stripped set?
#NEWMUSIC FROM New Music: Goapele – Power
The angelic voice of Goapele graces our ears today with her brand new song, “Power.”
The Bay Area songstress has returned with her first release since her 2014 album Strong As Glass.
Singing about feeling as high as the sun and being completely fulfilled by her partner, Goapele is overcome with the power of unconditional love.
“Greatest gift I ever won is you in my world / Straight through my heart like a gun / I was numb / Full of wonder overcome / You’re who lead me here / Now forever we are one,” she sings over the infectious blend of tribal percussions, silky bass and light synths.
Celebrate an empowering love with Goapele HERE
#HIPHOPNEWS: Chris Brown, Migos, & Biggie Tribute Headline Hot 97’s Summer Jam
Hot 97 is planning a really “B.I.G.” Summer Jam. The legendary New York radio station has announced the lineup for this year’s festival.
After wrapping his “Party Tour” next month, Chris Brown is set to headline the concert extravaganza on Sunday, June 11, at New Jersey’s MetLife Stadium. Meanwhile, Faith Evans will front a “20 Years of B.I.G.” tribute that will include DJ Mister Cee and friends.
The stadium stage bill also includes an Empire State-heavy lineup, featuring French Montana and friends, Fat Joe and Remy Ma, Desiigner, and Joey Bada$$. Elsewhere, Migos, Trey Songz, Tory Lanez, Jidenna, and DJ Khaled with special guests round out the lineup.
Prior to the main event, Young M.A., A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie, Don Q, Dave East, Lil Yachty, D.R.A.M., PnB Rock, Casanova, and PHresher will perform on the Festival Stage.
Last year’s Summer Jam featured Future, Terror Squad, G.O.O.D. Music, A$AP Rocky, A$AP Ferg, and Bryson Tiller, among others.
Tickets are now on sale via Ticketmaster.
Lady Gaga Gets to Work Filming 'A Star is Born' in L.A.
Lady Gaga is hard at work filming A Star is Born! The 31-year-old entertainer showed off her toned midriff in a green sweater as she was spotted filming a scene outside of a house on Tuesday afternoon (April 25) in Los Angeles.
Over the weekend, Gaga and co-star Bradley Cooper filmed scenes of their upcoming musical at Coachella!
Bradley “plays Jackson Maine, a country music star who is on the brink of decline when he discovers a talented unknown named Ally (Gaga). As the two begin a passionate love affair, Jack coaxes Ally into the spotlight, catapulting her to stardom. But as Ally’s career quickly eclipses his own, Jack finds it increasingly hard to handle his fading glory,” according to Deadline.
K. Michelle NEW Photos Are Fueling Bleaching Rumors
Here we go again…
New photos of K. Michelle have sparked more bleaching rumors and speculation.
The R&B singer shared three new pics via social media where her skin appears to be much lighter than normal.
See the pics below.
And now the fans…….
What’s really the Tea HERE!
Drake to host first-ever NBA Awards on TNT.
Drake keeps a GIG! The rapper is set to the host the FIRST ever NBA awards On TNT.
According to the press release, Turner and the NBA today announced Drake – platinum-selling recording artist and multi-faceted entertainer – as host of the first-ever NBA Awards on TNT, airing Monday, June 26, with coverage beginning at 9 p.m. ET. The inaugural event, held at Basketball City at Pier 36 in New York City, will be the NBA’s official annual award show to honor all of the league’s top performers on one night for the first time.
NBA Awards presented during the show will include:
•Kia NBA Most Valuable Player
•Kia NBA Rookie of the Year
•Kia NBA Sixth Man Award
•Kia NBA Defensive Player of the Year
•Kia NBA Most Improved Player
•NBA Coach of the Year
Elton John Cancels Concerts Due To ‘Rare And Potentially Deadly’ Infection
The star is recovering at home in the U.K.
Elton John canceled his concerts in April and May at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas after contracting a “rare and potentially deadly” bacterial infection while on tour in South America.
The star’s team released a statement Monday saying John became “violently ill” during a flight back to Britain from Santiago, Chile. The statement added that John is resting at home after two nights in intensive care and is expected to make a full recovery. He is scheduled to return to the stage on June 3 for a show in Twickenham, England.
Ceasars Palace also released a statement about the cancellation on the venue’s Facebook page.
“Infections of this nature are rare and potentially deadly,” the statement read. “Thankfully, Elton’s medical team identified this quickly and treated it successfully.”
When news broke of John’s hospitalization, fans on Twitter immediately started sharing their concern.
Get well soon Elton!
Beyoncé Funds College Scholarship Award For 'Bold, Creative' Women
Beyoncé's "visual album" Lemonade was released a year ago this week, but its impact continues to unfold. Just last week, the project won a Peabody Award. But the singer is also focusing on making its resonance felt through a very different vehicle: a group of scholarships called the "Formation Scholars" awards.
Announcing the program this morning on her website, she says that the scholarships are meant "to encourage and support young women who are unafraid to think outside the box and are bold, creative, conscious and confident." The awards specifically are geared to students studying either "creative arts," music, literature or African-American studies.
There will be one recipient — either an incoming or current undergraduate or graduate student — at each of the four participating institutions: Boston's Berklee College of Music; Howard University in Washington, D.C.; Parsons School of Design in New York City; and Atlanta's Spelman College. Two of the schools, Howard and Spelman, are historically black institutions; the other two are geared towards students pursuing creative careers.
What was not mentioned in today's announcement is how much money is tied to each award — i.e., whether or not it is a full scholarship, or if it will simply offset some of the costs of attendance.
Adrian Peterson to Sign with New Orleans Saints
After months of speculation and rumors, Adrian Peterson has decided to take his talents to New Orleans on a two-year deal, ESPN reports.
On Tuesday morning, the former Minnesota Vikings running back revealed to ESPN’s Josina Anderson that he plans to sign with the Saints on a $7 million deal. Although the deal is virtually a one-year deal with a one-year option, the running back will receive a guaranteed total of $3.5 million at signing, which includes signing bonus and his guaranteed $1 million salary. However, for the following year, the $3.5 million, which includes a $2.4 million (total) roster bonus, a $1.05 million salary, and a $50,000 workout bonus, will not be guaranteed.
“I am excited to be joining the New Orleans Saints,” Peterson said. “I’m really looking forward to this opportunity. Most importantly, I choose this team because it just felt right within my spirit. Additionally, my wife and family added their conformation with the same feelings,” he added.
“On offense, it goes without saying that the Saints are really solid behind Drew Brees. I feel like my skill set can make them even more dominate as a unit. They have a great offensive line, which is something that stood out to me as well. I could tell from talking to head coach Sean Payton over the last two weeks that he did his due diligence in evaluating how I could contribute. I also did a lot of homework on the defense as well. While I know that injuries have played a role in performance, I also see areas of potential with a lot of younger guys having the ability to step up. Lastly, it goes without saying that the Saints have an amazing fanbase and I look forward to making them proud and creating everlasting memories.”
With Peterson’s decision to sign with the Saints, he will have the opportunity to face off against his former team in Week 1.
Serena Williams Reveals She Announced Her Pregnancy on Snapchat By Mistake
Oops! It turns out Serena Williams wasn't quite ready to share her pregnancy news with the world.
The tennis pro posted a photo of herself to Snapchat on April 19, showing off her tiny baby bump and announcing she was “20 weeks” pregnant, but she’s admitted she uploaded the swimsuit selfie by mistake.
Speaking at a TED conference in Vancouver on Tuesday, April 25, Williams told Gayle King: “On social media you press the wrong button and…30 minutes later I missed 4 calls and I’m like, ‘That’s weird.’”
The 35-year-old mom-to-be said she’d taken the photo to privately document her pregnancy.
“I have this thing where I've been checking my status and taking pictures every week to see how far along I'm getting.”
“I’ve been so good about it, but this was the one time it slipped." Not that she planned to keep her baby news a secret for much longer anyway.
Williams is expecting her first child with her fiancé, Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian.
She laughed when King joked that she was shocked Williams ended up engaged to a “nerdy geek,” but explained why he’s the man for her.
“I never felt pressured to get married, and I can’t say I’m the marrying type of person. I love my life, I love my freedom, and I love my career. I always felt I didn’t want anything to interfere with that.”
“But really, he’s very loving and he’s very kind. He’s very considerate.
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