The Cast Of 'Girls Trip' Take Us On An Adventure In ESSENCE's July 2017 Issue
Regina Hall, Jada Pinkett Smith, Queen Latifah and Tiffany Haddish dish on the must-have items for any girls trip.
There's something special about a girls-only trip, solely about having fun and forgetting the harsh realities of daily life. We dance, we sing, we confess secrets and most importantly, we enjoy life. This is the essence (pun intended) of Malcolm D. Lee's new film, Girls Trip.
The Will Packer-produced comedy stars Jada Pinkett Smith, Queen Latifah, Regina Hall and Tiffany Haddish as the group travels to New Orleans for ESSENCE Festival. And needless to say, with a cast like this, the girls have the time of their lives. From weed-laced edibles and nightclubs to swinging across Bourbon Street and making out with Kofi Siriboe, the ladies have so much fun that the audience will feel like they too are in the Big Easy.
"Because of our history in this country and how we’ve been labeled, I think we, as Black women, tend to be a little hard on ourselves,” Pinkett-Smith told ESSENCE about letting go and having fun in the July 2017 issue.
“That feeling of always having to be on point has prevented us from being expansive in how we see ourselves and how we allow ourselves to be entertained, but I think we’re getting to a place where we’re afforded the opportunity to kind of cut loose and see all the wonderful colors of who we are," she said.
"In this film we are flawed, funny, vulnerable and out of our minds! We go way over the top, just to remind people that it’s comedy.”
We see the tender moments that round out Girls Trip prove that the bond of friendship is as important as its maintenance.
“Even though this group of women gets to wild out together, they’ve also been holding on to some things that have made their friendship feel inauthentic," Pinkett-Smith said.
"Having to put all that stuff on the table is a part of growing, which is true for any relationship."
Pick up the July 2017 issue of ESSENCE Magazine, on newsstands Friday, June 16, and head out and see Girls Trip on July 21.(h/t Essence Mag)
#RHoA: OH SNAP! Kenya Moore, MARRIED?
Is Kenya Moore secretly married? According to Tamara Tattles, the Real Housewives of Atlanta star may have jumped the broom in St. Lucia. The site reports,
Kenya Moore is married. I’ve noticed that Kenya has been on a lovely island posting romantic photos with her man for over a week. I have known about the man Kenya has been dating for around 8 months, and that it was becoming increasingly serious. I have known that she wanted to keep things very private and that she would not be sharing the relationship on the show. I know that he is age appropriate with adult children and that all of the drama playing out on TV was disturbing to her man and the family.
So when she started posting photos from St. Lucia where it was evident that she was there with her man I assumed that she was just there doing what she usually does, going off on a Caribbean vacation before the laborious filming of RHOA starts.
As it turns out it was much more than that. Tamara Tattles can exclusively report that Kenya Moore has married her boyfriend in Saint Lucia!!!
I know for a fact that the couple has been at Sugar Beach the new hot spot at the foot of the Pitons for the last several days. The thing that pushed this story over the edge for me is that Kenya’s best friend Brandon Deshazer was there. No one gets married without their GBF.
Kenya has yet to comment. Tamara Tattles has THE FULL TEA HERE!
#EMPIRE: Taraji’s got a NEW BAG!
While waiting for the next season of EMPIRE. Taraji is enjoying the ‘fruits’ of her labor and brought a new Chanel bag. Check it out below.
That’s nice! You work hard you play HARD!
#NEWMUSIC from Chris Brown feat. Cal Scruby – Welcome To My Life
Chris Brown‘s long-awaited documentary, Welcome to My Life, will hit select theaters and to accompany the film he has released a brand new track under the same name, featuring rapper Cal Scruby.
Breezy handles the chorus on the uptempo song, where he ponders some important life questions.
“Have you been there? / Have you seen it all? / Have you done this once before?” he asks. “Did they tell you, you love this life and all these lights? / Now you’re lying on the floor / And they know what doesn’t kill you makes you want it more / And this is your life.”
Scruby, who previously teamed up with Brown on 2015’s “Ain’t Shit Change,” delivers two thought-provoking verses.
Listen to the title song HERE
#HIPHOPNEWS: Rick Ross Keeps Trolling Birdman W/ Hot Boyz Help: “Can’t Forget Bout Lil Bra Nem”
Rick Ross Keeps Trolling Birdman W/ Hot Boyz Help: “Can’t Forget Bout Lil Bra Nem”
Maybach Music Group’s Rick Ross is raising the stakes for his “Idols Become Rivals” music video. The hip-hop heavyweight has once again trolled Birdman with a throwback shot of his Cash Money protégé group Hot Boyz.
Yung Renzel went to Instagram Tuesday (June 13) with a Hot Boyz pic and “Idols Become Rivals” lyric.
Last night, Ross treated his IG followers to a sneak peek at the upcoming music video
GOOD NEWS: 'Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt' Renewed for Season Four!
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt has been renewed for a fourth season at Netflix, Variety reports!
The hit show stars Ellie Kemper, Tituss Burgess, Jane Krakowski and Carol Kane, and the third season debuted last month. Over the course of the first two seasons, the show received 11 Emmy Awards nominations and it has been lauded by many critics!
No debut date has been revealed for the fourth season, but expect sometime in the spring/summer of 2018.
Be sure to check out Kimmy Schmidt on Netflix if you haven’t yet!
OMG! Demi Moore Is Missing Her Two Front Teeth
Demi Moore went on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Monday (June 12) and revealed that she’s missing her two front teeth.
“I sheared off my front teeth. I’d love to say it was skateboarding or something really kind of cool, but I think I think it’s something that’s important to share because I think it’s literally, probably after heart disease, one of the biggest killers in in America, which is stress. Stress sheared off my front tooth. But, in an effort to get ready for you, I wanted to make sure my teeth were in,” Demi told Jimmy during the interview.
Demi revealed that she indeed lost both her front teeth, though the photo she shared shows only one missing. Get that fixed Ma, We can’t have you back on EMPIRE like that!
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112 Singer Q. Parker Granted DNA Test For Alleged Love Child
Q. Parker has been granted a DNA test to establish paternity for his alleged 11-year-old lovechild.
The 112 singer stepped out on his wife, Sharlinda, with a woman named Leah Steele Barnett, who gave birth to a boy named Josiah Barnett.
In court documents, Q., born Quinnes Parker, claims Leah manipulated him through “acts of fraud and duress” into a child support agreement by threatening to tell his wife about their affair.
In addition to establishing paternity, Q. is also seeking a reduction in their original child support shakedown.
Here’s the scoop via Bossip: Besides questioning whether the baby was his, Q also filed a petition in court to drastically reduce the amount of monthly child support that he is required to pay. If he is indeed Josiah’s dad, he wants the child support amount dropped from $2,250 a month to $309.27. Q argued in court papers obtained by BOSSIP that he can’t afford the current child support amount because his income had gone way down. Q claimed in court docs that he now makes $2,500 each month, while his alleged baby mama Steele Barnett was now bringing in more than $8,000. He argued that if he is the father, Steele Barnett should start paying $1,030 a month towards Josiah’s upkeep.
Q’s spokeswoman said the singer and his family had been dealing with his infidelity and his alleged love child for several years, and have gotten through it with the help of their pastor.
“It is unfortunate that the other party is attempting to publicly shame a man who has not only been compliant in working toward mutual resolve, but more importantly, has been dedicated to rebuilding his family through faith and respectfully turning this situation into an opportunity to teach young men the value of family, fatherhood and discipline,” Q’s spokeswoman told BOSSIP in a statement.
She added: “As Q and his wife continue to strengthen their union, family and business, we refuse to let this very private matter inflict anymore pain than it already has on their family and ask that you respect their privacy. Any legal matters associated with this situation will be dealt with through the proper legal channels.”
What’s done in the dark always comes to light.
YAY!!! Julia Stiles Expecting First Child
"The Save the Last Dance" actress and her fiancé Preston J. Cook will welcome their first child later this year
There’s 10 things to love about this — Julia Stiles is pregnant!
The Save the Last Dance actress and her fiancé Preston J. Cook will welcome their first child later this year. Since the couple’s engagement on Christmas Eve 2015 at a private residence in Isla Grande, Colombia, the two have been in no rush when it comes to saying, “I do.
“I’m not getting a ton of marital advice,” Stiles, 36, told PEOPLE in 2016. “We’re really slow on the wedding planning so I haven’t really been soliciting advice. Somebody told me about radical empathy, but I’m still trying to figure out what that means. I’m trying to figure out what makes it radical.”
The couple met on the set of 2015’s Go with Me, where Cook worked as a camera assistant.
In a recent photo taken with radio presenter Nick Snaith of Magic FM in London, Stiles can be seen cradling her baby bump.
Stiles is currently in London promoting her new series, Riviera, an upcoming 10-part thriller series coming to the U.K.’s Sky Atlantic.
Shawn Mendes Refuses to Give Man Autograph for Fear He Will Sell It
Shawn Mendes is totally sweet to his fans. He spends hours posing for pictures with them and trying to be the absolute best performer he can be for them.
That’s why a new video of Shawn refusing to give an autograph to one man seems to be upsetting some people.
Still, upon watching the video in its entirety, Shawn isn’t being unreasonable at all — he is simply being wary that the man will sell his autograph to exploit his young fans.
In the video, a man repeatedly asks Shawn for an autograph for his sister, and Shawn refuses. “Because people like you! You sell the signatures!” he repeats.
Eventually, when the man doesn’t back down, Shawn tells him to call his sister (whom he doubts exists) so that he can confirm it is she who wants an autograph.
Throughout the video, Shawn continues to pose for pictures with other fans, saying, “You guys know what I mean?” They all nod in agreement.
Eventually, he talks to the man’s sister (or someone) on the phone and agrees to sign the autograph, noting that the man got his sister’s age wrong.
“Sorry. I hope you’re cool with that,” he ends the encounter.
While some people are calling Shawn a diva, it is clear throughout the video that he is trying to do right by his fans and make sure that no one is trying to use them. This man may have had a sister, but if he did, the lucky girl got a phone call from her idol too! That’s better than any autograph, right? Win-win!
Watch the full fan-shot video HERE
AND FINALLY FROM “THE CRAZY PEOPLE SHOPPING AT WALMART” FILES
If anyone can give me one decent reason you need to have a bird on your shoulder while at Walmart I’ll eat some bird seed….I’ll wait.
EGGPLANT NATION: Meet The Mighty Tank
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