Tracy Ross Ellis for Glamour US Feb 2018!
Glamour's February 2018 cover, which stars Fashionista favorite, the inimitable Tracee Ellis Ross. Opposite the cover line "When Tracee Ellis Ross talks, we all listen," the "Black-ish" star wears a Jil Sander sweater and skirt with Spring 2018's "It" sneaker, courtesy of Louis Vuitton, and her hair worn natural.
The interview focuses on love and sexuality, touching on subjects ranging from how her mother, Diana Ross, raised her to be sex-positive to finding love outside traditional romantic relationships. Of the latter, she said:
I WILL SAY — LISTEN — I DO NOT WANT TO MAKE OUT WITH MY BEST FRIEND, NOR DO I WANT THEM TO SPOON ME NAKED. SO THAT IS A SIMPLE AND CLEAR DISTINCTION. HOWEVER, I WILL TELL YOU THAT MY BEST FRIEND, FOR EXAMPLE, IS VERY CLEAR WITH HER HUSBAND — THAT I'M IN THE RELATIONSHIP TOO. THERE IS A CLEAR DISTINCTION BETWEEN [OUR ROLES THOUGH]. SHE HAD A CONVERSATION WITH HER HUSBAND RECENTLY, AND SHE SAID TO HIM, 'LISTEN TO ME, TRACEE IS NOT AVAILABLE RIGHT NOW, SO YOU'RE GOING TO HAVE TO TAKE ON A DIFFERENT ROLE AND LISTEN TO WHAT I'M SAYING TO YOU. DON'T TRY AND FIX WHAT I'M SAYING; DON'T TRY AND GIVE ME AN ANSWER. I NEED TO SHARE.' AND SHE SHARED SOME DETAILS THAT USUALLY WOULD'VE GONE TO ME.
How's that for a great start to the year's newsstand? You can read Ross's full interview and see her full cover shoot, shot by Patrick Demarchelier, right now over on Glamour.com.
#RHoA: Kenya Moore is looking forward to Family Growing Pains as She Heads Into 2018
Kenya Moore's 2017 was filled with the highest of highs and the lowest of lows, including her marriage to Marc Daly in June and the passing of her grandmother Doris in July.
The Real Housewives of Atlanta entrepreneur reflected on last year as 2018 began on Monday. "2017 you go down in history as one of the best and worst years of my life," Kenya started a note on Instagram featuring her most popular photos from 2017. "Worst because I lost the love of my life, my grandmother Doris who raised me from 3 days old. And the best being the day I married my husband and romantic love of my life.
Kenya is focusing on her family as she looks toward the future in the new year. "I thank God for every single day for Without love there can be no sorrow. Without history there can be no future. Without pain there can be no joy," Kenya concluded the post. "Thank you for my life and my growing family."
Kenya's mention of her "growing family" certainly may raise some eyebrows, considering all the pregnancy rumors that have been swirling around her for the past month. When Kenya was recently asked about the rumors during the RHOA After Show, which premieres January 7, she replied, "I hope so. You know, listen, we have been really up front about wanting to expand our family, and we have definitely been taking the proper steps to try to make that happen."
#EMPIRE: Did Y’all know that Lee Daniels Didn’t Want to Cross Over Empire and Star?
The crossover episode is nearly as old as television itself—think Charlie’s Angels solving a case on The Love Boat, or Mork meeting up with Laverne and Shirley. But Lee Daniels, the mastermind behind Fox’s Empire and Star, wasn’t sure he was ready for the worlds of his two music-centric shows to meet up—and Naomi Campbell was a major reason why.
“Naomi Campbell is on both of these shows,” Daniels pointed out in a recent phone call. “What happens if Lucious, who killed Naomi on Empire, runs into her as Alexandra’s mother in Star?”
The solution, as you might expect for two shows that follow in the grand tradition of primetime soap operas, is surprisingly simple.
“He would just have to say, ‘I thought I killed you.’ ‘No, you killed my sister Camilla.’” Daniels then provided his own dramatic sound effect: “Dun dun DUN!”
Daniels, who was nominated for an Oscar in 2010 for directing Precious and convinced Oprah to give her first dramatic performance in 15 years in The Butler, says he didn’t expect this role as super-producer overseeing an entire night of cable television. “I thought that we were going to be, when Empire went off the air, Star would come on the air,” he explained. But that plan was dashed when Empire moved to 8 p.m. for its second season, to act as a lead-in for Star at 9. “All eyes are on us now. I guess that was a message from the universe for me to really amp up my game with Star.”
While Empire was a ratings phenomenon in its first season, and remains the second-most-popular drama on network TV (behind NBC’s This Is Us), Star got off to a slower start. That may be why the second season kicks off with an eye-popping dance sequence—what Daniels calls his “Bob Fosse tribute”—and a cameo from Daniels himself, sitting on a crane and calling “action” like a modern–day Cecil B. DeMille. “I only have one word, and that’s ‘action,’ so I couldn't screw it up,” Daniels said, revealing that he also made a cameo on Empire—but ultimately cut himself out. (“I had this monologue that I ended up with, like, two lines that looked believable.”)
He’s most nervous, though, about what the two-hour crossover special will do for his favorite addiction: Twitter. “It’s like my grandmother playing bingo. I follow Twitter to the point of I’m in a frenzy. Now I’m really nervous, because it’s going to be two hours of that insanity.”
Daniels is proud of the way his shows have pushed the boundaries of network television, starting with a moment in the second episode of Empire when one character donned a bib before a particular sex act. (“I said, it’s Lee Daniels, that’s what it is. Put the bib on and shut up.”) But he’s not interested in pushing those boundaries even further by jumping over to premium cable or streaming. “What’s the point? I can always go where I wanna go with cable with film. [Network TV] keeps me on point. You have to be PG, but you have to be provocative.”
And there you have it!
#FROMTHEMUSICVAULT: Anita Baker Is Blessing Us With A Farewell Tour In 2018 Lets go down Memory Lane!
Anita Baker is coming back for one last Tour!
In 2017, after 30 years in the game, the eight-time Grammy winner announced her retirement. Saddened by the news, most of us just redirected our entertainment funds to Netflix, Black Card Revoked and Beyoncé concerts. But in a recent Twitter post, Baker let it be known that we have another reason to rejoice in the new year.
Baker is known for hits such as "Caught Up In The Rapture Of Love," "Fairytales" and "I Apologize."
Shall we proceed down Memory Lane????"Sweet Love"
"Caught up in The Rapture"
"Giving You The Best That I Got"
Perfect Love Affair
So Lets get ready from ONE MORE LAST OUTING from Baker in 2018.
#HIPHOPNEWS: Cardi B Ties The Beatles & Ashanti With Billboard Hot 100 Milestone
Cardi B is kicking off the new year with another historic achievement. This week, she becomes the first rapper and the third act ever to have their first three Billboard Hot 100 entries simultaneously in the top 10, following only The Beatles and Ashanti.
“I’m very happy, like very motherfucking happy,” she said in a celebratory video. “I got three songs on the top 10. You know how that make a bitch feel? … I know we all God’s children, but I think he love me the most. But y’all special too.”
Cardi achieved this major feat with “Bodak Yellow (Money Moves)” (No. 10), Migos’ “MotorSport” (No. 7), and G-Eazy’s “No Limit” (No. 4). Meanwhile, her newest solo release, “Bartier Cardi,” debuted at No. 14, and her Ozuna collaboration, “La Model,” opened at No. 52.
In 1964, The Beatles achieved the same milestone with “I Want to Hold Your Hand,” “She Loves You,” and “Please Please Me.” Ashanti did it in 2002 with “Foolish,” Fat Joe’s “What’s Luv?,” and Ja Rule’s “Always On Time.” Last month, Bacardi also became the first female rapper to reach the top 10 with her first three Hot 100 entries.
#NEWCOUPLEALERT: Michael B. Jordan’s New Girlfriend Ashlyn Castro Revealed
Back in November, Michael B. Jordan made it very clear that his love for Black women is nothing short of genuine.
“That I don’t date Black Women,” he said on what the biggest rumor he’s ever heard about himself.
We’re told that the pair spent New Years Eve together and she also celebrated Kwanza with the Black Panther star and his friends.
Rob Kardashian denies that He Assaulted Blac Chyna
Rob Kardashian has filed a response to Blac Chyna‘s lawsuit against him and his family, in which she claims that he assaulted her back in April 2016.
Chyna claimed that Rob knocked her down while trying to grab a phone from her hand. Rob says this did not happen and that Chyna “did not suffer any injury or harm as a result of any conduct” by him, according to The Blast.
Chyna is also suing for defamation, but Rob says that anything he said about her, he believed to be true at the time.
#BLACKSTARPOWER Mary J. Blige & Octavia Spencer gives you BLACK STAR POWER at The Palm Springs Film Festival
Mary J. Blige and Octavia Spencer look gorgeous while walking the red carpet at the 2018 Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards Gala on Tuesday (January 2) in Palm Springs, Calif.
Mary is receiving the Breakthrough Performance Award for her work in Mudbound while Octavia‘s The Shape of Water is receiving the Vanguard Award.
Octavia was joined at the event by co-star Richard Jenkins and director Guillermo del Toro. Also in attendance were actress Jessica Pare and musician Common.
FYI: Mary is wearing an Elie Saab gown and Chopard jewelry. Octavia is wearing a Tadashi Shoji gown.
Mike Tyson Looking To Become Cannabis Champ With New Marijuana Farm
With the legalization of marijuana in California, Mike Tyson is ready to do a different kind of boxing — hot boxing, perhaps. The boxing icon and occasional actor broke ground last week to build a 40-acre marijuana farm.
The facility, called Tyson Ranch will be located in the desert in California City, 60 miles southwest of Death Valley. According to The Blast, 20 acres of the land will be used to cultivate cannabis and “will allow master growers to have maximum control of their environment.”
An avid advocate of the medicinal and healing attributes of marijuana, Tyson’s farm will also have a Tyson Cultivation School which will teach growers the latest methods in cannabis production. Tyson Holistic will run the ranch and will focus on treatment for men and women who have suffered from psychological ailments during military service.
In addition to the school and the facilities to grow pot, the ranch will essentially be a resort and include an edible factory, premium “glamping” campgrounds and cabins as well as an amphitheater. The farm has all the necessities for attendees to have a high-quality vacation.
Looks like Tyson is on his way to getting lots of green…in more ways than one.
The passage of Proposition 64 in November 2016 legalized the sale and cultivation of recreational marijuana for adults. California will be the biggest state to legalize. Despite the proposition passing by 57 percent, it still remains controversial in some quarters, and governments are not fully behind the movement.
Recreational use of pot may be legal, but there are still plenty of restrictions. You can’t smoke it in public or within 1,000 feet of a school or daycare center when children are present. And like alcohol, you can’t smoke and drive. Local governments have the authority to make their own rules governing use.
Netflix Renews Spike Lee’s ‘She’s Gotta Have It’ For Season 2
Spike Lee‘s “She’s Gotta Have It” has been renewed for a second season at Netflix.
DeWanda Wise, who stars as the insatiable Nola Darling, made the announcement on New Year’s Day.
Congrats to Spike, the cast and crew.
#CONFIRMED: Beyoncé, Eminem, & The Weeknd To Headline Coachella 2018
It’s official. Beyoncé, Eminem, and The Weeknd will headline the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in an unprecedented lineup, which will not feature a rock act in any of the closing slots for the first time ever.
This also marks the first time that Queen Bey, Slim Shady, and Abel have headlined the annual Indio, Calif. celebration. Marshall Mathers popped up as Dr. Dre’s guest in 2012, the Starboy has been on the bill twice before, while ‘Yoncé performed with JAY-Z in 2010 and danced with Solange in 2014.
But this is one of Beyoncé’s most anxiously-awaited performances to date since she was slated to headline last year’s lineup, but had to postpone the performance due to her pregnancy.
Hip-hop and R&B dominates the three-day bill. Friday (April 13 and 20) kicks off with SZA, Vince Staples, Daniel Caesar, Belly, KYLE, and more, while The Weeknd will cap things off at night.
Before Beyoncé’s headlining slot on Day 2 (April 14 and 21), Tyler, the Creator, Post Malone, Wizkid, Jorja Smith, Chloe x Halle, and more will take the stage.
Day 3 (April 15 and 22) boasts an equally star-studded bill, including Migos, Cardi B, Miguel, French Montana, 6LACK, DeJ Loaf, Jidenna, and Eminem, who will close out the desert fest.
Coachella is set to take place April 13-15 and April 20-22 at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, Calif. Passes go on sale Friday, Jan. 5, at 12 p.m. PST at coachella.com.
#RUSSIAGATE: Former WH Adviser Steve Bannon Suggests Donald Trump Met With Russians After Don Jr. Did
The former White House strategist called the infamous Trump Tower meeting “treasonous,” according to a new book.
Steve Bannon suggested President Donald Trump was aware of Donald Trump Jr.’s meeting with Russian operatives at Trump Tower in June 2016 ― because he met with them that day, too, according to an explosive new book by acclaimed journalist Michael Wolff.
The former White House strategist was quoted by Wolff as saying there was “zero” chance Trump Jr. didn’t walk the Russian meeting attendees “up to his father’s office on the 26th floor.”
Wolff met with Bannon during the nine months he was granted far-reaching access to the West Wing and senior administration officials to write a tell-all book about the White House, Fire and Fury, set for release on Jan. 9.
The revelations appeared to contradict Trump’s repeated claims that he was unaware his eldest son, as well as his son-in-law Jared Kushner, had met with the Russians.
Bannon also dubbed the infamous Trump Tower meeting as “treasonous” and “bad shit,” according to Wolff. The far-right icon mocked Trump Jr. and Kushner for taking the meeting in hopes of acquiring dirt on Hillary Clinton, Trump’s political opponent in the 2016 presidential race, as first revealed by The New York Times in July.
“The three senior guys in the campaign thought it was a good idea to meet with a foreign government inside Trump Tower in the conference room on the 25th floor — with no lawyers,” Bannon told Wolff, according to The Guardian, which obtained a copy of the book.
“Even if you thought that this was not treasonous, or unpatriotic, or bad shit, and I happen to think it’s all of that, you should have called the FBI immediately,” he added.
Bannon predicted special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into possible collusion between Trump’s 2016 campaign and the Russian government will focus on money laundering.
“This is all about money laundering,” Bannon told Wolff. “Mueller chose [senior prosecutor Andrew] Weissmann first and he is a money-laundering guy. Their path to fucking Trump goes right through Paul Manafort, Don Jr and Jared Kushner … It’s as plain as a hair on your face.”
Bannon suggested Kushner’s business dealings with German financial juggernaut Deutsche Bank, which has loaned hundreds of millions of dollars to the Kushner family real estate business, would be problematic for the administration.
“The Kushner shit is greasy,” Bannon said. “They’re going to go right through that. They’re going to roll those two guys up and say play me or trade me.”
Four Trump associates have been indicted in connection to the probe, including former national security adviser Michael Flynn and former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, who also attended the Trump Tower meeting. Manafort was indicted by a grand jury in October on charges of conspiracy and money laundering.
“They’re going to crack Don Junior like an egg on national TV,” Bannon said, adding that the White House should reconsider its apparent lack of concern over the Mueller investigation. “They’re sitting on a beach trying to stop a Category Five.”
Trump responded to Bannon’s accusations by claiming his former staffer had “lost his mind.”
“Steve Bannon has nothing to with me or my Presidency,” Trump said in a statement. “Now that he is on his own, Steve is learning that winning isn’t as easy as I make it look.”
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