Yara Shahidi For Porter Edit Magazine! She Explains Why Fashion Can Be A Political Statement!
"You could wear a beret, but when you tilt it to the side, you go from Parisian to Black Panther.”
Yara Shahidi is committed to making a difference.
The actress and activist just celebrated her 18th birthday, and though she's only been a legal adult for a few weeks, she's already passionate about making sure she leaves a legacy she's proud of.
The Grown-ish star showed up to her recent interview with PorterEdit, Net-a-Porter's digital magazine, bare-faced and donning a grey hoodie that read: "You matter." She went onto explain that fashion can fuel politics: "It is so important," she said. "It’s why I wear a ton of political T-shirts because I get to wear things that state my political opinions. Fashion is associated with an ideology. You could wear a beret, but when you tilt it to the side, you go from Parisian to Black Panther.”
She went onto talk about how people are quick to dismiss many young people, and why embracing confidence is crucial. "I remember being at the White House and somebody asked me what I wanted to do. I said that I wanted to be a thought leader and she just kinda chuckled and said, 'You need credentials for that,'" she recalls. "It was really off-putting. I come from such strong support; I come from the land of ‘of course’. Like, ‘of course this is going to happen’ because we have willed it to be and we are going to put in the work to make it happen."
She also mentioned that though a lot has changed politically over the past few years, she finds a silver lining in how she has been able to connect with people who are also socially aware. "I think, oddly, it’s exciting because I don’t think that I would look forward to voting as much if there hadn’t been so much duress happening. It has made life less self-centric, it’s more about community now," she said. "And, I mean, it timed out really well for me in terms of going through this stage where you are trying to find your friend group, trying to find who you are, and for so many people to have this common agreement to want to help one another with everything that’s happening. It’s not usually how you start a friendship group: 'You’re socially aware? Cool, great. We are friends now.' So that’s really special."
We Love her!
#RHoA: Lets chat, Cynthia Bailey Thinks Kim Zolciak’s Group Text About NeNe Leakes Was “Detestable”
Cynthia Bailey is sad about Will. During the last episode of Real Housewives of Atlanta, Cynthia Bailey had an argument with Porsha Williams while she was already in the middle of a heated discussion with Eva Marcille. Nevertheless, that was merely the warm up for the Barcelona trip drama.
All the way from the comfort of her own home in Atlanta, Kim Zolciak stole the show. She sent a scathing group text to the entire cast dissing NeNe Leakes for parking in a handicap space and (allegedly) having roaches in her bathroom and all hell broke loose.
Cynthia addressed all of major points of the episode in her Bravo blog post.
She explained, “In that moment, I just really wanted to focus on my conversation with Eva without any interruptions, since she was the one that brought me the information about Will [Jones] having a girlfriend. I’d already heard from the other ladies that they felt that he was an opportunist, but the news of him actually having a girlfriend and dating me at the same time was what concerned me the most.”
Cynthia insists, “Regardless of how it looked, I really wasn’t trying to be rude or dismissive. It was not my intention to upset Porsha.” Was Porsha really that upset though? Her main story line this season is going vegan, so at the end of the day she was probably grateful that she had something going on this year.
Then Cynthia addressed that text. She admitted, “I was shocked by Kim’s text — I think most of us were. Taking pictures of people’s cars and making videos of bugs in their home with the intent to humiliate or embarrass them because you’re upset is detestable.”
I wonder if Kim had all of that ready to go in a draft or if she just wrote that out and sent it right then. Either way, it’s clear that she was keeping the receipts as she went along with the season “just in case.” Is it reunion time yet? I’m ready to watch NeNe and Kim screaming at each other with Andy Cohen gasping in between them.
So – Does It Make Sense That Cynthia Was More Upset About Porsha Questioning Will Than When Eva Questioned Will? Was Kim’s Text About Nene “Detestable”?
#EMPIRE: Taraji just spilled the Tea that Jussie will be directing a episode of EMPIRE!
Well y’all I can’t wait until March 28. It was said that Jussie is directing a episode of EMPIRE this season and Taraji just showed us that he is. Just look below at her Instagram post.
YESSSSSSS! I can’r wait. Can you or NAH? The new season of EMPIRE returns on March 28 on FOX!
#R&B Flashback: Jeffrey Osborne ‘Only Human”
In todays turn back the R&B Clock we visit R&B Legend Jeffrey Osborne. Osborne who was a member of the R&B powerhouse band ‘LTD’. They recorded hit singles such as "(Every Time I Turn Around) Back in Love Again", "Concentrate on You," "Love Ballad", and "Holding On (When Love Is Gone)". At first, Osborne was a drummer, sharing lead vocal duties with his brother Billy, but by 1976 he became the group's primary lead vocalist.
He left the group in late 1980 to start solo careers. His solo success includes five gold and platinum albums. And of those singles from one of those Platinum disc was the song ‘Only Human’
Lets reminisce to ‘Only Human’ HERE
#HIPHOPNEWS: Big Boi Buys Out Atlanta Theatre To Screen "Black Panther" For Hospice Patients
Big Boi treated several residents of Atlanta’s Patients of Loving Arms Hospice to a day at the movies. The Outkast luminary and his company Celebrity Trailers bought out Stonecrest Theaters to screen Black Panther for the residents and their families, according to Fox 5.
Celebrity Trailers co-owner Janice Ahmed explained why it was important to the Hip Hop vet.
“It touches his heart because his family are on hospice as well,” she said. “And he wanted to get his family out to go ahead and still enjoy life.”
Loving Arms Hospice employees told Fox 5 the Boomiverse MC took care of transportation and snacks in addition to the price of admission. Big Boi took to Instagram to express his gratitude for everyone involved.
“Every one loved the film !,” he captioned the photo. “Thanks to my team for making all this possible #BlackPanther @janiceahmed #GodIsGreat @bigkidzfoundation @celebritytrailers @shea_buttah
Britney Spears' Ex-Husband Kevin Federline Requesting Increase in Child Support
Britney Spears may be finding herself in a legal situation. We’ve learned Kevin Federline is being represented by celebrity divorce lawyer Mark Vincent Kaplan. Together, they are hoping to revisit the existing child support order been the "Piece of Me" singer and backup dancer.
"Kevin is trying to voluntarily revisit a modification of the existing child support number, given that the kids are older and the financial circumstances of the parties are significantly different than when the child support was originally resolved," a source shared with E! News. "A letter asking to meet and confer on the issue was sent to Britney's representative on Thursday."
The news comes less than two months after the pop music superstar celebrated her final show in Las Vegas as part of her residency inside Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino.
And just a few weeks ago, Britney announced she would be taking her Piece of Me tour on the road to select cities in North America, Europe and the U.K. later this year.
Britney and Kevin were married from 2004 to 2007 and share two sons together. In June of 2017, the DJ opened up to Bravo's Personal Space about co-parenting with his exes.
"You fall into your routine and it's really easy now," he explained. "It wasn't always easy, but it's a lot easier now." Talk about a freeloader!
#WAKANDAFOREVER! 'Black Panther' has grossed $700 Million Worldwide and is #1 at The Box Office making $108,000,000.00!
Disney and Marvel's Black Panther continued its box office domination this weekend, becoming only the fourth film to ever deliver over $100 million in its second weekend as well as joining Jurassic World as the second fastest film to top $400 million domestically. Meanwhile, the weekend's new wide releases finished mostly as expected with WB's release of New Line's Game Night leading the way with a second place finish while Paramount's Annihilation landed in fourth and Orion's Every Day finished within the top ten.
With an estimated $108 million, Black Panther delivered the second largest second weekend of all-time, improving on Jurassic World's $106.5 million second weekend back in June 2015. Black Panther's domestic gross now stands at $400 million, which places it alongside Jurassic World as the second fastest film to top $400 million domestically. However, given the way Black Panther has been outperforming estimates since release, don't be surprised to see these domestic numbers climb once actuals come in on Monday afternoon.
So far, Black Panther is already the fifth highest grossing title domestically in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and will shortly pass both Captain America: Civil War ($408m) and Iron Man 3 ($409m). The film is also now one of the top 30 domestic releases of all-time after just ten days of release.
Black Panther also continues to surge internationally where it has now brought in $304 million thanks to an estimated $83.8 million this weekend from 55 markets, pushing the film's worldwide total over $700 million, placing tenth within the MCU. The weekend's new releases included Russia ($2.6m), where the film only opened in IMAX and Deluxe theaters so far and will go wide tomorrow, and Vietnam ($2.5m). The UK remains the film's top overseas market, bringing in an estimated $41.2 million so far. Black Panther has yet to open in Japan where it will debut next weekend, followed by a March 9 opening in China.
Robin Thicke & Girlfriend April Love Geary Welcome Baby Girl!
Robin Thicke and April Love Geary are parents! The 40-year-old singer announced on Instagram on Saturday afternoon (February 24) that he and his 23-year-old longtime love have welcomed a baby girl – Mia Love Thicke!
“On 2/22 at 13:33 Mia Love Thicke was born. Thank you God and April Love ❤️!” Robin captioned the below video holding his new daughter in the hospital room.
April announced back in August that the couple was expecting their first child together – after more than three years of dating.
Robin is also dad to 7-year-old son Julian with ex wife Paula Patton.
Congrats Robin & April!
Will Packer SPEAKS OUT Why He Hasn’t Responded To Mo’Nique: ‘I Will Not Publicly Degrade A Black Woman’
Many people have been wondering why movie producer Will Packer has remained silent while Mo’Nique compares him to Harvey Weinstein and publicly drags in him in interviews.
On Saturday, the Girls Trip producer briefly addressed it while piggybacking a tweet from Charlamagne.
Will said Mo’Nique’s remarks about him are slanderous, but he refuses to publicly degrade a black women – ESPECIALLY while Trump is in office.
He also told folks to take notice how those in Black Hollywood have remained dead silent on Mo’Nique’s accusations and allegations.
Foxy Brown Defends Russell Simmons Amid Sexual Assault Controversies
Def Jam Recordings co-founder Russell Simmons’ fall from grace began last year when he was accused of sexually assaulting a 17-year-old model back in 1991.
Veteran rapper Foxy Brown, who signed to Def Jam as a teenager, voiced her support for the Hip Hop mogul via Instagram on Saturday (February 24), dubbing her caption an “open letter.”
With Sizzla’s “Solid As a Rock” playing in the background, she shared a photo of herself with Simmons at a fashion show.
“An open letter……….Attesting to the character of the man who, as a teenager saved my life,” Brown wrote. “Salaciousness and scandal garners headlines. Cowards cower. But as inarguably, Russell’s biggest Def Jam female protege, (who birthed an era of overtly evocative stars), the man I’ve known and loved, was nothing more than the respectful, respected, gentleman and GODFATHER OF HIP-HOP we’ve all adored. In staunch support, Praying for you Russ! Let’s send our LOVE.”
Since the initial allegations, Simmons has been accused of sexual misconduct by over a dozen woman. He’s reportedly under investigation by NYPD’s Special Victims Unit.
Simmons also faces a $5 million lawsuit by one of the women — identified as Jennifer Jarosik — for an alleged rape that occurred in 2016.
Earlier this week, Uncle Rush announced he was “temporarily closed for spiritual maintenance.”
In an Instagram post Tuesday (February 20), the Rush Communications founder said he’s spending time in Bali, “meditating at holy sites and practicing asanas.”
OWN To Air ‘Essence Black Women In Hollywood’ On March 3
The ESSENCE Black Women in Hollywood event is set to air on OWN March 3 at 10 p.m. EST.
As previously reported, this year’s honorees include Girls Trip breakout star Tiffany Haddish, Black Panther’s Danai Gurira, Emmy winner Lena Waithe and actress and activist Tessa Thompson.
The annual event has become one of ESSENCE’s most highly anticipated pre-Oscar galas and has recognized the work of powerful actresses, directors and producers for the past eleven years.
“As the modern feminist movement continues to gain prominence during Awards season, women are emboldened to not only speak up, but to stand together,” ESSENCE Editor-in-Chief Vanessa De Luca said. “ESSENCE proudly salutes Lena, Danai, Tessa and Tiffany for being remarkable artists shining beyond the screen, and raising their voices to benefit all women.”
Past recipients have included Oprah Winfrey, Kerry Washington, Gabrielle Union, Octavia Spencer, Aja Naomi King and more.
Will you be tuning in?
‘The Simpsons’ Predicted USA’s Olympic Gold Medal Win In Curling Eight Years Ago
The Simpsons proves itself as pop culture oracle. Eight years ago, the animated sitcom aired an episode where the USA defeated Sweden in curling at the Olympics for the gold medal. And on Friday, Team USA beat — you guessed it — Team Sweden in Pyeongchang for the gold medal in curling.
In the episode titled “Boy Meets Curl,” Homer and Marge lead USA’s curling team to Olympic gold which is another notch on the Fox series’ belt when it comes to predicting events. Some say its a coincidence, but now in its 29th season, the show must have some sort of psychic friends network in their writers’ room. Other headline-making events they predicted include the Ebola outbreak, Greece’s economic problems, the Disney-Fox merger, the NSA spying scandal, Lady Gaga’s Super Bowl half-time performance, and even the Trump presidency. All these predictions are becoming too eerie.
Al Jean, executive producer and writer on The Simpsons took to Twitter to recognize that the show had made yet another accurate prediction saying, “Congratulations to us men’s gold medal curling team! Good predictions can come true too!” It predicted two out of the three medalists. Russia came in third in the episode, but at Pyeongchang, Switzerland won bronze — but we won’t hold that against them.
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‘RELEASE THE DOGS’
No ma’am I don’t wanna see your puppies…oh wait, actual puppies? Nevermind, of course I’ll pet a puppy.
EGGPLANT NATION: Meet Father Bear
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