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Friday, April 18, 2014

Tasha Smith Discusses Transitioning From Being An Atheist To A Christian

(madamenoire.com) “For Better or Worse” actress Tasha Smith is extremely vocal about her Christian faith. However, it turns out that things weren’t always this way. The 43-year-old bombshell recently revealed that prior to finding God, she was an Atheist.

“[Growing up in Camden] is why I said I was an Atheist. ‘Cuz I said, ‘Jesus, is he really real?’”she joked during an interview with the “D.L. Hughley Show”.

Shifting gears to a more serious note, Tasha addressed her troubled upbringing.

“You know what, I was a confused young girl with so much tragedy. Sometimes when you’re going through stuff, the last person you’re thinking exists is God. I mean, it was my confusion, the anger that was in my heart, all that drama. But thank God I know God now, okay?”

In the past, the outspoken beauty has also credited God for changing her life.

“All those years ago, I was a girl with this dream, but with no education, no confidence, no self-esteem, nothing. And now God has brought me to this place of destiny, and He’s not even done with me yet,” she told Essence back in 2011.

Prince Collabs with Warner Bros. for New Music, 'Purple Rain' Anniversary Album

(singersroom.com) Last week, it was reported Prince launched NPG Music Publishing, giving him control of his own music catalog, and no wonder! In June, the musician is planning to re-release his 1984 classic LP Purple Rain (which sold over 13 million copies in the U.S. alone) for its 30th anniversary in a digitally remastered, deluxe edition.

But before that happens, Prince has inked a global licensing deal with Warner Bros. Records that will lift the lid on unreleased music from the music icon, a new album of original music, and of course,  Purple Rain’s anniversary  re-release among other things.

"A brand-new studio album is on the way and both Warner Bros. Records and Eye are quite pleased with the results of the negotiations and look forward to a fruitful working relationship," Prince commented in a press release.

"Everyone at Warner Bros. Records is delighted to be working with Prince once again: he is one of the world's biggest stars and a truly unique talent" Warner Bros. Chairman and CEO Cameron Strang said in a statement. "We are also very excited about the release of new and remastered music from one of his greatest masterpieces."

Ironically, in 1996, Prince broke away from the Warner Bros. label, saying the label treated him as a slave (prompting him to write “slave” on his face) and the singer then changed his name to “the symbol” or “the artist”, a.k.a. the artist formerly known as Prince. "People think I'm a crazy fool for writing 'slave' on my face," he told Rolling Stone in 1996. "But if I can't do what I want to do, what am I? When you stop a man from dreaming, he becomes a slave. That's where I was. I don't own Prince's music. If you don't own your masters, your master owns you."

Monetary details of the deal haven’t been made public, but it’s definitely a sign that Prince is slowly easing his way back onto the music landscape!

Tina Campbell’s husband begs to come home

(s2smagazine.com) Tina Campbell wasn’t budging when her husband Teddy Campbell asked to come home after she kicked him out.

On the latest episode of “Mary Mary,” Teddy tried to get Tina to welcome him back home even though she hadn’t gotten over news about his string of extramarital affairs.

When he simply told her, “I want to come home,” Tina was very conflicted about the prospect of having him in their house again. “Deep down in my heart, I’d like to say yes. But the truth is, it wasn’t working when you was at home,” Tina admitted during a confessional. “Let’s keep some space between each other.”

Tina had hoped a little more time apart would give her whatever it is she needed emotionally to welcome him home. Unfortunately, the distance seemed to have hardened her resolve.

She told Teddy during one phone call, “I wanted to deep down inside change and feel like I could trust again, but this is too great and I just can’t do this.”

Meanwhile, Tina’s sister Erica Campbell was having a life-altering struggle of her own as she learned that she had a tear in her throat. More precisely, she had bleeding around her vocal chord.

The discovery could not have come at a worse time for Erica, who had just launched her solo career. See what her husband Warryn Campbell said about the devastating development.


 

LeToya Luckett Reveals Her Insecurities In Rolling Out Magazine

(necolebitchie.com) That auburn bob is a good look for LeToya Luckett!

The Single Ladies star is currently shining bright as the new cover girl for Rolling Out Magazine shot by celebrity photographer DeWayne Rogers!  Inside, she opens up about serious self-esteem issues that prevented her from showing off certain body parts, as well as the effects of social media on celebrities’ confidence.  She also speaks on the younger generation of women who find validation in showing off their goodies on the ‘gram for a few likes.

Catch a few highlights below:

On her self-image issues

I had things about myself that I [didn’t] like. I [would always say] ‘I wish I had this, I wish I had that.’ I used to have this thing about my legs. If you look at all of the Destiny’s Child albums from when I was a part of the group, you never saw me in a skirt. I was always the one who wore the pants, because I felt like my legs were too skinny.[...]You want your boobs to grow; you want all kind of things to happen,” she says, with a laugh. “Eventually things fill out — and sometimes they fill out too much!”

On how being in the spotlight just makes you more aware of your imperfections

“People like to pick at your imperfections and that can be very hard on you as a person. I think a lot of times people forget that we’re human beings and some of us are fighting self-esteem issues already,” she continues. “I love Instagram and Twitter and I think it’s awesome that fans can connect with their favorite artists, but it also gives them a chance in that comment box to say what they really feel about them. Be confident in who you are and who God made you to be. I can’t pay attention to it. I’d go crazy out here.”

On relationships

“I don’t think I’m a control freak. Of course, you don’t want to get your heart broken. But you can’t control other people. If you’re in a relationship, trying to control that other person — you’re going to be wasting your time. I learned a long time ago that you can’t control what somebody is going to do to you, but you can control how you react.”

On the younger generation of women who feel like they need to show it all to get a man

“With the younger gals now, because certain things are being celebrated, they feel they have to show certain things to be appreciated or liked by men,” says Luckett.

“I don’t think I ever found myself being tempted to just go crazy with it. I was dealing with self-esteem issues. I didn’t even wanna show my legs, let alone my butt and all of my goodies! There’s a certain time for that and only this many people should be lucky to see it: You, Jesus and a couple of other folks, but not the entire world. If you’re going to do it, let it mean something. Make a statement. Make it stand for something. Not just to be posing on your bathroom sink, doing a selfie with [your] stuff out!

Taraji P. Henson Shares Why She’s Feeling European Men These Days

(madamenoire.com) Taraji P. Henson recently confessed to Wendy Williams that while she’s single, she has been playing her hand in the dating game. Interestingly, these days, the “Think Like A Man Too” actress admits that she’s a lot more interested in men overseas than the ones she’s meeting in the States.

“I’m dating. The thing is that I’m done — I can’t say that I’m totally done with American men, but I’m very excited about my finds over [Wendy: In Europe where the Counts are?].”

According to Taraji, the men are a lot less “bitter” and “jaded” than guys from the States.

“You know what it is? I think there’s a cultural difference with men from other countries. They are not as bitter and jaded and closed up as a lot of the men here.”

She of course, made it clear that not all American men are jaded.

“I’m not saying all men. I can’t say that I’m done with American men. I’ll never say that.”

The 43-year-old beauty also discussed her character being killed off on CBS’ “Person of Interest”.

“I signed on knowing that Carter would come to an end eventually and I like it. I love doing films, so you sign on for seven years and it’s like, ‘I gotta pass that up? Ehhhh.’ It was a perfect marriage for me. I could do both. [I signed on for 3 seasons], but it really only wound up being 2.5. They had the right to make it whenever they wanted. And we couldn’t reveal that to the audience because then the surprise element is gone.”

“It’s bittersweet. Sometimes I’ll get a tweet and a fan will go: ‘Girl, I love you. But I sure miss you on Person of Interest.’ And I’m like, ‘Get over it’ [laughs].”

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Wendy Williams Tells NeNe Not To Let DWTS Producers Paint Her As The “Angry Black Woman” On The Show

(madamenoire.com) If you’ve been keeping up with Dancing With The Stars, I’m sure you know that last week, the dancing couples were flipped around. NeNe Leakes usually dances with pro Tony Dovolani as her partner, but was matched with Derek Hough just for the week. When Leakes reunited with Dovolani, there was some tension, even a little bit of jealousy in the air, and after too many awkward moments and comments, NeNe walked out of practice, claiming that Dovolani had a bad attitude she wasn’t trying to deal with.

“I’m dead a** serious, you have a damn attitude, and that s**t ain’t gon’ work…I don’t deserve an attitude. Here’s your mic, and goodbye.”

Well, you know Wendy Williams was watching this, and on her show on Tuesday, she told NeNe to be careful, because producers seem to be trying to make her out to be the ‘angry black woman’ on the show. Williams claims they did the same thing to her, even though she was only on the show for a minute, and was the second contestant voted off.

According to Rumor Fix, when Wendy was on the show, she told her audience that producers wanted her to say and do certain things she wasn’t comfortable with. She would tell them:

“Wait, this is not how I’m feeling today. I would not say that, I would tell the cameras, so I would say what I wanted to say. They were writing my script to be angry black woman.”

She said that at one point, she was so pissed that she wanted to talk to Dovolani, who was also her partner during her time on the show, in private, without microphones on to let him know how she felt about the producers’ requests.

“Tony, let me ask you something.  Why are they scripting my supposed natural comments to the camera? And why is all my scripting coming off like I’m supposed to be ‘angry black woman’….that’s not me.”
Williams says they are doing exactly what they did to her to Leakes, and they even dressed the RHOA star in the same exact dress for promo photos as they did Williams. In the end, Williams warned Leakes, saying, 

“Nene, don’t let them do it to you!”

Gary Dourdan Joins BET’s ‘Being Mary Jane’ and Fox’s ‘Glee’

(eurweb.com) All of a sudden, Gary Dourdan is back on television.

The former “CSI” star, who made headlines in recent years for domestic battery and drug use, has landed two huge acting gigs: a recurring role on BET’s “Being Mary Jane” and a guest starring role on Fox’s “Glee,” reports Deadline.com.

On the BET comedy, he’ll play Sheldon Armstrong, a smoothly charming and casually handsome retired civil trial attorney who made a fortune suing corrupt corporations. He’s coming out of retirement to pursue his charitable outreach, and. famous for never having given an interview in his life — but when Gabrielle Union’s Mary Jane sets out to interview him, he is quite taken with her and just might change his mind.

On “Glee,” Dourdan will play D’Shon, Mercedes’ (Amber Riley) record producer.