Phaedra Parks splits from Apollo Nida

10 Oct

Phaedra Parks and Apollo Nida

We can’t say we didn’t see this coming.  Well, Real Housewives of Atlanta fans, it looks like everyone’s favorite southern bell is kicking her husband to the curb.  Phaedra Parks, one of our favorite housewives and attorney to the C-list stars has decided to end her marriage to convicted felon, Apollo Nida.

“Phaedra Parks has retained an attorney with the intent of amicably ending her marriage,” her rep, Steve Honig confirmed to E! News.

In September, Nida started his eight year prison sentence for bank fraud, a charge he pleaded guilty to back in May 2014.

Now, I know we’re all going to miss seeing the eye candy known as Apollo on the small screen; we’re also going to miss seeing the drama unfold between him and Phaedra or Phaedra and Kenya Moore over Kenya and Apollo’s flirting, but there’s been trouble in paradise for these two for a while now.

Back in July, Nida told B100, an Atlanta radio station, that he doubted his marriage would survive his stint in jail.

“I mean, my wife didn’t even f——g show up for my sentencing,” he said, “so I’m still kind of salty about that.”

Yep, they totally had their issues.  Oh, and by the way, this isn’t the first trip to cell block D for Apollo.

Back in 2003 he served a six year prison sentence for car theft charges.

Phaedra and Apollo have two children, Dylan (Mr. President) and Ayden (The Prince) together.  Both kids are under the age of four.

Award winning actor and comedian Robin Williams dead at 63

11 Aug

Robin Williams“OH MY GOD!”

Those were the first words that ran through my head when the alert– “Robin Williams dead at 63″– flashed across my screen.

The Oscar-winner, whose free-form comedy and adept impressions dazzled us all in films like “Patch Adams,” “Hook,” “Good Will Hunting,” “Dead Poet’s Society” and my favorite, “Mrs. Doubtfire” has died in an apparent suicide.   That’s according to the Marin County Sheriff’s Office.

Officials with that agency said Williams was pronounced dead Monday at his home in San Rafael, California, and a preliminary investigation shows the cause of death is suicide due to asphyxia.

Now, his publicist hasn’t confirmed that his death was due to a suicide, but the rep did issue the following statement.

“Robin Williams passed away this morning. He has been battling severe depression of late. This is a tragic and sudden loss. The family respectfully asks for their privacy as they grieve during this very difficult time.”

Wow.  Seriously, I am so heart-broken right now.

This all is just so sad and shocking!  I literally just bought the movie “Hook” this weekend!  In it he plays Peter Pan.

So, here’s a little history on Robin Williams.  He first shot to fame in the late `70s as the alien in TV’s “Mork and Mindy.”  My mom loved that show.

Robin Williams and Pam Dawber in the 70s and 80s hit "Mork and Mindy."

Robin Williams and Pam Dawber in the 70s and 80s hit “Mork and Mindy.”

But, that’s not all.   As mentioned earlier, Williams also conquered the big screen.

He won the Academy Award for best supporting actor for his serious role as the therapist in “Good Will Hunting” back in 1997.

Williams also boldly tackled the theater stage when he headed his own one-man show called  Robin Williams: Live on Broadway.  And he has won Grammys for many of his comedy albums, including, Good Morning, Vietnam and A Night at the Met.

His latest project includes a comedy called “The Crazy Ones” on CBS, which also starred everyone’s favorite vampire slayer, Sarah Michelle Gellar, and I hear he was in talks to star in a “Mrs. Doubtfire 2.”

Robin Williams, a man with enormous talent, depth and range wowed us with his dramas as much as he did with his comedies.

And the impressions he did of people were like no other.  With this loss, Hollywood’s lights are definitely a little dimmer tonight.

Rest in peace Robin Williams.  I hope you get the peace you didn’t have on earth now.  You will be missed.

 

Hey Loves! The dish is back!

3 Aug

me 3Hey my little Pop Dishers– grab a phone and spread the word because I’m back!  And boy have I missed you!

I know it’s been a couple of months, and many of you have been wondering, “Where’s Nikki?  Why hasn’t she given us her point of view about what’s going on in the entertainment the entertainment world?” 

Yep, those were a couple of grumblings come my way from some loyal readers because let’s face it, there was a lot of celeb news to spill the tea about.  However, it’s been a crazy couple of months filled ups and downs, trials and tribulations!

But, the rain has stopped and the rainbow on the side of the storm is just getting bigger and brighter!

In fact, there have even been a few victories, but nothing I can share at this time.  With all of that said, I am really sorry that I have I’ve been a little M.I.A. (Missing In Action) for a while.   I have definitely thought about you my loves and our passion for everything pop cultured!

It’s been way too long since I’ve had the chance to dish with you about our lovely and sometime train wreck of a people we call celebrities.  But I promise, on everything that is couture, I will do my best to make sure nothing ever takes me away from you and my duties of spreading celebrity gossip and fashion again!

Ok, enough chatting; prepare yourself for a scoop of celebrity dish!

Kim and Kanye enjoy movie night on their honeymoon in Ireland

29 May
Kim Kardashian and Kanye West hit up a movie theater during their honeymoon in Ireland  PHOTO: Sunday World/Splash News Online.

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West hit up a movie theater during their honeymoon in Ireland
PHOTO: Sunday World/Splash News Online.

What do you do when you’ve just thrown the most extravagant wedding seen since Prince William and Kate’s royal nuptials?  You head to Ireland, hold up in your hotel room a couple of days and then have a movie night!

That’s what reality maven Kim Kardashian and her rapper husband Kanye West did.  Just days after their lavish wedding in Florence, Italy, the newlyweds were seen out and about on the island in the North Atlantic.

The newlyweds were seen leaving IMC Cinema, a local movie theater in Tullamore, Ireland, on Wednesday, May 28th.  And in true Kimye form, both were dressed head-to-toe in black; Kardashian, 33, wore black leggings, a black top, and a black blazer, while West, 36, rocked black pants and a black hoodie.

According to the Daily Mail, the couple also hit up a movie theater in Portlaoise, Ireland, where they checked out X-Men: Days of Future Past, hours earlier that same day.  Before their big sweet and simple night out, Kanye and Kim were very low-key as only they can be in Castle Oliver in the south part of County Limerick.  That’s according to a staffer at the historic Victorian estate who spoke with celeb magazine, Us Weekly.

Sounds pretty low-key right?! But can we blame them?!  I mean really!  Last week, as romantic and fun as their wedding was, it had to be super exhausting for the couple!

PHOTO: Instagram

PHOTO: Instagram

The week before and leading up to the wedding was a busy week of wedding preps and parties.  Kimye tied the knot on Saturday, May 24, 2014 at Forte di Belvedere following a lavish wedding rehearsal bash at the Palace of Versailles on May 23.

Oh and it looks like KiKi’s taking Kanye’s name!  She changed her Twitter name to “Kim Kardashian West.”  Congrats again Keeks and Ye!  I wish you nothing but the best and a life of love together, so here’s to lasting longer than 72 days!

Oooh… No shade Kim!

In the meantime, my little Pop Dishers, take a look at some the fun pictures from the wedding shared on Instagram and Twitter by the couple, their family and friends!

PHOTO: Instagram

PHOTO: Instagram

PHOTO: Instagram

PHOTO: Instagram

PHOTO: Twitter and Instagram

Mr. and Mrs. West enjoy the photo booth at their reception after the ceremony.

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Kim Kardashian and Kanye West tie the knot in romantic ceremony in Italy

24 May
Photo by Rob Rich/ WENN,com

Photo by Rob Rich/ WENN,com

It’s official!  Kim Kardashian and Kanye West have tied the knot!  YAAAYYYYY! 

Now, I don’t know about you, but I am definitely #TeamKimye and despite the nay-sayers, I am so happy that they made it down the aisle!

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West were married in front of family and friends at the historic Forte di Belvedere in Florence, Italy Saturday.  It’s a 16th-century-era fortress atop a hill near the Arno river.

Kim of course, well, I know she stunned in a custom-made Haute Couture Givenchy by Riccardo Tisci gown that she wore down the aisle.  In fact, we can even get a glimpse of her because the following picture that’s going around Twitter, and was even posted on the Huffington Post shows a woman who looks just like Kim (I’m pretty sure it is Kim) in a beautiful lace long-sleeved traditional stunner with a sexy cut out, but lace covered back.

PHOTO: Twitter

Kim Kardashian walking down the aisle at her wedding to Kanye West.  PHOTO: Twitter

This dress, seems to be quite conservative compared to other wardrobe choices that we have seen the 33-year-old beauty in, but that’s okay, it’s oh so good and I LOVE IT!!  Plus, Kim reportedly changed gowns three times during the course of her wedding, so I’m sure she sexed it up somewhere in between changes.

Kim and Kanye at the Met ball Gala 2013

Kanye West and Kim Kardashian at the Met Ball Gala 2013. Designer: Givency by Riccardo Tisci

Either way, it was a total score for Tisci, especially after that Met Ball Gala 2013 disaster that had our girl looking like a pregnant set of her grandmother’s drapes from the 60s.  I know you all remember that travesty!

Back to the wedding!

Now, as much as I would love to have more pictures to show you of the most anticipated event since the royal wedding; at this time that just isn’t possible.  Remember, planning alone for this wedding, which was done by long time Kardashian family friend, Sharon Sacks was kind of like a covert operation straight out of a James Bond spy movie.

Kim and Kanye even chartered a 737 jet to fly their guest from Paris to Italy and they hired drivers to drive them everywhere.  Oh and don’t forget guest also had to turn over their phones and sign a confidentiality agreement.  It was total “Covert Affairs!”

You see unlike Kim and the rest of the Kardashian clan’s life, the high profile couple wanted to make sure they kept the actual ceremony and reception private.  However, we can dish on some of the highlights.

Let’s start with going down the aisle.  Kim was walked down the aisle by her step-father Bruce Jenner.

Bruce and Kris Jenner

Bruce and Kris Jenner

Up until there recent separation, he has been married to Kim’s mom Kris for 23 years now.

The ceremony’s atmosphere was said to be pure magic and romance as guest sat on a piece of land that overlooked other fabulous sites and white flowers decked out the entire area.

Music also flowed freely as the bride, groom and their guest were serenaded by Andrea Bocelli!  And if you know anything about Andera Bocelli, you know he has the voice of an angel that could move grown men to cry.

E! News reports that the famed Italian tenor serenaded Kim and Kanye with several of his songs, including “Con te Partiro”as Kim walked down the aisle.

Kanye’s good friend John Legend also belted out a tune.  He song his hit “All of Me” for the lovely couple.  But the most important part, the actual nuptials were officiated by Rich Wilkerson Jr., a pastor in Miami.

And of course you know it was a star studded event, from Valentino Garavani, Alexander Wang, André Leon Tally, Oliver Rousteing, Joel Silver, Steve McQueen, David Blaine, NeNe Leakes, Serena Williams, Big Sean, Tyga and Kim’s bestie LaLa and her husband Carmelo Anthony to name a few.  Oh and one of Kim’s other bestie’s–  showing up may be the reason one of the power couple’s other power couple friends decided to do a no-show!

Kim with two of her best friends, Jonathan Cheban and designer, Rachel Roy.

Kim with two of her best friends, Jonathan Cheban and designer, Rachel Roy.

Which brings me to a little more dish.  Word on the street is that Rachel Roy is the reason Beyonce’ and Jay-Z didn’t come to the wedding.

Yep!  According to the HollywoodLife.com, Beyonce and Solange had ‘words’ with Rachel at the Met Ball after party in NYC, and our source told us that it all stemmed from Rachel’s ‘too close relationship with Jay-Z, and that allegedly was the argument that spilled over into the elevator.  You know the scene, where we all saw Solange’ beating the heck out of Jay-Z!

The parties at hand haven’t confirmed any of the speculation, so for now these are all rumors, but they’re delicious ones!  Ha!  Anyway, like the queen she is, Beyonce’ gave a nice shout out to Kanye and Kim on their special day.

“Wishing you a lifetime of unconditional love,” Beyoncé wrote today. “God bless your beautiful family.”

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Kim Kardashian, Kanye West and their baby North West at their Vogue photo shoot.  PHOTO: Instagram

Queen Bey accompanied her sweet wedding message with a photo of Kim, Kanye and their daughter, North West, that was taken for their Vogue shoot.

With the little nooks and crannies we know about this ceremony sound like the wedding was a beautiful celebration of their love!  With that said, you know I can’t end this dish without giving you a little more dirt.

In true Kardashian fashion, there was of course a little drama.  For reasons unbeknownst to me and practically everyone, Kim’s brother Rob left Italy before his big sis even walked down the aisle.

According to TMZ, Rob booked a flight from Florence to L.A. late Friday night and he was apparently in a hurry!  TMZ said they we’re told Rob was even in tears while desperately trying to secure a seat on the plane.

Rob Kardashian

Rob Kardashian

Again, at this time, my ears haven’t been hit with the knowledge of what got Rob in a big enough huff to leave his sister’s wedding before it started, but I’m hearing it was due to some sort of Kardashian beef.  Either way, you know it had to be bad for him to miss out on Kimye’s wedding, which just happens to be the biggest celebrity event of the year.

This was the third marriage for Kim and the first for Kanye.

The big celebration was a cherry on top for nearly a week of Parisian celebrations for the nuptials, including a dinner party for guest at the Palace in Versailles in Paris Friday night and a bachelorette party for Kim in Paris Thursday night.  Take a look at some of the photos below.

Kim looked like a gorgeous chic piece of art as she strolled the streets of Paris for her bachelorette dinner and party Thursday night.  Her baby sister Kylie can be seen in the background.

Kim Kardashian PHOTO: E! News

Kim Kardashian
PHOTO: E! News

Kourtney Kardashian was a mysterious vision in a cute little white dress walking around Paris two days before her sister’s wedding.

Kourtney Kardashian  PHOTO: E! News

Kourtney Kardashian
PHOTO: E! News

Khloe’ was killed it  in a curve-hugging black dress with a thigh-high slit when she  joined her sisters and the rest of the bachelorette guest for dinner.

Khloe Kardashian PHOTO: E! News

Khloe’ Kardashian
PHOTO: E! News

Kim’s mom Kris and step-dad Bruce looked excited about this weekend.

Kris and Bruce Jenner, Kim's mom and step-dad. PHOTO: E! News

Kris and Bruce Jenner, Kim’s mom and step-dad.
PHOTO: E! News

 

Channeling Sex and the City, Kim and some of her girlfriends looked ever so chic and fashionable as they strolled the streets of Paris Thursday night.

Kim Kardashian out for a night out on the town with her girlfriends in Paris Thursday. PHOTO: E! News

Kim Kardashian out for a night out on the town with her girlfriends in Paris Thursday.
PHOTO: E! News

On Friday, Kim and Kanye looked regal and calm headed out to their pre-wedding festivities at the Palace of Versailles in Paris.

Kim and Kanye headed to their party at the Palace of Versailles in Paris. PHOTO: E! News

Kim and Kanye headed to their party at the Palace of Versailles in Paris.
PHOTO: E! News

While Kim’s sisters, Kendall and Khloe’ looked like two tall goddesses.

Kim's sisters, Kendall Jener and Khloe Kardashian. PHOTO: E! News

Kim’s sisters, Kendall Jenner and Khloe’ Kardashian.
PHOTO: E! News

All of the Kardashian/Jenner girls pose with singer, Lana Del Rey.  She sang for Kanye and Kim.  Her music was also the music playing in the background when Kanye proposed to Kim.

PHOTO: E! News

PHOTO: Instagram

Kanye and Kim, who look at each other lovingly and playfully, take the time to address their guest.

PHOTO: Instagram

PHOTO: Instagram

 

“The Amazing Spider-Man 2″ lives up to its name!

3 May

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 PosterAs I sat in my seat and enjoyed the 3D ride of one of my favorite super heroes of all time, I couldn’t help, but to have excitement and anxiety!  Excitement about telling everyone about how great this movie was and anxiety about remembering everything I wanted to talk about with creating spoilers!

Well, there’s nothing left for me to do than to get right to it, so here I go.  Much unlike the first movie, not “Spider-Man” staring Tobey Maguire, but “The Amazing Spider-Man,” staring Andrew Garfield, which was really dark, this installment of “The Amazing Spider-Man 2″ was filled with bright colors, comical relief and moments that just tugged at your heart-strings.

Emma Stone shined once again as Gwen Stacey, Peter Parker/Spider-Man’s love interest.  The chemistry between Garfield and Stone was incredible, but of course it would be.  The two aren’t just an item on-screen.  They also happen to be boyfriend and girlfriend off-screen too.

Emma Stone and Andrew Garfield at the London premiere of "The Amazing Spider-Man 2."

Emma Stone and Andrew Garfield at the London premiere of “The Amazing Spider-Man 2.”

We pick back up with Spider-Man (Garfield) as he is swinging from building to building, saving the city from mayhem on his way to his high school graduation where his girlfriend Gwen Stacey (Stone) is giving her valedictorian speech.  The incomparable Sally Fields was wonderful as Peter Parker’s aunt, and speaking of Peter Parker, Andrew Garfield once again showed why he is the right person for this role!  His good looks and boyish charm and sense of humor is the bees knees.

I love how in this installment Peter Parker has come out of his depression of his uncle’s death and is more energetic, upbeat and hilarious!  Yes, Spider-Man/Peter Parker had some great one liners!  We also got to see the very sensitive and romantic side of Peter Parker that we’re use to seeing.  His love for Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone) was so beautiful it and heart-felt it would make any girl swoon with envy.

Spider-Man with his love interest in the film, Gwen Stacey.

Spider-Man with his love interest in the film, Gwen Stacey.

When I saw “The Amazing Spider-Man 2″ I saw it in 3D on an IMAX screen, which at times with all of the action, it could be a little too dramatic on your eyes, so unless you just have to see it in 3D on an IMAX screen, save yourself a little money and go and see it only in 3D.

Jamie Foxx joined the cast of “The Amazing Spider-Man 2″ and he channeled his skills as a character actor by playing a squirrely awkward and nerdy guy named Max who once loved and adored and most would even say was obsessed with Spider-Man, well, that is until something dramatic happened, and out of that Electro the villain was formed. Foxx made an amazing villain, but I did feel that moments where he was trying to be the hilarious JamieFoxx we all know and love by spitting out a one liner here and there, well, I felt that it was a little lost on the audience.

Jamie Foxx plays villain Electro in "The Amazing Spider-Man 2."

Jamie Foxx plays villain Electro in “The Amazing Spider-Man 2.”

Peter Parker’s bestie/turned nemesis, Harry Osborn, the heir to the sometimes shady but powerful science corporation– Oscorp also made an appearance in this film.  However, instead of the talented James Franco playing the role like he did in “Spider-Man”, Harry was played by Dan DeHaan.

DeHaan didn’t have the athletic build or sexy je ne saisquoi (jenna-say-kwa) that Franco had in the original Spider-Man, but he had the most amazing blue eyes!  But don’t worry folks, he was true to the character of Harry and his performance didn’t disappoint.

Dan DeHaan take over the role of Harry Osborn in "The Amazing Spider-Man 2."  It's a role made famous by James Franco.

Dan DeHaan take over the role of Harry Osborn in “The Amazing Spider-Man 2.” It’s a role made famous by James Franco.

Overall, “The Amazing Spider-Man 2″ was just that– AMAZING!  This movie comes full circle as Peter Parker/Spider-Man realizes that all of his enemies have one thing in common– Oscorp.  Will he be able to stop the leaders of Oscorp before more people whom he loves in his life get hurt?  He’ll sure try.

The action packed roller-coaster of emotions that this movie took us on was definitely worth your time and your money, so run to the theaters to see it!

STUDIO:
Columbia Pictures

GENRE:
Action Adventure

RELEASE DATE:
In Theaters May 02, 2014

RATING DETAILS:
THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2 has been rated PG-13

RUN-TIME: 2 hrs 22 mins

CREDITS
Directed by: Marc Webb
Screen Story and Screenplay by: Alex Kurtzman & Roberto Orci & Jeff Pinkner
Based on the Marvel Comic Book by: Stan Lee and Steve Ditko
Produced by: Avi Arad
Matt Tolmach
Executive Producers: E. Bennett Walsh
Stan Lee
Alex Kurtzman
Roberto Orci
Cast: Andrew Garfield
Emma Stone
Jamie Foxx
Dane DeHaan
Campbell Scott
Embeth Davidtz
Colm Feore
with Paul Giamatti
and Sally Field

 

Oprah puts in serious bid with David Geffen and Larry Ellison to buy the Clippers

2 May
PHOTO: Paul Zimmerman/WireImage

PHOTO: Paul Zimmerman/WireImage

Lady O strikes again!  Listen up basketball fans and Oprah fans because your worlds may soon be colliding.  Word on the streets is that the talk show queen and media mogul, Oprah Winfrey is looking to add NBA team owner to her list of accomplishments!

There are mumblings, and just flat-out confirmations from Lady O and her pals that she will join two OTHER millionaires, oops, I mean billionaires to purchase the Los Angeles Clippers!

And I’m not just talking about any billionaires, I’m talking music mogul David Geffen and Oracle technology founder Larry Ellison!  All they’re waiting for is to see if the NBA’s board of governors will vote to force 80-year-old Donald Sterling to sell the team!

Oracle founder, Larry Ellison, Media Mogul, Oprah Winfrey and Music industry powerhouse, David Geffen. PHOTO: Getty Images

Oracle founder, Larry Ellison, Media Mogul, Oprah Winfrey and Music industry powerhouse, David Geffen.
PHOTO: Getty Images

It was just this week, when the NBA, announced that after their findings, Clipper’s owner, Donald Sterling was the voice heard on an audio tape spouting some disgusting racial remarks.  So, as a punishment NBA commissioner, Adam Silver slapped him with a $2.5 million dollar fine and banned him from the NBA for life!

Mr. Silver also said that they were going to do everything in their power to make Sterling sell the team.  haven’t been following the biggest scandal since the hit ABC show Scandal’s season finale, here’s a little low down on what has happened.

This story broke last week when TMZ reported and played an audio of Sterling having an argument with his “archivist,” I mean mistress, V. Stiviano, 31.  The two were arguing about her hanging out with black people and brining them to the games.

V. Stiviano pictured at a Clippers game with her then boyfriend and Clippers owner, Donald Sterling. PHOTO: Danny Moloshok (AP)

V. Stiviano pictured at a Clippers game with her then boyfriend and Clippers owner, Donald Sterling.
PHOTO: Danny Moloshok (AP)

To sum it up, Sterling hated that his bi-racial girlfriend, who’s black and Hispanic might I add, was hanging with other black people.  He also didn’t like that she wasn’t denying her black side and portraying herself as a “nice Hispanic girl.”

In fact it was a picture of Stiviano with Magic Johnson that kicked the recorded argument off.

PHOTO: Instagram

PHOTO: Instagram

Sterling was apparently upset that someone told him that she posted the picture of her and the basketball legend on… in his words, “the Instagram.”

I know, it sounds crazy- right?  Well, it’s true my little Dishers and yes my friends we still live in a world filled with bigots.

And if you just listened to the audio of their argument, you would have heard what a disgusting mess this all was!  So, much so the first game the Clippers had to play when this story broke, the team silently protested by wearing their red Clippers shirts inside out.  It was a bold move for the players to take so early on and I like everyone else applaud them for it!

Clippers stage silent protest of Clippers owner, Donald Sterling's racist remarks at the playoff game Sunday, April 27, 2014.   PHOTO: (AP- Marcio Jose Sanchez)

At Sunday’s April 27, 2014 game, the Clippers players staged a silent protest of the team’s owner, Donald Sterling after an audio recording of Sterling’s racist remarks were released. 
PHOTO: (AP- Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Anyway, back to the good news that Oprah, David Geffen and Larry Ellison will possibly join together to buy this poor team who have worked so hard to get to the level of success that they have these days.  Well, Geffen said he and Ellison would run the team, while Winfrey would be an investor.

So, take that Donald Sterling!  You didn’t want black people coming to your games or hanging out with your side piece, but now it looks like it may be a black woman who ends up owning a part of your team that you may be forced to sell!

BOOM!

Oh, and because Donald Sterling seems like a big old bully stuck in the olden days with a slave owner mentality, I wouldn’t be surprised if he is doing everything he can to figure out how to get out of having to sell the team should the NBA come to that vote, especially if a black woman could end up being an owner.

But as a wise lady named Oprah once said when asked about the Sterling scandal, “We’re all off the plantation!  The plantation days are over!”

Hollywood’s gorgeous new “it girl,” Lupita Nyong’o named People magazine’s “most beautiful!”

24 Apr
PHOTO: People magazine

PHOTO: People magazine

I guessed it, but it is now official!  Best supporting actress, Academy Award winner, Lupita Nyong’o has been named the “world’s” most beautiful by “People” magazine.  The announcement came Wednesday morning via the world-wide web of course.

“People” posted a sneak peek of the issue due out Friday on their website with Lupita’s stunning face on it and I, and what seems like everyone else for that matter couldn’t be happier!   Seeing Lupita on the cover gives every little girl who has ever thought she wasn’t good enough or pretty enough or that her genuine unique beauty wouldn’t be accepted by the world’s standard of what beauty is… well it gives them HOPE.

Actress Lupita Nyong'o PHOTO: People magazine

Actress Lupita Nyong’o
PHOTO: People magazine

Hope that the world is changing and accepting a beauty outside the norm of blonde hair and blue eyes, or light-skinned black people like Beyonce’ and Halle Berry, whom I love; or, exotic looking women like Kim Kardashian, another one of my faves.

This time, the world is embracing someone with skin as rich and bold as mocha latte'; eyes as dark as onyx, and hair as short and natural as a lamb’s wool!  Yes the world was embracing a different kind of beauty, like that of super model Alex Wek!

Model Alex Wek.

Model Alex Wek.

She was one of the first model’s to stun the world and break the modeling glass ceiling so many years ago.  And back in 1997 Alex was the first African American to grace the cover of “ELLE” magazine.  Alex was Lupita’s idol and now, Lupita is someone so many more can look up to.

Alex Wek was the first African American to get the cover of ELLE magazine back in 1997. PHOTO: ELLE Magazine

Alex Wek was the first African American to get the cover of ELLE magazine back in 1997.
PHOTO: ELLE Magazine

You see, today’s announcement as simple as it may be was anything but!  It was AMAZING, INSPIRING and filled with POSSIBILITIES; much like the humble and fabulous, Ms. Lupita Nyong’o.  A woman who won her first Oscar, after her first role in the Oscar-winning film, 12 Years A Slave.

Yes, this honor bestowed on Lupita was just that for so many little black, brown, red, yellow, and even white kids who went to bed praying they would wake up in a different skin.  Lupita referenced that having that same feeling when she was a kid in her speech when she was being honored at the “Essence’s Black Women in Hollywood Luncheon.”

And I too was one of those little kid’s so many years ago.  Now, I no longer have that mind frame because I had a mother who taught me to love my color and all of myself as a kid.  But I didn’t always have this confidence.  It took a while, and back then I remember thinking I wasn’t beautiful because I wasn’t light-skinned like my mommy.

A pict of me at our home right outside San Diego California at age four.

A picture of me at our home right outside San Diego California at age four.

But as my mom use to tell me so many years ago…

“You’re beautiful and you’re my beautiful chocolate baby and chocolate is my favorite!  Don’t you know blacker the berry, sweeter the juice?! 

That’s why you’re my sweet pea!”  Yes these were just a few of the things that my momma use to share with me, in order for me to grow up and be the confident woman I am today!

So, if you’re wondering if Lupita’s being named “People” magazine’s most beautiful really is that big of a deal?  The answer is yes it is.

You see it shows that the definition of beauty is changing and the world is changing and becoming a little more accepting of people and things that are different from the norm.  And although, there’s still a long way for us to go, like civil rights and civil liberties for EVERYONE everywhere and positive body images and acceptance of ALL shapes and sizes to name a few, this “simple” magazine cover shows how far we, “the world,” has come!  And I have to tell you… it’s beautiful!

Crushing on Coachella: The popular music festival brings out all the stars!

17 Apr
Coachella 2014 PHOTO: AFI

AFI performing at Coachella 2014
PHOTO: Paste Magazine

Oh how I dream of Coachella, no, I really do!  Not for the hush-hush side that has people dabbling in some unlawful things.  No no my dear, my dreams of the Coachella music Festival scream good old hippie fun-filled with music, peace, love, rides and cocktails!  In my head Coachella is a big ol’ college or high school dance!

And much like many other years, the first weekend of the most popular music festival since other festivals like Lollapalooza and Woodstock did not disappoint.

A general view of atmosphere during day 1 of the 2013 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival.

A general view of atmosphere during day 1 of the 2013 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival.  PHOTO:  Mark Davis/Getty Images

As usual, it totally boasted musical talent from near and far, as music lovers dressed as new-age 60s flower children sang and dance along with a barrage of celebrities.  Anyone who was anyone attended the 2014 Coahcella Music Festival!

Hip Hop royalty, Beyonce’ and Jay-Z arrived to Coachella as only they can.  The couple looked oh so sheik and stylish stepping off their private jet into the hot desert sun.

Beyonce' and Jay-Z arrive at the  Coachella Music Festival in Coachella Valley, CA.

Beyonce’ and Jay-Z arrive at the Coachella Music Festival in Coachella Valley in Indio, CA.

Once at the musical festival, Beyonce’ hit up her baby sister Solange’s set and surprised the audience by jumping on stage and doing a little dance number with her!  The Knowles ladies danced to Solange’s song, “Losing You.”Beyonce and Jay-Z at Coachella

Their routine was so fun and light-heart, it looked like they made it up during their free time hanging out at home or something.  You know kind of how we use to do as kids before we went to a school dance or party.

It was super cute and there was even a few 80s throwback moves in there.

Bey wasn’t the only one who took the stage.  Her hubby Jay-Z spit a few rhymes with former “rival” Nas!  Right after Nas did songs from the Illmatic, Jay delivered his “Dead Presidents II.”

This was such a shocker because the two rap icons had a crazy feud up until 2005.  By the way, Nas’ iconic 1994 album Illmatic celebrates its 20th anniversary this year.

Nas and Jay-Z share the stage at Coachella. PHOTO: MTV

Nas and Jay-Z share the stage at Coachella.
PHOTO: MTV

But Nas and Jigga man weren’t the only ones sharing the stage.  Everyone’s favorite rap duo from the south… yes, I’m talking about Outkast reunited on the Coachella stage!

This was the first time the rap duo performed in front of a huge crowd in like 11 years!  However, Big Boi and Andre 3000’s first big reunion concert was anything but stellar.

Outkast performs at Coachella April 12, 2014 in Indio, CA. PHOTO: Getty Images

Outkast performs at Coachella April 12, 2014 in Indio, CA.
PHOTO: Getty Images

According to some sites, it left many fans under-whelmed!  I don’t know about you guys, but I can’t believe this!  I mean they’re the group that brought us albums like “Aquimini,” “Stankonia,” “Speakerbox/The Love Below” and many more!  So, it’s hard for me to believe that they weren’t jelling!

Maybe it’s because it’s been a while since they’ve done any music together.  For sometime now, they both have just been doing their own thing.

Big Boi’s been keeping strippers in business by making it rain on a regular at strip clubs, along with releasing his own solo albums.  While, Andre’ did his own solo album and some work on the big screen as an actor.  He’s been in 8 Mile, Idlewild, Four Brothers, and 2 Fast 2 Furious to name a few.

And Andre’s latest film Jimi: All Is By My Side has him portraying guitar legend, Jimi Hendrix.  How cool is that?!

Andre’ even had a contract to be the face of Gillette Razor.  Can we say mainstream?

In fact, It was Andre’s gig with Gillette and a certain sarcastic tweet from Big Boi that sparked murmurs back in 2012 that there was an Outkast feud brewing.  But, Big Boi sort of cleared all of that up real quick saying, “No beef between me and Stacks” (that’s what the call Andre’ 3000), along with saying “No more Outkast questions will be answered.”

I don’t know what messed up the flow between the two on the stage during Coachella, but I hope they can get it together soon and find the “prototype” that has worked so well for them in the past again because Outkast still has more than three dozen festival shows coming up between now and the end of the summer.

Now back to some of the celebs that stomped the Coachella stage the first weekend!  Our favorite “holla back girl” came right out of her maternity leave to make an appearance at the festival.  Gwen Stefani showed off her post baby body as she rocked out with Pharell.

Gwen Stefani and Pharell rocking out on the Coachella 2014 stage.

Gwen Stefani and Pharell rocking out on the Coachella 2014 stage.

Actress, Vanessa Hudgens is a staple at Coachella every year and as usual, she brought the Coachella fashion.  The boho cutie was there with her hot boyfriend, “The Carrie Diaries” actor, Austin Butler.

Vanessa Hudgens and boyfriend Austin Butler at Coachella. PHOTO: Us Magazine

Vanessa Hudgens and boyfriend Austin Butler at Coachella.
PHOTO: Us Magazine

Selena Gomez played it cool and had some girl time hanging out with Kendall and Kylie Jenner.

PHOTO: Selena Gomez's Instagram.

Kylie Jenner, Selena Gomez and Kendall Jenner.  PHOTO: Selena Gomez’s Instagram.

While, Emma Roberts took a break from dancing to steal a smooch from her boyfriend, Evan Peters.

Actress Emma Roberts and boyfriend Evan Peters.

Actress Emma Roberts and boyfriend Evan Peters.

And roaring off of a break-up with her on and off again love John Mayer, Katy Perry refueled romance rumors by hanging with her “BFF” Robert Pattinson, while Hilary Duff showed up with her husband she just separated from, Mike Comerie.

PHOTO: GoldenEye/London Entertainment

PHOTO: GoldenEye/London Entertainment

Wow, since they decided to separate, we have seen these two more together than apart!  It sounds like there could be a reconciliation soon.  I hope so because they always looked so cute together, plus they have a 2-year-old son named Luca.

PHOTO: GoldenEye/London Entertainment

PHOTO: GoldenEye/London Entertainment

With all of the Coachella love and music in the air, one of the most shocking and entertaining things to take place would probably have to be Leonardo DiCaprio’s moves.  Leo gave us all something to talk about when he slipped into his dancing shoes and shook what his momma gave him.

Sadly though, Leo’s hotness was taken a down a notch on the hot meter when I saw him doing something that looked much like a cross between waving flies away and high kicks!  And what was up with the shirt covering his face?!

Oh Leo (smh)… thank God you’re an AMAZING actor because your dance career is not where it’s at.  The 2014 Coachella Music Festival continues April 18-20th in Indio, CA.   For details on the Coachella artist line up CLICK HERE.

Alexa Ray Joel is giving face and attitude to her haters honey!

6 Apr
Photo: Getty Images

Photo: Getty Images

Cutie patootie Alexa Ray Joel has her claws out and she is scratching at her haters.  The 28-year-old songbird and daughter to music legend, Billy Joel and the stunning super model, Christie Brinkley showed a more fierce and sultry side recently.

But before you could say “we didn’t start the fire,” naysayers started another beef with her.  And once again it was about her looks.

So, like gossiping birds, rumors of extreme plastic surgery went fluttering about.  Poor Alex Ray, the girl just can’t get a break!

You see when she was younger, every one was all up in arms about her looks, saying she was not “pretty” enough to be Christie Brinkley’s daughter, which in itself was very mean.

Music superstar Billy Joel with his daughter Alexa Ray, at her mom and his ex-wife, Christie Brinkley's broadway show, Chicago on June 11, 201.

Music superstar Billy Joel with his daughter Alexa Ray, at her mom and his ex-wife, Christie Brinkley’s broadway show, Chicago on June 11, 2011.  Photo: Broadway.com

But now, critics are saying she’s “too pretty,” which to them means, “she’s obviously had A LOT of work done.”   However, when I saw this picture of her, the only work I thought she had done was a nose job.

I truly thought, ‘oh, she’s just grown into her features.’  I mean think about it.  We’ve all gone through an awkward stage in our life.  Don’t even get me started on my high school years.  But now that I am older in my early 30s, I feel like I have only gotten better with time!

Anyway, back to Alexa!  So annoyed with the rumors, Ms. Joel took to the internet to sound off on Us Weekly’s comment section of their site.  The magazine was the first to write about her possibly having plastic surgery.

“This is absolutely hysterical!!! I was 13 years old in the pic posted as a ‘before.’ In this latter pic, I am 28 years old [that's the age I am now],” she wrote. “I have lost weight simply from maturing, and I have fully contoured ‘stage makeup’ and hair done for my first debut show at the Carlyle Hotel in NYC. Obviously I’m going to look different.  It’s called ‘growing up’!”

She continued by addressing the plastic surgery speculation.

Alexa Ray Joel before her nose job.  Photo: The Huffington Post

Alexa Ray Joel before her nose job. Photo: The Huffington Post

“I have only gotten one nose-job done. That is the absolute extent of the surgeries I have had. I’m very sorry to disappoint everyone who wants to believe that I have had multiple surgeries, but that just simply isn’t true.”

Ray went on to say that the only ‘secret’ to her good looks is “makeup and a push-up bra.”

I heard that! 

With that remark, Alexa was basically like, shut up peanut gallery!   By the way, I totally love a good push up bra too!  Besides diamonds, it truly is a girl’s best friend.

  • Now here’s a little DISH for thought:  Even though I’m proud of the way Alexa Ray Joel addressed the rumors and stood up for herself, she shouldn’t have had too!  So, I’m sound off too!  Have we really become the kind of society, that not only tears people down for quote unquote “not being pretty enough,” but also for “being too pretty?”   Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.  Beauty is only skin deep.  Beauty is something that shines from within.  You can be the most beautiful person in the world, but if you have a heart like the evil queen or evil villain, sooner or later that will pierce through to the outer layer and your ugly soul will dim your beauty.  However, you can also be not so attractive, maybe even Shrek like, but if you have a heart as big as the world, which makes your soul shine so bright it’s blinding, then there will come a point when your outside will match up with your inside.  You can easily change your outer man, but it’s harder to change what’s within.  So whether, you pay for your beauty, or you’re naturally born with it… I don’t care!  As long as you’re a good, decent person with a genuinely kind soul, you’ll always be a beautiful person to me.  You were beautiful before the nose job Alexa Ray and you’re beautiful now!
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