Cassie has been on the go lately, promoting her latest mix tape Rock A Bye Baby.
Saturday night, the gorgeous singer held her official mix tape release party at Compound in Atlanta. Cassie was joined by friends like Kenny Burns and actress, Julissa Bermudez. With lots of laughter and hookah in the air I’m certain Cassie had a grand time.
See more photos below.
Cassie and Julissa
Cassie and lifestyle expert Kenny Burns
After years and years of struggling with his sexuality preference, Jason Collins is the first athlete to ever open up about being gay. In the letter that he pinned to Sports Illustrated he described how he went enormous lengths to protect his secret and even got engaged to a woman although he knew he wanted to be with a man.
I’m a 34-year-old NBA center. I’m black. And I’m gay.
I didn’t set out to be the first openly gay athlete playing in a major American team sport. But since I am, I’m happy to start the conversation. I wish I wasn’t the kid in the classroom raising his hand and saying, “I’m different.” If I had my way, someone else would have already done this. Nobody has, which is why I’m raising my hand.
My journey of self-discovery and self-acknowledgement began in my hometown of Los Angeles and has taken me through two state high school championships, the NCAA Final Four and the Elite Eight, and nine playoffs in 12 NBA seasons.
I’ve played for six pro teams and have appeared in two NBA Finals. Ever heard of a parlor game called Three Degrees of Jason Collins? If you’re in the league, and I haven’t been your teammate, I surely have been one of your teammates’ teammates. Or one of your teammates’ teammates’ teammates.
Now I’m a free agent, literally and figuratively. I’ve reached that enviable state in life in which I can do pretty much what I want. And what I want is to continue to play basketball. I still love the game, and I still have something to offer. My coaches and teammates recognize that. At the same time, I want to be genuine and authentic and truthful.
Why am I coming out now? Well, I started thinking about this in 2011 during the NBA player lockout. I’m a creature of routine. When the regular season ends I immediately dedicate myself to getting game ready for the opener of the next campaign in the fall. But the lockout wreaked havoc on my habits and forced me to confront who I really am and what I really want. With the season delayed, I trained and worked out. But I lacked the distraction that basketball had always provided.
The first relative I came out to was my aunt Teri, a superior court judge in San Francisco. Her reaction surprised me. “I’ve known you were gay for years,” she said. From that moment on I was comfortable in my own skin. In her presence I ignored my censor button for the first time. She gave me support. The relief I felt was a sweet release. Imagine you’re in the oven, baking. Some of us know and accept our sexuality right away and some need more time to cook. I should know — I baked for 33 years.
When I was younger I dated women. I even got engaged. I thought I had to live a certain way. I thought I needed to marry a woman and raise kids with her. I kept telling myself the sky was red, but I always knew it was blue.
I realized I needed to go public when Joe Kennedy, my old roommate at Stanford and now a Massachusetts congressman, told me he had just marched in Boston’s 2012 Gay Pride Parade. I’m seldom jealous of others, but hearing what Joe had done filled me with envy. I was proud of him for participating but angry that as a closeted gay man I couldn’t even cheer my straight friend on as a spectator. If I’d been questioned, I would have concocted half truths. What a shame to have to lie at a celebration of pride. I want to do the right thing and not hide anymore. I want to march for tolerance, acceptance and understanding. I want to take a stand and say, “Me, too.”
No one wants to live in fear. I’ve always been scared of saying the wrong thing. I don’t sleep well. I never have. But each time I tell another person, I feel stronger and sleep a little more soundly. It takes an enormous amount of energy to guard such a big secret. I’ve endured years of misery and gone to enormous lengths to live a lie. I was certain that my world would fall apart if anyone knew. And yet when I acknowledged my sexuality I felt whole for the first time. I still had the same sense of humor, I still had the same mannerisms and my friends still had my back. Continue reading
Bey’s Mrs. Carter show booklet sneak peek hit the web, and it is giving us all life.
Draped in top designers such as Kenzo, Julien Macdonald, Amato Couture, and Roberto Cavalli King Bey poses in high fashion Egyptian clothing. Every shot gives you something different from the head pieces, to her black hair and even going further to posing in an all white paint substance from head to toe. Although the world wide Mrs. Carter tour just kicked off a month ago, we can assume that there is more in store. See the pics below.
Last week, we gave you the pre-view to the “Great Gatsby” soundtrack single "Back to Black" with Beyonce featuring Andre 3000. The snippet had us on edge, listen to the full version below and see if it still has the same effect.
Ray J definitely tried it (Tamar Braxton voice).
In Ray J's new video to his controversial song "I Hit It First" he is certainly taking shots at his ex Kim Kardashian although in an recent interview when asked if the song was about her he said no.
The lead girl in the visual looks just like Kim, no doubt about that. Ray J mimics his past relationship with the Kim K. look alike while hopping on private jets and filming a home made "sex" tape, without the sex. Anywho we get the point.
Watch it below.
I have to admit this song is hilarious. I heard it in the club this weekend and started dying laughing because everyone was dancing to it. Haha. I can not wait for Kanye’s response to this.
Lil' Kim and Rihanna had a bad bittie link up session backstage at Rihanna's World Diamond Tour concert in New Jersey. Before the concert Rihanna posted pics of the two hugging and chilling together.
See Ciara and Future below.
Awwwww these two were out go-karting last night. Future posted the image via instagram with the caption "we outtchea #indoorkartin". Too cute!
Not bad for a 42 year old woman with three kids.
Erykah Badu was flaunting the goods Friday while on Miami Beach. The “Tyrone” singer looked great while sporting that gorgeous blonde streaked hair and henna temporary tattoos all up and down her legs. She took off her Indian inspired big hat, jewels and shawl as she soaked up the beautiful Miami sun tanning.
See the pictures below.
This is what I call DOPE!
The six-time NBA champion has took a shot at love once again.
Over the weekend Michael Jordan married 35 year-old former model Yvette Prieto. Prior to the wedding the couple were in a five year relationship and were engaged last December.
The ceremony was held in Palm Beach, FL in front of a few hundred people at Bethesda-by-the-Sea Episcopal Church. Although Jordan owns a mansion near where the reception took place the venue was a lot bigger than his home being held in a 40,000-square foot tent. Entertainment for the night included DJ MC Lyte, Usher, Robin Thicke and more. Sports friends such as Scotty Pippen and Tiger Woods were in attendance at the wedding in support of MJ.
The wedding was very private so there aren’t many pics to show for the extravagant affair but the one captured above is priceless. See a few more pics below.
Yvette showed up shielded by umbrellas for the unwanted paparazzi exposure.
Michael Jordan leaving the wedding.
Jordan has three children with former wife Juanita Vanoy in which they divorced in December of 2006.
In the form of spoken word Sulibeezy expresses his love for education but hate for school. Sulibeezy breaks down the difference between the two while referencing well-known successors who never completed college such as Jay-Z, Oprah Winfrey, Bill Gates and Steve Jobs. So ask yourself is college really necessary or are we made to believe that it is. He tells us:
With scores of school leavers wanting to further their education with no guarantee of their dream job at the end of it, we should ask ourselves whether qualifications still hold the same value now as they did in previous years?
Does success in the school system correlate to success in life? Or is the school system simply geared towards fact retention and regurgitation?
What is true education?
Watch it below.
Roc Nation Sports is not playing!!!
The new sports management agency, founded by Jay-Z and co-partners, is quickly snatching up the hottest athletes old and new including the recent number 3 WNBA 2013 draft pick, Skylar Diggins. Skylar, a Notre Dame Grad, was the only player in Notre Dame history, between male and female, to score 2,000 points, have 500 rebounds, 500 assists and 300 steals in her career. Next season she will be hitting the courts with WNBA'a Oklahoma Tulsa Shock.
Skylar tweeted her exciting news..
Roc Nation Sports was enticed not only by her skills on the court but her presence off court. They will assist her in bringing in huge endorsement deals with corporate brands (including Nike), as well as television and movie roles during the off season. Anywho, Congrats Skylar !
Point me to the fountain of youth.
40 year old Gabrielle Union and Pharrell Williams really know how to preserve their youthful looks. Union was just picked as one of People’s Magazine Most Beautiful People which comes as no surprise. While showing off her flawless skin and sculpted body she explains what keeps her looking young.
She tells the magazine:
I started drinking a gallon of water a day [in my mid-thirties.] It changed everything from weight maintenance, to hair, skin, nails and digestion. Plus, I stay younger by dating younger.
Dip into the kiddie pool, ladies! It worked for me!
I know thats right Gabby!!!
As for Pharrell who can be easily mistaken for 25 hits up Hot 97′s studios and stopped by the radio station to chat with Angie Martinez,who commented on him looking exactly the same as he did 20 years ago. Angie tried her best to get the scoop on his facial regiment. See more below.
Pharrell simply told her:
I’m [washing my face]. Like little small stuff. Naomi Campbell taught me a couple of tricks back in the day, like washing your face with cold water, keeping your pores closed. People say my parents look pretty young too. For me, you just have to wash your face. I use Cetaphil.
I guess the saying “black dont crack” is true.
Catch the full interview with Pharrell and Angie Martinez below.