From getting engaged to football star Russell Wilson, to preparing to host the Billboard Music Awards, 2016 has definitely started off well for R&B sensation Ciara. Ci-Ci stunned for her first ever ESSENCE Magazine cover shoot looking like springtime in a low cut floral jumpsuit accompanied by a glowing smile.
After years of career highs and lows, the newly engaged mom and “I Bet” singer opened up about her personal life including fame, happiness, and finding love, making it clear that she couldn’t be in a happier place right now.
The issue hits newsstands April 15th, but for now check out a few highlights from the story below.
On her dream of having a family:
I’d always wanted to have my own family. And my pregnancy was planned when I was at a point in my life when I was finally ready to take on the responsibility.
On her very public break-up with then fiancé Future:
That wasn’t necessarily part of my vision. But the moment I realized I was going to be a single mother, I had to reflect and reorganize my thoughts. I decided to trust that God had a plan for me, and move forward one day at a time.
On finding new love with Seattle Seahawks, Russell Wilson:
I remember telling my friend the kind of guy I wanted: a God-fearing man with a very fun spirit who loves kids and would really, truly care for me. I was very specific because I do believe you can have it all.
In other news….
Ciara has teamed up with her former hit making partner-in-crime, Ludacris, to host the 2016 Billboard Music Awards. The two stopped by ABC’s Good Morning America to announce the nominees, but while announcing the Top Rap Artist category the singer refused to mention a certain popular rapper’s name.
Shade or nah?
Check out the awkward announcement and a few pics from their GMA visit below.
Following her lip-kit creating daughter, Caitlyn Jenner released a lipstick with Mac Cosmetics namedFinally Free.The new lip shade in nude will be available April 7th.Jenner has always wanted to launch a cosmetic line. This has been a huge goal for the star.
And honestly, my ultimate fantasy — I never thought in a million years that it would ever happen — was to get involved with a makeup company,she tells M.A.C in an interview on their site.When you’re going through all of this, that’s just like never going to happen, but wouldn’t it be something to be involved in a project like that? Boy, watch out what you wish for, because it came true.
It’s no surprise that Jenner had charity in mind when creating her first product.100 percent of the proceeds will go to the M.A.C AIDS Fund Transgender.
I like a little color on my lips, not a lot during the day. And this rosy nude is the color I’ve gone to. To be honest, I want people to use it every day so they have to buy more. I want to raise a lot of money. It’s very simple.
As far as the name goes, Jenner says that she “wanted a name that I use, and which represents the community. This is who I am, Finally Free.“
With a scoop of Blac Chyna, a hint of Rob Kardashian, their newly announced engagement and for the ultimate cherry on top; there’s talks of Chyna appearing on Keeping Up With The Kardashians.
According to TMZ, sources close to Chyna told E that if she was to appear on the show they’d have to pay a pretty price. She wants $1 Million for her minor role. She goes on to negotiate her possible contact. She requested an on-exclusive contract, because she wants her own reality showand possibly with Rob.
For seven figures, her appearance could and would be true reality television entertainment. The money isn’t the only thing that Chyna can’t agree with producers on. She’s also refusing to shoot scenes with Kylie and Tyga! Being Tyga’s ex and Kylie’s enemy, Chyna knows what she’s dealing with. She is ready to launch her television career. Breaking the ice with KUWTK will definitely show her what she’s made of.
The soon to be bride is causing drama and she’s not even on the show yet!
The stars were definitely out this past Sunday night celebrating the 3rd annual iHeartMusic Awards. The awards, hosted by Jason Derulo, were held inInglewood, California. Everyone from Justin Timberlake to Chris Brown were in attendance for this star-studded music celebration.
Taylor Swift dominated the award show taking home three awards including Album of the Year, Female Artist of the Year and the first ever Best Tour award. Other winners for the night included Chris Brown for Best R&B Album of the Year, Selena Gomez for Biggest Triple Threat and Patterson’s own, Fetty Wap, for Best New Artist.
Besides the awards presentations, we can’t fail to mention all of the great performances of the night. Fetty Wap proved he earned his Best New Artist title by pulling up to the awards on a four wheeler to perform his hit single “Again”. R&B bad boy, Chris Brown also the hit the stage with a new hairdo to perform a four-song medley from his latest album, “Royalty”.
And of course it wouldn’t be an award show without some head turning fashions on the red carpet. Take a look below to see what some of our faves were rocking.
Singer arrives at iHeartRadio Music Awards on April 3, 2016 in Inglewood, California.
Beyonce has released her inner fashion designer with a debut clothing line titled Ivy Park. The women’s fitness line includes jackets, t-shirts, leggings, bodysuits and even more, all ranging from $30-$200. Topshop joined Beyonce on this project as it launched on Thursday, March 31. The announcement was made via Queen Bey’s Instagram account of 65 million plus followers.
In the gym or outside of the gym, this activewear can also be worn during your daily routine. With a leisure feel to it, Ivy Park will be available for purchase atIvyPark.com,TopShop.com,Nordstrom.comandZalando.comin mid-April. Sizing suits women of all shapes seeing that the sizing of the Ivy Park leggings are sorted by the letters “I”, “V”, and “Y”. “I” is for low-rise, “V” is for mid-rise fits, and “Y” is for all high-rise leggings. If Beyonce creating workout gear isn’t enough to get a girl in the gym, then what is? I’m sure the motivation is real now when it comes to the Bey Hive.
See more below.
The two-minute promo video for Ivy Park features narration by Beyonce as she speaks on the meaning of the actual park that she has named her activewear line after.
I would wake up in the morning and my dad would come knocking on my door telling me it’s time to go running. I remember wanting to stop, but I would push myself to keep going. It taught me discipline..
Hip-Hop mogul, Sean “Diddy” Combs, never ceases to amaze us with his many successful business ventures. This time, the Bad Boy Records CEO has decided to take his talents to the New York City School System by opening up a new charter school in his hometown of Harlem.
It was announced early Monday morning that the Harlem native would be teaming up with Dr. Steve Perry to open the Capital City Preparatory Harlem School which he stated was “a dream come true”.
In a statement provided to The Huffington Post, Diddy said:
I want to impact the lives of young people in my community, and build future leaders. The first step is offering access to a quality education. Every young person should have the tools they need to succeed. All our children should be able to pursue their dreams. That is something I can impact with this school.
The school’s doors will officially open for the Fall 2016 academic school year with 160 students in both 6thand 7thgrade. Its expansion plans include adding one grade per year to include roughly 700 students from grades 6th-12th.
The Shade Continues with Part 1 of The Real Housewives of Atlanta Reunion…
The claws surely came out as the Georgia peaches ofThe Real Housewives of Atlantasat down for part one of the reunion special. Hosted by Bravo’s Andy Cohen, the ladies gathered to discuss all of the juicy drama-filled moments both seen and unseen from this season and of course everyone had a lot to say. But as we know, it wouldn’t be a reunion show if a little shade wasn’t thrown, and of course the cast members didn’t hold back as they took a stroll down memory lane.
In addition to Kandi Burruss, Phaedra Parks, Cynthia Bailey, Porsha Williams, and Kenya Moore, a few new (and old) faces graced our screens again for season 8, including fan favorite, NeNe Leakes.
See more below.
This season, the cast also welcomed back original Housewife, Sheree Whitfield, and new member to the group, actress Kim Fields, most famously known for her role as Regine in the popular 90’s sitcom,Living Single.
While the reunion’s original purpose seemed to address issues amongst the entire cast, it eventually turned into an all-out shadefest between the cast and Kenya Moore and even Andy couldn’t help but to get in on the action. The social media community also took a stab at the ladies asking a series of questions to be answered right there on the spot.
Former BFF’s Kandi and Phaedra discussed their dissolving friendship and Kim Fields finally found her voice, letting it be known that she wasn’t having anymore of Kenya’s foolishness.
Kim Fields has also just announced that she is leaving the Housewives after just one season. Bummer!
Click here to see the full episode and be sure to tune in to Bravo next Sunday at 8pm to see part 2!
The Australian rapper, Iggy Azalea and long time boyfriend, NBA Player, Nick Young got engaged during his 30th birthday party last June.
Just yesterday Iggy went on Ryan Seacrest’s KIIS-FM radio show for an interview. Before Nick proposed Iggy had canceled a planned tour. She said then, she plans to tour at the end of the year, which will delay the couple’s wedding. Iggy told Seacrest:
I’m planning my wedding, actually moved my wedding ’cause I have to tour so my wedding plans are changing.
It was going to happen at the end of the year but now I have to go to work so we’ll probably have to wait until the end of the next basketball season to do that. So that kind of is a bit sucky, but it’s alright. Nick, Iggy said, is “really awesome and great and totally understanding and does not mind” postponing their nuptials.
I had to have a psychotic breakdown last year. I felt tired and stressed out.… Last year, I felt like I was definitely not in control of the media’s narrative of me. It made me feel very out of control of my own life or my ability to have my own perception of who I was.
Iggy and Nick’s relationship hasn’t been as public as the rappers music career but they seem to love each other very much and are very supportive of one another. Reviews say that Iggy should focus on something else other than music maybe a wedding is just what she needs to satisfy the fans. Don’t cancel Iggy, go and get married to the love of your life, the music can wait.
Seems like it was just yesterday when this star studded couple went on their first date.
As the 2016 Presidential race gets closer to solidifying its final two candidates, people all across America have not been shy when it comes to expressing their disdain for Republican hopeful, Donald Trump. This year’s election has shed light on the very present racial issues still looming over our country today but the people of Chicago were clearly not here for the antics in their city.
Protesters made their presence known this past Friday after successfully causing the cancellation of a Trump rally at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Supporters and protestors clashed inside and outside the event filling the arena and lining the streets of the Democratic run city. The massive protests escalated quickly to include physical and verbal altercations amongst the two groups.
However, this isn’t the first incident of violence to occur during a Trump rally and as a result, many of our favorite celebs have taken to social media to share their views on Trumps ideals and practices; making it very is clear that the city of Chicago is not alone on this one.
Take a look below to see what a few celebs had to say over the weekend.
Singer John Legend exchanged a few words with Donald Trump Jr via twitter over the racist antics during his father’s presidential campaign run.
Chris Brown also expressed his displeasure via Instagram video encouraging protest to attend in groups to avoid being assaulted. His caption stated:
F—CK TRUMP AND F-CK THE PIGS! TO SEE THIS EVIL SHIT IS SO WRONG! GOD WILL HAVE HIS REVENGE! TRUST ME!
T.I also blasted Trump with an unapologetic Public Service Announcement from his Instagram account stating:
“Donald Trump, this message is for you. My name is Clifford ‘Tip’ Harris. I say this as non-violently, but [as] unapologetically as possible. Fuck you and fuck what you stand for. Nobody who supports me, will support you. End of message”
The video followed with the below caption:
A video posted by Streetz 94.5 Atlanta (@streetz945atl) on Mar 14, 2016 at 8:02am PDT
“I ain’t going for it… Mr Trump, if u beat me u won…but I WILL NOT BE FOOLED!!! I know u got plans for my people that are contrary to OUR BEST INTERESTS. Make no mistake… WE AINT ON THE SAME SIDE. Whatever U ARE,IM NOT!!!! Be CLEAR!!!! I have a family, I have children, I have ancestors that I WILL NOT LET DOWN. If me & mines ain’t safe, if me & mines in danger…. Guess what??? It’s gon take all my air to keep me from #Goin Heh… U Have No Idea. May God Be with U sir. Have a nice day Mr. Trump.”
Keep scrolling to see what a few other celebs had to say:
Rihanna, Slayanna, Badgalriri whatever you would like to call her, let’s face it she is the ultimate #GIRLBOSS!
It has just been announced that the songstress has teamed up with Manolo Blahnik, the high fashion shoe designer! ‘Denim Desserts is the name of the Spring 2016 shoe collection.
Blahnik said the singer’s “drive, passion, creativity and style have been reflected in the designs, with fabulous results — I think everyone is going to love what they are about to see.” He declined to comment further.
The collection features six shoe designs all exclusively designed by Rihanna and Blahnik. Denim Desserts will be on sale May 5 across three store locations in London, Hong Kong and New York. Rihanna is currently the woman’s creative director of Puma where she designed her first shoe, the Creeper. I think we can all agree, she is certainly enlarging her territory with this Blahnik collaboration!
See photos below.
Luckily, I was able to get my hands on a pair of Creepers, because they sold out within three hours of its release on the Puma website. Although these Blahnik shoes are very pricey, ranging from $895-$3995, I am sure they will sell just as well! How do you like the shoe designs in this collab? Did Rihanna nail it, AGAIN?!