MAG COVERS: ANGELA & VANESSA SIMMONS COVER ‘JET’ / MEAGAN GOOD COVERS ‘ROLLING OUT’

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Vanessa and Angela Simmons know a thing or two about fame and running a successful fashion business. In their cover story for the latest issue of JET (available September 12), the sisters share their style, fashion icons and the secret to looking your best, as well as plans for the expansion of their company, Pastry.

Actress Meagan Good graces the cover of Rolling Out Magazine, in which the recently-turned 30-year-old opens up about finding happiness and her hope to be inspiration for young girls. Check out a snippet below.

Now that you’ve secured a sense of happiness, what else is there to work on?
I think the main thing is that I’m definitely a party animal. I love to go out, and have a great time. And I don’t feel like there’s anything wrong with that whatsoever, I just have to make sure that I practice healthy habits when I do go out. I do like to drink, but for me it’s about making sure I stay in the pocket of what’s appropriate. That’s an area I’ve been working on and doing much better in … I’ve also focused on quitting smoking, working out more, and just living a healthier lifestyle. Outside of that, I’m pretty happy about everything else. I just want to improve my position and make better opportunities for girls coming behind me, and make sure that I stay in the pocket of what I need to be doing, so I can help young girls in juvenile jails and foster homes.

Tell us about your birthday wish when you blew out your candles.
I just wished that the people around me, and that people in general would know how valuable they are. No matter what their circumstances are, I wished for them to know that there is a better them on the other side. All they have to do is step out on faith and they can walk into it. That’s the nice thing about this last year … I discovered my faith in a major way. My world completely crumbled from every aspect you can possibly think of, but it was necessary in order for me to step into my new life. So I stepped into it and I’m happier than I’ve ever been. I just thank God that he gave me the strength, and I’m proud of myself for actually stepping out on faith, and allowing myself to be as happy as I am right now.

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SPORTS: Venus Williams Diagnosed With Sjogren’s Syndrome, WITHDRAWS From The U.S. Open

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Earlier today, Venus Williams announced that due to a newly diagnosed autoimmune disease, she is withdrawing from the US Open. Deets inside……

 

It was a bittersweet week for tennis icon Venus Williams who won her first match in two months, beating Vesna Dolonts 6-4, 6-3 at the U.S. Open on MOnday, but was forced to pull out of the tournament earlier today.

She issued a statement saying,

”I have been recently diagnosed with Sjogren’s Syndrome, an autoimmune disease which is an ongoing medical condition that affects my energy level and causes fatigue and joint pain.”

She continued,

”I enjoyed playing my first match here and wish I could continue but right now I am unable to. ‘I am thankful I finally have a diagnosis and am now focused on getting better and returning to the court soon.”

She ended her statement by adding,

"’I'm really disappointed to have to withdraw from this year’s US Open.”

Meanwhile, her sister Serena is doing well in her matches, recently beating Bojana Jovanovski of Serbia, 6-1, 6-1, in 56 minutes.

Two years ago, Serena had a profane outburst at the U.S. Open after a linewwoman called her for a foot fault. The NY Times asked her about the incident and she replied,

“I just remember I lost, and that was that. I got really popular. A lot of people were telling me they thought I was super cool, that they’d never seen me so intense. So, yeah, it was awesome.”

Well now that Venus has been sidelined, Serena must carry the torch. Let’s just hope no one pisses her off this year.

 

The Randomness:

1.  Retired WNBA star Lisa Leslie Returns to the LA Sparks as a part-owner.  Story

2.  The Help grosses over $100 million at the box office in only three weeks.  Story.

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PHOTOSHOOT FAB: Royce Reed Sexes It Up For Her Calendar & Energy Drink

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Usually "Basketball Wife" Royce Reed always looks like a 12-year-old-girl playing dress up to us.  But in her new photoshoot, the 30-year-old mother of 1 is donning her sexiest lingerie, boots, and swimsuits to push her new products.  And she’s looking hot. 

 

Peep the pics inside…

Royce, who is currently working on her own workout DVD, revealed that she has her own calendar, as well as her own energy drink, hitting the market soon.  And in this new shoot for those products, the self-proclaimed athlete is showing off what her hard work at the gym buys her. 

Maybe she could even pull double duty and have them featured in a mag like KING a well.  This is also the car she bought herself for her birthday last year.

About the shoot Royce tweeted: TEASER PICS! ALL WONT BE USED BCUZ SOME I THINK ARE TOO PHOTOSHOPPED LOL…JUST BEING HONEST!!!

We’re feeling the pics.  But I’m sure Evelyn, Jen, and Shaunie will have some ish to say…

FYI: The FAMU graduate has a fictional book out that she wrote called College Girls.

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AND SHE’S OUTTA THERE! Stacey Dash LEAVES "Single Ladies"!

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Where there’s smoke, there’s fire.  "Single Ladies" lead actress Stacey Dash just confirmed she has indeed decided to leave the hit show.  And the fact she doesn’t give an exact reason as to why, makes us believe the catfight (with co-star LisaRaye McCoy) rumors and diva antics rumors even more.

 

Read on for the deets….

The middle aged hot black actresses of Hollywood better polish up those resumes.  Because a position just opened on the set of VH1′s hit scripted series "Single Ladies."

They kick off Season Two in just a few weeks, and apparently, Stacey Dash will NOT be showing up to work.  She tells Global Grind she "decided to leave" the show.  In a statement put out today, the 45-year-old actress commented her reason to leave has something to do with needing to be with her children:

"I truly enjoyed playing Val on ‘Single Ladies’, but I have decided to leave the show. I have to be back in LA with my children right now and the ‘Single Ladies’ shooting location makes that impossible. I wish VH1 the best of luck with the show and in maintaining the strong fan base we developed in season one.”

I guess shooting in Atlanta just isn’t cutting it for Stacey.  Or is there more to the story?  We broke the story back in May when the drama FIRST started on set that Stacey and LisaRaye were beefing during filming, mainly because of Stacey’s diva antics.  Fights and arguments and name calling ensued.  But when asked about their drama–both of them sheepishly denied it.

Fast forward to last month when rumors hit the net that Stacey was fired.  And VH1 put out a statement saying it wasn’t true.  At least not yet.

Now today, VH1′s statement is as follows:

"VH1 respects Stacey’s decision and her commitment to what she feels is best for her family. We thank her for all of her hard work in making ‘Single Ladies’ a success right out of the gate, and we wish her nothing but the best in her future plans."

Sounds like they indeed fired her diva (but hot) ass and let her save face by saying it was her decision to leave.  Y’all know how the Hollywood like to protect their necks at all costs.  But you’re just going to leave a hit show with good money out of the blue?  If you say so….

So what does this mean for the show?  Will Val be recast?  Will the character be dropped completely? "And right before our yearbook pictures?  What are we gonna tell our grandkids Murray?"

Time will tell…

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Kevin Hart Breaks Eddie Murphy’s Box Office Record + Michael Jai White & Tasha Smith Trailer For "For Better Or Worse"

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Could Kevin Hart be the new "King of Comedy?"  The comedian recently broke one of Eddie Murphy’s long-standing box office records.

Get the deets inside and watch Michael Jai White and Tasha Smith reprise their Why Did I Get Married? characters in a sneak peek for "Tyler Perry’s For Better or Worse" show…..

 

Comedian Kevin Hart, who’ll be starrng in the film adaptation of Steve Harvey’s advice book Think Like A Man, broke Eddie Murphy’s box-office record when his comedy tour stopped through L.A recently. 

When his 90-city comedy tour dubbed, "Laugh At My Pain" rolled through L.A.’s Nokia Theater, he became the first African-American comedian to net over $1.1 million for two-day ticket sales….bumping Eddie Murphy from the top slot.

He discussed his feat with Black Voices saying,

“I try not to think about it. It’s huge, but I’m one of those guys who tries to stay ignorant to his success," Hart recently told The Huffington Post. "When you think about it, that’s when you get caught up in the things that make you think that you’re above the world. When you don’t acknowledge it, it’s easier for you to maintain a humble mindset and continue to work hard and try to achieve all of these goals that you set for yourself."

Congrats to Kevin!

 

 

And coming to TV ths fall…….

 

 

Michael Jai White and Tasha Smith will be bring their popular characters from the Tyler Perry film Why Did I Get Married? to the small screen this fall via TBS. 

Debuting on November 23, Michael and Tasha play Marcus and Angela, a married couple with a "few" problems.  The show itself is shot to look like a movie and blends both drama and comedy (and of course a slice of Jesus).  Other actors in the series are Cocoa Brian, Brad James, Jason Olive and KiKi Haynes

Tyler Perry both the writing and directing the show.

 

Watch a trailer for the show here:

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LOOK AT THAT BODY: Janet Jackson’s New Photoshoot!

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Janet Jackson is showing off her ridiculously sexy body in a new photoshoot for BlackGlama.  The 45-year-old "Miss Jackson If You Nasty" is rolling into L.A. tonight to continue her "Number Ones" tour.  And these pics hit the net just in time.

 

Check ‘em under the cut….

About the 2-year-in-a-row BlackGlama icon Janet Jackson, the CEO of BlackGama, the black-furred mink company said:

"It became clear in our discussions of who the Legend should be this year, that continuing the momentum with Janet made complete sense," says Joe Morelli, CEO of Blackglama. "She embodies glamour, luxury and sophistication, everything that Blackglama stands for."

 

Her fabulousness continues to reign.  HOT photos. 

Here’s the previously released behind the scenes video in case you missed it:

According to Wikipedia:

The Great Lakes Mink Association, GLMA, was formed by mink breeders in the Great Lakes region of the United States in 1941 who bred a black-furred mink which they characterize as "the richest, deepest, most lustrous dark mink with the lightest, most flexible leather", and trademarked it as Blackglama. GLMA and ALC have a long-running advertising campaign with the tagline "What becomes a legend most?", featuring a series of celebrities modeling their furs. The mark "Blackglama" is a play on the word "glamor" and the initialism "GLMA".

 

Photog: Rocco Laspata

 

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Game Hits #1; Rapper Thanks Fans For Support

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(AllHipHop News) Game is in celebration mode today (August 31st), as it is been announced that his fourth release The R.E.D. Album is the top album in the country, selling 97,528 copies since its release on August 23rd.The R.E.D. Album, which pushed Jay-Z and Kanye West’s Watch the Throne to the #2 position, was executive produced by Pharrell Williams, Game, and producer Mars.The R.E.D. Album is also Game’s third #1 album, as his debut The Documentary and the follow up Doctor’s Advocate also topped…(read more)

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T.I. Lands New VH1 Reality Show About His Life, Family And Music After Prison

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Now that rapper T.I. is free again, having been sent to a community facility following his early release today, he’s ready to get back into the reality of it all.  Find out about his upcoming reality show inside…

 

"The King Of The South" has returned to rule Atlanta.  And this time, he’s bringing a camera crew along to document his journey.  Surprise surprise.

VH1 just announced that they are producing 10-half hour episodes of a new show about T.I. re-adjusting to life as a free man as he is reunited with his wife and kids, returns to the music studio and tries to stay on the right path.   

The series will explore subjects like fatherhood, probation, career rebuilding and lessons learned.  

Fans will also learn more about Tiny (T.I.’s wife) as the series will also focus on her and the OMG GIRLZ (how convenient), the new girl group that she manages and that involves her daughter Zonnique.

The "untitled" series will debut on Dec. 5 at 10pm, and has the stamp of approval from top VH1 execs.   

“Viewers have always connected with T.I. and we are definitely thrilled to show the next chapter of this incredible artist’s riveting life with this new series,” said Jeff Olde, EVP, Original Programming and Production VH1. “T.I. is such a multi- talented artist and actor, and though he has had some setbacks, there is no doubt he will use his considerable talents to get back on top of both the music and film business.”

Get your Closed Caption tvs ready.  Y’all know you’ll need some subtitles for this ish.  Will you be watching?

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Hip-Hop Rumors: Katt Williams Spazzes On Mexican Heckler!

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KATT WILLIAMS SPAZZES AGAIN?

Are we going to read something tragic about him soon? He went off on a Mexican heckler.

Katt is a crazy S.O.B. He was really about to get into it with that dude. “If you love another country more than you love America, than get to steppin’ in that b***h.” I suppose now I have to move to Africa?

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Mel B.: I Want My Baby Out Now!

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Mel B., like most mothers who are 9 months pregnant, is more than ready to meet her new baby.  The cute mother-to-be dished on the tactics she’s taking to make her labor go ahead and start this week, since it seems to be stalling.

 

Check out what she said and new pics of her two daughters inside….

 

Mel B., who was spotted with her daughters Phoenix Chi and Angel Iris in Beverly Hills yesterday, is ready for her belly to pop!

The 36-year-old "The Australian X Factor" judge said on Today FM yesterday:

‘I just had my doctor on the phone and he’s given me some ultimatums which are good.’

‘It’s coming out this week, one way or another it’s coming out this week.’

‘Ideally I want it to come naturally. But I’ve tried everything, I’ve tried the hot food, the running, the sex, the violence, I’ve tried it all. It just seems to be stuck and hibernating in there getting bigger and bigger, so it’s coming out this week for sure.’

She’s reportedly been trying various activities to induce labour, including exercise, eating various foods and, of course, sex.  Do what you gotta do girl.  You still look good though!

By the way, Mel and her hubby Stephen do not know the sex of the baby and are waiting till delivery day.  Cute!

 

 

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