Monday, June 30, 2014

Whitney Houston’s Daughter Bobbi Kristina Shades Angela Bassett, Says She Looks Male?

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Bobbi Kristina is not happy that she isn't being cast to play any role, especially that of her mother  in the upcoming Lifetime movie about Whitney Houston. 

The movie will be directed by well known actress, Angela Basset, who is also a friend to Whitney after they acted together in Waiting To Exhale.

Bobbi Kristina went on Twitter over the weekend to respond to comments said to have been made by Angela Basset on selecting the best actress to play the role of Whitney Houston in the movie.

Angela spoke about the movie which is now in pre-production in an interview with Entertainment Weekly, and said she never thought of selecting Bobbi to play her famous mother because she didn't regard her as an actress.

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Lupita's Side Hustle in College Was Braiding Hair For Friends, Watch Her Show Her Skills!

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Lupita Nyong'o is smart, beyond talented, and all around amazing. But what most of us didn't know was that she loves braiding hair for her friends.

On her recent photoshoot with Vogue [see here], the Oscar-winning actress filmed an intimate hair video where she braided a group of her closest girlfriends' hair—basically giving us a direct view into what it’s really like to be her bestie.

I was expecting to see Chimamanda Adichie there, and though she's not, it's easy to see that the two will be besties in due time.

Lupita explains that she learnt how to braid hair in Kenya intending for it to be her side hustle while in college and graduate school in the US, but while she braided her college friends hair all the time, she didn’t have the heart to charge them after all.

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Married at 14, Pregnant at 15, Dead at 21? Child Bride Facing Execution For Killing Abusive Husband

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Razieh Ebrahimi was married at 14, had a child at 15, shot her husband at 17 and is now on death row aged just 21.

Charities including Human Rights Watch are fighting to have her sentence repealed and hold it up as an example of brutal capital punishment in Iran and other countries.

 International law prohibits the execution of child offenders but in Iran, girls as young as nine and boys aged 15 or older can be killed for some crimes, including murder.

 Authorities arrested Ebrahimi – called “Maryam” in the local press – four years ago after she shot her husband in the head as he was sleeping and buried his body in the garden, a source told Human Rights Watch.

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Magazine Covers - Burn Victim Turia Pitt is Inspirational

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Australian Women's Weekly decided to feature burn victim Turia Pitt as the cover girl for its July issue, and the reaction has been overwhelmingly positive. 

Major women's magazines are typically covered by models, or celebrities. Hollywood actresses, superstar singers or athletes are photographed in the best lights, and then they are photoshopped and airbrushed to perfection.

Turia Pitt is not in any of those professions, but her cover is more inspirational than any I've usually seen. Both on her part, and also on the part of the Magazine editors.

Pitt, who was part of a panel for the mag's annual Women of the Future scholarship awards, was chosen for her inspirational story.
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When Did You Learn that #LikeAGirl Was A Bad Thing?

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Using #LikeAGirl as an insult is one of those little underhanded ways society keeps putting girls and women down and somehow, we never really think much about it.

However, it is indeed a hard knock against any adolescent girl. And since the rest of puberty's really no picnic either, it's easy to see what a huge impact it can have on a girl's self-confidence.

Sometimes I get scared about being potentially a mom to a little girl that I have to nurture to adulthood with her self-esteem intact when she will keep meeting all these bumps in the road. Remember Ban Bossy?

Watch the video and let's discuss. Do you do stuff like YOURSELF or you do it #LikeAGirl - the way society tells you?

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T.I and Tiny Back Together? The Couple Attended BET Awards and Pre-Party Together

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Rumors of divorce or at least a break-up have been trailing rapper T.I and his wife Tiny for months now after both had been noted subbing the other on social media. In many cases it has been T.I calling out his wife on pictures she posts on Instagram.

T.I also got into a street fight with Floyd Mayweather in Vegas last month [read here], and then a social media war with fellow rapper Azalea a couple of weeks ago [here].

Now, it seems T.I and Tiny have kissed and made up, and want to put the speculations of divorce to rest.

The couple were photographed sitting together at the BET Awards last night, and were also spotted cuddling up and holding hands at T.I.'s BET pre-show mansion party.

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Nigeria Loses 2 - 0 to France And Thus Ends Our World Cup Journey

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Captain, Joseph Yobo, scored an own goal during today's World Cup round of 16 soccer match between France and Nigeria. But his mistake at the final minute was just the nail in the coffin.

The Super Eagles had a goal ruled out for offside in the first half after Emmanuel Emenike scored the first goal of the match with a cross from Ahmed Musa. That first half belonged to Nigeria as France started slowly.

However, France finished strongly in the second half with their striker Paul Pogba scoring a late header from a corner kick that broke Nigeria's defence.

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Oscar Pistorius Had No Mental Disorder When He Shot Girlfriend Reeva Steemkamp

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A panel of psychiatrists has found that Oscar Pistorius did not suffer from any mental illness that impacted his ability to know right from wrong when he fatally shot his girlfriend.

Pistorius, a double-amputee Olympic sprinter, has spent a month as an outpatient at Weskoppies Psychiatric Hospital in Pretoria, South Africa, for a mental evaluation that the judge in his murder trial ordered.

The results state that Oscar Pistorius was able to understand the wrongfulness of what he had done, and appeared to remove the possibility that he could be declared not guilty because of a mental disorder. This would have meant that instead of prison for a guilty verdict, he would have been referred to a state psychiatric institute for care.

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#HobbyLobby Wins Supreme Court Case Not to Insure Women's Contraception Against Their Faith

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The US Supreme Court has ruled today, 5-4, that the government can't require certain "family owned and small business" employers to provide insurance coverage for methods of birth control and emergency contraception that conflict with their religious beliefs.

In a deeply divisive case pitting advocates of religious liberty against women’s right’s groups, the Supreme Court said today that two for profit corporations with sincerely held religious beliefs do not have to provide a full range of contraceptives at no cost to their employees pursuant to the Affordable Care Act.

In the case Burwell v. Hobby Lobby, the majority opinion was written by Justice Samuel Alito who insists that for purposes of the 1993 Religious Freedom Restoration Act, closely held corporations should be regarded as “persons” and have their religious freedoms upheld.

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Annie Idibia Chats With Toolz About Husband Tuface, Motherhood, Career and Life

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Annie Idibia the wife of 2Face Idibia, one of Africa's most decorated and successful artists, is on the hot seat this week, talking to Toolz about motherhood, career and love.

She gives us the juice on their movie-like first meeting, and the friendship and love that has endured through ups and downs. She said she is not fazed by the fact of his superstardom, but that when she wakes up beside him, all she can think of is 'Oh, I really love this boy'.

I like Toolz put her on the spot about why she said yes to 2Face even when had so many other women and children in his life, and her relationship with them all now.

Watch the video and see Annie's full outfit below..

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Date Night on The #BETAwards Red Carpet And Full List of Winners

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Several couples stepped out together for the BET Awards which held last night in LA. 

The “BET Awards ’14 drew the biggest names in music, entertainment and sports, with appearances by Gabrielle Union, Keke Palmer, Regina Hall, Larenz Tate, Nicki, Minaj, Kerry Washington, Bow Wow, Keshia Chante, Eva Marcille, Terrence Jenkins, and Keyshia Cole.

There was also Mike Tyson, Nick Cannon, Zendaya, DeSean Jackson, Boris Kodjoe, Gary Owen, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Chadwick Boseman, Tyrese and Nate Parker among others.

Below are some of the coupled up stars on the red carpet and the full list of winners.
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The United States Reveals They Still Have No Idea Where Kidnapped Chibok Girls Are

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The United States through Pentagon spokesman, Rear Admiral John Kirby, reportedly admitted that US troops in Nigeria have not found out where the abducted Chibok girls are.

“We don’t have any better idea today than we did before about where these girls are, but there’s been no letup of the effort itself,” Kirby said about the search for the over 200 schoolgirls abducted by Boko Haram.

He also said that the US troops had decreased their surveillance flights in Nigeria, but explained that the overall search levels were unchanged due to international involvement, as there are now more flights by other countries including UK and France.

The report insists the U.S  is unrelenting in efforts to locate and rescue the girls.

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Daddy Time - Aliko Dangote and Daughters

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Aliko Dangote is one of Africa’s most popular business men billionaires, but it's amazing how one never hears much about his family. 

Well, I was reading something and was so surprised when I saw this picture of Aliko Dangote with his daughter, Halima. The picture was taken back in May at the Nominee's Gala for the TIME’s most influential 100 people around the world.

Halima is Aliko’s second daughter, and it is reported that Aliko Dangote has only daughters, Zainab, Halima, Fatima and Salma.

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Did Prince Harry Just Say Nephew Prince George Looks Like An Ugly Old Man?

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OK, he didn't exactly put it that way. Prince Harry only said his nephew Prince George looks like a young Winston Churchill. It was during a radio interview that Harry was asked about his nephew and he responded;

'He's growing up, he is walking and he has big, chubby cheeks. He looks like a young Winston Churchill'.

Put like that, his comments are not so bad. Still, Winston Churchill was never known to be good looking. I can't help but think that George's mum Kate Middleton might not be so happy about the comparison. Doesn't every mom think their baby is the cutest?

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10 Unusual Real Life Marriage Proposals Around The World

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In times when the very institution of marriage is under threat, every proposal has a special meaning. It is a testimony to the feeling that there is something stronger than a live-in relationship or a civil partnership that can bring a couple closer. No wonder then that men – and sometimes women too – are willing to go to extraordinary lengths to propose marriage to their beloved.

Here are 10 unusual real life marriage proposals that are sure to serve as inspirations if you are planning to pop the question yourself.

Lip-dub your love
What more romantic way to propose than to lip-sync to the words of a popular pop song? This is exactly what Isaac of Portland Oregon, did as he roped in his family and friends to propose marriage to his girlfriend Amy. One morning in May 2012 Isaac told Amy to meet him at his parent's house. When she arrived he had stationed his brother to sit her on the back of a Honda CRV with some headphones on. And then to the sound of Bruno Mars' 'Marry You', Amy was then serenaded by Isaac as well as his friends and family as her car moved slowly along the street.

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Beyonce Lets Her Booty Hang Out During Concert - Or Are They Butt Pads?

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Beyonce wore a very racy outfit during the first night of the On The Run concert with Jay-Z in Miami. The bodysuit outfit had the butt cut out and her dancers also wore the same thing.

Now those who are more familiar with Beyonce's booty say she was wearing butt pads and that is not her backside. For me, I have no idea, though I wonder why she didn't just go pantless?

My favorite part of the show are the clips from her wedding, pregnancy, and Baby Blue. [Watch here]

Do you think those are butt pads or the real bootylicious Beyonce? See another picture below...

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Kim Kardashian And North West Racially Assaulted By Fellow First Class Airplane Passenger

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Kim Kardashian has just revealed the horrible details of how she and baby North West were verbally attacked by a racist passenger in an airplane.

I thought one could escape such things in the first class section. But no.

Kim had written before on her blog [here] that she worried about Nori being subjected to racism, and it seems her fears have come true. Kim was travelling with her mom Kris Jenner and baby Nori, recounted the terrible incident to Khloe, explaining how she was woken by the woman's screaming;

“Mom had the baby, I fell asleep, I woke up to this woman screaming, ‘Kanye West’s baby!’ The woman is screaming at my child ... I jump up.” Kim said in a just-released E! News preview.

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Billionaire Black Wives Club - Behind Every Rich Man Is An Equally Rich Wife

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Titi Adenuga is the second wife of Globacom and Conoil owner Mike Adenuga, who's worth $4.7 billion.

Forbes recently released its list of billionaires, and topping the chart weren't many surprises: Bill Gates, Warren Buffett and more. But th the women who are black women who are married to billionaires? There had to be some.

So I started doing some research and what do you know? There are in fact quite a few black women who've married billionaires. Enough to form their own exclusive group of what can be called The Billionaire Wives Club. Check them out...
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