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Tia and Tamera Strikes a Pose on the Cover of EBONY Magazine

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Tia and Tamera was one of my favorite television shows growing up and now those girls we knew and loved are grown! And they made it in the industry as a child star without a rehab visit or a sex tape leak.

The sisters are now gracing the cover of EBONY and chat about their business, fame, personal lives, and growing up in front of the camera.

The former child stars are now entrepreneurs who launched NEED Brands, a company that provides wholesome, and all-natural products for new and expectant mothers. The two started the company to fill voids they found after becoming moms, and the twins told EBONY that the company will soon release more products for new and expectant mothers, including skin care offerings, supplements, snacks and apparel.

However, their business ventures are not keeping them off the television screen. Tamera discussed how she will return to television this fall to co-host the hit talk show The Real, alongside Tamar Braxton, Loni Love, Adrienne Bailon and Jeannie Mai, which FOX picked up for two-year run. Tamera said she plans to use the platform to discuss being a mother, wife and other relevant issues. Tia is also starring in and producing Instant Mom, a sitcom on Nick at Nite, which averages 1.2 million viewers per episode for its network. Tia is also working behind the scenes producing and shopping shows she created but will not star in.

While it may appear that the two have been on a continuous path of success, Tia opened up about the moments of hardships they had as well.

“After Sister, Sister ended, nobody was calling,” says Tia. “My sister and I were sick and tired of being sick and tired of sitting back and waiting for those phone calls.” Deciding at that point they were going to take control of their future, Tia added, “We had the mentality, ‘We’re not going to depend on anybody anymore, we’re not going to let someone else’s value of us diminish how we value ourselves, and we’re going to put action in place.’ We put our minds together and executed [our plans].”

While taking control has yielded fruits from their labor, the road was not rainbows and glitter. Tamera also opened up to EBONY about the emotional moment she had on an episode of Oprah: Where Are They Now? regarding her interracial marriage with FOX news correspondent, Adam Housley.

“Honestly, growing up, I [just] knew I was going to marry a Black man,” said Tamera. “But, as I grew up, I learned to just be open,” she added. “I just wanted to be with someone who was confident around me and who I felt comfortable being myself with.”

LOVE these women. Isn’t it great to see them

The article can be read in its entirety in the April issue of EBONY on newsstand now.

RIP Peaches Geldof: 7 Things About The Late 25 Year Old

Socialite, fashionista, mother, wife and writer Peaches Geldof unexpectedly died today at the young age of 25. Her father Bob Geldof released the following statement about his daughter’s death “Peaches has died. We are beyond pain. She was the wildest, funniest, cleverest, wittiest and the most bonkers of all of us. Writing ‘was’ destroys me afresh. What a beautiful child. How is this possible that we will not see her again? How is that bearable?” So sad.

And while many of you may know who she is, we have gathered 10 facts about Peaches Geldof for those of you who didn’t know her.

1. Peaches was best known as a British TV personality and journalist, having penned a column for Elle Girl’s UK offshoot.

ACM RED CARPET PHOTOS 2014: Miranda Lambert Shows Off Rocking New Bod Too!

It’s the big night for country music stars and fans! It’s the 49th Annual Academy Of Country Music Awards show going down in Vegas! There is a star-studded list of nominees, all of country’s biggest stars from Taylor Swift to Luke Bryan are hoping that they take home some accolades, but we can’t help ourselves by taking a look at the hot (and not so hot) celebs on the red carpet. There was a whole lot of cleavage tonight. SO much so that even Dolly Parton would have been blushing. Ok, maybe not?! Check out the ACM red carpet photos 2014 below.

Before You Exit Release Dangerous Video!


Our favorite pop trio Before You Exit is at it again!

The pop trio, known as Before You Exit, have released their music video for new hit single, “Dangerous”. “Dangerous”, co-written by Connor and Riley McDonough and mixed by Serben Ghenea, was premiered last week on Radio Disney. The video was directed by James Davis II.

About the video, Connor said, “The Dangerous video is definitely one of our favorite videos to date. It was the craziest experience faking getting arrested because it was actually quite scary! Haha hope everyone loves the video!”.

The band is currently out on their spring headlining tour with Plug In Stereo as direct support, along with Macy Kate and Spencer Sutherland. The tour, titled The Dangerous Tour kicked off last week in Raleigh, NC. Before You Exit released their new EP, I Like That, last February. The EP’s title track, peaked at #4 on Radio Disney Top 30 Countdown. When you combine the creative intuition of musical brothers with the wisdom and input of chart-topping songwriters, you get an album of finely crafted pop bursting with spirited authenticity. Though the three brothers in Before You Exit were just in their teens, they had the talent, sophistication, and confidence to find their distinct pop-rock aesthetic through writing with such songwriting heavyweights. For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit: www.BeforeYouExit.com.

The Orlando, Florida-based band of brothers have been playing ever since they were little. The group consists of Connor McDonough, 20, (Vocals/Guitar), Riley McDonough, 18, (Vocals), and younger brother Toby McDonough, 16, (Vocals/Guitar) and they’ve already began to make their mark on the world.

With their most recent EP, I Like That, the three brothers have crafted a soaring pop album of uplifting relationship songs that effortlessly blend sharp hooks with bright and buoyant rock. “We were searching for a sound, and wrote with as many people as we could. It helped us grow and write better songs. For this album we wrote 30 to 40 songs and picked our favorites,” Riley McDonough says. The band drew inspiration and wrote songs from sessions with such seasoned vets as Robert Ellis Orall (Taylor Swift), Dan Book and Alexei Misoul (Hot Chelle Rae), Alex Gaskarth (All Time Low), Bobby Huff, and Stephen Barker Liles (Love and Theft). The album standout and first single, “I Like That”, is a tune with tenderly romantic lyrics and big pop-rock beat. Ryan Daly and Anthony Improgo, along with Connor McDonough, produced the album. “They really listened to what we wanted to do and let us try out our ideas, no matter how crazy,” Connor says laughing. “Because of that, we feel really connected to the way the recording turned out,” Riley adds. The group is even more excited for the release of their brand new music coming soon!

With Before You Exit’s release, the I Like That EP, the bandhas been critically acclaimed by the likes of MTV, J-14, Seventeen, Radio Disney, Teen, Teen Vogue, Popstar!, Just Jared, just to name a few. The band has also toured/played with high profile acts such as Cody Simpson, Olly Murs, The Wanted, Fifth Harmony, and even the Jonas Brothers.

Conjuring up the optimism in the band’s name-inspired by the sentiment “make a difference before you exit”- the band works daily to make their way to the top but they never fail to stop and appreciate what has got them thus far. “There’s no way we’d be anywhere without our incredible fans. They are behind us every step of the way and are a huge piece of this band,” states youngest brother, Toby. In light of the many short lived and fly by night artists, this young, singer/songwriting, brother driven band, is one to be around for a while.

You go boys!


CELEB SPOTTING: Mack Wilds Gets Down at NYC’s Highline Ballroom


Grammy-nominated singer Mack Wilds (aka Tristan Wilds, who starred as Mason Dixon on CW’s 90210 series) at the Highline Ballroom.

Recently, Mack Wilds performed in his hometown to a packed crowd at the famed music venue in the heart of NYC’s Chelsea neighborhood. Performing songs off of his Grammy–nominated debut album, New York: A Love Story, as well as covers of D’Angelo’s “How Does it Feel” and Michael Jackson’s “Remember The Time,” Mack even surprised fans by bringing out Jadakiss, Troy Ave, Maino and DJ Khaled.


Um, hottie alert!!!!

Photos via: Dino Perrucci Photography

Pia Mia Is Kanye West’s Protege and Other Girlfriend?


Pia Mia, Kanye West’s protege, could possibly be his other girlfriend?

Radaronline.com is reporting that even though Kim Kardashian and Kanye West are having a ball getting ready for their big wedding, West’s relationship with his hot young protege Pia Mia is also getting attention.

Via Radaronline.com,

“West and the stunning songstress have been working on music together under his GOODMUSIC production company for the past few months. “Kanye is producing some tracks for her and he’s quite involved,” a source in his camp tells Radar exclusively. “He believes she could be the next Rihanna.”

Pia, born Pia Ajdba Mia Perez, is only seventeen and “Kanye has made it clear to everyone that their relationship is strictly creative,” the insider says. But as they’ve grown closer, and the teen has become one of his trusted advisors, their relationship has raised eyebrows.

One source who worked with the singer on a shoot in L.A. earlier this month tells Radar, “Kanye called her and the conversation sounded kind of flirty and romantic. It could be that they are just good friends but it was definitely more than just a professional call.”​

Another James Franco type scandal, perhaps, Mr. West?

A source supposedly told Radar Online that he sees Pia Mia as the key to keeping himself relevant and using her to grow his career…because we all know being involved with Kim Kardashian certainly isn’t helping his career any. Am I right?!!!

“Kanye thinks she’s young, fresh and hip — totally his target audience,” the insider says. “He’s been consulting her on a lot of his creative projects, including the Kanye x APC collection.” The source went on to add, “Kanye’s creative team was pretty shocked that he would use a teenager as his confidante. And Kim was actually kind of agitated by it, because he doesn’t usually want her input on design stuff. She was a little jealous.”

I highly doubt Kanye is trying to kick it with a 17-year-old, but then I again I would never have expected that from my beloved James Franco either. Sigh.

Pharrell Joining The Voice, Adam Levine Might Not Be Returning As Judge


For all of you “The Voice” fans, you may be getting some sad news soon. Adam Levine, who has been on The Voice for six seasons, may not be coming back.

Via our friends at Extra TV:

Levine has been a mainstay on “The Voice” for the past six seasons, but will he return for a seventh? “Extra’s” special correspondent Charissa Thompson caught up with the singer, who admitted he was excited about the Pharrell news, but didn’t know if he would be joining new coach Pharrell for the next cycle.

Adam said, “Man that’s great…When I found out that news, don’t know if we’ll be joining him because once again I’m checking my schedule, so when I verify I will be more excited.”

Usher also weighed in on Pharrell, saying, “I’m really happy, given that I felt like maybe I had some influence in the decision, given the fact that he came in as a mentor with me.”

Shakira offered her support, saying, “I love Pharrell, he’s great, I’ve worked with him in the past, he’s really awesome, he’s gonna do a terrific job I’m sure.”

I’m sure Pharrell will be awesome, but if Adam leaves I think it definitely will be a different show.

Who is your favorite The Voice judge?

Shakira Says Media Misinterpreted Her “Territorial” Statement About Her Husband


Shakira is now further explaining what she said about her boyfriend Gerard Pique to the media. About a month ago, Billboard magazine posted an interview with Shakira in which she called her man “very territorial. Since he no longer lets me do videos with men, well, I have to do them with women.”

However now that everyone has been wondering why Shakira would be with a man who many deemed controlling and jealous, the Voice judge is now having to clarify her statement. Apparently she was just being funny.

She said, “I was being humorous and now I see that some press took it very literally! The reality is that we have a beautiful relationship of mutual trust, and jealousy has never been an issue on either side.”

She went on to say, “I’ll be more careful when attempting to use my sense of humor, as clearly it can be easily misinterpreted!”

Interesting sense of humor you have there Shakira! I don’t get it, but whatever!

Demi Lovato Topless Photos Surface!


Demi Lovato topless photos have surfaced and they are REAL! The pop superstar is shown in a series of photos that leaked out on Saturday. And how do we know for certain that the pics are in fact Miss Lovato?

Well, there is also a photo of her in bed with boyfriend Wilmer Valderrama. And yes, there are in fact still dating so it is not a Lovato look-alike.

Not so surprising is that neither Lovato nor Valderrama have commented about the leaked pictures. And will they? Probably not.

Let’s just hope there isn’t a Demi Lovato sex tape on the horizon. Handy Manny would definitely be canned.

Check out the uncensored Demi Lovato topless photos here.

James Franco Apologizes For Trying To Lure A 17-Year-Old Girl To A Hotel


James Franco went on Live with Kelly and Michael and apologized for being a creeper…basically.

Here’s the story, in case you haven’t heard…

Thirty five year old James Franco met 17 year old girl Lucy Clode at a signing in New York City. At the time he didn’t know how old she was. But that meeting then led to Franco hitting on her on Instagram thru private messages…which then led to text messages, which led to Franco offering to get a hotel room for them. Booty call, perhaps? I think so. The creepy part of all of this is that he asked her age, knew she was underage and continued thinking with his head (and not the one connected to his neck and shoulders.

It wouldn’t be long before we would ALL know about this. And of course, this all got out to the media and Franco is now the big headline of April 4th, 2014. Today during an appearance on Live! with Kelly and Michael, Franco was a guest and did address his flirtatious Instagram exchange with Miss Clode. But you could tell he was feeling quite uncomfortable.

During the interview with Kelly and Michael, Franco admitted, “I was feeling awkward — I didn’t want to come on the show and just feel awkward. I’m embarrassed, and I guess I’m just a model of how social media is tricky. It’s way that people meet each other today, but what I’ve learned — I guess because I’m new to it — is you don’t know who’s on the other end.”

Franco continued, “You get a feel for them, you don’t know who you’re talking to. I used bad judgment and I learned my lesson. Unfortunately, in my position — I mean, I have a very good life, but not only do I have to go through the embarrassing kind of rituals of meeting someone, but if I do that, then it gets published for the world. So now, it’s double embarrassing.”

Well he definitely does get kudos for being honest. Unfortunately now he has been bumped down from my number two crush to my number 10 crush.


On the other spectrum of things, many are speculating that Franco’s social media misstep may have been a publicity stunt tied to his movie Palo Alto, which oddly enough involves his character’s seduction of a high schooler.

Click HERE, HERE and HERE for the creeper Instagram messages.

And the TEXT messages HERE and HERE.

My question is, did Franco REALLY think that this girl wasn’t going to say anything?!! Duh, she’s 17!!!

For 8 photos of James Franco’s teenage crush go here.

Miley Cyrus Breaks Down At Boston Concert (VIDEO)


Miley Cyrus has been known for her crazy antics as of late, especially while she has been on tour. But last night at her concert in Boston, Miley broke down hard.

We learned yesterday that Miley lost her little puppy Floyd and to say she was and still is devastated is an understatement. She even forewarned her Twitter followers yesterday with the following tweet.

“I’m sorry in advance if I am not myself tomorrow Boston,” she wrote. “I will try my best to be my best.”

Things got real difficult for Miley during her soundcheck before the show. She broke down in tears and dedicated the song “Landslide” by Fleetwood Mac to her “favorite” pooch. “It’s gonna be hard for me to sing this next song,” she told the audience. “I’m not sounding myself, I don’t feel myself. “I’m sure you guys already know, but the reason I’m so upset is my dog. “I shouldn’t say he was my favorite, but he was my favorite, and he passed away.”

Loss is horrible for everyone. I absolutely hate seeing people cry, unless it’s Kim Kardashian crying because her plastic surgery job was not tight enough.

Check out the video below! It will get better Miley!

Nick Cannon Says Wife Mariah Carey Doesn’t Know Who Kim Kardashian Is


Nick Cannon is still being open with his private life that I am sure Mariah Carey isn’t thrilled to hear about. He recently blabbed about his sexual conquests here and then caused quite the controversy with his “white face” banter (here). But this time with Howard Stern, Cannon got even more revealing, discussing his intimate life with the legendary MC.

“She doesn’t care when I talk about our sex life because our sex life is amazing,” he admitted. But one thing she doesn’t like is him talking about his past lovers like he did just last week.

The good news is that “She doesn’t even know who Kim Kardashian is…,” he said, adding, “She doesn’t pay attention to that.”

And oh how I would LOVE to live in Mariah Carey’s world…NOT know who Kim Kardashian is?! YES, please!!!

In the video Nick explained, “People feel like they can ask me anything, because I say anything. I’m brutally honest, and now my wife doesn’t like when I come on your show! She doesn’t care when I talk about our sex life, because our sex life is amazing. She’s one of the most beautiful women in the world. But…when we bring up — I’m not gonna do it — other people’s names, she’s like, ‘Why would you even do that?'”

Um, hello?! Do you blame her? Especially for bringing Kim K into the whole dang thing…even though she doesn’t know who she is. *blink blink* Straight up SHADE!


Nicole Richie Set To Come Back To Reality Television

Can you believe it has been SEVEN whole years since Nicole Richie shared the small screen with former BFF Paris Hilton on The Simple Life? Well now the mother of two is set to star in her own unscripted (?) series for E! titled “Candidly Nicole”.

For all of you who have seen Richie’s web series with the same name, this small screen show will be very similiar. The show is a spin-off of sorts, based on her web series that shows the starlet commenting on her own TIME Magazine-honored Twitter feed.

“Viewers will enjoy her unique point of view and earnest look at pop culture as well her fearless exploration of anything and everything taboo,” said Susan Levison, VH1′s EVP of original programming and development, said in a statement.

Richie fans, the good news is that the network has ordered eight, 30 minute episodes of the series and it’s set to debut on July 17th on Vh1. This summer baby!

I’m going to be honest here…yes I will be watching! Will you?


Kaley Cuoco Talks Her Implants, Breakup With Johnny Galecki, Her Fling With Superman And Her Speedy Wedding

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Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting, star of TV’s number one comedy The Big Bang Theory, is Cosmopolitan’s May cover girl, on stands April 8th! In her first interview since tying the knot with tennis-pro Ryan Sweeting, Cuoco dishes on her speedy engagement and over-the-top wedding, her famous cast mates, and why getting breast implants at age 18 was the “best decision she ever made.” And what about that 10-day fling with Man of Steel’s Henry Cavill?! “It was Superman!” she says. Cuoco is a Cosmo girl through-and-through: fun, fearless and full of life. And her reaction to landing our May cover? “A Cosmo cover has been my dream my entire life,” she says. “I cried when I found out.”

Check out the highlights of the interview below:

On her breakup with Big Bang Theory cast-mate Johnny Galecki, whom she dated for two years:
“It took a minute, a bit of awkwardness. By the grace of God, we became best buddies and moved on in such an elegant way. [He’s] one of my closest friends. He was in the front row at my wedding, with a huge smile on his face.”

On her 10-day fling with Man of Steel’s Henry Cavill:
“I had no one following me until I met Superman. I’ve been in this business for 20 years, and my whole life, I could go anywhere, do anything. There had not been one paparazzi photo of me until like several months ago. The recognition was crazy.”

On her speedy engagement and over-the-top wedding to tennis-pro Ryan Sweeting:
“I admit it happened fast, but that’s who I am. When we met, I knew he was the one. [At my wedding], I felt like a rock star and a badass. What was amazing in that room, it was so full of love. It was like nothing I’d ever been to before, and it was exactly what we wanted it to be. It was the eighth wonder of the world, the greatest wedding of all time.”

For more of the interview, go here.

Credit: Eric Ray Davidson

Rita Ora Talks Finding Love With Calvin Harris


Rita Ora covers Elle UK magazine’s May 2014 issue and talks about her love story with her current boyfriend Calvin Harris. Apparently she’s smitten.

What…Bruno Mars and Rob Kardashian didn’t do it for her?

Check out the highlights from the interview below:


For more, be sure to pay a visit to ELLE UK!

On Current Boyfriend Calvin Harris:
“There are so many things. The fact that he got something out of me that I never thought I had. Yes, like falling in love. I just didn’t think I had it. I’d never experienced it before. And I was just like in the wilderness thinking, ‘Will it ever happen?'”

On her new album:
“I didn’t know what the f*ck I was doing on my first album. Let’s be honest. I was a kid having the time of my life. And I made a party album – party and bullsh*t. This time I’m still having a great time, but I’m in a great, loving place. Now I want people to see you can have fun and be in love at the same time.”

On her famous tattoo:
“This is Rosetta. It’s based on an original piece by Alberto Vargas, who was an incredible illustrator in the 1930s. He was one of the creators of the pin-up image. That’s our build, our power. That’s why I was obsessed with it; learning what men don’t understand about women and what women don’t understand about men. I was obsessed with the painting a long time ago, and then I got it done six months ago. I just love pretty things, whether it is art, a song or a pair of shoes.”


I must have been living under a rock because I sure didn’t know that Rita Ora was dating Calvin Harris. I thought she was still reeling from her breakup from Rob Kardashian. Eye roll.