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See the Full List of Winners from the 2014 BET Awards!

The 2014 BET Awards just aired last night, and it was a great show to watch! Hosted by comedian Chris Rock at L.A.’s Nokia Theatre, the night had a lot of great moments, including performances from Pharrell, Nicki Minaj, and more, a great throwback medley by Usher, and an amazing tribute to Lifetime Achievement winner Lionel Richie!

Several of the awards were actually not announced during the show, so check out the full list of winners below!

BEST FEMALE R&B/POP ARTIST
Beyoncé – WINNER
Janelle Monáe
Jhené Aiko
K. Michelle
Rihanna
Tamar Braxton

BEST MALE R&B/POP ARTIST
August Alsina
Chris Brown
John Legend
Justin Timberlake
Pharrell Williams - WINNER

BEST GROUP
A$AP Mob
Daft Punk
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
TGT
Young Money – WINNER

BEST COLLABORATION
August Alsina f/ Trinidad Jame$ – I Luv This
Beyoncé f/ JAY Z – Drunk In Love – WINNER
Drake f/ Majid Jordan – Hold On (We’re Going Home)
JAY Z f/ Justin Timberlake – Holy Grail
Robin Thicke f/ T.I. & Pharrell Williams – Blurred Lines
YG f/ Jeezy & Rich Homie Quan – My Hitta

COCA-COLA VIEWERS’ CHOICE AWARD
August Alsina featuring Trinidad Jame$ – “I Luv This Shit” – WINNER
Beyoncé featuring Jay Z – “Drunk in Love”
Drake – “Worst Behavior”
Jhené Aiko – “The Worst”
Pharrell Williams – “Happy”

BEST MALE HIP HOP ARTIST
Drake – WINNER
Future
J. Cole
JAY Z
Kendrick Lamar

BEST FEMALE HIP HOP ARTIST
Angel Haze
Charli Baltimore
Eve
Iggy Azalea
Nicki Minaj – WINNER

VIDEO OF THE YEAR
Beyoncé – Partition
Beyoncé f/ JAY Z – Drunk In Love
Chris Brown – Fine China
Drake – Worst Behavior
Pharrell Williams – Happy – WINNER

VIDEO DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR
Benny Boom
Chris Brown
Colin Tilley
Director X
Hype Williams – WINNER

BEST NEW ARTIST
Ariana Grande
August Alsina – WINNER
Mack Wilds
Rich Homie Quan
ScHoolboy Q

BEST GOSPEL ARTIST
Donnie McClurkin
Erica Campbell
Hezekiah Walker
Tamela Mann – WINNER
Tye Tribbett

BEST ACTRESS
Angela Bassett
Gabrielle Union
Kerry Washington
Lupita Nyong’o – WINNER
Oprah Winfrey

BEST ACTOR
Chiwetel Ejiofor – WINNER
Forest Whitaker
Idris Elba
Kevin Hart
Michael B. Jordan

YOUNGSTARS AWARD
Gabby Douglas
Jacob Latimore
Jaden Smith
KeKe Palmer – WINNER
Zendaya

BEST MOVIE
12 Years a Slave – WINNER
The Best Man Holiday
Fruitvale Station
Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain
Lee Daniels’ The Butler

SUBWAY SPORTSWOMAN OF THE YEAR
Brittney Griner
Lolo Jones
Serena Williams - WINNER
Skylar Diggins
Venus Williams

SUBWAY SPORTSMAN OF THE YEAR
Blake Griffin
Carmelo Anthony
Floyd Mayweather Jr.
Kevin Durant – WINNER
LeBron James

CENTRIC AWARD
Aloe Blacc – The Man
Jennifer Hudson f/ T.I. – I Can’t Describe (The Way I Feel)
Jhené Aiko – The Worst – WINNER
LiV Warfield – Why Do You Lie?
Wale f/ Sam Dew – LoveHate Thing

FANdemonium Award
Beyoncé - WINNER
Trey Songz
Rihanna
Justin Timberlake

BEST INTERNATIONAL ACT: AFRICA
Davido (Nigeria) – WINNER
Diamond Platnumz (Tanzania)
Mafikizolo (South Africa)
Sarkodie (Ghana)
Tiwa Savage (Nigeria)
Toofan (Togo)

BEST INTERNATIONAL ACT: UK
Dizzee Rascal
Ghetts
Krept & Konan – WINNER
Laura Mvula
Rita Ora
Tinie Tempah

Did your favorite celeb take home any awards? 

Zoe Saldana Talks Controversial Nina Simone Role in Monarch Magazine

Zoe Saldana recently snagged the cover of Monarch magazine, looking gorgeous! The actress, who landed the role of the late jazz artist Nina Simone, talked to the mag about the controversy behind her getting the role, how she feels about always having to define, and, in a sense, defending her race and culture, and how she prepared for it.

Check out the highlights of the interview below!

Playing the late, great Nina Simone, what inspired you to do a project like this? 
Nina was a true genius and an iconic artist. It was a dream job for me. It’s one of the scariest projects I’ve ever been involved with because it was about an iconic figure, and there were so many political [issues] around it from the beginning; but I really wanted it to be a love song to Nina Simone and I wanted it to just come from a place of absolute love. I loved the complexity of Nina and her beauty that she expressed with her music. I wanted to do right by her and knew it would be challenging. I feel so blessed to have such an amazing opportunity to play a true legend.

How did you prepare for the role?
I did a lot of research to prepare for Nina. I took piano lessons, voice lessons, worked with a dialect coach, and I really invested months of just doing research about Nina – her background, her story, her life. My research ranged from reading books about Nina, listening to her music, watching footage of her.

How did the controversy about you playing Nina affect you?
The Nina Simone story needed to be told, and I’m really blessed that I did it. I’m human. I wish I was made of steel and so certain things wouldn’t affect me. So it did affect me but I couldn’t let that deter me from doing what I needed to do. Just like everybody else I feel very strongly about Nina Simone, and that [this] was a story that needed to be told. I do believe that if everybody had more information about how this all came to be, it might help; but then again, I’m not here to get the acceptance of everyone – I’m here to be an artist first. Hopefully people will enjoy the film and I helped shed some light on this amazing iconic

Do you feel like your heritage and ethnicity is always questioned?

I find it uncomfortable to have to speak about my identity all of the time, when in reality it’s not something that drives me or wakes me up out of bed every day. I didn’t grow up in a household where I was categorized by my mother. I was just Zoe and I could have and be anything that I ever wanted to do … and every human being is the same as you. So to all of a sudden leave your household and have people always ask you, “What are you? What are you?” is the most uncomfortable question sometimes and it’s literally the most repetitive question. Because I can’t wait to be in a world where people are sized by their soul and how much they can contribute as individuals and not what they look like … I feel like as a race, that’s a minute problem against the problems we face just as women versus men, in a world that’s more geared and designed to cater towards the male species.

You can read more of the interview here!

Though Zoe has received A LOT of backlash for getting this role (many believed she wasn’t dark enough to play the role), I know that she is very talented and has the potential to pull this off. Plenty of actresses have done it before anyway. Angela Bassett looked nothing like Tina Turner, and look how well that turned out! I’m going to rule out judgement until I see the finished product.

Shia LaBeouf Arrested After Disorderly Conduct at Broadway Show

More trouble for Shia LaBeouf! Turns out the actor was really rowdy at a Broadway show in New York City, eventually getting handcuffed, escorted out, and charged with disorderly conduct!

Shia was reportedly disruptive during a production of Cabaret in the city on June 26. A source at the show said he was “harassing audience members, harassing actors on the stage, and chain smoking inside the theater,” during the first act. “Shia seemed out of sorts,” another source said. “He was interacting with strangers during the show and slapping peoples’ backsides. He was trying to avoid the police and fell. Then he was cursing at the police while being taken into custody.” His misbehavior got him escorted out by NYPD during intermission. Sadly, I can see this whole scene so clearly in my head.

According to Broadway World, bystanders on the street where Shia left say the actor was “in tears when taken away by police.”

An NYPD spokesperson later told Us Weekly that Shia “has been charged with disorderly conduct. He was also charged with criminal trespass. While at Studio 54 he was upsetting patrons, being loud and yelling. He’ll be jailed. There will be a court appearance for this matter.”

Who does this?! I feel bad, but then again I don’t. It’s obvious that something is going on with him, and he needs to work it out. To me, Shia has always been talented (and cute when he’s cleaned up), and I hate that another actor’s talent is seeming to go down the drain. Hopefully, he gets himself together soon! I’m not sure what’s going to happen now that he’s officially been charged. He might just get off, but who knows? Maybe some jail time will straighten him out a little bit.

Image via Luca Teuchmann/WireImage

Sherri Shepherd Leaving The View, Jenny McCarthy Might Be Rolling Out Too!

It’s official! This will be the last season of The View for Sherri Shepherd. The co-host announced that she will be leaving the talk show after 7 years.

“It’s been seven wonderful years on The View and after careful consideration it is time for me to move on,” Sherri said in a statement to Entertainment Tonight.

Jenny McCarthy, who’s only been on the show for one season, responded to the news with some tweets that implied she might be leaving herself pretty soon.

TMZ has suggested that both Sherri and Jenny (if she really is leaving), are not going voluntarily, but had been fired due to ratings and personality conflicts. The site also said that Bill Geddie, the executive producer, would not be returning to the show either. An anonymous source told Entertainment Weekly that Sherri might just be replaced by a male co-host next fall. A statement from ABC did not make the firing rumors any better. “’The View’ will be moving in an exciting new direction next season and ABC has made decisions to evolve the show creatively,” the network said, according to Huffington Post.

This change to the lineup would leave Whoopi Goldberg as the sole host of the show, since Barbara Walters is retiring after this season. ABC is really going to have to work to find some great new faces. I would say it’s time to hang up the hat on the show, but I still think the concept of the show is and always has been great. Bringing together hosts with different views  to discuss hot topics in the world, whether politics, world events, or pop culture, has really worked for the show. That’s why other talk shows have been created along the same line. Hopefully, ABC is able to bring together a good lineup!

Image via ABC/Getty Images

MTV Is Bringing Back TRL for One Night, Featuring Ariana Grande

One night only! In a 30 minute special, MTV is bringing back the now defunct music video countdown show Total Request Live (TRL) only for one day.

The network announced that it will feature the 30-minute special with Ariana Grande, renaming it Total Ariana Live. The special is set to air July 2 at 7 p.m. ET, and will be available on demand after the broadcast.

Total Ariana Live will be seen live from MTV’s Time Square studio, with Sway Calloway serving as host. Ariana, who just turned 21 today (Happy birthday girl!), will perform her hit song, “Problem,” as well as debut her upcoming single, “Break Free.” The singer will also be tested of her hip-hop knowledge in a “Hip Hop Mix Up” game. MTV also promises that there will be a surprise announcement (maybe the actual return of TRL?! Or is that wishful thinking?).

“It’s a huge honor to be able to bring back a show like ‘TRL,’ I used to love watching it growing up. Can’t wait to celebrate with my loves in Times Square. Might have some surprises too,” Ariana said in a statement. “Only one artist has the power to turn the lights back on at 1515 Broadway in the iconic ‘TRL’ studios, and that’s Ariana Grande. The transformation to ‘Total Ariana Live’ represents her one-of-a-kind star power combined with MTV’s immense multimedia platform, setting the stage for the ultimate global partnership,” said Charlie Walk, executive vp Republic Records, to which Ariana is signed.

The original TRL ran from 1998-2008, airing 2,247 episodes during its run. Back when MTV was known more for music than reality TV, the show aired the top 10 most-requested music videos for viewers, and featured awesome interviews with top artists, actors, and more!

I really think that MTV ought to bring this show back! It is, however, great promotion for Ariana, whose sophomore album is in the works. To be featured on something like this with all eyes on you is definitely a good look!

Image via Billboard

WATCH: Beyoncé and Jay Z Kick Off On The Run Tour in Miami!

Power couple Beyoncé and Jay Z kicked off their On The Run Tour just last night at Miami’s Sun Life Stadium, and the Internet is going crazy! The Carters performed a 40-song set list (YES FORTY!)of some of their greatest hits, including collaborations with each other, like “’03 Bonnie and Clyde,” “Upgrade You,” and the latest, “Part II (On The Run).”

The couple also got personal, sharing private home videos for their fans of their secret wedding back in April 2008 as well as time spent with daughter Blue Ivy during a performance of “Forever Young” and “Halo.” Fans saw Bey’s beautiful white wedding gown and veil, as well as Jay looking rather nice in a tuxedo. The Carters also showed them getting their famous “IV” tattoos on their wedding ring fingers before the ceremony (the number four is a very significant number to them, representing Beyonce’s birthday on September 4, Jay Z’s birthday on December 4, and their wedding date, April 4), as well as the moment when Jay officially put a ring on it!

Blue Ivy was, of course, also featured, as their parents performed. “There were videos of Blue in the pool with her mom, walking holding hands with her parents, Jay Z kissing Blue,” an audience member said to Us Weekly. “It was a sweet moment — Jay Z and Beyoncé were both facing the screen watching the Blue videos while they sang ‘Halo.’ It was like they were singing the song to their baby girl. The two of them were beaming, smiling watching their little girl on the screen.” Check out some of Blue below!

The 16-date tour continues on June 28, hitting Cincinnati, OH next, and will continue on throughout July and the first week of August, before culminating in Paris on September 12 and 13.

This is going to be an AMAZING tour!

Image via Kevin Mazur/WireImage

Kerry Washington to Launch Scandal Fashion Line!

Great news Gladiators: Now those of you like me who are in LOVE with Olivia Pope’s fashion on the show can pick up a few pieces inspired by her style! Kerry Washington and costume designer Lyn Paolo are collaborating with The Limited to launch Scandal fashion line!

“By creating a line inspired by the show, we are introducing a collection that embodies the elegance and power of the Scandal aesthetic for real-life gladiators and everyday fashionistas,” Kerry said in a press release. “The collection is a nod to our devoted fans, to fans of fashion and to women everywhere who are inspired to boldly pursue their passions and look good while doing it.”

The new mom worked with The Limited’s head of design Elliot Staples and Lyn, who comes up with the costuming for Scandal.  “It’s been really fun to have a voice at every stage of the production from picking buttons, choosing fabrics and weighing in on hair and makeup people,” Kerry said to WWD. “People who love the look of the show can now step into this world in a way that is affordable and accessible because not everybody can afford to have the clothes they see on the show,” she said.

Check out a first look at the Scandal clothing collection launching at The Limited this fall.

“The whole team took great care in creating a collection that reflects Olivia Pope’s unique style. We believe the collection tells a story of confidence and professional sophistication as well as maintaining a strong feminine point of view,” Lyn said in a press release. “I am so excited and hopeful that our Gladiators are as excited about the collection as we are; it has been such tremendous fun and such an honor to design for the amazing characters that Shonda Rhimes has created and now to help make their style accessible to all.”

Prices for the pieces are set to start at $49. Not bad at all! The line is set to make its debut in late September in The Limited stores nationwide and online. I will definitely be on the lookout! Ladies, we are sure to find some great pieces!

Images via Craig Sjodin/ABC / The Limited

Joan Lunden Diagnosed with Breast Cancer

Joan Lunden returned to Good Morning America on Tuesday morning, June 24, to reveal some very personal news with viewers. The television journalist announced that she has been diagnosed with breast cancer.

Joan sat down with GMA‘s Robin Roberts, who also battled breast cancer in 2007, saying that she will undergo surgery, and will also do chemotherapy and radiation treatments. “I heard those words that every woman fears and never wants to hear, ‘You have breast cancer,’” she revealed to Robin and viewers. “In the beginning, it’s such a shock. It’s a stunner… For me, I’m a health advocate, I’m all over America talking to women, saying, ‘Make sure that you get all of your checkups all the time.’ You almost feel like, ‘What did I do wrong?’ Joan, continued, “Because we found it early, I was able to tell [my children] that mommy’s going to be okay. I have the more aggressive kind, and so it’s going to be the chemotherapy and the surgery and the radiation. So I’ve got that journey ahead.” Joan is the mother of seven children, all between the ages of 33 and nine.

After her appearance on Good Morning America, Joan tweeted her thanks to Robin and the entire GMA team, writing, “Thank you to @robinRoberts and my @gma family for all your support this morning.” The journalist herself was on the show for 17 years, leaving in 1997.

Something like this is always sad to hear. However, it’s inspiring that Joan is in good spirits, and plans to fight! Thoughts and prayers are with her and her family at this difficult time.

Image via Noel Vasquez/Getty Images

Check Out the Full List of Winners at the Daytime Emmy Awards

The Daytime Emmy Awards took place Sunday night, June 22, streaming online for the very first time. The show, unfortunately, was somewhat of a mess, as the show was reportedly full of profanities, and a lot of the winners didn’t even show up to get their awards! All in all though, host for the night, Kathy Griffin, kept the show going.

Check out the full list of winners below!

Outstanding Drama Series

WINNER: The Young and the Restless (CBS)

The Bold and the Beautiful (CBS)

Days of Our Lives (NBC)

One Life to Live (TOLN.com)

Outstanding Culinary Series

WINNER: The Mind of a Chef (PBS)

A Moveable Feast With Fine Cooking (PBS)

Beer Geeks (Syndicated)

Bobby Flay’s Barbecue Addiction (Food Network)

Giada at Home (Food Network)

My Grandmother’s Ravioli (Cooking Channel)

Outstanding Game Show

WINNER: Jeopardy! (Syndicated)

The American Bible Challenge (Game Show Network)

The Chase (Game Show Network)

Let’s Make a Deal (CBS)

The Price Is Right (CBS)

Wheel of Fortune (Syndicated)

Outstanding Legal/Courtroom Show

WINNER: The People’s Court (Syndicated)

Divorce Court (Syndicated)

Judge Judy (Syndicated)

Justice for All With Christina Perez (Syndicated)

Outstanding Morning Show

WINNER: Good Morning America (ABC)

CBS Sunday Morning (CBS)

CBS This Morning (CBS)

Today Show (NBC)

Outstanding Talk Show/Information

WINNER: Steve Harvey (Syndicated)

The Chew (ABC)

The Dr. Oz Show (Syndicated)

Dr. Phil (Syndicated)

Outstanding Talk Show/Entertainment

WINNER: The Ellen DeGeneres Show (Syndicated)

Live! With Kelly and Michael (Syndicated)

Rachael Ray (Syndicated)

The Talk (CBS)

The View (ABC)

Outstanding Entertainment News Show

WINNER (TIE): Entertainment Tonight (CBS)

WINNER (TIE): Extra (Syndicated)

Access Hollywood (NBC)

E! News (E!)

TMZ (Syndicated)

Outstanding Special Class Special

WINNER: The Young and the Restless: Jeanne Cooper Tribute (CBS)

A World of Dreams: Voices From the OUT100 (Here TV)

Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade (ABC)

mun2 News Special: Hecho en America (mun2)

Outstanding Lead Actress Drama

WINNER: Eileen Davidson, Days of Our Lives (Kristin)

Katherine Kelly Lang, The Bold and the Beautiful (Brooke)

Heather Tom, The Bold and the Beautiful (Katie)

Arianne Zucker, Days of Our Lives (Nicole)

Outstanding Lead Actor Drama

WINNER: Billy Miller, The Young and the Restless (Billy)

Peter Bergman, The Young and the Restless (Jack)

Doug Davidson, The Young and the Restless (Paul)

Christian LeBlanc, The Young and the Restless (Michael)

Jason Thompson, General Hospital (Patrick)

Outstanding Supporting Actress Drama

WINNER: Amelia Heinle, The Young and the Restless (Victoria)

Melissa Claire Egan, The Young and the Restless (Chelsea)

Jane Elliot, General Hospital (Tracy)

Elizabeth Hendrickson, The Young and the Restless (Chloe)

Kelly Sullivan, General Hospital (Connie)

Outstanding Supporting Actor Drama

WINNER: Eric Martsolf, Days of Our Lives (Brady)

Bradford Anderson, General Hospital (Damian)

Steve Burton, The Young and the Restless (Dylan)

Scott Clifton, The Bold and the Beautiful (Liam)

Dominic Zamprogna, General Hospital (Dante)

Outstanding Younger Actress Drama

WINNER: Hunter King, The Young and the Restless (Summer)

Kristen Alderson, General Hospital (Kiki)

Lindsey Godfrey, The Bold and the Beautiful (Caroline)

Kim Matula, The Bold and the Beautiful (Hope)

Kelly Missal, One Life to Live (Danielle)

Outstanding Younger Actor Drama

WINNER: Chandler Massey, Days of Our Lives (Will)

Bryan Craig, General Hospital (Morgan)

Chad Duell, General Hospital (Michael)

Max Ehrich, The Young and the Restless (Fenn)

Daniel Polo, The Young and the Restless (Jamie)

Outstanding Culinary Host

WINNER: Bobby Flay, Bobby Flay’s Barbecue Addiction (Food Network)

Giada De Laurentiis, Giada at Home (Food Network)

April Bloomfield, The Mind of a Chef (PBS)

Rachael Ray, Rachael Ray’s Week in a Day (Food Network)

Outstanding Game Host

WINNER: Steve Harvey, Family Feud (Syndicated)

Wayne Brady, Let’s Make a Deal (CBS)

Jeff Foxworthy, The American Bible Challenge (Game Show Network)

Todd Newton, Family Game Night (Hub Network)

Outstanding Talk Show Host

WINNER (TIE): Dr. Mehmet Oz, The Dr. Oz Show (Syndicated)

WINNER (TIE): Katie Couric, Katie (ABC)

Rachael Ray, Rachael Ray (Syndicated)

Julie Chen, Sara Gilbert, Sharon Osbourne, Aisha Tyler, Sheryl Underwood, The Talk (CBS)

Whoopi Goldberg, Jenny McCarthy, Sherri Shepherd, Barbara Walters, The View (ABC)

Outstanding Drama Series/Writing Team

WINNER: The Young and the Restless

The Bold and the Beautiful

Days of Our Lives

Outstanding Drama Series/Directing Team

WINNER: One Life to Live

The Bold and the Beautiful

The Young and the Restless

Outstanding Drama Series/Casting Dept.

WINNER: General Hospital

The Bold and the Beautiful

Days of Our Lives

The Young and the Restless

Outstanding Drama Series/Original Song

WINNER: “Parachute,” All My Children

“A Love That Never Ends,” Days of Our Lives

“Make Me Remember,” The Young and the Restless

“While We Can,” The Young and the Restless

Outstanding Drama Series/Costume Design (Tie)

WINNER (TIE): The Bold and the Beautiful

WINNER (TIE): The Young and the Restless

Days of Our Lives

General Hospital

Outstanding Drama Series/Hair Styling

WINNER: The Bold and the Beautiful

Days of Our Lives

One Life to Live

The Young and the Restless

Outstanding Drama Series/Makeup (Tie)

WINNER (TIE): The Bold and the Beautiful

WINNER (TIE): General Hospital

Days of Our Lives

The Young and the Restless

 

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Kenan Thompson and Wife Christina Welcome a Baby Girl!

Awww! Kenan Thompson and his wife Christina Evangeline welcomed a baby girl over the weekend! The couple shared two pictures of their adorable two-day-old baby girl on Instagram for the fans!

Little Georgia Marie was born on Friday, June 20. Christina, though exhausted due to her new role as a mommy, posted a few pictures of Georgia with herself and Kenan by her side. One picture shows Kenan looking lovingly at his daughter (Christina caption the picture appropriately “While you were sleeping…”), and in another great pic, the model holds her daughter close, looking tired yet still gorgeous, saying, “We’re just really sleepy.”

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Kenan first revealed that his wife was pregnant during an appearance on Late Night With Seth Meyers back in March. When asked whether he was ready for fatherhood or not, the SNL star said, “I am terrified. I don’t know what to do with babies.” He also joked that he planned to be “at the casino” when Christina gave birth. Ha! 

Congratulations to Kenan, Christina, and their families!

Images via Christina Evangeline/Instagram

CELEB SPOTTING: Kelly Rowland Shows Off Baby Bump While Doing Yoga

Kelly Rowland is pregnant and proud! After officially announcing the news that she was expecting through Instagram (she showed off little baby Jordans next to her husband Tim Witherspoon‘s own shoes), the singer was spotted showing off her baby bump while in a sports bra and exercise pants at the gym. Kelly was simply meditating and doing yoga,  and posted a picture for fans, and, of the course, the bump was the main focus!

Kelly, who is really into fitness, recently told Us Weekly, “I’m in love with boxing and yoga right now. It just feels good, it’s really empowering. I just feel like I’m getting my little strength back and getting my little jabs in. I think that nothing should change whether it comes with your age or whatever. I think you should always do what you love to do.”

This baby is the first for both Tim and Kelly. The couple was married just last month  in a  private wedding in Costa Rica, during which her former Destiny’s Child groupmate Beyonce and Solange Knowles were in attendance. “Perfect. That’s [all I'll say],” she told Us Weekly of the ceremony. “Perfect. Perfect day.”

Zendaya is the New Face of Madonna’s ‘Material Girl’

Zendaya Coleman is definitely on top of the world right now. After winning her role as Aaliyah in an upcoming Lifetime biopic (despite the controversy around it), the Disney star has another big gig as the new face of Madonna‘s “Material Girl” teenage fashion brand!

The singer is the next face of the brand, taking the spot of Rita Ora, and joining the ranks of former material girls Taylor Momsen and Georgia May Jagger. Zendaya recently shot ads for the  brand’s fall campaign, playfully smiling and posing on the Coney Island boardwalk in Brooklyn.

“Zendaya exudes a confident, free spirit. We love having her as the new face of Material Girl,” Madonna said in a press release. Madonna’s daughter, Lourdes Leon, also a collaborator behind the brand, is also a huge supporter of the teenage singer. “I love how Zendaya makes her own style rules to fit her personality — that’s who Material Girl is all about, being yourself to the fullest,” she added.

Zendaya, of course, was thrilled that she was picked by the “dynamic mother/daughter duo,” and gave a shoutout to the brand and the Material Girl herself saying in a press release of her own, “Material Girl embraces having fun with fashion and being confident in your own skin… and who does that better than Madonna?”

Well good for her! Zendaya is a very pretty girl and is definitely perfect to be the face of the brand. She’s in the demographic, she’s cute, and she’s fun! Plus, she has a huge following, so it’s definitely smart of the brand to add her on. Now Disney fans may just want to buy more of these clothes!

Image via Material Girl

HBO Announces “Beyoncé: X10″ Concert Series

Good news BeyHive! After airing her documentary, Life Is But A Dream, in February 2013, Beyoncé is heading back to HBO, this time showing off some of her most recent performances!

The network announced that it will air a 10-episode miniseries of four-minute Beyoncé concert performances starting June 29 (Think live music videos of some of Queen Bey’s most recent songs!). Titled “Beyoncé: X10,” the performances will air every Sunday night at 8:55 p.m. ET, right before True Blood, which airs its seventh and final season on June 22.

All of the clips will be from Bey’s most recent tour, the Mrs. Carter Show Would Tour. Taped performances include “Blow/Cherry,” “Drunk in Love,” “Ghost/Haunted,” “Flawless/Yonce,” “Get Me Bodied/Baby Boy/Diva,” “Girls,” “Heaven,” “Partition,” “Why Don’t You Love Me?” and “XO.”

It’s awesome, because it will be high quality instead of the YouTube videos we fans tend to record on our iPhones and low quality cameras! And, personally, since I didn’t see any of the performances from Bey’s new album live (I went to MCWT before the album was released), I’m definitely excited! Plus, it’s just a good way to keep your name out there, and keep good connections with the network. You never know what else she might do with HBO in the future!

Image via The Hollywood Reporter

CELEB SPOTTING: Nina Dobrev and Jessica Szohr Hit Up Saint Tropez

 

Soaking up the sun! Nina Dobrev and Jessica Szohr, both actresses from hit shows on the CW Network (Jessica from Gossip Girl, and Nina, of course, from The Vampire Diaries) , were spotted having a ball in Saint-Tropez, France!

 

The actresses were spotted boarding a boat in the town on Sunday, June 15, along with friends Emma Miller, a model and Made in Chelsea actress, and Eli Mizrahi. Nina rocked some short shorts to show off her legs, a black top, and a hat, and Jessica popped  in a neon top and black skirt.

On the boat, the ladies broke out the bikinis to hit the water! Nina wore a pale pink and black bikini, under a life vest before getting on a Banana Boat (or Alligator Boat by the look of the picture?) with Emma. Jessica stayed behind to catch some rays in a printed bikini.

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Looks like too much fun!

Fans Start Online Petition to Stop Aaliyah Biopic

There are some Aaliyah fans out there are outraged at the idea of a biopic in honor of the late singer without the family’s consent. After singer/actress Zendaya Coleman confirmed that she would be playing Aaliyah in an upcoming Lifetime movie about the singer’s life, the Internet was ablaze with commentary, both good and bad. However, now an petition has made its way online to try to stop the film completely!

The petition, posted just two days ago, has close to 1,500 signatures. It reads:

 “This petition is to stop the making of this Aaliyah biopic. It’s wrong that Aaliyah’s mother or brother didn’t have a say so in this movie that is being made. The fans didn’t get a say so and neither did any of Aaliyah’s friends. As her fans, we’re going to do anything in our power to stop this movie. Little do we know, this is hurting Mrs. Haughton and Rashad. They’re about to make something that didn’t even get approved from her family. That is beyond disrespectful. If you agree that this movie shouldn’t be made, you need to vote. If you really respect Aaliyah, you have to respect her mother and her brothers wishes. It’s only right. It was Aaliyah’s life. And they’re taking it too far now. We need to put a stop to this!”

Twinkie Byrd, the film’s casting director, came to Zendaya’s defense in a statement:

 “Zendaya embodies everything you want in a Actress to play Aaliyah. She is a Poised, Professional, STRONG Actress (studied at California Shakespeare Theater and American Conservatory Theater). A Triple Threat Actor, Singer Dancer. She LOVES AALIYAH and will do a Wonderful Job! She is of mixed ethnicity. Her name is Bantu (Zimbabwe) meaning ‘To Give Thanks.’”

 

Zendaya herself was incredibly excited about the opportunity to play Aaliyah in this movie, regardless of the naysayers. She tweeted:

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TMZ has reported that the Haughton family is incredibly angry, saying that Lifetime did not contact them regarding the biopic, and they will do everything that they can to block any use of Aaliyah’s music, and, ultimately, the release of the film.

DRAMA! It’s no secret that that the Haughtons were against a TV film for Aaliyah.  I do think that it was wrong if Lifetime has not reach out to them for consult or support. However, I will be watching when it comes out. I need to see if Zendaya has the talent to pull this off!

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