Letoya Luckett is Engaged!!

I said , ” Yes yeeeesssss” on his Burfday!! The former Destiny’s Child singer and actress wrote on her IG under the above pic. Am I the only one blinded by the bling?

All I can say is, " HALLELUJAH GOD!" 🙌🏾 My heart is full of pure JOY!! I just want to say THANK YOU for all of the L ❤️ve & blessings me & my fiancé ( OMG yaassss feels so good to say fiancé )😩🙌🏾😂 have received over the last few days! Tommi & I can't thank you enough!! Well, here's a Lil inside scoop from the other nights "Surprise" Burfday dinner turned engagement party. This is a clip from the video montage he put together that had me in tears. As the wall at Ocean prime Dallas rolled back revealing my family & his. BRUH! I was so shocked 😳😩 the surprise was supposed to be on him ! Not me! 😂 anyhoo! I'm over the moon & overjoyed. I gave my girl @charlipenn over at @essence the real deets on how we met & how The L❤️ve of my life pulled off one of the most beautiful moments in our lives. GO TO essence.com or simply click the link in their @essence Instagram bio for more details!!! I'm geeked!! 🙌🏾😉👰🏽💍❤️ #Back2Life #Repost @essence ・・・ So, we have a bone to pick with Letoya Luckett. Girl, how are you gonna let us watch this video of you & your fiancé after we put on our makeup?!We look crazy with our mascara running. For more on their journey hit the 🔗 in our bio.

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Bestie Eudoxiee message is the sweetest ever!

Love is a beautiful thing.

GLOWING : Naturi Naughton Maternity Photoshoot

Naturi Naughton, 33, actress on the hit Starz television show Power is expecting her first child with longtime partner, Ben. The couple got with Essence to produce these glowing maternity photos

This will be Naturi’s first child and she is expecting a girl this summer.

When asked about the orange color scheme of the shoot, Naturi had this to say:

“We both just really appreciate Black culture. Ben wore a shirt from Ghana and my theme was “It takes a village to raise a child” for my baby shower. We just always try to incorporate African proverbs or Kente cloth or using different images to celebrate this beautiful Black girl that’s coming into the world.”

IF I RULED THE WORLD: Nas & Lauryn Hill Announce Tour

Nas & Lauryn Hill Announce Tour

Days after Lauryn Hill celebrated her birthday with Nas, the 21st anniversary of their hit song ” If I Ruled The World”…. the iconic artists announced they are joining forces to embark on a tour this fall.

This will be the second tour for the dear friends who hit the road together in 2012 for 10 dates following the release of Nas’ Life Is Good album.

See the full list of dates for the Queenbridge Representer and L Boogie Tour below:

September 7 – Chicago, IL @ HuntingtonBank Pavilion at Northerly Island
September 8 – Sterling Heights, MI @ Michigan Lottery Amphitheatre
September 10 – Toronto, ON @ Budweiser Stage
September 12 – Boston, MA @ Blue Hills Bank Pavilion
September 14 – Camden, NJ @ BB&T Pavilion
September 15 – Bristow, VA @ Jiffy Lube Live
September 20 – Raleigh, NC @ Red HatAmphitheater
September 22 – Miami, FL @ Bayfront Park Amphitheater
September 23 – Jacksonville, FL @ Daily’s Place
September 27 – Houston, TX @ Smart Financial Centre at Sugar Land
September 28 – Dallas, TX @ The Pavilionat Irving Music Factory
September 30 – Austin, TX @ Austin360Amphitheater
October 3 – San Diego, CA @ Cal CoastCredit Union Open Air Theatre
October 5 – Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Bowl
October 7 – Mountain View, CA @ Shoreline Amphitheatre
October 10 – Seattle, WA @ WaMu Theater
October 11 – Vancouver, BC @ PacificColiseum

Tickets for the tour go on sale to the general public on Friday, June 2nd at 10 a.m.

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Erykah Badu Announces Badu vs. Everythang Tour

It’s tour time for The Queen of Neo-Soul Erykah Badu. On Wednesday (May 3rd), she announced her upcoming Badu Vs. Everything tour. The worldwide tour starts in Birmingham and ends in October in Osaka, Japan.

Check out the tour schedule below.
May 6 Birmingham, AL – Birmingham Funk Fest
May 19 Atlanta, GA – Atlanta Funk Fest
May 27 Houston, TX – Houston Arena Theater
May 28 New Orleans, LA – Lakefront Arena
July 6 & 7 London, England – Hammerstein Theater
July 8 Paris, France – Palais Des Sports
July 9 Rotterdam, Netherlands – North Sea Jazz Fest
July 11 Montreux, Switzerland – Montreux Jazz Fest
July 12 Tuscany, Italy – Lucca Summer Fest
July 14 Copenhagen, Denmark – Tivoli Gardens
July 15 Pori, Finland – Pori Jazz Festival
July 20 Las Vegas, NV – Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas
July 22 Los Angeles, CA – Exposition Park
August 10 Philadelphia, PA – TBA
August 12 Charlotte, NC – Charlotte Funk Fest
August 13 Richmond, VA – TBA
September 1 Dallas, TX- Riverfront Jazz Fest
September 15 Newark, NJ – TBA
September 16 Queens, NY – The Meadows Music & Arts Fest
October 1, 3, 6 and 12 – Tokyo, Japan – Billboard Live
October 7 – Tokyo, Japan – Tokyo Soul Camp Fest
October 9 – Osaka, Japan – Billboard Live

” I want not to be in pain every time I walk up a flight of stairs.” – Gabourey Sidibe

Gabourey Sidibe

In an exclusive interview with PEOPLE, she reveals that she got laproscopic bariatric surgery after she and her older brother Ahmed were diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes.

“My surgeon said they’d cut my stomach in half. This would limit my hunger and capacity to eat. My brain chemistry would change and I’d want to eat healthier. I’ll take it! My lifelong relationship with food had to change,” she writes in her wise, witty and unapologetic memoir, out in May

“I truly didn’t want to worry about all the effects that go along with diabetes. I genuinely [would] worry all the time about losing my toes.”

Gabby’s memoir will reveal much about her struggle with weight. In it she
writes:

“It has taken me years to realize that what I was born with is all beautiful,” she writes in her book. “I did not get this surgery to be beautiful. I did it so I can walk around comfortably in heels. I want to do a cartwheel. I want not to be in pain every time I walk up a flight of stairs.”

It’s been 10-months since her surgery and Gabby continues to shed the extra weight. She works out, eats right, and she’s loving her new body.

“I was in a war with my body for a long time. If I’d started treating it better sooner, I wouldn’t have spent so many years hating myself. But I love my body now.

EXCLUSIVE : ‘Everybody Hates Chris’ actress Imani Hakim will star in Netflix’s ‘Burning Sands’

Netflix ‘Burning Sands’ leading lady is about to light it up in their new fraternity drama

Actress Imani Hakim will star in the Netflix original film ‘Burning Sands”, directed by Gerard McMurray

The film is centered around a particularly brutal hazing process at an all-black university

Favored frat pledgee (Trevor Jackson) is torn between honoring his code of silence or standing up against the intensifying violence of underground hazing.

The Everybody Hates Chris star, 23, will play Rochon, the love interest to Jackson’s character.

Check out my exclusive interview with Imani Hakim below

I’m so excited to watch Netflix’s Burning Sands. How did you become a part of this film?
Imani Hakim : I started the process of “Burning Sands” in November 2015 when I first auditioned. Then I was later called back to meet with Writer/Director Gerard McMurray and Casting Director Kim Coleman. McMurray told me, “I knew you were my Rochon as soon as I saw your audition tape. I know you can pull it off.” And that I did once filming started in May 2016.

What can we expect from your character Rochon in Burning Sands?
Iman Hakim : I play Rochon, the girlfriend of Zurich [played by Trevor Jackson]. Rochon is a strong and independent young queen who knows where she’s going in life. She’s also a fashion major at the University they attend.

The Gabby Douglas Story

What has been your favorite role so far? 
Iman Hakim: That’s tough! I really enjoyed all the roles I’ve played so far. The Gabby Douglas Story was my favorite role. I enjoyed portraying Gabby and telling her life story as a Olympic Gold Medalist.

What role would you love to play that you haven’t yet? 
Iman Hakim : I would love to do a dive into action. A bad ass super hero.

EVERYBODY HATES CHRIS, Imani Hakim, Tichina Arnold, Tyler James Williams (front), Terry Crews, Tequan Richmond, (Season 1), 2005-09, photo: Robert Voets/© 3 Arts Entertainment

What is something embarrassing or unexpected that happened to you on set?
Iman Hakim : I haven’t experienced too many embarrassing moments on set. The one thing I can think of during the Everybody Hates Chris days, Tyler, Tequan and myself were running around being kids, trying to kill time when we were not filming. I was chasing down Tyler and I accidentally stepped on the back of his foot, which caused me to sprain my ankle. I couldn’t walk on it and we had a scene to film. So, Terry Crews had to carry me onto the set. Also, I ended up needed crutches, #Drama…. It did hurt pretty bad.

Tell us about your future projects?
Iman Hakim : I have more projects that have release dates, but fans can keep up with me on social media. There is where I post future project dates.

Hakim joins castmates Jackson, Alfre Woodard (“Luke Cage”), Steve Harris (“Legends”), Tosin Cole (“Hollyoaks”), DeRon Horton, Trevante Rhodes (Moonlight), Christian Robinson, Rotimi (“Power”), Octavius Johnson, Malik Bazille, Mitchell Edwards, Serayah (“Empire”), and Nafessa Williams (Brotherly Love).

Academy Award winning artist and actor Common will take the role of Executive Producer through his Freedom Road Productions. He will also bring his musical prowess to the project, performing the closing credits original song “The Cross” featuring Lianne La Havas.

Burning Sands will make its premiere on Netflix on March 10, 2017.

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Chance The Rapper DONATES 1 Million Dollars to Chicago Schools


Courtesy of ABC 7 Chicago

Chance The Rapper is putting his money back into his neighborhoods…Chicago Public Schools.

Days after his frustrating meeting with Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner about school funding, the 3x Grammy Award-winning rapper announced his $1 million donation to the Chicago Public School Foundation.

Chance, born Chancelor Bennett, held a press conference on Monday (March 6) at the Wescott Elementary School on the southside of Chicago.

He thanked his fans for making the donation possible through ticket sales from his upcoming tour as well as an “unprecedented” coordination between Ticketmaster, LiveNation, and AEG, and independent promoters and venues around the country.

This makes me so happy. Way to Go Chance The Rapper such an excellent thing to do for the community. I can’t wait for the day i can give back like this