Well, yall, what we once thought was a bun in Kimora Lee Simmons' oven turned out to be just an oven full of excess baby phat. The model turned mogul has slammed rumors that she is pregnant with the child of her actor boyfriend Djimon Hounsou. Earlier last week, reports circulated claiming Simmons' was expecting a third child with the West African-born actor - but at St. Louis Fashion Week in Missouri on Friday (3.14.2008), she urged fans not to believe media reports. Simmons did not take direct questions on the speculation, but said, "I'm in the paper every single week - that I had a fight with my ex-husband, or that I was mad at one of his girlfriends, or that I'm pregnant, or that I demand Fiji water. Lies upon lies upon lies. Reporters call and ask if I'm pregnant. It all came from (New York Post gossip column) Page Six. You guys shouldn't believe it. People believe what they want to believe because it's sensational and it's fun. And they think that's fabulous. I encourage readers to ignore it and seek out the truth."
The 32-year-old has two daughters, Ming Lee, eight, and Aoki Lee, five, with Phat Farm and Def Jam founder Russell Simmons. So in the end it's Russell who still holds the title of Kimora's one and only baby daddy. ....
Rapper Shawty Lo has quashed reports he is suffering from HIV - blaming his recent health issues on his diabetes. The star - real name Carlos Walker - has been hounded over fears for his health after gossip sites suggested a rapper hailing from the Atlanta area had contracted the deadly virus. However, Walker has refuted the claims, citing his illness as diabetes, an incurable condition which is caused by too much sugar in the blood. A representative for the star tells AllHipHop.com, "Carlos 'Shawty Lo' Walker is not infected with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. He does however suffer from Diabetes, a serious condition that effects millions of people, particularly those of color. Despite occasional set backs, Shawty Lo continues his rigorous work schedule in support of his debut album Units in the City. He appreciates the outpouring of concern and support for his health but he is doing fine." .....
Proud poppa Lenny Kravitz says he is adamant his teenage daughter Zoe will remain in school - despite the fact she has already launched a successful film career. The 19-year-old - who is the Are You Gonna Go My Way hitmaker's child with actress Lisa Bonet - shot to prominence in Hollywood in 2007, starring alongside Catherine Zeta-Jones in No Reservations and Jodie Foster in crime drama The Brave One. But her musician father insists she must graduate from State University of New York at Purchase - where she studies acting - before she can fully pursue her movie ambitions. The 43-year-old explains, "I'm so proud of Zoe. The (music) video she has done with Jay-Z is amazing. But this is just her hobby. She has to finish school before she thinks about becoming a full-time actress."
Praise the Lord! LL Cool J. says he credits his successful career luck to the fact he pays 10 percent of his earnings to God. The rapper has been paying substantial amounts to the church for years. He says, "I'm paying tithes by 10 percent of the gross going to the church. This is the only thing that has taken my career from here to there. You're seeing the glory of God when you see my career. God judges the heart, so when you give, your heart gets judged."
In other Cool J news, the father of three is urging young single-parent black men to seek out father figures or risk facing a gang life of crime. The rapper insists reconnecting with his estranged father when his career was taking off helped him avoid the pitfalls of fame and adolescence, and he's convinced that fatherless teens are more likely to fall into gangs if they don't have a man in their family life. He tells Sister 2 Sister magazine, "In black culture in general, in African-American culture, the least discussed thing amongst men is the fact that they really wish they had fathers. There's a lot of single black women who did the best that they could and that's a beautiful thing, but they don't know how necessary a father is in a kid's life and how much guys miss that deep down inside. That's why they gravitate towards gangs. That's why they gravitate toward older guys who may lead them in a negative direction, because they just want to be embraced by a man." ...
Usher and his husb...I meant wife, Man-Man...I meant Tameka were spotted last Saturday (3.15.2008) in Hollywood, California sans their baby boy, Usher VI, leaving the Maxfield Store. For the record: dude, I'm not feeling the first pose in the first picture below.
ER actor Eriq LaSalle was spotted leaving Fred Segal in West Hollywood, California last Friday. (3.14.2008).
Rapper Nelly (real name Cornell Haynes Jr.) at the launch of Rev. Run's daughter's new clothing line Pasty at Mr Chow in Los Angeles, California (3.16.2008).
Will someone please be a friend to Mariah Carey and tell her to always, always, always, stand her ass still when she's performing?! There's nothing worse than watching her try to sing and trying to dance at the same time. I'd rather stab myself in the upper corner of my left eyelid with a rusty butterknife while watching the extended theatrical version of Glitter than watch her attempt to convince herself that she is doing the damn thang while on stage. Below, peep the video clips of the singer performing Migrate featuring T-Pain and Touch My Body from her upcoming album E=MC2 on Saturday Night Live (March 15) as she filled in for an ailing Janet Jackson.
I think Terrence Howard was bullsh!tting us three years ago when he said, 'It's hard out there for a pimp.' Now, I ain't too sure about dude's vocal capabilities and whatnot, but obviously someone thought enough of them to offer him a record deal. Who knew? The actor has reportedly landed a record deal with Columbia records and will release his debut album later this year. Currently there hasn't been any indication of what type of music he will crafted on his debut release but a label representative says, "The full name (of the project) is Terrence Howard Presents Me And The Band of Kings." The album is allegedly titled A Little Bit More Like Me. The release date has not been finalized yet, but is slated for this fall. “I wanted to produce and write. The only thing I didn't do was play all the instruments because I only play guitar, piano and some cello. But I brought in the most incredible musicians and left them in the room to do what they do, gave them complete autonomy, and they gave me gold. People always give you their best if you give them the room to give their best," Howard told Underground Online.
Aside from his music, the 39-year-old, who was nominated for a Best Actor Oscar for his role as a pimp-turned-rapper in 2005 movie Hustle & Flow, is currently appearing in a Broadway revival of Cat On A Hot Tin Roof and will be seen on the big screen in Iron Man this summer. ...
I tell ya. The higher a monkey climbs, the more his monkey-ass shows. I think Snoop's 'medicinal' marijuana has officially scabbed the few remaining brain cells he has left. Of all the stupid things to say, he goes on a rampant declaring only the beautiful women in music sell the most records. If that's not the dumbest shit I've ever heard, I don't know what is. So is it safe to assume that when he says he's naming no names, he's really calling out such underrated singers like Tamia, Deborah Cox, Vivian Green and dare I say KELLY ROWLAND, who haven't sold double and triple platinum-selling albums? I beg to differ. These three women are as beautiful...and in a couple of cases, more beautiful than the singers Snoop named. This niggah, here!
“How many ugly women selling records? None! Only the pretty ones sell records. Beyonce, Mary J, Keyshia Cole, the ugly ones don’t sell. I ain’t gon say no names, but they don’t sell records. They just be singing their little hearts out, but they don’t get no sales, cause they ugly. Now, that’s my fault? I can see this on TV now: ‘Snoop Dogg called me, ugly.’ You beautiful on the inside, baby. What I wanna say to go on top of that, to the chocolate women, the dark-skinned women, I love ya’ll. I got a chocolate daughter at home. I always tell her chocolate is the best thing in the world. Don’t think that light skin is in, chocolate ain’t never went nowhere. Black is beautiful. I love dark-skinned women. That’s why my videos be having dark women in them. I always used to have light-skinned women. Look at it. Show them one of my videos.“
And I'm not going to even entertain his chocolate and/or dark-skinned women comment. Thanks for showing us dark-skinned women some love, Snoop, but the fact still remains: your ego ain't the only thing trippin'. You still sound like a walking-out-of-the-house-wearing-a-blue-showercap-clown. Trust. Anyhoo, the rapper also called himself sounding off on the way women are portrayed in hip-hop videos....
PEEP WHAT HE HAD TO SAY ABOUT THAT AFTER THE JUMP!
“Hip-hop is not the stories. It’s not a soap opera. Hip-hop is not The View. It’s not The Oprah Winfrey Show. Hip-hop is what it is. We have our certain views on women the way we do. It’s like Playboy. Do anybody got something to say about the way Playboy view women? They take their shirt off and show their t**ties. That’s the first way to get into Playboy. You gotta show Hugh Heffner your t**ties if you wanna get in Playboy. There’s nothing degrading about that, but at the same time, when we show women in videos, they have their clothes on. We don’t play videos on BET with women naked; we can’t get away with that. But it’s degrading what we’re doing, when in actuality, we’re giving these women a chance to shine. Now, if these women would become directors and depict women in a different light, then that would give them a different light as far as the way people view them.”
The roles of the three top chicks who played love interests in the late Notorious B.I.G.'s personal life have been casted in Notorius, the new big screen bio-pic of the slain rapper. With the press release sent out last week announcing the main casting for the movie, it wasn't specified who would be playing the parts of Lil'Kim (Biggie's on-again/off-again jump-off, sidekick and protege), Faith Evans (Biggie's estranged wife--the couple married after a two week courtship--and mother of his son, Christopher Jr.), and Jan, (Biggie's long-term partner and the mother of his first child, daughter Tiana). Besides Angela Bassett as Christopher's mother Voletta Wallace, Derek Luke as Sean Combs, Anthony Mackie as Tupac Shakur and newcomer, Jamal 'Gravy' Woolard as The Notorious B.I.G, it was stated that the film also stars up and coming actresses Antonique Smith, Naturi Naughton, Dennis White and Julia Pace Mitchell.
According to AOL Blackvoices, Smith will be playing Faith, Naughton will portray Lil' Kim, and Julia Pace Mitchell has been cast to play Jan. Smith is best known to New Yorkers who may have seen her play Mimi in Jonathan Larson's Broadway production of Rent. Naughton is a former member of the music group 3LW who later appeared in the Broadway musical Hairspray. Mitchell has also done theater in different parts of the country. Both Smith and Naughton come from East Orange, New Jersey.
Since we know the film will discuss how Biggie and Faith got together, expect some fireworks in the film once Lil'Kim enters the picture. No word yet on who will play rapper Charli Baltimore's role in the movie. Baltimore was allegedly Biggie's girlfriend, although he was still married to Faith Evans, at the time of his death.
Halle Berry has become the latest celebrity to give birth this year in what is being called the biggest celebrity baby boom ever. The 41-year-old actress and her 32-year-old boyfriend model Gabriel Aubry welcomed a 7 lb 4 oz baby girl around 10 a.m. Sunday (March 16) morning at Cedars-Sinai hospital in Los Angeles. Halle's rep has confirmed to Us Weekly and People, saying Halle is "doing great." According to Star magazine, the actress had checked into the hospital for the second time that day after feeling contractions earlier Saturday morning. Reportedly, because her blood pressure was skyrocketing, everyone was a little tense. She's a diabetic so that was complicating matters as well. The doctors checked the fetal heart rate and everything seemed okay. After a while Halle's blood pressure came down. She wasn't dilating anymore so at around 2:45 pm they let her go home. Halle felt her contractions come on a lot more intensely later that night so she came back to the hospital at 11:00 pm Saturday night and gave birth Sunday morning. Sources claim Halle was overcome with emotion when she finally held her little girl. She said everything she had gone through was worth that moment. The tears kept coming as Halle didn't even want the nurses to take her baby to clean her up and measure. It was a truly beautiful scene.
Halle announced that she was three months pregnant in September, telling Oprah that she and Gabriel chose a delivery surprise because, 'We have a whole life[time] to know what it is. There's so few genuine surprises in life anymore -- why not have a huge surprise? I like fantasizing [that] one day it's a girl, one day it's a boy.'