Serena and Venus Williams have their beauty depicted on the cover of Hampton magazine. The duo celebrated the achievement in NYC at Rdv. Serena says:
“I remember Pete Sampras playing in 1990; I was watching on television, and I remember that was the first year he won a GrandSlam. He was really young, and they were talking about how good he was going to be. He was wearing such short shorts; they were almost like a bikini. [Laughs]
I definitely thought Pete was very handsome, but around 1996 I thought he was really hot—but I also think everybody is hot, so I don’t know if that is saying much.”
Venus spoke a bit about her style for the open:
‘The US Open this year is all about the little black dress, and I always put zippers in my dresses, so there will be a zipper down the back. Because I don’t ever wear black in the daytime, it will be opposing colors. Last year there were three different styles; this year it will be simple because it is just one, but in different colors.’
The two have been known for their great style on the court and while Serena is the more outgoing sister (well from the outside looking in) the both of them looked stunning. Go divas!
The “Juicy” Issue of Vibe has finally hit magazine shelves and we have highlights from the cover story: Kelly Rowland. See what she has to say about her first solo success, Destiny’s Child and being down with “the swirl:”
On the success of “Dilemma:”
No, I really wasn’t. And I was the ﬁrst one from the group to have that level of success outside of the group. That bugged me out. I was very… I wasn’t ready.The song blew up and Columbia decided to rush out your solo record.Yeah. The plan was for Beyoncé to drop a solo record ﬁ rst. But with the success of the song, they decided to put my album out ﬁrst. They gave me 90 days to do an entire record.
On the press making assumptions about Destiny’s Child:
They want me to say that I can’t stand Michelle. That I can’t stand Beyoncé. But that’s not the case. It’s real love. Sorry, it’s a boring story. I take that back. I’m not sorry. We can support each other. That’s the way it should be. You hear too many stories about women bickering. And that’s not the case with us.
On whether there’s tension between her and former manager Matthew Knowles:
No. It was just a feeling of growing and wanting to call my own shots. That was it. I thank Mathew for everything he’s done for me. He made me a millionaire at 18 years old. And then I felt like, “Well, I’m an adult now and I want to do things this way.”
On whether she wants a “Mr. Right Now” or “Mr. Right:”
I like a Mr. Right. I don’t want them hopping around with Sarah, Michelle, Jessica… I want him to be mine.
On whether she dates outside of her race:
Absolutely. [Laughs] I’ve been down with the swirl.
More photos and the entire interview here.
The super gorgeous Sade Adu covers the August issue of Billboard. Inside, her and her band Sade are talking about their upcoming 100+ city world tour. They are currently on the U.S. leg, with John Legend as their opening act. So far, it has racked up more than $36 million in sales and sold out most of its shows. Check out some article highlights:
Sade on preparing to tour:
“I do the opposite and pretend it’s not going to happen, immersing myself in the details of production as a way of distracting myself from reality. When the time comes, I don’t test the waters — I just jump straight in.”
Tour collaborator Sophie Muller on Sade as a performer:
“The way she has been involved in setting up the show has enabled her to really develop as a performer. Normally she’s reticent, and a less-is-more performer. This time she’s blossomed. You can tell that the audience feels that.”
Sade’s manager Roger Davies on her timing:
“Everyone pretty much knows that she makes records when she feels it’s the right time and has the creative feeling to do it. I don’t think she’d put out a record in a rush, or if she didn’t think it was right.”
Sade on what they want the show to be:
“We wanted the show to be spectacular, transporting the audience on a surprising, emotional adventure at the polar extremes of dynamics. So for one moment they believe they are in a huge stadium and the next an intimate club where each note hangs in the air. This show is the best thing we have ever done as a band. We know these are really hard times, so we better be greater than any expectations. It’s our way to say ‘thank you’ to our audience.”
Sade on future touring plans:
“I have absolutely no idea what the future holds. It’s a miracle to me we are here now. I just know I will look back on it and feel good.”
Read the entire article here.
Jennifer Hudson is still talking about her incredible weight loss; this time in Self Magazine. The I Remember Me singer is talking all things health, including how it affects her portrayal in Hollywood as well as her personal life. Interview highlights and more fotos below:
On what made her decide to lose weight
“It really started when I was pregnant with David, who’s 2 now, and I thought, Hold on—why doesn’t anybody know I’m pregnant? And I wanted to set a good example for my son. Right after I had him, I began trying to change things.”
On how she didn’t know she was plus-sized until Hollywood TOLD her she was
“I wasn’t unhappy with my body before. I remember one of my first times on a red carpet, an interviewer asked, ‘How does it feel to be plus-sized in Hollywood?’ I looked around, like, Who is she talking to? Oh, me? I’m plus-sized? In the neighborhood I’m from in Chicago, a 16 is normal. But in Hollywood, everyone looks exactly the same, so I stood out.”
“I find the positive in everything. I like my curves, so it didn’t bother me. My fiancé, David’s father [also named David], and I both knew we didn’t learn to eat right and be healthy as kids, so we wanted to for him.”
On why this particular weight loss is different from her others
“I’ve had three different weight losses. Before American Idol in ’04, I lost 60 pounds. Then I lost the 20 pounds I had to gain for my role in Dreamgirls, which came out in ’06. This is the third time I’ve lost a lot.”
“That first time, I was a workout fanatic. I’d go to the gym at 5 in the morning and run for an hour, go home, sleep and be back at the gym at 1 p.m. for another full workout. Then I’d come home and do Tae-Bo. That was my whole day. Plus, all I’d eat was skinless chicken breast, brown rice and vegetables. What are you going to do once you lose weight? Eat everything you gave up!”
On how she kicked off her workout routine solo and slowly, and her workout routine now
“Four days after my cesarean section, I began walking 30 minutes every day. It was my therapy, my moment to myself, and it was all I could do. I figured, me walking is better than me sitting on the couch. Even if I can’t climb a mountain or do 100,000 push-ups, these steps matter, and they’re leading somewhere.”
“I started with walking, but before long, I built up to other things. When I didn’t want to be cooped up in the gym, I’d come up with other options. I’d ask myself, What do I love? I love being outside and feeling free, so I would jog or ride my bike. Some days, I’d play basketball and tennis.”
“Now, on days when I’m short on time, I do this workout called trilogy, which is cardio and strength combined: I do 25 squats, 25 push-ups and 25 ab moves, then rest a minute. Then I do them in reverse and rest another minute. Fifteen minutes and I’m done! And I create moments of exercise. When I lived on the 26th floor, I’d walk up the stairs instead of taking the elevator.”
On working out with her fiance’ David
“He bought me a basketball hoop for Christmas, so we play in our backyard. We also get in the pool and do squat contests. One time, I got up to 1,000, and he was, like, ‘Wow, impressed!'”
On changing up her diet mentally
“I had to break my diet mentality. I used to deprive myself, thinking that was healthy. I didn’t eat pasta, fried food, red meat. I hadn’t had pizza in 10 years! Then, about two months after my son was born, I joined Weight Watchers and learned about balance. If you’re on a strict diet that says you shouldn’t have any carbs or this or that, your body won’t function the way it should. I know now that I can eat anything I want and still lose or maintain my weight. It’s about portions and balance.”
On getting treated differently as “skinny Jennifer” and her fans’ reactions to her change
“Yes! You never know you’re being discriminated against until you see what you’ve been deprived of. Everybody wants you to wear this or put you on the cover of that. Before, my career was great, but since losing weight, I haven’t stopped. I have worked every single day of this year.”
“Some fans love it and say they’re inspired, and others don’t. Some have even questioned whether I can still sing. My voice has gotten stronger! I can’t care about whether I’m too big for some or too small for others. It goes back to how you feel about yourself. I like me the way I am. For anyone who wants to lose: Dude, if I can do it, you can do it. And for those who want to stay the same, I hope I can be an example to you, too; I was proud of being a big girl.”
On the KEY to her weight loss
“It’s like my mother said: ‘Well, honey, when there is a will, there is a way.’ You have to want it, but don’t rush yourself. When you’re ready, you’ll set goals for yourself. Once you do, it’s good to have support, but you don’t need it, because everything you need is in you.”
“I’m prouder of my weight loss than my Oscar! I hope it has inspired people.”
“Mr. Steal Your Girl” Trey Songz had a chit chat with Uptown Magazine about his new gig as spokesperson for “Rocawear Evolution,” the brand’s newest cologne, among other things. Check out highlights below (view the entire interview here):
How do you feel about being the new face of Rocawear Evolution?
It’s dope, first of all. Outside of Evolution, I’ve been the face [of Rocawear] for a while now. It all spawned from going on tour with Jay-Z – the Blueprint 3 tour last January. And you know we had a conversation about the clothing company. The fragrance was always in the industry talks. And it’s finally come to life now, after sending samples back and talking about it. It’s truly something that I represent so that makes it much more organic and a seamless transition for me than just taking pictures and then walking away from a shoot and spraying something else on [laughs].
The name of the fragrance is Evolution. How do you feel you’ve evolved as an artist?
I think that’s part of why the marriage works. My career pretty much mirrors what Rocawear stands for, at this point. Even though they have been the number one urban brand for years now, the cut and the fabric and the style of the clothing is changed. For myself, my style has changed. I cut my braids, I don’t wear oversized clothes anymore. You know, evolving from a young man to a man in front of people’s eyes – Evolution embodies that for me.
Which is your favorite city internationally?
Crazy enough, I think if I had to choose out of all the cities in the world, I’d have to say New York is the most unique.
No really because when you go to other cities and you talk to people there, everyone wants to come to New York and see what that’s like. It’s so multicultural and there’s alot of opportunity here that you can’t get anywhere else. When I first came up here I was living in Jersey working on getting my record deal from age 17 to 20. I experienced alot of life here.
Is there anywhere you’d like to go before you leave this earth?
Africa! So if I make it there, God willing, next week I’ll finally get to live out that dream. I want to go to Brazil too. I just left South America – I was in Guyana. And you know it’s such a trip when you go so far and to get so much love. Just to see how far music reaches – it’s phenomenal.
What qualities do you look for in a woman?
I think confidence is one of the best qualities a woman can have – confidence in herself. Intelligence – definitely. I want someone I can have a conversation with. And sexy is something that is not only a physical attribute, but something that you wear just in knowing who you are. There’s something beautiful in that. And I love humor. I truly am one of the silliest people I know. And I need someone to appreciate that.
He’s so damn eloquent ❤
According to Rolling Stone magazine, Eminem is the new “King Of Hip-Hop”. The coveted title is based upon album sales, social media scores and Youtube views. The mag handpicked 20 solo rappers who have come out with new music from 2009 to the greater portion of 2011.
Taking the #2 spot is Lil’ Wayne with a compilation of album and ticket sales, online ratings, and awards. And you know Drake wasn’t far behind, he takes spot #3. Nicki can also be seen on the list taking spot #6. Check out the list below.
Rolling Stone’s “Kings of Hip-Hop” List
2. Lil Wayne
4. Kanye West
6. Nicki Minaj
7. Rick Ross
9. Gucci Mane
11. Snoop Dogg
15. Wiz Khalifa
17. Waka Flocka Flame
18. Lupe Fiasco
19. Kid Cudi
20. Big Boi
Do you agree with the list??
Southern hip-hop artists Waka Flocka Flame and Gucci Mane sat down with GQ for a few word games. Their answers are hilarious to say the least. I’m guessing this interview was done in support of their joint album, Ferrari Boyz, which was just released. Interview highlights below (Read the entire interview here):
The Little Mermaid
The Meaning of Life
“Who Kevin Bacon?”
The Meaning of Life
Sex in Crazy Places
Cute Little Teddy Bears
Fresh Squeezed Lemonade
“Would You Rather?”
GQ: Would you rather have no sex for the rest of your life or sing Britney Spear’s “Oops!…I Did It Again” every time you orgasmed?
Waka: I’d rather not have sex. I can’t sing no Britney Spears. Every time?
GQ: Yup, every time. Like, you’d automatically start singing it.
Waka: I’d rather not do it.
GQ: What’s wrong with Britney?
Waka: Nothing wrong with her—she a sexy ass woman! I just can’t hear myself singing that.
GQ: Would you rather be frozen in the urine of Ryan Seacrest for 1,000 years or boiled alive and eaten by Miley Cyrus?
Gucci: Neither one. I guess I’d have to go with boiled alive. The other one sounds disgusting.
GQ: If you were elected the president of the universe, then the first thing you would do is…
Waka: Kill taxes. Taxes fuckin’ suck, man! Every time you make money, they take it all. You know what? I’d make marijuana legal, then I’d kill taxes.
GQ: If you were elected president, then the first thing you would do is…
Gucci: The first thing I would do is…let me see. I would raise the speed limit. Just so people could drive and have fun, at least to a hundred miles an hour.