Vanessa Williams Marries Jim Skrip in July 4th Wedding (Pics)

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Vanessa Williams was among the handful of celebs that tied the knot over the July 4th weekend.

A rep for the actress said Sunday that she married her fiancé, Jim Skrip, in Buffalo, NY on the Fourth of July. No details of the ceremony were provided.

This is the third marriage for Williams, who was previously married to public relations consultant Ramon Hervey and former Los Angeles Laker Rick Fox. She has three children with Hervey and a daughter with Fox.

According to Entertainment Tonight, daughters Melanie, Jillian and Sasha served as bridesmaids at the ceremony, which took place at the St. Stanislaus Roman Catholic church.

Williams earlier said she met Skrip, a former accountant, while traveling in Egypt.

View wedding pics in ET’s exclusive video below:

Other stars exchanging vows over the weekend include Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunus, and Billy Joel and Alexis Roderick.


Brown Family Banned from Bobbi Kristina’s Hospice (Report)

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TMZ is reporting that Bobby Brown’s family has been banned from coming to visit Bobbi Kristina in hospice after the Houston side was informed that a photo of the 22-year-old being shopped to media sites came from Brown’s side of the family.

The ban, however, does not include Bobby himself, according to the website. On Sunday, he vowed to seek “justice” in exposing the party behind the photograph.

TMZ reported Monday that the security team at Peachtree Christian Hospice told Houston’s family there was evidence incriminating a Brown family member as the person who snapped the photo, and has currently shopped it to several websites and magazines. So far, it has not been published.

Bobbi Kristina’s estate, run by her legal guardians, made the decision to ban the Browns, according to TMZ. The estate is also said to have knowledge of the exact person who took the picture, but are not naming names at this point.


Bobby Brown Vows ‘Justice’ Over Bobbi Kristina’s Leaked Hospice Pic (Watch)

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Bobbi Kristina Brown’s father, Bobby Brown, will pursue the person who allegedly took a picture of his daughter in her bed at a hospice care in Georgia, TMZ reported.

According to reports, an “extended family member” is trying to sell the photo to media outlets for over $100,000. The Browns and the Houstons have been at the 22-year-old’s bedside since she was admitted to the Peachtree Christian Hospice in mid-June.

“I’m just looking to get justice,” Brown told TMZ outside LAX on Sunday, when asked if he would “possibly sue” the person responsible for circulating the picture.

Brown also said that he supported his sister Leolah Brown for speaking out against the photo and slamming the person responsible for trying to profit from Bobbi Kristina’s condition.

Watch below:

Security outside the hospice care has reportedly increased since reports of the photo surfaced Friday, reports Radar Online. “No one is allowed to bring any cameras or cellphones into her room,” a source told the website.

“Everyone has to check their purses or bags at the nurse’s station.” The family “is in lock down mode,” as they are struggling to come to terms with Bobbi Kristina’s deteriorating condition, according to the source.

“All anyone wants to do is protect Krissy. She deserves her privacy at this time and who knows what any of the family members would do. There have been so many money struggles that they’re not taking any chances with her being exploited in this state,” the source told Radar Online.

Brown, who performed in Atlanta on the Fourth of July, was “having trouble focusing” and apologized to the audience for “forgetting lyrics and dance moves.”

Last week, reports claimed that the family is making preparations for Bobbi Kristina’s funeral and that her body “could be placed atop Whitney’s coffin,” allowing the two to be “together into eternity.”


Bruno Mars and the Obamas Jam to ‘Uptown Funk’ on July 4th at the White House

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While many of us were stuffing ourselves with food, drink, American pride and fireworks on the 4th of July, the Obamas did that and got their groove on to the sounds of Bruno Mars.

Mars was the headliner for a USO-sponsored concert on the South Lawn of the White House that included a patriotic words from President Barack Obama along with an epic fireworks display, MTV reports while noting that the president and First Lady Michelle Obama were clearly into Mars’ high energy performance.

Among the tunes the “Uptown Funk” singer went all in on were Michael Jackson’s “Rock With You,” Montell Jordan’s “This Is How We Do It” and Led Zeppelin’s “Whole Lotta Love” as well his own catalog of original hits.

Before Bruno Mars and band get nasty with “Uptown Funk,” President Obama has a few words, then it’s time to par-tay! WATCH:

To see highlights of Mars’ time at the White House, check out the Instagram posts below:


DeVon Franklin Answers Critics of Wife Megan Good’s Sexy Clothes

Meagan-Good-Devon-FranklinWhen it comes to Megan Good, the saying, “Never judge a book by its cover” has fallen flat for some folks.

Since marrying Seventh Day Adventist minister DeVon Franklin, the actress has endured a good bit of criticism for her sexy outfits, most notably when she got many viewers talking upon wearing an eye-catching, low-cut dress to the 2013 BET award.

The uproar over Good’s sexy attire was addressed by the entertainer and her husband during an Essence Festival empowerment panel on love and marriage. For Franklin, the root of the issue lies with some religious people who are just too judgmental, reports Essence.

“So many people try to live by a label, but that’s not the box God put us in,” the former Colombia Pictures executive explained. “Who we are is not defined by a box. When I live by your expectations of what I should do, then I limit who I am and then I become depressed because I can’t be my true self.”

While critics feel Franklin should control what Good wears, the minister has another way to handle the situation.

“I don’t own her [and] she doesn’t own me. We are together and I respect whatever she chooses to put on,” Franklin said. “When I married her, I said, ‘I accept you for who you are. And whatever you choose to wear, that is your right.’”

For Good, the jabs marked a moment where she was taken aback from those who expected her to fall back on the sexy wardrobe upon marrying Franklin.

“A lot of people came for me, and it was really hard to process,” she said as she admitted that despite being saved since age 12, she was hurt from the flack she received from her fellow Christians.

“It kind of made me upset with the church for a while. People don’t know what they do, but you have to love them regardless,” Good shared. “But you have to own your truth.”

As for Good’s choice of clothing for the BET Awards and the negative feedback it generated, Franklin admitted that he was cool with what his wife wore.

“I saw her before she walked out, and I said, ‘Amen, praise the Lord,’” he jokingly told those attending the Essence Festival.

“The only ones with the guns out were those that read the same word that says, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ But the love was not there,” Franklin explained. “I don’t have an issue [with her clothes]. It’s not about the dress; it’s about her heart. And I know her heart is amazing, that’s why I love her.”


Malia Obama Joins HBO’s ‘Girls’ with Summer Internship

malia-obamaMalia Obama continues to build her professional resume with her latest brush with folks from the small screen.

According to TMZ, the daughter of President Barack Obama  and First Lady Michelle Obama was spotted working behind the scenes on HBO’s hit show “Girls” while drinking blue juice and hanging out with the lighting crew in Brooklyn. In all, Malia spent about three hours on location on the “Girls” set as the show filmed at a hipster restaurant. To cap it off, Malia also spent time with “Girls” star and creator Lena Dunham, according to reports.

Malia’s summer internship on the “Girls” set marks the first daughter’s latest experience working on the set of a television show. MTV notes that she served as a production assistant on the CBS sci-fi series “Extent,” starring Halle Berry last year. Malia’s duties during that time included doing computer shop alignments and coffee for the cast and crew, among other things.

Malia’s interest in Hollywood was noted in 2012 by her mother who told People, “Malia has expressed some interest in filmmaking.

“Just like her father, she is an avid reader, and she enjoys movies,” Mrs. Obama said. “But she’s a freshman, so she also knows she has years in college to explore her interest.”


Redman “I Rank Eminem Up There With Jay Z, Biggie & Nas” (Video)

Though some of your favorite rappers have repeatedly mentioned Redman as their top emcee, the Brick City spitter remains humble as he is genuinely proud of their ongoing success in the rap game. “It just shows me that I did my job,” he expressed.

Artists such as Ludacris and Eminem call Redman a favorite, and Em even went as far as to mention him on his “‘Till I Collapse” track back in 2002. Redman stated that he undoubtedly feels the same way towards the Detroit legend. “I rank him up there with Jay Z, Biggie and Nas,” he began. “So for me and him to feel the same way it’s just a level of respect that we both did our thing in the game and we take this hip-hop culture serious.”

Redman understands that hip-hop has taken a sharp turn from where it used to be back in the day, so for hip-hop fans who “are reaching out to find that little, special something,” he promises to keep the essence alive. “My secret is going against the grain,” he reveals when asked how he has remained relevant. “I don’t know it all. I know how my era run but we[‘re] in a new world now. And you gotta learn to switch with the times.”

The legendary act also speaks to the artists in this day and age whose careers don’t seem to be taking off without naming names. “For those people that work hard and really don’t get anywhere, they need to change direction,” Redman advises. “They need to change their circle and they need to change their people.” Catch what else he had to say in the clip.

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