‘R&B Divas LA’ Back in Feb with Newbies Stacy Francis, Christina Williams

(L-R) Cynthia "Lil Mo" Loving, Christina "Brave" Williams, Stacy Francis and Leela James arrive at Celebration Of Life With TV One's R&B Divas LA at House of Blues Sunset Strip on January 14, 2015 in West Hollywood, California

“R&B Divas LA” returns for its third season on Feb. 11, with new cast members Stacy Francis and Christina “Brave’ Williams joining returning regulars Chanté Moore, Lil’ Mo, Michel’le, Chrisette Michele and Leela James.

Francis, a former finalist on “The X Factor,” is perhaps best known for getting into an altercation with Whitney Houston over Ray J just days before her death. She also, according to the Daily Mail, confirmed that the father of her second child is “Preachers of L.A.” star and mega-church leader Bishop Noel Jones.

On “Divas,” cameras will follow Francis as she seeks to transition from theatre to R&B. Brave, a lead singer on the MTV reality show, “Making The Band,” will be seen trying to overcome the obstacles associated with being a new artist.

Additionally, the Divas put their charitable side on display as they band together to give back to the community. Viewers will also be treated to multiple performances this season.

Per TV One:

Christina “Brave” Williams embraced her musical talents at an early age when she was cast as a lead singer for the MTV reality show, Making The Band. Brave went on to establish her own all-girl group named “Richgirl.” After signing a major deal with Jive Records, “Richgirl” created billboard hits “24’s” and “He Ain’t Wit Me Now.” In 2009, Brave and the group toured as the opening act for Beyoncé’s “I am Sasha Fierce” tour and landed national performances as the main acts. After the group’s separation, Brave began working on her solo project, including penning her own songs and spearheading the treatments for her videos. She has secured roles in both TV and film, including the lead role in Omarion’s M.I.A. music video, took on the role of Bambi on BET’s The Get Up, and a featured singer in TLC’s Crazy Sexy Cool film on VH1. Up next, Brave will be gearing up for the release of her upcoming EP, “FEARLESS.”

Stacy Francis was a finalist and fan favorite on the first season of, The X Factor (FOX). Preceding her spectacular appearance, Stacy topped the charts as a member of the girl group, “Ex-Girlfriend.” Stacy is a trained actress and has toured the world with several stage plays, musical productions, and has appeared on a variety of television programs including featured roles on, Third Watch (NBC), The Parkers (UPN), Yes Dear (CBS), among others. Musical theater highlights include starring opposite Chaka Khan in the West End production of, Mama I Want To Sing, along with roles in Born to Sing, Smokey Joe’s Café, Street Corner Symphony and the hit Broadway show, Footloose. Stacy is primed to launch her very own skin care line, Stacy Francis Beauty, which is a collection of 6 essential anti-aging and body hydrating skincare products.

 

Full Force & Friends Help Swizz Beats Surprise Alicia Keys with ‘House Party’ (Pics/Video)

alicia keys - swizz & alicia
So January 25th is Alicia Key‘s birthday but Saturday night her husband Kasseem “Swizz Beats” Dean threw his wife a surprise House Party Pajama Jammy Jam which featured hot energetic performances by the classic movie cast members themselves of Kid N Play, Full Force, Tisha Campbell & A.J. Johnson.

As the guests partied to the DJ sounds of Kid Capri & Kool DJ Red Alert, the music simmered down as all the guests who were dressed in pajama’s including a still shocked Alicia Keys who wore matching jammies with her husband Swizz Beats, all gathered close to the performance area as DJ FunkMaster Flex introduced the House Party Bullies themselves, Full Force as the 3 brothers of the group (Paul Anthony, B-Fine & Bowlegged Lou) ran onstage to DJ Runna’s music cue, they started to sing their hit song ” Aint My Type Of Hype” which is the dance battle theme song of House Party.

As the 2nd verse approached, then out of nowhere came Tisha Campbell Martin & AJ Johnson who just promptly re-created some of their classic House Party dance moves that they did 25 years ago. They did not lose a step as they both twisted, turned, rocked & moved to the crowd’s delight.

As that segment ended, Full Force then guided the enthused guests into a delightful classic musical call & shout audience response routine which was met with loud crowd participation. After Full Force ended then Kid N Play’s DJ Wiz struck the turntable intro as Kid N Play glided on stage to do a medley of their hits which included “Aint Gonna Hurt Nobody” & “Rollin Wit’ Kid N Play.” Needless to say, they both climaxed their set with the classic Kid N Play Kid N play Kick Step. As their set came to an end, the guests roared with approval.

ak - ff group & swizz

The birthday girl, Alicia Keys & her hubby, the birthday giver, Swizz Beats, were thoroughly satisfied with their very own House Party Pajama Jammy Jam Concert which featured the actual cast members of the iconic movie House Party. The idea & brainstorm to rock a House Party pajama jammy theme came from the innovative mind of Swizz Beats who wanted nothing but the best for his wife. Alicia was so surprised & happy as she danced while taking pics with lots of her guests & even partied with the House Party cast members. As Bowlegged Lou aka Pee Wee would say in his high pitched squeaky voice, Everyone at the Party was kickin some f**kin assssssss !!

For Swizz’s last Birthday, Alicia surprised Swizz with a beautiful “Coming To America” themed birthday party. Swizz got her back with one of her favorite movies. The party guest-list included Busta Rhymes, La La Anthony, Carmelo Anthony, Angie Martinez, Ebro Darden & Oprah’s best friend Gayle King.

Check out video from the event:

Shout out to Swizz for orchestrating such a hot surprise party & shout out to Swizz’s super assistant & coordinator Monique Blake. If a concert tour is birthed out of House Party’s 25th Anniversary this year, Kid n Play, Full Force, Tisha Campbell Martin, AJ Johnson & other possible acts will have Swizz & Alicia for cultivating that idea !! HAPPY BIRTHDAY ALICIA, HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU !!

Check out some snaps from the event:

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Alicia keys, Paul Anthony, AJ Johnson

Bowlegged Lou, Carmelo Anthony & Paul Anthony

Bowlegged Lou & Alicia Keys

Paul Anthony, Gayle King, Paul Anthony's wife Michelle

Paul Anthony, Carmelo Anthony & bowlegged Lou

 

Is Denzel Washington Making Moves to Guest on ‘Empire?’

empire and denzel washingtonLee Daniels is making some major moves, with all the high-level guest stars he’s lined up for his show “Empire.” And he may be on the verge of scoring his best get yet.

Media sources report that Daniels had dinner with Denzel Washington last week during a night of partying with “Empire” stars Jussie Smollett and Tasha Smith, Lenny Kravitz, Brandy, Common and George Clinton at Giorgio’s at the Standard in Hollywood.

Denzel Washington and Lee Daniels

As the night progressed, Daniels proceeded to inform his Instagram followers of his plans via a picture of him and Washington and  the following caption as he asked if they think Oscar winner would join “Empire”:

Trying to talk this one into doing a guest star on #empire #nextweekdinneronme

The thought of having Washington on board the hip-hop “Dynasty” would be epic, to say the least. Chatting with The Philadelphia Inquirer, Daniels revealed he and Washington are currently discussing the potential for Washington to join the series, stating, “Denzel hasn’t done television in 30 years. But he saw the pilot and said, ‘I’ve got to be a part of this.”

Should Daniels succeed, Washington would be in very good company among “Empire” guests stars as the series boasts Kravitz, Cuba Gooding, Jr., Mariah Carey, Snoop Dogg, Naomi Campbell, Raven-Symoné, Macy Gray, Courtney Love and Foxy Brown, among those who either have appeared on the Fox show or are on deck to appear.

Adding to the guest list, Daniels confirmed that legendary vocalist Patti LaBelle will be on “Empire,” with an Instagram picture he posted of he and LaBelle along with the following tease:

We fixin to turn up to watch #empire #fox #pattitakedownyourtree

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Future – My Savages (Official Music Video)

Future delivers an official music video for “My Savages.” The track was produced byWlll-A-Fool. Visuals directed by Cricket. This is taken from Future’s Monster mixtape. You can grab it from Datpiff http://www.datpiff.com/Future-Monster-mixtape.652571.html.


Mya Twerks It Out During Performance At G5ive Strip Club In Miami (Video/Pics)

Mya had everything jumping and dollar bills flying during her performance at the G5ive Gentleman’s club in Miami on Friday, January 23.

It was a paid singing gig and no, the 35-year old “Movin On” hit maker was not stripping, but she did showcase her fit body when she got on all fours and twerked during part of the show.

Peep it below.

We’re not at all Mya.

Sources: Miss Info, G5ive, Pauly LambriscoFlylifestyl3

Kid Cudi Upset His Gay Kissing Scenes Cut Out Of The Movie ‘James White’ (Video)

In Kid Cudi’s latest film entitled James White he plays a gay character. He embraced the opportunity as an artist to do something challenging.

“My thing is what story are we trying to tell here,” Cudi told Billboard. “I didn’t flinch. I’m secure with mine. I’m an artist — it’s all about playing characters that are intriguing and stimulating.”

While he was happy with the role, Cudi didn’t find out until the film’s premiere at theSundance film festival on Friday, January 23, that his intimate scenes with actor David Call had been cut from the film by director Josh Mond.

“I’m mad [Mond] cut out my kissing scenes with David,” Cudi said during an audience Q&A session after the film. “We made out so many times — and it was so good! That’s my only gripe.”

Cudi also got the chance to score the film. Listen to him talk about the experience and upcoming album, Man on the Moon 3, above.

Big Sean Covers Complex, Talks Naya Rivera, Ariana Grande, Eric Garner, & Mike Brown

Via Complex:
Big Sean recently announced the title of his third studio album, Dark Sky Paradise. The music magazine goes back home with the Detroit rapper, where he opens up about love and loss. Or more specifically, Naya Rivera.

On his very public breakup that ended with calling off his engagement to the Glee star, whom he admits inspired the last verse of “IDFWU,” he says of course he didn’t steal her Rolex—he’s got the receipts to prove it—and as far as her past behavior goes:

“You can come to that conclusion yourself if you just look at the facts,” he says before pausing and then letting out a laugh. That’s probably why he says he wasn’t shocked by it. “I felt like it was unnecessary drama ‘cause in my eyes it wasn’t true. I wasn’t surprised by it,” he says with another long laugh. “Even though I didn’t steal anything, I wasn’t surprised by it.”

Sean’s moved on, as we all know by now. About how his relationship with Ariana Grande came to be, he says:
“We started as friends,” he says. “I’d never done that. Usually you meet a girl and then start dating. We always saw each other in the studio, and we’d talk about songs we were working on. It was cool to have a girl that I could talk to about my problems. I did that with her. It’s not some fake-a**, inauthentic s*** when I say we were friends. This is something special and I appreciate every moment of it.” But what about the pressures that come from dating another celebrity? Finding time to see each other? Having your love life in the news? “I don’t think about it like that,” Sean says. “You can’t be afraid, because when you’re afraid you don’t give it your all.”

On a darker note, Sean opens up about recent tragedies in the news, such as the deaths of Mike Brown and Eric Garner:

“It don’t even surprise me,” he says. “It’s sad. It is a racial thing, but the fact that the law can get away with this is sad. That you can kill somebody on camera. It’s been happening. It’s so wrong, on an ethics level, on a racial level, on so many levels. It brought my spirits down yesterday when I heard about Eric Garner. I didn’t even tweet about it. I didn’t do anything. I couldn’t.”

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