‘Empire’ Costars Trai Byers and Grace Gealey Set to be Married

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Well Look who’s ‘sposed to be getting hitched.

We learned that “Empire” costars Trai Byers and Grace Gealey  were dating about 4 months ago, but now they’re ready to take it the next level. Word is they are engaged.

Byers, who plays Gealey’s stepson on the hit show, did the down on bended knees thing on Sunday night during her birthday celebrations in Chicago.

“She was totally surprised and elated,” a source told Us Weekly. “She can’t stop looking at the ring. They celebrated all night.”

BTW, Gealey’s 31st birthday party at Chicago’s Kinmont restaurantwas thrown by Byers, according to E! News. Gealey was spotted wearing a diamond engagement ring during the celebration.

The actress (a.k.a. “Boo Boo Kitty”) thanked fans for their birthday greetings and posted a collage of her own, though her rumored fiance did not show up in her Instagram post.

“To all who sent greetings, called, messaged and came out to celebrate yesterday, thank you. It was an incredibly unforgettable day. And looking forward to an incredibly unforgettable year. #31HereWeCome #empirefam #arthurmurrayfam #famfam”

Reports say the couple was joined by about 20 friends and family members, including their “Empire” costars Kaitlin Doubleday, Gabourey Sidibe and Jussie Smollett.


18165403493_06e9b0e1d8First dates can be the kind of magic that gives Criss Angel a run for his money. They can also be the kind of hell that makes taking an ice pick to the funny bone sound pleasant. That’s the thing with first dates, they’re a total crapshoot. You could win big in the love department or end up with, well, crap! I have five signs that should help you determine if your first date is going to be amazing or if it’s just another first date dud before the date even starts.

He makes a plan

A good guy makes a plan well before the day of the date. You know exactly where and when you’re going out and what you’re going to do. There’s no, “Is it just drinks? Or dinner, too? Should I wear heels or are we going to be standing all night?” A sign of a respectful guy who has it together is a solid plan way in advance. If you’ve got that going, you’re well on your way to a great date.

He checks in

It’s the day of the date and he texts, calls or messages you through the dating site or app to check in and see if the plan still works. And he does this several hours before the date, not a few minutes before meeting time. If you know as early in the day as possible that your date for the evening is still on and he’s looking forward to it, the future of your date is looking very rosey.

His Google results are solid

Let’s not pretend that we don’t all Google and social media stalk the heck out of every new person we meet, especially potential lovers, k? It’s something every human with a Wi-Fi connection does. What were the results for your guy? One of my girlfriends was super excited about a guy she was set to meet that night until she Googled up his Twitter account and saw that he retweeted a bunch of really racist jokes a month before. She was so turned off that she cancelled the date and I don’t blame her. See what your date’s internet search results have to say about him.

He’s there before you

Before you get to the designated meeting spot, you should already have a text from him saying that he’s there and waiting for you. That’s the sign of a true gentleman—someone who gets there early, scopes out the situation and nabs a prime table or just barstools for the two of you. That means you’ll avoid the awkward “where should we sit?” back and forth and get straight into getting to know each other because he handled thing like a real man should.

He gives you the heart skips

Ok, this might technically be as soon as the date starts, but it’s before you two even say a word, so I’m counting it. As soon as you see him, you get a little heart flutter or rush of warmth at the sight of him. I’m not talking about love at first sight here. But, I am talking about an instant physical attraction. Looks certainly aren’t everything, but they aren’t nothing, either. If you have that spark at first glance, you’ve got a good chance for a good night.

Alright, single ladies! I hope that helps you out. Get out there, swipe right on some hotties and set up those dates. You never know which first date could be the winner!

Kelly Price Divorcing her Husband/Manager After 23 Years


It’s over between Kelly Price and her husband Jeffrey Rolle, Sr.

According to Jawn Murray’s AlwaysAList.com, the R&B singer is divorcing her husband of 23 years, and he is no longer serving as her manager. The two met as teens and have been married since they were 19. They have two children together—a son, Jeffrey Rolle Jr., 23, and daughter, Jonia Rolle, 21.

According to the website, the divorce is amicable. Price said her decision was in pursuit of “mutual happiness” and that they had simply grown apart.

“After the untimely death of my sister last year, it weighed on me heavily that this was something we needed to do. I ultimately made the decision to live the best life I can. I ended things because I didn’t want to compromise what true happiness was anymore,” Kelly told AlwaysAList.com. “There are no hard feelings and I will love Jeff until the day I die.”

According to the site, Price plans to sing about the split in a way that speaks to other women on her upcoming album, “Sing, Pray, Love Vol. 2: Pray,” due next year via eOne Nashville.


Khloé Kardashian, Lamar Odom Divorce Awaits Judge’s Signature

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A year and a half since Khloe Kardashian filed for divorce from Lamar Odom, the split is finally near the finish line.

Both parties signed and filed papers making it official last Friday, according to TMZ. A judge’s signature will make the divorce official.

Kardashian, 31, filed back in December 2013 but was slow to make it official for numerous reasons. At one point, Odom, 35, went missing. There were also hints, via “Keeping Up the Kardashians,” that the troubled couple was considering reconciliation.

Because of inactivity for a lengthy period of time, in April a judge threatened to dismiss the case if a decision wasn’t made.

In the 18 months since Kardashian filed, she’s allegedly dated French Montana and NBA beau James Harden.



Online dating or dating via apps (that’s still online dating…or is there another word for that?) is not easy. You HAVE to do it if you’re single and want to meet someone, though. Did you read that? It’s a must. No questions about that. Relying on in person connections exclusively is like running a mile with your feet tied together. You might get to the end, but man, is there an easier way. In online dating, the rules are a little different than with in person meetings. Women can and should make the first move online. The only catch is that it’s tough and easy to fall into the trap of starting with an opening line that’s going to get you nowhere. To help you avoid that, here are 5 opening lines you should never use on online dating. –more–>


No exclamation point even? Honestly, though, this wouldn’t be any better with the exclamation point. You want to start to build some textual chemistry with this guy, and an opening of “hi” is leading straight to Snoozeville. The convo’s going to go, “Hi,” “Hi,” “How are you?” “Fine. How are you?” “Fine.” I’ve had a more interesting conversations with my hairdryer. Playing it safe online is boring. And hi is the epitome of safe and boring. Do yourself a favor and show him your personality as soon as you can!

How tall are you?

What if a man asked you how big your boobs were right off the bat? It would make you feel like less of a person and like there’s no right way to answer the question. If you don’t answer, you come off as aloof and cold. If you do, should you be honest? Is what you say too big? Too small? That’s how a man feels about his height. And just trust that any man is tall enough when he has the right personality and accomplishments.

What’s your job?

Again, you’ve got to focus on textual chemistry with online connections, not your checklist. Of course I don’t want you to settle and ignore any of your non-negotiables. But, your first interaction with the guy doesn’t have to be about his employment. You’re looking for a life partner, not your next assistant. Think more about core values that current job.

Waffles or pancakes?

I hate gimmicky questions like this. People think the answers to questions like these reveal so much about a person. Really, they’re just conversation stoppers. Think of a real question based on information on his profile, not something generic you ask every dude you match with.

I like your pics.

This says nothing about you! And of course you like his pics. You swiped right on him! Also, this is something you could say to any guy you connected with. Think of something original for the dude. Give him something to work with, lady! Good luck out there, my singles. I know online dating can be discouraging, but remember, it only takes one!

Orlando Scandrick on Draya Drama: ‘Don’t Believe Everything You Hear’ (Watch)

Orlando Scandrick

The red carpet at a kids event is not the place to discuss restraining orders and domestic violence allegations against your girlfriend – especially if your kids are in tow.

Orlando Scandrick was on the “orange” carpet last night with his twin girls for the Nickelodeon Kids Choice Sports Awards when HipHollywood caught up with the player. Instead of asking directly about his on-again off-again girlfriend, Draya Michele, the outlet asked how he prepares for a big football season while dealing with negative media attention.

The Dallas Cowboys player responded: “I just try to work everyday and just take one day at a time. You can’t believe everything you read. You can’t believe everything you hear.”

Watch below:

A quick recap of the Draylando drama:

The pair have been on and off for the past two years, but the duo recently made headlines after he broke off their short-lived engagement just weeks after proposing.

Orlando later revealed to TMZ that the proposal was a “poor decision.” The NFL player later apologized for the comment, but then shocked fans when he filed a restraining order against the “Basketball Wives: LA” star. The 28-year-old reportedly filed the docs on July 7th asking that Draya be no where near him, which means she will have to move out of his house.


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

Jim Skrip and Vanessa Williams

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.


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