Eccentric soul singer Janelle Monae (whose futuristic second studio album ‘The Electric Lady’ has become my daily soundtrack as I scour for pearl-clutching fuckery) ditches her classic fitted tuxedo and matching saddle shoes in favor of a more glam look for the latest issue of Uptown Magazine. Haute!
Continue reading to find out what the Kansas City native had to share with the publication and to peep the quirky cover.
On the biggest misconception about her: ”People think I am so straitlaced and buttoned up. There is a lot of life underneath this tuxedo. I like to have fun. I enjoy practical jokes. I enjoy rolling around the mall in wheelchairs. I enjoy taking someone’s baby and putting it on my hip for about two hours straight and then giving it back.”
On meeting Erykah Badu: “We met underwater. She was the Queen of the Water and I was swimming. We would perform and talk about what kind of popcorn and hotdogs we like.”
Her thoughts about the impact of record sales: “When you release your first album, record sales are important. But now, I don’t really care. I feel like this music is from God and I am the pastor that does not need a mega-church. I am fine with my 200-seat church, as long as the people that need it come and get inspired. I know what I could do to be amongst the popular crowd.”
This week, Mashonda played host at her spacious Edgewater, New Jersey home to R&B songstress Marsha Ambrosius, entertainment reporter Janell Snowden and ghost of VH1′s past Jennifer Williams ”for a night of intimate (bordering on emotional) conversations that ranged from Marsha’s last memories with the great Michael Jackson, to Jennifer’s experiences in the reality limelight, and Janell’s hair moments as an early anchor.”
With a night filled with delicious looking cupcakes and medleys of Marsha’s music, the only thing missing was LaLa Anthony playing place holder in the photo ops.
Jamie Foxx was on hand to ring the opening bell at Nasdaq Stock Market today to celebrate the kick-off of a new $500 million project development fund backed by the African Development Bank.
Joining the actor at the Nasdaq MarketSite: NASDAQ OMX Group vice chairman Sandy Frucher, African Development Bank chief of staff Anne Kabagambe, London fashion designer and Made In Africa Foundation co-founder Ozwald Boateng (pictured above with Foxx), and Seven Energy and Atlantic Energy founder Kola Aluko.
The fund, called Africa50, is a joint venture between the African Development Bank and the Made In Africa Foundation, an organization established by Boateng and Aluko.
Check out snapshots of Foxx shooting scenes with cutie pie Oscar nominee Quvenzhane Wallis on the streets of New York City for their forthcoming film ‘Annie’ yesterday below.
Kerry Washington was red carpet ready as she arrived at the BAFTA LA TV Tea 2013 presented by BBC America and Audi held at the SLS Hotel on Saturday night (September 21) in Beverly Hills.
The ‘Scandal’ star stands to make history as the first African-American actress ever to receive an Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for her role on the red hot ABC series. Cicely Tyson was nominated for her work in “Sweet Justice” in 1995.
The 36-year-old actress wasn’t the only baddie in the building. Get into Alfre Woodard‘s beat and J. Alexander‘s outfit. I want Tyler The Creator to claim his father already.
If Momma Dee tried to open up an account at Rent-A-Center using your stolen driver’s license you would ease up on the botched Fix-A-Flat injections, too.
Vivica A. Fox looked lovely in a dove-gray cocktail dress with silver embroidery at the ‘Elysium’ premiere last night.
Aunt Viv gets her cameo on alongside LisaRaye and Cynthia Bailey in Jahiem’s new music video, “Age Ain’t A Factor.” Check it out after the jump.
Jennifer Hudson struggled to hold back tears as she was honored has a co-founder of the Julian D. King Foundation at the VH1 2013 Do Something! Awards in Hollywood, California on Wednesday night (July 31). The foundation is named after her late nephew who was murdered along with her mother and brother in 2008.
“Wow, I wasn’t gonna cry but I’m a cry baby so I can’t help it,” the 31-year-old singer said after accepting her award from presenter Ne-Yo.
”It just shows how much it warms my heart to see so many blessed from our blessings in honor of my nephew and to make a difference in the world,” she added. “It’s one thing to be a celebrity, but it means nothing if you can’t help somebody, make a difference or change.”
The organization aims to “provide stability, support and positive experiences for children of all backgrounds so that they will become productive, confident and happy adults.”
Check out flicks of J. Hud dressed head to toe in Versace on the green carpet below and her snapshots from her performance with J. Cole after the jump!