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Rihanna Seeks Beyonce's Advice


SHATTERED Rihanna nearly cancelled a concert after suffering a meltdown under the stress of her mega world tour.  The Bajan singer, 23, threw the wobbler just hours before she was due on stage in Dublin last Friday. She only decided to perform after making a tearful phone call to mentor Beyonce, who was able to talk her round.
Rihanna went ahead with the concert as planned and wrote online afterwards: “I’m so light-headed!” The star is suffering from exhaustion amid the stress of her gruelling ten-month, 101-date tour.
A source said: “She’s just a young woman who just wants to have fun, but she was feeling pretty low.
“It’s a mix of exhaustion and stress. She’s been partying hard to take her mind off things, but there are days when she wakes up and doesn’t even know where she is because of the travelling.
“It’s no wonder she is feeling down.”
Beyonce, 30, advised Rihanna to complete her tour commitments — then take a year off to relax. [Source]

Mary J. Blige Hanging Out With Monica & Young Jeezy!!!







Images via EA

Paula Patton For Jezebel Magazine Nov 2011

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Actress Paula Patton covers the November 2011 issue of JEZEBEL magazine, which is based out of Atlanta. Patton, 35, is in heavy demand these days due to her coveted role as a beautiful secret spy in the action thriller Mission: Impossible, Ghost Protocol, starring Tom Cruise. 

On auditioning for the role in Ghost Protocol: “The truth is that I really didn’t think that I was going to get it. I remember them calling me and asking me to come in and read for the director, and I was like, ‘Come on, guys, don’t waste my time!’”

When she got the phone call letting her know she got the role: “I was like, ‘Stop! Stop!’ It was a great moment.”

On deciding to go into acting: “I was around 27 when I had this epiphany. I was writing screenplays and trying to do my thing, but, in all honesty, it was a lot of procrastination. Then I thought to myself, ‘What have I always loved to do?’ and the answer was, ‘to act!’ My next thought was, ‘Screw it, I have nothing to lose.’”

On her childhood: She had “The best mommy in the world!” adding “things were not perfect—as many childhoods aren’t—and for me, my escape was my imagination.”

She says she still “doesn’t like reality very much,” but the wife of Robin Thicke says there are some parts of the real world she does love. “I love my son; I love my husband; and then I want to take them into my dream-world…My dream is Paris, and good food, and beautiful sunsets, and no worries, and no stress and life floating on a cloud!”

Kareena Kapoor For "Cineblitz" Dec 2011

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Bebo quotes "I am not going to quit, I am certain my directors would love to have me in their films despite my "Mrs" title, because I have proved my worth as an actor. Talent is always worshipped here. Being the focussed person that I am, I am certain I would accomplish the goals I have set for myself."

Jim Iyke Is Not Arrogant, He Is Confident. Please Give Him A Break.


I feel really bad about all the horrible comments that i have been seeing on so many sites against actor, Jim Iyke, since his recent unfortunate incident came to light. Jim has practically been castigated by the "Office Of ITK Public Opinion". If you were not there and did not witness the said allegations take place, then why are you being so quick to judge? Whatever happened to "innocent until proven guilty"?

Seriously, i think Jim Iyke is greatly misunderstood and people should just give the guy a break. Jim is brutally honest and has admitted publicly that he has anger issues and revealed that he was attending Anger Management Sessions, which he finds therapeutic.

His exact words: "I will not disrespect you by lying about the fact that I do get into one or two brushes with people here and there. I will not give any excuse that I have never been that kind of person. I am taking a Anger Management Session now, it was advised not only by my fiancée, but also by my agent. It is a very interesting session for my well being. One thing about our society is that we have not accepted celebrities with their whims and caprices. An actor is allowed to be eccentric. There is a thin line between the person you see on stage and the real actor. A lot of people do not understand that." This statement moved me to tears. For a top celebrity like himself to come out and admit that hey, i'm not perfect and i'm taking steps to deal with my imperfections, Jim has to be commended and respected. At least he doesn't pretend to be what he's not.

I can honestly tell you as well, that contrary to popular belief, Jim Iyke is actually not arrogant; rather he is confident and his aura exudes this. People misconstrue his confidence as arrogance. And regarding his anger issues, from my experience dealing with friends that have similar problems, these people do not talk a lot. When they are attacked, bullied and judged (generally by people who do not know them), they try to ignore it at first, but when the jibes keep going on and on and on, the pent-up anger welled up inside them will eventually snap! This is the reason why Jim may appear rude when he confronts his critics on Twitter or in interviews.

Please people, i implore you, do not take delight in kicking a man when he is down. I am sure that a lot of us have been in different unfortunate situations before God lifted us back up. This is just a temporary glitch for Jim, he will definitely rise again. Celebrities are human beings like the rest of us and just like us, they also need love and support. Jim may be a tough cookie, but he does have feelings and is obviously hurt by all this. This is a man that has put his hand up and publicly acknowledged his imperfections. Am i the only one who sees this as a cry for help? This is a guy that has delighted and entertained us on screen for years and now he needs our support; so ask yourselves this question honestly and let your conscience guide you: "Am i going to stand by Jim or will i keep judging him"? I rest my case.


God bless.

OutStand Konnect Music And E4 PR Present: Fly MC feat Glenn ~ Get The Party Started


Just a couple of weeks back, Fly MC Dropped the Banger "Jump In The Sky" With 7star General Pype and, promised to deliver a Mixtape early December. Here is another one for the Christmas Parties titled "Get The Party Started" Feat. Glenn. Produced by Jos/Lagos Based Producer SizzlePro. Fly MC & Sizzle synchronized ideas, using african drums and a sample from Daft Punk to create something new. Let's Get This Party Started is Sick! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. The Mixtape "FlightMode" is Scheduled for release December 3rd.

Oliver don Twist By AREA (Parts 1 & 2). Hilarious! Don Jazzy And D'banj, Have You Seen This?


Lol! This is so funny, especially the second video. These guys are really TALENTED though, i give it to them and i hope Don Jazzy and D'banj notice these creative animation whiz kids!!!

Nice one guys.

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Oliver don Twist by AREA (part 1)


Oliver don Twist 2 by AREA!

The Break-In: Audition For This Film Going On Now. Hurry!!!


Auditions Auditions Auditions!!! If this is the opportunity that you have been waiting for, then hurry. The Producers and Directors, fresh from the US, are in Nigeria now to cast for their new movie, The Break-In.


The movie will be premiered worldwide and will go to all the film festivals. So this is your moment to shine. If you think you've got what it takes, then call the number on the poster now. Address and audition dates/times on the poster also.


Good luck.


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T.I. Covers Vibe Magazine January 2012 Edition


T.I. on being skeptical of Bin Laden’s death: “It’s like everybody that the U.S. was besties with, years later they’re the worst person in the world,” says Tip. “My question is what character traits do they possess now that they didn’t possess when y’all were besties? What made it go astray, and who’s to say they were on the dishonest end of that?

On Osama Bin Laden  being killed: “If that really happened.”

So you’re skeptical about the legitimacy of Osama’s death? ”Man, I’m a conspiracy theorist by nature. You can’t experience the federal penal system and not be somewhat skeptical.”

JOSEPH BENJAMIN & BEVERLY NAYA TO HOST MODE MEN AWARDS 2011

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Mode Men, the sophisticated magazine for the man of style and class has just announced the hosts for the upcoming Mode Men Awards, Which they are Joseph Benjamin and Beverly Naya.

Both actors have been enjoying rising profiles with Joe stepping into the shoes of Nollywood's leading man and Beverly acting in several high profile productions this year such as the star-studded 'Weekend Getaway' and as well as the rom-com, 'Alan Pozer' and now a harrowing thriller, 'Up the Creek Without A Paddle'.

The event takes place on December 10th at a soon to be disclosed venue and promises to be a spectacular night.



TWO BRIDES & A BABY CINEMA SCHEDULE NOW OUT.


The much awarded 'Two Brides & A Baby' Movie Schedule is out!

1. Silverbird (Lagos): by 3.30pm & 5.50pm
2. Genesis Cinemas (Lagos): 1.00pm, 3.00pm, 5.00pm & 7.00pm
3. Ozone Cinemas (Lagos): 10.30am, 12.25am, & 6.40pm
4. Silverbird Ceddi Plaza (Abuja): 12.00pm, 4.20pm, & 8.40pm
5. Silverbird SEC (Abuja): 1.00pm, 3.00pm, 4.55pm, 7.00pm & 9.20pm
6. Silverbird (Port Harcourt): 4.10pm & 8.50pm
7. Genesis Cinemas (Port Harcourt): 10.15am, 4.25pm & 8.40pm
8. Silverbird (Uyo): 3.10pm

The movie which recently premiered in Lagos stars Stella Damasus, O.C Ukeje, Chelsea Eze, Keira Hewatch, Okey Uzoeshi, Kalu Ikeagwu to mention a few. The film was produced by Blessing Egbe and directed by Teco Benson.

Kareena Kapoor Refuses To Work With Arunoday Singh In "Heroine"


And once again, Madhur Bhandarkar’s film Heroine undergoes a change. And this time, its the leading lady Kareena Kapoor who has caused this change. Reason: Bebo isn’t keen on getting intimate with actor Arunoday Singh on screen. And so, Randeep Hooda has replaced Arunoday Singh.

Arunoday Singh had dedicated himself completely to the project, from the very start. He was super excited to share screen space with Aishwarya Rai. Back then, he even said, “Why feel the pressure? I am not going to fight a battle. To work with Aishwarya would be amazing and I am looking forward to it.”
But now, the actors excitment has turned to dismay as he is no more a part of the project.

“Kareena approved of Randeep filling up for Arunoday. She was also informed at the earlier stage when Randeep was being approached,” informed a source.

“Randeep is very happy to work with Bhandarkar and UTV. Heroine, after all, is a big film. He will be playing a cricketer in it,” added the source.

Confirming the news, Bhandarkar said, “The role was changed. Randeep suits it more now. Arunoday is a very talented guy. I am looking forward to working with him in the future.”

Jennifer Hudson Says Her Fiance Saved Her Life!


Jennifer Hudson covers the current issue of Ebony magazine and in the interview she says she was supposed to be with her family on the day they were murdered. The singer changed her plans to visit her mother at the last minute instead going to see her fiancé, David Otunga, fight in a World Wrestling Entertainment match.

“He wanted me to come out to Florida with him instead of going to Chicago. I flew out to see him; that’s why I’m still here. That’s one of the things that saved my life. Because I could have been home with my mom then.”

It’s a sad realization that Jennifer has a hard time expressing. ”I’ve never said that before, and I can’t believe I just said that now,” she says.

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Desmond Elliott, Monalisa Chinda, Chioma Akpotha And Emem Isong In FLY ARIK PRIZE FOR AFRICAN MOVIE STARS Competition: Please Vote For Them




Hi all,


Arik Air is providing free return tickets to the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival holding in New York for the winners of this poll/competition. Please vote for our Nollywood stars to make this happen.

Please click on the link below and vote in all categories thus:

Africafilmfest.org/Poll


Click on: The Fly Arik Air Prize For Best Female Actress and vote for Monalisa Chinda or Chioma Chukwuka Akpotha (See as these people come put my two girls together...kai! Yeye! lol! Please choose one)


Click on: The Fly Arik Air Prize For Best Male Actor and vote for Desmond Elliot (Undisputed oh)


Click on: The Fly Arik Air Prize For Best Film Producer/Director and vote for Emem Isong

Many thanks and God bless.

NNPC Official's Murderer Apprehended; Gives A Chilling Confession, Describing Killing In Graphic Detail. (Update On Previous Post)


The Nigerian Police Force have successfully arrested the killer of Mrs Afishetu Dupe Abdullahi, the NNPC female executive who was murdered and her remains dumped inside her freezer. The killer is her 21 year-old driver, Amanya (other names withheld) who was assisted by his younger brother, 19 year-old Kenneth (other names withheld).

Shortly after his arrest, the driver was paraded in the premises of the FCT police command, where he gave very graphic details of how the relationship between himself and his madam went sour and why it resulted in her death. Their major problem was because he had an accident with one of the late Mrs Afishetu’s cars and was asked by his madam to either fix the damaged part of the vehicle or risk being arrested by the police. “I told her I had no money to fix the car and begged her to allow me work with her so that she would use my salary to repair her car. And it was from that time I developed hatred for her and started the plans which led to her death,” the suspect revealed.

In an uncommon display of courage, Amanya, a secondary school leaver, who hails from Ogba-Egbema in Rivers State, gave graphic details of the entire incident. Below is the tragic fate of the woman, as narrated by Amanye:

The beginning
Actually, I was doing car wash at Febson Hotel. It was there I first washed her car, and she has a business centre there. When I first met her, she told me she was looking for a driver, and I told her I knew how to drive, and that was how she employed me. That was about a month ago. Thereafter, I started working with her and unfortunately, there was a time I had an accident with the black Infinity, and she asked me to repair the damage, otherwise, she would get the police to arrest me.

NNPC Official Murdered In Her Abuja Home By Trusted Driver; Body Dumped In Deep Freezer.

Residents of a serene estate in the Garki District of Abuja woke up on Tuesday to witness the gory sight of a female senior staff of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), whose lifeless body was found in a deep freezer inside her residence.
The deceased, a mother of three simply identified as Mrs. Abdullahi, is suspected to have been strangled to death by her driver in connivance with a young man whose identity had not been ascertained as at press time.

Daily Sun learnt that the woman, an indigene of Auchi in Etsako Local Government Area of Edo State, was last seen in the evening of Friday when she was believed to have been killed, while arranging household properties in her new abode where she had planned to fully relocate after the Sallah festivities. Her former residence was at the Citec Estate in the Jabi area of Abuja.

Informed sources further hinted that after perpetrating the evil act, her assailants drove out with Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV) to her old residence at Citec Estate, where they allegedly ransacked all the rooms and made away with cash as well as other valuable items, including another SUV said to have been parked in the premises.
Ironically, her driver who is suspected to have masterminded the gory act was reportedly employed by the deceased barely two weeks ago.

A middle-aged woman who claimed to be a relation of the deceased but pleaded anonymity, told Daily Sun that her driver and his partner in crime were said to have driven the two vehicles back to her new apartment in Garki, where sources said they might have taken some bottles of beer in her sitting room, before eventually zooming off to an unknown destination.

Monalisa Chinda, Nse Ikpe-Etim And Chioma Akpotha: Addressing False Rumours About E4 PR Stars


Hi all,

There have been false rumours circulating everywhere about some of our stars and frankly, i am very disappointed that some people whom i considered good friends/acquaintances went ahead and printed these stories without verifying first from either myself or the stars involved.

Many times, i ignore false rumours, as i realise that it goes with the territory and it is too much negative energy for me to keep trying to correct everyone anyway. However, when boundaries are crossed and maliciousness is taken to another level as a result, then steps have to be taken to prevent further occurrences.

Firstly, there is no truth in the rumour about Monalisa kicking Nse out of her home. Monalisa and Nse are friends and they do not live together. Nse lives in Abuja and it is standard procedure that if herself or any other actor or actress for that matter, has to travel outside their location, accommodation will be provided.

Monalisa and Nse have already contacted their lawyers regarding this issue and woe betide the person/people that started this malicious rumour, for if caught, they shall be taken to the cleaners!

Regarding Chioma Akpotha, Nollywood Actor, Mr Chinwetalu Agu, granted a recent interview here  Nigeriafilms.com - I’ll act ***e for good price----Chiwetalu Agu where he slated Chioma. Because Mr Agu is old enough to be my father and i was not brought up to insult my elders, i will reserve my comments regarding his statement and just deal with the falsehood in it.

First of all and most importantly, Chioma Akpotha has NEVER posed in her underwear and does not EVER intend to in the near future.

Secondly, please look at the poster (below) that Mr Agu is referring to. Does that look like "pant and bra" (his own words)? So why the exaggeration?


Thirdly and most annoyingly, the only part of Chioma's body in that poster that belongs to her is her head! Her head was photoshopped onto that body without her knowledge!

Initially, when snippets of stories kept filtering back to us, we assumed that they were false rumours as usual and ignored them, but after Mr Agu's interview, we decided to dig deeply and to our utmost alarm, found this poster!

Anyone that knows Chioma will tell you that she is a very decent lady. I even jokingly call her my "Miss Goody Two Shoes"; so the perpetrators of this crime are truly evil.

Chioma is very upset and devastated right now and is taking legal action against the culprits.

Finally, please please please, if you hear any rumour in future regarding E4 PR stars, kindly confirm from their management first before printing.



Many thanks and God bless.

Egor Efiok (CEO, E4 PR).

Angel Champagne: Nigeria's Answer to Cristal Champagne?

An advertisement of a champagne drink costing £2,500 or N650,000 per 1.5 litre bottle, has sparked outrage in Lagos, with some people who read the advert, describing the price as 'sheer madness', in a country where more than 90 per cent of the people earn daily income of less than a dollar.

Critics of the exorbitant price of the Angel champagne brand said only those who have embezzled money can afford it.

As advertised, Angel comes in two different bottles, with the 750ml bottle selling for £1,200 pounds or N312,000.

We found that the Nigerian prices are about three times what the drink goes for, in all its various brands by its foreign producers. The black bottle of 750ml is sold for £380, while the 1.5litre bottle is sold for £640. The platinum bottle of 750ml goes for £562, while the platinum 1.5 litre variety goes for £777.

ANGEL champagne is produced by Stefano Zagni, a British entrepreneur, who argues on his website that the drink is meant for select people around the world. As revealed on the site, Angel is designed for the celebrities of Hollywood in the USA.

The producers even parade a more outrageously priced Jeroboam platinum bottle of 3 litres at £5,725 (about N1.9million). The site also sells a champagne vintage brut magnum at £188,000, which is N49million in Nigeria's battered currency. And this is just for a 1.5 litre bottle.

Chris Brown Says There Is No Sex Tape With "Basketball Wife" Draya Michele!


Rumor has it that there is a sex tape featuring Chris Brown and Draya Michele engaging in all manners of freakdom. Not true says Breezy’s rep.

His rep tells TMZ the person who stars in a new XXX sex tape being shopped around town is DEFINITELY not the singer despite reports.

A gossip website says the mystery seller wants $50,000 in exchange for footage of Chris with the Basketball Wives LA star.

His rep says, The report is absolutely not true. Doesn’t it seem like a coincidence that every time Chris has a major performance or event on the horizon, some fake story like this breaks?”

It was only a couple weeks ago when Draya Tweeted that someone was going to release a sex tape with her but she never identified her partner.

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Eminem & Yelawolf For VIBE: Talks Race & Past Drug Use


Following their acclaimed appearance at the 2011 BET Hip-Hop Awards’ cypher, Shady Records representatives Eminem and Yelawolf cover VIBE magazine. In the Dec. 2011/Jan. 2012 issue, the rappers spoke on poking fun at their race and their history with drug usage. Yelawolf also spoke on the use of the N-word.
Eminem, what advice do you offer, if any, on being scrutinized for being a white rapper. Do you guys ever talk about race in that way? 
Eminem: We make jokes about it, but I don’t think we talk about it in depth. As I was listening to his music, I am not even thinking about any of that shit. It’s just the music. That’s one of the things that’s great about it. I’m not even thinking about it when I hear the music.
Yelawolf: We do poke fun of it because it’s funny. Like, he calls me White Dog.
Oh, you called him that on the BET Awards Cypher. I didn’t realize it was an ongoing joke?
EM: Yeah, or Beige Sheep. [Laughs]
YW: Cracker Nuts. Whatever, I think it’s kinda unspoken.
EM: We deal with it enough as it is. So now, let’s make music.
YW: Let’s make great records. At the end of the day, that’s all there is to do.

Oprah Winfrey Renting Out Her 4,600 Sq Ft Chicago Co-Op For $15,000 A Month.


It pays to own major real estate anywhere these days but when you’re Oprah Winfrey and worth over $2 billion the money you earn from such vacant properties is merely a drop in your already over sized, over flowing bucket of wealth.

Oprah is renting out her 4,600 sq ft Chicago co-op for $15,000 a month:

Talk-show host and media giant Oprah Winfrey has placed an eight-room, 4,607-square-foot co-op unit inStreeterville up for rent for $15,000 a month.

Winfrey, who ended her long-running Chicago-basedtalk show earlier this year, spends much of her time in California and Hawaii. She paid $5.6 million for the three-bedroom co-op unit in 2006. But the talk-show queen never actually moved into the unit, choosing instead to remain in her massive duplex condominium spread in a different building a few blocks away.

Now, Winfrey has placed the co-op unit up for rent for the first time. The sixth-floor co-op is one of 13 apartments in a Beaux Arts-style building that was built in 1913 and designed by architect Benjamin Marshall. Features in the unit include three full baths, two half baths, 10-foot ceilings, two fireplaces, an inner foyer, a library, a solarium, a formal dining room, a butler’s pantry, a wine room, a custom kitchen, a 1,241-square-foot master bedroom with his and her bathrooms and an en-suite guest bedroom.

Winfrey briefly listed the unit for sale for $6 million from June 2008 until January 2009.

Alicia Keys, Pharrell Williams & Kelis For "Dazed & Confused".


Alicia Keys, Pharrell Williams and Kelis all cover the December 2011 issue of Dazed & Confused. The magazine is celebrating 20 years by reshooting 20 unique covers photographed by Rankin. Check out the new and old covers.

Alicia’s 2001 cover.

Pharrell’s 2003 cover.



Kelis’ 2003 cover.

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Amber Rose's Smirnoff Ad

Deepika Padukone Gets Paired With John Abraham In "Race 2"

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The hot-and-happening couple Deepika Padukone-John Abraham has just claimed its first casualty. The Deepika Padukone -Saif Ali Khan pair has apparently been reshuffled for Abbas-Mustan's Race 2 which started shooting last week in Mumbai. Deepika is now paired with John instead of Saif in the film while Jacqueline Fernandez has been cast opposite Saif.

Says a source, "The Saif-Deepika pairing has already been seen twice in Love Aaj Kal and Aarakshan and they will also appear together in Homi Adjania's untitled film (not titled cocktail). So that's three films featuring the Saif-Deepika pair in a row. Everyone including the stars felt that an impromptu game of musical chairs could greatly enhance the star-cast's appeal. It's now decided that Saif will be paired with Jacqueline while Deepika will share screen-time with John."

Incidentally, John and Deepika are paired in Rohit Dhawan's upcoming Desi Boyz. The chemistry between the two stars apparently went into the decision to swap pairs in Race 2.

Says the source, "John and Deepika make a lot of sense together. People have liked their pairing. Saif needed to be paired with another actress. All his recent films released and on the floors, are with Kareena and Deepika."

RAPEX, New Anti Rape Device.



A South African lady, Sonette Ehlers, has invented a new device that is called RAPEX. Its an anti rape device trap with rows of razor sharp hooks, its designed to be worn internally by women. It latches to the penis during penetration and can only be removed by a doctor.

Erm...what do you think guys? Is this a safe method? I'm thinking...razor sharp hooks...what if it injures the rapist and he bleeds? Risk of HIV n' all? *confused*

Jennifer Hudson Covers EBONY Mag's December 2011/January 2012 Edition "Clears Up Size 0 Rumor"


Jennifer Hudson is the cover girl for the December 2011/January 2012 issue of EBONY magazine. And looking sweet with hot.

On her weight loss
I am going to finally address that size-zero thing that Joy [Behar] said on The View. Hell I wasn’t even on the show. I never said I was a size zero. I got crucified by I don’t know how many people who cussed me out because they said I’m putting out the wrong message and telling people to be a size zero. I got called every name under the sun and was told, ‘You should be ashamed of yourself for talking about being that size.’ Well, honey, when I do say I’m that size, then give me that speech. I never said that.

Tunde Kelani's MAAMi Set To Be Released At The Cinemas In Feb 2012.


Single parent, MAAMi, and her young son are desperately poor. Gifted with a living heart, enterprising spirit and brave soul, she is the centre of her son’s world, until he longs for the father he has never known – a man with a terrible secret.

Set over a two-day period, leading to the 2010 World Cup, MAAMi is an inspiring story of a poor, conscientious single parent’s struggles to raise her only child, Kashimawo who eventually, rises to intrnational stardom in an English football club, Arsenal, and becomes a national hero.

Adapted by Tunde Babalola, from Femi Osofisan’s novel of the same name, this film about love, perseverance and fate unfolds through Kashimawo’s reminiscences of his hardscrabble childhood in the southern Nigerian town, Abeokuta.

Trailer Below:

Queen Latifah Wants To Adopt.


Queen Latifah wants to adopt.

The 41-year-old singer-and-actress - who is usually incredibly guarded about her private life - would be happy to have a baby naturally but adopting has been a dream of hers since she was a teenager.

'I'm definitely going to adopt - or have - a child. I've wanted to adopt since I was 17 or 18-years-old.'

The 20-year anniversary of the death of her brother, Lance Owens, may have spurred on her motherly urges. She also revealed,

'I think the most important thing I've learned is to not stop living. 'I know for a fact that my brother would not want me to stay right there, stuck in that misery. 'If the person who you lost loved you like you loved them?

'There's no way they would not want you to live your life to the maximum, to appreciate it, to go for your dreams, go for your goals.'

Tyler Perry Defends Hiring Kim Kardashian.


Apparently, Tyler Perry has heard the criticism surrounding him casting Kim Kardashian in his new movie, “The Marriage Counselor.” Early Thursday morning, Perry sent a letter out to fans and critics explaining his decision to add the controversial Kardashian, to the new flick. Here’s what he had to say.
I think many of you know that this is a very difficult time of year for me, so what I try to do is make sure that I’m working during this time. All I wanted to do was shoot a great film and try to keep my mind off the holiday grief that I have been experiencing for the past two years. I could not have imagined I’d be getting all these emails about Kim Kardashian.
I HAVE SEEN THEM!! YOU HAVE BEEN HEARD!! …LOL. Now, may I say something? Can a brother get a word in?….LOL. Y’all gave me a new movie title, Tyler Perry’s “Diary of a Mad Black Woman Cause You Hired Kim Kardashian, Don’t Make Me Take Off My Earrings and Boycott Yo A**.”…LOL.  Some of my ladies are upset. Ok, all jokes aside, can I have my say? Will you at least here me out?
I was in a Mexican restaurant and the cutest little old woman stopped me and said, “I want to talk to you about KAR-DAT- CHA-NEM.” I said, “Ma’am?” She said, “What is wrong with you putting her in the lead role of your movie?” By the time I explained to her that she was not in the lead role and why I thought she should be in “The Marriage Counselor”, she said, “Oh, I see your point and I can’t wait to see the movie.” So, if you don’t mind, I’d like to share with you what I said to her then maybe you’ll see why I wanted her in the film.
This movie is about a young lady named Judith (Jurnee Smolett), who grew up in the countryside of Virginia in a trailer park. She was raised in the church by her mother Sarah (Ella Joyce). Judith married her childhood sweetheart Brice (Lance Gross) and had the perfect life until she graduated college and went to work in the big city.  After college, all she wanted to do was be a marriage counselor, but the only job she could find was working for a matchmaker named Janice (Vanessa Williams). 
Janice has several employees that work for her, including a woman named Ava (Kim Kardashian). Ava is constantly trying to influence Judith on everything from her shoes to her hair. Judith meets a man at work named Harley (Robbie Jones). 
Harley challenges everything in her life from her marriage to her husband to her faith. Meanwhile, Brice (Lance Gross), Judith’s husband works at a pharmacy owned by Mrs. Waco (Renee Taylor). Brice has just hired a coworker named Melinda (Brandy), who has some major demons that she is running from.
In the end, the choices that both of these young women have made come crashing down on them and their lives will never be the same.  I wish I could tell you more, but I don’t want to ruin it for you.

Nicole Ari Parker Covers Denim Magazine Dec 2011


On first meeting Boris Kodjoe:
When Boris walked into our first rehearsal i thought of him as the really hot guy that got to play my boyfriend in the first couple of episodes. But for some reason we connected and found it easy to talk to each other and laugh and be comfortable…and then i married him. Vanessa called it from the beginning, just like a real sister would, “you know he’s feeling you right?’ instigating..”nuh-uh” I said. “Yuh-huh, watch.. that’s your man right there.” and the rest is history.


A little behind-the-scenes footage...
Photos: Will Sterling Via Twitter