Djimon Doesnât See It for Marriage

Djimon Doesn’t See It for Marriage

A look at the highs and lows, stunts and shows from this week in Black pop culture

Michael Arceneaux

by Michael Arceneaux, September 05, 2013

Djimon Doesnât See It for Marriage

Naomi Campbell, Tamar Braxton and Djimon Hounsou

K. Michelle and Tamar Braxton may have exchanged subtweets and shade on the radio, but that didn’t stop K. Michelle from copping Tamar’s new album, Love and War. In a caption on Instagram, the Rebellious Soul singer wrote: “Tuesday is going to be a great day for R&B. For years now we've been left with alot of gimmick music. All differences aside REAL MUSIC is coming back, and I'm blessed to be apart of it! I'm buying ALL for of these albums. Yes, even Tamar's.” [K. Michelle]

Djimon Hounsou doesn’t seem to see it for marriage. While promoting the new film Baggage Claim, the former model and actor said of holy matrimony, “The idea of marrying somebody can actually ruin the union. Some people are happily together for decades and they get this fantasy idea to go and get married when it’s just about papers basically…eventually it just goes sour.” For those sniffing out the salt that spawned this sentiment, Djimon and Kimora Lee Simmons exchanged vows in a commitment ceremony back in 2009. I’d suggest the maybe having a ceremony that was actually legally binding might’ve made a difference, but who am I kidding? Feel better, sir. [Hip Hollywood]

The fantastic Kerry Washington talked about the importance of keeping her personal life out of the public eye in the latest issue of Glamour.

On that lesson: “I learned through experience that it doesn’t work for me to talk about my personal life. I’ve had earlier times in my career when I did talk about it. I was on the cover of a bridal magazine [InStyle Weddings, in 2005, when Washington was engaged to actor David Moscow]. But I couldn’t just turn around and say, ‘I only want to talk about the good stuff, but not the bad stuff.’ So I just thought, ‘OK, no more.’”

On getting married without anyone knowing: “I’m walking around in the world with my ring. And when people say congratulations, I say thank you. But I’m going to continue to not talk about it and just let it unfold.”

On whether it was satisfying to pull that off: “[Laughs.] I don’t want to sound smug about it…but the point is to do what’s best for me. I have girlfriends in this business who talk about their personal lives, and it works for them, and I love it. But not for me. [Necole Bitchie]

For those curious, it looks like it’s still kind of a pain to work with Naomi Campbell. According to Page Six, none of the judges of Naomi’s Oxygen reality show, The Face, are willing to return. Why? Karolina Kurkova cited work commitments. Coco Rochawill didn’t offer a direct response, but a source says, “Coco clearly knows Naomi doesn’t like her.” That along with accusations of diva-like behavior has prompted the two to chunk the deuce to the show. Shucks. [Rhymes With Snitch]

In an interview with Cosmopolitan, Jennifer Lopez spoke on shaking it fast, but watching herself while performing for Turkmenistan’s president for millions of dollars. You know, the known brutal dictator. J. Lo’s response was:  “I know that being seen as a role model means taking responsibility for all my actions. I am human, and of course, sometimes I make mistakes. But I promise that when I fall, I get back up. When I am wrong, I will learn the lesson and move on to face other challenges. For me, that’s what creating your own life is. Doing your best work while being your best self.”

That apology feels about as warm as the chicken I forgot to defrost. Congratulations on scoring another American Idol paycheck, though, Jenny. [DListed]

Now one wonders will Kanye West will apologize for pulling a J. Lo. Kanye was invited by President Nursultan Nazarbayev to perform at his grandson's wedding last Saturday night in Almaty at the Hotel Royal Tulip. He was paid $3 million for the job Thing is, though, as TMZ notes, ”Kazakhstan's prez is reportedly worth billions, and is considered by some to be an ardent dictator who rigs elections. In 2011, Sting backed out of a paid gig for Nazarbayev due to alleged mistreatment of oil workers in the country. Not so nice.” Do no celebrity handlers know how to work the Google? [TMZ]

Today’s “Girl, You Tried It” report stars 54-year-old Arlene Starks, who called 911 to complain about her dealer’s expensive weed. Police sure did answer her call – taking her directly to jail. She was let out a few days later after paying a $1000 cash bail. Somewhere her weed man is cackling like hell. [Crunk + Disorderly]

Lamar Odom’s alleged drug dealer is running his mouth to the media and accusing the basketball star of smoking $50,000 worth of cocaine in the past three years. According to him: “I do not know anything about these new developments about

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