kendrick lamar

Kendrick Lamar

Evelyn Lozada will be having a boy. Speaking with People magazine, the reality star (and relationship lottery winner) revealed, “Surprisingly, I found out when I had my first trimester screening. I was about 13 weeks when they told me the sex! I was honestly praying for a boy. I have wanted to have a son for years.” She went on to add that her family – including her 20-year-old daughter Shaniece Hairston – is thrilled about Evelyn bringing a boy into the fold.  [People]

In an extended tweet, NeNe Leakes addresses the physical altercation that took place on the most recent episode of The Real Housewives of Atlanta. While she is apologetic that the fight happened, she made sure to note where she believes the lion’s share of the blame goes: Kenya Moore. I’m so very, very unsurprised.

NeNe wrote: “In my opinion Kenya was the spark that lit the fire. Whenever she’s around, we have the worst times! I’ve been on this show from the very beginning and we have NEVER had a physical altercation on this show! I am all about a good read, throwing shade and even getting you together when need be but violence is never okay to me. I think it’s a sad display of behavior and I think it is sad to the black community to be a part of such negative activity! I am bigger, I am better and for that I apologize!” [NeNe Leakes]

However, Kenya Moore says: “Natalie, Christopher [Williams’] common law wife, once again came with a plan. She was embarrassed that I exposed her lies to the world. It was her decision to come into this group and trash Todd’s past but lie about her marital status. I could not care less but know that I never pick battles I cannot win and I do not lie on people. Natalie began egging Chris on, prompting him to stand up to address me directly and that was acceptable to NeNe. However, when I stood up and slowly walked across the room to address Natalie, NeNe had a big problem with it. When Christopher grabbed my arm, I was outraged. Brandon did exactly what he was supposed to do and that is to protect me. NO MAN SHOULD EVER PUT HIS HANDS ON A WOMAN. For that, he is my hero. He is more of a man than any of the husbands that were in that room.” 

As for NeNe: “I considered myself a friend and have always been respectful and supportive of NeNe on and off camera. I ignored all the warnings from the other ladies about how she turns on people she is threatened by or that she feels steals the spotlight from her.” [Kenya Moore Bravo Blog]

Oh, and if you’re wondering about Apolla Nida in the wake of his arrest on charges of identity theft and bank fraud, the word is: “Nida is required to regularly report to a probations officer, and actively seek employment. (Apparently his appearance on RHOA doesn’t count in the eyes of the court!) Court officers are also looking to restrict his movements: Nida was ordered to surrender his passport, and he may only leave the Atlanta area if officials approve the trip in advance, and appoint a supervisor to accompany him.” [Radar]

Kanye West won’t have to worry about charges for allegedly going upside the head of a racist idiot who trolled his fiancé, Kim Kardashian, by calling her a “nigger lover.” According to reports, the little sucker got what he wanted – money – in a settlement offer worth $250,000. A source says “the man is satisfied with the agreement and no longer wants to cooperate with any potential prosecution of the controversial rapper.” [Page Six]

Maxwell and TV personality Julissa Bermudez may have been spotted together in Miami recently, but Julissa has denied the two are an item.

In a recent interview, she explained: “He’s a friend. It’s the perfect example of how media loves to pin people together to make a story. I take a picture with someone and of course I’m automatically ‘dating’ them. I am SO single. Absolutely. It feels good. I’m in a good place in my life. Honestly, when you’re not looking, certain people walk into your path and walk into your life. You’re asking a Libra girl that loves love [Laughs]. Sometimes in life you have to surrender, and that’s just the circumstances, whether it’s the cards you’ve been dealt or just surrender to the things that are out of control. I feel that that comes with experiences.” [Necole Bitchie]

In the new issue of Cosmopolitan for Latinas, Naya Rivera opens up about her fiancé, Big Sean. The Glee actress says, "I think he's going to be an amazing husband, and he'll make a great father someday. He's so kind to people, but he also wears the pants in our relationship, which I love. We Latinas are very independent and strong, so it's even sweeter that I've found somebody who can let me out of that role for a minute." I wish them the best of luck as the Forever 21 version of KimYe. [Us]

Do you want a woman’s answer to “Trapped In The Closet?” Well, it doesn’t matter because you’re about to get one anyway. K. Michelle revealed that she’ll be doing a “female version of R. Kelly’s “Trapped In The Closet.’” So lots of bad acting and oversinging coupled with (unintentional) hilarity? Get into it. Or not. [Power 98 FM]

During her GMA appearance, Rihanna opened up about being an icon, explaining: “It is a very surreal feeling. It’s almost like I can’t touch it. It felt like I was dreaming. It didn’t feel real and still doesn’t. Because I feel there’s so much I still want to do. 'Icon' is such a big word. So the pressure is on (laughs).”

As for where she was on Grammy night (and her win): “I was at home and was shocked. It was a surprisingly emotional experience. I was at home and my friend texted me and told me that I won (a Grammy). I looked on the Internet and saw it there – ‘Unapologetic’. I was excited and glad to be excited at this point in my career.”

I knew Rihanna was at home watching Bravo. [That Grape Juice]
Finally, Kendrick Lamar kept it nice when addressing his Grammy shutout. On Macklemore, Lamar said, “It’s well deserved; he did what he did, man. He went out there and hustled and grinded. Everything happens for a reason; the universe comes back around, that’s how it go.”

Yeah, well the universe owes you, Kendrick.

As for whether or not the Grammys undervalue hip hop: “I definitely feel like they should always have more of the culture up in there, for sure, because we definitely stand out just like any other genre. We part of the world. We part of the movement. So I think any awards, including the Grammys, should always push for more hip-hop because it’s music as a whole, it’s not just splitting different regions. Everything moves as far as sound and vibrations, and that’s how it goes. And we are a part of that.” [XXL]

Michael Arceneaux is from the land of Beyoncé, but now lives in the city of Master Splinters. Follow him at @youngsinick.