I knew it wouldn’t be long now before someone accused Beyoncé of biting someone. According to a source I don’t believe, Kanye West is apparently so very, very distraught over the BEYONCÉ album because the “visual album” was his idea first.
The source claims: “Kanye is feeling really defeated over Beyoncé album doing so well. He wanted to do a visual album for his ‘Dark Twisted Fantasies’ album, but everyone around him convinced him it wouldn’t work. That’s why he ended up doing one long movie to go with it [the 35-minute short film, 'Runaway'].”
A few things: Kanye is in the #Beyhive, Beyoncé already done something similar to her new album by way of the B’Day Video Anthology back in 2005, and “Runaway” sucked. NEXT. [Radar]
Tamara Mowry’s husband, Adam Housley, is defending his wife following her tear-filled appearance on OWN’s Where Are They Now? last Friday. Tamera lamented about the racism the two have encountered over their interracial marriage.
In an interview, Housley said, “The fact that in this day and age, we get attacked for our interracial relationship is beyond sad…it is pathetic. Yes I am White. Yes she is half Black. Marrying a White man does not erase her color and marrying a woman who is half Black does not mean I am blinded. The problem isn’t pigmentation…the problem is backwards, bigoted thoughts from people who should know better.”
He has a point, though as it relates to the emphasis on the half, well, the other half isn’t really the issue for those people, now is it? [Necole Bitchie]
Eve is planning a return to TV. She is reportedly working with ABC on a project based her on interracial relationship to fiancé and British entrepreneur Maximillion Cooper. Eve has been vocal in the past about interracial dating and what it’s been like dating a man with children from a previous marriage. Hopefully it’s better than her last show Eve. Yeah, the theme song was cute, but y’all know they weren’t right for having Eve play a woman named “Shelly” when the show was called Eve. [Hollywood Reporter]
Is Tyra Banks trying to get her Kim Kardashian on? God, I hope not, but as Ciara as made clear, even people with jobs want to be like one of the Kardashians. A source says, “She’s plotting a big overhaul and plans to make Kim Kardashian types of appearances in jaw-dropping outfits and made up to the nines. Tyra is also considering doing a new reality show centered around her own life.” I’ll be late for this. [All Hip Hop]
Quvenzhane Wallis is already getting top billing as the star of the Annie remake, but now it looks as if she’ll collect double her salary her $750,000 salary should the movie make $145 million domestically. She'll also bank a piece of the profits from ticket, soundtrack and merchandise sales. And while filming, she’ll have a personal trainer, a chauffeur, and final approval on her blooper reel. That 10-year-old has one hell of a manager. [Us]
Keke Palmer makes a genuine effort to be an inspiration to other young women and girls and focus on the more positive aspects of the entertainment industry. Needless to say, she was a more than a little bit pissed at someone falsely claiming to have made a sex tape with her. All Keke did was take a picture with a fan and some vile people who need to be sterilized created a story on social media.
In response to that, Keke recently explained: “So it just kills me…it just killed me because I felt like why? Why? What did I do to deserve it? All I did was take a picture with a fan, and now you turning it into something terrible. I didn’t understand it. I literally was at a loss. But I did want to set the example, it’s ok to stand up for yourself. It’s ok to stand up for yourself. I don’t give a damn about being no celebrity. At the end of the day, this is not right. This is not right for you to do this to me and I won’t allow it. I won’t.” [The Jasmine Brand]
When asked if she’s interested in marrying her boyfriend Casper Smart, Jennifer Lopez responded with a bit of hesitation. I don’t blame her. After all, she’s proven not to be so great at marriage (no shade). On marrying her younger boyfriend, Jenny Lo said, “I don’t know. We’ll see. I’ve always believed in that institution. I believe in it, but it is difficult.” Good luck, girl. [Page Six]
— Porsha Williams (@Porsha4real) January 13, 2014
In response to her co-star’s criticism that she doesn’t make enough money to maintain the 8,000 square foot home she recently moved into and that her lease-to-own option was foolhardy, Porsha
Stewart Williams dropped this little shade on her timeline on Sunday night.
By the way, with Glee moving exclusively to NYC, does that mean that NeNe Leakes and her character, Coach Roz, are over? [EW]
When asked about how Black people are represented on television, and in particular, her less than pristine character on The Haves of The Have Nots, actress Tika Sumpter had this to say: “I think sometimes, because we haven’t been on TV that much, and [because] this is all relatively new; people want to be represented differently and they feel like one person is speaking for the masses. But if the character has no challenges or isn’t a bit messy — there’s no show. There’s a reason why people love [ABC’s prime-time hit] Scandal or The Haves and Have Nots or Being Mary Jane on BET. It’s because these characters aren’t perfect. If you want to put a perfect person on TV, you will have no show. In life, sometimes you see yourself in these characters and sometimes it’s not pretty.” [Rolling Out]
The gorgeous Lupita Nyong'o spoke with Elle UK about her breakout role in 12 Years a Slave.
On playing Patesy: “I had a gut reaction the second I read it. I understood Patsey, even though I had no idea how I was going to play her. I had to really manage my ‘Imposter Syndrome’ – those nagging feelings of self-doubt.”
As for her rising status as a fashionista: “Fashion is a newer area for me. I love clean lines and bold colours, and mixing feminine and masculine silhouettes. Every single thing I’ve tried on by Antonio Berardi is just gold. And Erdem and, of course, Prada and Miu Miu. My stylist, Micaela Erlanger, is magic – she really knows how to translate what I like into brands.” [Elle UK]
Michael Arceneaux is from the land of Beyoncé, but now lives in the city of Master Splinters. Follow him at @youngsinick.