- Created on 17 October 2013
As VH1 prepares to air out 20 years of TLC's group drama in the upcoming biopic "Crazy Sexy Cool: The TLC Story," original group members Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins and Rozonda "Chilli" Thomas are making the media rounds and speaking on what really happened between the group and their original manager Perri 'Pebbles' Reid. Pebbles, who is definitely presented as a villain in the film, caught wind of their commentary and is now threatening to sue!
T-Boz and Chili hit Power 105.1′s "The Breakfast Club" morning show in New York to talk their anniversary album (in stores now) and the new film, which they both executive produced. But the conversation stopped being polite and started getting real when DJ Envy said he saw the film and "hated" Pebbles and her ex-husband L.A. Reid because of how greedy they seemed. "Was Pebbles really that bad?" Angela Yee asked as Charlamagne chimed in, "she seems like the Devil!"
"It's not exaggerated," T-Boz noted of horror stories that are included in the film, especially how the group sold over $10 million records but after signing a contract with Pebbles, only ended up with $15,000 apiece. The girls even said that when they eventually went to buy the name "TLC" from Pebbles she charged them $1 million per letter. Chili noted that these types of stories were even "toned down" for the film.
Pebbles on the other hand claims these tales are untrue and is crying slander. The music industry veteran said she's got her "lawyers on deck," and is ready to sue. Check out Pebbles’ rant on Twitter here.
- Created on 16 October 2013
Rapper Eve (left) presents Mc Lyte with the "I AM HIP HOP" award at the 2013 BET Hip Hop Awards, which aired Tuesday night.
Kendrick Lamar's cypher may have stole the show last night, but the women at the 2013 BET Hip-Hop Awards had something to say, too, and their influence did not take a backseat.
For starters, MC Lyte was the well-deserving recipient of the night's biggest honor, the "I AM Hip Hop" award. The lyricist, who became the first female rapper to release a solo album in 1988, used her platform not to self glorify, but to school the current generation of hip hop. In a genre still dominated by men, her words were much-needed, and considering the overwhelming response on Twitter, the community at large stood in agreement.
"Men, we are depending on you. We need you to protect us when no one else will. So stop cursing us out all the time. Find some love for us somewhere," she said. "And ladies, I say if you want to be treated like a queen, act like one."
Cheers to that!
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- Created on 16 October 2013
Nicki Minaj launches her fashion line at KMART on Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Todd Williamson/Invision/AP)
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Nicki Minaj knows celebrities-turned-designers aren't always taken seriously in the fashion world, but she doesn't mind.
At a launch event Tuesday for her Kmart collection, Minaj said skepticism of stars lacking formal design training is "understandable," but she insists it's "not about being a designer."
The "Starships" rapper says her intention is simply to make clothes that she would love to wear.
The line for Kmart and shopyourway.com features midriff-baring tops, patterned leggings and curve-hugging dresses, as well as jewelry, clutches and bejeweled caps.
There's also a pink velour track suit and a faux fur trapper hat.
Minaj says Chanel, Versace and Herve Leger were among her inspirations.
Prices range from $3.99 for a studded bracelet to $37.99 for a light wash, denim jacket.
- Created on 14 October 2013
ATLANTA (AP) -- Patti Labelle is a known diva and Queen Latifah does not consider herself one, but both will be among those honored as part of the Black Girls Rock! awards show on BET.
Black Girls Rock! founder Beverly Bond announced the show's honorees in a statement on Monday. Other honorees include tennis champion Venus Williams, screenwriter-producer Mara Brock Akil, ballet dancer Misty Copeland, community organizer Ameena Matthews and children's rights advocate Marian Wright Edelman.
Actresses Tracee Ellis Ross and Regina King return as hosts of the ceremony, which will air Nov. 3. It will be taped later this month at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark, N.J.
Black Girls Rock! is a nonprofit organization that mentors young black girls and works to fight negative images of black women in the media.