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Magazine Scoop: Jay-Z Talks Empire, Beyonce, Drug Deals, President Obama & Blue Ivy!

Tuesday, October 1st, 2013

Hip-Hop impresario Jay-Z sits down with Vanity Fair’s Lisa Robison to discuss his superstar wife, his drug dealing past [yes, again], his estimated 500 million dollar wealth and if course his 18-month-old daughter Blue Ivy.

Per Vanity Fair:

Shawn Carter, better known as Jay Z, tells Vanity Fair contributing editor Lisa Robinson in the November issue that although his wife, Beyoncé, says that their 18-month-old daughter, Blue Ivy, prefers Jay’s music to hers, he’s not so sure. “That’s not true. She does like her mother’s music—she watches [Beyoncé’s concerts] on the computer every night. But my album came out and I don’t know if Blue ever heard any of my music prior to this album—she’s only 18 months old and I don’t play my music around the house. But this album was new, so we played it. And she loves all the songs. She plays a song and she goes, ‘More, Daddy, more . . . Daddy song.’ She’s my biggest fan. If no one bought the Magna Carta

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, the fact that she loves it so much, it gives me the greatest joy. And that’s not like a cliché. I’m really serious. Just to see her—‘Daddy song, more, Daddy.’ She’s genuine, she’s honest, because she doesn’t know it makes me happy. She just wants to hear it.”

Jay’s checkered past taught him a few things that he says will come in handy in his new role as a sports agent: “I know about budgets. I was a drug dealer,” he tells Robinson. “To be in a drug deal, you need to know what you can spend, what you need to re-up. Or if you want to start some sort of barbershop or car wash—those were the businesses back then. Things you can get in easily to get out of [that] life. At some point, you have to have an exit strategy, because your window is very small; you’re going to get locked up or you’re going to die.”

While he was growing up, Jay says, “crack was everywhere—it was inescapable. There wasn’t any place you could go for isolation or a break. You go in the hallway; [there are] crackheads in the hallway. You look out in the puddles on the curbs—crack vials are littered in the side of the curbs. You could smell it in the hallways, that putrid smell; I can’t explain it, but it’s still in my mind when I think about it.”

Jay tells Robinson he sold crack but never used it, and when asked if he ever felt guilty about contributing to what was becoming an epidemic, he says, “Not until later, when I realized the effects on the community. I started looking at the community on the whole, but in the beginning, no. I was thinking about surviving. I was thinking about improving my situation. I was thinking about buying clothes.”

Jay says that when he and Beyoncé were both featured on the cover of Vanity Fair’s 2001 Music Issue “we were just beginning to try to date each other.” Try? “Well, you know, you’ve got to try first. You got to dazzle . . . wine and dine.” He tells Robinson that “of course” he pursued Beyoncé, and when asked if he hadn’t been Jay Z—say, he had been a gas-station attendant and she pulled up—would he have been able to date her, he responds, “If I’m as cool as I am, yes. But she’s a charming Southern girl, you know, she’s not impressed. . . . But I would have definitely had to be this cool.” Jay confirms that the line on his latest album, “She was a good girl ’til she knew me” is about Beyoncé, and when Robinson asks if she’s not a good girl anymore, Jay laughs, saying, “Nah. She’s gangsta now.”

As for the rumors of Beyoncé’s not really having been pregnant with their first child, Jay tells Robinson, “I don’t even know how to answer that. It’s just so stupid. You know, I felt dismissive about it, but you’ve got to feel for her. I mean, we’ve got a really charmed life, so how can we complain? But when you think about it, we’re still human beings. . . . And even in hip-hop, all the blogs—they had a field day with it. I’m like, We come from you guys, we represent you guys. Why are you perpetuating this? Why are you adding fuel to this ridiculous rumor?”

Jay knows to the penny how much money he has, he tells Robinson, but won’t divulge the amount; when told that Forbes estimated his net worth at around $500 million, he dismisses it as a “guesstimate” and says he’s not motivated by money. “I’m not motivated by that. . . . I don’t sit around with my friends and talk about money, ever. On a record, that’s different.”

Jay admits that, after all these years, he still loves to rap. “I know I said I wouldn’t be doing it when I was 30,” he tells Robinson, “so that’s how I know I love it. Thirty years old was my cutoff, but I’m still here, 43 years old.”

I no longer have an opinion on Jay-Z and his empire. He’s got the girl, the fame and the acclaim. After awhile you have to look at situation and say “enough already!”

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Mag Scoop: Tiffany Foxx Gets Red Hot for BE Magazine’s Next Digital Issue & Dishes on Working with Lil Kim & MORE!

Tuesday, August 13th, 2013

Hip Hop’s triple threat Tiffany Foxx is bringing the steam to BE Magazine’s upcoming digital issue with a red hot spread embracing her high fashion edgier side.

During her in-depth interview with BE, the self proclaimed “GoalDigger” opens up about her musical relationship with both Snoop Dogg & her mentor Lil Kim, her part in ANY rap BEef, and why she plans on leaving a lasting impression in the hip hop game. Of course we couldn’t help but get into her eclectic ever-changing look, and get a feel for her fashionable indulgences.

Tiffany Foxx’s energy can BE felt all over her latest mixtape appropriately titled “GoalDiggers” where she spits and sings over some of your favorite throwback tracks, including Total’s “Missing You”, along with some of her own heat.
Foxx is celebrating her BE Magazine cover with a fly issue release party on Thursday (8.15.13) to wrap up BE Magazine’s famed #SummerSocialSeries which took place every 3rd Thursday throughout the summer. Come out and BE a part of Tiffany Foxx’s special moment

Tiffany Foxx’s Inspiration for BEing in the Rap Game:

I had BEen writing since I was about 14; that [music] was never something that you could do in St. Louis, but when Nelly opened up the door for entertainment, it was like oh my God, that’s really something I can pursue. I  had started doing videos first to get myself more exposure, and then “they” approached me about a deal…

Tiffany Foxx on Meeting Lil Kim & Getting Her Stamp of Approval: 

She [Kim] had actually came to St. Louis looking for somewhere to record, & we found the BEst one for her, and decked the experience all out. We grew to know each other and I opened up for her a few times, but this one time we were all sitting around listening to my mixtape “Yellow Tape” BEfore it came out, & Kim walked in and asked “who is this?” I was like me & she she was like un-un. She sat and listened to the mixtape for the next hour & was like “I wanna get on this, and I wanna get on that…”. That’s how she even got on “Twisted” and “Jay-Z”. The rest is history from there.

Of course I get a lot of things that come with Kim, a lot of the things that she’s going through, a lot of the pressure. I have to wear a lot of that on my back as well, but I’m not new to this. I definitely know how to hold my own & what I signed up for dealing with Kim. It’s one of those things where I’m not set up, I’m not about to BE used for anybody else’s situation, I’m not nobody’s pon. The rap game, especially with females, is a very competitive sport. It’s like people have their minds set on their only BEing one on top & when another one comes along, they have to try to stomp her out. I personally think BEef is wack on records…

Tiffany Foxxvisit when the complete story goes live on Thursday

[Photo Credit: Rocquez "Savage" Fluellen | Styling Credit: Marquis "StyleSoSickk" Guthrie | Makeup Credit: Colours by Courtney]

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Magazine Scoop: @MykoATL & @ThomasJonesRB Joins @SouljaBoy For @D_O_P_E Magazine!

Saturday, March 31st, 2012

It’s been about two months now that I have been telling you about the R&B come up kid Myko. After creating a name for himself musically both overseas and in the USA, Myko continues to impress and collect fans with each passing day. Signed to football star Thomas Jones, both Myko and TJ are featured in the new Dope Magazine spring edition.

Checkout an exclusive peek inside the pages.

Myko flashing his winning smile that causes the ladies to go ape shit.

Kansas City Chiefs Running Back Thomas Jones talks championship teams, Lamborghini dreams and how to make your money.

Get your copy of Dope Magazine with Myko, TJ, Soulja Boy & more Here

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Magazine Scoop: @RickyMartin Covers Vanity Fair W/ Twins + Unveils Boyfriend!

Wednesday, March 21st, 2012

Ricky Martin covers the Spanish version of Vanity Fair in a oh so cute spread of the International pop star and his family. Dammit cute is cute. This makes me wanna go domestic for all of five minutes.

Ricky and his boyfriend Carlos Gonzalez Abella. Ricky Martin talks about the role of his boyfriend in his family. “Carlos says:” I was looking for a boyfriend, not a father. “I say, ‘I met a grown man.’” [that's hot!]

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Magazine Scoop: @AdeperoOduye and @PaulaPattonXO Grace The Cover of Vanity Fair’s “The Hollywood Issue”

Tuesday, January 31st, 2012

Vanity Fair’s upcoming ‘The Hollywood Issue” hit newsstands soon. And though it once again lacks diversity, we gotta give major props to “Pariah” star Adepero Oduye and budding Hollywood starlet Paula Patton. It kinda sucks VF couldn’t have pushed the envelope by adding an African-American to the actual cover, but I’ll take it.

Such an unfortunate compromise, though.

Per Vanity Fair:

In the first-ever Hollywood Issue cover shoot from Vanity Fair contributing photographer Mario Testino, a bevy of Hollywood’s most precocious beauties lounge across a three-panel foldout—including two new Oscar nominees.

The Art Deco set was designed to evoke the all-white, Jazz Age interiors of English decorator Syrie Maugham, whose clients included Bunny Mellon, Elsa Schiaparelli, and the Duchess of Windsor; V.F.’s fashion and style director, Jessica Diehl, put the 11 cover starlets in pastel satin dresses and frothy feathers to lend a 20s and 30s boudoir feel.

Across the panels are actresses Rooney Mara, Mia Wasikowska, Jennifer Lawrence, Jessica Chastain, Elizabeth Olsen, Adepero Oduye, Shailene Woodley, Paula Patton, Felicity Jones, Lily Collins, and Brit Marling. Mara and Chastain—both featured on the front panel—were nominated for Academy Awards in January, Mara for her portrayal of cyberpunk hacker Lisbeth Salander in David Fincher’s Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, and Chastain for her supporting role in Tate Taylor’s Oscar heavyweight, The Help. (The Julliard grad also had starring roles in Take Shelter, The Tree of Life, and Coriolanus in 2011.)

It sucks that Hollywood lacks diversity. I’m sure there are far more minorities who could have made thi list. SMH.

Paula Patton’s got the ‘what the hell am I doing here?, ” stare.

I’m sorry, but who, who, who and WHO?

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Sports Scoop: Terrell Owens Opens Up About Blowing Through 80 Mil, Child Support & Having No Friends!

Monday, January 23rd, 2012

I don’t watch football so I have no idea how relevant Terrell Owens is now that his football career, I hear, is in the crapper. But the career slump, numerous lawsuits and claims that he’s a deadbeat daddy isn’t stopping the chiseled sexpot to many from talking to GQ magazine.

Owens opens up about his joblesss career, blowing through almost 80 million dollars, and feeling like he’s got no friends left.

Per GQ Mag:

Since last spring, when the Cincinnati Bengals declined to renew his one-year, $2 million contract, Owens has been a man without a team, making him arguably football’s most talented unemployed player. Plenty of teams could use a receiver of Owens’s caliber, there’s no question about that, but no one has made even a lowball offer. His agent, Drew Rosenhaus, has tried to drum up interest by hinting that some unnamed club is sniffing around, but nothing has materialized.

Which leaves T.O. a caged cat for the first time in his career, pacing the 1,800-square-foot apartment he paid $499,000 for in October 2010, circling the maroon and silver velvet chairs that a decorator helped him choose, stepping past the pile of dirty laundry in the long hall, picking at a pan of brown rice on the stove. He plays pickup basketball when he can—the game was his first love—and softball in a rec league run by Jamie Foxx, but that’s not enough to keep his mind off things. Praying helps; he’s taken to attending a local Presbyterian church, a world away from his Southern Baptist roots. “It’s preppy. At the part where we say ‘Amen,’ they say ‘Indeed.’ ”

Still, the season ticks by—Sunday, Monday, Sunday, Monday—every week a blur, all the way through December and into the playoffs, and the disbelief mounts.

“It’s not his knee that’s the problem; it’s his attitude,” says an executive at one of the better teams, who didn’t want to be named. The ratio that once made it worth it for owners to sign him—two parts genius to two parts trouble—has shifted now that he is not quite as fast, his body not as reliable. “He may have been less openly divisive with the Bengals,” the exec continues, “but you can’t live down the destruction of all those years. With T.O., no matter how brilliant he can be on the field, the dark side is always lurking. You don’t know which T.O. you’re going to get, and no one is comfortable risking that.” [Read More]

Man what a way to go out.

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Queen Latifah On Blogs: “It Doesn’t Matter To Me What The Blogs Are Writing!”

Sunday, August 7th, 2011

Hollywood powerhouse Queen Latifah sits down with Jaime Foster Brown to discuss a few things.

Most notably:

Queen Latifah: I look at it as a business tool more than anything. If I wanna let people know what’s going on with my life at that time then I will, but… If I want to let them know what’s going on with something new that I’m doing it’s an easy way to let everybody know what’s happening. But as far as how, sorta, tabloid it can be, or how malicious or untrue, I don’t really worry about it, honestly, because I live my life, myself. I actually am Dana Owens [laughs], aka Queen Latifah, so it doesn’t matter to me what somebody is writing or printing. It doesn’t really affect me because I know what’s true about me and what’s not true.

Amen sister. Now if only the rest of the people in your industry would get the memo. That’d be great.

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Magazine Scoop: @JustinBieber Brings Vanity Fair It’s Worst Selling Issue In Two Years..

Wednesday, July 6th, 2011

It’s no secret that I subconsciously choose to ignore anything Bieber. I’m not hatin. It’s simply a matter of age and mentality. While Team Bieber tends to projects that the entire world has ‘Bieber Fever,” low magazine sales seem to paint an entirely different picture.

Per The NY Mag:

So far it has sold 246,000 copies, making it the worst-selling issue since the July 1999 one covered by Will Smith riding a black stallion to promote that movie Wild Wild West, which sold 202,701 newsstand copies. The Bieber cover, as you can see, asked readers, “Is this the adorable, inescapable face of 2011?” So now we know that he is actually quite escapable.

I’ll just be glad when the “Justin Bieber” phenomenon withers and dies a horrid death. It happens to ever childhood star. And only a handful have been able to escape inevitability.

Who knew that young girls don’t buy magazines?


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ATL Blog: @QParker112 Celebrates Fathers Day W/ Son On Cover of Urban Luxe Mag!

Thursday, June 16th, 2011

I’ve never seen this magazine on news stands, but I love & support anything that projects black men as REAL fathers and not simple sperm donors. Good job Q. Isn’t it crazy how we give men  props for being men?

Per Syreta Ogelsby:

Q Parker hits the pages of Urban Lux Magazine “THE MEN’S ISSUE” with a dynamic fashion spread and an in-depth interview about FAMILY, MUSIC & THE TRUTH, “Life is all about balance. Without balance your success is limited. Being very active in my son’s life is important to me, and giving him the best life possible is the reason why i go as hard as i do and persevere to succeed. My family means everything to me”, states Parker who dons the cover with his son.

Also in this upcoming issue, URBAN LUX MAGAZINE brings focus to and awareness of a statewide adoption program, Freddie Mac Foundation Wednesday’s Child, as well as, offering a wealth of information for men and those who love them. From Men’s Health Issues Exposed, to selecting the Perfect Scent, learning The Art of the Cigar and planning a Bachelor Party Getaway, URBAN LUX MAGAZINE leaves no stone unturned.

Read Q Parker’s entire interview in the digital edition of Urban Lux Magazine at

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Magazine Scoop: @WendyShow Graces The Cover of @EssenceMagazine For Special “GirlFriends Edition”

Wednesday, April 6th, 2011

What a funny world we live in. Once a social pariah amongst Hollywood, Wendy Williams is rapidly becoming TV’s next “it” girl. And to solidify her position amongst prominent black women, Essence Magazine selected the daytime talk show queen for their upcoming “Girl Friends” edition. Shot by Derek Blanks, Wendy is seen looking very fresh and flirty.

“I know I make some people cringe. But I also know my willingness to expose myself, warts and all, is part of the reason people are drawn to me. With me, what you see is what you get…” –Wendy Williams

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