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    Celebrity New Year's Eve Beauty LooksNew Year’s Eve is the perfect time to try a new beauty look because people expect you to get all gussied up, and more importantly, a new beauty routine will demonstrate your commitment to a new you in 2012.

    We tapped one of IMAN Cosmetics‘ hottest new master makeup artists, G. Anthony Harris, to give us the skinny on five of our favorite celebrity-inspired makeup looks. We bet one of these looks, which include everything from painted lips to smoky eyes to a natural finish, will be perfect for you.

    Keep clicking to learn how you can give good face like beauties Kelly Rowland, Iman, Gabrielle Union, Keri Hilson and Kerry Washington on New Year’s Eve.

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    Every year you do it. You get fed up with your procrastinating ways, annoyed with your unorthodox eating habits and grow disgusted by your ever growing body that grows every time you pass the mirror. So what do you do? What every other person does at the end of the year, make a New Year’s resolution. And two months later? Your back to square one.


    My suggestion? You’re the problem. Stop lying to yourself!

    Step into my five New Year’s Resolutions that qualify you to HAVE A SEAT!

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    And I Quote...Best of 2011

    This week, we look back on the year’s most outrageous celebrity sound bites that made headlines, including a former-stripper-turned-housewife, a homophobic NBA champion, a buffoonish presidential candidate and the opinionated Braxtons. Plus, guess which highest-grossing actor’s first tweet was aired on late night television, and what’s the beef between two of Hollywood’s biggest black producers. Whether via blogs, social media or reality television, it’s all one in the same. And I quote!

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    In today’s link round-up: A heartbreaking story of love and loss, Whitney Houston to be featured in another movie and much more!

    The YBF
    Former NFLer Chris Draft Loses Wife Keasha To Cancer, 1 Month After Their Wedding
    A powerful story of love and loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with Chris and his family.
    Bishop Eddie Long’s New Birth Christian Academy Closes
    2011 has not been Bishop Long’s year.

    Hello Beautiful
    Michael Jordan Puts A Ring On It
    The rumors are true!

    Loop 21
    Whitney Houston To Appear In New Documentary
    Between this and Sparkle, Whiney is ready for her comeback.

    Interracial Love Doc ‘The Loving Story’ to Debut on HBO in February [VIDEO]
    A couple fights for their rights…to love.

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    It’s refreshing to experience new grounds being taken in Black Hollywood such as the indie film Pariah staring Kim Wayans and Adepero Oduye.

    Pariah tells the story of a courageous 17-year-old black girl growing up in Brooklyn while coming to terms with her homosexuality. Her struggle to face her very religious parents leads to finding peace within herself. It is director Dee Rees first feature film and based on her own life.

    Reporter Chris Witherspoon of The Grio got the opportunity to sit down with Wayans and Oduye to discuss the uniqueness of the storyline in Hollywood and its potential controversy.

    “As an actor, I want to play well-rounded characters, be a part of amazing stories. [...] This character is like the role of a lifetime,” says Oduye. “It never, ever, ever crossed my mind and doesn’t cross my mind ever that there could be a stigma. I feel very thankful and fortunate that I found this role.”

    Wayans found her own personal challenges in receiving the dramatic role due to her career in comedy. But the former “In Living Color” cast member says that playing the role came naturally.

    “Usually I can’t even get in those rooms to read the dramatic stuff because people just think of me as a comedian,” she says. “The hardest hurdle was getting the opportunity to show people what I could do. The actual doing was fun.”

    Pariah is now playing in select theaters and opens nationwide Jan. 6, 2011.

    Check out the full interview below!

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    By Jason Johnson, Politic365 Chief Political Correspondent

    As much as I hate awards shows, I love awards lists. And the end of the year is the perfect time to come up with lists of things: What you’re going to do next year, what you should have done last year and what you have to pay for from Christmas before someone shows up to repossess it. Again, end of year lists are awesome. This year I’ve decided to give unofficial awards to the five most interesting or important political events of 2011. Many of these awards are quite an honor, some are not. But in the end, every event or person below was worthy of something at the end of the year.

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    Courtesy of Vibe Vixen

    It feels somehow wrong to write about Ariana Proehl. She’s the creator of a YouTube video calling for the “Death of the Tragic, Scientifically Less Attractive, Unmarriageable, Single Black Woman Narrative” in 2012. Proehl, like many Black women who have sat through a slew of monthly trend pieces, news segments and blog posts analyzing our alleged miserable dating lives and the multitude of causes (always attributed to our generalized disposition, basic expectation and the overall lacking of Black men) wants all the fuss to finally come to a full stop.

    “Deading it, it’s done, it’s over,” Proehl says in the video. “So after 2011 I don’t want to read any more articles. I don’t even want to read any more well researched, intelligent thoughtful responses. It’s a waste of our brain trust that has better issues to be attending to and has real issues that need to be solving.”

    Check out the video over at Vibe Vixen!

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    It’s been a LONG week of Beyonce rumors surrounding the current state of her pregnancy. From stories of being in labor to the “delivery” of her “daughter” Tiana-May Carter, it’s hard to keep up. What we do know to be true is the mommy-to-be will be featured on “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve With Ryan Seacrest” in a special way.

    According to CBS News, the legendary countdown event will air a clip of the singer’s London performance of “I Was Here” from earlier this year to celebrate show’s 40th anniversary. Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber, Carlos Santana, Pitbull and others will also rock out to bring in the new year.

    Since 1972, “Rockin’ Eve” has been the most popular New Year’s Eve telecast, bringing ABC nearly 19 million viewers. (Not counting groups of people watching from bars, parties, etc.)

    The event will dedicate two hours (8 p.m. to 10 p.m.) to celebrate the show’s anniversary, past decades of music and to pay a tribute to its creator Dick Clark.

    “Rockin’ Eve” airs 10 ET/PT (with the dedication beginning at 8 p.m.) on ABC.

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    The “Louis Vuitton Don” Kanye West has been crowned with a befitting title: Complex Magazine’s “Most Stylish Celebrity of 2011.”

    The 34-year-old rapper beat out his big brother Jay-Z, NBA ballers LeBron James and Amaré Stoudemire, producer Swizz Beatz and other stars for the top spot. From his impressive luxe blazers and jackets to his one-of-a-kind collection of kicks and slippers, Mr. West exudes style from head to toe. Literally.

    And introducing a new fashion line in Paris probably didn’t hurt either.

    Check out a few of his best looks this year, along with the other winners!

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    In today’s link round-up: Beyonce “rocks” New Year’s Eve, Magic Johnson tackles homophobia & HIV/AIDS and much more!
    LeBron James Proposes On NYE
    Congratulations to the beautiful couple!

    The YBF
    Party Round Up
    Check out how Brandy, Drake, Kandi Burruss and other stars brought in the new year.

    Necole Bitchie
    Beyonce Performs ‘I Was Here’ On Dick Clark’s Rockin’ Eve Special [VIDEO]
    No baby yet.

    Magic Johnson Tackles HIV/AIDS And Homophobia Via Hip Hop
    Magic calls on big names to end the tired stigma.

    Associated Press
    Etta James Condition Better, Taken Off Respirator
    Good news for the “At Last” singer

    HuffPost BlackVoices
    Big In 2012
    What are the big films and albums for 2012? Find out!

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    TV One is gearing up for another season of the NAACP Image Award-winning series Unsung, with more untold stories of the most underrated, yet talented, entertainers.

    Unsung explores the lives of black music artists and groups who never received the level of recognition they deserved. The hour-long biographies document the highs and lows of the music industry and what ultimately deterred the artists’ success.

    This season begins with the late R&B singer Vesta Williams who scored hits such as “Congratulations,” “Sweet Sweet Love” and others. David Ruffin, Sheila E., Bobby Womack, Full Force, Freddie Jackson, Millie Jackson, Ray Parker Jr., Atlantic Starr and Whodini will also be featured.

    You can catch Unsung tonight at 10 p.m. ET on TV One, but get a sneak peek here of Vesta’s final on-camera interview.



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    Dolvett Quince, Trainer -- NBC Photo: Drexina NelsonBy Ronda Racha Penrice

    NBC’s The Biggest Loser got a major lift when Dolvett Quince joined the cast this past season. Aside from his own winning physique and boyishly handsome good looks, viewers were captivated by his firm-yet-compassionate approach to fitness and weight loss. That winning attitude made him an instant fan favorite and, as a result, he is already signed up for his second season of The Biggest Loser.

    Before NBC called, however, Dolvett had long been the go-to-fitness guru in Atlanta. Janet Jackson has worked out at Body Sculptor, Inc, his Atlanta-based fitness studio, and he has personally helped sculpt the amazing physiques of Boris Kodjoe and his lovely wife, Nicole Ari Parker-Kodjoe.

    To help you get your fitness goals in full swing for 2012, we caught up with Dolvett, who lends his expertise to The Biggest Loser At Home Challenge and The Biggest Loser Calorie Knockout.

    Here, his four step action plan for getting fit in 2012, plus what a few words of advice on what you can expect in terms of progress:

    Step 1: Getting Started

    The first step is you have to write down what your goals are and stick to them. Create a daily planner to make that happen. Give yourself a goal date and say ‘okay, by this date in February, I want to lost 10 pounds.’ Write down your goals and write down what you’re eating.

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    Courtesy of HuffPost BlackVoices

    NEW YORK — Hollywood loves the Next Big Thing, and four years ago, that was Barack Obama, the equivalent of a breakout movie star.

    “He is `The One,’” said Oprah Winfrey, his biggest and most influential celebrity champion.

    “The best candidate I’ve ever seen,” said George Clooney.

    Halle Berry said she’d “collect paper cups off the ground to make his pathway clear.” Black Eyed Peas frontman chimed in with the famous “Yes We Can” video.

    But you can’t be the Next Big Thing twice and as a new election year dawns, there’s clearly a different mood in heavily Democratic Hollywood.

    That means less gushing, not to mention snippets of criticism, most prominently from actor Matt Damon, who campaigned for Obama last time but now makes no secret of his disillusionment.

    “I think he misinterpreted his mandate,” Damon said earlier this year. He recently told Elle magazine the country would have been better off with a one-term president with guts, although he used a saltier word.

    Continue at BlackVoices!

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    The custody battle between Usher Raymond and his ex-wife Tameka Raymond is getting uglier with the 33-year-old singer filing his own response to her original request.

    In November, Tameka filed for full custody of the couple’s two sons Usher Raymond V (4) and Naviyd Ely Raymond (2), citing Usher failed to comply with the boundaries set on keeping the boys. Tameka also claims Usher closed her Saks 5th Avenue credit card after he specifically said he wouldn’t.

    But the “Confessions” singer is fighting back saying he never closed the card. He has asked a judge to throw out Tameka’s request for full custody, stating that her allegations against him are false.

    The couple’s court date to settle the dispute is set for Feb. 27.



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    We went through a lot of TV drama in 2011. We tried to give reality TV folks the benefit of the doubt — we really did — but every time we thought we had them figured out a punch was thrown, a diss record was recorded and breakdowns on stage happened. As we decide how much attention we’ll actually give reality TV in 2012, here are the top nine craziest reality TV moments of 2011.

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    Any mention of weddings these days make us at UPTOWN very excited! The Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin has announced her engagement to”forever friend” William “Willie” Wilkerson.

    Related: Inside The UPTOWN Wedding & Travel Issue

    “No, I’m not pregnant,” the singer jokes. Franklin told The Associated Press Monday the couple is considering a summer wedding in Miami Beach, Fla. with a reception on a private yacht. AP reports the 69-year-old singer is deciding between Vera Wang, Valentino or Donna Karan to design her dress.

    The couple got engaged over the holidays.

    Franklin has been married twice, including to actor Glynn Turman.

    Congratulations to the couple!




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    Serena Williams doesn’t like playing tennis.

    With several Grand Slam titles under her belt, two gold medals, Monday’s victory at the Brisbane International tournament and a total domination of the sport, she sure could have fooled us.

    After an effortless 6-2 6-3 win against South Africa’s Chanelle Scheepers, the 30-year-old player revealed to reporters that tennis is just something she’s been doing all these years and not actively enjoying.

    “I just want to be able to do other things that I’m doing and expand on that. I think that helps keep my motivation up,” Williams said.

    She went on to say:

    “I don’t love tennis today but I’m here. I can’t live without it — there’s a difference between not loving something and not being able to live without it. It’s not that I’ve fallen out of love with it. I’ve actually never liked sports and I never understood how I became an athlete. I don’t like working out, I don’t like anything physical. If it involves sitting down or shopping, I’m excellent at it.”

    Should Williams ever take time off from the sport, she has plenty of off-court activities to keep her busy.

    Aneres– Serena spelled backwards– is her signature line of handbags and jewelry. Her and sister Venus Williams are part owners of the Miami Dolphins along with Jennifer Lopez, Marc Anthony and others. And if that’s not enough, Williams has also flexed her acting chops on shows such as My Wife and Kids, Law & Order: SVU, The Game and other series/movies.

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    Courtesy of Loop21

    It’s comforting to know that the great majority of us are in the same boat. While we struggle and scrape to get that dream job in our chosen career, we labor in positions not particularly well suited for us, badly paid or just plain boring. The rich and famous, more often than not, are no different.

    Here, then, are a host of examples of what the great and good did for a job before ascending to their current lofty positions.

    Tom Cruise would have been a priest – for a brief time, he attended a seminary in Cincinnati. He also delivered newspapers when living in Kentucky.

    Johnny Depp‘s smooth actor’s voice came in handy in his pre-fame job as a telemarketer for a company that sold ballpoint pens.

    Continue reading at Loop21

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    In today’s link round up: Michelle Obama lands an acting gig, Christina Milian says she was a ‘good wife’ and much more!

    Vibe Vixen
    Christina Milian: ‘I Know I’m A Really Good Wife’
    Christina Milian tells her side of story behind her marriage with The Dream.
    Savannah Brinson’s Engagement Ring
    How much did LeBron James pay?

    The Frisky
    Michelle Obama Busts A Move On “iCarly” [VIDEO]
    How cool is our First Lady?

    Hello Beautiful
    Chris Brown Will Not Be Doing Any Interviews In 2012
    Good move.

    The Urban Daily
    Diddy On His Reputation For Killing Bad Boy Artists’ Careers
    Diddy a.k.a. The Career Killer defends his name.

    Necole Bitchie
    Spinderella Goes In On Celebrity DJs, Calls Out Alicia Keys And Lil Wayne
    It’s the battle between the talent and the trend.


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    Courtesy of Politic365

    Before the New Year set in, Representative Frederica Wilson (D-FL) introduced anti-hazing legislation on the heels of the November death of a Florida A&M drum major from a brutal hazing ritual. Apparently, different cliques formed in the band based on the bus they ride, instrument group, or the city they are originally from.   Each of these groups have established non-sanctioned rituals which include hazing beatings by admitted members onto those who want to join the cliques.

    They have nothing to do with the band itself, music, or the four band fraternities that exist at A&M which is – consequently – a very well-known and popular Historically Black College and University.

    After performing in the Florida Classic in Orlando, Robert Champion was repeatedly hit, punched and kicked as he walked in between a double line of Bus C clique members from the back to the front of the bus. The 26-year old later died from injuries sustained during the ritual, coroners concluded recently.

    Amid a firestorm of controversy and scandal, the FAMU Board of Governors decided to allow FAMU president James Ammons to remain in his position and assist in the investigation, despite calls from Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R-FL) that Ammons steps down.  The school first fired the Band Director Julian White then took him back and placed him on administrative leave while the school sorted out the details.

    White has argued that he’s made attempts to halt hazing all along and has complained to school officials who have turned a blind eye.

    Champion’s death is certainly not the first hazing death in history. Author and investigative journalists Hank Nuwer chronicles all hazing-related or hazing-suspected deaths of young people on his Hazing Death Website that date back to the year 1838. Of the 145 and growing list of hazing deaths linked to driving-fatigue automobile deaths to alcohol 100% of those associated with historically Black fraternities and sororities that make up the Divine 9 were beating related deaths.

    Most hazing deaths linked to non-Historical Black Greek organizations had to do with alcohol poisoning or alcohol-related accidents.

    It has caused many to reevaluate the role of violence within the Black Greek community once again, which some say resort to physical beating more so than their White Greek counterparts. Both groups have been known to use hazing tactics, including forced memorization of sacred historical facts about the organization, dress requirements, early morning wake up calls, consumption of unsavory foods and items and other grueling mental and physical tests, aside from physical beating.

    Continue reading at Politic365

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