Serena Williams unveils Baby Alexis to the world

Twelve days after being born in a West Palm Beach, Florida, hospital, Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr. has made her debut to the world in an Instagram post and accompanying video shared by her mother, Serena Williams.

The video goes far beyond your average “Hello, world“ first glimpse at a newborn; it cuts together home video and social-media posts from Williams‘s entire pregnancy, including what looks like a Snapchat selfie from the Australian Open in which Williams, clutching her winner’s trophy, writes, “No one knows I’m 8 weeks pregnant.“ As she told Vanity Fair for the August cover story, Williams took the pregnancy test in January just to prove to her friend that she wasn’t pregnant, and on seeing the positive result thought, “Oh my God, this can’t be—I’ve got to play a tournament. How am I going to play the Australian Open? I had planned on winning Wimbledon this year.”

Williams won the Australian Open, with only her sister Venus, two friends, a doctor, and her fiancé, Alexis Ohanian, aware of the pregnancy. When she announced it months later she somehow found a way to surprise people once again with her strength. And she plans to do it again soon, too; she told Buzz Bissinger that she plans to be back on the court in January.

The video ends with all the usual newborn baby stats about baby Alexis, who is named after her father in a way typically reserved for boys (though no surprise that Serena Williams’s daughter is already breaking barriers). Weight: 6 pounds and 14 ounces.

-Vanities

Will.i.am positive about his move to new Swedish mobile record label

Will.i.am is looking to lead a new wave in the music industry.

The Black Eyed Peas frontman announced on Wednesday that he is hoping to “define a new type of record industry” by teaming up with Swedish mobile record label Amuse, which provides free digital distribution for its artists.

Speaking with Billboard, will.i.am says his partnership with Amuse is a business move and now about just putting his name on something.

“If they wanted just a celebrity, there’s lots of them, right?” he said. “Artists want to do more than just sell music, ask Kanye, ask Rihanna, and these artists have led a path to like make music, connect it with (an) audience, and dare to dream and bring something to market that’s more than just audio and a couple of visuals. And, together, what we’re doing can bring that and consult and guide artists to be more than just, you know, Instagram stars.”

He continued: “There’s going to be a system in which we put together these new types of like, brand building, business building, after we see success from music, because music sells a lot of stuff. And there’s a lot of people that are on Instagram and Snapchat suggesting that they are those people for the things that they like or things that they want to see in the market other than just songs. And Kanye West and Rihanna and Drake and Dr. Dre have pushed the ball forward and lifted the benchmark to where there’s going to be more of them – an army of them are about to come.”

Amuse co-founder and chief executive officer Diego Farias added that they are hoping the company will allow its stars to embark on different kind of ventures.

 

-Singersroom

Ariana Grande pulls off a flawless show in Manchester

Ariana Grande and the stars she corralled took the stage for her One Love concert in Manchester … and they left quite an impact on the city after a horrific terror attack.

Ariana performed throughout the 3 hour benefit concert with the likes of Miley Cyrus, Katy Perry, Justin Bieber, Coldplay, Black Eyed Peas and a number of other acts and guest appearances that filled the Old Trafford Cricket Ground arena with music and good vibes.

Some highlights included Ariana’s manager, Scooter Braun, having an emotional moment onstage while introducing Ariana mid-set; Miley Cyrus and Katy Perry paying tribute to the Manchester victims; Mac Miller joining Ariana onstage; Bieber’s unifying words; Coldplay blowing away the crowd with an epic performance; Liam Gallagher from Oasis crashing the show; and, of course, Ariana singing an emotional “Over the Rainbow” cover to close things out.

The event comes just a day shy of 2 weeks since the bombing after her show in Manchester killed 22 people … and 1 day after a second terror attack in London that killed 7 and injured at least 48.

As we reported … the show sold out in 6 minutes and security measures were tightened up in anticipation. Guests of her original concert in Manchester were allowed to see Ariana again for free.

Seems like everything went off without a hitch. They raised more than $275,000 by the end of the show.

 

 

-TMZ

Rihanna, Lupita to star in new movie after viral twitter meme

Rihanna and Lupita Nyong’o are set to star in a buddy movie for director Ava DuVernay after a tweet of the two went viral.

The Grammy-winning singer and Oscar-nomimnated actor were pictured together at a Miu Miu fashion show in 2014, which was then used as part of a joke movie pitch on Twitter in April.

“Rihanna looks like she scams rich white men and lupita is the computer smart best friend that helps plan the scans,” read the tweet, which has now received over 96,000 retweets (It’s since been reported that the original idea actually came from Tumblr). Both stars then expressed interest in the idea on Twitter, followed by Selma director DeVernay and Insecure writer Issa Rae.

According to Entertainment Weekly, the internet-created project was pitched to studios at this year’s Cannes film festival and Netflix has come out on top after a very aggressive bid. It’s unclear yet as to whether the film will follow the same idea as the initial tweet.

Netflx are reportedly eyeing the film for a 2018 release after DuVernay has finished her adaptation of fantasy novel A Wrinkle in Time, starring Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Chris Pine, Oprah Winfrey, Andre Holland and Reese Witherspoon. Her acclaimed Netflix documentary 13th was recently nominated for an Oscar.

 

 

-Guardian

Oprah, Beyonce tie at number 3 on Forbes America’s richest self-made women

Forbes Magazine is well-known for chronicling the lives of the rich and famous. The magazine has released its list of America’s richest self-made women and Oprah and Beyoncé made the cut! Oprah tied for third place with an estimated net-worth of $2.9 billion. Three billi? Damn, Oprah, can you adopt us???

Oprah’s net worth is thanks to her legendary career in the media industry, which just won’t quit. After taking some time offscreen following the end of her talk show, Oprah will return to the silver screen on 60 Minutes this fall. She also is at the helm of O Magazine.

Beyoncé is 46 on the list with an estimated net worth of $350 million. Bey has been on this list since it started three years ago. Her Formation World tour raked in a whopping $250 million, which helped solidify her spot. But as we all know now, her combined net worth with husband Jay Z is actually past the billion mark.

We’re excited to see two of our favorite ladies doing so well.

Congrats to all the self-made women on the list!

Written by Lainey Sidell

-BET

Wrestler John Cena proposes to his girlfriend of 5 years Bella

John Cena had the most nerve wracking moment of his career on Sunday, April 2, when he popped the question to his longtime girlfriend, Nikki Bella at WrestleMania 33.

The wrestling duo had just defeated the Miz and his wife Maryse in a tag-team match when Cena got down on one knee in front of the 70,000 strong crowd.

“I have been waiting so long to ask you this,” Cena, 39, said. “Stephanie Nicole Garcia-Colace, will you marry me?”

Bella, 33, immediately accepted his proposal, and the couple packed on the PDA with a passionate fueled kiss.

Cena and Bella have been dating for almost five years, and in the run up to their match, their married opponents taunted them for not yet being engaged.

Cena was married to Elizabeth Huberdeau from 2009 to 2012, and has expressed his reluctance to tie the knot again on many occasions.

Bella previously dated fellow wrestler Dolph Ziggler.

 

 

-US Weekly

LIMIT X to finally stage a concert after 15 years

By Fredah Arinaitwe

The Ugandan Gospel Group Limit X is finally coming back for a reunion concert after a break of 15 years.

The concert scheduled to take place at the Kampala Serena Hotel on Friday, 28th April, 2017 will bring together gospel musician Isaac Rucci, Dennis Sempembwa and Paul Serukenya on one stage.

According to Rucci one of the members of the LIMIT X group, the concert comes in appreciation of all their fans and well-wishers over the years.

He says a  portion of proceeds from the concert will go to support the free distribution of a book titled “Timeless Truths” by Dennis Sempebwa, another  member of the Limit X group.

The youth all around Uganda will receive the books free of charge meant to inspire them. The book is a collection of 300 enduring proverbs for this generation.

The group was a household name in the early 90/2000’s worldwide and was known for gospel hits such as Malibongwe, Clap your hands, Miracle, among others.

Photo Credit:  www.ugandamusiciansunion.org

Empire star Terrence Howard shares about his dark past and how he has moved past it

Terrence Howard knows he isn’t perfect.

“I’ve made terrible mistakes throughout my life,” the Empire star, 48, says in the current issue of PEOPLE. “I was dragging baggage with me that was crippling me mentally and physically. But I finally feel I can put that to rest. I can breathe again.”

From childhood, Howard had been exposed to the violent side of human nature. At the age of 2, he saw his father, Tyrone, fatally stab a man while their families waited in line to see Santa Claus at a mall in Cleveland.

Tyrone, a carpenter, served 11 months in prison. Howard’s mother, Anita, filed for divorce after his release, but he remained a force in their lives.

“My dad whooped me every day until I was 14,” says the actor, who grew up poor with three brothers. “Then he said, ‘The street will whoop you from now on.’ ”

He was right. A sensitive child with “a big mouth,” living in the projects, “the kids would do horrible things to animals in the neighborhood,” Howard recalls. “I’d try and save them and take the beating instead.”

But in his adult life, Howard became the one that was physically violent.

In 2001 he admitted to hitting his first wife, Lori, and in 2013 his second wife Michelle Ghent was granted a restraining order against him on the grounds that he hit and kicked her during a family vacation and threatened to kill her. (Howard has claimed self-defense in regards to the Ghent altercation and in a 2015 divorce hearing his lawyer argued that he signed their spousal support agreement “under duress.” The judge called Howard a “bully” but ruled in the actor’s favor. The decision is currently under appeal.)

But, instigated by the death of his mother in 2008, Howard has spent the last few years on a path of self-reflection.

“I was raised believing the man is in charge, but I’ve realized marriage should be an equal partnership,” says the actor.

By the time he met his third wife, Mira, in 2013, Howard — who was once a Muslim and contemplated becoming a Jehovah’s Witness like his first wife and their three children — had given up organized religion and found “truth” in nature and science.

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“Two weeks after meeting Mira, I gathered up things associated with my past and found a nice hill and buried them all there,” he says.

A week later, he proposed. “Mira settled me,” Howard says of his wife, 39, a former model and restaurateur.

“Our marriage is effortless,” she adds. “Relationships are hard work, but we really don’t fight.”

Stress is still a factor in Howard’s life, but he’s found a unique way of managing it.

“I’ll just watch a tree’s limbs sway back and forth or take my shoes off and put my hands on a tree,” he says. “It makes me feel part of the whole.”

By keeping his stress in check, his Southern California home with Mira — which is now complete with their sons Qirin, 22 months, and Hero, 7 months — is a peaceful one.
“He refuses to kill a fly,” Mira says of Howard. “And we’re trying to teach our kids not to pick flowers.”

“I know in those two weeks or month of a fly’s life, that’s 80 years for them. And we smash them so quickly. I hope if someone saw me trapped, some bigger creature would help me,” explains Howard.

And Howard admits he’s not above needing help. “I still have growing to do,” Howard says. “I just hope the mistakes I make now are smarter mistakes.”

Empire returns to Fox Wednesday at 9 p.m. ET.

 

-Essence

J.C Muyonjo: “No Love” audio is out.

By Tukundane Yonna

J.C Muyonjo a finalist at Kyambogo University has released a new audio entitled NO LOVE. The song examines whether love is very commercial or a sacred priceless feeling we get to share with someone else.

NO LOVE was written as an observation Muyonjo made on several occasions after becoming consciously aware of the what people claim love is.

According to Muyonjo, majority of people have a price tag to love whether they admitted it or not. The industrial fine art student derives this theory from actions from making a strong impression with a special gift on Valentine’s Day to paying bride price.

This song was written from the perspective of the guy. The production of this song was not simple because Muyonjo and his producer Abaasa were separated by continents.

The guitarist and song writer recorded several guitar notes and vocal takes on his phone and sent them to Abaasa who is in California studying a degree in sound engineering by email and Facebook. After a couple of email, a final product was reached hence NO LOVE.

The final editing was done at C19 studios where it was mixed and mastered by the sound engineer Nel Muhire.

Kanyama new Audio is out.

By Tukundane Yonna

The Rnb kyabazinga has a new song to the Atwooki album. The title “kanyama” is a common expression of a strong muscular person or bouncer.

Maro says the song tackles a situation when you are really sure of your life companion and with all you have been through make her/him the strongest person. Its with this background that the  title “kanyama” came to be.

He adds that Kanyama is a slower song, not done in the usual question and answer sing along format although the words in the song are not so new.

This song is a nicely sang song by Maro and produced by producer Nessim. The voicing was done at ed at Volume up records.