#BlackGirlMagic Miss Jamaica’s Miss World Win Means 5 Black Women Hold Major Pageant Titles

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Miss Jamaica’s Toni-Ann Singh’s Miss World Win Means 5 Black Women Hold Major Pageant Titles

The title circuit is currently flooded with melanin and #blackgirlmagic. After South Africa’s Zozibini Tunzwas was dubbed Miss Universe, there’s another black pageant Queen to celebrate.

On Sunday Jamaica’s Toni-Ann Singh won the Miss World crown, the 23-year-old’s win means that the titles of Miss World, Miss Universe, Miss America, Miss USA, and Miss Teen USA have all gone to Black women this year.
Singh, 23, is a native of St. Thomas, Jamaica, and is the fourth beauty queen from Jamaica to be crowned Miss World since Lisa Hanna in 1993.

“To that little girl in St. Thomas, Jamaica and all the girls around the world—please believe in yourself,” wrote Singh about her win. “Please know that you are worthy and capable of achieving your dreams. This crown is not mine but yours. You have a PURPOSE.”

Singh is the pride of her family, her uncle Theodore Bailey told The Jamaica Star that they all saw her win coming.

“As a toddler growing up, she would always tell us that she is going to be Miss World and Miss Jamaica. And fi si the manifestation come now, and that the world has to look up to mi niece, and even a community like Bath in St Thomas yah, mi feel real good man,” said Uncle Theodore.

“Words can’t even express my feelings right now, trust me. We a come from far and Toni-Ann always tell wi she is going to be the Joseph of this family. So even now it come in like is a dream come true or something, but to how me feel … boy, we have to really look pon it and say is like it’s a fulfilment of prophecy,” he added.

A win like this for five black women is especially historic considering that a few decades ago it wouldn’t be possible. In its first 30 years, black women weren’t even allowed to compete in the Miss America pageant.

As for Singh, she’s planning to go to medical school to become a doctor in women’s health.

Watch her historic crowning below.

 

Some Positive Programming: The Ladies Of ‘Chatter’ Talk Cast Chemistry & Holiday Traditions

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The Ladies Of “Chatter” Talk Show Talk Cast Chemistry & Holiday Traditions

There’s some positive programming on television featuring four women of faith and their opinionated and sometimes unorthodox views.
Known for their work as the creator and Executive Producer of the hit series Preachers of LA, Relevé Entertainment is introducing “Chatter” to ring in the holiday spirit. “Chatter” features Dr. Dee Dee Freeman – The Leader, Real Talk Kim – The Pastor , Dr. Jewel Tankard – The Money Maker and Millionairess and Monique Idlett Mosley – The Mogul.

The show debut on TV One on December 15 during the time slot of 5:00pm – 9:00pm EST during the airing of the Super Bowl Gospel Fest and then will be available on digital and social platforms and will run throughout the entire holiday season for a special holiday Edition presented by AT&T #DreamInBlack and produced by Releve Entertainment.

The ladies will help get you in the holiday spirit by discussing their favorite holiday traditions while also discussing holiday taboos and conundrums including handling uninvited guests to X-mas celebration. Episodes will also include them getting some amazing decorating tips from a well – known interior designer and holiday meal tips from none other than Celebrity Chef, James Wright Chanel of that viral Patty Pies fame.

The casts also recognizes that they are blessed to serve as blessings for other and during the season of giving they select a deserving family to give them a Christmas that they will never forget.

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The ladies of “Chatter” chatted with BOSSIP about their cast dynamic and told us that each of them has a unique role that viewers can connect with us.

“Kim is the jokester, they call me the leader, so I’m the mom, they call me the mom,” said DeeDee Freeman. “Monique is the one who’s a little bit more detailed. She doesn’t miss anything, she’s always on point asking and answering the right questions.”

Real Talk Kim also joined in and told BOSSIP that powerhouse Jewel Tankard is all about growing and financial responsibility.

“Jewel is always trying to grow, every conversation will go back to making money,” said Kim of the Millionairess. “All she hears is money signs. H’ourdovers to make money, do it this way!”

The ladies also shared with BOSSIP that they hope women in particular gain “hope” from their popular programming. Monique Idlett Mosley, in particular, wants the show to highlight women unapologetically living their truth.

“I want this to be a platform where we can stop apologizing for living our truth and instead acknowledge the truth, deal with it and get real solutions with transparency and honesty,” said Idlett Mosley. “That’s what I want women to walk away with.”

 

Set your television reminders to tune in for “Chatter” — The Holiday Edition produced by Releve’ Entertainment on Sunday, December 15, 2019, during the airing of the Super Bowl Gospel Fest during the time slot of 5:00pm – 9:00pm EST.

Check your local listings for local air times. Join the conversation on IG/ Facebook: @ChatterTalkShow #ChatterTalkShow #DreamInBlack.

#BlackExcellence Urban One Honors Celebrates 40 Years Of Radio One With Jamie Foxx, Missy Elliot & More

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Urban One Honors Celebrates 40 Years Of Radio One With Jamie Foxx, Missy Elliot & More

Black excellence was overflowing at Urban One, Inc.’s annual star-studded affair, The Urban One Honors. Held at MGM National Harbor in Oxon Hill, Maryland, on Thursday, December 5, the Honors were hosted by Urban One Founder and Chairwoman Cathy Hughes and actor Chris Tucker. The prestigious event celebrated the 40-year legacy of Radio One and will premiere on January 20, 2020, the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday, at 8P.M./7C on TV One.

This year’s honorees included changemakers in music, activism, and entertainment. They included veteran music executive Sylvia Rhone (Lifetime Achievement Honor); Grammy Award-winning recording artist and producer Missy Elliott (Music Innovation Honor); Academy Award-winning actor Jamie Foxx (Entertainment Icon Honor); Grammy Award-winning artist Chance the Rapper (Represent Change Honor); and, actor/dancer and star of “Pose,” Ryan Jamaal Swain (Represent Pride Honor). Special recognition went to music executive legend Clarence “The Black Godfather” Avant (Represent Opportunity), civil rights activist Rev. Al Sharpton (Represent Leadership), and Emmy Award-winning actor Billy Porter (Represent Excellence).

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BOSSIP was on hand and spoke with a plethora of people included Mona Scott Young and honoree Sylvia Rhone about the Black Girl Magic that’s embodied in Ms. Hughes, the owner of the largest African-American owned media corporation in the nation. We also chatted with Brandy and Ray J, Billy Porter, Bobby V and Wale who blessed us with a tongue-twisty BOSSIP headline on the spot.

Highlights from the evening included a surprise performance by Grammy Award-winning icon Anita Baker, who not only serenaded Cathy Hughes with “Giving You the Best That I Got” but also had Lalah Hathaway, Billy Porter, and Jamie Foxx to join her on stage.

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Actress Corinne Foxx presenting the Entertainment Icon Honor to her father Jamie Foxx, who, during his acceptance speech, remarked that his best role ever is being a father.

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Rapper Lil’ Kim’s heartfelt presentation of the Music Innovation Honor, which brought honoree Missy Elliott to tears.

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A special musical tribute to the late, two-time Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter, James Ingram, by Ne-Yo, Eric Benét, Chanté Moore, and Al B. Sure!
Additional performances from Grammy Award-winning R&B superstar Brandy,

Grammy-nominated rapper Wale and new artist Jac Ross brought the audience to its feet. Special appearances by Urban One CEO Alfred Liggins, III, veteran radio personality Tom Joyner, entrepreneur and TV personality Ray J, rapper/radio host Da Brat, TV host Egypt Sherrod, comedian George Wallace, and Reach Media/Radio One personalities Russ Parr, Willie Moore, Jr, Dyana Williams, Darlene McCoy, and Little Bacon Bear rounded out the show.

“It is with great humility and gratitude that I acknowledge our sponsors, staff and attendees at our second annual Urban One Honors at the MGM National Harbor. We are totally aware that our 40th anniversary would not be a reality without your love and support,” said Hughes.

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Ford Motor Company served as Presenting Sponsor of the event and presented a special backstage pass segment hosted by TV Personality Tai Beauchamp, featuring exclusive interviews with the show’s honorees, performers, and presenters. Ford also sponsored the Entertainment Icon Award.

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URBAN ONE HONORS is presented by TV One and Radio One’s Washington D.C. market’s cluster of radio stations: Majic 102.3 and 92.7, WKYS 93.9, Praise 104.1, WOL 1450, Spirit 1340, and The Team 980 and 95.9. The televised event heralds the accomplishments of individuals who have made extraordinary contributions in entertainment, media, music, education, and the community.

URBAN ONE HONORS is produced for TV One by Eric Tomosunas and Keith Neal of Swirl Films. Kashon Powell, Vice President of Programming for Radio One and Susan Henry and Gold Morgan are the Executives in Charge of Production for TV One. For TV One’s Original Programming and Production, Robyn Greene Arrington serves as Vice President and Brigitte McCray serves as Senior Vice President.

All images via photographers Mike James, Brian Stukes, Patricia McDougal and Earl Gibson for Urban One, Inc.

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10 Year Challenge: A Gallery Of Celebrities Who Look Exactly Like They Did In 2010

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A Gallery Of Celebrities Who Look Exactly Like They Did In 2010

The 2010s were a helluva decade that most of us struggled to survive. We have global warming, crooked presidents and armageddon around the corner. It is a miracle to end the decade better than we started it.

At least black people made it through while still looking beautiful as hell. You know why? Say it with me: black don’t crack. These celebrities exemplified that fact by not aging the entire decade.

Take a look…

#WOMAN: Syleena Johnson Competes In Texas National Physique Committee Cup, Takes Home Three Trophies

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Syleena Johnson Competes In Texas National Physique Committee Cup

After dropping 50 pounds for a fitness competition, an R&B Songstress and Sister Circle Live cohost saw stellar results. Syleena Johnson, 41, competed over the weekend in the Texas National Physique Committee (NPC Texas Cup) in Waco, Texas.

Johnson didn’t just hit the stage in an R&Baaawdy baring bikini, she actually took home THREE awards. Johnson took home 3rd place for Open, 5th place for True Novice, and 6th place for Novice. Johnson revealed that she passed on one completion, The Lee Haney Games, because she wasn’t physically ready. Instead after sticking to a strict diet and exercising with her personal trainer, she competed in The NPC Texas Cup in the Women’s Figure Category.

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“This has been a longtime dream of mine. This is not something I just woke up yesterday and said I wanted to do,” she said. “I don’t want to live this life and not do all of the things that I think I can do. I just feel like we can accomplish our goals and dreams, all in this life. And so that’s what I’m doing. I’m just pursuing all of the dreams and desires and goals and wants that God puts in my belly. Being a fitness competitor is one of them. I will continue to compete hopefully with the grace of God, but the first competition, I just want to get on the stage.”

This strong WOMAN is preparing to release her 10th studio album. WOMAN, is available for pre-order now and will release on January 31st, 2020.

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I think it is just now sinking in for me. I just completed a lifelong goal and dream of mine. I truly am overjoyed and grateful to God for keeping me the entire way. Through, a bulging disc, a sprained hamstring and calf muscle, flying back and forth to Chicago recording an album, touring in and out of the country, 2 months of physical therapy and constant pain everyday, I STILL managed to get it done. God is truly the greatest…But I am not done yet. This show was really competitive, I placed 3rd, 5th, and 6th out of the 4 categories I was in. I learned a lot about my body and myself on this journey. I realized how important self care is and how quickly my body responds to certain foods. However, I didn’t do this alone. I want to thank @kdwitthemuscle: prep coach/trainer, @twixiebabes : posing coach @bikini_alchemist :suit @nbsmassage : for body care and massage therapy @myaplusmeals @adia.robinson and @chefgrady1: meal prep my hair by @iloveindique installed by @itslatoyasworld makeup by @iamkelvinmyers @gainthemomentum gym for your support and all of team inkredibles for your support daily. Thank you to @bignaioficial_ifbbpro @gofigurebrittany @shan.q.robinson @traintbfit @ifbb_pro_devolution04 @twixiebabes @shanaynorvell for being beautiful amazing black women who have been successful in this sport and the example for women like me to follow, and for all of your encouragement, help, and information throughout this entire process. Thank you to @eonenashville and @sistercircletv for being supportive of and understanding. Thank you to my workout partner and media partner and friend @shari_nycole for sacrificing so much of your time, and body in this process! For being a true friend and support base all the time all while displaying brilliance and excellence daily with your gift and thought process♥ All of your cardio calls and endless hours in the gym to help me through! You are the real MVP!My sister @syleecia and my stylist/ executive assistant @robbinmykia for your endless hours of support and making meals and keeping me together when I didn’t know whether I was coming or going🤷🏽‍♀️ Lastly, my husband and children for putting up with me.♥

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Congrats Syleena—you look amazing!

Beyoncé Talks Multiple Miscarriages & Constant Womb Watching In ELLE—‘Get Off My Ovaries!’

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Beyoncé Talks Multiple Miscarriages & Constant Womb Watching In ELLE Magazine

Bey Hive, rejoice! Beyoncé is covering the January 2020 issue of ELLE magazine with some orgasmically artsy shots via her Lemonade collaborator/Queen & Slim director Melina Matsoukas. The cinematic vignettes were captured in L.A.’s Crenshaw neighborhood at a local hair salon, bodega, laundromat, and wig shop with a “local superhero” theme. In them, Yonce’s rocking her IVY Park x adidas brand, long braids, and minimal makeup.

She’s also answering fan questions in ELLE about motherhood, love, reclaiming her clothing line and her quest for purpose.
Things got especially interesting, however, when a fan asked her about being snubbed by the Emmys for “Homecoming” and being snubbed over “Lemonade.” According to Yonce, “loss is, in fact, a gift” and she likened it to learning from multiple miscarriages.

I connected with Lemonade and I almost passed out when I saw Homecoming. You brought it and made me want to stand up and scream your name!! What’s up with the people who give out awards?
Were you disappointed not winning? Because you know, you already won with me. —via Instagram

BKC: “I began to search for deeper meaning when life began to teach me lessons I didn’t know I needed. Success looks different to me now. I learned that all pain and loss is in fact a gift. Having miscarriages taught me that I had to mother myself before I could be a mother to someone else. Then I had Blue, and the quest for my purpose became so much deeper. I died and was reborn in my relationship, and the quest for self became even stronger. It’s difficult for me to go backwards. Being “number one” was no longer my priority. My true win is creating art and a legacy that will live far beyond me. That’s fulfilling.”

The January 2020 issue of ELLE is on newsstands December 17, more interview quotes are below.

I have been waiting for more IVY PARK. What are you giving us with your partnership with Adidas? —via Facebook

BKC: “My mother instilled in me the idea that creativity starts with taking a leap of faith—telling your fears they are not allowed where you are headed. And I’m proud to do that with adidas. I am excited for you to see the campaign for the first collection of this new partnership. It incorporates my personal style and expands that to include something for everyone. I love experimenting with fashion, mixing high and low, sportswear with couture, even masculine and feminine. This new line is fun and lends itself to creativity, the ultimate power. I focused on designing a unisex collection of footwear and apparel because I saw so many men in IVY PARK. The way they have embraced the brand is an unexpected gift. I appreciate the beauty of gender-neutral clothing and breaking the so-called fashion rules. I took a chance on myself when I bought my company back. We all have the confidence in us to take chances and bet on ourselves.”

You have worked with several female directors. Why is that important to you? —via Facebook

BKC: “Melina Matsoukas has inspired me to own and redefine what it means to be a director. As a woman, if you are too opinionated, too strong-willed, too anything, you are disregarded. I’ve seen this happen to Melina, but she handles it with respect and grace. Melina is a rarity; she has the sensibility to understand fashion, photography, storytelling, history, and culture and is able to seamlessly incorporate those components into her work. I have trusted Melina for over a decade and created some of my best work with her—from visuals for my music to tour content and now a fashion shoot. I was so excited to work with her on this shoot for ELLE, because working with Melina is effortless. We have a natural way of collaborating because of our friendship and mutual respect for each other. There’s no politics, no ego; it’s just about being in the moment and creating dope art. Pioneers like Kasi Lemmons, Julie Dash, and Euzhan Palcy have amazing catalogs, and women like Lena Waithe, dream hampton, Adria Petty, Diane Martel, Darnell Martin, and Ava DuVernay have added to the dialogue. And I am lucky to have worked with most of these talented women.”

During a lightning round of questions, Yonce admitted that she HATES pregnancy questions. “Get off my ovaries!” said Yonce.

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Duly noted King Bey, see more from her ELLE cover on the flip.

Beyoncé Talks Multiple Miscarriages & Constant Womb Watching In ELLE—‘Get Off My Ovaries!’

Beyonce ELLE

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Beyoncé Talks Multiple Miscarriages & Constant Womb Watching In ELLE Magazine

Bey Hive, rejoice! Beyoncé is covering the January 2020 issue of ELLE magazine with some orgasmically artsy shots via her Lemonade collaborator/Queen & Slim director Melina Matsoukas. The cinematic vignettes were captured in L.A.’s Crenshaw neighborhood at a local hair salon, bodega, laundromat, and wig shop with a “local superhero” theme. In them, Yonce’s rocking her IVY Park x adidas brand, long braids, and minimal makeup.

She’s also answering fan questions in ELLE about motherhood, love, reclaiming her clothing line and her quest for purpose.
Things got especially interesting, however, when a fan asked her about being snubbed by the Emmys for “Homecoming” and being snubbed over “Lemonade.” According to Yonce, “loss is, in fact, a gift” and she likened it to learning from multiple miscarriages.

I connected with Lemonade and I almost passed out when I saw Homecoming. You brought it and made me want to stand up and scream your name!! What’s up with the people who give out awards?
Were you disappointed not winning? Because you know, you already won with me. —via Instagram

BKC: “I began to search for deeper meaning when life began to teach me lessons I didn’t know I needed. Success looks different to me now. I learned that all pain and loss is in fact a gift. Having miscarriages taught me that I had to mother myself before I could be a mother to someone else. Then I had Blue, and the quest for my purpose became so much deeper. I died and was reborn in my relationship, and the quest for self became even stronger. It’s difficult for me to go backwards. Being “number one” was no longer my priority. My true win is creating art and a legacy that will live far beyond me. That’s fulfilling.”

The January 2020 issue of ELLE is on newsstands December 17, more interview quotes are below.

I have been waiting for more IVY PARK. What are you giving us with your partnership with Adidas? —via Facebook

BKC: “My mother instilled in me the idea that creativity starts with taking a leap of faith—telling your fears they are not allowed where you are headed. And I’m proud to do that with adidas. I am excited for you to see the campaign for the first collection of this new partnership. It incorporates my personal style and expands that to include something for everyone. I love experimenting with fashion, mixing high and low, sportswear with couture, even masculine and feminine. This new line is fun and lends itself to creativity, the ultimate power. I focused on designing a unisex collection of footwear and apparel because I saw so many men in IVY PARK. The way they have embraced the brand is an unexpected gift. I appreciate the beauty of gender-neutral clothing and breaking the so-called fashion rules. I took a chance on myself when I bought my company back. We all have the confidence in us to take chances and bet on ourselves.”

You have worked with several female directors. Why is that important to you? —via Facebook

BKC: “Melina Matsoukas has inspired me to own and redefine what it means to be a director. As a woman, if you are too opinionated, too strong-willed, too anything, you are disregarded. I’ve seen this happen to Melina, but she handles it with respect and grace. Melina is a rarity; she has the sensibility to understand fashion, photography, storytelling, history, and culture and is able to seamlessly incorporate those components into her work. I have trusted Melina for over a decade and created some of my best work with her—from visuals for my music to tour content and now a fashion shoot. I was so excited to work with her on this shoot for ELLE, because working with Melina is effortless. We have a natural way of collaborating because of our friendship and mutual respect for each other. There’s no politics, no ego; it’s just about being in the moment and creating dope art. Pioneers like Kasi Lemmons, Julie Dash, and Euzhan Palcy have amazing catalogs, and women like Lena Waithe, dream hampton, Adria Petty, Diane Martel, Darnell Martin, and Ava DuVernay have added to the dialogue. And I am lucky to have worked with most of these talented women.”

During a lightning round of questions, Yonce admitted that she HATES pregnancy questions. “Get off my ovaries!” said Yonce.

Beyonce ELLE

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Duly noted King Bey, see more from her ELLE cover on the flip.

Mommy Cardi Covers VOGUE With Kulture, Talks Forgiving Offset—‘We Prayed On It’

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Cardi Covers VOGUE With Kulture

Cardi is on the January 2020 cover of VOGUE and speaking candidly in an especially intimate interview.

This month, VOGUE handpicked Cardi and three other fierce creative forces, role models, and mothers to be celebrated with a quartet of covers. For Cardi’s cover styled by Tonne Goodman, she opens up to Rob Haskell about making music, her relationship, and becoming a mother. She also poses for artful Annie Leibovitz taken shots with her 1-year-old daughter Kulture by her side.

At one point things get especially interesting when she brings up Offset’s cheating and admits that they used prayers from priests to get through it. She also reiterated that she believes in monogamy and also believes in a** beating for cheating.

On her relationship being placed under a microscope:

“When me and my husband got into our issues—you know, he cheated and everything—and I decided to stay with him and work together with him, a lot of people were so mad at me; a lot of women felt disappointed in me. But it’s real-life shit. If you love somebody and you stop being with them, and you’re depressed and social media is telling you not to talk to that person because he cheated, you’re not really happy on the inside until you have the conversation. Then, if you get back with them, it’s like, how could you? You let all of us down.”

On her relationship with Offset:

“Everybody has issues. I believe in forgiveness. I prayed on it. Me and my husband, we prayed on it. We had priests come to us. And we just came to an understanding like, bro, it’s really us against the world. He has my back for everything, I have his back for everything, so when you cheat, you’re betraying the person that has your back the most. Why would you do that? We have come to a clear understanding. For me, monogamy is the only way. I’ll beat your a** if you cheat on me.”

 

Cardi also dished on the criticism she received for having a baby with Offset who already had three kids before Kulture. Cardi told VOGUE that seeing Offset in daddy mode makes her happy and she can relate because she too comes from a big family. Cardi has seven siblings.

“When I was pregnant with Kulture, a lot of people was like, oh, he has three kids already; why would you have a kid with somebody that have three kids? And it’s like, how is that such a bad thing?” said Cardi. “My dad has eight kids, and we all get along, and it feels better, fuller. And with Offset, I feel like his kids just bring a pop of fun to life when they’re in his house. I actually love it. It brings out a different side of him that I like to see, and I love to see my baby interacting with her siblings.”

The more the merrier, right???

See more Cardi and cutie Kulture in VOGUE on the flip.

Melanin Magic: STUNNING South African Zozibini Tunzi Crowned Miss Universe 2019

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Zozibini Tunzi Crowned Miss Universe 2019

During last night’s Miss Universe 2019 pageant, a stunner from South Africa took home the to prize. Zozibini Tunzi is Miss Universe 2019 after beating out Puerto Rico’s Madison Anderson and Mexico’s Sofia Aragon in the final three.

Zozibini stunned in the all the categories but it was the interview portion where she really shined. In her final question, the 26-year-old was asked “What should be teaching young girls today” and she gave a brilliant response.

Zozibini wants little girls to learn about leadership and to “take up space.”

“Leadership. It’s something that has been lacking in young girls and women for a very long time – not because we don’t want to, but because of what society has labelled women to be,” she said.

“I think we are the most powerful beings in the world, and that we should be given every opportunity. And that is what we should be teaching these young girls – to take up space.”

BOOM.

Zozibini is the first black woman to win the competition since Leila Lopes in 2011. This also makes the first time Miss USA, Miss America, Miss Teen USA, and Miss Universe have all been black women.

Zozibini is described as a” proud advocate for natural beauty” and a passionate activist “engaged in the fight against gender-based violence.”

Isn’t she lovely???

Congratulations to Miss Universe Zozibini Tunzi!

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#LHHNY Season 10 Super Trailer: Cyn Calls Out Erica Mena’s Matchmaking & Chrissy Cries Over Foreclosure

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#LHHNY Season 10 Super Trailer

VH1’s homecoming season of “Love & Hip Hop: New York” is on the way and bursting with drama. Premiering Monday, December 16 at 8:00pm ET/PT with back-to-back episodes, this season marks the return of original vets alongside fan-favorite cast members.

A SIX MINUTE super trailer has been released and in it, you see just a taste of what’s going down on Mona Scott Young’s show.

Chrissy’s back in New York after venturing into Miami real estate and she’s looking to settle the score with Kimbella and Yandy. She gets distracted however when BOSSIP’s story drops about her boyfriend Jim Jones losing their house to foreclosure and the estate selling for $100 at auction.

Cyn Santana and Joe Budden have broken up reportedly over cheating which somehow prompts Cyn’s ex Erica Mena to try to make a love connection between Joe and his ex Tahiry. An irate Cyn calls out Erica and she and Tahiry meet up in person.

Speaking of Erica Mena she’ll confront Safaree over rumors that he wanted to propose to that ex in Jamaica with the SAME ring he gave her, clearly they work it out however because there’s footage from their wedding.

Yandy’s also back and her businesses are booming, despite that she’s worried that when Mendeecees is released (SOON) that the state won’t let him live with her and her foster daughter because he’s a felon.

Rich Dollaz, Tahiry Jose, Olivia Longott, Somaya Reece, Juju, Jonathan Fernandez are also set to appear this season, along with newcomers Phresher and Jennaske.

Love & Hip Hop: New York season 10 premieres Monday, December 16 at 8/7c.

Watch the super trailer below.

Slimmy Syleena Johnson Drops 50 Pounds, Shares Secret To Her R&Bawwwdy

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Before and after…

Syleena Johnson Drops 50 Pounds

Singer/Sister Circle host Syleena Johnson is looking fitter than ever and sharing details on her slim down. Johnson recently revealed on Instagram that she’s lost over 50 pounds. She’s not dropping weight for vanity, however, the fitness maven is preparing for a competition.

Johnson’s being coached by Coach KD (@kdwitthemuscle) and since April she’s been going hard in the gym with five days a week workouts, meal prepping, fasted cardio and weight training. Syleena’s been documenting her journey through her #From1Stage2TheNext series and highlighting milestones and even hangups.

At one point she revealed that she felt discouraged about her workouts while traveling to South Africa. Still, she pushed through.

“I have worked out 5 days a week since I have been in South Africa, it has been EXTREMELY hard to stay focused and find the proper food choices to facilitate my program. Being trained by @kdwitthemuscle through @kbstarrmuzik to stay on track has been a blessing, but this is probably the hardest thing I have had to endure all year and yet and still my stomach muscles are finally starting to peak through.”

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I have worked out 5 days a week since I have been in South Africa, it has been EXTREMELY hard to stay focused and find the proper food choices to facilitate my program. Being trained by @kdwitthemuscle through @kbstarrmuzik to stay on track has been a blessing, but this is probably the hardest thing I have had to endure all year and yet and still my stomach muscles are finally starting to peak through. I have one more week in the motherland. My prayer is that I can make it home leaner and not go backwards in any way. Im 9 weeks out from my competition, and I feel like I’m so far from my goal sometimes….pray for me.🙏🏽 #From1Stage2TheNext #thejourneycontinues #goingforitregardless #teaminkredibles #sheleanlifestyle #mygawdtaday

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Syleena’s since bounced back and with just weeks to go till her fitness competition, her R&B baaawdy is in tip-top shape.

Congrats and good luck Syleena!

See more from Syleena Johnson’s #From1Stage2TheNext series on the flip.

‘SELF’Care: Taraji P. Henson Talks Mental Health, Menopause & Her Man

Taraji P. Henson Talks Mental Health, Menopause & Her Man In SELF Magazine

Taraji P. Henson is never one to shy away from tough topics surrounding mental health and she’s opening up to SELF magazine. Taraji is the mag’s digital cover star and inside she’s speaking candidly about life changes she’s experienced, particularly surrounding menopause, her mental health, and her man.

The actress, 49, told Self that she noticed a mental switch in herself that later realized was part of menopause. She also discussed meeting her now fiance Kelvin Hayden and finding a black female therapist via her friend/costar Gabourey Sidibe.


On menopause:
“I would get so low, really, really low, beaten, like never before,” she says. “You may have those days [when] you’re like, ‘Oh, I just don’t feel like getting out of bed. I just want to sleep in,’ but you don’t feel heavy. I was just starting to feel heavy a lot, [like] suffocating…. It just came out of nowhere.” At first, she didn’t think these emotions were related to menopause. Then she started doing the math: “I’m like, ‘Well, you are pushing 50, girl. At some point things are going to change.’””Find you a group of women that are going through the same thing. Talk and laugh about it,” she says. “If you sit on that toilet and you don’t flush that s***, it’s going to consume you.”

On her relationship: “We shook hands and I swear I heard angels,” she says. “That’s the joke I tell. But he just felt right,” adding that, minus a few bumps in the road, they’ve been together ever since. About those bumps: Initially Hayden, who is 13 years Henson’s junior, thought she was a “prima donna celebrity who has her way with guys and moves on,” she says. Henson thought Hayden was a good-looking “athlete who has his way with women.” She started to assume that his proneness to falling asleep when she got home from work meant he was exhausted from cheating escapades. “Whenever he would fall asleep, [I’d think,] Oh, you cheating on me?” she recalls. Miscommunications like these led to a breakup, she says.


On friend Gabourey Sidibe, who introduced her to her therapist (Gabourey comments too):
After a string of false starts, she finally found a match when her Empire co-star Gabourey Sidibe introduced Henson to her own therapist, another black woman “It was extremely important for me to find a therapist who is a black woman, just because black women live in a different world than everyone else,” Sidibe tells me via email, when I reach out to ask her about her thought process in sharing her mental health care provider with a friend and colleague. “Our problems, daily interactions, and expectations are different than most other people, so I wanted a therapist who I could cut through the societal foundation of who I am with, so that we could get to my specific issues. There’s a shorthand between us. We speak the same language because we’re from the same world.”

Sidibe says she felt like sharing her therapist with others was just the right thing to do. “She is the most human therapist I’ve known,” she says, “and when I encounter anyone who I think would benefit from my therapist’s humanity, I’ll always recommend her. It wouldn’t be fair to keep this mental wellness to myself.” Henson was on board, in no small part because she knew that Sidibe had done the work herself. “She’s Gabby, honey,” Henson muses. “She’s fabulous, she’s everything, but what I do know is that she’s…embraced her issues.”


On first noticing her anxiet
y skyrocketing after Trayvon Martin: “All my life I’ve been bubbly and the life of the party,” she says. “Things started to shift for me when Trayvon Martin—when that happened.” His killing stoked special pain for Henson, whose son, Marcell Johnson, was close to Martin’s age. “That’s when I noticed anxiety started kicking in,” she says. She feared that even her own fame wouldn’t be enough to protect her son. “They’re not going to [recognize] Taraji’s son out here on these streets,” she says. “It’s me that is the star. He’s not.”

On defending Terrence and Jussie because she feels like you have to support and love your friends:
Henson’s inclination to gaze at black people through caring eyes might be one of the reasons she’s remained supportive of her costars Terrence Howard and Jussie Smollett. “I love like a mother,” she admits. She doesn’t flinch when I ask her why she hasn’t publicly distanced herself from Howard and Smollett. The former has a history of domestic violence allegations and controversial comments to his name. The latter faced a host of legal charges for allegedly staging an assault. (Smollett denied the charges, and all of them were dropped.) Friendship, to Henson, comes with a lack of judgment. “If I’m your friend, I can’t judge you,” she says. “ I just can’t. I could do something, and I wouldn’t want you to turn your back. We’re humans. We’re flawed. No one is perfect. I might not necessarily agree with everything, but I think every human deserves some form of humanity, some form of compassion.”

Taraji also sat down for a video with SELF where she talks about mental health in depth and her battle with depression and anxiety. Taraji takes all this very seriously, she recently launched the Boris Lawrence Henson Foundation in honor of her late father with a goal to end the stigma of mental health issues within the Black community

We love to stars open up about something so important.

 

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In 2018, @TarajiPHenson launched the Boris Lawrence Henson Foundation to help reduce the stigma around mental health in the black community. The foundation helps schools create “peace corners,” or areas in classrooms for students to safely express their feelings. It’s also working to place culturally competent therapists in schools, features a database of therapists anyone can access, and hopes to provide scholarships for black students who want to pursue careers in psychotherapy. “I had aligned all my chakras, and I still wanted to headbutt a bitch,” Henson jokes about her own journey to starting therapy. “It was [a] time where I was like, ‘Oh, I'm just not feeling like myself anymore,’ and my son was going through his issues with becoming a young black male in America with no dad and no grandad. It was like, ‘Okay, I'm not a professional. We both need help,’” she says. Tap the link in bio to read our latest cover story on the advocate and star. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Photographer: @micaiahcarter Wardrobe Stylist: @shibonleigh Hair: @tymwallacehair Makeup: @ashuntasheriff Visuals Director: @avenerable Manicure: @ginaedwards_ Prop Stylist: @kaaatessstein

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