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Cassi Davis talks marriage, movies, Madea and more with ‘UPFRONT’

Written by | Ray Cornelius

NAACP Image Award winner and beloved television and film actress Cassi Davis has a lot to be smiling about these days. For starters, she will be returning to prime time television next year in a reboot of Tyler Perry‘s popular series, “House of Payne” for the Oprah Winfrey Network. The newly titled show, “The Paynes” will reunite Davis with her TV husband, LaVan Davis and will focus on the couple’s life after retirement.

In addition to the new project, Davis is also sporting a beautiful wedding ring as she recently jumped the broom in Las Vegas (20 days ago) and married her long-time friend and high school sweetheart, Kerry Patton.

“I am so excited. We met in the third grade and of course you grow up and you go your separate ways and we were apart for about twenty years and divinely God brought us back together in 2007. You know, you think you’re committed and you say you’re committed but life just has to live itself and then afterwards, were good. And so now, were married,” said the Spelman College alumnus.

Davis began her career in Spike Lee‘s classic film, “School Daze” and later appeared on episodes of “Living Single,” “Married…with Children” and “Kenan & Kel.” But its has been her stage work with Tyler Perry and her TV and film roles as Ella Payne and Aunt Bam, that have kept her in the spotlight over the years. For Davis, every opportunity to work with the entertainment mogul has proven to be a blessing from above.

“It’s a dream every time he calls. It’s like, ‘you’re calling me again?’ Oh, God thank you! So listen, I live for Aunt Bam and I live for Aunt Ella.”

You can catch the rest of my interview with Cassi Davis this Saturday morning at 9 a.m. on “UPFRONT” Inside Atlanta’s Entertainment Industry. Also, don’t forget that “Boo! A Madea Halloween” and “Tyler Perry’s Madea on the Run” are available now on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD.

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Ciara and Russell Wilson tie the knot!

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

Congratulations goes to pop music star Ciara and NFL player Russell Wilson! The two got married Wednesday at Peckfordton Castle in Cheshire, England. The singer posted the above photo of her with her new husband and the caption: “We are the The Wilsons!”

According to ENews!, the happy couple were surrounded by close friends and family members when they jumped the broom. The blushing bride also wore a custom Roberto Cavalli dress, designed exclusively by the label’s creative director, Peter Dundas.

Special guests included one of Ciara’s besties, Jennifer Hudson, who looked radiant in a peach colored Christian Siriono dress with Josephine Baker styled fingerwaves.

Ciara and Russell started dating in April of 2015!

Stay tuned…

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YAY! Empire stars Trai Byers and Grace Gealey tie the knot

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

Congratulations goes to “Empire” stars Trai Byers and Grace Gealey! The two got married over the weekend. Although I had seen a couple of reports claiming that the actors had tied the knot, Byers officially confirmed the union on Sunday. He posted the above photo of himself with Gealey along with the following caption:

“We’re married! God is so good. To all who have extended congrats and well wishes, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts. Love, Mr. & Mrs. Byers❤”

As previously reported, Byers proposed to Gealey last July on her 31st birthday.  The two first met while shooting on the hugely popular Fox series.

Stay tuned…

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I’s Married Now! Fantasia ties the knot with Kendall Taylor [PHOTOS]

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American Idol winner and Grammy-winning superstar, Fantasia Barrino got married over the weekend to her fiance, Kendall Taylor. The beloved vocalist and Broadway actress posted images of her nuptials on Instagram that featured a sleek and sexy red, black and white motif.  Barrino also posted a few classic shots of her and boo, who she says is the man “God made just for her.”  Check out the photos and her full message below:

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Those who really know me know that I LOVE Water.. Can you see it? How Happy I am.. This Man.. God made him just for Me and me Just For Him.. This Man.. Covers and prays for me and my children EVERY morning.. This Man.. Loves My Father in Heaven and his name is God.. This Man allows me to just be a woman.. No more Hurt because King Kendall will never let that happen.. I’m off to just kiss, Hug and play in some water with This Man.. Look at Him in the pic YEP!! HE COVERS ME.. Be Happy with me you guys cause I’ve been thru SOOOOO much. Some stuff was my wrong decisions but all I ever really wanted was this.. Real Love. This Man and this smile is real… Later you guys bye bye for a while.. God did not forget about me….

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#HowSweet Ludacris secretly ties the knot to fiancée Eudoxie (PHOTOS)

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

Luda is officially off the market!

The rapper extraordinaire secretly tied the knot to long-time girlfriend/fiancée Eudoxie over the Christmas holiday. The “Fast 7” star posted the exciting news on his Instagram page Tuesday evening along with the above photo of him and her in wedding garb and the following caption: “Why wait? Did the thing before 2015.”
Reportedly, Luda popped the big question to Eudoxie while eating dinner in Atlanta. They later went home where he surprised her with a gorgeous wedding gown (picked out by his mother) and the two exchanged vows shortly afterward.  The newlyweds then jumped on a plane and flew to Costa Rico where they were joined by family and friends for a beautiful honeymoon.
Check out a few wedding photos below:

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Congrats to the lovely couple!


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Kandi Burrus and Todd Tucker tie the knot!

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I’s married now!

Despite all of the drama we’ve watched her endure from her Mama Joyce, RHOA starlet Kandi Burruss has finally jumped the broom with her fiancé Todd Tucker.

Yes folks!  Kandi is officially a Real  Housewife of Atlanta.

According to the AJC and Straight from The A, the two love birds tied the knot at LeFais Do Do in West Midtown, Atlanta.  The very private affair was taped by Bravo for an upcoming series and was attended by RHOA cast mates Porsha Williams, Phaedra Parks and Cynthia Bailey. Unfortunately, Nene Leakes and Kenya Moore were unable to attend because of taping for their new shows, Dancing with the Stars  and Celebrity Apprentice.

Burruss’ bridemaid bridesmaids included R&B vocalist Fantasia, Love and Hip Hop Atlanta’s Rasheeda, and fellow Xscape member, Tameka “Tiny” Cottle Harris.  Her dress was created by Atlanta-based designer Reco Chapple.

A bevy of notables were also in attendance including Fashion Queens Derek J and Miss Lawrence, Keshia Knight Pulliam and Big Tigger, Musiq SoulChild, Tamar Braxton and Vince Herbert, Shekinah Jo, Toya Wright, Stevie J, Benzino, Sheree Whitfield, Monyetta Shaw, Sherri Shephard and Jawn Murray.

Kandi’s publicist Tresa Sanders confirmed that Mama Joyce was on her best behavior throughout the ceremony.

Congrats to Kandi and Todd!

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Bobby Kristina and Nick Gordon tie the knot, tweets photo of wedding rings

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US Weekly  is reporting that Whitney Houston’s daughter, Bobbi Kristina has jumped the broom with Nick Gordon.  The 20-year-old tweeted the news Thursday night along with a photo of their wedding rings and the caption: “@nickgordon! #HappilyMarried,” she captioned the snapshot. “SO #Inlove. If you didn’t get it the first time that is.”

wedding rings.jpg45The young couple first announced they were engaged in October of 2012 during the reality-show, The Houstons: On Our Own.  However, the engagement was called off due to the family’s very public disapproval of the relationship. If you recall, Krissy’s grandmother, Cissy Houston allegedly called the relationship “incestuous” while her aunt Pat, called the union “unacceptable.” Reportedly, Nick was informally adopted by Whitney and lived with the Houston family for much of his teenage life and is considered to be Krissy’s god brother. However Krissy sees the relationship differently and expressed her thoughts via Facebook:

“I’m tired of hearing people say, ‘Eww you’re engaged to your brother’ or ‘If Whitney was still alive, would we be together or would she approve of this?'”  She wrote. “Let me clear up something, we aren’t even real brother and sister, nor is he my adoptive brother. My mom never adopted him. In fact, mommy was the one who even said that she knew that we were going to start dating,  said Bobby Kristina.”

No word yet from the Houston family or Krissy’s  father, Bobby Brown.

What are your thoughts about the wedding? We’d love to hear from you.

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Two groupies tried crashing Savannah & LeBron’s wedding…

Posted by | Cyrena Rose

LeBron James and his fiancée Savannah Brinson were married last weekend in a lavish ceremony in San Diego, California.

His Miami Heat teammates were in attendance along with Jay-Z and his wife Beyoncé who [reportedly] performed at the reception.

The constant hovering of local TV helicopters apparently detracted little from the ceremony’s ambiance, which was hidden from view under very large event tents.  Guests (about 200) were ushered into the hotel under umbrellas.  The highly anticipated wedding was very secretive.

However, Black Sports is reporting a ‘Latina groupie’ tried to crash the couple’s nuptials.

The woman, who was not named or photographed, claimed she knew LeBron and wanted  to say her peace.  Fortunately, the groupie couldn’t make it past the armed security guards and was forcibly removed without disturbing guests inside.

Get your life groupie, I’m glad Bron Bron and Savannah had their day!

In other news, an aspiring reporter was successful in crashing the wedding; the woman even took a picture with Coach Erik Spoelstra and post it to her Instagram account!


Meredith Kaloogian  is a University of Arkansas graduate and former Fox News intern who aspires to work as a football reporter.  When asked about the ceremony she said the following:

I felt all the love and respect the guests had for the James family.  I,  in return, want to show them my love and respect by not talking about  what took place at the Grand Del Mar.  She went on to say, There was  literally so much love and you could feel it in the air. I have a great  feeling about LeBron and Savannah. I am sure it will turn out great for  them.

Glad she kept it classy!




John Legend says, ‘I DO’ to Chrissy Teigen

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

R&B crooner John Legend has finally jumped the broom!

The Grammy-winning singer married his long-time girlfriend Chrissy Teigen in a private wedding on Saturday in Italy.  Reportedly, the lucky couple chose the Villa Pizzo in Lake Como because “they first fell in love” there.

Chrissy's wedding dressAccording to US Weekly, Legend and Teigen were surrounded by close friends including Kanye West and Stevie Wonder, who performed with Legend later on that night. DJ Biz Markie was also on hand to help DJ the reception.

US  is also reporting that Teigen pulled out all the stops when it came to her wedding wardrobe. Apparently, she wore three Vera Wang dresses throughout the celebration including an ivory strapless open back, V-neck ball gown for the ceremony and an ivory strapless mermaid gown for the reception. Her third look was another mermaid style gown in crimson with a hand-draped bodice and inverted flange skirt with crystal embroidery.

Of course the ceremony would not have been complete without a serenade from the groom. Reportedly, Legend sang “All of Me,” a single from his current album, Love in the Future and dedicated it to his new bride.  “I will be singing for her, ‘All Of Me,’ which I wrote for her.”

Congrats once again to the happy couple!

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Zoë Saldana is officially off the market!

Posted by | Cyrena Rose

Latina actress  Zoë Saldana and beau Marco Perego secretly tied the knot in London in June!

It was super small but very romantic and beautiful,” a source revealed to Us Weekly of the ceremony, which was attended by just a few close friends and relatives.

zoe-saldana-marco-peregoThe New Jersey-born, New York-raised star and the Italian artist, both 34, were first linked in mid-May when they were spotted kissing after Saldana’s Star Trek Into Darkness premiere in L.A.  But an insider told Us Weekly in June  that the newlyweds have “known each other for a long time.” Another pal added,  “They have great chemistry.”

Saldana — who had an on-again, off-again relationship with Bradley Cooper from 2011 to 2013 — is loving life  with Perego. “Zoë’s thrilled to have someone she can enjoy life with!” an  insider said.

Zoë can be seen next in Nina, the highly criticized film which tells the story of the late jazz musician and classical pianist Nina Simone which includes her rise to fame and relationship with her manager Clifton Henderson.

Congratulations Zoë and Marco!



Brandy chats with Tom Joyner about the South African debacle and wedding plans

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Last week, we reported that superstar Brandy allegedly performed in a stadium-size venue in South Africa with less than 50 people in attendance. It was said that she was only on stage for two songs and then walked off.

Well now Brandy is calling the situation a big “misunderstanding” and claims the low attendance was due to a lack of advertising on behalf of the South African promoters.  She recently talked to the Tom Joyner Morning Show  about the embarrassing situation and set the record straight.  “They didn’t promote that I was going to be there, so it turned out the way it did,” she told the morning show host.

The Wildest Dreams  singer went on to say that the most important part about the trip was being there to support the opening of the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital.

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On a lighter note, Brandy says that her wedding to fiancé Ryan Press is still a go but has been pushed back to next year due to her hectic touring schedule and shooting for her hit TV show, The Game.   As previously reported, the two were engaged last December but didn’t set an actual date. However, despite having a wedding planner on board, the single mother says it’s been rather challenging touring and planning for her nuptials at the same time.  “I didn’t realize how hard it was to plan a wedding. Even with a planner it’s hard.”


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Did Pharrell Williams secretly marry his longtime fiancée Helen Lasichanh?

Posted by | Cyrena Rose

Secret ceremonies are in season

Don’t quote us on this but source(s) are saying singer-songwriter, rapper and record producer Pharrell Williams secretly wed his fiancée Helen Lasichanh in France last week.

”It was a small and simple ceremony — with just the bride, groom, their four-year-old son (Rocket Man) and a few family and friends.  Under 50 people…” a source revealed.  Apparently there were no celebrity guests; the couple dated for more than five years.

Seems like getting married is not the only exciting thing that happened this month for Pharrell; he has recently recorded some music with Beyoncé!

“She’s got an amazing body of work. But, you know, she’s the queen bee, so she’s got to arrange the beehive the way she wants to. I think I’ll have some honey in there.”

If the rumors are true, Congrats Pharrell and Helen!

RC fans, what do you think?  Did Pharrell and Helen tie the knot?




Halle Berry and Olivier Martinez tie the knot in France [PHOTOS]

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E! News is reporting that Oscar-winning actress Halle Berry, 46, tied the knot with French actor Olivier Martinez, 47,  in Chateau des Conde in Vallery, France.

The ceremony took place in a small chateau in the village of l’Yonne, where, in accordance with French law, a civil union was held (at 4 p.m.), followed by a religious ceremony at 5:30 at the chapel in the village.

Among the 60 people (mostly close friends) in attendance were the groom’s mother Rosemarie and brother Vincent.  Dinner was held under an arbor, and there was a fireworks display.

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This marks the third marriage for Berry, who previously tied the knot to David Justice in 1993 and singer Eric Benét in 2001.

Berry and Martinez have been engaged since March 2012, when the stunning movie star was first seen wearing an elegant diamond-and-emerald engagement ring.

Berry and Martinez are expecting a baby boy due this fall.  Martinez told People last month, “My son will be an American, but I remain French.”  Halle already has a daughter, Nahla, 5 from a previous relationship with model Gabriel Aubry.

Congratulations Halle and Olivier!




Amar’e Stoudemire and Alexis Welch tie the knot, again! [PHOTOS]

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Above, Amar’e Stoudemire and Alexis Welch meet Lucas Ossendrijver, Lanvin’s men’s-wear designer (left), and Alber Elbaz, its creative director (right).


When New York Knicks NBA baller Amar’e Stoudemire and girlfriend of ten years Alexis Welch first married at a super-secret ceremony on 12-12-12 on their rooftop NYC apartment with 12 persons in attendance, they made a commitment to their extended friends and family they’ll have a bigger summer wedding in 2013.

That commitment saw the couple wed for the second time at the Tony Fontainebleau Hotel in Miami Beach in front of their 4 children and family. Celebrity guests at the ceremony were Stoudemire’s Knicks teammates Carmelo Anthony and Tyson Chandler, producers Timbaland, Swizz Beatz and his wife Alicia Keys.

Both Amar’e and Alexis changed twice…

For the ceremony Amar’e wore a custom white Calvin Klein Collection tuxedo which features a black satin finish shawl collar, which he styled with a white trim bow tie, and black contrast buttons dress shirt.

Bride Alexis wore a strapless shimmery champagne gold color J’Aton couture wedding gown.

Her bouquet of deep purple calla lilies, studded with pearls and crystals, matched Amar’e boutonniere.

At the reception the happy couple made a change.

Amar’e donned a bold red color Lanvin suit.

Alexis made her second change, her J’Aton gown giveaway to an Oscar de la Renta gown.

Click here to read about the making of Amar’e’s Lanvin suit!

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