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Watch New Official Trailer for ‘Ocean’s 8’ (VIDEO)

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

Check out Rihanna as the sexy computer tech ‘Nine Ball’ in the all-female led Ocean’s 8. It arrives in theaters nationwide on June 8.

As previously reported, Danny Ocean’s sister Debbie Ocean (Sandra Bullock) gathers a crew to attempt an impossible heist at New York City’s yearly Met Gala. Joining her in this wild and outrageous adventure is Lou (Cate Blanchett); Nine Ball (Rihanna); Amita (Mindy Kaling); Constance (Awkwafina); Rose (Helena Bonham Carter); Daphne Kluger (Anne Hathaway); and Tammy (Sarah Paulson).

Ocean’s 8 will also include appearances by Matt DamonDakota Fanning, James CordenKim Kardashian West, Zac Posen, Anna Wintour and Serena Williams. 

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Photo Credits: YouTube.com/Ocean’s 8

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Watch Teaser Trailer for HBO’S ‘Being Serena’ (VIDEO)

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

HBO has released a new teaser trailer for the upcoming documentary series Being Serena. It premieres on May 2 and features five spell-binding episodes. The project chronicles tennis icon Serena Williams at pivotal moments in her personal and professional life.

According to HBO, Being Serena provides viewers unprecedented access to Williams during her pregnancy, new motherhood and marriage, while documenting her journey back to supremacy on the court. The intimate first-person show delves into her landmark career, family life and expanding role as a businesswoman and investor in the worlds of tech, fashion, fitness and philanthropy.

“HBO is honored to work with Serena Williams on such a personal project,” said Peter Nelson, executive vice president, HBO Sports to VARIETY. “Even though she has been in the spotlight since her teenage years, Serena continues to capture the imagination. With our partners at IMG, we look forward to giving viewers a revealing, behind-the-scenes portrait of her life on and off the court.”

Being Serena is produced by HBO Sports and IMG’s Original Content group.

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Photo Credits: YouTube/Being Serena

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WATCH ‘Streets of Compton’ Trailer featuring The Game (VIDEO)

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

Check out the official teaser for A&E’s new 3-hour 2-night mini-series “Streets of Compton.” It airs beginning Thursday, June 9 at 8 p.m. EST.  “Streets of Compton” tells the true story of the the City of Compton, revealing how a city overrun by gang and drugs became a cultural powerhouse.  Superstar rapper, The Game, brings us unprecedented access to the streets of his hometown, documenting the rise of gangs and the rise of gangsta rap icons like N.W.A. It will also chronicles the humble but tough beginnings of Venus and Serena Williams and comedian Paul Rodriguez.

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Sevyn Streeter covers SHEEN Magazine’s ‘It’s Time to Party’ Edition

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

R&B/Pop singer and songwriter, Sevyn Streeter covers the “It’s Time to Party” edition of SHEEN Magazine. The Soul Train nominated performer brings edge, glam and sass to the November/December issue. Inside she talks about her family traditions, her relationship with rapper B.o.B and her skyrocketing career.

In addition to Streeter, SHEEN talks living the “bomb” life with Editor-in-Chic of Fashion Bomb Daily, Claire Sulmers, as well as highlights of Serena Williams’ dazzling looks and actress, Sanaa Lathan dishes about her love life and future projects.

SHEEN also catches up with MC Lyte, Rico Love and Atlanta’s own, Brad James!  Check out Streeter’s full SHEEN cover below and pick up your copy October 27!

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Photo Credits: Sheen Magazine

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Common & Selita Ebanks get cozy for UPTOWN’s ‘Style & Music’ Issue [PHOTOS]

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

UPTOWN  is heating things up this fall for their 10th anniversary cover which features Common and Selita Ebanks. The versatile rapper and former Victoria’s Secret model ooze sex for the magazine’s ‘Style & Music’ issue.  They also appear in photos together taken by famed photographer Cliff Watts at the EWOW Penthouse Suite at The W Times Square.

The Hell On Wheels  star, who will also appear in Ava Duvernay’s Selma,  dishes about his image as a hip-hop sex symbol, his love affair with former girlfriend Serena Williams, the violence in his home town of Chicago and his thoughts on today’s music. He also opens up about his friendship with the late J Dilla and why his current album, Nobody Smiling  is music for today.

Check out photos and excerpts from the interview below:

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On being a hip-hop sex symbol…

“It’s not what I reach for, but I like women, so I’m not running away from it,” he smirks. “But I’m not running out saying, ‘Hey let me get my eyebrows arched’ or whatever sex symbols do.”

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On his current project, Nobody Smiling

“The most beautiful thing about this project is it’s not ahead of its time, it’s not a throwback album. It feels like today,” he says. “I feel like a new artist. There are people out there that don’t know my music, but they know me from acting. Some don’t know me at all.”

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On speaking from the heart…

“I’m hardcore which to me is coming from the heart. Putting your heart on that paper and being true.”

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On his future relationship…

“If I’m in it as much as I was with Serena, as much as I loved her…it takes time to heal and find that peace to be able to move on.”

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Click here to read the full interview

Photo Credits: Cliff Watts/UPTOWN

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Beyoncé pens congratulatory letter to Serena Williams…

Posted by | Cyrena Rose

Serena won her second French Open and her 16th Grand Slam overall with a 6-4 6-4 victory over Maria Sharapova on Saturday and Beyoncé was certainly impressed.

She posted a hand-written letter on her website congratulating Serena on her triumph.

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Stunt on them Serena. 31 and in your prime. You have no idea how much you inspire all of us women. I’m so proud of you. All my love and respect, Beyoncé!”

Beyoncé and Serena are good friends and Williams even once performed with Destiny’s Child.

Kudos SERENA!

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#RandomPHOTOS…

Serena Williams during Saturday’s French Open/Photography Credit: GettyImages

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

RC spotted a few of our favorite celebs who were “about that life” this weekend including Beyoncé chillaxin in the hot tub with Blue Ivy, Jay-Z and Nas celebrating with Kanye West for his 36th birthday, Kevin Hart cutting up at The Guy’s Choice Awards and Serena Williams’ sweeping The French Open.

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Awww…Beyoncé is taking a much needed break from The Mrs. Carter Show World Tour to unwind and cuddle with her beautiful baby girl, Blue Ivy.  King Bey posted the B&W photo to her and baby Blue on her  Tumblr page, Beyonce | I Am. In the photo, Blue is snuggled up on her mama’s chest wearing a cute little stripped swimsuit with tiny bow in her curly hair. Bey is looking fabulous as always rocking a head wrap and superstar shades. #tooCUTE  (Thank U Huffington Post)

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This has to be one of the funniest pics I have seen in a long time. A very tall, Dwight Howard is presenting the stand up of the year award to a very short Kevin Hart at Spike TV’s Guys Choice Awards.  The show was taped on Saturday night in Culver City, CA and will air this Wednesday, June 12. #toofunny (Thank U Arizona Daily Star)

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Serena Williams is taking it all in after her victory win at The French Open over defending champion Maria Sharapova on Saturday.  According to SI.com, Williams has won a career-high 31 consecutive matches and will go to Wimbledon as the favorite to defend her title. Congratulations Serena, job well done! #victory

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Happy 36th Birthday to hip-hop mega-star Kanye West who is seen here with Jay-Z and Nas. All three rap titans were spotted at the Governor’s Ball before taking their party to Miss Lily’s, where they were joined by Beyoncé and Kourtney Kardashian’s boyfriend Scott Disick.  According to Necole Bitchie, Nas posted this photo via Instagram with the caption:

Yeezus x Hov x Godson …. The 3 Gods. Happy Birthday to my brotha Kanye!

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Serena Williams graces the July 2013 cover of ESSENCE!

Posted by | Cyrena Rose

It’s important to look in the mirror and say I love myself.” – Serena Williams

Tennis phenom, Serena Williams covers the July 2013 ‘Body Issue’ of Essence Magazine.

The six-time No. 1 ranked singles tennis star looks amazing in a blue ombré Carmen Marc Valvo swimsuit and Ben-Amun hoop earrings.

I feel lighter, I feel healthier, and even though I’m 31 — which really isn’t old, but for an athlete, particularly a tennis player, it’s old — I promise you, my body has never felt better,” she says in the magazine. “Considering how much I’ve played and how much I’ve done, I feel fine. I’m strong …

Williams also notes her body gets a lot of attention, including her backside…

It can be a bit weird,” she admits. “Before it was, ‘Serena has a big butt,’ and that was all. Now there are way more people who feel comfortable with themselves and they’re saying, ‘I’m a woman, and this is what I look like.’ I always say, ‘We’re popular now! We’re finally in style!’

Check out the cover below:

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The July issue hits stands this Friday!

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FIRST LOOK: ‘Venus and Serena’ Documentary

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

A trailer for the new feature documentary on the rise of tennis titans Venus and Serena Williams is now available. Magnolia Pictures released the first preview and poster this week for the film which hits theaters on May 10 and will also be available on VOD on April 4.

According to Indie Wire, the film “gives audiences an unfiltered look into the remarkable lives of the greatest sister act professional tennis has ever seen. In a sport where they were not welcomed, the indomitable Williams sisters faced the opposition with grace and courage, not only breaking new ground for female and African American athletes everywhere, but also dominating the women’s game for over a decade.”

The film also includes interviews from former President Bill Clinton and tennis legends Billie Jean King and John McEnroe. It is  edited by long-time Spike Lee collaborator Sam Pollard.

Take a look below and tell us what you think:

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Photo Credit: Damon Winter/The New York Times

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

Venus and Serena Williams cover the latest issue of The New York Times Magazine.

The Olympic-winning sisters stand shoulder to shoulder as they show off their chiseled bodies and beauty as African American women.

The article chronicles their meteoric rise to fame as two of the world’s most recognizable faces in tennis plus what each sister feels are her career highs and lows.  Their mother, Oracene Williams says it best when talking about her daughters’ success.

“I reflected on the fact that in the United States, you don’t have many players that are doing well,” Oracene Price told the Times. And then you have these two old, black girls, up in age now, and they’re still holding up America. That to me was remarkable.”

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Williams sisters win Olympic doubles gold!

Posted by | Cyrena Rose

Kudos Ladies!

U.S. sisters Venus and Serena Williams win their 3rd gold medal in women’s doubles, defeating Czech Republic’s Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Hradecka.

Now, they each have a record four Olympic tennis gold medals, and the sisters didn’t drop a set through their five matches at the London Games.

The sisters also became the first tennis players to win Olympic gold indoors since the 1912 Stockholm Games, a match played in a pavilion on wood courts painted black.

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Serena Williams wins Olympic Gold today with a career Golden Slam

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

More good news from across the pond!

Today, tennis diva Serena Williams defeated Maria Sharapova in the women’s final, becoming the second woman to complete a career Golden Slam.

Not since Steffi Graf’s 1988 victory, has any other female tennis star won all four Grand Slams and the Olympic gold medal.

According to Newsone, The victory completed a remarkable run of domination by the No. 4-seeded Williams, who lost only 17 games in six matches en route to her first singles gold medal. She went 13-0 this summer at the All England Club, where she won her fifth Wimbledon title a month ago.

Williams can now add this gold medal to her 14 Grand Slam single championships, the most of any active woman.

Congratulations once again to Serena Williams for making Olympic history!

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TV Round Up…

Written by | Ray Cornelius

Hey RC fans, there’s a lot to see this coming week on the small tube. Here are few highlights that you don’t want to miss…

Get your week started off right with a little “praise and worship” courtesy of the contestants of BET’s Sunday Best!   TV’s #1 Gospel program returns for a fifth season with new faces.  Joining host Kirk Franklin and judge Pastor Donnie McClurkin are Grammy-Award winner Yolanda Adams and celebrity mentor/audition judge Kim Burrell.  The legendary CeCe Winans will round out the judges panel for the stage shows.

Sunday Best is a reality-talent competition searching for the next gospel great. This year’s winner will receive a national recording contract with Music World Gospel, a cash prize and an exclusive prize from Ford. 

The Sunday Best two-hour premiere airs tomorrow July 8 at 8:00pm on BET.

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Next up, Brandy Norwood and Serena Williams will guest star in Lifetime’s Drop Dead Diva.  Brandy will reprise her role Elisa Shayne, while Serena will play a high-profile attorney named Kelly Stevens.  Stevens is hired by Shayne to help her fight for custody of her son Eric from her ex, Parker.

The ladies will co-star with the legendary and always hilarious Joan Rivers. This should be interesting!

Drop Dead Diva  airs tomorrow July 8 at 9pm on Lifetime.

Lastly, a few months back we mentioned a new reality-competition that was coming to television from Nigel Lythgoe, the producer of American Idol.  The show is called Opening Act and basically gives an unknown singer a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to open for a big name music star like the legendary Rod Stewart or the reigning Queen of Rap, Nicki Minaj.

Check out the video below and see for yourself.

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Opening Acts premieres Monday, July 9 at 10pm on E!

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Congrats! Serena wins 5th Wimbledon title…

Posted by | Cyrena Rose

Serena Williams won her fifth Wimbledon title today, dominating on Centre Court to defeat first-time finalist Agnieszka Radwanska 6-1, 5-7, 6-2 for her 14th Grand Slam title.

She clutched the Rosewater Dish for a fifth time, her wish was granted!  It was Serena’s first major title since suffering a severe foot injury and pulmonary embolism. She became the first woman over 30 to win a major title since Martina Navratilova hoisted the Rosewater Dish in 1990.

Serena and her sister Venus have combined to win 10 of the past 13 Wimbledons.

In other news, a brand-new episode of Drop Dead Diva debuts Sunday, Serena guest stars as a high-profile attorney who helps Brandy fight a case against her ex-boyfriend, who owns his own law firm.

Watch Brandy and Serena on Drop Dead Diva this Sunday, July 8 at 9/8c.

Check out a sneak peek below:  [vimeo id=”45274665″ width=”600″ height=”350″]

Kudos Serena!

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