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Zoe Saldana Covers ‘Ocean Drive’

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Zoe Saldana graces the cover of the December issue of Ocean Drive magazine.

Read on to discover what Saldana had to say about playing Nina Simone, her life away from the spotlight and much more.

Ocean Drive snippets of her interview are below!

On her life away from the public:
“I love what I do so much, but I love my [personal] life more. And I realized throughout the years of being in this business that the only way to maintain some kind of sanity is to protect that which is most dear to you, which is your life and everyone that’s in it. [It] provides a sanity that gives me the ability to be insane by playing other people and living in other bodies for a long period of time, and then coming back home and knowing that my roots are so grounded that it’s easy for me to go back to being myself. The only way I can continue having that is by absolutely avoiding the questions that are asked.”

On becoming Nina Simone for “Nina”:
“It’s one of the scariest projects I’ve ever been involved with because it was about an iconic figure, and there were so many political [issues] around it from the beginning, but I really wanted it to be a love song to Nina Simone and I wanted it to just come from a place of absolute love. I can’t stop to think about who thinks me to be black enough or not black enough. I know who I am. I like who I am. And I’m not going to explain who I am. I’ve always been like that—I was raised to be that way.”

On her move to DR:
“It was culture shock at first. Kids are going to poke at whatever is foreign to them, and here we come: these three girls speaking English. We’re also very intelligent and kind of sassy, and we were going to a very prestigious private school and we were one of the least fortunate families. Kids tend to be a little cruel to what they don’t know. But even though throughout those years we kind of suffered because we got bullied, as soon as we left we just became these forces. What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger, and it was not going to kill us, trust me!”

 

Ryan Seacrest to Host “Million Second Quiz” Game Show on NBC

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Ryan Seacrest is expanding from hosting a reality show, to hosting a game show.

Seacrest is set to host and executive produce a new interactive show, called Million Second Quiz, which is expected to premiere on Monday, September 9.

The show  “will feature contestants playing head-to-head trivia bouts inside a massive outdoor hourglass-shaped structure in midtown Manhattan and competing non-stop for a million seconds (11 days, 13 hours, 46 minutes and 40 seconds).”

 

SPOTTED: Tommy Mattola With Wife Thalia & Her Baby Bump

Tommy Mattola, yes that Tommy, and his wife Thalia are expecting their second child together. The two happily posed for a picture, showing off Thalia’s baby bump, as they left Nello this past Sunday in Manhattan, New York. The two had just finished having lunch.

Thalía is the current host of  The Conexión. The new addition to their family will make his/her debut later this year.

The couple are already have a 3 1/2-year-old daughter together named to daughter Sabrina Sakaë.

That is definitely an interesting shirt she’s wearing, but she looks cute and they both look happy, so what more needs to be said.

Source –Pregnant Thalía Debuts Her Belly

La La Vazquez and Carmelo Anthony Get New Reality Show on VH1

 

Well that was fast! Just days after Carmelo Anthony signed a 55-million dollar deal with the New York Knicks, comes the announcement of a new reality show in the works  for the couple.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the series will consist of 10-episodes that will chronicle Anthony and  Vazquez’s move from Denver to Manhattan.

La La’s  previous reality show, La La’s Full Court began shooting its second season last month, no word on if the title will change once the show is actually ready to premiere.

Carmelo Anthony, La La Vazquez Get New VH1 Reality Show – The Hollywood Reporter

Ja Rule set to serve two years in prison on gun charges

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Looks like Ja Rule won’t be getting his career back on track anytime soon  The rapper reached a plea deal for gun charges stemming from a arrest back in July 2007.

The Murder Inc. rapper pleaded guilty to attempted criminal possession of a weapon, a class D felony in the second degree.

In celebrity fashion, Ja Rule took to Twitter and tweeted the following: “Minor setback for a major comeback.”

The rapper is slated to appear in court in February, to inform the judge of his progress.  Ja Rule is set to sentenced shortly after that in the same month.

Both Lil Wayne and Ja Rule were arrested on the same night after  a performance at Manhattan’s Beacon Theatre in York City.

After the concert, both rappers, in separate occurrences , were pulled over by the New York Police Department. Both were charged with illegal possession of a firearm.

Since the rapper reached an agreement with prosecutors, he will likely serve 16 months in prison.

Ja Rule To Serve Two Years In Prison On Gun Charges – Music, Celebrity, Artist News | MTV

LaLa Vazquez teams-up with VIBE for “What Makes You Powerful?” contest

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TV personality LaLa Vazquez is putting her star power to good use. Vazquez has teamed- up with VIBE magazine to help individuals realize what makes them powerful. The contest asks that individuals tweet a link to @LaLa & @VibeMagazine of their two minute video answering this question: “What Makes You Powerful?”

Here are some things to keep in mind:

La La well select 10 winners to join her in NYC later this month for a Power Lunch with La La.
If you are a NEW YORK based (includes Manhattan, Brooklyn, The Bronx & Queens) non-profit that would like to host the event please e-mail the following to CONTEST@VIBE.com with the subject “Power Lunch with La La”. 

Name of Organization:
Address:
Demographic Targeted:
Mission Statement:
What makes your non-profit powerful?

All interested non-profits must have a moderate to large-sized space to host the event be it a conference room or office space. Further details will be explained in response to entry e-mails.

Win A Power Lunch With La La | VIBE

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