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Queen Latifah Fronts January Issue of Good Housekeeping

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Queen Latifah is all-smiled on the January 2014 issue of Good Housekeeping magazine.

In this issue, the actress-turned-host reveals that she used alcohol as a coping mechanism. She also opens up about body and  her New Year’s resolution  in this issue of  Good Housekeeping!

On her brother’s motorcycle accident:
“My life was rocked to the core. Riding was one of the things Lance and I did together a lot. I had to get back on. It was like a [healing] potion.”

On her friend’s death:
“Drinking a bunch of alcohol, numbing myself [took the pain away]. Every day I would be faded, like a painting that was not vibrant, whose edges are dull. I wasn’t living my full life.”

On her New Year’s resolution:
“Taking the worry of the world on my shoulders is not right. My New Year’s resolution is to stay humble and be joyous, whether that’s spending time with family, hiking, driving around, listening to music, or playing with my dog. It’s so important to take care of ourselves that way.”

On staying positive:
“Accentuating the positive and eliminating as much negative as possible. I think I got to that place by not being happy with the other side – hating your body and criticizing yourself all the time. When I was around 18, I looked in the mirror and said, ‘You’re either going to love yourself or hate yourself.’ And I decided to love myself. That changed a lot of things.”

On how she views her body:
“For a lot of the things I’ve wanted to do in life, I haven’t looked typical. I was not born a size 2. I’m not skinny, period. I’m not willing to sleep with the director or step on somebody else’s neck to get the job.”

 

REVOLT to Air Mary J. Blige’s ‘A Mary Christmas’ on Nov. 28

 

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Revolt is slated to air a Christmas special featuring Mary J. Blige.

The special, titled A Mary Christmas, is an hour-long, primetime special that will air on Thanksgiving night (Nov. 28), with repeat airings showing for the rest of the weekend.

On top of singing classic holiday tunes, Blige will also share some of her holiday-related memories with a live audience.

Celebrities Queen Latifah and Tyrese will make guest appearances and sing with Blige.
“Mary J. Blige has had a long and prosperous relationship with our chairman, Sean Combs, and our vice chairman, Andre Harrell,” said REVOLT CEO Keith Clinkscales. “We are all proud and excited to have the incomparable Mary J. Blige present a family-friendly television event that appeals to music fans of all ages.”
Mary J. Blige’s A Mary Christmas will premiere on REVOLT TV at 9PM EST on Thanksgiving night (Nov. 28)

Scheduled Broadcast Dates (EST):
November 28, 2013
9PM — 10PM
11PM — 12AM
12AM — 1AM
Friday, November 29
1PM — 2PM
7PM — 8PM
Saturday, November 30
4AM — 5AM
12PM — 1PM
Sunday, December 1
9PM — 10PM

Janelle Monae Covers UPTOWN Magazine

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Janelle Monae covers the latest issue of UPTOWN magazine.

The Electric Lady dishes on being a covergirl, explaining her aesthetic,  her music, changing the world and more.

Check out some snippets from her interview below.

You are tired of explaining your aesthetic?

Yes. Interviews are like marriages sometimes, and things become old. It’s time to spruce up this sex life! We need to try some new things. I am always asked, “Why do you wear that tuxedo?” Or, “We know that your parents wore uniforms, is that why you wear a uniform?” [Her mother worked as a janitor and her father a garbage truck driver.] I want to tell them, “You know good and darn well [a scant southern accent emerges] that you read that somewhere! I am wondering “Why are you asking me the same question?” Let’s talk about the music, the message and why my eyelashes are long!

How excited were you to become a Cover Girl?

To be on a roster with Queen Latifah, Ellen DeGeneres and Sofia Vergara is incredible. It’s so diverse. It’s breaking down barriers and changing the definition of beauty.

Do you feel a social responsibility with your artistry and celebrity?

If I were not a woman, or African-American, or have people in my life that have not been directly discriminated against, then I would not feel a social responsibility. When you love and care about people and you see young people dying, it’s impossible to ignore. Let me be clear: When I speak of androids, I am speaking of the new form of the ‘other.’ You can parallel that to people who are gay or lesbian, those whose skin is considered too dark; women still are not receiving equal rights. I write music that fights against self-hate. It is about loving yourself even if it makes others uncomfortable.

You told me back in 2006 that you wanted your music to change the world. Do you still feel as optimistic?

Yes! I want the music to make people burn their cubicles down and then pay for a new cubicle. I want people to not feel afraid to ask for help. Not feel afraid to crawl. Not feel afraid to dance in front of strangers. It’s about shaving your head, saving your hair and never looking back. I want people to do things that they never thought they would do before.

What do you want to do?

I don’t want to know what’s next. I have a lot of things up my sleeve. But I have to be careful [and watch] these pop artists that are bigger than me. They will take your ideas! I have to keep knocking down doors, crowd-surf and keep having Diddy professionally slap people. Oh, and I also want to eat ice cream with 17 electric ladies. Let’s not forget that.

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Jordin Sparks Reminisces About Whitney Houston on ‘The Queen Latifah Show’ [VIDEO]

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Though she only worked with Whitney Houston for a short time, Jordin Sparks learned a lot from the late singer.

Sparks sat down with Queen Latifah to discuss the happening in her life. The “No Air” singer reminisced about working with Houston on the film, Sparkle.

Check out what she had to say below.

Queen Latifah Covers MORE Magazine

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Queen Latifah covers the October issue of MORE magazine.

The new daytime talk show host chatted with the magazine about reconciling with her father, caring for her ailing mother and confronting things that terrify her.

Check out some snippets below.

On her talk show this time around:
“This is a learning experience. I’m not going to pretend to be Oprah Winfrey. That woman built a 25-year show. I’ve got to get through week one, then month one. I expect to make mistakes and learn and grow.”
On her brother and going to therapy:
“Jada was the first person who got me to go to therapy. I was really having problems dealing with the loss. I didn’t feel. It was like I had a circuit breaker. When I felt any emotion too much, whether it was joy, fear, love, it would turn right off. So that was scar- ing me. I thought I was about to live my life not living my life. I was doing things to numb whatever was left or looking for little rushes of some sort. Going through the motions, doing my job, showing up for work but not feeling.”

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Queen Latifah is the New Face of Pantene !

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Move over Beyonce, Pantene has a new famous face behind its brand!

Queen Latifah has been named the new face of Pantene’s Truly Relaxed and Truly Natural Collection.

Apparently, this is an opportunity that the  actress-singer has been waiting for. She says,  “I’ve wanted to work with them for a long time. When they first approached me, I thought, ‘Finally!’”

She goes on to reveal to PEOPLE just why she wanted to work with Pantene. “Having black hair is unique,” she explains, “in that black women change up styles a lot. You can walk down one street block in New York City and see 10 different hairstyles that black women are wearing: straight curls, short cuts, braids — we really run the gamut. That means we have to have the products that really work for all of our various looks, and Pantene is so versatile.”

Latifah, whose talk show begins on Sept. 9, is excited to rock her hair more natural. “I’m really looking forward to wearing it natural more often. It’s just fun,” she told us.

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Al Green, Justin Timberlake, Cyndi Lauper to Perform at White House, Event to Air on PBS

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