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Ciroc hosted a few women empowerment brunches in Atlanta and NYC to honor a few female hustlers. Meanwhile, covergirls Zendaya and Yara Shahidi celebrated their new KODE magazine cover. Peep the pics inside…

Ciroc Vodka hosted a few Women Empowerment Brunches to salute several female movers and shakers. The brunches were held in Atlanta and New York to honor 100 women making power moves in their respective industries.

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In Atlanta, R&B songstress LeToya Luckett and philanthropist Eudoxie Bridges, wife of Ludacris, were among the women who were saluted during the brunch. Singer-songwriter Keri Hilson was also in the mix to celebrate girl power.

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Eudoxie rocked a chic look that she showed off for the ‘gram. We noticed numerous comments under her pic congratulating her on her second pregnancy. Hmm…could it be the flowy top? We’re not sure, but we’ll be keeping an eye out for a baby bump.

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The newly engaged R&B singer looked classic in a tailored pair of trousers with a crisp white top and a sparkly jacket resting on her shoulders.

LeToya was overjoyed with the honor expressing herself on Instagram saying, “My heart is still full from today’s brunch! What a joy to be honored alongside my best friend. @eudoxiee you are a jewel & I’m SO proud of the work you’re doing to uplift, inspire & empower young ladies with your @unspokenangels foundation. U are truly deserving of this honor & I’m proud to call you friend. Thank you again to my @ciroc family for making this day so special for us. God bless”

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Former “Cosby” kid and newlywed Keshia Knight Pulliam and former reality star Monyetta Shaw were also in the mix snapping it up with a few friends. Looks like the laides were having a ball celebrating with the honorees.

In NYC….

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“Power 105″ radio host Angela Yee came out to support “Power” star Naturi Naughton who was being honored at the Women’s Empowerment Brunch in the Big Apple.

 

The “Power” star posted up a group shot of her squad, including her beau. Cute couple.

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Naturi’s co-stars Lela Loren and Rotimi came out to show their support.

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“Power 105″ radio personality Angie Martinez was also in the mix to celebrate girl power.

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R&B songstress Bridget Kelly was also honored at the NYC brunch and pregnant “Love & Hip Hop: NY” star Amina Buddafly was in the mix.

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Former reality star Tahiry flossed her curves a Jonathan Simkhai dress, Christian Louboutin heels, Louis Vuitton bag and an Adrienne Landau fur for the festivities.

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Singer Lion Babe was presented with an award for making power moves in the music industry.

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Hey ladies!

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WEEN co-found Valeisha Butterfield-Jones was also recognized for her power moves in the entertainment industry.

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DJ D Nice and his girlfriend Kelli Coleman came out to support their friend.

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Former reality star Emily B also came out to enjoy the girl power celebration.

At another event…

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Zendaya strikes again!

The all around fab chick, still killing it in her blonde pixie cut, popped up at the KODE magazine 10th Issue Party at the Blind Dragon in West Hollywood to celebrate her epic cover with five other YBF chicks.

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A quirky, yet stlyish look for Daya that she pulls off well.

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“black•ish” cutie Yara Shahidi, who slays on the cover, is always fabulous and age appropriate. She struck a pose in a LBD and black peep toe heels and finished her look with a top bun.

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Yara’s cousin and lip gloss maven Destiny Jones, daughter of rapper Nas, hit the scene to celebrate with her little cousin. Loves it!

New Video Alert: J. Cole – Love Yourz

 

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Fresh off the release of his surprise album Forest Hills Drive: Live From Fayetteville, NC, J. Cole debuts a video for “Love Yourz” taken from his sold-out show at Crown Coliseum, which aired as part of his HBO concert special J. Cole Forest Hills Drive: Homecomingearlier this month. The three-and-a-half-minute clip includes candid backstage moments, live show footage, and cameos from his Dreamville crew as well as Pusha T and No I.D.

“2-6, Fayetteville, Fayettenam, I fu**in’ love ya’ll,” Cole tells the hometown crowd. “This been some legendary shit.”

Forest Hills Drive Live was recorded on the last date on Cole’s “Forest Hills Drive” tour and features music from his platinum-selling album, plus a medley of “Lights Please,” “In the Morning,” and “Nobody’s Perfect.”

Watch Cole pay homage to his hometown.

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While the Oscars ignore some of Hollywood’s best actors and actresses, the SAG Awards seem to have gotten it right. Uzo Aduba, Queen Latifah and Viola Davis all nabbed SAG Awards tonight. Celebrate with the ladies inside…

We are BEAMING with Black Girl Joy after three of our fave actresses brought home awards at the 22nd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards.

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“Orange Is The New Black” breakout star Uzo Aduba returned to this year’s award to add a few more trophies to her collection. Just like last year, Uzo copped the first award of the evening winning the Best Female Actor In a Comedy Series for her role as “Crazy Eyes” on the hit Netflix original series.

 

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This is her 2nd SAG Award in the category. Her facial expression says it all!

Peep her acceptance speech below:

And that’s not all for Uzo…

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Repeating history for a 2nd time, the entire “OITNB” cast, including Laverne Cox, Samira Wiley and Vicky Jeudy, won for Best Ensemble In a Comedy Series. Their cast mate Danielle Brooks likely couldn’t make the awards show due to her Broadway stint on “The Color Purple.”

The cast totally embraces women of all colors, shapes and sizes and we love it! Congrats to them for winning the award for the 2nd year in a row.

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Queen Latifah brought home the Best Female Actor In a TV Movie for her role as musical legend Bessie Smith in the HBO biopic. It was well deserved as she nailed Bessie in the film.

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This makes Queen’s third SAG Award that will join her collection of trophies.

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And as you can see, she was super excited about her win.

During her acceptance speech, she encouraged people who don’t fit the mold that society says you should fit in to keep fighting and going after your dreams. Check it:

And yet another winner…

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The fabulousness that is Viola Davis won Best Performance By An Actress In a Drama Series for her role as the tough, no ish taking lawyer Annalise Keaton in the hit ABC series “How To Get Away With Murder.” This win marks the esteemed actress’ 4th SAG Award.

During her acceptance speech, she addressed how people react to her character Annalise Keaton not being likable. She said, “Why do I have to be a hero? Why do I have to be a mentor? My job as an actor is just to create a human being.” Peep her full speech above.

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After winning her award, Viola (with her husband Julius Tennon on her arm) stopped to chop it backstage about how important this award means to her.

In the press room…

The Award winning actress addressed the Oscars boycott (“Openness is more important than boycotting”) and talked about diversity NOT being a trending topic. Check it above.

Congrats to all the ladies!

Kanye West, Wiz Khalifa — How to Make Money Off a Twitter War

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0128-kanye-shirts-stripper-child-TMZ-01Five dudes are making serious bank off the Kanye West and Wiz Khalifa war by turning the epic Twitter feud into fashion.

We Own Your Kids, a t-shirt company that puts Twitter beef on t-shirts, was just in  its idea phase Wednesday when Kanye unleashed his Twitter commandments on Wiz.

No word if they’re going to put Amber Rose’s tweet on a tee, but if they do it’d be a sure sellout.

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0128-tyga-tmz-getty-fix-02Tyga is distancing himself from Kylie Jenner … we’ve learned he’s just moved, far far away.

Tyga’s been looking for a new pad for some time, but his search has been focused on Calabasas, so he could be near Kylie.

Well he’s found a place to live, and it’s an hour’s drive from Kylie’s home. We’ve learned Tyga’s renting a home off of Sunset Plaza, above the Sunset Strip. He’s paying $35k a month for a house that has jetliner views of the city.

The house has 4 bedrooms and an infinity pool … it was marketed as a sexy bachelor pad.

We called the realtor on the property, James Harris of the The Agency, for more details … but they had no comment.

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Rob Kardashian — I’m In a Relationship with Blac Chyna

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Rob Kardashian isn’t using Blac Chyna because she has a sofa to sleep on … he’s in a relationship with her.

Sources connected to Rob and Chyna tell us, Rob has been happier in the last few weeks than he’s been in years. He says Chyna has given him something that has been missing from his life for a long time … the capacity to have fun. He also says Chyna motivates him.

We’re told Chyna hasn’t had to force him to leave the house with her … it’s been his idea to get out and go places, including the gym.

Our sources say Rob is NOT in the relationship with Chyna to spite his family … as one source put it, “He adores her.”

As for the future … Rob is staying with Chyna indefinitely and has no plans to move back to Khloe’s mansion. We’re told she and other members of her family have made it clear in texts and other messages … they’re beyond pissed at him for taking up with an enemy of the sisters.

One final thing. A source close to Kim tells us she’s come around, and believes if Rob is truly happy and healthy with Chyna … then more power to him.
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The Smith family is carrying on about their busy lives after adding to the storm of #OscarSoWhite controversy.  Find out what they’re up to inside…

 

 

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Willow Smith is getting her model behavior on as she taps into her extra free spirited and eclectic style.  The 15-year-old teamed up with Stance Socks on a new collection, so you already know she’s serving every color, print and pattern possible.

 

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Pretty.  The Stance Socks heads described Willow as the perfect curator for their brand saying:

“We’d call Willow Smith the ultimate provocateur of artistic expression, but even a label like that feels a little too finite for someone so impossible to define.”

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Down in New Orleans, Willow’s mom Jada Pinkett Smith is filming a new movie called Bad Moms:

 

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That explains why she’s dressed like she’s headed to a Bake Sale and PTA meeting.  Jada threw on her UGGS to go have an intense phone convo.

We have a feeling it’s going to be a comedy as her co-stars are fellow celeb moms Mila Kunis and Kristen Bell.

Down in Madrid:

 

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Will Smith is still pushing his Concussion movie and catching up with his international fans at the Spanish premiere at the Callao cinema.

 

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theJasmineBRAND.com exclusively reports, Pharrell Williams is refusing to hand over his contract for The Voice to his ex-business partners in their nasty legal battle and the company is demanding the judge force the singer/producer to show them exactly how much he rakes in per season on the talent show.

Pharrell was sued by the production company, Uncommon Content Partners, who produced the singers YouTube show “ARTST TLK“. The show featured celebrity interviews and ran for over 12 episodes in its first season and was set to begin production on a Season 2.

However, the producers explained Pharrell kicked them to the curb when he signed on to become a judge on “The Voice”, despite them investing millions into the YouTube show. They filed suit demanding millions in damages for all the money they lost.

Pharrell said the contract he signed had a provision that allowed him to back out of a Season 2 if no schedule could be agreed upon by both parties. He asked the judge to throw out the lawsuit and award his ex-business partner nothing.

The producers fired back in court documents, stating that Pharrell was attempting to deceive the court about the terms of the agreement. The company said the agreement specifically states that singer/producer is obligated to complete a 2nd season of the YouTube show and the only provision is they have to agree upon a schedule — it doesn’t state if they can’t Pharrell is allowed to abandon the project.

The company said that Pharrell clearly does NOT work 24 hours a day 7 days a week on The Voice and he could have worked out a schedule with them to fulfill his contract with them for a Season 2.
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Pharrell returned to court explaining that this lawsuit is a waste of time due for everyone involved due to the contract stating clearly he never had to do a season 2.

He explained that the agreement he signed with the production company states that both parties will work together to come up with a shooting schedule that does NOT conflict with Pharrell’s prior professional commitments aka The Voice.

Pharrell said he wasn’t going to wait around and pass up on the chance to be a judge on The Voice to see if a Season 2 of the YouTube show was going to happen. He also said he wasn’t required to do so and thus be didn’t breach any contract.

Recently, Pharrell’s former business partner returned back to court demanding the judge order an injunction to stop the singer’s talk show played on Apple Music’s Beats 1 Radio program that he launched this year entitled, ‘OTHERtone‘. He claimed that the show – where Pharrell is the host and interviews various celebrity guests – was a breach of the original deal by not getting other hosting gigs approved by them.

They state Pharrell never informed them about his new Apple Radio show and didn’t offer them a right to produce the show per their contract. They demanded the court slap the singer with an injunction and not allow him to continue hosting the show until the legal battle was decided. Pharrell blasted his ex-partners and said the contract he signed was void and he could do whatever he pleased without their permission.

Then on January 22nd, Uncommon Content Partners filed docs in the case demanding the court order Pharrell to hand over his contract he signed to a judge on The Voice.

They accuse Pharrell of refusing to hand over the contract citing confidentiality provisions.

The company says there are numerous reports about Pharrell’s salary for The Voice and state the singer makes anywhere from 8-12 million per season. U.C.P. points out that the salary has already been reported and the argument of confidentiality is nonsense.

U.C.P. says that the contract will let them know exactly how much Pharrell is racking in per season and will help them show motive for not producing a second season with them. They are demanding the judge order the singer to hand over the contract ASAP.

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Read more: http://thejasminebrand.com/2016/01/29/exclusive-pharrell-williams-ex-partner-demands-singer-hand-over-the-voice-contract-reveal-salary/#ixzz3ydfzBM7Y