Wednesday, May 28, 2014

50 Cent and worth a cent: 50 Cent Cried After Beating Baby’s Mother?; Kenya Moore’s New Boo & More

Shanqiua-Tompkins
Rapper 50 Cent’s baby’s mother, Shaniqua Tompkins, just spilled all the tea on her former boyfriend and baby’s father. In case you missed it, 50 Cent’s son posted an emotional status on his Facebook after his famous father missed his graduation. He was extremely hurt and rightly so. Despite the fact that he and 50 had a big falling-out last year, 50 should have been there for his big day.
While 50 claimed he wasn’t invited to see his son walk across the stage and it was all a ploy by Shaniqua to keep him away, Shaniqua says otherwise. The mother-of-two visited V-103 on Friday and Chile, she told it all! From alleged domestic abuse to 50′s abandonment issues, Shaniqua didn’t mince words.
Coincidentally (or not), the video interview was later removed from the site…too bad the Internet moves faster than lawyers.
Peep the deets:
On 50 not attending their son’s graduation:
I didn’t know a parent needs an invitation to a graduation. I think you make time for what you want to make time for. You know your son is in the 12th grade. You know that children, depending on the state, graduate May, June-ish. You’re busy, but that’s why you have assistants. The assistants can call the school and you can fly on your private jet with your big gold chain.
[...]
He’s privy to the same information that I’m privy to as a parent. You can call the school or have your assistant call. I’m not being condescending. It was no tickets. It was on the lawn of the school. People that I did invite, they stood on the side to watch the graduation. You could’ve been there. That’s your choice. And being that you said you paid tuition — which he doesn’t — you should’ve had a first class ticket then. You paid tuition, right? But he doesn’t. He pays child support. He doesn’t pay tuition. He promised me, but then he changed his mind. Like, I told him I wanted Marquise to change schools because I felt like the school he was going to was getting a little rough.

Why she and 50 don’t get along…
I think me leaving him, it reinforced all the abandonment issues that he suffered as a child and it’s unfortunate and it’s sad. He never knew his dad. His mom died when he was nine, but he never lived with his mom. His grandmother told me extensively. Like, when I had Marquise, she sat me down and said, ‘He [50] was always here with me.’ So I think it reinforced those abandonment issues and I think that’s why he’s so angry. But I feel like you’re really not angry with me, you’re really angry with his mom. Not me.
And as for the alleged abuse…
I’m a person who doesn’t go out much. I’m very much a homebody so he started seeing my behavior change a little bit because I did meet someone. I was cheating on him after he done cheated on me numerous times. I met somebody. So I started going out and I’m smiling about it. He didn’t find out about it. I think he had a clue, like, ‘Where’s your mom? She’s always home.’ He came home and I wasn’t there. So when I got in, he called me first. But I know how he is so I said, ‘I’m not going to come home until you calm down.’ And when I got home he just lost it. He lost it completely. Just lost it. Even when my daughter walked in the room, he still was hitting me. I hate to sound like a battered woman but it just bothered me. He really lost it and broke down and cried. He’s so scary because he was hitting me in one moment and he’s angry, but the next minute he’s in my lap crying like a baby. So it’s a lot of issues there.
In a recent interview, 50 said this about his relationship with his son, ““Me and my son, we don’t have a relationship anymore. It’s based on his mom. He’s adopted her way of thinking. I don’t have anything negative around the concept of kids.”
Something very weird happened over the weekend. On Friday, V-103 Radio Station posted an interview with 50 Cent’s baby’s mother Shaniqua Tompkins, who was responding to 50′s claims that she didn’t invite him to his son’s graduation.  A few hours later, the interview disappeared from the station’s website completely.
Over the past few years, 50 has quieted Shaniqua a few times, most notably after he blocked her from appearing on a TLC reality show about celebrity exes (which was eventually cancelled), but the 38-year-old was ready to tell all last week as she sat down with Ryan Cameron. In her first ever radio interview, the mother of two cleared up whether or not 50 pays her $20,000 a month, disputed claims that she’s bitter and also revealed that 50 physically abused her in front of her two children. Shaniqua also plays therapist, citing his abandonment issues from childhood as the source of his bitterness towards her.
Peep the highlights:
On 50 Cent missing his son’s graduation because she didn’t invite him:
I didn’t know a parent needs an invitation to a graduation. I think you make time for what you want to make time for. You know your son is in the 12th grade. You know that children, depending on the state, graduate May, June-ish. You’re busy, but that’s why you have assistants. The assistants can call the school and you can fly on your private jet with your big gold chain.
[...]
He’s privy to the same information that I’m privy to as a parent. You can call the school or have your assistant call. I’m not being condescending. It was no tickets. It was on the lawn of the school. People that I did invite, they stood on the side to watch the graduation. You could’ve been there. That’s your choice. And being that you said you paid tuition — which he doesn’t — you should’ve had a first class ticket then. You paid tuition, right? But he doesn’t. He pays child support. He doesn’t pay tuition. He promised me, but then he changed his mind. Like, I told him I wanted Marquise to change schools because I felt like the school he was going to was getting a little rough.
How Marquise feels about his father not being at the graduation:
We haven’t discussed it yet, but on a day to day… I broke up with his dad when Marquise was 10 1/2. So he’s been with his dad from birth till then. He loves his dad. He misses his dad. So of course it hurts. He used to cry about it. He used to really get down in his spirit. But I think when a person does stupid sh-t all the time, it starts to lose its impact. [50's] just being [50] and I think Marquise feels a little sorry for him.
Child support:
I don’t even get six figures. I’ll put it this way. He pays more in his light bill in Connecticut than he pays me in child support.
The lawyers are involved. That’s number one. It goes according to lifestyle. Regardless of the fact that I was with him, Marquise was accustomed to a certain lifestyle. I lived in a $1.6 million house in New York, I drove a Range Rover, I had a BMW, my allowance was $20,000 a month. I didn’t pay for any bills. I didn’t pay for travel. So he’s supposed to live that lifestyle to a certain extent. Everything he promised in court, ‘I’m going to take him to basketball games! I’m going to take him on vacations!’ He hasn’t done any of that. He hasn’t done any of it.
On 50 claiming she hasn’t worked since the year 2000:
I had a job with TLC network and [50] came and stopped that. I had a deal with a reality show. The show was canceled but everyone got paid their full contract but me. So you say, ‘Get a job’ but I had one. TLC sent me a 1099. I filed taxes. I had one.
[...]
[50] filed his first tax return at 30 [years old]. I was working, paying for studio time, DATs, reels, incorporating companies. Rotten Apples Records which was his first corporation. He doesn’t owe me anything. He did make that promise that he’ll take care of me for the rest of my life. I knew when I left that my lifestyle was going to change. I don’t think my son’s lifestyle was going to change.
On people saying she’s bitter:
We all want the finer things in life, but I left [50]. I knew when I left him that I was leaving a lifestyle. It’s not like he left me, I left him.
Why she ignores his calls now:
I spoke with him and we spoke for a couple of hours on the phone [in September]. And when you feel like you can’t get through to a person…I know how to set boundaries. I’m not going to waste my time. He’s always going in on what happened in the relationship. Marquise is never the main focus. It’s, ‘what you did to me, you left me, you did this, you did that.’ He never takes responsibility for his actions.
On his claims she has a direct line to TMZ:
TMZ called me and I don’t know how they got my number. I spoke with TMZ once because he went on Kelly and Michael saying that, ‘My son. He’s getting ready to turn 17 and we have this great relationship and his friends love me.’ And I’m like wait a minute, you haven’t seen your son in almost two years. This month makes two years. He hasn’t seen his son since May 2012. He hasn’t spoken to Marquise since the text messages where he told him ‘F-U. I have another child. Lose my number.’ Marquise hasn’t spoken to him since.
Why she thinks he’s hurt:
I think me leaving him, it reinforced all the abandonment issues that he suffered as a child and it’s unfortunate and it’s sad. He never knew his dad. His mom died when he was nine, but he never lived with his mom. His grandmother told me extensively. Like, when I had Marquise, she sat me down and said, ‘He [50] was always here with me.’ So I think it reinforced those abandonment issues and I think that’s why he’s so angry. But I feel like you’re really not angry with me, you’re really angry with his mom. Not me.
On him finding out she cheated and beating her up in front of the kids:
I’m a person who doesn’t go out much. I’m very much a homebody so he started seeing my behavior change a little bit because I did meet someone. I was cheating on him after he done cheated on me numerous times. I met somebody. So I started going out and I’m smiling about it. He didn’t find out about it. I think he had a clue, like, ‘Where’s your mom? She’s always home.’ He came home and I wasn’t there. So when I got in, he called me first. But I know how he is so I said, ‘I’m not going to come home until you calm down.’ And when I got home he just lost it. He lost it completely. Just lost it. Even when my daughter walked in the room, he still was hitting me. I hate to sound like a battered woman but it just bothered me. He really lost it and broke down and cried. He’s so scary because he was hitting me in one moment and he’s angry, but the next minute he’s in my lap crying like a baby. So it’s a lot of issues there.
Why she left him:
I can’t say money changes a person. I was the girl that was on his grandmother’s stoop when he got shot. He went to my mother’s house to heal. I went to work when my son was four months old while he was sitting home being daddy day care, watching Sesame Street and Little Bill. He has created this persona. This 50 Cent character. I don’t know this person. It reminds me of CB4. No I don’t know this person.


Read more: Necole Bitchie.com: [Video] Shaniqua Tompkins Talks 50 Cent Physically Abusing Her, Missing Their Son’s Graduation, & More In First Ever Interview http://necolebitchie.com/2014/05/video-shaniqua-tompkins-talks-50-cent-physically-abusing-her-missing-their-sons-graduation-more-in-first-ever-interview/#ixzz331REJyyo

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Something very weird happened over the weekend. On Friday, V-103 Radio Station posted an interview with 50 Cent’s baby’s mother Shaniqua Tompkins, who was responding to 50′s claims that she didn’t invite him to his son’s graduation.  A few hours later, the interview disappeared from the station’s website completely.
Over the past few years, 50 has quieted Shaniqua a few times, most notably after he blocked her from appearing on a TLC reality show about celebrity exes (which was eventually cancelled), but the 38-year-old was ready to tell all last week as she sat down with Ryan Cameron. In her first ever radio interview, the mother of two cleared up whether or not 50 pays her $20,000 a month, disputed claims that she’s bitter and also revealed that 50 physically abused her in front of her two children. Shaniqua also plays therapist, citing his abandonment issues from childhood as the source of his bitterness towards her.
Peep the highlights:
On 50 Cent missing his son’s graduation because she didn’t invite him:
I didn’t know a parent needs an invitation to a graduation. I think you make time for what you want to make time for. You know your son is in the 12th grade. You know that children, depending on the state, graduate May, June-ish. You’re busy, but that’s why you have assistants. The assistants can call the school and you can fly on your private jet with your big gold chain.
[...]
He’s privy to the same information that I’m privy to as a parent. You can call the school or have your assistant call. I’m not being condescending. It was no tickets. It was on the lawn of the school. People that I did invite, they stood on the side to watch the graduation. You could’ve been there. That’s your choice. And being that you said you paid tuition — which he doesn’t — you should’ve had a first class ticket then. You paid tuition, right? But he doesn’t. He pays child support. He doesn’t pay tuition. He promised me, but then he changed his mind. Like, I told him I wanted Marquise to change schools because I felt like the school he was going to was getting a little rough.
How Marquise feels about his father not being at the graduation:
We haven’t discussed it yet, but on a day to day… I broke up with his dad when Marquise was 10 1/2. So he’s been with his dad from birth till then. He loves his dad. He misses his dad. So of course it hurts. He used to cry about it. He used to really get down in his spirit. But I think when a person does stupid sh-t all the time, it starts to lose its impact. [50's] just being [50] and I think Marquise feels a little sorry for him.
Child support:
I don’t even get six figures. I’ll put it this way. He pays more in his light bill in Connecticut than he pays me in child support.
The lawyers are involved. That’s number one. It goes according to lifestyle. Regardless of the fact that I was with him, Marquise was accustomed to a certain lifestyle. I lived in a $1.6 million house in New York, I drove a Range Rover, I had a BMW, my allowance was $20,000 a month. I didn’t pay for any bills. I didn’t pay for travel. So he’s supposed to live that lifestyle to a certain extent. Everything he promised in court, ‘I’m going to take him to basketball games! I’m going to take him on vacations!’ He hasn’t done any of that. He hasn’t done any of it.
On 50 claiming she hasn’t worked since the year 2000:
I had a job with TLC network and [50] came and stopped that. I had a deal with a reality show. The show was canceled but everyone got paid their full contract but me. So you say, ‘Get a job’ but I had one. TLC sent me a 1099. I filed taxes. I had one.
[...]
[50] filed his first tax return at 30 [years old]. I was working, paying for studio time, DATs, reels, incorporating companies. Rotten Apples Records which was his first corporation. He doesn’t owe me anything. He did make that promise that he’ll take care of me for the rest of my life. I knew when I left that my lifestyle was going to change. I don’t think my son’s lifestyle was going to change.
On people saying she’s bitter:
We all want the finer things in life, but I left [50]. I knew when I left him that I was leaving a lifestyle. It’s not like he left me, I left him.
Why she ignores his calls now:
I spoke with him and we spoke for a couple of hours on the phone [in September]. And when you feel like you can’t get through to a person…I know how to set boundaries. I’m not going to waste my time. He’s always going in on what happened in the relationship. Marquise is never the main focus. It’s, ‘what you did to me, you left me, you did this, you did that.’ He never takes responsibility for his actions.
On his claims she has a direct line to TMZ:
TMZ called me and I don’t know how they got my number. I spoke with TMZ once because he went on Kelly and Michael saying that, ‘My son. He’s getting ready to turn 17 and we have this great relationship and his friends love me.’ And I’m like wait a minute, you haven’t seen your son in almost two years. This month makes two years. He hasn’t seen his son since May 2012. He hasn’t spoken to Marquise since the text messages where he told him ‘F-U. I have another child. Lose my number.’ Marquise hasn’t spoken to him since.
Why she thinks he’s hurt:
I think me leaving him, it reinforced all the abandonment issues that he suffered as a child and it’s unfortunate and it’s sad. He never knew his dad. His mom died when he was nine, but he never lived with his mom. His grandmother told me extensively. Like, when I had Marquise, she sat me down and said, ‘He [50] was always here with me.’ So I think it reinforced those abandonment issues and I think that’s why he’s so angry. But I feel like you’re really not angry with me, you’re really angry with his mom. Not me.
On him finding out she cheated and beating her up in front of the kids:
I’m a person who doesn’t go out much. I’m very much a homebody so he started seeing my behavior change a little bit because I did meet someone. I was cheating on him after he done cheated on me numerous times. I met somebody. So I started going out and I’m smiling about it. He didn’t find out about it. I think he had a clue, like, ‘Where’s your mom? She’s always home.’ He came home and I wasn’t there. So when I got in, he called me first. But I know how he is so I said, ‘I’m not going to come home until you calm down.’ And when I got home he just lost it. He lost it completely. Just lost it. Even when my daughter walked in the room, he still was hitting me. I hate to sound like a battered woman but it just bothered me. He really lost it and broke down and cried. He’s so scary because he was hitting me in one moment and he’s angry, but the next minute he’s in my lap crying like a baby. So it’s a lot of issues there.
Why she left him:
I can’t say money changes a person. I was the girl that was on his grandmother’s stoop when he got shot. He went to my mother’s house to heal. I went to work when my son was four months old while he was sitting home being daddy day care, watching Sesame Street and Little Bill. He has created this persona. This 50 Cent character. I don’t know this person. It reminds me of CB4. No I don’t know this person.


Read more: Necole Bitchie.com: [Video] Shaniqua Tompkins Talks 50 Cent Physically Abusing Her, Missing Their Son’s Graduation, & More In First Ever Interview http://necolebitchie.com/2014/05/video-shaniqua-tompkins-talks-50-cent-physically-abusing-her-missing-their-sons-graduation-more-in-first-ever-interview/#ixzz331REJyyo


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Celebration of a Great Soul: The Homecoming of Maya Angelou


By: Denise Young, ED.S


U.S. author and poet Maya Angelou has died at age 86 in North Carolina, local media reported on Wednesday, citing her agent and a local official.
Angelou provided eloquent commentary on race, gender and living life to its fullest in poems and memoirs such as "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings," which brought her wide acclaim after its 1970 publication. Who is Maya lets give you a little history for the one's that do not know about her great life and what she shared with us.
Maya Angelou born Marguerite Ann Johnson; April 4, 1928 – May 28, 2014) was an American author and poet. She published seven autobiographies, three books of essays, and several books of poetry, and is credited with a list of plays, movies, and television shows spanning more than fifty years. She received dozens of awards and over thirty honorary doctoral degrees. Angelou is best known for her series of seven autobiographies, which focus on her childhood and early adult experiences. The first, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (1969), tells of her life up to the age of seventeen, and brought her international recognition and acclaim.
She became a poet and writer after a series of occupations as a young adult, including fry cook, prostitute, night-club dancer and performer, cast-member of the opera Porgy and Bess, coordinator for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, and journalist in Egypt and Ghana during the days of decolonization. She was an actor, writer, director, and producer of plays, movies, and public television programs. Since 1982, she taught at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, where she holds the first lifetime Reynolds Professorship of American Studies. She was active in the Civil Rights movement, and worked with Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X. Since the 1990s she made around eighty appearances a year on the lecture circuit, something she continued into her eighties. In 1993, Angelou recited her poem "On the Pulse of Morning" at President Bill Clinton's inauguration, the first poet to make an inaugural recitation since Robert Frost at John F. Kennedy's inauguration in 1961.
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With the publication of I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, Angelou publicly discussed aspects of her personal life. She was respected as a spokesperson of black people and women, and her works have been considered a defense of black culture. Although attempts have been made to ban her books from some US libraries, her works are widely used in schools and universities worldwide. Angelou's major works have been labeled as autobiographical fiction, but many critics have characterized them as autobiographies. She made a deliberate attempt to challenge the common structure of the autobiography by critiquing, changing, and expanding the genre. Her books center on themes such as racism, identity, family, and travel. Angelou is best known for her autobiographies, but she is also an established poet, although her poems have received mixed reviews.


Marguerite Johnson was born in St. Louis, Missouri, on April 4, 1928, the second child of Bailey Johnson, a doorman and a navy dietitian, and Vivian (Baxter) Johnson, a nurse and card dealer. Angelou's older brother, Bailey Jr., nicknamed Marguerite "Maya," derived from "My" or "Mya Sister." When Angelou was three, and her brother four, their parents' "calamitous marriage" ended, and their father sent them to Stamps, Arkansas, alone by train to live with their paternal grandmother, Annie Henderson. In "an astonishing exception"to the harsh economics of African Americans of the time, Angelou's grandmother prospered financially during the Great Depression and World War II because the general store she owned sold needed basic commodities and because "she made wise and honest investments.

1951, Angelou married Greek electrician, former sailor, and aspiring musician Tosh Angelos despite the condemnation of interracial relationships at the time and the disapproval of her mother.he took modern dance classes during this time, and met dancers and choreographers Alvin Ailey and Ruth Beckford. Angelou and Ailey formed a dance team, calling themselves "Al and Rita", and performed Modern Dance at fraternal black organizations throughout San Francisco, but never became successful.Angelou, her new husband, and her son moved to New York City so that she could study African dance with Trinidadian dancer Pearl Primus, but they returned to San Francisco a year later.



After Angelou's marriage ended in 1954, she danced professionally in clubs around San Francisco, including the nightclub The Purple Onion, where she sang and danced calypso music. Up to that point she went by the name of "Marguerite Johnson", or "Rita", but at the strong suggestion of her managers and supporters at The Purple Onion she changed her professional name to "Maya Angelou", a "distinctive name" that set her apart and captured the feel of her Calypso dance performances. During 1954 and 1955 Angelou toured Europe with a production of the opera Porgy and Bess. She began her practice of learning the language of every country she visited, and in a few years she gained proficiency in several languages.In 1957, riding on the popularity of calypso, Angelou recorded her first album, Miss Calypso, which was reissued as a CD in 1996.[27][32][33] She appeared in an off-Broadway review that inspired the film Calypso Heat Wave, in which Angelou sang and performed her own compositions.



Angelou met novelist James O. Killens in 1959, and at his urging, moved to New York to concentrate on her writing career. She joined the Harlem Writers Guild, where she met several major African-American authors, including John Henrik Clarke, Rosa Guy, Paule Marshall, and Julian Mayfield, and was published for the first time.[35] In 1960, after meeting civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and hearing him speak, she and Killens organized "the legendary"[36] Cabaret for Freedom to benefit the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), and she was named SCLC's Northern Coordinator. According to scholar Lyman B. Hagen, her contributions to civil rights as a fundraiser and SCLC organizer were successful and "eminently effective".[37] Angelou also began her pro-Castro and anti-apartheid activism during this time.



Evidence suggests that Angelou was partially descended from the Mende people of West Africa.[86][note 12] A 2008 PBS documentary found that Angelou's maternal great-grandmother Mary Lee, who had been emancipated after the Civil War, became pregnant by her former white owner, John Savin. Savin forced Lee to sign a false statement accusing another man of being the father of her child. After indicting Savin for forcing Lee to commit perjury, and despite discovering that Savin was the father, a jury found him not guilty. Lee was sent to the Clinton County poorhouse in Missouri with her daughter, Marguerite Baxter, who became Angelou's grandmother. Angelou described Lee as "that poor little Black girl, physically and mentally bruised."



The details of Angelou's life described in her seven autobiographies and in numerous interviews, speeches, and articles tended to be inconsistent. Critic Mary Jane Lupton has explained that when Angelou spoke about her life, she did so eloquently but informally and "with no time chart in front of her".For example, she was married at least twice, but never clarified the number of times she has been married, "for fear of sounding frivolous"; according to her autobiographies and to Gillespie, she married Tosh Angelos in 1951 and Paul du Feu in 1973, and began her relationship with Vusumzi Make in 1961, but never formally married him. Angelou had one son Guy, whose birth was described in her first autobiography, one grandson, and two great-grandchildren,and according to Gillespie, a large group of friends and extended family.Angelou's mother Vivian Baxter and brother Bailey Johnson, Jr., both of whom were important figures in her life and her books, have died; her mother in 1991 and her brother in 2000 after a series of strokes. In 1981, the mother of her son Guy's child disappeared with him; it took eight years to find Angelou's grandson.In 2009, the gossip website TMZ erroneously reported that Angelou had been hospitalized in Los Angeles although she was alive and well in St. Louis, which resulted in rumors of her death and according to Angelou, concern with her friends and family worldwide.
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According to Gillespie, it was Angelou's preference that she be called "Dr. Angelou" by people outside of her family and close friends. As of 2008, she owned two homes in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and a "lordly brownstone"in Harlem, full of her "growing library" of books she has collected throughout her life, artwork collected over the span of many decades, and well-stocked kitchens. Younge has reported that in her Harlem home resides several African wall hangings and Angelou's collection of paintings, including ones of several jazz trumpeters, a watercolor of Rosa Parks, and a Faith Ringgold work entitled "Maya's Quilt Of Life".According to Gillespie, she hosted several celebrations per year at her main residence in Winston-Salem, including Thanksgiving;"her skill in the kitchen is the stuff of legend—from haute cuisine to down-home comfort food". She combined her cooking and writing skills in her 2004 book Hallelujah! The Welcome Table, which featured 73 recipes, many of which she learned from her grandmother and mother, accompanied by 28 vignettes.She followed up with her second cookbook, Great Food, All Day Long: Cook Splendidly, Eat Smart in 2010, which focused on weight loss and portion control.



Beginning with I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, Angelou has used the same "writing ritual"for many years. She would wake early in the morning and check into a hotel room, where the staff was instructed to remove any pictures from the walls. She would write on legal pads while lying on the bed, with only a bottle of sherry, a deck of cards to play solitaire, Roget's Thesaurus, and the Bible, and would leave by the early afternoon. She would average 10–12 pages of written material a day, which she edited down to three or four pages in the evening.Angelou went through this process to "enchant" herself, and as she has said in a 1989 interview with the British Broadcasting Corporation, "relive the agony, the anguish, the Sturm und Drang."She placed herself back in the time she wrote about, even traumatic experiences like her rape in Caged Bird, in order to "tell the human truth"about her life. Angelou has stated that she played cards in order to get to that place of enchantment and in order to access her memories more effectively. She has stated, "It may take an hour to get into it, but once I'm in it—ha! It's so delicious!" She did not find the process cathartic; rather, she has found relief in "telling the truth".


Chronology of autobiographies

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Wow Jessica

Jessic Simpson shows off her amazing swimsuit body
Wow! Jessica Simpson showed that all her workouts have been worth it when she posted an Instagram swimsuit shot in the early hours of Tuesday, May 27.
Wearing a stunning Mara Hoffman swimsuit with cut out sides, the Weight Watchers spokeswoman, 33, looks fiercely fit as she posed in tan high heels and sunglasses, clutching a golf club.
PHOTOS: Jessica's body evolution
The former reality star has been hitting the gym with celebrity trainer Harley Pasternak, to get in shape for her upcoming wedding to former NFL player Eric Johnson, 34.
PHOTOS: Stars sexy beach bodies
And her hard work is clearly paying off, as her muscular legs and washboard stomach show!
"If I'm in a bathing suit I should pose proudly," the mom-of-two captioned her impressive picture. Another similar picture is titled, "Eric's driver," presumably relating to her husband-to-be's golf club which she holds in the photo.
PHOTOS: Longest celeb engagements
Simpson and Johnson got engaged back in 2010 but delayed their wedding when Simpson became pregnant with daughter Maxwell, 2, and then son Ace, 10 months.
As Us Weekly exclusively reported, the excited couple, who recently celebrated their four-year anniversary, will tie the knot over the July 4 holiday weekend.
 


Kim Kardashian, Kanye West Share Wedding Pictures

Kim Kardashian shared a photo of her and Kanye on their wedding day




Why hello, Mrs. Kanye West! Kim Kardashian and her new hubby shared several photos via Instagram and Twitter from their star-studded Florentine wedding on Tuesday, May 27.
PHOTOS: Kim and Kanye's sweetest PDA moments!
The first image, taken moments after West and the reality star were pronounced husband and wife, shows the happy newlyweds making their exit down the aisle while friends and family greet them with congratulations. While West went without a caption, the reality star wrote beside the pic, "Mr. & Mrs. Kanye West."
PHOTOS: Kim and Kanye's matching couple style
Kardashian, 33, looks every part the blushing bride in a custom long-sleeve white lace Givenchy Haute Couture gown by Riccardo Tisci with custom Giuseppe Zanotti four-inch heels. The bride's luscious brunette locks are left parted down the center as she flashes a beautiful smile.
A dashing West, 36, holds his wife's hand in his black tuxedo, also by Givenchy.
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A second image shared by the reality TV star shows the couple kissing in front of the elaborate, luxurious wall of white flowers. West grips his wife's backside as they share their intimate moment of affection before 200 guests, including the vast majority of the Kardashian-Jenner brood (sans Rob and Brody) and famous pals like Larsa Pippen, special performer John Legend, and his supermodel wife Chrissy Teigen.





Monday, May 26, 2014

The Shade Is Real: 25 Sunnies To Add To Your Accessories Arsenal

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Sunglasses have become synonymous with summer. They’re the one accessory we pull out when the weather gets warm. Whether you’re headed to the beach, going for a drive or hitting up a day party with friends, you’ll want stylish, designer shades that compliment your outfit perfectly.
We love stylish shades that do much more than shield your face from the sun. From sunglasses with flowers adorning the frames to colorful printed shades, there are so many cool styles to choose from this summer. Here are 25 you need to add to your collection stat.

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Lady Gaga left her apartment in New York wearing a beautiful gown on May 25.


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Which type of man do most women fall for?









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Whether you realize it or not, chances are good that you’re attracted to certain traits in men that remind you of your own father…for better or worse. “We love our parents so unconditionally when we’re young, and we take in their characteristics without giving it any thought,” says father of two daughters Kevin Renner, a public speaker and author of In Search of Fatherhood: Stories from Women Around the World. “There are all kinds of beautiful women and handsome men in the world, and yet, we don’t feel an emotional attraction to all of them — but there’s a striking similarity between the men that heterosexual women feel intoxicated by and their own fathers.”

Psychologist Harville Hendrix calls this composite type of adult we’re attracted to “the Imago,” and it’s what he thinks causes “love at first sight.” That feeling of instant attraction is actually something other than true love; it’s the visceral response to someone who triggers a “lack of completeness” feeling in us — and why we project onto others the fantasy that they can make us feel whole once more. “At the heart of romantic attraction, it’s not so much that a man will ‘remind’ a woman of her father — at least, not at first,” says Renner. “All of that gut-feeling, emotional response usually takes place at a deeper, almost subconscious level in us.”

With that in mind, could you be dating someone just like your father? And if so, is that a good thing for you… or not? Let’s find out.

How to tell if your date exhibits similar traits as the man who raised you
Are you curious to know if the guys you’re attracted to share the same behaviors and personality quirks as your dad? Similar physical characteristics are one thing, of course, and you’ll probably be able to figure those out quickly (i.e., if your dad was tall and olive-skinned and you consistently go for men who happen to be tall and olive-skinned, well…it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to connect the dots). But to get a more complete picture of which paternalistic qualities you’re attracted to in a romantic partner, it’s important to really know the type of man your father is, both inside and out. “Come to the clearest possible understanding of who your father was,” advises Renner. “Was he distant, harsh, affectionate, abusive, attentive, etc.? Be really honest with your assessment, and then look at any parallels you can see in the person you’re dating.”


Renner suggests completing the following exercise to help you get clarity in this area: First, list the names of the three men who’ve most set your heart and soul on fire. Second, quickly think of and write down — without filtering anything — as much as you can about who these men were, both physically and psychologically (i.e., were they slender, dark-haired or bald, outgoing, gregarious, powerful, submissive, quiet, strong, etc.)? Finally, do the exact same thing for your father (or the principal male figure throughout your life). Now, what likenesses are you seeing between these lists?

Why dating paternal types can be a good thing
“If you drew the long straw when it comes to your father — as in, he was a great dad who helped lay down a healthy identity for his child, and you also have healthy relationships with men — my first tip is to go and hug your dad if he’s still alive,” says Renner. Regardless of whether your father was warm and constantly upbeat or explosive and withdrawn while you were growing up, it surely left a lasting impression on you. If your adult partner psychologically matches up with your father in some ways, it will likely trigger a lot of old memories and emotions. And while that can sometimes be extremely uncomfortable, it’s also an opportunity for you to sort out so much personal baggage from your own past.

“Romantic attraction offers a portal towards inner growth,” says Renner. “It’s within these relationships of emotional intensity and strong attraction that we get the opportunity to revisit and work through so much of the ‘stuff’ that got programmed into us as we were growing up.” All of this, of course, assumes that a woman grew up knowing her father, and that’s not always the case. If your own father was absent from your life, it creates another scenario entirely. Many women like this find themselves subconsciously attracted to men who are emotionally distant (or just plain unavailable) as a partner. However, if you’ve got positive feelings about your father and you two have a solid relationship that you still enjoy today, dating someone who’s a lot like your dad could lead to a happy, long-term romantic partnership.


 



Are there any drawbacks to dating someone who’s like your own father?
There are downsides to dating just about anyone, but if your memories of dad aren’t especially fond, watch out. “The downside to dating a man like your father is that it’s likely to become a tinderbox of old psychological entanglements; drunks, abusers, angry men… they all come out of the woodwork to date women who had these types of fathers,” explains Renner. “Fortunately, men who are kind, generous, open and decent do, too — and for those women who genuinely feel that’s the type of man they belong with, it’s wonderful.” Of course, these feelings often come from the “software programming” effect that our earliest relationships have on our minds, which is how we learned whether we were attractive or not, interesting or not, deserving or not, and so on.

The thing to ask yourself here is: What’s normal for you that might not be in your best interest during a long-term relationship? Is it an emotionally distant date, a boyfriend whose behavior is irresponsible, or a partner who’s a heavy drinker? Something that’s not particularly healthy might also just “feel” right to you, since it’s what you grew up around and are already familiar with seeing in men — but just because it’s comfy, it doesn’t mean that it’s the best choice while forming a committed relationship as an adult.

“Women who come from unhealthy father-daughter relationships have a different set of expectations than women who have what I like to call ‘long-straw dads,’” says Renner. “Unless they have a very strong mother (or surrogate parents) who can help offset some of the father’s damaging ways, these women often think they don’t deserve better than the men they currently have as partners.” If this sounds like you, simply recognizing that you have a pattern that can be broken is actually an enormous first step towards having a happy, healthy relationship in the future.



The dangers of projecting “daddy issues” onto your partner
Putting a partner into the “parent” role does happen, and can be good or bad for your relationship. “Take the example of a girl who grows up with a father who is strong, respectful and keenly interested in his daughter,” says Renner. “As an adult, she will be more likely to command the respect of other men in her life — not in an oppositional way, but simply through the clarity of her inner belief that she is their equal.”

Conversely, women with overprotective fathers who try to provide everything for their daughters tend to bring a sense of entitlement into their relationships. “If these women didn’t have to work for much and were given everything they asked for as little girls and adolescents, then that’s also going to be their expectation for the men in their lives after they’ve grow up,” says Renner. “Unfortunately, the expectation of being provided for and that smug sense of entitlement can suffocate a relationship if the woman’s partner grew up differently — in a household where responsibilities were handled in a more balanced way, for example.”

Since we’re living in an age where women and men are sharing more responsibilities at home and compete for breadwinner status in the job market, this is especially true for couples today. A woman may also consciously seek out and date men who seem like the polar opposite of her father. “For example: If you had an utterly irresponsible father, you may have made a conscious decision to only stay in relationships with men who behave in a responsible manner,” says Renner. “That’s fine, of course; it’s just a bit of a boomerang — or ‘counter-dependence’ — move, since you’re now depending upon something counteractive to what you grew up with at home in your relationship.”



5 qualities that reveal whether he’s Mr. Right... or Mr. Wrong
“Realize the importance of this father/daughter entanglement and the enormous consequences it can have on how you live, work, and love,” says Renner. “The better a woman is able to understand the quality of her relationship with her father, the more likely she is to find healthy relationships with men in her adult life and break any repeating patterns that haven’t been working.” Renner suggests completing the following simple exercise: First, give yourself 100 points to start. Then, rank the five words below (listed from best to worst) by assigning some portion of those 100 points to each word based upon where you think the center of gravity was in your child/parent relationship:

1) affectionate
2) attentive
3) ambivalent
4) abandoning
5) abusive

“An example profile might be 20-60-15-5-0; that would be the profile of a woman with a pretty solid dad,” explains Renner. “My guess is that this woman will have a far easier time entering into healthy relationships and sustaining intimacy with men than a woman whose profile looks like 0-20-20-40-20.” Once you know what kind of hand you were dealt here, you’ve got a place from which to start dissecting your adult relationships with men and understanding your true ability to find the love you want — and deserve — going forward.


Saturday, May 24, 2014

Editors Fashion Picks of the Week.







Red Carpet Rewind: The Best Gowns Seen At The Cannes Film Festival


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Every year, celebrities descend upon Cannes, France for the annual Film Festival. From the amFAR Cinema Against AIDS Gala to the red carpet movie premieres, every event during the 12-day festival is star-studded and glamorous.
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We love to see our favorite stars like Lupita Nyong’o, Zoe Saldana and Eva Longoria twirl on the red carpet in only the finest designer gowns. Check out the best gowns we’ve spotted at Cannes Film Festival this year.

Maksim Chmerkovskiy, Meryl Davis Talk Dancing With the Stars Win, Dating Rumors





Meryl Davis and Maks Chmerkovskiy win season 18 Dancing with the Stars


Maks and Meryl? The chemistry between Maksim Chmerkovskiy and Meryl Davis has been palpable throughout the entire season 18 of Dancing With the Stars, leading fans of the ABC series to wonder if the partners are really dating behind-the-scenes.
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Dancing veteran Chmerkovskiy, 34, hot off his first-ever mirrorball victory, and Davis, 27, nearly smooched after learning of their win on live TV during the Tuesday, May 20, finale -- but neither would confirm to Us Weekly what exactly was happening romantically.
Laughing, Davis remained coy about whether she and Maks were dating or not. "We were just saying that this show, despite the fact that it's a reality show, puts people into really real situations," Davis told Us. "It's challenging and we're not just coming to the show ready to dance every Monday. You go through the daily grind and it's very challenging. You get to know people in really fun moments and in really challenging moments, and I think that's what makes the show so successful."
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She added: "And I also think that's why when the cameras stop rolling, I think that's why many of the relationships you form on the show keep going on long after the season's over."
Chmerkovskiy and the Olympic gold medalist have dominated since day one of the competition, eventually earning them a final two spot against Derek Hough and paralympian Amy Purdy. Chmerkovskiy, for his part, has waited 10 seasons to hold the mirrorball trophy. (Hough has won five times before.)
"I'm not as beside myself as I thought I would be because I'm incapable of accepting gifts or awards - we just have these dumbfounded looks on our faces, and she's a fellow Capricorn, she knows what I'm saying - I'm just thinking about the fact that this isn't our finish line," the Russian native told Us. "It's more of, we could be brilliant but Charlie [White] didn't make the final, James [Maslow] didn't make the final. There were people that who did incredible numbers. It's about the people who voted and called and stayed up overnight to vote. It's because of them that we have this trophy."
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"Had Amy and Derek's names been called, all would have been right with the world, everyone would have been amazed at their journey," he continued. "She deserved the trophy too. This is why it's special because those people, those fans dedicated their time to us. God knows we did our best. We did our best."
It's been clear to fans that Davis has brought a different side out of Chmerkovskiy through their journey together. Compared to his usual tough exterior, cameras often caught him getting overwhelmed and emotional with his partner. During Monday night's episode, he particularly got upset backstage because there's a chance he won't be returning next season.
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"Len and I will get together and talk about it. Emotionally I have no idea how this is possible twice," he said. (Judge Len Goodman revealed during the live finale show that this season may be his last.) "Derek did it five times and that was the first person that I spoke to after Meryl and I won - I was like, 'Dude, I had no clue,'" he added. "I have to connect with the person and when I connect it's do or die. When the season's over, I'm depleted. Right now, I have nothing left. When we won, I felt an abundance of emotion from everyone. It's overwhelming and I feel it, I feel it."
Will Chmerkovskiy and Davis continue dancing together after the show? "We will, but not immediately, not right now!" the pro dancer said.


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Kim states that this union is blessed!

Kim Kardashian shares bizarre pic at pre-wedding brunch.


It was reported that Kim saw a angel in the sky shown above on this pic she posted. She feels that this union is blessed. What are your thoughts? If it is or not, I know for sure this is a gorg view. Congrats to the both of you.

Kimye Wedding-Palooza: Kim and Kanye Take Versailles By Storm

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After enjoying a celebratory pre-wedding brunch hosted by Valentino Garavani, Kim Kardashian and Kanye West headed back to their opulent hotel to prep for their next event. On Friday night, the wedding party was treated to dinner and a private tour of the Palace of Versailles.

Monday, May 19, 2014

What Amber Rose's Billboard Awards Sunglasses

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Spoiler alert: Amber Rose totally stole the red carpet thunder at the Billboard Music Awards. While she pretty much always turns heads with her fashion choices, she went above and beyond with tonight's ensemble—namely her HUGE sunglasses. And by huge, I mean they literally cover half of her face.
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Pharrell in his sunglasses for Moncler.
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When we saw the Queen of Hangout Festival and her gargantuan shades (which came from Pharrell's Moncler collaboration, NBD), we appropriately freaked out. Twitter was right there with us—it wouldn't be an awards show without a Twitter freakout, right