In the latest edition of Italian Vanity Fair, Rihanna reveals how much she relates to her HOME character Tip and how she's been an "outsider" as well. Also, Dr. Dre talks about the upcoming NWA bio pic and what he hope portray about their legacy.
We've been following Rihanna's HOME promo here in the states for several weeks now, but the Bad Gal is also collecting headline clips across the globe too. Most recently, she's featured in the April 2015 issue of Vanity Fair Italia where she discusses in-depth how her character Tip relates to the little girl she was in Barbados and how she compares to the woman she's become. Also, she draws a comparison between Tip's mom (played by Jennifer Lopez) and her own mother. See the highlights below and don't forget to check out her single "#BBHMM":
On how she relates to her character Tip: “Tip is strong, independent. Not to be discouraged, she knows what she wants and never gives up, without waiting for the help of others. She’s a little cheeky as I was. However sensitive. It sounds strange, but I’m very shy. I can only spontaneous if I’m fine with those around me.”
On Tip's love of music and how she found her own voice as a little girl in Barbados: “I love the scene where Tip plays as song to Oh, who’s never heard music in his life and doesn’t understand what’s happening, so he tries to stop himself from dancing. Music is my life forever. When I was little, in Barbados there was only one TV channel: there was the time slot of the newscast, to Beautiful, Sesame Street and documentaries.
“On Sunday, finally, there were music videos on all day. I could stay inside the whole day listening to Mariah Carey, Celine Dion and Bob Marley. I enjoyed mimicking their every song. And by doing a lot of imitating I found my voice. I was only a child when I decided I wanted to do singing as a profession, which I remember very clearly. I was eight years old, and my little brother had just been born, and I told myself that I wanted to do music, music gets you places in the world where I have never been.”
On how her mother is a lot like Tip’s mom: “I recognize a lot in the relationship between Tip and her mother. My mom is a force of nature. I know that everyone says: I have the best mother in the world. But I’m really convinced. She has always filled me with affection and has never tried, nor has judged my friends. Her presence reassures me. I’m glad it was Jennifer Lopez who got to be the voice of my character’s mother. When she speaks, I feel the same warmth and the same security that my own mother gives me.”
On feeling like an outsider: “Oh is an alien, Tip is a human: the music is just one of many things that make them, for background, very different. But gradually they discover a number of similarities. It is the basis of friendship, when one begins to know and you stop judging them. I know what it means to feel, like them, an outsider. The first time it happened to me as a child in Barbados, was when I moved and I ended up in a school where I knew no one. And then when at sixteen I landed in New York, where I was know as “the girl who is from the island.’”
On what Home means in the film, and what home means to her: “Home, in the film, is all about reuniting with the people you love. For me, they are always around, the lifeline, when I return in the evening to my hotel room, is the TV: news, reality shows, movies, documentaries, cartoons. I learned to call any place where I feel safe as home. But there is no place like Barbados. My beaches, my family, my food, my music. Home, for me, it’s right there.”
In other movie related interviews....
Dr. Dre stopped by L.A. radio station Real 92.3, where he sat down with legendary personality Big Boy to talk about turning 50 years old (yep!) and his much-hyped NWA bio pic. During the chat he discusses making some of hip hop’s most classic hits, watching himself come alive on-screen and dispelling some of the myths about NWA’s legacy (like their treatment of women). Here are highlights:
On preserving legacy and making the bio pic: "I was just nervous about putting a blemish on our legacy. The story had to be told right. And it's incredible, man. I'm really excited about it. We had our ups and downs with the filming process, but now the edit is almost done. We're working on music and what have you, and I think everybody's going to appreciate it, especially everybody from Los Angeles [...] As a matter of act, I didn't even want to do the movie. Cube actually quarterbacked it. He went out and got the first draft for the script done. I read it and was like, 'OK, we can work with this. We can turn this into something. And when Gary Gray got on board, that was it. I was in."
On watching himself come to life through actor Corey Hawkins: "We wanted to be as authentic as possible.
We went out to dinner a couple of times, and I told him, 'Listen man, I don't want you to try to copy my mannerisms or the way I speak, I just want you to embody the character and turn it into what you feel it is, and I'll let you know if you're doing something wrong.' That made him feel a little more comfortable about approaching it."
On filming Eazy E's death: There's this actor, Jason Mitchell, he plays Eazy and he did an incredible job. I mean, there's a couple of times where I got a little emotional on set. When E's in the hospital and he finds out he has the disease and what have you, his acting was that great. Goosebumps [...]
On N.W.A.'s perceived treatment of black women: "We really wanted to get across, one of the things, was how we feel about women because there's a big misconception, how much we respect our women."
Will there be more Dr. Dre music: "I'm working on something right now. I don't want to put it out there just yet and say that I'm definitely gonna put it out. But I'm really feeling what I'm working on right now. This would be a record that's inspired by the movie."
Photos via Vanity Fait Italia
Ludacris and Tyrese are on the promo circuit for their new action film Furious 7. This morning, the two hit up “The Breakfast Club” to chat about the film and dropped a few nuggets in the process. Luda reveals he was sleeping with Drake’s girl back in the day, he talks about getting custody of his daughter Cai Bella and his friend Paul Walker. Meanwhile, Tyrese reveals he was suppose to star on the first season of “Empire.” Get the deets inside…
Ludacris dropped in on Power 105’s The Breakfast Club this morning to chop it up about his new action crime thriller Furious 7 (April 3rd) and his new album Ludaversal (March 31st).
While chatting with the radio hosts about his new projects, the beef he had with Drake was brought up and he didn’t hold anything back. He revealed he and Drake had a little feud going on (complete with diss records), but the two have since squashed their beef.
So what was the issue? Apparently, Luda was smashing one of Drake’s chicks in Toronto back in the day! BUT, Luda claims he had no idea that the chick he was messing around with was Drizzy’s girl. Bloop! Looks like the tables were turned in that situation because we all know how Drizzy gets down when it comes to stealing/sleeping with another man’s chick. (Get the deets on Drizzy supposedly smashing one of Lil Wayne’s chicks HERE.)
The proud dad also touched on getting primary physical custody of his daughter Cai Bella, the baby he made with a woman named Tamika Fuller while on a “break” with his now pregnant wife Eudoxie. He said he’s not perfect and Cai is a blessing in his life.
He also spoke on how upset he got during the taping of Comedy Central's Justin Bieber roast where one comedian (Pete Davidson) took it too far and made jokes about his friend/co-star Paul Walker, who passed away in 2013 in a car crash.
Oh…and we also have a SPOILER ALERT! Stop reading now if you don’t want to read this nugget about Furuious 7. Luda revealed Paul Walker does NOT die in the movie and the creative way they showcased him in the movie will have you in tears.
Below are the highlights:
On the beef he had with Drake:
“Me and Drake had our thing, but he came to me and apologized to me like a man. I know everyone wants to write Drake off as that dude, but we aight.“
On SMASHING Drake's girl:
Luda was asked about the line in Drizzy's song "How Bout Now" when he said his girl would rather listen to Ludacris than him. He responded, “I think it’s a little bit of a true story behind that. His girl at the time was probably doing a little bit more than that. It’s a true story and I think that’s why he said that. There was a chick in Toronto and at the time I didn’t even know …I didn’t know what was going on. I did not know. I do remember that time in the period of my life.”
On why he and Drake had "beef":
“He had said some things in public, but then apologized privately. And I was like ‘well you need to apologize in public just like you said it in public.’ That was the issue I had with him. It’s about respect. You can’t go and do something publicly and come quietly and say I’m sorry. The same format you put it out on, that’s the same format you need to continue on.”
On getting physical custody of his daughter Cai Bella (with Tamika Fuller):
“I’m not perfect, however, everything that I’m going through is perfect for me. And it’s made me a better person, a better man and what’s to come, is going to be the absolute best thing to ever happen. And it already has happened because a blessing came out of it. I can’t necessarily talk specifics because anything I say can and will be used against in a court of law because there is still current litigation going on. At the end of the day, it’s the best thing that has ever happened to me in my entire life.”
On a comedian making jokes about Paul Walker at the Comedy Central Justin Bieber roast:
“I wouldn’t even repeat those jokes because of how disrespectful I feel they were, but I was definitely upset about that. I was to the point where I was about to go a little crazy and then all of a sudden all of the executives and producers lined up and apologized and assured me they were going to take those jokes out.”
Peep his full interview below:
The ATL rapper hit up "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" to perform his single "Grass Is Always Greener." Check it above.
Also on The Breakfast Club this morning.....
Tyrese also stopped by The Breakfast Club to chop it up about Furious 7. But, he also revealed he was suppose to star on the hit FOX hip hopera “Empire.” So what happened? He said he was unable to film for the show because he was going through a custody battle over his daughter 7-year-old daughter Shayla. He spilled,
“I was suppose to do season 1 of Empire. I was in and out of court fighting over my little angel (Shayla) and I just landed 50/50 joint & legal custody. So I had to break the news to Lee (Daniels) and Taraji (Henson) that I just couldn’t make it. I could not go to Chicago for 3-4 weeks at a time to shoot it when they hit me up. So, we’ll see what happens next season.
Black Ty also talked shared his views on ethnicity taking over television, Damon Dash’s comments about the working class, his last solo album, his singing group with Tank and Ginuwine and more. Check it above.
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Janelle Monae and Teyana Taylor both rocked stages in NYC last night. See performace pics and clips inside, including Teyana's lap dance with Iman Shumpert. More inside...
Last night, Janelle Monae performed for Samsung Galaxy Owners At Best Buy Theater To Celebrate The Brand New Galaxy S 6 And Galaxy S 6 Edge.
During a recent interview with AdWeek, Janelle opened up about her new record label Wondaland which includes her new artist Jidenna who sings "Classic Man."
She explained her choice to open a label saying,
"In general, I was inspired to start Wondaland Records after seeing there was a big absence of female entrepreneurs in the music industry who understand how to develop and market innovative artists, artists who truly care about community and redefining the creative waters in the music industry. I've always been inspired to do more than just be an artist in the industry and treasured businesswomen such as Julie Greenwald and Sylvia Rhone, and admired artists such as Madonna and what she did with Maverick Records. I want to be recognized for not only my innovation musically, but for innovations on the business end."
When asked about her style and vision, she said, "In the very beginning, I used Jim Collins' book Built to Last to figure out my core values. And then I gave those core values to everyone I worked with: Atlantic Records, CoverGirl, etc., and as I embarked on new creative projects or business partnerships, I weighed my core values and the proposed opportunity and I decided accordingly. Style is important, having fun and being whimsical and free is important, but I've always believed I can accomplish anything I want while also inspiring young girls and pushing for change around the world."
Backstage, Janelle posed with SwaggerNewYork's Sian Pierre.
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In other stage performances...
The "ab-tastic" Teyana Taylor was downtown rocking out at NYC's SOBs.
Literally, Teyana and her backgrounds dancers were RIPPED and ready to entertain the standing-room only crowd.
And the performance had several highlights. In particular, Teyana put on a lap dance for her boyfriend, Cleveland Cavaliers star Iman Shumpert.
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Iman enjoyed the dance. He tweeted, "You sweetheart, put on one Hell of a show! Glad I could make his one! And about that lap dance...."
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