With a brand new album comes a brand new fashion gig. Nicki Minaj has been named the new face of Roberto Cavalli. And she’s serving some some effortless model fab in the new Spring/Summer 2015 ad campaign. Also, the “Anaconda” raptress made a tv appearance on “The View” today. More inside….
Nicki Minaj is known for getting a little ratchet while putting her “ass”ets on full display. But she can also slay an ad campaign for a luxury brand.
Shot by Italian photographer Francesco Carrozzini in L.A., Nicki models an array of flowy bohemian dresses with exotic prints and a few textured gowns, along with some hot designer shades and handbags by the Italian designer. Seems the Italians are really loving Nicki.
In addition to her campaign, the “ONLY” rapper will also endorse the luxe brand’s eyewear and accessory line and its ready-to-wear.
Roberto Cavalli spoke on why he chose the Hip Hop mogul as the new face saying,
“I chose Nicki Minaj because she embodies the exuberant and modern femininity of the Cavalli woman. In recent years we have become accustomed to women castigated in clothes that hide their body shapes. With this campaign, I wanted to send a strong countertrend message. I wanted a sensual woman who is aware of her body – who is not afraid to show her curves. Instead, she makes them her strength.”
The Grammy nominated raptress, looking amazing in a skintight white Alexander McQueen dress, stopped by daytime tv show “The View” to chop it up about her newly released studio album The Pinkprint. But before she hit the set, she snapped it up with Whoopi Goldberg backstage. Nicki captioned, "This ICON here.... WHOOPI!!!!!! Getting ready to do THE VIEW"
Once seated amongst the co-hosts, she dished on her upcoming European tour with Trey Songz, garnering 300+ million views of her video “Anaconda” and more.
Before the cast and director of "Selma" hit up an Official Academy screening of their Golden Globe nominated film, we chatted up the stars of the movie about what police injustice protestors in 2014 can learn from those who already did it...and mastered it.
Check out our interviews inside...
Recently, Golden Globe nominated-director Ava Duvernay and stars Common, Carmen Ejogo and David Oyelowo screened their soon-to-be-Blockbuster film Selma for official Academy of Motion Pictures members in NYC (which means the run for the Oscar is ON!).
But right before that, YBF Correspondent Jeff J caught up with the cast at the NYC Selma premiere. And we caught some riveting words from Oprah that made us straighten up, tighten up, and rethink the efficiency of our current protests.
The actress/media mogul, who plays Annie Lee Cooper, broke down the parallels between activism in 2014 and Civil Rights era...and what the young activists of 2014 should learn from the young activists of the 50's and 60's.
I think this film can teach people a lot. What this film says is it's been done. Y'all are not the first to do it, the first to have an idea, the first t be upset. he didn't even have a right as citizens to vote in this country. And because of that, you had MLK as a leader and his band of brothers with disciplined, rigorous, peaceful protests.
And Oprah powerfully explains why what we're going through these days already has tried and true solutions. Solutions from people who had MUCH less than we do in 2014. She said about playing her character:
What it takes to go and register to vote when you know you can lose your job. And you go to register and then you're denied denied. And she went year, after year, after year she went back to try again. Because the right to be a full citizen in this country meant that much to her. So I stand on that, I stand on it, I stand in it, and I look at that like that's who I am and that's where I come from.
I did that role not just for her, but for every man and woman who ever walked ot the registrar's office....and stamped denied.
Michael K. Williams rocked an "I Can't Breathe" tee and talked about what's lacking in America today:
"I think Selma is a very important movie period. And for it to come out at this time is so poignant. Dr. King, his legacy in my opinion stood, he stood for unity among all people, all races, civil rights, humanity, respect and communication. And i think that's hugely lacking right now in our society.
Hopefully people will take this movie and continue the peaceful protests and dialog."
Selma premieres Christmas Day.
YBF Correspondent: Jeff J / Videographer: Tiffany Ferguson
So will Phaedra Parks take her boys to visit their dad Apollo Nida in prison for Christmas? There might be a good chance she will. Find out what Phaedra said about making a trip to the big house. Also, find out how NeNe Leakes feels about NONE of her cast mates coming to see her on stage for Broadway’s Cinderella inside….
“Real Housewives of Atlanta” star Phaedra Parks might be bringing her two sons to see their father Apollo Nida in prison for Christmas. Maybe.
Apollo, who’s serving an 8-year sentence on fraud and other charges in Kentucky, has been very vocal about he and Phaedra’s failing relationship since being incarcerated. You’ll recall the jailed reality star said Phaedra is wrong for keeping their two young sons, 4-year-old Ayden and 19-month-old Dylan (above), away from him for so long, despite being in prison.
Now it seems Phaedra may have had a change of heart. While trekking it through the airport, TMZ photogs caught up with the Southern Belle to ask if she plans on bringing the boys to see their dad for Christmas (even though she previously said she would not be taking them inside of a prison). And low and behold, chick said she would love to bring the kids to see their dad for Christmas.
She said, “I would love to. I sent him a Christmas card and everything. I speak to him all the time.”
Oh…so she did send him the Christmas card of her and the boys that surfaced recently. Well that was nice. Phaedra has also been spotted rocking her wedding ring again (look real hard above). You can also see she's wearing it in the video below:
If she does make that trip to Kentucky for the Holidays, we’re sure her sons would be very happy, but we can’t help but wonder if she’s telling the truth or not. Do you think she will be bringing the boys to Kentucky for Christmas?
Speaking of houswives....
NeNe Leakes has been hitting the stage on Broadway as the evil stepmother in Rodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella for almost a month now. But, according to the Broadway chick, NONE of her “RHOA” cast mates have come to check her out in the play. As she says, “the hate is real”.
During a HuffPost Live interview, NeNe revealed that as of “today” (which was Tuesday) not one of her co-stars have been in attendance to support her Broadway role. It seems housewives from the other franchises (New York, Orange County & New Jersey) have come out to support, but none from her own show. No gift, no nothing. Shady boots.
The reality star did say she received a congratulatory text from Phaedra and that she and Porsha PLAN to come to her show on Friday (which explains why Phaedra was likely at the airport above). But she says she has not heard anything from the other ladies.
"I think I may've gotten a text from Phaedra and Portia saying, you know, definitely from Phaedra, saying 'congrats' or something like that. All of the different franchises -- New Jersey, New York, Orange County -- the housewives have been there.
She then talked about how she has always been supportive of the other ladies when it came to their endeavors. She said she there for Cynthia Bailey’s modeling agency grand opening, Kandi Burruss Tucker’s sex toy line launch party and said she was the shoulder for Porsha Williams to cry on when she was going through her divorce. But…NeNe doesn’t seem bothered. She explained,
"It doesn't hurt my feelings," she said. "I kind of look at it as -- I don't really know any other way to say it other than: the hate is real. The hate is really real. Because you know we have our differences, but I, in some big instance, I would be there to support. If they don't wanna come it's fine because I'm killin' the character," she added. "I do it to the tee."
Well, the ladies of Atlanta have until Jan. 3rd to see their co-star's name in lights. Let's see if they make it in time....