Heard this earlier today and it had me reminiscing. This is what music use to be. Enjoy fam!!

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MAGAZINES: Nicki Minaj POSES With Poodles For GQ, Explains “Anaconda” Video Is About CONTROL + Lenny Kravitz Talks Having More KIDS In UPTOWN

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On newsstands, Nicki Minaj posed with some poodles and dished on the controversial “Anaconda” video in GQ while Lenny Kravitz discussed wanted more kids in  UPTOWN magazine.  More inside...

After sexing up L'Uomo Vogue in menswear, Nicki Minaj is gracing the pages of another magazine. The “Anaconda” raptress posed it up in between two pink and blue-died poodles in a sultry cut-out white top, her lady lumps on full display, and hip hugging blue pencil skirt for the November 2014 issue of GQ magazine.

As she gears up for the release of her third studio album, The Pink Print, Nicki chops it up with GQ about her rump-shaking “Anaconda” video which she says is more about women keeping the power and control. Oh…

YMCMB’s first lady opens up about the scene with her chopping up a banana right before her lap dance with Drake saying,

"At first I'm being sexual with the banana, and then it's like, 'Ha-ha, no.' " I ask if she's referring to how the Drake scene immediately follows the kitchen scene. "Yeah, that was important for us to show in the kitchen scene, because it's always about the female taking back the power, and if you want to be flirty and funny that's fine, but always keeping the power and the control in everything."

 

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Also in the video, there are a few products placed for advertising which actually seem a little out of place. She had her Beats by Dre speakers imprint, her Myx Fusions Moscato, a Victoria's Secret bra, some Air Jordans and a "teatox" drink called MateFit. Weird right? Well, there’s actually a method behind her madness. Money, of course! She said,

"My management team has a division that has a guy that his main focus is to go out there and find new brands for me to do business with or to find brands that would like to be in our videos and contribute to our budget.”

 

Read Nicki’s full interview here. GQ’s November issue hits newsstands Oct. 28th.

And in another magazine....

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A snake, sequin blazer and Lenny's pecs= one sexy a** cover.

Rockstar Lenny Kravitz put his grown-man good looks on the cover of UPTOWN’s Oct/Nov issue. And we’re literally drooling over how the eligible bachelor is making 50 look so damn good.

The iconic guitarist (who dropped his newest album STRUT recently) opened up about the possibility of having more children, getting married again, his love for designer digs by Saint Laurent and his future. Below are the highlights:

On having more children, and what his daughter 25-year-old Zoë Kravitz offered:
"I would like to do it again. That’s the way I feel, but when I bring it up [Zoë’s] like, ‘Slow down. Slow down. I can have kids. Slow down.’ So I don’t know if she’s too keen on it."

On getting married again after dating starlets and supermodels:
"I’m waiting. It’s coming. It isn’t a far-off thing anymore."

 On his love of fashion, specifically Saint Laurent:
"What I like are clothes that are classic rock and roll. Saint Laurent has that retro inspiration but its cleaned up and made into modern fashion. Their clothes fit my silhouette. They’re clothes that feel like me."

Reflecting on the deaths of his mom and dad:
“I thank God every day for my health. [Health], for me, is where it begins and the rest is gravy. Also [I’m thankful] for being disciplined. As they say in the Bahamas, there are a lot of talented people living under the bridge. A lot of folks driving cabs, fishing and working in the streets can act and sing better than people getting Oscars and Grammys."

On his future:
"I feel like whatever I’m supposed to do or get or achieve will happen, and what’s not mine is not mine to have. My grandfather used to tell me when I was a kid, 'Nobody can take anything away from you that is yours.' He also used to say, 'the best is yet to come.'"

True indeed.

Peep the rest of his spread below:

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Hot.

Photos: Mark Seliger/ Cliff Watts

CLAPPING BACK: Serena Williams SLAMS Russian Tennis Chief For His "Sexist And Racist" Joke

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Serena Williams clapped back at a Russian tennis exec who joked that she and sister Venus should be dubbed "The Williams Brothers."  Find out what she said inside...

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Serena Williams, who holds a record 18 Grand slam titles, has made headlines around the globe after responding to a joked she deemed "sexist and racist."

In case you missed it, Shamil Tarpischev, the head of the Russian Tennis Federation, appeared on a Russian talk show "Evening Urgant" alongside former Olympic singles champion Elena Dementieva who was asked what it was like playing against the Williams sisters. Before Elena could respond, Shamil piped in calling Serena and Venus the 'Williams brothers' and adding 'It's scary when you really look at them."

Although the comments were made in Russian, a quick translation let folks around the world know that he was being a jackass!  And Shamil didn't get away with it! He was slapped with a one-year suspension by the Women's Tennis Association (WTA) and ordered to pay a $25,000 fine. But it didn't end there....

Serena (shown above with Caroline Wozniacki at a WTA gathering at the Marina Bay Sands hotel in Singapore) spoke out about the Shamil's comments yesterday during a press conference for the start of the WTA Tour Finals,

'I think the WTA did a great job of taking (the) initiative and taking immediate action to his comments. I thought they were very insensitive and extremely sexist as well as racist at the same time. I thought they were in a way bullying.  But the WTA and the USTA (U.S. Tennis Association) did a wonderful job of making sure that -- in this day of age, 2014 for someone with his power, it's really unacceptable to make such bullying remarks"

And Serena got a co-sign from Russian tennis player Maria Sharapova, who chimed in, "I think they were very disrespectful and uncalled for and I'm glad that many people have stood up, including the WTA, It was very inappropriate, especially in his position and all the responsibilities that he has not just in sport, but being part of the Olympic committee.'

Following the worldwide backlash, Shamil released an apology via Russia's tennis federation saying,

"Serena and Venus (Williams) are without doubts outstanding athletes. The situation that has spontaneously emerged during the late night chat show had a bad influence on the perception of tennis in general and splits our friendly and cohesive team. I'm sorry that the joke which was taken out of context and attracted so much attention."

Outside of the distractions, Serena is set to play against Ana Ivanovic today, telling reporters, "I wasn't sure if I would be able to make it to this tournament. "But I'm here, and I'm really -- I feel better than I did obviously in China. I am just getting better every day hopefully."

We sure Serena has put Shamil's comment (or as he phrased it "joke") behind her and will have a great match today. Good Luck Serena!

 

Watch Serena's comment here:

 

Photos via Serena Williams Instagram

SHOWING LOVE: Kevin Hart SNAPS Pics With Some Kiddies + Rihanna HUGS Fans Before Hitting The Studio

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Kevin Hart and Rihanna showed mad love to their fans over the weekend. Peep their photo-ops inside…..

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The Wedding Ringer star Kevin Hart loves the kids.

Although Kevin was hard at work on the set of a movie he’s working on in L.A., that didn’t stop the comedian from snapping pics with some kiddies. 
 

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Cuteness overload. Love her little tutu!

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Not only did he make these little fans’ day, Kevin also helped out another fan. You may or may not have heard of the woman who lost her job after snapping a selfie with the comedian.

National Car Rental driver Genish Bradley-Souglas fanned out when she spotted Kevin Hart at the airport. She pulled her bus over at LAX (leaving passengers on the bus & making an illegal turn), hopped off and snapped a selfie with the Ride Along 2 actor. When her job found out what happened, they suspended her. Kevin got word of her suspension and made a video asking her employer to give her pass. Here’s what he said:
 

 

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I'm asking "National Rental Car" to please give Ganesha Douglas a pass. She has learned from her mistake. She nor I intended for this to happen. #LoveMyFans

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And it worked! National Car Rental reinstated her and she's back on the road. Nice!

 

Over in NYC....

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Rihanna is loving pink coats these days. After downing a bottle of wine over dinner alone a few days ago, the Pop princess was spotted making her way to dinner at Nobu in NYC rocking a pink fur coat and Timbs with her friends.

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Hair was a little wild, but she pulled it together.

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Before hopping in her ride to make her way to the studio, she stopped to give hugs to some of her adoring fans:

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Sweet! Rih is putting the finishing touches on her upcoming eighth studio album tentatively titled R8. And we hear RiRi plans to drop a new single in the coming weeks.

 

Photos: Splash News

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