Lauryn Hills at the 2010 Rock the Bells Concert

L-Boogie spoke about the love she received at the 2010 Rock the Bells concert. She sits down with Shaheem Reid of MTV as he got one of the only interviews with Ms. Hill backstage.

Keeping It Real With Rodney Perry

In an interview with The Monique Show co-host Rodney Perry, he decided to let me know just how he feels about what's trending in popular culture. We're keeping it real with Rodney...or he's keeping real with me.

Beyonce Vacation Style Choices: Hits or Misses?

Currently on vaca in the French Riviera, Beyonce and JayZ are relaxing in beautiful St. Tropez.
Unfortunately, not without a camera or two to document the diva's style choices.
No matter what she does, an ever critical style eye is always on the pop diva to catch her hits and style misses.
So in good reporter fashion, we too are on Bey-Z duty:

Beyonce stepped off a white yacht wearing a pair of African-inspired shorts by Boxing Kitten, along with a $1,226 ikat shirt by Dries van Noten. She mixed patterns artfully, making sure each piece picked up the burnt orange and burgundy hues of the other. She accessorized her look with an adventurous leopard purse and chunky gold jewelry. Clearly Jay got the memo too. MEMO: Prints are in! He too rocked a variety of colors with his island inspired bottoms.

Bey went for cool comfort and ease in an olive-green romper for a romp around town. She merched it up with a throwback gold rope chain, suede brown hobo bag, tortoise sunglasses and gold sandals.

For a night out with Jay, she opted for an olive-green wrap sweater, a matching draped tank, black short shorts and House of Dereon Camouflage Tulip booties. She clearly has an affinity for the hanging necklaces and large gold hoops.

While spending time on the sand, Bey shows off her famous curves in short shorts and a cropped top, revealing a peek of her white embellished bikini top. Though more laid-back, her favorite gold jewelry was still in full effect.

A few days earlier, she flaunted her love of leopard in an animal print cover-up and vintage Chanel baubles. She accented her look with her favorite Chanel Nouvelle Vague eggshell-blue nail polish and a Canon EOS Camera.

Just in case you forgot, Beyonce is from Texas. Everything is bigger down there. Maybe its where she got her jewelry. Hmmmm...

Fashion Face Off: Jessica Alba vs. MJB vs. Miss America: Vanessa Williams

Now this is a tight fit! Not literally, but they all look really great in green!
So what do you think? Which diva donned it best?

Monica a Home Wrecker too? Say it Aint So!

No matter where you come from, Monica just seems like she’s everybody’s home girl. So when we hear gossip about the goings on of ‘ya girl’, we think it couldn’t possibly be ‘our’ Monica. Mo? Miss Thang? Nah, you got the wrong one.

But this time we got the right one. Monica Arnold’s news about a break up with former fiance and Atlanta Rapper Rocko came as a surprise. But the news of her being another famous home wrecker is what took everyone’s breath away. Monica has been seen arm-in-arm with LA Lakers Shannon Brown and both are all smiles. Shannon also appeared as the leading man in Monica’s Love All Over Me video.

Monica and Rocko have two small boys together and seemed to be headed down the aisle to the altar. Scratch that. With reports that Rocko may have played part in some groupies-gone-wild dealings, no concrete reasons have actually surfaced of their split last fall. But for sure, Monica is Still Standing and moving on. She’s currently on the Passion, Pain and Pleasure tour with Trey Songz.

After learning of the media rumors about the lady in his life, Shannon went to Twitter to address the matter personally and expeditiously:

“I write this to set the record straight. Media deception makes unfair and false reports of the truth, and it does not bring out the best in ANYONE. Monica is my girlfriend, confidant and a strong successful women that has been though a lot herself but she is in no way, a home wrecker.
As a parent, I understand that parenting requires a partnership with my sons mother however the relationship between us fizzled a long time ago. Thus, never leading up to seven years, engagement or even talks of marriage. As parents, we have to continue to raise our son, and as individuals we both deserve happiness.” Thank you for the support and God Bless!

Shannon, way to be a stand up guy.

Fashion Face-Off: Beyonce vs. America Ferrera

Is it fair? No, no, as fun as that sounds, this is not a landmark case in which Beyonce is battling the United States of America over her right to don a dress, however, she is fighting the good fight against a fiery brunette named America Ferrera of "Ugly Betty". Both ladies were spotted wearing the same turquoise Malandrino Resort 2010 gown.
Weigh in....Who wore it best?

Lil Kim Lands Three Olives Gig

Proximo Spirits recently announced Lil' Kim will be the face of for the company's new "Three Olives" ad campaign. It's a first for Proximo to utilize a celebrity to market their products.

Lil' Kim beamed about her new business venture by saying, "Since I'm Queen Bee and purple is the color of royalty. I'm thrilled Three Olives has asked me to bring my flavor to the sexy 'O-Face' campaign for their new Purple vodka!"

The VP of Marketing for Proximo said, "Kim is a perfect match for our latest flavor, Lil' Kim is the personification of the sassy, fun and confident brand that Three-O strives to embody. We are so delighted to welcome Kim to the Three-O family, and look forward to introducing Three-O Purple to her dedicated fan base."

Lil Kim poses for a photo shoot for Three Olives Vodka in a tight purple dress with an old Hollywood glam hair style.

Teairra Mari…Waiting For Takeoff

First Things First

We’re going to get into Teairra, but first let’s get the rumor mill on the right track. For those thinking here comes a newer version of Teairra Mari’, it’s not. She’s not trying to reinvent herself. It’s not necessary. And for that reason, it’s time for a conversation and she’s setting things straight, but she’s not going to pussy-foot around, she’s getting straight to the point. Photograph by Allwyn Forrestor

What we know is Teairra isn’t sweating the past and what went down over at the Rock (Rockafella Records). For those of you still stunned about the separation with camp Jay-Z , move on. But for those of you who didn’t know, here is the rundown. My girl Teairra is at prom with her friends when she gets a text message (messed up, I know) that she’d been dropped from the label. Cold, right? “…I was hurt because I was so young and I thought these people were like family...because that’s what they said!”

“When it first happened everybody was like, ‘What are you gonna do now?’ I’m gonna keep going, what do you mean what am I gonna do? I’m not gonna stop because of one “tragic” thing! It didn’t kill me. I can keep it pushing.”

Pushing Past the Drama
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The unfortunate lesson that Teairra had to learn was that she was like many artists who start out young. They believe that learning the business is someone else’s job and all they have to do is show up to sing their part and pose for a few pictures. But the industry has changed so much and you have to come to the table with a ‘don’t-let-up’ mindset. You have to be a chameleon and be so many things to so many people all at once. So you grow up and deal and that’s what she did she’s doing. “I didn’t know at that age how to differentiate business family from real family. Now I know. I know now that with business family, you can never take things personal…”

MAS: Since then, has your business sense matured?

TM: “Tremendously! That’s one of the best things I got out of the situation. I have a new sense of business. I’m real savvy when it comes to that. I’m in control of my own shit! I’m happy about that. Before, I had people holding my hand and doing everything for me and not teaching me anything. After that, I had to become independent if I wanted to continue to do this because I didn’t have anybody. Once they left (the label), everybody that I thought was for me, was like peace out! So I had to start from scratch by myself. I had to get up off the ground and say I’m a grown woman now. I have to take matters in my own hand if this is what I want to do… There is no book you can read! It’s no school you can go to that will teach you about this business. It’s more about experience and a little bit of street smarts and common sense. You gotta know this is a dog-eat-dog world. Shit or be shitted on! Nobody really has your best interest in you but you. Don’t be mean … just be prepared. “

MAS: How was the family support system during this time?

TM: “My mom and aunt used to go on the road with me. But since all that stuff happened, my mom had a stroke and it impaired her speech. She decided to step back from it. That was the best thing anyways because this business had divided us and turned us against each other. Before I turned eighteen, I was trying to get emancipated. It was crazy. We’re closer now that she’s not dealing in the business. I can call her and its more of a comfort to have her just be a mother.

When my mom started with me, she had millions of books and would always say, ‘I read in the book…I’d be like honey, they will shiest the hell out of you talking about a book! Looking back, it was fun and what don’t kill you makes you stronger. You can laugh at it in the future. Now I can look back and I’m like, Oh God!”

So does she keep in touch with the Jigga Man? Hell no! But she explains, “I haven’t spoken to him…Maybe once or twice over text since the whole ordeal. But we don’t keep in contact. It’s no hard feelings; if I see him, it’s all love and respect. There will be a third album and a fourth and so on! “

Still Bankable

With time passing and the music business ever-evolving, it’s an all consuming job to continue to stay relevant and on the minds of those who were once fans. So while on a hiatus from the business, Teairra Mari was taking care of another kind of business. Movies.

In theatres on August 20th, Teairra joins an all-star cast lineup consisting of Ice Cube, Mike Epps, Charlie Murphy, Naturi Naughton and Bow Wow in ‘Lottery Ticket’, a movie about a kid from the projects (Bow Wow) who wins the lottery. Speaking of her role in the movie, “My character is Nicki Swayze…and I’m the hot chic that everybody wants. We’re all a bunch of kids from the projects and I’ve never paid Bow Wow’s character any mind until he hits the lottery. It’s a comedy, so it’s very funny.”

MS: So how did you feel when approached about the role?

TM: “I was so excited because I didn’t think I was gonna get the role. I did like six auditions. They even called me for the table read! Normally when you get to the table read you think it’s in the bag. But no honey, after the table read, they called me back and said they chose to go in a different direction. They got somebody else. I was a little depressed. Cause I just knew…I talked to God and he told me this was my role. There I was, doubting my faith and then a week later they called and said ‘She’s (the other role contender) horrible! Can you get on the next plane out tomorrow?’ I said yes! I knew He told me this was my role. It was a great experience. I had a ball! And yes I would do it again. I was out there for a month. I would do it again and stay for three months.”

Any other movie roles on the table?

TM: “I did another movie with Jackie Long and Gary Dourdin called the Magnificent Cooly Tee. That one is going to straight to DVD.”

On the Horizon

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So what else is the diva-in-training making a move towards? Now, after partnering with her new label Warner Brothers, of course her music is her madness with the radio waves burning up her hit single Sponsor. With Gucci Mane and Souja Boy co-starring on the track, it was sure to climb the charts and sparked lots of discussion on the way up. The video is also a staple on viewers playlist (Gucci Mane was absent during filming due to incarceration).

Unfortunately, many of the tracks from her album At That Point were leaked online and Teairra and the label decided to shelve the album until she was ready to go back to the studio to re-record her album which will get a new title as well. The album was laced with tracks from Nicki Minaj, Flo Rida, Pleasure P., Soulja Boy, Gucci Mane, Kanye West and Rick Ross. Teairra has already recorded a handful of songs to be debuted on the impending untitled album. In the meantime, Teairra has released an EP called Sincerely Yours as well as Point of No Return, a DJ Drama produced mixtape that can be downloaded from her fan site (click here).

She beams about her project by recalling her exchange with the infamous DJ/Producer, “DJ Drama chose me. He said he was doing an R&B mixtape and he had just done one with Chris Brown. He normally does hip-hop music, but he was like, 'I want you to be the first female I use for my R&B mixtape.' So I agreed. With this mixtape, first I did a remix to Usher's "Daddy's Home" and another one to Waka Flocka's song 'O Let's Do It'…”

The Point of No Return Mixtape track listing is as follows:
1. “Detroit”
2. “Body”
3. “Girl Power”
4. “I Know It’s U”
5. “Super High”
6. “Lost My Mind”
7. “Daddy’s Home”
8. “Coins”
9. “Goodie Bags”
10. “My Lovin’”
11. “Find My Way Back”
12. “Lights Go Down”
13. “Holla”
14. “Over”

To be more informed on everything Teairra Mari, go to her fan site at