Sunday, May 31, 2020

Faith Evans arrested for allegedly attacking her husband Stevie J

Faith Evans was reportedly arrested for putting them paws on her husband, Stevie J. 

According to TMZ, Faith was arrested earlier this week after cops got called to their Los Angeles-area home. Faith and Stevie reportedly got into a heated argument, and at some point, it turned violent. 

TMZ's sources say when cops showed up they noticed visible marks and scratches on Stevie's face. It's unclear what triggered the argument. Cops arrested Faith and booked her for felony domestic violence. Faith bonded out later that day. 

The arrest comes nearly a year after the couple tried to downplay rumors their marriage was in trouble. As TMZ reported, there was palpable tension after their camera guy got the couple leaving the Essence Festival in New Orleans. 

TMZ asked them if there's trouble in paradise after Faith and Stevie unfollowed each other on social media ... not to mention Stevie's cryptic string of tweets from, "Drunk people always speak their truth," and "Ones insecurities can damage them" to "All that glitters ain't gold" and "Cherish what you love just know nothing will last forever."

Are we even surprised that there's trouble in paradise with these two?
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Fake Black Lives Matter supporters caught tagging a Starbucks building in Los Angeles
A non-Black protester tagging "BLM" on a Starbucks in Los Angeles, CA.
Photo: @nia_miranda

Protests have erupted across America over the murder of George Floyd, a black man who was killed in Minneapolis, Minnesota at the hands of the police. This is one of many instances of people of color being killed by police. 

Stores have been ransacked, buildings have been set on fire, monuments have been vandalized, authorities have used rubber bullets and tear gas at demonstrations as tensions have boiled over in dozens of American cities. Widespread protests have taken place in Minnesota, Los Angeles, New York, Philly, different cities in New Jersey, North Carolina, and many more states have come together.

There have also been many instances shown on social media of fake Black Lives Matter protestors defacing different communities.

Actress and filmmaker Nia Miranda, who has been on the frontlines of protesting in Los Angeles, recorded non-Black protestors defacing a Starbucks in the Los Angeles community. 

"The news and everyone else needs to know and see the Truth! STOP reporting black people as “thugs” and saying we are destroying the community! This is NOT the face of the #BlackLivesMatter community," Miranda wrote on her Instagram page

"This is NOT US! We will not accept this! We will speak up and speak out!"

 
 
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Thursday, May 7, 2020

Interview: WWE superstar R-Truth talks new music, wrestling and getting his 24/7 championship title back

I had the pleasure of chatting with WWE wrestler Ron Killings a.k.a R-Truth Wednesday on Instagram Live. Killings debuted in the ring over 20 years ago and held numerous titles -- he was a two-time NWA Heavyweight champion, United States Champion, Tag Team Champion, and most recently the 24/7 Championship which he has held numerous times, and the list goes on. 

During our IG Live, we discussed his new song "Hit Em Up," the wrestling industry, his dream match, charities he's involved with, balancing work and family life, his future plans with music and wrestling, and much more. 

Killings also recalled a time in the music industry where he met 2Pac, plus he even dropped a few bars on the Live! 

Watch our full interview below:


Also, check out Killings' new music video for "Hit Em Up" below:

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Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Beyonce joins Megan Thee Stallion on 'Savage' remix. Listen here!

Megan Thee Stallion's "Savage" remix just dropped on Tidal, and she got Beyoncé on the song! Listen to the two Texas hotties below:


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Saturday, April 18, 2020

My quarantini pick: How to make a Ruby Relaxer


Having a virtual happy hour? I got you! I used to be a server/bartender so I know a few thangs. Here’s how to make a yummy Ruby Relaxer:


ALSO READ:

20 things to do while social distancing at home in coronavirus quarantine 

How to remove acrylics, gel nails at home during coronavirus quarantine

The world on pause: How coronavirus pandemic quickly changed our lives
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Thursday, April 9, 2020

How to remove acrylics, gel nails at home during coronavirus quarantine

My nails were in desperate need of a fill after four weeks
Peace out, long nails. It's been fun!

Now that nonessential businesses like hair and nail salons have temporarily closed because of the coronavirus pandemic, many of us are left in our natural state to fend for ourselves while coming up with homemade beauty regimens. 

The struggle is real right now for us who normally rely on professionals to do our hair and nails. And, who knows when things will return to normal again. 

I had acrylics and gel polish on my nails, and I waited as long as I possibly could before I finally budged and soaked them off. 

READ: 20 things to do while social distancing at home in coronavirus quarantine

Soaking off acrylics and gel polish isn't a hard process, it just requires a little bit of your time and patience. The entire process for me took about an hour and a half. The amount of time it takes to soak off your nails depends on the type of nails, acrylic and gel you have. 

So, sit down, get comfy and turn on your favorite movie. Here are the steps to remove your acrylics and/or gel polish...

You'll need:

- Nail file
- Acetone nail polish remover
- Aluminum foil
- Cotton balls
- Nail clipper
- Wooden nail stick or metal scraping tool
- Cuticle oil or olive oil

(Note: The links included below (marked 'recommended product') are included in my Amazon storefrontIf you click/buy items from these ads, I receive a certain percentage. These items can also be bought from local drugstores: Walgreens, Harmon Face Values, Rite Aid, etc.)

1. Cut/file the nail down as low as possible.

2. File the gel topcoat off of your nails.

Recommended product: Professional acrylic nail clipper 

3. Cut little pieces of aluminum foil which you'll use to wrap each of your nails in.

Make sure you grab a towel to place under your hands for the next parts...

4. Completely dip cotton balls in the acetone and place one soaked cotton ball on top of each fingernail.

Recommended product: Onyx Professional Coconut Scented Nail Polish Remover

5. Wrap each nail (with the cotton ball on top) in aluminum foil. Keep on for about 10-30 minutes.

Excuse the dryness of my hands (it's the acetone)

6. Remove foil and check to see if the gel/acrylic softened up enough to scrape off. If not, soak the nails in a non-plastic bowl for an additional 10-30 minutes. 

7. Use a wooden nail stick or metal scraping tool to carefully scrape off the remaining gel/acrylic. 

Recommended product: Nail polish removal kit

8. Once the gel and/or acrylic is completely off, use a file to shape the nails (and if you have one, use a nail buffer).

Success!

9. Massage nails with a good cuticle oil (substitute: soak nails in warm olive oil for 10 minutes)

10. Top off the job with clear nail polish or a cute color polish. 

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Saturday, March 28, 2020

'I’m going to be Steady Eddie for you:' Ciara and Russell Wilson reminisce on the very first time they met five years ago

Ciara and Russell Wilson recently went on a quarantine Instagram Live where they shared with their fans the story of the very first time they met five years ago. 

I watched their live video twice because their story was just so darn cute!

During the video, the Wilsons shared never-heard-before stories about their first date, Russell had some good game and not only did he meet Ciara, but he also met her father and her son little Future during their first encounter. Ciara also cracked jokes on Russell’s “janky” wallet.

“I had this wallet. She says it was janky, I said it was necessary,” Russell said. “So, I was single and I lost all my stuff back then. So, I had this Bible-looking wallet. It had like my cards on one side, my phone on the other, but it was a broke-down wallet.”

The Seattle Seahawks quarterback continued, “You need a man that’s going to be consistent for you. This wallet has been consistent for me.” 

Russell told Ciara she needs a "steady Eddie" in her life (someone dependable and consistent) and that he's going to be that guy for her.

“When you said that, in my head I was like ‘okaaay, I see how you talking. Okay!'” Ciara said while laughing. 

Russell took it upon himself to school the guys who were watching their live and he said:

“Fellas you got to talk to them like that. You’ve got to let them know what it’s going to be. You can’t be stepping into this thing without no confidence. You’ve got to be in there confident. You’ve got to know what you want. You’ve got to know what you need, and she’s got to know, and you’ve got to tell her what she needs to know.”

Alright now!

Watch Ciara and Russell share their cute love story below:

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Wednesday, March 25, 2020

20 things to do while social distancing at home in coronavirus quarantine
Many playgrounds have now closed in an effort to slow the spread of coronavirus
We are currently facing an unprecedented time living under the threat of coronavirus. The global pandemic has changed our everyday lives, shifted our schedules and threw a loop in our plans.

Every day the virus dominates the news as it affects hundreds of thousands of lives daily. Many people are now forced to work from home, some businesses were forced to close while many are left temporarily out of work, schools are closed around the nation and many parents are now homeschooling their kids.

I know this is a trying time, but just because we're all stuck at home and embracing social distancing doesn't mean life stops. 

ALSO READ: The world on pause: How coronavirus pandemic quickly changed our lives

Don't lose out on weeks and weeks of just passing the time by while we all wait to play outside again. I see so many memes, GIF's, videos and comments from people complaining about how bored they are being stuck in the house. And I'm like Really? Bored!?

I haven't been bored yet since New Jersey's governor issued a "stay at home" order, and I see this mandatory timeout at home in a positive light. This time will force me to get things done that I've been procrastinating on. 

And I want you, my OooLaLaFam, to use this time productively, get things in order and better yourself. Also, don't forget to socialize with friends and family. Just because you're closed off from outside activities doesn't mean you can't have a little fun in the house. This is the time for all of us to get creative and use our time wisely. 

Be productive

Browse new jobs in your field

Now is a good time to update that resume and LinkedIn profile. Let's get to it!

Teach yourself a new skill or learn a new language

Vamos a aprender español!

Read new books

Since libraries are closed, many places are offering freebies (instead of paying for Kindle). Scribd is offering free access for 30 days, while local libraries continue to offer free ebooks, digital resources, audiobooks, music, movies and digital magazines. Many libraries are also getting creative in ways to provide virtual services. Visit your local library's website and check out what they have. 

Invest in yourself: start a side hustle

Create that online shop, website, blog, write a book, etc. Now is the time to invest in yourself and create another stream of income. There are so many opportunities online to make extra money. I taught myself how to create websites, code and blog just from reading different things thanks to Google. 

ALSO READ: Turn Instagram into your side hustle

Organize your home

This is a great time for some spring cleaning! Clean out that junk drawer, organize your Tupperware, clean out your closets, get rid of items you no longer use, disinfectant high traffic areas that you touch often: (doorknobs, remotes, keyboards, microwave and refrigerator handles, etc.) 

Have some fun

Just because venues, bars and theaters are shut down doesn't mean the party and fun stops.

The healing power of music: Enjoy free live stream concerts and DJ sets from some of your favorite celebs

With many upcoming concerts and festivals postponed or canceled, many celebrities have stepped up to still entertain their fans. 


H.E.R. recently performed a free live concert for her Instagram followers as part of the Global Citizen's #TogetherAtHome series. 



And many DJ's are going live on Instagram and throwing the dopest homebound house parties. D-Nice's virtual dance parties at "Club Quarantine" have become so popular that even Michelle Obama has checked out his Instagram live! 

And other celebs, like Erykah Badu and John Legend, have given free live concerts from their homes. Hell, even Jussie Smollett came out of social media hibernation and posted a video showcasing his vocals on Instagram.








I can’t believe that I started the Home School social distancing dance party just four days ago and it’s become a place for us to virtually dance together and stay connected. From my kitchen, I’m able to send positive vibrations to each of you. Thank you for rocking with me. Thank you to all of the artists that popped in to show love. Al B. Sure, Andre Harrell, Angie Martinez, Anthony Hamilton, Beverly Bond, Bevy Smith, Big Daddy Kane, Bink, Black Thought, Bun B, Chris Spencer, Common, Damien Hall, Dave Chappelle, Deborah Cox, Debra Lee, DJ Camilo, DJ Cassidy, DJ Clark Kent, DJ Goldfinger, DJ Tony Touch, Donald Faison, Dres, Dule Hill, Erick Sermon, Estelle, Fab 5 Freddy, Fat Joe, Ghostface, Grand Puba, Jairobi White, Jazmyn Simon, Jermaine Dupri, Jill Scott, Jim Jones, Joe Budden, John Legend, Jonathan Mannion, Kardinal Official, Kenny Burns, Kenny Smith, Kevin Liles, Lee Daniels, Lena Waithe, Lennox Lewis, Letoya Luckett, LL Cool J, Louise Hazel, Mary J. Blige, Maseo, MC Lyte, Michael Ealy, Michael Rapaport, Michelle Wolf, Naomi Campbell, Nile Rodgers, Omar Dorsey, Oneal McKnight, Posdonus, Royale Watkins, Russell Simmons, Sophia Chang, Spice Adams, Spinderella, Stretch Armstrong, Swin Cash, Tank, Tasha Smith, Teddy Riley, Tobe Nwigwe, Zab Judah, and more. Class resumes today at 2pm pst. Please tell your friends. #BrandNice #dnicehomeschool
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Now is the time to catch up on your favorite TV series, shows and movies

Join a Netflix Party and stream TV shows and movies with your friends remotely. This Chrome extension lets you watch Netflix content with friends and chat while you’re doing it. 

ALSO READ: Here's why Netflix's 'Love Is Blind' is must-watch TV 

8 safety tips to learn after watching creepy stalker Joe in Netflix's 'You'

Need more TV suggestions? Read my 2018 post: 17 TV shows to start binge-watching right now

Check out a new podcast

My personal favorites are The Little Miss Entertainment Show, Life In Spanglish and xoNecole's Happy Hour

Play a board game or video/app games

I recently dusted off my Wii remotes and had the time of my life playing the Wii fitness games. If you have a lot of people in your home, break out the UNO cards and Monopoly game for a family fun night. Remember these apps: Boggle, Words With Friends and Draw Something? Now is a good time to download these games again and challenge your friends and family.

Tour museums and travel the world

Traveling right now is a big no-no. Take a virtual tour of popular museums and art galleries online thanks to Google Arts and Culture who has partnered with thousands of museums and galleries around the world. The Louvre in Paris is also offering its own virtual tour online for free.

Catch a Broadway show

Broadway HD also has about 300 classic musicals, plays and shows. BroadwayWorld is also posting clips of stars singing songs from popular shows.



Chat on the phone

Don't let social distancing keep you from interacting. Use this time to catch up on the phone with friends and family, or FaceTime them.

Still craving to go outside? How about watching a movie in your car while social distancing

While many movie theaters have been closed, drive-in movie theaters are reportedly becoming increasingly popular in business across the country as audiences practice social distancing during the coronavirus pandemic. If you're lucky enough to have an outside drive-in movie theater in your area, enjoy a movie while sitting in your car. 

For your health and wellbeing 

Take internet, TV and phone breaks. Moderate your consumption of news. Don't drive yourself crazy and stress yourself out looking at the news all day long.

Enjoy the memes, funny videos and GIFs online to break out from heavy news. And, take a day or two where you completely turn off the electronics and give them a break. 

Workout around the house 

Many gyms have now closed but that doesn't mean our health and fitness routines come to a halt. There are so many online workout apps and videos on social media and YouTube as well as live streams online. Get creative around the house and find objects to lift, workout in the living room, do wall sits, chair dips, jumping jacks, dance around to your favorite songs, (and if you have it) use Wii fitness (like I did). You don't even need gym equipment, just use your bodyweight



Debbie Allen recently gave a free live salsa class on Instagram for her followers:




Up your sexy

Soak in the tub, drink wine and read a book. Enjoy an at-home spa experience with bath salts, bubbles, face masks... the works! Since many businesses are now closed during this time (including hair and nail salons and barbershops in New Jersey), many of us are going to be on our own when it comes to certain grooming habits. Make the best out of it and treat yourself at home to the ultimate spa experience (all while saving money).

ALSO READ: 60 Sexy Striptease Songs To Perform To

Catch some Z's

Use this time to get extra naps in and catch up on some sleep.

Praise the Lord at home

With many places of worship closed, churches have now turned to online religious services. You can still attend church from the comfort of your couch. Plus, international speaker DeVon Franklin and many others post uplifting videos and messages on social media. 

Master your cooking skills

Me personally, cooking was never my thing. I tend to eat out a lot and I'm good at ordering delivery. But being stuck at home has made me eat the food inside of my fridge, use my stove, and step up my creativity in the kitchen. If you're already a master cook, use this time to learn new at-home recipes. Cook healthier foods and work on improving your immune system.

Take time to reflect

What have you accomplished in the last year? What goals are you setting for yourself in the next year? Take this time to write them down, start a journal, make a vision board. And, use this time to meditate.

Last but not least ... 

Catch up on OooLaLaBlog!

Read through my features here, some of my celeb interviews can be found here, and my old naughty La La Diary entries can still be read here (make sure to start from entry #1). 

Check out my YouTube channel where I have concert clips, reviews, funny videos and more. Also, my latest feature is on Medium and the print magazine can be purchased on Amazon

And, don't forget to browse through my wino merch as well as my Amazon storefront. Much love!
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