Rihanna’s Sizzling Elle Magazine Cover x Spread = Hotness!!

Rihanna covers Elle Magazine’s May 2012 “Women In Music” issue. Quite frankly, Rihanna is the hottest chick in the game, hands down.  Pick up your copy of the magazine when it hits stands on April 17th.

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ZOE SALDANA COVERS FLAUNT :: ‘Colombiana’ In Theaters August 26th

Actress Zoe Saldana graces the cover of the latest issue of Flaunt Magazine, stars in new movie ‘Colombiana’. [No confusion: She’s of Dominican & Puerto Rican origin, born in New Jersey and raised in Jackson Heights, Queens.]

 

 

‘Colombiana’ hits the big screen on august 26th. Check out the trailer below:

 

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NY JETS MARK SANCHEZ COVERS GQ :: Fall Fashion Issue

Jets QB Mark Sanchez covers the September issue of GQ, and one of the interesting tidbits in the article featuring him was his desire to come to blows with his head coach last year.

“There was a point in the season (when) I wasn’t playing well, and head coach Rex Ryan considered benching me,” Sanchez said after Monday night’s preseason loss at Houston.

After a 9-2 start in 2010, the Jets were blown out on MNF by the Patriots before falling flat at home vs. Miami. Sanchez played poorly in both games, and Ryan was going to give backup QB Mark Brunell more work in practice.

But Sanchez — “I wanted to fight him,” he told GQ after learning of Ryan’s plan, “I was really mad” — never budged from his practice huddle, earned respect from his teammates in the process, and the tension eventually abated as the team got back on track.

“Me being a competitor, you get too competitive. It’s part of the reason they drafted me because I value this job. It’s my life, and if somebody wanted to take it away from me that’s personal,” Sanchez added Monday while revealing that he and Ryan joked about the GQ piece and that Sanchez expects a “razzing” from his teammates after he was depicted like a fashion model in the photo spread.

“Was I going to fight Rex?” asked Sanchez before finishing with this wisecrack.

“Obviously not. That’s like De La Hoya fighting George Foreman. He’s way out of my weight class.”

Pick up the new issue of GQ for the entire story or visit GQ.com. 

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FRANK OCEAN Covers FADER Magazine :: Fall Fashion Issue

Frank Ocean is on a roll. With his two guest spots on Watch The Throne adding even more flames to his name the Odd singer pops up on the cover of Fader 

In the excerpt that they let go, Frank recalls a family member buying him a subscription to the Robb Report at an early age, which became the early beginnings of his car obsession. He even started his own  hustle detailing cars at age  13.

“I would just fall in love with all their cars. That was the start.” Ocean, who was born Christopher Breaux (and goes by Lonny to friends), downscaled his material desires, and when he was 13, began going door-to-door, detailing cars for cash.”

“I would bring all my supplies. Literally, it was like a movie, I had a wagon, those long red wagons, like a Radio Flyer-type wagon, and I used to buy my own soaps.”

For more information, pick up your issue of Fader Magazine or visit thefader.com

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‘THE HELP’ x ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY :: Anticipated Movie Debuts August 10th

When The Help, the highly anticipated adaptation of the 2009 best-seller about African-American maids and their employers in 1960’s Jackson, Miss., hits screens on August 10, it will represent a huge victory for the power of friendship — namely that between author Katherine Stockett and her childhood best friend, director Tate Taylor.

“We were just these oddballs in Jackson,” Taylor says in EW’s cover story. “Latchkey kids, neither accepted in the Junior League set for various scandalous reasons. We knew the sun didn’t rise and fall over Mississippi.”

Years later, after finishing the book, Stockett handed over the movie rights to her pal, whose one feature film, 2008’s Pretty Ugly People, made $7,000 at the box office. After the book was published — and catapulted onto bestseller lists (where it still remains today) — she faced enormous pressure to go with a bigger name. But she stood behind Taylor and his determination to adapt and direct the movie.

“Once I made that decision it was such a relief,” says Stockett, “and I told everybody else to f— off.”

However beloved Stockett’s book may be, the subject of race — and of Hollywood’s complicated history with it — still hits a raw nerve in many circles. In fact, the film’s stars Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer often find themselves in the strange and unsettling position of having to defend their decision to play Aibileen and Minny, the proud maids at the heart of Stockett’s novel.

“That’s what people bristle at: the maids,” Davis says in a no-holds-barred interview. “I’ve played lawyers and doctors who are less explored and more of an archetype than these maids.” Spencer is even more emphatic. “It should not be ‘Why is Viola Davis playing a maid in 2011?’ I think it should be ‘Viola Davis plays a maid and she gives the f—ing performance of her life.’”

Watch the movie trailer below:

 

Pick up the new issue of Entertainment Weekly, on stands Aug. 5.

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TUPAC SHAKUR COVERS XXL MAGAZINE :: 15 Year Anniversary of Death

September 13, 2011 will mark the 15-year anniversary of Tupac Shakur’s death. XXL pays homage to the beloved, fallen rap legend in the mag’s forthcoming September issue, celebrating all things ’Pac.

For the special tribute issue, XXL Editor-In-Chief Vanessa Satten sat down with Tupac’s biological father, Bill Garland. Among the interesting and revealing topics discussed, Mr. Garland offered a heartfelt description of his son’s giving nature. “[Tupac] cared for people,” he said.

“That was his main thing. He really cared for people. I think that’s why he would get so upset when people tried to question his commitment, his love for Black women or Black men. The East Coast/West Coast, you know, that’s a fabrication. I don’t have to begin to tell you that. So when that was questioned, it bothered him. Because he would give his heart or soul. He was a giving person. He would give anything to people. He would go in a store. [If there was a] Black man who couldn’t afford a $1,500 pair of boots, he would buy ’em for him. Think that Black man would ever forget Tupac? That’s just the way he is. But I don’t think that he did it for that. He did it because he had it, and he didn’t. That’s the way he is.”

In addition, XXL spoke with ’Pac’s ex-wife, Keisha Morris, who shared the intimate details of their relationship. “I knew Tupac,” she said.

“No one can take that away. I really knew him, and he would never hurt me.”

XXL also talked to Tupac’s first manager and one-time roommate and mentor, Leila Steinberg, who gave insight into the special nature of her superstar client and their close relationship. There’s also an interview with Mutulu Shakur, ’Pac’s stepfather who helped raise the MC until the age of 11 and checks in from behind bars to celebrate ’Pac’s legacy.

XXL also spoke with ’Pac’s group, the Outlawz, dug into the tragic passing of one of Pac’s favorite producers Johnny J. and investigated the real story behind ’Pac’s Quad studio shooting recently brought to light with the confession of ex-Jimmy Henchman associate, Dexter Issac, to the robbery and shooting of Tupac in 1994. And finally, 62 rappers remember ’Pac and speak on his impact and legacy.

Outside of the Tupac tribute, XXL reviews Game’s long-delayed, fourth solo LP, The R.E.D. Album, shares some of the jaw-dropping photos from Tech N9ne’s All 6s & 7s Tour and introduces Charlie Boy Gang and Chevy Woods in Show & Prove.

Pick up XXL’s September 2011 issue, hitting newsstands nationwide on August 16.

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