Rickey Smiley Covers The June/July 2014 Issue Of UPTOWN Magazine

Rickey on his career thus far:
"I’ve just had some great and wonderful opportunities but my opportunities now are just going through the roof. I have a diction coach now. I’ve been practicing. I read the teleprompter every day so I’m prepared."
Rickey on today’s comedy:
"It’s not about telling jokes anymore. You have to be a great storyteller. You got to bring people into your neighborhood. You got to be animated and years of experience [will] get you into that space and you just crack people up. And don’t take yourself so serious. That’s what brought on my success.”

Rickey on building his brand:
“I am excited about building the Rickey Smiley brand. I love having a sitcom and working on the set all day. I love having a syndicated radio show, getting up every morning and making people laugh all over the country and then taping Dish Nation. It’s hard work and that’s what it takes to get to the top and we’re on our way.”

Rickey on his Lil Darryl routine:
“Lil Darryl changed my life. It changed everybody’s life. That year every [fraternity and sorority], whoever had a line that year and the year after that and the year after that, somebody on line was named Lil Darryl. Even my Lil Darryl First 48 probably got a million hits on YouTube. Lil Darryl got a vine video that’s hilarious. I got kids that love Lil Darryl that were not even born when I first did it. Lil Darryl has been reborn.”

Rickey on being Steve Harvey’s protege:
“Steve Harvey put me on. He came to Birmingham and decided he was going to work with me. I was blessed to open up for his [tour] The Kings of Comedy a few times. I would have to be in the hotel lobby early to ride in the limousine with Steve and I was a nervous wreck.”

Rickey on being a father:
"I enjoy being the best father I can be and being an awesome father to the fatherless. My dad was murdered and taken away from me when I was 7 so I know what it’s like growing up without a dad. To be able to fill that void for somebody else is just incredible. I would actually pay money to do it."

Ricky & Uptown Magazine BTS here:

August Alsina Shares His Testimony In The Latest Issue Of Rolling Out Magazine

Here are the highlights:

On stepping away from the street life:
I remember giving this girl a crack rock,” Alsina said during our interview. “She wanted to try it before she bought more. I gave her a piece of rock and she smoked it in the pipe right in front of me. To see her smoke crack in front of me messed me up. Because it was the same drug that messed up my life and my family’s life. My stepdad was on crack. My real father was addicted and he died. That day, I realized my heart was too big to continue selling drugs. I didn’t want to be a part in the destruction of someone else’s family.”

On R&B:

“It’s a new day and age and you have to adapt,” Alsina says. “It’s about growing and adapting. I’m a fan of what R&B used to be. I’m not a rapper. I stay in my lane. With today’s R&B, a lot of people can get confused. If you don’t have a vision for yourself, someone will have a vision for you. People want something fresh and new. As long as I relate to the ones that are down, I’m good. There are more people who are poor than rich. I want to make music to lift the people.”

On Relationships:

I have trust issues,” Alsina reveals. “You don’t know, because girls play games sometimes. I was in a store once and some girls were in there asking if they could take a picture with me. One girl asked if I was a basketball player. I told her I wasn’t. When I went to the counter, the clerk told methat the girl knew who I was and [that] she told everyone about me before I walked into the store. Now that I know you’re a liar, I really can’t get down with you. I just grind. I’m robbed of actually being able to make a friend or actually see if a girl really likes me for who I am, because you never know what their motives are. Since I don’t have time to figure it out, I don’t pay attention to it. “I’m at a place where I don’t trust many people. I’ve seen some crazy stuff. If I had a camera to show you the things some girls do, you’d understand why I’m cool on that right now.”

The issue is available on newsstands now.

Check Out Pregnant Ciara W Magazine Spread

8-months pregnant Ciara stars in a new pictorial for W Magazine where she discusses how she’s changed since becoming pregnant and getting engaged. This way she had to say:

"It feels good to not have to wonder whether your abs are tight enough,” she says. “I like not being so perfect.”

On keeping her pregnancy in the public eye:

“My mom and I don’t have a lot of photos of my early years…So I decided we should document everything. This is one of those moments you can’t repeat.”

On bff Kim Kardashian’s piece of advice:

"I believe in allowing your child to be who they want to be—as long as they want to be something great. “You don’t know your child until they get here, you don’t know their personality….There is a lot of learning to do. I loved that advice.”

On plans after the baby:

"As soon as the body says hit the gym, I’m gonna hit the gym. I’ve been having a lot of food fun…I don’t want to sound too cocky. But I consider myself superwoman.”

The Beautiful Naomi Campbell Covers And Tells Shape Magazine How She Keeps Her Body Tight

Check out 43-year-old supermodel Naomi Campbell April 2014 Shape magazine’s cover and spread. She had to say this about her first Shape cover:

“I’ve been on almost every magazine in existence, but this is my first time posing for Shape, and I’m thrilled. Of course.  I wish I had done it when I was younger, but it’s an honor to be here at any age.”

“I don’t believe in starving myself. I’ve never done it, and I never will. I’m even more active when I’m juicing, doing both yoga and Pilates every day.”

“People told me that cigarettes are harder to quit than alcohol. I didn’t believe it, but you know what? It is harder.”

You can read the full article when it hits newsstands nationwide March 24.

Idris Elba’s Spread & BTS Video For GQ October 2013 issue

Here is some of the Article:

On his ex wife, a London woman he had an on-and-off relationship with and married at 26

“I liked the idea of being married. I was focused in on what I was trying to do in my life. And my girl supported me.”

On their divorce, which happened when his now ex-wife was pregnant

“I had to keep going back and forth to New York, to London, to try and make a bit of money real quick.” Back in the States, Elba’s wife “didn’t adjust to the culture as quickly as I did.” And he was gone a lot. “We just had a hard time. The next thing you know, we broke up.”

On struggling as an actor

“The apartment we had lived in together was in Jersey City. So when I left, I was sofa-hopping here and there and got to a place where I was parking it in Jersey somewhere and just camping down for the night. I mean, it was like, ‘Fuck, where did I go wrong?’ I had a lot of promise in England, you know? ‘What the fuck are you doing here? Your visa’s going to run out soon. You’re going to have a baby. What the fuck are you doing?’ That’s what’s going through my head…I was studying [for “the Wire”] in my van for the auditions.”

On selling weed

…”I was running with cats. I mean, I was DJ’ing, but I was also pushing bags of weed; I was doing my work. I had to. I know that sounds corny, but this is the truth.” He says he’d sell drugs at Carolines, and meanwhile all these successful guys would come through: D. L. Hughley, Dave Chappelle. “All those black comedians, they knew me as a doorman.”

On his unique ability to blend in, as a kid and now

“I sort of blended into the background quite a bit. I wasn’t the guy that was a big personality. I was the tall, silent, quiet type….I call it the invisible factor. On any ordinary street, walking down in London Soho in a cap, I’m just a fucking tall black man walking along.”

On the son he THOUGHT was his, but discovered the baby momma lied to him

“The celebration of having a son—from a man’s perspective, it’s massive.” He told friends about it. He told reporters about it. Then came the suggestion—not from the child’s mother, but from elsewhere—that not everything was what it appeared to be. “It wasn’t immediately obvious—well, it was, because he didn’t look like me,” Elba says. “But it wasn’t immediately obvious what had gone down.”

Eventually, Elba decided to take a paternity test, which showed the child wasn’t his. “To be given that and then have it taken away so harshly,” he says, “was like taking a full-on punch in the face: POW.”

“You know, the truth is—like, even admitting it, I’ll probably get laughed at for the rest of my life. But it is just tragic, and it happened.” He looks directly at me when he says this. “But I wasn’t knocked out. I stood right the fuck back up, and I ain’t aiming to take another punch in the face ever again. Do you understand what I’m saying? It happened to me. I moved on.”


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