Young Jaden Smith and Kylie Jenner (Kim Kardashian’s little sister) were spotted out on a date recently with Will Smith as chaperone as they navigated the fluster of paparazzi in NYC! Smith, 14 and Kylie, 15 say they are just friends but we can’t help but notice how cute of a teen couple the make!
Deepika Padukone graces the March 2013 cover of L’Officiel India as Bollywood’s ‘Golden Girl’.
The Indian beauty let her brunette locks down and wore a tantalizing (just the right amount of sex) cleavage revealing spring 2013 Christian Dior single button off white, flare hem, blazer dress.
I’ve seen some of Deepika’s other magazine covers but there is something special about this particular one. She looks fresh face, and her turquoise eye shadow really pop against her immaculate Dior dress.
According to kim on her blog she shared this..Keeping a healthy lifestyle has always been important to me and now it’s even more important because I am looking out for someone else’s well being other than just my own. I’ve been researching recipes and healthy eating tricks to make sure that I get the right nutrition now that I’m eating for two! For me it’s about maintaining a well-balanced eating and fitness plan. My friend Harley Pasternak sent me this book and I am so excited to read it! The Body Reset Diet will give you the tools you need to restart the way you are eating and boost your metabolism. I love his recipes and I know you guys will too! Xo
Last week, Alicia Keys kicked off her "Set the World on Fire" tour and has since left her mark on Seattle, Vancouver and San Francisco. She also invited fans to view a behind-the-scenes video into the making of the tour just prior to its kick off.
This week, Keys is doing much of the same as she invites us to a private vocal training session with her coach. “Training with my vocal coach is one of the things I am most focused on when preparing for the tour," said Keys. Check out this behind-the-scenes video of Keys working to get her vocals in tip-top shape.....
Who is a friend? According to the Webster’s Dictionary, a friend is someone on terms of affection and regards for another who is neither a relative nor lover; someone who freely supports.
I paused for a while to think about this definition of the word “friend”. Our men are not so much into this friendship game; women are. How many people can boast of having a friend? Women move all over the place, partying and drinking with friends who are nothing but enemies in disguise.
Why do we have so many friends around us but we still feel empty? Haven’t you noticed that there is someone your heart wants to identify with even in the midst of the multitude of friends? I grew up seeing my mum with friends. I saw them stand by each other through thick and thin. I saw them cover each other’s nakedness. I must say this without holding back; we don’t have friends, not any longer.
Don’t be deceived. That you hang out with a neighbour or colleague and spend a whole day discussing irrelevancies with her does not make her a friend. That you wear aso-ebi (party uniform) with her on weekly basis does not make her a friend. Well, that could be what friendship means to you. Amara sees it differently:
Qualities of a friend
How many of us can leave our so called friend in the same room with our husband or boyfriend and be relaxed? Why would a “friend” take away her friend’s man? Why would a friend tell lies against you just to destroy your happiness? I see friends stab each other at the back just to have their way and become better. Can you dream aloud before your friend? Can you trust her with your success as well as your failure? They appear trustworthy for a while but just a little fall-out with you; they go about with all kinds of tales against you. Who can find a true friend?
A true friend sticks closer than a sister. A friend will always hide your nakedness. I know of a lady who believes so much in her friend. They are always in the company of each other. Their husbands are friends. But girl, I was disappointed the day this lady came into my office with another lady. From the moment they entered until they left, it was all negative comments about her darling friend. Few days later, she came in with the same friend she indirectly murdered. After they left, I sat down in thoughts. Then I came to understand
the word in the Holy Bible; Jeremiah 17:9. A woman I know very well took her friend to Ghana where she gave her a man to sleep with. On getting back to Nigeria, she told the friend’s husband how his wife slept with another man. This very woman did this just to get her out of her marriage because of envy.
Believes in you
If that woman is your friend, she will always believe in you. How many of us can dream aloud before a friend? How many of us can have our friend look at us, eyeball to eyeball, and tell us; “girl, you can make it, I believe in you”. Does your friend give up on you when everyone else does? Does she stand by you in genuineness of heart and not for selfish motives? You are the right person to answer these questions and tell us if your friend really has your interest at heart.
Corrects in love
A friend will never talk against you at your back even when you are wrong. She will accept your mistake, apologize on your behalf and then come back to sort it out with you. She can make you feel bad, she can make you cry, but in all sincerity. A friend will never paint words when it comes to you. A friend will criticize you, not of hatred to pull you down or tarnish your image; she will criticize you in all respect and sincerity.
Having seen the few qualities of a true friend, can you now tell yourself how many friends you have? People have always wondered why I am extremely careful when it comes to friends. Some people see it as arrogance, some call it pride; I call it carefulness. People who abandoned you when you are down and come back the moment you get back up again are nothing but wolves waiting to devour you.
The worst thing that can happen to a woman is having friends just because every other person does. I don’t know about you but I have my reasons for friendship. I love everybody but here are my reasons for having friends:
Friends should help each other to grow in life. I love having people who have seen so much in life as friends. I want to learn from them. I want friends that can impact positively in my life. I want friends that will encourage me in my chosen career. I want friends who have their lives as manual for my growth and development.
I have been through some tough times in the few years of my life. I was battered and abandoned to die by life and people; Thank God for wonderful friends. They encouraged me to where I am today. I make mistakes once in a while but my friends always tell me; Get up girl, keep trying. It has always worked.
You need to surround yourself with intelligent people if you must move on in life. I am challenged whenever I think of women, tough women, who have made it in life. I follow their lives, I read their stories and I am encouraged. I want to meet them. I want to have them as friends even when they don’t have a fat bank account. I want to be close to them, follow them closely because I want to get to their level and beyond.
Stop moving from house to house on a daily basis. Stop driving round town with your friends who don’t think of the future. What legacy are you leaving for generations after you? Why would you have friends just for parties, drinking, smoking, and rumour-mongering? Why not get involved with busy minds that have no time for irrelevant issues. Small minds discuss people; great minds discuss issues.
Ladies, you should avoid hanging out with friends who are nothing but partners in evil. So many very close friends are just lesbian partners. What on earth will make a woman develop such strange feelings for a fellow woman? Please stay away from them. You shouldn’t be seen in their company if you are not one of them. Some young girls get into relationships with those old lesbian women just for the goodies involved. Girl, you have the ability to make it to the top. You can get those things and still have your pride.
Friends are to hold your hand so you don’t fall. They should lend you a shoulder to cry on. A friend will never leave you when it’s bad. A friend sticks closer than a brother/sister. Others may lose faith in you but a friend believes in you at all times. Ask the Lord to send you friends and not wolves in sheep’s clothing.
A good friend will never take you to fight your husband’s girlfriend; she will pray with you. A good friend will not tell you things about your husband when she knows your marriage is at stake. She will go on her knees and if possible, fast for you. Who is your friend?
I have been through tough times in life and I thank God He allowed them because I am now a stronger and better person. But you know what, I couldn't have gone through it successfully if I had friends who are enemies in disguise; I have friends who are friends indeed. I am where I am today; I haven’t reached my destination, I am going there and God has raised wonderful friends to encourage me to greater heights. But I will rather live without a friend than have one that adds no value to my life.
I want you to leave friends that add no value to your life-spiritually, emotionally, intellectually, career wise. Take a stock of your life and decide to make a change. We can have women like Michelle Obama and Oprah Winfrey in this nation. We can have our own Hillary Clinton and Condoleezza Rice. It’s all a matter of determination. We can have women who are not corrupt in power. You can be that woman, but you must change your friends.
The world is getting tougher and you don’t have to go on depending on anybody for survival. Get closer to women like you who have carved out a niche for themselves in their different fields. In doing this, please be careful not to be lured into evil by women who are into drugs, fraud, and high class prostitution but cover up with big shops on high streets. Look before you leap.
“I’m definitely having a lot of fun with my maternity fashion and love trying new things,” Kim recently wrote on her blog. “I want to share my pregnancy fashion tips with other expecting mom's out there and I know it’s different for everyone; some women start showing sooner, others don’t start showing until later, but I want to share my own personal experiences with you guys along the way :) Does anyone know any good dressing tips for pregnancy?”
Jill Scott's making time in her busy schedule to do more acting.
The ESSENCE Festival performer has signed on to co-star in CBS's new pilot drama Second Sight, according to a press release.
The series will follow a New Orleans detective, played by Jason Lee, who suffers from an "ocular disorder" which causes him to have hallucinations. Scott will play Dr. Callier, the specialist who treats the detective's disorder.
Scott's latest film,Baggage Claim, co-starring Paula Patton, Djimon Hounsou, Derek Luke, Tia Mowry-Hardrict and Terrence J is scheduled to be released on October 25.
Kim was seen trying out the latest beauty technique on Sunday's episode of her reality show Kourtney and Kim Take Miami. The procedure is meant to make a person look and feel youthful. The treatment is so-called because it uses the patient's own blood to make improvements to the skin.The plasma from the blood is then extracted and used in the non-invasive procedure, with the aim of rejuvenating the skin.The technique is an updated version of the traditional 'vampire facelift', which involves a series of painful injections into the face.
Can you undergo this procedure to look forever young? Tell us what you think...
A new bar has been set in the world of viral wedding dance videos. Watch what happens when an Atlanta bride surprises her groom with a sexy medley of Beyonce hits and an out-of-this-world performance he’ll never forget – complete with backup dancers, a sequined jacketand a hair fan. Start this video at 0:52 seconds and then tell us if you love it as much as we do! (Special thanks to fabulous Atlanta-based planner ellyB Events for sharing.)
ESSENCE Fest headliner Trey Songz is ready to right his wrongs. In his latest video "Fumble" — premiering exclusively on ESSENCE.com — Trey begs for a lover's forgiveness after too many disappointments caused by his superstar lifestyle.
"I was wrong, I see that now. You let me hold something so beautiful that I could't even comprehend how valuable it was until I dropped it," he says. Besides singing a gorgeous slow jam, Trey also gives a peek into his hectic life on the road.
Watch "Fumble" and let us know what you think. We can't wait to catch Trey at ESSENCE Fest
An eight-year-old schoolboy has married a 61-year-old woman because the ghost of his dead ancestor told him to. Sanele Masilela tied the knot with Helen Shabangu, who is already married and a mother-of-five.
The boy, from Tshwane, South Africa, said he had been told by his dead ancestors to wed and his family, fearing divine retribution, forked out for a wedding.
Sanele's 46-year-old mum, Patience Masilela said: 'This is the first time this has happened in the family. 'Sanele is named after his grandfather, who was never had a white wedding before he died so asked Sanele to get married. He chose Helen because he loves her. 'By doing this we made the ancestors happy. If we hadn't done what my son had asked then something bad would have happened in the family. 'I didn't have a problem with it because I know it's what the ancestors wanted and it would make them happy.'
The widow, who works at a recycling centre, added: 'I would say that this is not wrong. 'Sanele was fine and he was happy about the ceremony and it was what he wanted. He was happy to get married and very excited.' Sanele and his bride did not sign a marriage certificate and do not have to live together. Both have gone back to their normal lives. Sanele today said he hoped he would have a proper wedding to a woman his own age when he was older. He added: 'I told my mother that I wanted to get married because I really did want to
'I'm happy that I married Helen - but I will go to school and study hard. 'When I'm older I will marry a lady my own age.' Despite being old enough to be his grandmother, bride Helen, whose children are aged between 37 and 27, was happy with the arrangement. Helen, who also works at a recycling centre, said: 'I'm married and have five kids of my own, but I know that this is what the ancestors wanted - and now they are happy. 'It is a ritual. We are just playing now, but it is a sign that he will get married one day.' Her husband of 30 years, Alfred, 65, said: 'My kids and I are happy. 'We don't have problems with it but some of the community members were shocked.
It's already shocked the community but the family has defended the ceremony, saying it was just a ritual and not legally binding. They paid £500 for the bride and a further £1,000 for the big day, which was organised in just two months.
Abuja get ready! The countdown to the 2013 edition of the Abuja Young Entrepreneurs Awards (AYE Awads) has finally begun. The awards which will hold this April is sure to be a great night of celebration, glamour, entertainment and recognition of outstanding individuals and groups in the metropolis.
The event will be organised by Fusion Lifestyle Limited and will be infused with music from top Nigerian musicians, comedy and a fashion show. Awards will be given in 13 categories as well as 3 honorary awards for outstanding entrepreneurship and philanthropy.
The founder of the awards Samiah Oyekan-Ahmed believes “There has been a recent boom in entrepreneurship in young individuals in Abuja. These enterprising individuals have taken the bold and risky step towards self sustenance, becoming employers of labour and inadvertently driving the economy. Despite all these, they are not privy to the same recognition and support as their counterparts in other cities”. He said concerning the awards that“The AYE Awards were created to celebrate these young achievers and place them on a platform for the rest of the country, and indeed the world to see, whilst also encouraging the younger generation to see entrepreneurship as a viable and satisfying life option”.
Voting is well under way and you can cast yours at www.ayeawards.com where full details of the awards are available.
Date: Friday 19th April 2013 Venue: Abuja International Conference Centre, Herbert Macaulay Road, Off Tafawa Balewa Way, Garki, Abuja
Check out the full list for this years AYE Awards:
Fashion and Design: Ogwa Iweze and Ofure Adive (Dzyn Couture) Fati Aliyu-Garba (House of Farrah) Tessy Uyah (Serendipity) Jennifer Adhigije (House of Silk) Hudayyah Fadul (Hudayyah Couture)
Entertainment: Onoja Delphino (Delphino entertainment) Fred Bright Chioma Omeruah (Chigurl) Mohammed Jamal (White Nigerian) The Runway team
Specialized Services: Hauwa Alfa (Alfa showers) Godfrey Ibeakanma (GI model agency) Halima Gidado-mijindadi (Brides and babies) Lola Akogun and Comfort Booth-Osigbemeh (Scentsual) Titi Iman Idris-Kutigi (Bel Afrique)
Information and Communications Technology: Aisha Aliyu (Design by Digo) Owuno Ogbeh (Dangerfield studios) Femi Alade (Pliris Mobile Okeke Nicky Jonas ( Fortec investment)
Philanthropy: Water support charity organization (JDL) Adaora Nwodo (Miss Dee for sickle cell) Nkechi Azinge and Jake Okechukwu (Sickle cell aid foundation) Amina Danyaro (Help the north) Muslimah Global Foundation.
Young Entrepreneur of the year: Wanger Ayu (Designer’s market place) Christine Ogbeh (The wedding guru/Qbox) Jefferson Okoroafor (The PR company) Muna Okam (Chloe’s cupcake heaven) Ameerah Abraham (The Nail bar)
The AYE awards is sponsored by: VLISCO, Oriental Energy Resources, Vanilla Restaurant, Studio 24,Zaina Nigeria Limited, Abuja Investments CompanyLimited, Just Unique, Hawthorn Suites, IRS airlines, Innate Arts and Media
Bella Naija (Platinum media partner), Abujafood, Events Abuja, Venussbay andBigsam Media are partnering with this event.