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LisaRaye Reveals She Helped Da Brat Meet Her ‘Fantastic’ Girlfriend Jesseca Dupart



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*Actress LisaRaye has done a number of wide-ranging interviews lately where she has shared her opinion on how the Kardashians have flipped the narrative on what is the acceptable body shape for women. She has also defended celebs who are turning to their glam squads during the COVID-19 quarantine, and shared with fans her own beauty and fitness tips.

Now she’s dishing about her sister Da Brat’s new relationship with entrepreneur Jesseca “DaRealBBJudy” Dupart, and the part she played in them meeting.

In a new interview with MadameNoire, LisaRaye talks staying in shape at 52, her own love life and how she played matchmaker for DaBrat and Jesseca.

Check out excerpts from the interview below.

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How She Stays a Size 6 and 7 and in Great Shape At 52

I do a fast, taking away the sugar and the alcohol. I have to cut that out because that’s a lot of sugar. I’ll go through a phase where I’ll just drink tons of water. I’m always working out, but when you have something you’re about to do, you hit it hard. I do that like everybody else. I give myself a two, three week window when I’m trying to shed some water weight or five pounds. I’ll hit it hard. But for the most part, I don’t want to get so out of shape that it takes so much more discipline for me to get it back in shape, because I’m older. I don’t want to do that to my body, going up and down. So I want to find a perfect size for me, and it has changed. When I look at older pictures and film that I’ve taped, I think to myself, hell nah I don’t want to be that small again, at all! The sizing became different now and acceptable to be thicker than a snicker or cornbread fed. But what I do on TV, it adds 10 pounds to you, so you’ll look thicker. And unfortunately, thicker when you’re older makes you look older, and I don’t want to look like that. So I have to stay between a 6, 7 for me to still look like I’m healthy. For me, that’s like from five to eight pounds where I have to stay consistent with the weight that I’m used to because I’ll see it in my face first. My face will get full, and I personally don’t like that look. So that’s what dictates for me how to pull back from bread and sweets and alcohol.

The Key to the Fountain of Youth

For the most part, finding that fountain of youth is just finding what you’re comfortable with. I’m just totally comfortable with me. That doesn’t mean I don’t have some insecurities, some things that I would want to change. Like my arm fat, I don’t like that. I’m getting little cellulite dimples on my butt. But understanding that I’m older now, if someone is complaining about that, someone I’m with, he’s worried about the wrong damn thing. I’m secure with me.

What She’s Looking For In A Man Now

Some of the things I’m looking for in a potential mate is definitely a God-fearing man, because I think he needs to lead his family in that way. I want him to be not only the provider and king of our family but I also want him to be the leader of our family in God’s name. So that’s number one. I want him to be generous. And when I say generous, I mean generous with his feelings. Not to hide behind his feelings. Generous with his conversation so we can communicate. Generous financially. Generous with family because I’m a family-oriented person. He needs to be a businessman because I’m a businesswoman and I want us to grow together financially healthy. I’m also attracted to knowledge, and for me, that’s where the power is and the sex appeal of a man to me. When you’re rooted in business and you’re smart and knowledgeable, I’m like, wow, teach me, show me, tell me. That’s a turn on for me. But it won’t be a turn on if you’re so business where you’re boring or where you don’t share your wealth. And I need him to have swag and to have fun. Not to take himself so serious where he’s in a box. I need him to have eyes for me only. I’m older now. I don’t have time to be playing. I don’t want to be a notch on your belt. I want us to grow in love and just grow so we can do the things in life that’s left to do that maybe he hasn’t done and I haven’t done, that we can share together.

How She Played a Part in Da Brat Meeting Jesseca Dupart

I met her before she even met my sister. She and I were doing some videos for her Kaleidoscope products because she was actually a fan. So we reenacted a Player’s Club scene and did a couple of videos together. So when she reached out to have my sister try her drops, then they actually made a rapport with each other and built a friendship. What came out of that is what we see on Instagram now. I think it’s just fantastic when you can find someone and build any kind of relationship that you can build on and that can be solid enough for you to be able to be yourself, and to be able to share that with the world. That’s awesome. People kill me when they ask, who you dating? You gonna get with this person? You married? It’s like, look, none of that will be a secret. When you’re happy, you’re happy to share that news with anybody. It’s going to show on your face, they’re going to see a ring on your finger, you’re not trying to hide that kind of happy news. So I’m glad she’s living in her truth. She like it? I love it.

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Breakfast Club’s Angela Yee Expands from Radio to Television



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'Established with Angela Yee,' airing on Fox Soul

‘Established with Angela Yee,’ airing on Fox Soul

*Angela Yee, co-host of the ultra-popular national radio syndicated program “The Breakfast Club” can now also be seen on television.

Yee is host of her new television show, “Established with Angela Yee.”  The celebrity-interview driven program, which streams on Fox Soul, can be viewed on Thursdays at 10:00 a.m.

“I came up with the title ‘Established with Angela Yee’ because I really want to celebrate people’s wins and not make it about ‘gotcha’ interviews,” Yee told the NY Post.  “I want the interviews to be more about milestones and pivotal career moments.”

Yee’s first guest was Method Man, who she once worked with when she was an intern for Wu-Tang Clan.

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“I would describe my interviewing style as very conversational – it feels like you’re just kicking it,” Yee explains.  “I always have certain questions in my head and I always make sure I ask.”

Yee has a “wish list” of celebrities she would like to interview.  Lil Kim and Miss Elliot are at the top of the list.

In addition to her new television program, Yee owns Juice for Life, a juice bar in Brooklyn.  She also continues to co-host The Breakfast Club on Power 101.5 FM, with DJ Envy and Charlamagne tha God.  As far as her future on The Breakfast Club, especially when her contract is up for renewal next year, Yee won’t reveal her plans.

“The guys have all signed up and are ready to go so they’ll be there,” Yee says.  “It’s always ‘it is what it is’ during contract negotiation time.  I feel like sometimes I take on a lot, but I put.   100 percent in everything that I do.  I’m at the point of my life where I can do what I want.  I’m just a fan of seizing the moment.”


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Alicia Keys Announces Launch of Her MasterClass [VIDEO]





*Alicia Keys has teamed with MasterClass to share her songwriting approach in an online-video class.

Keys’ class is available through the $180 annual subscription plan, which generally consists of more than 3 hours of lessons. The plan also gives users access to the full catalog of 90-plus classes.

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In the 19 video lessons, the 15-time Grammy winner will teach a class on songwriting and producing, in which she’ll share her philosophies on how to unlock authenticity, empathy and vulnerability.

Shot in her personal studio, Keys will take members through her entire process, starting with developing lyrics at the piano in the Live Room, recording and layering vocals in the Iso Booth, and finally, arranging sonics in the Control Room. 

READ MORE: Alicia Keys Performs in ‘Late Late Show’ Parking Lot for Show’s First Drive-In Concert (Watch)

“I cannot stress enough the power you have when you’re truly confident in yourself,” Keys said in announcing the class. “In my MasterClass, I’m excited to connect on a different level. We’re gonna talk about what I’ve learned, my process and how to access what’s inside of you, so you can connect and get it out into the world.”

Watch the trailer for Keys’ MasterClass course. 

Other music classes on MasterClass include: Usher, Christina Aguilera, Timbaland, St. Vincent, Sheila E., Danny Elfman, Reba McEntire, Jake Shimabukuro, Itzhak Perlman, Carlos Santana, Herbie Hancock and Hans Zimmer.

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Duchess Meghan Opens Up About Miscarriage: ‘I Tried to Imagine How We’d Heal’



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*Meghan, Britain’s Duchess of Sussex, revealed in an essay published in the New York Times on Wednesday that she suffered a miscarriage in July.

The former actress and wife of Prince Harry said the moment occurred while she was caring for her son Archie.

“I knew, as I clutched my firstborn child, that I was losing my second,” Meghan wrote, describing how she felt a sharp cramp, and dropped to the floor while holding her son. 

“Hours later, I lay in a hospital bed, holding my husband’s hand. I felt the clamminess of his palm and kissed his knuckles, wet from both our tears,” she wrote. “Staring at the cold white walls, my eyes glazed over. I tried to imagine how we’d heal.”

Meghan added: “Sitting in a hospital bed, watching my husband’s heart break as he tried to hold the shattered pieces of mine, I realized that the only way to begin to heal is to first ask, “Are you OK?”

READ MORE: ‘What Have You Done for Black People?’ Obama Sits Down in Person With The Breakfast Club (Watch)

“Losing a child means carrying an almost unbearable grief, experienced by many but talked about by few,” she wrote.

“In the pain of our loss, my husband and I discovered that in a room of 100 women, 10 to 20 of them will have suffered from miscarriage. Yet despite the staggering commonality of this pain, the conversation remains taboo, riddled with (unwarranted) shame, and perpetuating a cycle of solitary mourning,” Meghan continued.

The duchess is receiving an outpouring of love on social media, with author Elizabeth Day writing on Twitter: “Chrissy Teigen and the Duchess of Sussex speaking openly about something that historically has given women so much pain, shame and trauma, is a game-changing step.

“I, and countless others, am so grateful to them. Beyond that, I simply want to tell them: I am so, so sorry.”

Prince Harry reportedly told the royal family about his wife’s miscarriage in the summer and they were “very supportive,” a royal expert says, Newsweek reports. 

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