His Voice Beyond “The Voice!” You’re Gonna Love Vibing with Vedo! His Voice Beyond “The Voice!” You’re Gonna Love Vibing with Vedo!

Where is the talent? Where is the originality? Are there anymore authentic artists in the music industry anymore? These are just a few of the questions your inner thoughts might be echoing based on the present state of music. Everyone seems so “cookie cutter,” crafted from some tired mold that repackages the same tired material with new faces. Thankfully, The Muses have heard our cries and delivered a new, fresh, and ORIGINAL artist—Vedo!

Born into the world as Wilbart McCoy III, this Michigan native has been honing his craft and skills since the tender age of eleven! “…My first time performing was in church at eleven…I was nervous but it felt so natural to me…it’s like I knew the stage was where I belonged and music was [is] what I wanna be doing with my life…” Music may very well be in his blood, as his father too is a musician. However, he admits that it was his mother who truly pushed him to pursue his dreams. “Mothers really have a sixth sense when it comes to knowing their children…my father was supportive too, but he’s the type where he needs to see a plan and progression…so I got a good mix of support and discipline…he’s also a musician himself and plays just about every type of saxophone you can imagine [he laughs].



Michelle WIlliams Cover Resize2The winter glam issue is set to make a powerful statement this month. With two powerful women in their own right, we have set the bar for something special this season.  1/3 of the biggest girl groups ever Michelle Williams is making her mark as a solo artist and actress like no other and isn’t showing any signs of stopping yet.

We had the pleasure of shooting Michelle on location in NYC at the beautiful Paper Factory Hotel in Long Island City with photographer  Jonavennci Divad.  Michelle was such a delight to work with!

Celebrity stylist, Julian R. Lark, styled Michelle in a few pieces right off the runway such as Meskita, Son Jung Wan and Rene Ruiz just to name a few.

In Michelle’s Interview she talks about her new album Journey To Freedom, Fix My Choir, her love for fashion and starting a family.

Michelle on Fashion:

Unlike some celebrities, Williams loves to mix her high and low brands. “I have a closet full of BCBG and I love Roberto Cavalli dresses.” She isn’t one to just wear names that are familiar to the public, she also enjoys seeking out and supporting new designers as well. One of her favorites is Melange Mode, an African prints inspired collection found on Etsy. Just like her career, her closet is eclectic as well.

When asked what her favorite piece of clothing in her closet is, she quickly responds, “A white skirt. And don’t ask me where it’s from either, I don’t know. But I wouldn’t tell you anyway,” she says with a laugh. “When women get a compliment on something their wearing, we’re always so quick to say, ‘GIRL! I got this at so and so!’. I don’t want to see my favorite [piece of clothing] on everyone.” This doesn’t just apply to her clothing either, says the singer. “I’ve always been told never to tell anyone what fragrance you’re wearing. That should remain your secret.”

Michelle on having Kids:

Her goals in the next few years include continuing to develop and produce music and hopefully more theatre. Before the question can even come up though, she says “Just don’t ask about kids! Now that Kelly and Beyonce have started families, everyone is asking me now. I’ll baby sit, absolutely, but I’m glad to see those headlights pull into my driveway, so I can give them back to their mama.” she laughs. She says she’s learned not to ask other women about babies either. The singer is pretty clear if children are in God’s plans then she’s absolutely on board, but if they aren’t, she is more than okay with that too. And she feels that other women who feel that mothering isn’t for them, shouldn’t be afraid to say it and own it.

Michelle on a DC3 Reunion: 

The album marries her R&B roots and her love for gospel so well, which she says is because she could never abandon her R&B background and her time signing with DC3. A time that she thinks of fondly. And wouldn’t be opposed to revisiting. Could a reunion be on the horizon? “I’m always open to being with my girls. We are family. Sisters.” While it doesn’t sound as though a DC3 reunion is imminent, it is clear that their is love there and Willams would be on board.

One thing she would consider being on board for as well, a Destiny’s Child TV Biopic.

Story By: Toussaint Blue

Pick up the Winter Glam Issue this month at your local Barnes and Noble.


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Cover Girl: Naturi Naughton Cover’s the Winter Glam Issue of Kontrol Cover Girl: Naturi Naughton Cover’s the Winter Glam Issue of Kontrol

To kick start off our year, we are introducing two POWERFUL covers  this month and the first being Power’s leading lady Naturi Naughton.  We had the pleasure of catching up with the lovely singer/actress in L.A. to shoot a breath taking cover and spread.

Shot on location by celebrity photographer Allen Cooley, we wanted to step outside of our comfort zone and shoot something a little more glamorous for the Winter glam issue.

For the issue Naturi reflects on her experience with 3LW, having to rebuild her career and finally having all the POWER. Check out a few quotes from her interview.

Reflecting on 3LW

“During 3LW I was told so many things, a lot of them weren’t always positive, but you know I’m a brown skin black woman. At the time there were certain fads. I use to sometimes feel inadequate or feel like I wasn’t enough. The group had a lot to do with that by telling me; my voice was too soulful, [since] I was a darker skin girl I wasn’t as popular. It was a certain image I had to dress and be a certain way in order to be acceptable.” 

When asked to identify who was behind these words geared towards her image she states, “I would say management mainly, the group mem… [pauses]. I mean it was so long ago. I just know it was a lot of different angles, but mainly it was the inner circle of our management and production company.”

 “When I came out of 3LW I had been rocked to my core. I had never been so shaken up by life. As a teenager I was in the platinum selling girl group who had a number one song on TRL, 106 & Park, life was crazy, but yet I had no money. I was broke. I was starting from the ground up. I didn’t have a deal. I had to go back to school and find myself. It was a blessing actually. It was hard, but it was the best thing that could ever happen to me.”

 In the midst of reflecting over the chaos she repeated, “It was a great learning experience that had its ups and downs. I’m really grateful for it all.”  Preceded with, “It shaped me to learn more about myself.”

On her character Tasha from Power

In past roles Naughton has usually been casted as an adolescent or a young minded woman. In this current role she’s shattering the idea of ever being considered a safe actress. Tasha is the kind of woman who takes charge and focuses on maintaining wealth by any means. Although on the surface she may exude confidence and passion Naughton describes the character as insecure and vulnerable. She states, I connect to her vulnerability. Tasha is seemingly very strong she’s presenting this idea of perfection that makes her look insecure. And I have felt that way sometimes. Where people think ‘Oh well you have it all together’, but not know how I truly feel as an actress in this business. Some days being a black woman in Hollywood its not easy. I feel vulnerable, misunderstood, and overlooked sometimes. That kind of vulnerability comes from a real place.”

Shot By Allen Cooley, Styled by Julian R. Lark, Make up by Mel Hunter and Hair by Crystal Givens

Story by: Sebastien Gaudin

Pick up the Winter Glam Issue This Month at your Local Barnes and Nobles

Born Again Virgin? Check Out TV One’s New Scripted Series! Born Again Virgin? Check Out TV One’s New Scripted Series!

First The CW introduced us to Jane The Virgin, and now TV One is bringing us a different type of virgin–A Born Again one! TV One snuck the pilot to its new scripted series Born Again Virgin (BAV) in on us right after the 46th Annual NAACP Image Awards. The series centers around 34 year old blogger, Jenna, who has been in a string of disastrous relationships. She decides to become a “born again virigin” and document her sexless escapades while pursuing romance and chronicling the sex lives of her two best friends, Tara and Kelly.


Columbus Short Allegedly Threatened to Kill Jamie Foxx, According to His Ex-Girlfriend Columbus Short Allegedly Threatened to Kill Jamie Foxx, According to His Ex-Girlfriend

Lord have mercy.

After sabotaging his supporting role as Harrison on the hit show Scandal, Columbus Short is allegedly back  to the same destructive antics.

Instead of his estranged wife tossing out allegations, this time the star’s ex-girlfriend Agostina Laneri has come forward with her own disturbing accusations.


According to Agostina, who took out a restraining order against Columbus last week, Columbus threatened to kill actor Jamie Foxx.

Jamie Foxx

If I choose to kill one of these n****s … I will do that. I’m that crazy n**** that will be on the news as the n**** that murked Jamie Foxx.”

Agostina also claims that Columbus was physically abusive towards her son, adding that he once told her “Don’t forget who I am. I have a knife.”

Okay, Columbus.

As you know, Columbus has been upfront about his drug and alcohol abuse.

We’re hoping he gets it together, because this is ridiculous.

[via Daily Mail]

Officers DID Find Drugs During Second Search of Bobbi Kristina’s Home+ the Friend Who Found Her Unresponsive Once Allegedly Drugged His Girlfriend [Photos] Officers DID Find Drugs During Second Search of Bobbi Kristina’s Home+ the Friend Who Found Her Unresponsive Once Allegedly Drugged His Girlfriend [Photos]


Initial reports stated that no drugs were found in the home of Bobbi Kristina and Nick Gordon following the 21-year-old being found face down in the bathtub, but new reports today suggest otherwise.

According to TMZ, members of Bobbi Kristina’s family informed the site that officers did in fact find drugs during a SECOND search of her home. What kinds of drugs is still unclear.

Equally as interesting is who else was also present at the home of Bobbi Kristina when she was found unresponsive in the bathtub.

New reports indicate that Maxwell Lomas was present at the time.

Lomas, who’s been friends with Nick for at least 2 years, is a 24-year-old Duluth resident with multiple prior arrests.




His most recent arrest occurred on January 14th after his then-girlfriend’s family called cops and said they believed he was holding Danyela Bradley against her will and drugging her so she would stay.

Cops responded to the call,  but Danyela said she was fine and not being forcibly held. During their response, cops found weed and a gun and Lomax was arrested for possession of a firearm during commission of a felony. He was also busted with illegal drugs — including Xanax, 5.2 ounces of weed, marijuana grinders, and 1,000 Ziploc bags.

In June 2011, he was drinking and firing shotguns into the air with a group of friends in Dawsonville.

Bobbi Kristina’s condition is still unclear, with some reports indicating that she’s still in critical danger while others indicate that she’s slowly improving.

Again: our thoughts and prayers are with Bobbi Kristina and her famil

The Voice that Brought us “Empire!” Get to Know V Bozeman! The Voice that Brought us “Empire!” Get to Know V Bozeman!

What does it mean to be a star? Fame, parties, glamor, and a fat bank account usually come to mind. These, however, are only the material aspects a celebrity status can bring. Where is the depth, the talent, and the need for expression? These questions often go unanswered, thankfully there are people like Veronika “V” Bozeman to keep us in perspective and remind us what it is really all about. You know her as the dynamic voice that introduced you to Fox’s new hit series, Empire, but soon you will know her as a rare talent, true beauty, and a woman in “Kontrol” of her destiny. Clear your calendars ladies and gentleman it’s time you truly get to know V Bozeman!



UPDATE: Bobbi Kristina’s Family told to “Prepare for the worst…” UPDATE: Bobbi Kristina’s Family told to “Prepare for the worst…”

As we reported yesterday, Whitney Houston‘s daughter, Bobbi Kristina Brown, was found unresponsive in a bathtub in her Roswell, Georgia home. Since then the young woman has been revived, but is currently in a medically induced coma! To make matters worse, a source close to her family says Bobbi Kristina’s husband, Nick Gordon, and father, Bobby Brown have been told to prepare for the worst. According to doctors the longer she remains in this state, the less likely it is she will awaken. The source says the family has asked for privacy in this matter, but are also discussing funeral arrangements… “Privacy is requested in this matter. Please allow for my family to deal with this matter and give my daughter the love and support she needs at this time,” Bobby said in a statement.


Bobby Brown and Bobbi Kristina

The police are not done with their investigation of this tragedy and have acquired a search warrant to sweep her home for drugs and any other illegal substances. Since this story made headlines many have wondered if this situation is indeed an accident or a suicide attempt, with the the timing nearly coinciding with the third anniversary of her mother’s death. God works miracles, and in this case the Houston-Brown Clan, could really use one. We will keep you posted on any future details.


DON’T BELIEVE THE HYPE! Hazel E. Keeps It Real with Life, Love, & Hip-Hop! DON’T BELIEVE THE HYPE! Hazel E. Keeps It Real with Life, Love, & Hip-Hop!

This fall’s runway hit known as VH-1’s Love & Hip-Hop Hollywood proved that Mona Scott Young’s reality franchise has not lost its magic! We were treated to a group of young stars making their way through life, love, and the luxuries of the music industry while dealing with drama. There were trials and triumphs, failures and victories, all tempered by love anew and love lost! Of these amazing stars, few kept us entertained or as intrigued as rap star, Hazel E!

Hazel E. is no stranger to the entertainment industry or the inner workings of Hollywood. As a former A-List celebrity publicist she was instrumental in growing the careers of some of rap’s biggest stars. Tiring of growing other people’s careers she decided it was her time to shine and since 2009 has become of one of the entertainment industry’s rising female rap stars. “I’d been doing the publicist things, including getting my degree, for about seven years…I got tired of helping other people accomplish their dreams and wanted to follow my on…so here I am making moves…”



The Brainy Beauty Queen! Get Your Pretty fix off Khalena Knox! The Brainy Beauty Queen! Get Your Pretty fix off Khalena Knox!

Beauty, everyone has it one way or another. Some are so beautiful they attain immortality through legends; others are beautiful differently. They spread their inner goodness to those around them, in hopes of a better world. Khalena Knox  (pronounced “Colleena”) definitely has both! This amazing young lady is a rare beauty, blessed on every plane of her being with beauty, grace, wisdom, and class. It is with these attributes she is about to make her mark on Hollywood in WE! TV’s “Match Made in Heaven!”



Young, Dynamic, & Cinematic! Get To Know Filmmaker & Rising Star, Devin J. Ricks! Young, Dynamic, & Cinematic! Get To Know Filmmaker & Rising Star, Devin J. Ricks!

Filmmaking is as much an art form as it is entertainment. The camera and big screen are to a director as a paintbrush and canvases are to a painter. Many try to master filmmaking, hoping to achieve some measure of immortality through their work. More often than not, they fall into oblivion. Thankfully, one filmmaker dares to defy the odds and is making his mark on the film industry. Get ready to meet, Devin J. Ricks, a true auteur and rising star!
Talking with Devin is like a breath of fresh air. It is rare that a filmmaker, and one so young, gets the bigger picture of what it means to grind and make your dreams come true. He grew up knowing he wanted to be successful and just so happened to find that watching his television at home. “…I grew up watching a lot of television shows and I really wanted to get into film…at first I watched stuff just because it was on TV, but then I started appreciating how a show was written, its characters, the lighting, and a lot of other production elements…” From there Devin began to experiment with cameras and learned various filming techniques and procedures. It was only a matter of time before he began making his own cinematic projects!



Kontrol Your Style: Get the Look for Less – Jessie J Kontrol Your Style: Get the Look for Less – Jessie J

Jessie J was out and about in London running errands and “lunching” with friends dressed in a chic all black monochromatic look.  This look is all about the coat.  Remember, with monochromatic looks having a standout statement piece is still possible.  This avoids your overall look being boring and uninteresting.

Although Jessie J’s coat is her standout piece, she added small pops of “interesting” with her fedora and her patent leather booties.  These small pieces added depth to her all black look and definitely kept it interesting.

Want this look? Let us Kontrol Your Style and help you Get the Look for Less in the collage below!

Jessie J Look for Less


Trending: Sleeveless Waistcoats Trending: Sleeveless Waistcoats

Over the last couple of years midi sleeveless waistcoats or vests (as they are sometimes called) have been trending.  These perfect layering pieces are a great topper to any outfit.  They can be dressed up or down, and we all know how we love when a trendy piece can be versatile.

They can be layered over jackets, button up shirts, sweatshirts or sweaters.




Forever 21 Draped Crepe Woven Vest, $29.90

The Lapels on this waist coat gives it super versatility in being casual or dressed up.  The neutral color also helps it to go with anything.





Forever 21 Geo Striped Knit Vest, $27.80

Who doesn’t love prints.  This waistcoat is perfect to add a little spice to any black and white look.


ASOS Longline Waistcoat, $265.30

Having a classic black waistcoat is essential for acing this trend the right way.



Zara Waistcoat, $75.99

The texture on this waistcoat makes it perfect for adding subtle hints of pizzaz.





Top Shop Sleeveless Duster, $75.99

For a more casual and less structured look, this waistcoat is great for days where you want to be comfortable, but put together.

Milan Fashion Week: Fall 2015 Menswear Collections Highlight Milan Fashion Week: Fall 2015 Menswear Collections Highlight

The Milan Fashion Show began last Friday and are still underway until tomorrow. Designers like Prada, Vivienne Westwood, and Versace same out with their Fall 2015 Mens Collections that consisted of cardigans, low cut jackets, and shirts that were in dedication to Prince Charles.

Each designer had a unique idea for what they want their clothes to represent this fall.

Below are photos and descriptions from yesterday’s Bottega Veneta, No 21, John Richmond, Marc Jacobs, and Salvatore Ferregamo, runway show.


Meet Kendall Jenner, new columnist for the Wall Street Journal Meet Kendall Jenner, new columnist for the Wall Street Journal

Kendall Jenner

If there’s one thing that can be said about the Kardashian-Jenner clan, its that they will busts their butts and break their necks to make it in this business. Some call them attention seekers, I see them as hustlers. And the latest Kardashian-Jenner to get their moment in the spotlight is now none other than little Kendall Jenner.

Noted as one of six ‘luminaries’ by the Wall Street Journal, Kendall Jenner detailed her life growing up in the public eye in her first ever editorial for the publication on Friday.

She wrote:

I feel like I grew up too fast a long time ago. Having older siblings, you grow up around adults, so you mature more quickly. I saw my sisters and parents working every day, so I was pretty much brought up to be a workaholic. But I just turned 19 a couple weeks ago, and I’m scared to be 20 — it’s the first step out of being a teenager. My sister Khloé always says to me and my younger sister, Kylie: You have your whole life to be an adult but only so long to be a kid. And we get it. In the right situations, I try to be as immature as I can sometimes — react to things as if I were 12. You can’t take things too seriously. I just laugh thinking about my dad being a teenager, partying. It’s the funniest thing. And it makes me think — what am I going to be like when I’m 65?

Kendall seems to have a different outlook on life compared to the rest of her family and she’s right. You’re only a kid for a little while, you have to cherish and embrace those special moments while you can.

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By Monique C. Tillman

Hot Off My Plate! Stir Fry Spaghetti with Shrimp! Hot Off My Plate! Stir Fry Spaghetti with Shrimp!

At least once or twice by the middle of the week I find myself staring into my refrigerator contemplating on what I’m going to eat for dinner.  Oh sure there’s leftovers in my fridge; it’s just that I spent the first two days of the week eating those leftovers, and I don’t feel like making it a third day.

This is when a beloved stir fry comes in handy.  I always keep my fridge stocked with fresh vegetables and my pantry stocked with two of my essential food items, rice and pasta.  Having these items means that I’m good to go when leftovers are off the table and making something elaborate for dinner is out of the question. Keeping your fridge stocked with a few fresh veggies, a protein (meat, seafood, or chicken), and your pantry stocked with rice or pasta means that there will always be a base to create something delicious.

A stir fry is the perfect thing to make when you’ve got  a bunch of random ingredients in your kitchen and you don’t quite know what to do with them. It’s also great to make when you don’t have a lot of time. Essentially you throw everything into one pan and boom, you’ve got a meal! Sometimes I like to stray from the traditional way of serving stir fry with rice, and instead I serve it with spaghetti.  Enjoy my Stir Fry Spaghetti with Shrimp recipe below! Happy eating!


2 tablespoons of vegetable oil

5 sweet mini- peppers, sliced into strips

1/2 cup chopped onions

1 cup of broccoli, cut into pieces

1/2 cup of shredded carrots

2 cloves of garlic, minced

1 pound of shrimp, clean an deveined

1 teaspoon of ginger, grated or minced

1 teaspoon of sesame oil

1 teaspoon oyster sauce

2 teaspoons of soy sauce

1 teaspoon of black pepper

1 teaspoon of cayenne pepper

1 teaspoon of garlic powder

1 package of spaghetti noodles


1. Prepare a pot with boiling water and cook the spaghetti until it is al dente.

2. Make sure you have prepped all of the veggies, slicing the bell peppers, dicing the onions, etc.

3. Heat a wok or a large skillet with  vegetable oil over high heat, until the oil is almost smoking. Add the peppers, onions, carrots, and broccoli stirring consistently.  Cook for 2 minutes then add your garlic, ginger, and shrimp. Add the garlic powder, cayenne pepper, black pepper and continue to cook for 1 minute.

4. Turn the heat on your wok down to medium-low heat and add the cooked pasta, sesame oil, soy sauce, and oyster sauce and toss everything together. Once combined your stir fry is complete. Bon appétit!

Outfit of the Day: Dascha Polanco Outfit of the Day: Dascha Polanco

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On social media, Dascha Polanco wore a stunning black outfit for Elle Magazine’s Women in Television Celebration held in Sunset Tower Hotel at West Hollywood, California. The purpose behind this event is to celebrate the strong women characters in television. Some other people that were in attendence are, small screen director Shonda Rhimes, actress Gabrielle Union, Lena Dunham, and Tracee Ellis Ross.

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Orange is the New Black actress Dascha Polanco (Dayanara Diaz on the show) had on today’s Outfit of the Day! If you were asleep on Ms. Dascha Polanco, then it’s time you woke up! Can you blame us??? This look screams sophisticated but still sexy. The actress dress, short -sleeved blazer, and crystal neckpiece are all from Haute Hippie. The shoes were from Calvin Klein and earrings from Marcia Moran. Her choice of wearing all black does not give off that dark and funeral like feeling. It’s Dascha’s beauty and the elegance of the dress that radiates from the outfit. On Instagram, Dascha also commented that @thetonyabrewer did her makeup, hair by @ScottKingHair and her stylist is @rockmiz. This fabulous collaboration was the product to a stunning outfit that has us all scream, “yes ma’am!”



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Kontrol Your Style: Get the Look for Less – Alexa Chung Kontrol Your Style: Get the Look for Less – Alexa Chung

Alexa Chung – AG (her own line)

Alexa Chung stepped out in a denim dress from her own line, AG.  Denim is definitely a go this season and has been for a while.  Dressed up or dressed down, denim is a very versatile fabric while being comfortable at the same time.

Alexa kept her look casual a funky with her textured tights and booties.  Throwing on a blazer, fur jacket or vest with pumps is also a great way to rock a denim dress.  Accessories are also another way to pull together this look in different directions.  Denim can serve as a standout garment or a neutral palette overall.

Like Alexa’s denim look? Let us Kontrol Your Style and help you get the Look for Less with the collage below!


Alexa Chung Look for Less


“Instantly Handsome!” 6 Things ANY GUY Can Do In Under An Hour for Better Looks! “Instantly Handsome!” 6 Things ANY GUY Can Do In Under An Hour for Better Looks!

Women have often held the monopoly only beauty secrets and enhancements to improve their appearances. The market is littered with thousands of anti-aging serums, eye creams, shampoos, and makeup just to give them that extra pretty “umph” while managing the woes of everyday life. It is no secret in modern times that men are increasingly more invested in their appearance as well. However, and surprisingly, the market has yet to truly cater to their needs. On the upside, there are a few simple things ANY MAN, ANYWHERE can do for an instant improvement to his looks!

#6. Moisturize- If your mother never told you, you will learn today! Being ashy is never a good look. Dry, flaky skin is a turn off! If you are a man of color, it is even more egregious, because it is easier to see. Luckily, a little lotion will do the trick and you do not have to spend more than five bucks. Cocoa Butter or baby oil are good for all skin types and can be found virtually anywhere and the application works instantly. To put it simply, there is no excuse for thirsty skin!



Taraji P. Henson talks dating…”Men are not willing to court anymore”! Taraji P. Henson talks dating…”Men are not willing to court anymore”!

Being a successful actress in Hollywood and having the ability to catch millions of viewers attention by the portraying a specific character on TV or the big screen comes very easy for Taraji. Having years of experience under her belt also makes it pretty easy for her to dominate her field of work. All these good qualities should make it very easy to find the right guy who is on the same playing level as you right? Well, this concept is not true for Taraji. She finds it very hard to date because guys do not court anymore. So its safe to say that she is single and her dating life sucks according to her. I find the concept of dating in Hollywood very interesting. You would think dating would come easy for them but apparently it doesn’t. With all the fame, fortune, and credibility, why is so hard for a good woman to find a great guy? Lets explore this topic and discover why some women regardless of their career choice can’t find a good man.


Kontrol Your Style: Get the Look for Less – Kim Kardashian Kontrol Your Style: Get the Look for Less – Kim Kardashian

Kim Kardashian – Balmain + Shoes Designed by Kanye West

Kim Kardashian headed out on a night on the town with her hubby, sir Kanye West dripped in Balmain, per usual. Although, now, Kim being in Balmain all the time makes complete sense given their recent campaign with the luxury designer. Kim dressed in head to toe black, and totally nailed this look. You all know Kim’s style has been growing on me and it has not been because of her selections, but the fit of her outfits. But with this one, she got right! I love the fact that she toned down her cleavage, which actually made this overall look extremely sexy and sophisticated at the same time.

We can definitely see Kanye’s influence over the last couple of years in styling his wife, Kim. She announced on Twitter that Kanye is redoing her closet for 2015. We saw this first hand on the Kardashians a couple of years ago, where Kanye completely updated/upgraded Kim’s closet. It will be interesting to see where Kanye takes Kim’s style this year. With this look, he is off to a great start!

Want this look? Let us Kontrol Your Style and help you Get the Look for Less with the collage below!

Kim K for Less
Are you Kontrol’s Most Wanted? Are you Kontrol’s Most Wanted?

Hey Kontrol Family! As you know by now Kontrol is known for bringing you some of today’s hottest and sexiest men and women from around the world. Well now were going to bring you 20 of Atlanta’s Most wanted Men and Women in our next print issue.  Some of the Sexiest people are right under our nose everyday but we never say anything to them.

Their great to look at, especially when they’re bending over to hand us a cocktail at the local bar, Cutting our hair every week, or fixing our car from time to time.  Could they be Kontrol’s Most Wanted?

Kontrol's Most Wanted

Kontrol’s Most Wanted

Do you know of any sexy people just being sexy in their regular ol’ sexy lives? Are you beautiful both inside and out? Or do you have a friend who fits this description? Apply (or nominate!) for Kontrol’s Most Wanted Atlantan now! The lucky 20 people will be featured in our spring issue. What are you waiting for?

Fill out the form below to add your cutie to the list. Submissions run through Jan. 30, midnight.

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The Struggle There Was, The Movement That Is & The Movie You Must See–“SELMA!” The Struggle There Was, The Movement That Is & The Movie You Must See–“SELMA!”

History is truly the story of mankind at large. It marks our greatest triumphs and our darkest tragedies. One of the greatest moments in human history occurred during the sixties, when after centuries of slavery, and decades of legalized discrimination, segregation was outlawed and African-Americans dared to fight for the right to vote. The battleground was Selma, Alabama on the Edmund Pettus Bridge. On one side were Civil Rights leaders and the other state troopers, determined to stop their fifty mile march/protest from Selma to Montgomery.



Marvel’s Answer to “Suicide Squad?” Meet Your Astonishing Avengers! Marvel’s Answer to “Suicide Squad?” Meet Your Astonishing Avengers!

When it comes to saving the world some times the best person for the job is not a hero–but a villain! That is the new twist Marvel Comics is dishing out as its latest line up of Avengers are some of the greatest super villains in the Marvel Universe! Apparently, Captain America’s archenemy, The Red Skull (in the story line, “World War Hate”) has decided to spread his message of hate to mutantkind. He plans to use the vast telepathic powers of the X-Men’s founder, Professor X (Charles Xavier) to reform the entity, Onslaught (an amalgamation of Magneto and Professor X) to obliterate mutants and enslave the world.

Red Skull takes Professor X's brain

Red Skull takes Professor X’s brain


The Leaders of A Movement! Laverne Cox (@Lavernecox) & Other Trans Stars Grace The Cover of Candy Magazine! The Leaders of A Movement! Laverne Cox (@Lavernecox) & Other Trans Stars Grace The Cover of Candy Magazine!

If you do not know by now, “Orange Is The New Black,” and one of the stars of this infamous series, Laverne Cox, is the leader of a movement. Yes, you heard right, a movement. The latest frontier in civil rights seems to be a transgender one.

After decades of living in shame, more and more people who have crossed genders are becoming vocal about their experiences and demand for equal rights. At the forefront of this aforementioned movement seems to be Laverne Cox. Never before has a trans woman received so much positive notoriety for her work. Now, more than determined than ever to level the playing field for those like her she and a few other trans stars are gracing the cover of Candy Magazine!


D. WOODS Heats Things Up For Kontrol’s Sexy Issue D. WOODS Heats Things Up For Kontrol’s Sexy Issue

As the music amplifies through a dim venue stands a confident, radiant, and determined woman begging, “I want Ur Tattoo.” This woman is none other than Wanita “D. Woods” Woodgette declaring
her independence as CEO of Woodgrane Entertainment. Her newly discovered eccentric sound fairly differs from her
days of performing and touring with girl group Danity Kane. She states, “It’s hard to make the first impression the second
time, but me telling you this is the first time you’re meeting D. Woods, really. I just want you guys to be open minded.
Expect the unexpected and respect the movement.” 

The public may remember her as a sassy routine stepping, seductive singing, dazzling pop songstress, but make no mistake she was doing a job. The 31-yearold shared her perspective, “I think of it
as when you worked at Six Flags over the summer and you got cool with people because you had to work with them. We were
cool and I did what I had to do to make the atmosphere work. A lot of it was swallowing, condensing, and putting a lot of myself
to the back burner to make it comfortable in the room.” Explains why Woods made the conscious decision not to reunite with
the former chart topping band mates who famously show-stopped in stilettoes. 

Long before fans around the world chanted her name D. Woods was simply, Wanita Denise Woodgett, a “Foolish Dreamer” with hopes and dreams. At the age of 3 she and her sister Shanell of YMCMB had a knack and passion for the stage. Referencing her mother as the one who first took note of her creativity Woods elaborated, “My mother is a fighter and first off a Leo. She’s what I like to say is a quiet storm. She’s going to stand her ground [while] being tactful and professional.” Further on Woods mentioned a song on her first EP The Gray Area properly titled, “Wonder Woman.” The ballad within itself says, “She said I’m down, but I can’t be for too long. No one but myself I can count on. –I can’t believe she’s kept is going this far; giving everything until she has no more.”

Check out the rest of the story in the Sexy Issue Sold HERE

Photography: Corey Guevarra  Hair: Kayree Mua: Jeremy Dell Stylist: Julian Lark & M. Lashea

Black bodysuit by Lisa Nicole Collection & Multi-color heels by Zigi Girl

Passionate Chonvill & Khatib Ritter Cover Kontrol Passionate Chonvill & Khatib Ritter Cover Kontrol

By: Sebastien Gaudin

As the wave of diabetes and high blood pressure continues to skyrocket in America for both the youth and adults a sense of urgency as risen. The fact that this generation of children isn’t expected to surpass the life span of their parents sounds off an alarm throughout the country. Mainly in urban communities it’s become second nature to see fast food restaurants publicizing unhealthy eating. Almost every other corner sits a burger joint or a fried food special for a low cost. Truth is that most Americans cannot even name what they are consuming into their body. Communities have become more concerned with what’s filling their stomachs and pockets rather than how it affects their bodies.

Back in 2011, First Lady Michelle Obama teamed up with Beyoncé to kick off The Let’s Move Campaign that encouraged healthy eating and movement amongst American children. The duo took the nation by storm as Beyoncé re-recorded her hit single, “Get Me Bodied” to “Move Your Body.” Most importantly these two have caused a ripple effect into minority communities shedding light on a matter that is essentially killing a demographic of people.


Historically speaking duos have always had a particular je ne sais quoi in achieving purpose driven success. In the past its also been said countless times, “Two heads are better than one.” There is no denying that statement when mentioning the self-proclaimed, “Beauty & Beast” of marketing and sales other known as Passionate Chonvill and Khatib Ritter. Both concerned for the well being of minorities can attest to a need for change. Currently, focused on a solution Chonvill and Ritter are breaking boundaries that have been placed for innumerable years. While providing awareness to a group of people who are usually shunned by mainstream America a transition is evident. Deriving form diverse business ventures the two have joined forces to spark a new and healthy change through healthy chocolate. From the first few moments of our sit down nothing, but humility and gratitude poured from this twosome. Although a romantic tale isn’t accompanied with this duo, their love for success and helping others remains as their driving force.


Check out the rest of the story in the Sexy Issue Sold HERE


Lilly Ghalichi And Fiance Dahr Mann Call It Quits Lilly Ghalichi And Fiance Dahr Mann Call It Quits

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“Shahs Of Sunset” star Lilly Ghalichi took to Instagram to announce that her relationship is over with fiance Dahr Mann. The couple only dated two months before Dahr popped the question. Lilly writes,”I want to take a moment to say that I have in fact ended my relationship with my fiancé. He is a great man, and I wish him the best in life. After being with someone that lied to and cheated on me, it was so nice to be with someone as honest and loving as he was. For the first time in my life, I truly felt loved, appreciated, and respected. I will forever cherish our time together for those reasons, and so many more.” This comes as a surprise to her fans as she was just saying that they may have a wedding in January.

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Ghalichi also says, “Relationships are hard, very hard, and more often than not, they don’t work. As much as my heart hurts right now, I know that every ending is a new beginning. Rather than commenting speculations and demanding information, we would both appreciate some personal space from our fans on the matter so that our hearts can heal.” Aside from being a reality tv star, Lilly is an entrepreneur, attorney, and a designer.  We wish her nothing but the best.

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The Lovely Winnie Harlow! The Lovely Winnie Harlow!

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Have you heard of Chantelle Brown-Young, but better known to her 300,000+ followers on Instagram as Winnie Harlow? Winnie is a 20 year old Canada born model who lives with vitiligo, the skin disease that turns your skin white, and causes the cells responsible for skin pigmentation to die. Winnie has a style that is all her own I think she is so dope. BuzzFeed.com calls her “Inspirational” She was diagnosed when she was just 4 years old and she was teased and bullied, her classmates callled her “zebra” and “cow”.

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She decided to turn tragedy into triumph and move to California to pursue a career in fashion, she was also on America’s Next Top Model. She is now a model and she also writes.

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I love her story and her drive because she proves that anything is possible. She recently posed for Dazed Magazine wearing Louis Vuitton and Prada, a model with vitiligo is unheard of in the fashion industry, and here she is living her dreams. She broke down doors and made her own way. Winnie is beautiful inside and out.

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Free Movie Passes! It’s Time To Get Downright Controversial with “The Interview!” Free Movie Passes! It’s Time To Get Downright Controversial with “The Interview!”

Christmas is definitely coming early this year! However, instead of nicely wrapped gifts (so overrated) Santa–I mean Sony is delivering you free movie passes! This time around we are happy to provide you with the free cinematic experience of “The Interview!”

By now you have surely heard of this controversial film. Besides it being highly offensive, the dictator of North Korea, Kim Jong-un has hilariously threatened war if it is released. Still, it is not that serious, but it is overwhelmingly hilarious! The film centers around Dave Skylark (James Franco) and producer Aaron Rapoport (Seth Rogen), head of the tabloid show Skylark Tonight. The duo manage to land an interview with Kim Jong-un (Randall Park) and are subsequently recruited by the CIA to assassinate him! Needless to say that will not be easy.


Check out the trailer for “The Interview” below and click the link above it with your city; to download your free movie passes for an advanced screening of the film. Be sure to get there early all seats are first come, first serve!


Take a Gamble on “The Gambler! Download Your Free Movie Passes NOW! Take a Gamble on “The Gambler! Download Your Free Movie Passes NOW!

It’s gambling time and all you need to do is download your free pass to see “The Gambler!” Yes, “The Gambler” is the latest movie to grace The Big Screen and no there’s no betting it will be a hit–it’s guaranteed!

The film centers around  literature professor and high stakes gambler, Jim Bennett (Mark Wahlberg) who  bets it all AND his life when he borrows money from a gangster. Desperate to stay one step ahead in the game he has his creditor face off with a loan shark named Frank (John Goodman). All the while his relationship deepens with one of his students (Brie Larson), compelling him to fight for a second chance at life.

This movie definitely looks like an awesome piece of cinema and you can see it for FREE! All you have to do is click the link below and follow a few directions. Get to the theater early, because all the seats are “first come, first serve!” Enjoy!


Taraji P. Henson & Terrence Howard Rise to The Top in Empire! Taraji P. Henson & Terrence Howard Rise to The Top in Empire!

The number of amazing television shows is about to go up by one on Wednesday, January 7th! Yes, Fox has a new dramatic series, “Empire,” starring Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson! The series centers around the Lyons, a family dominating the hip-hop industry. Terence is Lucious Lyon, a widely respected music mogul, the celebrated “King of Hip-Hop,” and CEO/Founder of Empire Records. His reign soon comes to what will be a slow, and ultimately devastating halt, as he is diagnosed with ALS. Learning he has less than three years to live, he realizes he must begin grooming one of his three sons to run the family’s empire. Herein lies the problem as a power struggle is set to ensue between the the three of them.


Taraji P. Henson, Trai Byers, Jussie Smollett, Bryshere Gray, and Terrence Howard ( from top left to clockwise)


Former Supermodel, Beverly Johnson, Also Accuses Cosby of Trying to Drug Her! Former Supermodel, Beverly Johnson, Also Accuses Cosby of Trying to Drug Her!

These are dark times for Bill Cosby! The number of women accusing him of sexually assault or the attempt thereof, is now numbers at twenty! The latest woman to come forward with allegations against Mr. Cosby is former supermodel and fashion icon, Beverly Johnson!


Johnson wrote an article in  Vanity Fair where she revealed the exact details of their encounter. She claims to have met with Cosby several times in the eighties to discuss a possible appearance for her on “The Cosby Show.” During one visit, Johnson alleged that Cosby insisted she have a cappuccino he made her. Surprisingly,  because of her experimentation with drugs in the seventies, she instantly realized the drink was laced. “By the second sip of the drink Cosby had given me, [I knew I had] been drugged,” she wrote.



The Event of A Lifetime! Check out the Happenings at The Gentleman’s Ball! The Event of A Lifetime! Check out the Happenings at The Gentleman’s Ball!

Written By: Jayden Hollywood

On Sunday December 7th, The Gentleman’s Foundation Inc. (TGF) hosted The Gentleman’s Ball. TGF is a non-profit organization, dedicated to strengthening the quality of life, leadership ability, and mental & physical health of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) individuals; particularly those in the African-American and other minority communities. They offer support, primarily in the form of grants and increased public awareness, to other charitable and non-profit organizations that share the same mission or whose programs have similar goals.

David and Tre'Darrius Anderson

David and Tre’Darrius Anderson

The event was hosted by Karamo Brown, best known for being the first openly gay black male on MTV’s hit show The Real World: Philadelphia, originally airing in 2004-2005. Brown was an excellent host and did a great job of keeping the audience engaged and entertained! Other keynote speakers included Brodney McClinton, Marion Lessinton, and Paul Thomas. The Gentleman of Service award went to Holiday Simmons, who serves as the forefront of Lambda Legal. This organization is the oldest and largest national legal organization dedicated to providing civil rights for the LGBT community as well as those living with HIV. Television executive, Carlos King received the Gentleman of Excellence Award. Many know Mr. King for his ground-breaking production work behind many of our favorite reality TV shows such as The Real Housewives of Atlanta, The Real Housewives of New Jersey, Hollywood Divas, and many more. Celebrated couple, David and Tre’Darrius Anderson, received the Gentleman of Promise Award. After having their wedding televised on “My Teenage Wedding,” the Andersons went on to create “Guys With Pride,” an organization dedicated to supporting LGBT-related causes like Marriage Equality. The most anticipated of them all, The 2014 Gentleman of the Year Award, was awarded to educator and writer, Darnell Moore!


Deranged Man accuses Slain “Hit The Floor Star,” Stephanie Moseley of Giving Him AIDS & puts her Biracial neice on his “Hitlist!” Deranged Man accuses Slain “Hit The Floor Star,” Stephanie Moseley of Giving Him AIDS & puts her Biracial neice on his “Hitlist!”

Is respect for the dead, especially the freshly deceased, a thing of the past? It definitely seems like it in this bizarre case of accusations, insinuations, and digital threats from one deranged man on Instagram! Someone has created an Instagram account under the username, “@earlhayestmt” to blast fallen “Hit The Floor” star Stephanie Moseley!




A Night of Hope: Jacob Latimore Experience A Night of Hope: Jacob Latimore Experience

A few nights ago  SixTwelve Magazine and ATL Lifestyle Entertainment Firm presented, “The Jacob Latimore Cover Release Party” at Museum Bar. It was definitely a night filled of HOPE from the start as DJ Phantom opened up on the 1s and 2s.  Performances by  ISSA, HAVOKJONES, BLISS and MYKO kept the evening in motion nonstop.

As the GRAND ENTRANCE starting approaching for the MAN OF THE NIGHT, JACOB LATIMORE; he was accompanied by three special ladies who were recognized and awarded the Ultimate VIP Experience for his Cover Release Party. Thanks goes out to DALLAS CHRISTOPHER, MIMI COUTURE, SUPERDOPECLOSETQ, and THE BENTLEY DIDIER FIRM for giving the girls the Ultimate Makeover and Experience.



Warwick Rowers Release Nude Calendar for 2015 Warwick Rowers Release Nude Calendar for 2015

Ladies (and some gentlemen), we have a special treat for you! Warwick Rowers is spicing up 2015!

The Warwick Rowers are releasing their sixth-edition nude calendar for 2015. The guys are stripping down to fight homophobia. The calendars will be sold in support of Sports Allies which is an organization to fight against homophobia in sports.

The calendars will make a great stocking-stuffer for you and your loved ones this holiday. You can get more information at www.warwickrowers.org.

Lil Mama Gets Sexy For Kontrol Magazine Lil Mama Gets Sexy For Kontrol Magazine

Lil Mama has been working really hard and she isn’t showing any sign’s of stopping anytime soon. Recently Lil Mama shoot a Sexy yet glamorous new spread for our New Trends issue of Kontrol Magazine ( On stands now at B&N)

In the new issue Lil Mama rocks a sexy low cut beaded jumpsuit by  Coco Johnsen and shows us that she knows how keep it sexy and still do her at the same time. Lil Mama also rocks pieces by  Adolfo Sanchez and Washington Roberts.  

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For the new trends issue Lil Mama chats it up about her mom, new music beauty and fashion secrets, Here are a little of what she had to say.

Lil Mama gives her fashion praise to superstars like Grace Jones, Whitney Houston, Jada Pinkett-Smith, Missy Elliot, and her mentor, MC Lyte. “They let me know that I didn’t have to wear makeup. I can pull my hair back, with no makeup, and wear baggy clothes and still be sexy and still be cool; still spit crazy rhymes and just be…crazy, sexy, cool!”

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Lil Mama knows she was put on this earth to do big things. When asked what advice that her mother would have for her at this point in her career, the answer was inspiring. “My mother’s advice would be what her advice has always been, ‘Do you’re numbers, Ma’. It’s funny that my mother would always say that because when I think about numbers now that I’m older, I know that I was born 9 pounds, 13 ounces. My weight was my dad’s mom’s birthday, September 13th. I was born October 4th and that is my mom’s mom’s birthday. When I think about being born on my mother’s, mother’s birthday and my weight being the date of my father’s mother’s birthday, I know that I was meant to be here. I know that I was meant to do it big.

Photographer: Will Sterling
Mua: Kevin Wade
Hair: Crystal Givens

Styling Julian Lark
styling assistant M. Lashea

K Michelle Gets Sexy For The New Issue Of Kontrol K Michelle Gets Sexy For The New Issue Of Kontrol

Hey Kontrol Fans!! So you know were always pushing the envelope and giving you something special with every issue we put out. So today is no different!! We have put together a Special Edition Magazine Just for you featuring our girl K Michelle.

K Michelle is making waves with her new reality show “K Michelle My Life” on VH1 and her new album “Anybody Wanna Buy A Heart ” is set to drop Next Tuesday.

From music to reality television K. Michelle has given her all to the public striving for success. Love it or hate she couldn’t care any less. In the past she’s been known to shake tables and snatching wigs left and right. This R&B songstress takes no mercy on revealing the truth whether it’s behind the microphone or in someone’s face. Make no mistake she’s a sweetheart, but crossing her may just be your own mistake.  With her newly released sophomore effort, Anybody Wanna By A Heart , fans can expect a new side of her exposed. Coming from a place of pain and hardship on her debut album, Rebellious Soul, she now has her sights in a different direction.

For this issue K Michelle got the guys to bare it all while she stands in Kontrol and gives you nothing but sexy body and face. Make sure you ALL  get your LIMITED EDITION copy before its SOLD OUT.

This issue will only sold  at http://www.kontrolmag.com/purchase-issue/

And check us out tonight on K. Michelle My Life on VH1

KONTROL: You said this past relationship inspired your newest project, but what caused you to stay?

Michelle: Chile, I was in love! I felt like this man was my soul mate. I had never experienced anything like it. It was amazing to be with someone who was equally as creative. He was a muse.

KONTROL: How did you reach a point of being so comfortable in your body? How long did it take you to reach that place?

Michelle: I’m not sure. I think you just get to a point where you’re like, “This is who I am, take it or leave it.” I was in New York recently and someone gave me a hat that said, “I’m beautiful as f*ck” and I fell in love with it; because of how confident a person has to be to wear a hat like that. I think more [it’s] than being comfortable with my body, I’m comfortable with being myself.

Her Time Is Now! Princess Monique Gives An Inside Scoop on Hollywood & Lifetime’s “Seasons Of Love!” Her Time Is Now! Princess Monique Gives An Inside Scoop on Hollywood & Lifetime’s “Seasons Of Love!”

Hollywood, despite its California location, can be cold; freezing out the most talented individuals on the planet for the opportunity to make a quick buck. Thus, it is not for the weak minded or faint of heart. Those who want to be stars and masters of their craft learn to roll with the punches and that rejection is like breathing air—involuntary and a necessary. Few directors know this better than Princess Monique. After years of work and preparation this amazing director is releasing a new film, becoming one of the entertainment industry’s rising stars!
Pretty as a picture and a master of cinematography, Princess Monique is truly a rare combination of a beautiful woman who equally as well put together with her work. Hailing from the mean streets of Cleveland, Ohio; Princess was sheltered from the mean streets of the city by her family. They wanted to shield her from her outside environment; thus she spent lots of time inside and watching television. “I grew up watching television…all the shows you know and love…’The Jeffersons,’ ‘227,’ all that!” From television she realized she wanted to do something with film; and directing and producing came naturally to her. Although her path seems divinely laid out for her, she was blessed with guidance from her mentors, Bill Duke (Predator, Get Rich or Die Trying), Chip Fields-Hurd (Girlfriends, The Parkers, Meet The Browns) and Daren Grant (Diary of a Mad Black Woman) and Pamela Fryman (How I Met Your Mother, Just Shoot Me). “They are just so amazing and you cannot help but learn so much from them. I love their insight into the industry…I’m blessed to have him all of them in my life and be able to learn from them…” Since film became her passion, Princess Monique has directed and produced Man Made (2002), The Call (2002), and Seasons Of Love (2014).



Kontrol Exclusive: New Artist Dino’s Transition from Street Music to Gospel Kontrol Exclusive: New Artist Dino’s Transition from Street Music to Gospel

By Tiara Shae: Twitter- @TiaraShaeH | Instagram- @TiaraShae

Interviewed By: Julian Lark, Kontrol Magazine Editor-in-Chief

Dino is a Christian rapper now, but that wasn’t always the case. Coming from Youngstown, OH, known as one of the murder capitols, Dino started off as a street rapper. He was creating music that you would typically hear from today’s hip hop artists. It was the lifestyle he knew, so it only felt right for him to go that route. A calling from God told Dino to slow down and change the way he was living, but he ignore the call.

“God was calling me,” Dino shared with Kontrol’s Editor-in-Chief Julian Lark, “but I kept running from him. I knew he wanted me to slow down, but me being a knucklehead I didn’t wanna hear it.” Watching his close friends and family disappear, whether passing away or getting thrown in prison, was Dino’s wake up call. “I started experiencing things in life; from losing family members & friends whether it was to the cemetery or prison. After seeing those things happening, I finally started to slow down and listen. I kept hearing ‘Yield to obedience’.” Dino tells us that God told him to talk to His people through music. Once Dino started to listen to God and became obedient, doors began to open for the transitioning rapper.

Dino’s musical influences expand from Pastor William Murphy, Tupac, and even 1990s rock band Creed. His goal is to make sure that his music reaches everyone, especially the troubled youth. Dino refers to his sound as truth music, because it can be understood by all ages and walks of life. “I make music for everyone. From 3 year old to 100 year old, you’re going to be able to identify with something I’m talking about.”

Dino stays humbled, even with temptations from his past trying to lure him back to his troubled ways. He remains focused on God, and getting his message out through his sound. Dino is currently working on the “Kingsmen Project” that he describes as inspirational and monumental. With the project he is sharing his trials and tribulations, how he got from Ohio to Georgia, and is going dark and deep with it.

Dino is headed in the right direction with his career. He was granted the opportunity to perform at the Stellar awards last year and caused a positive stir. He brought 100 CDs to share with the inspired crowd and they were sold out in 2 minutes.

Follow Dino and his journey on twitter: @MrWhatsNext

New Music & New Movies! Sharon Leal is Always On Top! New Music & New Movies! Sharon Leal is Always On Top!

When it comes to talent everyone has it, but few actually capitalize on it. Those that are tend to have us star struck! They become demigods and princesses of the media, out shined only by their material wealth and our desire to actually be them. These “celebrities” as we like to call them; may be a commonality by modern standards. However, when it comes to sheer star power few people have it like Sharon Leal! Sharon has been a mainstay and powerhouse in the music industry for years. As in such, she needs no formal introduction!


As a singer and actress, Sharon is quite the threat. She has more than proven her acting chops on television and film, with prominent roles in hit television shows and films like Boston Public, Dreamgirls, and now Addicted! Sharon’s latest role comes straight from a Zane novel. She is “Zoe Reynard,” a successful woman with a beautiful family and loving husband. She seems to have it all until she jeopardizes it with a series of torrid affairs. “This was definitely a racy film for me to do and different from anything I’ve ever done before…She [Zoe] isn’t like any character you’ve seen me portray, but I felt it’s realistic and there are some women actually doing this…” Indeed, the role was out of character for Sharon, we are use to seeing her characters as being more straight laced and refined. Zoe too, began as refined, but we watched as sexual addiction ravaged and nearly took her life. “It [sexual addiction] is a real problem, and no I don’t know anyone who has dealt with it, but we know they exist…I just hope they get help and take something from the film besides the sex scenes.”



Third Time’s The Charm;  Terri J. Vaughn Welcomes Baby #3! Third Time’s The Charm;  Terri J. Vaughn Welcomes Baby #3!

Terri J. Vaughn is better than ever, and this time around she is showing a little more skin—exclusively for Kontrol Magazine! With over twenty years in the entertainment industry, dozens of roles, and countless appearances this amazing actress seems to have a knack for being great at everything. Thus, it is no surprise she decided to give motherhood another round with her third child, and only daughter, Lola, on her way to the world. Naturally she is thrilled, but wonders just what her only daughter will have in store for her. Interestingly, Terri is still on her grind and ready to work as soon as her latest bundle of joy makes her debut. “…E-mails, text messages, phone calls…I’m still involved just remotely right now…”

Terri J Vaughn by Kontrol Magazine

Terri J Vaughn by Kontrol Magazine

As a child of the nineties, sometimes it is hard to imagine Terri as a wife and mother. Those of us who remember her as “Lovita Alize Jenkins” instantly think party girl, keeping it real, and twenty four hours of fun. The truth is, Terri is still all those things; and when you see her with her beautiful family you immediately realize being a wife and mother were just two more roles she was meant to play. She is just as dynamic a wife and mother as she is any of the many characters she has brought to life on screen! “…I’m still me…I still like to have fun and work, the baby is only making me slow down for the time being…I’m very excited though…I already have two wonderful boys and now I’m going to have a little princess…”


Rumor Mill! Columbus Short joins Reality TV! Rumor Mill! Columbus Short joins Reality TV!

These last two years have been nothing short of devastating for actor/dancer, Columbus Short. From a bar brawl, to charges of domestic violence from his wife;, swiftly followed by his termination from “Scandal;” he appeared to have hit rock bottom. Then again, rock bottom for a star as big as he was may just be reality television. Yes, it is rumored Columbus Short will be making his reality television debut next year!


There are a ton of shows he could actually fit in on. Most of them are currently in the stages of pre-planning or filming at this very moment for 2015. This leaves one question to be answered what lucky show will inherit this controversial star and his troubles? No one currently knows, but sources close to the star hint at the endeavor being revealed early next year. Honestly, with his skill set I can see him as part of the ratchet, yet popular, “Love & Hip-Hop” franchise. Let’s not forget the man was an aspiring singer and dancer before acting became his niche.  He would fit in best with the Atlanta or Hollywood casts. In Atlanta, his troubled story line would fill in for the much needed drama Stevie J, Joseline, Althea, and Benzino will not be bringing since they left and were fired from the show, respectively. Hollywood’s cast is better known, and Columbus is surely no stranger to the Los Angeles. Maybe he can take Fizz or Soulja Boy’s spot. I do not foresee their story lines being buzz worthy a second season.


Still, I would like to see Columbus back on his feet and back to work. His time with reality television should be used as a crutch (as it should be with any of its participants) to get him back to where he was. I miss Harrison on Scandal, the Gladiators are off balance without him….Well good luck Columbus! As a tip, avoid bar brawls, hitting women, and drug use!

Kontrol Giveaway: Win A Copy of Danity Kane’s Farewell Album DK3 Kontrol Giveaway: Win A Copy of Danity Kane’s Farewell Album DK3

DK3 is the third and final studio album by  R&B/pop group Danity Kane.

The Danity Kane album “DK3″ was released on October 27, 2014 via Mass Appeal Records. The highly anticipated project featured contributions from Jonathan Yip, the production team The Stereotypes (John Legend, Chris Brown, Trevor Jackson), Jeremy Reeves, and Ray Romulus.

“DK3″ is a great album and takes you on the ride of your life. My favorite Danity Kane songs on the album is “Lemonade” featuring Tyga, “Rhythm of Love”, “Tell Me”, “Two Sides”, “Secret Lover” “Roulette” and “Pieces”.



Peep the official ‘DK3′ album artwork above, and the songlist

1. Rhythm of Love
2. Lemonade (feat. Tyga)
3. All In a Day’s Work
4. Rage
5. Tell Me
6. Two Sides
7. Secret Lover
8. Roulette
9. Pieces
10. Bye Baby

Its a little sad that the girls couldn’t work it out but they truly know how to put together a good album. DK3 is a must have and Here is your chance to win a copy of DK3, Danity Kanes’s final album. Kontrol From the album, you can really hear how hard these girls been working on this new project.

Don’t Miss out on the great album

5 Pieces that you Need in Your Winter Wardrobe 5 Pieces that you Need in Your Winter Wardrobe

One of the things that I love about Fall and Winter is how seamless your wardrobe can cross over by adding more layers to adjust of the colder months of Winter.  There is really no need to change up your wardrobes color palette, just add more textures and layers and you are good to go!

However, there are some essentials that you should have to complete your Winter wardrobe.  These are key, but versatile pieces that you will be able to style different ways to keep your Winter style fresh and new without having to hit the mall every weekend.

Remember, fashion is not all about buying the new trendy pieces every time a retailer or designer tells you that that particular garment is “it” for this season.  You want to mix in those trendy pieces with classic pieces that can be season-less and worn year after year in trendy ways.

Check out the 5 essential pieces that you need to add to your Winter wardrobe below!


white shirt


If you do not have a crisp white button down, then stop reading this post and go to your local mall now and get one – no finish reading and then go. Please. And Thank You!  This button-up will be your go to layering piece, or you can wear it alone for a chic and laid back feel.




Distressed Jeans

Distressed jeans are not going anywhere anytime soon.  I love how rugged and ‘bad-ass’ they can be.  You can dress these jeans up or down with your favorite heels.



chunky sweater

A chunky knit sweater is definitely a staple for the colder weather.  You can have a few of them in bright or neutral hues.  They can be added to your outfit as a layering or stand alone piece.




A faux fur trimmed coat that is cinched at the waist gives you texture and also shape which is important when you are dressing in layers this Winter.  You do not want to loose your shape just because you are wearing layers!




A flat over the knee boot will give you an added level of muted chic-ness for everyday.  Style does not have to be uncomfortable.  Your feet will thank you and your outfit will look fab all at the same time.



Look Out Ray J!? Teairra Mari & Morgan Hardman Dish on Ray J & Reunion Special Fights! Look Out Ray J!? Teairra Mari & Morgan Hardman Dish on Ray J & Reunion Special Fights!

Reality television has never been a good look for actor/singer, Ray J; and from the looks of it things will not be getting any better. As we all now infamously know thanks to “Love & Hip Hop Hollywood,” Ray J was in a relationship with singer, Teairra Mari and had a personal assistant/friend in Morgan Hardman. As we all also infamously know both women had dramatic falling outs with him. Well now things have escalated in the aftermath of what might be the most dramatic reunion special in Love & Hip-Hop History.


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Earlier today, both ladies went on to “The Breakfast Club” and dished about the fight at the reunion special as well as Ray J being violent with women. If there ever was a shady conversation on radio, this was it. According to sources, during the reunion special Morgan became angry and accused him of physically abusing her and kicking her son off his basketball time in spite. Then she accuses him of getting Princess (Ray J’s current girlfriend) to attack her! Before she could defend herself security broke them apart. In anger, Morgan smashed her hand against a wall and that is how it got broken. Teairra Mari, was mostly quietly about the physical abuse allegations; but says he never physically harmed her.

Teairra Mari

Teairra Mari

Accusations of physical abuse against any woman from a man are nothing to be taken lightly. These “Love & Hip-Hop” shows are really getting out of hand. Well what more can we expect? Reality television is our new Coliseum. Get it together reality stars! Check out the entire interview below!

Princess & Ray J

Princess & Ray J

Card Declined! Young “Hit Maker,” Yung Berg allegedly attacks girlfriend, Masika Turner! Card Declined! Young “Hit Maker,” Yung Berg allegedly attacks girlfriend, Masika Turner!

“Love & Hip-Hop Hollywood” has definitely delivered us some major drama on AND off, the screen. Thus, it is no surprise the reunion special is so rife with controversy. However, these latest allegations/shenanigans take the cake. Rapper/producer, Yung Berg has been accused of assaulting his girlfriend, Masika Turner! According to sources close to Masika and TMZ, “… after a booze-filled night at the ‘Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood’ reunion show in NYC, Berg went to pay his bill, but the card was over the limit. Yung stormed out, went to his hotel and Masika followed. She told him she paid the bill and schooled him for leaving her … and he reacted by grabbing her by the neckthrowing her on the bed and pulling her out of the room by her hair. Yung then allegedly continued his assault by choking her out.”


In the aftermath of the attack he was arrested for “obstruction of breathing!” Masika has come forward declaring the allegations to be untrue. She blames it on the alchohol (really?) and says it was completely out of character for him. Their cast mate, and Berg’s former lover, Hazel E.; however is singing a different tune. She is not surprised by his antics, pointing out he has been aggressive with her before as well. “I mean, as you see in episode six, there was an altercation with us in the car and you see that he didn’t, you know, restrain me or walk away. He definitely engaged back with me in that car scene and dumped my purse all over the street…So you know, with my experience with him in that scene alone, I felt like you never defended yourself when you got your chain snatched or when you got hit in the back of your head, but you were ready to tussle with me in the vehicle. It raises an eyebrow for me.”

Hazel E.

Hazel E.

Maybe Hazel E.’statements and sentiments are founded on sour grapes? Nevertheless, domestic violence is NEVER okay. Women are dying everyday, and making excuses for your man when he does that to you is NOT  a good look Masika! Keep calm Hazel E., you just dodged a bullet!


Pretty & Passionate! Edwina Findley Dishes on Life, Success, & “If Loving You Is Wrong!” Pretty & Passionate! Edwina Findley Dishes on Life, Success, & “If Loving You Is Wrong!”

The streets of Hollywood are often paved with stars, but seldom does anyone mention that they are also mean! The glitz, the glamour, and the lights that come with the entertainment industry all too often mask the blood, sweat, and tears many actors painstakingly pay to make their dreams come true. All of their stories are interesting, but few are charming. Here is your chance to get to know of one Hollywood’s most charming and talented actresses, Edwina Findley! You may think you know her as “Kelly” from Tyler Perry’s new hit show, “If Loving You Is Wrong,” but honestly you would be selling yourself short. This lovely lady is a master of her craft, has an impressive body of work, and is well on her way to becoming America’s latest household name!

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For many people acting is something they fell into. For Edwina this definitely is not the case. She always knew she wanted to act. In her youth, she appeared in many plays, went to a theater based high school, and finally studied at the Duke Ellington School of The Arts at New York University. “My education was very important in helping me hone my craft and skills…I think it shows in my work and it is good to have that foundation and training if this is really what you want to do…it’s a great investment…” Sentiments similar to her previous statement, have stirred some controversy in the entertainment industry between trained actors and other celebrities (reality television stars, rappers, etc.) who want to act. For the former, it has cost many of them jobs and opportunities.


Get To Know: Jasmine V Get To Know: Jasmine V

By: Sebastien “@TheGayBestie” Gaudin

While most girls her age are still trying to figure it out Jasmine V has it very clear. Currently, still running high on her latest single, “Thats’s Me Right There” ft. Kendrick Lamar the songstress is taking no prisoners. Growing up singing at karaoke spots with family the vocal powerhouse can officially call Interscope Records her musical home. After two previously failed deals this time around she’s more focused than ever and ready to have her time to shine.

KontrolMag had the opportunity to chat it up with the rising talent recently and got all the details to share ranging from her past abusive relationship, what it was like dating Justin Bieber, and most importantly her upcoming EP.


Where do you find you influence? 

I’ve always loved music. As a kid my family and I had a karaoke machine, which I loved.


How would you describe you sound?

My sound is very relatable. I love relating to my fans by singing everyday life situations. It’s more of an urban pop sound.


Explain your creative process in the studio?

In the studio I don’t like writing alone, so I collab with a writer and together we brainstorm a concept.


Was it difficult losing your previous record deals?

Yes, it was hard when they don’t believe in you. Interscope was like a blessing in disguise.


When did you know music was what you wanted to do?

I wasn’t too sure in the beginning, but I went to LA and kept pursuing modeling and acting.


What made you decide to sing about your past abusive relationship?

I know how it goes. I really felt as if people my age didn’t have a voice. I wanted to be that voice.


What inspired you to release “That’s Me Right There”

I was inspired to write a track that made people feel confident in their relationships. Like, “Yep that’s MINE, know that” as she laughs.


How did you end up in the abusive relationship?

I didn’t know at first, but gradually started to. It took over my life. It all really came as a shock.


What was your healing process like?

My healing process was very tragic. I was stuck between staying and leaving. I ended up forcing my brother to move in an apartment with me in LA. Plus all the genuine support from my friends and family.


What was it like dating Justin Bieber?

We were both so young [around the age of ] 15 or 16 years old. It was puppy love.


Are you single now?

Yes, I’m single. I’ve been single for about 4 months now.


How would you describe the young woman you are today verses who you once were?

Back then I was scared and insecure, but now I’m happy, confident and blessed. Plus my EP is finally done!



About The Writer


As a New Jersey native it came as no surprise when Sebastien, birthed a knack for talking and writing. During his college days the young blogger gained experience through international talkers such as The Maury Show and The Mo’nique Show. After years of interning and assisting the aspiring journalist threw caution to the wind and launched The Gay Bestie, LLC.  


The lifestyle and culture company provides a different spin on love, sex, relationships, and fashion.  #TGB focuses on the 21st Century woman and her loyal companion, other known as the gay bestie. Readers will find discussions that are usually held behind closed doors placed in the forefront to totally meet the needs of all. No, topic is ever off limits.


So ladies brace yourselves because Sebastien is taking you places where you’ll be sure to blush and share a laugh! He’s giving exactly what’s been missing. Grab you’re favorite beverage (i.e. red wine), sit back, and prepare to gab about this with your girlfriends the minute you see them.

RUMOR MILL: Beyonce to Drop Another ‘Secret’ Album RUMOR MILL: Beyonce to Drop Another ‘Secret’ Album


Ooooooh good Beysus almighty! Say it IS so!

Over the weekend an alleged Parkwood Entertainment memo began circulating around the Internet with a supposed release confirmation that includes a full track listing for 10 new songs, 11 videos and a 4-disc copy that will include the first portion of the self-titled album along with DVDs of her Mrs. Carter World Tour and On The Run Tour. The rumored Beyonce Vol. 2 tracklist also features three other notable new tracks: “DONK” featuring Nicki Minaj, “Renouncement” featuring Justin Timberlake and “Cherry” featuring Rihanna.

If this release confirmation is true – then who spilled the beans and more importantly, how soon can we get it? Beyhive, keep your fingers crossed!

UPDATE: If the release confirmation is true, allegedly Beyonce will release a digital iTunes-only edition of Beyonce Vol. 2on Nov. 14, with the 4-disc physical copy that will be dropping on Nov. 25.

Sooooo err umm, who’s going to be stalking iTunes with me?

By Monique C. Tillman

Trending? BrightOcular Beauty Do or Don’t Trending? BrightOcular Beauty Do or Don’t

Reality-TV star and former member of the 90’s girl group Xscape has created quite a bit of buzz recently regarding her decision to permanently change her eye color from brown to ice-gray using an iris implant through the procedure known as BrightOcular. We recently broke the news of Tiny undergoing this procedure, but wanted to come back to actually explain what it is.

From BrightOcular.com,  BrightOcular is defined as being a “United States developed artificial iris implant made of a thin, flexible, biocompatible, colored medical grade silicone which has been developed to alter iris appearance for medical and cosmetic purposes.  The intraocular implant is used to treat or alleviate cases of heterochromia, ocular albinism, and other iris-related abnormalities by protecting the eyes from the harmful effects of sunlight in patients who suffer from high levels of photosensitivity.  The United States patent approved artificial iris implant covers up iris defects such as coloboma, aniridia, severe iris atrophies, iridoschisis, and also allows for the change in eye color for cosmetic reasons.”

Although, the site states that this procedure was developed in the United States, it is illegal.  Those interested will have to go outside of the U.S. like Tiny, who went to Africa to get the procedure done.  But before you jump on the bandwagon and decide to get this procedure done yourself, please consider the risks.  Medical professionals have stated that the procedure can be sight-threatening and can cause glaucoma, cataract and corneal problems.

So what do you think? Will BrightOcular become the new beauty trend for those looking for a more permanent solution to different colored eyes? Share your thoughts below!


Event Recap: Traci Steele launches her new LAVISH lipgloss! Event Recap: Traci Steele launches her new LAVISH lipgloss!


Saturday, November 1st the pretty and talented Traci Steele hosted a brunch for the premiere of her LAVISH lipgloss, and the event was quite a success. Even though the temperatures radically dropped, many people attended the brunch that took place at the ALOFT Hotel in downtown Atlanta.

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Tracie Steele with her son.

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The guests were welcomed with a LAVISH purple cocktail and a buffet filled with tasty food catered by Pretti Plates prior to hearing a few words spoken by the stunning Traci Steele. Dressed head to toe in her own collection, Steele announced the start of the fashion show presenting her Steele Pretty clothing line. Walking out on DJ E’s beats, the models wore only a few sexy dresses and shoes, but the audience was craving more and were encouraged to go online to see more of the collection.

At the end of the event, everybody was sent home with a giftbag, which of course included the LAVISH lipgloss.


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Check the pictures of the event and let us know what are your thoughts about Traci’s new purple LAVISH lipgloss and her clothing line!

Kontrol Your Style – Get the Look for Less: Gwyneth Paltrow Kontrol Your Style – Get the Look for Less: Gwyneth Paltrow

Gwyneth Paltrow – Tom Ford

Men’s  wear is one of my favorite trends this season.  Gwyneth Paltrow stepped out in an all-black menswear-inspired suit by Tom Ford at amfAR.  This simple and tailored, but still sexy look works for an easy-laid back and put together look for women.  It can be versatile as well with opting into wearing a shirt underneath the jacket, but for a go-to night time look, I think no shirt works!  The wide-leg of the pant creates an illusion for us women who are vertically challenged and creates a long and lean silhouette.

The good thing about Paltrow’s look is that anyone can recreate it for less.  Don’t have Tom Ford coins? That is OK, Kontrol your Style and get the look for less with the items featured in the collage below!  I chose a TOPSHOP blazer with the leather lapel detailing to add some flavor and overall texture to this all black look to keep it interesting.  I paired the blazer with a wide-leg pant from Express.  The fit of Express dress/casual pant are amazing!

Check out the look below!

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Flex & Shanice Redefine Their Love With New Show On OWN Flex & Shanice Redefine Their Love With New Show On OWN


For the new issue of Kontrol Magazine the “New Trends,” issue we present to you celebrity couple Flex and Shanice Alexander. The first of our dual cover to be released.

After three and half months of dating and now almost 15 years of marriage, love and friendship has gotten these two where they are today. Creator and actor from UPN’s the hit series “One on One,” Flex Alexander and Grammy nominated singer, Shanice are a real representation of true love. The rather private couple has buried their hardships up until now. This fall the Hollywood stars will welcome the OWN Network into both their lives and home in a docu-series properly titled, “Flex & Shanice.” They are taking the opportunity to tell the truth of their financial highs and lows, as a celebrity couple which is something ground breaking and astounding to witness. While living in a rental home with a head count of nine people total, including Shanice’s outspoken mother makes for great television. By showcasing a celebrity lifestyle that is rarely seen this starlet and songstress will share their journey in hopes of helping others.

The couple said, “We want to help. We hope things change not only for us, but for people who watch it. Families that are going through it will have hope and say they feel inspired. “

In their new reality special, “Flex and Shanice,” the two allowed cameras to capture their journey to get back on track, beginning with Flex revealing exactly what his family has been through.

In the above video, Flex meets his friend of 15 years Kym Whitley for lunch to discuss how he can get back into stand-up comedy, which he has done and enjoyed in the past. After the two talk about his comedic approach, Flex lets Kym in on the secret he’s been keeping.

“Kym, you don’t know what we’ve gone through. We haven’t shared it with a lot of people,” Flex begins. “We’ve gone through a lot. We’ve gone through ups, we’ve gone through downs. I’ve had that 4 o’clock banging at the door, they’re coming to get the car…”

TUNE IN TO THE SERIES PREMIERE ON SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 1, AT 10/9C and Make sure you pick up the new Kontrol Issue available for purchase on November 14th


Dancing with the Stars’ Sunless Tanning Collection by Norvell Dancing with the Stars’ Sunless Tanning Collection by Norvell

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Ladies if just like me your summer tan has vanished for a while now and you have tried a few options to not look like Snow White, I have some good news for you. Spray tans, tanning showers, UV, etc., I have tried all of them and whether it was the weird smell, the price, the risk or the result, I always have been disappointed for different reasons. I have finally found a revolutionary solution in a new product collection. Novell, the self-tanning industry leader, recently teamed up with ABC to launch its new product; ‘Dancing with the Stars’, and trust me when I said that the all line is AMAZING! Designed to provide a flawless and foolproof bronzing at home as the advertising sells it, the product totally works and is worth the effort. I had the privilege to test the whole line for you and here is my feedback:



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PERFECTION SELF TANNING MOUSSE: This velvety mousse is easy to apply and gives your skin a nice brown glow. The directions recommend using either a Norvel Tanning Mitt, a washcloth or sponge but I actually used a exfoliating washcloth glove I slightly dampened and put over a plastic glove. The washcloth glove eases the application and gives a uniform result while the plastic one avoids to end up with tanned palms. Even after the first application, your skin looks darker, however an additional application can be done 24 hours later for more effect.

Self Tanning Mousse CocoNilla – $37.95 – 8 fl oz (237 ml)




PERFORMANCE – SELF TANNING AIRBRUSH SPRAY: This is my favorite compared to the mousse. It is pretty much the same but with better results. Because it is spread on the body rather than applied like a body lotion, the marks are easy to avoid and you can also reach your back zone by yourself; in short the result is more uniform. The only negative point is the strong smell of the actual product while applying it, however nose filters are included in the package and should be used. Also make sure to spray it while in your shower (as long as it is still a well-ventilated area) otherwise you will end up with a tanned floor and wall. Like the mousse, one application is already noticeable but feel free to do a second round also 24hours later.

Self Tanning Airbrush Spray – $37.95 – CocoNilla 7 oz (207 ml)



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ENDURANCE color boosting skin perfector: The body lotion has actually many magical effects: CC (color correcting), color booster, and moisturizer, it also extends the self-tanning color effect and have a nice odors. Whether you choose the airbrush spray or the mousse to get your perfect tan, this balm will illuminate, emphasize and embellished it.

ENDURANCE – COLOR BOOSTING SKIN PERFECTOR – $29.95 – CocoNilla 8.5 fl oz (251 ml)




DAZZLE shimmering mist: This spray is perfect to add some extra shimmers and glams to your nice tanned skin and can also be sprayed on your hair for even more glitz.

DAZZLE – SHIMMERING MIST – $14.95 – Fresh Scent
4 oz (118 ml)


If you haven’t got the idea yet, let me make it clear; these products are revolutionary and will totally changed your opinion on spray tanning!

If you follow the instructions and know the basic tips of spray tanning, you will never go back to a spray-tan salon or get the “orangy” look from bad products anymore. Safer than UV and cheaper than going to a salon, Norvell is for sure the expert in the field. It does not only give you the opportunity to get a spray tan anytime at home but most of all with natural yet relevant results and and no bad smell.

So ladies, winter might be around the corner but thanks to Norvell and its new ‘Dancing with the Stars’ sunless product line, your tan will look fabulous and flawless until it is finally going to be time to lay on the lawn chairs by the pool again.

Don’t wait any longer; go to http://www.norvelltanning.com to order the products.




Basic rules before and after tanning shower (for mousse or air spray)

  • Exfoliate and shave skin 24 hours prior to application.
  • Apply on clean dry skin (right after the shower is the best).
  • Do not apply any type of lotion before and after the application except on your finger and your toes (thus, they won’t get too dark and have a “dirty” look).
  • Avoid over application on elbows, knees, and ankles and even more on feet and hands.
  • Wash your hands conscientiously after application.
  • Wait 10-15 minutes before putting dark clothes back on.
  • Do not bathe, shower or sweat for at least 8 hours after the application.
  • The effect will fade gradually over the next 5-7 days. After this period of time, you can exfoliate your skin to get totally rid of your tan and do a new application.



Stop the Labeling: Tamera Mowry-Housely Never Wanted to Be Compared to Twin Stop the Labeling: Tamera Mowry-Housely Never Wanted to Be Compared to Twin

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As people we all have our fair share of insecurities and it seems as though the biggest one we all have in common is the insecurity that comes with being labeled. While we’re all born INDIVIDUALS, society sure has it’s own way of thrusting a label onto you – whether that label  is “gay”, “straight”, “single” or “sexy” – we all have had a time or two where we wished all the labeling would stop and society would just address us by our given names. The latest person to come out about their disdain was actress and television personality Tamera Mowry-Housely, where Thursday, she had “The Real” viewers in tears as she opened up about the insecurities she harbored as a teenager being compared to twin sister, Tia.

“Being a twin, people compare and they compare a lot by default. It’s not their fault,” Tamera started by saying.

The “Sister, Sister” star said she was always described as the “cute” and “goofy” sister, while Tia Mowry-Hardrict was “the sexy” sister.

“I used to read our fan mail all the time. That’s what I used to get all the time when I was 16 years old, and I kept it,” she said through tears. “Going to college, I carried that.”

Now that she’s a grown woman, Tamera said she realizes that “goofy” wasn’t necessarily a negative term, and she’s also realized that she is sexy.

Tamera wasn’t the only one on The Real to open up about their insecurities. Watch the clip below to see some of the The Real hostesses share their stories.


C’mon Kontrol fam, isn’t it time we #KONTROL our lives and STOP LABELING!!!

By Monique C Tillman

Contest Time! Enter For A Chance to win Passes to see “Beyond The Lights” on November 12th! Contest Time! Enter For A Chance to win Passes to see “Beyond The Lights” on November 12th!

Gina Prince-Bythewood, the director of “Love & Basketball” is back and with a guaranteed hit movie for audiences everywhere. Relativity Media has teamed up with Kontrol Magazine to allow two lucky people the chance of a lifetime–two tickets to November 12th’s advanced screening of “Beyond The Lights” at Regal Cinema Perimeter Point (1155 Mt Vernon Hwy, Atlanta, GA 30338)! Readers can go to http://www.relativityscreenings.com/main/sweepstakes/KontrolMagBTL .


“Beyond The Lights” is the thrilling  story of Noni Jean, the music world’s latest superstar. But not all is what it seems, and the pressures of fame leave her dangling from  the edge–literally– until she meets Kaz Nicol, a young cop with dreams of becoming a politician, who’s been assigned to her detail. The two are almost instantly drawn to one another. Noni and Kaz fall fast and hard, despite the protests of those around them who urge them to put their career ambitions ahead of their romance. Interestingly, it is ultimately Kaz’s love and devotion to her that gives Noni the courage to find her own voice and break free to become the artist she was always meant to be.

Chris Brown & Rihanna Reunite In Atlanta! Chris Brown & Rihanna Reunite In Atlanta!

By: Sebastien “@TheGayBestie” Gaudin

Ironically this past weekend everyone and their mama was in Atlanta getting their life! Amongst the number of celebs were  the former famed couple Chris Brown and Rihanna. She was in town launching her new fragrance #RougeMan at Macy’s in Lenox Mall and he was hosting a party at Compound Night Club.


It’s been sometime since Rihanna has done a mall appearance and many were wondering, why now?


Well we may have that answer. Turns out that Rih has had the appearance booked, but Chris on the other hand scheduled his appearance in ATL a few weeks ago.

Who’s really chasing who?


Word has it that these two did however meet up behind closed doors where they were able to see one another after sometime. The exchange was “platonic and wholesome” sources say.

Rihanna was coming from a concerned place wondering how he’s been doing and Chris took it as a chance to catch up with an old friend. Who really knows if these two will ever make it back together, but if this is true maybe we can some good music out of it at least for Rih’s musical return.


Could this be another “Birthday Cake” in the making or is it just “Nobody’s Business”?

We’ll be on the lookout for sure!

About The Writer


As a New Jersey native it came as no surprise when Sebastien, birthed a knack for talking and writing. During his college days the young blogger gained experience through international talkers such as The Maury Show and The Mo’nique Show. After years of interning and assisting the aspiring journalist threw caution to the wind and launched The Gay Bestie, LLC.  


The lifestyle and culture company provides a different spin on love, sex, relationships, and fashion.  #TGB focuses on the 21st Century woman and her loyal companion, other known as the gay bestie. Readers will find discussions that are usually held behind closed doors placed in the forefront to totally meet the needs of all. No, topic is ever off limits.


So ladies brace yourselves because Sebastien is taking you places where you’ll be sure to blush and share a laugh! He’s giving exactly what’s been missing. Grab you’re favorite beverage (i.e. red wine), sit back, and prepare to gab about this with your girlfriends the minute you see them.

“The Kidz” Will Stay! Shonda Rhimes SHUTS DOWN Twitter when Fan insults “Gay Scenes” on her shows! “The Kidz” Will Stay! Shonda Rhimes SHUTS DOWN Twitter when Fan insults “Gay Scenes” on her shows!

Art reflects real life, especially when it comes to drama. The shows you see on television are the artistic expression of writers determined to bring a new twist on this thing called life. Few writers accomplish this so eloquently and successfully. Indeed her three hit shows; “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Scandal,” and “How To Get Away With Murder,” dominate ABC’s Thursday night line up and millions of viewers worldwide. Shonda Rhimes truly takes pride in her work and it is reflected every time you watch one of these legendary shows. Not surprisingly her shows have a few gay characters, but they way then are written places their sexuality second to their actions and story line. Her latest show, “How To Get Away With Murder” has had some very steamy and hot gay scenes. Such displays garnered a complaint from one disgruntled fan who tweeted complaining: “@shondarhimes the gay scenes in scandal and how to get away with murder are too much. There is no point and they add nothing to the plot.”


Shonda surprisingly immediately took to Twitter defend her shows, responding with:  “@Dabdelhakiem There are no GAY scenes. There are scenes with people in them.” She then went on to tweet;  “@Dabdelhakiem If you are suddenly discovering that Shondaland shows have scenes involving people who are gay, you are LATE TO THE PARTY,” and “@Dabdelhakiem If u use the phrase ‘gay scenes’, u are not only LATE to the party but also NOT INVITED to the party. Bye Felicia.  Clearly she shut the fan down and closed tweeting, “I love all you Tweeples. Even the ones who still need to grow. And remember that at some point, someone discriminated against you too….I don’t know why this kind of hate is out there. Ugh. . At least in Shondaland. Have a great rest of your weekend!”

Shonda had the right idea by putting this fan in their place. Television must be as inclusive as possible. A person’s sexuality is such a small part of who they are. To put it simply if you do not like what Shonda’s shows are showing it is simple–change the channel!



Players For #PINKtober Players For #PINKtober

It’s always refreshing to see individuals that people look up to and admire support causes that are near and dear to our hearts! Especially with this month being Breast Cancer Awareness Month, it’s cool to see everyone come together and share experiences.

In the spirit of #PINKtober, we’ve seen floods of pink on our feeds and on the streets like every day. From makeup looks to clothing pieces to shoes and other accessories, we are loving this pink overload in order to support breast cancer awareness.


So did anyone see the Suns/ Nuggets game this past week? Well if you did you might have peeped some more pink-hued support from Denver Nuggets players Gerald Green and Isaiah Thomas. The two were on court rocking the new Kamikaze II “Breast Cancer Awareness” sneakers. Of course the shoes are dope, complete with a grey, white, and pink color story. The sneakers are available for a limited time now at Finish Line, Jimmy Jazz, Champs, Eastbay, DTLR, Shoe City, Reebok.com, starting at $110 for men and $50-$85 for children. A portion of the proceeds for every pair sold will be donated to the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade. & a huge shout out to Reebok for being a national sponsor for the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer, donating a minimum of $300,000 to the cause!


Join The Single Wives Club Join The Single Wives Club
When one hears of the new term ‘Single Wife’, it sounds like an oxymoron, but in actuality it may apply to millions of women in the dating world.  After ending an engagement, Educator Koereyelle DuBose coined the term ‘Single Wife’ and created The Single Wives Club out of personal need. “I was simply a single woman who knew I wanted to be a wife, but also realized that I wasn’t ready. I knew there were so many things I needed to improve on, so many skills I needed to have before I took on the responsibility of marriage. Three years later, I’ve met SO many women who need help, who want to become better, who want a healthy relationship and just don’t know where to begin,” says Koereyelle.
The club has since created quite a stir, garnering over 16K social media followers and hundreds of members in 18 states. Through her organization she empowers women to evolve into their best self before  becoming a wife.  “Our primary focus is on education and we’ve hosted all types of workshops, from health and wellness to etiquette and financial planning. Being a wife encompasses so many things and our goal is to prepare well-rounded wives. A few of our past events include: Pregnancy 101: Preparing Your Body For Pregnancy, Act Like a Lady: An Etiquette Class, Seduction School and Attract. Create. Date: Online Dating 101,” she adds.

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On October 17-19 she will host the 2nd Annual Single Wives Weekend in Atlanta to connect women from around the country for empowering experiences. She will also extend a “Claire Huxtable” Award to an influential wife that has achieved a successful marriage.  Whether a woman is divorced, engaged, or simply single — Koereyelle has created a uniquely impactful organization that will assist single wives of all facets.  Visit  TheSingleWivesClub.com for more details on The Single Wives Weekend or connect on Instagram @TheSingleWivesClub


New Cast Member For Love & Hip Hop NY New Cast Member For Love & Hip Hop NY

Love & Hip Hop NY has a new cast member coming to the spotlight. This weekend the sweetheart of LHHNYC, Yandy Smith hit the streets, and attended Circle Of Sisters Expo. During an appearance amidst the hustle and bustle of  patrons visiting vendor booths and sampling treats, Yandy revealed to her fans that she is expecting her second child.


Back in April her Fiance Mendeeces Harris was released from prison, and it is clear the two wasted no time. In an Instagram post  of Yandy with her youngest child she captioned it, “Me and my baby boy…oh and my baby girl”. It is safe to say Yandy is about 4-5 months pregnant. With her man back home and a new baby on the way, things seem to be going well for the soon to be Mrs. Harris.

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Yandy showed up to the COS Expo adorned in all black, a red lip, and a chic high bun. The expectant mother looked radiant as she mixed, mingled and chatted with fans.

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It is safe to say the upcoming season of LHHNYC will be filled with more than enough to keep us entertained. While we can’t wait to indulge in joys, pain, and drama of others lives,  KONTROL wishes the Harris’ all the best.

Too Short  Explains His Attempt To Take A Loaded Gun On A Plane Too Short  Explains His Attempt To Take A Loaded Gun On A Plane

Rapper Too Short , born Todd Anthony Shaw, has been cited on a misdemeanor possession of a loaded handgun in a public place after a gun was found in his luggage.

Too Short was preparing to travel from a Southern California airport when a Transportation Security Administration employee noticed the firearm as his belongings were going through the baggage scanner, according to Sgt. John Pfrommer.

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Upon the sighting, Too Short bolted from the building without his belongings.  He then returned the next day with his attorney and was cited on the misdemeanors charge.

He’s already been released and his court date for the impending charge is November 3rd.

Too Short had a chanceto explain his side of the occurrence with Vlad Tv.  He said he packed the wrong bag and the whole incident was a “big fucking mistake.”  Watch the video below.

According to Too Short, he did not run nor was the accident a big deal.  He left to speak with legal representation regarding the accident.  He then called the airport 20-30 minutes after the occurrence to speak with the TSA and Burbank PD, where arrangements were made for him to come back to be cited.

This was a costly mistake. I’m glad he was able to smooth things over.

It’s Getting Messy: Wiz Khalifa Says He Wasn’t Cheating in Their Marriage Because He Had Already Moved Out and Moved On From Amber Rose It’s Getting Messy: Wiz Khalifa Says He Wasn’t Cheating in Their Marriage Because He Had Already Moved Out and Moved On From Amber Rose

After Amber Rose put Wiz Khalifa on blast for cheating, Wiz is speaking out in his defense. He says that he wasn’t cheating on Amber because at the time she accused him he had already moved out and was done with their relationship.

Sources connected with Wiz  khalifa told TMZ … the rapper is telling friends there’s a simple reason why he left … “I just didn’t want to be married to her anymore.”

We’re told Wiz moved out and got his own place, and the day before Amber filed, she went to his house at 2 AM and found him with another woman … and went nuts.

As far as Wiz Khalifa is concerned … he wasn’t cheating. He told friends he made it clear weeks earlier the marriage was over.

It’s interesting … even though Wiz moved out weeks before … he listed the legal date of separation on his divorce response as Sept. 22 — last Monday.

Hm. He may have decided he was done — but the question is —  did Amber know and fully understand that he was done?

Oh, he’s also challenging Amber for joint custody of their son Sebastian. What do you think?

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Calling All Artists…Kontrol Presents Fashion Jams: The Glamorous Life Calling All Artists…Kontrol Presents Fashion Jams: The Glamorous Life
Kontrol proudly presents  Fashion Jams: The Glamorous Life
Kontrol is bringing together fashion and music, highlighting the best acts and designers that Atlanta has seen. 10 unique designers + 10 live performers will grace the stage for a glamorous evening that you soon won’t forget with original designs and music. Not only will we be giving these talents a platform to express themselves, the 10 performers will be featured in the print magazine and the 10 designers will be featured online.


All artist will be able to audition for Fashion Jams on October 5th from 5 pm-7 pm in front of a panel of music experts such as Donjuan Clark (Manger to Kandi Burruss), Recording artist Mishon and LaTavia Roberson (2x Grammy Winning Singer/Songwriter/Reality TV Star)

 All artist must register HERE prior to audition. 9 artist will be chosen to participate in the Fashion Jams Fashion Show on November 19th. The show will be hosted by one of the music business rap Princess. Registration doesn’t mean you are guaranteed a spot in the show but it allows Kontrol judges to see you audition.
Once you have registered for Fashion Jams you will be emailed the secret location of the audition and all the rules.
If you are chosen to be apart of the show you will be notified by October 15. 2014.
Meet the Judges
LaTavia Roberson (2x Grammy Winning Singer/Songwriter/Reality TV Star)
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Donjuan Clark (Manger to Kandi Burruss)
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Fergie Readies New Single ‘L.A. Love (La La)’ [Photo] Fergie Readies New Single ‘L.A. Love (La La)’ [Photo]

Fergie’s solo return is upon us! This makes me so happy, I love Fergie

The singer released the artwork for her new single “L.A. Love (La La)” which is due out next week on September 29th.

As you can see, the visual consists of two hands throwing up the “LA” sign. Fergie has asked her fans to submit their own LA signs for inclusion in the song’s upcoming music video.

Its been a minute since Fergie has been out as a solo star, so i really wanna see what she pulls off this go around. Will she be able to compete with the new artist  and music that’s out now.

Get into a snippet of the song below! Sounds like classic Fergie Ferg right? What do you think of the snippet?

Drama: Soulja Boy Tries to Come for K. Michelle’s ‘Hot Pocket’ on Twitter, K. Michelle Puts Soulja Boy On Blast [Photos + Video] Drama: Soulja Boy Tries to Come for K. Michelle’s ‘Hot Pocket’ on Twitter, K. Michelle Puts Soulja Boy On Blast [Photos + Video]

It looks as though Soulja Boy needed to make sure he got people really talking about him again since he’s now on  Love and Hip Hop: Hollywood, because for whatever reason he chose last night to blast K. Michelle on Twitter.

Technically, it all started when K. Michelle appeared on The Breakfast Club last week. She was asked whether or not she had ever slept with Soulja Boy.

She replied with:

Soulja Boy didn’t take too kindly to K.’s dismissal, so he got on Twitter and proceeded with the following (read from the bottom up):

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You know K. Michelle wasn’t going to let that slide. She clapped back with the following:

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…and just when we thought it was over, K. dropped this:

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Goodnight folks.

UPDATE: They are STILL going at it…

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You’ll NEVER Be A Royal, but with L.K. Bennett you can definitely dress like one! You’ll NEVER Be A Royal, but with L.K. Bennett you can definitely dress like one!

Phipps Plaza is that amazing jewel of a mall located right in one of the busiest hubs in northern Atlanta. This shopping center is known for its glitz, glamour, and high fashion. Chalked full of luxury retailers, Phipps is the most fashionable spot in the city. Still, of all its stores few can compare to the chic and unique looks that are found only in L.K. Bennett! The store is one of Phipps’ best kept secrets, attracting women of all walks of life and styles.

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L.K. Bennett is near and dear to the Kontrol family, in fact some of the looks pulled from their store can be found on celebrities featured in the magazine. At the Phipps location, we attended an event designed to show off the new Fall looks. Alongside other customers, we were pleasantly treated champagne, cheese, fruit, and red velvet cupcakes so big rich that they might as well have been edible rubies! The looks of L.K. Bennett are simple and timeless. Each piece is comfortable and universally appealing. In fact, the royals of the United Kingdom have frequently been spotted in pieces of the company’s clothing. Princess Kate Middleton wore one of their blue poppy print dresses on a visit to see the Duchess of Cambridge. The dress sold out immediately, and has been in such high demand that it was re-released and is now a Fall favorite as well. However, the blue poppy print dress is not the only “must have” featured in the store. Check out their other dresses and accessories, especially their purses.


NickI Minaj Visits August Alsina In The Hospital NickI Minaj Visits August Alsina In The Hospital

Is there more going on with August Alsina than we know?

It’s been over a week since the 22-year-old singer collapsed and fell off stage during a concert, and he is still in the hospital.

Although there hasn’t been many updates since he woke up from a 3-day coma earlier this week, his hospital room has seen a revolving door of supporters and celebrities stop by, including Nicki Minaj.

Nicki shared a photo from her visit with her fans recently, while quoting a lyric from their recent collaboration “No Love”:

August, u know, I’m here to save u. still praying for my lil bro. He’s doingbetter.

August also took to Instagram to post a pic with Nicki, writing:

“Aug, u know I’m here to save you.” She has to be the sweetest girl I know. #ASisterThatPrays

Judging from the length of time he was in ICU, August’s condition seemed to have been way more serious than what was originally reported in the media. According to various sources, he was suffering from exhaustion and dehydration when he collapsed, and he experienced multiple seizures once he reached the hospital. A few fans also mentioned that they overheard him saying that he hadn’t eaten all day during a promo stop, and K. Michelle revealed yesterday in an interview that she spoke with him the day before and he kept mentioning how tired he was:

I talked to him the day before [was taken to the hospital], and he said to me, “I am so tired! I am beat!’ And I said to him, ‘August this is what you’ve been wanting. You gotta fight through it, you are gonna be fine.  I thought when he said tired — you know we all work through it–he was just tired. But I didn’t know he meant that he was [literally] TIRED.

You definitely have to take care of yourself in this industry, while making sure you don’t run your body into the ground while trying to pursue your goals and dreams. I for one can agree with that. Seeing how i wen through something similar a few years ago.

Well we hope that his team is really helping him out and we hope he gets well soon!!



Tyler Perry Expecting His First Child This Year [Confirmed] Tyler Perry Expecting His First Child This Year [Confirmed]

Tyler Perry has accomplished many things, and he will be crossing one more life goal off of his list. Fatherhood! Are we surprised? To say yes would be an understatement…

According to Bossip, the media mogul was celebrating his 45th birthday with friends over the weekend when he revealed the news that he was going to be a daddy. Though he didn’t share who the baby’s mother was, it’s believed to be his on-again, off-again girlfriend of the last five years, model/activist Gelila Bekele.

Gelila is pregnant. The news was confirmed by a friend of hers that posted a photo with the beauty a month ago and captioned it: ‘Love Is In The Air’ before revealing in the comments:

She is a good New friend from NYC and she is 7 months pregnant baby boy

Coincidentally, last year, Tyler revealed that the one thing he hasn’t accomplished yet, and wishes to accomplish by age 45, was fatherhood.

More than anything I think that it’s fatherhood. I know I would be a great father. I don’t want to work this hard. I don’t want to have all of this and not leave it to my children. I also know that as hard as I’m working, doing twenty hours per day, now is not the time. Right now I’m enjoying what I’m doing. I’m enjoying the work. I’m enjoying being a bachelor, so eventually I’ll get there.


Listen, I’m 43, so two more years. By 45 you know who the hell you are, right? You’ve really settled in at 45 so I think two more years.

Spoke it right into existence!

Congrats from the entire kontrol family!!

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Kathy Griffin to Replace Joan Rivers on ‘Fashion Police’? Kathy Griffin to Replace Joan Rivers on ‘Fashion Police’?

With Fashion Police confirmed for return in January 2015, it’s being rumored that comedienne Kathy Griffin is set to take Joan Rivers’ seat at the helm of the show.

via Mail Online:

Joan Rivers is a tough act to follow, but E! Network has decided its hit show Fashion Police will continue – with Kathy Griffin filling Joan’s Jimmy Choos.

Show insiders tell MailOnline, that Joan’s daughter Melissa Rivers agreed to continue to produce her mother’s show and has given her blessing to the choice. E! executives are negotiating a deal with the popular redhead.

‘Kathy has been told if she wants the gig she can have it because Melissa wanted someone who her mother would have approved of,’ says the show source. ‘Kathy will probably take the position but they are still working out the deal.’

Joan created Fashion Police and Melissa produced and directed the show, so Joan’s grieving daughter may be on the first show they tape to say a few words about her mother and to introduce Kathy.

While Joan was in a coma, rumors were floating around at the time that Kathy would pitch hit for Joan on the show, which she vigorously denied.

“It’s disgusting. It’s not true,’ she told Larry King . ‘And I know that stuff shouldn’t bother me at this stage of my career—you know, I thought I’d heard it all—but that one hurts, because it’s as far from the truth as you can get.’

E! nor Kathy have yet to officially comment. I feel this wouldn’t be a bad move for Fashion Police. Kathy could be a great addition. But lets be honest, there really is no Fashion Police without Joan Rivers. What do you think?

The Complex Disney Easter Eggs You Missed In ‘Frozen’ The Complex Disney Easter Eggs You Missed In ‘Frozen’

If you have children — or if you’re just a fan of whimsical fun like me and most of the people i know — you’ve probably seen “Frozen” more times than you care to count. But you were so busy learning and singing “Let It Go,” you most likely missed a series of incredible connections to other films in the Disney canon.


It seems the Huffington Post has scooped them out just for us. Some of them are as simple as a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it glance of “Tangled” characters Rapunzel and Eugene attending Elsa’s coronation. Others pull you into a complex rabbit hole of the interconnected Disney universe, in which the characters of “Frozen,” “Tangled,” “Tarzan” and “Beauty and the Beast” all share an elaborate family history.

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But don’t worry, you don’t need to be a Disney detective to find all these hidden gems for yourself. HuffPost Live has done the heavy lifting and compiled them all into this handy video guide.  This was so interesting an a great way to see how Disney really brings all their characters together in some way. Would you have ever guessed that Elsa and Tarzan could have been brother and sister or that Ariel could have been apart of the frozen history. Check  out the video above to get the real scoop.


Celebrity Hackers Have Male Stars Panicking … We Don’t Want Our Junk Leaking Next! Celebrity Hackers Have Male Stars Panicking … We Don’t Want Our Junk Leaking Next!

Will the next celebrity hacking victim be your favorite actor? Celebrities all in the news this week and the male celebs are running scared. It looks like all the male Hollywood celebs are going to great lengths to keep their junk private.

TMZ spoke with multiple male celebrity’s — mostly actors — who told them it’s all they’re talking about … and they’re scared.

By now you have heard that over the weekend a bunch of celebs were hacked over the weekend — including Kim Kardashian, Gabrielle Union, Amber Heard, Rihanna and Vanessa Hudgens. No dudes.

Its being said that the male celebs have contacted friends, former lovers and coworkers … warning them they may be phishing targets … the guys think most of the hacking involves people connected to the celebs but not the celebs themselves.

The male celebrities are now changing their passwords weekly … and some now have phones that are not connected to the cloud.

One male celebrity who was hacked last year says he now has all his emails on a private server … and he’s alerted if anyone attempts to read them.

Celebrity’s all think it’s just a matter of time. Who do you think will be hacked next? Why are celebrities targeted? Let us know your thoughts below.


Tammy Rivera explains why Joseline Hernandez attacked her Tammy Rivera explains why Joseline Hernandez attacked her

By now we have all watched the crazy reunion of Love and Hip Hop Atlanta. And i’m sure no one expected Joseline Hernandez to attack her fellow  co-star Tammy Rivera at the recent reunion taping, least of all Rivera herself. But now that she’s weeks removed from the heated fight, Rivera recently reflected on her battle with Hernandez and claimed that the attack was brought on by Hernandez’s jealousy.

In an interview with VH1, Rivera explains her shock about Hernandez attacking her and then claims that the Puerto Rican princess is jealous of her.

“She just looked at me with this rage, like a jealousy, just like ‘Oh b—- you sittin’ pretty; let me come try to f— you up.’ And don’t get me wrong, I don’t give a f— how pretty I’m sitting, a b—- ain’t gonna swing on me and Tammy not gonna get up and get to knock ‘em back. Once she swung and as soon as I got up on my feet, I start tagging her a– back. Like one thing you’re not gonna do is come for me. And the reason I got so enraged was because, everyone saw from the season, me and Joseline’s beef was never that serious. It was not that serious for her to want to try to hit me for a conversation that happened months ago. You called me a broke b—-; I called you a bum b—- we argue. That was that,” Rivera said.

Rivera goes on to say that Hernandez is insecure and is threatened by any beautiful and successful woman.

“We never had any interaction. I’ve never seen this girl, never called this girl. We never bumped heads. There was never communication between us. Ever. That’s why it was either some type of drug, or she had so much envy sitting in her, for her to come attack me like that. What did I do to her? I never did anything to her. I’m not intimidated by pretty women. I’m not intimidated by a b—- that got [sic] her s— together. I feel like, the more, the merrier. I think what Joseline’s situation is she doesn’t like herself. For a woman to feel that they have to attack other women or come for other women, it’s because you really are insecure about yourself,” Rivera said.

Well, that was a mouth full for sure.  Hernandez would never agree with Rivera’s assessment of her flaws, but we all know that Hernandez truly has anger management issues. Will the show do something about this or will it just be brushed under the rug as always? Will her co-stars take a stand and not film with her? What are your thoughts?


The queen of celebrity gossip is now the queen of daytime talk, according to recently released ratings.

Wendy Williams is #1 in daytime talk, according to Shadow and Act. Williams took the top spot for women between 25-54, and even surpassed “Ellen,” “Live with Kelly & Michael” and “Dr. Phil.”

Distributors of the show released a statement about taking over the #1 spot.


“To have the No. 1 show in the category most important to advertisers, a record-setting household performance and phenomenal year-to-year growth is astounding. It is a lasting testament to Wendy, their fantastic team and the many stations across the country that have believed so strongly in Wendy. We couldn’t be more thrilled.”

Its a little sad but The Queen Latifah Show isn’t doing nearly as well as Wendy Williams. The ratings revealed that Latifah is in last place.

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Wendy Williams is known for her no holds barred approach to celebrity news and gossip.  Where most talk show hosts would cringe at the idea of breaking news about themselves, but Wendy Williams doesn’t mind at all. As a matter of fact, she prides herself on being bluntly honest about everything, including her life.

So are you not surprised? We aren’t Wendy is killiing the game and were so proud of her. What do you think?


Sheryl Underwood shocked viewers of “The Talk” last week when she shared a secret. She Underwoodtold her co-hosts that the reason she wasn’t involved in the Queens of Comedy was because of a conversation she overheard where the other comedy queens–sans Mo’Nique–had fun at Underwood’s expense. Both Adele Givens and Laura Hayes, who were on the conference call, aren’t happy with Underwood for coming clean and have something to say about it.

“There’s a conference call. And in my enthusiasm, I want to be punctual,” explained Underwood. “So I dial into this conference call, thinking that I’m going to be on time. So I dial into this call and what I hear is Sommore, Adele Givens and Laura Hayes talking about me on this call. I hear discussions about my appearance. I hear discussions about my ability, ‘why is she going to be a part?’ ‘what do we need her for?’ This is my recollection of this call. And I was startled and hυrt. I was so shocked and hυrt that I could not unmute my phone to go ‘Aye bιtch, I hear you!’”

Adele Givens mocked Underwood with a tweet: “Wow! The View must be pulling some really great ratings! ” The View is competition to Underwood’s show, The Talk.

Laura Hayes Instagrammed a picture of a wig with the caption, “Now I have take time out of my artistic hustle to respond to this bulls**t COMING SOON Misslauraresponsetosherylunderwoodproducersofthetalk.com #gotmypressureup #aintnobodygottimeforthis #gotpeoplelookingatmesideways #youknowyougotbettersecretsthanthat #interuptingmyediting”

Underwood says she doesn’t harbor any animosity at the ladies who made fun of her.

“I’m not mad at any of these women,” Underwood said, “I thank them for the blessing of telling me something that maybe I needed to hear because this is where I needed to get to and they helped me get there.”

Comedian Sommore, who was also on the call, has not yet commented. This is really chocking and it goes to show that even celebrities can be bullies. Was Underwood wrong to finally come clean about what she heard? I mean lets be real, we have all wondered why she wasn’t there.

The Lark Report: Sweater Weather Starts Here The Lark Report: Sweater Weather Starts Here

Autumn is finally starting to creep up on us. For a while there i was wondering if it was ever gonna come or if summer was here to stay. The cooler nights and crisp air can only mean one thing…its sweater time. This fall, designers made it a point to make sure we were truly covered for the season. Lets cozy up ladies  in the seasons chicest pieces.

For this edition of The Lark report, I thought i would give you ladies a look at a few key pieces that would be great for your closet


Breakout Star Africa Miranda Is On The Move Breakout Star Africa Miranda Is On The Move

Earlier this week we got the chance to catch up with one of Bravo’s newest Reality TV stars, Africa Miranda. Originally born in Boston, hailing form Montgomery Alabama, the newly sweet Georgia Peach is quickly becoming a household name. Many may be familiar with the naturalist and her luxurious tresses from her blog Hairnista Chronicles, and Brand Ambassador work with ORS Hair Care, and Cream of Nature. Standing on the foundation that her hair is her ministry, Africa has taken great strides in the naturalist movement. She has been a featured guest on Good Day Atlanta on Fox, commentating on natural hair, as a result of her blog being ranked amongst the Top 50 Hair blogs. Believing that “Life is best lived with a fabulous head of hair”, She has taken her Hairnista hair movement to the next level by partnering with Wigdazzle. Inspired by the versatile looks she achieves with her own hair, Wigdazzle will allow its’ members to try a quality “look of the month” at an affordable price. You can achieve a long, short, curly or straight style in a myriad number of ways.


Of all her most recent endeavors, and work related ventures Africa was most excited to talk about her work with one of her latest projects, “Be a Girlfriend”. Coming to a city near you, “Be a Girlfriend” is an after school mentoring program for young girls. Africa is dedicated to teaching young girls the difference between television and reality. When speaking on the program and a group of young women she recently spoke with she said, “Girls don’t know how to be good friends to one another. I want young women to understand the difference between what they see on TV and reality”. We couldn’t agree more! With all the “reality” drama everyone is eating up, it is rare to see healthy friendships between women in the media. Africa plans to take “Be a Girlfriend” around the country, educating young women on friendship, conflict resolution, and self-worth.


Among these amazing works Africa has also snagged herself some large national Campaigns. Appearing in a Coca-Cola Ad, as well as doing Voice Over for Verizon and Samsung. The Singer, Model, Actress and “Socialnista” truly does it all. There’s only one thing missing in this total package of a woman’s’ life, a MAN! Being blessed with such great opportunities has had Ms. Miranda living the jet setter life. Get the rest of the story when you pick up the new issue of Kontrol on stands now.

Shot by Corey Reese

Hair by Danielle Wilkes

Make up By Jeremy Dell

Styled By Julian Lark

Assistant Styling by Latonya Bentley and M. Lashea

#NYFW: MESKITA Spring/Summer 2015 #NYFW: MESKITA Spring/Summer 2015

The Meskita collection set the tone for me as i entered New York Fashion Week. Mt first show of the week and it seems i struck gold. MESKITA crafted a collection full of gold, gold, and more gold with peeks of blush pink and mint green. I loved various textures of fabrics brought together with chiffon and silk (hand-pleated!) to leather and neoprene. The Meskita collection left me wanting more and waiting for the next pieces to hit the runway.The collection was a great way to start NYFW.


Also very noticeable was the beauty look of sleek, pulled back hair, amazing black eyeliner, and gold nails. You could tell the Meskita SS 2015 woman was in total kontrol.


Barbie Invades Mercedes Benz Fashion Week 2015 Barbie Invades Mercedes Benz Fashion Week 2015

It looks like Barbie is getting her Fashion shine on this week in NYC!! Barbie & CFDA have joined forces to bring us a chic and stylish lounge for a lil relaxation during all the shows this week. Guest got a chance to sip on complentry drinks, use the Wi-Fi to check emails, recharge their phones, and review dresses designed by a few selected fashion designers. Oh and you can forget… all the Amazing Barbies that were on display! Seeing that i have always loved Barbie and have been collecting them for a minute or two lol I really loved this lounge!

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The room was decorated so chic and or course very pink. I also loved how all the male waiters looked and remined you of a Ken doll. How cute was that? Check out some of the fun, chic and every so cute pics below.  I hope you enjoy Barbie as much as i did!


Lie SangBong Brightens Up Mercedes Benz Fashion Week 2015 Lie SangBong Brightens Up Mercedes Benz Fashion Week 2015

The LIE SANGBONG Spring/Summer 2015 collection, entitled “Dream Road,” evokes optimism and celebrates life. “It is from hardship that we derive strength and hope,” says designer Lie Sang Bong, who was stirred by a maritime disaster in his native South Korea this past April. “With this collection, I want to share the positivity that is brought on by the beginning of spring and the promise of a new day.”

The collection, by far has been my favorite during fashion week this September. The collection brought on a happy, excited feeling inside. The Lie SangBong collection features butterfly, floral, and cloud motifs. Graphic, lively prints are incorporated into this season’s crisp color palate of white, turquoise, cobalt, and purple.


Lie SangBong Incorporated  his signature architectural silhouettes and precise tailoring to this ethereal collection. The resulting garments, produced in an array of luxurious fabrics, including silk jacquard, linen, silk organza, silk chiffon, and fine cotton, are impeccably constructed, yet light and lithe. ‘X-shaped’ jackets and dresses standout this season and resemble the graceful wings of butterflies. Delicate pleating, asymmetric details, and the use of a unique hologram jacquard in this season’s prints, enhance the visual impact.

“Dream Road” collection is EVERYTHING! If your looking for a statement pieces this spring then Lie SangBong is truly the collection to add to your closet.

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The LIE SANGBONG Spring-Summer 2015 collection will be available beginning in March 2015 in retailers across the globe, including the brand’s first US boutique located at 30 Gansevoort St in New York City.

Celebrity Hair Stylist Rikya Taylor Dishes on Her A-List Clients and Hair Tips! Celebrity Hair Stylist Rikya Taylor Dishes on Her A-List Clients and Hair Tips!

Rikya Taylor is one of the most sought after celebrity hair stylists out there. She’s known for making our favorite singers, actresses, and reality TV darlings look amazing. And she provides her top-notch natural hair care and extension services to her clients at her exclusive salon in the Atlanta area. KONTROL chatted with this mane magician and owner of Keep It Natural salon for an insightful look into her world of beauty.

Rikya got her start in the industry through word-of-mouth. “I started initially with a photographer. Most of his clients were models and talent. He would set up album covers, editorials, and local ads.” she says. The quality of her work left the singers and models wanting more. Taylor shared, “From there, the talent would like my other services and they would take me on other jobs with them. And it kind of just grew by referral.”


When asked to name some of her fave celebrity clients, Rikya’s list mirrored a Who’s Who list of some of the most popular celebs out there. Clients include Kelly Rowland, the Braxtons, and LaLa Vasquez-Anthony. She noted that her favorite “throwback” client will always be the First Daughter of Soul, Lalah Hathaway. But “Motivation” singer Kelly Rowland tops her list.

Although she has worked in a variety of settings, Rikya definitely has a preference for working in one particular setting: reality TV. She noted, “Reality TV provides the most experience and the most exposure. And it’s something I wouldn’t mind doing routinely. No more urban videos for me!”

Taking some time to discuss her craft, we wanted to know her take on some of the biggest mistakes women seem to be making when it comes to extensions. With no hesitation Taylor responded, “With extensions, it’s the type of hair.


Get the rest of the scoop in the new issue of kontrol on stands now

Beyoncé Chops Her Hair into a Chin-Length Bob Beyoncé Chops Her Hair into a Chin-Length Bob

King Bey has brought the bob back! Over the weekend at Budweiser’s Made in America festival in Los Angeles, the star was spotted with a shorter, chin-skimming cut, which also appears to have an updated caramel tint.

Beyonce has been pretty experimental in the hair department this year—she last went for a similar style at the Grammys, where she walked the red carpet in an ombré version of her current style, then switched things up in May when she took her platinum hue to a warm chestnut shade. And that doesn’t even count the many looks she showcased while working on her visual album last year—pixie included!

It doesn’t matter what King Beyonce does we’re convinced that she can do no wrong, with every new hairstyle being just as flawless as the last.

“I grew up in my mom’s hair salon, so I’m a frustrated hairstylist,” Beyoncé previously told InStyle. “My stylist always tells me: ‘Can you just sit down and let me do my job? I don’t tell you how to sing!”

Keke Palmer Rocks A short New Sexy Hair Style Keke Palmer Rocks A short New Sexy Hair Style

This morning former kontrol cover girl Keke Palmer posted on instagram two hot and sexy new photos of her with short hair.  It seems that Keke is really coming into her own with her new talk show. more mature roles and this pixie cut is everything.

Keke Palmer has been on a high note with the success of her talk show  “Just Keke” on BET and is rocking a few new hairstyles lately.

I have to be honest and say…Keep it up Keke this look is smoking HOT on you and we love it.  The look is a little mature but i think she wears it well.

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What do you think of Keke’s new look? Are you a fan or is it to sexy?

Meet the Ladies Who Brunch: Bianca Rush and Dayybella Meet the Ladies Who Brunch: Bianca Rush and Dayybella

By Tiara Shae: Twitter- @TiaraShaeH | Instagram- @TiaraShae
Interviewed By Julian Lark, Kontrol Magazine Editor-in-Chief

Bianca and Dayybella are the founders of the quickly successful networking event, Ladies Who Brunch. The Atlanta entrepreneurs established the event to help already established entrepreneurs and aspiring business women come together and take their businesses to the next level. Talk about a power brunch!

Dayybella shares that Bianca and she met at a turkey giveaway and the rest is history. They began brainstorming on ideas to bring prominent women such as themselves together to share idea, thus Ladies Who Brunch was manifested. Ladies Who Brunch networking soiree launched in December and became an instant hit! Bianca Rush tells us that the purpose of the networking event is to help women turn their ideas into action, inform women of information that have no idea what to do with their business, and to empower other women! Bianca adds that they want to bring women into a non-competitive environment. When the attendees come together, all you see is love, support, and lots of hugs!

Topics at the soiree range from overcoming obstacles (professional and personal), how to manage both personal life and business, and how to get your goals off the ground. “How do I formulate my business? How do I network? What legal actions do I need to take? We answer all those ‘how to’ questions.” Bianca shares. With the professional and business environment being male dominated, the creators of Ladies Who Brunch admit that men are a lot more aggressive when it comes to getting their ideas a platform to expand. “We [as women] may have an idea but because of one avenue that we can’t figure out, we might stop. With men, they’ll network their way and talk to other people until they get their point across and get to where they want to be. Ladies Who Brunch offers that avenue for women to continue and go forward with their business. When you get to that halt, we’re here to help you.” Daybella shares that they are always open and willing to help anyone with advice. “Whenever anyone wants to talk to us, we’re here!”

The ladies have had a lot of success in Atlanta; their tickets were sold out within a week for the brunch. Their next step is to take the brand to L.A. The main goal is to make Ladies Who Brunch a global enterprise. Daybella’s personal goals are to host a TV show and own a clothing line. Bianca wants to watch Ladies Who Brunch turn into something that lasts for generations, in addition to continuing her well-known brand, Sassy Mitchell Hair.

Follow @LadiesWhoBrunchATL for more on how you can get a seat at the power brunch!


Exclusive : Laura Govan… Moving On and Moving Up Exclusive : Laura Govan… Moving On and Moving Up

What do you call it when someone realizes the detriment and negativity that a certain place, person or situation brings to your life and moves on from it? Would you call it selling out, giving up or missing out? Well the word that I am thinking of is maturity and class! These are the exact words that come to mind when speaking to Ms. Laura Govan. She exudes a sense of grace and confidence that clearly illustrates that she has experienced growth in her life. Kontrol Magazine spoke with Ms. Govan about her family, recent weight loss journey, and future professional ventures. She had a lot to say and much to look forward to!

Here is just a little of what Laura Govan had to say during her interview…

Whitney J: How do you deal with negative media and rumors about you?

Laura G: Girl I don’t give a shit!

Laura seems very happy with the decision to no longer be a part of the Basketball Wives show, and I must say she looks damn good too. Ms. Govan public displayed her drastic weight loss journey and is not ashamed of it. She exudes confidence and poise! She displays her kick butt work outs publicly on social media and spoke with Kontrol Magazine about it!

Whitney J: I just want to say you look amazing! You have really brought your sexy back! How did you do it?

Laura G: I have always been small. I gained 100 pounds with my last child and pregnancy. At this point I was at the heaviest I have ever been weighing 234 pounds. I decided to make a change. I trained really hard which was not hard to do because I have worked out all of my life. I encouraged myself to do my best. I have to do my best to look good! I just became devoted to working out. I worked out twice a day. My life revolves around my children so I work out in the morning before the children get up for school and in the evening after they are in the bed.

Whitney J: What was your motivation behind it?

Laura G: I motivate myself. I post pictures around the house and in my car of how small I used to be. I set attainable goals. I really watch what I eat. You have to be realistic. I do not like to diet and knew that I would not be successful with it. I depend on portion control. I can eat whatever I want, but I just control the portion of that which I eat.

Now with the recent weight loss and banging new body I was thrilled to ask about her relationship and sex life. I mean looking this good; it is a wonder how her fiancé, Gilbert Arenas, keeps his hands off of her. She gave Kontrol Mag the real uncensored answers!


Whitney J: Tell me how do you balance it all from your relationship, family and celebrity?

Laura G: I get a lot of rest. I take as many naps as possible. I must get eight hours of sleep. I am always busy so I always remain focused. My kids are my priority! Everything revolves around making sure my children are good.

Whitney J: Has your relationship and sex life changed since your recent weight loss?

Laura G: I admit that losing the weight has made my confidence shoot up. I look good naked and I love to have sex! Thirteen years is a long time to be with someone. I mean some marriages don’t even last that long!

Get the rest of the Laura Govan story in the Fabulous at every age issue out on stands now.

Photos Styled by Julian Lark

Makeup by K. Micole

Hair by Brandy Wells

Kim Kardashian And Other Stars Step Out In Style For The GQ Awards in London Kim Kardashian And Other Stars Step Out In Style For The GQ Awards in London

Fashion Power Couple Kim Kardashian and Kanye West are always stepping out in style and were among just a few stars who attended the GQ Awards in London this evening. 

Kim wore a custom made sheer frock while her husband wore a smartly tailored tuxedo suit.


Kim surely knows how to make a statement. What do you think of her look?



British chanteuse Rita Ora tried a little something different with her hair for the GQ Awards in London, England Tuesday evening. Rita’s cutting edge mohawk is sure to be the next hot trend. Her dress was simply amazing also.
Photos: TGB/Splash News/sandra rose


Cee Lo Green’s Reality Show CANCELLED After “Rape” Tweets Spark Outrage Cee Lo Green’s Reality Show CANCELLED After “Rape” Tweets Spark Outrage

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Cee Lo Green’s controversial views on rape (via Twitter) led to the cancellation of his reality show earlier today!  Get the deets inside…


Celebrity Blogger Talking with Tami Revels For The Love Of Summer Celebrity Blogger Talking with Tami Revels For The Love Of Summer

Celebrity Blogger Talking with Tami recently did a cover shoot for digital cover “For The Love Of Summer” with Kontrol’s publisher Julian Lark’s cosmetic line Revel By Julian Lark. For the shoot Tami rocked her signature retro bathing suites and 3 fabulous shades of Revel.

Why Tami for the cover? Well according to publisher Julian Lark “It was time to show a full figured real woman on the cover” “Tami is fun, flirty, and exudes fashion, its her time to shine”

On the cover Tami rocks “Quickie” Lipstick. She said its ” Seductive and steamy nights with my beau, yes I have to glide on my Quickie lipstick to rev up those engines! Smooches!”

talking with Tami with kontrol magazine

talking with Tami with kontrol magazine


Tami rocks  “Friend Lover” Lipstick in the above photo and said  “I’m headed out with my fav gal pals, yes girl power! I have to carry and wear Friend Lover lippy for sure! Muah!”

talking with Tami with kontrol magazine

talking with Tami with kontrol magazine

Tami Rocks “Spend A Night” Lipstick and had this to say about the chic pink color “When I’m in a retro-mood, I grab for my Spend The Night Lipstick! It definitely reminds me of the 60’s with it’s matte finish and look”

Photography by Nathan Pearcy

Styling by Julian Lark

Make up by Shantell Simms 

Hair Touched By Tyra Reed


Sneak Peek: Tv One’s ‘Hollywood Divas’ Sneak Peek: Tv One’s ‘Hollywood Divas’

By now everyone knows that were good friends with Lisa Wu from Bravo’s Atlanta Housewives and yesterday we got to chat it up about her new show ” HOLLYWOOD DIVAS”.  The show is set to air  October 4th on TV One.

The show will shadow a few of our favorite African american celebrity actresses who are trying to rejuvenate their careers.  We will get to  a peek into how these ladies live, work and play. ANd like any TV One Diva show the ladies will have to come together to for a particular project.

This is so great for my girl Lisa because before she did reality TV she was an actress and produced several films. I’m so proud of Lisa and i want you all to make sure you watch.

Here is a sneak peak!

Mag Swag: Jennifer Lopez Covers ELLE UK [Photos] Mag Swag: Jennifer Lopez Covers ELLE UK [Photos]

Jennifer Lopez serves pure glamour in the latest issue of ELLE UK.

Not only does she grace the cover, but the interior photos are equally as stunning but are we surprised? Jennifer always stuns!


In the mag she reflects on love and her past relationships. Despite her many public trials and errors, she says she hasn’t given up.

I still believe in love. The nirvana man, he’s out there somewhere. But you just have to work at it. You have to work at everything.’

‘Everybody has seen that I make mistakes. I rush in, I get swept up and I ignore the signs. But so many of us are guilty of these things.

Each time it goes wrong, it’s hard. I get really hurt but I have to let myself go: “What did I do? What can I learn?” And as hard and as hurtful as things get, I want to believe I will be able to go one step higher. I’ve got to hope that if I keep going I will eventually get it right.’

You can read more from Jennifer’s cover story in the October issue of ELLE UK.


OMG Girlz Reveal A Sexy New Look And A New Name OMG Girlz Reveal A Sexy New Look And A New Name

The OMG Girlz are ready to drop the kiddie image and is now ready for a new, sexier look and sound. The group has dropped “Girlz” from their stage name and are now just OMG. The look is very mature and sexy…But is it to mature?

As they transform into their adult selves, as evidenced by their more revealing looks, Miss Beauty, Miss Star (Zonnique/Tiny’s daughter) and Miss Baby Doll (who are all over the age of 18 now) have some brand new “grown” music for their fans.

The girl group recorded a remake of Jagged Edge’s hit, “Girl It’s Over.” Their rendition is titled “Boy It’s Over,” which was written by JE’s lead singers Brandon and Brian Casey and produced by newcomer J. Reid. This will be the lead track from the ladies’ forthcoming album, The Transformation.

They are also working closely with JE on other music projects. Nice.

Check out the 90s R&B vibe track below:

Demetria McKinney Goes Glam For Kontrol Magazine Demetria McKinney Goes Glam For Kontrol Magazine

The lights of Tinsel Town have a luring sparkle and ethereal glow all their own. For more than a century now they have lit the now “name paved” streets where media gods and goddesses all stroll towards their own glory. However, sometimes these lights shine on people granting them their own inner star power. These people, needless to say are then marked by their own light and granted a destiny of greatness. Demetria McKinney is definitely one of those people. Hailing from Fort Walton Beach, Florida this beautiful woman is a triple threat being well versed in television, theater, and music!

Demetria has always wanted to be a star, and with all of her talents she is actively achieving her dreams. She admits she loves television, theater, and music for different reasons, but confesses music is also her outlet.

Well were all excited to see what our cover girls brings to the table in her biggest role yet… as one of Bravo’s newest  Atlanta Housewives. We are all super excited to see what she has to offer in this new spotlight.

In this issue Demetria McKinney wears pieces from Rose Couture, ZIgi Soho and Anne Fontaine  styled by Editor-in-Chief/Head stylist Julian Lark. Demetria was shoot by Nathan Pearcy, make up by  Christian Balenciaga and hair by Danielle Wilks. Find out more about the beautiful star in the new issue of kontrol on stands this weekend.




Cynthia Bailey Is A Super Model In Kontrol Cynthia Bailey Is A Super Model In Kontrol

We recently previewed the Fabulous At Every Age Cover with our lovely friend and Real Housewives of Atlanta star Cynthia Bailey. So today as we prepare for the Issue release party tomorrow night at Bar one we wanted to share with you a few of the lovely images taken by Celebrity photographer Allen Cooley.



Cynthia Bailey is a woman of style, class, glam, and one who knows much about the fashion industry. The stunning Alabama native left her hometown to pursue her dreams to gain a career in the fashion industry when moving to New York City 25 years ago. Bailey had only a few experiences in the industry, but that didn’t stop her fast race to the industry. Wilhelmina Models in New York City jumped at the chance to sign her to a 5-year contract. We all may know Cynthia Bailey from the reality TV show, Real Housewives of Atlanta, but what many admire and truly respect her for her name she gained in the fashion industry. Bailey has worked with Essence, VogueElle,Glamourand Vanity Fair, and of course Kontrol Magazine. One of Bailey’s biggest accomplishments she considers is being alongside models Iman, Beverly Johnson, Naomi Campbell, and Tyra Banks in a Vanity Fair spread shot by, Annie Leibovitz. Cynthia has a new accomplishment now her fashion school, The Bailey Agency School of Fashion.

With so much going on as a businesswoman in the fashion industry you wonder when she has time for herself to catch up on her favorites and must have. After finishing up the photo shoot with Kontrol for this issues cover with Cynthia we were able to sit down and ask her a few questions every fashionista wants to know…Get those datails when you pick up the new issue on stands this weekend.


in the issue Cynthia wears pieces from   L.K. Bennett, Giuseppe Zanotti, Yigal Azrouël New York, and more styled by Editor-in-Chief/Head stylist Julian Lark. Makeup done by Jeremy Dell and hair by Brandy Wells. Cynthia is also wearing Femme Fatale lipstick from the Revel by Julian Lark Make up collection.



Drama: Leaked Footage from New Danity Kane Reality Show Surfaces; Dawn Defends Herself [Video] Drama: Leaked Footage from New Danity Kane Reality Show Surfaces; Dawn Defends Herself [Video]

Danity Kane may be no more, but Danity Kane’s drama keeps on thriving!


Of course we all have heard the rumors of a  Danity Kane reality show possibly being in the works, and now we have concrete evidence that the ladies were actually filming.

Late last night, some footage from the unaired show leaked online — unfortunately it doesn’t show our former cover girl Dawn Richard in the best light.

In the clip, you see Dawn ditch working with the girls in NYC to attend meetings related to her solo career.

Watch below:

It wasn’t long after the clip hit the net that Dawn (or people on Dawn’s behalf) released an alleged email exchange between herself and the producers of the show acknowledging that the whole clip was ‘staged’.


This whole thing has gotten out of control. Whats next…A video of the fight? When will this end?

VH1 REVEALS Full Cast And Premiere Date For “Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood” STARRING Ray J, Omarion, Soulja Boy & More VH1 REVEALS Full Cast And Premiere Date For “Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood” STARRING Ray J, Omarion, Soulja Boy & More

The full cast and premiere date for “Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood” has been released by VH1.  Find out who’ll be playing out their dramas for the camera inside…..


EVENING BUZZ: Beyonce Serenades Jay Z EVENING BUZZ: Beyonce Serenades Jay Z


When Beyonce isn’t squashing those divorce rumors on her IG, she’s making videos to crush them even more. Queen Bey released a trailer for her “On The Run” Tour with Jay Z that will air as an HBO Special on September 20. The sultry clip features Beyonce covering Cher’s “Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)” as Jay looks on. And, the twosome is pushing the “Bonnie And Clyde” theme until the wheels fall off. So are you buying what King Beyonce is selling or do you feel its all just for show?

Check out the trailer above and let us know your thoughts.

Kontrol Magazine Presents The Fabulous At Every Age Issue Release Party Kontrol Magazine Presents The Fabulous At Every Age Issue Release Party

We recently released our cover art for the The Fabulous At Every Age Issue and the response has been…in one word FABULOUS. This issue is packed with fashion beauty and a whole lot of celebrity one on ones.  Were super excited about this issue and have deiced to keep sharing it with you. 

So where proud to present The Fabulous At Every Age Issue Release Party Hosted by Real Housewives of Atlanta Cynthia Bailey and Actress Demetria McKinney on Thursday, August 21st at Bar One.The evening will be filled with celebrity appearances, media professionals, city influencer’s, live music and exquisite cuisine.

We would also like to thank our Fab sponsors

Vanity The Agency, Monte’ Bella Boutique, Zaxby’s, Revel By Julian Lark, I Heart Hair, Inc and The Bailey Agency

Get your tickets HERE Today

Experience the Difference with Intriguing Hair Experience the Difference with Intriguing Hair

Recently, I had the opportunity to speak with Nikia Bishop, the owner and managing director of Intriguing Hair. The businesswoman really impressed me with her dedication to her industry, the amount of research she conducted and the knowledge she possessed on hair. Based in Massachusetts, the owner works with several stylists and salons all over the country to ensure that her clients have the best possible experience with her hair. Bishop has run Intriguing Hair for right at one year but she has been a hair aficionado for many, many years.

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Nikia takes that love and pours it into developing the best quality product. She understands that no matter how beautiful and vibrant the website and Instagram pictures (and they are), if one does not deliver a superior, quality product, (and she does), the pretty pics will not save you in a saturated market. She differentiates herself with fair, affordable prices, the best hair available, and elite customer service. Bishop truly believes in the golden rule of treating others how she wants to be treated.

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Nikia also offered some very valuable tips in caring for your hair and the weave. First and most important: installation. As we stated earlier, she partners with superior salons in various major cities where she can vouch for the quality of their work in terms of a safe and lasting install. Also, remember to care for your hair and the added hair because it is real hair. Wash plus condition every one or two weeks (based on build-up level). If you are wearing your hair curly, or another natural texture, try using your favorite moisture-sealing oil (like castor or shea) in a tapered squeeze bottle; this will help you to make sure you can get to your actual hair underneath the install. If you wear your hair pressed or relaxed, Bishop suggests you use a heat protectant when styling as well as a lighter oil like Olive to seal moisture. The hair specialist also identifies the texture of the types of hair she offers on her site, intriguinghair.com, as well as customer care specialists who can help you select the best hair for your hair.

To see the beautiful hair available as well as find top stylists in your area, please visit the Intriguing Hair team on their site and @intriguinghair on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.



Tia Mowry Hardrict blasts cyber bullies for criticizing her son’s hair Tia Mowry Hardrict blasts cyber bullies for criticizing her son’s hair

Tia Mowry Hardrict puts her son’s cyber bullies on blast

Tia Mowry Hardrict is playin g no games and has responded to cyber bullies who talked about her son’s hair online. Recently, “The Real” talk show host shared the above image of her and her 3-year-old son Cree, via Instagram.

In the image, her tender tot wears a cute checkered shirt, with his long curly coif in a high bun. Unfortunately for Hardrict, what she didn’t see coming, were the cyber trolls lurking on social media, who later went in on her child without remorse.


Now, Hardrict is sharing a message of her own, telling critics to educate themselves before opening their mouths…

“I am proud to have a SON that embraces his natural hair :). Hair length does not define your sex. Last I checked a penis and a vagina does. Pick up a book, educate yourself, and embrace cultures outside of your own and maybe you will see that there are PLENTY of MEN wearing top knots and MEN with long hair. Here’s a shout out to all the moms who have boys and girls with natural hair!” she wrote.

Well said! Tia really showed her maturity in this matter and handled herself very well. What are your thoughts?

Draya Michele fires shots at Orlando Scandrick on Instagram? Draya Michele fires shots at Orlando Scandrick on Instagram?

Draya Michele sends subliminal message to Orlando Scandrick

This seams to be the  year of the  breakup. On Friday, Aug. 8, reports surfaced that “Basketball Wives LA” couple Draya Michele and Orlando Scandrick had parted ways after barely surviving the latest season of their hit reality show.

Even though there are no official reports on why the couple has broken up, last night, Draya Michele appeared to be taking shots at her ex via Instagram saying…


“All parties involved … Burn slow.” read the caption.

Just days before, the Mint Swim owner shared another cryptic message, reminding us that people are who they are.

“People are going to be who they are whether u make a complete change in front of the world or not. I did my part and have no regrets,” she wrote.

Could Michele be implying that her ex cheated? You tell us what you think below. Where gonna sit back and wait to see what hapen

Demetria McKinney Covers The Fabulous At Every Age Issue Demetria McKinney Covers The Fabulous At Every Age Issue

Today we bring you the 2nd cover for our Fabulous At Every Age Issue out later this month. .

We would like to reintroduce to the lovely and talented Demetria McKinney… She stole your heart as Janine Payne in Tyler Perry’s House of Payne and this month she will captivate you as not only an singer but as our newest cover girl. In the new issue of Kontrol Demetria  speaks on the ending of House of Payne, being a mother and her new EP “Officially Demetria”.

In The Fabulous At Every Age Issue Demetria tells Kontrol the following about her new EP.

“I wanted to tell my stories my way and show a side of me only my close friends know. When I get into the studio, I’m very mood driven. So if I’m going through [it] with my man, I wanna sing about it.”

“My EP, “Officially Demetria”, is definitely getting back to R&B. Sexy, honest, real, and ME. LOL! Everyone knows the characters I’ve played, but getting to the heart and soul of me and my experiences was the inspiration…” Like her musical tastes she draws inspiration from a number of legendary artists, Whitney Houston., Chaka Khan, Diana Ross, and Mary J. Blige are just a few.

Shot by Nathan Pearcy

Hair By Danie

Make up Christian Balenciaga

Styled by Julian Lark

Assistant styling by M Lashea

Keeping It Real with Cocoa Brown Keeping It Real with Cocoa Brown

From her tell-it-like-it-is personality to the nurturing love that she displays with her son, Cocoa Brown is just like the girl next door. Growing up in Newport News, Virginia, Ms. Brown was granted the gift of gab by chance. She states that her passion for comedy sort of fell in her lap as an opportunity. What started as hosting for events on her college campus, led to her natural progression of stage presence and success as a comedian. “I found that I needed to find a formula for stand up. I wanted to deliver the naked truth. I’ve been putting my business on Front Street since the beginning.”Cocoa Brown expressed that comedy was a form of therapy for her. Being able to go through something painful, processing it and allowing her fans and supporters to “laugh at her pain”gives her the chance to work through pain and help others who could be experiencing similar things.

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Cocoa Brown wears many different hats aside from being a comedian but the most important role is being a mommy. “My son is my manager.”Finding balance in her professional life and utilizing a wonderful support system have been the key points in maintaining her parenting and relationship with her son.

When preparing her roles in Tyler Perry’s “For Better or For Worse”and the upcoming film “Single Moms Club,”Ms. Brown speaks of incorporating the different elements of her personal life to act out the scenes in a more realistic way. She states, “As I was preparing for ‘Single Moms Club,’ I was contemplating walking away from my marriage and actually being a single mom. I give the audience the pain and frustration of not knowing where to go and what to do.”With the roles that she is given, Cocoa Brown takes on the situation to see how she would act as this person and allows the character to come through her. It is not about acting, you have to be.


From becoming a mother, to going through a divorce and having her career go from one extreme to the other, Cocoa Brown illustrates these things in her upcoming memoir,“Invisible Girl,”and her one woman show, “Confessions of a Suicidal Diva.”She was inspired by her pregnancy to purge her life; reality set in and she realized that in order to be the best mother for her son, she needed to let go of past hurts and become a whole woman. With these two projects, Ms. Brown hopes she displays authenticity and complete nakedness to who she is and gives her supporters and fans a walk through her life.

By: Kanesha Pryor

Cynthia Bailey Covers The Fabulous At Every Age Issue Cynthia Bailey Covers The Fabulous At Every Age Issue

We’re super excited to introduce to you our Fabulous At Every Age Issue out later this month. To kick things off here is a look at the first of two covers.

We would like to reintroduce to you Cynthia Bailey… Mom, Model and  Mogul. Cynthia Bailey is everything that Kontrol stands for, beauty, fashion and style. In the new issue of Kontrol Cynthia speaks on the fashion industry,  her favorite beauty regiments, her daughters and how to survive being a business woman.

Were there any habits you had to break in order to succeed in the Fashion Industry?

 Bailey states when she was entering into the fashion industry at only eighteen years old she knew she must be able to put in the work and have a strong ambition to keep pushing forward in the industry.

“You have to be able to put in the work to have a successful career in any industry.”

 “Failures not an option.”

Check out Cynthia Bailey on the cover of The Fabulous At Every Age  Issue out August 18th. Until then take a look at the behind the scenes footage and learn how she rocks the camera.

Online Boutique Spotlight: Introducing Luxe Apparel Online Boutique Spotlight: Introducing Luxe Apparel

Luxe Apparel is a diverse and daring brand based in Atlanta, Georgia. The boutique is a world of bold, unique, and fashion-forward pieces that represent confidence in every aspect.describes their style blend as the SCT Movement—SASSY, CLASSY with a hint of TRASHY! This is the perfect online site for fashion divas that like to look sexy and fabulous at reasonable prices. With a variety of looks to choose from, Luxe Apparel will definitely help you make a fashion statement.

Website: www.SCTMovement.com

Instagram: @SCT_Movement

By: Kela B.

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Photo Caption 1: Singer Kissie Lee wearing Luxe Apparel with Kontrol’s Editor-in-Chief

Top Image Credits Photography by Ahmad Barber

Hair By Dairyann Shawnice

Make up by Bee Wade

Kontrol Giveaway: Win A Pair Of Flips Audio Headphones! Kontrol Giveaway: Win A Pair Of Flips Audio Headphones!

If your a music lover like us then you will love these amazing Flip Audio headphones! Flip Headphones are runway ready and every fashionista’s Music dream. Headphone & Speakers in one, Neodymium speakers with amplified Sound, Custom vented ear cups & memory foam touch points,  Rechargeable Li-Polymer battery Folding design & protective caserotective case. Now tell me that doesn’t get your attention.


Sometimes you want to savor a smooth song all by yourself. Other times the tune is just too good not to share. Flip over is a brand new way to listen to music with these HD headphones that flip into amplified, powerful speakers. Experience your sounds any way you want.


Well here is your chance to win a free pair of Flips. Tell us below which love and hip star has graced our cover not once but twice,


Queen Bey Drops Flawless Remix with Nicki Minaj Queen Bey Drops Flawless Remix with Nicki Minaj

by Samantha Denäe


Well now we know why Nicki waited to drop her latest single, “Anaconda”. She and Queen Bey have teamed up for the “Flawless” Remix and let me say it’s a straight BANGER!!


Not only does Nicki kill her verse, as we all expected, but Queen Bey steals the show as she raps! She even talks about the elevator fight between her husband Jay and sister Solange.


She also lets everyone know how SHE KNOWS she’s the shhh and how you wish you had a baby mama like her!

“Queen of Rap slayin with Queen Bey”, this remix is about to be everywhere! Can’t wait to see the visual for it. Check out the track below!

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Flawless Remix-Beyonce ft Nicki Minaj

Kontrol Giveaway:  “Go INTO THE STORM” Prize Pack Sweepstakes Kontrol Giveaway:  “Go INTO THE STORM” Prize Pack Sweepstakes

From New Line Cinema, in association with Village Roadshow Pictures, comes the tornado disaster film “Into the Storm.” Steven Quale (“Final Destination 5”) directs the film, which is produced by Todd Garner (“Zookeeper,” “Knight and Day”).

 In the span of a single day, the town of Silverton is ravaged by an unprecedented onslaught of tornadoes. The entire town is at the mercy of the erratic and deadly cyclones, even as storm trackers predict the worst is yet to come. Most people seek shelter, while others run towards the vortex, testing how far a storm chaser will go for that once-in-a-lifetime shot.

Please watch the movie trailer below and answer the question below in the comment box for a chance to win the GRAND PRIZE PACK that includes

Flat Bill Adjustable Hat Next Level CVC Crew Charcoal T-Shirt

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o   Hollywood Movie Money is a free admission voucher to see a predetermined film (INTO THE STORM), which is redeemable in any theater (excluding AMC Theaters) nationwide starting 08/08/14 and valid for a limited time.

How many cyclones where counted in the trailer?

Alicia Keys and Swizz Beatz are expecting their 2nd bundle of JOY! Alicia Keys and Swizz Beatz are expecting their 2nd bundle of JOY!

Alicia Keys entered our hearts, ears, minds, and souls with her debut album Songs in A Minor. After this CD was deemed a complete success, Alicia allowed us to walk through the pages of her secret diary with her next smash album, The Diary of Alicia Keys. By her third album, As I Am, this singer, actress, songwriter, producer, and over all genius was an international success capturing the melody of music and love from every human being on this planet. Not to mention, falling in love with super producer and Swizz Beatz was just icing on the cake for this songstress.

Alicia Keys, Swizz Beatz and Egypt are a Happy Family in Brazil

With creamy vocals and a heart large enough to fit the continent of Africa, Alicia Keys is an asset to the music industry and wont hit the brakes anytime soon. With 5 albums, a boat load of awards, and an MTV Unplugged recording session under her belt, Alicia is the epitome of an R and B artist in today’s music society. Thats why its my pleasure to say that Alicia and her Husband is expecting their second bundle of joy. Alicia let the world know via her instagram earlier today. Their first born son together, Egypt, will acquire a partner in crime and someone he could trade musical notes with. How cute! Congratulations to Alicia Keys and Swizz Beatz on their second blessing from the Lord above. I wish you good tidings and a healthy birth for your next baby. Alicia I know that body will be snatched together just like the first go round! We will wait and see how you slay the next red carpet you walk!

Banish irons, steam machines and spray clothing wrinkles away in seconds Banish irons, steam machines and spray clothing wrinkles away in seconds

If your anything like me you hate to iron clothes especially when your on vacation.  The next time you have to travel for vacation or work, forget about putting that hotel raggedy iron to work. Now, you can simply spray your clothes with Downy Wrinkle Releaser Plus, tug out any visible wrinkles, smooth the fabric, allow your garment to dry and be wrinkle, static and odor free in less than five minutes.

Silicones in Downy Wrinkle Release Plus grip the fabric fibers in garments making it possible for them to slide against each other rather than being frozen in a crease so wrinkles are no longer a time consuming part of your dressing routine. 


During MBFW in Miami last month i got to really test out the Downy Wrinkle Releaser Plus and i loved it! It was perfect for everything i brought with me. You must try Downy Wrinkle Releaser Plus today!



New Janet Jackson Album in the Works! New Janet Jackson Album in the Works!

Written By Tiara Shae: Twitter- @TiaraShaeH | Instagram-@TiaraShae


Word in the internet streets is that Janet Jackson is working on a new album! Vocal producer and sound engineer Ian Cross confirmed to Barefoot Mag that he and his good pal, Janet Jackson, have been putting in work for her new album.


Ian Cross shares that the two have been flying coast to coast to work on her new music. Ian shares with the magazine, “…we’ve been working in Qatar. We’ve been working in Paris, the Middle East, and now we feel like we can work anywhere.”

Ian also gives us a heads of what we already knew was the case, the album is going to be stellar. B. Scott reports that Ian Cross says, “The new album is going to be great. It’s a process. There’s a lot in store, yet to come. I can’t go into too many details but I think Janet Jackson’s fans are going to be very excited about the new album, and I think people who don’t know her as fans are going to be excited about it, too.”


Ian shares the inspiration behind the sound of Janet’s album, “The new paradigm of music, the real people in music now, are blending technology and music together. It’s becoming more and more seamless. I find that the direction, not just of the music, but the concept of making albums is changing and developing so quickly and rapidly. We’re going to be doing things that are completely unexpected that nobody’s seen before. We apply that to the music in the album itself and that’s why we only want to work with the best of the best. We’re bringing in some of the best people on the planet to work on this record. We’ve got the best rig, the best speakers, and we’re doing a lot of new and interesting things.”

Are you excited about this as much as we are? Let us know your thoughts!



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It looks like H&M’s next guest designer, Alexander Wang played the bad girl card for his new RTW campaign again! If like me Alexander Wang is one of your fave designers, you probably loooove his F/W 2014 collection! But what about the related campaign that just came up?

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s/s2014 campaign

Like the previous one for his spring/summer 2014 collection taking place in public restrooms, Wang’s girls have intriguing expressions on their faces and provocative poses. Laying down on the floor, they look under other girls’ dresses for instance

. AW 3 girls

Their bad manners seem to bring them into trouble when on the other shoots taken through windowpanes, you can see their madness from ending up in what seems to be a boarding school.

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What do you think about Wang’s provocative way to promote his last collections? Does it distract you from the main purpose, which is to look at the clothes? Are you excited about his collection for H&M available this upcoming November?

#Kontrolyournetwork! Ladies who Brunch Atlanta: A Recap of the Royal Tea Affair #Kontrolyournetwork! Ladies who Brunch Atlanta: A Recap of the Royal Tea Affair