December 27, 2005
THE LAST MESSAGE FROM THE EDITORHey lovers,I loved you all like lovers...well, not you that gave me the Canal Street Gift Card for X-Mas.
Well I have good news and bad news.The good news is that I was/am/will always be fabulous and because of Hollyhood Blogazine so are you.The bad news is that this is my last week posting on HollyHood.Yes folks it's the end of my brainchild...a place that was part blog and part magazine that covered topics from Hollywood to the hood and at the same time columns on living glam(not to mention it was also gay friendly).
This blog originally was started to prove to a nasty reader of my other blog(which is also nearing retirement),that people indeed wanted to hear about the things that I wrote about.
I'm retiring to move on to some really great ventures and I thank you all for reading,commenting and just stopping by.
Sure it was "just a blog" to everybody else but to me it was creating something from scratch.It was writing,researching,and punching up articles and finding interesting pics that people would find hot.
I get an incredible amount of daily hits and I would like all of those hits to find other great blogs such as mines(though it'll be hard...lol) here are a few:
rod 2.0 beta
Crunk & Disorderly
Inciting A Riot
young black and fabulous
and many many others that specialize in pop culture.
So, enjoy this final edition of Hollyhood Blogazine...it's been a pleasure.
Remember to see the glam in everything and everyone...including Bobby Brown.
Thanks for visiting my hood..it's been fabulous.Now,you ain't got to go home...but your ass can't stay here.Actually you can come back as long as this blog is up...I have months of archives.Have a great 06' and make it as fab as you can dream.
Byeeeeee and smooches!
HAVE U SEEN & HEARD???50 Cent performed during his show at Belle Centre in Montreal, Canada on Monday (December 19). Check out pictures from Abaca.
Mad rhymin' about goin' 104 on Interstate 684 - there's just no stopping DMX... on the highway, or in the courtroom. And he still can't vote. Watch a clip from TMZ.com.
P$C are out with the video to their new single 'Do Ya Thing', from the album '25 To Life'. Watch it online at Yahoo! Music.
8Ball and MJG, Chris Brown, Daddy Yankee, David Banner, Juelz Santana, Keyshia Cole, Lil Flip, Pitbull, Queen Latifah, Remy Ma, Sean Paul, Trina, Twista, Ying Yang Twins, and Young Buck were on hand for BET's '106 & Park' taping for their New Year's Eve broadcast on December 16th at BET Studios in New York City. Check out pictures from FilmMagic.
Sean 'Diddy' Combs and his 'Making the Band 3' Girls visited 'Total Request Live' on Tuesday (December 20) at MTV Studios - Times Square in New York City. Check out pictures from FilmMagic & GettyImages
Jennifer Lopez was photographed on Thursday (December 22) at East 11th St in New York City. Check out pictures from WireImage.
Ricky Martin was photographed working out on the beach with a male friend on holiday on St. Barthelemey in the French Caribbean on Saturday (December 24). Check out pictures here
The Fugees performed during their 'Fugees Reunion Tour 2005' stop at the POPB in Paris, France on December 12th. Abenaa opened the show. Check out pictures from Abaca
Beyonce Knowles was on the phone with Ryan Seacrest of KIIS FM in Los Angeles on December 9th. The singer talked about the group's Wal-Mart commercial filmed at her mother's home in Houston and her dad's overacting in it, her upcoming films, plans to record her sophomore solo album around May, and her True Star Gold fragrance. She also responded to gossip she's about to get married soon and that she's about to become a mother soon. Listen to the interview here.
Jamie Foxx and Mary J. Blige visited 'Total Request Live' on Wednesday (December 21) at MTV Studios - Times Square in New York City. Check out pictures from FilmMagic, GettyImages & Wire Image
'Today' show's David Gregory talked with Anita Baker about her new CD of Christmas music. Then, Baker performed 'I'll Be Home for Christmas' from her release. Watch the segment, aired Tuesday (December 20), at MSN.com.
Keyshia Cole is out with the live video to 'I Should Have Cheated'. Watch it online at Yahoo! Music.
Ciara performed at the Bank Atlantic Center on Wednesday (December 21) in Sunrise, Florida. Check out pictures from GettyImages and LFI.
December 26, 2005
GOSSIP 2 GO 12/27OPRAH GETS GROUNDED
Oprah Winfrey's private GulfStream jet was forced to return to California's Santa Barbara Municipal Airport after its windshield cracked because it hit a bird, officials said. Winfrey and boyfriend Stedman Graham were not injured, though the bird apparently was. As was the plane, which will remain grounded until its windshield can be repaired, Santa Barbara Fire Department spokesman John Ahlman tells the Associated Press. The collision occurred around 12:30 p.m. Monday just after take off. "This is not a totally unusual thing," Ahlman said of the cracked windshield. "We see these things pretty frequently."
THE GOSSIP POTS ARE BOILING ABOUT RACHAEL RAY
LONG before Rachael Ray became Oprah Winfrey’s favorite cook and a star on the Food Network, she was a deadbeat who had to leave Pace University because she squandered her tuition money, according to a well-placed source.
Ray dropped out of college and returned to her family in the Adirondacks, in the process leaving behind angry creditors, some of whom “were threatening her,” a family insider told PAGE SIX.read more
RAPPERS ON TV THIS WEEK
With about every show in reruns this week, rap acts on television for the week are virtually all on Saturday for New Year's Eve, though on Tuesday, Rev Run of Run-DMC appears on 'Daily Download'. MTV's annual New Year's Eve party from Times Square features performances by Kanye West, Common, and Young Jeezy, and an appearance by Rev Run and his family. New Year's Eve Live with Regis Philbin (FOX) features Nick Cannon. New Year's Eve with Carson Daly (NBC) features Sean 'Diddy' Combs.
Aspiring rapper and Britney Spears' husband Kevin Federline has launched his official website, featuring a preview of his music and a message to visitors. K-Fed writes, "Hey Everyone. I don't think we've ever been formally introduced. My name is Kevin Federline. I'm 6 feet tall, have brown hair and brown eyes. I enjoy horseback riding, long walks on the beach and the wind whipping through my hair. Ha ha ha. On a more serious note, there's going to be a lot more information and updates on here in the coming weeks and I think this will provide you with the opportunity to get to know who I really am. Anyway, thanks for checking out my site and be sure to come back often. You can click here to join my email list and also check me out on MySpace. Kevin." Check it out at KevinFederline.com.
MORE WOES FOR FOXY
Reuters reports that Manhattan Criminal Court Judge Melissa Jackson on Friday ordered Foxy Brown handcuffed to her seat in court until she apologized for sticking out her tongue during a hearing stemming from the rapper's 2004 arrest on assault charges. Read more.
MARY J. IS NO LEGEND
ContactMusic.com reports that Mary J. Blige doesn't want to be referred to as a "legend". She said, "They've been trying to call me a legend since my second album when I was 22. It's cool to be labelled as an inspiration by new singers as it means people are still talking about me. But legendary is for Anita Baker, Chaka Khan, and Aretha Franklin. Call me a legend a 60 and I might be comfortable with it."
Mary J. Blige told OK! magazine what was her best Christmas memory. "It was when I got a doll called Dancerella," she revealed. "I think I was seven years old, and we realy wanted these Dancerella dolls, and my mother got them for us." As for her Christmas plans for today, she said, "Everyone cooks and we pray over food and we eat and we talk and that's it. Nothing heavy."
CIARA GETS MISTY WHEN IT COMES TO KATRINA
OK! magazine caught up with Ciara in a Q&A and asked the singer if Hurricane Katrina had a greater effect on her because she grew up in the South. "It was very, very emotional for me," Ciara said. "I remember doing one interview and couldn't really make it through it. It's realy, and no matter what, I'm a citizen of the United States, and this is what's happening to the country as a whole, not just New Orleans - we're all one"
OPRAH PLAYS MATCHMAKER
What did Oprah Winfrey get her best friend, Gayle King, for the holidays? Apparently, a man.
A source close to the best buds say that the queen of talk has hooked King up with none other than one of her other pals, gospel star BeBe Winans.
"Gayle and BeBe have known each other forever. But Oprah figured that since both are divorced and looking to date, why not date each other?" the source tells us.
After King spends time with her kids and ex-husband in Connecticut, she and Winans will meet up with Winfrey and her boyfriend, Stedman Graham, at the talk-show host's Santa Barbara estate, where they plan to ring in the New Year together.
MAHER TO MAKE HONEST WOMAN OUT OF KARRINE STEFFANS
Is Bill Maher ready to give up his bachelor status? Several friends of HBO's resident political pundit say that Maher could be on the verge of proposing to his girlfriend Karrine Steffans.
Steffans, the (shall we say) sexually generous dancer who penned the best-selling memoir "Confessions of a Video Vixen," met Maher in April, and the two have been dating ever since.
Maher has been adamant that he'd never get married and vowed never to date seriously again after being sued last year for $9 million in palimony by an ex-girlfriend, flight attendant Coco Johnson. But he and his new girlfriend were recently spotted shopping for rings at Tiffany's in Beverly Hills, and there has even been talk of the couple writing a sex-and-relationship book together.
FRIENDS WORRY ABOUT SHRINKING RICHIE
Even Paris Hilton — yes, Paris Hilton! — is worried about Nicole Richie. "Paris has told me, 'Yes, I'm concerned about her,'" a friend of the hotel heiress tells Star. "They grew up together and she doesn't want anything terrible to happen to her!"And Paris isn't the only one. "Everyone has noticed her weight loss," a close friend of the skinny starlet tells Star. "But it's a subject you don't talk about with Nicole. It's not like she doesn't know what people are saying. She sees the magazine headlines — she says she's always been skinny, except right after she got out of rehab (in 2003). But that's not true. Look at pictures of her when she was 16 — she's chunky. This is not her normal weight."In fact, Richie, 24, looks scarily thin after losing about 30 pounds in the last year and a half. She's been partying at an alarming rate, and to cap it off, she just broke up with ex-fiancé Adam Goldstein (a.k.a. DJ AM), 32, whom she had hoped to marry in the new year.
LOOKIN FOR MORE K-FED NEWS?
Britney Spears is furious that hubby Kevin Federline is recklessly spending her money to record his debut CD, which he hopes will kick-start his rap career.A source close to the couple estimates that Kevin, 27, has already spent over $1 million of his wife's loot with no end in sight."Kevin's like a runaway freight train when it comes to blowing Britney's money," the source said.Britney, 24, has already built Kevin a $400,000 music studio in their Malibu mansion. He used her money to fly in several music producers and each recording session with them costs $40,000. The source also said he has hired a musician at $5,000 a day and is forking out $4,000 to buy the beat or melody for each track.Kevin's spending infuriates Britney, says the source. But she's even more annoyed that she has practically been banned from his recording sessions.
NEW YEAR'S EVE FOR THE CHEAP AND CHICLiving in NYC,it's considered taboo in my circles to not go out and be seen partying your ass off at some overcrowded V.I.P. room at some overcrowded over priced over-rated club.
Since I was 16 years old,I have been out clubhopping and getting drunk on New Year's Eve.Crazy?Maybe,but I have had so much fun on that night that it should have been illegal(quiet as kept..a lot of times it was).
Now that I'm 25 and have done the New Years Eve thing in Sydney,Los Angeles,New Orleans,Paris and of course NYC,I have this whole "been there and done that" attitude going on.This year I will be doing it up very simple...8 of me and my friends(well 4 of us and our guests) will be going to my winter place in Vermont for an elegant dining experience,drinks,some classic movies,a little jacuzzying(yes it's a verb now),and a pajama jam.It's simple,it's classy,it's not too expensive,and it's intimate...the total opposite of my New Years' past.If you're looking to spend New Year's Eve simplified,inexpensive and with little planning then here are some ideas for you.
This is a great party for girlfriends,(or 2 snaps..."girlfriends") or for a few couples you love spending time with.Here's how to:
Create a theme for the evening.(movies,card games,naked twister,etc...)
Determine how many people you can invite by assessing your accommodations. If additional bedding is needed, break out blow-up mattresses.
Advise guests to bring PJs and hold off on dessert.
Make the start time around 9pm so friends can have an early dinner elsewhere and still show up with enough energy for some fun.
Serve a buffet of mini desserts such as truffles, tiny fruit tarts, small cookies and one-bite brownies. Include a sparkling wine as well as regular and decaf coffee. And of course some bubble for the midnight drink.
Create a bedtime gift bag for each guest that includes soap, a toothbrush, mini toothpaste and some slippers. (Costco)
Stock up on items for an easy and light breakfast: scrambled eggs, fresh fruit, pastries and coffee.
Encourage friends to change into their jammies the minute they arrive.
Girlfriends' Spa Night
Gather the girls and turn over your New Year's leaf with a healthy, rejuvenating evening of pampering...for the happily single divas of the world.
Keep the guest list small and manageable.
Serve light,elegant snacks such as salmon pâté atop cucumber wheels, crudités with a yogurt dip, skewers of prosciutto and cantaloupe, chicken salad in endive leaves and bonbons or chocolate-dipped strawberries or some hot wings and chili dogs...do you. Splurge ‑- literally and figuratively ‑- and let the champagne flow freely.
Burn soothing scented candles in each room.
Create spa stations... Design a facial table complete with home dermabrasion kits and masks, facial cleanser, moisturizer, enough facecloths for all guests and hair bands for pulling back long hair. Add a mani-pedi area. Consider hiring a manicurist to do each guest's fingers or toes, or ask a talented friend to do the honors. Be sure to include nail polish remover, cotton balls, a selection of nail polishes, clippers and files, toe separators, foot cream, a few soaking tubs, hand towels and flip-flops.
Play fun music and watch movies with sexy men in them or chick flix...or if you're freaky like me and my girls...a little gay porn.
Invite each guest to write a letter that outlines all of the things she wants to get rid of in the coming year and then burn them. It'll definitely set a promising tone for the evening and the year.
How about having a New Years Day Brunch...
Spread the word to friends right away about your brunch.Have your home set up with a warming decor and plenty of food.
Prepare recipes that can be made in advance: a large vegetable fritatta that can be served at room temperature, sausage links and silver dollar size pancakes (warm both, covered, in the oven) with hot maple syrup, good strong coffee and plenty of orange juice.
Set up a buffet in the living room or dining room and create extracomfy sitting areas with floor pillows.
Make a toast to a fabulous new year!
YOU GIVE CRAPPY GIFTSWith the end of the holidays upon us,the stores are again crowded with shoppers looking to return the gifts that loved ones waited on line for hours in those very stores for our ungrateful asses.I've compiled a list for those of you that think you give the best gifts.
7 WAYS TO FIND OUT IF YOU GIVE CRAPPY GIFTS
People are more excited about the reciept than the gift.
Last Christmas you recieved more than 4 gifts you gave other people.
The store you bought the gifts in went out of business on the 26th.
Your kids asked Santa for a gift card.
You think an IPOD is a shirt with a little alligator on it.
If instead of hearing "thank you" after giving a gift, you hear..."well,it's the thought that counts"
If you've ever bought any of these "designer" brands: Channel,Hucci,Roach, D-OAR,Baby fat,or Nada. Instead of Chanel,Gucci,Coach,Dior,Baby Phat, and Prada.
HEALTH AND FITNESS...CELEB WORKOUTS 1Have you ever watched your favorite athlete, model or actor in a movie and wished you had a body just like theirs? Unfortunately, you don't have a professional trainer who spends hours a day getting you into shape and a dietitian who plans every morsel of food you put into your mouth.
So does that mean it's hopeless? Definitely not.
With a few adjustments to your fitness and diet routine, you too can get the look you desire.
After the extra LBS that we gain after all this holiday eating...(doesn't it feel like you've been holiday eating all year???) the search for the perfect diet and exercise program becomes priority.
Everyday this week I'll give you a different celeb routine.Today's star is the sexy....
After Fight Club was released, Brad Pitt became the envy of a great number of men. His tight, muscular body was coveted, and many people sought a workout that would produce similar results. His workout was characterized by beating one muscle group up each day, then giving it the rest of the week to recover. This is very beneficial for adding muscle mass, as muscles grow during rest periods and not during the actual time in the gym.
In order to promote growth, though, you have to give your muscles a reason to grow stronger, and annihilating one group per day with numerous sets and exercises will do the trick.
Finally, at the end of the week, he finished off with a good cardio workout. This put his body in fat-burning mode, which served to shed any extra padding that covered his muscles, giving him that chiseled look.
Here are the exercises that made up his workout. Perform 3 sets of each exercise, taking approximately 60 seconds to rest between each set. Use a weight that is challenging enough that you can successfully complete 15 reps (with the exception of pushups and pullups), but be fatigued on the last rep. However, it must still be light enough for you to maintain proper form. If there is an exercise you're not sure how to do..investigate it...I can't do everythang..my name ain't Holiday Google.
Monday -- Chest
Nautilus chest press
Nautilus incline press
Pec deck machine (chest fly)
Tuesday -- Back
Wednesday -- Shoulders
Arnold dumbbell press (like a military press, but start the action with palms facing in and end the action with palms facing out)
Thursday -- Biceps/Triceps
Nautilus curl machine
EZ cable curls
Friday -- Cardio
Walking or (preferably) running on the treadmill for 45 minutes at 65% to 75% of your maximum heart rate
Saturday/Sunday -- Rest
Give yourself a few weeks to a few months on one of these programs and you will see noticeable improvements in both your condition and your appearance. Depending on which celebrity or athlete you emulate, your choice of exercises will be significantly different.
Just be sure to give 100% in all your workouts and then ensure proper rest, as these are the two key factors you need to see optimal results.
December 23, 2005
HAVE U SEEN??CIARA ON THE COVER OF VIVICA FOX'S NEW MAGAZINE JOLIE
BOBBY BROWN CO-HOSTING THE WENDY WILLIAMS PARTY ENTITLED DONS AND DIVAS
THE OTHER CO-HOST, MARY J BLIGE AND HUBBIE AT DONS AND DIVAS
MOMMY TO BE, GWEN STEFANI AND HUBBIE GAVIN CHILLIN IN MIAMI ON THURS.
VICTORIA BECKHAM A.K.A. POSH SPICE ON HER WAY TO ELTON JOHN'S WEDDING RECEPTION
HEALTH AND BEAUTYEXFOLIATION...IT'S NOT A WOMAN'S WORD ANYMORE...RIPPED FROM ASK MEN.
Exfoliation is the process of scrubbing off dead skin cells to reveal and expose "younger," fresher skin. The shedding process unclogs pores, keeps skin clean and helps reduce acne breakouts. It's usually the first step in cleaning your face, to be followed by washing your face with soap (preferably one with hypoallergenic properties) and finally, moisturizing.
The skin on your face is quite different from that of a woman's. It contains larger pores, whiskers, more collagen and elastin (fibrous proteins that help hold everything together), a denser supply of blood vessels, and it produces more sweat. Put all these factors together and a guy's face can attract a fair amount of dirt.
So, the most important component of any good facial exfoliation routine is the cleanser/foamer. Brands that sell top-notch affordable cleansers include Clinique, 4Voo.com, Baxter of California, and Nivea for Men.
Most of these products contain some combination of granulated pumice, sea salts, fruit seeds, salicylic acid, alpha-hydroxy acid, and beta hydroxy acid, all of which serve to loosen and slough off dead skin cells. Some even aid in the formation of collagen.
To get the most out of your exfoliating cleanser -- and to help work it into a good lather -- you should use one of the following methods of application.
Exfoliating gloves: Okay, these reusable nylon gloves are more suitable for women, but they work. Just put them on and gently rub the cleanser around your face. The gloves' massaging motion will also improve circulation and open pores. Just keep in mind the fact that you use them on the down low...
Sponge: An abrasive sponge, or loofa (a sponge made from the dried fibrous part of the loofa plant), works the same way as gloves, but it has the advantage of whipping the exfoliating cleanser into a richer lather that gets deeper into the pores and the skin's upper layers.
Exfoliating mask: This is a plaster-like concoction that goes on your face as a liquid goop, hardens, and then peels off to remove dead skin cells, dirt, whiteheads, etc. It can be pricey (not to mention girlie), but its thoroughness more than makes up for it.
Pumice soap: This is an inexpensive exfoliation classic -- it's a bar soap that includes granulated volcanic ash that really scrubs hard. The only disadvantage is that pumice soaps require a fair amount of scrubbing to get a good lather going.
Note: However you choose to exfoliate, don't forget to moisturize. Exfoliating can dry out already dry skin, but a moisturizer will help stabilize your skin and "feed" the new, young skin you've exposed.