Taking It All Off: Close Crops

Close Crops

By Anne L. Fritz for Brilliant Color and Beauty Today

Hollywood’s biggest stars are taking it all off — their hair, that is. “It” girl Emma Watson was the latest to make a date with a pair of scissors, trading her long honey tresses for a pixie crop reminiscent of Mia Farrow. She follows in the footsteps of Renee Zellweger, who opted for a layered bob earlier this year; Cate Blanchett, who debuted a short crop at the Tony Awards over the summer; and fellow 20-something Hayden Panettiere, who after a few weeks of playing around with different hair colors, settled on a pixie cut in April.


Artist Spotlight: Barry Southgate

Meet singer/songwriter Barry Southgate. Southgate is a South African native, who grew up around music, perhaps, all his life. His father and two younger brothers all play guitar and sing, while his mother recorded a gospel album with her church choir years ago.
But it wasn’t until 2003 when Southgate moved to Sydney, Australia, leaving his family behind, to perform with singing/dancing group, Jireh. For two yeas he traveled with the group before they disbanded, even turning down a record deal.

A fan favorite from Australian Idol, (the country’s version of the US own American Idol talent competition), Southgate is now preparing for the release of his solo project, ‘Epitome’. The 5-track EP, is a fusion of pop and soul music, which according to Barry, the music that most represents who he is.


Rick Ross Speaks Health Scare On 106 & Park

Rick Ross made his first television appearance since suffering from two seizures last month while en route to a performance in Memphis, Tennessee.

The self declared, Teflon Don, says lack of sleep and a grueling schedule was the cause for his recent health scare. “It was a case of me not getting enough rest, enough sleep,” he said. He also added he’s making more effort to take care of himself.

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Happy Birthday Nelly!

Nelly celebrates his 37th birthday today!

The “Country Grammar” rapper, who burst on the scene in 2000, has not only sold 21 millions albums across the United States, but has ventured off into acting and has become a lucrative businessman.

He’s even a philanthropist. He founded the “4Sho4Kids Foundation” following the diagnosis and death of his sister Jackie Donahue from leukemia. The foundation attempts to educate African-Americans and other minorities about the need for bone marrow transplants, and urges the registration of more donors.

Just how will he celebrate his birthday, Vegas of course!

He’ll host his birthday/fight party at TAO Las Vegas, Saturday, Nov 12th. I wonder if his on-off and believed to be back on girlfriend Ashanti will be in toe to celebrate? Hmm…I’ll keep you posted.

Happy birthday!!!

Kim Kardashian Writes Touching Letter To Fans Following Divorce Filing

Since announcing her separation and pending divorce from Kris Humphries, Kim Kardashian is now addressing her fans in a heart felt letter.

On her official website she writes,

“This is probably the hardest thing I’ve ever had to write. I see all of the support and I am so thankful for my fans, friends and family who are helping me through this difficult time.

I am trying not to read all the different media reports but it’s hard not to see all the negative ones. First and foremost, I married for love. I can’t believe I even have to defend this. I would not have spent so much time on something just for a TV show! I share so much of my life on a reality show, that contemplating whether to even film my wedding was a tough decision to make, and maybe it turned out to not be the smartest decision. But it’s who I am! We filmed Kourtney giving birth, Khloe getting married, break ups, make ups, our best moments and our worst moments. These were all real moments. That’s what makes us who we are. We share, we give, we love and we are open!

Everyone that knows me knows that I’m a hopeless romantic! I love with all of my heart and soul. I want a family and babies and a real life so badly that maybe I rushed in to something too soon. I believed in love and the dream of what I wanted so badly. I felt like I was on a fast roller coaster and couldn’t get off when now I know I probably should have. I got caught up with the hoopla and the filming of the TV show that when I probably should have ended my relationship, I didn’t know how to and didn’t want to disappoint a lot of people.


(Exclusive Interview) Erica Gluck: The Original Brittany Pitts of Hit Show ‘The Game’

I had the pleasure of interviewing a young actress by the name of Erica Gluck. You all may remember her as the original Brittany Pitts of hit television show, ‘The Game’,  the daughter of Sabers wide receiver Jason Pitts and house wife Kelly Pitts.

As you may already know, ‘The Game’ was an original sitcom on The CW running for 3 seasons until its cancellation in 2009. With much persistence by loyal fans, the show was renewed, only this time, on BET networks. As expected, the show was an instant success. Unfortunately, among many changes, it had been 2 years later, and the original Brittany Pitts, played by Erica, had been replaced.

For the first time, the actress speaks on finding out about the show’s renewal, not being re-casted and what she’s been up to.  We even get a bit of background information on the real Erica and future projects she has in store.

Here’s what she had to say.

Cotten Kandi: Did you always want to be an actress?

Erica: Ever since I can remember. My parents told me that my first step was a dance step, so I guess you
can say I have always wanted to be an entertainer.

CK: At what age did you get started?

Erica: I auditioned for a national Target Christmas commercial when I was 4 and got the job.

CK: How old are you now? Some reports suggest you’re 12 while others say 13.
Erica: I turned 13 July 22nd.

CK: Where are you and your family originally from?

Erica: My dad is from NY and my mom is from Philly.

CK: I read somewhere you speak Japanese. How did you learn the language?
Erica: I take Japanese at school. I am in my second year. I love sushi and the culture!

CK: How do you feel about the new installment of television show, ‘The Game’ and not being asked back to reprise your role as Brittany Pitts?

Erica: I am still a fan of the show. I was glad to be on for three seasons, but I was disappointed when I found out I was not being asked back.


What Your Favorite Stars Wore For Halloween: Tia Mowry, Beyonce, Amber Rose, Keyshia Cole & More…

Over the weekend I posted a few photos of what some of your favorite celebrities wore for Halloween. I have two more to add to that collection and perhaps more to come in the near future.
Tia Mowry tweeted this photo of her baby boy Cree as a miniature fireman. How cute!

“My little fireman!! Happy Halloween! http://lockerz.com/s/152197343″

Beyonce was spotted on her way into Kanye‘s Halloween party in NYC last night. She was dressed as bumble bee. How fitting!


Jessica Simpson Confirms Pregnancy

Jessica Simpson is one clever little bee. She (kind of) confirmed that she is going to be a mummy!

Although lugging around an obvious baby bump, the singer has avoided photos of her mid section and any talk of her pregnancy for the past couple of months.

On Halloween Simpson tweeted,“!!!ANNOUNCEMENT!!! http://bit.ly/uaAqZ7.”

The link provided, brought her followers to her official website where the below images were posted and she was, in fact, dressed as a mummy for Halloween. This time holding her growing bump. Quite clever.