Baby On The Way! John Legend and Chrissy Teigen Are Expecting

Musician John Legend and gorgeous wife Chrissy Teigen are expecting their first child. Chrissy announced the big news on Instagram Monday with the caption:

John and I are so happy to announce that we are pregnant 🙂 As many of you know, we’ve been trying to have a baby for a while now. It hasn’t been easy, but we kept trying because we can’t wait to bring our first child into the world and grow our family. We’re so excited that it’s finally happening. Thank you for all your love and well wishes. I look forward to all the belly touching! Xx

The “Ordinary People” singer expressed his excitement for him and his wife via Twitter – “We’re pregnant!”

Teigen, 29 mentioned her struggle of conceiving in a very emotional interview on her new daytime talk show FABLife –

“John and I were having trouble. We would have had kids five, six years ago if it had happened,” she said. “But my gosh, it’s been a process.”

She explained how that question has affected her throughout the course of her marriage and Tyra Banks broke down discussing her issues with fertility as well. Take a peak from the segment –

It’s a blessing to see the couple has overcame an ongoing battle and we wish you the best of luck. Congratulations John and Chrissy!

Viola Davis Makes Black History At The 2015 Emmys – Watch Her Acceptance Speech Here!

“Let me tell you something: the only thing that separates women of color from anyone else is opportunity.”

There’s absolutely no stopping this smoking train, Viola Davis has had one incredible year. History was made at Sunday’s 67th annual Emmy Awards, as Davis became the first Black actress to win the Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama for her role as Annalise Keating on ABC’s How to Get Away with Murder. An emotional, overwhelmed, and honored Davis delivered a riveting speech in acceptance of the award.

“In my dreams and visions, I seemed to see a line, and on the other side of that line were green fields, and lovely flowers, and beautiful white ladies, who stretched out their arms to me over the line, but I couldn’t reach them no-how,”

Viola quoted Harriet Tubman.

The struggle for Black woman in television has been a topic of discussion for decades. Viola addresses her difficulty as an actress of color in her acceptance speech.

“You cannot win an Emmy for roles that are simply not there,”

Viola expressed.

At this year’s Emmys, there were also wins by Orange Is The New Black‘s Uzo Aduba in the Supporting Actress Drama category and American Crime‘s Regina King as Supporting Actress in a Limited Series Or Movie — a record for diversity in the top categories.

These woman have changed the conversation and are finally being recognized for their undeniable talents, despite the color of their skin. This moment is a step in a revolutionary direction for sure.

Congratulations to Viola Davis, she’s truly deserving of the honor!

By Tia Long (@ByTiaLong)

Having Trouble Finding Your Soulmate? This Might Be The Reason!

“You have to be in touch with your soul, to meet your soulmate.”

Most females reading this quote will automatically respond with a “yaassssssss” but do you really understand what it means?

My problem could be that I read too deeply into pretty much everything, but I believe it’s important to read between the lines. For starters, our good friend Google defines a soulmate as –

A person ideally suited to another as a close friend or romantic partner.

The Urban Dictionary defines a soulmate as –

a person with whom you have an immediate connection the moment you meet.

A soulmate may be better defined as –

The person in which you experience an emotional, mental, and most importantly a spiritual connection with. It also ties into the the belief that there is one specific person for everybody, i.e.: The One.

The soul is to the heart what the mind is to the brain. With that being said, if you believe you think with your brain, you will never understand what it means to find a soulmate.

Now, when I say spiritual it does not have to be in a religious sense, but instead it’s the idea that connections and attractions amongst people are not ones that can’t always be seen, identified or even explained. To be connected with your soul means you have learned and embraced who you are on the inside. (Please be aware that nothing I mention is in the physical sense of the word i.e.: inside.) Genuine characteristics are generated from within as in, something that moves you doesn’t have to literally make you cry, but touches your soul. Once you have connected with that person, behind the make up, way past the mirror, that girl you hide from common folk, your energy will attract that person that sees you in your natural light and your true essence.

Here are 3 steps that will help lead you to your soulmate:

1. Meditation – It may sound cliché but 10-15 minutes out of the 24 hour day to connect with your spirit will help you tap into who you truly are. The moment you “face yourself” and peel back layers you have been avoiding, you’ll be on the right path.

2. Patience – Once you’ve started the journey to learning yourself, understand that anything worth having is worth waiting for. Mr. Right may not be right outside your door after your meditation session, so don’t go assuming every man you like is your soulmate. Timing is important when determining when to let someone in, or when’s the right time to translate your essence into the world.

3. Acceptance – Lastly, accept the connection that (like mentioned earlier) can’t always be seen, identified or even explained. In other words, the best relationships stem from the moments we have no control over. This time, just go with the flow instead for trying to understand every aspect and detail of the situation. Your souls will connect subconsciously and only then is when you’ve found The One.

So yes, after all of that it is true – You have to be in touch with your soul to meet your soulmate.

Share your thoughts, comments, and ideas on this topic with us @HerSource on twitter.

By Tia Long (@Bytialong)

[Interview] POWER Star Rotimi “Dre” Tells Us What To Expect Next Season! Watch It Here

This young man has not only manage to steal the show with his jaw dropping looks, but dominates his bad boy role and claims his character!

The finale of Starz hit series Power has fans at the edge of their seats, eager to catch next season. The show introduced the newest cast addition,Rotimi, who plays “Dre” in Season 2 and lets just say the ladies aren’t mad at all! The 26-year-old New Jersey native shares his experience transitioning from a college student, straight into major roles on television and his story is truly inspiring. In addition to acting, Rotimi has singer/songwriter on his resume and recently signed with Power’s executive producer, 50 cent, on his G-Unit label. Quickly things are taking off for his career as he readies his new EP which includes his single “Lotto” featuring 50 Cent, and prepares to start shooting Season 3 of Power.

In the interview Rotimi opens up about who he is outside of the lights and cameras, and as a single man what characteristics a woman has to have to steal his heart. He also spills that “Dre” just might be wearing suits and ties with “Ghost” on next season of Power. Take a look at our exclusive interview and here how he landed the role of “Dre”, what he looks for in a woman, and get some insight on Season 3 of.

By Tia Long (@BytiaLong)

ICYMI: Kerry Washington For Post-Baby Body President! Take a Look For Yourself

Progression is Kerry Washington’s middle name and it shows in her newest cover!

The actress flexes her incredible physique on this cover of “Self” magazine. In nothing more than a sports bra and leotard the Scandal star defines what the “snapback” should really look like. Although, Washington was flawless before giving birth to her 1-year-old daughter Isabell, she claims that she’s not aiming for the pre-baby body. Kerry Washington has wowed in a new fitness and health spread for Self Magazine revealing how motherhood and her hectic set life as Olivia Pope, has set pushed to the next level.

“A few weeks ago, my manager asked: ‘Do you feel like you’re back? I feel like you’re back.’ She meant it as a total compliment, but we had this great conversation where I was like, ‘You know what? I try really hard not to use that language, because it’s not about going backward in life,'” Kerry explains.

“I’ve been really focused on not being ‘back’ to anything, but being the best version of myself right now,” she adds. “My body is the site of a miracle now. I don’t want to be pre-miracle.”

You’d assume with a schedule like Kerry’s it’d be hard to stay dedicated to the gym. The actress explains that pilates is her thing, which she’s been doing two to six times a week for the past five years. She’s also a certified yoga instructor, and shares that her and her fellow Scandal actresses take regular hikes around Los Angeles as a group ritual. Washington tributes her dedication to her role on the ABC hit series Scandal

“It makes my heart smile to think that maybe part of the reason I’m taking all this on is because of Olivia,” she says. “She truly believes that she can handle every situation, and I do feel that has bled into my life. I have more of a sense of my capacity to do anything.”

Well, sounds like Kerry Washington is a real life Gladiator to say the least.

By Tia Long (@ByTiaLong)

New Video: Rita Ora ft. Chris Brown – Body On Me

English bombshell Rita Ora and R&B prince Chris Brown gets more than close in the new video for “Body On Me”.  The two team up for one incredibly sexy visual that makes the chemistry between them seem a bit too real. Ora and Brown meet in an elevator of their apartment complex in the video where they both fantasize about touching, teasing, and maybe a few other things while their at it. Without a doubt, Rita’s first U.S hit will heat up the charts and surely sets the tone for her upcoming debut album.

We could be wrong, but wasn’t that some lip action at the end? Take a look for yourself above!

By Tia Long (@ByTiaLong)

“I Became Comfortable Hiding” Alicia Keys Shares Her Revelation

Legendary musician and feminist Alicia Keys has a revelation!

Undoubtedly, Alicia Keys is a woman of many attributes; immaculate beauty, high standards, and extreme talent. It’s hard to believe that a woman of such grace had struggles coming into a woman, but she shares her story on a recent blog post and it’s absolutely moving. The mother of two explains how she struggled with acceptance, and the battle of finding herself at a young age. A story that millions of young woman are experiencing today.

I definitely started hiding when I got old enough to walk down my NY streets alone. I started to notice a drastic difference in how men would relate to me if I had on jeans, or if I had on a skirt, or if my hair was done pretty. I could tell the difference, I could feel the animal instinct in them and it scared me. I didn’t want to be talked to in that way, looked at in that way, whistled after, followed. And so I started hiding. I chose the baggy jeans and timbs, I chose the ponytail and hat, I chose no makeup, no bright color lipstick or pretty dresses. I chose to hide. Pieces at a time. Less trouble that way.

Keys expressed that still to this today she hides from excessive attention. Hiding her beauty, her figure, and her voice at times because that’s how she’s dealt with it for years. This stifles us women, when we hide the very assets that God has blessed us with. To belittle ourselves and hold back those very distinct characteristics that set us apart from everyone else. In the blog post, Alicia explains the moment that she came to grips with who she is and she chooses not to hide any longer.

You are allowed to be smart
You are allowed to be beautiful
You are allowed to be radical and have strong thoughts that others might not agree with
You are allowed to be tough
You are allowed to be sexy
You are allowed to be bold
You are allowed to be shapely
You are allowed to be kind
You are allowed to be yourself!!

Keys encourages every woman to live out there 28,000 days like there is no tomorrow. Embrace who you are and live your life vibrantly. Read her full article here.

By Tia Long (@Bytialong)

5 Reasons Nicki Minaj Can’t Break Up With Meek Mill This Week

Nicki Minaj is in the toughest spot between her baby bruddah Drake and booski Meek Mill. This beef has indeed brought life back to Hip Hop and fans haven’t had a show like this in years. Like a fair player, we have to assume Minaj won’t choose sides in this fight but it’d be hard to believe she didn’t speak her mind to one or even both of them.

With that being said, if Meek Mill decides to act out on Nicki Minaj this week, here are 5 reasons why now is not a good time to call it quits:

  1. For the most obvious reason, Minaj is stuck between a rock and a hard place. You see it, I see it, and I’m pretty sure her man sees it. So cutting things off right now would wild up the media to make it seem like she’s going 100% cash money on this beef. We know blood is thicker than water but in such harsh and tense circumstances, it’s best she stays out of it.
  2.  If Onika checked Rahmik’s phone this week, and found naked pictures, she will have to swallow the pill! Regardless of what excuse she gives him about how “this isn’t going to work” every track following the break up is going to be about how he thought she was a rida’ but she was a really a stunna and how he ain’t wifin’ no check even if his grandmama love ha. Like, No! DC4 would shine light on a brand new Meek Mill just because she chose this week, of all weeks, to end their relationship.
  3. The Barbz have always been loyal to Miss Harajuku herself, but will they be able to defend the bashing that will be coming her way? Thou will be slandered. It’s guaranteed that if Nicki decided to end the Omeeka reign, she would easily turn all of the attention from a clean Hip Hop beef to about her. We want to keep the focus on what Meek Mill is going to do to save his career right now, not what he is going to do to save his relationship.
  4. “Let a man, be a man.” Every woman has been told this once or twice, and now is the time that Nicki exercises this lesson. Leaving Meek right now would be like, knocking a man while he’s down. Her job as his woman, is to get out of her feelings, let all things go for the time being and encourage him to fight like a champ. Do it for the state of Rap music Nicki!
  5. Last but not least, Nicki Minaj can NOT break up with Meek this week because the battle would be OVER. Drake officially wins this fight, that Meek started, all because Onika didn’t stand by her man at his lowest point. If that happens, Drake has officially turned Meek Mill’s Pasta back into Noodles.

Drops mic, shout out to my ghost writer though.

By Tia Long (@ByTiaLong)

[Interview] Mixtape Queen DJ Lazy K Talks Working With Jay-Z, Cooking Up Dope Mix, and Max B

DJ Lazy K is known as one of the most respected female DJs to break out of the streets of NYC. She ran away from her country to pursue a career in Hip Hop music and since has worked with rappers Max B, Waka Flocka Flame, French Montana, Wu Tang Clan, Jay-Z, Dipset, and so many more. English being not her first nor her second language, Lazy K has an amazing story as to how she helped change the mixtape game with little support. Here’s the full interview!

1. Tell us a little bit about your cultural background because it is very unique and important for people to understand your diversity.

Born in Mexico, and I was raised in Madrid, Spain, and Switzerland. So I speak spanish, french, slang and english!

Slang?

Yes, that’s what I learned when I first came here. I went to school for spanish so my writing and reading in English is not the best. So slang was what I learned being around the urban culture. I caught on to the street language.

2. What made you leave overseas and pursue music in America?

I came over in around 1991 . At the time I was already in love with Hip Hop, so that was the main reason I came here. My favorite at the time was Tribe Called Quest. I was born to do work in Hip Hop so I knew I could get my start here. I pretty much taught myself how to DJ, but I hung out with people like the X-Men they helped me learn how to perfect it. It took a long time but it took even longer to learn the business.

3. Who gave you your first start as a Hip Hop DJ?

The WU Tang Clan gave me my first shot, with Raekwon, and then it was actually Jay-Z. He opened his doors to me early, he would cut songs and have me put them on my mixtapes. That’s actually how I met Kanye West, when he was producing for Jay. They started teaching me more about behind the scenes, the business aspect of music.
After that I started working with Remy Ma, and The Murda Mamis and we put a team of females together.

Tell Us More about Murda Mamis. That was on the biggest female movements in Hip Hop at the time.

Someone at Def Jam told me I need to get a street team. Instead of a street team I ended up recruiting celebrities, so it didn’t run as smoothly because they were famous and we had to deal with everyone’s schedules. I had a great eye at the time because Lala Anthony was a Murda Mami, and she met Carmelo Anthony through us. At one of my parties in Miami, they spotted each other and connected, next thing you know they were flying on jets together. A lot of things changed after Remy Ma got locked up and we kind of all went our own direction and that’s when I created Lazy K Productions, the company.

4. Working with Max B, you were pretty much the power house behind him. Do you still keep in contact with him?

Yea he calls me through his manager and a lot of the times I miss the call, but he loves to leave long messages on my answer machine. Hopefully he comes home soon, we have a lot of hope that he’s coming so we’ll keep pushing for that.

5. As a female DJ coming up in that era, how was it trying to maintain dominate in a male driven business?

There was no way I could be looked at 100% the same, but practice made perfect so with time I could stand next to the guys. I wanted to be a better mixer, a better scratcher, better on the mic to get their attention and establish myself.

6. What does an artist have to do right now to have Lazy K host their mixtape? Or break them as an artist?

Right now, they just have to send me their music that is final. Don’t send me a song that is not mixed and mastered, and honestly the most important part is the money. If they can’t afford me then I can’t do the work because sometimes they have good music but they need development, which costs money. Like French Montana, no one wanted to hear from him at first so it took time and money to build a fan base and develop him as an artist and look at him now! This is the part that new artists don’t understand, patience.

6. What advice can you give to young aspiring female DJ’s, or any female working her way in Hip Hop music?

Just make sure you network! Get to know who can help mentor you and who you can trust, because you don’t want to tell everyone all of your plans. And the most important is consistency! Make sure whatever you do regardless of the haters, you keep going of what you want.

7. Lastly, you’ve been releasing “Dope Mix” for sometime now, over 100 mixes. Tell us how that started for you.

I started Dope Mix to do exactly what I love to do, DJ and introduce new artists to the game. Of course it’s mixed with major artists but if you make dope mix as an indie it’s because your music is dope. I try to drop a mix every week so I can keep up with all the exclusives and have something for people to look forward to.

Check out Lazy K’s latest Dope Mix with the hottest new records. Download or Stream it here

By Tia Long (@ByTiaLong)

[Interview] Tiara Thomas Spits Over A Terrible Beat Box, And Kills It – Watch It Here!

The beatbox needs a little work but Tiara Thomas rips this freestyle!

Singer, songwriter, and lyricist Tiara Thomas is making her return to music on a higher level, all puns intended. Her official break in the industry started when MMG artist Wale teamed up with the college graduate for the platinum selling record “Bad”. It came to no surprise when Tiara’s career skyrocketed after the release of the hit single, and soon after signed to industry power house Rico Love. Currently Thomas has separated from her contract with Rico’s Division One label and is releasing her a project next month solo. Tiara tells us about the progression of her music career, the EP Up In Smoke that is set to be released August 12th, and spills who she would F, Marry, or Kill out of Mack Wilds, Fetty Wap, and Kendrick Lamar.

Watch the full exclusive interview above and her new video to single “On Me” below!

By Tia Long (@Bytialong)